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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Library and Archives Canada has announced the Canadian Metadata Forum 2005 - a two day event designed for key decision-makers and leaders in the field of information resource management. The Forum will be held September 27-28, 2005 at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada. The theme of this year's Forum is Metadata: A Reality Check
The World Factbook from the CIA has been updated as of 21 April, 2005
The Infinite Library by Wade Roush, May 2005 - "The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford in England is the only place you are likely to find an Ethernet port that looks like a book. Built into the ancient bookcases dominating the oldest wing of the 402-year-old library, the brown plastic ports share shelf space with handwritten catalogues of the university's medieval manuscripts and other materials...." - From TechnologyReview.com

Friday, April 29, 2005

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

1. What is the world's largest island (apart from Australia)?
2. Which island, 20km long, between the Hudson and East rivers forms part of New York?
3. Which south-east Asian republic consists of more than 13,000 islands, including Sumatra and Java?
4. Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of which island?
5. The Shetland Islands are part of Scotland. Are they north or south of the Orkney Islands?
6. In which ocean is the island of Madagascar?
7. What is the British name for the islands for which the Argentine name is "Islas Malvinas?"
8. Which island is the smallest state of Australia?
9. In New Zealand, which is larger: North Island or South Island?
10. Name five of the seven main islands in the Canary Islands

Here is an XML feed (beta) for the Brain-teaser
METALIS is a system of service providers that harvest metadata about papers in Library and Information Science from several OAI-PMH compliant repositories. Its main features are a search tool with advanced search options, filters and sorting, and an experimental service for the creation of dynamic links to resources related to search results
The scope of MarcXchange is to provide a tool for interchange of MARC records in XML as a supplement to interchange of MARC records in ISO2709. Last update: 20 April 2005
DELOS Summer School 2005 - Digital Preservation in Digital Libraries - June 5-11, 2005 - INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France
Knowledge Management: lessons from leaders - a tfpl seminar - 16 May 2005 - London, UK
Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health - An online open access journal published by BioMed Central
The InfoSci-Online database is a comprehensive collection of full text literature published by Idea Group Inc, regarding research, trends, technologies, challenges and solutions in the fields of Information Science, Technology and Management. Updated as soon as IGI material becomes available for distribution, this online resource provides instant access to the latest research findings from IGI's four imprints. A free 30 day trial is available
Netskills has announced its programme of workshops for May to July 2005
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - April 28, 2005
California Library Association's Information Technology Section presents What's Hot in Technology Webcast - May 17, 2005. This webcast is limited to 80 participants. Anyone can view the archived webcast after the event date, but the live webcast is open to California library staff only

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Xrefer and Berkshire Publishing Group have announced that the highly acclaimed Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction is now available online from Xrefer as an Xreferplus Specialist Reference title
AskOxford.com is running a contest, allowing you to win the Pocket Oxford English Dictionary. Closing date is May 5, 2005
JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee) has issued a series of fact files designed to introduce publishers to the key issues they will need to address in making their electronic resources available to further and higher education through agreement with JISC. Over 40 publishers, agencies and other content providers have already secured licenses with JISC, and these fact files, written as an introduction to a range of technical and management issues, are intended to ensure that other publishers are made fully aware of these key issues
The operational release of YourLondon, the official online guide to London's public and community services, took place on 25 April 2005 and represents the first building block in the development of the single most comprehensive point of reference for residents, visitors and businesses. Funded by the London authorities and the Mayor of London
Free Pint Newsletter 181 - 28 April 2005 - now available
Cites & Insights 5:7 (May 2005) is now available for downloading
ALA Chicago Wiki - created by Meredith Farkas to provide information for people attending the ALA 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago. It is collaboratively authored and edited by the online community at large
NLM Classification 2005 - A product of the National Library of Medicine for the arrangement of library materials in the field of medicine and related sciences used internationally

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is making it easier to keep up with new developments at the UK's leading membership organisation for library and information workers. Instead of having to make regular visits to CILIP's web site, you can now find out what's new automatically, using the new RSS service
The Academic Library Association of Ohio invites proposals for presentations and poster sessions for its 31st Annual Conference to be held November 4, 2005 at the Fawcett Center, Columbus, OH. The conference theme is "Setting the Stage: New Roles in the Library." Proposals are due by May 9, 2005
Knovel Corporation has announced the availability of an innovative new program to help businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies make the transition to a virtual library. The new program, called K-Essentials, offers unlimited access to nine highly acclaimed science and technical references free of charge through Knovel's Web-based platform which transforms information into actionable intelligence by integrating software tools with content
The 45th New York Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America - April 28-May 1, 2005 - New York
Presentations from Automated Indexing & Abstracting: Current Status and Future Trends - April 22, 2005 - New York - are now available online
Open Media Network is a free public service designed to help you enjoy a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer's copyrights. Requires Windows and Internet Explorer
The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 93 Number 2, April 2005 - is now available online

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Toronto Chapter of The Special Libraries Association has created a special website about the city of Toronto for delegates attending the SLA Annual Conference in June
The eighth Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute will be held in Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada, September 29 to October 4, 2005. The Institute's mission is to assist professional librarians to develop, strengthen, and exercise their leadership skills so that they may be better equipped to formulate, articulate, and achieve the future changes required by libraries into the 21st century
The Virtual Reference Desk has announced that its 7th annual reference conference will be held on November 14-15, 2005 in San Francisco, CA
ACCESS: Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Product & Service - March 2005 No.52 is now available
Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, is now available. It is intended to provide a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. It is published as part of a government and private industry partnership between CSA and the National Biological Information Infrastructure
Presentations from The 2005 Search Engine Meeting, which took place in Boston April 11-12, are now available online
LLRX.com April 24, 2005 update is now online
Special Libraries Association will hold its Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario Canada, June 5-8, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference will create an environment for networking, communication, learning and other developmental opportunities for information professionals

Monday, April 25, 2005

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $300,000 grant to Yale University Library for preservation of its Salisbury Collection. The Salisbury Collection at Yale began in 1870 with a gift from Edward Elbridge Salisbury, the first professor of Arabic Languages and Culture at Yale College. It has grown over the years into a comprehensive collection of foundational works on Islamic law, history, religion, science, mathematics and poetry, along with a large collection of European imprints that document European scholars' first systematic study of Arab religions, language and cultures
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) - 4th Annual Conference: Smart, Successful Libraries! Developing the Library Offer - 24 May, 2005 - Peebles, Scotland
E-Journal Technical Update: Everything you always wanted to know about e-journals but were afraid to ask... - 12 May 2005 - Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Sunday, April 24, 2005

The National Library of the Philippines has launched the Philippine eLib. The site features a collection of more than 800,000 bibliographical records from the National Library's archives. There are 29,000 full-text journals and 150,000 theses and dissertations, many of which are being preserved and cannot be borrowed. Currently, there are over 25 million pages of international and local materials that can be viewed for free through the eLib website
Emerald's Journals of the Week for April 25 2005 are Library Management and Quality Assurance in Education

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The April 2005 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available
Digital Medievalist is a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the University of Lethbridge and 'devoted to the use of digital tools and media in the study of medieval culture.' Its inaugural issue appeared this month
A unique and innovative project that aims to record and promote the histories and stories of Northamptonshire's Black communities and individuals over at least the past 500 years has won the coveted 2005 CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award
Museums and Galleries Month is the annual celebration of the best in UK's museums and galleries. It takes place in May 2005 with special events, workshops and exhibitions in museums and galleries around the country. It is funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA) and Arts Council England
BioMed Central has launched the following new Open Access journals:
Behavioral and Brain Functions
Chiropractic & Osteopathy
Globalization and Health
Journal of Digital Information: Publishing papers on the management, presentation and uses of information in digital environments, has a new home
The Polley Music Library, Lincoln City Libraries, has announced the web publication of The Music of Old Nebraska sheet music digitization project

Friday, April 22, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: The Year 1995. Answers here

1. Which 1995 film about a Scottish national hero, starring and directed by Mel Gibson, won Oscars for best picture and best director?
2. The author of the novels "Lucky Jim" (1954) and "Jake's Thing" (1978) died in 1995. What was his name?
3. Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995 when he was prime minister of which country?
4. Which Canadian singer-songwriter had great success with her 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill"?
5. Which Elizabethan theatre in London, associated with William Shakespeare, was demolished in 1644 but rebuilt and reopened in 1995?
6. Who directed the 1995 film "The Bridges of Madison County" and took the role of Kincaid?
7. In 1995, what kind of thing was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp and named after them?
8. Which British politician, who was leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992, became a European commissioner in 1995?
9. Which Liverpool band, which took its name from Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", had hits in 1995 with the single "Wake Up Boo" and the album "Wake Up!"?
10. In 1995, the space probe called Galileo went into orbit around which planet?
Israel Scholar Works is a digital archive for creative work by the faculty and staff of Israel Academic Institutions and Jewish scholars all around the world. Israel Scholar Works aims to unite Israel and Jewish scholarship, to make it available to a wider audience, and to help assure its long-term preservation
The winners of the 16th British Book Awards have been announced

Thursday, April 21, 2005

London Metropolitan University has announced a new M.Sc. in Digital Information Management, open now for part-time and full-time entry in October 2005. The M.Sc. Digital Information Management has been developed to meet the needs of a changing information profession after consultation with employers across the sectors. With a strong emphasis on both theoretical foundations, and practical skills for managing digital media, digital information, and digital resources, the programme aims to further the information profession in the digital age
The Music Division of the Library of Congress has announced the release of a new Web presentation, The Roger Reynolds Collection at the Library of Congress, now available as part of the division's "I Hear America Singing" Web site
Defining the Digital Roadmap - future directions for the e-information profession - 21 June 2005 - London, UK
Resources for International Librarians, Health Professionals and Researchers. This Web page provides training, document delivery and other useful resources for the international community. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Canadian Women in Film profiles the work of influential Canadian women filmmakers from the early 20th century to the present, whose work ranges from the silent films of Nell Shipman to the industrials of Judith Crawley, and from animation work by Evelyn Lambart to documentaries by Anne-Claire Poirier and feature films by Patricia Rozema. From Library and Archives Canada
Managing Information is now providing a new job vacancies service through its web site and associated newsletter services. Each week they will include adverts for librarian, information manager, records manager, archivist, knowledge manager, researcher and other relevant jobs on the new dedicated recuitment pages
The Wiley InterScience Analytical Sciences Backfile Collection, launching in April 2005, contains 29 years of digitized back-issue content across thirteen leading journal titles. The collection provides a backfile resource for core research across the discipline of analytical sciences and includes full coverage, back to inaugural issues, of seminal titles, including the Electrophoresis and Journal of Mass Spectrometry. This collection will be offered through Wiley InterScience

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Spring/Summer issue of E-MmITS the electronic newsletter of the Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland is now available
Peter Suber, editor of the highly popular Open Access News, has produced an excellent, extensive list of practical steps people can take to move Open Access forward. Whether you are a faculty member, a librarian, student, a society, funder or government body, Suber provides many suggestions for positive contributions you can make to the Open Access movement today
Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate: New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk - 3 May 2005 - Providence College, Providence, RI
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Vol. 31, No. 4, April/May 2005, now available
Biblio.com has announced a joint link between Biblio.com and the OCLC WorldCat database. Biblio.com will now provide access to millions of additional book titles in WorldCat through the OCLC FirstSearch online reference service
The Irish Playography is defined as a comprehensive catalogue of new Irish plays produced since the formation of the National Theatre. It will be presented in three stages: 1975-present (now available); 1950-1974 and 1904-1949 (launch dates to be confirmed)
Google Maps UK is now available

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Library of Congress has re-designed its website and is inviting comments
Ingenta Inc. and Springer have announced a revised contract which enables Springer to benefit from Ingenta's global visibility to over 17,000 registered libraries. The new deal increases the number of Springer titles available on the IngentaConnect platform to over 1000, bringing the total number of electronic titles available via Ingenta to over 8000
Remembering Nova 1965-1975 - 2005 marks the 40-year anniversary of the first edition of Nova, 'a new kind of magazine for the new kind of woman'. Alice Beard is a researcher interested in talking to readers of the magazine for an oral history project that will culminate in a sound installation and exhibition at The Women's Library, UK
Newstex offers Content On Demand, including tailored, real-time news and commentary from thousands of branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds and weblogs. Newstex collects full-text digital news and commentary feeds, standardizes the content format, adds stock ticker symbols, people tickers and categories, and instantly delivers the result as easy-to-integrate XML or RSS newsfeeds
Free Government Information is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research
Do Libraries Still Matter? by Daniel Akst for The Carnegie Reporter - "In the era of the Internet, will we still go to libraries to borrow books and do research? The answer seems to be a resounding yes, because libraries are more than just a place to keep volumes on dusty shelves..."
Librarians Index to the Internet is conducting a user survey
Information Research Volume 10 No 3 - April, 2005 - now available online

Monday, April 18, 2005

The Career Development Group (London & South East Divisions) Annual General Meeting and celebration of the group's 110th anniversary - 27 April 2005 - National Liberal Club, London
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a 200,000 square foot complex situated in downtown Springfield, Illinois, and is complemented by a meticulously restored Union Station Visitors Center (completion scheduled 2006) and an adjacent parking facility (completion scheduled May 2005)
First-time writer Katharine Davies has won the £10,000 FosterGrant Romantic Novel of the Year Award. The former English teacher won with her debut novel A Good Voyage, loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She beat novelist Andrea Levy, who has won the Whitbread and Orange prizes for fiction in the past 12 months
Quick Reads, the World Book Day 2006 campaign to target reluctant adult readers, has been announced. The Quick Reads campaign has been designed to tackle the problem of adult literacy and reach emergent readers. A series of titles by high-profile authors will be written for adults who read below the level expected of nine to 13-year-olds
The Orange Prize for Fiction has announced its short list for 2005

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Emerald's Journals of the Week for April 18 2005 are International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
The Creative Archive is a BBC led initiative to provide access to public service audio and video archives in a way that allows the British public to find, share, watch, listen and re-use the archive as a fuel for their own creative endeavours. In other words, you can rip, mix and share the BBC
The April 2005 issue of RLG DigiNews is now available
Terrapub in Tokyo, Japan, is creating a free e-library, currently hosting five books, primarily conference proceedings
The OpenURL standard, NISO Z39.88 - 2004 The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, has been approved by the NISO Members and is available now for free download from the NISO site
The American Institute for Health Education now provides free online citations to medical literature. It also also provides the information you need to find these same articles at a medical library near you
Beginning April 15, the National Agricultural Library will use the Relais Enterprise document request system to receive and process requests for documents. Implementation of the Relais Enterprise document request system means that NAL will no longer accept document requests submitted via E-mail, ARIEL, FAX, or mail. Documents must be requested from NAL via the Web using AGRICOLA or blank request forms. NAL also accepts requests via OCLC (NAL's symbol is AGL) and DOCLINE (NAL's Libid is MDUNAL)

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The LITA website has been re-designed and updated
VALA's 13th Biennial Conference, "CONNECTING WITH USERS", will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 7-9 February 2006. You are invited to submit abstracts for papers for presentation to VALA2006. The closing date for abstract submission is 30 April 2005. VALA is the Victorian Association for Library Automation Inc., Australia
D-Lib Magazine April 2005 is now available
Law Libraries with Innovative Systems. Law libraries have been Innovative Interfaces customers since the early days of the company. This list attempts to clarify which law libraries have their own systems and which share a system with another library or through a consortium. Libraries are listed alphabetically by name of institution under each category, with libraries outside the United States found at the end of each list. Compiled by Anne Myers, Boston University Law Library
The Canadian Library Association 60th Annual Conference & Trade Show - Rediscover the Library Movement - June 15-18, 2005 - Calgary, Alberta
DLF Newsletter - Volume 5, Number 2 - Spring 2005 now available from the Digital Library Federation
Government Views of Iraq - a bibliography, compiled by Grace-Ellen McCrann, of online primary resources about Iraq from the Cohen Library, City College of New York. New update now available

Friday, April 15, 2005

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

1. Hare Krishna is a Hindu sect based on the worship of which god?
2. Which Christian denomination was founded by John Wesley in 1739?
3. Muslims face in the direction of which city when they pray?
4. Judaism and Christianity are monotheistic religions. What does "monotheistic" mean?
5. The Society of Friends is the official name of which religious group?
6. Gautama Siddhartha was an Indian prince whose teachings formed the basis of which religion?
7. Which religious movement was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879?
8. Adi Granth is the principal sacred text of which religion: Sikhism, Taoism or Confucianism?
9. Which religious movement was organized in the early 1870s by Charles Taze Russell?
10. What is the popular name for members of the United Society for Believers in Christ's Second Appearing?
Digital Libraries a la Carte: Choices for the Future - International Digital Library Course - Tilburg University, The Netherlands - 21-26 August 2005
Music Library Association Newsletter - No. 140 (March-April, 2005) is now available
LibLime provides full vendor services (migration assistance, staff training, and software maintenance, support and development) to libraries for open-source software like Koha. The mission is to make open-source software more accessible to libraries

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Fedora Users' Conference - May 13-14, 2005 - Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, NJ. The conference is designed for users or prospective users of Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture). Presenters will discuss their experiences in using Fedora. Topics for presentation and discussion include presenting content on the web, digital preservation, institutional repositories, digital library architecture, content models, workflow management of projects and related issues
Ryerson University in Canada has acquired the Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection. It is an extraordinary Collection of almost 300,000 photographs from the Black Star Agency in New York City. It tells the story of the 20th century through breathtaking images, shot by world-famous photographers and photojournalists. Ryerson has been gifted this Collection along with a $7 million financial contribution to help support the preservation, research, study and exhibit of the Collection
Robert Newton Hurley: 1894-1980 Online Collection. A major collection of slides, sketches, diaries, letters, photos, memoirs, magazine articles, and collected newspapers. Robert Hurley was the most admired and well known Saskatchewan painter of the 50's and 60's - University of Saskatchewan Library, Canada
CLAUD Conference: Our Side Of The Counter: Librarians Working With Disabled Colleagues - 7 July 2005 - University of Bristol, UK. Previous CLAUD Conferences have focused on accessible service provision for library users, but disability in the workplace also demands our attention. The 2005 Summer Conference aims to explore this neglected area and to give some practical advice. The morning sessions will explore the needs of staff with disabilities, their colleagues and their managers. The afternoon sessions will explore practical solutions
Copyright for Librarians is an Allegro Training course introducing delegates to the concepts of copyright in print, non-print and electronic media. This course is intended for any member of staff who may have to deal with enquiries about copyright in library materials. It is not a lawyer's course and is intended to give practical help in situation encountered by library staff - 17 May 2005 - London, UK
MARC21: An Introduction - A basic guide to using MARC21 for cataloguing library materials. This course is intended for staff involved with cataloguing using MARC21. It is particularly appropriate for libraries just starting to use MARC21 or considering changing to MARC21 - 25 May 2005 - York, UK
Six market-leading Tribal Group companies are combining to create one £40m turnover IT and information management organisation, Tribal Technology Ltd. The new structure came into effect on April 1 2005 so that all products and services from FD Learning, Tribal Data Solutions, Tribal Managed Services, Instant Library, Foundation Software Solutions and Tribal Asset Management are now delivered under the Tribal Technology brand. Longer term, Tribal Technology plans to become a £100m IT and information management division of the Tribal Group plc

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Winners of the British Book Trade Awards 2005 have been announced
The 29th Library Systems Seminar of the European Library Automation Group will take place at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland from 1-3 June 2005. This year's topic is "Open Access". ELAG brings together once a year people involved in library automation in the leading European libraries and information centres. The organization counts 450 members in 27 countries all over Europe
New from Facet Publishing: Managing Suppliers and Partners for the Academic Library by David Ball - The modern academic library stands at the centre of a complex network of relationships, commercial, academic and professional, with external institutions. These relationships are essential to its operation, but can pose major challenges to assuring quality of service. This new book examines these relationships in detail and offers tools, techniques and strategies for their successful management and to achieve and maintain quality
Netskills has announced its programme of workshops for April to June 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Work is due to start on a state-of-the-art themed entertainment/visitor attraction based on the life, times and books of Charles Dickens at the South East England Development Agency's flagship Chatham Maritime site. Construction of the Dickens World entertainment attraction is expected to begin in the next two months and it is anticipated that the Odeon operated multiplex-cinemas, together with bars and restaurants will open in October 2006, followed by the opening of the Dickens World visitor attraction in April 2007
To support National Library Week, April 10-16, 2005, ebrary has announced that it is offering American Library Association members free access to a collection of more than 55 library science titles for a one-year term
Thomson Gale has announced the launch of The Life and Works of Jorge Luis Borges: A Digital Database, the first to provide access to a wide range of materials on Borges. The rare information in the database originates from the Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundacion San Telmo, the world's largest collection of materials related to Borges' life and works
ProQuest Information and Learning has introduced the MLA Module for Literature Online. This fully integrated database provides a new look and powerful functionality to the renowned Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography, making millions of records instantly accessible and fully searchable online, along with links to full text
Innovative Interfaces has announced its plans to offer a full-featured institutional repository system. Called Symposia, this Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-compliant solution provides all that a community needs to collect, manage, and promote its knowledge assets more effectively than ever before. "Institutional repositories offer libraries an opportunity to lead their communities in yet one more critical area," says Innovative's Chairman and CEO Jerry Kline. "Librarians are ideally positioned to create and maintain repositories and we are actively working with libraries to ensure that Symposia meets their needs in this exciting new arena"
The full program for the Digital Library Federation Spring Forum 2005 - San Diego, California - is now available
From 24-26 October 2005, an international conference on The Cataloguing of mediaeval manuscripts, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, will be organized by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München. The provisional programme is now available
Music of the Spheres: advanced guide to music sources on the Internet - This course provides an advanced guide to music reference and information sources on the Internet. Delegates have an individual terminal with hands-on access to the internet - 10 May 2005 - Birmingham, UK

Monday, April 11, 2005

Dynix has announced the launch of Corinthian Integrated Library System, a fourth-generation ILS designed specifically for academic and research libraries. Corinthian incorporates the latest library automation technologies and securely integrates with network services and applications in a modern, enterprise system
EDINA Newsline April 2005, Volume 10, Issue 1, now available online
Before Victoria, drawn from the Pforzheimer, Berg, and Print Collections of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York, will bring together literary and cultural history, and explore the transformation of British society through the lives of a number of remarkable women, some well-known today and some almost totally forgotten. April 8-July 30, 2005
The program for the LACUNY Institute 2005 is now available. This year's Institute is entitled "Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Payers and Players" and will be held May 20, 2005 in New York
The Financial Times has announced its Business Book of the Year Award. This new award will identify the most enjoyable business books in a crowded field and encourage business authors to raise their game, explains Andrew Gowers, editor of the Financial Times
The Medical Library Association is celebrating Monday, April 11, 2005, or 4-11, as Medical Information Day. The observance recognizes the invaluable information and vast range of services medical librarians provide for their institutions and local communities

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The DLF (Digital Library Federation) OAI Portal contains pointers to digital resources created by DLF member institutions. Currently serving 766,513 records from 34 institutions (updated 5 April 2005)
Emerald's Journals of the Week for April 11 2005 are Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal and International Journal of Service Industry Management

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Texts in Context is a rich and unusual collection of over 400 British Library texts. You can find menus for medieval banquets and handwritten recipes scribbled inside book covers. You can browse the first English dictionary ever written and explore the secret language of the Georgian underworld. You can study the East India Company's shopping lists and practise sentences from colonial phrasebooks. You can learn smugglers' songs, listen to rare dialect recordings, and examine the logbooks of 17th century trading ships
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - April 7, 2005
Copyright Clearance Center and Sirsi Corporation have announced a partnership that has delivered two integrated library solutions to streamline copyright compliance for libraries
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2005 - Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education - June 7-11 2005 - Denver, Colorado, USA. Full program now available
Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, March 31-April 6, are now available
Info@UK Issue 49, April 2005, is now available from The British Council
Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books - digital collection of 19th century decorative book bindings from the United States - University of Alabama Libraries

Friday, April 08, 2005

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

1. Which Japanese city suffered an attack with sarin nerve-gas in 1995?
2. In April 1986, where in the Ukraine did an explosion lead to the most serious accident in the history of the peaceful applications of nuclear power?
3. Which city in California was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1906?
4. In which Indian city in December 1984 were around 2500 people killed when poisonous gas escaped from the Union Carbide factory?
5. Over which city in 1945 was the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a populated area?
6. Name the oil tanker, outward bound from Alaska, which - on March 24, 1989 - struck a reef and released 11 million gallons of crude oil into the sea.
7. What is the non-technical name for the defoliant containing dioxin which was widely used in the Vietnam war and is thought to have caused many cases of cancer and congenital malformation?
8. In which state of the USA is Three Mile Island, the site of a major nuclear accident on March 28, 1979?
9. Name the oil tanker which ran aground off the French coast in 1978, releasing 225,000 tonnes of crude oil.
10. In 1980, in which American city did the Love Canal (formerly used as a chemical disposal site) cause a national emergency?
National Chemical Laboratory [NCL], Pune, a CSIR lab of India, has launched its digital repository on the Internet. Presently it has a collection of 176 PhD theses (Chemical and Biological Sciences) along with some samples of Patents and research reports
7th International Conference on Grey Literature - 5-6 December 2005 - Nancy, France
The Digital Preservation Award, worth £5000, is sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition and recognises the many new initiatives being carried out by museums, libraries, galleries and archives in the challenging field of digital preservation. It is aimed at highlighting the issues posed by preserving electronic information in the long term. The Awards will be presented at the British Museum on 22 November 2005
ARL/OLMS Online Lyceum Course: Measuring Library Service Quality - April 25-June 3, 2005 - This popular and highly relevant Online Lyceum course covers the background and theory of measuring service quality, methods to assess and improve service, and the impact of measuring service quality on overall library value to constituencies
A list of companies exhibiting at Library + information Show, 20-21 April in Birmingham, UK, is now available
The University of Kansas has become the first US University to adopt a university-wide open-access self-archiving policy
Fifty new historic and important sound recordings have been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress
Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and maintains free open content for the public, and Yahoo! Search, a leading global search engine, have announced that Yahoo! Search will dedicate hardware and resources to support Wikipedia, a community based encyclopedia written and edited by people from around the world. The contribution is the most significant dedication made to date to the Wikimedia Foundation by a corporate sponsor and is essential to furthering their global growth
Free Pint Newsletter 180 - 7 April 2005 - now available

Thursday, April 07, 2005

IHS, a leading global provider of critical technical information, decision-support tools and related services, has announced that the company has acquired American Technical Publishers Ltd of Hertfordshire, England
Ovid's Resources of the Month for April 2005 are Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) and Global Health
The University of Maryland College of Information Studies is offering an online course in Virtual Reference Legal Issues from May 9-20, 2005. Registration deadline is April 25, 2005
Cites & Insights 5:6 (April 2005) is now available for downloading
The Community Heritage Grants Program aims to preserve and provide access to locally held nationally significant cultural heritage collections across Australia. The program provides grant funding of up to $10,000 for preservation projects, and preservation and collection management training through community based workshops. Community organisations such as historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, Indigenous and migrant community groups which collect and provide public access to their cultural heritage collections are eligible to apply
Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series: Making the Connection: How Salaries Affect Recruitment in Libraries - April 12, 2005 - ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano will introduce the program
The Women's Library in London, UK is developing a series of source notes to highlight the wide range of resources on specific topics represented in its library collection. Source notes are intended as an introduction to material held at the library by subject, to provide users with a starting point for exploring its collections further. They bring together information about primary and secondary sources in the collections and include material available in a variety of formats
The IEEE Xplore 2.0 online delivery platform is now live. It is the online delivery platform for the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library and other online collections, and powers online subscriptions for individual IEEE members. It now contains more than 1.1 million documents
The Ontario Library Association Super Conference - February 2-4, 2006 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Session proposals are now being acepted
The timetable for the NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries) programme of courses due to take place in April-July 2005 is now available
New dates for Aslib training courses have been announced
The University of Alberta Libraries invites applications from recent library school graduates interested in pursuing a career in academic libraries. The internship appointment is for a one-year term
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has announced The Canadian Atlas Online, which brings cartography to life with exciting graphics and animation. This state-of-the-art interactive atlas allows you to explore Canada in a way you’ve never experienced before, and helps the Society to fulfill its mission "to make Canada better known"

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Beginning this month, The American Phytopathological Society will offer free access to research articles after 24 months of publication in Phytopathology, Plant Disease, and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. For each journal, a two-year-old issue will gain free-access status when the current month's issue is published on APS's website
Google has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on US and Canadian homes and businesses using satellite images
Journal of Digital Information: publishing papers on the management, presentation and uses of information in digital environments - Volume 6, Issue 1 is now available
Estyn Allan: Branching Out in Wales invite you to a National Conference on 27 April 2005 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. A day comprising short, high impact presentations from every library authority in Wales demonstrating the innovative ways that libraries are promoting reading. The presentations will show the impact that a customer centred approach has had on issues, and will highlight examples of the different ways that reader centred initiatives have broadened the reach of libraries

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Xrefer has announced that it is offering free access to its Xreferplus Ready-Reference service during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2005
Emerald's Journals of the Week for April 4 2005 are Reference Services Review and International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The Scotsman Digital Archive - search every edition of The Scotsman between 1817 and 1950. Searching the Archive is free. Corporate and educational special rates are available for corporate and educational establishments
2005 marks the 125th anniversary of the modern Elsevier company, together with the 425th anniversary of the original House of Elzevir family publishing house. To celebrate the company’s unique double birthday, Elsevier has initiated a program called A Book in Your Name under which Elsevier will donate a book on behalf of all the company’s 6,700 employees to one of 10 university libraries in developing countries
The Library Lounge: facilitating communication and fostering a sense of community amongst librarians nationwide. Created by Christina Drake, MLS student at University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science
The 2005 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced
SAGE to send librarians to the 2005 ALA Annual Conference - In honor of SAGE's 40th anniversary, they are offering librarians the chance to win US$1,000 toward a trip to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this June. Forty winners will be awarded US$1,000 from SAGE Publications to be applied toward expenses. Entries must be received by April 23, 2005. Winners will be notified no later than May 3, 2005, and will be awarded their check no later than May 20, 2005
The English-Speaking Union and CILIP invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award 2005, from qualified librarians working in UK libraries or information centres. The Travelling Librarian Award is intended to encourage US/UK contacts in the library world and the establishment of permanent links through a professional development study tour. Deadline extended to April 18, 2005
The New Walford Guide to reference resources Volume 1: Science, Technology and Medicine - To be published June 2005 by Facet Publishing
BioMed Central Databases - "Online databases are an increasingly important aspect of biomedical research, and we are developing ways in which BioMed Central can contribute to their development. Firstly, we are committed to helping authors make all data associated with BioMed Central journal articles freely available online. Secondly, we are developing several new databases that draw together published information on particular topics..."

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2007

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2007 - 4-6 July 2007 - University of Gloucestershire Cheltenham, UK

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Links to resource writeups from the latest issue of ResearchBuzz, March 24-30, are now available
The April 2005 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available
The 2005 American Library Association Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL from June 23-29, 2005. The exhibits will be held June 25-28, 2005 in the McCormick Place Convention Center. Registration for the Annual Conference is now open. Advance Registration available until May 20
As part of the international effort to help rebuild the libraries damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Asia and parts of Africa at the end of 2004, the U.S. Library Associations Library Disaster Relief Fund has been created which will be able to accept tax-deductible donations
Library and Archives Canada presents a talk on metadata for electronic government records - April 4, 2005 - Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
Philatelic Rarities - Rare and special items from the world's largest and most diverse collections of philatelic material, featuring treasures from the Thomas Keay Tapling collection covering the years from 1840 to 1890 - British Library

Friday, April 01, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from xrefer - this week: 1985. Answers here.

1. Actor and film director Orson Welles died in 1985. What was the title of his first and greatest film, made in 1941?
2. In which European city were 39 people killed in 1985 during riots at a football match in the Heysel stadium: Paris, Berlin or Brussels?
3. What was the word for the more open government and wider dissemination of information initiated from 1985 in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Gorbachev?
4. Which US actor made her film debut in 1985 in "The Color Purple" and later appeared in "Ghost" and "Sister Act"?
5. A disease of cattle called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) appeared in the UK in 1985. What other three-word name was popularly applied to it?
6. In 1985, a French saboteur sank a ship used by Greenpeace to protest against French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. What was the ship's name?
7. In 1985, a famous painting called "Impression: Sunrise" was stolen from the Musée Marmottan. Who painted this picture?
8. Published in 1985, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" was the first novel written by which author?
9. In 1985, an expedition led by Robert D. Ballard discovered the wreck of which famous ship?
10. Which Russian artist, famous for the dream-like imagery of his paintings, died in 1985? He also designed stained-glass windows, murals and mosaics
Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction - Report to The President March 31, 2005 is now available
Archives Hub Collections of the Month, April 2005: Sea-Fever. Great Britain, the principle island of the British Isles, is the eighth largest in the world. For centuries the sea surrounding these islands has provided livelihoods for thousands of people, and maritime trade was the basis for the nation's expansion into the world's largest empire. The empire is no longer, but the sea continues to exert a powerful influence
Knowledge & Content UK - 4-6 July 2005 - London, UK. A unique event that will provide you with a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques you need to deliver information and expertise throughout your organisation
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 127 - April 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - March 31, 2005
Palaeography - tutorial on how to read handwriting found in documents from 1500-1800. From The UK National Archives