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New This Week for July 17, 2008
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This week includes Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, frugal fun, flash floods, staycationing, what urban planners are reading, and ice cream under the microscope. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

50 Best Ever Summer Holiday Books
This 2008 listing of summer reading suggestions "encompasses ancient and modern, fiction and non-fiction. All they have in common is that we're confident that if you take any one of these on holiday, you are in for a huge treat." Includes links to related lists of the best new books (UK publishers) and celebrity book picks. From the British newspaper The Telegraph.
URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/06/21/nospli...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26339

American Art American City
"The Terra Foundation for American Art is proud to present American Art American City (AAAC), a lively initiative in Chicago promoting the awareness and enjoyment of historical American art. Through December 2008, this city-wide celebration shines a spotlight on special programming spanning a wide range of subjects, styles, periods, and media." Site features a list of exhibits such as outsider artist Henry Darger and design in the age of Darwin. Includes links.
URL: http://www.terraamericanart.org/aaac/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26374

California Literary Review (CLR)
The goal of CLR is to be an online source "for insightful, irreverent book reviews, thought provoking essays, and interviews with talented authors." Find reviews for fiction and non-fiction books, author interviews, and essays on topics such as a Frida Kahlo art exhibit, Art Deco in Havana, Cuba, and notes from Italy. Also includes a blog called "The Balcony."
URL: http://calitreview.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26370

On the Road With the Beats
Companion to a 2008 exhibition that "explores the lives and works of the artists who made up the 'Beat Generation.'" Features a slideshow about Jack Kerouac's scroll manuscript of "On the Road," photos and other images from the exhibit, a "Beatnik questionnaire" from 1960 for you to fill out, and some original Beatnik poems visitors recently composed. From the Harry Ransome Center, University of Texas at Austin.
URL: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2008/beats/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26353

Urban Planning Summer Reading List
This summer reading list features urban and regional planning titles covering topics such as poverty, suburbs, redevelopment, and land use. Includes lists going back to 2003 (with overlap between titles on lists from year to year). From the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
URL: http://www.tcaup.umich.edu/urp/summerreadinglist.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26340

Vaudeville Nation
Companion to an exhibit of photos, posters, and related material on vaudeville, "called the most influential entertainment genre in the nation's history. Between the 1880s and the 1930s, it thrived in large and small urban communities throughout North America." Features short illustrated essays on topics such as 19th century roots, the vaudeville industry, music, dance, comedy, circus techniques, and topical issues (such as war and prohibition). From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/vaudeville/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22974

Business

100+ Job Resources for Librarians
Collection of annotated links to sites about library careers and jobs. Topics include general library careers, higher education, specific types of library positions (such as law libraries, art libraries, and music libraries), regional sites, agencies, international opportunities, listservs, and job search and professional development information. From a website promoting online colleges.
URL: http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/06/04/100-job-resources-for-lib...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26468

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Press Release [Truth in Lending]
This press release describes how "[t]he Federal Reserve Board on Monday [July 14, 2008] approved a final rule for home mortgage loans to better protect consumers and facilitate responsible lending. The rule prohibits unfair, abusive or deceptive home mortgage lending practices and restricts certain other mortgage practices. The final rule also establishes advertising standards and requires certain mortgage disclosures to be given to consumers earlier in the transaction." Includes links.
URL: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20080714a.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26507

FDIC 75 Years
Website commemorating the 75 anniversary in 2008 of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing legislation creating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on June 16, 1933. Includes a timeline, video clip on anniversary events, a one-page document that provides an explanation of deposit insurance for consumers, and examples of FDIC advertising. From the FDIC.
URL: http://www.fdic.gov/anniversary/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26505

Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO)
"OFHEO's mission is to promote housing and a strong national housing finance system by ensuring the safety and soundness of Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)." This site features analysis and documents, including news about the July 2008 efforts of the federal government to bolster the financial stability of these mortgage giants. Also includes an index of house price appreciation and related information for consumers.
URL: http://www.ofheo.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13043

Q&A: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
Brief answers to questions from July 2008 about "[t]roubled US mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae [who] are at the heart of the US housing market." Covers who are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ("shareholder-owned companies mandated by the US Congress to provide funding to the housing market"), what they do, why they are in trouble, and what would happen if they failed. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7502310.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26502

Government

The Future of Red, Blue and Purple America
Website for "a joint project from The Brookings Institution and American Enterprise Institute, [which] joins leading demographers, geographers and analysts in examining the impact of seven trends on the 2008 election and the future of American politics." Features project papers on topics such as the decline of the white working class and immigration and America's changing electorate, February 2008 conference material, and related articles such as "The Search for the Next Soccer Mom."
URL: http://www.brookings.edu/governance/red-blue-purple.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26489

Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?
Overview and full text of a December 2007 survey and report that "finds that a plurality of Hispanics view the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party as the one that shows more concern for Latinos and does a better job on the issue of illegal immigration." Includes state-by-state demographic and electoral data, information on Hispanics by congressional district, and links to related reports. From the Pew Hispanic Center.
URL: http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=83
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26418

The Latino Vote 2008
Companion to a January 2008 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Now program in which "PBS travels to Florida just weeks before its important primary to examine Republican tactics to win over Hispanic Americans. A fifth of Florida's residents are Hispanic." Features video and show transcript, facts and figures on Latino voters, and links to related programming (such as about immigration).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/402/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26419

Home & Housing

Backyard Cooking: A Guide
This illustrated guide to grilling features tips for grilling specific types of meat and game (including quail and elk), ideas for sauces and rubs, bratwurst cooking tips, a comparison of grill types (such as gas and infrared), and an assortment of humorous grilling ideas. From Outside magazine.
URL: http://outside.away.com/outside/gear/200806/outdoor-cooking-1.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26360

Ice Cream: Selected Internet Resources
Small collection of annotated links to websites about ice cream, covering history, safety of homemade ice cream, photos, scientific aspects, and ice cream sundaes. Includes historical photos. From the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/selected-internet/icecream.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26447

Thrifty Fun
This is "an interactive Web site where you can post questions and contribute answers to others who are trying to have fun while saving money." Frugality is the theme reflected in the recipes, crafts for children, creative projects using castoff materials, and general hints for consumers. Free registration is required to post messages or comments.
URL: http://www.thriftyfun.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26190

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Fast Forward: Help File [Cell Phone Prompts]
This brief column from June 2008 "describe[s] how to skip both a voice-mail greeting and the prompts after it by pressing the right key on your phone." Includes instructions for major U.S. cell phone providers. From the Help File column of the Washington Post.
URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/14/AR2008...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26466

Recreation

Staycations: Alternative to Pricey, Stressful Travel
This June 2008 article describes the financial and psychological benefits of "so-called staycations: taking time off from work to enjoy life at home." Also provides staycation tips for becoming a tourist inside or near your home such as staying at a nearby hotel, consulting guidebooks, and locating cultural opportunities. From Cable News Network (CNN).
URL: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/06/12/balance.staycation/index...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26377

Take a "Staycation"-- Vagabonder Style
This June 2008 article provides tips for enjoying a "'staycation' [which] is a vacation minus the vacating part." Tips for "find[ing] culture and excitement in your hometown without spending much money" include welcoming travelers into your home and showing them around town, being a tourist in your own town, taking photos, attending local events, volunteering, immersing yourself in nature, and more. From an author of a book promoting the ethic of independent travel.
URL: http://www.vagablogging.net/08-06/take-a-staycation-vagabonder-style.h...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26378

Weekend Explorer
This is "is a series of walking tours through areas of New York ... [that] seeks out still-visible traces of the city's layers of history." Topics include Manhattan's photo booths, Weegee's naked city, Brooklyn's freedom trail, immigrant communities in Flushing (Queens), gangsters and ghosts in Hell's Kitchen, P.T. Barnum's New York, and more. Interactive maps feature audio and video segments. From The New York Times.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/13/arts/WEEKEND_EXPLORER_FE...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25702

Regional: California

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
This California organization is "working to evolve health care from a one-size-fits-all approach to a system that works for people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds." Its website features data, county facts sheets (for Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego), legislative updates, and reports such as the 2008 "The Path to Healthy Communities: Mapping California's Priorities" on the community factors that influence the prevalence of health conditions.
URL: http://www.cpehn.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26464

West Nile Virus (WNV)
Learn more about the West Nile Virus, view the latest West Nile Virus activity in the state (human cases, horses, dead birds, mosquito samples, sentinel chickens, and squirrels), report a dead bird or squirrel (California only), and read about mosquito control. Some information also available in Spanish. From the California Department of Health Services.
URL: http://westnile.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4933

Regions of the World

Religion in China
"The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has assembled a variety of resources on religion in China and Asia, including reports, event transcripts, polling data and news clips." Some of the topics include Pentecostalism in Asia, Christianity in South Korea, and "Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics." Includes related links.
URL: http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=311
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26457

Ultimate Travel Library
Collection of annotated booklists based upon selections in which "dozens of travelers (writers, photographers, explorers, editors, and others) ... name[d] the books that have most enriched their sense of place and best informed their peregrinations." These are "not guidebooks, but novels and narrative nonfiction and classic photography books." Browsable by region of the world. Also includes an "Around the World in 80+ Books" feature. From National Geographic Traveler magazine.
URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/extras/travellibrary/librar...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26480

Society & Social Science

Flood and Flash Flood
This fact sheet provides tips on flood preparation and what to do when flood and flash flood watches and warnings are issued. Includes links to materials for children and to several additional fact sheets on topics such as avoiding flood damage and preparing a family disaster plan. In English and Spanish. From the American Red Cross.
URL: http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_240_,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26504

Turn Around Don't Drown
This safety campaign advises drivers and walkers to turn around when they encounter a flooded road (or flooded canyon, wash, or other low spot) rather than continuing through the water and risking a washed-out road or being swept downstream by the water. Includes facts about flash flooding, noting that "[e]xcept for heat related fatalities, more deaths occur from flooding than any other hazard." Includes downloadable outreach materials. From the National Weather Service, Southern Region Headquarters.
URL: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tadd/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26506

The Vietnam Center and Archive
This center's mission "is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia." Features a virtual archive with over 2.7 million pages of scanned materials including "documents, photographs, slides, negatives, oral histories, artifacts, moving images, sound recordings, maps, and collection finding aids." From the Institute for Modern Conflict, Diplomacy and Reconciliation, Texas Tech University.
URL: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26367


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Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

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