ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 98, JULY 2003

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

Table of Contents

African-American Art and Literature: Key Sites
African-American History and Culture : Key Sites
African American History Gateway
Amistad Revolt: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States
Challenger Space Shuttle Accident, Selected Congressional Hearings and Reports
Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act
Community Information by Zip Code
Digest of Education Statistics, 2002
Do Not Call Registry
Eleven Who Made a Difference
Emerald Ash Borer
FBI Kids Page
Gateway to African American History
geodata.gov
History Excursions at the Michigan Historical Museum
Human Development Report, 2003
Information Awareness Office
Information USA
InfoUSA
Interactive Buyers' Guide to Home and Renters Insurance in Michigan
Key Sites on African-American Art and Literature
Key Sites on African-American History and Culture
Key Sites on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Key Sites
Michigan Carnival Amusement Safety Board
Michigan Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal Program
Michigan in Brief (HAL)
Michigan: Interactive Buyers' Guide to Home and Renters Insurance
Michigan Item Pricing and Scanning Accuracy
Michigan Lane Closure Web Site
Michigan Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites List
Michigan Library Directory: Interactive Search Engine
Michigan Recreational Boating Informtion System
Michigan State Flower and Other Facts
Michigan West Nile Virus Site
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information Document Database
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information National Organizations Database
National Compensation Survey (BLS)
National Infrastructure Protection Center Daily Open Source Protection Report
National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
Occupational Wages in the U.S., 2002
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (CDC)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (MedlinePlus)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(WHO)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (State Dept.)
Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
State of World Population
Transparency in Government : How American Citizens Influence Public Policy
Veterans History Project
What Every Driver Must Know

Amistad Revolt: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/amistad/
In 1839, slaves aboard a ship called the Amistad revolted to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another. Their leader was Sengbe Pieh, a young Mende man, but popularly known in United States history as Joseph Cinque. The slaves had been kidnapped mostly from the neighborhood of the Colony of Sierra Leone and sold to Spanish slavers. They eventually received their freedom in 1841, after two years' internment in the United States awaiting the verdict of the courts regarding their "revolt" This was the celebrated Amistad Case, an episode far better known in the United States than on the other side of the Atlantic. But the incident had a far-reaching impact on both sides, influencing the course of American history and especially the development of Afro-American culture, while, in Sierra Leone, leading to the inauguration of American missionary activity that trained many of the elite group that led the nationalist movement to achieve independence from colonial rule. Arthur Abraham, author. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, International Information Program.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Challenger Space Shuttle Accident, Selected Congressional Hearings and Reports
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/challenger/index.html
On February 1, 2003, NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while returning to Earth from a 16-day science mission in orbit. Following the tragedy, a series of congressional hearings were held, including a joint hearing between the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Science Committee (February 12); and a House Science Committee hearing on implications of the Columbia accident on NASA programs and budget (February 27). The following publications were assembled for Congress as background materials for these hearings. Documents are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records
http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/citizen.html
On 23 June 2003, the House Governmental Reform Committee published an updated version of this handy guide, the 11th revised edition. Courtesy of the Federation of Atomic Scientists.
(Last checked 07/03/03)

Community Information by Zip Code
http://library.csun.edu/mfinley/zipstats.html
Got a zip code? Then this site can unlock a wealth of local information. The librarians at California State University at Northridge have created a site with links to scores of databases that are all searchable by zip code. Includes content on people and households, education, health, environment, business, and politics with an emphasis on California, but national sources are provided as well. Frequently updated.
(Last checked 06/09/03)

Digest of Education Statistics, 2002
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2003060
The Digest of Education Statistics provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Topics in the Digest include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; libraries; technology; and international comparisons.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Do Not Call Registry
http://www.donotcall.gov
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission began registering telephone numbers of citizens who don't want to be disrupted by businesses pitching goods and services on June 27th. Residents across the U.S. can visit http://www.donotcall.gov to enter any phone numbers at which they don't want such calls. Consumers in states west of the Mississippi River, may also register by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the number they want to list.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Eleven Who Made a Difference
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/hrintro/eleven.htm
Here, in their own words, are the ideas of 11 advocates of human rights: Oscar Arias Sánchez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ralph Bunche, Mahatma Gandhi, Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandel, Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrei Sakharov, Raoul Wallenberg, Wei Jingsheng, Elie Wiesel. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, International Information Program Office.
(last checked 07/11/03)

Emerald Ash Borer
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1566-65294--,00.html
In the summer of 2002, scientists detected a new exotic insect in six southeast Michigan counties -- Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. This pest, known as the Emerald Ash Borer, is an invasive species originally from Asia and previously unknown in North America that affects ash trees. It has also been detected in Windsor, Ontario of Canada and now a small portion of Lucas County, Ohio. To date, it has killed or damaged millions of ash trees in these affected areas. For more information, visit this web page maintained by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Pictures are also available of the emerald ash borers and the damage they cause to ash trees.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

FBI Kids Page
http://www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm
Offers youth information about crime prevention and other criminal justice issues.
(Last checked 07/10/03)

Gateway to African American History
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/
Welcome to the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Information's Gateway to African American History, which has been established to assist its international audience in acquiring information on the rich and varied contributions of African-Americans to the culture and history of the United States and the world. Updated throughout the year, the Gateway includes documents, articles, Internet sites and other resources which honor and acknowledge the accomplishments of African-Americans.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

geodata.gov
http://www.geodata.gov/
geodata.gov is a web-based portal for one-stop access to maps, data and other geospatial services that will simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geospatial data and learn more about geospatial projects underway. geodata.gov is part of the Geospatial One-Stop initiative, one of the 24 OMB electronic-government initiatives that will enhance government efficiency. The geodata.gov portal will accelerate the development and implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and includes state, local and tribal governments along with the private sector and academia as participants.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

History Excursions at the Michigan Historical Museum, Fall 2003-Spring 2004
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal_mhc_mhm_histexcur03-04_62918_7.pdf
A directory of educational programming offered by the Michigan Historical Museum. Warning: school teachers often book sessions a year in advance!
(Last checkec 06/16/03)

Human Development Report, 2003
http://www.undp.org/hdr2003/
The range of human development in the world is vast and uneven, with astounding progress in some areas amidst stagnation and dismal decline in others. Balance and stability in the world will require the commitment of all nations, rich and poor, and a global development compact to extend the wealth of possibilities to all people. According to the report, the ten best countries to live in are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, U.S., Canada, Japan, and Switzerland. Report is produced by the United Nations Development Programme.
(Last checked 07/10/03)

Information Awareness Office
http://www.darpa.mil/iao/programs.htm
Information Awareness Office is a site that features the latest gadgets and widgets that the government has up its sleeve. From the Total Information Awareness System to the Genisys, it all is a bit too creepy for some of us.
(Last checked 06/16/03)

Information USA (InfoUSA)
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/
Authoritative resource for foreign audiences seeking information about American society, political processes, official U.S. policies and culture. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, International Information Programs.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Interactive Buyers' Guide to Home and Renters Insurance in Michigan
http://www.cis.state.mi.us/fis/pubs/guides/home/home_renters_buyer_criteria.asp
The price of homeowners insurance in Michigan continues to soar. The Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Services plans to form a task force to find out why rates are climbing and what can be done to protect homeowners. To help homeowners with high premiums find a better deal, OFIS compiled a buyer's guide last September. Rates are given according to four different models. The 2003 Buyers' Guide should be available in September or October. Source: Lansing State Journal, July 6, 2003, p.1B.
(Last checked 07/08/03)

Key Sites on African-American Art and Literature
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/artlit.htm
Part of the Gateway to African American History web page, this web site provides a selection of web pages with annotations on African American art and literature, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State International Information Program Office.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Key Sites on African-American History and Culture
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/sites.htm
Part of the Gateway to African American History web page, this web site provides a selection of web pages with annotations on African American history and culture, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State International Information Program Office.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Key Sites on Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/kngsites.htm
Part of the Gateway to African American History web page, this web site provides a selection of web pages with annotations on Martin Luther King, Jr., courtesy of the U.S. Department of State International Information Program Office.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Michigan Carnival Amusement Safety Board
http://www.michigan.gov/cis/0,1607,7-154-10557_12992_13963---,00.html
The Michigan Carnival-Amusement Safety Board was created under Public Act 225 of 1966, as amended. Each year, department staff perform inspections of traveling shows which operate in Michigan, and amusement parks and other fixed locations with rides, to assure compliance with the act and the rules promulgated. The Board also provides a list of 2003 Michigan county fairs, list of mobile operations, and other carnival information
(Last checked 07/10/03)

Michigan Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal Program
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1568_2383-11759--,00.html
The proper disposal of unused and unwanted pesticides is the goal of the Clean Sweep program in Michigan. The Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program, in cooperation with county and local units of government, has established 16 permanent Clean Sweep sites located throughout the state where Michigan residents can dispose of outdated, unused or unwanted pesticides. There is no charge for this service. Those interested in participating in the program may contact the site coordinator at the location nearest to them for more information, including collection dates. This web page provides a list of sixteen counties where disposal sites are located, the contact person, and telephone number. This web page is provided courtesy of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Michigan Item Pricing and Scanning Accuracy
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1566-12359--,00.html
The Consumer Pricing and Advertising Act (Act 449 of 1976 regulates the pricing of consumer items and the advertising of consumer items in order to provide a level playing field for all merchandising establishments and to protect the welfare of the consumer. Visit this web site for answers to all of your questions related to the act, including under what circumstances one is eligible to receive a "bounty" for being overcharged for an item or items. Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Michigan Lane Closure Web Site
http://www.mdot.state.mi.us/laneclosure
The Michigan Department of Transportation has created this web site to share information about restrictions and lane closures in Southwest, West and Southeast Michigan on state trunklines (I, US or M designations).
(Last checked 07/10/03)

Michigan Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites List
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/lustcs/
More than 7,000 sites in Michigan have underground storage tanks leaking gasoline and other pollutants. Use this searchable database provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to determine where they are located. You can search by city or zip code among other search options. Information if self reported and is updated daily.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Michigan Library Directory: Interactive Search Engine
http://envoy.libraryofmichigan.org/isapi/4disapi.dll/directory/search.html
Welcome to the Michigan Library Directory's online edition. The online directory contains the most up to date information we have for approximately 2000 libraries and library related organizations. To find a specific type of library, please us the pull down menu of categories. Godort of Michigan members looking for a list of Federal Documents Depository Libraries should consult http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17449_18637_18649-53131--,00.html.
(Last checked 06/27/03)

Michigan Recreational Boating Informtion System
http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/MRBIS/
Just in time for 4th of July weekend, the state government has launched a boat ramp web site. On this web page, you may search for boat ramps by name of water body, by county, or by proximity to a town. Then you may learn the name of access sites, ramp description, site rules, if it has parking and bathrooms, if the Michigan DNR stocks the lake with fish, if the water body has a "Master Angler record entry", and many have large PDF maps of the water depths (bathymetry). You may create a map of the site and create driving directions from any point in Michigan to the site. Note: Not every lake and river landing in the state is listed; the focus is on public boat ramps.
(Last checked 07/02/03)

Michigan State Flower and Other Facts
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-15481_20826_20829-56001--,00.html
Has anyone ever called you up from a bar while you were on the reference desk and asked what the state flower was? For these and other Michigan facts, check out this Michigan in Brief web page. For the record, the state flower is the apple blossom.
(Last checked 06/26/03)

Michigan West Nile Virus Site
http://www.wnv.state.mi.us/
2003 will mark the third year that WNV will be a potential threat to the citizens of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health, together with its partners at the Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Michigan State University will again be conducting surveillance for this important disease in Michigan. As a public service Governor Jennifer M. Granholm requested that the three state agencies cooperatively develop and provide this dedicated web site for MNV in Michigan, including comprehensive information about all aspects of WNV that will be useful for both health professionals as well as citizens in the spring of 2003. The website also provides a form for collecting data on sick and dead birds and other wildlife. This information will be vital to our bird surveillance efforts in 2003. The Michigan Department of Community Health will continue to offer a toll-free hotline at 1-888-668-0869 where citizens can call to get recorded, up-to-date information about WNV in Michigan as well.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Document Database
http://www.calib.com/nccanch/database/index.cfm
This database contains over 32,000 records on child abuse and neglect and child welfare issues. You can search using keywords, authors' names, and publication year.
(Last checked 07/08/03)

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
National Organizations Database
http://www.calib.com/nccanch/database/index.cfm
The Organizations Database describes national organizations that focus on child abuse and neglect or child welfare issues, have a significant child abuse and neglect/child welfare component, or have a related primary focus and can provide some information to the field. You can search this database to find contact information, a brief description of the organization, the subject areas on which it focuses, and the products and services it offers.
(Last checked 07/08/03)

National Infrastructure Protection Center
Daily Open Source Protection Report
http://www.nipc.gov/dailyreports/newdailyindex.htm
Daily reports digest material related to homeland security including energy sector, banking and finance sector, transportation sector, food sector, public health sector, and IT sector. Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
http://www.whitehouse.gov/pcipb/cyberspace_strategy.pdf
"The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace provides a framework for protecting this infrastructure that is essential to our economy, security, and way of life." U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 61pp.
(Last checked 06/11/03)

Occupational Wages in the U.S., 2002
http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/sp/ncbl0539.pdf
This 16 page report provides average salary data for hundreds of occupations in the U.S. You can create detailed statistical tables using the tools on this page. Source: Gary Price, Resource Shelf, July 8, 2003.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/
A compilation of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/severeacuterespiratorysyndrome.html
A compilation of information from Medline Plus, a joint service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/
A compilation of information from the World Health Organization.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/global/sars/
A compilation of information from the U.S. Department of State, International Information Programs.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sgphtml/sashtml/
From February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, by order of General John J. Pershing, the United States Army published a newspaper for its forces in France, The Stars and Stripes. This online collection, presented by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress, includes the complete seventy-one-week run of the newspaper's World War I edition. When The Stars and Stripes began publication, American forces were dispersed throughout the Western Front, often mixed at the unit level with British, French, and Italian forces. The newspaper's mission was to provide these scattered troops with a sense of unity and an understanding of their part in the overall war effort. The eight-page weekly featured news from home, sports news, poetry, and cartoons, with a staff that included journalists Alexander Woollcott, Harold Ross, and Grantland Rice. Printing the paper on presses borrowed from Paris newspaper plants, the staff used a network of trains, automobiles, and a motorcycle to deliver the news to the doughboys (as the American soldiers were called). At the peak of its production, The Stars and Stripes had a circulation of 526,000 readers. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

The State of World Population
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/swpmain.htm
To reduce poverty in developing countries, urgent action is needed to combat poor reproductive health, help women avoid unwanted pregnancies, and eliminate illiteracy and gender discrimination, warns The State of World Population 2002 report from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
(Last checked 07/11/03)

Transparency in Government : How American Citizens Influence Public Policy
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/transgov/
Looking for an interesting read? Try out this pamphlet Written by Ellen M. Katz, a freelance author, for the U.S. Dept. of State, International Information Programs, [1999?] for distribution abroad. It discusses the importance of opening government deliberations and rule-making processes to the public and of making government documents available to concerned citizens. While using, for the most part, American examples, the pamphlet suggests the universal advantages of an open society with a vibrant civic infrastructure. Shades of pre-9/11.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

Veterans History Project
http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/
There are 19 million war veterans living in the United States today, but every day we lose 1,500 of them. Motivated by a desire to honor our nation's war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project. The authorizing legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000. Public Law 106-380 calls upon the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them. Twenty one digitized collections of materials have been created in time for Memorial Day, 2003.
The Veterans History Project covers World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars. It includes all participants in those wars--men and women, civilian and military. It documents the contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers as well as the experiences of military personnel from all ranks and all branches of service--the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
(Last checked 06/09/03)

What Every Driver Must Know
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/wedmk_16312_7.pdf
This web page contains a copy of this Michigan Department of State pamphlet that everyone reads before taking their written driving test. For more information about driver's licenses and photo ids, see http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1627_11461---,00.html.
(Last checked 06/05/03)

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