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On the somethingth day of Christmas your invisible information professionals bring you the Real ID Act, the Christmas bird count, China's space exploration, a scientific icon you've probably never heard of, brain fitness, Dalai Lamas, and a lot about the South Pole, including images of a cosmic bowling alley. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.
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Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS: Photos of Nazi Leadership at the Camp
This presentation looks at photographs from an album donated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007; the album "almost certainly belonged to and was created by [a German SS officer] ... stationed at Auschwitz from May 1944 until the evacuation of the [World War II Nazi concentration] camp in January 1945." Provides photos from the album, background about the officer, essays, archivist interview, and related material. From the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25017
A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell Colony 1907-2007
"Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony [in New Hampshire] has offered a creative sanctuary to artists, writers, and composers, providing them with an opportunity to work undisturbed within a community of other creative individuals." This online exhibit explores the history of the colony and features material about works with origins at the colony (such as Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" and Aaron Copeland's ballet "Billy the Kid"). From the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24784
International Tracing Service (ITS)
Website for this program serving "victims of Nazi persecutions and their families by documenting their fate through the archives it manages." In November 2007, the archives (located in Bad Arolsen, Germany) opened to the general public. Although the archives are not available online, this site includes an online research request form and brochure, and background about the service. ITS is operated by 11 member states and administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25014
Website for this museum in Oslo, Norway, the city where Expressionist artist Edvard Munch bequeathed all his remaining works upon his death in 1944. Features a Munch biography and timeline, illustrated essays about Munch's paintings and graphic works, details about specific works such as "The Scream," online exhibits on topics such as "The Frieze of Life" and Munch's palette, conservation information and images of paintings stored on rolls, and more. In English and Norwegian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24999
Design of Desire
Website for a documentary "about buying and selling. About why we buy, how designers and marketers influence what we buy, and how individuals are using market ideas, tricks, and tools to market themselves." Features audio and transcript of the program, a "spendthrift-tightwad" survey, photo tour of retail design and photos of the American shopping experience, and feature articles about consumer behavior and marketing. From American RadioWorks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24998
Sharpbrains: Your Brain Fitness Center
This website features links to articles on topics of brain research and operation such as mental exercise, stress management, improving memory, nutrition, and workforce training and leadership. Also includes a blog, newsletter, and glossary. You can use the "Teasers" puzzles on the site to help keep mentally fit. From a consulting company promoting brain health and fitness.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24719
Ways You Can Help Your Family Prevent Medical Errors!
Illustrated, easy-to-understand suggestions for preventing medical errors such as getting the wrong medicine, taking the wrong amount of medicine, getting sick from staying in the hospital, and doctors operating on the wrong part of the body. Includes links to related fact sheets and other resources on medical errors and patient safety. Also available in Spanish. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25021
What Is Seasonal Depression
"Seasonal depression, often called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a depression that occurs each year at the same time, usually starting in fall or winter and ending in spring or early summer. It is more than just 'the winter blues' or 'cabin fever.'" This site describes symptoms of winter and summer SAD, causes, prevention, light therapy, and related matters. From the Cleveland Clinic Department of Patient Education and Health Information.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25005
The Drink That Fuelled a Nation's Art
Article about absinthe, a high-alcohol drink made with the leaves of the wormwood plant, and its popularity with French artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "[A]rtists including Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Gauguin, van Gogh and Degas either drank it or made it the subject of their paintings." Includes images depicting absinthe and absinthe drinking. From a publication of the Tate museums in England.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19529
The Library of Congress: Thomas: H.R. 418 [Real ID Act]
Official material for to the Real ID Act of 2005, an act designed to "establish and rapidly implement regulations for State driver's license and identification document security standards, to prevent terrorists from abusing the asylum laws of the United States, ... and to ensure expeditious construction of the San Diego border fence." Includes text of legislation, bill summary, list of cosponsors, and links to related bills. From the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25030
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: REAL ID
Material about the proposed regulations "to establish minimum standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards" under the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005. Includes the text of the proposed standards, questions and answers about the proposed guidelines, and a transcript of a four-hour May 2007 town hall meeting about the proposed regulations. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25025
The site takes the position that "the Real ID Act of 2005 would turn our state driver's licenses into a genuine national identity card and impose numerous new burdens on taxpayers ... [and others] -- while doing nothing to protect against terrorism." Provides discussion of why the Real ID Act should be opposed, updates about Real ID legislation in the states, and links to related material. From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25027
From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig
Companion to a 2007-2008 exhibit on the centennial of the birth of cartoonist and author William Steig (1907-2003), featuring "a wide selection of original drawings for both his New Yorker cartoons and his children's books such as 'Sylvester and the Magic Pebble' ... and of course 'Shrek!'" Includes an online exhibit with many images of his work, and audio of actor Meryl Streep reading from "Spinky Sulks." From the Jewish Museum, New York.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25006
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama
Website for this traveling "multi-media art exhibition that brings together 88 respected artists representing 30 countries. With the full life of the Dalai Lama as inspiration, the intention for this project is to shift the world's attention towards peace." The virtual tour contains images of many of the works with descriptions, and curriculum materials. Also on the website are biographies of the artists, venue details, and news. From the Committee of 100 for Tibet.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25031
"Mendez v. Westminster": Desegregating California's Schools
Video clip, background essay, and discussion questions about the "Mendez v. Westminster" California school desegregation case. "In 1946, eight years before the landmark Supreme Court decision in 'Brown v. Board of Education,' Mexican Americans in Orange County, California won ... [this] class action lawsuit to dismantle the segregated school system that existed there." A part of Teacher's Domain from the WGBH Educational Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23817
Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division: South Pole, Antarctica, United States
Website for the South Pole Observatory (SPO), which was "established at the geographical south pole at 2837 m above sea level in 1957 as part of the International Geophysical Year." Features live views of the South Pole, current weather, background about South Pole scientific facilities, material about the ozone hole, photos and time-lapse movies, and links to related websites. From the Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24993
This museum's website provides material about the ship "Fram," and the Norwegian explorers who sailed the ship on polar expeditions. Features images and diagrams of the ship, which was launched in 1892, and profiles of explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, and Roald Amundsen. In Norwegian, Danish, and English languages. From the Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24992
Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA)
"In support of the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008), LIMA brings the coldest continent on Earth alive in greater detail than ever before through this virtually cloudless, seamless, and high resolution satellite view of Antarctica." Includes images, an interactive atlas of Antarctic research, and related material. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25034
Letter From the South Pole
This exhibit tells the story of the "race to the South Pole" in 1911 by explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott through excerpts from their letters and additional text and images. Be sure to turn on your computer's sound for the full effect of this presentation, which includes music digitized from the "Flag of Victory March," recorded in 1905. In Norwegian and English. From the National Library of Norway.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24991
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Official site for the Audubon Society "early-winter bird census, where volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day." Provides background on the count, which occurs annually from December 14 to January 5, and current and historical data from counts. Also includes a bibliography of scientific articles, photo galleries, and documents for compilers. From the Audubon Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25004
Center for Space Science and Applied Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Background and news from this Chinese facility researching space science topics in areas such as space engineering technology, space physics, and weather exploration. Find overviews of research areas and projects, news about China's space program, such as the first successful moon photo captured by its lunar probe project (November 2007), and announcements of conferences. In Chinese and English (occasional translation errors).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25024
The Keeling Curve Turns 50
Background about the "Keeling Curve," a monthly record of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels that began in March 1958 at an observatory in Hawaii. "The Keeling Curve provided the first clear evidence that carbon dioxide was accumulating in the atmosphere as the result of humanity's use of fossil fuels." Features a slideshow about Charles Keeling and the curve, and links to information about climate change. From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25036
The World of Explosives
"This site was developed for the general public by the Society of Explosives Engineers, Inc. to show the important role explosives have played in the development of our society." Features a timeline of the history of explosives and blasting, a discussion of how explosives work (including dynamite, "the first safe high explosive"), a list of explosives uses (such as avalanche control and construction), description of explosive engineers, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25003
Charity Navigator: Support Our Troops
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25000
The Dalai Lama
Background article about the Dalai Lama, who is "the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and traditionally has been responsible for the governing of Tibet, until the Chinese government took control in 1959." Includes discussion of the traditions associated with the selection process for a new Dalai Lama, a profile of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and links to related news and coverage of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism. From the British Broadcasting Corporation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25028
Ocean of Wisdom: MPR's Coverage of the Dalai Lama Visit
This 2001 feature about the Dalai Lama's visit to Minnesota includes background about Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama, a biography of the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), and profiles of the previous thirteen Dalai Lamas. Also provides news stories and audio coverage of the visit and a slideshow about building a throne for the Dalai Lama's visit. Some related website links not working. From Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25029
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