“Today, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive announced a new, cooperative 80,000+ eBook lending collection of mostly 20th century books on OpenLibrary.org, a site where it’s already possible to read over 1 million eBooks without restriction. During a library visit, patrons with an OpenLibrary.org account can borrow any of these lendable eBooks using laptops, reading devices or library computers. This new twist on the traditional lending model could increase eBook use and revenue for publishers.”–From Web Post.
“Slavery in the United States did not end with abolition. Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor, and servitude, and it is widespread and ongoing. It currently exists in every state of the United States and across the world. It can be found in many industries: agriculture, spas and massage parlors, hotel work, and domestic service, as well as prostitution.”–From University of Michigan School Human Trafficking Clinical Program http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/humantraffickingclinicalprogram/Pages/default.aspx
This database lets you search for human trafficking cases and to add cases to the database.
“The Archives collections contain material that dates back to the Philharmonic’s first concert in 1842, but the first phase of our digitization begins in the middle of this long history. In deciding where to begin with our digitization project, we held a roundtable discussion that included librarians, historians, musicians, conductors, journalists, and students to evaluate the different time periods in the Philharmonic’s history and to determine what might provide the most unique source material.”–From the website.
This is a National Security Archive Guide to the most effective way to request Freedom of Information Act documents.
The Chronicle of Philanthrophy offers its list of the top 50 philanthropic donors for 2010. The $3.3 Billion was the lowest amount donated since the rankings began.
Photographs of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and other storms are found here on these National Archives web pages.
The Proposed 2012 Budget for fiscal year 2012 can be found here, as well as the budget for past years going back to 1996.
You can email any questions you have about the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter to the City of Memphis here.
You can read the Electrolux Site and Location Development Agreement with the City of Memphis in full here.
From NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, this site provides links to information on particular oil spills in the past, as well as composite news articles on topics such as “10 Famous Spills” and “World’s Largest Oil Rig Sinks.” For general and statistical information, follow the links to “Historical Data” and “Historical Incidents Search Page.” Students might be interested in the photo database, which includes hundreds of images.
The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this interactive map on their web site.