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Read the Katrina report, then browse sites on insects, eavesdropping, copyright, table settings, real estate, keeping fish, and firearm safety. We added several sites about love apples and snowboarding in honor of California's own "Flying Tomato," Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. Bon appetit from the LII team: Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Cézanne in Provence
Companion to "the principal international exhibition marking 2006 as the centenary of the death of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). ... This exhibition, by focusing on the works Cézanne painted in and around his native Aix-en-Provence, will celebrate the landscape and the rich associations it had for him." The site features a chronology, discussions of themes in his art, maps with associated paintings, and images of dozens of his paintings. From the National Gallery of Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20281
The Renaissance Connection
This educational website for middle school students focuses on art and history of the Renaissance. It features activities that explore aspects of Renaissance art and scientific innovations, art patronage, and the life of an artist. Includes images, maps, a timeline, glossary, lesson plans, and related links. From the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20473
Traditional Crafts of Japan: Bamboo
This essay examining the use of bamboo for craft objects in Japan offers illustrated historical briefs on fishing poles, archery bows, tea whisks, bamboo basketry, and other bamboo crafts in the country. From the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, a group that promotes and displays traditional crafts designated by the Japan Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20654
Google Librarian Center: Newsletter Archive
A newsletter from Google for librarians, featuring "articles contributed by librarians and library supporters, links to library-related web sites, and updates on Google products and services that can help you in your work." The Jan. 19, 2006, issue includes an article about evaluating websites by LII's own Karen G. Schneider. Published irregularly, approximately every five weeks. Free email subscription.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20627
Celebrating 50 Years: The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System
A site commemorating the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways on its 50th anniversary in 2006. Features a FAQ, historical background about the development of the federal interstate highway system and related material (such as a list of road movies and road songs), a bibliography, articles, an art gallery, road narratives, and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20642
A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
This February 2006 report is based on a House investigation that included statements from individuals such as the governors of Louisiana and Mississippi, the mayor of New Orleans, Michael Chertoff (secretary of the Department of Homeland Security), members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and New Orleans citizens and evacuees. From a committee of the House of Representatives, established in September 2005 and chaired by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20669
GAO Reports and Testimonies Related to Disaster Preparedness, Response and Reconstruction
Collection of publications from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerning the quality of the federal government's activities with respect to man-made and natural disasters. Includes reports on topics such as homeland security, public health, the response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, and response and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20668
Child Passenger Safety
Fact sheets, data, and links to other resources on the child passenger safety in motor vehicles. Includes materials for National Child Passenger Safety Week, which occurs annually during the week of Valentine's Day. From the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20635
Child Passenger Safety Program
Consumer educational materials on child passenger safety and restraint systems such as child safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Documents cover purchase and use of child restraint systems, product recalls, air bags, buying a safer car for child passengers, and other child transportation safety topics. Also includes studies and reports. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20634
Children's Health Topics: Car Safety Seats and Transportation Safety
Brochures and fact sheets on child transportation safety topics, such as booster seats, airbags, seat belts, restraint use in aircraft, children in pickup trucks, car safety seats for children with special needs, and school bus transportation. Includes policy papers and links to related websites. From the American Academy of Pediatrics.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20637
How Do I? ... Can Tomatoes
Instructions for preparing canned tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, salsa, and other tomato products. Includes charts showing suggested processing times at different elevations and associated canner gauge pressures. From the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20657
Setting the Table
Illustrated examples of casual, informal, and formal table settings with suggestions for numbers and types of courses for formal and informal dinners and a casual luncheon. Also includes an illustration of a buffet setting. From a Southern grocery store chain.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20400
This site provides estimated market values for homes in the U.S. (called "Zestimates"), which are computed by using data mainly from public records, "and entering them in a formula." According to the site, "the majority of our Zestimates are within 10% of the selling price of the home." Searchable by address or through interactive maps. Created by Expedia founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20617
A Guide to the NSA Eavesdropping Debate
Collection of articles that provide background about "Senate held hearings Feb. 6  on the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program." Topics include an overview of NSA warrantless domestic wiretapping, a timeline of "Wiretaps' Use and Abuse," and summaries of legal arguments (pro and con) from the White House and the Congressional Research Service. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20664
U.S. Copyright Office: Orphan Works
January 2006 report about "problems related to 'orphan works' -- copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate." Includes the full text of the report, the notice of inquiry, comments, roundtable discussion transcripts, and audio of a roundtable discussion from August 2005.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20638
Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Companion website to an Independent Lens documentary about Robert F. Williams, "the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against violent racists." Features a biography of Williams (1925-1996), sound clips from the radio program broadcast from Cuba by Williams and his wife in the 1960s ("Radio Free Dixie"), questions and answers with the filmmaker, and links to related websites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20640
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History: Guide to the Web
Compilation of annotated links to hundreds of websites about "African, African American, and African Diaspora history and culture. ... The topics covered range from the underground railroad to hip hop music." Other subjects include civil rights, education, health, literature, military, religion, slavery, sports, and women. From the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20648
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Chemical Information
Hundreds of thousands of chemicals, plus "synonyms, structures, regulatory list information, and links to other databases." The "ChemIDplus Lite" feature allows searching by chemical name or registry number; with "ChemIDplus Advanced," users "search and display ... registry number, chemical name, molecular formula, structure, physical and toxicological properties plus locator and classification data." Also includes links to additional databases and resources. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20554
We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States
February 2006 United States Census 2000 special report about American Indian and Alaska native groups. Features data about size of population, age, household types, languages spoken, educational attainment, labor force participation, occupations, earnings, poverty rate, home ownership, and living on tribal lands for the following tribal groupings: Apache, Cherokee, Chippewa, Choctaw, Creek, Iroquois, Lumbee, Navaho, Pueblo, Sioux, Alaskan Athabascan, Aleut, Eskimo, and Tlingit-Haida. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20641
Bud Greenspan: The Olympic Storyteller
Gorgeous showcase for the work of this Olympic filmmaker. In addition to images, find stories about the Los Angeles games in 1984, discussions of athletes Michael Johnson and Kristin Holum, and interviews with Greenspan on the art of creating an official Olympic film.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7923
How to Set Up a Freshwater Aquarium
This instructional document discusses the components of a freshwater fish aquarium, including filters and air pumps, gravel, rocks, water, plants, and fish. Also covers feeding fish and maintaining aquarium water quality and fish health. From the Ecology Group of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20643
Hunting and Shooting Sports Safety Resources for Young People
Collection of links to material with safety tips for young hunters. Topics include statistics, safety rules for firearms, water hunting, bow hunting, and tree stand safety. Some material is specific to Michigan. From the University of Michigan Health System.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20623
Olympic Winter Sports Official Lexicon/Lexique Officiel des Sports Olympiques d'Hiver
Lexicon of English, French, and Italian terms associated with the sports of the 2006 Torino Olympic games. Sports include biathlon, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, luge, figure skating, speed skating, skeleton, skiing, and snowboarding. Also includes a common vocabulary of sports, and terms related to the environment. From the French National Institute of Sport.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20639
United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)
This organization (founded in 1904) "is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding." Its site features news and athlete rankings for snowboarding, ski jumping and aerials, and alpine, cross-country, and disabled skiing. Also includes material about international and domestic competitions, rules for each sport, team eligibility requirements, television schedules, links to the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboard Team sites, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20651
This commercial site publishes expert advice about "buying, owning, [and] maintaining boats and yachts." Topics include insurance issues, marine engines, hull blisters, boat handling and safety, hurricane preparedness, and more. Also includes reviews of specific boats. From a marine surveyor and author.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20467
California Firearms Laws
The California Firearms Laws booklet includes amendments to existing code sections of the California Penal Code and Welfare and Institutions Code and new sections resulting from recent legislation. The contents cover summaries of new laws, definitions of firearms and handguns, prohibited firearms and ammunition, possession and transportation of concealed weapons, and firearm safety. Opens directly into a PDF file.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12503
Vegetable Research & Information Center: Tomato
Collection of documents on commercial and home garden tomatoes in California. Features publications on tomato production and processing, diseases (such as blossom-end rot and powdery mildew), tomato history, variety trials, and related topics. From the University of California Cooperative Extension, University of California, Davis.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20658
Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machines
Zamboni ice resurfacers, developed in California in the 1940s, have cleared the ice at all Olympic skating and hockey related events since the 1960 Winter Games. Find history of the Zamboni, biographies of the Zamboni family, and the development and mechanics of Zambonis. Includes links to ice industry, hockey, and ice skating sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/4776
The Mountaineers Collection
Digital collection of images of "an outdoor club, founded in 1906, to promote the discovery, conservation and documentation of the 'mountains, forests and watercourses of the Pacific Northwest.'" Photos document early expeditions of the club in the Pacific Northwest, including trips to Mount Rainier and Mount Olympus. Also provides essays on the history of the organization. From the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20645
Buginfo: Insects as Pets
Brief descriptions of some insects that would be suitable as pets, including field crickets, praying mantids, ant-lions (also known as doodlebugs), caterpillars, and mealworms. From the Department of Systematic Biology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20533
Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites: Tools and Techniques
Detailed instructions for the collection and preservation of insects. Topics include equipment (such as nets and jars), traps and lures, mounting, labeling, and collection maintenance. From the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20537
Keeping Insects as Pets
This short fact sheet on pet insects discusses containers, water and food, maintenance, and examples of insects (crickets and stick and spiny leaf insects) that can be kept as pets. From the Australian Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20536
Keeping Pets (and People) Healthy
Discusses prevention and treatment of animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans, known as zoonotic diseases (or zoonoses). Topics include worms, toxoplasmosis, salmonellosis, ringworm, cat-scratch disease, rabies, mycobacteria, psittacosis, and rodent-borne and flea and tick-borne diseases. Includes brief material on petting zoos and the FDA's position on the bones and raw food (BARF) pet diet. From FDA Consumer, a publication of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Public Affairs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20667
Care tips for captive arthropods such as praying mantids, assassin bugs, millipedes, wolf spiders, scorpions, and Madagascar cockroaches. Includes an article on insects in the classroom. From the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20534
Q&A: Dark Matter
Questions and answers about this "term used to describe the mass in galaxies and clusters whose existence we infer from rotation curves and other techniques, but which has not been confirmed by observations on any electromagnetic wavelength." Topics include black holes, parallel universes, gravity, and more. Includes the related essay, "Dark Matter Mystery." From the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, operated for NASA by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20630
After the Ball
This article examines the psychological issues that professional athletes face after retirement. It discusses the emotional difficulties of transitioning to life after fame and success, and the challenges of finding a new purpose after a short career. From Psychology Today magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20661
PublishersWeekly.com: Religion Bookline
Compilation of dozens of articles discussing trends and titles in religion book publishing and book selling in the U.S. Includes newly released titles organized by publisher, and articles about specific topics. Many articles are about Christian publishers and books, but site also provides material about other religions, and New Age and pagan studies. From Publishers Weekly. Archived back to July 2006.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20655
Romance in America
A report that concludes, "Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners. Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently. About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months." From Pew Internet and American Life Project.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20663
World War II Military Situation Maps, 1944-1945
This site "contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe. ... Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified 'G-3 Report' giving detailed information on troop positions." Also includes an interactive essay about the Battle of the Bulge. From the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20644
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder