Today is the 226th Anniversary of the United States Constitution. Want to test your knowledge of the Constitution? Take this online quiz.
Learn more about the Constitution using the library’s Constitution Day Online Guide.
Access to Gale Databases has been restored. All is well.
Several Gale databases (including Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints and Literature Resource Center) are temporarily unavailable because of a global service outage. Gale is working on resolving the issue, but has not provided an estimate of when service will be restored. Here are some suggestions of other online resources to use during this outage:
Please call the Reference Desk (415.422.2039) if you’d like additional assistance.
A controversial bill called the “Research Works Act” has been introduced in Congress. This bill would end the current policy (that has been in effect since 2008) that requires any research funded by the NIH be made freely available to the public via Pub Med Central one year after publication in a journal.
For the publishing industry’s perspective, see this statement from the Association of American Publishers.
Text of the bill is available here.
The U.S. Constitution is celebrating its 224th birthday on September 17th. Check out recent books on the Constitution which are currently on display at the library. For additional information on the Constitution, see the library’s online guide.
Have you ever used government information at USF? Did you know that USF’s Gleeson Library participates in the Federal Depository Library Program? Help us evaluate how useful these resources and services are to you by completing the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSLCRRB. Thanks in advance for your time!
Hot off the presses! A new report from the folks at the Pentagon, provides results of an in-depth survey of American servicemen and women regarding the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. DADT bars openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual men and women from serving in the U.S. military.
The report reveals perspectives from within the military:
When asked about the actual experience of serving in a unit with a co-worker who they believed was gay or lesbian, 92% stated that the unit’s “ability to work together” was “very good,” “good,” or “neither good nor poor.”
Based on the findings of the survey, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that repealing the DADT policy “can be done and should be done without posing a serious risk to military readiness.”
Read the full report online: Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
See also the Pentagon’s DADT page for more information about the report including behind the scene details, the support plan for implementation, related videos, and reactions.
September 17th is the 223rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. Come see the display in the library and pick-up your very own pocket-size copy of the Constitution. Visit our online resource guide for a digital version of the constitution and section by section interpretation of its meaning.
This year the USF Reading Project selection is a mural entitled “Man at the Crossroads,” by artist Diego Rivera. This mural was commissioned by J.D. Rockefeller for the Rockefeller Center in New York, but was destroyed before it was even completed. For the USF Reading Project the campus will use the visual reference of “Man, Controller of the Universe” — a mural which is found today at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and is the completion of the mural that Diego Rivera began at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
On display at Gleeson Library is an image of “Man, Controller of the Universe” and a selection of books from our collection covering subject areas such as Diego Rivera and his artwork, other muralists, the Works Progress Administration, and San Francisco murals. All the materials on display can be checked-out from the library.
For even more information on the controversy surrounding the selected Diego Rivera mural and related subjects, visit the library’s online guide.
NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration – see also NASA’s Earth Observatory for satellite images
Sure, health care reform is big news, but what about March Madness? Get firsthand information on the presidential picks in this ESPN interview.
What more could you possibly want?
Here are some examples of recent topics debated in Congressional Committee Hearings:
Most hearings are shelved in the Government Documents Room. Check Ignacio for the exact location. You can also access hearings online using the following resources:
Check out the display near the library’s entrance for examples of hearings from our collection.
For questions about finding and using congressional hearings contact Carol Spector (the Government Information Librarian) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for background information on a complicated issue? Your new best friend: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. These reports are written by Library of Congress staff members and are intended to keep our members of congress up-to-date on current affairs. In the words of the CRS:
With public policy issues growing more complex and political debate turning more contentious, the need for insightful and comprehensive analysis of the issues has become vital. Congress relies on CRS to marshal interdisciplinary resources, encourage critical thinking and create innovative frameworks to help legislators form sound policies and reach decisions on a host of difficult issues.
Recent titles include:
While there is no central distribution point for providing public access to all CRS Reports, there are many entities that collect these reports and offer access. Here are some of the places where you can search by keyword for a CRS report on your topic:
For the backstory on CRS’s controversial distribution policy, see the FAQ at OpenCRS.
Find out more about Gleeson Library’s government information collection by visiting our homepage or contacting Carol Spector (the Government Information Librarian) at email@example.com.
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is providing free online access to full text articles from major biomedicine journals and reference books. This service is available to healthcare professionals, librarians, and members of the public in the United States who have been affected by the disaster. If you know anyone who is working on relief efforts in Haiti, please let them know about this valuable resource.
The EAI is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.
For more information about the EAI, see their FAQ.