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LII New This Week
New This Week for March 15, 2007
This Week
Enjoy women's art and quilts, find out where in the world St. Patrick's Day is being celebrated (and where the pubs are), and try to wrap your brain around quantum information. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Gardening in small spaces is a challengeĀ—these sites on container gardening will get you started.
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Arts and Humanities

Beyond the Picket Fence: Australian Women's Art in the National Library's Collection
Website for this exhibition that "opened on the twentieth anniversary of International Women's Day and was one of more than one hundred exhibitions held in Australia in 1995 to celebrate women's activities and creativity." Features images of art created by Australian women, accompanied by brief biographies. Some of the themes include Australian life and scenery, art for children, portraits, and gardens, plants, and birds. From the National Library of Australia.
URL: http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/fence/picket.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23488

Nature's Bounty: Quilts and More
Companion website to a past exhibit featuring quilts and other textiles that reflect nature. Features examples of textiles depicting flowers, birds, and other nature images. Also includes classroom materials and links to related sites. From the Kentucky Library and Museum, Western Kentucky University.
URL: http://www.wku.edu/library/onlinexh/naturesbounty/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23500

Quilts
Companion website to television documentaries on quilting, including "The Art of Quilting" (visiting quilt exhibitions and artist studios), "A Century of Quilts" (a search to find the most acclaimed American quilts of the 20th century), and "America Quilts" (exploring quilts and their stories). Features interviews, images, classroom materials, and other resources on quilting. From Wisconsin Public Television.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/americaquilts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23501

Business

Consumers International
Website for this "global federation of consumer organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of consumer's rights worldwide through empowering national consumer groups and campaigning at the international level." Features industry and regional reports, policy recommendations, and other material about consumer topics such as corporate social responsibility, food safety, World Consumer Rights Day (in March), and international standards. Some materials available in Spanish.
URL: http://www.consumersinternational.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23493

Health

CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Extensive information about tuberculosis (TB), "a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs. ... TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States." Provides fact sheets and other documents about topics such as vaccines, TB information for international travelers, TB in minority populations, and TB and HIV/AIDS. Also includes educator and training resources. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23512

World Health Organization: Tuberculosis (TB)
Background and updates about tuberculosis (TB), which is "primarily an illness of the respiratory system, and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Each year about 1.6 million people die from this curable disease." Provides data about TB in specific countries, news about World Health Organization (WHO) activities related to TB, fact sheets, reports, and more. From WHO.
URL: http://www.who.int/tb/en/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23513

People

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982: Gabriel García Márquez
Background about this Colombian author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, and who is known for works such as "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Features a biography, bibliography, and text of his Nobel lecture. Some material available in Spanish. (Nobel banquet speech only available in Spanish.) From the Nobel Foundation.
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1982/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23506

Regional: California

Daly City Earthquake of 1957
Website about this 5.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred on March 22, 1957, in Daly City, California. "Although only a moderate earthquake, it is still the largest earthquake to have been located on the San Francisco Peninsula since 1906." The site features a brief sound recording of the earthquake, and personal accounts of the quake. Includes links to related sites. From a graduate student who studied the quake.
URL: http://www.winwaed.com/sci/daly/dalycity.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23470

Growing Up in the Wine Industry
Transcript and audio of a 2006 radio interview with E.&J. Gallo Winery president Joseph Gallo "about learning the family business from Ernest and Julio, and passing it on." Also includes a brief history of this California winery, which "has earned a reputation for being a pioneer and tastemaker, from being the first company to introduce screw-cap bottles in the 1940s to being one of the first wine producers to advertise." From American Public Media.
URL: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2006/11/16/AM200611162.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23495

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Official website for this California mission, which was the "seventh mission founded [on] November 1, 1776, the Feast of All Saints, by Fr. Junipero Serra." Features history, photos, a mission map and guide, and details about the "Return of the Swallows" celebration that takes place on March 19 (St. Joseph's Day) each year. Also includes a calendar of events, details about preservation, and related material.
URL: http://www.missionsjc.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23509

Regions of the World

Ethical Traveler
This site's "focus is on the positive impact travelers can have by being open, informed, and willing to immerse themselves in other cultures," and "is dedicated to educating travelers about the social and environmental impact of their decisions." The site features "Thirteen Tips for the Accidental Ambassador," country information, details about advocacy actions, and links to related sites. A project of Earth Island Institute, an organization founded by environmentalist David Brower.
URL: http://www.ethicaltraveler.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23405

Falklands 25
This site commemorates the 25th anniversary of "the Falklands Conflict, 2 April to 14 June 1982, [which] followed the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina on 2 April 1982. It was a unique period in the history of Britain and Argentina and, although war was never formally declared, the brief conflict saw nearly 1,000 lives lost." Includes a brief history, timeline, photos, and more. From the UK Ministry of Defense.
URL: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/InDepth/TheFalklands25Ye...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23292

Science

Advanced Quantum Information Science: Unlocking Secrets
This site explains the importance of the field of quantum information (QI), which "seeks to control and exploit [some of the smallest articles in nature] for scientific and societal benefits. This remarkable field combines physics, information science, and mathematics in an effort to design nanotechnologies" in computing and encryption. Provides illustrated essays on quantum computing, entanglement, quantum communications, and related concepts. From the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Quantum Information Program.
URL: http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/quantum/quantum_info_index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23510

International Decade for Action: Water for Life, 2005-2015
"The United Nations General Assembly, in December 2003, proclaimed the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life.'" This website provides background and news about activities related to this proclamation (including World Water Day, occurring annually on March 22) and reference material on water-related issues such as scarcity, sanitation, and pollution. From the United Nations (UN).
URL: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23499

Society & Social Science

Diversity: Women's History Month
Collection of links to video clips and profiles of noteworthy American women. Features a timeline of milestones in women's history as well as articles about women's suffrage, women's rights, and women's accomplishments in education and business. Includes related links. From the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP).
URL: http://amlife.america.gov/amlife/diversity/diversity--offering-a-place...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23489

International Earth Day
Website for this version of Earth Day, as celebrated on the spring equinox in March. (Earth Day is generally observed on April 22.) Features background of this day that was initiated "on March 21, 1970. The first Proclamation of Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology." Includes an Earth Day charter and guide for earth trustees by Earth Day founder John McConnell, and related material.
URL: http://www.earthsite.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23515

International Journal of Baudrillard Studies
Website for this "transdisciplinary publication dedicated to engaging the thought and writing of Jean Baudrillard," who died in March 2007. Features articles about the writings of this philosopher and sociologist who is often associated with French postmodern theory. Archives of this biannual publication go back to 2004. Based at Bishop's University, Canada.
URL: http://www.ubishops.ca/BaudrillardStudies/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23487

St. Patrick's Day
Information about this March 17 holiday celebrated in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Features background about St. Patrick, a listing of parades and events throughout the world, a listing of Irish pubs, and an Irish quiz. Also includes links to Irish toasts and Irish slang. Some material is only available to members. From IrishAbroad.
URL: http://www.irishabroad.com/stpatrick/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23511


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder