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LII New This Week
New This Week for May 14, 2009
This Week
Anniversaries for Papa Haydn and Arthur Conan Doyle, science and Harry Potter, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the nuclear test site in Nevada, and profiles of some vice presidents are among this week's finds. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Haydn Year 2009
Compilation of material commemorating the 200th anniversary in 2009 of the death of Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Provides details about Haydn's life and works, Haydn sites in Vienna and other Austrian cities, video, a podcast series documenting Haydn's life, anniversary events in Austria, and related features. From the Austrian National Tourist Office.
URL: http://www.austria.info/xxl/_site/en/_area/408019/_subArea/408044/_sub...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27265

Nevada Test Site: Oral History Project
Website for a "comprehensive program dedicated to documenting, preserving and disseminating the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing." Features a chronology of a "half century of nuclear weapons development, use and testing from the Manhattan Project (1942) through the testing moratorium (1992)," images of testing areas in Nevada, and transcripts and clips from interviews. From the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
URL: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/ntsohp/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26074

Business

New Monthly Data Series on the Employment Status of People With a Disability
This monthly series, which began in February 2009, provides "labor force data from the CPS [Current Population Survey] for persons with a disability." Includes employment rate, employment-population ratio, and other data for men and women 16 years and older. Also provides a FAQ and archived data starting with October 2008. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.
URL: http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsdisability.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28310

Government

Nevada Site Office
"The Nevada Test Site is a massive outdoor laboratory and national experimental center" used from 1945 to 1992 for nuclear weapons testing and since then for other programs. The site features history, fact sheets, material about environmental programs (covering radiation, and radiological air and water impacts), photos, videos, and more. From the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy.
URL: http://www.nv.doe.gov/main.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28333

Presidents in Waiting
This exhibit focuses on the 14 U.S. vice presidents who became president though election, resignation of a president, or other means. Features essays about and images of the vice presidents who became presidents, and video interviews with four living vice presidents -- Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale -- on what it is like to be a "president in waiting." From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
URL: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/VicePres/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27833

Russell Senate Office Building, 1909-2009
History of the Senate Office Building, which "officially opened on Friday, March 5, 1909, one day after the presidential inauguration of William Howard Taft," and which was named in 1972 after Senator Richard B. Russell. An illustrated presentation covers the origins of and inspirations for the building, construction timeline and themes, the building's Caucus Room, and changes to and growth of the building. From the United States Senate.
URL: http://www.senate.gov/RSOB/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28329

Terrorist Screening Center
Background about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), which "maintains the U.S. government's consolidated Terrorist Watchlist -- a single database of identifying information about those known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity." Includes a FAQ about the terrorist database, fact sheets, congressional testimony, press releases, and links to notices for wanted terrorists. From the FBI.
URL: http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/counterrorism/tsc.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28325

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Compilation of U.S. Department of Justice audits, inspections, reviews, and other reports on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Some of the topics include the FBI's terrorist watchlist nomination practices, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), security check procedures for immigration applications and petitions, and FBI involvement in detainee interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Reports go back to 1996.
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/reports/FBI/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28326

People

Arthur Conan Doyle the Prolific Writer
A site designed to highlight Arthur Conan Doyle's works other than his Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Features illustrated essays on his "poetry, plays, historical fiction, commentary on social and legal reform, war and military chronicles, enthusiastic articles on various sport, and finally writings on behalf of Spiritualism." From the City of Westminster Libraries.
URL: http://www.westminsteronline.org/conandoyle/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27288

A Case of Considerable Interest
Companion to an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection of the Toronto Public Library. Move the magnifying glass cursor across the bookshelf to view cover images and links about Sherlock Holmes publications, other fiction and nonfiction works, and material relating to Doyle's four visits to Canada. From the Toronto Public Library.
URL: http://ve.torontopubliclibrary.ca/case_of_considerable_interest/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28287

Regions of the World

Conflict Zones: Pakistan & Afghanistan
Ongoing coverage of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan-Pakistan relations. Provides documentaries and reports on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Taliban, politicians and elections, and U.S. policy. Includes video dispatches from the region, and related links. From Frontline/World, a national public television series produced by KQED and WGBH.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/pakistan802/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28327

Pakistan: State of Emergency
Companion to a 2008 "joint project of Frontline/World and the Christian Science Monitor, [in which] David Montero investigates a mysterious Taliban cleric who has been waging war against the Pakistani government in the beautiful former tourist spot of Swat Valley. Montero also reports from the capital, where President Pervez Musharraf is battling moderates." Includes a map showing Taliban and tribal areas, timeline of leaders, transcript of interviews, video, and more.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/pakistan703/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28324

Rough Neighbors: Afghanistan and Pakistan
This 2003 article provides historical context for contemporary Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, noting that after "the end of the Cold War this relationship became a prime facilitator of the international terrorist network, which found its locus in the region." Covers effects of the Pashtun movement back to the 19th century, the Taliban, the "Pashtunwali" code, elections in Pakistan, and related topics. From Strategic Insights, an electronic journal from the Center for Contemporary Conflict, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
URL: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/si/jan03/southAsia.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28328

Science

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
Companion to a traveling exhibition "created to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science." Site features illustrated essays comparing Harry Potter's world with the history of science in the areas of potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts, and immortality. Also includes lesson plans, online activities, and a bibliography. The tour will begin in the fall of 2009. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28106

Society & Social Science

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Background about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, "the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights -- civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights" for children. Includes text of the convention in several languages, information on the development of the document and optional protocols (on armed conflict and prostitution and pornography), material on ratification or accession, a FAQ, and related material. From UNICEF.
URL: http://www.unicef.org/crc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28312

Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.
These survey results published in April 2009 report that "Americans change religious affiliation early and often. In total, about half of American adults have changed religious affiliation at least once during their lives." The executive summary addresses reasons for changing religions, departures from Catholicism, and changes within Protestantism. Also find the complete report, survey methodology, questionnaire, and interactive graphic. From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
URL: http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=409
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28301

Libraries and Autism: We're Connected
This site provides "a customer service training video primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism and will empower you with specific techniques to offer more inclusive service to this growing and underserved population." Also includes print resources and links. From the Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library in New Jersey.
URL: http://www.thejointlibrary.org/autism/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28210


LII New This Week

Thanks for reading LII New This Week!

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

 
Funding and Support
Primary financial support for LII (Librarians' Internet Index) from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. LII is also supported by the IPL Consortium, and hosted by The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology. Other sources include California Digital Library (CDL).