Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Government Publications You Should Know


Here're a couple of new Government Documents you should know about.

"Be Food Safe During Emergencies: Power Outages, Floods & Fires," USDA, A 110.2:F 73/10. Here's the electronic equivalent, though there's no link in our current record (that may change):

This is a little flipbook that gives good information on temperatures and times and food safety; for instance, "Discard opened mayonnaise, tarter sauce, and horseradish if they were held above 50 F for over 8 hours," removing odors from the fridge, and ways to tell if food is safe after a flood or fire.

"Digest of education statistics," National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Previous to 2005: ED 1.326:, 2005 and later: ED 1.140:. We own 1995-2006, minus 2004. 1990-2006 on website: (link in record)

If you have a question relating to education in the US, this is a very good source packed with information, including some you might not expect.

"It's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). ... The publication contains information on a variety of subjects in the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. Supplemental information on population trends, attitudes on education, education characteristics of the labor force, government finances, and economic trends provides background for evaluating education data."

The 2006 edition is a large book - 703 pages - so it offers some information down to a local level - the Undergraduate section has tables by state, by educational institution (U of M Twin Cities enrollment figures are there - 4th biggest in the nation at over 51,000), and by degree program, for instance. There are also less obvious statistics like violence in schools, teacher salaries, and grades and test scores.

Check them out!


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