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ANNOUNCEMENT: 2009 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

December 16th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

A number of Federal agencies collect statistical data on the population of people with disabilities to improve and support disability related programs and services. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, which is supported by a Department of Education grant, has complied this data into one resource, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. The first edition, released in October, includes statistics from Federal sources and surveys on disability prevalence, population size, including break-downs by state and disability type, employment and earnings, education, health and health care coverage, rehabilitation, and participation in benefit programs. The Center plans to update the compendium on a yearly basis to capture new or recurring data collections and demographic statistics.

The entire Compendium can be downloaded as a PDF or browsed by section on the Web.


RESOURCE: Brecht’s Works in English: A Bibliography

December 11th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


In the United States, Bertolt Brecht is perhaps best known as the composer of the Threepenny Opera with Kurt Weill, which gave birth to the popular song known in English as “Mack the Knife”. He is generally regarded as a tremendously prolific playwright, poet, and theatre director, and his works have been translated into a host of different productions and settings during the 20th and 21st centuries. This bibliography of Brecht’s works in English contains over 2600 bibliographical entries and is a cooperative project between the International Brecht Society and the Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv in Berlin. The bibliography is hosted by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, though it should be noted that the database is not a record of the holdings of the University of Wisconsin Libraries. Visitors can scan down the homepage to access specific citation sets for Brecht’s journals, essays, interviews, letters, plays, poems, and songs. The site is rounded out by a list of links to related materials, including the German Studies collection at the University of Wisconsin and the International Brecht Society.



Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

December 8th, 2009 by


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change home page is the official website for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen – COP 15.  The 15th United Nations Climate Conference seeks to come to agreement on an ambitious global agreement incorporating all the countries of the world.  Official documents are posted in the conference official languages, latest headlines linked to the web site provide international media coverage of the conference and climate change-related issues.

The UNFCC site also has an Essential Background resource page that outlines the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, factsheets and publications about climate change issues and is an excellent background to understanding the issues.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen Dec 7-Dec 18 2009 by the Danish hosts also provides  information on the daily conference calendar, frequent news updates on conference speeches and talks, and links to the conference blog, climate facts and more.

Official meetings and press conferences are available live and on demand through COP15 webcast.

Participate virtually in the conference through a variety of venues – webcasts, YouTube, Facebook, and more –  virtual participation in COP 15.