Flags at half-staff

There have been too many occasions recently that the U.S. has been flying its flags at half-staff.  According to USA.gov’s page on the American flag, the U.S. flag flies at half-staff when the nation is in mourning. These periods of mourning occur by Presidential proclamation.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has a page on Flag-Lowering Orders in Wisconsin. Not only does it give the current flag status and explain under what situations the flag is lowered, it also lists US and state flag lowering proclamations going back to 2009.

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Guide to government information resources during the federal shutdown

UW-Madison just created a guide to online federal government information resources during the shutdown.  The guide is at http://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/govshutdown .  A few of the “workaround” sites listed there are available only in UW-Madison Libraries or remotely to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff, but most sites are free to all.

Feel free to link to the site, or borrow parts of it!

–Beth Harper, Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison