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March 31, 2006

The Library of Congress: Webcasts

The Library of Congress has made over 300 webcasts available in a variety of topics. The site includes talks, discussions, and conferences, plus webcasts from the National Book Festival. Subject categories include biography & history, culture & performing arts, education, government, poetry & literature, religion, and science & technology.

(Originally highlighted by The Scout Report, January 27, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 4)

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March 30, 2006

Historical Weather Data

From the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) press release:

Finding climate information, such as past weather conditions and temperature and precipitation averages and extremes, can be easily achieved through NOWData (NOAA Online Weather Data)—a tab click away on the newly-standardized climate pages of the 122 local NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices.

By visiting the NOAA National Weather Service's national climate Web portal, users can click a desired location on a national map and be taken directly to the local climate page of the appropriate NOAA National Weather Service forecast office. Then, by clicking on the NOWData tab, users can access a wide range of climate products for nearly 3,900 locations. Daily past weather is available for the last two years with climate averages for the standard 30-year period of 1971-2000 and extremes for as long as a station has been taking observations.

[VIA: The Virtual Chase, March 31, 2006]

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March 28, 2006

Biographical Directory of the U. S. Congress

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-2005 (House Document No. 108-222) allows people to look up the membership roster of a specific Congress, plus biographical information on each person.

For example, here is the biography for the current Vice President:

CHENEY, Richard Bruce, a Representative from Wyoming and a Vice President of the United States; born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., January 30, 1941; attended public schools in Lincoln and Casper, Wyo.; attended Yale University 1959-1960; Casper College, Casper, Wyo. 1963; B.A., University of Wyoming, Laramie 1965; M.A., University of Wyoming 1966; Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. 1968; congressional fellow 1968-1969; special assistant to the Director of OEO 1969-1970; White House staff assistant 1971; assistant director, Cost of Living Council 1971-1973; vice president, Bradley, Woods & Co. 1973-1974; Deputy Assistant to the President 1974-1975; White House Chief of Staff 1975-1977; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1979, until his resignation on March 17, 1989, to accept appointment by President George H.W. Bush as secretary of defense; minority whip (One Hundred First Congress); Secretary of Defense 1989-1993; senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute 1993-1995; chairman and chief executive office of the Halliburton Company 1993-2000; elected Vice President of the United States, on Republican ticket with George W. Bush, in 2000, and began service on January 20, 2001. (Bibliography: Cheney, Richard B., and Lynne V. Cheney. Kings of the Hill: Power and Personality in the House of Representatives. Foreword by Gerald R. Ford. New York: Continuum, 1983.)

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March 24, 2006

Sounds From the Past - Audio Time Machine

A California library has created an online audio time machine by archiving some of the oldest sounds ever recorded. Curators at the University of California at Santa Barbara's Donald C. Davidson Library have digitized 6,000 late 19th-century and early 20th-century wax and plastic cylinder recordings -- precursors to the flat record. The audio, which includes ragtime hits, vaudeville routines and presidential speeches, encapsulates history with crackles and hisses, but archivists say preserving the sounds now is vital because the cylinders are deteriorating.

"The major record companies have been neglecting this aspect of music for the better part of 90 years," said David Seubert, director of the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. Since the site went up in November, audiophiles have downloaded 700,000 recordings, much to Seubert's surprise. The collection excites audio experts and cylinder fans, who now have free access to the works anytime, anywhere. People are burning them onto CDs, using them on internet radio stations and possibly remixing them, he said.

All recordings on the site are in the public domain, Seubert said, and cleaned-up MP3 versions hold a Creative Commons license.

From article in WiredNews March 20, 2006 (,70378-0.html)

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March 23, 2006

The Internet Society

The Internet Society is just one of several professional societies with the goal of addressing future issues of the Internet. The web site provides a variety of resources. One key area might be the All About the Internet section that contains information on Internet law, history of the Internet, information about the infracture, Internet standards, and Internet statistics. A user can also explore information about the Internet Code of Conduct.

All About the Internet Society]

The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 100 organization and over 20,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

(Originally shared on The Scout Report, February 3, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 5)

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March 21, 2006

The Internet Sacred Text Archive

One of the most extensive single sites on the Internet for sacred texts from all sorts of religions, including not only the great world religions but also ancient and indigenous traditions and "mystery" religions.

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This site offers modules focusing on different aspects of psychology. The authors described it this way, "This site is designed to teach about psychological processes in a rich experiential setting".This site was selected as the 2005 Classics Award Winner of the Psychology Discipline because it provides a diverse collection of activities and demonstrations that serve to illustrate a variety of psychological concepts.

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Free Trial Access to American History Primary Source Materials

Through the end of March Case faculty, students and staff will have free access to 4 outstanding databases of primary source material in the field of American History. Please take the opportunity to explore these one of a kind full text databases. Post your comments to this blog.

Early American Newspapers, Series I

American Broadsides & Ephemera

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

American State Papers

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In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

The slave trade is the most well-known African American immigration story, but there were eleven other voluntary waves of migration that shaped today's black culture. With 8,300 images, 17,000 pages of texts, and over 60 maps, In Motion (from the New York Public Library) tells the story of those "voluntary movements of resourceful and creative men and women, risk-takers in an exploitative and hostile environment" providing a "new interpretation of African American history."

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Digital images Available

If you are looking for digital images to enhance your presentations, papers or web site look at the following two sites.

SXC, The Stock Exchange is a great source for digital images. SXC is a friendly community of photographers who generously offer their work to the public for free. It was launched in Feb. 2001 as an alternative to expensive stock photography. There are 199,167 photos online and more are added every day.The majority are copyright and permission free.

New York Public Library
NYPL Digital Gallery is a free service from The New York Public Library offering hundreds of thousands of digital images of historical materials from the Research Libraries' original, rare and specialized holdings. NYPL provides free and open access to its Digital Gallery and images may be freely downloaded for personal, research and study purposes only. NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 450,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

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March 17, 2006

The British Library: Listen to Nature

The British Library owns a collection of over 150,000 sounds of every animal group and habitat from all over the world. They have highlighed 400 of the recordings on the Listen to Nature web site.

(Originally shared on The Scout Report, January 27, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 4)

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March 06, 2006

Learn About Google Ranking

Explore how Google collects and ranks results as described by Matt Cutts, Google quality engineer. He gives some great examples that can easily be shared with library patrons, students, or anyone else that is interested.

It was shared in the new Google Librarian Center newsletter.

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March 01, 2006

U.S. Maritime Security

With the recent headline news about U.S. ports being operated by foreign countries, people might be looking for more background information on maritime security. Here is a selection of Congressional Research Reports that summarize various operations and issues related to port security:

Search the Open CRS Network for additional reports.

The Open CRS Network is an attempt to collect the various Congressional Research Service reports. The reports are not available to the public until released by a member of Congress. The Open CRS Network highlights various other CRS report collections that exist. If you have requested a report from your congressman, you can add it to Open CRS Network's collection by a web form.

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