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LII New This Week
New This Week for July 10, 2008
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Fire, water, the French Revolution alive in Philadelphia, saving money on vacations, and many important extras. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.

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Arts and Humanities

100 Useful Web Tools for Writers
"Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write." Includes collections of links to sites about getting organized, finding inspiration, finding writing jobs, communicating with vendors, networking and marketing, forums, productivity tools, and more. From a website promoting online colleges.
URL: http://www.collegedegrees.com/blog/2008/06/11/100-useful-web-tools-for...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26354

Frida Kahlo
"Available in both English and Spanish, this online feature [a companion to a 2008 exhibit] highlights the artist's extraordinary life and work through video commentary by artists and art historians, as well as zoom-enabled images of Kahlo and husband Diego Rivera at their home, Casa Azul [in Mexico City]." Topics include the faces of Frida, Kahlo's experience in the U.S., and Kahlo's artistic legacy. From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
URL: http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/kahlo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26373

La Fayette: Database of American Art: Works by United States Artists From the French National Collections, 1620-1940
"This bilingual online catalogue presents more than 1,700 works produced by United States artists that entered the national collections of France before 1940. It includes works of art in all media except prints and photography." Includes brief introductory essays on American artists working in France (such as artists' colonies, patronage networks, and artistic training in Paris), and images of "masterpieces" and other works. From the Musée du Louvre.
URL: http://musee.louvre.fr/bases/lafayette/?lng=1
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25288

Summer Reading That May Improve Your Fall Teaching
This summer reading list features titles on improving teaching and learning at the college and university level, most from a national association of faculty developers. From the Chronicle Review of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
URL: http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/nemko/summer-reading-that-may-i...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26341

Swimming in Picture Books
Website companion to a past physical exhibit featuring "illustrations that captured the sensations of being by or in the water. ... For this virtual version, there is more information about the stories and their illustrators of the sort you might learn during a gallery talk." Click on images near the top of the page to see larger pictures and annotations. From the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University.
URL: http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/cotsen/exhibitions/WaterBabies/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26196

UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection
This digitized collection of almost 400 Japanese woodblock prints "illustrates a wide variety of health-related topics. The prints provide a window into traditional Japanese attitudes toward illness, the human body, women, religion, and the West." Searchable; or view prints by themes such as contagious disease, drug advertisements, and religion and health. From the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco.
URL: http://asian.library.ucsf.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26333

Business

Funerals: A Consumer Guide
This guide discusses the financial aspects of funerals in the U.S. Topics include pre-need planning, the Funeral Rule (enforced by the Federal Trade Commission) which "requires funeral directors to give you itemized prices in person and, if you ask, over the phone," different types of funerals (traditional, direct burial, and direct cremation), choosing a funeral provider, funeral costs, and services and products (such as caskets and cemetery sites). From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro19.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26369

SmartMoney: Travel Guide
This collection of personal finance articles covers business travel, budgeting (including gas incentives and ways for single travelers to avoid paying double), flights (such as airline fees and recouping costs for lost luggage), accommodations (including timeshares), and other financial aspects of travel. From SmartMoney.
URL: http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/travel/?topic=business
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26358

Government

Election 2008
News and analysis about the 2008 presidential election. Includes profiles, photos galleries, comparison of stands on selected issues, and quizzes to test how well you know candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. Also includes material about local races in Chicago and Illinois. From the Chicago Tribune.
URL: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26344

opensecrets.org: 527 Committee Activity
"527 groups are tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activities, often through unlimited soft money contributions. Most 527s on this list are advocacy groups trying to influence federal elections. ... 527s must report their contributors and expenditures" to the government. This site provides current information about the top 50 committees and top contributors and individual donors. From the Center for Responsive Politics.
URL: http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/527cmtes.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6402

USA Today Politics
News and analysis about the 2008 presidential election. Includes material about public financing of campaigns, a candidate match game in which you discover which candidate (Barack Obama or John McCain) shares your views on selected issues, a poll tracker for head-to-head match-ups, background about candidates, and more. From USA Today, a division of Gannett Company.
URL: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/default.htm?loc=interstitialskip
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26346

Law

Prepaid Funeral Contracts & Burial Plots: A Guide for Medicaid Applicants
This 2007 fact sheet discusses the impact of owning a prepaid funeral contract or a burial plot on a person's right to obtain Medicaid benefits. Describes a prepaid funeral contract, considerations in buying a funeral contract or burial plot, and what happens to the money given to a funeral home. In English and Spanish. From the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut.
URL: http://www.larcc.org/pamphlets/elderly/funeral_contract.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26368

Media

Hulu
Watch video content, including complete television shows and excerpts of recent programs. View complete list of show alphabetically, by network, or by genre. A limited number of full-length movies are also available for viewing. Some content requires free registration for an account. Copyright is protected, and users of the site must be at least 13 years old. Founded by NBC Universal and News Corp, and operated independently.
URL: http://www.hulu.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26332

People

Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution
Companion to a 2006 documentary that describes Marie Antoinette's involvement in events leading to the French Revolution by tracing "her journey from the splendors of her childhood in the palaces of the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire to her final hours in a squalid French prison cell." Features a timeline, description of her life at the Palace of Versailles (including the Petit Hameau mock farm), background about others involved in the revolution, and more.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/marieantoinette/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26376

Pipl
This site bills itself as "the most comprehensive people search on the web" because it searches "the deep web," covering sites such as Amazon, Flickr, and MySpace. Search by first and last name, city, state, and country to obtain links to sites with information about individuals.
URL: http://www.pipl.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26405

Recreation

Budget Travel: The Real Deals
Compilation of reports of airline and lodging specials and package deals, grouped by regions of the world. Also includes other specific travel deals, such as hotels offering gas cards, golf getaways, volunteer vacations, tours, "girlfriend getaways," and cruises. From Budget Travel magazine.
URL: http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/realdeals/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26359

Regional: California

California State Parks Foundation: CSPF Podcast Series
This monthly podcast series features California State Parks such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Candlestick Point Recreation Area, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Archives go back to January 2008. Includes links to sites for each park. From the California State Parks Foundation.
URL: http://www.calparks.org/podcasts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26297

California Transit Links
Quick links to California transit agencies and systems, including larger agencies and local transit organized by county and city. Includes bus systems, ferries, airport transportation, paratransit, dial-a-ride services, trolley, commuter rail, and university, business, and shopping shuttles. From the American Public Transportation Association.
URL: http://www.apta.com/links/state_local/CA.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26356

Hands-Free L.A.: Your Guide
Series of news stories and commentary related to the California hands-free cellular phone laws that went into effect July 1, 2008. Features a Q&A about the law, reviews of hands-free devices (such as wireless headsets and speaker phones), and articles about fines, potential cancer risks from cell phone use, and driving safety. From the Los Angeles Times.
URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-hy-hands-free-package-sp,0,265738...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26451

KUSP: Basin Complex Fire
News about the 2008 Basin Complex fire in the Big Sur region of California. Provides data on the fire (acres burned, percentage contained, personnel assigned, and more), evacuation notices and emergency information, and links to related blogs and community resources. Also includes a map, photos, and link to a webcam. From KUSP, Central Coast Public Radio.
URL: http://kusp.org/fire/sur.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26459

On Water
This blog features links to "news, research, and current events on all aspects of water resources." Some of the topics include California's water supply, drought, water quality, agricultural use of water, dams, shoreline and beaches, fish, sewage, and water-related legislation. Archives go back to October 2006. From the Water Resources Center Archives and the Center for Water Resources, University of California.
URL: http://blogs.lib.berkeley.edu/wrca.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26343

Regions of the World

Amnesty International Report: State of the World's Human Rights: Zimbabwe
Most recent version of an overview of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. Topics include freedom of assembly and association, women human rights defenders, torture and other ill-treatment, and abductions. Available in several languages. From Amnesty International (AI).
URL: http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Africa/Zimbabwe
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26388

Eastern State Penitentiary
Website for this U.S. National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia that was a former state prison (1829-1970). Features a virtual tour, photos, timeline, list of famous inmates (such as Al Capone), and a condensed and a voluminous history. Also includes details about events such as the annual Bastille Day reenactment (with information about how to dress as a revolutionary or an aristocrat), and the Halloween haunted house.
URL: http://www.easternstate.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26375

Science

Darwin 2009 Houston
"In recognition of the importance of Charles Darwin's writings, the participating institutions ... offer events and resources about natural selection, evolution, and genetics. Many activities will take place during 2009 which marks the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of 'On The Origin of Species.'" The site includes a chronology, bibliography, links to related sites, and a blog. From the Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center Library.
URL: http://www.darwin2009houston.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25470

Special Report: Water
This series of stories from June 2008 explores current water-related issues, including water scarcity, drought, waterborne diseases, dams and hydro-electricity, the global water industry, and bottled water. Also includes a map showing world water use and some articles on "lighter" water topics, such as "extreme beach toys" and windsurfing. From Forbes.
URL: http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/06/19/global-water-crisis-tech-w...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26357

Society & Social Science

It's a Spoon Not a Shovel: Etiquette Books for Children
This book list suggests etiquette titles for children, including both serious and humorous selections. From the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).
URL: http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/sfplonline/kids/booklists/spoon-not-shovel.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26125


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder