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This week read up on banned books and learn about selecting computers, then explore sites about E. Coli, agricultural tourism, learning a second language, Michaelmas, Oliver North, workplace fairness, and more. Some content this week underwritten by California Digital Library. Bon appetit from the LII library team: Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Banned Books Week
This handout on this site offers ideas and resources for commemorating Banned Books Week, "the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is held during the last week of September." The handbook includes a list of banned and challenged books with links to related articles, posters, and links to related sites and sites that promote book banning. From the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22610
Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Explore Banned Books
This site from 2006 celebrates the 25th anniversary of Banned Book Week by listing 42 books that have been challenged or banned in the U.S. Includes links to catalog records for the books and to citations for books about the banned books for titles such as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Lolita," "The Great Gatsby," "1984," "Catcher in the Rye," "Satanic Verses," and "The Color Purple." From Google Book Search.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22608
Full Circle: Digital Panoramas
"Techniques for making panoramic photographs have been in use since about 1850." This exhibit considers the question, "Is the digital panorama process simply an update to these methods?" and notes that unlike the 19th century panorama-maker, "the digital panorama-maker cannot hide from an awareness of the process of assembling and simulating an image." Features over a dozen digital panoramas. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22554
Language Course Finder
"With over 10,000 language schools teaching 88 languages in 115 countries, [this] is the largest online directory of language courses and language schools worldwide." Search in many languages for a language to learn and location of program. Also includes information about financial aid, language tests and certificates, online learning resources, and related travel material. From a company that has produced a language learning guidebook since 1985.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22626
Laurie Long: The Dating Surveillance Project
"The Dating Surveillance Project is a collection of videos and video stills gathered by wearing a hidden camera on [the artist's] dates." The artist claims she is so busy working two jobs that she has no time in her schedule for romance unless she makes it into an art project. Includes still images and a short video. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22562
Doing Business: Benchmarking Business Regulations
This database "provides indicators of the cost of doing business by identifying specific regulations that enhance or constrain business investment, productivity, and growth." Regions and specific countries are ranked on topics such as starting a business, enforcing contracts, licenses, hiring and firing, credit, taxes, and cross border trading. Also includes annual reports for countries and links to laws. "The indicators are developed by the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22496
Workplace Fairness: It's Everyone's Job
This collection of publications and resources focuses on workplace fairness topics such as wages, retirement, discrimination, privacy, and unions. Website sections focus on job survival (covering topics such as layoffs and sexual harassment), women, older workers, immigrants, and public employees. From an organization that provides "information, education, and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22599
CNET Editors' Desktop Buying Guide
This step-by-step guide to desktop computers "clues you in to what you need to know, from finding the type of PC that fits your lifestyle to catching up on all of the latest trends." Discusses specifications for different users (general purpose user, "power" user, home theater enthusiast, home office worker), processors and memory, drives, peripherals (such as monitors), and related topics. Includes links to other buying guides. From CNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22615
Computers Decision Guide
Brief step-by-step guide to making decisions about a computer purchase. Topics include whether to upgrade or buy a new computer, deciding between a laptop and desktop computer and between Windows and Macintosh operating systems, types of laptops and desktops, and computer security. Provides links to related consumer reviews and articles, some free and some requiring a paid subscription. From Consumer Reports.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22613
The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs
Collection (posted in 2004) of "diaries, e-mail, and memos of Iran-contra figure Oliver North, ... [which] directly contradict his criticisms ... of Sen. John Kerry's 1988 Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee report on the ways that covert support for the Nicaraguan contras in the 1980s undermined the U.S. war on drugs." Includes a summary and scanned images of the documents. From the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22611
CDC: Escherichia Coli O157:H7
Questions and answers about Escherichia coli O157:H7, "one of hundreds of strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli [E. coli]," and a cause of foodborne illness. Topics include how this E. coli strain spreads, illness caused by the bacteria, prevention measures, and more. In English and Spanish. Provides a link to notices specifically about the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak from fresh spinach. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22604
FloodSmart.gov: An Official Site of the National Flood Insurance Program
This website helps property owners "learn the basics about how to stay financially secure if a flood damages your property." Features a database that provides the likelihood of flood damage at a specific address, a tool for estimating premiums, a description of damage for different amounts of flooding, facts and statistics, articles, links to flood insurance agents, and related material. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22523
Biography of Rutherford B. Hayes
Profile of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president. A fast facts section lists presidential "firsts" during Hayes' term, including the first telephone and typewriter in the White House and the White House Easter Egg Roll. Provides related articles about the disputed election of 1876, which resulted in the appointment of a congressional commission to settle the dispute. From the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, endowed by a foundation started by Hayes' second son.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22621
Seattle's Favorite Attractions
This tourism site for Seattle and the Puget Sound region of Washington state features material about selected "historic tours of the Pacific Northwest, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, museums, sports tours, cruises, ferries, trains, planes, beaches, cultural events, kids activities, shopping, outdoor recreation, restaurants, nightlife, sensational places to stay and captivating streets to walk." Includes a printable coupon book with discounts on attractions.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22516
Western Washington Flora
Collection of almost 170 images of plants from Western Washington state. Searchable; or browse by Latin or common name. Records include plant description, habitat, flower color, plant height, leaf structure, and many other details. From the University of Puget Sound.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22502
Country Profile: Vatican
Profile of the Vatican, "the smallest independent state in the world and the residence of the spiritual leadership of the Roman Catholic church." Includes demographic facts, historical overview, and brief listings of leaders and media outlets. Site also includes links to related news stories, and audio of the national anthem. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20163
History of Mexican Independence
Introduction to the history of Mexican Independence Day. Shortly before dawn on September 16, 1810, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called the Indians and mestizos (persons of mixed race) to retaliate against the Spaniards. "Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans shout the grito, honoring the crucial, impulsive action" by Hidalgo. From Mexonine.com, a website founded by an author and radio host who specializes in business and retirement in Mexico.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22584
National Tropical Botanical Garden: Meet the Plants
Learn about plants from tropical regions of the world by browsing sections for uses of plants (such as clothing or medicine), regions, types of plants (such as trees), and rare, poisonous, and edible plants. Plant profiles feature descriptions, photos, and (in some cases) audio clips. Also includes a photo gallery. From the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a nonprofit group "dedicated to discovering, saving, and studying the world's tropical plants and to sharing what is learned."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22598
11 September: Five Years On
Collection of news stories and analysis from 2006 relating to the five-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Features stories by leading commentators "about how the world has changed since 11 September," photos, and graphs showing statistics about how America is changed in areas of defense, air travel, presidential approval rating, anti-Islamic hate crimes reported, and newspaper articles mentioning Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22607
4H Center for Youth Development: Monograph (Focus)
"A series of in-depth, research-based papers on relevant youth development issues." Topics include
"Adolescents and Driving: Factors Influencing Behavior," "Disordered Eating Patterns Among Adolescents," and "Youth Violence."
From the 4-H Center for Youth Development (CYD), a research center located on the campus of the University of California, Davis, devoted to studying "youth development in the contexts of family and community."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22508
National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) Resource Center
This site contains publications on topics such as substance-exposed newborns, family planning, and kinship foster care. Also features issues of the Source newsletter. From an organization with a mission "to enhance the quality of social and health services delivered to children who are abandoned or at-risk of abandonment due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV in the family." The AIA Resource Center is located at the University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22482
The Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project: Anti-Vietnam War Protests in the San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond
A chronology of the Vietnam War (1960-1975), highlighting major events and associated political activism, with an emphasis on the UC Berkeley campus. Contains audio and video of protests, debates, and interviews; photographs; and links to related resources. Also features a chronology of notable post-war events. Includes a bibliography. Note: newspaper articles available only to the UC Berkeley community. From the Media Resources Center, University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22417
Second-Language Teaching Methods: Principles & Procedures
Overview of "the basic principles and procedures of the most recognized methods for teaching a second or foreign language." Methods include grammar-translation approach, audiolingual method, and total physical response. From a professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22628
Wilson's Almanac on Michaelmas, St. Michael's Feast Day
Collection of material about Michaelmas, a Christian holiday celebrated on September 29 in honor of the feast of St. Michael. St. Michael "is an archangel who was the leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising, casting Satan out of Paradise. He is one of only two angels named in the Bible." Topics include lore, the Michaelmas daisy and goose, and quotes. From an online magazine by a writer and web designer.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22618
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