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Monday, April 12, 2010
Homeland Security Digital Library
My university library is a federal depository, which means that the government sends us publications in various forms for us to make available to the public. But it means more than that. For example, we have access, ONLY because we are a depository, to the Homeland Security Digital Library, which has more than 70,000 government publications on a much wider variety of topics than the name might suggest.
For example, a class is working on response to the earthquake in Haiti. I went to HSDL and searched for Haiti earthquake, limiting to publications where those words appeared in the title or summary. Here are some of the 49 responses, all full-text. Many of them have been updated numerous times.
Haiti Earthquake: Crisis and Response 2010 Haiti Earthquake and Caribbean Earthquake Risk Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response 'Build Back Better' in Haiti: Lessons from the Indonesian Tsunami Council Conclusions on the Earthquake in Haiti: Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council Meeting 2010 Haiti Earthquake Pre-decision Brief: Leptospirosis