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It's a bang-up good week at LII: pets and smarts, creeks and lures, Hip Hop and Victorian lit, Japan and Turin, taxes and surfing, creative dog houses, Chinese New Year, and the education of girls and women. A special welcome to all you new readers who found us through KQED radio or the Google Newsletter. Bon appetit from the LII team: Karen G. Schneider, Wendy Hyman, Jennifer English, Maria Brandt, Pat Fell, Charlotte Bagby, and Tom McGibney.
Tip of the Week
See all the animal and pet sites this week? Youth librarians, take note: we're getting ready to roll out our new summer reading program collection which will complement the Collaborative Summer Library Program 2006 theme, Paws, Claws, Snails, and Tails.
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ArtsEdge Lesson Plan: The Poetics of Hip Hop
High school classroom materials focusing on the analysis of hip hop lyrics to "provide students with a greater understanding of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry." Includes activities, readings, and links to related lesson plans and websites. From the National Arts and Education Network (ArtsEdge), a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20434
Bibliography: Hip Hop Studies
Guide to books, articles, videos, magazines, and other material on hip hop, "a form of urban youth culture developed by African Americans and Latinos in New York in the seventies and eighties, originally in the Bronx." Covers music (DJing and MCing), the roots of hip hop music, break-dancing, graffiti, and related subjects. From the New York University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20435
Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible
Companion to a traveling exhibit "that tells the story of how the Bible came to be in English from the very earliest forms of writing to the King James Bible." The site provides an overview of the exhibit (with a video clip) and a list of artifacts in the show, such as fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wyclif Bible, and the 1782 Aitken Bible (the first Bible printed in the U.S.).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20415
The Victorian Literary Studies Archive: Hyper-Concordance
This concordance "reports the total number of text lines, the total word count and the number of occurrences of the word or phrase searched" and surrounding text for numerous books by dozens of English-language authors. Primarily covers authors from the Victorian period, but also includes works by authors such as Jane Austen, James Joyce, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. From a professor at Nagoya University, Japan.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20456
On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States
This January 2006 report on day labor in the United States "is based on a national survey of 2,660 day laborers." The "findings reveal that the day-labor market is rife with violations of workers' rights." Data in the report covers areas such as top occupations, wages, injuries, abuses, day laborer country of origin, and other aspects of day labor. From the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20411
Gulf of Tonkin Index - 11/30/2005 and 05/30/2006
This November 2005 release contains "previously classified information regarding the Vietnam era, specifically the Gulf of Tonkin incident. This release includes a variety of articles, chronologies of events, oral history interviews, signals intelligence (SIGINT) reports and translations, and other related memoranda." From the National Security Agency (NSA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19925
New Requirements for Travelers
Overview and brief facts about the new law that by January 1, 2008 will require that "travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States." Some material also in Spanish and French. From the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20418
Learning About Holoprosencephaly (HPE)
Fact sheet about this "relatively common birth defect of the brain, which often can also affect facial features, including closely spaced eyes, small head size, and sometimes clefts of the lip and roof of the mouth, as well as other birth defects." Topics discussed include testing, treatment, prognosis, and clinical trials. Provides related links. From the National Human Genome Research Institute.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20410
MedlinePlus: Pet Health
Collection of links to articles and brochures about pet health topics such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, fleas and ticks, nutrition, cancer, aging pets, veterinarians, pets and disasters, travel with pets, and exercise. Includes links to material for children. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20444
Virtual Pediatric Hospital
Introductory materials about child and adolescent health and disease, including resources for patients and their families, and health professionals. Also includes links to related sites. From two pediatricians on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Medicine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20402
ASPCA Pet Nutrition
This series of articles answers common questions about what and how much to feed dogs and cats. Includes tips for puppies and kittens, adult dogs and cats, and older pets; a video clip on choosing the right pet food; a list of top nutrients needed by pets; and a discussion of overweight pets. From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20443
HGTV Remodeling: Doghouses
Small collection of instructions for doghouse construction projects. Includes basic and customized doghouses, rose-painted and faux gingerbread doghouses, and a doghouse with a sod roof. From the website for HGTV.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20454
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Asbestos
Collection of fact sheets and other resources about asbestos, a "naturally occurring mineral fiber, once widely used in building materials for its thermal insulating properties and fire resistance." Topics include health effects, asbestos in the home (identifying it and determining whether it needs to be removed), asbestos in schools, vermiculite (a mineral that includes asbestos and is found in products such as attic insulation), acronyms, and laws and regulations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20413
Chinese New Year Festival & Parade
This official site for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, held in February, also features events outside the area such as street and flower market fairs and the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. Includes a brief history of the parade, which "is the largest celebration of its kind in the world," facts about Chinese New Year traditions and associated horoscope characters, a parade map, details for participants, crafts for children, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20431
St. Patrick's Day Fast Facts: Beyond the Blarney
A compilation of facts about this holiday celebrated on March 17, which "marks the Roman Catholic feast day for Ireland's patron saint." Includes facts such as that "New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762," and that "Chicago is famous for dyeing the Chicago River green on St. Patrick's Day." From National Geographic News.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20439
Old Fishing Lure Gallery
This site provides highly detailed photographs of dozens of antique fishing lures made by the "Big 5" lure manufacturers (William Shakespeare Tackle Company, Creek Chub Bait Company, South Bend Bait Company, Heddon, and Pflueger) and by other makers. Includes links to historical material about selected manufacturers. From a collector.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20437
This site is a "whitewater river guide for California boating" with photos and information about recreational runs down California rivers. Includes a list with descriptions of recommended runs, links to flow data, and information about boating and photography equipment. From an enthusiast who enjoys "gravity-assisted water-based recreational activities" such as kayaking and rafting.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20324
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing: Employment Discrimination
California state government documents related to employment and housing discrimination laws. Covers topics such as pregnancy disability leave, family care and medical leave, the California Family Rights Act, sexual harassment, employment discrimination based on disability, and general employment discrimination and harassment issues. Also includes a chart of acceptable and unacceptable questions that employers can ask job applicants. Many documents also available in Spanish.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20367
California Legislative Analyst's Office: Economics, Revenues, and Taxation
Collection of reports on California fiscal and tax topics, such as the state budget, state fiscal outlook, tax revenues, tax reform, the tax gap (non-filing or late filing of taxes), state tax agencies, property taxes, and abusive tax shelters. From the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), which provides fiscal and policy advice to the California legislature.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20287
The Mavericks Surf Contest
Official site for this California surfing competition held "on just 24 hours' notice -- between January 1, and March 31 ... [when] 24 of the world's greatest big-wave surfers will descend upon the frigid waters of Half Moon Bay for the chance to ride 'the most dangerous waves in the world.'" Features include the Mavericks' history, the science behind the big waves, photos and videos, contestant biographies, and instructions for receiving event alerts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20440
Washington State Parks: Centennial 2013
Background information and planning and progress updates for the Washington State Parks centennial in 2013. Discusses the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's "Centennial 2013 Vision," which calls for care of existing parks, expansions and new parks, and a "call to action to citizens to donate funds, materials and labor to complete one of 100 projects in parks around the state." Includes a plan brochure, progress reports, and issues of the centennial newsletter.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20295
Official tourist website for Turin (Torino), Italy, capital of Piedmont. The site features links to "the city's website to discover art and culture, walking, sports, taste, markets and nightlife." Topics include local accommodations, the 2006 Winter Olympics, "The City's History as portrayed by its commemorative plaques," interesting facts about subjects such as gourmet specialties and Turin's magic schools, and more. Also available in Italian and French.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20430
Travel Tips: What to Do With 36 Hours in Turin, Italy
Ideas for enjoying a brief stay in Turin (Torino), Italy, site of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Includes a brief overview of this city, known as "the first diplomatic and industrial capital" of Italy, and descriptions of tourist activities, such as walking along the Via Roma, visiting several museums, and eating gelato. Includes links to related sites. From a company that provides bicycle and walking tours.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20428
Trends in Japan
