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Friday, March 31, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. The capital of Utah in the USA is near the Great Salt Lake. What is the name of this capital city?
2. In which continent are the Great Lakes, a group of five freshwater lakes?
3. The largest lake in Africa was named by British explorer John Hanning Speke after which queen?
4. Which large lake, partly in Israel and partly in Jordan, is the lowest surface point on earth?
5. The deepest lake in the world is in Russia. What is its name?
6. A lake of northwest England in the Cumbrian Mountains is the largest lake in England. What is it called?
7. What is the more usual name for the lake on the Swiss-French border also called Lake Leman?
8. Which saltwater lake between Europe and Asia is the largest inland body of water in the world?
9. Which lake, largely in Italy but partly in Switzerland, contains the Borromean Islands and has on its shores the tourist resorts of Stresa and Locarno?
10. David Livingstone was found by H. M. Stanley in 1871 at Ujiji, on the shore of which African lake?

IngentaConnect announces Resource Zone

Resource Zone provides administrators with the information and tools to assist in understanding, promotion and usage of IngentaConnect

ALPSP survey of librarians on factors in journal cancellation

ALPSP survey of librarians on factors in journal cancellation by Mark Ware, Mark Ware Consulting Ltd, is published today

2006 DIY Book Festival

The 2006 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its fifth annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers. The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, 'zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2004

Short list announced for Leacock humour prize

The short list for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour has been announced

Congoo - free access to premium content

Congoo makes premium or subscription-only web content available to anyone, free of charge. To access these sources, Congoo has introduced the Congoo NetPass, a free downloadable browser toolbar available in beta version for Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers

FBI Newspaper Archive

FBI Newspaper Archive - search newspaper articles about the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in more than 50,000 historical newspaper pages

Rare Shakespeare folio to be sold

A rare book of Shakespeare's plays, considered to be one of the most important in British literature, is to be auctioned at Sotheby's in London. The complete first folio of the playwright's work had a print run of approximately 750 in 1623. However, only a third of these survive and most of them are incomplete. The book is being sold by Dr Williams's Theological Library in London, which hopes the proceeds, expected to be more than 3m pounds, will secure its future - BBC

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - March 30

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - March 30, 2006 is now available

Info@UK Issue 61

Info@UK Issue 61, April 2006, is now available from The British Council

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Computers in Libraries 2006 presentations available

Presentations given at Computers in Libraries 2006 are now available

The latest chapter of the e-book

The latest chapter of the e-book by Spencer Kelly, Presenter, BBC Click - "While music, games and videos have all enjoyed the move to electronic hand-held devices, maybe it is a bit surprising to think that our favourite way to enjoy the written word is still on paper. Researchers are working on ways to make e-books more readable. Even though the processors in MP3 players, DVD walkmans and games consoles are all powerful enough to handle plain text, the book does seem hard to beat..."

Literary Reference Center from EBSCO

With the goal of bringing together the top reference sources in the field of literary studies, EBSCO Publishing has created the Literary Reference Center. This comprehensive database provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Literary Reference Center is now the single largest, most complete literary resource database available

NISO Launches RFID Committee

The National Information Standards Organization has formed a Technical Committee to create guidelines that lay out best practices for the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in library applications. Chaired by Dr. Vinod Chachra, CEO of VTLS Inc., the diverse group is composed of RFID hardware manufacturers, solution providers (software and integration), library RFID users, book jobbers and processors, and related organizations. The NISO Committee's work is limited to RFID tags used in libraries, that is, tags operating at 13.56 MHz

EDINA Newsline March 2006

EDINA Newsline March 2006, Volume 11, Issue 1, now available online

HigherEd BlogCon program now available

HigherEd BlogCon aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. Modelled after Global PR Blog Week 2.0, Higher Ed BlogCon will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, vblogs and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe - April 2006

COUNTER Code of Practice for books now available

The final version of Release 1 of the new COUNTER Code of Practice for online books and reference works has now been published. This marks the first expansion of COUNTER's coverage beyond journals and databases. The Code of Practice for online books and reference works has been developed with input from a task force of librarians and publishers with expert knowledge of these products and is the first attempt to introduce a comprehensive industry standard for the recording and reporting of online book usage data

LIANZA Conference 2006

LIANZA Conference 2006: Next Generation Libraries - He Huarahi Whakamua - Wellington, New Zealand - 8-11 October 2006 - The LIANZA Conference is the professional development opportunity of the year for library and information professionals in New Zealand Aotearoa and attracts more than 700 local and international delegates, making it one of the largest conferences held in this country. Next Generation Libraries - He Huarahi Whakamua will offer a stimulating mix of challenge, inspiration, theory and practice in the form of papers, workshops, panels and showcases

International Journal of Internet Science

International Journal of Internet Science - A peer reviewed open access journal for empirical findings, methodology, and theory of social and behavioral science concerning the Internet and its implications for individuals, social groups, organizations, and society

LiveSerials blog

The LiveSerials blog is operated by the Marketing Committee of the United Kingdom Serials Group and provides realtime coverage of news from the information industry. The blog's inaugural purpose is to provide coverage of the UKSG 2006 Annual Conference, Warwick University, UK, 3-5 April 2006

Librarycasting SE

Librarycasting SE is a compilation of selected educational and information resources for the sciences and engineering, with a strong emphasis on new media and communication formats such as screencasts (pc screen video), video, and podcasts (audio). Resources covered include those produced at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, the VCU campus community, and the extended sciences and engineering world community beyond. A major goal of Librarycasting SE is to make available a range of brief screencast and podcast tutorials answering specific questions, and demonstrating specific techniques, relevant to the sciences and engineering

e-Content Showcase

CILIP will present its first e-Content Showcase on 23 June 2006 in London, UK. The event will highlight the fast-increasing amount of electronic content now being made available to libraries of all types. Its prime aim is to bring together suppliers of e-content and potential customers from the LIS community. This event will enable a maximum of 15 companies to meet a selected group of buyers and discuss their imminent purchasing requirements. Set in an informal and relaxed atmosphere it will allow exhibitors the chance to discuss in-depth issues with potential buyers

Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Education Material Web portal

Asian and Pacific Islander Cancer Education Material Web portal - This catalog of information about cancer is made possible by cooperation from The American Cancer Society and the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. ACS and AANCART have developed this Web tool to permit cancer education materials in Asian and Pacific Islander language to be electronically retrievable from participating organizations

Library Corps RFP issued

The American Library Association has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on a proposal to establish a Library Corps. The Library Corps is a proposal to recruit retired librarians to provide assistance to libraries that need help. The consultant will determine the need for this service; the interest of retirees to volunteer; the needs and interest of client libraries; the interest of state library and state education agencies to participate; and recommend ways to effectively structure and administer the Library Corps project

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Special Cuts provides media monitoring service for the Library + Information Show

Specialist media monitoring and press cutting agency, Special Cuts Ltd, is monitoring online and off-line media for coverage of the Library + Information Show. Senior PR Executive at show organisers VNU, Nyree Hughes, said, "We are delighted that Special Cuts is providing us with media coverage of the show as its specialist areas of academic, government, information management and library sectors marry well with those of the Library + Information Show. The service will be extremely helpful to us in gauging the success of our marketing efforts and will help us to improve our plans for next year's promotion of the event"

British Library Business & IP Centre

The British Library has announced the launch of its enhanced Business & IP Centre. Awarded a 1m pounds capital injection by the London Development Agency, the Centre is designed to support entrepreneurs and SMEs from the initial spark of inspiration through to successfully launching and developing your business

First International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context

First International Symposium on Information Interaction in Context will explore the relationships between the contexts that affect Information Retrieval and Seeking, how these contexts impact on information behaviour, and how knowledge of information contexts can help design truly interactive information systems - 18-20 October, 2006 - Copenhagen, Denmark

1st European Workshop on the use of Digital Object Repository Systems in Digital Libraries

1st European Workshop on the use of Digital Object Repository Systems in Digital Libraries - Organised in conjunction with the 10th European Conference On Research And Advanced Technology For Digital Libraries - September 21, 2006 - Alicante, Spain

MindLeaders partners with OCLC NetLibrary to enhance Reference Library

MindLeaders has launched a new version of its Reference Library product created through a partnership with OCLC NetLibrary. Under the agreement, OCLC NetLibrary is providing eBooks that complement MindLeaders online courses through the MindLeaders Reference Library


NextReads is a subscription email service developed by the creators of NoveList. "With NextReads, you'll expand fiction and nonfiction readers' advisory services beyond the walls of your library, and beyond the bestsellers. NextReads provides 20 monthly and bimonthly lists for library patrons, including both fiction and nonfiction genre coverage, plus two lists created just for library staff. All lists carry your library's branding and are easily customizable to your needs, holdings, and customer tastes"

Biography Index: Past and Present from H.W. Wilson

Biography Index: Past and Present from H.W. Wilson - "Now your patrons can find information about people from all all time periods throughout history (published as far back as 1946) and right up to the present in a single, easy to use database. Search this valuable new resource with Biography Reference Bank which presents full-text narrative profiles for many of the people covered in Biography Index: Past and Present. Coming April 2006"

Cites & Insights 6:5 (April 2006)

Cites & Insights 6:5 (April 2006) is now available for downloading

Blackwell expands publishing partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists

Blackwell Publishing has announced that it has expanded its publishing partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists. Blackwell will provide publishing services for IFT's journal, Journal of Food Science, effective May 2006. As part of the new agreement, Blackwell will also partner with IFT to publish two online-only journals, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety and the Journal of Food Science Education

Monday, March 27, 2006

Carnival of the Infosciences #30

Carnival of the Infosciences #30 hosted by Open Stacks

Public Libraries Group Conference 2006

Public Libraries Group Conference 2006 - "Quick Step or Salsa? - new partners and new steps for Public Libraries" - 9-11 June, 2006 - Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, UK


Journal@rchive is an archive site of J-STAGE operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). On Journal@rchive, academic journals scanned through the Electronic Archive Initiative are released from their first issues, including those issued in the 19th century. The Initiative commenced by JST in FY2005 aiming at two goals: (1) to preserve of academic heritages of Japan, and (2) to further promote worldwide distribution of Japanese research results

Poetry Tool

Poetry Tool - From Poetry Magazine. Browseable and interactive online archive of poems, poets, multimedia, articles, and children's poetry

Sunday, March 26, 2006

New journals from Inderscience

International Journal of Green Economics (IJGE) and International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation (IJPTI). You can also keep up-to-date with Inderscience by subscribing to its RSS feeds

Cool Tools Update for Webmasters

Cool Tools Update for Webmasters - presented by Darlene Fichter, Data Library Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan, and Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian, Northwestern University at Computers in Libraries 2006

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Institute of Museum and Library Services awards over $160 million to State Libraries

Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D., Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, has announced grants totaling more than $163 million to states for library service. "This funding helps libraries meet the changing needs of their communities," said Dr. Radice. A recent national study from the American Library Association (ALA) underscores this assertion - 92% of American's surveyed believe libraries will still be needed in the future, even with all of the information available on the Internet

Joint DELOS-MUSCLE Summer School

Joint DELOS-MUSCLE Summer School - Multimedia Digital Libraries - Machine learning and cross-modal technologies for access and retrieval - 12-17 June 2006 - San Vincenzo, Italy


LibQUAL+(TM) is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The program's centerpiece is a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC)

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC) is now included in PubMed Central, the world's largest digital archive of freely available full-text journal literature

13th General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians

The 13th General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (Consal) - March 27-30 - Mandaluyong City, Metro-Manila, Philippines

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which city in Nevada is the self-styled "Gambling Capital of the World?" And it isn't Reno!
2. One of the most popular gambling games is a card game which has two basic forms, called "draw" and "stud." What is the game?
3. Name the gambling game in which a ball is dropped onto a spinning horizontal wheel divided into 37 or 38 coloured and numbered slots.
4. The name of the English card game pontoon probably derives from the French name for the game. What is the French name?
5. What is the word for someone in a casino who presides over a gaming-table, collecting the stakes, dealing the cards, paying the winners, etc.? It comes from a French word for someone who rides pillion on a horse.
6. In horse racing, an accumulator bet is normally made on at least how many races?
7. The most popular gambling card game in Europe has a name which is the French word for "railroad." What is this game called?
8. In a letter in 1783, which famous American described gambling as "the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief?"
9. Who wrote the 1875 novel "The Way We Live Now," which portrays a society in which gambling - on the Stock Exchange and in the gentlemen's club - has become a dominant activity?
10. Name the Chinese gambling game in which a pile of coins or counters is placed under a bowl and bets are made on what the remainder will be after they have been divided by four.


Canadawiki is an educational portal with an all-Canadian focus. With Canadawiki, teachers and learners build and manage their own national, provincial, civic and local content

Federated Searching Symposium presentations

Presentations from the Federated Searching Symposium, February 2-3, 2006, Calgary, are now available

The Library + information Show 2006 full programme

The Library + information Show 2006 will be held April 26-27 at NEC, Birmingham, UK. Full programme now available

ProQuest Obituaries

ProQuest Information and Learning announces ProQuest Obituaries (tentative title), offering access to obituaries and death notices from the full runs of major national newspapers dating back to 1851. ProQuest Obituaries enables users to easily find ancestors and historical figures, and to trace their family histories through a database of more than 10 million names. ProQuest Obituaries will launch in the summer of 2006

HyperJournal 0.5b released

The HyperJournal is an Open Source software application which enables on-line as well as printed publishing in an innovative and significantly cost-cutting way. The HyperJournal can be easily installed, configured and managed without any out-of-the-ordinary IT-competence

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

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

Hustle and Flow

Hustle and Flow by Roy Tennant - "It hit me while looking at the activity report for the photographs I had uploaded to Flickr.com. Flickr lets you see how many people have been looking at your photos, in various time increments, and for several months no one had looked at them. These very same photographs on my personal photo site FreeLargePhotos.com generate significant hits every day. That’s when I understood. Flickr, similar to other new interactive resources like blogs or link-sharing sites (like del.icio.us), is all about flow..." - Library Journal, March 15, 2006

Movers & Shakers 2006 - The People Shaping the Future of Libraries

Movers & Shakers 2006 - The People Shaping the Future of Libraries - from Library Journal

2006 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - registration open

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

Thursday, March 23, 2006

METS Implementors' Meeting 2006

METS Implementors' Meeting 2006 - Held as a post-conference Workshop of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2006) - June 11-15, 2006 - Chapel Hill, NC

VOCEL and Random House team up

VOCEL and Random House Children's Books are teaming up to bring HIT Entertainment's fifty-million-plus best-selling Thomas & Friends stories to mobile phones for the very first time

NISO Newsline - March 2006

NISO Newsline - March 2006 - is now available

HTML version of the Open Access Bibliography

An HTML version of the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals (OAB) is now available. The OAB provides an overview of open access concepts, and it presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature

Love Libraries launches

David Lammy, UK Minister for Culture, has announced the launch of Love Libraries, a campaign to explore a new vision of a 21st century reading service. The campaign kicks off with the dramatic transformation of three libraries in twelve weeks into models of a future library service with reading at its heart

Focus on UKOLN - March 2006

The March 2006 issue of Focus on UKOLN, the Newsletter which provides news, opinion and information on the wide range of activities undertaken by UKOLN is now available in print and on the UKOLN Web site

The Grey Journal Spring 2006

The Grey Journal - An International Journal on Grey Literature - Spring 2006 now available

Portal of scientific journals of Croatia

Portal of scientific journals of Croatia. "Here you can find articles in journals using basic or more precise advanced search or you can navigate throuhg alphabetical list of journals or navigate through scientific areas. This portal is supported by Ministry of science education and sports, made by University computing centre and the idea came from Croatian Information and Documentation Society"

LLRX.com March 15, 2006

LLRX.com March 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

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Technology trends: spend management, reasons to be cheerful & "disruptive innovation"

Technology trends: spend management, reasons to be cheerful & "disruptive innovation" - 19 April 2006 - London, UK

The ECS Digital Library

The Electrochemical Society has announced the opening of the ECS Digital Library, the first step toward making all ECS content available all the time, in one seamless resource. While the ECS Digital Library is still in development, users can now search across both peer-reviewed ECS journals, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES) and the rapid-publication Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, as well as Meeting Abstracts. The journals are the leaders in the field (according to the ISI Science Citation Index) and the extended Meeting Abstracts gives scientists a first look into current research

Biblio Tech Review March 2006

Biblio Tech Review - March 2006 issue now available

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition - March 2006 is now available

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database

Developed in association with the Indiana University Digital Library Program, the Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from early live presentations on experimental TV stations, to contemporary productions released on broadcast television, various cable forms, and home video

RFID in Libraries Conference 2006

RFID in Libraries Conference - 15 November 2006 - London, UK

Talis Source

Talis has unveiled a new technology platform and new business model for Union Catalogues, Resource Discovery and Resource Sharing. Talis Source is the first application of this new platform

Electronic Information Risk Management

Electronic Information Risk Management - This training course will provide a sound understanding of electronic information risks and how to manage them. It will be a combination of presentations, group tasks, discussions of best practice and practical problem solving sessions. A practical case study will be used to highlight typical areas of e-information risks - 16 May 2006 - London, UK

2006 Canadian Library Association Conference registration

Early-bird registration for the 2006 Canadian Library Association Conference is now available. Deadline May 15, 2006

Internet Detective coming in June 2006

Internet Detective, an eLearning tutorial that teaches critical evaluation of information found on the Internet, is being resurrected, revamped and revived. The tutorial will be launched on June 13 2006. Internet Detective will be freely available for anyone to use via the RDN Virtual Training Suite and has been developed in collaboration with the HEFCE Learn Higher project with additional funding from the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences

Online author workshops from Emerald

Emerald Group Publishing has developed an online author workshop to complement its Emerald Management Xtra web resources. Emerald Management Xtra is Emerald's online management resource designed for business schools and management departments. The online author workshop provides new authors or those who would like to refine their skills tips and guidance on taking their paper from pre-submission to revision and publication

Boston Public Library adds download stations for audiobooks and music

Patrons and special visitors to the Boston Public Central Library at Copley Square have a new service that enables them to borrow audiobooks and music without making a stop at the check-out desk. Rather than selecting audio CDs or tapes, they can plug in an MP3/WMA player to an Internet-connected PC in the library to download spoken-word novels and classical music. The catalog includes titles from award-winning narrators from Brilliance Audio, Blackstone Audiobooks, HarperAudio, Time Warner Audiobooks, BBC Audiobooks and many others

Carnival of the Infosciences #29

Carnival of the Infosciences #29 hosted by Steve Lawson at See Also

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship Winter 2006

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Number 45, Winter 2006 - is now available


ASSOCIATES : The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal - Volume 12, Number 3 - March 2006 is now available

ALCTS announces preconference line-up in New Orleans

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced its line-up of preconferences to be held at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Continuing its preconference format established at the 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago, three to four stand-alone sessions will be offered in the morning and afternoon on each day. Participants may choose the sessions they want to attend and may sign up for one day, both days, or just a half-day

Monday, March 20, 2006

JCDL 2006

JCDL 2006 - The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term "digital libraries," including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing - June 11-15, 2006 - Chapel Hill, NC

Sunday, March 19, 2006

ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund surpasses $300,000

The American Library Association's Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund has raised more than $300,000 to help rebuild hundreds of libraries that were damaged or destroyed by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region

Saturday, March 18, 2006

'Marketing' with Metadata

'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Online Content - Version 1.0 8 March 2006 - M.Moffat, PerX Project Officer

All My Eye - a blog from Ingenta

All My Eye - "Wherein the Ingenta product management, engineering and information architecture teams, ramble, rant, and generally sound off on topics of the day"

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. In 1906, who published a biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill?
2. Who wrote The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), which was "one of the greatest biographies in the English language?"
3. Which American jazz singer's ghosted autobiography was called Lady Sings the Blues, which was also the title of a biographical film starring Diana Ross?
4. What was the title of the first of Maya Angelou's autobiographical novels, published in 1970?
5. The Story of My Experiments with Truth was the subtitle of the autobiography of which Indian religious leader and reformer?
6. Which American country singer's 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, was filmed in 1980 with Sissy Spacek?
7. Which author won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography with his 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes, chronicling the bitter years of an impoverished childhood in Ireland?
8. The creator of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster wrote two autobiographies entitled Performing Flea and Over Seventy. What was his name?
9. Who was biographer Tim Jeal writing about when he said in his biography of the man that "The evidence available points inexorably to the conclusion that [he] was a repressed homosexual?"
10. Which theologian published his spiritual autobiography in 1864 with the title Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Apology for His Life)?

Royal Society Library Newsletter - March 2006

Royal Society Library Newsletter - March 2006 is now available

MIT Press Journals titles no longer available via Ingenta

Ingenta has announced that MIT Press Journals titles will no longer be available via Ingenta from April 1, 2006. Instead, MIT Press Journals titles will be available from their new Atypon-hosted web-site

Questel.Orbit releases FamPat Plus with full-text key content

Questel.Orbit has announced the release of FamPat Plus, a full text key content enhancement to its international patent database, FamPat, offering users more focused, searchable and displayable content

FIND/SVP, Inc. re-named Guideline

FIND/SVP, Inc. has announced that it has changed its name to Guideline. The new brand marks the business research company's shift to providing its clients with integrated business research and analysis that delivers greater return-on-investment

Gateway to China programme from Swets

The Gateway to China programme allows publishers to build business in China by being locally represented in this highly potential market. It comprises a technical solution, allowing 1,500 Chinese universities and research institutes to seamlessly link in to SwetsWise Online Content whilst avoiding the international internet flow fees that Chinese customers are normally charged when accessing foreign websites. The programme also provides scope for the promotion of publisher content, which is carried out by Swets' sales and marketing team based in Beijing

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

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

Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2006 Conference

Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2006 Conference - May 7-10 - Edmonton, Canada

Thursday, March 16, 2006

IMLS calls for Native American Library services enhancement grant applications

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants. The postmark deadline for applications is May 1, 2006. Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations that have applied this year to the Institute’s Native American Library Services Basic Grants are eligible to apply for Enhancement grants

D-Lib Magazine March 2006

D-Lib Magazine March 2006 is now available

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is a peer reviewed, open access journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics

Groxis and EBSCO Publishing partner to provide visual search technology

Groxis and EBSCO Publishing have announced that they have teamed to deliver an innovative visual search feature as part of EBSCOhost. Through this partnership, EBSCO becomes the first major content aggregator to implement visualization technology into the aggregated database search experience

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2006

Katherine Paterson has been named winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which honours the best in children's writing. The award, dedicated to the Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking, brings with it prize money of five million kroner

Newsfilm Online demonstrator web site

Newsfilm Online is planned to be one of the most exciting resources to be offered to Higher and Further Education in the UK. 3,000 hours of television news and cinema newsreels, taken from the huge collection of the ITN/Reuters archive, is to be made available online in high quality format for teaching, learning and research. Newsfilm Online will be a gateway of unmatched richness to nearly one hundred years of news, from the 1910s to the present day. This demonstrator web site is making some fifty news clips (approximately one hour of material) freely available for downloading to all users. These clips are arranged by theme and decade, and we welcome your comments on any of these. We hope to add more clips to the site in due course. The main delivery of 3,000 hours will be in February 2007

FreePint Newsletter 202

FreePint Newsletter 202 - 16 March, 2006 - now available


LibraryCareers.org is a service of the American Library Association designed to promote interest, awareness, and information about careers in libraries. Its purpose is to serve as a starting point to anyone who may be considering working in a library

LIS Radio

LISRadio - a new series of interactive webcasts from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Blackwell Publishing unveils website redesign

Blackwell Publishing has announced that it has redesigned its corporate website to strengthen the online presence of Blackwell's journals and books, improve functionality, and enhance the overall visitor experience

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Presentations from the 8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006

Presentations from the 8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006: Academic Library and Information Services: New Paradigms for the Digital Age - 7-9 February 2006 - Bielefeld, Germany, are now available

Selecting electronic products: beyond the basics

Selecting electronic products: beyond the basics - 9 May 2006 - London, UK

1st International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM)

1st International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM) - December 6-8, 2006 - Christ College, Bangalore, India

Presentations from the 2006 NFAIS Annual Conference

Presentations from the 2006 NFAIS Annual Conference are now available online

HarperCollins Publishers announces its new Children's Books Web site

HarperCollins Publishers has announced the launch of its new Children's Books Web site. This new consumer site is geared towards three distinct audiences: children, parents, and educators. Highlighted by Harper's unequalled backlist, which includes classics such as Charlotte's Web and Goodnight Moon as well as multi-million-bestselling franchises such as A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Chronicles of Narnia, it features the ability to quickly and easily locate books and authors, interactive games and activities, and enhanced learning tools. In addition, readers have the opportunity to connect directly with authors through online membership programs, such as AuthorTracker, First Look, Invite the Author, Wish List and several online newsletters


CollegeBasketballArchive.com contains newspaper articles covering all of the great moments in the history of the college game. From the first NCAA Champion, the University of Oregon, to the 2005 champion University of North Carolina, the archive contains exciting accounts of every NCAA tournament. The archive also includes articles on legendary coaches like John Wooden and Jim Valvano as well as great players such as Bill Walton and Michael Jordan. CollegeBasketballArchive.com is a free service of NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database available online

Carnival of the Infosciences #28

Carnival of the Infosciences #28 hosted by Rebecca Hedreen at Frequently Answered Questions


ChemRefer is a search engine that is designed to allow students, academics, chemical and pharmaceutical companies quick access to chemistry literature which is available on the internet. ChemRefer only finds literature that is full text and freely available

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

CAMIO Fine Arts Database available at North Carolina Libraries

RLG has announced that its fine arts database CAMIO, Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, is now available at libraries throughout North Carolina. Virtually every person in North Carolina now has the opportunity to download art images from prominent museums around the world. Through the efforts of NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education), North Carolina citizens are now able to access CAMIO's nearly 90,000 stunning museum images

EBSCO expands its Registration Tracker

EBSCO has announced the expanded functionality of its Registration Tracker, a powerful component of the e-journal management tool EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Enhanced (EJS). Registration Tracker provides library administrators with a centralized place from which to manage the registration process

ALA 2006 New Orleans Wiki

ALA 2006 New Orleans Wiki - The goal of this wiki is to develop a guide to the conference that reflects the knowledge of our diverse membership. Anyone with knowledge about New Orleans, the ALA Conference and participating in ALA is encouraged to contribute to the wiki. The conference will take place from June 22-28, 2006

Monday, March 13, 2006


GreySource provides examples of grey literature to the average net-user and in so doing profiles organizations responsible for its production and/or processing. Only web-based resources that explicitly refer to the term grey literature (or its equivalent in any language) are listed. GreySource identifies the hyperlink directly embedded in a resource, thus allowing immediate and virtual exposure to grey literature. New examples are always welcome and will be indexed in GreySource

Generic Rationale for University Open Access Self-Archiving Policy

Generic Rationale for University Open Access Self-Archiving Policy by Stevan Harnad - Universities are invited to use this document to help encourage the adoption of an open access self-archiving mandate at their institution

The Eduserv Chest Data Messenger

The Eduserv Chest Data Messenger - 13 March 2006 - now available

BASE - Release 3. 1 March 2006

BASE searches over 2.7 million documents from 189 sources. Among them are numerous academic full text archives that are accessible through the international protocol of the Open Archive Initiative (OAI). Most of the documents are freely accessible and can be searched on the basis of metadata or full text

Oxford Journals signs archive agreement with Portico

Oxford Journals has signed a key archiving agreement with Portico, an electronic archiving service launched in 2005 with funding from JSTOR, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, and The Library of Congress. The agreement assures robust long-term preservation and ongoing access to Oxford Journals electronic content

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Access to Knowledge Conference

Access to Knowledge Conference - Yale Information Society Project - The information revolution holds great promise for development, freedom, and justice, but this potential is fragile. Without a coherent framework for why access to knowledge matters and an agenda how to achieve it, this potential could be undermined by the growing propertization and regulation of knowledge. The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School invites you to help determine the future of A2K - April 21-23, 2006 - Yale Law School

SPARC Futures : an evolving agenda

SPARC Futures : an evolving agenda - by Heather Joseph, delivered at UBC Library / SLAIS Colloquium, University of British Columbia Library, Canada

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Softlink commissions knowledge management research

Library and knowledge management system specialist, Softlink Europe, has commissioned further research into external and internal information managed by librarians in the corporate sector. Gathering, organising, storing and sharing information and knowledge assets from within and outside the organisation is a core element of knowledge management. The paper will be launched at the Softlink stand no. 626 at the Library + Information Show in April 2006


InSciT2006: I International Conference on Multidisciplinary Information Sciences and Technologies - October 25-28, 2006 - Merida, Spain

DPC/PADI What's new in digital preservation

DPC/PADI What's new in digital preservation - Issue no. 12 (October 2005 - February 2006) - Compiled by Deb Woodyard-Robinson for the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Marian Hanley (National Library of Australia)

DL-CUBA 2006

DL-CUBA 2006: Workshop on Digital Libraries in the Context of Users' Broader Activities - Part of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries - June 11-15, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC

Introduction to Digital Content Management using CONTENTdm

Introduction to Digital Content Management using CONTENTdm - April 25, 2006 - Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD

Netskills workshops

A list of Netskills workshops to May 2006 is now available. These are also available as RSS feeds

Supplier Selection Toolkit

The Supplier Selection Toolkit is designed to provide museums, libraries and archives with a framework through which they can develop their knowledge, competence and confidence in commissioning commercial organisations to undertake work in the areas of digitisation. The Supplier Selection Toolkit is developed as part of the North East Virtual Digitisation Centre, a pilot project to create a robust network across the North East of ICT and Digital Media capabilities

70th anniversary of the Federal Register

The National Archives and the Government Printing Office (GPO) will mark the 70th anniversary of the printing of the first edition of the Federal Register (the daily newspaper of the Federal government) with an anniversary program - March 14, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

Aventis Prizes for Science Books General Prize

The Royal Society has announced the longlist for this year's Aventis Prizes for Science Books General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adults

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Gram. Lots of English words end with the suffix "-gram" (for example, a computer program). It comes from a Greek word that means "letter," and it is used in words that refer to something that is written, drawn or recorded. From the definitions below, try to identify these ten words that all end with -gram. For example, "Graph showing the heartbeat, produced by a cardiograph" would lead to "cardiogram." Answers here

1. A plan, sketch, drawing, or outline designed to demonstrate or explain how something works or to clarify the relationship between the parts of a whole.
2. A word or phrase made by rearranging the letters of another.
3. A quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides.
4. A design composed from letters, usually a person's initials, interlaced or written into a single character, often used on personal belongings, clothing, etc.
5. A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to one thousand grams.
6. The image of an object in three dimensions created and reproduced by the use of lasers.
7. Any pithy, witty saying or short poem.
8. A five-pointed star used as a magical symbol.
9. A surprise greeting, usually on a special occasion, accompanied by a kiss from the person employed to deliver it.
10. A Chinese puzzle consisting of a square cut into five triangles, a square, and a rhomboid, which can be combined so as to form a great variety of other figures.

Nexis released

LexisNexis U.S. has announced the launch of the new Nexis service. Both experienced searchers and business users can now search to get a complete view on an issue across six major categories simultaneously: News, Company, Industry, People, Countries and Legal

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Nominees for the 26th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced

IADIS WWW/Internet 2006 conference

The IADIS WWW/Internet 2006 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within WWW/Internet. WWW and Internet had a huge development in recent years. Aspects of concern are no longer just technical anymore but other aspects have aroused. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as non-technological issues related to these developments - 5-8 October 2006 - Murcia, Spain

Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts 2006

This year the renamed DRHA Conference - Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts - is choosing to bring a new dimension into its standard range of digital projects and interests across the major disciplines of the humanities (archaeology, history, literature, languages, linguistics) by offering an exceptional invitation to practitioners and scholars working with digital media across the creative, visual, performing and media arts (music, performance, dance, visual arts, gaming, media) - September 2-6, 2006 - Dartington College of Arts, UK

Webcast of Mass Digitization Symposium

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and the University of Michigan have announced that anyone who wishes may watch all or part of a Webcast of the Symposium on Scholarship and Libraries in Transition: A Dialogue about the Impacts of Mass Digitization Projects on March 10 and 11, 2006. The event is taking place at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Elsevier ScienceDirect Backfiles at Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library has acquired in perpetuity the complete set of Elsevier ScienceDirect backfiles, which delivers scientific literature electronically to the desktop across the University community on an unprecedented scale. Comprising more than 7 million articles, the collection of digitised back issues of Elsevier ScienceDirect journals is equivalent to 4 km of shelf space for print volumes. Each title is available electronically from the first volume and issue of publication, complementing the current subscription. As well as making existing peer-reviewed titles held within the University more readily accessible, the electronic backfiles widen the range of titles immediately available in Cambridge, obviating the need to acquire articles through document delivery and inter-library loan

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

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

Blackwell Publishing goes green

Blackwell Publishing has become the first global publisher to become CarbonNeutral and make a commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. By becoming CarbonNeutral, Blackwell is aiming to mitigate the carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas, emissions caused by its use of energy, shipment of its books and journals, and business travel

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. These publications make up the National Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. The CGP is the online counterpart of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, which dates from the passage of the Printing Act of 1895

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ICDL 2006

ICDL 2006 - International Conference on Digital Libraries - December 5-8, 2006 - India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

2006 Hollywood Book Festival call for entries

The 2006 Hollywood Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities

Cutting-edge Internet search techniques

Cutting-edge Internet search techniques - 8 May 2006, Birmingham - 24 April 2006, London. A CILIP training workshop

Titanic Newspaper Archive

Titanic Newspaper Archive - search newspaper articles about Titanic in more than 15,000 historical newspaper pages. A free service provided by NewspaperARCHIVE.com

Irish Newspaper Archives Ltd.

Irish Newspaper Archives Ltd. "is the most ambitious archival project ever launched in Ireland. It extends to over 1 million pages of Irish news publications at present. Irish Newspaper Archive Ltd is launching this comprehensive website on behalf of Irish newspaper proprietors and is marketing this site directly to libraries, universities and individuals around the world on a subscription basis. This archive consists of continuous news publications from 1763 up to current month"

Newfound Press

The University of Tennessee Libraries is developing a framework to make scholarly and specialized works available worldwide. Newfound Press, the University Libraries digital imprint, advances the community of learning by experimenting with effective and open systems of scholarly communication. Drawing on the resources that the university has invested in digital library development, Newfound Press collaborates with authors and researchers to bring new forms of publication to an expanding scholarly universe

LII 2006 Annual User Survey

Karen Schneider of Librarians' Internet Index writes: "LII is a publicly-funded reference website with a free weekly newsletter for librarians and anyone else looking for reliable information on the Web. We are facing a 50% budget cut to our primary funding source for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, and we need your input to help us make decisions. This survey has no more than a dozen questions and should take three to four minutes to complete. This survey will be available through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, March 16"

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community March 2006

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community - Volume 19, Number 1 - March 2006 now available

Accessible Technology: Removing Barriers

Accessible Technology: Removing Barriers - audio conference presented by Denise Weir on March 13, 2006

AALL Spectrum March 2006

AALL Spectrum March 2006 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

The 2006 Lulu Blooker Prize for Blooks

The Lulu Blooker Prize is the world's first literary prize devoted to 'blooks': books based on blogs or websites. Shortlist has been announced

The World Almanac E-Newsletter

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 06, Number 03 — March 2006 is now available

Carnival of the Infosciences #27

Carnival of the Infosciences #27 hosted by Library Stuff

Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects. This website serves as a portal for users and developers to share their ideas and contribute to project development

TLA 2006

TLA 2006 - The Texas Library Association Conference - April 25-28 - Houston TX

2006 Information Today Library of the Future Award recipient named

The Pace University Library has been named the recipient of the 2006 Information Today Library of the Future Award for its project "Media Patch." The award of $1,500 and a citation donated by Information Today, Inc., honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians or support organization for innovative planning, applications, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Manitobia: Life and Times

OCLC Canada recently worked with the Manitoba Library Consortium to digitize over 122,000 pages of historically significant newspapers and other content including an atlas, books and historic maps to make them freely accessible on the World Wide Web. This digitization effort is part of the Manitobia: Life and Times project. "Manitobia" was coined by combining Manitoba, the keystone province located in the heart of Canada, with Utopia, signifying an ideal place-the new term meaning a perfect place to find information about Manitoba

Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2006 longlist

Orange Prize for Fiction has announced its 2006 longlist

Thomson Gale offers free resources to celebrate Earth Day

This Earth Day, Thomson Gale encourages educators, students and families to visit galeschools.com, where they can access free experiments, information on the environment, related Web links, tools for teachers and parents, and environment-focused Thomson Gale titles

Vermont State Archives ONLINE

The Vermont Secretary of State and the Vermont State Archives have announced the release of Vermont State Archives ONLINE, a collection of searchable public databases developed to increase access and use of the State of Vermont's archival records

18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for the 18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) literature for books published in 2005

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The GrayLIT Network

The GrayLIT Network makes the gray literature of U.S. Federal Agencies easily accessible over the Internet. It taps into the search engines of distributed gray literature collections, enabling the user to find information without first having to know the sponsoring agency

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - February/March 2006 now available

Canadian public domain registry

Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency and Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corporation in the US, have announced the development of a Canadian public domain registry. The ground-breaking project – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published works that are in the Canadian public domain

Saturday, March 04, 2006

List of Nominations for Reference Awards 2005

Nominations for the Printed and Electronic categories of the ISG (CILIP) / Nielsen BookData Reference Awards 2005 published by CILIP's Information Services Group. The call for nominations has been highly successful and this year's awards will be judged by an expert team of judges over the next few weeks. A shortlist will then be published and the winners will receive their awards at the Library and Information Show at a special ceremony on 26 April

SOLSTICE Conference 2006

SOLSTICE Conference 2006: will bring together colleagues from within the higher education sector to share knowledge, expertise and skills relating to the enhancement of student learning through the intelligent deployment of technologies - 3 May 2006 - Edge Hill, Ormskirk, UK

Archiving 2006 preliminary program

Archiving 2006 - May 23-26, 2006 - Ottawa, Canada. The IS&T Archiving Conference provides a unique forum to assemble international experts from industry, government, cultural heritage institutions, universities, and research institutes to discuss the complex and diverse topics related to the theory and practice of archiving personal and institutional collections. Preliminary program now available

OpenDocument Format Alliance

OpenDocument Format Alliance - As documents and services are increasingly transformed from paper to electronic form, there is a growing problem that governments and their constituents may not be able to access, retrieve and use critical records, information and documents in the future. To enable the public sector to have greater control over and direct management of their own records, information and documents, the ODF Alliance seeks to promote and advance the use of OpenDocument Format (ODF). The alliance works globally to educate policymakers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of the OpenDocument Format, to help ensure that government information, records and documents are accessible across platforms and applications, even as technologies change

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #95

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #95 - March 2, 2006 is now available

Info@UK Issue 60

Info@UK Issue 60, March 2006, is now available from The British Council

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Hatches, Matches and Dispatches. Try to identify these people from the information given about their births, marriages and deaths. Answers here

1. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, this writer married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and died in 1616.
2. Born in Stockholm in 1915, this Swedish actress married Italian film director Roberto Rossellini and made the film "Stromboli" with him. After an eight-year fight against cancer, she died in London on her 67th birthday.
3. Born in 1819, Alexandrina Victoria married her cousin Albert in 1840. She died at Osborne House in 1901. By what name or title is she best known?
4. This American actress and dancer was born Virginia Katherine McMath in 1911. She appeared in the films "42nd Street", "Stage Door" and "Kitty Foyle", and was married five times. She died in 1995 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.
5. This writer, artisan and socialist was born at Walthamstow in Essex in 1834, and married Jane Burden, a famous model. When he died at the age of 63, one doctor described the cause of his death as simply being himself and having done more work than most ten men.
6. This Italian noblewoman was born in 1480 in Subiaco, Italy and before her 22nd birthday had married three Italian princes to further her father's political advancement. She died in 1519, having become a symbol of the moral corruption and violence that characterized Renaissance Italy.
7. This jazz musician was born in New Orleans in 1898, married pianist Lil Hardin in 1924, and died in 1971 - three years after his final chart success with "What a Wonderful World".
8. This American writer and wit was born Dorothy Rothschild in 1893, and became one of a high-profile group of writers known as the "Algonquin Round Table". She married Alan Campbell in 1933 and collaborated with him on film screenplays, most notably "A Star is Born" (1937). She died in 1967 in her apartment, alone except for her pet poodle.
9. This American painter was born Anna Mary Robertson in 1860, and married a farmhand in 1887. At the age of 67, when she was no longer able to do farm work, she began painting in oils. She died in 1961. By what name is she generally known?
10. Born Frieda Emma Johanna Maria von Richthofen in 1879 in Germany, she married Professor Ernest Weekley and then a famous author who was one of her first husband's students. She died in New Mexico on her 77th birthday.

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 138

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 138 - March 2006 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

2nd International Digital Curation Conference

2nd International Digital Curation Conference: Digital Data Curation in Practice - 21-22 November 2006 - Glasgow, Scotland

Blogs & Social Media Forum

Blogs & Social Media Forum - Effective communication is a challenge for everybody in today's organisations and social media is all about communication. Knowing what's being said about your organisation both internally and externally is critical and must be understood and controlled. But what exactly is involved? Examining the impact of wikis, blogs & RSS, this one day forum will combine expert industry insight from leading thinkers in the field of social media technologies with real life case studies - 17 May 2006, London, UK

E-mail Curation

E-mail Curation: Practical Approaches for Long-term Preservation and Access - 24–25 April 2006 - Newcastle, UK

Educators' Spotlight Digest

S.O.S for Information Literacy has announced the premier issue of Educators' Spotlight Digest, the first multimedia, online magazine dedicated to providing information and ideas to teachers of information literacy skills

7th meeting of the National Museum and Services Library Board

The 7th meeting of the National Museum and Services Library Board "will focus on the recently released report A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections. This report is the first comprehensive survey ever conducted on the condition and preservation needs of our nation's collections. The results are both stunning and sobering — 4.5 billion artifacts held by more than 30,000 archives, libraries, museums and other repositories and visited 2.5 billion times a year are threatened by lack of environmental controls, perilous storage conditions, insufficient security and lack of emergency plans" - March 6-7 - Washington, D.C.

The Future of Libraries conference

The Future of Libraries: Improving Accessibility and Performance - 4 April 2006 - Earls Court One, London

MDA to receive MLA Renaissance funding

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is funding MDA, the UK's leading authority on information management in museums, to create Collections Link, an innovative service providing information and advice in all areas of collections management. The service, which is funded through MLA's Renaissance programme, will include direct advice by telephone as well as an online library of guidelines, fact sheets and standards

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: The shortlist

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist has been announced - The Independent

Freeload Press - 1,000,000 free college textbooks

Concerned with the high costs of college, Freeload Press, a college textbook publisher and distributor founded by academics and publishers, has introduced a revolutionary publishing model that provides free college textbooks. Students download free e-textbooks and can purchase inexpensive paperback versions. Both the e-textbook and the paperback are underwritten by commercial sponsors. Following a successful beta launch this current academic year, the company announced that it is now lining up corporate sponsors and advertisers to underwrite the distribution of 1,000,000 free college textbooks

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

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - March 2, 2006 is now available

British Library desktop document delivery now available via Google Scholar

Searches on Google Scholar will now include links to the British Library's document delivery service. Search results will be matched against the Library's holdings and where a match is made, users will have the option to obtain articles held via the British Library's online document ordering interface, British Library Direct

New journals from Blackwell

Blackwell Publishing has launched a series of new online reviews journals designed especially for researchers, students, and teaching faculty and working in the humanities. History Compass, Literature Compass, and Philosophy Compass are available now and will be joined by a further six titles over the next two years

European Commission unveils plans for European digital libraries

The European Commission has unveiled its strategy to make Europe's written and audiovisual heritage available on the Internet. Turning Europe's historic and cultural heritage into digital content will make it usable for European citizens for their studies, work or leisure and will give innovators, artists and entrepreneurs the raw material that they need. The Commission proposes a concerted drive by EU Member States to digitise, preserve, and make this heritage available to all. It presents a first set of actions at European level and invites comments on a series of issues in an online consultation (deadline for replies 20 January 2006). The replies will feed into a proposal for a Recommendation on digitisation and digital preservation, to be presented in June 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Digital Preservation Management

Digital Preservation Management: Short-Term Solutions to Long-Term Problems - May 14-19, 2006 - Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY

Information Today - March 2006 issues

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

FreePint Newsletter 201

FreePint Newsletter 201 - 2 March, 2006 - now available

Pride, prejudice and happiness: readers choose favourite endings

A truth which has the downside of keeping many true artists poor in garrets and many false ones rich in mansions was universally acknowledged yesterday. It is that most of us crave overwhelmingly a happy ending to a novel; and that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - in which Elizabeth and Mr Darcy ride off to Pemberley in the sunset and live happily ever after - is our runaway favourite of a perfect ending. The Guardian

Authors make book fair protest

Authors, including Will Self and Ian McEwan, have protested against the organisers of the London Book Fair being involved in the arms trade. In a letter published in The Times Literary Supplement, the writers called for Reed Exhibitions to stop holding arms fairs around the world. Nick Hornby, JM Coetzee and Mike Leigh also signed the letter organised by the Campaign Against Arms Trade - BBC

RSC offers developing countries free access to journals archives

The Royal Society of Chemistry is to be the first Learned and Professional organisation to provide developing countries with free access to science journal archives. The Society is to make its historical research archives that contain 1.5 million pages and 250,000 articles available free of charge electronically as part of its commitment to help build science and technology capacity

New York Public Library acquires William S. Burroughs archive

The New York Public Library's Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature has acquired the archive of the avant-garde Beat writer William S. Burroughs (1914-1997). Containing Burroughs' manuscripts and correspondence from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, the richest portion of his writing career, and including items such as the typescript and draft versions of his seminal novel The Naked Lunch, the archive previously had only two private owners aside from Burroughs himself and has never been publicly accessible

6th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property

6th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property: Copyright at a Crossroads: The Impact of Mass Digitization on Copyright and Higher Education - June 14-16, 2006 - University of Maryland University College

Wiley InterScience Author Resources

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Author Resources, a suite of tools and services designed to improve the research pathway, enhance content discovery, and benefit current and prospective authors of journal articles. Accessible to all Wiley InterScience users, Author Resources provides general information about Wiley, the benefits of publishing on Wiley InterScience, information about submitting and tracking a manuscript through Wiley's production process, and a suite of author tools

Juilliard receives gift of rare manuscripts

In a gesture of breathtaking generosity, Juilliard's chairman, Bruce Kovner, has donated his extraordinary collection of rare music manuscripts to the School. Comprising approximately 140 items, the collection includes primary source materials for many of the seminal works of the repertoire, and represents one of the finest private collections of music scores to be amassed in the last century. The gift was formally announced on February 28 at a press conference held at Juilliard

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Information Literacy: recognising the need

Information Literacy: recognising the need - 17 May 2006 - Staffordshire University, UK

Call for Proposals: JA-SIG Summer conference

Call for Proposals: JA-SIG Summer conference - Gateways and Pathways - June 4-6, 2006 - Vancouver, Canada

EBSCOhost and EBSCOadmin feature enhancements

EBSCO has announced that the gradual implementation of significant product enhancements is currently underway

Dialog launches new knowledge-sharing tools on DataStarWeb

Dialog has announced the launch of two new, time-saving tools for use with DataStarWeb - AlertsManager, which is designed for the information professional seeking a more effective way to govern the information flow of their organization, and ReportAid, which facilitates post-processing and distribution of search results

Biochemical Journal Centenary 1906-2006

The Biochemical Journal is celebrating 100 years of scientific excellence in 2006. To mark this momentous occasion a series of Centenary Events will be held in the UK

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, March 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, March 2006 - Insects and Entomologists

Le Prince Maurice prize shortlist announced

Louise Dean, Joanna Briscoe and Ben Markovits are on the shortlist for Le Prince Maurice, a prize which rewards "the literary equivalent of soul music" with a two-week luxury break in the sun - The Guardian

World Book Day 2006

World Book Day 2006 will take place on Thursday 2 March. World Book Day is the biggest annual event supporting books and reading in the UK and Ireland and the emphasis for 2006 is celebration. Schools, libraries, bookshops and other venues will be encouraged to hold even more book-related events, activities and parties than in previous years

Library and Information Update magazine

Library and Information Update magazine - March 2006 now available from CILIP

2006 International Newspaper Conference

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), in conjunction with the United States Library of Congress, the Library and Archives Canada, and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, have announced the 2006 International Newspaper Conference - May 17-18 2006 - University of Utah Campus, Salt Lake City