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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 8, 2009
This Week
Learn about Champlain, shaping up and clearing out, the plight of newsprint, what scientists read for fun, and yet more about presidential inaugurations. Also, there's still time to enter the World Ice Art Championships. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
We've begun the last year of LII as you know it: in May, Drexel's iSchool will provide the staffing and funding to continue and enrich this program. I'm starting this year by acknowledging my coworkers. The days of many volunteers are long gone and for over two years Jennifer and Maria have sought and created virtually all of LII's content, bringing you 40 or more websites per week that we believe you can trust. They do this in under 20 hours a week -- combined -- with keen perception, judgment, and imagination. All our hours combined total 40 per week; if 5 of them weren't Charlotte's judicious attentions to dead and vanished websites, this collection might have the kind of link rot we reject other sites for. It's a privilege to work with these talented and dedicated colleagues.
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Arts and Humanities

Champlain Quadricentennial: When the French Were Here
"The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival on Lake Champlain and his exploration of its surroundings." This site "tell[s] the story of what we celebrate and why." Features essays about Champlain, a 1492-1620 timeline "for considering Champlain's journey to Quebec relative to a selection of familiar New World or European milestones," an image gallery, and related material. From Champlain College, located near Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont.
URL: http://www.champlainquadricentennial.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27542

Discover: On the Nightstand
This occasional series looks at current reading interests of scientists. Find books and other nightstand items (such as lighting and beverages) for primatologist Frans de Waal, primate psychologist Laurie Santos, Arctic researcher Hauke Trinks, science fiction author Verner Vinge, and others. From the website for Discover magazine.
URL: http://discovermagazine.com/columns/on-the-nightstand
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27078

ExploreNY400.com: Celebrate New York's 400th
Website for the celebration in 2009 of the 400th anniversary of "the explorations of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain in 1609, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's first steamship voyage along the Hudson River," which inaugurated steam commerce on the Hudson River. Features history, event listings, material for teachers, a place to submit photos, and other background and updates about the celebration. From the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Office.
URL: http://www.exploreny400.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27422

Presidential Inaugurations: Invitations and Tickets in the U.S. Senate Collection
Images of historical invitations and tickets for inaugurations of the president and vice president of the United States. Includes material back to the 1925 inauguration of Calvin Coolidge and Charles Dawes. Also provides the number of words in each inaugural address and a quick fact about each ceremony (such as Harry Truman's 1949 swearing-in, the first inaugural ceremony to be televised). From the U.S. Senate.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/presidential_inaugurations/pre...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26062

Business

Business Dynamics Statistics, BDS
These statistical resources, released in December 2008, "include measures of establishment openings and closings, firm startups, job creation and destruction by firm size, age, and industrial sector, and several other statistics on business dynamics. ... [It] provides the first publicly available tabulations of job creation by firm size and age." Includes project background and scope, databases, publications, statistical briefs, and related material. From the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.ces.census.gov/index.php/bds
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27405

Middletown Thrall Library Special Coverage: The Economy
Annotated links to resources on the U.S. and global economy, personal finance, and related consumer interests. Features extensive links to news and documents about the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), and sections on banking, credit and debt, food, the housing crisis, investments, and more. From the Middletown Thrall Library, a U.S. Federal Depository Library in New York.
URL: http://www.thrall.org/special/economy.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27569

Government

Presidential Inauguration 09
The District of Columbia's 2009 presidential inauguration website "will assist you in finding valuable information about the events surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration, including lodging information, transportation, security measures and closures." Also includes photos of past inaugurations, fun facts about the inauguration, and links to related websites.
URL: http://inauguration.dc.gov/index.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27208

The White House Transition Project (WHTP)
"Since 1997, the White House Transition Project has combined the efforts of scholars, universities, and policy institutions to smooth out the American presidential transition." Its website features the "Institutional Memory Series" (reports that "detail organization and operations in a range of offices critical to a properly functioning White House"), the "Institutional Anatomy Series," news (such as how Barack Obama is on track to fill appointments at a record pace), and related material.
URL: http://whitehousetransitionproject.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27424

Health

Exercise on a Budget
This feature offers a selection of inexpensive exercise options, such as home workouts, library and online exercise resources, inexpensive and multi-purpose gear and equipment, exercise that does not require any equipment, and partner and group training. Written by a certified personal trainer for About.com.
URL: http://exercise.about.com/od/fitnesstoolscalculators/ss/exercisebudget...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27291

Fitness for Less: 4 Low-cost Ways to Shape Up
This article offers several tips for budget-conscious exercise, falling under general suggestions of taking advantage of everyday opportunities for exercise, considering modest investments in equipment, improvising with exercise equipment made from household items, and being a savvy shopper. From the Mayo Clinic.
URL: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/HQ00694_D
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27290

Home & Housing

Dealing With Clutter
This presentation features tips for managing paper clutter and storage of household items. Topics include methods for dealing with clutter, what to do with specific items (such as financial and tax records, general papers, and clothing), barriers to getting organized, and other approaches and ideas for organization. Also available in Spanish. From the University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
URL: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/clutter/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27555

Media

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today's Papers
Data and analysis from a 2008 study that captures the newspaper industry "in the grips of two powerful, but contradictory, forces. On one hand, financial pressures sap its strength and threaten its very survival. On the other, the rise of the web boosts its competitiveness." Topics addressed include staff cutbacks, changing content, influence of the Internet, and implications for the future. From the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism.
URL: http://journalism.org/node/11961
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26610

News War
Companion to a 2007 four-part Frontline and University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism investigation into "the future of the news." Features transcripts of over 50 interviews of "major players" who talk about "the role of media in U.S. society -- and what's ahead." Also includes full video and transcript of the Frontline television program, guidelines on journalistic styles and practices, and a teacher's guide.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newswar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26623

Out of Print: The Death and Life of an American Newspaper
This March 2008 article considers how "[f]ew believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive." Topics addressed include trends in circulation and advertising, the rise of the Internet as a news source, and how "survivors among the big newspapers will not be without support from the nonprofit sector." From the New Yorker.
URL: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/31/080331fa_fact_alterman?c...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27408

What's Really Killing Newspapers
This August 2008 article diagnoses problems in the newspaper industry as arising from the fact that newspapers are "no longer the best providers of social currency." (Social currency "is often used to describe the information we acquire and then trade -- or give away -- to start, maintain, and nurture relationships with our fellow humans.") Includes links to an Associated Press study and related articles back to 2003. From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2196485/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27407

People

Louis Braille Bicentennial
"January 4, 2009, marks the bicentennial of the birth of Louis Braille, a genius inventor who bestowed the gift of literacy to blind people around the world." This site celebrates the 200th anniversary of Braille's birth by providing images of panels and text from a Braille bicentennial traveling exhibit, excerpts from a book about Braille, listing of international Braille events, and links to related sites. From National Braille Press.
URL: http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/louis/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27070

Times Topics: Harold Pinter
Collection of articles about "Harold Pinter, the British playwright and a Nobel laureate in literature," known for plays such as "The Birthday Party" and "The Homecoming"; he died in December 2008. Features an obituary and theater and movie reviews. Also includes slideshows, a narrated look at Pinter's plays, and links to related sites. From The New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/p/harold_pi...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27619

Recreation

World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska
Website for this annual ice sculpture competition held in February and March. Site features an event schedule and images, including time-lapse photography, of past single block and multi-block sculptures. Includes many images back to 1999 (some links are broken). Also includes information about the ice cannon shooting competition, in which a team constructs an ice cannon to project tennis balls.
URL: http://www.icealaska.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27282

Regional: California

CaliforniaVolunteers
"The mission of CaliforniaVolunteers is to increase the number and impact of Californians engaged in service and volunteerism. CaliforniaVolunteers administers the AmeriCorps portfolio in California, Citizen Corps, and the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, developed and maintains the California Volunteer Matching Network ... and guides policy development to support the nonprofit and service fields." Find details about programs, promotional videos, a blog, and related material. Some material also in Spanish.
URL: http://www.californiavolunteers.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25892

Sierra Warming
This series of news stories and opinion pieces from 2008 investigates climate change in California's Sierra Nevada region. Some of the topics include Sierra snowpack, forests, fire, and ice caves. Includes video reports, photos, interactive graphics, blog entries, and links to related websites about climate change. From the Sacramento Bee.
URL: http://www.sacbee.com/sierrawarming/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27378

Regions of the World

Celebrate Champlain
Website from Vermont for the 2009 commemoration of "the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain's travels by sail, oar and paddle to the lake [in Vermont] that now bears his name. All year long, special opportunities are planned." Website features listing of celebration events, background about Lake Champlain (water quality, geography, and boat transportation), details about Native Americans from the region, and more. From the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.
URL: http://www.champlain400.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26801

Society & Social Science

lifehacker: New Year's Resolutions
Compilation of posts about tools and tips for keeping New Year's resolutions. Topics include online tools, goal-setting, personal finance, diet and exercise, and resolutions in general. From Lifehacker, a blog "that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently."
URL: http://lifehacker.com/tag/new-year.s-resolutions/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27292

National Conference of State Societies
Website for this umbrella organization for individual state societies in Washington, D.C. Features history of the state societies, information about the Cherry Blossom Princess Program, and material about inaugural balls, luncheons, parties, and receptions. "Members of nonpartisan state societies have been hosting Inaugural events for the folks from back home since 1861." Provides links to individual societies.
URL: http://ncss.typepad.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27250


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