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LII New This Week
New This Week for March 12, 2009
This Week
This week's mix includes tracking the president's first 100 days, IPTV, stem cells, Komodo dragons, some American icons, and a couple of inspiring craft sites. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
Some of the additions not posted in the newsletter: departmental sites on the economic recovery, an outdoor sculpture scavenger hunt, space debris, and green tax incentives.
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Arts and Humanities

Women's History Month
Compilation of federal government resources celebrating Women's History Month, observed in March. Features exhibitions, biographies, articles and stories, lesson plans and student activities, and other material about women's history. Also learn about the current year's theme and about special events at federal government institutions. From the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
URL: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28060

Business

Economix
This blog attempts to explain the economy and economics of everyday life. Topics include home mortgage deductions on income taxes, bank nationalization, worker layoffs, economic stimulus plans, happiness, and how "the recession is helping foment a return to the do-it-yourself ethic." Includes links to related information. Entries go back to September 2008. From The New York Times.
URL: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27998

Etsy: The Storque
Blog from a forum for crafters to sell products online. Topics for entries include marketing, pricing, project ides, showcasing work, and potential purchases inspired by looks at individuals' interior decorations. Also includes process videos.
URL: http://www.etsy.com/storque/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27971

State Economic Stimulus Plans
This chart, from 2009, shows U.S. state-level stimulus plans proposed "in response to the current economic recession." The table includes a description of each stimulus plan (many for infrastructure improvements), and, where available the proposed spending amount. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
URL: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/fiscal/stimulusplans.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28010

Government

The 44th President: First 100 Days
News and analysis about the first 100 days of the Barack Obama administration. Covers priorities and progress (on the economy, energy, heath care, military conflicts, diplomacy, and domestic security), global challenges, and state of the nation. Includes links to additional material such as an interactive tour of the White House, a quiz on previous presidents' accomplishments during their first 100 days, and related topics. From CNN.
URL: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/first.100.days/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27980

First 100 Days
This site follows "President Obama's initiatives and policy directions. We'll look at new presidential orders, policies on the economy, alternative energy and foreign affairs, and his use of new media. We'll review the new president's progress and governing style, take a look at the challenges of governing the United States, and keep you informed about the fun moments as well." From America.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
URL: http://blogs.america.gov/campaign/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27979

Obama's First 100 Days
British perspective on "developments in the first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency." Topics include the inauguration, the economy and economic stimulus plans, foreign relations, legislation, and more. Includes articles and video clips. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/americas/2008/obama_presidency/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27981

Home & Housing

Handmade Nation Special Edition Interview
Interview with a woman who "traveled the country, putting 19,000 miles under her belt and visiting 15 cities to document the new wave of craft" in the U.S. and co-wrote a book and produced a documentary on the topic. Includes links to the website and blog for the movie. From a home design blog.
URL: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/02/handmade-nation-special-edit...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27970

Law

State Embryonic and Fetal Research Laws
Comparison of state laws relating to embryonic stem cell and fetal research, with charts showing whether each state specifically permits research on a fetus or embryo, restricts research on the aborted fetus or fetus/embryo resulting from sources other than abortion, has consent provisions, and restricts the purchase or sale of human tissue for research. Includes an overview of the issue and links to laws and to related resources. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
URL: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/genetics/embfet.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23987

Media

Daily IPTV
"A leading news and information source for buyers and providers of IPTV [Internet Protocol Television] hardware and services, Daily IPTV covers everything from content and convergence to standards and protocols and emerging trends and technologies. The site reports cutting-edge technology as well as news as it happens." Includes news, white papers (requires free registration to view), and event listings.
URL: http://www.dailyiptv.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27972

What Is IPTV?
This 2008 presentation answers questions about Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) such as "What is IPTV (or is it definable while it is still emerging?)" and "What technologies/formats/protocols are involved?" Includes material on the difference between Internet TV, which is delivered using open networks, and IPTV, which is usually provided on a closed network. From the BBCi Labs blog.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcilabs/2008/07/what_is_iptv.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27973

Recreation

Diamond Heroes on the Links: When Baseball's Spring Training Becomes Training for Golf
This photo essay "focuses on the affection (some might say affliction) baseball greats had for the game [of golf]. In particular, we look at how golf helped a few of these Hall of Famers during their off-time in preparation for the baseball season." Features images of baseball greats such as Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. From the United States Golf Association (USGA) Museum and Archives.
URL: http://www.usgamuseum.com/exhibits_artifacts/baseball_golf.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27952

Regional: California

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
Documents and news about this California state agency "established in 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative ... which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions." Provides text of the proposition, a FAQ about the agency, press releases and statements, meeting agendas and minutes, funding opportunities, and related material.
URL: http://www.cirm.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23989

California Missions Foundation
Website for an organization "dedicated to the long-term preservation and restoration needs of all California missions and their associated historic and cultural resources for public benefit." Find brief information about each mission (with links to sites where available) and a timeline showing "the progress of mission development and how it fits into the context of California and United States history." Also learn about mission restoration needs and challenges of historic preservation.
URL: http://missionsofcalifornia.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24090

Science

Dragon Chronicles
Companion to a PBS Nature documentary that follows the journeys of "renowned reptile expert and conservationist Romulus ('Rom') Whitaker [who as a young boy] dreamed of finding dragons. Years later, the successful herpetologist decided to set out to discover the real-life origins of these mythical monsters." Includes videos and other features on the olm ("a cave-dwelling blind salamander once believed to be a baby dragon") and the Komodo dragon (a giant lizard).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/the-dragon-chronicles/introduc...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28018

Everyday Mysteries: Who Invented the Automobile?
This site answers the question "Who invented the automobile?" by concluding that while the question "does not have a straightforward answer ... [because there] are many different types of automobiles. ... If we had to give credit to one inventor, it would probably be Karl Benz from Germany." Includes a chart showing some of the automobile firsts (such as for steam, gasoline, and electric vehicles). From Science Reference Services, Library of Congress (LOC).
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/auto.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28031

Honolulu Zoo: Komodo Dragon
Fact sheet about Komodo dragons, "the world's heaviest living lizards." Discusses physical characteristics, distribution and habitat, behavior, diet, reproduction and growth, and conservation status. Includes images, videos (including Komodo dragon babies), and suggested reading. Link to related news story is broken. From the Honolulu Zoo.
URL: http://www.honoluluzoo.org/komodo_dragon.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28017

How Stem Cells Work
This article provides brief background about stem cells, pluripotent cells that can develop into every cell, and related matters. Topics include how stem cells operate, acquiring embryonic stem cells for research, replicating stem cells in a lab, research challenges, using stem cells to treat diseases, and controversy over research. From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://science.howstuffworks.com/cellular-microscopic-biology/stem-cel...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28079

Reptiles: Komodo Dragon
Fact sheet about the Komodo dragon, "the biggest living lizard in the world ... It is a type of monitor lizard, an ancient species of reptile with ancestors that date back more than 100 million years." Provides quick facts (such as length and weight), photos, a related article about the protection of this endangered species, and other details about the Komodo dragon. From the San Diego Zoo.
URL: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-komodo.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28016

States Take Lead in Stem-Cell Funding
This 2007 article describes how state governments "have taken the unusual step of funding biomedical research -- usually done with federal grants -- because of federal political decisions to restrict funding for embryonic stem-cell research." Features a timeline in key moments in the stem cell debate and a look at "the facts and fictions behind stem-cell science." From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9244363
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28080

Stem Cell Information
This site is the official National Institutes of Health (NIH) resource for stem cell research. Includes an introduction to stem cells and the "possibility of cell-based therapies to treat disease, which is often referred to as regenerative or reparative medicine," and information about research ethics, federal policy, research projects and papers, and more. Note: The NIH library stem cell literature database is not available to the public.
URL: http://stemcells.nih.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19441

Society & Social Science

Barbie Fiftieth Anniversary: History
Collection of video clips and photo features about the history of the Barbie doll, which was first released in 1959. Videos cover the making of a doll, 50 years of Barbie history and highlights, and Barbie's little sister, Skipper. Includes photos of vintage Barbies and other related dolls such as boyfriend Ken and best friend Midge. From Mattel.
URL: http://barbiestyle.barbie.com/history.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28077

In Character
Audio and essays about the "tricksters, vamps, heroes, [and] scamps [who have become] indelible American characters." Covers fictional characters such as Charlotte the spider, Uncle Tom, The Joker from Batman, Nancy Drew, Jo March, Charlie Brown, Philip Marlowe, Indiana Jones, Dora the Explorer, Holden Caulfield, Lassie, Barbie (who turns 50 in 2009), and more. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17914370
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27293

St. Patrick Was an Engineer
This small exhibit explores the St. Patrick's Day traditions of the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC), whose students "were the first to 'discover' that St. Patrick was an engineer. Since 1903, UMC engineering students have celebrated St. Patrick's Day (March 17) as a holiday set aside for engineers." Includes photos and images of historical buttons and other ephemera from the celebrations. From the UMC Archives.
URL: http://muarchives.missouri.edu/St.Pat%27sDay.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27557


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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