Volume 11, #2 Spring/Summer 2005
From the Chair:
Andrea Morrison's International Government Organization resource presentation from the May 20, 2005 INDIGO meeting is accessible here
Cheryl Truesdell's GPO printing history presentation from the May 20, 2005 INDIGO meeting is accessible here
The INDIGO brochure is available here (Tim Sutherland)
Purdue University Libraries News: (Bert Chapman)-We continue making steady progress in retrospectively cataloging U.S. Documents from the mid-1970s to approximately 1994. We are nearly finished cataloging House Government Operations (Y 4.G 74/7)
hearings and prints, have made substantive progress with House and Senate Judiciary Committee publications (Y 4.J 89/1 & Y 4.J 89/2) from this period along with Justice Dept. and some CIA publications. We have sent a number of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (Y 4.En 2) publications for cataloging and continue making progress cataloging electronic only U.S. Documents. We also should have catalog records for the online versions for the Australian, British, and Canadian Hansards (Parliamentary Debates) in the Purdue Libraries catalog soon. An exhibit of CIA Documents is featured in the Government Documents display case in HSSE Library.
Defense Science Board (Bert Chapman)-The Defense Science Board (DSB) was created in 1956 in response to Hoover Commission (chaired by former President Herbert Hoover) recommendations to improve the efficiency of the Defense Department (DOD) and other federal agencies. DSB reports to the Secretary of Defense through the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. DSBs membership includes approximately 35 members and 6 Senior Fellow members who are past board chairs or long-serving members. Individuals are appointed to the DSB based on their prominence in science and technology and its applications to military operations and research. Numerous consultants also assist DSB on a temporary basis.
DSB advises DOD and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on scientific and technological issues of particular relevance to national security policymaking.
Its website provides additional information about the Board and a wide variety of information resources
including quarterly issues of its newsletters from June 1998-present and the full-text of its often pathbreaking
reports from 1993-present. A growing number of these reports has been cataloged by GPO in the Catalog
of Government Publications with representative titles including DOD Supercomputing Needs (2000), Improving
Fuel Efficiency of Weapon Platforms (2001), Managed Information Dissemination (2001), Future of the
Aircraft Carrier (2002), DOD Roles and Missions in Homeland Security (2003), Future Strategic Strike
Forces (2004), Preventing and Defending Against Clandestine Nuclear Attack (2004), and High Performance
Microchip Supply (2005). DSBs website also includes information about ongoing board projects. DSB reports
are worthwhile resources for those interested in learning about cutting edge scientific and technological
research issues affecting DOD in formulating and implementing national security policy.
Canadian National Parks-(Bert Chapman)-Besides Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, what is the
closet national park to Indiana? It's Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, just southeast
of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit! We're all familiar with the historical studies, maps, and environmental
management works produced by the U.S. National Park Service. It's also likely many of us have visited
properties administered by the National Park Service such as national parks, monuments, and historic sites.
Canada's national parks are also worth visiting and learning more about. Parks Canada is the Canadian government agency responsible for administering and managing Canadian national parks and historic sites. Their website
provides access to a wide variety of information resources such as press releases, visitors information, policy
and management documents for individual parks and historic sites, national parks policy documents, and links
to the websites of individual national parks, national historic sites, and marine conservation areas.
Canada's national parks and historic sites are located in all ten provinces and three territories. They range
from the bird sanctuary of Ontario's Point Pelee National Park, to the Rocky Mountain grandeur of Alberta's
Jasper National Park to Arctic themed parks such as Quttinirpaaq (Ellesmere Island) National Park in Nunavut
Territory. National historic sites administered by Parks Canada include Alexander Graham Bell National
Historic Site in Nova Scotia, Quebec's Fur Trade at Lachine, Manitoba's Riel House, and British Columbia's
Gulf of Georgia Cannery. I've been fortunate enough to visit some of these Canadian national parks and
historic sites and encourage you to do so. Parks Canada information resources can also enhance our users
understanding of these national parks and knowledge of issues such as park management, natural resources
conservation, ecology, historical preservation, and various aspects of environmental science.
Upcoming Conferences: American Library Association-Chicago-June 24-29