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Polish up your epistolary skills with websites about love letters, take your sweet tooth on a date, then explore the more prosaic worlds of working dogs, catalogs, Africa, Middle East, McMansions, pink snow, and film awards. Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Age of Emotion
This online exhibit explores human emotions as revealed in documents, photographs, cards, poems, and letters from the Cumbria County Library, U.K. Topics include Victorian mourning, a saucy look at love, hatred of war, sisterly concern, and "a tale of love and hate," which starts with a bundle of love letters and finishes with a legal settlement.
URL: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/ageofemo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20505

The British Academy Film Awards: This Year's Nominations
The British Academy Film Awards are similar to the American Academy Awards. Lists the films, actors, and other motion picture artists nominated in several categories. Includes an archive of award-winners and nominees dating back to 1947 and a history of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
URL: http://www.bafta.org/awards/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4185

How to Write the Perfect Love Letter
Tips from a professional writer for crafting a successful love letter. Suggestions include being neat and expressive, providing the reasons you fell in love, and ending your letter with "carefully worded prose." The author also counsels against "being casual, too light-hearted, or openly erotic." From a company that sells sample letters and writing software.
URL: http://www.writeexpress.com/How-to-write-a-love-letter.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20510

Love Letters: An Intimate Look at Love in Lancaster
This online exhibit "enables us to explore the ups and downs of romantic love from the 18th century to the present." Includes poetry, selections from autograph albums ("My love for you will never fail. As long as fido has a tail."), and a sampling of love letters. From the Lancaster County Historical Society, Pennsylvania.
URL: http://www.lancasterhistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=arti...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20512

Poets.org: Love Poems
"A very small sample of both new and classic love poems" from poets such as William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, and Robert Penn Warren. Includes a list of poems, links to selected poems, biographical information about poets, and links to related poems about friendship, marriage, and passion and sex. From the Academy of American Poets.
URL: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5860
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20502

Business

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): Careers
Brochures on careers in the field of veterinary medicine, including veterinarians, veterinary hospital teams, and veterinary technicians. Includes statistics on veterinary education and employment and earnings, a list of veterinary specialty organizations, and links to related material. Some material available in Spanish. The AVMA is a nonprofit organization representing veterinarians.
URL: http://www.avma.org/careers/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20469

Writers and Editors
This Occupational Outlook Handbook entry describes the nature of the work of writing and editing professionals, such as creative writers (including bloggers), book and news editors, technical writers, and science and medical writers. Discusses working conditions, training requirements, job outlook, and earnings. From the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
URL: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos089.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20495

Computers

Africa South of the Sahara: Internet and Computing
An annotated directory of websites related to Internet and computer technology use and access in Africa. Also includes a link to resources for South Africa. Maintained by Karen Fung of the Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/elecnet.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20486

The Strength of Internet Ties
This January 2006 Pew Internet report done jointly with the University of Toronto concludes that "the internet and email expand and strengthen the social ties that people maintain in the offline world." Includes the text of the report, the underlying questionnaire, and links to related reports. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2006/PIP_Internet_ti...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20475

Government

Canine's Role in Urban Search and Rescue
A small site on the role of dogs in search-and-rescue operations to locate humans trapped in collapsed structures. Includes basic facts about search-and-rescue dogs, and detailed information about canine and handler certification and the canine readiness evaluation process used by local, state, and federal organizations. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
URL: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/usr/canine.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20509

The CIA K-9 Corps
Child-friendly details about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) K-9 Corps (established in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War) and the dogs it trains to search for explosives, drugs, and humans. Includes profiles and images of some of the dogs and their breeds. From the CIA's page for children.
URL: https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/k-5th-grade/the-cia-k-9-corps/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20504

FBI Working Dogs
This colorful, child-friendly site describes working dogs used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to locate chemical explosives, detect drugs, perform search and rescue operations, and provide services for the disabled. Include profiles and images of some of the FBI dogs. From the FBI website for children.
URL: http://www.fbi.gov/kids/dogs/doghome.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20503

Importation of Pets, Other Animals, and Animal Products Into the United States
This page describes regulations governing "the importation [to the U.S.] of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys, other animals, and animal products capable of causing human disease." The FAQ on animal importation also addresses questions about horses, small terrestrial mammals and rodents, snakes, fish, birds, and animal trophies. From the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/animal.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20445

Transportation Security Administration: TSA Dogs & Aviation Security
Details about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program; "an explosive detection canine team is used to search narrow and wide-body aircraft, vehicles, terminals, warehouses, and luggage in the airport environment." Includes history and background on the program, a FAQ on the role of dogs in aviation security, and related material.
URL: http://www.tsa.gov/lawenforcement/programs/editorial_multi_image_0003....
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20511

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Canine Enforcement Program
Fact sheets about the use of dogs at the U.S. borders "to combat terrorist threats, stop the flow of illegal narcotics, detect unreported currency, concealed humans, and smuggled agriculture products." Features background on the Canine Enforcement Program, a FAQ on detector dogs, photos of some of the dogs, and articles about dogs used in border patrol activities. From U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
URL: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/fact_sheets/k9_enforce/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20507

Home & Housing

Date Recipes
Collection of recipes featuring dates. Includes recipes for desserts, salads, and a "date shake." From a company that sells medjool dates.
URL: http://oasisdategardens.com/recipes.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20494

McMansions: Supersized Houses, Supersized Regulations
January 2005 article about the current trend in which "homebuilders are continuing to build extra-large houses to meet buyers' demands." Includes data about the increase in home size, and details about how regulations in Austin, Dallas, and University Park, Texas, are trying to protect neighborhoods as infill of these large houses occurs. Opens directly into a PDF document. From Tierra Grande, the journal of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.
URL: http://recenter.tamu.edu/pdf/1713.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20498

Supersize My House! How McMansions Go Wrong
A "slide-show essay on McMansions and other big houses." Includes a discussion of architectural design techniques that may prevent these large houses from appearing too massive. From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2133029/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20500

Law

Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business
This FAQ covers topics related to customers bringing service animals into businesses. Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as "any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability." Discusses the distinctions between service animals and pets and addresses related topics of concern to business owners. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
URL: http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20497

Media

American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE): Credibility
This collection of publications addresses topics on building the trust of newspaper readers, such as accuracy (spelling and grammar and fact-checking), bias, sensational stories, anonymous sources, and reader and community connections. Includes specific examples from newspapers. ASNE is a membership organization for daily newspaper editors.
URL: http://www.asne.org/index.cfm?id=3
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20488

Getting It Right: A Passion for Accuracy
This column addresses the role of fact-checking in news reporting. Includes brief tips for fact checking during the writing and reporting processes, and links to related material on accuracy in reporting. From the Poynter Institute.
URL: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=17939
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20492

People

Coretta Scott King
Biographical information about Coretta Scott King, founding president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Includes details about her involvement in the causes of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr. and her activities after his assassination in 1968. Also find essays on Martin Luther King Jr., nonviolence, and related topics. From the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University.
URL: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/about_king/encyclopedia/king_corett...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/907

Dear Bess: Love Letters From the President
Digital versions of letters from Harry to Bess Truman sent between 1910 and 1957. The letters "not only [show] the personal loving relationship between Harry and Bess, but the President's efforts to use his wife as a sounding board for the issues of state." Selected letters have been transcribed. From the Truman Presidential Museum & Library.
URL: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/dearbess.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20506

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Issue Brief, Number 13: Airline Travel Since 9/ll
This November 2005 report looks at changes in airline travel since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Features data on number of domestic airline passengers, available seats, prices, and number of airline employees. Includes brief discussion of decreasing airfares in reaction to the growth of low-cost carriers. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), U.S. Department of Transportation.
URL: http://www.bts.gov/publications/issue_briefs/number_13/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20284

Urban Legends Reference Pages
Hear a rumor on the Web? Vet it here. This site "embraces not only urban legends but also common fallacies, misinformation, old wives' tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items." The website provides quick access to the most recent urban legends as well as an archive of thousands of debunked stories. RSS feed available. Maintained by two dedicated skeptics.
URL: http://www.snopes.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11233

Recreation

Eye on the Storm
A series of articles from 2002 remembering the 1972 summer Olympic games in Munich, Germany: "[the] massacre of 11 Israeli team members by Palestinian terrorists. The elfin Olga Korbut. Mark Spitz with seven gold medals dangling around his neck. Valery Borzov sprinting. Jim Ryun falling. [The] Soviet basketball team defeating the United States." Includes a day-by-day account of events. From the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), hosted by The Dallas Morning News.
URL: http://apse.dallasnews.com/contest/2002/writing/over250/over250.enterp...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20485

Regional: California

California Dates
Material about this plant that "require[s] special environmental conditions to produce fruit -- hot, arid weather but plenty of ground water. Therefore, dates can only be grown in a few places in the United States," such as the Coachella Valley in California. Topics include award-winning recipes, date harvesting, varieties, nutrition, and history. From the California Date Administrative Committee (CDAC), an association of date growers and handlers.
URL: http://www.datesaregreat.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20493

California Department of Health Services: Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC)
The California DCDC works with organizations and individuals "to monitor health, identify and investigate existing and potential health problems, develop and implement prevention strategies, conduct research, provide education and training, and formulate and advise on public health policy." The site features an overview of programs, fact sheets (on topics such as Lyme disease and valley fever), and other publications on topics such as pandemic flu preparedness.
URL: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/dcdc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20412

California Libraries Catalog
Search over a thousand California library catalogs through one website. (Street address required.) Find the shelf status of millions of books, DVDs, and other library materials held by participating public, academic, school, and special libraries. Part of WorldCat, a global database listing millions of records for books, DVDs, videos, audio recordings, and other materials owned by libraries in the U.S. and dozens of countries. From the California State Library and the Califa Group.
URL: http://www.calcat.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20531

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: Twenty-Seven New Species Found in Park Caves
This January 2006 news release describes how a "study of the subterranean life found in caves culminated ... in an announcement ... of the discovery of at least 27 new species in the caves of Sequoia and Kings Canyon [California]." Includes an image of one newly discovered insect and a link to the cave and karst management portion of the NPS site for these national parks. From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/headline.cfm?type=Announcement...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20414

Regional: Washington State

Seattle Power and Water Supply Collection
This collection of photographs "showcases images of hydroelectric power and water supply facilities built in Washington State from the late 1890s to the 1950s. Many of these dams, power plants and reservoirs were built in some of Washington's most rugged terrain and had features that represented significant engineering feats of their time." Also includes an excerpt from the book "Building Washington: A History of Washington State Public Works." From the University of Washington Libraries.
URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/ww-spwsweb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20274

Regions of the World

Background Q&A: Hamas
Hamas is "the largest and most influential Palestinian fundamentalist movement." This article (updated in 2007) covers topics such as the origins of Hamas, leaders, beliefs and goals, and funding. Includes links to related material. From the Council on Foreign Relations, an "independent national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars."
URL: http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20477

In Depth: Israel and the Palestinians
Compilation of articles and opinion pieces that look at "the struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians ... [which has been] one of the most enduring and explosive of all the world's conflicts." Includes a timeline, maps, background about leaders and key documents, and details about the Hamas victory in the January 2006 election. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/middle_east/2001/israel_and_the_pa...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20481

The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record
Compilation of documents related to Palestine, Israel, and other countries and regions in the Middle East. Includes the Balfour Declaration (1917), the Alexandria Protocol (1944), the Israeli Declaration of Independence (1948), the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt (1979), the Hamas Covenant (1988), and many documents from the United Nations. Part of the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.
URL: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/mideast.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20479

Science

Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend
This online exhibit covers a variety of topics related to dogs, including evolution and diversity, canine communication, senses and endurance, research and conservation efforts, caring for a dogs, careers with dogs, and assistance and therapy dogs. Includes photos, children's book suggestions, and activities. From the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
URL: http://www.nhm.org/exhibitions/dogs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20513

Pink Snow Mold on Turfgrass
Explains pink snow, a phenomenon in which wild grass underlying snow is affected by the fungus Microdochium nivale, causing snow to have a "pinkish cast." Discusses treatment and fungicides, and includes pictures. From the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic at Cornell University.
URL: http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/pinksnowmold/pinksnowmold.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20468

Planetary Rings Node
A website "devoted to archiving and distributing scientific data sets relevant to planetary ring systems." In addition to technical data, the site features resources on the ringed planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and missions (such as Cassini and Voyager) involving planetary ring systems. A project of NASA Ames Research Center and the Center for Radar Astronomy at Stanford University. From the SETI Institute.
URL: http://pds-rings.seti.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20478

Saint Louis Zoo: Science and Research: Pathology Lab
Brief document discussing the investigation of animal deaths at the zoo. Topics include what causes the death of zoo animals, what happens to a zoo animal after it dies, and what happens to the animal's body once a necropsy is complete. From the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri.
URL: http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/scienceresearch/pathologylab.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20483

Solar System: Saturn
Fact sheet on this planet "[whose] intricate ring system has fascinated astronomers for centuries." Features data on Saturn, articles about the planet, details about missions (such as Cassini-Huygens) to the planet, and links to related resources from NASA. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology.
URL: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/solar_system/planets/saturn_index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20480

Society & Social Science

"My Precious Loulie...": Love Letters of the Civil War
These love letters from Civil War soldiers "show their sorrows of being apart, fears that the soldier would not return home, and hopes for the future after the war's end." In addition, "some of the letters are comical, as is the letter from an unknown soldier to a woman who evidently answered his 'lonely-hearts' advertisement." Includes images and transcriptions of this small collection of letters. From the University Libraries of Virginia Tech.
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/cwlove/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20508

"You Ask for Information About Our Careers, I Have Had None": Four Women Biblical Scholars at Union Theological Seminary, 1897-1997
This small exhibit profiles four women biblical scholars and teachers: Emilie Grace Briggs, Mary Ely Lyman, Sophia Lyon Fahs, and Phyllis Trible. Biographical essays are accompanied by digitized images of scholarly writings, sermons, newspaper clippings, and illustrations. From the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship, Burke Theological Library, Columbia University Libraries.
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/burke/archives/awts/exhibit.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20522

Africa South of the Sahara: Libraries
An annotated directory of websites related to libraries and archives in sub-Saharan Africa. Also includes a link to resources for South Africa. Maintained by Karen Fung of the Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/libaf.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20487

Africa South of the Sahara: Pan-Africanism
An annotated directory of websites related to organizations and individuals involved with regional integration movements in Africa, featuring topics such as Edward Wilmot Blyden, W.E.B. Dubois, and Marcus Garvey. Maintained by Karen Fung of the Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/history/hispanafrican.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20523

A Brief Information Resource on Assistance Animals for the Disabled
Provides an overview of assistance animals for the disabled, which include guide animals (dogs and miniature horses), hearing dogs, seizure alert animals, social/therapy animals, and service animals who provide specialized services for people with disabilities. Includes a bibliography, and links to government sources and websites of service animal organizations. From the Animal Welfare Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
URL: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/companimals/assist.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20501

National Service Animal Resource Center
Information about acquiring a service animal, which is "any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability." Includes a FAQ, definitions, tasks performed by service dogs, and details about applying for and training a service dog. From the Delta Society, an organization whose mission is to "[improve] human health through service and therapy animals."
URL: http://www.deltasociety.org/Page.aspx?pid=302
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20499

The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968
A view of 1968, created thirty years later by students at South Kingston (RI) High School through interviews with Rhode Islanders. Find transcripts, audio, and edited stories about topics such as the Vietnam War, civil rights, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Also find essays, a timeline of events, a glossary, and a bibliography. A joint product between the high school and Brown University.
URL: http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/15137


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