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LII New This Week
New This Week for May 28, 2009
This Week
Another variety pack, with Henry VIII turning 500, car and commodity futures, the Apollo moon mission, Parkinson's disease, and efforts to preserve some privacy in your Web use. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Charlotte, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Art Beat
A blog started in December 2008 "covering news, issues and events in art and entertainment, brought to you by NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown and NewsHour reporters. You will find interviews with authors, artists and musicians, coverage of art exhibitions and concerts, and multimedia features such as videos and narrated slideshows." Topics include glass blowing, Chuck Berry, a weekly poem, the Pulitzer Prize, and art funding. Also includes links to lesson plans and related sites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27524

Business

FAQs: Financial Markets: Derivatives
This FAQ briefly explains the derivative, "a financial instrument whose price is derived from the value of one or more underlying assets, liabilities, or indices." Provides links to additional resources on derivatives. From the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
URL: http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/markets/derivatives.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28343

Government

Cars and Light Trucks
Compilation of publications providing "information about controlling emissions from passenger cars and light trucks. This includes consumer information, vehicle standards and regulations, certification and compliance, fuel economy, and test data." Some of the topics covered include green racing, federal and California exhaust and evaporative emission standards, and imported vehicles and engines. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OMS/ld-hwy.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28355

FTC Staff Revises Online Behavioral Advertising Principles
February 2009 press release about FTC activity with respect to online behavioral advertising. Includes link to the report "Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology," in which the "key issue concerns how online advertisers can best protect consumers' privacy while collecting information about their online activities." Also includes FTC testimony and related statements. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/02/behavad.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28356

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Website for this commission created by Congress in 1974 "as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States." Features an introduction to the futures market, reports and data (such as on energy, agriculture, livestock, and financials), details about consumer protection and industry oversight, links to laws and regulations, history of the CFTC, news, glossary, and related material.
URL: http://www.cftc.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26958

Health

Living With Parkinson's
Material for patients and caregivers about Parkinson's disease, "a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60." Provides a fact sheet on the disease, guides for the newly diagnosed and for caregivers, glossary, and annotated links to organizations, government programs, books and videos, and other resources on the disease. From the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
URL: http://www.michaeljfox.org/living.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28105

NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page
Questions and answers about Parkinson's disease, which "belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells." The condensed fact sheet covers treatment, prognosis, research, and organizations. More detailed information is provided in an expanded fact sheet and features on exploratory trials and biomarkers of risk in Parkinson's Disease. From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_disea...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28104

People

Henry VIII: 500th Anniversary of Henry VIII's Accession to the Throne
Presentation from 2009, the 500th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Henry the VIII, "one of the best-known monarchs in history. He is perhaps as famous for his many romantic entanglements as for being king." Some of the exhibition themes include ceremonials and pageantry, wives, wealth, war, and records and documents. From the UK's National Archives.
URL: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/henryviii/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28213

Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition
Companion to a 2009 exhibition about Henry VIII, who "became King [of England] in April 1509, at the age of seventeen. ... Henry's aggressive foreign policy and his sophisticated court, saw him play an important role as a European monarch until his death in 1547." Features images and brief commentary on topics such as Henry the VIII at Windsor Castle and Tudor succession. From the Royal Collection.
URL: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/henryviii/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28214

Henry VIII: Man and Monarch
Companion to a 2009 exhibition presenting "[k]ey documents from the life and times of Henry VIII, the pious yet bloodthirsty king whose reign forever changed the nature of England." View letters, diary entries, manuscripts, and other digitized materials relating to Henry VIII. Includes essays and videos clips from the British television series "Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant." From the British Library.
URL: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/henryviii/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28358

The Official Site of Benny Goodman: The King of Swing
Official website for Benny Goodman, jazz clarinetist and bandleader, who was born on May 30, 1909. Features a chronology, fast facts, photos, discography, quotes, links to tribute sites (such as for the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert), and related material.
URL: http://www.bennygoodman.com/about/biography.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28372

Regions of the World

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (aka Tamil Tigers) (Sri Lanka, Separatists)
Background about the "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, ... a separatist group in Sri Lanka. For the past thirty years, the LTTE have been agitating for a homeland for ethnic Tamils, who feel persecuted by Sri Lanka's ethnic majority, the Sinhalese." Discusses LTTE terrorist attacks (such as suicide bombing), status of recent peace efforts, and LTTE ties to other terrorist groups. From the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
URL: http://www.cfr.org/publication/9242/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28357

Middle East Water Collection
This collection "provides access to roughly 9000 items on political, socio-economic, demographic, and legal issues of water in the Middle East. Materials include data, books, journal and newspaper articles, and documents published in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. ... Materials in the public domain are available in full text." Searchable, or browse by region, basin (such as Tigris), and subjects such as groundwater and hydrology. From Oregon State University Libraries.
URL: http://digitalcollections.library.oregonstate.edu/cdm4/client/mewaters...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28304

Science

American Bird Conservancy (ABC)
This organization's "mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas." Site features background about bird conservation issues (such as global warming and mortality threats), introduction to dozens of domestic and international programs (such as Andean migratory bird monitoring, herbicides, and mountaintop mining), and news and reports.
URL: http://www.abcbirds.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28146

Apollo 40th Anniversary
Website commemorating the 40th anniversary of the NASA Apollo missions, which "started on May 25, 1961, when President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of sending astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade," and came to fruition on July 20, 1969, when "Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module." Features video clips and links to extensive material on Apollo. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27385

Car of the Future
Companion website to a documentary in which Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk," "hit the road in this program for a lighthearted but shrewd take on America's four-wheeled future." Website features discuss transportation policy, historical automobile innovations, the ultra-efficient "Hypercar," and audience-contributed cars of the future using alternative fuels. From Nova, produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/car/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28282

CERES Project
This Center for Educational Resources (CERES) project provides "an extensive library of on-line and interactive K-12 science education materials for teaching astronomy." Find online lessons on topics such as planet sizes and lunar phases, two "virtual missions" that show "sequences of NASA images linked to the paths of the Voyager and Galileo missions," information on education standards, and related material. A project of Montana State University faculty and classroom teachers from across the nation.
URL: http://btc.montana.edu/CERES/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27389

NASA: Spinoff
"Spinoff is NASA's annual premier publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology." Includes a database with abstracts of articles back to 1976 and links to full text. Items discussed include polymer fabric to protect firefighters, lithium battery power for electric vehicles, and space age swimsuits (as used in the 2008 Olympics). From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27386

To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s
Companion to an exhibit "celebrating man's venture into space" and focusing "on the period of 'Sputnik' (late 1950s) through the first moon landing of Apollo 11 in [July] 1969." Includes a description of exhibition highlights, photos of the exhibit, and links to related news coverage. From the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
URL: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/tothemoon/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27384

Society & Social Science

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts
This catalog provides "a simple means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web." Searchable, or browse by location, shelfmark, title, author, language. The site notes that "[a]s the project develops, a richer body of information for each manuscript, and the texts in these codices, will be provided, where available." From the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://manuscripts.cmrs.ucla.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28150

Network Advertising Initiative (NAI)
NAI "is a cooperative of online marketing and analytics companies committed to ... establishing responsible business and data management practices." This site has been developed "to help you safeguard your online privacy" in light of behavioral targeting "technologies that allow advertising networks to make inferences about consumer tastes." Includes list of member organizations, "opt-out" tool for use with members, and links to related material on topics such as cookies and web beacons.
URL: http://www.networkadvertising.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28098

The UN Secretary-General's Database on Violence Against Women
This is "a coordinated database on the extent, nature and consequences of all forms of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for, including best practices in, combating such violence." Searchable by types of measures to combat violence, forms of violence, country, year (1930-present), and keyword. Also view measures by country and all measures viewed as good practices. From the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women.
URL: http://webapps01.un.org/vawdatabase/home.action
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28149

World Privacy Forum
This public interest group performs "research, analysis, and consumer education in the area of privacy." Its website features "research, reports, consumer tips, agency comments, letters, analysis, issue briefs, speeches, and testimony" in privacy topics such as medical (including identity theft and HIPAA), workplace, advertising, credit, and Internet and search engine. Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28074

World Water Council
This international organization's mission is "to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues to facilitate conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis." Site features material about council programs (such as human right to water), facts about water, reports and other publications, list of World Water Forums back to 1997, official declarations and statements, and related material.
URL: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28148


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder

 
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