Featured Link

Featured Link: World Book Trade (e-books, awards, videos)

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Motion Picture Scripts Database

The Motion Picture Scripts Database provides a searchable interface to the film script holdings of six Los Angeles-area collections: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the Writers Guild Foundation. This database is limited almost exclusively to the screenplays of produced films; that is, films which were actually made. The only exception is the inclusion of a few published scripts of unproduced films

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

ARL Issue 243, December 2005

ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues and Action from ARL, CNI, and SPARC - Issue 243, December 2005 - Special Issue on the Role of the Library in a Digital Landscape

Library Advocacy Now! Training

Librarians can learn how to speak up about some of the most challenging issues facing libraries today at a Library Advocacy Now! Training on January 21, 2006, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. The session, entitled "Google? Library closings? The USA PATRIOT Act? Access? Funding?: Speaking Up About the Hard Issues," will feature an overview of challenging issues that libraries face at both the local and national levels. Attendees will learn to develop, reframe and refine key messages, techniques for dealing with tough questions and strategies for making sure the compelling library message is heard at the local, state and federal levels

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Christmas Songs. Answers here.

1. Which British group had a 1973 hit with "Merry Xmas Everybody?"
2. Which American performer had a hit in 1994 with "All I Want for Christmas is You?"
3. What was the title of the Christmas song organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise funds for Ethiopia?
4. Which song was a hit at Christmas 1988 for Cliff Richard?
5. Boney M had a number 1 hit all over Europe at Christmas 1978 with which song?
6. Who wrote the song "White Christmas?"
7. Which English electric-folk group had a British hit at Christmas 1973 with the Latin carol "Gaudete?"
8. Complete the title of Dora Bryan's 1963 Christmas hit: "All I Want for Christmas is a..."
9. Which American rapper had a 1979 hit with "Christmas Rapping?"
10. Which traditional carol was a hit for Mike Oldfield in 1975?

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - December 22, 2005

Reaching Beyond Bibliographic Referencing

Reaching Beyond Bibliographic Referencing: The course aims to bring the user up-to-date with the latest software for managing different reference types beyond bibliographic sources. The course will consider different types of packages including OpenSource Software, image retrieval software and additional software for dealing with other types of reference data - 01 June 2006 - London, UK

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Weblogs & Libraries: Communication, Conversation, and the Blog People

Weblogs & Libraries: Communication, Conversation, and the Blog People - Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series - February 15, 2006

E-Learn 2006

E-Learn 2006: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education - October 13-17, 2006 - Honolulu, Hawaii

Central European History now published by Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press has announced that in 2006 it will begin publishing Central European History. Owned by the Conference Group for Central European History of the American Historical Association, the journal has been published by Emory University, Humanities Press, and through the end of 2005 by Brill Academic Publishers

Health Economics, Policy and Law first issue now online

Cambridge University Press has announced that the first issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law is now available online

ALPSP briefing: Digitisation initiatives

ALPSP briefing: Digitisation initiatives - First Amazon, then Google, and now a number of other players have launched initiatives to digitise print publications for Web indexing (and, in some cases, potential future sales models). While publishers have welcomed the added visibility which search-engine indexing brings, they have been concerned both at those initiatives which do not involve seeking rightsholder permission to digitise in-copyright works, and at the implications of third-party sales of all or part of their works - 25 January 2006 - London, UK

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2006 NFAIS Annual Conference

2006 NFAIS Annual Conference: Content Unleashed: Delivering the New Information Experience - February 26-28, 2006 - Philadelphia, PA


Read4Charity is a fundraising initiative set up by Bookshop Partnership Ltd. Its aim is to raise funds for charitable and non-profit making organisations by selling books and donating 15% of the sale

IATUL 2006 Conference

IATUL and the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, with the collaboration of the Universidade do Minho and Universitat Polytenica de Catalunya have announced the IATUL 2006 Conference in Portugal, Porto on 22-25 May, 2006

International Journal on Digital Libraries call for papers

International Journal on Digital Libraries call for papers for a Special Issue on Digital Libraries and eScience. Submissions are due May 1, 2006

Info@UK Issue 58

Info@UK Issue 58, January 2006, is now available from The British Council

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Elsevier and NESLi2 conclude major new agreement

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Elsevier have announced the conclusion of a new agreement as part of NESLi2, the national electronic journals initiative for the higher education and research communities in the United Kingdom. The new two-year agreement, which begins in January 2006, provides the framework under which the UK's universities and research communities will have electronic access to Elsevier’s scientific, technical and medical journals through the ScienceDirect platform. These include many of the most highly ranked and important journals in their respective fields

'1000 publishing jobs could go'

More than 1,000 Oxfordshire publishing jobs could be at risk if proposals to alter the way scientific journals are published become reality. Bosses at major Oxford employers, including Reed Elsevier, Oxford University Press and Blackwells, are alarmed at a move by Labour MP Ian Gibson to allow articles to be published by authors on the Internet instead of in specialist publications - Oxford Mail

Google Librarian Newsletter

Google Librarian Newsletter December 2005 - This newsletter was conceived at the 2005 ALA conference in Chicago , where Google hosted a booth in the exhibit hall. We spent three days chatting with librarians about Google: what you liked, what you didn't like, and where you saw opportunities to work together to help people find useful, relevant information

Elsevier MDL collaborates with NIH to catalog biological properties of small molecules

Elsevier MDL has announced an agreement with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to contribute to the NIH effort to catalog information on the biological properties of small molecules in its freely available PubChem database. Elsevier MDL will enrich the growing PubChem resource for the scientific community by furnishing chemical structures from Elsevier’s xPharm database, giving scientists with an xPharm license the ability to move from biological data in PubChem to more focused pharmacology data in xPharm that is essential to drug research

Cites & Insights January 2006

Cites & Insights January 2006 is now available for downloading

Successful fundraising for libraries

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) is presenting a Midwinter institute titled Successful Fundraising for Libraries: What Works Now! that will inform attendants on what they need to succeed. The institute will be held January 19-20, 2006, in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

Monday, December 19, 2005

Crime writers are denied prizes by literary snobs

His gritty detective novels have sold an estimated 17 million copies worldwide, yet the Scottish writer Ian Rankin believes that "literary snobs" turn up their noses when it comes to crime fiction. The Edinburgh-based author and creator of the hugely successful John Rebus books has lambasted critics who ignore the crime genre - from Independent News and Media

ProQuest completes Chicago Tribune and LA Times digital archives

ProQuest Information and Learning has completed the digitization of the archives of two of the United States' most prominent newspapers. The full runs of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times are now available on the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform

LLRX.com updated

LLRX.com December 17, 2005 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

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Internet Resources Newsletter

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 136 - January 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

IEEE TCDL Bulletin

Volume 2, Issue 1 of the IEEE TCDL Bulletin is now available. This issue features 31 brief articles describing digital library projects being conducted in the US and around the world. They are based on the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2005) Poster and Demonstration session chaired by Michael (MIck) Khoo in June 2005

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship - v.6 no.3 (Winter 2005) now available

Elsevier collaborates with MIT researchers

Elsevier has announced a special collaboration with researchers in the renowned Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bring the benefits of the scientific web to researchers around the world. Low bandwidth and poor connectivity often prevent scientists in developing countries from reaping the full benefits of searching the Internet

Duke University Press journals

Duke University Press has announced that its journal content is now available online on HighWire Press. Content will no longer be available on Ingenta as of December 31, 2005

The Open Content Alliance by Roy Tennant

The Open Content Alliance by Roy Tennant - About a year ago, Google announced a project to digitize large numbers of books from five research libraries. Dubbed "the Google Five," the University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and the New York Public Library signed an agreement with Google to provide portions (or, in the case of Michigan, all) of their collections to Google to be digitized. A year later we still don't know much more about their procedures, but now Google is being sued for digitizing material under copyright while out-of-copyright books are beginning to appear on the Google Print web site....more...

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Scope. We have already had a Brainteaser about words that end with "-ism". Now here's a quiz to test your awareness of words that end with "-scope". From the definitions, try to identify ten words that all end with -scope. If it's any help, most such words come from a Greek word which means to look at or see something. Answers here

1. An optical instrument that uses a lens or combination of lenses to produce a magnified image of a small, close object.
2. A system of prisms or mirrors that enables the user to view objects that are above eye-level or obscured by a closer object.
3. An astrologer's prediction of someone's future based on the position of the stars and planets at the time of their birth.
4. A device used by astronomers to magnify images or collect more light from distant objects.
5. A tubular instrument containing loose chips of coloured glass between flat plates and mirrors so placed that an endless variety of symmetrical patterns is produced as the instrument is rotated.
6. Trade name for a wide-screen process using anamorphic lenses, in which images are compressed during filming and then extended during projection over a wide curved screen.
7. A device containing a wheel that is mounted to spin rapidly about an axis and is free to turn in any direction so that it maintains the same orientation.
8. A kind of early film projector, or a South African word for cinema.
9. Any of various instruments used to observe moving objects by making them appear stationary.
10. A slender illuminated optical or fibre-optic instrument that is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall and is used to examine visually the interior of the peritoneal cavity.

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - December 15, 2005

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews - Volume 9, Number 6 now available

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Free Pint Newsletter 196

Free Pint Newsletter 196 - 15 December 2005 - now available


homeworkNYC.org is made possible by a major grant from The Wallace Foundation as part of the Learning in Libraries initiative. The site is produced by The New York Public Library with the assistance of the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Alexa Web Search Platform

The Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to the vast web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Users can search and process billions of documents -- even create their own search engines -- using Alexa's search and publication tools. Alexa provides compute and storage resources that allow users to quickly process and store large amounts of web data. Users can view the results of their processes interactively, transfer the results to their home machine, or publish them as a new web service

ALA Public Programs Office announces PLA preconference on library programming

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has announced a preconference on library programming that will be held in conjunction with the 2006 PLA National Conference. Titled Cultural Programming for Libraries: Linking Libraries, Communities and Culture, the preconference will focus on preparing library staff to conduct excellent humanities programs for the public, and will take place March 21-22, in Boston, MA

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

International Conference on Open Access

International Conference on Open Access within the tradition of the Berlin Declaration - March 29-31, 2006 - Golm, Germany

Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary where you can submit and share entries that aren't already in our Online Dictionary, and browse entries submitted by other members of the Merriam-Webster Online community

RSS, Blogs and Wikis

RSS, Blogs and Wikis: tools for dissemination and collaboration - 22 February 2006 - Newcastle, UK

Using the Internet to find legal information

Using the Internet to find legal information: The internet carries vast quantities of information about English and European Union law. Much of it is in the hidden web and there are disadvantages in using the material which is free to access. This practical workshop including more than two hours hands-on use of the internet by participants, aims to clarify the issues and assist participants become effective searchers and users of electronic legal information - 8 March 2006 and 6 July 2006, London, UK

HarperCollins Publishers will create a digital warehouse

HarperCollins Publishers has announced they will create a digital warehouse for all of its content and will issue a Request for Proposal this month as part of an effort to develop the necessary technical infrastructure to broadly exploit its content digitally. The plan is the first step in satisfying the demands of the marketplace, which is increasingly requiring that content be made available online and in numerous formats, while allowing the publisher to remain in control of its digital files and intellectual property

Monday, December 12, 2005

Read It Swap It

Read It Swap It is a new, ethical way to give books as gifts this Christmas without spending a penny. It is the UK's only book exchange website where members can swap old books for new ones – completely free of charge

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Online Rights Canada

Online Rights Canada gives Canadians a new voice in critical technology and information policy issues. The grassroots organization is jointly supported by the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Computers in Libraries 2006

Preliminary Program - Computers in Libraries 2006: Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives & Insights - March 22-24, 2006 - Washington DC

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 60 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,560 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet

Biblio Tech Review

The December 2005 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Sweets. Answers here

1. What is the name for an apple fixed on a stick and coated with a thin layer of toffee?
2. What is the name for a small soft gelatinous sweet in the shape of a baby?
3. What is the name for a powder, syrup, confectionery or beverage derived from cacao seeds?
4. What kind of sugar is used to make butterscotch?
5. Which sweet is usually made from chicle?
6. What is the name in North America for what the British call "candy floss?"
7. What is the name for the paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used for coating cakes or shaped into small sweets?
8. What is the alternative name, taken from French, for a water ice?
9. What is the name for an elongated pastry filled with custard or whipped cream and usually iced with chocolate?
10. Which word for a chocolate sweet also means any of several dark round fungi that grow underground and which are considered a delicacy?

WILU 2006

The 35th Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use will be held at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia from May 10-12, 2006. The theme of this year's conference is Charting a Course for Instruction. The WILU35 programme will bring together teaching librarians from all environments, disciplines, and ideologies to discuss advances in the theory and practice of information literacy

Lawrence Erlbaum Backfiles Digitization

Lawrence Erlbaum is offering several different subscription options for institutions. Institutions can select an online + print package, online-only, or print-only. Direct individual subscribers will continue to receive online with their print subscription at no additional cost for the current volume year only. Subscribers to 2006 journals will receive access to all available back volumes of the subscribed publication

BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning provides online evidence based learning resources for professionals in primary care and hospital medicine and offers a range of services to support your users everyday learning needs

SLA Europe Information Professional 2006

As announced at Online Information 2005, during the SLA's Annual Breakfast Meeting, SLA Europe is now inviting applications for its Information Professional Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the information profession amongst those living and working in Europe. The closing date for nominations is 28th February 2006

EBSCO launches new release of LinkSource

EBSCO has announced the latest release of LinkSource, EBSCO's OpenURL link resolver. One enhancement to LinkSource is its integration with EBSCO A-to-Z and the A-to-Z knowledge base. With the integration of LinkSource into a library's A-to-Z list of eresources, LinkSource is able to take advantage of library holdings that have already been configured through EBSCO A-to-Z. The result is automatic management of links to full-text articles in hundreds of databases and ejournal packages

The Shift Away From Print

The Shift Away From Print by Eileen Gifford Fenton and Roger C. Schonfeld - "For most scholarly journals, the transition away from the print format and to an exclusive reliance on the electronic version seems all but inevitable, driven by user preferences for electronic journals and concerns about collecting the same information in two formats. But this shift away from print, in the absence of strategic planning by a higher proportion of libraries and publishers, may endanger the viability of certain journals and even the journal literature more broadly — while not even reducing costs in the ways that have long been assumed..."

Guardian First Book Award

Alexander Masters has beaten a strong field to win the 10,000 pounds Guardian First Book Award for "Stuart: A Life Backwards", his biography of homeless man Stuart Shorter

Research Information December 2005/January 2006

Research Information December 2005/January 2006 from Europa Science Ltd. is now available online

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - December 8, 2005

Info@UK Issue 57

Info@UK Issue 57, December 2005, is now available from The British Council

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bryson wins Descartes prize for his guide to science

Bill Bryson has been chosen as one of the winners of the prestigious EU Descartes prize for science communication for his rough guide to science, A Short History of Nearly Everything. The Descartes is a 'prize of prizes' and Bryson was nominated by the Royal Society after winning the Aventis prize for science writing for the book in 2004

E-learning and information literacy: initiatives and challenges

Presentations are now available from E-learning and information literacy: initiatives and challenges - 14 November 2005 - Leeds University Library

Oxford University Press blog

The talented authors of Oxford University Press provide daily commentary on nearly every subject under the sun, from philosophy to economics. OUPblog is a source like no other on the blogosphere for learning, understanding and reflection

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005)

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005) summarizes findings of an international study on information-seeking habits and preferences. With extensive input from hundreds of librarians and OCLC staff, the OCLC Market Research team developed a project and commissioned Harris Interactive Inc. to survey a representative sample of information consumers. In June of 2005, we collected over 3,300 responses from information consumers in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Day of the Digital Audio Book

LibraryU Live! has announced The Day of the Digital Audio Book on February 16, 2006. This inaugural event will combine online self-paced LibraryU modules with live events in the OPAL online auditorium and will feature three separate sessions on the exciting and innovative activities going on in libraries in the area of digital audio books

Code4lib 2006 registration open

Code4lib 2006 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software. Registration is now open

Book prescription scheme launched

Patients are being prescribed books instead of pills as part of a new scheme in Dorset. People who visit their GP, counsellor or psychologist in Poole are being recommended books which they can then borrow from any library in the town. The "books on prescription" scheme is used throughout the UK for patients with mental health problems, and the book lists are designed to help them. Borrowers do not have to be existing members of the library service - BBC

The World Almanac E-Newsletter

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 05, Number 12 — December 2005 is now available

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Quintura Search adds new "One-Click-Search" features

Quintura Inc. has announced new advanced "One-Click-Search" features to its web search software, Quintura Search 1.0, that helps a user to manage both a search query and result of the query with one click. Quintura Search 1.0 is available as public beta and can be downloaded for free

Library Hi Tech special issue

Library Hi Tech - Special Issue: Open source software - Volume 23 Issue 4 2005

CLA Library Research and Development Grants

One or more grants totalling $1,000 are awarded annually, when merited, to personal members of the Canadian Library Association. The objectives of the grant are to support theoretical and applied research in the field of library and information services; to encourage and support research undertaken by practitioners in the field of library and information services; to promote research in the field of library and information services by and/or about Canadians

Google online roundtable

SiliconValley.com is holding a five day online roundtable to discuss the many aspects of Google

Cell debuts design changes and expanded scientific coverage

Cell, a scientific journal published by Elsevier imprint Cell Press, has launched a new section, called Leading Edge, which adds pages of analysis, commentary, and essays to the popular review formats-which include full reviews, minireviews, and previews-in each issue

ALADN 2006

ALADN 2006 - Playing All Your Cards...Library Development Revealed - March 27-30, 2006 - Las Vegas, NV

Monday, December 05, 2005

Internet Research 7.0

Internet Research 7.0 - International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers - Brisbane, Australia - 28-30 September 2006

MEDLINE/PubMed Baseline Repository

A freely accessible Web site, the MEDLINE/PubMed Baseline Repository (MBR), developed by staff in NLM's Lister Hill Center is now available. The MBR contains various resources derived from or pertaining to the MEDLINE/PubMed baseline files which are produced after the records have undergone annual maintenance. One MBR resource, the MBR Query Tool, is restricted to use by NLM's registered MEDLINE/PubMed licensees. MEDLINE/PubMed licensees may prefer to search the baseline files via this Web-based Query Tool rather than, or in addition to, locally mounting all the baseline files obtained from NLM's ftp server

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Nerac delivers new research solution

Nerac, Inc. has announced the launch of Nerac 180, a new hybrid search offering for engineers. Nerac 180 is a powerful engineering research tool combining end-user search technology with integrated access to the research expertise of Nerac analysts

Friday, December 02, 2005

History Magazine: Survivor - The History of the Library

History Magazine: Survivor - The History of the Library - article traces the history of libraries through the ages

Textbook Revolution

Textbook Revolution - online source for free textbooks covering a variety of topics, including business, science, math, and computer programming

Ovid announces strategic partnerships

Ovid Technologies has announced new and important strategic partnerships with Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier Bibliographic Databases, McGraw-Hill, Nature Publishing Group, and Oxford University Press (USA). As part of its strategy to expand content offerings, Ovid has entered into a product planning and development agreement with Primal Pictures with the intention to distribute 3-dimensional anatomy images on the Ovid platform. These partnerships reflect Ovid’s ongoing commitment to provide researchers, students, and professionals in healthcare and academia with important content from the world’s leading scholarly publishers

The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded

Two new servicies from CrossRef

CrossRef, has announced two forthcoming initiatives that will enhance the way search engines index scholarly content: CrossRef Web Services and the Search Partner Program

SPARC survey of open access programs

SPARC survey of open access programs - a resource for librarians and administrators creating events to promote open access among faculty members, this Web site will include details of conferences, seminars, brown-bag lunches, faculty meeting presentations, mailings, and every other form of outreach that you or your colleagues have found successful - or not

Federated Search Symposium

The Alberta Library has announced that registrations are now being accepted for the Federated Search Symposium to be held February 2-3, 2006, at the MacEwan Conference and Event Centre, University of Calgary. Plenary Speakers are Roy Tennant (Manager, eScholarship Web & Services Design, California Digital Library) and Cathy Gordon (Director, Google Scholar)

ViDe 2006

ViDe 2006, the 8th Annual SURA/ViDe Digital Video Conference: Conference content will include examples of digital video projects in the research and education community and information on big video, SIP migration, H.264, video preservation, new conferencing technologies, K-12 applications, technology in the medical community, real time collaboration, firewalls, public broadcasting, voice over IP, open-source interactive media, digital libraries, and search engines March 27-30, 2006 - Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center


Digiwik is designed to be a repository of digitization information for use by individuals, museums, libraries, researchers, and any other entities with digitization needs

Code4Lib Conference call for proposals

Proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2006 are now being accepted. Code4lib 2006 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software

Joint Workshop on Future-proofing Institutional Websites

Joint Workshop on Future-proofing Institutional Websites - 19–20 January 2006 - Wellcome Library, London, UK

Australian Whole Domain Harvest completed

The National Library of Australia has completed the first whole Australian domain harvest during June and July 2005. The crawl was undertaken by the Internet Archive on behalf of the Library. Approximately 185 million unique documents were crawled
from 811,000 hosts. The total size of the harvested content is 6.69 terabytes. The report by Paul Koerbin has now been made publicly available

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Space. Answers here

1. Who was the first human to set foot on the Moon?
2. Which US space shuttle exploded after takeoff in January 1986?
3. In 1962, the British pop group the Tornados had a popular musical hit whose title was the name of a satellite launched that year. What was the title?
4. What name was given by the press to President Reagan's 1983 Strategic Defense Initiative?
5. Where is the Hubble telescope?
6. On which planet did Viking 1 and 2 land in 1976?
7. What was the name of the dog launched in Sputnik 2 in 1957 - the first animal carried into space?
8. What record was achieved in 1963 by Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova?
9. On 18 March 1965, cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became the first person to do what?
10. In which space station did cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov spend 366 days?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Oxford Journals to publish two 'Briefing' titles from 2006

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has announced the purchase of two titles from Henry Stewart Publications, Briefings in Bioinformatics, and Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics. The Briefings titles join Oxford's leading collection of Life Science titles from 2006

Library Books Shipping Tool

Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Library Association (CLA), with the assistance of the Association pour la science et les techniques de la documentation (ASTED), have introduced the Library Books Shipping Tool, an online application designed specifically with libraries in mind. For eligible libraries, it is a fast and convenient way to prepare and pay for your library book shipments in Canada

Lincoln Book Festival

The Lincoln Book Festival has been awarded 60,000 pounds over the next three years by the Arts Council. Organisers said the funding will be used to develop the audience with events targeted at youth groups, sport and cultural diversity

Web Citation Index

Thomson Scientific has announced the launch of Web Citation Index: the multidisciplinary citation index of scholarly content from institutional and subject-based repositories. Web Citation Index transcends the capabilities of traditional Web search engines, providing users with a robust citation-based discovery vehicle for preprints, technical reports, dissertations, proceedings, and other gray literature. It is the result of a collaborative program between Thomson Scientific, NEC Laboratories America (NEC), and seven major institutions: Australian National University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the Max Planck Society, Monash University, University of Rochester, and NASA Langley

Research Information Network

The Research Information Network (RIN) is a new organization, established for an initial three-year period, with 3 million pounds of funding, by a consortium of UK sponsors: the four Higher Education funding bodies, the three National Libraries, and the eight Research Councils. Its mission is to lead and co-ordinate new developments in the collaborative provision of research information for the benefit of researchers in the UK

Information Today is blogging Online Information 2005

Information Today is blogging the Online Information 2005 conference, being held in London, UK November 29-December 1

Saturday, November 26, 2005

British Library Direct hits 5000 registered user mark

The British Library's recently-launched online document supply service, British Library Direct, has just signed up its 5000th registered user, just five months after going live in June. The service, which provides complete resource-discovery-to-delivery access to millions of research articles in the Library's collections, now serves customers in some 138 countries ranging from Korea (North and South) to Christmas Island

Swets and SUSHI

Swets has announced that, working as part of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), it is the first subscription agent to have successfully completed integration tests of their Electronic Resource Management statistics with two ILS vendors, Innovative Interfaces and Ex Libris. The Statistics transferred in these tests were all compliant with the internationally recognized COUNTER format

Exact Editions

Exact Editions is a web-based distribution and marketing company working for the world's best consumer magazines. Exact Editions has built a scaleable technology platform which replicates and aggregates exact copies of printed magazines and periodicals for web distribution and reliable searching

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition - November 2005 is now avialable

Open Canada Digitization Initiative

Open Canada Digitization Initiative - Leaders of Canada's major research libraries held a national summit at Emerald Lake, BC, November 1-3, 2005. The summit outlined plans for online access to Canada's recorded heritage. At the conclusion the participants declared their commitment to a coordinated and sustained program to digitize Canada's information and knowledge resources, with 2006 as the catalyst year

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: General Knowledge. Answers here

1. Who played "Mr Bean" on television and in a film?
2. Was the Berlin Wall built in 1948, 1953 or 1961?
3. On which African river is the Kariba Dam: is it the Nile, the Zambezi or the Congo?
4. Which 1976 film, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, was based on the Watergate scandal?
5. Mary O'Brien is the real name of which British singer who died in Los Angeles in 1999?
6. Which British author wrote the novels "A Town Like Alice" and "On the Beach," both set in Australia?
7. Which country used to be called East Pakistan?
8. The Treaty of Portsmouth (1905) marked the end of a war between Russia and which country?
9. Which player led the 1984 and 1992 U. S. Olympic basketball teams to gold medals?
10. What is the meaning of the word "defenestration?"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 135

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 135 - December 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Free Pint Newsletter 195

Free Pint Newsletter 195 - 24 November 2005 - now available

8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006

8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006: Academic Library and Information Services: New Paradigms for the Digital Age - 7-9 February 2006 - Bielefeld, Germany - Full programme now available

Elsevier and Science Press launch joint translation center in China

Elsevier and Science Press have launched a joint translation center to reciprocally promote books and journals in the Chinese and international markets. The joint translation center's first selection will include key Elsevier book and major reference work titles to be released in the Chinese market, and Science Press English language book titles to be introduced internationally by January 2006. On the journal side, a selection of STM journals, which are currently produced by Science Press as printed editions, will be jointly published and distributed in both print and ScienceDirect versions


ArchiveGrid will be the ultimate destination for searching through family histories, political papers, and historical records held in archives around the world. Hundreds of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Scholars searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - November 23, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Harper Collins goes green

Harper Collins has adopted a new paper purchasing policy which commits the company towards phasing out paper from ancient and endangered forests and towards ancient forest friendly solutions like recycled and FSC certified paper for all of its books. HarperCollins has worked with the Greenpeace Book Campaign to develop this policy

Public Broadcasters, Museums, and Libraries to hold Videoconference on Collaboration

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Museum and Library Services have announced that the Partnership for a Nation of Learners will sponsor a national/local Community Collaboration Videoconference. The videoconference is designed to introduce the ideas behind the Partnership for a Nation of Learners initiative, including why collaboration is a critical skill in a changing information environment; discuss the PNL program, and its grant and professional development resources; and help local groups begin to talk about how they might work together to solve pressing needs in their communities - November 30, 2006

eyetoeye: IngentaConnect library newsletter

eyetoeye: IngentaConnect library newsletter - Issue 17 - November 2005 is now available

HigherEd BlogCon

HigherEd BlogCon aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. Modelled after Global PR Blog Week 2.0, Higher Ed BlogCon will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, vblogs and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe - April 2006

NetLibrary reaches 100,000-title milestone

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a leading platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, has achieved a ground-breaking milestone in the eContent industry. NetLibrary is the first eContent platform to offer academic, public, special and school library users access to more than 100,000 full-text eBook and eAudiobook titles

Ohio University Libraries Biz Wiki

The Biz Wiki is a collection of business information resources available through Ohio University Libraries. It is designed to assist business researchers in finding the best resources for their projects or topics. The Biz Wiki contains articles about business reference books, databases, websites, and other research guides. Nearly all of the resources will only be available to current members of the Ohio University community, as many of the resources are subscription databases or local reference resources

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wall Street Journal Online - LexisNexis alliance

A new arrangement between The Wall Street Journal Online and LexisNexis has been announced. It will launch in January 2006. Under the agreement, LexisNexis will become the exclusive distributor of enterprise subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal Online to law firms in North America

Open Road 2006 Conference: Challenges and possibilities

Open Road 2006 Conference: Challenges and possibilities will address the challenges and possibilities of providing access to and development of content and web services within the multilingual environment by engaging the audience in plenary sessions, workshops and round table discussions - 6-7 February 2006 - Victoria, Australia

CLEONet announced

CLEONet is an online clearinghouse for community legal education in Ontario. It is a project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), and is funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario

World Digital Library to be created

The Library of Congress is launching a campaign to create the World Digital Library, an online collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, posters, stamps and other materials from its holdings and those of other national libraries that would be freely accessible for viewing by anyone, anywhere with Internet access - Washington Post

SciPolicy now available via open access

SciPolicy, The Journal of Science and Health Policy, has announced that, as a public service, all of its articles are now free and open access on-line. The move is prompted by a recent ten-fold increase in demands on its already busy website for articles related to its Amicus Currie filing in Federal Court (Kitzmiller, et al v Dover Area School District and school Board) opposing government mandates to teach of intelligent design in public schools and the Science Wars controversies

LISTA database free to all Interested in Libraries and Librarianship

EBSCO Publishing is now providing the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science

Monday, November 21, 2005

Turpion Journal Archive 1958 - 1995

Turpion has comprehensively digitized its journal archive dating back to the first English translation volumes. The archive is produced with the cooperation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics Publishing, London Mathematical Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry, the British Library, and American Institute of Physics, American Mathematical Society. The archive contains full-text articles of top-level research in physics, mathematics and chemistry. These journals played a central role in the development of Russian basic science, containing some of the best articles by prominent authors

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Open Educational Resources portal

A new Web initiative launched at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), will connect anyone with Internet access and the desire to learn to a world of free, high-quality open educational materials. The Development Gateway Foundation's Open Educational Resources portal aims to equalize access to education and help people in developing countries improve their chances for a better life. The portal features free course materials and other educational content offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Chinese Open Resources for Education and other institutions around the world. The initiative is launched in partnership by the Development Gateway Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Webology, a scholarly journal in English devoted to the various fields of Library and Information Science and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation - Volume 2, Number 3, 2005 is now available

Chmoogle - Chemistry Search Engine

eMolecules, Inc. has announced the launch of Chmoogle. Chmoogle's mission is to discover, curate and index all of the public chemical information in the world, and make it available to the public. Chmoogle distinguishes itself by extremely fast searches, an appealing presentation of results, and high-quality chemical drawings

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Before Gaming: Celebrating Las Vegas' Centennial 1905-2005

Before Gaming: Celebrating Las Vegas' Centennial 1905-2005 - The UNLV Libraries has designed a concise collection of digital photographs that feature some of the earliest pictures available of Las Vegas. Many of these 37 photographs are from the private collections of families who arrived in Las Vegas around the time of its incorporation in 1905: Helen Stewart, Walter Bracken, William Ferron, Ed Von Tobel, and Fred and Maurine Wilson. A short narrative is provided to assist in browsing the collection, and/or the digital exhibit can be searched by prearranged topics

Looking At: Jazz, America's Art Form

The American Library Association Public Programs Office and National Video Resources, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, are accepting grant applications from libraries that are interested in hosting Looking At: Jazz, America's Art Form, a new film viewing and discussion series. Applications are now available and must be received by February 10, 2006. The National Endowment for the Humanities provides support for the series

2005 Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the names of the winners of the 2005 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

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Railways and Railroads. Answers here

1. What is the name for a railway that runs on a single rail?
2. What kind of railway equipment is named after its American originator, George M. Pullman?
3. Which children's novel about railways was written by E. Nesbit in 1906?
4. In which city was the world's first urban underground railway built in 1863?
5. Nakhodka in the Russian Far East is the eastern terminus of which famous railway?
6. What was the nickname for the American railway engineer John Luther Jones, who saved the passengers when his train crashed?
7. Who invented the first successful steam locomotive in 1814 and constructed the first railway to carry passengers, the Stockton and Darlington Railway?
8. On the subject of railways, what kind of thing was a "Bradshaw?"
9. Name the locomotive, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, which took the world steam traction speed record in July 1938.
10. In which city on the Pacific Coast does the Canadian Pacific Railway terminate?

Readex partners with Dartmouth College Library

Readex has announced that it has partnered with Dartmouth College Library to digitize directly from its renowned holdings of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers. Rather than creating digital images from microform editions, Readex is digitizing from the original print volumes of these essential government publications, housed in Dartmouth College's Baker-Berry Library. These digital editions are part of the Readex Archive of Americana, a Web-based family of historical collections containing books, broadsides, newspapers, government publications and more

THOMAS new look and easier navigation

The THOMAS congressional-information Web site, available free from the Library of Congress, has a new look, with features that improve site navigation and make it easier for users to quickly find the information they are looking for

2006 EBSCOhost and EBSCOadmin Enhancements

EBSCOhost and EBSCOadmin have announced enhancements to their services for 2006

Canadian federal government databases accessible through the Internet

The 3rd edition of the bibliography of online Canadian federal government databases is now available. This edition lists 377 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites. Some of these databases require user registration

The Eduserv Chest Data Messenger

The Eduserv Chest Data Messenger - 17 November 2005 - now available

UCSB digitizes and places online 5000 cylinder recordings

The Department of Special Collections at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Davidson Library recently placed online, with free access, over 5000 sound recordings as part of its Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Wiley InterScience Newsletter

Wiley InterScience Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 7, November 2005 now available

Quintura Search

Quintura Inc. has announced the release of its Web search software, Quintura Search 1.0 beta designed to help users find relevant information on the Web easier and faster

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Number 44, Fall 2005 - is now available

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - November 17, 2005

Discovering Dickens - Stanford University

Discovering Dickens - Stanford University - community reading project focusing on the works of Charles Dickens. Features archived editions of Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hard Times

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Google Print re-named

Google Print is now known as Google Book Search

Chooselaw.com announces free legal content feeds

Chooselaw.com, the legal website of the people, for the people, and by the people, has announced that it will be offering use of its legal content for other websites, via RSS and Javascript based feeds absolutely free of charge. This feature allows a multitude of users such as lawyers, law students, businessman, as well as the general public to have access to an immense wealth of useful and practice information acquired and produced by Chooslaw.com

EBSCO Publishing website updated

EBSCO Publishing has announced the launch of its newly revised database home page

Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

Oxford University Press has announced the launch of a new Intellectual Property journal. The Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, (JIPLP) will publish peer-reviewed research across the full range of substantive IP topics, including practice-related matters such as litigation; enforcement; drafting and transactions; and relevant aspects of related subjects such as competition and world trade law

Joan Didion wins National Book Award

Joan Didion, whose memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking" is quickly becoming a classic portrait of grief, has won the National Book Award for nonfiction

University of Oxford signs with VTLS

VTLS Inc. has announced that Oxford University Library Services has chosen VIRTUA as the preferred library management system for the University of Oxford and its member libraries. There are approximately fifteen million items held within the libraries at Oxford, including one million maps, one million musical scores and 1.5 million manuscripts. The system will initially be used to manage 5.4 million bibliographic records associated with 8.7 million items. VTLS will carry out customized development of the system to support an average of c. 9,000 closed-stack delivery requests per week

Rhaptos 1.5 software released

Rhaptos is the code name for the software developed and used by the Connexions project. This software allows students to access a wealth of educational material on the Internet. It also enables authors and instructors to create and organize educational material into modules, which they can select and assemble into collections that are customized to meet their teaching and learning needs


The Internet Archive's new subscription service, Archive-it, allows any user to create, manage and search their own web archive through a web interface without any technical expertise required. Archive-it can be used to archive an institution's own web site, or build collections of up to one hundred web sites. Through a web based interface users can create web collections, catalogue the websites associated with a collection, archive websites in the collection, monitor the archiving process, search and browse the collection when complete, and administer access to these collections. In addition, the service will support collaborative collections, where curators at separate organizations can create and share collections

Science.gov 3.0

Science.gov 3.0 will make your search results more relevant than ever. While Version 2.0 introduced relevancy ranking to the search of government science databases and Web sites, Science.gov 3.0 will take relevancy ranking a step further

The Future of the Digital Commons

MIT World has posted a video of the September 22 forum, The Future of the Digital Commons, with Nancy Kranich, Former President, American Library Association; Ann Wolpert, Director, MIT Libraries; and Steven Pinker, Harvard University

What I Wish I Had Known by Roy Tennant

What I Wish I Had Known by Roy Tennant - It has been many years since I left library school. Suffice it to say that I remember the days of using 300 bps acoustic coupler modems to search Dialog databases with an impenetrable syntax that defies description. Now, in middle age, I'm looking back from this Google-rules world and wondering what I wish I had known in those early days... - Library Journal, November 15, 2005

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Xrefer named to 2005 "EContent 100"

Xrefer has been named one of the 2005 "100 companies that matter most" in the digital content industry by EContent Magazine. The EContent list is compiled by the editors of EContent and Information Today, Inc., in collaboration with the most respected editors and reviewers covering the digital content universe. The EContent 100 list is available in the December print issue of EContent and online at www.econtentmag.com

wjm western journal of medicine back archive

The BMJ Publishing Group and PubMed Central have announced that the full text of wjm western journal of medicine is now available online on PMC. wjm ceased publication in September 2002. However, by re-issuing this resource online at PMC, you have a second chance to access content from 1974 to 2002

Infusions Training Programme 2005

Infusions, an information skills training organisation based in Scotland, is offering a number of one-day training courses for public library staff. These courses have been designed to meet the continuing professional development requirements of public library staff, and equip staff with the kind of advanced skills identified in the "Building the New Library Network" report. The courses reflect the Advanced roles described in the report, and were delivered as part of the NOF Advanced training for public library staff programme throughout the UK

Whitbread Book Awards 2005 shortlists announced

Whitbread has announced the shortlists for the Whitbread Book Awards 2005 in the Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book Award categories

D-Lib Magazine November 2005

D-Lib Magazine November 2005 is now available

EDINA Newsline November 2005

EDINA Newsline November 2005, Volume 10, Issue 3, now available online

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

LookSmart and RLG partner

RLG has announced a partnership with LookSmart. The partnership will bring RLG's Trove.net, a database containing over 209,000 rare and unusual images, to LookSmart's users through FindArticles, LookSmart's dynamic search vehicle for free and premium content on the web

Coming Up Taller award nominations

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, has announced the 2006 Coming Up Taller nomination application. By honoring excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for young people, the Coming Up Taller Awards promote a creative, engaged, skilled, and confident generation of young people. Deadline is January 30, 2006

DASER 2 Summit

DASER 2 Summit - Open Access and Institutional Repositories - 2-4 December 2005 - University of Maryland, College Park, MD

New York Times announces winners of the 2005 Librarian Awards

The New York Times has announced the names of the 27 winners of the 2005 New York Times Librarian Awards

Monday, November 14, 2005

eWell-Being Awards

SustainIT's eWell-Being Awards are the UK's only national Awards that identify and promote social, economic and environmental benefits of Information and Communication Technologies. Now in its fourth year, the Awards aim to:

Showcase best practice to stimulate the application of technology for social and environmental benefits.
Examine and promote emerging technologies, where they have the potential to provide environmental and social benefits.
Raise awareness of the benefitcal and inspirational uses of ICT.

Closing Date - Friday 2 December 2005

Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968 now available via EBSCO

EBSCO Publishing has announced the availability of the new Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968 database via EBSCOhost. Inspec Archive is an essential complement to the existing Inspec database and vital for all institutions that have research needs in the areas of any programs in engineering, physics, computer science or scientific & technical fields

Emerald Librarian Toolkit

Emerald Group Publishing, has launched the Emerald Librarian Toolkit, a series of free guides which will enable librarians to better market the electronic full text, reviews and abstracts to their faculty and student user base, to encourage optimum use of services. The toolkit comprises modules ranging from training users to monitoring usage and promoting Emerald within the institution

Sunday, November 13, 2005

IMLS makes award to OCLC

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has made a $399,197 award to OCLC Online Computer Library Center, in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Trust, to plan and co-host the 2006 and 2007 Web-Wise Conferences on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World

Museums and the Web 2006

Museums and the Web 2006: exploring the on-line presentation of cultural and heritage content across institutions and around the world - March 22-25, 2006 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, November 12, 2005

2006 Inderscience Journals Catalogue

The 2006 Inderscience Journals Catalogue is now available giving details of the 170 journals they publish in Engineering, Computing/ICT and Technology; Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development; Management and Business Administration; Healthcare, Sport and Leisure

E-MmITS Autumn/Winter available

The Autumn/Winter issue of E-MmITS, the electronic newsletter of the Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland, is now available

Biblio Tech Review

The November 2005 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Friday, November 11, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Games. Answers here.

1. How many players take part in a game of solitaire?
2. What is the name for the children's game in which a visible object is guessed from the initial letter of its name?
3. In the game of darts, how many points are scored with a "double top?"
4. In the game of cat's cradle, what substance is transferred from the hands of one player to another?
5. What is the name for the children's game in which players hop or jump through a pattern of numbered spaces to retrieve a thrown object?
6. What is the name for the game in which players try to flick small flat discs into a cup using larger discs?
7. In tenpin bowling, how many times can a bowler play in each frame?
8. What is the name for the game, similar to bowls and popular in France, played on rough ground, in which the players try to hit a small metal ball with larger balls?
9. How many balls are used in the game of snooker?
10. What is the name for the game in which a two-headed top is balanced and spun on a string stretched between two sticks?

Globalisation, Education, Information and libraries

Globalisation, Education, Information and libraries - This event focuses on the possible future for libraries in the United Kingdom under new global trade rules - 2 December 2005 - Swansea University, Wales

Springer Science+Business Media acquires Current Medicine Group

Springer Science+Business Media has acquired the Current Medicine Group, a leading publisher for the healthcare community

OA Librarian

OA Librarian is a blog designed to gather together major search sources for freely available information in library and information science

Web 2.0: Building the New Library

Web 2.0: Building the New Library - Paul Miller explores some of the recent buzz around the concept of 'Web 2.0' and asks what it means for libraries and related organisations - From Ariadne

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Free Pint Newsletter 194

Free Pint Newsletter 194 - 19 November 2005 - now available

The Virtual Reference Desk

The Virtual Reference Desk has announced that it has set up a public blog for participants at its 7th annual reference conference being held on November 14-15, 2005 in San Francisco, CA

David Bergen wind Giller Prize

David Bergen has been named the 2005 winner of The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary prize for fiction, for his novel The Time In Between, published by McClelland & Stewart

Abebooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com

Abebooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com. The acquisition unites two pioneering independent forces in Internet bookselling. Both companies are privately owned and profitable. Both companies were initially developed in 1996, support independent booksellers, and share the same mission of making online book buying easy

British Crimewriters Association Golden Dagger Awards

The winners of the British Crimewriters Association Golden Dagger Awards for 2005 have been announced

CLIR Issues - Number 48

CLIR Issues - Number 48 November/December 2005 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

User Interfaces for Physical Spaces

User Interfaces for Physical Spaces - MAYA Design and the IA Institute present an exclusive one-day workshop for information architects. Complex information environments aren't always online. Libraries are the original information-rich public domains. So when one of the world's first public libraries called in building architects to renovate their historic facilities, they also called in information architects from MAYA Design to renovate their information space - 12 December 2005

Info@UK Issue 56

Info@UK Issue 56, November 2005, is now available from The British Council

Google to join library session

The Online Information blog has announced that Google will be joining the Future of the Library session on Tuesday 29 November, 11.15-12.45. J.L. Needham, Strategic Development Manager, Google, will be commenting on Michael Gorman, Elisabeth Niggemann and Glenda Myer's presentations in light of the Google Print and Google Scholar project

Dickens book sales boosted by TV

Sales of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House have risen in the wake of the BBC's star-studded TV adaptation. More than 5,000 copies have been sold in the last four weeks, according to industry tracker Nielsen Bookscan - BBC

Dialog Choice Pricing

Dialog has announced that it is now offering its Dialog Choice pricing plan, featuring unlimited access to key research databases at fixed annual rates, to academic institutions worldwide. With Dialog Choice, graduate schools, universities and other academic institutions now can provide their faculty, students and researchers with direct, desktop access to high-value databases of scientific, technical and medical research, as well as news, business intelligence and other current awareness content, aggregated by Dialog from leading information publishers

International Learned Journals Seminar

22nd International Learned Journals Seminar: The new publishers - 31 March 2006 - London, UK

Enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced that its scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries is available free of charge in PDF format on the ACRL website six months after publication. Retrospective issues now are available through volume 58 (1997).

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Access 2005 presentations now available

Presentations given at Access 2005 - October 17-19, 2005 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, are now available

The Reference Interview

The Reference Interview from RUSA is a comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Using images, audio, and video, this in-depth educational approach covers everything from the approachability of the librarian to how to follow up with a patron. Scheduled chat sessions will model interviewing techniques using sample dialogues - February 6-April 6, 2006

Monday, November 07, 2005

Xrefer signs Omnigraphics as Publishing Partner

Xrefer has announced that it has signed an agreement with Omnigraphics to add the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary 3rd Edition (©2005) to Xreferplus' Ready-Reference service

NGITS 2006

NGITS 2006 - The 6th Workshop on Next Generation Information Technologies and Systems - July 4-6, 2006 - Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel

Aslib training

Aslib is now listing its training courses for November and December 2005

Siemens develops printable, low-cost, disposable video display

Siemens has announced a new colour display screen that can be printed onto paper or cardboard and is thin, flexible, and affordable enough to be included in books, magazines, labels, tickets, instructions, multimedia games embedded in the breakfast cereal box and a host of other traditionally "dumb" media...

The World Almanac E-Newsletter

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 05, Number 11 — November 2005 is now available

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Designing for Scent: Why Stinky Sites Work

Designing for Scent: Why Stinky Sites Work by Darlene Fichter - Researchers at Xerox Park (Palo Alto Research Center) have found that humans find information on the Web by following the "scent" of information just like blood hounds on the hunt for their prey. Write so that your site has a strong scent and draws people towards the information they need. Learn trigger words that build strong, sweet smelling trails, and avoid common pitfalls that lead users astray or that cause them to lose the scent. Take home tips to make your site "stinky" and to spot areas to improve - This is a one hour audio conference with Web-based visuals supported by a handout. There will be a 35-45 minute presentation and 15-25 minutes for co-browsing, analyzing sites and questions - Tuesday, November 8

ECDL 2006

The 10th ECDL will be held in Alicante, Spain, in September 2006. The ECDL has become the major European conference on digital libraries, and associated technical, practical, and social issues, gathering researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field. Contributions and participation are welcome from scholars, researchers, developers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines from all parts of the world. Submissions are invited for full or short papers, posters, demonstrations, panels, tutorials and workshops

KMWorld & Intranets Conference and Exhibition

The 9th annual KMWorld & Intranets Conference and Exhibition will be held on November 15-17, 2005 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, in San Jose, California

OAses Open Access Toolbar

OAses, a toolbar for Internet Explorer, is designed to make internet searching easier for students, academicians and scientists. OAses searches many open access resources, free databases, and search engines. The toolbar is free to download and use, easy to install, and requires no registration

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Promoting Library Services Using Blogs and RSS (Live Online)

Promoting Library Services Using Blogs and RSS (Live Online). At the end of this two-day course, participants will be able to:

Define terms relating to blogging and RSS.
Evaluate blogs based on features, design elements and content.
Build a blog from the ground up.
Edit your blog using basic HTML.
Create and use and aggregated news feed (RSS).

A SOLINET E-cademy workshop - November and December, 2005

DSpace User Group Meeting, Bergen 2006

The University of Bergen has announced that it will host a two day DSpace User Group Meeting on 20 and 21 April 2006. The meeting will primarily be concerned with technology and processes that have been developed to embed DSpace into institutional systems, and the different roles that DSpace has found in this environment, beyond purely that of an Institutional Repository platform. In addition important general developments will be presented, and there will be tutorials for both technical and non-technical DSpace users

London Disability Network for Archives, Libraries and Museums - Launch Event

London Disability Network for Archives, Libraries and Museums Launch Event and Consultation Session - Monday 5th December 2005 - The Women's Library, London, UK - The aim of the Disability Network is to provide a regional forum where archive, library and museum staff, customers, policy-makers and experts in the field of access and inclusion can meet together to discuss ways to improve access to the heritage sector for disabled people

Microsoft and the British Library work together

Microsoft and the British Library have announced a strategic partnership to digitise 25 million pages of content from the Library's collections in 2006, with a long term commitment to digitise still more in the future. They will work together to digitise around 100,000 out-of-copyright books and deliver search results for this content through the new MSN Book Search service help people find precisely what they're looking for on the web. MSN Search will launch an initial public beta offering next year

Open Source Software in Libraries

Open Source Software in Libraries. This workshop will provide structured opportunities for participants to experience how open source software can be used to implement many library-specific processes using open source software - February 17, 2006 - Texas

New website for NCLIS

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) has announced the availability of a newly redesigned Commission Web site. The new site not only has a dramatically different appearance, it represents a major reorganization of the content and links. It is designed to help people find current and historical information about national information policy, dissemination of government information to the public, and news about the Commission and its initiative and activities

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Isms. The suffix "-ism" is one of the commonest endings in English, usually describing some situation, activity, belief or habit. For example, "heroism" is the activity of a hero. From these definitions, try to identify ten words that all end with -ism. Answers here

1. A world religion that originated in ancient India, founded by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.
2. The act of inducing hypnosis.
3. The act of criticizing, especially adversely.
4. Excessive drinking of alcohol which becomes addictive.
5. Staying away from work for no good reason.
6. Copying and publishing someone else's work as your own.
7. A word, phrase, or idiom characteristic of English as it is spoken in the United States.
8. The policy of extending, usually by conquest, the rule of a state over other countries or peoples.
9. Interest in and desire for money, possessions, etc., rather than spiritual or ethical values.
10. An individual animal or plant

ALA Poster Session 2006

Poster sessions will be presented on June 24, 25, and 26 at the New Orleans conference. Applications for presenting poster sessions for both US and International participants at the 2006 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans are now being accepted. A web form application is available on the poster session website. The website also provides rules and guidelines for presenting poster sessions, helpful hints in applying, subject categories for sessions, frequently asked questions, and photos of sample poster sessions

eBooks Take the Ivory Tower

Webcast: Library Journal's URLearning Series: eBooks Take the Ivory Tower - November 15, 2005 - Program starts at 2 p.m. (EST)

OCLC PICA acquires FDI

OCLC PICA B.V. has announced that it has acquired the Fretwell-Downing Informatics Group

SPARC Open Access Newsletter

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #91 - November 2, 2005 is now available

ebrary launches OnDemand

ebrary has announced the availability of the ebrary OnDemand platform, which enables libraries and publishers to distribute their own PDF content online. ebrary OnDemand is powered by the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP) and features all of its functionality including the ebrary Reader software, designed to optimize online viewing by delivering documents to an end-user's desktop page-by-page, and InfoTools software, which integrates existing content databases and information on the Web

Google posts first books online

The first works scanned and put online as part of Google's controversial print project have been unveiled. Included in this opening swathe are many 19th Century works of American literature and history. The works were chosen because they are out of copyright and unaffected by legal action that led Google to briefly halt its digitisation project. Groups representing authors and publishers say the project amounts to copyright infringement. BBC

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - November 3, 2005

Thursday, November 03, 2005

28th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2006)

28th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2006) - 10-12 April 2006 - Imperial College, London. UK

IETF Journal

ISOC has announced the IETF Journal, a new Internet Society publication produced in cooperation with the Internet Engineering Task Force. The aim is to provide an easily understandable overview of what's happening in the world of Internet standards with a particular focus on the activities of the IETF Working Groups (WG). Each issue of the "IETF Journal" will highlight some of the hot issues being discussed in IETF meetings and in the IETF mailing lists. The first issue takes a look back at the recent 63rd meeting of the IETF in Paris

Cites & Insights 5:13

Cites & Insights 5:13 (Mid-Fall 2005) is now available for downloading

Paid Content U.S. Market Spending Report

The Online Publishers Association has released its Paid Content U.S. Market Spending Report covering Q1 and Q2 of 2005. The study, conducted by comScore Networks, determined that consumer spending for online content in the U.S. grew to $987 million in the first half of 2005, an increase of 15.7 percent over the same period last year. For the first time ever, in Q2 of 2005, quarterly sales of content topped half a billion dollars

An Introduction to Creative Commons Licences

An Introduction to Creative Commons Licences - Creative Commons (CC) licences are a way to clarify the conditions of use of a work and avoid many of the problems current copyright laws pose. This half-day workshop is a basic introduction to Creative Commons and its implications for the information professional. Participants will look at the process of choosing a licence; then through discussion and group work will consider related issues and the role Creative Commons will play in the future - Various dates in 2005-2006

Licensing Digital Content

Licensing Digital Content - This course is aimed at contracts, rights & licensing, sales & marketing and library staff - 25 January 2006 -Said Business School, Oxford, UK

Guardian First Book Award 2005 shortlist

Guardian First Book Award 2005 shortlist has been announced

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Vol. 32, No. 1, October/November 2005, now available

British Librarian Bloggers

British Librarian Bloggers - Description: Are you a British librarian who is blogging? Meet other bloggers, discuss topics of mutual interest, swop tips and ideas on blogging. Ask/answer questions on blogging or just share thoughts and opinions. Please consider 'British','Librarian' and 'blogging' in their widest sense!. From Phil Bradley.

NISO Newsline

NISO Newsline - November 2005- is now available

Public Information Films

Public Information Films - archived footage from the National Archives showcasing Britain's post-war history through public information film

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

ACRL at Midwinter

ACRL is offering four professional development workshops in San Antonio on January 20, 2006:

Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes.
Assessment in Academic Libraries: Using the ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation.
Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Academic and Research Library.
Combating the Culture of Copy: Information Literacy Interventions for Plagiarism.

NASIG 2006 Awards

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) has announced the beginning of its application cycle for 2006 grants, awards, and scholarships to be presented at the 21st Annual Conference in Denver, CO on May 4-7, 2006

UK Web Archive wants feedback

The UK Web Archive (UKWAC) is currently in the process of evaluating its activity after one year's successful operation. UKWAC is a consortium of six leading UK institutions, and is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites. It is looking for feedback from its user community about the experience of using the UKWAC archive. There is a feedback form on the website. Until 11 November, everyone who completes a form and returns it to us with their e-mail address will go into a draw for a 25 pounds Amazon voucher

ALISS News from Social Science Libraries and Projects

ALISS News from Social Science Libraries and Projects - November 2005 now available

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, November 2005

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, November 2005: Shaggy Dog Stories. Domesticated dogs have been living with us for at least 12,000 years, both as working dogs and as companions. During this time more than a hundred different breeds, from chihuahua to chow-chow, have been developed from the first tamed wolves. This month's collections feature writers, artists, and critics whose works were inspired by dogs. These range from poetry to science fiction, and from paintings to bindings

Information Today journals November/December 2005 issues

The November/December 2005 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

Google restarts online books plan

Google is resuming its controversial project to digitise millions of books and make them searchable on the net. The search giant is pressing ahead with its plans despite growing legal pressure from publishers and authors. They object to what they say are violations of copyright. But in an apparent attempt to reassure critics, the search giant said on its blog that it would focus on books that were out of print or in the public domain - BBC

Internet Librarian 2005 presentations

Presentations given at Internet Librarian 2005 are now being made available

NSDL Metadata Registry

The NSDL Metadata Registry provides projects within the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) with the means to registry their metadata schemas (element/property sets) and schemes (controlled vocabularies) for purposes of discovery and reuse in support of metadata interoperability

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Town meeting for the UK LOCKSS Pilot Programme

Following the Call for Participation to libraries of UK Higher Education Institutions to participate in a UK LOCKSS Pilot Programme, a town meeting will be organised on 2 December 2005 to provide more information to the community - Institute of Physics, London

FOI: How are we doing?

UKeiG Meeting: FOI: How are we doing? : Implications for e-information and the information professional - The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester - 23 November 2005. The first 'FOI' year has seen the emergence of a series of new activities: new journals on freedom of information, records managers in high demand, courses on every aspect of FOI and tales of journalists aggressively testing the system to expose the cracks. This meeting focuses on the information and how it is handled

SwetsWise 4.0 released

Swets has announced the release of SwetsWise version 4.0. This release includes a new, modern look and feel to the SwetsWise user interface that is completely customisable. It has been developed around a dynamic design that implements a refined navigation menu and enhances the user-friendliness of the platform. Whilst retaining many of the visual motifs and designs that will be instantly recognisable to current customers, the updates have streamlined and simplified the interface in order to make navigation much easier for the customer

Turk-ANZAC Research Libraries

The First Turk-ANZAC Research Libraries Conference: Johnnies and Mehmets side by side: Collaborative application of technology in research and academic libraries which will be held 25-28 April 2006 at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale (Gallipoli), Turkey. The conference will bring together librarians, archivists, museologists, film and media artists and historians from Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Britain and Russia. Anyone with an interest in the history of Gallipoli, which lies at the heart of the history of three nations, or who may be involved with technology or the digitisation of information would be interested in attending this Conference

New York Academy of Sciences and Blackwell announce Science Publishing Partnership

Blackwell Publishing has announced that it has formed a publishing partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences. Under the agreement, Blackwell and the Academy will publish 28 volumes a year of the 182-year-old Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, beginning in January 2006. Each Annals volume contains reviews of leading-edge interdisciplinary subjects, based on presentations made at scientific conferences and workshops, organized by the Academy and other organizations, held around the world. There are currently over 1,000 Annals titles

Monday, October 31, 2005

Mingle at the British Library

The British Library is to hold its second Mingle evening – an opportunity for anyone who is single, likes to talk and wants to make friends. Following the success of the 2004 Mingle, this is your chance to network with like-minded individuals and enjoy a drink at a private view of our 'Beautiful Minds – Capture the spirit of Nobel achievement' exhibition on 5 December. Beautiful Minds looks at the history of the Nobel Prize, focusing specifically on 30 individual Prize-winners, over the whole range of six prizes – Peace, Physics, Chemistry, Economic Sciences, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature – from the past 100 years

Evaluating academic libraries

Evaluating academic libraries - an event for HE and HE library staff - 2 March 2006 - Wolverhampton, UK

Ariadne - Issue 45

Ariadne - Issue 45, October 2005 is now available. Ariadne is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide

Sunday, October 30, 2005

RLG joins the Open Content Alliance

RLG, a not-for-profit organization of over 150 research libraries, archives, and museums has announced that it will be a contributor to and partner with the Open Content Alliance, a consortium that is building a permanent archive of digitized text and multimedia content. Generally, textual material from the OCA will be free to read, and in most cases, available for saving or printing using formats such as PDF. Works collected by the OCA will include cultural, historical, and multimedia content from libraries, archives, and publishers. Partners are leading businesses and cultural heritage institutions, including the Internet Archive, the California Digital Library, Yahoo, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft

Journals offer NIH wider research access

More than 50 medical and scientific non-profit publishers, representing more than 120 journals, have offered the National Institutes of Health access to their contents free of charge through their current links to the NIH's PubMed Central data archive. The links actually have existed for more than six years, but only a few journals have offered all of their contents -- newly released and older articles alike -- to non-subscribers for free. The journals embracing this policy for the first time will provide access to studies in plant science, dairy science, dentistry, entomology and ornithology in addition to new areas of biomedical research. From UPI

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal due to begin publication in the spring of 2006. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians to discover research which can contribute to best-practice decision making. Published quarterly by Learning Services, University of Alberta, this journal will provide original research and feature articles in the area of evidence based library and information practice as well as critically appraised reviews of existing research (evidence summaries)

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference - March 23-25, 2006 - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Calling British Librarian Bloggers!

Phil Bradley is trying to get together a list of British Librarians who are blogging

ALCTS Newsletter Online

ALCTS Newsletter Online - Volume 16, Number 5 - IFLA Reports From the 2005 World Library and Information Conference, Oslo, August 14–18, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Famous Ships. Answers here

1. Which British passenger liner sank on her maiden voyage on April 14-15, 1912?
2. Name the British survey ship that carried Charles Darwin as ship's naturalist when it explored South America and the Pacific Islands for five years.
3. Name the leaky old craft which was the title of a 1935 novel by C. S. Forester, filmed in 1951 with Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnutt.
4. Name the yacht in which Francis Chichester made the first solo sailing voyage around the world.
5. Which Tudor warship (Henry VIII's flagship) sank in 1545 in Portsmouth Harbour (its hull was raised in 1982)?
6. Name the ship in which Jason sailed in search of the Golden Fleece.
7. Which ghost ship, haunting the seas around the Cape of Good Hope, inspired an 1843 opera by Wagner?
8. In R. L. Stevenson's story "Treasure Island", what was the name of the ship in which Jim Hawkins set sail with Squire Trelawney?
9. Which famous clipper ship, built at Dumbarton in 1869, is preserved as a museum at Greenwich in London?
10. Tinkerbelle crossed which ocean in 1965, the smallest vessel to make the passage up to that time?


EDUCAUSE 2006 - October 9-12 - Dallas, Texas


The fall 2005 issue of CONSERline, newsletter of the CONSER Program is now available

Journal of the Medical Library Association