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Explore Beatrix Potter's England, discover book trade labels, read a first-hand account of the Bataan Death March, and enjoy a history of TV dinners. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.
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Back to Bataan: A Survivor's Story
Transcript of a 1999 interview with a U.S. World War II soldier who "survived an infamous Bataan Death March" and who "as American troops landed at Leyte to reclaim the Philippine Islands, ... sailed in captivity to Japan in the notorious 'Hell Ships.'" Topics addressed include the 80-mile Bataan Death March in April 1942, prisoner of war camps, liberation, and homecoming. Includes a map of the route of the march.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23396
This site "promotes the best of French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary." Features material about art exhibits, books, cinema, educational opportunities, music, performing arts, and French radio and television in the U.S. From the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23429
Gallery of Book Trade Labels
"Anyone who handles old books will have come across these small and sometimes beautiful labels pasted more or less discreetly into the endpapers. Publishers, printers, binders, importers, distributors and sellers of books -- new, second-hand and antiquarian -- used to advertise in this way." This site features images of hundreds of these labels from around the world. Browsable by name or location (such as California, Japan, and South America). From an enthusiast.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23427
The Library History Buff
This site promotes the appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of library history. It features illustrated commentary and links to related sites in the areas of "librariana" (about collecting library artifacts and memorabilia, with a list of collectible items), library history (such as Carnegie libraries and membership libraries), and postal librariana. From retired librarian Larry T. Nix.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23432
This site provides resources for business and financial journalists. Find examples of business writing, commentary, issue briefs, international stock market data, and blogs. Also includes descriptions of free seminars and online workshops for journalists, and company research material such as profiles, financials, and SEC filings. From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Arizona State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23590
Central Intelligence Agency: FOIA Electronic Reading Room
This site provides "an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents." Features specific documents such as a report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and special collections such as "the 'Family Jewels,' [which] consists of ... responses from CIA employees to a 1973 directive ... asking them to report activities they thought might be inconsistent with the Agency's charter." From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23008
World Health Day: 7 April
Collection of links to sites related to World Health Day. "On this day around the globe, thousands of events mark the importance of health for productive and happy lives." Also includes links to recent UN documents on the subjects of human health and illness prevention and treatment. Available in several languages. From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library of the United Nations (UN).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23391
Everyday Mysteries: Who "Invented" the TV Dinner?
Discussion of the people and companies involved in the creation of complete frozen meals starting in the 1940s and how "the concept really took hold in 1954 when Swanson's frozen meals appeared. ... They also coined the phrase TV Dinner, which helped to transform their frozen meals into a cultural icon." Includes links to related sites. From the Library of Congress Science Reference Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23389
Miss Potter: The Life of Beatrix Potter is the Most Enchanting of All
This travel and tourism site is a companion to the 2006 movie about the life of British children's author, illustrator, and conservationist Beatrix Potter. Features a brief biography (which describes some of her literary characters such as Peter Rabbit and a frog called Jeremy Fisher), details about attractions and locations in the Lake District, and touring itineraries. Includes links to related sites. From England's North Country.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23386
Five-Year Religious Holidays Calendar
These calendars for fall 2006 through summer 2012 list the dates of major Jewish, Islamic, Bahá'i, Buddhist, Shinto, African American, Eastern Orthodox, and western Christian holidays. Includes links to additional background information about selected holidays. From the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Facilities at Indiana University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23393
GeoData.gov: U.S. Maps & Data
This site "is a geographic information system (GIS) portal, also known as the Geospatial One-Stop," "designed to facilitate communication and sharing of geographic data and resources to enhance government efficiency and improve citizen services." Search for federal, state, and local geographic data, maps (such as of transportation and natural hazards), and statistics. Also includes discussions of key resources for topics such as atmosphere and climate, business, and human health. Part of USA.gov.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23007
Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Companion to a traveling exhibit that "portrays athletes, focusing on their participation in significant events and the social contexts that influenced them. ... [T]hese undaunted individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for us all." Features images of artifacts and background about athletes in categories such as firsts, Olympians, "More Than Champions," and "Barrier Removers." Also includes a bibliography, filmography, and games. From the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23014
Alice Statler Menu Collection
Selected restaurant menus from a "collection [that] characterizes the culinary life of San Francisco and Northern California from 1920 to the present." and also includes menus from throughout the U.S. Features images of historical menus for over a dozen San Francisco restaurants, and menus used in restaurants at the 1939 World's Fair on San Francisco's Treasure Island. From the Alice Statler Library, City College of San Francisco.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23428
This site collects material relating to the controversy surrounding alleged contamination of the groundwater, air, workers, and nearby residents of Boeing's Rocketdyne rocket and nuclear test facility, known as the Santa Susana Field Labs (SSFL), in Southern California, between 1954-1989. Features a history of the SSFL, reports, news, and links to material about toxins of concern (such as perchlorate, trichloroethylene, plutonium, and dioxin). From members of the communities surrounding the SSFL.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22713
Apollo 13, We Have a Solution
This detailed 2005 article describes how saving the Apollo 13 spaceship, which was launched on April 11, 1970, and returned to earth on April 17, 1970, after a forced cancellation of its lunar mission, was the result of years of preparation, not a hurried improvisation. Includes background about the spacecraft, technical problems, and the important role of prior emergency simulations. From IEEE Spectrum magazine, published by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23397
This site is "a free, publicly available web portal allowing access to numerous scientific journals and public science databases." Search for materials in the topics of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers, environmental sciences, engineering, health and medicine, materials science, mathematics, physics, and social sciences. Also includes links to related sites. From a software company.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23010
Kheel Center Labor Photos
Selected holdings from the vast Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives' collections, which include "images from the 20th century on film, paper, glass, and other media" and "provide invaluable documentation of the nature of labor and management history." Searchable, or browsable by subjects such as African Americans, art, children, parades, strikes, sweatshops, and women. From the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21430
Rabbits on the Moon: A Short History of Easter
This page, based on "The Easter Hare" from the May 1890 Atlantic Monthly, "reveals that Easter and its customs have ancient and nearly universal origins." Discusses the lunar aspect of the holiday, and the ancient symbolism of the rabbit and eggs. Also includes links to material about rabbits as being inappropriate Easter gifts. From the House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit rescue and education group.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23387
Wesak (Buddha Day) -- First Full Moon in May
"Wesak or Vesak, also known as Buddha Day, celebrates the Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and death. It is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. In Japanese Buddhism, 8th April marks the birth of the Buddha, 8th December his enlightenment and 15th February his death." Discusses Wesak traditions and activities, Buddhist beliefs, suggested classroom activities, and links to related sites. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) site with learning resources for home and school.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23395
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