Archive | March 2012

Calculate Fuel Costs & Compare Savings

This site lets you calcuate fuel cost for different time periods, and also lets you calculate using separate highway and city mpg figuures.

Welcome to a new way to access UCR [Uniform Crime Reports] statistics

“The FBI has gathered crime offense statistics from law enforcement agencies across the Nation through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program since 1930.  These data have been published each year, and since 1958, have been available in the publication Crime in the United States (CIUS).  As a supplement to CIUS, the FBI, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, provides this site that allows users to build their own customized data tables.”–From the FBI website.

State Integrity Investigation : Your State’s Report Card

How does the State Integrity Investigation work?

The State Integrity Investigation is an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of each state’s laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness. Experienced journalists graded each state government on its corruption risk using 330 specific measures. The Investigation ranked every state from one to 50. Each state received a report card with letter grades in 14 categories including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations, and management of state pension funds.”–From the website.  You can click on any state to get its grade.

Where’s My Refund,,id=96596,00.html

The IRS explains here how to check on the status of your refund.

Old Maps Online : Discovering the Cartography of the Past

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.”–From the website.  It is free.

eBook Discovery and Sampling Skyrocketing at Public Libraries

OverDrive, the leading world-wide distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, shared some interesting statistics at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference.

Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks and digital media from OverDrive-powered ‘Virtual Branch’ websites in 2011 include:

  • 1.6 billion book and title catalog pages viewed, up 130% from 2010
  • 99.5 million visitor sessions, up 107%
  • Mobile device use increased to 22% of all checkouts
  • 35 million digital titles checked out in 2011, with 17 million holds
  • The OverDrive catalog for libraries now includes 700,000 copyrighted eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles in 52 languages, including 300,000 titles added in 2011