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This week, learn about home economics as an academic field (including "practice babies"), your economic stimulus payment (sorry, U.S. only), malls and outlet shopping, the end of Netscape, flooding the Grand Canyon, and taking flowery frocks seriously. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.
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"E-Verify (formerly known as the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program) is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees." Includes details about employers registering online, and material for employees. From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25602
Outlet Stores: Where to Shop & How to Save Big Bucks
Findings from a 2006 survey of factory (manufacturer's) outlets stores to assess quality of the goods. The survey found that "[s]urprisingly, perhaps, outlet goods are high-quality. But you won't always find rock-bottom prices." It provides tips for outlet shopping, specific findings concerning major retail chains and types of goods, and background on the retail outlet concept. Related articles only available with paid subscription. From Consumer Reports.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25537
Shopping Mall and Shopping Center Studies
This website features "an introduction to shopping malls as subjects for historical, social, and cultural studies of the United States." Provides history of shopping centers, profiles of the largest malls in the U.S. and world, shopping mall terminology (such as anchor stores, factory outlet, and "mall rat"), literature with shopping mall settings, and related material. From the American Studies department at Eastern Connecticut State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25536
Background about Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Netscape (discontinued by AOL in 2008), Firefox and other browsers based on Mozilla code, and Opera. Provides statistics on browsers, operating system (OS) platforms, and browser display resolution (with caveats about using browser statistics for website development purposes). From W3 Schools, a free site for Web developers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25598
The Netscape Archive
Archived information about the Netscape Web browser, official support for which (by AOL) ended on March 1, 2008. Provides background, software release and add-on history, links to online communities for Netscape users, a blog, and links to other Netscape pages. Also includes links to download other browsers such as Flock, Firefox, and Thunderbird. From Netscape Communications.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25603
Internal Revenue Service: Economic Stimulus Payments — It's Not Too Late
Official Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information about the 2008 "economic stimulus" payments that were sent to U.S. taxpayers starting in May. "Eligible taxpayers will receive between $300 to $600 if single or $600 to $1,200 if married filing jointly." Provides payment scenarios, a FAQ, material for Social Security and veterans' benefits recipients, an alert about rebate scams, tax tips, and other details about the payment program. From the IRS.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25584
Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, & the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman
"The political cartoons in this exhibit, drawn by renowned cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman, illustrate the campaign process from the candidate's decision to run for office to the ultimate outcome of the election." Also features descriptions of Berryman's recurring characters (such as the Democratic Donkey, Republican Elephant, and teddy bear), printable downloads of the cartoons, and desktop background images. Companion to a 2008 physical exhibit at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25570
USDA Actions: News Releases and Statements [February 2008 Beef Recall]
Collection of statements, transcripts, and audio on Humane Society of the United States' cattle handling allegations regarding California's Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company, which led to a February 2008 recall of its beef. Topics addressed include the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection system, supply of meat to federal food and nutrition programs, and "downer" (non-ambulatory disabled) livestock. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25575
NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Survey: The Public on Requiring Individuals to Have Health Insurance
"This  survey conducted jointly by NPR [National Public Radio] and public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health examines how the public views different approaches for expanding health coverage, including provisions that would require individuals to purchase insurance or parents to obtain coverage for their children." Includes survey results summary and details, charts, and a link to NPR coverage of the survey. From the Kaiser Family Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25587
This series of articles from 2006 focuses on topics related to the condominium real estate market, such as investing in hot and not-so-hot markets, condo conversion, lawsuits involving condo developers, and considerations in buying a luxury condo. From Real Estate Journal, a publication of the Wall Street Journal.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25490
FamilyFun: Egg-cellent Easter
Collection of Easter craft and recipe ideas for children and their families. Includes instructions for baskets, table decorations, bunny-based projects, and cards; numerous egg decorating ideas; and recipes for eggs, brunch and dinner fare, and cakes. Also includes printable projects, suggestions for Easter parties and games, and instructional videos. From FamilyFun magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25564
From Domesticity to Modernity: What Was Home Economics?
Review of home economics as a collegiate field of study, begun in the early 20th century and "dedicated to improving the quality of life in the American home through the application of modern science and management." Includes introductory essays and annotated images on educational techniques, role in national emergencies, and related topics. Also includes material about the College of Home Economics at Cornell University (1900-1969). From the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25437
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Website for this recreation area that "stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history." The website features material for planning a visit, photos and webcams, and background about history and culture, and nature and science. Also includes park news. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25595
California Dropout Research Project
"The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of -- and potential solutions to -- the [high school] dropout problem in California." Features statistical briefs and research reports on topics such as which California school districts have the most dropouts, and alternative pathways to high school graduation. An affiliated project of University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25530
KQED: Election 2008
News and features from KQED radio and TV programs concerning the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Audio and video clips cover national and California perspectives on the election, candidates, and specific issues. Includes links to election news from Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs and National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25559
2008 High-Flow Experiment From Glen Canyon Dam
Details about the Department of the Interior approved experiment in early March 2008 to evaluate "the effectiveness of using high flows from Glen Canyon Dam to improve natural, recreational, and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park." Includes a FAQ, media releases, flow schedule, maps, water gage data for sites along the Colorado River, planning documents and fact sheets, and related material. From the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25597
Calendars Through the Ages: The Christian Calendar -- Easter
Answers to questions about how the date of Easter is calculated. The site notes that "the calculation of Easter is complicated because it is linked to (an inaccurate version of) the Hebrew calendar." Topics include the "golden number" (representing the relationship of the moon phases to days of the year) and epact. Also includes material about Greek Orthodox Easter. Sponsored by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement and public and private supporters.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25558
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
This website "is an unprecedented global effort . ... by [n]atural history museums, botanical gardens, other research institutions, and dedicated individuals ... to create the most complete biodiversity database on the Web." As of March 2008 there were about 25 exemplar species pages, covering species such as the yellow fever mosquito, peregrine falcon, death cap mushroom, and cacao. Materials include photos, description, and details about ecology and cultural relevance.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23823
Sand in the Grand Canyon: Two U.S. Geological Survey Studies
Information about how "a controlled flood was held during late March and early April of 1996 to help researchers determine if periodic large releases of water from Glen Canyon Dam can rebuild sandbars and restore other habitats [along the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River] that have deteriorated since the dam's completion in 1963." Includes discussion of the studies of sandbar formation and sand distribution. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25601
Factory Farming Campaign
Website for this Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) program that "works to ease the suffering of the billions of farm animals raised and killed each year." Includes description of campaigns (such as freeing egg-laying hens from battery cages), facts about farm animal behavior, news (such as about the February 2008 beef recall based on a HSUS investigation), and legislation and litigation updates. Includes troubling images and video clips.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25574
Virtual access to six mid-20th century British floral dresses "The six case studies include an object analysis (description) of each garment, the socio-historical context from which each dress emanates, key designers of the time, new fabric technology, themes for discussion, bibliography," and 360 degree views of each dress. Also includes patterns for some of the dresses and links to related sites. From Bath Spa University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24735
Global Distribution of Poverty
This project's mission is "to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live." Its website features maps, datasets (with information about malnutrition and infant mortality rates), papers and presentations, and the 2006 "Atlas of Poverty." From the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25279
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
"Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, this extensive survey ... [released in February 2008] details the religious affiliation of the American public" and "finds that religious affiliation ... is both very diverse and extremely fluid." Includes full text of the report, a video overview, and interactive features about size of religious groups, religious affiliations in each state, and demographic characteristics. From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25577
This site "is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system." Features news and links to sites and reports on topics such as gender mainstreaming, statistics and indicators, education and training, health, violence against women, rural women, HIV/AIDS, and more. From the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25438
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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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