The Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) is currently closed due to a flood caused by a plumbing failure in the Main Library sub-basement. Fortunately, it appears that the effect on the collection, itself, is minor as the material is on shelving systems that keep the lowest items a few inches off the floor level.
We do not yet have an estimated date that MAGIL will reopen to the public. We have begun work on recovery, which will include drying out the space, temporary relocation of the collection materials, and removal and replacement of carpet and other flooring.
More information will be provided on the duration of the closure as work progresses.
Which government databases and websites can you access after the government shutdown?
Because of the government shutdown, several data repositories and websites run on government servers are unavailable. Those include: ERIC, USATradeOnline, Library of Congress, and all Census websites (including American Factfinder).
Other essential sources of information are up and running, but only on a limited basis. That means that they are only being maintained, but new information isn’t being added as usual. Those include PubMed, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Agricola. While the shutdown occurs no new data will be collected or added to these resources.
If you are a UGA affiliated user, you have a few temporary workarounds:
ERIC: EBSCO’s ERIC mirror database will have the most recent added records, so the citations of research will be available, however, the fulltext located on the Department of Education servers will not be available. If you are looking for a fulltext document with an ED # from 1966 to 2004, we have a microfiche copy located in the Basement of the Main Library available for copying. Post 2004 fulltext is not available.
Census & American Factfinder: We have two subscription databases that will suffice temporarily. Social Explorer contains the most recent Census, American Community Survey, and American Economic Survey datasets. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is available through ProQuest for basic statistical needs on a year to year basis.
If you are unaffiliated with UGA, you can access this government information directly from our campus Libraries in the Main Library, the Science Library, and the Miller Learning Center.
Due to the government shutdown, all US Census Bureau websites will be unavailable until further notice. This includes American FactFinder and USATradeOnline.
Due to the government shutdown, the Map and Government Information Library will not receive new US government documents from the Government Printing Office (GPO). However, new documents related to the legislative process such as Congressional Record will be available online via GPO’s content management system FDSys.
Please contact the Map and Government Information Library if you have any questions about the availability of new US government documents.
Hallie Pritchett, head of the Map and Government Information Library, has been appointed to the Depository Library Council for a three year term. The 15 member Council advises the Public Printer of the United States on policy matters related to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The University of Georgia Libraries is the state’s regional depository for Federal government documents.
See the press release from the Government Printing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/news-media/press/13news13.pdf
Tax forms for 2012 have finally started to arrive! As in past years, we receive a limited number of Federal and Georgia tax forms each year to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We are still waiting for the 1040 instruction booklets as well as the Georgia tax forms; however, the rest of the forms are here.
Tax forms will be available in Main, Science and the Curriculum Materials Library. Science and CML should receive their tax forms within the next few days. In Main, tax forms are now available next to the VTS machine on the 1st floor (around the corner from the Reference Desk).
All Federal and Georgia tax forms are also available online:
The annex part of the Main Library is re-open now. However, the Map and Government Documents Library is still closed, as is the Media Department.
The Main Library will be closed Saturday, December 15, due to maintenance of the building’s climate control system. The Science Library will be open, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Both the Main and Science Library will be closed as previously scheduled on Sunday, December 16. The Miller Learning Center will also be closed.
Monday, December 17, the Annex part of the Main Library will be closed. This includes the back part of the first floor, all stacks (book shelves) on the upper floors, the Media department, the microfilm/microfiche area, and the Map & Government Information Library.
Access Services (both the circulation desk and the office) will be open, as will InterLibrary Loan, the Reference Desk, Current Periodicals, the Reference collection, and the computers and printers in the northwest corner of the first floor.
The cafe/shop ‘Tween the Pages will be open, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The first floor of the Main Library has a new look this fall. New circulation and reference desks are located immediately upon entering the library from the lobby. Offices for security personnel and Interlibrary Loan have also been relocated, but can still be found in the central entryway.
The makeover of ‘Tween the Pages, a campus eatery, should be complete by mid-September. It is being renovated with new seating and a redesigned cafe look.
The Map and Government Information Library moved into the subbasement of the Main Library in July. Located in the space formerly occupied by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the library combines the collections from the map library and government documents collection, which contains documents from the U.S., Georgia, Britain and the U.N.
The first floor of the Science Library is being renovated to include a new front desk, bay windows and to make the space more of a devoted study area with computers.