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“LibGuide” list of government website statuses

Lisa Peters blogged last week about some of the notable impacts of the government shutdown on government websites. A research librarian at Florida State’s main library is now editing this list on the “LibGuides” platform, cataloging websites that are either stagnant or fully inoperative, and providing some alternative suggestions for researchers.

PEW’s Fact Tank

Last month the Pew Research Center introduced Fact Tank, “numbers, facts and trends shaping your world.” Fact Tank contains stories about current events from a “data journalism” perspective. Each business day Fact Tank covers one or two current news stories and discusses them in relation to data gathered by the PEW Research Center or others. On June 4, there …Read the Rest

Professor Jensen, Award Winning Limericist

April is National Poetry month. In celebration here are three limericks from our own Professor Erik Jensen.   From the January 2013, Mini-Annual of Improbable Research: The judges have chosen a winner for last month’s Shoulder Sampling Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor the study “Should Styrene be Sampled on the Left …Read the Rest

Ohio H.B. No.59: Taxation of Legal Services

There is legislation pending in the Ohio House of Representatives that would result in a tax on legal services. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has created a Tax Opposition Toolkit for lawyers and clients who want to encourage their representatives to oppose this tax. The proposed legislation that would cause this change is H.B. 59. …Read the Rest

State of the Union 2014

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union address in his second, and final, term in office. The phrase, “State of the Union” was first used in 1934 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. George Washington, who delivered the first regular annual message before a joint session of Congress on …Read the Rest

White House Petitions

On January 11th the White House responded to a petition to build a Death Star: “This isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For.” The “Death Star” story brought renewed public attention to “We the People,” the online site to petition the White House. Many had fun with the response, such as the Daily Show (Moment …Read the Rest