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This week find gold in them thar hills, learn about all things Irish, then read up on measles, MySpace, medical ethics, collecting insects, coconuts, earthquake hazards, port security, bookless libraries, world opinion, gaming, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Agnes de Mille. Bon appetit from LII's librarians: Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Henri Matisse: The Fauves
Online analysis of a painting by Henri Matisse, who was a member of group of early 20th century artists "dubbed 'fauves' -- wild beasts" for their use of bright colors and "primitive" brushwork. Provides detailed views of Matisse's "Open Window, Collioure" (1905), one of the first fauve works, and images of works by other fauve artists. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20759
Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio
Website companion to a 1997 exhibit of a 1929 "portfolio of vividly colored lithographs titled 'Le Tumulte Noir' ('The Black Craze') which captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris" when Josephine Baker and her troupe, La Revue Négre, performed in Paris in the mid-1920s. Includes historical background and images of 14 lithographs, which are a "marvelous achievement of Art Deco graphic design." From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20672
Tattoos, Piercings, & Body Markings
Small gallery of photos showing examples of body modification in different cultures, such as facial scarring (Burkina Faso), Maori facial tattoos (New Zealand), Yazuka full-body tattoos (Japan), and Mursi facial markings and lip plates (Ethiopia). Photos are accompanied by brief descriptions. From the National Geographic Society.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20768
Dozens of previously unpublished photographs from the Civil Rights era, located in 2006 in a storage closet at the Birmingham (Alabama) News. Organized by theme (such as the Freedom Riders, school desegregation, and voting rights) and year. Includes captions from the photo files.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20776
AAPA: Port Industry Information
Documents about ports and the port industry in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, and Latin America. Features an overview and data on U.S. ports, statistics (such as container traffic), port images, a glossary of maritime terms, and material about port industry issues, activities and functions, and trade. From the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), "a trade association which represents more than 150 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20753
International Longshore and Warehouse Union: ILWU Historical Information
History of this labor union whose origins "lie in the longshore industry of the Pacific Coast -- the work of loading and unloading ships' cargoes." Discusses key events in the union's history, involving both the longshoremen (who load and unload cargo) and the warehouse division (which stores, processes, and distributes cargo). Features several oral histories, including Harry Bridges, founding president and labor leader, and Bill Chester, the first black international officer. From the ILWU.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20758
Pew Global Attitudes Project: Truly a World Wide Web
February 2006 summary of findings about the increase in computer usage and access to the Internet in more than a dozen countries throughout the world. Includes data about percentages of computer and Internet users, and usage by gender and age for 2002 and 2005, for countries such as Canada, Germany, U.S., Poland, and Russia. From the Pew Global Attitudes Project, a project of the Pew Research Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20744
Pharming: Is Your Trusted Web Site a Clever Fake?
Brief questions and answers about "pharming," the Internet scam in which "criminal hackers redirect Internet traffic from one Web site to a different, identical-looking site in order to trick you into entering your user name and password into the database on their fake site." The term is spelled with a "ph" because it is "part of an underground slang system." From Microsoft.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20750
Background Q&A: The UAE Purchase of American Port Facilities
Questions and answers about issues surrounding a purchase that would give a company from Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) "control over facilities in six U.S. ports: New York, Miami, Newark-Port Elizabeth, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Baltimore." Discusses security concerns (weapons of mass destruction and vulnerability of liquefied natural gas), the company (DP World), significance of operation of U.S. ports by foreign companies, and related topics. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20760
Container Security Initiative
Facts sheets about the Container Security Initiative (CSI), a program intended to help increase security for containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world. Discusses elements of this anti-terrorism program, the ports where the CSI is in operation, and related material. Opens directly into a PDF file. From U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20751
Counter-Terrorism: Publications: Port Security
Collection of government publications on the security of U.S. ports. Topics include port and maritime security challenges, policy and practices, identification systems, container security, potential impact of terrorist attacks on freight transport, role of government agencies (such as the U.S. Coast Guard), and more. Publications go back to 2002. From the Counter-Terrorism Training Coordination Working Group convened by the U.S. Department of Justice.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20749
Fact Sheet: Securing U.S. Ports
This February 2006 overview of U.S. ports includes details about the groups responsible for the ports (U.S. Customs and Board Protection, Coast Guard, terminal operator, and port authority), security measures (such as screening and inspection and the Container Security Initiative), the United Arab Emirates (UAE)/Dubai Ports World acquisition, and related topics. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20737
Healthcare Associated Infections
February 2006 report from the British Medical Association (BMA) that "investigates the increasing problem of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs)." While this report focuses on British National Health Service (NHS) hospitals, it provides insight into general areas of possible concern, such as antimicrobial resistance, hand hygiene, and dress codes in the clinical setting ("refrain from wearing functionless clothing items such as ties," which may harbor germs). Includes summaries and full text of the report.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20734
Launched in February 2001, the Measles Initiative, a joint project of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, CDC, and other international groups, "is a long-term commitment to control measles deaths starting in Africa by vaccinating at-risk children 15 years old and younger." The site provides a description of the problem and solution, a FAQ, a map with a description of campaigns, a photo gallery, and more. Also includes material about anti-malaria efforts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20752
Adventures in Thai Cooking & Travel: Information About Coconuts
Collection of articles about cooking with coconuts. Topics include cracking a coconut, making coconut milk, and traditional preparations of coconut in Thailand. Includes recipes such as grilled coconut cakes, coconut-based curries, and coconut-flavored sticky rice with mango. From a cookbook author and Thai cooking teacher.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20747
Creating a Safe Room in Your Home
Discussion about creating a so-called "safe" or "panic" room. Homeowners can use such rooms to protect themselves from intruders or from major storms. Topics include location of the room, access, communication when in the room, and secure doors. The article notes that windowless bathrooms and closets usually make the best safe rooms. From Bankrate, a site that provides financial interest rate information and stories about personal finance.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20764
Biography of Agnes de Mille
Short biography of Agnes de Mille, a dancer and choreographer of Broadway hits (such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 1949 and "Paint Your Wagon" in 1951) and ballets. Covers career highlights, theaters she founded, writings, and more. From the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20763
The Kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson
Historical essay about the 1926 disappearance of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, "[who] claimed that she had been kidnapped, tortured, drugged, and held for ransom in a shack in Mexico." Provides brief background on "Sister Aimee," who founded the Pentecostal mission Foursquare Gospel in 1922, and the rumors surrounding the 1926 events. Includes references. From the University of Southern California (USC) Information Services Division.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20765
U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Facts and statistics related to St. Patrick's Day, including topics such as population distribution of Americans with Irish ancestry, immigration, places in the U.S. called Dublin and Shamrock, trade with Ireland, beer consumption, and trade with Ireland. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1527
Spring Training: The Official Site of MLB's Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues
News, schedules, results, and other features about Major League Baseball's annual spring training in Arizona and Florida. Features photos, video and audio clips, and stories about players and teams. Archives go back to 2002 Spring Training. From the official site for Major League Baseball (MLB).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20787
America on the Move: Transforming the Waterfront, San Francisco and Oakland, California
This exhibition uses the example of the ports of Oakland and San Francisco to demonstrate the development of shipping container use at U.S. ports. Topics include the container system (as compared to conventional freighters), the longshoremen who work with the containers, varieties of cargo hooks, the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), and more. Part of a larger exhibit on transportation from the National Museum of American History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20755
The California Solar Initiative
Details about the California Solar Initiative, a 10-year, $2.9 billion state program (approved in January 2006) that has the goal of increasing "the amount of installed solar capacity on rooftops in the state by 3,000 MW [megawatts] by 2017." Provides a fact sheet on the program, the complete proposal, and related reports and documents. From the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20416
California: Public Information: Clandestine Drug Labs
Fact sheets about the environmental and public health concerns surrounding illegal drug labs (primarily making methamphetamine) in California. Includes documents about the specific chemicals (such as ammonia, lithium, sodium hydroxide, and hydrogen chloride) used and produced in the labs, and about methamphetamine (meth) itself. The technical support documents contain more detailed toxicological material. From the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20736
Hot Topic: California Infrastructure
A 2006 overview, with history and links to news stories and other material, of proposed funding of infrastructure in California, such as highways, dams, levees, local streets, prisons, and government buildings. From the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library, University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20680
New Geologic Maps Highlight Bay Area Earthquake Hazards
"The U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey announce [in February 2006] two new digital geologic maps of the densely populated section of the San Francisco Bay area. ... The first is a new map of the young geologic deposits in the low-lying sections of the Bay Area. ... The second of the maps shows the likelihood that these young deposits will liquefy [during an earthquake.]" Maps are available as PDF documents.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20743
Klondike Gold Rush Historical Database
"This database contains photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, contemporary Seattle business names and locations, vessel sailing dates and passenger lists related to the 1897-1898 Klondike Gold Rush, which Seattle served as a major gateway for supplies and prospectors." Also includes materials about individuals from this period. Prepared and maintained by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle and hosted by HistoryLink.org.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20723
Northwest by Northwest: Nonfiction
"This [briefly annotated] list features selected non-fiction titles written after 1960 by authors who live (or have lived) in Oregon, Washington [state], Idaho, Montana and Alaska (excluding the Arctic), and who write about those regions. The list is for reading rather than academic research." Includes poetry, essays, travel narratives, biographies, nature and environment, and other titles. From the Multnomah County Library, Oregon.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20064
Trees of the Pacific Northwest
"The purpose of this site is to help you identify common conifers in the Pacific Northwest. ... [L]earn more about specific genera, or ... try your hand at identifying a tree specimen with a user-friendly dichotomous key. If you don't have a specimen handy, go to the mystery tree pages to try to identify the trees pictured." Material is derived from "Trees to Know in Oregon," an Oregon State University (OSU) extension circular.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20725
Washington State Department of Health: Office of Drinking Water
Brochures, notices and alerts, and other resources about drinking water in Washington state. Learn about chlorination, meter reading, drinking water contaminants (such as coliform bacteria and nitrate), backflow prevention, public water rules and regulations, water system security, and other drinking water topics. A few publications are available in Spanish. From the Washington State Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20727
Country Profile: Afghanistan
Profile of this landlocked and mountainous country that is "sandwiched between the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent along the ancient 'Silk Route.'" Includes demographic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events back to 1919, and brief listings of leaders and media outlets. Site also includes links to related news stories. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20164
An Gorta Mór: The Great Hunger Archive
Collection of material about the Irish potato famine that began in the 1840s. The site features transcriptions of workhouse minute books, a multimedia presentation about the Killarney workhouse minute books, digitized documents and papers, photographs, a bibliography, and links to related sites. From Quinnipiac University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20786
"Collection of images and documents that chart the rich history of the River Thames, from source to sea." Features themed collections, such as riverside pubs, the river in art, working along the river, and "a trip down the Thames in words and pictures". Also includes a timeline gallery (1000 to the 21st century) and links to places to visit. A cooperative project from "[l]ibraries and museums along ... the River Thames."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20761
Underground History: Disused Stations in London's Underground
This website documents the history and location of stations in London's underground railway system that are no longer in use. The site notes that the Down Street station was used during World War II as a "deep level shelter for the use of the Emergency Railway Committee" and that "during the early part of the war, Winston Churchill and his War Time Cabinet also used this shelter." Includes maps and photos. From an enthusiast.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20767
Illustrated instructions for creating an insect collection. Discusses where and how to collect live insects, collection equipment (such as jars and nets), killing insects as quickly as possible, preservation methods, pinning and mounting, labeling, and organization. From two University of Nebraska entomology professors.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20539
AMA Code of Medical Ethics
Ethics code of the American Medical Association (AMA), with related updates and opinions. The code, which can be read online or downloaded to PDAs, covers social policy issues (such as abortion, capital punishment, cloning, and end-of-life care), patient-physician relationships, confidentiality, and other ethical issues. "CEJA Reports" includes papers on topics such as medical testimony and organ donation. Also find a history of the AMA principles of medical ethics. From the American Medical Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20782
Bodies of Cultures: A World Tour of Body Modification
This exhibit shows historical examples of body modification, including tattooing, piercing, and body painting. Features images of paintings and artifacts showing nose rings, Maori facial tattoos, tattoo patterns, body decorations, and more. Includes user-submitted opinions about body modification. From the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20766
Brooklyn Expedition: Latin America
This site for children explores various facets of Latin American culture and history. Topics include textiles, animals in art, food history, ancient beliefs and rituals, and celebrations (such as Dia de la Raza -- Day of the Races -- on October 12, and Night of the Radishes on December 23). Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. A joint project of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Public Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20784
The Ethical Researcher: Goals of an Ethics Policy
This site presents academic integrity and plagiarism policies for educational institutions, and a collection of links to material about honor codes. Topics include the principles underlying the policy, what responsibilities are required, and the relationship of various policies. Provides links to policies and related material at U.S. high schools and colleges. From librarian Debbie Abilock.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20783
If a Library Is Bookless, What's In It?
This 2006 radio program looks at the role of public libraries in the 21st century, given the advances in information technology. The program focuses on these questions: "What is the library's role -- and who should pay for it?" Includes links to opinions about "bookless libraries" and public library services of the future. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20780
World Public Opinion.org (WPO)
Provides regionally organized information "on public opinion from around the world on international issues." Each report provides the questionnaire and methodology used in polling. Topics include development and aid, environment, trade, governance, security, justice, human rights, the United Nations, and more. Also provides links to sources for polling data. From the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20732
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