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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 11, 2007
This Week
This week we open doors to the lives of legislative furniture and the way to declassified documents, as well as supply some answers to where your privacy went. Don't miss the great bonus of watching John Astin play Edgar Allan Poe. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.

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Our new director, Ada Ding, has just come on board. We're delighted to welcome her to the team and hope she'll enjoy building LII as much as we do.
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Arts and Humanities

Disney: Winnie the Pooh
Collection of activities related to the Disney animations based on A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" series. Includes images and profile of characters such as Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. From Disney UK.
URL: http://winniethepooh.disney.co.uk
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23144

Inaugural Fashion
Illustrated essay highlighting fashions worn by first ladies at inaugural ceremonies for U.S. presidents. Features video clips and images of some of the inaugural gowns. Part of a PBS Online NewsHour program covering the 2001 presidential inauguration.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/inauguration/fashion.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23149

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
This collection features "background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included." Includes indexes to names and subjects, and a brief bibliography. From the Internet Public Library.
URL: http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23133

Computers

How Internet Search Engines Work
Describes how search engines find information, using software called robots (spiders) to gather words and notes and build an index. Discusses meta tags, ranking, and how an index may be built. Includes diagrams. From How Stuff Works.
URL: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/search-engine.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23135

Internet Telephony Magazine
Highlights from this publication covering VoIP (voice over Internet protocol, or Internet telephony). Features reviews, news, and analysis related to VoIP products, companies, and organizations. Includes related links.
URL: http://www.tmcnet.com/voip/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23138

Web Design References: Tools
Annotated collection of links to Web design tools, including HTML validators, link checkers, and tools for accessibility, color, CSS (cascading style sheets), information architecture, usability, and XML (extensible markup language). From Information Technology Systems and Services, University of Minnesota, Duluth.
URL: http://www.duluth.umn.edu/itss/support/Training/Online/webdesign/tools...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23137

Government

Guide to Research: Declassified Documents
This research guide provides links to sources for learning about and obtaining copies of formerly classified U.S. government documents. Topics include the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and federal government websites. Also includes a link to Executive Order 12958, under which thousands of pages of documents were declassified at the end of 2006. Although some sources are only available to Georgetown University students, most are available to the general public. From Georgetown University Libraries.
URL: http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/govdocs/declassdocs.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23134

Senate Chamber Desks
This presentation features historical details about the U.S. Senate chamber desks. "The Senate purchased 48 desks for its chamber in 1819, adding desks as new states joined the Union. To date, more than 1,600 senators have occupied these historic desks." Features a Senate seating plan, an interactive timeline of the evolution of the desks, and "desk history & mystery" (which includes a section about the so-called "Candy Desk"). From the U.S. Senate.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/special/Desks/default.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22939

People

Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind
Companion to this 2002 documentary series that explored Benjamin Franklin's "career from humble beginnings in Boston to international superstardom: first as a scientist and revolutionary, and then as a founding father and America's first diplomat to France." Features essays, a timeline, "Ben A to Z," a teacher's guide, and more. From Twin Cities Public Television.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23145

Knowing Poe
This classroom guide features details about the literature, life, and times of writer Edgar Allan Poe. Features a timeline, video clips, primary source documents, lesson plans, and related resources. Includes a bibliography and a list of Poe sites (museum, gravesite, and more) in the Baltimore, Maryland, region. From Maryland Public Television.
URL: http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org/default_flash.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23147

Morehouse King Collection
This site provides an introduction to the 2006 acquisition "through the efforts of a group of prominent Atlantans, [of] a 10,000-piece collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. [Morehouse class of 1948]." The collection is housed at the Woodruff Library, Morehouse College. Features a brief preview of the collection with selected images, a timeline of King at Morehouse, and a listing of King celebration events. From Morehouse College.
URL: http://www.morehouse.edu/kingcollection/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23131

Stephen Foster
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster, who composed some 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and "Camptown Races." Features an illustrated timeline, a gallery of printable sheet music and associated audio clips, an essay on blackface minstrel shows, and more. Also includes a teacher's guide.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/foster/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23139

Regional: California

Oakland Collection at the Oakland Museum of California
"In celebration of Oakland's 150th anniversary, the Oakland Museum of California presents over 7000 Oakland objects from its California Collections. These include historical photographs, paintings, documents, objects, all about Oakland, the city founded on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in 1852." Also features nine panoramic photographs of Oakland, which were created between 1877 and the 1930s. Searchable, or browsable by neighborhood map. Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://collections.museumca.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22967

Science

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
This site provides background and updates on the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which "will provide time-lapse digital imaging of faint astronomical objects across the entire sky." Features details about the telescope (to be located in northern Chile) and areas planned for study by the telescope (such as dark energy and near-Earth objects), photos, material for scientists, and more. LSST is "a collaboration of a number of national labs and organizations."
URL: http://www.lsst.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23129

Society & Social Science

Privacy Lost
Collection of stories from October 2006 examining "the steady erosion of Americans' privacy, whether people are concerned and what impact other new technologies might have on your right to be left alone." Topics include technology (such as email and wireless video recorders), smart driver's licenses, comparison between U.S. and European laws, and celebrities and aggressive paparazzi. From MSNBC.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15157222/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23143

Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career: Connecting American Education From Birth to Adulthood
Collection of articles and data from January 2007 "track[ing] state efforts to create seamless education systems from early childhood to the world of work." Features articles on topics such as "Gauging Student Learning" and "Linking Learning to Earning," and the "Chance for Success Index," which provides state-by-state data on 13 individual indicators (such as family income and preschool enrollment). From Education Week magazine with support from the Pew Center on the States.
URL: http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2007/01/04/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23118

World Religion Day
The aim of this day, established by the Baha'i in 1950 and observed on the third Sunday in January, "is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions." Its site features brief quotations about loving your neighbor from the following religious groups: Hindu, Native American, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Islam, Sikh, and Baha'i. Note: not available in Spanish or French as the site indicates.
URL: http://www.worldreligionday.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23142


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder