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Four for a Quarter
This September 2008 article discusses the history and future of photo booths. Includes selected photo booth images from a book on the subject and user submitted photos and memories. From Smithsonian magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26848
Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian
Companion to an exhibit that "showcases collections from across the [Smithsonian] institution that illustrate Mexico as a place of human, scientific, and historical wonder." View selected images and short essays on topics such as early cultures, religion and festivals, New World foods, natural heritage, languages, labor, changing borders, money and stamps, and popular culture. In English and Spanish. From the Smithsonian Latino Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26739
1908-1927 Ford Model T
Background about the Model T Ford. "It was on October 1,1908, ... that the Ford Motor Company unveiled the little machine that many historians think of as the most significant automobile of all time -- the 1908-1927 Ford Model T." Includes discussions of the car's features, specifications, and changes to the car in the mid-1920s.
From How Stuff Works.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26690
The Business of Professional Football
Overview of the professional football industry, with annotated listings of related print and electronic resources. The introductory essay discusses the National Football League (NFL), the NFL revenue system, NFL salary caps, and NFL Europe. From the Library of Congress (LOC) Business Reference Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26849
DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
"DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency." Includes summary maps (showing contractor license requirements, income tax incentives, property tax exemptions, rebate programs, and other topics), summary tables, reports and presentations, a glossary, and link to related sites. A project of the North Carolina Solar Center, North Carolina State University, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26827
The Showroom of Automotive History
This site "features significant automobiles of the American experience. Each vehicle has made a substantial contribution to the auto industry in design, production, or engineering." Includes photographs, advertising, specifications, and related material about cars such as the 1896 Duryea, 1908 Model T Ford, 1948 Tucker, and 1965 Ford Mustang. From the Henry Ford museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26689
Spotlight On: Interactive Data Electronic Applications (IDEA)
Brief overview of "the successor to the [Securities and Exchange Commission's] 1980s-era EDGAR database. The new system, called IDEA (Interactive Data Electronic Applications), will give investors faster and easier access to key financial information about public companies and mutual funds." Includes links to a press release about IDEA and a spotlight page on interactive data. From the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26836
How Libya Got Off the List
This October 2007 backgrounder describes how on "on May 15, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that the United States was removing Libya from its list of state sponsors of terrorism and would soon resume normal diplomatic relations with the one-time pariah." Topics discussed include why Libya was designated a state sponsor of terror, what concessions Libya made to warrant removal, and U.S. concerns. From the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26859
This site describes the federal Royalty in Kind (RIK) Program, one of two strategies "to manage the Nations substantial oil and gas mineral royalty assets. Federal oil and gas leasing laws and lease terms provide the Government with the option of receiving production royalty payments either in value (RIV) or in kind ... that is, in the form of oil or gas production." From the Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26904
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General
Website for this federal government office "responsible for independently and objectively identifying risks and vulnerabilities that directly impact, or could impact, the Department [of the Interior]'s ability to accomplish its mission." Find reports, press releases, and other material related to investigations such as the September 2008 results of "investigations into allegations against more than a dozen current and former Minerals Management Service (MMS) employees." Includes details about the department's hotline to report wrongdoing.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26890
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)
"Congress has passed a resolution establishing every third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. The first annual ... NTDSW was held October 15-20, 2007." Includes a list of events in selected states and links to materials on younger driver issues, such as graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws and the Driving Skills for Life program. From the Governors Highway Safety Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26910
Put Off Driver Licensure to Save Lives
This September 2008 press release describes the results from a report that concludes that increasing the minimum licensing age of drivers "would substantially reduce crashes involving teen drivers." Topics include New Jersey (which requires drivers to be 17), Victoria, Australia (licensing age of 18), and driving age versus experience. Also includes a list of minimum driving ages in U.S. and other countries. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26909
La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul
Companion website to this Independent Lens documentary about Cuban-born "pop singer Lupe Yoli, otherwise known as La Lupe or La Yiyiyi, [who] was renowned for her emotional performance style." Feature biographical material about La Lupe, a discography, video clip, filmmaker biography and interview, and links to related websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26794
California Walk to School Headquarters
This website offers "resources to encourage more adults and children to walk and bike to school together to raise awareness" about walking and bicycling safety, making walking enjoyable, and creating walkable communities. Includes information about year-round activities and about walk-to-school month, week, and year (all in October). Also includes tool kits and success stories. From the California Center for Physical Activity.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26429
Environmental Performance Label
Details about California requirements that "all new cars beginning with the 2009 model year display the new Environmental Performance (EP) label," which will allow buyers "to determine how each car rates when it comes to air pollution." Provides an explanation of the two scores for smog and global warming, and annotated illustration of the label (note: type is small and hard to read), and links to related information. From the California Air Resources Board.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26838
Full Coverage of the Metrolink Crash
Compilation of news stories and related material about the September 12, 2008, collision between a Metrolink commuter train and Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. Includes photos and several graphics depicting the collision, and a link to articles about previous Metrolink accidents and other news involving Metrolink. From the Los Angeles Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26901
Libya Comes in From the Cold
Collection of news and analysis on Libya's foreign relations, featuring material on relations with the U.S. Topics addressed include Condoleezza Rice's September 2008 meeting with Colonel Gaddafi, the August 2008 agreement to compensate victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and a history of Libya's U.S. ties. Also includes a profile of
Gaddafi ("the longest-serving leader in the Arab world") and details about Libya's eco-tourist activities. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26858
Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC)
Website for this California organization established "for the study, propagation, conservation and betterment of the highly endangered small ape, the gibbon, and for the education of the public about the plight of this fascinating primate." Provides a fact sheet about gibbons, with photos, and selected newsletters and other publications from the center. The site notes that "[g]ibbons are excellent brachiators (arm-swingers), and this is one reason they make popular zoo exhibits."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26614
"NASA Images is a service of Internet Archive ... a non-profit library, to offer public access to NASA's images, videos and audio collections." Features a pictorial timeline of space exploration, and images on the subjects of the universe, solar system, Earth, aeronautics, and astronauts. Search by key word, and narrow results by what, where, who, or when. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26817
NASA: AIM Mission
Background about the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite that "captured the first occurrence this summer  of mysterious iridescent polar clouds that form 50 miles above Earth's surface." These clouds "are called Polar Mesospheric Clouds, or PMCs, when they are viewed from space and referred to as 'night-shining' clouds or Noctilucent Clouds, when viewed by observers on Earth." Includes images and mission news. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26823
Spectacular "Night-shining" Clouds Could Be a Harbinger of Climate Change
This 2007 article describes how "an international research team is to study spectacular 'night-shining' clouds, thought by some to a harbinger of global environmental change. ... First spotted in Earth's atmosphere in 1885, the clouds have been increasing in frequency in recent decades and may be related to increases in carbon dioxide and methane emissions."
Includes an image of these noctilucent or Polar Mesospheric Clouds. From ScienceDaily.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26822
Houston Chronicle: Hurricane Central
Houston Chronicle page for "[t]ropical storm reports, preparation information, multimedia reports, photos, resources and live storm tracking." Includes extensive news, updates, raw video, and photos of September 2008 Hurricane Ike, and historical hurricane information (such as on the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas) and links to related blogs, news stories, and online resources. From the website for the Houston Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26894
National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS)
Use this service, which is "activated only during a Presidentially declared disaster or emergency where people are displaced," to register yourself or to locate friends or family displaced by a disaster. The site notes that you may not locate someone because registration is voluntary and messages may be shared with only seven individuals. Also provides telephone contact information. In English and Spanish. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26824
NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
Website for this New York City program established "to analyze the causes, scope, and consequences of poverty." Highlights include a report (released in summer 2008) on an alternative to the federal poverty measure (noting that "New York City is the first local government in the nation to reformulate the widely criticized 40-year old poverty measure"), other reports on poverty, and news and announcements. From the New York City government.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26844
Open Access Day: October 14, 2008
Blog for the first ever Open Access Day on October 14, 2008. "Open Access is a growing international movement that. ... encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results" using the Internet. Includes information about how researchers, librarians, and other individuals can get involved. The founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26826
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder