Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Political Climate, Part II

Here are some more interesting sites to explore around election time! They offer great ways to learn more about the candidates, as well as ways to get more involved in the political process.

Election Assistance Commissioner

This site gives information about becoming a poll worker. You can gather information on the requirements by state. It’s a great way to become active in the political process without having to choose a particular candidate to support. This site also provides information about registering to vote.

Contact Your Elected Officials

This is a section of the U.S. Government’s official web portal—the area where you can find out how to contact various elected officials. It includes information on a federal level (President, U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives) and the state level (Governors and State Legislators). It’s a great resource if you want to have your voice heard by our officials!

Lobbying Disclosure

for the U.S. House of Representatives

for the U.S. Senate

These sites offers information about lobbyists—who contributes to whom, basically. It’s a great resource if you are interested in/concerned about who gets money from whom.

Federal Election Commission

This site offers campaign data, such as campaign finance reports. It’s a fun way to see how much money each candidate has received from individuals and from committees. You can also see how much money each candidate has distributed or refunded to individuals and committees. It is also a great resource of information about different committees to elect certain candidates.

This site also offers information on the laws and regulations, including information on Federal Campaign Finance Laws.

Bunny Burnstein
URLs at a glance. (2008, October). The internet connection, 14(9), 14.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Political Climate

Hello Everyone!

With elections right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to make a post about double-checking what different politicians are saying. I know a number of good sites that can help you decide who you want to support/vote for in this crazy, crazy world. I'm not taking any side...and neither do these sites. Check it out!

(brought to you by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)

FactCheck.org allows you to see how different accusations are right...and wrong. They do not seem to favor anyone in their analysis of different races. I've used them for several years and have found them to be very reliable. Unfortunately, this site is not very useful for more local politicians.

(brought to you by Project Vote Smart)

This one is relatively new to me, but I find it very interesting. It contains information on officials AND candidates on federal, state, and local levels. You can find out who your representatives are, as well as background information on them. You can see their education, professional experience, political experience, organizations, and committees. You can also find information about how to contact them. There is also a section that allows you to search a particular official's or candidate's voting record, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances. It does not make any comments or judgments; it simply gives you the facts.

(brought to you by the St. Petersburg Times)

This one is not so much about the candidates...as it is about their statements. This site tells you which statements are true, mostly true, half true, barely true, false, and pants on fire. It can really help a voter out if he/she isn't sure what to believe.

There are many other sites out there that can be used to point you toward the candidate that is right for you; many of these have their own agenda. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. Organizations like the League for Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club have sites that offer support to candidates that are concerned with the environment. If this is an issue near and dear to your heart, check out those sites.

For more information on how to register to vote, where to vote, or registration deadlines, please check Vote411.org (brought to you by the League of Women Voters). And in the words of John Walsh, you can make a difference.

(Kudos to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, where I learned about some of these links.)

Bunny Burnstein

Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to the Wonderful World of...Bunny

Hi Everyone! And welcome to my brand-spanking new blog!

I am a virtual reference librarian in Second Life (SL), and I thought this blog would be a great opportunity for me to share things I've learned. Things I've learned both in world (slang for in Second Life) and in the real world.

I plan on using this wonderful blog to post information on interesting sites--including some free sites that are great for different reference questions. I also want to use this blog as a way to talk about my experiences in virtual worlds. Yes, that's plural. Though right now I favor Second Life, I also have avatars in Twinity and in Google Lively. I'm quite the traveler, as you might have guessed.

Well, let's have some fun, shall we?