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Our latest crop of sites includes taco truck politics, 30 years of spam, death by horseracing, city-celebrating blogs, Jewish American heritage, and Memorial Day. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.
Tip of the Week
Memorial Day: for some, the first day of the year on which white shoes may be worn; for everyone, the remembrance of those who died in the service of their country and fellow citizens. Requiescant in pace.
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Let the World In: Prints by Robert Rauschenberg From the National Gallery of Art and Related Collections
This presentation examines prints made by American artist Robert Rauschenberg starting in the early 1960s, nearly a decade after he had "countered the introspective canvases of abstract expressionism with works he called 'Combines.'" Includes essays with images of the prints, which incorporate newspaper and magazine clippings, images of great works of art, and photographs of everyday subjects and of family and friends. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25193
This site is "a resource center, a salary-checker and a tool for helping American workers understand more about pay and work life." Find state-by-state minimum wage and tax information, career tips and job search advice, and information about V.I.P salaries. Also includes a salary survey, salary polls, and a salary calculator (by occupation and state). In English and Spanish. From "a collaboration of journalists, Harvard economists, statisticians and the American public."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25963
Happy Spamiversary! Spam Reaches 30
This April 2008 feature surveys the history of Internet spam starting 30 years ago when "a marketer at the now-defunct computer firm Digital Equipment Corporation, sent an email to 393 users of Arpanet, the US government-run computer network that eventually became the internet. It was the first spam email ever." Includes many related links. From New Scientist magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26057
Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study
Compilation of publications for "a three-year project that builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries. The study will assess public access to computers, the Internet and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, as well as the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment and sustainability in FY2007-2009." Includes reports, questionnaires, press materials, and more. From the American Library Association (ALA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26058
Forshpeis!: A Taste of the Peter H. Schweitzer Collection of Jewish Americana
This exhibit "reveals different aspects of American Jewish life by looking at food and its practices in a range of settings: in the kitchen, during celebrations, at the deli." Includes images of food containers (such as seltzer bottles and pickle crocks), recipe books and recipes, delicatessen artifacts, and related material. From the National Museum of American Jewish History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26054
Honor the Fallen
This site honors "those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom," as confirmed by U.S. Central Command. Browse by date, or search by name, rank, unit, or other factors to view entries, which include name, age, hometown, and cause of death. Some entries also include a photo and/or an article. From the MilitaryTimes.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26047
Saluting America's Veterans
This site provides remembrances by veterans and their families about American war experiences. Includes material about World War I, World War II, and wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Some stories include photos. From American Profile, a weekly magazine carried in smaller newspapers across the country.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26041
U.S. Deaths From the Iraq War: A Personal, Statistical View
This March 2008 interactive database tracks U.S. deaths in Iraq by including "fatal U.S. government casualties -- military and civilian -- in Operation Iraqi Freedom." View number of dead by age, gender, race, state, rank, cause of death, and other factors. Mouse over each box on the chart to learn basic information about each person. Includes links to related articles about the Iraq War, Afghanistan, and related matters. From USA Today.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26043
Keep on (Taco) Trucking
This April 2008 article features a description of some of Los Angeles' taco trucks (mobile food vendors) and notes that the "L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a law basically outlawing taco trucks, making it a crime for them to linger at one location for more than an hour." Accompanied by a slideshow of Los Angeles taco trucks. From the LA Weekly.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26042
"PlantRight is a voluntary, proactive program for the horticultural community to prevent invasive plant introductions [in California] through horticulture." Features background about invasive plants, regional guides to invasive and alternative plants in different California regions (using the Sunset Magazine zone system), and discussion about the benefits of planting right. Also includes a FAQ, news, bibliography, information about research activities, and links to related sites. From the California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP) steering committee.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25898
Taco Truck Battle Heats Up in Los Angeles
This May 2008 feature reports on a recent law passed in Los Angeles County that "makes it a misdemeanor to park a taco truck in the same place for more than an hour." Includes photos, links to related websites, and links to articles about taco trucks in California. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26044
This website describes itself as a "guide to the taco trucks of California -- and soon, the world. Well, at least the western United States." The Google Maps mashup features user-submitted listings for taco trucks, with listings providing location and selected descriptions of offerings. Submit your own taco truck sightings by leaving a comment on the site.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26007
China Earthquake Information
Compilation of links to earthquake information for China, including details about the latest earthquakes, earthquake history, maps, seismological institutions, and related material. The Notable Earthquakes link provides information about the major May 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan province. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26083
Collection of blogs "dedicated to the city, its travellers, residents and independent and free thinking people." Includes blogs with "updates, curiosities, traveller experiences and links to other blogs and communities" for Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, and New York (a few in languages other than English). Also includes a link to an art exhibit featuring Moleskine notebooks. From Moleskine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26048
Background about Victoria Day, a national holiday in Canada that "has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845. ... In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed as the Queen's birthday in Canada." In English and French. From Canadian Heritage.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26052
The Emergency Euthanasia of Horses
"This guide is designed to aid owners, equine facility managers, auction market employees, horse transporters, and law enforcement officers in making the appropriate decisions regarding the emergency euthanasia of horses." Discusses euthanasia methods and considerations in the selection of a method, details of euthanasia methods, and euthanasia planning. From the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26045
25 Years After "A Nation at Risk"
This April 2008 report, "A Nation Accountable," follows up on a 1983 "national report, 'A Nation At Risk' [which] ... described stark realities like a significant number of functionally illiterate high schoolers, plummeting student performance, and international competitors." The 2008 report examines changes in curriculum content, standards and expectations, teacher quality, and related topics. Includes statistic charts and graphs. From the U.S. Department of Education.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26049
350 Years of American Jewry: Illuminating Documents and Photographs
This exhibition organized in 2004-05 "examines the intertwined themes, and sometimes conflicting aims, of accommodation, assertion, adaptation, and acculturation that have characterized the American Jewish experience from its beginnings in 1654 to the present day." Some of the topics explored in the exhibit include immigration, Jews and the American military, and education and intellectual life. From the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26051
Animal Aid Background Notes on the Horseracing Industry
Material from a British animal rights group about problems with the horse racing industry. Topics include racehorse injuries and deaths (the "Race Horse Death Watch" records "every on-course Thoroughbred fatality in Britain" since 2007), breeding, jump racing, flat racing, whipping, and retirement. From Animal Aid, "the UK's largest animal rights group."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26067
Practice your English vocabulary skills and provide 20 grains of rice to hungry people for each vocabulary word for which you identify the correct definition. "The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen." The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). Also includes a FAQ and a list of total donations by date back to October 2007.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26022
The History and Origin of Memorial Day in Waterloo, New York
Brief historical background about the creation of the Memorial Day holiday, which was first observed in 1866 in Waterloo, New York, based on the work of Henry C. Wells and Civil War General John B. Murray. In 1966 the U.S. Congress officially recognized Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day. From the village of Waterloo, New York.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26039
The Horseracing Industry: Drugs, Deception and Death
Fact sheet describing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) concerns with the horse racing industry. Topics include how horses "are already racing when their skeletal systems are still growing and are unprepared to handle the pressures of running on a hard track," how "many racehorses become addicted to drugs," and how racehorses may be mistreated upon retirement.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26068
Jewish American Heritage Month
Material related to the celebration of Jewish American Heritage month in May. Features stories of Jewish Americans, links to online exhibits and collections, and event listings. A collaborative project of the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26031
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