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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Wise: an online tool for sharing graduate degree courses in Library and Information Science from top schools around the world
reSearcher Update 9 is now available. reSearcher is an award-winning integrated suite of open source tools for locating and managing electronic information resources, designed for use by students and researchers in academic libraries
Digital Odyssey 2005 - Power to the People: Library Service in the 21st Century - Meeting the Challenge - May 13, 2005 - Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

SD Connect March/April 2005 Vol 5 Issue 2 is now available. SD Connect delivers news of the latest content additions and product enhancements to ScienceDirect
EOS International has announced built-in International Standard Book Number-13 (ISBN-13) support across all product lines. This means EOS clients will not be affected when the unique identifier used to track published materials worldwide changes from a 10-digit format to a 13-digit code on January 1, 2007
Karen Blakeman's Blog: News and views on search tools and Internet resources for business information. Also information on updates to the RBA Information Services web site
Volcanoes, Slugs and Comets: Rare Scientific Books at UCL. This exhibition was originally delivered as an oral presentation at a meeting of the University College London Natural Science Club in December 2004. It was intended to give a very brief overview of the collections. It has been slightly updated and expanded for this on-line exhibition

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

University of Nottingham, UK and University of Lund, Sweden are developing a new service for Open Access to research information. A new service is starting development to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. The new service, called DOAR - the Directory of Open Access Repositories, will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information
The Second International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society - December 12-15 2005 - Hyderabad, India
Journal Watch Online, from the publishers of The New England Journal of Medicine, a place where physicians summarize articles from leading medical journals & comment on the latest clinical research

Monday, March 28, 2005

LLRX.com March 13, 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
The American Physical Society has announced the start of a new peer reviewed electronic-only journal: Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. This is the second Special Topics journal published by the American Physical Society, the first being Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerator and Beams. The journal will be distributed without charge, and financed by publication charges to the authors or to the authors' institutions
The Electronic Library - Volume 23 Number 1 2005 - Special Issue: Electronic books

Sunday, March 27, 2005

ACRL 12th National Conference - Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change - April 7-10 - Minneapolis, MN
5th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property - Pirates, Thieves and Innocents: Perceptions of Copyright Infringement in the Digital Age - June 16-17, 2005 - Hosted by University of Maryland University College
A rare manuscript, part of the collection of The British Library, was most probably looted during the Nazi era and must be returned to its rightful owner. The manuscript, a Missal and calendar written in 'Beneventan' script, known as Benevento VI 29 or Egerton 3511, was looted from the Metropolitan Chapter of the Cathedral City of Benevento between 1943 and 1944, and was acquired by the British Museum in 1947. It was then transfered with the British Museum Library's collections to the British Library on its foundation in 1973
Emerald's Journals of the Week for March 29 2005 are Strategy & Leadership and Critical Perspectives on International Business

Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Library of Congress has announced the release of the James Madison Papers, now available on the Library's American Memory Web site. They consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer - this week: Phobias. Answers here.

1. Claustrophobia means being afraid of what?
2. Agoraphobia is an abnormal or persistent fear of what?
3. What is the word for an irrational fear of spiders?
4. Photophobia is a fear or intolerance of: (a) light, (b) being photographed, or (c) going to the cinema?
5. What is the word for an intense fear or dislike of foreigners or strangers?
6. Acrophobia is an irrational fear of what?
7. Necrophobia is an abnormal fear of what?
8. Is genophobia an irrational fear of: (a) old people, (b) sex, or (c) children?
9. Is an irrational fear of the sea known as: (a) auroraphobia, (b) thalassophobia, or (c) fishophobia?
10. Parthenophobia is an irrational fear of what?
Ha Jin has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel "War Trash" (Pantheon), about a Chinese prisoner of war held by Americans during the Korean War
National Library Legislative Day 2005 - join hundreds of library supporters from across the United States visiting Members of Congress to share stories about libraries in your communities and to talk about the needs and accomplishments of libraries in your area - 3-4 May 2005
New BioMed Central Cancer Gateway - see all of the latest research, news and links to new Faculty of 1000 Biology evaluations in the field of cancer on the BioMed Central
Yahoo has launched a beta search engine specifically for Creative Commmons content. It gives users the power to limit searches to content that permits commercial reuse and/or content that permits derivative works
ProQuest Information and Learning will distribute nine journals published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to the library and education market
Elsevier has announced that its free science-specific search engine, Scirus, has now indexed 13 million patents. Patents indexed in Scirus include those from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO
2005 finalists for The Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year have been announced
The Unveiling of Britain - This selection of maps and views traces the growing awareness of the form of British Isles and their place in the wider world during the years between 800 and 1600 - British Library
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - March 24, 2005
Open Government: A Journal on Freedom of Information - a new open access peer reviewed journal on Open Government and Freedom of Information, has been released

Thursday, March 24, 2005

IADIS International Conference - WWW/Internet 2005 - 19-22 October 2005 - Lisbon, Portugal
Second Annual MANE Music and Technology Conference - June 8-10 - Vassar College. Enrollment is open to faculty, librarians and technologists from the 37 liberal arts colleges represented by the Center for Educational Technology in Middlebury, VT, as well as to those at liberal arts colleges represented by the Midwest Instructional Technology Center and The Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

O'Reilly Media and Safari Books Online have announced SafariU, a new service that offers computer technology educators and trainers a rich platform for creating both online and print materials tailored to their teaching needs. Safari Books Online is a joint venture of O'Reilly and the Pearson Technology Group (PTG), a division of Pearson plc
The Serials Release Notification (SRN) subgroup of the NISO/EDItEUR Joint Working Party (JWP) invites you to participate in a review of the draft Serials Release Notification message
Librarian Insider, Institute of Physics' newsletter for librarians, Issue 3, is now available
Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States is a presentation of the first 13 manuscript volumes of a larger collection of 111 volumes compiled in Poland in 1926 and delivered to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House to honor the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Richly illustrated with original works by prominent Polish graphic artists, the collection includes the greetings and signatures of national, provincial, and local government officials, representatives of religious, social, business, academic, and military institutions, and approximately 5 ½ million school children. This searchable online presentation is a complete facsimile of the six oversized presentation volumes and the seven volumes of secondary school signatures. Digitization of the 96 elementary school volumes totaling some 28,000 pages was not undertaken at this time because of staffing and budgetary considerations - Library of Congress

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Office of Continuing Education is offering a number of online workshops for Spring 2005
National Poetry Month 2005 - Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events
Campaign for Reader Privacy, a joint campaign of PEN, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and the American Booksellers Association
ZoomInfo is a unique summarization search engine that finds, understands and extracts the latest online information about people and companies and instantly delivers it to you in concise and useful summaries

Monday, March 21, 2005

Papers to be presented at Museums and the Web 2005 - the international conference for culture and heritage on-line, are now available online - April 13-16, 2005 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
King's College London and OCLC-PICA have announced the Digital Futures 5-day training event. Led by experts of international renown, Digital Futures focuses on the creation, delivery and preservation of digital resources from cultural and memory institutions. Lasting five days, Digital Futures is aimed at managers and other practitioners from the library, museum, heritage and cultural sectors looking to understand the strategic and management issues of developing digital resources from digitisation to delivery - 26-30 September 2005 - London, UK
The 1871 census is available online, in full, for the first time. Thanks to a new initiative by The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk, you can search the index by name and look at scans of original records of the famous, and not so famous. This latest launch means visitors to the National Archives website will now be able to trace their families through four successive censuses, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. Searching the index is free
The National Council on Archives 2005 Conference - 12 April 2005 - Birmingham, UK
The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards for 2004 have been announced

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Thomson Gale is offering free, unlimited access, to 30 diverse databases during National Library Week, April 10-16 2005
The March 2005 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available
The University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library and the Johns Hopkins University Libraries are co-hosting a web cast on Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer - this week Film Songs - Answers here:

1. Who sang the title song in the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock?
2. Which 1966 song by the Beatles was used as the title of an animated film in 1968?
3. Which song sung by Whitney Houston was featured in her 1992 debut film The Bodyguard?
4. Which 1978 film featured the song You're the One That I Want?
5. Which 1941 Walt Disney cartoon film included the song When I See an Elephant Fly?
6. Which Geri Halliwell song was featured in the 2001 film Bridget Jones's Diary?
7. Which song was nearly left out of the 1942 film Casablanca at the request of its composer?
8. Which group had the original hit in 1967 with the song Love is All Around before Wet Wet Wet had a hit with the same song on the soundtrack of the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral?
9. Which 34-letter word meaning "amazing" was popularized by a song in the Walt Disney film Mary Poppins?
10. Which jazz guitarist composed the soundtrack for the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman?
Communicating Scientific, Technical and Medical knowledge 2005-2010 - 19 April 2005 - Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Brussels, Belgium
Call for Participation: The First Doctoral Consortium of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the course of completing their dissertation work. The goal is to help students with their thesis by providing feedback on their research as well as to give general advice on using the research environment in a constructive and international atmosphere. The workshop will be held in Boulder, Colorado, for a full day on June 7
The Grey Journal: An international journal on grey literature - Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2005. This serial publication appears three times a year - in spring, summer, and autumn. Each issue in a volume is thematic and deals with one or more related topics in the field of grey literature. The Grey Journal appears both in print and electronic formats
The web course, The Information Professional as Educator: A PLC Train the Trainer course begins April 4. This 7 week course assists you in assessing the learning needs of your organization and shows you how to design an effective training program,
whether it is face-to-face, e-learning, or blended learning. University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies Professional Learning Centre
Call for speakers: Online Information 2005 - November 29-December 1 - London, UK
RSS: Moving Into the Mainstream by Randy Reichardt, Cameron Science and Technology Library, University of Alberta. From Ei UPDATE, March/April 2005
France to develop Google 'rival' - France is spearheading a project to make European literary works available online in an effort to counter growing US cultural dominance worldwide. The virtual library initiative follows a similar move by US firm Google to make 15m works available on its site - BBC
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - March 17, 2005
2005 Midwest Chapter/MLA annual conference - September 16-20, 2005 - Fargo, North Dakota
Information Wanted - archive of a column published in the Boston Pilot from 1831 to 1921, with advertisements from people looking for lost friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States. Sponsored by Boston College's Irish Studies Program

Thursday, March 17, 2005

D-Lib Magazine March 2005 is now available
Presentations from Future Trends in Publishing Breakfast Briefing, 15 February 2005, are now available
9th International Congress on Medical Librarianship - September 20-23 2005 - Salvador, Brazil
Free online access to Evidence & Policy: A journal of research, debate and practice. First issue launched January 2005
Cites & Insights 5:5, Spring 2005, is now available
A partnership between Penn State Press and the University Libraries has formed to create an Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing at Penn State. The principal mission of the Office of Digital Publishing will be to use new media technologies to advance scholarly communication at Penn State and beyond. Through projects sponsored by the office, the libraries and the Press will be able to clarify the costs associated with electronic publishing and assess the long-term benefits to the scholarly communication system. The work of the office will also directly involve the Penn State community in managing the changes to the benefit of the faculty and their research goals

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week, April 10-16, 2005, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate
SciFinder Scholar has enhanced its standing as one of the world's most widely used research tools by exceeding an installed user base of one thousand colleges and universities internationally. The one thousand institution mark was surpassed as academic consortia in Brazil and mainland China signed agreements to adopt SciFinder Scholar to serve the research needs of member universities with a combined enrollment of more than a million students
All the Powerpoint presentations and videos for the Berlin 3 Open Access meeting are now online
British Library exhibition: Hans Christian Andersen - aims to reveal the underlying themes to Andersen's fiction. Using clues provided by some of his best known characters it explores the dark side as well as the innocence of his vision. See how the fairy stories reflect Andersen's true story - 20 May 2005-2 October 2005
National Acquisitions Group Seminar - The Changing Library Market - 6 April 2005 - University of London Library
The Benefits of Grid Networks--Digital Libraries by Roy Tennant for Library Journal, March 15, 2005

