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New This Week for October 5, 2006
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This week's newsletter offers a collection of intriguing sites covering topics such as sirenomelia, power plant emissions, comics, congressional scandals, congressional pages, the Dow Jones, and regions such as Death Valley, Pakistan, and South Africa. Some content underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Maria, Jennifer, Pat, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Masters of American Comics
Companion to a 2005-2006 exhibition of work by "15 artists who shaped the development of the American comic strip and comic book during the past century." Includes images of 30 works by artists such as Winsor McCay (Little Nemo), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Will Eisner, Charles M. Schulz, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. From the UCLA Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/94/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22634

Virtual Instrument Museum
Collection of images and audio and video clips of musical instruments from around the world. Searchable, or browse by instrument, instrument type, geographic region, material (such as gourd or bamboo), genre, or ensemble (such as gamelan or steel band). Also includes a map showing the geographic distribution of the instruments, and a brief overview of the collection. From the World Music Instrument Collection, Wesleyan University Music Department.
URL: http://learningobjects.wesleyan.edu/vim/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22673

Business

Computer Scientists and Database Administrators
Description of careers in the computer science and database administration fields, covering working conditions, educational requirements, job outlook, and related topics. Includes links to profiles of other computer occupations, such as computer programmers and computer software engineers. From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
URL: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos042.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22617

Dow Jones History
Timeline for this company founded in 1882 by Charles Henry Dow, Edward Davis Jones, and Charles Milford Bergstresser "in a small basement office at 15 Wall Street in New York." Significant dates include the 1884 founding of the Dow Jones Indexes (which include the Dow Jones Industrial Average), 1889 when The Wall Street Journal began publication, and 1897 when the "Ticker" was announced. From Dow Jones & Company.
URL: http://www.dowjones.com/TheCompany/History/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22697

Computers

Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
SFS is "program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund" typical students costs while attending an approved institution of higher education. Features an FAQ for students and a list of participating institutions. From the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
URL: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22688

Government

Council on Foreign Relations: Pakistan
Collection of backgrounders and policy pieces on Pakistan. Articles and papers cover U.S.-Pakistan relations, terrorism, Pakistan's connections with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders, India-Pakistan relations, and related topics. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."
URL: http://www.cfr.org/region/283/pakistan.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22684

CRS Report for Congress: Pages of the United States Congress: Selection, Duties, and Program Administration
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) fact sheet, updated in August 2006, describes the selection and duties of the "approximately 100" high school juniors who "serve principally as messengers" in the U.S. Congress each year. "Pages must be appointed and sponsored by a Member of Congress for one or two semesters of a school year, or a summer session." Opens directly into a PDF document.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/98-758.pdf#search=%22con...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22692

Housecleaning
Article from July 1983 about how the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee "recommended that the full House 'reprimand' two Representatives, Democrat Gerry Studds of Massachusetts and Republican Daniel Crane of Illinois, for having had sex with pages in 1973 and 1980, respectively." Both Congressmen had admitted their misconduct. From Time magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,953990,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22694

Health

Sirenomelia (Mermaid Malformation)
Collection of links to sites relating to sirenomilia, a rare birth defect in which the legs are fused together, giving the baby the appearance of a mermaid. Note: Some linked sites include graphic photos. From the Birth Disorder Information Directory, a site that sells books about birth defects.
URL: http://www.bdid.com/sirenomelia.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22685

Home & Housing

RugMark Foundation: Purchase a Rug
Consumer education materials for choosing rugs that are made without illegal child labor. Features a rug buying guide with expert interviews, features to look for in a rug, sample locations of RugMark rugs (including museums and hotels), and a FAQ. Also includes a retailer look-up feature, a tool to verify your RugMark rug, and details about the RugMark Foundation, an organization dedicated to "ending child labor in the handmade carpet industry in South Asia."
URL: http://www.rugmark.org/purchase.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22670

Regional: California

HealthVote.org
This site offers nonpartisan information about current California ballot propositions dealing with health care, and also follows the progress of health propositions approved by the voters in previous elections (back to 2004). It provides facts and analysis, pro and con arguments, poll results, and data on campaign funding and advertisements. From the California Health Care Foundation and the Center for Governmental Studies.
URL: http://www.healthvote.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6294

Life in Death Valley
Companion website to a documentary about Death Valley National Park, "the hottest, driest place in North America." Provides features on the endangered Devil's Hole pupfish, the sliding rocks of the Racetrack Playa, and field tests for Mars missions that were conducted in Death Valley. Also includes photos and related links. From the PBS Nature program.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/deathvalley/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22698

Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Companion website to a documentary about some of the sea creatures found at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Includes features on jellyfish blooms, tracking a great white shark, and seafood choices. Provides photos, video, and a small selection of links and reading suggestions. From the PBS Nature program.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/oceansinglass/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22666

Traditions in Transition
"Traditions in Transition is a multi-media project that looks at family farmers and ranchers in California, and the rich rural culture based on the rhythms of planting and harvest, grazing and round-up." Features photographs by professional photographers Gerald Tsuruda and Matt O'Brien and by community members in Yolo County; stories, poems, and essays (some in English and Spanish); and transcripts of radio broadcasts. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/traditions/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22558

UC Berkeley on Google Video
Selection of videos drawn from University of California, Berkeley, campus seminars, courses, and events. Topics include Physics 10 (Physics for Future Presidents), Internet search engines (with Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google), poetry readings, the China-U.S. Climate Change Forum, and more. From Google.

URL: http://video.google.com/ucberkeley.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22680

Regions of the World

china.org.cn: China Internet Information Center
Country background and news from this "authorized government portal site to China ... published under the auspices of the China International Publishing Group and the State Council Information Office in Beijing." Provides facts and figures, government structure, news and feature articles, and pages on specific topics such as the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, flooding in China, and Beijing's museums and galleries. Also include recipes. Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.china.org.cn/english/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22689

Hungary: Talent for Entertaining
Travel and tourist information from the Hungarian National Tourist Office. Includes materials about gastronomy, culture, spas, and cities and regions (such as Budapest, Lake Balaton, and the Eger-Tokaj wine area). Also includes material about specific events such as the Béla Bartók anniversary in 2006 and background about history, geography, and climate. Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.hungary.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22683

Introducing Pakistan
Basic facts and figures about Pakistan, from the Pakistan government. Covers history, geography, government structure, leaders, symbols, sports, and other topics. Provides data on population, economy and industry, energy, health services, education, transportation, geographical features (such as mountain peaks and passes), and more. From the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Pakistan.
URL: http://www.pak.gov.pk/profile.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22682

South Africa
Official travel and tourism site for South Africa. The website is "packed full of updated information allowing you to discover and uncover the perfect South African holiday. To read more about South Africa as a tourist destination and what we have to offer take a look at 'Why South Africa' section. 'Places to go' and 'Things to do' give you great ideas for destinations, routes, activities, attractions and events." Available in several languages.
URL: http://www.southafrica.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22691

Science

Ask.com: Recent Earthquake Activity
This interactive map shows worldwide earthquake activity. View earthquakes by date, location, and magnitude. Default map shows the 10 most recent earthquakes on a street map; maps can be changed to aerial and physical views, and include options to zoom in and out of earthquake locations. From Ask.com
URL: http://www.ask.com/earthquake
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22672

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology: Archival Field Notebooks Query Page
A database of thousands of records of field notebooks from the archives of this museum. Includes scanned images of selected "historical materials pertaining to major early (1900-1950) faunal expeditions in California" and other areas in the western U.S. Searchable by author, title, and type (catalog, index, journal, or species account). From the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://bscit.berkeley.edu/mvz/volumes.html?
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22506

North American Power Plant Air Emissions
This 2005 report "presents, for the first time, specific air pollutant information from 2002 for individual fossil fuel-fired power plants across North America." It provides data for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and carbon dioxide, a map showing geographic distribution of power plants, emissions for specific facilities, and more. From the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, "an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation."
URL: http://www.cec.org/pubs_docs/documents/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=168...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22679

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: Disease Information
A collection of "information factsheets and brochures [that] relate to diseases of concern to ... cattle, equine, poultry, small ruminants and swine industries." Includes information on anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, bovine tuberculosis, West Nile virus, and other diseases. From the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.
URL: http://cahfs.ucdavis.edu/show.php?id=700
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22527

Society & Social Science

The AIDS Poster Collection
Images of public health AIDS posters from around the world. The posters "illustrate attempts by a variety of 'institutions' to educate and warn their citizens about AIDS and offer advice and information in visual form about the still deadly autoimmune disease." Browsable by subject or searchable by keyword. From the University of California, Los Angeles, Library.
URL: http://unitproj1.library.ucla.edu/dlib/posters/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22567

Historic Germantown
Material about the history of Germantown, Pennsylvania, founded on October 6, 1683, as the first German settlement in the original thirteen American colonies. Features photos and details about historic buildings (such as the Mennonite meeting house from 1770) and people (such as Louisa May Alcott who was born here and George Washington who fought here and lived here in 1793). From the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia.
URL: http://www.ushistory.org/germantown/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22696

Library Student Journal
"An international, peer-reviewed, open access publication of the LIS field [seeking] to publish the best research and most original ideas coming from future LIS-professionals. ... LSJ is designed to publish serious peer-reviewed research articles alongside more informal essays, reviews, and opinion pieces." The website also includes a blog and detailed submission requirements.
URL: http://www.librarystudentjournal.org/index.php/lsj/index
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22687

National Center for Education Statistics: Crime and Safety Surveys (CSS)
Compilation of school crime and safety data and reports, including the annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety (2002 to the present), and surveys of principals, teachers, and students. Includes reports on student discipline, victimization, gangs, bullying, weapons, drugs, and other school violence and crime topics. From the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.
URL: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/getpubcats.asp?sid=108
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22693

Public Libraries & the Internet
This study tracks "the level of involvement, key issues, trends, and other aspects of public library Internet use." The website includes the full text of these studies that started in 1997, covering topics such as public Internet access, Internet connectivity and networked services, public libraries and the 2006 hurricanes, and wireless access. From the Information Use Management & Policy Institute, part of the College of Information at Florida State University.
URL: http://www.ii.fsu.edu/plinternet/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22671

Rat Spinal Cord Image Archive
Collection of hundreds of images of rat spinal cord cells designed to accompany an instructional project from the Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, about "Sex Differences and Organizational Effects of Androgen in Spinal Cord Motor Nuclei." Searchable, or browsable by subject. From the University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://digital.library.ucla.edu/ratscia/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22400


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