Statistical Abstract of the United States - Re: update on Census Bureau program cuts
After Lori Smith's GOVDOC-L posting "Re: update on Census Bureau program cuts" was shared with the ALA Council list, I responded with the following. I invite GODORT members who are interested in preserving this publication and the Census units which compile it to share information and talking points here.
As Larry Romans noted, there's been a trickle of news about this but the email you forwarded contains important information. For some years now, the Statistical Abstract of the United States has been issued in three formats. While much is available online and on CD-ROM, librarians have noticed that the electronic rights to some of the privately gathered data prevents it from being made included in electronic editions.
As Counselor for the Government Documents Round Table, I will work with my round table and other concerned groups to gather information about the publications and the data-compiling units affected. My sense is that this publication, now in its 130th edition, is a wonderful tool that shouldn't be sacrificed without discussion to save a small amount of money.
From: Discussion of Government Document Issues [mailto:GOVDOC-L@lists.psu.edu] On Behalf Of Lori Smith
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: update on Census Bureau program cuts
I couldn't take the uncertainty anymore so I called the Census Bureau and spoke to Ian O'Brien who's the Chief of the Statistical Compendia Branch. He said that the 2012 budget doesn't include funding for his branch, which would mean the elimination of not only the Statistical Abstract, but all titles produced by that branch (State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, etc.). No new editions would be produced in print or online.
I asked if there was any hope of changing this and he said that there's always a chance that Congress could be convinced to continue funding for the program. He said those who would like to save the Statistical Compendia Branch could write to their Senators and Representatives. I'm guessing this would go for the Federal Financial Statistics Program as well.
So, start writing your letters and encourage others to do the same.
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*Southeastern Louisiana University
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