Featured Link

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

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Law Libraries with Innovative Systems

Law Libraries with Innovative Systems - Law libraries have been Innovative Interfaces customers since the early days of the company. This list attempts to clarify which law libraries have their own systems and which share a system with another library or through a consortium. Libraries are listed alphabetically by name of institution under each category, with libraries outside the United States found at the end of each list. Updated August 30, 2006

UNESCO- IIMK International Workshop on Green Stone

The Workshop shall be designed to facilitate the participants in creating state-of-art digital libraries using the Greenstone Open Source DL software, which include software installation, configuration, customization, digitization and other related workflow operations, content development and management, designing and creating standard metadata sets to describe digital objects and encoding it in standard markup formats - November 27-Dec 02, 2006 - IIMK, Kerala, India

Museums and the Web 2007

Museums and the Web 2007 - April 11-14, 2007 - San Francisco, California, USA

First full year results from Oxford Open released

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has released full year figures from its optional open access experiment, Oxford Open. In the first year of launch, almost 400 papers have been published under the optional open access model across 36 of the 49 participating titles

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - August 31, 2006 now available

ALA Web Site Usability Survey

ALA Web Site Usability Survey: "You may be aware that we are currently conducting a usability assessment of our ALA website. This assessment is designed to take a very thorough look at the website, it's problems and strengths, in order to guide ongoing improvements, development and redesign. The usability assessment includes interviews of major stakeholder groups, an online survey, hands-on usability testing, complaint and web log analyses, focus group discussions, and heuristic analysis (expert review of the site based on generally agreed-upon principles of usability). It began in July of
2006 and is expected to conclude late October 2006. UserWorks, a Maryland consulting firm, will conduct many of the assessment activities"

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

E-JASL - Summer 2006

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship - v.7 no.2 (Summer 2006) now available

Wiley Partners with the International Society for Stem Cell Research

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) have announced they have signed a multi-year agreement to develop and publish Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology, the first comprehensive source of high-quality methods for isolating, maintaining, and differentiating embryonic and adult stem cells. Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology will be available in June 2007 via Wiley InterScience, Wiley's online publishing platform

National Acquisitions Group Annual Conference

National Acquisitions Group Annual Conference - Reading the Future: Turning Goals into Reality - 13-14 September 2006 - University of Reading, UK

Penguin takes its 'black classics' into China

From The Guardian: "It has taken more than 70 years, but Penguin has finally arrived in China. The British publisher announced yesterday that classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, Crime and Punishment and Moby Dick would be translated into Mandarin and sold under its logo in the world's fastest growing book market. The first 10 novels will go on sale in November under a licensing deal with a local partner that could eventually see the UK firm marketing Chinese literature and the works of Marx and Engels to a population of 1.3 billion people"

ProQuest selected to digitize major historic newspapers

The Library of Virginia is partnering with ProQuest Information and Learning on the digitization of historically significant newspapers. The Library is one of six pilot sites to receive funds from the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to develop an internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers. ProQuest is working with the Library of Virginia to digitize key titles covering the time period 1900-1910, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition, the Library of Congress has chosen ProQuest as a partner to digitally convert 10 years of the New York Tribune to NDNP specifications for inclusion in the NDNP repository

Ariadne - Issue 48

Ariadne - Issue 48, July 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

2006 August RLG Members' Forum presentations

How does one develop practical, effective, descriptive practices that consider audience, economy, and functionality, and strike the right balance among the three? During the RLG Members' Forum, held August 7-8 at the Folger Library in Washington, DC, 15 invited speakers and an audience of 125 RLG-Programs partners debated emerging strategies in the realm of libraries, archives, and museums. Presentations now available

LAMA announces new online format for journal

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) will begin online publication of its quarterly journal Library Administration and Management beginning in December 2006. The LAMA leadership enthusiastically endorsed this change, recognizing the added functionality of an electronic LA&M, and the cost savings that will allow LAMA to fund its 2006-2010 strategic initiatives more effectively. These initiatives are aimed at increasing the value of LAMA membership through new and expanded programs and services

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

JSTOR and the future of online information

JSTOR and the future of online information - A Research Information Network Workshop - 12 September 2006 - London, UK

CILIP launches free Lunch & Learn series for members

CILIP, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is launching a series of 90-minute Lunch & Learn at CILIP sessions. They will provide members with expert insights into interesting new technologies and business developments that directly impact on their operations

Managing Electronic Collections: Strategies from Content to User

Managing Electronic Collections: Strategies from Content to User - National Information Standards Organization - September 28-30, 2006 - Denver, Colorado

EBSCO Publishing and ABC-CLIO announce new partnership

EBSCO Publishing and ABC-CLIO have announced a new partnership that will benefit mutual customers of EBSCO's and ABC-CLIO's online databases. Users of ABC-CLIO's Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life databases can now link directly from relevant journal article citations in those resources to the corresponding full text in EBSCO's online databases via EBSCOhost. With this new partnership, customers of EBSCOhost full-text databases and ABC-CLIO indexes will not need a link resolver to access full text from databases such as Academic Search through indexes such as Historical Abstracts. There will be no additional charge for this new feature

Monday, August 28, 2006

Call for speakers - 2007 Information Highways Conference

Call for speakers, presentations & case studies: e-Content: Transforming the Enterprise, Transforming the World 2007 Information Highways Conference - March 27-29, 2007 - Toronto, Ontario

Emerald Shop

Emerald Group Publishing has announced the launch of the Emerald Shop, offering a new e-commerce environment for purchasing a range of Emerald non-subscription products. As part of a series of improvements in functionality of the Emerald Website, the Emerald Shop is designed to enable Emerald website visitors to access content on demand. In particular, this new distribution strategy is positioned to make Emerald management articles more easily available to individuals in corporate settings

The New Yorker on a hard drive

The New Yorker will soon offer "a collection of all 4,000+ back issues stored on a 3-by-5-inch 80GB portable hard drive"

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Guide to Scottish Newspaper Indexes

The Guide to Scottish Newspaper Indexes lists the newspapers in Scotland which have an index to their contents. It shows the dates covered, and where each index can be consulted. The guide is a searchable database developed at the National Library of Scotland by NEWSPLAN Scotland. Other Scottish libraries collaborated in the project and contributed local material

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: The Letter A - part 2. Answers here.

1. The largest state of the USA, located on the northwest extremity of North America.
2. The surname of an American jazz trumpeter and singer. He was born in New Orleans and his nicknames were "Satchmo" and "Pops".
3. The comic French cartoon hero created by Goscinny and Uderzo: a pintsized, moustachioed Gaul who does his best to keep the Romans at bay.
4. The surname of a twentieth-century American entertainer who danced in many film musicals with partners such as Ginger Rogers.
5. The deposition of sulphuric and nitric acids onto land or water by rainwater.
6. The citadel of Athens on which the Parthenon and the Erechtheum stand.
7. A nocturnal African burrowing mammal with a thick set body, large snout and donkey-like ears.
8. A potent, bitter liqueur distilled from wormwood and flavoured with a variety of herbs. It has a distinct anise flavour and is 68 percent alcohol.
9. A counting device that traditionally consists of a frame holding rods on which ten beads can slide.
10. A developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning

Eighth Annual Symposium on Scholarly Communication: 2006

Eighth Annual Symposium on Scholarly Communication: 2006 - Converting and Preserving the Scholarly Record - October 24, 2006 - Assembly Hall, University at Albany, Main Campus, New York

6th International Web Archiving Workshop Agenda

Agenda available for the 6th International Web Archiving Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 10th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries - September 21-22 2006 - Alicante, Spain

The Chinese Journal of International Politics

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, has announced the launch of The Chinese Journal of International Politics (CJIP), an English translation of China's first peer-reviewed journal of international studies. The Journal, published in China as Science of International Politics, was launched in 2005 by Peking University Press on behalf of Tsinghua University's Institute of International Studies

Outsell, Inc. acquires Electronic Publishing Services Ltd (EPS)

Outsell, Inc. of Burlingame, CA has announces the acquisition of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd (EPS) of London. EPS is a major global provider of information, strategic consulting and research for the information marketplace. The acquisition makes Outsell the only research and advisory firm covering all aspects of the information industry worldwide

SpringerLink final version released

Springer Science+Business Media has launched the final version of its new online platform, SpringerLink. The platform gives students and researchers electronic access to the recently launched Springer eBook Collection. The Collection consists of more than 11,000 eBooks, to which approximately 3,000 new titles will be added each year

NetLibrary teams with Airiti to offer Chinese-language eContent

NetLibrary has announced an agreement with Taipei, Taiwan-based Airiti, Inc. to offer subscription service to three highly-regarded Chinese-language databases. The agreement will provide OCLC NetLibrary with rights to sell annual subscriptions to Airiti's Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS), the Chinese Electronic Periodical Services (CEPS) and the National Palace Museum (NPM) Online Database

The Journal of Electronic Publishing

The Journal of Electronic Publishing - Summer 2006 edition now available

The Tao of Law Librarianship

The Tao of Law Librarianship: Reining In Your Inner Change Freak By Connie Crosby - Published August 20, 2006 for LLRX.com

The State of the Law Library Blogosphere

The State of the Law Library Blogosphere by Bonnie Shucha, Head of Reference, University of Wisconsin Law Library - Published August 15, 2006 for LLRX.com

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Managing Preservation

Managing Preservation: A Series of Five Coordinated Workshops - Presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center - Made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities - October 2006-September 2007


CoLIS 6: "Featuring the Future" will take place in Boras, Sweden, August 13-16, 2007, and is organised by the Swedish School of Library and Information Science

CURL-RIN Challenge Fund for Copac enhancement

CURL and the RIN have jointly contributed to a Challenge Fund to enhance Copac by significantly extending the range of research material it covers. The Fund is being launched as an open call to libraries with relevant holdings to apply for inclusion in Copac

Open Government - August 2006

Open Government: a journal on freedom of Information - August 2006 - Volume 2 Issue 1 now available

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 143

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 143 - August/September 2006 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - August 24, 2006 now available

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

FreePint Newsletter 212

FreePint Newsletter 212 - 24 August, 2006 - now available

ARL SPEC Kit 292: Institutional Repositories

ARL SPEC Kit 292: Institutional Repositories, is now available

Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award

The People's Act of Love by James Meek is the winner of this year's Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. The much-acclaimed novel set in the cinematic snowdrifts of Siberia during the Russian revolution has won the 10,000 pounds award – the biggest award specifically for a Scottish writer

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews Volume 10, Number 4 - August 15 2006 is now available

The Scattered Librarian

The Scattered Librarian - A "Next-Gen" Academic Librarian gives her take on LIS issues, Time management, and professional development

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Artist and Citizen: 50 years of Performing Pinter

Artist and Citizen: 50 years of Performing Pinter - In May 1957, on a budget of "four and sixpence", Harold Pinter's first play, The Room, was staged by his friend Henry Woolf in a converted squash court at the University of Bristol. 49 years later, and Harold Pinter has accrued numerous accolades: The Shakespeare Prize, the European Prize for Literature, the Pirandello Prize, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award, the Moliere D'Honneur for lifetime achievement, the Wilfred Owen award for War poetry, The Franz Kafka award and, most recently, The European Theatre Prize. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, and, of course, in 2005 he was given the Nobel Prize for literature - 12-15 April 2007 - Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds

Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central is a new service publishing peer-reviewed open access research in chemistry, from the same team that created BioMed Central, the leading biomedical open access publisher. The Chemistry Central website currently features chemistry-related articles published in BioMed Central journals. Chemistry Central is planning to launch further chemistry-specific journals in the near future, including Chemistry Central Journal, a new title covering all areas of chemistry

Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute

The ninth Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI) will be held in Emerald Lake, British Columbia, from March 1st to 6th, 2007. The Institute's mission is to assist professional librarians to develop, strengthen, and exercise their leadership skills so that they may be better equipped to formulate, articulate, and achieve the future changes required by libraries into the 21st century. Based on the premise of experiential learning, the Institute includes group and individual exercises, as well as the opportunity to learn in conversation with mentors, who have been chosen for their own leadership skills, and who will be participating as volunteers

E-Books 2006

E-Books 2006: The annual E-Book event is organised by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and MultiMedia Information Technology Group(Scotland)MMiTS. E-Books 2006 will provide an insight to integrating, and trusting, technology into Collection Management Policies - 27 October 2006 - Glasgow Metropolitan College, Scotland

Scopus announces customized institutional resources and digital archive searches

Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of research information and quality Web sources, has announced that it is the first and only database of its kind to provide a fully customizable feature to its customers that enables users to search within selected repositories or subject specific digital archives within the Scopus interface


LibreDigital has launched a service that allows book publishers to digitally capture and deliver controlled book content online. The new LibreDigital Warehouse service enables publishers to bring titles to the web, where consumers can search the entire content of a book and preview a percentage of its text and illustrations

Dissect Medicine

Dissect Medicine is a collaborative medical news website, which indexes and ranks international medical news. It spans general interest articles to basic research. Dissect Medicine users submit news items for review with tags and keywords. These are then ranked by the user group. This ensures that only the most relevant, and influential articles will make it as a current headline story. Dissect Medicine is a joint initiative of Macmillan Medical Communications and Nature Clinical Practice, the medical publishing arm of Nature Publishing Group

Monday, August 21, 2006

Weblogs and RSS feeds

Weblogs and RSS feeds: a beginners' guide. Workshop leader: Phil Bradley - 12 October 2006 - London, UK

ICUDL 2006

The 2nd International Conference on Universal Digital Library (ICUDL 2006) - 17-19 November 2006 - Alexandria, Egypt - ICUDL 2006 is the second in a series of International Conferences on Universal Digital Library. The theme of this year's conference, "Towards building the globally owned Universal Digital Library where human knowledge is equally preserved and accessed", is to emphasize the continuity of ICUDL 2005 theme and decisions

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Highlights - Summer 2006

The Summer 2006 issue of Highlights, the free, quarterly newsletter from Inderscience Publishers, is now available

International Journal of Reliability and Safety (IJRS)

International Journal of Reliability and Safety (IJRS) provides an authoritative source of information and an international forum in the field of reliability and safety. It is a professional and refereed journal that aims to achieve a balance between academic rigor and practical applications from all disciplines

Saturday, August 19, 2006


RuleML-2006: Second International Conference on Rules and Rule Markup Languages for the Semantic Web - 10-11 November 2006 - Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.

TechXtra is now an independent service

TechXtra - the free source of information in engineering, mathematics and computing - is now an independent service. Previously connected with the EEVL gateway, TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL and the Library at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and receives no external funding

Online Information 2006 conference programme

The conference programme for Online Information 2006 - 28-30 November - London, UK, is now available

Better stock, better libraries

On 14 August 2006 the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) published the report Better stock, better libraries which proposes a new stock procurement model for public libraries

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. What was the title of Roald Dahl's 1964 novel which was filmed as 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"?
2. Who wrote the 1984 novel "Flaubert's Parrot"?
3. Name the 1994 novel by Louis de Bernières, set in the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War, about the romance between the local doctor's daughter and a captain from the occupying Italian forces.
4. Which 1982 science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, was based on a story by Philip K. Dick entitled "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"?
5. Who wrote the books "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"?
6. Which English actor's two volumes of autobiography were called "The Moon's a Balloon" and "Bring on the Empty Horses"?
7. In Don Marquis's "Archy and Mehitabel", is Archy a spider, a tortoise or a cockroach?
8. Which American author's plays include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Play about the Baby"?
9. Where did Malcolm Bradbury get the title for his book "Eating People is Wrong"?
10. Give the title of the only novel written by Robert Tressell, published in 1914 - three years after his death - about building workers slaving for a bad employer.

Cambridge Companions Online

Cambridge Collections Online "offers subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment. At present, we offer one main collection, The Complete Cambridge Companions, and two sub-collections comprising the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics, and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication. We hope to introduce further new collections in subject areas over the coming months"

OCLC acquires DiMeMa

OCLC Online Computer Library Center has acquired DiMeMa (Digital Media Management), the organization that developed and supports CONTENTdm, the leading digital management software for libraries distributed by OCLC

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - August 17, 2006 now available

The University of Chicago Press to provide open access to The Journal of Business archive

The University of Chicago Press has announced its decision to make The Journal of Business electronic archive on the University of Chicago Press Web site freely accessible to all registered online visitors, beginning in 2007

Royal Society 2007 Journal Prices

The Royal Society 2007 Journal and Package Prices are now available

ebrary launches purchase only titles

ebrary launches purchase only titles - Libraries may now create and own a customized collection of eBooks and other titles from Springer, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, and other leading publishers

Learning at the British Library

The British Library's new Learning website is devoted to promoting the wonders of the book, and to opening up the mysterious and magical qualities of the Library's collection. Virtual visitors can browse a treasure trove of fascinating texts and images: from medieval banquet menus to ancient Iranian myths, from 18th century ship's logs to Russian Constructivist book covers, from Victorian freak show posters to WWII maps. There are over a thousand texts on the site, as well as wonderful audio recordings from the Sound archive, and a range of multimedia elements. The site is divided into six themed sections, making navigation easy and enjoyable. In launching the new website, the Learning team aims to bring the British Library's world renowned collection to a wider audience, and to inspire learners of all ages. The material provides myriad opportunities for personalised learning, individual research projects and classroom activity

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Dawn of the Embedded Library

The Dawn of the Embedded Library: Integrating Library Services into People's Trusted Networks - 3 October 2006 - Tufts University, Medford, MA

INFORMS Scholarly Journals move to HighWire Press

Publications of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) will soon be available online to institutional subscribers through a new host, HighWire Press

govmine launched by Convera

Convera Corporation has announced the beta launch of govmine, a commercial search site specifically designed for government professionals. govmine is based on Convera's technology platform that has been deployed at many government agencies, and most recently as a web indexing solution for publishers

U.S. Government Manual 2006-2007 Edition

U.S. Government Manual 2006-2007 Edition is now available for browsing

Carnival of the Infosciences #49

Carnival of the Infosciences #49 hosted by Connie Crosby

FREE TO READ from The American Physical Society

The American Physical Society has announced that it will soon expand its Open Access offerings to articles published in Physical Review A-E, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics. This OA initiative is called FREE TO READ and, when released in early September 2006, can be applied to any article or group of articles published in the Journals of the American Physical Society back to 1893. Anyone (authors, readers, institutions, funding agencies, etc.) may, by paying a one-time fee, make articles published in our journals available on our sites to all readers at no cost and without a subscription. Readers will have access to PDF and postscript versions of the FREE TO READ articles through the APS online journals

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Research Information August/September 2006

Research Information August/September 2006 from Europa Science Ltd. is now available online

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 Longlist

The judging panel for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has announced the longlist of books for this year. The longlist of 19 books was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and 17 were called in by the panel of judges

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Gender Gap by Roy Tennant

The Gender Gap by Roy Tennant - "Recently, I've had reason to reflect on a disturbing situation in digital library development. Looking around, I see mostly men. Sure, we can all name women who have made substantial contributions to digital librarianship. There are too few of them compared to their male counterparts. In a profession dominated by women, this disparity is even more striking..." - for Library Journal

Archiving 2007

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology has announced the Call for Papers for Archiving 2007 to be held May 21-24, 2007 in Arlington, VA. The deadline for abstract submission is November 1, 2006

Information insights

Information insights: an update and briefing on aspects of EU information - 8 September 2006 - London School of Economics, UK

Monday, August 14, 2006

Too Much Information!

Too Much Information! - The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) 38th Annual Study Conference and Exhibition - 14–16 June 2007 - Sheffield, UK

Understanding the science of preservation

Understanding the science of preservation - National Preservation Office Conference - 10 October 2006 - British Library Conference Centre, London, UK

United Kingdom Maps

United Kingdom Maps - Includes country maps, historical maps, and city maps. From Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, University of Texas

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Technology Tuesday Series from The Education Institute

  • September 8 - Firefox can do that? Using Extensions to Customize Your Web Browser by Rachel Bridgewater

  • September 16 - Google Scholar: If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them by Karen Hunt

  • September 26 - They Won't Sell Themselves: Marketing Your Electronic Products by Jeff Wisniewski

  • October 3 - Why the Masses Love Metadata: Folksonomies, Tagging and the Amateur Expert by Geoff Harder

  • October 10 - Delivering Training From a Distance by Cheryl Stenstrom

  • October 17 - Technology Overload: Coping and Designing to Minimize Stress by John Kupersmith

  • October 31 - Point, Click and Learn: Flickr & Libraries by Michael Sauers

  • November 14 - Yahoo Tips: Search Strategies for Librarians by Ran Hock

  • November 21 - Avoiding Communication Breakdown: Techies and Non-techies by David King

  • November 28 - VideoCasting: An Introduction for Libraries by David King

  • December 5 - The Ins and Outs of RSS: Really Simple Solutions for Using Really Simple Syndication by Geoff Harder

  • December 12 - Top Ten Tech Trends for 2007 by Michael Stephens

Twilight Librarian

Twilight Librarian: Jim Rettig's ruminations on libraries, librarianship, the infosphere, and more

Search Alternatives and Beyond

Search Alternatives and Beyond: "Despite satisfaction with their methods and results, a majority of searchers don't really know what they're doing — but they have alternatives" by Steven J. Bell for EDUCAUSE Quarterly

Saturday, August 12, 2006

NetLibrary 4.0

NetLibrary 4.0 "is a major new site upgrade that will provide you and your patrons with improved search performance, a fresh new look and feel, and powerful navigation tools. Based on extensive usability testing and library feedback, we have re-engineered our site to provide the highest levels of speed, reliability and user convenience"

INASP Newsletter August 2006

INASP Newsletter No. 32, August 2006 available from International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which game is the national summer game of the USA: a bat-and-ball game played between two teams, each of nine players, on a pitch marked out in the form of a diamond?
2. In which game would you find tees, greens, fairways, woods and irons?
3. Which indoor game for two or four players originated in England in the late 19th century from real tennis? It is played on a table 9 feet long and 5 feet wide, using a small hollow plastic ball.
4. Which game was devised when Connecticut put a ban on "bowling at nine pins" in 1841?
5. In which game do two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands?
6. What is the game in which two teams of ten players try to throw a ball into the opposing side's goal with a long-handled stick that has a triangular head with a loose mesh pouch for catching and carrying the ball?
7. "Flannelled fools" was a term used by Rudyard Kipling to describe people who played which game?
8. Which game is similar to baseball but played with a lighter bat, a larger and softer ball, and using a smaller field?
9. Which sport was developed in England in 1869 and originally called "soccer-in-water"?
10. Which game was created by Dr James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891-92, to give athletes an indoor game to play in the winter?

Cites & Insights 6:10

Cites & Insights 6:10 (August 2006) is now available for downloading

Connecting Culture and Commerce: Getting the Right Balance

Connecting Culture and Commerce: Getting the Right Balance - 26 January 2007 - National Gallery, London, UK

Palgrave Macmillan Journals 2007 subscription prices

Palgrave Macmillan has announced that its Journals 2007 Subscription Prices are now available

Sustaining Digital Libraries Symposium

Sustaining Digital Libraries Symposium - October 6, 2006 - Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - August 10, 2006 now available

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Change to University of Chicago Press Journals electronic access

The University of Chicago Press Journals Division has decided to remove its content from the aggregated databases produced by Thomson Gale and ProQuest. Effective immediately, no new content published by the University of Chicago Press will be added to these databases. All content published by the University of Chicago Press will be removed from databases produced by Thomson Gale and ProQuest by May 15, 2007 and June 1, 2008, respectively

Project MUSE 2007 Collections, Titles, and Pricing

Project MUSE has announced that seventeen new journals and seven new publishers are confirmed to date for inclusion in its online collections of humanities and social science journals for 2007. Among the new titles are several from the Texas Tech University Press, which is new to Project MUSE. MUSE is delighted to be adding Texas Tech along with the other new participating publishers to its list of over 60 not-for-profit presses whose journals have been selected for the collections. Project MUSE 2007 pricing is also now available


Taylor & Francis Group (including Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Psychology Press) has announced the imminent launch of the beta version of its new online platform - informaworld. informaworld will host the company's eJournals, online journal archive collections, eBooks and eReference Works. For the first time Taylor & Francis' subscribers will be able to search across all T&F content, regardless of format, giving them increased access to a wealth of information to assist in their research

IFLA helps launch information network for African librarians

Librarians from across Africa have launched an information exchange network to promote access to, and more effective use of, government information for democratic and economic development on the continent, following a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Carnival of the Infosciences #48

Carnival of the Infosciences #48 hosted by Connecting Librarian

Musings of a Medical Librarian Maven

Musings of a Medical Librarian Maven from Alexia Estabrook, president of the Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group

University of California libraries partner with Google to digitize books

The University of California libraries have announced their partnership with Google to digitize books from the libraries' collections. UC becomes the latest partner in the Google Books Library Project, which was launched in December 2004 to digitize books drawn from the libraries of the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, and the New York Public Library. The digitized books will be searchable through Google Book Search. Google respects copyright law and has specifically designed Book Search to comply with it. Anyone will be able to freely view, browse and read UC's public domain books, including many of the treasures in the libraries' historic and special collections

Biblio Tech Review - July 2006

Biblio Tech Review - July 2006 issue now available

The Law Library 2007

The Law Library 2007: Skills, Strategies & Solutions (Live Webcast) February 28, 2007 - presented by Catherine Hardy, Library Manager, Heller Ehrman LLP, San Francisco, CA, and Donna Purvis, Firmwide Library Manager, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

ISSI 2007

The 11th biennial International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2007) is organised by the Centre for Scientific Information and Documentation (CINDOC) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), in cooperation with several Information Science Departments of Spanish universities, and under the auspices of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) - 25-27 June 2007 - Madrid, Spain

FreePint Newsletter 211

FreePint Newsletter 211 - 10 August, 2006 - now available

Journal of Medical Library Association July 2006

Journal of Medical Library Association - Volume 94(3) July 2006 is now available

Open Publish 2006 conference proceedings

Open Publish 2006 - July 26-28 - Sydney, Australia - conference proceedings now available

Early California Population Project

The Early California Population Project provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers, records that are of unique and vital importance to the study of California, the American Southwest, and colonial America. Within the baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions sits an extraordinary wealth of unique information on the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769-1850

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

EBSCO expands its global partnership with WebFeat

EBSCO has announced that federated search engine WebFeat Custom is now available as an add-on product to EBSCO's online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z. WebFeat Custom allows libraries to consolidate database searching while integrating additional functionality to track usage, personalize the interface look and feel and much more. Once configured, WebFeat Custom works within A-to-Z, allowing it to take advantage of the extensive A-to-Z knowledge base. With A-to-Z, administration is greatly simplified; changes to the library's electronic collection are reflected in real time and may be indicated and maintained through this single interface

Change to Blackwell journals on IngentaConnect from January 2007

From January 1st 2007, the full text of articles in Blackwell Publishing journals will no longer be hosted on IngentaConnect. Libraries wishing to continue to provide online access to these journals should activate their access on Blackwell Synergy. IngentaConnect will continue to host the metadata for Blackwell Publishing journals (including the tables of contents and abstracts) but users wishing to access the full text (in PDF or HTML format) will be directed to Blackwell Synergy where their access rights will be validated. Users whose access is not validated by Blackwell Synergy will be offered the option to buy 'pay per view' access on IngentaConnect

WorldCat.org now available

WorldCat.org opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not just the smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such as Google, Yahoo! Search and others. WorldCat.org builds on the success of OCLC's Open WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library materials on the open Web since the summer of 2003

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Popular Culture Association annual meeting

The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association April 4-7, 2007 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests

IFLA marketing award 2007

IFLA marketing award for 2007 will honour organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. Three finalists will be recognized for their outstanding achievements. From these three finalists, the winner will be chosen and receive airfare, lodging and registration for the 2007 IFLA General Conference and Council in Durban, South Africa, as well as a cash award of USD 1,000 which must be used to further the marketing efforts of the recognized organisation

Second OCLC Research Software Contest

OCLC Research is once again celebrating libraries and their heritage of technological innovation by sponsoring a software contest to encourage innovation in the use of web-based services for libraries. Prizes: $2,500. Visit OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., in Dublin, Ohio. The challenge: The contest challenge is to use an OCLC resource to create a Web service that does something interesting, innovative, and useful to libraries

Sunday, August 06, 2006


PLoS ONE (eISSN-1932-6203) is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication from the Public Library of Science (PLoS). PLoS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. PLoS ONE will launch later in 2006

Saturday, August 05, 2006

CISSE 2006

The Second International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering (CISSE 2006) - December 4-14, 2006 - The CISSE 2006 virtual conference will be conducted through the Internet using web-conferencing tools, made available by the conference. Authors will be presenting their PowerPoint, audio or video presentations using simple web-conferencing tools without the need for travel

Compact Oxford English Dictionary for Students

Oxford University Press has published a new dictionary aimed at improving poor grammar, spelling and writing skills among undergraduates - Compact Oxford English Dictionary for Students

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Which two people were expelled from Eden after having eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge?
2. Deciduous trees lose their leaves and become dormant during the winter. Is this true or false?
3. A record album called "The Joshua Tree" took which rock group to super-stardom in 1987?
4. The Lombardy poplar is named after a district of which country?
5. Who wrote the poem "The Village Blacksmith" which begins: "Under the spreading chestnut tree"?
6. In what kind of tree was King Charles II concealed after his defeat at Worcester in 1651?
7. Which tree appears in the Lebanese flag?
8. The poisonous milky juice of the upas tree is used for doing what?
9. What was the first line of the poem called "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer?
10. In Japan, mulberry trees are grown for the raising of which animals?

2006 International Conference on Digital Archive Technologies

2006 International Conference on Digital Archive Technologies - Main Theme: Bridging Technology and Content in Digital Archive - 19-20 October 2006 - Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

BMJ Publishing Group August 2006 Newsletter

BMJ Publishing Group August 2006 Newsletter is now available

Social Network Tools and their Business Application

Social Network Tools and their Business Application: how Blogs, Podcasting, Instant Messaging, RSS and Wikis are changing the way we work - 20-21 September 2006 - London, UK

Designing Libraries website introduces RSS Feeds

Designing Libraries website introduces RSS Feeds - "Stay in touch with what's happening on the Designing Libraries website, by signing up to one of our RSS feeds. Keep up to date with what's happening in library design and planning - events, news, latest database additions or library images. The Designing Libraries website offers a number of RSS feeds for you to subscribe to. These will help you keep up to date with changes to the site as they happen"

Computers in Libraries 2007

The 22nd Annual Computers in Libraries conference and exhibition will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, April 16-18, 2007

Domesday Book goes online

The National Archives at Kew has put online the entire Domesday Book, the great survey of England commissioned by King William in 1086, 20 years after the Norman conquest. Archivists hope the website will increase knowledge of one of the greatest relics of medieval England

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - August 3, 2006 now available

ALA surveys non-MLS positions

The first edition of the American Library Association - Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Non-MLS Salary Survey will be available in late August. This is the first survey to collect information on a large number of the positions within libraries that do not require a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Codex canadiensis

Library and Archives Canada, in partnership with the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University, has announced the launch of a new Web exhibition, Codex canadiensis. Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Canadian Culture Online initiative, this website presents a digital version of Codex canadiensis, Louis Nicolas' exquisite illustrated manuscript (ca.1700) about the flora, fauna and peoples of the New World. LAC's presentation of this fascinating document in digital page-turning format allows these delicate pages, too fragile for general consultation, to be viewed by everyone

Open DELOS Seminar on Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation

Open DELOS Seminar on Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation - 4-5 September 2006 - National Library of Estonia, Tallinn

The EThOS Project Seminar: The Creation of a Prototype, UK, eTheses, Online Service

The EThOS Project Seminar: The Creation of a Prototype, UK, eTheses, Online Service - 11 September, 2006 - British Library Conference Centre, London, UK

Project Transfer

Project Transfer, the industry-wide group set up to improve the procedures and policies surrounding the transfer of journals, has launched its new website

Netspeed 2006

Netspeed 2006 will be held October 18-20, 2006 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Conference brochure is now available

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #100

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #100 - August 2, 2006 is now available

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Copyright for beginners

Copyright for beginners: This workshop leads the participants through the confusing copyright maze. It will begin with the basic principles and concepts of copyright law, and end with the more complex area of electronic copyright. Recent legislation implemented as a result of the EU Copyright Directive will be explained, and there will be an opportunity to discuss unresolved issues - 2 October 2006 - London, UK

E-LIS reaches 4,000 eprints milestone

The E-LIS repository for Library and Information Science e-prints now holds over 4,000 items

Portland Customer Services Institutional Subscription Prices 2007

Portland Customer Services has announced its Institutional Subscription Prices for 2007

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 63

Version 63 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,680 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.

Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of OCLC, dies at 92

Frederick G. Kilgour, a librarian and educator who created an international computer library network and database that changed the way people use libraries, died on July 31, 2006. He was 92 years old and had lived since 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nature Publishing Group opening access to all online content

Nature Publishing Group has announced that its academic and society journals will be opening access to all online content published before January 2003. The archives will be accessible from January 2007

2006 New York Times Librarian Awards

Nominations for the 2006 New York Times Librarian Awards are now being accepted until September 15, 2006

British Library-led partnership chosen to run UK PubMed Central

The Wellcome Trust, as part of a nine-strong group of UK research funders, has announced that the contract to run UKPMC has been awarded to a partnership between the British Library, The University of Manchester and the European Bioinformatics Institute

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


InfoSpeak is an audio-serial podcast offering an engaging dialog featuring the voices and ideas of information leaders. The website compliments each new issue and puts the interview into context with bios, articles, images, and interesting related links. The latest issue features ALA President Emeritus Michael Gorman

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, August 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, August 2006: Hurry Up Please It's Time. This month's title comes from The Waste Land, 1922, by T.S. Eliot (1888-1965). The phrase recalls that once used by British publicans at closing time. "We are highlighting descriptions for the papers of astronomers, mathematicians, physicists, and inventors who have developed ways to measure time, as well as papers of craftsworkers, historians, and others with an interest in time-keeping technologies"

New sponsorships and exhibition upgrade for Umbrella 2007

Major new sponsorship opportunities and an expanded exhibition have been announced for CILIP's flagship event Umbrella 2007, which will be held at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield on 28-30 June 2007

Nelnet acquires Peterson's

Nelnet has announced that it has acquired Peterson's, a leading provider of education and career guidance, from The Thomson Corporation

Information Services and Use

Information Services and Use - Volume 26, Number 1, 2006 is now available online

Amazon introduces Library Processing

Amazon has introduced Library Processing for Corporate Account customers. With this feature, you can receive mylar covers, MARC records, labels, and more with your Amazon.com orders