Featured Link

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


ChemSynthesis is a freely accessible database of chemicals. This website contains substances with their synthesis references and physical properties such as melting point, boiling point and density. There are currently more than 40 000 compounds and more than 45 000 synthesis references in the database

International School Library Day UK

International School Library Day - "This year we will again be encouraging our members to celebrate International School Libraries Day which will be on 6th October 2008 in the UK. The theme for this year will be Literacy and Learning at your School Library" - 6 October 2008

October talks at The National Archives (UK)

"In October, The National Archives (UK) hosts a number of fascinating free events and talks where specialists will share their knowledge and offer useful advice on research and best practice for using the archives. With subjects as diverse as Magna Carta and King John to Britain's changing relationship with the European Community, these talks provide a valuable insight into key historical events and issues"

2008 Guardian Children's fiction prize winner

The winner of the 2008 Guardian Children's fiction prize is Patrick Ness for The Knife of Letting Go

American Library Association updates website

The American Library Association has updated its website with a new format and improved functionality

University of Michigan at forefront of new era in publishing

"With the installation of a state-of-the-art book-printing machine at one of its libraries, the University of Michigan stands at the new frontier of 21st-century publishing, offering printed and bound reprints of out-of-copyright books from its digitized collection of nearly 2 million books, as well as thousands of books from the Open Content Alliance and other digital sources"

Libraries Unleashed

Libraries Unleashed is a microsite published in the Education section of The Guardian, UK

Cats in Books - A Celebration of Cat Illustration through the Ages

"On 26 September 2008, the British Library published a lavishly illustrated volume featuring some of the finest depictions of cats as they have appeared in books over the centuries. Some, like Sir John Tenniel's classic Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, are well known, while other unique and less familiar images of cats are reproduced from treasured British Library manuscripts, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Luttrell Psalter"

Wiley-Blackwell to publish British Journal of Pharmacology

Wiley-Blackwell has announced that it has won the rights to publish the British Journal of Pharmacology, the official journal of the British Pharmacological Society, effective January 1, 2009. The Company already publishes the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology on behalf of the Society

ARL: A Bimonthly Report - August 2008

ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 259 (August 2008) is now available

Monday, September 29, 2008

Palgrave Macmillan announces three new journal society contracts for 2009

Palgrave Macmillan has announced that as of 2009 it will publish three additional, established peer-reviewed journals:

Business Economics
The European Journal of Development Research
OR Insight

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - March 2008

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 67, No 3 - March 2008 - is now available online

Library of Congress Fall 2008 Literary Season

The Library of Congress fall literary season, which will open on October 16 with a reading by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Kay Ryan, will also include a poetry reading on October 23 by poets Jane Shore and Dabney Stuart and a lecture by poet and critic James Longenbach on November 20

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #41

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #41 : "This week's episode is a bit of a break from a very busy week previously. After the information overload of three episodes covering BlogWorldExpo, the team brings an interview with search engine company hakia". Previous Podcasts can be found here

United Nations Treaty Collection updated

The United Nations Treaty Collection website has been re-designed and updated

Saturday, September 27, 2008

e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection 2009 pricing

2009 pricing information for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection is now available for download

Portland Press to publish ASN NEURO

American Society for Neurochemistry chooses Portland Press Limited to publish its new journal ASN NEURO. ASN NEURO will be launched in 2009 as an Open Access journal to further the Society's mission to advance, promote, support, encourage and facilitate communication among investigators in the cellular and molecular neuroscience community

EDINA Newsline September 2008

EDINA Newsline September 2008 is now available

New UKOLN Cultural Heritage Web site

"UKOLN is working with Collections Trust, Culture 24 and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to provide resources and information to the museum, library and archive sector in the digital context. This new area of the UKOLN Web site provides access to a variety of resources on a range of issues of particular relevance to the cultural heritage sector, and brings together information previously distributed across the UKOLN Web site. The site is aimed at anyone with an interest in the use of digital resources and technology in the museums, libraries and archives sector, and provides a good starting point for beginners and a resource bank for those with some experience"

Information Research - Volume 13 No 3 - September 2008

Information Research - Volume 13 No 3 - September 2008 is now available from Publisher/Editor in Chief, Professor Tom Wilson

Wiley-Blackwell 2009 subscription and licensing options

Full and transparent explanations of the new options for Wiley-Blackwell 2009 subscriptions and licensing


Time Inc. and Getty Images will jointly launch LIFE.com in 2009. LIFE.com will be owned and operated by Time Inc. and Getty Images, and will provide access to iconic and professional photography collections available online

Urology Annals

"Urology Annals is a quarterly peer-reviewed international journal, published under the auspices of the Saudi Urological Association. The first issue of the journal will be launched in January 2009. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #40

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #40 : "Wrapping up this week's coverage of BlogWorldExpo 2008, the program's engineer edited down the interviews". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Omeka 0.10 Alpha now available

"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"

New annotation tool for British History Online

"British History Online is pleased to be able to launch a new annotation tool. Registered users will now be able to correct factual or transcription errors in the original calendars, add background, link to a corresponding resource or add a document transcription. User annotations - which will update, correct, and expand the calendars - will be visible to other readers. A free registration to the site is required. In the first instance, the annotation feature has been activated for the State Papers Colonial and the Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantation"

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Nine-letter Words. Answers here.

1. The planning and cultivation of a garden.
2. The first meal of the day, normally taken soon after getting up in the morning.
3. Magnetic tape used for recording visual images.
4. A dwelling on the roof or in the uppermost part of a building, usually structurally distinct.
5. A single press of a key on a keyboard, etc.
6. A female ballet dancer.
7. To provide (stools, armchairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
8. A building or room with equipment for physical exercise.
9. A musical instrument of Russian origin, having a triangular body and usually three strings which are played by plucking.
10. A word which has the same spelling as another, but has a different pronunciation and meaning, such as "lead".

2008 Washington State Book Award winners

The winners of the 2008 Washington State Book Award have been announced

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - September 25, 2008

Yale University Library joins Facebook

"In an effort to reach out to students on familiar territory, Yale library administrators recently launched a Yale University Library page on the social-networking Web site. The Facebook page offers news of upcoming Library events, a photo album of Yale's various campus libraries and links to other relevant Web sites such as the University Librarian's blog and the main University Library site. In addition, the page is filled with online research tools including a JSTOR search mechanism and a citation machine called 'CiteMe'"


"EuroJournals realizes the meaning of fast publication to researchers, particularly to those working in competitive & dynamic fields. Hence, it offers an exceptionally fast publication schedule including prompt peer-review by the experts in the field and immediate publication upon acceptance. We pledge to review the submitted articles as fast as possible and promptly include them in the forthcoming issues should they pass the evaluation process"


BioLit - search over 51,000 open-access articles with added semantic data

PALINET's Mass Digitization Collaborative pilots now underway

"The pilot program of PALINET's new Mass Digitization Collaborative is now underway. The Mass Digitization Collaborative, funded by the PALINET membership and supported in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is scheduled to be open to all PALINET members in October 2008, offering members the opportunity to contribute materials to a regional mass digitization project. PALINET facilitates the process by selecting vendors and developing a collaborative collection development policy, guidelines, standards, and workflows"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 166

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 166 - October 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

PALINET08 Conference + Vendor Fair

PALINET08 Conference + Vendor Fair - October 27-28, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - Keynote Speaker: Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer at RLG Programs, part of the Programs and Research division of OCLC

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates UMPCs to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission has announced that 48 Nebraska public libraries have been awarded WiFi Connectivity Grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Each library will be receiving a Linksys WiFi Router and a Dell laptop or Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC

SOPAC (Social Online Public Access Catalog)

"SOPAC (Social Online Public Access Catalog) is a Drupal module that provides true integration of your library catalog system with the power of the Drupal content management system while allowing users to tag, rate, and review your holdings. User input is then incorporated into the discovery index so that SOPAC becomes a truly community-driven catalog system"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year shortlist announced

The shortlisted entries for this year's JISC/Times Higher Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award have been announced:

* The Open University's (OU) Open Life project
* Coventry University's Location Independent Working scheme
* Nottingham University's One-Stop-Language-Shop
* The University of Westminster's Online training videos
* Sheffield Hallam University's Assignment Handler initiative
* Oxford University's Great War Archive

The JISC-sponsored award is designed to showcase the most innovative and potentially far-reaching ICT initiatives across the UK. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, on 23 October 2008

British Library and Camden libraries present THE BIG READ

"The British Library has joined up with Camden Council Library Service to organise a BIG READ to celebrate the National Year of Reading. The campaign will culminate in an exciting free event at the British Library in December when participants will have the opportunity to 'meet the author'. The National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading in all its forms and aims to help build a greater national passion for reading in England - for children, families and adult learners alike. To celebrate the campaign, the British Library and Camden Libraries invite you to take part in their BIG READ - taking place from 26 September to 16 December across all of Camden"

Re-launch of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

From Alexander Street: "Long a core reference for ethnomusicologists and anthropologists, and the perfect starting place for anyone trying to learn more about the music of a particular region, the ten-volume Garland Encyclopedia of World Music gained an even broader audience when Alexander Street released the fully cross-searchable online edition in 2007. Launched September 23, the second release of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online features a wide range of new content and technical enhancements that make the collection even more valuable and easy to use"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 261

FreePint Newsletter 261 - 25 September, 2008 now available

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: September 24 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: "Welcome to the profession: Where will you be in 25 years? Is that where you want to be?" presented by Jill Hurst-Wahl and Ulla de Stricker - September 24 2008

Netspeed 2008

Netspeed 2008 will take place October 22-24 at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


"The Arcadia Project is a three-year project funded by a generous grant from the Arcadia Foundation to Cambridge University Library. The grant will enable us to explore the role of academic libraries in a digital age, create new programmes and services, particularly for undergraduates - and also to improve the external environment of the library"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #39

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #39 : "This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. Many vendors there will not be at Internet Librarian to exhibit and had not ever heard of its existence prior" Previous Podcasts can be found here

Research Starters from EBSCO Publishing

"Research Starters are topic overviews, relevant to key areas of academic study, including links to key articles in associated EBSCOhost databases. Research Starters follow an easy to use format. The topics correlate directly to courses taught at colleges and universities and provide students with authoritative, discipline-specific articles offering comprehensive overviews of important academic subject areas and topics. The databases aim to provide a gateway to resources needed for assignments, including quick access to key, related articles from EBSCOhost which have been hand-picked by subject-matter experts and scholars. Each Research Starters database initially consists of 500 topics with approximately 25 to 50 new topics added each year. Each database includes a collection of summary articles written by subject-matter experts exclusively for EBSCOhost - approximately 3,000 words each. Articles are also available in both HTML and PDF versions"

DailyLit launches books from Oxford University Press

DailyLit reports: "We're excited to announce the addition of a new publisher to the DailyLit program. We just launched our first titles from Oxford University Press. The books cover a range of categories but all are thoughtful and thought-provoking additions to our collection. Brush up on your bon mots with Erin McKean's Weird and Wonderful Words, or learn about the original relationship between God and country in The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. Other titles available include What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, The New Faces of Christianity, Lawyers' Poker, and Infotopia"

Between the Lines: Perspectives on Literary Archives

Between the Lines: Perspectives on Literary Archives - 2008 Annual Conference of the British Records Association, held in association with the British Library - 2 December 2008 - London, UK

ACRL Podcast: Greening Seattle

In this podcast, ACRL 14th National Conference Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair Scott Walter and Green Conference Planning Committee members Juliet Kerico and Karen Munro discuss environmentally sustainable practices at next year's Seattle conference

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 4

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 4 is now available

China's national library to republish Ming, Qing dynasty books

"The National Library of China will reprint 556 ancient books as part of an ongoing effort to preserve traditional Chinese culture and promote academic research. The books, mostly from the Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1911 AD) dynasties, will be published over a three-year period"

JISC Collections agreements for four free journal archives

"Following an open procurement process, JISC Collections is making four journal archives freely available to all colleges, universities and research councils in the UK. These archives from the American Chemical Society, Brill Academic Publishers, ProQuest, and Taylor & Francis include 230 peer reviewed journals with some of the most important articles in the arts, built environment, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and the social sciences. JISC Collections' purchase of these archives means that researchers, teaching staff and students can now have free access to more than 150 years of content and over 800,000 fully searchable articles"

Banned Books Week video

"A library patron needs some books. Famous, award-winning, acclaimed books. Seems simple enough. And yet... Video produced in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 27-October 4, 2008, and in cooperation with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom"

Medieval literary treasures to go online

Manchester University's John Rylands Library will be digitising much of its renowned collection of medieval manuscripts, including parts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The project, funded by the the Joint Information Systems Committee, will allow widespread access to the works online. Staff will begin to scan the pages using a high definition camera in October and the results will be available by late 2009

AALL Spectrum - September/October 2008

AALL Spectrum - September/October 2008 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

Monday, September 22, 2008

2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

153 candidates from 60 countries are nominated for the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The winner will be announced in March 2009. The award, of five million Swedish crowns, is the world's largest for children's and youth literature, and the second-largest literature prize in the world

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #38

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #38 : "This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. The event was packed with vendors showing off tools and products to help bloggers produce even more effective content. With the rise of Library 2.0 and the growth in the use of blogs as well as other social media tools, much of what was on display was quite relevant for librarians" Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Professional Animal Scientist

The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and the Federation of Animal Science Societies has announced that the full text of The Professional Animal Scientist is available online

World Scientific journal pricing for 2009

World Scientific journal pricing for 2009 is now available

Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions

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

Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases now published

"The final version of Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases has been published. The deadline date for implementation of this Release is 31 August 2009, giving vendors a full year to meet its specifications. After this date only those vendors compliant with Release 3 will be considered COUNTER compliant"

ASM journals price announcement: 2009 subscription year

The American Society for Microbiology informs the library community that 2009 prices for ASM's 11 journals, including the All-11, Basic, and Clinical online packages, are now available

Oxford Journals Update for Librarians: Autumn 2008

Oxford Journals Update for Librarians: Autumn 2008 is now available for downloading

ABC-CLIO eZine - September 2008

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

Call for Nominations for Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

Call for Nominations for Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award - Presented by ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, the award consists of a citation and a $1,500 cash award donated by Ulrich's. The award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including but not limited to those made within the previous three years, demonstrated by such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs, contributions to the body of serials literature, conduct of research in the area of serials, development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials, other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials - Deadline is December 1 2008

JIBS Workshop: How to compete with Google

JIBS Workshop: How to compete with Google - Simple Resource Discovery Systems for Libraries - November 13, 2008 - London, UK

EuroparlTV launched

"EuroparlTV, the European Parliament's own webTV channel has been launched. Anyone with Internet access will be able to watch a regularly changing set of programmes based around the life of the Parliament. The aim of EuroparlTV is to bring Parliament closer to European citizens in a modern and creative format"


"Courtport, LLC has announced the launch of its LegalDockets.com successor site, Courtport.com. Courtport is an effective public record portal designed for law librarians, paralegals, attorneys, investigators, and other professional researchers to complete due diligence on individuals and businesses. Courtport's unique comprehensive service connects researchers directly to all federal, state, and local court case information, court rules and forms, property, recordings, liens, criminal, business, licensing/disciplinary, and other records."


"college.gov is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. The site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools). Most importantly, college.gov is intended to provide inspiration and hope to all students, and encourage them to consider and pursue a postsecondary education"

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 3/3

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 3, No 3 (2008) is now available

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Journal of Information Literacy

Journal of Information Literacy Vol 2, No 1 (2008) now available

Nine new journals from Inderscience Publishers

American Journal of Finance and Accounting
International Journal of Applied Management Science
International Journal of Arts and Technology
International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies
International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism
International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
International Journal of Society Systems Science
International Journal of Sustainable Economy

Saskatchewan Library Week 2008

Saskatchewan Library Week 2008 - October 20-27 - Saskatchewan, Canada

Andre Kostelanetz papers donated to the Library of Congress

"Papers of conductor and arranger Andre Kostelanetz are being donated to the Library of Congress by the musician's estate, marking a significant expansion of the collection Kostelanetz provided to the Library during his lifetime. Kostelanetz, who died in 1980, was a major figure in U.S. popular music and on radio for half a century. Early in his career, he was best known for his interpretations of classical pieces, and over his lifetime he was credited with selling more than 50 million recordings that tapped a public appetite for popular arrangements of classical and Broadway music."

The Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935

"The Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 offers more than 7 million searchable names from all ports in Canada and along the United States eastern coast. The collection also includes records for countless vacationers and travelers, military personnel, crew members, and historical figures including foreign leaders and celebrities" - ancestry.ca

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Martin Luther King
. Answers here.

1. In which city did Martin Luther King make his famous "I have a dream" speech?
2. Which American musician was involved in the campaign to achieve a national holiday in honour of Martin Luther King and wrote the song "Happy Birthday" for him?
3. Martin Luther King first came to national attention as leader of which boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955-56?
4. In which city was Martin Luther King murdered?
5. What was the name of Martin Luther King's widow?
6. Which US president, more than any president other than Lincoln, is remembered as a champion of civil rights for African-Americans? He signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
7. Complete this 1964 quotation from Martin Luther King: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as..."
8. What were the "Jim Crow Laws"?
9. Which organization was founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to fight for the rights of black people?
10. In the 1950s, Martin Luther King became active with the NAACP. What does the abbreviation "NAACP" stand for?

5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society - 30 January to 1 February 2009 - Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Library Journal - Sarah Palin and Libraries

Library Journal's complete coverage on the Sarah Palin and libraries debate plus additional sources and related links

bepress 2009 prices

The Berkeley Electronic Press has announced the 2009 price list for its journals and for ResearchNow, the collection of all bepress journals

Unlocking the Public Interest from The Canadian Library Association

Unlocking the Public Interest: The views of the Canadian Library Association on Bill C-61, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act

2008 Miami Book Fair International

The 2008 Miami Book Fair International is a program of the Florida Center of the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College - 9-16 November 2008 - Miami, Florida, USA

Thursday, September 18, 2008

2008 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award shortlist

The shortlist for the 2008 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award has been announced

Encyclopedia of Alabama

"The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama's history, culture, geography, and natural environment. It was developed through a partnership of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University and with the generous financial support of its founding sponsors"

Libraries and Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland 2008-2009 thirty-fifth edition

Libraries and Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland 2008-2009 thirty-fifth edition will be published in October 2008 by Facet

Fifth Annual ARL Leadership Institute

In conjunction with the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the Association of Research Libraries will host its Fifth Annual Leadership Institute for MLS students on January 24 and 25, 2009. The Leadership Institute will focus on issues related to transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries. The program will include guest presentations from library leaders and former ARL Diversity Scholars. Registration for this event is open to any MLS student free of charge

Nampa Board reverses itself on sex-ed books

"The Nampa (Idaho) Public Library board voted unanimously September 5 to return to open circulation The Joy of Gay Sex and The New Joy of Sex in the latest move in a two-year battle between area social conservatives and freedom-to-read advocates regarding the books' presence in the library collection" - American Libraries

Nominations open for the 2009 LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in communication for continuing education in library and information technology. Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Press, publishers of Library Hi Tech. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2008

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


ScienceStage is a new online portal for science, academic teaching and practice, bridging significant gaps in scientific learning and research

Cites & Insights 8:10 (October 2008)

Cites & Insights 8:10 (October 2008) is now available for downloading

JISC Podcast: Supporting Academic Staff

"A plethora of resources exist to support and enhance academic staff in their learning and teaching practices. With developing technologies, new learning approaches and changing expectations of learners, academic staff face added time-pressure in their quest to keep ahead in the learning and teaching practices and innovations. Themed syntheses of resources offer suitable avenues to the range available, providing openings to a wealth of information while recognizing the time limitations of today's academic staff. In this podcast Rebecca O'Brien provides examples of the range of resources available to academic staff in their practice in learning and teaching developments, giving some examples of the wealth of information in an area which is often raised as limiting developments in the sector"

$969,025 awarded in Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants

Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Ph.D., Director of The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that $969,025 will be distributed among this year's recipients of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grants. The 20 awardees consist of federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaskan Native Villages and corporations, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians that are improving their museum services for the benefit of their communities

Leading research institutions to further develop free global online access to findings of UK life sciences

"Eight leading biomedical research funding organisations, including Government bodies, Research Councils and Charities, have approved funding to further develop the UK PubMed Central website over the next three years. The development will be carried out by the British Library, the University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in close consultation with the UK's biomedical and health researchers. Since being launched in January 2007, UKPubMed Central has expanded to offer 1.3 million full-text, peer-reviewed research papers through its online digital archive"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2008 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards winners

The Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Rudd AM, has announced the two 2008 winners of the new the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Non-fiction winner is Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones. Fiction winner is The Zookeeper's War by Steven Conte

Science.gov Version 5.0

Science.gov 5.0 introduces:

Seven additional deep web databases
Clustering - your results are grouped by subtopics or dates to help you find just the science information you need
Updated Alerts service

Science.gov 5.0 enables you to:

Email selected results to friends and colleagues
Download result records into personal research files or citation software
Get the latest Wikipedia info on your search terms
Read the latest Eureka News related to your search terms

The UK National Archives launches new World War Two website

"In its tenth year, Learning Curve, The National Archives award-winning education website has launched World War II, an innovative, interactive site for Key Stage 3 & 4 History students and anyone with an interest in the Second World War"

The World Wide Web Foundation

"The World Wide Web Foundation seeks to advance One Web that is free and open, to expand the Web's capability and robustness, and to extend the Web's benefits to all people on the planet. The Web Foundation brings together business leaders, technology innovators, academia, government, NGOs, and experts in many fields to tackle challenges that, like the Web, are global in scale"

Primary Source - September 2008

Primary Source - September 2008 issue now available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC, USA

D-Lib Magazine - September/October 2008

D-Lib Magazine - September/October 2008 is now available

New audio releases from the British Library

The British Library has released the latest additions to its popular series of literary spoken word CDs, featuring previously unpublished BBC broadcasts of acclaimed British poets Edith Sitwell and George Barker

Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas)

"All four volumes of the Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), are now live. These volumes, calendaring the papers in Spanish archives that relate to English affairs, cover the whole of the reign of Elizabeth I. They illuminate, from the Spanish perspective, events such as the Babington Plot, the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Spanish Armada"

Promoting the Library: SPEC Kit 306: Published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries has published Promoting the Library, SPEC Kit 306, which provides an overview of the promotional efforts that ARL member libraries are undertaking

Monday, September 15, 2008

Biblio Tech Review - September 2008

The September 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

OAS joins World Digital Library

The Organization of American States (OAS) has agreed to join with the Library of Congress in developing the World Digital Library, which will open to the public at its formal launch in Paris next year

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #37

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #37 : "This week's episode brings an interview with Jessamyn West as well as a commentary by the program's audio engineer under the heading of "Patron Perspective"" Previous Podcasts can be found here

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - August 2008

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - August 2008, from The American Association of Law Libraries, is now available

Music in Purcell's London - an anniversary celebration at the British Library

On Saturday 4 October, the British Library and Purcell Society will mark anniversaries of three of London's leading 17th-century composers, Henry Purcell, John Blow and Giovanni Battista Draghi, with a study day at the British Library Conference Centre

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Twenty-five libraries selected to host "Pride and Passion" traveling exhibit

"The American Library Association Public Programs Office, in association with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has announced that 25 libraries have been selected to host Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience, a traveling exhibition telling the story of black baseball players in the U.S. over the past century and a half. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided major funding to the ALA Public Programs Office for the traveling exhibition. Pride and Passion is based upon a permanent exhibition of the same name on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y."

Call for papers: New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship

The editor is currently seeking articles for the next edition of the New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship. This is an international journal designed to explore the range of issues of current concern to those working in the field of children's literature and librarianship around the world

MLA London publishes Annual Review for 2007-8

This booklet from Museums Libraries Archives London sets out achievements during 2007/08, and also details development plans for 2008/09

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, has announced that the full text of Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine is available online

LILAC 2009 call for papers

The LILAC (Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference) 2009 call for papers is now open. The conference will be held at Cardiff University, Wales, from the 30 March to 1 April 2009. Submissions are welcomed from practitioners and researchers in a variety of formats including short and long papers, posters, workshops, demonstrations and symposiums

Matthews Book Company teams with ebrary for new e-book offering

ebrary has announced that it has joined forces with Matthews Book Company to distribute e-books and other authoritative content in medicine and allied health to libraries and other organizations throughout the world

Global Legal Monitor - September 2007

Global Legal Monitor - September 2007 now available online from The Law Library of Congress

Saturday, September 13, 2008

E-JASL - Summer 2008

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship - v.9 no.2 (Summer 2008) is now available

OCLC and Recorded Books agree to new partnership

"OCLC and Recorded Books have signed an agreement under which Recorded Books eAudiobooks will continue to be available to libraries through NetLibrary, OCLC's platform for eContent. Under the agreement, OCLC and Recorded Books will market Recorded Books eAudiobooks in North America and other regions around the world. OCLC and Recorded Books will continue to offer eAudiobook subscriptions and will work together to deliver new products and packages to meet the needs of individual libraries and library groups"

National Leadership Grants for 2008

"Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has announced the 44 recipients of National Leadership Grants, totaling $18.2 million. The largest museum and library joint grant program administered by IMLS, National Leadership Grants support projects that will advance the ability of museums and libraries to preserve culture, heritage, and knowledge while enhancing learning"

ProQuest and Google partnership will unlock newspaper content

"ProQuest has formed a partnership with Google that has the potential to bring millions of pages of newspaper content to the open web. The program allows web access to archives of both large and small newspapers. Without this initiative, these newspapers might never be digitized."

EBSCO: Just Released: Canadian Student Reference Centre Interface

"Designed exclusively for Canadian subscribers, the new Canadian Student Research Centre features new source types, such as Canadian and International Magazines, Canadian and U.S. Newspapers, adjusted Lexile limiter and grade values specific to Canadian values, and curriculum standard link destination modifications to go to specific Canadian pages"

Upcoming ACRL Webcast: Life-Work Balance

Life-Work Balance - 90 Minute Webcast - October 7, 2008 - Presented by Melanie Hawks, Learning and Development Coordinator at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - September 11, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which English novelist wrote twelve novels and seven short stories featuring Commander James Bond?
2. Which US author's novels include "The Firm", "The Pelican Brief" and "The Broker"?
3. Which English writer's first published novel was "Sense and Sensibility" in 1811?
4. What was the title of Joseph Heller's first novel?
5. Which British novelist wrote "Mrs Dalloway", "To The Lighthouse" and "The Waves"?
6. Was Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird", a man or a woman?
7. Which 1955 novel allowed Vladimir Nabokov to abandon teaching and devote himself to writing full-time?
8. Which US novelist wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "A Man in Full" and "I Am Charlotte Simmons"?
9. Which Scottish writer is best known for his "No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" group of novels about a detective agency in Botswana?
10. What was the title of Zadie Smith's first novel?

Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2009

"The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our eighth annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2009 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead. Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2008. Movers & Shakers 2009 will be distributed with the March 15 2009 issue of Library Journal"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Presentations and streamed video from Repository Fringe 2008

Presentations and streamed video from Repository Fringe 2008, held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been released

Wake Forest University's Anthropology Museum unveils online database of entire collection

"From 10,000-year-old American Indian tools and weapons to 20th century African masks, more than 26,000 artifacts in the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology's collections will be accessible online in a searchable database. Beginning Sept. 9, the public will be able to search the online database and find a photograph and description of each object, including information about where it was collected. The collection includes Japanese kimonos, thousand-year-old Egyptian coins, 19th century Inuit dolls, pre-Columbian earthenware pots, and a vast array of other artifacts from cultures around the world"

Future Anterior via Project Muse

Future Anterior, published by the University of Minnesota Press, is now available at Project Muse

ASIDIC Fall 2008 meeting

ASIDIC's Fall 2008 meeting will be held in Salem, MA, USA, September 14-16 2008

FreePint Newsletter 260

FreePint Newsletter 260 - 11 September, 2008 now available

Emerging Health Threats Journal

Emerging Health Threats Journal is a new peer-reviewed Open Access journal on emerging threats to human health. The journal is published by the Emerging Health Threats Forum. Authors retain copyright, and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Podcast: How The Society of Genealogists can help you

"The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. The charity's broad objectives are to 'promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy'" - UK National Archives

Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners

"The Dayton Literary Peace Prize has selected Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead) the winner of the 2008 fiction award and Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage) the nonfiction winner. Each receives a $10,000 purse. In addition to Diaz and Danticat, Civil rights historian Taylor Branch was named winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Runners up in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively were Daniel Alarcon for his novel Lost City Radio (HarperCollins) and Cullen Murphy for Are We Rome?, which compares Ancient Rome's politics and culture with that of the contemporary United States"

Modern Poetry in Translation via Exact Editions

Modern Poetry in Translation, a journal with an international reputation for the wide range of poets and translators that it presents and for serious and lively discussion of the art of translating poetry, is now available online via Exact Editions

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: September 2008: System Procurement

"All are agreed that the purchasing of a library system is not an insignificant undertaking, but in these times of rapidly changing 2.0 technology and open source systems, are the current procurement processes still fit for purpose? To help with the discussion we are joined by two guests this month who are both veterans of many tender processes:

Karen Reece Sales Manager, Talis.
Rob McGee Founder and President of RMG Consultants Inc.

Gang members Carl Grant and Marshall Breeding join in the discussion about the frustrations of the procurement process and how it may or may not be applicable. There again, the process does lead to contractual rigor, but is it at the expense of stifled innovation?"

BookLists feature launched on DailyLit

"BookLists allow you to create lots of different kinds of lists on DailyLit. Keep track of what you want to read next. Share your favorite books with your friends. Create a list of the books you think every person ought to read or make the all-star book list of mystery novels. The choices are endless - and totally up to you"

The Tyndale New Testament: new facsimile edition published by the British Library

"The British Library presents the first complete full colour facsimile of William Tyndale's pioneering translation of the New Testament from Greek into English. The British Library holds one of only two surviving copies of Tyndale's Bible"

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law online edition

"The new online edition of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law went live in August 2008. The initial upload included over 450 articles including over 120 that relate to judicial decisions and dispute settlement, and a set of articles covering the history of international law since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Of particularly topical interest are the articles on the fragmentation of international law, the position of heads of state and heads of government, Genocide, and the Taliban. The next upload will take place in October 2008"

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlists announced

The shortlists for The Roald Dahl Funny Prize have been announced

Man Booker Prize 2008 announces shortlist

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2008 has been announced:

Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh - Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant - The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher - The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz - A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

Lexis Web (beta)

Lexis Web is a search engine that indexes over 4,500 legal websites. Currently free of charge to use

UNICEF Newsmap

"UNICEF Newsmap is a Google Maps interface that provides users with an alternative navigation method to find multimedia news stories about UNICEF's programs. Within UNICEF Newsmap, an interactive Google map visually displays news stories, videos and audio pieces produced by UNICEF communication teams in more than 150 developing countries. Video and audio reports can be played directly from the map, which also contains links to web pages with the complete news stories. To enhance the experience, UNICEF Newsmap has the full range of Google Maps features - including zooming, panning and satellite mode"

UK e-Science 2008 All Hands Meeting

The UK e-Science 2008 All Hands Meeting is currently underway in Edinburgh, Scotland

2008 Oregon Book Award finalists announced

The finalists for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards have been announced. Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony, which will take place on November 9, 2008 in Portland

News Archive Partner Program

"The News Archive Partner Program provides a way for Google and publishers and repositories to partner together and make historical newspaper archives discoverable online. As part of Google News, the News archive search function provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives"

2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Libraries of all types, including academic and research libraries, are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The grant will be awarded to the library with the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2009 National Library Week theme, 'Worlds connect @ your library®'

Monday, September 08, 2008

Technology Tuesday Series from the Education Institute

Technology Tuesday Series from the Education Institute:

September 23, 2008 - Cool Tools for Library Webmasters - Darlene Fichter and Frank Cervone
October 7, 2008 - Fast and Easy Site Tune-ups - Jeff Wisniewski
October 21, 2008 - The Secret to User-Centered Web Sites: Cheap, Easy & Effective Usability Techniques - Erica Reynolds
November 18, 2008 - Designing the Digital Experience - David King
December 2, 2008 - Web 2.0 for Smaller, Underfunded Libraries - Sarah Houghton-Jan

ACRL/NY Annual Symposium 2008

The 2008 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, The 21st Century Library: Targeting the Trends, highlights innovations that transform libraries and engage users. Topics of discussion include gaming, going green and next generation catalogs - December 5, 2008 - New York, USA

Adobe ColdFusion 8 for Education

"Adobe ColdFusion 8 for Education is available for free to educational customers to use for learning purposes only and not for production purposes. This includes all qualified students, faculty and staff of eligible education institutions"

Chambers Reference Online

"Chambers has launched Chambers Reference Online, an online subscription service. The new service gives online access to The Chambers Dictionary, The Chambers Thesaurus and Harrap’s Unabridged French-English English-French Dictionary, in a browseable form which provides links between the three"

Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers

"Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers has been crowned the oddest book title of the past 30 years. In The Bookseller's online poll to find the 'Diagram of Diagrams', Derek Willan's comprehensive record of a sector of Greece's postal routes gained 13% of the public vote. Gary Leon Hill's People Who Don't Know They're Dead finished second (11% of the public vote) and John Trimmer's guide to avoiding maritime mishaps, How to Avoid Huge Ships (10%) finished third. The vote to discover the oddest title of the past 30 years was run in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Tittle of the Year" - The Bookseller

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #36

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #36 : "This week's episode features an interview with new media strategist Tommy Vallier talking about Google Chrome, an installment of Tech for Techies discussing how to build a telephone bridge for recording interviews, and a commentary" Previous Podcasts can be found here

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 73

Version 73 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. This selective bibliography presents over 3,350 articles, books, and other digital and printed sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet

Copac adds Society of Antiquaries of London catalogue

"The Society of Antiquaries of London Library is the major archaeological research library in the UK. The Library's present holdings number more than 100,000 books and around 800 currently received periodical titles. It holds British county histories, a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books on the antiquities of Britain and other countries, and a wide-ranging collection of periodical titles (British and foreign) with runs dating back to the early to mid-nineteenth century"

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Stevie Wonder named recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder as the recipient of the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place in the Great Hall of the Library on February 23, 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals updated

"Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 3614 journals in the directory. Currently 1249 journals are searchable at article level. 208756 articles are included"

Digital Literacy in an E-World

Digital Literacy in an E-World: 8th Annual SLIC/MmITS/SCURL E-Books Conference - 30 October 2008 - Glasgow, Scotland

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Credo Reference launches new interface

"Credo Reference has updated its interface. The platform now features elements developed as a result of direct feedback and testing with librarians worldwide. Credo Reference's online collection provides cross-searchable access to more than three million entries. With the new interface, Credo Reference users will be able to use new features such as improved concept map, direct linking to the resources of a library's choice, citation management, and bookmarking"

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - September 2008

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

September Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing

The September batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 1,020 copies of 50 books available this month

2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting

The 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held in Denver, CO, from January 23–28, 2009. The exhibits will be held January 23–26, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th Street. The Exhibits Opening Ribbon-Cutting will be held January 23, at 5:15 pm preceding the All-Conference Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor

First Monday - September 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 9, 1 September 2008 now available

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center from EBSCO

"EBSCO's newly-released Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts, games and sports today. The product includes full text for 463 magazines and books, as well as access to 146 videos and 144 hobby reports"

Bloomsbury Academic

"Bloomsbury Academic is a radically new scholarly imprint launched in September 2008. Bloomsbury Academic will begin publishing monographs in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. While respecting the traditional disciplines we will seek to build innovative lists on a thematic basis, on issues of particular relevance to the world today. Publications will be available on the Web free of charge and will carry Creative Commons licences. Simultaneously physical books will be produced and sold around the world"

ACRL Podcast: The Desk and Beyond

"In this podcast, College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free talks with Sarah Steiner and Leslie Madden of Georgia State University, editors of the ACRL publication The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services. They are joined by chapter authors Meredith Farkas of Norwich University, Ross LaBaugh of California State University - Fresno, and Jerilyn Veldof of the University of Minnesota to discuss the book along with current and future trends in reference services"

I Love My Librarian Award 2008 Award

"Nominations are now being accepted for The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award, administered by ALA's Public Information Office and Campaign for America's Libraries, encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations for librarians in college, community college and university libraries opened on September 2 and run through October 15"

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. In which state of the USA was Elvis Presley born?
2. Which British singer and songwriter was the lead singer of Queen, which he founded in 1971?
3. "Ciccone" is the original surname of which famous American pop singer and actress?
4. Which US pop singer's debut single and album were called "Baby One More Time"?
5. What is the real name of the member of the Spice Girls known as "Posh Spice"?
6. Which American singer and composer was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and modelled himself at first on Woody Guthrie?
7. Which singer's 1999 album "hours..." was one of the first by a major artist and a major label to be offered as a digital download?
8. Which US singer won an Academy Award for Best Actress in "Moonstruck" (1987)?
9. Which Welsh singer was described as "sweat personified" and "the man who made the Chippendales possible"?
10. Which American singer made her Broadway debut as Miss Marmelstein in the musical "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" in 1962?

Studies in the Novel via Project MUSE

Studies in the Novel, published quarterly by the English Department at the University of North Texas, is now available via Project MUSE

Podcast: Divorce Records after 1858

"An in-depth and light-hearted look into the divorce records and laws, put in context by an introduction to the very antiquated divorce laws pre-1858. Hear about the famous feminist and family planning crusader Marie Stopes' high-profile divorce. At the other end of the scale, hear the many and various reasons cited for divorce including going out without a bonnet!" - UK National Archives

OCLC Programs and Research launches Above the Fold weekly current awareness electronic newsletter

Above the Fold - a weekly newsletter for the changing world of libraries, archives and museums from OCLC

International Conference on Libraries, Information & Society 2008

International Conference on Libraries, Information & Society 2008 - 18-19 November 2008 - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Sabrina Pacifici receives the 2008 SLA/J. J. Keller Innovations in Technology Award

The Special Libraries Association and J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. have named Sabrina I. Pacifici, founder, editor and publisher of two leading free online resources for legal information, as this year's recipient of the J. J. Keller Innovations in Technology Award

E-News for ARL Directors - September 4, 2008

E-News for ARL Directors, September 4, 2008 is now available online

C&RL News - September 2008

C&RL News Volume 69, No. 8, September 2008 is now available from ACRL

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Information Today September 2008 issues

The September 2008 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

HeinOnline Update - August 2008

HeinOnline Update - August 2008 is now available

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #125

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #125 - September 2 2008 is now available


"twidox is a free, user generated online library of 'quality' documents that allows individuals and organizations to easily publish, distribute, share, and discover them. Documents on twidox are accessible to everyone online and will allow people to share their knowledge and help others with their work, learning, teaching and research"


"The Medpedia Project is an extraordinary global effort to collect, organize and make understandable, the world's best information about health, medicine and the body and make it freely available on the website Medpedia.com. Physicians, health organizations, medical schools, hospitals, health professionals, and dedicated individuals are coming together to build the most comprehensive medical resource in the world that will benefit millions of people every year"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - September 4, 2008

10th Annual UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

10th Annual UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference - March 16-18, 2009 - Durham, North Carolina, USA

Update: "Because of statewide budget reversions taking place this year, including travel restrictions that are currently in place on some campuses, the decision has been made to change the format of the 10th annual UNC TLT Conference from an in-person event to a virtual (online) event. The TLTC Board and staff are currently working on the details of this format change, including the possibility of new conference dates and networking opportunities. We will share this information with you as soon as possible. Please be on the lookout for emails about revised UNC TLT Conference plans

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog update

The September 3, 2008 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available

CILIP announces Honorary Fellowships for 2008

Recipients of Honorary Fellowships granted by CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in 2008 are:

* The Director-General of the Iraq National Library and Archive
* The Executive Director of the Medical Library Association of America
* The Cabinet Member for Cultural Services in Derbyshire County Council
* The former Chair of CILIP's Chartership Board

CILIP awards a small number of Honorary Fellowships each year to recognise distinguished service in promoting the purpose and objects of CILIP as laid out in CILIP's Royal Charter

TechKNOW August 2008

TechKNOW - the quarterly review of bright ideas published by the Technical Services Division of the Ohio Library Council - Volume 14, Issue 2, August 2008 is now available

Conflict in a Peaceful Library

Conflict in a Peaceful Library - WebJunction Webinar - Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 11:00 am Central Time

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


"authonomy is a brand new community site for writers, readers and publishers, conceived and developed by book editors at HarperCollins"

DRAMBORA toolkit

"The Digital Curation Centre and DigitalPreservationEurope have announced the release of the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit. This toolkit is intended to facilitate internal audit by providing repository administrators with a means to assess their capabilities, identify their weaknesses, and recognise their strengths. Digital repositories are still in their infancy and this model is designed to be responsive to the rapidly developing landscape. The development of the toolkit follows a concentrated period of repository pilot audits undertaken by the DCC, conducted at a diverse range of organisations including national libraries, scientific data centres and cultural and heritage data archives"

Say It Right: Speaking Confidently and Effectively - online course

Say It Right: Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Cheryl Stenstrom - Online course - November 3-28, 2008 - Developed for the Education Institute by Darlene Fichter's Northern Lights Internet Solutions, Inc., Saskatchewan

Time Management for Library Staff - online course

Time Management for Library Staff with Cheryl Stenstrom - On-line course - September 15 to October 9, 2008 - Developed for the Education Institute by Darlene Fichter' s Northern Lights Internet Solutions, Inc., Saskatchewan

DPE, Planets and CASPAR Third Annual Conference 2008

DPE, Planets and CASPAR Third Annual Conference: Costs, Benefits and Motivations for Digital Preservation - 28-30 October 2008 - Nice, France

British Library acquires the Dering Roll

"The Dering Roll, the oldest extant English roll of arms, dating from c. 1270-1280, has been acquired by the British Library following a successful fundraising campaign. The Roll depicts 324 coats of arms, approximately a quarter of the entire English baronage during the reign of King Edward I, making it a vital record for the study of knighthood in medieval England. The Dering Roll was acquired with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (£100,000), The Art Fund, the UK's leading independent art charity' (GBP40,000), Friends of the British Library (GBP10,000), Friends of the National Libraries (GBP10,000) and numerous donations from individual supporters"

Libraries connect communities : Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, 2007-2008

Libraries connect communities : Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, 2007-2008. Principal investigators, Denise M. Davis, John Carlo Bertot, Charles R. McClure; editor, Larra Clark. A study conducted by the American Library Association and the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize has been announced

ISKO UK Conference 2009

ISKO UK Conference 2009 aims to bring together people from all the diverse specialisms that contribute to integrated information systems and services - 22-23 June, 2009 - London, UK

Inventory of digital resources catalogues 3,707 free collections

"The JISC Digital Repositories and Archives Inventory project has finished phase 2 and has catalogued a total of 3,707 online collections that staff and students in higher education can access for free. These catalogue records will be added to the IESR"

Monday, September 01, 2008

JISC Podcast: Library spaces for the 'Google Generation'

"As investment continues to be made into new build and refurbishment projects across the country (UK), librarians are playing a key role in the design of buildings more suited to current styles of teaching and learning. In this podcast interview with Philip Pothen, Tim Giles, Librarian at the Norwich School of Art and Design, talks about a major refurbishment project at his college and how it's supporting the needs of a new generation of learners."

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #35

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #35 : "Considering the hurricane situation in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the normal slow-down to news at this time, this week's episode has no interviews to it. A new installment of Tech for Techies is presented relative to interviewing for podcasts and gives some advice for librarians and teacher-librarians who may be involved in such. The program's engineer presented a brief bit about BlogWorldExpo 2008. A commentary is also presented.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Beyond The Book #60: The Future of Reading

"In this discussion of the Future of Reading, panelists from publishing, academia, and the library community explore how social networking, online programming (including Internet-delivered TV), and related technology are poised to become saviors of printed word. Originally recorded at Book Expo America 2008"