Featured Link

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cites & Insights 6:3

Cites & Insights 6:3 (February 2006) is now available for downloading

47th Annual RBMS Preconference

The 47th Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association will be held June 20-23, 2006, in Austin, Texas prior to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

HighBeam Research expands premium content, makes 1.5 million articles free

HighBeam Research, Inc. has announced a series of upgrades to its collection of content on the HighBeam Research Engine, offering more than 1.5 million full-text articles to individual researchers for free and adding extensive premium reference and news articles from Knight Ridder, Oxford University Press and The Washington Post

Faculty of 1000 Medicine

Faculty of 1000 Medicine is a new online research tool that highlights the most interesting papers in medicine, based on the recommendations of nearly 2500 leading researchers and clinicians

Carnival of the Infosciences #22

Carnival of the Infosciences #22 hosted by Nicole C. Engard on What I Learned Today

Yahoo, library collaborate on photo archive

Australians are being asked to contribute photographs to an online archive to help build the most comprehensive publicly accessible bank of digital images of urban and rural Australia. The initiative follows a new partnership between Yahoo Australia and New Zealand and the National Library of Australia. The archive will involve Flickr, which is a photograph sharing website owned by Yahoo, and PictureAustralia, a bank of more than a million images set up and managed by the National Library of Australia

Best Books for Young Adults 2006

The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its 2006 recommended list of Best Books for Young Adults. The list, prepared annually, was released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, held January 20–25, 2006

BCALA announces 2006 literary award winners

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2006 BCALA Literary Awards during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2005, including the work of a first novelist, and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing. The recipients will receive the awards during the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans

ACRL/ARL Institute on Scholarly Communication

The Association for Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries are jointly sponsoring the Institute for Scholarly Communication as an immersive learning experience to prepare participants as local experts within their libraries and equip them with tools for developing campus outreach strategies. As a participant in this 2.5 day immersion program, you will become fluent with scholarly communication issues and trends so that you are positioned to educate others on your library staff, engage in campus communications programs and other advocacy efforts, and work collaboratively with other participants to begin developing an outreach plan for your campus - July 12-14 - University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, January 30, 2006

2006 National Book Festival

The 2006 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held September 30 2006, 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

Advocacy from the Front Line

Mississippi State University Libraries is sponsoring a Symposium on Academic Library Advocacy: Advocacy from the Front Line, February 16, 2006, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Come hear Camila Alire, current President of ACRL and Dean of Libraries at the University of New Mexico, as the keynote speaker and discuss with her the critical issue of academic library advocacy. The symposium will include small group discussions and analysis of problem-based scenarios focusing on academic library advocacy issues. Camila Alire will then respond and critique each group's summary

Webology December 2005

Webology, a scholarly journal in English devoted to the various fields of Library and Information Science and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation - Volume 2, Number 4, December 2005, now available online

Publishers say fact-checking is too costly

Editors and publishers say the profit-margins in publishing don't allow for hiring fact-checkers. Instead, they rely on authors to be honest, and on their legal staffs to avoid libels suits. "An author brings a manuscript saying it represents the truth, and that relationship is one of trust," says Ms. Talese, whose imprint, Nan A. Talese, is part of Random House's Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group - WSJ

Sunday, January 29, 2006

LSE Retrospective Catalogue Conversion

The Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science has completed a Retrospective Catalogue Conversion project to convert all records for items listed in the Library's older card catalogues, making it one of the first major UK research libraries to have all its holdings catalogued online. Completion of this major project means that records for all Library items can be accessed by researchers working anywhere in the world. Some 305,000 items were converted in this final phase, completing records for all stock acquired by the Library from its foundation in 1896 until the early 1980s, when the computerised catalogue began

Highlights - Winter 2005/6

The Winter 2005/6 issue of Highlights, the free, quarterly newsletter from Inderscience Publishers, is now available

Saturday, January 28, 2006

OpenDOAR - The Directory of Open Access Repositories

The OpenDOAR service is being developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. This will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information

Call for proposals: Training Showcase at ALA 2006

The Continuing Library Education and Networking Exchange Round Table (CLENE) would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the 2006 Training Showcase at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. This poster session celebrates innovative continuing education, staff development, and training initiatives and programs in libraries across the country. Use this opportunity to promote and share your hard work with other trainers, staff development coordinators, and librarians

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 137

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 137 - February 2006 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

LISU's Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey ceases publication

LISU has been forced to discontinue this annual statistical series because of the withdrawal of financial support for its compilation from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The issue covering 2004-2006 data, published in September 2005, will therefore be the end of a series which has run for some 20 years, and which has provided invaluable management data on the materials budgets of public libraries

NARCIS launched

The DARE project NARCIS (National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System) has recently lauched the beta version of its website; the gateway to Dutch scientific research information. NARCIS offers central access to Dutch research information. Information produced by Dutch universities, research institutes, KNAW and NWO is gathered and searchable here. In addition NARCIS is the entry par excellence for scientists, policy makers, intermediary organisations, journalists and the public for obtaining a survey on ongoing research in the Netherlands

Baltic and Slavonic Libraries in Britain after the Second World

Baltic and Slavonic Libraries in Britain after the Second World: Ihar Ivanou will trace the activities and development of the key Baltic and Slavonic libraries in the UK, highlighting the significance of these collections, their adopted work practices, their influence on homeland libraries and librarians role in maintaining ethnic identity - 22 February 2006 - London, UK

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which US computer entrepreneur co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with his school friend Paul Allen?
2. Which Australian-born US media magnate was the founder of News Corporation and publishes the "New York Post" in the USA and "The Times" in the UK?
3. Which Greek businessman married Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968 after he had had a long relationship with Maria Callas?
4. Which Italian entrepreneur was prime minister of Italy in 1994 and 2001?
5. Which US aviator and entrepreneur was also the producer of such films as "Hell's Angels" and "The Outlaw"?
6. Orson Welles's 1941 film "Citizen Kane" was based on the real-life figure of which newspaper tycoon?
7. Which British entrepreneur founded the Virgin Group and was the first to cross the Atlantic and the Pacific in a hot-air balloon?
8. In 1980, which US media entrepreneur founded the Cable News Network (CNN), television's first 24-hour news station?
9. Which rock music entrepreneur opened a shop in London with Vivienne Westwood in the 1970s that became the focus of the punk rock movement?
10. Which Internet navigational guide was co-founded by US entrepreneurs David Filo and Jerry Yang?

The Wheatley Medal 2006

The Wheatley Medal 2006 will be awarded for an outstanding printed index published in the UK between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2006. The winner will receive the medal and also a certificate and a cash prize. Certificates will also be awarded to indexers whose work is commended or highly commended. The winner will be announced at the Society of Indexers' annual conference at Durham University on 10 July 2006. Nominations are welcome from individuals, organizations and publishers


eLit2006 is the 5th international conference examining the challenge of eLiteracy. eLit2006 will draw together teachers, educational researchers, policymakers, trainers, librarians, IT support staff, learning technologists, and many others to share experiences and to talk and think through issues such as the embedding of eLiteracy skills in the curriculum to the challenges of creating online education - 28-30 June 2006 - Loughborough University, UK

Vendor management

Vendor management: this workshop will assist information professionals to improve the management of their relationships with publishers, vendors and suppliers. It will also help you to assess the quality of your suppliers and their products - 9 March 2006 - London, UK

SIGIR 2006: Call for Posters and Demonstrations

SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval. The 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference will be held at the University of Washington Campus in Seattle, WA, August 6-11, 2006

2006 Info Tech Employment curriculum development grant

Tech educators are invited to apply for the 2006 Info Tech Employment curriculum development grant. The $500. cash grant is to be used to develop or augment a curriculum in "How to Get a Job in Information Technology: Transitioning from Education to Workplace." The curriculum should go beyond technical training. It should provide the resources and tools to understand the IT industry and the specialized companies placing for IT employment. High school, college, university, community college, post secondary school, and technical institute tech educators and faculty are eligible to apply

LITA standards IG midwinter ALA 2006 presentations

LITA standards IG midwinter ALA 2006 presentations in PowerPoint format

The Fourth International Conference on the Book

The Fourth International Conference on the Book will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book and its surrounds, including the past, present and future of publishing, libraries, information, literacy and learning in the information society. Main speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners - 20-22 October 2006 - Boston, Massachusetts

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - January 26, 2006

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Special Cuts launching to monitor online media

Specialist media monitoring and press cutting agency, Special Cuts Ltd, is launching a new service to monitor online media. The online service will search the "hidden web" for news articles from e-publications in the academic, government, information management and library sectors, and is designed to complement free news engines. The new offering will cover publications such as info@UK, Knowledgespeak, Legal Technology Insider, Serials e-news, and VIP Eye, which are not indexed by free "news crawlers"

Serota Library Furniture news

Serota Library Furniture has appointed TheAnswer Ltd to work on a communications programme. Michael Serota explains: "We have been working on the communications strategy together since the Autumn and are starting our new communications initiative to focus on our presence at the Library + Information Show in April. TheAnswer specialises in public relations work with the library and academic sector and we felt their expertise and knowledge of the relevant media would allow us to get our new public relations and marketing programme off to a flying start"

Patrick O'Keeffe announced winner of The Story Prize for 2005

The Hill Road by Patrick O'Keeffe, published by Viking, was named the winner of The Story Prize at the New School's Tishman Auditorium in New York City on the evening of Jan. 25, 2006. O'Keeffe accepted the first prize of $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl

LISweb Google Group

LISweb Google Group is specifically aimed toward librarians and library folks involved in the World-Wide Web, in a non-official capacity. Covering some of the same issues of Web4lib, LISweb is for homebrew library sites, bloggers, and others to share advice, tips, and ideas for running their own websites

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Call for Papers: FOIS-2006

Call for Papers: FOIS-2006 - International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems - November 9-11, 2006 - Baltimore, Maryland

LACUNY Institute 2006

The Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) has announced its annual professional development conference: The LACUNY Institute. This conference will be held May 19, 2006 at Baruch College, New York City

1901 UK Census free searching

Until the 17 February 2006 you can search the complete 1901 UK Census index at Ancestry.co.uk for free

What's New at OECD

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition - December 2005 is now avialable

Simmons Online Workshops Spring 2006

Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Office of Continuing Education is offering a number of online workshops for Spring 2006

Discovery: Finder

Endeavor Information Systems has announced that it has entered into an expanded partnership agreement with TDNet to integrate elements of the company's leading-edge technologies into select Endeavor products. The first Endeavor product to make use of TDNet technology is a new offering called Discovery: Finder. Finder is part of a new suite of tools known as Endeavor Discovery, a family of utility products that enable users to easily retrieve, view and access the most relevant information from library resources

Safari Books Online launches new Rough Cuts service

Readers everywhere now have the opportunity to get an exclusive sneak peak into the latest books covering new technologies with Safari's Rough Cuts service. Launched by Safari Books Online, LLC, a joint venture between technology publishers O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, the beta version of the new Rough Cuts service gives readers online access to works-in-progress, before they’re published as print books

2005 Whitbread Book of the Year award

Biographer Hilary Spurling has won the prestigious 2005 Whitbread Book of the Year award for the second part of her biography of Matisse, Matisse the Master, a work which took her 15 years to complete

Firstgov.gov search

Firstgov.gov search offers access to content from U.S. federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial sources

2006 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award winners announced

Six libraries are winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations. This award, jointly sponsored by the H. W. Wilson Company and the H. W. Wilson Foundation, Bronx, N.Y., with the Library Administration and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, has been awarded continuously since 1946

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

CLOCKSS - Controlled Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

CLOCKSS is a collaborative initiative by a group of organizations drawn from publishers, libraries and learned societies. This two-year project will test the LOCKSS technology and social model to support a 'large dark archive' that is both fail-safe and has an acceptable process for providing continuing access for orphaned materials. CLOCKSS is a Controlled use of LOCKSS for the purpose of ensuring the promise of long term access to published scholarly content in digital format. It provides additional functionality to that of the use of the LOCKSS system ('Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe') which is widely known in the scholarly communications world as a technology for ensuring the integrity of digital content, and is used as part of preservation strategies for electronic journals to which libraries subscribe

Eight International Conference on Grey Literature

Eight International Conference on Grey Literature - 4-5 December 2006 - University of New Orleans, USA

60 libraries selected to receive Jewish literature discussion program grants

The American Library Association Public Programs Office and Nextbook, a gateway to Jewish literature, culture and ideas, selected 60 public and academic libraries to receive grants for Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature programs. This is the fourth round of Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination grants awarded by ALA and Nextbook. During the course of the three-year initiative, a total of 159 libraries have been selected to participate

Monday, January 23, 2006

Osama 'plug' boosts book's sales

Osama Bin Laden has seemingly propelled a book by an obscure historian into the US bestseller list, by endorsing it in an audio message aired on Thursday. Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower had reached number 21 on the Amazon list by Sunday, leaping from below the 200,000 mark. Author William Blum, 72, said he had no regrets about the endorsement. The 320-page book is highly critical of US foreign policy, and says the War on Terror is doomed to failure - BBC

50 libraries face closure as councils balance books

Dozens of public libraries are threatened with closure as local councils struggle to balance this year's budgets. Around 50 libraries in at least six different counties in the UK are facing possible closure in the coming months. Most are in small and sometimes isolated communities - Telegraph

Sunday, January 22, 2006

FreePint Newsletter 198

FreePint Newsletter 198 - 19 January, 2006 - now available

Not-for-profit Scholarly Societies and Open Access Journal Publishing

Not-for-profit Scholarly Societies and Open Access Journal Publishing by Carol Tenopir - a presentation delivered at the "Issues in Scholarly Communication: Electronic Publishing, Open Access, and JELIS" panel at ALISE 2006 Annual Conference, January 16-19, San Antonio, Texas. Key findings from two studies, ALPSP and CIBER, on the funding models for open access journals and a survey of authors are reported

Saturday, January 21, 2006

ScienceDirect significantly improves access to Elsevier content

Access to Elsevier's full-text, peer-reviewed journal and book content on ScienceDirect, will be significantly enhanced with several new features. As part of Elsevier's commitment to provide the latest scientific research as soon as possible online, ScienceDirect will introduce a new type of Article in Press in February, 2006: Accepted Manuscripts. These are manuscripts which have been peer-reviewed and selected for publication by the journal editor but have yet to be edited by Elsevier's production staff

The Library + information Show 2006

The Library + information Show 2006 will be held April 26-27 at NEC, Birmingham, UK

Information Research January 2006

Information Research - Volume 11 No 2 - January, 2006 - now available online

The Ontario Library Association Super Conference

The Ontario Library Association Super Conference - February 1-4, 2006 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada

DELOS Brainstorming Meeting final report

On December 5-6, 2005, the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries held a brainstorming meeting in Nice, France, to formulate responses to the i2010 Digital Library questions from the European Commission and to discuss the DELOS vision of the future of Digital Libraries. Participants came from within and without DELOS, from Europe and the United States, including librarians, researchers in the DL field, and representatives of the European Commission. The final report of the meeting and related documents are now available


Libraries411.com - a free directory and real-time, on-demand, library mapping and locator system. Includes simple, yet powerful, public library self-management functionality and custom searchable maps

2006 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

2006 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories - October 11–15, 2006 - Dallas, TX

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. The Romans first came to Britain when which leader invaded in 55 and 54 BC?
2. Who was the first person to become president of the USA?
3. Which aviator was the first to make a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic?
4. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
5. Who was the first Bishop of Rome?
6. Who was the first prime minister of independent India - from 1947 to 1964?
7. In 1884, Maud Watson was the first women's singles champion in which British tennis championship?
8. In 1949, Sukarno became the first president of which republic?
9. Who was South Africa's first black social worker?
10. Hugues Aubriot was the first person to be confined in which building he had built?

The Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress's Music Division has announced the release of a new online presentation in American Memory: The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial: Music History from Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archives

James Joyce tops poll of most valuable books

Ulysses, James Joyce's classic 1922 novel which chronicled the perambulations through the streets of Dublin of its main character, Leopold Bloom, in groundbreaking stream-of-consciousness style, has topped a poll of the most valuable works of fiction of the 20th century - The Guardian

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

The long-list for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has been announced

CLIR Issues - Number 49

CLIR Issues - Number 49 January/February 2006 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

JISC Digital Repository Wiki

This wiki is for all those working on the JISC Digital Repositories Programme and other experts in the field of Digital Repositories. The wiki is maintained by the Digital Repositories Support team at UKOLN and CETIS

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - January 19, 2006

LLRX.com January 15, 2006 update

LLRX.com January 15, 2006 update is now online. LLRX.com is a unique, free Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ingenta’s subscription activation program

Ingenta has announced the latest developments in its successful subscription agent partnership program. The program, which sees Ingenta work closely with key agents to simplify activation of online subscriptions for its library customers, is winning increased recognition from the information community as strong uptake delivers improved service to institutional subscribers

VRD 2005 Conference presentations available

The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) has announced that presentations from the VRD 2005 Conference are now available online at WebJunction. The 2005 e-proceedings offer presentations, papers, bibliographies, handouts, and other resources from the 7th annual VRD Conference held in Burlingame, CA on November 14-15, 2005

Biblio Tech Review January 2006

The January 2006 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Developing Public Libraries: national strategies in Europe

Developing Public Libraries: national strategies in Europe: a one-day seminar for managers in UK public libraries, to discuss European perspectives on national library strategies. Top-level speakers from the MLA and other European government departments will present differing strategic approaches, and different visions for the future of public libraries - 5 April 2006 - London, UK

The Global Digital Format Registry funded

The Harvard University Library has received a grant of $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the development of a registry of authoritative information about digital formats. Detailed information about the format of digital resources is fundamental to their preservation. The two-year project will result in a new Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR), which will become a key international infrastructure component for the digital preservation programs of libraries, archives and other institutions with the responsibility for keeping digital resources viable over time

Carnival of the Infosciences #20

Carnival of the Infosciences #20 is now available on TangognaT

SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications

SPARC Europe has announced the inauguration of the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications. The new annual Award will be presented to an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address the problems with the current systems

The Institutional Repository

The Institutional Repository by Richard Jones, Dr Theo Andrew and John MacColl - This book discusses the concept of the Institutional Repository (IR) and examines how they can be set up, maintained and embedded into general institutional working practice. Specific reference is made to capturing certain types of research material such as E-Theses and E-Prints and what the issues are with regard to obtaining the material, ensuring that all legal grounds are covered and then storing the material in perpetuity - Chandos Publishing

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

D-Lib Magazine January 2006

D-Lib Magazine January 2006 is now available

TEL-ME-MOR first press release

European project TEL-ME-MOR has just released its first press release focusing on a survey conducted among the 10 national libraries of the European Union New Member States. This research reveals significant gaps in digital research and development programmes of those national libraries. It shows what makes it difficult or impossible for national libraries to be actively involved in research and development programmes. The issues range from intellectual, financial and organisational to the management experience of digitised and born-digital content, the size of digital collections, application and adoption of international standards and technological infrastructure

Stanford University Press serializing Sherlock Holmes

Stanford University Press has selected Sherlock Holmes as the star of this year's "Discovering…" series. Readers now can subscribe to receive weekly installations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes/Watson adventures A Scandal in Bohemia, The Speckled Band, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Final Problem either by snail mail or PDF downloads, January 27 through April

Ovid's resource of the month

Ovid's resource of the month for January 2006 is PsycINFO and CAB Abstracts

Radical, Militant Librarian button

In recognition of the efforts of librarians to help raise awareness of the overreaching aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom is offering librarians an opportunity to proudly proclaim their "radical" and "militant" support for intellectual freedom, privacy, and civil liberties

ALA to webcast children/teen literary awards

For the first time ever, the American Library Association will pilot a live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and video for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards - on January 23 at 7:55 a.m. CST. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together more than 12,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests in San Antonio from January 20 to 25

Booklist Online

Booklist Online (BOL), a state-of-the-art Web site and subscription database serving libraries, library patrons, and book lovers, will complement and expand on the print journal Booklist. BOL will deliver highly searchable and creatively linked reviews, columns, and features—all designed to help users find exactly the right book. Coming March 2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Dublin's building boom puts priceless books in danger

The recent prosperity and development of the capital of Ireland is causing major problems for one of the city's most venerable institutions, the library of Trinity College, Dublin. The university has discovered to its dismay that a quarter of a million books, many of them irreplaceable and dating from the earliest days of print, have been damaged by building dust - Independent News and Media

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. Call for papers has been announced

DSpace User Group Meeting, Bergen 2006

The University of Bergen, Norway, has announced that it will host a two day DSpace User Group Meeting on 20 and 21 April 2006. The meeting will primarily be concerned with technology and processes that have been developed to embed DSpace into institutional systems, and the different roles that DSpace has found in this environment, beyond purely that of an Institutional Repository platform. In addition important general developments will be presented, and there will be tutorials for both technical and non-technical DSpace users

Scholarship and Libraries in Transition

Scholarship and Libraries in Transition: A Dialogue about the Impacts of Mass Digitization Projects - A Symposium presented by University of Michigan University Library and National Commission on Libraries and Information Science - March 10-11, 2006 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Lorcan Dempsey on Ariadne

Ariadne, the web-based magazine which has reported on UK and wider digital library developments, is 10 year's old. Lorcan Dempsey writes about its origin

The Virtual Reference Desk: Creating a reference future

The Virtual Reference Desk: Creating a reference future - Edited by R. David Lankes, Eileen G. Abels, Marilyn Domas White and Saira N. Haque - Online chat, text messaging, RSS feeds - we never imagined that these technologies would impact on information services in the ways they have and we can only begin to imagine the greater changes that tomorrow will bring in the world of the virtual reference library - New for January from Facet Publishing

Factiva adds content from The Press Association

Factiva has announced that content from The Press Association, the national news agency of the UK and Ireland, is now available to Factiva's 1.8 million global subscribers through Factiva's products and services

Creating Knowledge IV

Creating Knowledge IV - empowering the student through cross-institutional collaboration between the library and academic support - August 16-18, 2006 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Monday, January 16, 2006

First online open articles from Blackwell

The first articles using Blackwell Publishing's Online Open service are now available for access on Blackwell Synergy

The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide

The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide by Rachel Singer Gordon: Here is a unique resource for next generation librarians, addressing the specific needs of GenXers and Millennials as they work to define themselves as information professionals. The book focuses on how NextGens can move their careers forward and positively impact the profession - to be published March 2006

Internet Librarian International 2006

Internet Librarian International 2006 - 16-17 October 2006 - Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK. Call for speakers now available

First workshop on eprints in Library and Information Science

Presentations given at the first workshop on eprints in Library and Information Science - Geneva, Switzerland - are now available

NCSU Libraries unveils revolutionary, Endeca-powered online catalog

The NCSU Libraries have announced the first library deployment of a revolutionary new online catalog. Leveraging the advanced search and Guided Navigation capabilities of the Endeca ProFind platform, the NCSU Libraries' new catalog provides the speed and flexibility of popular online search engines while capitalizing on existing catalog records

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Opening New Territory with Technology cash grant

College, university, community college, and post secondary educators are invited to apply for the 2006 Opening New Territory with Technology cash grant from Technology Grant News. The $500 cash grant is to be used for computer software or equipment for a project or goal that opens "new territory" for the applicant's field of study, school, profession or community. In addition, 25 subscriptions to Technology Grant News will be awarded to applicants

Rivkah Sass - Librarian of the Year 2006

Rivkah Sass - Librarian of the Year 2006 by John N. Berry III for Library Journal

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. Newspaper Articles Archive

Search newspaper articles about Martin Luther King, Jr. in more than 50,000 historical newspaper pages

Directory of Open Access Journals updated

Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 2000 journals in the directory. Currently 494 journals are searchable at article level. 83955 articles are included in the service

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: 1986. Answers here.

1. Name the Sherpa mountaineer who died in 1986 and was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953.
2. Who wrote the novel "A Room with a View," which was made into a film in 1986 by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory?
3. What wavelike movement got its name from its first appearance during the World Cup finals in 1986?
4. Who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay with his 1986 film "Hannah and her Sisters?"
5. Which comet with a 76-year orbit made an appearance in 1986?
6. Which US clarinetist and bandleader, nicknamed the "King of Swing," died in 1986?
7. Following her husband's overthrow in 1986 as president of the Philippines, whose enormous collection of shoes was put on display?
8. What museum of 19th- and early 20th-century art was opened in 1986 at a former railway station in Paris?
9. What name was given to the deregulation, on October 27, 1986, of the London-based securities markets?
10. Which Czechoslovakian-born tennis player was the number one ranked male player in the world in 1986?

Bringing Text Alive

Bringing Text Alive: The Future of Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Electronic Publication - September 14-17, 2006 - Ann Arbor, MI. Deadline for paper submissions is May 15, 2006

Roger K. Summit Scholarship

Applications for the 2006 Roger K. Summit Scholarship Application for North America are now being accepted. The deadline is April 30, 2006. Scholarship awards will be the equivalent of US$5000 for the North America region. The award will be presented at the Special Libraries Association Conference in Baltimore, MD, in June 2006

Readex announces two new series of digitized Early American Newspapers

Readex has announced that it will begin publishing Early American Newspapers, Series II, 1758-1900 and Series III, 1829-1922 in March 2006. Complementing Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876, these new series offer fully searchable digital facsimiles of more than 350 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century newspapers, totaling nearly three million pages. These and all Archive of Americana collections are published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS)

ARSC announces new Preservation Grants Program

The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings was founded in 2004 (to begin in 2006) by Al Schlachtmeyer and the Board of Directors of ARSC to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations

Libraries Build Communities

Libraries Build Communities - a blog that will be used to support a book that Chrystie R. Hill and Steven M. Cohen are writing. The book will deliver to librarians a process-based approach to community building based not only on what libraries have done in the past but ideas for future community building as well (online and off). Using case studies and theories from social network analysis, social capital, and public places, they hope to deliver practical methods for libraries of all shapes and sizes. They will use the blog to help build up case studies, discuss questions for interviewees, and ask advice from readership

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - January 12, 2006

Freedom of Information Live 2006

Freedom of Information Live 2006: annual event at which information rights practitioners from all parts of the public sector meet - 25 May 2006 - London, UK

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Netspeed 2006 - proposals wanted

The Alberta Library invites proposals for sessions at Netspeed 2006, to be held October 18-20, 2006, in Edmonton, AB. Netspeed is a conference organized by The Alberta Library for librarians, technical staff and trustees to explore new technologies in a highly connected world. This conference serves to highlight new technologies being developed in libraries today, and sessions cover a variety of topics including emerging trends and newly implemented technology. Please note that session proposals must be received by January 25, 2006. Proposals for pre-conference sessions are welcome, as are suggestions for speakers and topics

New journals from Cambridge University Press for 2006

New journals from Cambridge University Press for 2006 include: Greece and Rome, The Classical Quarterly, The Classical Review, BioSocieties, Health Economics Policy and Law, Journal of Global History, Journal of Laryngology and Otology, The Review of Politics, and Central European History

Information Highways Conference

Produced by the e-Content Institute since 1989, the Information Highways Conference and Showcase is the pre-eminent learning and networking vehicle for Canadian strategic thinkers, decision makers, business managers and professionals in the areas of digital content, knowledge, information and document management, information services, e-learning, collaboration and business intelligence. Held annually, the conference has an established reputation for creating high quality, market responsive and strategic programming aimed at the organizations and professionals, who buy, use, manage and create e-content and digital media solutions - March 28-30, 2006 - Toronto, Canada

Code4lib 2006 schedule available

The schedule for Code4lib 2006 is now available. Code4lib 2006 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software

Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSES

Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSES) - A portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in community and technical colleges, which is open to everyone. AMSES highlights new science resources on the Web

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Netskills workshops

Netskills has announced its programme of workshops for January 2006 to March 2006

Initiatives & Innovation: Managing Disruptive Technologies workshop

Bookings are now open for the Initiatives & Innovation: Managing Disruptive Technologies Workshop which will be held at the University of Warwick on 24 February 2006. This workshop, which is being organised by UKOLN, UCISA and CETIS, will seek to address the challenges being faced by institutions in exploiting new technologies (including technologies which are sometimes referred to as Web 2.0, mobile devices, etc.) together with the move to use of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to development which underpins the JISC development activities (as part of the JISC E-Framework)

MLIS Scholarship in Organization of Information

The Diversity in the Organization of Information and Its Technology (DOIT) Project at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies is now accepting applications from prospective students, especially those from groups currently underrepresented in librarianship, for an MLIS program focused on the Organization of Information. The program offers a wide range of courses from cataloging to metadata to archival arrangement and topical advanced courses. Successful applicants will receive full tuition, scholarships, paid internships, computers, academic and professional mentoring, some travel, and other support. Applications for the fall 2006 on campus program are due February 1; applications for spring 2007 online program are due June 1

Journal of Medical Library Association

Journal of Medical Library Association - Volume 94(1) January 2006 is now available

Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) V conference

Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) V conference - June 18-21, 2006 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia to be added to Xreferplus Ready-Reference Service

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia to be added to Xreferplus Ready-Reference Service

DLF Spring Forum 2006 - call for papers

Call for papers: DLF Spring Forum 2006 - Members of DLF institutions are invited to submit proposals for papers, panel discussions, posters, and BOFs dealing with any aspect of digital library development - April 10-12 - Austin, Texas

Cites & Insights 6:2 available

Cites & Insights 6:2 (Midwinter 2006) is now available for downloading

2006 Online Northwest

2006 Online Northwest - A one-day conference focusing on the use of technology within libraries, attracting librarians from the Pacific Northwest and around the country. It is sponsored by the Oregon University System - February 10, 2006. Full program now available

LILAC 2006 programme available

LILAC 2006: Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference - 27-29 March 2006 - University of Leeds, UK. Provisional programme now available

ScholarlyStats has been launched

MPS Technologies has launched ScholarlyStats - a usage statistics consolidation service for libraries

BVA Publications journals no longer hosted at Ingenta

As of January 2006, the British Veterinary Association will no longer be hosting its online journals with Ingenta. Online access to "The Veterinary Record" and "In Practice" will be available at bvapublications.com only. "The Journal of Small Animal Practice" will continue to be available on IngentaConnect under its new publisher, Blackwell Publishing

ALPSP library survey

ALPSP (the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers), would like your assistance with a survey addressing the possible impact of pre-print archives on journals


TechKNOW is the quarterly review of bright ideas published by the Technical Services Division of the Ohio Library Council (OLC). This electronic publication provides: professional news; information on emerging library standards and library vendor products; book product and web resource reviews; information about professional associations; OLC division news; and practical advice for technical services librarians in public libraries and academic libraries

ALA launches AL Direct weekly email news service

The American Library Association has announced that on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, the inaugural issue of AL Direct, a new membership-perquisite weekly supplement to American Libraries, will begin emailing to all ALA members. AL Direct will feature breaking news affecting all types of libraries and will help members quickly and concisely stay up-to-date on information that impacts their worklife

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. The part of the leg on which a human being or animal stands or walks. A unit of length equal to 12 inches (30.48 centimetres).
2. To try to catch the crest of a wave and ride it to the shore. To browse through the Internet randomly.
3. A class or group of people, animals or things which share similar characteristics. Printed letters.
4. A moving ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid. A sweep of the hand or arm, used as a signal or greeting.
5. A piece of furniture with shelves and doors, for storing or displaying items. A policy-making body made up of senior ministers in charge of the various departments of government.
6. Resistant to scratching or indentation. Proven and reliable.
7. Somebody or something that ranks first. A blank section at the beginning or end of a reel of film or recording tape.
8. A small mark or stain. A place.
9. To have in mind as a goal or purpose. To have or convey a particular idea.
10. To write down. To make or perform.

H.W. Wilson Periodicals Databases now deliver color page images

H.W. Wilson has announced the debut of color page images on WilsonWeb full text periodicals databases. Page images bring researchers not just the complete text of articles from core serials, but also important information in accompanying illustrations, charts, diagrams, and other graphics. New color scans now make the graphics easier to read and interpret. More than 2,000 journals are delivered in full text on WilsonWeb - about 1,400 with accompanying page images

Infotrieve converts ArticleFinder STM Search Engine to free access model

Infotrieve has announced that it has converted ArticleFinder, its online scientific, technical, and medical (STM) database with more than 26 million citations and eight million abstracts from over 54,000 journals, to a free access model. The move provides scientists and researchers, who work for corporations and are subject to different copyright regulations than their academic counterparts, with an end-to-end solution for conducting STM searches across literature from multiple providers. The solution seamlessly retrieves full-text scholarly journal articles that they need on a pay-per-view basis

FreePint Newsletter 197

FreePint Newsletter 197 - 5 January, 2006 - now available

MLA '06

MLA '06 - Medical Library Association Annual Meeting - May 19-24, 2006 - Phoenix, Arizona

ISSN Revision Draft at Ballot

The January 2006 issue of NISO Newsline has an article, ISSN Revision Draft at Ballot, about the revised version of the ISSN standard (ISO 3297) that is currently being balloted

ALADN 2006 registration now open

ALADN 2006 - Playing All Your Cards...Library Development Revealed - March 27-30, 2006 - Las Vegas, NV - Registration is now open

National Library for Health Directory of NHS RSS feeds

After several months in beta the National Library for Health Directory of NHS RSS feeds has been made a full release. As its name implies, the directory is divided into sections, and each section has an OPML file

The Science Navigation Group

The Science Navigation Group (formerly the Current Science Group) is a group of independent companies that collaborate closely with each other to publish and develop information and services for the professional biomedical community and for the consumer market. Products run the gamut from books and journals to websites, databases, maps and audiovisuals, and cater to clients as various as physicians, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, patients, students and the general public

ACCESS: Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Product & Service

ACCESS: Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Product & Service - December 2005 No.55 is now available

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - January 5, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

FreePint Index 1997-2005

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

IADIS International Conference

IADIS International Conference - e-Society 2006 - The conference aims to address the main issues of concern within the Information Society. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of the Information Society. Broad areas of interest are eGovernment / eGovernance, eBusiness / eCommerce, eLearning, eHealth, Information Systems, and Information Management - 13–16 July 2006 - Dublin, Ireland

Music Library Association 2006 Wiki

MLA 2006 Wiki is a platform for informal information sharing prior to, during, and perhaps beyond the Music Library Association conference in Memphis, TN. It can serve as an unofficial, informal sibling to the official web site

Latest statistics show mixed fortunes for libraries

While visits to public libraries increased by over three million last year, statistics show that the number of active borrowers and the number of books issued continue to fall - Guardian Unlimited, UK

Play Index

Available for the first time on WilsonWeb, Play Index helps you find records for every important play ever written — more than 30,000 - from the Greek dramatists to contemporary playwrights. Identify plays that match your production resources, including plays suitable for children and young people. Play Index also features links to the full text of plays and other resources available on the Web

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

January 2006 journals from Information Today

The January 2006 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

EOS International updates EOS.Web

EOS International has annouced the latest release of EOS.Web Express and EOS.Web Enterprise. Based on Microsoft .NET technologies, EOS.Web is a Web-based library information system targeted at special libraries. It is designed to allow librarians and knowledge services staff to work from anywhere in the world

Librarian stumbles on lost Byron work

A poem by Lord Byron has been discovered in a 19th-century book within the archives of University College London. It is the only known manuscript of the untitled poem that appeared in print four years later, in 1816. It was assumed that the original had been lost, but a librarian stumbled across it during a routine cataloguing

Whitbread book awards winners

Whitbread book awards winners for 2005 have been announced

OCLC purchases Openly Informatics

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, the world's largest library cooperative, has purchased the assets of Openly Informatics, a leading provider of linking software and services for the library automation industry, so that both organizations can strengthen their products and services to benefit OCLC libraries and clients of Openly Informatics


diglet - a blog devoted to digital library issues from the UCSD Digital Library Planning Working Group (DLPWG). Includes information about digital library conferences, papers, and projects

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, January 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, January 2006: Coughs and Sneezes - this month looks at influenza and public health, in particular the devastating Spanish Flu which appeared towards the end of the First World War

SPARC Open Access Newsletter

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #93 - January 2, 2006 is now available

ALPSP Training

ALPSP Training - 2006 programme has been updated

The Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology

The Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology (EJSSM) is an open-access, international, scientific, formal, online journal for the publication of original and updated research. Through peer reviewed notes and articles, EJSSM serves the community of meteorology that is concerned with severe storms, including both convective and nonconvective severe weather. EJSSM exists to improve understanding, prediction, preparedness and mitigation of all severe local storm hazards