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Learn what's ailing Tasmanian devils, muse on unusual economic indicators, explore lonely airfields, imagine how you'll look in a backscatter X-ray, and marvel that The Cat in the Hat turns 50 this year. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Charlotte, Maria, and Jennifer.
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Conservation of the Dred Scott Papers
Description of the conservation of papers from the case in which "Dred Scott petitioned the St. Louis Circuit Court for his freedom in April 1846." The case, which eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court and was decided on March 6, 1857, "brought the country to the brink of civil war." Includes many images showing the conservation process. From the Archives division of the Missouri Secretary of State.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23380
Today in History, March 5: The Boston Massacre
Brief history of the Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770), in which "British sentries guarding the Boston Customs House shot into a crowd killing four civilians. ... The only victim of the Boston Massacre whose name became widely known, [African American sailor] Crispus Attucks was memorialized as the first hero of the American Revolution." Features links to related Library of Congress material. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23378
Oddball Indicators Run the Gamut From Hemlines to Picket Lines
This amusing 2006 newspaper column discusses various traditional and non-traditional indicators for predicting the economy. Non-traditional indicators include the hemline index that "portends that the more leg we see, the higher the stock market will be," a mass transit index, and projections for sales of golf balls. Includes links to related sites. From the North County Times (San Diego, California).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23415
"Backscatter" X-ray Screening Technology
Discussion of privacy concerns related to backscatter X-ray screening at airport security checkpoints, where "a passenger is scanned by rastering or moving a single high energy x-ray beam rapidly over their form. The signal strength of detected backscattered x-rays from a known position then allows a highly realistic image to be reconstructed." Includes links to news stories and websites. From the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center focusing on civil liberties issues.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23408
X-ray Backscatter Technology and Your Personal Privacy
Overview of privacy matters related to X-ray backscatter technology for airport security screening, which "will be able to detect non-metallic devices and objects, as well as weapons or other harmful objects that a passenger may be carrying on his or her person." It is (as of 2007) "a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary screening as an alternative to the physical pat down procedures." Includes images and a video. From the Transportation Security Administration.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23406
Inside Cancer: Multimedia Guide to Cancer Biology
This interactive introduction to cancer biology contains four sections: hallmarks of cancer, causes and prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and pathways to cancer (cancer cells). Includes brief audio and video clips of scientists studying cancer, a world map showing cancer distribution, and a glossary. The site design and features make this complex subject very accessible to the layperson. Produced by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23354
Dred Scott Sesquicentennial: The Dred Scott Decision 1857-2007, 150 Years
Background information and listing of events commemorating the 150-year anniversary (in 2007) of the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, "which decided the case in 1857, hastening the start of the Civil War." Includes a chronology of the case (which began in 1846 when Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit against Irene Emerson for their freedom), details about the trials and courtroom, and links to related sites. From the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23379
Health Warnings [Cigarette Packages]
Examples of health warnings required to be printed on cigarette packages from around the world. Countries discussed include Canada (which has required text and images since 2000), the U.S. (which has required warnings since 1984), Sweden ("the first country to implement rotating warnings on cigarette packages, starting in 1977"), the EU, Australia, Japan, and Chile. The information was last updated in 2002. In English and French. From the Media Awareness Network.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23362
Media Portrayals of Girls and Women
This site "provides a snapshot of the issues around the media's portrayal of women and girls -- from effects on body image and self-identity to ramifications in sports and politics. It looks at the economic interests behind the objectification and eroticization of females by the media as well as efforts to counter negative stereotyping." Also includes links to material about media portrayal of minorities, men, and gays and lesbians. From the Media Awareness Network.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23416
Dot Carpenter: The Woman Behind the Man
This presentation focuses on the accomplishments of Dot Carpenter, wife of Delph Carpenter, Colorado lawyer and "Father of Interstate River Compacts." Brief illustrated essays describe her role as daughter, sister, classmate, wife, and mother, during her long life (1878-1980). From Colorado State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23027
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Official website of Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York. Provides a biography, her positions on issues such such as health care and national security, recent legislation, audio and video clips of testimony, constituent services, and related news and updates.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23206
Natalie Vivian Scott
This exhibit celebrates Natalie Vivian Scott (1890-1957), "decorated war hero, a celebrated newspaperwoman, an award winning playwright, a wilderness explorer, a Red Cross nurse, translator, teacher and social worker." She was "the only American woman in ... [World War I] to earn France's highest medal for courage, the Croix de Guerre." Also covers her involvement with the New Orleans French Quarter Renaissance and work in Taxco, Mexico. From the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23384
Saving Time, Saving Energy: Daylight Saving Time, Its History and Why We Use It
Explains why we adjust our clocks one hour forward in the spring and back in the fall ("spring forward, fall back"). Also find and explanation of resultant energy savings and the history of daylight-saving time. Includes trivia about time and links to related sites. From the California Energy Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6254
Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
Collection of listings for abandoned airfields in the U.S., including details of their history, reasons for their decline and demise, along with maps and photographs. Browse by state and then by region or location within the state. From a career pilot.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23383
Lighthouses of California
Historical essays and photos of lighthouses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and northern, central, and southern California. Includes tourist information for visiting, bibliographic references and links to related sites. From two lighthouse enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23403
Make the Dirt Fly!
Illustrated presentation about the building of the Panama
Canal by French and American interests. Includes background about the Suez Canal built by the French (joining the Mediterranean and Red Seas, finished in 1869), selection of the canal route, workers and tropical diseases (such yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes), and civil and structural engineering issues. Includes photos, maps, and related documents about this canal first used in 1914. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23399
Wildlife of Tasmania: Tasmanian Devil
Fact sheet about this Australian mammal, which "cannot be mistaken for any other marsupial. Its spine-chilling screeches, black colour, and reputed bad-temper, led the early European settlers to call it The Devil." Includes a FAQ, images, video and audio clips, and information about Devil Facial Tumour Disease affecting the Tasmanian devil population. From Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23410
All About Japanese Hina Dolls
"Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates the Doll Festival (Japanese, Hina Matsuri). Until recently, Girls' Day was also celebrated on March 3rd. On this day every year, families set up a special step-altar on which to arrange their Emperor and Empress dolls, called 'hina' in Japanese." This site describes and provides images of these dolls and doll altars. From the Kyoto Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23402
Centenary of the Montessori Movement
This site from 2007 celebrates the 100th anniversary since Dr. Maria Montessori opened her first school. The site features background and a timeline about Montessori, extracts from Montessori's writings, an introduction to Montessori teaching pedagogy, a collection of photos showing Montessori programs in a variety of countries and settings, and articles about the Montessori teaching method. Also includes material about centenary events. From the Montessori Centenary Steering Committee.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23401
International Women's Day (IWD)
Material about the celebration of this March 8 day that "has been observed since ... the early 1900's" and is an official holiday in several countries. Features a brief history of the holiday, a calendar of IWD events throughout the world, and news with links to related sites. The site is provided by Aurora, a company that connects business and professional women."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23400
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