Featured Link

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

Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Firebrary: The Buffalo Fire Historical Society Digital Library

The LIS 563 Digital Libraries class at the University at Buffalo recently completed The Firebrary: The Buffalo Fire Historical Society Digital Library as a gift to the Buffalo Fire Historical Society Museum in Buffalo, New York. An example of graduate student work, as well as a great local treasure to the Buffalo area


OnToContent'06 - The 1st International Workshop on Ontology content and evaluation in Enterprise - October 29-November 3, 2006 - Montpellier, France

CARLI has purchased the Saskia digital image archive

CARLI has purchased the Saskia digital image archive from Scholars Resource. The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images are displayed in both high resolution and thumbnail format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts, including Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition; Understanding Art, 7th edition; Art and Ideas, 10th edition; Discovering Art History, 4th edition

Saturday, April 29, 2006


LibraryTools.com - training tools to help new library staff shelve books using either the Library of Congress Classification System, or the Dewey Classification System

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 62

Version 62 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.

Balancing the Books

Balancing the Books: Acquiring and Budgeting for E-Content in the Academic Library - 16 May 2006 - London, UK

ALPSP/Charlesworth and ALPSP Awards 2006

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, together with The Charlesworth Group, has announced three Awards which recognise significant achievement in the field of learned and professional publishing. The Awards are international and open to all publishers, societies and journal owners based anywhere in the world, whether not-for-profit or commercial, regardless of size. Organisations may submit as many applications as they wish in each category. If the publication or service is produced on behalf of another organisation, both owner and publisher should support and sign the application. A panel of independent experts will judge the applications. The winners will be announced at the prestigious Annual Dinner of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers in London on 14 September 2006

Museums and Galleries Month 2006

Museums and Galleries Month 2006 - The annual showcase of the UK's wealth of museums and galleries is now in its sixth year and runs until June 4 2006. The theme for 2006 is Making Connections: Past, Present and Future, with hundreds of special events and activities organised all over the country designed to get as many people as possible visiting their local venues

Library 2.0 in Three Easy Steps

Library 2.0 in Three Easy Steps by Steve Wilson - a Squidoo lens

ACCESS March 2006 issue

ACCESS: Asia's Newspaper on Electronic Information Product & Service - March 2006 No.56 is now available

International Reading Association 51st Annual Convention

International Reading Association 51st Annual Convention - Great Teachers Inspire the World - April 30 to May 4 - Chicago, Illinois

Revolting Librarians Redux Review

Revolting Librarians Redux Review - A Short and Inexact History of Progressive Librarianship, with some thoughts about its future by Jessamyn West of librarian.net

COinS in Open WorldCat

On March 12, 2006 OCLC added COinS to its Open WorldCat web pages. COinS is an acronym that stands for Context Objects in Spans, which represent a standardized way to embed citation metadata into a web page. COinS are actually included in the HTML code on the web page using OpenURLs. This allows other processors—such as your web browser—to find the citation metadata and generate links to other resources that are accessible via OpenURLs

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. What was the name for the wooden frame used until the 19th century to confine the legs and sometimes the arms of minor offenders, and expose them to public humiliation?
2. What is the name for the instrument for beheading which consists of a large heavy blade that slides rapidly down between two upright posts?
3. What was the cat-o'-nine-tails?
4. If you "send someone to Coventry" as a punishment or protest, what do you do?
5. "Running the gauntlet" was a form of military punishment which involved what?
6. If you rusticate a student from college or university, what do you do to him?
7. What is involved if someone is "tarred and feathered"?
8. What was the "taws" or "tawse", formerly used for corporal punishment in Scottish schools?
9. If you keelhaul a person, what do you do to them?
10. Which part of the body was beaten with a stick in the punishment or torture known as the "bastinado"?

RIAO 2007

First Call for Papers for RIAO 2007 - 8th RIAO Conference - Large-Scale Semantic Access to Content (Text, Image, Video and Sound) May 30 to June 1, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA

DPC Forum on Web Archiving

The Digital Preservation Coalition has announced its 11th Forum on web archiving. The first DPC web archiving forum was held in 2002 to promote the need to archive websites given their increasing importance as information and cultural resources. Four years on, this event will again bring together key web archiving initiatives and will provide a chance to review progress in the field. The day will provide an in-depth picture of the UK Web Archiving project as well as some European initiatives - 12 June 2006 - British Library Conference Centre

AIRWeb 2006

AIRWeb 2006 - Second International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web - Part of the 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development on Information Retrieval - 10 August 2006 - Seattle, WA

The Virtual Reference Desk has moved

The Virtual Reference Desk, a pioneering project in the development of digital reference, has moved its resources to WebJunction, the online community dedicated to emerging technology and training needs of librarians. This represents an expansion of the ongoing partnership between Syracuse University's Information Institute of Syracuse and OCLC Online Computer Library Center

Thin Clients and Academic Libraries survey

Helene Gold of Eckerd College Library has created a survey to collect data on the use of thin client technology in academic libraries


Congresspedia is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy and the Sunlight Foundation and is designed to shine more light on the workings of the U.S. Congress. Congresspedia is part of SourceWatch, a collaboratively-written, wiki-based website documenting the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda

Talis and Endeavor Information Systems form strategic partnership

Talis Information Limited has announced that Endeavor Information Systems is the first company to join its new partnership programme, Talis Connexions

EBSCO A-to-Z now available in seven additional languages

To address the needs of its expanding international customer base, EBSCO has announced the immediate availability of EBSCO A-to-Z in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Latin American Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. This addition, combined with English and the five languages added in July 2005 (French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish), provides A-to-Z administrators with a total of 13 language options

2006 Edgar winners

Mystery Writers of America has announced its winners for the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2005

Winner of the 2006 CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award announced

Library-based scheme working to decrease antisocial behaviour amongst young people in Sighthill area of Edinburgh has won the 2006 CILIP / LiS Libraries Change Lives Award

British Library and Library of Congress to support common archiving standard for electronic journals

The British Library and the US Library of Congress have announced that they support the migration of electronic content to the NLM DTD standard, where practicable. The libraries hope that their advocacy of migration to this standard will help ensure long-term access to eJournal content

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - April 27, 2006 is now available

Thursday, April 27, 2006

CivicAccess launched

CivicAccess is being founded by librarians, civil servants, academics, lawyers, free- and open-source advocates, geomatics professionals and community planners from across Canada. They are motivated by the belief that open civic information and data are necessary for being engaged citizens in an "information society"

2006 Trillium Book Award

Winners of the 2006 Trillium Book Award have been announced. Established by the Ontario government in 1987, the Trillium Book Award honours literary excellence by Ontario writers. In 1994, the prize was extended to honour francophone writers and, in 2003, to honour poets

Critical Mass blog

The National Book Critics Circle has established a blog, Critical Mass. Featuring rotating commentary from the organization's board members the blog will include news, commentary, reviews, tips and, essentially, anything else its contributors deem fit for print. The bloggers are professional critics, book review editors and judges of the organization's annual awards, whose postings, it was made clear, reflect their personal views, not those of the National Book Critics Circle

BBC Programme Catalogue

BBC Programme Catalogue - this experimental catalogue database holds over 900,000 entries. It is a sub-set of the data from the internal BBC database created and maintained by the BBC's Information and Archives department. This public version is updated daily as new records are added and updated in the main catalogue. This figure is so high because, for example, each TV news story now has an individual entry in the catalogue

PLoS Clinical Trials

PLoS Clinical Trials is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). The journal will be formally launching in Spring 2006

Cites & Insights 6:7

Cites & Insights 6:7 (May 2006) is now available for downloading

Digital Archives and Records Management

Digital Archives and Records Management - Speaker's presentations will cover planning a digitisation project; case studies; selecting a document management system for archive collections and the Freedom of Information Act - 23 May 2006 - Cambridge, UK

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Digital Libraries à la Carte: New Choices for the Future

Digital Libraries à la Carte: New Choices for the Future - This new, modular course prepares librarians and publishers for the future. Some modules are also relevant to researchers, lecturers and IT professionals. The four modules are one day each. You can attend one, two, three, or all four modules. The modules focus on:
Technological developments: Threats and opportunities for libraries
Hands-on: Library 2.0 technologies to reach out to the customer
Libraries supporting research and Open Access
Libraries and teaching and learning

22-25 August 2006, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

The 2006 WebAwards

The 2006 WebAwards will name the best Website in 96 industry categories. Nominations for best web site will come from interactive agencies and web site marketing departments in more than 33 countries from around the world


THE JISC/CNI Meeting - Envisioning future challenges in networked information - 6-7 July 2006 - Park Inn York, UK. Full programme now available

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 shortlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction has announced its 2006 shortlist

Annual Spring Depository Library Council Meeting proceedings

Proceedings of the Annual Spring Depository Library Council Meeting, April 2-5, 2006, are now available

A Beginner's Guide to Podcasting: Part 1 - A Consumer's Guide

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: A Beginner's Guide to Podcasting: Part 1 - A Consumer's Guide presented by Greg Schwartz, Supervisor of Electronic Services, Louisville Free Public Library. This two-part session SirsiDynix Institute will seek to remove some of the mystery surrounding podcasting and demonstrate the importance of this new media distribution model to libraries and librarians in meeting the information needs of your patrons - May 17, 2006


EngagedPatrons.org provides web services for public library websites, enabling you to offer events listings, blogs and more on your website

2006 ALSC National Institute

2006 ALSC National Institute: Children's Services Today & Tomorrow - September 14-16, 2006 - Pittsburgh, PA

Confronting the Crisis in Library Education

American Library Association President Michael Gorman will host a free national satellite teleconference to be held June 9, 2006. Confronting the Crisis in Library Education: A National Teleconference will address the question of whether today's library education programs are doing an adequate job of training the next generation of librarians and discuss the related issues of continuing education and certification. This live interactive program will provide opportunities for viewers nationwide to offer comments and ask questions via fax, email and telephone

The British Library’s Content Strategy

On 25 April 2006 the British Library published a consultation document: The British Library's Content Strategy – Meeting the Knowledge Needs of the Nation. This sets out the Library's proposals for what information resources it should collect and connect with, in order to meet the needs of UK research, both today and in the future

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Endeavor unveils vision for Hybrid Library System

The Hybrid Library System leverages existing elements of Endeavor's established suite of products that manage both physical and electronic resources at different types of institutions, including national, academic and research, public, corporate, museum and specialty libraries

1841 English and Welsh census

Ancestry.co.uk has announced that a 14-day free trial of the 1841 English and Welsh census is now available

Coutts and the University of Toronto announce the largest e-book initiative in North America

The University of Toronto and Coutts have announced a major co-operative effort in bringing e-book content to the University, which will enhance remote access for students and staff from all campuses


Mark Jordan of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, has set up a website for people who are implementing, or who are considering implementing, the Drupal Content Management System in libraries. Drupalib is intended as a place for Drupal implementors to share ideas, configurations, themes, and maybe even to incubate the development of some modules that allow commonly desired functionality in library websites. It's based roughly on drupaled, and features a blog, a forum, and a listing of drupal sites implemented by libraries

Selected Acquisitions to the Collections of the British Library

Selected Acquisitions to the Collections of the British Library - January-March 2006 list is now available

Genie Express

Inmagic, Inc. has announced the general release of Version 1.0 of its Genie Express online catalog software, is a Web-based application designed to manage and provide Web-based access to a single database, catalog, or archive

Webcast: The Future of the Web: Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Webcast: The Future of the Web: Sir Tim Berners-Lee - 14 March 2006 - University of Oxford, UK

Carnival of the Infosciences #34

Carnival of the Infosciences #34 hosted by Library Stuff

Library Student Journal

Library Student Journal, the new international peer-reviewed online journal edited by students at the University at Buffalo, will feature papers of high scholarly merit and originality from students at the ALA-accredited schools in North America and their peers worldwide, and will be a forum for discussion of issues of current interest to LIS students

ALCTS Publishing releases new spring titles

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Publishing has announced the publication of five new spring titles

Monday, April 24, 2006

Ei Patents

Engineering Information has announced the introduction of Ei Patents to the Engineering Village 2 research and discovery platform. Ei Patents provides engineering researchers and scientists with an unmatched level of technical intelligence by utilizing powerful search functions and analytical tools alongside patents and databases of scientific literature. Ei Patents consists of patent applications and grants from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office

The Successful Repository

APSR, the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories, in collaboration with the Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation and the RUBRIC Project, has announced The Successful Repository, a forum on issues of repository management to be held in Brisbane, Australia, on 29 June, 2006

e-Resources in Higher and Further Education

e-Resources in Higher and Further Education: changes, challenges and choices - 5 July, 2006 - John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, UK

Statistics Canada's electronic publications at no charge

Effective today, all electronic publications on Statistics Canada's Web site will be available free of charge. The Agency has been steadily increasing the volume of free content on its Web site to respond to the information needs of Canadians. This latest move makes available at no charge more than 150 electronic publications for which fees were previously charged. Statistics Canada will continue to charge for print versions of publications and for other electronic products and services, such as CD-ROMs, specialized data tables and customized retrievals from CANSIM and the Canadian International Merchandise Trade database.

Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo 2006

Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo 2006 - April 25-26, 2006 - Toronto, Canada

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Allan Legere digital archive

The law department at the University of New Brunswick is opening a special digital archive devoted to Allan Legere, New Brunswick's worst serial killer. Law librarian Ann Crocker has collected 60,000 pages of transcripts, including original court sketches, and will preserve the case in a special section of the university archives. It's been 17 years since Legere, an escaped convict, went on a killing spree in the Miramichi area

Front Page: Celebrating 100 Years of the British Newspaper 1906-2006

Front Page: Celebrating 100 Years of the British Newspaper 1906-2006 - A free exhibition - 25 May 2006–8 October 2006 - In partnership with the Newspaper Publishers Association

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2006

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2006 - By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright

LLRX.com April 15, 2006 update

LLRX.com April 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

Public Library Association presentations

Presentations given at the Public Library Association - 11th National Conference - March 21-25 2006 - Boston, MA, are now available

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Indigenous Studies Portal

A beta version of the University of Saskatchewan Library's Indigenous Studies Portal is now live. The iPortal provides quick and easy access to online full text resources for indigenous studies in all the disciplines, including articles, books, book reviews, websites, archival materials, and theses and dissertations. Please note that this is a prototype version of the iPortal. Full content and final organization is not yet in place


WISE06 - The 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering - October 23-26,2006 - Wuhan, China

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006 - The event will provide an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions - 14-16 June 2006 - University of Bath, UK

HighEdWebDev 2006

HighEdWebDev 2006 - This year, we explore the theme of "Collective Intelligence." As Web professionals in the world of higher education, it often falls to us to collect and share the intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom our institutions create every day. Our work supports the important work of our students, faculty, researchers, and alumni and often serves to underscore the point that, with the help of the Web, none of us is as smart as all of us - October 22–25, 2006 - Rochester, New York

The Talis Community Licence (draft)

The Talis Community Licence is intended to guarantee your freedom to use, share and modify data made available via the Talis Platform and to preserve the availability and accessibility of such data for the wider community

Drexel University Libraries Scholarly Communications Symposium

Drexel University Libraries Scholarly Communications Symposium - Scholarly perspectives on the impact and future trends of publishing in an electronic environment - April 28, 2006 - Philadelphia, PA

FosterGrant Reading Glasses Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2006

The FosterGrant Reading Glasses Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2006 has been awarded to Erica James for "Gardens of Delight"

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Name the Shakespeare play in which members of the Montague and Capulet families fall tragically in love with one another.
2. Who was Superman's (or Clark Kent's) secret love and fellow reporter?
3. In the novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover," what was the name of the gamekeeper with whom Constance Chatterley had a passionate relationship?
4. In 1930, a woman surnamed Parker met a man surnamed Barrow and they became a notorious pair of bandits. They are generally known by their first names, which were...?
5. Which 1847 novel is about the mystical love of Cathy and Heathcliff?
6. While on safari in Africa, the American Jane Porter fell in love with which fictitious hero, who was also known as Lord Greystoke?
7. In classical mythology, who went to the underworld to try to get back his wife, Eurydice?
8. Which 1935 work by George Gershwin about a loving couple was the first opera written for an African-American cast?
9. With which knight did Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur, have a love affair which led to the end of the reign of Arthur?
10. Virgil's "Aeneid" tells of the love of Aeneas for the queen of Carthage. What was her name?

Elsevier acquires Gold Standard

Elsevier has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Gold Standard, Inc., a US-based developer of online clinical drug information products, services and solutions to the healthcare market

New Zetoc RSS service

Zetoc is a bibliographic service that is freely available to UK higher and further education institutions and available via subscription to Research Councils, Irish educational institutions and CHEST members. It provides access to the British Library's huge electronic table of contents of journal articles and conference proceedings. Zetoc has a search interface, with OpenURL links to enable users to access the full text of articles online, and an email alerting service.

You can now choose to keep up-to-date with latest research articles by using the new Zetoc RSS service, which will deliver information on selected journals directly to you.

Zetoc RSS provides an RSS link alongside each of the journals in the RSS journal list. This enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals. You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, depending upon your chosen RSS reader.

The feed gives the journal title with the ISSN and publisher and the individual article title with a description that includes the author name(s), journal title, issue and page number(s). Each article has a link to the full record page in Zetoc. The information that you see displayed will depend upon the RSS reader that you are using.

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - April 20, 2006 is now available

SAGE Publications RSS feeds

SAGE Publications has announced that all of its journals now offer tables of contents RSS feeds on the SAGE Journals Online platform. "The roll out of this new feature ensures SAGE remains at the forefront of electronic publishing by offering the most flexible routes to the online content of the company's 400+ journals. SAGE Journals Online already provides advanced alerting services with tables of contents, keyword, author and citation alerts available alongside the new RSS option"

Nature Publishing Group and World Heart Federation announce new journal

The World Heart Federation, in partnership with Nature Publishing Group, has added Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine as an Official Publication. It is the second official publication of the Federation, and includes developments in all sub-specialties that have practical application to diagnosis and treatment options

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Xrefer partners with INCOLSA to bring online reference to Indiana libraries

Xrefer has signed an agreement with Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), to make Xreferplus available to consortia members at a discount. Vigo County Public Library, in Terre Haute, has already subscribed to Xreferplus under the new agreement. INCOLSA is the statewide network providing leadership in cooperative activities for Indiana libraries. With 2,200 member organizations, INCOLSA helps provide superior library services to Indiana residents

Basics of Web Site Management

Basics of Web Site Management with David King - Web site management can be a daunting task, especially for busy, short-staffed libraries. This course will help library Web managers and Web teams get a handle on what's involved in Web site management. This six week program will cover the basics of managing, designing, and improving a library Web site. Topics will include Web site management structure, software used in maintaining Web sites, basic design and content tips, and emerging Web site trends. Beginning the week of April 24, 2006. Developed for the Education Institute by Northern Lights Internet Solutions Ltd

