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Free Library City Council Briefing


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Free Library City Council Briefing

  1. 1. The Free Library at Your Fingertips orHow to Access Millions of Resources that Can Help You Find Data, Conduct Policy Research, and Draft Legislation A Briefing for City Council Legislative Staff September 10, 2012
  2. 2. The Free Library at Your Fingertips Welcome Darwin R. Beauvais Free Library TrusteeShareholder, Zarwin Baum Devito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy, PC Donna Bullock Special Assistant to Council President Clarke Siobhan A. Reardon President and Director
  3. 3. The Free Library at Your FingertipsGovernment Publications DepartmentSometimes you just need the book
  4. 4. Philadelphia CollectionManual of the City Council City Code 1874 - 1983 2nd thru current Ordinances and City Solicitors opinions from 1789
  5. 5. Archive-It Crawls local government and other institutions’ websites, such as:• •• Police Department • Philadelphia Museum of• PA Courts Art• Philadelphia Housing • Franklin Institute Development Corp. • Kimmel Center• Office of Emergency • Historical Society of PA Management• School District • Public Citizens for Children and Youth• SEPTA
  6. 6. State Documents – Historic and Current Legislative Journal Laws of PAMaritime Records – Port of Philadelphia from 1793
  7. 7. U.S. CensusName Census for Philadelphia 1790 - 1930 U.S. Census Data
  8. 8. Congressional Record• Online: 1994 to the present, including the Daily Record• At the Free Library: 1789 (the 1st Congress) to present
  9. 9. Continental Congress
  10. 10. Congressional Serial SetReports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Also available online: 1817-1980
  11. 11. Supreme Court DecisionsFebruary 1790 To Current
  12. 12. Statistical Abstracts
  13. 13. The Free Library at Your Fingertips Map CollectionLooking back to move forward
  14. 14. 1921
  15. 15. 1931
  16. 16. 1888
  17. 17. 1917
  18. 18. 2006
  19. 19. 1894 1910 More sinking homes?
  20. 20. 1889
  21. 21. 2005
  22. 22. 1950
  23. 23. The Free Library at Your Fingertips Electronic Resources100+ databases at the click of a mouse
  24. 24. What if you could…• Create a demographic report of your district to show age, gender, race, home ownership rate, and economic information?
  25. 25. What if you could…• Create a list of all restaurants in the city or a specific zip code? All the manufacturers? All the businesses with over 50 employees? All the businesses started in the past 6 months?
  26. 26. What if you could…• Quickly research newspaper and magazine reporting on recent trends? Find industry and political news, health info and statistics, and information on a range of issues that impact your constituents?
  27. 27. legislation
  28. 28. The Free Library at Your FingertipsHistoric Images of Philadelphia A picture is worth 1,000 words
  29. 29. Architectural GemsGimbel Brothers, 9th and Market St. Strawbridge & Clothier, 1862
  30. 30. Clean City CampaignsKeep Philadelphia Clean Campaign It’s the Law: Don’t Litter Campaign, 1960
  31. 31. Fire DepartmentDetail of PrivateFire Department, 1871 Closing the Firehouse, 1952
  32. 32. Building the Subways and the Railroad Construction of elevated subway line 1918
  33. 33. Pennsylvania Railroad Laying track for the Broad Street railroad stationBroad Street railroad station meeting 1923
  34. 34. IndustryBaldwin Locomotive Works Baldwin Locomotive, 1870s
  35. 35. On the Waterfront Clipper Ships along the Delaware 1870sPennsylvania Railroad grain wharves, Girard Point
  36. 36. Streets1810-1814 Kater Street, 1950s 9th & Tioga Streets, 1948
  37. 37. Urban LandscapeRefineries on the Schuylkill River Construction of Terminal Philadelphia International Airport , 1952
  38. 38. The Free Library at Your FingertipsHow to Access Library Resources Our staff is trained to find answers to your questions and needs, whether in person or online.
  39. 39. Our Staff• Parkway Central alone has over 60 professionally trained librarians—all with Masters Degrees in Library Science.• We have decades of experience delivering reference services.• We have specialists in subjects from A to Z.
  40. 40. Connect with Us In Person
  41. 41. Connect with Us OnlineTrained staff will reply to your email inquiries.
  42. 42. Connect with Us 24/7 Librarians across the state, throughout the US andoverseas are available to answer questions 24 hours a day. If your question is not Philadelphia specific, you can connect with an expert from around the globe.
  43. 43. Connect with Us on Your CellTexting is great for asking quick, simple questions that can be answered in short responses.Add the Free Library to your address book right now!
  44. 44. Text Us• Start a new text message to 66746• Type askfree• Now save 66746 to your contacts as askfree
  45. 45. More Treasures Revealed• Podcasts: Subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed to hear great author events.• Digital Collections: We have over 20,000 digitized images.
  46. 46. The Free Library at Your FingertipsThank you for joining us! Q&A