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May 10, 2010

Today is Personal Archiving Day

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Memories should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Advice on how to safeguard precious digital and traditional photos, documents, recordings and more will be presented at Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/events/presweek2010

Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress celebrates the first national Preservation Week (May 9-15), www.ala.org/preservationweek/. It is sponsored by Library of Congress, the American Library Association (ALA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services and partner organizations. This joint initiative highlights libraries and other collecting institutions as good sources of preservation information.

The Library of Congress' Personal Archiving Day is co-sponsored by the Library's Office of Strategic Initiatives and Library Services.

 

December 11, 2008

New Nebraska Census Data

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The long-awaited release of 3-year data for communities of 20,000 and above is now available on the American Community Survey web site. On Dec. 9, the Census Bureau released the data, which will provide the first look at detailed socioeconomic and housing characteristics for geographies between 20,000 and 64,999 since Census 2000.

What this means for Nebraska is that 3-year averaged data for 2007 is now available for 11 cities (Bellevue, Columbus,Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Papillion).

To find profiles for these communities go to the American Factfinder site
http://factfinder.census.gov. Look for American Community Survey in the Getting Detailed Data section and click on "get data". Leave the radio button on 2005-2007 3-year estimates. Choose "Data Profiles" on the right, then use the drop-down menu under "Select a Geographic Type" and click on "....place" indented under "State". Another dropdown will appear allowing you to select Nebraska. A final dropdown menu appears with the city names. Highlight one and click on "Show Result"

Some data is still not available--check the legend at the bottom of the table for an explanation of the symbols.

The Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO is the Nebraska Census Data Center. Their web site http://www.unomaha.edu/cpar/data_reports.php features research reports using data extracted from the Census files. This week "2005-2007 Nebraska urban-rural and county data highlights" , using the newly available data, was added to the site.

The American Factfinder site is a very powerful tool, allowing you to map data, make comparative tables for more than one community, or select which data elements you want to display in your table.

For more information about using American FactFinder contact Beth Goble

 

November 26, 2008

Nebraska Public Document Site gets $25,000

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The Nebraska Public Documents web site got a boost November 18th when the State Records Board awarded a $25,000 grant to the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at Love Library to add more digitized reports. The site is a searchable database of digitized versions of the print collection known as Nebraska Public Documents. It consists of reports of Nebraska constitutional and state agencies spanning 1890 to 1956. So far the database includes 118,000 images for the years 1891-1929. The new grant will be enough to digitize an additional 40,000 of the estimated 114,000 that are needed to add the years 1930-1956.

In 2005 a partnership of the Library Commission, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and at Omaha, and Nebraska State Historical Society began a project to digitize microfilm copies of the documents. The Historical Society purchased the microfilm from New York Public Library with a $10,000 grant from the Library Commission. Grants of $38,000 from the Library Commission, $23,000 from the State Records Board, and $12,000 from the University of Nebraska Omaha were made to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL The Center, which hosts the site, contracted with OCLC for digitization and used open source software to create and host the database.

For more information about the Nebraska Public Documents web site visit

http://cdrh.unl.edu/nebpubdocs/index.html
or contact Katherine Walter, Chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, Love Library kwalter1@unl.edu

 

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