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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The PLEIADI Project (acronym for "Portale per la Letteratura scientifica Elettronica Italiana su Archivi aperti e Depositi Istituzionali", a portal for Italian scholarly e-literature in open archives and institutional repositories) originated from the collaboration between two major Italian university consortia, CASPUR and CILEA, within the framework of the AEPIC project
Current Cites May 2005 is now available
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 129 - June 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available
Jacqueline Wilson has been named as the new UK Children's Laureate. The author of Tracy Beaker, Double Act, Bad Girls, The Illustrated Mum and numerous other acclaimed novels for children will receive a bursary of 10,000 pounds and will hold the post for two years
The European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced

Monday, May 30, 2005

A digital portal to collections of the National Library of China was opened on May 29, providing online search and accession to digitalized resources of the library. As the latest public service platform launched by the library, the D-portal combines 37 Chinese-language data banks, 77 foreign language data banks, 16,000-odd periodicals in both Chinese and foreign languages, as well as special resources including local records, Dunhuang documents, periodicals of the Republic of China (1912-1949) and doctoral dissertation and master's thesis, all purchased or established by the national library

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The latest release of CONTENTdm, the leading digital collection management software in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, offers innovative new features that improve and simplify every aspect of digital collection development, management and delivery. CONTENTdm software offers a complete set of tools to store, manage and deliver digital collections, such as historical documents, photos, newspapers, audio and video, on the Web
The Winspear Business Reference Library, University of Alberta, Canada, has produced Winspear Business & Economics News-with a Canadian Twist and E-Commerce Alert
Emerald's Journals of the Week for June 1 2005 are Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal and Foresight - The journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC, is seeking proposals for a national research study on how individuals with limited access to Internet resources access federal, state and local government services and whether such users are satisfied with the access provided by public libraries and public access computing centers. Deadline July 20, 2005
Infotrieve, Inc. has announced the availability of the Life Science Research Center (LSRC), a web-based information research tool that provides scientists with one-stop search access to critical information that impacts scientific workflow. The LSRC was designed to simplify research by eliminating the need for logins to multiple information sources including scientific literature, patents, pipeline news, product catalogs and experimental protocol databases, and by automatically displaying relationships between search results
A former South Wales pit that once produced 100,000 tonnes of coal a year, and which is staffed by miners, has won the 100,000 pounds Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year, the UK's largest arts prize
Turning The Pages - Using touchscreen technology and animation software, the digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences are offered at kiosks at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Visitors may 'touch and turn' these pages in a highly realistic way. They can zoom in on the pages for more detail, read or listen to explanations of the text, and (in some cases) access additional information on the books in the form of curators' notes
Google Print now has it's own search page
Yahoo! Mindset - A Yahoo! Research Labs demo that applies a new twist on search that uses machine learning technology to give you a choice: View Yahoo! Search results sorted according to whether they are more commercial or more informational (i.e., from academic, non-commercial, or research-oriented sources)

Saturday, May 28, 2005

EEVL Xtra helps people find articles, websites, books, reports, news, jobs, eprints, the latest research, etc in engineering, mathematics and computing. It's essentially a cross-search service, that searches across 20 databases and includes content from 50 publishers. An initiative of Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
RSS4Lib: Innovative ways libraries use RSS by Ken Varnum
RLG has announced CAMIO, Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, a database of art from prominent museums. CAMIO's contents span all continents and range from 3000 BC to the 21st century. They include high-resolution images of photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles, books, installations, and architecture — plus audio-video and mixed media. CAMIO is scheduled for release July 1, 2005. It is available by subscription to universities and colleges, public libraries, museums, and schools
University of Houston Libraries 2nd Annual Serials Symposium - July 22, 2005 - M.D. Anderson Library

Friday, May 27, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Books on Film. Answers here

1. J. K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book was filmed in 2001. What was its title?
2. US novelist Margaret Mitchell only wrote one book, which was filmed in 1939 and starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. What was its title?
3. Which British writer's first book, "Fever Pitch," was filmed in 1997?
4. Which 1996 film was based on an Irvine Welsh novel about Edinburgh junkies?
5. Which novel by Vladimir Nabokov was filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 and Adrian Lyne in 1997?
6. Which 1956 film musical was based on Margaret Landon's biographical book "Anna and the King of Siam"?
7. E. L. Doctorow's best-known work was filmed in 1981. What is its title?
8. Which 1924 novel by P. C. Wren, with a title that means "fine deed" in French, was filmed as a silent movie in 1926 and as sound films in 1939 and 1966?
9. Who wrote the 1989 book "The Remains of the Day," which was filmed in 1993?
10. Edna O'Brien's 1962 novel "The Lonely Girl" was filmed in 1965 with what title?

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Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - May 26, 2005
In an agreement reached this week, CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, has announced that it is to sponsor Internet Librarian International 2005, taking place in London 10-11 October this year
The UK Copyright Service has announced the launch of its long awaited on-line registration service for copyright works. The facility allows you to register work directly over the Internet, so cover will start immediately from the time the work is uploaded. There are no limits on the amount of files that can be uploaded, so even large works can now be registered on-line
Prof. Keith G Jeffery, CCLRC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom) together with Anne Asserson, University of Bergen (Norway) are co-recipients of the GreyNet Award 2005. The award is in recognition for their contribution to the field of grey literature over the past year
The Board of SLA Europe has announced that the winner of the first SLA Europe Information Professional Award is Steve Borley, Regional Information Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Edinburgh. In addition, the Board has announced two runners-up: Helen Day of Boots Group plc, Nottingham, UK, and Claudine Xenidou-Dervou, Librarian at the Physics and Informatics Library of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Oxford University Press is working with Book Aid International to distribute donated dictionaries to programs in the world's poorest English-speaking countries. Dictionaries will go to libraries, refugee camps, schools and literacy programs in urban and rural locations. Anyone who donates a good, usable English dictionary to BookAid will receive a $10 rebate towards their purchase of The New Oxford American Dictionary Second Edition
Free Pint Newsletter 183 - 26 May 2005 - now available

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

OCLC and RLG have announced the release of a comprehensive guide to core metadata for supporting the long-term preservation of digital materials. Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group is the product of the foremost international consensus-building effort directed at preservation metadata, and it is likely to become the foundation for future work in this area
2nd DSpace Federation User Group meeting - 7-8 July 2005 - University of Cambridge, UK
Preliminary conference programme now available for World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council - Libraries: A voyage of discovery - August 14-18 2005, Oslo, Norway
8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006: Academic Library and Information Services: New Paradigms for the Digital Age - 7-9 February 2006 - Bielefeld, Germany
EBSCO Publishing has announced the availability of the new Humanities International Complete database via EBSCOhost

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Presentations now online from Digital Repositories: Interoperability and Common Services - The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Crete - 11-13 May, 2005
Shopping for Information (Database Marketplace 2005) by Carole Tenopir - "Both librarians and end users have more shopping options than ever when it comes to finding information. From small boutiques with specialized products to the one-stop shopping of megastores, the database marketplace of 2005 resembles retail shopping. But some worry that the information marketplace will be subject to the same uncertain market conditions of the retail world, where it's difficult for small stores to compete when megachains come to town..." - Library Journal, May 15, 2005
KCL Digital Consultancy Services (KDCS) has announced a number of courses for June 2005:
15 June - Managing digital projects for culture and heritage
16 June - Digital Copyright: opportunities and practicalities
22 June - Fundraising
23 June - Sustaining digital projects: funding the future
Emerald's Journals of the Week for May 23 2005 are Online Information Review and COMPEL: The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
LLRX.com May 15, 2005 update is now online
Libraries and Librarians is a public group at flickr, an online photo management and sharing application
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Number 42, Spring 2005 - is now available

Monday, May 23, 2005

The National Archives in Kew, London, has released for census for 1861
Tabloids beat libraries for the facts that matter by John Ezard - "Much of the British public goes to the source it trusts least - tabloid newspapers - for its most crucial everyday information on politics and society, according to a study. This is because the sources the public trusts most, notably public libraries, are closed when it most needs them. The study follows official figures showing that only a tiny number of libraries and other archives are open as long as shops" - The Guardian
Association of American University Presses 2005 Annual Meeting - June 16-19, 2005 - Philadelphia, PA
Library and Information Week, 23-29 May 2005, aims to raise awareness of the value of libraries and information services and information professionals in Australia. The week provides the opportunity to promote our professional services and skills to user communities and the public, to introduce new services, and to canvas issues of importance to the provision of library and information services in Australia

Sunday, May 22, 2005

An unseen play by Jack Kerouac is due to be published in the US in October. Written in 1957, the same year as his classic novel On the Road, the play Beat Generation was found in a Jersey City warehouse six months ago - BBC News
Cites & Insights 5:8 (June 2005) is now available for downloading

Saturday, May 21, 2005

London Book Fair - 5-7 March, 2006 - ExCeL, London, UK
The Outcomes of the Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules held in Chicago, 24-28 April 2005, are now available
Library & Information Science Newsletter - The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University - May 2005 edition now available
The Eduserv Chest Data Messenger - 20 May 2005 - now available
E-resources for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences - A British Academy Policy Review - Information and communications technology is having a major impact in the form of, and access to, research resources. The Academy has consulted national and representative bodies, and individual researchers, and has examined the technical and organisational issues of e-resource provision and access. Its survey and analysis leads to a series of recommendations addressed to institutions and to individual researchers
Enquire is a new service from The People's Network whereby you can interact live with librarians in the UK, US, and Canada to answer your questions
A list of currently confirmed presenters for Access 2005 - October 17-19, 2005 - Edmonton, Canada - has been announced

Friday, May 20, 2005

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

1. Charlie Watts is the drummer with which rock group?
2. Who was the drummer for The Who until he died in 1978?
3. Who joined the rock band Genesis as its drummer in 1970 and later became its lead vocalist?
4. What is the real name of the Beatles' drummer, Ringo Starr?
5. Chris Frantz was the drummer with which US rock group, formed in 1975?
6. What was the first name of the drummer in the group Emerson, Lake & Palmer?
7. Which jazz drummer was the child of a vaudeville couple and was featured in their act as "Baby Traps, the Drum Wonder" by the age of four?
8. John Bonham was the drummer with which rock group until his death in 1980?
9. Who was the original drummer for the Sex Pistols?
10. Who became the first world-renowned jazz drummer when he played in Benny Goodman's orchestra from 1935 to 1938?

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Oxford University Press has announced that the full text of Chinese Journal of International Law is now available online via HighWire Press
Oxford University Press has announce that the full text of The Computer Journal is now available online via HighWire Press
Now online from SAGE Publications:
Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC)
Environment and Urbanization
Journal of Attention Disorders
Criminal Justice Review
International Criminal Justice Review
IFLA Journal
Marquis Who's Who has announced the addition of over 70,000 digitized historical biographies to its online database, Marquis Who's Who on the Web. The launch of this new online product, Who's Who in American History, represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative that will provide a one-of-a-kind research database for library patrons, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers interested in learning about important and noteworthy people from America's past
Collection Development Today by Roy Tennant - "If you have something to say, you've never had it so good. You can get your word out by posting to a blog, by editing a wiki or a web site, or even by using cost-effective print-on-demand book production services. In other words, collection development librarians now live in a world of hurt..." - Library Journal
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - May 19, 2005

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Southern Publishers & Writers Expo - August 12, 2005 - Abingdon, Virginia
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. Full conference program now available
International Journal of Law in Context - free sample issue now available on Cambridge Journals Online
Princeton University Library has announced the creation of a new site for its growing local digital collections
The April 2005 issue of the BMJ Publishing Group newsletter is now available
ELPUB 2005, the 9th ICCC International Conference on Electronic Publishing, focusing on challenges for the digital content chain. The conference will take place on 8-10 June 2005 in the picturesque Arenberg Castle in Leuven-Heverlee (Belgium) and the neighbouring Electrotechnical Dept. It is organised by the Research Group on Document Architectures (ESAT-SCD) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium's oldest and largest university
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced an expanded agreement with publisher Real Times Inc. to digitize historical content from The Chicago Defender, an influential national African-American newspaper, as part of ProQuest scholarly databases. The resource will be available to libraries, government organizations, and educational institutions, as well as other research organizations
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) have teamed up to launch the Publisher Assistance Program, which provides business planning and digital publishing services to facilitate open-access publishing in the social sciences and humanities. The Publisher Assistance Program, which integrates the complementary expertise of SPARC and SPO, provides a comprehensive solution for scholarly communities in search of a cost-effective way to reach potential readers
SLA 2005 Conference Blog will bring you information about and from SLA's 2005 Annual Conference in Toronto, June 5-8, 2005

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Happy Birthday Penguin - Penguin is celebrating 70 years in business by publishing 70 Pocket Penguins with new and classic writing from a selection of its authors, highlighting the diverse and inspirational variety of its publishing throughout the years
Two new studies confirm that IEEE journals, magazines and periodicals are less than half the price of competitive publications. The annual Periodical Price Survey published in the 15 April issue of Library Journal averaged the prices of 4,893 titles documented in three Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) databases. Based solely on price, the survey reveals that the average cost of an engineering journal in 2005 is $1,683, and the average cost of a math and computer science journal is approximately $1,262. Using the same calculation method, the average price of an individual IEEE Journal is just $549
LexisNexis U.S. have announced its agreement with JurisPro Inc. to make JurisPro's national directory of expert witnesses in over 4,000 areas of expertise available to LexisNexis subscribers
New book from Facet Publishing - Cataloging and Organizing Digital Information: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians by Anne M. Mitchell and Brian E. Surratt
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has redesigned its website after nearly a year of development. The key improvements are clearer navigation, more advanced search facilities, more project and document information, ability to change the font size and an online bookshop
Remaking the Book: Digitally Reconstructing the Otto Ege Manuscript Portfolios - June 13-14, 2005 - University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Internet2 has announced that the Library of Congress has become a member of Internet2 and will connect to its high-performance Abilene Network. The Library plans to collaborate with the Internet2 community and leverage its advanced network infrastructure to facilitate wide-scale digital preservation projects, to enhance the development of an Internet-based database of U.S. newspapers, and to assist with its educational outreach programs

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Communic@: e-business & e-marketing for library & information professionals - November 10–12, Thistle Hotel, Grasmere, UK
RSS and Webfeeds: A Field Guide for Librarians - a PowerPoint presentation by Teri Vogel, Science Librarian, San Diego
D-Lib Magazine May 2005 is now available
Current listing of events offered by the Career Development Group, a Special Interest Group of CILIP
The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is at the heart of information policy, setting standards, providing a practical framework of best practice for opening up and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. It provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information. Part of the Cabinet Office reporting structure it was formerly known as Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO)

Monday, May 16, 2005

Preliminary listing and descriptions of programs for the ALA Annual Conference - June 25-28, 2005 - Chicago, IL
Canadian Association for Information Science 2005 Annual Conference: Data, Information, and Knowledge in a Networked World - 2-5 June 2005 - London, Ontario
Ovid Technologies and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) have announced that Ovid has won the contract to be the exclusive provider of IBSS to the UK Higher Education and Further Education community beginning the summer of 2005
The First on-Line conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR'05) aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners that share a common interest in metadata, its representation, its semantics and its diverse applications to Information Systems - November 21-30, 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The shorlist for The BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize has been announced
Registration now open: 7th ISKO-Spain Conference - The human dimension of knowledge organisation - Barcelona, Spain - 6-8 July 2005 - The focus of the conference is on orienting users of systems and applications of information organisation and retrieval in companies, public administration, archives and document centres, portals or internet services, databases and digital libraries

Friday, May 13, 2005

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

Spelling contests are in the news at the moment, with spelling bees in the USA and a spelling competition on British television. Test your spelling ability with this brainteaser. In each question, pick out the correct spelling; each set starts with a definition of the word

1. Hopeful: optimistic, optermistic, optimistick
2. Microscopic animals and plants in the sea: planktun, planckton, plankton
3. Refined or cultured: sofisticated, sophisticated, sofistercated
4. Murder: asassination, assassination, assasination
5. Australian bird: kookerburrer, kookaburra, koockabura
6. A hired soldier: mercenary, mercenery, mercinary
7. An optical toy: kaleidoscope, caleidoscope, keleidascope
8. Without delay: imediately, immediately, immediatly
9. Momentous or overwhelming: apokaliptic, apocaliptick, apocalyptic
10. Ringing of bells: tintinabulation, tintinabullation, tintinnabulation

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Data Depth Corporation, a/k/a: iCopyright.net, has announced the release of Copyright Quick Tag. Designed for writers, bloggers, photographers, and other self-publishers, Copyright Quick Tag provides an interactive copyright notice that can be affixed to works of authorship. When viewers click the copyright notice, the Tag makes it easy to submit a permissions request directly to the author
Ovid Technologies has announced its next generation federated search solution, SearchSolver. Ovid SearchSolver is a federated search and resource discovery tool that allows organizations to simplify access to online information. With SearchSolver as a single point of access and authentication, users conduct one-step searches across hundreds of information sources. Unified results can further be edited and ranked as well as exported in research work tools
Strictly Legal: Toeing the Copyright Line - 7 June 2005 - The British Library, London - This seminar will facilitate the understanding of changes to copyright and legal deposit following the legislation introduced in 2003. It will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of accommodating these changes in the form of workshops. Delegates will gain an insight into current initiatives and future developments, as well as having the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to the challenges faced. A tour of The British Library will round off the day
ScholarlyStats is a new service from MPS Technologies which is designed to assist librarians collect, consolidate and analyze their e-journal and database usage statistics reports from publishers and vendors. As journal prices rise, librarians are increasingly under pressure to make tight budgeting decisions. ScholarlyStats has been developed to help librarians to understand and analyze their usage data and make the best budgeting decisions for the library using the valuable information provided by their usage statistics reports. To be launched Fall 2005
The Anglican Church of Canada has launched a series of online databases to facilitate research on Anglican policies, resolutions and books. The databases, called "ASK-Anglicans Seeking Knowledge," are part of the General Synod Library's web page and are available to the public without charge

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The U.S. Federal Library and Information Center Committee has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship to recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and scholarly communities and the American public
Free Pint Newsletter 182 - 12 May 2005 - now available
The program for Internet Librarian - October 24-26, 2005 - Monterey, CA - is now available
The Wellcome Trust and a number of major funders of life sciences in the UK – the MRC, BBSRC, Arthritis Research Campaign, British Heart Foundation and JISC – are exploring the feasibility of establishing a UK PubMed Central. Organisations are invited to express interest in establishing and running the PubMed Central in the UK by 10 June 2005

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Library of Congress and the National Library of France have launched a bilingual online presentation that explores the history of the French presence in North America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the early 19th centuries: France in America/La France en Amérique
Info@UK Issue 50, May 2005, is now available from The British Council
Watch live as the winners of the 2005 Aventis Prizes for Science Books are announced at the glittering award ceremony at the Royal Society. There are two Prizes: The Junior Prize, which is given to the best book written for under-14s, and the General Prize, for the best book written for a more general readership. Each prize is worth £10,000 to the winning author and £1,000 to the author of each of the shortlisted book, The webcast commences at 7pm GMT on 12 May 2005
Reference Extract is a targeted web search engine. It is built from the expertise of over 60 AskA services geared to the education audience. The Virtual Reference Desk team has identified high-quality archives of FAQ's and previously asked questions. These sites were then indexed, and the result is an easy to use, quality oriented search engine.
There is a companion blog for this site
Gregynog Colloquium 2005 "What's our Value? What's our future?": looking at the roles of information specialisms, information literacy and library services - June 13-17 - Newtown, Wales
Information Skills Consultation Workshops from JISC - 6 June 2005 at City University London, Cass Business School, and 7 June 2005 at University of Manchester, Manchester Conference Centre
Support for Libraries from Google Scholar - provides solutions that make it easier for your patrons to access the electronic and print resources in your library when they are using Google Scholar
H.W. Wilson has announced that more than 2,000 select periodicals — core specialty journals and magazines — are now available via WilsonWeb's full text databases. The total includes electronic journals and acclaimed open-access journals published online

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

UK Web Archiving Consortium - a consortium of six leading UK institutions is working collaboratively on a project to develop a test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites. Members include British Library, The National Archives, National Library of Wales, National Library of Scotland, JISC, Wellcome Trust
Legal electronic publisher, Context Limited has announced it will be changing the company name. As of May 9th 2005, Context Ltd will become Justis Publishing Limited. This change is a result of customer feedback over the company name and the publisher's flagship online legal information service, Justis.com. Customers stated that they were more familiar with the Justis brand, and the company name change is designed to reflect the wide acceptance of the Justis brand as a leading legal information provider
Xenos Group, Inc. has announced the availability of Xenos infoWEB 5.1, the latest version of the information management solution that enables organizations to capture documents and data from disparate corporate applications and index, transform and securely deliver the information via Web browser, email, fax, ftp and corporate portals
A major new agreement will digitise thousands of core legal judgments and law reports and for the first time make these freely and openly available electronically. JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) have announced the Open Law project which has the potential to transform the delivery of legal teaching and public access to legal materials in the UK
Information City is a new global online community for library and information professionals

Monday, May 09, 2005

ACRL/NEC Serials Librarians Interest Group/Information Technology Interest Group 2005 Joint Program: Here Today; Here Tomorrow?: Journal Archiving in the Electronic Environment - June 2, 2005 - Gutman Conference Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Statistics Canada has announced a redesign of one of its key web-based modules, Canadian Statistics. Canadian Statistics provides a selection of free statistical information on a wide variety of topics, from agriculture to wholesale trade. A search engine offers access to the data, which may be browsed by subject, by province or metropolitan area. New features include a more robust search engine, alphabetical and new table lists, print-friendly versions, adjustable font sizes, and related data recommendations
The Open Video Digital Library Toolkit project will provide museums, libraries and other institutions holding moving image collections with the tools to create Web-based digital video libraries. Many museums and libraries have important video content that would be of great interest to their audiences but lack the necessary resources to address the many inherent challenges of building a digital video library. Using an iterative development process involving formative evaluation by project collaborators, this project will create and make available open source software tools that will enable organizations to create their own digital video libraries
2005 New Hampshire Libraries Conference - May 12-13, 2005 - Manchester, NH

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Emerald's Journals of the Week for May 9 2005 are International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow and Journal of Business Strategy
The NLM Technical Bulletin May-June 2005, from the National Library of Medicine, is now available. It contains an article stating that RSS feeds will shortly be available from PubMed
Proposals are now being accepted for the 7th Annual Virtual Reference Desk Conference. The conference will be held on November 14-15, 2005 in San Francisco, CA. The deadline for submissions is June 6, 2005
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced 327 grants totaling $4,033,455 dollars in three grant categories to museums across the United States. The Institute received 467 grant applications for myriad projects, including critical conservation; environmental surveys, museum operations assessments, and professional training

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Hindawi Publishing is now publishing two Open Access journals: Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Differential Equations and Nonlinear Mechanics
The Multicultural Library: Staff Competence for Success - 10-12 August, 2005 - Stockholm, Sweden. This event is organized as a satellite conference to the 71st IFLA General Library and Information Congress in Oslo, Norway
Presentations given at Online Northwest, a one-day conference that examines the use of technology in libraries - January 21 2005 - Corvallis, Oregon - are now available online
EyetoEye: Ingenta's Library Newsletter - Issue 15, May 2005 - now available
WebSearch Academy: Mastering Internet Research - 1-2 June 2005 - CNIT, Paris, France
The Urban Library Program encourages people to consider a career in a library setting. It prepares participants for employment in libraries by using a teaching-learning model that combines theory and hands-on work experience. The program also provides career opportunities for members of diverse communities historically underrepresented in the library workforce. Upon completion of the Urban Library certificate, students have the option to seek employment in a library or to continue their studies
Royal Swets & Zeitlinger NV has announced that it has sold Extenza Turpin, its warehousing and fulfillment subsidiary, to Managing Director, Lorna Summers and EUROSPAN. The company will revert to its original name – Turpin Distribution Services Ltd – and will continue to operate out of both the existing Biggleswade headquarters and the new US office based in New Milford, Connecticut
AuthorHouse UK has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with UK's largest bookseller, Waterstone's. Through this partnership, AuthorHouse will provide Waterstone's Self-Publishing Packages, which include, among other things, guaranteed shelf space for self-published authors in Waterstone's flagship store at 311 Oxford Street in London

Friday, May 06, 2005

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

1. Who was lead guitarist with the Beatles?
2. Which English guitarist was a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, and was called "God" in graffiti in the mid-1960s?
3. Which guitarist stole the show at the Monterey Pop Festival in July 1967, where he set fire to his guitar?
4. David Evans is the guitarist with Irish group U2. What is his stage name?
5. Which famous Belgian jazz guitarist lost two fingers of his left hand in 1928 in a fire in his caravan?
6. Which guitarist formed Led Zeppelin in 1968 with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham?
7. Which Spanish guitarist (1893-1987) was chiefly responsible for the 20th-century revival of the guitar as a "classical" instrument?
8. Which American guitarist had hits with "Rebel Rouser," "Forty Miles of Bad Road" and "Peter Gunn"?
9. Which American guitarist invented the solid-body electric guitar, was known as the "Wizard of Waukesha" and married Mary Ford?
10. B. B. King is a famous blues guitarist. What does the "B. B." in his name stand for?

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Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has announced its latest Open Access project, Oxford Open. Commencing July 2005, it will offer an optional author-pays model to authors of accepted papers in a range of Oxford Journals titles
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - May 5, 2005
ASSIGN News from Social Science Libraries and Projects - April 2005 now available. Has links to two presenations about blogs: To blog or not to blog that is the question: the Loughborough experience may offer an answer. Sue Manuel University Library IT Support Officer Loughborough University, and SOSIG Blogs: getting the latest news in the Social Sciences. Paul Ayres. SOSIG Research Officer, Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol
Royal Society Library Newsletter - May 2005 - is now available

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Intellectual Property in the Information Age - June 6-17, 2005 - online training from the University of Maryland
Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series: Information Darwinianism presented by Richard Wayne and Lou Wetherbee - May 10, 2005
Collaborations on Campus: Opportunities for New Partnerships - The ninth annual October Conference for all New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries - October 7, 2005
Presentations given at the Public Library Association Spring Symposium are now available online
The Ann Arbor Book Festival - May 19-22, 2005 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
School libraries and teacher-librarians - Just about every elementary and secondary school in Canada had a library in the academic year 2003/04. However, budgets for collections were small and few schools had full-time teacher-librarians. From Statistics Canada

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

First Monday Volume 10, Number 5 - 2 May 2005 is now available
Library Job Postings on the Internet is celebrating it's 10th anniversary
The ISG (CILIP) / Nielsen BookData Reference Awards - Since 1970, the Reference Awards have been recognising excellence; promoting awareness of outstanding reference books and products; encouraging quality; and setting industry standards. The Awards are administered by CILIP's Information Services Group and sponsored by Nielsen BookData

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2005 - Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education - June 7-11 2005 - Denver, Colorado, USA. Registration now open
The webcast Ownership & Access in Scholarly Publishing, co-sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries on April 6, 2005, is now available
Ariadne - Issue 43, April 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
EBSCONET has expanded its report availability and data transfer format options. Twelve new serials management reports are now available to help librarians with collection development and assessment, budgeting and more
The Bonefolder: An e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist - Volume 1, No. 2, Spring 2005, is now online and available for download
NAG Annual Conference 2005 - 15-16 September 2005 - University of York - National Acquisitions Group
Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 128 - May 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available
infoLIST Small Systems Fair 2005 - An exhibition solely for suppliers and prospective buyers of Small Library Management Systems - 19 October - London, UK

Monday, May 02, 2005

Meet the Author - where you can see authors introducing their books in their own words. Some of the authors you will know, some are bestsellers, some are newcomers, but they are all speaking in their own words about the books that they are passionate about. The video clips are not reviews, they are not written by the marketing departments of publishers - these are authors speaking from their heart
jointuselib-l - A forum for librarians and support staff working in joint-use facilities. The forum is intended to foster communication and collaboration among joint-use library staff. The primary focus of the forum is on public/school joint-use libraries, but representatives of other types of multi-function libraries are welcome
The May 2005 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available
Free Biomedical Literature Resources - Search citations to biomedical and life sciences articles dating from the 1950s via PubMed
INDICARE Monitor - Vol. 2, No 2, 29 April 2005, is now available from INDICARE: The INformed DIalogue about Consumer Acceptability of DRM Solutions in Europe
The Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies - May 25-27, 2005 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Library of Congress will host the national launch of the oral history project StoryCorps, created by award-winning National Public Radio documentary producer Dave Isay, in late May. Two mobile recording booths in trailers will be stationed in front of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, from May 19 to May 29, as the first stop in their one-year tour to collect stories of ordinary Americans from across the United States

Sunday, May 01, 2005

ZabaSearch.com - quickly accesses public information and displays what is available in the public domain
Israeli writer Amos Oz has been awarded the 2005 Goethe cultural prize for his life's work - BBC
NXTbook Media, a leader in developing technology-based solutions for digital magazines has introduced the NeXT generation of the NXTbook publishing platform, the NXTbook 2.0. The platform includes a new and improved interface, faster page loading, enhanced searching capabilities, digital rights management and the ability to store text data in XML repositories
IADIS International Conference - Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2005) - 14-16 December 2005 - Porto, Portugal
AGLIN Annual Conference - The Innovative Information Professional - 12-13 July 2005 - Canberra, Australia
Crossing Boundaries: 2005 IA Summit Wrapup: Overview and Pre-Sessions by the staff of Boxes and Arrows
The Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal will open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. During the open house, between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors will make the rounds of the premises, admire the architecture and discover the resources of the most significant cultural project in Québec in recent decades
Shorlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal have been announced