Archive | March 2009

“Title V of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACT Act) established the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (Commission) with the purpose of improving the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States. To reach the widest number of people possible, the Commission established a website and a toll-free telephone number (1-888-MYMONEY) to coordinate the presentation of educational materials from across the spectrum of federal agencies that deal with financial issues and markets.”–From the Web site.   This site provides information and resources on such topics as financial planning, budgeting, home ownership, avoiding foreclosure, credit, taxes,  saving and investing, starting a small businss and more.

Energy Statistics By Country — NationMaster

NationMaster offers this site that provides energy statistics by country, including pie charts and maps, and of course the amounts of energy used by a country.

Outreach for teens in need

This site was brought to the attention of the Children’s Services  and Teen Services Lists by Shelley Moore of Raleigh. The site was located by Doris Dixon, also of Raleigh.

Unfortunately, abusive teen relationships exist in our society, but perhaps, with all the links and resources stemming from the site itself, these upsetting encounters will disappear.

Thanks, Shelley, for promoting the site, and to Doris for locating the site!

URDB: The Universal Record Database

The URDB is “an open, participatory database for world records.”  This is a very new site, but it allows people to search existing records, set new ones, or try to surpass old records.  So, if you are curious about the “Longest Shh…” or the “Largest Toothpick Beard,” this is the site for you.

Libraries Featured in March 2009 Issue of Woman’s Day

The American Library Association offers this article on how the March 2009 issue of Woman’s Day magazine has stories on how libraries have helped people.  The article also talks of the contest Woman’s Day is sponoring, which asks women 18 and over to submit stories on how resources in libraries helped them to save money, find jobs, and provide necessary resources during these tough economic times.  This initiative continues an eight-year partnership between the ALA and Woman’s Day.

Making Home Affordable

The Obama Administration launched this site yesterday to provide a starting point for homeowners who have questions about their mortgages and their financial future.  Users should start with the self-assessment tools to determine their eligibility for various options.  Detailed information is available on refinancing and loan modification, or users can start with the FAQ.

The Sounds of American English

This is an easy-to-use multimedia tool that allows each user to see where the sounds of our language come from and to hear what they sound like.  Users can view animations that illustrate the movement of each sound, or read step-by-step instructions.


The Investigative Reporting Workshop of the American University School of Communication provides information and FDIC data here to allow anyone to track the financial health of individual banks in the U. S.   It also has a very helpful link that allows a search of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) recipients, which shows the banks that have received TARP funds, the amount of the money the bank has received, and, in some cases, more detailed information about the money is provided.  TARP recipient banks can also be searched by state.

State and Metropolitan Areas Economies At A Glance

The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers this site that includes economic data, such as labor force statistics and employment information and some information about layoffs, for each state, and there is also data for many of the metropolitan areas of the states, including for Memphis.

Thanks to Noa, from the Library System, for this one: is a great website where you can search for nonprofit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities across the world. You can also search for programs, speakers, events. Their mission is to “connect people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.”

Free Technology for Teachers

This blog reviews free technology resources for teachers and offers guidance on how to integrate technology into the classroom.  And of course, the best part is that everything is free!  A quick scan suggests that the content is very timely and well-researched.

The Phrontistery

This is a great site for all the word lovers!  (And all those who answer the calls of word lovers…)  Features of the site include: the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of rare and obscure words), the Compendium of Lost Words, 2- and 3-letter Scrabble word lists, and many other etymology resources.

From the Scout Report:  “Created by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), the purpose of the America website is to deliver information about current U.S. Policy an d U.S. life and culture to international audiences. The site brings together video programs, radio broadcasts, interviews with officials, and other media to accomplish this feat. First-time visitors can take a look at the six primary sections on the site to start their explorations, or they can also click on the section titled ‘World Regions’ to look at materials that deal with the United States’ involvement in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. The site also contains interactive quizzes and information about travel and visa information and U.S. embassies around the world.”

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009.

With some reasonable restrictions, these are free large photographs available for personal use or for use on a web site.  To use a photograph to promote a product for sale or to promote your business or organization you need to contact the publisher for permission and there will be a fee.  There are over 2,600 images available.

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

This is a fantastic site that “makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government.  More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.” 

The site is extremely well-organized and easy to search.  Choose a topic from the subject list and find great information about everything ranging from  scientists, countries of the world, history, and jazz to ethnic studies and literature.