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In addition to one last bumper crops of sites about the 1906 earthquake and fire, read up on mumps, salt, wine, smart chips, packaging, the Marshall Plan, climate change, oral health, and more. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.
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We sometimes "recycle" (or as we put it, retread) older entries that are good matches for this week's newsletter. This also gives us a chance to revisit the entries. This week we found two retreads, one on student employment and one on fuel economy. Both had been in LII a while--the fuel site since 1999.
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Pennsylvania German Broadsides: Windows Into an America Culture
Exhibit of broadsides, "pieces of paper printed on one side, for sale or distribution at fairs, markets, or by peddlers who roamed the countryside with them. Some, like baptismal and marriage certificates, were kept, while others were often discarded after use. ... Local printers are still producing broadsides of all sorts." Images are accompanied by texts about the broadside in public and private life. From the Library Company of Philadelphia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21247
Prints With/Out Pressure: American Relief Prints From the 1940s Through the 1960s
This exhibit examines the relief print, which "refers to any print made from a raised printing surface, created when the non-printing areas of the block or plate are cut away below the surface. Examples of this technique include woodcut, wood engraving, and linoleum cut." Features essays on book illustration and prints clubs, a selection of images, and profiles of artists. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21252
Corrugated Packaging: Corrugated Basics
Consumer materials about corrugated cardboard, cardboard that has "an arched layer, called 'fluting,' between smooth sheets." Features diagrams showing the structure of corrugated cardboard boxes, history of corrugated cardboard ("the first known corrugated material was patented for sweatband lining in tall hats of Victorian Englishmen"), and quick facts about the industry. From an industry initiative promoting corrugated paper packaging.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21227
The heart of this site is the "Find and Compare Cars" database, with miles-per-gallon numbers for vehicles from 1985 to the present. Includes a gasoline price page with links to national and regional fuel price information, information on vehicle safety ratings and air pollution, gas mileage tips, and material on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. Also find the most current model year "Fuel Economy Guide." From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1347
Help Yourself: Customer Self-Service Is Finally Catching On With Consumers
October 2005 analysis of the benefits and shortfalls for self-service systems used by consumers. The article notes an increase in consumer acceptance of these systems, which may stem from "demographics, with younger customers preferring to do for themselves" and "from a dramatic improvement in the self-service technologies themselves." Includes a discussion of the development of automated customer relationship management (CRM) systems. From a national network of credit union chief financial officers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21257
Picturing Business in America: Hedcuts in the Wall Street Journal
This exhibit "explores the development, the technique, and the implications" of "The Wall Street Journal's distinctive portrait heads, known as 'hedcuts' or 'dot-drawings.'" Features examples of hedcuts of business leaders and the context in which the portraits ran in The Wall Street Journal, details about the process of creating the hedcut, and a section of hedcuts of women (such as Oprah Winfrey and Mary Kay Ash). From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21180
Federal government employment opportunities for high school and college students. Search options include employment type (for example, summer employment or internship), geographic location, and salary. Includes profiles of government agencies with job listings in the database, as well as links to agencies that aren't required to post listings in the database. Also offers options to create a profile to receive job matches by e-mail, submit a resume or get noticed by potential employers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12349
United States Money: A Guide to Information Sources
"This guide covers selected resources on the history of money in the United States from colonial times to the present." Topics include paper money, coins, associations and government agencies, pages for children, and museums and exhibits. Most listings are for websites; includes a few print suggestions. From the Library of Congress, Business Reference Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21060
Companion to a print publication of the same name that is devoted to radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. The site features a "plain-English explanation of what radio frequency identification is," a FAQ, history of RFID, and free access to news articles and opinion pieces on topics such as RFID use by retailers and libraries. Some other content is limited to paid subscribers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21240
GATT Digital Library: 1947-1994
"This site provides access to documents and information of and about the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), an organization that promoted international commerce and the reduction of trade barriers among member states from 1947-1994." Searchable, or browse by issuing body and date. Includes bibliographies, research guides, and links to sites about GATT and the World Trade Organization (WTO, the successor to GATT). From Stanford University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21185
Homeland Security: Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding
This page collects press releases, reports, and other documents about federal efforts to develop "a long-term plan for rebuilding the region devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." Most documents discuss funding requests and costs to rebuild and repair levees and housing on the Gulf Coast. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21264
CDC National Immunization Program: Mumps
Publications about mumps, an acute viral illness that includes "fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite; followed by swelling of salivary glands." Includes details about immunization (the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine), the 2005-2006 mumps outbreaks, alerts for travelers, and resources for health care professionals. From the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21219
Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)
This site provides a "peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider." Searchable by drug name. Part of the National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network (ToxNet).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21208
Infectious Disease: Mumps
Fact sheet about mumps, "a viral infection that primarily affects the parotid glands -- one of three pairs of salivary glands, located below and in front of your ears." Discusses signs and symptoms, causes, complications, treatment, the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and related topics. From the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21220
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Oral Health
Fact sheets and other consumer health resources on oral health topics such as dry mouth, oral cancer, spit tobacco, taste disorders, and tooth decay. Includes related links to other dentistry sites. From the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21239
Oral Health Information for the Public
Consumer publications about periodontal (gum) disease, "a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth." Discusses types of gum disease (such as gingivitis and periodontitis), causes, prevention, and treatment. Includes fact sheets for women, children, seniors, and smokers. From the American Academy of Periodontology, a professional association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21236
Pediatric Oral Health Information for Parents
Patient education brochures, FAQ, and related material about dental care for babies and children. Some of the topics include diet and snacking, fluoride, athletic, mouth protectors, early orthodontic care, and thumb, finger, and pacifier habits. From the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a professional membership organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21238
Responding to an Emerging Humanitarian Crisis in Louisiana and Mississippi: Urgent Need for a Health Care "Marshall Plan"
This Summary of a April 2006 report, resulting from a survey of residents in FEMA shelters based in Louisiana, focuses on the health and welfare needs of children and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Discusses findings related to health conditions, mental health, and school enrollment. Opens directly into a PDF document. A "collaborative effort of the Children's Health Fund and The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21266
Salt: Is Your Food Full of It?
This site is part of a British government campaign to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people in the U.K. The site provides materials applicable to all, such as a list of processed foods high in salt (cheese, pickles, soy sauce, and other), the health effects of excessive salt (high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke), and material about the appropriate amount of salt for children. Note: Measurements are given in grams.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21248
20 Surprising Uses for Salt
Collection of 20 unusual ways in which using salt can solve household problems. Ideas include eliminating a grease fire, soothing a bee sting, cleaning a glass coffee pot, and killing grass growing in cracks. From an author and television host.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21244
Saltworks Salt Resource and Education Center
Information about the history and uses of salt. Discusses the chemical properties of pure sodium chloride (NaCl), the uses of salts for human health (such as salt baths), the purposes of salt in foods, a reference guide to gourmet sea salts, and more. Includes information about salt from the Dead Sea. From a company that supplies salts to the wholesale, retail, and consumer markets.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21243
Sunset: Wine and Pairings
Articles about wine, with a focus on wines from the western U.S. Topics include specific wines and wineries, winemaking, wine-food pairing, shopping tips, and more. From Sunset magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21218
Clara Estelle Breed: Centennial 1906-2006
This site celebrates the life and work of San Diego librarian Clara Breed (1906-1994) and her advocacy for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Includes photographs, a bibliography, and links to a biography and video files. Created by the San Diego Public Library to commemorate the centennial of her birth.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20918
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Official site of these Michigan institutions devoted to the 38th U.S. president. The site features illustrated biographies of Ford and his wife Betty, a bibliography of books about Ford, finding aids to the library collection, photos and documents (such as photos of the attempted assassination in 1975, selected 1976 campaign documents, and cabinet meeting minutes), descriptions of museum exhibits, and online exhibits, such as one about the Watergate scandal.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21235
California Policy Inbox
This website provides "[a] quick and easy update on what's new in California public policy research." Find links to reports on finance, health care, education, business, children and families, and other policy topics. Browse by topic or date (back to August 2005). Also includes links to California public policy organizations. Compiled by the Institute of Governmental Studies Center on Politics and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley. RSS feed available.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21250
CDA (California Dental Association): Patient Education Tools
Collection of consumer fact sheets on dental health, covering topics such as dental amalgam, bad breath, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, fluoride, oral piercing, orthodontics, patient records, and wisdom teeth. Many fact sheets contain general interest information; some include details specific to California. Publications also available in Spanish and Hmong. From the California Dental Association (CDA), an association of dentists.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21233
Napa County Resource Conservation District: Sustainable Farming
Profiles of sustainable farming programs that focus on the vineyards in Napa County, California. Includes descriptions of programs for land stewardship, fish-friendly farming (promoting erosion control and sustainable wine grape growing to improve water quality), and barn owl habitat ("Habitat for Hooters"). Provides links to websites with further details on some of the projects. From the Napa County Resource Conservation District.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20980
Sin, Fire & Gold!: The Days of San Francisco's Barbary Coast
Companion to a documentary about the early history of San Francisco, which "seems to have been largely forgotten, buried with the rubble of the great 1906 earthquake." The site features a virtual tour of Barbary Coast sites, such as the Old Mint, Lotta's Fountain (where earthquake survivors meet annually to commemorate the quake), Portsmouth Square, Commercial Street, and Jackson Square. Includes links to related sites. From KQED, San Francisco's public television channel.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21262
Sunset Travel: California
Collection of travel articles about locations in California. Includes outdoor activities and urban adventures, bargain trip ideas, lodging and dining suggestions, and more. From Sunset magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21217
Climate Impacts Group (CIG)
This research group studies "the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change ('global warming') on the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW)." Research focuses on water resources, aquatic ecosystems, forests, and coasts. The site features an overview of Pacific Northwest climate and the impacts of natural climate variability, climate outlooks, an overview of research with links to abstracts of publications, and related material. From the University of Washington.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21141
Rain Barrel Information and Sources
This site provides do-it-yourself instructions for setting up a rain barrel system to collect water for garden irrigation. Includes fact sheets on rain barrel and cistern systems and links to other rainwater harvesting resources. Also features a list of Seattle-area and online suppliers of rain barrels. From King County (Washington state) Natural Resources and Parks, Wastewater Treatment Division.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21174
The Ghostly Salt City Beneath Detroit
This article provides a history of the salt mines of Detroit, "a ghostly city with its own network of four lane highways [which] lies deep beneath the industrial heart of Detroit." Includes vintage photos. From The Detroit News.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21267
American Museum of Natural History: Dioramas
Website companion to the habitat dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, which feature "precise depictions of geographical locations and the careful, anatomically correct mounting of specimens." Includes a diorama gallery, special features (such as videos, essays, and panoramic views) for some of the dioramas, behind-the-scenes material, biographies of the diorama artists and taxidermists, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21253
Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
A guide to the environmental and social aspects of common consumer products. Discusses dozens of products, including beverage containers, CDs and DVDs, cell phones, chocolate, cleaning products, gold jewelry, paint and varnishes, and soap. Includes a brief glossary and "A Consumption Manifesto." From the WorldWatch Institute, "a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21258
This site contains everything you have ever wanted to know about pumpkins, including extensive information on how to grow, cook, and store pumpkins. Includes games and educational material as well as sections on Thanksgiving, Halloween, the history of jack-o'-lanterns, recipes, and the life cycle of a giant pumpkin. Created by a hobbyist.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12530
National ID Cards and the Real ID Act
Material about national identification cards in the U.S. and about the Real ID Act (2005), "which mandates federal requirements for driver's licenses. Critics argue that it would make driver's licenses into de facto national IDs." Features links to news items and reports. Also includes material about the British move toward mandatory national ID cards. From the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a research center that focuses on civil liberties issues.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21242
NISO: RFID for Library Applications Working Group
The website for a working group charged to develop "current best practices for the use of RFID in library applications." It offers periodic reports on RFID standards in libraries, conference presentations, and other documents. From NISO, the National Information Standards Organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21249
Product Stewardship: Packaging
Initiatives, legislation, and other resources on sustainable packaging and packaging waste reduction. Includes publications and websites about programs (in the U.S. and other countries) involving product design, recycling and reuse, and toxics reduction. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21228
Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan, 1948-1953
Companion to a 2005-2006 national retrospective tour of this "cache of 'lost films'" that had been used to promote the Marshall Plan (the post-World War II "European Recovery Program"). Find an overview of the Marshall Plan, brief biographies of the films' producers, a list of films with synopses, and a poster archive. From the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in association with German cultural organizations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19601
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder