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LII New This Week
New This Week for March 22, 2007
This Week
This week includes skunk betterment, the history behind the movie "300," avatars, Houdini, and the diary of the director of the Iraq National Library and Archive--a sobering read. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
If you're in the throes of income tax preparation, you may need a few laughs. Chin up--three weeks left!
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Arts and Humanities

Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Thermopylae
This article describes the battle of Thermopylae, fought in 480 B.C. by an alliance of Greek city-states and the invading Persian Empire. "After the Battle of Thermopylae, Persian King Xerxes secretly buried most of the Greek dead and all but 1,000 of his own slain, in order to conceal from his army just how few men had held up his progress for so long." From a publisher of history magazines.
URL: http://www.historynet.com/greco-persian-wars-battle-of-thermopylae.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23557

New-York Historical Society to Shine "A New Light on Tiffany"
Press release about a 2007 exhibit "exploring the turn-of-the-century New York women who created many of Tiffany Studios' celebrated decorative objects." The exhibit "celebrates the contributions of the Ohio-born designer Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), head of Tiffany Studios' Women's Glass Cutting Department. Driscoll's correspondence reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm's most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly, and Peony." Includes images. From the New-York Historical Society.
URL: https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=whats_new&page=detai...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23518

The Trade Card Place
This site is designed "for all who are interested in Victorian Trade Cards used to advertise American goods and services during the late 1800s." Features images of dozens of these illustrated trade cards (in categories such as beverages, fairs, and medical and dental), illustrated articles about different types of trade cards, and links to related sites. This site also conducts online auctions. From an enthusiast.
URL: http://www.tradecards.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23553

Business

Retrevo
This search engine is designed for finding product reviews and buying guides, troubleshooting tips, manufacturer information, and related material for consumer electronic products. The "Examples" section lets users browse through vendor names for reviews and manuals, and the "Products" section provides digital camera, camcorder, TV, and other electronics reviews. Also includes a blog.
URL: http://www.retrevo.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23551

Computers

Great Firewall of China
This Dutch site checks website addresses against Chinese government Internet censorship protocols to find if a site is blocked in China. The site notes that this service "may report sites as being 'blocked,' while there are only technical reasons for their unavailability." Includes a FAQ and discussion forum. From a group of "web designers, documentary film directors and journalists."
URL: http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23498

The History of Avatars
This 2005 article provides an introduction to "great moments, or at least defining ones, in the history of the digital aliases known as avatars." Describes how "'Avatar' derives from the Sanskrit word Avatara, which literally translates as 'descent,'" and how avatars appeared in movies, games, television, and the Internet. From a trade publisher and event producer serving interactive media and marketing industries.
URL: http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/6165.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23559

Government

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General
"The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducts independent investigations, audits, inspections, and special reviews of United States Department of Justice personnel and programs to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct." The site features OIG reports, such as the March 2007 report of FBI actions under the Patriot Act. Also includes reports about management challenges for the Department of Justice, such as counterterrorism, sharing information, and cybercrime.
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23497

Health

Guide to Health Care Quality
This booklet offers information for consumers on evaluating health care services to find quality care and make good health care decisions. It provides tips on finding and communicating with a physician, asking questions, and taking an active role in health care. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/guidetoq/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23536

People

AKA Houdini
This exhibit provides biographical material about Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss), covering his childhood ("He told fans that he was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, but his real birthplace was Budapest, Hungary."), his rise to fame as an escape artist, his interest in psychic fraud, and his death at the age of 52. Features photos, video clips, teaching materials, and games and projects. From the Outagamie County Historical Society, Wisconsin.
URL: http://www.akahoudini.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23541

Detroit's Flamboyant Prophet Jones
Illustrated biography of "Detroit's Rev. James F. (Prophet) Jones, who at the height of his popularity claimed to have six million followers nationally." Includes information about the Church of Universal Triumph, the Dominion of God Inc., founded in 1938 in Detroit. From the Detroit News.
URL: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=182
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23556

Houdini
Companion website to a documentary about Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss), who has been called "the world's greatest escape artist." Features escape techniques (for ropes, straitjacket, and more), film clips, timeline, a poster gallery, and profiles of people and events. Includes related reading and links (some broken) and a teacher's guide.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/houdini/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23540

Recreation

Way to Go Guide
This collection of travel articles and tools contains tips for finding discounted hotel rooms and for other bargain hunting, suggestions for booking a flight and applying for or renewing a passport, and making phone choices while traveling overseas. The "Best of the Web" section contains websites for travel booking, cruises, frequent-flier miles, tourism, and more. From The Washington Post.
URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2007/02/01/LI2007...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23550

Regional: California

California: No Child Left Behind
California state government documents related to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), including Adequate Yearly Progress documentation (2003 to present), teacher requirements resources guides and FAQs, and related material. From the California Department of Education.
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23549

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Move California's Presidential Primary to February
Official announcement from March 2007 about the passage of California SB 113, which "will move California's presidential primary to February, from its current June date." Includes a speech transcript, fact sheet, photos, and video clip of the signing. From the California Office of the Governor.
URL: http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/5649/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23539

Hot Topics 2007: Universal Health Care in California
Overview of issues related to the "January 8, 2007, [proposal by] Governor Schwarzenegger ... that California provide medical insurance to all residents in the state." Includes links and discussion of topics specific to this proposal and to other universal health care proposals. From the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://igs.berkeley.edu/library/hot_topics/2007/univhealth
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23441

Regions of the World

Celebrating Europe! 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
Official site celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (1957), which established the European Economic Community (EEC, now the EU). Features historical background and photos about the EU, basic facts, and a calendar of events in 2007 for anniversary celebrations (such as exhibitions, dance and theater performances, sporting events, conferences, and more). Available in several languages. From the European Union (EU).
URL: http://europa.eu/50/index_en.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23522

Diary of Saad Eskander, Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive
This diary "starts in November 2006 and describes the perilous and tragic situation that the Iraq National Library and Archive [Baghdad] is operating under and which led to the institution's temporary closure at the end of that month." Browse monthly entries related to the damage the library sustained "[w]hen the Saddam regime was toppled in 2003, [and] the Iraq National Library and Archive in Baghdad was set alight and looted." From the British Library.
URL: http://www.bl.uk/iraqdiary.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23547

Science

Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations
"The primary goal of this site is to provide basic biological information pertaining to wild skunks." Topics include natural history, classification, and rabies. Includes photos, video clips, and articles. Also includes links to sites about pet skunks. From University of New Mexico biology professor J.W. Dragoo. Note: some sections still under development.
URL: http://www.dragoo.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23534

U.S. Nuclear Plants in the 21st Century: The Risk of a Lifetime
Executive summary and full text of a 2004 report that discusses the safety of nuclear power plants "during the three stages of plant lifetime: the break-in phase, middle life phase, and wear-out phase." The report notes that several nuclear plant disasters, including Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, have occurred during the "break-in" phase when there have been "unexpected safety problems." Also considers the need for continued regulation. From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
URL: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/nuclear_safety/us-nuclear-plants-in...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23524

Society & Social Science

The Days of Holy Week
This site describes the history behind important religious days occurring in the week prior to Easter (the last week of Lent): Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Also includes details about how these days are currently observed in different types of Christian churches. From "a global and ecumenical ministry dedicated to providing biblical and theological resources for growing Christians."
URL: http://www.cresourcei.org/cyholyweek.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23517

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1960 to 2000: The "Second Wave" and Beyond
This site provides a forum "that brings together feminist thinkers, scholars and activists, to analyze compelling questions about feminist activism and theories, define new directions for historical research on this period, and provide a new venue for publishing traditional articles." It features links to chronologies, oral histories, images of documents, book reviews, bibliographies, and teaching material. Also includes links to related sites. From Alexander Street Press.
URL: http://scholar.alexanderstreet.com/display/WASM/Home+Page
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23546


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