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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 18, 2007
This Week
Have a look at the next big telescope and panoramas of Mars, track ships and sailing weather around the world, and learn about literary forensics and why you haven’t gotten around to that "to do" list yet. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era
Companion to a 2005 exhibition exploring "the unprecedented exchanges between contemporary art, popular culture, civil unrest and the moral upheaval during the 1960s and early 70s." Features an overview of psychedelic art and links to illustrated articles about optical illusions, light shows, and the art of the 1960s. Also includes a detailed timeline and screen savers. From the Tate Liverpool.
URL: http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/summeroflove/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23181

Business

Women Working, 1800-1930: National Child Labor Committee (NCLC)
This article provides history of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which grew out of the Child Labor Committee in New York (formed in 1902) to the NCLC in 1904 and which "continues to ... uphold the general practice that underage children should not be full-time workers." Includes highlights from digital collections related to the NCLC and to other child labor topics, and links to relevant websites. From the Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library.
URL: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/organizations-nclc.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23161

Computers

Government

Restructuring EPA's Libraries: Background and Issues for Congress
Text of the January 3, 2007, CRS (Congressional Research Service) Report for Congress about issues related to the closing of several libraries administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Includes a list of EPA libraries and operating status, funding in the 2007 budget, and review of restructuring plans. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Note: "The Congressional Research Service does not make its publications directly available online."
URL: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RS22533.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23186

Health

The Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
Provides material about this initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that "welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need." Includes links to faith-based activities of specific agencies, funding opportunities, publications (such as manuals for faith- and community-based service providers), and related resources. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23184

Law

Constitution Finder
"This database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents [for countries around the world]. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet." Browsable by country. Includes links to texts in languages other than English. From the University of Richmond School of Law.
URL: http://confinder.richmond.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23172

Crime Library: Literary Forensics
These articles cover forensic document and handwriting analysis, and specific cases that involved literary forensics. Includes material on written communications related to the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, the Unabomber case, the JonBenet Ramsey murder, and the Hitler diaries. Written by a forensic psychologist for the CourtTV Crime Library.
URL: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/index.html#link%3D404-crimelibrary
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23160

People

Robert Burns, 1759-1796
This site provides brief illustrated essays about the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. It "is based on material by or relating to 'Scotland's Bard' which is held by the National Library of Scotland. ... Special features are pages giving highlights of the Library's significant resources -- whether original letters or poems (see Manuscripts page) or important books (see Books page)." Includes links to related sites. From the National Library of Scotland.
URL: http://www.nls.uk/burns/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23176

Regional: California

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco, California, 8th District
Official U.S. Congress page for Rep. Nancy Patricia Pelosi (California, 8th District), speaker of the House of Representatives for the 110th Congress. Provides a brief biography, details about Pelosi's work in Congress (such as bills authored and supported) and her constituent services, a photo gallery of related public activities, and a section for San Francisco announcements and information.
URL: http://www.house.gov/pelosi/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23179

Larry Keenan
Official website for internationally noted San Francisco Bay Area photographer Larry Keenan. The site features examples of his photos of topics such as the Beat Generation (Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg), 1960s and 1970s counterculture (San Francisco Human Be-In in January 1967, and student protests), City Lights bookstore, and more.
URL: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/keenan/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23190

Regions of the World

sailwx.info: Weather for Sailors
Information about weather, tides and currents, and ship traffic around the world. The site primarily uses data "reported via the World Meteorological Organization's Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program to provide a snapshot of current weather conditions at sea, worldwide." View maps with weather information (such as wind speed and water temperature), or search for ships by call sign, location, or name. From a company that sells mapping tools for mobile devices.
URL: http://www.sailwx.info
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23086

Science

The James Webb Space Telescope
Background and updates about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, formerly called the Next Generation Space Telescope), a "large, infrared-optimized space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2013. JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy." Covers technologies, scientific instruments, science themes, and other aspects of this telescope that "has been called the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope." From NASA.
URL: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23182

Pancam
Project website for the Pancam, "a high-resolution stereo camera that takes color pictures of the surrounding Martian landscape from the Mars Exploration Rovers." Features a large collection of images (including panoramas and Mars surface features), Pancam technical details, project information, a list of relevant publications, a data tracking database, and related material. From the Cornell University Department of Astronomy.
URL: http://pancam.astro.cornell.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23092

Society & Social Science

More Kids 'On Track' at School -- 1 in 4 Gifted -- According to Census Bureau Report on 'A Child's Day'
This January 2007 press release is for "A Child's Day: 2003," the "third examination of children's well-being and their daily activities based on the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)". Topics include education, child care arrangements, and participation in sports. Features highlights of the report, and link to the full report, detailed tables, and podcasts related to the report. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/children/009...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23185

Procrastination Central
Collection of research material and fun resources about procrastination, including quotes, links to websites (such as procrastination societies and tests), theories, studies, and more. From a professor of human resources and organizational dynamics who has written scholarly publications about procrastination.
URL: http://webapps2.ucalgary.ca/~steel/Procrastinus/index.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23183

What Is Ashura?
Provides an explanation of the "day of Ashura [which] is marked by Muslims as a whole, but for Shia Muslims it is a major religious festival which commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. It falls on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar." Includes links to related articles about Shia Muslims. From BBC News.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4274749.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23159


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