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ALA & ARL send letters of support for Statistical Abstract

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have sent a joint letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee asking to support funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch that compiles the Statistical Abstract and other resources. The Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) also sent a letter. For more information, including links to all of the letters, please see the District Dispatch posting. If you would like to contact your elected officials to ask for support, a Capwiz Action Alert is available.

Action Alert! Save the Statistical Abstract

Late last week, the library community discovered a proposal to eliminate funding for the Statistical Abstract.  The American Library Association (ALA) has two efforts going to stop this proposal.

  1. Share examples of how people use the Statistical Abstract – The ALA Office of Government Relations is collecting examples of how the Statistical Abstract and the National Data Book are being used by libraries and citizens.  For more information, including how to submit examples, see the District Dispatch posting.
  2. Contact Legislators – The ALA Washington Office has set up a Capwiz Action Alert with additional background information and talking points for contacting legislators.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Statistical Abstract included in proposed budget cuts

The Census Bureau has proposed eliminating the U.S. Statistical Abstract as part of an FY 2012 budget reduction plan presented to Congress.  (See the full plan or the relevant excerpts posted by the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan.)  This resource would no longer be published in print or online.  Although little information is available, it is felt in the library community, particularly the academic library community, that this valuable resource would be a significant loss.  In this plan, the County and City Data Book and the State and Metropolitan Data Book would also be eliminated.

There is no coordinated effort yet to save these resources, but people are beginning to contact legislators about their concern over this proposed cut.  Hailey Mooney, Data Services and Reference Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries, has written a letter that she shared on a Government Documents discussion list (GOVDOC-L) with permission for people to adapt it for their use when contacting members of Congress.


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