You’ve seen Ken Tape photos on level 5 of Case-Geyer, now read all about it. We currently have a display of government documents about the Arctic dating from 1879-2013 on level 3 behind the Research Services Desk. More government publications and books are available: simply search the library’s catalog and government documents databases.
The decennial census is well underway. Mandated by the Constitution, this head count of the people living in the United States happens every 10 years, and has significant consequences that last until the next Census. Census results are used to help determine the number of representatives for each state in the House of Representatives, and to equitably distribute federal funds for social programs, infrastucture, and emergency services. Closer to home on a college campus, many of the statistics that you use in your research, papers, and projects come from the census.
You should have received a decennial census form in the mail, and I hope that you have returned it (it’s not too late). Right now, only 64% of the people living in the village of Hamilton have. Didn’t get or lost your form? Call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance toll-free number 1-866-872-6868. Students: have a question about whether or not to indicate that you live in Hamilton on your form? The quick answer is yes, the full answer is at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/where-counted.php ; click on "Students".
FAQs are on the Census 2010 website. Start with http://2010.census.gov/2010census/about/whole.php . As the federal documents librarian, I get 2 questions/comments: "I don’t want just anyone knowing about me and my household" and "How come the survey is so short?". The response to the first comment is that the Census takes your privacy very seriously, and does not provide public access to individually identifiable information. Check out http://2010.census.gov/2010census/privacy/index.php . The answer to the second question is that the Bureau of the Census now runs an annual survey called the American Community Survey, which is sent to a sample of the U.S. households each year. See http://www.census.gov/acs/www/SBasics/ for more information. Yes, you may get both surveys this year.
One is tempted to ask "Why is "Census Day" was April 1st, but there it is. Proof that the federal government has a sense of humour!