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Mar 25

Women's Rights National Historical Park [Web brochure]

Posted by jdavis in Untagged 


March is Women's History Month and I am writing this posting on International Women's Day. If I had the twelve hours--round trip-- to hit the road, I'd head for the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York and celebrate how far we have come as a nation.

It would definitely be a work related trip. The U.S. Government Printing Office printed Elizabeth Cady Stanton's most famous-- and in her estimation, her best--speech in 1915. She delivered her address, Solitude of Self, before the Committee on the Judiciary on January 18, 1892. She argued why the law needs to treat women as equal citizens under the law and she argued for women to get the vote via a law that became the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Sadly it took forty-two years after Cady and Stanton drafted the amendment and long after their deaths for the amendment to pass. As Stanton's house is part of the park, it's here that you can discover a very human portion of United States history and feel a renewed sense of the privilege that all United States citizens have to vote.

Not only can you learn about Stanton at the park, you can also get a wider view of the earliest stages of the women's rights movement in the United States. Four historical properties and a visitor's center make up the park. You can visit the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls where the leaders of the women's rights movement held the First Women's Rights Convention in August 1848. Stanton's home is open from spring through fall. You can tour the house she referred to as "the Center of the Rebellion" where she raised her large family while networking with other women on women's rights reforms.

Mar 16

Please sign our petition for open access to ALL govt information

Posted by jrjacobs in Open govt , open access , FDLP


As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.

we hope you'll sign the petition and forward on to all your friends and social networks to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! Thanks in advance!!


Mar 14

Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing and Fact Sheet: the President's Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs by Investing in Manufacturing.

Posted by jdavis in economy


Anyone who's looking for a job, or knows someone who's looking for a job, will likely feel piqued interest when the President starts explaining how he plans to create more jobs. When the President gave his State of the Union speech on February 12, I sat on the edge of the sofa, trying to gain a sense of the Federal Government's plans for the Country's economic recovery. I suspect much of the rest of the country was hovering in a similar place. However, watching the brief portion of the State of the Union address, or even reading news journal articles are not going to answer all of your questions.  

If you crave details, you need to go to the source (or at least an official summation of the source), and read the President's plans in print. Fortunately there's the White House's high-level brief Fact Sheets series and its latest release, Fact Sheet: the President's Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs by Investing in Manufacturing (CGP record). The fact sheet lays out a brief three page outline of his "...concrete agenda to train American workers for high tech manufacturing jobs, end tax breaks to ship jobs overseas and make the U.S. more competitive, bring jobs back, and level the playing field for our workers by opening new markets for American-made products."

This outline covers some of the background of the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs), the new partnerships of the Community College to Career Fund, the plan for tax rate reform, and the Federal Government's efforts to attract investment to the U.S. and to create a "manufacturing communities partnership". Many parts of this plan have already been set in motion, and the reader can glean a few details here.

Aug 27

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies and Independent Agencies

Posted by AmandaJBuel in Untagged 



The records management directive continues....and now there are requirements! Released on 24 August 2012, this directive "...identifies specific actions that will be taken by NARA, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to support agency records management programs."


Mar 28

Check it out! Senate Print 112-31 and the Cloture Rule

Posted by cwrobinson in Untagged 



As a librarian who follows congressional documents, I see a lot of publications cross my desk.  Some look interesting, some seem pretty routine, and some force me to stop what I’m doing and get lost for an hour in new information. That happened to me recently when a coworker mentioned an update of Senate Print 112-31 covering the cloture rule from 1917 to 2008.

Now, I’m certainly used to finding things interesting as a documents librarian that I know would not be of enough interest to warrant a blog post but the cloture rule and the associated notion of the filibuster have become an increasingly visible part of our legislative process. Whether it’s through increasing political news consumption or political dramatizations like The West Wing episode, “The Stackhouse Filibuster,” and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the American public has become fascinated with this particular piece of our legislative process. (For those who aren’t familiar with the distinction, filibuster can be any act meant to slow or halt approval of a bill and cloture is the formal procedure used to end debate and bring the bill to a vote).

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