A petition by Michael Newdow to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance when led in public schools goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. He contends it’s a violation of the First Amendment. Additional resources are available through One Nation, Under God, a tipsheet from the Religion Newswriters Association and through a Pledge resources page from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. From the Waterboro Public Library (ME) blog.
ePodunk (free site) offers links to data for communities throughout the U.S. covering census & demographics, companies, crime & arrest statistics, the economic climate, education, high school graduation rates, environment, etc. Also includes lists such as claims to fame, festivals, imaginary places, literary quotes about places, &etc. Most/all of the information is collected from other sources (the site relies heavily on the U.S. census), but its by-community analyses (heavily linked one-page snaphots) are intuitive and straighforward.
NationMaster Country Statistics: Looking for some quick information on countries? Use Nation Master on the web. Some of this web site is fee based, but there is a nice part of it that you can use immediately.
Librarian’s Index to the Internet: “A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. lii.org is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.”
The College Blue Book: This book is the source for college information. It is one-stop shopping that is often easier to use than the Web. I really like the search by program option of volume three. It lists schools by state under program type. It’s in the library’s reference section. This book works nicely with the library’s online database College Catalogs Online, which provides online catalogs for 14,000 colleges and universities.
Contemporary American women poets : an A-to-Z guide: From Greenwood Publishing Group “(A)lphabetically arranged entries on nearly 70 American women poets who published significant works after 1945. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and presents a short biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the poet’s critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. Included poets come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographical regions, and social classes. Some, such as Maya Angelou and Adrienne Rich, have received significant critical attention, while others are only beginning to attract interest and acclaim.”
Arab News: “First English daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia.” The site features analysis and news “from Europe, America, India, Pakistan, Philippines and other Middle Eastern countries in English. Local news, business news, sports and features are provided.” Includes archives back to January 2001.
CountryProfile of Lebanon: A nice compilation of facts, figures, and cultural information about the North African country of Lebanon. This is great reading material in preparation for the visit of Fulbright Scholar Professor El Amine, who will be discussing the youth and socio-political challenges in the Arab world from 2-3pm in Moraine Rooms (College Center, Moraine Valley) on March 29th, 2004.
Two of Moraine’s own have donated books to the library. Richard Wolf’s The Big Picture: A Study in Moral Philosophy and Arnie Bernstein’s The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago’s Civil War Connections are being cataloged and placed in the circulating collection.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: “NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.”