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New This Week for August 17, 2006
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This week we bring you Prudhoe Bay and pipelines, lobsters, timeshares, ketamine, tide prediction, hydroplane racing, preparing children for kindergarten, and a nifty backward glance at life from the Census, spotlighting the three years our population grew by an even 100 million. Additional content is underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft
Exhibit devoted to "the activities and membership of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft [Fruitbearing Society], the earliest German learned society, founded in 1617." The Society "promoted the use of German as a literary and scholarly language by the attention it focused on important new works of German scholarship and literature ... publishing these works through most of the 17th century." Features annotated images of publications, manuscripts, engravings, and related material. From the University of California, Berkeley, Library.
URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/news_events/fbg/contents.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22194

Library Binding Institute (LBI)
This organization "exists to ensure the highest standards in library binding and to create awareness that library binding is the best long-term collections maintenance preservation option." The site features standards and technical specifications for hardcover binding of paperback books and magazines, and material about possible revisions. Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://lbibinders.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22011

Lori Nix: Some Other Place
Collection of works of "tableau photography," in which the photographer "constructs these miniature worlds from model kits, and silk flowers embracing the practice of scene building while setting the stage for the viewer's imagination to invent fantastical tales of iconic American landscapes." Includes images of Midwestern phenomena and natural disasters (such as insect manifestations) and "ambiguous undefined scenes of suspense." Also features an introductory essay. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/nix/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22234

Monkey on Your Back
Collection of historical photographs that "artfully reveals myriad monkey signs across a range of photographic practices while also providing a thought provoking and occasionally alarming entry point for thinking about how monkeys rest, cling, tickle, tease, enlighten and clutch to our senses." Includes Ansel Adams' photos of monkeys in university laboratories, and photos of performing monkeys, a lemur, and a marmoset. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/monkeys/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22154

Seeing the Difference: A Project on Viewing Death and Dying in Interdisciplinary Perspective
"Artists, humanists, and medical professionals discuss what it means to die in America in the 21st century." Contains transcripts and video of excerpts from a 2000 U.C. Berkeley institute designed to "work toward the conceptualization of new forms of empathy towards those who face imminent death" by sharing perceptions of death across disciplines. Includes links to related sites. From the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://seeingthedifference.berkeley.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22139

Business

The Alaska Pipeline
Companion to an April 2006 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience documentary about the impact on the "culture and society in Alaska as well as the environment" of the pipeline that carries gas from Prudhoe Bay in the Arctic Circle to Valdez on Alaska's south coast. Features a timeline, map, details about significant events, and an interactive pipeline safety activity. Also includes a transcript, a bibliography, teacher's guide, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pipeline/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22311

Alyeska Pipeline
The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is the operator of "the 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS)... one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It stretches from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope, ... to Valdez." Features facts about this gas pipeline, material about safety and environmental concerns (such as oil spill prevention and response), pipeline reconfiguration, and reports and news (such as about BP's 2006 closure of its Prudhoe Bay oilfield).
URL: http://www.alyeska-pipe.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22313

NETL: Technologies: Oil and Natural Gas Supply
This government site focuses on innovative and ecologically sensitive methods to explore for and recover oil and natural gas. Find details and project information about exploration and production technologies, future supply and emerging resources (such as coal bed natural gas), and transmission, refining, and transportation (such as inspection technologies for pipelines). From the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy.
URL: http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/oil-gas/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22308

Time and Time Again: Buying and Selling Timeshares and Vacation Plans
Consumer fact sheet about vacation home ownership options, which include timeshares and vacation interval plans. Discusses the basics of vacation home ownership, terminology (such as fractional ownership and lockouts), how to evaluate a plan, how exchange systems works, what to do before selling a timeshare, and related topics. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea15.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22314

Government

9/11 Tapes
One of several news sites offering the unedited audiotapes "of emergency personnel's two-way radio traffic from the World Trade Center response on Sept. 11, 2001." Also find "written memories of the first responders." From MSNBC.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8926416/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22348

Health

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Information for Consumers
Consumer educational materials about the role of physical therapists, "health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives." Includes tips for choosing a physical therapist, a database of physical therapists, articles (on topics such as arthritis, back care, and fitness), and more. APTA is a professional organization for physical therapists.
URL: http://www.apta.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Consumers/consumer1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22307

DEA: Drug Information
Fast facts and news about illegal drugs and drugs that are abused in the U.S., such as OxyContin, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD, steroids, methamphetamine, ecstasy (MDMA), ketamine, and other "club drugs." From the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
URL: http://www.dea.gov/concern/concern.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22317

MedlinePlus: Rehabilitation
Compilation of links to consumer material about rehabilitation methods such as physical therapy, art therapy, therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy, and massage. Covers rehabilitation for some specific conditions, such as stroke and vestibular disorders. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/rehabilitation.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22310

People

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1999: Günter Grass
Background for this German author who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1999 and who is known for his novel "The Tin Drum." Includes a biography, the text of his Nobel lecture (in English, Swedish, and German), his Nobel diploma, and photos. Also includes an excerpt from "The Tin Drum" and a video (in German with English subtitles) of an interview with Grass. From the Nobel Foundation.
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1999/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22315

Profile: African-American North Pole Explorer Matthew Henson
Biography of explorer Matthew A. Henson, who "accompanied polar explorer Robert E. Peary on a U.S. expedition to the North Pole on April 6, 1909." Includes a photo gallery and links to related stories on topics such as the 2000 event where Henson was "posthumously awarded the National Geographic Society's highest honor -- the Hubbard Medal." From the National Geographic Society.
URL: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/01/0110_030113_henson.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22306

William Holmes McGuffey at Miami University
Collection of documents relating to William Holmes McGuffey, known for creating the McGuffey Readers, some of America's first reading textbooks. The site features a brief timeline, photos, correspondence, and images of McGuffey's Eclectic First Reader (1838). Also includes photos of McGuffey's home in Ohio and a bibliography. From Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio.
URL: http://doyle.lib.muohio.edu/cdm4/mcguffey/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22322

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: 300 Million
To spotlight the occasion of the U.S. population reaching 300 million in 2006, "the Census Bureau steps back in time by comparing contemporary life and statistics to those in the time periods in which the nation reached other noteworthy population milestones in 1967 ... and in the year 1915." Includes comparisons of population, education, life expectancy, prices (gasoline, milk, postage stamps, and more), earnings, and other data. 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/22303

Regional: California

Alternate Routes
Companion to an exhibit "about the diversity, subjectivity, and meaning of maps." Includes photographs and drawings of locations in Southern California. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/routes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22276

Early California Population Project (ECPP)
This project "provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers. ... Within the baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions sits ... information on the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769 - 1850." Search records by criteria specific to each document, such as parent ethnicity, native name, and Spanish name for baptismal records. Registration (free) required to search. From the Huntington Library.
URL: http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22278

Guide to Asian Specialty Vegetables in the Central Valley, CA
Introduction to Asian specialty crops grown in Fresno, Tulare, Merced, and San Joaquin counties in California. Includes photographs and brief descriptions of melons and gourds (such as bittermelon and opo), beans and peas, grasses and sedges (such as water chestnut), eggplants and peppers, and cabbages (such as bok choy and daikon). Browsable by family. Also features a nutritional information table. From the Small Farm Center, University of California, Davis.
URL: http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/research/AsianVeg/asian_veg.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22246

Identification: Key to Aphids Commonly Found in Small Grains, Corn, and Sorghum in California
An illustrated, interactive guide for identifying "the aphid species that are most commonly found in small grains (wheat, rye, and barley), corn, and sorghum in California." Includes photographs of each aphid, and links to related information on damage and management. From the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM), University of California, Davis.
URL: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/KEYAPHIDGRAIN/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22167

Los Pobladores 200: Descendents of the Founders El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 1781
Website of this group "the primary goal [of which] was to locate and organize present day descendants of the original founding families of Los Angeles." Features details about group activities (such as the annual history walk on September 4, the date of the founding of Los Angeles), and an archive with names and brief histories of founding families and the soldiers who escorted them to El Pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles.
URL: http://www.lospobladores.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22301

Olvera Street
"Olvera Street is the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument." It encompasses 27 historic buildings and a traditional Mexican style plaza. The website features photos and details about the revitalization of Olvera Street in the 1920s, attractions (such as the conservation of a mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros), and events, such as Dia de los Muertos. Also includes recipes and an introduction to Spanish.

URL: http://www.olvera-street.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22302

Physical Therapy Board of California: Consumer Information/FAQs
This FAQ covers consumer education topics related to choosing a physical therapist, "a licensed health care professional who evaluates a patient's physical status, establishes a plan of care and goals, then administers treatments to promote optimal health." Topics include California credential requirements, types of treatment provided, how to evaluate a physical therapist, how to file a complaint, and more. From the Physical Therapy Board of California, a state government agency.
URL: http://www.ptbc.ca.gov/consumers/consumer_info_faq.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22309

The Rowland Collection
Website of an archive devoted to Santa Cruz, California, historians Jeannette and Leon Rowland. Contains searchable transcriptions of approximately 10,000 index cards of research notes by the Rowlands, "pertaining to the history of Santa Cruz and its people, from pre-Statehood to the middle of the 20th century." Also includes biographical information on the Rowlands, and a bibliography of works by Leon Rowland. From Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/rowland/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22169

San Diego Biographies
Collection of biographies of individuals who have "played a significant role in San Diego history," such as Clara Breed, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Wyatt Earp, Gaspar de Portola, Jonas Salk, and Father Junipero Serra. Photos accompany most biographies. From the San Diego Historical Society.
URL: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/online_resources/archives.html#Biograph...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22304

Watching Guadalcanal Village: Wetlands Restoration Photo Exhibit
An exhibit of photographs by Sally Mack depicting Guadalcanal Village, a wetlands restoration site located near Vallejo, California. Includes images of flowers, grasses, and mud, and reflections of plants in water. Includes a link to an article by the artist. From the Water Resources Center Archives, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/mack.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22104

Regional: Washington State

Centralia Massacre Collection
"This collection of pamphlets, leaflets and letters, originally held by the now defunct I.W.W. [Industrial Workers of the World] Seattle Office, focuses on the Centralia Massacre of 1919 in Centralia, Washington." Accompanied by essays about the massacre and about the I.W.W., "sometimes known as the Wobblies ... a radical labor organization that was most active from 1900 to the 1930's." From the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.
URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/iwwweb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22290

Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program (HCDOP)
This program considers "the historically low dissolved oxygen concentrations in Hood Canal, a fjord-like side basin of Puget Sound in Washington State." The website presents background information about Hood Canal, and "is the home site for the scientific study of the HCDOP called the Integrated Assessment and Modeling study (IAM Study)." Find IAM scientific study observations and data, model details and results, supporting maps, news, and outreach documents. From the University of Washington.
URL: http://www.hoodcanal.washington.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22274

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
This museum site features numerous historical articles about hydroplane racing, photos and details about restoration efforts, museum news, a blog, and links to related sites. From a Washington state museum that is "the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing."
URL: http://www.thunderboats.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22272

USA Pears
"USA Pears are the eight varieties that grow best in Oregon and Washington's ideal growing conditions. USA Pear varieties are: Anjou (red and green), Bartlett (red and traditional), Bosc, Comice, Forelle and Seckel." The site features a description of pear-growing regions in Washington state and Oregon, produce guide, ripening and general cooking instructions, recipes, nutritional information, and material for children. From a marketing association.
URL: http://www.usapears.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21355

USGS: Hood Canal
Details about U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) involvement "in the study of the causes of low dissolved oxygen concentrations in Hood Canal" in Washington state. This site describes USGS activities and programs, and provides publications and presentation material (which contain photos, diagrams, and data). Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://wa.water.usgs.gov/projects/hoodcanal/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22275

Washington Rare Plant Care & Conservation
Background and research about rare plants in Washington state. Features images of rare plants, details about rare plant conservation monitoring activities and research at the University of Washington, a page on wildflowers, a rare plant quiz, and related material. From the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington.
URL: http://courses.washington.edu/rarecare/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22285

Science

Frequently Asked Questions: Tide Predictions and Data
This FAQ covers topics related to tidal prediction, such as the highest tides, the difference between tide charts and tide tables, the accuracy of predictions, and whether coastal flooding is caused by "perigean spring tide" (when the occurrence of a new or full moon coincides with the moon reaching its closest point of approach to the earth). From the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
URL: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/faq2.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22312

Live Science
This bright, hip news site "chronicles the daily advances and innovations made in science and technology" with original stories and news feeds, images, and video clips. Topics include animals, health, technology, environment, "science of fiction," history, and strange news. From Imaginova, a publisher of several print and online science publications.
URL: http://www.livescience.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22300

Lobster Institute: Education
Educational materials about American lobsters (covering anatomy, diet, life cycle, and habitat) and the lobstering industry. Also features a page for children, teacher resources, and instructions for cooking and eating lobsters. From the Lobster Institute, a group founded jointly by Maine's lobster industry associations and the University of Maine.
URL: http://www.lobsterinstitute.org/index.php?page=4
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22316

Marine Lobsters of the World: An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Marine Lobsters Known to Date
This 1991 publication introduces species of marine lobsters of interest to fisheries. Includes a glossary, illustrated descriptions of the lobster species, a list of species by major marine fishing areas, a bibliography, and an index of scientific and vernacular names. From the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
URL: http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/t0411e/t0411e00.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22318

Organic Vegetable Production in California Series
A series of publications on organic farming "written by Farm Advisors and Specialists from the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Each publication addresses a key aspect of organic production practices applicable to all vegetable crops." Topics include certification and marketing, postharvest handling of crops, and managing soil, weeds, insect pests, and plant diseases. From the Small Farm Center, University of California, Davis.
URL: http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/research/organic.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22245

Society & Social Science

American Indian College Fund
This organization "provides scholarships and other support for the nation's 32 tribal colleges and universities." The site features a list and links to tribal colleges, details about scholarships available, handbooks that "take students step-by-step through the process of deciding to go to college and, once enrolled, learning about financial aid and money management," and related material.
URL: http://www.collegefund.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22305

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Information for "professionals working in child abuse prevention and in family support, foster care, and other interrelated fields with information and resources." Topics include child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and family-centered practice. Includes statistics, links to national organizations, a national adoption directory, and more. Some material available in Spanish. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.childwelfare.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22012

Prepare My Child for School: Helping Your Preschool Child
"This booklet is for families and caregivers who want to help their preschool children to learn and to develop the skills necessary for success in school -- and in life." It includes sections on the education and development of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers; tips for preparing a child for kindergarten, selecting TV programming, and choosing child care; and related material. Also available in Spanish. From the U.S. Department of Education.
URL: http://www.ed.gov/parents/earlychild/ready/preschool/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22319

Resources on Early Learning Tip Sheets: Getting Ready for Kindergarten
This fact sheet covers topics related to kindergarten preparation, such as expectations of teachers, group skills, and immunizations. Includes a list of books to share with children who are starting kindergarten and annotated links to other kindergarten readiness resources. In English and Spanish. From the Illinois Early Learning Project, funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
URL: http://www.illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/readykindergarten.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22321


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