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LII New This Week
New This Week for June 1, 2006
This Week
Celebrate Father's Day, then learn about sustainable landscaping and roofing, hybrid cars, the heat island effect, IRAs, oil, online preservation, public records, disaster preparedness for libraries, a blueprint for an invisibility cloak, and (an important date in California history) the 30th anniversary of "The Judgment of Paris." Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art
Companion to a 2003-2006 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit of art that focuses on the collectors' "love of beautiful objects" (rather than objects with historical significance or those that achieve ethnological representation). Features images of items from the collection and short essays on themes such as emotion, movement, and intimacy. Some of the items represented include baskets, moccasins, sculpture, and textiles.
URL: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/first_american_art/firstamericanart...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21664

Business

Can You Afford to Retire?
Companion to a 2006 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program that examines the retirement prospects for the baby boomer generation and current issues with pension and 401(k) savings plans. Provides a FAQ about retirement plans, articles, analysis, interviews, retirement stories, a teacher's guide, and readings and links. Includes video of the full program.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/retirement/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21221

IRA Online Resource Guide
Guide to traditional and Roth IRAs (individual retirement accounts) and IRA-funded plans such as SEPs (simplified employee pension) and payroll-deduction IRAs. Includes forms and publications, and information for individuals, business owners, and tax professionals. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
URL: http://www.irs.gov/retirement/article/0,,id=137320,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21441

Nine Frequently Asked Questions About IRAs
This FAQ covers topics about individual retirement accounts (IRAs), such as spousal IRA contributions, Roth IRAs withdrawal rules, Roth IRA conversions, and how IRAs are taxed. From SmartMoney, a joint publishing venture of Dow Jones & Company and Hearst Communications.
URL: http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/retirement/nine-frequently-...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21442

Which Affordable Hybrids Save You the Most Money?
Consumer education series on gas/electric hybrid vehicles. Topics include costs and savings of hybrids versus similar all-gas models (gas, vehicle retail price, depreciation, insurance, and maintenance), how hybrids work, and money-saving tips (such as tax credits and incentives). From Consumer Reports.
URL: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/news/2008/10/affordab...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21663

Computers

Online Northwest
Find executive summaries and some PowerPoint presentations from past years of this conference focusing on the use of technology in libraries. Some of the presentation topics include digital library development, social bookmarking, setting up a wireless network, and wikis. Select presentations and program summaries available back to 2004. From Oregon University System (OUS); presenters are from libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
URL: http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21659

Government

The Memory Hole: Reports From the Future of Iraq Project
Scanned versions of over 1,200 pages of reports about Department of State planning for a post-Saddam Iraq. The papers were released in February 2006. "Starting in October 2001... the State Department spearheaded an effort called the Future of Iraq Project. ... Within the project, seventeen working groups covered such areas as the justice system, local government, agriculture, media, education, and oil." From the author of several books on disinformation.
URL: http://www.thememoryhole.org/state/future_of_iraq/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21678

Home & Housing

The Cool Colors Project
Compilation of background materials and progress reports from this research project for the development of "cool" roofing materials to reduce roof temperature of buildings and increase energy efficiency. Includes publications and presentations from the group. Also includes a "Pigment Database" giving "the solar spectral radiative properties of conventional and cool pigmented coatings." A collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
URL: http://coolcolors.lbl.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21705

Law

Does Self-Representation in a Criminal Case Ever Make Sense?
This article, which begins with the idea that self-representation in a criminal case usually is not a good idea, provides "a discussion of the few situations in which you might consider representing yourself in a criminal case." Topics include self-representation at the arraignment, and self-representation with the help of a legal coach. From Nolo, a California publisher of legal self-help books.
URL: http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/980A3D6F-2C3F-43B5-A4AEC4EDD8...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21706

Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
The website for a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to monitor abuses against the press and promote press freedom around the world." Find news and reports, including "Attacks Against Journalists in the West Bank and Gaza since September 2000" and "Ten Worst Enemies of the Press for 2001." Portions of the site are also available in Spanish.
URL: http://www.cpj.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11571

People

At Home Dad
An environment to help support, advocate for, connect, and inform stay-at-home dads. Resources include a list of blogs and a guide to playgroups in the U.S. From a stay-at-home dad.
URL: http://AtHomeDad.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11003

Fatherhood Resources
Links to reports on father involvement in child welfare, covering topics such as nonresident fathers of children in foster care, and the impact of marriage and fatherhood on poverty. Includes links to related websites. From the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning at the Hunter College School of Social Work.
URL: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/fatherhood.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21667

World Citizens Guide
The highlight of this bandwidth-intensive site, buried in small print on the right-hand margin, is a travel guide produced by students, for students, that provides "25 simple suggestions" for having "a better travel experience while showing America's best face to those you visit." Also find interesting and sometimes amusing facts about countries around the world, and links to related resources.
URL: http://www.worldcitizensguide.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21607

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Free Public Records Directory
Collection of links to U.S. federal and state "real and personal property records, recorded documents, jail and inmate records, sex offender records, wanted persons records, and many more free public records." Links are organized by state and county and are searchable by ZIP code or city. Also includes links to news about public records. From a company that provides witness location and skip tracing services.
URL: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21701

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Father's Day
Facts and statistics about fathers, fatherhood, and Father's Day, celebrated the third Sunday in June in the United States. Topics include a brief history of the holiday, popular Father's Day gifts, and statistics about stay-at-home and single dads. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_fe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/10996

Regional: California

California Department of Education: American Indian
This state government website contains "[p]rogram information for local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, and other entities about meeting the unique academic, cultural, and linguistic needs of American Indian students." Includes descriptions of early childhood education sites, program and service suggestions, and related resources for American Indian education in California.
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ai/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21665

California Tribal Lands and Reservations
This color-coded map shows tribal-owned and federal land in California. Designations include Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Forest Service (FS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Department of Defense (DOD). Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Air Program.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region09/air/maps/ca_tribe.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21666

Consumer Energy Center: Cool Roofs
Collection of resources on cool roofs, "highly reflective and emissive materials that stay 50 to 60 degrees F cooler in the summer sun, thereby reducing energy costs, improving occupant comfort, cutting maintenance costs, increasing the life cycle of the roof, and contributing to the reduction of urban heat islands and associated smog." Includes a FAQ addressing specifications and rebates in California and links to related websites. From the California Energy Commission.
URL: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/coolroof/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21703

Drake's Plate: The End of the Mystery?
Explains a hoax, uncovered in 1977, about a brass marker discovered in 1936 that allegedly recorded the 1579 landing of Sir Francis Drake on the California coast. Discusses dating the item and suggests evidence for who created this elaborate practical joke. Includes links to a press release with a slide show and material about dating archaeological objects. From the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
URL: http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/NSD-Drakes-plate.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21683

Wine's World: The Judgment of Paris
May 2006 article about "the 30th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, the legendary tasting in which a pair of unheralded California wines bested some of France's most celebrated reds and whites." Provides background about California and French wines. Also includes links to related articles and to a search of the Slate archives for the regular column "Wine's World." From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2142365/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21699

Regional: Washington State

Native People of Washington State
Lists Washington state tribes, Indian schools (K-12), and Native American museums and cultural centers. The tribe list includes options to search the ethnology collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for images of items from each tribe. Also includes a list of Northwest Coast tribal and language names. Updated annually. From the Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
URL: http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/collections/ethnology/native.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21286

Tilth Producers of Washington: Apprenticeship Placement Service
Describes apprenticeship opportunities on organic and sustainable farms throughout Washington state. Listings are organized by state region and include details about each farm's program (contact information, start and end dates, work description, hours, necessary skills, pay and housing arrangements, opportunities for learning). May include regional opportunities outside of Washington state. From the Tilth Producers of Washington.
URL: http://www.tilthproducers.org/placement.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21642

Unearthing Tse-whit-zen
Explore the "largest ancient Indian village ever unearthed in Washington" in this 2005 special report from the Seattle Times. A series of articles documents the rediscovery and controversial excavation of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe's ancestral home, located in today's Port Angeles Harbor. Hear present day tribal members describe artifacts from the dig, and learn about their culture through a narrated slideshow and "interactive village."
URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/local/klallam/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21580

Regions of the World

Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Background on this national wildlife area in Alaska, portions of which have been considered for drilling of oil and gas reserves. Includes fast facts, a map, a video clip, and material about wildlife (polar bear, musk ox, caribou, spectacled eider, and arctic wolf). From the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which opposes drilling in the refuge.
URL: http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21673

Science

City of Stars
Collection of short articles by an urban astrophysicist about how "references to the cosmos actually abound in Manhattan." Includes images of New York City buildings, sculptures, decorations, and architectural elements with astronomical references, and a brief discussion of "Manhattanhenge," a natural phenomenon in which, similar to Stonehenge, "the Sun fully illuminates every single cross street during the last fifteen minutes of daylight and sets exactly on the street's centerline." From the Natural History magazine.
URL: http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/master.html?http://www.naturalhistory...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21685

Heat Island Effect
This site addresses the concept of heat island effect, which "describes urban and suburban temperatures that are 2 to 10°F (1 to 6°C) hotter than nearby rural areas." Discusses impacts (including air pollution, air conditioning costs, and heat-related illnesses), ideas for reducing temperatures and energy use (such as green roofs and cool paving materials, and shade trees), and related research projects. Includes a FAQ and glossary. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/heatislands/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21696

Maps In Our Lives
The online companion to this 2006-2007 library exhibit "explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems." Includes annotated images from the exhibit; for example, the online surveying section "features maps illustrating the historical evolution in surveying with maps of George Washington's farm executed between 1760 and 1999." Also includes images of all objects, and a video clip. From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/maps/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21680

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII): Your Home for Biological Information on the Web
The NBII provides links to "diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools" in the biological disciplines of botany, fisheries and aquatic resources, systematics, and reptiles and amphibians. Includes materials on specific regions and on topics such as biodiversity, invasive species, coral reefs, and wildlife diseases. Includes an image library and teacher resources. From the Center for Biological Informatics of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
URL: http://www.nbii.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21679

National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education: Free Resources for Teachers
This science site features educational resources for elementary, middle, and high school students, addressing a wide range of topics such as bioethics, alternative medicine, diabetes, and sexual health. Includes information about careers in science. Some material available in Spanish.
URL: http://science-education.nih.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21603

Oil Spiel
A discussion about the debate surrounding the concept of "peak oil," which "holds that humankind has nearly, if not already, tapped 50 percent of the world's fossil-fuel reserves. ... Once we hit 'peak,' as the halfway mark is called, the global supply will decline and extraction costs and gas prices will skyrocket." Includes links to websites of some groups concerned with the concept, and a discussion board. From Outside magazine.
URL: http://outside.away.com/outside/features/200605/james-howard-kunstler-...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21676

Science Update
"Science Update is a daily, 60-second [audio] feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine." Distributed on the radio and by podcast. Topics include brain size and IQ, preparing for a pandemic, the potential for life on Mars, a primitive ape-man, and much more. Archived back to 1996. From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
URL: http://www.scienceupdate.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21681

Theoretical Blueprint for Invisibility Cloak Reported
Article about how "researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and Imperial College London have developed the blueprint for an invisibility cloak." The invisibility cloak would be made of "exotic artificial composite materials called 'metamerials'" and "electromagnetic waves would flow around an object hidden inside the metamaterial cloak." Researchers believe "the cloak could have numerous uses, from defense applications to wireless communications." From the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.
URL: http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/?id=433
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21690

U.S. Department of Energy: Oil Shale Activities
Collection of policy papers considering "untapped oil shale as a strategically located, long-term source of reliable, affordable, and secure oil." This site predicts that "with the expected future decline in petroleum production, historic market forces ... will improve the economic viability of oil shale." Includes an overview of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) oil shale activities, strategy documents, and related material. From the DOE Office of Fossil Energy.
URL: http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/reserves/npr/npr_oil_shale_progr...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21409

Society & Social Science

College Students' Perceptions of Library and Information Resources
This report "examines the information-seeking habits and preferences of international college students. ... Overall, respondents have positive, if outdated, views of the 'Library.' Younger respondents -- teenagers and young adults -- do not express positive associations as frequently." A "companion piece to the December 2005 OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources report."
URL: http://www.oclc.org/asiapacific/en/reports/perceptionscollege.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21717

Disaster Preparedness and Response
Collection of resources about disaster preparedness and response for libraries. Topics include water damage, earthquakes, and health and safety. Features reports, links to library disaster plans, case histories, and related material. Includes links to websites about library and archive conservation efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Part of Conservation Online (CoOL), a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries.
URL: http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/bytopic/disasters/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21677

The Library of Congress: Web Capture
A project to collect and preserve primary source material from the Internet. Features a FAQ and a list of individual projects (some with links to relevant content, such as for Hurricane Katrina and the 107th Congress). From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/webcapture/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21691

Visual Complexity
This site collects hundreds of visualizations of complex networks. "The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web." Images are browsable by topic such as art, public transportation, and knowledge networks. Each image is accompanied by a short description. From the personal site of an information designer and researcher.
URL: http://www.visualcomplexity.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21175


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