Archive | January 2007

Kiplinger Tax Center

From the authors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, this site is a compedium of all sorts of tax information.  The Kiplinger Taxopedia describes what is deductable in layman’s terms.  Also offers advice on filing, tax laws, and a withholding calculator.

Avoice: African American Voices in Congress

From the site: “This virtual online library is a central source of information about historical and contemporary African American policy issues important to researchers, academics, educators and students.”  It includes exhibits on Origins of the CBC, the Voting Rights Bill, the MLK Holiday, and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Groundhog Day

From Librarians’ Internet Index:

“Collection of links to websites about ‘Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, [and which] has its roots in an ancient Celtic celebration called Imbolog.’ Includes links to sites about history, the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Groundhog Day celebration, a lesson plan, crafts, and real groundhogs. From the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), a consortium of 27 public and academic libraries.”

Penny Postcards

From Wendi Glenn (Raleigh):

“You can search the state and county and find pictures of historic sites.”  The site, hosted by USGenWeb Archives, is a bit slow to load, so be patient!

The Say Brother Collection: Online Resources

“Say Brother is WBGH’s longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans.”  This link leads the user to their very thorough list of online resources, including heritage collections, publications and archives.  Might be handy for African American History Month…

A Portrait of “Generation Next”

An interesting read… The Pew Research Center interviewed approximately 1500 individuals, aged 18-25, this past fall and used the information they gathered to compile this 45 page report, which has been featured on NPR and other news programs.  Topics covered include: Outlook and World View, Technology and Lifestyle, Politics and Policy, and Values and Social Issues. 

Public Domain Image Sources

From Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff:

“A nice collection of annotated links, though they do leave out one of my favorites, OAIster, a metasite that indexes Open Archive Initiative print and non-print collections from over 700 institutions.”

This list might come in handy for students looking for images of inventors, writers, etc. during the coming months!

Retro Junk

It has taken me forever to post this site because I keep getting lost in it.  In a good way.

Retro Junk covers movies, television and commercials from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  Users can look up character names, find theme songs and even watch video clips of most anything from the three decades.  A great place to check when you’re stumped on a “Where’s the Beef?” question.

Presidential $1 Coins$1coin/index.cfm

Information from the US Mint on the upcoming release of the $1 coins featuring past presidents.  Includes designs and release schedules.

Constitution Finder

From the University of Richmond, this site links users to constitutions, amendments and charters from around the world.  Often, the documents are presented in multiple languages.  State, tribal, and historical constitutions are available for the US, along with proposed amendments.

Legal Reference

Many thanks to Philip Williams (Cordova) for putting together these documents for ASG!

The Law: A General Introduction

Legal Reference and the Library Staff Member

“These two documents may be of help when you have legal questions.  The first document is a very short introduction to the law but contains some key points.  The second document outlines what library staff members can and cannot do when they get legal questions.  It also offers some referrals that can be made to customers who seek legal help.  You may also want to review the Business and Science Department’s Legal Information web page.  The links on these pages can be helpful with many legal requests.”

Hidden Landmarks,redirect,30

Hampton Inn has created this guide to the weird and wacky hidden landmarks of the US.  Users can browse by region or category or search for a specific site.

The LOC’s Map Collections

The Library of Congress has recently put their 10,000th map online.  Users can browse by geographical location, subject, creator or one of seven major categories (Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Cultural Landscapes, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication, and General Maps) or keyword search all seven collections.

Federal Toll-Free Telephone Numbers

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“Toll-Free telephone numbers commonly requested from the National Contact Center of the Federal Citizen Information Center are found here.  Many helpful toll-free numbers are found here, including the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline number and its Do Not Call Registry number.  In addition, there are links on the site to the Federal Government Blue Pages and to the Federal Telephone Directories website.”

QUESTION: Employee Identification Numbers

From a customer inquiry at Raleigh (Thanks to Doris for passing this on)…

Does anyone know of a service or resource that can be used by the public to look up EINs (Employer Identification Numbers)? 

So far, we have the following information:

  • will give up to three (3) EINs with a free registration.
  • Nonprofit EINs can be found at
  • The IRS office can be reached at 1.877.777.4778.
  • The Department of Labor suggests using the SEC’s EDGAR database, which is not the easiest resource for the layman.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Feel free to use the comments section to share any ideas you may have…