LII Newsletter Archive

See All Archived LII Newsletters

In January 2010, the LII Newsletter was renamed
"The Link: The Official Newsletter of the ipl2" and
was published on the ipl2 WordPress Blog.

Links listed within these archived pages are not maintained.

LII New This Week
New This Week for April 10, 2008
This Week
How to evacuate and shelter horses in a disaster, gold values, mineral rights, the tax gap, preserving sound recordings, financial disclosure for researchers, food prices, and guarding children from lead poisoning. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
Read about the 2008 Olympic Torch journey through San Francisco and other past and future Olympics issues.
Subscriber Services
Subscribe by RSS
Subscribe by Email
Manage Your Subscription
Browse the New This Week Archive

Arts and Humanities

Recorded Sound Reference Center
Website for this center that "provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress." Includes an online catalog of holdings, tips for preserving sound recordings, collection highlights, links to related Library of Congress material, and guides and reference aids (including a radio format/genre terms guide for catalogers). From the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25819

Business

Gold Price
This site provides charts of the current gold price in 23 major currencies. It also provides "timely and accurate silver and gold price commentary, gold price history charts for the past 30 days, 60 days, 1, 5 and 10 years and gold futures quotes and charts." The site notes that "the gold price reflects not only the inherent value of gold, but also the relative strength of the currency in which it is quoted."
URL: http://www.goldprice.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25800

Old Jewelry Worth Its Weight in Gold?
This March 2008 article considers whether "it could be the right time to recycle your gold jewelry" because of rising gold prices. Topics include selling jewelry (to whom to sell, gold content, and appraisal for estate jewelry), gold coins, dental and other gold, valuing your gold, and finding a buyer. From Bankrate.
URL: http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/pf/20080328_selling_gold_a1.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25804

What Is a Hostile Takeover?
This brief article provides an introduction to hostile takeovers, noting that a "takeover is deemed hostile when the target company's management objects to the deal." It explains friendly vs. hostile takeovers, tender offers, and proxy fights. Part of a question and answer series related to news topics from Slate magazine.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/1003983/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25845

Government

Nuclear Power 2010
Background and updates about this "joint government/industry cost-shared effort to identify sites for new nuclear power plants, develop and bring to market advanced nuclear plant technologies, evaluate the business case for building new nuclear power plants, and demonstrate untested regulatory processes." Includes a fact sheet, press releases, current events and projects, and a deployment scorecard listing new applications, permits issued, and related data on new reactor activity. From the U.S. Department of Energy.
URL: http://www.ne.doe.gov/np2010/neNP2010a.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25810

The Tax Gap
"Find resources on this page pertaining to the tax gap -- the difference between the amount of tax that taxpayers should pay and the amount that is paid voluntarily and on time." Includes studies and statistics, and fact sheets (going back to 2006) on tax gap topics such as filing past-due returns, avoiding penalties, and reporting specific types of income. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
URL: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=158619,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25848

What Is the Tax Gap?
This 2007 paper "addresses issues related to measurement of the tax gap -- the difference between tax liability under the current Federal tax law and taxes paid. [It] discusses how the tax gap is defined, reviews the main components of the tax gap, and describes how the IRS estimates it, as well as some of the major methodological issues in and weaknesses of current estimates." Includes links to related research. From the nonpartisan Urban Institute.
URL: http://www.urban.org/publications/1001112.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25849

Health

Hands-Only CPR
Simplified instructions for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) "when an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest." The site states that studies have concluded that "Hands-Only CPR [in which the aider pushes hard and fast in the center of the chest], can be as effective as conventional CPR." Includes a FAQ, video demonstration, scientific background, survivor stories, and related material. From the American Heart Association.
URL: http://handsonlycpr.eisenberginc.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25832

Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil
Information for consumers and professionals about lead, "a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death." Provides fact sheets, rules and regulations (such as requirements released March 2008 to protect children from lead-based paint), and related material. Some publications available in Spanish. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/lead/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25835

Model Language Unveiled to Help Clinical Researchers Disclose Financial Conflicts
This 2007 article describes how "experts at Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and Wake Forest University have published new language designed to help clinical researchers better disclose their financial interests in research." Includes an example of appropriate generic language and situations in which specific language might be needed, such as salary support, finders' fees, and patent and equity ownership by universities and researchers. From ScienceDaily.
URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070119144454.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25822

Law

Mineral Rights: Surface Rights and Mineral Rights Are Not the Same!
This article provides an overview of the types of ownership for minerals under real property and related matters. Discusses fee simple ownership (complete ownership of the surface, subsurface, and the air above the property), surface rights versus underground mineral rights, delayed damage to surface, damage to aquifers, disagreement during extraction, purchase and sale of rights, application of state and local laws, and what qualifies as a "mineral." From Geology.com.
URL: http://geology.com/articles/mineral-rights.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25820

People

Coroner's Inquests Into the Deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr. Dodi Al Fayed
"The purpose of this website is to keep the public informed of details relating to the Inquests [of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed deaths], including transcripts of the proceedings and evidence seen by the jury." Provides background on the inquest and coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker, coroner's decisions and jury verdict (released April 2008), and other documents back to 2006. Some material also in French. From the U.K. government's Judicial Communications Office.
URL: http://www.scottbaker-inquests.gov.uk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25851

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Briefing Rooms: Food CPI, Prices, and Expenditures
U.S. food price forecasts for the consumer price index (CPI) of food consumed away from home and food at home, provided in categories such as meat, dairy, produce, and baked goods. Includes an explanation of how forecasts are developed, current food price outlook, comparisons with past years, and papers and audio features on topics such as rising food prices, taxing snack foods, and product costs. From the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/CPIFoodAndExpenditures/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25833

Dropouts, Completers and Graduation Rate Reports
"These reports present the number and percentage of students dropping out and completing public school (among states that reported dropouts and completers)." Data covers dropout and completion rates by age, sex, race/ethnicity, family income, recency of immigration, region, and other factors. Reports go back to 1994. From the National Center for Education Statistics.
URL: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/pub_dropouts.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25834

Regional: California

Hotspot: California on the Edge: Wolverine
Brief background about the wolverine, an "extremely rare and fierce member of the weasel family" that since 1993 has been thought to be extinct in California; in 2008 researchers were able to document a sighting in the Tahoe National Forest. Includes description and photo and list of human activities that contribute to habitat loss. From the California Academy of Sciences.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/california_hotspot/habitat_mt_lasse...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25779

New Idria
Website for the preservation project for New Idria, San Benito County, California, a California State Historical landmark and ghost town that may be sold by the county at public auction in 2008. Includes a description and map of the former New Idria Quicksilver Mine and adjoining area (with more than 70 historically protected buildings and features), a timeline, photos, and discussions of historic people, natural and cultural resources, and related matters.
URL: http://www.new-idria.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25798

OSU Researcher Documents Rare Wolverine in California
March 2008 article about how "a rare wolverine has been documented in the Tahoe National Forest by a researcher from Oregon State University ... [It is] the first confirmed sighting of the animal in nearly three-quarters of a century." Includes a photo showing a "North American wolverine [which] is the largest member of the weasel family." From Oregon State University (OSU).
URL: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Mar08/wolverine.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25780

Science

Equine Science Publications
This collection of publications addresses equine (horse) science topics such as drought and emergency management, horse theft and the National Animal Identification System, nutrition, reproduction and breeding, horse shoeing techniques, aging horses, and horse judging. The current news section features video clips on topics such as sheltering livestock in place and evacuating horses. From the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Sciences.
URL: http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academics/equine/publications/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25802

Responsible Conduct of Research: Conflicts of Interest
This teaching module aims to instruct the reader how to define the different types of conflicts of interest that arise during scientific and medical research at universities, "and also identify conflicts of interest at the individual, institutional, and IRB [Institutional Review Board] levels." Includes case studies about a "promising new drug" and an "entrepreneurial anthropologist" with expert commentary and annotations, and a foundation text about types of conflicts of interest. From Columbia University.
URL: http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/rcr/rcr_conflicts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25824

Stretching Your Horse's Hay Supply During Drought
This fact sheet addresses horse owner concerns in "drought conditions [which] result in poor hay and pasture production and rising feed costs. Often, horse owners are forced to find alternative feed sources to either 'stretch' their limited hay supply, or completely replace it." Includes information about alternative fiber sources such as alfalfa hay, grass hays, beet pulp, and soy hulls. From Colorado State University Extension.
URL: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/livestk/01625.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25799

Unconventional Natural Gas Resources
Description of unconventional natural gas deposits. "In the broadest sense, unconventional natural gas is gas that is more difficult, and less economically sound, to extract." Topics include deep natural gas, tight natural gas, Devonian shale deposits ("formed from the mud of shallow seas that existed about 350 million years ago"), coalbed methane, geopressurized zones, and methane hydrates. From Natralgas.org, an educational site from the Natural Gas Supply Association.
URL: http://www.naturalgas.org/overview/unconvent_ng_resource.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25817

Society & Social Science

American Association of Equine Practitioners: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
Emergency and disaster management resources for equine practitioners and horse owners, covering federal agencies, bioterrorism, animal rescue plans, and disaster planning (including hurricanes). Includes background on the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) State Equine Emergency Network (SEEN). From the AAEP.
URL: http://www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25805

America's Promise Alliance
Website for this organization founded by Colin Powell that is "committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they need to succeed." Features details about initiatives and activities in five areas: caring adults, safe places, healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others. Includes material such as the April 2008 "Cities in Crisis" report on high school drop out rates, and a map showing the "100 Best Communities for Young People."
URL: http://www.americaspromise.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25839

Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism: A Report Provided to the United States Congress
This 2008 report "is provided to the U.S. Congress to further assess contemporary anti-Semitism by exploring anti-Semitic themes and practices. [It] is meant to be used as a resource for increasing understanding of and informing public discourse." Dedicated to the memory of Congressman Tom Lantos, the report focuses on definitions of anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic incidents and discourse, government-sponsored anti-Semitism, and similar themes. From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/102406.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25830

The Salt Lake Tribune: Polygamy
News stories and features on polygamy (the practice of having more than one spouse at the same time), particularly in the state of Utah. Provides a timeline of polygamy in the state (starting with origins in the Mormon Church in the 1830s), statistics on modern polygamist communities, discussion of the cable TV series "Big Love," historical images, and more. From the website for the Salt Lake Tribune.
URL: http://www.sltrib.com/polygamy
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20892

Union for Reform Judaism: Pesach
"Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning 'order') and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread)." This site provides background about Passover, recipes, and related material. From the Union for Reform Judaism.
URL: http://urj.org/holidays/pesach/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25773


LII New This Week

Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder