Subject Guides

 

05/21/2012 - 11:06am

America's Job Bank
Now featuring a ReEmployment Portal which links directly to One-Stop Career Centers, unemployment benefits and health care, state job banks, and places to get education and training. Its Service Locator links to services for older workers, literacy programs, and more. Has sections for military transition, résumés & interviews, and career
exploration.  Created by The U.S. Department of Labor

Careerbuilder
Leading newspapers and corporations post jobs available nationwide. Build an online résumé and take career tests.

Free Lance-Star Employment Advertisements
Updated daily, Monday through Friday, the Free-Lance Star newspaper covers the Rappahannock region.   Includes a link to JobFetch.com, "the premier LOCAL recruitment online tool serving Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas."

Opportunity NOCS
A source of non-profit job listings for administrative staff and professional positions nationwide. Requires free registration.

Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job
Gather your friends, circle the online wagons, and try this fresh approach to job seeking.

United States Office of Personnel Management: OPM
USA Jobs links to the official site for federal government job listings. It is possible to apply for jobs online with an interactive form. Has a special section for veterans and uniformed service personnel and includes opportunities for summer employment.

Virginia Jobs
Search by job description, location or agency for state positions in a variety of fields. These are state jobs, and many have state benefits. Created by the Department of Human Resource Management.  Their Links to Other Resources includes the link to the Virginia Employment Commission.

05/21/2012 - 11:08am

Here are links to official web sites for local and state government, colleges and universities, businesses and attractions,  news, parks, transportation, and other state resources.
 

Government | Colleges and Universities | Local Businesses and Attractions | Local News | Parks | Transportation | Other State Resources


Government - official Web sites of local/state governments

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Mary Washington - Four-year state university located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. CRRL patrons may request Mary Washington books via Inter Library Loan.
  • NOVA - the Northern Virginia Community College Home Page.
  • Germanna Community College serves Orange County as well as the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.
  • Strayer University - Four-year university with campuses in Fredericksburg and the D.C. metropolitan area.
     

Local Businesses and Attractions

Local News

Parks


Transportation

  • A Guide for Area Commuters - Do you want a kinder, gentler commute? Read this article by CRRL librarian Virginia Johnson about commuting options.

    Buses and Trains
     
  • FREDericksburg Regional Transit - Bus service for Fredericksburg and surrounding localities.
  • Greyhound Bus Lines - Buses make many local stops and are another way for people to meet their long distance transportation needs. Click here for information on the Fredericksburg bus stop.
  • Virginia Railway Express- includes timetable, price guides, and other information about the VRE service.

    Area Taxis

  • Bumbrey's Cab 373-6111
  • Virginia and Hilldrup Taxi 373-8294 or 373-8555

    Airports

    The closest large airports are:
     
  • Area Airports - includes links to Stafford Regional and Shannon Airports, as well as major airports in DC, Baltimore, and Richmond.
  • Richmond International Airport
     
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
     
  • Washington Dulles International Airport

    Van/Limo Service to DC Airports

    According to the University of Mary Washington's Web site, VAN/LIMO service to DC area airports is available for a wide range of prices beginning at $55. Limousine contact numbers include: *ChopChop Shuttle, 703-906-6939; *Stafford Shuttle 286-0093 *Horizon Limo, 703-441-0197; *Fredericksburg Limo Service, 540-899-6150 or 888-318-5529; *Fantasy Limo Service, 800-736-5466.
     

 

Other State Resources

05/21/2012 - 11:09am

Are You Registered to Vote?

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library encourages you to register to vote and then go to the polls and cast your ballot. You can check the status of your registration here.

Here are some resources to help you understand issues, contact your representatives, and exercise your civic muscle.

Candidates and Parties
| Voter Registration | Issues & Commentary | Keeping Up with the News | Legislation | Links of Interest
 


Candidates and Parties

To keep up to date with pending elections, visit the State Board of Elections List of Candidates.

The Green Party of Virginia
Independent Greens of Virginia
Independent Party
Virginia Democratic party
Virginia Libertarian party
Virginia Republican party
 

Project Vote Smart - Non-partisan Web site providing access to candidate information including past voting records. You can also find more information about party platforms.


Voter Registration - Polling Places or Where Do I Vote?

Registrars' offices are located in the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland.  You must register to vote in the county of your residence.

You are eligible to vote if you are a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Virginia, at least 18 years of age (or you will be by the next general election), and/or have had the right to vote restored subsequent to a felony conviction or adjudication of mental incompetence. 

Fredericksburg - Polling places are located at Hugh Mercer Elementary School (Ward 1), the Community Center (Ward 2), Walker-Grant Middle School (Ward 3), and Old Walker-Grant School (Ward 4).  Call the Registrar at 372-1030 for more information.

Stafford - Polling places are located throughout the county.  Call the Registrar at 658-4000 or visit their Web site.

Spotsylvania - Polling places are located throughout the county.  Call the Registrar at 582-7124.

Westmoreland - Polling places are located throughout the county.  Call the Registrar at 493-8898 or visit their Web site.

Virginia State Board of Elections - Find the place to register and vote in your locality in Virginia
 


Issues and Commentary

You can track issues and commentary in the mainstream news or you might use one of these sites to focus on political commentary.

Virginia

Election Information
Vist the State Board of Elections to read about proposed amendments or other ballot issues.

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball
Intrigued? The brainchild of UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato, the Crystal Ball started off as single pre-election seminars featuring the major presidential, gubernatorial, and Congressional contests from across the nation. The site has quickly grown into one of the most accurate, comprehensive election analysis resources on the web.
 

Nationally

Common Cause
A nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest, and accountable government. Track contributions, political news, and elections.

OMBWatch
OMB Watch is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation in public policy decisions. This mission centers on four main areas: the federal budget; regulatory policy; public access to government information; and policy participation by nonprofit organizations. This page highlights current legislation that might be of interest to you; you can also find voter registration forms, information about candidates, voting records of politicians, and more.
 


Keeping Up with the News

Find a news channel or paper that speaks to your interests. While the "press" is often tauted as the "liberal media," you'll be able to find a range of voices from conservative to something more liberal.

CNN
Ubiquitous headline news channel.

Christian Science Monitor
"In an age of corporate conglomerates dominating news media, the Monitor combination of church ownership, a public-service mission, and commitment to covering the world (not to mention the fact that it was founded by a woman shortly after the turn of the century, when US women didn't yet have the vote!) gives the paper a uniquely independent voice in journalism." [from Christian Science Monitor]

Fox News
Quite the media conglomerate, available on network, cable, and the Web.

The Free Lance-Star
Local paper's coverage of events in the news. 

National Public Radio
NPR is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit, membership organization, NPR serves more than 750 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations. Each member station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming." [from NPR]

The New York Times
All the news that's fit to print" is the masthead. Find current U.S. and international news along with Campaign 2004 coverage.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Free registration to read stories from the State's capital.

The Washington Post
The newspaper of the nation's capital, nation, and world.

The Washington Times
The Times bills itself as America's newspaper.
 


Tracking Legislation and Who Are My Legislators?

The Federal Register - The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. An opportunity to keep informed about public comment deadlines as well as other public notices of the U.S.

Thomas - Federal legislative information on the Internet. Find out what's being considered in Congress now or in the past, text of public laws and bills, voting records, and more. Check out Introducing Thomas! for help in using the site.

Virginia Code and Laws - State legislative information.

Who's My Legislator? (in Virginia) -- Enter your street address, city, and zip to find out who represents you. Includes a handy email link to send them a message.

Contact Elected Officials (in Congress) -- find out who represents you.
 


Other Links of Interest to Help You Vote

Asia Pacific Islander American Vote - encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels.

Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets - Lists contributions for political candidates beyond the presidential races. Information is drawn from publicly available information filed with the Federal Election Commission.

League of Women Voters - Non-partisan information on democratic process for Virginia. See their DemocracyNet (DNet), an interactive online voter guide with nonpartisan, state-specific election information.

NAACP - Encouraging African-American participation in the democratic process

National Council of La Raza - Encouraging Latino American participation in the democratic process

Virginia State Board of Elections - How Virginians voted in recent elections.

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The Web is as vast and as unending as our ability to create new content, if not knowledge (be mindful of the distinction). That is, almost by definition, as unending as things get, and it can be overwhelming, to put things mildly. As such, many Web services have done their best to personalize their presentations to our individual tastes. In doing so, they are causing us far more harm than good. Click to keep reading. You need to.