American Georgia

From the Florida Photographic
2017 vol. 6
In This Issue
Featured Publication
Florida Crops
State Library
Scanning Projects
Quick Links
On Enhancing the
Reliability of Florida’s
Distribution and
Transmission Grids
During Extreme
Citrus Maturity
Florida Legislature
Governors’ Executive
Orders, 1995-2016
January 2017
Welcome to the first 2017 issue of The Compass! The
first quarter of the year in Florida can bring sun, snow
or anything in between — all we can guarantee is the
start of the regular Legislative session.
Featured State Publication
Legislative members
always depend on
having support
materials to consult
when writing and
revising bills. For
example, reports such
as On Enhancing the
Reliability of Florida’s
Distribution and Transmission Grids During Extreme
Weather were provided to the 2007 Legislature to help
with decisions on hurricane preparedness and
recovery. You never know what publications will end up
coming in handy for lawmaking!
Florida Crops
January means fresh fruit and vegetables are a rarity in
many places, but not in Florida! Many types of citrus
are available nearly year round. The Florida
Department of Agriculture has an online list of crops in
season and a downloadable monthly shopping
checklist to help you remember what to look for.
This doesn’t mean winter in Florida is all surf and
sunshine though. The FDACS citrus
forecast periodically has a freeze damage section.
State Library Scanning Projects
We are continually working to digitize old, rare and
fragile state publications to enhance accessibility to
patrons throughout Florida.
Our collection of governors’ executive orders gets a
good amount of use. The Governor’s Office always
keeps current executive orders online, but what if a
patron is researching Florida’s devastating 2004 and
2005 hurricane seasons and needs to see the
executive orders from that time period? The State
Library has already digitized executive orders for 1998-
2016 and is working to digitize more executive orders
prior to the current century. These printed orders are
held by very few locations other than the State Library
& Archives and are a rich resource for showing us how
various types of events were dealt with.
Is your library scanning older state agency publications
and documents? Let us know at, and we will be
sure to share it in future issues.
Laura Baas
State Library of Florida
State Agency Publications Section
Division of Library and Information Services | 850.245.6600 |
R. A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
This publication has been funded under the provisions of the Library Services and
Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s LSTA
program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and
Information Services.


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