Archive for December, 2008

American Library Association, Among Others, Submits Position Paper to Transition Team

Along with many other agencies and groups, the American Library Association has handed in its recommendations/plans for the future to the Obama transition team. Selected other plans are : Center for Democracy and Technology’s Transition Materials for President Obama; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s A Transition Plan for Securing America’s Energy Future; 21st Century Right to Know Project’s Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda; Sunshine in Government Initiative’s Media Coalition Recommendations…to Strengthen Transparency and Integrity in Government;  the American Civil Liberties Union’s Action for Restoring America; the Third Way’s Protecting the Homeland From Day One: A Transition Plan; and the Criminal Justice Transition Coalition’s Smart on Crime.

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Complete Report of Obama Transition Staff Contacts with Illnois Governor Blagojevich

The title says it all. Read the complete text here.

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Women in the Labor Force: 2008 Databook

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Quality of Nursing Home Care

This comprehensive site allows you to search for nursing homes within a specific state, county, city, or zip code. Rankings are based on a five-star system, and information is given justifying the individual rankings. A valuable tool.

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The Disabled Population in America

This snapshot of the disabled poulation, based on the 2005 Census Bureau survey reveals, among other things, that: 19% or 54.4 million Americans reported some disability in 2005; only 46% of the disabled population between 21 and 64 were employed; 3.3 million use a wheelchair; and 4.7 million children have a disability. More information on disabilities can be found here. And do not forget the New Jersey Division of Disability Services.

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Clinton Foundation Releases Donor List

As a pre-condition to Hillary Clinton being vetted as our next Secretary of State, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, needed to publish a list of all donors to his charitable foundation to avoid any apparent conflictc of inetrest. This searchable accounting contains some of the most recognizable names and institutions in the world: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, each gave between $10 million and $25 million to the William J Clinton Foundation. Among those giving $1 million to $5 million were:the governments of Norway, Kuwait, Oman, Taiwan, Qatar as well as the Friends of Saudi Arabia, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the Streisand Foundation. Donors down to the $250 to $1000 level are included.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States

The vade mecum of every good reference librarian, the Statistical Abstract for 2009 has just been released. Containing over 1300 tables, this annual title  presents a numerical portrait of this country with figures ranging  from “Members of Congress-Selected Characteristics: 1993-2007″(Table 390) to “Farm Income 2005 and 2006″(Table 805) which reports that one of the principal commodities that New Jersey produces is “horses/mules.” We wish the index were interactive, but it only requires a little backing and forthing to retrieve the needed data. This is well worth a look. And don’t forget that Statistical Abstracts back to 1878 are here.

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