GeoLib: A Demogrpahic Census Data

GeoLib: A Demogrpahic Census Data: This site offers piles of demographic data broken down geographically. A user could select an area and ask for total population, age, race, economic status of individuals within that area. This tool is intended for public libraries to use to bettern understand their local area, but the data is from the census department and could be applied to a range of uses.
Mission:“GeoLib’s mission is two fold. First, to improve access to digital geographic information in libraries, regardless of whether the information is desired by library users or by library managers. And secondly, to apply marketing solutions to library problems. Since 1996, GeoLib has been actively involved in projects that support its mission. A nationwide library study funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 helped provide the funding for this web site. is designed as a portal to other web sites that provide information about easy-to-use digital geographic information for researchers, librarians, geographic information system (GIS) specialists, and the general public. These resources encourage users to become aware of how important geographic information can be in the decision making process. GeoLib is supported by professionals from many disciplines experienced in creatively solving problems using advanced computing resources and geographic information systems. Many work within the university and institute, while others are experts from the public and private sector.”

Books for Beginning Readers

Education students have been looking for books for beginning readers. Be aware that a subject heading catalog search won’t help you much and that the PZ7’s (juvenile belles lettres) are where appropriate books are found. We have quite a few., Including “There’s an alligator under my bed,” “The doorbell rang,” “A letter to Amy,” “Goggles,” “My family vacation,” “Just grandpa and me,” “No fighting, no biting,” “Midnight on the moon,” “Night of the ninjas,” “Rain player,” and “Crow boy.” Also consider “Make way for ducklings” PZ10.3.M1295 MAK and “The first forest” PZ8.3.G543 F1 1989.

Solemates: The Century in Shoes

Solemates: The Century in Shoes: “This site offers a decade-by-decade look at shoes and their place in fashion and culture from the 1900s-1990s. For each decade you can read an essay, view examples of footwear, see advertisements from the period, and view QuickTime “Scenes from the Decade.” There are also three feature articles: Dangerous Shoes, Ga-Ga for Gaza [Gaza Bowen, shoemaker], and Ruby Slippers. Includes a pre-20th century chronology of “great moments in shoe history.” (citation from Librarians Index to the Internet)

Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam and Better Together by Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein

The monster that Frankenstein created made quite an impact on his community. In light of this aspect of life,
What has happened to a favorite American character trait of joining together for a common purpose? Is the “club” or “community organization” falling on hard times?

You can read all about the changes that are occurring in the way we Americans see ourselves and our interaction in our communities in Bowling Alone and its follow-up Better Together. Click on the title to look at some of the reviews from Barnes and Noble.

Yes, MVCC owns these two books.

Public Law 195

A question has been asked about Illinois “Public Law 195.” According to the MVCC ABE/GED/ESL web site (the indirect source of the question) and a number of other educational web sites (Google the terms: Illinois “public law 195” and you’ll find them), this is the law that mandates the “Illinois State Constitution Exam.”

Unfortunately, the term/phrase “Public Law 195” does not provide enough information to track down an Illinois law, according to the reference services of the Depaul University Law Library, (312) 362-6894. When the Illinois General Assembly passes a bill it becomes a “Public Act,” not a “Public Law.” According to the Illinois State Library’s Reference Department: “Beginning with the 76th General Assembly (1969-70), The Illinois Secretary of State’s office began assigning bills that become law Public Act numbers. For example, P.A. 81-959 was the 959th Public Act of the 81st General Assembly. Before the 76th General Assembly, laws are cited using the year and the page reference to the Laws of Illinois (i.e. L. 1961, p. 31).” So, without a G.A. session number, a Public Act cannot be identified. More information about the legislative process in Illinois is available from the Legislative Reference Bureau at

However, a “Constitution” test requirement appears in Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/27-3 under the title “Patriotism and principles of representative government – Proper use of flag – Method of voting – Pledge of Allegiance” with the language: “No student shall receive a certificate of graduation without passing a satisfactory examination upon such subjects.” This section cites “Laws, 1961, P. 31, ? 27-3, eff. July 1, 1966” as its source. Another requirement appears in 105 ILCS 5/27-21 under the title “History of United States” with the language: “No pupils shall be graduated from the eighth grade of any public school unless he [sic] has received such instruction in the history of the United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge thereof.” This section sites “Laws, 1961, P. 31, ? 27-21, eff. July 1, 1961.” Note that in both instances the cited law predates the 76th General Assembly, which began the practice of assigning Public Act numbers. The Compiled Statutes are in the Library’s reference collection, call number REF KFI1230 .I44.

A test requirement appears in the Illinois Administrative Code under Title 23 (Education and cultural resources) Chapter 1 (State board of education) Part 1 (Public schools evaluation, recognition and supervision) sections:
? 1.430 (Additional criteria for elementary schools) paragraph b with the language: “No student shall receive certification of graduation without passing a satisfactory examination upon such subjects.”
? 1.440 (Additional criteria for high schools) paragraph f sub-paragraph 4 with the language: “No student shall receive certification of graduation without passing a satisfactory examination upon such subjects.”

Note that this information was confirmed by a researcher at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, (217) 782-2881.

So, back to the term “Public Law 195.” It is possible that it has become a commonly accepted name for the statutes and Administrative Code listed above, but as it stands, is an incomplete reference at best.