Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Veterans History Project: In Their Own Words

Did you ever wonder about the routine and more dramatic wartime experiences of a great-grandparent or other family member? Did you ever wish that they had made an audio or video recording of their memories in their own words? Hundreds of American veterans and war workers from all branches, units, and ranks, serving in the same locations as your family members, have done that and created a lasting legacy through the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  Authorized in 2000 by an Act of Congress, the project continues today.

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to explore the Veterans History Project collection at the Library of Congress website.  At this page, anyone can search the Project database for interviews, photos, and other materials, limiting the search by war, service branch, rank, and other criteria. Search terms can further limit interviewees to geographic locations and service units. Finally, restricting a search to those taped interviews that have been digitized, and/or include a transcript, produces results that are immediately available to enjoy online.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 23, 2014

Unofficial start of Summer ???

Despite the continued need for my virtual fur, this weekend is the unofficial start of Summer.  The good news is the beaches are ready.  (According to my brethren beach watchers on the South shore, anyway).  The bad news is finding a warm sunny spot to soak in some vitamin D will take some patience.

If you are looking for a good window sill to sun, or want to get some work done before the Summer weather actually arrives, the Library will be open this weekend, but on the limited schedule as follows:

Fri. 5/23 -   8-5p
Sat. 5/24 - 10-6p
Sun. 5/25 -10-6p  (no Reference librarian available)
Mon 5/26 - CLOSED - no swipe card access

Enjoy the weekend and your Memorial Day celebrations.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New CRS Report + Memorial Day . . .

Memorial Day is approaching.  Did you know that in 1888, Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) first became a holiday for federal workers in the District of Columbia?  Learn more about the creation of Memorial Day and 11 permanent federal holidays established by law in Jacob S. Straus' new CRS report: Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014.  You worked hard and the past three years have gone by quickly.  Perhaps more quickly than you anticipated when you started law school.  We wish success for you and fulfilled lives. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Research Resources: Accounting Policy and Practice Report (BNA)

If you are interested in a report that offers a comprehensive array of analysis, news, primary sources, and practice tools covering federal, international, and state tax issues and financial accounting, take a look at BNA's Accounting Policy and Practice Report. The Report also provides ongoing accounting pronouncements from FASB, AICPA etc., information on topics of fast-changing accounting policy like internal controls, revenue recognition and more.  Coverage dates back to October 2005.

To access the Accounting Policy and Practice Report (BNA):
  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Tax and Estate Planning" link
  • Scroll down to "Accounting Policy and Practice Report (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat