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Featured resource: NOAA Civil War coastal surveys

March 18, 2014

Map indicating density of slaves in the southern US in 1860

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, NOAA's Civil War Coastal Surveys.

In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson established the Survey of the Coast to produce the nautical charts necessary for maritime safety, defense, and the establishment of national boundaries. Within years, the United States Coast Survey was the government’s leading scientific agency, charting coastlines and determining land elevations for the nation. In 1861, the agency adjusted quickly to meet the needs of a country at war.

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Featured Resource: NOAA's Weather Ready Nation

January 16, 2014

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, NOAA's Weather Ready Nation.

The focus of NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation website is to build community "resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events." On the site, visitors can make their way through sections that include Events, Resources, Be a Force of Nature, and Are you Weather-Ready? This last area is a great public resource for those looking to get ready for extreme weather, including heat waves, floods, and tsunamis. A good way to get a flavor of the site's general offerings is via its news feed and social media postings, all of which are available from the homepage. Finally, the Resources area contains links to helpful webtools, apps, and fact sheets.

Featured resource: The Warren Commission Report

November 26, 2013

Government Information presents its latest featured resource from the U.S. Government Printing Office, the Warren Commission Report.

The commission was created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren, and tasked with investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The report consists of 900 pages with photos, maps, and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, Texas.

Featured resource: Space Weather Prediction Center

November 5, 2013

Government information presents its latest featured resource from the National Weather Service, The Space Weather Prediction Center.

The Space Weather Prediction Center is the nation's official source for alerts, watches, and warnings on space weather. They are the primary warning center for the International Space Environment Service. They also work with many national and international partners with whom they exchange data, products, and services.

The Space Weather Prediction Center provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems. SWPC also explores and evaluates new models and products and transitions them into operations.

New Featured Resource: The Frances Perkins Center

March 7, 2013

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, the Frances Perkins Center.

The mission of the Frances Perkins Center is to "fulfill the legacy of Frances Perkins. . . . by continuing her work for social and economic justice and preserving for future generations her nationally significant family homestead."

The Frances Perkins Center is named after Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve on a presidential cabinet. During her time as the U.S. secretary of labor under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Perkins worked tirelessly to improve the conditions of workers across the country.

Materials on the site are divided into sections that include Frances Perkins, The Center, Projects, and Virtual Tour. The first section contains a photo gallery of Perkins, along with information about her life and times. In the Center area, visitors can read about the Center's mission and staff or scan the blog. Finally, the Projects area contains a wonderful area called the Social Security Stories Project. Here, visitors can read stories about how Social Security has impacted generations of individuals and also contribute their own memories and experiences.

New Geospatial Services Center open in Dimond Library

March 7, 2013

We are happy to announce the opening of the Geospatial Services Center (GSC) in Room 337 of Dimond Library.

The GSG is available to help novice users of geographic information system (GIS) and related software, such as Google Earth. Students, as well as faculty and staff, can use the GSC to get started on a new project or, if already working on a project, to get basic level help in completing it. You do not need to be enrolled in a course to use the GSC.

Non-UNH patrons may also bring in a laptop with software preloaded and GSC staff will try to assist, though help for personal laptops is limited.

Users can seek assistance with the following:

  • Locating and downloading geospatial datasets
  • Integrating data into an existing GIS project
  • Helping manage files
  • Answering questions on basic software functionality:
    • ESRI ArcInfo GIS & plug-ins (available to UNH users)
    • Many open source GIS programs
    • Google Earth
    • ERDAS Imagine (available for UNH users)
    • Multispec
  • Making referrals for more in-depth help

A UNH ID is required to use center workstations. Computers are available during hours when the GSC is open, though users may bring their own laptops. Books in the GSC may be browsed when it is open.

Two advanced undergraduate peer tutors are available part time.

Peer tutors are scheduled for the following hours during spring semester:

  • Tuesday: 9-11 AM; 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9-11 AM; 1-2 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM-12 PM

Although appointments are not required, there will be sign-up sheet posted outside of 337 to reserve a time slot.

Peer tutors have been sponsored by the NHView program, a federally funded program designed to make satellite imagery more available to researchers and the public.

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Missing Phi Beta Kappa Society Charter Found in Murkland Basement

February 21, 2013

When the heating system in Murkland Hall failed in late January causing water damage to various parts of the building, it’s likely there wasn’t much thought given to the upside. Turns out there was one, though.

Cleanup efforts uncovered the original charter of UNH’s Phi Beta Kappa Society, issued in December 1952.

Linda Johnson, government information librarian, discovered back in 2010 that the charter was missing. Now discovered, the document is being restored by Bill Ross, the head of the Milne Special Collections and Archives. He hopes to reverse some of the damage to the document, which will be displayed once a year when the honor society inducts new members.

The rest of the article can be found on the Campus Journal website.

New Featured Resource: UN Water Statistics

January 4, 2013

Government information presents its latest featured resource from the United Nations as it declares 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation.

UN-Water has created a portal to view maps, tables, and charts on indicators, at either country or global level, as well as additional geographic information.

UN-Water is currently working on the identification of key indicators for the water sector that can be used at a global, regional and national level. The site will be updated regularly to reflect their progress.

New database trial: Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

November 27, 2012

The Library is currently subscribed to a new database trial: Proquest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection.

In these hearings, Congressional committees assess, amend, approve or kill legislation, as well as oversee the implementation and effectiveness of previously enacted legislation falling under their jurisdiction. This database gives researchers access to the content of both published and unpublished hearings. The database consists of 3 parts – Retrospective A covering 1823-1979 (approximately 73,000 titles); Retrospective B, covering 1980-2003 (approximately 44,000 titles); and the "prospective" subscription, 2004 – present. We are trialing Retrospective B.

To search only the hearings, go to advanced search in the left hand column. Then on the lower center of the screen deselect everything other than the hearings. Otherwise you will be including in the search other congressional publications that are not part of the trial. If you wish, you may want to specify the dates of collection B (1980-2003).

As always, if this database us useful for your research, please leave a comment here or contact our electronic resources librarian.

New Featured Resource: American Latino heritage sites from the National Park Service

November 27, 2012


Government information presents its latest featured resource from the National Park Service, American Latino Heritage: Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary.

The National Park Service creates thoughtful and compelling historical travel itineraries and this one is no exception. This particular tour takes visitors through the world of the American Latino experience via key sites around the country.

First-time visitors will want to look through the Essays section to get a better context for all of these destinations. The essays include commentary by historical experts and provide a great introduction for visitors looking into the List of Sites. This area is quite exhaustive and covers everything from the Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska to the Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia. Each entry includes a bit of information about each site's relationship to the Latino experience in the United States.

Since the age of exploration, Latino peoples have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways for some 500 years. Explore their stories and their legacy by visiting the units of the National Park System and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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