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FYIs on Congressional and Legislative History Matters

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FYI:

Earlier this week the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the Library of Congress, announced https://www.gpo.gov/newsroom-media/presspage/17presspage17.htm the digital release of the bound Congressional Record for the 1960’s on its new GovInfo https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb platform. Since September of 2016, the availability of earlier decades of the historical Congressional Record (1990’s, 1980’s, 1970’s) has been announced by GPO and it is GPO’s intention to keep on doing so until the first edition of the Record, issued in 1873, is completed in digital form. The bound Congressional Record from the 1960’s is also available on GPO’s older platform, FDsys https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CRECB, and both GovInfo and FDsys have browse and advance search capabilities. However, each historical PDF file of the bound Record before 1999 covers a whole bound “part”, or several thousand pages, and thus it takes a while to download. Because of this GPO does not have volume and page citation capability for the bound Record before 1999.

Surprisingly, GPO has not kept up as well with issuing digital versions of the most recent volumes of the bound Congressional Record, having, since 2001,  only made available volume 151 (2005) and part of volume 152 (2006), whereas the commercial firms, HeinOnline and Proquest, have available in digital form all the volumes of the bound Congressional Record from 1873 through 2011. However, the daily edition of the Congressional Record, with completely different pagination, is available from GPO from 1995 and is on Westlaw and Lexis from 1985, and on HeinOnline from 1980. For a fuller availability listing with links, see Sources for the Congressional Record: Free and Commercial http://www.llsdc.org/sources-for-the-congressional-record–free-and-commercial. Remember, when available, it is better to cite to the bound edition of the Congressional Record, which was designed to have enduring value.

 

FYI:

LLSDC’s  “Legislative Histories of Selected  U.S. Laws on the Internet: Free Sources” http://www.llsdc.org/legislative-histories-laws-on-the-internet-free-sources has recently been expanded to some 150 histories by including links to some 80 legislative histories on the Hathi Trust Digital Library and some additional ones added from the U.S. Department of Commerce Library.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Rick McKinney
Assistant Law Librarian
Federal Reserve Board Law Library
Washington, DC 20551

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Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) Scholarship Announcement 2017. DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT

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Dear Colleagues,

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) http://www.potomactechlibrarians.org/  announces the availability of two $1,000 scholarships for future librarians interested in technical services. Students living or working in the PTPL membership region (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited Library and/or Information Science program, including distance education programs, are invited to apply.

Criteria Requirements for the Award:

The applicant must

1. be a full or part-time student in an ALA-accredited Library and/or Information Science at the Master’s level at the time of the award and have completed at least one three-hour credit course;

2. demonstrate an interest in library technical services through employment, course of study, or research interests. Technical services work centers on the “…acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, and preservation of all kinds of library materials.” (see: ALCTS, http://www.ala.org/alcts/about and;

3. be employed or living in the PTPL membership region (Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia).

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. PTPL scholarship application

2. Two written references (see below for details)

3. Current resume

4. One-page, double spaced statement of the applicant’s interest in library technical services

Please submit all materials in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), plain text (.txt), or PDF (.pdf) format to Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu.

References are accepted from two faculty members OR one faculty member and your current supervisor. References should be able to address your potential or experience in library technical services. Letters may be emailed directly from the faculty member or your supervisor to Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu.

Incomplete application packets and those received after the application deadline will not be considered.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  June 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT

Recipients will be notified by August 31, 2017, and publicly awarded at the annual PTPL meeting in the fall.  The recipients will receive a free one-year membership in PTPL and have registration fees for the annual conference waived.

View this announcement and download the scholarship application at http://www.potomactechlibrarians.org/scholar

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Thank you,

Lynda Aldana

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Spotlight: World War I Centennial

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Spotlight: World War I Centennial

This April marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I. Explore our commemorative World War I online exhibitions and see how this anniversary is being observed at our museums, archives and libraries, both in person and online.

START EXPLORING » http://go.si.edu/site/R?i=yCIMLya1OECeV-TJG2md0g

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