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LII New This Week
New This Week for November 6, 2008
This Week
This week we include shiny new pennies, moustaches, Congo, and Tony Hillerman and Studs Terkel. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
So you have a renewed interest in the presidency? Our collection on the subject extends to a site on the current administration's pets, which soon will include a new pup for the Obamas.
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Arts and Humanities

The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action
Digital collection of archival video footage related to "Japanese violinist and educator, Shinichi Suzuki, [who] was born on Oct. 17, 1898 in Nagoya, Japan." View footage of lectures and master classes by Suzuki presented at the American Suzuki Institute in 1976. Topics include tonalization and bowing. From the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
URL: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/Arts/subcollections/SuzukiAbout.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23277

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses
This exhibition highlights American Indian dress designs and designers from the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Plateau regions. Features zoomable images, photos, maps, animated illustrations, video clips, and more. The introduction includes profiles of designers who contributed knowledge to the exhibit. From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
URL: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/identity_by_design/IdentityByDesign...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26971

Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century
The blog features 19th century photos of mustachioed men. The site notes: "Many of the ... pages have graphic and clear images of the masculine mustache in all its forms, both sublime and grotesque. My intent is not to shock or titillate, but merely to inform on the subject." Also includes a glossary of mustache terms such as "battle mustache" and "waterfall." Images are from the collections of the University of Kentucky Archives.
URL: http://mustachesofthenineteenthcentury.blogspot.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26384

Native American Booklist
"To mark the 13th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month (November), NEA has released a recommended reading list that includes titles ranging from such pre-K classics as 'Mama, Do You Love Me' to Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn Series that has been thrilling young (and older) adults for more than a decade." Includes titles "listed by grade level and include fiction, non-fiction and poetry." From the National Education Association (NEA).
URL: http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/nabooklist.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26383

Penny Foolish
This 2007 article recounts the history and cultural significance of the Lincoln penny. "[W]hen it first appeared four score and 18 years ago, it was a matter of almost unimaginable curiosity, excitement and veneration. ... Editorialists praised it as the perfect tribute to a martyr, or denounced it as a trinket unworthy of him. Immigrants had a special reverence for it; to blacks, it was 'emancipation money.'" Also includes poems. From The New York Times.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/opinion/11margolick.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27000

Business

Americans for Common Cents
Americans for Common Cents, a pro-penny lobbying group funded by the zinc industry and penny distributors, "aims to inform and educate policymakers, consumers, and the media about the penny’s economic, cultural, and historical significance." Topics discussed include the penny's importance for charity, the penny's economic importance (such as effects of price rounding), penny history, and penny news.
URL: http://www.pennies.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27071

Citizens for Retiring the Penny (CRP)
CRP is a "non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public on the advantages of retiring the penny from general circulation." Site includes refutation of myths put forth by a "pro-penny lobby group supported by the zinc industry," past legislation "which would have phased out the penny by specifying that cash transactions be averaged to the nearest five cents," and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.retirethepenny.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26997

Save the Penny or Leave the Penny?
This April 2008 article describes how "Canada has been told to follow Australia and New Zealand and ditch the one-cent coin." Discusses the history of the Canadian penny (which derived from Britain's farthing), how Australia and New Zealand "removed their one- and two-cent coins in the early 1990s," inflation and the penny, rounding cash transactions, and the use of small change in Europe. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/economy/penny.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27029

United States Mint Unveils New 2009 Penny Designs
This September 2008 press release describes the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Program, in which "four new designs celebrate the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the production of the Lincoln cent (penny)." Includes links to images of new reverse designs, which commemorate birth and early childhood in Kentucky, formative years in Indiana, professional life in Illinois, and presidency in Washington, D.C. From the U.S. Mint.
URL: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=press_release&id=947
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26965

Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS)
The website for this U.S. Department of Labor service for veterans and transitioning service members provides material about employment programs for service providers, employers, and veterans and families. Find information about Veterans' Preference, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Jobs for Veterans state grants, transition services, and other programs.
URL: http://www.dol.gov/vets/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26883

Health

Movember
"Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event ... that raises funds and awareness for men's health." Site features material on men's health issues (such as prostate and testicular cancers), and information about participation in which "at the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. ... then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo (Australian slang for moustache)." From the Movember Foundation.
URL: http://www.movember.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27003

Home & Housing

100-Mile Thanksgiving
Share and view stories about Thanksgiving meals based on locally grown and produced foods. The story archive could benefit from an index, but browsing will bring up many ideas for Thanksgiving dishes, local traditions (from the U.S. and Canada), recipes, and more. From the website of the authors of a book on eating locally.
URL: http://100milediet.org/thanksgiving
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27011

History of Pumpkin Pie
Background about the traditional Thanksgiving dish pumpkin pie. "Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692) ... might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage." Includes recipes. From a cookbook author.
URL: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/PieHistory/PumpkinPie.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27039

National Recycling Coalition: America Recycles Day (ARD)
"America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products." The site features information and tips about recycling (such as on the benefits, how it works, and interesting end products), list of events throughout the country, links to news stories, and a recycling pledge. From the National Recycling Coalition.
URL: http://www.nrc-recycle.org/americarecycles.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27004

Sustainable Table: Talking Turkey
This article suggests sustainable choices for the Thanksgiving turkey, including heritage, organic, and locally raised turkeys. It includes links to descriptions of heritage turkeys (such as Jersey Buff and Narragansett), and to other related pages on sustainable agriculture, livestock breeds, and Thanksgiving. From Sustainable Table, a website that "celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food."
URL: http://www.sustainabletable.org/features/articles/thanksgiving/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27012

People

American Mystery! Specials: Based on the Novels by Tony Hillerman
Companion to Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs dramatizing works by Southwest mystery author Tony Hillerman. Features a Hillerman biography and interview, list of his books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, material on the Navajo yesterday and today, and details about the novels made into films (such as synopses, and novel and script excerpts). Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/american/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27087

Studs Terkel, 1912-2008
This blog entry compiles interviews with "legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian Studs Terkel," who died in Chicago in October 2008. Provides transcripts, audio and video stream, and MP3 downloads of four interviews from 2003, 2005, and 2007. Topics discussed include the rebuilding of New Orleans, the Iraq War, and his memoir. From the daily TV/radio news program Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
URL: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2008/10/31/studs_terkel_1912_2008
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27088

Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Includes audio recordings of interviews Studs Terkel -- oral historian, playwright, radio news commentator, sportscaster, film narrator, jazz columnist, disc jockey, and music festival host -- did for his books and a multimedia interview of Terkel himself (who died in October 2008). Provides a model for those interested in the methods of oral history. Searchable. From the Chicago Historical Society.
URL: http://www.studsterkel.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13672

Recreation

Against the Winds: American Indian Running Traditions
This exhibit on past and present Native American running traditions features essays on trade networks and messengers, competitive races, spiritual traditions, Olympic runners, running clubs, and related topics. Includes a timeline (through 1994) and photos. From the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.
URL: http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/mcnh_running/default.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26969

Regional: California

California Elections Data Archive (CEDA)
CEDA "is a unique resource as it is the only place in California where scholars and students ... can access a statewide database of local election results" for California counties, incorporated cities, and school and community college districts. As of 2008, includes reports for 1995-2006. From the Center for California Studies, Sacramento State University.
URL: http://www.csus.edu/calst/cal_studies/CEDA.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26828

Regions of the World

Council on Foreign Relations: Democratic Rep. of Congo
Compilation of background and analysis about politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including an October 2008 podcast on "the recent escalation in conflict in eastern Congo," an October 2008 special report outlining a U.S. policy agenda for the Democratic Republic of Congo, opinion pieces on genocide, and related material. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
URL: http://www.cfr.org/region/171/democratic_rep_of_congo.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27074

MONUC: UN Mission in DR Congo
Background and news from this United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo established to "facilitate the implementation of the Lusaka Accord signed in 1999. With a budget exceeding one billion dollars, it is the largest and most expensive mission in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO)." News stories are viewable by date or by region or topic (elections, military, human rights). Also includes interviews, photos, and videos.
URL: http://www.monuc.org/Home.aspx?lang=en
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27072

Society & Social Science

Crisis Management Initiative
Website for this Finnish nonprofit organization, founded by 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari, that "innovatively promotes and works for sustainable security" through crisis management and conflict resolution. Features speeches and articles, news, a FAQ on the organization, and publications going back to 2001.
URL: http://www.cmi.fi/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27049


LII New This Week

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