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LII New This Week
New This Week for August 30, 2007
This Week
Educator Prudence Crandall, desperado Jesse James, prophet Muhammad, state fairs and winning recipes (including the ever-popular corn dog), workers and Labor Day, and medical history in pictures are on our list this week. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.

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See more sites about Labor Day; SF Bay Area folks, remember the Bay Bridge is closed for the three-day weekend.
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Arts and Humanities

Online Gallery: Sacred Texts: Picturing the Prophet
"This is an unusual example of the Prophet Muhammad pictured in an Islamic manuscript. It comes from a royal miniature made to illustrate a copy of the poems of the celebrated Persian Nizami, and depicts the Prophet's ascension to heaven on the horse Buraq." See a zoomable image of this illustration, which was created in the 16th century, and brief background material about the illustration. From the British Library.
URL: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/nizami.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24340

Wellcome Images
This site provides "free, unlimited access to two thousand years of mankind and medicine in pictures made available through Creative Commons Licence" from the collection of the Wellcome Library, U.K. The searchable and browsable collection of thousands of high-quality images includes anatomical images, rare books and manuscripts, posters, photos, and more. Also includes galleries on war, witchcraft, wellness, and other subjects. Prints are available for a fee.
URL: http://medphoto.wellcome.ac.uk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24367

Business

BusinessDictionary.com
This site provides definitions of over 20,000 business-related terms. Users may search by letter or topic such as accounting, currency trading, investing and speculating, advertising, and securities and futures trading. The site features a term-of-the-day and over 115,000 links between related terms. From an Internet design company that specializes in finance.
URL: http://www.businessdictionary.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24366

On This Day: 30 August 1980: Polish Workers Win Trade Union Rights
Overview of the events surrounding this day in 1980 when "[s]triking Polish workers ... won a sweeping victory in a two-month battle with their Communist rulers for the right to independent trade unions and the right to strike." Provides a timeline with links to related events concerning Poland Solidarity and its leader Lech Walesa, and a link to a small collection of memories of the time period. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/30/newsid_4559...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24344

The State of Working America
Tables and figures from the most recent edition of this work that has been "prepared biennially since 1988 ... [and which] sums up the problems and challenges facing American working families, presenting a wide variety of data on family incomes, taxes, wages, unemployment, wealth, and poverty." Selected chapters on topics such as wealth disparities and international comparisons are also available online. From the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
URL: http://www.stateofworkingamerica.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24332

Health

Lighthouse International
The website for this organization provides information about vision disorders and resources for independent living, vision care, education, and support for the visually impaired. The site includes descriptions of eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma; many include simulations showing what the world looks like when one has disease. The independent living guide features videos demonstrating safe kitchen and cooking procedures for individuals with vision problems.
URL: http://www.lighthouse.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24369

NIMH: Suicide Prevention
Compilation of background and news about suicide prevention topics, including statistics, recommendations to the media for reporting on suicide, documents on nationals efforts concerning suicide prevention, and booklets on topics such as depression and suicide in older adults and antidepressant medications for children and adults. Also includes information for researchers and links to related resources. From the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
URL: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24360

Home & Housing

State Fair Recipes
Website "dedicated to one of America's longest-running traditions -- State Fair Recipe Contests! Learn how the contests were won, and maybe become a champion yourself." Includes brief state fair history and trivial related to state fair foods, and a small selection of award-winning recipes. Sponsored by a group of national food companies.
URL: http://www.statefairrecipes.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24373

System Built Housing: More Home in Less Time
Resources for consumers about systems-built housing, homes that are preconstructed or prefabricated in a factory or mill before being transported to the home site to be completed. Includes material about concrete, log, modular, and panelized homes. From the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and sponsored by home building companies.
URL: http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?sectionID=934&genericContentID=55547
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24374

People

Diana Remembered
"Ten years after her death [on August 31, 1997] Diana, the Princess of Wales, remains as fascinating today as when she was the most photographed woman in the world. People looks back in snapshots at the mom, fashionista, humanitarian and icon." See annotated photos of Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry now, her style, her hats, famous images, and of Diana doing charity work. From People magazine.
URL: http://www.people.com/people/static/h/package/dianaremembered/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24371

Freedom of Information Act: Jesse James
Digitized FBI documents concerning a man claiming (in 1932) to be Jesse James, the outlaw who "along with his brother Frank James, formed a gang and in the early years were known for the banks and trains they robbed," and who was shot in the back in 1882. Includes correspondence, news clippings, and related material. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Note: these large PDF files may take a while to load.
URL: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/jessejames.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24351

Jesse James
Website companion to a documentary about the story of Jesse James, "one of America's most familiar myths -- and one of its most wrong-headed. James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west." Provides newspaper accounts, transcript of a discussion about the Centralia massacre of the Civil War, a game, profiles of people and events, timeline, image gallery, teacher's guide, and the program transcript. From American Experience.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/james/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24352

Prudence Crandall
Profile of Prudence Crandall (1803-1890), who "maintained the nation's first private secondary school for 'Young Ladies of Color' for over a year and a half," becoming "a symbol in the cause of African American education and abolitionism." Includes a classroom activity plan and link to museum honoring Crandall. From the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
URL: http://www.cwhf.org/browse_hall/hall/people/Crandall.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24348

Working Heroes: Men and Women Who Shaped America's Labor Movement
Brief biographies of U.S. labor leaders. Individuals include C財r Ch൥z ("folk hero and symbol of hope who organized a union of farmworkers"), Eugene Debs ("apostle of industrial unionism"), George Meany ("builder of the modern AFL-CIO"), and Frances Perkins ("committed labor secretary and first woman in a presidential cabinet position"). From the AFL-CIO.
URL: http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/history/history/bios.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24333

Recreation

State Fairs and State Fair Fairgrounds
Collection of links to websites for state fairs for the 50 U.S. states. Also includes links to selected city and county festivals and fairs. From WeekendEvents.com, which relies on information submitted by third parties.
URL: http://www.weekendevent.com/statefairs.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24372

Regional: California

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects
"This website is designed to offer a window into the historic work being done on the Bay Bridge -- from the retrofitting of the original West Span, to the demolition and replacement of the West Approach, to the construction of the new Skyway and dramatic single tower Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) span." Features updates about closures and detours, background about environmental topics, photo galleries, bridge history, construction videos, links to traffic cams, and more.
URL: http://baybridgeinfo.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24370

Regions of the World

London's Burning: The Great Fire of London 1666
"Explore the Great Fire, the most famous disaster in London's history, and find out how it shaped the city we know today. Based on the Museum of London's special exhibition, ... this micro-site features the objects, themes and people from the displays and tells the story of the Fire in depth." Sections cover themes such as fire causes and rebuilding after the disaster, and people such as architects and royalty. From the Museum of London.
URL: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/EventsExhibitions/Special/Lon...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24358

Society & Social Science

Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
Collection of classroom materials for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (mid-September to mid-October), covering topics such as Latino voices in American art, Mexico's indigenous people, lowriders, baseball player Roberto Clemente, and carnival traditions of Puerto Rico. From Smithsonian Education, a website of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.
URL: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/hispani...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24362

Labor Day Marks Appreciation of U.S. Workers
Background about this U.S. holiday celebrated on the first Monday of each September to commemorate workers. Discusses the holiday's origins, contrasts it with May Day (on which a number of European and other nations celebrate International Workers' Day), and explains how Labor Day has traditionally marked the end of summer with activities such as picnics and barbecues. From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
URL: http://www.america.gov/st/pubs-english/2006/August/20060824160037jmnam...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24334

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
Companion to a 2002 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program about the legacy of Muhammad, "the merchant, husband, father, statesman and warrior whom [Muslims] consider the final prophet." Includes a timeline, material about the Hajj ("the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslims is urged to perform once in a lifetime"), and video clips on topics such as women and Muslims in America. Also includes a transcript and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24339


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder