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July 28, 2006

Alaska Grizzly Bears, McNeil River Falls - Wildcam Grizzlies - National Geographic Magazine

If you want to see Grizzlies then this is the site for you. National Geographic has set up a webcam to view the grizzlies while they hunt for fish. You see the bears fishing, hear the roar of the river all without leaving the house. This is what the website has to say:

Watch the world's largest gathering of brown bears—via live webcam—as they splat, swipe, and splash to fish for salmon on the run. View our Video Gallery. Blog with bear experts. Browse our Photo Album, and more. It's all here for you to discover. Welcome to Bear Country!
Why McNeil River Falls?
While some people differentiate among coastal brown bears, grizzly bears, and the bears on the Kodiak archipelago, we are using grizzlies and brown bears interchangeably.
It happens every summer. On any given day from late June to early August, as many as 50 brown bears may converge on Alaska’s McNeil River Falls. There they feed on the abundance of salmon running through its tumbling currents along the McNeil River. And during the season, small groups of people quietly observe them, striking what may be the perfect balance between wildlife and humans.
That formula has worked at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary since the mid-1970s, when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game—with protection of the bears in mind—began limiting viewing access at McNeil River Falls and nearby Mikfik Creek to ten people per day, selected by lottery. But why is this wilderness so special?

Read more about the bears at McNeil River Falls.

Watch the Wildcam.

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Workshops

The Summer '06 Workshops are done. We are in the planning stages for the Fall '06 workshops. If you want to have your name put on a list to be notified when the workshop schedule is complete, email h-benos@govst.edu. If you have suggestions for workshops, email h-benos@govst.edu

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July 27, 2006

Find in a Library

About Find in a Library

Find in a Library lets you use Web search sites such as Yahoo! and Google to locate books, videos and other materials in a library near you. When your search term matches words associated with a library-owned item—such as the title or the author's name—your search results can include a link for that item with the prefix "Find in a Library."

How to generate Find in a Library results

Install one of the browser tools at www.worldcatlibraries.org/downloads/; or
Search at Yahoo! or Google and include the phrase "Find in a Library"

How to use Find in a Library results

Click the link of a "Find in a Library" result that interests you.
You'll see the Find in a Library page for that item, with basic information.

On the "Libraries" tab, enter your postal ZIP code, state name or another geographic identifier in the box labeled "Find in Libraries Near You."
Click on a Library Name link on the table of library listings you receive to go directly to that library's Web catalog. Depending on the library, you may be able to view the current circulation status and even check out the title.
Additional links for listed libraries may include "Library Information," with basic location and contact information, and "Ask a Librarian" services.

Is my library available?

Find in a Library may not include results from all libraries in your area—only records in the global WorldCat catalog are searched. If a library near you does not appear in results, it may be because the library is not in WorldCat or does not own the particular item. However, your library may be able to borrow the item from a library that does appear in your results. Contact your local library to learn more.

Check out Find in a Library.

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1-800-FREE411

Free 411 calls.

The service is made possible by national and local businesses who sponsor this service with brief valuable offers that are played to 1-800-FREE411 callers. This allows businesses to attract new customers over the phone, cost effectively, with little or no risk. Meanwhile, our callers get completely free directory assistance, saving you significant dollars per year.
The company was founded by veteran advertising and technology executives who pioneered some of the most innovative and successful advertising solutions in online media, and who hate to pay every time they call 411.
Search by Phone
When you call 1-800-FREE411, you will find the same service that you get when you call the 411 that you pay for, but instead of YOU paying for it, the cost is covered by businesses who have offers you may be interested in. If you are interested in an offer, we will connect you free of charge. If not you'll just receive the information you've asked for.
Search by Internet
If you prefer to search online for residential or business listings, www.free411.com offers you the most accurate data on the Internet. www.free411.com uses the same, real time data that the phone companies use.

Check them out on the web.

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July 19, 2006

Net Library

Net Library
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
D2401B Library

Walk-ins welcome.

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Trexy

Today’s website is Trexy. Trexy is a search engine that remembers your searches for you. Trexy can be used alone or you can download the toolbar and use it to track and remember your searches while using Google, Yahoo, etc. It basically has 3 different functions:

Remember: My Trails (allow you to go back to a previous trail that has been saved)
Find: Blaze a New Trail (start a new search)
Share: All Trails (if someone has already done a search on your topic, you can use their search)

According to Trexy, these are the 10 ten reasons you should give them a try:

•Never search for the same thing twice. Keep a record of all your searches and the webpages you visited across all the search engines you use.
•Keep using your favourite engines. Create search trails on your favourite engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and AlltheWeb.
•Reduce your effort. Be guided by other searchers. Follow in the footsteps of other searchers who have already found what you're looking for.
•Shorten your search time. Bypass all the browsing steps and jump straight to the end of the search trail to find your answer.
•Find hand picked results. Let humans, not robots, decide what is a good result. Benefit from the discoveries other searchers have made before you.
•Discover new search engines. Create and follow trails on any of the search engines that Trexy connects to.
•Follow popular search trails. Find better results. Trexy calculates which trails are more popular, showing the best results for a query.
•Become a better searcher. Learn from other searchers by seeing what other engines and search terms they use to find information.
•Be the first to blaze a trail. Share your knowledge and experience anonymously with other searchers. The first person to blaze a search trail becomes the Trailblazer.
•Free to use. Trexy and the TrailBar are free.

Try out Trexy.

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July 18, 2006

CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) - Papers

CSIS has published the following paper:

Lebanese Security and the Hezbollah
Author: Anthony H. Cordesman
Date of Publication: July 14, 2006
Related Research Focus: Middle East & North Africa

Experts : Anthony H. Cordesman

Synopsis:

Hezbollah has opened a dangerous second front in the Israeli-Palestinian war of attrition that began in September 2000. The attached analysis not only describes the nature of Hezbollah and its military capabilities, but the severe limits to the Lebanese Army and other divisions and problems within Lebanon.

It is important to note that the dangers involved do not simply extend to Hezbollah actions. Hezbollah probably saw this as an opportunity to try to demonstrate that it still is a key fighter in the Arab cause. It had worked out agreements with Lebanon's Christians who recognized that it was the one militia that could keep its arms, and that the Lebanese Army would remain largely passive in south Lebanon. Ideology, politics, opportunism, and anger may all have been factors, although with the fact that Israel had made massive prisoner releases the last time Hezbollah took hostages and once again had appeared to be "defeated."
Syria and Iran, however, may have had their own agenda. Provoking Israel creates a natural division between the US, as Israel's ally, and Europe. It distracts from Syria's crimes in Lebanon and Iran's nuclear programs. Every Israeli action against Arabs feeds Arab anger against the US, and undermines its influence in the Gulf and in gaining Arab support to force a full UN investigation into Syria.
Pushing or encouraging Hezbollah action offers advantages with few risks. Lebanon's losses are a victory for Iran and Syria, another form of asymmetric war. Added Hezbollah dependence makes it a better potential proxy. Finding a new way to feed Palestinian radicalism makes Hamas and the PIJ more dependent, and young Palestinians more open to outside influence.
Regardless of any ceasefires or short-term outcomes, Hezbollah, Iran, Syrian, Islamist extremists like Al Qaida, and Iraqi hard-liners like Sadr can play a spoiler role at any time, and broaden the conflict at minimal risk, attacking both the US and Israel indirectly with considerable safety.

Read the complete report.

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Formatting APA Style & Net Library

This weeks workshops are:

Formatting Papers APA Style
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
D2401B Library

Net Library
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
D2401B Library

Walk-ins welcome.

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July 14, 2006

Lobbying Spending Database

Lobbying Spending Database from opensecrets.org

According to their website:

In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington's legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. We've got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.

WHERE ARE THE FIGURES FROM?

Lobbyists have to file semi-annual reports with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House identifying their clients, the lobbyists working for each client, and the amount of income they receive. Companies have to report their overall lobbying expenditures and the names of any lobbyists employed as part of an in-house lobbying effort. Data are periodically updated to reflect late filings and amendments.
You can use the options below to search through our database in four ways: search by name for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist; search for the total spending by a particular industry; search for the total spending by lobbyists on a specific issue; or view the amount spent to lobby a particular government agency.

Check out Lobbying Spending Database.

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July 13, 2006

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org is a project of Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

What does FactCheck.org do?

They actually check the facts that politicians use in their speeches and addresses. They highlight the mistakes, accidental or otherwise. Here are a few of the ads and campaigns they checked:

A Bumper Sticker Con in Connecticut

07.10.2006
Joe Lieberman's latest ad shows a supposed Lamont bumper sticker and website address that don't really exist.

Down and Dirty in Georgia

07.07.2006
Both candidates for the Democratic slot on the gubernatorial ballot overplay their hands.

Misleading Attack in New Jersey Senate Race
06.30.2006 Democrat Bob Menendez inaccurately portrays Republican Tom Kean as "getting around" a law that doesn't even apply to him.
Vultures, Death, Taxes & More Falsehoods
06.26.2006 The Free Enterprise Fund continues a campaign of misinformation against the estate tax.
A False Ad in Georgia
06.23.2006 A Democratic candidate for governor accuses a primary opponent of voting against a popular measure ... before she was even elected to the legislature.
We'll Always Have Paris
06.02.2006 A Paris Hilton impersonator says it would be "awesome" to repeal the estate tax, while an anti-tax group calls the tax "cruel and unfair."
Scientist to CEI: You Used My Research To "Confuse and Mislead"
05.26.2006 The Competitive Enterprise Institute runs ads saying "The Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker." A professor objects, saying CEI deliberately misrepresents his research.

Check out FastCheck.org.

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July 11, 2006

Welcome to Top City Books

Book Mash has compiled books about certain cities, for example: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Cape Town, & Baghdad. There is a map of the world with stick pins locating the various cities. Use the directional arrows to move the map up and down, left and right. Run your mouse over the pins to determine the city. Click on the city of your choice and it automatically lists the top 10 books about the city for the category of your choice. The available categories are:

All areas
Literature
Art
History
Travel
Cooking
Entertainment
Business

Check out this website.

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Creating Blogs & RSS Feeds

Creating Blogs and RSS Feeds
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
D2401B

Walk-ins welcome.

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July 10, 2006

World eBook Fair

I posted earlier this year that the World eBook Fair would provide Free Access to the public. From July 4th to August 4th, in celebration of Project Gutenberg's 35th Birthday you will have:

Full Full Text Search of 330,000+ PDF eBook Titles in 100+ Languages.
No Membership Required for Access to eBooks from 07-04-06 to 08-04-06.
This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of the World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library normally charges $8.95 per year for online access, and allows unlimited personal downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are available free of charge through a gateway at http://www.gutenberg.org and http://WorldeBookFair.com.

Check out the World eBook Fair.

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Workshops for Week of July 10th - 14th

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
PowerPoint Basics
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
D2401B
Workshop is full.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
Creating Blogs and RSS Feeds
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
D2401B
Walk-ins Welcome

Friday, July 14th, 2006
Excel Basics
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
D2401B
Workshop is Full.

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July 03, 2006

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July?

Why not check out the McCormick Freedom Museum?

July 4, 2006 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Independence Day Free-for-All
Location: Freedom Museum
General Admission: FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY Members: FREE
Tuesday, July 4, 2006 Free admission to the Freedom Museum all day!

Some of the exhibits are:

FOR WHICH IT STANDS

A new exhibition presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, explores the symbolism and meaning of our most prominent national symbol-the American flag. This special exhibit includes a portion of the original Star Spangled Banner-the flag that inspired the national anthem. The exhibit runs from 5/26 until 11/13 at the Freedom Museum.

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN

Listen to voices from the past. Listen to voices from the present. In fact...you can listen to your own voice.
From celebrities to politicians to people just like you, this exhibit offers a wide array of personal opinion about freedom. A recording booth allows visitors to even add their voice and become a part of the exhibit.

For more information, click here.

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Closed for the 4th of July

Don't forget, we close at 8:00 p.m. tonight and we are closed for the 4th of July. Have a safe holiday.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Just in time for the 4th of July, the U.S Consumer Product Saftey Commission has the following fireworks safety tips:

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown, paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for the professional shows and could pose a danger to consumers.
Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don’t realize that there are more injuries from sparklers to children under five than from any other type of fireworks. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back a safe distance immediately after lighting.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Light one item at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Click here is you want to read the News Release. Consumers can also view a video clip about fireworks and their deadly results.

Click here if you want the read the 2005 Fireworks Annual Report

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July 01, 2006

Workshops for the week of: July 3rd - July 7th, 2006

Next Wednesday, July 5th, we will be offering the following workshop:

Introduction to the Library Website and Library Catalog
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room D2401B in the Library

There is still time to signup h-benos@govst.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

Next Thursday, July 6th, we will be offering the following workshop:

APA Citations
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room D2401B in the Library

There is still time to signup h-benos@govst.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

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What are Blogs and RSS Feeds?

3 people attended the workshop on Friday, June 30th. Everyone said they learned something new and that they had fun. The first 45 minutes was a PowerPoint presentation and the last 1 hour 15 minutes was hands on. Everyone set up an account with an aggregator and then started subscribing to Blogs and RSS feeds. If you are interested in seeing the PowerPoint presentation used in the workshop, click here.

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Closing for the 4th of July Holiday

The GSU Library will close at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3rd and reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 8:30 a.m. The GSU Library will be closed for the 4th of July Holiday. Have a safe and fun filled holiday.

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4th of July Facts

From the U.S. Census Press Releases
CB06-FF.09
May 17, 2006

The Fourth of July 2006

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, starting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million
In July 1776, the number of people living in the colonies. (1776 population from Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970.)

300 million On this July 4th, the population milestone our nation soon will be closing in on.
Fourth of July Cookouts 150 million Number of hot dogs (all varieties) expected to be consumed by Americans on this holiday. (That’s one frankfurter for every two people.) There’s more than a 1-in-4 chance that the hot dogs made of pork originated in Iowa, as the Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 15.2 million market hogs and pigs on March 1, 2006. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North Carolina (8.5 million) and Minnesota (5.8 million) were the runners-up. (Data on hot dog consumption courtesy of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.) Data on hogs and pigs at <http://www.nass.usda.gov>.
7.3 billion pounds Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2005. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for over one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if they did not come from Texas, they very well may have come from Nebraska (4.5 billion pounds) or Kansas (4 billion pounds). <http://www.nass.usda.gov>
6 Number of states in which the revenue from broiler chickens was $1 billion or greater between December 2004 and November 2005. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken. <http://www.nass.usda.gov>
Better than 50-50 The odds that the beans in your side dish of baked beans came from North Dakota, Michigan or Nebraska, which produced 60 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2005. Another popular July 4th side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California and Georgia together accounted for 51 percent of the sweet corn produced nationally in 2005. <http://www.nass.usda.gov>
Please Pass the Potato Salad Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at July 4th barbecues. One-half of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington in 2005. <http://www.nass.usda.gov>
More than 68 million Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day. See Table 1230, 2006 edition: <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract.html>
Fireworks $201.9 million The value of fireworks imported from China in 2005, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($211 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $14.9 million in 2005, with Australia purchasing more than any other country ($4.4 million). <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
$17.3 million The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks in 2002. <http://www.census.gov/prod/ec02/ec0231i325998t.pdf>
Flags $5.5 million In 2005, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags; the vast majority of this amount ($5 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
$993,000 Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2005. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $529,000 worth. <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>
$349 million Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation’s manufacturers, according to the latest published Economic Census (2002) data. <http://www.census.gov/prod/ec02/ec0231i314999t.pdf>
Patriotic-Sounding Names 30 Number of places nationwide with “liberty” in its name. The most populous one is Liberty, Mo. (28,528). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
Thirty-two places are named “eagle” — after the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol. (Places include cities, towns, villages and census-designated places.) The most populous such place is Eagle Pass, Texas, with 24,847 residents. There is also Eagle County, Colo., with a population of 47,530.
Eleven places have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., with 111,023 residents.
Five places adopted the name “freedom.” Freedom, Calif., with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these.
There is one place named “patriot” — Patriot, Ind., with a population of 195.
And what could be more fitting than spending the Fourth of July in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, population 22,387.
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/005268.html> <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/006563.html> <http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en>

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