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The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection

The editorial cartoons and related lesson plans from The Dirksen Center will teach students to identify issues, analyze symbols, acknowledge the need for background knowledge, recognize stereotypes and caricatures, think critically, and appreciate the role of irony and humor.

[About The Dirksen Center's Editorial Cartoon Collection]

Editorial cartoonists loved Everett Dirksen (1896-1969)—his position of influence as Minority Leader in the Senate (1959-69), his way with words, and, of course, his distinctive appearance. Over the years, Senator Dirksen’s staff compiled a scrapbook containing more than 300 editorial cartoons. Topics covered include Vietnam, civil rights, Republican Party politics, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, reapportionment, Taft-Hartley 14(b), school prayer, Dirksen’s recording career, Senate procedures, congressional pay, presidential appointments, and Dirksen’s legacy. Naturally, cartoonists also used these topics to depict Dirksen’s relationship with President Lyndon Johnson, with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, and with the Supreme Court. In addition, cartoonists sent Dirksen between 50 and 60 original sketches on equally diverse topics.

Among the scores of cartoonists represented in the collection are Herblock, Gib Crockett, Hugo, Bill Mauldin, Gene Basset, Pat Oliphant, Al Capp, Wayne Stayskal, Jim Berry, Guernsey LePelley, Tom Engelhardt, Paul Conrad, and Jim Berryman.

Posted by Brian Gray on July 25, 2007 09:40 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

The CIA has established this site to provide the public with an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents. Because of CIA's need to comply with the national security laws of the United States, some documents or parts of documents cannot be released to the public. In particular, the CIA, like other U.S. intelligence agencies, has the responsibility to protect intelligence sources and methods from disclosure. However, a substantial amount of CIA information has been and/or can be released following review. See "Your Rights" for further details on the various methods of obtaining this information.

Here is one document to demonstrate the contents. Enjoy!

Posted by Brian Gray on July 4, 2007 11:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Political Ads Database

Are you doing research in politics or looking for some juicy bits for a blog posting? Take a look at the Political Ads Database, which is operated by the Washington Post. You can browse by candidate, organization, state, party, race, etc. So far the collection appears to be limited to the year 2006.

Posted by Brian Gray on May 4, 2007 09:25 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.

Posted by Brian Gray on April 23, 2007 08:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

C-SPAN Reduces Copyright Restrictions

Confessions of a Mad Librarian notes that C-SPAN has reduced restrictions on copyright. The new policy reduces restrictions on its coverage of federal activities, so bloggers and other sites can use the material "to increase the political dialogue".

Blogs are changing the information and copyright landscapes for future users.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 18, 2007 05:41 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Injury Data

The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides data on illnesses and injuries on the job and data on worker fatalities. It is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Posted by Brian Gray on March 1, 2007 09:12 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) is now

The official portal of the U.S. government is changing its name -- to is now; and FirstGov en españ is continues to offer the same great government services:

  • Shop government auctions
  • Apply for government jobs or benefits
  • Contact elected officials
  • Get or renew a passport
  • Renew your drivers license or get vital records
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions
  • Find all federal, state, local government information and services

Posted by Brian Gray on January 30, 2007 08:41 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 22, 2006 08:11 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Status of Technology and Digitization in the Nation’s Museums and Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is committed to helping libraries and museums take full advantage of the power of technology. Through grantmaking, research, conferences, and publications the Institute helps to create and share best practices and provide important data for administrators, policy makers, and the public.

As part of its mandate to analyze needs and trends of museum and library services, the Institute is pleased to present the 2004 survey on the use of technology and digitization in the nation’s libraries and museums.

(VIA: The Scout Report, March 24, 2006, Volume 12, Number 12)

Posted by Brian Gray on September 11, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

National Archives - Electronic Records Project

WIRED Magazine (File This Under Data Overload, January 2006) wrote about the new Electronic Records Archives project, which Lockheed-Martin will build at a cost of $308 million over the next six years.

So ERA will be a modular system, relying as much as possible on technologies (many of them open source) developed elsewhere. For example, one anticipated module will be responsible for determining what kind of software was used to create an incoming document. Another will translate it into a usable format. Others will handle distribution, backup, and searchability. The modules can be replaced or added as technology advances - there would never be a need to reengineer the entire system. Another boon, at least from a bureaucratic standpoint, is that nobody has to define the limits of what the system will actually do.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 7, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Library of Congress - Call for Feedback

The Library of Congress wants to gain a better understanding of who its patrons are, what services they use, and the quality and value of those services. If you are a user of the Library of Congress, either on site or via the Web, we invite you to take a few minutes to give us your feedback using the online survey at:

This user survey is being conducted by Outsell, Inc. on behalf of the Library. All responses will be kept confidential. Only grouped data will be reported; your responses will not be singled out in the analysis. Thank you very much for using the Library of Congress. We apologize for multiple postings.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 5, 2006 07:56 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Identity Theft: Outline of Federal Statutes and Bibliography of Select Resources

Sara R. Paul has written Identity Theft: Outline of Federal Statutes and Bibliography of Select Resources. This bibliography outlines the pertinent federal statutes and resources for researching identity theft, and includes a list of newsletters and blogs that can be used to keep abreast of new developments.

It was published at, which claims to be:

the premier free, independent, one person produced Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools.

Posted by Brian Gray on August 30, 2006 09:58 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Maps In Our Lives

Celebrating a thirty-year partnership between the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Maps in Our Lives exhibition explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems--and draws on both the Library's historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress.

Here is an example what can be found:

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was trained as a surveyor and practiced in western Virginia in the early years of his career. In 1760 and 1766, he prepared two manuscript plats of land he had recently purchased, later known as the River Farm, adjacent to his ancestral home of Mount Vernon. These two maps are examples of colonial-era plantation maps.

(VIA: The Scout Report, June 23, 2006)

Posted by Brian Gray on August 19, 2006 01:42 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

FirstGov for Nonprofits offers a gateway that provides links to nonprofit resources as it relates to the U.S. government. It includes information by agency, fundraising & outreach information, grants & loans, laws & regulations, management & operations information, tax sites, as well as, other resources.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on July 21, 2006 02:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Selected Immigration-Related Resources

The Government Accountability Office has compiled a list of resources which gives the governmental perspactive of issues related to immigration.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on July 12, 2006 07:52 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)