• Register to attend the live training webinar, "Finding Social Science Data Using Federal and State Resources." Date: Thursday, June 29, 2023 … Read More
  • Register to attend the live training webinar, "GovInfo API Overview and Search Service Preview." Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Time: 2:00… Read More
  • GPO Superintendent of Documents Scott Matheson will be attending this summer’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, and he looks forward to connecting… Read More
  • Register to attend the live training webinar, "Geography 101." Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) … Read More
  • Library Services and Content Management is recruiting depository library staff for focus groups to be held in-person at this summer’s American Library Association Annual… Read More
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May 21, 1881, in Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the American National Red Cross. It received its first U.S. Federal charter in 1900. The Red Cross supports a nationwide network of more than 650 chapters and 36 blood service regions. Some 500,000 Red Cross volunteers and 30,000 paid employees annually mobilize relief to people affected by disasters, train nearly 12 million people in essential medical skills, and exchange more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. It is also the nation’s largest supplier of blood and blood products, serving more than 3,000 hospitals.

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Check out the latest blog from In Custodia Legis, Online Legal Reports Collection Surpasses 4,000 Historical and Contemporary Reports, highlighting GPO’s collaboration with the Law Library of Congress.

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On May 23rd, 1785, Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of the bifocal eyeglass. The term “bifocals” actually was not coined by Franklin and did not come about until 1824 when John Isaac Hawkins invented trifocal lenses. Franklin referred to his invention as the “double spectacle.”