Props to ProQuest and Bernan Press!

Want to send my thanks to ProQuest and Bernan Press for saving the Statistical Abstract of the United States and continuing its publication in print and online. Last year’s announcement that publication would cease was a stunner (actually, more of a “WHAT WAS THE GOVERNMENT THINKING??!!!!), and given that this is a resource I use constantly AND point soooooooo many faculty and students to as a “must know about and use,” I’m extremely grateful to ProQuest and Bernan Press for having the sagacity to step in and keep the title going.

That said, I’m hoping, right along with many of my colleagues, that they’ll keep the web version open access. It might be a good idea for you folks to let ProQuest and Bernan Press know how much their timely intervention means to the world of research, and that keeping a version of the file open access will be a really popular move. ProQuest’s Product Suggestion Form offers an easy means of doing this.

More as it happens, and the quantitative means for recording it continue to be available — thanks to ProQuest and Bernan Press,


Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.


  1. Donna Gregory says:

    please notify me of any comments