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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

ARL/ESRI GIS Webcast: Libraries and Digital Mapping in the 21st Century - January 27, 2005
Professional Writing for Librarians - ARL/OLMS Online Lyceum Course - January 24-February 25, 2005, May 9-June 10, 2005, October 17-November 18, 2005
Cites & Insights 5:1, January 2005, is now available for downloading
The National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB) of Sri Lanka seeks assistance from the international community and especially from the IFLA members to reconstruct/repair the damaged libraries and the restoration of the damaged books and other library material

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

A number of International libraries have committed to putting their digitized books in open-access archives, starting with one at the Internet Archive. This approach will ensure permanent and public access to our published heritage. Anyone with an Internet connection will have access to these collections and the growing set of tools to make use of them. In this way we are getting closer to the goal of Universal Access to All Knowledge

Monday, December 27, 2004

BeSpacific.com by Sabrina Pacifici, has been named the winner of Dennis Kennedy's 2004 Legal Blogging Awards

Friday, December 24, 2004

This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of The New Year. Answers here.

1. The Millennium Bug was a crisis that faced computer users at the end of which year?
2. A survey in 1997 showed that the two most popular New Year's resolutions were to give up smoking and...what else?
3. In Scotland, what is the name for New Year's Eve?
4. The author of the 1951 book "The Catcher in the Rye" was born on 1 January, 1919. What is his name?
5. The Jewish New Year usually falls in one of which two months?
6. After 1752, England used the Gregorian calendar. What was the name of the calendar that preceded it?
7. First foot (or first-footer) is a name in Scotland for which person?
8. January is named after the Roman god of doors, gates and new beginnings. What was this god's name?
9. "La Saint-Sylvestre" is the French name for which day around the end of the year?
10. Grandmaster Flash, one of the originators of hip-hop, was born on 1 January, 1958 - in which part of the West Indies?
Framework for the Future Digital Citizenship Workshop Series 2005 - Increasing access, take up and engagement with ICT through the People's Network
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, December 16-22, are now available
Call for Papers: E-learning discussion group - World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council - Libraries: A voyage of discovery - August 14-18 2005, Oslo, Norway
Presentation materials from EDUCAUSE 2004 are now available online

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Endeavor Information Systems has released details of collaboration with Scopus, the world’s largest abstracting and indexing database, to provide OpenURL-enabled linking capabilities. In 2004, Endeavor has been supporting nearly 50 worldwide libraries trialing a version of Scopus enhanced with LinkFinderPlus linking capabilities
Library and Information Statistics Tables 2004 for The United Kingdom. The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the library and information scene in the UK. The base year is 2002-03, except where stated otherwise
Pacific Journal of Mathematics (PJM) has debuted on Project Euclid
The Fourth Annual Texas A&M Workshop in the History of Books and Printing - May 22-27, 2005 - Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University
The December 2004 edition of EDINA Newsline is now available. EDINA offers the UK tertiary education and research community net-worked access to a library of data, information and research resources. All EDINA services are free of charge at the point of use

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The December 20 2004 issue of Open Access Now is now available
Geosphere is The Geological Society of America's ambitious entry into electronic publication. The primary goal of this effort is to address the clear and growing need for timely publication of research results, data, software, and educational developments in ways that cannot be addressed by traditional formats
The American Antiquarian Society has announced plans for the 2005 Summer Seminar in the History of the Book to be held in Worcester, MA, June 12-17, 2005. The seminar is entitled Publishing God: Printing, Preaching, and Reading in Eighteenth-Century America. It will focus on the eighteenth-century colonies to track the interplay between religious cultures and the circulation of print
NASIG, North American Serials Interest Group, is currently seeking professional candidates for its first ever Champion Award, which will be presented at the annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 19-22, 2005
Innovative Interfaces has announced that it will begin to offer Baker & Taylor's Content Café to its growing customer base. Available to Millennium libraries, this add-on service will offer patrons enhanced and continually updated bibliographic information, delivered seamlessly through the library's OPAC while minimizing staff time and expense
Art Libraries Society of North America 33rd annual conference - Beyond Borders: Collaborative and Explorative Ventures in Arts Information - April 1-6 - Houston, Texas
Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture is now available via Project MUSE. A subscription is required to read articles
The American Printing History Association has announced that its 2005 annual conference, hosted by Mills College, will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area September 22-23, 2005
Oxford University Press has RSS feeds for some of its journals i.e. those hosted via HighWire Press. Note that a subscription is required to read the full text of articles

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

As of 20 December 2004, EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS) offers the following content:
Journals Viewable on EJS = 8,386
Journals Accessible through EJS = 11,250
Issues Viewable on EJS = 363,040
Articles Viewable on EJS = 5,669,851
Journals with Articles Available via Pay-Per-View = 3,401
Articles Available via Pay-Per-View = 1,356,146
Swets Information Services has announced that it has recently succeeded in signing seven new publishers, and hundreds of valuable new journals, to SwetsWise Online Content. SwetsWise is the web-based, modular service for the procurement, access and management of subscriptions and online information. SwetsWise now carries a total of 8,553 full text e-journals from 323 publishers, with more than 90% of the top STM publishers participating
Elsevier's leading web delivery platform ScienceDirect, has expanded its full-text collection and introduced enhanced functionality to improve the customer experience. The new release has also advanced the Shibboleth authentication system, allowing researchers to gain remote access more easily
TIME magazine's archive is now available on TIME.com, bringing to life over 81 years of history as reported by the world's largest newsmagazine. The archive provides one of the most comprehensive news resources on the web with over 266,000 articles dating back to TIME's inaugural issue in March 1923
manybooks.net contains more than 10,000 free eBooks formatted for reading on your Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, eBookWise-1150, or Symbian cellphone
SLA Europe invites applications for the new SLA Europe Information Professional Award. The SLA EIP was formerly known as the European Special Librarian of the Year. For 2005, the 12th year of the award, the Board of SLA Europe is re-launching the award with a title that reflects the information industry in the 21st century. The award continues to recognise outstanding achievement in the information profession
Publish or Be Damned - Scientific publishing is undergoing a revolution, with scientists and policy makers fed up that valuable research is being locked away in expensive subscription only journals. Now, writers of the material are launching their own competing journals and giving away the results for free. But not everyone is happy. In Publish or be Dammed, Richard Black examines each side of the debate and assesses the likely consequences for science - BBC Radio 4
Before E-commerce: History of Canadian Mail-order Catalogues - revisit the glory days of the mail-order business through illustrated articles, a timeline, a database of old catalogues, games, and educational activities - Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

Monday, December 20, 2004

Wireless Broadband in Libraries - CILIP Conference for Chief Librarians and Directors of Information Services - 26 January 2005 - London, UK
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) has announced that the full text of its journals JPEN - Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and NCP- Nutrition in Clinical Practice are now available online. Both have free trial periods which end February 2005
SAGE Publications has announced that British Journal of Visual Impairment, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Journal of Asian and African Studies, and Journal of Developing Societies are now available online
The new IngentaConnect now has RSS feeds for both the latest issue and recent issues of its over 28,000 hosted e-journals. See the entry for Abacus as an example

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Search-engine for Digital Libraries (SDL) harvests digital libraries and Open Access Journals in the field of Library and Information Science. The SDL currently has 2693 papers from the 8 digital library archives indexed
National Burns Collection - the first website which allows you to explore Scotland's national collection of treasures associated with Robert Burns. This website has been created by a partnership of museums, galleries, libraries, and other organisations across Scotland which together care for over 36,000 objects. These manuscripts, books, art and artefacts help bring us closer to understanding and appreciating Scotland's national poet
Henry VIII's hidden history is revealed in The Books of Henry VIII and his Wives, recently published by The British Library
OverDrive, Inc. has announced that it has signed agreements with Blackstone Audiobooks and 20 other publishers to distribute download audio titles to its growing network of public libraries. Over 10,000 popular audio books, including fiction, business, educational, and children's audio and music titles will be available to library patrons through its Digital Library Reserve service
Dialog is seeking applicants from North America for the 2005 Roger K. Summit Scholarship, the company's scholarship program for graduate students in library and information sciences. Deadline: April 30, 2005
The current complimentary online issue of the AACE Journal (International Forum on Information Technology in Education) is now available
Emerald's Journals of the Week for December 20 2004 are Microelectronics International and Online Information Review

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Harvard University Library is beginning a new initiative to help libraries in Iraq obtain funding to revitalize collections that were neglected or destroyed during Saddam Hussein's regime and the U.S. invasion
Olybris, the seventh Ex Libris seminar, will take place April 17-22, 2005 at the Kos International Conference Center on the island of Kos, Greece
Info@UK Issue 46, January 2005 is now available from The British Council
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 124 - January 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Friday, December 17, 2004

Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you read and the websites you use, and a place to find them again. Connotea was created by Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team. The ideas behind it come from del.icio.us, a general collaborative bookmarking service. Connotea takes this concept and adds some features to tailor it to the needs of scientists
This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of sporting heroes. Answers here.

1. American prizefighter, originally known as Cassius Clay, who won the world heavyweight title in 1964, 1974 and 1978
2. US golfer who won a record 18 professional majors between 1962 and 1986, and captained the US Ryder Cup team (1969-81)
3. Cricketer, born 1969 in Trinidad, who broke several cricketing records in 1994, scoring seven centuries in eight successive innings
4. US baseball player who set a record in 1941 of getting hits in 56 consecutive games. He was married to Marilyn Monroe between January and October 1954
5. Czech-born American tennis player who won the Wimbledon women's singles title a record nine times
6. US black athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
7. British cricketer (1848-1915) who captained England in 13 Test matches and scored 126 centuries in his long career
8. US basketball player named by "Sports Illustrated" as the "Best Basketball Player of the 20th Century". In 1992 he became the world's highest paid sportsman
9. Romanian gymnast who won three gold medals at the 1976 Olympics at the age of 14
10. French skier who won all three gold medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble
CSA Illumina debuts - new platform offers state of the art Web-based bibliographic and full-text searching
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, December 9-15, are now available
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is seeking nominations for its 2005 ProQuest/SIRS State and Regional Intellectual Freedom Achievement Award. The deadline has been extended until January 10, 2005. The award, a citation, and $1,000 donated by ProQuest/SIRS, is given to the most innovative and effective intellectual freedom project covering a state or region. Programs may be one-time, one-year or
ongoing/multi-year efforts
Join the LibQUAL+(TM) team and special guest Charles B. Lowry, Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, for a live ARL/OLMS webcast on January 11, 2005. This interactive event provides an orientation to the LibQUAL+(TM) survey and gives real-life examples to help you learn more about the survey instrument and its implementation
The Library of Congress's Serial and Government Publications Division has announced the release of a new digital collection, Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, available on the American Memory Web site
The first issue of Library Zone, the new quarterly newsletter from Springer, is now available
Freedom to Read Week, February 20-26, 2005, is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Call for papers: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2005 - Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education - June 7-11 2005 - Denver, Colorado, USA
The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has announced the winners of its 2003-2004 Scholarly Book Prizes for the best Federation-supported books published in the humanities and social sciences. Named after the distinguished Canadian scholars Harold Adams Innis, Jean-Charles Falardeau and Raymond Klibansky, two prizes are awarded in each field, one for best work in French and one for best work in English
Issue 22 of Focus on MIMAS, the electronic newsletter from Manchester InforMation and Associated Services, is now available

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Role of RSS in Science Publishing: Syndication and Annotation on the Web by Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, and Ben Lund, of Nature Publishing Group
The world's largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts and letters has gone digital. The Beethoven House in Bonn, his birthplace, has scanned more than 5,000 handwritten letters and manuscripts and posted many of them for access on its Web site. The project, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication in Munich, cost more than $6 million and includes many documents newly available to the public, said a spokeswoman at the Beethoven House. The Web site, in English and German, also includes audio examples of some of Beethoven's works
The December 2004 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available
Free Pint Newsletter 173 - 16 December 2004 - now available

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Named for Johannes Caius, the author of the first book to describe and classify all the known breeds and their uses, the American Kennel Club Library catalog represents the holdings of what is thought to be the world's largest and most diverse canine library. The collection covers 17 languages representing 2,000 years of written material concerning the dog
Journal of Digital Information Volume 5, Issue 4 - Social Aspects of Digital Information in Perspective - is now available
Copac has moved to a new computer system. As part of the move the supporting Web site has been restructured and revised
High Energy Physics Libraries Webzine Issue 10, December 2004, is now available
The Murky Bucket Syndrome by Roy Tennant - "Two recent, unrelated events put into stark focus the major challenges we have ahead of us if we want to serve our users as they expect and deserve..." - Library Journal
Conference reports, handouts and PowerPoint presentations from OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) 2004 are now available
The December 2004 issue of RLG DigiNews is now available
As part of its effort to make offline information searchable online, Google Inc. has announced that it is working with the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oxford as well as The New York Public Library to digitally scan books from their collections so that users worldwide can search them in Google
Version 56 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,275 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet

Monday, December 13, 2004

Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, December 2-8, are now available
The Glasgow Digital Library has just produced a series of freely available e-books relating to Glasgow and Scotland. These books have been digitised and converted to web format at the Centre for Digital Library Research from a variety of special collections. Research is continuing into e-book development and indexing, and is partly funded by the University of Strathclyde Research and Development Fund
Libraries Without Walls 6: Evaluating the Distributed Delivery of Library Services: An international conference organised by CERLIM, The Centre for Research in Library and Information Management - 16-20 September 2005 - Aegean Island of Lesvos, Greece

Sunday, December 12, 2004

The American Chemical Society has filed a complaint Google Inc. in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint contends that Google’s use of the trademark "Scholar" for its Google Scholar literature-search engine constitutes trademark infringement and unfair competition
The December 2004 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Friday, December 10, 2004

The UK School Library Association has just started a weblog
EOS International and WebFeat have announced a joint development partnership in order to supply EOS clients with simplified, simultaneous access to multiple database resources
This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of famous cars. Answers here.

1. What was the name of the car used by comic-strip heroes Batman and Robin?
2. Which German company manufactures the car known as the "Bug" or the "Beetle"?
3. What name was given to a well-known general purpose (GP) light vehicle developed in World War Two for the US Army?
4. In 1964, Ian Fleming wrote a children's book, about a "supercharged Paragon Panther" car owned by Caractacus Potts. What was this car's name?
5. Which car was nicknamed the "Tin Lizzie"?
6. Which company designed the "Silver Ghost" car in 1906?
7. What is the name of the US company which has produced the Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac and Chevrolet?
8. Which British car designer designed the Morris Minor in 1948 and the Mini in 1959?
9. Which British make of car won the Le Mans 24-hour race five times between 1951 and 1958?
10. Name the author who wrote these lines in 1952:

Give me the Kingston By-Pass
And a thoroughly "posh" machine
Like a Healey three-litre
All complete with heater
Or a shiny grey Chevrolet Limousine
Net Snippets Free Edition is for anyone looking for a quick, easy way to collect, organize and share online information
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell has introduced the largest and most comprehensive Internet directory of law firm service providers. The new site is the online version of Martindale-Hubbell's Directory of Experts & Services, a print directory that reaches more paralegals, litigators and corporate counsel than any other legal services guide
Presentations given at Online Information 2004 - December 2004 - are now available online

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Oxford English Dictionary December 2004 Newsletter is now available
The Historical Novel Society - first North American conference presents authors, readers, and other historical fiction enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to celebrate the genre. April 15-17 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Offers a lively combination of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, readings, and book-signings
DigiCULT Thematic Issue 7 - The Future Digital Heritage Space. An Expedition Report - December 2004, is now available

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Tap into Bath is an online collection description database that will allow members of the public, school pupils and researchers to find information about the hundreds of collections housed in 30 of the city's heritage, academic, commercial and professional organisations - from the Roman Baths Museum to the local newspaper, the Bath Chronicle
Elsevier, under its Churchill Livingstone imprint, has announced the publication in December 2004 of the 39th edition of one of the best known texts in the world, Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. The new edition of this definitive guide to human anatomy is dazzling: it has been totally rewritten and radically restructured to be the text that all practitioners will need. This time, the actual number of pages has shrunk from 2,100 to 1,600, but the number of illustrations in it has increased to almost 2,000. Almost 400 of these are completely new and present all bodily structures with phenomenal clarity, including surface anatomy, radiologic anatomy, and microanatomy
The United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) has been made available in its entirety, as a single PDF file. GPO has refined the 2004 Plum Book by adding bookmarks to it and optimizing it for the web
MyFamily.com and The National Archives have come together to launch a new co-branded online service. For the first time, fully searchable indexes and scans of original documents from the 1881 and 1891 censuses for England and Wales are now available. And over the next two years all historic censuses from 1841 to 1891 will be made available online in the same way providing a wealth of information about everyone living in the country, including their ages, occupations and places of birth
DigiCULT.info 9, November 2004 is now available
Issue 2 of Librarian Insider, Institute of Physics' newsletter for librarians, is now available
Archives Hub Collections of the Month for December 2004: The Nobel Prizes
A new online learning package showcasing the British Library's services for public librarians across the UK is now live. The package, supported by the Society of Chief Librarians, has been designed as a virtual 'tour' showing public librarians what the British Library has to offer public library users. A full roll-out of the package to English library authorities by the SCL will take place over the coming months

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Thomson Gale has announced the launch of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online project, which will create a suite of digital publications that rapidly expands the company's revolutionary digitization efforts. Nineteenth Century Collections Online follows Eighteenth Century Collections Online, the largest commercial digitization project ever undertaken that allows full-text searching of more than 150,000 printed works and editions, most of the original accessible English-language books published in England in the 18th Century
All 79 Chicago Public Library locations currently provide free computers and free Internet access to patrons. The Library is now expanding that service by offering free Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) service in all libraries as well. Patrons can now bring a personal laptop computer to their local library and get unlimited access to the library's resources, including the Internet, without using CPL computers or being bound by cables
Factiva has announced an agreement with The New York Times Company to make the full-text archive of The New York Times dating back to June 1, 1980, available to all Factiva customers in North America. Customers will have access to the archive beginning on January 1, 2005. Previously, the full archive beyond 90 days was only available to customers outside of North America
Call for Papers and Reviewers: InSITE 2005 (Informing Science + IT Education) joint conference - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - June 16-19, 2005 - Submissions Deadline December 15
SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #80 - SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #80 - December 2, 2004 is now available

Monday, December 06, 2004

The ThoutReader, which is distributed at no charge at www.OSoft.com, is an open source cross-platform publishing system that makes it easy for e-book readers to browse, search, bookmark, and append content in electronic form, and allows publishers to offer rights-managed versions of their books for sale on the OSoft.com web site. Unlike other e-book systems, ThoutReader registration is simple and convenient and does not require the user to log-in or be online every time they wish to use the content. There are no limitations on the number of computers on which a user may view their purchased content
A secret staircase has been found in a house thought to have inspired classic novel Jane Eyre - just as author Charlotte Bronte described it - BBC News
ASSIGN News from Social Science Libraries and Projects - December 2004 update now available
The Wall Street Journal Online and Summus, Inc. (USA) have announced the launch of a new mobile edition of The Wall Street Journal Online. Developed by Summus, The Wall Street Journal Mobile will provide up-to-the-minute business and financial news from the Online Journal, along with comprehensive market, stock and commodities data, plus personalized portfolio information--directly to a cell phone

Sunday, December 05, 2004

The manuscript of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's unpublished first novel, The Narrative of John Smith, goes on display for the first time, along with letters, photographs, diaries and other previously unseen material, at the British Library from 2 December until 31 January 2005
Readers needing to use the British Library's collections can apply for a Reader Pass on proof of their signature and their home address directly from the Library's main site in St Pancras in London or from Boston Spa in Yorkshire. There is no charge to become a British Library reader and use the reading rooms and collections
Emerald's Journals of the Week for December 6 2004 are Program: electronic library and information systems and Circuit World
Ovid Technologies and MuseGlobal, Inc. have announced a partnership to offer academic and medical institutions as well as corporations an alternative, cost-effective federated search solution. This ASP (application service provider) packaged solution will be scalable to incorporate any range of content sources including commercially available databases, local information and internet resources. The federated search system will feature administrative tools designed to enable rapid implementation within a customer's environment. The new federated search solution is scheduled to be available within the first quarter of 2005

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Call for papers and board members: Open Government: a journal on freedom of information, supported by Liverpool John Moores University. The inaugural edition will be published February 2005. The journal will be open access and peer reviewed, publishing on a quarterly basis and will be professionally hosted by Scholarly Exchange Inc
Endeavor Information Systems has announced a new advancement in the type of services available to end users with the release of exclusive functionality linking any OpenURL-enabled source to the Voyager Interlibrary Loan module via LinkFinderPlus, Endeavor's OpenURL-enabled link resolver
Vancouver Law Librarian Blog - Points of interest to the West Coast Law Librarian. Highlighted sources on KM, Web Development, and Law Library Management
BioMed Central has launched Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, a new open access journal
All issues of the NASIG Newsletter since 1986 are now available online from the North American Serials Interest Group

Friday, December 03, 2004

UK National Preservation Office's NPO e-Journal - No.2 November 2004 is now available
Ovid's Resource of the Month is Social Work Abstracts Plus
This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of Cartoons in Print. Answers here.

1. Ronald Searle is best known for his cartoons of the outrageous girls at which school?
2. Which newspaper cartoon series created by Al Capp in 1934 takes place in the town of Dogpatch?
3. What was the nationality of the cartoonist who created Tintin?
4. Which American cartoonist created the series of cartoons called "The Far Side?"
5. British cartoonist David Low created a famous character - a colonel who was pompous, with out-of-date or extreme conservative views. Name this character.
6. Two men appeared in American comic strips drawn by Bud Fisher from 1907. Their names have become nicknames for a pair of stupid men. One was called Mutt: what was the other called?
7. Which British cartoonist (1872-1944) was famous for his drawings of fantastic contraptions to perform simple operations, like raising one's hat or shuffling cards?
8. In the Popeye cartoons, what was the name of Popeye's girlfriend?
9. Which toy got its name from a cartoon depicting Theodore Roosevelt sparing the life of a bear cub?
10. Name the lazy husband of Blondie in Chic Young's cartoon strip "Blondie."

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Postings may be a bit sporadic for the next couple of weeks as I will be in England, with limited network access
The InfoToday Blog is reporting on the Online Information 2004 conference in London. Don Hawkins is covering the conference for Information Today newspaper; Editor of ONLINE Magazine Marydee Ojala is blogging the conference; Jim Ashling, Information Today's International Columnist; Dick Kaser is blogging the exhibition; and Nancy Garman, ITI's Director of Conference Program Planning is blogging the sessions

Monday, November 29, 2004

For the fourth edition of its Book History Workshop, the Lyon-based Institut d'histoire du livre is offering five advanced four-day courses in the fields of book and printing history - 25-28 April 2005
Reminder: Online Information 2004 begins tomorrow in London, UK. I will be moderating the Adding Value to an Intranet session, and giving the RSS for beginners masterclass
Links to presentations given at Internet Librarian 2004, Monterey, CA - November 15-17, 2004, are now available
Digital Library Groningen is a weblog maintained by the digital library department of the library of the University of Groningen, Netherlands
The Directory of Open Access Journals now lists 1374 journals. Currently 342 journals are searchable on article level. 61689 articles are included
LLRX.com November 28, 2004 update is now online. LLRX.com is a unique, free Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996
The November 2005 issue of the BMJ Journals librarians' newsletter is now available on the BMJ Journals Library Resource Centre

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Copyrightlaws.com is offering online courses on Managing Copyright Issues, U.S. Copyright Law, Digital Licensing, and Canadian and International Copyright Law, in the Spring of 2005
Emerald's Journals of the Week for November 29 2004 are Interlending & Document Supply and Rapid Prototyping Journal

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Association of Canadian Archivists 2005 Annual Conference - June 8-11, 2005 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL) and the Université Laval Library invite you to Québec City to take part in the 26th IATUL Conference under the theme Information and Innovation on May 29-June 3, 2005
The MARC of Quality - providing quality training, software, and database services to help you create better MARC records - November-December 2004 - Sponsored by Florida’s Library Consortiums
LISA, produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, has been released on STN. LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts) is a bibliographic database providing information on all areas of library and information science and is designed for library professionals and other information specialists. LISA currently covers over 440 periodicals from more than 68 countries and in more than 20 different languages

Friday, November 26, 2004

SAGE Publications Librarian Newsletter for November 2004 is now available
London Connects is a London-wide agency bringing together local, regional, and central government to support the delivery of the e-government agenda across the capital. Partners include the GLA, the ALG, and London Boroughs; together with other cross-London service providers and agencies, including Health agencies, LDA, TfL, LFEPA, MPS, London Grid for Learning, London Libraries Development Agency, and the London Voluntary Services Council
This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of Animated Cartoons. Answers here

1. Bugs Bunny had a catchphrase which was used as the title of a 1972film. What was the catchphrase?
2. Name the ill-tempered cartoon duck in a sailor suit, created by the Walt Disney Studios in 1934.
3. Which well-known cat and mouse cartoon characters first appeared in a 1940 animated cartoon called "Puss Gets the Boot"?
4. Which American television cartoon series, first screened in 1998, featured four kids from Colorado including Stan and Kyle?
5. Who wrote the music for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" for the 1996 Disney animated film "The Lion King"?
6. In which park did Yogi Bear live?
7. Which TV cartoon series, first screened in 1996, gets its name from a word or phrase describing small children who are too young to walk?
8. What was the first ever feature-length cartoon film animated entirely by computer?
9. Which feature-length Walt Disney cartoon has as its title a shortening of the Italian word for "baby"?
10. Which cartoon character, created by Elzie C. Segar in 1919, was originally called "Ham Gravy"?

Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Advocacy Institute - ALA 2005 Midwinter Meeting, Boston - January 14, 2005 - At the day long Institute, you will build advocacy skills and develop new strategies for raising awareness of the value of libraries in today's society
The CHOICE Survey on Internet Resources is being conducted to determine your satisfaction with CHOICE's reviews of Internet resources and with the content of the special Web Issue in the print and online editions of CHOICE
BookCloseOuts.com has been re-tooled and has a much improved search and browse interface
Free Pint Newsletter 172 - 25 November 2004 - now available

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

CILIP Workshop - How to bid for funds - 20 April 2005 - London, UK - Many library and information services are learning to look beyond the resources of their own organisations for funding. This highly practical workshop will focus on applying techniques used in fundraising to help you make successful bids
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 123 - December 2004 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available
Zinio Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of two new products: Zinio Express, a browser-based magazine viewer and Zinio Reader 3, a new version of its award-winning Reader software
The preliminary program for Computers in Libraries 2005 - March 16-18, 2005 - Washington, DC, is now available
RLG News Issue 58/59, Fall 2004 is now available
For the first time since 1970, The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, will be open to the public on Sundays, beginning December 5

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

New Forms of Information Supply - 28 February-1 March 2005 - An Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries Conference - London, UK
Dialog has announced that it has added 2,000 additional sources of in-depth global news to its Dialog NewsRoom database
Manitoba Library Conference 2005 - Information in Action - May 3-4, 2005 - Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keynote speaker Nancy Pearl, former director of the Washington Centre for the Book, author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, and model for the librarian action figure
Educational Testing Service has announced the launch of the ETS ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Literacy Assessment, a simulation-based testing program that measures postsecondary students' ability to define, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create and communicate information in a technological environment
The OCKHAM Initiative seeks to promote the development of digital libraries via collaboration between librarians and digital library researchers. By promoting simple, open approaches and standards for digital library tools, services, and content, the gap between digital library development and the adoption of digital library systems by the traditional library community will be bridged
The Outcomes of the Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules - Cambridge, England - 18-21 October 2004 are now available

Monday, November 22, 2004

A new exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., offers a glimpse at correspondences four centuries old. Letter Writing in Renaissance England, which runs through April 2005, includes letters penned in invisible ink, sealed in wax and embroidery silk, and sent to and from some of the most famous figures in history
Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel, will bring online its historic new Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names on November 22, 2004. The database, which will allow online public interaction and contributions of new names and materials, seeks to capture the names of as many Jewish Holocaust victims as possible. The sophisticated technology allows users worldwide to access a treasure trove of millions of personal, historical and genealogical documents archived in 14 languages using cutting-edge Web search systems from the convenience of almost any computer

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series: How Libraries Can Achieve Community Leadership through the Web and Other Information Technologies - December 8, 2004 - Host: Liz McGettigan, Libraries and Information Services Manager, East Renfrewshire Council, Scotland
Registration is now open for Online Northwest - January 21 2005 - Corvallis, Oregon - A one-day conference that examines the use of technology in libraries
The 2005 National Forum Committee seeks proposals for high quality concurrent sessions at the 7th Annual LITA National Forum to be held at the San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, September 29-October 2, 2005. Theme: The Ubiquitous Web: Personalization, Portability, and On-line Collaboration
AAPT, the American Association of Physics Teachers, has added 23 years of back issues to the online version of the American Journal of Physics
Canada Reads 2005 - a panel of five intriguing Canadians who will discuss, debate and deliberate which work of Canadian fiction all of Canada should read
Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography - compiled by Brenda Chawner, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Friday, November 19, 2004

This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of Paris, France. Answers here

1. Which Parisian landmark was the highest building in the world until 1930?
2. Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is in which Paris art gallery?
3. In 1831, who wrote a famous novel about the Hunchback of Notre Dame?
4. The Arc de Triomphe was originally erected to commemorate whose victories?
5. Is the Bois de Boulogne on the east or west side of Paris?
6. Which famous basilica or church dominates Montmartre?
7. In 1928, who wrote the piece of music called "An American in Paris"?
8. In which year was the Bastille stormed by the mob that set the French Revolution in motion?
9. Name the Prefect of the Department of the Seine, born in 1809, who ruthlessly and efficiently rebuilt whole sections of the city of Paris.
10.Which area of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, gets its name from a French word for a swamp?
The Special Libraries Association Innovations in Technology Award, part of the Awards and Honors Program, is an award focused on the innovative use and application of technology in a special library setting. Deadline is January 6, 2005
The National Archives in the UK presents Gallery of Victorian Prisoners Online - Two volumes of photographs and case details of prisoners in Wandsworth Prison dating from 1872 to 1873 are now online. Each case gives the prisoner's physical description, as well as a photograph, their date and place of birth, the crime they committed, their sentence, the place of conviction and often their place of residence
Four focused search engines from EEVL, the Internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing from Heriot Watt University, Scotland, now let you search the content of over 250 free ejournals in engineering, mathematics and computing
The British Library has launched wireless internet connectivity in the public areas of its building at St Pancras. The new service offers wireless internet access (WiFi) throughout the 11 reading rooms, the 225-seat conference auditorium, the café and restaurant and even the outdoor Piazza area. It will enable readers, researchers and business-people to connect to the internet and access email using either their existing service provider or by using the Library's own pay-as-you-go service
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week for November 18 2004 is now available

Thursday, November 18, 2004

UK Serials Group 28th Annual Conference and Exhibition - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh - 11-13 April 2005. The full programme will be available by mid December 2004
Call for papers: IASSIST/IFDO 2005, Evidence and Enlightenment - 24-27 May 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland
Two pillars of wisdom: freedom of information and copyright - what information professionals need to know - 12 January 2005 - London, UK
Endangered Archives Programme - Unless action is taken now, much of mankind's documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery. This website explains what the Endangered Archives Programme is, and how it can help - British Library
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web
The first issue of the Journal of Community Informatics is now available. It aims to bring together a global range of academics, CI practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers policy makers

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The American Institute of Physics has announced that it will offer on a trial basis an open-access publishing option to authors contributing to three AIP journals: Journal of Mathematical Physics, Review of Scientific Instruments, and Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. The initiative has been named AIP Author Select
Immunity & Ageing is the latest independent, Open Access journal hosted by BioMed Central. It publishes material in the realm of immunosenescnence and all aspects of ageing examined from an immunological point of view
British Council Seminar: Reader-centred activities - 23-28 January 2005 - Oxford, UK - Reader-centred activity is a hot topic across the UK; an explosion of reading groups in schools, libraries, bookshops, prisons and homes fuelled by a desire to read and be inspired to take new directions
The November 2004 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available
A new permanent exhibit that turns old documents into interactive computer stations has opened at the National Archives and Records Administration building in Washington, D.C. The 9,500-square-foot Public Vaults exhibit has more than 1,000 items, including about 25 computer workstations and 47 interactive screens. Visitors can navigate their own paths through behind-the-scenes historical stories using plasma screens, sound recordings and video stations
OCLC and Yahoo! have officially launch a free co-branded toolbar that provides one-click access to Open WorldCat as well as Yahoo! Search's Web search engine. The free toolbar plugs into Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. A whirligig OCLC logo to the extreme left on the toolbar clicks to a subset of Open WorldCat (currently 2 million of the 57 million records available in the full WorldCat, reflecting the holdings of some 9,000 libraries). In time, the click-through will access more-perhaps all-of the WorldCat database, as Yahoo! begins to "harvest" the full file now offered by OCLC

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Blogging Camp: Easy Content Management Through Web Logs - Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Continuing Education Course - December 2004-January 2005 - Instructor: Scot Capehart, Applications Manager, Boston Public Library
The program of the 2005 Search Engine Meeting - April 11-12, 2005 - Boston, USA - has been released
Soaring to Excellence Teleconference 1 - November 19, 2004 - The Role of Teaching in Modern Libraries - Library staff are increasingly called upon not only to find information for their patrons, but to also teach their patrons skills related to finding, evaluating, and using information. This teleconference explores the expanded roles of librarians in today's modern libraries
Beginning Monday, November 15, 2004 until March 2005, C-SPAN will broadcast live a series of discussions hosted by the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center. The series will examine how the digital age is changing the most basic ways information is organized and classified. The goal is to educate the public on the what the digital age means to their lives. The events will include a featured speaker, followed by a panel discussion, and a question and answer session with the audience at the venue, and C-SPAN television viewers
The November 2004 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Right to Read Campaign from the Royal National Institute of the Blind claims that over 95% of all books never become available in large print, audio or braille, and therefore 3 million people in the UK are denied the right to read
The DNA of Literature — over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300+ Writers-at-Work interviews from The Paris Review are now available online
The winners of The Literati Club Awards for Excellence from Emerald Group Publishing have been announced
Version 0.2(beta) of Dublin Core Services/Describethis has been published

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Crime Writers' Association and www.MysteryThriller.co.uk have announced the results of this year's Daggers - the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2004
The School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington has announced a new Master's program with emphasis on Digital Libraries. The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It has been developed as a collaboration among the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the Digital Library Program at Indiana University. For the first year of the program, SLIS-IUB invites applicants for five fellowships to support a complete Master's degree with internship experience. More information about the program can be found at the Digital Libraries Education Program website
Libraries in the Digital Age - 30 May–3 June 2005 - Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia
The Autumn issue of E-MmITS the electronic newsletter of the Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland is now available
Alice Munro has been named the winner of The 2004 Giller Prize, Canada’s premier literary prize for fiction
Five Easy Pieces by Roy Tennant - "With our noses plastered to the proverbial grindstone, it can be difficult to step back and take a look at the big picture. How is your library doing? Are you focused on the right tasks, solving the right problems? Despite how hard it is to assess your progress, it's a good thing to do on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas you should review every now and then to make sure you offer the right services in the most effective manner to the people you serve..." Full article at Library Journal

Friday, November 12, 2004

This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of World Heritage Sites. Answers here.

1. Which former royal palace in France, ten miles from Paris, is a World Heritage Site where the peace treaty was signed at the end of World War I?
2. Which wall, built in about AD 122-130 as the principal northern frontier of Roman Britain, is a World Heritage Site?
3. The old city centre of Havana is a World Heritage Site - in which country?
4. Which play by Shakespeare was set at Elsinore in Denmark, the site of Kronborg Castle, a World Heritage Site?
5. Which World Heritage Site in China extends from the Yellow Sea to the Central Asian Desert?
6. Which ruined Inca city in Peru, discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, is a World Heritage Site?
7. In which American city is the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776?
8. Which city in northeast England has a cathedral and castle which are together a World Heritage Site?
9. Which islands in the Pacific off the coast of Ecuador are a World Heritage Site?
10. In which country is the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Bison Jump?
The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 4, Number 10 - October 2004 - is now available
Readex has announced the creation of a web-based Archive of Americana featuring fully text-searchable facsimile images. This new resource, comprised of four major primary source collections, provides online access to the printed record of the American nation
A new exhibition reveals The Private Lives of Books - 13 November-31 January 2005 - National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. The exhibition explores the unique relationships that develop between books and their owners and reveals that many books in the Library's own collections have hidden stories to tell
Freedom vs. Control: Rights Management in the Digital Age - 15 December 2004 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Free Pint Newsletter 171 - 11 November 2004 - now available
Applications are invited for research fellowships and travel grants for 2005-2006 at the Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, November 4-November 10, are now available

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953 tells the history of the Library of Congress during a particularly important period. From 1939 to 1953 the Library underwent a myriad of changes that established the institution as one of America's foremost citadels of intellectual freedom
Microsoft Corporation has announced beta versions if its MSN Search for both the UK and US. Microsoft welcomes your comments on the new service
eLucidate Vol. 1, Issue 6 from UKOLUG is now available
CSIRO Publishing has established a resource section for information professionals managing subscriptions, where you can access Usage Reports for its online journals, view terms & conditions for use of online content, and link to prices and subscriptions options from the How to Order section
Public Library Association Spring Symposium - March 7-9, 2005 - The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, USA
The Steering Committee of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2006 invites quality proposals for presentation at its first Conference entitled, Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories, to be held October 11-15, 2006, at the Adams Mark in Dallas, Texas. The Deadline for submitting all proposals is May 31, 2005
Cites & Insights 4:14, December 2004, is now available for downloading
Liebert Online provides electronic access to Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. peer-reviewed journals. Browse journals by title or discipline, or search full text, abstracts, and citations using any number of criteria, including author and date of publication

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Library Journal's new annual Award for the Best Small or Rural Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. The award honors the library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. Deadline is December 1, 2004
The American Library Association Public Programs Office, the New-York Historical Society, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History are accepting grant applications from public, academic and special libraries, as well as National Park historic sites, wishing to host the traveling exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America
This month's Info@UK is now available. Info@UK is the guide to major UK Information Society developments and news
Families of British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the First World War will be able to trace their relatives' war records through The Medal Rolls Index. The British National Archives has put more than five million records online. They represent the men and women of the army and Royal Flying corps who won service medals during the war
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is calling for expressions of interest from institutions in England interested in contributing digital content relating to a sense of place to the developing Discovery Service of the People's Network in England. Deadline is 7 December 2004
Presentations given at KMWorld & Intranets 2004 - October 26–28, 2004 - Santa Clara, CA, are now available
ProQuest Information and Learning and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have announced a partnership that will bring premium historical content to academic institutions and libraries, primary and secondary schools, and government and corporate libraries. In the first release, historical news content from The Atlanta Constitution will be available online from its first published edition in 1868 through 1925
Scientists and researchers across the UK generate increasingly vast amounts of digital data, with further investment in digitisation and purchase of digital content and information. The scientific record and the documentary heritage created in digital form are at risk, by technology obsolescence and by the fragility of digital media. Working with other practitioners, the Digital Curation Centre will support UK institutions to store, manage and preserve these data to ensure their enhancement and their continuing long-term use

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Location Register team in the University of Reading Library has now completed work on a project funded by the Laser Foundation, surveying the holdings of modern literary manuscripts in British public libraries
This Remembrance Day, the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections is launching a 10,000 image website documenting Canada wartime participation covering the Red River Resistance, the Boer War, World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The digitized documents, photos and publications comprising The Canadian Wartime Experience website cover a wide variety of topics, including everything from women who gathered clothing for bomb victims to a Jewish writer trapped with Nazis in a holding camp in Halifax, from a first hand account of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles to letters from soldiers who never returned home
The Renaissance Library Calendar is in its fifth year. The 2005 edition contains libraries from eight countries - Austria, Croatia, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. It is published by ISIM of Stockholm, Sweden
MIMAS (Manchester Information & Associated Services) course calendar for December 2004 and January 2005 is now available

Monday, November 08, 2004

The New Numbers Racket by Andrew K. Pace, Head of Systems, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh - "While it might be said that not all librarians love automation or the all-consuming power technology holds over their patrons, it's still safe to say that most systems librarians love statistics....." - American Libraries
LIBCOM-2004 - Eighth International Conference and Exhibition - Information Technologies, Computer Systems and Publications for Libraries - November 15-19, 2004 - Moscow, Russia
The Writer in the Garden - This website, which is associated with the British Library exhibition of the same name, looks briefly at some of the ideas associated with the garden, from the middle ages to the present day. Using the work of poets, novelists, essayists, philosophers, designers and scientists it explores the interrelationship between writers, writing and gardens

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Dynix has announced the general availability of Universal Resource Sharing Application 4.0. The product has completed extensive quality assurance testing and is now ready for purchase and implementation by new customers. URSA 4.0 is the most powerful interlibrary loan system available to libraries and contains a subset of the functionality found in Horizon Information Portal 4.0, which will be in general availability on December 15
Emerald's Journals of the Week for November 8 2004 are Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives and Journal of European Industrial Training
The first of the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centers is located at a site designated by its initials: pgcc.net. The mission of the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centers is to help people legally exchange eBook collections under the various new copyright laws
Science & Technology Web Awards 2004 - 50 of the best sci/tech sites on the web, selected by the editors of Scientific American
Call for papers: International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society - University of California, Berkeley - 18-20 February 2005. This conference takes a broad and cross-disciplinary approach to technology in society. With a particular focus on digital information and communications technologies, the interests addressed by the conference include: human usability, technologies for citizenship and community participation, and learning technologies
American Society for Information Science and Technology 2004 Annual Meeting - Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts - Providence, Rhode Island - November 13-18, 2004
Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the launch of its flagship knowledge portal Emerald Management Xtra, to be unveiled at Online Information 2004 in London November 30-December 2. As the largest, most comprehensive collection of peer reviewed management journals and online support, Emerald Management Xtra has been created to meet the specific needs of educators, students, researchers, and information professionals working in the business management community. Emerald invites Online attendees to the official launch and ribbon cutting ceremony on the exhibition floor December 1 at 12:30, and to an Emerald Management Xtra product presentation on December 2 in the London Room from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Fall 2004 issue of CONSERline is now available
The Jewish National and University Library has announced the first stage of a project to digitize rare and out-of-print monographs from its collection. The aim of this project is to make these works freely available not only to on-site users but also to the public worldwide. This will both preserve the originals and greatly increase the number of people who will be able to refer to them
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, October 28-November 3, are now available
Presentations from the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland, are now available
The preliminary program for the Music Library Association 74th annual conference - February 14-20 - Vancouver, Canada - is now available

Friday, November 05, 2004

This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer tests your knowledge of political leaders. Answers here

1. Which country had Charles Haughey and then Albert Reynolds as its prime minister?
2. Gamal Abdel Nasser was president of which country from 1956 to 1970?
3. Who established a socialist government in Cuba in 1959 and became its president in 1976?
4. Which country had Gough Whitlam as its prime minister from 1972 to 1975?
5. Who became president of France in 1995?
6. Which country had Jan Smuts as its prime minister from 1919 to 1924 and from 1939 to 1945?
7. Who was the first woman prime minister of Pakistan?
8. Put these three men in the order in which they were president of the USA: Reagan, Ford and Nixon.
9. Which country had Carlos Menem as its president from 1989 to 1999?
10. In which country did Zog become king in 1928 after being its prime minister and president?
Dialog has announced that it has reorganized and expanded its renowned Beilstein organic chemistry collection. With research dating back to 1771, the Beilstein collection is the world’s oldest, most recognized and most respected authority for research and analysis in the field of organic chemistry
In celebration of Family History Month, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. has announced the official re-launch of its award-winning website www.ellisisland.org, featuring improved navigation, retooled and advanced search capabilities, as well as family history research tips and forms, free to all users. The newly revamped site, which contains 25 million ships' passenger records covering entry through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924, first launched on April 17, 2001 to critical acclaim and a deluge of traffic. To date the site has received over 6 billion hits
International Conference on Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (PISTA '05) - July 14-17, 2005 - Orlando, Florida, USA
The University of Texas at Austin School of Information seeks applications from Master's students interested in a careers in digital libraries, as well as from PhD applicants interested in teaching and research in the area of digital libraries. Thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the iSchool can offer five stipend awards to Master's students and one to a PhD student
Information Online 2005, the 12th Conference and Exhibition, is to be held in Sydney Australia, from the 1-3 February, 2005. It is the leading conference and exhibition for the online information industry in the Asia-Pacific region
The thirteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will be held at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 14-17 July 2005
Springer has announced its 2005 Price Lists. There are separate price lists for journals formerly published by Springer-Verlag and for journals formerly published by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Scopus, the world's largest abstract and indexing database, offering access to 14,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 4,000 international publishers, has officially opened
The UK National Aquisitions Group has launched a new website today
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services has announced the establishment of a Support Staff Grant. Underwritten by a contribution from Sage Publications, the Support Staff Grant will make it possible for an eligible individual (or individuals) to attend ALA Annual in Chicago in June 2005
The Canadian province of British Columbia is investing $23.4 million to improve library services and promote innovative literacy programs in schools and communities across the province as part of a strategy to make the province the most literate place in North America by 2010
Alexander Street Press has acquired Classical Music Library. The acquisition of the library music reference service will allow Alexander Street to add audio capabilities to their text- and image-based humanities collections. Alexander Street will continue to grow the existing Classical Music Library service, adding it to their growing catalog of award-winning indexes and full-text collections, and will also use the newly-acquired music platform to create new collections—both new music services and new collections that combine music, text, and images
In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Historical Society has agreed to index, preserve and provide access to the 1900-1934 birth certificates (approximately 1.8 million records) through The Minnesota Birth Certificate Index
Americans for Libraries Council has announced that it has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant for its Lifelong Access Libraries initiative by The Atlantic Philanthropies. The grant will enable the development of a nationwide network of Lifelong Access Libraries that offer a new model for library services focused on baby boomers and older adults making the transition to active civic participation in retirement

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

xrefer has announced the winner of its Online Reference Research Award. Cynthia L. Gregory, head of electronic resources at the Archbishop Alter Library, College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded a $1,000 grant toward research aimed at uncovering undergraduates' attitudes towards and usage patterns of ebooks. The study reveals surprising student perceptions about ebooks versus print books that run counter to widespread assumptions about the reception of ebooks at universities
The November/December 2004 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, Searcher and ONLINE are now available
Thomson Scientific has released a new White Paper entitled: Open Access Journals in the ISI Citation Databases: Analysis of Impact Factors and Citation Patterns. The findings indicate that journals published under the Open Access (OSA) model continue to gain impact in the world of scholarly research
Call for papers: The 1st International Conference on Information Management and Business - Taipei, Taiwan - March 26–27, 2005
The November 2004 issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter is now available
Complementing its range of products that enhance the reference function of libraries, Altarama announces Reference by SMS, the first service designed specifically to allow libraries to seamlessly expand their reference delivery methods to include SMS ("simple message service")
Two and a half years ago, the JISC funded PORTAL Project ran a survey to gather information on the services users wanted to see in institutional portals. The survey was completed by over 600 users, and helped inform community perspectives on institutional portal development. Analysis of the initial survey, and other project
deliverables are now available
Wiley InterScience has announced the premier issue of its Customer Newsletter
Artifact, the free guide to the best of the Web for the arts and creative industries, has a new website
Ovid's Resource of the Month for November 2004 - AGRICOLA and AGRIS