Featured Link

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment ideal to discuss, to learn about, and to advance skills in new computing technologies influencing the work of those in the Arts, Humanities and Library communities - June 19-23 2006 - University of Victoria, Canada

Emerald Management Xtra College

The Emerald Management Xtra College database "has been designed specifically for colleges. It was developed by talking through the ideas, problems headaches of our academic community, including librarians, deans, directors and students world-wide. Emerald Management Xtra College provides integrated access to journals, reviews and support resources Emerald Management Xtra College will offer you the flexibility and efficiency to put the library the heart of the college"

British Library Research Archive

British Library Research Archive, a database of papers and materials by researchers who are not affiliated to an academic institution. Those submitting documents here are usually the author or editor or have the necessary permission to make the documents available via this archive. Some of the material may not have been peer-reviewed. Examples include papers from conferences hosted by the British Library

Carnival of the Infosciences #26

Carnival of the Infosciences #26 hosted by Data Obsessed

Information Commons Wiki

The Information Commons Wiki (IC Wiki) is developed and maintained by the Information Commons Interest Group (ICIG) of the Canadian Library Association in order to foster a better understanding of the issues that affect the Information Commons. All are invited to share ideas, experiences and all relevant documentation for the Information Commons

Libraries Australia

A new free service by the National Library in Canberra will allow users to search the contents of 800 Australian libraries. Libraries Australia has been used by professional librarians for 25 years. The National Library's Fran Wilson says from today that will extend to everyone. "It will be accessible to all Australians, basically anyone who has access to the Internet," she said. Ms Wilson says 40 million items will be listed online, from books and journals to music and even maps

Open J-Gate

Open J-Gate "is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from 3000+ open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites"

Developing and managing e-book collections

Developing and managing e-book collections - 12 September 2006 - Dublin City University

Monday, February 27, 2006

Thames Riverside Pubs - British Library

Thames Riverside Pubs - Explore the colourful history of inns and taverns along the course of the Thames. Learn about the malting and brewing process. Discover how the pub has developed from Saxon & Roman origins. Developed in partnership with The British Library

Information Today - February 2006 issues

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

ISMIR 2006

ISMIR 2006: 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval - 8-12 October 2006 - Victoria, Canada

Call for Participation: E-Learn 2006

Call for Participation: E-Learn 2006: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education - October 13-17, 2006 - Honolulu, Hawaii

Who Are These People & What Do They Want? Transforming User Perceptions of Libraries

Who Are These People & What Do They Want? Transforming User Perceptions of Libraries - What do we know about how users perceive and use libraries? How can we expand our understanding of user perceptions in order to design responsive library services? Join Stephen Abram (SIRSI/Dynix), Alane Wilson (OCLC), and Ed Vielmetti (SuperPatron) in this day of learning and exploration of library user perceptions and expectations - May 1, 2006 - Burr Ridge, IL

Saturday, February 25, 2006

6th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR 2006)

6th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop (DIR 2006) - March 13-14, 2006 - Delft, The Netherlands

NASIG 21st Annual Conference registration

Registration is now open for the NASIG 21st Annual Conference - "Mile High Views: Surveying the Serials Vista" - May 4-7, 2006 - Denver, CO

Library Assessment Conference

Library Assessment Conference - Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment - September 25-27, 2006 - Charlottesville, Virginia

Implementation Science

Implementation Science is an Open Access, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in both clinical and policy contexts

National Archives and Google launch pilot project to digitize and offer historic films online

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Google Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin have announced the launch of a pilot program to make holdings of the National Archives available for free online. This non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives website

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which rock singer was divorced from Jerry Hall in 1999?
2. Which king of England famously had six wives, two of whom he divorced?
3. Which American film star divorced Arthur Miller just before her last film opened?
4. Which singer-songwriter divorced James Taylor in 1982?
5. Which Belgian-born American actress divorced Mel Ferrer in 1968?
6. Which American country singer, who had a hit with the song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E", got divorced from George Jones in 1975?
7. Which American singer and actress was divorced from Vincente Minnelli five years after the birth of their daughter Liza?
8. What was the first name of the woman who divorced Napoleon in 1809 so that he could marry the Austrian archduchess Marie Louise?
9. What was the name of Salome's mother, the divorced wife of Herod Antipas's half-brother Herod Philip?
10. Which American writer was divorced from the critic Edmund Wilson after the birth of her son Revel?

Avian Conservation and Ecology

Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux (ACE-ÉCO) - is an open-access, fully electronic scientific journal, sponsored by the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and Bird Studies Canada

What do libraries really want from academic publishers?

What do libraries really want from academic publishers? A "Question-time" style question and answer panel debate - 6 March 2006 - London Book Fair, ExCel London

CrossRef launches Free-Text Query Trial Service

In partnership with Inera, CrossRef has announced a new trial service for its member publishers. CrossRef has deployed a custom version of Inera's eXtyles refXpress that parses unstructured, free-text references into granular and valid XML and returns any matching DOIs for those references

The British Book Awards 2006 shortlist

The British Book Awards 2006 shortlist has been announced

Duncan Lawrie Dagger

The Crime Writers Association has announced it has secured Duncan Lawrie Private Bank as the new sponsor for its largest annual prize for crime fiction. The award will be renamed the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (replacing the Gold Dagger) and will increase in value from 3,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds, making it the largest award for crime fiction in the world. In addition, a completely new award, the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger, is being introduced to recognise both authors and translators of books originally published in a foreign language

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 23, 2006

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 23, 2006 is now available

U.S. Government Bookstore

U.S. Government Bookstore - locate and order publications (books, maps, serials, videos, CD-ROMs, subscriptions) available for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Exact Editions digital magazine service is launched

Exact Editions has launched its digital magazine service. The first four magazines available include The Spectator, The Scientist, London Review of Books, and Literary Review. Trial issues of all the magazines in the Exact Editions service are available for inspection, browsing, searching and free reading from the site. Daryl Rayner, Managing Director, says "One of the keys to our service is the rapid searchability of the content within single issues, across many issues and across different magazines. This powerful searching of special interest content brings out the enormous value in the back issues of magazines once they have been uploaded to the web." The pages of these digital magazines in the Exact Editions platform are faithfully exact replicas of the print magazine

Carnival of the Infosciences #25

Carnival of the Infosciences #25 hosted by ...the thoughts are broken...

2006 Online Audiovisual Catalogers Conference

2006 Online Audiovisual Catalogers Conference - October 26-29, 2006 - Mesa, Arizona

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Reference Online

Reference Online provides library managers with easy access to 26 electronic subscription based products, including directories, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, newspapers and business information. From Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

The STARGATE project

The STARGATE project is exploring the use of static repositories as a means of exposing publisher metadata to OAI-based disclosure, discovery and alerting services within the JISC Information Environment and beyond. The project's primary aim is to lower the technical barriers to the implementation of OAI-compliant repositories, thereby enabling small publishers of electronic resources to participate more readily in OAI-based disclosure and delivery services

Two new IEEE Journals

IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine


The National Agricultural Library has announced the release of a generic version of its custom search form BooleanCUBE (Boolean Canned URL-Based Experience). BooleanCUBE is an advanced search tool for the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA), but can be adapted for use with other Voyager OPACs

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 61 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,610 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet - by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews Volume 10, Number 1 - February 2006 is now available

Journal of Digital Information

Journal of Digital Information Volume 6 Issue 3 is now online

ARTstor XML Gateway

ARTstor has developed the ARTstor XML Gateway, a new interface to the ARTstor Digital Library, designed to facilitate content metasearching. The ARTstor XML Gateway is based on the SRU protocol for querying databases and returning search results

2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

E.L. Doctorow's novel The March (Random House) has been selected as the winner of the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Second International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies

The Second International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies: Theory, Practice and Applications - August 28, 2006 - Riva del Grada, Italy

National Public Radio: A Bookless Library

National Public Radio: A Bookless Library - Information technology changes as soon we think we understand it. We look at how libraries keep up and redefine their role. How would you design a library for the 21st century? - February 21, 2006

Free trials for new journals

Mangagement & Organizational History - free trial until 1 January 2007

Journal of Industrial Relations - free trial until 3 April 2006

Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) - free trial until May 15, 2006

EUSIDIC Annual Conference 2006

EUSIDIC Annual Conference 2006 - Integration versus granularity of information resources: Interoperability and interconnectivity of services, systems and media manifestations - 9-11 April 2006, Innsbruck, Austria

LLRX.com February 15, 2006

LLRX.com February 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

Monday, February 20, 2006

Biblio Tech Review February 2006

The February 2006 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Taming your intranet

Taming your intranet is a unique opportunity to share experience with other intranet managers about the challenges and opportunities presented by intranet technology, web-based collaborative working, and enterprise information solutions. Aimed at both newcomers to intranet management, and experienced managers, the course explores the problems of implementing intranet solutions for information management needs - 28 March 2006 - London, UK

Cites & Insights 6:4

Cites & Insights 6:4 (March 2006) is now available for downloading

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hamilton Public Library offers E-Books

Hamilton Public Library's virtual bookshelf now holds 500 e-audiobook titles for borrowing and downloading, making it the first public library system in Ontario to launch the service. Launched in partnership with Ohio-based Digital Library Reserve, Inc., the decision follows the success of audiobooks in large U.S. library systems

ALISS News from Social Science Libraries and Projects

ALISS News from Social Science Libraries and Projects - February 2006 now available

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sofia 2006: Globalization, Digitization, Access and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Sofia 2006: Globalization, Digitization, Access and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, will be held 8-10 November, 2006, at the Hotel Rodina, Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia 2006 is part of an international conference series hosted by the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Kansas and the Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of Sofia

New generation Unityweb for TCR

The Combined Regions' resource sharing and interlibrary loan service, UnityWeb, has entrusted the next phase of its development to OCLC PICA, incorporating Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI). FDI was acquired by OCLC PICA in 2005. The new generation of UnityWeb brings the separate union catalogues of The Combined Regions and LinkUK into one service. The new Unity service will be hosted and managed by OCLC PICA and FDI, world-leaders in resource sharing

SLA denounces proposal to close EPA Libraries

The Special Libraries Association has announced its strong opposition to the Bush Administration proposal to close the network of libraries and information centers operating within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries

The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Virtual Conference, to be offered April 20-21, 2006, offers a forum for an energizing exchange of ideas focusing on technology and academic librarianship. The conference theme, Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries, will explore how revolutions in technology impact academic librarianship and higher education. Conference programs will explore the possibilities for the future, as well as the role we can take to shape the course of the technological revolution

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which American actress married Nick Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton?
2. Which film actor/director married Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi?
3. Born Anne Robbins, she appeared in the 1957 film "Hellcats of the Navy" with her husband, Ronald Reagan, before he became US president. By what first name was Anne better known?
4. Sarah Brightman is the former wife of which composer and producer of musicals?
5. Which French film director was married to Brigitte Bardot and, later, Jane Fonda?
6. Country singer Lyle Lovett married which actress in 1993?
7. Which American poet was married to poet Ted Hughes, who edited her "Collected Poems" after her suicide?
8. Which 17th-century Dutch painter married Saskia, the niece of art dealer Hendrick Uylenburgh?
9. Which American singer married actor Elliott Gould in 1963?
10. Which Hebrew leader married Zipporah, one of the seven daughters of Jethro, the priest of a tribe of desert nomads?

Internet Librarian 2006

Internet Librarian 2006 - October 23-25, 2006 - Monterey, CA. Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2006

Westlaw Watch

Westlaw Watch streamlines the process for keeping your organization up-to-date on critical business issues, legal topics and competitive matters. This easy-to-use, interactive tool allows the monitoring and management of clips across your organization with the ability to deliver results via e-mail distribution or through seamless links on your intranet or portal. Individual users, a select group of users or the entire organization can receive relevant news or legal information in their preferred format when they want it

Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

The Library of Congress' Junior Fellows Summer Intern program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment and culture of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Working with the staff, curators, and the incomparable collections of the Library of Congress, interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: preservation, reference, access standards, information management, and the U. S. copyright system

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 16, 2006

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 16, 2006 is now available

Downloadable movies at Denver Public Library

Downloadable movies at Denver Public Library - new service to begin mid-March 2006 - Sometime in mid-March, the Denver Public Library will probably be the first library in the U.S. to offer downloadable movies. They will be offered from the same site where downloadable eBooks and audio eBooks are offered, and will use a newer version of the Overdrive Media Console and Windows Media Player

Digging for Victory: Finding Difficult Information

Digging for Victory: Finding Difficult Information: designed to assist in appreciating the breadth and depth of information available, and to enable use of these resources in day to day work - 26 April 2006 - Norwich, UK

Thursday, February 16, 2006

D-Lib Magazine February 2006

D-Lib Magazine February 2006 is now available

FreePint Newsletter 200

FreePint Newsletter 200 - 16 February, 2006 - now available

What I Hope Will Be by Roy Tennant

What I Hope Will Be by Roy Tennant - My recent column "What I Wish I Had Known" took a look back at lessons learned from years in library automation. This month I look forward to a bright library future and the ways it will be accomplished - Library Journal, February 15, 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Unofficial wiki for the 2006 Computers in Libraries Conference

The unofficial wiki for the 2006 Computers in Libraries Conference is now up and running

CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award shortlist

The shortlist for the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award has been announced

EPA set to close library network and electronic catalog

News release from PEER: Under President Bush's proposed budget, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is slated to shut down its network of libraries that serve its own scientists as well as the public, according to internal agency documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In addition to the libraries, the agency will pull the plug on its electronic catalog which tracks tens of thousands of unique documents and research studies that are available nowhere else. Under Bush's plan, $2 million of a total agency library budget of $2.5 million will be lost, including the entire $500,000 budget for the EPA Headquarters library and its electronic catalog that makes it possible to search for documents through the entire EPA library network. These reductions are just a small portion of the $300 million in cuts the administration has proposed for EPA operations

ASCLA online course for librarians serving Latinos

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, will offer its first online course, Selecting Spanish-Language Materials for Adults, in spring 2006. Yolanda J. Cuesta, with more than 25 years experience as a trainer and independent consultant specializing in helping libraries serve diverse communities, will teach the four-week course to be held April 17, 2006 to May 15, 2006

The Journal of Electronic Publishing

The Journal of Electronic Publishing - February 2006 edition now available

TMRA 2006

TMRA 2006: the international conference series on Topic Maps Research and Applications - October 11-12 2006, Leipzig. Germany

BookDrive: automatic page-turning scanner

BookDrive is the first and only automatic page-turning scanner. Unlike traditional scanners, BookDrive can flip pages of a book automatically by simply entering the number of pages you want to scan. BookDrive will digitize bound content in a variety of formats allowing the user to share and archive bound materials

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Open Journal Systems

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. OJS assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing. Through its management systems, its finely grained indexing of research, and the context it provides for research, OJS seeks to improve both the scholarly and public quality of referred research. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal's readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale

Open Access Archive

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has organized an Open Access Archive to allow the scientific work of any scientists from any country to be posted free of charge. Authors may upload pre-prints, reprints, conference papers, pre-publication book chapters and the author's CV

Ariadne - Issue 46, February 2006

Ariadne - Issue 46, February 2006 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

PALINET's Technology Conversations podcast series

PALINET's Technology Conversations podcast series features interviews with leaders in library technology. Lasting approximately 20 minutes and designed for portable listening devices or the desktop computer, each program is a brief take on a different hot tech topic. These sessions are also distributed via RSS

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Call for papers: Eight International Conference on Grey Literature

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

Networking Day for Humanities Librarians

Networking Day for Humanities Librarians - In collaboration with other Humanities Subject Centres, the English Subject Centre is convening a second meeting for HE/FE librarians with an interest in the Humanities. Last year's meeting led to the development of 'Making the Most of your Library - a guide for English lecturers' but it is envisaged that the next meeting will provide a forum for humanities librarians to discuss any issues of common concern and to share experience - 17 May 2006 - London, UK

SwetsWise Online Content adds new publishers to its ranks

Swets Information Services has announced that they have recently succeeded in signing five new publishers to SwetsWise Online Content. SwetsWise is the web-based, modular service for the procurement, access and management of subscriptions and online information

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which hotel did Elvis Presley sing about in 1956 to give him his first song to reach the top of the US charts?
2. Which civil rights activist was assassinated in April 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis?
3. Name the famous hotel in the Strand, London, which was opened in 1889, when its first manager was Cesar Ritz.
4. Which hotel was the title of a 1976 song and album by the Eagles about the hedonistic lifestyle of southern California?
5. Which fashionable hotel in Switzerland was the title of a 1984 novel by Anita Brookner which won the Booker Prize for fiction?
6. In which London street is the renowned Ritz Hotel: is it Bond Street, Park Lane or Piccadilly?
7. In which 1932 film about a hotel did Greta Garbo say "I want to be alone?"
8. Which female singer-songwriter made the 1998 album "From the Choirgirl Hotel?"
9. In which city is the King David Hotel, which was attacked by the military organization Irgun in 1946?
10. Which US oil billionaire purchased the Pierre Hotel in New York City in 1938 for $2.5 million?

Genetic Association Information Network

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and Pfizer Global Research & Development have announced the launch of a unique public-private medical research partnership - the Genetic Association Information Network (GAIN) - to unravel the genetic causes of common diseases over the next three years. The information derived from GAIN will be publicly available to researchers world-wide. GAIN brings new scientific and financial resources to the NIH's existing whole genome association programs, encouraging all partners, across and beyond NIH, to work together toward the common goal of understanding the genetic contributions to common diseases

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 9, 2006

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 9, 2006 is now available

Ask Jeeves appoints Gary Price Director of Online Information Resources

Ask Jeeves, Inc. has announced the appointment of Gary Price, former Search Engine Watch news editor and editor of ResourceShelf, as director of online information resources. Price will lead Ask Jeeves' outreach efforts within the library and education communities and will play an advisory role in the development of new search products for Ask Jeeves

MIR 2006

MIR 2006: 8th ACM SIGMM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2006 - October 2006 - Santa Barbara, CA

Building Preservation Environments

Building Preservation Environments presented by Dr Reagan W Moore, San Diego Supercomputer Center - 17 February 2006 - Oxford Internet Institute, UK. This event is run in collaboration with DELOS (NoE in Digital Libraries) Digital Preservation Cluster

Professional Engineering Publishing

The new Professional Engineering Publishing journals site is now online

Inspiring Learning for All development project for London’s archives, libraries and museums

Inspiring Learning for All development project for London's archives, libraries and museums - The purpose of the ILFA development project is to support archives, libraries and museums to build capacity and improve their development planning using the Inspiring Learning for All framework. The project will run from early February to May 2006. This will be built around the needs of participants and the ILFA resources that have been developed by MLA to support organisational change

Leading Edge Technologies for Libraries by Roy Tennant

Infopeople Webcasts: Leading Edge Technologies for Libraries. This webcast was presented by Roy Tennant, one of only a handful of librarians who predicted the impact of the Internet on libraries. (Crossing the Internet Threshold, 1992). Find out what exciting new technologies Roy is following now, and how they're likely to make a difference to libraries of all types in the years to come. Presented January 17, 2006

Thursday, February 09, 2006

'How do I love thee?' Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–61

On 14 February 2006, 'How do I love thee?' Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–61, opens at the British Library. This exhibition, drawing on manuscript and printed items, photographs and memorabilia from the British Library and the collection of rarely seen and important material relating to the Brownings and their circle at Eton College, celebrates the bicentenary of her birth on 6th March 1806

Miles Blackwell Outstanding Academic Librarian Award

Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL)is seeking nominations for candidates for the Miles Blackwell Outstanding Academic Librarian Award. This award will be presented to an individual member of CACUL who has made an outstanding national or international contribution to academic librarianship and library development. Nominations due February 28, 2006

2006 Facet Publishing catalogue

The 2006 Facet Publishing catalogue is out now, in paper or PDF

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Canadian Library Association Library Research and Development Grants

One or more grants totalling $1,000 are awarded annually, when merited, to personal members of the Canadian Library Association. The objectives of the grant are to support theoretical and applied research in the field of library and information services; to encourage and support research undertaken by practitioners in the field of library and information services; to promote research in the field of library and information services by and/or about Canadians. Deadline for proposals is February 28, 2006

Knowledge Architecture: An Exploratory Workshop

Knowledge Architecture: An Exploratory Workshop - This interactive workshop blends presentation, discussion and practical exercises to consider the evolutionary stages involved in the transition from Information Architecture to Knowledge Architecture and to examine the most important tools and techniques involved. It presents a number of case studies and invites delegates to discuss the implications for information professionals, information managers, information architects, knowledge managers and knowledge workers alike - 8 March 2006 - London, UK

Using the Internet to research companies and markets

Using the Internet to research companies and markets - This workshop will outline how the Internet can help you to understand a company or marketplace. The Internet continues to increase in size and this event will outline what research is possible either with a search engine's help or by going directly to sites that search engines do not, or are unable to, search - 6 April 2006 - London, UK

Microsoft RFP on Accelerating Search in Academic Research

Microsoft Research External Research and Programs has announced a new worldwide Request for Proposals (RFP): Accelerating Search in Academic Research. The RFP due date is March 24, 2006. The total amount available under this request for proposals (RFP) is US$500,000. Microsoft anticipates making approximately 10-14 awards averaging $35,000, with a maximum of $50,000 for any single award

Marketing planning for the academic library sector

Marketing planning for the academic library sector - This workshop will outline current best practice in marketing planning and show how this impacts on management practices both within academic library services and other organisations - 21 March 2006 - London, UK

Living the Future 6

Living the Future 6: WOW-Where Next? is a conference for collaborative thinking about the future. "Rapid Change" doesn’t begin to describe the current world in which we live. Academic and other libraries face daily announcements of new, competitive services from the corporate world. Intellectual freedom, privacy and fair use are challenged from all sides. Potential collaborative efforts are being discussed widely in a variety of associations and consortia, locally and globally - April 5-8, 2006 - The University of Arizona, Tucson

2006 CALA Scholarships

The Chinese American Librarians Association has announced the availability of its 2006 CALA Scholarships. The scholarships are available to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at a higher education institution in North America. Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Lagardere to buy Time Warner books for $538 million

French media group Lagardere has agreed to buy Time Warner's book publishing arm for $537.5 million' fulfilling its long-standing ambition of entering the U.S. book market - Reuters

The World Almanac E-Newsletter

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 06, Number 02 — February 2006 is now available

Biology Direct

BioMed Central has announced the launch of Biology Direct, a new online open access journal with a novel system of peer review. Biology Direct will operate completely open peer review, with named peer reviewers' reports published alongside each article. The journal also takes the innovative step of requiring that the author approach Biology Direct Editorial Board members directly to review the manuscript

Carnival of the Infosciences #23

Carnival of the Infosciences #23 is now available from The Laughing Librarian

PLA announces 2006 institutional scholarship winners

The Public Library Association has announced the winners of its inaugural "Grow Your Own" institutional scholarship program. The program was developed to address the educational needs of public library staff working toward the ultimate goal of obtaining a master's degree in library and information science

Monday, February 06, 2006

Jewish Book Week 2006

Jewish Book Week 2006 - 25 February-5 March 2006 - London, UK

Havana International Book Fair

Havana International Book Fair - 2-15 February 2006 - Havana, Cuba

Info@UK Issue 59

Info@UK Issue 59, February 2006, is now available from The British Council

NetLibrary offers new international eAudiobook collections

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a leading platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, together with Recorded Books, Inc., has expanded distribution of their eAudiobook program to libraries in Latin America and Asia Pacific. The eAudiobooks Core Collection for these markets contains a variety of English-language best-sellers, book club favorites and award-winning titles

The Law Library 2006

The Law Library 2006: in the rapidly changing legal environment, law librarians find themselves taking on many new roles and responsibilities. At this annual program, law librarians will learn from nationally recognized experts about these new roles, skills and strategies, "best practices" and solutions to issues they confront in their ongoing day-to-day activities - March 15, 2006 - Practising Law Institute, New York

Sunday, February 05, 2006

2006 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Mystery Writers of America has announced its Nominees for the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2005. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the 60th Gala Banquet, April 27, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City

International Information Literacy Resources Directory

The Information Literacy Section of the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions have created the International Information Literacy Resources Directory to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO. Librarians, educators and information professionals are invited to participate

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Libraries fear digital lockdown

Libraries have warned that the rise of digital publishing may make it harder or even impossible to access items in their collections in the future. Many publishers put restrictions on how digital books and journals can be used. Such digital rights management (DRM) controls may block some legitimate uses, the British Library has said - BBC

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. What does the abbreviation "DVD" stand for?
2. Which English architect designed Saint Paul's Cathedral in London?
3. What is the name for a reversal of sounds in two words - for example, when someone says "May I sew you to another sheet?" instead of "May I show you to another seat?"
4. According to Dante, the words "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here" are inscribed at the entrance to which place?
5. In which country was the playwright Tom Stoppard born?
6. What is the name for a nuclear reactor in which plutonium and other materials are produced as a by-product?
7. Name six of the nine common parts of speech (e.g., "adjectives").
8. Which Polish labour leader headed Solidarity, the independent labour union, and won the Nobel Prize for peace in 1983?
9. A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which contains how many lines?
10. What was the real first name of "Che" Guevara, the Latin-American revolutionary?

CurrentSpeak Podcasts launched

Nelson Current, a publisher of social and political books, has launched CurrentSpeak.com, a Web site offering free author interviews available for podcast

U.S. Copyright Office Report on Orphaned Works released

The U.S. Copyright Office has completed its study of problems related to "orphan works" — copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate. As requested by Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Patrick Leahy, the Office submitted its Report on Orphan Works to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31, 2006. The Report is also available for download

An Expedition to European Digital Cultural Heritage

An Expedition to European Digital Cultural Heritage: Collecting, Connecting and Conserving? - International Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage - 21-22 June 2006 - Salzburg

Fresh Thinking: Creativity, Young People, Museums, Libraries and Archives

Fresh Thinking: Creativity, Young People, Museums, Libraries and Archives - organised to highlight the move towards more integrated and imaginative services for young people as a result of the DfES 'Youth Matters' Green Paper - 10 March 2006 - Segedunum Roman Fort and Wallsend People's Centre,Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

SPARC Open Access Newsletter

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #94 - February 2, 2006 is now available

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - February 2, 2006

Journal Supply Chain Integration Pilot

Journal Supply Chain Integration Pilot - This industry wide pilot project aims to discover whether the creation of a standard, commonly used identifier for Institutions will be beneficial to all parties involved in the journal supply chain. Exploring the various advantages and implications of use of such an identifier, the project will see the parties involved working closely together throughout 2006. As qualified representatives of all stages in the supply chain, the parties involved in this pilot project share the belief that integration and standardization are of paramount importance to the optimal operation of the journal supply chain support process

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Amazon Connect

Amazon Connect is a new and unprecedented program for authors whose books are sold on Amazon.com. Authors who participate in the Amazon Connect program can send messages to readers who have bought their books on Amazon.com or have signed up to receive their posts

New from The Education Institute

Audio Conference: Choosing the Right Content Management System for Your Web Site with Jeff Wisniewski - February 8, 2006

Webcast: Content Management System Case Studies with Cheryl Stenstrom and Jeff Wisniewski - February 15, 2006

The Charleston Advisor January 2006

The Charleston Advisor January 2006 issue now available

Canadian access to information manual

Canadian access to information manual - guides you through the process of filing Access to Information Requests at all provincial and federal levels of government.The first section of this manual explains how to use federal, provincial, and territorial laws to access information about the government. The second section provides information about how to use federal, provincial and territorial laws to request your personal information held by the public and private sectors. Each chapter covers a different jurisdiction, explaining not only how to make a request, but also what you can expect in response, and how you can appeal an unsatisfactory response. Each chapter also provides helpful links to resources such as legislation, government sites and guides

Aslib training

Aslib training 2006 calendar is now available

FreePint Newsletter 199

FreePint Newsletter 199 - 2 February, 2006 - now available

UCISA Management Conference

UCISA Management Conference - 8-10 March 2006 - The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

The Sixth JISC/CNI Meeting

The Sixth JISC/CNI Meeting - Envisioning future challenges in networked information - 6-7 July 2006 - York Moat House, York, UK

6th Annual Brick and Click Libraries

6th Annual Brick and Click Libraries - sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University in order to offer academic librarians a forum for sharing practical information. It provides a small, collegial atmosphere in which to discuss diverse topics, current issues, and solutions - November 3, 2006 - Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

Journal of World Health & Population

Longwoods has announced the launch of the Journal of World Health & Population, a forum for researchers and policy makers worldwide to publish original research, reviews and opinions on health- and population-related topics. The journal encourages the conduct and dissemination of applied research and policy analysis from diverse international settings. Its stated goal is to explore ideas, share best practices and enable excellence in healthcare worldwide through publishing contributions by researchers, policy makers and practitioners

Playing to the audience

Playing to the audience - A half day conference investigating innovative and alternative methods of library and learning resources induction. Examples include best practice from FE and HE sectors - 5 April 2006 - Manchester College of Art and Technology

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Funding Our Digital Future Symposium

Funding Our Digital Future: Budgeting for Libraries & Scholarly Communication - March 20-21, 2006 - Binghamton University Libraries, NY

LACASIS 2005 Contributions to Information Science and Technology Award

Dr. Herbert Van de Sompel is receiving the LACASIS 2005 Contributions to Information Science and Technology Award in recognition of his contributions to library automation, standards, and interoperability. He is the principal author of SFX, which became the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services

Black Ink Exhibit in Canada

The Department of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and Images Interculturelles invite you to attend a special event to celebrate Black History Month and to launch the Black Ink Exhibit to commemorate 400 Years of Black Presence In Canada. February 1, 2006 - Library and Archives Canada , Ottawa, Ontario

Emerald leads new JISC RSS project to push Table of Contents into library catalogues

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd has announced that it is leading a Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) project: "Table of Contents by Really Simple Syndication" (TOCRoSS). The project team will develop an RSS news feed service that automatically pushes publisher and e-journal information into library catalogues. Started in October 2005, the project will run for 10 months, completing in July 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, February 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, February 2006: My Funny Valentine - looks at some of the Hub collections which shed light on the history of lesbian and gay communities in the UK

info NeoGnostic

info NeoGnostic: a blog for 'new' thoughts about information science - including librarianship, knowledge management, information architecture, content management, collection management - with an emphasis on electronic resources - by Chris Armstrong, owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited, Wales

Human Relations Journal freely available for two months online

SAGE Publications has announced that its Human Relations journal is now available online for two months to anyone who registers at the Human Relations website. The trial runs from February 1 until March 31

Preserving our digital heritage

Preserving our digital heritage - The British Library is on a mission to digitise its immense collection of books and manuscripts. It is a challenge of mind-boggling proportions, as Helen Beckett discovered - ComputerWeekly.com

2006 Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat

2006 Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat - April 25-26, 2006 - Mohican Resort and Conference Center, Perrysville, Ohio

Today’s Document from the U.S. National Archives

For the first time, the U.S. National Archives website now includes a new Today's Document feature, highlighting a specific document, record or photo from the holdings of the National Archives relating to the current day, and/or current exhibitions and programs at the National Archives. This new feature draws from the online resources of the National Archives, including Our Documents, the Online Exhibit Hall, Teaching with Documents, and the Archival Research Catalog