Archive | July 2008

FRED — Economic Database

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offers this database of historic economic and financial data.

Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields

“On the following pages, you will find information on vanished or abandoned airfields & their unusual histories”– From the web site.

One National Gay and Lesbian Archives

“The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives houses the world’s largest research library on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,and Transgendered heritage and concerns”–From the web site.

Digital Schomburg Images of 19th Century African Americans

The New York Public Library offers this collection of photographs of 19th Century African Americans as a Digital Schomburg collection.  The photographs can be searched by by category, and visitors also have the option of searching the photographs by keyword.

How Much Is That?

Supported by the Economic History Association and other affiliated organizations, this web site offers what a U. S. dollar or an English pound would be worth in past years, as well as the answers to many other questions on the value of money historically.

2008 Summer Olympics — International Olympic Committee

This is the official website of the International Olympic Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympics that will begin in Beijing on August 8, 2008.  Much helpful information is found here and results of competitions will be found on the site after the Games begin.   An FAQ is also included where the most commonly asked questions about the Olympics are found and filed by theme.

Sharing our national past time worldwide

This is a non-profit organization relying on donations of “gently used” baseball uniforms and equipment so underprivilege children may enjoy America’s national past time across the world.  The website addresses the organization’s four goals:

   •   To support the growth of baseball in the U.S. and internationally.
   •   To give kids equipment so they can get out, have fun and stay healthy.
   •   To teach kids important lessons through baseball, like teamwork and sportsmanship.
   •   To make friends across the world through America’s past time.

Being a fan of the game of baseball, I personally liked and approved what the organization is doing.  Enjoy the site!

When a Bank Fails: Facts for Depositors, Creditors and Borrowers

I’m putting this link up here in the hope that it will never be needed.  But, just in case a question comes in, this is a very handy fact sheet from the FDIC on what consumers need to know when and if their bank should fail.

Book Events Calendar

The Library of Congress’ The Center for the Book offers this calendar of book fairs, literary events, and observances.  These are national, regional, state, and local events, and also included are a few international ones.

Retirement Estimator–Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration offers this new online tool to help people estimate their Social Security benefits.

The FBI, A Centennial History, 1908-2008

To help commemorate its centennial history, the FBI has produced its first coffee-table history of the Bureau.  Included are overviews of 40 of the FBI’s most famous cases, as well as an extensive collection of photographs.  It is available here free of charge as a printable pdf or in text-only format.  A copy can also be purchased through the Government Printing Office.

Homelessness Resource Center

“We are an interactive community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels. We share state-of-the art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness through: 
•  Training and technical assistance.
•   Publications and materials.
•   On-line learning opportunities.
•   Networking and collaboration.”–From the website. 

The United States Department of Health’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration offers this website as a resource to help prevent homelessness and to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness because mental health conditions, histories of substance abuse problems, and histories of trauma.

Coming Tomorrow: Oldest New Testament

From the site: “Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book…

“The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript.”  The site will be updated throughout the year, with completion projected for July 2009.

Open Source Food

Open Source Food is a place for foodlovers to share recipes, photos and more.  But I will warn you, the pictures are very nice.  DO NOT look at this site if you are hungry!  But, if you need to find a recipe or if a student is looking for a food-related image, this is a great place to look.

Copyright Tools

Here are two easy-to-use tools that might be helpful for anyone with a question about whether or not an item is protected by copyright:

Copyright Digital Slider

This tool, from the ALA, is a quick and easy way to determine if a work is in the public domain or if permission is needed for its use.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain

This chart, from Cornell, contains a lot more detail, but it is well-designed and still very easy to use.