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LII New This Week
New This Week for April 17, 2008
This Week
A lot of environmental issues and Earth Day, the 50-year history of the peace sign, new excavation at Stonehenge, and the penalties of not paying your tax bill by two days ago. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Charlotte, Jennifer, and Maria.

Tip of the Week
We've plenty more about Earth Day -- take a few minutes to reflect on why it's important to reflect on things like diapers and carbon rights and pollination and the natural and human processes that make the planet the place it is.
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Arts and Humanities

J.M.W. Turner
Companion to an exhibit about Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), who "became the leading British artist of his era." Provides an exhibition feature with selected images of Turner's landscape paintings, film clip, downloadable exhibition brochure, biography of Turner, and audio of related exhibit talks and events. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
URL: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/turnerinfo.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25152

Computers

In Pictures: Computer Tutorials Based on Pictures
Collection of free, easy-to follow illustrated tutorials for software and computer subjects such as Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Photoshop Elements, HTML and CSS, My SQL, PHP, and Perl. Originally developed as part of a U.S. Department of Education study to help people with learning disabilities to learn computer skills. From Visibooks.
URL: http://inpics.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23704

Government

Hot Politics
Companion website to a 2008 PBS Frontline documentary that looks at the factors behind "the [failure of the] executive branch of the U.S. government ... to join in climate change agreements adopted by much of the rest of the world." Features investigative reports, a timeline of scientific and political developments concerning global warming, interviews, readings and links, a teacher's guide, and more.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hotpolitics/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25899

Internal Revenue Service Topic 653: IRS Notices and Bills, Penalties and Interest Charges
This document summarizes the penalties for not filing and paying federal taxes by the April 15 deadline, listing specific interest rates and other penalty charges for late filing and payment. It suggests what to do if you feel you have reasonable cause for abatement of penalties or if you believe there is an error on your notice or bill. Includes links to relevant tax publications. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
URL: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc653.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25877

Health

Transgender Health
This document answers questions about health concerns faced by transgender college students. Some of the topics discussed include depression and anxiety, transitioning to the opposite gender, female-to-male (FTM) health topics (such as that "[i]t is still possible to become pregnant while on testosterone, although infertility occurs after continued use"), and male-to-female (MTF) concerns (such as silicone and oil injections). From Brown University Health Services.
URL: http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25868

Home & Housing

Bring Your Own Bag
Website for a campaign to remind people to bring "your own bags every time you go to the store. It's one simple way to go green in your daily life." Includes some statistics about paper and plastic bags, a list of bagging solutions from around the world, tips to remember your bags (such as keeping them by your door), and links to related sites. From the San Francisco Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition.
URL: http://igotmybag.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25893

Celebrate Earth Day
"EPA's Earth Day Web site offers you many tips and fun ways to protect the environment and your health every day." Features a list of Earth Day (April 22) events and volunteer opportunities and tips for reducing environmental impacts at home, in your community, at school, at work, and while shopping. Also includes a timeline history of Earth Day and related publications. In English and Spanish. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25861

Law

Popular Names (U.S. Code)
This brief article lists three ways of looking up United States Code items by popular name, including the U.S. Code's print Acts Cited by Popular Name, Westlaw's USCA Popular Name Table (USCA-POP), and the free online source, Popular Names of Acts in the U.S. Code (offered by Cornell University Law School). From the Law Tips Archive of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wirtz Labor Law Library.
URL: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/law/lawtips/popularnames.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25823

Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions
"Many provisions of the U.S. Constitution are known by popular name or nickname. This page identifies many of those popular names and includes the text of the relevant provisions. The information is arranged in two lists: the first, alphabetically by popular name and the second, arranged by appearance in the Constitution." Some of the popular names include "Citizenship Clause," "Due Process Clause," and "Slavery Amendment." From Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington.
URL: http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/consticlauses.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25825

Media

The Top 25 Blogs
"From millions of blogs about nothing, [Time.com has] selected the 25 best about something -- from politics and global affairs to shopping and sports." This "first annual blog index" provides a brief description of each blog, with a link to the blog and to a sample post. From Time.com.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1725323,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25884

People

Inventor of the Week: Marion Donovan (1917-1998): Disposable Diaper
Profile of Marion Donovan, who "helped revolutionize the infant care industry by inventing the prototype of the disposable diaper." Topics include Donovan's development of a waterproof diaper cover, her work on the disposable paper diaper, and her other inventions that earned her over a dozen patents. From the Lemelson-MIT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
URL: http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/donovan.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25814

Pope Benedict XVI: Apostolic Journey to the United States 2008
Website for the April 2008 papal visit to the United States. Features a brief biography of Pope Benedict XVI, a list of his travels outside of Italy back to 2005, details about beatifications and canonizations, links to key writings, and details about his itinerary in Washington, D.C. (April 15-17) and New York City (April 18-20). Also includes video clips and a blog. From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
URL: http://www.uspapalvisit.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25906

Regional: California

California Waste Prevention Information Exchange: Health Care Waste: Diapers
"There are three types of diapers: reusable, biodegradable or otherwise recyclable, and disposable. This page provides references to reusable and biodegradable or otherwise recyclable diapers." Includes links to general and California-specific resources related to diapers, such as vendors and manufacturers, and material for making your own diapers. From the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/WPIE/HealthCare/Diapers.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25812

CFLs -- Don’t Throw Them Away!
"Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) is a great way to reduce electrical use ... but throwing them away in your regular trash can lead to soil and water pollution because CFLs contain small amounts of mercury." This site provides a directory of "free, local and convenient ways for California residents to recycle CFLs (and other household wastes such as batteries and electronic devices)." From the California Public Utilities Commission.
URL: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/consumers/080210_cfls.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25857

Penalties & Interests [California Taxes]
Collection of reference materials about penalties and interest for California taxpayers who miss the April 15 deadline for filing and payment of state taxes. Includes a table of past (back to 1976) and current interest rates, and explanations of penalties charged by the state. From the California Franchise Tax Board.
URL: http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/faq/penaltiesInterest.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25879

Regions of the World

Destinations: Middle East
Listing of dozens of up-coming cultural and sporting events in the Middle East, covering events such as the United Arab Emirates Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival (with a camel beauty pageant), the Bahrain Beauty Arabian exhibit, the International Istanbul Film Festival, the Haifa International Children's Theater Festival, and the Kuwait International Boat show. Browsable by type of event, such as arts, gay and lesbian, and science. From the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC).
URL: http://www.istc.org/sisp/index.htm?fx=location&loc_id=130995
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25882

Stonehenge
Background about this World Heritage Site in England. Features a FAQ, visual and narrative history, photos, and information about visiting Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Also includes material about the spring 2008 Stonehenge archaeological dig, "the first excavation inside the stone circle at Stonehenge in nearly half a century." Note: Interactive map is not available. From English Heritage, an organization that protects and promotes England's historic environment.
URL: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.876
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25894

Science

Fight Global Warming
Website for an Environmental Defense Fund campaign designed as a "wake-up call" about global warming, "the most serious environmental challenge of our time." Includes discussions of the dangers of global warming (such as health concerns, extreme weather, and economic impacts) and the science of global warming (such as pollution and improving energy consumption), an energy calculator, and tips for what you can do at home and on the road.
URL: http://fightglobalwarming.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25783

Jules Verne ATV
Background and updates about the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), a European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft for delivering supplies to the International Space Station. Provides news about the Jules Verne ATV, "the first of five ATVs planned to be launched from 2008 throughout the following ten years," and description of cargo (such as fuel, water, food, and spare parts), images, video clips, fact sheets, and a blog. From the ESA.
URL: http://www.esa.int/esaMI/ATV/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25876

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization
Website for this Colorado environmental group that is "spreading the word about what climate disruption can do." Its site features introductions to climate change and its impact with respect to heat, snow, water, drought, economics, wildfire, and biodiversity; a March 2008 Report "Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate" documenting "how the West's climate is already changing"; news; and links to material about advocacy.
URL: http://www.rockymountainclimate.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25790

Society & Social Science

"Google Generation" Is a Myth, Says New Research
This 2008 report, "commissioned by JISC and the British Library, counters the common assumption that the 'Google Generation' -- young people born or brought up in the Internet age -- is the most adept at using the web." Includes a summary of findings from the report ("Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future"), audio of a related speech, full text of the briefing paper, and supporting documents. From the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
URL: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2008/01/googlegen.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25855

The CND Logo
History of the round peace sign, which was created in 1958 by professional designer Gerald Holtom as the symbol for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). "Gerald Holtom, a conscientious objector who had worked on a farm in Norfolk during the Second World War, explained that the symbol incorporated the semaphore letters N(uclear) and D(isarmament)." Also describes misrepresentations and misuse of the symbol. From CND.
URL: http://www.cnduk.org/index.php/information/info-sheets/the-cnd-logo.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25869

Go Green: Edutopia's Green Teacher's Resources
Compilation of reviews of classroom resources on environmental topics such as energy conservation, waste and recycling, habitat and ecosystems, water, and wildlife. Search the database by topic, type of resource (such as online tools, green design projects, and service learning projects), location, grade level, and other factors. Teachers can submit new resources and rate existing resources. From Edutopia, a project of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
URL: http://www.edutopia.org/go-green
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24721

Solving the Diaper Dilemma
This article discusses the question "Are disposable plastic or reusable cloth diapers better for the environment and for the babies themselves?," noting that "[w]hile many of us might answer with a kneejerk 'cloth!', the answer isn't necessarily that easy." Discusses studies and cloth diapering. Note: Some of the diaper companies listed are no longer in business, but current listings can be found by searching for "diapers" in the website's "National Green Pages." From Co-op America.
URL: http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/realmoney/articles/diapers.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25816

Stonehenge: The Healing Stones
"Archaeologists are carrying out [in spring 2008] the first dig for almost half a century inside the stone circle of [Stonehenge] the world's most famous Neolithic monument. Their aim is to unearth evidence for a startling new theory -- that Stonehenge was built to heal the sick." Site features news and video from the 12-day dig, a panoramic view from within the stone circle, and related material. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/stonehenge/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25895

Welcome, Stranger: Public Libraries and the Global Village
This 2008 report presents findings from 2007 surveys "gathering data on the ways in which urban public libraries are involved with the transition of immigrants into American life. ... [The findings] show that urban public libraries are in the forefront of the effort to make their cities stronger by welcoming and integrating new residents from all over the world." Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Urban Libraries Council (ULC).
URL: http://www.hypersimulation.com/ulc/ULC_WS.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25871


LII New This Week

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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder