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New This Week for September 25, 2008
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This week, more on the current economic situation and the 1980s S&L bailout, a guide for HR professionals about getting out the vote, rococo style and modernism, and sweetening this grim period by way of cupcakes. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Wendy, Maria, and Jennifer.

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Arts and Humanities

Get Out the Vote 2008
Hundreds of nonpartisan posters designed to "inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote for a presidential candidate in the 2008 general election." These posters are made available as online PDFs for anyone to download, print, and post. From the AIGA (formerly the American Institute of Graphic Arts).
URL: http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/get-out-the-vote?pageNum=1
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26833

The Modernist Journals Project
This project is "intended to become a major resource for the study of the rise of modernism in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature at the center of this study." Its website features individual issues of British and American periodicals from 1910 and 1911, literary journals from the 1890s to early 1920s, biographical sketches of artists and writers, books, articles, and related material. From Brown University and the University of Tulsa.
URL: http://dl.lib.brown.edu:8082/exist/mjp/index.xml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26727

Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008
Companion website to this 2008 exhibit about the "stylistic movement known as rococo, which began in eighteenth-century France, [and] has infused design objects with a sinuous, organic, and sensuous impulse for three centuries." Browse images and essays by time period (1700s to 2000s), location (such as America and France), and material (porcelain, silver, wood, and works on paper). From the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
URL: http://rococo.cooperhewitt.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26436

Business

Bank Data and Statistics
Quick links to bank data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), including databases and reports about FDIC-insured institutions, financial information and reports, and bank rating services. Find beneficial ownership filings, uniform bank performance reports, deposit market share reports, historical statistics on banking, and more. From the FDIC.
URL: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26486

Credit Default Swaps: The Next Crisis?
This March 2008 article discusses the possibility of financial crises involving credit default swaps (CDS), "insurance-like contracts that promise to cover losses on certain securities in the event of a default." Discusses history of CDS and the "potentially even wider ramifications nationwide than the subprime crisis" resulting from a meltdown in the CDS market. From Time magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1723152,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26941

The S&L Crisis: A Chrono-Bibliography
This site provides a chronology of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s covering 1966-1989 along with listings of books and articles. Topics include causes of the S&L crisis, Charles Keating and Lincoln Savings and Loan, depository institutions deregulation, Financial Institution Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), and state deposit insurance funds. From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) library.
URL: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/historical/s&l/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26930

Special Report: The Savings and Loan Crisis
This 1989 article discusses the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, in which "[d]evastated by a legacy of bad management, rampant fraud and inept Government supervision, more than 500 of the 3,150 federally insured thrifts had fallen into insolvency as of the beginning of last year [1988]." Topics addressed include the "long-awaited bailout plan ... that will cost an estimated $126 billion during the next decade." From Time magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,957083-1,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26931

Wall Street in Crisis
Extensive news and commentary from 2008 about Wall Street topics such as the Lehman Brothers crisis, Merrill Lynch selling itself to Bank of America, and the Bear Stearns rescue. Includes blog entries, videos, and graphics. A few articles (marked) available only to subscribers. From the Wall Street Journal.
URL: http://online.wsj.com/public/page/wall-street-in-crisis.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26900

Government

How Design Can Save Democracy
"Earlier this year [2008], the United States Election Assistance Commission distributed guidelines [for ballots] created by professional designers to 6,000 local election officials. ... This interactive feature identifies common design problems found on optical-scan ballots from previous presidential elections and shows ways to improve clarity and vote accuracy based on the commission’s new guidelines." Presented by two member of the AIGA (formerly the American Institute of Graphic Arts). From The New York Times.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/25/opinion/20080825-ballot....
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26878

Political Communication Lab (PCL): Political Campaigns
Watch dozens of the latest 2008 presidential campaign ads for Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Also includes advertising from prior elections, such as the 2006 California gubernatorial campaign and the 2004 and 2000 presidential elections. Also provides a feature on negative advertising. From Stanford University.
URL: http://pcl.stanford.edu/campaigns/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26866

Health

Genetically Engineered Animals
Collection of documents related to draft guidance released September 18, 2008, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine "to clarify the Agency's regulation of Genetically Engineered (GE) Animals." Includes a press release, text of the draft guidance, fact sheet, consumer article, GE animals graphic, and consumer, industry, and general Q&A documents. From the FDA.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/cvm/GEAnimals.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26924

October is Disability Awareness Month
Compilation of materials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to Disability Awareness Month, observed annually in October. Provides an overview of CDC activities related to developmental disabilities, birth defects, and disability and health, and links to related federal government pages on topics such as minorities with disabilities and disability disparities. Note: sidebar about presentation is dated. From the CDC.
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DisabilityAwareness/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26896

Home & Housing

All About Cupcakes
This presentation about cupcakes covers the history of cupcakes, cupcakes today (including cupcake culture and the cupcake "internet craze"), and cupcake designs and recipes. Includes links to related sources. Part of a project for the Interactive Media Lab at the University of Florida.
URL: http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring07/Ayers/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26871

Cupcakes Take the Cake
This long-running blog written by cupcake enthusiasts features extensive news and reports about everything related to cupcakes, such as cupcake bakeries, recipes, decorating, trends, events, and contests. Includes many links to related websites for cupcake shops, blogs, and recipes sites. Archives go back to late 2004.
URL: http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26872

Martha Stewart: Cutest Cupcakes
Image gallery with accompanying recipes for decorated cupcakes, showing designs such as snowballs, bugs, lollipops, clowns, and toadstools. Note: A search of this website yields many additional cupcake recipes. From Martha Stewart Living.
URL: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/cutest-cupcakes
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26873

Regional: California

CPUC Prohibits Personal Use of Cellular Devices by Train Operators
September 2008 notice about a resolution "temporarily prohibit[ing] the personal use of commercial mobile radio services and devices by [California] on-duty railroad engineers, brakemen, conductors, or rail transit vehicle operators except for personal communications that take place when the train or transit vehicle is stopped and with the approval of the appropriate management personnel." Includes a link to the resolution. From the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
URL: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PUBLISHED/NEWS_RELEASE/91033.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26926

Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections From the Cheech Marin Collection
Companion to an exhibit focusing on Los Angeles artists in the Cheech Marin Collection, which "is notable for classic examples of Chicano art produced from the inception of the Chicano movement to the present, with a concentration in painting from the 1980s and 90s." View a slide show of selected works from the exhibition, and link to a National Public Radio (NPR) feature on the exhibition. From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
URL: http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibMarin.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26435

Street Stories
Collection of stories about streets in Southern California, where "there are majestic avenues like Imperial Highway or Victory Boulevard. There are also romantic roads like Sunset or Laurel Canyon." This listing could benefit from an alphabetical and/or regional index. Includes links to two related features, "When the Streets Had No Names" and "The Long and Winding Roads of Southern California." From KPCC Southern California Public Radio.
URL: http://www.publicradio.org/columns/kpcc/streetstories/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26323

Wood Smoke and Fine Particulate Matter
Compilation of public hearing notices, reports, and other matter concerning wood smoke regulation in the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQD). Includes illustrated background about the potential health effects of fine particulate matter and air pollution from indoor and outdoor fireplaces and other wood-burning devices. Includes related links. From the BAAQD.
URL: http://www.baaqmd.gov/enf/woodsmoke/woodsmoke_portal.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26497

Regions of the World

Europeana: Connecting Cultural Heritage
Website for this 2-year project to "produce a prototype website giving users direct access to some 2 million digital objects ... selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections." The prototype will be launched in November 2008. Explore the demo version, read project background, and sign up to receive updates about progress. Run by a team based in the national library of the Netherlands.
URL: http://www.europeana.eu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25664

Science

Society & Social Science

Indo-European Languages Tutorials
"This website is for anyone looking for free language resources in many of the Indo-European languages." Includes materials to assist those who are learning a language or refreshing their skills in over a dozen languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The author of the site has an advanced degree in French and linguistics.
URL: http://www.ielanguages.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26666


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