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New This Week for February 12, 2009
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In the newsletter this week we have love, presidents, a president in love, aphrodisiacs, perfume bottles, Obama as art, teaching art history, the history of the kibbutz, and natural disasters in Australia. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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And in our ongoing peeks at the un-newslettered, Herman Miller furniture, presidential approval ratings, a federal Feather Identification Lab, accents in the UK, a timeline of the current financial crisis, and chocolate. Happy Valentine's Day!
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Arts and Humanities

The Annette Green Perfume Museum: Fashion Makes Scents Exhibition
Companion to an exhibit of modern perfume bottles inspired by historical periods and events. Includes short introductory essays and a few images relating to Art Deco-style perfume bottles, perfume bottles suggestive of the Belle Époque, and bottles evocative of Asia, Americana, and the space age. From the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
URL: http://fidm.edu/Resources/museum+galleries/exhibits/fashion-makes-scen...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27564

Barcelona Perfume Museum
Website for this museum that provides background about the "historical and geographical evolution of perfume bottles." Features history of perfumery and perfume bottles in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and other eras. Click on "Search Bottles" to see hundreds of examples of perfume bottles. The "Commercial Perfumery" section also includes photos of perfume designers such as Chanel and Dior. In English, Spanish, and Catalan.
URL: http://www.museudelperfum.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27562

Getty Curricula
Collection of education materials for art history topics such as symbolism in sculpture, expression of emotions through art, mythology in European art, and artful women. Includes lesson plans focusing on Neoclassicism, Impressionism, contemporary art, still-life painting, photography, ceramics, and decorative arts, among others. From the Getty Museum.
URL: http://www.getty.edu/education/search/curricula.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27491

An Invitation to Dance: A History of Social Dance in America
"The illustrations and objects depicted in this exhibition provide a brief glimpse into the history of social dance. ... Featured is not only its origin, fashion and forms, but also the unspoken language of dance." Features prints and sheet music on topics such as 17th century social dancing as influenced by Africa and the British Isles, tips for asking someone to dance, etiquette, opposition, and more. From the American Antiquarian Society.
URL: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Dance/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26613

The Obama Art Report
This blog provides "daily reporting on the world of Barack Obama artwork, prints and auctions." Includes material about Robert Indiana's reworking of his "Love" artwork into a "Hope" sculpture, Shepard Fairey's Obama posters, and the temporary change of a San Francisco street sign from Bush Street to Obama Street on the morning the inauguration in 2009. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://www.obamaartreport.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27867

President's Day
Small collection of radio programs about President's Day. "Originally a celebration of Washington's birthday, the third Monday in February is a time for citizens, gardeners and poets to comment on the chief executive." Topics include Carl Sandburg delivering a speech about Abraham Lincoln before a 1959 joint session of Congress, and presidential trivia. Also includes a beer recipe favored by George Washington. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5203695
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27515

A Treatise on Courtly Love (Excerpts)
Excerpts of a translation of Andreas Capellanus' 12th century work "De Amore." "The work is divided into three books; the first begins in the manner of an academic lecture, with attention to definitions and etymology," covering "What is Love?" and persons suited for love. Part two includes "The Rules of Love," and part three concludes with "an extended misogynistic tirade" (which is not provided). Part of the Geoffrey Chaucer page from Harvard University.
URL: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/special/authors/andreas/de...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27572

Business

Jackson Library: Hot Topics
Collection of "relevant full-text articles that highlight flashpoints of ... current hot issues" in the business world. Features topic pages for "Financial Crisis and Bailout," "Madoff Scandal," climate change, food prices, housing market and the economy, and many more. Most full-text articles are available to all users; some (marked) are only accessible to the Stanford University community. From the Jackson Library, Stanford Graduate School of Business.
URL: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/jacksonlibrary/articles/hottopics/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27839

Computers

Semantic Web in Action
This article (originally published in December 2007 and re-featured in January 2009) reviews progress towards the idea of a "Semantic Web: a highly interconnected network of data that could be easily accessed and understood by any desktop or handheld machine." Accompanied by a glossary and related articles and links. From Scientific American.
URL: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=semantic-web-in-actio
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27844

Government

Middle Class Task Force
Website for this White House task force established in 2009. "The Task Force is a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. It is comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and in addition to regular meetings, it will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities." The February 2009 meeting will focus on green jobs. Task force materials will be available online.
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/strongmiddleclass/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27885

Health

2007 Statistics on CAM Use in the United States
Results of "nationwide government survey released in December 2008 [which found that] approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over and approximately 12 percent of children use some form of CAM [complementary and alternative medicine]." Includes the report, graphics, press release, video and audio, images, and a fact sheet. Provides a link to the 2002 Statistics on CAM Use survey (released in 2004). From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
URL: http://nccam.nih.gov/news/camstats/2007/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27689

Home & Housing

Presidential Food: Selected Resource Guide
This bibliography features books and articles about food and cooking in the White House. It includes general White House cookbooks (such as "Presidential Cookies: Cookie Recipes of the Presidents of the United States"), cookbooks featuring recipes from specific presidencies ("Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance"), books for younger readers, and related material. Also includes links to related online content. Prepared by Alison P. Kelly of the Science Reference Division, Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/SciRefGuides/presidentialfood.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27738

Law

Issues Updates: Medical Malpractice
This document provides recent developments related to medical malpractice insurance, which "covers doctors and other professionals in the medical field for liability claims arising from their treatment of patients." Some of the topics covered include claims and settlements, medical errors and patient safety, costs to the public, and the affordability of medical malpractice insurance. From the Insurance Information Institute.
URL: http://www.iii.org/media/hottopics/insurance/medicalmal/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21432

Media

African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
This small digital collection features newsreels of African Americans selected from the period of 1919 to 1963 when "Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and, indeed, the world." Some of the clips include the 3rd Anniversary of Tuskegee Army Airfield, Josephine Baker in the Netherlands, and Jack Johnson's Jazz Band. From University Libraries, University of South Carolina.
URL: http://www.sc.edu/library/digital/collections/flmovietone.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27911

People

Famous Couples
This site provides a lighthearted look at celebrity couples. Click on the "Timeline of Love" to find brief material about famous couples such as Nefertiti and Amenhotep, Anthony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez; use the interactive "Love Machine" to find your "celebrity love match,"; and view photos and trivia for the lovelorn. Also includes a link to the history of Valentine's Day. From the Biography Channel.
URL: http://www.biography.com/famous-couples/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27449

The First Proposal or What a Future President of the United States Did When He Was Rejected by the Woman He Loved
This article describes the early relationship and almost nine-year courtship of Harry Truman and Bess Wallace Truman. Includes discussion of their correspondence and a copy of a 1911 letter "in which he asks a very surprising question: 'Speaking of diamonds would you wear a solitaire one on your left hand should I get it?" They were not married until 1919. From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Prologue magazine.
URL: http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2007/winter/proposal.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27760

Regional: California

Invincible Cities
Hundreds of color photographs of Richmond, California, Camden, New Jersey, and Harlem, New York, intended by the artist to be part of a "Visual Encyclopedia of the American Ghetto." The photos depict the built environment of these cities as they change over time (1980s-2005). Website features a detailed introduction and databases of photos from each city with interactive maps. Provided by the artist with the support of the Ford Foundation and Rutgers University.
URL: http://invinciblecities.camden.rutgers.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22735

Regions of the World

Bushfire Weather
"Australia has a history of severe bushfires. Such tragedies ... [include] the Ash Wednesday fires of February 1983 (71 deaths in Victoria and South Australia), the Tasmanian fires of February 1967 (62 lives ...) and the New South Wales bushfires of 1994." This site provides information about bushfire weather risks, anatomy of a fire danger day, protecting yourself and your home, and related topics. From the Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology.
URL: http://www.bom.gov.au/inside/services_policy/fire_ag/bushfire/bushfire...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27919

Fire Protection Association Australia
This website for "Australia's major technical and educational fire safety organisation" features links to news about fires in Australia, such as the February 2009 Victorian fires (with links to regional information, road closures, donation opportunities, and more). Also includes material about events, training, and selected publications. Some content only available to members.
URL: http://www.fpaa.com.au/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27920

The Kibbutz
Background about the Israeli kibbutz movement. "The kibbutz (Hebrew word for 'communal settlement') is a unique rural community ... based on the principle of joint ownership." The first kibbutzim "(plural of 'kibbutz') were founded some 40 years before the establishment of the State of Israel (1948)." Includes data on population, and material on organization, types of work, raising children, traditions, and the future. From the Jewish Virtual Library.
URL: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/kibbutz....
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27806

Kibbutz: What, Why, When, Where
This article provides an overview of the Israeli kibbutz movement, which began with "a small group of young Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, inspired by Zionist and socialist ideals, set[ting] up the first kvutza ('group' in Hebrew, renamed kibbutz, 'community' when membership grew)" in Palestine. Includes background about the first kibbutz established in 1909, crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, sources of income, labor, family life, and distribution. From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
URL: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2002/11/Focus%20on%20Is...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27805

Natural Disasters in Australia
"Australia experiences a range of 'natural disasters' including bushfires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes and landslides. These events cause great financial hardship for individuals and communities, and can result in loss of life, which has become part of Australian folklore." This site describes historical natural disasters in Australia such as a drought in eastern and southern Australia, 2002-2006, the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983, and several cyclones. From the Australia Government, Culture and Recreation Portal.
URL: http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/naturaldisasters/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27918

Science

The Horse
This exhibit-companion contains a wide range of background information about horses, such as their evolution, the relationship between horses and hunters, domestication, how humans have shaped horses and vice versa, and the protection of racehorses and wild horses. Includes material for educators and children, and additional horse-related activities. From the American Museum of Natural History.
URL: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/horse/?src=h_h
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27204

Looking for a Libido Lift? The Facts About Aphrodisiacs
This 1996 article discusses aphrodisiacs before the age of Viagra and related drugs. "An aphrodisiac is a food, drink, drug, scent, or device that, promoters claim, can arouse or increase sexual desire, or libido. A broader definition includes products that improve sexual performance." Topics include cultural views, shortage of studies, how the over-the-counter "love potion industry thrives to this day," and the first injectable impotence drug. From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
URL: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/196_love.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27660

The Science of Aphrodisiacs
"They've been touted to increase sex drive, boost arousal, and put men and women in the 'mood' for hundreds of years. But the skeptical consider aphrodisiacs -- foods, drinks, and ... extracts and supplements -- to be more mental than physical. A brief look at some ... of these purported libido enhancers reveals both flimsy claims and some sound science." Covers watermelon, oysters, hot peppers, and chocolate. From U.S. News & World Report.
URL: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/sexual-reproductive/2008/08/1...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27659


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