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Most of this week's sites are about the environment and science, with additional sites about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a town-level study of the national recession, and oral histories of the Dust Bowl. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Charlotte, Jennifer, and Wendy.
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This blog from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is "dedicated to American art and the ways in which the nation's art reflects its history and culture. The discussion will extend beyond the walls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection to include other collections, exhibitions, and events." Browse archived entries by date (back to 2005) or by topics such as lectures and museum openings.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28220
This online museum "contains the complete works of Verner Panton (1926-1998)," a 20th-century Danish furniture and interior designer known for creating inflatable furniture and the single molded plastic Panton chair. Find images of designs for seating, lighting, wall elements, fabric, and interior environments. From enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26886
The Elkhart Project
This blog started on April 7, 2009, provides "long-term coverage on the city of Elkhart, Ind. to provide perspective on the national recession." It aims "to focus attention on one town's battle against joblessness, diminished opportunities, a severe credit crunch and a population of newly needy residents" and to show that "community is a potent force and America's resilient spirit is ever present." Includes video clips and links to related sites. From MSNBC.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28235
The History of Credit & Debt
This essay provides "a retrospective on money and the development of credit. You will be taken on a 9,000-year journey to see how we arrived at our present-day financial times." Topics include development of money and currency, early regulations on interest and credit (such as from Hammurabi's code), debtors' prison, credit cards, and bankruptcy. From the Myvesta Foundation, a consumer finance assistance service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28179
This website offers "free, energy efficient, healthy house plans." Each of the plan packages comes with "full construction documents or blueprints, ... a home energy model for the city and state combination in which their home building project will occur, a LEED checklist," and related material. Includes plans for models such as a "Modern Cube," "Suburban Loft," and "Simple Villa." Also includes a blog.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28095
New American Dream: Food: Cater to the Earth
Website for a "campaign focused on the environmental impact of food production and consumption." Features material on fair trade and bottled water, a marketplace to help identify sustainable foods, and a blog. From New American Dream, "founded in 1997 to address the environmental and social impacts of unsustainable consumption."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28237
Project Laundry List
Website for a nonprofit organization with a mission to make "air-drying laundry acceptable and desirable as a simple and effective way to save energy." Features laundry tips (on energy savings for washing and drying), blog, clothesline art, and material on advocacy efforts to make clotheslines legal in light of community covenants, landlord prohibitions, and zoning laws.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28236
Sierra Club Green Home
This site "is dedicated to helping you create a more sustainable home environment." Main topics include reducing energy consumption (and a home carbon dioxide calculator), solar energy, and home health hazards (such as radon, pesticides, and mold). The "Learn More" section includes content organized by subjects such as bath, cleaning, flooring, landscaping, and plumbing. Also includes a video library. From the Sierra Club.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28205
The Story of Stuff With Annie Leonard
"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. 'The Story of Stuff' is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled [video] look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns." Includes full movie, fact sheet, annotated script, reading list, and foreign-language subtitled versions. Sponsored by the Tides Foundation and Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28211
Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act
Documents concerning an April 2009 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal with findings that "the current and projected concentrations of the mix of six key greenhouse gases ... threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations" and that motor vehicle emissions "contribute to the atmospheric concentrations of these key greenhouse gases and hence to the threat of climate change." Contains the full proposal, background, and commenting and hearing details. From the EPA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28251
SnagFilms is a website "where you can watch full-length documentary films for free." Locate and watch over 500 films "from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers" on topics such as campus life, environment, health, history, international, life and culture, music and arts, politics, science and nature, sports and hobbies, and women's issues. Movies include some commercials.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28196
The Aldo Leopold Archives
"Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold's legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, environmental history, literature, education, esthetics, and ethics." On this site search or browse through digitized images of Leopold essays, correspondence, diary and journal entries, and more. From University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28208
Biographical Brief of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Official Liberian government biography for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. The biographical sketch covers her early career in banking and economic and finance management, government positions she has held, her inauguration as president in 2006, accomplishments, advisory boards and committees on which she has served, and awards and recognitions. From the Executive Mansion, Republic of Liberia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28231
Iron Ladies of Liberia
Companion website to a documentary film about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who on January 16, 2006, "was inaugurated ... [Liberia's] first elected female president and Africa's first freely elected female head of state." Features readings about Harvard-educated economist Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian history, government, and debt. Also includes behind-the-scenes material, related website links, and lesson plans. From Independent Lens, produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28230
Dust Bowl Migration Digital Archives
This digital collection features "a series of fifty-seven oral history interviews that ... focus on residents who migrated to the San Joaquin Valley from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas between 1924 and 1939." Full interview transcripts are accompanied by a Dust Bowl migration bibliography and a selection of Farm Security Administration (FSA) photos. From California State University Bakersfield Library; oral histories developed by the California Odyssey Project.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27995
KPBS: Border & Immigration
This series of news stories covers issues concerning the California-Mexico border. Topics include trade, drug trafficking and violence, border patrol and inspections, tourism, immigration, migrant workers, and border policy. Some stories include audio clips. Archives go back to 2005. From KPBS, a TV and radio public broadcast service located at San Diego State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27582
The Encyclopedia of Earth
This online encyclopedia has the goal of providing one authoritative information source about the Earth, its environment, the creatures that live on it, and how people interact with and respond to all of the above. Articles are edited and maintained by experts in their respective fields, and they cover a diverse range of topics, usually related to ecological or environmental concerns. Maintained by the Environmental Information Coalition, a group of scientists and educators.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28250
"Frogwatch USA is a Citizen Science Monitoring Program that gives you the opportunity to help scientists conserve amphibians." On this site read the eight easy steps for becoming a frog-watching volunteer, discover the instructions for frog-watching, and learn about the frog species in your state (including images and sounds). Also includes data from prior Frogwatch seasons. From the National Wildlife Federation through the 2009 season, and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) thereafter.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28256
This blog is written by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "employees (and occasional guests) about the things they bring to their jobs every day." Browse entries by date or by the many subjects listed, such as air, cleanup, and energy. A few entries are in Spanish. Includes links to other EPA and government blogs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28221
Oral History of Human Genetics: The Intelligent Archive
Collection of oral history transcripts on the history of human genetics. As of April 2009, only a few of the oral histories are available, but they are very detailed and contain supplemental material such as timelines and related papers. Also provides a bibliography, chronology of human genetics (1900-2000), and project background. This ongoing project is a collaboration between historians of science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Johns Hopkins University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28246
"Join thousands of others in gathering valuable environmental and climate change information from across the country. Project BudBurst engages the public in making careful observations of the phenophases such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of ... [plants] in their local area." Learn how to join, review illustrated field guides (on wildflowers, grasses, trees, and more), and see data. From the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27938
The Debate Over Evolution
This series of articles explores the evolution debate, discussing topics such as Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, religious groups' views of evolution, and teaching evolution in the classroom. Includes timeline, graphics, and links to related reports, surveys, legal backgrounders, and other documents. From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28005
Collection of results of Gallup polls with religious themes, such as religious identification, church attendance, religious freedom and tolerance, and social issues such as abortion and stem cell research, and religion in the context of news and current events (such as economic recession and political affiliations of presidential candidates). Also includes analyst insights on some topics. Archive goes back to 2005. From Gallup.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28229
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