ENCOURAGING AN INFORMEDCITIZENRY II:MORE INFORMATION ON LOCATING AND USING CRS REPORTS     10.22.2008 | Federal Depository...
What is a CRS Report?
About CRS   American Law   Domestic Social Policy   Foreign Affairs Defense and Trade   Government and Finance   Info...
Current Public Access
Current Public Access   OpenCRS   CRS Report Archive at University of North Texas   Thurgood Marshall Law Library   Fe...
Efforts Toward Public Access   1998       S. 1578       H.R. 3131   1999       S. 393       H.R. 654   2001       ...
CRS Reports Archive at UNT     http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
New Features                         New browse subjects                            Climate change                       ...
New Features   Abstracts            http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
New Features   Geographic Browse            http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
Workflow   Identify & capture reports   Create metadata   Subject classification   OCR the PDF file   Upload
UNT CRS Access Data      single-day record: 2,438 visits (07/05/2007)      avg. visits per month: 20,887
UNT CRS Access DataPopular reports…     RL33153         China Naval Modernization: Implications for US Naval          Ca...
Obtaining a CRS ReportWrite Your Member of Congress   find your Representative:       http://www.house.gov/writerep/   ...
Writing Your Member of Congressthree-paragraph letter:   1.   purpose of letter   2.   report’s importance           titl...
Writing Your Member of Congress    addressing your Senator    The Honorable (full name)    (Room #) (Name) Senate Office ...
Writing Your Member of Congress    addressing your member of Congress    The Honorable (full name)    (Room #) (Name) Hou...
Writing Your Member of Congress       addressing the Chairperson of a Committee:         Dear Mr. Chairman         Dear...
…Questions?   Contact:    Starr Hoffman      Librarian for Digital Collections      Government Documents Department      ...
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Encouraging an Informed Citizenry (Part 2)

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Follow-up presentation about the importance of finding and using Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports.

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Encouraging an Informed Citizenry (Part 2)

  1. 1. ENCOURAGING AN INFORMEDCITIZENRY II:MORE INFORMATION ON LOCATING AND USING CRS REPORTS 10.22.2008 | Federal Depository Library Program Fall Conference Starr Hoffman Librarian for Digital Collections | University of North Texas Libraries
  2. 2. What is a CRS Report?
  3. 3. About CRS American Law Domestic Social Policy Foreign Affairs Defense and Trade Government and Finance Information Research Resources, Science and Industry
  4. 4. Current Public Access
  5. 5. Current Public Access OpenCRS CRS Report Archive at University of North Texas Thurgood Marshall Law Library Federation of American Scientists National Library for the Environment U.S. State Department Franklin Pierce Law School
  6. 6. Efforts Toward Public Access 1998  S. 1578  H.R. 3131 1999  S. 393  H.R. 654 2001  S.R. 21 2003  S.R. 54  H.R. 3630 2007  H.R. 2545  S.Res. 401
  7. 7. CRS Reports Archive at UNT http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
  8. 8. New Features New browse subjects  Climate change  Cold War  Gay rights  Global warming  Internet  Media  Terrorism  Torture  War on terror  Weapons of mass destruction http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
  9. 9. New Features Abstracts http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
  10. 10. New Features Geographic Browse http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
  11. 11. Workflow Identify & capture reports Create metadata Subject classification OCR the PDF file Upload
  12. 12. UNT CRS Access Data  single-day record: 2,438 visits (07/05/2007)  avg. visits per month: 20,887
  13. 13. UNT CRS Access DataPopular reports…  RL33153  China Naval Modernization: Implications for US Naval Capabilities  IB97056  Products Liability Illegal Overview  IP0281  Grace Commission http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
  14. 14. Obtaining a CRS ReportWrite Your Member of Congress find your Representative:  http://www.house.gov/writerep/ find your Senator:  http://www.senate.gov/
  15. 15. Writing Your Member of Congressthree-paragraph letter: 1. purpose of letter 2. report’s importance  title & CRS report number 1. request & address
  16. 16. Writing Your Member of Congress addressing your Senator The Honorable (full name) (Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 open the letter with, "Dear Senator:"
  17. 17. Writing Your Member of Congress addressing your member of Congress The Honorable (full name) (Room #) (Name) House Office Building United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 open the letter with, "Dear Representative:”
  18. 18. Writing Your Member of Congress addressing the Chairperson of a Committee:  Dear Mr. Chairman  Dear Madam Chairwoman addressing the Speaker of the House:  Dear Mr. Speaker  Dear Madam Speaker
  19. 19. …Questions? Contact: Starr Hoffman Librarian for Digital Collections Government Documents Department University of North Texas Libraries Starr.Hoffman@unt.edu 940.565.4150 http://geekyartistlibrarian.blogspot.com twitter: geekyartistlibraria

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