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LII discovered the Puppy Bowl this year and everything else pales in comparison, but this week also has advice on fixing our foreign assistance system, switching to digital TV (only a year away), the nation's first hospital (designed as an insane asylum), undersea cables (however do they do that?), Nelson Mandela, happy birthday ENIAC, and how many adults still have their childhood teddy bear. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.
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American Visionaries: Thomas Moran
Online exhibit of works by artist Thomas Moran "who was instrumental in securing our heritage of national parks." Features introductory essays about Moran on the trail and Moran as a lobbyist, and Moran watercolors of Yellowstone National Park. Also includes William Henry Jackson photographs. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25339
Blackwell History of Education Museum
Website for this Illinois museum "promoting interest in the history of American education." Features material about one-room schoolhouses, education artifacts (such as slates and magic lanterns), and early reading books (hornbooks and battledores). Also includes journal articles and a link to a historical collection of antique audio-visual equipment dating back to the early 1800s. From Northern Illinois University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25341
This online companion to a KQED documentary contains a historical overview of the San Francisco neighborhood and Supervisor Harvey Milk, photographs, a map, and a timeline (1941-1995). Also includes lists of related sites, books, videos, and San Francisco-based community organizations; lesson plans for teachers; and brief profiles of on-screen participants.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6028
Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape
Companion to a 2006 exhibit that "explores the promotion of scenic tourism in nineteenth-century America" through works by Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran. Click on the map of the U.S. to see images and associated text about how "these painters recorded, romanticized, and sometimes embellished views of Niagara, Maine, the Catskills, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and other scenic locations, stimulating a burgeoning America to become a nation of tourists." From the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25391
The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, 1873
Material about the trial of Susan B. Anthony for having illegally voted in New York in 1872. Features a brief biography, some of Anthony's writings and a speech about her right to vote, a trial record, her petition to Congress about her conviction, information about the 19th Amendment, suffrage cartoons, and related material. Includes a short bibliography. From a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas (UMKC) School of Law.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25344
Consumer Focus: Moving from Analog to Digital TV
Questions and answers about the digital television transition occurring in 2009, where "television stations will broadcast using digital signals only, which means your old analog set won't work" (receive broadcasts) without a converter box or subscription to cable or satellite service. Discusses the basics of digital television (DTV), options for owners of analog TV sets, and resources for further reading. From the Federal Citizen Information Center, U.S. General Services Administration.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25366
The HELP Commission: United States Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People
Although it ceased operations in January 2008, this commission created in 2004 retains materials written as part of its mission to "develop and deliver actionable proposals ... to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs in order to reduce poverty through the recipients' sustained economic growth and self-sufficiency." Includes a fact sheet, background paper, recommended legislative action, and its December 2007 final report on how to improve a "broken" foreign assistance system.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25324
TV Converter Box Coupon Program
Details about this federal government program for households wishing to continue using their analog TV sets in 2009 when "all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100% digital broadcasting." Learn whether you need a converter box, how to obtain coupons to be applied towards the cost of the box, where to purchase one, and related information. Available in several languages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25365
DocuTicker: Archive for Election 2008
Annotated links to government and policy documents concerning the 2008 U.S. presidential election. From DocuTicker, a resource edited by librarians Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, offering "a hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25374
U.S. Census Bureau: 2008 Elections
Collection of pre-primary and pre-caucus snapshots of specific states, for the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Provides selected population characteristics (such as median age, household income, and persons below poverty) and the percentage of voting age citizens from each state who voted in the 2004 general election. Includes links to related resources. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25376
History of Pennsylvania Hospital
Historical material about Pennsylvania Hospital, "the nation's first hospital ... [which was founded] in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond." Features a timeline, stories (such as "Caring for Some Very Colorful Characters"), and a virtual tour of the building highlighting historical material. The "Historical Collections" section includes an image gallery and small exhibits about the hospital. From the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25354
Studies in Scarlet: Marriage & Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
Images of hundreds of documents involving legal proceedings about divorce, domestic violence, homosexuality, abortion, adultery, and related topics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjects include Oscar Wilde and Henry Ward Beecher. Search, or browse by subject, name, or genre. From the Harvard Law School Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25371
The Great Transatlantic Cable
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary about the undersea cable placed between the U.S. and Britain in the 1860s to allow telegraph contact. Features a timeline, cable jokes, and details about people and events, such as Cyrus Field ("father of the transatlantic cable"), Matthew Fontaine Maury (the person who calculated the cable route), and natural plastic gutta-percha that insulated the cable. Also includes a teacher's guide and transcript.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25387
Memory for Justice
Collection of documents about former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, including a narrative biography, chronology, bibliography, photo essay, database of speeches, tributes, and more. From the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which (among other projects) collects and curates Mandela's personal archive.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25356
Census Atlas of the United States
This publication, based on the 2000 U.S. census, is "the first comprehensive atlas of population and housing produced by the Census Bureau since the 1920s. The Census Atlas is a large-format publication about 300 pages long and containing almost 800 maps. ... A variety of topics are covered in the Census Atlas, ranging from language and ancestry characteristics to housing patterns and the geographic distribution of the population." From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25389
The Bear Facts ...
Small collection of information about the Teddy bear. Includes a timelime showing how in 1903 President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt agreed that a toy bear with his name could be made, and fun facts, such as "the scientific term for teddy bear collecting is arctophily." This material was prepared to accompany the Bears in Toytown exhibit, held at the Provincial Museum of Alberta, Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25346
This annual television show broadcasts the same afternoon as the Super Bowl, with puppies taking the field instead of humans. Watch highlights from the program (including the kitty half-time show), view MVP poll results, and learn about the puppies (which are up for adoption during the show). Also includes puzzles, Puppy Bowl party planning ideas, and pet care and adoption information. From Animal Planet, a Discovery Channel show.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25386
JoinCalifornia: Election History for the State of California
"Since 2004, JoinCalifornia.com has grown into the largest online archive of California election results. ... [R]ecords currently include state legislative races since 1898, and federal and the statewide offices since 1849." Find election results (with percentage of vote) by year for special and general elections, legislative district maps, brief biographical material about selected state and federal elected officials, and related material. From two political enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25372
Panel Releases Report on Oil Spill Preparedness
Press release and accompanying documents from the Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR) team, a "panel of outside experts formed by the commandant of the Coast Guard to study the response to the Cosco Busan oil spill" that occurred in the San Francisco Bay in November 2007. Provides the Phase I report, timeline, briefing presentation, and an animation. Additional investigation materials can be found in "Recent Updates" on the home page. From the U.S. Coast Guard.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25349
Picturing Harvey Milk
This January 2008 feature article discusses the filming of "Milk," about the life and death of Harvey Milk, the "groundbreaking gay politician" and San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone in November 1978. Accompanied by related articles, an audio slide show, and images of newspaper front pages from the time of Milk's assassination. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25383
Mandela: An Audio History
Website for a "five-part radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings, the voice of [anti-apartheid leader] Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him." In addition to audio and transcripts of the series, the site features interview biographies, an audio timeline, and suggestions from educators for using the program in a classroom. From Radio Diaries, a nonprofit radio production company.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25355
A Computer Is Born
Special report about the creation of ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which was unveiled in February 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania. Topics include the roots of ENIAC during World War II (with the need to predict the trajectory of shells), the use of vacuum tube devices in calculating, and how programming was largely done by women. Includes sound clips and a related report on the politics invention. From CNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25348
Exploring the Nanoworld
"Nano means one billionth. Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanometer scale -- the scale of atoms and molecules. ... The objective of this website is to introduce you to the tools that let us 'see' atoms, [and] manipulate them." Includes video, lesson plans, and lab manuals on topics such as what is the nanoscale and exploring the nano world with Lego bricks. From the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25390
How Do You Fix an Undersea Cable?
Audio and text of a January 2007 article about making electrical repairs on the ocean floor. Describes the steps of how the repair takes place: discover location of damage (based on reported phone or Internet service outages or sending light pulses), send a cable repair ship that uses a robot or grapnel to pull the loose ends to the ship, repair by splicing, and lower cable back to the seabed. From Slate.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25385
Forced Marriage and Men
Overview of the work of this UK-based men's advice helpline for male victims of forced marriage. "Some 15% of victims that are identified by the Forced Marriage Unit of the [UK] Foreign Office are men." Provides a forced-marriage survivors handbook, a leaflet, a timeline of one man's story of forced marriage, and a presentation. From Devon Male, a government-supported service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25388
A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters From the Archives of American Art
"This selection of affectionate communiqués to and from American artists [such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Michael Goldberg] gives us insight into the lives of painters, sculptors, illustrators, and others -- their relationships, perceptions, and creative energies -- from the mid-19th century to the late 20th." A companion to a 2008 physical exhibit at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25362
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder