Archive | January 2009

Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust : Archival Sound Recordings

“These recordings are powerful personal accounts of the Holocaust from Jewish survivors living in Britain. The interviews were selected from a much larger oral history project, the Living Memory of the Jewish Community, which recorded testimony between 1988-2000. The project was developed with the specialist advice of leading Jewish historians and complements a number of collections held by the Sound Archive on Jewish life in Britain.”–From the web site.  These recordings were put online by the British Library.

Who Runs Gov

The Washington Post has unveiled a new database to provide profiles of elected and appointed officials.   It is in the early stages, so I am sure there will be much more to come.  Currently, it covers administration officials, presidential advisors, congressional members and military leaders.

Previously from the Washington PostCongress Votes Database

Private Eye Reading : The Top 50 Detective Blogs

This is a very interesting and valuable site that brings together blogs written by police officers who share their first-hand experience of crime and investigation; blogs written by private investigators who currently practice; blogs of British detectives; blogs which allow you to play the detective; and blogs about fictional detectives and crime stories.

First Aid Tips For Pet

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers tips to help you prepare for a pet medical emergency.

Banning Children From Libraries?

I just received a call about Congress’ move to ban children from libraries… WHAT??!!

OK, calm down, and take a deep breath.  There is much more to the story.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), passed this past August, requires that all products for children under 12 must be tested for lead.  Books are subject to this requirement, as lead is often present in ink, but testing is expensive and time consuming.

So what does this mean for libraries?  Well, that is not completely clear just yet.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission is still working on guidelines for all industries, including schools and libraries, for when the law takes effect on February 10th.  Libraries and schools could be granted an exemption.

For more information:

ALA Wiki –

Library Journal –

A View From the Mountaintop

Memphis television station WHBQ offers this site as an archive of footage that their reporters made of the sanitation strike in Memphis in 1968, which includes footage of press conferences, marches, and events which occurred after Dr. King was killed.  There is also other information on the Civil Rights movement, the post Civil Rights era, and the Obama era.

Programming Librarian

The ALA Public Programs Office offers this site to assist libraries in creating programs.  The site will continue to grow and will be able to provide even more information and assistance in the future.

Translating while typing

This is a fascinating site that a customer showed my co-worker.  While you are typing in English, and depending on the language setting chosen, your words are translated in Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, or Greek.

Awards & Honors

This is a database of all types of awards and honors, from entertainment and business to science and beauty.  Use the categories on the left to browse or search by keyword.  Also includes a schedule of upcoming award events.

Recovery Rebate Credit Information Center,,id=186065,00.html

“The recovery rebate credit is a one-time benefit for people who didn’t receive the full economic stimulus payment last year and whose circumstances may have changed, making them eligible now for some or all of the unpaid portion.”–From the IRS web site.  You can find out here how to claim your Recovery Rebate Credit if you are eligible.

W. E. B. Du Bois: Online Resources

The Library of Congress offers links to its digital collections relating to W. E. B. Du Bois on this site.  The site also includes links to external sites that have information on Du Bois.

2010 Census Taker Jobs

Thanks to Linda Woodbury from the South Branch for her help with this.

“The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. The pay is good, the hours are flexible, and the work is close to home.”–From the web site.  This site lets you download an application and also provides other information, such as hours and pay rates, and also provides a Census Practice Test.  The site gives 1-866-861-2010 if you want to call about a job as a Census Taker and there is also an interactive map that allows you to find your local census office.  The local Memphis office is located at:  5701 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119 and the phone number is 901-251-4410.

State Tax Forms

The Federation of Tax Administrators offers this map which provides links to state tax form sites and also helps you find state internet filing sites.

Government May Owe You Money offers this page of links to where unclaimed property, refunds, economic stimulus payments and more may be found.

YouTube Channels — 111th Congressional Members

Many United States Senators and Representatives in the 111th Congress now have YouTube channels.  You can find the channels of the ones who do here.