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New This Week for February 8, 2007
This Week
This week it's dental care for kids and critters, how not to die of a broken heart, women in politics, profiles of Mohandas Gandhi and Percy Julian, the new Stonehenge find, dealing with frostbitten citrus trees, a collection of vile Valentines, and more. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Comic Valentines: A Curious Collection of Valentines
These unusual Victorian valentines are the antithesis of the lacy, sentimental valentine greeting. "These scurrilous printed sheets, entered into the humour of the common and middle classes, fun and mischief were their elements. In reality they were masterpieces of the grotesque, venomous in humour, spiteful and rude, expressing anything but love." Information about the origin, size, and approximate date of each card is included along with selections from period newspapers. From the Scrap Album.
URL: http://www.scrapalbum.com/svcomic/svc_p1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11113

Dance Style Locator
Growing collection of illustrated descriptions of dance styles from around the world, such as masked dances of Liberia, capoeira (Brazil), kathak (India), Yup'ik Eskimo dance, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance, and hula. Part of the website for the "People Like Me" educational program of World Arts West, a group that "serves the world, traditional, and folk dance communities of Northern California."
URL: http://www.worldartswest.org/main/locator.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23302

SoulOfAmerica.com: Black Museums
Annotated list of museums and monuments relating to the African American experience and history. Museums are listed by U.S. city. Includes links to websites. From SoulOfAmerica.com, a company that "publishes information that addresses cultural travel, primarily in America and the Caribbean."
URL: http://www.soulofamerica.com/index.php?id=13,1650,0,0,1,0
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23298

Computers

Pew Research Center Publications: Tagging Play
January 2007 summary of a December 2006 survey about tagging, "the process of creating labels for online content." Features an overview of tagging, demographic data on taggers, website traffic for popular tagging sites, and an excerpt from a forthcoming book describing "how radical it is for people to move away from hierarchical classifications of information like the Dewey Decimal System, to individually- and group-arranged systems." From the Pew Research Center.
URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/402/tagging-play
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23275

Government

Center for American Women and Politics
This site features fact sheets, research, and other resources about women in government and politics. Includes facts and findings about women candidates, current and historical women officeholders, female elected and appointed officials in each state, and the gender gap and voting behavior. Also provides many research papers on women in U.S. politics and material specific to New Jersey women and politics. From the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
URL: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23272

The White House Project: Research and Polls
Collection of reports on women's leadership topics, including analysis of "the absence of women on Sunday morning talk shows on the five major networks," young women and political leadership, women's firsts, and more. From the White House Project, "a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization [that] aims to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency."


URL: http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org/culture/researchandpolls/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23273

Health

February Is American Heart Month
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability." This site highlights diseases and conditions that put your heart at risk, signs and symptoms of heart attacks, recommendations for a healthy diet and lifestyle, and brief data about women and heart disease. Includes links to related sites. From the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/activities/monthly/february.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23299

National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM)
Material about this annual February observance of children's dental health. Features classroom ideas and resources, and printable activity sheets. Also includes links to information about Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) day, "observed every year on the first Friday in February," and "designed to provide education, preventive and restorative care to low-income children who do not have access to care." From the American Dental Association (ADA).
URL: http://www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/ncdhm.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23301

Pet Dental Care Month
Information about the observance of pet dental care month each February. Features tips from veterinarians on proper home dental care for pets, dog and cat dental facts, and a FAQ about pet teeth cleaning by a veterinarian and related matters. Also includes material for children. From a group of veterinary organizations and a private company.
URL: http://www.petdental.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23303

People

Forgotten Genius
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Nova program about the "extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century. ... [Who was] the grandson of Alabama slaves," and who "become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil-rights pioneer." Features a timeline, audio clips of Julian, and material about making steroids. Also includes links to resources and a teacher's guide.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23286

Lincoln/Net: Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
This digital collection "presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois." Also provides a biography of the 16th U.S. president, lesson plans, and collections on themes such as frontier settlement and law and society. From Northern Illinois University Libraries.
URL: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23297

Time Person of the Century Runner-Up: Mohandas Gandhi
Essays about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was a Time Person of the Century Runner-up in 2000. Includes a story about Mahatma Gandhi's achievements, an appreciation by Nelson Mandela, a photo essay, and related links. From Time magazine.
URL: http://www.time.com/time/time100/poc/runnerup2.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23291

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Valentine's Day: Love and Romance Through the Ages
This exhibit on the history of Valentine's Day features images of early greeting cards (with 3D interactive views), symbols associated with the holiday (such as Cupid and flowers), Valentine's Day in history and literature, religious and spiritual traditions, and more. In English and French. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
URL: http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Valentin/English/index.php3
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23261

Regional: California

California Contract Manual
The State Contracting Manual (SCM) "is provided as a resource to those persons in California state government who are involved in the state's contracting process. It provides the policies, procedures and guidelines to promote sound business decisions and practices in securing necessary services for the State." Topics include types of contracts (such as public works and goods), standard contract language, and contract award protest procedures. From the California Office of Legal Services.
URL: http://www.ols.dgs.ca.gov/Contract+Manual/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23304

Post-Freeze Citrus Culture/Freeze Damaged Citrus Trees
Advice for the home gardener for dealing with citrus trees that have frozen leaves and fruit. Topics include crop salvage or removal, stripping of frozen fruit, and times and locations for safe pruning. From the University of California Cooperative Extension, Tulare County.
URL: http://cetulare.ucdavis.edu/pub/cit0199.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23266

Regions of the World

Music and Dance of Africa
Annotated links to resources on African music and dance. Some of the topics covered include drumming, Afro-Caribbean music, black composers, hip-hop, dance theaters, and music and dance from specific African countries. From Columbia University Libraries African Studies Collections.
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/music.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23300

Society & Social Science

EastWest Institute (EWI)
Official site for this "international, non-partisan, entrepreneurial organization with centers in Brussels, New York and Moscow" that hosts the Worldwide Security Conference, held annually since 2003, and related events. Features material about the history of the institute covering the first 20 years (1980-2000), policy briefs and reports, press releases, and links to news about global security, conflict resolution, and related matters.
URL: http://www.ewi.info/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23290

Global Environmental Citizen Award
Details about this award "presented annually by the [Harvard Medical School] Center for Health and the Global Environment to the citizen who does outstanding work towards protecting the global environment." Includes announcements for current and past winners (and acceptance speeches for some), including the Prince of Wales, Al Gore, Bill Moyers, Jane Goodall, Harrison Ford, and Edward O. Wilson.
URL: http://chge.med.harvard.edu/events/gec10.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23287

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
This panel, established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), assesses "the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation." The panel's websites features reports (including the 2007 report declaring "warming of the climate system is unequivocal"), details about working groups, press releases, and related material. Some documents available in multiple languages.
URL: http://www.ipcc.ch
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23285

Stonehenge Settlement Found: Builders' Homes, "Cult Houses"
This January 2007 news release explains how "a major prehistoric village has been unearthed near Stonehenge in southern England." The settlement is believed to be housing for the builders of the famous monument and a ceremonial site. Includes photos of the site, an animated map showing the site, and possible descriptions of worker homes and "cult homes" of chiefs or priests. Also includes links to related material. From National Geographic News.
URL: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/01/070130-stonehenge.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23288


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