This guide will be of interest to students in a variety of disciplines, including, for example, Biology, Anthropology, Political Science, and Forestry.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Federal Register Act (passed July 26, 1935), the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) have published federalregister.gov. This site, currently labeled ‘beta’, is “an unofficial prototype of an XML-based edition of the daily Federal Register” where “documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format; we have also added various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests.” (from the About page). Content from 2000-present is currently available in this new interface.
The official version of the Federal Register from 1994 to date is available via GPO’s Federal Digital Information Systems (FDSys) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action. The Federal Register is also available in print or microform in the UGA Library’s Government Documents collection.
Y2K…anyone? Planes falling from the sky, computers unable to tell time, nano-level Keystone Kops type stuff bringing everything to a complete stop. I forget exactly what the fear was (we’d wake up on the LOST island?).
This First Friday Briefing (pictured) from the Georgia Department of Defense recounts the “sigh of relief” as all heck did not break loose upon the arrival of the year 2000.
You can rewind an interesting piece of recent history using the Georgia Government Publications portal in the DLG. You can read the executive order from Governor Roy Barnes that established Georgia’s Y2K Interagency Task Force. Review the growing concern in a 1998 article from the State Personnel News titled, “Are state computers going to crash January 1, 2000?” :
“Part of the problem is that over 50% of the software programs used by state government are over 11 years old and are obsolete. There aren’t even programmers around who know them. (pg.5)”
Or peruse this memorandum from the Public Service Commission in which the “first electronic crisis of an automated society” leads to the conclusion of “four plausible scenarios: (I) “Crisis Avoided,” (II) “Much Ado About Nothing,” (III) “the Tempest in a Teapot,” and (IV) “Crisis.
You can find more posts like this at the blog of the Digital Library of Georgia: the DLG B.
UGA librarian Sheila Devaney has published a new subject guide titled The Economy in Georgia: An A to Z Guide to Reference Sources. This guide covers resources for current and historical information, including data and statistics, on Georgia economic issues, listed in a handy alphabetical format by topic, from Agriculture, Banking, and Communications on through to Useful Websites (no, there is no Z!) It’s a great starting place for any project dealing with the Georgia economy.
Have a look! Got questions? Ask a Librarian!
The University of Georgia Libraries have a wealth of information about family history and genealogy – maybe even yours! We now have a new subject guide highlighting some of our print and online resources for finding obituaries, military records, newspapers, census and other vital records, for Georgia and other locations.
The library also subscribes to the Ancestry Library Edition (on campus access only), a version of ancestry.com. This searchable database includes census records (1790-1930), military records, the social security death index, emigration records, and many other collections of information.
The Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street is another excellent local resource for history and genealogy. They regularly have free information sessions and special programs about doing genealogical research; see the program schedule for dates and times.
- Covers U.S. Census of population data from 1790 to present.
- Easy creation of thematic maps and downloading a folder of them into a powerpoint file.
- Retrieve spreadsheet-compatible data tables using a similar interface to census.gov‘s American Factfinder — only quicker.
- Convenient digital access to two censuses never before available to us online: 1970 and 1980
- Census tract coverage where available starting 1940.
Note that 1980 and earlier geographic coverage is limited to nation, states, and counties (plus census tracts starting 1940). That means no pre-1990 data for cities, “places”, metro areas, etc. Users will most likely still need to consult the printed volumes in the Main Library Reference area (1st floor) for this information.
Below is a map of the distribution of Americans with Haitian ancestry from 2000 census data, generated in Social Explorer. (Yes, even in North Dakota!) Click to enlarge.
For help using Social Explorer or any other GALILEO database, Ask a Librarian!
Last week the U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) PURL server failed, disrupting access to online U.S. government documents. “PURL” stands for persistent URL – these are the links that start with http://purl.access.gpo.gov… and are listed in associated GIL records as “Online Text.” While GPO is in the process of restoring their system, it may unfortunately be several weeks or longer before their work is complete. Please note that this does NOT mean that these documents are no longer available online, only that for the time being they cannot be accessed via the PURL on their GIL records.
A suggested work-around until PURL access is restored: most GIL records for online government documents include the title’s original URL at the time it was cataloged; assuming it hasn’t changed you can cut and paste the address in a new browser window. On a GIL record the URL will be listed under “System Details” in the Full Display view or in the 538 field in the Technical Display view. If you still can’t find the title online (which probably means the URL has changed), try a web search for the document’s title. Please contact Map & Federal Regional Depository Librarian Hallie Pritchett (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further assistance.
Further details about the status of the GPO PURL server will be posted as they become available.
Everyone knows they can visit the CML to find K-12 materials for student teaching, get picture books for the kids, and seek research help from a trained reference librarian.
But the Curriculum Materials Library offers so much more!
The voter registration deadline for Georgia is October 6. If you aren’t registered to vote in Athens, or if you need information about early or absentee voting, visit the CML in 207 Aderhold for help. If you are planning to vote on election day (Nov. 4), you must be registered to vote in Athens-Clarke County!
Also, check out the UGA libraries’ voting guide here–it’s an invaluable resource for all things Election 2008!
Curious about how many votes George Busbee received when he ran for governor in 1974? Wondering how many times Mickey Mouse has been written in as a candidate for office?
Answers to those questions and a plethora of others are available via computer since the Georgia Official and Statistical Register is now available online.
The main source of election statistics for the state, the content and length of the register varied over the years of its publication (1923 -1990), though in general it provided information on categories such as:
state executive offices, boards and commissions
the state legislature and legislators, including short biographies with photos
the state judiciary
Georgia’s federal representation
the University System of Georgia
county officers and data
miscellaneous (e.g. flag, song, state symbols, poets laureate)
The electronic version was digitized by the Digital Library of Georgia from the print volumes, which are available in the UGA Main Library Georgia government documents collection. Users are able to search across the text of all the volumes (about 28,000 pages). Browsing is also possible by using the Table of Contents page of each volume in conjunction with the “Go To Page” feature. The address is: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/statregister
The Official State of Georgia Tabulations by Counties …, which contains election statistics for 1950-1994, has been digitized and is now available in the Georgia Government Publications database.