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Friday, November 30, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Photography and Photographers. Answers here.

1. What is the word for a room in which photographic materials are processed, either in complete darkness or with a safelight?
2. Which New Zealand mountaineer said of Tenzing Norgay in 1953: "He had never taken a photograph before, and the summit of Everest was hardly the place to show him how"?
3. In describing a camera, what does "SLR" stand for?
4. The screenwriter of the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" (with Stanley Kubrick) was also a photographer of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and coast of Ceylon from 1954 to 1964. Name him.
5. Which famous English photographer made his name photographing Jean Shrimpton and later Catherine Deneuve (the second of his four wives)?
6. Which two-word phrase describes a darkened box with a tiny hole for projecting the inverted image of the scene outside on to a screen inside?
7. In photography, what does the abbreviation BCU stand for?
8. What was the first practicable photographic process, announced to the public in 1839, invented by Louis Daguerre?
9. The first photographs of moving objects were taken in 1877 when Eadweard Muybridge managed to record what?
10. Which British photographer began his career as a fashion photographer and later made film and stage designs for "My Fair Lady"?

The University of Maryland Libraries launches digital collections portal

The University of Maryland Libraries has announced the launch of its digital collections portal. This release marks two and a half years of work in the creation of a repository that serves the teaching and research mission of the University of Maryland Libraries. Many of the objects are digital versions from Maryland's Special Collections (such as A Treasury of World's Fairs Art and Architecture) or are new virtual collections (The Jim Henson Works). Other collections (such as Films@UM) support the teaching mission of the Libraries. This release also marks the integration of electronically available finding aids, ArchivesUM, into the repository architecture, creating a framework for digital objects to be dynamically discovered from finding aids

University of Pittsburgh's Library System and University Press collaborate

The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System and University Press have formed a partnership to provide digital editions of press titles as part of the library system's D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Thirty-nine books from the Pitt Latin American Series published by the University of Pittsburgh Press are now available online, freely accessible to scholars and students worldwide. Ultimately, most of the Press' titles older than 2 years will be provided through this open access platform

WorldCat.org adds links to WorldCat Identities, British Library Direct service

"The latest enhancement to WorldCat.org is a link to WorldCat Identities, an OCLC research prototype that creates a summary page for some 25 million personal and corporate authors mentioned in WorldCat. In addition, research journal articles discoverable on WorldCat.org now include links to the British Library Direct service, where electronic copies of the articles may be purchased"

Scirus and OCLC promote benefits of full-text linking

"Elsevier's Scirus team and OCLC are launching an initiative to inform the librarian and academic community of the benefits of image-based, full-text linking from search engines to library journal holdings as supported by library link resolvers. Based on the OpenURL standard, image-based linking allows search engine users to find the shortest path to the full text of specific journal articles, if held by their libraries"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - November 29, 2007

JISC Information Governance Gateway

"JISC Information Governance Gateway is a JISC commissioned 'one stop shop' for all matters relating to information governance legislation and the HE sector"

Museums and the Web 2008 registration now open

Registration is now open for Museums and the Web 2008, which addresses the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, the MW program reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage - April 9-12, 2008 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

JISC Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award winner

"An initiative which has forged a 'partnership' between students and staff, overcome challenges of physical remoteness, a growing number of teaching placements and a high number of part-time students has won the JISC-sponsored Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year award. The e-course team at the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, was presented with the award for its development of an e-course which allows users, with no formal training and no need of technical support, to create and contribute podcasts and interactive learning materials

ARL publishes Law Library Statistics for 2005–06

The Association of Research Libraries has published the ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2005–06, which presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 75 law libraries at ARL member institutions throughout North America

ARL publishes Health Sciences Library Statistics for 2005–06

The Association of Research Libraries has published the ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2005–06, which presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 65 medical libraries at ARL member institutions throughout North America

Thursday, November 29, 2007

FreePint Newsletter 242

FreePint Newsletter 242 - 29 November, 2007 - now available

Innovations in e-information - the UKeIG 2009 State of the Art Conference

"UKeiG has announced a major addition to its training and seminar programme. There has been considerable demand from members for a residential forum that provides opportunities for information and IT professionals to network, wine and dine in excellent social surroundings while catching up on the very latest developments in e-information. Innovations in e-information - the UKeiG 2009 State of the Art Conference will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre from Tuesday 16th - Wednesday 17th June 2009. UKeiG will be drawing on the expertise of many of its high profile information experts to deliver on a range of key topics. A call for papers will shortly be issued inviting recommendations for presentations and breakout sessions"

New film "trailers" for books award

"A new project to create film 'trailers' for books is being launched by The Bookseller, in partnership with the Random House Group, Play.com and the National Film & Television School (NFTS). The inaugural Book Video Awards will see NFTS students and alumni develop 90-second films based on three novels to be published by the Random House Group early next year. The videos will be launched in March 2008 and screened via Play.com, thebookseller.com, YouTube and other viral sites"

Archives New Zealand launches films online

"A bigger slice of New Zealand's history is now available online following the launch of Archives New Zealand new audio visual website. The site features over 100 film clips sourced from the National Film Unit and is a big step forward in making Archives New Zealand's audio visual collection more accessible and visible to New Zealand and international viewers"

Search Engine Meeting 2008 program available

The program for the Search Engine Meeting 2008 - April 28-29, 2008 - Boston, MA, USA, is now available

Strix and Jason Farradane Award winners

UKeiG has announced the winners of the Strix and Jason Farradane Awards, which will be presented at the Online Information conference and exhibition at London's Olympia in December. The awards are sponsored by The Journal of Information Science, published by SAGE

International Tracing Service opens archives to public

"After more than 60 years the archives of the International Tracing Service have become accessible to the public. Historical researchers and other interested people can now examine archives and documents from the Second World War at the Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Previously such access was granted only to the victims of Nazi persecution and their next of kin. The archives contain over 50 million information regarding the persecution, exploitation and extermination of millions of civilians by the Nazis"

Eye-to-Eye - Issue 23

Eye-to-Eye - An e-newsletter dedicated to connecting Ingenta and its library communities - Issue 23, November 2007 now available

National Agriculture Library RSS feeds

National Agriculture Library - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. RSS feeds page

Free Library of Philadelphia RSS feeds

Free Library of Philadelphia - Pennsylvania, USA. RSS feeds page

The Digital Academic Repository of Naturalis

"The Digital Academic Repository of Naturalis is a service which is part of a national and international network of scientific and scholarly information services. In the Naturalis repository, the scientific staff of Naturalis stores the electronic version of its publications for future use. The repository also makes sure that references to the publications become available within a international network of information services, hereby increasing the visibility of the publications"

The Times (London, England), 1 Jan 1788 - 30 Dec 1820

Footnote has announced the release of original images from The Times (London, England) from 1785–1820. 7-day free trial available

ARL publishes Open Access Resources - SPEC Kit 300

"Faced with ever-increasing journal subscription costs and declining library collections budgets, libraries are expanding their collections by making open access (OA) research literature available through their catalogs, Web sites, open URL resolvers, and other resources. While not free to produce, as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, OA research literature is made freely accessible to users by removing price and permission barriers. This SPEC survey gathered information on whether and how ARL member libraries are selecting, providing access to, cataloging, hosting, tracking usage of, and promoting the use of open access research literature for their patrons by using established library resources such as online catalogs and link resolvers. The survey results provide valuable information for those libraries interested in incorporating OA content into their collections"

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Exploring 20th Century London

Exploring 20th Century London - Explore London's history, culture and religions from the collections of the Museum of London, London's Transport Museum, The Jewish Museum and Croydon Museum and Heritage Service. Jointly funded by the MLA Designation Challenge Fund and the London Museums Hub

E-JASL Call for Papers

"E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship is looking for outstanding articles in all areas of academic and special librarianship--regrardless of region or country. Send your manuscript as an attachment in your e-mail to phaschak@usouthal.edu

E-JASL is an independent, international, professional, permanently archived, indexed/abstracted, peer-reviewed, open access, electronic library journal."

Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807

Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807 - contains a wealth of archival material providing evidence of the issues, processes and people at the heart of the UK Parliament's relationship with the slave trade. Produced by the 24 Hour Museum

Winchester Discovery Centre (Hampshire, UK)

"The new Winchester Discovery Centre (Hampshire, UK) will combine the best of libraries, with an exciting world of learning, leisure, entertainment and fun. First class library services with over 30,000 new books on top of current stock. 'Fast back' service, express check out and returns... special spaces for children and young people, plus comfy seating for reading and relaxing. Internet access, Wi-Fi and online learning with meeting rooms, study areas and refreshments"

British Library Direct Plus

"From today, organisations around the World will be able to subscribe to a new service from the British Library which provides the largest article level index to its collection of journals and conference proceedings. Developed with Israel-based library technology company, TDNet, British Library Direct Plus is the first part of a two stage development by the British Library which will replace its existing 'Inside' service"

ARL: A Bimonthly Report - June/August 2007

ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 252/253 (June/August 2007) is now available

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ingenta launches pub2web

"Ingenta, the technology provider that connects the publishing and information industries, has announced the launch of its next generation publications platform, pub2web. This full-service feature-rich publishing system assembles best-of-breed components into a scalable, extensible platform, building on the proven technical architecture of leading research destination IngentaConnect while offering comprehensive customisation options to its clients. Publishers will benefit from fully-tailored graphical design, flexible information and content architecture, and an extensive suite of functionality that ranges from standard website navigation tools, to leading-edge features that take advantage of evolving browser capabilities"

Cites & Insights Index to Volume 7

Cites & Insights Index to Volume 7 is now available for downloading

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 157

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 157 - November 2007 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

ProQuest offers help for library marketing

"ProQuest offers tools and services that help librarians connect with their user communities, free database access and scholarship support for library students, and a new award to recognize outstanding library school educators"

Texterity's Digital Magazine iPhone Interface & Portal

"Texterity's Digital Magazine iPhone Interface & Portal provides a collection of magazines that can be viewed through Texterity's interface, which leverages the Safari browser built in to the Apple iPhone or iPod touch. No additional applications, downloads, or other software is required. Users can instantly view entire magazines as they were originally published, with all pages completely readable. As part of a beta test Texterity will provide free and open access to a great selection of consumer and business magazines to all iPhone and iPod touch users"

100 Notable Books of 2007 from New York Times

The New York Times has released its annual list of 100 Notable Books of the Year

JISC Annual Review 2006-2007

"JISC's annual review has been published and is for the first time an entirely online publication. The review documents a year of achievement in the key areas of JISC's activities and includes podcast interviews with senior JISC figures and the chairs of its committees, an image gallery and a Year in View giving the highlights of JISC's activities during the academic year 2006-2007"

Primary Source - November 2007

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

The New York Public Library acquires Schlesinger papers

The New York Public Library has acquired the papers of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the late American historian, social critic, and advisor to President John F. Kennedy

PBS campaign provides partnership opportunities for libraries

"The American Library Association has announced that it is working with WGBH Boston on the upcoming national outreach campaign for the film "The Truth About Cancer," which will air on PBS in April. The 90-minute documentary film, followed by a 30-minute expert panel, will be the launching pad for events and projects across the country focused on creating community conversations around cancer survivorship"

Monday, November 26, 2007

NICE Paintings launched

"A new online database available from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) offers the chance to explore nearly 8,000 European oil paintings in Britain's public art collections. NICE Paintings (The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings) was launched on 21 November 2007 and will be the first time information on many of the pre-1900 oil paintings have been accessible outside the museums and galleries in which they are housed. The database has been created by the National Inventory Research Project - a groundbreaking research project designed to gather and present information about Britain's public art collections"

Netskills joins Facebook

Netskills, the training and staff development service, Newcastle University, UK, has set up a presence on Facebook

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Journal of Plant Registrations

The Crop Science Society of America has announced that the full text of the Journal of Plant Registrations is now available online

BioMed Central launches YouTube channel

"BioMed Central YouTube channel brings together videos of its authors and editors talking about their work, BioMed Central's journals, and the benefits of open access publishing"

Saturday, November 24, 2007

First DIGMAP Workshop

First DIGMAP Workshop - 7 December 2007 - National Library of Portugal

The London Book Fair 2008

The London Book Fair is the global publishing community's leading spring forum for booksellers, publishers, librarians and book production services worldwide - 14-16 April 2008 - Earl's Court, London

The Independent Publishing Awards 2008

The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the call for entries for the Independent Publishing Awards 2008

London Libraries wins support to help reach homeless people

London Libraries Development Agency (LLDA) has been awarded a grant of GBP80,000 by The JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, to develop Opening The Doors, a project which will improve access to books, reading and library services for homeless and vulnerably housed people

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Brothers and Sisters. Answers here.

1. Critical remarks made by Earl Spencer at his sister's funeral in 1997 resulted in changes in royal protocol. Who was Earl Spencer's sister?
2. The Biblical character Cain had two brothers. One was called Seth: what was the name of the other brother?
3. The tennis-playing Williams sisters won the Wimbledon Ladies Doubles title in 2000. One is Serena Williams: what is the name of her sister?
4. The Gershwin brothers wrote many songs together. The first name of one of the brothers was Ira - what was the first name of the other one?
5. In 1799, which British poet settled in the Lake District where, cared for devotedly by his wife Mary and his sister Dorothy, he completed his masterpiece "The Prelude"?
6. What was the name of the US novelist whose brother was William James, the psychologist and philosopher?
7. Which American actress is the older sister of the actor Warren Beatty?
8. Ptolemy XIII was the younger brother of which queen of Egypt?
9. The British artist Vanessa Bell had a younger sister who was a writer. What was the sister's name?
10. In 1999, which English film and stage actor collaborated with his sister, Martha, who directed, and his brother, Magnus, who wrote the score, in an adaptation of Pushkin's novel "Onegin"?

R&D Chemicals

"R&D Chemicals is a common and freely accessible chemicals catalog and directory of suppliers of products and services for research and development over the internet. One of the biggest problems of traditional search engines like Google, Yahoo, AltaVista is that simple keyword-based queries often return vast amount of irrelevant information. Most of scientists' time is inefficiently used in sieving of irrelevant information from the search engines. Also traditional search engines cannot search chemical compounds by structure and substructure. In this context, R&D Chemicals, a web site designed for the specific requirements of researchers and scientists, was created. The goal of this project is to create a common and freely accessible database of chemicals and directory of companies providing products and services that support drug discovery in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry"

Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the Road

This exhibition will explore the life and career of the Beat writer and poet Jack Kerouac, including the evolution of On the Road and other works; his unique amalgam of Christian and Buddhist spirituality; and his attitude to the movement that he felt had forsaken its beatific roots and purpose - D. Samuel and Jeane H. Gottesman Exhibition Hall, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY - Until March 16, 2008

Lib Gaming UK

Lib Gaming UK - a forum to discuss games and gaming in UK public libraries

World Book Day 2008

The official World Book Day 2008 website for the UK and Ireland is now available

Public Domain Books Reprints Service

Public Domain Books Reprints Service - "This is an experiment to see what the demand for reprints of public domain books would be. This free service can take any book from the Internet Archive (that is in public domain) and reprint it using Lulu.com. Prices of the books are rounded up from Lulu.com cost prices to the nearest $0.99 to cover the bandwidth and processing power that we rent from Amazon using their EC2 service"

Thursday, November 22, 2007

2008 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction shortlist

The 2008 shortlist for Canada's largest literary non-fiction prize, the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was announced November 22 by British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. In the running for the $40,000 prize are Donald Harman Akenson, Lorna Goodison, and Jacques Poitras. The shortlist was chosen by a distinguished jury comprising David Mitchell (jury chair), a well-known political commentator and historian; Patrick Lane, one of Canada's finest poets; and Sandra Martin, award-winning senior features writer for the Globe and Mail

SAGE and Hindawi announce landmark open access agreement

"SAGE and the Hindawi Publishing Corporation have entered into an agreement to jointly launch and publish a suite of fully Open Access (OA) journals"

SIGIR 2008

SIGIR 2008: The 31st Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference - 20-24 July 2008 - Singapore

dg.o 2008

dg.o 2008: The 9th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research - May 18-21, 2008 - Montreal, Canada

ISMIR 2008

ISMIR 2008: Ninth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval - 14-18 September, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA, USA

FreePint News - November 2007

FreePint News - November 2007 is now available online

Merriam-Webster launches Visual Dictionary Online

"From the image to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents. What's more, the Visual Dictionary Online helps you learn English in a visual and accessible way. The Visual Dictionary Online is ideal for teachers, parents, translators and students of all skill levels. Explore the Visual Dictionary Online and enrich your mind. Perfect for home, school or work."

Nixon Presidential Library to release new materials at the U.S. National Archives

"The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will release approximately 122,800 pages of historical materials from the Nixon presidency at the U.S. National Archives in College Park, MD. Highlights include national security documents on U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Soviet Union, and on the Kurds. Also included are documents on the Vietnam War, on dealing with the terrorist Black September Organization, on producing the CIA’s Presidential Daily Brief, and on U.S. covert action in Chile. A selection of 15 documents from the release will be posted on the Nixon Presidential Library web site at www.nixonlibrary.gov

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - November 22, 2007

EDUCAUSE Quarterly

EDUCAUSE Quarterly - Volume 30, Number 4, 2007 is now available

The U.K. Met Office launches web gadgets

"The U.K. Met Office has launched a new dashboard of weather gadgets aimed at allowing users to add and customise information from the Met Office website. The suite of options are free to download and include localised weather forecasts, severe weather warnings, marine warnings and radar images. The gadgets are mini-applications - available on the Windows Vista operating system or via a Mozilla Firefox browser - that allow users to have automatically updated weather information at a glance, while working on other tasks"

British Library appoints four new international sales partners to distribute new online services

The British Library has announced four new sales partnerships with BTJ Sverige AB, Arabian Advanced Systems, FlySheet Information Services and Orex to distribute its new services including British Library Direct+ and Turning the Pages 2.0

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The University of Google: Education in a (post) information age

The University of Google: Education in a (post) information age by Tara Brabazon. Ashgate, 2007. - "Google is a brand name that has transformed into a verb for web searching. The word has also entered popular culture. But an absence in this narrative of commercial success is the impact of Google on education. Googling signals simple and intuitive surfing, rather than planned researching, and quick answers to difficult questions. The costs and consequences of students entering this digital shopping mall for research, scholarship and interpretation require attention." More at Brabazon.net

Parker Library on the Web

"Parker Library on the Web is a multi-year undertaking of Corpus Christi College, the Stanford University Libraries and the Cambridge University Library, to produce a high-resolution digital copy of every imageable page in the 538 manuscripts described in M. R. James Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press, 1912), and to build an interactive web application in which the manuscript page images can be used by scholars and students in the context of editions, translations and secondary sources"

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large: 7:13 (December 2007)

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large: 7:13 (December 2007) is now available for downloading

360 Counter from Serials Solutions

"Serials Solutions 360 Counter provides a complete solution for assessing e-resources. Although usage statistics from content vendors are widely available, it has been extremely challenging for libraries to assess the usage and cost of journals, databases, and vendors. 360 Counter makes it easy to get answers and make decisions using this information"

HarperCollins launches website for deluxe Tolkien

HarperCollins has launched a new website selling deluxe, limited editions of JRR Tolkien's The Children of Hùrin. The publisher has produced 500 signed, leather-bound editions of the book, which will be sold exclusively online for GBP350

Costa Book Awards 2007 shortlists

The 2007 Costa Book Awards shortlists have been announced. See also videos from the 2006 winners

Defence Dynamics

"The U.K. Ministry of Defence has launched a web-based learning programme for schools. Named Defence Dynamics, it provides an interactive library of material for lessons on many subjects in the core curriculum. Among the subjects covered is the protection of sustainable fish stocks and the maths involved in navigating a fast jet. The programme is also aimed at broadening children's understanding of the role of defence in society

OpenDOAR now includes 1000 repositories

"SHERPA has announced that its OpenDOAR directory, which contains an authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, now boasts 1000 repository entries from across the globe. With each of the repositories listed by the OpenDOAR service having been visited by project staff, the gathered information is both accurate and precise, and contains a quality-controlled list of repository features."

Bodleian Depository plan rejected by Oxford City Council

"Oxford City Council has rejected development plans put forward by the University to build a book depository at Osney Mead to house the Bodleian's growing collections and to enable it to undertake a major redevelopment of the New Bodleian Library in Broad Street. The proposal underpinned the University's strategy to maintain and develop the world-class status of its libraries in the 21st century"

Stories of survival and loss: British Library archives Haemophilia and HIV Life Histories

From The British Library: "The unheard voices of the people with bleeding disorders infected with HIV through their treatment, and the often silenced stories of the parents, partners, children, brothers and sisters who played a vital role through all the challenging years, have been recorded as part of two oral history projects Haemophilia and HIV Life History Project and HIV in the Family"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

University of Auckland Library RSS feeds

University of Auckland Library - New Zealand. RSS feeds page

Government of Canada Web Archive launched

"The Library and Archives of Canada Act received Royal Assent on April 22, 2004. For the purposes of preservation it allows Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to collect a representative sample of Canadian websites. To meet its new mandate, LAC began to harvest the web domain of the Federal Government of Canada starting in December 2005. As resources permit, this harvesting activity will be undertaken on a semi-annual basis. The website data which is harvested is stored in the Government of Canada Web Archive (GC WA). Client access to the content of the GC WA is provided through searching by keyword, by department name, and by URL. It is also possible to search by specific format type, e.g. .pdf. At the time of its launch in Fall 2007, approximately 100 million digital objects (over 4 terabytes) of archived Federal Government website data was made accessible via the LAC website"

The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship seeks reviewers

The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship is seeking reviewers for upcoming issues

'Just do it!' urges Lynne Brindley

Watch highlights from Lynne Brindley's plenary session at the CILIP Umbrella conference 2007. Lynne talks about the challenges facing the profession and changes that social media and web 2.0 brings. She addresses the opportunities, urges her fellow professionals to embrace new ways of using technology and to 'just do it!'

The Holkham Bible: A Facsimile

"On 21 November 2007, the British Library publishes a facsimile of one of its greatest treasures, the much loved 14th century Holkham Bible picture book. This beautifully illustrated manuscript has been faithfully recreated in full colour and is accompanied by a scholarly commentary by Michelle Brown, leading expert on illuminated manuscripts"

Monday, November 19, 2007

Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries 2008 Conference

Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries 2008 Conference: The Explosion of E-Resources - February 25-26, 2008, London, UK

Register of Preservation Surrogates Review Survey

"As part of an initiative to promote the use of surrogates as a preservation tool, the British Library is reviewing the Register of Preservation Surrogates. This is a union catalogue whose records relate to preservation standard surrogates of printed books (monographs and serials) which are available for reproduction through the holding institution. The principal surrogate format is microform (film and fiche) and there are currently over 21,000 records in the database. Your views and opinions about the present and future use and/or relevance of such a database are keenly sought and would be greatly appreciated. The survey is in the form of an anonymous online survey, which takes only about 5 minutes to complete"

The Digital Text Community forum

"The Digital Text Community forum is for serious, in-depth discussion and information exchange, technical and non-technical, of the digitization of 'paper' publications, such as books, periodicals, etc. The focus is heavily on public domain texts (the co-founders' general interest), but not limited to that. (Note this group does not promote nor encourage unauthorized digitization of copyrighted works.)"

Launch of Women and Education digitization initiative

The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, in conjunction with the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives and the Service d'archives de la Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SASHSB), have announced the launch of its most recent digitization initiative: Women and Education

Course: Library of Congress subject headings

This one-day course provides a background to the origin and evolution of the Library of Congress format, with exercises in building simple and complex subject headings, the significance of pattern headings and using LCSH in MARC 21 bibliographic format - 23 January 2008 - London, UK

The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review

Palgrave Macmillan and the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) announce collaboration to publish The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review as of 2008

Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

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More information at Amazon.com

2collab from Elsevier

"2collab is a social bookmarking site where you can store and organize your favorite internet resources - such as blogs, websites, research articles, and more. Then, in private or public groups you can decide to share your bookmarks with others - stimulating debate and discussion. Members of groups can evaluate these resources (by rating bookmarks, tagging and adding comments), or add their own bookmarks. You can browse public groups and bookmarks, but must register (your name and email address) to access the full functionality – such as creating groups, adding comments, and adding bookmarks." 2collab is a free service from Elsevier, initiated by a collaboration between Scopus and ScienceDirect

British Museum collection database

British Museum collection database, when complete, will contain a record of every object in the Museum collection. This is the first release and contains records for the collection of two-dimensional works (almost entirely drawings, prints and paintings) from all over the world. New records and images are being added every week as work on the database continues

Sunday, November 18, 2007

2008 New York Book Festival call for entries

The 2008 New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world's publishing capital. The 2008 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/'zines, e-books, poetry, wild card, unpublished stories, science fiction, horror, photography/art, romance and biography/autobiography works

Lloyd's List unveils ePaper

Lloyd's List has unveiled ePaper, a fully featured digital edition, available to subscribers and new readers on a 'pay as you go'. The ePaper replicates the newspaper pages, allowing subscribers to get the same experience as readers of the newspaper edition. But it also offers additional functionality, including the ability to email and print stories and to save them to a clippings folder, enabling readers to compile their own limited archive of Lloyd's List content

Oxford Journals "My Account"

With Oxford Journals "My Account", the new online registration service, you can now access free sample copies of over 200 academic journals all in one convenient place

The Scitation Library Service Center

The Scitation Library Service Center, from The American Institute of Physics, provides librarians with the tools they need to administer the online journals to which they subscribe

University of Wisconsin Press Journals Online

University of Wisconsin Press has announced the launch of the University of Wisconsin Press Journals Online. The journals are currently available on a free trial basis until January 16, 2008

Springer titles to be preserved by Portico

Portico has announced the signing of an agreement with Springer to preserve 824 titles from its online journals collection. Additional journals published with partner societies and other third parties will be incorporated into the agreement over time

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2008

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2008 - 2-7 June 2008 - Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia

2008 NFAIS Annual Conference

2008 NFAIS Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary Gala - The New Information Order: Its Culture, Content and Economy - February 24-26, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA, USA

Association of Research Libraries RSS feeds

Association of Research Libraries - Washington, DC, USA - RSS feeds page

Harvard University Press RSS feeds

Harvard University Press - new book listings and blogs - RSS feeds page

Saturday, November 17, 2007

IFLA Journal - Volume 33, Number 3

IFLA Journal - Volume 33, Number 3, 2007, is now available


WiserWiki - "This website was originally started with content from the 'Textbook of Primary Care Medicine' (3rd Edition) by John Noble, a leading figure in primary care medicine. It is evolving to become a key source of authoritative, online medical information." WiserWiki is provided as a free service by Elsevier

Index to Theses

Index to Theses - a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. From Expert Information, London, UK

Digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls

"Simon Tanner of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London is leading a team which is to digitise the Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered 60 years ago. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is considered as one of the greatest manuscript finds ever. The scrolls were written or copied in the Land of Israel between 250 BCE and 68 CE, and were rediscovered in 1947 in the Judean Desert"

NEA and IMLS announce more than $1.5 million in Big Read grants for the first half of 2008

"The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that it will award grants totaling $1,598,800 to 127 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, higher education, and science organizations to host Big Read celebrations of 16 classic novels from January-June 2008. The newest Big Read grantees represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The NEA inaugurated the Big Read as a pilot project with ten communities in 2006. By 2009, approximately 400 communities in the U.S. will have hosted a Big Read since the program's 2007 national launch"

Wagner in London

"The Royal Opera House production of Richard Wagner's complete Ring Cycle is expected to be one of this year's greatest cultural highlights. To coincide with these performances, the British Library pays homage to the celebrated composer in a small exhibition, Wagner in London" -

Carnival of the Infosciences #83

Carnival of the Infosciences #83 hosted by Loose Cannon Librarian. Previous Carnivals can be found here

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: One Hundred Years Ago. Answers here.

1. Name the capital of Jamaica, which was damaged by an earthquake in 1907.
2. "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" was a revolutionary painting which heralded the arrival of cubism. Which artist painted it in 1907?
3. In 1907, who became the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature? He wrote "The Jungle Book" and "Kim".
4. Name the state which was admitted to the USA as the 46th state in 1907. It is bounded on the north by Colorado and Kansas, and on the south by Texas. Tulsa is one of its chief cities.
5. What is the nickname for a stupid pair of men, especially one tall and one short, named after two such characters in American comic strips drawn by Bud Fisher from 1907?
6. What is the title of the greatest play of J. M. Synge, which was first staged in 1907 at the Abbey Theatre?
7. Brooklands is the name of a former track near Weybridge, Surrey, UK, one of the first purpose-built circuits for what sport?
8. Which English collector of folk songs and dances published "English Folk Song" in 1907?
9. Which composer's eighth symphony, written in 1907, requires a thousand performers: was it Stravinsky, Mahler or Rachmaninov?
10. Name the largest gem diamond ever found, which was presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday in 1907.

The End of an Era by Roy Tennant

The End of an Era by Roy Tennant - "I began my "Digital Libraries" column for Library Journal ten years ago today. It's hard to believe that I've found something worth writing about in enough words to keep my various editors happy (I've had three over the years) every month for a decade. During this time we've witnessed many changes both within and without libraries. When I began writing all of the following did not exist: Google, Napster, MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, Skype, SecondLife, del.icio.us, and YouTube. And that's just for starters...So after ten long years I will no longer be writing a column for Library Journal, but I will be blogging." Complete version at Library Journal

D-Lib Magazine November/December 2007

D-Lib Magazine November/December 2007 is now available

Hasted's History of Kent volumes 7-10 published

Volumes 7-10 of Hasted's 'History' are now live. This completes the first ten volumes of the series. The final two, on Canterbury, will be launched in the next few weeks

Carbon Monitoring for Action Database

The Carbon Monitoring for Action Database has been released. CARMA provides the world's most detailed and comprehensive information on carbon emissions resulting from the production of electricity

SirsiDynix - ALA-APA Award

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees from 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 champions that have had a local, regional or national impact. The winner will receive a $5000 award, courtesy of the SirsiDynix Corporation. Deadline is Friday, December 14 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Map Librarianship for non-Map Librarians

Map Librarianship for non-Map Librarians with Danial Duda - Audio Conference Course - November 19 to December 3, 2007 - Developed for the Education Institute by the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association

Love of Reading Online Book Fair

"The second annual Love of Reading Online Book Fair is being held November 14-16 at www.loveofreading.com from the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. A cause for celebration and connection for the burgeoning online book community, the three-day fair has something for everyone, according to Fauzia Burke, a pioneer in online book promotion and president of FSB Associates, host of the successful event. With its 'Love of Reading' theme, the event is designed for a wide audience - authors, publishers, booksellers, bookworms, bloggers, reviewers and anyone looking for a gift for the holidays"

Library leaders to extend Virtual International Authority File

OCLC, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Library of Congress have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend and enhance the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), a project which virtually combines multiple name authority files into a single name authority service

2007 National Book Awards winners

The four winners of the 2007 National Book Awards have been announced:

Fiction: Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Non-fiction: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Poetry: Time and Materials by Robert Hass
Young people's literature: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - November 15, 2007

Tracing Britain's history with British History Online: premium content

JISC Collections has announced that following a highly successful consultation with the community, an agreement for British History Online: premium content is now available. Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, the subscription-based premium content is offered in addition to the wealth of free content already available from British History Online. By subscribing to the premium content, institutions can benefit from access to the 122 titles of the Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Scotland and Ireland. The calendars are a critical primary source for historians of early modern Britain, for the study of central government and administration, and are a rich resource for the social, cultural, and economic history of the period

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Online Educa Berlin 2007

Online Educa Berlin 2007: the key annual networking event for the international technology-supported learning and training industry. It is the industry's largest international forum, attracting high-level decision makers from education, business and government sectors. Attendees forge essential cross-industry contacts and partnerships, and enhance their knowledge and expertise - November 28-30, 2007 - Berlin, Germany

Andrew Pace to join OCLC

"Andrew Pace, most recently Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, will join the OCLC staff as Executive Director, Networked Library Services, where he will guide the future development of network level services for libraries. His appointment is effective January 7, 2008"

The E-books UK Roadshow

In January and February 2008 JISC Collections is running 11 workshops across the UK as part of the JISC national e-books observatory project. The 11 workshops will provide an update on the national e-books observatory and use examples from the project to show how publishers valued their e-books. Attendees will then have the opportunity to discuss what they consider the value of e-books to be in terms of pricing, impact on teaching and learning, what they consider good value and what pricing models would reflect this value. The afternoon session of the workshop will focus on addressing the question of what would need to happen for libraries to give up reliance on print texts and adopt e-books

1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available

Public.Resource.Org and Fastcase, Inc. have announced that they will release a large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754. The archive will be public domain and usable by anyone for any purpose


Swoogle is "a semantic web search tool, and project of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Swoogle has so far indexed over 10,000 ontologies. Swoogle crawls the web looking for documents written in Resource Description Framework (RDF)"

Exact Editions launch digital magazine service for libraries

Exact Editions has announced that it has launched a digital magazine service for libraries. In most cases this will be the first time that the magazines on offer have been made available digitally for institutional access. Institutions will be able to select and buy magazines from a broad selection for access by their users. Users will be able to search the most recent issues of their favourite magazines and their associated archives. In addition, library users will be able to search across several magazines at a time. The Exact Editions platform is entirely web-based allowing for IP authentication and remote access. The system also allows users to print single pages as PDF's. The launch service includes prestigious magazines such as Prospect, Ecologist, Dazed & Confused and Literary Review. As with the consumer service a trial issue of each magazine is freely available for inspection. Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions said of the new service: 'We have reacted to a strong demand both from libraries and publishers to launch institutional access. We have been getting requests from libraries for IP authentication to many of the magazines we offer and from publishers to fulfil this growing requirement.'

American Library Association 2008 Midwinter Meeting

The 2008 Midwinter Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA, from January 11-16, 2008. The exhibits will be held January 11-14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 1101 Arch Street. The Exhibits Opening Ribbon-Cutting will be held Friday, January 11, at 5:15 pm preceeding the All-Conference Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

When fiction meets history - study day

When fiction meets history: study day - "many contemporary writers interweave historical knowledge with narrative, whether in biographies, memoirs, historical fiction or fictionalised histories. This day of talks and discussions will look at the various ways in which authors negotiate between historical fact and fiction" - 17 November 2007 - London Metropolitan University, UK

Library Software Manifesto

Library Software Manifesto by Roy Tennant: "This is offered in an attempt to rationalize the relationship between libraries and library systems vendors, which is presently unhealthy"

After Culture - new open access journal

"After Culture is an innovative journal in anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, geography, and interdisciplinary studies of culture, broadly construed. It is led by an international editorial collective of graduate students in anthropology and cultural studies; with the support of faculty, the editorial collective solicits manuscripts, reviews articles, arranges issues for publication, and hosts occasional workshops. Such an arrangement of interdisciplinary and international interests allows After Culture to constantly evolve; similarly, the editorial collective accepts new members on a rolling basis, allowing for innovative ideas and approaches in the journal's emphases"

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - week ending November 11, 2007

DPE Position Papers

"DigitalPreservationEurope is pleased to announce the release of the first in a series of thought provoking and controversial position papers on a range of issues surrounding digital preservation, Why Appraisal is Not Completely Useless, but is not the Way to Go Either. It is our intention that these papers will promote vigorous debate within the digital preservation community and encourage people to think about digital preservation in new and innovative ways by exploring and challenging the received wisdom"

A Tribute to Carl Linnaeus

"Scientists around the world are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. He is best known for instituting a two-name method for identifying plants and animals, called binomial nomenclature. Considered the 'father' of modern taxonomy, Linnaeus named approximately 4,400 species of animals and 7,700 species of plants" - Smithsonian Institution, November 13-14, 2007

R. David Lankes is first OITP Fellow

The American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has named R. David Lankes as its first OITP Fellow through December 2008. With this position, Lankes will lead a collaborative research project with OITP on the evolving landscape of information technology and its implications for the education of the next generation of library and information science professionals

Sunday, November 11, 2007

2nd Annual RefWorks European User Group meeting

"The 2nd Annual RefWorks European User Group meeting will be held in conjunction with Online Information on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the London Hilton Olympia. The agenda is designed to create discussion amongst users regarding the use of the service, provide subscribers with an update on recent releases, and guide us in areas of new development based on your required needs. The demands of the Higher Education Community are constantly evolving, as is RefWorks, and the session is an ideal venue to network with your RefWorks peers and assist us in our continued evolution. This meeting is exclusively for subscribing RefWorks institutions only"

Thomson Scientific broadens Chinese patent coverage in Derwent World Patents Index

Thomson Scientific has broadened its coverage of China's growing patent activity with the addition of English-translated Chinese Utility Model Registrations in Derwent World Patents Index

Biblio Tech Review - November 2007

The November 2007 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

RSM Press eJournals Collection

RSM Press is introducing the RSM Press eJournals Collection for 2008. The collection includes access to 14 highly cited, peer reviewed journals covering a wide range of topics from sexual health to tropical medicine, to telemedicine and medical screening

e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection

"Duke University Press is developing a new electronic book product for trial. We have invited a small set of libraries to participate in the e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection pilot program in 2008. It is the goal of Duke University Press as a nonprofit scholarly publisher to create an innovative and library-friendly product. The e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection will provide perpetual online access to at least 100 new scholarly books published by Duke in the humanities and social sciences in a calendar year, as well as access to all of the Press's books now available in electronic form, contingent on the purchase of the current year's titles. The e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection will be hosted on the Ebrary platform, with an official start date for the pilot program of January 1, 2008"

Humanities Conference 2008

Humanities Conference 2008: 6th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities - 15-18 July 2008 - Istanbul, Turkey

Intute blog

"We are pleased to launch this new Intute blog - the official blog of Intute – a free Internet service from JISC which offers a guide to the best of the Web for education and research. Intute is run by a national network of academic subject, Internet and information specialists from UK universities, who will use this blog to post news, views and reviews about Intute services, but also about the use of Internet resources to support higher education and research. The blog will replace the Intute News feature, but the pre-Nov 2007 Intute News archive is still available"

Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health

SAGE Publications has announced that Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health is now available online, with free access until December 3, 2007

Arizona Library Association 2007 Annual Conference

Arizona Library Association 2007 Annual Conference - November 13-15 2007 - Mesa, AZ, USA

The First International m-libraries Conference

The First International m-libraries Conference: This conference, hosted by The Open University in partnership with Athabasca University, aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users 'on the move,' via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices. The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to exchange experience and expertise and generate ideas for future developments - 13-14 November 2007 - Milton Keynes, UK

The Cryosphere

The Cryosphere is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications and review papers on all aspects of frozen water and ground on Earth and on other planetary bodies

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937

Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937 - 9 November 2007 to 30 March 2008 - Pearson Gallery, The British Library, London, UK

ProQuest and Gale agreement enables searching across centuries of scholarship

"An agreement between ProQuest and Gale will connect the two most significant and widely used digital research databases of early modern English books, used at more than 200 universities worldwide, through cross-search technology. In 2008, a search in ProQuest's Early English Books Online (EEBO) also will provide bibliographic search results from Gale's Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) for mutual subscribers, and vice versa. EEBO and ECCO are digital collections of nearly every printed work from the late 15th through the 18th centuries, and are considered to be among the world's most valued research collections. The agreement will streamline serious research in literature, humanities, history and a variety of cultural studies."

Macrovision agrees to acquire All Media Guide Holdings, Inc

"Macrovision Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire All Media Guide Holdings, Inc. AMG is one of the world's largest providers of information databases and metadata for entertainment products (music, movies, and games) as well as solutions that support the recognition, discovery and management of digital media"

Free literary magazine for London

"December will see the launch of a London-based "creative writing tabloid", to be distributed for free to commuters and edited by two recent university graduates, Tristan Summerscale and Christopher Vernon. Notes from the Underground, a sixteen-page tabloid-format publication, will contain "a broad variety of high quality content, ranging from short stories to cartoons and stimulating non-fiction, from both up-and-coming young writers and more high-profile published authors". The pair received hundreds of submissions, and at least three household names are in talks to contribute short stories free of charge to the debut issue, out on 17 December. Thereafter the publication will be bi-weekly, with a print run of 100,000 copies printed on 100% recyclable paper that will be distributed for free at over 30 commuter locations"

CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2007 winner

Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin, has won this year's CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award - the prestigious prize for the best historical crime novel of 2007

The Wise Guide - November 2007

The Wise Guide - monthly portal to the many resources available from the U.S. Library of Congress - November 2007 now available

Spurs Learning Zone

"The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable body of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (London, UK), has launched the Spurs Learning Zone, a new state-of-the-art educational facility at White Hart Lane. This new suite will host daily classes of up to 30 local children with access to cutting-edge information and communication technology equipment, digital editing facilities and podcasting technology. Spurs striker Robbie Keane joined the Mayor of Haringey to officially open the Spurs Learning Zone, along with local education stakeholders, at the famous stadium to see the new facility first hand"

EDUCAUSE Review November/December 2007

EDUCAUSE Review November/December 2007, Volume 42, Number 6, now available online

The Climate Change Tools Database

The Scottish government has created The Climate Change Tools Database to help councils co-ordinate their efforts to reduce emissions and combat climate change

Learning on Screen Conference & Awards 2008

The Learning on Screen Conference 2008 will take place on 18 and 19 March 2008 marking the 60th anniversary of BUFVC's work with moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research. The conference will be held at the National Science Learning Centre in University of York, with a pre-meeting assembly on the afternoon and evening of 17 March and with the Learning on Screen Awards evening on the 18th March

2008 Carnegie/Greenaway medals nominations

Nominations for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards have been announced

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Born in 1907. Answers here.

Quite a few famous people were born one hundred years ago, in 1907. Can you identify them from these descriptions?

1. US actor who played the archetypal Western hero in such films as "Stagecoach", "The Searchers" and "True Grit".
2. English actor who produced, directed and played in acclaimed films of "Henry V", "Hamlet" and "Richard III". He played memorable roles in such films as "Rebecca" and "Marathon Man".
3. American actress who costarred in ten comedies with Spencer Tracy and also appeared in "The African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and "On Golden Pond" with Henry Fonda.
4. Brazilian architect, a disciple of Le Corbusier, who achieved international fame for his designs for Brasilia, especially the president's palace and the cathedral.
5. English-born US poet who wrote verse dramas with Christopher Isherwood, and opera librettos, notably for Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress". His poems included "The Sea and the Mirror", "For the Time Being" and "The Age of Anxiety".
6. US film actor, her films included "Stella Dallas", "Double Indemnity" and "Executive Suite". In later years she appeared on television as the matriarchal star of "The Big Valley".
7. American ecologist and scientific writer whose controversial book "Silent Spring" was not only against indiscriminate use of pesticides but also critical of an irresponsible industrial society. She also wrote "The Sea Around Us".
8. American film actress, chiefly remembered as the screaming heroine of "King Kong" (1933), writhing in the hand of the giant ape at the top of the Empire State Building.
9. US band leader, singer, and actor. He was a pioneer of scat singing with his catch phrase "Hi-de-ho", used in his theme song "Minnie the Moocher". He featured in the film "The Blues Brothers".
10. Austrian-born US film director who received Academy Awards for "From Here to Eternity" and "A Man For All Seasons". He also directed "High Noon" and "A Nun's Story".

Update: Movers & Shakers 2008 nominations

Library Journal states: "If you submitted your applications prior to November 5, 2007, please RESUBMIT, since we experienced technical difficulties. If you wish to print out and submit this form, you can fax it to 646-746-6734. You may also email your information to fialkoff@reedbusiness.com"

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Library Assessment Conference 2008

Library Assessment Conference 2008 - August 4–6, 2008 - Seattle, Washington, USA

Visual Information Engineering 2008

Visual Information Engineering 2008 - July 29-August 1 2008 - Xi'an, China

Smithsonian American Art Museum's Research and Scholars Center Newsletter

"This biannual e-newsletter will keep you up to date on the museum's American art research resources and scholarly events. Our goal is to share the depth and extent of the resources that make us an important first step on any journey in the field of American art. Our online databases, collections, reference services, and programs are regularly expanding. We hope this newsletter will help you stay abreast of what is happening both online and in our office"

DCMI Knowledge Management Community

The DCMI Knowledge Management Community is a forum for individuals and organisations with an interest in the application and use of the Dublin Core standard in knowledge management

Credo Reference adds Greenwood Press titles

Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) and Greenwood Publishing recently agreed to integrate eight key Greenwood titles into the Credo General Reference collection:

Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Existentialism
Dictionary of Italian Literature
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature
Handbook of Environmental Sociology
Handbook of United States Economic and Financial Indicators
Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers (from Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group)

FreePint Newsletter 241

FreePint Newsletter 241 - 8 November, 2007 - now available

Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog from the American Folklife Center

Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog from the American Folklife Center provides bibliographic information on approximately 34,000 ethnographic sound recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture recorded between 1933 and 1961


"Chipwrapper is a collection of resources for searching UK newspapers on the internet. All of the resources use existing open source or free technologies to help you get the most out of the content that UK newspapers publish online"

British Library rise in funding

"The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the British Library will receive a rise in funding in line with inflation (2.7% p.a.), as part of the Government's Public Sector Spending Review"

Chile returns looted Peru books

BBC - "Chile has returned almost 4,000 books to Peru's national library, more than a century after they were taken by Chilean soldiers. The soldiers pillaged the library after capturing the Peruvian capital, Lima, in 1881, during the War of the Pacific"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - November 8, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

2007 winner of The Scotiabank Giller Prize

Elizabeth Hay, a former CBC Radio journalist who long hoped to write a work of fiction about a "golden summer" working in Yellowknife in the 1970s, is the winner of this year's $40,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel "Late Nights on Air"

SPARC enews - August/September 2007

SPARC enews - August/September 2007: a bimonthly newsletter features the latest SPARC activities, an industry roundup, upcoming workshops and events, as well as articles related to developments in scholarly communication

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - November 2007

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 07, Number 11 - November 2007 is now available


CBMI-2008: Sixth International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing - 18-20 June 2008 - London, UK

Top Ten New Librarians revealed

Love Libraries has revealed the winners of its Top Ten New Librarians competition. Launched in June 2007, the competition aimed to find and celebrate ten librarians who have worked in public libraries for less than three years and are transforming the service with their creativity, commitment and enthusiasm

2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

"Five museums and five libraries have been selected for the 2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the United States' highest honor for the extraordinary public service provided by these institutions, announced Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. In keeping with the 2007 name change to the National Medal for Museum and Library Service (previously known as the National Award), recipient institutions will be awarded a newly-minted medal in recognition of their extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Each organization will also be honored in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 award"

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Publishing Trade Awards 2007

The winners of this year's Publishing Trade Awards were announced by the Welsh Books Council at an Awards Dinner in Aberystwyth. The Awards ceremony was held at the National Library of Wales as part of the Library's centenary celebrations

Prix Goncourt winner announced

"France's most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, was awarded to Gilles Leroy for 'Alabama Song', a fictional autobiography of F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda"

2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist

The longlist for 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced

SAGE donates to the Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media

SAGE Publications has announced that it is supporting the newly formed Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship in New Media by making a substantial donation of $100,000. The fellowship is being created in memory of Peter Lyman, former university librarian and professor emeritus of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, who died recently of brain cancer

The Bazaar

"The Bazaar is a community portal for people who want to use, exchange and share Open Source Software and resources to support learning. Exchanging materials, networking with others and testing all kinds of Open Source Software tools and applications can be done through the forum, the wikis and the blogsystem, but also via the Stalls which are put on to the Bazaar website.

Fourth Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication

Fourth Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication - 21-23 April 2008 - Lund, Sweden

This Week in LibraryBlogLand

This Week in LibraryBlogLand - week ending November 4, 2007

Au Courant

Au Courant: Paul Courant's blog about libraries, economics, public policy. and other stuff. Paul N. Courant is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also Harold G. Shapiro Professor, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan


"vizNET (a UK National Visualization Network) a collaboration between a number of visualization centres in the UK has been established to share knowledge, communicate best practice between application domains, provide training and support to researchers in visualization. vizNET is in the process of establishing a Visualization Support Network spanning the UK Academic Research Community. vizNET will offer technical guidance to new users (entry level visualization) to advanced users (expert visualization users). Consolidating the strengths of major visualization centres and groups across the UK will help the UK to realize the full potential of emerging visualization techniques and resources at a National and Regional level. vizNET is funded by the JISC Support of Research Committee"

LAMA selects Emerging Leaders

Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, Wayne County Public Library, Goldsboro, NC, and Reese Evenson, Jefferson County Public Library, Arvada, Colo., have been selected as the 2008 Emerging Leaders sponsored by the Library Administration and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association

Monday, November 05, 2007

Wiley titles to Safari Books Online in December 2007

"Safari Books Online has announced an agreement with John Wiley & Sons to include selected Wiley business and technology titles in the Safari Library. A leading publisher for the technical, business and academic communities worldwide, Wiley brings a selection of top technology and business titles to Safari, such as the For Dummies series, the comprehensive Bible series of computer titles, and best sellers in the business category. The Wiley titles will complement Safari's robust collection of developer, product management and business books. The first Wiley titles are scheduled to appear on Safari Books Online in December 2007"

New independent bookshop for London

"Former Waterstone's booksellers Tim West and Simon Key have named their new Wood Green indie, The Big Green Bookshop. West and Key decided to open a shop in North London after Waterstone's closed down its shop in Wood Green. The pair ran a competition in Wood Green to name the bookshop, and sent competition forms to all the local schools. They received about 500 entries and "after heated debate and a few pints", the winning name was selected. "The choice made people come up with new ideas and concepts for the shop and has given the shop a brand," said Key. The shop is planned to open at the beginning of December"

Guardian and Observer Digital Archive

Guardian and Observer Digital Archive - "This archive will eventually contain the digital reproduction of every page, article and advert published in the Guardian (since 1821) and the Observer (since 1791 - the oldest Sunday paper in the world). For this launch the archive covers the period of 1821-1975 for the Guardian and 1900-1975 for the Observer as we are still working on digitising the remaining material. From early 2008 onwards the entire archive up to 2003 will be available - more than 1.2m pages covering all major historic events over 212 years as reported at the time. This is the first time a UK national newspaper's print archive has been available through its website"

Call for papers: Forbidden Fruit: The censorship of literature and information for young people

This two-day conference offers an opportunity for practitioners from libraries, information services and education, researchers from a range of disciples, publishers, authors and policymakers from all sectors interested in to meet, network and share experiences. Forbidden Fruit will focus on the censorship of print, electronic and other literary and information resources for young people - 19-20 June 2008 - Southport, UK

Mark Twain Project Online

"Mark Twain Project Online applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents. Its ultimate purpose is to produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote. MTPO is a collaboration between the Mark Twain Papers and Project of The Bancroft Library, the California Digital Library, and the University of California Press"

Sunday, November 04, 2007

November is Native American Heritage Month

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans"

Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting

Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting strives to identify serious academic blog posts about peer-reviewed research by offering an icon and an aggregation site where others can look to find the best academic blogging on the Net

Small and Special

"Small and Special is a collection of resources relating to the early years of The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, England's first in-patient children's hospital. Here you can trace a patient, learn about childhood diseases, or investigate a member of the medical staff. Small and Special includes a database of patient admission records - from the Hospital's first in-patient in 1852 to the last admission in 1914; a collection of articles on the early history of the Hospital and pen-portraits of the Hospital's personalities; and a gallery of images"

Thomson Scientific adds EMBASE Classic to Dialog and DataStar

Thomson Scientific has announced that it has added EMBASE Classic to the Dialog (File 772) and DataStar (EM73, EMXX) platforms, providing access to more than 25 years of archived life sciences data available for the first time in electronic format


The EQUATOR Network is a new initiative that seeks to improve the quality of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research

Cathedral Libraries catalogue loaded onto Copac

"The Cathedral Libraries catalogue has been loaded onto Copac. This catalogue includes details of materials printed on the continent of Europe before 1701 and held in the libraries of 37 Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales. Records for Cathedral Libraries books printed in the British Isles and British America and English books printed elsewhere are included in the English Short Title Catalogue"

Oxford Journals and London Mathematical Society launch Journal of Topology

"Oxford Journals has announced that papers from the first issue of the Journal of Topology, published on behalf of the London Mathematical Society, are now freely available online. The Journal of Topology publishes papers of high quality and significance in topology, geometry, and adjacent areas of mathematics. Many important and often unexpected links connect topology and geometry with many other parts of mathematics, and the editors welcome submissions on exciting new advances concerning such links, as well as those in the core subject areas of the journal"

The Renaissance Library Calendar 2008

The Renaissance Library Calendar 2008 - 12 colour photographs of beautiful old libraries, from the year 750 to 1918, with brief history and description of items of special interest

Saturday, November 03, 2007

HeinOnline Update - October 2007

HeinOnline Update - October 2007 is now available


"Chemistry.org/exchange is user-driven scientific content: you can share, vote, and comment on articles and news among a global community. Chemistry.org/exchange is a scientific community: create a profile, assign tags (keywords) to your account, and find and network with other registered users. Chemistry.org/exchange is an article repository: start a library of scientific research that's important to you--publications you've authored, or articles that furthers your research"

OAI-ORE open meeting

A meeting will be held on March 3, 2008 at Johns Hopkins University to roll-out the first beta release of the OAI-ORE specifications. These specifications describe a data model to identify and describe aggregations of web resources, and the encoding of the data model in the XML-based Atom syndication format

Guardian First Book Award 2007 shortlist

The shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award 2007 has been announced

T S Eliot Prize 2007 shortlist

The shortlist for the T S Eliot Prize 2007 has been announced. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Wallace Collection on Monday 14th January 2008

New grant for the eXtensible Catalog project

"Libraries will soon be able to offer their patrons quicker and easier access to collections with use of new software being developed at the University of Rochester. A $749,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University's River Campus Libraries will be used toward building and deploying the eXtensible Catalog (XC), a set of open-source software applications libraries can use to share their collections. The grant money will also be used to support broad adoption of the software by the library community. The grant and additional funding from the University and partner institutions makes up the $2.8 million needed for the project. The resulting system will allow libraries to simplify user access to all library resources, both digital and non-digital. This is the second grant awarded to the University by the Mellon Foundation for XC development"

Daily Mail/Transworld First Novel Competition winner announced

The winner of the inaugural Daily Mail/Transworld First Novel Competition 2007 is Roland Vernon. "Vernon's novel, A Dark Enchantment, was admired by all the judges for its evocation of a wild and beautiful part of 19th Century Greece and the complex emotional lives of its inhabitants, both the indigenous Greeks and the unconventional English settlers. A historical drama with a love story at is heart, his novel vividly describes what can happen when worlds and cultures collide. Transworld will publish A Dark Enchantment on its Black Swan imprint in April 2008"

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #115

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #115 - November 2 2007 is now available

Intwine from Archives Hub

"Intwine is a subject guide to more than seventy 'Collections of the Month' features, inspired by the Intute guide to web resources for education and research. But don't forget, this Intwine subject guide represents only a small selection from the 20,000 archival collections described on the Archives Hub. You can see lots more by following the links to the Archives Hub's Subject Finder included with each of these subject guides. There is also a chronological list of all the Collections of the Month features"

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Riding on land on a single flexible board, longer and wider than the foot, fixed with four small wheels on the underside.
2. A sport in which one throws oneself from a high place such as a bridge to which one is attached by an elasticised cord.
3. Technique of unpowered flying using air currents. The aeronaut is strapped into a carrier, attached to a sail wing of nylon stretched on an aluminium frame like a paper dart, and jumps into the air from a high place.
4. The sport of riding across snow standing on a wide single ski resembling a small surf board.
5. Mountain or rock climbing done without aids such as spikes and ladders, though usually with ropes and other safety equipment.
6. Racing on light toboggans, typically in a head-first position, on a dangerously winding, steeply banked channel of ice: named from a tobogganing course built each year at St Moritz, Switzerland.
7. A long-distance race on foot, usually 42.195km.
8. The sport of jumping from an aeroplane with a parachute and performing manoeuvres before opening it.
9. A water sport in which the participants ride on surfboards with a kite attached to their bodies to give propulsion and lift.
10. An extreme sport that emerged in New Zealand in the mid-1990s and that consists of hurling oneself down hills or fast-flowing streams in a large perspex ball

Free Online Access to all SAGE Journals until November 30, 2007

SAGE has announced free access to all its 460+ journals including deep backfile until November 30, 2007


"The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases has established TropIKA.net as a global knowledge management electronic portal to share essential information and to facilitate identification of priority needs and major research gaps in the field of infectious diseases of poverty"

Information Architecture: Exploring the Fundamentals

"Information Architecture (IA) involves understanding your content and your users in the context of your business and applying that understanding to the design and structure of your online information spaces, whether intranet, website or other online content system. This one-day introduction will explore the fundamentals of IA and good usability design. It will involve a blend of presentation, discussion and practical exercises that can be taken back and applied within your own organisations" - 21 November 2007; 15 April 2008; 10 October 2008 - London, UK

NRC Research Press back issues now available online

"NRC Research Press has embarked on an ambitious project to move decades of paper copies of its journals from library shelves to the World Wide Web. As scientists and engineers turn more and more to the Web for information, the legacy of past research can be forgotten. To prevent this from happening, we have devoted resources to scanning the paper articles into a readable, searchable format (PDF), and compiling the abstracts and tables of contents in HTML format. The result is a wealth of information that can be found through current search engines and reference links on other sites, thanks to our partnerships with the major players in this field"

OpenDoc Society

"OpenDoc Society brings together individuals and organisations with a stake or interest in the openness and future of documents to learn from each other and share knowledge - about core technologies, available tools, policy issues, transition strategies, legal aspects and of course the latest innovations. Whether you are a developer, publisher, decision maker, educator, vendor, IT manager, academic, writer, archivist or just an involved citizen - OpenDocSociety.org brings you together with interesting like-minded people to learn from and cooperate with"

American Museum of Natural History open access journals

The American Museum of Natural History now offers free electronic access to the full text of these publications from the first issue to the most current issue:

American Museum Novitates
Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History

Ariadne - Issue 53, October 2007

Ariadne - Issue 53, October 2007 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

UK libraries offering book inserts to advertisers

"n a ground-breaking initiative, UK libraries are offering advertising agencies and their clients the opportunity to place promotional inserts within their books. The scheme, pioneered by direct marketing specialist Howse Jackson Marketing, in partnership with Brandspace CMS, offers advertisers 500,000 inserts in county libraries such as Essex, Dorset, Somerset and also Bromley, Leeds and Southend. The scheme aims to cover the UK by mid-2008 with a total of 3 million plus inserts available per month"

2007 Booktrust Teenage Prize

"Marcus Sedgwick has won the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Prize for his gothic novel My Swordhand is Singing, published in the UK by Orion. My Swordhand is Singing is a sinister tale of a woodcutter and his son who fight the legendary undead in the wintry isolated forests of seventeenth-century Romania. The novel is a thrilling and menacing story which draws heavily on Sedgwick’s extensive research of the vampire legend in Eastern Europe"


LegalPubs.ca - an RSS driven aggregation of the most recent products offered by Canadian legal publishers

U.S. National Archives announces discovery of "Hitler Albums" documenting looted art

"Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services and Robert M. Edsel, author of Rescuing Da Vinci and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, has announced the discovery of two original leather bound photograph albums documenting art that was looted by the Nazis during World War II, both of which Mr. Edsel will donate to the National Archives under separate terms"

Thursday, November 01, 2007

UK Lottery backs a public winner with GBP80m for libraries

"A major GBP80m investment in public libraries has been welcomed today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Partnership. The cash, from the Big Lottery Fund, has been awarded to projects throughout England. Capital sums up to GBP2m will be handed to 58 winning library authorities that have successfully devised plans to engage local people in developing new and refurbished spaces where a broad range of activities can be offered. The Community Libraries Programme, which was developed jointly between the Big Lottery Fund; Museums, Libraries and Archives Council; and the Society of Chief Librarians, aims to enhance public libraries as venues for a diverse range of community activities, such as reading groups, cultural events, exhibitions, courses, or parent-and-toddler groups"

code4lib 2008 conference

The third annual code4lib conference is now in the organizing phase, and will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Embassy Suites located in downtown Portland, February 25-28, 2008

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - October 2007

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 95(4) October 2007 - is now available online

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, November 2007

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, November 2007: Seeing the light: "The Climate Change Bill is going to Parliament soon, and this month we look at climate change and the solar alternative to fossil fuels"


HistCite is a new software package designed to help science professionals make better use of their literature searches. HistCite lets you analyze and organize the results of a search to obtain various views of the topic's structure, history, and relationships. HistCite is available as a fully functional 30-day free trial version. HistCite is a software implementation of algorithmic historiography, and has been developed by Dr Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information and the inventor of the Science Citation Index


"World Scientific has announced that authors can now choose to have their journal articles made available with full open access. For this purpose, authors will be charged a basic article processing fee. Similar to the traditional publishing model, articles from authors opting for open access will be peer-reviewed, undergo the same quality production process and made available in both print and electronic formats. They will be similarly included in appropriate Abstract and Indexing Services and all the articles will be registered in CrossRef. When authors choose WorldSciNet OPEN ACCESS, they will retain the copyright to (not of) the article but will be required to sign the WorldSciNet Open Access License to Publish. Each WorldSciNet Open Access article will be clearly identified with an 'Open Access' icon in both the e-version and the print format"

Yale University Library and Microsoft partner on ambitious digital project

"Readers around the world will soon have online access to thousands of rare books in Yale's Library thanks to an agreement between the University and Microsoft Corporation to digitize many volumes found only in the Yale collections. The Microsoft-Yale project will initially focus on the digitization of 100,000 out-of-copyright English-language books, which will then become available to readers through Microsoft's Live Search interface"

Internet Librarian International 2007 presentations

Presentations given at Internet Librarian International 2007, London, UK, are now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - November 1, 2007

The Public Library Buildings Awards UK and Republic of Ireland 2007 announced

The Public Libraries Group (PLG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library Council) have announced the winners of The Public Library Buildings Awards UK and Republic of Ireland 2007 at their annual conference in Glasgow

xISSN Web service

"The xISSN Web service supplies ISSNs and other information associated with serial publications represented in WorldCat. Submit an ISSN to this service, and it returns a list of related ISSNs and selected metadata. The service is based on WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services. The current xISSN database covers 575,573 ISSNs"

LLRX.com October, 2007 update

LLRX.com October, 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