Web site of the Week: Smarthistory

http://smarthistory.org/

This site has a unique homepage that allows you to explore art history by time period.   You can also browse by style, theme, or artist.  In addition to text and images,  SmartHistory also has videos and and podcasts that can be downloaded to your iPod.  Although the site has more contemporary art history information, Smarthistory is adding new material all the time.

Web site of the Week: Greener Choices

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http://www.greenerchoices.org/

The company that puts out Consumer Reports (Consumers Union) has a website that helps people make environmentally friendly choices.  Greener Choices has a section on deciphering green labels to help you understand various claims being made about products.  In another section, Greener Choices compares cars, appliances, and other products to one another based on their environmental impacts.  This website also has a great list of related websites under the Tools-Resources tab where you can get more information about climate change, renewable resources, and sustainable agriculture.

Women and the National Book Award

american-salvage-covere-187x300On the blog bookish us, Jessi muses, “…focusing only on fiction… From 1989 to 2008, there have been 45 female nominees and 55 male nominees…. But in this same time, there have been 13 male winners and only seven female winners. Between 2005 and 2008, there were six female nominees, 14 male ones, and not a single female winner.” This, in an age of equality and enlightenment–any comment?

November’s Book Display

NBC microphone“Only the Shadow Knows”

Come join us as we explore the History of Radio and celebrate such “Firsts” as the FIRST play-by-play football game (Nov. 23, 1919), the FIRST scheduled radio broadcast (Nov. 2, 1920) when station KDKA broadcasted the results of the presidential election. Did you know that the famous TV show “Meet the Press” originally debuted on radio in 1945?

Ah, “Thanks for the Memories”

Web site of the Week: Fact Check

http://www.factcheck.org/

Should you believe the claims made that the H1N1 vaccine is dangerous or even deadly?  What about the recent ad that claimed that Medicare will be bankrupt within a decade?  Factcheck.org is the place to go to check the accuracy of either of these statements.

From Fact Check’s Mission Statement:
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

A look at the news and events happening in the Libraries at Waubonsee Community College