Project Vote Smart: Inform Yourself

Project Vote Smart: “Recognizing this void in American civic culture and the need to create a new organization, 40 national leaders, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, formed Project Vote Smart (PVS) in 1992. Dedicated to upholding the ideal of democracy and serving the American people with unbiased and accurate information, PVS constructed a user-friendly voter’s self-defense system accessible through a website and a toll-free hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART) over a 10-year period. Described by the New York Times as “one of the most comprehensive campaign information sites on the web” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “spectacular” for gathering in one place the information any intelligent voter needs, PVS is becoming recognized as the answer for objective and trustworthy information. A primary goal for PVS in the years ahead is to increase awareness of its services and use by American citizens.”

Eyetrack research – how we see the web

The Poynter Institute’s Eyetrack project tells us that when people look at news websites, “The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right.” The project also collected information about effective headline attributes, readability vs. scanability, web navigation, text vs. multimedia, etc. Read more highlights from this study at http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/main.htm.

Project home page: http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/index.htm

The Rise of the Creative Class

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life: This book by Richard Florida is a newly arrived title in the MVCC Library. Richard Florida’s ideas were featured in this NPR story. Here’s a review from Booklist: Florida, an academic whose field is regional economic development, explains the rise of a new social class that he labels the creative class. Members include scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers. He defines this class as those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. In general this group shares common characteristics, such as creativity, individuality, diversity, and merit. The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely. He concludes that it is time for the creative class to grow up–boomers and Xers, liberals and conservatives, urbanites and suburbanites–and evolve from an amorphous group of self-directed while high-achieving individuals into a responsible, more cohesive group interested in the common good.

Browse the Government Printing Office

Browse the GPO:The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is pleased to announce a new browse feature on the GPO Access Congressional Documents Web pages. In our continuing effort to increase the accessibility of the resources available on GPO Access, users can now browse the catalog of House, Senate and Treaty
documents, by Congress, beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1996).

A Beautiful Mind: In the Library

A Beautiful Mind: The library has both the movie and the original book about John Nash. Here’s the review of the book, “Nasar has written a notable biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash (b. 1928), a founder of game theory, a RAND Cold War strategist and winner of a 1994 Nobel Prize in economics. She charts his plunge into paranoid schizophrenia beginning at age 30 and his spontaneous recovery in the early 1990s after decades of torment” (from Publishers Weekly).

Science.gov Web Portal now has the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations

The science.gov Web portal: The U.S. Government Printing Office has informed us that the current Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Federal Register (FR) are now available via science.gov, the interagency science Web portal, which provides a federated search across multiple databases from multiple agencies. This availability opens another channel to these two key Federal information resources, which also may be found on the GPO Access Web site. The CFR and FR are accessible via a Regulations section on the science.gov Web portal.