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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 15, 2009
This Week
Boring beetles, keeping some things up your sleeve, the Great Depression and the New Deal, Edgar Allen Poe turns 200 and we still don't know why he died, and one last site about the inauguration. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Edgar Allan Poe Collection -- Enoch Pratt Free Library
Website for a collection of "Poeana," material related to American literary giant Edgar Allan Poe. Click on "Edgar Allen Poe Collection" near the top of the page to view images of selected items from the collection such as photographs of Poe, fragments from Poe's original coffin, locks of hair, and letters written by Poe. Also includes a finding aid to the full collection. From the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland.
URL: http://www.prattlibrary.org/digital/index.aspx?id=180
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27147

The Great Depression
Questions and answers about the Great Depression, "a severe, world-wide economic disintegration symbolized in the United States by the stock market crash on 'Black Thursday', October 24, 1929." Topics include the unemployment rate during the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program and its "alphabet agencies," and related material about the Great Depression. From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
URL: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/depres24.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27521

National Portrait Gallery: Face to Face
This blog reports news and events related to the National Portrait Gallery. Topics include the gallery's January 2008 acquisition of "the portrait that came to symbolize the historic campaign of President-elect Barack Obama . ... [which was] created by Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey," links to photos of Elvis Presley (for his January 8 birthday), and photos of Abraham Lincoln. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://face2face.si.edu/my_weblog/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27687

New Deal Agencies
Annotated list of some of the "alphabet agencies" and acts that were part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program following the Great Depression, such as the Farm Security Administration (FSA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA). Descriptions include the agency or act's primary function: relief, recovery, or reform. From a University of Washington professor of American history.
URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/qtaylor/Courses/101_USH/new_deal.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27522

New Deal Programs: Selected Library of Congress Resources
Starting point for researching the New Deal, which "refers to a series of domestic programs (lasting roughly 1933-39) implemented during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat the effects of the Great Depression on the U.S. economy." Find resources from the Library of Congress and other institutions on New Deal programs such as the Farm Security Administration, Historic American Buildings Survey, and Works Projects (Progress) Administration cultural projects. From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/newdeal/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27517

Poster Children
Collection of five downloadable posters from five artists who were asked in 2008 "to reimagine the populist poster art of the first Great Depression." Accompanied by an essay about the posters produced under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. From ReadyMade magazine.
URL: http://readymade.com/article/poster_children/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27546

Times Topics: The Works Progress Administration
Collection of news, photos, and other material about the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was "launched by President Franklin Roosevelt in his third year in office, [and] was the largest jobs initiative the United States has ever seen. It was the signature program of the New Deal." Includes interactive graphics, slide shows, and stories about topics such as the WPA murals and the Federal Writers' Project. From The New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/w/wo...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27544

The WPA
Website for an exhibition about the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which "commonly refers to the many agencies established by the Federal Government in the 1930s during Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. ... [T]he purpose of the Works Progress Administration was to provide jobs for the unemployed who were able to work." Includes history of the WPA, exhibition checklist (with listings for state-specific items), selected bibliography, indexes, and appendices. From the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts.
URL: http://www.co.broward.fl.us/library/bienes/lii10200.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27520

Business

The ADP National Employment Report
This report "is a measure of nonfarm private employment, based on a subset of aggregated and anonymous payroll data that represents approximately 400,000 of ADP's 500,000 U.S. business clients and roughly 24 million employees working in all 19 of the major North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) private industrial sectors." View current data and past monthly data back to May 2006, read about methodology, and find related material. From Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP).
URL: http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27658

Feed the Pig
Website for a campaign with the goal to "encourage and help Americans aged 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances" and live within their means. Includes money-saving tips from "under-savers" such as the "chronic collector" and the "not-so-frugal-foodie," an interactive savings commitment calculator, articles, and more. Also provides a link to material for tweens (4th-6th graders). From the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Advertising Council.
URL: http://www.feedthepig.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27616

Computers

Internet Evolution: Future of the Internet III
Press release for a December 2008 "survey of experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that asked respondents to assess predictions about technology and its roles in the year 2020." Includes summary and full text of the report, which found that experts predict the "mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet ... in 2020." Also includes links to previous "Future of the Internet" and other related reports.
URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/270/report_display.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27523

Government

Black Americans in Congress
"Since 1870, when Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Representative Joseph Rainey of South Carolina became the first African Americans to serve in Congress, a total of 124 African Americans have served as U.S. Representatives or Senators. This Web site, based on the book 'Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007,' contains biographical profiles ... links to information about current black Members, essays ... and images." From the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
URL: http://baic.house.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27647

Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC)
Website for the nonprofit committee that is responsible for planning and executing 2009 inaugural activities in the nation's capital, with the exception of those events planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Site features an inaugural events schedule (starting with a "welcome" event at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009), press releases, and a blog, covering topics such as a Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and participants in the inaugural parade.
URL: http://www.pic2009.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27525

Health

Why Don't We Do It in Our Sleeves?
This humorous five-minute video encourages people to cough and sneeze according to infection control guidelines. Watch and find out why it is best to cough into your sleeve. Also includes a link to "Soap in the City," a short, funny video that uses the story of Typhoid Mary to explain the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of disease. It also demonstrates the correct technique for washing hands. From three doctors.
URL: http://coughsafe.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27626

People

Nevermore 2009
"Baltimore is celebrating the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe with a yearlong citywide festival ... officially kick[ing] off in January 2009 with a variety of events to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday [January 19]." Site features events listings, details about Poe sites in Baltimore (including his grave and the Poe House Museum), and links with resources for planning a trip to Baltimore. From the City of Baltimore and other groups.
URL: http://www.nevermore2009.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27146

Poe Revealed, 1809-2009
Website for Virginia's 2009 celebration of the 200th anniversary of the January 19, 1809, birth of Edgar Allan Poe. The "Teacher" and "Student" sections provide material introducing you to Poe's life and works, such as a timeline, details about his literary contributions (such as inventor of the detective story), discussion of Poe's writing techniques, animated version of "The Tell Tale Heart," and material about Poe's mysterious death. Also includes events listing and a blog.
URL: http://www.poe200th.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27294

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "70 photographs ... including photos of his family, assassination, and funeral, were chosen from the extensive [Cleveland Public Library] Photograph Collection for display" on this website. Photos (with dates and captions) are grouped by themes such as work and family, Cleveland, and funeral and memorial services. From the Cleveland Public Library.
URL: http://www.cpl.org/?q=node/2405
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27419

Times Topics: Edgar Allan Poe
"News about Edgar Allan Poe, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times." Includes material back to the mid 1980s on topics related to Poe's final resting place, the Poe Cottage in New York, books with characters inspired by Poe, and more. Also includes links to related sites.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/p/edgar_all...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27634

Regional: California

Planned Job Cut Warnings in California
"This is a database of notices for planned layoffs that are filed with the state Employment Development Department under the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The WARN Act requires certain employers to give affected employees at least 60 days advance written notice of an intended plant closing or mass layoff." The list is updated monthly. Also includes links to related news articles. From SFGate.com, website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/webdb/jobcuts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27526

Regions of the World

Australia Day
"Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian." Provides a history of the holiday, a timeline, details about national symbols, activities for children, material for teachers (such a song lyrics), and more. From the Australian government.
URL: http://www.australiaday.gov.au
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23231

Science

Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World
This website offers "[i]nformation and images of economically important beetles that feed on cambium layer or wood of living or recently killed trees and shrubs." Browse resources for species (sortable by scientific and subject name, family, and tribe) such as the emerald ash borer and the mountain pine beetle. Some species have a basic profile; others have more extensive listings. Includes a list of publications by agency. From the University of Georgia Bugwood Network.
URL: http://www.barkbeetles.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27223

Society & Social Science

Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk: Super Bowl Sunday Promotional Planner
This promotional planner for drunk driving prevention features "marketing materials, earned media tools, and marketing ideas that [governments, organizations, and restaurant and bar owners] can distribute to fit [their] local needs and objectives while at the same time partnering with other states, communities and organizations all across the country." Includes messaging and templates for posters, stickers, coasters, napkins, and other logo items. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
URL: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/alcohol/StopImpaired/planners/s...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27580

NAACP Centennial
"On February 12, 2009, the NAACP will mark its 100th anniversary. Celebratory events will kick off on January 20 with the NAACP Inaugural Ball, the first in the organizationÂ’s 100-year history." Site includes links to a partial listing of upcoming centennial events, a history of the NAACP, and NAACP timeline. From the NAACP.
URL: http://www.naacp.org/events/centennial/index.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27545


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