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New This Week for January 10, 2008
This Week
This week it's the International Year of the Potato, a change in FICO credit scoring, horrors from Harvard, stopping those catalogs, John Singer Sargent, and campaign paraphernalia. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Dying Speeches & Bloody Murder: Crime Broadsides Collected by the Harvard Law School Library
"Just as programs are sold at sporting events today, broadsides -- styled at the time as 'Last Dying Speeches' or 'Bloody Murders' -- were sold to the audiences that gathered to witness public executions in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. ... The examples digitized here span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason." From the Harvard Law School Library.
URL: http://broadsides.law.harvard.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25200

From Revolution to Republic in Prints and Drawings
This exhibition about the American Revolution "celebrates the deep and diverse holdings of early American prints and drawings in The New York Public Library." Features brief historical essays and images, including many portraits of George Washington. From the New York Public Library.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/art/print/exhibits/revolution/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23774

Sargent at Harvard
This is "a searchable database that makes available images and textual information relating to the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums and the Harvard University Portrait Collection." Browse all of the records, or search by keyword, subject, medium, location, and other options. Includes a list of other museums that house works by Sargent. From the Harvard University Art Museums.
URL: http://www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/sargent/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25191

The Sargent Murals at the Boston Public Library
"This web site focuses on the history, interpretation, and restoration of John Singer Sargent's monumental mural cycle, 'Triumph of Religion,' in the McKim building of the Boston Public Library." Features many images, panoramic views, a biography of John Singer Sargent, history of the commission, selected bibliography, and glossary. Produced by the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard University Art Museums.
URL: http://www.sargentmurals.bpl.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25192

Business

Catalog Choice
This is "a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive." Register and select catalogs to opt out of receiving, rather than sending or calling individual merchants. Includes a place to report merchants who do not honor mailing list removal services, a FAQ and privacy statement, quick facts about the impact of paper catalogs, a blog, and information for merchants. A project of the Ecology Center.
URL: http://www.catalogchoice.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25211

International Year of the Potato 2008
This 2008 celebration "will raise awareness of the importance of the potato -- and of agriculture in general -- in addressing issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment." Provides background about potato plants and potato production around the world, activities for children, events listings, and related material. Also available in Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese. From the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
URL: http://www.potato2008.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25186

Retail Ink
This newspaper column addresses topics related to the retail industry, such as opting out of paper catalog mail, toy safety, holiday sales, and shopping trends. From the San Jose Mercury News.
URL: http://www.mercurynews.com/retailink
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25213

Government

All-American Presidential Forums on PBS
Website for a television broadcast for the 2008 presidential election that "marks the first time that a panel comprised of journalists of color is represented in primetime." Features pages for campaign issues such as criminal justice, affordable neighborhoods, immigration, and environmental justice. Also includes videos, user questions and views, candidate profiles, and other election material. From the Tavis Smiley show.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/special/forums/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25203

Face the Candidates on YouTube: You Choose '08
Compilation of videos featuring the 2008 U.S. presidential election candidates. Browse by candidate and by issues such as health care, energy, and the economy. Also includes videos of user-submitted ideas, opinions, and questions for the candidates. From YouTube.
URL: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25177

Get Out the Vote!: Campaigning for the U.S. Presidency
Companion to a 2004 exhibit that "examines the process of campaigning and electioneering through partisan artifacts, symbols and ballots." Features annotated images of items from selected elections back to 1840, such as the Civil War election of 1864, the three-way race of 1912, and television and candidates in 1960. Also includes galleries of tickets and ballots, third party candidate materials, and symbols and mascots. From the Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
URL: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/vote/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25184

Law

Oceans and Law of the Sea
Official website for United Nations (UN) conventions dating from 1958 that govern "claims, counterclaims and sovereignty disputes [to the sea]. The hope was for a more stable order, promoting greater use and better management of ocean resources." Concerns addressed include ocean noise, the Continental Shelf, seabed authority, and ocean management training. Features text of conventions, historical overview, links to material about bodies established under conventions, and news. Also includes links to related sites.
URL: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25212

Media

AsiaMedia
This is "a daily electronic publication that delivers news about all aspects of the media in Asia, including its role in regional and national economies, societies, and political debate. ... [It also] publishes commentary by a range of journalists, scholars, and policy makers." Covers topics such press policy in Korea, arrests of journalists in Pakistan, and the state of the media in Bangladesh. From the UCLA International Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25205

Regional: California

California Office of Emergency Services (OES): 2008 Winter Storm Event
Collection of links to material about preparing for and coping with the results of the high winds and heavy rain and snow in California in January 2008. Includes links to situation reports and press releases, a list of open shelters and warming centers, and information about current weather conditions, weather safety, and highway status. From the California Office of Emergency Services (OES).
URL: http://www.oes.ca.gov/Operational/OESHome.nsf/ALL/F50D3D7F87DE6A1B8825...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25206

The Gold Rush Trail
Collection of articles about a "month-long trek [in 1998] across the West retracing the steps of the emigrants along the Gold Rush Trail." Features maps, photos, and stories about the overland trail to California and the trails used by miners following the January 1848 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in California. From the website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/news/special/pages/1998/08/goldtrail/arcbin/arcd...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25190

Regions of the World

Kenya in Crisis
Collection of news and analysis about the crisis following the December 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections in Kenya. Also includes photos, video clips, and eyewitness accounts. From the British Broadcasting Service (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/africa/2008/kenya/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25195

Who Rules the Forest?
This 2005 feature profiles the Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri forest of Congo. It includes photos, field notes from the story's author and photographer, map, related links and a brief bibliography, video clip, and multimedia feature providing background on the Mbuti. From National Geographic.
URL: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0509/feature5/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25207

Science

Evolution of Human Pygmies
Overview of studies at the University of Cambridge concerning the small body size of human pygmies. Includes a link to the group's December 2007 academic journal article about the Aeta and Batak pygmies of the Philippines and to news stories about the group's findings. From the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, England.
URL: http://www.human-evol.cam.ac.uk/News/news_am.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25210

Hyaena Specialist Group
This group promotes the conservation of hyenas and "through education, [aims] to change people's attitudes towards these much maligned and often unnecessarily persecuted animals." Features descriptions and images of different types of hyenas, a FAQ, discussions of hyena myths (such as that spotted hyenas are hermaphrodites), images of hyenas in art and literature, an extensive bibliography, and related material. From the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
URL: http://www.hyaenidae.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25178

Law of the Sea: Institute Researcher Helps Map Arctic Seafloor
This November 2007 article describes techniques used for mapping the Arctic seafloor and continental shelves and the relationship of a scientific expedition mapping the Arctic seafloor and claims by Russia and other countries to ownership of the seafloor (which Russia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and the United States have potential claims to under the Law of the Sea Convention). From the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.
URL: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/news/feats/2007/law_of_sea.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25214

Popular Mechanics: Geek the Vote 2008
Coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election with an emphasis on science and technology issues. Find candidate proposals for issues such as automotive technology, digital privacy, energy, climate change, firearms, and infrastructure. Also includes related election news. From the website for Popular Mechanics magazine.
URL: http://www.popularmechanics.com/geekthevote08
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25174

Society & Social Science

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008 "will encourage all those living in Europe to explore the benefits of our rich cultural heritage and opportunities to learn from different cultural traditions." Find listings of projects initiated for the year (in areas such as culture and the media, migration, and religion), project showcase, official documents, and more. Available in several European languages. From the European Commission of the European Union.
URL: http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25188

Information Searches That Solve Problems
This December 2007 survey found that people who "have faced one of several common government-related problems in the past two years are more likely to consult the internet than other sources" and "members of Gen Y [age 18-30] are the leading users of libraries for help solving problems and in more general patronage." Features highlights of survey findings, the full report and questionnaire, and the press release. From the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/231/report_display.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25199

Powerful Days in Black and White
"Shocking photos brought the civil-rights struggle to all America. Relive it now through the eyes of photojournalist Charles Moore." Includes photos of leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., protests, riots, and related topics. From Kodak.
URL: http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/moore/mooreIndex.shtml?CID=go...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25180


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