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May 4, 2009

Vote for the Next License Plate

Entry Categories: News  

The Department of Motor Vehicles is giving Nebraskans a chance to vote for their favorite of four proposed license plate designs for the 2011 plates. From May 4 to 17 citizens can vote by following this link on DMV website www.nebraska.gov/survey/licenseplatecontestsurvey.php

Designs for the four options were developed based on ideas submitted by Nebraskans during the last plate redesign. The state redesigns and begins issuing new license plates every six years, up from every three years, following a 2004 change in state law.

DMV Director Beverly Neth said, “We’re conducting the vote entirely online. By far the vast majority of votes from the previous two contests came to us through our website. And while Nebraskans are on line voting for their favorite license plate choice, I hope they’ll take time to browse the myriad of online services the DMV now offers.”

Each option features the address of the state website, Nebraska.gov. Plates depict the following:

• A plate featuring the state bird, the western meadowlark, and the state flower, the goldenrod, with dark green lettering.

• License plate letters and numbers lettered in black on a background that fades from white to black, with Nebraska.gov lettered in red across the top.

• An outline of the state and ‘Nebraska’ written in red with a background of the State Capitol and license plate letters and numbers in black.

• An outline of the state on a blue background with ‘Nebraska’ and ‘The Good Life’ lettered in red with plate with letters and numbers lettered in black.

Voting is open to all Nebraskans. The voting website was designed to limit the number of votes from specific IP addresses. There are currently 2.2 million licensed motor vehicles in Nebraska.

Happy voting!

 

May 6, 2009

New Publications Received at the NE Library Commission

Entry Categories: State Documents  

Click here to see a list of the latest publications received.

 

Google Data Search Launched

Entry Categories: News  

Thanks to my coworker Allana I learned about Google Public Data, a new service launched last week.

Google Data makes it easy to find and compare public data. So far only unemployment and population data is included, but much more will be added in future. To see how it works for Nebraska type "unemployment rate" or "population" in any Google search box and click on the small chart at the top of the search results. This opens an interactive chart with national data. Using the table on the left allows you to select and compare states, view only one state or county's data, or compare states or counties.

The Google Blog announcement
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/adding-search-power-to-public-data.html

says "All the data we've used in this first launch are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division. They did the hard work! We just made the data a bit easier to find and use.

Since Google's acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago, we have been working on creating a new service that make lots of data instantly available for intuitive, visual exploration. Today's launch is a first step in that direction. We hope people will find this search feature helpful, whether it's used in the classroom, the boardroom or around the kitchen table. We also hope that this will pave the way for public data to take a more central role in informed public conversations."

Pretty cool eh?

 

May 20, 2009

Library Journal's Notable Documents List

Entry Categories: News  

The May 15, 2009 issue of Library Journal features the 2008 Notable Documents list. http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6657395.html

The lists are prepared by GODORT, the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association, which has been reviewing and highlighting notable government publications for 27 years. Both federal and state-level documents are included.

This year's LJ article also highlights the release of thousands of Congressional Research reports, and Carl Malamud's campaign to be appointed Public Printer of the United States.

 

May 21, 2009

Network of Care for Behavioral Health

Entry Categories: State Documents  

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has a new web site called Network of Care for Behavioral Health http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/networkofcare/

Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place for individuals,
families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse
and developmental disabilities.This online community provides critical information,
communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is
“No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those
working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the
behavioral health system.

The site features a clickable map linking to resources in each of the 5 service regions in Nebraska and a text list of counties linking to the appropriate region. Printable brochures customized for each region are also linked from the site.

 

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