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U.S. Government Printing Office releases its first mobile app

November 15th, 2011 by

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web application (app), which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of Congress. Based on the Guide to the House and Senate Members and information in the Congressional Pictorial Directory, the app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. Additionally, users can search by first and last name.

Of the new app, Public Printer Bill Boarman says, “GPO has experienced an incredible transformation in its 150 year history from handset type to handheld devices. We are very excited to release our first app for the public and provide a tool that will connect the public with Members of Congress. GPO looks forward to developing more apps in the future to provide the public with new options for accessing Government information.”

To access the app on your mobile device, go to <> or scan the QR code with your mobile device that is available at <>.

Supported Devices

* iPad or iPhone (iOS 4.3.3 or higher)
* Android devices (Android 2.1 or higher)
* Blackberry devices (Blackberry 6.0 or higher)

What is FDsys?

November 15th, 2011 by

FDsys is  GPO’s (Government Printing Office) Federal Digital System – America’s Authentic Government Information.  FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.  You can search or browse for publications and documents, download in multiple formats, and access the metadata about publications.  FDsys is now the access point for U.S. government information;  GPO Access, the system in place since 1994, has been archived as of  November 2011 and all new content will now be updated on FDsys.  Primary legal and congressional documents such as the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, the United States Code, Public Laws,  the Congressional Record, congressional hearings and committee reports, are authenticated, archived, and can be searched or browsed throught the FDsys interface.

What is FDsys? (video from University of Colorado, Boulder)

What is FDsys (flyer from GPO)

Are the rich really getting richer?

November 15th, 2011 by

The Congressional Budget Office has compiled the data and published a new report:  Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.

The CBO finds that between 1997 and 2007,  income grew by:

  • 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
  • 65 percent for the next 19 percent,
  • Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
  • 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.

So, now when you hear that income disparity is growing in the United States, you’ll have evidence from the Congressional Budget Office that after-tax income did grow more for highest-income households.

Find this and other CBO publications here:

Congressional Budget Office online publications are included in the UCD Library Harvest Catalog.

Ruby Cohn Collection

November 2nd, 2011 by Michael Winter

In the previous post I briefly announced the deaths of Erich H. Loewy and Ruby Cohn.   I add here a brief note regarding a major collection that Shields Library received as a gift  from Professor Cohn.  Ruby Cohn was not only a pioneering Samuel Beckett scholar; she also enjoyed friendships not only with Beckett himself but with major theater luminaries like Edward Albee.  She brought a broadly comparative dimension to the study of both theater and drama that made her book collection of great interest. As the selector for French, German, Comparative Literature, Theater,  and Drama, I was delighted to find that her collection included hundreds of items of unique interest and have added them to ours, adding the tag “Ruby Cohn Collection” to the catalog records that appear in the UC Davis Harvest Library catalog, in order to preserve their unity as a collection, if only virtually.

Erich H. Loewy, Ruby Cohn

November 2nd, 2011 by Michael Winter

The obituaries of two former UC Davis faculty members, both very well-known scholars, ran in yesterday’s Sacramento Bee (Tuesday November 1, 2011). Erich H. Loewy (b. 1927) was the founding chairman of the UCD Medical Center’s Bioethics Program, and was an internationally known expert in health care ethics.  Erich was also a Nazi-era refugee who emigrated from Austria, first with his parents to England, and later on his own to the United States.   Ruby Cohn (b. 1922) taught comparative drama for a number of years at UC Davis and was a pioneering Samuel Beckett scholar. When her first article on Beckett was rejected by an academic journal in 1959, the editors commented that they liked the paper, but concluded that “your author does not merit publishing space.”