And yes, there really are “popular” publications from the federal government.
Davita Vance Cooks, Managing Director of Publication & Information Sales at the Government Printing Office, told Federal News Radio the blog she oversees has a major task: “We want to change the image of government publications. You know people tend to think of government publications as stuffy and dry and, believe it or not, they’re far from it.”
While many of the publications GPO offers are relevant, timely and informative, Cooks points out “we actually have real books for real people.”
“One of my favorite blogs,” said Cooks. According to govbooktalk, the 36 page booklet “Meet Ann…She’s Dying to Meet You” is “about the perils of contracting malaria from the Anopheles mosquito.” The cartoonist was Dr. Seuss when he was Captain Ted Geisel, U.S. Army.
This one is particularly popular, said to Cooks. According to the blog, “On October 4, 1926, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bureau of Home Economics and the Radio Service launched its Housekeeper’s Chat show, featuring Aunt Sammy – Uncle Sam’s wife”. The most popular recipes from the radio show were printed in 1927. “The demand was so great,” said Cooks, “that it had (reprinted) one month later.” And with recipes like “Fried Apples and Bacon” how could it not be popular?
Reception for the GovBookTalk blog is nearly as popular. “Every agency we have picked, every agency, is 100 percent positive about the blog that we’re putting up for them,” said Cooks. Librarians, academics, and “lots of people who just enjoy hearing about what we’re blogging about” have also voiced their support to the GPO.