Robert S. Summers
School of Information
University of Michigan
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI

September 9, 1996

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 9, 1996--The Internet Public Library (IPL), a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, announces the availability of "POTUS: Presidents of the United States". Designed to make presidential web-based research easier, this large collection of presidential resources is is available via the IPL's site on the World-Wide Web at Students and non-students alike will find POTUS to be an excellent resource for quickly finding information about the United States presidents.

POTUS is a biographical directory of the 41 men that have been President, from Washington to Clinton. This resource uniquely brings together presidential Internet sites, including biographies, speeches, writings and where possible, audio and video clips. Election results, odd facts and presidential term highlights have been added to enrich this resource. First ladies, cabinet members, and additional important members of presidential life are also covered, adding further insight into the character of the president and the history of his time.

The Internet Public Library is a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, partially supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The library began as a graduate student project in 1995, and is now staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the World. The library maintains a collection of network-based ready reference works; responds to reference queries, creates resources for children and young adults; evaluates and categorizes resources on the Internet, and provides a space for exhibitions. The library strives to be a source of innovation in the networked environment, seeking partnerships with organizations with compatible goals. The IPL can be found on the World-Wide Web at