ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 1995

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

AALL Govt. Documents Grant
Airforce Link
ASI Extends Coverage
Budget Simulation Game
Canadian Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Canadian Govt. Internet Guide
Canadian Parliament WWW Site
Cataloging Govt. Publications Online
The Census and Privacy
Champlain
CIS News
Declassified Intelligence Satellite Photos
DefenseLink Services Expanded
Depository Libraries Home Page
Detroit Public Library
Docbase Version 4.0 Available
Mining Electronic Documents
Electronic Embassy Project
ERIC/CHESS
European Commission Server Available
European Union WWW Server Available
Federal Budget Gets Wired
FDIC Home Page
Federal Register Alternative Site
Federal Web Locator
Fermilab
Food & Service Commission BB
G7 Summit Info
GAO News
Godort Handout Exchange
GPO Launches WWW Site
Hubble Space Photos
Imagin Map Center
Int'l War Crimes Tribunal
Int'l War Crimes Tribunal: Part II
Internet Guide for UN Organizations
Keeping America Informed
LC Soviet Archives Exhibit
Lobbyists Registered with the House
Mich. Dept. of Education Home Page
Mich. Dept. of Management & Budget
Mich. DNR Home Page
Mich. Dept. of Public Health Home Page
Mich. Dept. of Treasury Home Page
Mich. First Lady's Home Page
Mich. Government Television Update
Mich. Governor's Forum Gopher
Mich. Governor's Office Home Page
Mich. Historical Center Home Page
Mich. House Web Site
Mich. House & Senate Bill Analyses
Mich. Information Center Home Page
Mich. Jobs Commission Home Page
Mich. Lt. Governor's Home Page
Mich. Rehabilitative Services Home Page
Mich. Secretary of State's Gopher
Mich. Secretary of State's Home Page
Mich. State Government Home Page
Mining Electronic Documents
Mount Union College Library
NARA Fax-on-Demand Service
NASA Kennedy Space Center
NASA Space Calendar
National Electronic Open Meeting
NSF Redesigns Home Page
NTDB Program Index
Pan American Health Organization Gopher
Patent & Trademark Office Newsletter
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Postal Service Kiosk Program
Problems of Post-Communism
RED TAPE Available over WWW
Regulatory Affairs Home Page & BBs
REIS on the WWW
Spacelab
STAT-USA News
State Fact Sheets
UN Blue Books
UN Scholars' Workstation
UN Home Page
Model UN Sites
US Fax Watch Service
US Army Home Page
US Federal Judiciary
US Institute of Peace
US Senate Anonymous FTP Server
Univ. of Arizona Students Home Pages
Univ. of Michigan Documents Center
More on WINGS

AALL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS GRANT AVAILABLE.

The American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) Government Documents SIS has set up a grant program to assist members of their special interest section and their documents staff to attend documents related meetings, conferences (with the exception of the AALL annual meeting), and continuing education programs during the calendar year. Preference will be given to those individuals who have not received any support from their employers and/or individuals who have never attended the meeting for which they are requesting support. Recipients of grants must agree to submit a written summary of the funded meeting for inclusion in the next issue of JURISDOCS. If you would like an application form, contact Connie Fleischer, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago, at (312) 702-0211 or send an e-mail to (mcf0@midway.uchicago.edu). Source: Connie Fleischer, GOVDOC-L, March 21, 1995.

AIRFORCE LINK.

The US Air Force's www site includes press releases, fact sheets on major weapons systems and Air Force commands, biographies of senior leaders, photos from current and past operations, and links to approximately three dozen other home pages developed by various units of the Air Force. You can even let the Air Force Song (245K) play in the background as you browse. The URL address is [http://www.dtic.dla.mil/airforcelink]. Source: Margaret Walker, GOVDOC-L, March 30, 1995; Prodigy News Perspective, April 7, 1995.

ASI EXTENDS COVERAGE.

The Congressional Information Service, Inc. recently announced that starting with Current Industrial Reports issued in 1994, ASI has begun covering reports available on electronic bulletin boards and other sources available over the Internet. A variety of publications formerly available in print are now only available electronically, many of which ASI covered prior to their conversion to electronic format. ASI fully intends to continue covering these data sources in its indexing/abstracting services and will capture key tables for inclusion in its ASI Nondepository Microfiche Collection. ASI's coverage of electronic sources, as of March 28, 1995, includes: Current Industrial Reports, Country Commercial Guides, 10 Census Bureau Series (covering state, city, and county government tax collections, employment, and general and retirement system finances), Monthly and Seasonal Weather Outlook, and numerous USDA periodicals on specific commodities and on agricultural finance and trade. If you need more information about ASI's coverage, call 1-800-638-8380 or send an e-mail message to (info@cispubs.com).

The CANADIAN DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DFAIT) WEB BROWSER.

The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is pleased to announce the introduction of the DFAIT Web, a collection of information for Canadians and international clients interested in Canadian foreign policy, international trade issues, business, investment, human rights, culture, education, travel, international law, and international organizations. Also included is information on diplomatic issues and Canada's world-wide network of diplomatic missions. The URL address is [http://www.dfait- maeci.gc.ca]. Source: GOVDOC-L, June 19, 1995.

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT INTERNET GUIDE.

The University of Michigan has mounted a copy of Canadian Government Information on the Internet by Anita Cannon of Wilfrid Laurier University. The third edition was compiled in January 1995. For this and other subject guides, try the following URL address: [http://www.lib.umich.edu/chhome.html].

CANADIAN PARLIAMENT WWW SITE.

"Parliamentary Internet Parlementaire" is a new service providing non-partisan information about the Canadian Parliament. Initial offerings include an online tour of Parliament, general information about parliamentary government, a glossary of parliamentary procedure, the history of Parliament buildings, lists of the members of the House of Commons and Senate, and transcripts of the proceedings of the Committees of the House of Commons. Bill information, and status of bills, have been identified as a type of information desired for future uploading. The URL for the web site is [http://www.parl.gc.ca]; a CANADIAN PARLIAMENT GOPHER SITE is also available at [gopher://gopher.parl.gc.ca]. Source: Mary Shearer, University of Houston Law Library, GOVDOC-L, June 21, 1995.

CATALOGING GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS ONLINE.

Traditionally, many libraries did not catalog government documents, preferring to shelve them by their SuDoc numbers and relying on the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and its derivative products to provide access. Today the online availability of cataloging records for documents facilitates the inclusion of records for them in library online catalogs. Essays in CATALOGING GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS ONLINE, edited by Carolyn C. Sherayko, deal with the planning involved in tapeloading GPO records, provision of access to state publications on CD-ROM, and cooperation between public and technical services, among other issues. Case studies from five libraries will benefit readers contemplating similar projects. This 223-page book is available either as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 18, nos. 3/4, or as a separate purchase from Haworth Press (price: $34.95; ISBN: 1-56024-689-8). Source: American Libraries, March 1995, p. 227.

THE CENSUS AND PRIVACY.

According to "The Census and Privacy", an article written by Barbara Everitt Bryant and William Dunn in the May 1995 issue of American Demographics, Americans' anger and suspicion toward government could hurt the quality of federal statistics. Ironically, public trust in the confidentiality of census data was not a problem when the data were not always confidential. It declined only after strict laws were passed to stop the leaks. Today, the public's fear of the census is groundless--and worse than ever. Some of you may recall that Barbara Everitt Bryant, former Census Bureau director, now a research scientist at the University of Michigan School of Business Administration, gave a speech at an annual MLA conference up in Traverse City. She has recently published a book called Moving Power and Money: the Politics of Census Taking (New Strategist Publications, Ithaca, New York, 1995).

CHAMPLAIN : CANADIAN GOVERNMENT-INFORMATION EXPLORER.

.A new service that allows you to search for Canadian government information on the Internet. All varieties of Internet resources (http, gopher, ftp) are indexed around the Harvest search engine. The URL address is [http://info.ic.gc.ca/champlain/champlain.html] Source: Internic Scout Report, May 5, 1995.

CIS ANNOUNCES LOWER PRICES FOR FULL-TEXT ARTICLE DELIVERY.

The Congressional Information Service, Inc., offers a Documents on Demand service for the full text government and private sector publications covered by six popular CIS publications: CIS/Index to Publications of the United States Congress, American Statistics Index, American Foreign Policy Index, Environment Abstracts, U.S. Government Periodicals Index, and U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs. For details on the new lower prices, call 1-800-227-2477; fax 1-301-657-3203; or send an e-mail message to (cisdod@cispubs.com). Source: News from CIS, June 15, 1995.

DECLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS.

An executive order, signed by President Clinton on February 23, has authorized the declassification of satellite photographs collected by the U.S. intelligence community during the 1960's. Vice President Gore held a press conference on February 24th to announce the signing. The press conference included a sppech by Admiral William O. Studeman, Acting Director of the CIA, explaining the history of early satellites in U.S. intelligence. To read a copy of this speech and view sample photographs illustrating this collection, take a look at the following URL address: [http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov/dclass/dclass.dtml]. Source: Netscape's What's Cool, March 19, 1995.

DEFENSELINK SERVICES EXPANDED.

DefenseLINK, a joint service provided by the DoD Public Affairs office and the Defense Technical Information Center, now provides 24-hour, 7-day a week service via the web at the URL address [http://www.dtic.dla.mil/defenselink/]. In addition to providing access to news releases, contract award announcements, press advisories, memoranda for correspondents, background briefings, selected speeches, fact sheets, biographical information (planned), links to online publications, answers to frequently asked questions such as where to get military records or technical manuals, DefenseLink is the official site for the initial implementation of the Department of Defense's Government Information Locator Service, a new online service being developed by all government agencies to pull together electronic information available to the public. Source: Marie O'Mara, GOVDOC-L, April 24, 1995.

DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES WWW HOME PAGES.

If you are interested in seeing what other depository library home pages look like, this is the place to start. [http://drseuss.lib.uidaho.edu:80/govdoc/otherdep.html] If you want to add your home page to this site or know of another one, contact Lily Wai, head of the Government Documents Department at the University of Idaho, at the following e-mail address: (lwai@uidaho.edu). Source: GOVDOC-L, June 2, 1995.

The DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY

has received a user-friendly computer mapping system, called the IMAGIN Map Center, from the Library of Michigan. IMAGIN (Improving Michigan Access to Geographic Information Networks) includes digital maps of Michigan counties; cemeteries; U.S. congressional and state legislative districts; water usage; and environmental areas. The Detroit Public Library is reputedto have the second-largest map collection in a U.S. public library and contains over 250,000 sheet maps. RED TAPE readers may recall an article in the September 1994 issue describing the IMAGIN Map Center at the Library of Michigan. Source: American Libraries, March 1995, p. 263.

DOCBASE VERSION 4.0 AVAILABLE.

Docbase is the name of the computer used to run most government CDs at the Wilson Library, Western Washington University. The Docbase files contain the menus and batchfiles, plus 2 to 5 page how-to guides for each CD on the computer. New guides include the Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals, Census: Aging, Census: Ancestry, Census: Asian and Pacific islander, Census: Earnings, Census: Foreign-born, Census: Hispanic Origin, Green Book, Joint Electronic Library, NCJRS, NOAA National Environment Watch, Privacy Act Issuances, and a brief guide to using Extract. To obtain a free copy by mail, send a high density 3 1/2 inch diskette, an envelope or mailer with your address and postage, and your e-mail address to: Rob Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9103. For more information, contact Robert Lopresti at (lopresti@henson.cc.wwu.edu). Source: GOVDOC-L, May 10, 1995.

MINING ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS FOR LOCAL COLLECTIONS.

Raleigh Mums, a reference librarian at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Library, recently won an award for making electronic government information available over the Internet. In case you missed his speech at the Spring Depository Library Council Meeting/Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Va., you can read the text at the following world wide web site: [http://www.umsl.edu/~muns/proddir/fedpres1.htm]. Source: GOVDOC- L, April 24, 1995.

ELECTRONIC EMBASSY PROJECT.

.A server by TeleDiplomacy, Inc., providing general information on D.C. embassies, as well as pointers to exisitng embassy Web and Gopher sites. The URL address is [http://www.embassy.org]. Source: Mary Shearer, University of Houston Law Library, TXDXN-L, May 5, 1995.

ERIC/ChESS WEB SERVER.

The ERIC CLEARINGHOUSE FOR SOCIAL STUDIES/SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION (ERIC/ChESS) recently announced its new WWW site. The site highlights the services of ERIC/ChESS and offers links to valuable Internet resources for social studies education, AskERIC Virtual Library, other ERIC clearinghouses, the Indiana University School of Education, and Social Studies Development Center. The URL address is [http://www.indiana.edu/~ssdc/eric-chess.html]. Source: Internic Scout Report, May 5, 1995.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SERVER AVAILABLE.

On the eve of the G7 Summit on the information society, the European Commission has created a new world wide web server called Europa. Its aim is to provide people with clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on the objectives, institutions, and policies of the European Union. At its launch, the Europa server contains: general information on the EU (institutions, historical chronology, questions and answers of general interest); information on the Commission (tasks, composition, speeches by the President, organization, guide to document-access); service documents by the spokesperson (Rapid Service); an "ABC" on EU policies (giving access to broad public information emanating from the Directorate Generals); and information on access to the Commission's data bases (I'm Europe, ISPO, Cordis, Eurobases, Eurostat, Eur-op, etc.). The URL address is [http://www.cec.lu]. Source: Thomas Suemmerer, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, PSRT-L, March 3, 1995.

EUROPEAN UNION WWW SITE AVAILABLE.

Provides information about the European Union, its funding programmes, and other available information services can be located at the following URL address: [http://www.echo.lu/]. Source: Sharone O'Loughlin, University of Limerick, Ireland, RESADM-L, April 6, 1995.

FEDERAL BUDGET GETS WIRED.

You too can wield the budgetary axe and see what impact your cuts have! A new simulation game available free over the world wide web allows you to tinker with the federal budget and displays what each incremental change does to the projected surplus or deficit. The electronic civics lesson is provided by UC-Berkeley's Center for Community Economic Research (CCER). The URL address is [http://garnet.berkeley.edu:3333/budget/budget.html]. Source: Dale Wharton, PSRT-L, June 2, 1995.

FDIC HOME PAGE.

The FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION (FDIC) HOME PAGE is now open for business on the world wide web. It includes information on the U.S. banking industry, financial information on the condition of the Bank Insurance Fund and the Savings Association Insurance Fund, consumer information, and press releases. The URL address is [http://www.fdic.gov]. Source: Internic Scout Report, May 5, 1995.

ALTERNATIVE FEDERAL REGISTER SEARCH ENGINE.

If you are tired of using GPO Access (heaven forbid!) to search the Federal Register, or tired of using the menu approach provided by Counterpoint Publishing, try an alternative search engine--The Text Optimum Retrieval Engine--developed by the InterSoft Corporation. In addition to standard searching you can try clicking on various other otions such as proximity, phonetic, spell tolerant, acronym and thesaurus searching, and specify the number of hits you want to look at. Try it out. It's free. The URL address is [http://www.istech.com/tore-fr.html]. The current year only is available. For more information about services provided by the InterSoft Corporation, contact Bryan Woodley at (bhw@isc.istech.com) or call (908) 409-6289. Source: RESADM-L, May 11, 1995.

FEDERAL WEB LOCATOR.

The most comprehensive linkable list on the Internet for accessing federal government web resources. With over 450 different links (and growing constantly), it brings the cyber citizen to the federal government's front door. The URL address is [http://www.law.vill.edu/Fed-Agency/fedwebloc.html]. Source: Kenneth Mortensen, Villanova University School of Law, GOVDOC-L, May 12, 1995.

FERMILAB's Home Page.

The place to go to find out about Top Quark, The Nature of Nature, and Fermilab at Work. The Nature of Nature provides a brief overview of high-energy physics, an article on how scientists do high-energy physics, and an article on the benefits of high-energy physics research. The URL address is [http://www.fnal.gov/] Source: Internic Scout Report, April 28, 1995.

FOOD AND CONSUMER SERVICE BULLETIN BOARD.

The USDA's Food and Consumer Service, which oversees the Food Stamp program, school meals programs, WIC, and a dozen other nutrition programs, has established a bulletin board system on FedWorld. To connect via the world wide web, set your pointer to [http://www.fedworld.gov/]. After connecting to FedWorld, select option D, "Health Mall", from the main menu, then choose option C, Food and Consumer Service. Source: Maggie Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, February 27, 1995.

G7 SUMMIT INFO.

The University of Toronto G7 Information Centre announces a new site for information on G7 Summits, including the one recently held in Halifax. The G7 Information Centre provides G7 background information and Financial Post news articles; all documentation arising from G7 summit meetings, 1990 to present (1975 to 89 forthcoming), including delegations, final communiques, political declarations, other offical releases, documents released by national delegations at summits, and transcripts of summit news conferences; all available documentation from G7 ministerial and other meetings; and scholarly articles and bibliographies about the G7 process. The URL address is [http://library.utoronto.ca/www/g7/]. Source: Patrick Gignac, University of Toronto, GOVDOC-L, June 14, 1995.

GAO NEWS.

The GAO database is the first database to be made available free of charge directly to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the GPO Access service's Wide Area Information Server (WAIS). Users can directly access the online system from home or office via Internet SLIP/PPP and telnet connects and soon from the world wide web. The URL address will be [http://www.access.gpo.gov]. For more information about GPO Access, send an e-mail to (help@eids05.eids.gpo.gov). Source: Sheila McGarr, GOVDOC-L, April 7, 1995.

GODORT HANDOUT EXCHANGE SOLICITATION.

Larry Romans has once again requested copies of policies, handouts, guides, bibliographies, and other finding aids for the 1995 GODORT Education Committee Handout Exchange diskette. Copies will be available for purchase at ALA. For more information, contact Larry Romans, Head, Government Information Department, Central Library, Vanderbilt University, 419 - 21st Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37240-0007; telephone: (615) 322- 2838; e-mail: (romans@library.vanderbilt.edu). Contributors will be recognized in DttP. Items will also be made available over the Internet by our very own Grace York. The URL address will be [gopher://una.hh.lib.umich.edu:70/11/socsci/poliscilaw/godort/guides]. Source: GOVDOC-L, May 15, 1995.

GPO LAUNCHES WWW SITE.

Cybernauts may want to take a look at GPO's new Home Page, even if it is still under construction. If you have the proper set up, you can even see a video of the Federal Register making its way through the bindery process. The URL address is [http://www.access.gpo.gov]. Source: Susan Tulis, University of Virginia Law Library, GOVDOC-L, April 19, 1995.

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE.

It wasn't that long ago that the HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE was having problems, but everything has apparently been fixed. For photos of Mars and Venus and background material available at the Space Telescope Science Institute, take a look at the following URL address: [http://www.stsci.edu/EPA/Latest.html]. Source: Prodigy News Perspective, March 27, 1995.

INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL.

It has been a while since Natalie Nenadic talked to GODORT of Michigan about the atrocities being committed in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (May 19, 1994). If you are interested in finding some UN materials related to these events, take a look at the following URL address [http://skeena.ucs.ubc.ca/0/acad-units/crim-justice/war-crimes/].

INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL.

Tired of O. J. Simpson? Court TV plans live coverage from the Hague of the proceedings of the first INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL since the end of World War II early this summer according to a May 14, 1995 News Release by Prodigy.

THE INTERNET : AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE FOR UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATIONS.

A new UN Sales Publication (GV.E.94.0.12; ISBN 92-1-100678 3) available for purchase from the Publishing Service, Distribution & Sales Section, United Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland and available for examination at many larger International Documents Collections. Source: Debbi Schaubman, Government Documents Library, Michigan State University.

KEEPING AMERICA INFORMED.

GPO's Promotion and Advertising Branch has a video, entitled Keeping America Informed, available for loan. One version is 10.43 minutes long; another version is 4 minutes long. You may want to borrow it and make a copy for local use. Source: Christine Fitchett, Vassar College Libraries, GOVDOC-L, June 15, 1995.

LC SOVIET ARCHIVES EXHIBIT ONLINE.

The recent summit between President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin focused attention on U.S.-Russian relations. For a look back at the Soviet era, the Library of Congress has an exhibit on the Cold War and Soviet politics. The URL address is [http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/soviet.exhibit/entrance.html] or [http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/soviet.exhibit/soviet.archive.html] Source: Prodigy News Perspective, May 12, 1995.

LOBBYISTS REGISTERED WITH THE HOUSE.

A quarterly list of lobbyists registered with the House is published in the Congressional Record. Whereas the pages of House floor debate in the daily record have "H" numbers, the pages of the House Lobby Lists have "HL" numbers. You can also find them by searching GPO Access with the phrase "lobby ADJ list" in the "tell me about:" query line. Source: Elliot C. Chabot, U.S. House of Representatives, GOVDOC-L, May 2, 1995; Lee Caruthers, University of Louisville, GOVDOC-L, May 3, 1995.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HOME PAGE.

Pulls together various information resources related to the agency's mission as well as providing a link to the agency's gopher. Contains copies of the Michigan School Report for each school district and individual school. The URL is [http://web.mde.state.mi.us:1024/].

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET HOME PAGE.

Describes the major functions of the agency. The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/depts/dmb/dmb.html].

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HOME PAGE.

The URL is [http://www.dnr.state.mi.us].

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HOME PAGE.

The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/depts/mdph/mdph.html].

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY HOME PAGE.

The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/depts/treasury/treasury.html].

MICHIGAN FIRST LADY'S OFFICE.

Contains an official photograph and biography, plus pictures of the triplets. The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/fl.html].

MICHIGAN GOVERNMENT TELEVISION.

Although long-range funding has yet to be worked out, Governor Engler stills intends to begin televising selected state government proceedings on cable television this fall. A component part of the Michigan Information Network.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR'S FORUM GOPHER.

No longer available. Consult Michigan State Government instead. 03/10/96.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR'S OFFICE HOME PAGE.

Contains an official photograph and biography, pictures of the triplets, news releases, etc. The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/migov.html].

MICHIGAN HISTORICAL CENTER HOME PAGE.

Part of the Secretary of State's Home Page, this site contains information about the five major programs of the Michigan Historical Center: the Michigan Historical Museum System; Michigan History Magazine; Office of State Archaeologist; State Archives of Michigan; and the State Historical Preservation Office. The URL address is [http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/history.html].

MICHIGAN HOUSE WEB SITE.

On June 26, 1995, the Michigan House of Representatives announced the availability of its home page on the world wide web. Although the amount of information available at the site is somewhat limited, it will surely grow. At present, you can locate your representative by clicking on a map or scrolling through a district/representative list. Address information is provided; a few of the representatives also provide e-mail addresses. In addition, there is a list of committee assignments. If you are interested in Michigan politics, you may want to take a look at the links provided to Public Sector Reports, Michigan Information Research Services, Gongwer News Service, and Inside Michigan Politics. Unfortunately, many of the files available require a password (i.e. a paid subscription), but do give an idea of what is available online. The URL address for the Michigan House is [http://www.house.state.mi.us].

MICHIGAN HOUSE AND SENATE BILL ANALYSES.

Do you ever get questions on hot topics like minors drinking, double bunking in prisons, or state endorsed diplomas? Oakland University, with the assistance of Representative Greg Kaza (R-Rochester Hills), has added selected house and senate bill analyses on topics like these to its gopher. The URL address is [gopher://gopher.oakland.edu]. Look under Michigan State Legislature.

MICHIGAN INFORMATION CENTER HOME PAGE LAUNCHED.

Looking for demographic or economic data from the Census Bureau down to the county level? You may want to check out the MIC's new home page. Not yet available but in the works are selected geographic, education, and Michigan Legislative and Local Government data sets. In case you have forgotten, the MIC is one of the lead agencies in the Michigan State Data Center Program and is responsible for compiling population estimates, etc., on behalf of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. The URL address is [http://mic1.dmb.state.mi.us]. For more information, contact Carolyn Lauer at (carolyn_lauer@state.mi.us).

MICHIGAN JOBS COMMISSION HOME PAGE.

Pulls together various information such as Michigan Connections--a Resource Directory of Economic and Workfore Development Programs that may be of interest to local government planners looking for sources of funding. The URL address is [http://web.miep.org/mjc/index.html].

MICHIGAN LT. GOVERNOR'S HOME PAGE.

Contains official photograph and biography. The URL address is [http://info.migov.state.mi.us/ltgov.html].

MICHIGAN REHABILITATION SERVICES HOME PAGE and MICHIGAN REHABILITATION SERVICES GOPHER.

The respective URL addresses for MRSNet are [http://www.mrs.mjc.state.mi.us] and [gopher://gopher.mrs.mjc.state.mi.us]

MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE'S GOPHER.

Contains information about branch office locations, hours, and phone numbers; how to get a copy of your driving record; vehicle registation statistics; Michigan laws and elections information; information about the various operations of the Michigan Historical Center; and miscellaneous press releases. The URL is [gopher://gopher.sos.state.mi.us].

MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE'S HOME PAGE.

Secretary of State Candice Miller has initiated a home page with lots of information about the various activities her department oversees. For instance, there are entries for Driver's License and Identification Card, Registration Numbers and Decals, Your Michigan Chauffeur License, Notaries Public Guide, and the like. The URL address is [http://www.sos.state.mi.us].

MICHIGAN STATE GOVERNMENT HOME PAGE.

On June 30, Governor Engler announced the availability of a Michigan Government Information Home Page as part of his overall announcement concerning the creation of a Michigan Information Network. For more information, see the News From Around the State section. The URL address for this home page is [http://www.migov.state.mi.us].

MOUNT UNION COLLEGE LIBRARY.

Who says a small college library cannot contribute to cyberspace? The MOUNT UNION COLLEGE LIBRARY (Alliance, Ohio) has begun creating and maintaining a list of web sites at institutions which have GPO depository libraries. Check it out at the following URL address [http://www.muc.edu/cwis/library/depository.html]. If you want your institution added, send an e-mail to (painecm@muc.edu). The documents librarian also produces a list of new government documents about once a month on this web site, and has added pointers to other internet resources of possible interest. Source: Cheryl Paine, Mount Union College Library, GOVDOC-L, April 28; Jian Liu, Indiana University, GOVDOC-L, May 1, 1995.

THE (NARA) FAX-ON-DEMAND SERVICE

provides an interactive fax retrieval system that allows users to select and receive by fax a wide variety of NARA information. To use the system call (301) 713-6905 from the handset of a fax machine and follow the voice instructions. The system now contains about 120 documents and includes general information about the National Archives and Records Service and its facilities and holdings; general information, finding aids and ordering information for motion picture, video and sound recording, electronic and cartographic records; information about the holdings of the Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries systems; news releases; job announcements; the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection register; and daily Federal Register table of contents and public inspection lists. Be sure to follow the voice instructions and select document #1. You can also obtain a copy of what is available by sending an e-mail message to (debra.wall@arch2.nara.gov) with the subject heading "faxlist". Some of the items are also available at the following URL addresses: [gopher://gopher.nara.gov] NARA Gopher or [http://www.nara.gov/] NARA Web Server. Source: Debra Wall, NARA, GOVDOC-L, March 21, 1995.

The NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER.

has its own world wide web site. Take a look at URL address [http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/ksc.html] for shuttle mission information, a shuttle reference manual, and information about the Kennedy Space Center Library.

A NASA SPACE CALENDAR.

covering space-related activities and anniversaries for the upcoming year is available using anonymous ftp to (explorer.arc.nasa.gov) as pub/SPACE/FAQ/space.calendar. It is also available at the URL address [http://newproducts.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar/]. Source: Maggie Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, March 21, 1995.

The NATIONAL ELECTRONIC OPEN MEETING

on "PEOPLE AND THEIR GOVERNMENTS IN THE INFORMATION AGE" was held May 1-14, 1995. The open meeting focused on five topics: Services (from emergency help to health care), Benefits (from Social Security and food stamps to business assistance), Information (from declassified secrets and economic statistics to satellite maps), Participatory Democracy (improving everyone's opportunity to participate in rulemaking and other government decisions), and Technology (how the technical portion of electronic government will work). The URL address was [http://meeting.fedworld.gov].

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION HOME PAGE.

NThe newly redesigned NSF home page, originally launched in August 1994, contains many new features such as: a new graphic look including "button" navigational tools; the "World of Science and Engineering" which features current highlights of NSF funded science and engineering projects; "Focus Areas" whcih serve as short-cut guided tours for aduiences with specific interests; easy access to information about the NSF; important deadline dates for funding opportunities; and a comments section. The URL address is [http://www.nsf.gov/]

NTDB PROGRAM INDEX AVAILABLE.

Need a listing of all the files on the National Trade Data Bank cds? Try the NTDB PROGRAM INDEX. Lisa K. Miller, Reference Librarian, Paradise Valley Community College Library, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032 (miller@pvc.marizopa.edu) will send you a quarterly index for $20 a year. Source: GOVDOC-L, March 14, 1995.

PAHO Gopher Available.

The PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO) is the World Health Organization's regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The PAHO Gopher offers a wealth of information specific to health in the 37 member nations of PAHO. Currently, the gopher contains data files on PAHO publications, news and press releases, emergency prepardness and disaster relief, and human resources development, as well as pointers to a variety of health resources. The URL address is [gopher://umabnet.ab.umd.edu/159/1]. Source: Internic Scout Report, May 5, 1995.

PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE NEWSLETTER.

Questel Publishing announces the publication of Inside the PTO, a biweekly newsletter designed to give intellectual property professionals the vital information they need to keep up with the ongoing changes in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Take a look at the world wide web site [http://www.questel.orbit.com/questelpub/] or call 1-800- 456-7248 to examine the first three issues. Source: Paul Albert, LAWSRC-L, March 15, 1995.

The federal PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

has picked Michigan and Massachusetts for a pilot program to provide free information about federal pension insurance. By calling 1-800-676-7242, anytime, workers and retirees can hear recorded messages about how they can determine whether their pensions are insured, what happens if their plans are taken over by the PBGC, and which benefits are guaranteed. Source: Detroit Free Press, May 15, 1995, 2F.

PROBLEMS OF POST-COMMUNISM.

If you used to get a lot of requests for Problems of Communism (IA1.8:), you may want to subscribe to the privately published Problems of Post-Communism (M. E. Sharpe, 80 Business Park Dr., Armonk, N.Y.;bimonthly; $120/yr.; ISSN:1075- 8216). Source: Ben Amata, CSU, Sacramenton, GOVDOC-L, March 22, 1995.

RED TAPE.

RED TAPE, the Official Newsletter of the Government Documents Round Table of Michigan, is now available over the world wide web; the URL address is [http://www.lib.msu.edu/publ_ser/sshr/jjh/red_tape/red_tape.htm].

REGULATORY AFFAIRS HOME PAGE.

This world wide web site features links to various FDA and other government agency Internet sites as well as links to regulatory professional groups. The URL is [http://www.cybernetics.net/users/RAinfo/reglink1.htm]. CK Business Resources which maintain this www site also maintain a free BBS (The Regulatory Forum) at (919) 848-9461. FDA guidelines and other information is available for downloading. Connect at up to 14400 using 8N1. Source: Don Kafader, GOVDOC-L, May 10, 1995.

REIS ON THE WWW.

The Social Sciences Data Center and GIS Lab at the University of Virginia has developed a forms interface for access to data from the Regional Economic Information System (REIS) CD-ROM on the World Wide Web. Users can choose to analyze data from the US, regions, states, counties, or MSAs, select variables from REIS income and employment data, and specify years to be displayed. Give it a try at [http://www.lib.virginia.edu/socsci/]. Source: Paul Frederick Bergin, University of Virginia, GOVDOC-L, February 28, 1995.

SPACELAB.

If you are interested in taking a virtual tour of SPACELAB, courtesy of McDonnell Douglas, take a look at the following URL address: [http://hvsun21.mdc.com:8000/~mosaic/spacelab.html]. Source: Internic Scout Report, May 5, 1995.

STAT-USA NEWS.

Beginning June 15, 1995, STAT-USA will consolidate its Internet operations by shifting its huge library of trade, economic, and business documents to the STAT-USA world wide web site [http://www.stat-usa.gov]. The current STAT-USA gopher and ftp servers will be discontinued on this date. Since its inception on June 15, 1994, the STAT-USA Internet information has become a heavily used resource with over 10,000 connections a week, particularly for Internet users interested in NTDB and NESE files. Federal depository libraries continue to qualify for no-charge access. Contact STAT-USA at 1-202-482-1986 or (stat-usa@doc.gov) for more information. Source: Raeann Dossett, GOVDOC-L, April 25, 1995.

STATE FACT SHEETS AVAILABLE.

The Economics Research Service of the USDA is offering two pages of the most recent farm and rural data for each state and the nation as a whole. Included are data on population, jobs, income and poverty, and farms. To request a copy of Michigan's report via the Internet, send an e-mail message to (LISTSERV@ERS.BITNET). In the body of your message, type on a single line "GET MI DATA F=MAIL". To request a copy via an AutoFAX machine, call (202) 219-1107. Request fax document 5524. For more information about the state fact sheets, call Tom Crlin at (202) 219-0520 or send an e-mail message to (TCarlin@ERS.BITNET). Source: GOVDOC-L, May 8, 1995.

Introducing the UNITED NATIONS BLUE BOOKS SERIES.

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary, the United Nations has begun publishing a BLUE BOOKS series to provide for a deeper understanding of its work in dealing with the major issues of concern to humanity. Some of the titles already released in this series include: The United Nations and Apartheid 1948-1994 (E.95.I.7; $29.95); The United Nations and Cambodia 1991-1995 (E.95.I.9); The United Nations and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (E.95.I.17; $29.95); and The United Nations and El Salvador (E.95.I.12; $29.95). These titles should be available in larger International Documents collections or can be ordered by calling 800-253-9646. For more information, send an e-mail to (publications@un.org) or call the toll-free telephone number.

A UNITED NATIONS SCHOLARS' WORKSTATION.

has been established as a web site at Yale University; the URL address is [http://www.library.yale.edu/un/unhome.htm]. Developed jointly by the University Library, the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, and the United Nations Studies program, the site is a collection of digitized texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information about the United Nations and other related international relations resources. Subject coverage includes disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography. Source: Sandy Peterson, Yale University, GOVDOC-L, June 15, 1995.

UNITED NATIONS HOME PAGE.

The United Nations is going online with its own home page on the world wide web. The service will be officially launched on June 26 to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Charter. It represents a user- friendly gateway to the wealth of information on the Organization. Featured will be the latest United Nations news, including the Daily Highlights; a pictorial history of the Organization with over 100 downloadable photographs, including those of the Secretaries- General; and a speical section on the fiftieth anniversary observance. With just a click on an icon, a user can take an electronic tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, or get basic information about the activities of the United Nations system. Photographs of the ceremony commemorating the signing of the Charter are available. The Home Page will also include links to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) gopher, as well as to the Web sites of other bodies in the United Nations system. The URL address is [http://www.un.org]. Source: Gary Klass, PSRT- L, June 26, 1995.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS HOME PAGES AVAILABLE.

If you have model UN students visiting your library, you may want to take a peak at some of the following sites: Carleton University's Model United Nations Page [http://chat.carleton.ca/~mingram/un.html], Harvard Model UN [http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hnmun/], and the University of Pennsylvania Model UN Conference [http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~upmunc]. The University of Michigan Model United Nations has also recently started up [http://www.umich.edu/~michmun/].

THE UNITED STATES ARMY HOMEPAGE,

updated daily, provides links to all of the army's www servers, plus a whole lot more. For example, while cruising throught the what's new section, I discovered links to U.S. Military Internet Resources; Electronic Access to Military History (covering everything from ancient to modern times); D-Day: The World Remembers; WWII, 1933-1945; and WWII, "50 Years Ago" Archives. The URL address is [http://www.army.mil] Source: NCSA What's New, March 20, 1995.

GPO'S U.S. FAX WATCH SERVICE.

GPO has started a U.S. FAX WATCH SERVICE, offering customers round- the-clock access to information on a variety of Documents sales products, electronic products and services, and depository library locations. To use the service, customers call in from the touchtone handset of their fax machine or a touchtone telephone, follow voice prompts to select the document they want, and then have the information faxed back to them in minutes. Instructions for using the service and a catalog listing available information are offered under option #1 on the main menu. The number to call is (202) 512-1716. A few of the other items available include subject bibliographies, a listing of U.S. government bookstore locations, promotional pieces on the more popular sales items, information on GPO Access and the Federal Bulletin Board, and a list of important telephone and fax service numbers. Suggestions for improving the service can be faxed to (202) 512-1658. Source: Administrative Notes, March 25, 1995.

US FEDERAL JUDICIARY.

This world wide web site for U.S. federal courts has background on the court system, articles from a monthly newsletter, press releases, and a directory with information on automated access to court information and records. The URL address is [http://www.uscourts.gov/] Source: Prodigy News Perspective, May 5, 1995.

US INSTITUTE OF PEACE WEB SERVER.

The US INSTITUTE OF PEACE web page containS information regarding conflict resolution, negotiation theory, and specific resources pertaining to Northern Ireland and South Africa. There is information on programs and organizations in conflict resolution and peace studies, and a general reference section that includes primarily general government resources. There are also links to journals and newsclippings, mailing lists, and usenet news groups. The URL address is [http://witloof.sjsu.edu/peace/conflict.html]. Source: Internic Scout Report, April 28, 1995.

The UNITED STATES SENATE ANONYMOUS FTP SERVER.

is now available for review, providing directories for both Senators and Senate Committees. Senators' files are arranged under the "member" subdirectory according to two-character state abbreviation codes. As of March 21, there were no entries for Michigan. Committees are located in alphabetical order in the committee subdirectory, that is, if the committee has chosen to release electronic communications. The URL address is [ftp://ftp.senate.gov/].

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA.

A recent government information class at the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA School of Library Science has created a world wide web site pulling together government and related information resources on a number of topics, including: Childcare, Crime, Crime Victim Resources, Federal Grants, Intellectual Property, Sustainable Agriculture, Westward Expansion, and Women's Health Issues. To locate these resources, set your pointer to the following URL address: [http://timon.sir.arizona.edu/govdocs/intro.htm]. Source: David J. Duncan, GOVDOC-L, April 28, 1995.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCUMENTS CENTER HOME PAGE.

World wide web browsers may want to check out the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCUMENTS CENTER HOME PAGE. The URL is: [http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/index.html]. Source: Grace York, GOVDOC-L, April 17, 1995.

MORE ON WINGS: THE POSTAL SERVICE KIOSK PROGRAM.

The Postal Service Kiosk Program has been renamed WINGS, the Web Interactive Network of Government Services. The WINGS goal is to develop easy and convenient methods for public access to electronic, integrated government services, including the on-line sale of stamps and other electronic postal products. For more information, including a copy of the Interagency Kiosk Committee Report, take a look at the URL address [http://www.wings.usps.gov]. According to that report,"kiosks located in shopping malls, post offices, or grocery stores, for example, would offer core functionalities (simple, quickly concluded services such as registering to vote), whereas kiosks in more secure locations such as libraries could be equipped with keyboards or scanners to enable users to file their income taxes or complete other complex transactions." There is also information about the "kick-off" meeting held on June 20, 1995 to demonstrate its potential. Source: Sandy Peterson, Yale University, GOVDOC-L, June 15, 1995.

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