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In this newsletter you get Abraham Lincoln, John Updike, green-collar jobs, the global economy, and more news from the White House. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.
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Not in the newsletter are lead poisoning prevention, the dairy industry, choosing a TV antenna, the Supremes, and the condition of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See more about Lincoln under his entry in our Presidents by Name section.
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An Era of Progress and Promise: Education and Religion in Post-Emancipation America
Website for a 1910 book for those interested in "the history of education, the development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Negro Business League, religion in the United States, or African-American society in post-Emancipation America. You can read the full text of the book online, or search for profiles of specific institutions ... or biographies of influential African Americans by selecting the 'Browse' options." From the State Library of North Carolina.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27672
Let It Resound: Sheet Music in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Exhibit of sheet music from the genres of minstrelsy (1830s to 1900s), concert spirituals (1890s to 1940s), ragtime and black musical theater (1890s to 1920s), blues and jazz (1910s to 1950s), and R&B and soul (1950s to 1970s). Includes annotated images of covers and background about selected composers and performers. From the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27434
Oberlin and the Struggle for Black Freedom
Collection of material about the struggle for black freedom in Oberlin, Ohio, and the education of African American students at Oberlin College. (Oberlin was the first college in the United States to regularly admit African American students.) Topics include the 1835 constitution of the Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society, the Underground Railroad, and Martin Luther King's 1965 commencement address. From the Electronic Oberlin Group, with images from the Oberlin College Archives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27450
One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Companion to a 2008/09 exhibition that "concentrates on presidential portraits to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union." Includes photos, paintings, and prints of Lincoln before he became president and during the Civil War, and of selected Lincoln contemporaries. Also includes an interview with a historian on topics such as the Lincoln death masks. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27529
Global Economy in Crisis
This page collects publications about the 2008/2009 economic crisis in the U.S. and around the world. It includes policy papers, statistics, expert briefs and commentary, blog posts, and audio, video, and transcripts of events. In addition to the U.S. economy, find pieces about Africa, China, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and other countries. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "a nonpartisan and independent membership organization."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27519
Green Job Boards
List of job boards "that focus on social or environmental responsibility." The listings (some with annotations) cover general green jobs and jobs in specific industries such as solar energy and green building. From the Green Collar Blog, which provides news and resources on employment in environmental fields.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27671
Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World
This report, released in October 2008, examines definitions and policies, employment impacts, and employment outlook for jobs that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment. Employment sectors discussed include energy supply alternatives, green and energy-efficient buildings, transportation, basic industry, food and agriculture, and forestry. Includes links to a report summary (also in French and Spanish) and press release. From the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27667
Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy
This report, published in September 2008, "shows that the U.S. can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program." Provides the full report, a summary of findings, and accompanying publications about the impact of a green recovery program on specific U.S. states. From the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27665
Greening the Ghetto
January 2009 profile of Van Jones (born Anthony Jones), author of "'The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems' [in which] he argues that the best way to fight both global warming and urban poverty is by creating millions of 'green jobs' -- weatherizing buildings, installing solar panels, and constructing mass-transit systems." Includes background about Jones, and details about his views and ideas. From the New Yorker.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27668
Landmark Study on Green Collar Jobs
This study (published in 2007 and released in February 2008), "found that green collar jobs are highly suitable for people who would typically struggle to find work." Includes the full report, findings from which were based on interviews with more than 20 green businesses in Berkeley, California, and an executive summary and news story. From California State University; report author is an urban studies professor at San Francisco State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27669
McAfee: Virus Information
Updates on recent computer viruses and worms. Features lists of recent threats and of virus hoaxes, glossary, virus map showing "where the latest viruses are infecting computers worldwide," regional virus information, a virus calendar, and free virus removal tools that "perform virus detection and removal tasks for specific viruses." Other services are available for a fee. From McAfee, a company that provides computer security software and services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27843
"This interactive database includes information about the detainees [at the United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba], thousands of pages of government documents and links to court records and news media reports." Searchable; or browse by name, citizenship, and status (transferred, held, or dead) of the detainee. Includes a sidebar with information about the latest transfers. From The New York Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27827
The White House Blog
This is the official White House blog, launched in January 2009 at the start of the Barack Obama administration. Includes video and text of the "Weekly Address," and announces events, proclamations, executive orders, and other White House activities. RSS feed is available.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27811
What a Difference a Friend Makes
Website for a campaign "to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems." On this site "find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, [and] read real-life stories about support and recovery." Some material also in Spanish. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27633
2008 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities: John Updike
Collection of material by and about novelist, poet, essayist, and critic John Updike, who died in January 2009, and who won Pulitzer Prizes for two works in his famous "Rabbit" series of fiction. Features a biography, interview with Updike, appreciation, Updike's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities about American art (delivered in May 2008), background about the Jefferson Lecture, and a bibliography. From the National Endowment for the Humanities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27869
The Abraham Lincoln Association
"On February 12, 2009, The Abraham Lincoln Association will lead the national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday." The website for the association features the association's journal back to 1979, access to the collected works of Abraham Lincoln (a multi-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence, speeches, and other writings), teacher's guides, and a listing of 2009 bicentennial events in Springfield, Illinois.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26391
Lincoln: Illinois Bicentennial Commission
Website for the Illinois commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809. Features bicentennial planning resources for Illinois communities, an extensive events calendar, news, material about the Lincoln Centennial in Springfield, Illinois, in 1909, Lincoln images, "The Lincoln Log, a day-by-day feature that explains what Abraham Lincoln wrote, said or did on that date in history," and links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26390
Lincoln's Great Depression
This detailed article describes how "Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life. ... [and how] his condition ... gave him the tools to save the nation." Discusses Lincoln's depressive episodes in 1835 and 1840/41 and how "the suffering he had endured lent him clarity and conviction ... that helped him guide the nation" during the Civil War. From The Atlantic.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27705
This organization of scientists, environmentalists, public interest advocates, and energy technology companies works to provide "global warming solutions for California and the West" by promoting "sustainable resources and nonpolluting technologies to meet the world's integral appetite for energy." Site features news, blog, reports, project descriptions, and more on topics such as California's climate policies, reducing coal use, and solar and wind energy. From the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27615
Pelicans in Peril
News about a trend in sick and disoriented California brown pelicans found "along the coastline from Monterey to San Diego. As of Jan 15, 2009, over a [sic] 160 pelicans have come into care at both IBRRC [International Bird Rescue Research Center] centers." Includes background about the pelicans and the possibility of domoic acid poisoning, press releases, and links to news stories. From the IBRRC, a nonprofit that provides oiled bird rescue and rehabilitation services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27663
ReadyReturn is a service for California taxpayers "developed to make filing individual income tax returns easier. [It uses] information the state already has from the last return you filed and from your Form W-2 to pre-fill a California state tax return." Find background, a FAQ, opinions of taxpayers who have used ReadyReturn, videos, and related information about the service. From the California Franchise Tax Board.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27698
Virginia Emigrants to Liberia
This website features "a searchable database of nearly 3700 Virginia emigrants to Liberia and nearly 250 Virginia emancipators, a timeline of relevant events and documents between 1787 and 1866, a compilation of important related sources, links to related research websites and news of Liberia today." The materials on this site expand upon a 2007 book on Virginia's role in the African colonization movement. From the Virginia Center for Digital History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27492
Music as Torture/Music as Weapon
2006 paper on "the systematic use of music as a weapon of war" by the American military. "After briefly tracing the development of acoustic weapons in the late 20th century, ... [the paper summarizes] what can be known about the theory and practice of using music to torture detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo." Also provides analysis of related blog discussions. From Trans, the Transcultural Music Review, promoted by the Society for Ethnomusicology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27458
The Torture Playlist
This portion of a special feature on U.S. torture discusses how "[m]usic has been used in American military prisons and on bases to induce sleep deprivation, 'prolong capture shock,' disorient detainees during interrogations -- and also drown out screams." Provides list and sound clips of "some of the songs that guards and interrogators chose" to use at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. From the website for Mother Jones magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27460
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder