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FirstGov.Gov ?eat New Resource for Libraries

GSA #9749

October 11, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden, Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231,

What do finding a job, getting better health care, contacting Congressional Representatives, reserving a campsite, getting a college loan, and buying a home all have in common? They're all things your library patrons can do on the new, free U.S. government portal, gets them directly in touch with U.S. government services, links them to state and local governments, and connects them to all this information in a new way - on their own terms.

Now, with a click of the mouse your patrons can use this new web site to instantly search more than 27 million federal web pages. Whether they need help starting a small business or getting answers to health questions, they can find the answer fast if their first click is, 24 hours a day, seven days a week - whether they're in the library, at home, school or work.

And it's easy for your patrons to use. At they can find information in their own way - no "governmentese" or knowledge of federal agencies is required. The portal makes information easy to find, and it's accessible to everyone who surfs the net. So, encouraging and helping your patrons to use will save your staff time as well.

Your patrons can use in three different ways -- by keyword, by topic, or (for the government savvy), by agency. They can use the super-fast search engine to zoom in on the keyword they type in. Or, they can choose a topic, such as "Healthy People" from an extensive list. That general topic leads them to more and more specific information until they reach exactly what they need. Or, they can opt to go straight to the U.S. state or local government agency of their choice.

So, tell them to log on to - their first click to getting answers - their way.

Last Reviewed 2010-04-30