ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 1996

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Africa Bureau Information
Africa Data Dissemination Service
AfricaLink
Agricultural Data Over the Web
American Voter '96 Site Enhanced
Ames Aviation Research Center
Appellate Courts Decisions
Bulletin Board Directory
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Business Cycle Indicators
Migrating Electronic Publications
Center for Electronic Records
CQ's American Voter '96 Site Enhanced
County & City Data Book Online
Basic Depository Library Documents
Digest of Education Statistics Online
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education
European Union News
eXonizer Home Page
Famine Early Warning System
Federal Acquisitions Jumpstation
FY1997 Federal Budget
Federal Bulletin Board Directory
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Information Center
Federal Jobs Directory
Federal Times
Federal Transit Administration
FinanceNet
Fraud Control
Freedom of Information Act In the News
GILS vs. Cataloging Records
Government Computer News
GPO Pathway Services
Greater Horn Information Exchange
Unofficial Green Berets Page
In Search of the Giant Squid
Information Society Trends (EU)
Internet Law Library
International Trade Commission
JFK Assassination
Justice Statistics
KickStart Initiative
LC National Digital Library
LII's Eye on the Courts
Landmark Cases on the Web
Stumped by Landview II?
List of Classes Available Via Web
Migrating Electronic Publications
Michigan Office of the Auditor General
MDoC House and Senate Bill Analyses
Michigan Department of Community Health
MDoT Online
Mich. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority
Mich. Occupational Information System
NARA's Center for Electronic Records
NASA's Ames Aviation Research Center
NASA Astronaut Biographies
NIIAC News
NTIS Upgrades Web Site
National Digital Library Update
National Endowment for the Arts Online
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
NMNH Dept. of Botany
National Transit Library
Native American Treaties
Natural Resources Management
PavNet Online Upgraded
Peace Corps
Postal Service
Scanned Shipping Lists Via the Net
School-to-Work Opportunities Program
Social Security Going Online
Social Security Going Online
State Docs Checklists & Shipping Lists
Telephone Assistance
Term Limits
Time of Day
Trade Info
USAID, Africa Bureau Information
USAID, Famine Early Warning System
USAID, Greater Horn Information Exchange
USAID, Natural Resources Management
U.S. Atlantic Command
U.S. Army Special Forces
U.S.D.A. Data
U.S. Fire Administration
U.S. House. Internet Law Library
U.S. National Herbarium
U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Trade Representative
U.S. Yard Sale
U of Memphis Web Server
U of M Library's Documents Center
UVA Social Sciences Data Center News
Urban Education Web
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
The Visible Human Project
Women of NASA
World Health Organization

Africa Bureau Information, USAID
http://www.info.usaid.gov/welcome/bur/afr.html
A collection of African resources courtesy of the United States Agency for International Development. Includes:

  • Africa Data Dissemination Service http://edcsnw4.cr.usgs.gov/adds/adds.html;
  • AfricaLink http://www.info.usaid.gov/alnk/index.html;
  • USAID Famine Early Warning System http://www.info.usaid.gov/fews/fews.html;
  • Greater Horn Information Exchange http://www.info.usaid.gov/HORN/index.html;
  • Natural Resources Management http://www.info.usaid.gov/sdpsge/nrm/index.html.
    (Discovered on Pathway Services, 04/16/96)

    Agricultural Data Over the Web
    http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda
    To help students, faculty, growers and farmers prosper, Mann Library began providing access to USDA statistical data from the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) in 1993 via gopher. These files included crop, livestock, and agricultural economic statistics from the United States and other countries. Last year, the system was expanded to include reports from the ERS, NASS, and the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB). These included weekly, monthly, and quarterly forecasts and estimates on crop production, dairy outlooks, wheat forecasts, and many others. Since October 1995, the Mann Library has upgraded its files to make them available over the world wide web as well. Access is still available via gopher, telnet and FTP. For more information, contact the Mann Library Reference Desk at (607) 255-5406, or send e-mail to help@usda.mannlib.cornell.edu. Source : Susan Barnes, Cornell, Mann Library, GOVDOC-L, March 13, 1996.

    FY1997 Budget Info
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/omb/omb002.html
    If you need quick access to FY1997 budget information, this is the place to go. (Discovered on Michigan Electronic Library, 04/16/96)

    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
    If you're concerned about crime (and accuracy of what politicians may say about it in this election year), the federal government has opened a huge vault of data for Web-connected citizens. Odds are the Bureau of Justice Statistics will have whatever crime-related numbers you're looking for. Source : USA Today Online, April 5, 1996.

    Business Cycle Indicators
    http://csf.colorado.edu/./econ/bci.hmtl
    Now available on the BCI Data Manager Home Page. Free searching and downloads available, no password required. Produced by The Conference Board, a private concern, which utilizes data from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor; various state government agencies, and private commercial data sets. Source : E-Report (1996-02), GOVDOC-L, April 16, 1996.

    CQ's American Voter '96 On the Job
    No longer available. 02/21/01.
    Congressional Quarterly has recently added an enhancement to its Web site, CQ's American Voter '96 On the Job. Here you can search your House or Senate member by name, zip code, or state, and find a detailed profile, and available recent floor speeches, bills filed, and committee roll call votes. Source : Scout Report, May 10, 1996.

    County & City Data Book Online
    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/socsci/ccdb
    The University of Virginia Social Science Data Center has made "County and City Data Books" for 1988 and 1994 available to be searched via the Web. "County and City Data Book" is a Census Bureau publication which is distributed every four to six years. It contains over 200 demographic, economic, and governmental variables from both federal government and private agency sources, presented for the purpose of multi-area comparisons or single area profiles. It is designed to present a "snapshot" of county, city, and state data for the year it covers. There is usually a two year lag between the year of the book and the year of the data. Users can choose areas and variables, and there is an option under county and city data to pick all the counties or cities of a particular state. Output can be sorted in three ways, and can be displayed to the browser or saved in an ftp file as either browser output, or comma delimited output for later importing into statistical applications. Source: Scout Report, April 26, 1996.

    CRS Reports
    http://www.cnie.org/nle/
    The Committee for the National Institute for the Environment offers access through the World-Wide Web to more than 140 Congressional Research Service reports on the environment. Researchers can retrieve reports on topics such as agriculture, forestry, mining, pollution, and waste management. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 1996, p.A26.

    Basic Depository Library Documents Available Via Web
    www.du.edu/~ttyler/bdldhome.htm
    As a service to the depository community, Thomas G. Tyler, University of Denver Library, has made a collection of basic Federal Depository Library Program management documents available over the World Wide Web. Titles available include :

  • Federal Depository Library Manual
  • Collection Development Guidelines for Selective Depository Libraries (Federal Depository Library Manual Supplement)
  • Guidelines for the Federal Depository Library Program (Federal Depository Library Manual Supplement 2)
  • GPO Classification Manual
  • Instructions to Depository Libraries
  • List of Classes
  • Inactive or Discontinued Items From the 1950 Revision of the Classified List
  • Superseded List: U.S. Documents That May be Discarded by Depository Libraries, Annotated for Retention By Regional Depositories Tyler deserves special congratulations on what must have been a daunting task (read the introduction!). Source : Thomas G. Tyler, University of Denver, April 1996; GOVDOC-L, May 2, 1996.

    Digest of Education Statistics
    http://www.ed.gov/NCES/pubs/D95/
    The U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has recently made full text of the 1995 "Digest of Education Statistics" available via the Internet. This is the 31st in a series of publications begun in 1962. "Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from kindergarten through graduate school." The Digest contains seven chapters: All Levels of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Federal Programs for Education and Related Activities, Outcomes of Education, International Comparisons of Education, and Learning Resources and Technology. It contains 32 figures and 415 tables. Tables and figures are clearly labeled under their hypertext links, and tables are rendered as ASCII text. Tables are current through 1992-93. This is one of the most important primary sources of education statistics available. The gopher version of the Digest provides the tables and figures in compressed .zip files, and provides pointers to viewing and decompression software. Source : Scout Report, May 4, 1996.

    European Union's Information Society Trends
    http://www.ispo.cec.be/ispo/istrenddl.html
    The European Union's Information Society Project Office (ISPO) now provides its bimonthly newsletter, "Information Society Trends," via email and the Web. The objectives of the ISPO include: "to create awareness of the potential impact of the information society; to address information society issues by providing a forum for the pooling of relevant solutions; and to facilitate the launching of relevant international cooperation actions." "Information Society Trends" contains information on information technology related services, products, markets, companies, legislation, policies, and technology issues. Each issue contains worldwide news broken down by geographic area. Each "story" is no longer than a sentence or two, but the strength of the report is that it allows readers to quickly keep up with worldwide developments. A complete, browsable archive is kept on the Information Society Trends Web page.
    To subscribe send email to: (Majordomo@www.ispo.cec.be). In the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE ISTRENDS your e-mail address.
    Complete Archive: http://www.ispo.cec.be/ispo/press.html.
    For more information about ISPO: http://www.ispo.cec.be/.
    For more information about other ISPO Information Society initiatives: http://www.ispo.cec.be/infosoc/infosoc.html.
    Source : Scout Report, April 26, 1996.

    eXonizer Home Page
    http://www.global-image.com/eXonizer/
    "It's for your own good," proclaims the smiling picture of Senator J. James Exon (D-Nebraska) in the upper right-hand corner of this page. The eXonizer, according to its creator (who is NOT connected to the Senator), "is here to protect you and your loved ones from the mountain of filthy, prurient slime that pervades every nook and cranny of the once-great World Wide Web." Essentially, what you do is type the URL of any given Web page into a box and then click on the "eXonize it!" button. A "sterilized" version of the page quickly appears--with "censored" words displayed in the Netscape Navigator status bar at the bottom of the window. Source : Information Today, April 1996, p.60.

    Federal Acquisitions Jumpstation
    http://procure.msfc.nasa.gov/fedproc/home.html
    The Federal Acquisitions Jumpstation is a collection of links to all federal acquisition sites on the Internet. From here, you can link to federal contracting opportunities, solicitations, procurement regulations, and small business assistance information. Source: Information Today, April 1996, p. 59.

    Federal Bulletin Board Directory
    http://www.cahners.com/gcn/chart2.htm
    This list of federal bulletin board systems, courtesy of Cahners Publishing, is provided courtesy of the Government Computer News Web site. (Discovered 04/10/96)

    Federal Emergency Management Agency
    http://www.fema.gov/fema/dis_graph.htm
    The first six weeks of 1996 have been the busiest in twenty years of record-keeping at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Check out the agency's home page to find out what's behind this disaster record. (Discovered 04/13/96)

    Federal Information Center Telephone Assistance
    http://www.gsa.gov/et/fic-firs/fichome.htm
    Need federal telephone assistance. Try contacting the Federal Information Centers around the country via the web. (Discovered on the Michigan Electronic Library, 04/16/96)

    Federal Jobs Search (FedWorld)
    http://loki.fedworld.gov/jobs/jobsearch.html
    Source: Maggie Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, April 2, 1996.

    Federal Times
    http://www.federaltimes.com/
    A world wide web service that focuses on news stories of interest to federal employees, including job listings, legislative updates, and a searchable data base of 196 pay rates for federal workers. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 1996, p.A22.

    Federal Transit Administration
    http://www.fta.dot.gov/
    The Federal Transit Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, offers access through the world wide web to information on transit planning and policy, and to current research and technology developments within the industry. Users can gain access to the National Transit Database, which contains data on more than 600 transit agencies in the country. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, February 23, 1996, p.A24.

    Fraud Control
    http://www.fraud.org/ Been bilked lately? Or just want to make sure you're not? You'll find alerts and a toll-free phone number at the National Fraud Information Center. Partially sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. Source : USA Today Online, April 23, 1996.

    Freedom of Information Act In the News
    "The Freedom of Information Act turns 30 this year (1996). It is time to update this law for the computer age," said Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-Vermont] recently when asked about the provisions of a bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and scheduled for deliberation by the Senate. The basic thrust of the bill is to put more federal information on the Internet and generally expand electronic access to public records. In addition, several provisions aim at reducing delays in agency responses to "FOIA" requests for internal documents, requiring that notices beposted in the Federal Register, and requiring that if information is available on computer, should be provided electronically if requested as such. The bill would further require an index of prior-released FOIA records to assist people in their search for public information. Source : Detroit News, April 28,1996, p.13A.

    GILS vs. Cataloging Records
    What is the difference between GILS and cataloging records? It is important that we keep these differences in mind. GILS will normally lead to a site -- cataloging normally to an item. As GPO works with other agencies and somehow indexes or catalogs GILS records, they will hopefully not lose sight of the fact that GILS access will often be less precise than MoCat access. Sort of the same problem we find in creating a bib record for the NTDB, it is really much more than a single entity. Source : Duncan Aldrich, GOVDOC-L, March 29, 1996.

    Government Computer News : The National Newspaper of Government Computing
    http://www.cahners.com/gcn/GCNHOME.HTM
    If you are interested in keeping track of government computing and related news, this world wide web can help keep you up-to-date. Of course, for the full story, you may want to subscribe. Information is provided on the web site. (Discovered 04/10/96)

    GPO Pathway Services Page
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces760.html
    The revised Pathway Services page is available on the GPO Web site. Pathway Services includes the browse by topics, browse by titles, and Pathway GILS records. The Pathway Indexer is still in developmental stages. Source: Maggie Parhamovich Farrell, GOVDOC-L, April 12, 1996.

    Green Berets
    http://users.aol.com/armysof1/SpecialForces.html
    Did you ever see John Wayne in the Green Berets? The unofficial Green Berets site offers a nicely done backgrounder on the world's best unconventional warfare specialists. Source : USA Today Online, April 24, 1996.

    Hillary's Hair
    http://www.hillaryshair.com/
    Inquiring minds may want to take a look at a "web-based slide show of the First Lady's protean coiffure", mentioned in the March 18, 1996 issue of Newsweek.

    International Trade Commission
    http://www.usitc.gov/
    The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides objective trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. USITC analysts and economists investigate and publish reports on U.S. industries and the global trends that affect them. The agency also updates and publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. Many of the Commission documents and related material presented on this web server also may be found on the USITC FTP server ( ftp://ftp.usitc.gov/pub/. (Discovered on Pathway Services, 04/16/96)

    JFK Assassination
    http://rmii.com/~jkelin/fp.html
    Fair Play Magazine is devoted almost entirely to the JFK assassination. The present issue contains a lengthy article about the latest documents released by the Assassination Records Review Board; a conversation with one of the attending surgeons at Parkland Hospital; an analysis of an alleged taped conversation between Lee Harvey Oswald and the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City in late September or early October 1963; a transcript of excerpts from Lee Harvey Oswald's diary as it appeared in Volume 16 of the Warren Commission Report; and a reprint of a November 1966 Ramparts Magazine article, among others. Fair Play now offers its complete archive, as well as links to other JFK assassination Internet sites. Source: Scout Report, March 22, 1996.

    LII's Eye on the Courts
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/focus/liieye.htm
    The Cornell Legal Information Institute is offering a new current awareness service providing links to newsworthy decisions handed down by any of the many appellate courts now covered on the Net, along with relevant background, when available. This service joins others already offered and can be found at http://www.law.cornell.edu/focus/bulletins.html. Source: Ethan Katsh, PSRT-L, April 10, 1996.

    Landmark Cases on the Web
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/historic.htm
    Cornell's Legal Information Institute is pleased to announce the addition of important "new" decisions to its Supreme Court collection. Under a license, recently concluded with InfoSynthesis, publishers of the USSC+ CD-ROM, the LII will be placing a steadily growing number of historic decisions on its WWW server. The first of these historic decisions are now in place, including: Brown v. Board of Education (I and II), New York Times v. Sullivan, The "Pentagon Papers" case, and Bakke. These join an existing collection of important decisions dealing with privacy, the First Amendment, administrative law, patents, and copyright. All decisions in this collection carry links to current U.S. Court of Appeals decisions in which they are cited (using the LII's full-text index of Court of Appeals decisions on the Net) and to other related documents in the LII collection (e.g., statutes, topical summaries, the Constitution). Additions will follow on a regular basis. Source: Ethan Katsh, PSRT-L, April 10, 1996.

    Stumped by Landview II?
    http://www.census.gov/tiger/tiger.html
    The Tiger Home Page includes information regarding Landview II. It includes a product description, technical documentation, an FAQ and a tutorial. And if that is not enough, contact Paul Manka (paul.manka@quickmail.geo.census.gov) at the Bureau of Census for further help. Source: John L. Kennedy, Temple University, GOVDOC-L, February 29, 1996.

    List of Classes Available via Web
    http://www.du.edu/~ttyler/bdldhome.htm
    The May 3, 1996 electronic version of the List of Classes (also available at ftp://fedbbs.access.gpo.gov) has been loaded into the University of Denver, Basic DepositoryLibrary Documents (BDLD) collection. Take a look! Source : Thomas Tyler, University of Denver, GOVDOC-L, May 5, 1996.

    Michigan Office of the Auditor General
    http://www.michigan.state.mi.us/audgen/
    The Office of the Auditor General's homepage discusses the office's mission, responsibility, organization and operation, explains the types of audits performed, and has an executive summary of audits performed in the 1994-95 fiscal year. (Discovered 05/01/96)

    Michigan Department of Commerce,
    Office of Policy & Legislative Affairs,
    House and Senate Bill Analyses

    http://www.commerce.state.mi.us/opla/bills.htm
    The Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs follows legislation affecting the Michigan Department of Commerce and its bureaus and serves as liaison between the Governor's Office of Regulatory Affairs and bureaus on rule making issues. One of the more interesting things available on its web site are House and Senate bill analyses on bills of immediate interest or concern to the Michigan Department of Commerce. (Discovered 05/01/96).

    Michigan Department of Community Health
    http://www.mdmh.state.mi.us/
    Created by Executive Order 1996-1,the newly organized Department of Community Health consolidates the responsibilities of the former Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, the Medical Services Administration, and miscellaneous public health responsibilities previously handled by a number of other departments. The site discusses the mission of the new department. (Discovered 05/01/96).

    MDOT Online
    http://mdotbbs.mdot.state.mi.us/
    MDOT OnLine (MDOTOL) is a 24 hour bulletin board system (BBS), usable through dial-in phone lines, the Internet and MDOT's internal network. Though it has been in service for almost 2 years, MDOTOL is a relatively new communications tool for MDOT. (Discovered 04/22/96)

    Michigan Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority
    http://www.commerce.state.mi.us/llrw/
    The Michigan Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority is responsible for assuring disposal capacity for low-level radioactive waste produced within the State of Michigan. At present, the web site offers a brief mission statement and phone directory. (Last checked : 05/01/96)

    Michigan Occupational Information System
    http://isd.ingham.k12.mi.us/mois/
    Find the latest career information via the Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS). (Last checked : 05/28/96).

    NARA's Center for Electronic Records
    http://www.nara.gov/
    The Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has updated the Title List: A Preliminary and Partial Listing of the Data Files in the National Archives and Records Administration. The Title List is up to date as of February 28, 1995, and now has entries for approximately 10,500 of the over 23,000 electronic records files in the custody of the National Archives. Source: Theodore J. Hull, NARA, GOVDOC-L, March 14, 1996.

    NASA Ames Research Center, Aviation Operations Branch
    http://olias.arc.nasa.gov/
    Ever wanted to know what those airline pilots are really doing in the cockpit while you're watching the movie or trying to down the rubber chicken? The folks at Aviation Operations Branch of the Flight Management and Human Factors Division of NASA's Ames Center study those and other ponderous questions involving man, flight and computers. They are also researching how people will operate aircraft in the next century. (Discovered 04/13/96)

    NASA Astronaut Biographies
    http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/astrobio.html
    Provides basic biographical information for currently assigned astronauts, such as birthplace and date, education, marital status, organizations, awards and experience. Also contains biographies for the Russian cosmonauts assigned to joint U.S./Russian projects, and is searchable by astronaut name or mission. Also includes information about how to become an astronaut, living and working in space, a schedule of public speaking appearances by astronauts, and historical information about previous space missions, including many color and black and white photographs. While the biographical information about current astronauts is useful, the real find here is the information about the early missions, especially the several hundred photographs of the various stages of each mission, including spectacular shots from space. (Discovered 05/06/96).

    NIACC News
    http://www.niiac-info.org/~niiac/
    The National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIIAC) has produced two final reports with respect to the KickStart Initiative for Connecting America's Communities to the Information Superhighway. They are: KickStart Initiative: Connecting America's Communities to the Information Superhighway and A Nation of Opportunity: Realizing the Promise of the Information Superhighway. KickStart Initiative contains sections on Connecting People and Communities to the Information Superhighway, A Leadership Guide to Getting There, A Resource on Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Security, and Resources for Communities, including print resources, online resources, and examples of acceptable use policies. A Nation of Opportunity sets forth the mandate and mission of the NIIAC. It includes sections on America on the Information Superhighway, Impact on Key Areas of American Life and Work, Ensuring Access for All, Rules of the Road, and Key Roles. Both reports are available via ftp (ftp://cdinet.com/Benton/KickStart/), gopher ( gopher://periplum.cdinet.com:70/11/Benton/KickStart), and the Web (http://www.benton.org/KickStart/ ). The ftp and gopher sites contain both ASCII and Microsoft Word 6.0 versions of the reports. Too bad these publications were not sent out depository, at least initially. Eunice Johnson, University of Minnesota, points out the irony of NIIAC being selected by the Coalition on Government Information for the1996 James Madison Award for Freedom of Information Day the same year the organization fails to send out these reports to depository libraries! Sources : Scout Report, April 12, 1996; DocSoup, April 1996.

    NTIS Upgrades Web Site
    http://www.fedworld.gov/ntis/ntishome.html
    One of the highlights of the new NTIS (National Technical Information Service) Web site is the full text availability (Adobe Acrobat .PDF format) of several of its most requested catalogs. Included are the 1995-1996 Products and Services catalog, Business Highlights, Environment Highlights, Health Highlights, Environmental Software and Datafiles, and Occupational Safety and Health Multimedia Training Programs, among others. Each catalog is preceded by a short description of its contents. Instructions and pointers to Adobe Reader software are available at the site. The site also contains information about NTIS, as well as its products, services, and ordering information. Source: Scout Report, April 5, 1996.

    National Digital Library Update
    http://www.loc.gov/
    The Library of Congress' National Digital Library Program has announced the availability of five more new collections on its world wide web page. They include:

  • Documents of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, ca. 1774-1790 (272 broadside documents);
  • African American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1820-1920 (351 pamphlets);
  • World's Transportation Commission Photographs by William Henry Jackson, 1894-1896 (approximately 900 photographs);
  • Documents from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1860-1920 (approximately 160 publications); and
  • Daguerreotype Photographs, 1842-1862 (approximately 600 photographs). Other collections already mounted include Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, recently recovered notebooks of Walt Whitman, sound recordings from the Nation's Forum, and early motion pictures. Source: Information Today, April 1996, p.21.

    National Endowment for the Arts Online
    http://arts.endow.gov/
    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has recently opened a Web site. It consists of three parts: a guide to the NEA, with an overview of the NEA grant making program that includes applicant guidelines and staff information, as well as a hyperlinked list of state and regional arts organizations; an arts resource center, with a listing of NEA publications, information about international funding opportunities, and a large listing of arts service organizations in over 20 subject categories; and "arts.community," an online NEA publication that contains features such as a focus on a particular community, a featured artist, a writers corner, and endowment news, as well as links to other arts related sites. Source : Scout Report, April 26, 1996.

    National Museum of Natural History
    http://www.nmnh.si.edu/
    You'll never know what you will find on the National Museum of Natural History (part of the Smithsonian Institution) web page! On April 13th, there was a highlight about a new online exhibit, In Search of Giant Squid, which explores and interprets the mystery, beauty and complexity of giant squids - the world's largest invertebrates. (Discovered 04/13/96)

    National School-to-Work Opportunities Program
    http://www.stw.ed.gov/
    The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Labor offer access through the world wide web to information on the National School-to-Work Opportunities Program, an effort designed to help students prepare for careers or college. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, February 23, 1996, p.A.24.

    National Transit Library
    http://www.fta.dot.gov/ntl/index.html
    The National Transit Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has a new web page. Check out the National Transit Library while you are visiting. (Discovered 04/19/96)

    Native American Treaties
    http://tamora.cs.umass.edu/info/envirotext/search.html
    The Native American Treaties and Agreements dataset contains Executive Orders, treaties, proclamations, and memorandums that contain United States policy on Native American affairs. In all, there are over 2500 documents dating from the late 1700s to the present. Source : Margaret M. Jobe, University of Colorado at Boulder, COGOPUB-L, May 4, 1996.

    Occupational Outlook Handbook on Web
    http://www.claitors.com/
    A copy of the 1994-95 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is now available over the world wide web courtesy of Claitor's Law Books and Publishing Division, Inc. Compiled once every two years, the OOH examines the nature of the work and forecasts growth in myriad occupations and subspecialties. It is considered the premier reference on future employment opportunities, and is used extensively by career and guidance counselors, personnel directors and job-seekers. Claitor's is also taking orders for the 1996-97 OOH. The paperback version is priced at $32.00; the hardbound edition $38.00. For more information, contact Bob Claitor, claitors@claitors.com. Source: Bob Claitor, GOVDOC-L, March 17, 1996.

    Pavnet Online Upgraded
    http://www.pavnet.org/
    Pavnet Online, the Web site of Partnerships Against Violence, is a U.S. government interagency resource created to provide information about effective violence prevention initiatives. Included are 100 federal and foundation funding sources, 500 program descriptions and contact sources, and 300 consultation and training programs. Also provided are resource and curriculum guides, pointers to other criminal justice sites, and violence resources. In addition, PAVNET sponsors an e-mail discussion group to help determine its future direction. You can also subscribe be sending an e-mail to: majordomo@nalusda.gov; in the body of the message type: subscribe pavnet. The Pavnet Online Web site is an enhancement to an existing, searchable Pavnet gopher site. Source: Scout Report, March 29, 1996.

    Peace Corp
    http://www.peacecorps.gov/
    Features current news about the organization's activities and 35-year history, and includes job listings, information on how to volunteer, a directory of countries it serves, and an online catalogue of publications. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 1996, p.A24.

    Scanned Shipping Lists Available over Internet
    http://www1.uta.edu/ISC658
    gopher://gopher1.uta.edu:70/1/ISC658
    The January 15, 1996 issue of Administrative Notes carried an article discussing the scanned shipping list program we use here at the University at Buffalo. We scan shipping lists, then run them against a program that identifies our exclusions and produces SuDoc labels for the non-excluded items. The University of Texas at Arlington has graciously agreed to host these scanned shipping lists, as well at the programs themselves, on their server. Now, anyone interested in this processing method can pluck a shipping list off of the Internet and run the programs. Many thanks to Allan Bell at UTA for suggesting we get the program onto the net, for setting up the page, and all else. Let us know what you think. Source : David J. Nuzzo (Head, Acquisitions Department, University at Buffalo; telephone : 716-645-2305; e-mail : dnuzzo@acsu.buffalo.edu), GOVDOC-L, March 29, 1996.

    Social Security Going Online
    http://www.ssa.gov/
    Commisioner Shirley Chater has announced that all those who want a statement of their lifetime earnings, Social Security taxes paid, and estimated future benefits can use the Internet to apply for information. Initially, applicants will get the response via the Postal Service, but if all goes well and all potential electronic leaks can be plugged, confidential statements will be available over the Internet within a year or so. Social Security has been mailing summaries upon request via the mail since 1988. Beginning in 1995, everyone age 60 and over automatically receives a statement via the mail. And beginning in 2000, everyone 25 years old and aabove will receive annual statements. Source: Lansing State Journal, April 19, 1996, p.6A.

    State Documents Checklists
    http://www.law.uiuc.edu/library/check.htm
    The State Documents Checklists and Shipping Lists home page provides centralized access to state checklists and/or shipping lists that are currently available on the Internet (a total of 15 states so far). The site is the start of an effort to determine the feasibility of developing a searchable database of all or most state checklists, providing an electronic acquisitions and research tool to help fill the gap left by the demise of the Monthly Checklist of State Publications. Source : Susan J. Hemp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, e-mail : sjhemp@prairienet.org, GOVDOC-L, May 14, 1996.

    Term Limits
    http://www.senate.gov/member/mo/ashcroft/general/termlimits/
    Missouri Senator John Ashcroft calls his new site an "experiment in electronic democracy." He's asking Web-connected citizens to sign a first ever congressional on-line petition for term limits. Wonder if someone will come up with the idea of online impeachment ... Source : USA Today Online, April 12, 1996.

    United States Atlantic Command
    http://www.acom.mil/
    See what your tax money is paying for in the post-Cold War world and inspect the United States Atlantic Command. The bureaucratic jargon is a hoot. (Discovered April 12, 1996.)

    U.S. Fire Administration
    http://www.fema.gov/usfa/usfa.htm
    The United States Fire Administration, a directorate within the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is the national leader in fire safety and prevention, supporting the efforts of local communities to reduce the number of fires and fire deaths. In 1971, members of this nation's major fire service organizations met to assess the nation's staggering number of fires and fire casualties. What they found was so alarming that President Nixon created a National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control in 1972. After a year of extensive research, this commission issued a report called "America Burning," that outlined for the first time, the tragic severity of our Nation's fire problem. The findings of the Commission led to passage of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, that established the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, now the U.S. Fire Administration. As of March 28, 1996, the U.S. Fire Administration has its own web site, so check it out. (Discovered 04/13/96)

    U.S. House. Internet Law Library
    http://law.house.gov/
    The U.S. House of Representatives has made its Internet Law Library available on the Web. Originally a demonstration project of the Offices of the Law Revision Council and the Legislative Council, the purpose of the library is to provide easy access to the law-related resources of the Internet. The site contains links to over 4,900 law related resources in subjects such as U.S. federal laws, state and territorial laws, international laws, laws of all jurisdictions arranged by subject, attorney and legal profession directories, law school library catalogs and directories, and reviews of law books. The U.S. Code (up to date through early 1994) and Code of Federal Regulations can also be searched from the home page. A selected list of law related listservs and pointers can be found on the "about this directory page." Source : Scout Report, May 4, 1996.

    U.S. National Herbarium
    http://nmnhwww.si.edu/departments/botany.html
    The National Museum of Natural History also provides access to the U.S. National Herbarium with more information on herbs than you ever knew existed. It includes other botanical links from around the world. Or try the Chili Heads hot pepper home page. Who says the federal government doesn't have a sense of humor? Source : Detroit News, April 27, p.14D.

    U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock
    http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/what.html
    If you really want to know the time, down to the second, courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Also provides the times in various time zones, local cities around the country, etc. (Discovered 04/15/96)

    U.S. Postal Service
    http://www.usps.gov/
    The United States Postal Service is providing a variety of information on the Internet for both business and individual mailers. The ZIP code look-up service (ZIP+4) is particularly useful. You'll also find addressing tips, postal rates, descriptions of USPS products, etc. Business mailers can find specialized information not only on rates, products, and services but also on such things as selling to the USPS and the availability of business forms and publications. Source : Information Today, April 1996, p. 59.

    U.S. Trade Representative's Home Page
    http://www.ustr.gov/
    The full text of President Clinton's recently released 1996 Trade Policy Agenda and 1995 Annual Report on the Trade Agreements Program is available at the U.S. Trade Representative's Web Page. The Trade Policy Agenda contains Clinton's agenda for implementation of U.S. trade agreements such as the Uruguay Round Agreements and NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), as well as bilateral agenda highlights, regional trade and investment, and multilateral negotiations. The 1995 Annual Report contains a complete rundown of U.S. bilateral, multilateral, and regional trade activities for the year. Also included are selected sections of U.S. trade law, membership and structure of the WTO (World Trade Organization), and a list of "substantive trade agreements entered into by the U.S. since 1984." The 1994 Annual Report, 1995 and 1996 National Trade Estimate between the United States and many countries, and a comprehensive trade and development policy for the countries of Africa are also available. Source: Scout Report, April 5, 1996.

    U.S. Yard Sale
    http://www.financenet.gov/
    Check out FinanceNet for one-stop shopping on government assets - anything from unclaimed goods to the seized property of drug dealers. May not be pretty, but it works. Actually, FinanceNet covers a lot more besides government assets, but we got your attention so have fun exploring this wonderful site. Source : USA Today Online, April 25, 1996.

    University of Memphis Web Server
    http://www.lib.memphis.edu/gpo/unclesam.htm
    The Regional Depository at the University of Memphis invites you to look at their new Web page and in particular at the "Migrating Electronic Publications" section under Hot Links. At present, there are approximately 150 electronic publications listed along with their exact URL addresses. Source: Saundra Williams, University of Memphis, GOVDOC-L, April 3, 1996.

    University of Michigan Library's Documents Center
    http://www.lib.mich.edu/lib/home/Documents.center/index.html
    The University of Michigan Library's Documents Center calls itself "a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal, foreign, or international". Kudos to Grace York and her staff. Source : Information Today, April 1996, p. 59.

    Urban Education Web
    http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu/
    The U.S. Department of Education offers access to the Urban Education Web, which enables users to retrieve abstracts of publications from the ERIC data base, or download book-length texts. Users can order documents electronically or conduct keyword searches of the database. The site includes more than 40 digests of topics in education, 27 information alerts, annotated bibliographies, and parent guides. Sponsored by the Clearinghouse for Urban Education. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 1996, p.A22.

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
    http://grunt.space.swri.edu/
    The Web may prove that old soldiers actually don't fade away. The Vietnam Veterans Home Page offers an interactive way to search the Wall for the name of a friend or family member who gave his or her life in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Source : USA Today Online, April 30, 1996.

    The Visible Human Project
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/extramural_research.dir/visible_human.html
    This unique resource, developed by the National Library of Medicine, provides a image databank of an actual humn body, created from transverse CT, MRI and cryosection images at an average of one millimeter intervals. (Discovered 04/27/96)

    Women of NASA
    http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/WON.html
    Read testimonials on how women who work in the celestial world of space vehicles and astrophysics got to where they are today. One woman notes that when she arrived at NASA she was told, "There's space. Do something significant."

    World Health Organization
    http://www.who.ch/
    WHO's site provides information about it's major programs, conferences, and personnel, as well as access to The World Health Report, press releases and newsletters, statistical information, and advisories concerning international travel, health, and vaccination requirements. (Discovered 04/27/96)



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