Archive | June 2009

WorldWideScience.Org : The Global Science Gateway

This site is a global science gateway that allows federated seaching of national and international scientific databases and portals.  There is an interactive map that allows a user to click on a country to view participants and view their websites.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U. S. Department of Transportation offer this Web Site as the premier source of vehicle safety information from the U. S. Government.  There is information on automobile crash tests and rollover ratings, defects and recalls and more.

The 25 Most Dangerous Neigborhoods in America

The web site offers this list of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America.   Information is offered on each of the neighborhoods, including your chances of becoming a crime victim there.

CARS: Car Allowance Rebate System

The Car Allowance Rebate System is a new program from the NHTSA that helps consumers purchase new, more fuel-efficient vehicles when they trade in a vehicle that is less efficient.  Those with eligible vehicles can visit a participating dealer and receive a credit worth either $3500 or $4500 towards the purchase of a new vehicle.

This program was just signed into law, and some of the details are still being worked out, but the website is being updated regularly to include new information.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

The FDA  provided from its web site a link to the text of the historic legislation signed into law by President Obama that will give the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products.

One of the best things since the remote control

Not exactly sure where to look for your favorite sites?  This one site has compiled a rather large group of various websites’ icons to direct users.  Just “point and click” with your mouse,  and you will be linked to the site itself.

National Recording Registry — Library of Congress

“Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the [Library of Congress] Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for 2008 bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 275.”–From the website.  The latest 25 recordings, selected for 2008, are found at this link.  The Full National Recording Registry of recordings is found here.

CIA World Factbook – Completely Redesigned Website

“Completely redesigned website – presenting a cleaner look, improved navigation, and a host of added features – launched on the World Wide Web. Among the major enhancements are downloadable and printable photos for nearly 100 countries, a “Did You Know?” section explaining the impact of the Factbook around the world, and built-in world rankings for many of the Factbook information fields.”–From the website.


Thanks to Audrey May (LINC) for suggesting this site:

Visual representations of the spread of swine flu, created using data from official and local sources.  Includes number of cases per country and differentiates between suspected, confirmed and fatal cases.

Teen Health Links

Thanks to Kay Due (Administration) for passing this along!

This is a great collection of links on the topic of teen health from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).


The San Francisco Exploratorium offers this site of more than 15,000 web pages which explain the science behind music, sports, cooking, and many other subjects.

What’s That Stuff?

Chemical Engineering & News offers articles that give you a look at the chemical compostion of common products, such as Silly Putty, Cheese Wiz, artificial snow, snythetic grass, hair coloring, and many others.

Death Penalty Information Center — State By State Database

The Death Penalty Information Center offers this database that provides information and statistics relating to the death penalty in each of the fifty states.


Thanks to Audrey May (LINC) for bringing this site to my attention:

Two new programs have been created by the federal government to assist students with outstanding student loan debt.  The Income-Based Repayment Program will begin in July of 2009 and can institute payment caps based on income and family size for eligible borrowers.  The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program allows employees of eligible organizations (including libraries!) to have their federal loans forgiven after 10 years of service and qualifying payments.

Write Your Resume

The New York State Department of Labor offers this site which allows you to fill in the information for your resume and then the site will generate a resume for you in the format you choose, HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word.