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Friday, November 17, 2006
Ben and Franklin
Plymouth and Rock
Washington and Lincoln
Corn and Copia
Flyer and Fryer
Firstgov.gov has an excellent listing of Thanksgiving resources including travel advice, recipes and cooking tips, and ideas for Thanksgiving activities. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
To find out about traffic conditions in Houston including road closures and construction and speed reports, view Houston Transtar. For Texas statewide road conditions visit the Texas Department of Transportation Travel site.
If you are traveling by air, check out the "live updates" section of Avoid Delays to see if a particular airport is experiencing delays. If you plan to take carry-on luggage, read the requirements on the TSA site. Access the Department of Transportation's Aviation Consumer Protection Division's latest report to find out if your airline has a reputation for flight delays, mishandled baggage, oversales, or consumer complaints.
If you are traveling overseas, it's a good idea to read Tips for Traveling Abroad and A Safe Trip Abroad first. If you plan to drive a car in a foreign country, in addition to your driver's license you may need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) available from a local office of the American Automobile Association. Check with the consular office in the country you are visiting to find out if the IDP is required. To locate that office, call the Federal Information toll-free line at 1 (800) FED INFO. For precautions about driving abroad or riding a train, see the State Department's article "Traveling by Train and Driving Abroad." If you are going to an area of the world experiencing political unrest, access the State Department's Travel Warnings and
Consular Information Sheets. To view the recommended immunizations for visiting a particular country, acess the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Information Page. If you have passport questions, visit the State Department's Passport page. See details about the new electronic passport. For questions about what you can bring back with you, access the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection site.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
For usability guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services see Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, 2006 edition.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Not sure about the meaning of some of the monetary terms used in the article? Interested in learning more about money supply and the operation of the Federal Reserve? Check out FED101 on the Federal Reserve education site. For definitions of the monetary terms used in the speech, Wikipedia's article on money supply is also very helpful.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
New York Times
Monday, November 06, 2006
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush Book II - July 1 to December 31, 2002 are now available on GPO Access at:
Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the textnote.
As subsequent volumes covering the administration of President Bush are published, they will be added online. Volumes covering previous and future administrations will continue to be added on an incremental basis.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Do gaffes by prominent figures change whether citizens will vote for Democrats or Republicans in the upcoming elections? Check out the latest polling information on electoral-vote.com. Originally designed to provide electoral statistics, the site has now expanded to provide data for the current national Senate and House races.
Maybe you registered your home phone with the Do Not Call Registry, but did you realize you could also register your cell phone (personal phones only, no business phones)? After a 31-day processing period, you can stop calls from telemarketers for five years. Unfortunately or fortunately at this time of year, political calls can still come through as can calls from charities, telephone surveyors, and from any company with “which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls.” Online you can register three phones at once; by telephone you can register only one at a time (the phone you are calling from). If you have already registered and forgotten when your registration expires, you can click on the Verify a Registration button.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are jointly sponsoring International Education Week. This year’s theme is International Education: Engaging in Global Partnerships and Opportunities. Access the official Web page if you would like to download promotional materials, view and submit events, take a global IQ quiz, read press releases, or visit the IEW library for classroom materials. In 2005 all 50 states and 77 countries participated in IEW.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
As part of the standardization process, however, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided to drop the final "h" in places ending with "burgh." As this NPR story reveals, this change didn't sit well with many citizens of the newly dubbed "Pittsburg, Pennsylvania" and thus began a twenty year campaign on the part of Pittsburgh citizens to get back the "h" in their name. At a special meeting in 1911, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided to give up the campaign to remove the "h" in Pittsburgh, and the secretary of the board sent a letter to Pennsylvania Senator George T. Oliver instructing him of the decision.
The fight over place names can be told with Government Documents (thus the connection!). For instance, the executive order that President Harrison issued on September 4, 1890 to create the U.S Board on Geographic Names can be read on the second page of this document. Also, to see an original copy of the U.S. Board's complete report on uniform place names, see the House of Representatives Report "Message from the President of the United States Transmitting The Report of the United States Board of Geographic Names," [52 Congress, 1st Session, Ex. Doc. No. 16], which was issued on December 23, 1891.
Help save the EPA Libraries - call your Senators before November 1 and ask them to sign the Boxer-Lautenberg "Dear Colleague" letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking that the EPA be directed to "restore and maintain public access and onsite library collections and services at EPA's headquarters, regional, laboratory, and specialized program libraries while the Agency solicits and considers public input on its plan to drastically cut its library budget and services."
U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-225-3121
Also see our earlier post on the EPA Library Closures.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
According to Canadian Patent Librarian Michael White, everyone is jumping on the patent reality tv bandwagon. Ever since American Inventor debuted in the Spring of 2006 on ABC, other networks are following suit. PBS will be airing Everyday Edisons in May 2007 and are interviewing Oct. 28 in Chicago for the next season. Nov. 30 is the deadline for patent hopefuls to enter the History Channel’s Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge with a May 2007 airtime. Even Canadians are joining the race with two shows, Discovery Canada’s Patent Bending which tries to figure out why wacky inventions never became popular and CBC’s Dragons’ Den in which inventors compete for the backing of “business moguls” (the dragons).
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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Monday, October 16, 2006
Also see the Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the North Korea Nuclear Test.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Read the notice in the Federal Register about the EPA Headquarters Library closure. See page 6 and page 11 (attachment 2) of the EPA FY 2007 Library Plan: National Framework for the Headquarters and Regional Libraries for information about library closures.
PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) expresses concerns about lost services when material housed in the EPA Headquarters Library is relocated to three “information repositories.”
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
For additional election information see the Fondren Library Government Publications and Microforms election website.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Border Security: Barriers Along the U.S. International Border (CRS Report, Sept. 26 2006)
Meanwhile in Texas:
Streaming video along the border?
Gubernatorial candidate position statements on immigration:
Monday, October 09, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
2nd Place - Diana Yen - Texas Turkey Talk
3rd Place - Emilia Calvaresi - The Environmental Impact Statement – It Seldom Causes Long Project Delays but Could Be More Useful if Prepared Earlier
(Community) David Bynog - Boron: Light Heavyweight