Shelflists of U.S. Govt. agency publications in Catalog of Government Publications

I am assisting a selective depository of United States Government publications assess its collection by creating electronic shelf lists of all publications since 1946. Each publication is found in the online ” Catalog of Government Publications “, httpL// .

I think that other depository libraries might be able to use these lists and the ones that are being created. Here is the text of a letter sent to the Regional Depository Libraries. I hope that my letter is clear to people who work with these publications. It will probably not be understood by most other people. Text of letter follows. Some information is edited

I am a retired government information librarian who retired [edited]. I am assisting a selective depository library assess its holdings of federal documents. The “universe “of publications are those found in the Catalog of Government Publications, , from a government agency publisher active anytime from 1946 to 2009. The range of stems is D to Y 3.Z: Y 3.2 commissions may be added later on.

Records retrieved from the Catalog of Government Publications are saved in .txt format .

The regional depository library wants offers lists sent in .txt format.

Title, Year, Superintendent of Documents Classification number .

Two sample records from the Federal Election Commission list [ Y 3.El 2/5: ] are:

55 A voter’s guide to federal elections [electronic resource] / 2010

Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010

56 A voter’s guide to federal elections / 2010

Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010

The numbers 55 and 56 come back with the records retrieved.

Item numbers are not included, but are available from GPO files, the commercially published Guide to U.S. Government Publications, and other sources.

I have created more than 200 lists, with more than 2.25 MB of data. My “guesstimate” is that 15,000 titles are listed. I estimate that 300 to 800 entries are added each day.

Deleting, cutting, pasting, and some typing could change a record into an offers list entry. I am willing to share my lists with other depositories.

I don’t have the Microsoft Office suite in my computer. I might be able to save the information as a spreadsheet and move whole columns if I did.

I am willing to share my lists with other depositories for their use. I can be contacted by email at
[email address deleted]

Cordially yours, s/tkl Thomas Lindsey

More updates on the number of federal publications per corporate author

Environmental Protection Agency is close to 13,000.
I hope that someone out in “Federal Government Documents Land” can make use of this information that I am compiling.

More new informaiton about publications in the Invisible Federal Government Publications Collection

The Catalog of Government Publications has an ADVANCED SEARCH option. When I clicked on this option, I saw there is a line in the top left corner of the new web page for a “Historic Shelflist”

This is a list of publications in Superintendent of Documents classification number order that have been added to a shelflist. The shelflist includes publications through 1992. Not every publication in the shelflist is in the shelflist, but it provides information about many publications. I input the classification letter or letter group for every letter group of the alphabet that I could remember, and will add others as I find them.

Here is the number of shelflist entries for each letter or multi-letter group in the Superintendent of Documents Classification:

A 28092, AA 74, AC 147, AE 98 , B 0 , C 12631 , CAB 0, CC 176 , CZ 0 , D 4386 , [ D 12 514 , D 14 76 ],
Dp 0 , E 4948 , ER 4 , ES 0 , FA 24 , FCA 142 , FCD 0 , FE 0 , FEM 718 , FHL 32 , FR 613 , FS 1805,
[#1000= FS 3.49 , #1500=FS 3,210: 51 , #1600 FS 3.302 , #1700= FS 17.202: G 44 ,
FT 763 , FTZ 30 , fFW 0 , GA 4709 , GB 0 , HE 4866 , HH 1116 , HS 0 , I 13986 , IA 110 , IC 1136 , ID 1 , ITC 21, J 1347 , JU 236 , L 4829 , LC 1621 , LR 155 , MS 11 , NAS 7546 , NC 41 , NCU 43 , NF 62 , NS 257 ,
OP 1 , P 138 , PE 4 , RnB 0 , RR 63 , S 1939 , SBA 586 , SI 1585 , T 1840 , TC 830 , TD 3096 , TDA 0 ,
VA 779 , W 7 , Y 35656 , [Entries with the keyword Congress and Y = 15205, Y 10 Congressional Budget Office, 2 ]

Wikipedia entries exist for Defunct Congressional Committees and for Defunct Federal Agencies.
Searching the Historic Shelflist by Agency name or Committee name could help figure out the source of publications with a classification letter that begins with Y. The zame thing can be done with the Catalog of Government Publications.

When a list is retrieved, clicking on the column heading SuDoc Number will lead to a classification number list starting with 1,1: , 1,2:, 1,3: and so forth.

Some new information about publications that might be in the Invisible Federal Government Publications Collection

I added postings on October 21st, 2011 about the Superintendent of Documents Classification Number stems for documents that were available in my former employer’s library federal government publications collection.
I have been working on another project, determining how may Catalog of Government Publications entries there are for each letter or letter group of the Superintendent of Documents Classification Number System.
The catalog is online at . Here are some numbers for each letter or letter group as of Saturday evening, August 2, 2014.
CS 527 , FA 32 , FCA 197, FE 186, FP 101, FR 4236, FS 1846 , FT 2196 , FTZ 38 , FW 2 ,
GA 40986 , GB 0 , GS 5767 , HE 36796 , I 106547 , IA 312 , IC 0 , ITC 1861,
J , Ju 1120 , L 13770 LC 4918 , LR 269 , MS 222 , NAS 54739 , NC 70 , NS 1133 ,
OP 79 , P 870 , PE 358, PM 1782 , RnB 3 , S 13334 , SBA 2069 , SI 3053 , T 8692 , TC 1124, TD 21507 , TDA 4 , VA 2592 , W 43 , Y 176733 [Y includes Y 1. Y 3. Y 4. Y 10 , and perhaps others.]

The catalog originally started out with publications from the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, July, 1976, but retrospective cataloging has added publications well before this time. I have found some from the 1910s decade.

This information, and information from the entries in the Historic Shelflist, will be used to help current and past federal government publications to the attention of the public and library staff.

California as 6 states, see my earlier posts about an independent Texas

I published messages in the fall of 2013 about what would happen to Texas if it were to become an independent nation again. I was doing research for a Toastmasters International Competent Communicator project. Some of the information about an independent Texas would also apply to a division of California into 6 states. Search my blog for references to them, they were published in September 2013.
I will get around to reviewing and recalculating the number of representatives currently representing all or part of each California county.
My home state of Massachusetts did not have 351 cities and towns at the time of the 1790 census. I have looked at histories of Massachusetts, and see that towns and cities were split off from existing communities, even into the 20th century. I know that some of the early divisions were caused by people living in a remote portion of a larger town who found it difficult to get the town center or to the community’s church. Petitioning the legislature to create a new town allowed them to set their own tax rate, have their own town schools, set up their own local church, and have other things that go along with being your own town or city. I wonder how many of these “secessions” were amicable and how many were not amicable.
Massachusetts lost 4 towns in the 1930s when the towns of Enfield, Dana, Greenwich, and Dana were disestablished/disincorporated, and their land given to neighboring towns. The lands were taken by the state for what has become the Quabbin Reservoir.

What would happen if California would split into 6 states, Part 2

I looked at the online Congressional Directory entries for California available through Search for Congressional Directory, which is

I wrote the names of the counties included in each of the 53 districts, and compared the county names with the list of the counties that would be in each of the 6 new states in the latest proposal. See wikipedia entry Six_States for a list of the proposed states and the counties that would be in each.
Current CD 1 , 2 states Jefferson , North California
2 2 states Jefferson, North California
3 2 states Jefferson, North California
4 2 states Central California, North California
5 3 states Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley
8 2 states Central California, South California
9 3 states Central California, North California, Silicon Valley
11 2 states North California, Silicon Valley
23 2 states Central California, West California
35 2 states South California, West California
39 2 states South California, West California
47 2 states South California, West California

There are 8 Silicon Valley only districts, 2 North California only districts, 12 South California only districts, 5 Central California only districts, 16 West California only districts, and 0 Jefferson only districts. [The total adds up to more than 53, so I will have to recheck the county information and congressional district information. But what a mess it will be if the current state government and the federal congress ever agree to do something like this.
I am not going to try to figure out the situation with the state legislature, or the school districts, and the cities that may cross county lines into two states.
A report by the California Legislative Assembly Office reportedly says that 60 % of the current in-state California students of the University of California would become out of state students. Oh, that news will surely make the proposal wildly popular with voters. [Ha!]

What would happen if California were to split into 6 or more new states?

News reports say that a petition has been submitted to the California officials to put a referendum question on some future election ballot about splitting the state into 6 different states.
1. Where would the state capitol of each new state be located?
2. How many representatives in the U.S. Congress would each new state be allocated? Each must have at least one.
3. Where would the state prison population be relocated? Would San Quentin still have to have all the Death Row prisoners, or would they be relocated based on where they were tried. Does each new state have enough jail and prison capacity to house those whould be convicted of crimes in the new state?
4. How many current Congressional districts would cross the boundary of two or more states? How many would remain the same, and how many would have to redistricted?
5. How many state legislative districts cross the boundaries of two or more new states?
6. How many school, municipal, special purpose, and other districts would cross the boundaries of two or more new states?
7. How many cities currently have territory in two or more counties of the current state? How many of these cities would be located in two or more of the new states?
8. The infrastructure of many utility districts, such as water and sewer districts, electric supply districts, and other districts may not be easily separated one from another. For those that would be located in two or more districts, would the Federal constitutional principles and legislation about “interstate commerce” begin to have effect?
9. What other consequences and effects would occur if California were split up into different states?
10.. The last time part of a state seceded from another U.S. state was when West Virginia broke away from Virginia during the Civil War during the 1860s. What did the new state of West Virginia do to create laws, and how did its laws begin to diverge from the laws of Virginia?

Answering even part of one of the questions above would be a wonderful assignment for political science or government course professors to give to students with low grades who come to ask, “Is there anything I can do to earn some extra credit to raise my grade?” [What a fiendish assignment!]

This is an interesting hypothetical problem that I intend to investigate. I will post my results at this blog.
Some of my starting research points will be information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

There may be politicians in the U.S. Congress, and professional lobbyists, who may find benefits in having California split up into multiple states. I would not count this proposal as a Dead on Arrival when sent to the Congress idea.

Demographic information about countries from which unaccompanied children are emigrating to U.S.

I am posting some information sources and suggestions to help people who want to explore the situation.
The situation at the U.S. border is not unique. The countries of Europe along the Mediterranean and other seacoast countries may have similar situations as our nation is encountering.

Internet searching for library research guides: Use bing/google/yahoo/whatever you prefer to search for the words and acronyms: libguide unaccompanied children UAC DHHS CBP ICE ACF
search for the phrase :”justification of the budget estimate” and the acronyms above

Who is contracting with the U.S. government regarding unaccompanied children and , for current and future contract and grant awards, search

For demographic information about other countries, try International Population Center

For information about other national statistical agencies, try International Statistical Agencies

These web sites are in Spanish
El Salvador: General Directoate of Statistics and Census http//

Guatemala: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica

Honduras: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica http://www.ine-hn. org

I attempted to copy a table from a Census Bureau web site that has information about births, deaths, migration, and other information for foreign countries. It didn’t work, so I will just give web URLs

Start with:

Choose Demographic Overview

Select one or more countries or areas, such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Island (U.S.)
Choose one or more years up to 25 by selecting and pressing the CTRL and C keys on the keyboard

Press submit for a table of results, which can be saved as an .mht file.

Check the Census Bureau information about each country to learn the data sources used to make the calculations for each country. A professional demographer may want to comment on the tables.

Tom Lindsey

Additional Information: Job Titles of M.L.S. holders who work outside the library industry

The job titles are modified titles that I found from web pages located in my search for M.L.S. holders working outside the library industry.

ob titles of people who earned a Master of Library

Science Degree, but who have jobs outside the library

industry. Compiled by Thomas Lindsey 6/30/2014


Author of novels


B2B copy writer

Book publishing company

College, working in Student Affairs

Competitive intelligence and market research

Computer programmer

Consultant to non-profit organizations

Data analyst

Department of Homeland Security, but not

transportation screener

Development Officer for a non-profit organization

Digital Services Librarian

Document review for a large tort law project with law


Editor of publications for a musem

Employment agency recruiter and job recruiter

Event and meeting planner

Executive recruiter with a specialty practice

Foundation and Grants Office worker

Freelance writer


Independent librarian doing research work for clients


Industrial products firm owner, retail to businesses

Information Architect

Information research analyst for a business firm

Information specialist doing research and writing

reports for officers of a corporation
(This person appears to go beyond finding

information. They find information, analyze it, make

recommendations about a course of action, and present

it to executives for yes/no decision.)

Innkeeper, Bed and Breakfast Inn

Instructional media designer for college courses

IT Associate
IT Department, unspecified job title

Jewelry design


Magazine, not an editor

Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Marketing and special events programmer for publisher

Medical social worker (3)


Newspaper publisher and editor

Owner of employee staffing agency that specializes in

certain occupations

Photographer (2)

PHP Developer

Public Relations (2)

Product source locator for industrial poducts

Purchasing Agent

Real estate agent (3)

Real estate appraiser

Real estate investor

Real property management (2)

Sales representative of stock brokerage and retirement

planning firm

Sales Associate at retail chain household goods store

Social media consultant

Training specialist for a physical activity program

(teaching adults how to perform. This is not an

aerobics or yoga instructor position.)

Website content creator (3)

Website content manager and content creator

Technical marketing computer software

Possible Alternative Occupations for Library Workers

This is a table of information that I have created on June 25, 2014. I will be sending information about it to some discussion lists for librarians who are seeking work or seeking ideas for new careers.

Possible Alternative Occupations for People who work in libraries as a library assistant, library technician,
or Librarian. Suggestions from retired librarian Thomas Lindsey, June 25, 2014

Another BLS website , May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational and Wage Estimates is a master web page with links to estimates of employment in each occupation nationally and by metropolitan and non-metropolitan area For instance, if I was interested in the job market in Abilene, Texas, I could get some information about it.

I would also go to the Census Bureau Economic and Government Censuses, to look at the Census of Government Information for the 2007 and 2012 Censuses, and the annual County Business Pattern reports.
I think that Abilene, Texas is in Taylor County, Texas. TKL

The table is arranged by state, and alphabetically by metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area name

The following are Standard Occupational Classification codes used in federal statistical and occupational
Information. The following online table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has information about these
Codes and the occupations. Some of these occupations require additional training and education that may not be in a person’s skill and experience set.

A list of these occupations and national total employment can be found at

11-2031 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

11-3011 Administrative Services Managers

11-3061 Purchasing Managers

13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Whole, Retail, and Farm Products

13-1121 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

13-1131 Fundraisers

13-1151 Training and Development Specialists

13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other

13-2011 Accountants and Auditors (Additional education required)

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations

15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts

15-1122 Information Security Analysts

15-1131 Computer Programmers

15-1132 Software Developers, Applications

15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software

15-1134 Web Developers

15-1140 Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects

15-1141 Database Administrators

15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators

15-1143 Computer Network Architects

15-1150 Computer Support Specialists

15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists

15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists

19-3099 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Others

25-4021 Librarians

25-9031 Instructional Coordinators

27-3031 Public Relations Specialists (Additional education will probably be required. There are many people who have majored in Public Relations for an undergraduate degree.)

27-3040 Writers and Editors

35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks

41-3011 Advertising sales agents

41-3021 Insurance sales agents

41-9022 Real estate sales agents