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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 22, 2009
This Week
This week the sites not in the newsletter far outnumber what can fit in it, so here's a glimpse of them: black nurses and surgeons, British monarchs and their dogs, presidents' first 100 days and how that marker got started, the Mahzor Catalonia, Mendelssohn's 200th birthday, airplanes and bird strikes and wind turbines and bats, and Finnish foods. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
New sites this week and more to come for Black History Month -- you'll find them in the Black Resources section.
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Arts and Humanities

African American History Month
Collection of links to material in honor of African American History month in February. Includes links to collections, images, and audio and video sources for individuals such as Carter G. Woodson ("father" of African American History Month) and athlete Althea Gibson; and topics such as performing arts, civil rights, and slavery. From the Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/topics/africanamericans/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27342

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909-2009
Website for the 2009 centennial celebration of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a world's fair held in Seattle. Features historical essays about aspects of the exposition, event listings, and announcements about projects related to the centennial celebration. From the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture, King County's Cultural Services Agency, in collaboration with many other organizations.
URL: http://www.ayp100.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27427

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection
Collection of digitized items pertaining to the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. "Held on the campus of the University of Washington, the event drew almost 4 million visitors and put Seattle on the map as a gateway to the Pacific Rim. In 2009, a centennial celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition will take place throughout Seattle." Search or browse books, pamphlets, articles, catalogs, coupon ticket books, invitations, and related materials. From the Seattle Public Library.
URL: http://cdm200301.cdmhost.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27428

Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic
Companion to a 2006 Philadelphia Museum of Art retrospective of the work of American artist Andrew Wyeth, who died in January 2009. Features an overview of the exhibit, a biography of Wyeth and descriptions of two of his tempera paintings ("Groundhog Day" and "Public Sale"), and a 5-part podcast about Wyeth from a museum curator, covering topics of surrealism, memory, magic, and portraits in the exhibition. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
URL: http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/2006/93.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27788

Sephardic Music: A Century of Recordings
This site "showcases over 100 years of recorded Sephardic music, from the 78 rpm era to the present." The site "focuses on the music of the Jews descended from those exiled from the Iberian Peninsula." It presents an extensive discography browsable by label, song, and artist. Also provides background material about Sephardic music, sound clips, and a bibliography. From an independent researcher, with the support of multiple institutions.
URL: http://www.sephardicmusic.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27628

Government

FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words
This lesson plan (grades 9-12) focuses on the impact and appeal of two of Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. ("The first, 'The Bank Crisis, was given on March 12, 1933, and the second, 'On the New Deal,' was given on May 7, 1933.") Includes suggested activities, and links to audio and transcripts of chats and to related material. From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=766
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27675

A New President Takes Command: FDR's First Hundred Days
Companion to an exhibit about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first hundred days in office. The exhibit is designed to provide a "perspective on what we ourselves might see during the first months of President Obama's administration." Online materials include a newspaper front page about the 1930s banking crisis, photos of unemployed men and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers, and political cartoons. From the New York Historical Society.
URL: https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=exhibits_collections...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27677

Health

Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living
This site presents a program for African American churches to encourage their members to learn about how diet can reduce the risk of serious disease, and other aspects of healthy eating. Find background about the program, which consists of four "pillars," success stories, a resource directory, and downloadable program materials, templates, and images. From the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society.
URL: http://bodyandsoul.nih.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27728

Investigation Update: Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections, 2008-2009
Material about a 2009 investigation in the "multistate outbreak of human infections due to Salmonella serotype Typhimurium. ... The investigation is ongoing, and exposures to peanut butter and other peanut butter-containing products are being examined." Features a description of the investigation, data, and recommendations for consumers, retailers, directors of food service establishments, and manufacturers. Also includes links to investigation updates and related material. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27798

Law

EPA Fugitives
"Defendants charged with environmental crimes or violations of the U.S. Federal Criminal Code sometimes flee the court's jurisdiction. ... When these circumstances occur, the defendants become fugitives from justice. ... [These] wanted posters identify fugitives sought by the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. Each one provides a brief case summary and instructions on how to report information related to their identity and/or current location." From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/fugitives/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27476

The President's Corporate Fraud Task Force
Website for this federal government task force that was established by executive order in 2002 "to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes," and which added six new member agencies in January 2009 "to help in the focus on mortgage and securitization fraud cases." Includes fact sheet, reports, and links to significant criminal cases and charging documents for Enron, ImClone, and others. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/dag/cftf/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27656

Media

American Black Journal
Digitized collection of back shows of this television series (originally titled "Colored People's Time"), whose programs "represent a wide variety of African-American viewpoints on issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the nation as whole." Browse shows from 1968-2000 by date, guest, host, or themes such as "Motor City and Motown." From Detroit Public Television and Michigan State University.
URL: http://www.matrix.msu.edu/~abj/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27354

People

Langston Hughes at 100
This online exhibition, created in observance of the centenary of the birth of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, and playwright, presents images and audio and video clips. Material includes poem manuscripts, video of Hughes reading his poetry, photos, and related material. From the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
URL: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/langstonhughes/web.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27436

Mortimer, Sir John (1923-2009)
Background about Sir John Mortimer, who "[f]or six decades ... has been one of Britain's most prolific and varied writers, producing dozens of novels, short stories, stage plays and scripts. ... [And who for] almost forty years ... was ... one of the country's best-known advocates for civil liberties and free speech." Includes a biography and links to material about works such as "Rumpole of the Bailey." From the British Film Institute (BFI).
URL: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/478812/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27795

Robert Burns
Website for Scotland's 2009 celebration of the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth in January 1759. Features biographical background about the poet and Scottish cultural icon, two of his poems ("A Red, Red Rose" and "Auld Lang Syne"), and information about Burns' sites in Scotland. Also includes material about hosting a "Burns Supper" (with haggis and whiskey) and tourist resources. From the national tourism agency for Scotland.
URL: http://burns.visitscotland.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27267

Regional: California

Everyday Law
This series of guides covers California law relevant to gift cards, returns and exchanges, online shopping, health clubs, swimming pools, rental security deposits, foreclosures, property taxes, choosing a tax preparer, voting, and other topics of interest to the general public. Some of the Everyday Law topics are also available as podcasts, which can be located by selecting "Multimedia Resources" in the left navigation bar. From the Sacramento County Public Law Library.
URL: http://www.saclaw.lib.ca.us/pages/everyday-law.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26557

Wind Energy in California
Collection of documents about wind as a source of electricity in California. "In 2007, turbines in wind farms generated 6,802 gigawatt-hours of electricity -- about 2.3 percent of the state's gross system power. Additionally, hundreds of homes and farms are using smaller wind turbines to produce electricity." Includes an overview of wind energy, map of California wind resources, guidelines for reducing impacts to birds and bats, and more. From the California Energy Commission.
URL: http://www.energy.ca.gov/wind/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26118

Regions of the World

In Depth: Groundhog Day
Background about Groundhog Day (February 2) and groundhogs (or woodchucks). "In Canada, it was 1956 before Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February prognostications. ... Nova Scotia has Schubenacadie Sam, who's the first in the country to rear his head on Groundhog Day." Includes sidebars with quick facts and related links. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/groundhogday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27418

Mexico Under Siege
Los Angeles Times coverage of drug violence in Mexico. Features an introductory video, interactive map showing drug war deaths by area and week in 2008, list of major players, photos and video clips (some with graphic content), and news stories back to June 2008.
URL: http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27508

Science

United States Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS)
AHAS is an "online, near real-time, geographic information system (GIS) used for bird strike risk flight planning across the continental United States." "Since 1985 there have been over 38,000 bird-aircraft strikes recorded by the United States Air Force (USAF) that killed 33 aviators, destroyed 30 aircraft, and caused more than $500 million dollars worth of equipment damage." Includes the tool, instructions, background, FAQ, and images of bird strikes. From the USAF and Federal Aviation Administration.
URL: http://www.usahas.com/home/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27799

Year of Science 2009
This site welcomes you to the celebration of 2009 as the Year of Science, a national year-long celebration of science to engage the public in science and improve public understanding about how science works and why science matters. Includes monthly themes for planning activities, suggested activities, event listings, and links to related sites. From the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a grassroots network of universities, government agencies, and others.
URL: http://www.copusproject.org/yearofscience2009/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25471

Society & Social Science

Chinese New Year
Details about the celebration of Chinese New Year in Australia. Briefly describes and provides links to material on the Sydney festivities, which "stretch to three weeks and include a Grand Parade, Dragon Boat and Sedan Chair Races and night markets." Also includes material about Chinese in Australia (who first came in large numbers during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and 1860s), and the Chinese calendar. From the Government of Australia.
URL: http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/chinese/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27296

Civic Ventures
"Civic Ventures is leading the call to engage millions of baby boomers as a vital workforce for change. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people's own life stories, Civic Ventures demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems." Site features list of programs (including the Purpose Prize and Experience Corps), publications, life stories, and more.
URL: http://www.civicventures.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27348

Investigating Atheism
This site "contains a definition and historical contextualisation of contemporary atheism, an account of atheist organisations and demographics, an overview of the current controversies, and includes orientation to discussion on issues felt to be central to the current controversies." Topics include morality, violence, and science. Created by the "faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and at the University of Oxford. The team have no set view on the subject."
URL: http://www.investigatingatheism.info/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27498


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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