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Meet Time's person of the year, see what Elvis wore to the Nixon White House, and learn what the new year means for your passport, then amuse yourself with Time's current favorite websites and the rest of our crop this week. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.
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Combating Holocaust Denial: Holocaust Deniers and Public Misinformation
This essay discusses Holocaust denial--the belief that the Holocaust never happened--with a focus on refuting the reasons for these beliefs. Includes links to related essays on Holocaust denial, annotated website links, and a press release about the December 2006 Holocaust conference in Iran, stating that it "will serve as nothing more than an international platform for Holocaust denial." From the Holocaust Encyclopedia, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23071
From the Top
The website for a humorous radio program showcasing the talents of young musicians (of pre-college age) from around the U.S. The site features a show archive, background about performers, listening guides, photo galleries, and more. National Public Radio (NPR) distributes the show, which is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22526
50 Coolest Websites
An annotated list of 50 useful and amusing websites in the areas of entertainment, arts, and media; shopping, lifestyle, and hobbies; news and information; staying connected; time wasters; travel and real estate; and web searches and services. "Many of ... [the sites for 2006] are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain." Includes links to lists back to 2003. From Time magazine in partnership with CNN.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23052
Guide To Public Opinion Poll Web Sites: Polling Data From Around the World
This annotated compilation of websites "focuses on significant Internet sites concerning general public opinion polls, especially those providing polling results in usable formats." The scope does not include "Web and blog polls, as many are unscientific, biased, or oriented toward amateur efforts." From librarians Gary Thompson and Sean Conley, published in the October 2006 issue of C&RL News, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association (ALA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23078
Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources
Annotated list from October 2006 of authoritative websites on the "invisible web." The "invisible web comprises databases and results of specialty search engines that the popular search engines simply are not able to index." Topics include search engines, art, online books, business, consumer, finance, government, international, law, health, science, and transportation. Librarians' Internet Index is listed. From the Online Education Database (OEDb), a site that offers reviews of online schools and degree programs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23082
"If you consume alcoholic beverages, it's important to know whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful. Answering these questions will take only a few minutes, and will generate personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns." Includes a library of publications about alcohol and health from the U.S. government, and a database of alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs. A project of the Boston University School of Public Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22740
Medical information for women. "More than 100 conditions, diseases and women's health issues covered in depth. From acupuncture to yoga. Diagnosis, treatment, questions to ask your health care professional, lifestyle tips and more. All content reviewed for medical accuracy by health care professionals." Also includes question and answer columns on topics such as breast health and midlife health. From the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), an "independent health information source for women."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22738
This site is "intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking." The site provides access to "an online step-by-step cessation guide, local and state telephone quitlines, NCI's national telephone quitline, NCI's instant messaging service, [and] publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered." From the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health, and the American Cancer Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22739
SelecTree: A Tree Selection Guide
With information on more than 1,400 trees, this tree selection guide features options for searching, browsing by common and scientific names, and generating a list of trees that match a set of attributes (such as height, fragrance, and water and soil requirements). Tree profiles include photographs, growth habit, pest and disease problems, and more. From the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, based at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23066
Famous American Trials: The Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial, 1868
This presentation recounts the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. President. Provides a chronology, details about the trial process, a map showing the Senate vote, images, and links to related websites. Part of the Famous Trials project by a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23058
Get a Passport Now
Brief information about new passport requirements for 2007 for travelers to and from the U.S. "All travelers will be required to have passports -- including U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. by air from throughout the Western Hemisphere -- on January 23, 2007." Also includes material about sea and land travel, and links to official passport sites for U.S., Canadian, and Mexican citizens. From the Travel Industry Association and Travel Business Roundtable.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23050
The Impeachment Trial of President Andrew Johnson: Supplement to the Congressional Globe
Digitized supplement to the Congressional Globe (the predecessor to the Congressional Record) that provides a record of the documents and debates for the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. Includes an index to the document and links to other Library of Congress resources related to the impeachment of President Johnson and the impeachment process in general. A special presentation from a larger collection of the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23059
Diana Death a "Tragic Accident"
Collection of articles from December 2006 about "an official UK police inquiry into the  Paris car crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed [and that] has found no evidence the couple were murdered." Includes a link to the full report ("The Operation Paget Inquiry Report Into the Allegation of Conspiracy to Murder") and to information about the life and death of Princess Diana. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23074
Elvis: The Undisputed King of Rock and Roll
This companion to a past exhibition about Elvis Presley features an essay about the musician and performer, along with photos of items from the exhibit. Provides a link to Elvis' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame profile, which includes a biography and timeline. From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23083
NORAD Tracks Santa
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santas 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.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7488
Time Person of the Year: Story Archive
Archive of stories about the Time Person of the Year (previously the Man of the Year) from 1927 to the present. Also includes links to the current year's Person of the Year, a gallery of Person of the Year magazine covers, and a photo history of the Person of the Year. From Time magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23075
When Nixon Met Elvis
"Elvis Presley met President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office in December 1970. ... Through the original letters and memorandums written by Presley and the White House staff, this exhibit tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the meeting was arranged." Also features a series of photos from the event, including a famous image of the two shaking hands. From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23081
California Lethal Injection Procedures
Describes the lethal injection procedures for California, from the time that an execution order is received and through the execution itself. Discusses the chemical preparation, the execution chamber at San Quentin Prison, and the number and type of witnesses specified for an execution. From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23065
Get a Clue @ Your Library
Material from California for the 2007 summer reading program for children, and for the associated teen reading program "YNK -- You Never Know @ Your Library," and adult program "Summer Sleuthing at Your Library." Features ideas for subjects for public libraries related to these mystery themes, such as mysterious disguises, fingerprinting, scavenger hunts, history mysteries, optical illusions, and UFO's. Also includes links to related sites. A project of the California Library Association (CLA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23072
BNA's Web Watch Reading Room
"Here you will find links to government, industry, and academic resources on selected topics" in politics, law, health and science, and social issues. Sample focuses include the alternative minimum tax, aviation security, data mining, fuel cells, global warming, nanotechnology, pipeline safety, and Social Security. From librarian Laura Gordon-Murnane of the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), a "publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in law, tax, business, and government."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23080
The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce
In December 2006 this commission "unveiled recommendations calling for the biggest changes in the American education system in a century." Suggestions include offering universal pre-kindergarten programs, and enrolling students in college after 10th grade. In October 2008 three governors announced their support. Includes a 28-page summary of the report, "Tough Choices or Tough Times," and links to media coverage and to other commission papers. From the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23079
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