Archive | August 2009

House Health Care Reform Bill

The U. S. Government Printing Office has made available, H. R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009.  This bill was approved by the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tobacco Atlas Online

The World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society offers the Tobacco Atlas, which covers such topics as the History of Tobacco,  Prevalence and Comsumption of tobacco, Health Risks and Mortality, Economic Cost of Tobacco, and more.

University of Memphis Public Infractions Report, August 20, 2009

This is the full text of the 26-page report released by the NCAA that stripped the University of Memphis of its 38 victories during the 2007-2008 college basketball season and its 2008 Final Four appearance.

Interactive Neighborhood Watch Program

This website was intoduced to the members of Staff Organization by Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery.  Filling in basic information such as your name, home address,  phone numbers, and email address, users will receive email alerts of  local crime in their neighborhoods.  Because the site is offered by the Memphis Police Department (or the Blue Crush, as it has been nicknamed)the records are accurate and updated daily.

Awful Library Books

“This site is a collection of public library holdings that we find amusing and maybe questionable for public libraries trying to maintain a current and relevant collection.  Contained in this site are actual library holdings.  No libraries are specifically mentioned to protect our submitters who might disagree with a particular collection policy”–From the Website.  This blog is entertaining but may also have information on titles that can help you with weeding decisions in your library.

NASA Educational Materials

Although intended for educators, there are over 3000 resources here in this NASA database that could of help and interest to all kinds of library customers and library staff.  There is also a browsable list of the publications available.

How Big Is The Internet?,28348,25857420-5018992,00.html

The new service offers this article on the size of the Internet.  The number of Internet users for major countries is incuded as well as some facts such as Google has already indexed over a trillion discrete web addresses.

Sales Tax Holiday

Today through Sunday– Happy shopping!

We Choose the Moon

This is one of the most impressive sites I have ever seen.  Unfortunately, I fear it won’t completely work on some of our older computers.  But, if you can find a place to view it, please enjoy. 

This site, created by the JFK Presidential Library & Museum and AOL, allows users to experience the Apollo 11 mission for themselves.  Impressive graphics are combined with archival footage, audio and photos to recreate each of the eleven stages of the mission.   Very cool!