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September 23, 2014

National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP -- NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L notice

TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory and Superfund program.

TOXMAP is not specifically designed for any one particular group, but the Toxic Release Inventory and Superfund program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites can be of interest to specific populations such as Native Americans by helping to find sources of chemical releases and contamination in locations of interest to them.

You can zoom to a specific location or place, and specify "reservation" or "rancheria" in the search box.  You can also overlay US Census data by race: "American Indian and Alaskan Native" (1990) or "One Race: American Indian and Alaska Native" and "Two or More Races Including American Indian and Alaska Native" (2000).  For more information, see the TOXMAP and Native American Populations page. -- 9/23/2014


GPO Provides Digital Access To Warren Commission Report And Hearing Volumes -- FDLP News & Events

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) made the complete report and 26 hearing volumes available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy's assassination. GPO worked with Boston Public Library to digitize the 26 hearing volumes after digitizing the Warren Commission Report last year. Now the complete, official Warren Commission Report and hearing volumes are digitally available through GPO.

The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on GPO’s Federal Digital System.

GPO produced the Warren Commission Report and 26 hearing volumes in 1964. Altogether, GPO's work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO's bookstores.  A short historic video of GPO’s production and distribution of the Warren Commission Report documents this work.

“GPO is committed to digitization efforts and providing future generations of Americans with digital access to historical content,” Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “I thank Boston Public Library for collaborating with GPO to digitize the hearing volumes. This digitization effort reflects GPO’s digital transformation from printing the report 50 years ago to making it digitally available today.” -- 9/22/2014