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In our latest collection you'll find cameraless photographs, trends in terrorism, the Maori king movement, an analysis of philanthropic responses to Hurricane Katrina, exhibits in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, and Jill Carroll's account of her kidnapping. Additional content is underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.
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On the fifth anniversary of September 11, LII reintroduces its collection, September 11 and Beyond. LII is also again a participant in The September Project (item below, in newsletter), a grassroots effort to honor this date with special observations on a wide variety of topics.
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Africans in America: People & Events: Gabriel's Conspiracy
This essay recounts the events surrounding the slave rebellion organized by African American leader Gabriel Prosser in 1799 and 1800. Includes links to related essays. Part of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) "Africans in America." site.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22379
Jerry Burchfield: Primal Images
Collection of images of botanical subjects made in the Amazon using the lumen print process, which is a cameraless form of photography. Includes an introductory essay that provides an overview of the use of lumen prints and other alternative photographic recording and printing methods. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22235
A Letter From Japan: The Photographs of John Swope
Companion to "the first in-depth presentation of vintage prints from the late Los Angeles photographer's 1945 journey through post-war Japan. Shot during a three-and-a-half-week period, Swope's photographs vividly document the impact of World War II on the local population." Also includes highlights from Swope's career as a Hollywood photographer. Features a dozen selected images. From the Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22338
MIB (Medical Information Bureau): Consumer Protection
Consumer materials about MIB records, reports containing codes representing health conditions reported by insurance underwriters. "When a consumer applies to a MIB member company for life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance coverage, the company may check for a record at MIB." This site contains details about the reports and instructions for requesting a free copy of your record (per the Fair Credit Reporting Act). From the MIB Group, an association of life insurance companies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22349
Women-Owned Business Economic Research
Compilation of research studies on women-owned businesses, covering topics such as business ownership rates, women-owned sole proprietorships, venture capital in women-led firms, and more. Includes documents back to 1995. From the United States Small Business Association (SBA) Office of Advocacy.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22350
An offshoot of the Internet search tool Vivísimo, "Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. ... [This] search engine groups similar results together in clusters." Searches can be conducted for the whole Web, and for specific areas, such as blogs and news. Click on "details" to see what was searched. Also includes a FAQ and links to news stories about the site.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22242
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
The "IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime." You can file a complaint using an online form on this site. Also includes a FAQ, a description of Internet crime schemes, and prevention tips in areas such as auction fraud, identity theft, and investment fraud. A partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22279
Trends in Terrorism: 2006
This July 2006 CRS (Congressional Research Service) Report for Congress surveys trends in terrorism, including more "micro-actors" (small autonomous groups and individuals), increased sophistication, and an overlap of terrorism with international crime. Includes statistics and policy discussions. Opens directly into a PDF file. Provided by the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Press Centers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22371
United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui, Criminal No. 01-455-A: Trial Exhibits
"The following web pages link to all 1,202 exhibits admitted into evidence during the trial of U.S. v. Moussaoui, with the exception of seven that are classified or otherwise remain under seal. This is the first criminal case for which a federal court has provided access to all exhibits online." Includes transcripts and email messages, photos, images of evidence, audio and video files, and other materials. From the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22373
Child Health Advice
"These guidelines (topics) are intended to help you determine how sick your child is and if you need to call your child's doctor. Their second purpose is to help you treat your child at home when it is safe to do so." Topics include head lice, eye injury, earache, sore throat, croup, diaper rash, diarrhea, and athlete's foot. From Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Washington state.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22323
Comprehensive Fibroid Center
Information on fibroids, "round muscle growths that develop within the uterus (womb). Fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous)." Covers the different types of fibroids, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment (including myomectomy and hysterectomy). From the Comprehensive Fibroid Center of the University of California, San Francisco, a medical center "devoted to serving the specific needs of women with uterine fibroids."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22359
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
Consumer publications about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which "were created by the Medicare bill signed by President Bush on December 8, 2003 and are designed to help individuals save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis." Provides a FAQ, a brochure (in English and Spanish), fact sheets, tax resources, and related publications. From the United States Department of the Treasury.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22377
Paragonimus Epidemiology & Assessment
Public health materials about paragonimiasis, "a disease caused by parasites called flukes, most commonly Paragonimus westermani. ... The major forms of the disease are pulmonary (lung) and extrapulmonary (outside the lung, such as in the abdomen or brain)." Includes a fact sheet about the infectious disease, and alerts about August 2006 lung fluke cases in Southern California "associated with live freshwater crab consumption." From the Orange County Health Care Agency, California.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22367
View the playlists of radio stations throughout the U.S. to identify what song was playing at a specific time during the past 24 hours. Search by radio call letters or ZIP code for a list of stations in your area. Also includes lists of the current top 10 and 100 songs for stations. Note: Clicking on songs directs users to the iTunes music store, but purchase of songs is not required to view this website.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22347
A Centenary Celebration of Ralph J. Bunche
"One of UCLA's most distinguished alumni, Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-71) fought poverty and racism on his way to becoming one of the twentieth century's leading peacemakers. ... [T]his exhibit celebrates his remarkable legacy by focusing on his accomplishments in three main areas: as a student, a scholar, and a diplomat." Features illustrated essays covering topics such as his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. From the University of California, Los Angeles, Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22341
Hostage: The Jill Carroll Story
Collection of material from August 2006 about "Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, [who] was kidnapped by Sunni Muslim insurgents in Baghdad on Jan. 7, 2006," and held for 82 days before her release. Features articles by Carroll about her experiences as a hostage, news coverage from the time of her kidnapping, video clips, photos, a blog, and related material. From the Christian Science Monitor.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22370
The Origins of the Maori King Movement
"This feature was prepared to mark the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the Maori Queen ... in May 2006. On 15 August 2006 came the sad news that she had passed away. Six days later her eldest son ... was confirmed as her successor." Features history about the Maori King Movement in New Zealand, images, and links to related material. From the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22376
American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC): Boater Information
This compilation of consumer resources for boaters includes a FAQ on standards and technical topics, a pre-launch boat checklist, a publication about carbon monoxide, a boating and marine business directory, and boating safety links. Other technical reports are only available for purchase. From a "not-for-profit membership organization that ... [develops and updates] the safety standards for boat building and repair."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22346
10th Annual 24 Hour Photoshoot at Joshua Tree National Park
Exhibit of a 2003 project in which "photographers and filmmakers of all skill levels began simultaneously photographing Joshua Tree National Park for 24-hours." Features selected photographs and videos of this park in Southern California and a brief introduction to the project. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22238
Be Smart Buy Smart: What Smart Shoppers Know About Sweepstakes, Contests, and Lotteries
This fact sheet describes California laws relating to sweepstakes (which distribute prizes by chance, such as a lottery) and contests (which require talent and skill to win a prize). Topics include why companies sponsor contests and sweepstakes, chances of winning, legal rules, and where to go for help if you have a problem. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22381
California Oyster Culture
This 1996 article features a history of oyster cultivation in California back to the 1860s. Also includes material about location of production bays, culture techniques, shellfish safety, and the biology of native and foreign oysters. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22366
The History of the California Master Plan for Higher Education
This site "provides access to digitized historical documents, images, and analysis related to the development of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California," which helped guide the expansion of California's higher education system (community colleges, state universities, and the University of California). Features a timeline (1849-1960), overview of past and current law, and biographies of key participants. From the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22105
College of Forest Resources Fact Sheets
This series of fact sheets covers forestry topics such as forest engineering, policy, marketing and trade of forest products, restoration and remediation, and urban forestry. Publications concern forests and forestry in Washington state and beyond. From the University of Washington College of Forest Resources.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22287
Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility
Details about the activities of this "cooperative scientific and educational venture among the University of Washington College of Forest Resources, the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest." Of particular interest is a diagram and explanation of the workings of the crane, which includes a gondola to transport researchers to the tree canopy. Also includes research data and images of flora, fauna, and the crane.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22284
One Ground: 4 Palestinian & 4 Israeli Filmmakers
Companion to a two-part 2003 exhibit "that addresses some of the metaphorical issues that come out of the politically charged region of Israel and Palestine." Features descriptions and representative images from the works of contemporary film and video artists, and dozens of historical images from the 1850s and early 20th century. Also includes an essay and dialog among the contemporary artists. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22233
Bohart Museum of Entomology
Website of a museum devoted to the study of insects, located on the campus of the University California, Davis. In addition to information about the museum, the site
contains fact sheets on insects and arachnids, an introduction to collecting insects, keys to insect identification, a glossary, and newsletters of the Bohart Museum Society. Also features activities and insect jokes for children.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22329
NewScientist: Stem Cells
Collection of news stories about stem cell research, cloning, the ethics of stem cell therapies, and related topics. Includes an overview of stem cells, and a small selection of links to related websites. Some articles are available only to paid subscribers. From the website for New Scientist magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21655
What Makes a Planet?
Brief introduction for the layperson about the definition of what is a planet and about the 2006 controversy about whether Pluto is a planet. This site notes "there are many things that make Pluto quite different from the [other eight] planets," so that it is "very hard to classify Pluto with the rest of the major planets." From a professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22372
DenverPost.com: JonBenet Investigation
News stories and background about the case involving the death of JonBenet Ramsey, who in December 1996 (at age 6) was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado, home. Features a timeline of the case, current and archived news stories, photos, video clips, and other features. From the Denver Post.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22375
Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later
This August 2006 feature provides essays and analysis regarding philanthropic response to Hurricane Katrina. Discussion topics include lessons for charities, what went right and wrong in philanthropic response to the disaster, and how donated money was spent by charities. Includes profiles of some of the charities that accepted hurricane relief donations. From Charity Navigator, an organization that provides analysis and rating of charities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22386
Life After the Holocaust: Stories of Holocaust Survivors After the War
"Between 1945 and 1952 more than 80,000 Holocaust survivors immigrated to the United States. This Web site documents the experiences of six Holocaust survivors whose journeys brought them to the United States, and reveals the complexity of starting over." Features audio and transcripts of full oral history interviews, and an online exhibit with photos and audio about aspects such as arriving in New York and speaking out. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22342
The September Project
This project is "a grassroots effort to foster public events in all libraries in all countries in September." The site includes a list of participants, information about past events, a blog, and related information. The project is funded by the University of Washington's Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2339
Thanks for reading LII New This Week!
Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder