Happy holidays from GIRT!

Where would we government information professionals be without some government documents about the holiday season? Make some cocoa and settle down to read up!

A Brief Timeline of the National Christmas Tree, from the National Parks Service, offers a glimpse of National Christmas Trees past.

Christmas Proclamation Issued by President Roosevelt, December 24, 1942, available from the National Archives, offers a glimpse of a bleak holiday season in American history.

Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas? from the National Climatic Data Center may help you forecast the color of your own December holidays.

Crew of Apollo 8 – A View from Lunar Orbit, December, 1968, chronicles the space mission of Apollo 8 during a winter holiday long ago.

Wishing all of our readers happy holidays and a safe and productive 2015!

Government Information Round Table (GIRT)

Advertisements

New report: Promoting Excellence for All

In his September 25, 2014 State of Education address, State Superintendent Tony Evers unveiled the “Promoting Excellence for All” report. Compiled by a task force of Wisconsin educators, Promoting Excellence for All highlights strategies to address the disparity of academic performance between minority students and their white peers.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.

Wisconsin economy in the news

The Cap Times reports that Wisconsin is still facing “headwinds” regarding economic recovery and job growth. The article covers the release of the Fall 2014 Wisconsin Economic Outlook, a quarterly report of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue that discusses employment, GDP, and other economic indicators.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.

Election Day is coming, Election day is coming!

The next general election is coming up on November 4, 2014. Early voting began in Wisconsin on October 20 and more voters will head to the polls on Election Day itself.

In an earlier post, we discussed Vote ID in Wisconsin, with updates about the recent changes to the law. While voters will not be required to show photo identification to vote, some questions may still arise:

Happy voting!

Annual Fiscal Report in the news

The La Crosse Tribune reported this week about the release of the Annual Fiscal Report by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). The report indicates that the state ended the fiscal year 2013-2014 with a budget surplus. Learn more by reading the full report on the DOA website.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.

Documents in the news: Rare Moose Sightings in Wisconsin

WISC-TV Madison reports that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received reports of moose sightings in the Chippewa Valley — a rare occurrence in that part of the state. Find out more about the moose population in Wisconsin from the DNR’s Moose Observations report.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.

Documents in the news

A recent Channel 3000 story called attention to the cost of the proposed Madison-La Crosse power line.

For more information, see the Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

Thank you to Abbigail Swanton at the Department of Public Instruction, Division of Libraries and Technology, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning for calling our attention to this great example of a government document making the news!

 

New year, new chair

Robin Miller, GIRT Chair

Robin Miller
GIRT Chair, 2014

Welcome to 2014, a new year and a new beginning for the Government Information Round Table (GIRT) of the Wisconsin Library Association.

This will be an exciting year for GIRT! First of all, you’re reading this post on our brand new blog rather than our print newsletter. In 2013, GIRT decided to retire the print edition of Eagle Press, our longstanding publication of news from Wisconsin’s government information community. With WLA’s help, we have launched a new blog where we’ll keep you updated with news from libraries and librarians around Wisconsin, highlight new government publications, and share information about issues and proposals impact access to government information in libraries.

In addition, this year, GIRT will return to hosting Government Information Day in the Spring rather than the Fall. The GIRT Board is currently planning our upcoming Government Information Day for late May or early June. We’ll keep you updated about our progress and will announce the event date soon. Government Information Day is a great way to meet librarians from throughout Wisconsin, and whether you work with government documents a lot or a little, this event is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in this field of librarianship.

GIRT looks forward to sponsoring conference presentations at upcoming WLA conferences, including the WLA Annual Conference. If you have an idea for a government information related conference presentation, please feel free to contact Robin Miller (millerob@uwec.edu). We would love to hear from you.

Best of luck to our government documents colleagues this year! We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming year.