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Senate Hearings of interest? … you better believe it!

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New arrivals!

Paper copies of the following recently arrived and cataloged Federal Documents are located in the Government Documents room on the 2nd floor north.

School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Consequences for Schools and Students–“One Florida school district estimates students threw out $75,000 worth of food.” Call # Y 4.ED 8/1:113-25 in the documents room, 2nd floor north (electronic versions of most titles will be forthcoming

Your Health and Your Privacy: Protecting Health Information in a Digital World–“…a total of 364 major breaches, since 2009, that resulted in the breach of health data of over 18 million Americans.” Call # Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.112-867 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

TSA oversight: Examining the Screening Partnership Program. There are 15,000 administrators being paid at $1.1 Billion. There are 457 airports so that amounts to 30 administrators per airport. Only 35 of our airports handle 75% of total passengers. Call # Y 4.g 74/7:113-95 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Pushing the Envelope: Publishers Clearing House in the New Era of Direct Marketing. Call # Y 1.1/5:113-153 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program, Part 6. The Department of Defense budget for 2014…$526 Billion. Call # Y 4.R 5/3:S.HRG.113-108/PT.6

Increasing American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2012. Call # Y 4.F 76/1:113-122 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Water as a Geopolitical Threat. China illegally occupies Tibet and its headwaters serving 1/2 of the world’s population. Syria attempts to dam and stop the flow of water into Israel. Tajikstan charges Uzebekistan $600 million for Rogun Dam. Call # Y 4.F 76/1:113-127

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Oversight: Security of Our Nation’s Nuclear Plants. 2008 incident of sleeping guards at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant was deemed a “white, or low-to-moderate” safety significance, when the sleeping guard’s duty is supposed to be standing ready to provide rapid response. Call number # in the 2nd floor documents room. Call # Y 4.P 96/10:S.HRG.110-1241

Government Documents–fun & interesting sites to investigate

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Victorian Lady Liberty

The United States Government Printing Office (the GPO) is the world’s largest printer and you have access to much of that here at Booth Library’s Federal & State Depository. Government Documents (GovDocs) are not just legislation, statistics, taxes or GovDocs can enrich your day-to-day existence in all kinds of ways!

With all the great weather this season you may want to check out the following links to help you get back-to-nature; learn about plants; listen to music; and visit parks, museums or other libraries.


  • Feel like singing in the rain? You’ll find all types music recordings–whether you are into blues, folk, jazz, gospel, and more–as well as speeches and oral history at the Library of Congress’ site American Memory
  • The National Jukebox, also at the Library of Congress, has over 10,000 recordings for your aural pleasure (Includes yodeling and whistling music!)

Water, water, everywhere?

At this time of the year, many parts of the country are facing seasonal (or ongoing) water scarcity or water contamination issues. Here are a few related government documents addressing the issue. They are all part of the Booth Library government information collections.


News Gathering illus. by Frederick Dielman

From NPR: Toledo Water Ban Persists After New Test Results Cause Concerns


GovDocs PDF file: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act, 2014

Federal GovDocs online EPA report : The State of Colorado Did Not Fully Assure That Funds That Mining Wastes and Remove Contaminants from Water Were Effectively Spent, 2014

Federal GovDocs online–Public Health and Drinking Water Issues, 2011

State of Illinois GovDocs: Our own state’s latest water quality report Illinois State Water Survey Annual Report, 2004-2005

Welcome to govnews!

Booth Library is pleased to launch a new information service , “govnews.” Govnews will share interesting and topical stories featuring government information found in the Booth Library Government Documents collections. We hope this service will enhance your knowledge and assist you with finding important and often hard-to-find Illinois State and Federal Government information.