Archive | April 2009

Popular Baby Names

The Social Security Administration offers a list of the most popular male and female names for babies, Jacob and Emily topping the most recent list, but also much other baby name data here, including popular names by birth year going back to 1879, top 5 names by state, going back to 1980, top baby names by decade, the popularity of a name over time, and more.

Henry VIII : Man and Monarch

The British Library offers this online exhibit of some of the key documents relating to Henry VIII.  There is also the online exhibit on Henry VIII done by the National Archives of the United Kingdom.

Online Catalogs : What Users And Librarians Want, An OCLC Report

This is OCLC’s report showing the results of the research its staff did in 2008 on online catalogs.  The report includes the enhancements that both users and librarians would like to see in online catalogs.  There is also an Executive Summary of the Report available.

Free books!

“Do you remember the magic of your first book?”  This nonprofit organization provides free books to children who are in financial need.

Inquiry Into The Treatment of Detainees In U. S. Custody U. S. Report of the Committee on Armed Services United States Senate

This is the United States Senate Armed Services Committee Report. released on April 22, 2009, on the interrogations of detainees of the U. S. Military and U. S. Government and the interrogation techniques used on them.

Small Business : How To Guide, Tips From The Wall Street Journal’s Reporters and Columnists

Good information here on starting a small business from Wall Street Journal writers.

Libraries and Tough Economic Times


Thanks to Caroline Barnett from Cordova for this post.

The Tennessee Library Association offes this  page that provides a comprehensive list of links to resources of job training and unemployment and other job-related resources to help library customers and links to resources to help libraries in these tough economic times.

World Digital Library

UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, a web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world, at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 April. The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs. It will provide unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.”–From UNESCO post.  And the United States Library of Congress is one of the partners.

2010 Census

Here are two sites that provide information about the 2010 Census, one is the United States Census Bureau site and the other published by the Population Reference Bureau.  You can find the 2010 Census Timetables; information on the 2010 questionnaire; Census History; and more.  The 2010 Census will be different.   It will be a short-form only census for all citizens and take only minutes to complete.  The more detailed socio-economic data is now collected through the yearly American Community Survey, and there is a link where more information can be viewed on this Survey.

Respite Locator

According to the ARCH National Respite Network, respite is temporary relief for caregivers and families who care for those with disabilities, chronic and terminal illnesses, and the elderly.   This locator allows you to fnd respite services in your state and local area, although there is a disclaimer that needs to be read.

Country Information — USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service offers this site on different countries from around the world.  The site provides links to the import requirments for the country, the status of trade negotiations, travel and market information, demographic information, and more.

ALA’s 2008 Top Ten List Of Most Frequently Challenged Books

And Tango Makes Three continues to top the list of most frequently challenged books in libraries, according to the ALA in this press release.  The remaining most frequently challenged titles are also included.

Free Foreign Language Lessons

This is a fairly comprehensive list of sources for free language lessons, generally in the form of podcasts.  Most are beginner-level, but some of the more popular languages have much more in-depth lessons.  And, of course, there’s always the “Nightly News in Latin.”

Local Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Thanks to Beth Dailey (Highland) for passing this along!

From the site: “Annually the Memphis & Shelby County Health Department sponsors special weekend Rabies Vaccination Clinics in conjunction with the Memphis Animal Shelter & the Memphis & Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association during April, Rabies Vaccination Month. The clinics are scheduled the last two Saturdays in April every year. This year the clinics will be held Saturday, April 18 & Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 11 locations throughout the city and county.”  Follow the link for a list of all fees and locations.