Featured Link

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

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Slaw - Canadian legal research blog

Slaw is a co-operative weblog about Canadian legal research and the impact of technology on it. The audience includes practicing lawyers, legal librarians, legal academics and students - anyone, in short, who uses IT in researching the law. The aim is to share information, offer advice and instruction, and occasionally provoke

Digital Preservation Coalition survey

The Digital Preservation Coalition has launched its biggest project to date, a 'state of the nation' survey designed to reveal the extent of the risk of loss or degradation to digital material held in the UK's public and private sectors

Free Pint Newsletter 187

Free Pint Newsletter 187 - 28 July 2005 - now available

Emerald's Journals of the Week

Emerald's Journals of the Week for August 1 2005 are Management Decision and Strategic Direction

Library of Congress acquires rare musical theater manuscripts

The Library of Congress has recently received two important gifts of manuscripts to add to its Music Division American Musical Theater collections. The first is a collection of lyric sketches by Lorenz Hart, the lyricist who collaborated with Richard Rodgers between 1920 and 1943 and wrote dozens of enduring standards, such as "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "Bewitched." The second collection, of Oscar Hammerstein II manuscripts, comes to the Library as a gift from Hammerstein's biographer, author and record producer Hugh Fordin

Saturday, July 30, 2005


Knowledgespeak is the world's first online news service to report all the relevant developments within the STM publishing industry, on a daily basis. This is a free service that also offers additional resources including a blog area, calendar of events, articles, white papers and a directory of STM publishers

OpenURL links for your articles and books

Connotea can now offer OpenURL links for many of the items in your collection. If you have access to an OpenURL resolver, perhaps as part of your institution's library services, Connotea can create links that let you look-up your institution's holdings for anything in your collection that Connotea has bibliographic information for

New England Library Association Annual Conference

New England Library Association Annual Conference 2005 - October 16-18, 2005 - Worcester, MA

Copyright Future

Copyright Future is a public forum to discuss the future direction of copyright law worldwide. Should it be changed? How should it be changed? What makes the most sense for our digital future? etc. This group is open to all viewpoints, and to all people whether they be legal professionals or lay people concerned about the present and future of copyright

Basic Considerations for Digitization

The Ohio Preservation Council and the Ohio Library Council are co-sponsoring Basic Considerations for Digitization: Providing Access to Special Collections, a symposium with moderated panel will help librarians, archivists, and others better understand how digitization can assist with access, preservation, and management of special collection resources. Topics to be covered will include basic start-up needs; selection of items for digitization; preparation of original documents; and preservation of the electronic data, its migration, and future access - September 16, 2005

DLF Fall Forum 2005

Call For Papers: DLF Fall Forum 2005 - November 7-9, 2005 - Charlottesville, Virginia. Deadline is September 2nd, 2005

Friday, July 29, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Languages. One estimate suggests that there are more than 5,000 different languages throughout the world. Here are questions about some of them. Answers here

1. Afrikaans is one of the official languages of which African country?
2. Basic, Fortran and Cobol are examples of what kind of languages?
3. Name one of the two official languages of India
4. What name is given to the alphabet used for Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian and various other languages of the former Soviet Union?
5. Words like adagio, crescendo, macaroni and graffiti have come into English from which language?
6. What is the official language of Brazil?
7. Name two of the four official languages of Switzerland
8. ASL or Ameslan is what kind of language?
9. What language, that is unrelated to any other European language, is spoken by people living in the western Pyrenees?
10. Name one of the two major languages of Afghanistan

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NISO Newsline

NISO Newsline - July 2005- is now available

XML gateway from Thomson Scientific

Thomson Scientific has announced a new service that will allow users to access ISI Web of Knowledge from wherever they are working. Over 100,000 users each day will benefit from the XML gateway that puts premium content and tools in easy reach from within library and institutional portals. Thomson Scientific has collaborated with Ex Libris to test the XML gateway

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - July 28, 2005

Mandarin M3 now available for free download

Mandarin M3 is the award-winning library automation system with a user-friendly interface, powerful features, and unlimited record capability. It is now available for free download

Access 2005 registration

Registration for Access 2005 is now open, Access 2005 is being held October 17-19, 2005 in Edmonton, Canada

INFOLIT launched

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have launched INFOLIT, an electronic discussion list for information literacy. INFOLIT is a forum for school, academic and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Leaf - a new publishing company

A Leaf is an A6 book that is small enough to fit into a pocket. Each Leaf contains one complete high quality short story or short piece of non-fiction written by established and new writers. The books have a colourful, simple design and are to be colour-coded by genre. Each story is approximately 4000 words long, so that it may be read in one sitting. Leaf will be available in United Kingdom coffee shops, tea rooms, cafes, hotel bars – in fact anywhere where people might be alone with five or ten minutes to spare. Six new Leaves will be published every fortnight. The books will also be for sale from November 2005

Wiley InterScience Newsletter

Wiley InterScience Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 5, July 2005 - now available

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

OpenURL and Metasearch

OpenURL and Metasearch: New Standards, Current Innovations, and Future Directions - September 19, 20, 21, 2005 - Washington, DC - NISO's OpenURL standard and Metasearch technologies are complementary tools that can powerfully improve the experience of today's information seeker. This series of workshops will take you from the foundations to the cutting edge of these new directions in information technology. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts and innovators

Census of Canada, 1911

Conducted under the provisions of the Census and Statistics Act (1905), the Fifth General Census of Canada began on 01 June and collected information related to each inhabitant of the country, including place of habitation, marital status, age, place of birth, religion, occupation, education, etc. The Census of Canada 1911 covered the nine provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and two territories (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories) that were then part of Confederation

Government of Canada Information Management Day

Registration for the 5th annual Government of Canada Information Management Day, September 15, 2005 in Ottawa, is now available

PLoS Genetics

PLoS Genetics is a new open-access journal from the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Led by an internationally recognized editorial board with broad knowledge and expertise, PLoS Genetics is a journal that celebrates the research of the greater genetics and genomics community

Monday, July 25, 2005

CLIR Issues - Number 46

CLIR Issues - Number 46 July/August 2005 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The International Calendar of Information Science Conferences (ICISC)

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG/III), the European (ASIST/EC) and the New England (NEASIST) chapters of ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science & Technology) have announced The International Calendar of Information Science Conferences (ICISC)

Librarian's Resource Center from APA

The American Psychological Association has introduced a new Librarian's Resource Center. This new home page provides a "one-stop shop" for librarians who administer and use APA resources from initial evaluation of products, and management of database licensing, to product training and the distribution of educational resources

Emerald's Journals of the Week

Emerald's Journals of the Week for July 25 2005 are Journal of Consumer Marketing and Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

Saturday, July 23, 2005

OCLC PICA has acquired Sisis Informationssysteme GmbH

OCLC PICA has acquired Sisis Informationssysteme GmbH, based in Munich, Germany, in a move designed to combine technologies and enhance services for libraries in Europe


Eco5.com is a free professional research platform for the financial and economic world. The concept of eco5.com is based on "adding value by selection". This is put into practice by carefully selecting free research resources and making these directly accessible via a simple menu structure, enabling users to save research time and energy

Copyright - call for papers

Copyright, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal led by a renowned editorial team, seeks papers on all aspects of copyright in the Internet age. The journal features an extremely rapid review and publication time while maintaining rigorous standards on the quality of work

The new IEE Digital Library

The Institution of Electrical Engineers has announced the launch of the new IEE Digital Library. The IEE Digital Library is hosted on the Scitation platform from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and replaces the current IOJ (IEE Online Journals) platform. The IEE Digital Library now provides access to current issues of the IEE journals, magazines, with conferences and seminar digests to follow shortly. Backfile access from 1994 is also available for most titles. In addition to having all the IEE publications Tables of Contents and abstracts freely available, users will enjoy many powerful features of the Scitation platform, including sophisticated browsing and searching, pay-per-view articles for non-subscribers, a complete suite of personalisation tools, and extensive citation links to publishers and databases


A2A allows you to search and browse for information about archives in England, dating from the 900s to the present day. These archives are cared for in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions across England, where they are made available to the public

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 131

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 131 - August 2005 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Eponyms. Eponyms are words or phrases derived from people's names. Often they derive from someone's surname (for example, Braille was invented by Louis Braille). But they can also come from someone's whole name (like the cocktail Tom Collins) or first name (like Benedictine from St Benedict). Try to identify these eponyms from the clues below, which give a description of the word or phrase and the first name of the person it derives from. Answers here

1. A soft stuffed toy bear, named after US president Theodore (1858-1919)
2. An assault rifle of Soviet design, named after Soviet arms engineer Mikhail (born 1919)
3. A unit of electric power, named after Scottish engineer James (1736-1819)
4. A disease marked by progressive loss of mental capacity, named after German neurologist Alois (1864-1915)
5. A scale of windspeed, ranging from 0 to 12, named after Admiral Francis (1774-1857)
6. A gas burner, named after German chemist Robert (1811-1899)
7. A crude petrol bomb, named after Soviet statesman Vyacheslav (1890-1986)
8. The annual tennis competition between British and US women's teams, named after Hazel (1886-1974), the donor of the trophy
9. An educational method designed to develop the creative potential of young children, named after Italian educator Maria (1870-1952), who developed it
10. An annual award for theatrical achievement in New York City, named after US actress and director Antoinette (1888-1946)

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LLRX.com updated

LLRX.com July 15, 2005 update is now online

Factiva now available through Yahoo! Search Subscriptions

Factiva has announced that select Factiva content is now accessible through Yahoo! Search Subscriptions, a beta program launched last month that enables users to search multiple online subscription content sources and the web simultaneously

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - July 21, 2005

STN AnaVist

Free trials of the new STN AnaVist patent analysis software are available until the end of the year. STN AnaVist allows users to search, analyse and visualise data drawn from standard patent databases, such as CAplus, and the PCT and USPAT full-text databases. The free trial does not include these data sources

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces a new tour of Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation, a traveling exhibition about how Lincoln arrived at his decision to give slaves their freedom and the effects of that decision on the United States. Currently, the exhibit is on a 40-library tour, which continues through November 2006

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Talis Insight 2005

Talis Insight 2005 is the conference and exhibition for the Talis community. At the event, presenters including Talis staff, partners, libraries and industry professionals will discuss how to improve the user experience while still increasing efficiency in line with government and market pressures - 15-16 November, 2005 - Birmingham, UK

EDINA Newsline

EDINA Newsline July 2005, Volume 10, Issue 2, now available online

Mining the Long Tail: Libraries, Amazoogle and Infinite Availability

Webcast of the OCLC Symposium Mining the Long Tail: Libraries, Amazoogle and Infinite Availability is now online for viewing

Amazon UK launches new search function

Web users can now search the full text of more than 125,000 books at Amazon.co.uk. In collaboration with leading publishers, Amazon's Search Inside! function enables customers to search more than 39 million pages of text. Search Inside! is integrated into Amazon.co.uk's standard book search and includes books from all genres. This new feature even allows customers to browse through portions of the book such as the covers, flaps, table of contents and index. The system was first launched in the US in October 2003

New version of EndNote

Thomson ResearchSoft has released a new version of EndNote, its bibliographic software package that allows authors, researchers and librarians to search online databases, organise their references and create instant bibliographies. EndNote 9 is now available for Windows 2000 and XP, with a Macintosh version due later this summer

From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection

From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection celebrates Cornell University Library's spectacular collection of letters, manuscripts and books documenting the life and work of James Joyce. For the first time in thirty years, the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will exhibit highlights from the Cornell Joyce Collection, one of the richest in the world covering Joyce's early life and writing career. Until October 12, 2005

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Personalized RSS feeds available from Elsevier's Engineering Village 2

Elsevier Engineering Information has announced that Engineering Village 2, the leading web discovery platform for engineering research, is now offering custom RSS feeds for users seeking premium engineering content. Subscribers are now able to define their own searches against comprehensive engineering databases including Compendex and Inspec, and receive results delivered directly via RSS

Scottish Public Library Consortium chooses Xreferplus

Xrefer has announced that a consortium of public libraries in Scotland have chosen the Xreferplus Ready-Reference service for their users. Scottish Public Library authorities currently participating in this arrangement are: East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, Perth & Kinross, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Highland and Moray. Users will be able to access the Xreferplus service both in their local library and remotely in their own homes

Information Research - July, 2005 available

Information Research - Volume 10 No 4 - July, 2005 - now available online

Carnegie/Greenaway medal winners

Winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced

Task Force on School Libraries

The American Library Association has announced the formation of a new Task Force on School Libraries, in response to the urgent need to support and maintain school library programs and certified school librarians across the United States

Monday, July 18, 2005

The Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting

The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association April 12-15, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests. The Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Research Area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, librarians, archives, museums, or research. In the past this has included descriptions of research collections, studies of popular images of libraries or librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting popular culture materials

Bowker links to Google Scholar

R.R. Bowker has announced that users of its Ulrich's Resource Linker tool for integrating library e-resources are able to link from Google Scholar to full-text content within their collections

EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service

The latest list of journals available on the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service now covers 12181 titles

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Rhyming Slang Answers here

Rhyming slang is a kind of slang that probably originated among Cockneys in east London in the 19th century, and is also found in Australia and the USA. It substitutes a rhyming word or phrase for another word, so that "talk" in rhyming slang becomes "rabbit and pork". The phrase is often shortened, so that "talk" can be just "rabbit". Try to give the actual meaning of each of the rhyming words or phrases below. If you don't know, it's worth a guess - just think of a suitable rhyming word! Questions:

1. Apples and pears
2. North and south
3. Titfer
4. Bugs Bunny
5. Half-inch
6. Frog (or Frog and toad)
7. Cain and Abel
8. Tomfoolery
9. Brussel sprouts (or Brussels)
10. John Hop (Australian rhyming slang)

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First signed copy of 'Half-Blood Prince' donated to National Library of Scotland

J K Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland. It will be delivered to the Library on publication day, Saturday 16 July

Cites & Insights 5:9 available

Cites & Insights 5:9 (July/August 2005) is now available for downloading

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - July 14, 2005

American Institute of Physics 2006 subscription rates

The American Institute of Physics has announced its 2006 subscription rates

Thursday, July 14, 2005

FreePint Index

The complete index to all articles appearing in the FreePint Newsletter (1997-2005) is now available to download in the FreePint Newsletter Archive

John Teskey - President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

John Teskey assumed the Presidency of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) at the Association’s recently-held Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon. The two-year term runs until 2007

Free Pint Newsletter 186

Free Pint Newsletter 186 - 14 July 2005 - now available

Serials - July 2005 available

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community - Volume 18, Number 2, July 2005 is now available

ARSC 2006 call for papers

2006 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Annual Conference - May 17-20, 2006 - Seattle, Washington - Call for papers has been announced

Online Information 2005 exhibitor list

The exhibitor list for Online Information 2005 and Content Management 2005 is now available

Journal Coverage List from PsycINFO

The July 2005 update to the Journal Coverage List from PsycINFO is now available. 1,976 journals are now listed

Monday, July 11, 2005

2006 Health Libraries Group Conference

Call for papers for the 2006 Health Libraries Group Conference: Informed and Interactive, Health Knowledge for all - 10-12 July 2006 - Eastbourne, UK

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

Emerald Group Publishing has announced the winners of the annual Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Representing a dedication towards achieving the highest standards in academic publishing, these awards reflect a broad array of individual and partnership achievements. An offshoot of the Emerald Literati Club, this network of authors and scholars forms the backbone of Emerald content and creates a pool of talent unrivaled in the academic publishing world

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Bibliography

This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, conference papers, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). It emphasizes formally published works. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet

Enterprise Document & Records Management 2005

EDRM 2005 will feature an exhibition showcase of the leading suppliers of document, records, content and workflow management products and services that give organisations better control over their information. EDRM will run within Online Information and CME - 29 November-1 December - London, UK

Sunday, July 10, 2005

eContentplus Programme

The eContentplus Programme is a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. It will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU. The 4-year programme (2005–08), proposed by the European Commission, will have a budget of 149 million Euros to tackle organisational barriers and promote take up of leading-edge technical solutions to improve acessibility and usability of digital material in a multilingual environment

Listen to Nature

The British Library's new Listen to Nature site allows users to listen to 400 examples of nature sounds, many available for the first time from the British Library's Sound Archive

Emerald's Journals of the Week

Emerald's Journals of the Week for July 11 2005 are Kybernetes and Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

Friday, July 08, 2005

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. What is the square root of one hundred?
2. In which sport do people compete for the Ryder Cup?
3. In a famous cartoon series, where does Yogi Bear live?
4. A leveret is the young of which animal?
5. Which composer wrote four overtures for his opera "Fidelio?"
6. What kind of meat is used to make a Wiener schnitzel?
7. Is the city of Maastricht in France, Belgium or the Netherlands?
8. What colour is an amethyst?
9. Which film company was set up in 1919 by Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and D. W. Griffith?
10. When George Washington was the first US president, which party did he represent?

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Academic Library Association of Ohio

31st Annual Conference of the Academic Library Association of Ohio - November 4, 2005 - Columbus, Ohio

Turpion Journals subscription rates for 2006

Turpion Journals subscription rates for 2006 - prices quoted are institutional. The subscription rates which contain a print journal include shipping/postage costs. Journals are available with the three options: Print+Online, Online Only, Print. Current subscribers to Print+Online and Online Only options have access to 10-year full-text digital archive ("current archive") at no extra cost

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - July 7, 2005

The Library History Buff

The Library History Buff - created and maintained by Larry T. Nix, who recently retired from the Wisconsin state library agency in 2003 after 23 years of service

Colleges, Code and Copyright

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the publication of Colleges, Code and Copyright, ACRL Publications in Librarianship no. 57, from The Center for Intellectual Property at University of Maryland University College. It is the proceedings of a symposium held by the Center for Intellectual Property in June 2004. The goal of the symposium was to assemble stakeholders to discuss the technological, legal, and practical issues that influence the dissemination of information on campuses and the protection of intellectual property

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Building the Info Grid

Building the Info Grid: Digital Library Technologies and Services - Trends and Perspectives - 26-27 September 2005 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki, created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians

International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects

International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects - 15-16 September 2005 - Goettingen, Germany

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

The University of Pennsylvania Library has announced that it is now hosting a web version of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. This unique database of more than 60,000 entries tracks the movement of manuscripts written prior to 1600 through the book and auction trade in ca. 1800. It has been compiled from book and auction catalogues, chiefly from the UK and North America. With nearly 30 discrete, searchable fields, it is a powerful tool for those doing research in and using medieval and early modern manuscripts. The database is the property of Lawrence J. Schoenberg, who is actively adding to it and updating it

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Info@UK Issue 52

Info@UK Issue 52, July 2005, is now available from The British Council

e-Duke Scholarly Collection

Duke University Press has announced the official launch of its new e-Duke Scholarly Collection, hosted by HighWire Press at Stanford University. The new e-Duke Scholarly Collection will replace the interim electronic journals package that was offered in the summer of 2004 to the libraries that had formerly accessed Duke's humanities and social sciences journals via Project Muse

SPARC Open Access Newsletter

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #87 - July 2, 2005 now available

The Spoken Alexandria Project

The Spoken Alexandria Project is creating a free library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works (with permission). AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 audiobooks available for free download and redistribution

Let's Go Library Expo

Let's Go Library Expo, a component of Planet Library, is an ongoing series of online library and information technology conferences, symposia, and workshops. All of the things you like about conferences (great speakers and sessions, talk tables, poster sessions, networking with colleagues, etc.) are available through Let's Go Library Expo, without the less lovely aspects of traditional in-person conferences (outrageous travel expenses, long walks in cavernous convention centers, crowded meeting rooms, shuttle buses, uncomfortable beds, etc.). The next Let's Go Library Expo will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2005. The topics of this Expo will be "Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks."

The FRBR Blog

The FRBR Blog: A weblog following developments around the world in FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

Internet tools for effective information handling

Internet tools for effective information handling – Advanced - 20 October 2005, London, UK

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Change in RSS feed for this blog

I have changed the RSS feed for this blog. The new URL is http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/iRcS. Please update your aggregator.

Exploring Medical History

Exploring Medical History: What's happening in Libraries & Archives - A one day conference on Monday 17 October 2005 at The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England & Wellcome Trust

SLA Europe's Summer Soiree

SLA Europe's Summer Soiree is an annual event where SLA members can catch up with colleagues and meet new SLA members and other invited guests informally in the pleasant surroundings of the The City Club, Broad Street, London. Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Steve Borley, the European Information Professional of the Year for 2005, will give a short presentation outlining his impressions of the SLA annual Conference in Toronto

Aslib training

Aslib has recently published its Autumn Training brochure which lists all the courses taking place September to December. It also includes details of new courses such as Creative Commons Licences and Freedom of information afternoon workshop

Caine Prize for African Writing winner announced

S.A. Afolabi from Nigeria has won the sixth Caine Prize for African Writing, Africa's leading literary prize, for Monday Morning from Wasafiri, issue 41, spring 2004. The Chair of the judges, Baroness Young of Hornsey, announced the winner of the US$15,000 prize at a dinner held in the Bodleian Library in Oxford

CABI Publishing

CABI Publishing and British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) have announced a new partnership in delivering animal science research. From 2006 CABI Publishing will be publishing Animal Science on behalf of BSAS

Monday, July 04, 2005

Computers in Libraries 2006

Call for Speakers - Computers in Libraries 2006: Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives & Insights - March 22-24, 2006 - Washington DC

3rd International Evidence Based Librarianship Conference

Program is now available for 3rd International Evidence Based Librarianship Conference - Evolution of evidence: global perspectives on linking research with practice - Brisbane, Australia - 16-19 October 2005

The Digital Preservation Training Programme

The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is a project funded by JISC under its Digital Preservation and Asset Management programme, or JISC 4/04 as it is more commonly known. The project is led by ULCC, working with its partners the Digital Preservation Coalition, Cornell University and the British Library

European Library seeks user opinion

The European Library seeks user opinion. "The European Library wants to find out what works for the user of the new site and what doesn't. For this we teamed up with IRN Research, in co-operation with the national libraries of Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Switzerland. The survey is mainly about the search and retrieval capability of the site. The developers would be very grateful to any researcher able to give 10-15 minutes worth of time to answering the 8 questions. The European Library will donate 2 Euros to Book Aid International for every completed questionnaire it receives. The answers given will help TheEuropeanLibrary.org to decide the best way to develop the site for the benefit of its users"

Sunday, July 03, 2005


LISWiki was established to give the library community a chance to explore the usefulness of Wikis. It is not intended to replace or detract from the Wikipedia Library and information science articles (or those in the printed LIS encyclopedias for that matter), but exists as a niche encyclopedia covering library-related issues

Ovid's Resources of the Month for July 2005

Ovid's Resources of the Month for July 2005 are MEDLINE on Ovid and TRANSPORT on SilverPlatter

Emerald's Journals of the Week

Emerald's Journals of the Week for July 4 2005 are Measuring Business Excellence & The TQM Magazine

Sophie Brody Medal

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Arthur Brody and the Brodart Foundation announce the Sophie Brody Medal, an award for the U.S. author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature for adults. The award, which consists of a medal for the winner and citations for honor books, is funded by Arthur Brody and the Brodart Foundation, and is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. Works of fiction and non-fiction for adults published in the United States in the preceding year will be eligible for the award. The first award will be presented in June 2006

Saturday, July 02, 2005

SLA will hold its Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, USA, June 11-14, 2006 at the Baltimore Convention Center
The Canadian Library Association has announced the launch of its preliminary post-conference resource centre from the 60th Annual CLA Conference held in Calgary, Alberta. For those who were unable to attend the conference from June 15-18, 2005, or for delegates who wish to access presentations from sessions that they attended, this section of the Web site shouldn't be missed
The July/August 2005 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, Searcher, and ONLINE are now available

Friday, July 01, 2005

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

1. What is the capital city of Egypt?
2. The ANC was banned in South Africa from 1960 to 1990. What does "ANC" stand for?
3. Robert Mugabe was the first prime minister of which country from 1980 to 1987?
4. Is Africa the largest, second largest, or third largest continent in the world?
5. From 1964 to 1991, was Kenneth Kaunda president of Nigeria, Kenya or Zambia?
6. What is the largest lake in Africa?
7. Which desert forms most of Botswana: is it the Kalahari or the Sahara?
8. Which republic in eastern Africa was formed in 1964 by the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar?
9. The Biafran War was a civil war in which African country?
10. Which South African playwright wrote the plays "Boesman and Lena" and "Sizwe Bansi is Dead"?

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Copyright Clearance Center and R.R. Bowker have announced a new partnership that integrates copyright permission into three of Bowker's Web-based information services. Books In Print, Global Books In Print, and Ulrich's Resource Linker now allow librarians and staff to quickly and easily clear copyright permissions as they search for bibliographic information about specific books, journals and other copyrighted material
Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has announced the launch of its Humanities Archive: the first of five subject-based digital backfiles to be launched by early 2006. With its earliest material dating from 1829, the Humanities Archive contains over 300,000 articles, including major papers in history, music, religion, philosophy, literary studies, and linguistics, from Volume 1 Issue 1 of each title to the end of 1995. Journals included in the project include Essays in Criticism, English Historical Review, Past & Present, and the Journal of Theological Studies
The inside out library: libraries in the age of Amazoogle - a lecture by Lorcan Dempsey, VP of Research for OCLC - 12 July, 2005 - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Librarians' Index to the Internet - New This Week - June 30, 2005
LLRX.com June 23, 2005 update is now online