State, the U.S. State Dept.’s glossy monthly magazine, is aimed at Dept. employees at home or abroad, but it’s available online to everyone, including prospective employees wanting to know more about the Dept.
There’s a lot of news that’s not interesting to outsiders, like retirements and employee awards, but each issue also highlights a “Post of the Month” accompanied by beautiful full-color photos. For example, the 2009 issues so far have featured posts in
- Geneva, Switzerland (January, pp.24-30),
- Adana, Turkey (February, pp.26-31),
- Santiago, Chile (March, pp.20-25), and
- Kolonia, Micronesia (April, pp.24-29).
Many issues feature an “Office of the Month” that shines a light on various State Dept. units.
And then among the brief articles are unexpected gems, like “Save the tigers: Bureau helps target illegal wildlife trade” (December 2008, pp.16-17), which both inform and entice (Did you know? Illicit trade in wildlife is valued at $10 billion+ annually and Harrison Ford did PSAs for Conservation International in 2007). Though very brief, these articles can spark one’s curiosity and motivate a search for additional information.
The University Library is a federal depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!