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Please stop by Hack-to-learn Workshop. May 17th-18th, 2017

On May 17th-18th, the Library of Congress, George Washington University, and George Mason University will  demo research tools and provide data sets for hands-on exploration. The first day of the workshop will be in LJ-119. We invite you to stop by and watch the hacking in action!

Featured data sets include:

*         The Phyllis Diller Gag File: http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/help-us-transcribe-phyllis-dillers-jokes   52,000 transcribed index cards of the comedian’s jokes or gags provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Transcription Center.

*         The Library of Congress Retrospective MARC records: https://www.loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php  25 million MARC records available by categories such as maps, music, name and subject authorities.

*         Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day” columns: https://www2.gwu.edu/%7Eerpapers/mep/displaydoc.cfm?docid=erpo-myday  8,000 transcribed documents representing Eleanor Roosevelt’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column from George Washington University.

*         Tumblr End of Term Archive: Text and metadata from 56,864 tumblr blogs posts from 72 federal Tumblr blogs harvested as part of the End of Term Archive project.

For a full schedule and content details, please see the event website at  http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/meetings/hack-to-learn/hack-to-learn-site.html.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,

Kate

Kate Zwaard

Chief, National Digital Initiatives

National and International Outreach

Library of Congress

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Government Documents Display Clearinghouse

Shared from GOVDOC-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU

Over the past several years, we have kept a Government Documents Display Clearinghouse. It was established to assist federal depository library staff in creating intriguing and eye-catching displays for promoting government documents collections. A number of displays submitted to us from around the U.S. have been incorporated into this site. This enables others to view displays on numerous topics, as well as the sources used to create them.

The Clearinghouse is housed in our Institutional Repository:  http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/lib-services-govdoc-displays/

We welcome and encourage everyone to send your digital images and lists of sources to be part of the Government Documents Clearinghouse!

If you would like to send photos and bibliographies for your displays, please send them to cornerstone@mnsu.edu!We would be more than happy to add them at any time!

Contact me with any questions: jamie.dalbey@mnsu.edu
Thanks,
Jamie Dalbey
Preservation and Government Documents Technician

Minnesota State University, Mankato Memorial Library ML3097

PO Box 8419 Mankato, MN 56002-8419

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USAFacts – new platform for U.S. government statistics

Shared from SLA Connect

http://usafacts.org/

“USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.

We rely exclusively on publicly available government data sources. We don’t make judgments or prescribe specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse – that’s for you to decide. We hope to spur serious, reasoned, and informed debate on the purpose and functions of government. Such debate is vital to our democracy. We hope that USAFacts will make a modest contribution toward building consensus and finding solutions.

There’s more to USAFacts than this website. We also offer an annual report, a summary report, and a “10-K” modeled on the document public companies submit annually to the SEC for transparency and accountability to their investors.”

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