Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The Interior Library offers regular training sessions to introduce DOI employees and others to its services and to the information sources it makes available, either on employees' desktops or in person.
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ProQuest Congressional: Introduction and New Features Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The ProQuest Congressional database provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online. This collection includes full text copies of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, as well as the full text of public laws and other research materials to enable both researchers to complete many types of projects using a single, newly updated interface. Attendees to this class will learn how to navigate ProQuest Congressional’s interface to find and use digitized collections of these materials; featuring searchable access to current and historic Congressional reports, Congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service reports, as well as Congressional Committee Prints. Those in attendance will also learn helpful search techniques that can be used to locate digitized copies of materials essential in conducting thorough legislative history research. This program will be conducted by a ProQuest trainer.
Please note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.
Searching Through the Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Resources on the Internet Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
It has been said that searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean; a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is below the surface and therefore missed. Most of the Web's information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, and standard search engines do not find it. Traditional search engines cannot "see" or retrieve content in the “Invisible” or “Deep” Web – those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search. The Invisible Web is several orders of magnitude larger than the surfaceWeb. This class will examine the type of information available on the mysterious "Invisible Web," how to access it, and why it is important. Learn why some information is inaccessible to web search engines and what might be overlooked in researching the Internet. Search techniques and recommended sources will also be covered. This program will be conducted by Reference Librarian Jennifer Klang.
Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.