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Information Centers & Libraries
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The Information Resource Centers are an extensive resource for current, in-depth information focusing primarily on political, economic and social issues and on American culture. Users are encouraged to contact the IRC in advance to discuss their query with reference staff.

Map of IRC locations in Germany - Berlin: IRCBerlin@state.gov
- Düsseldorf: IRCDuesseldorf@state.gov
- Frankfurt: IRCFrankfurt@state.gov
- Hamburg: IRCHamburg@state.gov
- Leipzig: IRCLeipzig@state.gov
- Munich
: IRCMunich@state.gov

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Educational Exchanges
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Meet US - School Outreach Program
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National Teacher Workshops and Conferences
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American Studies Publications and Teaching Materials
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Brochures, Posters & Maps
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Travel Information

 

Information Centers & Libraries

The Information Resource Center
The Information Resource Centers are an extensive resource for current, in-depth information focusing primarily on political, economic and social issues and on American culture. Users are encouraged to contact the IRC in advance to discuss their query with reference staff.

German-American Institutes
Libraries in binational centers located around the country maintain open public libraries. Contact center libraries for information about services and opening hours.

 

Educational Exchanges

Education USA
The U.S. Embassy in Germany offers web-based reference and referral services for information on exchange opportunities in the United States. In addition, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's Education USA program, the Embassy provides support to a network of Educational Advising/Information Centers in Germany. | Education USA

 

Workshops and Conferences

Cultural and Educational Programs
The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy and the Consulates arrange informational, cultural and educational events on a range of topics. Program events include seminars and conferences, lectures and discussions, press briefings, literary readings, exhibitions, concerts and other artistic performances. For upcoming program events please check the Embassy website as well as the websites of the U.S. Consulate or German-American Institute in your area.

 

Special Services for Teachers

Thematic Classroom Packages
Thematic classroom information packages on topics relevant to secondary school curriculum needs and in support of programs and conferences for teachers are prepared and updated regularly by Information Resource Center staff. The information packages include annotated guides to selected Internet sources and abstracts of recent magazine and newspaper articles.

Examples of Recent Thematic Classroom Packages
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American Studies Publications and English Teaching Materials

About the USA Digital Library - Website and CD-ROM
The IRC also provides background information and links on popular topics for students and teachers in the About the USA section of the U.S. Mission to Germany web site.
Topics include: Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Government, History, Science & Technology, Society, Sports, Travel & Geography. A CD-ROM version is also available through your Information Resource Center. The CD-ROM can be used with or without an Internet connection. Online, About the USA provides extensive hyperlinks to selected sites and resources that provide a rich spectrum of information about the United States. Offline, the CD-ROM provides full-text documentation on American social and political institutions and processes, simulating an Internet environment.
About the USA complements the America.gov website which is maintained by the Office of International Information Programs (IIP), U.S. Department of State. It is an authoritative resource for foreign audiences. organizes links and fulltext resources relating to official U.S. policies, American society, culture, and political processes.

InfoAlert
InfoAlert highlights recent articles and reports from leading U.S. journals and policy sources and provides informed commentary on international and domestic issues. Some articles are password-protected and are available for professional and institutional audiences only. The InfoAlert is compiled by the staff of U.S. Embassy and Consulate Information Resource Centers in Germany.

Brochures, Posters and Maps
A selection of brochures are available for purchase through the Amerikazentrum Hamburg. Materials include a poster-size U.S. paper flag (84 x 53 cm) and a set of three "American Studies wall maps" (106 x 76 cm). The Amerikazentrum also offers a set of five colored "historical wall maps" (86 x 56 cm). For further information and to order please call Tel.: (040) 7038 3688 or visit the AZ's Online Shop

Electronic Journals
Thematic electronic periodicals provide information on U.S. foreign policy, economic perspectives and U.S. society and values. Each issue contains topical articles and sources of information ranging from bibliographies to Internet resources. Recent issues included: The U.S. Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under Law | Indigenous People Today | Multicultural Literature in the U.S. | Immigrants Joining the Mainstream | National Parks, National Legacy | American Teenagers

English Teaching Forum (ETF) Online
The English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal for teachers of English as a foreign or second language. In print since 1962, and with a worldwide readership of over 200,000, the journal focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English and includes discussions of methods, techniques and ideas useful in the classroom.

Travel Information
Travel brochures can be requested from the local tourist offices in the U.S., some also have offices in Germany. A list of addresses is available through the Visit USA Committee Germany e.V.
Additional information is also available on the Internet. Start with About the USA - Travel.


 

 
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Updated: December 1, 2010