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This week we bring you prom dresses in the making, the effects of TV on children, Astronomy Day (April 21), and a lively look at Shakespeare, among other things. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.
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Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of the City of Rome
This is "an interactive cartographic history of the relationships between hydrological and hydraulic systems and their impact on the urban development of Rome, Italy." It examines the intersections between natural elements (such as the Tiber River) and constructed elements (such as aqueducts). Features a timeline, a build-your-own-map feature, 3-D models for viewing the topography of Rome, and primary texts and other documents. From the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23648
From Verne to Vonnegut: A Century of Science Fiction
Companion to 2006 exhibit exploring the development of science fiction literature. Includes annotations and selected images of early works (18th century and earlier), magazines (such as Amazing Stories), materials about aliens and other creatures, works by black and women authors, and dystopias (such as Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and Kurt Vonnegut's "Player Piano"). Curated by librarian Iris Snyder of Special Collections, University of Delaware Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23631
The Roman Empire in the First Century
Companion website to a documentary series about the Roman Empire, providing "a detailed look at the emperors of the time as well as other important historical figures ... [and] the daily life of ancient Romans." Features transcripts from the series, interviews, a timeline, an Augustan family tree (showing the relationships between Julius Caesar, Claudius, Caligula, Nero, and others), games and activities, video clips, lessons plans, and more. From Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23647
Business Plans and Profiles Index: A Subject Guide to Sample Business Plans and Profiles for Specific Business Types
"This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry ... Print sources indexed are limited to books in the Business Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23602
The American Presidency Project
This website contains a searchable database of tens of thousands of documents from U.S. presidents from 1789 to the present. Includes inaugural addresses, press briefings, signing statements, and debates. Also features data on topics such as popularity and number of public appearances, election results back to 1828, and an archive of audio and video clips. A collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23237
Federal, State, and Local Governments: State Government Tax Collections
This report "provides a summary of taxes collected by state for up to 25 tax categories. These tables and data files present the details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments." Includes data back to 1992 on property taxes, sales taxes, licenses, income taxes, and other taxes. Includes technical documentation. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23663
The Chernobyl Catastrophe: Consequences on Human Health
This detailed April 2006 report evaluates the current and potential health consequences of the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Topics include cancer (thyroid, leukemia, and other cancers), and non-cancer illnesses (immune functions, endocrine status, premature aging, and more). Includes a report summary and many data tables and graphs. Opens directly into a PDF document. From Greenpeace.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23636
Your Child: Television
This article considers the effects of watching TV on children's health and family life. Topics include how TV affects brain development, TV violence, TV's influence on children's attitudes toward themselves and others, and the relationship between watching television and obesity, alcohol use, and smoking. Includes links to related sites.
From the University of Michigan Health System.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23633
Articles about this 2007 "contest that challenges four up-and-coming fashion designers to create custom prom dresses for four high schoolers. Each designer has [a] $500 [budget]." Features images of submitted and winning designs, details about the design process from the four winning designers, a slideshow about fabric shopping, and related material. From the website for The Boston Globe.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23656
This site provides suggestions for reducing personal production of waste materials. "When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don't have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later. Changing your habits is the key." Topics include office paper, composting, purchasing decisions, junk mail, transportation, holiday activities, and more. From the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23267
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Visitors to this website may "search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present." The Newspaper Directory allows users to "search or browse the directory of newspapers published in a particular place and time." This site is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23594
In Search of Shakespeare
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) four-part series "exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer." The site features a timeline of events during Shakespeare's time, a description of the places and people Shakespeare knew, an overview of the documentary evidence used as the basis for the series, and brief synopses of Shakespeare plays, Also includes lesson plans and other materials for educators, a multimedia database, a game, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23664
The Year of Vonnegut in Indianapolis
"Throughout 2007, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission are collaborating with community partners on a citywide celebration to honor one of our citys own, author Kurt Vonnegut [who died in April 2007]." Features listings of lectures, music, theater, film, and other events.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23630
Prom Resources for Prom Night: Getting Ready for the Prom
"Prom information, resource tips, and articles on your teenager's prom. The prom is a very important event for your teenager. Learn how to keep them safe while they enjoy themselves by developing a prom budget, finding the right prom dress and much more." Topics also include prom photos, how to be a chaperone at a prom, prom locations, and planning post-prom activities. From About.com, a site from The New York Times Company.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23655
Kindergarten in California
Compilation of "California state law and information regarding admission to kindergarten." Topics include kindergarten enrollment and age-eligible children, continuance ("more than one school year in kindergarten"), full-day kindergarten, and transitions to elementary school. From the California Department of Education.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23642
The United Nations and Chernobyl
This website "is part of an overall UNDP efforts to raise awareness about the many challenges facing the region affected" by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. Features "UN official documents on Chernobyl nuclear accident as well as the updates from UN Coordinator of international cooperation on Chernobyl," and links to related sites. Available in several languages. From the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23634
Night Sky Network
Website for "a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public." Includes a directory of U.S. astronomy clubs, a planner for astronomy events, and links to resources for amateur astronomers. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23644
Personal Emissions Calculator
"Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse gas emissions or your family's greenhouse gas emissions. Then move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs." Areas covered include transportation, home energy use, and waste and recycling. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23665
Going to School
This resource "delivers practical strategies and useful insights to help parents guide their kids through school." Provides a grade-by-grade summary of learning topics (through grade 5), and suggestions for adjusting to starting school and for talking with children about school, your child's social life, parent-teacher relationships, and more. Part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) website for parents; co-produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Content Inventions, an educational media consulting firm.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23643
OPE Campus Security Statistics Website
This site provides reported statistics on crimes at over 6000 postsecondary education institutions in the United States. The statistics cover the most recent three years and are searchable by name of the institution, location, program, size, and degree offerings. Other campus security-related links are noted. Search results are divided into criminal offenses, hate offenses, and arrests. Also provides institutional characteristics including costs and contact information. From the U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8125
Tree City USA
"The Tree City USA program, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 93 million Americans call home." The site features a list of participating cities and details about how a city can become a Tree City.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23638
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder