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Our buddy Gary Price at resourceshelf.com just sent along these recommendations for your reading pleasure:
- Copyright: Transcript of Oral Arguments in Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A. As you know this is a case the library world is watching closely. We’ve also included a link to a new Pub Weekly article about the case.
- New from the National Archives/NARA: ‘Inside the Vaults’ Video Short Commemorating Veterans Day
- NPR has done some analysis of fed gov nursing home data and now offers the NPR Nursing Home Database
Our friend Gary Price sent a lot of great links you’ll want to know about from Resource Shelf.
***Top of the List***
New: Extremely Useful: NARA Releases List of Digitized Records (NARA Partners & Their Records) http://bit.ly/bjOVyI Source: NARA
1. List: Most Popular Baby Names of 2009 and Two Tools to Get “Most Popular Names” back to Late 19th Century. Source: SSA http://bit.ly/baby2009
2) New: Searchable Database: Venomous Snakes and Antivenoms Search (yes, a specialized dbase for every topic) Source: World Health Organization http://bit.ly/cRFiEm
3) California (3 Items): 2010 State Fault Activity Map, State Geological Map, 150 Geological Facts About California Source: CA Department of Conservation http://bit.ly/cali2010map
4) Interview with Archivist of the U.S., David Ferriero: What Happens to Social Media Records? Source: Smart Planet http://bit.ly/interview121
5) Public Printer with GPO Budget News & Graph: 10 Years of GPO Financial Performance Source: GPO http://bit.ly/gpobudget
6) EPA Launches New Web Tools to Inform the Public About Clean Water Enforcement Interactive Web tool allows the public to check water violations in their communities http://bit.ly/b5IwbE Source: EPA
7) NOAA Incident News In Left Column, access to database of Oil Spills NOAA has been involved with since late 50’s (Pre-NOAA) http://bit.ly/d8WzGG Source: NOAA
8) Research Paper: From Obscurity to Prominence in Minutes: Political Speech and Real-Time Search http://bit.ly/bTMBwm Source WebSci 2010 Conf.
9) FBI Now Accepts Freedom of Info Requests on the Web http://bit.ly/av7XTB Source: FCW
10) U.S. Embassy in Haiti Now on Twitter http://bit.ly/cXs5Vh
also on Facebook http://bit.ly/ayXXij
and Haiti: Legal Bibliography from Law Library of Congress http://bit.ly/haitilawbib
Don’t forget that you can always see the latest items from Docuticker right here on FGI in the left column. You can also find Gary on twitter (@resourceshelf).
- Rhode Island School Librarian testifies in the House. His prepared statement is here.
- Online Privacy: U.S. Dept. of Commerce Plans to Look at Online Privacy; Public Meeting Scheduled for May 7th. Post includes Notice of Information from Fed Reg.
- nasaimages.org. NASA and Internet Archive working to put all NASA images, audio, video in a single location.
- New Database: Veterans Resources Search Engine Compiled in Indiana but has national resources
- Haiti: Legal Bibliography from Law Library of Congress
- Five Mapping Apps Reviewed for Upcoming UK Election
- Extremely Useful: NARA Releases List of Digitized Records (NARA Partners & Their Records.) What company has digitized what reel of microfilm, for example.
- Twitter Archives: an original post where we try to separate fact from fiction
- Wolfram|Alpha has added a bunch of historical tax statistics
- Information Security Oversight Office Releases 30th Annual Report to the President
- Transparency Data
Thanks and a hat tip to Gary!
Our pal Gary Price runs both ResourceShelf and Docuticker, two must-read sites for docs geeks and great tools for library collection development. He just sent some highlights from the last week on ResourceShelf. Be sure to check out the Docuticker ticker in the left column. You can also find Gary on twitter (@resourceshelf).
- A New Blog From the GPO: Government Book Talk
- Online Databases: The New and Improved Prints and Photographs Online Catalog from Library of Congress What a difference! Awesome!!!
- Gov Docs: Public Printer of U.S. Tapella Visits and Does Some Research With Archivist of the U.S., David Ferriero at the National Archives (Even a Picture (-:)
- U.S. Gov Info: Banking Agencies Modernize Uniform Bank Performance Report (UBPR) New Way to Access Data
- CRS — Government Collection of Private Information: Background and Issues Related to the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
- Local Government: California Interactive Map: California: Compliance With Water Quality Laws
- U.S. Government: A Searchable Database of Earmark Data and More Make sure to note the links at the bottom. One is a story from The Hill newspaper.
Hello from Washington D.C. or to be more specific, Silver Spring, MD. Just about 2 miles from the NOAA offices. A thank you to James for the invite and Dan for getting me up and posting. This first post will be a bit about what I do each day. Most of my other posts this month will focus on content and resources. That said, I will toss in some views, what we our doing at Ask.com, etc. In some cases, a cool tool or resource might not have a direct government info relationship at this point. My hope is that: 1) You learn about these resources and share then at the right time and place with others. 2) Envision how they might be used for government info sharing. So, what do I do during a typical 12-15 hours day? My "day job" is the Director of Online Resources at Ask.com. I’ve been at Ask for 53 weeks this week. It’s a great job but also a great opportunity (and one I take very seriously) for the library community to have a direct voice at a large and growing search company. The other cool part of the job is that I am free to write about other services, tools, resources, etc. The info pro needs to know about a variety of tools. Do I use each tool I talk/write about seven days a week? No, not at all. But I see my role and our role as info pros as becoming important educators and suggesting the right tool at the right time. I’ve heard this described as Information Navigator. In many ways, this is nothing new, we just have more tools to work with and info to disseminate. I think of my role at Ask.com in this way. 1) Outreach. Talking to people not only about what we our up to and providing but other cool tools and resources. That said, just getting people (even info pros) to take a look at something they haven’t seen or used ever or in a long time can be a challenge. 2) Listening I want to represent the library community as best I can. So, I often receive phone calls, emails, IM’s with ideas, suggestions, etc. 3) "In-Reach" and Product Development This means to work with various groups at Ask and talk to them (demo for them) what the library community and info industry is up to. At the same time, I often work with people about specific resources or tools they must know about for their job. So, yes, I get to play "traditional" librarian from time to time. So, that’s part of the day. In addition to Ask.com, I’m the founder and an editor of ResourceShelf and DocuTicker. Both sites are independent of my work at Ask.com. ResourceShelf will be 6 years old soon and we’ve posted something almost every day minus about 10. ResourceShelf It’s a combo of news and new resources. I’m happy to report that ResourceShelf is reaching more and more non-librarians. This gives me the opportunity to promote what librarians are doing these days. DocuTicker is the other site. It’s about 2.5 years old. It offers and non-stop stream of new reports from government (primarily U.S. but also a good helping of UK and Canada), ngo’s, think tanks, etc. It’s very popular with journalists as a place to find primary documents and also a place to find story ideas. DocuTicker.com What began as "something to try" 6 years ago has turned into something that needs the help of others. In the past few years the team that runs FreePint.com/Willco.com has taken a much more active role in the day to day management of the site. Thank goodness for that. Also, we have several contributing editors for both sites. Shirl Kennedy, a military librarian in Florida, is the primary poster on DocuTicker and also helps with ResourceShelf. I couldn’t do it with Shirl and the others. A personal invite to visit both sites. RSS feeds are avilable. and speaking of RSS feeds, something I’ve learned. When we began ResourceShelf it was prior to the age of RSS. Now, of course, we have feeds but we also continue to grow our weekly email "reminder." I would have thought that by now the email list would have lost most of its subscribers because of RSS. The opposite is actually the case. I find this equal parts interesting and a reminder. 1) Interesting because we often forget that RSS is far from the mainstream and email is still a primary communications tool. 2) I often hear from even the most passionate RSS geek that they still want/need/desire the email reminder each Thursday. Why? They have so many feeds coming in, if it were not for the email reminder they would likely forget to visit the site. So, that’s it for the intro. Resources to begin shortly. cheers, gary