Featured Link

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Thomson Gale announces redesigned www.gale.com web site

Thomson Gale has launched a redesigned www.gale.com Web site with a new look and many helpful new features. By taking a survey about the new site, librarians are entered into a drawing to win $500. Based on usability tests and suggestions from librarians, the site has been enhanced to make it easier to use and loaded with more useful information. The new home page helps visitors find more targeted information by allowing them to select the part of the Web site they'd like to visit - public libraries, academic libraries, K-12 libraries government and special libraries. Pages are filled with news, special offers and product information tailored to these specific visitors

SciFinder 2006

Chemical Abstracts Service has announced The SciFinder 2006 Edition

British Library eIS Architecture Pilot Services

British Library eIS Architecture Pilot Services provides information about a variety of collaborative projects, experimental services, and services that are moving into production

James Patterson Page Turner Awards

James Patterson and Time Warner Book Group have announced the debut of the James Patterson PageTurner Award, an annual cash prize intended to single out and support the people, companies, schools and other institutions who find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books

ELPUB 2006 conference

ELPUB 2006: Digital Spectrum: Integrating Technology and Culture - 10th International Conference on Electronic Publishing - 14-16 June 2006 - Bansko, Bulgaria

New Review of Information Networking

New Review of Information Networking presents groundbreaking research and discussion on the potential of computer networks to integrate and transform information provision, communication and learning. It is essential reading for all within the library and information science community who wish to keep abreast of the benefits computer networks can bring to information provision. The journal is currently seeking contributions from both library and information science researchers and practitioners

ACRL announces theme for 13th National Conference

"Sailing into the Future - Charting Our Destiny" will be the theme of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 13th National Conference to be held in Baltimore, March 29-April 1, 2007. The conference will explore the changing nature and roles of academic and research librarianship

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

UK Post Office sets out to rival WH Smith

Main Post Office branches across Scotland and the rest of the UK are to be given a GBP10 million revamp to transform them into modern retail shops. Eventually all 14,600 post offices in towns and villages could be offering products ranging from home computer gear to cheap CDs and books

Meeting of Frontiers Collection updated

The Library of Congress has added new collections and interpretive essays to the Meeting of Frontiers Web site, the eighth time since the site was first launched in December 1999

Webology - August 2005

The fourth issue of Webology, an international open access journal, is published and is available online now. Webology publishes scholarly articles, essays and reviews, and encourages the participation of academics and practitioners alike

Museums and Galleries Month 2006

The new-style Museums and Galleries Month in the United Kingdom will start on Saturday 29 April and run through to Sunday 4 June 2006 – all of May with the weekends on either side

BIALL-LexisNexis Butterworths Awards for Excellence 2005

The BIALL-LexisNexis Butterworths Awards for Excellence 2005 - a unique scheme that rewards and celebrates the dedicated work conducted by legal information professionals

Trademark Official Gazette

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that the on-line Trademark Electronic Search System, TESS, now features a new Trademark Official Gazette (TMOG) "search line." By entering the publication date of a particular TMOG into the new search line, users can generate a list of all marks published for opposition in that TMOG, or a list of all new registrations published in that TMOG

Nominations sought for 2006 RUSA awards

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for its 2006 awards. The application deadline for awards is December 15, 2005, except for the Dun & Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities, the Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award and the Thomson Financial Student Travel Award, which have a deadline of December 1, 2005

Monday, August 29, 2005

Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry has published its first articles via BioMed Central

Best Scottish Book of All Time

Sunset Song, the classic crofting elegy set in the Mearns, has been voted Best Scottish Book of All Time. The work, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, received more than 400 votes from the public over a six-month period. The result, announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, saw Sunset Song 80 votes ahead of the second placed work, The Game of Kings

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which American popular singer, born in 1935, had successes with the songs "Love Me Tender" and "Hound Dog?"
2. Which German-born scientist devised the special theory of relativity in 1905?
3. Which English film actor and director, whose films include "The Kid" and "The Great Dictator," was knighted in 1975?
4. Which US dramatist won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1955 play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?"
5. Jerry Garcia died in 1995. He was the leader of which rock band?
6. Which famous American football player was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife?
7. The leaders of the millenial Aum Shinrikyo were held responsible for an attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995, using which nerve-gas?
8. In 1985, Bill Watterson produced a syndicated newspaper comic strip featuring a boy and his toy tiger. What was the comic strip called?
9. Which English trader was responsible in 1995 for the collapse of the Baring Brothers merchant bank?
10. Which famous British composer, born in 1905, wrote "The Midsummer Marriage" and "A Child of Our Time"?

Netherlands Journal of Medicine now Open Access

As of this month, the Netherlands Journal of Medicine has changed to Open Access

CSIT 2006

The 4th International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT 2006) will take place in Amman, Jordan April 5-7, 2006. This non-profit multiconference focuses on all areas of Information Science, Computer Science and Information Technology

NFAIS Humanities Roundtable IV

NFAIS Humanities Roundtable IV - Sponsored by The J. Paul Getty Trust and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - October 14, 2005 - New York

LLRX.com updated

LLRX.com August 19, 2005 update is now online

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - August 25, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

In celebration of the 85th anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States, the Library of Congress is releasing online Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, available beginning Aug. 24 at this presentation is a selection of 448 of the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party, housed in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress

Bowker unveils ISBN-13 website

Bowker has released a variety of new resources to assist library professionals with the changes necessary to move to the new global ISBN-13 standard which takes effect January 1, 2007

Guardian First Book Award longlist

The longlist for the Guardian First Book Award 2005 has been announced

International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center via EBSCOhost

International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center has been released via EBSCOhost. This database offers information on virtually every dimension of security & counter-terrorism and is designed to inform the analysis process, as well as enhance the general understanding of security and terrorism-related issues

Free Pint Newsletter 189

Free Pint Newsletter 189 - 25 August 2005 - now available

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Folkestone Literary Festival

Folkestone Literary Festival takes place September 19-24 - Kent, UK

Thomson Gale celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and Thomson Gale has a free Web site packed with history, biographies, literature and activities to help families and students celebrate the month

Nominations sought for 2006 ASCLA scholarship, awards

Each year, the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements such as publications, program development and leadership in the profession. Awards may include a citation and/or a cash award. ASCLA awards may be made to individuals or groups. Depending on the terms of the award, recipients need not necessarily be ASCLA members. The application deadline for the following awards is December 15, 2005; the scholarship deadline is March 1, 2006

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Verde ERM

Verde is a new system to complement the Ex Libris suite of tools that assist libraries and information centers in managing electronic resources throughout their life cycle and in providing access to these resources. The Verde electronic resource management (ERM) system builds on the power of the SFX link server, and benefits from its ongoing penetration in the global library market

Digitizing Historic Newspapers - presentations available

Digitizing Historic Newspapers: A Practical Approach was held July 18, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. The intent of the conference was to provide participants with an in-depth look at newspaper digitization projects. Speakers took a practical approach to the topic, sharing their experiences and insights and discussing the issues that impact historic newspaper digitization. Presentations and a summary report are now available

JISC and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A major new JISC agreement ensures that all staff, researchers and students in UK further and higher education institutions have completely free and open access to a dynamic online reference work, which is designed to be responsive to new research in philosophy – the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

National Short Story Prize

THE world's largest award for a short story will be unveiled at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week. The winner of the National Short Story Prize will receive a windfall of 15,000 pounds with the runner-up pocketing 3,000 pounds. In what organisers hope will one day grow to the size and prominence of the Booker Prize, the competition aims to honour the country's finest writers of short stories so is only open to authors with a previous record of publication who are either UK nationals or residents


mybookyourbook can best be described as an on-line co-operative library. Each member contributes a small number of book titles to the central database at mybookyourbook with these books remaining on their own shelf until requested by another member

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Saturday, August 20, 2005

McGraw-Hill and Zinio offering low-cost eBooks

A student-friendly, interactive, lower-cost option to the traditional textbook is a reality as a result of a new alliance between McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Zinio. Through the alliance, 150 of McGraw-Hill's most renowned college titles are now available as electronic books, offering the highest quality reading experience – at about half the cost of a print textbook

2006 Search Engine Meeting

Call for Offers of Presentations for the 2006 Search Engine Meeting - April 24-25, 2006 - Boston, MA

NASIG 21st Annual Conference

Call for Proposals and Program Ideas for the NASIG 21st Annual Conference - "Mile High Views: Surveying the Serials Vista" - May 4-7, 2006 - Denver, CO

2006 Canadian Library Association Conference

Invitation and Call for Proposals for the 2006 Canadian Library Association Conference. Deadline September 26, 2005


NEWSPLAN Scotland is committed to preserving local Scottish newspapers and to promoting awareness of and access to these invaluable historical resources

Amazon Shorts

Amazon Shorts are never-before-seen short works from a wide variety of well-known authors, available only on Amazon.com. Amazon Shorts are: New short-form literature from top authors for only 49 cents; Delivered electronically; there are no printed editions; Yours forever after purchase; save or print and read at your convenience

Section 108 Study Group

The Section 108 Study Group is a select committee of copyright experts, convened by the Library of Congress, and charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives

Friday, August 19, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Dance and Dancers. Answers here

1. Whose dance routine was much imitated when he starred in the 1978 film "Saturday Night Fever?"
2. The eightsome reel is a Scottish dance - for how many people?
3. Who famously danced and sang in the rain in the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain?"
4. Which Russian ballet dancer danced with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet from 1958 to 1961, when he defected from Russia and in 1962 joined the Royal Ballet, where he frequently partnered Margot Fonteyn?
5. A 1989 single by the group Kaoma popularised which Brazilian dance?
6. Which 1892 ballet by Tchaikovsky includes the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy?"
7. Frederick Austerlitz was the real name of which famous dancer?
8. Isadora Duncan was an American dancer who died tragically. How was she killed?
9. Whose music was used in the 1909 ballet "Les Sylphides?"
10. "Les Wilis" is an alternative title for which well-known ballet?

Call for nominations for ACTSS Annual Award

The Access, Collections and Technical Services Section of the California Library Association invites all members of the California library community to acknowledge superior achievement by an individual in those areas of the library profession that encompass access, collections, and technical services. The ACTSS Award is an opportunity to recognize colleagues who have made outstanding contributions in those areas of librarianship that have been especially challenged by the need for innovation and adaptation in dealing with rapidly changing technology and work environments. Deadline September 30, 2005

CrossRef launches freely available OpenURL resolver

CrossRef has announced the launch of a freely available OpenURL resolver to facilitate navigation to the 17+ million items now registered in CrossRef. The resolver allows users to enter an OpenURL as one way to be directed to publications from the hundreds of publishers and societies that participate in CrossRef by registering Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for their content

Around the world on a library degree

Around the world on a library degree - 13 September 2005 - The Sekforde Arms, Sekforde Street, London, UK. Speaker Phil Bradley will explain how he went from uninformed library school student to becoming a leading light in the Internet-training world. He will discuss his role as Internet Consultant and tell us what to look out for in the future, as well as where the Internet is moving

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - August 18, 2005

First grants from Endangered Archives Programme

Medieval manuscripts, texts, photographs, official records, audio tapes, music, rare indigenous scripts, suppressed and neglected transcripts from Africa, Asia, Russia, South America and Europe will all be preserved and digital copies made available to researchers in the British Library following the first awards from the Endangered Archives Programme sponsored by the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund. Grants totalling more than £600,000 have been awarded to twenty projects around the world

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Big Gay Read

The Big Gay Read, a follow-up to the BBC's Big Read, is intended to cross the sexuality divide and prompt a debate in reading groups, in internet chatrooms, in bars and over dinner tables, anywhere where people like talking about books. Submissions for the winner have to be in by February, with the top book announced at Manchester's Queer Up North festival in May

Palgrave Macmillan acquires new titles

Palgrave Macmillan has announced that it has acquired 21 journals from Henry Stewart Publications Ltd. The list encompasses all the company's journals in management, marketing, finance, property and allied areas

The executive i-briefing series from Facet Publishing

Digital Copyright by Paul Pedley is the first in a new series of high performance e-books that deliver topical workplace information direct to the information professional's desktop for instant access. This i-briefing examines how copyright applies in the electronic environment. It asks whether digital content is treated differently than hard-copy material, and if so how?

Wiley acquires list of tribology journals from Leaf Coppin

John Wiley has acquired a list of tribology journals from Leaf Coppin Publishing Ltd. The journals are Lubrication Science, The Journal of Synthetic Lubrication, and TriboTest

American Printing History Association fellowship award

The American Printing History Association has announced a new fellowship award for the study of printing history. For 2006, an award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing in all its forms, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms

Emerging services: from e-books to i-pods

Emerging services: from e-books to i-pods, 5th annual e-books seminar - 14 October 2005 - Edinburgh, Scotland

Project Bluebird from Talis

Project Bluebird is investigating how libraries communicate with their users, the technologies that support this and whether the network power of Talis libraries can offer any advantages. Channels under investigation include both the old and the new: Automated telephony, Blogging, Emails, Letters, RSS, SMS text messaging

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Metasearching Report Released

Roy Tennant writes: "Those of you interested in creating methods for users to search two or more sources at once (commonly called metasearching), may be interested in a newly-released report from the California Digital Library. Titled Integrating Information Resources: Principles, Technologies, and Approaches, it aims to take a high-level view of integration techniques, with a particular focus on metasearching. It was written in partial fulfillment of an NSDL grant"

ASIST Annual Meeting Blog

The inaugural ASIST Annual Meeting Blog is now live from the American Society for Information Science & Technology

WilsonWeb 2.5 released

H.W. Wilson has released WilsonWeb 2.5. Users of WilsonWeb databases can now create professional bibliographies of articles cited

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Number 43, Summer 2005 - is now available

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

LITA Blog seeking volunteers

LITA Blog is looking for volunteers to blog sessions at the upcoming LITA Forum in San Jose, CA

OASIS newsletter

The Spring/Summer 2005 OASIS newsletter is now available from LACASIS

Authors let bidders name characters

Next month, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Lemony Snicket, Nora Roberts, Michael Chabon and 11 other best-selling writers will auction the right to name characters in their new novels. The profits will go to the First Amendment Project, whose lawyers have repeatedly gone to court to protect the free speech rights of activists, writers and artists

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews - Volume 9, Number 4 now available

Google, the Naked Emperor

Google, the Naked Emperor by Roy Tennant for Library Journal - August 15, 2005 - "Google rules. Wherever you turn you hear about a new Google initiative. Clearly, Google has the money to do some interesting things. But with all the hype and hullabaloo, it can be all too easy to overlook some serious flaws in Google's services..."

ACRL seeks nominations for 2006 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in academic librarianship

For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $31,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship. Deadline December 2, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

Duke University Press journals

Beginning in 2006, Duke University Press journals content will be hosted by HighWire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries

Seven Stories opens

Seven Stories is the 6.5 million pounds centre for children's books converted from a Victorian grain store on the bank of the Ouseburn, just down river from the Tyne bridge in Newcastle, UK. The centre, which collects, explores and celebrates children's books, will be opened on Friday by the current children's laureate, Jacqueline Wilson, and illustrator Nick Sharratt

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Endangered Species. It is estimated that more than 5,000 animal species (as well as 34,000 types of plant) are in danger of disappearing from our planet - and that doesn't include human beings! Try to identify these endangered species from the clues about them. Answers here

1. This large, bear-like mammal of Tibet and China has thick white fur and patches around its eyes. It is the giant... what?
2. This large, thick-skinned herbivorous mammal of Africa and Asia has one or two upright horns on its snout.
3. This large, Arctic bear is a powerful swimmer and usually lives on drifting ice packs.
4. A large wild cat found in the mountains of Central Asia, with fur patterned with black rosette spots: it's the snow... what?
5. The only true arboreal great ape, characterized by a high forehead and a bulging snout - it is found in Sumatra and Borneo.
6. Some species of this small or medium-sized kangaroo are endangered - it is native to Australia and Tasmania.
7. A nocturnal tree-dwelling primate, now confined to Madagascar, with large eyes and a long bushy tail.
8. The largest living whale, probably the largest animal ever, named for its color.
9. This kind of eagle is the national emblem of the USA, which is why it is sometimes called the American eagle.
10. This semi-aquatic turtle has a low shell and webbed feet, and usually inhabits fresh or brackish waters. One type is the "diamondback."

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NPO e-Journal No.3 available

UK National Preservation Office's NPO e-Journal - No.3 July 2005 is now available

Developing and managing e-book collections

Developing and managing e-book collections - 14 September 2005 - Edinburgh University Library

Cites & Insights 5:10

Cites & Insights 5:10 (September 2005) is now available for downloading

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - August 11, 2005

Improving the Usability of your Online Services

Improving the Usability of your Online Services - 4 October 2005 - London, UK. This course provides non-technical staff with an introduction to the issues, knowledge and skills they need to design effective online interfaces, skills which they can use to make their own organisation's online services more successful

WorldCat reaches 1 billion holdings

At 2:21:34 p.m. EDT on August 11th, 2005, Anne Slane, a cataloger for Worthington (Ohio) Libraries, entered holdings information for the book The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s Pop Sensation, becoming the one billionth holding record in the WorldCat database

Thursday, August 11, 2005

ASIDIC Fall 2005 Meeting

ASIDIC, Association of Information and Dissemination Centers, Fall 2005 Meeting - September 11-13, 2005 - Napa, CA. The ASIDIC fall meeting will look at the changing value of content; how publishers continually have pressure to add more value to content; how aggregators need to create value added tools; and how the user now has the opportunity to add value (e.g., personalization), even freely editing content in popular wiki environments. Come and listen to leaders in the information industry speak about how their companies are addressing the value added equation and producing content that users feel is worth paying for

2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction - Longlist has been announced

Palgrave Macmillan Journals 2006 Subscription Prices

Palgrave Macmillan Journals 2006 Subscription Prices are now available

Free Pint Newsletter 188

Free Pint Newsletter 188 - 11 August 2005 - now available

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Online Information 2005 conference programme available

The conference programme for Online Information 2005 - 29 November-1 December - London, UK, is now available

Updated Emerald website

Insight, the newly updated Emerald website, is now available. Now built with new technology, easier and faster to navigate, quicker to search across Emerald products, user customisable

National Preservation Office Annual Conference 2005

National Preservation Office Annual Conference 2005 - 31 October 2005 - The British Library Conference Centre, London. This conference will look at how library and archive preservation has developed since 1984, and will present a new analysis of preservation needs as determined by the NPO's programme of preservation assessment surveys. Speakers and participants will debate how collection strategies can address these needs

BASE updated

BASE, in its updated version, contains more than 2.3 million documents from 130 online resources, including many scholarly full text archives, accessible through the international protocol of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI). Documents are mainly freely available and can be searched by bibliographic data or full text

ALA introduces Banned Books bracelet

Just in time for Banned Books Week (September 24-October 1, 2005), the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom has added bracelets to its Banned Books materials. Debuted at the ALA Annual Conference in June, the bracelets feature covers of popular challenged books and remind everyone to exercise their freedom to read

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Cambridge Journals Online re-designed

Cambridge University Press has re-designed its Cambridge Journals Online resource and now has RSS and Atom feeds for all its journals

Online Literature Catalog from Blackwell Publishing

Blackwell Publishing has announced the arrival of the Online Literature Catalog. Fully searchable at the click of a button, this latest feature of the Blackwell Publishing website allows you to quickly and easily find information on, and order relevant books and journals. In the catalog you will find information on new and forthcoming books in literature, as well as key backlist titles and entire literature journals publishing program

"Current Cites" turns 15 years old this month

The popular current awareness service Current Cites turns 15 years old this month. The monthly electronic newsletter features citations and evaluative abstracts of articles in information technology and librarianship considered by the Current Cites team as the most significant for that month. Sources of citations include professional magazines, journals, web sites and occasionally books. The newsletter goes out to a subscription base of over 3,000 individual subscribers and is either forwarded or featured in additional mailing lists, online forums, paper publications, and blogs. Each issue typically contains about a dozen one-paragraph citations, distributed toward the end of each month. Currency is the publication's strength, with some sources appearing only days (or hours!) before it is cited and published in Current Cites


Geodata.gov - provides access to geospatial data, and maps, and also publishes resources of registered geographic data providers. It is a part of the geospatial e-gov initiative by the U.S. Department of Interior

Monday, August 08, 2005

Special issue of Interlending & Document Supply

Emerald Group Publishing has announced the publication of a special issue of Interlending & Document Supply to celebrate the contribution to the field of librarianship by Maurice B. Line, former Director General of the British Library. The August issue includes essays, articles, and viewpoints by Line as well as numerous colleagues and is available for free download

Springer RSS feeds

Springer has a number of RSS feeds for its publishing alert service

Sunday, August 07, 2005

EDUCAUSE awards winners announced

The EDUCAUSE awards program brings peer endorsement and public visibility to professional accomplishments. The awards are key elements in the association's effort to recognize individual and institutional achievements and to share information about exemplary information technology practices in higher education

Penguin/Orange Reading Group prize 2005

High Down Prison Reading Group has won the Penguin/Orange Reading Group Prize 2005 in association with Ottakar's. As part of their prize, the prison reading group received a visit from Author Nick Hornby who led a reading group session on his new book, A Long Way Down

Emerald's Journals of the Week

Emerald's Journals of the Week for August 8 2005 are Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology and Journal of Risk Finance

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources: National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 162 - Posted August 5, 2005

Friday, August 05, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. What is the longest river in South America?
2. In Mark Twain's book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a raft carried Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave down which river?
3. Which river flows northward for approximately 850 miles from southeastern Switzerland to the North Sea?
4. Which English river is called the Isis in the vicinity of Oxford?
5. Which long river empties into the Mediterranean at Damietta and Rosetta?
6. In Paris, is the Left Bank north or south of the River Seine?
7. The River Danube begins in which country?
8. The Darling River flows into the Murray River - in which country?
9. Mesopotamia is a region between which two rivers?
10. Which important Russian city is on the delta of the River Neva?

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Federated Search: Practical Applications and Future Directions

Powerpoint presentations are now available from Federated Search: Practical Applications and Future Directions - July 29, 2005 - Philadelphia, PA

Info@UK Issue 53

Info@UK Issue 53, August 2005, is now available from The British Council


2nd Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Seminar: RAILS2 - 16-17 September 2005 - National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT. Organised by the School of Information Studies Charles Sturt University, with generous support from the National Library of Australia

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - August 4, 2005

Factiva Insight: Reputation Intelligence

Factiva has announced the availability of Factiva Insight: Reputation Intelligence, a powerful new tool that for the first time empowers executives to monitor known issues and discover emerging opportunities and threats from across the mainstream media, radio and television transcripts and consumer-generated content, including blogs and message boards, in one solution. It also enables executives to create effective reputation and brand management strategies that tie to business objectives and drive competitive advantage

Internet tools for effective information handling – Advanced

Internet tools for effective information handling – Advanced - 4 May 2006, London. This workshop is a follow-up to the beginners course. It will ideally suit people who have been on the beginners course, but will also provide useful information to information professionals who already have a basic understanding of weblogs and RSS. The course will look at other ways in which data can be shared by information professionals, either with each other, or in their organizations, and will also cover various methods of storing and disseminating information

Internet tools for effective information handling - beginners

Internet tools for effective information handling - beginners - 2 March 2006, London. This workshop will look at the problems of handling information (particularly new information and current awareness data) and how this can be managed effectively using freely available tools on the internet. Particular emphasis will be on weblogs and RSS feeds

Thursday, August 04, 2005

2005 National Book Festival

The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2005, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public


KNOWLEDGE WISE is a bi-monthly report on content and knowledge management trends, knowledge services and publishing technologies from Innodata Isogen

HarperCollins MobileReader

The HarperCollins MobileReader allows booklovers to read chapter samplers of the latest new release books on their mobile phone simply by logging onto the MobileReader website. Available August 17, 2005 in Australia

Penguin Classics at Amazon.com

For the first time, the entire line of Penguin Classics is available in one complete collection for home, office, or institutional libraries. For 2005, the Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection consists of 1,082 titles, all great works of literature totaling nearly half a million pages. From Renaissance philosophy to the poetry of Revolutionary Russia, from the spiritual writings of India to the travel narratives of the Early American colonists, from The Complete Pelican Shakespeare to The Portable Sixties Reader, there are classics here to educate, provoke, entertain, and enlighten readers of all interests and inclinations. Price is US$7,989.99

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Our Homes Are Bleeding Digital Collection

The Our Homes Are Bleeding collection has grown out of the stories of cut-off lands in British Columbia. These stories are a part of the history of the reserve system in Canada, aboriginal title and rights and First Nations resistance to colonial assertion of land title. The digital collection draws together several types of primary materials. The records of the McKenna McBride Royal Commission (1913 - 1916) include transcripts of testimonies given to the Commission, photographs and maps. Additional historical records, including maps, documents, newspaper articles, photographs, audio and video clips, show the continual assertion of aboriginal title and rights. Resource lists, narrative essays, a student webquest and teacher's resources have been developed to support the use of the collection

Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865

Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865 is a research database containing individual records for over 20,000 photographic exhibits drawn from forty exhibition catalogues published between 1839-1865. It was created by Roger Taylor and originally published under the same title in book form by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2002

Going global seminar

Going global – how smaller publishers can operate internationally - 22 September 2005 - London, UK. This seminar will be of particular interest to management in small and medium size publishers, as well as their specialist sales and marketing staff. It will also appeal to those responsible for the editorial content of journals and books, and how this can be tailored for a global audience

BMJPG Ltd subscription prices 2006

2006 subscription prices are now available for BMJ Journals, BMJ and Clinical Evidence

United Kingdom chooses Web of Science

Thomson Scientific has announced that academic institutions in the United Kingdom have selected Web of Science as their research platform of choice. A five year renewal agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on behalf of the UK higher education community has provided UK researchers, information professionals and students with free access to an additional six million articles back to 1970

The Perrspectives Document Library

The Perrspectives Document Library is a central repository containing many of the key background documents for a range of today's most pressing public policy issues

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2006

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2006 - Opening Information Horizons - June 11-15, 2006 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Education Index Retrospective 1929-1983

H.W. Wilson has announced the latest addition to the Wilson Retrospective Collection of periodicals databases: Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983. This is the online equivalent to 33 Education Index print annuals, with records for more than 830,000 articles from 600 periodicals. For libraries supporting curricula in education, social sciences, public policy, and related fields, this new resource is designed for information, opinions, and research present in decades of education literature

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) 28th Edition

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) 28th Edition in 5 volumes. Now includes Free Floating Subdivisions. Price is 295UK Pounds including free delivery to the UK and EU

Project MUSE

Project MUSE 2006 subscription plans and pricing are now available

2005 25th Annual Charleston Conference

2005 25th Annual Charleston Conference - November 2-5, 2005. The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers consultantants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all

LexisNexis RSS feeds

LexisNexis makes its latest press releases available via the RSS format. RSS lets you monitor the latest news from LexisNexis and get alerts when new releases go out

Monday, August 01, 2005

Archives Hub collections of the month

Archives Hub Collections of the Month for August 2005: What's in a place-name?

Elsevier buys MediMedia MAP

Elsevier has announced that it has bought MediMedia's professional medical publishing businesses MediMedia MAP. This expands existing publishing programs and digital services, accelerates growth, and meets the demand for structured continuing education amongst medical and allied healthcare professionals worldwide

Ariadne - Issue 44

Ariadne - Issue 44, July 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

Nature archive now back to 1970

Nature Publishing Group has announced that the latest installment of the Nature archive will go live on August 2, 2005. A decade of scientific information has been added to Nature's online archive enabling users to search back to January 1970. The addition of all content published between January 1970 and December 1979 includes approximately 37,405 articles from 510 issues