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LII New This Week
New This Week for May 7, 2009
This Week
Some of our sites this week are about Supreme Court nominations, hunger strikes, contraception and reproductive health, beautiful wallpaper, annoying music, and yummy food blogs. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Annoying Music
Collection of radio program audio files showcasing "stinky," "neglected," or otherwise "bad music." Music is presented for themes such as Valentine's Day, campaign songs, Elvis Presley, May Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, and the winter holidays. Archive goes back to 1999. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19348132
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28286

Digital Karnak
Website devoted to the ancient Egyptian temple of the god Amun in Karnak (near modern day Luxor, Egypt). Features a "timemap" showing the development of the temple complex (view by date or by pharaoh or other leader), video animations of the temple model, modern video footage of Karnak and Luxor, photos, and instructional texts on topics such as daily ritual, architectural features, and construction methods. From the University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Karnak/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28242

Taking Precautions: The Story of Contraception
Companion to an exhibit that "looked at the complex story of contraception and the role of birth control in Australian social history through a fascinating array of objects and pictures." Topics include ancient oral contraceptives, traditional birth control, abortion, and current trends. From the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.
URL: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/previous/takingprecautions.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28269

UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (UEE)
This website provides an encyclopedia on ancient Egyptian history and culture with peer-reviewed articles from the world's leading Egyptologists, archaeologists, linguists, art historians, geologists, and others. Topics include scarabs, Osiris and the deceased, famine, and cordage production. Search, or browse papers by year. The articles are in English, each with an abstract in Arabic. From the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://repositories.cdlib.org/nelc/uee/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28241

Wallpaper in New England
Explore examples of wallpaper in New England from the 1750s to the 1950s. "The online catalogue describes and illustrates individual samples of wallpaper, historic photographs of wallpaper in situ, and ephemera dealing with the wallpaper industry. There are currently [as of May 2009] over 4000 records in the database." Also includes a timeline on the history of wallpaper, resources on care and conservation of historic wallpaper, and related material. From Historic New England.
URL: http://www.historicnewengland.org/wallpaper/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27880

The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America
This exhibit "examines issues of war, peace, dissent and dialogue during critical periods in the 20th century when free speech and civil liberties were threatened." It features works by artists and almost 75 digitized items (from books, pamphlets, newspapers, handbills, and other materials) accompanied by essays on conscientious objectors and Japanese-American internment during World War II, McCarthyism during the Cold War, and Vietnam War protests. From University of California, Irvine, Libraries.
URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/exhibits/warwithin/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27996

Government

Council on Foreign Relations: Pakistan
Collection of backgrounders and policy pieces on Pakistan. Articles and papers cover U.S.-Pakistan relations, terrorism, Pakistan's connections with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders, India-Pakistan relations, and related topics. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."
URL: http://www.cfr.org/region/283/pakistan.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22684

Health

2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu Virus
This page compiles news, advisories, and fact sheets for consumers and health professionals about 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus. It includes a fraud alert about websites claiming to sell prevention and treatment products, information about antiviral drugs and influenza medications, and updates about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involvement with and response to the H1N1 flu virus threat. Also includes information about personal protective equipment (such as face masks). From the FDA.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/H1N1Flu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28315

How Long Can You Go Without Food? Hunger Strikes 101
This article describes the health aspects of participating in a hunger strike. "Fasting becomes dangerous after just three to five days, at which point the body begins breaking down fat in order to produce energy" and ketoacidosis might begin to occur. "It's all downhill after Week 3, or whenever weight loss exceeds 18 percent of the starting weight." Also describes tactics hunger strikers can use to prolong protests. From the online magazine Slate.
URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2102228/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28297

MedlinePlus: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
Compilation of links to publications and websites about swine flu, which is "named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen." Includes links to fact sheets, news, travel advisories, clinical trials, and other resources from government and health agencies. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/h1n1fluswineflu.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28314

Popline
This site is "the world's largest database on reproductive health, containing citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues." Search or browse by topic such as adolescent pregnancy, contraceptive security, and AIDS prevention. Maintained by the INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
URL: http://db.jhuccp.org/ics-wpd/popweb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25923

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)
RHIN is a "collaborative partnership managed by refugee health professionals whose objective is to provide quality multilingual, health information resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees." Site features links to "multilingual information ... in print, audio, and video formats grouped for easy access." Topics include communicable diseases and chronic diseases, children, women's health, and primary care. Also includes links to featured resources, such as on the 2009 H1N1 (swine) flu.
URL: http://rhin.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28320

Home & Housing

50 of the World's Best Food Blogs
Annotated list from February 2009 of blogs on food, cooking, restaurants, and cookbooks. Most of the blogs include recipes. Includes links to related material, such as an article on the art of food blogging. From the website for the British newspaper The Times.
URL: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/real_fo...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28055

Law

All Persons Born or Naturalized ... The Legacy of U.S. v Wong Kim Ark
Presentation about a landmark 1884 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found "a child born to two Chinese nationals legally present on American soil was an American citizen" and would be allowed to return to the U.S. despite federal Chinese Exclusion Acts. Includes history of anti-Chinese laws and details about Wong Kim Ark's case and current legal issues. Prepared by librarian Chuck Marcus of the Hastings Law Library, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
URL: http://library.uchastings.edu/library/topical-and-course-research-guid...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28239

Supreme Court Nominations
This page compiles resources about the nomination process for replacement of U.S. Supreme Court justices. It includes lists of nominees confirmed and not confirmed by Congress, bibliography on the nomination process, and information about nominees from 2005, when Justice Sandra Day O'Connor resigned from the Supreme Court and Chief Justice William Rehnquist died while in office. From the Law Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/law/find/court-nominations.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28317

Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide
"This guide is designed to explain the nomination process and to suggest resources for further research in the nomination process" for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Includes information about nomination hearings of justices and confirmation failures, and material specific to the nominees to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired in 2005, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died in office in 2005. From Georgetown Law Library.
URL: http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/guides/supreme_court_nominations.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28316

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

USPS: Prices
Domestic and international postal rates from the United States. Updated as needed. Save a trip to the post office and calculate the prices and how many stamps you'll need at this site.
URL: http://www.usps.com/prices/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/15594

Society & Social Science

From Papyrus to Digital: UCI's Thesaurus of Ancient Greek Texts
This exhibit "traces the transmission of the Greek texts over the past 3,000 years via an array of media, from fragile papyri and stone inscriptions, to medieval manuscripts and printed books, that have been used to distribute and preserve them." It features images of papyri and books from the 16th century forward, and details about the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae project at the University of California, Irvine. From University of California, Irvine, Libraries.
URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/exhibits/tlg/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27997

The History of Mother's Day
"Although others claim they started Mother's Day, Frank E. Hering ... made the first known public plea for 'a national day to honor our mothers' in 1904." The site notes that Mother's Day "was encouraged by Anna Jarvis, another crusader for a memorial day for mothers. President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation and May 10, 1914 became the first official Mother's Day." From the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
URL: http://www.foe.com/about-us/mothers-day.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28262

Hunger Strike History
"Hunger strikes have been used to change policy and social wrongs for hundreds of years. In early Ireland, where the tradition originated, hunger strikes were actually encoded in civic law." This site provides a brief overview of "some of the most famous, most effective, hunger strikes," including Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and U.S. suffragettes in the early 20th century. From Code Pink's TroopsHomeFast campaign.
URL: http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=1025
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28296

Pedsafe: Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
This set of tools "is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk." Includes tools, descriptions of countermeasures (such as traffic calming), crash statistics and analysis, case studies, and more. Pedsafe is "intended primarily for engineers, planners, safety professionals, and decisionmakers, but it may also be used by citizens for identifying problems and recommending solutions for their communities." From the Federal Highway Administration.
URL: http://www.walkinginfo.org/pedsafe/index.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27155

Teaching Tolerance
Website for a program "dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children." Features its magazine (archives back to 1996), which showcases innovative tolerance initiatives in schools across the country, and material for youths and educators on topics such as coping with the economic downturn, school funding, and the meaning of Barack Obama's speech on race. A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
URL: http://www.tolerance.org/teach/?source=redirect&url=teachingtolerance
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27021


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

 
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