Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government

Ben’s Guide is a scholastic website hosted by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), designed to inform and educate students, parents and teachers about the federal government. The site includes learning activities about Ben Franklin, his life and legacy and information on the government and how it functions. As the first public librarian of the U.S., as well as a printer,

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Next week, on Monday August 21, a total solar eclipse will occur. The eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun, will be the first visible eclipse from the continental United States in 38 years. When the eclipse occurs, the sky will darken during the middle of the day. The eclipse, whether solar or lunar, is the alignment of

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National Mental Health Awareness Month

At the start of May, President Trump proclaimed the month of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Originally established in 1949, National Mental Health Awareness Month recognizes millions of Americans affected by mental illness and works to ensure care and treatment for those who are suffering. Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from mental illness, and even worse, approximately 60

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GPO Visits Indiana Libraries

Last week, staff from the Government Publishing Office (GPO) visited libraries from around the state. Thirty-two libraries in Indiana participate in the Federal Documents Library Program (FDLP), a program that ensures public access to information published by the federal government. The Indiana State Library serves as Indiana’s Regional Depository, which means the library collects everything published by GPO. The other

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April is Autism Awareness Month

April marks the start of Autism Awareness Month. 1 in 68 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. State and federal government agencies provide extensive information to educate and improve autism awareness. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides a thorough overview

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Researching with State & Federal Government Resources Webinar

The Indiana State Library is pleased to share a recent webinar given by Federal Document Coordinator Brent Abercrombie and State Documents Coordinator Andrea Glenn titled Researching with State & Federal Government Resources. The webinar provides an introduction to the size and scope of government information that is produced. Brent and Andrea cover many state and federal resources and websites. The webinar was targeted towards librarians

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African American History Month

February is Black History Month, I wanted to highlight a couple government resources that provide a wealth of information relating to the history and the cultural and societal impact of African Americans in our country. AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov, a web-portal collaboration project between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution,

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Free GPO Webinars

The Government Publishing Office (GPO) just announced their list of upcoming free webinars for the month of December. For library science students, librarians, or anyone interested in learning about new government information resources, I recommend taking the time to look over their list of topics. Follow the link below. https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/2814-jingle-all-the-way-with-free-webinars-from-gpo-this-december Anyone interested in finding out about upcoming news, events, or

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DLC Recap – Successful Transition Planning

Last week, the Federal Depository Library Program and Government Publishing Office hosted the Depository Library Council conference in Washington DC. The two and half day conference covers a variety of timely topics, issues, and policies relating to government information and FDLP/GPO. I was fortunate enough to be a presenter at this year’s conference. My talk, Making it Happen Together: Demonstrating

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