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This week we added sites about kite fighting, Yves Saint Laurent, cultural approaches to mental health treatment, rare diseases, and the history of the TV remote (and other things, of course). Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.
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The Beats and Beyond: Counterculture Poetry, 1950-1975
Companion to a 2008 exhibit that celebrates holdings of "post-World War II American avant-garde poetry." Features an exhibition checklist with selected images in areas such as the New York School of Poets, Beat poets, the San Francisco Renaissance, censorship, black nationalism and the black arts movement, feminism, and the Vietnam War. Curated by Sarah E. Fass, Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25966
Yves Saint Laurent
Companion to a 2008 retrospective exhibit "spanning the forty years of creation of the Maison de haute couture Yves Saint Laurent." The video section includes a biographical note about this French fashion designer, who "unveiled his first collection under the Yves Saint Laurent label" in 1962, and video clips showing some of his creations. In English and French. From the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26223
Yves Saint Laurent
Companion to a 2005 exhibit about the haute couture designs of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. "The majority of the garments in this exhibition are gifts to the Kent State University Museum from three fashionable [American] women." Includes annotated images relating to the little black dress, on being a couturier, and suits. Includes detailed images of "the first dress Saint Laurent designed for Dior" in 1955. From the Kent State University Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26225
PolicyMap is a "geographic information system which allows you to easily create custom maps, tables, and charts" on topics such as "demographics, real estate, crime, money & income, jobs, education, energy, and public investments." Requires free registration to access many services; other services (such as for data uploading) require a fee. From the Reinvestment Fund.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26183
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC)
JCMC is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that focuses on social science research on the Internet and wireless technologies. Find archives back to 1995 (most recent issues at a linked site). Topics include online social networks, blogging, types of fantasy sports users, social and economic dimensions of search engines, and more. Sponsored by the Indiana University School of Library & Information Science and School of Informatics. An official journal of the International Communication Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26091
Pronetos: Professor's Network
This site bills itself as a social network for scholars, providing "a platform to network and collaborate with your colleagues all over the world." Members (over 500 as of June 2008) may participate in discussions and present articles in disciplines such as library science, art history, and entrepreneurship. Many discipline areas have do not yet have any articles. "Only credentialed academics, graduate students, or professional researchers ... can create accounts."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26092
This site discusses cyberbullying ("when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted" usually by another child, preteen, or teen, via "the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones") and provides prevention tips and action items. Includes details about the roles of parents, teachers, and police in creating a safe online environment. From WiredKids, a charity focused on the prevention of cybercrime and abuse.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26220
Facts for Features Special Edition: Conversion From Analog to Digital TV
In 2009 "all full-power TV stations will cease to broadcast analog programming. ... To mark this historic transition, the Census Bureau has assembled a sampling of statistics from its publications about television and the television industry." Statistics cover percentage of U.S. households with television sets, estimated sales for digital and analog TVs, projected spending on cable and satellite services, and more. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25986
U.S. Department of State: Nepal
Compilation of documents concerning U.S.-Nepal relations and U.S. foreign policy on Nepal, including background notes, press releases, and links to other U.S. government pages on Nepal. Includes recent trip reports and Q&As on U.S-Nepal bilateral relations. From the U.S. Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26224
Online Readings in Psychology and Culture
This online textbook "is designed to be used by professors to supplement lectures and textbooks in any psychology course, or as the primary readings for courses in psychology and culture." Topics include measuring intelligence and abilities across cultures, acculturation and adapting to other cultures, cultural perspectives on death, social psychology, and culture and mental illness. From the Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Western Washington University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25734
Psychotherapy for All: An Experiment
This March 2008 article describes a project in India "that has the potential to transform mental health treatment in the developing world. Instead of doctors, the program trains laypeople to identify and treat depression and anxiety and sends them to six community health clinics." The article notes that depression and anxiety are not only Western afflictions and that "severe depression can be as disabling as physical diseases." From The New York Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25735
Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Details about this National Institutes of Health program (launched in May 2008) to help patients with undiagnosed diseases by providing "answers to patients with mysterious conditions that have long eluded diagnosis and ... [advancing] medical knowledge about rare and common diseases. Features information for patients and care providers, a FAQ, a press release and audio announcing the program, and related material. From the National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26221
Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Celebration: Celebrating His Can-Do Spirit
Website for the 2008 centennial celebration of the birth of President Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 27, 1908. Features a timeline on the president, a history of presidential centennials, a calendar of events leading up to and following the centennial, photos and videos, and related material. From the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and several other partners.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25623
Buginfo: State Insects
Quick list of the state insects for the "41 states in the United States [that] have officially designated State Insects." It also notes that "California was the first state of the United States to select a state insect. The Dogface Butterfly, Zerene eurydice, was officially adopted as the state insect of California in 1929." From the Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26155
For Afghan Boys and Men, Kite Flying Is a Way of Life
This 2007 article describes how, "[b]anned during the Taliban regime, kite flying is once again the main recreational escape for Afghan boys and some men." The sole objective of the kite flying is the kite fight, in which a kite flier tries to slice the other flier's string with his own and send the other kite to the ground. From the International Herald Tribune. Note: Video clip is not available.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26151
Takoage-Gassen (Kite-Fighting Contest)
Brief overview of this May event in which "[m]ore than 100 kites are flown in the sky over the Nakatajima Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan" and in which "the kite-fliers try to cut their opponents' strings by friction." This festival dates back to the 16th century. From the Japan National Tourist Organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26153
Background about the native Thai sports of Thai boxing, fish fighting, kite fighting, and takraw (a kicking volleyball game). Includes the story and rules of professional Thai boxing, the male Thai fighting fish, types of kites and rules of kite fighting, and a variation on takraw in which the game is played with "small and hollow rattan balls." From Assumption University, Thailand.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26152
Al Shapiro's Butterfly Site
"This website describes over 34 years of data collected by ... [a] professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, in his continuing effort to regularly monitor butterfly population trends on a transect across central California." Features butterfly data, profiles of study sites (such as Donner Pass and Suisun Marsh), bibliography, photos, links to news and related websites, and more. From the Information Center for the Environment (ICE), University of California, Davis.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26156
Store in a Cool, Fertile Place: 1950s California
This 2008 article describes the traveling exhibit "Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury," a show that "examines cool style of the '50s in several disciplines, including painting, furniture design, architecture, film and photography." Also provides links to additional articles about artists and designers such as Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen, and Ray Eames, and musicians such as Stan Getz and Chet Baker. From The New York Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26184
Insects at the Smithsonian
This is a starting place for locating the Smithsonian Institution's projects and content on insects, including exhibits, fact sheets, research, and classroom guides. Includes links to pages on mosquitoes and cicadas. From the Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26168
National Zoo: Insects
Fact sheet about the insect class, which "comprises the most diverse group of animals on the earth and constitutes more than half of all described animal species." Includes images and links to related articles and fact sheets on praying mantids, Hercules beetles, insect farmers, communication, and camouflage and mimicry. From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26158
On Six Legs
Compilation of columns featuring fun facts and trivia about insects, with titles such as "Hissing Cockroaches Not Warm-and-Fuzzy Pets," "Insect Words Can Be Pests to Crossword Puzzle Addicts," and "Not All Insect Legs Are Made for Walking." Archive goes back to late 2001. From Purdue University Agriculture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26161
U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features Special Edition: Hurricane Season Begins
"The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November. ... This edition of Facts for Features spotlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these acts of nature." Provides statistics about past hurricanes, population of states in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal areas, and related topics. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21639
National FindFamily Registry
"Families [who] may have lost touch with family members with disabilities for ... reasons ... like divorce, foster care or adoption, personal problems or misfortune" can use this service to try to track down these relatives "even though just bits of information are available." Includes a FAQ, privacy information, and links to related sites. From The Arc, a national organization on mental retardation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26229
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder