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April 7, 2011

Statistical Abstract in Jeopardy

Entry Categories: Federal Documents  

The 2012 Census Bureau budget request to Congress calls for the termination of the Statistical Compendia Branch. This branch compiles and releases such reports as the Statistical Abstract and the National Data Book. As the Bureau’s own Budget Estimate states, “the abstract provides a comprehensive summary of industrial, social, economic, and political data…of almost 300 government, private, and international agencies”. It is a mainstay in thousands of libraries and school media centers.

The ALA Washington Office has posted a call to action on the Legislative Action Center Links are provided for contacting your Congressional representatives about this issue.

ALA is also collecting personal stories about the use of the Statistical Abstract by the public. Please send them to Jessica McGilvray in the ALA Washington Office at


U.S. Statutes at Large Vol. 65-94 now Digitized

Entry Categories: Federal Documents  

from the GPO mailing list:

In February 2011, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced a collaborative initiative with the Library of Congress (LOC) to digitize some of our nation's most important legal and legislative documents. Drawing on the strengths of both agencies, the United States Statutes at Large, Volumes 65-94 is the first digitized collection to be released on FDsys. The collection on FDsys provides Web-based public access to the digitally signed documents.

As part of the collaboration, LOC scanned the documents in this collection. GPO digitally signed the documents in order to ensure the authentication of the material. Both the LOC and GPO maintain the archival collection and share the content for their individual uses.

The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The digitized collection consists of Volumes 65-94 which spans from 1951 through 1980 (82nd -96th Congresses) in both search and browse format.

Volumes 95-115, which spans from 1981 through 2002 (97th-107th Congresses) will continue to be added to FDsys in the coming weeks.

If you have questions or comments, please use the askGPO help service
at: When submitting a question, please choose the category "Federal Depository Libraries" and the appropriate subcategory, if any, in order to ensure that your question is routed to the correct area.


April 14, 2011

New Publications Received at the Library Commission

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Click here to see a list of publications received 03/18/11 - 04/08/11.



This page contains all What's Up Doc articles for April 2011. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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