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This Week's Facts:

  1. Link to Popular Government Services with Gadget Gallery

  2. Ice & Snow? INDOT Urges Hoosiers to take it slow

  3. Federal Agency Provides Most Detailed Weather Data

  4. OMB Releases FY 2011 Federal Budget

  5. Targets Childhood Obesity

Internet Access & Usage

In 2007, an estimated 58.1% of Indiana households accessed the Internet at home. About 42% used a broadband provider and the other 16% used dial-up service.

Source: National Telecommunications and Information Admin., Networked Nation: Broadband in America 2007 (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2008).

During 2009, an estimated 92% of Americans ages 18 to 29 years old used the Internet at least occasionally at work, school, home or somewhere else.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Surveys,

During 2008 and 2009, the top four activities for American Internet Users 18 years old and over were: Sending or reading e-mail, using a search engine to find information, getting the news online and using a social networking site.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project Surveys,


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Katharine Springer
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Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
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2010 US Census

Link to Popular Government Services with Gadget Gallery Government Gadget GalleryAre you wondering where to find widgets? A widget is an online tool that can be embedded into a webpage and is automatically updated. It usually contains a graphic and colorful text. You can use the Government Gadget Gallery to find widgets for your website that feature disaster response, business grant information, reliable science and health information and much more. Help people find their UV index by zip code or where in their community to volunteer. The Census 2010 Countdown Clock is available as a widget to download onto your website. You can use it to let people know that in less than two months, Census forms will be sent to households and need to be mailed back. 

Ice & Snow? INDOT Urges Hoosiers to take it Slow

INDOT: Winter SafetyThe latest blast of winter weather gives Hoosier drivers a serious reminder about winter driving safety.  The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has tips and techniques to keep everyone safe on the roads during the last of the winter months.  Are you ready for driving?  INDOT offers the following advice to stay safe:  Be prepared and know the driving and weather conditions before leaving home; clear your vehicle of ice and snow; check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, belts, hoses and fluids; and make sure you leave early enough to reach your destination safely.  Also, remember to drive a safe distance away from other drivers and watch for black ice.  For a full list of reminders and tips on winter driving, visit the winter safety campaign's website to hear Public Safety announcements and view videos to help prepare for safe winter driving.  INDOT also has an ice/snow brochure available for downloading to help first time drivers and experienced drivers with driving safely.  Remember to take it slow on the roads and be safe. 

Federal Agency Provides Most Detailed Weather Data

National Oceanic & Atmosheric AdministrationWith the recent rough weather activities sweeping across the country, librarians may find themselves with patrons interested in further weather and climatological data.  If they want more detailed information than can be found on the Weather Channel, you may want to direct them to databases from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  They have several available for free. Their Most Popular Products page has links to Climate Maps, Storm Data, Climate Monitoring and more.  Some of the available data may be a little advanced for the average user, but those who are fascinated by weather phenomena will find this helpful.  Patrons may also be interested in the National Climate Data Center, which is run by NOAA and the Department of Commerce.  Here, users can view climatological data, precipitation rates and data from different weather stations.  This is a great source for the budding meteorologist! 

OMB Releases FY 2011 Federal Budget

Office of Management & Budget: FY 2011 Federal BudgetPresident Obama and the Office of Management and Budget have released the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011.  The Budget is a collection of documents containing the President’s budget message, any presidential budget proposals for that fiscal year and any other documents that have been released and are related to the budget.  Rules dating from the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 dictate that the Budget must also include the condition of the Treasury from the last completed fiscal year, the estimated condition of the Treasury from the current fiscal year and an estimate of where the Treasury will be at the end of the next fiscal year if the budgetary proposals are carried out.  The Budget is available at your nearest federal depository library or online from FDSys. Targets Childhood Obesity was created as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within the next generation.  The campaign focuses on making healthy food choices, getting the proper level of exercise, making school meals healthier and making healthy food more affordable for the average person.  Let’s Move is designed for parents, educators and community members to work at all levels in order to achieve this goal.  The website provides resources for people who are looking to improve their own lifestyle and includes links to calorie calculators, healthy recipes and even healthy shopping tips.  There are also tips for making your school healthier and helping your community participate in healthy eating and exercise habits.

Finally, you can take an active roll by promoting farmers markets or organizing a KidsWalk-to-School event.  By encouraging children to get at least an hour of physical activity a day and eat healthy, we can reduce childhood obesity across the country.


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