It is that time of year that we spend a lot of time counting! The 9 Reference/Instruction librarians had the usual busy year.
Number of sessions: 319
No. of patrons: 5,785
Hours of instruction: 400:02
Hrs of Online [support] work: 74:02
Distance Learners: 15
Other [non-ISU]: 38
Individual Instruction [reported if more than 15 min. spent in consultation, off refdesk]: 34
Yesterday, oil prices jumped because of an inventory report from the government. Where did the report come from?
The Energy Information Administration
I can’t even pretend to understand the meaning of some of the economics statistics that are produced by the US government, but I do understand why the GDP and the unemployment rate are important. You can research those stats and more at the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. -A Kaiser
One of my favorite sites is the US Census homepage.
The site won’t win any awards for being user friendly, but if you spend some time with it, you can get detailed information about the US population.
The American Factfinder area is the place to go for these statistics. You can quickly pull up fact sheets on states and communities, but the real power comes from looking at the Data Sets. Choose the Decennial Census from the menu of the left hand side of the page and then pick one of the Summary Files (SF 1 is a good place to start). Click on Detailed Tables and then use the menus to look up data.
For more information, visit our reference desk. -AKaiser