Monday, November 11, 2013


Beginning on November 19th visitors to will be redirected to will remain accessible through the web page until late 2014 at which time it will be retired. More information about the transition may be found at .  The Library of Congress also has an online orientation available at:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

What's new in Government Information

By Kathy Karn-Carmichael

Happy New Year.  The beginning of a new year always brings change and for many of us a chance for improvements, along that note I thought this would be an opportune time to share what is new in government information.

American Job Center
Another new federal site is the American job Center not be confused with This site has information from several federal agencies. It has compiled education & training, job searching and career exploration information, along with information specific to Veterans, Businesses, and Youth. is a new website created by the Library of Congress which is in beta testing for the next two years. It will, at the end of the beta test replace and all information available on Thomas will have been migrated to It is a more robust website with many great new features including video of the House and Senate. Links are available for the Congressional Record, Teachers Resources, links to state websites and much more. The link below is a webinar which gives an overview of the new site.

Congressional Timeline
This is not a government site but a site created by the Dirksen Center. It is a great tool for those who are teaching Congressional History. It provides the highlights of each Congressional session going back to 1933.    

For those who are unhappy with the newest version of American Fact Finder some changes are coming, which should make using the web site much easier.

Community Facts"* - the easy tools on the Census homepage and AFF homepage of "Quick Facts" and "Population Finder" will be merged and replaced by a new tool called "Community Facts". Just enter the name of a state, county, city, town, or zip code in the search box to get summary data about that geography.

Guided Search"* will be the /new /second choice, and consists of easy-to-work through prompted searches for these choices -

     I'm looking for information about 
  • people
  • housing
  • businesses or industries" a specific dataset
  •  table number or a table title"

The user clicks their choice, then follows prompts to their data. As you can see the order is from the most general to the most specific, and can be used by the entire range of Census data users, novices to experts.
/"Guided Search" is the topic approach to AFF that the Census Bureau and its former director Dr. Groves has been promising to develop for us since the redesign of AFF began in 2010./ You and your customers are really going to like it.

USC Aiken Library is hosting a workshop on American FactFinder on Friday, March 22nd at 1pm. If you are interested in learning about the changes and about how to use AFF contact Kathy Karn-Carmichael at or 803-641-3320 to make a reservation.


I will be chairing the committee again this year assisted by Vice-Chair Ruth Castillo, and Secretary Bernadette Johnson.
Remember when renewing your membership to add the GODORT Round Table to your selections.

Congratulations to Bernadette Johnson, whose article "Government Documents Documents Usage and Awareness in Higher Education was published in DTTP.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Time Attendee

By Kathy Karn-Carmichael
Gregg-Graniteville Library
USC Aiken

Last week I attended, for the first time, the Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Virginia. My name tag bore a turquoise ribbon embossed  in gold letters "First Time Attendee", so everyone would know I was a DLC rookie. The first event was an orientation for first time attendees, which gave us an overview of the conference. The mornings had a variety of sessions covering collection development, websites, online resources, tools and speakers from federal agencies. The afternoons consisted of a two hour session reporting on the results of the FDLP Forecast Study ( more on that in another post) followed by late afternoon sessions. As with most conferences, I had to carefully choose which sessions to attend, choosing those which would help me the most in dealing with issues I am facing here at USC Aiken..

One of the highlights of the week was the screening of Linotype: the Film, a very interesting documentary about the Linotype machine. The film made many of us almost regret the advances of technology. It was followed by a reception in the GPO bookstore, with wine, cheese, and cake.

During the course of the week I attended a session on Rare Earth Elements by Bert Chapman of Purdue University, He provided an abundance of government resources and information on this hot topic. Other very informative sessions included, "Access to Justice Information and Statistics" information in the use of, National Geologic Map Database session provided information about the revised website, GPO staff provided information about the progress of the redesign of the FDLP website, our Regional Librarian, Bill Sudduth presented a session on the ASERL Disposition Database, another session provided information about Public Health reports. By far, my favorite session was, "Promoting Public Access to Modern Day History: an Introduction to the National Security Archive which, according to the Los Angeles Times, has the largest collection of declassified U.S. documents. Currently featured on the home page are declassified documents related to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
If you are interested in learning more about these or some of  the other sessions, many are available for download. at DLC 2012 presentation materials

It was a wonderful and exhausting experience, I highly recommend it.

                                               New FDLP Promotional Materials

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Last fall at a statewide government librarian's meeting at Thomas Cooper Library, I expressed an interest in the SCLA Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). I am now the chair of GODORT, it is funny how that worked out. I invite all government librarians to contribute to this blog and share news and events which may be of interest to members of GODORT.
As someone who is new to both government documents and South Carolina, I need the support and involvement of other government librarians in South Carolina. My goals for this group for the remainder of the year are modest. First, I would like to hear from other government librarians who are interested in becoming involved in GODORT, either as a member or as an officer. Secondly I would like to schedule a meeting for later in the summer to develop plans for the future of SC GODORT and decide if we would like to participate as a group in the SCLA conference in October. This is a very challenging time for government librarians, technology and the political climate is playing a major role in our ability to provide service and materials to our users. It is very important that we keep aware of the issues facing government information in this dynamic environment. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact me at or 803-641-3320. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kathy Karn-Carmichael
USC Aiken