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

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Podcast: Security Service document release talk (UK)

Over 150 Security Service files dating from around the time of the Second World War have been opened. Prof. Christopher Andrew, Official Historian of the Secret Service, talks about German and Soviet agents and intelligence officers; right-wing extremists; Communists; and others

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Wisconsin Book Festival 2008

Wisconsin Book Festival 2008 - October 15-19, 2008 - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - January-February 2008

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 67, Nos. 1-2 - January-February 2008 - is now available online

Laboratree from Indiana University

"Indiana University researchers have introduced Laboratree, a web-based solution to the complex problems of scientific collaboration. Designed to streamline research and enhance collaborative social networking for the science community, Laboratree will enable scientists to securely manage research papers and data, organize groups and projects, send group messages, author blogs, and customize personal and group profiles - all online"

Open Access Day

"SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content. Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events. In North America, events will be held at 7:00 PM (Eastern) and 7:00 PM (Pacific), October 14, 2008"

BMJ Journals Institutional 2009 pricing

The BMJ Group has announced that 2009 subscription rates for the BMJ Journals are now available online


UKDA-store is a repository for managing and sharing research outputs, the focus being on data. UKDA-store aims to extend the possibility of sharing data and outputs with the research community without having data formally archived. UKDA-store accepts data-related resources primarily across the social sciences and humanities. UKDA-store is currently only open to ESRC researchers

Podcast: The Fleet Registers or irregular marriage registers of 17th and 18th century London

"More than 200,000 clandestine or irregular marriages were performed in London between 1667 and 1754. The area around the Fleet Prison in City of London was particularly notorious, hence the name Fleet Registers, and at least one of the registers is known to be a forgery"

2008 Guardian first book award longlist announced

The longlist for the 2008 Guardian first book award has been announced

Serials Solutions announces partnership with the Health Communication Network

"Serials Solutions has announced that it has partnered with the Health Communication Network, Australia's market leader in providing electronic health solutions, in a reseller agreement. The partnership facilitates the sale of Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access and management services and Ulrich's Global Serials Intelligence services to Australian medical organizations"

TL Infobits - August 2008

The August 2008 issue of TL InfoBits, the information and instructional technology newsletter from the Information Technology Services at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is now available online

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

Some people think that the number seven has mystical powers. See if you can solve the mysteries in these questions, which are all connected with the number seven:

1. What is the meaning of the phrase "twenty-four-seven"?
2. Name the television Science fiction serial with "7" in its title, which followed the fortunes of a band of freedom fighters against the Terran Foundation.
3. Who wrote "One man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages"?
4. In the 1995 film "Seven", which actors played the two detectives on the track of a serial killer?
5. Which ancient city was built on seven hills, including the Palatine and the Capitoline?
6. Name five of the Seven Dwarfs in the Walt Disney film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).
7. What is the usual phrase used to describe the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth?
8. What is the word for any of seven children or animals born at one birth to the same mother?
9. What is the phrase for a tendency towards infidelity, said to set in after about seven years of marriage, which was popularized by George Axelrod's 1952 comedy of this name, and made into a film (1955), in which a married man has a fling with the girl upstairs?
10. The "G7" or "Group of Seven" was formed in the 1970s to include the seven leading industrialized countries. Can you name six of them?

2008 Appledore Book Festival

2008 Appledore Book Festival will be held 27 September to 5 October in the village of Appledore, Devon, UK

ebrary signs 14 new publishing partners

"ebrary has announced that it is greatly enhancing its growing selection of more than 170,000 titles with e-books and other authoritative materials from more than 14 new publishing partners. ebrary now has now secured partnerships with more than 300 of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly, STM, trade, and reference content"


"Patents.com provides the most comprehensive worldwide source of patent data - to include 450 million searchable indexed patent pages available in 15 native languages. It is a source for patent data and analytic tools and a hosted community platform enabling users to connect to generate business opportunities, including the licensing and sale of intellectual property"

WePreserve Forum 2008

"DPE/Planets/CASPAR/nestor are hosting a WePreserve Forum on the preservation of digital contents on the 17th of October 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic, to operate in conjunction with the DPE/Planets/CASPAR/nestor Joint Training Event: Starting out: Preserving Digital Objects - Principles and Practice. Participants in the Forum will have the opportunity to hear presentations from prominent specialists in the field of digital preservation who will also be available throughout the event for discussions"

2008 Digital Media and Learning Competition

"The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC, has announced a second annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. The Digital Media and Learning Competition, supported through a grant to the University of California, Irvine and administered by HASTAC, has been expanded to pilot international submissions and introduce a new category focusing on young innovators aged 18-25"

Information Literacy and Web 2.0

Information Literacy and Web 2.0: A one day workshop by leading IL practitioner James Herring - 4 November 2008 - Dunfermline High School, Scotland

Thursday, August 28, 2008

International Literacy Day 2008

"Literacy is the best remedy": This is the theme of this year's International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on 8 September

Shipping Lines Literary Festival

The University of Liverpool's Shipping Lines Literary Festival from November 7-9 will showcase a selection of high quality contemporary writing with events for readers and writers alike with lectures, workshops, readings and debates - Sherrington Building, University of Liverpool, UK

Repositories Support Project

"The Repository Support Project is a JISC funded 2.5 year project to co-ordinate and deliver good practice and practical advice to English and Welsh HEIs to enable the implementation, management and development of digital institutional repositories. The project is being led by SHERPA, University of Nottingham, with core partners, Aberystwyth University, and UKOLN at the University of Bath. Other funded partners are the University of Southampton and the Digital Curation Centre. All partners represent key centres of expertise regarding repositories, and the project will build on their previous national and international activity across the repositories landscape"

Content Reserve

"Content Reserve, from Overdrive,is a fast-growing B2B and B2C digital warehouse of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, video, and other digital media in the industry"

Soon on the Web: Dead Sea Scrolls

From The International Herald Tribune - "In a crowded laboratory painted in gray and cooled like a cave, half a dozen specialists embarked this week on an historic undertaking: digitally photographing every one of the thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the aim of making the entire file - among the most sought-after and examined documents on earth - available to all on the Internet"

JoVE now indexed in PubMed & MEDLINE

JoVE, The Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the first video-journal to be accepted in PubMed

Journal of Number Theory video abstracts

Journal of Number Theory, published by Elsevier, now offers video abstracts on YouTube

Engaged Library Webcast

ACRL is partnering with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to offer the Webcast, The Engaged Library: Strategies for Building Vibrant Learning Communities. The 90-minute webcast, to be held on September 12, will explore how the transformation of content and methods of scholarship affect the library and campus communities

British Library Digitisation Strategy 2008-2011

"Our digitisation strategy underpins the British Library's corporate strategy to 2011, including our content strategy and digital library programme and these will inform our thinking as we develop our strategy to 2020. We set out in this paper our vision for the next 10 years and how we will achieve this"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

2008 Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference

2008 Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference - October 23-28 - Maui, Grand Wailea Hotel & Spa

Shelfari joins Amazon.com

Shelfari has been acquired by Amazon and you can read more about it on the Shelfari blog

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival 2008

"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival 2008, presented by DeKalb Medical, is an annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square. Conceived in 2005 and launched in 2006, the festival brings more than 200 authors to Decatur for the holiday weekend. The authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public. Authors include Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling authors of fiction in many genres and nonfiction on diverse topics. The authors come to Decatur from across the country and international points as well"

The Greener Library (Live Online)

"This two-day online class will discuss current standards and practices for evaluating the environmental impact of existing, expanding or newly planned library facilities, and offer ideas for approaching environmental considerations relating to both physical plant and operating processes" - Fall/Winter 2008 via Solinet

DCC Methodology for Designing and Evaluating Curation and Preservation Experiments V1.0

"The purpose of this document is to describe a Digital Curation Centre (DCC) testbed methodology which will serve as a workflow framework for designing experiments to validate the effectiveness of curation and preservation strategies"

Copac update

Copac has loaded the catalogues of the City of London Libraries (Guildhall Library and London Metropolitan Archives) and York Minster

Beyond The Book #59: Copyright, Small Publishers and the Future

"Christopher Kenneally, Director of Author Relations at Copyright Clearance Center hosts a teleconference with Scott Flora, Executive Director of the Small Publishers Association of North America, Michael Healy from the Book Industry Study Group, and Dru Zuretti, Copyright Clearance Center's Manager of Copyright Education. The group talks about ways in which small publishers can improve and enhance their organizations through Copyright Clearance Center's services, ways in which the small publisher market is changing, and recent trends for improving overall business practice"

Records Management: SPEC Kit 305 Published by ARL

"The Association of Research Libraries has published Records Management, SPEC Kit 305, which explores the state of records management in ARL member institutions. Records management is the field of management responsible for efficient and systematic control of the creation, receipt, maintenance, use, and disposition of the records of a business or organization"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 165

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 165 - September 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

The Golden Generation: British Theatre 1945 - 1968

"The Golden Generation draws on the British Library's unparalleled collection of theatrical manuscripts, letters, photographs, and unique oral history recordings to explore the vibrancy of British theatre in the years following the end of the Second World War. This small exhibition marks the culmination of the Theatre Archive Project (2003 – 2008), a British Library and University of Sheffield collaboration, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council" - 27 August to 30 November 2008 - The Folio Society Gallery at the British Library

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grants

"The United States National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $27.6 million dollars in grant awards and offers to 222 successful applicants. By offering diverse and competitive grant opportunities to teachers, scholars, and filmmakers as well as to museums, historical societies, and libraries, NEH strives to promote excellence in the humanities and increase the public’s awareness of their vital role in our national life"

2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic

"Results from the 2008 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic are available in two ways - immediately for subscribers to the ALA-APA Library Salary Database and in print from the American Library Association online store. Analysis of data from more than 1,010 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master's Degrees reported increased 2 percent from 2007, up $1,151 to $57,809. The median ALA MLS salary was $53,251 and salaries ranged from $22,000 to $331,200"

OCLC pilots WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry

"OCLC is piloting a new service for libraries that encourages librarians and other interested parties to discover and share information about the copyright status of books. The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is a community working together to build a union catalog of copyright evidence based on WorldCat, which contains more than 100 million bibliographic records describing items held in thousands of libraries worldwide. In addition to the WorldCat metadata, the Copyright Evidence Registry uses other data contributed by libraries and other organizations"

2008 Endeavour Award finalists

The finalists for the 2008 Endeavour Award, given to the best science fiction or fantasy book by a Pacific Northwest author, have been announced

Monday, August 25, 2008

LLRX.com August, 2008 update

LLRX.com August, 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

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #34

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #34 : "This week's episode brings the remainder of coverage from New Media Expo 2008. Topics covered included service providers and software". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser - Published by Basic Books, August 25, 2008

JISC Podcast: Uncovering the social and economic benefits of open access

"Professor John Houghton's work to explore the social and economic impact of open access has had a significant impact on debates in his native Australia. Currently working for JISC to investigate the UK experience in this area, he talks to Philip Pothen about his work, the wider benefits of institutional repositories and why he thinks the open access argument is now won"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

'Why I Read' from PeopleJam and Barnes & Noble

"PeopleJam has announced the launch of a new online video series, produced in partnership with Barnes & Noble.com, called Why I Read. The series, which will start with seven episodes, focuses on the value and impact reading can have on personal fulfillment. After debuting simultaneously on PeopleJam.com and BN.com, the series will be syndicated to other online destinations"

Finding out about the EU

Finding out about the EU,in Portsmouth on 17 September, and in Edinburgh on 15 October, provides information about the EU and its documentation, and is designed for information providers who deal with EU enquiries but are not necessarily familiar with EU policies, publications and websites

New journals from SAGE Publications

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

The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease
Journal of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System
NASN School Nurse

Disease Models & Mechanisms

The Company of Biologists has announced that the publication, Disease Models & Mechanisms, is now available online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Genealogy Program

The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records

WorldCat API lets your library build its own applications around WorldCat data

"The WorldCat Search API gives your developers access to WorldCat bibliographic records and holdings information, as well as the FRBR concepts that pull together various editions of the same work"

2008 Best Books of Indiana

"The 2008 Best Books of Indiana have been announced. The state book award contest was started in 2005 by the Indiana Center for the Book to strengthen interest in Indiana's strong literary heritage"

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition winner announced

"One of the largest-ever prizes for a literary competition in Scotland has been awarded at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition's GBP5,000 first prize was awarded to Kate Miller for her poem, After the Ban"

Palgrave Macmillan 2009 subscription prices

Palgrave Macmillan has announced that its 2009 subscription prices for journals are now available

2008 Melbourne Writers Festival

2008 Melbourne Writers Festival - 22-31 August, 2008 - Melbourne, Australia

Man Booker Prize embraces mobile technology

"The Man Booker Prize has been at the forefront of literary fiction for four decades. Now it is striding ahead with an exclusive partnership with the mobile site GoSpoken, launched in April at the London International Book Fair. For the first time extracts of the shortlisted books will be immediately available via the latest mobile phone technology"

Winners of The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes announced

BBC: "Two little-known writers have collected £10,000 each as the latest winners of Britain's oldest literary awards. The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are awarded to one work of fiction and one work of biography each year. Rosalind Belben's Our Horses in Egypt won for fiction, and Rosemary Hill's God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain won for biography"

Ariadne - Issue 56, July 2008

Ariadne - Issue 56, July 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

OCLC Research launches crosswalk Web Service demo

"The OCLC Crosswalk Web Service translates metadata from one format to another and will process up to 500 records from all requests per user, per day. With the aid of the WSDL file, users can develop a client to access the service, which is available on the OCLC ResearchWorks Web page (for an undecided duration). The service was developed to handle the interoperability needs of the greater library community"

Revealed: Britain's best-loved author

"The new Costa Book Awards survey has found children's author Enid Blyton to be top of the list in a poll of the nation's most cherished and best-loved writers"

E-News for ARL Directors, August 22, 2008

E-News for ARL Directors, August 22, 2008 is now available online

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Hoaxes and Fakes. Answers here.

1. At which place in Long Island were there supposed hauntings at 112 Ocean Avenue, which an attorney later claimed were a hoax? The place inspired a book and several films about the house.
2. Which Scottish loch or lake at the northeastern end of the Great Glen is reputedly inhabited by a famous monster? The ornithologist Sir Peter Scott gave the monster a Latin name which turned out to be an anagram of "monster hoax by Sir Peter S".
3. Some conspiracy theorists dismissed the "Y2K problem" as a panic promoted by the computer industry. What was the supposed problem?
4. In 1983, the English historian Hugh Trevor-Roper was the victim of an elaborate hoax, when he was deceived into authenticating whose forged diaries?
5. What name is given to the shroud in which the body of Christ was supposedly wrapped after the crucifixion, although Radiocarbon dating suggested that it dated from the 14th century?
6. A poll taken by Knight Newspapers in July 1970, a year after the event, revealed that 30 percent of those polled doubted that the event was real. What was the event?
7. What is the "Indian rope-trick"?
8. For four weeks in 1969, there were unfounded rumours of the death of one of the Beatles. Which one?
9. What name was given to fossilized remains found in 1912 at Sussex in England, which seemed to be the "missing link" necessitated by evolution but were uncovered as a fraud in the 1950s?
10. What name was given to perhaps the most widespread bogus computer-virus warning of the mid-1990s?

My Learning - Museums, libraries and archives within Yorkshire and The Humber

My Learning is a website for teachers and learners inspired by museum, library and archive collections in Yorkshire, England. Content is created in consultation with teachers and is presented as Learning Journeys designed to support different curriculum subjects and key stages. The website includes interactive games, downloadable worksheets, quizzes, video and audio clips and high quality images

UK museums mark Slavery Remembrance Day - August 23 2008

A look at the special events marking Slavery Remembrance Day, which also recognises the Abolition Act of 1833 and the 60th anniversary of ss Windrush

The Bodleian Library builds an arch to the future

"The Bodleian Library has recently been awarded a grant of over GBP500,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to ensure the preservation and accessibility of digital personal papers - the contemporary versions of manuscripts created by politicians, writers, scientists and intellectuals that are in danger of being lost to future scholarship. The three-year project, named futureArch, will enhance the work of the library through technical development, innovation in service delivery, and through supporting both curators and researchers in dealing with the demands of digital materials"

The Wise Guide - August 2008

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

OPAL Podcast: Casual Conversation with Greg Schwartz

An OPAL Casual Conversation with Greg Schwartz from the Louisville Free Public Library, recorded on July 11, 2008 (21.1 MB; runtime 52:40)

Podcast: The National Register of Archives (UK)

"The talk introduces users to the structure and content of the National Register of Archives. The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history. The speaker demonstrates search techniques to make best use of its indexes and other resources"

2008 German Book Prize longlist

The longlist for the 2008 German Book Prize has been announced

The Citations of Excellence Top 50 papers

"Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the winners of its 2007 Citation of Excellence Awards. Now in their twelfth year, these distinguished annual awards recognize the 50 outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world"

Finalists for 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor announced

"Three finalists have been selected for The 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor, announced by Thurber House. The award is an annual prize and will be presented at a ceremony at New York's famed Algonquin Hotel, once home to Thurber, on October 6, 2008"

Thursday, August 21, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 259

FreePint Newsletter 259 - 21 August, 2008 now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Nature Climate Change

"Nature Publishing Group will launch a new primary research journal, Nature Climate Change, in October 2009. Of global importance and widespread media interest, climate change is one of the key issues of the twenty-first century. Yet few journals focus solely on climate change, and there is a need to bring together scientific observation and models with an understanding of how human society affects climate change, and vice versa. A first for a Nature-branded journal, Nature Climate Change will extend into socio-economic research as well as the natural sciences, with the aim of putting the research it publishes into a wider scientific, economic and political context"

IMLS Conservation Project Support application and guidelines

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting grant applications to the agency's FY 2009 Conservation Project Support program, and has scheduled two technical assistance conference calls to offer museum professionals from around the USA a chance to ask questions and learn about the program. The application deadline is October 1, 2008

2008 OLC Expo

"The Ohio Library Council Expo is an annual event where vendors come from all over the country to showcase their newest products to inspire new and better ways for libraries to meet their patrons' needs - September 12, 2008 - Columbus, Ohio"

First Monday - August 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 8, 4 August 2008 now available

No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century

No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century - "How should we be rethinking the research library in a swiftly changing information landscape? In February 2008, CLIR convened 25 leading librarians, publishers, faculty members, and information technology specialists to consider this question. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities that libraries are likely to face in the next five to ten years, and how changes in scholarly communication will affect the future library. Essays by eight of the participants - Paul Courant, Andrew Dillon, Rick Luce, Stephen Nichols, Daphnee Rentfrow, Abby Smith, Kate Wittenberg, and Lee Zia - were circulated to participants in advance and provided background for the conversation. This report contains these background essays as well as a summary of the meeting"


"Lovewriting is a website set up by the founders of Lovereading and Lovereading4kids to perform three functions: to provide information and advice to authors about publishing and self-publishing; to link authors to our recommended self-publishing partner, Matador; to help newly-published authors promote their books to a wide audience of booklovers"

2008 New England Book Festival call for entries

"The 2008 New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program celebrating the best books of the holiday season. The New England Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography, art, poetry and spiritual works published on or after January 1, 2000. All entries must be in English"

CLIR Issues - Number 64

CLIR Issues - Number 64, July/August 2008 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Semantic Library: RDF in Practice

The Semantic Library: RDF in Practice - a podcast from Robert Wolfe, Head of the Metadata Services Unit at the MIT Libraries

Digital Repository Audit and Certification Wiki

"This Wiki contains information and documents generated by the working group which is attempting to produce an ISO standard on which a full audit and certification of digital repositories can be based. The aim will be to take this work into ISO in the same way as the OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721), namely via ISO TC20/SC13, of which the working arm is CCSDS"

SEC announces successor to EDGAR database

"Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox has unveiled the successor to the agency's 1980s-era EDGAR database, which will give investors far faster and easier access to key financial information about public companies and mutual funds. The new system is called IDEA, short for Interactive Data Electronic Applications. Based on a completely new architecture being built from the ground up, it will at first supplement and then eventually replace the EDGAR system"

Social Software in Libraries: SPEC Kit 304 published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries has published Social Software in Libraries, SPEC Kit 304, which provides an overview of ARL libraries' implementation of software that people use to connect with one another online

Travel grants for Access 2008

ProQuest and Equinox-Evergreen have made available travel grants for Access 2008, being held in Hamilton, Ontario, October 1-4 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TinEye - image search engine

TinEye is an image search engine built by Idée currently in beta. Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web

The Open Access Documentary Project

"Intelligent Television and BioMed Central are co-producing a set of videos celebrating the benefits of open access to scientific and medical research. In 2007 the Open Society Institute awarded a grant to support the Project. The Open Access Documentary Project will facilitate the ongoing work of BioMed Central and Intelligent Television in promoting open access to science and medicine in fields as diverse as malaria research and particle physics. The producers are now assembling an international editorial board and contacting institutions that hold archival and production resources that will be vital to the Project. Principal production has begun in London, New York, and at CERN in Geneva, featuring video interviews with activists, publishers, and consumers of scientific and medical information in the developed and developing world—Science Commons Executive Director John Wilbanks and SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph included, and with other stakeholders in open access including foundations, government agencies, and the media"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Managing the library and archive environment

Managing the library and archive environment - National Preservation Office Training Day. This one-day course will help librarians and archivists to understand the effect that a poor environment has on collections, and demonstrate how to monitor and control their storage environment - 26 November 2008 - London, UK

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #33

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #33 : "This week's episode brings a shorter than normal commentary as well as interviews from New Media Expo 2008. Interviews from the exhibit floor at New Media Expo 2008 will be aired this week and next. This week's thread was hardware while next week's is software and service providers". Previous Podcasts can be found here

New Zealand Library Week 2008

"Library Week, 18-24 August, is a week long celebration of libraries and librarianship in New Zealand taking place in libraries all across the country. Library Week has been going for over 35 years and is a chance to learn more about the many services libraries offer and to celebrate the important role they play in your community. This year the Library Week theme is 'What's Your Story?'"

Cites & Insights 8:9 (September 2008)

Cites & Insights 8:9 (September 2008) is now available for downloading

JISC Podcast: Theses go digital

"As part of the JISC funded Digitisation Programme a new system is being developed called EThOS which will enable researchers and higher education institutions to access and share theses online. In this podcast with Rebecca O'Brien from JISC, Kevin O'Leary, project manager of EThOS, shares how valuable this new system will be when it is fully launched later in the year"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009 Conference

Electronic Resources & Libraries 2009 Conference - 9-12 February, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ubiquitous Learning Conference 2008

The Ubiquitous Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities which are now pervasively part of our everyday lives - from laptops to mobile phones, games, digital music players, personal digital assistants and cameras - 17-19 November 2008 - Chicago, Illinois, USA

EBSCO Publishing and NewsBank form integrated search partnership

"Customers subscribing to databases from EBSCOhost and NewsBank will be able to easily link to NewsBank results using the EBSCOhost interface based on an agreement between the two companies. Through integrated search technology imbedded in EBSCOhost, mutual subscribers will be able to access results from NewsBank after launching a search in EBSCOhost. The service is free to mutual customers of both EBSCOhost and NewsBank full-text news databases"

Wellcome Library purchases Spilsbury papers

"Personal papers of the late Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the 'father of modern forensics', have been purchased at Sotheby's by the Wellcome Library. The GBP14,000 purchase of the materials dated from 1910-1930 are the only known collection of his personal papers still in existence, and are soon to become widely available and free for the public to view in the Wellcome Library's Rare Materials Room"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

ALADN 2009 Conference

ALADN 2009 Conference: Revolutionary Ideas in Library Advancement - 26-29 April 2009 - Colonial Williamsburg, VA, USA

RefWorks announces new release

"RefWorks has announced the latest release of features and enhancements to its web-based research management, writing and collaboration service for the academic and research communities. These enhancements, many made in direct response to requests by RefWorks users, have been developed to increase the utility of the service"

Census of Canada, 1881

"The 1881 Census offers a rich source of information about Canada and Canadians. Through this research tool, you can access digitized images of original census returns which list the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time of the 1881 Census. This includes notable figures such as Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir Robert Laird Borden, and Sir John A. Macdonald"

ZooKeys - open-access journal

"ZooKeys is a peer-reviewed, open-access, rapidly produced journal launched to support free exchange of ideas and information in systematic zoology. All papers published in ZooKeys can be freely copied, downloaded, printed and distributed at no charge for the reader. Authors may retain all other rights on their works. Authors are thus encouraged to post the pdf files of published papers on their homepages or elsewhere to expedite distribution"

Seamless Flow Programme from U.K. National Archives

The U.K. National Archives has finished its Seamless Flow Programme to automate the preservation of electronic government records

Supporting children's learning through public libraries

Supporting children's learning through public libraries: participants will gain more understanding of how children learn and current educational policies and practices, and will explore a wide range of strategies for fostering children's learning through the library - 11 November 2008 - London, UK

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: How Many?. Answers here.

1. How many pairs of legs does a spider have - two, four or six?
2. How many sides does a quadrilateral have?
3. How many colours are there in a rainbow?
4. How many lines are there in a sonnet?
5. How many events are there in a pentathlon?
6. How many years are there in a millennium?
7. How many children does the present Queen of Britain, Elizabeth II, have?
8. How many humps does a Bactrian camel have?
9. How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?
10. How many miles long is the River Amazon - nearly 2000, 4000 or 6000 miles?

Biblio Tech Review - August 2008

The August 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

IAML / IMS 2009 conference

International Association of Music Libraries Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) / International Musicological Society (IMS) 2009 conference - 5-10 July 2009 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Royal Society announces 2009 journal prices

The Royal Society has announced that its 2009 journal prices are now available

10th International Congress on Medical Librarianship

10th International Congress on Medical Librarianship - 31 August to 4 September 2009 - Brisbane, Australia

2008 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner

The winner of 2008 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is Garrison Spik (pronounced "speak"), a 41-year-old communications director and writer from Washington, D.C. Garrison Spik is the 26th grand prize winner of the contest that began at San Jose State University in 1982

Starting out: Preserving Digital Objects - Principles and Practice

DPE/Planets/CASPAR/nestor Joint Training Event: Starting out: Preserving Digital Objects - Principles and Practice - 13-17 October 2008 - Prague, Czech Republic

Thursday, August 14, 2008

ProQuest releases first online version of Documents on British Policy Overseas

"ProQuest has released the first online version of Documents on British Policy Overseas, providing serious scholars in history and world affairs unprecedented access to the activities and thoughts of Britain's diplomats and policymakers, from the build-up to World War I to the Cold War. Until now, this valuable collection of primary source materials was only available through three different print series. Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has partnered with ProQuest to make these materials available digitally through libraries"

Thomson Reuters adds new resources to Citation Impact Center

"The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of new features to the Citation Impact Center - a Web-based resource devoted to scholarly resources and discussion about the many facets of citation-based evaluation. The Citation Impact Center, formally the Citation Impact Forum, now features interviews and commentary from industry leaders - bibliometricians, researchers and publishers - about scholarly evaluation. In addition, with a streamlined site registration, visitors can take part in a discussion about the published articles. Industry experts are encouraged to submit articles and commentary for publication to the site"

WebJunction launches new online social and learning experience for the library community

"WebJunction, the online learning community for librarians and library staff, has launched a new social and learning experience in close collaboration with partners in 15 U.S. state libraries. The new site builds on the deep repository of helpful content, relevant courses, and active discussions that have been the hallmark of WebJunction since 2003"

ABC-CLIO eZine - August 2008

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

Crossroads - August 2008

Crossroads: the newsletter of WebJuntion.org - August 2008 issue is now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Penguin Podcast 53

"This podcast features three of our top summer titles, Marian Keyes' This Charming Man, the new James Bond adventure Devil May Care and a brand new Artemis Fowl novel from Eoin Colfer" - Previous Penguin Books podcasts can be found here

Victorian Networks & the Periodical Press

"The 2009 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference will explore the ways in which the periodical press relied on a variety of networks, including journalistic, business, communication, technology, transportation, imperialist, immigration, political, activist, scientific, philosophical, literary, artistic, and other social networks. The program will include several panels and two plenary speakers as well as workshops devoted to digital resources and methods of teaching periodicals - 21-22 August 2009 - University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA"

2008 Hugo Award results announced

The results of the 2008 Hugo Awards were announced at Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, in Denver, Colorado, USA, on August 9 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: August 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: August 2008: "Open Source Software has been around for many years. Open Source components have been used to develop library systems since the late 1990's. Koha, acknowledged as the first fully open source library system was launched by its New Zealand based developers in 2000. The growing interest around open source, stimulated by Koha, was given a significant boost when Georgia Public Libraries launched Evergreen in September 2006.

We have two guests this month:

* Karen G. Schneider, Community Librarian for Equinox Software, the support organisation which grew out of the Evergreen project.
* L J Haravu Chief Domain Specialist, Verus Solutions Pvt., Ltd., Hyderabad India, the software company behind NewGenLib the Open Source library system successfully spreading across India and the Middle East.

Stimulated by the success of the organisations represented by our guests, the gang for this month - Nicole Engard, Talin Bingham, Andrew Nagy, Marshall Breeding, and Carl Grant - go on to discuss how Open Source Library Systems, and the open approach behind them, have changed the way all system suppliers both commercial and Open Source are delivering their systems and engaging with their customers"

DPE presentations added on Slideshare.net

All the presentations from DigitalPreservationEurope are also now available on slideshare.net

IASL 2009 Annual Conference

IASL 2009 Annual Conference: 38th Annual Conference incorporating the 13th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship. Theme: School Libraries in the Picture: Preparing Pupils for the Future Information Research through the School Library - 2-4 September 2009 - Abano Terme (Padua), Italy

Reinventing Science Librarianship

Reinventing Science Librarianship: an ARL/CNI Forum - October 16–17, 2008 - Arlington VA, USA

YALSA's 2008 Young Adult Literature Symposium

"Join YALSA for the inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium, to be held biannually starting in 2008. The first symposium, on the topic 'How We Read Now,' will take place November 7–9, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. The Young Adult Literature Symposium is funded in part by the William Morris Endowment"

Europeana coming in November 2008

"Europeana will launch in November 2008, bringing you digitised books, films, paintings, newspapers, sounds and archives from Europe’s greatest collections"

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nielsen Book E-Book listings policy statement

"The International ISBN Agency recently issued a policy statement on the use of ISBNs for E-Books restating the requirement in the ISBN standard that each different format of an electronic publication requires a separate ISBN, and newly legitimising the application in some circumstances of ISBNs to E-Book products by resellers and distributors to ensure the continuity of trade systems across the supply chain. In response, Nielsen Book, operators of the UK ISBN Agency and providers of the leading product information, transaction and sales measurement services for the English language book industry worldwide, are announcing our listings policy for E-Books..."

Manchester Literature Festival 2008

Manchester Literature Festival 2008: "Writers will be travelling to Manchester from as far afield as North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States to take part in our third festival, organised in association with CityLife.co.uk. We'll also be showcasing plenty of local talent at our Festival Hub. With events ranging from Past Crimes to A Place for Romance and literature in translation to children's fiction, the programme caters for all literary tastes. And, as part of our Big Science Read Weekend, we will be hosting a series of readings, debates and workshops exploring the interplay between literature and science"

Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2009 participants

OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the American Theological Library Association, has named librarians chosen to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2009

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #32

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #32 : "This week's episode brings a mix bound by the thread of 'borders'. The program this week brings an interview with Amy Kudwa, a spokesperson at the United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as a commentary looking at how history plays a role in the way we look at borders". Previous Podcasts can be found here

August Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing

The August batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 56 books this month, and a grand total 1,274 copies to give out. The deadline to request copies of these books is Sunday, August 17 at 6pm, EDT

Monday, August 11, 2008

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

STM and business publisher, Inderscience, has published the first issues of 2 new titles:

International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications
International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics

Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and the American Heart Associationhave announced that the full text of Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging is now available online

New journals from SAGE Publications

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

General Music Today
Journal of Music Teacher Education
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education
The Journal of School Nursing
Journal of Research in Music Education
Music Educators Journal
Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders

Classification and subject retrieval in the 21st century

Classification and subject retrieval in the 21st century - CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference - 3-5 September 2008 - Glasgow, Scotland

In the Transition Zone: Making the Move from Print to Electronic Journals

In the Transition Zone: Making the Move from Print to Electronic Journals - Sponsored by College & Research Division and Technical Services Roundtable, Pennsylvania Library Association - September 12, 2008 - Grantville, PA, USA

Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984

"The H.W. Wilson Co. has announced Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900–1984, a new resource that cites tens of thousands of essays from anthologies and other sources published dating back to 1900. This database is designed to unlock a wealth of information and opinion that might otherwise be inaccessible - unsung tracts hidden away in decades of larger works"

Finalists announced for TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

The Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Group have announced the finalists of the 2008 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for the most distinguished book of the year. This annual award recognizes excellence in Canadian children's literature with a $20,000 prize

JISC Podcast: Beyond the Google Generation report – next steps

"The Google Generation made a major impact when it was published in January of this year. In this podcast interview one of its authors Ian Rowlands of University College London talks to Philip Pothen from JISC about some of the implications of the report, while Rachel Bruce, JISC programme director, gives her views on the report and possible next steps"

Koha version 3 released

"Koha 3 is the next-generation release of the award-winning Koha open-source integrated library system"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Swets Charleston Conference Scholarship

Swets North America has announced that it is offering a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 2008 Charleston Conference, taking place November 5-8, 2008

WILU 2009

WILU 2009 - 25-27 May 2009 - Montreal, Canada

Call for proposals from Urban Library Journal

The editors of Urban Library Journal have announced a call for proposals for the Winter 2008-2009 issue

Effectively Branding Your Information Services

Effectively Branding Your Information Services: "All libraries and information teams need to ensure their internal clients are aware of the products and services available to them. Can creating a brand for your services help? This seminar will feature two case studies highlighting how a commercial bank and professional service firm have significantly increased awareness and usage for their information services by creating and promoting their services within a single brand" - 18 September 2008 - SLA Europe

BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter - August 2008

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

Wiley-Blackwell backfiles

"Wiley-Blackwell have been digitising the backfile articles of some 500 scholarly journals since January 2006. Thus allowing users to browse and read the abstracts of articles right back to the very first volume and issue. For some titles this can include articles over 100 years old! Users will benefit from seamless online access to the content of Wiley-Blackwell journals, regardless of whether an article was published in 2006 or 1906. The backfiles of the following journals are now available online, please click on the links below to read through the article abstracts for free:"

African Journal of Ecology
Aquatic Conservation
Austral Ecology
Australian Journal of Entomology
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Biological Reviews
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Conservation Biology
Curtis's Botanical Magazine
Ecological Entomology
Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Forest Pathology
Freshwater Biology
Global Change Biology
Grass and Forage Science
Insect Molecular Biology
Insect Science
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Journal of Phycology
Journal of Phytopathology
Mammal Review
Marine Ecology
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Molecular Ecology
New Phytologist
Physiologia Plantarum
Physiological Entomology
Plant, Cell & Environment
Restoration Ecology
Systematic Entomology
Weed Research
Zoologica Scripta
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership

"The Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership is designed to strengthen the capacity of librarians to serve in management and leadership roles in Canada's public, private, and government libraries. The program has been developed in partnership with leaders in the University of Victoria Library. It is designed to meet ongoing demands from professional librarians for comprehensive training in management, leadership and business skills. Students from across Canada have the opportunity to relate their studies to practical challenges in their workplace so that libraries benefit from the applied learning and skills of their staff"

HighEdWeb 2008 conference

HighEdWeb 2008 conference - 5-8 October 2008 - Springfield, Missouri, USA

ERIC redesigns web site

"ERIC has announced the release of a new Web site structure and design. The new ERIC Web site features several enhancements that will make the experience of using the site easier and faster for individual researchers, along with improvements to aid librarians in supporting ERIC users. These enhancements include improved navigation, expanded help and training, an information area for librarians, and a lighter visual design"

Sudan Open Archive version 2.0

"The Sudan Open Archive offers free digital access to knowledge about all regions of Sudan. It is an expanding, word-searchable, full-text database of historical and contemporary books and documents. The current version, SOA 2.0, incorporates a comprehensive, interactive guide to internet resources on Sudan"

Saturday, August 09, 2008

British Columbia City Directories, 1860-1901

"These directories contain an abundance of fascinating information about British Columbian communities, including: detailed street and name listings of individuals and businesses in Vancouver and Victoria; population figures; listings of government offices and officials; operating newspapers; schools; libraries; advertisements; classified directories; specialized industry directories (particularly in the early years); and lists of names and businesses for towns throughout British Columbia"

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - August 2008

The August 2008 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available

NextSpace - June 2008

NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter - No. 9, June 2008, is now available

Ordnance Survey six-inch Scottish maps online

Hundreds of six-inch to the mile scale maps are now part of the National Library of Scotland's online collection of historic Ordnance Survey mapping. The maps date from 1843 to 1882, when Ordnance Survey carried out its earliest comprehensive survey of Scotland

2008 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Australian Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced the short list for the 2008 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Library Connect - August 2008

Library Connect Volume 6, No 3, August 2008 is now available from Elsevier

CILIP Graduate Open Day 2008

CILIP Graduate Open Day 2008: Skills for the 21st Century Information Professional - 3 October 2008 - London, UK

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Males and Females. Answers here.

1. What is the usual word for a female dog?
2. What is the usual word for a male duck?
3. What is the usual word for a female sheep?
4. What is the usual word for a female fox?
5. What is the usual word for a male goose?
6. What is the usual word for a female seal?
7. What is the usual word for a female tiger?
8. What is the usual word for a male swan?
9. What is the usual word for a female antelope?
10. What is the usual word for a female zebra?

Podcast: Using the London Family History Centre

"Director of the London Family History Centre, Sharon Hitze, gives an indepth talk about the excellent facilities available for family historians at the centre. The centre is one of more than a hundred in the British Isles run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"

Fedora 2.2.3 Maintenance Release

Fedora Commons has released version 2.2.3 of the Fedora software that includes the repair of a serious security defect and several bug fixes

100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access

100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access by Alisa Miller: "Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all. You don't have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they have to offer. From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you"

2008 National Diversity in Libraries Conference

The 2008 National Diversity in Libraries Conference is being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Library Association, Kentucky School Media Association, and Southeastern Library Association joint conference in Louisville, KY. The NDLC is supported by the libraries of the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, and the Association of Research Libraries Diversity Initiatives - October 1-4, 2008 - Louisville, KY, USA

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar - August 26, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: "Taming Technolust: Planning in a Hyperlinked World" presented by Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois - August 26, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Leeds Equity Partners acquires Ex Libris Group

"Ex Libris Group, has announced that Leeds Equity Partners has completed the acquisition of the Ex Libris Group"

Banned Books Week 2008

"Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary - September 27 to October 4"

FreePint Newsletter 258

FreePint Newsletter 258 - 7 August, 2008 now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Emerald announces opening of North American office

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the establishment, on June 2, 2008, of Emerald Inc., a subsidiary company incorporated in the United States and based in new headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1000 Voices Archive

"The 1000 Voices Archive is a U.S. based film, video and advocacy tool collection based at the Tribeca Film Center and partnering with POV and American Documentary that connects film makers, advocates and advocacy communities, teachers, educators, and classrooms to create short form films and videos of one thousand Americans telling stories that reflect their values"

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

"776 museums, libraries, and archives, representing every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam 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 affect the ability of small libraries and museums to care for their collections"

EDUCAUSE Quarterly v31n3

EDUCAUSE Quarterly - Volume 31, Number 3 2008 is now available

Kids Open Dictionary Builder

"The Kids Open Dictionary Builder is a new wiki-style dictionary intended especially for kids who want to be able to read simple definitions of real world terms. Of course, the dictionary can be used by anyone: students of all ages, teachers, publishers and more. All content will be contributions to the public domain, free for anyone to use, modify and repurpose"

Deep Web 2.0

Deep Web 2.0 will briefly investigate just what is meant by Web 2.0, Wikis, Blogs and RSS - 5 September 2008 - Sunderland, UK

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

HeinOnline Update - July 2008

HeinOnline Update - July 2008 is now available

Wiley Organic Essentials available via CambridgeSoft

"Wiley-Blackwell has announced a new agreement with CambridgeSoft Corporation by which CambridgeSoft will offer structure- and substructure-searchable versions of Wiley's organic chemistry content to their customers under the title of Wiley Organic Essentials. Under this agreement, CambridgeSoft will provide Wiley-Blackwell's reaction databases and online reference works to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical industries and to higher education and academic researchers worldwide. CambridgeSoft will begin offering Wiley Organic Essentials to its users and customers with immediate effect"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 164

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 164 - August 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

The OLE Project

"With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project will convene the academic library community in the design of an Open Library Management System built on Service Oriented Architecture. The project leaders are a multi-national group of libraries dedicated to thinking beyond the current model of an Integrated Library System and to designing a new system that is flexible, customizable and able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern, dynamic academic libraries. The end product will be a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products"

New ALA website coming soon

You can now preview, and comment upon, the new ALA website which will be fully available shortly

2008 RITA and Golden Heart winners

The winners of the 2008 RITA and Golden Heart awards have been announced. RITA awards are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for the best in published romance fiction

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - July 2008

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 96(3) July 2008 - is now available online

JISC Podcast: The Future is Green

JISC Podcast: The Future is Green - "JISC is funding a number of projects on reducing the environmental impact of information and communications technology in institutions. Case studies are being complied on current environmentally sustainable practices in the education sector, one of which focuses on work at Cardiff University. In this podcast interview, Xanthe O’Donnell speaks with Dr. Hugh Beedie, the Chief Technology Officer at Cardiff University about a recent sustainable IT workshop"

Oxford Journals now deposits NIH-funded articles into PubMed Central

"Oxford Journals has announced that they will deposit into PubMed Central any articles published in any of their biomedical journals which are identified by the authors as being funded by the National Institutes of Health. This development helps authors to comply with the public access policies of the NIH"

GBP265,000 research grant awarded to the British Library

The British Library has been awarded GBP265,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to fund a major research project into the Library's collection of medieval and Renaissance Royal illuminated manuscripts. The project, a collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, will culminate in a major exhibition at the British Library in 2011-2012

Monday, August 04, 2008

Tobacco Induced Diseases

Tobacco Induced Diseases is the official journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases. The journal encompasses all aspects of tobacco induced diseases, including their underlying mechanisms, as well as the prevention of tobacco addiction

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #31

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #31 : "First up was author David Michael Slater who discussed his writing career. Following Slater was the CEO of search engine Mahalo, Jason Calacanis. Calacanis talked about his company as well as the search engine field. Rounding out our session of interviews was Tim Darlington, Digital Services Manager at the library of Massey University. Darlington spoke about Massey University being the first of the academic institutions in New Zealand to have its library adopt a discovery layer such as Encore from Innovative Interfaces". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Mackintosh Italian Job

"A little known sketchbook used by the world famous Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh on a tour of Italy has now been opened up for use online. The sketchbook, which is today held in the Glasgow School of Art archive, was taken by Charles Rennie Mackintosh on his tour of Italy, France and Belgium in 1891 as the recipient of the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship. It provides a unique insight into the architect's formative years and shows Mackintosh as a young architect with a mind of his own. Mackintosh ignored the strict stipulations of the grant body which made his trip possible, and instead pursued his desire to learn more about Renaissance architecture"

IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008

IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008 - 13-15 October 2008 - Freiburg, Germany

biab online: the british & irish archaeological bibliography

"biab exists to help you find out about archaeology via the published sources. The biab online database contains datasets covering publications from AD 1695 to the present day on archaeology and the historic environment, historic buildings, maritime and industrial archaeology, environmental history, and the conservation of material culture - with a geographical focus on Britain and Ireland"

2009 NASIG Conference

2009 NASIG Conference - 4-7 June 2009 - Asheville, North Carolina, USA

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #124

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #124 - August 2 2008 is now available

2008 National Book Festival Podcasts

2008 National Book Festival Podcasts from Warren Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Sharon M. Draper, Arthur Frommer and Pauline Frommer, Kay Ryan, Jan Brett, Jon Scieszka, R.L. Stine

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Emerald enhances reprints service with Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink

"Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced that its reprints licensing service is now available through the Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink. The enhancement offers a highly efficient real-time solution to Emerald content users wishing to reuse copyrighted material published in over 180 Emerald journals. This development also complements the permissions service which has been delivered through Rightslink online ordering system since January 2008, enabling users to gain instant information and guide prices directly from the article abstract page"

Call for society publishers to participate in free semantic web pilot project

"TBI Communications and Talis have announced a joint initiative that offers society publishers the opportunity to participate in a free pilot project designed to test the application of Web 2.0 and semantic technologies to journal articles. The project will explore the potential of these tools to increase membership engagement – with other members, and with the society and its publications"

DLF Fall Forum 2008

DLF Fall Forum 2008 - 12-14 November 2008 - Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Orwell Diaries blog

"'When one reads any strongly individual piece of writing, one has the impression of seeing a face somewhere behind the page', wrote George Orwell, in his 1939 essay on Charles Dickens. From 9 August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell's face from reading his most strongly individual piece of writing: his diaries. The Orwell Prize is delighted to announce that, to mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell's recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict"

New open access journal: The Plant Genome

"The Plant Genome is an international, open-access, electronic journal published by the Crop Science Society of America. The goal of The Plant Genome is to provide the readership with a short submission-to-online publication of the latest advances and breakthroughs in plant genomics research"

AU Libraries Anywhere

AU Libraries Anywhere is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to the Auburn University Libraries' resources. It's based on Virginia Tech's LibX plugin

Amazon.com to Acquire AbeBooks

"Amazon.com, Inc. has announced that, subject to closing conditions, it has reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world"

TL Infobits - July 2008

The July 2008 issue of TL InfoBits, the information and instructional technology newsletter from the Information Technology Services at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is now available online

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #52

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #52 - Uncontrolled Tech Support is now available for download. Topics:

1. A conversation with the folks from LibGig
2. Do Senior Librarians Have a Moral Obligation to Retire?
3. Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
4. Medical Version of Wikipedia, With Universities' Help, Gets Ready to Go Live
5. Former Employees of Google Prepare Rival Search Engine

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

Many things are named after the people who invented or discovered them, or were associated with them. Can you answer these questions about inventions and discoveries?

1. The name of the world's highest mountain was recommended by the surveyor-general of India (1790-1866), who was the first to undertake detailed mapping of the Himalayas. What is the mountain's name?
2. A well-known scale for expressing the magnitude of earthquakes is named after an American seismologist who devised it in 1935 with the German Beno Gutenberg. What was the American seismologist's surname?
3. What was the surname of the French musician and inventor, first name Louis, who in 1824 developed a method of coding information to enable the blind to read, using groups of six raised spots produced by embossing paper?
4. A famous space telescope which was launched in 1990 and orbits the earth was named after an American astronomer (1889-1953) who investigated nebulae and the galaxies. What was his surname?
5. What was the surname of the German physicist, whose first name was Hans, who invented a device for counting atomic particles?
6. What type of clothing was named after Mrs Amelia Bloomer of New York, about 1850?
7. The Swedish inventor of dynamite, who died in 1896, endowed a series of prizes which are awarded annually for work in such subjects as physics, medicine and literature. What was his name?
8. A reversal of sounds in two words, with humorous effect, is named after an English clergyman and scholar who supposedly said things like "May I sew you to another sheet?" when he meant "May I show you to another seat?". What was his surname?
9. A phrase for "a choice that is not a choice at all" is named after an Elizabethan stable-owner who would only lend out the one horse nearest the stable door. What was his surname?
10. A miner's safety lamp is named after the English chemist who invented it. His first name was Humphry; what was his surname?

Library of Congress launches "E-Giving" site for donations

"While the Library of Congress relies upon congressional appropriations to carry out its missions, much of its work also depends on the generosity of the private sector: individuals, corporations and foundations. It is now much easier to support the de facto national library through financial donations with the launch of the Library’s new e-Giving web site"

Current Cites - July 2008

Current Cites (edited by Roy Tennant) - July 2008 is now available

Contemporary Storytelling: Theory and Practice

"This autumn the Scottish Storytelling Centre is launching a pioneering new storytelling qualification in partnership with Newbattle Abbey College near Edinburgh. Contemporary Storytelling: Theory and Practice is a unique course combining two residential weekends at Newbattle, with a personal project between them. It is designed for storytellers in professions as well as professional storytellers and leads to a Professional Development Qualification (SQA Level 7) recognised by all academic institutions and professional associations"

New titles at Project MUSE

Now available at Project MUSE: Arthuriana and Oral History Review

The Right to Research: Engaging students on the topic of access to research

The Right to Research: Engaging students on the topic of access to research - A SPARC Online Event - August 6, 2008 - 1:00-2:30PM EST