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January 31, 2011

You are What you Eat

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

Today the Food and Drug Administration relased Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The entire 112 page document and a 4 page summary are available at the FDA site

Executive Summary

The press release notes:

“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and one in three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These new and improved dietary recommendations give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions and to complement those choices with physical activity. The bottom line is that most Americans need to trim our waistlines to reduce the risk of developing diet-related chronic disease. Improving our eating habits is not only good for every individual and family, but also for our country.”

More consumer-friendly advice and tools, including a next generation Food Pyramid, will be released by USDA and HHS in the coming months. Below is a preview of some of the tips that will be provided to help consumers translate the Dietary Guidelines into their everyday lives:

• Enjoy your food, but eat less.
• Avoid oversized portions.
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Good advice for all of us.


January 24, 2011

Mary Alice Baish new Superintendent of Documents

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The Federal Depository Library Program now has one of it's own in charge of the program.
Public Printer Bill Boarman has named librarian Mary Alice Baish as Superintendent of Documents for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Mary Alice will oversee GPO's Library Services & Content Management unit, Publication & Information Sales unit, and the management of GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys). She will work with 1,200 Federal depository libraries through the FDLP to ensure Government information is available in all forms to the public.

I see this as good news for the future of the program.


December 27, 2010

2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Released

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The 2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates were released by the Census Bureau in December 2010 and are available on the SAIPE site

Between 2007 and 2009, the poverty rate for children ages 5 to 17 in families rose in 295 counties and declined in 19 counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today showing income and poverty in 2009 for every school district and county in the nation. However, in the majority of counties across the United States, the poverty rate for children ages 5 to 17 in families showed no statistically significant change between these years. By comparing the 2009 estimates released today with those from 2007, variations can be seen from data collected prior to the recession.

The 2009 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) are available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 Title I-eligible school districts. The 2009 estimates also show that 1,084 counties had child poverty rates (ages 5 to 17 in families) significantly above and 866 significantly below the national poverty rate of 18.2 percent.

SAIPE, released annually, also provides county and state estimates for the total number of people in poverty, the number of children under 5 in poverty (for states only), the number of children 5 to 17 in families in poverty, the number of children under 18 in poverty and median household income


December 21, 2010

State Budget Cut Options Report Released

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

A 69-page Legislative report, titled LR 542 Listing of Options was released in December and is available on the Nebraska Legislature's web site

LR 542, adopted by the Legislature on April 13, 2010, created an ad hoc committee chaired by
the Speaker of the Legislature, and comprised of the Executive Board Chairman and the
chairs of the Legislature’s fourteen standing committees to review all programs of state
government and each agency’s budget authority. Each committee was charged with identifying
programs within their subject-matter jurisdiction that should be considered for reduction or
elimination during the Legislature’s enactment of a budget for the following biennium during
the 2011 Session.

Speaker Mike Flood notes in his introduction to the report that

"these lists are not recommendations of the committees, but, just as their title implies, are “options”—items that the committees believe need to be carefully considered when the Legislature crafts a budget during the 2011 session" .


December 15, 2010

Facts about Nebraska Communities--finally!

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The American Community Survey is a wonderful thing. Annual surveys are taken in every community and rural area of the country. Because it is sample data, results have been rolled out gradually for the past five years, starting with state and county level data. Finally after 5 years we have detailed estimates for the smallest communities, which is most of our towns in Nebraska. The reason for the wait is the need to have years of data to make results more accurate and preserve confidentiality.

The quickest way to get a profile for your community is to go to the American Factfinder site

In the Get a Fact Sheet for your Community box type the name of your community and choose Nebraska. You will get a profile of social, economic, housing and population estimates. And here's the really cool part. If you click on any of the show more links it will bring up more data, still for the town you specified.


December 9, 2010

TOP 10 Must-Have Federal Government Apps

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

Need to see the FBI's Most Wanted List to check out that sinister-looking person in the airport restroom? Find the nearest place to get fuel for your alternative-fuels vehicle? Find the US embassy in Paris because your passport just got stolen? The bloggers at the White House have posted a list of their favorite federal government apps for your mobile phone to help you stay connected to government services.

The list is taken from a much larger list on the web site

Yes there IS an app for that.


December 6, 2010

USA Counties

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

If you are looking for statistics at the county level in addition to what the Census Burea collects, USA Counties can help

USA Counties features over 6,800 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of sources including the U. S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Social Security Administration.

Topics: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade.

Updates can be tracked easily by clicking on the What's New Link.


November 22, 2010

Who's not Paying their Taxes?

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

The Nebraska Department of Revenue is trying "shame on you" tactics by publishing a list of people owing $20,000 or more in back taxes on their web site at

The person at the top of the list owes a whopping $2,357,875.48.

If your name is on the Delinquent Taxpayer List, and you have questions about paying your taxes, please contact the Department office nearest you; or call Taxpayer Assistance at (800) 742-7474 (toll free in Nebraska and Iowa), or (402) 471-5729 and speak with a representative who will explain the payment options available to you. It is your responsibility to contact the Department if you can not pay the tax which is due.


November 17, 2010

Quick Stats for Agriculture Questions

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

Guest blog from James Shaw, Director of Collections at UNO Criss Library.

Here at UNO we have a graduate student in History writing a thesis about the history of Thurston County. As he explores the 1930s, he is examining agricultural production during the drought years. Climate data resides in Climatological Data of the United States, by Sections, and I thought that Nebraska Agricultural Statistics would provide the crop data. We discovered, however, that the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics have figures for acres harvested but not acres planted. The difference between those two numbers is indicative of growing conditions, and when viewed in conjunction with yield per acre, one can certainly sense the difference between a good year and a hard year (or during the 1930s, a hard year and a harder year).
Much to my surprise, I discovered that the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a database at which permits you to drill down to annual county-level data as far back as 1910. I was able to download a spreadsheet for Thurston County providing annual data (1930-1940):
Annual number of acres of corn planted
Annual number of acres of corn harvested
Production measured in bushels
Production measured in bushels per acre

The Quick Stats trove of historical data is truly remarkable, and well worth adding to your reference toolkit.


November 5, 2010

Nebraska's State Ombudsmen one of a Rare Breed

Entry Categories: News  

Have you ever wondered what the Nebraska ombudsman does and how the position came into being? Nebraska is one of only five states plus Puerto Rico that have an ombudsman. Their job is to investigate and determine whether government actions were fair and reasonable if a citizen encounters problems dealing with an executive branch agency or its employees.

The concept began in 19th-century Sweden with a “Justitieombudsman,” a complaints officer to supervise the observance of laws and statutes and investigate and prosecute governmental wrongdoing. In the United States, Hawaii established the first state ombudsman office in 1967. Iowa and Nebraska created offices later that year, followed by Alaska in 1973, Puerto Rico in 1977 and Arizona in 1995. At the federal level, more than 100 agency-specific offices have been created.

In addition to investigations, Nebraska’s ombudsman, called the Public Counsel, can “initiate or participate in general studies that may enhance knowledge about, or lead to improvements in, the way in which state governmental administrative agencies function.”

More information is available on the Nebraska Public Council web site

and in this Legisbrief from the National Conference of State Legislatures
State Ombudsman Offices Improve Agency Responsiveness


November 2, 2010

UNK Library is the FDLP November Spotlight

Entry Categories: News  

Congratulations to the folks at the UNK Calvin T. Ryan Library, which is the Spotlight Depository for November for the Federal Depository Library Program. Rochelle Krueger, Government Documents Librarian at UNK, says it is "quite and honor" !

Nebraska's 3rd U.S. Congressional District is a very large district, bigger than many states in fact. What are the options available to a depository trying to respond to so large a service area? The Federal Depository Library at the University of Nebraska - Kearney's Calvin T. Ryan Library is one of two Depositories that serve this Congressional District. In this month's Library Spotlight GPO highlights the combination free public access, emphasis on electronic resources, and community outreach that this depository uses in response to the challenging size of its service area.

