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New This Week for March 16, 2006
This Week
We shake you up with websites observing the Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906, then expand your mind with high-quality, often eyecatching websites about literary prizes, sous-vide cooking, Web TV, women, pet birds, pocket pets, mushrooms, Gordon Parks, Mildred Wirt Benson (aka Carolyn Keene), and a wonderful librarian, Clara Breed. Bon appetit from the LII librarians: Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, Tom, and our University of Washington Information School spring semester intern, Evan Robb.

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Arts and Humanities

The Blooker Prize
"The Blooker Prize (formerly the Lulu Blooker Prize) is the world’s first literary prize for 'blooks' – or books based on blogs, websites or other online content." Awards are given in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and comics. Includes submission information and the current short-list for each category. Judges for the award are well respected in the blogging, technology, and writing communities. Award-winners are announced in April. From a provider of print-on-demand books, including "blooks."
URL: http://www.blookerprize.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20886

Jack London and the Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906
Writings and photos by Jack London and his wife from the period following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. "The journeys on foot, horseback, and automobile of Jack and Charmian London through the blackened, twisted debris of earthquake country ... produced both words and images that help define this country's greatest urban disaster." Features more than 200 photos from his albums, pages from Charmian's diary, and a timeline of London's life. From the California Historical Society.
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20843

Juvenile Series and Sequels
Database of over 20,000 books in series titles for children and young adults. Browse by series title, book title, author, or series subject (such as dinosaurs, dragons, horses, and spies), or use the main search link at the bottom of the page. From Mid-Continent Public Library, Missouri.
URL: http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/series/juv/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20894

Lambda Literary Foundation
Find lists of winners of these literary awards for books by gay and lesbian writers and with gay and lesbian themes. Some of the award categories include fiction, poetry, mysteries, science fiction, biographies, memoirs, humor, religion, transgender, and titles for children and young adults. Lists go back to 1988 and include finalists for the current year.
URL: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20913

Manga University: Drawing Tutorials
Illustrated instructions by artist Julie Dillon for drawing the Japanese-style comics known as manga. Includes instructions for anime style hair, clothing and folds, general anime faces, female figures, and specific characters (such as those from the animated cartoon "Dragonball Z," which originated as a Japanese comic). Also includes material about coloring using various computer programs. From a company that sells manga drawing books.
URL: http://www.cablenet.ne.jp/%7ejapanime/tutorial/tutorial.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20831

The Publishing Triangle: The Association of Lesbians and Gay Men in Publishing
This site features booklists and other resources from an organization whose mission is "to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes." Includes lists of the "100 best" lesbian and gay novels and nonfiction titles, and lists of award winners for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by gay and lesbian writers and with gay and lesbian themes.
URL: http://www.publishingtriangle.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20912

Series and Sequels
"A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters." Listings include the titles in the series with publishing dates; many include additional brief notes about the setting and themes of the series. Not browsable. From Los Angeles Public Library.
URL: http://www.lapl.org/resources/indexes/sequels.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20896

Business

The Big Mac Index
"[The] Big Mac index is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity, under which exchange rates should adjust to equalise the cost of a basket of goods and services. ... Our basket is the Big Mac" (a hamburger produced by the fast-food chain, McDonald's). Includes comparisons of recent international Big Mac prices, a "Coca-Cola map of the world," and articles about McDonald's and fast food. From The Economist.
URL: http://www.economist.com/markets/Bigmac/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20904

Leather Museum
The website for this British museum contains several resources on the history of leather-making and leather goods, including an essay on the history of leather, a gallery of images from the museum (bookbinding, horse saddles, bags and purses, dog equipment, and other leather items) and a bibliography. Includes related links.
URL: http://www.walsall.gov.uk/leathermuseum/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20877

Government

Department of Transportation Library: Online Digital Special Collections
This site provides the full text of documents "of interest to Department of Transportation (DOT) researchers and the transportation community at large." Includes a varied selection of material such as civil aeronautics manuals from the 1950s, investigations of aircraft accidents (1934-1965), railroad investigation reports (1911-1994), materials from conferences on street and highway safety from the 1920s and 1930s, and U.S. Coast Guard circulars back to the 1960s. Each category of documents is searchable.
URL: http://specialcollection.dotlibrary.dot.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20871

Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
EPLS "identifies those parties excluded throughout the U.S. Government (unless otherwise noted) from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits." Search for excluded parties by name, government agency, state or country, and several other factors. Site includes report generation tools, cause and treatment code descriptions, agency and acronym details, a FAQ, and other references and tools.
URL: http://www.epls.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20873

Home & Housing

New Urban Guild
This organization is an agent for traditional architectural designers and a nonprofit corporation that provides education "to assist in the design and construction of traditional urbanism and architecture." The site features details about "Katrina Cottages," which are designed to be small, temporary homes to replace those lost during Hurricane Katrina. The "Hurricane Katrina Renewal Tools" section includes a rebuilding checklist and plans for several Katrina cottages.
URL: http://www.newurbanguild.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20902

The Slowest Food: Why American Chefs Have Taken Up Sous-Vide Cooking
This 2005 article provides an overview of "sous vide ... the practice of cooking food at low temperatures in vacuum-packed plastic bags. ('Sous vide' is essentially French for 'vacuum-packed.')" Includes a discussion of the history of cooking in sealed packets, French chef Georges Pralus' technique of cooking foie gras in plastic from 1974, and current developments and concerns (such as food safety). Also includes links to related material. From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2123101/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20884

Media

wwiTV: World Wide Internet TV
This independent guide to Web TV provides links to live and on demand television broadcasts from over 100 countries. Includes music, sports, and news outlets. Available in several languages.
URL: http://wwitv.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20890

People

Fact Monster: Famous Firsts by American Women
Timeline of major milestones achieved by women throughout American history, such as Elizabeth Blackwell (1849), the first woman in the U.S. with a medical degree; Belva Ann Lockwood (1879), the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Effa Manley (2006), the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Includes links to additional information for selected women. From Information Please.
URL: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/womensfirsts1.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20920

In Depth: Death of Milosevic
Compilation of news articles and analysis about the life and death (in March 2006) of Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Serbia and Yugoslavia, who "was being tried on charges of war crimes and genocide at the time of his death." Includes his life story and his trial before the United Nations war crimes tribunal. Also find a video obituary. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/europe/2001/yugoslavia_after_milos...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20874

Legends Online: Gordon Parks: Memories Left Behind
Retrospective about Gordon Parks, best known as an American photojournalist and filmmaker but also celebrated for "[doing] it all -- including writing poetry, and composing and performing piano music." Includes a gallery of his photos, excerpts from an interview, a brief biography, and video clips of Parks talking about his 50-year retrospective book from 1997. Parks died in 2006. From Photo District News (PDN), a magazine for professional photographers.
URL: http://www.pdngallery.com/legends/parks/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20880

Ohioana Authors: Mildred Wirt Benson
Biography of Mildred Wirt Benson, journalist and writer of juvenile series books, including 23 of the first Nancy Drew mysteries (under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene). Includes a list of her works, awards and honors, audio of a radio feature on Benson, and related material. From WOSU radio in partnership with the Ohioana Library.
URL: http://www.ohioana-authors.org/benson/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20901

A Pilot and an Adventurer: Mildred Wirt Benson
This 2002 obituary provides biographical details about Mildred ("Millie") Wirt Benson, "newspaper reporter for more than eight decades and author of the first 23 Nancy Drew mysteries that inspired generations of readers." Includes a list of the Nancy Drew books written by Benson under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene and a photo of Benson as an aviator. Note: Benson's columns for the newspaper are no longer available on this site. From the Toledo Blade, Ohio.
URL: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2002105290069
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20900

Recreation

"Tinker to Evers to Chance!"
Small presentation about "Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance [who] formed the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball." Includes baseball card images for all three, and a short poem about the three baseball players ("Baseball's Sad Lexicon"), written in 1910 by a New York newspaper columnist. Portion of a larger exhibit from the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.
URL: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/bbhtml/bb1.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20919

C-J Derby DataTrack
Data relating to handicapping for the Kentucky Derby, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old thoroughbred horses held on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs racetrack. The site "starts out covering all 426 early Triple Crown nominees. ... It is updated every Tuesday, with the field being narrowed as the ... Derby takes shape." Includes data about trainers, sires, and individual horses, and a glossary. From The Courier-Journal (C-J), Louisville, Kentucky.
URL: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=999980222054
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20878

Choosing the Right Pet Bird
Brief overview of items to consider when selecting a pet bird. Topics include domesticated strains of wild species (such as canaries, finches, cockatiels, parakeets, and lovebirds) and species without a long history of domestic breeding (such as conures, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, and toucans). Includes links to information about caring for pet birds and wild animals as pets. From the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
URL: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/rabbit_horse_and_other_pet_care/Choo...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20899

MovieLens
A movie recommendation website. "You tell us what movies you love and hate. We use that information to generate personalized recommendations for other movies you will like and dislike." Registration required to use all features. Includes a "QuickPick" option in which movies are recommended based on other film titles. From GroupLens Research Project, a research group in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
URL: http://movielens.umn.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20796

The Top Ten Bird Killers
A list of the 10 most common household dangers that can cause the accidental death of pet birds. Dangers include deprivation of water, unclipped wings, toxic fumes, heat exposure, and sleeping with birds. From a veterinarian who specializes in pet birds.
URL: http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/topten.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20897

World Baseball Classic
Website for this World Cup-style international baseball tournament, first played in March 2006. The site features details about the 16 national teams, news, statistics, rosters, standings, photo galleries, and video clips. Material available in several languages. Access to complete audio and video coverage requires a fee.
URL: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/index.jsp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20917

Regional: California

1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks
The history and current condition of small cottages built in western San Francisco to house refugees following the 1906 earthquake and fire. "Of 5,610 shacks built in 1906-1907 only 27 remain." Includes historic photos, addresses for shacks still in existence, and images and additional material for selected homes. From the Western Neighborhoods Project, "a nonprofit organization formed to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco."
URL: http://www.outsidelands.org/shacks.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20903

The McClatchy Company: Timeline
Brief overview of the history of this California-based newspaper and Internet publisher, whose holdings include the Sacramento Bee (founded in 1857), the Fresno Bee, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the Knight-Ridder company (acquired in 2006). Includes links to additional material on Pulitzer prizes won by newspapers now with the McClatchy Company, a list of member newspapers, and news about the company and its operations.
URL: http://www.mcclatchy.com/100/story/340.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20872

San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection: Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906
"The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection contains over 1,700 digitized images of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. These images depict scenes taken both during and after the three-day event, and include neighborhoods, buildings, refugee camps, and the process of reconstruction." Photos are browsable by subject. From the San Francisco Public Library.
URL: http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/librarylocations/sfhistory/equake-browse.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20915

Tijuana Estuary
Background on this estuary located in San Diego County near the California-Mexico border. Features a bird list for the estuary, descriptions of endangered and threatened species (such as the California least tern), and material on restoration and research activities. The education section includes classroom materials, a glossary, a bibliography, and field guides. A partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California State Parks.
URL: http://www.tijuanaestuary.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20808

Regional: Washington State

Buy Direct: Washington-Oregon: Harvest Schedule
Charts illustrating what foods are in season and which farms in Washington state and Oregon grow them. Provides harvest schedules for animal products, herbs, vegetables, and fruits, nuts, and berries. From the Washington State University Extension.
URL: http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/farms/harvest_schedule.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19317

Farmers' Markets in Washington and Oregon
Handy charts listing farmers' markets in Washington state and Oregon. Includes the market days and hours, dates, location, contact person for each market, and links to websites for selected markets. Organized by county. From the Washington State University Extension.
URL: http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/farms/farmers_markets.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20864

Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
"[An] aid to identifying mushrooms. Over 2000 gilled mushrooms of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia are presented." Search for types of mushrooms by shape of cap, color, type of surface, and many other physical features. Includes photos and a glossary. In English and French. Note from site: "It should never be used as the sole means of deciding whether a mushroom is edible." From Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada.
URL: http://www.pfc.forestry.ca/biodiversity/matchmaker/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20856

Pacific Northwest Fungi Database
"This database is intended primarily as a tool for researchers, teachers, and students interested in fungi occurring in the Pacific Northwest [Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington]." It provides technical information about names of fungi and host plants, reported location, and taxonomic authorities. From the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU).
URL: http://pnwfungi.wsu.edu/programs/aboutDatabase.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20854

Wellington Scrapbook: The 1910 Avalanche Disaster
"On March 1, 1910, an avalanche in the Cascade Mountains swept two Great Northern trains down the hillsides near Wellington, a small town near Stevens Pass in Washington state. Ninety-six people lost their lives, making this the worst train disaster in American history." Includes an overview of the events, scanned newspaper articles from papers in Washington state and other areas, and a list of those who died. The website is hosted by HistoryLink.org.
URL: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=/wellington/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20722

Regions of the World

Regions and Territories: Northern Ireland
Profile of "[this] part of the United Kingdom." Includes demographic facts, historical overview, and brief listings of leaders and media outlets. Also includes links to related news stories, with a focus on stories about the IRA (Irish Republican Army). From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/4172307.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20218

Science

CDC: Pocket Pets
Health advisories about pocket pets, "small animals, often rodents that are kept as pets and could fit in your pocket." Discusses Salmonella and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), both of which can be transmitted from animals to humans. Includes prevention measures and considerations when choosing a pocket pet. From the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/pocket_pets.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20906

LabLit.com: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact
This site "is dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and perceptions of that culture ... in fiction, the media and across popular culture." Features interviews, articles, a message board, and a list of novels (and other media) that depict "realistic scientists as central characters and portray fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic -- as opposed to speculative or future -- world." Edited by a scientist.
URL: http://www.lablit.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20916

Pale Male
Large collection of photographs chronicling the life of a red-tailed hawk named Pale Male, who made national headlines in 2004 when the owners of the building where his nest was located (across from Central Park in New York City) attempted to remove the nest. Includes detailed notes and observations about Pale Male and images of other hawks and wildlife in the area.
URL: http://www.palemale.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2871

Society & Social Science

65+ in the United States: 2005
This U.S. Census Bureau report "[provides] a picture of the health and socioeconomic status of the aging population." It features data on population size and growth, changes in age composition, housing, income, poverty rates, life expectancy, diseases, states with the highest aging population, patterns of migration, and many other topics. Opens directly into a PDF file. Commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
URL: http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p23-209.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20865

Archaeological Leather Group Bibliography
Collection of bibliographies on topics related to leather archaeology, including specific time periods (prehistoric, Roman, medieval), structure and analysis of leather, conservation, and the history of leather manufacturing. Bibliographies include a few non-English language publications. From a UK-based organization that "promotes the study of leather and leather objects from archaeological and other contexts."
URL: http://www.archleathgrp.org.uk/biblio/algbibliog.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20875

Biblical Manuscripts Project
This project provides access to "images and transcriptions of important Bible manuscripts and early printed editions freely available through the Internet." Materials include Hebrew Bible manuscripts and New Testament manuscripts. Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. From the Religion and Technology Center, a nonprofit organization "devoted to the creation of high quality scholarly resources in religion."
URL: http://alpha.reltech.org/BibleMSS.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20870

Cowsarecool.com
This site discusses animal rights concerns related to leather, and offers resources for locating alternatives to clothing, shoes, and other items made from leather. Includes a FAQ, news, shopping tips, and other material about cows and the leather industry. From the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
URL: http://www.cowsarecool.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20883

Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp
A retrospective of San Diego Public Library children's librarian Clara Breed, who became "a lifeline to the outside world" for Japanese American children relocated during World War II to internment camps. Breed "distributed stamped and addressed postcards to her young friends, asking them to write to her and describe their life in camp." The site documents life in the camps with letters, photographs, and audio and video files. From the Japanese American National Museum.
URL: http://www.janm.org/exhibits/breed/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20740

Polygamy
This essay discusses the origins and practice of polygamy (the practice of having more than one spouse at a time) in the Mormon Church. Discusses relevant legislation (including the Morrill Act and the Edmunds Act), and the changes to Mormon Church policy to discourage polygamous marriages. Includes references and two historical images. From the online version of the Utah History Encyclopedia, University of Utah Press.
URL: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/p/POLYGAMY.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20889

Polygamy: Latter-day Saints and the Practice of Plural Marriage
This article discusses "polygamy -- or more correctly polygyny, the marriage of more than one woman to the same man [which] was an important part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a half century [in the 1800s]." Addresses the origins of plural marriage in the Mormon Church, and the reasons why the church outlawed it. From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
URL: http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=a27704c176d9...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20887

The Salt Lake Tribune: Polygamy
News stories and features on polygamy (the practice of having more than one spouse at the same time), particularly in the state of Utah. Provides a timeline of polygamy in the state (starting with origins in the Mormon Church in the 1830s), statistics on modern polygamist communities, discussion of the cable TV series "Big Love," historical images, and more. From the website for the Salt Lake Tribune.
URL: http://www.sltrib.com/polygamy
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20892


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