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New This Week for February 21, 2008
This Week
Hip hop and stamp art, great jobs for women in ancient Egypt, dual career couples in academia, and how to check that bridge before you cross it when you come to it. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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More on bridges, including history, construction, collapses, and safety inspections.
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Arts and Humanities

From Warrior Women to Female Pharaohs: Careers for Women in Ancient Egypt
"Whilst the concept of a career choice for women is a relatively modern phenomenon, the situation in ancient Egypt was rather different." This essay describes how ancient Egyptian women's "ability to exercise varying degrees of power and self-determination was most unusual in the ancient world." Discusses "ladies of leisure," women who held high office, and women priests. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/women_01.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25432

Neither Model Nor Muse: Women and Artistic Expression
This website is a companion to two physical exhibits, "Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts" and "The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s." It provides a selection of slides from the two exhibits, and brief descriptions of both exhibits. Includes a link to photos and other material from the accompanying symposium at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. From Duke University Libraries.
URL: http://library.duke.edu/exhibits/modelnormuse/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25436

Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture
This exhibit approaches "hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture," presenting photography, painting, graffiti art, film, poetry, and installation art. Features images from the 2008 physical exhibit, audio of interviews with the artists and of the making of the graffiti mural in the exhibit, and a place for users to submit their own hip hop portraits. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/recognize/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25479

Trailblazers and Trendsetters: Art of the Stamp
"This exhibition showcases original artwork commissioned by the [U.S.] Postal Service for stamps." Each stamp honors a "person, invention, event, or place in America's history." View annotated images of stamps of individuals and objects associated with sports, arts and entertainment, transportation, history and exploration, and literature. Also includes an artist index. From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
URL: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/tt/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25264

Business

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)
"ACSI reports scores on a 0-100 scale at the national level and produces indexes for 10 economic sectors, 43 industries (including e-commerce and e-business) and more than 200 companies and federal or local government agencies." View scores (some as far back as 1994) by industry or by company. Also includes news releases back to 1999 and a description of services available for a fee. From the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
URL: http://www.theacsi.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25453

Dual Career Couples
Collection of writings and other resources on dual career couples in the academic field. Topics include how to approach a job search, advantages and disadvantages of applying for jobs as a couple, the difficulties of being a "trailing spouse," and more. Includes several case studies of dual career couples in the geoscience field. From the Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College.
URL: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep/jobsearch/dualcareer...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25420

Job Search Gadgets and Widgets
Annotated links to "[s]elect tools that will help expedite your job search and make your life easier," such as browser, desktop, and Web widgets; Facebook applications; LinkedIn tools, and blog widgets. You will need to right-click your mouse to open the links in a new window outside of this About.com website.
URL: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchtips/a/widgets.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25422

Government

America.gov: Telling America's Story
"This site delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture." Topics include foreign policy (such as U.S. recognition of a sovereign Kosovo in February 2008), U.S. politics (such as about the 2008 presidential election), American life, democracy, and science and health. Includes photos, video, podcasts, and links to publications. Available in several languages. Produced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
URL: http://www.america.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25501

Health

Drug Information Portal
This database, launched in February 2008, provides information about over 12,000 drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse, and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name, or browse resources by drug class or by audiences such as the public or librarians. Also includes news, featured drugs, and related resources. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM); database compiled from NLM and other government sources.
URL: http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25494

FEMA Trailer Study
Documents related to the investigation of air quality concerns in mobile homes and trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Hurricane Katrina victims, "and the occurrence of respiratory and other symptoms resulting from exposure to formaldehyde or other respiratory irritants among residents of the mobile homes." Includes fact sheets on formaldehyde, indoor air quality and FEMA trailers, and related topics. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehhe/trailerstudy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24838

Media

European Film Academy
"Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy currently unites 1,800 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe's film culture." It presents the European Film Awards each December. Its site features lists of winners and nominations back to 1988, and People's Choice Award winners back to 1997.
URL: http://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25475

People

Jean Thomas, The Traipsin' Woman, Collection
Collection of over a thousand digitized materials related to Jean Thomas (1881-1982), who was known as "The Traipsin' Woman," and "who traveled the mountains of eastern Kentucky taking snapshot photographs of the mountain way of life, writing, and promoting mountain folkways." Includes a biography and collection overview. From the University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections.
URL: http://digital.library.louisville.edu/collections/jthom/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25434

Recreation

History of Female Riders
See "the strong part women have played in shaping the sport of motorcycling" by viewing accounts and photos from personal collections. Features photos of women motorcycle riders from 1910-1940, and details about four of the rider, such as Bessie Stringfield, "the first African-American woman to travel cross-country solo, and she did it at age 19." Also includes links to related content on women and motorcycling. From Harley-Davidson.
URL: http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Women/women_history.j...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25433

Regional: California

California Career Zone
This site is a "career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations." Has a California focus, but features useful for anyone include self-assessment tools, overviews of specific jobs in diverse industry sectors, skills and education needed, and links to related sites. From the California Career Resource Network.
URL: http://www.cacareerzone.org/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25454

Light Brown Apple Moth in California
This publication discusses attempts to control the light brown apple moth (LBAM), first discovered in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The document calls for alternatives to California Department of Food and Agriculture plans to "resume aerial applications of a new formulation of CheckMate [pheromone-based product] over the Central Coast in June [2008] and north into the San Francisco Bay Area in August." Provides statements, papers, and links. From Pesticide Action Network North America.
URL: http://www.panna.org/resources/lbam
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25487

Regions of the World

Bridge Tracker: Check the Safety of Bridges You Cross
"This map shows the condition and inspection dates for more than 100,000 bridges in the U.S. that are crossed by at least 10,000 vehicles per day. ... The locations were provided by state departments of transportation. Some states are more accurate than others. Inspections through 2006 are included." Enter a route to find information about bridges within .2 miles of the route. Also includes a related news report. From MSNBC.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21840954/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25375

Cuba After Fidel Castro
Collection of news stories and analysis related to Fidel Castro's February 2008 announcement that "he will not accept another term as president [of Cuba], ending the communist revolutionary's 49 years in power." Includes key facts about Cuba, the story of Castro's life in pictures, a profile of Castro's brother Raul Castro, video clips, and related material. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/americas/2007/castro/default.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25500

Kosovo Declaration of Independence
Text of the February 17, 2008, Declaration of Independence in which Kosovo declares itself to be an independent nation. Also includes text of the prime minister's accompanying speech, and related material about the declaration and about the legislative body in Kosovo. In English, Albanian, and Serbo-Croatian. From the website of the Republic of Kosovo Assembly.
URL: http://www.assembly-kosova.org/?krye=news&newsid=1635&lang=en
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25498

United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
Website for the "UNMIK [which] was born on 10 June 1999 when the Security Council in resolution 1244 authorized the Secretary-General to establish in the war-ravaged province of Kosovo an interim civilian administration led by the United Nations." Features background about the organization (including a video), maps, press briefings, and text and audio of news updates, such as about the recognition of Kosovo as an independent nation in February 2008.
URL: http://www.unmikonline.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25497

Science

The Field Museum's Women in Science
Read interviews with 13 women about why they chose careers in the sciences. All women work at the Field natural history museum in Chicago. The interviewees include an anthropologist, geologist, botanists, zoologists, and experts in exhibits and in environment and conservation. Also includes a feature on two past science pioneers, activities, and related resources. From the Field Museum.
URL: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibits/exhibit_sites/wis/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25458

Society & Social Science

A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University
This is "a collection of primary resources from [historically black college and university] HBCU libraries and archives. It includes over 1,000 scanned pages and represents HBCU libraries' first collaborative effort to make a historic collection digitally available." Searchable; or browse collections from specific colleges. Provides background materials and help documents. From the Historically Black College and University Alliance.
URL: http://contentdm.auctr.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25482

International Women's Day
"Every year, 8 March is celebrated around the world as International Women's Day." This site features background and lesson materials "with a focus on women, peace and politics." Topics includes why Women's Day, vocabulary of inequality, whether women or men live longer, and education. Part of the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
URL: http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/womensday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25429


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