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New This Week for May 4, 2006
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This week let your mind do laps through sites about swimming pools, The Danube River, mudslides, immigration, hot tamales, Tennessee, library catalogs, a Living Barge, the California high school exit exam, and Free Comic Book Day. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Album to Showcase Spanish 'Star-Spangled Banner' [Nuestro Himno]
A brief article from National Public Radio about "Nuestro Himno" ("Our Anthem"), a Spanish-language translation of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Includes lyrics in English and Spanish, and an audio recording.
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5369517
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21365

American Terra Cotta
This site is a companion to a book about the history of the American Terra Cotta Corporation (1881-1966), which primarily produced terra cotta tiles and embellishments for building exteriors and interiors. The site features photos of buildings in Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities in the Midwest. Also includes images of items produced for specific architects (such as Louis H. Sullivan) and Teco vases, and an illustrated description of how architectural terra cotta was made.
URL: http://www.terracottabuildings.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21413


This site was "created to aid in the recruiting of the best and the brightest college graduates around the country" for the publishing industry. Features a guide to help match a college major with the appropriate publishing departments, a list of publishing internships, company profiles, a glossary, an overview of the publishing industry (such as trade publishers, university presses, and book packagers), and links to related sites. From the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
URL: http://www.bookjobs.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21385

Business & Economics Research Advisor (BERA): The Oil & Gas Industry
Guide to researching topics related to the oil and gas industry, covering history, cartels and organizations, production, refining, transportation and storage, marketing and distribution, trends, and alternative energy sources. Includes resources for company research, statistical sources, and news and analysis. From the Library of Congress Business Reference Services.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/BERA/issue5/issue5_main.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21362

Green Design/Sustainable Architecture: Resources
Extensive bibliography on sustainable design of buildings, with listings for dictionaries and encyclopedias, handbooks, histories, journals, and resources for codes and specifications, design, building materials, construction methods, environmental health, energy, case studies, and more. Includes links to additional research guides on solar design, daylighting (natural lighting), and other design topics. From the Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/GreenAll.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21358

This site is "designed to promote interest, awareness, and information about careers in libraries." Describes the characteristics and values shared by librarians and library workers, explains the main types of libraries (such as special, academic, public, and school) and discusses library jobs (such as pages, librarians, and managers). Also find an overview of education requirements, and links to additional resources for grants, conferences, and related topics. From the American Library Association (ALA).
URL: http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/careers/librarycareerssite/hom...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21371


Freevlog: Tutorial
Basic instructions for creating your own vlog (or video blog), a blog that primarily uses video to convey its content. Includes screen shots, sample video, and links to blogging and video tools. Also available in five other languages. From a website that reviews vlogs.
URL: http://www.freevlog.org/category/tutorial/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21403

O'Reilly Digital Media: Article Archives
Collection of articles about audio, video, and photography technology trends. Some of the topics include computer music videos, digital image management, digitizing videotapes, MP3 players, vocoders, and digital bookmarks. Includes a mix of highly technical pieces and beginning articles such as "What is Podcasting" and "What is Vlogging." From O'Reilly Media, publishers of books on computers and technology; articles are written by O'Reilly book authors and other industry experts.
URL: http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/articles.csp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21405


Pool and Spa Safety Publications
Collection of fact sheets and safety alerts about pool and spa safety topics, including prevention of drowning deaths, hair entrapment in drain covers, supervision of children at pools, and safety barriers for home pools. Some material available in Spanish. From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chdrown.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21414

Home & Housing

Home Resource Efficiency
Consumer guide to sustainable and energy-efficient home design, with fact sheets on appliances and lighting, home cooling, household greenhouse gas emissions, water efficiency, construction of new homes, environmentally friendly building materials, renewable energy (such as solar and wind power), indoor air quality, and recycling. From the Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy policy research organization.
URL: http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid186.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21374

The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail
This presentation is "an effort to document the history, tradition, and culture of hot tamales from Tunica to Vicksburg" in the Mississippi Delta. Tamales came to the Delta in the early 20th century when Hispanic laborers began making their way up from Texas. Features oral histories, a map with vendor locations, and illustrated recipes. Designed by the Southern Foodways Alliance of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi.
URL: http://www.tamaletrail.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21326

National Park Service: Preservation Briefs
Find "easy-to-read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings." Features illustrated essays on topics such as repairing historic plaster, removing graffiti from historic masonry, controlling unwanted moisture, preserving ceramic tile floors, preserving historic signs, seismic retrofitting, and the dangers of abrasive cleaning. From the National Park Service Technical Preservation Service.
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/TPS/briefs/presbhom.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21417

Swimming Pool Heating
This site outlines suggestions for improving the heating and energy efficiency of a swimming pool. It covers pool heaters (gas, heat pump, and solar), pool covers (bubble, vinyl, and insulated vinyl), water temperature management, and swimming pool pumps. Includes diagrams and charts showing energy cost comparisons for sample U.S. regions. Part of the U.S. Department of Energy Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21416


American Medical Association (AMA) Legal Issues: Hot Topics
Articles and links to resources about medical law topics such as alternative dispute resolution, fraud and abuse, good samaritan laws (including a state-by-state survey), Medicare and Medicaid, payment issues, peer review, patient-physician relationships (such as informed consent and patient confidentiality), and professional liability insurance. From the American Medical Association (AMA) Office of General Counsel.
URL: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/11940.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21380

Guide for the Mexican Migrant
English translation of a guide for Mexican nationals seeking employment outside of Mexico. The guide describes legal migration methods and answers "some basic questions about the legal consequences of your stay in the United States of America without the appropriate migratory documents." Links to the original Spanish version from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations. From American Renaissance, a magazine focusing on "all aspects of race, whether historical, cultural, or biological."
URL: http://www.amren.com/features/mexguide/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21404

Providing Charity Care: A Primer on Liability Risk
This brief presentation looks at charitable immunity laws, which apply to medical care given in volunteer settings such as free clinics and other programs for the uninsured. Discusses state laws, federal legislation, and related topics. Includes links to other articles about physician liability. From the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
URL: http://www.aafp.org/fpm/20030100/52prov.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21381

Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF): The False Claims Act Legal Center
This organization is "dedicated to combating fraud against the Federal Government through the promotion and use of the Federal False Claims Act [FCA] and its qui tam provisions [the power of people to sue on behalf of government]." The site features an overview of the federal act, descriptions of prominent cases (such as fraudulent Medicare claims and billings to the Department of Defense), statistics about settlements, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.taf.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21273

Who From Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, Needs a Nonimmigrant Visa to Enter the United States Temporarily?
Details about the paperwork necessary for nonimmigrants from Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to enter the U.S. temporarily. Citizens from Canada and Bermuda generally do not require a visa. "Citizens and permanent residents of Mexico generally must have a nonimmigrant visa or Border Crossing Card [BCC] (also known as a 'Laser Visa')." Includes material about requirements for a BCC, and visa wait times (from several weeks to months). From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1260.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21410


Free Comic Book Day
On this day (held on May 6 in 2006) "participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores." Find a FAQ, a list of participating stores in the U.S. and Canada, details about comic books that will be available, and special appearances by comic book creators. Includes material about this annual event back to 2004.
URL: http://www.freecomicbookday.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21369


Intellectual Journey, Challenging the Conventional Wisdom: Conversation With John Kenneth Galbraith
Transcript and video of an interview with John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006), "Professor of Economics at Harvard for more than fifty years; writer and author of more than 20 books, including 'The New Industrial State' ... [and] advisor to President Kennedy." Some of the interview topics include good writing, U.S. Third World policy during the Cold War, political leadership, and intellectuals in government. From the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/Galbraith/galbraith1.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21368

Paracelsus, Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von
Biographical details about this Renaissance Swiss physician, researcher, and writer. Topics include education, scientific disciplines (primarily chemistry and medicine, secondarily astrology and philosophy), means of support, and patronage. Part of the Galileo Project at Rice University.
URL: http://galileo.rice.edu/Catalog/NewFiles/paracels.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21379

Regional: California

Build It Green
Find overviews of the green building philosophy and products, a materials database, fact sheets about selected materials, green building guidelines for new construction and remodels, and related material. From a San Francisco Bay area group "whose mission is to transform the building industry so that buildings are remodeled and built using green practices and products." Some material is specific to the San Francisco Bay Area.
URL: http://www.builditgreen.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21022

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
Official California state government information about this exam (authorized in 1999) that, beginning with the class of 2006, California public school students must pass in order to receive a high school diploma. Provides a program overview and updates, FAQs, a document on options for students not passing the exam, summary results and reports on the test, and related material. From the California Department of Education.
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21400

California: Green Building Design and Construction
Collection of documents about green (sustainable) buildings, "structure[s] that [are] designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner." Provides details about green building materials, training programs for California state and local government, state initiatives and programs, and other general and California-specific green building resources. From the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/GreenBuilding/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21356

Hazards From Mudslides: Debris Avalanches and Debris Flows in Hillside and Wildfire Areas
Background about the causes of mudslides (generally a combination of heavy rainfall, steep slopes, and loose soil) and precautions to avoid harm from mudslides. The site notes that most deaths from mudslides in California have occurred "when debris flows buried persons who were sleeping in lower-floor bedrooms that were adjacent to hazardous slopes." From the California Geological Survey.
URL: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/information/publications/cgs_notes/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21418

Regional: Washington State

Genealogical Resources of the Washington State Archives and Washington State Library
This site describes the holdings and access to genealogical materials held by the state of Washington. Materials include birth and death registers, marriage and divorce records, military records, territorial censuses, maps and atlases, and telephone directories. Many of the materials are only available by visiting the state archives or library. Washington Secretary of State.
URL: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/History/genealogy.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20995

The Washington State Hi-Lakers
This club's website provides an introduction to high lake angling techniques and fisheries management in Washington state. Also details members' ongoing assistance to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in its efforts to monitor fish stocks in the state's 4000+ mountain lakes. From an organization "dedicated to promoting quality high lake fishing, and to preserving the environment and experience of mountain lakes and the surrounding country."
URL: http://www.hilakers.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21092

Regions of the World

Borders and Law Enforcement
Overview of legal issues related to the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Topics include Border Liaison Mechanisms (BLMs), environmental cooperation, narcotics trafficking control, and trade. Also includes news about recent border issues and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Mexico.
URL: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eborder_mechs.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21397

European Commission: Danube and Black Sea
Background and policy documents about environmental issues affecting the Danube and Black Sea regions of Europe. Includes fact sheets on the Black Sea and the Danube (the river that runs from Germany's Black Forest to the Black Sea) and links to material from the DABLAS Task Force, which works on "protection of water and water-related ecosystems in the Danube and Black Sea Region." From the European Commission, European Union (EU).
URL: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/enlarg/danubeblacksea_en.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21386

God Jul! [Merry Christmas!]
This page contains an overview of Christmas activities in Sweden, including Advent, St. Lucia's Day (the oldest daughter wears a wreath and candles on her head while serving saffron buns and coffee), Christmas Eve (children set out porridge for the Jultomten, the Christmas gnome, who leaves them presents), Christmas Day, and St. Stephen's Day (for the patron saint of animals). Includes directions for making a St. Lucia wreath.
URL: http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/sweden.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6561

Mexico Migration Project (MMP)
Each year this project compiles a history of Mexican migration to the U.S. based on interviews conducted in Mexico during the winter. Topics include employment, earnings, and use of U.S. social services. The site features downloadable data, maps, and a list of publications. Also includes oral histories, and an online exhibit of religious folk art retablos (1900-1993). In English and Spanish. The MMP is a research effort between investigators in Mexico and the United States.
URL: http://mmp.opr.princeton.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21398

U.S. Customs & Border Protection: Border Wait Times
This table shows "the estimated wait times for reaching the primary inspection booth, the first point of contact with CBP when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders. Each border location updates its estimated wait times hourly." From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
URL: http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21388

WWF: Danube-Carpathian
Background and policy about the Danube-Carpathian region, comprised of the Danube River Basin, which flows from the Black Forest in Germany through 10 countries to the Black Sea, and the Carpathian Mountains, which stretch across seven European countries. Discusses forests, animal species, water (including flood protection), and other topics concerning the area's natural resources. From the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).
URL: http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/europe/what_we_do/danube_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21389


Industrial Pollution in Japan
Text of a 1992 publication on historical incidents of industrial pollution in Japan, including the Ashio Copper Mine (late 19th century), the 1955 arsenic milk poisoning, Minimata disease after World War II, and the Miike coal mine explosion of 1963. From United Nation University Press.
URL: http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/uu35ie/uu35ie00.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21390

Society & Social Science

The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration With Other Discovery Tools
This March 2006 report offers an analysis of the reasons why "a large and growing number of students and scholars routinely bypass library catalogs in favor of other discovery tools" and considers methods for revitalizing library catalogs and integrating the catalog with other tools. Opens directly into a PDF document. Prepared for the Library of Congress by Cornell librarian Karen Calhoun.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/calhoun-report-final.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21370

The New Americans
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent Lens documentary about "a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home ... and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century." Immigrants include Nigerian refugee families, Palestinian bride, Dominican baseball player, Mexican farmer, and an Indian technical worker. Features material about the cultural riches brought by these people (such as henna body art, Indian musicals, and food).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/newamericans/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21401

Tennessee Documentary History, 1796-1850
Documents and transcriptions about Tennessee. Searchable, or browsable by author or individual collection (Tennessee State Library and Archives, University of Memphis, and other institutions). "While the primary audience of this project is K-12 teachers of Tennessee history, academic scholars and general researchers will also find this database useful." From the University of Tennessee Libraries.
URL: http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/dlc/tdh/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21367

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