Resource of the Month:

As we focus on the current Presidential Election, a Library of Congress blog post, Time to Say Goodbye to Thomas, reminds us to check in on our other branches of government. retired on July 5, 2016, and is now the place to go to find out what Congress is doing.


The site provides not only information on what Congress has done and is currently doing, but resources for all who want to understand and get involved in the legislative process. Coverage for legislative information includes committee reports and the Congressional Record starting from the 104th Congress and member profiles are available from the 93rd Congress to present. Need a primary source for a history class? A gallery of U. S. Founding Documents provides lots to choose from.

One can easily create a free account to set up alerts tracking particular bills, congressional members, or any aspect of the business of government reported in the Congressional Record.

Help is available:

You can also follow through various social media channels, view the Ways to Connect at the bottom of the landing page.




Resource of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this free web resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

On Display: Office Culture

Every office has its quirks, its characters and its particular ethos. Because people spend so much time in an office environment, often a unique culture evolves. My coworkers and I have a wall where we post funny sayings overheard in our office over the years. Other offices have slightly different conventions, such as the classic scene in the movie Office Space where the printer/fax machine is destroyed. coffeemachine
For this display, we’ve pulled together books and films that relate to office culture. Whether you are looking for titles on organizational change, personal development, leadership, effective management, teamwork, work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, generations in the workplace, and other work-related topics, you’ll find something of interest. On the lighter side, we’ve also included books on office pranks, office supplies, and some classic Dilbert comic strips to lighten up your daily workload. And yes, you can check out Office Space and watch Michael, Peter, and Samir destroy that prinstaplerter.pencil-cup

We know you’ll want to check out some of these items, so grab some Post-It notes to write down titles of interest. Or, come to the Library to browse the display, look at the entire list in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request it” button to place an item on hold), and/or visit the Reference Desk to see titles included in the display but not currently featured on the display units.

We aren’t necessarily advocating for extra time spent in the office, but we hope you’ll spend some time with titles from the Office Culture display.

New Research Guide: American Political Elections (w/ Election '16 Resources)

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Election Day 2016 is fast approaching!  A new guide from the library “American Political Elections” not only provides information on elections in the United States but also highlights Presidential Election 2016 resources that can help you keep up to date until you cast your vote on November 8th.

Find information such as:

  • Links to candidate websites
  • Dates and times for the televised debates
  • Voting information
  • Sources of election news coverage

However, it’s not just the presidential election that will be decided on November 8th! State and local elections are also taking place including congressional races. See the “Voting” section to find out how to get connected to your state’s voter resources where you can find out registration deadlines, polling places, how to get an absentee ballot, information on the local elections, and more!


Image Credit: U.S. Flag. By jnn1776, 2009, (Flickr). Used under Creative Commons License BY-SA 2.0.