ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER/DECEMBER 2001

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

11 September 2001: The Response
Acoustic Kitty Project
Air Force Crossroads
America Attacked (U.S. Army)
America Responds to Terrorism
America's Children 2001
America's War Against Terrorism
Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program
Baseball
BOPCRIS: British Official Publications Search Engine, 1688-1995
By Popular Demand
Canadian Musuem of Civilization
Capitol Spotlight
Catalog of U.S. Government Laws, Regulations, Decisions, and Guidelines
Census Bureau Webcast
Children's Access to Pornography
CIA History
CIA World Factbook 2001 Released
Civil Rights Issues Facing Arab Americans In Michigan
Condition of Education, 2001
Cybercemetary
Defense Almanac
Earning Differences Between Men and Women
Edison Motion Pictures
Election 2000: An Internet Library
ERIC URL Changing
Expenditures on Children by Families: 2000 Annual Report
Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the U.S.
FirstGov Portal Expands
FirstGov Search Engine Now Featured by GPO Access
Florida Election Probe
Gas Price Comparisons
General Demographic Characteristics by Race for the U.S, 2000
Global Climate Change (CRS)
Global Illicit Drug Trends
Govbot Discontinued
Government Documents at the Crossroads
Government Documents Exchange Lists
Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense
Health, United States, 2001
History Wired: A Few of Our Favorite Things
Home Schooling In the United States
Human Development Report 2001 (UNDP)
Intelligence Issues for Congress (CRS)
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN)
Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s - 1960s
Korea +50: No Longer Forgotten
Library of Congress American Memory : Edison Motion Pictures
Library of Congress American Memory : Sunday School Books
Lifelines Services Network
Meeting God
Mental Health : Culture, Race, Ethnicity
Michigan.Gov Revamped
Michigan Lobby Registration Information
Michigan School Evaluation Report Expanded to Cover Charter School Information
MichiganVotes.Org
NASA Langley Research Center Crash Tests
National Commission on Election Reform Final Report
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
NTIS Study on Information Managment Released by GAO
Passenger Vehicle Driver Cell Phone Use
The Power of the Internet for Learning
Probe of the Election Practices in Florida During the 2000 Presidential Election
Reading 2000
Resource Directory for Older People
Responsibilities for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States, 11 Sept. 2001
Return of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment?
Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change
Science, Technology, and the CIA
SciTechResources.Gov
SearchGov.Com
SearchMil.Com
Section 508: The Road to Accessibility
Securities and Exchange Commission Investment Advisor
September 11 Sourcebook
Sexual Victimization of College Women
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2000
State of Food And Agriculture, 2000-2001 (FAO)
State of the World's Children, 2002 (UNICEF)
Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and Future Research Directions
Strategies for Homeland Defense
Study Abroad, 2000-2001
Sunday School Books
Taking Aim at Small Arms: Defending Children's Rights (UNICEF)
Taliban and Afghanistan Web Links
Telework and the New Workplace of the 21st Century
Truman Presidential Museum and Library
UNESCO Archives Portal
U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
USDA/ERS State Fact Sheets
U.S. Government Laws, Regulations, Decisions, and Guidelines Catalog
U.S. Government Manual, 2001-2002
Whitehouse.Gov
Woody Guthrie Correspondence, 1940-1950
World Drug Report, 2000
World Health Report
Written in Water: The Story of the U.S. Reclamation Bureau

11 September 2001: The Response
http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp2001/rp01-072.pdf
123-page research paper 01/72 compiled by the House of Commons Library, International Affairs and Defence Section, October 3, 2001. Among other topics, the paper covers reactions to the attacks (UK, US, and beyond), information on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, international legal issues, military options, background on Pakistan and popular opinion there, and much more. Source: Scout Report, October 5, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Acoustic Kitty Project
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB54/index.html
This latest release on George Washington University's (GWU) National Security Archive site includes documents related to 44 CIA projects in science and technology, covering the years 1951-2000. Probably the most bizarre is the failed "Acoustic Kitty" project, in which a cat was surgically altered to "become a mobile, eavesdropping platform", only to be run over by a taxi while on its first mission. Strange but true. Source: Scout Report, September 21, 2001.
(Last checked 10/21/01)

Air Force Crossroads
http://www.afcrossroads.com
You'll feel like you're in the co-pilot's seat during this one-minute multimedia sky ride that introduces the Air Force's community web site. The site is aimed at Air Force families, but it's worth checking even if you're sans uniform. It's stacked with hundreds of excellent links for eldercare, parenting and finance. One shows families how to work with teachers to develop an individual education plan for a learning-disabled child. Source: FedBuzz.Com Multimedia Theater.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

America Attacked (U.S. Army)
http://www.army.mil/attack.htm
The U.S. Army presents an information-packed "America Attacked" feature, including updates on the casualties from the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, news releases and a photo gallery. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 24, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

America Responds to Terrorism
http://www.whitehouse.gov/response/index.html
The war on terrorism is being fought on two fronts: at home and abroad through diplomatic, military, financial and investigative actions. Learn more about this multi-faceted operation via this web site.
(Last checked 11/21/01)

America's Children 2001
http://www.childstats.gov/pubs.asp
While American children are growing up wealthier than ever, this generation of youngsters doesn't appear to be significantly healthier, wiser or better behaved. Courtesy of ChildStats.Gov. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, July 19, 2001.
(last checked 07/17/07)

America's War Against Terrorism
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/usterror.html
The University of Michigan Documents Center is an all-encompassing portal to online information about terrorism and the Sept. 11 attacks. Subject categories include research studies, related Web links, international organizations and special news reports. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 9, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program
http://www.anthrax.osd.mil/
The official DOD website for the anthrax vaccine immuization progran run by BioPort in Lansing, Michigan. Includes information about the threat, the disease, and the vaccine, plus lots of references to research articles, many of which have online links.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

BOPCRIS: the British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service
http://www.bopcris.ac.uk/
You can use this web site to search and browse information from British Official Publications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, of key documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents. BOPCRIS currently contains 23,279 references to key British Official Publications 1688-1995.
(Last checked 08/16/01)

By Popular Demand
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/jrhtml/jrhome.html
The Library of Congress's American Memory Project pulls together a special presentation of the story of Jackie Robinson and other highlights in the history of baseball from the 1860s to the 1960s. Draws on manuscripts, books and photos from many parts of the library's diverse collection. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 6, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Canadian Museum of Civilization
http://www.civilization.ca/
Civilization.ca has been redesigned to offer additional navigation tools, pathways to news and many new interactive features: exhibitions, publications, scholarly material, educational games, online shopping and quick links to the CMCC's special interest areas. With the recent improvements to the site, Web users will be enticed to explore and discover the wealth of the CMCC's historical content online...The site enables visitors to further search for a precise subject or to browse through material in thematic sections: archaeology, arts and crafts, civilizations, cultures, First Peoples, history, treasures and military history. Special resources for kids, educators, scholars and the media are also available. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, Sept. 27, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Capitol Spotlight
http://www.c-span.org/capitolspotlight/
A joint service of C-Span and Congressional Quarterly, Inc., Capitol Spotlight is an online newsletter highlighting events and issues on Capitol Hill. Each week that Congress is in session, Capitol Spotlight's content will focus on a key vote. Features include key vote preview stories and interviews, interactive chats with experts, and vote results and breakdowns by party. This is a good resource for those interested in government because top editors from C-Span and Congressional Quarterly are tracking bills, gleaning committee news, and generally keeping their ears to the ground for you with regard to national politics. Live hearings and archived videos of news conferences round out the site (Real Audio). Source : Scout Report, September 14, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Catalog of U.S. Government Laws, Regulations, Decisions, and Guidelines
Paula Kaczmarek reports that this 48-page publication is a really good catalog, with short descriptions that describe the reference value of the publications as well as ordering information. If this new catalog does not arrive at your library you can get one from the GPO Bookstore in Detroit. Their phone is (313) 226-7816. Source: Paula Kaczmarek, Manager, Government Documents, Detroit Public Library, GovDoc-M, July 11, 2001.

Census Bureau Webcast:
Census Bureau Briefs Reporters on Population Change and Distribution from 1990 to 2000. Originally broadcast on Monday, April 2, 2001
http://www.connectlive.com/events/census/
Select archive to access additional webcasts.
Will the 42 million families who didn't mail their census forms please stand up? This census video is no Braveheart, but you will learn how 492,245 temporaries track census slackers. Census factoids: Unemployed single males generally are most likely to evade census takers. In some remote Alaskan villages, census takers must secure permission from the village chiefs before they can door-knock. (Time: 56:40 minutes) Source: FedBuzz.Com Multimedia Theater.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Children's Access to Pornography Through Internet Ffile Sharing Programs
http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdf/pornp2p.pdf
"Internet file-sharing programs provide children easy and free access to thousands of explicit pornographic videos and other pornographic materials. As Napster faces litigation, Internet users are increasingly turning to alternative file-sharing programs such as Music City Morpheus, BearShare, and Aimster. Pornographic files are widely available on these networks and children can be unexpectedly inundated by files containing explicit content for simple searches like "Britney Spears." Moreover, many popular parental filters do not block access to pornographic materials obtained through file-sharing programs." A committee report repared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Steve Largent, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. States House of Representatives, July 27, 2001. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, July 30, 2001.
(Last checked 08/01/01)

CIA World Factbook, 2001
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Provides data, current as of January 1, 2001 in most cases, on 266 countries as well as the "world," a category that summarizes the data overall. For each country, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the Factbook gives information on geography, populations, economies, communications infrastructures, and armed forces. New information subcategories include currency code, HIV/AIDS, Internet users, and Internet Country Code. In addition to accessing information via country, users can browse by field and category, which is an easy way to compare statistics across countries. Source: Scout Report, Sept. 28, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Civil Rights Issues Facing Arab Americans in Michigan
http://www.usccr.gov/misac2/main.htm
A report prepared by the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. May 2001.
(Last checked 07/05/01)

The Condition of Education, 2001
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/
This NCES report summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. Full-Text .pdf versions of the previously released print edition are also available. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, July 25, 2001.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Cybercemetary
http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/
The place to go to find old federal agency web sites when they are no longer maintained. Includes the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, National Partnership for Reinventing Government, and others. Courtesy of the University of North Texas Libraries.
(Revised 11/23/05)

Defense Almanac
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/almanac/
The aptly named Defense Almanac helps citizens understand the breadth, mission and complexity of the U.S. military machine. Focuses on the people, organization, equipment and funding of the Department of Defense. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 4, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Earning Differences Between Men and Women
http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/wagegap2000.htm
The wage gap between women and men's earnings still persists after 50 years, according to the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau. The report shows that women's median weekly earnings were 76.5 percent of men's in 1999. Despite the increase in the average salary of women, their annual earnings were 72.2 percent of men's. Source: GovSpot.Com
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Edison Motion Pictures
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/edhtml/edmvhm.html
View one of the first motion picture cigarette advertisements, see President McKinley's funeral train roll into Canton, Ohio, and watch Annie Oakley fire her rifle. This and much more can be downloaded at a Library of Congress site (American Memory) web site offering historic film clips. No, they won't reach the entertainment level of Super Bowl ads For example, the finale of Edison's 28-second cigarette ad is a group of gents holding up a sheet with the words, "We All Smoke." One short shows what you can see from a balloon ride over San Francisco in 1903. (Not much). Another short appears to be a dramatic Spanish American War battle documentary. (Actually, it's a reenactment Edison filmed in New Jersey in 1899.) The site is home to several Buster Brown film shorts -- think of them as the Comedy Central of 1904. Source: FedBuzz.Com Multimedia Theater.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Election 2000: An Internet Library
http://archive0.alexa.com/collections/e2k.html
Hey, you may be sick from hearing about the 2000 presidential election. However, this web site may be valuable for historical purposes. It was commissioned by the Library of Congress to archive digital materials covering the Election of 2000. It contains 800 gigabytes of data gathered from 8/1/2000 to 1/21/2001. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 12, 2001.
(Last checked 08/04/01)

ERIC URL Changing
http://www.eric.ed.gov
The systemwide ERIC site at http://www.accesseric.org is moving to http://www.eric.ed.gov The old address will no longer work after October 19, 2001. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, Sept. 27, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Expenditures on Children by Families: 2000 Annual Report
http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/Crc/Crc2000.pdf
A middle-income family with a child born in the year 2000 will spend about $165,630 to raise that child for 17 years, according to a report released by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. For comparison, the average cost of raising a child born in 1960 was $25,230. The report accounts for differences in raising a child, such as family income and location. Source: GovSpot.Com
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1980-1995
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/NTOF2000/2001129menu.html
The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) last week posted two documents on Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1980-1995, one on the national profile and the other focused on the national and state profiles. The reports cover sixteen years of data (1980-1995) from the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF) surveillance system. NIOSH reports that from 1980 to 1995, more than 93,000 US workers were fatally injured on the job, an average of sixteen people a day. The leading cause of occupational injury fatality was motor vehicle crashes, though the leading cause for women and black workers was homicide. Both reports include a number of tables, appendices, and references. Source: Scout Report, Oct. 5, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

FirstGov Portal Expands
http://www.Firstgov.gov/
FirstGov, the government's portal to its Web sites, has official expanded its search engine to include sites from all 50 states and Washington D.C. The sites newly designed search engine can find documents from over 47 million web pages in less than a second, and thus, according to Steve Perry, administrator of the General Services Administration, give researchers "a new ability to quickly and easily access" information. Source: NCC Washington Update, June 29, 2001.
(Last checked 06/29/01)

FirstGov Search Engine Now Featured by GPO Access
(Simple Search):
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/search/index.html
(Advanced Search): http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/search/advanced.html
A new GPO Access finding aid has been added to provide greater accessiblity to Federal Government information. Designed to replace the Pathway Indexer, the agency search engine feature, and the discontinued GovBot, users may now search the Federal Government using the FirstGov search index." Put in different terms, this engine limits FirstGov to only U.S. Federal Government and/or GPO Access materials. Source: Salene Dalecky, sdalecky@gpo.gov, GovDoc-L, July 12, 2001.
(Last checked 07/12/01)

Gas Price Comparisons
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
While Congress debates whether there is or isn't an energy crisis, you can save some pennies at the pump with a new price comparison tool from fueleconomy.gov. And while you're at it, check out your car's safety and air-pollution score. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 2, 2001.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Global Climate Change
http://www.cnie.org/nle/clim-2.pdf
CRS issue brief IB89005 updated June 22, 2001 and provided by the National Library for the Environment. Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, July 28, 2001.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Global Illicit Drug Trends
http://www.undcp.org/global_illicit_drug_trends.html
First released in 1999, this report is now prepared annually by the Research Section of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), which is part of the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). The report takes a statistical approach to assessing the status of world supply in and demand for illicit drugs. Based on data and estimates collected or prepared by Governments and UNDCP, as well as by other specialized agencies and international institutions, it attempts to identify trends in the evolution of global illicit drug markets. Reporting on a largely clandestine sector where information is by definition difficult to obtain, Global Illicit Drug Trends constitutes at present the most comprehensive published source of estimates and statistics on the global drug problem.
(Last checked 07/06/01)

Govbot Government Search Service Discontinued
http://ciir2.cs.umass.edu/Govbot/
The University of Massachusetts Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) was the first site in the nation to make all U.S. federal government web sites available and searchable from one location. The CIIR's search engine, InQuery, has been used to search this U.S. federal government information repository since 1996. The CIIR is now focusing on other information retrieval research areas, so we have discontinued the Govbot service as of May 1, 2001.
(Last checked 08/17/01)

Government Documents at the Crossroads
Check out the September issue of American Libraries, p. 52, for an article by Karrie Peterson, Jim Jacobs, and Elizabeth Cowell from the University of California, San Diego about "Government Documents at the Crossroads". In the article, the authors lay out their concerns regarding the shift from traditional widespread distribution of hard copy government publications toward a situation where libraries increasingly just point to online documents stored on government servers. In the article, "we discuss public access, privatization, preservation, and how these problems might be alleviated by adapting our depository program so that libraries could select and receive digital versions of publications--the actual electronic files--rather than merely pointing to them via the web." Source: GOVDOC-L, Sept. 6, 2001.
(Last checked 09/17/01)

Government Documents Exchange Lists
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/tools/needs_of/index.html
http://www.und.edu/fdlp/
The Government Documents Exchange List is a valuable tool for all Libraries. With the cost of print materials going up. We can save money by exchanging documents. This exchange will help clean out over stocked libraries and complete collections for other libraries. It also gives smaller libraries a chance to have collections they could never afford. The exchange list works best when every one uses it. Why not book mark it today? Source: Bill Gordon, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, P.O. Box 9000, 3051 University Avenue, Grand Forks, N.D. 58202; telephone: 1-701-777-4628; GOVDOC-L, Sept. 26, 2001.
(Last checked 10/02/01)

Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usassi/ssipubs/pubs2001/hartrud/hartrud.pdf
The American public and its leaders are paying increasing attention to the issue of homeland defense. With the exception of attacks by ballistic missiles, the continental United States was long held to be virtually immune from attack. For Americans, wars were something that took place in other countries. In the future, that may not hold. Report by Ian Roxborough. Strategic Studies Institute. September 2001. Source: Paul Schaffer, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 24, 2001.
(Last checked 09/27/01)

General Demographic Characteristics by Race for the U.S., 2000
http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/phc-t15.html
Census Bureau release PHC-T-15, October 10, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Health, United States, 2001
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hus/hus.htm
Health, United States presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory care and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics. The report includes a chartbook and trend tables that may be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat 3.0. Trend tables are also available as downloadable spreadsheet files for data manipulation or graphical analysis. The data trend may be more complete in the spreadsheet file than in the .pdf file.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

History Wired: A Few of Our Favorite Things
http://historywired.si.edu/index.html
The folks at the National Museum of American History decided to look around their vast collection and spotlight some of their favorite things for online visitors, things that are normally in storage waiting for future displays. (Less than five percent of the vast and diverse collection are normally on public display.) The site provides an interactive map with hundreds of artifacts waiting to be clicked. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 6, 2001.
(Last checked 08/17/01)

Home Schooling in the United States: Trends and Characteristics
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0053.html
Released last month by the US Census Bureau, this working paper uses the October 1994 Current Population Survey (CPS) and the 1996 and 1999 National Household Education Survey to estimate how many children are home-schooled in the United States and predict future growth. The report gives demographic characteristics of those who home school, and while it determines that the numbers of home schoolled students are smaller than earlier studies estimated, the trend is still significant. Six tables, provided in Excel, .pdf, and ASCII formats, cover topics including Estimates of the Number of U.S. Children Schooled at Home (a figure that has more than doubled in five years), Reasons Given by Parents for Choosing Home Schooling, and Logistic Regression of Home-school Status on Background and Family Characteristics. Source: Scout Report, Sept. 21, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Human Development Report 2001 Released
http://www.undp.org/hdr2001/
The United Nations Development Programme has released Human Development Report 2001: Making New Technologies Work for Human Development. Technology networks are transforming the traditional map of development, expanding people's horizons and creating the potential to realize in a decade progress that required generations in the past. Download the complete Human Development Report in one big file (3.3MB) or by chapter. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, July 10, 2001.
(Last checked 07/11/01)

Intelligence Issues for Congress
http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/IB10012.pdf
The Congressional Research Service issued this report, Issue Brief 10012 updated June 4, 2001, to summarize current concerns about the intelligence community. In the wake of the Cold War, intelligence agencies have been restructured to increase cooperation. Today the intelligence community focuses its efforts on terrorism, drug trafficking, international conflicts and the nuclear capabilities of foreign countries. Courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists. Source: GovSpot.Com
(Last checked 08/03/01)

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
http://www.un.org/icty/
Slobodan Milosevic, the accused mastermind of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, stands before a United Nations criminal tribunal. And the whole wide Web can bear witness to the legal proceedings. Transcripts, statements and press releases. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 5, 2001.
(Last checked 08/04/01)

Korea +50: No Longer Forgotten
http://www.trumanlibrary.org/korea/index.html
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, the Harry S.Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Libraries have created this collaborative web site. If nothing else, listen to President Truman talking about firing General Douglas MacArthur or view an exhibit on M.A.S.H.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

Lifelines Services Network
http://www.lifelines2000.org/home.asp
The U.S. Navy not only rules the waves but cyberspace, too with an info-packed site that seeks to address quality-of-life issues for tens of thousands of its servicemembers around the globe. Subjects range from education to crisis assistance to relocation. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 28, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Meeting God
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/meeting_god/index.html
The American Museum of Natural History's new online exhibit Meeting God, Elements of Hindu Devotion is on display from September 8, 2001 until February 24, 2002, and this Website offers a companion to the installation. The exhibit explores the religious elements of devotion including prayer methods and rituals in Hindu homes, communities, and temples. The site contains straightforward information and appealing photographs of artifacts that help make it an excellent resource for those interested in the fundamentals of Hindu traditions. Source: Scout Report, Sept. 28, 2001.
(Last checked 10/12/01)

Mental Health: Culture, Race, Ethnicity
http://www.sg.gov/library/mentalhealth/cre/
Striking disparities in access, quality, and availability of mental health services exist for racial and ethnic minority Americans, according to a new Surgeon General report which highlights the role culture and society play in mental health, mental illness, and the types of mental health services people seek. The web site also contains links to other Surgeon General Reports going back to 1964. Source: Philanthropy News Digest, August 24, 2001.
(Last checked 08/29/01)

Michigan.Gov Revamped
http://www.michigan.gov
Highlighted in News Around the State.
(Last checked 07/13/01)

Michigan Lobby Registration Information Site
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/election/lobby/lobby.html
This web page allows users to search for the financial and employment information filed under the Michigan Lobby Registration Act. The reports contain information about costs for food and beverages to lobby, certain travel expenses, gifts and other expenditures to public officials.
(Last checked 09/04/01)

Michigan School Evaluation Report Expanded
Now Includes Charter School Information
http://www.ses.standardandpoors.com
On July 6, Standard & Poor's updated its School Evaluation Web Site to include Michigan's 171 public school academies. However charters don't have to report as much information so tables are limited to composite scores on state assessment tests, per pupil spending, per student revenue, and some demographic information. The report was prepared under contract by Standard and Poor's for the Michigan Legislature.
(Last checked 07/11/01)

MichiganVotes.Org
http://www.michiganvotes.org/
Find out how your elected representatives voted. Courtesy of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Recommended by Shawn Nicholson, Michigan Documents Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries.
(Last checked 09/20/01)

NASA Langley Research Center Crash Tests
http://lava.larc.nasa.gov/BROWSE/crashes.html
Watch jets crash and burn. It's all in the name of research at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Langley's web site catches burning, skidding planes crashing into buildings and crash dummies doing just what their name implies. One video shows a plane come in for a landing, wobbling a bit, then inexplicably heading straight for an airport building. It takes 16 seconds from airborne to fireball. Eleven videos in all. Source: FedBuzz.Com Multimedia Theater.
(Last checked 08/03/01)

National Commission on Election Reform Final Report
http://www.reformelections.org/
http://www.reformelections.org/data/reports/99_full_report.php
A bipartisan commission has recommended a wide-ranging overhaul of the nation's electoral system following last year's post-presidential election uncertainty. Led by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, the American National Election Studies for 1996 and 2000 reported that in 1996, three-quarters of the population thought the election had been at least somewhat fair. After 2000, that proportion fell to about one-half with close to three-quarters of Democrats, 24 percent of Republicans, and 40 percent of Independents doubting the fairness of the process.
The report (To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process) provides an overview of the technologies used and the issues raised, including a brief history and characteristics of the different methods, the design of ballots, kinds and sources of voter error, vote counting, and standards. It discusses whether changes may be needed, what those changes might be, what is the federal role, and legislative initiatives in the 106th and 107th Congresses.
The Commission's report makes thirteen policy recommendations, including:

  • the adoption of a statewide voter registration system by every state;
  • a ban on the reporting of election results until after polls have closed in all forty-eight contiguous states;
  • states should permit provisional voting by any voter who claims to be qualified and then verify the voter's eligibility at a later date;
  • holding national elections on a national holiday to increase availability of poll workers and suitable polling places and to make voting easier for some workers;
  • the restoration of voting rights for otherwise eligible citizens who have been convicted of a felony once they have fully served their sentence; and
  • statewide standards for defining a vote in advance of an election should be uniform and as objective as possible.
    To understand why those recommendations were chosen, and why some others were not, readers should take the time to study the entire report before passing judgment. The final report of the commission was released July 31, 2001. Source: Ben Amata, CSU-Sacramento, GOVDOC-L, August 6, 2001; Philanthropy News Digest, August 24, 2001.
    (Last checked 08/06/01)

    National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
    http://www.mentalhealth.org/suicideprevention/index.htm
    Between 1952 and 1995, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled. Every 17 minutes another life is lost to suicide. Every day 86 Americans take their own life and over 1500 attempt suicide. Suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death in Americans. For every two victims of homicide in the U.S. there are three persons who take their own lives. For a full copy of National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action and/or order information, check this site. Source: Chuck Malone, Government and Legal Information Unit, Western Illinois University Library, GovDoc-L, June 28, 2001.
    (Last checked 07/18/01)

    NTIS Study on Information Management Released by GAO
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01490.pdf
    Actual Title: Information Management: Dissemination of Technical Reports, GAO-01-490, May 18, 2001. 35 pages. A few highlights from the findings: (1) Fewer than one in ten reports in repository has been sold since 1995 (p.14); (2) 19% of reports in NTIS' repository were available from other public sources (p. 17); (3) 37% of the reports available elsewhere were free on the internet (p. 19); and (4) Agencies did not always send their reports to NTIS, as required by law (p. 21). Source: Gary Price, George Washington Universities, GOVDOC-L, June 19, 2001.
    (Last checked 07/11/01)

    Passenger Vehicle Driver Cell Phone Use
    http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/ResearchNotes/809-293.pdf
    At any given time, an estimated 3 percent of drivers on America's roads are talking on hand-held cell phones, according to results of a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and published in July 2001. The observational study did not cover usage rates for "hands-free" devices. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 09/03/01)

    The Power of the Internet for Learning
    http://www.ed.gov/offices/AC/WBEC/FinalReport/
    The Web-Based Education Commission is a congressional committee that studied the effects of the Internet in the classroom. In its final report released on December 19, 2000, the commission urged the government to make Internet resources, especially broadband access, available in all schools. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Probe of the Election Practices in Florida During the 2000 Presidential Election
    http://web.archive.org/web/20011115042201/
    http://www.usccr.gov/vote2000/flmain.htm

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. June 2001.
    Includes Draft Report on Voting Irregularities in Florida During the 2000 Presidential Election and Report on the Racial Impact of the Rejection of Ballots Cast in the 2000 Presidential Election in the State of Florida.
    (Last checked 05/30/03)

    Reading 2000
    http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/results/
    The National Center for Education Statistics released this report, an assessment of fourth graders' reading skills. The report discusses trends in reading, such as the gender gap and improvements in skills between 1992 and 2000. Overall, reading abilities remained remarkably stable over the time period studied. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Resource Directory for Older People
    http://www.aoa.gov/directory/default.htm
    This web site contains contact info and links to a wide range of programs and services, including public agencies, professional societies and volunteer groups. A cooperative effort of the National Institute on Aging and the Adminstration on Aging. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 7, 2001.
    (Last checked 08/17/01)

    Responsibility for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States, 11 September 2001
    http://www.pm.gov.uk/evidence.htm
    The British Prime Minister's Office has just posted its case against Bin Laden and Al Qaida for the House of Commons on this website. Source: GOVDOC-L, Oct. 5, 2001.
    (Last checked 10/05/01)

    Return of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment?
    http://www.cnie.org/NLEonline/NewsFeed/detail.cfm?Page=1&NewsID=17413
    Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to revive the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an arm of the U.S. Congress that provided comprehensive assessments of a wide range of scientific and technical issues from 1972 to 1995.
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change
    http://www.nssg.gov/phaseIII.pdf
    In an independent and bipartisan study, the U.S. Commission on National Security conducted extensive research on the U.S. national security structure. The final report, released January 31, 2001, emphasizes the dangers that exist even after the Cold War. The U.S. government must adapt to changes wrought by techological advances and globalization in order to secure its prominence in the world, according to the report. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    SciTechResources.Gov
    http://www.scitechresources.gov/
    This site aims to be the First Gov of science and technology resources. The organization is by content rather than agency source. From the site, "...one-stop access to key U.S. Government resources. Thousands of web sites are being reviewed to select just those sites that will provide valuable links to government expertise, services, laboratories, information centers, and other important resources." Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, September 5, 2001 and Tim Byrne, University of Colorado, October 9, 2001.
    (Last checked 09/18/01)

    SearchGov.com
    http://www.searchgov.com/
    In addition to a powerful search engine, this web page provides links to the House and Senate, popular Executive Agencies, Independent Agencies and State and Local links with the initial links in this group being to each state. While the Federal Government Links take one to the home page of the agency selected, the state links take one to a variety of links for various kinds of resources for state and local government information. Following these state and local links carefully can lead one to a wide range of useful state and local government related information resources. Source: David Dilliard, Temple, LawSource, June 6, 2001.
    (Last checked 08/21/01)

    SearchMil.com
    http://www.searchmil.com/
    Indexes over one million military websites and ranks them in the order of their popularity. Source: David Dilliard, Temple, LawSource, June 6, 2001.
    (Last checked 08/21/01)

    Section 508: The Road to Accessibility
    http://www.section508.gov/
    Section 508 requires that Federal agencies electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
    (Last checked 09/05/01)

    Securities and Exchange Commission Investment Advisor
    http://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/IAPD/Content/IapdMain/iapd_SiteMap.asp
    Get hip about choosing investment advisers in these financially wacky times. The SEC offers an Investment Adviser service that searches official forms for information about business operations and any disciplinary events. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 11, 2001.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    September 11 Sourcebooks
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/sept11/
    The respected National Security Archive has issued a digitized September 11 Sourcebook, focusing on U.S. terrorism policy. Documents, some obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, include threat assessments and a CIA profile of Osama bin Ladin. On October 9, a second release in this series was issued addressing lessons learned from the last war in Afghanistan.
    (Last checked 10/19/01)

    Sexual Victimization of College Women
    http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf
    A report by Bonnie S. Fisher, Francis T. Cullen, and Michael G. Turner sponsored by the National Institute for Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It examines why college women have a greater risk of being sexually assaulted than women in the general population. According to their estimates, 350 women out of every 10,000 female students can expect to be raped in any given year. The number could be higher because many college women do not characterize their sexual victimizations as a crime because of embarrassment, not clearly understanding the legal definition of rape, not wanting to admit that someone they know is a rapist, or because they blame themselves. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 2000
    http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/index.html
    The 27th edition now includes spreadsheet versions (.xls) of most tables.
    (Last checked 07/02/01)

    State of Food and Agriculture, 2000
    http://www.fao.org/docrep/x4400e/x4400e00.htm
    The world's production of crops and livestock expanded at only a modest rate in 1998 and 1999. The report, released by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, also states that 32 countries face food emergencies due to drought, civil conflicts and food shortages. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    State of the World's Children, 2002)
    http://www.unicef.org/sowc02/fullreport.htm
    The State of the World's Children 2002, available in PDF and text-only versions, reports on the progress that has been made in improving the lives of children and families since the 1990 World Summit for Children. It includes the inspiring successes of the 'Say Yes for Children' campaign that has been launched in over 100 countries. And it presents the worldwide preparations leading to the UN Special Session on Children. Includes a Foreword and reports from the UN Secretary-General, six pages of maps, 25 charts and figures, 40 photos and illustrations, 64 references, a full index and more than 50 quotes from children and young people.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and Future Research Directions
    http://www.nih.gov/news/stemcell/scireport.htm
    What are stem cells and how can they help cure diseases? The National Institutes of Health released this report in July 2001 to provide an overview of current research projects. Learn about different types of stem cells and how they may lead to cures for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Strategies for Homeland Defense
    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_senate_committee_prints&docid=f:75249.pdf
    U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations committee print 107-43, Sept. 26, 2001.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    Study Abroad 2000-2001
    http://www.unesco.org/education/studying_abroad/networking/study.pdf
    This UNESCO international guide to higher-education study opportunities and scholarships offered by higher education institutions and international organizations in 129 countries includes 2.659 entries on courses and scholarships in different higher-education academic and professional disciplines. Addresses (including Internet sites), admission requirements, application deadlines, financial aid, fees and living expenses in each country and other relevant information. Entries are presented in English, French or Spanish according to the language of the country concerned. Published in 1999.
    (Last checked 07/30/01)

    Sunday School Books:
    Shaping the Values of Youth in Nineteenth-Century America
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/miemhtml/svyhome.html
    This collection presents 163 Sunday school books published in America between 1815 and 1865, drawn from the collections of Michigan State University Libraries and the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University Libraries. They document the culture of religious instruction of youth in America during the Antebellum era. They also illustrate a number of thematic divisions that preoccupied nineteenth-century America, including sacred and secular, natural and divine, civilized and savage, rural and industrial, adult and child. Among the topics featured are history, holidays, slavery, African Americans, Native Americans, travel and missionary accounts, death and dying, poverty, temperance, immigrants, and advice. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
    (Last checked 07/10/01)

    Taking Aim at Small Arms: Defending Children's Rights
    http://www.unicef.org/smallarms/exhibit/index_hi.html
    UNICEF has declared war on the small arms plague. There is one (handgun) for every 12 people in the world and they have claimed the lives of millions in the last decade alone. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 3, 2001.
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Taliban and Afghanistan Web Links
    http://www.usip.org/library/regions/afghan.html
    Web resources are sorted into the following categories: general resources, Islamic area studies, maps and guides, media and news sources, political resources and organizations.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    Telework and the New Workplace of the 21st Century
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/asp/public/telework/main.htm
    More and more Americans are working from home and communicating with the office by telephone and e-mail. The Department of Labor issued this report to examine this new phenomenon. There are between 13 and 19 million telecommuters in America today. Source: GovSpot.Com
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Truman Presidential Museum and Library
    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/index.html
    Meet the President who proposed the nation's first national health care plan.
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    UNESCO Archives Portal
    http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_archives/pages/Archives/
    One year after its launch, the UNESCO Archives Portal has crossed now the mark of five thousand links to websites of archive institutions and archive-related web-resource. The Portal, a daily up-dated service provided free of charge to the interested professional communities, lists websites of more than 3,600 archives worldwide and to another 1,400 websites to resources related to records and archives management and to international co-operation in this area. Together with the UNESCO Libraries Portal, the Archives Portal is the nucleus of a future UNESCO Knowledge Portal, which will be an entry point to a range of diversified knowledge and offer access to information and date, drawn especially from the public domain, on education, the sceinces, culture and communication. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, September 17, 2001.
    (Last checked 09/18/01)

    U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
    http://www.nssg.gov/
    The purpose of the Commission is to provide the most comprehensive government-sponsored review of U.S. national security in more than 50 years. The Commission looks beyond U.S. military capabilities and diplomatic efforts in regards to national security and views technological advances, the education of America's youth, and commercial relationships as crucial to America's security. The Commission has proposed serious solutions to serious problems and invites you to weigh in your opinions on the issues that will affect you, your community and the country in the coming century. The site currently contains reports, news, and the Commission's charter. Reports include the Phase II report, Seeking a National Strategy: A Concert for Preserving Security and Promoting Freedom, and the Phase III report, Roadmap for National Security: Imperative for Change. Source: Jason A. Humm, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 24, 2001.
    (Last checked 09/27/01)

    USDA/ERS State Fact Sheets
    http://www.ers.usda.gov/statefacts/
    Finally, a qualified answer to the proverbial question, "How's everything down on the farm?" The home page for the Economic Research Service is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is full of links to keep the world on top of economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. Click on any state in the U.S. to get a detailed report on the state's population and farm characteristics, including net farm income, average farm size and the state's top five commodities. While you're on the site, don't forget to stop by the data department where you can pick up such information as per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables. How do you like them apples? Source: American Demographics, August 2001, p.13.
    (Last checked 10/10/01)

    United States Government Manual, 2001-2002
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/nara001.html
    As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. There are two different methods of accessing the information in the United States Government Manual; a traditional simple-search interface and a table of direct links to individual chapters. Documents are available as ASCII text and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Also provides access to back issues of the United States Government Manual back to 1995-96. Source: GOVDOC-L, September 10, 2001.
    (Last checked 09/11/01)

    Whitehouse.Gov
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/
    President Bush has a new virtual home and it's not in Texas. The redesigned White House Web site features Spanish translations, an interactive quiz for kids and a historical tour, along with press briefings and presidential radio addresses. Not surprisingly, current features include "America Responds to Terrorism" and information about the recently announced "America's Fund for Afghan Children". Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 4, 2001.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwghtml/
    This American Memory project highlights letters between Woody Guthrie and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the Library of Congress. The letters were written primarily in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie had moved to New York City and met the Archive's assistant in charge, Alan Lomax. In New York Guthrie pursued broadcasting and recording careers, meeting a cadre of artists and social activists and gaining a reputation as a talented and influential songwriter and performer. His written and, occasionally, illustrated reflections on his past, his art, his life in New York City, and the looming Second World War provide unique insight into the artist best-known for his role as "Dust Bowl balladeer." The online presentation contains fifty-three items (eighty-four pages) of manuscript material by, about, and to Woody Guthrie, from 1940 to 1950. It is selected from material in the Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection and the American Folklife Center's correspondence files. The presentation includes a biographical essay; a timeline of Guthrie's life; and an encoded finding aid of Guthrie archival materials at the Library of Congress.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    World Drug Report 2000
    http://www.undcp.org/world_drug_report.html
    The World Drug Report 2000 of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) provides a comprehensive explanation of the development of the international drug problem and the important progress that has been made in recent years in the fight against it. Using maps, charts, graphs and tables, the Report offers a complete picture of the extent of the global drug problem. It is also available in the Government Documents Library International Documents Collection at Michigan State University and at many other university libraries.
    (Last checked 07/06/01)

    World Health Report 2001, Mental Health: New Understanding New Hope
    http://www.who.int/whr/
    This year's World Health Report by the World Health Organization focuses for the first time, on mental health. WHO reports that nearly a third of the disabilities in the world are neuropsychiatric disorders, and WHR 2001 focuses on the status of mental health care and knowledge internationally. The report "aims to raise public and professional awareness of the real burden of mental disorders and their costs in human, social and economic terms. At the same time it intends to help dismantle many of those barriers -- particularly of stigma, discrimination and inadequate services -- which prevent many millions of people worldwide from receiving the treatment they need and deserve." WHO provides ten government recommendations and three "paths of action" depending upon countries' economic situations. Works best with Internet Explorer 5. Source: Scout Report, October 5, 2001.
    (Last checked 10/12/01)

    Written In Water: The Story of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    http://www.usbr.gov/main/multimedia/wiw-video.html
    This 10-minute, 53 second video relates the story of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, whose mission is to provide land reclamation for 17 naturally arid western states. In the 90's the Bureau attempted to address environmental concerns related to its activities. However, it looks like President Bush may turn back these efforts if recent news releases about controlling the Missouri River flow are reliable. Source: FedBuzz.Com Multimedia Theater.
    (Last checked 08/03/01)

    Back to table of contents


    Editor's Note:
    Web sites mentioned in the Odds & Ends section may sometimes be inaccessible for a number of reasons including maintenance, limited capacity, or perhaps because they have been suspended or moved to a new URL address. Please notify the RED TAPE Editor if you cannot access a particular URL so that he can check it out.


    Pointers
  • Back to RED TAPE Home Page
  • Back to Jon Harrison's Home Page
  • Back to MSU Libraries Home Page
  • Assistance Requested
    • Thanks for visiting the RED TAPE Home Page. Each issue is continuously updated and expanded during a three month cycle, so check back soon for the latest changes.

    • If you have any comments, notice any glaring inaccuracies, or would like to forward any relevant information concerning this Home Page, please send e-mail to: Jon Harrison

    Standard Disclaimers
    • MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

    Ownership Statement
    Jon Harrison : Page Editor
    Social Sciences Collections Coordinator
    Michigan State University Libraries
    100 Library
    E. Lansing, MI 48824-1048
    Voice mail: (517) 432-6123, ext. 123
    Fax: (517) 432-8050
    Last revised 10/16/01

    This page has been visited times since June 1, 1996.