ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 2001

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Bankruptcy Basics
Benefits CheckUp
CIA Electronic Document Center Popular Document Collection
Climate Change Science
Disease Information: Hoof and Mouth Disease
Earth Observatory
EConsumer.gov
EmbassyWorld.com
ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services Virtual Library
FDR Library and Digital Archives
Foot and Mouth Disease Information
GovExec.Com's Bill Tracker
Michigan Firsts
Michigan School Evaluation Report
NationalAtlas.gov
National Map
National Marine Sanctuaries (NOAA)
Pearl Harbor
Poverty and Children (UNICEF)
Read Michigan 2001 Selections
RegInfo.gov
Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound Energy for America's Future
StateList: The Electronic Source for State Publication Lists
Superintendent of Documents Sales Program Toll Free Number
UNESCO/IFLA Directory of Digitized Collections
UN International Year of Volunteers, 2001
U.S.-China Review Security Commission
United States Senate: An Institutional Bibliography, 1789-2000
Web Sites Track Regulatory Changes
YourCongress.Com

Bankruptcy Basics
http://www.uscourts.gov/bankbasic.pdf
Learn the difference between the different kinds of bankruptcy in this new pamphlet issued by the Bankruptcy Judges Division of the United States Courts. The 72 page document provides an overview of the different kinds of bankruptcy (Chapter 7, 11, 13, 12 & 9), as well as an outline of the bankruptcy process. An interesting site of the week from Library Juice.
(Last checked 05/10/01)

Benefits CheckUp
http://www.benefitscheckup.org/
More than five million seniors are currently missing out on hundreds of state and federal benefits programs, but a new Web site launched today by the National Council on the Aging can help. BenefitsCheckUp.org is the first of its kind, web-based service designed to help seniors, their families and caregivers find the right benefits programs to meet their needs. The web page provides a fast, free and confidential screening tool to determine eligibility for nearly 1,000 unique state and federal programs and provide detailed instructions on how to apply for them.
(Last checked 06/11/01)

CIA Electronic Document Release Center
Popular Documents Collection
http://www.foia.ucia.gov/frame2.htm
These collections of previously released documents reflect some of our most frequently requested information, which we are now making electronically available to the public through this internet site. These collections will be periodically modified to reflect changes in public preferences. Current choices include: UFO's Fact or Fiction?; Bay of Pigs; POW MIA; Guatemala; Human Rights in Latin America; Atomic Spies: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; Lt. Col. Oleg Penkovsky: Western Spy in Soviet GRU; and Francis Gary Powers: U-2 Spy Pilot Shot Down by the Soviets.
(Last checked 05/10/01)

Climate Change Science : An Analysis of Some Key Questions
http://books.nap.edu/books/0309075742/html/
A review of available climate change research by the National Academy of Sciences. Source: Daniel Cornwall, Government Publications/Technical Services Librarian, Alaska State Library, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571; Telephone: (907) 465-2927; Fax: (907) 465-2665; E-Mail: dan_cornwall@eed.state.ak.us; GovDoc-L, June 7, 2001.
(Last checked 06/08/01)

Earth Observatory
http://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change. Articles categorized under Features include: Atmosphere, Oceans, Land, Life on Earth, Heat & Energy, and Remote Sensing. Other sections include Current Stories, Data & Images (environmental data sets and snapshots displayed), News (the latest published research and news), Reference (including biographical profiles of pioneers in geoscience), Missions, Experiments (a virtual laboratory using interactive computer models to explain Earths changes), and a Glossary of terms.
(Last checked 05/10/01)

EConsumer.gov
http://www.econsumer.gov/
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a new Web site aimed at resolving international e-commerce disputes by allowing Internet users from around the world to file complaints at one location. The new site - Econsumer.gov - will serve as an international extension of the FTC's popular "Consumer Sentinel" database, which collects consumer fraud complaints and disseminates them to law enforcers. Unlike Consumer Sentinel, which is equipped only to handle English-language complaints, Econsumer.gov will allow Internet users to file complaints in English, French, German and Spanish. Specifically designed to address cross-border, international e-commerce disputes, Econsumer.gov will record the complaints and pass them along to civil and criminal fraud fighters around the world.
(Last checked 04/26/01)

Embassy World.com
http://www.embassyworld.com/
Embassy World.com is divided into the following sections: Embassies & Consulates of the World (subdivided alphabetically), Embassies of other Nations to the USA, United States Embassies Worldwide (subdivided alphabetically), United Nations Permanent Missions, and Special Search Tools (International Telephone Directory, International Voltage Directory, and Visa Requirements Worldwide). The database searched via a bilateral search-engine to search both host location and hosted embassy from dual query boxes. Source: LLRX, April 16, 2001.
(Last checked 04/26/01)

ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services (ERIC CASS)
Virtual Library Reading Room
http://ericcass.uncg.edu/virtuallib/newlibhome.html
The Virtual Library provides an online collection of full-text materials about current topics such as bullying in schools, career development, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, depression and suicide, juvenile boot camps, school violence, student achievement, substance abuse, and youth gangs.
(Last checked 05/07/01)

FDR Library and Digital Archives
http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/research.html
10,000 pages of digitized documents from President Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary's Files including the contents of the White House Safe, and Diplomatic Files with the Vatican and Germany. 3,500 on-line photos, FDR Fireside Chat texts, On-line Manuscript Indexes, and more.
(Last checked 05/07/01)

Foot and Mouth Disease Information
http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/
The recent outbreak of hoof and mouth (or foot and mouth) disease in England has spurred a frantic response to contain it before it spreads to other countries. This disease affects cloven hooved animals (cows, pigs, sheep, goats), and is highly contagious. This site offers an excellent place to find the official information and news and the government's response to the contagion. From the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF) in the United Kingdom.
(Last checked 05/10/01)

GovExec.Com's Bill Tracker
http://capwiz.com/govexec/issues/bills/
Did that bill ever pass? Use GovExec.com's Bill Tracker to find out. Bill Tracker is an interactive tool that allows you to track the status of the legislation that matters to you most. It also features an interactive guide to Congress that allows users to write directly to their representatives to voice concern or support for important legislation.
(Last checked 05/09/01)

Michigan Firsts
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17447_18630_22469-11896--,00.html
A compilation of Michigan firsts collected by the Secretary of State's Office to help celebrate Michigan Week, May 19-28, 2001. The web page has now moved to the Department of History, Art, and Libraries.
(Last checked 04/26/04)

Michigan School Evaluation Report
http://www.ses.standardandpoors.com/
The first comprehensive, Internet-accessible look at Michigan school information -- from test scores and graduation rates to teacher salaries and district demographics -- is now available. The report was prepared under contract by Standard and Poor's for the Michigan Legislature.
(Last checked 06/13/01)

NationalAtlas.gov
http://www.nationalatlas.gov/
Work on a new National Atlas of the United States® began in 1997. This Atlas updates a large bound collection of paper maps that was published in 1970. Like its predecessor, this edition promotes greater national geographic awareness. It delivers easy to use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes. Unlike the previous Atlas, this version is largely digital. The new National Atlas includes products and services designed to stimulate children and adults to visualize and understand complex relationships between environments, places, and people. It contributes to our knowledge of the environmental, resource, demographic, economic, social, political, and historical dimensions of American life.
(Last checked 04/30/01)

The National Map
http://nationalmap.usgs.gov/
"Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Associate Director for Geography chartered a study to determine how to “... put truly current information into the hands of our customers ... in a cost effective way”. Our vision is that by the year 2010, working with partners, we will provide the Nation with current, accurate, and nationally consistent basic spatial data, including digital data and derived topographic maps. The report from the study, The National Map, sketches an approach for achieving this vision." Comments are welcome. Source: The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, April 30, 2001.
(Last checked 04/30/01)

National Marine Sanctuaries
http://www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov/welcome.html
Provides information about our nation's marine sanctuaries -- how they were established, how they're managed, their scientific & educational programs, & events that occur in them throughout the year. Within the 13 sites are a range of creatures, habitats, historical artifacts, & flourishing maritime cultures. (NOAA)
(Last checked 05/10/01)

Pearl Harbor
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq66-1.htm
A FAQ page from the Navy Historical Center. Source: Greta E. Marlatt, Head, Information Services, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, 411 Dyer Rd, Monterey, CA 93943-5101; telephone: 831-656-3500; fax: 831-656-2842; email: gmarlatt@nps.navy.mil. GOVDOC-L, May 29, 2001.
(Last checked 06/04/01)

Pearl Harbor Archives
http://www.sperry-marine.com/pearl/pearl1.htm
Source: Greta E. Marlatt, Head, Information Services, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, 411 Dyer Rd, Monterey, CA 93943-5101; telephone: 831-656-3500; fax: 831-656-2842; email: gmarlatt@nps.navy.mil. GOVDOC-L, May 29, 2001.
(Last checked 06/04/01)

Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/pha/
Source: Greta E. Marlatt, Head, Information Services, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, 411 Dyer Rd, Monterey, CA 93943-5101; telephone: 831-656-3500; fax: 831-656-2842; email: gmarlatt@nps.navy.mil. GOVDOC-L, May 29, 2001.
(Last checked 06/04/01)

Poverty and Children: Lessons of the 90s for Least Developed Countries (UNICEF)
http://www.unicef.org/pubsgen/poverty-ldcs/poverty-children-ldcs.pdf
A 32 page PDF report released by the United Nations Children's Fund (http://www.unicef.org/) finds that the world's poorest countries slipped further behind other developing nations during the 1990s, keeping hundreds of millions of people -- almost half of them children -- mired in abject poverty. Prepared for the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the report found that the well-being of children in the world's poorest countries was threatened by a range of conditions, including poor education, malnourishment, exposure to disease, and armed conflict, and that unless such conditions were addressed and reversed, LDCs would remain ensnared in a cycle of poverty and despair. While noting that government action alone will not end the LDCs' struggle for survival, the report prescribes major investment in basic social services as essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. "Universal access to basic social services of good quality -- especially education, health, and water and sanitation -- gives governments a firm foundation for development," said UNICEF's executive director, Carol Bellamy. "As important, it ensures that the rights of their children are met." UNICEF officials noted that such investment requires a reallocation of national budgets and increased investment from overseas, adding that LDC governments currently spend far more on defense and debt services than on basic social services. Source: Philanthropy News Digest, May 22, 2001.
(Last checked 05/31/01)

Read Michigan 2001 Selections
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/miweek/readmich.html
If you're looking for a reading list that's Michigan-centric, you found the place. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Booksellers Association and Historical Society of Michigan and maintained by the Secretary of State's Office.
(Last checked 06/11/01)

RegInfo.gov
http://reginfo.gov/
The Regulatory Information Service Center has established the REGINFO.GOV site to assist users who want to find information about Federal, state, and local regulation. The Center is a Federal Government office located in the General Services Administration, with responsibility for gathering and publishing information on Federal regulations. The Center provides this information to the President, Congress, agency officials, and the general public to help them better understand and manage the regulatory process.
(Last checked 04/26/01)

Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound Energy for America's Future
http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy
The much anticipated VP task force report on America's energy needs. The 170 page report is available either as a single 2.5MB pdf file or by chapter files. Source: Daniel Cornwall, Alaska State Library, GOVDOC-L, May 17, 2001.
(Last checked 05/21/01)

StateList: The Electronic Source for State Publication Lists
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/doc/StateList/check/check.htm
This site provides links to state publication checklists and shipping lists from 32 states that are currently available on the Internet. A joint project of the Documents and Law Libraries at the University of Illinois. Source: Karen Hogenboom, Assistant Government Information Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 200-D Library, 1408 W. Gregory, Urbana, IL 61801; Phone (217) 333-2472; Fax (217) 333-2214. GovDoc-L, June 5, 2001.
(Last checked 06/06/01)

Superintendent of Documents Sales Program Toll Free Number
The U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents Sales Program, has a toll-free number available for the Telephone Order Desk. The toll free number is (866) 512-1800. Local calls in the Washington, DC metro area should be made to (202) 512-1800.

UNESCO/IFLA Directory of Digitized Collections
http://thoth.bl.uk/ddc/index.html
This site aims to offer a listing of major digitized heritage collections and on-going digitization programmes worldwide. It is hoped that this will provide a single focal point of information on digitized collections. This site will act as the 'Memory of the World' virtual library offering direct access to those collections, where permission to link has been granted.
(Last checked 05/07/01)

UN International Year of Volunteers (2001)
http://www.iyv2001.org/
Check out all the news, activities, etc. for the International Year of Volunteers.
(Last checked 05/14/01)

U.S.-China Security Review Commission
http://www.uscc.gov/
The purpose of the Commission is to study, investigate, assess and report to Congress on the economic and security implications of the bilateral economic relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China. The first organizational meeting was held on April 10, 2001. Currently the site contains the Commission Charter, information on members, and press releases. The schedule for technical briefings and hearings will be available shortly.
(Last checked 04/21/01)

The United States Senate: An Institutional Bibliography, 1789-2000
http://www.senate.gov/learning/bibl_outline.html
The Senate Historical Office has added to the Senate web site a new resource for scholars. "The United States Senate: An Institutional Bibliography" contains more than six hundred citations to books, articles, and government documents printed between 1789 and 2000. The bibliography is presented in outline form, and is organized by the following categories: reference, constitutional structure, constitutional powers, rules and practice, leadership and parties, administration, external relations, elections, contemporary accounts, seniority and influence, and archiving the Senate. Subcategories include treaties, nominations, impeachments, filibusters, and investigative committees. New citations will be added to the bibliography periodically, provided they meet the criteria determined by the Senate Historical Office. Source: PSRT, May 26, 2001.
(Last checked 05/29/01)

Web Sites Track Regulatory Changes
http://web.archive.org/web/20010923220549/
http://www.washtech.com/news/regulation/9237-1.html

Want to know the rate at which the Bush administration is reviewing and rescinding federal regulations? Interested in what rules would yield $100 million in net benefits to the economy? Need to know what's in the pipeline, or what might be teed up for legislative repeal?
With just a few clicks of a computer mouse, almost any rule can be tracked, information on it can be retrieved, and, in some cases, the comments on it read online — if you know where to go and are willing to visit more than one site.
A few years ago, most of this would have required days of research in dusty docket rooms and many quarters for the copying machine. Now, regulatory aficionados can plug in to sites run by government agencies and private groups to get the anatomy of almost any rule. Article by Cindy Skrzycki, Washington Post, April 24, 2001. Still available thanks to the Internet Archives.
(Last checked 05/30/03)

YourCongress.Com
http://www.yourcongress.com/
Check out the inner workings of Congress by using this interactive site that offers everything you ever wanted to know about Congress. Includes weekly updates on all votes taken by the House and Senate, transcripts of testimony given during hearings, profiles and contact information for legislators and lobbyists, and information about upcoming legislation. Source: Missouri State Library Newsline, April 2001.
(Last checked 06/06/01)

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