Depository libraries serve the public every day by providing free access to a wealth of U.S. Government information products. GPO highlights a different Federal depository library each month. To find out which other depositories have been Spotlights visit the Depository Library Spotlight page on the FDLP Desktop at


June 17, 2010

Minerals Management Service

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

It's hard to imagine anyone in this country NOT knowing about the Gulf Oil spill. In fact, it may feel like a case of too much depressing information and not enough encouraging news. The Minerals Management Service is now facing intense criticism for failing to properly regulate offshore drilling.

Those seeking news and information about the disaster as well as other programs supervised by the MMM can visit it's website at
The site links to the multi-agency Deepwater Horizon Response site , the "unified command" for news, film footage, claim filing, etc.


June 3, 2010

Census Redistricting Data to be released February 2011

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The first data to be released from a Decennial Census is always the state Redistricting Data (P.L. 94-171) Summary File, named for the Public Law which requires it to be sent to the President by the end of January following the Census. The Census Bureau has issed a schedule of planned release dates for data products which indicates that the P.L. 94-171 file will be publicly released in February 2011.

The state redistricting file is always anxiously awaited, and is used by states to redraw Congressional District and other electoral distric boundaries based on population counts and apportionment laws. It tends to be controversial and fraught with accusations of gerrymandering by the party in control of the state legislatures.

The complete schedule of planned releases is available at


March 17, 2010

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Entry Categories: News  

Have you ever wondered who is in charge of cyber-security in the federal government?

US-CERT is charged with providing response support and defense against cyber attacks for the Federal Civil Executive Branch (.gov) and information sharing and collaboration with state and local government, industry and international partners. US-CERT interacts with federal agencies, industry, the research community, state and local governments, and others to disseminate reasoned and actionable cyber security information to the public. US-CERT also provides a way for citizens, businesses, and other institutions to communicate and coordinate directly with the United States government about cyber security. The alerts and tips tab links to information about the latest reported vulnerabilities.

Check it out at


March 16, 2010

C-SPAN Archives are Online

Entry Categories: News  

Those of us who love to watch government "as it happens" are fans of C-SPAN , the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network which broadcasts government proceedings and public affairs programming. True afficiandos can now watch archival C-SPAN broadcasts via the C-SPAN Video Library at

The site currently has more than 160,000 hours of footage dating back to 1987. There are also about 10,000 hours of pre-1987 footage which will be formatted for the Web and added at a later date. The advanced search option allows searching by name, date, topic, and other options. Want to see the Clinton Impeachment hearings? Karl Rove testifying? It's all there.

Be prepared for a time lag before the search results appear.


March 4, 2010

Nebraskans and Health Insurance

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

You may have seen newspaper articles about this new report from the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Nebraska Health Insurance Coverage: A Profile of the Characteristics of the Insured and Uninsured:

Some highlights:

About 190,000 Nebraskans are not covered by any form of health insurance, equating to
an uninsured rate of 11 percent for the state.

Health insurance coverage through an employer or union provides the bulk of Nebraska’s
health insurance (1.1 million persons covered or 57 percent of all coverage plans).

In Nebraska, more than 12 percent of men did not have health insurance, versus about 9
percent of women.

Uninsured rates are highest among those of college age (18-24 years, 22 percent) and
those of early working age (25-34 years, 17 percent). Nearly universal coverage exists
among those 65 and older due to eligibility for Medicare. Uninsured rates are relatively
low among children under 18 and those aged 55-64 (7 and 8 percent respectively).

Nebraska uninsured rates are higher among minority population groups. Uninsured rates
are highest among Hispanics and Blacks, at 28 and 22 percent respectively, compared to
8 percent for non-Hispanic Whites. Differentials in health insurance coverage rates by
race and ethnicity are larger in Nebraska than those that exist nationally.

Uninsured rates are quite high among Nebraska’s foreign born population (35 percent),
especially those foreign born residents who, regardless of legal residence status, are not
United States citizens (45 percent).

Those experiencing economic hardships have higher uninsured rates, as 42 percent of the
unemployed, 28 percent of those in poverty, and 21 percent of those receiving food
stamps did not have health insurance.

The uninsured rate declines for each successive increase among educational attainment
categories, ranging from 26 percent among those aged 25 and older with no high school
education, to only 2 percent of those with a graduate or professional degree.


March 2, 2010

Need legal forms?

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

Free legal forms available online are definitely among our most-requested items. The Nebraska Judicial Branch has added a lot of forms to their web site.

From the web site: "This page provides access to the forms currently available to the legal community, local courts and the public through the Administrative Office of the Courts. These forms are from Supreme Court rules, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Pro Se Litigation and other organizations. They are organized under the court in which they are used, or you may enter the topic or title of the form in the search box above for quicker access.

If you are interested in representing yourself in court, there are a number of forms designed specifically for your use. The Self Help page of this Web site contains forms, instructions and resources. "

Other sources for legal forms are linked from our NebraskAccess page
Where Can I Find Nebraska Legal/Business Forms?


February 25, 2010

Nebraska State Historical Society Archives/Reference Room Reopening

Entry Categories: News  

Genealogists and other patrons of the Archives/Library Reference Room at the Nebraska State Historical Society will be very happy to learn that the library will be reopening soon. From the NSHS web site:

"After fourteen months of construction and renovation, the Library/Archives Reference Room will reopen to researchers on Tuesday, March 9th. Our regular hours remain Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00; and Saturday, 8:00-5:00.

While the Reference Room is slightly smaller, bathrooms have been added nearby. We thank you for your patience during the long construction phase and look forward to providing you with the research materials that you need"

A new leaflet for genealogists is available at

The full announcement and pictures of the renovations are posted at


February 24, 2010

How Healthy is Your County?

Entry Categories: News  

County Health Rankings is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The site has been updated with 2010 data. It compares the overall health of counties within a state, as well as comparing the factors that contribute to health, such as obesity rates, the quality of health care, or high school graduatlion rates. The data is provided by state health and human services agencies.

Individual counties can be selected to bring up detailed data, or a state can be selected, bringing up an interactive map. Some counties are not ranked (15 in Nebraska are not), presumably because the population is too low for accurate comparisons.

A summary report for each state is also available. The Nebraska summary is available at

for more information about Nebraska data contact

Colleen Svoboda
Program Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health


January 27, 2010

Abused by an Airline? What to do

Entry Categories: News  

Did you know that you can take an airline company to court if it fails to make restitution for things like lost luggage and bumping you off a flight? The Department of Transportation Aviation Consumer Protection Division has posted an information telling consumers their rights, and has updated it's pamphlet called "Tell it to the Judge" on how to file a complaint in small claims court. You might even win a settlement!


January 13, 2010

Phony Email about the Census

Entry Categories: News  

An e-mail which falsely claims to be from the Better Business Bureau about the upcoming 2010 Census is inaccurate and BBB is advising consumers to get the facts:

In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. A census taker must follow-up in person with every address that doesn’t mail back the form in order to obtain the responses.

For the full text of the BBB press release go to;-get-the-facts-14542


Governor's State of the State Address

Entry Categories: News  

The Governor's State of the State Address (also known as the Budget Speech) will be broadcast live from the NET web site Thursday January 14th at 10 am. To view the webcast go to the NET Public Media site and click on the Main Legislative Chamber Link.


December 22, 2009

Libraries for Census

Entry Categories: News  

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for libraries willing to be a partner for the 2010 census. Libraries are being asked to provide space for Be Counted sites and/or Questionnaire Assistance Centers. If you are interested in signing up as a site, please contact:
Todd Wiltgen, U.S. Census Bureau Nebraska Partnership Specialist: 402-606-9040 or e-mail:


December 18, 2009

Google Scholar now has Court Opinions

Entry Categories: News  

Google has added some important content to Google Scholar
that should be very helpful to citizens needing free access to online court cases. You can now find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts by searching for cases (like Planned Parenthood v. Casey), or by topics (like desegregation).

I found that the easiest way to limit a search to Nebraska opinions is to click on Advanced Search and select Nebraska in the Legal Opinions and Journals categories at the bottom of the page. Use the search boxes at the top to search by keyword, phrase, court case number (use the exact phrase box), or name. You can also limit results to recent years. I tried a phrase search on Republican River and limited the results to 2009, and got two hits. I was also able to find an opinion using the name of a judge.

For links to other online sources for Nebraska court cases, check out our NebraskAccess page How do I find information online about court cases in Nebraska?


December 14, 2009

Your Christmas Ornaments

Entry Categories: News  

From the U.S. Census Bureau:

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August 2009 was $470.3 million. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($28.6 million worth) during the same period.

Check out these statistics and more in our Facts for Features on the 2009 Holiday Season!


November 18, 2009

Entry Categories: News LogoWouldn't it be cool if someone created a one-stop-shopping portal for all
U.S. Government data? Just think of it: data from every department in the federal government available through one web site in a variety of common formats for sorting, downloading, and manipulating. Well, stop dreaming, because it's being developed right now and is located at The official goal of this ambitious project is "to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from will strengthen our Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."

I first heard about “” when I read an article in Wired Magazine about the nation's first Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vivek Kundra, who is the architect of this initiative ( According to Mr. Kundra, "The default setting for the U.S. Government should not be that everything should be secret and closed.  The default setting for the U.S. Government should be that it's open."  Launched in May of this year with just 47 datasets, the site already has almost 600 such records in the "raw" data catalog, including results of the Public Library Survey from FY1992 through FY2006. The plan is to continue adding more datasets on a regular basis as agencies submit them and to respond to user requests for new collections of data to be added.  This project holds great promise not only for librarians and other research professionals, but also for citizens who want to know how their government is performing.

And what about state governments?  They, too are ready to join the effort to make government information more accessible.  The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has agreed to collaborate with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the  Federal CIO, and the General Services Administration (GSA) to make state datasets available, using as a model( California, Utah, and the District of Columbia have already established their own state data portals, so you can see how such a project might look (

reposted from the NCompass Blog posting by John Felton


September 23, 2009

Health Insurance Workshops - Lincoln and Omaha

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

Health insurance is an important current topic. The American Community Survey (ACS) is adding data to the debate. The annual ACS asks the same critical demographic and economic questions as the decennial Census, but on a yearly basis, and the 2008 ACS asked about health insurance and detailed marital history data for the first time.

The Center for Public Affairs Reasearch is offering two free workshops, presented by David Drozd. The first is in Omaha (September 29th) and the sesond in Lincoln (October 6th). The workshops will summarize
--What new health insurance and marital history data is being released (type of coverage, percent uninsured, number of marriages, etc.)
--Where Nebraska and the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas rank nationally

To Register: call Melanie Kiper at 402-554-2133 or email For additional information on the ACS or the training sessions, contact David Drozd at 402-554-2132.

Public library staff can receive 2 hours of Continuing Education credit for the Public Librarian Certification Program.

Workshop flier

Lincoln time and place:
10/6/2009 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln


July 9, 2009

New Population Estimates for Nebraska

Entry Categories: News  

The Census Bureau releases annual population estimates for the years between the decennial census. The 2008 estimates for states, counties and towns were released on July 1st. The data is available in comma delimited files accessible by state from this web site

City and town populations are at the beginning of the file, followed by
populations grouped by county.

Watch the UNO Center for Public Affairs web site for updates to their comprehensive Nebraska population reports, with the newly released data.


June 29, 2009

Renewing your Driver's License

Entry Categories: News  

The kerfuffle over the license plates is over. The Department of Motor Vehicles is now alerting drivers to new security initiatives being implemented at DMV offices statewide.

Gone are the days when if you were renewing your license you could walk into an office, get your eyes tested, have a new photo taken, and leave a few minutes later with a new license.
The visit may be just as short, but you will not be leaving with a new permanent license. You will receive a 30-day temporary document and be mailed your permanent license or state ID card from a secure centralized facility. The measures are being taken to reduce fraud and identify theft and prevent theft of materials from local offices. More proof of identification will be required, and a security surcharge has been added.

When you visit the DMV be sure to:

--Not wait until the last minute because your new license will not be mailed to you for several days. You have 90 days to renew after you are notified.
--Bring proof of U.S. citizenship, social security number and principal address documents with you.
--Be prepared to take written and/or driving tests
--Bring the appropriate fee with you.

For more information visit the Department of Motor Vehicles web site


June 10, 2009

E-DOC Alert

Entry Categories: News   News   State Documents   State Epubs  

The NEDOCS list of publications for Spring 2009 is now available.


E-DOC Alert

Entry Categories: News   News   State Documents   State Epubs  

The NEDOCS list of publications for Spring 2009 is now available.


May 20, 2009

Library Journal's Notable Documents List

Entry Categories: News  

The May 15, 2009 issue of Library Journal features the 2008 Notable Documents list.

The lists are prepared by GODORT, the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association, which has been reviewing and highlighting notable government publications for 27 years. Both federal and state-level documents are included.

This year's LJ article also highlights the release of thousands of Congressional Research reports, and Carl Malamud's campaign to be appointed Public Printer of the United States.


May 6, 2009

Google Data Search Launched

Entry Categories: News  

Thanks to my coworker Allana I learned about Google Public Data, a new service launched last week.

Google Data makes it easy to find and compare public data. So far only unemployment and population data is included, but much more will be added in future. To see how it works for Nebraska type "unemployment rate" or "population" in any Google search box and click on the small chart at the top of the search results. This opens an interactive chart with national data. Using the table on the left allows you to select and compare states, view only one state or county's data, or compare states or counties.

The Google Blog announcement

says "All the data we've used in this first launch are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division. They did the hard work! We just made the data a bit easier to find and use.

Since Google's acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago, we have been working on creating a new service that make lots of data instantly available for intuitive, visual exploration. Today's launch is a first step in that direction. We hope people will find this search feature helpful, whether it's used in the classroom, the boardroom or around the kitchen table. We also hope that this will pave the way for public data to take a more central role in informed public conversations."

Pretty cool eh?


May 4, 2009

Vote for the Next License Plate

Entry Categories: News  

The Department of Motor Vehicles is giving Nebraskans a chance to vote for their favorite of four proposed license plate designs for the 2011 plates. From May 4 to 17 citizens can vote by following this link on DMV website

Designs for the four options were developed based on ideas submitted by Nebraskans during the last plate redesign. The state redesigns and begins issuing new license plates every six years, up from every three years, following a 2004 change in state law.

DMV Director Beverly Neth said, “We’re conducting the vote entirely online. By far the vast majority of votes from the previous two contests came to us through our website. And while Nebraskans are on line voting for their favorite license plate choice, I hope they’ll take time to browse the myriad of online services the DMV now offers.”

Each option features the address of the state website, Plates depict the following:

• A plate featuring the state bird, the western meadowlark, and the state flower, the goldenrod, with dark green lettering.

• License plate letters and numbers lettered in black on a background that fades from white to black, with lettered in red across the top.

• An outline of the state and ‘Nebraska’ written in red with a background of the State Capitol and license plate letters and numbers in black.

• An outline of the state on a blue background with ‘Nebraska’ and ‘The Good Life’ lettered in red with plate with letters and numbers lettered in black.

Voting is open to all Nebraskans. The voting website was designed to limit the number of votes from specific IP addresses. There are currently 2.2 million licensed motor vehicles in Nebraska.

Happy voting!


February 18, 2009

Watching the Unicameral Online

Entry Categories: News  

Floor debates of the Unicameral have been available as streaming video for several years. The NET web site now has 2009 Nebraska Legislature, Judiciary and Governor's Hearing Room Coverage via their Nebraska Capitol Live site.

TO START A LIVE FLASH STREAM: Select High Bandwidth, Low Bandwidth or Audio Only, then click on the
appropriate room in the right-hand column. To change streams, click on the type of stream you want,
then click on the room. Check the Schedule Information links to see when a live stream begins.

IF YOU CAN'T CONNECT, and you see a message beginning "Subscription failed: ..... ",
then the current session, hearing or conference is likely in recess or has ended for the day.


January 30, 2009

E-DOC Alert

Entry Categories: News   State Documents   State Epubs  

The NEDOCS list of publications for Winter 2009 is now available.


January 15, 2009

The last issue of What's Up Doc in Print

Entry Categories: News  

Times change, new technologies come along, and we use them to (hopefully) improve our services. If you are reading this posting you already know that What's up Doc?, our bimonthly newsletter listing state and federal publications received at the Library Commission, has gone 2.0 and become a blog.

Sometimes doing something new means stopping doing something the old way. The print What’s Up Doc will cease publication with the November/December 2008 issue. The 2008 annual compilation of state documents will also be published soon. We haven't decided whether to publish future annual compilations in print.

We welcome feedback and comments about the new What’s Up Doc—pros and cons of making the change, need for future annual state docs compilations, comments on news postings, etc. Would you like to write a news article for us to post? How about using the blog to comment! Or call me at 402-471-4017 (toll free 800-307-2665).

Archived issues of the print What's Up Doc are online

Annual compilations are online and accessible via this page


December 11, 2008

New Nebraska Census Data

Entry Categories: Digitization Projects   News  

The long-awaited release of 3-year data for communities of 20,000 and above is now available on the American Community Survey web site. On Dec. 9, the Census Bureau released the data, which will provide the first look at detailed socioeconomic and housing characteristics for geographies between 20,000 and 64,999 since Census 2000.

What this means for Nebraska is that 3-year averaged data for 2007 is now available for 11 cities (Bellevue, Columbus,Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Papillion).

To find profiles for these communities go to the American Factfinder site Look for American Community Survey in the Getting Detailed Data section and click on "get data". Leave the radio button on 2005-2007 3-year estimates. Choose "Data Profiles" on the right, then use the drop-down menu under "Select a Geographic Type" and click on "" indented under "State". Another dropdown will appear allowing you to select Nebraska. A final dropdown menu appears with the city names. Highlight one and click on "Show Result"

Some data is still not available--check the legend at the bottom of the table for an explanation of the symbols.

The Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO is the Nebraska Census Data Center. Their web site features research reports using data extracted from the Census files. This week "2005-2007 Nebraska urban-rural and county data highlights" , using the newly available data, was added to the site.

The American Factfinder site is a very powerful tool, allowing you to map data, make comparative tables for more than one community, or select which data elements you want to display in your table.

For more information about using American FactFinder contact Beth Goble


November 14, 2008

Legislative Web Site Changes

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

It is not unusual for the Unicameral Information Office to use the time between Legislative sessions to make changes to the Unicameral web site which result in changed urls. This year is no exception. The Statutes and Constitution search link has changed to

A new feature is the ability to search by Statute range. This could come in handy if you know the number of a specific statute and want to retreive the links to each section with a single search. For example, a search of 51-412 through 51-418 (The Publications Clearinghouse statute that authorizes the Library Commission to operate the state documents depository program) brings up a list of links for each section. Clicking on “Print Friendly Version of Search” creates a document combining the full text of all sections.

Another improved feature is the ability to perform a single keyword search for previous legislation from this site

Radio buttons allow selective searching of introduced bills, slip laws, committee statements, statements of intent, fiscal notes and amendments for any or all Legislatures from 1999 to the present.


October 20, 2008

E-DOC Alert

Entry Categories: News   State Documents   State Epubs  

The NEDOCS list of publications for Summer 2008 is now available.


October 14, 2008

NU Personnel Roster Online

Entry Categories: News   State Documents   State Epubs  

The long awaited 2008-09 University Personnel Rosters are now available online!



October 1, 2008

Voting on retention of judges

Entry Categories: News  

It's election time (as if you hadn't noticed!). In addition to the high-profile races where plenty (maybe too much) information is available, we Nebraskans are asked to vote on retention of judges. Making an informed decision probably seems like an impossable task unless voters have personal experience with a particular judge.

The Nebraska State Bar Association surveys their membership and and publishes a Judicial Performance Evaluation on their web site.

For more helpful information from the Bar Association go to their web site at


September 10, 2008

Latest issue of Doc online

Entry Categories: News  

The July/August issue of What's Up Doc? is now available online at:

[obsolete link removed]

If you would like to receive a print copy of this issue contact Jennifer Wrampe, 402-471-3217


September 5, 2008

Halloween Facts

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The Census Bureau has a nice web site called Facts for Features. Each edition offers fascinating statistics relating to events and holidays that can be used in newsletter articles or hot topics lists. This excerpt from the Halloween edition was released on September 3rd.

Check out the reference to Skull Creek, Neb. (population 274) as a place to spend Halloween!

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. In the United States, the first official citywide Halloween celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn., in 1921. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and young at heart take a more light-spirited approach. They don scary disguises or ones that may bring on smiles when they go door to door for treats, or attend or host a Halloween party.

Trick or Treat!
36 million
The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2007 — children 5 to 13 — across the United States. This number is down about 38,000 from a year earlier. Of course, many other children — older than 13, and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
Source: Population estimates

110.3 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in 2007 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhood safe. In addition, 78 percent said there was no place within a mile of their homes where they would be afraid to walk alone at night.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2003,

Jack-o’-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pies
1.1 billion pounds
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2007. Illinois led the country by producing 542 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. Pumpkin patches in California, New York and Ohio also provided lots of pumpkins: Each state produced at least 100 million pounds. The value of all pumpkins produced by major pumpkin-producing states was $117 million.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Where to Spend Halloween?
Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood are:

Transylvania County, N.C. (29,984 residents). Source: Population estimates 2007

Tombstone, Ariz. (population 1,562). Source: Population estimates 2007

Pumpkin Center, N.C. (population 2,228); and Pumpkin Bend, Ark. (population 307).
Source: Census 2000
Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C. (15,711); and Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C. (1,170).
Source: Census 2000
Skull Creek, Neb. (population 274). Source: Population estimates 2007


August 26, 2008

Welcome to the new What's up Doc Blog

Entry Categories: News  

Welcome to the new What's Up Doc!

What's up Doc? is transforming to a new format and delivery method. The new Doc will continue to provide the information librarians and researchers need about new documents available in print or electronically via our Publicatons Clearinghouse service. Starting in September we will use blogging software to post the lists of new state and federal documents received at the Library Commission. This will allow us to let subscribers know about newly received documents more quickly than with our traditional bimonthly newsletter. We plan to post listings of new pubs every week or so, depending on what comes through our doors. We will also announce new lists of downloaded state epubs, complete with OCLC numbers and urls to use in library catalogs.

What's Up Doc will be broadening it's scope to include more news and updates about Publications Clearinghouse activities, documents in the news, and documents issues-- updates about Nebraska Memories visits and scanning, collaborative digitation projects like Nebraska Public Documents, new FAQs on our Nebraska Frequently Asked Questions web site, to name a few.

We will continue to publish bimonthly and annual compilations of newly received publications at least through the end of this year.

Let us know what you think of the new What's Up Doc?


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