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LII New This Week
New This Week for March 23, 2006
This Week
Wax poetic with sites about women's dime novels, credit scores, diplomacy, the national debt, the new ten dollar note, Black Canadian heritage, repopulating New Orleans, the French student riots of May 1968, the 1910 avalanche of Wellington, Wa., and much more. Bon appetit from the LII librarians: Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Our thanks to everyone who participated in the LII annual survey for 2006. Here's an early summary of our results. We had over 6,000 completed surveys, 1,471 suggestions for addressing our pending budget shortfall, and 1,954 comments. Hope to see some of you at the Public Library Association conference later this week!
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Arts and Humanities

American Women's Dime Novel Project: Dime Novels for Women, 1870-1920
Images, information, and discussion about these inexpensive novels marketed to women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes lists of writers (some with biographical information) and publishers, an overview of the dime novel series, a cover galley, and links to articles and stories. Discusses libraries with dime novel collections. From the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
URL: http://chnm.gmu.edu/dimenovels/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20942

Bloomsbury: Books, Art and Design
This online exhibit explores the artistic activity of the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers. Members included artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, and Roger Fry. The site features portraits, designs by the group's Omega Workshops, and Hogarth Press dust jackets, such as those created by Bell for works by her sister Virginia Woolf. From the Victoria University Library, University of Toronto.
URL: http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/exhibitions/bloomsbury/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20990

The Poetry Archive
This British site offers audio files of "English-language poets reading their own work. Some are historic recordings, some have been made specially for the Archive." Browse by poet or name of poem. Includes videos of interviews with selected poets, lesson plans, access to the "Children's Poetry Archive," and links to poetry sites for students and to other material.
URL: http://www.poetryarchive.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20867

Poets.org: A Brief Guide to the New York School
"The New York School of poetry began around 1960 in New York City and included poets such as John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O'Hara. Heavily influenced by surrealism and modernism, the poetry of the New York School was serious but also ironic, and incorporated an urban sensibility into much of the work." Includes links to additional information about selected poets and to related prose. From the Academy of American Poets.
URL: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5668
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20922

Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s
This exhibit explores the innovative works of American painters and poets following the end of World War II. The site features essays about each of these groups, with discussions about painters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko; and poets from "four overlapping constellations: the Beat Generation, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets." Also includes selected images. From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
URL: http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/rebels/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20921

Business

Facts for Consumers: Credit Scoring
Fact sheet on credit scoring, "a system creditors use to help determine whether to give you credit." Discusses the credit scoring model, what individuals can do to improve their credit score, the reliability of the credit scoring system, what happens if you are denied credit, and how to file a complaint. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre24.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20952

Mexico-Domiciled Trucks and NAFTA
This collection of documents from 2001-2004 provides background about safety and environmental concerns related to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules expanding access of Mexican heavy-duty trucks across the U.S.-Mexico border. Includes fact sheets, opinion pieces, and other material. Note: No material beyond 2004 (when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Department of Transportation v. Public Citizen, that an environmental impact study was not necessary before opening the border under NAFTA). From Public Citizen.
URL: http://www.citizen.org/autosafety/Truck_Safety/mex_trucks/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20949

Your Credit Score: How It All Adds Up
Consumer fact sheet on credit scoring, "a grading system that adds or subtracts points based on select data in your credit report. ... Your final grade -- your credit score -- is said to measure how likely it is that you will repay a loan." Discusses factors used to determine credit scores (such as payment history and amount owed), ordering credit reports, and tips for improving your score. From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
URL: http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs6c-CreditScores.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20956

Your Credit Scores
Questions and answers about credit scores, "number[s] that help lenders and others predict how likely you are to make your credit payments on time." Uses the FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) score system to show the factors affecting a credit score, such as payment history. Includes examples of actions you can take to boost scores, and contacts for credit reporting agencies. From the Consumer Federation of America and the Fair Isaac Corporation.
URL: http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/money/creditscores/your.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20954

Government

ABC of Diplomacy
This dictionary of diplomacy explains terms such as bilateralism, diplomatic protection, privileges and immunities, protocol, and reciprocity. Include profiles of key agencies, such as the Council of Europe, European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
URL: http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edazen/doc/publi.Par.00...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20973

Diplomatic Gateway to Canada: Protocol
Diplomatic conventions and courtesy for Canada, such as titles, styles of address, honors and salutes, and dress (such as "the more important the ceremony, the darker the suit"). Includes material about Canadian government protocol offices that manage official diplomatic visits and events, and quick references on Canadian government (symbols, national days), and addresses of diplomatic mission and consular offices. In English and French. From the Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
URL: http://www.international.gc.ca/protocol-protocole/index.aspx?menu_id=1...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20971

National Debt Graph
Graph of the gross national debt as a percent of the nation's annual income for 1950 through the most recent federal budget projections. "The data plotted here were taken directly from the White House web site and plotted without modification." Includes links to related material about contributions to the public debt from the presidential terms of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. From an author and economist who consults for electricity markets.
URL: http://zfacts.com/p/318.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20961

The New Currency: About the New $10 Notes
Overview of the new $10 note introduced on March 2, 2006. Topics include security features, such as color-shifting ink and a watermark, and design features, such as symbols of freedom, larger numbers for those with low vision, and the note's "subtle shades of orange, yellow and red." Also offers links to material about other bills. From the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
URL: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/newmoney/main.cfm/currency/new10
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20940

Protocol & Diplomacy International: Protocol Officers Association
The website for this organization of diplomatic protocol professionals contains selected publications and annotated links to websites on diplomatic relations and protocol. The article on the formal origins of protocol (in the "Information" section) provides a concise overview of the development of the conventions and etiquette guiding government ceremonies and events.
URL: http://www.protocolinternational.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20974

U.S. Department of State: Office of the Chief of Protocol
Learn about this government office that "advises, assists, and supports the President of the United States, the Vice President, and the Secretary of State on official matters of national and international protocol, ensuring that the accepted rules of conduct in every capital of the world are implemented." Includes a list of specific duties, facts and history, recent activities, event photos, and other material on U.S. diplomatic conduct. From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20969

What Fuels the National Debt?
Brief overview of the factors involved in the creation of the national debt. Discusses the roles of Congress and the Treasury Department, and how part of this debt may be financed during wartime through war bonds issued by the U.S. government. From a company that provides investment advice.
URL: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/04/011404.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20962

Health

Journey to Wellness: An Online Health Magazine For African Americans
This website features articles on health issues affecting African Americans, covering general health, disease and prevention, faith and wellness, and consumer health topics. Includes archived broadcasts of the Journey to Wellness radio talk show (hosted by Dr. Mary Harris) that broadcasts on CNN Radio and other stations. The website and radio show are produced by a communications company "specializing in the production and dissemination of health care information targeted to ethnic minorities."


URL: http://www.journeytowellness.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20977

Home & Housing

Red-Dyed Easter Eggs
A traditional recipe for red Easter eggs (or "Pascalina Avga"), "hard-boiled eggs, dyed deep red to symbolize the redeeming blood of Christ, [which] are a Greek (or Eastern Orthodox) tradition at Easter." Includes details about a game played with the eggs. From the companion website to "Utah's Greek-Americans," a program from KUED, Salt Lake City's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) channel.
URL: http://www.kued.org/productions/greeks/recipes/eggs.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20965

People

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)
This site provides analyzed data collected from federal and local governmental bodies "legally responsible for the registration of vital events -- births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths." Also includes links to state sites. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20970

U.S. National Debt Clock
Up-to-the-second display of the outstanding public debt and each citizen's share of the debt. Also provides links to news and a FAQ. Information comes from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Bureau of the Census' Population Clock.
URL: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/18236

Useful Expressions and Greetings in 26 Languages
Learn how to say common expressions in over two dozen world languages. Terms include "Happy New Year," "Happy Easter," "Happy Birthday," "Merry Christmas," "peace," "I'm sorry," "I love you," and "ouch." Terms in non-Roman alphabets are transliterated. From the New York Public Library.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/branch/central/dlc/df/useful.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20930

Regional: California

California Air Resources Board: Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program
Background material and fact sheets about this California state program that inspects heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses for excessive smoke emissions. Document topics include the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, reduction of emissions from transport refrigeration units (TRUs), air quality concerns related to the travel of heavy-duty vehicles over the Mexico-California border under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and trends and outcomes of the inspection programs. From the California Air Resources Board (ARB).
URL: http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/hdvip/hdvip.htm#facts
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20946

Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter
This 2006 exhibit looks at earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Features material on the basics of earthquake science and on damage control (prediction, engineering, and retrofitting), a timeline of major San Francisco area quakes (back to 1808), graphics and photos, activities, and links to related websites. From the Exploratorium.
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/faultline/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20844

San Francisco After the '06 Earthquake
"Images from the days after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, including stereographs and anaglyphic (3-dimensional) views" of these topics: Destruction, People, Amidst the Rubble, The Hungry, The Homeless, and Recovery. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/collections/permanent/projects/stereo/SF1906/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26

Violence Prevention Resource Directory [California]
"This publication lists county-specific resources for domestic violence, sexual violence, child and elder abuse." County lists provide contact information for prevention, domestic violence shelters, sexual violence and rape victim, victim/witness, child protective, adult protective, and batterers intervention program services. Resources include hotlines, shelters, legal services, and counseling. From the California Department of Health Services.
URL: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/injviosaf/Pages/ViolencePreventionRe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20986

Regional: Washington State

Don't Mess With Mercury: Washington's Mercury Chemical Action Plan
"This brochure provides information about products containing mercury [such as fluorescent lighting, thermostats, and thermometers] and how to handle and dispose of these products." Offers consumer tips on how to minimize risk of exposure to mercury. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the Washington State Department of Ecology.
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0303018.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19678

Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC)
This Washington state nonprofit organization is "dedicated to the support and promotion of all aspects of organics recycling." The site provides material on "the basics of large scale composting and organic recycling activity and provide[s] links to more detailed information." Features an overview of organic waste recycling (including "storm debris, food waste, biosolids, and residues from food or other manufacturing processes"), and a discussion of the connection among soils, compost, and water.
URL: http://www.compostwashington.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20927

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

A Chronology of "May '68"
Principal dates and events related to the student protests in France in May 1968, during which Sorbonne students were involved in riots in the Latin Quarter in Paris, and which included strikes throughout France. From Metropole Paris, "a weekly online magazine about Paris."
URL: http://www.metropoleparis.com/1998/318/chron318.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20984

Paris, May '68: Icôns de la Révolution/Icons of the Revolution
Images of approximately twenty posters from the student protests and related strikes in France in the spring of 1968. Includes translations of poster text. From the Victoria University Library, University of Toronto.
URL: http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/exhibitions/posters/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20985

Q & A: French Labor Law Row
Background about the cause of the March 2006 student protests in France. The article explains that the students demonstrated against "the law creating the First Employment Contract (Contrat Premiere Embauche or CPE) ... which will come into effect in April [2006]. The CPE is new work contract for under-26s with a two-year trial period." Includes links to related news articles, which, in turn, link to primary material in French. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4816306.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20981

Science

Office of Coast Survey (OCS)
This maritime site features downloadable navigational charts, historic maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day, access to the Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System (AWOIS), and related publications. The "NowCoast" service is a portal to U.S. coastal data, observations, and forecasts. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
URL: http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20861

The Tropical Meteorology Project: Dr. Gray's Tropical Storm Forecast
"Yearly forecasts for tropical storms, named storms, typhoons, hurricanes, and intense hurricanes. Includes the current forecast and archived forecasts dating back to 1999." Special features include the December 2005 "Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and U.S. Landfall Strike Probability for 2006," and the "Summary of 2005 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity and Verification of Author's Seasonal and Monthly Forecasts." From Dr. William Gray, professor of atmospheric science, Colorado State University.
URL: http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20957

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
Official site for this NASA Explorer mission "measuring the temperature of the cosmic background radiation over the full sky with unprecedented accuracy. This map of remnant heat from the Big Bang provides answers to fundamental questions about the origin and fate of our universe." Find images, background documents, essays on cosmology and the big-bang theory, links to technical papers, and more.
URL: http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20950

Society & Social Science

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA)
Career resources from this organization that represents advancement researchers (also called prospect researchers), "development professionals around the world who are dedicated to meeting the data and information needs of the nonprofit community." Includes background on the field, position papers, scholarly articles, career tools, links to research websites, and related material.
URL: http://www.aprahome.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20960

Bring New Orleans Back
The website for this commission, established by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin following Hurricane Katrina, provides final reports (from early 2006) on topics such as urban planning, education, public health, social services, government effectiveness, culture, and infrastructure (levees, criminal justice, and public transit).
URL: http://bringneworleansback.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20958

DaCosta 400: A Celebration of Black Canadian Heritage, 1605-2005
Overview of the 400-year anniversary celebration (in 2005 through 2007) of people with African backgrounds living in Canada. "Mattheu Da Costa, thought to be the first Black man in Canada (Acadia), came to Canada with Samuel de Champlain," in 1605. Includes a timeline of Canadian black history, important events and personalities (such as Africville and black cowboys), education resources (including recipes), and more. In English and French.
URL: http://www.dacosta400.ca
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20953

The Repopulation of New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina
This 2006 report provides estimates of repopulation rates and of population numbers in New Orleans for "the immediate future (the next three to six months) and the near-term future (the next one to three years) to guide the redevelopment planning process." The report also discusses the conceptual framework for the estimates. Includes a summary and the full report. From the Rand Gulf State Policy Institute.
URL: http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR369/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20955

Sexual Violence Prevention
Collection of documents on sexual violence, defined as "any sexual act that is forced against someone's will. These acts can be physical, verbal or psychological." Includes a fact sheet (with statistics and risk factors), a brochure on sexual violence prevention strategies, details about prevention activities of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies, and links to websites of groups working on sexual violence prevention. From the Injury Center at the CDC.
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/SV/default.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20982

There's Gold in That Thar MLS Degree!
This 2003 column discusses potential careers for librarians in "prospect research," a "field focused on finding information to support a [nonprofit] organization's development function." Includes a brief interview with a librarian in the field, and links to job and career websites for prospect research, fundraising, and nonprofit organizations. From the American Library Association (ALA).
URL: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/hqops/publishing/careerleads/workingkn...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20959

Violence Against Women
Fact sheets and other resources on the prevention of sexual violence and abuse of women. Features statistics on sexual violence (for girls and reproductive-aged and older women), tips for minimizing the risks of violence, screening tools for doctors, a bibliography, press releases, and related materials. Some publication available in Spanish. From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
URL: http://www.acog.org/departments/dept_web.cfm?recno=17
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20983


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