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Read about postal history (including the duck series), who's rich, dead zones, Lughnasadh, Raoul Wallenberg, and computers playing games, with a dash of sartorial silliness from the files. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Wendy, Charlotte, and Maria.
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America and the Holocaust
Companion to a PBS American Experience documentary about what "social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust," including the temporary "'paper wall,' a bureaucratic maze that prevented all but a few Jewish refugees from entering the country." Includes details about one man's struggle against the bureaucracy, a guide to people and events of the Holocaust (such as Raoul Wallenberg, the Bermuda Conference, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising), interview transcripts, and primary sources.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24162
Arago: People, Postage & the Post
Collection of materials from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum on stamp collection (philately) and postal operations. Features illustrated historical essays, exhibits (such as first U.S. commemorative stamps), and a create-your-own digital collection feature (requires free registration). Also includes a glossary. From the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution. (The site is named after Francois Arago, 19th century French scientist and friend of James Smithson.)
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24164
Holocaust Encyclopedia: Warsaw
Historical overview of the Holocaust in this city in Poland where the Warsaw Ghetto was established in 1940 with the decree that "required all Jewish residents of Warsaw to move into a designated area, which German authorities sealed off from the rest of the city." Includes images and links to several related articles about the Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw Uprising. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24161
Ian's Shoelace Site
"How many possible ways are there to lace an average shoe?" The author presents nearly two dozen methods he considers "worthy of devoting the time required to create instructions." Includes illustrations, and information about shoelace knots, aiglet ("the plastic or metal sleeves at the ends of shoelaces") repair, and shoelace length formulas.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11330
Legends of America
This western U.S. "travel site for the nostalgic and historic minded" features illustrated essays on topics such as American history, ghost towns, historic people, roadside attractions, and Route 66. Includes articles (many of them historic) on subjects such as Native Americans (such as Cochise and Sitting Bull), women (such as Ida B. Wells and Calamity Jane), explorers (such as John C. "Grizzly" Adams), the American cowboy, railroad building, and more. Includes links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24146
Merrill Lynch and Capgemini Release 12th Annual World Wealth Report
This June 2008 press release describes the growth in the wealth of high-net-worth individuals (those with net assets of over $1 million) and ultra-high-net-worth individuals (those with net assets over $30 million) over 2007. From Merrill Lynch.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24087
AI Topics: Games & Puzzles
Annotated links to documents about the relationship of games and puzzles to artificial intelligence (AI), "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines." Includes general links and topic pages for specific games such as checkers, chess, crossword puzzles, poker, and Scrabble. From the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24175
LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame
Profiles of "LGBT journalists who have shown courage and resolve by telling the truth, including their own personal truths, whatever the cost and whatever the difficulties." Some of the journalists profiled include Marlon Riggs, Randy Shilts, Sarah Pettit, and Leroy F. Aarons. From the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24157
Darwin Correspondence Project
This website presents around 5,000 letters written by and to naturalist Charles Darwin, providing "information about his intellectual development, Victorian science and society. They [throw] light on his formative years and the voyage of the Beagle, on the period which led up to the publication of 'The Origin of Species' and the subsequent heated debates." Includes a section on Darwin and religion. From the University of Cambridge Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23983
Brief biography of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman who volunteered to travel to Budapest during World War II to save the lives of Jews threatened by the Nazis. He was arrested by Soviet troops in 1945 and disappeared. Wallenberg was made an Honorary Citizen of the United States in 1981. From the Jewish Virtual Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24150
Library Related Conferences
List of dozens of future national, international, and Web-based conferences of interest to the library community. Includes links. Also includes a list of past conferences for 2007. Compiled and maintained by librarian Marian Dworaczek of the University of Saskatchewan Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24178
FMJD (World Draughts Federation)
Website for this "international sport body uniting national draughts [checkers] federations." Includes links to groups around the world and other resources for this board game that is known as checkers in the U.S. and draughts elsewhere. Also provides international statutes and bylaws, listing of world title winners, results of competitions, and related information. Translations are slightly uneven in some areas, but understandable.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24177
California Earthquake Authority (CEA)
"In 1996, the California Legislature established the California Earthquake Authority as a publicly managed, largely privately funded entity. Companies that sell residential property insurance in California can choose to offer their own privately funded earthquake insurance product or they can become a participating insurance company of the CEA." The CEA site features background about earthquake insurance for homeowners and renters, an insurance premium calculator, examples of CEA policies, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24169
Faroe Islands: Message From the Sea
Companion website to a 2007 PBS Frontline World program about a "landmark 20-year study of Faroese children [that] has found that high levels of methyl mercury and other contaminants in the whale meat are harmful to a child's neurological development." Provides background about the Faroe Islands (a "self-governing protectorate of Denmark") and its history of whale hunting, whaling policy, mercury, and related topics. Also includes a photo essay and sound clips of Faroese music.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24166
Collection of links to websites about the history of Switzerland. Covers topics such as the Federal Charter of 1291, World War II, genealogy, heraldry, and Swiss myths (such as about Swiss bank accounts and William Tell). From the Swiss National Library (NL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24153
The Warsaw Rising Museum
Website for this Warsaw, Poland, museum that conducts "research and teaching activities directly related to the Warsaw 1944 Rising and to the legacy of the Polish Underground State." Features history of the events surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II and the Holocaust, and details about the museum's exhibitions and activities. In English and Polish.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24163
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
The AFSIC "specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices" by listing links to relevant sites. Searchable, or browse by topics such as sustainability, alternative plants and crops, farm energy options, grazing systems, organic production, ecological pest management, and soil and water management. Also includes related publications and a directory with links to searchable databases that pertain to sustainable/alternative agriculture. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23942
CSCOR-Supported Research Provides Foundation for Effective Management of the "Dead Zone" in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Overview of research concerning the "largest zone of oxygen-depleted [hypoxic] coastal waters in the United States, and the second largest for the world's coastal oceans, ... in the northern Gulf of Mexico on the Louisiana continental shelf." Provides links to relevant studies, press releases, action plans, and participating committees and institutes. From the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24173
The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
Overview of this "area of hypoxic [low-oxygen] ... waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The zone occurs between the inner and mid-continental shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico, beginning at the Mississippi River delta and extending westward to the upper Texas coast." Discusses causes, effects on marine life and fishing industry, and related topics. Includes link collections for general reading, professionals, and educators. From the Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24172
Background about "the Celtic harvest festival on August 1st [that] takes its name from the Irish god Lugh." Includes a description of the history of the festival and its celebrations, and recipes for dishes inspired by the events, such as bilberry jam and potato griddle cakes. From a company that provides Celtic-related tours and classes.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24174
Swiss Diplomatic Documents (SDD)
This website offer access to bibliographic information about "thousands of documents and pieces of information about personalities, organizations and geographical designations" related to the foreign policy of Switzerland from the mid-19th century though the mid-20th century. As of June 2007, the first series of documents (1848-1945) is available in an online database. Also includes photos for 1945-1961 and background about companion print volumes. Available in several languages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24152
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder