Just over a week ago a new web site, Open Congress, launched. The site aims to make it easy for regular old human beings to find information on what’s going on in Congress, info. on members of the Senate and House of Representatives, and info. on what people in the real world are saying about what’s going on in Congress and the people inside the hallowed halls.

I realized today that Open Congress is a great way to keep up on what’s happening with the latest version of DOPA. At the HR 1120 page of Open Congress (The current social networking legislation in Congress.) you can subscribe to a feed in order to find out whenever there’s something new happening with the bill. You can also read blogs and news items about the legislation – and topics related to the legislation. And, you can contact the sponsors of the bill with a single click.

Open Congress is a great tool for teens to learn about and keep up with what’s happening in the federal government. It’s also a great tool for us to use to keep up on legislation – like DOPA Jr. – that has an impact on service to teens in libraries. Definitely, check it out.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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