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LII New This Week
New This Week for August 9, 2007
This Week
Details about the Minneapolis bridge, YouTubers loving their libraries, coupon clipping, and an opportunity to catalog outer space are just part of this week's collection. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
With the passing of two legendary film directors last week, we're highlighting film history in this week's tip.
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Arts and Humanities

500 Years of Italian Dance
Companion website to a 2006-2007 exhibit that "pays tribute to the multifaceted history of Italian dance and to one of The New York Public Library's richest collections." Provides illustrated thematic sections (emphasizing ballet) with descriptions of items in the collection, bibliographies of English and Italian language materials, and an overview and essays about the collection. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/italiandance/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23775

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
In 1947 "eight theatre groups turn up uninvited to the first Edinburgh [Scotland] International Festival. The inn is full so they check in at venues away from the big public stages. The first Fringe has been born." This festival takes place each summer and features theater, comedy, music, and dance performances. The site includes a history of the festival, a festival calendar, a photo gallery, maps, and Edinburgh tourist information.
URL: http://www.edfringe.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/3239

Frontstadt.Berlin: Travel Notes From the Cold War
This article by a retired senior Foreign Service officer describes how foreign diplomats and others traveled to and from and within Berlin in the years soon after World War II. Topics include the Berlin Wall, air travel, train travel, and personal anecdotes. From American Diplomacy, published in cooperation with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
URL: http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/archives_roll/2004_01-03/heichler_fr...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24234

Business

The Subprime Crisis
Audio and transcript of a March 2007 report that sets out the issues relating to "subprime [mortgage] lending, delinquencies, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and the wake of devastation that the turmoil in the subprime market is leaving behind." Includes links to related sites. From MortgageMediaMag.
URL: http://www.mortgagemediamag.com/special/subprime.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24226

Government

National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS)
Documents related to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) bridge inspection program regulations, which were "developed as a result of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1968," and were revised with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS; took effect in January 2005). Includes the full text of the NBIS regulation, a FAQ, documents related to the National Bridge Inventory (NBI), and related material. From the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
URL: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbis.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24248

Home & Housing

Grocery Savings and Coupon Zone
"Resources for helping you save on food. Find information on double coupons, grocery store contact links and contact information, tips on saving on groceries, free menu lists, and shopping lists and other valuable information for saving on groceries." Also includes discussions about how grocery stores get you to spend more, starting a small coupon exchange club, and the pros and cons of grocery store loyalty programs. From About.com.
URL: http://couponing.about.com/od/groceryzone/Grocery_Savings_and_Coupon_Z...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24259

National Coupon Month
These materials related to National Coupon Month (September) proved information about how "you can learn about all the new coupon trends, where to find coupons and some great, easy clipping tips." Also includes a history of coupons (back to the 1890s), lesson plans, and a worksheet for calculating potential savings. From the Promotion Marketing Association (PMA).
URL: http://www.couponmonth.com/pages/home.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24258

Law

Copyright Renewal Database
"This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals." Records include title, author, registration and renewal dates, registration number, renewal ID, and renewing entity. Searchable, or browse records by year, title, or author. From Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://collections.stanford.edu/copyrightrenewals/bin/page?forward=hom...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24235

Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
The website for a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to monitor abuses against the press and promote press freedom around the world." Find news and reports, including "Attacks Against Journalists in the West Bank and Gaza since September 2000" and "Ten Worst Enemies of the Press for 2001." Portions of the site are also available in Spanish.
URL: http://www.cpj.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11571

International News Safety Institute (INSI)
"INSI is a global network or coalition of news organisations, press freedom groups, unions, humanitarian campaigners and individual journalists dedicated to the safety of journalists and news media staff. It is a not-for profit charity based in Brussels, run by news professionals." Its site features news, a safety code, and casualty list back to 1990, which includes all causes of death, whether deliberate, accidental, or health-related. Translations of selected documents available in several languages.
URL: http://www.newssafety.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24252

JumpTV
JumpTV "is the world's leading broadcaster of television over the Internet. With nearly 300 channels from 75+ countries, JumpTV delivers its audience news, sports and entertainment content on a real-time basis." Much content is free, but there are also subscription services. Asian, African, Latin American, and eastern European countries and languages are well represented. "The JumpTV web site runs best on Internet Explorer version 6 and higher on Windows XP."
URL: http://www.jumptv.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24240

Librareo
Companion to a 2007 contest in which "more than 175 public, school and academic libraries ... submitted video for the 'I Love My Library!' video contest." Includes a link to YouTube where the videos are posted. From Gale.
URL: http://www.gale.cengage.com/librareo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24255

Moments of Italian Cinema
This multimedia presentation highlights "trends, genre, works, [and] authors of Italian cinema." Covers genres such as neorealism, Italian comedy, political cinema, and Westerns, and directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Benigni, Bernardo Bertolucci, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, and Ennio Morricone. In English, Italian, and Spanish. From RAI International, an Italian public television network.
URL: http://www.italica.rai.it/eng/cinema/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24232

People

Alex Murray Palmer Haley, 1921-1992
Biography of author Alex Haley, whose "literary fame rests on two best-selling books: 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' (1964) and 'Roots' (1976)" Discusses highlights of his career, the prize-winning television miniseries based on "Roots," the plagiarism lawsuit pertaining to "Roots" and the Harold Courlander novel, "The African," and authorship questions. From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, cosponsored by the University of Tennessee Press and the Tennessee Historical Society.
URL: http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=H004
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24227

Haley, Alex
Essay about U.S. author Alex Haley, "best known for as the author of the novel 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family,' from which two television miniseries, 'Roots' and 'Roots II,' were adapted." The focus of this article is on the television series and Haley's impact on TV history. Includes a brief biography and a bibliography. From the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
URL: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/H/htmlH/haleyalex/haleyalex.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24225

Regional: California

Maintaining California's Bridges
Description of the responsibilities of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) Structure Maintenance and Investigations division pertaining to bridges. "CalTrans bridge inspectors are responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of over 24000 bridges owned by the State of California and California's local government agencies." Includes links to relevant documents, such as a log of bridges on state highways, age profiles for California bridges, bridge sufficiency ratings, and paint conditions. From Caltrans.
URL: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/structur/strmaint/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24253

The Sinister Side of Yusuf Bey's Empire
Article from 2002 about some of the activities of "Black Muslims, members and employees of the Yusuf Bey 'family,' a loose collection of entrepreneurs and reformed ex-cons who have built a patchwork of businesses and nonprofits throughout the city of Oakland [California]." Discusses how Bey's enterprises (including the Your Black Muslim Bakery) were intended to help ex-cons reform, and related criminal activity. From the East Bay Express.
URL: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/the_sinister_side_of_yusuf_bey_s_em...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24249

Top-to-Bottom Review [Voting Machines]
Collection of documents detailing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen's "top-to-bottom review of the voting machines certified for use in California in March 2007." Provides the decisions (released August 2007) "regarding which systems in the review will be permitted to be used in the 2008 elections and beyond," and related reports and press releases. Also includes a FAQ for the public and information about the review team members. From the California Secretary of State.
URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vsr.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24246

Regions of the World

Remembering Herbert Hoover
Companion to a 2007 exhibit in Antwerp, Belgium, about the 31st U.S. president Herbert Hoover and his legacy in Belgium. Features a biography of Hoover, illustrated articles about Hoover's role in Belgian relief during World War I, photo slide show, virtual tour of the exhibit, and related links. Note: Accompanying study guide not available in English. From the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Office of Public Diplomacy, and several Belgian partners and the province of Antwerp.
URL: http://www.rememberinghoover.be/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22898

Science

Galaxy Zoo
This interactive project invites "members of the public to help [astronomers] make major new discoveries by taking part in a census of one million galaxies." Participants sort digital images into spiral and elliptical galaxies. Provides project background, a FAQ, a discussion board, and related material. Free registration required to participate in the project. From a team of scientists and web designers.
URL: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24168

How Bridges Work
This site describes the engineering of bridges in general and looks at the beam, arch, and suspension bridge, illustrating different types of bridges, factors such as "how each bridge type deals with two important forces, compression and tension," and related details. Includes links to other engineering articles. From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://science.howstuffworks.com/bridge.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24243

Interstate 35W Bridge Collapse
Minnesota state government documents concerning the August 2007 collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis and the new I-35W bridge, which opened in September 2008. Provides news and updates, inspection expenditures (2004-2007), recent inspection reports (including fatigue evaluation), an inventory of deficient trunk highway bridges in Minneapolis (released August 2007), and related material. From the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).
URL: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/i35wbridge/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24251

Scitopia
This site is a "free federated search portal to the digital libraries of leading science and technology societies." Use it to "search over 3 million documents, plus patents and government data" from "fifteen societies spanning 150 years of sci-tech scholarship." Participating groups include the Acoustical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the American institute of Physics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
URL: http://www.scitopia.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24254

Society & Social Science

The History of New Age Sedona
Full text of a 1997 publication that provides "history as told by local people; images and memories from a small group which provide vivid glimpses of the unique lifestyle of New Agers" in Sedona, Arizona. Topics include Sedona as a sacred place to Native Americans, music and dance, the harmonic convergence gathering in 1987, and examples of New Age business. This publication was originally commissioned by High Mountain Training and Publishing Company.
URL: http://www.lovesedona.com/01a.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24229

Libraries for the Future (LFF): Publications
Compilation of reports concerning libraries and society, including economic valuation, health information services in public libraries, libraries and productive aging, and planning and implementing an intergenerational and intercultural reading and discussion program. LFF, formerly known as Americans for Libraries Council, is "a nonprofit organization that supports innovation and investment in America's libraries ... [by transforming them] into 21st century community centers for information and education."
URL: http://www.lff.org/LFF_Resources_P.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24256

Minnesota Bridge Collapse
Compilation of news stories and background about the August 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Includes articles, video and audio clips, photos and stories from the public, and traffic resources for getting around without this interstate bridge. From Minnesota Public Radio.
URL: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2007/bridge_colla...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24250


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder