News and Announcements
May 6, 2015
Central Washington University (CWU) has recently added to its ScholarWorks Digital Collection U.S. Government Posters. The selected posters come from CWU's government documents collection and only include those titles that were not otherwise available online.
February 25, 2015
Rob Lopresti's short story Nachshon has been accepted into the upcoming fall publication of the short story anthology Jewish Noir by PM Press.
February 1, 2015
NGIN Staffer Carlos A. Diaz has created a set of posters celebrating Black History Month featuring African-Americans in U.S. stamps. Find out why these famous figures have become part of our national heritage.
December 2, 2014
NGIN's Spring Conference will be held at the University of Idaho on Monday, May 11, 2015. Sign up here with the registration form.
September 30, 2014
Past President Rob Lopresti has released a new book: Shanks on Crime. Visit roblopresti.com for more information.
September 28, 2014
Secretary Cass Hartnett is working on the 2nd edition of Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources. Visit the ALA store for more information on the 1st edition.
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Website of the Week: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
A little history from the BIA website:
"Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students. BIA and BIE’s missions are:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to: "… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives."
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) mission is to: br> "… provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs to cultural and economic well being in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Bureau considers the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects.)"
Frequently sought publications from the BIA:
- Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry
- Tribal Leaders Directory
- Indian Lands in the United States (December 2014 map)
Website of the Week: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Interested in knowing the unemployment rate? the consumer price index? or the country's productivity? The Bureau of Labor Statistics is where you will find the answers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. Their principal mission is to be "responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy."
The agency also provides important information on careers and consumer pricing. Take a look at:
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: which provides you with descriptions on careers and occupations, what type of education you may need to pursue it, and a forecast of what kind of demand there will be for that particular job.
- Career Outlook (formerly Occupational Outlook Quarterly): is a quarterly journal with updated information on careers and professions.
- Consumer Price Index (CPI): program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
Website of the Week: Smithsonian Magazine
As you know, the Smithsonian Institution is a quasi-agency of the federal government. Though, we do receive quite a few government documents, the one we don't receive is their flagship publication Smithsonian Magazine.
I've had a subscription to this magazine before and have always been enthralled by it. Its pages offer all sorts of things that allow you to explore your mind...a wonderful learning opportunity. In its online version, there are not only wonderful images but also videos made available as well.
Their topics focus mostly on history, science, innovation, travel, arts, and culture. The writing is excellent and the visuals are amazing.
Some sample articles:
"Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robots"
"Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Between"
"What Exactly is Duck Sauce"
Take a look at it sometime.
As for the Smithsonian Institution and its museum system...it is a must see whenever you go to Washington DC. SI is not one giant museum but 20 different museums including the National Zoo, nine research centers, and four cultural centers. There is a lot to see including:
- The American History Museum
- The Air & Space Museum
- African American History and Culture Museum
- American Indian Museum
- The Portrait Gallery
- The Postal Museum
... and so much more.
If you have gone to a Smithsonian museum, which one was your favourite and why?
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