Emerald acquires Studies in Economics and Finance

Emerald Group Publishing has acquired Studies in Economics and Finance, increasing its portfolio of accounting and finance titles to 16 journals. Studies in Economics and Finance provides a valuable form for publication of original theoretical and empirical research in economics and finance. The journal, now entering its 24th year of publication, addresses issues including corporate finance, financial markets, money and banking, international finance and economics, investments, and risk management

Metadata Tools for Digital Resource Repositories Workshop

Metadata Tools for Digital Resource Repositories Workshop - June 15, 2006 - Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Use and Users of Digital Resources

Use and Users of Digital Resources: A Focus on Undergraduate Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Final Report - April 5, 2006 - Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

Becoming a Knowledge Entrepreneur

Becoming a Knowledge Entrepreneur with Stan Skrzeszewski - an exploration of the ways to channel your creative ideas, information skills, experience, and knowledge into entrepreneurial activity, both as an individual working independently or as part of a team within an organization. Being a library entrepreneur is not an oxymoron. Creative entrepreneurship can be used for both personal and social gain - April 26, 2006 - 3 PM ET - 1 hour Audio Conference developed for the Education Institute by the Ontario Library Association

DLF Spring Forum 2006 presentations

Presentations given at the DLF Spring Forum 2006 are now available

Google Librarian Newsletter Issue 3

Google Librarian Newsletter Issue 3 - April 18 2006 is now available

Web 2.0 - a new generation of services by Phil Bradley

In the first half of a two-article series, Phil Bradley applies his practical approach to explain what Web 2.0, or Library 2.0, is and how you can use it to work more efficiently and communicate with your users in new, exciting ways

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wiley forms new partnership with Epocrates

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced a new agreement with Epocrates, Inc., provider of mobile and web-based clinical applications, to make Wiley's recently-acquired InfoPOEMs medical content available to Epocrates users. Under the terms of the agreement, Epocrates will integrate selected POEMs—daily summaries of the latest evidence-based medical research—into its free DocAlert medical news service. DocAlert messages are distributed to the mobile devices of more than 500,000 healthcare professionals and help clinicians stay abreast of current information regarding clinical trials, drug withdrawals and study data. With the addition of InfoPOEMs' content, the DocAlert service will further provide clinicians with important content to support decision-making at the point of care

Social Software Web Sites Project

Barbara Blummer, Librarian, Center for Computing Sciences, writes - "To evaluate the usefulness of social software web sites to libraries, I created an account on Ning and on Google Groups titled "Library Reviews." These sites discuss the content and services available on various public, academic and special library web sites. They are open to the public for comments. I would appreciate any comments from my colleagues on "Library Reviews" in Ning or Google Groups (or both)"

RLG DigiNews - April 2006

RLG DigiNews Volume 10, Number 2 - April 2006 is now available

Public/Private Intersections in New Media

Public/Private Intersections in New Media is a collaboration among Northeastern University librarians, students, and Communication and Journalism professors

2005 CODATA Workshop report available

The final Report, Executive Summary, and presentations from the September 2005 CODATA Workshop on Strategies for Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Southern Africa: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development are now freely available online. CODATA is the interdisciplinary Committee on Data for Science and Technology, affiliated with the International Council for Science in Paris

Fedora 2.1.1 released

The Fedora Project has announced the release of version 2.1.1 of the Fedora open-source digital repository system. In addition to the standard Fedora features built around web services, XML, and RDF, this release introduces the new Fedora security architecture, the Fedora Service Framework, significant performance improvement, and many other new features and enhancements. Now, Fedora provides an even more powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for a wide variety information management applications, including institutional repositories, digital libraries, e-research, e-scholarship, records management, digital archives, and educational software

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection includes approximately 14,000 images and 7,000 pages of full text searchable documents related to the history of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco and other affected areas. The website has an introduction to the collection, an online exhibit including short films and audio, a 360 degree panorama of the city, a searchable interactive map of the city, and search and browse capabilities to help users explore this rich content. The collection includes selected holdings from the archives and special collections of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; the California Historical Society, San Francisco; The California State Library, Sacramento; Stanford University Libraries - Special Collections & Archives, Stanford University, Stanford; The Huntington Library, San Marino; and The Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco

Working Together & Reaching Out

Working Together & Reaching Out - How are museums, libraries and archives working together? What effect is Renaissance having in the region? How well do we reach out? This conference aims to address these issues in a very practical way by looking at the innovative partnerships and projects happening within and between museums, libraries and archives. As well as focusing on the north east, the event will focus also on the global perspective - 5-8 September 2006, Durham, UK

Herbert Van de Sompel named as the first SPARC Innovator

SPARC has named Herbert Van de Sompel, who leads the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as the first SPARC Innovator. The SPARC Innovator program is a new initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public

The New Cataloger by Roy Tennant

The New Cataloger by Roy Tennant - "I've often said librarians should like any metadata they see. This is because we are entering an age where MARC no longer rules, since the 21st-century library will be handling increasing amounts of born-digital material. Even now, librarians are using formats such as Dublin Core (DC), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), and Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS), among others, to capture and manipulate important data about various information resources. One metadata standard is way too inadequate for the job..." - Library Journal, April 15, 2006