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

PERSEE is a portal that grants online access to entire back runs of French journals in the social and human sciences. Launched in 2004, the initiative is overseen by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research in close collaboration with researchers and journal editors whose common aim is to preserve and enhance the scientific heritage. Hardcopy collections of journals are digitized and made available online in accordance with copyright regulations. Internet users may consult the full text unlimited and free of charge
Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series: Issues and Opportunities in Web Site Analytics for Libraries - March 22, 2005 - Stephen E. Arnold, Arnold Information Technology
ebrary, an information services and technology provider, has announced that several new collections specifically for government and military libraries are now available through the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP). ebrary's DCP is a hosted content delivery service that combines software with full-text books, reports, and other content from STM, academic, and professional publishers

Monday, March 14, 2005

Xrefer has announced that leading reference publisher McGraw-Hill has agreed to license some of its key reference titles for inclusion in the Xreferplus service. This brings the number of publisher partners currently working with Xrefer to 42
The Mind's Eye: Theory and Practice of Digital Imaging in Cultural Heritage Institutions - A program sponsored by Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) - April 22, 2005 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) has announced the launch of PLoS Pathogens, a monthly, peer-reviewed open-access publication with the inaugural issue scheduled for September 2005
ETD2005: evolution through discovery - 8th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations - 28-30 September 2005 - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Rural Librarianship - a four-part teleconference series with Bernard Vavrek, Director, Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; and Founder, Association of Rural and Small Libraries - April 19, 2005
Booksellers Association Annual Conference 2005 - 10-12 April 2005, Glasgow Hilton, Scotland
The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry will begin publication during 2005. A Call for Papers providing full information for authors, will be released in May 2005. It will be a peer-reviewed online journal, published by the Beilstein-Institut in co-operation with BioMed Central, and the first major open access journal in this field. As such it will offer the international community of organic chemists a service that has been available to life scientists for some time - the opportunity to make their research results freely available on an open access basis and in the public archives of science
U.S. National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin - March-April 2005 now available

Sunday, March 13, 2005

The European Federation of Endocrine Societies has announce that the full text of its journal, European Journal of Endocrinology is now available online with revised site designs. Free access until March 31, 2005
A list of all Oxford Journals that have moved to the HighWire Press platform
GeoScienceWorld has announced the launch of its new portal containing 30 leading geoscience journals plus the GeoRef database. Full-access to all content will be freely available to anyone visiting the site until March 30, 2005
The Digital Future - Edward L. Ayers, Dean of the College & Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, addresses the implications for the creation and distribution of knowledge in today's digital environment on C-Span - March 14, 2005
An ambitious international project to reinterpret the oldest Bible in the world, the Codex Sinaiticus, and make it accessible to a global audience using innovative digital technology and drawing on the expertise of leading biblical scholars, has officially launched
Emerald's Journals of the Week for March 14 2005 are Benchmarking: an International Journal and European Journal of Innovation Management

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Dialog has announced that DialogLink 5 is now available for free downloading. The new software package, designed to help enhance the role of information professionals in their organizations, has a more intuitive interface and additional tools to streamline the process of finding, retrieving and distributing information found through the Dialog online service
Searching the Internet: Google and beyond (or "What do you mean you didn't use Google?") - 14 April 2005 - Belfast - Presented by Karen Blakeman
This month marks the ten year birthday for Dublin Core, which originated at a meeting in Dublin, Ohio, in March 1995. From Lorcan Dempsey's weblog

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer - this week Jazz - Answers here:

1. Which jazz saxophonist was known as "Bird" or "Yardbird?"
2. Which famous trumpeter and singer learned to play the cornet at the Waif's Home in New Orleans and later married Lillian Hardin?
3. Was Duke Ellington a pianist, guitarist or drummer?
4. Which saxophonist established his individual approach on his albums "Giant Steps" (1959) and "My Favorite Things" (1960)?
5. Which famous jazz quartet was led by pianist John Lewis with Milt Jackson on vibraphone?
6. The popular tune "Take Five" was written by Dave Brubeck: true or false?
7. Which famous Belgian musician managed to play jazz guitar even though, in 1928, he lost two fingers of his left hand in a fire in his caravan?
8. Which jazz singer was portrayed by Diana Ross in the 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues?"
9. Which trumpet player (1911-1989) was nicknamed "Little Jazz?"
10. Which double bass player composed the tune "Good-bye Pork Pie Hat" and wrote the book "Beneath the Underdog?
5th Annual Brick and Click Libraries - An Academic Library Symposium - Sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University - October 14, 2005
Access 2005 - October 17-19, 2005 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - The Access 2005 planning committee is hard at work organizing the 2005 Access conference. Look for new developments to be posted to this web site as they emerge. Subscribe to the RSS feed to be kept up-to-date with all the latest developments
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - March 10, 2005

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, March 3-10, are now available
Free Pint Newsletter 178 - 10 March 2005 - now available
The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 05, Number 03 - March 2005 - is now available
Search Word Pro has been released - an online search tool that is designed to search search engines, blogs, invisible Web resources, government search engines, magazines, and news search engines and sites in a new way
The ITI Show Daily at Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC, March 16-18, is a blog run by Nancy Garman, Director, Conference Development, Information Today, Inc
San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, CA, will implement a new Executive MLIS degree for "leaders and top administrators" who already have master's degrees but don't have an MLIS. The first residency begins August 2005 and ends in two years
Winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award for 2005 have been announced
Judges have selected five books published in 2004 as finalists for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America's largest peer-juried fiction prize

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

ProQuest Information and Learning now distributes Safari Business Books Online, a growing electronic reference library of more than 500 titles, to the academic and corporate library markets
First Monday - Volume 10, Number 3, 7 March 2005 is now available
Images Online gives you instant access to thousands of images from the British Library's unparalleled collections. You can search, order, purchase and download images
The shortlist for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced
Call for Contributions - 3rd International Evidence Based Librarianship Conference - Evolution of evidence: global perspectives on linking research with practice - Brisbane, Australia - 16-19 October 2005 - Submission of abstract deadline 1 April 2005
What's new in the EU? - EIA's annual conference - April 14-15 - London, UK

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Info@UK Issue 48, March 2005, is now available from The British Council
On March 29 2005 the Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, in cooperation with the FIVCO/Big Sandy Regional Library of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, will host the program Exploring Appalachian Literature and Culture for Librarians. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. James Gifford of the Foundation will present the workshop
ALPSP briefing: Open Access - This short briefing is intended for all those in the publishing chain who feel they need a concise update on the Open Access debate in order to ensure that they are as well informed as possible in their discussions with journal contributors and editors, editorial board members and society representatives - 1 April 2005 - London, UK
Issue 23 of Focus on MIMAS, the electronic newsletter from Manchester InforMation and Associated Services, is now available
ASSIGN News from Social Science Libraries and Projects - March 2005 now available

Monday, March 07, 2005

OCLC is hosting a Web-based speaker series featuring projects implemented with CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. The sessions will also include a brief overview of CONTENTdm including features in the upcoming Release 4
The winners of the 2004 CBC Literary Awards were announced on February 23, 2005 in a star-studded gala at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. An eclectic group of twelve Canadian writers, from a prize-winning writer in Vancouver to a former trap-shoot operator from Newfoundland, took centre stage to receive their Awards
Netskills has announced its programme of workshops for March to June 2005

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Emerald's Journals of the Week for March 7 2005 are Women in Management Review and Measuring Business Excellence
ACH/ALLC Conference 2005 - June 15-18 - Victoria, BC, Canada - a joint conference between the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing
ALCTS Preconference - Electronic Resources Management System: Opening a Can of ERMs - June 24, 2005 - Chicago, IL

Saturday, March 05, 2005

ITI-InfoCentral.com is the new digital archive of Information Today, Inc. Search, browse, preview and purchase from over 25,000 full-text news reports, articles, interviews, and critical reviews about the companies, products and people in the library, electronic information services, and digital content industries. ITI-InfoCentral.com links to ITI's archives, from September 1987 to the present, from Information Today, ONLINE, Searcher, Computers in Libraries, EContent, EMedia/EventDV, Multimedia & Internet@Schools, CRM, and KMWorld. The collection also includes past issues of Link-Up. Articles are available in a variety of formats, Preview, Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF, on a pay-per-view basis, courtesy of ProQuest Archiver
The March 2005 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, Searcher, ONLINE, and MultiMedia & Internet@Schools are now available
Infotrieve, Inc. has announced plans to launch its new web-based search and discovery research environment, the Life Science Research Center (LSRC), in March 2005. The LSRC simplifies scientists' daily workflow by providing a robust user interface to search diverse types of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) information and to identify relationships across traditionally disparate sources of content. The LSRC will utilize full-text searching of pre-processed STM content such as literature, patents, drug pipeline data, genes, technical protocols, laboratory products, and industry news
The Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. Most sources have been published between 1999 and August 31, 2004; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet (approximately 78 percent of the bibliography's references have such links)
Simon Fraser University and the Bill Reid Foundation on March 1, 2005 announced a new initiative that will bring Northwest Coast art into the academic mainstream. The partnership involves the Foundation’s new President, Dr. George MacDonald, and members of the University community in the development of a proposal to create the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at Simon Fraser University
Rocketinfo Inc. has signed an agreement with Thomson Gale to provide Rocketinfo's customers with access to over 1,000 full-text periodicals, journals, and magazines licensed by Thomson Gale
March is Women's History Month and Thomson Gale has a free Web site, Women's History Month, packed with history, biographies, literature and free activities to help families and students celebrate the month

Friday, March 04, 2005

This week's Friday Brain-Teaser from xrefer. Last week's Brainteaser was based on Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable and this week's is based on Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable, a diverse and entertaining exploration of the linguistic and cultural landscape of the modern world. See if you can answer these questions - the solutions are all in the modern Brewer. Answers here.

1. What pseudonym is used by the English pop singer George Alan O'Dowd?
2. Who portrayed Lara Croft in the 2001 film, Tomb Raider?
3. What was the name first given to Santa Clara Valley, the area south of San Francisco where many electronics and computing industries are located, and subsequently adapted to similar sites elsewhere?
4. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, you often hear about "The West Bank." This region is on the west bank of which river?
5. What is the colloquial name for the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)?
6. What make of training shoes is named after the goddess of victory in Greek mythology?
7. A ten-digit number called an "ISBN" is assigned to every book before publication. What does ISBN stand for?
8. Which rock group got its name from a US slang word for fighter pilots investigating UFOs?
9. Which 1981 novel starts with the words "I was born in the city of Bombay...once upon a time"?
10. "Poet's day" is a weary worker's name for which day of the week?
OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries), administered by the Alliance Library System, the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, has been recognized by WebJunction as a 2005 "Public Access Super Star" for building digital opportunity through community engagement
Icarus... the Santa Fe Public Library blog is now online
The Good Practice Guide from UKOLN provides advice on standards and best practices to organisations involved in the development of cultural heritage Web services. The content of the guidebook is based on the advice provided by the NOF-digitise Technical Advisory Service (and others) to projects funded by the NOF-digitise programme

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Today is World Book Day - the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland
New journal titles for 2005 and 2006 from the Taylor & Francis group have been announced
Navigate the World of Patents - One-day patent searching workshop - March 21 2005 - British Library Conference Centre, London - Hosted by the British Library and Thomson Scientific
All languages change over time and vary according to place and social domain, as is perfectly illustrated by these extracts taken from two large audio resources held in the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank. Together, they provide a fascinating overview of spoken English during the second half of the 20th century. Its rich diversity documents both continuity and change, offering many insights into local history and the fabric of social and working lives
Put It in Writing @ Your Library writers' workshops sponsored by Woman's Day and the American Library Association. The one-day, two-hour workshops are taught by WD writers and library staff and will be held at libraries across the United States on April 12 during National Library Week. Workshops will focus on crafting query letters, developing story ideas and doing research
Cuneiform Tablets: From the Reign of Gudea of Lagash to Shalmanassar III presents clay tablets, cones, and brick fragments inscribed using the ancient pictographic writing system known as cuneiform from the Library of Congress' collections
Free seminars at The Library + information Show - 20-21 April, NEC, Birmingham
Program now available for Intelligence Tools: Data Mining, Visualization - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 27-28, 2005 - The focus of this new annual conference is best practice in the derivation of intelligence from data. The meeting highlights the implementation of sophisticated techniques and procedures for gathering, analyzing and presenting intelligence; intelligence that is a vital factor in decision-making in enterprises or in government bodies
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

1st International Digital Curation Conference - 29-30 September 2005 - Hilton Bath City, Bath, UK - The Conference will be of interest to individuals, organisations and institutions across all disciplines and domains that are engaged in the creation, use and management of digital data from researchers and curators through to policy makers and funders
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, February 17-23, are now available
The Women's Library has just completed updating the Women's Studies Tutorial online for the Social Sciences Information Gateway (SOSIG). This tutorial is intended to help users develop their internet research skills by identifying and critically evaluating the wide range of resources available for women's studies on the web
The Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick is offering for the ninth consecutive year a summer seminar series of five workshops exploring issues in scholarly communication. The series is designed to offer introductory and advanced level courses that effectively balance technical components with theoretical and practical "hands-on" learning opportunities in state-of-the-art, information technology labs. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the latest techniques, tools and standards while expanding their communities of practice - August 2-13, 2005
Registration for the NASIG 20th Annual Conference is now available. The 2005 NASIG Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the Mississippi River, May 19-22 at the Hilton Minneapolis
Moving on in MARC 21: computer and web resources - 9 May 2005 - London, UK - This half-day workshop focuses on the bibliographic description of computer and web resources. Its purpose is to develop greater depth of knowledge by exploring the AACR2 elements of the topic alongside the MARC format requirements

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Fedora Project has announced the release of version 2.0 of the Fedora open-source digital repository software. This release represents a significant increase in features and functionality over previous releases. New features include the ability to represent and query relationships among digital objects, a simple XML encoding for Fedora digital objects, enhanced ingest and export interfaces for interoperability with other repository systems, enhanced administrative features, and improved documentation. More than ever, Fedora is capable of serving as the foundation for many types of information management applications, including institutional repositories, digital libraries, records management systems, archives, and educational software
Forthcoming journals from BioMed Central:

Biological Knowledge
Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Globalization and Health
Head & Face Medicine
The draft program for the Digital Library Federation Spring Forum 2005 - San Diego, California - is now available
Archives Hub Collections of the Month, March 2005: Botany - the study of plants. Historically, the living world was divided into the 'animal kingdom' and the 'plant kingdom'. Algae, fungi, lichen, and bacteria have at times been classified as plants and studied as such by botanists, including many of those whose papers are described on the Hub
Following the success of the guides to the 50 best Scottish films & bands, The List Magazine and Orange have joined forces again to publish a guide to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time, in association with Scottish Book Trust
More than 1,600 historical records, some of which date back to the 12th century, have gone missing from the National Archives in Kew, London
The winner of this year's Canada Reads is Rockbound by Frank Parker Day