Featured Link

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Guardian Hay Festival 2008

The Guardian Hay Festival 2008 - a celebration of great writing in every medium in Britain and around the world - 22 May to 1 June - Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2007 Annual Edition

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2007 Annual Edition is now available from Digital Scholarship

2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize wiiner announced

The Royal Society of Literature has announced that the winner of the 2008 Ondaatje Prize is Graham Robb for his book The Discovery of France (Picador)

Hachette Books Scotland

Hachette Livre UK has announced the formation of Hachette Books Scotland, a new imprint which will publish a small list of Scottish-originated fiction and non-fiction

2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes awarded

The 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded

Dublin City Public Libraries on Facebook

Dublin City Public Libraries now has a Facebook page

2008 Conservation Project Support grants

"Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has announced the 34 museum recipients of the 2008 Conservation Project Support grants totaling $2.72 million. The grant program, which began in 1984, helps museums identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of its collections"

New bepress Journals

The Berkeley Electronic Press has announced two new journals:

Law & Ethics of Human Rights
Review of Middle East Economics and Finance - previously published by Taylor & Francis from 2003 to 2005

World Literature Online is now Alexander Street Literature

"The online collection formerly known as World Literature Online has been renamed Alexander Street Literature. The URL and any bookmarks you have made will not be affected, but libraries should update their catalogs and Web sites to reflect the new title. Alexander Street Literature is a comprehensive, cross-searchable package of collections covering literatures of place, race, and gender. The thousands of pages of poetry, short stories, novels, non-fiction, plays, and essays of Alexander Street's 14 individual literature collections are accessible through a single interface, and affordable at discounted package pricing"

The One Big Library Unconference

The One Big Library Unconference is a one-day gathering of librarians, technologists and other interested people, talking about the present and future of libraries. It's organized and sponsored by York University Libraries and the YUL Emerging Technologies Interest Group - 27 June 2008 - Toronto, Canada

BBC Monitoring Library: free trials now open

BBC Monitoring is now offering free trials to academic institutions. BBC Monitoring is a comprehensive source of global current affairs content (it collates content from over 3000 sources in 150 countries) and the web platform has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the academic/institutional market. Librarians can contact bbcmonitoringlibrary@pcgplus.com to sign up for a free trial

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

SPARC Europe Seal for Open Access Journals

"SPARC Europe (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), a leading organization of European research libraries, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Lund University Libraries today announced the launch of the SPARC Europe Seal for Open Access journals"

Open Doors and Open Minds

SPARC and Science Commons have released Open Doors and Open Minds: What faculty authors can do to ensure open access to their work through their institution. The new white paper assists institutions in adopting policies that ensure the widest practical exposure for scholarly works produced, such as that adopted by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in February 2008

Building the 21st century library: new report published

"Libraries should look for increased value from their principal library-wide computer systems, ensure that those 'library management systems' are integrated with other institutional systems and look to break down barriers between library users and resources. These are some of the recommendations of a report which takes a far-reaching look at the library management systems market and attempts to help influence the future development of a crucial element of the academic library environment. Commissioned by JISC and SCONUL

First Monday - May 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 5, 5 May 2008 now available

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 3rd, 2008, is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores

The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition

The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is a unique digital resource, which gives the user an informative, accessible and authentic experience of 19th century newspapers. The collection illustrates the phenomenal growth and transformation of the press in the 19th century and brings to life a society and century in flux. The titles included in the ncse are:

* Tomahawk: a satirical illustrated contemporary of Punch with elaborate, full-page cartoons
* English Woman's Journal: an early women's magazine published and set by women
* Northern Star: a social reformist newspaper, which gave away portraits of notable Chartists and at its height had nine editions on a single day
* Publishers' Circular: a trade magazine from the publishing industry with lavish illustrations
* Leader: a mid-century political weekly, which began by printing Town and Country editions
* Monthly Repository: a long-lived theological and philosophical monthly

LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire

LISWire is a brand new idea from Blake Carver of LISNews & LISHost. The plan is to allow member companies and organizations to use LISWire to send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and the general public

Monday, April 28, 2008

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #19

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #19 : "This week's episode brings a conversation with John C. Dvorak, a Vice President at 'new media' company Mevio. The discussion revolved around technology and how it might impact libraries. An announcement was also made at the end of the program relative to a possible meeting". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Civil Rights Digital Library

"The Civil Rights Digital Library features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. The CRDL provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia. CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services"

From East to West at the British Library

"British Library exhibition From East to West displays some of the finest examples of East Asian printing, many of them rare or previously unseen. From 9th century printed fragments discovered in a cave temple complex at Dunhuang, to 21st century examples of fine printing by contemporary artists inspired by classical Asian printing techniques, From East to West moves from past to present to examine the development of printing over the centuries"

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The right 'man' for the job? The role of empathy in community librarianship

"A project investigating public library staff attitudes towards social inclusion policy and disadvantaged groups in society. It explores the relationship between the ethnic, social, cultural and professional backgrounds of library staff, and their capacity to make an effective, empathic contribution to social inclusion objectives"

Blackwell Synergy journals moving to Wiley InterScience

"As part of the merger of Blackwell Publishing with John Wiley and Sons, we will combine all Wiley-Blackwell's online products onto a single online platform. As a first step, we will be moving all Blackwell Synergy journal content and access rights onto Wiley InterScience as of July 1, 2008, at which point Synergy will cease to be available. As a second step, we will be launching a next-generation online service in 2009 that will include the best features of both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley InterScience and which will introduce innovative new functionality and capabilities"

WiLSWorld Conference 2008

WiLSWorld Conference 2008 - July 23-24, 2008 - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2009

"The organising committee invites proposals for presentations at African Digital Scholarship & Curation 2009, to be held at the CSIR Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa 12-14 May). We welcome dynamic speakers from African and all other countries willing to share their knowledge and experience about information content, tools, techniques, processes and management"

The Orwell Prize 2008 winners announced

The winners of the 2008 Orwell Prize have been announced

Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary

"Glossator publishes original commentaries, editions and translations of commentaries, and essays and articles relating to the theory and history of commentary, glossing, and marginalia. The journal aims to encourage the practice of commentary as a creative form of intellectual work and to provide a forum for dialogue and reflection on the past, present, and future of this ancient genre of writing. By aligning itself, not with any particular discipline, but with a particular mode of production, Glossator gives expression to the fact that praxis founds theory. The Editors invite submissions for the first volume of Glossator, to be published in 2009"

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences on Facebook

One the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences page on Facebook you can:
Instant Message a librarian with your reference and research questions
Link to your favorite librarian’s personal Facebook page
Keep up with the latest library news and events
Search the library catalog, PubMed, and WorlCat
View a list of titles recently added to the library collection
Link to open web resources recommended by the library
View photos from library events
Post feedback and make suggestions

Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2008

"The fifth Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival is a month-long programme of events during which Lambeth Libraries become the hub of a celebration of creativity in reading and writing. The festival is a series of extraordinary events for all ages and tastes, from best-selling authors like Kate Mosse or Panos Karnezis to new authors such as Jacqueline Walker and Sean Longley" - May 2008 - London, UK

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - a fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. Trials between November 1834 and April 1913 and the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1690 and 1772 have now been added. See What's New for latest changes

Saturday, April 26, 2008

2008 Irish Book Awards

The winners of the the 2008 Irish Book Awards have been announced

4th DELOS Summer School on preservation in digital libraries

4th DELOS Summer School on preservation in digital libraries - 8-14 June, 2008 - Tirrenia, Italy

AP on Google's digital book project

The Associated Press has an article describing Google's digital book project


"Voluminous finds free books on the Internet. It makes a catalogue of every book it finds, and you can search this, and download any book you like. You can read the books from within Voluminous, or export them to read elsewhere. The catalogue currently has over 20,000 books in it - fiction, reference works, poetry, famous speeches, and more. New books are being added all the time, and every week Voluminous checks to see what's out there"


LearnHub is a social learning network where people teach & learn online

Information Access to Cultural Heritage workshop

The Information Access to Cultural Heritage workshop held in conjunction with ECDL 2008 will bring together academics carrying out research in the area of information access and practitioners working in the cultural heritage field. The goal of the workshop is promoting exchange of ideas concerning creation, curation, storage, retrieval and use of cultural heritage information - September 18, 2008 - Denmark

Poetry Everywhere

Poetry Everywhere - Watch video clips of poets reading their poems. Includes works by Robert Frost, Stanley Kunitz, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, and Adrienne Rich. Produced by WGBH Boston and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. The Beatles came from which English city?
2. What was the title of the Beatles' 1967 album which achieved a new maturity for pop?
3. What is Ringo Starr's real name?
4. Which arranger and producer is best known for his work as producer of most of The Beatles' recordings?
5. What was the title of the Beatles' first film - in 1964?
6. Which member of the Beatles' first solo release was "Wonderwall Music" in 1968?
7. The Beatles evolved from a band formed by John Lennon with classmates at Quarry Bank high school in 1956. What was that band called?
8. Which Beatles' album had a celebrated cover photograph featuring the four Beatles, including a shoeless Paul McCartney, on a Zebra crossing outside the EMi studios?
9. Who was the Beatles' original bass guitarist, who left the group in 1961, died in 1962 at the age of 21, and later became the subject of a film "Backbeat" (1993)?
10. The Beatles "reunited" in 1995 to add their singing and playing to a previously unreleased demo tape sung by John Lennon. What was the song called?

CLIR Issues - Number 62

CLIR Issues - Number 62 March/April 2008 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Safari Select

"Demand for technical information at public libraries is at an all-time high, with patrons demanding information on everything from home computing to iPods. New Safari Select, distributed exclusively by ProQuest, is an online collection of more than 400 technical e-books on popular technology, enables public libraries to meet those needs with a simple, online solution that patrons can use in the library or from home"

Microsoft Citizen Service Platform

"The Citizen Service Platform is Microsoft's response to the need of Local and Regional government agencies to modernize their services through greater use of ICT. Many local governments are facing challenges in modernizing their services as citizen expectations increase and service delivery demands become more complex. The Platform is a package designed to help Microsoft partners and customers build and deploy modern solutions in Citizen Service Applications based upon standard Microsoft Products with templates customized around typical local government application needs"

National Library Legislative Day 2008

"On May 13 & 14, 2008, hundreds of librarians and library supporters of all kinds are coming to Washington, DC, for an event like no other: National Library Legislative Day. NLLD is a two-day event in which people who care about libraries participate in advocacy and issue training sessions, interact with Capitol Hill insiders, and visit Congressional member offices to ask Congress to pass legislation that supports libraries. National Library Legislative Day is sponsored by the American Library Association, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the District of Columbia Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association"

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings

Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings provides a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response that occurred in the United States both immediately and in the years thereafter. The exhibition focuses on how the book burnings became a potent symbol during World War II in America's battle against Nazism, and concludes by examining their continued impact on our public discourse - May 1, 2008 to June 24, 2008 - Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona, USA

American Choral Music, 1870-1923

American Choral Music, 1870-1923, a collaboration of the American Choral Directors Association and the Library of Congress, provides access to significant choral music in the public domain by the leading American composers of the time

FreePint Newsletter 251

FreePint Newsletter 251 - 24 April, 2008 now available

The Wise Guide - April 2008

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

2008 CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award winner

A project based in Bradford providing courses to enable adults with learning disabilities to make use of mainstream services has won the 2008 CILIP/LiS Libraries Change Lives Award. The Bradford Care Trust / Libraries Partnership Project aimed to integrate services users with learning disabilities into the community using the Central Library as a focus for a range of activities

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - April 24, 2008

Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit 2008

Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit: a one-day intensive session providing practical take-home ideas and applications of Library 2.0 technologies for librarians and staff around the state and region - June 20, 2008 - Sponsored by Mississippi State University Libraries

JISC Inform 21

JISC Inform 21 is now available. In this issue: an interview with Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Chancellor of the Open University and a keynote speaker at the JISC Conference 2008; Why identity management is so important; A preview of images from a new JISC Collection; Libraries of the Future: let the debate begin!

2008 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award winner

The Canadian Library Association has announced that the 2008 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is being presented to Vivienne Monty. The nominator described Monty as 'outstanding in many ways: librarian, member of the York University faculty, teacher, committee member, leader, mentor, writer and scholar'. Monty is currently the Senior Librarian at the Leslie Frost Library, Glendon College, York University. She has been affiliated with York University since 1973 and was previously Senior Librarian at the Scott Library and for many years was Head of the Government Documents/Administrative Studies Library at York

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Writing for the Wired World

Writing for the Wired World with Jeff Wisniewski - On-line Course - April 28 to June 6, 2008 - "Even with all the podcasts, videos, and Flash tutorials in the world, great library Web sites need great written content, and writing for the Web provides unique opportunities and challenges. Learn to tailor your material to the medium by finding out what usability studies reveal about how people actually read on-line and what the implications are for developing microcontent, menus, and layout. Filled with examples, tips, and tricks, this interactive on-line course is a must for library Web site content contributors and Webmasters who want to improve their sites and on-line writing style" - Developed for the Education Institute by Darlene Fichter's Northern Lights Internet Solutions, Inc., in Saskatchewan

Free access to the ODNB's biography of St George

To mark St George's Day, 23 April, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is offering free access to the biography of St George, patron saint of England

CILIP Information and Advice Blog

CILIP Information and Advice Blog "is an informal way to offer members the chance to keep up-to-date with LIS news and information that needs to be spread quickly, that does not fit into our Weekly Information World and that we think they need to know now! It is a member benefit and members can get an RSS feed so that new blogs go straight to them as they are written"

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #39

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #39 is being recorded April 23, 2008. Topics:

* Library Sues Its Friend
* Creative Commons, Copyright, and the Murky Middle
* Encyclopedia Britannica Now Free For Bloggers
* The new library fad: borrow a person

Iowa Digital Library

"The Iowa Digital Library contains more than 100,000 digital objects - photographs, maps, sound recordings and documents - from libraries and archives at University of Iowa and their partnering institutions. The Iowa Digital Library also includes faculty research collections and bibliographic tools (holdings information for some library materials that are not otherwise accessible through the online catalog). Digital collections are coordinated by Digital Library Services, which manages the preservation, delivery, and structure of UI Libraries' digital content"

Nature Publishing Group journals provided through PERI

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and INASP have announced that they will provide free access to more than 65 NPG journals for a number of developing world countries. NPG will make its biomedical collection of journals available to over 20 INASP partner countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America through INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)

Science 2.0 - Is Open Access Science the Future?

From Scientific American: "Science 2.0 generally refers to new practices of scientists who post raw experimental results, nascent theories, claims of discovery and draft papers on the Web for others to see and comment on. Proponents say these 'open access' practices make scientific progress more collaborative and therefore more productive. Critics say scientists who put preliminary findings online risk having others copy or exploit the work to gain credit or even patents. Despite pros and cons, Science 2.0 sites are beginning to proliferate; one notable example is the OpenWetWare project started by biological engi­neers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23 2008

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2008 - By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright


"The goal of LibraryDevCamp.ca is to help fellow librarians and information professionals in Canada to explore and learn about the latest web tools and technologies from colleagues who actually use them. This web community is open to any one working in the library or information management field in Canada"


"OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth"

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 161

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 161 - May 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Thomson Reuters

"On April 17 2008, The Thomson Corporation announced that it had completed its acquisition of Reuters Group, PLC, forming Thomson Reuters, a provider of 'intelligent information' for businesses and professionals in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare, and media markets. Thomson Reuters has more than 50,000 employees with operations in 93 countries on six continents and 2007 pro forma revenues of approximately $12.4 billion"

2008 Bobbitt National Poetry Prize winners

"The distinguished Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, created 20 years ago, will be awarded to two poets who teach at universities in Virginia: Bob Hicok of Virginia Tech and Charles Wright of the University of Virginia"

Open Monograph Press

"Open Monograph Press, a new open source publishing product under development by the Public Knowledge Project, will establish an online workspace for publishing monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions (e.g. The Mark Twain Project) while keeping archival record of process (compatible with the Fedora repository)"

Enhancements to LexisNexis Butterworths

"As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our products and services, we are pleased to announce some important enhancements to LexisNexis Butterworths that will take effect in Spring 2008. The improvements to our service have been developed as a direct result of listening to and working closely with our customers and are designed to make LNB more intuitive and simple"

"From eLib to the Library of the future" audio

The recorded audio from the From eLib to the Library of the Future session at the JISC Conference 2008


"Conceived and supported by the 165 locations throughout the Bay Area Library & Information System, Peninsula Library System and Silicon Valley Library System, the Free2 campaign celebrates the empowering role that libraries play in our lives"

ISI Web of Knowledge updated

"ISI Web of Knowledge users now have access to a totally new interface. It's not just another upgrade - and it's definitely more than just a new look. It's a completely new approach developed in close partnership with researchers at every level, from novice to professional. Each of these research users have different needs and priorities but they also have one thing in common - they need research tools that really work. That make sense. That efficiently do the job that needs to get done"

CURL becomes RLUK – Research Libraries UK

CURL (Consortium of Research Libraries) is officially re-launched as RLUK – Research Libraries UK. "RLUK's mission is to increase the ability of research libraries to share resources for the benefit of the local, national and international research community"

Jorum to move to open access

"Jorum, the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials funded by JISC, is to offer open educational resources. This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources. JorumOpen - as it will be called - will also provide a showcase for UK universities and colleges on the international stage"

Cites & Insights 8:5 (May 2008)

Cites & Insights 8:5 (May 2008) is now available for downloading

Crossref announces CrossCheck plagiarism detection service

CrossRef has announced an agreement with iParadigms, LLC to launch the CrossCheck service to aid in verifying the originality of scholarly content. Following on the success of CrossRef's recent pilot of CrossCheck, the service is scheduled to go live in June 2008

2008 Book of the Year for Children Award winner

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, published by Scholastic Canada Ltd. in 2007, has been chosen as the winner of the 2008 Book of the Year for Children Award

Reprint of South African indigenous language classics

The National Library of South Africa has undertaken to reprint some out-of-print books in indigenous African languages that are considered classic

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oxford World's Classics Quiz

From the OUP Blog: "In celebration of our beautiful new editions of the Oxford World's Classics series, I thought I would post a fun quiz about the books. Every day this week I'll be posting 10 questions to really get you thinking. So, how many books or characters can you name from our clever clues? Answers on Friday"

Flat World Knowledge

Flat World Knowledge - "We preserve the best of the old - books by leading experts that are rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head. Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students - print, audio, by-the-chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other"


"BiblioteQ strives to be a complete and thorough library management tool. For some categories (books and magazines, for example), BiblioteQ provides a mechanism for querying the Library of Congress, or any other Z39.50-capable system, via the standard Z39.50 protocol; thus simplifying the data entry process. As for database support, BiblioteQ users can connect to MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite database engines. The application is being designed in the hopes of providing common functionality across FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, Solaris, and Windows"

International Archives of Medicine

International Archives of Medicine - a new peer-reviewed open access journal from BioMed Central

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #18

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #18 : "This week's episode was a live discussion of bridging the digital divide from the perspective of the United States. The episode served as a test for libraries who wanted to see how such technology could be utilized without investing a ton of money. While not easy, this might provide a practical example for consideration". Previous Podcasts can be found here

SirsiDynix opens new state-of-the-art hosting facility in Europe

"SirsiDynix has announced opening of its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) hosting facility for libraries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Located in Greenock, Scotland, the new SirsiDynix SaaS facility is offered in partnership with IBM because of the IBM's proven track record as one of the largest data centre providers in Europe. IBM's new state-of-the-art data centre covers 10,000 square feet in its first phase, with plans in place to encompass a total capacity of 30,000 square feet"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Librarian, the Library & Becoming Media Literate

The Librarian, the Library & Becoming Media Literate will introduce the key concepts that underpin notions of 'media literacy', defined as becoming a 'critical reader' of media texts of all kinds. It will enable participants to explore some of the kinds of classroom and research work undertaken in film and media studies as well as in media education across the curriculum. Participants will be asked to consider the library itself as a form of media production and to apply the key concepts to their own practice, including considering the changing use of libraries in the world of Web 2.0 and 'we media' - 24 April 2008 - Manchester, UK

New journal from SAGE Publications

SAGE Publications has announced that the journal Promotion & Education, the official publication of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, is now available

ETD 2008

ETD 2008: 11th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations - 4-7 June 2008 - Aberdeen, Scotland

EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service update

The latest list of journals available on the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service now covers 18114 titles

The Green Library: LEED and Sustainable Design

The Green Library: LEED and Sustainable Design with Gerry Meek - Audio Conference - Monday, April 21, 2008 - Developed for the Education Institute by the Library Association of Alberta

The World Universities Forum 2009

The World Universities Forum 2009 - 15-17 January 2009 - Mumbai, India


FilipinoLibrarians.org - a social networking website for Filipino library workers and supporters, created by Jay Dela Cruz, a senior librarian at The New York Public Library

New Science Reference Guide: Earth Day

New Science Reference Guide: Earth Day - a guide to online resources produced by the Science Reference Section of the Library of Congress as well as relevant sites from other organizations

Orange launches trials of Read&Go, the first 3G-connected mobile newspaper kiosk

"In partnership with five major French newspapers, Orange has launched the trial of Read&Go - the first 3G-connected mobile newspaper kiosk: a new digital terminal with e-paper technology, combining ease of use with a mobile terminal offering the read comfort of paper. Every morning, testers will be able to read news from Le Monde, Le Parisien, Les Echos, L'Equipe and Télérama, refreshed every hour with the latest information from their electronic editions"

WebShare from Encyclopaedia Britannica

"WebShare - a new initiative that lets web publishers and bloggers link to Encyclopaedia Britannica articles. Readers will be able to follow those links without an account"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Google Group: Collection Development

A new Google Group, Collection Development, has been established by Rudy Leon of SUNY Potsdam

The State of America's Libraries Report 2008

The State of America's Libraries Report 2008 has been released by the American Library Association


"Hebrewbooks.org was founded in order to preserve old American Hebrew books that are out of print and/or circulation. Many American Rabbis wrote seforim (Hebrew books) in the early part of the 20th century. They have long since passed away and in many instances so has their holy work. Currently our mission has expanded to include all Torah Seforim ever printed. At Hebrewbooks.org you will be able to view and print the entire Sefer online"

Indians of North America: Selected Resources

This guide is a compilation of many of the resources on the Indians of North America available at the Library of Congress as well as selected resources outside the Library. They are organized by format. The purpose of this guide is to present researchers with selected sources through which they can begin and expand their scope of study of the Indians of North America. It is not meant to serve as an exhaustive source for Indians of North America sources accessible through the Library of Congress


"Hprints is an Open Access repository aiming at making scholarly documents from the Arts and Humanities publicly available to the widest possible audience. It is the first of its kind in the Nordic Countries for the Humanities"

Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials

Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials - A NISO Forum - May 5-6, 2008 - San Francisco, CA, USA

Alaska State Library RSS Feeds

The Alaska State Library has published a listing of its RSS Feeds

2008 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards shortlists

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

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: 1968. Answers here.

1. Which 1968 film included the Simon and Garfunkel song "Mrs Robinson"?
2. In which country did the "Prague Spring" begin a programme of liberalization in 1968?
3. In which war was the "Tet Offensive" launched in 1968?
4. In which city on 10 May in 1968 did student unrest lead to the "Night of the Barricades"?
5. In 1968, which modern device came into being when someone saw the commercial potential of the whirlpool bath?
6. Which Soviet cosmonaut, who was the first person to oribit the earth, died in 1968 when a plane he was testing crashed?
7. In 1968, the tennis championships at Wimbledon were opened to what kind of people?
8. Which US politician was shot on 5 June 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan, and died the following day?
9. In 1968, which Northern Irish rock singer recorded the haunting "Astral Weeks"?
10. Name the US novelist who wrote "Tortilla Flat" and "The Grapes of Wrath" before he died in 1968

Open Humanities Press

"Open Humanities Press is an open access publisher of contemporary critical and cultural theory. A grassroots initiative by academics, librarians, journal editors and technology specialists, OHP was formed in response to the growing inequality of readers' access to critical materials necessary for research in the humanities"

Stanford and Deep Web Technologies partner on federated search

"Stanford University Libraries has selected Deep Web Technologies to create a federated search solution that will simplify access to the Libraries' vast online resources and create a new access point for the university's own digitized content. Federated search is a technology that allows multiple information sources - including deep web databases - to be searched simultaneously, so users can scan the breadth of library collections in a single query. Stanford has three demonstrations of the Deep Web Technologies' solution in place so that faculty and students can test them and provide feedback"

JISC Heritage Collections of Digital Archives 2008

"Continuing its mission to provide high-quality digital material that might otherwise be difficult to access, JISC Collections offers fifteen resources that together make up its Heritage Collections. The collections cover archaeology, the arts, cartography, chemistry, engineering, history, law, literature, medicine, physics, politics, social sciences and much more, and include documents ranging from 1473 to 2006"

JISC Collections catalogue of online resources 2008-2009

JISC Collections has announced that the latest printed version of the catalogue of online resources is now available. This catalogue highlights the range of online resources JISC Collections has licensed for the UK further and higher education sectors, and in research councils

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Charles Darwin's Papers Online

"For decades available only to scholars at Cambridge University Library, the private papers of Charles Darwin, one of the most influential scientists in history, can now be seen by anyone online and free of charge. This is the largest ever publication of Darwin papers and manuscripts, totalling about 20,000 items in nearly 90,000 electronic images. This vast and varied collection of papers includes the first draft of his theory of evolution, notes from the voyage of the Beagle and Emma Darwin's recipe book."

Library Connect - April 2008

Library Connect Volume 6, No 2, April 2008 is now available from Elsevier

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - April 17, 2008

Libraries of the Future from JISC

"In an information world in which Google apparently offers us everything, what place is there for the traditional, and even the digital, library? In a library environment which is increasingly moving to the delivery of online rather than print resources, what of the academic library's traditional place at the heart of campus life? What about the impact of repositories and open access on the delivery of library resources? And the need to digitise and make more widely accessible key scholarly resources? And what of the calls for libraries to play a central role in the promotion of 'information literacy'? Through Libraries of the Future, JISC is hoping to explore these and many other questions, to open up - with partner organisations and librarians themselves - a debate about the future of the academic and research library. The theme will encompass a variety of activities and communication vehicles - events, printed resources, interactive Web 2.0 services, podcast interviews, and so on - but encouraging debate and discussion will be at the heart of all of them"

OCLC offers Digital Archive service

"OCLC is now providing a Digital Archive service for long-term storage of originals and master files from libraries' digital collections. The Digital Archive service is simplified to fit with a variety of digital library workflows and to keep the costs of safely storing these important files within the budget of a library's digital program. The service will provide automated monitoring and reports on stored digital collections"

2008 ILIG International Award announced

"Mr Gray Nyali, Director of the Malawi National Library Service has won a prestigious International Award in recognition of the way he has developed and taken library and information services out to a large number of people throughout Malawi, thereby enriching their lives. This award has been given by the International Library and Information Group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) in the United Kingdom"

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Publishing Technology launches BBC Monitoring Library

"Publishing Technology has launched a new digital publishing package for BBC Monitoring, the global news resource. The BBC Monitoring Library has been delivered by Publishing Technology's VISTA division, and provides subscribers with online access to open source intelligence from the BBC's unparalleled international network of correspondents"

Biblio Tech Review - April 2008

The April 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Library of Congress and History™ join forces

"The Library of Congress and History™ have joined forces to create a multimedia partnership to showcase the Library's collections to the vast audience of the History brands including the History channel, history.com and other television properties. The partnership will also bring historical content to more than 200,000 teachers across the United States that use the channel's branded educational materials in their classrooms"

Project Xiphos

"Through Project Xiphos, Talis is exploring the impact of applying the latest Web scale technologies, including Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web, to the challenges of education and research in Higher Education institutions today. Technology is rarely the whole solution to anything, especially in the complex world of Higher Education, yet it is without doubt that technology advancement unlocks major benefits for those willing to experiment and try a different way"

Directory of Open Access Journals updated

Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 3319 journals in the directory. Currently 1115 journals are searchable at article level. 179019 articles are included in the service

OCLC and Orbis Cascade Alliance to develop new consortial borrowing solution

"The Orbis Cascade Alliance and OCLC are working together to migrate the Alliance's Summit union catalog to a consortial borrowing solution based on the integration of WorldCat.org, VDX, WorldCat Resource Sharing and a new circulation gateway in time for the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic school year"

Author Chat at LibraryThing

Author Chat has scheduled discussions with authors. Each 'chat' will be contained in one topic thread. Nick Trout, author of New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts is going to be on LibraryThing for the next few weeks (from April 14 through April 30). He'll be talking about the book, and his work, and answering questions from you, the readers

Michigan Library Consortium selects Equinox and Evergreen

"The Michigan Library Consortium, working in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library, has selected Evergreen as their next-generation library automation system. In preparation, the Michigan Library Consortium has signed a contract with Equinox Software Inc., which will provide comprehensive library data migration services, software configuration, consultation, and on-going Evergreen technical support"

2008 John and Patricia Beatty Award winner

"Joan W. Blos will be honored with the 2008 John and Patricia Beatty Award for her book Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California 1850-1852 (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2007). The Beatty Award is given annually to the children's or young adult book that best represents California, its people, culture, and history"

The Spoken Word: Evelyn Waugh

"On 15 April 2008, the British Library releases the latest addition to its popular series of literary spoken word CDs, featuring previously unpublished BBC broadcasts of Evelyn Waugh, recorded 1938 to 1963. Released to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Decline and Fall (1938), these recordings are being made commercially available for the first time"

Five volumes of Letters and Papers, Henry VIII, live

From British History Online: "Five volumes of the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, are now live. These volumes cover the years 1535-1537. Further volumes will be added in the coming months"

Berkeley Electronic Press signs new consortium contracts

"The Berkeley Electronic Press has entered a three-year journal licensing agreement with the National Science and Technology Library, a nationwide consortium of five hundred Chinese academic institutions, research institutes, and government departments. The agreement, brokered by The Charlesworth Group, includes twelve bepress journals in STM fields, among them Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, and International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. This contract represents bepress' first major countrywide agreement in Asia"

E-News for ARL Directors, April 14, 2008

E-News for ARL Directors, April 14, 2008 is now available online

Monday, April 14, 2008

Digital Document Quarterly 1Q2008

Digital Document Quarterly Volume 7, Number 1, 1Q2008, is now available from HMG Consulting

CAB eBooks

"CAB eBooks, from CAB International, provides a unique opportunity to access CABI’s prestigious titles in an easy-to use format. Books are indexed and retrievable as chapters, ensuring that a search of available titles will render the most relevant results and save you valuable time"

Twin Cities Public Library Podcasts

"The Twin Cities Public Library system has created a Podcast Blog to keep members of the community (and all interested parties) informed of events in the library, introduce patrons to new books and music, listen to storytime, share podcasts made here in the library, and provide another service to all community members"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #17

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #17 : "Recognizing that Computers in Libraries 2008 just ended, this episode of LISTen brings a little lighter fare. The production engineer brings a new installment of Tech for Techies with a subject of showmanship. Two musical numbers by the Breakneck All-stars are presented. The episode finishes off with an audio essay entitled, "Define 'Anglosphere'."". Previous Podcasts can be found here

HeinOnline YouTube Channel

HeinOnline YouTube Channel - "find how-to videos for the various HeinOnline collections, general searching and navigating videos, as well as other useful tips and tricks for using the HeinOnline interface"

MuseTech Central

MuseTech Central, the MCN Project Registry, provides a place for the Museum Computer Network community to share information about technology-related museum projects

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter - April 2008

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

Focus on Mimas - March 2008

The March 2008 edition of Focus on Mimas is now available. Mimas is a national data centre, supported by JISC and ESRC, and based at The University of Manchester, England

LIANZA Conference 2008

"The annual LIANZA Conference is the New Zealand's premier opportunity for Library and Information professionals to learn, share, enjoy and inspire." - 2-5 November 2008 - Auckland, New Zealand

Adaptation from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has announced that the full text of Adaptation is now available online

Digital Libraries à la Carte 2008

Digital Libraries à la Carte 2008 will take place at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from 25-29 August 2008

Using Technology Competencies to Build a Staff Tech Training Program

Using Technology Competencies to Build a Staff Tech Training Program with Sarah Houghton-Jan: "Every library on the planet struggles with technology training for staff. In this session, learn how to create a set of useful technology competencies, catered to your individual library and its technologies. Also learn how to use these competencies, and the staff's assessments, to build a self-sustaining staff technology training program. You will hear about the purpose and benefits of competencies and technology training, get a review of the process of creating competencies lists, and the implementation process, including assessment" - Audio Conference - Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 1:00pm EST

ABC-CLIO eZine - April 2008

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

TRANSFER Code of Practice Version 1.0

The TRANSFER Working Group has launched Version 1.0 of its Code of Practice which aims to improve the procedures and policies surrounding the transfer of journals between publishers. The initial draft of the Code was released in April 2007 and was applauded as an excellent first step forward by the contributing library and publisher community. Over the last year the Working Group, made up of publishers, librarians and agents has revised and improved the initial draft of the Code. Version 1.0 of the Code has been released for a public review period to last until 31 May 2008

Arlis/UK & Ireland Conference 2008

Arlis/UK & Ireland Conference 2008: Come together right now! Community: Creativity: Culture: Cooperation - 23-25 July 2008 - Liverpool, UK

LibeCast from Cornell University Library

"LibeCast features audio and video recordings about Cornell University Library and its exhibitions, events, lectures and services, offering the world a glimpse of life inside one of the nation's best research libraries"

ebrary honors National Library Week

"In support of National Library Week, April 13 to 19 2008, ebrary has announced that it will provide librarians as well as students and faculty in library science and related programs with complimentary access to its Library Center for one year"

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Galaxy British Book Awards 2008 winners

The winners of the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008 have been announced

Reminder: The London Book Fair 2008

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

Penguin's frontlist goes digital

From The Bookseller: "Penguin UK is set to be the first of the major UK trade publishers to put all its new black and white titles simultaneously into print and e-book format. From September new titles will be available in the .epub format from the company's own websites and from digital retailers, at the same price as the print edition"

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: April 18, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: Maximizing the Power of the Web: Pew Internet & American Life Project's 2007 Findings presented by Stephen Abram and Lee Rainie - April 18, 2008

Ball State Universities Libraries Newsletter - April 2008

Ball State Universities Libraries Newsletter - April 2008 edition is now available

MLA seeks conference bloggers

"This year, the Medical Library Association will sponsor 15 Official MLA Conference Bloggers. Bloggers will chronicle across the Conference experience: the speakers, sessions, committees, social networking events, etc. This is your opportunity to share, officially, with the MLA community your insights and experiences. If you blog and want the convenience of wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, this is a great opportunity for you. Even if you already have a wireless solution, consider becoming an 'Official MLA Conference Blogger'"

Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium presentations

Presentations from the Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium - March 12, 2008 - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA, are now available

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

The John Johnson Collection is the product of a unique partnership between Oxford University Library Services and ProQuest to conserve, catalogue and digitise more than 65,000 items drawn from the Bodleian Library's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera. The project, which has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee through its Digitisation Programme will broaden access to a wide array of rare or unique archival materials documenting various aspects of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Where Are You From?. Answers here.

There are special English words for people who come from particular places. So someone from Greece is called a Grecian but someone from Bali is called a Balinese. What are the usual English words for people who live in, or come from, these places?


1. Peru
2. Paris (in France)
3. Spain
4. London (in Britain)
5. Malta
6. Venice (in Italy)
7. Sweden
8. Naples (in Italy)
9. Los Angeles (in the USA)
10. Moscow (in Russia)

FreePint Newsletter 250

FreePint Newsletter 250 - 10 April, 2008 now available

Science Tracer Bullet: Biographical Sources in the Sciences -- Life, Earth and Physical Science (1989-2006)

"This guide offers a systematic approach to the wide variety of published biographical information on men and women of science in the life, earth and physical sciences, primarily from 1989 to 2006, and complements TB88-3 (Biographical Sources in the Sciences, compiled 1988) and TB06-7 (Biographical Sources in the Sciences -- General Works and National Sources, compiled 2006)"

LIBRES - March 2008

The March 2008 issue of LIBRES, the international refereed electronic journal devoted to new research in Library and Information Science, is now available

Intellectual property simplified with the help of new British Library e-courses

"The British Library is launching an innovative and comprehensive distance learning website that will allow anyone interested in learning about intellectual property to do so without a headache. Intellectual Property - How to Protect and Develop Your Idea, is designed to give users the confidence to learn the IP fundamentals that no-one setting up a business or launching an innovation can afford to ignore. The website incorporates much of the invaluable information provided by the courses available at the British Library's Business & IP Centre and brings it to the fingertips of budding entrepreneurs and innovators based anywhere in the UK or the world"

John Stow's 'Survey of London' now available

From British History Online: "The Kingsford edition of Stow's 'Survey' is now live. Based on the 1603 edition of the 'Survey', it appeared in two volumes, here given as one. It adds to our growing collection of survey histories of the capital, including Lysons' 'Environs of London'"

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08

This page provides downloads of various elements of, and links to resources relating to, the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08

Thursday, April 10, 2008

4th International Digital Curation Conference

4th International Digital Curation Conference: "Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?" - 1-3 December 2008 - Edinburgh, Scotland

Wales announces new National Poet

"Gillian Clarke will succeed Professor Gwyn Thomas as National Poet of Wales. Born in Cardiff and now living in Talgarreg, west Wales, Gillian is a poet, playwright, editor and translator. A set-text poet for GCSE and A-level English, she is well-known to students and teachers throughout the UK"

2008 Green Earth Book Award winners

Newton Marasco Foundation has announced the winners of the 2008 Green Earth Book Award

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - April 2008

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 08, Number 04 - April 2008 is now available

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: April 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: April 2008 - "Google Book Search has created much interest since its appearance as Google Print back in 2004. Recently they released an API to enable the embedding of Google Book Search resources in to sites, not least library OPACs. This month's gang Oren Beit-Arie, Tim Spalding, Warwick Cathro, John Blyberg, and Carl Grant are joined by guest Google Product Manager, Frances Haugen who gives an interesting insight in to the thinking behind and application of the API. During the conversation Frances suggests that those who wish to offer comments about and suggestions for future API developments should contact her by mail - fhaugen@google.com. The Gang also discuss how services such as Google Book Search, The Open Library, LibraryThing, and others may be indicators of how in the future library systems will increasingly use globally based services to handle resources traditionally held locally". The Library 2.0 Gang is produced by Talis in cooperation with Library Journal and syndicated through LibraryJournal.com

Penguin Podcast 52 - Englishmen and Englishwomen

"This podcast, guest hosted by Anna Ridley, features popular blogger turned author Catherine Sanderson and popular poet turned pop star Simon Armitage" - Previous Penguin Books podcasts can be found here

Public Software Foundation

Webpath Technologies has announced the formation of the Public Software Foundation, a community organization tasked with ensuring quality, open licensed software is available to borrow at libraries world wide

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - April 10, 2008

Mississippi and Louisiana museums receive Hurricane Relief Awards

"Eleven museums in Mississippi and Louisiana will receive Hurricane Relief Awards totaling $225,000 to assist in their continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, announced Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services on April 9, 2008. IMLS made the awards in partnership with the Atlanta-based Southeastern Museums Conference. The awards cover museum operations such as creating new materials to attract visitors, collections management, supplies and equipment, conservation of damaged objects, educational programming and archival storage needs"

Watch short films of CILIP / LiS Libraries Change Lives Award finalists

The winner of the award will be announced by Phil Beadle on 23 April 2008 at the Library + information Show, Theatre 1, Hall 11, NEC, Birmingham. The ceremony starts at 3pm and is open to all. Arrive promptly to ensure a seat as the venue is limited by capacity

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Up Close and Personal: our changing roles in a digital learning age

Up Close and Personal: our changing roles in a digital learning age call for papers, presentations or workshops. The conference is being organized by NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries) in association with SOLSTICE (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University) and the University of Cumbria - September 5 2008

SWOP seminar: From Parliament Square to Holyrood

SWOP seminar: From Parliament Square to Holyrood - A seminar aimed at all users of official publications and statistics. The seminar will provide an introduction to all the new and exciting historical resources currently available online, from Pre 1707 Scots Parliament records, early Westminster through to the Holyrood of the present day - May 23 2008 - Edinburgh, Scotland

ProQuest's C19 index adds index records

"ProQuest has announced the addition of two premier bibliographic records, the American State Papers and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, to C19: The Nineteenth Century Index, from LexisNexis. Direct linking from C19 to these resources, will provide mutual customers with a single point of access to even more diverse content types and sources for researching the 19th century"

Web access to SciFinder

"Chemical Abstracts Service now offers web access to its award winning SciFinder research tool. CAS announced and demonstrated the new SciFinder version at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, April 6, 2008"

Singletrack via Exact Editions

Singletrack, a magazine for mountain bikers, is now available on the Exact Editions platform. Free trial issue available

'Digital is not different' say 93% of UK researchers

"Access to online research material should be the same as for books - say 93% of respondents to a British Library survey on researchers' attitudes and needs in the digital age. An overwhelming majority of the survey participants agreed that, in the age of the internet, anyone involved in non-commercial research should be allowed to copy parts of electronically published works such as online articles, news broadcasts, film or sound recordings. The British Library conducted the research because the balance in copyright is being undermined in the digital era"

CILIPS Annual Conference 2008

CILIP in Scotland Centenary Conference 2008 - 3-5 June 2008 - Peebles, Scotland

Scholastic launches Summer Reading BUZZ!

From School Library Journal: "Beware the 'summer slide.' That's Scholastic's intention this spring, as it rolls out its Scholastic Summer Reading BUZZ!, offering kids book lists, interactive book-themed activities, and a chance to donate books to underprivileged children. For every four books that kids read and log online, Scholastic will donate a book to Room to Read, a nonprofit that establishes libraries and schools in the developing world. The BUZZ Web site launches April 15, 2008

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

"The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is a online, open access academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is a transdisciplinary journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect virtual worlds research"

MOUG-L - new address

"MOUG-L is an electronic discussion list for the dissemination of information and the discussion of issues and topics of interest to music library professionals. Postings routinely include discussion of music cataloging issues, OCLC products and services as related to music cataloging and reference work, related announcements, and information about conferences and other professional development opportunities. MOUG-L is an open discussion list; anyone may subscribe. Due to technical difficulties caused by old software, the original list at MOUG@nevada.edu will be closed down on July 1, 2008"

BioOne releases new model publication agreement

"BioOne has announced the release of a model publication agreement that addresses current trends in copyright assignment and requirements by NIH and other funding agencies for digital repository deposits. While the Agreement was developed at the request of several BioOne publishers, it may be of interest to any scholarly publishing organization that is seeking a clear, concise, and legally vetted publication agreement"

The National Archives Podcast Series: Britain and the Challenge of Fascism: Saving Europe at a Cost

"How did Britons weigh up the decision to go to war in the 1930s and did things turn out as they expected? Professor David Stephenson from the London School of Economics and Political Science explains how the British government and British public opinion responded differently to the rise of Fascism in Europe"

Powerhouse Museum joins The Commons on Flickr

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, is the first museum in the world to release publicly-held historical photographs for access on Flickr. The Museum joins the world's largest photo library, the US Library of Congress, which released its first photos for public access on Flickr in January this year. Known as The Commons on Flickr, the online initiative was launched by Flickr to share the collections of cultural institutions worldwide and to make historical photos more widely accessible to a global community

London Metropolitan Archives re-opens

London Metropolitan Archives, which house a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta and the 7 July books of condolence, have reopened after undergoing a GBP2m revamp. The archives chart London's history since the 11th Century and house an extensive collection of maps, prints and photographs of the city

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Web 2.0 Strategies 2008

Web 2.0 Strategies 2008 - "Taking its inspiration from web 2.0 itself, the event breaks apart the traditional conference format to create an intensive experience and a highly interactive agenda which brings together practitioners, expert commentators, 2.0 pioneers and technology gurus" - 12 June, 2008 - London, UK

EPublishing Innovation Forum 2008

EPublishing Innovation Forum 2008 - "The publishing industry is experiencing disruption and uncertainty like never before. Generating revenues through new digital publishing initiatives is critical to survival. This two day programme has been carefully designed to help you drive digital publishing efforts through expert industry insight and innovative case studies" - 7-8 May, 2008 - London, UK

Borders Bookzone

Borders has launched its BookZone website, which offers browsers the chance to watch more than 100 author interviews. The website includes interviews with Terry Pratchett, Ian Rankin and a three-part interview with Joanna Trollope, where she describes a new-found love of Chelsea football club

Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008 shortlist

The Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008 shortlist has been announced

Harvard College Thesis Repository

Harvard College Thesis Repository: a project of Harvard College Free Culture. "Here Harvard students make their senior theses accessible to the world, for the advancement of scholarship and the widening of open access to academic research"

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner

Amazon.com has announced that Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm is the winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

First Monday - April 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 4, 7 April 2008 now available

TechNet 2008

TechNet 2008 is the first annual North Texas conference focusing on technology in libraries - June 12, 2008 - Fort Worth, TX, USA

2008 Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize have been announced

Duke University Libraries: African-American Women

African-American Women - Find online and digitized archival collections of documents about African American women in history. From the Special Collections Library at Duke University

Monday, April 07, 2008

Index to Theses updated

Index to Theses - a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. 517,084 theses in collection. Last updated 2 April 2008 (volume 56 part 6). All theses now have links which tell you how to obtain the full text of the thesis. Where available and known to us a direct link to the full text will be given

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #16

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #16 : "This week's episode bring an interview with Liana Lehua of Fittorrent.tv, a commentary, and another installment of Tech for Techies. Lehua's efforts at Podango include producing shows like The Apple Phone Show as well as contributing to the Girls Gone Geek podcast. She provides a unique perspective in this episode of how Web 2.0 tech can be used in today's world". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Poll of the Week - Blogs and Wikis

Cindy L. Chick of LawLibTech asks "Are you using blogs and/or wikis in your library?"

Canadian federal government databases accessible through the Internet (2008)

"This is the 4th edition of the bibliography of online Canadian federal government databases, replacing the 3rd edition published in 2005. This current edition lists 488 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites. Some of these databases require user registration. This edition contains 334 entries from the previous edition that have been reviewed and verified as well as 154 databases that have appeared since the previous edition. All databases listed were available on the Internet as of January 2nd, 2008"

Sunday, April 06, 2008


The PREMIS Editorial Committee has announced the release of the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, version 2.0. This document is a revision of Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final report of the PREMIS Working Group, issued in May 2005. The PREMIS Data Dictionary and its supporting documentation is a comprehensive, practical resource for implementing preservation metadata in digital archiving systems. Preservation metadata is defined as information that preservation repositories need to know to support digital materials over the long term

Copyright in the digital age

Copyright in the digital age: an introduction for information professionals - 30 April 2008 - Glasgow Metropolitan College, Scotland

Draft Release 3 of COUNTER Code now available for comment

The first Draft of Release 3 is now available for comment. This new Release has been developed with input, via Focus Groups and other channels, from publishers, vendors, intermediaries, librarians and library consortium managers. The Draft Release 3 will be available for comment until 31 May 2008

bepress journals available as The ResearchNow Collection through NESLi2

The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) has announced that the ResearchNow Collection, including all of the 39 bepress journals, is now available to U.K. institutions through NESLi2, the premier content licensing initiative from JISC Collections

Resource of the Month from Ovid - April 2008

"Each month, Ovid's Resource of the Month program allows you to "test drive" different products for free. This month's resource: IFLP - Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals - a multilingual index to articles and book reviews that appear in approximately 540 legal journals published worldwide."

Pictorial Americana

Pictorial Americana, a 1955 Library of Congress publication, is being prepared for the Internet in stages

The Wise Guide - March 2008

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

National Poetry Month 2008

"Inaugurated by the Academy in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the United States to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events"

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Online Video Streaming Archive from Nature

"For selected articles and letters Nature will present streaming videos that feature interviews with scientists behind the research and analysis from Nature editors. You will need the free Flash browser plugin"

LLRX.com April, 2008 update

LLRX.com April, 2008 update is now online. LLRX.com is a unique, free Web journal dedicated to providing legal, library, IT/IS, marketing and administrative professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online - "Until now, history researchers have had access to two main kinds of electronic resources. On the one hand are the newspapers, reporting condensed, third-person descriptions of selected events as they occur. On the other hand are the reference and journal databases, whose articles present retrospective interpretations. Alexander Street's social and cultural history projects offer something entirely new and critically important—personal, contemporaneous, and first-person accounts, history as experienced by the individuals who lived through and created it. These are primary documents in the truest sense. Previously unheard voices of ordinary people, regional and diverse, fill the collections alongside those of famous figures"

New JSTOR platform now available

The new JSTOR platform is now available. JSTOR is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive

NCSU makes unprecedented range of Chinese journals available

"The North Carolina State University Libraries recently became the first library in North America to acquire the complete set of Chinese academic journals available from East View, the market's leading purveyor of scholarly, news, government, and financial information services from the countries of the former Soviet Union and China"

IFLA Libraries Success Stories Database

"Within the framework of its activities for WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) and in order to contribute to the ongoing and long term presence of libraries in the world, IFLA has set up a database that aims to showcase the value of libraries to society as a whole"

DPC/PADI What's new in digital preservation - Issue no. 17

DPC/PADI What's new in digital preservation Issue no. 17 (September 2007 - February 2008) is now available. Compiled by Najla Semple for the Digital Preservation Coalition

TL InfoBits - March 2008

The March 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

Omeka is now available to the public

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

C&RL News - April 2008

C&RL News - Volume 69, No. 4 April 2008 is now available from ACRL


Footnote - both a repository of original historical documents and a community of people passionate about history. Discover, interact with, and share millions of original sources from archives around the world

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. The Peloponnese is part of which country?
2. Mount Everest and K2 are the two highest peaks in which mountain system?
3. In which country is New South Wales?
4. The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current which flows from which gulf?
5. Which river flows through Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade?
6. Is the Ivory Coast in Asia, Africa or South America?
7. Which country is surrounded by Germany, Belgium and France?
8. Is the republic of Turkey mostly in Europe or Asia?
9. What is the modern name for the nation that used to be called Ceylon?
10. Which island in the West Indies comprises the republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic?

Language MP3 audio downloads from OUP

"Oxford University Press is launching MP3 audio downloads as part of its complete repackaging of Take Off In, its 'quick and easy' language series aimed at travellers"

Amazon TextBuyIt

Amazon TextBuyIt - a new service that lets customers use text messages to find and buy products sold on Amazon.com

Taylor & Francis extends "iOpenAccess" option

"Taylor & Francis have extended their iOpenAccess option to cover 234 journals in the physical sciences, environmental and agricultural sciences, behavioural sciences (including Psychology Press), development studies and medical and bioscience journals from Informa Healthcare. All authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication in one of these iOpenAccess journals will have the option to make their articles available to all via the Journal's website, and to post to repositories, for a one-off fee of $3250"

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - April 2008

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 96(2) April 2008 - is now available online

Open Directory Project Newsletter - March 2008

Open Directory Project Newsletter - March 2008 issue now available

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - April 3, 2008

Webcast: The Anthropology of Digital Natives

Webcast: The Anthropology of Digital Natives - "This is the first lecture in a four-lecture series which examines the generation that has been raised with the computer as a natural part of their lives, with emphasis on the young people currently in schools and colleges today. The series explores the practices and culture of these digital natives, the cultural implications of the phenomenon and the implications for education – schools, universities and libraries" April 7, 2008 at the Library of Congress

Thomson Scientific begins expansion of Web of Science

"Thomson Scientific has announced that 162 regional social science journals have been added to Web of Science. The newly identified collection contains journals that typically target a regional rather than international audience by approaching subjects from a local perspective or focusing on particular topics of regional interest"

2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist

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

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #120

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #120 - April 2 2008 is now available

New for Libraries - April 2008

New for Libraries: the regular news bulletin of the Libraries Agency, UK - April 2008 issue now available

New JSTOR platform launching April 4, 2008

The new JSTOR platform will be launched April 4, 2008. See the JSTOR Sandbox for full details

Collaboration in the Digital Age

Collaboration in the Digital Age - June 24-25 2008 - Denver, Colorado, USA. Sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services

Emerald Backfiles to launch at UKSG

Emerald Group Publishing will announce the UK launch of Emerald Backfiles at the UKSG Conference and Exhibition 2008. "Emerald is releasing the digitization of the full archive of its journal titles in business, management, library and information services, materials science, and engineering. Working with the British Library, more than 60,000 articles, some going back to the 1800s, are now in PDF format and available electronically for the first time"

Research Library Publishing Services

Research Library Publishing Services - New Options for University Publishing by Karla L. Hahn, Director, Office of Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries, March 2008

The CASE Europe Conference 2008

The CASE Europe Conference 2008 - 25-29 August 2008 - Brighton, UK

eduWeb Conference 2008

eduWeb Conference 2008 - 21-23 July 2008 - Atlantic City, NJ, USA

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #36

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #36 is being recorded April 2, 2008. Topics:

* Three arrested in kickback scheme involving Sacramento library
* Getting real: Libraries are missing books
* Guarding the borders
* Bonaventure donors seek accounting of $2 million gift

Journals operation of Multilingual Matters Ltd transferred to the Taylor & Francis Group

"As of 1 April 2008, the journals operation of Multilingual Matters Ltd has been transferred to the Taylor & Francis Group (part of Informa UK Ltd), and the journals will henceforth be published under their Routledge imprint. The main reason for this is so that we can focus our time and resources on the development of our rapidly expanding book publication programme in both applied linguistics and tourism studies"

International Children's Book Day

"Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books"

Canada Year Book Historical Collection

"Discover Canada's social and economic past through the people, events and facts that have shaped this vast country. Now the wealth of historical data in Statistics Canada's annual Canada Year Book is available free on the Internet in the Canada Year Book Historical Collection. It covers the first century of Canada's history, from 1867 to 1967, with historical text, tables, charts and maps, supplemented by interconnected learning resources for students and teachers"


"National Archives partner iPHOTOART has announced the launch of its new retail/wholesale web site. Featuring images from the holdings of both the Archives and the New York Historical Society, the site offers high-quality posters, photographic prints, and giclee prints in two sizes"

UK Library Blogs / Bloggers Wiki

UK Library Blogs / Bloggers Wiki: a listing of blogs created by librarians or library staff in the UK

New Intute subject booklets

"Eight new Intute subject booklets were published in March 2008, each providing a 'taster' of the scholarly Internet resources that can be found by using Intute"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, April 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, April 2008: Chartism. "Chartism was a political and social movement in the United Kingdom that lasted approximately ten years from 1838-48. The name Chartism stems from the six point People's Charter that was drawn up in 1838. The movement grew from dissatisfaction with the 1832 Reform Act, which had failed to deliver the promise of an increased number of those who were eligible to vote"

Greater access to the NTIS collection now available

The US National Technical Information Service (NTIS) has launched its improved search engine

Information Research - April 2008 issues

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

HeinOnline Update - March 2008

HeinOnline Update - March 2008 is now available

OCLC releases EZproxy 5.0 authentication and access software

"OCLC has released a new version of EZproxy, the leading software solution for serving library patrons remotely, that offers new features as well as support from the world's largest library service and research organization that acquired EZproxy in January"

EDINA Newsline March 2008

EDINA Newsline March 2008 is now available