LibX - A Firefox Extension for Libraries

LibX is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to your library's resources. LibX is open source. LibX is a framework from which editions for specific libraries can easily be created. Distributed under the Mozilla Public License

Ching-chih Chen wins 2006 Kilgour Award

Ching-chih Chen, professor at Simmons College, is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2006. OCLC and LITA sponsor the award. The award consists of $2,000, an expense paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference, and a citation of merit

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians

Tenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians - Cool Tools and New Technologies - October 27, 2006 - Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA

Enhanced coverage information now available from EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service

The EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Reader Site now features streamlined functionality and includes coverage data for e-journal content hosted at the publisher site. From within EJS, end users can now quickly identify the extent of publisher-hosted content in addition to the coverage to which they have access rights. EJS calculates an institution's access rights using a sophisticated algorithm that evaluates the customer's order history, the publisher's access model and the content available at the publisher site

OCLC/NetLibrary signs agreement with Springer Science+Business Media

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a leading provider of full-text digital content to libraries worldwide, has signed a distribution agreement that will make all Springer Science+Business Media journal titles available through OCLC/NetLibrary's Electronic Collections Online service

Information: Interactions and Impact

Information: Interactions and Impact - preliminary announcement of a conference to be held at The Department of Information Management, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK in June 2007. This conference is concerned with the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change in individuals, organisations, communities and society

Brooklyn Public Library Digital Media Catalog

Brooklyn Public Library Digital Media Catalog - download best selling titles in eAudio Book, eBook, eMusic or eVideo format any time

2006 Pulitzer Prize winners

The winners of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize have been announced

Carnival of the Infosciences #33

Carnival of the Infosciences #33 hosted by ReferenceWORK

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar - The Center of it All: How Libraries Can Be in the Forefront of Building Active Communities presented by Steven M. Cohen - April 19, 2006

D-Lib Magazine April 2006

D-Lib Magazine April 2006 is now available

Blogging Libraries Wiki

Blogging Libraries Wiki created by Amanda Etches-Johnson, who says: "Some of you may remember the links page I maintained for libraries with blogs. Well, that page was becoming a bit difficult to maintain and I thought it would be nice if people could simply add their own links to library blogs, so this wiki was born"

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Poem In Your Pocket Day

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate this special occasion, the New York City Department of Education, in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor, Department of Cultural Affairs, City University of New York, and the New York Times, is co-sponsoring the fourth annual Poem In Your Pocket Day on Friday, April 28, 2006. New Yorkers are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket and share it with friends, family, coworkers and classmates. Public schools throughout the five boroughs will highlight poetry on this day through readings by CUNY poets, poetry workshops and specifically designed lesson plans

Records & Document Management Made Practical

Records & Document Management Made Practical: Strategies for Managing Information and Achieving Compliance - June 14 2006 - London, UK

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis were all famous for playing which musical instrument?
2. Does a bass guitar usually have four, five or six strings?
3. The Moog synthesiser is named after a man called Robert Arthur Moog. Is this true or false?
4. Yehudi Menuhin was famous for playing which instrument?
5. Which musical instrument can be defined as "A percussion instrument resembling a shallow one-headed drum with loose metallic discs at the sides"? It is held in the hand and played by shaking, striking with the hand, or rubbing with the thumb.
6. The piccolo is a small, high-pitched type of which instrument?
7. Which musical instrument might be defined as a "three-cornered metal-framed percussion instrument, struck with a metal stick?"
8. Which Italian plural word is used for a set of kettledrums?
9. "Hautboy" is an old-fashioned word for which musical instrument?
10. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax. What nationality was he?


DC-2006 - International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 3-6 October 2006 - Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

LIBRES March 2006

The March 2006 issue of LIBRES, the international refereed electronic journal devoted to new research in Library and Information Science, is now available

RLG Focus Issue 79

RLG Focus Issue 79, April 2006 is now available

UK Serials Group 29th UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition presentations

Presentations given at the UK Serials Group 29th UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition - 3-5 April 2006 - Unversity of Warwick, UK - are now available

A National Summit on Libraries and Literacy

A National Summit on Libraries and Literacy: Moving Forward - CLA Pre-Conference Event - June 14, 2006 - Ottawa, Canada

Notable Books 2006

Notable Books 2006 - The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has selected these titles for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - April 13, 2006 is now available

Thursday, April 13, 2006

New archiving deals guarantees enduring accessibility to University of Chicago Press Journals

The journals division of the University of Chicago Press has signed a key archiving agreement with Portico, an electronic archiving service launched last year with funding from JSTOR, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, and The Library of Congress. The agreement secures long-term preservation and ongoing access to the University of Chicago Press Journals electronic content

Reprieve for LISU's Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey

LISU has announced that the Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey will, after all, continue as a series. Thanks to the timely intervention of Nielsen BookData in offering funding support for its compilation, the survey is back on track and will appear as usual in 2006. Agreement was reached recently between LISU and BookData on a two year sponsorship arrangement for the publication

Aventis Prizes for Science Books General Prize shortlist

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

CNI Spring 2006 Task Force Meeting presentations

Presentations from the Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2006 Task Force Meeting are now available

FreePint Newsletter 204

FreePint Newsletter 204 - 13 April, 2006 - now available

Archiving and Preserving the Web

Archiving and Preserving the Web - EDUCAUSE Live! April 18, 2006

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

METS Navigator release 1.0 beta

The Indiana University Digital Library Program has announced the release of METS Navigator 1.0 Beta, a METS-based system for displaying and navigating sets of page images or other multi-part digital objects

Brave New Words - The Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards

The shortlist for Brave New Words - The Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards has been announced

New journals from Hindawi

Hindawi has announced the following new journals:
Experimental Diabetes Research
Comparative and Functional Genomics
Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
Journal of Control Science and Engineering

Windows Live Academic

Windows Live Academic is now in beta - We currently index content related to computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and related subject areas. Academic search enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like citeseer. Academic search works with libraries and institutions to search and provide access to subscription content for their members. Access restricted resources include subscription services or premium peer-reviewed journals. You may be able to access restricted content through your library or institution...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Online Information Conference 2006 update

I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the Online Information Conference 2006 programming committee. The Call for Speakers has also been announced, deadline May 5, 2006

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Journals

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has announced that the full text of their journals:

American Journal of Audiology (AJA)
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP)
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR)
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS)

is now available online with revised site designs and new features

4-11:Medical Information Day

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, or 4-11, as Medical Information Day. The observance recognizes the invaluable information and vast range of services medical librarians provide for their institutions and local communities. MLA encourages you to use the day to increase public awareness of your expertise. Provided are a press release, camera and Web-ready logos and other MLA resources to help you promote your 4-11 events


ZooBank - the open-access register for zoological taxonomy

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: True or False?. Answers here.

1. Sapphires are usually blue. True or false?
2. There are 24 letters in the English alphabet. True or false?
3. Brazil is the largest country in South America. True or false?
4. Origami is one of the most popular Japanese forms of martial art. True or false?
5. The Hoover Dam is on the Mississippi River. True or false?
6. The real name of the Beatles' Paul McCartney is James Paul McCartney. True or false?
7. In Roman numerals, the letter "D" represents the number 500. True or false?
8. A lepidopterist is someone who studies or collects moths and butterflies. True or false?
9. A plantain is a variety of alligator. True or false?
10. Beirut is the capital of Saudi Arabia. True or false?

Preserving Photographs in a Digital World Seminar

Preserving Photographs in a Digital World Seminar - A week-long program of lectures and workshops on photograph collection preservation techniques will expand your expertise on what materials are typically found in collections, how they deteriorate, how to store and protect them, and how preservation fits in with other collection activities - August 19-24, 2006 - George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

National Library of Croatia Selects Endeavor's Voyager ILS

Endeavor Information Systems has announced that the Republic of Croatia's National and University Library in Zagreb has selected the company's integrated library management system, Voyager, for improved efficiencies in library automation, resource sharing and patron access

ISI selects more Emerald journals

ISI has selected two more journals from Emerald Group Publishing: the European Journal of Marketing and Library Hi Tech, bringing the number of Emerald journals in ISI to 36. The European Journal of Marketing will be included in the ISI Social Sciences Citation Index, ISI Journal Citation Reports and ISI Research Alert from Volume 1, 2006. EJM generally records more electronic downloads than any other title contained in the Emerald full text database. During 2005 the journal was averaging more than 20,000 downloads per month

Ovid expands partnership with Blackwell Publishing

Ovid Technologies has announced it has expanded its partnership with Blackwell Publishing. Under the new multi-year agreement, Ovid will add more Blackwell medical and nursing journals to its electronic content delivery platform, becoming the only aggregator distributing most of the Blackwell medical and nursing content without an embargo

Cites & Insights 6:6

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

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - April 6, 2006

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - April 6, 2006 is now available

Thursday, April 06, 2006

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist

The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced

The CODESRIA-ASC Conference Series 2006: Electronic Publishing and Dissemination

The CODESRIA-ASC Conference Series 2006: Electronic Publishing and Dissemination - Bridging the North-South Divide in Scholarly Communication on Africa. Threats and Opportunities in the Digital Era - 6-8 September 2006 - Leiden, The Netherlands

The World Almanac E-Newsletter

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 06, Number 04 — April 2006 is now available

Going Digital: Experiences from East Asia and the Pacific

This digital publication collects the papers presented by invited speakers at Going Digital: Experiences from East Asia and the Pacific held at American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-29, 2005, Chicago, IL, USA. The program was organized by the ALA International Relations Committee, Subcommittee of East Asia and the Pacific

Nielsen BookData announces new MARC data agreement with the British Library

Nielsen BookData has announced a new arrangement with the British Library that will allow BookData the right to incorporate in its products and services data records produced by the British Library. The deal follows and supports an earlier announcement by BookData to offer new catalogue-quality information services to the library community in the UK and internationally

CIA World Factbook 2006 now available

The World Factbook 2006 is now available on the Central Intelligence Agency Web site. "The World Factbook remains the CIA's most widely disseminated and most popular product, now averaging almost 6 million visits each month. In addition, tens of thousands of government, commercial, academic, and other Web sites link to or replicate the online version of the Factbook"

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


TechEssence.info : The essence of technology for library decision-makers. A new web site and collaborative blog on technology for library decision-makers is now available. TechEsssence provides library managers with summary information about library technologies, suggested criteria for decision-making, and links to resources for more information on essential library technologies. A collaborative blog provides centralized access to some of the best writers in the field. By subscribing to the RSS feed of the TechEssence.info blog, you will be able to keep tabs on the latest trends of which library administrators should be aware. Roy Tennant started TechEssence to address the need for simple, easy to understand information about information technology. He is lucky to be joined by a stellar cast of individuals who contribute their unique perspectives on technology and its appropriate place in library service

Survey: The diffusion of RFID tags in libraries

Survey: The diffusion of RFID tags in libraries - the purpose of the study is to explore the ways in which new technologies are received in libraries. No identifying information is asked for or collected from the system. Only the persons signed below will have access to the raw data

First Monday April 2006

First Monday April 2006 issue is now available

6th International Web Archiving Workshop

Call for papers 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


Eight International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS2006) - December 4-6, 2006 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

BookWhere version 5.0

WebClarity has announced the release of BookWhere 5.0

The Liminal Librarian

The Liminal Librarian - a blog by Rachel Singer Gordon, consulting editor with ITI Books

The state of America's libraries 2006

The state of America's libraries 2006, a report from the American Library Association, is "not meant to be exhaustive but simply to show the many ways in which America's libraries and librarians are not only adapting in the Age of Google but continuing to play a vital role as information providers, information advisers and community centers"

September 11 Newspaper Articles Archive

September 11 Newspaper Articles Archive - the world's largest provider of online fully searchable historic newspaper articles about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States

Booklist Online now available

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

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service

The latest list of journals available on the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service now covers 13189 titles

LIS-ANZLAG email discussion list

LIS-ANZLAG is the new email discussion list for the Australia and New Zealand Library and Archives Group. LIS-ANZLAG is intended to be a means for librarians and archivists interested in Australian and New Zealand collections and studies to make announcements, exchange experiences and ideas and discuss new publications and projects and other developments

The Information Literacy Website

The Information Literacy Website is designed and developed by information professionals from key UK organisations actively involved in the field of information literacy. The site will support practitioners by providing news, case studies, examples of best practice and freely available toolkits. The aim is to provide a practical resource that information professionals regularly visit to discover the latest developments in information literacy

The Adobe PDF Print Engine

The Adobe PDF Print Engine is a next-generation printing platform that is based on the same PDF technology as Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Creative Suite software. It allows PDF files to be rendered natively throughout the workflow, eliminating the need to flatten transparent artwork, and enables a complete, end-to-end PDF workflow that uses common technology to generate, preview, and print PDF files

IA Summit 2006 presentations

Presentations from the IA Summit 2006 - March 23-27, 2006 - Vancouver, Canada, are now available

National Library Workers Day

Today is National Library Workers Day

Carnival of the Infosciences #31

Carnival of the Infosciences #31 hosted by tinfoil+raccoon

2006 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner announced

Patricia R. Harris has been named the winner of the 2006 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, sponsor the award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating to educate practitioners within the library field in library and information technology. It consists of $1,000 and a certificate of merit

Monday, April 03, 2006

Finding pharmaceutical information

Finding pharmaceutical information: this workshop will identify key sources of information relating to the various stages of development and also information available on current medicines on the market - 7 July 2006 - British Medical Association, London

Information Today April 2006 issues

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

The Lulu Blooker Prize winners announced

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

Commemorative issue of Reference Services Review

Emerald Group Publishing has announced the publication of a special issue of Reference Services Review (RSR), dedicated to the memory of long-standing editor Ilene F. Rockman, who died from non-smoker's lung cancer on November 26, 2005. The first issue of 2006 (Vol. 34, No, 1) contains tributes to Rockman, along with the editorial she was composing during the final days of her life. As editor of RSR for over 20 years, Rockman was a tireless advocate for the library and information science profession and deeply respected by friends and colleagues

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #96

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #96 - April 2, 2006 is now available

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, April 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, April 2006 - Perchance to Dream: looks at collections relating to beliefs and traditions surrounding our slumbers, and some of the practicalities involved