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New This Week for January 4, 2007
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Plan all the book fairs youÂ’ll attend this year and read about buccaneers and Borgias, political interference in scientific research, microbicides, and the passing of Gerald Ford and Saddam Hussein. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Book Fairs and Other Literary Events
Extensive listing of U.S. and international book fairs and other literary events (such as poetry and storytelling festivals). Provides contact phone numbers and websites, and month of the events. Listed alphabetically and by state. From the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/bookfair.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23107

The Borgias: The First Crime Family
Background about four members of this prominent Italian Renaissance family that includes these "members [who] in particular are remembered, if only vaguely, as remarkable examples of greed and evil. Two were popes: Calixtus III (Alonso Borgia) and Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia). ... Cesare Borgia, was, for a time, a cardinal. ... The fourth member has become a metaphor for feminine evil: Lucrezia Borgia, sister of Cesare." Also includes a bibliography. From truTV.
URL: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/history/borgias/1.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23112

The Buccaneers of America, 1678
"Explore 'The Buccaneers of America' with a 3D digital model to simulate turning the pages of a real book." Written in Dutch by an eyewitness to events in the Caribbean and South America, the book contains illustrations and descriptions of "the feats of these raiders as they disrupted shipping on the high seas and terrorized Caribbean settlements." Includes English print and audio translations. From the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/flash/pagebypage/buccaneers/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23029

Business

FDA Issues Draft Documents on the Safety of Animal Clones
This December 2006 document announces a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft risk assessment finding "that meat and milk from clones of adult cattle, pigs and goats, and their offspring, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals." It also notes that "due to limited data on sheep clones, ... FDA recommends that sheep clones not be used for human food." Includes full text with data and related links.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01541.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23101

Government

Counterinsurgency
This U.S. Army field manual outlines best practices for the U.S. military in fighting unconventional wars involving insurgent uprisings and opposition groups unaffiliated with recognized national governments. The manual was revised in December 2006, for the first time since the Vietnam War era, to provide material for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Opens directly into a (large) PDF file. From the U.S. Army.
URL: http://usacac.army.mil/cac/repository/materials/coin-fm3-24.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23067

From the League of Nations to the United Nations
History of the League of Nations, which became official in 1919, welcomed its first assembly in 1920, and ceased to exist in 1946 after the birth of the United Nations. Features an overview, chronology, and details about the collections of the League of Nations archives and museum. From the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).
URL: http://www.unog.ch/80256EE60057D930/(httpPages)/8C989922E1DBC95980256E...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23111

Health

World Campaign for Microbicides
This campaign promotes the anticipated development of microbicides, "products that share one common characteristic: the ability to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when applied topically. ... Because microbicides would not require a partner's cooperation, they would put the power to protect into women's hand." Includes fact sheets, reports, descriptions of regional activities throughout the world, links to media coverage and to related sites, and more. Some material available in several languages.
URL: http://www.global-campaign.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23097

Law

The PETS Act: All in a Year's Work
This article summarizes the events leading to the passage in October 2006 of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which "require[s] the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency." From the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
URL: http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/federal_legislation/companion_ani...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23099

People

A President's Legacy
Collection of audio news and analysis and related material about the presidency and funeral of Gerald Ford, who died in December 2006. The "Gerald Ford: The Accidental President" section includes a Ford timeline, descriptions of his appointment as vice president and his pardon of Richard Nixon, and audio clips of Ford speaking. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6685289
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23090

Regional: California

Company Town: Scotia, California
Photos from 1982-1990 of Scotia, California, one of the last company-owned towns in America, and one that is up for sale in 2007. Includes an aerial view of this lumber town in northern California, and photos of the coffee shop, company garage, and blacksmith shop. From a professor at Humboldt State University.
URL: http://www.humboldt.edu/~eel1/exhibit/show/scotia/scotiahp.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23104

Housing Inmates Out-of-State
Details about a 2006-2007 prisoner relocation program that was instituted "in response to Governor Schwarzenegger's state of emergency proclamation to immediately ease severe overcrowding in California prisons." Includes an FAQ, images of facilities, and background about inmate overcrowding. From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
URL: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/HousingInmates.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23095

Regions of the World

Civil-Military Relations in Iraq (1921-2006): An Introductory Survey
Overview of civil-military relations in Iraq starting with the establishment of the first unit of the Iraqi army on January 6, 1921. Includes statistics and references. From the May 2006 issue of Strategic Insights, "a monthly electronic journal produced by the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California."
URL: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/si/2006/May/kadhimMay06.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23115

IRINnews.org: Horn of Africa
News reports on events in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa region in general. Covers conflicts (such as the Ethiopia-Somalia conflict), food security, weather events, disease outbreaks, humanitarian aid, and related topics. From the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) of the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
URL: http://www.irinnews.org/Africa-Region.aspx?Region=HOA&service=ENG
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23096

Science

Special Online Collection: Breakthrough of the Year 2006
Review of "some of the big science stories of the past 12 months" and the "dub[bing of] one of them the Breakthrough of the Year." Features a description of the Breakthrough of the Year (the solution of the Poincaré Conjecture, a century-old mathematics problem) and the runners-up in areas such as paleogenomics, glaciology, paleontology, optics, medicine, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology. Also includes material about scientific fraud. Requires free registration. From Science magazine.
URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/sciext/btoy2006/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23100

The A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science
Descriptions of several situations in which "scientists who work for and advise the federal government [in the 21st century] have seen their work manipulated, suppressed, [and] distorted." Also includes a link to a list from December 2006 of "names of more than 10,000 scientists of all backgrounds from all 50 states -- including 52 Nobel Laureates" who "signed a scientist statement on scientific integrity, denouncing political interference in science." From the Union of Concerned Scientists.
URL: http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/abuses_of_science/a-to-z-gu...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23108

What Has Been Happening to Polar Bears in Recent Decades?
This essay provides an overview of research related to the ecology of polar bears, including population size, movements, changes that alter the period of ice coverage, the effects of human development and climate change, and more. Includes links to other resources on polar bears, climate change, and pollutants. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Arctic Research Office.
URL: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/essay_schliebe.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23098

Society & Social Science

Book Burning
This site collects relevant resources and tracks acts of book burning. Features historical examples of book burning (such as those in Nazi Germany and the Harry Potter series challenges), a section on burning of religious works, related links, and a brief bibliography. From the American Library Association (ALA).
URL: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/bannedbooksweek/bookburnin...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23030

Saddam Hussein Death: Resources for Journalists
Links to material about the December 2006 execution by hanging of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Topics include international press coverage, how the execution technique was selected, summary executions under Saddam's regime, history of execution pictures, and brief descriptions of several forms of hanging. Also includes background about Saddam's relationship with the United States. From the Poynter Institute.
URL: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=2&aid=115898
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23094


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