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LII New This Week
New This Week for November 15, 2007
This Week
Happy 100th birthday to Oklahoma, plus we have Norman Mailer, the stagehand's world, information technology and the Garfield assassination, person-to-person loans, and a lot about the San Francisco Bay oil spill. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

American Art at the Phillips Collection
"This program provides a view of 150 years of American art as represented in The Phillips Collection. Key works are placed along a timeline according to their date of completion. To suggest context, a sampling of important events of the time accompanies corresponding images. Images, commentary about the works of art, and biographies of the artists are accessible through the timeline." The timeline covers 1830-2000. From the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
URL: http://stage.phillipscollection.org/research/american_art/collection/c...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24870

Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture
This encyclopedia covers topics in the history of Oklahoma, which became the 46th state in 1907. Browse by time period or by topic such as African Americans, American Indians, farming, folklife, industry and business, petroleum, settlement patterns, and women. More articles are being added to the encyclopedia, which "commemorate[s] the Centennial of Statehood in 2007." From the Oklahoma Historical Society.
URL: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24842

Oklahoma Centennial
Website for the celebration of Oklahoma's 100th anniversary of statehood on November 16, 2007. Features an extensive list of centennial projects and events throughout the state, viewable by region, date, or type. The education section provides classroom activities, and details about book clubs and other education projects. From the Oklahoma Centennial Commission.
URL: http://www.oklahomacentennial.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24839

Oklahoma World War II Stories
This website, created as a companion to the Ken Burns series "The War," highlights the stories of Oklahomans in World War II. Explore stories, share your own story, and view posters, newspaper front pages, and photos. Includes a blog, podcasts, and links to related websites. A combined production of OETA (public television), The Oklahoman, and NewsOK.com.
URL: http://www.oklahomawwii.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24841

Oprah's Book Club: Love in the Time of Cholera
Material related to Gabriel García Márquez's novel "Love in the Time of Cholera," a book that "unflinchingly explores the nature of love in all its guises." Includes a brief character guide, book excerpt, study questions, background and timeline about the author, and a list of books by Mã±±uez. Also includes recipes for Caribbean foods "to get you in the mood to read one of the greatest love stories ever written." From Oprah's Book Club.
URL: http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/featbook/cholera/obc_featbook_choler...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24836

The Works of Norman Mailer
Companion to a fall 2007 exhibition of materials associated with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, who died in November 2007. It "highlights some of the major works of Norman Mailer housed in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library [University of South Carolina]." Includes images of book jackets (such as for "The Naked and the Dead"), and a self-portrait. From the University of South Carolina.
URL: http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/mailer/mailer.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24896

Business

Prosper: The eBay of Loans?
This 2006 article describes a new online financial service that "matches people who need small loans, but can't get them from traditional banks, with willing lenders." These person-to-person loans do not just "provide a new way for individuals to get small loans. It could also turn anyone with a little money into a banker." Discusses how Prosper works, payment processing, and potential problems with defaults. From Business Week.
URL: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2006/tc20060213_1475...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24862

Stagehand Primer
Description of the activities of unionized theater stagehands. Includes a listing of the technical crew hierarchy, safety information, explanation of different types of theater spaces (such as proscenium and trust stages), and discussions of types of stagehand activities in stage carpentry, scene shop, electrics, sound, video properties, and wardrobe. From IATSE Local 470, the local section of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) labor union in Wisconsin.
URL: http://www.ia470.com/primer/intro.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24897

Government

National Response Center
This U.S. Coast Guard center serves as "the sole national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological, and etiological discharges into the environment anywhere in the United States and its territories." The center's website contains background on the response system, summaries of significant environmental and terrorist incidents reported to the center (back to 2004), incident statistics (including by type and by cause, back to 1991), and related documents and data.
URL: http://www.nrc.uscg.mil
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24883

Health

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control
The aim of this World Health Organization (WHO) task force is "to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with the disease and to address the social and economic consequences of cholera." Includes a fact sheet, annual statistics, updates about outbreaks (such as in Iraq in 2007), maps of outbreak areas, cholera profiles for countries in Africa, and related publications, such as about the cholera vaccine.
URL: http://www.who.int/cholera/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24835

Sick City: Maps and Mortality in the Time of Cholera
This 2006 review of a book about cholera epidemics in the 19th century discusses how English doctor John Snow discovered that this disease was often communicated through people drinking contaminated water (rather than through coming in contact with "noxious miasmas," as many postulated). Topics addressed include the prevalence of cholera among the poor, development of water supply companies, and the use of mapping in epidemiology. From The New Yorker.
URL: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/11/06/061106crbo_books
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24834

Home & Housing

Food Bank Thanksgiving
A set of recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner "inexpensive and easy enough to prepare for five or share with 50." Includes recipes for sourdough and corn pudding, "do nothing turkey," chutney, braised greens, and pumpkin mousse. From the Food Network.
URL: http://www.foodnetwork.com/good-deal-with-dave-lieberman/food-bank-tha...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24902

People

Famous Oklahomans
Profiles of famous Oklahomans, past and present, with a special focus on astronauts such as John Herrington (first Native American in space) and William Pogue (piloted the longest manned space flight). Includes an additional list of famous Oklahomans, most with brief profiles, such as football quarterback Troy Aikman, news anchor Walter Cronkite, and rock band The Flaming Lips. From a website promoting Oklahoma pride.
URL: http://www.ibelieveinoklahoma.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=ca...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24840

Regional: California

Frequently Asked Questions: Effects of Oil on Wildlife
This FAQ addresses topics about the effect of oil on birds and marine mammals, such as toxicity, long-term effects, wildlife reproduction, and rehabilitation time for oiled birds. Provides an overview of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which "is a joint program between the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Health Center," and includes network organization through the state.
URL: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/owcn/faqs.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24877

San Francisco Bar Pilots
Website for this private organization, started in 1835, that provides navigation service for vessels of all types (such as tugboats, container and bulk cargo ships, and cruise ships) in the San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun bays and tributaries. Provides organization history, description of the work of bar pilots, description of the building of pilot boats, training and oversight information, and guidelines for the movement of deep-draft vessels on San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.
URL: http://www.sfbarpilots.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24882

Spills and Events: Cosco Busan Spill
Information and updates about the environmental impacts and mitigation responses to the November 2007 oil spill caused by the container ship M/V Cosco Busan striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Includes fact sheet, maps, and links to slideshow of oil spill response images and related material. From the California Department of Fish and Game.
URL: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/spill/incidents/cosco_busan/cosco_busan.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24900

Regions of the World

At a Glance: Mexico: Flood Response Targets Immediate Needs of Children in Tabasco and Chiapas
Description of UNICEF efforts to aid those affected by the November 2007 floods in southern Mexico. Features news and audio clips, photos, and a report of the immediate needs for those impacted by the flooding in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Also includes brief background and statistics about Mexico, material about funding appeals and donor updates, and a link to the UNICEF site for Mexico (in Spanish). From UNICEF.
URL: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/mexico_41762.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24895

Remembering Suez
This series of articles and features recounts the Suez Crisis of 1956, which "erupted over the Egyptian president's decision to nationalise the Suez Canal." Provides background material, commentary, maps, a timeline, images, audio and video clips, and articles on topics such as parallels with Iraq, and the Suez Crisis and the media. From BBC News.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5199392.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24844

World News: Natural Disasters
Collection of news articles about recent natural disasters around the world. Covers topics such as the May 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province, May 2008 Burma (Myanmar) cyclone, November 2007 floods in Tabasco, Mexico, wildfires in Southern California in fall 2007, and an earthquake in Manchester, England, in August 2007. Also includes links to interactive guides on earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and Mount Etna. From Guardian Unlimited, the website of the British newspaper, The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/naturaldisasters
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24894

Science

IncidentNews
This website "provides publicly available information related to oil and hazardous material spills, both current and historical." Find documents for the November 2007 incident where the container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, rescue of wayward humpback whales in California's Sacramento River, and many other incidents back to 1967. Developed and maintained by the Emergency Response Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration.
URL: http://www.incidentnews.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24878

Machine Perception Laboratory: Projects
Overviews of projects from this lab whose goal is to "gain insights into how the brain works by developing systems that perceive and interact with humans in real time using natural communication channels." Learn about facial action coding systems (FACS), real-time face detection and feature detection, 3-D head tracking, human-robot interaction, and similar projects. From the University of California, San Diego.
URL: http://mplab.ucsd.edu/grants/project1/projects.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24856

Society & Social Science

World AIDS Day
Material related to World AIDS Day (December 1), which "is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education." Includes a list of World AIDS Day themes back to 1988, suggestions for ways individuals can support World AIDS Day, and links to related information and sites. From Avert, an international AIDS charity based in the UK.
URL: http://www.avert.org/worldaid.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24868


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Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

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