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Monday, March 31, 2008

New journal from Marie Piccone, Publisher

Marie Piccone, Publisher, has announced that the full text of TELOS is available online

New journals from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has announced the following new journals:

The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy

New journals from SAGE Publications

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

Media, War & Conflict
Millennium - Journal of International Studies

A casual conversation with Marshall Breeding

A conversation with Marshall Breeding, the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University, held on March 28, 2008. (17.7 MB; runtime 57:23)

Free WiFi at the British Library from 1 October 2008

The British Library's St Pancras site will offer WiFi internet access free of charge from 1 October 2008. The free WiFi service will initially be a six month pilot scheme

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #15

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #15 : "This week's episode brings interviews with Great Western Dragon and Don Reisinger. Great Western Dragon, otherwise known as Dr. Daniel Messer, related his experience with the Virtual Conference part of PLA 2008 National. Don Reisinger chatted about tech issues in society. Although a commentary was planned it was cut due to time". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Royal Society Library Newsletter - March 2008

The Royal Society Library Newsletter - March 2008 issue is now available

UKeiG Annual Seminar 2008

UKeiG Annual Seminar 2008: Web 2.0 in action: Practical implementation in the workplace - 12 June 2008 - London, UK

Human Oral Microbiome Database

"The goal of creating the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD) is to provide the scientific community with comprehensive information o­n the approximately 600 prokaryote species that are present in the human oral cavity"

Photoshop Express

"The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop has launched a basic version available for free online. San Jose, California-based Adobe Systems says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online"

Bioscience Horizons

"Bioscience Horizons is a free online journal publishing the best undergraduate bioscience research from the UK and Republic of Ireland. The journal provides a forum for students, their supervisors and universities, to showcase high quality undergraduate research work, strengthening the link between teaching and research in higher education. All papers are written by students and based on final year research projects"

The worldwide collection of Shakespeare Quartos will become available online

"The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford together with the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, is to create the Shakespeare Quartos Archive, a freely-accessible digital collection. The initiative is one of five transatlantic digitization collaborations between British and American institutions awarded the first JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants. The other participating organizations include the British Library, Edinburgh University Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Shakespeare Institute at Birmingham University and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities"


"MasterKey is a hosted service developed and maintained by Index Data. It uses Ajax to improve the speed and functionality of simultaneous multi-target search and retrieval. The core Web service engine, on which MasterKey is based, is called Pazpar2, Index Data's second generation metasearch engine. The MasterKey hosted metasearch service is now, and will continue to be, freely usable for searching selected open content online resources and library catalogs. Commercial resources and additional catalogs can be added to the service using the fee-based version of MasterKey"


"In keeping with our commitment to environmental consciousness, EBSCO proudly offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond"

EPA libraries reopening

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to reopen five closed libraries to the public by this fall. Three of the EPA's 10 regional libraries and two libraries at the agency's Washington headquarters were closed because of limited public use and resources being available online"

Ten million articles on all Wikipedias

"Earlier this week the Wikimedia Foundation reached a significant new milestone: on Thursday, March 27, at 00:07 UTC the official article count for all Wikipedias combined reached 10 million. The ten millionth article, a short biography of 16th century English goldsmith and painter Nicholas Hilliard, was created in the Hungarian Wikipedia by user Pataki Marta"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sophie 1.0 available

"Sophie is software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment. Sophie's goal is to open up the world of multimedia authoring to a wide range of people and institutions and in so doing to redefine the notion of a book or 'academic paper' to include both rich media and mechanisms for reader feedback and conversation in dynamic margins. Version 1.0 is available for download now. This version runs on Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems"

USEMARCON latest version

"The latest version of USEMARCON (Version 3.06) offers librarians the ability to carry out fast on the fly conversion of MARC formats"


"Searchme lets you see what you're searching for. As you start typing, categories appear that relate to your query. Choose a category, and you'll see pictures of web pages that answer your search. You can review these pages quickly to find just the information you're looking for, before you click through"

Digital Preservation Europe releases PLATTER

Digital Preservation Europe has announced the release of PLATTER: a Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories

Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

From British History Online: "The records of the General Assembly are now live. They include both acts and proceedings from 1560 to 1618, and the acts from 1638 to 1842. Taken together they form a central source for the history of the Kirk from its earliest days"

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which folk-rock duo had hits with "Mrs Robinson" (1968) and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)?
2. Two US cartoonists joined together to make animated cartoons like "Tom and Jerry", "Yogi Bear" and "The Flintstones". What was the name of their company?
3. Which composer collaborated with William Gilbert to write operettas including "HMS Pinafore" and "The Mikado"?
4. Which US comic actor worked in partnership with Dean Martin from 1946 to 1956, starring in such films as "Artists and Models" and "Hollywood or Bust"?
5. Which singing duo had their first hit in 1965 with "I Got You Babe"?
6. The Wright brothers were the first to fly in a heavier-than-air machine. What were their first names?
7. Two French scientists, husband and wife, discovered the elements of polonium and radium. What was their surname?
8. Two singing brothers named Don and Phil had such hits as "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have to Do is Dream". What was the brothers' surname?
9. Which comedy duo appeared in the films "The Music Box", "Sons of the Desert" and "Way Out West"?
10. In the 1960s, singer Tony Martin formed a double act with his wife. Who was she?

Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year winner

"If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs" is the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, after a record-breaking 8,500 votes online

SPARC e-news - December 2007/January 2008

SPARC e-news - December 2007/January 2008: a bimonthly newsletter features the latest SPARC activities, an industry roundup, upcoming workshops and events, as well as articles related to developments in scholarly communication

Molecular Cytogenetics

Molecular Cytogenetics - a new peer-reviewed OA journal from BioMed Central

The Peacebuilding Portal

"The Peacebuilding Portal supports multilateral collaboration and networking on conflict prevention & peacebuilding by offering local, national, and international stakeholders a web tool to strengthen their work with each other and the United Nations and better respond to issues surrounding human security, peacebuilding & conflict"

Library Philosophy and Practice Annual volume 2008

Library Philosophy and Practice Annual volume 2008 is now available from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Libraries

ACS Legacy Archives

The ACS Legacy Archives provides full-text searching and instant access to all titles, volumes, issues, and articles published by the American Chemical Society from 1879 to 1995

BookExpo America 2008

BookExpo America 2008 - May 29-June 1 - Los Angeles Convention Center, California, USA

OCLC Programs and Research PARcasts

OCLC Programs and Research PARcasts - "Here you'll find links to our podcasts - the latest recorded interviews with industry thought leaders and up-and-comers—as well as recorded webinars, or online presentations, from Programs and Research staff. Each file is available in several ways: click the link for direct streaming and immediate viewing online or right-click to save the file to and view it from your own drive. This content will also soon be available through our RSS feed and in the iTunes store"


"Lookybook allows you to look at picture books in their entirety - from cover to cover, at your own pace. We know that nothing will replace the magic of reading a book with your child at bedtime, but we aim to replace the overwhelming and frustrating process of finding the right books for parents and their kids"


Tripleme is a new metasearch engine which searches MSN, Google, and Yahoo and displays results in three columns

HeinOnline Law Journals indexed by Google Scholar

"Google Scholar is indexing the Law Journals in HeinOnline to make the more than 1,100 titles searchable in the Google Scholar interface"

Canada Reads 2008 winner

The winner of Canada Reads 2008 is King Leary by Paul Quarrington

National Library Week (USA) 2008

National Library Week (USA) - "National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries, librarians and library workers and to promote library use and support" - April 13-19, 2008

Library Association of Ireland Annual Joint Conference 2008

Library Association of Ireland Annual Joint Conference 2008: Future-Proofing the Past:
80 years commitment to access and co-operation - 15-17 April 2008 - Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Orwell Prize 2008 shortlist announced

The shortlist for The Orwell Prize 2008 has been announced


"A Quamut, from Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a concise yet comprehensive guide to a particular subject, such as Buying a Home, Personal Finance, or Making Sushi. Every Quamut is professionally written, edited, and fact-checked, so you can trust the content"

FreePint Newsletter 249

FreePint Newsletter 249 - 27 March, 2008 now available

Manchester Book Award 2008 winner

Sophie McKenzie wins the third Manchester Book Award. Youngsters from across Manchester, UK, have voted Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie, their favourite read of the year

Penguin Podcast 51 - Here Comes Somebody

"Clay Shirky visited our studios last week to tell us about himself, his new book and the technologies that are affecting all of our lives" - Previous Penguin Books podcasts can be found here

Search TRLN

"The Triangle Research Libraries Network has launched Search TRLN, a single-interface discovery tool that searches across the collections of the four member institutions: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"

H2O from HighWire Press

HighWire Press has launched a new hosting platform, H2O. The first site to use the new all XML-based platform will be the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

8th International Web Archiving Workshop

8th International Web Archiving Workshop - 18-19 September 2008 - Aarhus, Denmark

Digital Bookmobile

"OverDrive, Inc. has unveiled drawings and details of a traveling community outreach exhibit entitled the Digital Bookmobile. Starting in August 2008, the Digital Bookmobile will host hands-on, interactive training events at public libraries in cities around the United States, including Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Libraries will be encouraged to make the Digital Bookmobile a part of multi-day community events, book fairs, and other reading initiatives"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 27, 2008

Successful transatlantic digitisation projects announced

"Five digitisation projects are to be awarded funding of around GBP600,000 ($1,150,000) under a transatlantic collaboration between JISC and the US National Endowment for the Humanities. A call for proposals issued last November invited scholars in England and the USA to collaborate on digitisation, the aim of the programme being to unite scholarly collections split between the two countries, explore innovative approaches to digitisation and match expertise in one country with collections to be digitised in the other"

Information Literacy Practitioner Award

The CSG Information Literacy Group has announced the winner of the Information Literacy Practitioner Award. The recipient of this award is being recognised for their outstanding achievements in innovation within the area of information literacy. The winner is Nigel Morgan from the University of Cardiff

DSpace 1.5 released

"The DSpace community has announced the release of DSpace 1.5. This is an important release of DSpace with many new features, including a completely new theme-able Manakin user interface, SWORD integration, many new configurable options, and scalability improvements"

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Historic Baseball Resources

The Library of Congress has launched Historic Baseball Resources. Highlighted are select resources on the popular sport, including player profiles, historical news and events, collection guides and presentations and more

Journal Analysis Database Expanded

"Thomson Scientific and Ringgold, Inc. have announced the availability of Journal Analysis Database Expanded, which allows users to see a detailed analysis of authors and subscribers of a journal, or set of journals, using precisely defined definitions of the 'publishing institutions' to which those authors and subscribers belong"

New Digital Collections page at Yale University Library

Yale University Library has launched a new Digital Collections page on its web site. The new page integrates Web 2.0 technologies such as faceted searching and the ability to offer different views into rich digital collections from across the Library system

The Office of Digital Humanities

"The Office of Digital Humanities is an office within the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our primary mission is to help coordinate the NEH's efforts in the area of digital scholarship. As in the sciences, digital technology has changed the way scholars perform their work. It allows new questions to be raised and has radically changed the ways in which materials can be searched, mined, displayed, taught, and analyzed..."

Sloan Foundation gives Wikimedia Foundation $3 million

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced that it is giving the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, $3 million. The money will go toward supporting "Wikimedia's organizational development and help to increase the quality of its content and the reach of its services"

Wiley-Blackwell to launch new climate change resource

Wiley-Blackwell has announced an agreement to launch a new online publication, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, as a collaborative project with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 2

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 2 is now available

iSEEK from Vantage Labs

"As digital content replaces traditional textbooks, more students will use the Internet to access tools to assist in their learning. iSEEK allows a search experience to be much more effective than using traditional, popular search engines. Rather than be consumed by trying to find relevant information, teachers and students can quickly and easily find appropriate resources to assist in teaching and learning. Using 21st century search technology such as iSEEK allows educators to feel 100 percent confident that students will only access content that is safe, secure, appropriate and non-threatening with the software filtering done by iSEEK itself"

biblio TEQ

biblio TEQ - open source catalog software & library management tool

Modern Medicine

"Modern Medicine is a new online resource designed to meet the evolving needs of physicians. It brings together elements from Advanstar's trusted healthcare journals along with powerful tools, resources, decision support and advisory functions"


The Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET) is a point-based, open-source software tool that ranks audio field collections based on preservation condition, including the level of deterioration they exhibit and the degree of risk they carry. From Indiana University Digital Library Program

Monday, March 24, 2008

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #14

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #14 : "This week's episode includes an interview and a commentary. Josh Neff of Johnson County Library spoke with Stephen Kellat and Connie Crosby about Library Camp Kansas. The commentary was presented by Stephen Kellat relative to recent news and contained his analysis". Previous Podcasts can be found here

New blog: Library Lemonade

Library Lemonade "...is focused on the positive power of libraries and the good work of librarians. Library Lemonade will celebrate successes, highlight people and projects that make a difference, and challenge the negative influences amongst us..."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum

"Education ministers across Canada are united in their commitment to literacy and learning from coast to coast to coast. That's the driving force behind the Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum, which will use webcasting to broadcast streaming video in real time and connect 10 sites around the country. Some will feature keynote speakers, including world-class literacy and education experts, top policy makers, and celebrated entertainers. All will champion an individual theme, such as Aboriginal literacy, community, early learning, and workplace literacy. This first pan-Canadian literacy forum is expected to draw approximately 3,500 learners and other participants from the education, non-profit, business, and labour sectors" - April 14-15, 2008

EurOpenScholar meeting

EurOpenScholar Meeting: The University's Mission, Management and Mandate in the Open Access Era - 4 April 2008 - University of Southampton, UK

Maran Illustrated books online resource

Maran Illustrated books, in Toronto, Canada, has a new online resource for displaying its books

VuFind 0.8 released

"VuFind is a library resource portal designed and developed for libraries by libraries. The goal of VuFind is to enable your users to search and browse through all of your library's resources by replacing the traditional OPAC..." VuFind 0.8 released 18 March 2008

Simmons College workshops - Spring 2008

Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Office of Continuing Education is offering a number of online workshops for Spring 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inderscience's 200th title and free trial on Ingenta

"Business and STM publisher Inderscience has just published the first issue of its 200th title, International Journal of Services Sciences. As a mark of this achievement a 60 day free trial is available for Ingenta users"

Carin A. Somers Scholarship Trust

"Applications are being accepted for the Carin A. Somers Scholarship Trust. The trust provides an annual scholarship, to assist a Canadian citizen who is an Atlantic Provinces resident needing financial assistance to undertake or complete the academic requirements leading to a degree in Library and Information Studies. The successful applicant will have been accepted in a School of Graduate Studies as a candidate for a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies accredited by the American Library Association. The award will normally be announced at the Annual Atlantic Provinces Library Association Spring Conference

2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - 25-28 April, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Associates - March 2008

Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal - Vol. 14, no. 3, March 2008, is now available

College and Research Libraries preprints

ACRL has announced the debut of online preprint articles from College & Research Libraries (C&RL)

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Who portrayed the frustrated family-man Lester Burnham in the 1999 film "American Beauty"?
2. Which Irish-born British actor played the title role in the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia"?
3. In the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now", who played the deranged Green Beret, Colonel Kurtz?
4. Who played the psychopath Annie Wilkes in the 1990 film "Misery"?
5. Which historical character was played by Quentin Crisp in "Orlando" (1992) and by Dame Judi Dench in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998)?
6. Which actor won a 1970 Academy Award for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit"?
7. Who won a Best Actress Oscar in 1982 for her role as the title character in "Sophie's Choice"?
8. Which actress became well-known for her role as tomboy footballer Juliette "Jules" Paxton in "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002)?
9. Which US film actor played Steve Biko in the 1987 film "Cry Freedom"?
10. In 1997, who starred as the unscrupulous Kate Croy in "The Wings of the Dove"?

ProQuest adding oral history videos

"ProQuest will be adding a collection of one hundred oral history videos from The HistoryMakers, the nation's largest African American video oral history archive to its Black Studies Center. Each video is two to three hours in length and accompanied by complete, searchable transcripts. Black Studies Center, the first resource of its kind for the academic community, creates a framework for undergraduate and graduate level Black Studies courses and provides information that cannot be found elsewhere"

OverDrive to distribute MP3 audiobooks to booksellers and libraries

"OverDrive has announced that it will expand its catalog of download audiobooks to include titles in MP3 format without DRM. Borders, Inc. will be the first bookseller to offer OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks without DRM at http://audiobooks.borders.com and at Digital Centers inside select Borders store locations. OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will be compatible with nearly every MP3 player and mobile phone on the market including iPod, Zune, iPhone, and Creative Labs products"

2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been announced

Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2007

"The monitoring of social, economic and environmental development requires the use of data that is comparable across countries and over time. This is realized in the 2007 edition of the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific. For the first time in its 50 year history, the Yearbook presents data compiled from global sources maintained by United Nations agencies and other international organizations"

Wirral BookFest 2008

"Wirral's new literary festival offers something for everyone with more than twenty events across the borough between 7 and 12 April 2008. It promises something for everyone, from graphic novels workshop for youngsters to a murder mystery evening in Wirral's spookiest library! Big name guests include popular children's author Brian Jacques, acclaimed poet John Siddique and a special 'Meet the Authors' session with a trio of best-selling novelists: JoJo Moyes, Mike Gayle and Jenny Colgan. The festival is organised by Wirral Libraries and partly funded by Arts Council England"

Cites & Insights 8:4 (April 2008)

Cites & Insights 8:4 (April 2008) is now available for downloading

Digital Past

"Digital Past, based at the North Suburban Library System, offers a treasure trove of photographs, postcards, diaries, oral histories, documents, movies, interpretive exhibits, and other historical materials from libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural venues throughout Illinois"

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 3, No 1 (2008) is now available


Terrier is a highly flexible, efficient, effective, and robust search engine, readily deployable on large-scale collections of documents. Terrier implements state-of-the-art indexing and retrieval functionalities. Terrier provides an ideal platform for the rapid development of large-scale retrieval applications. Terrier is being developed in the Department of Computing Science, at the University of Glasgow, Scotland

London Book Fair podcasts

The London Book Fair podcasts include views from key figures within the industry and interviews with the three authors taking part in the LBF Author of the Day programme. The podcasts will include a mix of both audio and video episodes. The London Book Fair is held on the 14-16 April 2008, at Earls Court, London

SI Vault

SI Vault - "explore the 54 years of Sports Illustrated history including over 150,000 stories, 2,800 covers, 500,000 photographs, a Wiki sports encyclopedia and links to historical videos"

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Haringey Literary Festival

"Leading local authors including Freya North and Romesh Gunesekera are centre stage at Haringey Council's first ever literary festival, from 29 March to 10 April. 'Haringey Reads Haringey' is a fortnight of events in libraries across the borough, from author talks to storytelling, writing classes and literary walks, with a focus on local talent. 'We have fantastic literary talent in Haringey and I'm delighted that so many authors are supporting our first ever literary festival,' said Cllr Dhiren Basu, Haringey cabinet member for leisure, culture and lifelong learning. 'Our libraries are at the heart of our community, and this new festival is part of our efforts to provide a wide range of cultural events and activities for all. I hope as many people as possible will come along'"

Green Reads - Books to help you save the planet

Lovereading has introduced a new genre: Green Reads "where you'll find topical fiction and non-fiction books that highlight green issues and give inspiration to make positive changes to the way we live"

The Library of Congress Experience

"In April 2008, interactive technologies will make the Library of Congress and its collections more dynamic and accessible than ever. This Library of Congress Experience will offer 'hands-on' interaction with rare cultural treasures in ways that inspire and engage"

No Shush Zone: Brooklyn Public Library blog

"No Shush Zone, brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library. Every week, we'll scour the internet, the air-waves and the bookshelves (and even talk to some live people) to let you know what's going on and what you can do about it. Whether it's library events, seasonal celebrations, pop culture or the impending robot revolution, we'll give you the scoop, and also direct you to some places where you can learn more"

Scottish Screen Archive

The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history. The archive reflects:

20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history
The lives of ordinary Scots across the generations
The achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production

The archive houses more than 32,000 items

BookRabbit beta site launches

Beta testing has begun on a new 'social shopping' website, BookRabbit, that aims to let users explore other members' bookshelves online

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: March 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: March 2008 - The Library 2.0 Gang is a regular monthly roundtable podcast hosted by Richard Wallis, joined by several panelists drawn from a pool of regulars from the world of libraries and the technologies that influence them. Each month The Gang will be joined by a guest with knowledge or insight on one of the topics under discussion. The Library 2.0 Gang is produced by Talis in cooperation with Library Journal and syndicated through LibraryJournal.com

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 20, 2008


"Vertov is a free media annotating plugin for Zotero, an innovative, easy-to-use, and infinitely extendable research tool. Both are Firefox extensions. Vertov allows you to cut video and audio files into clips, annotate the clips, and integrate your annotations with other research sources and notes stored in Zotero"

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


"The Open University has recently launched the OpenLearn website to give the public free access to their course materials. All the OU materials are available to use, take away, amend and reuse for free under a Creative Commons license. Visitors to the website can collaborate to create new 'open access' materials and upload them to share with others"


"BookLamp.org is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music"

Greening of CLA Conference

"The Canadian Library Association is working diligently to make the National Conference more environmentally friendly. By selecting a venue with a significant 'Green' policy, investing in tree planting to offset our carbon footprint, decreasing the amount of print material and utilizing materials that are re-usable (badge pockets, delegate bags) or recyclable, CLA has taken direct, tangible steps to offering a 'Green' conference"

Google for Non-Profits

From the Google Blog: "...we're excited to launch Google For Non-Profits, a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization's mission in a smart, cost-efficient way. This site features ideas and tutorials for how you can use Google tools to promote your work, raise money and operate more efficiently. And to get inspired, you'll also find examples of innovative ways other non-profits are using our products to further their causes"

New blog: Visibility @ your library

"Visibility @ your library is a blog supported by the Public Information Office and the Campaign for America's Libraries. It will provide librarians and library supporters with news and information about important communications issues. In addition, Visibility @ your library will offer useful tips and tools for PR practitioners to help support their efforts"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Berkshire Publishing goes digital with Exact Editions

Berkshire Publishing has announced that it is selling its books in a digital format using the Exact Editions web platform for delivery. A number of titles are now available for immediate online digital access through the Exact Editions e-commerce system. These include award-winners such as 'Patterns of Global Terrorism' and the 'Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport'. Individuals and institutions can buy one-year licenses which provide full access to these resources

Ex Libris integrates direct links to Google "About this book" pages in its products

"Ex Libris Group has announced the successful integration of 'About this book' pages from Google Book Search service into Ex Libris products. Using a new 'viewability' application programming interface supported by Google Book Search, library patrons can now enhance their findings with Google Book Search features such as full text, book previews, cover thumbnails, and a mashup from Google Maps linking pages in a book describing a specific place to its location on the world map"

Chronicling America newspaper site adds more pages, features

More than 79,000 newly digitized newspaper pages, along with several new site features, have recently been added to the Chronicling America web site. With this update, the site now provides access to more than 500,000 digitized newspaper pages, dating primarily from 1900 to 1910, and representing 61 newspapers from California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah and Virginia

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008 longlist

The longlist for the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction has been released

Mellon grants CLIR $4.27 million for program to catalog hidden collections

"The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $4.27 million to create a national program to identify and catalog hidden special collections and archives"

Author's Rights video

"ACRL, ARL, and SPARC have released this new, short video to help librarians effectively engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Starting a conversation with faculty researchers about securing their rights as authors is timelier than ever, given the new NIH Public Access Policy. The two-minute video presentation explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights"

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2008

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2008 is now available

Eye-to-Eye - Ingenta's library newsletter - March 2008

Eye-to-Eye - Ingenta's library newsletter - Issue 24, March 2008 now available

Monday, March 17, 2008

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 160

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 160 - March/April 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

St Patrick's Day at the Oxford DNB

To mark 17 March, a gallery of Irish subjects from the Oxford DNB has been created

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #13

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #13 : "This week's edition of LISTen is helmed by the show's audio engineer, Mike Kellat, and brings two interviews as well as a feature. The Shadow Minister for Education in the Australian state of Victoria, Martin Dixon, talked to Stephen Kellat about recent literacy initiatives there. Participants from Uncontrolled Vocabulary spoke to Stephen about their views of podcasting. Mike presented another edition of Tech for Techies about the mechanics of production". Previous Podcasts can be found here

New catalogues loaded onto Copac

The catalogues of the Natural History Museum and the Royal Academy of Music have been loaded onto Copac, the free access national, academic & special library catalogue in the UK

The European Library Users Advisory Board.

"The European Library is pleased to announce the formation of its Users Advisory Board. The members of the Board are drawn from across the international library and academic community. Trying to meet user demands better, their advice will help shape the development and strategy of The European Library portal. The Board will provide input and advice on matters of usability in two ways. It will influence the web-design and functionalities of the portal. The Board will also keep The European Library network informed about the ways in which user needs are evolving at the different research levels"

Sunday, March 16, 2008

FIL Interlend 2008

FIL Interlend 2008 - Managing the Gateway: redefining interlending for the 21st Century - 30 June to 2 July, 2008 - Peebles, Scotland

Scholarly Publishing 30th Annual Meeting

Scholarly Publishing 30th Annual Meeting - Empires of the Mind: Inventing the Future of Scholarly Publishing - May 28-30, 2008 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

LILAC 2008 Official Blog

The LILAC 2008 Official Blog is being written by Keir Hopwood who won the student sponsored place to attend the conference this year. LILAC 2008 takes place March 17-19 in Liverpool, UK

The 2008 South Carolina IT and Web Accessibility Conference

The 2008 South Carolina IT and Web Accessibility Conference - March 19, 2008 - Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, South Carolina

E-books and E-content 2008

E-books and E-content 2008 - 13 May 2008 - University College London, UK

Basic Serials Cataloging course

This course provides the basic principles of serials cataloging for original and copy cataloging for print and electronic serials. The course focuses on the elements contained in the CONSER core record, including appropriate MARC 21 tagging, as well as problem-solving and decision-making relative to serials cataloging - May 13-14 2008 OCLC Western (Ontario, CA) and September 3-4 2008 Portland State University

The Independent Publishing Awards 2008 winners

The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the eleven winners of the 2008 Independent Publishing Awards:

The van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year: Templar Publishing
Bertrams THE Trade Publisher of the Year: Snowbooks
Lightning Source Children's Publisher of the Year: Templar Publishing
Taylor Wessing Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year: Willan Publishing
Xerox Education Publisher of the Year: Rising Stars
Nielsen Innovation of the Year: Salt Publishing
UK Trade & Investment International Achievement of the Year: Michael O'Mara Books
The IPG Environmental Award: Alastair Sawday Publishing
Publishing Technology E-Publishing Award: Berg Publishers
The IPG Diversity Award: Arcadia Books
The GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award: Robert Snuggs

LIBER Library Collection Security Conference

LIBER Library Collection Security Conference - hosted by the British Library and sponsored by Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) - 20 May 2008 - London, UK

DRIVER invites contributions to the DRIVER Wiki

"With DRIVER entering its second phase of development, DRIVER II, contributions to the DRIVER Wiki are sought from the repository community. DRIVER II will last two years and contributions to the Wiki are particularly important at this early stage of the project to ensure that plans for future DRIVER activities and developments will effectively meet the needs of the community. DRIVER is an EU-funded 18 month project which sets out to build a testbed for a future knowledge infrastructure of the European Research Area"


"ResearchTrail is the first truly global expert-powered search community - a meeting-place where SearchPros, the people whose job is to find information, and end-users, the people who need that information, can interact, collaborate, and help each other"

Library Journal's Movers and Shakers 2008

The list of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers for 2008 has been announced. librarian.net has a readable list

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ABC-CLIO eZine - March 2008

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

FreePint Newsletter 248

FreePint Newsletter 248 - 13 March, 2008 now available

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - November 2007

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 66, No. 11 - November 2007 - is now available online


KASW'08: International Workshop on 'Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web' held in conjunction with the Triple-I Conference - September 3-5 2008 - Graz, Austria

Pennsylvania State University Libraries acquire Ernest Hemingway correspondence

"Pennsylvania State University Libraries have acquired an important collection of Ernest Hemingway correspondence, the last sizeable and significant known collection of the famed novelist's letters still in private hands. Amassed by his sister Madelaine 'Sunny' Hemingway Mainland and passed on to her son, Ernest Hemingway Mainland, the set includes more than 100 unpublished letters, telegrams, and notes from Hemingway to his family between 1917 and 1957"

EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2008

EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2008, Volume 43, Number 2, now available online

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which car manufacturer was set up in Munich, Bavaria, and has a name which means "Bavarian Motor Works"? The blue and white of its badge are the colours of the Bavarian flag.
2. Which popular small British car was an instant success when launched by the British Motor Corporation in 1959?
3. Which car manufacturer has a name which stands for a phrase that means "Italian Car Factory, Turin"?
4. What was the brand name for vehicles manufactured following the merger of the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie to create Daimler-Benz?
5. Which Japanese industrial city gives its name to the motor company which dominates it?
6. Which unpopular make of Ford car was named after the only son of Henry Ford and became a nickname for a manufactured product that is old-fashioned or that does not answer to the requirements of its time?
7. Which Swedish aircraft and motor-vehicle manufacturer has a name which means "Swedish Aeroplane Company"?
8. What is the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world and one of the largest Japanese motor-vehicle companies? Its sales took a marked upturn in 1966 with the new economy car, the N360.
9. Which European manufacturer produced the cheap "people's" car, the 2CV?
10. Which car has a name which is Latin for "Hark!"

2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize winners

The 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize regional winners were announced at a series of events in Sydney, Australia; Kingston, Jamaica; Kampala, Uganda and London, UK, on 13 March 2008 as a part of Commonwealth Week

Oxford e-Research Conference 2008

Oxford e-Research Conference 2008: This multi-disciplinary, international conference on e-Research will be held at the University of Oxford, UK, from 11-13 September 2008. It is being organized by a consortium of research projects in association with the journal Information Communication and Society

Information Research - March 2008

Information Research - Volume 13 No 1 - March 2008 is now available

VirtualE Library from Elsevier

"VirtualE Library is your free one-stop resource for Elsevier science, technology, and health science book products. You'll find books from Academic Press, Architectural Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Churchill-Livingstone, Digital Press, Focal Press, Gulf Professional Publishing, Hanley & Belfus, JAI Press, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Mosby, Newnes, North-Holland, Saunders and Syngress"

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - March 2008

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

School Libraries Summit

"On 26 March 2008 CILIP will be hosting a summit for librarians in the school libraries sector to discuss issues affecting the sector and a way forward for the future"

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Biblio Tech Review - March 2008

The March 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner 2008

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner 2008 is Australian author Sonya Hartnett. 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

Credo adds Harvard University Press titles

Credo Reference has signed an agreement with Harvard University Press to integrate seven additional titles into the Credo General Reference collection:

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World
The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965
The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, 1607-1950 (3 volumes)
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Completing the Twentieth Century
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, the Modern Period

IFLA Journal - March 2008

IFLA Journal - Volume 34, Number 1, March 2008, is now available

Scopus TopCited

"Scopus has announced that its new Scopus search Application Programming Interface (API) technology has enabled the launch of Scopus TopCited, a new website that offers users the top 20 cited articles across 26 subject areas. Scopus Topcited provides visitors an instant overview of the top cited articles per subject area over the past five years. It also displays authors, their affiliations, cited-by counts and integrates this information into Google maps"

2008 CBCA National Conference

9th National Children's Book Council of Australia conference - 2-4 May 2008 - Melbourne, Australia

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 13, 2008

EdCast Medical

"EdCast Medical is a web platform which enables medical professionals to access video based medical training courses. Each of these are designed by professional bodies, delivered by highly respected experts and accredited for CPD/CME requirements. The site is being launched with 23 courses available in the disciplines of general practice, dentistry, pharmacy, obstetrics and gynaecology, and pathology. Each course addresses a specific topic in depth, using a range of learning tools including video lectures with PowerPoint, video based patient/practitioner scenarios, equipment and procedure video demonstrations, knowledge testing, supporting downloadable documentation, and discussion forums"

National E-textbook Debate

"On 14 April 2008, JISC is hosting a National E-textbook Debate. As part of the National E-books Observatory Project and the first in a series of events for JISC's Libraries of the Future programme, this event provides a unique opportunity to quiz a panel of experts and to openly debate the future role of the library in the provision of electronic textbooks"

France launches Google books rival

From The Bookseller: "France is to launch its challenge to Google's book search next week. French Culture Minister Christine Albanel said that a pilot scheme for the Gallica 2 digitised book project would go live immediately after the Paris Book Fair, which opens 14 March and runs for six days"

Digitising William Morris's Lantern Slides

From the ULCCs Digital Archives blog: "Over the coming week we'll be working with the William Morris Society to digitise their unique collection of lantern slides. Digitising the slides will finally help to open up their access to a wider audience, who may then be able to help provide important information about the provenance and content of individual slides"

Copac links to Google Book Search

The Copac national, academic, and special library catalogue now includes links to documents in Google Book Search

Magna Carta: Treasures in Full

"Magna Carta is one of the most celebrated documents in history. Examine the British Library's copy close-up, translate it into English, hear what our curator says about it, and explore a timeline"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

GreenLibraries Unconference

The Arlington Public Library, Virginia, USA, is hosting a free Green Libraries Unconference on the greening of public libraries April 23, 2008. The goal will be to bring together those who wish to exchange ideas, develop public information for their communities, and make positive changes in the sustainable business practices at their libraries

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition - February 2008

What's New at OECD - Librarian's Edition - February 2008 is now available

Guidelines for the Cataloguing of Rare Books

This is the 2007 revision of the RBSCG's Guidelines for the Cataloguing of Rare Books, first published in 1997

Eight more volumes of State Papers, Foreign now live

"Eight more volumes of the State Papers, Foreign series are now live. These cover the reigns of Edward VI and Mary and the first years of Elizabeth. These complement the State Papers, Domestic series (subscriber only)"

CNI announces 2008 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

"The Coalition for Networked Information has announced the 2008 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship. Applications are due by April 14, 2008. The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI's founding Executive Director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters"

ACRL OnPoint

"ACRL OnPoint is a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship. Each chat provides the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship"


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

ACRL Podcast: Proposed ACRL Bylaws Change - Interest Groups

In this podcast, ACRL President Julie Todaro talks with College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free about the proposed ACRL bylaws change to allow the creation of Interest Groups. The proposed change appears on the ballot in the 2008 ALA/ ACRL Election

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

OverDrive powers digital audiobook service for Borders

"OverDrive has announced that it is providing both inventory and the underlying technology for the new download audiobook service officially unveiled this month in Borders' new concept store located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Borders Digital Audiobook Service is the first download service of its kind launched in a physical retail environment in the U.S. More than 15,000 audiobook titles are currently available for downloading in the Digital Center located within the retailer's concept store as well as in its Novi superstore (where the service was beta-tested in 2007), and online. The service will be rolled out in 13 additional concept stores that Borders plans to open in 2008 as well as in select superstores nationwide"

Sofia 2008

Sofia 2008 is the fifth meeting of an international biennial conference series that has been hosted in Kansas City, Kansas (1995), Warsaw, Poland (1997), and Sofia, Bulgaria (2000, 2002, 2004, & 2006). In the past it has been well attended with more than thirty countries attending. This series is designed to explore the impact of globalization and change on the development of libraries, information infrastructure, and society. With the theme of Globalization and the Management of Information Resources, Sofia 2008 will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 12-14, 2008

Sermo partners with CrossRef

"CrossRef, the publisher linking service, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Sermo, the largest online physician community. Through this new partnership, Sermo will make use of the DOI® (Digital Object Identifier) to link real-time physician discussions about current research to the source medical journal articles"

Podcast: How digitisation can bring a nation's heritage to the desktops of all

"One of the projects in JISC's digitisation programme, the Welsh Journals project is set to add to a growing body of materials dedicated to Welsh, culture, history and language. In this podcast, director of the project Arwel Jones talks about how digitisation can promote wider efforts to make a nation's culture and heritage available to all"

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - March 2008

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 08, Number 03 - March 2008 is now available

MIT, Elsevier offer free content from more than 2,000 journals

"In a move to encourage open education, MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Elsevier have agreed to make available figures and text selections from any of Elsevier's more than 2,000 journal titles for use on OCW. As a result of this landmark agreement, select Elsevier content can now be included within the open access OCW course materials - to be freely downloaded, used and shared under a Creative Commons license...."

A $100 million donation to the New York Public Library

From The New York Times: "The New York Public Library's venerable lion-guarded building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street is to be renamed for the Wall Street financier Stephen A. Schwarzman, who has agreed to jump-start a $1 billion expansion of the library system with a guaranteed $100 million of his own"

Fiction for free from Penguin

From The Bookseller: "Penguin is to offer free downloads of the first chapter of every fiction title it publishes. The publisher has been trialling its "Penguin Tasters", making PDF downloads available from selected novels via its website, for the past six months. It currently has the first chapters of over 50 titles available for download onto computer screens, iPhones, Palms and Blackberrys. The publisher says the decision to include all fiction in the scheme as of next week is "a 21st century version of what Allen Lane set out to do when he started Penguin - making good quality contemporary fiction available to everyone"."

Focus On - two new Intute: Health and Life Sciences publications launched

"Intute: Health and Life Sciences have launched two new free publications - the first in the new 'Focus On…' series. These online resource guides aim to provide useful, detailed, high quality sources of information, and are aimed specifically at students in Higher and Further Education. Focus On…Biodiversity and Conservation and Focus On…Organic Farming and Agriculture may be freely distributed and copied for educational purposes only"

NEH awards $11.9 million for 149 humanities projects

"The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that 149 successful applicants will receive $11.9 million in awards and offers. This funding will support projects that provide high-quality public programming at museums and historic sites, improve humanities education and support educators' professional development, preserve and provide greater access to important cultural resources, and advance research in the humanities. By offering diverse and competitive grant opportunities to a variety of scholars, K-12 and post-secondary educators, technology experts, and institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, the NEH strives to promote excellence in the humanities and increase the nation's awareness of them"

Monday, March 10, 2008

Burgundy campaigns to support small & medium sized publishers at forthcoming UKSG Exhibition

Burgundy Information Services Ltd is a new style of intermediary that promotes the product portfolios of small and medium sized publishers. At the forthcoming UKSG Conference and Exhibition: April 6-9, Torquay UK, Burgundy has invited seven of its publisher clients and contacts to exhibit their products at its booth. Speaking of the collaboration Sales Director Paul Calow commented "In a climate of shrinking library budgets and the larger publishers' big-deals it is often hard for smaller, independent publishers to compete for a librarian's attention. At this year's UKSG, Burgundy is offering a unique opportunity for smaller publishers to gain an affordable presence at one of the most important conferences in the library calendar"

Libri - March 2008

Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services - Volume 58, Number 1, March 2008 - Online issue available to subscribers. Libri makes full-text articles available online without subscription one year after publication

Portico announces preservation agreement with Edinburgh University Press

"Portico has announced the signing of an agreement with Edinburgh University Press to preserve its online collection of 30 journals. Edinburgh University Press, founded over 50 years ago, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Edinburgh, and has a reputation for publishing high-quality books and journals in the humanities and social sciences"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #12

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #12 : "This week's episode of LISTen brings a panel discussion with Andrea Mercado, Aaron Schmidt, and Nate Hill about the case of librarianship perhaps becoming less complex work. A quick look at the zeitgeist was also included at the start of the episode". Previous Podcasts can be found here

First Monday - March 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 3, 3 March 2008 now available

Texas Digital Library Repository

"The Texas Digital Library Repository is composed of digital collections submitted from TDL member institutions across the state of Texas. The TDL Repository serves to preserve and promote the research output of Texas, including electronic theses and dissertations, faculty datasets, departmental databases, digital archives, course management and learning materials, digital media, and other special collections"

LiveContent 2.0

"LiveContent 2.0 is a LiveDVD full of free and open source software and Creative Commons' licensed open content - audio, video, image, text and educational resources. LiveContent is a project for anyone to explore to learn more about about open content that can be freely used, copied, and built upon"

Sunday, March 09, 2008

2008 LTEA Conference

Learning Through Enquiry Alliance (LTEA) Conference 2008: Inquiry in a Networked World - 25-27 June 2008 - University of Sheffield, UK

EAHIL 2008

EAHIL 2008: 11th European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries - 23-28 June 2008 - Helsinki, Finland

Copyright Essentials seminar

Copyright expert Graham Cornish will lead Grampian Information's Copyright Essentials seminar on April 22 in Aberdeen, Scotland. This practical and participative seminar is suitable for those new to copyright, looking for a refresher or an update following the Gower Review. Graham will illustrate how copyright applies to original works, protects the rights of authors and applies to electronic media including databases, websites and hyperlinks. The role of electronic rights management systems will also be considered and there will be an opportunity to review recent/proposed changes to copyright law

2008 High Plains Book Award

The High Plains Books Awards have been established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. 2008 Award nominations are being accepted until April 1, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

World's largest published book goes on display

"National Library of Scotland visitors can see the world's largest published book. To mark World Book Day, we are putting on display Bhutan: a visual odyssey across the last Himalayan kingdom. The book measures 5x7 feet when open and weighs 133 lbs (around nine and a half stone or 60 kilos). Each copy is printed only on demand, and uses a roll of paper longer than a football field, more than a gallon of ink and 24 hours' printing time. It contains full-colour photographs of Bhutan, also known as 'Shangri-La'. They were taken by students and staff at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the University of Washington, and by Bhutanese photographers. The book will be on show from Tuesday 4 to Tuesday 11 March during exhibition opening hours"

SearchMedica from CMPMedica

"Medicine's most authoritative source for professional, medical content, SearchMedica features journal articles from credible, medical organizations, peer-reviewed research from human studies and information about medications that can be used in practice today. SearchMedica finds professional medical information for physicians, clinicians and practitioners"

Princeton Theological Seminary announces Microsoft initiative

"Princeton Theological Seminary and Microsoft Corporation have entered into an agreement to digitize a large number of materials in the public domain from the collection of the Seminary library. This initiative will enable the library to contribute religion content to Microsoft's Live Search Books service and thus increase worldwide access to its historic religion collection"

The Canadian Learning Commons' 3rd annual conference

"The Canadian Learning Commons' 3rd annual conference is being hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, June 8-10 2008. We are gathering together speakers from universities and community colleges in the Atlantic Region, all of whom share our interest in bringing critical research services into one venue for our students. Atlantic universities have responded to students' requests for alternative study spaces, integrated services, and a reconceptualising of the traditional library. Our regional initiatives are likely a reflection of work being done wherever Commons are being created. We look forward to showing our 'work-in-progress,' as the Learning Commons concept continues to evolve, and to sharing ideas for future steps with attendees from all jurisdictions"

GBP5m donation will open the Bodleian Library's collections

"The largest single cash donation ever made to a university library in the UK has been given to the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Julian Blackwell has donated GBP5m towards the redevelopment of the New Bodleian Library in Oxford City centre. The renovation will transform the housing of the Bodleian's priceless collections and will open up its treasures to the public. The 10,000 square feet main hall of the redeveloped New Bodleian Library will be named Blackwell Hall in honour of Julian Blackwell. The donation launches the fundraising campaign for the redevelopment of the New Bodleian Library building into a major research centre, and a significant new cultural centre, where scholars, citizens of Oxford, and visitors to the city can view some of the University's greatest treasures, and gain insights into the research activities of the University"

C&RL News - March 2008

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

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which influential electric guitarist, who died in 1970, was left-handed, and played a re-strung right-handed guitar throughout his career?
2. Which left-handed US tennis player was Wimbledon men's singles champion in 1974 and 1982, and World Championship Tennis champion in 1977 and 1980? He was one of the first to use the double-fisted backhand.
3. What is a "left-handed compliment"?
4. Which left-handed West Indies cricketer was only 24 when he made 375 runs for the West Indies against England in the fifth Test in Antigua in 1994 - the highest individual score in 117 years of Test cricket?
5. In 1931, which French composer wrote a Piano Concerto in D Major, for left hand: was it Debussy, Ravel or Messiaen?
6. What connection has the word "sinister" with being left-handed?
7. Which US blues guitarist and singer (1923-1992; real name: Albert Nelson) was left-handed but learned to play on a standard guitar without restringing it, which contributed to his characteristic sound? His ringing style influenced numerous rock guitarists, and his recordings for the Stax label, such as "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crosscut Saw", became classics.
8. What is "handism"?
9. Which US film actor made his big breakthrough in 1958 with "The Left-Handed Gun", "The Long Hot Summer", and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"?
10. Which US baseball player started his career as a left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox (1914-19) and became famous for his powerful hitting with the New York Yankees (1920-34)? He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game

Drexel University Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Symposium

Drexel University Libraries' Scholarly Communication Symposium - Scholar 2 Scholar: How Web 2.0 is Changing Scholarly Communication - April 16, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference

2008 Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference: Wisconsin Libraries: Building a Better Tomorrow - November 4-7, 2008 - Middleton, WI, USA

MCN 2008

MCN 2008: 36th Annual Museum Computer Network Conference - November 12-15, 2008 - Washington, DC, USA

TL InfoBits - February 2008

The February 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

700 new records added to Intute: Aerospace and Defence Engineering

The Intute: Aerospace and Defence Engineering section has been recently updated with over 700 new records added. The records link to resources such as websites, specialist databases, full-text technical reports, engineering design data, conferences, and news

New titles at Exact Editions

Exact Editions has announced that two new magazines have been added to its platform: Utopia and New African. Free sample issues are available

2008 Young Adult Book Award shortlist

The Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced the shortlist for the 2008 Young Adult Book Award. This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2007, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18

Thursday, March 06, 2008

$150,000 Argus Fund grant for WRTI's Music Library Digital Conversion Project

The Argus Fund, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, family foundation, has given WRTI a transformative $150,000 gift to support the conversion and digitization of the station's classical music and jazz library

Medspeak in Plain Language

"Medspeak in Plain Language contains the same content as the original Deciphering Medspeak brochure but is written specifically for consumers with a fifth grade or higher reading level. The brochure was rewritten with the help of the Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network's (MAHSLIN) Working Group for Health Literacy"

Today is World Book Day

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

United Nations Data Access System (UNdata)

"The new UN data access system (UNdata) will improve the dissemination of statistics by UNSD to the widest possible audience. An easy to use data access system was developed that meets UNSD's vision of providing an integrated information resource with current, relevant and reliable statistics free of charge to the global community. Subsequent stages of the development of the UN data access system will extend to UN system data as well as to data of national statistical offices - providing the user with a simple single-entry point to global statistics"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 6, 2008

Two centuries of Hansard moving online

The UK Parliament hopes to place all Hansard reports from 1804 to 2004 online by the end of this year

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog update

The March 5, 2008 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears

"Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which focuses on preparing teachers to teach polar science concepts in an already congested curriculum by integrating inquiry-based science with literacy teaching. Such an integrated approach can increase students' science knowledge, academic language, reading comprehension, and written and oral discourse abilities"

2008 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award shortlist

The shortlist for 2008 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators Award has been announced by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, a section of the Canadian Association of Public Libraries

City of Wanneroo Libraries on Facebook

City of Wanneroo Libraries, in New South Wales, Australia, now has a presence on Facebook

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

JULIET upgraded

"SHERPA has announced a new version of its JULIET service, which has been redeveloped to include information on research funders' policies on open access data archiving and open access publishing. Supported by CURL, SHERPA has now upgraded JULIET to include information on requirements for the open access archiving of data as part of funding agreements. JULIET was first set up in 2006 to provide clear summaries of the requirements for academics to archive research outputs in open access repositories. Since then, increasing numbers of funders have added open access archiving requirements to their grants, and these have been tracked by JULIET"

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

"Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is a digital library collection that brings a unique set of resources from Harvard's libraries to Internet users everywhere. Offering valuable insights to students of the history of medicine and to researchers seeking an historical context for current epidemiology, the collection contributes to the understanding of the global, social–history, and public–policy implications of disease. Contagion is also a unique social-history resource for students of many ages and disciplines. Created by the Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program with vital support from Arcadia, the collection provides general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and is organized around significant 'episodes' of contagious disease"

Audubon's Birds of America at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh library has released a collection of bird illustrations by John James Audubon. Audubon is the noted naturalist for whom the Audubon Society is named. The illustrations are from Birds of America and Ornithological Biography


"CiteSeerX is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeerX aims to improve the dissemination of scientific literature and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge"

Shock of the Old 7 Conference : Web 2.0 and the Connected Future

Shock of the Old 7 Conference : Web 2.0 and the Connected Future - "Shock 7 will explore the issues arising from an increasingly connected future. The rise of online content-creation tools, personalised information services and new rivals to institutional learning spaces presents both an opportunity and challenge to educational technologists. How can we make the best use of these exciting new opportunities for teaching, learning and research? Can we, and should we, integrate Web 2.0 personal technologies used by the socially networked learner? April 3, 2008 - Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK

Penguin audiobooks to be copyright-free

From The Guardian: "Penguin is planning to offer audiobooks that are free of digital copyright protection technology, which will allow buyers to play them on any digital device, dismissing fears that they could become the latest target for online pirates. The 73-year-old publishing house is also hoping for a big boost this year after one of its three-year-old titles, a new age self-improvement tome entitled A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose, was picked by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. Since the TV host chose it four weeks ago, Penguin has sent 4m copies to US retailers of a book that had sold 500,000"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

HeinOnline Update - February 2008

HeinOnline Update - February 2008 is now available


Thomson Scientific has announced the launch of ScienceWatch.com, a free, open Web resource for science metrics and analysis. "ScienceWatch.com combines the newest Science Watch newsletter material and regularly updated data, analysis, interviews, and commentary that had been previously found in In-Cites and ESI Special Topics. The website provides the scientific community a convenient location for keeping up with the latest developments in science - what the leading scientists have to say, how the hottest topics are affecting research and everyday life, where the most significant research is taking place, and much more"

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: March 12, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: Mastering the Business Case Document presented by Ulla de Stricker - March 12, 2008

28th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

28th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be awarded 25 April, 2008

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Program launches newsletter

"A monthly online newsletter highlighting the important work that the Library of Congress's digital preservation program is performing to collect and preserve the nation's heritage in digital form will launch in March"

Research Information - February/March 2008

Research Information - February/March 2008 is now available from Europa Science

LibraryThing Local

"LibraryThing Local is a gateway to thousands of local bookstores, libraries and book festivals - and to all the author readings, signings, discussions and other events they host. It is our attempt to accomplish what hasn't happened yet - the effective linking of the online and offline book worlds. Books still don't fully 'work' online; this is a step toward mending them"

The Great War Archive

The Great War Archive is a major project run by the University of Oxford. "The aim of this site is to collect together material related to the First World War held by members of the public. This is your chance to contribute items you have, or stories your family have passed down, to help keep the memory alive of the sacrifices made during World War One. We will be collecting contributions via this website and through our various submission days (at libraries, museums etc) until 31 May 2008. The final collection will subsequently be made available free of charge via the Web on the 11 November 2008, the 90th anniversary of the Armistice"

2008 Computers in Libraries blog

The 2008 Computers in Libraries blog is now up and running from Information Today. The conference itself will take place from April 7-9, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, USA

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 71

Version 71 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. SEPB presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet. Compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

2008 ALA Annual Conference

The 2008 American Library Association Annual Conference will take place June 28 to July 1, 2008 in Anaheim, California

Monday, March 03, 2008

New journals from SAGE Publications

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

Journal of Early Intervention
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Young Exceptional Children
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

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

Digital Book 2008

Digital Book 2008 - brought to you by the International Digital Publishing Forum - May 14th, 2008 - The McGraw-Hill Auditorium at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, USA

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #119

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #119 - March 2 2008 is now available

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #11

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #11 : "The podcast this week brings two interviews. One is with Connie Crosby about PodCamp Toronto and lessons for librarianship. The other is with tech columnist Don Reisinger about technology use". Previous Podcasts can be found here

MTagger at the University of Michigan Library

"The University of Michigan Library has introduced a new tool to make it easier for library web site users to organize, collect, and share information. MTagger is a tagging application. It lets users 'tag' library web pages, Mirlyn catalog entries, digital images, or any web page and then share their tag collections with others"

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Periodical Radio transcripts available

Transcripts are now online for twenty Periodical Radio interviews with editors of magazines and journals. Conducted by Steve Black, Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian, Neil Hellman Library, The College of Saint Rose

SUNCAT search application on Facebook

SUNCAT, Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, has created a search application which can be added to any Facebook user profile. Once the application has been added, it is possible to search for journals, held in over 60 UK research libraries, within Facebook. Results are returned within the SUNCAT interface, allowing users to refine or create more sophisticated searches

Information Today - March 2008 issues

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

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society have joined forces to create an on-line Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture - a free resource for anyone with access to the worldwide web. When the encyclopedia is complete in 2009, it will include:

* Nearly 3,000 entries with over 200 essays on Oregon subjects
* Coverage of significant people, events, places, institutions, and more in Oregon, from 10,000 years ago to the present
* Essays and entries on ethnic groups and communities throughout Oregon's history
* Entries on art, architecture, literature, performing arts, music, and popular culture
* Hundreds of images, documents, and maps
* Essays that add new perspective to issues and events
* Special sections for teachers and students

A Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends

A Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends will explore all aspects of reference service in a broad range of contexts, including libraries and information centers, in academic, public, school, corporate, and other special library environments - August 4-5, 2008 - Denver, Colorado, USA

International Women's Day 2008

International Women's Day 2008 - "each year on 8 March, hundreds of International Women's Day events occur all around the world. IWD events range from small random informal gatherings to large-scale highly organised events. All celebrate women's advancement and highlight the need for continued vigilance and action"

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, March 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, March 2008: Volcanoes and earthquakes. "After Britain experiencing its strongest earthquake in almost a quarter of a century, this month we highlight descriptions for the papers of geologists and geophysicists, travellers and photographers who have witnessed the effects of volcanoes and earthquakes. There are also links to selected websites and a brief bibliography."

ASIS&T Social Computing Summit

The First Annual ASIS&T Social Computing Summit will bring together researchers and practitioners of social computing for two days of discussion and exploration in Miami, Florida. The event will directly precede the 2008 Information Architecture Summit, providing attendees a complimentary opportunity to learn about and discuss emergent areas of social computing and software - April 10-11, 2008 - Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL, USA

Monopoly: Playing the Innovation Game

Monopoly: Playing the Innovation Game - Center for Intellectual Property Syposium - May 28-30, 2008 - Washington, D.C., USA

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

New journals from Inderscience Publishers:

International Journal of Applied Cryptography
International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems
International Journal of Sustainable Design
International Journal of Virtual Technology and Multimedia

FreePint Newsletter 247

FreePint Newsletter 247 - 28 February, 2008 now available

JISC Collections partners with ProQuest for House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

"ProQuest's digital House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1901-2004 will be available free of charge to all staff and students in colleges and universities in the UK through funding from JISC Collections. The online resource, comprising 187,809 individual papers containing over 9.5 million pages, is among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the 20th century and is considered vital to an understanding of the UK's modern development. This agreement extends the partnership between JISC Collections and ProQuest, which began in 2006, to make the 19th century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers available to the UK academic community"

Feminist Library Newsletter - Number 2

Feminist Library Newsletter - Number 2, March 2, 2008 is now available as a PDF file. If you don't have a PDF reader, you can view the file here

The EQUATOR Network launch meeting

The EQUATOR Network launch meeting: Achieving Transparency in Reporting Health Research including 1st EQUATOR Annual Lecture presented by Sir Iain Chalmers - 26 June 2008 - The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. The EQUATOR Network is a new international initiative that aims to improve the reliability of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research

MLA CE Institute 2008

MLA CE Institute 2008: Developing Web-Based Instruction - May 13-16, 2008 - Cosponsored by the Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Resource of the Month from Ovid - March 2008

"Each month, Ovid's Resource of the Month program allows you to "test drive" different products for free. This month's resource: Global Health - a specialist international public health database for academics, researchers, public health practitioners, NGOs, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and students"

Savvy Librarian

Savvy Librarian - "To provide effective and efficient library resources to librarians, or those in similar fields. With the help of its members, Savvy will strive to meet the personal and professional needs of the library community, by offering resources, discussion, and information in an open and amiable way"

North American Hammett Prize nominees announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has announced nominees for their annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author

IMLS requests proposals for the Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites proposals for the Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant. Nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians are eligible for the grant program, which has a total budget of $510,500