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New This Week for December 11, 2008
This Week
This week we were busy with the "Hope" connecting G.F. Watts and Barack Obama, loving Holly Golightly, how pawnshops work, presidential pardons, recorking, the vanishing mailbox, and relief from robocalls. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Seasonal beauty via microphotography: snowflakes up close.
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Arts and Humanities

Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture
This "exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery's collections examines how a famous face can enhance a poster, and, conversely, how posters have defined reputations of prominent Americans." Browse exhibit sections (such as "Export of American Culture"), view an audio slide slow, and read an exhibition introduction and a blog entry about the exhibition. From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
URL: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/ballyhoo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26195

Breakfast at Tiffany's: 50 Things to Love About Holly Golightly
This November 2008 article celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Truman Capote's novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by presenting a list of 50 reasons people like the character Holly Golightly and her portrayal by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie-adaptation. Items on the list include liking Holly because she is witty, unsentimental, and telling it like it is. From the website for the Scotsman newspaper.
URL: http://living.scotsman.com/books/-Breakfast-at-Tiffany39s-50.4688679.j...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27327

Shmoop
This website provides study materials for selected literature, poetry, and U.S. history topics. Titles and subjects include sections for summaries, study questions, website links, and related material. The website launched in late 2008 and is in beta testing stage; see the "Coming Soon" tab for planned subjects and a place to request topics for coverage on the site. Website "content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities."
URL: http://www.shmoop.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27395

Visions of Christmas
Exhibition of an array of Christmas images, mainly from 19th century books and cards. Includes images of works showing the evolution of Santa Claus (from a slim man who gave out gifts to the large, round man we know today), the origins of the decorated Christmas tree, and the 1820s poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). From the American Antiquarian Society.
URL: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Christmas/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26612

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
This site provides access to four databases (Voyages, Estimates, Images, and African Names) with "information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries." Data includes summary statistics, timelines, graphs, and maps. Site also includes introductory essays, lesson plans, and links to related material. An Emory University Digital Library Research Initiative, with support from international partners.
URL: http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27172

Watts Gallery
Website for a British museum that celebrates the life and work of Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), who was "the first living artist to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York." Features an online gallery of drawings, painting, watercolors, prints, sculptures, and photographs, including images of the painting "Hope," which according to the director's blog was an inspiration for Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope."
URL: http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27322

Business

Business Planet
With this interactive map, "[t]ake a trip around the world to discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in 181 economies." Click on the color markers to learn about specific countries, or use filters for regions, countries, and by specific aspects of business such as employing workers and paying taxes. Additional tabs provide maps for enterprise surveys, private infrastructure, and entrepreneurship. From the World Bank.
URL: http://rru.worldbank.org/businessplanet/?
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27328

Compare Credit Cards' Rental Car Insurance Policies
November 2008 article and accompanying chart that "shows that credit card companies' policies vary sharply in who's covered, at what level, in which vehicles and where" for insurance coverage when renting a car. Chart provides information for American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Also includes link to an article about renting a car with a debit card. From "a site where people can learn about, compare and select credit cards."
URL: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/rental-car-insurance-polic...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27318

Global Business Cycle Indicators
"The Conference Board publishes leading, coincident, and lagging indexes designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle for nine countries around the world." The site provides recent releases on the financial condition of the U.S. economy, and economic indexes for Australia, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Korea, Japan, and the U.K. Also includes the 2001 "Business Cycles Indicators Handbook." "Historical data series are available for purchase." From the Conference Board.
URL: http://www.conference-board.org/economics/bci/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27092

How Pawnshops Work
This feature provides an explanation of the workings of pawnshops, which lend small amounts of money in exchange for collateral, and buy and sell used merchandise. It includes an example of a pawnshop transaction, an example of how a pawnshop is regulated in one state, details about paperwork and interest rates, description of what types of bargains might be found in a pawnshop, and related material. From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://money.howstuffworks.com/pawnshop.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27319

National Pawnbrokers Association: FAQ
This document from an industry organization answers questions about pawnbrokers, who "lend money on items of value. ... Since the customer is providing collateral, there is no need to do a credit check." It covers topics such as ways pawnshops avoid acquiring potentially stolen merchandise, how pawnbrokers are regulated, and the availability of firearms at pawnshops. From the National Pawnbrokers Association.
URL: http://www.nationalpawnbrokers.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3467
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27316

New Rules Requiring an Automated Voice or Keypress Opt-Out for Recorded Message Telemarketing Calls Take Effect Today [December 1, 2008]
This December 1, 2008, press release describes how "any telemarketing call that delivers a prerecorded message [a 'robo' call] must include a quick and easy way to opt-out of receiving future calls." Release also notes that as of September 1, 2009, prerecorded telemarketing calls may only be made to those who have agreed in advance to accept such calls. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/12/tsramendments.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27339

Special Report: Cars in Emerging Markets
This 2008 series on the auto industry examines emerging automobile markets as "the car industry's big hope, noting that "[m]ature vehicle markets may be close to saturation, but there is huge unsatisfied demand in the big emerging car markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called BRICs)." Articles are accompanied by several graphs and charts and an audio interview with the report author. Includes related links. From the website for The Economist.
URL: http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1254...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27372

When Were the Most Prolific Bull and Bear Market Periods in the United States?
This 2001 educational resource from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco answers questions about prolific bull and bear market periods in the U.S. "Which stock market indictors may be used to measure market performance? [And] what causes bull and bear markets?" Includes charts of Dow Jones Industrial Averages for 1901-2000, and bull and bear markets (showing cumulative increases and declines).
URL: http://www.frbsf.org/education/activities/drecon/answerxml.cfm?selecte...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27052

Government

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
Website for this commission established by Congress, whose mandate is "to assess our nation's progress in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, and to provide a roadmap to greater security with concrete recommendations for improvement." Includes the publication, released in December 2008, "World at Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism." Also find press releases, hearings, and commission background.
URL: http://www.preventwmd.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27379

Office of the Pardon Attorney
Website for this federal office that "in consultation with the Attorney General or his designee, assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency as authorized under Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution." Provides lists of pardons and commutations granted from the George H.W. Bush administration to the present, clemency statistics back to 1900, regulations, standards, congressional testimony, and related documents. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/pardon/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27295

Health

Warriorcare.mil
Portal for programs and services available to wounded or ill U.S. military service members and their families. Includes links to Wounded Warrior programs and medical divisions in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, and to material about medical programs, compensation and benefits, family support, transition to civilian life, psychological health and traumatic brain injury, and related information. From the United States Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.
URL: http://www.warriorcare.mil/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27125

Home & Housing

10 Tricks for Shipping Holiday Gifts With Ease
These tips "will help you ship holiday packages safely and in the least expensive way, depending on your needs." Covers timing, packing, choosing a shipping service, and understanding when to pay more. Includes links to major consumer shippers. From MSNBC.
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16059156/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27324

ReCork America
Website for a program to recycle natural wine corks, which when recycled "can become flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment." Includes a list of private collection locations in California and Oregon and a FAQ about the program. From an alliance of concerned businesses, individuals, and ecological organizations.
URL: http://www.recorkamerica.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26256

Yule Log (Buche de Noel) Recipe
Background and recipe for "the most famous dessert made with a roulade (sponge cake) [which] is the Buche de Noel ... or Yule Log. ... The story goes that an innovative French pastry chef (in the late 1800s) came up with the idea of replacing the real 'yule' log with a cake that was log shaped." Also includes a link to a recipe for meringue mushrooms. From a cooking enthusiast.
URL: http://www.joyofbaking.com/YuleLog.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27337

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Mailbox Locator
"The Mailbox Locator helps you find USPS collection stations (blue mailboxes) and post offices in your area. ... Click on a state name or enter a zip code to see a list of US Postal Service blue mailboxes and post office locations in that area. Every listing contains location information (most with maps) and scheduled pick-up times for each mailbox." From an enthusiast.
URL: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27323

Regional: California

2008 California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being
"This new web tool tracks 26 key, interrelated indicators of [California} children's well-being by county, providing a current measure and trend for each. The relative performances of counties on every indicator are highlighted and grouped by county population density and per capita income." Indicators include health insurance, seeing a dentist, weight, and neighborhood safety. Also includes an overview and press release. From Children Now.
URL: http://publications.childrennow.org/publications/invest/scorecard08/sc...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27100

Society & Social Science

This I Believe
"'This I Believe' is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, [are] written by people from all walks of life. ... The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow." Includes transcripts and audio of current essays, a 1950s essay database, essay writing tips, and related material.
URL: http://thisibelieve.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27042


LII New This Week

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