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Friday, October 31, 2003

This week's Friday brain-teaser from xrefer takes a look at the magical world of stage and screen musicals. Answers are here

1. Which actor famously sang in the rain in the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain"?
2. Which composer had five musicals running concurrently in London in 1993?
3. In the 1960s, which English singer, whose real name is Harry Webb, starred in the musical films "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday"?
4. Which 1943 musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein changed the direction of musical theatre?
5. Which 1956 musical was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion"?
6. Name the character played by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music".
7. The musical "Five Guys Named Moe" featured songs associated with which American musician?
8. What was the first name of Fred Astaire's sister, who appeared with him in several stage musicals?
9. Who composed the music for the shows "Sweeney Todd" and "Sunday in the Park with George"?
10. The 1950 musical "Guys and Dolls" was based on stories by which writer?
The shortlist for this year's Guardian First Book Award have been announced
MedRef-L is a discussion of health and medical reference issues. The focus of this discussion is on reference services, marketing and promoting library services and the role of the health/medical library in the organization or in the community served, professional continuing education and training, etc. MedRef-L is not meant to replace MEDLIB-L but rather to provide a forum specifically for the discussion of health and medicine reference issues
The CHCC Census Resource Discovery Service is a catalogue of census data and associated learning and teaching materials available to the UK higher and further education sector
Internet Use in Libraries - ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 26 - almost all academic, public, and school libraries in the U.S. are connected to the Internet, both for staff use and for public access. Here are the most recent national statistics for each type of library
Global Learn Day VII - A 24 hour continuous live webcast with presentations from educators in every world time zone - show starts November 15 at 5:00 PM Pacfic time
EXEMPLARIA has announced the launch of Medieval Noise, a Special Cluster under the guest editorship of Professor Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (The George Washington University)

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Issue 5, October 2003 of Reference Update from xrefer is now available
TEEAL: The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library is a CD-ROM library that includes the contents of over 140 of the world's most important scientific journals in the field of agriculture. It is available well below cost to over 100 of the lowest-income food deficit countries, as listed in the World Bank's 1998-9 World Development Report
How to find statistics on the EU will explore the key features of the Eurostat website and how to access other sources such as OECD, the CIA, EU Country Reports and the World Bank. It will also tell you how to identify a reliable source and what's available free of charge. Particularly useful for anyone dealing with EU enquiries or who needs European statistics on an an occasional or regular basis - 20 November - Oxford, UK
The CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award is established as one of the leading accolades in the library and information world. Its aim is to highlight and reward good practice in any innovative library/information related project. Open for entries until Friday 30 January 2004
A list of future courses from The Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, is now available
Helping Users find your Content - 20 November 2003 - BSG House, London
Digital identifiers: bringing digital communities together - 24 November 2003 - The Liberal Club, London
The new British Library site is up, including the new sections Services for researchers, Services for business, Services for library and information professionals and Something for everyone

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Sirsi has selected Openly Informatics OpenURL linking technology as the core engine for Sirsi Resolver, Sirsi's solution for OpenURL resolution and linking
OverDrive, Inc. has announced that over 150 publishers have joined its Digital Library Reserve. Best selling titles from Microsoft Press, Merriam-Webster, Barnes & Noble Digital Publishing, Tyndale House, Zondervan, Multnomah, Rough Guides, RosettaBooks, Peanut Press and others will join eBook collections from Time Warner, HarperCollins Perfectbound, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic for libraries to loan their patrons
The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition by December 1, 2003. The winning manuscript will be chosen in April 2004 and will be awarded with the publication of a letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook designed, printed and bound by artists at The Center for Book Arts
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awards $9,898,338 in 27 inaugural grants under a new program, Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century
The Depository Library Council, a 15-member advisory body to the Public Printer of the US, seeks input on three topics the Public Printer addressed at the annual Federal Depository Library conference last week in Arlington, Virginia. These issues are significant ones and will impact federal documents depository libraries. The three topics are: Preservation; Authentication/Version Control; and Revenue Enhancement to the GPO sales program. Council has until December 1st to respond
Applications for presenting Poster Sessions at the 2004 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, are now being accepted. The website also provides rules and guidelines for presenting poster sessions, helpful hints in applying, frequently asked questions, and photos of sample poster sessions
MLA '04: Seize the Power! - May 21-26 2004 - Washington Hilton and Towers in Washington, DC. The wide variety of educational programs sponsored by sections and special interest groups (SIGs) offer exciting opportunities for you to share the power of your library’s innovative and improved projects, planning, and research. Visit the Participate area of this site to submit your contributed paper and poster abstracts
Effective Information Training Skills - A One Day Course for CoFHE LASEC - 4 December 2003
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 110 - November 2003 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

IOP Publishing Limited has announced its book sale. with over 360 books knocked down in price by 75%. The sale ends 31 December
The proceedings of the 2003 Dublin Core Conference, held in Seattle, are now available online
The Calicut Medical Journal - The Refereed Online Biomedical Journal published by the CMC Alumni Association will be published exclusively online. All content will be openly and freely accessible. First issue available 30 October 2003
The Open WorldCat pilot is a year-long initiative that makes library resources available from nonlibrary Web sites. The pilot aims to test the effectiveness of Web search engines in guiding users to library-owned materials, making libraries more visible to Web users and more accessible from the Web sites many people turn to first
On the occasion of the anniversary of the secularization, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents the exhibition Lebendiges Büchererbe. Säkularisation, Mediatisierung und die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from 7 November 2003 to 30 January 2004. The exhibition focuses on the consequences of the upheavals of the year 1803 for the Bavarian libraries. Choice treasures from the dissolved Bavarian monasteries and cathedrals are on show, among them the Codex aureus, the Gutenberg Bible, the Serbian Psalter, the Qur'an of Père Lachaise, the Gospel Book of Otto III and the Old Church Slavonic texts from Freising
Elsevier has signed a declaration of compliance of the usage reports for its product ScienceDirect, with the international COUNTER Code of Practice (Release 1), which governs the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Code of Practice is supported by librarians, publishers and intermediaries worldwide, as well as by their professional organizations. It promotes the credible, consistent and compatible measurement of the usage data from online information resources

Monday, October 27, 2003

A two-week long festival, 27 October–9 November, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Dylan Thomas aims to increase the poet's profile in Welsh schools
Emerald's Journals of the Week for October 27, 2003 are foresight & European Journal of Innovation Management
Arden Davies Publishing, legal publishers specialising in the law applicable to the public sector in England and Wales, is offering free 3-month subscriptions to its journals
The Marxist.Net site is maintained by the Committee for a Workers International, an international socialist campaign group. It provides links to a wealth of online resources relating to Marxism, Communism, Leninism and Trotskyism. Thes include recent news stories and access to full text classic writings (such as the works of Karl Marx and Lenin) and pamphlets published by the Committee for a Workers International
On 8 December 2003 the public services of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, currently located in central London, will open at the National Archives building at Kew. Prior to the move the HMC reading rooms in Quality Court will close on 7 November, to allow staff to prepare for and carry out the move. When services reopen on 8 December they will no longer be based in Chancery Lane but at Kew in West London
The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress, has been updated
The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the names of the finalists for the 2003 Governor General’s Literary Awards, in English and in French, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation
2004 International Conference on Digital Archive Technologies (ICDAT2004) - 18-19 March, 2004 - The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, Taiwan. The intended community for ICDAT 2004 includes those interested in technologies and tools for advanced digital archive systems, new knowledge about archival storage and preservation, best practices of technology development in digital archives, and applications of digital archive technologies

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Online Information 2003 - December 2-4 - London, UK - the programme for its free seminars and Masterclasses has been announced
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online - the first phase presents persons who died between the years 1000 and 1920 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years

Saturday, October 25, 2003

ICSTI, The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information has published their study The Information Imperative which looks at the socio-economic impacts of scientific information
The National Agricultural Library has selected the Canadian-based Relais Enterprise document delivery system to further automate the library's document delivery services
The University of Delaware Library has created a web site which provides digital images of the Library's collection of more than 2,000 Delaware postcards. The postcards in the collection date mainly from the very end of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, although there are also postcards from throughout the later part of the twentieth century
Version 51 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,000 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet

Friday, October 24, 2003

The Haworth Press, Inc. has announced the following new journals for Spring/Fall 2004:

Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work (Spring 2004)
Journal of Child Custody (Spring 2004)
Journal of Crop Improvement (Spring 2004)
Journal of Dual Diagnosis (Fall 2004)
Journal of E-Government (Spring 2004)
Journal of Electronic Resources in Law Libraries (Spring 2004)
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (Spring 2004)
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning (Spring 2004)
Journal of Map & Geography Libraries (Fall 2004)
Journal of Natural Fibers (Spring 2004)
Journal of Security Education (Fall 2004)
Substance Abuse (Spring 2004)
Journal of Website Promotion (Spring 2004)
Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer - on this site you will find William Caxton’s two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library
On 27 October 2003 The British Library will unveil its new home page and a series of welcome pages providing easier ways for users to find the web content they need
This week's brain-teaser from xrefer.com tests your knowledge of Art and Artists. Answers are here

1. In which Italian city is the Uffizi gallery?
2. In 1962, which American painter produced famous pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup cans?
3. Is the flat, thin board on which a painter mixes his colours called a palate or a palette?
4. Which famous painter (1475-1564) had the surname Buonarroti?
5. Which French painter offended conservative tastes in 1863 with his picture of a picnic on the grass?
6. What phrase is used to describe a picture of inanimate objects, such as fruit or flowers?
7. Which British artist, born in Yorkshire in 1937 and now resident in California, was the subject of the 1974 film "A Bigger Splash"?
8. Which Austrian painter's most famous work was probably "The Kiss" in 1908?
9. Which art gallery was opened in London in 1897 on the site of the old Millbank Prison?
10. Which 16th-century Venetian painter's real name was Jacopo Robusti?
A ground-breaking JISC funded project, Newsfilm Online, has been announced. With some £2.2 million funding, JISC, the BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council) and ITN will be working in partnership to digitise more than 3,000 ITN news archives spanning more than 100 years. Additionally, 3,500 hours of existing British Pathe content will be licensed for use as well as over 12 million images
Landmark Libraries is a human network of librarians with extensive experience in one or more library building projects. Their concern is that, far too often, librarians themselves are not the core player in the building process
The National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Amazon.Com - has announced the launch of its latest innovation for customers, Search Inside the Book, an entirely new way for customers to find and discover books by searching the full text inside them, not just matches to author or title keywords. In collaboration with publishers, Amazon.com is enabling customers to find books at Amazon.com based on every word inside more than 120,000 books -- more than 33 million pages of searchable text. Customers can also preview the inside text of these books. Search Inside the Book is integrated into Amazon.com's standard search and includes books from all genres
Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities - In this Declaration, all of Germany's principal scientific and scholarly institutions, including the Max-Planck Society, as well as a growing number of their counterparts from other countries (such as France's CNRS) have signed their commitment to open access to scientific and scholarly research
From Aquinas to Atwood - an exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto - closes 19 December 2003. This exhibition celebrates gifts in Italian studies to the University of Toronto Library from 1890, when the original Library and its collections were destroyed by fire, to the present day, with the University’s collections fast approaching ten million books. Most of the books in the exhibition were printed between the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and are shown with some modern books, and with manuscripts, prints, and broadsides
Bilindex is a list of Spanish Subject Heading equivalents to Library of Congress Subject Heading List (LCSHL) which makes provisions, particularly within its syndetic apparatus and children's headings, to equate to the basic practicality of the Sears List and the comprehensiveness of LCSHL
The radical library: taking up the challenge - Royal College of Nursing, London - 13 November 2003 - this UKSG seminar brings together practitioners from within and beyond universities to give some real life examples of radical developments taking place now
BNB name headings and their NACO equivalents - a project to support users of British National Bibliography records in managing the migration of their catalogues to MARC 21
Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists by Fred R. Byers - this report describes in nontechnical language the various types of CDs and DVDs now in use, how they are made, and how they work. It then distills current industry knowledge about disc longevity, conditions that affect life expectancy, and how to care for optical media. The guide is amply illustrated and includes a glossary and bibliography

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

The Poetry Book Society has announced the Shortlist for the T S Eliot Prize 2003, to be awarded to the writer of the best new collection of poetry published in 2003
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is offering free online access to hundreds of articles on atmospheric chemistry and current issues of publications in celebration of National Chemistry Week, October 19-25. This free access to the public will continue through October 31. ACS Publications produces more than 30 periodicals in print and online, including the flagship publications of the American Chemical Society: the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Chemical & Engineering News
Hypertext 2004 - Fifteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia - University of California, Santa Cruz - August 9-13, 2004

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

xrefer has announced that UK Machine-Readable Cataloging (MaRC) records are now available for all the titles in its xreferplus digital reference library. The service currently contains 150 titles in total, with new reference works being added on a regular basis. The inclusion of this feature in the xreferplus service comes as a response to the strong demand for it from the library community in the UK. By downloading the MARC records for each of the titles in xreferplus, subscribing libraries in the UK will now be able to integrate their xreferplus collections into their online catalogues using this common format, which provides a simple and streamlined processing system. More information about Marc records can be found at here
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:13 (November 2003) is now available for downloading
Speaker presentations from the recent Access 2003 conference in Vancouver are now available
Industry Canada has announced $305,000 to continue developing an initiative that will help Canadian employees earn university and college credits for workplace training. The funding will support Campus Canada, a national alliance of universities, colleges and educational organizations that is developing innovative on-line services to improve access to post-secondary learning
The purpose of the NASIG Horizon Award is to advance the serials profession by providing promising new serialists with the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge and understanding of serials by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the serials information chain. Application deadline is February 15, 2004
Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis (CaSTA) 2003 - University of Victoria - November 14, 2003 - this is a no-fee conference

Monday, October 20, 2003

Social Science Online - a series of one-day seminars in the UK on a full range of nationally-funded Internet resources and services available in the following subjects:
Internet for Law: London, 12 November 2003
Internet for Psychology: London, 10 December 2003
Internet for Sociology: Birmingham, 16 December 2003
Internet for Economics: Bristol, 25 March 2004
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has taken over LIBEX, the online clearing house for library and information staff looking for job exchange experience abroad. Previously run by the Thomas Parry Library in Aberystwyth, the service is now available exclusively to CILIP members
Writers from across the world are gearing up to take part in the fifth annual National Novel Writing Month, which begins on 1 November 2003
Last April, members of the public were asked to nominate their favourite work of fiction as part of BBC Two's Big Read. Nearly 140,000 people voted and The Big Read Top 100 novels were announced in May in alphabetical order. Now that list has been whittled down to the 21 most popular, based on those votes, and announced in The Big Read Top 21
Factiva Search "...is designed so that information workers spend less time searching, and more time using the information to make their best business decisions. Users conduct research on nearly 8,000 world-class global sources directly from a report or presentation they’re creating. It is a simple, integrated keyword search of Factiva content from the Research Task Pane in any Microsoft Office System application, including Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003"

Saturday, October 18, 2003

The College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland will be offering an online course on Virtual Reference Software Selection from November 3-14, 2003 - This interactive web-based course, featuring a high degree of individual attention, will include readings, message board discussions with peers, valuable feedback from knowledgeable instructors, and an introduction to the resources you need to make the best decision about software
The October 2003 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Friday, October 17, 2003

xreferplus has been shortlisted for the Besterman/McColvin medal for outstanding works of reference published in the UK, electronic category. These awards are organised and administered by CILIP, and sponsored by Nielsen Bookdata
This week the Friday brain-teaser from xrefer takes us to Africa, the second largest continent. Try these questions about African history, geography and culture, and then see how you did by visiting the answers page

1. Who became president of South Africa in 1994?
2. The Aswan High Dam is on which African river?
3. Malagasies come from which island?
4. What is the modern name for the African country that used to be called Bechuanaland?
5. What is the capital city of Ethiopia?
6. Julius Nyerere was president of which country from 1964 to 1985?
7. Does an African elephant have larger or smaller ears than an Indian elephant?
8. The Egyptian president Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, and Britain and France occupied the canal zone. In which year did this happen?
9. The Atlas Mountains stretch across three African countries. Name two of them
10. What is the nationality of the African writer Wole Soyinka?
Free Pint Newsletter 147 - 16 October 2003 - now available
Open-Access Journals by Roy Tennant, Manager, eScholarship Web & Services Design, California Digital Library - Library Journal, October 15, 2003
The November 2003 issue of Walt Crawford's Cites & Insights is now available
The Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto presents a one-day course: Health Information Resources - November 7, 2003
A summary of the 2003 Update to AACR2, 2002 Revision has been issued for information
Swets Blackwell has announced that it is the first subscription agent member to achieve level 2 compliance with COUNTER's international e-journal usage standards. Swets has signed a formal declaration of compliance with COUNTER, an international initiative launched in March 2002 designed to serve librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics
The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, offers visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to twelve months each year. All awards are for a period of residence to use the AAS library's resources for research and writing. Application deadline is January 15, 2004
Call for Papers: Special issue of the Journal of Digital Information on - Information Design Models and Processes - Submission deadline is 15 December 2003
The Charlie Robinson Award honors a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the need of community residents. The award consists of $1,000 and a gift to the librarian. The public library director will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference. Nominations by December 1, 2003

Thursday, October 16, 2003

AGORA - Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture, providing access to over 400 journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA is available to students and researchers in qualifying not-for-profit institutions in eligible developing countries
October 12-18, 2003 is Earth Science Week. This year's theme is Eyes on Planet Earth: Monitoring our Changing World
The Canadian Copyrights Database has been updated as of October 14, 2003
The October 2003 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available
National Book Award finalists for 2003 have been announced - to be eligible for the award, a book must have been published in the United States between December 1, 2002 and November 30, 2003 and must have been written by a United States citizen
Information Research Volume 9 No 1 - October 2003 is now available
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian have launched the new Collections Online database, which includes integrated searching of 8,000 records from the Autry Museum artifact collections with 5,000 images, and more than 40,000 records from the two library databases

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Bernie Sloan, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has updated his list of Collaborative Live Reference Services
The Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge - 5th Annual Conference - May 15- 18, 2004 - Timberline Lodge is one hour east of Portland, on the slope of Mt. Hood - Call for papers has been announced
The 2004 ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in San Diego, CA from January 9-14, 2004. The exhibits will be held from from January 9-12, 2004 in the San Diego Convention Center
First time novelist DBC Pierre wins the £50,000 Booker Prize with a satirical tale of contemporary America
The Neal-Schuman Directory of Management Software for Public Access Computers by Michael Sauers and Louise Alcorn is now available
The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium will hold its third annual Members' Meeting at ATILF, the nationally-funded laboratory for analysis and data processing of the French language, based at the University of Nancy, France, 7-8 November 2003
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) has announced the launch of the Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA), a collection of electronic texts written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The Renaissance Library Calendar for 2004 is now available, containing colour photographs of beautiful old libraries, from 527AD to 1932, with brief history and description of items of special interest
The Open Video Project is managed at the Interaction Design Laboratory, at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This repository is hosted as one of the first channels of the Internet 2 Distributed Storage Infrastructure Initiative, a project that supports distributed repository hosting for research and education in the Internet 2 community
A collection of more than 12 million historic photographs, capturing scenes from the Boer War to the D-Day landings, has been published. The images, which date back to the turn of the 20th century, have been captured from the archives of the British Pathe newsreel, a cinema news service that pre-dated television. The unique collection has been created by re-scanning every inch of the archive's 3,500 hours of 35mm film
Virtual Reference Desk Conference 2003 - November 17-18, 2003 - San Antonio, Texas - The conference will feature more than 50 programs dealing with planning, implementing, managing, and marketing virtual reference programs
The goal of the Citizen Access Project is to allow citizens and public officials to better understand public access to local government information in the United States
Electronic Collection Development for Health and Medicine E-libraries - In this hands-on web-based course you will earn to create an e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for health and medicine - Instructor: Diane K. Kovacs
The inaugural issue of PLoS Biology is now available online and in print, featuring peer-reviewed research articles on diverse topics ranging from malaria genetics to elephant evolution authored by prominent scientists from around the world
Library and Informatic Systems Technology - An exhibition for suppliers and prospective buyers of Small Library Management Systems - organised by infologistix and Biblio-Tech Review - 16 October 2003 - London, UK

Monday, October 13, 2003

The National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield, has over 80,000 images in the photographic collection, in addition to audio and video material, journals and magazines, and nearly 3,000 monographs. The collection also includes a unique body of fairground ephemera (programmes, handbills, posters, charters and proclamations, plans and drawings).
The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2003 has been awarded to Susan Sontag
The Crime Writers' Association has announced its short lists for its Daggers Awards 2003. Winners will be announced and Daggers presented at the CWA 50th Jubilee Dagger Awards Lunch in London on 13 November
Library Link Newsletter - October 2003 issue now available
Dogpile, the metasearch engine, has announced the launch of an updated version of the Dogpile Search Toolbar with new features designed to provide users with added convenience and faster access to information. The new Toolbar is immediately available for download for users of Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher
For the first time libraries can have access to the most comprehensive electronic collection of South African scientific and scholarly journals in the world. Most of these journals are peer reviewed and are accredited by the South African Department of Arts, Science and Culture. At present 131 titles are available and the number of titles is growing steadily
SITE 2004 is the 15th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education - March 1-6, 2004 - Atlanta, Georgia
KM Europe 2003 - 10-12 November 2003 - Amsterdam RAI International Exhibition and Congress Centre

Sunday, October 12, 2003

The ARL-NEWMEAS list has been established as a communication mechanism for those individuals interested in the Association of Research Libraries work to develop new measures for research libraries. Members of the list are welcome to share ideas and information about performance measures, quality initiatives, and characterization of research libraries for discussion. Notices of events, readings, web sites, and organizations who are working in this area are also welcome
The Harvard-Yenching Library will host Books in Numbers: A Conference in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Harvard-Yenching Library on October 17 and 18. Scholars and librarians from around the world will participate, and a commemorative conference volume will be published
A redesigned American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau will be released October 17, 2003
Emerald's Journals of the Week for October 13, 2003 are Library Hi Tech News and The Electronic Library

Saturday, October 11, 2003

The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book. To be held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China, from 29-31 August 2004, the conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the future of the book, as well as its past and the state of the book industry, books and reading today
A small but growing number of libraries have already or are now developing non commercial link resolving solutions with OpenURL at the core. These libraries now have a peer support group for the exchange of ideas and solutions: lib-openurl-dev-l
To subscribe, send a message to listserv@listserv.uiuc.edu
The body of the message should be:
subscribe lib-openurl-dev-l Your Name
A sub-committee of the Full Disclosure Implementation Group has awarded a total of £64,500 as a result of the Full Disclosure Call for Proposals 2003. The aim of this particular call was not to initiate completely new projects but to extend the range and increase the impact of existing or recent initiatives in retrospective catalogue conversion, by, for example, bringing in new partners or making catalogue data accessible in a more integrated way
Joined-up Resources: Local studies through Libraries, archives & museums - 25 November 2003 - Stamford, Lincolnshire - The target audience is local studies managers in public libraries, regional and government bodies, library partnerships and co-operatives, and others concerned with the development of local heritage and memory services, especially colleagues in the archive and museum domains
Dr. Michel Biezunski and Dr. Steven R. Newcomb will be presenting a lecture entitled Topic Maps: The Inventor's Perspective on Subject-based Access at the Library of Congress on October 15
Digital scholarship, digital culture - a special lecture series sponsored by the School of Humanities, King's College London - October 2003 to May 2004

Friday, October 10, 2003

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer this week tests your knowledge of proverbs. Questions set by Tony Augarde, author of "The Oxford Guide to Word Games". Answers are here:

1. According to the proverb, all roads lead to where?
2. What would you use to keep the doctor away?
3. A watched pot never does what?
4. According to a saying adapted from the Sermon on the Mount, who shall inherit the Earth?
5. According to the proverb, what can't you judge by its cover?
6. A 17th-century horse-dealer in Cambridge gave his name to which proverbial phrase for a choice that actually offers no alternative?
7. Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play "Huis Clos" stated that hell is...what?
8. What opinion about hope was coined by Alexander Pope in 1732 and quickly became proverbial?
9. Which animals, according to a 19th-century proverb, "are very unlikely birds"?
10. Which proverb was probably created by US journalist Dan Cook in 1978?
Art for Votes' Sake: Visual Culture and the Women's Suffrage Campaign - 2 October - 20 December 2003 - The Women’s Library, London, UK
The Library of Congress announces the release on the American Memory website of American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920. The website is comprised of 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions abter American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920
The UK National Acquisitions Group is running a two-day Stock Management School 18-19 November 2003 at the Hotel St Pierre, Wakefield
Best Practices 2003: Innovative Internet Use in Canadian Public Libraries - LibraryNet
The Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago, Illinois, invites applications for its 2004-05 Fellowships in the Humanities
Leadership for Library Staff - October 24, 2003 - The Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Bargain record label Naxos has made a complete recording of Ulysses by James Joyce on 23 CDs, which will be issued next year in time for the 100th anniversary of the original "Bloomsday", June 16 1904
Belfast poet Ciaran Carson has won the £10,000 Forward Prize, the UK's biggest annual poetry award
Plans are underway for celebrating a second national Web Awareness Day on February. 19, 2004. It is sponsored by the Media Awareness Network, in partnership with local libraries, provincial and national library agencies, Bell Canada and other sponsors. It provides an opportunity for public libraries across the country to focus on our increasingly important role in supporting parents, children and communities to develop safe and appropriate Internet literacy skills
LISU has been commissioned by JISC to undertake a national survey of all HE and FE libraries to investigate the adoption of locally developed and commercially purchased library portals. The LibPortal project will provide JISC with a comprehensive review of current practice and future prospects of library portals, and their impact on the use of information sources
A British Library MARC records survey has been created in order to gain a better understanding of how its bibliographic records are used, what users think of them, and what improvements they would like to see
EEVL, the internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing, has become a Content Partner with scenta, the new online portal for the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) community
Call for Papers and Workshops - The 33rd Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use is to be held June 14-16, 2004 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia
First Monday - Volume 8, Number 10 - October 6th, 2003 now available
MCN Conference 2003 - Balancing Museum Technology and Transformation - November 5–8, 2003 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

NFAIS has released a set of Guiding Principles with regard to reference linking, and is encouraging all those involved in any aspect of information creation and/or distribution to provide for such a capability in their products and services
Gale and Google have signed an agreement that will allow users of select products on Gale's InfoTrac Web platform to link to the Google Image Search service while searching within the premium databases
World Library and Information Congress: 70th IFLA General Conference and Council - "Libraries: Tools for Education and Development" - August 22-27 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Introduction to Business Research Tools - a one-day workshop at The Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto - 14 Nov 2003
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA, has announced its upcoming workshops
The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education periodically invites leaders, interested in advancing knowledge and learning with information technology, to serve on the Editorial Review Boards of its internationally respected journals
Journal of Digital Information Management - September 2003 issue now available
The Archive-Skills Consultancy, London, UK, has announced its training prospectus for 2003-2004

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Emerald's Journals of the Week for October 6, 2003 are TQM Magazine & Soldering & Surface Mount Technology
Ex Libris: an E-Zine for Librarians and Other Information Junkies - #193, October 3, 2003 is now available
The 12th annual SHARP conference will be held in Lyons, France, 20-24 July auspices of the Institut d'histoire du livre. The main topic of the conference will be "Crossing Borders" : cultural transfers between the old and the new worlds, on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Presentations of European archival sources for the history of the book are also encouraged. As always, SHARP welcomes proposals for papers dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written or printed word in any place or historical period
Advanced Web Search Strategies - October 24, 2003 - Faculty of Information Studies, Toronto - Every day thousands of people look for information on the Web but only the trained few find their answers quickly and some never find an answer at all. This workshop will lay out the key Internet search strategies and help you build the skills you need to use the main search services - Instructed by Gwen Harris
Publishing the Future: Scholarly Communication in an Information Age - November 11, 2003 - Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo
The Grolier Club Library's online catalogue gives access to a database of over 41,000 records, representing about one third of the Library's estimated holdings. Researchers can now search the Grolier's monographic reference collection (ca. 25,000 items), its collections of archives, letters, and manuscripts (ca. 10,000 items in over 100 series), its book auction catalogues to 1900 (ca. 14,000 items), as well as rare books acquired since 1983 (ca.1,000 items)
PubMed Central has initiated a major archival scanning project in conjunction with several participating publishers

Saturday, October 04, 2003

ALPSP, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, has announced its award winners for 2003
Oxford English Dictionary - September 2003 newsletter is now available
The September 29, 2003 issue of LLRX.com is now available. LLRX.com is a unique, free Web journal dedicated to providing legal and library professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools
The National Library of Australia has announced In a New Light: Australian Photography 1850s -1930s, the first in a two-part exploration of the Pictures Collection and examines the relationship between the development of photography and the recording of Australian history. The online exhibition will open 9 October 2003
CILIP Workshop - How to bid for Funds - 8 October 2003 - London, UK - This is an advanced course suitable for anybody who has attended the introductory Fundraising for librarians course, or who already has some experience of fundraising strategy or fundraising research
ERIL (Electronic Resources in Libraries), a community of librarians concerned with the practical aspects of managing electronic resources in libraries, now has a new home. The Resources page has also recently been updated
ARL/OLMS Webcast - The TEACH Act and Distance Learning: Doing the Digital - October 30, 2003 - Cosponsored by EDUCAUSE
Award applications from the Public Library Association are now available. Deadline is December 1, 2003
Oxford University Press (OUP) is has announced a partnership with Oxford University Library Services, (OULS) in support of the national SHERPA project. Under the terms of the agreement, OUP will provide the Systems and Electronic Resources (SERS) department of OULS with online access to articles by Oxford University-based authors published in many of the Oxford Journals from 2002. The articles will then be searchable via the OULS pilot institutional repository and available free of charge to researchers across the globe

Friday, October 03, 2003

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer this week tests your knowledge of sporting terminology. Can you identify the sports from the clues below. Answers are here:

1. Which sport is played on a rink with a puck?
2. In which sport would you talk about "deuce" and "tramlines"?
3. In which sport might you talk about foul shots, free throws and a basket?
4. In which sport would you hear about a mid-on and a mid-off?
5. In which sport do you get a field goal and the end zone?
6. In which sport would you use a piton?
7. In which sport might you encounter a divot?
8. In which sport might you use a bean ball?
9. In which sport could you hear of criteriums and stage races?
10. In which sport would you use a cesta?
California's public libraries have identified the "top 12" workshops and meetings which they feel could be conducted via videoconferencing or other virtual means to enable more participation by constituents
The new JISC Resource Guides are published today, providing free overviews of quality-assured information about electronic resources and support services, all of them selected by subject specialists
SURA/ViDe 6th Annual Digital Video Workshop - Indianapolis, Indiana - March 22-25, 2004 - This workshop has become recognized as the essential annual learning venue in collaborative videoconferencing, streaming video, and storing/serving video-on-demand. Workshop content will include examples of digital video projects in the research and education community, how-to sessions, and information on emerging technologies
Call for papers for a joint ACCUTE and COCH/COSH Session at the Canadian Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Manitoba in May, 2004 - Playing with Text Analysis
Libraries in the Digital Age - 25-29 May, 2004 - Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Celebrating our Community: Sharing Our Values, Sharing Our Value is the theme for the 2004 Joint Conference of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) in Victoria, British Columbia, June 16-19, 2004 - Call for proposals deadline is October 31, 2003
October 2003 issues of Information Today, ONLINE, Computers in Libraries, Searcher, MultiMedia Schools, and CRM Magazine are now available
Nominations are being sought for the Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for 2004. The Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award is presented by the ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) Serials Section of the American Library Association and is sponsored by R.R. Bowker Company, publisher of Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory. The award consists of a citation with a cash award of $1,500. The winner will be honored during the ALA Annual Conference 2004
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2003 is awarded to the South African writer, John Maxwell Coetzee
Free Pint Newsletter 146 - 2 October 2003 - now available, containing the feature article Digital Preservation - Barbarians at the Gate by Jonathan Crowhurst
Online Northwest call for proposals. This one-day conference focuses on the use of technology within libraries, attracting librarians from the Pacific Northwest and around the USA. It is sponsored by the Oregon University System and takes place February 24, 2004 in Corvallis, Oregon
Netskills has a full schedule of workshops running throughout the UK from October 2003 to March 2004. Many of these workshops will count towards the Netskills/BTEC Professional Development Certificates in both Web Development and e-Learning
The UK Serials Group is pleased to announce details of its International Research Awards Programme for 2004. Two separate £1,000 awards are available to any individual currently registered in a higher education institution or in employment and undertaking formal pre-qualification study (full- or part-time). In both cases, the piece of work being undertaken must form part of the requirements for the course or of the formal pre-qualification study

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

National Poetry Day 2003 - Thursday 9 October 2003
LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction has announced the official Call for Proposals for the 2004 national conference, which will be held in Ypsilanti, MI on May 6-8, 2004. The conference theme is, Library Instruction: Restating the Need, Refocusing the Response
Great American Public Libraries: The 2003 HAPLR Rankings - by Thomas J. Hennen Jr. - American Libraries, October 2003
Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The Program in Hellenic Studies also supports a limited number of Library Research Grants in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books
Off the Wall and Online: Providing Web Access to Cultural Collections - November 4-5, 2003 - Las Vegas, Nevada - This conference explores digitization for collections management and education in museums and other cultural institutions of all sizes. The faculty includes museum and library professionals, technical experts, educators, and administrators who will discuss a broad range of highly relevant topics
The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with IFLA Gold Corporate Partner 3M has announced the IFLA 3M International Marketing Award for 2004. The objectives of the award are to reward the best library marketing project worldwide each year, encourage marketing in libraries, and give libraries the opportunity to share marketing experiences
The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Its third annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50 up-and-coming people from across the U.S. and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2003
The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR has announced that its website has been redesigned and updated
Rare Book School, University of Virginia, has announced its courses for 2004
Infobits September 2003 is now available from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill