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January 2004

Librarians’ Choice 2003 · Public Documents & Patents

Uncle Sam continues to be the largest publisher in America, producing volumes of material on the operations of the government and topics of interest to Americans. Among the most notable for the year:

Census

All of the U.S. Census 2000 population data has finally been released in various resource formats listed below. Local Cincinnati neighborhood statistics are available in ready reference format at the Main Library’s Public Documents service desk. Neighborhoods are listed alphabetically with census tract numbers and DP-1, DP-2, DP-3, and DP-4 statistics for each local census tract. More local Census 2000 data can be found on the Library’s website.

Summary Files in DVD-ROM format provide unique features such as search by radius, customized formulas, enhanced data accessibility, and more. Since there are various formats, ask for assistance at the Public Documents Department reference desk at the Main Library

Educational Resources

Active Galaxies Educational Unit
NAS 1.18:G 13/2
Science and mathematic activities based on NASA’s Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission, for students in grades 9–12.

Adventure of Echo the Bat/Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon, (CD-ROM)
NAS 1.86:EC 4/CD
Echo offers an interactive adventure in remote sensing and biodiversity for grades 5–8, while Amelia explores topography with a bird’s eye view for grades K–4. Related print resources also available.

Environmental Curricula Handbook: Tools in Your Schools
EP 1.104:T 61/CD
CD-ROM designed to help educators design lesson plans and activities based on principles of environmental science.

Rockets: An Educator’s Guide with Activities in Science, Mathematics, and Technology
NAS 1.19/4:2003-01-108-HQ
Guide to preparing science class activities about rockets that emphasize hands-on involvement along with background information on rocket history and science to help make your students “rocket scientists.”

Tremor Troop, Earth Quakes: a teacher’s package for K-6
FEM 1.2:T 72/2002
This extensive package from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is useful for all school grades to learn more about earthquakes. Elements of language arts, science, social studies, and art are included.

Military History

Artillery Through the Ages
I 29.2:AR 7/4
Illustrated history of cannons since the 16th century, emphasizing types used in America. Many of the cannons described may be found at National Parks throughout the United States.

Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors and the Integration of the U.S. Navy
D 221.2:K 84/2
The Naval Historical Center traces the inclusion of African American servicemen during the Korean Conflict, as well as the story of racial integration in the Navy since the American Revolution.

Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: the Continental Navy in European Waters
D 221.2:R 13
This booklet brings attention to our naval heritage with historical background on the careers of three captains, highlighting attributes such as leadership, teamwork, and commitment. Useful for understanding the significant role that the Continental Navy played in our nation’s early development.

The United States Army and the Korean War
D 114.21:K 84/V.1-4/CD
U.S. Army Center of Military History on CD-ROM includes the following topics: Policy and Direction, Combat Support and Actions, Mobilization and Logistics, Military Advisors, Black Soldier/White Army, Korea 1950–53, Posters, Brochures, etc.

World War II Inter-Allied Conference
D 5.22:C 76/CD
This CD-ROM contains the declassified minutes of the conferences between FDR and Churchill on allied grand strategy of the war, from initial troop deployment and counter-Axis aggression to debates regarding offensive operations and the settlement of post-war occupation boundaries.

Homeland Security

September 11, 2001 Comprehensive Reference Resource
D 12.22:C 73/CD
Two-disc set chronicling the attacks of 9/11 and its aftermath. Disc 1 contains hundreds of documents such as newspaper articles, governmental memos, and websites. Disc 2 has pictorial accounts of that day and its aftermath.

Trust and Terror: New Demands for Crisis Information Dissemination and Management
Y 3.L 61:15 T 76/CD
Computer disc narrated by Walter Cronkite describing the recommendation by the government that public libraries network together to provide information access in times of a crisis.

Patents

Index of Patents Issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2002
C 21.5/7:
New DVD-ROM version of the annual Index of Patents for 2002. Provides single-searching access to one full year of consolidated Official Gazette notices. Patents are accessible by classification in numerical or alphabetical order. Patents may be retrieved by patent type, geography, inventor name, and more.

Regional Interests

First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane
I29.9/5 159
Includes historic Dayton photos as well as a guide to visiting the new Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Provides historical time-lines on the attempts at flight as well, as A Century of Flight since 1903. Many fascinating photographs, drawings, and documents are provided.

Mammoth Cave: Official National Park Handbook, Kentucky
I 29.9/5:158
Background on the world’s longest cave system. The Kentucky cave’s geological dynamics and its function as a refuge for rare species are presented with colorful illustrations. Includes travel guide and references.

Resources in Spanish

FirstGov en Espanol
Informacion y Servicios del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Entrada a los websites Federales.

Guia para Estudiantes
ED 1.8/2:2003-2004/SPAN
Ayuda economica del Departamento de Education de los Estados Unidos.

Video Resources

An Introduction to the Patent System
Video tutorial from the Federal Judicial Center describing the patent process.

Debunking the Myths about Marijuana
PREX 26.2:D 35
Short video for use by schools, community groups, and parenting organizations highlighting the latest research and features commentary from experts about the effects of marijuana-use by teens.

SunWise: Sun Safety Program K–8
EP 1.104:SU 7/4 VHS
Video for teachers, school nurses, administrators, and parents describing the SunWise program developed by the EPA. Compliments SunWise program materials also available in the Public Documents Department.

Working With Stress
HE 20.7129:ST 8 DVD
NIOSH-produced program designed for employers and employees regarding the effects of stress in the workplace and ways to increase the well-being of workers and organizations.