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Congressional Research Service’s 2016 Annual Report

This iteration highlights that “…Congress relied on CRS expertise, placing more than 62,000 requests for custom analysis and research. The Service hosted more than 9,200 congressional participants at seminars, briefings, and training; published more than 3,500 new or updated reports; summarized more than 6,300 bills; and maintained nearly 10,000 products on its website for Congress….”(iii) FYI, this $100,000,000 Congressional think tank is a branch of the Library of Congress. More on it here.

For those who would like access to the “products”; i.e., reports, sidebars, documents, etc. generated by the CRS in fulfillment of its mission, please go to either FAS (Federation of American Scientists) Congressional Research Reports page or (contrary to the .com suffix, the reports are freely available).


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Library Closure on Friday, May 19, 2017

Due to upgrade work, the Library will be closed on Friday, May 19. In addition, there will be no access to the Library’s databases from 6pm, Thursday, May 18 until 6pm, Friday, May 19.  We are regret the inconvenience.

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NJCU Library 2017 Summer Schedule

May 16 – May 26

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Sat-Sun  Closed

May 27 – May 29 Memorial Day Weekend Closed

May 30 – June 4

Tues – Thursday 7:30am – 9pm

Fri 7:30am – 5pm

Sat Closed

Sun 11am – 5pm

June 5 – July 3

Mon-Thurs 7:30am – 9pm

Fri-Sat Closed

Sun 11am-5pm

July 4 Closed

July 5 – July 6

Wed-Thurs 8am – 5:15pm

July 7-July 9 Closed

July 10 – August 10

Mon-Thurs 7:30am – 9pm

Fri-Sat Closed

Sun 11am – 5pm

August 11- September 1

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm

Sat – Sun Closed


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10th Anniversary of the Library Blog

It was exactly ten years ago today that this blog was launched. Some facts:

There are 2449 entries containing thousands of links

The blog has been viewed 169,226 times

The top ten countries with the most views: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, India, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, and South Korea

The most popular entries are:

Online Primary Sources for the War of 1812 More stats 4,919
Online Primary Sources for American History: The Territorial Papers of the United States More stats 3,206
New Federal Withholding Tax Tables Published More stats 2,498
Online Primary Sources for American History: New Jersey Colonial Documents More stats 2,190
This Day In History: Hamilton-Burr Duel More stats 1,854
Database Trials More stats 1,599
Online Primary Sources for American History: The Iraq War More stats 1,155
Women Writers on the Web More stats 1,109
New Jersey Teenagers and Driving More stats 944


I would like to thank all the supporters of this blog who have encouraged its development and who have commented on its content. It has been a pleasure, and I look forward to continuing the journey.

Fred Smith

Director of Library Services

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Homage to the Card Catalog

Unfortunately, this piece of library technology has been relegated to the dustbin of history, but remember at one time this was THE portal into a library’s book collection.

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2017 Best New Libraries

As selected by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association, these eight libraries were chosen for both their design and architecture. Included are academic, public, and international libraries; pictures and histories of all the winners are given.

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What Concerns Do Academic Librarians Have?

Judging by the 2017 ACRL Proceedings, a lot. The papers presented run the range from assessment of library instruction to interlibrary loan to online tutorials. A pdf version of almost 800 pages is also available.

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