Federal documents received this month include some detailed statistical sources and a long-awaited atlas.

Statistical Abstract of the United States:  2008  C3.134:2008
            This is the latest of this major compendium of statistics on the US.  Information comes from all federal agencies and sources are cited for the tables.  The library has both print and CD copies of this title.  It is also available online at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab.

Census Atlas of the United States  R 304.60973 UNIT

            This atlas is a long-awaited Special Report from the 2000 Census is the first comprehensive atlas produced by the SU. S. Census Bureau since the early twentieth century.  It highlights demographic, social, and economic conditions and changes for people and housing in the United States and Puerto Rico.   Basically, the atlas is arranged around therr themes:  who we are (population and households), our history (place of birth, citizenship, migration, language, ancestry), and what we do (education, work, military service, income, housing).  Color maps for each chapter range from a large map focusing on the topic to state and county level maps.  Population maps may include certain densely populated areas.  Some interesting maps include the change in commuter travel, both in travel time and for commuters leaving home before 6 a.m, women and men completing college 1950 and 2000, and prevalent ancestry 2000.  The book makes good use of a wide range of colors for the maps, making browsing a treat for the eyes and mind!

Occupation Injuries and Illnesses: Counts, Rates, and Characteristics, 2005  L 2.3/11 2005

OSHA Small Business Handbook  L 35.19: B96/2005

            These two titles are the latest reports from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  The first is a display format of detailed information on work-related injuries and illnesses in private industry.  The book and accompanying CDs present the data in chart and table formats.  Appendices present the survey scope and methodology.  Supplementary information can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics site at www.bls.gov/iif.

            The handbook is designed to help small business employers provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees and be in-compliance before an OSHA inspection.

A Brief Profile of America’s Public Schools  Ed 1.302:P 96/5

A Brief Profile of America’s Private Schools ED 1.302: P 93/8

            These two titles represent data from the sixth Schools and Staffing Survey sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and conducted by the Census Bureau.  The survey provides data on schools, districts, principals and school heads, teachers, and library media centers.  Each table includes a short narrative summary.  The publications should provide users with a broad range of information on the conditions of schools and school staffing.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2015  Ed 1.120:2015

            This is the 34th report in a series of projections on school enrollment, graduates, and teachers on national and state levels.  Added in this edition are enrollment projections by race/ethnicity.  Projections are made for three alternatives.  While figures in the book are based on the middle projection, the tables include all three, thus providing a range of estimates.

U.S. Marines in the Korean War  D 214.13:K 84/14

            This is a bound volume of articles compiled during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Korean Conflict, 1950-1953.  The articles are long and have many photographs, maps, and diagrams.  Throughout the book are inset articles highlighting many of the marines or special conditions.  A short (8 pages) article on coping with the cold indicates temperatures of 20 degrees below zero!