Selections from the Librarian's Internet Index (Week of 1/3/2008)
Digital Footprints: Online Identity Management and Search in the Age of Transparency
This December 2007 report considers whether and how often people search for information about themselves online and whether they have taken steps to limit that information. Also discusses social networking and online profiles and searching for information about others online. Includes full text of the report and the questionnaire used to generate the report. From the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
How Do Caucuses Work?
This essay explains how caucuses work, and outlines the differences between presidential primaries and caucuses, which are both “a means for each political party to let voters nationwide select their party’s presidential nominee.” The Iowa caucus (the first of the presidential election year) is used as an example. Includes links to further information about the U.S. presidential election system. From HowStuffWorks.
Iowa Caucus 2008
Official website for the Iowa Caucus, in which political party members gather in January to make policy decisions and to select candidates, and which is the earliest step in the electoral process for U.S. presidential candidates. Provides background about the caucus (such as how the caucuses began, how they work, and how Iowa gained its first-in-the-nation status) and links to candidate websites. Also includes links to facts about Iowa.
Facts for Features Special Edition: 2007 Economic Census
Facts and data related to the Economic Census, which takes place every five years in years ending in 2 and 7 and “measures the nation’s economic activity, providing key source data for the gross domestic product (GDP) and other indicators of economic performance. Includes statistics about the census (mailed in December 2007 to businesses), and about driving, gas stations, eating and drinking, shopping, utilities, entertainment, sports, and personal business. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
Pakistan’s Political Crisis
Collection of features, views, and analysis about the political situation in Pakistan, including General Musharraf’s declaration of emergency rule in November 2007 and the December 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Includes a timeline about Pakistani politics back to 1988 when Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister, background about individuals involved (such as Musharraf, Bhutto, and former prime minister Nawaz Sarif), the militant threat, and the diplomatic options. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The Soldier’s Heart
Companion website to a 2005 PBS Frontline program that “explores the psychological cost of war and investigates whether the military is doing enough to help the many combat veterans coming home with emotional problems.” Features video of the full program and additional stories, interviews, readings, and expert options about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers. Includes 2007 updates on some of the people featured in the program, and a link to a related Frontline report.
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