Featured Link

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2007 Hollywood Book Festival winner

The 2007 Hollywood Book Festival has named Will Clarke's novel, "The Worthy: A Ghost's Story," as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of greater attention from the film, TV and multimedia industries

Library website design and usability workshop

"This will be a practical and hands-on workshop designed to teach participants to apply key website design and usability testing principles to library website design. Participants will complete exercises in creating usability test plans and scripts, running a usability test, and performing website design reviews" - September 5, 2007 - Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, OK

James Carroll Scrapbook - 1916 to 1920

This scrapbook was compiled by James Michael Carroll while he was a student at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) from 1916 to 1920. He assembled this collection of photographs (many of which he took himself) and ephemera with a particular emphasis on the CUA baseball team (of which he was a member) and other athletic events at CUA. In addition to the photographs of CUA (which include the campus, students, and events), the scrapbook contains examples of exams, dance cards/books, tickets for different events/ attractions at CUA and in DC. These materials provide a glimpse into what student life was like during the early part of the twentieth century at CUA. This digital collection can be viewed in two different versions. Researchers can virtually "flip" through the pages of the scrapbook, viewing items in greater detail, and explore items included in the pages by clicking on highlighted items. Researchers can also browse images of the individual pages in the scrapbook in a more traditional format without the "flipping" effect. Each individual item in the scrapbook is indexed so that the collection can be searched using a variety of criteria. The Carroll Scrapbook was transferred to the CUA Archives as part of materials belonging to the CUA Department of Athletics

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative web site user questionnaire

The DCMI has commissioned Dianne Hillmann and Jon Phipps to review the current state of the DCMI website and suggest how it can best be improved to become more useful to its users. Part of this assessment includes a questionnaire survey

U.S. Congressional Documents Collection

The U.S. Congressional Documents Collection, from HeinOnline, features the bound and daily versions of Congressional Record, the complete chronicle of proceedings of the United States Congress

Book Depository sales double

"Online bookseller The Book Depository has announced sales of GBP24m for the year to end-June 2007, GBP12m up on the previous year. The company, which was founded in 2004, focuses on making a huge backlist of titles available to customers"

Thousands of National Archives films to be made available through CustomFlix Labs

"The National Archives and Records Administration has announced that it has reached an non-exclusive agreement with CustomFlix Labs, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies, to make thousands of historic films from the National Archives available for purchase on Amazon.com. The National Archives and Records Administration holds more than 200,000 motion picture titles that include documentaries, newsreels, instructional films, combat footage, research and development films, and many other formats that provide an unequalled visual history of the United States"

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - week ending July 29, 2007

JISC Inform 18

JISC Inform 18 - Summer 2007 - New heights: Supporting excellence in learning, teaching and research

Jimmy Wales and Wikia release open source distributed web crawler tool

"Wikia, Inc. has unveiled major next steps in its work to build a new search platform founded on open-source search protocols and human collaboration"

Newscom and World Picture Network images now available on LexisNexis

"LexisNexis has announced the addition of more photos and graphics to its most comprehensive collection of global news, business, and legal information on the market"

The CILIP Graduate Open Day 2007

The CILIP Graduate Open Day 2007 - "The perfect opportunity for all graduates to find out more about library and information careers" - 14 September 2007 - London, UK

Wiley-Blackwell to publish Academic Emergency Medicine

Wiley-Blackwell has announced that it has been selected by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine to publish their flagship publication, Academic Emergency Medicine. The first issue will be published in January 2008

Monday, July 30, 2007

ALPSP Author Choice

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, publisher of Learned Publishing, have announced the launch of ALPSP Author Choice, an optional Open Access model whereby authors can choose to make the online version of their article freely available to all immediately on publication

New partnership between the Association of American Geographers and Routledge Journals

In 2008, Routledge will become the publisher of the AAG's two journals: Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer

Of Permanent Value: Archiving The Web

Of Permanent Value: Archiving The Web by Gary Price for Search Engine Land, July 23, 2007

EBLIP4 papers available

Papers given at EBLIP4: 4th International Evidence-Based Library & Information Practice Conference - 6-11 May 2007 Chapel Hill-Durham, NC, USA - are now available

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 153 - August 2007

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 153 - August 2007 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Sunday, July 29, 2007

BioMed Central Research Awards 2007

BioMed Central Research Awards 2007 recognise excellence in research that has been made universally accessible by open access publication in one of BioMed Central's journals. Two awards of US$5000 will be made - one for biology research, and one for medical research. Anyone who publishes original research of major significance in one of BioMed Central's journals during 2007 is eligible for nomination

History Reference Online

"With three different size collections containing hundreds of titles, many of them award-winners, History Reference Online is the most comprehensive and in-depth library of history reference titles available"

Publishing and the Library of the Future presentations available

Presentations from Publishing and the Library of the Future held 11 July7 2007 in Oxford, UK, are now available

Asian Legal Information Institute

"The Japanese launch of the Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII) will take place at Meiji University on 4 August, and you are cordially invited to attend. Details are in the invitation here. AsianLII in Japan will be launched jointly by Mr Allan McKinnon, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Japan, and by Mr Kunihiko Shinoda, Director (APEC & FTA), Trade Policy Bureau Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. AsianLII now has 160 databases from the 28 Asian countries covered. Some additional resources concerning Japanese law will be released at the launch"

Saturday, July 28, 2007

DLF Fall Forum 2007

DLF Fall Forum 2007 - 5-7 November, 2007 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Thomson Learning changes name to Cengage Learning

"Thomson Learning has announced that it will change its name to Cengage Learning. The company, recently acquired by Apax Partners and OMERS Capital Partners, says the new name is based on being at the 'center of engagement' for its customers worldwide"

The British Library Annual Report 2006-07

The British Library Annual Report 2006-07 uses online technology to present a rich and varied experience light years away from the traditional print brochure. It features video presentations by the Chairman and Chief Executive, webcams of the year's achievements from the Library's Directors and animated charts showing how the Library has measured up against its targets

Britain Redrawn

"192.com has announced the first in a series of major improvements to its maps service, first launched last autumn and experiencing a surge in traffic in recent months. 192.com has republished all of its street maps after exclusively redrawing every UK map to incorporate the latest Ordnance Survey data and ensure street labelling was in an easy to read format. 192.com is unique on the internet for labelling 100% of UK streets (typically rival sites name 70-80%) and so uses hand drawn labelling particularly for crowded, historic cities with many street names in close proximity"

LLRX.com July 27, 2007 update

LLRX.com July 27, 2007 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

Floods delay new Oxford library building

From The Guardian: "Oxford University has postponed plans for a GBP29m extension to the world famous Bodleian Library on the banks of the Thames while the impact of this week's severe flooding is assessed"

European Library User Guide in 12 languages

"First time visitors can now view The European Library User Guide in 12 languages; English but also Danish, Dutch French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. The User Guide is designed to help new visitors discover all search possibilities offered by The European Library portal"

Friday, July 27, 2007

Wellcome’s World

"The remarkable life and achievements of Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), co-founder of a multinational pharmaceutical company, are celebrated with the launch of a web site to coincide with the 71st anniversary of his death. Wellcome's World has been launched by The Wellcome Trust, the medical charity set up under the will of Sir Henry Wellcome in 1936. Today, the Wellcome Trust is the UK's largest medical research charity, spending GBP500 million each year to fund research into improving human and animal health throughout the world"

FreePint Newsletter 234

FreePint Newsletter 234 - 26 July, 2007 - now available

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Definitions. Answers here.

1. An article of furniture consisting of a flat top resting on legs or on a pillar.
2. The maximum win, to be made in a lottery, card game, etc., especially one consisting of the accumulated stakes.
3. Any of various games played with a round or oval ball and usually based on two teams competing to kick, head, carry, or otherwise propel the ball into each other's goal, territory, etc.
4. A tool with a wooden handle and a large curved blade, for cutting tall crops or grass by hand with a sweeping action.
5. A person who is from 70 to 79 years old.
6. One of the three fundamental forms of matter, along with liquids and solids. It has no fixed shape and will conform in shape to the space available.
7. Cunning, opportunist, and deceitful - named after an Italian statesman who advocated unethical means to gain or maintain power.
8. A very small sharp piece of wood, glass, metal, etc. characteristically long and thin, broken off from a whole.
9. A large member of the cat family, native to Africa and Asia, which has tawny yellow fur covered with small black spots, and whitish underparts.
10. A flat geometric figure with 12 sides and angles.

National Acquisitions Group Conference 2007

National Acquisitions Group Conference 2007: Right Here, Right Now! - Acquiring and Managing Collections in Academic and Public Libraries - 12-13 September 2007 - Keele University, UK

2007 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has announced the awards for the Museums Grants for African American History and Culture. Ten grants, totaling $880,028 will provide opportunities for the staff of African American museums across the United States to gain knowledge and abilities in the areas of management, operations, programming, collections care and other museum skills

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Man Asian Literary Prize longlist announced

The longlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize has been announced. The prize will be awarded in November 2007

The Sparky Awards

"The Sparky Awards are sponsored by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, who promote the universal benefits of sharing ideas of all kinds. The SPARC Discovery Awards challenges you to illustrate in a short video presentation what you see as the value of sharing information. Use your imagination to suggest what good comes from bringing down barriers to the free exchange of information"

Interactive literary television program to showcase authors of African descent

"The Oracle Group announces the launch of In the Cafe with Mocha an exciting new literary television show celebrating African American authors. The show streams via Internet and local television programming in the Washington DC area beginning September 2007" - From Publishers Newswire

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - July 26, 2007

Primary Source - July 2007

Primary Source - July 2007 issue now available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


"Focuss.eu provides a high quality search engine for practitioners, researchers and students in the area of global development studies. Other than generic search engines, like Google and Yahoo, focuss.eu indexes a specific choice of electronic resources, selected by librarians, researchers and practitioners working in participating institutions. The resources are selected based on their relevance for the development studies and the quality of the information"

Auction for Keith Richards book tops $7M

"The battle for Keith Richards' autobiography has turned into the hottest auction of the summer. Bidding for a book by the Rolling Stones' famed founding member, co-song writer and rhythm guitarist has reached $7.1 million, according to publishing industry sources" - From NewYorkBusiness.com

CLIR Issues - Number 58

CLIR Issues - Number 58 July/August 2007 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

2007 LITA National Forum

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LITA National Forum, a 3-day educational event featuring preconferences, keynote, concurrent, and poster sessions that explore leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries. The 2007 National Forum, "Technology with Altitude," will be held October 4-7 at the Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado"

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - July 2007

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 95 Number 3, July 2007 - is now available online

meta | morphosis: a University of Kentucky film-to-digital institute

meta | morphosis: a University of Kentucky film-to-digital institute - September 12-13 2007

The Librarians of Congress: Past and Future

The Librarians of Congress: Past and Future by Suzanne E. Thorin and Robert Wedgeworth - "Librarians of Congress have been poets, playwrights, journalists, bureaucrats, politicians, historians, and indeed, librarians. They have frequently functioned as cultural ambassadors to the world, and in a sense, as the de facto U.S. Secretary of Culture..." - From American Libraries

JISC Digitisation Blog

"The JISC digitisation blog is an interactive news and views forum to support the JISC digitisation programme. It is open to anyone interested in digitisation and emerging content strategies in the UK. The blog is a space for new information about the programme and projects where everyone involved can comment, debate and share their experiences in an open forum. As well as details of digitisation events, launches and reports, we hope that it will also become a place where those involved in digitisation - at any level - can share information about the challenges they have faced and the lessons they have learnt. It is also a space for discussion of the ways in which digitised resources are being used in 'real life' in further and higher education and by students, teachers, researchers and librarians"

Library Management Showcase

"With a successful LMS Showcase having taken place in November 2006, exhibitors have already begun to secure their presence at next years event. Following the same format as previous years, CILIP plan to host a Library Management Showcase on Friday 9 November 2007"

Monday, July 23, 2007

FreePint Index updated

FreePint Index - an index to all articles by subject appearing in the FreePint Newsletter between November 1997 and June 2007


"VuFind is a library resource portal designed and developed for libraries by libraries. The goal of VuFind is to enable your users to search and browse through all of your library's resources by replacing the traditional OPAC..."

AALL Spectrum - July 2007

AALL Spectrum - Volume 11 No. 9, July 2007 now available

Reminder: Say It Right: Speaking Confidently and Effectively

Say It Right: Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Cheryl Stenstrom - "This fast-paced course focuses on verbal communication. More than any other form, verbal communication is used to get your message across. Everyday, we convey hundreds of messages to patrons, the board and management team, vendors and partners, and co-workers. Learn how to clearly express your ideas, proposals and opinions to avoid misinterpretation and ensure your goals are met. This course is designed for both paraprofessionals and professional librarians who are first-time supervisors, or who are looking to move into a supervisory position, especially in rural or small libraries" - On-line Course, July 23-August 17, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007


SAGE Publications is now offering authors of papers published on SAGE Journals Online, the option to make their primary research articles freely available on publication. The SAGE Open publishing option has been launched primarily to ensure that authors can comply with new stringent funding body requirements, (for example those now in place from the Wellcome Trust), and ensures that relevant journals are compliant with NIH/Wellcome Trust and other grant funder requirements

Portland Press announces 2008 Journal Prices

2008 subscription prices for the journals published by Portland Press, the publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, are now available

Ask.com to give people unmatched privacy control

"Ask.com has announced that it will soon be implementing a new product called AskEraser that will offer its searchers unmatched control over their privacy when searching for information on the Web. With AskEraser, people can ensure that their search history will not be retained by Ask.com. Searchers will have easy access to AskEraser and can change their privacy preference at any time. Once selected, searchers' privacy settings will be clearly indicated on search results pages so they always know the privacy status of their searches"

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Answers Corporation to acquire Dictionary.com for $100 Million

"Answers Corporation, creator of Answers.com, has announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Lexico Publishing Group, LLC, owner of the popular Web properties Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com, for $100 million in cash. The transaction is subject to financing and customary closing conditions and is scheduled to be completed by fall of this year"

Selected Internet Resources: Ice Cream

Selected Internet Resources: Ice Cream - A guide to Internet sources on the chemistry and history of ice cream from the Science Reference Section, Science, Technology and Business Division, Library of Congress

ProQuest reaches agreement with Cambridge University Press Journals

"ProQuest has signed an agreement with Cambridge University Press to offer more than 200 Cambridge Journals titles in selected ProQuest platform products. The arrangement makes an even greater number of scholarly full-text articles available to subscribers of ProQuest's aggregated journal products"

Eye-to-Eye - Issue 22

Eye-to-Eye - An e-newsletter dedicated to connecting Ingenta and its library communities - Issue 22, July 2007 now available

Open Access and the developing world

Open Access and the developing world from BioMed Central "aims to provide resources about open access and internet technologies in the developing world. Emphasising the benefits to the developing world of increased internet technologies and open access to research, we hope to encourage projects and intiatives, and to showcase research published in open access journals that are of relevance to emerging countries"

Engineering Open Choice

Professional Engineering Publishing now offers authors an open access option that will ensure that their published research is freely accessible throughout the world. The service, Engineering Open Choice, is available to authors of all papers accepted for publication

Appraisal in the Digital World - call for papers

Appraisal in the Digital World - 15-16 November 2007 - Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei, Rome, Italy

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Scientists. Answers here.

1. Italian artist, inventor, and scientist (1452-1519) who designed the prototypes of a parachute and a flying machine. His inventions ranged from complex cranes to a paddlewheel boat, an underwater breathing apparatus, and a clock that registered minutes as well as hours.
2. German-born US physicist (1879-1955) who revolutionized our understanding of matter, space, and time with his two theories of relativity.
3. British mathematician and computer scientist (1912-1954) who worked on code-breaking during the Second World War. His concept of an automatic electronic digital computer with internal program storage could not be realized until after his death, when advances in electronics made it possible.
4. Scottish-born US scientist (1847-1922) who invented the telephone.
5. English physicist and chemist (1791-1867) who made pioneering contributions to electricity, inventing the electric motor, electric generator and the transformer.
6. Italian scientist who was one of the first persons to use a telescope to examine objects in the sky. Authorities of the Roman Catholic Church forced him to assert that the Earth stands still, and the sun revolves around it. After making this public declaration, he allegedly muttered "Nevertheless, it does move".
7. British zoologist who gained fame for her research on chimpanzees in the wild. She was the first scientist to report that chimpanzees were not entirely vegetarian.
8. English chemist (1778-1829) who is best known for his discovery of the elements sodium and potassium and for inventing a safety lamp for use in mines.
9. English scientist, inventor, and explorer who studied the inheritance of physical and mental attributes. He is considered the founder of "eugenics" (a term he coined).
10. Italian electrical engineer and pioneer in the invention and development of radio. In 1895 he achieved radio communication over more than a mile, and in 1901 he established communication with St. John's, Newfoundland, from Poldhu in Cornwall, England.

WebWise proceedings, papers, and podcasts now available

"The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering a publication highlighting proceedings of its signature Web Wise conference. The publication is available on the IMLS Web site and in print. It contains summaries of each session, keynote speeches, project demonstrations, and brief biographies of the speakers. Also available for the first time are MP3 Podcasts of each conference session"

Thursday, July 19, 2007

KM Australia 2007

KM Australia 2007: Knowledge Discovery and Collaboration - July 23-25 - Sydney, Australia

DSpace Foundation launches

"HP and the MIT Libraries have announced the formation of the DSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization that will provide support to the growing community of organizations that use DSpace, an open source software solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works in a digital archive. Jointly developed by HP and the MIT Libraries beginning in 2002, today more than 200 projects worldwide are using the software to digitally capture, preserve and share their artifacts, documents, collections and research data"

Advances in Fuzzy Systems

Advances in Fuzzy Systems is an international journal which aims to provide a forum for original research articles in the theory and applications of fuzzy subsets and systems. The goal of the journal is to help promote the advances in the development and practice of fuzzy system technologies in the areas of engineering, management, medical, economic, environmental, and societal problems. From Hindawi Publishing Corporation

ISKO 2008

The 10th biennial International Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization is organised and hosted by the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal - August 5-8, 2007 - Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada)

Open Access Update revision

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes: "I've revised Open Access Update migrating the aggregate RSS feed for the OA-related weblogs to Yahoo Pipes, switching the source feed for the aggregate FeedBurner feed to the new Yahoo Pipes feed; adding more weblogs to the aggregate RSS feed; correcting the URLs for the OA-related mailing lists, e-journals, and wikis; and correcting the URLs in the Google Search Engines for those resources"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - July 19, 2007

SirsiDynix Institute - Free your content! RSS for Libraries

SirsiDynix Institute: Free your content! RSS for Libraries - August 7, 2007 - Presented by Meredith Farkas and Paul Pival

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New acquisitions for Emerald

Emerald has acquired the International Journal of Accounting and Information Management from Waverley Professional Services to add to its existing accounting and finance portfolio and the Journal of Systems and Information Technology from Edith Cowan University to complement its existing information and knowledge management titles

Second Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries

Second Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries - in conjunction with 11th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies on Digital Libraries (ECDL 2007) - Budapest, Hungary - September 20, 2007

2008 Emerging Leaders Program Information

Emerging Leaders began in 2007 and ALA has committed to making this program available annually. The Emerging Leaders program enables 120 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Applications for the 2008 Emerging Leaders program are now available and the deadline for submission will be August 15, 2007. 60 open application candidates and 60 sponsored candidates will be chosen, for a total of up to 120 participants

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

The second Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science will be held October 21-22, 2007 at Northwestern University. The event is jointly sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. The theme for this colloquium will be "Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment"

Credo Reference partners with SOLINET

Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) has announced a new partnership with the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) to make its service available to its library cooperative members at a discount. Based in Atlanta, SOLINET serves the southeastern United States and the Caribbean

WISER 3.1 now available

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. (National Library of Medicine)

JISC RepositoryNet

"In 2006 JISC committed GBP15 million towards Digital Repositories and Preservation activity, to support the UK educational community in realising the benefits of digital repositories, and as part of this work JISC has established JISC RepositoryNet"

SwetsWise 4.4

"Swets has announced the successful release of SwetsWise 4.4, the latest system update for the most comprehensive and sophisticated subscriptions management service currently available. Swets launched the all-new, fully integrated SwetsWise portfolio in February of this year, with customers being steadily migrated to the new platform over the past few months. SwetsWise Subscriptions, the core focus of the SwetsWise portfolio, is now handling more than a third of all subscriptions managed by Swets worldwide, totaling more than 680,000 individual subscriptions, and the number is rapidly increasing"

The Open Library demo site

"This site is an early technology preview of The Open Library, and many things are still in flux or not operational"

Vatican LIbrary closed until 2010

From the BBC: "One of the world's oldest public libraries, the Vatican Library, has closed for rebuilding. It is not expected to reopen before September 2010. The reading rooms were unusually full last week. Bespectacled university professors, graduate students from famous universities around the world, monks wearing brown and black habits, and Biblical researchers from more than 50 countries were sitting elbow-to-elbow at desks piled with documents and crowded with laptops and ancient manuscripts..."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ovid Now offers more than 300 OUP titles for subscription and purchase on Books@Ovid

"Ovid Technologies has announced that it has expanded its agreement with Oxford University Press to provide over 300 OUP medical and health science e-books, including over 80 new titles, for subscription and purchase on the Books@Ovid platform"

The Forward Poetry Prizes 2007 shortlists

The shortlists for The Forward Poetry Prizes 2007 have been announced

2007 Long Barn First Novel Competition winner announced

Ruth Newman has won the 2007 Long Barn First Novel Competition for "Twisted Wing", a psychological thriller set in Cambridge, England

2007 IASL Conference

2007 IASL Conference from the International Association of School Librarianship - 16-20 July 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan

Connecting to Collections: The National Tour

"The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites proposals for a cooperative agreement to support Connecting to Collections: The National Tour, a series of four meetings, to be held in major American cities during 2008 and 2009. The forums will build on the success of the national summit on collections care recently held in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is August 17, 2007, and the cooperative agreement will be awarded September 7, 2007"

Demise of the Local Catalog by Roy Tennant

Demise of the Local Catalog by Roy Tennant for Library Journal, 7/15/2007 - "Over four years ago I wrote that the library catalog should be pushed into the back room where it belonged and that a unified finding tool be put in its place. I still believe our users want to find everything they can on a topic in one place, with one search, rather than going from place to place puzzling out each new interface. Well, now finally that's happening in a couple of interesting ways..."

D-Lib Magazine July/August 2007

D-Lib Magazine July/August 2007 is now available

London Poetry Festival

The 3rd London Poetry Festival is taking place August 10-13, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007


"Exbiblio brings the rich interactions you have on a daily basis with Web pages on the Internet - such as saving and sharing what you read, linking to expanded content or related information or learning about or purchasing products - to any paper document wherever you are. Exbiblio is a transformative company that not only develops innovative technology but also drives environmental stewardship - a model of sustainable capitalism for the 21st century"

Human Rights through the eyes of history: a new online exhibition

"Although the concept of human rights as we understand it today was unknown until modern times, people in Britain have fought since the medieval period to gain the rights, freedoms and liberties we all enjoy today. To illustrate this essential part of history, The National Archives has launched a new online exhibition tracing the evolution of our human, social and civil rights from Magna Carta to the establishment of the Welfare State"

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Images Online from The British Library

"Images Online gives you instant access to thousands of the greatest images from the British Library's collections which include manuscripts, rare books, musical texts and maps spanning almost 3000 years. The range of images available include illustrations, drawings, paintings and photographs"

Reference Section Quarterly - July 2007

Reference Section Quarterly - Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2007 now available from The New Jersey Library Association

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Countdown to Freedom - 60th anniversary of Indian independence

"To mark the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence and the birth of Pakistan, a selection of British Library material relating to India's fight for freedom from colonial rule - much of it banned by the British Government in India between the 1910s and the 1940s - will go on display for the first time"

2007 Quill Awards nominees

Nominees for the 2007 Quill Awards have been announced

Search Engine Meeting 2008

Search Engine Meeting 2008 - April 28-29, 2008 - Boston, MA, USA

Project Blue Book - UFO Investigations

Project Blue Book - UFO Investigations: "From Alaska to Arizona, from Florida to Labrador, UFO sightings were reported from within North America and even around the world. They are documented in these files. Very few photographs are included in these records. Instead these are text descriptions of encounters or sightings during the years 1947 to 1969. Names of people involved in the sightings are excluded. They are arranged chronologically, then by location"

JANET Collaborate Prototype

JANET Collaborate Prototype - "This site is for Educators in Schools, Colleges, Universities, Research Institutions, and the Cultural Sector. With this site you can organise group projects or events; share ideas and collaborate with your peers; find videoconferences with Museums and other content providers; create opportunities for collaboration with other educators and academics"

ScienceDirect service now available through the UK Access Management Federation

"Elsevier has announced that its ScienceDirect service is now available through the UK Access Management Federation. Thousands of UK researchers and learners will benefit from ScienceDirect implementing Shibboleth, one of several federated access management technologies which use devolved authentication by the user’s home institution"

Nixon Library comes under control of National Archives

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, became part of the National Archives and Records Administration on July 11, following decades of conflicts between Nixon's family and the government over the papers of the 37th president

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Highest and Lowest. Answers here.

1. From estimates in 2005, which country has the highest population in the world?
2. Which city in Italy was built on the River Tiber at the lowest of its practicable crossing points?
3. What is the highest mountain in Japan?
4. Was the lowest temperature ever recorded on earth in the Arctic, Antarctica or Siberia?
5. What is the highest mountain in the United States?
6. What is the word for the lowest adult male voice (in singing)?
7. What is the highest award a judge can give in ice-skating?
8. There are two French phrases to describe the lowest category of wine. Give one of these phrases.
9. In 2006, which of these countries had the highest life expectancy for women and men: Sweden, New Zealand or Andorra?
10. According to estimates in 2005, which of these countries had the lowest population: San Marino, Monaco, or the Vatican City State?

Journal of Library Metadata

"The Journal of Library Metadata is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles on all aspects of metadata applications in libraries. The journal is published quarterly by The Haworth Press, Inc. Previously titled the Journal of Internet Cataloging, after a change in title and editorship, JLM will now focus on metadata, an exciting, timely subject of importance to all libraries. The journal will publish three categories of articles: standard, peer-reviewed articles; shorter, scholarly, non-peer reviewed articles; and short viewpoint articles"

Sears List of Subject Headings 19th Edition

The 19th Edition of the Sears List of Subject Headings has been published by The HW Wilson Company

Author's nude drawings too hot for US publisher

"One of Germany's best-selling children's authors, Rotraut Susanne Berner, is embroiled in an extraordinary transatlantic row about nudity after a US publisher refused to accept one of her books because it contained naive sketches of an art gallery with works depicting naked bodies" - The Independent

The Henry III Fine Rolls Project

"Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and combining The National Archives with King's College London's Department of History and Centre for Computing in the Humanities, The Henry III Fine Rolls Project is a unique and pioneering enterprise which democratises the rolls by making them freely available in English translation with a sophisticated electronic search engine, the first medieval source to be treated in this way"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - July 12, 2007

Social and Personality Psychology Compass

"Unique in its range, Social and Personality Psychology Compass is an online-only journal publishing original, peer-reviewed surveys of current research and theory from across the entire discipline. Authors are encouraged to present their unique vision of the research topic that they review and controversy is not discouraged." Coming January 2008 from Blackwell Publishing

Thursday, July 12, 2007

FreePint Newsletter 233

FreePint Newsletter 233 - 12 July, 2007 - now available

Ed's Reading Room

An online book club has been launched for youngsters to help boost their literacy and love of reading. Ed's Reading Room is available to five to nine-year-olds in homes and schools. It features Ed, a blue owl who introduces children to a wide range of stories and books, and guides them through fun curriculum-related activities

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - July 2007

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 07, Number 07 - July 2007 is now available

Keio University joins Google's Library Project

"Last week, Keio University became the latest partner to join Google Books Library Project, and our first library partner in Japan. The combined collections of the Keio University libraries total more than two million printed works. Working together, Google and the Keio University Library will digitize at least 120,000 public domain books from these collections..."

OCLC to work with Zepheira to redesign OCLC's PURL service

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and Zepheira, LLC have announced that they will work together to rearchitect OCLC's Persistent URL (PURL) service to more effectively support the management of a "Web of data"

Beirut named "World Book Capital 2009"

Beirut has been named World Book Capital 2009. Beirut is the ninth city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogotá (2007) and Amsterdam (2008)

Crossroads - July 2007

Crossroads: the newsletter of WebJuntion.org - July 2007 issue is now available

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Unlocking Audio: Sharing Experience of Mass Digitisation

Unlocking Audio is an international conference exploring the planning and strategies required for the successful execution of large-scale audio digitisation projects, and the technical and practical issues involved. Aimed at actual practitioners, sharing best practice and looking at emerging standards, the event will be held at the British Library in London on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2007

Biblio Tech Review - July 2007

The July 2007 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available


MortalitySchedules.com is a directory of every found transcription of the census mortality schedules 1850-1880, arranged by U.S. state and county

Portal 2007 presentations available

Presentations given at Portal 2007, June 2007, Gettysburg College, are now available online

2008 Access to Learning Award

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2008 Access to Learning Award. The Foundation gives the $1 million award every year to an innovative library or similar organization outside the U.S. that provides free access to information through computers and the Internet. Deadline is December 31, 2007

Elsevier 2008 Subscription Price List

A letter containing information about Elsevier's 2008 Subscription Price List has been sent to customers

New materials added to "France in America" web site

The Library of Congress has completed a major expansion of its bilingual France in America online presentation with the addition of 247 items from its collections. The presentation is one of five bilingual presentations in the Library's Global Gateway Web site

First Monday - July 2007

First Monday - Volume 12, Number 7, 2 July 2007 now available

Portal to bring together Europe's top economics research

"Leading economics libraries have won a Euro2 million bid to create a subject-based repository. The project, called Network of European Economists Online, will address the lack of integration of academic output because of the way storage of and access to information is currently dispersed"

Wales Book of the Year 2007

Wales Book of the Year 2007 has been won by Lloyd Jones for his novel Mr Cassini. The prize is worth GBP10,000

Carnival of the Infosciences #75

Carnival of the Infosciences #75 hosted by A Wandering Eyre. Previous Carnivals can be found here

International Journal of Electronic Governance

Inderscience has announced the publication of the first issue of International Journal of Electronic Governance. "The journal focuses on the use of electronic and information technologies in deliberation over democratic policy and decision making processes, community governance as well as governance in non-political domains such as corporate, open project, online community and social network contexts"

YALSA podcasts Annual Conference

The Young Adult Library Services Association has successfully completed a pilot project to cover the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., through podcasts. These podcasts are available on the YALSA Blog

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Caine Prize for African Writing 2007 winner

"Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko has won the "African Booker". The writer picked up the GBP10,000 Caine Prize for African writing three years after she was a finalist for the prize. She is the eighth winner of the award"

Borders to promote books on mobile devices

Borders is set to work with top book publishers including Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury to deliver the first chapters of forthcoming books from authors on mobile devices. Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury are among the publishing houses set to offer consumers the opportunity to read up to 30 samplers for free every month. The chapters are to be downloaded using technology from application provider ICUE and are sent with a coupon attached allowing consumers to redeem 20% off the physical book

The Ohio State University Press Open Access Initiative

"The mission of The Ohio State University Press is to disseminate the best scholarship as widely as possible. Towards that end, we are making the complete texts of certain books available from our website. You will need the free Adobe Reader or some other PDF-enabled program to read the text. All titles available this way, whether old or new, have gone through the exact same peer review process as our printed books. Any book that carries our imprint - no matter what medium is being used - has been approved by our Editorial Board after a thorough vetting process. All such works remain under copyright protection and may not be used for any commercial purpose"

Talis Library Platform News

Talis Library Platform News - Issue 1, July 2007 now available

Knowledge Ecology Studies

Knowledge Ecology Studies is an online publication that focuses on the creation, dissemination and access to knowledge goods. It is a multidisciplinary journal that draws on a number of specialties: sciences, technologies, public policies, the laws of intellectual property, business, free speech and privacy, telecommunications and other related knowledge disciplines

EDUCAUSE Review July/August 2007

EDUCAUSE Review July/August 2007 is now available

House of Commons hosts UK Data Archive's 40th anniversary

The UK Data Archive is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special reception in the House of Commons, a workshop and open day at the UKDA and a suite of Anniversary web pages. The reception also sees the launch of a new booklet Across the decades: 40 years of data archiving. The booklet reviews the history and achievements of the UKDA and the challenges it has overcome


iLibrarian - news and resources on Library 2.0 and the information revolution, written by Judy O'Connell, a library consultant in Australia

Monday, July 09, 2007

Librarians Run for the Cure

Librarians Run for the Cure is a team of people who will be running or walking on September 30, 2007, to raise funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs in Canada. I am doing the 5K walk and you can donate under my name at this link

Wiley-Blackwell announces launch of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Wiley-Blackwell has announced that it has been selected by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology to launch its new journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The first issue will be published in March 2008


"ChemXSeer is an integrated digital library and database allowing for intelligent search of documents in the chemistry domain and data obtained from chemical kinetics"

Sunday, July 08, 2007

EVA London 2007

EVA London 2007: Electronic Information, the Visual Arts and Beyond - 9-13 July 2007 - London, UK

OUP Journals - Institutional Price List 2008

Oxford Journals has announced that 2008 prices are now available. Thirteen new titles have been added to the list for 2008, and eight of these are new launches

Library Master version 5

Balboa Software has introduced Library Master version 5. Library Master is a powerful, flexible and easy-to-use bibliographic and textual database manager. It formats bibliographies and citations in your papers, thesis or book and organizes your bibliographic information and research notes

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Peter Temple wins 2007 Duncan Lawrie Dagger

The Australian writer Peter Temple has won the 2007 Duncan Lawrie Dagger, for the best crime novel of the year. The dagger and a cheque for GBP20,000, the biggest crime writing prize in the world, was awarded for his book The Broken Shore, published by Quercus. This is the first time that an Australian author has appeared on the shortlist for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger, or its predecessor the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction

First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference papers online

Papers to be presented at the First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, being held in Vancouver, Canada July 11-13, 2007, are now available online

Code4Lib Journal call for submissions

The Code4Lib Journal will provide a forum to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future. Submissions are currently being accepted for the first issue of this promising new journal. Please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals for articles to c4lj-articles@googlegroups.com (a private list read only by C4LJ editors) by Friday, August 31, 2007. Publication of the first issue is planned for late December 2007

New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

This journal represents an attempt to explore issues, ideas, and problems that lie at the intersection between the academic disciplines of social science and the body of thought and political practice that has constituted Marxism over the last 150 years. Open Access from the University of British Columbia Library and Department of Anthropology

2008 DELOS Summer School on Digital Preservation in Digital Libraries

The 2008 DELOS Summer School on Digital Preservation in Digital Libraries will run 8-14 June 2008. It will take place in Italy. It will be co-sponsored by DigitalPreservationEurope, the Digital Curation Centre, PLANETS, and CASPAR. The DELOS SS08 Summer School website will be accessible from 1 October 2007 and registration for the Summer School will open on 1 December 2008

SCATNews - June 2007

The June 2007 issue of the SCATNews Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section is now available

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Disney. Answers here.

1. Disney's 1928 cartoon "Steamboat Willie" introduced Walt's most famous character. Name that character.
2. Which American actress, who later starred in the films "Accused" and "The Silence of the Lambs", made her film debut aged ten in Disney's "Napoleon and Samantha" (1972)?
3. In the Disney film "Bambi", what kind of animal is Thumper?
4. In 1955, Walt Disney revived interest in which American folk hero with a movie and television show?
5. What name did Walt Disney originally want to call Mickey Mouse: Mortimer, Michael or Max?
6. Was the first Disneyland in Florida, California or France?
7. Which song from "Mary Poppins" gave Julie Andrews a chart entry in 1965?
8. Which 1940 Disney film used colourful visual images and cartoons to accompany classical music played by an orchestra under Stokowski?
9. Phil Harris provided the voice for which character in "The Jungle Book"?
10. What was Walt Disney's middle name?

2008 NASIG Conference Idea / Proposal Form

The 2008 NASIG Program Planning Committee invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The Program Planners are specifically interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others about issues relating to scholarly communication, licensing, and publishing. The 2008 conference will be held at the Tapatio Cliffs Hilton Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, June 5-8, 2008

Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network

"The Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network is a registry of open knowledge packages and projects (and a few closed ones). CKAN is the place to search for open knowledge resources as well as register your own - be that a set of Shakespeare's works, a global population density database, the voting records of MPs, or 30 years of US patents"

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #2

Uncontrolled Vocabulary - a live discussion of news, trends and topics in librarianship by Greg Schwartz. Episode #2 is now available

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using Government Documents on the Web

"This hands-on workshop explores the information treasures published online by the U.S. Federal government through the Government Printing Office and specific agencies and branches of the government. We will cover the best sites to begin researching for government information in general and specifically for business, healthcare, genealogy, history, current government, legal, regulatory, taxes, retirement, insurance, and state and local government information" - Web-based workshop from Diane K. Kovacs

"Nature" wins the Principe de Asturias Award

"Nature" has won the Principe de Asturias Award established by His Royal Highness Heir to the throne of Spain. The Principe de Asturias Award is the best known cultural prize in the Spanish speaking community. The awards honor individuals, groups or institutions whose creative work or research represents a significant contribution to universal culture in the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic fields. Nature shares the 2007 Award for Communication and Humanities with the journal Science

2007 Long Barn First Novel Competition shortlist

The shortlist for the 2007 Long Barn First Novel Competition has been announced

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Accessible e-content: the 7th e-books Conference

Accessible e-content: the 7th e-books Conference features a blend of presentations, case studies and exhibition showcasing e-books and e-content technology - 26 October 2007 - Edinburgh, Scotland

OCLC acquires remaining shares of OCLC PICA

OCLC has acquired the remaining shares of OCLC PICA Group B.V., the European-based library and information systems supplier, to become the sole shareholder of the organization

Technology Electronic Reviews - June 2007

Technology Electronic Reviews, a publication of the Library and Information Technology Association - Volume 14, Number 1, June 2007 now available

Library Journal Librarian of the Year Award nominations sought

"The Library Journal editors are seeking nominations for the 19th annual Library Journal Librarian of the Year Award to honor a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the loftiest service goals of the library profession. Deadline is October 29, 2007

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #111

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #111 - July 2 2007 is now available

The National Archives and Microsoft join forces to preserve the UK's digital heritage

"Microsoft and The National Archives have announced a Memorandum of Understanding ensuring preservation of the nation´s digital records from the past, present and into the future. Microsoft will make available to The National Archives a system, which combines previous versions of Windows and Office, to help solve problems of managing historical records based on legacy Microsoft Office formats"

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - week ending July 1, 2007

Turning The Pages 2.0 now available for museums and libraries worldwide

Libraries around the world will now be able to license the award-winning Turning the Pages software, used by the British Library, to bring some of the world's most rare and valuable books online

CILIP Training & Development launches Autumn 2007 programme

CILIP's Training & Development department has launched its Autumn 2007 programme, featuring more than 40 one and two-day courses running from September to December

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

View video clips or listen to podcast of OCLC Symposium at ALA Annual

"Over 300 attended the symposium, Is the Library Open?, which addressed information property law, digital communication, copyright, intellectual property and user privacy rights in relation to library policies"

Search Engine History

Search Engine History - Overview of the history of search engines and search technology, from 1945 to Google 2007

ELDR: Changing The Perception of Aging

"ELDR Media announces the launch of ELDR magazine and the ELDR.com website with an editorial mandate to change the perception of aging. ELDR is the first media company specifically targeting the affluent and influential 60-plus demographic"

Monday, July 02, 2007

George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

"The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center Clearinghouse has information for students with disabilities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. We have information on financial assistance, scholarships, and materials that help students with disabilities transition into college, university, vocational-technical schools, or other postsecondary programs"


"InfoEthics.org.uk is a collaborative venture between Oxford Business Intelligence and InfoResponse Associates. We provide consultancy and training services for organisations, companies and employers concerned about the ethical implications of their information role, and for information workers and others in the information and library community who require guidance and training when faced with ethical dilemmas"

Computers in Libraries - July 2007

Computers in Libraries: monthly magazine that provides complete coverage of the news and issues in the rapidly evolving field of library information technology - July 2007 issue is now available

Searcher - July/August 2007

Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals - July/August 2007 issue is now available

OSTI partners with Internet Archive

"The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network. This was achieved through the Internet Archive's Web archiving service, Archive-It, a Web-based application that enables partners to harvest, manage, search, and preserve collections of archived Web pages and born digital content. This collection is hosted by the Internet Archive and can be viewed with free and permanent access to the public"


ScienceHack is a unique video search engine for science videos

Sunday, July 01, 2007

EU databases

The European Information Association's EU databases section is now live, with an introduction to using Tenders Electronic Daily, together with guides to finding proposed EU legislation using EUR-Lex, OEIL and PreLex

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, July 2007

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, July 2007: Irish Melodies - Special Collections at Queen's University Belfast Library houses many noteworthy collections of texts and manuscripts, spanning across numerous fields of study and providing significant sources for research. Three of the library's major eighteenth-century collections, namely the Thomas Percy, Edward Bunting and Gibson-Massie Moore collections, with related collections, are highlighted on the Archives Hub this month, with links to related websites

The Wardington Hours at The British Library

The Wardington Hours, a lavishly illuminated medieval manuscript, has been acquired by the British Library following a successful fundraising campaign. The acquisition was supported with a major grant of £250,000 from leading art charity The Art Fund, together with donations from Friends of the National Libraries, Friends of the British Library, and Breslauer Bequest. The richly illustrated manuscript will be exhibited in The Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library, alongside other manuscripts produced by the same workshop

A look back at eighteen years as an Internet digital publisher

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. has published an abbreviated chronology of his digital publishing efforts from June 1989 to June 2007

New journals from Inderscience

Inderscience has announced the publication of the first issues of
International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology and International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies