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New This Week for January 17, 2008
This Week
The mix this week includes ladies' underthings, Django Reinhardt, Sir Edmund Hillary, history of blacks in medicine and entertainment, cell phone recycling, Daniel Handler's high school graduation speech, and soup glorious soup. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

"Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend"
This 2005 interview with Michael Dregni, author of a book about jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, provides an overview of the life of Reinhardt, "born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium ... [and] was almost killed in a freak fire that burned half of his body and left his left hand twisted into a claw." Includes photos; sounds clips not available. From Jerry Jazz Musician, "a website devoted to jazz and American civilization."
URL: http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/mainHTML.cfm?page=dregni.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25217

"That Laboratory of Abolitionism, Libel, and Treason": Syracuse and the Underground Railroad
This exhibit explores the role of Syracuse, New York, in the Underground Railroad, the system that helped African American slaves escape to freedom. "Syracuse served as an important station along this freedom trail because of its central location on the Erie Canal and its associated waterways and travel routes." Includes digitized historical documents, maps and charts, and images of local abolitionists and reformers. From the Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library.
URL: http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/u/undergroundrr/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25240

The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
This "online collection consists of selected correspondence, financial records, contracts, and advertising materials" relating to the Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia, historically "a preeminent entertainment venue for African American Georgians outside of Atlanta" that featured legendary blues performers, vaudeville acts, and silent films. Browse by title, subject, and other factors. Includes an essay on the theater, a related finding aid, suggested readings, and a list of related archival materials. From the Digital Library of Georgia.
URL: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/douglass/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25236

My Story: Edmund Hillary & Mt. Everest
Learn about the first known ascent to the summit of Mount Everest, which was accomplished by New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Features a description of different legs of the trek, facts about Mt. Everest, a 1996 interview with Hillary, a photo history of Hillary, and profile of Norgay. Also include a lesson plan, glossary, and list of heights and first ascents of other famous mountains. From Scholastic.
URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hillary/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25247

On This Day: 29 May 1953: Hillary and Tenzing Conquer Everest
This site describes how "New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, ... [became] the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. News of the conquest of Mount Everest did not reach the outside world until 2 June [1953]." Features a video of an interview with Hillary from July 1953, articles about other climb participants, and an Everest timeline. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/29/newsid_2492000...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25248

A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans
This collection of images of quilts created by African Americans from Arkansas can be explored by looking at quilting families, individual quilters, and quilt types such as log cabin, center star or medallion, combined patterns, and miniature and doll quilts. Provides biographies of the quilters and quilting families, and related links (a few broken). From the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
URL: http://www.oldstatehouse.com/piece-of-my-soul/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25239

Red Room
This website's goal is to create a social network for authors and readers. It features pages for authors including Maya Angelou, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Khaled Hosseini, and Amy Tan, with author biographies, lists of published works, blog entries, and audio and video clips (such as the 1988 San Francisco high school graduation speech by Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket). Browsable by author or genre. Also includes an events listing.
URL: http://www.redroom.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25231

RFI Musique
Information about current French and French-heritage musicians and music. Features artist profiles, album reviews, news stories, and special reports on topics such as the Gnawa festival in Morocco, zydeco music, and an outdoor concert in Paris. In English and French. From Radio France Internationale (RFI).
URL: http://www.rfimusique.com/musiqueen/statiques/accueil.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24208

The Shape of Fashion and Its Underpinnings, 1870-1960
See what undergarments helped create the shape of women's fashions in the late-19th through mid-20th centuries. "From a tight corset and layer upon layer of undergarments to a simple brassiere, the transition in women's foundations tells the story of their journey toward liberation." Features images of underwear and corresponding clothing for the bustle period, jazz age, Dior's "New Look," and more. From the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana.
URL: http://muse.museum.montana.edu/sof/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25215

Business

Federal Trade Commission: Energy and Environment
This page compiles Federal Trade Commission (FTC) information regarding energy and environment topics such as labeling and advertising of fuel and automotive products, marketing claims concerning carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, and EnergyGuide labels for home appliances, plumbing, and lighting products. Find consumer and business education materials, rulings and statutes, press releases and announcements, and other government documents. From the FTC.
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/energy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25244

Government

FCIC TV Public Service Ads
Use this site to play the "FCIC TV Public Service Ads of the 70's, 80's, 90's and the 00's. Select a decade, get down with your bad self, and groove with our totally radical video spots" advertising what used to be called the Consumer Information Center, in Pueblo, Colorado. The ads direct users to what is now the USA.gov website. From the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
URL: http://pueblo.gsa.gov/comrcial.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25252

Financial Times In Depth: US Elections 2008
News and analysis about the 2008 U.S. presidential election, along with interactive features, candidate profiles and interviews, and other material about the election. From the Financial Times, a British publication that features world business, financial, and political news.
URL: http://www.ft.com/indepth/uselections2008
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25179

Health

Black History Month: A Medical Perspective
This small, illustrated exhibit looks at highlights and achievements of African Americans in medicine. It features biographies of black physicians, a timeline of blacks in medical education, and overview of the black hospital movement (1865-1960s), several folk medicine healing concepts and beliefs, and related materials. From the Duke University Medical Center Library.
URL: http://www.mclibrary.duke.edu/hom/exhibits/blkhist/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25235

Home & Housing

Green Guide
"Dubbed the 'green living source for today's conscious consumer,' the Green Guide makes living in an environmentally-aware way easy, understandable, and practical." The site features product reviews (for items such as shoes, appliances, bedding, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, personal care items, and pest control techniques), lists of ingredients to avoid, articles (such as on what happens to donated clothes), videos, blogs, and more. Also includes information about the associated print publication. From National Geographic.
URL: http://www.thegreenguide.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25250

Simply Soups: The Ultimate Comfort Food
"There's something extremely satisfying about a hot, bubbling pot of soup on the stove on a cold winter's night." Use this site to find dozens of recipes for broths and stocks, chilis, chowders, cream and cheese soups, onion soups, and vegetable and meat soups. Also includes recipes for dessert soups, fruit soups, and a listing of cold soups.
URL: http://www.simplysoups.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25242

People

Dorothy Porter Wesley (1905-1995): Afro-American Librarian and Bibliophile
This exhibit "honors the memory of one the most prominent African-American librarians and bibliophiles of the twentieth century." Features a biography, transcript of a speech given by Wesley in 1957, an exhibition checklist with selected images of books and postcards, and a selected bibliography. From librarian James Findlay of the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts (now Bienes Museum of the Modern Book), Broward County Library, Florida.
URL: http://www.broward.org/library/bienes/lii13600.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25238

Edgar Allan Poe
Biography and collection of material about poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe. Features a walking tour of Edgar Allan Poe's Publishers Row in New York City, a selected bibliography, and some of Poe's poems, such as "The Raven" and "The Bells." Includes links to related sites and to profiles of other poets from the Romantic era. From the Academy of American Poets.
URL: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/130
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25226

Regional: California

2008-09 California Budget
Official government documents for the 2008-2009 California state budget. As of January 2008, it provides the Governor's proposed budget; revised and enacted budget materials will be available later in the 2008. Searchable; or browse summary and detail pages by program groups (such as K-12 education or environmental protection) and by department name or code. Includes charts and graphs, budget background documents, and other reference material. From the California Department of Finance.
URL: http://govbud.dof.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25249

History of California Minimum Wage
This chart shows increases in the minimum wage in California from 1916 when it was 16 cents per hour to the present 8 dollars per hour (as of January 1, 2008). Shows the increase amount and percentage increase from the previous amount for each wage. From the California Department of Industrial Relations.
URL: http://www.dir.ca.gov/IWC/MinimumWageHistory.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25230

Science

BioEd Online: Biology Teacher Resources From Baylor College of Medicine
This website's goal is "to provide useful, accurate, and current information and materials that build upon and enhance the skills and knowledge of [K-12] science educators." It features streaming video presentations, a slide library of lesson plans and activities, "hot topic" pages, and science news. In addition to topical content, the site includes teaching strategies and lab techniques. Also includes a special section with K-5 content. From the Baylor College of Medicine
URL: http://www.bioedonline.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24020

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) Project
Website for a project celebrating the life and works of British scientist Robert Boyle. "More than anyone else, he invented the modern experimental method. His profuse published findings on pneumatics, chemistry and many other scientific topics were widely influential." Features a biography, illustrations, bibliography, images of his manuscripts, and news about current developments in studies about Boyle. From a professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.
URL: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/boyle/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25222

Society & Social Science

American Library Association: ALA Wikis
Compilation of wikis (collaboratively produced and edited content) from American Library Association (ALA) sections and groups (such as the Association for Library Services to Children and the International Relations Round Table). Also includes wikis from ALA conferences and symposiums, exhibitions, and specific programs, and reference and background material. An RSS feed is available for recent changes to most of the wikis. From the ALA.
URL: http://wikis.ala.org/readwriteconnect/index.php/ALA_wikis
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25131

The Baton Rouge Bus Boycott of 1953: A Recaptured Past
"This exhibit includes photographs, an historical timeline, and the personal recollections of some of the major figures behind the Baton Rouge [Louisiana] bus boycott," which was "the first successful bus boycott of the 1950s." Includes photos, a chronology of the boycott, background essay, and excerpts from personal recollections of the events. Created by students at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University College of Education graduate students.
URL: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/exhibits/boycott/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25234

The Continuous Commitment: African Americans in the American Red Cross
This exhibit highlights "a small portion of the contributions made by African Americans yesterday and today" to the American Red Cross. Some of the topics include abolitionist Frederick Douglass' participation with Clara Barton in the founding and continued efforts of the American Red Cross, African American involvement in the Red Cross during World War II, and the development of the African American HIV/AIDS Program. From the American Red Cross.
URL: http://www.redcross.org/museum/exhibits/aaexhibit.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25237

Plug Into eCycling: Recycle Your Cell Phone
Background and details about this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative, launched in early 2008, to encourage cell phone recycling. "[D]espite the large number of programs, most consumers still do not know where or how they can recycle their cell phones. Consequently, less than 20 percent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year." Includes a fact sheet and podcast, places to drop off and mail in cell phones, and related material. From the EPA.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25245


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