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LII New This Week
New This Week for December 14, 2006
This Week
Join us in tracking traditional and reindeer-powered aircraft, the future of books (they aren't going away), holiday finance, and thoughts on gift-giving. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Forbes.com Special Report: Books
This December 2006 special report on "books and the future of publishing" features a series of articles looking at trends in publishing, the effect of the Internet on print books, book burning, plagiarism, film adaptations, top-earning authors, and related topics. Also includes a "To me, books are..." feature with answers from authors such as Margaret Atwood, Amy Sedaris, and Lemony Snicket. From the website for Forbes magazine.
URL: http://www.forbes.com/2006/11/30/books-publishing-internet-tech-media_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23038

How to Take Great Photos of Holiday Lights
This article offers ideas for taking photos of tree lights, candles, holiday lights on buildings, and other indoor and outdoor lit subjects. Includes tips for both film and digital photography, and examples of photographs of holiday lights. From a photography school.
URL: http://www.nyip.com/ezine/holidays/holidaylights.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19738

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Website for this museum complex, located in downtown Manhattan, that centers around the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, which "was commissioned for service in World War II and went on to serve as a primary recovery vessel for NASA and then in Vietnam." The site features general information about the museum and its exhibits as well as details about the Intrepid.
URL: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23036

The National World War One Museum
The website for this museum (designated by Congress and opened December 2006 in Kansas City, Missouri) features exhibit highlights and historical essays about World War I (such as about "Christmastime during the Great War"). Provides a chronology of the war, personal histories, a virtual tour of the museum, facts about the Liberty Memorial tower in Kansas City, documents and images from the museum archives, and other material about World War I.
URL: http://www.libertymemorialmuseum.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23034

A Patchwork Quilt: Dolly Parton and the Roots of Country Music
This exhibit features biographical material on country singer Dolly Parton, including highlights from Parton's career, photos, audio clips, and a discography. Also provides a timeline and glossary about country music and essays on Appalachian and bluegrass music. From the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room.
URL: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/dollyparton/dollyparton-home.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22936

Business

A Do-It-Yourself Year-End Bonus
This article describes how "most employees have the power to put at least a couple hundred extra dollars in their paychecks each month, starting this month. ... Simply tell Uncle Sam to back off a bit in biting into your paychecks." Includes an online calculator to help you determine if you should adjust withholdings to increase you take-home pay. From Kiplinger's.
URL: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2006/12/withholding.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23043

The Erotic History of Advertising: Aromatic Aphrodisiacs: Fragrance
This book excerpt discusses the "sexual content in fragrance advertising "and how "fragrance marketers play to people's fantasies." Features analysis of advertising from the 1970's and 1980's, along with selected images of print advertisements. From the Advertising Educational Foundation, "the advertising industry's provider and distributor of educational content."
URL: http://www.aef.com/on_campus/classroom/book_excerpts/data/2476
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23037

The Vanishing Holiday Bonus
This November 2006 article discusses how "the year-end bonus is becoming a quaint memory of earlier times, when an extra envelope from payroll in December was an almost certain reward for everyone in a firm." Also describes how year-end bonuses are being "replaced by gift cards and performance-based awards." From the Christian Science Monitor.
URL: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1127/p12s01-wmgn.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23035

Health

New Advice: Don't Sit Up Straight
Brief article about a study released in November 2006, which suggests that "leaning back is a much better posture" than sitting up straight while working. Includes a description of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study and how "disks [in the back] were least moved when subjects were sitting back at a 135-degree sitting position." From LiveScience.com, a website from a science and technology media and commerce company.
URL: http://www.livescience.com/health/061128_backpain_sitting.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23041

Home & Housing

Holiday Ideas
"Inspirational ideas for honoring traditions, decorating your home with festive flair, decking your halls in holiday greenery and creating handmade ornaments, gifts and cards" for the winter holidays. Includes illustrated instructions for crafts (such as velvet accordion books and photograph bracelets), handmade cards, holiday decorations and wrapping, and other ideas for celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. From HGTV.
URL: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_988/text/0,,HGTV_22056_53732,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23021

People

NORAD Tracks Santa
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve. The site provides biographical information about Santa Claus, a sampler of Christmas music, and brief information about NORAD. The tracker goes live the morning of December 24, but prior to that, test videos made of Santa's earlier activities in the calendar year are available for viewing. Available in six languages.
URL: http://www.noradsanta.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7488

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

FlightAware
This company offers free airline flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States. Features a live flight tracker with details about flights and airports, maps with "images depicting a full day of airspace activity over the United States," "graphs showing the total number of aircraft in the air by hour, day, week, month, and years," and related material.
URL: http://flightaware.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23013

Regional: California

Los Angeles Aqueduct
Background about this aqueduct system that delivers water from the Owens River and Mono Basin to Los Angeles. Provides history and facts about the aqueduct, environmental impact reports and related documentation, guides to the Owens Valley and recreation on Los Angeles city-owned land in the Eastern Sierra, and other material about the aqueduct system. From the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
URL: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp004409.jsp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23017

Regions of the World

Iraq Study Group Report
Full text of this report of the Iraq Study Group published in December 2006. It contains assessments of the current situation in Iraq (covering security, politics, economics, international support), and proposes international consensus building strategies, benchmarks, and other new internal and external approaches to the situation. Includes appendices. From the United States Institute of Peace, which facilitates the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
URL: http://www.usip.org/isg/iraq_study_group_report/report/1206/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23018

Pinochet Death Sparks Celebrations, Clashes in Chile
News coverage of former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, who died in December 2006, and politics in Chile. Includes links to a timeline going back to the 1970, and articles and reports on Chile going back to 1998, including coverage of U.S.-Chile relations and of Michelle Bachelet, the country's first female president. From the PBS Online NewsHour.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/latin_america/july-dec06/pinochet_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23033

Science

Earth From Space
Companion to 2006-2010 traveling exhibition featuring satellite imagery of Earth from space. Provides images of vegetation, tropical forests, oceans, floods and storms, mountains and volcanoes, agriculture, urban areas, and more. Includes material about remote sensing and satellite technology. From the Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://www.earthfromspace.si.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22775

Smithsonian National Zoological Park: Asia Trail
The website for this section of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park features fact sheets on giant pandas, sloth bears, clouded leopards, fishing cats, giant salamanders, red pandas, and small-clawed otters. Also includes photos, animal webcams, an audio tour, and other material about the species and the exhibit. From the Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsiaTrail/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22771

Society & Social Science

Celebrating the Holidays in an Interfaith Family
Article about understanding the dilemma of combining traditions and finding and sharing solutions for celebrating winter holidays in families with members of different religious groups. From BabyCenter.
URL: http://www.babycenter.com/0_celebrating-the-holidays-in-an-interfaith-...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7498

Present Tense: The Changing Ethics of Holiday Gift-giving
This 2003 article features links to resources about traditions related to holiday gift-giving for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr (during Ramadan), and Diwali. Also includes a list of experts on holiday gift-giving for different religions and for shopping alternatives (such as handmade gifts and charity donations). From the Religion Newswriters Foundation.
URL: http://www.religionlink.org/tip_031118a.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23022


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