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Cleaning and greening, elephant seals, high-speed rail possibilities in the U.S., Rorschach's inkblots, volunteering, and images of the Ziegfeld Follies and other productions of the early 1900s. Happy vernal equinox from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.
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Discovering American Women's History Online
"This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century." Search, or browse by subject, state, time period, or primary source type. Maintained by librarian Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28107
Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations That Have Made Us Beautiful
This chapter from the 2004 book of the same name describes the development of eye-enhancement cosmetics. "An intense gaze is one of the most effective ways a woman can broadcast her interest in a man. (Believe it or not, scientists have actually quantified this.)... But how is it that eye makeup, particularly mascara, became a standard implement in Americas cosmetic toolbox?" Learn about how early movie stars contributed to this trend. From WNYC Radio.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28089
Joseph Urban Stage Design Models & Documents: Stabilization & Access Project
Background about a project to preserve "materials relating to [Joseph] Urban's New York theater career from 1914-1933, specifically the documentation of his productions for the Ziegfeld Follies and other theater producers, and his productions for the Metropolitan Opera." Features detailed illustrated essays, finding aid with images, and images of models for stage sets such as an "adobe mission with bells" for "Whoopee" (1928) and garden scene for "Don Giovanni" (1929). From Columbia University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24459
International Year of Natural Fibres 2009
Website for this international year that has the goal of raising "the profile of [natural] fibres and to emphasise their value to consumers while helping to sustain the incomes of the farmers." Includes feature stories about natural fibers and fiber industry (such as Peru's alpaca herders), event listings, and profiles of natural fibers such as flax, jute, sisal, and wool. Available in several languages. From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27025
Project Information Literacy
Website for "a national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age. ... [It] investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course work and how they conduct 'everyday research' for use in their daily lives." Features a February 2009 progress report, articles, video clips, and related material. From the University of Washington's (UW) Information School (iSchool).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27963
"Through the medium of art, [this exhibit] strives to provoke contemplation and dialogue concerning perceptions about the mentally ill and the dignity of the individual patient." The exhibition uses as its theme the Rorschach inkblot test (Psychodiagnostik), developed by Swiss physician Hermann Rorschach in 1921. Features Rorschach-inspired art, background about the Rorschach test, and other material from the physical exhibit. From University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Medical Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28076
Collection of material about gardens and gardening from a British perspective. Includes a history of British gardening (covering Victorian gardens, the importance of war time gardens, and more), gardening basics, plant finder database (by common or Latin name) with photos and descriptions, interactive pest and disease identifier, suggestions for climate-friendly gardening, material for gardening with children and growing crops, virtual garden planner, photos from flower shows, blog, and more. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25401
This collection of articles offers "[b]asic tips and tricks to get the entire house sparkling, from quick cleaning strategies to supplies to stock." Features ideas for deep cleaning, keeping living areas clean longer, and "how to fake a clean house." Also includes a daily cleaning checklist, video on window cleaning, and links to related cleaning articles. From the website for Real Simple magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27553
Gardener's Guide to Global Warming
Collection of materials relating to garden plants and potential global warming impacts. Click on the map to find out "if your official State Trees or State Flowers may be affected," view an interactive USDA hardiness zone map for 1990-2006, see a list of not-wanted invasive plants, and take a gardener's pledge to help fight global warming. Includes links to related material, such as a 2007 report of the same name. From the National Wildlife Federation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27941
This article presents options for avoiding home cleaning products that are toxic and harmful to the environment. Includes recipes for general cleaners, laundry soap, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, carpet deodorizers, stain removers, furniture polish, and other household cleaning products. Also provides a listing of ingredients for alternative cleaners, shopping tips and other less-toxic household tips, and information in Spanish. From Metro Regional Government, Portland, Oregon.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27554
Green Your Spring Cleaning
This tip sheet offers ideas for environmentally responsible house cleaning, such as using old clothing and sheets for dust rags, avoiding cleaners that contain phosphates, and replacing mothballs with a more natural alternative. Includes links to a related article on making your own nontoxic cleaning products and to cleaning product listings in a screened green business directory. From Green America (formerly Co-op America), a nonprofit membership organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27551
Spring/Summer Cleaning (Yes, It's Time Again)
This collection of resources offers ideas for reducing the environmental and health effects of cleaning, noting that "common cleaning products are hazardous -- to your health if you ingest or touch them, to the environment when flushed down the drain or otherwise disposed of." Features cleaning projects for specific rooms in the house, an article about anti-bacterial products, and tips for reducing clutter, reading product labels, and outdoor cleaning. From the nonprofit New American Dream.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27550
Hermann Rorschach, M.D.
Profile of Hermann Rorschach, Swiss physician who is known for the Rorschach inkblot method of psychological testing. Describes Rorschach's combined interest in psychoanalysis and drawing, potential sources of inspiration for the inkblot test, the research monograph "Psychodiagnostics" that describes the test, and related material. Includes a brief bibliography. From a collection of biographies accompanying a modern psychological testing and diagnosis text.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28078
The Powder & the Glory
Companion to a 2009 documentary that tells how "two pioneering entrepreneurial women -- Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein -- created an industry [cosmetics], became global rivals and cultural icons, and changed the way we look at ourselves." Website features a brief film description, production stills and archival photos, and a gallery of photos of one model with makeup as worn in the decades of 1910-1960. Also includes a bibliography.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28075
High-Speed Rail Corridor Designations
This website contains background about "ten high-speed corridors [designated] under section 1010 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and Section 1103(c) of the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)." Includes a map showing all of the rail corridors and sections on individual corridors (and one that "is not a 'designated high-speed rail corridor'"). From the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28001
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Website for this organization "promoting stewardship and understanding of the rich marine life and unique marine environment of the [California] Central Coast," with special emphasis on the elephant seal. Features background and images of elephant seals (sometimes called "E-seals"), and information about the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery and other marine mammals (such as California sea lions, harbor seals, sea otter, and whales). Includes links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28083
The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast
This 2009 analysis "concludes that sea-level rise will inevitably change the character of the California coast, and that adaptation strategies must be evaluated, tested, and implemented if the risks identified in the report are to be reduced or avoided." Find the report, executive summary, press release, maps, data downloads, and link to a related technical paper. Prepared by the Pacific Institute for the California Energy Commission, California Department of Transportation, and the Ocean Protection Council.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27209
Ocean Animal Emergency
Companion website to a PBS NOVA program about the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where "a renowned team of wildlife veterinarians ... fight to save their animal patients as well as to uncover the cause of a mysterious neurological illness plaguing marine mammals like California sea lions and harbor seal pups." Includes the full program and program transcript, producer's story, a classroom activity, and related readings and websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27183
Website for this "volunteer organization that brings volunteers together to support other local non-profit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: we create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event ... we invite volunteers to gather at a local restaurant ... where they can get to know one another." Find information for chapters in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25977
Points of Light Institute
Website for an organization that promotes volunteer activity and civic engagement in the U.S., helps develop infrastructure for community change, and "demonstrate[s] the power of citizens actively engaged in changing our world and solving problems." Includes a directory of volunteer centers, description of programs (such as disaster preparedness and Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative), resources for volunteers, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27943
USA Service: Renew America Together
Website for a U.S. government effort to promote volunteerism in American communities. "President Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens. In summoning a new spirit of service, he is calling on us to make an enduring commitment to our neighborhoods. Sign up today and let's renew America together." Includes information about hosting an event, event listings, a blog, and links to other volunteer opportunities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28057
"America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal built and maintained by the Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism (FITV) that is comprised of volunteer program coordinators from three Cabinet level departments." The site allows you to search for volunteer opportunities by keyword, state, activity, partner, and/or date range. Includes many volunteer opportunities with the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27942
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder