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New This Week for April 16, 2009
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This week we found sites about using your head, history via postcard, gifts of state and presidential pets, Antarctica, and piracy, as well as a super site on California missions. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Jennifer, Maria, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Greetings From the Smithsonian: A Postcard History of the Smithsonian Institution
Dozens of postcards tracing the history of the Smithsonian Institution buildings and The Mall in Washington, D.C. Buildings include the first building (also known at the Castle), Art & Industries Building, National Museum of Natural History, Freer Gallery of Art, Patent Office Building (now American Art and Portrait Gallery), and National Museum of American History. Also includes a chronology of the picture postcard, covering the divided back and linen periods. From the Smithsonian's archives.
URL: http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/postcard/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26797

Song of the Vine: A History of Wine
Website companion to a 2008-09 exhibition about the story of wine making that "celebrates the 10th anniversary of [Cornell University Library's] Eastern Wine and Grape Archive (EWGA)." Essays and digitized materials explore the introduction of wine in America, grape cultivation, the temperance movement, Prohibition, cocktail culture, and more. Includes a few related website links. From Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
URL: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/ewga/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27932

Business

Trulia
This site is "a real estate search engine that helps you find homes for sale and provides real estate information at the local level to help you make better decisions in the process." Find homes by location, property type, price range, and size. Also includes statistics and trends for cities throughout the U.S., and blogs.
URL: http://www.trulia.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28047

Government

The Bizarre History of White House Pets
This light-hearted view of presidential pets describes how of "44 Presidents ... only two of them -- Chester A. Arthur and Franklin Pierce -- left no record of having pets" and discusses some favorites. Pets include Bill, Calvin Coolidge's pygmy hippopotamus; Herbert Hoover's son's alligators; Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier; and Millie, George H.W. Bush's springer spaniel, who was also a "literary sensation." From the blog for Mental_Floss magazine.
URL: http://blogs.static.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/19928.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28233

Tokens & Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents
Companion to a 1996-1997 exhibit showcasing "gifts sent to Presidents Hoover through Clinton. The selection includes a remarkable range of objects, from opulent gifts from heads of state to handmade offerings from American citizens. A few of the pieces are by renowned artists." Browse by president or see selected Gifts of State. From the U.S. National Archives and Record Administration (NARA).
URL: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/tokens_and_treasures/tokens_and_treas...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27622

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The WHTI "requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. ... WHTI will go into effect June 1, 2009 for land and sea travel into the U.S." Find information about current travel documents (such as passports and enhanced driver's licenses) and requirements. The site notes that you should "allow several weeks" for new document processing. From U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
URL: http://www.getyouhome.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28186

White House Pets
"News about White House pets, including commentary and archival articles." Find material about Lucky, a sheep dog given to President and Mrs. Reagan; Socks, the Clinton family cat; Millie, George H.W. Bush's springer spaniel; Bo, the Obamas' Portuguese water dog; and more back to 1984. From The New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/p/pres...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28232

Health

Brain Fitness Expands, But Research Still Lags
This 2009 blog post discusses the new brain fitness industry, which "bases much of its exercises on activities that you could do just as easily for free." Provides suggestions for keeping your brain healthy (such as physical exercise and doing new things) other than purchasing brain training software. Includes links to related posts. From Psych Central, an "independent mental health social network created and run by mental health professionals."
URL: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/01/13/brain-fitness-expands...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28182

Wilson's Brain-Based Education
Companion to a 2007 university course on brain-based education, "a comprehensive approach to instruction using current research from neuroscience." Includes an overview covering history and design principles arising from brain-based research, suggestions for using brain-based education in the classroom (such as stress reduction, chunking information, and right and left hemisphere activities), bibliography, and links to related sites. From a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
URL: http://www.uwsp.edu/Education/lwilson/brain/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28180

Regional: California

The Big Energy Gamble
Companion website to this 2009 PBS NOVA documentary that "explores the pros and cons of California's bold approach [to fighting global warming], which could be adopted nationwide during the Obama administration." Features interviews, an online diary of one person's attempt to reduce energy consumption, expert opinions, and other material about energy efficiency and climate change. Includes a classroom guide and related readings and links.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/energy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27652

California Missions Resource Center
"Guide to discovering the history behind the [Spanish] missions and the people who founded and shaped the character of California." Features a map, timeline, contemporary and historical photos, galleries of 19th-century drawings and vintage postcards, illustrated articles on topics such as movies and the missions and women pioneers in California, and more. Includes links to related sites. From a company that publishes material about California missions and other topics.
URL: http://www.missionscalifornia.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24091

The Changing Face of Southern California: A History in Postcards
Find images of over 350 vintage postcards showing Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. See views of the Los Angeles Chinatown, Venice Beach, canals, the Angel's Flight railway, Farmer's Market, and the Hollywood Bowl. Postcard descriptions include historical background and transcription of printed matter. From the Von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University.
URL: http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/socalpost.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27789

Regions of the World

Australian Antarctic Division
The website for this Australian government program in the Antarctic provides articles, news, images, and other features about environmental issues, science, law and treaties, and living and working in this region. Highlights include webcams of Antarctic krill, Antarctic diaries and stories, and fact files on topics such as climate change, icebergs, and sunlight hours. From the Australian Antarctic Division, Commonwealth of Australia.
URL: http://www.aad.gov.au/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28167

Horn of Africa Piracy
"As part of the Maritime Administration action plan for addressing piracy off the Horn of Africa, pertinent information is consolidated on this site for easy access to current status and advice to counter-piracy and armed robbery." Includes 2008-2009 advisories concerning piracy off the coast of Somalia, best practices and other anti-piracy publications, statistics, and links to other government agency resources. From the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
URL: http://www.marad.dot.gov/news_room_landing_page/horn_of_africa_piracy/...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28223

North Korea: Secretive State
Collection of news and analysis about North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). Includes a North Korea timeline, material about the Korean War, background about leader Kim Jong-il, and coverage of North Korea's April 2009 nuclear rocket test launch and international responses. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/asia_pacific/2006/north_korea/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28198

Postcards of Motels and Roadside Attractions, 1930-1960
Digitized images of dozens of "brightly colored 'linen' cards ... [showing] roadside America." Find postcards of automobiles, city and town life, electric signs, interiors and exteriors of restaurants and motels, service stations, and stores and shops. From the Hagley Museum and Library.
URL: http://digital.hagley.org/cdm4/index_p268001coll21.php?CISOROOT=/p2680...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27695

Science

Bilby: Australia's Easter Bunny
Fact sheet about the greater bilby, "the only surviving bandicoot in arid Queensland [Australia]. ... Its closest relative, the lesser bilby, is extinct. In recent years, attempts have been made to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby to make the public aware of this important Australian animal's plight." Covers physical features, habitat, food, breeding, threats to survival, protection, and related topics. From the Queensland's Environmental Protection Agency.
URL: http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/nature_conservation/wildlife/threatened_plan...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28228

Mind: The Art, Science, and Experience of Our Inner Lives
Companion to an exhibit exploring "the cognitive sciences to create provocative and compelling experiences that will illuminate the way your mind works." Describes "fun activities and intriguing experiences that let you glimpse the unexpected processes behind your feelings, emotions, and perceptions," with topics to ponder such as the possible scientific study of love and attraction, and what our possessions tell us about ourselves. From the Exploratorium.
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/mind/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25326

A Special Report on the Sea
This December 2008 series of articles reports on issues affecting the world's oceans, including legal claims to the seabed, rising sea levels, water pollution, overfishing, fish farming, and fisheries policy. Includes maps and data, some discussion of solutions and problem-solving (such as fishing boat quotas and international agreements), and links to related articles. From the Economist, a UK-based publication.
URL: http://www.economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12798458
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27673


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder