Featured Link

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Blackwell Reference Online

Blackwell Reference Online "is a vast new online library of reference material giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. With its unbeatable functionality, undergraduate and graduate students, lecturers, and researchers will find Blackwell Reference Online an invaluable learning and teaching resource and an indispensable addition to any university library. Blackwell Reference Online, with almost 300 volumes, is the largest academic reference collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences to be made available online"

Simple-Text Query from CrossRef

CrossRef has announced the launch of its freely available Simple-Text Query service to designed to facilitate DOI look-up for researchers and publishers

Grampian Information Annual Conference

Grampian Information Annual Conference - 17 November 2006 - Aberdeen, Scotland

WILU 2007

The 36th Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use will be held at York University in Toronto, Ontario from May 16-18, 2007

Haruki Murakami wins Franz Kafka Prize

The Japanese author Haruki Murakami received the Czech Republic's foremost literary award, the Franz Kafka Prize

RLG DigiNews October 2006

RLG DigiNews Volume 10, Number 5 - October 15 2006 is now available

Ariadne - Issue 49, October 2006

Ariadne - Issue 49, October 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

SuperJANET5 launched

SuperJANET5 is the newly enhanced world class ICT network for UK education and research operated and developed by UKERNA and supported by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 145

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 145 - November 2006 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Biblio Tech Review - October 2006

Biblio Tech Review - October 2006 issue now available

Communications in Information Literacy

Communications in Information Literacy is an independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated to advancing knowledge, theory, and research in the area of information literacy. The journal is committed to the principles of information literacy as set forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries. CIL is also committed to the principles of open access for academic research

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Enhanced Derwent World Patents Index

Thomson Scientific and FIZ Karlsruhe have announced the launch of the enhanced version of Derwent World Patents Index on STN International

The Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

The Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons' reference needs. The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children's reference needs. Tools, guides, or databases that have been developed for reader's advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award. Nominations by December 15

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Scirus and CrossRef announce web services partnership

Elsevier has announced that Scirus, its free, science-specific search engine, has signed an agreement with CrossRef, the cross-publisher linking network with over 2200 participating publishers and societies, to become a Web Services Search Partner. The partnership allows Scirus to collect metadata from hundreds of participating publishers via CrossRef's new Web Services protocol. This combined approach improves how researchers, academics, students, and librarians search authoritative, scientific published content


SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in a number of research universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research. Use this site to find information, advice and materials relating to building and using repositories. There is also a summary of open access and guidance for authors

Manchester Metropolitan University launches open access repository

BioMed Central's Open Repository service has built e-space, Manchester Metropolitan University's institutional repository. BioMed Central's Open Repository service builds on the open-source DSpace technology platform, enhancing it with value-added features unique to Open Repository

LISZEN - Library Blog Search Engine

LISZEN is a Library Blog Search Engine that searches over 500 library-related blogs

RFID in Libraries Conference registration open

Registration is now open for the RFID in Libraries Conference - 15 November 2006 - London, UK

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Pete Best was the original drummer with which English pop band?
2. What pseudonym was used by Frederick Bulsara when he was lead singer of the group Queen?
3. Which American vocal group included Denny Doherty, Cass Elliott, John Phillips and Michelle Phillips?
4. Name the group which consisted of the Weiss sisters and the Ganser twins and had hits with "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Leader of the Pack".
5. What was the surname of "Martha" in Martha and the Vandellas?
6. Which group included at various times Peter Green, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks?
7. Which American musician had backing groups called the Time and the Revolution?
8. Which vocal group was formed in Detroit in 1952 as the Four Aims?
9. Name one of the original members of the band Blondie besides Debbie Harry.
10. Give the real first names of four of the five Spice Girls.


International Workshop On Research Issues in Digital Libraries - 12-15 December, 2006 - Kolkata, India

Pushing It Forward: Taking Your Library to the Next Level!

The Orange County Library System, Florida, invites library associates to attend the an interactive, knowledge and experience packed Webinar. There are 3 upcoming webinars especially catered for the library community. This is under the umbrella of our webinar series "Pushing It Forward: Taking Your Library to the Next Level!"

NERCOMP 2007 Annual Conference

This year's theme is Connections, Collaborations and Community. Preconference seminars will be held March 19, with the full conference program March 20-21 in Worcester, MA

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Systems Incorporated has introduced the public beta of Adobe Digital Editions, a Rich Internet Application built from the ground up for digital publishing

Information Technologies and International Development is now open access

Information Technologies and International Development focuses on the intersection of information and communication technologies with international development. ITID aims to create a networked community of leading thinkers and strategists to discuss the critical issues of ICT and development, an epistemic community that crosses disciplines (especially technologists and social scientists), national boundaries, and the North and South hemispheres. Now open access

Netskills workshops

Netskills has announced its programme of workshops for October 2006 to February 2007

Discovery and Access: Standards and the Information Chain

Discovery and Access: Standards and the Information Chain - A JISC seminar co-sponsored by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the Publishers Association, and CrossRef - 7 December 2006 - London, UK

OpenDOAR Search Repository Contents

OpenDOAR is presenting a trial search service for the full-text of material held in open access repositories listed in the Directory. This has been made possible through the recent launch by Google of its Custom Search Engine, which allows OpenDOAR to define a search service based on the Directory holdings

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - October 26, 2006 now available

Free LJ subscriptions for library school students

A free one-year subscription to Library Journal is available to all library students in the United States

New Search (BETA) from the Library of Congress

New Search (BETA) - "For the first time you can search the largest sections of the Library's site from one search box." Search individually or collectively, the following content: U.S. historical and cultural collections (American Memory); Library of Congress Online Catalog; Prints & Photographs Online Catalog; Library of Congress Web site

Thursday, October 26, 2006

BBC Radio 3 to remember Wilfred Owen

BBC Radio 3 is to celebrate the life and writings of war poet Wilfred Owen with a week of special programmes. Highlights will include choral work based on Owen's letters, and current serving soldiers reciting his poems. The special programmes will be broadcast in the week following Remembrance Day, on 12 November. Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918, aged 25. His mother received news of his death by telegram on Armistice Day - the official end of World War I

DCC and LUCAS Joint Workshop

The Digital Curation Centre and Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS) have announced that they will be delivering a two-day workshop to explore pre and post-ingest activity for digital archival collections. This event will be held in the Gallery at the Foresight Centre, Liverpool on November 30 and December 1, 2006

Building an information infrastructure in the UK

Building an information infrastructure in the UK - "Collecting electronic theses, sharing image collections between universities and automatically transferring content from institutional repositories to national libraries are just some of the projects going on in the UK, as Julie Allinson and Roddy MacLeod report..."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Joint Use Libraries: An International Conference

Joint Use Libraries: An International Conference - 19-21 June 2007 - The Lowry, Manchester, UK

PKP Conference 2007

The Public Knowledge Project has announced that the first international PKP conference will be held from July 11-13, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference will provide opportunities for those involved in the organization, promotion, and study of scholarly communication to share and discuss innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contribution that open source publishing technologies (such as, but not restricted to, PKP’s OJS, OCS, and OA Harvester) can make to improving access to research and scholarship on a global and public scale

SAGE Publications to publish Reproductive Sciences

SAGE Publications will begin publishing the journal Reproductive Sciences on behalf of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). Formerly known as the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the publication will move from Elsevier to SAGE in January 2007. A new cover design will debut with the first SAGE issue

Information Research October 2006

Information Research - Volume 12 No 1 - October 2006 - now available online

Public to vote for Carnegie of Carnegies

The public is to be given the chance to vote on the Carnegie of Carnegies, their favourite winner of the children's book award from the past 70 years, as part of the prize's anniversary celebrations. Fans of children's illustration can vote in a separate poll of Greenaway medal winners, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Established in 1936, the Carnegie medal is Britain's oldest children's literary honour

MEDLINE is 35 years old

MEDLINE debuted October 27, 1971

The Research Library in the 21st Century

The Research Library in the 21st Century symposium was held at The University of Texas at Austin over the course of two days, September 11-12, 2006. The idea behind the symposium was to begin shaping a strategy for the future of academic research libraries. Audio presentations are now available

International Journal of the Commons

International Journal of the Commons - "An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open-access journal dedicated to further our understanding of institutions for use and management of resources that are (or could be) enjoyed collectively"

Carnival of the Infosciences #58

Carnival of the Infosciences #58 hosted by InfoSciPhi. Previous Carnivals can be found here

Living Planet Report 2006

Living Planet Report 2006 - WWF's biannual report measuring the world's biodiversity and humanity's demand on the biosphere. The 2006 report says that on current projections humanity will be using two planets' worth of natural resources by 2050

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


TradePub.com offers free one-year magazine subscriptions for computer, business and engineering trade publications

Access 2006 presentations & podcasts available

The Access 2006 conference speaker presentations and podcasts are now available

Informs Journals Online free trial

The free trial period for Informs Journals Online will end on 13 November, 2006

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - for the week ending October 22, 2006

Exclusive car buying service secured for CILIP members

An exclusive car buying service has been secured from Nexus Cars as the latest addition to Special Deals for CILIP Members, the package of affinity benefits that provide extra value for CILIP membership. Nexus Cars can deliver the lowest cost cars for CILIP members via a free service. Prices delivered are guaranteed to be the lowest - with the backing of a 110% price guarantee. Full details are available on a special website set up for CILIP members

ALA receives $2.6 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant

The American Library Association has announced it will develop and oversee a multi-year study assessing the extent of Internet access, as well as the impact of funding changes on connectivity and sustainability of computer services in public libraries as part of a $2.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Student Engagement and Information Literacy

Student Engagement and Information Literacy - Edited by Craig Gibson - This book offers librarians, faculty, assessment specialists, student development specialists, administrators, and others in the academy a variety of perspectives on the important issue of student engagement and how this dimension of learning connects with information literacy, which is increasingly being recognized as an educational reform movement in its own right. From ACRL

Monday, October 23, 2006

EDINA Newsline October 2006

EDINA Newsline October 2006 is now available

Library Assessment Conference presentations available

Presentations are now available from the Library Assessment Conference - Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment - September 25-27, 2006 - Charlottesville, Virginia

Internet Librarian 2006 begins today

Internet Librarian 2006 begins today in Monterey, California. You can keep up-to-date with happenings on the IL2006 Blog

Zoom Into Maps

The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division has introduced a new web site called Zoom Into Maps. The site provides a sampling of many maps from its American Memory online collection. The site is broken down into several sections including Exploration, Migration and Settlement, Military and Pictoral maps. The site is intended to increase general knowledge about maps and by doing so, provides an interesting portal into a sampling of maps from the library’s enormous collection of digitized antique maps

eScholarship Editions

The eScholarship Editions project is managed by the eScholarship program at the California Digital Library. As one of the University of California libraries, the CDL supports the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the UC libraries and the communities they serve. The eScholarship program facilitates innovation and experimentation in the production and dissemination of scholarly works. More than 1,400 electronic editions of academic books have been published online at the eScholarship Editions web site. All eScholarship Editions are available for free to UC faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, more than 25 percent of the books are available for free to the public

Archive of the Now

The Archive of the Now is an online and print repository of recordings, printed texts and manuscripts, focussing on innovative contemporary poetry being written or performed in Britain. It is part of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, at Brunel University in west London, UK. At present, the Archive consists of readings by 65 UK-based poets. This number will continue to grow, and includes newly commissioned, recently acquired and historical recordings

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Three new journals from Inderscience

The following are now journals from Inderscience:
World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management
International Journal of Strategic Change Management

CILIP Training & Development courses 2007

CILIP's Training & Development Department has launched its 2007 programme, featuring more than 90 different courses and including 37 new ones. The programme's diverse range has been expanded in the forthcoming year to cover more of the 'hot topics' affecting the library and information community

DLF Aquifer

DLF Aquifer is a Digital Library Federation initiative. Its purpose is to promote effective use of distributed digital library content for teaching, learning, and research in the area of American culture and life. From the Digital Library Federation

Peeters Online Journals

Peeters Online Journals features RSS-feeds, DOI's and COUNTER compliant statistics. From Peeters Publishers, Belgium

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Journal Legacy Archive

Ovid Technologies has announced that it will offer the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) Journal Legacy Archive exclusively on Journals@Ovid. The LWW Journal Legacy Archive will be available in the fourth quarter of 2006. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is a sister company of Ovid’s within Wolters Kluwer Health

Data Management and Information Quality Conferences

The Data Management & Information Quality Conferences combines the DAMA International Conference Europe 2006, the Meta Data Europe Conference 2006, and the Information Quality Conference 2006, into one event under one roof. On offer to delegates will be a rich choice of seven conference tracks comprising fifty-four sessions, including fourteen pre-conference and five post-conference tutorials - 30 October to 2 November 2006 - London, UK

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Cambridge University Press journals 2007

Cambridge University Press has announce its 2007 journal subscription rates

6th International Web Archiving Workshop presentations

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

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2007 (Seattle) Wiki

This Wiki is open to attendees and exhibitors of the ALA 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Everyone is invited to exchange information about Midwinter events, about committee work, about the exhibit and trade show, and about the city of Seattle. Planning, discussions, networking, and post-Meeting recapping are encouraged. Your experience is a vital part of Midwinter- please contribute. The 2007 Midwinter Meeting will be held in Seattle, WA, from January 19-24, 2007

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Who Said That?. Answers here.

1. Which British writer, the creator of the romantic hero James Bond, wrote: "A medium vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred"?
2. Which US pop artist and film producer said: "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes"?
3. Which Scottish writer of children's books wrote: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"?
4. Which British artist and writer wrote: "They went to sea in a sieve, they did"?
5. Which US lexicographer and writer, when his wife commented that she had been surprised to find him embracing their maid, said: "No, my dear, it is I who am surprised; you are merely astonished"?
6. Which Welsh poet wrote: "Do not go gentle into that good night"?
7. Which US actor supposedly said: "Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad"?
8. Which British humorist wrote: "I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours"?
9. Which British songwriter wrote the words: "Goodbye Norma Jean Though I never knew you at all"?
10. Which US poet wrote the words: "Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come"?

Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval

Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval Volume 1, Issue 1 now available

The Samuel Lazerow Fellowship

The Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Collections and Technical Services in Academic and Research Libraries, a citation and $1000 sponsored by Thomson Scientific, seeks to foster advances in collections or technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. Research projects in the compilation of bibliographies are ineligible for this award. Submission deadline is December 1, 2006

Introduction to Digital Audio for Libraries & Archives

Current digital audio technology provides Libraries and Archives with an unprecedented opportunity to create, manage, preserve, and provide access to audio content. This workshop will introduce participants to a range of powerful, low-cost, easy-to-learn tools-from small portable digital recorders to assorted computer hardware and software that will help you to make the fullest possible use of your audio assets - November 1, 2006 - New York

Connecting Culture and Commerce: Getting the Right Balance

Connecting Culture and Commerce: Getting the Right Balance will bring an eclectic international mix of decision makers from the museum, library, archive and education communities together with those from the creative industries, media, legal, commerce and other business sectors - 26 January 2007 - National Gallery, London

Is God dead? Atheism finds a market in U.S

A fresh wave of atheistic books has hit the market this autumn, some climbing onto best-seller lists in what proponents see as a backlash against the way religion is entwined in politics - Reuters

News from Random House of Canada

Random House of Canada has launched five new customer-centric websites that provide exclusive access to enhanced content about their books and authors, including video and audio podcasts and blogging features. Recognizing how the Internet and social media are re-defining the relationship between companies and customers, Random House of Canada has partnered with digital customer experience expert Delvinia Interactive to launch a unique online strategy that changes the way book readers look for their next great read. The company has also launched an online panel of Canadian booklovers that enables Random House of Canada to gain valuable insights into their customers' reading habits

Informa gets bid approach from Springer Science

Publishing and conferences group Informa has received a takeover approach from private equity-owned publisher Springer Science & Business Media - Reuters

Cites & Insights 6:13

Cites & Insights 6:13 (November 2006) is now available for downloading

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - October 19, 2006 now available

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The complete work of Charles Darwin online

This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context. There is much still to come. The site currently contains about 50% of the materials that will be provided by 2009. New material is added almost daily. Forthcoming materials include more editions and translations, images of the majority of the Darwin Archive at Cambridge University Library, more editorial introductions and notes and transcriptions of Darwin manuscripts, and technical facilities for printing and larger images. Assistance with scanning, proof reading or transcribing is warmly welcomed

2006 National Digital Forum

The 2006 National Digital Forum conference focuses on creating digital content with an eye to the future. What will be expected of museums, archives, and libraries to reach end-user communities in the future, and what do we need to do today to get there? International and local speakers will offer case studies and their insights into where digital content delivery is heading in the culture and heritage sector. The conference will also consider emerging trends such as allowing users to directly contribute content, and other interactive experiences enabled by new technologies - 30 November 2006 to 1 December 2006 - New Zealand

Webology September 2006

Webology, a scholarly journal in English devoted to the various fields of Library and Information Science and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation - Volume 3, Number 3, September 2006 now available online

FreePint Newsletter 216

FreePint Newsletter 216 - 19 October, 2006 - now available

Libraries and Study Support Conference

Libraries and Study Support - A one-day conference for staff from public libraries, schools library services and school libraries looking at the ways in which libraries and librarians can offer effective study support facilities. Sessions will focus on practical advice and tips from people co-ordinating and operating study support facilities in a variety of settings - 5th December 2006 - Wolverhampton, UK

Oxford Journals to publish LMS journals

Oxford Journals has announced a new publishing partnership with the London Mathematical Society to publish three titles: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Journal of the London Mathematical Society, and Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society

BBC Wordhunt

Did you eat a balti before 1984 or have a mullet before 1994? And do you know how they got their names? In conjunction with the major BBC2 series Balderdash and Piffle, the Oxford English Dictionary invites you to hunt for words and help rewrite 'the greatest book in the English language'. 250 years after Dr Johnson wrote his celebrated dictionary with the aid of just six helpers, the BBC and the Oxford English Dictionary have teamed up to appeal to the nation to help solve some of the most intriguing recent word mysteries in the language

Reminder: IL2006 Planning wiki

IL2006 Planning wiki for Internet Librarian 2006, October 21-25, 2006 - Monterey, California

Convera joins in empowering FirstGov.gov

Convera Corporation has announced it has been selected by prime contractor Vivisimo to support the image search at FirstGov.gov, the official web portal of the United States Government. Convera search technology will be supplementing the image index for FirstGov.gov search, enabling FirstGov.gov to better deliver images in response to the millions of queries made by citizens visiting the portal every year

JCLC Advocacy, Author and Distinguished Service Awards announced

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) Awards and Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the JCLC Advocacy, Author, and Distinguished Service Awards

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dow Jones to buy rest of Factiva for $160 million

Reuters has announced that it has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in news archive service Factiva to joint venture partner Dow Jones & Co. Inc. for $160 million. Reuters said it would continue to supply its news to Factiva as a paid supplier and would agree new content and service deals

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 64

Version 64 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,780 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. This is the 10th anniversary version of SEPB, whose first version was published in October 1996

Microsoft makes deal with Kirtas Technologies

Microsoft's strategic shift into Google territory took another step forward today with the announcement that the software giant has signed a digitisation agreement with a digital scanning specialist, Kirtas Technologies. The deal, which will enable Microsoft to forge ahead with its Live Book Search portal, indicates Microsoft's commitment to its move towards developing online and on-demand services and away from its traditional revenue drivers - the sale and licensing of software

CLIR Issues - Number 53

CLIR Issues - Number 53 September/October 2006 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Open Libraries Episode 1

Listen to the first episode in the Open Libraries podcast series hosted by Library Journal's technology editor Jay Datema. Datema talks to several of the authors of the Fall netConnect supplement, Libraries 2010, which focuses on how we get to Library 2.0. The podcast features Karen Coombs, head of web services at the University of Houston Libraries; Melissa Rethlefsen, an education technology librarian at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Dorothea Salo, digital repository librarian at George Mason University

Mass Digitization by Roy Tennant

Mass Digitization by Roy Tennant: In my very first LJ Column, I wrote, "Only a very small fraction of the millions of print items currently held by the world's libraries will ever be in digital form" (LJ 11/15/97). In 1997, the company that would prove me wrong was starting up in a Stanford lab. Now, near-weekly announcements of massive digitization projects by Google and the Open Content Alliance (OCA) promise to change forever the way people find and use books... - Library Journal, October 15, 2006

Koha 2.2.6 released

Version 2.2.6 of Koha has been released. Koha is the 1st Open-Source Integrated Library System. Released at first in New Zealand, in 2000, it is maintained by a team of volunteers from around the globe, the Koha system is a full catalogue, opac, circulation and acquisitions system

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blackwell Book Services and ebrary announce the launch of ECHO

Blackwell Book Services and ebrary have announced the launch of ECHO, the new eContent hosting platform for libraries. With ECHO, libraries worldwide can purchase and manage eBook and print collections within their current acquisitions workflow. Powered by ebrary, ECHO provides an effective and efficient way for libraries to: preview from a growing selection of full-text eBooks, select from either multiple or single-user access for the majority of titles, and purchase titles instantly through Blackwell's Collection Manager

Alvaro Pombo wins Premio Planeta

Spanish writer Alvaro Pombo has won Spain's most lucrative literary award, the Premio Planeta, for a novel about a woman's transition from homemaker to financier following the death of her husband

eBook Technologies first to support new IDPF Content Packaging Standard

eBook Technologies, Inc. is the first to offer eBook publishing tools that support the new Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS) container format (OCF)

Examples of RSS from the Catalog

Jenny Levine has started a new section on the LibSuccess wiki for examples of library catalogs that offer live RSS feeds. It is organized it by vendor

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - for the week ending October 15, 2006

New Agreement allows librarians to copy from Ordnance Survey mapping

LACA has successfully concluded a new Agreement with Ordnance Survey to replace the defunct and long expired "BRICMICS Agreement". This Agreement regularises and clarifies the conditions under which librarians and archivists may copy mapping for users. It takes effect from 1st November 2006 and will be reviewed in December 2009

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there? Meeting the challenge of virtual support in libraries - 22 November 2006 - University of Sunderland, UK

D-Lib Magazine October 2006

D-Lib Magazine October 2006 is now available

LLRX.com October 15, 2006 update

LLRX.com October 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

Carnival of the Infosciences #57

Carnival of the Infosciences #57 hosted by David's Random Stuff. Previous Carnivals can be found here

Monday, October 16, 2006

Code4lib 2007

Code4lib 2007 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software. Code4lib 2007 will be held from February 28 through March 2 in Athens, Georgia

The Grey Journal - Autumn 2006

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

DaWaK 2007

9th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DaWaK 2007) - 3-7 September 2007 - Regensburg, Germany

Library of Congress Subject Headings, 29th edition (2006)

Library of Congress Subject Headings, 29th edition (2006). Includes Free-floating Subdivisions as a separate section in Volume I. Free-floating subdivisions are form or topical subdivisions assigned by a subject cataloger under designated subjects without the usage being established editorially and, therefore, without the usage appearing in the subject

Sunday, October 15, 2006


The American Society for Information Science and Technology's Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III) has introduced its SIG-III Blog as a means for communicating more actively with members, colleagues, and others interested in information science

Earth from Space

Earth from Space is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition has been made possible by Global Imagination. Additional support has been provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Women's Committee

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Collex is a set of tools designed to aid students and scholars working in networked archives and federated repositories of humanities materials: a sophisticated COLLections and EXhibits mechanism for the semantic web

New Resources for College Libraries web site

Choice Magazine and R.R. Bowker launched the online edition of the highly anticipated new Resources for College Libraries on September 29, 2006. RCLweb, a database of hand-selected core titles for academic libraries, will be the successor to the American Library Association's classic reference work, "Books for College Libraries, 3rd Edition", which was last published in its third edition in 1988

Talis and Medialab Solutions announce a platform partnership

Talis and Medialab Solutions, creators of the AquaBrowser application, have announced a new platform partnership agreement

Object Reuse and Exchange

Object Reuse and Exchange is a new two-year effort by the Open Archives Initiative, began in October 2006. The work is funded by the generous support by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundationi. ORE is co-coordinated by Herbert Van de Sompel and Carl Lagoze. ORE will develop specifications that allow distributed repositories to exchange information about their constituent digital objects. These specifications will include approaches for representing digital objects and repository services that facilitate access and ingest of these representations. The specifications will enable a new generation of cross-repository services that leverage the intrinsic value of digital objects beyond the borders of hosting repositories

Access My Library

Access My Library - Free access to millions of articles from magazines on several subjects. Research and read millions of free news articles, magazine stories, and journal entries. From Thomson Gale

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Who Are They Talking About?. Answers here.

1. Comedian Mort Sahl said: "Would you buy a second-hand car from this man?" about an American president. Which president?
2. Which British prime minister was nicknamed "Attila the Hen" by Clement Freud?
3. Lady Caroline Lamb described which poet as "mad, bad and dangerous to know"?
4. Which soldier and writer was described by Sir Henry Channon in these words: "He was intoxicated with his own youth, and loathed any milieu which he couldn't dominate. Certainly he had none of a gentleman's instincts, strutting about Peace Conferences in Arab dress"?
5. Which actor, who starred in the films "The Gold Rush" and "Modern Times", was described by Alexander Woolcott as "somehow importing to the peeling of a banana the elegant nonchalance of a duke drawing a monogrammed cigarette from a platinum case"?
6. Ben Jonson called an English dramatist "Sweet Swan of Avon" and said "He was not of an age, but for all time!" Who was he talking about?
7. Which British statesman and prime minister was described by Aneurin Bevan as "a man suffering from petrified adolescence"?
8. The US novelist who wrote "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell to Arms" was described by Cyril Connolly as "the bully on the Left Bank, always ready to twist the milksop's arm". Who was he talking about?
9. The novelist John Galsworthy described another British novelist as "Interesting, but a type I could not get on with. Obsessed with self. Dead eyes and a red beard, long narrow face. A strange bird". Who was he describing?
10. Which British statesman was Adolf Hitler talking about when he supposedly said: "He seemed such a nice old gentleman. I thought I would give him my autograph as a souvenir"?

Xrefer partners with The Alberta Library

Xrefer has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library consortium to make Xreferplus available to its academic consortia members for the next three years. The LHCADL provides its consortium of 35 post-secondary school libraries throughout the province of Alberta, Canada with access to full-text digital resources, including such products as Xreferplus. With this new agreement, all post secondary students, faculty and researchers in Alberta will have access to Xrefer's content featuring full-text, cross-searchable material from over 200 titles and 50+ publishers, covering every major subject

New Reading Resources Brochure 2007

The Reading Agency in the UK has released its Reading Resources Brochure 2007

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2006

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2006 has been awarded to Orhan Pamuk

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide by Michael P. Sauers - Published by Information Today, November 2006

Journal of the Society for American Music

Cambridge University Press has announced that from 2007 they will publish the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Society for American Music. Cambridge already has a strong track record in music journals publishing, offering nine academic journals ranging from the Cambridge Opera Journal, Early Music History and Popular Music. American Music will now cease to be the Society's official journal. Instead, their official scholarly journal will be called the Journal of the Society for American Music. Members of the Society will receive the new journal as part of their annual subscription, beginning in 2007 with Volume One

Enterprising E-Content: 6th annual E-books event

Enterprising E-Content: 6th annual E-books event - 27 October 2006 - Glasgow Metropolitan College, Scotland

Google for Educators

Google for Educators: "Google recognizes the central role that teachers play in breaking down the barriers between people and information, and we support educators who work each day to empower their students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. This website is one of the ways we're working to bolster that support and explore how Google and educators can work together"

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - October 12, 2006 now available

Engaging Youth on their Own Terms: Instant Messaging and Gaming in Libraries

Engaging Youth on their Own Terms: Instant Messaging and Gaming in Libraries - SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar - October 10, 2006

Academic Database Assessment Tool

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has released the Academic Database Assessment Tool to detail what information databases offer, including the journal titles covered, the date range included and editorial policies

Greenstone v2.71 released

Greenstone v2.71 released. Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM

University of Wisconsin-Madison joins Google Books Library Project

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has become the latest library to join the Google Books Library Project

Diversity Counts

The American Library Association has released Diversity Counts, a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession. Using 1990 and 2000 Census data (the most current available), the study found that the nearly 110,000 credentialed librarians were predominantly ages 45-54, female and white. The number of racial and ethnic minorities receiving accredited library master's degrees grew 4 percent, up to about 13 percent in 2000 from 9 percent in 1990

Nominations sought for Kilgour award

Nominations are invited for the 2007 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Succession planning training event

The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries is organising a management training event called Filling the empty chair: succession planning, strategy, training and development on 8 November 2006 at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. The event has been developed as a direct response from the SCURL Directors services who were invited to list the areas of training they would wish for their staff and it is aimed at staff and representatives from middle management from the library and information sector

National Book Award nominees announced

The finalists for the 2006 National Book Awards have been announced by the National Book Foundation. The finalists, chosen by four different panels of judges, were all published in the U.S. between Dec. 1, 2005 and November 30, 2006. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on November 15

RUSA issues redesigned journal and new journal website

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the redesign of the print edition of its journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and the launch of its companion website

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

IMLS Announces Youth Action Committee Meetings

On October 5th and 6th, the Institute of Museum and Library and Services convened the first meeting of the Youth Action Committee, a panel of experts including museum and library officials, educators and researchers in the formal and informal learning fields, policymakers, funders, and representatives of youth services organizations. The committee was formed as part of the Institute’s Engaging America’s Youth initiative to examine the important role that museums and libraries play in delivering quality programming and services to people aged nine to nineteen in a variety of learning settings

Quills Awards winners

Nora Roberts, Maya Angelou and former Vice President Al Gore were among the winners Tuesday night of the second annual Quills Awards, a people's choice even for the book world

Electronic Resources & Libraries 2007 Conference

ER&L Conference Program Planning Committee encourages you to submit a proposal for the Electronic Resources & Libraries 2007 Conference to be held February 22-24, 2007, with pre-conference sessions on February 21. The conference location will be the Global Learning and Conference Center, located on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - October/November 2006 now available

International Journal of Biomedical Sciences

International Journal of Biomedical Sciences is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, quarterly and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in biomedical sciences, computational and systems biology

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 winner

Kiran Desai is the winner of the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Inheritance of Loss, published by Hamish Hamilton. The Indian-born writer has a strong family tie with the prize as her mother Anita Desai has been shortlisted three times since 1980 but has never won. This year, however, her daughter, Kiran, has won the acclaimed literary prize

Libraries get Gates Foundation help

The director of the Harrison County Library System has been asked to participate in efforts by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help hurricane-battered libraries on the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild. Director Robert Lipscomb has been meeting with Gates Foundation officials to lay out recovery needs of the Harrison County system, post-Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane destroyed the main library and headquarters in Gulfport and also ravaged central libraries in Biloxi, Pass Christian and D'Iberville

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Taylor & Francis agrees to acquire Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Informa plc has announced that its Academic & Scientific division (Taylor & Francis) has agreed to acquire, subject to the receipt of regulatory clearances, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers (LEA) of New Jersey. LEA which publishes more than 100 journal titles and 200 new books a year under the imprints of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and The Analytic Press will become a part of Informa's Taylor & Francis business. LEA is well known for its extensive range of academic titles particularly in behavioural science and education, where Taylor & Francis also has core strengths under the Routledge and Psychology Press imprints


Rarebooks.info provides more than 80 electronic bibliographies online. Subjects cover early printing, world literature, natural history, science, medicine, theology, cultural and area studies, Judaica, music, theology, art and architecture, among others. Key bibliographies include standard reference works by Goff (Incunabula), Brunet (Manuel), Sabin (Americana), Fairfax Murray (French and German Books), and many more hard-to-find works

The Southern Festival of Books

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a free, three-day literary Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. The Festival welcomes more than 200 authors annually for readings, panel discussions, and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - for the week ending October 8, 2006

Nominees sought for $5000 award for Improving Library Workers' Salaries and Status

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is seeking nominees of both individuals and organizations that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The award jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of library champions that have had a local, regional or national impact. The SirsiDynix Corporation sponsors this $5000 award

ACRL 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics now available

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has published the 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics series, available both online and in print. This survey includes comprehensive data from 1,100 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. It covers collections, expenditures, electronic expenditures, personnel and public services (including Ph.D.s granted, number of faculty, undergraduate and graduate enrollment)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Naked campaign to save library

Campaigners in a Devon village hope that a naked protest will keep their library open. Devon County Council is considering shutting 12 branches which are under-used and reinvesting the money in other library services. But the Friends of Kingsteignton Library got so hot under the collar about the proposals that they bared all in a poster protest


FreeTechBooks.com lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes, all of which are freely and legally available over the Internet

Climbing the ladder: developing your career in art librarianship

Climbing the ladder: developing your career in art librarianship - A practical one day workshop for anyone interested in looking at ways to develop their careers in art librarianship; especially suitable for newly qualified professionals aiming to get their first post in art libraries, but equally as useful for current library professionals wanting to make the leap from the familiar to the unknown - 17 November 2006 - London, UK

Saturday, October 07, 2006

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management

The International Journal of Intellectual Property Management is a new, refereed publication which welcomes research papers across a wide range of topics embracing the studies of intellectual property from the perspectives of business management, organisational principles, and government policies. The purpose of the journal is to enhance the critical understanding of intellectual property in theory and practice, to appreciate the strategic importance of intellectual property to corporate and organisational success, and to disseminate knowledge on the management of intellectual property and commercialisation of different forms of intellectual property

AquaBrowser Online

From Medialab Solutions: "In a radical move that will shake up the library industry, Medialab Solutions, the Dutch creator of AquaBrowser Library, has now announced its latest offering: AquaBrowser Online. This service provides the latest technology in library catalog search in a completely web-based environment. There is no software to purchase and libraries get a visual, modern and intuitive website that will bring their catalog to life"

The refresh of the Talis Source web page

Talis has refreshed the Talis Source web page, including an update of the analysis page, illustrating how Talis Source and the Talis Platform are growing

ACRL 13th National Conference

ACRL 13th National Conference - March 29–April 1, 2007 - Baltimore, MD, USA

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

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

1. Zoology is a branch of biology concerned with the study of what?
2. Pharmacology is the study of what?
3. Is the study of insects called entomology or etymology?
4. Which word starting with S and ending with -ology means the study of earthquakes?
5. Theology is the study of what?
6. Which substance is studied in hydrology?
7. Virology is the scientific study of what?
8. Palaeontology is the study of what kind of remains?
9. Which part of the body is studied in nephrology?
10. Which word ending in -ology describes the use of micro-organisms or biological processes for commercial, medical or social purposes?

SITE 2007

SITE 2007: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference - March 26-30, 2007 - San Antonio, Texas

HighBeam Research offers free one-day access to all premium articles

HighBeam has announced its HighBeam Research Engine will make its premium online subscription service free for one full day on October 7, 2006. All visitors will have unlimited access to the full text of more than 35 million premium articles from more than 3,000 magazines, newspapers, academic journals, transcripts, newswires and more, updated daily and going back up to 23 years

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index New This Week - October 5, 2006 now available

JISC Collections

JISC Collections negotiates for and, where appropriate, licences online resources on behalf of further and higher education and the research councils. JISC Collections works to a Collections Building Strategy and is advised by six Working Groups whose membership consists of senior managers, academics and technology experts working in UK further and higher education. JISC Collections actively welcomes approaches by owners of digital material and publishers of online resources

JISC website relaunch

Following an extensive period of consultation, JISC has launched its new website. The new site incorporates a number of significant improvements developed on the basis of extensive usability testing. Improvements include clearer navigation based on the needs of users, much-improved search capabilities and a much clearer design. The new site also includes improved support for RSS feeds, which are now available for news, events, funding opportunities and publications, as well as XHTML and CSS

Thursday, October 05, 2006

One Day in History

The heritage organisations involved in the "History Matters - pass it on" campaign are asking every UK resident to take part in a mass blog event, which will record how we lived on one single day: Tuesday, 17th October 2006. The aim is to create a massive electronic treasure chest of diaries showing everyday life at the beginning of the 21st century, to be kept as a social history archive by the British Library. The date is chosen deliberately as an ordinary Tuesday, with no national importance. But with your help, it will become truly "One Day in History": by logging on to historymatters.org.uk and taking part in this mass blog everyone will be contributing something valuable to the historic record a fascinating resource for future generations to explore. Uploading can be done until 31 October 2006

Ovid expands publishing partnership with Oxford University Press

Ovid has announced that it has expanded its partnership with Oxford University Press to add more than 180 titles in medicine, neurosciences, social and behavioral sciences to Books@Ovid

Hawking to write book on why we have a universe

Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist who wrote the best-selling "A Brief History of Time," is to start work on a new book that will examine how and why the universe was created. The Grand Design, which is expected to be released in the fall of 2008, will be co-authored by Leonard Mlodinow, a physicist and author who collaborated with Hawking on "A Briefer History of Time" which was published last year

The Frankfurt Book Fair links with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair has made a commitment to support the International Book Fair in Abu Dhabi. The consulting and service contract, which aims to share know-how to help professionalise and internationalise the Arabian Golf fair, has been signed in Frankfurt by Book Fair Director Juergen Boos and Mohamed Khalef Al Mazrouie, General Director of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage

Forward Prize for Poetry

The 10,000 pounds Forward Prize for Poetry has been won by Robin Robertson for his collection Swithering. Robertson, 50, from Scone, Perthshire, is the first poet to have won both the best collection prize and the best first collection prize

iPoems: Poetry for iPods debuts

A U.K. company has launched a website aimed at selling poetry to people who use iPods and other digital media devices. The "modern poetry" site iPoems initially offers 1,001 poems from 57 poets in MP3 format

Introduction to Journals Marketing

Introduction to Journals Marketing - This course is an introduction to the changing and challenging role of promoting journals in today’s market. Expectations of Editorial Boards can be high, and marketing staff need to be able to produce a plan, which is impressive to editors, delivers results and is achievable. Delegates will discuss a variety of promotional ideas and put them to the test by working on a case study - 24 October 2006 - London, UK

Thomson Scientific redesigns patent database

Thomson Scientific has announced that it has enhanced the full text patent collections in its Aureka(R) and PatentWeb(R) products to include enriched data indexing, new search and display fields and additional patent coverage. The enhancements allow patent researchers to retrieve more complete results with greater flexibility and precision

Journal of Digital Information

Journal of Digital Information Volume 7 Issue 1 2006 is now online

Maintaining Long-term Access to Geospatial Data

Maintaining Long-term Access to Geospatial Data - 27 October, 2006 - e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland

The IEEE TCDL Bulletin

The IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL) Bulletin, Volume 3,
Issue 1 is now available. This issue's special topic is Digital Library Research in Asia and has as its guest editor, Ee-Peng Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Web journals threaten peer-review system

Scientists frustrated by the iron grip that academic journals hold over their research can now pursue another path to fame by taking their research straight to the public online - MSNBC

FreePint Newsletter 215

FreePint Newsletter 215 - 5 October, 2006 - now available

eBay partners with British Museum and Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to protect British treasures

The British Museum and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) have partnered with eBay.co.uk to ensure that antiquities found in the UK are being sold legally on its site. In order to prevent illegal sales of treasure, the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS, which is managed by the British Museum on behalf of the MLA) has set up a team to monitor antiquities sold on eBay.co.uk and to ensure that sellers have the right to trade them. Where the listing is illegal, PAS will report it to the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police and eBay.co.uk, which has committed to end illegal listings. The commitment is the latest development in eBay's on-going work with national law enforcement agencies

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - October 2006

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 06, Number 10 — October 2006 is now available

The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project - A resource for teachers, literacy organisations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning

Carnival of the Infosciences #56

Carnival of the Infosciences #56 hosted by TangognaT. Previous Carnivals can be found here

Toward a 21st Century Library Catalog

Antelman, Kristin and Lynema, Emily and Pace, Andrew K. (2006) Toward a 21st Century Library Catalog. Information Technology and Libraries 25(3):pp. 128-139

Information Libraries Need for the Next Pandemic

Information Libraries Need for the Next Pandemic with Dr. Maurice Hennink - Audio Conference for the Education Institute - October 3, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Libraries and Librarians Using Web 2.0 Technology

Ellyssa Kroski writes: "I'm a Reference Librarian at Columbia University and author of the blog InfoTangle. I am writing a book for Neal-Schuman Publishers about Web 2.0 and Libraries, and would love to hear from libraries and librarians who are using Web 2.0 technology in different and interesting ways". Contact details at the blog.

North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization

Call for Participation and Call for Position Papers: North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - June 14-15, 2007 - University of Toronto, Canada

ICADL 2006

Call For Participation: The 9th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2006) - November 27-30, 2006 - Kyoto, Japan

The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist

The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its 2006 shortlist. Selected by an esteemed jury panel comprised of The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and distinguished Canadian authors Alice Munro and Michael Winter, the five finalists were chosen from 101 books submitted for consideration by 36 publishing houses from every region of the country

German Book Prize 2006

Katharina Hacker is the winner of the German Book Prize 2006 for her novel Die Habenichtse (Surhkamp)

BestofBiz launched

London Business School, Emerald Group Publishing Limited and A&C Black have launched BestofBiz. BestofBiz is an online information resource containing practical business advice such as guidance on business tasks in areas from e-commerce to marketing and personal development, overviews of current best practice in areas such as growth and innovation, a business dictionary and biographies of the top business leaders of all time. Aimed at students and managers worldwide, BestofBiz focuses on helping managers solve everyday business problems and keeping management researchers abreast of their fast-moving field

National Medical Librarians Month

National Medical Librarians Month: It's already ten years since MLA created the National Medical Librarians Month observance to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Patients and those in the health care community need the specialized services that medical librarians provide now more than ever before. Use October to promote your skills ands boost your library's visibility so those in your community and institution know where to turn for quality health information

ALCTS 2007 President's Program features Peter Morville

Peter Morville, author of "Ambient Findability" and president and founder of Semantic Studios, will speak at the 2007 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) President's Program entitled "Libraries And Findability: Elegant Hacks For Our Future Description: A talk by Peter Morville." The ALCTS President's Program will be held Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. It is the final event in the ALCTS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

The Third International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society - 9-12 January 2007 - Cambridge University, UK. The conference will take a broad and ross-disciplinary approach to technology in society. With a particular focus on digital information and communications technologies, the conference will address: human usability, technologies for citizenship and community participation, and learning technologies. Participants will include researchers, teachers and practitioners whose interests are either technical or humanistic, or whose work crosses over between the technological, applied and social sciences

Blog Slurper announced

From Blurb: "You read it here first. Our new BookSmart blog-to-book beta program is live. A select number of Six Apart TypePad bloggers are now testing a blog beta that allows them to convert their blogs into bookstore-quality books automatically. Yes, you read it correctly … automatically. Our new Blog Slurper lets bloggers choose how they want their blog slurped – by date or topic – and whether to include images, comments, and links. Our BookSmart app then inserts the slurped blog directly into a professionally designed book template, producing a draft book in minutes. Say goodbye to copying and pasting

Safari Library launched

Safari Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has introduced Safari Library, an online searchable reference library service that provides unlimited access to all technical books available on Safari Books Online. Safari Books Online currently includes more than 4,000 books from technical and business publishers O'Reilly Media, Pearson Technology Group, and others

Amazon.com's A9 search engine drops key features

Amazon.com Inc.'s A9 search engine has dropped some of its most widely touted features, including the ability to remember everything a user has ever searched for and a service that showed detailed, street-level images of major cities. The Internet retailer removed the functions, along with several others, late Friday. Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener said the changes are because the company is "shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers."

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2006

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2006 starts October 4 and continues until October 8

Germans to buy Hansard printers

Document services firm Williams Lea, owned by German logistics giant Deutsche Post, is poised to buy The Stationery Office for around 130m pounds. It is understood the company's bid for The Stationery Office - which prints Hansard and The Highway Code - beat that of several other bidders. Williams Lea is now the sole bidder in talks with The Stationery Office and Apax, its private equity owners. Bar any hiccups, a deal could be announced within a couple of weeks - Telegraph

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #102

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #102 October 2, 2006 is now available

CaSTA 2006 reminder

A reminder that the 2006 Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis (CaSTA 2006) starts Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Hosted by the Faculty of Computer Science and the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick

The Royal Society of Chemistry to launch open access hybrid model

Authors of Royal Society of Chemistry journal papers can now choose to have their research freely available the moment it is published – for a fee. The announcement came soon after similar decisions from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and John Wiley & Sons

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - for the week ending October 1, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Renaissance Library Calendar 2007

The Renaissance Library Calendar 2007 is now available for ordering

Emerald partners with anti-plagiarism database

Emerald has announced its recent partnership with iParadigms, LLC, developers of the Turnitin plagiarism detection product for academic institutions and the iThenticate plagiarism detection product for content publishers

Information Today October 2006 issues

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

Linda Grant wins Lettre Ulysses

The British author Linda Grant has won the $50,000 Lettre Ulysses prize for the art of reportage for her book The People on the Street: a Writer's View of Israel. The judges said the book was a "systematic and in-depth exploration of Jewish identity and its relationship with the state of Israel, a journey through an extraordinary and problematic society"

Report on Plans and Priorities 2006-2007: Library and Archives Canada

The Report on Plans and Priorities for 2006-2007 details Library and Archives Canada's vision and goals for the year. It demonstrates the important role LAC plays with other members of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio to ensure the development and promotion of Canadian culture, heritage and inclusion

Sunday, October 01, 2006

BookFinder.com goes global

BookFinder.com is spreading to Europe with the introduction of JustBooks.co.uk for the British market and JustBooks.de for the German market. The e-commerce search engine for books, founded in 1997 by Anirvan Chatterjee, is expected to open in several more European markets by 2007

Cambridge University Press to publish The Journal of Asian Studies

Cambridge University Press Journals in association with the Association for Asian Studies has announce their partnership, beginning in 2007, to publish The Journal of Asian Studies

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, October 2006

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, October 2006: pay&power. This month the focus is on the history of the West Midlands, brought to light by the pay&power project, from muskets to rockets, from truants to the Titanic

Singapore Libraries Bulletin

Singapore Libraries Bulletin (SLB) is published by the Library Association of Singapore (LAS). The online weblog version was started in September 2006 to harness technology to make the Bulletin an interactive forum for LAS members and the library community