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Friday, February 29, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which 1993 film, based on a 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, was about chaos overtaking a theme park in which the main attractions are dinosaurs from the Jurassic period?
2. The Danish archaeologist Christian Jurgensen Thomsen divided the prehistoric past into three ages: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and...what?
3. Some of the most famous prehistoric cave-paintings in the world are at Lascaux, which is in which country?
4. Which extinct reptile gets its name from two Greek words meaning "terrible lizard"?
5. What is the name of the prehistoric monument near Salisbury, England, which is the most imposing megalithic monument in existence?
6. Australopithecus is an extinct genus of the hominid family found in which continent: Africa, Australia or South America?
7. Were the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain called Jutes, Vandals or Celts?
8. What is the popular name for a prehistoric member of the cat family which had two long fangs and a wide-opening jaw structure that enabled it to kill its prey by stabbing and slashing at its throat?
9. Parts of the skull of the "Piltdown Man" found in East Sussex, England, in 1911 proved to be a hoax, as the jawbone was found to belong to...what?
10. What is the word for the scientific study of fossils?

National Library of China to add its records to OCLC WorldCat

"The National Library of China, the largest library in Asia, will add its bibliographic records to the OCLC WorldCat database, the world's most comprehensive online resource for finding items held in libraries, making those records available to researchers worldwide"

Sun Microsystems, The University of Alberta Libraries and The Alberta Library create Centre of Excellence for Libraries

"Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., the University of Alberta Libraries and The Alberta Library have announced the creation of a new Sun Centre of Excellence for Libraries. The initiative will enhance and support respective organizational projects, as well as an extensive, province-wide, multi-faceted digital library. As part of the COE the participants intend to provide a seamless search and retrieval experience resulting in unprecedented access to information for students, faculty and the public, as well as creating an enduring preservation environment"

Library Ireland Week

Library Ireland Week takes place 3 to 9 March, 2008. Library Ireland Week, founded in 2005, is an annual celebration promoting Libraries and Librarians organised by the Library Association of Ireland

Google Sites

"Google Sites, a new offering from Google Apps, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information - from videos to presentations - and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world"

The OpenCourseWare Consortium

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 100 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware

New multimedia portal from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched its new web multimedia portal, EPA's one-stop location for environmental video, audio/podcasts, and photography

CARL and SPARC announce Create Change Canada

CARL (the Canadian Association of Research Libraries) and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have announced the launch of Create Change Canada, a Canadian version of the popular researcher-focused Web resource on scholarly communication

Thursday, February 28, 2008

illumin8 from Elsevier

"Elsevier Engineering & Technology has announced the launch of illumin8, the first web-based research tool that integrates natural language search technology with content from Elsevier's full-text scientific articles, millions of scientific abstracts, patents, and billions of web sources"

The Orwell Prize 2008 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2008 Orwell Prize has been announced. 18 authors and 12 journalists are now in the running for two prizes that reward those who have most successfully achieved Orwell's aim 'to make political writing into an art'. A record 181 books have been submitted for this year's book Prize, surpassing both the Man Booker and Samuel Johnson Prizes. These include works by two Nobel Laureates (Doris Lessing and Orhan Pamuk), and the British Prime Minister (Gordon Brown). 54 journalists, including some of Britain's most renowned correspondents, have submitted for this year's journalism Prize, also a record

Capital Collections from Edinburgh City Libraries

"Capital Collections - a choice of images from the collections of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services. Whether you are researching your family tree or doing a school project, you can discover the historical and cultural life of Edinburgh, Scotland and the Scots through this growing image library which includes a wonderful selection of photographs, drawings, watercolours and engravings"

Talis shares bibliographic records with the OpenLibrary

Talis is freely contributing its several million record bibliographic Union Catalogue to the Internet Archive's Open Library Project

LLRX.com February 27, 2008 update

LLRX.com February 27, 2008 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

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - February 28, 2008

National Register of Archives (UK) expands

The National Archives (UK) is funding a project to make available online 250,000 pages of the National Register of Archives (UK)lists. The focus of the project is on helping smaller archives to put their own catalogues online

2008 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World

The 2008 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World takes place March 6-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, with a day of pre-conference workshops on March 5. The theme for this year's conference is "WebWise 2.0: The Power of Community"

Primary Source - February 2008

Primary Source - February 2008 issue now available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

49th Annual RBMS Preconference

49th Annual ACRL Rarebooks and Manuscripts Section Preconference will explore the role of special collections in an increasingly digital world, focusing on questions that both excite and vex special collections librarians and archivists. Five plenary sessions will address aspects of special collections in the digital environment, including intellectual property issues, the use of digitized holdings in the classroom, and mass digitization of rare book collections. The final plenary session will be a wrap-up of the entire conference - June 24-27, 2008 - Los Angeles, California, USA

E-News for ARL Directors, February 27, 2008

E-News for ARL Directors, February 27, 2008 is now available online

ACRL award winners

ACRL has announced the following 2008 award recipients:

ACRL/ WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant: Michelle Emanuel
ACRL/ CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award: Hazard Community Technical College
ACRL/ IS Innovation Award: Susan Sharpless Smith
ACRL/ IS Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award: Patrick Ragains
ACRL/ WSS Career Achievement Award: Dolores Fidishun

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gutenberg-e is now an open access site

"Columbia University Press has announced that Gutenberg-e is now an open access site. These award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publications, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories. The American Council of Learned Societies also carry Gutenberg-e titles on their Humanities E-Book platform"

E-learning symposium video proceedings now available

Video proceedings now available: E-learning symposium: This one-day event focused on issues relating to Web 2.0 in education and will engage critically with the use of social networking technologies (wikis, blogs, and tools such as Facebook, MySpace, Elgg and Second Life) for educational purposes - 25 January 2008 - University of Southampton, UK

First Monday - February 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 2, 4 February 2008 now available

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Upcoming Education Institute courses

The following are upcoming courses from the Education Institute:

Basics of Library Web Site Management - March 3-April 11, 2008. 6 week online course with David King
Writing for the Wired World - March 10-April 18, 2008. a 6 week online course with Jeff Wisniewski
Supervisory Skills for Library Staff - March 31-May 9, 2008. 6 week online course with Cheryl Stenstrom

Thomson Collexis Dashboard

"Thomson Scientific and Collexis Holdings Inc. have announced plans to join together Collexis' Knowledge Dashboard with Thomson Scientific's Web of Science to create a custom data mining solution for the research community. Called the Thomson Collexis Dashboard, it will provide enhanced knowledge discovery for the academic and government R&D communities"

EBLIDA news nr. 3 - 2008

EBLIDA news nr. 3 - 2008 is now available. EBLIDA is the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

Scottish libraries pageflake

Scottish libraries pageflake - here you will find a range of information and resources which aim to support the Scottish library and information community. This area is maintained by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS)

Archives Wiki from the American Historical Association

"Archives Wiki is sponsored by the American Historical Association. It is intended to be a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world. While it is primarily designed to be useful to historians and others doing historical research, we hope that researchers in many disciplines will find it useful. Anyone may use the wiki. Contributing to the wiki requires a free registration"

eXtension - interactive learning environment

"eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States. eXtension also provides a large number of RSS feeds"

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education

Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education is a peer-reviewed open access journal. The first issue of the journal will be launched in November 2008

CoLRiC conference 2008

CoLRiC conference 2008 - 16 May 2008 - Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. CoLRiC is an independent organisation dedicated to enhancing and maintaining excellence in learning resources services in colleges throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland

Women Wading Through The Web: A Health Toolkit

Women Wading Through The Web: A Health Toolkit is an online resource to help women navigate the maze of health information on the Internet. From The New Women's College Hospital, Ontario, Canada

Scholarly Research Exchange

"Scholarly Research Exchange is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles in all areas of science, technology, and medicine. In addition to its open access publication model, Scholarly Research Exchange brings a number of important innovations to the traditional scholarly journal publishing system. Most importantly, the journal employs a transparent peer review system in which authors and reviewers interact directly. The names of the reviewers and their assessment of the quality of the manuscript will be published alongside accepted manuscripts. In addition, each of the reviewers can opt for publishing a written commentary on the manuscript"

Topic Maps 2008

Topic Maps 2008: The Second International Topic Maps Users Conference - April 2-4 2008 - Oslo, Norway

Open Science Directory

"The Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library based upon a request by marine information management experts collaborating within the framework of the IOC's (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme"

Help to write the Wikipedia entry for the MIT Libraries

From MIT Libraries News: "We've created a new Wikipedia entry for the MIT Libraries, but we need your help... In the Wikipedian spirit of collective editing, help us to craft the entry! Have an interesting factoid about the Libraries? Have a photo to contribute? Add it!"

blinkx partners with Encyclopaedia Britannica

"blinkx, the world's largest video search engine, has announced a partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, blinkx will leverage its AdHoc platform to place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and will share resulting advertising revenue with Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc."

Communications in Information Literacy - Fall 2007

Communications in Information Literacy - Volume 1, Issue 2 - Fall 2007 is now available

Reed Elsevier to acquire ChoicePoint, Inc

Reed Elsevier is to acquire ChoicePoint for a total cost of $4.1 billion payable in cash. This comprises an equity value of $3.5 billion and the assumption of $0.6 billion of net debt

BMLG/PLG Conference 2008

For the first time the Branch & Mobile Libraries Group is working with the Public Libraries Group to present a joint conference. The title of the conference is Learning our Futures Today. The presentations will look at the future for library services and librarians, at governance, staff roles, leadership and inspiration for the future. 13-15 June, 2008 - Bedfordshire, UK

YLG Conference 2008

CILIP Youth Libraries Group Annual Conference 2008 - Issues, Identities and Users - in libraries, in reading in the 21st Century: Engagement of young people in libraries; users and changing needs in the 21st century. 12-14 September 2008 - Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Quick Reads for 2008

Quick Reads are fast-paced, bite-sized books by bestselling writers and celebrities for adults who have lost or never had the reading habit, or avid readers wanting a short, fast read. On World Book Day, 6 March 2008, ten brand-new Quick Reads will be published:

Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay (HarperCollins)
The Girl on the Platform by Josephine Cox (HarperCollins)
One Good Turn by Chris Ryan (Arrow)
Life's New Hurdles by Colin Jackson (Accent)
Happy Families by Adele Parks (Penguin)
The Hardest Test by Scott Quinnell (Accent)
East End Tales by Gilda O'Neill (Penguin)
RaW Voices of Hardship and Hope edited by Vanessa Feltz (BBC Books)
The Ten Keys to Success by John Bird (Vermilion)
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks (BBC Books)

2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year shortlist

The Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for the 2008 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year

The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic

"The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest and most enduring stories, is considered to be fundamental to the art and culture of India and South East Asia and is still regularly performed in dance, drama and shadow-puppet theatres around the world. For the first time over 120 paintings from the British Library's lavishly illustrated 17th century manuscripts of the story from the volumes of Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar (1628-1652) will go on public display in its forthcoming summer exhibition: The Ramayana : Love and Valour in India's Great Epic, 16 May to 14 September 2008"

New journals from SAGE Publications

SAGE Publications has announced that the following titles are now available online:

Assessment for Effective Intervention
Communication Disorders Quarterly
Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Toxicologic Pathology

JACC Cardiovascular Imaging

The American College of Cardiology has announced that the full text of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging is now available online

Hollywood Librarian - British premiere

The British premiere of The Hollywood Librarian, A Look at Librarians Through Film will take place at 7pm on Monday 25 February in Arts A2 Lecture Theatre at the University of Sussex. Supported by CILIP's Sussex sub-branch and CILIP nationally, this will be the first showing here of this film which compares the portrayal of librarians in cinema with the realities of the life of the modern information professional

The Biological Bulletin archive available

The Biological Bulletin has just completed its archival project, resulting in the online publication of over a century of content. All articles, from the first issue in 1897 to those published 12 months ago, are now available free online

2008 24-hour Freedom to Read Marathon

"24-Hour Freedom to Read Marathon celebrates the freedom to read and the freedom of expression. Exercise your fundamental freedoms (per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms): 'freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including the freedom of the press and other media of communication.' Without our knowing, more and more books are withdrawn from the public domain. This raises the question of who determines what is fit to be read" - Saturday, March 1, 10 am to 10am, Sunday, March 2, 2008 - Downtown Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street. Winnipeg, Canada

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thomson and Reuters receive regulatory clearance

The Thomson Corporation has announced that the European Commission, US Department of Justice, and Canadian Competition Bureau have given approval for Thomson's proposed acquisition of Reuters

2008 Patent Focus Report

Thomson Scientific has published its 2008 Patent Focus Report. Authored by Joff Wild, editor of Intellectual Asset Management magazine, and published in Thomson Scientific's KnowledgeLink eNewsletter, this report explores recent activities at each of the world's major patenting authorities (USA, Europe, Japan, China and India)

Heritage Burnaby

Heritage Burnaby is an online collaboration that represents all of the community assets, heritage services and historic collections managed by the City of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Burnaby was incorporated in 1892 and is today the third largest city in B.C. and a dynamic urban center which is part of Metro Vancouver

School Libraries: Leading Learning

School Libraries: Leading Learning - Focussing on the importance of the library and librarian's support for learning within the school, the SLA has brought together many inspirational speakers such as Ian Gilbert, Founder and Managing Director of Independent Thinking Ltd, and Dr Jonathan Sharples, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind - 13-15 June 2008 - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

New RSS feeds from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has added new email alert services and RSS feeds in the following areas: Hours of Operation, Folklife (including News, Events, and Newsletter from the American Folklife Center), Legal Issues (including News, Research, Webcasts, and Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library), and news from Chronicling America, the Historic American Newspaper project

IFLA Directory 2007-2009

The IFLA Directory 2007-2009 is now available as a PDF file. If you don't have a PDF reader you can access the file here

JScholarship at Johns Hopkins University Libraries

JScholarship is designed to gather, distribute, and preserve digital materials related to the Johns Hopkins research and instructional mission

Ariadne - Issue 54, January 2008

Ariadne - Issue 54, January 2008 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

BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium

BOBCATSSS is an annual symposium organised by students at a number of universities in Europe. It takes place under the auspieces of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) and deals with themes from library and information science. The BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium is organised by students from the University of Tampere, Finland and the University of Porto, Portugal - 28-30 January 2009 - Porto, Portugal

Borders unveils "Concept Store"

"Book superstore chain Borders has opened, in its headquarters city of Ann Arbor, MI, the first of 14 new 'concept stores.' The 28,900 square foot store offers not just a cafe and a community space with stage but also innovations like a staffed Digital Center for customers to make custom CDs, download books and music, explore genealogy, and create photo books"

Museum Anthropology Review

Museum Anthropology Review is an open access journal whose purpose is the wide dissemination of peer-reviewed articles, reviews, essays, obituaries and other content advancing the field of material culture and museum studies, broadly conceived. The journal is edited by Jason Baird Jackson in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University

Wiley-Blackwell to publish the International Journal of Psychoanalysis

Wiley-Blackwell has announced that it has been selected by the Institute of Psychoanalysis to publish their flagship journal, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. The journal publishes six issues per year

Planet eBook

Planet eBook - A new free resource for students, teachers and schools. The service publishes a select, high-quality set of ebooks that anyone can share in any way they like

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Surname: Ritchie, British film director who married pop singer Madonna in 2000.
2. Surname: Ferry, lead singer and principal songwriter of Roxy Music.
3. Surname: Roberts, US film actress who rose to stardom in "Pretty Woman".
4. Surname: Dahl, British author who wrote several anarchic children's books, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
5. Surname: Pasteur, French chemist and biologist who invented pasteurization.
6. Surname: Groening, the creator of "The Simpsons" cartoon series.
7. Surname: Prost, French motor racing driver who became the first Frenchman to win the Formula 1 world drivers' championship.
8. Surname: Putin, Russian statesman, president from 2000.
9. Surname: Robbins, US ballet dancer and choreographer, who choreographed the dances for such musicals as "The King and I" and "West Side Story".
10. Surname: Dafoe, American film actor who played the Oscar-nominated role of Sergeant Elias in "Platoon" and the controversial title role in "The Last Temptation of Christ".

Bookscans Project

Bookscans Project: graphically illustrating the evolution of Vintage American Paperbacks - 1939 through 1959


"Archon is a web-based tool for archivists and manuscript curators. It automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects to a user-friendly website. With Archon, there is no need to encode a finding aid, input a catalog record, or program a sytlesheet. Archon's powerful scripts will automatically make everything in the system searchable and browseable on your repository's website"

Carnival of the Infosciences #89

Carnival of the Infosciences #89 hosted by A Passion For 'Puters. Previous Carnivals can be found here

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - February 21, 2008

Learning Impact 2008

Learning Impact 2008 is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference that brings together the world's leading creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to participate in program tracks focused on the latest innovations in learning systems, digital learning content, the learning enterprise, and open technologies. Presenters answer a key challenge question designed to inform the attendees on the state of innovation and best practices - 12-15 May, 2008 - Austin, Texas, USA

Member Opinion Survey on Greening ACRL National Conference 2009

"The ACRL Green Conference Committee is working to lessen the environmental impact of the 2009 National Conference. Please take this short survey to tell us how we should approach 'greening' the conference"

When Wikipedia Won't Cut It: 25 Online Sources for Reliable, Researched Facts

When Wikipedia Won't Cut It: 25 Online Sources for Reliable, Researched Facts by Jessica Hupp for CollegeDegree.com - "Although Wikipedia is a great place to find information, it's subject to incomplete citations, biased views, and inaccuracies. And when you absolutely have to have undisputable facts, that's just not good enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives out there that can deliver with high quality accuracy, and we've listed 25 of the best here"

Omeka 0.9.0 is now available to the public

Omeka is a web platform for publishing collections and exhibitions online. Designed for cultural institutions, enthusiasts, and educators, Omeka is easy to install and modify and facilitates community-building around collections and exhibits. Omeka is free and open source

Challenges in Canadian Libraries: 2007 Survey Results

"Oliver Twist, The Golden Compass and Rolling Stone magazine were among the library materials challenged by Canadian library users in 2007, according to a new survey. The Canadian Library Association's 2nd annual Survey of Challenged Materials in Canadian Libraries identified 42 items challenged by patrons. Children's books, mainstream films, graphic novels and popular magazines were all challenged, and a policy on Internet access was also disputed. The survey was released in advance of Freedom to Read Week, February 24 to March 1"

Duane E. Webster honored with Lippincott Award

The Association of Research Libraries Executive Director, Duane E. Webster, has been named as the 2008 recipient of the American Library Association Joseph W. Lippincott Award. The award recognizes Webster's many accomplishments during his distinguished career at ARL

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales

"The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales is the most ambitious reference work ever published about Wales. Encapsulated between the covers of this magnificent book are entries on all the people, places and events which make Wales so culturally, historically and geographically rich..."

TRLN member libraries join Open Content Alliance

"Members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network have announced that they are partnering with the Open Content Alliance to build a freely accessible digital library. TRLN is a collaborative organization of the research libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"

Wiley-Blackwell and JoVE unveil groundbreaking online video publications

Wiley-Blackwell and the Journal of Visualized Experiments have announced that they signed an agreement for the production of online video publications. The purpose of the partnership is to integrate biological research video into the leading Wiley-Blackwell publication, Current Protocols. According to Rachel Burley, Vice President and Publisher at Current Protocols, the partnership aims to enhance articles published in Current Protocols with video demonstrations of experimental procedures to increase their reproducibility

Linworth @ The Forefront

"Linworth @ The Forefront: Webinars and More for Your Professional Learning Community is our new series of weekly webinars, beginning February 12, 2008. Listen and learn online and in real time to your favorite Linworth experts and authors. If you're a school or public librarian, teacher, administrator, writing and literacy coach, technology expert, home schooling parent, or library paraprofessional, these webinars are for you. Linworth Publishing, Inc."

25 Useful Social Networking Tools for Librarians

25 Useful Social Networking Tools for Librarians - a list compiled by CollegeDegree.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

851 museums, libraries, and archives selected to receive IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

"Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has announced that 851 museums, libraries, and archives, representing every US state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, have been selected to receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The contents of the bookshelf were selected by a blue ribbon panel of conservation experts; it includes an essential set of books, online resources, and a user's guide that can profoundly impact the ability of small libraries and museums to care for their collections"

WorldCat Blog

WorldCat Blog - "a fun spot to read about what's happening on WorldCat.org and to share cool ways that people are using the site and their libraries"

NFAIS Forum on the Future of Bibliographic Control

NFAIS Forum on the Future of Bibliographic Control - March 28, 2008 - PALINET Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, USA

eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards

eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards celebrate the best work in college and university websites of 2007. Thirty-five categories recognize the most innovative and exciting developments in key areas of higher education web development. The awards will be announced and presented at the eduWeb Conference to be held in Atlantic City, NJ, USA, July 21-23, 2008

World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award

World Book, Inc. and the American Library Association have announced the creation of the World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award, which will provide a combined $10,000 annually to a promising public library and a promising school library literacy program. The purpose of the World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award is to encourage innovative and effective information literacy programs in schools as well as public libraries, particularly programs focused on users who are likely to need the most help to obtain access to information, in print or digital form, and to evaluate the quality of the information available to them

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Search Pigeon

"Search Pigeon is a collection of Google Co-op Custom Search Engines designed to make researching on the web a richer, more rewarding, and more efficient process. Designed for researchers in the Arts and Humanities, with a decidedly interdisciplinary bent, the objective of Search Pigeon is to provide a tool enabling the productive and trustworthy garnering of scholarly articles through customized searching. Right now SearchPigeon.org provides CSEs that search hundreds of peer-reviewed and open access online journal, provided they are either English-language journals, or provide a translation of their site into English"

It's a Virtual Life: exploring social networks

It's a Virtual Life: exploring social networks - "Are you using Facebook, Second Life, Yahoo Groups, Bebo, LibraryThing, LiveJournal, MySpace and the like? Are your library users asking for advice on these types of communities? Come and find out more about many aspects of online social networking. Talks will cover general issues plus a variety of examples of running and using such networks" - 17 April 2008 - Ipswich, UK

The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal

The South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal is a new peer-reviewed open-access journal of social science research on South Asia

The (UK) National Archives user forum

The (UK) National Archives user forums are open to all, providing users with the opportunity to be kept up-to-date with developments that concern them

Northamptonshire County Council libraries to sell reusable carrier bags

Reusable shopping bags will go on sale in the Northamptonshire's libraries (UK) later this year as part of a bid to banish plastic carriers

Elsevier Foundation grants

"On February 13, 2008 the Elsevier Foundation announced a total of $594,000 in new grants to thirteen institutions from around the world, selected for their innovation and potential for impact in the developing world and the academic workplace"

Nine volumes of State Papers, Foreign now live

The first nine volumes of the State Papers, Foreign series are now live. These cover the years of Elizabeth's reign from 1564 to 1582. The rest of the series will be added in the coming months at British History Online

ARL guide to NIH public access policy now online

The Association of Research Libraries has developed a Web-based guide to assist research institutions in implementing the new Public Access Policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health. The new NIH Public Access Policy, which becomes effective April 7, 2008, calls for mandatory deposit in PubMed Central of peer-reviewed electronic manuscripts stemming from NIH funding. The change from a voluntary to mandatory policy creates new expectations, not just of funded investigators, but also of the grantee institutions that support those investigators

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival - "Some 250 writers will descend on Christ Church to debate, discuss ideas and share their passion for their subject. Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Melvyn Bragg, Mavis Cheek, Monty Don, Sebastian Faulks, Adam Hart-Davis, Douglas Hurd, Joanne Harris, Roy Hattersley, Lisa Jardine, Peter Jones, Hanif Kureishi, Oona King, James Naughtie, Philip Pullman, Libby Purves, Ben Okri, Jonathan Sacks, John Simpson, Roy Strong, and many more are all coming to this year's festival. Our panel discussions will take on major issues affecting our lives and ask pointed questions about global politics, climate change, science and much more. For addicts of heated debate, our discussions on the future of Palestine, the solace of nature writing, the threat to our oceans and the rubbish that passes itself off as 'news', will all be irresistible draws" - 31 March to 6 April 2008

Lincoln and his Circle at the University of Rochester

The project seeks to digitize and make available the letters to, from, and about Abraham Lincoln that are held in the collections of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Rochester, USA

Borders Personal Publishing

"Borders Personal Publishing is a new service that enables Borders customers to publish their own books quickly, easily, and cost effectively in paperback or hard cover formats. This new Borders program is powered by Lulu.com. Lulu provides the technology you'll use to publish your book online. Now, Borders customers can create their own professionally-bound works, whether they are personal gifts for friends, family, and colleagues or works intended for the retail market"

Sunday, February 17, 2008

CACUL Innovation Achievement Award - call for nominations

The intent of CACUL's Innovation Achievement Award is to recognize academic libraries which, through innovation in ongoing programs/services or in a special event/project, have contributed to the advancement of academic librarianship and library development.
The award consists of $1000 and a plaque. The application deadline is February 28, 2008. CACUL is The Canadian Association of College and University Libraries

SOLSTICE Conference 2008

The SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Edge Hill University has announced its 3rd international conference. Building on the success of the 2007 conference, which attracted over 200 delegates from across the UK and as far away as Russia and New Zealand, the 2008 conference will focus on the relationships between research, innovation, and development - 5 June 2008 - Lancashire, UK

Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn)

"The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science and The University of Arizona Office of Continuing Education jointly administer the graduate certificate program in Digital Information Management (DigIn). DigIn provides hands-on experience and focused instruction for people seeking new careers in or improving their skills and knowledge of digital archives, digital libraries, digital document repositories and other kinds of digital collections. he application deadline for summer admission and scholarship applications is April 1"

ABC-CLIO eZine - February 2008

The February 2008 issue of the ABC-CLIO eZine is now available online

3rd International Plagiarism Conference

The 3rd International Plagiarism Conference examines the challenges facing institutions as they evolve solutions to the issue of ensuring authenticity in learners' work in a changing information environment. The conference will seek to consider best practice from secondary through to higher education - 23-25 June 2008 - Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Technologies to Promote Your Libraries with Stephen Abram

Technologies to Promote Your Libraries with Stephen Abram: "In our fast changing Web 2.0 on-line world, how do we keep up with new technologies to use promote our libraries? One way is to talk to those in the know and that's what this audio session is all about. Jane Dysart, Dysart & Jones Associates, interviews globe-traveling Stephen Abram about the cool new technology tools he has experienced, heard about, observed as well as interesting research about new technologies, specifically those that can be used to promote the library. Through exciting stories, Abram shares his knowledge of new technologies and examples of libraries using them, and provides lots of places to look for further resources" - February 19, 2008

VALA 2008 conference presentations

Presentations from the VALA 2008 conference, held 5-7 February in Melbourne, Australia, are now available

OCLC awarded Mellon grant to conduct museum data exchange study

OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further develop standards for museum data exchange. The $145,000 grant will be used by OCLC to fund projects involving OCLC Programs and Research and seven RLG Programs art museum partners to build an information architecture and model behaviors that museums can use to routinely exchange data

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library: An ACRL Online Seminar -
In this hands-on course you will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of your choice. Students will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice. Patron groups may include: faculty, students, researchers, general public, subject specialists, etc. This collection plan will be developed in five parts. Each part includes lecture, discussion and hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or assessing a collection plan for developing a e-library collection - March 10-28, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

2008 National Book Festival

The 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The event is free and open to the public.

INSOURCE 2008 proceedings

Proceedings now available from INSOURCE 2008: Conference on Professional Information Resources, Prague, February 5-6, 2008

WilsonWeb CX Edition

WilsonWeb CX Edition - "the next generation of WilsonWeb, features a sleeker interface, for even faster loading and better integration with your institution's website; clearer screens and more accessible tools for quicker, more intuitive searching; simplified Print, Email & Save functions; a simplified Search History screen; electronic translation of full-text articles into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean; plus interface enhancements for such databases as Biography Reference Bank, Art Museum Image Gallery, Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, and Current Issues in Health"

JISC Inform 20

JISC Inform 20, 18 February 2008, is now available. In this issue: how international collaboration is vital to JISC's work; a new Jazz repository; intellectual property rights in a Web 2.0 world; a new report looks at the 'Google Generation'

Cites & Insights 8:3 available: The Centenary Issue

Cites & Insights 8:3 (March 2008) is now available for downloading

JISC Collections considering World Biographical Information System Online

"JISC Collections is considering a licensing agreement for World Biographical Information System Online. The database contains a wealth of biographical information drawn from original sources, covering men and women of all classes and professions from around the world, ranging from the 4th millennium BC to the present. These factors combine to give WBIS Online a social, geographic and historical scope that makes it unique"

Scopus adds 600 titles

Scopus has announced that it will add 600 titles to its database of 15,000 peer-reviewed journals

Law Library of Congress now offers RSS feeds

"The Law Library of Congress now offers RSS feeds for use in an RSS reader or RSS-enabled Web browser. Library feeds consist of headline, brief summary, and a link that leads back to the Library's Web site for more information. Available feeds cover: Law Library News and Events, Law Library Webcasts, Legal Research Reports, and the Global Legal Monitor"

Other library-related feeds can be found at the RSS Compendium

Getting Started with Screencasting - March 2008

Getting Started with Screencasting: This two hour session will explore screencasting - delivering screen captures via RSS - and its potential applications in the academic library. Participants will be provided with examples of screencasts, information on various software applications used to create screencasts, and tips for choosing content, preparing, recording and delivering a screencast. March 11, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. In the 1590s, who wrote the comedy "Love's Labour's Lost"?
2. At the height of the Vietnam War, the slogan of the summer of 1967 was "Make love not...what"?
3. Which American film actor and director made the films "Love and Death" (1975) and "Everyone Says I Love You" (1997)?
4. Which song about love was written by the Beatles for a television programme entitled "Our World" which linked 24 countries by global satellite in June 1967?
5. In 1964, which US jazz saxophonist made an album called "A Love Supreme" which is considered to be his masterpiece?
6. In 1973, which singer produced the instrumental hit by the Love Unlimited Orchestra called "Love's Theme"?
7. Was "love apple" the original name given to the tomato, the peach or the pomegranate?
8. Which singer-songwriter recorded an album in 1970 called "Songs of Love and Hate"?
9. What does it mean when a love letter carries the coded message "ITALY"?
10. Which composer wrote the opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" - that is, "The Love Potion"?

CaSTA 2008 in Saskatchewan

CaSTA 2008 (Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis) will be held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 16-18 October 2008 and will feature two main components: a pre-conference workshop on "Digitizing Material Culture" and the conference proper on the theme of "New Directions in Text Analysis." This combination of interests is intended to foster connections between scholars working in textual analysis and those working in other areas of humanities computing

A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University

A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University is a collection of primary resources from HBCU libraries and archives. It includes over 1,000 scanned pages and represents HBCU libraries first collaborative effort to make a historic collection digitially available. Collections are contributed from member libraries of the Historically Black College and University Library Alliance. The collection includes photographs, university correspondence, manuscripts, images of campus buildings, alumni letters, memorabilia, and programs from campus events. These images present HBCUs as cultural, social, and political institutions from the early 1800's until today

Public Library of Law

Public Library of Law "is the largest free law library in the world, because we assemble law available for free scattered across many different sites - all in one place

Carnival of the Infosciences #88

Carnival of the Infosciences #88 hosted by Library Garden. Previous Carnivals can be found here

ProQuest acquires WebFeat

ProQuest has acquired WebFeat. ProQuest plans to merge WebFeat with Serials Solutions, its Seattle-based business unit and developer of e-resource access and management tools for libraries

EDUCAUSE Quarterly

EDUCAUSE Quarterly - Volume 31, Number 1, 2008 is now available

The Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP) database

Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP) will streamline the collection, handling and sharing of information on learning and achievement for education and training organisations. It will enable excellent services to be made available to individuals, employers and communities. MIAP's Learner Registration Service will be capable of issuing a Unique Learner Number (ULN) to every person aged 14 and over in education and training, and will allow them to build a lifelong record of their participation and achievements. The LRS was launched in September 2007 with 'early adopter' organisations across England committed to using the service. Wider roll out of the service will commence early in 2008

LCCN Permalink from Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has announced LCCN Permalink - a new persistent URL service for creating links to bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the Library of Congress Control Number

Rushworth's 'Historical Collections' at British History Online

Volume 1 is now live. John Rushworth's eight-volume work is a fundamental source for the political history of seventeenth-century England. The remaining seven volumes should appear over the next five months

Thursday, February 14, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 246

FreePint Newsletter 246 - 14 February, 2008 now available

2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature winner

The 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature has been awarded to Lucette Lagnado for The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. An award ceremony will take place in April 2008

2008 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize winner

"The winner of this year's Waterstone's Children's Book Prize is Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls. Ways to Live Forever is a scrapbook of lists, stories, pictures, questions and facts put together by 11-year-old Sam..."

SAGE donates to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital/Library

"SAGE has announced that it recently made a $2.5 million donation to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to support the rebuilding of the hospital, including its new medical library. Additionally, because it is a teaching hospital and the only Level II Trauma Center between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SAGE has also made its entire collection of science, medical, and technology journals available to the staff at no charge"

Wildy & Sons Ltd RSS feeds

Wildy & Sons Ltd, the London, UK-based law bookseller, has RSS feeds for forthcoming titles and subjects

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - February 14, 2008

Podcast: The Strategic Content Alliance with Emma Beer

"The Strategic Content Alliance is a three year JISC-funded initiative committed to delivering a co-ordinated framework of principles and best practice for the provision of online e-content for UK citizens. Its aim is to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from those resources. Emma Beer is the manager for the SCA and in this interview she speaks with Robert Haymon-Collins at Online Educa in Berlin about the SCA, business models & sustainability and e-content alliance partnerships in general"

Domesday freely available on the internet

"Domesday Book (1086) is the oldest and most famous public record, the 'jewel in the crown' of the National Archives. The history of the great majority of English towns and villages begins with Domesday Book which records - as one disgruntled contemporary complained - every sheep, cow and pig in the country, as well as every landowner, peasant and taxpayer and their resources. It is the most comprehensive collection of social and economic data of the pre-industrial world. The data can be accessed through the Data Catalogue held at the UKDA. An Athens ID and password is needed to access the collection"

eBooks on Demand

"eBooks on Demand is a new and exciting service, whereby millions of books will be available on request in electronic form. This project, co-funded by the EU, comprises 13 European libraries from 8 countries"

Wanted: photos of Anne Lipow in action

Roy Tennant writes: "In the next month or so I will be publishing a book on Lulu.com in honor of my good friend, colleague, and mentor Anne Lipow. It consists of a dozen essays on technology in libraries contributed by those who were close to her or were touched by her writings. The book will be available for free download from the book web site, as well as for purchase in hardback. I want to include an image of Anne 'in action' - speaking, teaching, or working with a group of librarians as only she could. But I find, to my dismay, that I have none. Therefore I'm hoping that among all the many people that Anne touched someone will have a photo or two to share that may be just the one for the frontispiece of this book. Please let me know if you think it's you"

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

African-American Women Students at The University of Iowa

"Though The University of Iowa was one of the first institutions to open admission to African Americans, African American women students at the University have often had to overcome other barriers to an equal education. This collection brings together newspaper articles, photographs, correspondence, oral histories, and other primary sources chronicling their university experiences"

Darwin Day Celebration

"Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin - the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity"

LexisNexis InfoPro updated

LexisNexis InfoPro has been updated with a new look and new features

Developing Open Access Electronic Journals: A Practical Guide

David Solomon writes: "Developing Open Access Electronic Journals: A Practical Guide is to my knowledge the first comprehensive book on creating an open access (OA) journal. Thousands of OA journals have been developed over the last 15 years and are becoming an important means of disseminating research and scholarship. While creating a new OA journal need not be difficult, it takes a wealth of specialized knowledge that most people interested in creating such journals lack. The goal of the book is to provide the essential information needed and guide someone through the process of designing and operating a successful OA journal"

British Museum takes collection online

"The British Museum has set up a new website to provide more details of its collection to the public. It has described the launch of its Collection Online as a landmark in its history. It will enable the public to access records for approximately 260,000 objects, making this one of the largest museum collection databases on the web. The project is ongoing but at launch it will include records for pictorial art objects in the collection (50,000 drawings and 180,000 prints). Other departmental collections will be added during 2008, and the database is expected to be completed during 2009"

Harvard faculty adopts Open-Access requirement

"Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences has adopted a policy that requires faculty members to allow the university to make their scholarly articles available free online"

'Embracing the Spirit of the Avant Garde' postgraduate competition winner

"Avant Garde in the 21st century is revealed through a new installation at the British Library by competition winner Rebecca Pohancenik from Kingston University. The competition was organised by the British Library to accompany its current exhibition, 'Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde'. Postgraduate students from across the creative disciplines were invited to submit designs that explored the relevance of Avant Garde philosophy and demonstrate how it has influenced their work"


"BlogHighEd is a higher ed blogger network. We are trying to unify the community of bloggers that talk about the 'higher ed' niche. We want to aggregate the best of the best in higher ed from all areas: webmasters, marketers, vendors, counselors, consultants, and more"

NLM Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of the NLM Drug Information Portal, which gives the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Credo Reference Content Update - February 2008

Latest titles added to Credo reference:

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Existentialism
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy

The Royal Society Library - Spring 2008 events

The Royal Society Library has launched its Spring 2008 events programme

Red House Children's Book Award 2008 shortlist

The shortlist for the Red House Children's Book Award 2008 has been announced

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: February 19, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: February 19, 2008 - The 21st Century Classroom: Copyright and Electronic Content with Dru Zuretti, Copyright Education Manager, Copyright Clearance Center

Journal of Electronic Publishing

Journal of Electronic Publishing: a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users - volume 11 issue 1 is now available

New version of Copac released

A New version of Copac has been released, the main change being that searches are now carried out both on Copac and on the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) at the British Library


"Van Gogh's down at heel boots were the first thing to appear on the test website of the European digital library today. The website, branded Europeana, will break new ground by bringing together millions of digitised resources from Europe's archives, museums, libraries and audio visual collections through a single portal. The site model was previewed at a conference in Frankfurt last week to holders of digital content, including curators, archivists, publishers and librarians. They were shown how a user would be able to use sophisticated browsing and searching to find paintings, photographs, objects, books, newspapers, archival records, films and sound that have been digitised by Europe's heritage organisations"

DS and Axiell Library Group announce development initiative

DS has entered into a joint research agreement with Axiell Library Group. Development effort will focus on Library 2.0 content management and portal platforms, building next-generation user interfaces to complement each company's library technology

Free electronic editions from HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers has announced a variety of online promotions to allow consumers exclusive sampling of its books. In the 'Full Access' Program, a select number of titles can be seen in their entirety for a limited time; in the 'Sneak Peek' Program, readers will be able to view 20% of many new titles two weeks before their on sale date; and the remaining titles in the digital warehouse are now available for 20% viewing after the on sale date in the 'Browse Inside' Program

Watch-it! tutorials

Watch-it! tutorials are instructional and informative videos, complete with an audio track from Charles Sturt University Library, Australia

MassCat Consortium chooses Koha ZOOM

LibLime has announced that MassCat, a resource sharing network for over 100 libraries in Massachusetts, has selected the Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system and union catalog. MassCat is a multi-type library consortium with membership consisting of school, medical, historical, special, academic and public libraries

2008 Stonewall Book awards

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2008 Stonewall Book Awards. Ellis Avery, author of "The Teahouse Fire," published by Riverhead Books, is the winner of the Barbara Gittings Book Award in Literature, and Mark Doty, author of "Dog Years: A Memoir," pubished by HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the Israel Fishman Book Award for Nonfiction

CrossRef Citation Plugin

CrossRef Citation Plugin - "A WordPress plugin that allows blog entry authors to search CrossRef's metadata using full or partial citations and then insert the formatted and DOI-linked citation into their blog posting along with COINs metadata"

1.8 million pages of U.S. case law available now for developers

Creative Commons and Public.Resource.Org have announced that the first revision of a substantial corpus of U.S. federal case law is available for download by developers. The files are all clearly marked with the new Creative Commons CCØ label, indicating that the contents are Works of the United States Government and are thus free of copyright or other restrictions for their dissemination and reuse. The release covers all U.S. Supreme Court decisions and all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 on. The release is equivalent to 1,858 volumes of case law in book form, a stack of books 348 feet tall

CLA 63rd Annual Conference and Trade Show

The Canadian Library Association 63rd Annual Conference and Trade Show - May 21-24, 2008 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2007 PSP Awards for Excellence from APA

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers has announced the winners of 2007 PSP Awards for Excellence in 30 categories

Public Library Association 2008 award winners

The Public Library Association has announced the winners of eight awards, honoring the best in public library service and innovation

ACRL Podcast: 2008 Vice-President/ President Elect candidates talk

In this podcast, College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free interviews Lori Goetsch of Kansas State University and Janice Simmons-Welburn of Marquette University, 2008 candidates for ACRL Vice-President/President Elect

Monday, February 11, 2008

Libraries & the Mega-Internet Sites

Libraries & the Mega-Internet Sites presents data from more than 120 academic, special and public libraries about how they use and relate to the mega-internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, eBay, Amazon, and others - Primary Research Group, February 2008

Ranking of repositories

"The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has been updated with data collected during January 2008. The main new service offered is the Ranking of Repositories that presents the best 200 ones of the world. The best ranked are three largest thematic Open Access deposits: Arxiv, dedicated to physics and related sciences; RePEc, a big effort being made by the economic science world; and E-LIS committed to Library and Information Sciences and Documentation"


Booktagger is an online bookshelf application to list the books you've read and to share them with others

2008 Dublin Book Festival

"Organised by CLÉ - Irish Book Publishers' Association, the Dublin Book Festival will take place 7 to 9 March in Dublin's City Hall. Come and celebrate the best of contemporary Irish publishing and writing in a very warm, welcome and festive environment! The theme of this year's festival is 'Debuts and New Beginnings.' We will have new work debuted from both established and new authors as well as readings and discussions on the theme including talks and readings by some of Ireland's leading literary luminaries including: Joseph O'Connor, Dermot Bolger, John Montague, Cathy Kelly, Margaret Mac Curtain and many others. The festival is free and all events are open to the public"

The Reuters News Screener

"The Reuters News Screener lets you treat the news as a sortable data set, helping you pinpoint stories of interest quickly. With a quick glance, the News Screener shows you over 100 of the latest headlines in a number of different categories"

Confronting the Future

Confronting the Future: organising and managing information in the Web 2.0 age - 5 March 2008 - University College London, UK

University of Ulster to restore historic Derry and Raphoe Library

"Over 5,000 volumes in the historic Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library are to be restored and their contents made available to the public. The unique University of Ulster conservation and outreach initiative - funded by a grant of GBP500,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund - will take three and a half years to complete"

O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2008

O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2008 "explores what's at stake for the future of publishing for people who are passionate about books and book publishing. Most publishers know that next steps are needed - TOC helps them take the plunge and connect with the right ideas, tools, and innovators. The conference will emphasize practical/tactical information and knowledge transfer so that attendees come away armed with skills to lead change within their own organizations" - 11-13 February 2008 - New York, NY, USA

Nine more volumes of State Papers, Colonial live

Nine more volumes of the State Papers, Colonial are now live. The first years of the eighteenth century, up to the death of Queen Anne, are now covered. From British History Online

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New journals from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has announced the following new journals:

Cardiovasuclar Research
European Journal of Echocardiography
German History
Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases

Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching

Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching from Cardiff University (UK) covers key topics such as Lesson Planning, Delivery, Evaluation and Assessment and also includes examples of teaching materials. The Handbook was written by a group of subject librarians to support colleagues in the delivery of information literacy teaching within Information Services

DLF Spring Forum 2008

DLF Spring Forum 2008 - 28-30 April, 2008 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Gizmos, Gadgets and Good Reads...

Gizmos, Gadgets and Good Reads: Getting to Grips with Future Library Services for Visually Impaired Customers will consider what's new in digital technology, including downloads, how to reach out to your sight impaired readers and the potential for working together with Adult Care to deliver future services and information - 1 April 2008 - Hucclecote Centre, Gloucester, UK

FreePint News - February 2008

FreePint News - February 2008 is now available online

Darien Library Blogs

Darien Library Blogs - a list of blogs written by staff at the Darien Library in Connecticut, USA

The Wise Guide - February 2008

The Wise Guide - monthly portal to the many resources available from the U.S. Library of Congress - February 2008 now available

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - September 2007

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 66, No. 9 - September 2007 - is now available online

Bellwether journals now on MetaPress

Bellwether journals are no longer being updated via Ingenta. Instead, they are available from their new MetaPress-hosted web-site

Library of Congress receives books from Window of China Project

The Library of Congress has begun to receive donated books from the National Library of China through the Window of China Project. Founded in 2006, the Window of China Project donates books to national libraries and other institutions around the world. Associate Librarian for Library Services Deanna Marcum and Yan Xiandong of the National Library of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2008 to formalize the project. According to the agreement, the National Library of China will donate approximately 3,000 publications to the Library of Congress over the course of the project, which lasts through 2010


"LoudLit.org is committed to delivering public domain literature paired with high quality audio performances. We pair together great literature and accompanying audio. Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word. Read and listen via your web browser or on your mp3 player"

Amsterdam World Book Capital: Copyright symposium

"Amsterdam will be World Book Capital from 23 April 2008 to 22 April 2009. UNESCO honoured the Dutch capital with this title in recognition of the programme organised by the professional Dutch book sector and literary world, thus ensuring broad support. The international symposium The Book in the Internet Era: Copyright and the Future for Authors, Publishers and Libraries will take place on the eve of this exceptional year-long event"

Most Borrowed Authors list

"After a four year reign as the 'Queen of library lending', Jacqueline Wilson has been narrowly beaten into second place by US thriller writer James Patterson in the Most Borrowed Authors list. According to the latest annual figures on library lending released by Public Lending Right (PLR), titles by James Patterson were lent over 1.5 million times between July 2006 and June 2007. Aside from Jacqueline Wilson in second place, Patterson's nearest adult fiction rivals are novelists Josephine Cox, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Ian Rankin"

3rd International Digital Curation Conference presentations

3rd International Digital Curation Conference: Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge - 12-13 December 2007 - Washington, DC, USA. Presentations now available for downloading

ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide

ALT-C 2008: the 15th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology - 9-11 September 2008 - University of Leeds, UK

BMC Medical Genomics

BMC Medical Genomics is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis, and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease

ACRL Award Winners

ACRL has announced the following 2008 award recipients:

ACRL DLS Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award: Harvey Gover

ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian: John William Collins III

ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award: Craig Gibson

ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award: Donghua Tao

ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship: Ping Situ and Shuyong Jiang

Marta Lange/CQ Press Award Winner: Lisa Norberg

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. American actress who rocketed to stardom as the astronaut Ellen Ripley in the 1979 movie "Alien".
2. French singer, born in Paris, she became a street singer at the age of 15. She was nicknamed "the kid sparrow" by a night-club owner in 1935. She was famous for such songs as "Non, je ne regrette rien" and "Milord".
3. American author of nine autobiographical novels about growing up on the frontier in the 1870s and 1880s, starting with "Little House in the Big Woods".
4. New Zealand soprano born into a Maori background and adopted by a couple in Gisborne, who gave her a first name which is the Maori word for Bell.
5. German tennis player, seven times winner of the women's singles title at Wimbledon. She has also won many doubles competitions with Gabriela Sabatini.
6. 19th-century novelist who adopted a male pen-name and wrote such books as "Adam Bede" and "Middlemarch".
7. American country singer born in Locust Ridge, Sevier County, Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children of a mountain farmer.
8. British zoologist who gained fame for her research on chimpanzees in the wild, having conducted the longest continuous field study of wild animals in their natural environment.
9. American civil rights protester and activist who was imprisoned in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.
10. Portuguese-born painter who has been living in Britain since 1976. Her works include "The Cadet and his Sister" and "The Policeman's Daughter".

Biblio Tech Review - February 2008

The February 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available


PublicDomainReprints.org - an experimental non-commercial project to archive and re-publish public domain works

TLA 2008 program now available

TLA 2008 - The Texas Library Association Conference - April 15-18 - Dallas, TX. Program now available

Thursday, February 07, 2008

BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter - February 2008

The February 2008 issue of the BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter is now available


"Gojaba.com is a marketplace for used, rare and out of print books that connects booklovers with independent sellers. Buyers can find signed books, first editions or simply used books in a few seconds and buy them from booksellers around the world. Booksellers can promote their business by listing and selling books on Gojaba.com. Gojaba.com launched in January 2008 in Sweden and Russia and plans to expand further within the next few months."

The BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008

"The BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is the richest non fiction prize in the UK, worth GBP30,000 to the winner. Sponsored by BBC FOUR, the prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. BBC FOUR televise the awards ceremony and feature complementary programming on the channel - forming a key part of their commitment to diverse, intelligent and culturally enriching programmes"

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - February 2008

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 08, Number 02 - February 2008 is now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - February 7, 2008

Find love at the Library....

Valentine's Day Single Mingle - British Library - 13 February 2008 - The British Library presents a relaxed and fun open house for single people on 13 February, as part of its popular series of 'Mingles'. The event offers the chance to meet like-minded others and to enjoy the Library's galleries, temporary exhibitions and some special treats laid on for the occasion

C&RL News - February 2008

C&RL News - February 2008 is now available from ACRL

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)

National DEAR Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. It is celebrated on April 12th

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

East Renfrewshire libraries on Facebook

"East Renfrewshire has become the first local authority in the UK to use Facebook to publicise its libraries and sports centres. All 10 libraries in the area now have Facebook pages which contain information about opening times and facilities. Users can also interact with staff or contribute to discussion boards"

Readex eNewsletter - Spring 2008

Readex eNewsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1 - Spring 2008 now available

Audio Publishers Association announces Audies nominees

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the nominees for its annual Audies awards. Winners to be announced May 30, 2008

One million digitized books at The University of Michigan Library

"The University of Michigan's University Library has just put the millionth book from its collection on-line. That's one million out of the 7.5 million volumes in the library's current holdings"

A Lessig Library at Exact Editions

Exact Editions now provides open access to a Lessig mini-library, an account with 3 of Professor Lawrence Lessig's published books in it

Shortlist for the 2008 CILIP / LiS Libraries Change Lives Award announced

A local community TV scheme to provide training, equipment for media projects, from photography, journalism and film making, a local volunteer scheme which supports the work of library staff giving additional and enriched services to customers in a wider community, a project providing courses to enable adults with learning disabilities to make use of mainstream services are all in the running for the 2008 CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award

THATCamp at George Mason University

Short for 'The Humanities and Technology Camp', THATCamp is a BarCamp-style, user-generated 'unconference' on digital humanities. THATCamp is organized and hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Digital Campus, and THATPodcast - May 31-June 1, 2008

Eye-to-Eye - February 2008

Eye-to-Eye - the Ingenta publisher newsletter - Issue 20, February 2008 now available

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Penguin Books archive to be studied and catalogued online

"Established in 1935 by Bristol-born Allen Lane, Penguin Books quickly grew to be one of the most recognisable and well-loved publishers in Britain. The early series of sixpence paperbacks, designed to fill a gap in the market for good quality literature at reasonable prices, were incredibly successful and set a new yardstick for publishing. Now, the company's archive of more than 2,300 boxes of letters, notes and other papers, housed at Bristol University Library's Special Collections, is to be studied and catalogued online"


INSOURCE 2008: a conference on Professional Information Resources - February 5-6 2008 - Prague, Czech Republic

Jewish Book Week 2008

Jewish Book Week 2008 - 23 February to 2 March 2008 - Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, UK

The Libraries Agency

"The Libraries Agency has launched a new website, offering a range of services to libraries, from marketing and promotion to income generation. David Lindley, formerly Sales and Marketing Director of Books for Students, and until December last year Marketing and Communications Manager for Coutts Information Services, has relaunched the Agency with a network of talented creatives who will be able to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the library sector. 'The concept behind the Agency,' says David Lindley, 'is to harness the experience of creative people who can bridge the space between the commercial sector and public service culture, and at the same time recognise and mobilise the talent that already sits inside library organisations that just needs to find its voice'"

The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times added to ProQuest Historical Newspapers

"The Irish Times (1859-2007) and The Weekly Irish Times (1865-1950) will be the first Irish titles to join ProQuest Historical Newspapers. More than 147 years of continuous coverage from the only independent newspaper in Ireland will now be searchable for the first time. The ability to cross-search the archives of two major Irish newspapers with ProQuest's existing U.S. and British historical newspapers provides researchers with additional distinct perspectives on key international events, such as the 1916 Easter Uprising and formation of the Republic of Ireland, the repercussions of the Irish Potato Famine, World Wars I and II, and the War in Iraq. Researchers will be able to compare news, political cartoons, and editorials about the same events in Irish, U.S., and British newspapers"

Podcast: The open access argument is won

"A petition organised by JISC, European partners and SPARC Europe attracted nearly 25,000 signatures in 2007, including a number of Nobel Prize winners, as well as more than 800 education and research organisations. SPARC Europe's director David Prosser talks about what the petition achieved and why he thinks the open access argument has finally been won"

New season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library begins

"ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are teaming up to promote season three of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. This year, it's a whole new 'ball game,' celebrating the 100th anniversary of the song 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.' Librarians can visit the program Web site to register for free promotional tools to help promote the program locally. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas"

Monday, February 04, 2008

RSS tutorial from University College Dublin Library

"An RSS tutorial created by library staff is now available on the UCD library website. The tutorial shows the basic steps to creating an account with a Web-based RSS feed reader, and how to subscribe to a sample RSS feed. Links to further information are included at the end of the presentation"

Books to Talk About from World Book Day

"World Book Day has revealed its top ten Books to Talk About. The shortlist was selected through an online poll, which saw over 300 book lovers debate the 'talkability' merits of a list of 100 titles and select a shortlist of ten titles. Voting will continue throughout February, with the winning author to be announced on World Book Day (6th March), and to receive a prize of GBP5000"

Library Lovers Day - 14th February 2008 - Australia

"For centuries February 14 has been known as Valentine's Day, a time beloved of romantics. Now a new era has begun with Library Lovers everywhere claiming the day for the objects of their special affection - Australia's libraries"

What's New @ IEEE in Libraries

What's New @ IEEE in Libraries - January 30, 2008 now available from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

NewGenLib is now open source

NewGenLib, a NEW GENeration LIBrary automation and networking solution from India for the developing world, is now open source

Harvard Theatrum Catalogorum

"The Harvard Theatrum Catalogorum was launched in 2007 by Ann Blair, Morgan Sonderegger, and Adam Beaver as a scholarly resource for the Early Modernist community. In its first edition, it collates library catalogs from every major European country. In future editions, it will expand to include the Americas"

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Searching the Internet: Google and Beyond

Searching the Internet: Google and Beyond - presented by Karen Blakeman - 16 May 2008 - Liverpool, UK

London Metropolitan University East End Archive: The Paul Trevor Collection

"Academics and artists at London Metropolitan University worked with photographer Paul Trevor to make a selection of his images of East London digitally available to artists, students and researchers. The Collection includes 500 images (chosen from a total of 120,000) of the Spitalfields area from the 1970s to the 1990s, a period of rapid social and physical change"

NISO Digital Preservation Forum

NISO Digital Preservation Forum: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources - March 14, 2008 - Washington, DC, USA

The Electronic Supply Chain - Turning Potential into Reality

The Electronic Supply Chain - Turning Potential into Reality - National Acquisitions Group Seminar - Spring 2008 - United Kingdom

Electric Connections 2008: collaborating on content

Electric Connections 2008: collaborating on content - 11 March 2008 - Edinburgh, Scotland

IAML(UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend 2008

The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives & Documentation Centres United Kingdom and Ireland Branch will hold its 2008 Annual Study Weekend from 11 to 14 April at the University of Kent, Canterbury campus

Book Publishing Strategies for Associations and Societies

ALPSP Seminar: Book Publishing Strategies for Associations and Societies - 13 March 2008 - London, UK

World Book Capital 2010 nominations

"The Selection Committee for the World Book Capital is calling for nominations for the World Book Capital 2010. The complete applications, duly substantiated, including a cover or support letter from the mayor of the candidate-city and drafted in one of UNESCO's official languages (French, English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese), should reach UNESCO no later than Monday 31 March 2008"

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, February 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, February 2008: From Pulp to Print: Records of the Papermaking Industry. "Papermaking was established in Britain in the late fifteenth century. This month we highlight descriptions for the records of mill owners and mill workers, paper merchants, printers and publishers. There are also links to selected websites and a brief bibliography"

Exhibition: Words Out of Place

"A literary exhibition with a difference opened on 1 February at the National Library of Scotland. The Library's exhibition hall will be transformed for a month by the installation of a ruined cottage with hand carved stones, poetry printed on slates, giant maps of Edinburgh, and a 6ft boat suspended from the ceiling. The collection forms Words Out of Place, a new exhibition of visual art inspired by the Library's collections

Russia Looks at America: The View to 1917

Online version of a 1988 publication by Robert V. Allen (1923-1991), the Russian/Soviet Area Specialist in the European Division at the Library of Congress for thirty years, from 1955 until his retirement in 1985

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #118

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #118 - February 2 2008 is now available

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Oxford Music Online

"Oxford Music Online is an innovative new gateway that offers users the ability, for the first time ever, to access and cross-search the vast resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. Now available at Oxford Music Online is Colin Larkin's landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music - online for the first time by popular demand. The most comprehensive reference work devoted exclusively to popular music, the Encyclopedia is the authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists, covering popular music from 1900 to the present. It is exhaustive, meticulous, authoritative — and incredibly fun to read"

Oxford Journals launches Contemporary Women's Writing

"Contemporary Women's Writing critically assesses writing by women authors who have published approximately from 1970 to the present. The journal aims to reflect retrospectively on developments throughout the period, to survey the variety of contemporary work, and to anticipate the new and provocative in women's writing"

African American History Month 2008 - The Library of Congress

African American History Month 2008 - The Library of Congress - This year's theme: Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism

HeinOnline Update - January 2008

HeinOnline Update - January 2008 is now available

Nature India

"Nature India is a one-stop site for information on Indian science. The website, serving the scientific community of the world's largest democracy, provides information on jobs, events, the best research and science news from India. Through in-depth features and commentaries, leading members of the scientific community, scientists and journalists reflect on contemporary issues affecting Indian science. It also provides free access to some handpicked premium content from various NPG journals"

NetLibrary announces agreements with 21 international publishers

NetLibrary has announced agreements with 21 leading publishers that will add thousands of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to NetLibrary's growing catalog of more than 160,000 titles

Resource of the Month from Ovid - February 2008

"Each month, Ovid's Resource of the Month program allows you to "test drive" different products for free. This month's resource: Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR)

RUSA Notable Books Council releases 2008 list

The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has compiled its year 2008 list of outstanding books for the general reader. These titles have been selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers

Friday, February 01, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Word Histories and Mysteries. Answers here.

1. Which word for "slices of bread with a filling" comes from the title of the English nobleman John Montagu, who liked to eat without leaving the gaming table?
2. Which European plant has an old English name which means "day's eye"?
3. What kind of cotton trousers get their name from the Italian city of Genoa?
4. What exclamation is derived from a Greek word meaning "I have found it", which was supposedly shouted by Archimedes when he discovered that a body displaces its own volume when immersed in water?
5. Hamburgers get their name from the city of Hamburg - true or false?
6. Which piece of equipment used by painters has a name which comes from a Dutch word meaning "ass" or "donkey"?
7. Which English word is a shortened form of "usquebaugh", which English borrowed from Gaelic, meaning "water of life"?
8. What type of headache gets its name from a Greek word meaning "pain on one side of the head or face"?
9. The chemical element uranium was named in honour of the discovery of the planet Uranus - true or false?
10. Which word coined by Horace Walpole means "the faculty of making fortuitous and unexpeced discoveries by accident"?

The decibel Penguin prize for new writers

The decibel Penguin prize for new writers is a collaboration between decibel, an Arts Council England initiative dedicated to promoting diversity in the arts, and Penguin Books. The winning stories will published in a Penguin Anthology in November 2008. The competition calls for non-fiction entries between 400 and 4000 words in length, on the experience of having a mixed heritage, whether it's the author's own experience or the experience of another person. Entries are welcome from any UK residents. There is no age limit for the authors, although they must not have had a full-length book published. The closing date for entries is 7 April 2008

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - January 31, 2008

Podcast: Meeting the winners of the Times Higher ICT award

"For the first time last year JISC sponsored one of the Times Higher Awards for Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year. In this podcast for Inform Plus, Philip Pothen meets the winners of the award and discovers why the judges found their initiative quite so innovative and imaginative"

JISC Collections and SAGE agreement

A new agreement between JISC Collections and SAGE will allow staff, students and researchers in universities and colleges in the UK access to SAGE's eReference collection

2008 The Art Fund Prize longlist

The longlist for the 2008 The Art Fund Prize has been announced. The purpose of The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries is to recognize and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer. A single award of GBP100,000 is presented to a museum or gallery whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best meets the Prize criteria through a project completed or mainly undertaken in the previous calendar year

New sources for the City of London from British History Online

Two new sources for the City of London are now live. H.T. Riley's 'Memorials of London and London life', being extracts from the early archives, is available alongside the Calendar of the Letter Books on which it draws. For the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the index to the Remembrancia (1878) is also live

REaD ALERT from Booklist Online

"Booklist Online's REaD ALERT, sent on the same day that the latest issue of Booklist magazine is published online, features quick links to a hand-picked selection of book reviews, features and special web-only content from Booklist Online. It also includes original content by Keir Graff, editor of REaD ALERT and Booklist Online senior editor, such as tantalizing quotes from reviews and a particular slant on what's coming up"