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LII New This Week
New This Week for May 22, 2008
This Week
Start with a serious look at superhero fashion, then read about obsolete securities, caution in charitable giving, show biz lingo, financial bubbles, and more on global food problems and prices. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

Tip of the Week
The issues of food shortages and prices appear in several LII topic areas, but you'll find the most general ones in the subtopic Economic Aspects in the Agriculture section.
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Arts and Humanities

The Loss of Nameless Things
Companion to an Independent Lens documentary about how "in 1978, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant 28-year-old playwright on the verge of national recognition when he mysteriously fell from a bridge and lost everything" due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Includes brief background about people featured in the documentary (such as author Oakley Hall II, writer of "Warlock"), and about TBI. Includes links to related sites. From Independent Television Service (ITVS).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/lossofnamelessthings/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26114

Superheros: Fashion and Fantasy
Companion to a 2008 exhibit about costumes worn by cartoon superheros and associated fashions. Features images and essays on topics such as the graphic body (in which "the 'S' emblem inscribed on Superman's chest and cape functions as a simplified statement of his identity"), the patriotic body, and the armored body. Click on the comic book pages at the top of each essay to view images. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/superheroes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26072

Trip of a Lifetime: How LSD Rocked the World
LSD is "the psychedelic drug that inspired Hendrix and The Beatles - and shaped the music, art and literature of a generation. As the world bids farewell to [Albert Hoffman, dead at 102] the bicycling Swiss chemist who created LSD ... [this article] explores his mind-altering legacy." This illustrated May 2008 article describes LSD's influence on movies, music, literature, and design. Also includes video clips. From the British newspaper The Independent.
URL: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/trip-of...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26103

Business

Agflation: The Real Costs of Rising Food Prices
News coverage of the causes and effects of rising world food prices, with news stories, graphics, photos, data, maps, videos, polls, and blog posts. Topics include specific crops (such as rice and corn) and specific countries, food aid, hunger, and the effect of biofuel production. From Reuters.
URL: http://www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/agflation
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26105

CallerComplaints.com
This website allows users to submit and view phone numbers of telemarketers. It notes that "[u]nlike government reporting websites, these reports are publicly published for the world to see." Search, or browse by area codes, most searched numbers, and recently filed complaints. The submission form has a place to submit the caller name (if known), caller type (such as debt collector), and complaint details.
URL: http://www.callercomplaints.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26088

Charity Fraud
This site "offers useful tips for consumers, business people and nonprofit organizations" about avoiding charity scams and fraud. It provides fact sheets and consumer alerts, including a May 2008 notice "urging consumers to be cautious of potential charity scams in connection with the devastating earthquake in China and cyclone in Myanmar." Some publications also available in Spanish. Also includes links to related sites. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/charityfraud/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26094

Financial Bubbles
This presentation from 2006 "explores some of the extraordinary similarities between the South Sea Bubble of 1720 and the recent technology bubble." Features a movie, gallery of historical images, related links, and a reading list on the South Sea Bubble, high-tech bubble, and the history of financial speculation. From the Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
URL: http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/historicalreturns/fb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22023

A Guide to Finding Business Information at the Library of Congress: Guide to Business History Resources
Guide for "researchers seeking historical information about an old company or an extinct firm." Topics include general works, directories, periodicals, and finding information about obsolete securities. Also includes links to Internet resources. From Richard F. Sharp of the Library of Congress (LOC) Business Reference Services.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/guide/guide1/sharp13.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26093

Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms: South Sea Bubble Resources in the Kress Collection at Baker Library
Exhibit about this series of events in which a "complex network of intersecting financial, legal, political, and cultural factors all contributed to the development of the South Sea Bubble, the eventual collapse of the South Sea Company in 1720, and the financial ruin left in its wake." Features many images, and introductory material that points out the South Sea Bubble's significance in early 21st-century events such as the dotcom bubble. From Harvard Business School.
URL: http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/ssb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23382

Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis
This publication offers advice for avoiding scams when donating money to support victims of a disaster, such as giving to an established charity, designating your gift for a specific project, and avoiding telemarketers. From Charity Navigator, a website that evaluates charities.
URL: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=310
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26097

Government

Carrier: Life Aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz
Companion website to a documentary resulting from "a six-month journey [taken by 17 filmmakers] aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during its deployment to the Gulf in support of the Iraq War." Learn about the ship, the journey, and the crew, through images, interactive features, interviews, video clips, and more. Includes the full episodes, behind-the-scenes material, background information, and related resources. From WETA.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/?campaign=pbshomefeatures_3_carrier_20...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25982

Past Convention Coverage
News and photo essays on the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions for 1896 -1996. The first Democratic national nominating convention was held in 1832. "The Republicans' first convention as a national party was held in 1856." Covers conventions such as the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago with its Vietnam War protesters, and the 1924 Democratic convention in which the candidate was not selected until the 103rd ballot, a record. From The New York Times.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/whouse/convention-ra.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26065

Presidential Elections in the United States: A Primer
This 2000 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report discusses aspects of the U.S. presidential nominating and election process. Topics include prior occupations of presidents, Secret Service protection, delegate selection, nominating conventions (historical and modern conventions, and day-by-day operations), the general election, the Electoral College, and inauguration. Opens directly into a PDF document. Posted by the U.S. Senate.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30527.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26063

Health

Dangerous Decibels: A Public Health Partnership for Prevention of Noise-induced Hearing Loss
This program is "designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children." Find information on the mechanisms of hearing and hearing loss, supporting research, games and activities about dangerous sounds, and outreach and educator resources. A collaboration between researchers, museum educators, civic leaders, and Oregon and Southwest Washington schools.
URL: http://www.dangerousdecibels.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26033

Law

The Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia: The Legal Legacy of the Case that Ended Legal Prohibitions on Interracial Marriage
Two-part series from 2007 about the "the U.S. Supreme Court [decision that] held that state laws criminalizing interracial marriage are unconstitutional. In that case, Loving v. Virginia, the Court invalidated the anti-miscegenation law not only in Virginia, but also in the fifteen other states that banned the practice." Includes background about Richard Loving and Mildred (Jeter) Loving (who died in May 2008); June 12, 2007, was the 40th anniversary of the case. From FindLaw.
URL: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/grossman/20070612.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26101

Media

Slanguage Dictionary
This glossary features entertainment industry terms that have appeared in the stories and headlines of Variety magazine, such as "ankle, which refers to someone leaving (say, walking away from) a job, or whammo, which refers to something terrific, especially box office performance." From the website for Variety magazine.
URL: http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=slanguage&query=slanguage
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26086

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

AccessMyLibrary
"Free access to millions of articles from top publications available at your library." Search, or browse articles by publication or subject in areas such as business, health, law, and sports. Gain access to material by inputting your library card number, or you may register for 30-day free membership. Includes maps of member libraries. From the Gale Group.
URL: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26081

Library and Information Science: A Guide to Online Resources
"This guide is intended for individuals without ready access to print resources and subscription databases in the field of library and information science. It compiles free, full-text resources available on the Web. ... In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers to a number of the most common library and information science questions received by the Library of Congress." From the Virtual Services Digital Reference Team of the Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/libsci/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26096

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

California Video
Website for this exhibition that "reveals the variety of artistic experimentation that has occurred in the video medium throughout California over the last 40 years." The online presentation features excerpts from more than 50 videos, browsable by artist, date, and theme. The site notes "[c]ontent in the exhibition and in this online presentation may be offensive to some viewers and inappropriate for children." From the Getty Museum.
URL: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/california_video/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26090

SFGate: Same-Sex Marriage [2008]
Compilation of news stories about the May 2008 California Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Also includes editorials and commentary, a FAQ, and archived stories about same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere. From SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/samesexmarriage2008/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26120

Walking Tour of Napa Valley
Short video describing how California winemaker Robert Mondavi founded his winery and created award-winning wines. Features photos and background about Mondavi winery innovations and how the company was sold in 2004. From an author who wrote a 2007 book about Mondavi.
URL: http://www.houseofmondavi.com/siler-tour.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26122

Science

Making the Modern World
This site "brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives." Includes a timeline, background about dozens of icons of invention in technology and medicine and dozens of "everyday" inventions. Also include learning modules on topics such as DNA, textile production, and stress management. From the Science Museum, U.K.
URL: http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26023

Society & Social Science

Global Food Crisis
Compilation of material from 2008 about rising food prices, food security, and contributing factors to the world food situation. Includes updates, maps, key documents, FAQs, data, and resources for further information. From ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
URL: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/GlobalFoodCrisis?Readform
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26084

The Oakland Institute
This California organization is a "policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic and environmental issues in both national and international forums." Features publications on topics such as agro fuels, international aid, hunger and poverty, security, and trade. Includes reports such as "Food Price Crisis: Wake Up Call for Food Sovereignty" from May 2008.
URL: http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26108

Stuffed and Starved
This companion blog to a book of the same name provides updates about the global food crisis. Topics include rice-affected countries, food riots, hunger in America, biofuels, and more. Blog entries go back to November 2006. Also includes a list of "ten things that we all can do to promote justice and food sovereignty" and links to related sites. From an author and consultant.
URL: http://stuffedandstarved.org/drupal/frontpage
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26107


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