NC Government publications names in ALA 2018 Notable Documents

Monday, July 29, 2019

Each year the May 15 issue of Library Journal features the American Library Association’s list of Notable Government Documents for the previous year. Sixty documents are selected for three categories of government publications. Twenty federal government publications, twenty publications from state or local governments and twenty publications from international governments. This year the 2018 Notable Government Documents list featured five titles from North Carolina. Three of these are available online and two are print only. The publications cover a variety of topics but are all produced by North Carolina government agencies. Cover of We Who Believe in Freedom: The Life and Times of Ella Baker

Health Disparities

The report, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in North Carolina: North Carolina Health Equity Report 2018, is from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. It focuses on the progress being made toward eliminating gaps among the health statuses of different racial/ethnic groups. Data was collected from various sources. The key indicators used were chosen based on their relevance to health and health disparities. This data can help guide decision makers on eliminating health disparities through policy reform and system change. 

Status of Women

From the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement the report, Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment & Earnings, examines four indicators to determine the gains North Carolina women have made in employment and income parity with men. Those indicators are median annual earnings, the gender wage ratio, women’s labor force participation and the share of employed women in managerial or professional occupations. The report also analyzes data by county and metropolitan area and differences by race and ethnicity. 

Collateral Consequences

Study of Employment Collateral Consequences in North Carolina is from the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission. Collateral consequences refer to statutory and other restrictions on housing, employment and education that prohibit former prisoners from reintegrating into society. Many defendants are not aware of the collateral consequences they face at conviction. The report offers proposals on mitigating or eliminating the lasting negative consequences of incarceration with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism.

Ella Baker

We Who Believe in Freedom: The Life and Times of Ella Baker was written by Lea E. Williams and published by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. This book, written for young readers, traces Ella Baker’s life (1903-1986) from growing up in the segregated South, graduating Shaw University and then her extensive part in the civil rights movement and key role in founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

North Carolina HistoryCover of This Day in North Carolina History

This Day in North Carolina History is by Ansley Herring Wegner and Jeff Miles of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. This day-to-day chronicle highlights topics and events of importance to North Carolina history and culture. These vary from historical and cultural events to famous people to oddball incidents you may have never heard of. Also included are many historic photographs illustrating the people, events and places for each day.

Library card

These last two publications are only available in print but can be checked out from the State Library if you have a State Library card. Find out how to easily get a State Library card here.


Denise Jones, State Publications Clearinghouse Liaison