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In January 2010, the LII Newsletter was renamed
"The Link: The Official Newsletter of the ipl2" and
was published on the ipl2 WordPress Blog.
Links listed within these archived pages are not maintained.
Creation Museum Walk-Through
Images and brief descriptions of the exhibits in the Kentucky Creation Museum, which describes the creation of life on earth by "bring[ing] the pages of the Bible to life," and which opened in May 2007. One exhibit description states, "Adam and apes share the same birthday. The first man walked with dinosaurs and named them all!" Includes a link to the website for the museum. From Answers in Genesis (AiG).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23940
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
This is "a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression." Searchable, or browse by genre (such as photographs or manuscripts), topics, themes (such as the Statue of Liberty and immigrant press), people, and organizations. Also includes a timeline. From the Open Collections Program of the Harvard University Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23381
The Kamehameha Schools Archives
Archives site for private schools in Hawaii founded by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great-granddaughter and last royal descendant of King Kamehameha. Features timelines (with the birth of Kamahameha around 1758 and the marriage of Princess Bernice to Charles Reed Bishop in 1850), historical photos, selections from the manuscript collection, primary source documents, a list of occupations of graduates from the 1890s, and related material. Note: Video clips of oral histories are not available.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23920
Museum of Arts & Design
Official website for this New York museum, formerly the American Craft Museum, that "collects, displays, and interprets objects in ceramic, glass, fiber, metal and wood that honor innovation in art, craft and design." The site features images of selected works from the permanent collection and from exhibitions. Includes teacher resource packets for selected exhibits, such as for "Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting" and "Contemporary Netsuke: Masterful Miniatures."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23924
Reading Is Fundamental: RIF's 2007 Summer Reading Guide
This compilation of summer reading resources includes suggestions for family activities (such as a "book-nic"), summer reading tips, and reading lists for children. The "Travel Reads" list features books with settings in many U.S. states and some international locations. From the nonprofit literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23929
Tips for Summer Reading
Compilation of summer reading suggestions for parents, covering reading aloud to younger children, encouraging children to read and write, and tackling school summer reading lists. Includes a small section of annotated website links (some broken). From PBS Parents.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23930
Science, Industry and Business Library Research Guides
This compilation of research guides covers topics such as financial services, international trade, market research, small business, standards, and specific industries. Many of the guides are formatted as answers to common research questions. Also includes "quick guides" on Black History Month, women in computer science, digital photography, green building, and other subjects. From the Science, Industry and Business Library, New York Public Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23936
Women & the Economy
This website focuses on the position of women in the economy. Topics includes a brief history of economic thinkers (such as Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes); background about money, banking, debt, economics and war, and feminist economics; women's economic contributions and economic inequality; women and globalization; and economic alternatives, such as barter systems and food buying clubs. Also includes stories about individual women. From the UN Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23900
Global Migration and Quarantine
"The [U.S.] Division of Global Migration and Quarantine is committed to reducing morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases among immigrants, refugees, international travelers, and other mobile populations that cross international borders." Its site features a history of quarantine, facts about isolation and quarantine, links to laws and regulations, material about animal importation, a list of quarantine stations, and related material. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23937
"811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project. A new, federally-mandated national 'Call Before You Dig' number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects." The site describes how 811 works and when to call (tree, pond, mailbox, fence, concrete), and links to state specific contacts. Also includes tips and testimonials and public service announcements. Note: may not display properly in all browsers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23945
Collection of recipes, articles, message boards, and multimedia features that celebrate food, drink, and fun. The videos depict various kitchen maneuvers such as trussing a chicken, making a piecrust dough, and opening a bottle of wine. Also includes food and serving-related gift suggestions. Sign up if you want to contribute comments on recipes. From CNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23736
Daniel Boone Homestead
Website for this historic site in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, where pioneer Daniel Boone was born in 1734. Features a biography of Boone, a chronology of his life, reading suggestions for adults and children, and essays about the Oley Valley region surrounding the site. Also provides an interactive map of the site, visitor information, and an events calendar.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23926
Scoundrels, Adventurers & Colorful Characters of the Wild West
Collection of biographies of "scoundrels, adventurers and colorful characters who called the Arizona Territory home," such as Cochise, Geronimo, John Wesley Powell, the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Gang. Also includes listings for points of interest related to the individuals, recommended reading, and an option to browse listings by region in Arizona. From Arizona Heritage Traveler, a project of the Arizona Humanities Council and the Arizona Office of Tourism.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23927
Delta Smelt Recovery
Material about the recovery of this small fish that is found in the Sacramento Delta and was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1993. Features meeting notes and briefing statements back to 2004 of the Delta Smelt Working Group. This group made up of representatives from state and federal agencies recommends changes in water project operations. From the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23950
Light Brown Apple Moth Project
Background and advisories about this insect, "an exotic pest that has recently  been discovered in portions of the San Francisco Bay Area" and efforts to eradicate it by spraying pheromones. Provides an April 2008 summary of symptom reports in areas of aerial pheromone application, a map, brochures, documents about shipment and quarantine restrictions, and press releases about infestations discovered in specific Bay Area regions. From the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23948
The Discovery of Global Warming
Expansion of a 2003 book that "tells the history of climate change research as a single connected narrative." Topics include influences on climate (such as the greenhouse effect and aerosols), models of climate change, climate modification schemes (such as rainmaking), and social relationships and climate changes. Also includes a timeline through the 1970s and bibliography. From the director of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23938
An Inventory of Nanotechnology-Based Consumer Products
"While not comprehensive, this inventory gives the public the best available look at the 500+ manufacturer-identified nanotechnology-based consumer products currently on the market." Search includes options to restrict results by country or categories such as appliances, automotive, or electronics. Site also includes background material about nanotechnology, "the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale ... to create new and unique materials and products." From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23946
Canadian Environment Week
Details about this Canadian commemoration in early June that consists of a "week long series of events which encourage and celebrate grassroots action to make our environment cleaner and healthier." Features environmental sustainability tips, links to resources for children, and listings for community action events such as a commuter challenge and Clean Air Day. In English and French. From Environment Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23928
"Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help." Features articles on strategies to help children who struggle with reading and techniques for teaching reading, and suggested book lists (such as "Beyond Harry Potter" and "Young Detectives"). Also includes author interview videos and podcasts, blogs, research reports, and more. From public television station WETA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22811
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