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This week we have a variety of things Irish, Robert Frank's pictures of America, the Madoff trial, water banks, dressing Frida Kahlo, and Arts and Crafts design. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Charlotte, Wendy, and Jennifer.
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Éire á Móradh: Singing the Praises of Ireland
Companion to a 2008 exhibit with an aim "to celebrate the Irish and Ireland. By utilizing books and manuscripts ... a broad overview is achieved. The range is enormous: from the 'Book of Kells' and 'Book of Durrow' to significant 'modern' Irish writers such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Seán O'Faoláin." Includes a selective chronology and annotated images of works. From the Special Collections Library, University of Otago, New Zealand.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26893
150th Anniversary: John Brown, 1859 Raid on Harpers Ferry
Background and updates about the commemoration of "the 2009 sesquicentennial anniversary of abolitionist John Brown's raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry," located near the juncture of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Includes a brief description of the events at Harpers Ferry in October 1859, links to related websites about Harpers Ferry and local historical and arts societies, and a listing of events (April-December 2009) in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27425
Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia
First published as a CD-ROM in 2006, this resource is now available online with tools to facilitate sharing information about Jewish women from around the world. It features "approximately 2,000 carefully researched, written, and edited articles" depicting Jewish women from biblical times to the present. Browse by keyword, country, or time period. Also includes a glossary. The editors are American and Israeli university professors. From the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28038
Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans"
Companion website to a 2009 exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Robert Frank's "The Americans" (first published in France in 1958, in the U.S. in 1959), which "is widely celebrated as the most important photography book since World War II." Includes an exhibition feature, audio of art talks, and a slide show from an installation held in conjunction with this exhibit, entitled "Reading the Modern Photography Book: Changing Perceptions." From the National Gallery of Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26895
Somewhere a Voice is Calling: American Irish Musical Interpreters, 1850-1975
"Through the lives and careers of a few public musical figures, this exhibit shows some of the breadth of 'American Irish' vocal and instrumental music." Features essays, images, and sound clips of music by P.S. Gilmore, John McCormack, Michael Coleman and James Morrison, Francis O'Neill, Annie "Ma" McNulty, and the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. From Boston College University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27558
The Stickley Museum
Website for this New York museum created to portray the history of the Stickley furniture company, which originated with Arts and Crafts furniture designer Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) and his four brothers. Features brief background about each brother, a family tree of Stickley companies, gallery of shopmarks, and collection highlights, including mission and colonial revival furniture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27429
What Would Frida Wear?
"This website answers the question 'What would [artist] Frida [Kahlo] wear?' by offering a glimpse of some of the Mexican textiles of the Cordry Collection" at the Arizona State Museum. Dress Frida in traditional Mexican garments such as the huipile and quechquemitl by clicking on the thumbnail images in the exhibit's interactive features. Also includes background on Mexican textiles, brief biography of Kahlo, and a bibliography. Produced by an intern for the Arizona State Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27489
Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey
This survey "is conducted quarterly. The survey polls CFOs [chief financial officers] of both public and private companies around the globe." Provides a press release, summary of key results (for the U.S., Europe, Asia not including China, and China), an optimism index, detailed data tables, survey questions, and industry analysis based on the survey response data. Past results go back to 1996. From Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and CFO magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27655
IRS Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
This page highlights key aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 of interest to taxpayers and employers, including the Making Work Pay tax credit ("refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns"), Economic Recovery Payment (for Social Security recipients, veterans, railroad retirees), deductions for new vehicle purchases, expansion of first-time homebuyer credit, and COBRA premium subsidies. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28009
The National Archives Celebrating 75 Years, 1934-2009
Website commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the National Archives in 1934. Features decade-by-decade annotated photo galleries about NARA, listing of anniversary news and events, and personal stories about NARA use (and a place for you to submit your story). From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27791
This website features a "combination of tips, case studies, expert Q&A articles and regional directories of products and services." Browse by area or feature of the home, such as bathrooms or flooring. Product directory (covering San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City) contains a detailed description of the process of selecting and approving products for the directory, noting "only a minority of products are approved." From the U.S. Green Building Council.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27909
United States v. Bernard L. Madoff
Official documents for the case of U.S v. Bernard L. Madoff, including the December 2008 criminal complaint "alleging one count of securities fraud," the "Order Freezing Assets and Granting Other Relief in the SEC's [U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission] civil action, and ... the order appointing the trustee." Also provides pertinent website links and contact information for victims and others interested in the case. From the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern District of New York.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28002
Website companion to the 2009 exhibition "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda," which "reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany." Includes a timeline, information about the themes used in Nazi propaganda, a gallery of propaganda examples, and resources for further study. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28040
For Sure, Obama's South Side Irish
This May 2007 article describes how "Barack Obama's ancestry has been traced back to a shoemaker in a small Irish village. ... A Church of Ireland rector scoured files from the church ... dating to the late 1700s. He confirmed that Obama descended from Moneygall, County Offaly." Also includes a list of Obama's probable ethnic roots, which include Native American, Kenyan, English, Scottish, and Irish. From the Chicago Sun-Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27561
A "New and Native" Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene
Website companion for "the most comprehensive exhibition ever undertaken on the work of Arts and Crafts legends Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene," who "designed houses and furnishings a century ago that established a new paradigm for the art of architecture in the United States." View introductory essays and images on topics such as early career and the Blacker house. From the Huntington, in partnership with the Gamble House and USC.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27188
Greene & Greene Virtual Archives
More than 4,000 images of works by architects and designers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, who "are widely considered to have brought high-art aesthetics and exquisite craftsmanship to the American Arts and Crafts Movement in the early part of the 20th century" and who did much of their work in southern California. Includes a biography, image database, and links to related material. Hosted by the University of Southern California (USC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24458
In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California 1933-1945
"The Nazi Propaganda period, 1933 to 1945, chronicles a crucial twelve years in American history. This exhibit's story about the local threat to American ideals demonstrates how European events reached across the ocean and affected people in Southern California -- in our own backyard." Features essays and digitized items on topics such as anti-Semitism, the German American Bund, and "Hollywood Under Attack." From Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27951
Analysis of Water Banks in the Western States
"This report provides an analysis of water banking legislation, policies, and programs in 12 Western states. A primary purpose of the review is to identify banking programs and structures that promote ... environmental trades." Covers Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Also provides general information about water banking, including purpose, definitions, and formats (such as groundwater banking). From the Washington State Department of Ecology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27763
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 101
This page features details of interest to librarians about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Includes a list of programs funded through ARRA that could benefit libraries, such as broadband programs, the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Senior Community Service Employment Program, and Rural Community Facilities Program. Also includes material on grants, how to advocate for funding, state-by-state funding impacts, and other aspects of ARRA. From the American Library Association (ALA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28030
Building Muscles While Building Minds: Athletics and the Early Years of Women's Education
This exhibit examines early views of physical fitness and education for women, and history of Bryn Mawr College's "physical culture" program. Features many historic photos and illustrations of women's athletics. From Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27948
Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding: Documents and Statements
Collection of "the principal documents and statements available in English that have helped to chart and mark the direction and discussions of Christian-Jewish understanding and relations since the Second World War. Also included ... [are a few] Jewish-Christian-Muslim documents." Provides documents including the "Balfour Declaration" (1917), Roman Catholic statements, Protestant documents, and Jewish-Christian documents such as "The Vatican and the Holocaust, A Preliminary Report" (2000). From Sacred Heart University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27922
Questions and answers from a Jewish perspective about Holocaust denial. "One of the most notable anti-Semitic propaganda movements to develop over the past two decades has been the organized effort to deny or minimize the established history of Nazi genocide against the Jews." Topics include origins of the movement (including the Institute for Historical Review), related American legal precedents, academic interest, and denial themes. Part of the Jewish Virtual Library from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27921
The Spin on Ireland: Irish Music Cover Art Since 1950
The albums featured in this exhibit "were used during weekly broadcasts of Dorothy Hayden's local radio program 'Irish Memories.'" The images "reveal the ways in which such commercial art constructed an image of a nation and its people in American popular culture." Click on the album covers in the exhibit sections for a larger, higher-quality image. Includes brief essays. From the Archives of Irish America at New York University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27556
Wilder Shores: Lady Travelers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
This exhibit "features books and manuscripts, both by and about, women who traveled" to regions such as India, Russia, and Turkey in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is "organized geographically, loosely following the structure of Barbara Hodgson's book, 'No Place for a Lady.'" Includes photos, illustrations, and images of books. From the Charles E. Young Library Department of Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27950
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder