This Week's Facts:
Spring Ahead for Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to set your clocks! This Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 a.m, Indiana and the rest of the United States will be on Daylight Saving Time. Currently, the majority of Indiana counties lie in the Eastern Time Zone except for 12 counties in the northwest and southwest corners of the state that are in the Central Time Zone.Time Zones are regulated and determined by the Secretary of Transportation. For more information, please visit these websites:
USA.gov Offers Resources for Specific Audiences
USA.gov, the federal government’s portal to information and services, provides a list of federal gateways for specific audiences organized by topic. Enter via the Reference Center for Librarians and Researchers or point your patrons to gateways for Consumer Publications, Kids and Youth, and Spanish Speakers, to name a few. In addition, if your patrons are looking for a way to visualize government-related vocabulary, one place to look is the USA.gov Word Cloud. In a glance, you can see words that feature most prominently on the USA.gov website.
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response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Governor
Daniels has created a website,
Indiana, for Indiana citizens to track spending
and projects for programs throughout the State. The various
projects outlined in this website are designed create jobs and
improve quality of life for citizens of Indiana. The federal
stimulus website claims to give
Americans a sense of ownership and transparency for their tax
dollars. Indiana’s version seeks to obtain the same goal -
transparency in government spending.
In these times, it is critical that citizens receive timely information in order to be well prepared and educated, not only on our local economy, but the national economy as well. INvest Indiana will to connect Hoosiers to programs and resources, and provide information about funding of projects as it becomes available.
Since 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Women taking the lead to save our planet” to honor women who have taken initiative in environmental or “green” programs throughout history. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, serves as the model for the theme. However, there are countless other women who have worked to further both environmentalism and other causes. This month is meant to honor all of them. For a list of honorees, see America.gov’s women’s history page .
The official website of Women’s History Month features images, audio and video presentations, profiles of well-known and important women, and Teachers’ Guides. There are also links to exhibits and collections at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and several national museums. In addition, there is information about national events commemorating the month.
There are also events going on in the State of Indiana. These can be found on the Indiana Commission on Women’s (ICW) website. Two featured events are the Women’s History Month luncheon and lecture at Franklin College and the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership luncheon at IUPUI. Of course, there are also events going on in the rest of the state – one such is the Women’s History luncheon in Bloomington, at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center. The ICW is also a good resource for women around the state. Here they can find information on financial information and legal assistance.
Additional statistical information on women in general can be found on the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features. For example, it is projected that 928,000 women will earn bachelor’s degrees in the 2008-2009 school year. This is 58% of all bachelor’s degrees being awarded.
Get back to the basics and help celebrate American Dietetic Association’s National Nutrition Month. The theme for this year is “Eat Right!” For help encouraging community members and families to be kind to their bodies, search the Nutrition Fact Sheets covering many different topics such as 25 Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get Smart about Salt, and Healthy Eating on the Run.
Visit Nutrition.gov, a service of the National Agriculture Library (USDA), for the trusted food pyramid, an updated resource list for Weight Management and Obesity, and much more. For general information, check out Medline Plus webpage on Nutrition and the Centers for Disease Control website on Nutrition for Everyone.