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LII New This Week
New This Week for August 3, 2006
This Week
Once again our weekly newsletter is enhanced and expanded by fascinating content underwritten by California Digital Library. We create our records in LII and share the records on the Calisphere website. Browse sites about climate change, pest identification, Lebanon, California history, American Sign Language, and much more. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Tom, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Adventures in the Past: Discovering the Public Lands' Archaeological. Historic, and Fossil Heritage
This site provides links to lesson plans and articles for teaching and learning about history, archeology, and paleontology on public land in the western United States. Also features an interactive map with links to material about vacation opportunities at BLM-administered sites, and selected research publications on topics such as Native Americans, the Oregon Trail, and the Iditarod. From the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
URL: http://www.blm.gov/heritage/adventures/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22214

A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials
Library of Congress resources on "African-American expressions of writing, music, and art during the 1920s and 1930s." Features exhibitions, photo collections, manuscripts, sheet music, biographies, "Today in History" essays, lesson plans, a selected bibliography, and more. Compiled by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/harlem/harlem.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22067

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The First Fifty Years
This site celebrates television broadcasts sponsored by Hallmark from 1951 through 2001. It features an introductory essay, timeline, and synopses of programs (browsable by title or by decade) such as for the memorable live premiere in 1951 of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and the 1953 production of "Hamlet," which "marked the first presentation of a Shakespearean play on U.S. network television." From the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
URL: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/hallmark/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22159

Revolution and Commerce: The Legacy of Korda's Portrait of Che Guevara
Companion to an exhibit about "the portrait of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara,' Guerrillo Heroico, photographed by Alberto D'az Korda on March 5, 1960, [which] is considered to be the most reproduced image in the history of photography." Features selected images from the exhibit, such as the contact sheet that includes the famous photo and artistic interpretations of the portrait, and links to related sites. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
URL: http://www.cmp.ucr.edu/exhibitions/che/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22144

Business

The Climate Group
Website for this "independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. ... based in the UK, the USA and Australia." Features interviews with international business and government leaders, case studies about actions being taken by governmental and corporate actors "to minimize their carbon footprints," and suggestions for individuals for reducing emissions (with links to related sites). Also includes links to news stories, online publications, and more.
URL: http://www.theclimategroup.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22215

Info*Nation
This website is designed "to promote the library and information professions in Canada." Topics include core values in library careers (such as literacy and education, public service, intellectual freedom, and preservation), librarian skills and strengths, and benefits of library jobs. Also includes brief librarian profiles, links to librarian blogs, job listings, and education resources in Canada. From the Canadian Library Association (CLA).
URL: http://www.cla.ca/infonation/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22218

Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality (1971-1982)
An exhibit of photographs of people and activities of the Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality (Union WAGE), "an organization of socialist and progressive women from 1971 through 1982. It supported women organizing in the work place and included struggles for democratic rank and file unions." The photographs were taken by Cathy Cade from 1970 through 1975; many include images of workers on strike. From the Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/exhibit/cade/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22109

Government

TRAC Immigration
Collection of "independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement." Includes government studies, reports and bulletins, statistics, and other publications about immigration policy, border security, visas, and related immigration topics. Also provides a glossary of immigration-related terms. From the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.
URL: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22225

Law

World Drug Report: Global Illicit Drug Trends
An annual publication about worldwide illegal drug production, trafficking, and use. Find data and analysis on opium, heroin, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants, and other drugs. The report features a special section on cannabis, "by far the most widely produced, trafficked and used drug in the world." Includes archived reports from past years. Some material available in additional languages. From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
URL: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/WDR.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22196

Media

Cufts
Use the database in the "Tools" section of this site to look up a magazine or journal by title or ISSN and find out what databases index that journal and what databases include full text. Use the "Resource Comparison " to find out the overlap between two electronic collections and what titles are unique to each. Developed by Simon Fraser University Library for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).
URL: http://cufts.lib.sfu.ca
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22222

What is a Multimedia Story?
A tutorial for journalists who want to learn how to do multimedia stories, defined as a "combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in a nonlinear format." Provides guidelines for completing a story (choosing, storyboarding, fieldwork, editing, assembling). Includes equipment and software tutorials, and tips on voice-over and standup narrations. From the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/reporting/starttof...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22172

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

ASL University
This site is a "curriculum resource for American Sign Language [ASL] students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children." It features a dictionary of words with photos of proper movements, a "baby's first 100 ASL signs tour," finger spelling lessons, number lessons, material about ASL grammar and history, and more. From the director, ASL Online and Immersion Programs, Sacramento State, College of Continuing Education.
URL: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22220

Recreation

The Fortunate 50
Profiles, compiled annually, of the 50 top-earning U.S. athletes. The "figures include salary, bonuses, winnings, endorsement money and appearance fees." Also includes a list of the 20 top-earning athletes from outside the U.S., and predictions of athletes who might make the top-50 list in the future. From Sports Illustrated.
URL: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/specials/fortunate50/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22226

Regional: California

The Bancroft Library: Video Presentations
Five brief "video presentations that explore the history and research activities" of the Bancroft Library. Featuring librarians who work at the Bancroft, "these excerpts are part of a video documentary that traces the origins, collections, and services of The Bancroft Library, one of the nation's leading archival and special collections repositories." From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/video.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22098

California Bound
This site from an enthusiast "contains passenger lists for ships and wagon trains traveling to California between 1848 and 1873. The lists are transcribed from microfilm of the New York Daily Times, the New York Herald, the New Orleans Picayune, the Panama Star, the Panama Herald, and the Boston Daily Evening Transcript." Most lists are from 1849-1854.
URL: http://www.pt5dome.com/PassHome.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22224

California History Lectures
Audio of seven one-hour lectures on California history topics: California missions, the California Gold Rush, Mark Twain, water delivery systems, Henry J. Kaiser, Governor Hiram Johnson, and the history of the Bancroft Library. The lectures, moderated by the Director of the Bancroft Library, Dr. Charles Faulhaber, were recorded live in the Bancroft and originally broadcast in 2002 and 2003. From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/audiolectures.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22193

How to Manage Pests: Identification: Natural Enemies Gallery
Descriptions and photographs of "natural enemy species commonly found on California farms and in landscapes." These natural enemies (including predators, parasites, and pathogens) "kill, decrease the reproductive potential or otherwise reduce the numbers" of insect and mite pests, and are "key components of integrated pest management programs." Browsable by common name, order and family, and scientific name. From the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM), University of California, Davis.
URL: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/NE/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22174

The Palm Springs Modern Committee
This organization is dedicated to preservation of the mid-20th century architectural style favored in Palm Springs, California, known as Desert Modernism. "Notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manmade materials, and indoor/outdoor spaces, Desert Modernism defined a lifestyle of elegant informality." Find building images representing key architects (such as William Cody and Albert Frey), information about lost buildings, and news about committee activities.
URL: http://www.psmodcom.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22229

Wieslander Vegetation Type Maps & Photographs
A collection of over 3,000 digitized photographs of natural vegetation in California, taken during the 1920s and 1930s as part of a U.S. National Forest Service survey. Many of the photographs feature links to corresponding historical topographical maps from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Searchable, and browsable by place name (quad), species, and interactive map. From the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/vtm/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22085

Regional: Washington State

Lee Pickett Photographs
"The Lee Pickett collection of over 900 photographs documents scenes from Snohomish, King and Chelan Counties in Washington State from the early 1900s to the 1940s. ... Pickett was perhaps best known for his job as official photographer for the Great Northern Railway Company." The site features photos of the Great Northern Railway and its Cascade tunnel construction, quarrying, logging, automobiles, and the city of Index, Washington. From the University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections.
URL: http://content.lib.washington.edu/pickettweb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21932

Regions of the World

Science

Dilophosaurus!
A narrated tour by Sam Welles, the discoverer of the dinosaur Dilophosaurus. Features audio of Welles discussing how he discovered Dilophosoaurus bones in Arizona in the 1940s, how he named the dinosaur based on the double crest on top of the head, its probable physical appearance and habits, and the appearance of Dilophosaurus in the film "Jurassic Park." See "Dilophosaurus Closeup" for additional details. From the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/dilophosaur/intro.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22097

An Inconvenient Truth: Take Action
This companion to the 2006 documentary about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," features suggestions for individuals to reduce harmful emissions at home and traveling and to advocate for changes locally, nationally, and internationally. Also includes an interactive tool to calculate your personal impact, 10 simple tips to reduce your impact, and links to related materials. Also includes links to details about the documentary.
URL: http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22216

The Organic Center
This advocacy site for organic farming features articles and reports on subjects such as pesticides in foods, nutritional quality, antioxidants, and food safety. Also find links to related sites. From an organization whose mission is "to generate credible, peer reviewed scientific information and communicate the verifiable benefits of organic farming and products to society."
URL: http://www.organic-center.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21026

Pesticides and Water Quality
This site uses clear, friendly language and pictures to describe how pesticides used in homes and gardens get into creeks and rivers and how pesticides affect water quality. Topics include safer pesticide use, alternatives to using pesticides, the toxicity of pesticides, tips on storage and disposal, and instructions on reading pesticide labels. Offers links to related regulatory information and agencies. From the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM), University of California, Davis.
URL: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/WATER/U/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22171

Society & Social Science

The Canary Project
The mission of this project is "to photograph landscapes around the world that are exhibiting dramatic transformation due to global warming and to use these photographs to persuade as many people as possible that global warming is already underway and of immediate concern." Includes photos from New Orleans (after Hurricane Katrina), cloud forests in Costa Rica, glaciers in Austria, and other locations. From a travel photographer and a partner of an international investigative firm.
URL: http://www.canary-project.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22197

Take Pride in America: It's Your Land, Lend a Hand
Website for "a national partnership established by the U.S. Department of the Interior that aims to engage, support and recognize volunteers who work to improve our public parks, forests ... and other recreation areas." Find listings for internship and volunteer opportunities in your area, national events, details about awards and about school and garden programs, newsletters (highlighting specific local efforts), and more. From the U.S. Department of the Interior.
URL: http://www.takepride.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22018


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