This site introduces "the latest developments in Japanese business, entertainment, fashion, science, society, sports, and more through short, engaging dispatches." Diverse topics include free newspapers, sweets made to look like hamburgers and other fast food, bottled tap water, the return of platform shoes, and shiny mud balls. Includes articles back to the mid-1990s. "Part of Web Japan, which is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20433
Challenger Disaster 15th Anniversary [January 28, 2001]
This site, created in 2001, provides a compilation of links to material about the Challenger space shuttle mission, which exploded during takeoff on January 28, 1986. Includes links to biographies of crewmembers, the Arlington National Cemetery memorial, a mission chronology, and more. From the Daniel J. Evans Library, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington state.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20436
Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
This government program designed to protect marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, and turtles "has the following components: stranding networks, responses/investigations of mortality events, biomonitoring, tissue/serum banking and analytical quality assurance." The site describes these programs, and provides reports and related publications. Also includes discussions of human impacts (such as minimizing ocean sound) and international cooperation efforts. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20425
Collaborative Summer Library Program
"The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries." The project website includes history of the organization, audio public service announcements, a list of participating states, descriptions of past and present themes, frequently asked questions, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20459
This project "researches how leading professionals carry out work that is of high quality and socially responsible." The site features articles and research papers on themes such as "good work" in business, education, journalism, law, medicine, theater, and sports. Also includes comparisons across professions. Most papers are available for free download. The project is supervised by psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, and Howard Gardner.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20451
How Do I Know It Is Time? Pet Euthanasia
This brochure provides suggestions to help pet owners decide if and when to have a veterinarian induce the death of a pet. Discusses the euthanasia process, reviewing the decision with family members, coping with the loss of the pet, and deciding whether to get another pet. Also available in Spanish. From the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20449
"This site includes biographical profiles of people who have influenced the development of intelligence theory and testing, in-depth articles exploring current controversies related to human intelligence, and resources for teachers." Features a time period index and articles on topics such as the role of standardized intelligence measures, birth order and intelligence, and the theory of multiple intelligences. From Indiana University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20452
National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
The website for this "national civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people" focuses on issues related to blacks and same-sex marriage. Provides reports (such as "Jumping the Broom: A Black Perspective on Same Sex Marriage"), issue briefs, news releases, and event listings.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20438
New Horizons for Learning: Multiple Intelligences
A collection of articles, recommended readings, and related links related to Howard Gardner's 1983 book "Theory of Multiple Intelligences" in which he "suggested that intelligence is not a single attribute that can be measured and given a number." Includes an article by Gardner that provides "an overview of the history of our understanding of 'intelligence'" and material about using this theory in the classroom. From New Horizons for Learning (NHFL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20450
Status and Trends in the Education of Blacks
This 2003 report contains data on education of black adults and children in the U.S. Topics include elementary and secondary education, college and university education (including historically black colleges), and labor and social outcomes. From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20432
The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)
Website for this United Nations (UN) program whose goal is "to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education by 2005 and to ensure that by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to all levels of education." Features background materials, progress reports, photo essays, videos, articles about girls' education in specific countries, and related links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20427
Women's Path Into Ministry: Six Major Studies
This 2002 report "sketches the broad outlines of a woman's 'career path' into ministry, from seminary and ordination through parish placement, and examines such factors as collegiality, ministry style, and the influence of female pastoral leadership on congregants, denominations, and culture." From Pulpit & Pew, an initiative of the Duke Divinity School.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20393
The World Bank: Girls' Education
This website discusses issues related to the education of girls and gender equity in education. Features an overview of the benefits of promoting increased girls' education in low-income countries, an outline of key issues (such as drop-out rates and poverty), data resources, publications, details about projects in specific countries, and related links. From the World Bank.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20429
Thanks for reading LII New This Week!
Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder