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State Department Has Had No Daily Press Briefings in Six Weeks

The State Department has not had a Daily Press Briefing in the six weeks since the inauguration. The calendar of the Trump Administration DPBs are empty for January and February and March.

New FRUS volume: 1969–1976, Volume XXIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1969–1972

Yay! A new volume of Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) has just been released. I’m assuming that GPO will be distributing this volume via the FDLP, but in the meantime, it’s available as a PDF on the State Department site. I hope GPO grabs a copy, stores it and makes it available via FDsys because, you know, pointing is NOT collecting!

That is all.

Press Release

Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs
United States Department of State
August 17, 2015

The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1969–1972.

As part of a subseries of volumes of the Foreign Relations series that documents the most important issues in the foreign policy of the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, this volume documents U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli Dispute between January 1969 and December 1972. During his first term in office, President Richard Nixon was confronted with the challenges posed by the outcomes of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War, most notably Israel’s acquisition of territory from its Arab neighbors in the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank; lingering hostilities between Israeli and Arab forces; the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization under the leadership of Yasser Arafat; and growing Soviet influence in the Arab states. Although this volume primarily traces the administration’s efforts to broker an Egyptian-Israeli peace settlement while seeking to preserve a precarious regional balance of power between the belligerents, it also covers other aspects of U.S. bilateral relations with Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, including nuclear matters and arms sales. Among the salient themes highlighted in the volume include the impact of the shifting bureaucratic balance of power within the Nixon administration’s foreign policy apparatus, from the Department of State to the White House, on the making of policy toward the Arab-Israeli dispute, as well as the influence of the Cold War conflict upon U.S. perceptions of the strategic situation in the Middle East and the prospects for peace.

This volume was compiled and edited by Steven Galpern. The volume and this press release are available on the Office of the Historian website at http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v23. Copies of the volume will be available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office online at http://bookstore.gpo.gov (GPO S/N 044-000-02670-8; ISBN 978–0–16–092847-5), or by calling toll-free 1–866–512–1800 (D.C. area 202–512–1800). For further information, contact history@state.gov.

via Press Release – Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXIII, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1969–1972 – Historical Documents – Office of the Historian.

State Databases Activity Report: 2/23/2014

Here’s a roundup of the last two week’s activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases:


Audrey Hall, longtime volunteer for the Ohio page recently retired. Happily she recruited Kirstin Krumsee to take her place! Please join me in thanking Audrey for a job well done and thanking Kristin for joining our project.


We have a volunteer in the works for Rhode Island that I hope to announce in the next report. If that pans out we’ll be down to three orphan states:

If you have an interest in taking one of these states, review the Volunteer Guide and then contact Daniel Cornwall at danielcornwall at gmail dot com.


Today’s featured database is from Brenda Hemmelman, who maintains the South Dakota page:

South Dakota State Parks Directory (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/)

Home to breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and exciting geological wonders, South Dakota offers visitors a range of things to do and see!  Enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills, great fishing and hunting along the Missouri River, and gazing at a star filled sky around a campfire.  Make reservations online.


See the full story of the last two weeks by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.



Crime Map – Resource that allows you to see how many crimes are in your neighbourhood. Can select a specific date range as well as the proximity to an address.


South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction – designed to provide an overview of the location of the State’s beachfront jurisdictional lines, adopted erosion rates and beach classification zones.

TEXAS (Ann Ellis)

GIS Data – The Texas General Land Office uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and computer-aided design (CAD) systems to compile, analyze, and distribute information regarding the location of natural and human-made resources.  This website offers a collection of GIS mapping data and geodata for energy resources, professional services, and oil and coastal response information. The GLO website also offers interactive mapping capabilities.


FRUS now available as e-books

Selected volumes of the eminent State Department series, Foreign Relations of the United States, are now available as e-books for reading on devices such as the Kindle and Nook.

  • E-Books Initiative, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian.

    The Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the release of its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series in a new e-book format that is readable on popular electronic devices such as the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad. The e-book edition combines many of the benefits of print and web publications in a new form that is portable and extremely convenient. During the pilot phase of the FRUS e-book initiative, five selected FRUS volumes are available here. The public is invited to download the new e-books and provide feedback to help improve the FRUS e-book edition. At the conclusion of the pilot phase later this year, the Office will work to offer e-book versions of many more FRUS volumes both through the Office website and on a wide array of e-bookstores. The Office will continue to expand and enhance its e-book offerings, as part of the ongoing FRUS digitization effort.

The volumes available are:

  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964–1968, Volume XIX, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume X, Vietnam, January 1973–July 1975.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXIV, Middle East Region and Arabian Peninsula, 1969–1972; Jordan, September 1970.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume E–12, Documents on East and Southeast Asia, 1973–1976.


State dept asks Twitter to be eyes and ears of Iranian elections

Twitter, the 140 character social media micro-blog, was scheduled to go down for maintenance on monday night. But, according to the CNN blog, a little thing called the Iranian elections and a request from the US State Department caused them to change their scheduled downtime to yesterday afternoon from 2-3 PST (middle of the night Tehran time) in order to ensure that the flow of information from Iran remains open and that Iranians can continue to communicate internally and with the rest of the world. This is a pretty amazing development in that, despite the Iranian restrictions on journalists and news organizations, the world is still able to get up to the minute accounts – complete with video on youtube, hashtags on twitter and facebook. Now libraries just have to figure out how to collect, preserve and organize this massive flow of information 😉

Mashable has more on why this matters as well as a HOWTO guide on following the elections.