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This weeks batch includes a tribute to a famous falcon (currently AWOL), the buildings Americans like best, a bionic man, documents in the Scooter Libby case, the opinions of young Americans, and a lot about Zimbabwe. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Charlotte, Wendy, and Jennifer.
Tip of the Week
One of our editors (OK, it was Maria) selected a bunch of these websites for their bearing on the movies nominated for Oscars--can you match them up?
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Academy Award Winners
Contains "history and commentary on the Academy Awards from its early beginnings  to the present." Features posters for the Best Picture winner of each year, lists of the most nominated people, best speeches, how to watch movies critically, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4184
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
In addition to information about the Academy, find all the Oscars (Academy Awards) ever given (nominees as well as winners) from 1927 to the present, all the Scientific and Technical Awards from 1930 to the present, and history of the Oscar statuette. Searchable.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4183
America's Favorite Architecture
"America's Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation." The poll was conducted in honor of the AIA's 150th anniversary in 2007. Features a list of buildings and photos, starting with the Empire State building, and including the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23340
BlackPast.org: Remembered & Reclaimed
This site provides "reference materials to the general public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present." Searchable, or browse encyclopedia articles about people, places, churches, events, and organizations. Directed by an African American history professor at the University of Washington.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23339
Hammett's 'Maltese Falcon,' 75 Years Later
Audio appreciation from 2005 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett's novel "The Maltese Falcon." Also includes links to a related story about this book that has been "hailed as one of the greatest detective novels of all time," and to an excerpt from the novel. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23357
The Iwo Jima Flag-Raising in 3-D
Multimedia presentation about Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the second raising of the American flag on the summit of Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Features two types of 3-dimensional views (one requires 3-D glasses), a photo of the first flag-raising, a description of the two flag-raisings, a video, and a slideshow. From The Tampa Tribune.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23341
Jamestown 2007: America's 400th Anniversary
Official site for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, "settled in 1607, [it] was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas." The site features tourist information, an events calendar, a link to educational material, activities and games for children, and descriptions of prior commemorations in 1807, 1857, 1907, and 1957.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22933
Jewish Book Week
Website for this UK literary festival (late February/early March) promoting Jewish books and writing. In addition to details about current and past events, the site contains reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books with Jewish themes. From the Jewish Book Council, a group "promot[ing] the reading of books on all aspects of Jewish thought and culture."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23338
Core Health Indicators
This site offers the latest statistics from World Health Organization (WHO) publications such as World Health Statistics and World Health Report. Find data by country or region, year, and a large selection of vital and epidemiological indicators such as deaths, life expectancy, diseases, risk factors, and access to health care. From the WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23355
Documents From the Trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
Collection of defense and government exhibits from the 2007 trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was indicted in 2005 for obstruction of justice and perjury arising from investigation of the "outing" of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. Exhibits are organized by date introduced. From The Associated Press.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23360
US v I. Lewis Libby
Collection of documents from the U.S. Department of Justice relating to the 2007 trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was indicted in 2005 for obstruction of justice and perjury arising from investigation of the "outing" of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. Includes the indictment, pre-trial and trial exhibits, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23359
This site provides links to a selection of "free online TV channels from around the world." Organized by language. Listings link directly to the programming, and indicate which media player is necessary to view the content. Provided by a software company.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23365
Otto Frank File Found at YIVO
This February 2007 press release describes the discovery of documents written by Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank. "The bulk of the file, which consists of personal correspondence and official records, spans dates from April 30, 1941 ... to December 11, 1941" and covers how Otto "tried to get his family out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands." Also includes an Otto Frank timeline and two associated essays. From the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23366
Saving Time, Saving Energy: Daylight Saving Time, Its History and Why We Use It
Explains why we adjust our clocks one hour forward in the spring and back in the fall ("spring forward, fall back"). Also find and explanation of resultant energy savings and the history of daylight-saving time. Includes trivia about time and links to related sites. From the California Energy Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6254
Companion to a series of public television programs about "RV travel and the lifestyle surrounding it." Features a brief history of motor homes, resources for RV owners, and details about travel destinations, such as Louisiana back roads and bayous, the Lincoln Trail, and upstate New York. Also includes recipes for regional cuisine. From a business supporting RV enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22122
Consequences of a Rising Bay/Global Warming: New Set of Maps Reveals How Melting Polar Ice Could Change Shoreline and Carry a High Price for the Entire Region
These February 2007 maps, "which the Bay Conservation and Development Commission prepared for The Chronicle, offer a detailed look at how a changing shoreline would affect life around the [San Francisco] bay." Includes a map showing current shoreline and potential shoreline if bay rises one meter, and detailed maps for specific areas, such as Oakland Airport and the South Bay. Also includes link to related article. From SFGate.com, website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23370
Material for children about sharks, including a FAQ, diagram identifying shark body parts, and facts about "ten shark species found in the waters off of southern California and northern Baja California." Shark species considered include leopard shark, swell shark, and angel shark. Also includes information about how to tell the difference between a shark and a ray, a glossary, and games. From the San Diego Natural History Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23358
United Nations Development Programme: Zimbabwe
Background and news about United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) activities in Zimbabwe in areas such as poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, and gender equality. Includes a document outlining goals for the country, project fact sheets, other publications, photos, and related material. From the UNDP.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23372
Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies
Companion website to a June 2006 program that "goes undercover in Zimbabwe to reveal what has happened to a country once regarded as a beacon of democracy and prosperity in Africa." It examines hunger and poverty, government and political changes, and other issues facing the country. Features video clips, a timeline, interviews, and links to related resources. From PBS Frontline/World.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23373
Introducing Jesse Sullivan, the World's First "Bionic Man"
Fact sheet and related material about the development of a "bionic arm" or "myoelectric arm driven using electrical signals from the muscles of the chest, now activated by the user's own thought-generated nerve impulses." Explains the procedure, which uses nerve-muscle grafts, and the importance of the development. Includes video clips of the arm and links to related articles and websites. From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23363
A Question of Mind Over Matter
First in a series of four articles from 2006 about new technologies in the field of prosthetics, particularly in the area of bionics. Features an interactive tour of bionic research under development, and many related links. From Wired News.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23364
Generation Next: Speak Up, Be Heard
Companion to a 2007 documentary that "travels across the U.S. and speaks with young adults 16-25-year-olds to gauge their beliefs on today's most pressing issues -- such as terrorism, immigration, environment and health care." In addition to transcripts from the documentary, the site contains audio and video clips, background reports, forums, and a timeline highlighting major events, media, music, sports, and technology related to the demographic. From PBS Online NewsHour.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23348
This site documents the life and death of the International Auxiliary Language Association (IALA), an American organization that flourished from 1924 to 1951, and the associated Interlingua Institute, which was dissolved in 2000. The IALA was founded to promote and develop an international language. Features a history and a discussion of why the Interlingua Institute ceased. From the Executive Director of the Interlingua Institute from 1973-2000.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23346
One Is Ready for One's Close-up
This September 2006 article discusses shifting attitudes in Britain about depictions of the royal family on screen. Describes BBC prohibitions in the 1940s of impressions of leading political figures, deference given to the royal family in the 1950s-1970s, American television depictions of the marriage of Charles and Diana in the 1980s, and the release of the movie "The Queen" in 2006. From Guardian Unlimited, the website of the British newspaper, The Guardian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23345
Police Undercover Work
Introduction to undercover police activities. Discusses early stages (training and early contacts), middle stages (cover stories and false documents), and late stages (maintaining integrity and possible paranoia), how undercover officers are selected, and how officers may avoid being discovered. Includes links to related material. Part of the readings for a college course on police in society at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23349
A Portrait of "Generation Next": How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics
Summary of findings from a January 2007 report "aimed at studying the lives of young people" ages 18-25 (born between 1981 and 1988). It looks at lifestyle and views in areas such as technology, family, religion, social issues, and politics. Includes a link to the full report and to questionnaire results. From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23274
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