ODDS AND ENDS : DECEMBER 2000

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Aaron Copland Collection, 1900-1990
AirNow: Real Time Air Pollution Data
America at Work, America at Leisure
American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
American Time Capsules
Arctic Theme Page
Aviation Consumer Protection Division
Back to Baseball Cards: Preserving the Nation's Heritage
Before It's Too Late
Bermuda Triangle FAQ
Bush--He's 'Da Man' at Whitehouse.gov
By the People, For the People (WPA Posters, 1936-1943
The Century in Sound: An American's Perspective (VOA)
Child Protection, Commission on Online....
CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-1992
CIA Involvement in Chile
Climate Diagnostic Center
ConstitutionFacts.Com
Crime in the United States, 1999
DocsCite : Government Documents Citation Generator
Electoral Deja Vu
Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements
Filegate.Gov : The Biggest Congressional Scandal of the Digital Age
Getting to Know the President
Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo
Global Trends 2000
Going, Going, Gone...
Helios Photography Online
Hi Citizen: Making Government Easy for You
History of the American West, 1860-1920
House of Representatives Electoral College Page
Human Development Report 2000
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2000
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report
Law Enforcement Efforts to Combat Internet Auction Fraud
MedlinePlus Drug Information
Michigan Cyber-Tip Hotline
Michigan Safe Schools
Michigan Veterans Employment Services
Multicultured Asian Lady Beetle
Names Distributions in the Social Security Area
National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
Human Spaceflight Page
Kids Page Celebrates Halloween
Structure and Evolution of the Universe
Visable Earth
National Archives & Records Administration Electoral College Page
National Gallery of Arts Kids Page
National Museum of American Art Changes its Name, URL
National Women's Health Information Center
Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Partnerships for a Stronger Civil Society
Patent Electronic Business Center
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Plants Database
Plum Book
Portraits of the Presidents from the National Portrait Gallery
Presidency, American: A Glorious Burden
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
Presidential Backgrounders
Presidential Inaugerations
Presidential Transition
Print No More
Projections of Education Statistics to 2010
Save our Sounds
School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective
Selected Government Statistical Resources
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 27th Edition
Space Library (NASA)
Spy-Fi Archives (CIA)
State Documents Conference for Eastern States Report
State of the World Population, 2000
Supreme Court, Internet Resources for Tracking Information on the...
Top Ten Dot Cons (FTC)
TopoZone
UK Launches BritainUSA.com
UK Online Citizen Portal
UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Bibliographic Information System (UNBISnet)
UN Report Identifies Human Role in Global Warming
USAJOBS
USAJOBS by E-Mail
U.S. Code
U.S. Government Manual, 2000-2001
Veterans Employment Services
Voice of America News Millenium Moments
Voice of America Music Mix
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Web-Based Government Contract Research
World Development Report 2000/01: Attacking Poverty
Youth Violence Prevention, Best Practices
ZIP Code, Community Information by...

Aaron Copland Collection, 1900-1990
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/achtml/achome.html
The Library of Congress celebrates the centennial of the birth of renowned composer Aaron Copland. The Aaron Copland Collection includes a variety of items documenting the life of the extraordinary man who was composer, performer, teacher, writer, conductor and more.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

AirNow: Real Time Air Pollution Data
http://www.epa.gov/airnow/
This site created by the Environmental Protection Agency provides public health information on the environmental effects of air pollution, featuring interactive ozone maps, air quality forecasts and health advisories that help keep users in the loop about the air they breathe. Interested in the current visibility levels in downtown Denver or on Chicago's Michigan Avenue? No problem. The site links to regional Webcams showing air quality in various parts of the country. Reporting stations in Michigan include: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Lansing-E. Lansing, and Saginaw-Bay City-Midland. A A 2000 GovExec.Com Best of the Feds Web Winner.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

America at Work, America at Leisure
Motion Pictures from 1894 to 1915
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awlhtml/awlhome.html
Vintage motion pictures accord us a glimpse of work, school and leisure activities in the United States around the turn of the last century. From firefighting and logging to calisthenics and swimming. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 23, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/
As the story goes, Theodore Roosevelt took a break from meetings in Mississippi in 1902 and went bear hunting. He was unsuccessful. To appease the president, his guides tied a small bear to a tree and invited Roosevelt to shoot it. He refused.
The owners of a confectionary store in Brooklyn saw the report in the Washington Post and asked Roosevelt if they could make a tiny bear in his honor. "Go ahead", the Presdent said. So Teddy's Bear was born, the store eventually became the Ideal Toy Co., and one of the original Teddy Bears ended up in the Smithsonian.
That is the kind of history, or perhaps patriotic folklore, that the Smithsonian is unearthing for "the American Presidency: A Glorious Burden", its unprecedent exhibition of the nation's 41 chief executives which opened November 15, 2000. For those of you who can't visit, this web site provides an opportunity to explore some of the many artifacts and stories gathered together for this celebration. Source: Lansing State Journal, November 19, 2000, p.8D.
(Last checked 11/24/00)

American Time Capsule
Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Ephemera
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/rbpehtml/
The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the Collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. This preview of the digitized Printed Ephemera Collection presents more than 7,000 items from the fifty American states, the District of Columbia, and London, England. Among them is a variety of posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards. They capture the experience of the American Revolution, slavery, the western land rush, the American Civil War, woman suffrage, and the Industrial Revolution from the viewpoint of those who lived through those events. A full release of this online collection is planned for late 2001 and will include several thousand more images, representing more American states, with full textual transcription of all items. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 14, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Arctic Theme Page
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/
"The Arctic remains one of the least explored, studied and understood places on earth." This Arctic Theme Page, courtesy of NOAA, provides access to widely distributed Arctic data and information for scientists, students, teachers, academia, managers, decision makers and the general public.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

Aviation Consumer Protection Division
U.S. Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/
Includes sections on travel tips, problems and complaints. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 8-10, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

Back to Baseball Cards:
Preserving the Nation's Heritage
http://lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/bachbase/
Back to Baseball Cards celebrates 200 years of efforts at the Library of Congress to preserve the nation's heritage. Far from just being about baseball cards, the online exhibit illustrates some of the most important preservation treatments that have been carried out on the Library's 119 million items, including newspapers, photos, drawings, books, film and music. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 1-4, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

Before It's Too Late:
A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century [The Glenn Commission Report]
http://www.ed.gov/americacounts/glenn/toc.html
States that America's students must improve their performance in mathematics and science if they are to succeed in today's world and if the United States is to stay competitive in an integrated global economy. This report indicates that the most direct route to improving mathematics and science achievement for all students is better mathematics and science teaching. It discusses the problems, goals for improvement, and action strategies.
(Last checked 12/04/00)

Bermuda Triangle FAQ
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq8-1.htm
Enquiring minds might like to know something about the Bermuda Triangle, courtesy of the Naval Historical Center.
(Last checked 12/27/00)

Bush--he's 'da man' at Whitehouse.gov
http://news.excite.com/news/zd/010109/18/bush-hes-da-man?printstory=1
Where do old government Web sites go when they die? To cybercemeteries, of course. What's a historian to do? Relax. Most old federal Web sites don't really disappear; they just move to different servers. Includes quotes from George Barnum at GPO. Article by Lisa M. Bowman, ZDNet News, appearing on Excite News.
(Last checked 01/12/01)

By the People, For the People
Posters of the WPA: 1936-1943
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaposters/wpahome.html
A collection of 907 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters — produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal — makes the jump to cyberspace. Powered by the Library of Congress America Memory Project. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 15-17, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

The Century In Sound: an American's Perspective
http://www.voa.gov/century/century.html
"We human beings are a talkative, exuberant, often maddening bunch. We like to be noticed by our peers and leave our mark for future generations. For thousands of years, we've had writing, painting and other ways to record our thoughts and feelings. But until recently, the sounds we made were lost forever as soon as they were heard. All that changed with the invention of sound recording. The 20th century was unique in the way it enabled us to preserve the music, the historic speeches, the breaking news and the feel of everyday life through its sounds. What you are about to hear is a montage of the sounds we made during this dramatic, extremely noisy century..." Includes brief excerpts such as "In My Merry Oldsmobile", "Over There", "Prohibition Blues", "Brother Can You Spare a Dime", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "theme from I Love Lucy show", "We Shall Overcome", "Stayin Alive", "Material Girl", Eulogy excerpt by Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer - all merging into each other. Requires Real Audio Player. Courtesy of the Voice of America.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Child Protection, Commission on Online ...
http://www.copacommission.org/report/COPAreport.pdf
The Final Report of the COPA Commission Presented to Congress, October 20, 2000. 95 p. Identifies various technologies and methods designed to reduce access by children to sexual explicit materials on the Internet.
(Last checked 11/30/00)

CIA Involvement in Chile
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/chile/index.html
After withholding information for 27 years, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has acknowledged its deep involvement in General Augusto Pinochet's regime in a declassified report released and placed online on September 19. Among other things, the report reveals that the head of Chile's secret police was a paid CIA asset, that the CIA was well aware of the efforts to track and kill political opponents, and that the agency supported the kidnapping and murder of the Chilean commander-in-chief, Gen. Rene Schneider in October 1970 after he refused to support the overthrow of President Allende. The full text of the report is available in HTML format at the CIA site. Source: ThemeStream, The Net, Issue No. 7, Sept. 25, 2000.
(Last checked 12/27/00)

Climate Diagnostics Center
http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/
Explore the cutting edge of weather forecasting at the Climate Diagnostics Center. The agency's mission is to identify the nature and causes for climate variations on time scales ranging from a month to centuries. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 14, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

ConstitutionFacts.Com
http://www.constitutionfacts.com/
Familiarize yourself a little more with that key document that's been getting major news play lately as Bush and Gore battle it out in the courts. ConstitutionFacts.com provides insights into the men who wrote it and how it's been interpreted over the years. Also covers the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and much more! Source: USA Today Hot Site, December 15-17, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Crime in the United States, 1999
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/99cius.htm
Also called the 1999 Uniform Crime Report.
(Last checked 12/14/00)

DocsCite
http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/docscite/docscite.htm
Javascript engine generates both APA and MLA citations for government documents. Just fill in the forms. Courtesy of Ken Furuta, Government Documents Service, Arizona State University Libraries; Telephone: (480) 965-3387. Source: GOVDOC-L, November 1, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Electoral Déjà Vu
http://elections.harpweek.com/controversy.htm
Think the present presidential election is a mess? Relive the 19th century's Electoral College controversy courtesy of this Hayes vs. Tilden retrospective from HarpWeek. Replete with Thomas Nast period 'toons. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 6, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ccmphtml/colahome.html
Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements: Highlights from the Motion Picture Archives at the Library of Congress presents a variety of television advertisements, never-broadcast outtakes, and experimental footage reflecting the historical development of television advertising for a major commercial product. The online collection includes five excerpts from stop-motion advertising developed for Coca-Cola between 1954 and 1956 by the D'Arcy agency and makes public for the first time eighteen excerpts from the Experimental TV Color Project of 1964, which determined the best lighting for the cans, bottles, and performers in television advertisements. Featured advertisements include the 1971 "Hilltop" commercial with an international group of young people on an Italian hilltop singing "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke"; the "Mean Joe Greene" commercial from 1979; the first "Polar Bear" commercial from 1993; the "Snowflake" commercial from 1999; and "First Experience," an international commercial filmed in Morocco in 1999. Source: USA Today Hot Site, December 11, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Filegate.gov: The Biggest Congressional Scandal of the Digital Age
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.11/govdocs.html
Article by David Corn appearing in Wired Magazine. Subtitle: Politicians aren't putting public docs on the Net, and no one seems to care. Highlight: journalist David Corn asked Senator John McCain "Could it be that members of Congress want to control information about themselves and don't want to be scrutinized?" McCain answered "Exactly!" Source: GOVDOC-L, November 15, 2000.
(Last checked 12/06/00)

Getting to Know the President
CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-1992
http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/briefing/index.htm
Source: PSRT-L, Nov. 22, 2000.
(Last checked 12/06/00)

Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo
http://pandas.si.edu/
Panda-monium hits the Web: Meet the National Zoo's newest residents at a Smithsonian site that offers Giant Panda photos, research backgrounders and fun activities for kids. Hey, the Smithsonian is paying China a million dollars a year to host the pandas, so you should enjoy them while they visit. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 13, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Global Trends 2015:
A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/globaltrends2015/index.html
Prepared under the direction of the National Intelligence Council and approved for publication by the National Foreign Intelligence Board under the authority of the Director of Central Intelligence. NIC 2000-02, December 2000. Source: GOVDOC-L, Dec. 20, 2000.
(Last checked 12/21/00)

Going, Going, Gone...
Law Enforcement Efforts to Combat Internet Auction Fraud
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/reports/int-auction.htm
Describes the FTC efforts to combat fraud in Internet auction sales. The FTC and partner enforcement officials have been able to track complaints about Internet auction fraud, which have escalated from approximately 100 in 1997 to over 10,000 in 1999.
(Last checked 12/28/00)

Helios Photography Online
http://americanart.si.edu/helios/index.html
The Smithsonian's American Art Museum invites you to feast your eyes on hundreds of online photos. Helios stands as a major site for the study of American photography, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary landscapes. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 7, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Hi Citizen: Making Government Easy for You
http://www.hicitizen.com/
For every major event in your life, you have to fill out a government form. Whether it's changing your address, paying your taxes, registering your vehicle, or getting a passport, navigating the maze of government agencies can be a frustrating task. That's where HiCitizen can help. We have identified and compiled the local, state, and federal information and services you need in a format that is intuitive and easy to access. In addition to providing transactions on-line, HiCitizen also provides the relevant forms and contact information necessary to transact with government agencies offline. And, we do it at no cost to the government or to you. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 24-26, 2000.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

History of the American West, 1860-1920:
Photographs from the Denver Public Library
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/codhtml/
The American West rides again - in cyberspace. The Denver Public Library serves up a treasure-trove of more than 30,000 photos taken between 1860 and 1920, illuminating the landscaping and lives of Colorado and the West. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 8, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

House of Representatives Electoral College Page
http://freedom.house.gov/electoral/
After the recent election, you may never be interested in the electoral college again! But in case you are, this page provides general information, scholarly opinion, laws governing the election, historical documents, excerpts from the Federalist Papers.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

Human Development Report 2000
http://www.undp.org/hdr2000/english/HDR2000.html
Every year since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has commissioned the HDR by an independent team of experts to explore major issues of global concern. The report looks beyond per capita income as a measure of human progress by also assessing it against such factors as average life expectancy, literacy and overall well-being. It argues that human development is ultimately a process of enlarging people's choices. By the way, according to the Human Development Index, Canada ranks number 1, Norway number 2, and the United States number 3.
(Last checked 12/28/00)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2000
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2001017
This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources that include: the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-98); the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (1989, 1995 and 1999); the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1993, 1995, and 1997); and, the School and Staffing Survey (1993-94). A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, the report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. Data for crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society. The report provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools.
(Last checked 12/04/00)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Special Report on Emissions Scenarios
http://www.ipcc.ch/pub/sres-e.pdf
A new report released by a United Nations scientific panel (jointly sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization and the United National Environmental Programme) claims that pollution and other factors caused by humans could boost global warming far beyond estimates commonly used today, leading to possible dire environmental problems. The "Special Report on Emissions Scenarios" (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader software) predicts human activities could raise average global temperatures up to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100 if pollution is not curtailed. The findings by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Greenhouse Effect is the first comprehensive update of the same panel's initial findings in 1995, and nearly doubles the temperature gains previously expected if current trends continue, the Associated Press reports. Source: Philanthropy News Network Alert, October 27, 2000.
(Last checked 11/06/00)

MedlinePlus Drug Information
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
An online guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications. You'll find out about proper use, precautions and possible side effects. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 20, 2000.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

Michigan Cyber-Tip Hotline
1-800-5CYBER3
The Michigan State Police and the Michigan Attorney General's Office are launching a 24-hour, toll-free, cybertip hotline. The hotline will assist law enforcement authorities in uncovering and prosecuting criminals who use the Internet to commit cyber-crimes against children. Anyone with information, or who witnesses child sexual exploitation including: online enticement of children for sexual acts, child prostitution, or child-sexual molestation, will be asked to contact the state police toll-free. Source: Michigan Librarian, Sept./Oct. 2000

Michigan Safe Schools Web Page
http://www.michigansafeschools.org/
The place to go for information about school safety, bus safety, food safety, and safety legislation.
(Last checked 12/05/00)

Michigan Veterans Employment Services
Michigan Department of Career Development
http://www.state.mi.us/mdcd/veterans/
The MDCD has launched a Veterans' Employment Services web site to make it easier for veterans to get help finding jobs and other services.
(Last checked 11/24/00)

The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2000/001030.beetlefacts.htm
The USDA Agricultural Research Service has just posted a fact sheet about these critters that look a lot like ladybugs and have been appearing in large numbers in the Michigan area. They're not destructive; they were actually imported from Asia asearly as 1916 to control pests in orchards, forests, and gardens. And, by all reports, they done a good job. But now they are looking for a place to survive the winter. The site describes the insect's life cycle as well as strategies to prevent it from becoming a houseguest.
(Last checked 11/10/00)

Name Distributions in the Social Security Area
http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/NOTES/note139/note139.html
Having trouble on picking a baby's name? If you are interested in the most popular names, The Social Security Administration can provide a list of the most popular and even break it down year by year. Hat's off to those inquisitive folks at the Office of the Chief Actuary. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 31, 2000
(Last checked 11/01/00)

NASA Human Spaceflight Page
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/index-n.html
The NASA Human Spaceflight page is keeping a virtual watch on the arrival of the first resident crew at the International Space Station. Hey, it may not look like Babylon 5 but it's a start. The web page also features news reports, videos, factoids and mission backgrounders. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 31, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

NASA Kids Page Celebrates Halloween
http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/events/Halloween.asp
Witches and bats and goblins and jack-o'-lanterns in space — oh, my! A "Freaky Satellite Tracking" feature is only part of the spooky fun you'll find at this Happy Halloween site from NASA Kids. (Proves rocket scientists can be weird, too.) Don't know how long it will last, but it's appropriate for today! Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 31, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

NASA: Structure and Evolution of the Universe
http://universe.gsfc.nasa.gov/
While some of us may still be trying to figure out our computers, others are busy at work on the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. A graphically rich gateway from the folks at NASA on how this whole thing started. Source: USA Today Hot Site, November 3-5, 2000.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

NASA's Visable Earth
http://www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/
Get a satellite's-eye view of the burn scars in Montana and Idaho. Spy on sea ice in the Arctic. Or download an infrared photo of San Francisco Bay. NASA's Visible Earth offers a searchable directory of those and other terrestrial images. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 19, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

National Archives and Records Administration Electoral College Page
http://www.nara.gov/fedreg/elctcoll/index.html#top
The Office of the Federal Register coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the American People. We have assembled a variety of information and statistics on presidential elections, past and present.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

National Gallery of Arts Kids Page
http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm
Lizzie & Gordon pay an online visit to the famed Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art. You and the little ones are invited to tag along. And while you're at it, explore some of the other kid-friendly works of art at NGA Kids. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 31, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

National Museum of American Art Changes Its Name, URL
http://www.AmericanArt.si.edu
On October 27, President Clinton signed legislation (P.L.106-385) renaming the "National Museum of American Art" to the "Smithsonian American Art Museum." The name change had been proposed by Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small and the Smithsonian Board of Regents. By connecting the Smithsonian name to the museum's mission ("American art") officials believe that more Americans will be able to recognize how the museum connects to American culture and history. The museum has also changed its Web site address to: http://www.AmericanArt.si.edu Source: NCC Washington Update, Vol. 6, #39, November 9, 2000.
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National Women's Health Information Center
http://www.4woman.gov/
This attractive and user-friendly site contains a wealth of information on women's health issues, from domestic violence to breastfeeding. Our judges found that stumping the search engine on a health topic was no easy feat. Information on women's health-related congressional legislation from 1997 to the present is also featured. A A 2000 GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds Web Winner.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

Occupational Outlook Quarterly
http://stats.bls.gov/opub/ooq/art01.htm
This article from the Winter 2000-01 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly features librarians.
(Last checked 12/21/00)

Partnerships for a Stronger Civil Society
http://www.whitehouse.gov/media/pdf/itfreport.pdf
This report grew out of the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy in October 1999. As part of that effort, the president appointed an Interagency Task Force on Nonprofits and Government comprised of White House staff and federal agency representatives to examine partnerships. According to Clinton, the partnerships profiled in the report represent a new era in the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit sector. "In thousands of instances, large and small, government agencies are working with national, state, community, and faith-based nonprofit organizations, and in the process, are redefining the role of government in the 21st century," said Clinton. "From AmeriCorps to the Welfare-to-Work Partnership, from environmental protection to national immunization programs, nonprofit partnerships are improving the lives of citizens from Florida to Alaska, Hawaii to Maine." December 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Patent Electronic Business Center
http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/
This new site does business 21st century-style, allowing inventors to file patent applications electronically with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Digital certificates provide the security necessary for patent applications, and inventors can apply for them online. Users can do patent searches, check the status of their applications and pay fees—all with the click of a mouse. A A 2000 GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds Web Winner.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
http://www.pbgc.gov/
Since launching its Pension Search Directory on the Internet in December 1996, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has located some 6,600 people eligible for $21 million in pension benefits. This includes about 4,800 people owed $10 million who were found in the past year. In that period, 6,800 new names were added to the Directory, for a total of 12,000 missing pension plan participants. Altogether, they have $27 million coming from plans that companies terminated before all beneficiaries could be located. So far 301 out of 608 people in Michigan have been identified! Source: Access America, October 16, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Plants Database
http://plants.usda.gov/
The PLANTS Database is a single source of standardized information about plants. This database focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. The PLANTS Database includes names, checklists, automated tools, identification information, species abstracts, distributional data, crop information, plant symbols, plant growth data, plant materials information, plant links, references, and other plant information. PLANTS reduces costs by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines. This site is best viewed with Netscape or Internet Explorer version 4.0 or greater, with JavaScript, stylesheets, and frames enabled. A A 2000 GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds Web Winner.
(Last checked 11/10/00)

Plum Book
http://www.gpo.gov/plumbook/2000/index.html
http://www.opm.gov/PlumBook/index.htm
The 2000 edition of the "Plum Book," listing the most sought-after jobs in the upper ranks of the federal government, is now available for scrutiny by those seeking jobs in the next administration. The book, whose actual title is "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions," is released every four years alternately by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform. It is made available just after the presidential election. This year's version lists more than 7,000 jobs that are at the new President's disposal. "Plum Book" listings are usually appointed positions, such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors. The data in this edition is current as of September 1, 2000. Source: GovExec.Com, November 10, 2000.
(Last checked 11/10/00)

Portraits of the Presidents from the National Portrait Gallery
http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/travpres/index6.htm
If you don't like this year's crop of White House wannabes, take a stroll down presidential memory lane. A gander at some of the individuals displayed at Portraits of the Presidents may help you appreciate today's candidates. Like, remember Nixon? Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 24, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/
If you choose "hear the band" and have Windows Media Player, you can listen to "The Marines' Hymn" and "Stars and Stripes Forever". Site also provides information on the band's traveling itenerary.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Presidential Backgrounders
http://www.netcolony.com/news/presidents/presvplist.html
Put this year's presidential election in historical perspective with a site that provides comprehensive backgrounders and biographical info about our past presidents. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 15-17, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

Presidential Inaugerations
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/pihome.html
Inaugeration Day is sure to be memorable. "I Do Solemnly Sear" from the Library of Congress looks back at the 62 inaugurations from Washington's in 1789 to Clinton's in 1997. The section on Precedents and Notable Events is especially interesting. FYI: John Quincy Adams (March 4, 1825) was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers. Source: Lansing State Journal, Source1.
(Last checked 11/24/00)

Print No More: U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register
http://www.vsb.org/publications/valawyer/oct00/legal_resource.pdf
Article by Timothy L. Coggins, Director of the University of Richmond School of Law Library, on the repercussions of moving toward an electronic depository program. Article appears in Legal Resource Review. Source: Barbie Selbie, UVA Law Library, GOVDOC-L, October 26, 2000.
(Last checked 11/08/00)

Projections of Education Statistics to 2010
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2000071
Provides projections for key education statistics to 2010. This publication includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools and in institutions of higher education. In addition, the report includes a methodology section describing models and assumptions used to develop national and state-level projections.
(Last checked 12/04/00)

Save Our Sounds
http://www.saveoursounds.org/
A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress, Save our Sounds preserves the greatest historical recordings of America's spoken word and music. More than one million recordings of American roots music, songs, poems and speeches from 1890 to the present. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 7, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective
http://www.fbi.gov/library/school/school2.pdf
Details warning signs in a student's personality, family, school, and social life that could indicate a propensity towards violence. It defines what a threat is and advises school and law enforcement officials on what to do if they suspect someone is at risk for committing a violent act. Courtesy of the FBI.
(Last checked 12/04/00)

Selected Government Statistical Resources
http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/stat.phtml
A compilation of web links by the University of Minnesota Regional Depository on topics such as crime and justice, education, employment and labor, health, inflation and prices, population, poverty and social welfare, plus a whole lot more. Source: Govdoc-l, December 15, 2000.
(Last checked 12/120/00)

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 27th Edition
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, the lollapalooza of crime-related reference works, is now available online. Provides data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the USA. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 20, 2000.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

Space Library
http://samadhi.jpl.nasa.gov/
Welcome to a space library, a NASA/JPL/Caltech spyglass on the cosmos. Here you will find a mixture of space-related images and programs which will help you visualize the Solar System and NASA space missions using computer graphics. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 10-12, 2000.
(Last checked 01/04/00>

Spy-Fi Archives
http://www.odci.gov/spy_fi/index.html
James Bond, Maxwell Smart and Illya Kuryakin are having a rendezvous at CIA HQ — sort of. The fictional characters' spirits are conjured up nicely by the agency's Fine Arts Commission, which hosts a major exhibition of how Hollywood views intelligence. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 22-24, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

State Documents Conference for Eastern States Report
http://www.cslib.org/stdocconf/index.htm
In May 2000 the Connecticut State Library hosted a conference for representatives of state documents depository programs in states east of the Mississippi. Bernadette Bartlett and Kim Laird from the Library of Michigan participated and presented on behalf of the Michigan Documents Depository Program. Despite the interference of severe thunderstorms up and down the east coast which prevented some representatives from arriving, the conference went well and was well-attended. Hot topics included everything from good and bad supporting legislation to acquisition of the documents to permanent preservation of electronic state documents. The camaraderie of shared challenges had participants exchanging ideas and advice at a remarkable rate, leaving everyone with renewed sense of commitment to the dissemination of state government information. The Connecticut State Library recently mounted the proceedings of the conference on their website at http://www.cslib.org/stdocconf/index.htm If you have any questions about the conference, contact Bernadette Bartlett at 517-373-2971 or bbartlet@libraryofmichigan.org. Questions specifically about the Michigan Documents Depository Program can be directed to Bernadette or Ann Sanders at 517-373-9489 or asanders@libraryofmichigan.org.
(Last checked 01/04/01)

State of the World Population 2000
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/swpmain.htm
Released on September 20, this year's annual report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presents a very troubling account of systematic discrimination against women and girls around the world. This gender inequality, the report argues, brings with it economic and societal costs that harm both men and women. Key issues covered in the report include reproductive health care, gender-based violence and domestic abuse, women's rights to privacy, freedom from sexual violence, and voluntary choice in marriage and childbearing. At the site, vistors will find HTML and .pdf files of the report, graphs and charts of key facts and figures, a press kit with summaries and charts, and related links. Courtesy of the United Nations Population Fund. Source: ThemeStream, The Net, Issue No. 7, Sept. 25, 2000.
(Last checked 12/27/00)

Supreme Court, Internet Resources for Tracking Information on the...
http://www.llrx.com/columns/notes36.htm
Roger Skalbeck focuses on information by and about the court, including links from a range of public and commercial sources to docket sheets, order lists, briefs and oral arguments, and commentary on cases. Source: Law Resource Exchange, November 15, 2000.
(Last checked 11/30/00)

Top Ten Dot Cons
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/dotcon/
Con artists have gone high tech, using technology to peddle traditional scams. Advisory alert from the Federal Trade Commission.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

TopoZone
http://www.topozone.com/
TopoZone boasts the Web's first interactive topographical map of the entire USA. Fun to browse even if you're not planning on any mountain climbing. Hey, it may not provide the latest topographic map for every area, but it's still free and available over the web. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 4, 2000.
(Last checked 12/15/00)

UK Launches BritainUSA.com
http://www.britainusa.com
The British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has annoutced that its U.S.-related web site, BritainUSA.com, has been relaunched after an extensive overhaul. BritainUSA.com is a portal for 18 British government offices in the U.S. An index links the site to all Birtish government Web sites in the U.K. and other key sites of interest. Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, http//ww.fco.gov.uk.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

UK Online Citizen Portal
http://www.ukonline.gov.uk
"The UK online Citizen Portal will be the single place where the public - from new mothers and victims of crime to small businesses and holiday-makers - can access all available UK Government information and services online. It will link information on more than 1000 official websites, transforming the relationship between Government and the citizen by cutting hassle and bureaucracy from peoples' lives." Source: GOVDOC-L, December 5, 2000.
(Last checked 12/06/00)

UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library Bibliographic Information System (UNBISnet)
http://unbisnet.un.org/
Provides online access to the catalogue of UN publications and documentation indexed by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöd Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Also covers non-UN publications held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Provides access to the voting records for all resolutions which were adopted - either without a vote or by roll-call or recorded vote - by the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-) and the Security Council beginning with its 1st year (1946-). Citations to speeches made in the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-), the Security Council beginning with its 38th year (1983-), the Economic and Social Council beginning in 1983 and the Trusteeship Council beginning with its 15th special session (1982). Source: GOVDOC-L, December 6, 2000.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

UN Report Identifies Human Role in Global Warming
http://www.publicagenda.org/headlines/headline102600.htm
There is now conclusive evidence that fossil fuel pollution affects the earth's atmosphere and contributes to global warming, according to a new report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, operating under the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations, predicts that the planet's temperature is likely to increase by 2.7 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, up from the predicted increase of 1.8 to 6.3 degrees from its last report in 1995. Improvements in computer diagnostics, increased understanding of other climate-influencing emissions, and substantially warmer temperature data from the last few years have backed scientists' assertions that manmade greenhouse gases cause global warming. Source: Public Agenda Online Headline, October 26, 2000.
(Last checked 12/07/00)

USAJOBS
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/index.htm
The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information provided by the United States Office of Personnel Management.
(Last checked 12/28/00)

USAJOBS By E-Mail
http://profiler.usajobs.opm.gov/
OPM's latest feature to the USAJOBS Web site, USAJOBS by E-mail allows people looking for federal jobs to customize their job searches by creating an automated job search profile, choosing location, minimum salary and job title keywords. An e-mail is sent to the jobseeker as new job listings are added to the database that match the saved criteria. The e-mail messages include links to the vacancy announcements. Job search profiles are active for 120 days from the last time the search was created or edited and they can be edited or deleted at any time.
(Last checked 12/28/00)

U.S. Code
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/uscmain.html
A browsable United States Code application is now available on GPO Access. The browse feature allows you to browse individual U.S. Code titles, down to the section level, for the latest available update. The browse feature consists of several levels. First you choose which title(s) you wish to browse. The second level displays the chapters for the selected title. The third level gives a list of parts for that title, with hypertext links to the section-level documents. U.S. Code documents are available in ASCII text format. Source: GOVDOC-L, Dec. 20, 2000.
(Last checked 12/20/00)

U.S. Government Manual 2000/2001
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/browse-gm-00.html
In our popular "people used to pay real money for this in pre-Web days" category: The United States Government Manual -- 2000 / 2001, with everything on who's who and what's what in the federal mothership. Each chapter is available in both ascii and pdf format. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 25, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

The Unnoticed Presidential Transition: Whither Whitehouse.gov?
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue6_1/wiggins/
Ever since George W. Bush was declared President-elect, attention has focused on the transition of power: what people and what policies define the new Administration? But in this first Presidential transition of the Web era, another unnoticed transition is under way: the President's presence on the Web, whitehouse.gov. This paper explores what whitehouse.gov is and how this transition should unfold, giving the new President a site reflecting his views and biography while preserving the content of the Clinton whitehouse.gov. We conclude with a proposal that the new whitehouse.gov staff work with the U.S. National Archives to provide perpetual Web-based archives of whitehouse.gov content. Article by Richard Wiggins. Source: Laura Dickson, GOVDOC-L, Jan. 11, 2001.
(Last checked 01/12/01)

Voice of America News Now Millenium Moments
http://www.voa.gov/moments/
VOA News Now is proud to bring you "Millennium Moments," a look back at some of the people, events, and ideas that shaped our world during the past thousand years. Where else will you find a list of vignettes that includes "The Aztecs", the "Black Death", and the "Extinction of the Dodo Bird". "Millennium Moments" can be heard Monday through Friday on most VOA stations. In case you've missed them, you can read or listen to them all. Drop down menus provide a complete listing. The audio portions require Real Audio Player.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Voice of America's Music Mix
http://www.voa.gov/musicmix/
A 24-hour, 7 day a week, satellite music network for international broadcasters financed by Voice of America. This unique music service presents the best of American and international music along with news and information. The new network features a blend of what's "hot" on the music scene and reflects America today through music. Every hour we play Hot A/C, Rock/Alternative, Urban, Pop, Country, Dance, and some heavy Metal. Other forms of music, such as Jazz, Folk, Blues, and other specialty programs will be featured on the weekends. The music service programs will include information about the artists, music news, and lifestyle reports. Requires Real Audio Player to listen to the live broadcast.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

We Shall Overcome:
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/
This site created by the National Park Service tells the history of the civil rights movement, against a backdrop of black and white photos depicting powerful images of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. in a Birmingham, Ala. jail. Click on a map of the U.S. to view the churches, schools, homes, and neighborhoods where many important civil rights events occurred. A A 2000 GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds Web Winner.
(Last checked 11/03/00)

Web-Based Government Contracts Research
http://www.llrx.com/features/govcon.htm
Government contracts law can appear like a "maze of statutes and regulations" to researchers, but the Internet can be a real asset in this area. Gloria Miccioli's annotated, topical guide covers courts, government and commercial sites, meta-sites, and research guides. Source: Law Resource Exchange Update, Nov. 15, 2000.
(Last checked 11/30/00)

World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty
http://www.worldbank.org/poverty/wdrpoverty/index.htm
The Web makes it impossible to hide from the hard facts: Of the world's 6 billion people, 2.8 billion live on less than $2 a day and 1.2 billion on less than $1 a day. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 13-15, 2000.
(Last checked 10/31/00)

Youth Violence Prevention, Best Practices of
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/bestpractices.htm
With the homicide rate for youth under the age of 19 averaging 9 deaths a day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) announces the release of the 216 page publication, entitled Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action (Best Practices). Best Practices is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. The web site provides ordering information on the free publication as well as downloading links. Source: Access America, October 30, 2000.
(Last checked 11/01/00)

Zip Code, Community Information by...
http://library.csun.edu/mfinley/zipstats.html
Identifies resources on both the national and California level. Source: Mary Finley, California State University, Northridge in GOVDOC-L, October 30, 2000.
(Last checked 11/08/00)

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