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New This Week for April 30, 2009
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This week we've included sites on Asian Pacific Heritage Month, swine flu, pioneers in public relations, and making the world safe for pedestrians. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Charlotte, and Jennifer.

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Arts and Humanities

Asian Reflections on the American Landscape
This publication "highlights the cultural imprint of Asian groups on the built environment of the United States." Includes an introductory essay that summarizes Asian cultural heritage in the U.S., an annotated list of historic properties related to Asian cultural heritage, examples of historic places that interpret aspects of Asian heritage for the public, and a bibliography. Includes properties in Minnesota, Hawaii, Alaska, California, and other areas. From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/crdi/publications/Asian%20Reflections.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28130

Banana: A Chinese American Experience
This online exhibit examines "the influences which shape the lives of Chinese American youths in the U.S ... [reconstructing] the apartment of the fictional Lee family, second-generation Chinese Americans presently living in New York City." Take a virtual tour through the apartment to learn about the significance of objects and topics such as family and education. Also includes interview transcripts and videos, a timeline, and links (some broken). From the Tenement Museum.
URL: http://www.tenement.org/banana/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28134

Design for Democracy: 200 Years of Drawings From the National Archives
Online exhibit of designs "created in fulfillment of a wide range of Federal policies and programs." Includes paintings, drawings, and sketches of "ideas for symbols, improvements, achievements in science and technology, and artistic expressions." Covers items such as flags and seals, buildings and monuments, patents, and posters. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
URL: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/designs_for_democracy/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26957

World Digital Library (WDL)
Launched in April 2009, the WDL "makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world," including manuscripts, maps, books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, and photographs. Browse by place, time, topic, type of item, or institution. Developed by a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, with contributions by national libraries and with the support of UNESCO and companies and private foundations.
URL: http://www.wdl.org/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28207

Computers

Twitter and Status Updating
This report (released in February 2009) on status updating tools found that "[a]s of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others." Includes a report summary, full report, and links to related news stories. From the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/276/report_display.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28006

Government

Obama: The First 100 Days
This April 2009 Online NewsHour report examines President Barack Obama's first hundred days in office. "Starting April 27, the NewsHour will be examining the economic and political scene in St. Louis, where President Barack Obama will mark his 100th day in office." Reports will include a tour of the city's recent government investments, a look at schools, and a town hall meeting. Also provides a news archive covering Obama's activities back to January 20, 2009.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/white_house/obama100/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28293

Obama's First 100 Days
This Wall Street Journal blog covers the first one hundred days in office of President Barack Obama, with an emphasis on economic matters. Topics include the automobile industry, health insurance, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon credits, banks undergoing stress tests in April 2009, the budget, credit cards, economic stimulus, and more.
URL: http://blogs.wsj.com/obama-100-days/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28294

Health

Enviro-Health Links: Swine Flu
Collection of links to all of the major information sources, national and international, about swine flu. Topics include federal response to the spring 2009 outbreak (such as information on antiviral medications and travel alerts), international resources, genetic sequence information, maps, veterinary resources, and information in Spanish. Also includes suggested searches in the National Library of Medicine. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
URL: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/swineflu.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28307

Orphanet
Compilation of material about rare diseases and the "so-called 'orphan drugs' [which] are intended to treat diseases so rare that sponsors are reluctant to develop them under usual marketing conditions." Browse resources on rare diseases and orphan drugs (such as encyclopedias, newsletters, and clinical trials) for patients, professionals, industry, and organizations. Also available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. From a consortium of European partners.
URL: http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/index.php?lng=EN
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28273

Poison on Pets II: Toxic Chemicals in Flea and Tick Collars
This April 2009 report concludes "that high levels of pesticide residue can remain on a dog's or cat's fur for weeks after a flea collar is put on an animal. Residue levels produced by some flea collars are so high that they pose a risk of cancer and damage to the neurological system of children." Includes the full report and links to related content. From the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/health/poisonsonpets/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28276

Swine Influenza (Flu)
Material about this "respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza. ... In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas," and have been reported in other states and internationally. Provides background, fact sheets and guidance, widget, and reports on U.S. human cases of swine flu. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28289

World Health Organization (WHO): Swine Influenza
The World Health Organization (WHO) "is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) [identified in April 2009] and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Information on this page tracks the evolving situation and provides access to both technical guidelines and information useful for the general public." Includes illness updates for U.S. and Mexico and a FAQ. Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28291

People

The Great Nature of Chiura Obata
Online exhibit about California artist Chiura Obata (1885-1975), known for his paintings of the Sierra Nevada region. Features background about Obata (who was first taught to paint in Japan when he was 7), details about the sumi painting technique, and a gallery of selected works such as "El Capitan," "Yosemite Falls," and the Tanforan, California, relocation center, where Obata was interned in 1942. From the Sierra Nevada Education Project.
URL: http://obata.wilderness.net/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28131

Regional: California

Hot Topics on the May 19 [2009] Special Election
This site provides concise descriptions and related material about the six May 2009 ballot measures concerning the California budget. Includes "non partisan analyses, official voter information, background materials, pro-and-con websites, newspaper articles and editorials, opinion polls, political endorsements, and financial-contribution records." Also includes endorsements positions on the propositions by major organizations. From the University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library.
URL: http://igs.berkeley.edu/library/hot_topics/2009/index-May19.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28278

Locke, California
Website for this California delta town founded in 1915, which is "the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese." Features brief history and photos of points of interest such as the boarding house, Chinese School, and Dai Loy Museum (a former gambling house that was closed by state authorities in the 1950s).
URL: http://www.locketown.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28169

Seeding California
This article provides an overview of the engineering behind the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the Colorado River Aqueduct. It notes that "[a]t the turn of the 21st century, the Colorado Aqueduct was supplying water to approximately 18 million people, and the Los Angeles Aqueduct was still the main source of water for its namesake city." Accompanied by a slide show. From the spring 2008 issue of Common Ground, a National Park Service publication.
URL: http://commonground.cr.nps.gov/Feature_Start.cfm?issue=Spring%202008&f...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27494

Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum
This site is a "multimedia, interactive online museum presenting the rich history, culture and natural history of the Sierra Nevada." View online galleries and special exhibits about artist such as Ansel Adams and Chiura Obata, authors such as Mary Austin, the Chinese Tong War, virtual fieldtrips, maps, photos, and much more. A project of Sierra College (California) students, faculty, and staff; the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies; and the Sierra Nevada regional community.
URL: http://www.sierranevadavirtualmuseum.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28132

Regions of the World

The Early Chinese Canadians, 1858-1947
This presentation invites readers to "explore the social and political history of Canada's early Chinese communities." Features essays, photos, government documents, letters, head tax records (Chinese immigrants were required to pay tax starting in 1885), a 1918 film clip of a funeral procession, a 1905 recording of a Cantonese folk song, suggested readings and links, and other material on early Chinese Canadian history. In English and French. From Library and Archives Canada.
URL: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/chinese-canadians/index-e.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28115

The Eliasaf Robinson Tel Aviv Collection
Online exhibit and digital collection of the materials about Tel Aviv, "The First Hebrew City," which marks its centennial in 2009. Browse or search books, photographs, posters, postcards, and other material about Tel Aviv. In addition to the exhibit and digitized materials, the site includes an introductory essay, finding aid, and related links. From Stanford University Libraries, Digital Collections.
URL: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/sulair/web/telaviv
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28274

Society & Social Science

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
"You and your students can celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month [May] by taking a trip to Asia with a host of original EDSITEment lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources." Includes lesson plans on Angkor Wat, haiku, the Chinese zodiac, Indian epics (such as "The Ramayana"), George Orwell's essay on life in Burma, and more. From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/monthly_feature.asp?id=125
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28129

Children of the Atomic Bomb
"This website provides the who, what, and why of UCLA's involvement with the development of the atomic bomb and nuclear issue for over six decades." Find background on Dr. James Yamazaki's research of the health effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, general information about radiation and health, drawings (many disturbing) by atomic bomb survivors, and related material. Developed by Yamazaki with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
URL: http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28141

Japanese American Archival Collection (JAAC) ImageBase
This website "presents about 1400 images in a searchable database of selected photographs and images of artifacts related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II." Search, or browse by medium (artifact, document, or photograph) or curricular materials by topic (such as daily life and ceremonies and holidays). From the Special Collections and University Archives of California State University, Sacramento.
URL: http://digital.lib.csus.edu/jaac/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28142

The Museum of Public Relations
"Established in 1997, this is the place to go to learn about how ideas are developed for industry, education, and government, and how they have been applied to successful public relations programs since the PR industry was born." Features exhibits on early PR pioneers such as Moss Kendrix (the first African American to acquire major accounts such as Coca Cola) and Carl Byoir (who represented the German tourist office in the 1930s).
URL: http://www.prmuseum.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26621

SEAAdoc: Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience
This is an educational resource "focusing on post-1975 refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and the communities they have developed in the United States. It contains 1,500 visual images and 4,000 pages of searchable text." Browsable by ethnic group, format (such as letters or maps), and topics such as cultural practices and economic experiences. Includes an introduction; teaching section is forthcoming. From the Southeast Asian Archive at the University of California, Irvine, Libraries.
URL: http://seaadoc.lib.uci.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28140

The Smart Set
This is "an online magazine covering culture and ideas, arts and sciences, global and national affairs -- everything from literature to shopping, medicine to food, philosophy to sports." Find columns, essays, memoirs, photography, and more, updated daily on weekdays. The Smart Set is "an independent magazine, generously supported by Drexel University."
URL: http://www.thesmartset.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27600


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