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Resource Spotlight – Ashley Jester

Please welcome Ashley Jester, the new Data Services Coordinator in the Social Sciences Libraries!  Ashley holds a PhD from Stanford in Political Science with advanced specializations in international relations, organizational behavior, and political economy.  She's here to assist you with your research, from the initial steps of background research and finding data to analysis and interpretation of data.  She's great with Excel, STATA, SPSS, R, and you can find her staffing the reference desks at the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) and Data Services in Lehman Library.  She's also available for individual/small group meetings and consultations, so don't hesitate to call upon Ashley!

ashley.jester@columbia.edu, (212) 854-0514

Statistical Treats for a Happy Halloween!

 Happy HalloweenDid you know?

  • 1.1 billion total pounds of pumpkin were grown in the U.S. in 2010 
  • there are an estimated 41 million potential trick-or-treaters in the U.S., ages 5-14
  • California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135

Find these and other fun holiday statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Happy Halloween!

Citywide Agency Performance Reporting


How well are NYC’s agencies performing?  Look to

Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR)

for a collection of performance measures from more than 40 city agencies.  Search by agency or citywide theme to get performance measures data tables and pie charts.  New data is added once a month.

UN General Assembly

The 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens today. As usual, there is a large number of items on the agenda. The UN’s Dag Hammerskjold Library maintains a useful Research Guide to General Assembly Documents. There is also a Columbia University Library guide to United Nations Resources, and we subscribe to a number of online databases useful for pursuing research on the UN, including AccessUN, the United Nations Treaty Collection, UNBISnet, UNdata, and UN Commtrade.


NYT & WNYC to Launch SchoolBook

A new project – SchoolBook – will launch on September 7th, 2011 – a collaboration of the New York Times and WNYC, which will be a site offering daily news, data, and discussion about New York City schools, including customized pages for each of the 1,700 pubic schools and 800 private schools in the city.

Sign up to get email notification when the site will be ready at:


In the meantime, do you need other NYC education resources for your beat reporting?  Try:

for statistics, data, and reports on schools.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Labor Force Statistics


BLSLooking for statistics on the labor force, including current and historical unemployment rates?  Check out the Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including tables on employment status, characteristics of the employed/not employed, and minimum wage earnings.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States

Did you know that West Virginia is ranked #1 among US States in home ownership? Guess which state ranks last?

abstractsSearch the Statistical Abstract of the United States  as a guide to information from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies, and private organizations. Published since 1878, the Abstract is "the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States."


Housing Topics at the U.S. Census Bureau

Census Housing Topics

Looking for housing data?  You can find data on:

  • home ownership
  • historical to present U.S. rental vacancies
  • median asking and sale price for the U.S.
  • tables on housing affordability

…and more!  Go to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Housing Topics page.

Spotlight on: American FactFinder


affNeed a place to start when looking for Census data?  American FactFinder (http://factfinder.census.gov) is an online data source for population, housing, economy and geography from the following data programs: 

  • Decennial Census
  • American Community Survey
  • Current Population Estimates
  • Economic Census
  • Annual Economic Surveys

American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic data for the United States!  Can’t find what you need?  Contact the librarian:  dssc@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.