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New This Week for March 13, 2008
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This week it's the complete writings of William F. Buckley Jr., Wallace Stegner's Saudi Arabian sojourn, National Quilting Day, some Easter bonnets, silliness in Anchorage, why women can't ski-jump, and early bicycles in song and story. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.

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We may have mentioned our mortgage collection before, but with the current problems looking grimmer, we're continuing to add to it and think it bears another look.
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Arts and Humanities

Documenting a Feminist Past: Art World Critique
This 2007 exhibition "documents feminist critique of art institutions from 1969 to the present." Features a listing of the exhibit items (with selected images) and video and audio archives of the accompanying symposium in its entirety, which included a keynote address by writer and activist Lucy Lippard and panel discussions on topics such as "Activism/Race/Geopolitics" and "Writing the History of Feminism." From the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
URL: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/37
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25626

National Quilting Day
Details about this celebration of quilting. "The third Saturday in March is officially designated as National Quilting Day, but ... observance of National Quilting Day has unofficially been expanded to the whole month of March." Features special projects and other ideas for celebrating the month, including charity quilting. From the National Quilting Association.
URL: http://www.nqaquilts.org/NatQuiltDay.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25633

Business

A Lifeline for Delinquent Mortgage Borrowers
This February 2008 article describes the public-private Project Lifeline, "billed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as 'a targeted outreach to homeowners 90 days or more delinquent that may lead to a pause in the foreclosure process.'" This project "covers all residential mortgages, not just subprime loans. The project comprises six of the biggest mortgage servicers: Countrywide, Wells Fargo, CitiMortgage, Chase Home Finance, Washington Mutual and Bank of America." From Bankrate.
URL: http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/mortgages/20080214_project_lifeline_a...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25614

Why Not Just Walk Away From a Home?
This February 2008 article discusses companies that suggest home owners voluntarily walk away from their mortgages, "engaging in a practice the mortgage industry calls 'ruthless default'" instead of going through the foreclosure process. Also describes alternatives to foreclosure or walking away that borrowers should consider. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18958049
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25613

Government

Youth Radio: Election 2008
This site follows the 2008 U.S. presidential election "around the country, through the perspectives of young people who are getting a close-up view of the process." Features youth reporting on candidates, primaries, fundraisers, and other election topics. From Youth Radio, a "youth media production company creating radio, television, web and print content."
URL: http://www.youthradio.org/election-2008
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25628

Health

Holiday Pet Hazards and How to Prevent Them
"Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas may be among the most festive and joyous in your family, but these holidays are among the most dangerous for pets." Discusses potential holiday dangers for pets such as chocolate (which "is among the most toxic substances a pet can consume"), aluminum or plastic candy wrapping, and poisonous ornamental plants "including poinsettias, mistletoe, Easter lilies, daffodils, and tulip bulbs." From a pet store chain.
URL: http://www.petsmart.com/uc/petarticles_db.jsp?ucCategory=ARTICLE&ucTop...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25560

Home & Housing

Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Press Information
Information about the international bottled and municipal water taste competition held each year at the Berkeley Springs Spa in West Virginia. Provides background about the event, and list of winners in the categories of municipal water, non-carbonated bottled water, purified drinking water, carbonated bottled water, and package design. Includes lists of winners back to 1999 and entrants back to 2002.
URL: http://www.berkeleysprings.com/water/press.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25607

St. Patrick's Day
"Explore some of the places and legends associated with Saint Patrick and find out about the life of Ireland's patron saint." Also includes a list of "essential Irish phrases" for a night out at a pub, and traditional Irish recipes for items such as Irish stew, Irish coffee, and champ (mashed potatoes). From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/spring/patricks/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25606

War of the Waters
This 2007 article discusses drinking water taste competitions. "Just think of water taste competitions as film industry awards. There's the Academy Awards (Berkeley Springs claims it's the granddaddy, with a 17-year history of water tasting), the Golden Globes (maybe AWWA [American Water Works Association]) and People's Choice Awards (U.S. Conference of Mayors)." Also describes factors considered in water taste tests. From Water & Wastewater News, a news source for industrial and municipal water professionals.
URL: http://www.wwn-online.com/articles/52488/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25608

Media

She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio
This site "celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women [television and radio] writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives." Features a list and brief background about honorees from the 1920s through 2007. Honorees include Fanny Brice, Lucille Ball, Julia Child, Christiane Amanpour, Tina Fey, Gwen Ifill, and Rosie O'Donnell. Also includes video interviews with selected honorees. From the Paley Center for Media.
URL: http://www.shemadeit.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25604

People

The Arabian Adventure of Wallace Stegner
This 2007 article answers the question, "What was the nature-loving novelist [Wallace Stegner] doing working for the world's biggest oil company?" Describes how in the mid-1950s Stegner came to produce for the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) "'Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil,' a tormented work-for-hire project about the early days of Saudi oil exploration in the 1930s and 1940s." From the Stanford Magazine.
URL: http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2007/janfeb/features/stegn...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25652

Easter Parade 2007
See dozens of photos of the whimsical and wild head adornments worn at the New York City Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, which takes place along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets each Easter. Includes photos from 2006 and 2007. From a professional photographer.
URL: http://williambert.com/eealbum/list.php?exhibition=27&ee_lang=eng
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25562

Elizabeth Bishop, A Growing Legacy
Companion to an exhibit about American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), who "during her lifetime ... won nearly every major literary prize in the United States, including a Pulitzer." Features highlights from the physical exhibition, essays, and a link to the Elizabeth Bishop Papers collection (includes a biographical sketch). From Vassar College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.
URL: http://specialcollections.vassar.edu/exhibits/bishop/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25622

Women in History: Historical Figures
Profiles of famous American women, such as Louisa May Alcott, Clara Barton, Rachel Carson, Isadora Duncan, Sally Hemings, Dolley Madison, Annie Oakley, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Profiles vary in amount of information provided about the individual. A good starting point for ideas for school paper topics, as this listing includes women from a variety of time periods, professions, and fields of accomplishment. From Lakewood Public Library, Ohio.
URL: http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/figures.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25627

Women Medal Recipients: Military and Civilian
This website provides an unofficial list of U.S. women military medal recipients. Medals include the Medal of Honor (only awarded to one woman during the Civil War), Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Silver Star, Air Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Soldiers Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross ("The first woman to receive the DFC was Amelia Earhart which sparked controversy and later it was changed to exclude civilians."), and Distinguished Service Medal. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/medals.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25656

Recreation

Fur Rendezvous
Collection of stories about this annual Anchorage, Alaska, winter festival (also referred to as "Fur Rondy") featuring a festival, Miners' and Trappers' Charity Ball, the World Championship Sled Dog Race, Running of the Reindeer (new in 2008), cat show, and other events. Provides photos, videos, and news about specific festival events and concerns about "lagging public interest and rough financial straits." From the Anchorage Daily News.
URL: http://www.adn.com/furrondy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25605

Let Women Ski Jump in 2010
Website for a petition to allow women to participate in ski jumping competitions at the Olympics. The site notes that "ski jumping is the only activity in the Olympic Winter Games that does not allow women to compete, and ... women from all over the world currently compete in an international women's [ski jumping] tour." Includes a fact sheet, link to videos, and an opportunity to sign the petition online. From Women's Ski Jumping USA.
URL: http://www.wsj2010.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25610

The World Awheel: Early Cycling Books at the Lilly Library
This collection of images of cycling-themed books features cycling in fiction and titles about early bicycles, bicycle touring, women and cycling, and cycling music. Accompanied by brief historical essays. From the Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.
URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/awheel/awheel.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25319

Regional: California

California Supreme Court: High Profile Case: Marriage Cases
California Supreme Court case documents and related material pertaining to challenges to California's Proposition 8 (starting November 2008) and to six cases in which (in May 2008) the court "concluded that public officials of the City and County of San Francisco acted unlawfully by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the absence of a judicial determination that the California statutes limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman are unconstitutional."
URL: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25649

HomeSchool Association of California (HSC)
This site offers local contact information, organized by county; links to the California Education Code and its relationship to homeschooling legal issues; and articles offering practical advice for home educators and families. Includes a FAQ, related links, and their newsletter, The California Homeschooler.
URL: http://www.hsc.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13052

Homeschooling in California
Collection of documents pertaining to homeschooling in California, including a February 2008 California Court of Appeal ruling "that almost all forms of homeschooling in California are in violation of state law." Find links to local organizations and summaries of laws, legislation, and cases. From the Home School Legal Defense Association, "a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children."
URL: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/CA/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25645

Science

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
Background about "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs) [which] refers, in general, to any product used by individuals for personal health or cosmetic reasons or used by agribusiness to enhance growth or health of livestock." Covers PPCP sources, where PPCPs are found ("any water body influenced by raw or treated sewage, including rivers, streams, ground water, coastal marine environments, and many drinking water sources"), and related topics. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25650

Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Background about this seed vault (opened in February 2008 in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard, Norway) "designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections from around the globe. ... If seeds are lost, e.g. as a result of natural disasters, war or simply a lack of resources, the seed collections may be reestablished using seeds from Svalbard." Features news releases, photos, and videos. From the Norway Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
URL: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/lmd/campain/svalbard-global-seed-vaul...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25611

Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos
Collection of videos from March 2008 of "fiery explosions, beautiful reactions, and hilarious music ...[which] are great reasons to be excited about chemistry." Includes videos of a gummy bear reacting with potassium chlorate, how to make your own glow sticks, and more. Note: these experiments are meant only for trained professionals in labs. From Wired magazine.
URL: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/03/top-10-amazing.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25594

Society & Social Science

Buckley Online
"This website contains the complete writings of William F. Buckley, Jr. Transcripts from his long running TV show, 'Firing Line' are available at the Hoover Institution." Search or browse through the writings of this conservative political commentator who died in February 2008. From Hillsdale College.
URL: http://cumulus.hillsdale.edu/buckley/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25642

Camping With the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
Text of fieldwork journals "kept by Alice Fletcher during a six-week venture into Plains Indian territory in 1881." Fletcher's trip "was unprecedented. ... no one but Frank Hamilton Cushing had lived with Native Americans for a scientific purpose." Features illustrated diary entries, a photo gallery, Sioux folk tales recorded by Fletcher, and related readings and links. From the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/fletcher/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25617

Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action
Website for a "national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our [library and museum] treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story." Features a booklet on the care of collections, a related FAQ and bibliography, online conservation and collections management resources, and project updates. From the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
URL: http://www.imls.gov/collections/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25553

Homeschooling in the United States: 2003: Statistical Analysis Report
This report, released in 2006, "represents the latest survey information from the National Center for Education Statistics on the prevalence of homeschooling in the United States." Find data on the estimated number of homeschooled students in the U.S., characteristics of homeschooled and non-homeschooled students, parents' reasons for homeschooling, use of distance learning, and related topics. From the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.
URL: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/homeschool/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25647

No-Rooz, The Iranian New Year at Present Times
Description of the origins and traditions of No-Rooz, the Iranian new year, which occurs at the vernal equinox in March. Discusses symbols, decorations, foods, activities, and greetings for No-Rooz. Also provides links to related articles about No-Rooz and the Iranian calendar. From The Iran Chamber Society, a nonprofit organization of scholars and researchers promoting Iranian culture and society.
URL: http://www.iranchamber.com/culture/articles/norooz_iranian_new_year.ph...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25630


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