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LII New This Week
New This Week for November 29, 2007
This Week
This week we include modern recourse for airport nightmares, Ninja Day: a challenge to Talk Like a Pirate Day, charitable giving, cookbook history, Finland's 100th year of independence, and balloon twisting and that funny voice, the lighter side of our coverage of the helium shortage. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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We highlight only some of each week's discoveries, so we want to remind you about searching or browsing the collection for the many entries that go in silently. This week's extras include health insurance, serious stats on helium, computer security, buying and using gift cards and other shopping safety concerns, and a blogger who prepared every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
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Arts and Humanities

Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter
Website accompanying a 2007 exhibition about medicine and magical lore in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series of books. Articles and images of historical books and drawings explore alchemy, historical figures (such as Nicholas Flamel, a scholar and scribe who died in 1417), unicorns, mandrakes, potion-making, and related themes from the series. From the National Library of Medicine.
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/mandrakes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24832

National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read
This is "an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. ... [It] brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment." Features details about the application process for program grants, and study guides for books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Joy Luck Club." From the NEA, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and Arts Midwest.
URL: http://www.neabigread.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24958

Share the Perspective of Genius: Leonardo's Study for the Adoration of the Magi
Website companion to a 2006 exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's preparatory drawing for the painting "Adoration of the Magi," an altar-piece commissioned in 1481 by the monks of San Donato a Scopeto, near Florence. Compares the preparatory drawing and the wood panel painting, and the images in visible light, ultraviolet light, and in the infrared range. From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/leonardo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23028

Business

Balloon Resource Center
This website for balloon professionals features balloon artist profile (with images of their work), listings of new balloon products, industry news, "ask the distributor" interviews, balloon twisting instructions and ideas, and listings of industry events and classes. Also includes links to balloon industry associations, publications, and educational opportunities. From the producers of balloon industry conventions.
URL: http://www.balloonresourcecenter.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24984

Coalition for Airline Passengers Bill of Rights
This group that promotes legal rights for airplane passengers (with an emphasis on rules for airlines when flights are delayed or canceled) was "formed by hundreds of passengers who were stranded on several American Airlines planes for up to 9 hours at Austin International Airport, December 2006." Includes a list of rights, links to federal legislation introduced on this topic, a discussion forum, and a summary of general complaints about airlines.
URL: http://www.flyersrights.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24983

International Comparisons of Charitable Giving
This November 2006 report "contributes to the understanding of charitable giving in an international context by comparing levels of individual giving within a number of different countries." Report covers topics such as giving compared with national wealth level, and giving as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for countries such as the U.S., U.K., Canada, Turkey, Germany, and France. From the British Charities Aid Foundation.
URL: http://www.cafonline.org/Default.aspx?page=12183&WT.mc_id=89
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24961

Philanthropy Statistics
Recent statistics on charitable giving in the U.S. Topics include percentage of households that give, average amount of contributions, types of giving (such as arts, education, health, and social services), types of corporate donations, number of charitable organizations in the U.S., number of religious congregations, volunteering activities, and related data. From the National Philanthropic Trust.
URL: http://www.nptrust.org/philanthropy/philanthropy_stats.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24963

Computers

Computer Security Day
Details about this annual event (November 30) "to remind people to protect their computers and information." Features a list of over 50 suggestions for Computer Security Day activities, such as backing up data and eliminating dust from computer areas. Also includes thematic posters. From a group of professional organizations and security software companies.
URL: http://www.computersecurityday.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24951

PC Magazine: Security
Collection of product profiles and reviews for computer security software and hardware. Browse by price range, company, or categories such as anti-spyware, anti-virus, encryption, and parental control. From PC Magazine.
URL: http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1738,4829,00.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24956

Government

3-1-1 for Carry-ons
Background about this Transportation Security Administration (TSA) campaign to remind airline travelers of the liquid and gel carry-on luggage requirements: "3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin." Includes downloadable promotional materials (in several languages), tips, and links to related information. From the TSA.
URL: http://www.tsa.gov/311/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24954

Health

Battlemind
This U.S. Department of Defense website, called a "training," is designed "to develop a realistic preview of the [mental] stresses and strains of deployment on Soldiers. Four training briefs have been developed and are available for Soldiers, Leaders, National Guard/Reserves, and families." Includes pre- and post-deployment information, and manuals on psychological screening and unit needs assessment. Also includes the "10 Tough Facts About Combat Brochure." From the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP).
URL: https://www.battlemind.army.mil/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24938

The Kiss of Death: Chagas' Disease in the Americas
Background from 1998 about this debilitating disease caused by a parasite that "affects an estimated 18 to 20 million people in Central, South America, and the United States" and whose symptoms may not be visible for many years. Topics include symptoms, spread of the disease from South America, prevention (such as personal hygiene and insecticides), disease biology, ethnomedicine, and social and cultural issues. From the University of Texas at Arlington.
URL: http://www.uta.edu/chagas/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24874

Home & Housing

College of Cook Book Knowledge
Collection of material relating to 20th century American cookbooks. Features illustrated publishing histories of the "Joy of Cooking" (including the 1931 self-published first edition) and "Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book," and listings of several Time-Life cookbook sets. Also includes a humorous presentation about the fictional "College of Cook Book Knowledge," which was allegedly "burned to the ground by zealots from a nearby French cooking school." From a bookseller.
URL: http://www.cookbkjj.com/college/cframes.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24950

Rare Books: Cookery Exhibit
Click on the images of book title pages to find text excerpts and recipes from historical cookbooks. Includes books such as "The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy" (1747), "American Cookery" (1812), and first editions of "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" (1896) and "The Joy of Cooking" (1931). From the Richard L. D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State Libraries.
URL: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/depts/spec/rarebooks/cookery/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24957

Media

Amazon Kindle
Editor and user reviews of Amazon's portable electronic book reader that was released in November 2007. Also includes video review, product summary, photos, and links to reviews of similar products. From CNET.
URL: http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book-readers/amazon-kindle/4505-3508_7-32751...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24979

Regional: California

Citrus Experiment Station Centennial Exhibition
This 2007 exhibit celebrates the centennial of the founding of the University of California Citrus Experiment Station in 1907. Features early history of the citrus fruit research facility, "gems from the Citrus Experiment Station Library," images of exhibit cases and covers of a citrus trade publication, a bibliography, and more. Includes a link to a related citrus history exhibit. Created by librarian Heidi L. Hutchinson of the University of California, Riverside, Libraries.
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/?view=collections/spcol/ces
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24365

Regions of the World

Finland 1917-2007: The Finnish Independence in Statistics
"Through the 12 months of the 90th anniversary year of Finnish independence [2007], Statistics Finland will publish on this website examples of what the development of our society and its current situation look like in the light of statistics." Some of the themes explored in this presentation include the industrial structure, energy, books and publishing, villa ownership, education, and telecommunications. In English and Finnish. From Statistics Finland, "one of Finland's oldest government agencies."
URL: http://www.stat.fi/tup/suomi90/index_en.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24977

One Night in Bhopal
Website for programs broadcast 20 years after the December 3, 1984, Bhopal, India, gas disaster, in which nearly 3,000 people died and thousands more were treated for medical conditions after toxic gas leaked from a Union Carbide plant. The program "tells the story of the disaster with a drama reconstruction through the eyes of five survivors." Provides audio clips, photos, and articles and analysis. Also includes material in Hindi. From BBC News.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/bhopal/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24973

Virtual Finland: Independence Anniversary Year
This 2007 presentation celebrates the 90th anniversary of Finland becoming an independent state in December 1917. Articles describe Finland's road to independence and celebrations in the independence anniversary year. Includes photos and a link to a site devoted to the 90th Finland independence anniversary. From the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
URL: http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=62550
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24978

Science

Physics in Speech
Some science about speech, "including some notes about helium speech." Features diagrams, audio of ordinary and helium speech, and links to related articles. The site notes that due to risks of inhaling helium, "it might be better if you don't do the experiment yourself: just listen to the sound files." From the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
URL: http://phys.unsw.edu.au/phys_about/PHYSICS!/SPEECH_HELIUM/speech.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24987

Society & Social Science

December 5: International Day of the Ninja
Website for this humorous, self-proclaimed day to "plague your co-workers with ninja-ness and wear a ninja mask to work." Includes instructions for making a ninja mask out of a t-shirt and making a paper shuriken (throwing star), and links to related sites.
URL: http://dayoftheninja.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24972

How Ninja Work
"Secretive and silent, the ninja stalks through Japanese history like a shadow. ... Today, the ninja has become a legendary, cult-like figure, showing up in computer games and children's cartoons." This site considers facts and fiction about ninja and examines "the weapons and skills that made ninja some of the most fearsome assassins in the world." Other topics include the first ninja, supernatural ninja, and the modern ninja craze. From How Stuff Works.
URL: http://people.howstuffworks.com/ninja.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24974

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, recalls the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others ... [in] 1949." This site provides links to resources on topics such as forms of slavery, the slave route, and forced and child labor. From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, United Nations (UN).
URL: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/slavery/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24970

The Online Menorah
Introduction to the meaning of Hanukkah and the Hanukkah menorah. Features background about why Hanukkah is celebrated, the basic rules associated with the use of the menorah (what one may use to light the candles, and how one lights the candles), and audio, with English translations, of three blessings that are recited when the candles are lit. Also includes links to more detailed material about Hanukkah. From a Jewish outreach and education group.
URL: http://www.torah.org/chanukah.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24968

Stop Bullying Now!: Take a Stand, Lend a Hand
This government website designed for children and teens offers resources for recognizing and preventing bullying, which can take the form of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse, and "cyber-bullying" ("occurs when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology"). Features games, webisodes, and other resources for youth, and a section for families and educators. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
URL: http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24980


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