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This week browse sites related to school violence, Tokyo Rose, Edgar Allan Poe, microloans, bicycling, elections, free speech, and much more. Brought to you by librarians Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, and Charlotte. Bon appetit!
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This week we feature a site on the "300 million" population milestone. This site is one of our "retreads"--we actually added this site to LII in August. The lesson: start with LII--we're often way ahead of the game on the very best the Web has to offer on current and forthcoming issues!
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Frankfurt Book Fair
Details about this international book fair held annually in October since 1949. Features history of the fair and of the book tradition in Frankfurt, Germany, which "dates back to the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg first invented movable type — only a few kilometres down the road from Frankfurt." In English and German.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22756
Nevermore: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane
The website companion to this 2006-2007 exhibit about Edgar Allan Poe features digitized images of "many of Poe's unique manuscripts and letters, scarce copies of his first editions, rare examples of the original newspaper and magazine issues in which much of his work first appeared, and editions of his most famous poem, 'The Raven.'" From the Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22709
Publications from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) about microfinance, which provides very small loans for businesses as "an effective means of contributing on a sustainable basis to poverty reduction." Provides basic facts and figures, microfinance policy and program details, and reports on microfinance in specific regions (such as Malawi), microfinance for women, and related topics.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22748
Internet Evolution: Riding the Waves of "Web 2.0"
This October 2006 report looks at "Web 2.0," a "catch-all buzzword that people use to describe a wide range of online activities and applications." It provides an overview of Web 2.0 and some of the concepts (such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts) that have been associated with the trend, and statistics showing the rise of services such as Photobucket, Wikipedia, and MySpace. From the Pew Internet & American Life project.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22764
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Disease Information
Basic information about breast cancer including description and incident rate of the disease, types of breast cancer, and stages of breast cancer. Features links to treatment options, "compliance" (how well a patient follows mutually agreed on recommendations of a healthcare professional), and questions to ask your healthcare provider. From the campaign website for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recognized annually in October.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22760
American Academy of Poets: Shel Silverstein
Brief biography of Shel Silverstein, "composer, an artist, and the author of numerous books of prose and poetry for younger readers, " such as "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "The Giving Tree." Includes two of Silverstein's poems and links to related websites. From the American Academy of Poets.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22753
Famous Cases: Iva Toguri dAquino and "Tokyo Rose"
Background about Iva Toguri d'Aquino, who died in September 2006 and was most identified with "Tokyo Rose," a "fabricated name given by soldiers to a series of American-speaking women who made propaganda broadcasts" in the South Pacific during World War II. Includes a description of her early life (she was born in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA) and of her presidential pardon in 1977. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22737
U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: 300 Million
To spotlight the occasion of the U.S. population reaching 300 million in 2006, "the Census Bureau steps back in time by comparing contemporary life and statistics to those in the time periods in which the nation reached other noteworthy population milestones in 1967 ... and in the year 1915." Includes comparisons of population, education, life expectancy, prices (gasoline, milk, postage stamps, and more), earnings, and other data. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22303
A Good Bike Fit for You
Interactive guide to the elements of a proper bicycle fit that "minimizes discomfort, increases efficiency, and helps prevent pain or injury." Demonstrates proper shoulder and trunk angles and knee and foot position for recreational and road cyclists. Includes links to other material related to cycling and proper bike fit, which is the focus of the 2006 American Physical Therapy Month (October). From the American Physical Therapy Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22759
Official website for this Hall of Fame baseball player who played in the 1950s and 1960s. Features a short biography, lifetime stats, descriptions of home runs for selected seasons, images of Mickey Mantle trading cards and his 1961 World Series ring, photos, his Hall of Fame induction speech in 1974, a 1995 eulogy, and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22758
Partners in Preservation: San Francisco Bay Area Initiative
In 2006, "13 San Francisco Bay Area historic sites were selected as winners of American Express Partners in Preservation grants and [shared] the $1 million committed by American Express for preservation efforts in the Bay Area. " Features brief descriptions of the grant recipients.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22741
Zero Waste California
This California state program is "based on the concept that wasting resources is inefficient and that efficient use of our natural resources is what we should work to achieve." Find ideas for reducing waste in the home and at the office, material about zero-waste concepts (such as packaging redesign and food waste management), waste prevention fact sheets, and more. From the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22744
Bibliographies on South Asian Topics
Collection of links to bibliographies about South Asia in general and countries in South Asia, covering topics such as religion (including Hinduism and Sikhism), women's rights, politics, languages, arts, literature, and history. From Columbia University Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22750
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries
Companion website to a 2006-2007 exhibit that presents "some of the most recent dino discoveries in the fields of paleontology, biomechanical engineering, and paleobotany." Features a field guide to dinosaurs, audio and video clips, dinosaur trivia, and essays about topics such as the Liaoning Forest in China, dinosaur biomechanics, and mass extinctions. Includes classroom materials. From the California Academy of Sciences.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22603
USGS Hawaiian Volcanic Observatory: Earthquakes
Features on this site include a map of current earthquakes in Hawaii, an explanation of the difference between magnitude and intensity scales of felt earthquakes, a table of historical destructive earthquakes in Hawaii back to 1868, details about Hawaii seismic hazards, and and the role of volcanism. From the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, part of the Volcano Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22746
"Peruse over 70 free commentaries covering the self-help, success and spiritual fields" from "personal development" author Tom Butler-Bowdon. Includes lists of self-help classics, success classics, and spiritual classics, reviews of selected works such as Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" (1854), Samuel Smile's "Self-Help" (1859), Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (1936), and more recent titles.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22755
The Baha'i Calendar
Calendar for this religion for which the "year consists of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days), with the addition of 'Intercalary Days' (four in ordinary and five in leap years)." Includes a description of the month of fasting and a list of holidays such as for the birth of the prophets Bab (October 20) and Baha'u'llah (November 12). From the "official website of the Baha'is of the United States."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22761
Elections ... the American Way
Introduction to the electoral system in the United States. Topics include requirements to be a presidential candidate, who can vote and how this has changed over time, the political party system, how presidents are elected (including the primary system and electoral votes), and significant issues through time. Part of a website designed for teachers from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22766
Free Speech in Europe: Mixed Rules
News article from February 2006 discussing the "inconsistent rules in Europe governing free speech, tolerance, and the boundaries of public expression." The article considers that "Muslims in particular charge that hate-speech laws are implemented unfairly. Many countries, they say, do not abide anti-Semitic outbursts, but will tolerate cartoons that to many Muslims are deeply offensive." From The Christian Science Monitor.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22749
International School Library Day
This day, which commemorates the "importance of school libraries in teaching and learning," has been celebrated on the third Monday in October since 1999. The site features suggested activities, a description of what libraries around the world are doing, and online resources to help plan an International School Library Day. Includes material about this day back to 1999. From the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22763
Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead
Companion to an exhibit that "explore[s] the ancient Celtic roots of Halloween, the colorful Mexican Day of the Dead, mummification and other death rituals in ancient Egypt, Indonesian cliff burials, and modern American memorials, including those following the 9/11 tragedy." The site includes descriptions of activities and beliefs, exhibit handouts, and links to related sites. From the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22413
School Associated Violent Deaths
Fact sheet about school shootings and school-related violence, covering research, preventative measures, youth violence programs and practices, and related topics. Includes links to guidelines, best practices, and other documents on school violence. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22765
Student Life: Relaxation Techniques [and] Recommended Self-Help Books
Relaxation exercises and tips to address "stress, test anxiety, all kinds of phobias and other similar concerns." This page also contains an annotated list of "recommended self-help books for the [college] campus community. These books address a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, shyness, relationships, and more." From the Counseling Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22752
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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder