ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 107, JANUARY 2005

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

Table of Contents

26 Readings in Public Health Law
Access to Government Information in the United States
Accredited Colleges and Universities Database
Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy
African American History Month Highlights from the Census Bureau
America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2003
ART in Embassies Program
Atlas of Climate Change Effects in 150 Bird Species of the Eastern United States
Balancing Scientific Publication and National Security Concerns: Issues in Congress
Black History Month 2005 (GPO)
Black History Month 2005 (State of Michigan)
Budget of the United States Government: Fiscal Year 2006
Campaign Finance: Constitutional and Legal Issues of Soft Money
Childhood Under Threat (UNICEF)
The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2004
Darfur Report from the United Nations
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Dwight D. Eisenhower Papers Available Online
Federal Depository Library Promotional Materials Available from GPO
Federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Freedom of Information Act Historical Documents Now Available
GPO's 2004 Annual Report
GPO's Strategic Vision for the 21st Century
Granholm Administration's 2004 Accomplishments
Health Care Workforce Development in Michigan Final Report
Health, United States, 2004
Holiday Season : Facts and Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau
Impacts of a Warming Arctic :
Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Overview Report
In the Line of Duty
Inaugeral Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
Indian Ocean Tsunami
Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Documents Made Public By ACLU
The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
Mapping the Global Future
Marital Status and Health: 1999-2002
Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile
Michigan Gasoline Corner
Michigan Lottery Results : Historical Archive
Michigan Notable Books List Offers 20 Chances to Get Lost in a Great Read
Michigan Online Wildlife Observation Reporting Page
Michigan Steps Up
Milestones in Garbage
A More Secure World, Our Shared Responsibility (UN Report)
NASA's Microgravity Man Comic Strip
Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures
Norman Ross Reprints Still Available
Plum Book (2004)
Public Relations and Propaganda: Restrictions on Executive Agency Activities
Redefining Rights in America
Santa Tracking Sites
Small Business Administration Finance Center
State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 2005
The State of the World's Children 2005 (UNICEF)
Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004-2005
The Status of Electric Competition in Michigan
The Status of Women in Michigan (2004)
The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool
A Strategic Vision for the 21st Century
The Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827
Thomas Redesign
ToxMap
Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women: 2004
United Nations Official Document System
United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions
U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
Violent Victimization of College Students, 1995-2002
Votes for Women
We the People : Asians in the United States
We the People : Hispanics in the United States
We the People: Women and Men in the United States
A Woman's Guide to Starting a Business In Michigan

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26 Readings in Public Health Law
http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/od/phlp/PHlawreadings.asp
Each week for 26 weeks...we will post a short introductory description and a link to selected readings in public health law, including cases, law review articles, book chapters, and other materials. The readings are designed to provide a foundation for understanding public health law." Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Access to Government Information in the United States
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/97-71.pdf
The report provides a brief overview of history and background, the public access laws, and interbranch access. Harold C. Relyea, Congressional Research Service, January 7, 2005. 4pp.
(Last checked 01/24/05)

Accredited Colleges and Universities Database
http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
The U.S. Department of Education has released an online database of accredited colleges and universities, as part of the fight against diploma mills and federal employees who present fraudulent credentials. The database lists approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs, each of which is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a “reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education” within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).The database does not include a number of postsecondary educational institutions and programs that elect not to seek accreditation but nevertheless may provide a quality postsecondary education.The U.S. Department of Education recommends that the database be used as one source of qualitative information and that additional sources of qualitative information be consulted. January 2005.
(Last checked 02/03/05)

Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy
http://www.fas.org/man/crs/RL30588.pdf
Analyzes the current situation in Afghanistan following the October presidential election, postwar security operations, and the continuing need for international support. Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service, Dec. 28, 2004. 55pp. Posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

African American History Month Highlights from the Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/003721.html
To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week beginning on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2003
http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/p20-553.pdf
"It used to be common for men and women to get a marriage certificate not too long after collecting their high school diploma. Not anymore. Census Bureau figures for 2003 show one-third of men and nearly one-quarter of women between the ages of 30 and 34 have never been married, nearly four times the rates in 1970. It's further evidence young people are focusing on education and careers before settling down and beginning families, experts say. Societal taboos about couples living together before marriage also have eased, said Linda Waite, a University of Chicago sociologist." "'I do, I do,' but not yet: More in America putting off marriage", USA Today, Dec. 1, 2004. Census Bureau, P20-553, Nov. 2004, 20pp.
(Last checked 12/09/04)

Art in Embassies Program
http://aiep.state.gov/
"Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART in Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide." Dropdown menu allows you to choose a geographic location and view images of the objects on display there, along with links to brief descriptions. Cool. Source: Gary Price's ResourceShelf, Dec. 3, 2004.
(Last checked 12/06/04)

Atlas of Climate Change Effects in 150 Bird Species of the Eastern United States
http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/newtown%5Fsquare/publications/technical%5Freports/pdfs/2004/gtr318/ne%5Fgtr318.pdf
Describes current distribution of 150 bird species in the Eastern United States and projects possible changes from climate change models. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Balancing Scientific Publication and National Security Concerns: Issues in Congress
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/RL31695.pdf
Reviews examples of research which raises concerns, past and current controls on scientific information, recent policy actions, and other policy options. Dana A. Shea. Congressional Research Service. Dec. 16, 2004. 34pp. Posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Black History Month 2005 (GPO)
http://bookstore.gpo.gov/blackhistory_05.html
Each February, Americans unite to celebrate the long history and many accomplishments of African-Americans. Whether telling the stories of John Brown's raid and the Underground Railroad or describing the steadfast service of African-Americans in our Nation's wars, U.S. Government publications sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office are a unique resource for students, scholars, and the general public alike. Take this opportunity to expand your history library with these well-written and carefully researched accounts of the African-American experience.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Black History Month (Michigan)
http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-31934-57586--,00.html
Many African Americans have left their mark on Michigan and the world. Some of have played important roles in politics, music, and sports. Others have invented useful things, stood up for civil rights, ...
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Budget of the United States Government: Fiscal Year 2006
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy06/index.html
On February 7, President Bush released his $2.5 trillion fiscal year 2006 Budget that proposes cuts to non-defense, non-homeland security spending by nearly 1 percent.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Campaign Finance: Constitutional and Legal Issues of Soft Money
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/41145.pdf
L. Paige Whitaker. Congressional Research Service. Jan. 10, 2005. 12pp.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Childhood Under Threat: The State of the World's Children 2005
http://www.unicef.org/sowc05/
Every year, UNICEF publishes The State of the World's Children, the most authoritative assessment of children's well-being. This year’s report focuses on how poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS threaten the idea of childhood as a period of time for children to grow and develop to their full potential. This year’s report is titled Childhood Under Threat. This year’s integrated, multi-media website includes video feeds, photo essays, maps and statistical data for 193 countries and articles and stories by some of UNICEF’s fine reporters. There is also an extensive library of associate publications as well as the entire report, in text format, which can be down-loaded, printed and sent anywhere in the world.
(Last checked 12/15/04)

Darfur Report from the United Nations
http://www.un.org/News/dh/sudan/com_inq_darfur.pdf
Determines that the Government of Sudan, the Janjaweed militia, and rebel forces are guilty of human rights crimes under international law and recommends referring the matter to the International Criminal Court. Report of the International Commisson of Inquiry on Darfur to the United Nations Secretary-General, January 25, 2005. 176pp.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/
Is chocolate pecan pie on the recommended diet? Check out the 6th edition of this classic to find out. Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs. The 6th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 was released January 12, 2005, by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Papers Available Online
http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, cooperating with Johns Hopkins University Press, has published an electronic reproduction of the eight volumes in "The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower". The Eisenhower papers appear to be the first complete set of presidential papers available free on the World Wide Web. The site includes standard and advanced search engines, document links from each entry in the original indexes, and newly indexed and searchable chronologies.
(Last checked 01/31/05)

Federal Depository Library Promotional Materials Available from GPO
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pr/order.html
Be sure to review this list of promotion materials available free of charge from GPO!
(Last checked 01/25/05)

Freedom of Information Act Historical Documents Now Available
Veto Battle 30 Years Ago Set Freedom of Information Norms
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 142
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB142/
The National Security Archive has made available recently declassified presidential papers shedding light on the fight to secure open access to government documents, as well as providing background information on the historical milestones related to the Freedom of Information Act.
(Last checked 12/02/04)

GPO's 2004 Annual Report
http://www.gpo.gov/congressional/annualreports/
04annrep/GPO_2004_ANNUAL_REPORT_web.pdf

"The Government Printing Office, which produces and distributes most of the printed and electronic documents for Congress, the courts, and the Federal Government, reported today a nearly complete turnaround in its fortunes. The GPO, which receives about 15% of its annual revenue in Congressional appropriations, earns the rest from providing services to other Government entities. After losing more than $100 million over the last five years, GPO reported an operating surplus of $11.2 million in its fiscal year ending September 30, 2004."
(Last checked 12/21/04)

Granholm Administration's 2004 Accomplishments
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/04_Year-end_Accomplishments_111103_7.pdf
See Press Release.
(Last checked 12/20/04)

Health Care Workforce Development in Michigan Final Report
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/DLEG_163_FINAL_REPORT_11-16-04_Report_Only_109279_7.pdf
According to a new study released jointly by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), the state will need to fill more than 100,000 professional and technical health care jobs in Michigan over the next decade. Prepared for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth by Public Sector Associates, Incorporated. October 2004. 68pp.
(Last checked 12/01/04)

Health, United States, 2004
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm
"The Nation's medicine cabinets are more crowded than ever, with almost half of all people taking at least one prescription medicine and one in six taking three or more medications, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) annual check-up on Americans' health." Source: Gary Price's ResourceShelf, Dec. 3, 2004.
(Last checked 12/06/04)

The Holiday Season : Facts and Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/
facts_for_features_special_editions/002997.html

The holiday season, with its many traditions, family gatherings and general good feeling, will soon be upon us. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its data warehouse. For example, $158 million - The amount received by Christmas tree farmers in Oregon from tree sales in 2003, making the Beaver State the nation’s Christmas tree leader. North Carolina, Washington and Michigan round out the top four states in tree sales.
(Last checked 12/21/04)

Impacts of a Warming Arctic : Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Overview Report
http://amap.no/workdocs/index.cfm?dirsub=%2FACIA%2Foverview
144 page scientific overview report of the Arctic Council, nations with Arctic territory (including the U.S.), on the effects of global warming on the Arctic. The report discloses that temperatures in the Arctic are rising 10 times faster than elsewhere, up 4 to 7 degrees in the past 50 years, and will produce dramatic coastal, animal, and vegetative changes including the possible extinction of polar bears. Prepared by a team of 250 scientists, the report blames the buildup of heat-trapping gases in earth's atmosphere for the changes.
(Last checked 12/02/04)

In the Line of Duty
http://postalmuseum.si.edu/duty/
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat… yeah, yeah, you know. But are you aware of how many perils have been faced and sacrifices made by America’s postal carriers? The National Postal Museum has a great online exhibit detailing the dangers inherent in U.S. mail service over the years. You’ll never take the contents of your snail-mailbox for granted again. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 18, 2004.
(Last checked 12/09/04)

Inaugeral Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
http://www.bartleby.com/124/
"From George Washington to George Bush, Presidents have used inaugural addresses to articulate their hopes and dreams for a nation. Collectively, these addresses chronicle the course of this country from its earliest days to the present." This site reproduces the Addresses for Presidents George Washington to George W. Bush. This site has been placed on the Web, as part of many e-books, by Bartleby.com. Source: El Dorado (California) County Library What's Hot, Jan. 24, 2005.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Indian Ocean Tsunami
http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/Asia_Tsunamis.shtml
Official U.S. government site for information about American survivors and the relief effort. From FirstGov.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation
http://www.ipmall.info/hosted_resources/crs/RL31408_041222.pdf
Internet privacy issues encompass concerns about the collection of personally identifiable information (PII) from visitors to government and commercial websites, as well as debate over law enforcement or employer monitoring of electronic mail and Web usage. This report discusses Internet privacy issues and tracks legislation. Marcia S. Smith, Congressional Research Service, Dec. 22, 2004. 21pp.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Documents Made Public By ACLU
http://www.aclu.org/torturefoia/released/
Selections include: Log of Select Documents Received from DIA/DOS/FBI (released by the ACLU 12/07/04, released by the government 11/8/04 and 11/23/04)
Initial Set of Documents Received from DIA/DOS/FBI (released by the government 10/15/04)
Records related to the Taguba Report
(Last checked 12/09/04)

The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/drakehtml/
The Library of Congress' s Rare Book & Special Collections Division is pleased to announce the release of a new digital collection, The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake. Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the globe from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake visited the Caribbean and the Pacific, claiming a portion of California for Queen Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. His voyages revealed significant new geographical data about the New World and added greatly to Queen Elizabeth's treasury. The Kraus Collection comprises important primary and secondary materials about Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas. It consists of 60 items--16 manuscripts, 29 books, 8 maps and views, and 7 medals and portraits. The materials range in date from 1579 to 1765. Texts are in English, Latin, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French.
(Last checked 01/19/05)

Lt. Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth
http://www.cherrycommission.org
The commission's recommendations call for higher standards in Michigan's high schools to prepare all students for post secondary education and a new compact between the state and its citizens to guarantee all students the opportunity to earn a college degree. Other recommendations call on Michigan's colleges and universities to do a better job helping students complete degrees or certification, to make it easier for students to transfer from one higher education institution to another, and to bring larger numbers of adult workers who have earned college credits in the past back to campus to finish their degrees. The 19 recommendations include a call for replacing the high school MEAP test with an assessment that can be used for college admission purposes to encourage students to pursue their education beyond high school and to measure student performance against the new Michigan standards. See Press Release.
(Last checked 12/20/04)

Mapping the Global Future
http://www.cia.gov/nic/NIC_globaltrend2020.html
Report of the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Project Based on Consultations with Nongovernmental Experts Around the world, NIC 2004-13, Dec. 2004. 123pp. Prognosticators see increasing competition with India, China; more terrorism in Iraq.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Marital Status and Health: 1999-2002
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad351.pdf
The married may be glad to know that they are healthiest, nationwide. Source: Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 351, Dec. 15, 2004.
(Last checked 12/21/04)

Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/40873.pdf
Check out the following characteristics of the 109th Congress: party affiliation, average age and length of service, occupation, religious affiliation, sex, racial or ethnic groups, foreign-born, and military service. Mildred L. Amer, Dec. 20, 2004, 6pp. Posted by the U.S. Department of State.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Michigan : Gasoline Corner
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gasconservation_87283_7_87625_7.html
Public and private agencies throughout Michigan are working together to help you conserve fuel and save money at the pump. This Web site has been developed to provide you with convenient on-line access to timely information.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Michigan Lottery Results : Historical Archive
http://www.michigan.gov/lottery
Provides the most recent lottery game results as well as an archive of winning numbers going back to 1994.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Michigan Notable Books List Offers 20 Chances to Get Lost in a Great Read
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17447_18630_22778-109909--,00.html
Keep up with the 2005 Michigan Notable Book picks courtesy of the Library of Michigan. Source: Michigan Newswire, Feb, 4, 2005
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Michigan Online Wildlife Observation Reporting Page
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12143_15119---,00.html
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters and outdoor recreationists to report any sightings of lynx, cougars, moose and wolves using a new online reporting web page. Fortunately, there is no link for mangy wolverines although one was spotted not too long ago in the Thumb!
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Michigan Steps Up
http://www.michigan.gov/surgeongeneral
This website contains all of the tools Mcihigan citizens need to start improving their personal health, including personal planning tips that help individuals set and track goals, free healthy recipes and snack ideas, ideas for making healthy choices when eating out, daily health tips from Wisdom, and links to hundreds of health-related resources. Citizens can also call 1.877.422.4244 for additional information about the Michigan Steps Up initiative. Courtesy of the Michigan Surgeon General.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

Milestones in Garbage
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/timeline_alt.htm
A historical chronology of municipal waste management from 500 BC (when Athens officials announced plans for a city dump site) to 2002. Compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.
(Last checked 02/07/05)

A More Secure World, Our Shared Responsibility (UN Report)
http://www.un.org/secureworld/
Those collecting material on the war in Iraq and terrorism may want to catch up with this new report issued by the Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change. The report offers 101 recommendations for appropriate international community response to six major security threats: from terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, poverty-environmental degradation, civil wars, conflicts between states, and international crime. The report also makes numerous recommendations for reform of major UN organs. The newspaper headlines have also made reference to its repudiation of unilateral military action even when "benignly motivated." Source: Alan Zoellner, Government Information Librarian, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary via GOVDOC-L, Dec. 3, 2004.
(Last checked 12/06/04)

NASA's Microgravity Man Comic Strip
http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/ugman/
No it's not the tale of the head of NASA who recently bolted to become LSU's chancellor. It's the tale of Microgravity Man, maintained by NASA. The artwork and layout were done by Marissa McGann and Anne Burke, two high school students who where part of NASA Lewis' SHARP program during the summer of 1997.
(Last checked 12/17/04)

Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/rotogravures/
During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images. Rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations—even on inexpensive newsprint paper—was used to create vivid new pictorial sections. Publishers that could afford to invest in the new technology saw sharp increases both in readership and advertising revenue.
The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved. Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home. The collection includes an illustrated history of World War I selected from newspaper rotogravure sections that graphically documents the people, places, and events important to the war.
A new digital collection from the Library of Congress's Serial and Government Publications Division, available on the American Memory Web site.
(Last checked 12/21/04)

Norman Ross Reprints Still Available
http://www.rosspub.com/
Although Norman Ross was purchaed by Proquest, the old Census volume reprints are still available for purchase.
(Last checked 01/17/05)

Plum Book
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/2004/index.html
The 2004 edition of the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, is now available from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Alternately prepared after each Presidential election by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform, the Plum Book provides comprehensive information on thousands of Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide. It provides a current list of data, which includes the following major categories of positions:

  • Executive Schedule and salary-equivalent positions paid at the rates established for levels I through V of the Executive Schedule;
  • Senior Executive service "General" positions;
  • Senior Foreign Service positions;
  • Schedule C positions excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director, Office of Personnel Management, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties;
  • Other positions at the GS-14 and above level excepted from the competitive service by law because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties.
    The Plum Book has been made available in its entirety, as a single PDF file. GPO has refined the 2004 Plum Book by adding bookmarks to it and optimizing it for the web. The report is also available as a collection of smaller PDFs arranged in a browse table based on the Plum Book's table of contents. You can download entire chapters, or just information on individual commissions, councils, corporations, departments, offices, etc. Copies of the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) (S/N: 052-070-07434-5) are available for purchase from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/plumbook04.html for $32.00. In addition, the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) will be distributed to Federal depository libraries under: Class: Y 4.G 74/7:P 75/6/2004 Source: GOVDOC-L, Dec. 7, 2004
    (Last checked 12/07/04)

    Public Relations and Propaganda: Restrictions on Executive Agency Activities
    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/RL32750.pdf
    Should the government pay commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the No Child Left Behind Act? Should the White House spend money for Barney.gov, a child-friendly web site about the President's Scottish terriers? Kevin R. Kosar. Congressional Research Service. Feb. 2, 2005. 13pp.
    (Last checked 02/07/05)

    Redefining Rights in America:
    The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2004
    http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/bushcivilrights.pdf
    Although the new U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commission has dropped the online link from its web page, Jurist still provides access.
    (Last checked 02/08/05)

    Santa Tracking Sites
    http://www.noradsanta.org/
    http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/home/seasonal/SantaTrack.html
    Both NORAD and NASA provide these web sites for young and old Santa trackers.
    (Last checked 12/20/04)

    Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Finance Center
    Also known as Online Women's Business Center
    http://www.onlinewbc.gov/docs/finance/
    The journey into the world of finance can be interesting and exciting with the right knowledge and experience. Whether you are a new business setting up your records and bank accounts or an established business preparing a loan request or financing plan, the Finance Center has training and information to assist you. Written for businesses like you by SBA's Women's Business Centers across the country, the Finance Center helps you travel the road to success. Ready to accelerate your learning? Then read on for easy-to-use, practical advice prepared by experienced business counselors and instructors.
    (Last checked 12/14/04)

    State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 2005
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/02/20050202-11.html
    Annual address before Congress by the President. Presents proposal for privatizing a portion of the Social Security savings.
    (Last checked 02/07/05)

    Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004-2005
    http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-04.html
    The Hope Diamond on the coal pile of U.S. government statistical publications.
    (Last checked 12/21/04)

    The Status of Electric Competition in Michigan
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/elec-comp05_115196_7.pdf
    (Last checked 02/02/05)

    The Status of Women in Michigan
    http://michigan.gov/documents/MI_Wonmen_109351_7.pdf
    Published for the first time in nearly a decade, the 2004 Status of Women in Michigan report ranks women’s progress since 1996 in five areas: Employment and Earnings; Social and Economic Autonomy; Health and Well-Being; Reproductive Rights and Political Participation. Comparisons are based on census and other data sources for 50 states and Wash, D.C.
    (Last checked 12/14/04)

    The Status of Women in Your County: A Community Research Tool
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Michigan_Toolkit_110072_7.pdf
    The Michigan Women's Commission is pleased to work with the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) and the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation to help distribute information on a new product to assess and track the status of women at the county-level. Misha Werschkul, Barbara Gault, and Heidi Hartmann. 2004. 24pp.
    (Last checked 12/14/04)

    A Strategic Vision for the 21st Century
    http://www.gpo.gov/congressional/pdfs/04strategicplan.pdf
    A little light reading for federal depository librarians from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Dec. 1, 2004. 12pp. From the announcement, "'We had to wake up. Last month 50% of all Government documents were born digital and will never be printed by the Government. But the GPO is still required by law to gather and catalog these electronic documents, to distribute them electronically, and to ensure their perpetual availability to the public,' said Bruce James, Public Printer of the United States. 'This task calls for a whole new set of skills and tools; what we call a digital information factory.' Central to GPO's plans is trading its existing building complex for new facilities, sized and equipped for its digital future. 'Rather than burden taxpayers with the enormous costs of building and equipping our operations for the future, we believe that we can use the proceeds from the private redevelopment of our current obsolete plant to completely pay the costs of new facilities and still have money left over to return to the U.S.Treasury,' James said."
    (Last checked 12/13/04)

    The Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/index.html
    The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The collection is organized into ten series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers and document Jefferson's activities as a delegate to the second Continental Congress; his drafting of the Declaration of Independence, June-July 1776; his position as governor of Virginia, 1779-81; his return to Congress as a representative, 1783-84; and his appointment as minister plenipotentiary in Europe and then minister to the Court of Louis XVI, succeeding Benjamin Franklin, 1784-89. Well documented are his two administrations as president from 1801 through 1809, when he engineered the purchase of the Louisiana territory and maintained American neutrality in the conflict between France and Great Britain that led to the War of 1812. Correspondence, drawings, maps, and notes document the building of Washington, D.C. The broad range of Jefferson's intellectual and political interests is represented by his legal and literary commonplace books, miscellaneous bound volumes of notes and extracts, and manuscript volumes relating to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Virginia history, some of which were part of the personal library he sold to Congress in 1815. In its online presentation, the Thomas Jefferson Papers comprises approximately 83,000 images. This project is funded by Reuters America, Inc., and The Reuters Foundation.
    (Last checked 02/07/05)

    Thomas Redesign
    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/redesign/
    "The 109th Congress convenes at noon on January 4, 2005. In preparation for that, we have been working to improve the appearance and the usefulness of THOMAS, the Library of Congress' public legislative information system. Improvements will include:

  • a link to the latest issue of the Daily Digest
  • a search for most recent legislative action ("Action Yesterday")
  • Combination of Bill Text and Bill Summary & Status links into a single Bills & Resolutions page for simple, basic searches
  • Combination of all Congressional Record and Congressional Record Index links into one page
  • Addition of the capability to search Bill Text across multiple Congresses.
    (Last checked 11/10/04)

    ToxMap
    http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/main/index.jsp
    The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health, announces an interactive Web site that shows--on maps--the amount and location of certain toxic chemicals released into the environment in the United States. The site, called TOXMAP, is free and no registration is required. TOXMAP focuses on the geographic distribution of chemical releases, their relative amounts, and their trends over time. This release data comes from industrial facilities around the United States, as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TOXMAP also links to NLM's extensive collection of toxicology and environmental health references, as well as to a rich resource of data on hazardous chemical substances in its TOXNET databases (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/). There are also fact sheets and summaries about the various chemicals, written by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
    (Last checked 12/21/04)

    Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women: 2004
    http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005016
    This statistical report assembles a series of indicators that examine the extent to which males and females have access to the same educational opportunities, avail themselves equally of these opportunities, perform at similar levels throughout schooling, succeed at similar rates, and reap the same benefits from their educational experiences. This report serves as an update of an earlier publication, Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women (NCES 2000-030), which was prepared for Congress in 2000.
    (Last checked 12/07/04)

    United Nations Official Document System
    http://documents.un.org/
    The ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation originating from duty stations worldwide, including selective documents of the regional commissions: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). Comprehensive coverage starts in 1993. Older United Nations documents are added to the system on a daily basis. Selective coverage of General Assembly and Security Council documentation currently reaches back to 1985. The ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. Currently, the ODS contains close to 800,000 files and approximately 100,000 new documents are added each year.
    (Last checked 01/10/05)

    U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
    http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/
    Offers a computerized tool, called "My Family Health Portrait," which can be downloaded and used to identify and track important health disorders which have occurred in one's family.
    (Last checked 12/02/04)

    Violent Victimization of College Students, 1995-2002
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/vvcs02.htm
    On average, from 1995 to 2002, male college students ages 18-24 were twice as likely to be victims of overall violence than female students (80 versus 43 per 1,000).
    (Last checked 02/07/05)

    Votes for Women
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html
    "The Library of Congress has extensive and varied resources related to the campaign for woman suffrage in the United States. This selection of 38 pictures includes portraits of many individuals who have been frequently requested from the holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division. Also featured are photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists, and an anti-suffrage display, as well as cartoons commenting on the movement--all evoking the visible and visual way in which the debate over women's suffrage was carried out. This online illustrated reference aid is part of the "By Popular Demand" series. It is a pictorial partner for the text documents in "'Votes for Women:' Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1920.""
    (Last checked 12/02/04)

    We the People : Asians in the United States
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/censr-17.pdf
    A Census 2000 Special Report released in Dec. 2004. 24pp.
    (Last checked 12/21/04)

    We the People : Hispanics in the United States
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/censr-18.pdf
    A Census 2000 Special Report released in Dec. 2004. 20pp.
    (Last checked 12/21/04)

    We the People: Women and Men in the United States
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/censr-20.pdf
    Part of a series of Census 2000 special reports, painting a demographic, social and economic portrait of the nation's women and highlighting comparisons with men. A Census 2000 Special Report released in January 2005. 19pp.
    (Last checked 02/02/05)

    A Woman's Guide to Starting a Business In Michigan
    http://michigan.gov/documents/071604StartingaBusinessFactSheet_101302_7.pdf
    Starting a business is a huge endeavor that can bring both rewards and struggles. For women looking for freedom from the typical job or hoping to find a work schedule that will accommodate their family life, starting a business can be very beneficial. It can bring a sense of independence, and at times, it can be a way to achieve greater financial success.
    (Last checked 12/14/04)

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