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Past and future world's fairs, George Carlin, checking out people in living libraries, and lots about travel: offbeat plans and places, surviving the airplane experience, and lots of books to take along. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.
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The Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs, 1851-1940
Website companion to a collection of material about international expositions from 1851-1940. Site features a chronological list of fairs by decade, list of fairs by city, lists of photographs (a few available online) and artifacts, and an illustrated presentation of fair sheet music. Also includes links to related sites. Note: List of fair postcards is not available. From the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26237
This site traces the history of world fairs (international expositions) from 1851 to the present, and beyond. Features a timeline with links to sites about most fairs, photos of architecture from selected fairs, and a discussion group. Includes links to future fairs such as 2010 in Shanghai, China; 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea; and 2015 in Milan, Italy. From an enthusiast.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26242
Friends for Faraway Places
In this 2008 reading list, "writers recommend the perfect literary travelling companions." Features book suggestions for Sicily, Los Angeles, India, Chicago, Uruguay, Turkey, Japan, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest, Egypt, France, China, and South America. From the British newspaper The Guardian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26327
Slate: Reading List 2008
This collection of weekly thematic reading lists includes books on soccer, baseball, parenting, communism, Shakespeare, uncluttering, recessions, and other wide-ranging subjects. Some of the lists also include links to articles and websites. From the online magazine Slate.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26329
Summer Reading Lists Abound on the Web!
Every year "Education World surveys some of the best children's summer reading lists on the Web. Here, you'll find an overview of great lists that you or your school's staff might use to create your own summer reading program." Includes annotated links to reading lists from several schools and libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7317
Wedding Industry Research
Compilation of resources on the business of weddings (it is "not a guide on how to plan a wedding"), covering services (such as dresses, consultants, and caterers), statistics, associations, articles, books, and related resources. Compiled by Ellen Terrell of Business Reference Services at the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26316
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
J-PAL "serves as a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized trials. The objective is to improve the effectiveness of poverty programs by providing policy makers with clear scientific results. ... J-PAL works with NGOs, international organizations, and others." Its website features descriptions of research projects and selected associated papers on topics such as AIDS education in Kenya and charitable giving. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26170
Who Runs Your World?
Website for this British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) series about power: "who has it, who wants it, how it is used and how it is changing across a whole range of human activity." Some of the topics covered include power in Hollywood, "the secretive Bilderberg Group," "beauty and power in Colombia," and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Includes surveys and quizzes.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26314
Biography of George Carlin
Brief biography for this stand-up comedian, actor, and author, who was announced to be the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American humor on June 18, 2008, and who died on June 22, 2008. "Carlin balanced mainstream material with outspoken, irreverent routines that would become his trademark" and is known for his controversial "Seven Dirty Words" monologue. From the Kennedy Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26338
Air Travel: Your Summer Survival Guide
This 2007 feature provides tips for air travelers. Includes lists of the most crowded airports (large and regional), planning your trip (getting better airfares and deciding whether to fly or drive), and advice for surviving the lines and hassles and airports. Also includes flight attendant secrets, such as underpacking, using the bathroom before you board, and dressing in layers. From U.S. News & World Report.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26248
Expo Zaragoza 2008
Official website for this world fair in Zaragoza, Spain, (scheduled for June 14 through Sept 14, 2008) that has the theme "Water and Sustainable Development." Includes a map showing locations of country pavilions, list of events (including those organized by the Water Tribune), and material about Fluvi, the expo's water mascot. Also includes a blog.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26243
Wildlife: Summer Reading for Birders
This 2008 article recommends six books about birds and bird watching. Includes bird field guides, an essay collection, and a memoir from a falconer. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26336
World Expo 2010 Shanghai China
Official website for this international exposition to be held in Shanghai, China, May through October 2010, with the theme of "Better City, Better Life." Features a list of participants (172 countries and 33 international organizations as of June 2008), a master plan for the expo site with a gallery of some pavilion ideas, information about the fair's mascot (Haibao, "created from a Chinese character meaning people"), and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26236
Frequently Asked Questions of the Highway Patrol
This FAQ covers a variety of topics related to cars, driving, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), such cell phones and driving, after-market tinting of vehicle windows, transport of weapons in vehicles, obtaining police clearance letters, the 11-99 Foundation ("provides financial assistance to the families of CHP officers who are killed in the line of duty"), and the legality of studded tires. From the California Highway Patrol.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25775
Gay Couple Ready to Pick Up Their Marriage License
This interview (transcript and audio), which talks with a gay couple planning to marry following a California court ruling that same-sex couples can legally marry in California, is part of a series of stories from May and June 2008 on same-sex marriage in California. Includes interviews, commentary, reporting on politics and culture, and links to related stories. From KPCC Southern California Public Radio.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26324
Country Profile: The Philippines
This news site provides an overview of the Philippines, a country "mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes. It is often buffeted by typhoons and other storms." Includes a brief history, profile of leaders, timeline of key events, and description of local media. Features news stories, background on political issues, and links to related websites. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9068
Everywhere bills itself as "the travel magazine made by you." On this site you can view and share photos and stories about travel destinations. Find photos and articles on topics such as Kenya National Park (one of the few parks in Africa where you are allowed to hike without a guide), the former home of Kurt Cobain in Seattle, and laundry on the streets of Shanghai. Selected material is printed in the Everywhere Magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26206
This blog "about authentic and sustainable travel" provides updates about items related to ecotourism. Topics include how to take photographs of landscapes, sea turtles in danger in Mexico, and restoration of James Madison's Montpelier home in Virginia. Entries may be browsed by categories such as regions of the world and U.S., family friendly, and "voluntourism." From National Geographic Traveler magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26249
This "travel guide to offbeat places and unusual destinations world-wide, with a fresh look at old favorites" features articles on topics such as the birdmen of Beijing, Star-Spangled Baltimore, cruising Norway, and the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Also includes an essay on "The Function of Travel Websites and How to Evaluate Them," travel book reviews, and hotel news. Also links to sites about New York and New Mexico.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26251
"PostGlobal is an interactive conversation on global issues moderated by Newsweek International ... [and] The Washington Post." It considers the impact of recent events on the power of governments such as the U.S., China, Israel, and Russia. The "Global Power Barometer" "tracks how well global players use power to advance their policy goals. ... The system tracks [and links to] thousands of news media, academic, governmental and other sources."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26082
This site, which bills itself as "a scavenger hunt for unique and interesting locations in the world," allows users to add photographs and descriptions of locations as designated by a waymark, "a physical location on the planet marked by coordinates (latitude/longitude) and [which] contains unique information defined within its waymark category." Site is browsable by categories or waymarks (and often by postal code). Categories include castle, firehouse, and art museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26245
International Exhibitions Bureau / Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)
The BIE "was established by a diplomatic international Convention, signed in Paris, in 1928. Its function is to regulate the frequency and quality. ... [of]
all international exhibitions of a non-commercial nature (other than fine art exhibitions) with a duration of more than three weeks, which are officially organised by a nation." Provides a BIE history, governing legislation, list of world fairs and horticultural exhibitions, and more. In English and French.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26239
The Living Library
This organization promotes confronting and understanding your prejudices by creating a system in which participants ("readers") may "check-out" individuals for short face-to-face discussions. These individuals represent the "disabled, the Muslim, the HIV infected or the refugee," and others. The site provides a history of the organization (started by the Stop the Violence group in Denmark), details for organizers and potential "living books," and an events list.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26282
Living Library Seminar: How to Borrow Real Life Experience
Material from a 2007 seminar that shared experiences from Australia and Belgium about the Living Library, a program in which readers "[b]orrow someone who is an expert in their field, has significant experience to share, or is passionate about a hobby. 'Loans' take the form of a conversation." Includes presentations on community cohesion, and photos and details from a Living Library event. From the British Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26286
The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel
"Experimental Travel has its roots in the varied practices and philosophies of modern alternative thinkers from the Surrealists to the Psychogeographers. Experiments such as travelling to a particular grid reference on a map, or simply wearing a horse's head around town, are all classic examples." This companion to a book of the same name provides brief descriptions on 41 offbeat travel ideas such as backpacking at home, and nostalgia travel. From Lonely Planet.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26250
Website for this project "supporting student efforts to identify, question and cross social boundaries within their schools and communities." In addition to information about the program and the annual Mix it Up Lunch Day, the site feature a large collection of stories from student activists, on issues such as moving past labels and stereotypes, bullying, standardized testing, segregated proms, and wearing a Muslim hijab. From the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26313
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder