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LII New This Week
New This Week for February 14, 2008
This Week
Read about Humanistic Judaism, holography, women's history and the domestic arts, and the heyday of polaroids. Also, we're giving you plenty of notice for Open That Bottle Night so you have time to peruse your wine cellar. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Coming up next month, Women's History Month and International Women's Day.
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Arts and Humanities

Picturing Women
This presentation "explores how women are figured, fashioned, turned into portraits, and told about in words and pictorial narrative." Features a large collection of historical images, interactive features, lesson plans, reading list, video clips and images from the accompanying symposium, e-cards of comic valentines, and more. From Bryn Mawr College, Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library.
URL: http://www.picturingwomen.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25318

Women in the Literary Marketplace, 1800-1900
"The books and letters in this exhibition present a cross section of writing by English women in the nineteenth century -- a period when women entered the literary marketplace in unprecedented numbers." Some of the exhibit topics include early role models, women poets, publishing, "new women" novels, and journalism. From the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
URL: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/womenLit/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25321

Business

A Daring Experiment: Harvard and Business Education for Women, 1937-1970
This exhibit tells the story of business education for women at Harvard, which "began in 1937 with a certificate program in personnel administration at Radcliffe College." Accompanied by oral histories from graduates of the of the Harvard Business School and Radcliffe College's certificate program, and research links. From the Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.
URL: http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/daring/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25363

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business
Companion to an exhibit that "brings to life the stories of some 40 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business." Use the timeline to view background about women such as Lydia Pinkham, Madam C.J. Walker, Martha Stewart, and Oprah Winfrey. Also includes mentorship stories, games, and classroom material. Organized by the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
URL: http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles/exhibits/enterprisingwomen/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25380

Government

AltWeeklies.com: 2008 Presidential Campaign
Compilation of news stories and commentary concerning the 2008 U.S. presidential election, from more than 100 alternative U.S. and Canadian newsweeklies. Entries include headline, brief story summary, author, publication, and option to email the stories. Also includes links to the full stories. Listed chronologically. From the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
URL: http://www.altweeklies.com/alternative/AltWeeklies/hotTopic?queryTerm=...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25408

The Onion: War for the White House
This satirical publication's coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election features "news" stories, humorous candidate profiles and candidate statements on key issues, videos, and a creative description of the election process. From the Onion, which "is not intended for readers under 18 years of age."
URL: http://www.theonion.com/content/whitehousewar
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25415

PolitiFact.com
This website was created "to help voters separate fact from falsehood in the 2008 presidential campaign. Journalists and researchers from the [St. Petersburg] Times and CQ [Congressional Quarterly] will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications." Searchable; or browse the site's "Truth-O-Meter" by candidate, subject, political party, and other factors. Includes related articles and in-depth features.
URL: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25416

Tavis Smiley: Rep. Tom Lantos
Transcript of May 2007 interview with California congressman Tom Lantos, the only holocaust survivor ever to serve in Congress, who died in February 2008 after serving in Congress since 1980. The interview focuses on Lantos' activities as chair of the House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee. From Tavis Smiley, host of a late-night television talk show and public radio show.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200705/20070502_lantos.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25450

Home & Housing

An Evening to Uncork Memories
Background about "Open That Bottle Night," an annual February event to "celebrate the memories that flow from these cherished [wine] bottles that have always seemed too precious to drink." The "Open That Bottle Primer" features planning advice such as choosing a setting and selecting the bottle. From the Wall Street Journal's wine columnists, who started the tradition.
URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120121947092615219.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25407

Friends of the High Line: Planting Design by Piet Oudolf
This website shows landscapes designed by Piet Oudolf. "Based in the Netherlands, Oudolf was one of the first planting designers to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes" and is known for his "New Wave Planting." Features numerous images of Oudolf's house and nursery in the Netherlands, sources of inspiration, and examples of his work from around the world. From a New York project that is designed by Oudolf.
URL: http://www.thehighline.org/design/plantingdesign.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25403

The Making of a Homemaker
Presentation about comprehensive domestic guidebooks from the 19th century. "These books were primarily aimed at the middle and upper class female, who saw keeping a healthy and happy home her role in life. Not only did they detail the day-to-day activities of a homemaker, but also prescribed the appropriate moral and religious outlooks." Explore book contents on topics such as care of the sick, decorating, etiquette, fashion, and raising children. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
URL: http://www.sil.si.edu/ondisplay/making-homemaker/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25370

Rodents as a Food Source
This 1990 article provides background about human consumption of rodents. Topics include advantages of using rodents as food, a history of rodent eating, geographical incidence, and domestication. Also includes a list of rodent species used as a human food source with geographic area of use, and a bibliography. Opens directly into a PDF document. Part of the proceedings of a vertebrate pest conference at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
URL: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1029&context...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25445

Media

Digital TV 101
"This is a short course designed to teach you more about the exciting but sometimes byzantine world of digital TV and HDTV. [It will] teach you some of the tips and tricks you'll need to know before America goes to digital TV" in 2009. Topics include televisions types, screen resolution, converter boxes, and more. Also provides a FAQ, shopping guide, and consumer tips. From the South Carolina Educational Television Commission.
URL: http://www.scetv.org/television/dtv/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25411

The Future of Television
This television series "examines how high-definition, digital video recorders, and the Internet will change that little black box that sits in 99% of all American homes." Read transcripts and find related resources for the four programs broadcast in February 2008. Includes blog entries and links to related programs. From the Nightly Business Report, a PBS program produced by the Community Television Foundation of South Florida.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/features/special/future-of-television_home...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25409

People

Dr. Edwin H. Land (1909-1991)
Biography of scientist Edwin H. Land, who "was distinguished for his inventions and contributions in the fields of polarized light, photography and colour vision," and who developed the Polaroid instant camera and founded the Polaroid Corporation. Illustrated biography sections discuss Land's early life and his theories and achievements. From the "Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society," reprinted on the website of the Rowland Institute at Harvard, which was founded by Land.
URL: http://www.rowland.harvard.edu/organization/land/index.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25449

Regional: California

Public Health Law & Policy: Planning for Healthy Places
This organization "works to engage public health advocates in the land-use decision-making process throughout California." Its site features "toolkits" created "for health advocates and professionals who are interested in learning more about the connections between planning decisions and community health." Toolkit topics include general plans and zoning, economic development and redevelopment, and creating general plans. Also includes newsletter (back to January 2007) and fact sheets.
URL: http://www.healthyplanning.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25418

Transforming Life After 50 Institute
Website for a California "statewide initiative to inspire library innovation in redefining, engaging, creating and delivering services to our state's growing population of baby boomers." Some of the presentation and handout topics include aging, understanding the baby boom generation, lifelong learning, and innovative library programs aimed at baby boomers. Provides assessment tools, bibliography and links, and other background material. From the California State Library.
URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/lds/tlaf.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25163

Science

Alternative Energy (AE): Human Power
Links to recent news about human energy sources. "Human kinetic energy can be transferred in a number of ways. Human energy is most commonly used to propel bicycles, but can also be used to generate electricity and power hand-crank tools. ... The articles on this page are about human kinetic energy and its many uses." Also includes links to related sites, many about human powered vehicles. From a site about alternative energy sources.
URL: http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/technology/human-powered/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25451

Deep Space Network (DSN)
The NASA DSN "is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe." Its site features descriptions of its science and technology, and illustrated history for this project that celebrated its 50th anniversary in February 2008 by beaming the Beatles song "Across the Universe." From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
URL: http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/dsn/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25404

Human Energy Harvesting: A Very Silly Idea
This September 2007 blog post describes some problems and issues associated with harnessing human kinetic energy and transferring it into electric energy. Includes links to related sites such as one describing how two graduate students "have proposed to extract energy from the motion of humans through public spaces such as train stations," and another about human-powered laptop computers. From the CNET News Blog.
URL: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9779334-7.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25452

MIT Museum: Holography Collection
Overview of this museum collection that claims to be "the largest and most comprehensive collection of holograms in the world." Find and view hundreds of two-dimensional holographic images by searching "hologram" in the online database. Also includes a glossary defining different types of holograms -- such as computer-generated stereograms, embossed mylar foil holograms, and laser transmissions -- and support options such as film, hard plastic, and metal. From the MIT Museum.
URL: http://web.mit.edu/museum/collections/holography.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25448

Society & Social Science

"Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930
This monograph considers how "home sewing is laden with multiple meanings about femininity, labor, family, creativity, sexuality, identity, and economics." The author "uses established as well as more unusual source materials, including dresses, sewing workbooks and paper dolls, to argue that home sewing is a unique vehicle for understanding larger changes in American culture." Includes illustrations, audio clips of interviews, and a slide show of someone sewing a skirt.
URL: http://www.gutenberg-e.org/gordon/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25379

Mennonite Central Committee: Counter Recruitment
Collection of links to information and resources about activities to prevent military recruitment. Topics include non-governmental organizations, government military recruitment material, and stories on military recruitment and counter recruitment. The 2006 conference materials features video clips. Also includes links to resources on conscientious objection. From the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
URL: http://www.mcc.org/us/co/counter/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25405

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: Transcendental Meditation
Video and transcript of a 2005 public television news story about how "Transcendental Meditation -- TM -- [which] was widely popular 40 years ago" is flourishing in Fairfield, Iowa, the location of the Maharishi University of Management. Includes a discussion of whether TM ("a technique for relaxation and awareness using certain sounds and ways of breathing, 20 minutes, twice a day") "is it just a meditation practice or is it also a religion?"

URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week845/feature.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25447

Society for Humanistic Judaism
Website for this organization that "mobilizes people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life." Provides background about the organization and the principles and beliefs ("freedom from supernatural authority," "dignity and self-esteem," and "secular Jewish roots") of Humanistic Judaism, guidelines for humanistic celebration of Jewish holidays, and listings for events and celebrations. Includes related links to humanistic and secular Jewish groups.
URL: http://www.shj.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25406


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder