Alaska Day

October 17, 2017

October 18 marks the 150th anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. The land that became Alaska came into U.S. possession in 1867, when William Seward, secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson, negotiated a deal to buy the 586,000-square-mile area from Russia.  Alaska became the 49th state January 3, 1959, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union.

Our 49th state has some of the largest National Parks and Preserves in the country. The Federal government offers the following resources related to the history of Alaska.

Contested ground : an administrative history of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 1978-2001 discusses how the park came to be and the legal and administrative issues surrounding a park four times the size of Yellowstone National Park.

At work in the Wrangells: a photographic history, 1895-1966 looks at the transformation of the land and the people as the Wrangell Mountains were transformed by settlement. Lavishly illustrated, this work shows the beauty and the challenges of life in Alaska.

It is in Alaska that Asia and North America were joined via a land bridge. The Shared Beringian Heritage Program, a program of the National Park Service, seeks to recognize the history and cultural resources of Beringia, and works closely with the government of Russia to increase knowledge of the Bering Straits region. An early culture of the northwest Bering Sea and Archaeological sites of Kamchatka, Chukotka, and the Upper Kolyma, both originally published in Russian, use archeology to explore the lives and culture of the regions early inhabitants.

State of change: climate change in Alaska’s national park areas addresses climate change, what is happening in the parks, and the measures they are taking to raise awareness of it.

Alaska’s first national park, Mount McKinley National Park, is now known as Denali National Park and Preserve. Crown jewel of the north: an administrative history of Denali National Park and Preserve details the history of the park and the people who developed it.

Visit your local Federal depository library to see: Pipeline to Russia: the Alaska-Siberia Air Route in World War II During World War II Lend-Lease allowed the United States to provide its allies with military supplies and support. This book details how the United States supplied Russia with military airplanes.

8,000 planes were flown from U.S. factories to Great Falls and then on to Alaska where Soviet pilots then flew on to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. The route became known at the Alaska-Siberia Air Route.

For more history on Alaska, here are a few publications available from the US Government Bookstore.

A Naknek Chronicle: Ten Thousand Years in a Land of Lakes and Rivers and Mountains of Fire which provides a firsthand account of surprising archaeological discoveries and tells a fascinating story, punctuated by volcanic eruptions and floods, pixies and small tools, strange newcomers and unexplained disappearances, and puzzled engravings on river pebbles.

Ublasaun, First Light: Inupiaq Hunters and Herders in the Early Twentieth Century, Northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. This book contains essays and photographs describing the people and their environment in Alaska’s Seward Peninsula. The book also discusses the Bering Land Bridge.

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HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Click on the Links: For the free resources, click on the links above in the blog post.

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Cynthia Earman is a Cataloging & Metadata Librarian in the Library Services & Content Management division of the U.S. Government Publishing Office.


Addressing the Cyber Crisis

October 10, 2017

Not a day goes by without articles across the media landscape announcing a database security break-in, a new form of computer hacking often from a distant nation, compromises in personal financial information, or one of America’s credit bureaus losing control of its data security infrastructure.

The US Government Online Bookstore has put together a collection of publications focusing on Cyber Security and Infrastructure, featuring federal publications that deal with this serious condition that has the potential of breaking down telecommunications, energy, and financial transactions of nations, even on a global scale.

Here is just a small sampling of the titles now available online to help Americans better understand the threat, and what you can do to combat it on a personal level.

Cyber Infrastructure Protection: Volume III. This book addresses critical issues in cybersecurity. Topics discussed include: a cooperative international deterrence capability as an essential tool in cybersecurity; an estimation of the costs of cybercrime; the impact of prosecuting spammers on fraud and malware contained in email spam; cybersecurity and privacy in smart cities; smart cities demand smart security; and, a smart grid vulnerability assessment using national testbed networks.

Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition. This report is intended to provide cyberspace decision-makers with a more comprehensive, clearer description of cyberspace, which they can use to manage and make decisions about cyberspace programs to improve the effectiveness of government in this critically important area.

NATO Cyberspace Capability: A Strategic and Operational Evolution. This monograph examines the past and current state of NATO’s cyberspace defense efforts by assessing the appropriateness and sufficiency of them to address anticipated threats to member countries, including the United States. This analysis focuses on the recent history of NATOs cyberspace defense efforts and how changes in NATOs strategy and policy writ large embrace the emerging nature of cyberspace for military forces, as well as other elements of power.

We encourage you to go to https://bookstore.gpo.gov and review the interesting and insightful collection of cyber related titles now available.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


America’s Federal Bookstore Announces

October 2, 2017

Easier Online Access to Federal Publications at https://bookstore.gpo.gov

Regular users and new viewers of the U.S. Government Online Bookstore will be excited to know the website has been redesigned to dramatically improve the “user experience,” especially for mobile users. Plus, our transaction processing system is more secure than ever, and search capabilities have been improved to help you find the content you want.

Large full color book cover graphics help readers find specific subject matter on a wide range of subjects from military history; lifestyle tips on health, nutrition, and exercise; holiday gift ideas; travel to National Parks; even financial tips to improve your family’s quality of life.

Now obtain comprehensive world event coverage. Brought to you by global political and socio-economic experts. Seasoned military and federal career professionals author insightful documentation of the facts and intrigue behind today’s press headlines, providing news and information to anyone who seeks to know “what’s going on” in easy to understand writing styles.

Search the website by by Topic, Federal Agency, or Collection. Or, go directly to a title you seek. Concise and helpful descriptions give you, the user, a quick overview of over five thousand active titles.

Not to mention access to forms, legal rules and regulations that are essential to the legal profession; anyone operating a small business or export company; to educators wanting to provide students with facts and figures direct from the source – our Federal Government and Congress.

Take a few moments. Get to Know Your New U.S. Government Online Bookstore.

You’ll be amazed by the wealth of knowledge about the world that impacts you and your family.

Visit https://bookstore.gpo.gov. Learn something new today!

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


Rebuilding after a busy hurricane season

September 26, 2017

This year’s catastrophic impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, has left many communities with the daunting task of having to rebuild.   The Federal government offers help to homeowners directly affected by this season’s hurricanes. Drawing on lessons learned about coastal building damage after past hurricanes, FEMA produced Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction, a 180 page manual including a series of 37 fact sheets to provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction and renovation of coastal residential buildings.

The Guide is a proven success to assist anyone living in an area subject to flood and wind forces; especially along America’s coastal low lands, and vulnerable locales including, Florida, and America’s Caribbean territories of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Whether you’re a builder, contractor, realtor, homeowner, business owner, or working in the construction, real estate, or economic development arena, you’ll find this comprehensive manual and fact sheets present incredibly valuable and immediately useful information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to the fury of flood and wind forces found in coastal environments.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS RESOURCE?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


Constitution and Citizenship Day

September 15, 2017

On September 17, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. On this special day, all Americans are urged to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen.

It’s also a time to recognize people who are taking steps to become legal U.S. citizens. To support the cause for celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day here are some Federal government resources for learners and teachers associated with this important day.

Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition). A pocket-size booklet containing the complete text of these two core documents of American democracy, the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence.

The Citizen’s Almanac is a collection of America’s most cherished symbols of freedom and liberty, serving as a modern day lifeline to the rich civic history we all share as Americans. The booklet includes information on patriotic anthems and symbols, citizenship rights and responsibilities, the creation of our founding documents, biographical details on prominent foreign-born Americans, landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, and important presidential and historic speeches on citizenship.

Civics and Citizenship Toolkit. This toolkit contains settlement information for new immigrants to the United States, information on the U.S. naturalization process, study materials for the naturalization test, reference materials on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and U.S. history, multimedia tools including DVDs and an audio CD, teaching guides and planning resources, flash cards, and books.

Learn About The United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test. There are 100 civics (history and government) questions on the naturalization test. This booklet contains short lessons based on each of the 100 civics questions. This additional information will help you learn more about important concepts in American history and government.

Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test (2017). These Civics Flash Cards will help immigrants learn about U.S. history and government while preparing for the naturalization test. These flash cards can also be used in the classroom as an instructional tool for citizenship preparation.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


Harvey, Irma, and more to come! Be prepared for a busy hurricane season.

September 8, 2017

Agencies of the Federal government are stepping up to do everything possible to help communities in “harm’s way,” with this year’s hurricanes of historic proportion causing devastating impact in Texas, Florida, and other coastal states.

You can become better prepared to face potential new storms through preparedness you can take in advance of any future natural disaster such as hurricanes, with help from the government.

At https://bookstore.gpo.gov there’s a variety of publications available providing expert advice on getting ready prior and better prepared after a storm of serious magnitude hits your community. Guidance for contractors, roofers, property restorers, local and state public officials, volunteers, and individuals to better understand how to rebuild and move to a better tomorrow. Here are a few to consider; or go on https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Disaster Preparedness Manual: Natural Disasters, Man-Made Disasters, Patient Fact Sheets. This manual, comprised of three major sections, summarizes actions that Veterans and their families can take to effectively cope with a disaster.  This illustrated reference emphasizes actions designed to prevent or reduce impact of natural or human-caused hazards. Information is also presented to assist those with access and functional needs, including children, people with disabilities, and older adults, as well as pets.

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning, Nature’s Most Violent Storms: A Preparedness Guide, Including Tornado Safety Information for Schools an illustrated guide showcases some facts about weather-related events, and suggests life-saving actions you can take if you find yourself in an unexpected situation resulting from a weather-related event.

Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters provides information and guidance for individuals concerned with the mental health needs of children who experience major disasters. This background, training, and experience will vary and may include physical and mental health professionals, professional and paraprofessional social service personnel, school and daycare personnel, clergy, volunteers, and parents.

Do yourself, and America, a favor. Be prepared. Be educated. Be ahead of the next natural disaster where you live. Save lives, including your own.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


Women’s Equality Day

August 25, 2017

The women’s march toward equality took great strides forward during the late sixties and early seventies with feminist leaders such as Gloria Steinem coming to the fore and voicing in unequitable terms it was time for gender equality issues to take center stage.

Women across America were spiritually motivated by the feminist anthem recorded by Australian-American artist Helen Reddy, “I am Woman”- Hear Me Roar, a huge hit that reached the Billboard Charts Number One in sales in late 1972.

A musical celebration of the “women’s liberation” movement, during the eighties Reddy was quoted as saying, “To this day I get mail from women who say, I went to law school because of your song.”

Women’s Equality is remembered on August 26th, “Women’s Equality Day”

The GPO Online Bookstore offers titles celebrating the contributions of women in America:

Women in Congress, 1917-2017 (ePub), available for download free. The title contains a revised set of essays that reflect the considerable increase in the number of women in Congress during the last decade.

Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy,Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security, provides a comprehensive review of women in the U.S. economy so that policymakers could have a better understanding of women’s essential contributions to our economy and their potential to play a stronger role in our economic recovery.

Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security. This title helps build our understanding of the importance of women in building and keeping peace is informed by a wide range of experts, from diplomats to military officials and from human rights activists to development professionals. The goal of this book is to bring together these diverse voices.

While “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby” is certainly true, it’s importance for all Americans that progress toward complete equality regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, or any other form of individuality is removed from opportunity to the values of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


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