ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2002

A Collection of Web Sites of Possible Interest to Government Documents Librarians

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government
Bush Administration Report on Iraq
Census Bureau Facts for Features
Census Training Opportunities
Census Update: 2000 SF3 File and Census Tract Maps Available
CEO List
Climate Action Report 2002
Digital Divide Web Resources
FBI In Your Library
Federal Depository Librarian E-Competencies (GITCO)
FEMA September 11th Response Page
Final Report of the Safe School Initiative
Finding, Acquiring, and Using Crime and Justice Data
GITCO Government Information Model Web Page Template Revised
GOVDOC-L Archives
Great Seal of the United States
Is the Dust Bowl Returning?
Kids in the House - The Learning Center
Learning About the Senate
Liftoff to Space Exploration: Fundamentals
Mad Panic : the FBI Bufiles on Mad Magazine
Map Collections : 1500-2002 (Library of Congress)
Manzanar National Historic Site
Memory Hole
Mental Health Services: National High School Debate Topic
Michigan Assistance and Referral System
Michigan Authors and Illustrators Database
Michigan Ballot Proposals
Michigan Child Care Locator
Michigan Community Service Commission
Michigan Department of Corrections Most Wanted Escapees and Absconders
Michigan DEQ Environmental Quality Report
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Disability Resource Directory
Michigan eLibrary Launched
Michigan Missing Child Locator
Michigan Voter Information Center
Michigan Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education
Michigan's Money Quest
MIChild Health Care
National Interagency Fire Center
National Security Strategy of the United States
National Strategy to Protect Cyberspace
Nixon Library in the News
Nuclear Waste Route Maps
Pew Internet and American Life Project
Population Clocks
Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them
Public Papers of H. W. Bush, Vol. I, 1992-1993 Available
Smokey the Bear
Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services
Statements of Administration Policy on Non-Appropriations and Appropriations Bills
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Threat Assessment in Schools
TIPS Watch
Trafficking in Persons Report (Second)
Trails to the Pacific
TransStats
Twenty One Things to Do...
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
USA Today Census News
Usability.gov
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
Visable Earth
West Nile Virus
White House Conference on School Libraries
World on the Brink: John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government
http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/subjectareas/gov/docs_abbrev.html
The United States Government uses acronyms to designate names of its agencies and of other phrases that are related to government activities. This website will assist those finding government acronyms a mystery by helping them in decoding its deeply secret letter combinations. Courtesy of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library Government Documents Unit. Source: GOVDOC-L, Sept. 23, 2002.
(Last checked 09/24/02)

Bush Administration Report on Iraq
A Decade of Deception and Defiance: Saddam Hussein's Defiance of the United Nations
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/09/iraqdecade.pdf
Discusses the history of Saddam Hussein's administration in defense of the proposed military plans of the United States to remove the leader of Iraq from office by force. Also supports Bush's comments before the United Nations on September 12th. Source: Bert Chapman, Purdue University, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 12, 2002.
(Last checked 09/12/02)

Census Bureau Facts for Features
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/factsheets.html
Need some statistical facts for a major holiday or special observance? Pressured by a deadline? The Census Bureau provides a variety of ready-made compilations for special occasions such as Halloween, American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November), Thanksgiving, and The December Holiday Season.
(Last checked 10/17/02)

Census Training Opportunities
http://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/index.htm
The Census Bureau offers training materials and conducts workshops and other sessions to help increase customer awareness, access, understanding and use of information collected by the Census Bureau. Listed to above are the current offerings. Some courses are Internet based, (such as the SF1 DVD Tutorial and the Census 2000 Slide Shows) while other courses are held near our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Check back often as we are adding to the training titles available. If you are interested in training programs within your state or region, please contact your Census Regional Office for more information about the programs they offer. Customized programs are available, so please contact us to discuss your training requirements.
(Last checked 10/16/02)

Census Update: 2000 Summary File 3 (SF3) and Tract Maps Available
All 50 states and the National Release (US Summary totals) are now all on American FactFinder
http://factfinder.census.gov and the Census 2000 Gateway page http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html. This also means that the State and County Quick Facts, and the Data Highlights sections are updated with the SF3 information. The Census 2000 Census Tract Outline Maps DVD (pdf files) is out and GPO has the copies for distribution to libraries. The back of the DVD has the following information: The Census Tract Outline Maps contained on this DVD illustrate the boundaries and numbers of census tracts, as well as the named features underlying the boundaries in effect for Census 2000, in the U.S. Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Island Areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The maps also show the boundaries, names, and codes for American Indian/Alaska Native/Hawaiian homeland areas, counties, county subdivisions, and places. The scale of the maps is optimized to keep the number of map sheets for each area to a minimum,. The scale and number of map sheets varies according to the area of each county and the complexity of the census tracts contained within each county. We anticipate a version of this product for the Census 1990 in the near future. Source: Andrea Sevetson, Marketing Services Office, U.S. Census Bureau; E-mail: andrea.sevetson@census.gov; Telephone: (301) 763-5207; GOVDOC-L, Sept. 26, 2002.

CEO List
http://www.sec.gov/rules/extra/ceocfo.htm
August 14th was the day that chief executives of the USA's 947 largest companies were supposed to personally back the accuracy of their firm's financial statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Check out who's bellied up to the bar so far. Also provides statesments from the CFOs as well. (Acrobat Reader required to read executives' sworn statements.) Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 14, 2002.
(Last checked 09/16/02)

Climate Action Report 2002
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/publications/car/
Final version of The United States of America's Third National Communication Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
(Last checked 06/06/02)

Digital Divide Web Resources
http://www.ed.gov/Technology/digdiv_resources.html
For those whose work involves helping individuals or groups develop computer, technology and internet skills, this resource is one that could be very helpful as a launching point for a variety of sources for assistance and guidance in matters related to the digital divide. Courtesy of the The United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. Source: David Dillard, Temple University Libraries, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 12, 2002.
(Last checked 09/13/02)

FBI in Your Library
http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/fbiinyourlibrary.html
This section of the American Library Association website provides information from news sources on the FBI in libraries and on the ALA Policy on Governmental Intimidation, The Attorney General’s Guidelines, Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS), the USA Patriot Act, the Library Awareness Program, Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, and In Defense of Freedom.
(Last checked 09/04/02)

Federal Depository Librarian E-Competencies
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/gitco/ecomps.html
The ALA GODORT Government Information Technology Committee has provided a list of the technical skills and knowledge that depository librarians need to possess in order to to provide effective service with electronic products.
(Last checked 10/16/02)

FEMA September 11th Response Page
http://www.fema.gov/remember911/911_msg.shtm
Federal front-line responders to the Sept. 11 attacks now have their own Web site, telling the stories of their efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched the new Web site Sept. 5th to commemorate the tragedy and “share with America how FEMA and the federal government on behalf of all America responded” to help the victims and assist in the recovery effort after the attacks, said Cindy Ramsay, a public affairs specialist at FEMA. Source: GovExec.com Today, Sept. 9, 2002.
(Last checked 09/09/02)

The Final Report of the Safe School Initiative:
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/preventingattacksreport.pdf
Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States. U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education, May 2002.
(Last checked 06/06/02)

Finding, Acquiring, and Using Crime and Justice Data
http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/ppt/NACJD-ALA2002.ppt
Christopher S. Dunn, Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, ICPSR/University of Michigan, shared the following powerpoint presentation at last summer's ALA Conference in Atlanta. Captured and saved by Amy West, California State University Sacramento.
(Last checked 10/16/02)

GITCO Government Information Model Web Page Template Revised
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/gitco/govinfotemplate.html
The following list prepared by the ALA GODORT Government Information Technology Committee suggests the best sites to find government information available online for federal, state, international, and foreign levels of government.
(Last checked 10/15/02)

GOVDOC-L Archives
http://lists1.cac.psu.edu/archives/govdoc-l.html
http://docs.lib.duke.edu/federal/govdoc-l/archives.html
Trying to track down a message you read on GOVDOC-L? The first web link takes you to the most recent postings; the second to a historic archives site. Source: Cassandra Hartnett, U.S. Documents Librarian, University of Washington, GOVDOC-L, July 16, 2001.
(Last checked 09/30/02)

The Great Seal of the United States
http://www.greatseal.com/
Long-rumored to be the symbol of an age-old cabal, the so-called 'Great Seal' gracing the back of the $1 bill is carefully examined at GreatSeal.com. From the all-seeing eye hovering above a pyramid to the Latin phrase 'E pluribus unum' clutched in the eagle's beak, every detail is addressed with a well-researched explanation. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 13, 2002.
(Last checked 09/16/02)

Is the Dust Bowl Returning?
http://www.odl.state.ok.us/usinfo/dustbowl/index.htm
The U.S. Government Information Division of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries has created a new webpage examining the question: is the Dust Bowl returning? A current severe drought in the historic area of the 1930's Dust Bowl is reminding some old-timers of the historic Dust Bowl. This webpage features a map of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma that was surveyed and drawn by the Oklahoma Erosion Survey in 1934. It was published by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. The webpage also links to a 1936 report on the drought in the Great Plains states, and to current information about the drought in the U.S. and Oklahoma. Source: Steve Beleu, Regional Depository Librarian, GOVDOC-L, June 4, 2002.
(Last checked 06/05/02)

Kids in the House - The Learning Center
http://clerk.house.gov/eduRsrcs/index.php
The Learning Center at the Clerk's Kids in the House Web site teaches students about the American government, House members and committees, House history, and how laws are made. For fun, be sure to Build-A-Bill to learn what a bill looks like and how one is created.
(Last checked 07/25/02)

Learning About the Senate
http://www.senate.gov/learning/learn_history.html
Explore the Senate's past with the help of the Senate Historical Office. Provides information about the institutional history of the Senate, its powers and procedures, and the evolution of important leadership and staff positions.
(Last checked 07/25/02)

Liftoff to Space Exploration: Fundamentals
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/toc.asp?s=Tracking
With nearly 8,000 man-made objects whizzing around the Earth's orbit, chances are something interesting is over your head at any given time. NASA's Liftoff to Space Exploration site offers live 3-D tracking of weather satellites, spacecraft such as the International Space Station, and more. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 7, 2002.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Mad Panic: The FBI Bufiles on Mad Magazine
http://www.collectmad.com/fbi/FBI-MAD-Bufiles.htm
Before everyone was Al-Qaeda until proven innocent, the nation saw communists under every bed. And in the case of Mad magazine, subversive messages in every gag. This site offers a unique collection of FBI documents concerning the oftentimes outrageous allegations made against the humor magazine. In case you are curious what bufiles are, they are an abbreviation for the FBI Bureau Files. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 11, 2002.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Manzanar National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/manz/virtualtour/tour/
Follow in the footsteps of those Japanese Americans forcibly detained during WWII with this chillingly-detailed Quicktime tour of California's Manzanar internment camp. Guard posts, stones, and dusty trails match the desolate, forlorn spirit of those dark days. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 22, 2002.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Map Collections: 1500-2002
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html
For those with a cartographic bent, the Library of Congress invites you to dive into a treasure trove of historical maps. This extensive online exhibit covers the European age of discovery, the evolution of U.S. cities, military battles, and a great deal more. A browser's delight. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 3, 2002.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Memory Hole
http://www.thememoryhole.org/
There may be a lot of information on the Web, but some of the more controversial bits can be hard to find online. The Memory Hole is helping to change that by posting government reports, legal documents, articles and other material on its site. Its mission: To expose things 'we're not supposed to know (or that we're supposed to forget).' Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 9, 2002.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Mental Health Services
High School National Debate Topic 2002/2003
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/debate02.html
Courtesy of Grace York, University of Michigan Documents Center.
(Last checked 06/24/02)

Michigan Assistance and Referral Service (MARS)
http://www.michigan.gov/emi/1,1303,7-102-112_220-34098--,00.html
MARS is an online pre-screening tool that allows families in need to find programs that may help them with assistance for medical, nutritional, food, day care, temporary cash, or other expenses. MARS can also help families in need to estimate whether they may be eligible for any of the listed programs. The website lists office locations where further assistance may be obtained to allow formal determination of eligibility.
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Michigan Authors and Illustrators Database
http://www.mel.org/miai/miai.html
The Library of Michigan, the Michigan Center for the Book, and the Michigan Association of Media in Education recently announced the launch of their collaborative project, the Michigan Authors and Illustrators database. This online resource, part of the newly revamped Michigan eLibrary, offers information on authors and illustrators born in Michigan, who live in Michigan, or who have written books about or set in Michigan.
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Michigan Ballot Proposals
http://www.msue.msu.edu/msue/iac/ballot/Proposal_2002.pdf
The MSU Extension bulletin describing the four statewide ballot proposals -- Elimination of Straight Party Voting; Great Lakes Water Quality Bond Authorization; Binding Arbitration for State Employees; and Tobacco Settlement Monies --is now available at the MSUE website. Source: Judi Dow, Agricultural Economics Librarian, Michigan State University, Oct. 1, 2002.
(Last checked 10/01/02)

Michigan Child Day Care Locator
http://www.michigan.gov/fia/0,1607,7-124-5453_5529_7143-20904--,00.html
The Family Independence agency has created a new web site to help parents seeking licensed child care providers, view guidelines for finding quality child care and access other child care related information. After opening the site, parents can click on "Find Licensed Child Care Centers and Homes" to locate licensed child care centers, group homes and registered family homes by a name, address or zip code search. Parents can review information such as hours of operation, age of children each center will care for and licensed capacities.
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Michigan Community Services Commission
http://www.michigan.gov/mcsc
The MCSC has introduced a new web site and logo to the public on June 26, 2002. The new web site is part of the State of Michigan’s effort to make a variety of state governmental information, including volunteer opportunities, readily available to all Michigan residents. The new logo replaces the MCSC’s previous logo, used since its inception in 1991. The logo focuses on the commission's mission -- helping people serve others -- and says that "everyone who volunteers is a star".
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Michigan Department of Corrections
Most Wanted Escapees and Absconders
http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/MostWanted/MostWanted.asp
On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at 8 a.m. the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) launched its new "Most Wanted" web site. The site will allow citizens to submit information on fugitives at large and receive cash rewards.
(Last checked 10/20/02)

Michigan DEQ Environmental Quality Report
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-osep-ftp-deqeq02.pdf
(Last checked 10/20/02)

Michigan Department of Transportation
http://www.michigan.gov/mdot
The new Department of Transportation Web site includes many important features designed to increase access to Michigan's services. These features include a common look-and-feel, search engine, and quick links, as well as featured and spotlighted services that continually change. The site is divided into eight main sections: Roads & Travel; Bridges, Borders & Ferries; News & Information; Projects & Programs; Maps & Publications; About MDOT; Doing Business; and Aeronautics.
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Michigan Disability Resources Directory
http://www.michigan.gov/fia/1,1607,7-124-5460_7260_7268_7646-22397--,00.html
The Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns and the Family Independence Agency have developed this directory to help individuals and families locate disability services in an easy-to-use resource directory. Resources are arranged by type of disability, service, agency name, and location. The web site even offers an interactive map for locating local resources. For more information contact the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns and the Division of Deafness call 517-334-8000 (Voice or TTY) or toll free 1-877-499-6232 (Voice or TTY).
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Michigan eLibrary Launched
www.mel.org
The Governor and State Librarian Christie Pearson Brandau unveiled the new Michigan eLibrary at a press conference on June 28, 2002 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. See article in News From Around the State for more information.
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Michigan Missing Child Locator
http://www.michigan.gov/fia/0,1607,7-124-20950---,00.html
On September 17, 2002, the Michigan Family Independence Agency announced a new web site that contains information about, and when available, pictures of Michigan children who have been reported to law enforcement as runaways or potential abductions. This information is being provided by the State of Michigan because it is believed the children are at risk, and it is in the best interest of these children that they be located.
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Michigan Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education (SCoPE)
http://www.michigan.gov/scope
In the making for nearly a year, SCoPE is unlike any other teacher resource now available on the Internet. Teachers can access the single site to obtain year-by-year curriculum with units of study for each grade level, clearly linked to Michigan's content standards, benchmarks and statewide assessments. The site also offers daily lesson plans with classroom activities, suggested methods of assessment and homework assignments.
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Michigan Voter Information Center
http://65.42.172.210/
A collaborative venture by the Michigan Secretary of State's Office and Publius. On the web page, Michigan residents can : access information on their voter registration status, find the location and get directions to their polling place, preview their ballot, access online information on statewide candidates and ballot proposals, and get tutorials on the voting equipment used in their community
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Michigan's Money Quest
http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,1607,7-121-1748_1876_1912-7924--,00.html
The Michigan Department of Treasury has millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates. Because these properties were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they are turned over to the state, as required by law. The Michigan Department of Treasury is the custodian of these assets and returns them to their owners (or the owners' heirs) when they are rightfully claimed. Use this search engine to see if your name is on the list.
(Last checked 10/20/02)

MIChild Health Care
http://www.michigan.gov/emi/1,1303,7-102-112_217-2334--,00.html
This health insurance program is for uninsured children of Michigan's working families. Many HMOs and other health care plans throughout Michigan provide MIChild services. The new online service allows parents, health care professionals, or education professionals to apply online for the first time and determine a child’s potential eligibility for either the MIChild or HealthyKids insurance programs. Previously, applications could only be done manually.
(Last checked 07/24/02)

National Interagency Fire Center
http://www.nifc.gov
The place to go for the latest news concerning the many forest fires underway in the United States and prevention tips. Source: Detroit Free Press Webguide, July 7, 2002, p.6E.
(Last checked 07/14/02)

National Security Strategy of the United States
http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nss.pdf
"Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government. Today, that task has changed dramatically. Enenimes in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities to endanger America. Now, shadowy networks of individuals can bring great chaos and suffering to our shores for less than it costs to purchase a single tank. Terrorists are organized to penetrate open societies and to turn the power of modern technologies against us. To defeat this threat we must make us of every tool in our arsenal -- military power, better homeland defenses, law enforcement, intelligence, and vigorous efforts to cut off terrorist financing." September 2002. Source: Greta E. Marlatt, Naval Postgraduate School, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 20, 2002.
(Last checked 09/22/02)

National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
http://www.whitehouse.gov/pcipb/cyberstrategy-draft.pdf
President Bush directed the development of a National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace to ensure that America has a clear roadmap to protect a part of its infrastructure so essential to our way of life. The draft of that road map was developed by the the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board in close collaboration with key sectors of the economy that rely on cyberspace, State, and local governments, colleges and universities, and concerned organizations. Source: David Dillard, Temple University, GOVDOC-L, Sept. 19, 2002.
(Last checked 09/19/02)

Nixon Library in the News
http://travel.boston.com/places/getaways/ca/061402_yorba_linda_nixon.html
Read about the only Presidential Library to be rented out for weddings, corporate meetings, or high school proms. The article by Neil Swidey, Boston Globe, appeared in the Detroit Free Press, June 23, 2002, p.1F, 6F.
(Last checked 10/17/02)

Nuclear Waste Route Maps
http://www.mapscience.org/
According to the Environmental Working Group, one seventh of all Americans live less than a mile from one of the proposed routes planned for the shipping of radioactive nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Their Web site provides a Nuclear Waste Transport Atlas which shows the details.(Note this site works best with a 5.0 or higher browser. Enter an address and zip code in the appropriate boxes, or fill in the state and city if you don't have a zip code. Click on Get Map.) The map is of the zip code and surroundings with shaded areas to indicate the closeness of the route. The map also marks the locations of schools and hospitals as well as shows whether the route is by rail or highway. (It also treats you to several potentially unsettling statistics, like the number of fatal tractor-trailer wrecks and train wrecks in the state, as well as the amount of nuclear waste already in the state.) Above the map is a box detailing how far your query address is from the route and how far it is from the nearest nuclear waste source. Beneath the map are frequently asked questions linking to answers. Interesting, if not exactly comforting. Source: LLRXBuzz, July 22, 2002.
(Last checked 09/04/02)

Pew Internet and American Life Project
http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=69
The Pew Internet Project has published a report examining how September 11 affected public attitudes and use of the Internet. Perhaps the most disturbing change has been that more Americans support greater government secrecy, along with monitoring of people's email and online activities. Table of contents: Part 1: How the terror attacks affected Americans' views about online information and their Internet use
Part 2: The Web after September 11
Part 3: The Rise of Do-it-yourself Journalism After September 11
Part 4: Government Web Sites Respond to September 11
Part 5: Keeping the Faith Online After September 11
Part 6: Personal Expression on the Post-September 11 Web
Part 7: Images of September 11th on the Web
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Population Clocks
http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
Never again will you make the mistake of saying '270 million people in this country, and I had to run into you.' The U.S. Census Bureau features a pair of population 'clocks' that deliver (more or less) real-time USA and world population projections. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 16, 2002.
(Last checked 09/16/02)

Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/directives.html
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
(Last checked 07/24/02)

Public Papers for George H. W. Bush, Vol. I, 1992-1993
http://www.gpo.gov/nara/pubpaps/srchpaps.html
(Last checked 09/13/02)

Smokey's Vault
http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/default.asp
Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign is the longest running public service campaign in US History. Smokey’s forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of wildfires in the nation's wildlands. As one of the world's most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey's image is protected by US Federal Law and is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Explore the links above to learn more about the history of the campaign, the "real" Smokey Bear, and Smokey’s unique place in American culture.
(Last checked 09/17/02)

Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Service
http://www.ses.standardandpoors.com/
Choose Michigan for the latest 1997-2001 data on Michigan's schools.
(Last checked 09/23/02)

Statements of Administration Policy on Non-Appropriations and Appropriations Bills
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/legislative/sap/index.html
Presidential position statements about proposed legislation back to the 105th Congress, 1st Session (1997), may be helpful to students researching legislative history who are also researching the events, people, and organizations behind the choices of which legislation have committee hearings, get reported to the full chamber in original or amended form, and are called up for debate and voted upon. Source: Thomas Lindsey, GOVDOC-L, June 10, 2002.
(Last checked 06/12/02)

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
http://sofia.arc.nasa.gov
Sometime in 2004, a Boeing 747SP outfitted with a 2.7 meter reflecting telescope will begin trolling the airspace on the outer edges of the Earth's atmosphere. It will be the largest airborne observatory ever made and is expected to offer researchers a range and volume of information they've never had before. The site, maintained by NASA, is abundant with background information about the project which is cosponsored by the German Aerospace Center. There are dozens of illustrations, animations, and short films, as well as links to voluminous collections of information about all manner of space exploration and research. Source: Detroit Free Press Webguide, July 14, 2002, p.6E.
(Last checked 07/14/02)

Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/default.htm
Outlines strategies that communities can use in helping to address the problems. Those options included requiring physical education at all school grades, providing more healthy food options on school campuses, and providing safe and accessible recreational facilities for residents of all ages.
(Last checked 10/17/02)

Threat Assessment in Schools
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/threatassessmentguide.pdf
A guide to managing threatening situations and to creating safe school climates. U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education, May 2002.
(Last checked 06/06/02)

TIPS Watch
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=10783&c=206&Type=s
"Operation TIPS (Terrorist Information and Prevention System) will recruit workers in our communities to report suspicious, supposedly terrorist-related activity to the government. While public outcry has forced the Justice Department to reduce some of its worst excesses, TIPs remains a reckless and ill-considered approach to protecting the nation's domestic security." Not surprisingly, the ACLU has little use for Operation TIPS. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 15, 2002.
(Last checked 09/16/02)

Trails to the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/upbhtml/overhome.html
This web page, part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project, incorporates 49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers trekking westward across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of the rails in 1869. In addition to the diaries, the collection includes 43 maps, 82 photographs and illustrations, and 7 published guides for immigrants. Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold, trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and even trail tedium can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts. The collection tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. The source materials are drawn from the collections of Brigham Young University, members of the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium, and other archival institutions in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.
(Last checked 10/16/02)

TransStats: The Intermodal Transportation Database
http://www.transtats.bts.gov/
TranStats is a new website for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing “one stop shopping” for transportation data. The premise is fairly simple: By reducing the time needed for data gathering, more time is available for analysis. And by providing easy linkages across many data sets, we can help achieve new insights. Ultimately, this should result in more timely and more informed decisions, and a better transportation system. TranStats also offers analysts several unique features:

  • A searchable index of over 100 transportation-related data bases across every mode of transportation — with many social and demographic data sets that are commonly used in transportation analysis.
  • Selective download—the ability to choose variables of interest and download the data directly to your PC for analysis using any data base, spreadsheet, or statistical package.
  • Online data documentation—profiles on each data base, summary information about the tables that comprise a data base, data definitions and code information for data variables.
  • Interactive analytical tools—the ability to do simple statistical summaries, create time series or cross tabulations, generate graphics online, and cut/paste results into reports.
  • Interactive mapping to help visualize geographic data
  • A mapping center with the full National Transportation Atlas Data Base, as well as applications for easily mapping DOT Grants and several other key data sets.
    Source: Gary Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, Sept. 17, 2002.
    (Last checked 09/17/02)

    Twenty One Things To Do
    When Assuming Responsibility for a Federal Depository Library
    http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/programs/21things.html
    Practical advice from Melody Kelly, University of North Texas Libraries.
    (Last checked 09/26/02)

    United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
    http://www.uscirf.gov/index.php3?scale=800
    This independent agency provides advice to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. Its web page includes breaking news from around the world, links to the Commission's annual reports detailing religious persecution around the world and accompaning recommendations; reports on the state of religion in various countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, North Korea, Sudan, etc., commission hearings, commission testimony before Congress, commission press conferences and speeches, links to State Department reports on International Religious Freedom, links to State Department Human Rights reports, and links to international human rights documents.
    (Last checked 09/19/02)

    USA Today Census News
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/front.htm
    Click here for some of the latest breaking news related to the U.S. Census.
    (Last checked 09/06/02)

    Usability.gov
    http://usability.gov/
    The National Cancer Institute provides this web page with tips on how to make your web pages more accessible.
    (Last checked 07/24/02)

    Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000:
    Trafficking in Persons Report
    http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2002/
    "Over the past year, at least 700,000, and possibly as many as four million men women and children worldwide were bought, sold, transported and held against their will in slave-like conditions. In this modern form of slavery, known as "trafficking in persons," traffickers use threats, intimidation and violence to force victims to engage in sex acts or to labor under conditions comparable to slavery for the traffickers’ financial gain. Women, children and men are trafficked into the international sex trade for the purposes of prostitution, sex tourism and other commercial sexual services and into forced labor situations in sweatshops, construction sites and agricultural settings. The practice may take other forms as well, including the abduction of children and their conscription into government forces or rebel armies, the sale of women and children into domestic servitude, and the use of children as street beggars and camel jockeys."
    This is the second annual Trafficking in Persons Report report to Congress, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, on the status of severe forms of trafficking in persons worldwide. Through this annual report, the United States seeks to bring international attention to the horrific practice of trafficking in persons. This report is a diplomatic tool for the U.S. Government in combating trafficking in persons, serving as an instrument for continued dialogue, and a means to encourage increased prosecution, protection, and prevention programs.
    (Last checked 06/07/02)

    Visible Earth
    http://www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/
    Few agencies have more eyes in the sky than NASA. And with its online Visible Earth project, you can use those satellite 'eyes' to view thousands of events taking place around the planet. From the wildfires raging around the country to the collapse of ice shelves in Antarctica, sample a heaven's-eye-view of your world. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 13, 2002.
    (Last checked 09/16/02)

    West Nile Virus
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
    When human pests aren't busy plotting our downfall, Mother Nature is only too happy to step in with a plague or two of her own. This time around it's the West Nile virus, courtesy of the summer's bumper crop of mosquitoes. Learn everything you'd care to know about the sickness at this info-packed Center for Disease Control site. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Sept. 17, 2002.
    (Last checked 09/17/02)

    White House Conference on School Libraries
    http://www.laurabushfoundation.org/
    First Lady Laura Bush hosted a White House Conference on School Libraries on June 4, 2002 featuring the latest research and model programs. “School libraries help teachers teach and children learn,” noted Mrs. Bush, a former public school teacher and librarian. “Children and teachers need library resources – especially books - and the expertise of a librarian to succeed. Books, information technology, and school librarians who are part of the schools’ professional team are basic ingredients for student achievement,” Mrs. Bush said. This web page also has a link to the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries.
    (Last checked 10/16/02)

    The World On the Brink: John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
    http://www.cs.umb.edu/jfklibrary/cmc_exhibit_2002.html
    The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum recently opened a new exhbit to mark the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis. The online version of the exhibit contains numerous images, chronology, Cuban Missle Crisis reading list, audio from White House meetings, and much more.
    (Last checked 10/17/02)

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