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

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The AllPlus Universal Meta Search and Discovery Engine

"The AllPlus Universal Meta Search and Discovery Engine aims to identify and present the very best search results from the very best information sources on the Web. The allplus.com beta test demonstration site allows users to query all major Web content sources, including Google, Yahoo, MSN Live and Ask.com Web pages, News, Images, Videos and Blogs. The results are compared and ranked and presented to the user in an intuitive and clearly organized way"

Scopus Journal Analyzer

"Scopus has announced the launch of the Scopus Journal Analyzer, a new feature available to all subscribers that enables users to easily evaluate and compare journals using article and citation data. This new feature empowers researchers and librarians by providing them with a quick and transparent overview of the performance of individual journals"

Ingram Digital acquires assets of Audiofy Corporation

"Ingram Digital, an Ingram Content company focused on solutions for digital content management, hosting, distribution and promotion, has announced it has acquired the iofy digital audiobook platform from Audiofy Corporation"

The Digitalist from Pan Macmillan

"The Digitalist was originally conceived as an internal sounding board, discussion forum and blog for the publisher Pan Macmillan to start thinking about a range of digital issues it faced. It still is. Only now it's open for everyone to join the debate about books, publishing, the web, and the future"

The Institute for the Future of the Book

The Institute for the Future of the Book - "We're a small think-and-do tank investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens. We are funded generously by the MacArthur Foundation, and affiliated with the University of Southern California. We are located in Brooklyn, NY and London, UK"

Reed Elsevier completes sale of defence exhibitions

"Reed Elsevier has announced the sale of the DSEi, ITEC and LAAD defence exhibitions to Clarion Events Limited. The sale is effective immediately. The sale of these three exhibitions to Clarion Events completes Reed Exhibitions' withdrawal from the defence exhibitions sector announced in 2007"

International Journal of Health Research

"The International Journal of Health Research is a new online international journal allowing free unlimited access to abstract and full-text of published articles. The journal is devoted to the promotion of health sciences and related disciplines (including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, and related engineering fields). It seeks particularly (but not exclusively) to encourage multidisciplinary research and collaboration among scientists, the industry and the healthcare professionals. It will also provide an international forum for the communication and evaluation of data, methods and findings in health sciences and related disciplines"

SAGE acquires CQ Press

CQ Press, the book publishing unit of Washington-based Congressional Quarterly Inc. (CQ), has been sold to SAGE

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library: How much time does your library spend on "training?" Statistics show that most learning takes place on the job or with a coworker, yet as trainers we spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for and delivering classroom training. In this webinar you will learn why you need to get your staff out of the classroom and instead focus on creating a culture of learning in your library - June 10, 2008

IFLA Journal - June 2008

IFLA Journal - Volume 34, Number 2, June 2008, is now available

Park and Read a novel idea for bus passengers

"Norwich Park and Ride passengers are being invited to 'sit back and enjoy the read' next week as part of an innovative Norfolk County Council (UK) scheme to encourage book borrowing and library use. From June 2, Airport Park and Ride customers will be able to borrow a book on board any of the buses, returning it to any Norfolk County Council Library at a later date. Each bus will carry about 30 or so books, with a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and children's books on offer to passengers to brighten their journey. The 'Park and Read' scheme, which runs throughout June, is a pilot project between Norfolk County Council and the New Writing Partnership"

EBSCO acquires Minerva Wissenschaftliche Buchhandlung

"EBSCO Information Services has acquired Minerva Wissenschaftliche Buchhandlung GmbH (Minerva), of Vienna, Austria, from Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co., a subsidiary of Springer Science+Business Media (Springer). Founded in 1909, Minerva has a well established tradition for providing exceptional service to libraries in the areas of serials management and monograph orders, complementing very well the EBSCO portfolio of products and services. Minerva is the leading subscription agency in Austria and Hungary and has business operations throughout Central and Eastern Europe"

Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference

Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference - June 5-6, 2008 - Newport, RI, USA

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. What is the capital city of Austria?
2. Is the city of Halifax on the east or west coast of Canada?
3. What is the name of the Egyptian city founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC?
4. What is the modern English name of the Chinese city formerly called "Peking"?
5. What is the capital of Hawaii?
6. Is Auckland in the North or South Island of New Zealand?
7. The capital city of the country of Luxembourg is called Luxembourg - true or false?
8. Knossos was an ancient city on which island: Crete, Malta or Cyprus?
9. In which country is the city of Mecca?
10. The city of St Petersburg in Russia was renamed twice before resuming its original name. What were the new names it was given between 1914 and 1924 and between 1924 and 1991?

700 Regional Journals added to Web of Science

"The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters has announced that 700 new regional 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"

CILIPS East Branch newsletter - June 2008

The June 2008 issue of CILIPS East Branch newsletter is now available

The Polish Poster: from Young Poland through the Second World War

"The Library of Congress published The Polish Poster: from Young Poland through the Second World War in 1993 to commemorate the centennial of the Polish art poster movement. This book recently has been digitized and made available for viewing via "page-turner" display or searchable .pdf. The Polish Poster describes over 130 posters drawn from the Library of Congress' collection of approximately 3,000 Polish posters created between the years 1900-1945. The 130 posters are grouped into six time periods and then listed alphabetically, by artist, within each period. Each section begins with a historical description of Poland during that period, followed by the then-current groupings, styles and trends in Polish art. The book also contains biographical notes for each artist and a select bibliography"

TOPO! Explorer

TOPO! Explorer - National Geographic's new national recreation database. "We've filled this site with detailed maps, aerial imagery, updated trails, and points-of-interest from government agencies, partner associations, and National Geographic Trails Illustrated"

[BLT] Blog for Library Technology

[BLT] Blog for Library Technology is published by the University of Michigan Library's Library Information Technology division


"KWtL is an annual subscription product consisting of an evolving databank of resources, a daily blog, news, premium content (such as factsheets, write ups of key legal cases and powerpoint presentations) in-depth reports and a monthly newsletter covering legal issues for the information stakeholder community: information suppliers, professionals and providers. It will highlight the complex legal issues affecting these communities, flag up legal risks and offer solutions as to how those risks can be managed and minimised"

John Teskey to serve as Vice-President/President Elect of the Canadian Library Association

"John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick, began his one-year term as Vice-President/President Elect of the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques at the 2008 CLA/ACB National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24. He will assume the presidency in June 2009 at the end of the CLA/ACB Conference in Montreal"

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Research Repository at University of Glamorgan

"An online tool which will allow people all over the world to access research at the click of a button has been launched by the University of Glamorgan. Glamorgan's online Research Repository is the first in Wales to be launched as part of the Welsh Repositories Network programme, which began in April 2007. The newly launched digital repository gives worldwide access to the University's published research and already the system has attracted some 450 visits from 30 countries across the world...."


bmjupdates - "BMJ Publishing Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit are collaborating to provide you with access to current best evidence from research, tailored to your own health care interests, to support evidence-based clinical decisions. This service is unique: all citations (from over 110 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians"

LibLime and Relais International announce partnership

"LibLime and Relais International, Inc. have announced a new strategic partnership between the two companies. This development comes shortly after Relais International's announcement of its intent to release the Relais resource sharing and document delivery products under an open-source license"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 29, 2008

The British Library 19th Century Book Digitisation Project

"The British Library has over 20 years of experience digitising its collections. The mass digitisation of 19th century literature in partnership with Microsoft is one of fifteen British Library-led digitisation initiatives, currently taking place. As part of the 19th century book project, the British Library has now successfully digitised 40,000 out-of-copyright items from its collections, including a range of authors such as Dickens, Eliot, Trollope and Hardy as well as many forgotten literary gems. It is our intention that the material will be made available on the Library’s catalogue after the completion of a pilot, which is currently providing access to over 1,100 books with more added on an incremental basis from St Pancras Reading Rooms"

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Borders Marketplace

"Borders Marketplace offers an expansive selection of used, out-of-print, and hard-to-find books, music, and movies. In partnership with Alibris, a leader in used and collectible books, music, and movies, Borders offers shoppers access to tens of millions of items stocked by independent sellers from 45 countries around the world"

Angus Book Award 2008

"Kate Cann has won the 2008 Angus Book Award for her novel Leaving Poppy, published by Scholastic Children's Books - a taut, tense ghost story with a chilling edge. The winning author was presented with her trophy, a miniature replica of the Aberlemno Serpent Stone, and the GBP500 prize at the ceremony attended by all five shortlisted authors and participating pupils in Montrose Town Hall on May 20 2008"

The Conway Report

The Conway Report investigates whether 10 English public library authorities continue to provide a professional level of service following widely publicised major restructurings each has undertaken and seeks to draw out more general lessons on professionalism and its place in public library services. Published 28 May 2008

Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford

"Oxford University is launching a campaign to raise GBP1.25 billion. The 800-year-old institution has recruited a line-up of influential patrons to back the drive which it hopes will protect its unique one-on-one tutorial system, pay for hundreds of new fellowships and expand accommodation, library facilities"

Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets

Planets and the Digital Preservation Coalition will be holding a joint briefing day: Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets, on 29 July 2008, at the British Library Conference Centre, London. The event will be an informal and interactive workshop allowing attendees to share knowledge and experience in digital preservation planning, setting strategy and policy plus first-hand experience of Planets tools and technology

Amnesty International Report 2008

Amnesty International Report 2008 - "shows that sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, people are still tortured or ill-treated in at least 81 countries, face unfair trials in at least 54 countries and are not allowed to speak freely in at least 77 countries"

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ABC-CLIO eZine - May 2008

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

Digital Library Federation YouTube channel

Digital Library Federation YouTube channel is now available

CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2008

CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2008 - 3-5 September - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

The 50th anniversary of Critical Quarterly

To celebrate its 50th anniversary Blackwell Synergy has announced the publication of a special double issue of Critical Quarterly

The Bisto Book of the Year Awards winners

The Bisto Book of the Year Awards winners were announced May 22 in Dublin. The awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in writing and illustration. The awards are administered by CBI and sponsored by Bisto (Premier Foods)

Call for Papers: 9th Conference of the ISKO Spanish Chapter

The Spanish Chapter of ISKO announces the first call for papers for the IX Congress of the Spanish Chapter of ISKO which will be held in Valencia on 11-13 March 2009

Google Book Search Bibliography version 2

Google Book Search Bibliography version 2 "presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical" - From Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

COMMUNIA conference on Public Domain in the Digital Age

The first COMMUNIA Conference 2008 is scheduled for 30 June and 1 July 2008 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (30 km south of Brussels). It is co-organized by the Communia Thematic Network and the GICSI-EU initiative. The main theme is the Assessment of economic and social impact of digital public domain throughout Europe

Over 7,000 journals now available for immediate download from the British Library

"The British Library has responded to customers' growing needs for instant digital access to research material by making 1,500 journals available for immediate download. A huge variety of titles will be added on 1st June, ranging from science, medicine and technology through to politics, history, anthropology and literature. Cutting the document delivery time from days to minutes will make a real difference to researchers worldwide. In recent years the British Library's collection of electronically stored content has grown steadily and the imminent addition of over 1,500 titles from publishers John Wiley & Sons, Taylor & Francis Group and Future Science Group will bring the total to over 7,000"

Monday, May 26, 2008

Circulation: Heart Failure via HighWire Press

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and the American Heart Association have announced that the full text of Circulation: Heart Failure is available online via HighWire Press

The ASCO Educational Book via HighWire Press

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has announced that the full text of the 2008 edition of The ASCO Educational Book is now available online via HighWire Press

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - December 2007

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 66, No. 12 - December 2007 - is now available online

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author. "Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase" - from The Library of Congress

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #23

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #23 : "This week's episode, while having somewhat of an AM radio feel due to the compression happening, brings an interesting mix. Interviews with librarians K. G. Schneider and Kathryn Greenhill are included in the episode. A commentary about Twitter comes in near the end with a unique suggestion that perhaps OCLC should buy Twitter out. Even though posted slightly late, this Memorial Day weekend edition of LISTen has plenty packed inside". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Australian cookbooks on display

"Using colourful reproductions from the State Library of New South Wales' extensive collection of original cookery books, Australian cookbooks reveals a fascinating culinary story about food trends and curiosities from the 1860s to the present day. 'The first known Australian cookbook broke away from the traditional English fare with a mix of some wonderful localised dishes with ingredients like black swan, emu and wombat,' says Pat Turner, Australian cookbooks curator"

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 has been announced.

London Literature Festival 2008

"Writing from Andrew O'Hagan, Jenny Diski, Bernardine Everisto, Colm Toibin and graphic novelist Alan Morre will all form part of the line-up for this year's London Literature Fesitval. Taking place from 5 to 19 July, the festival also features the announcements of the Caine Prize for African Writing, The Best of the Booker and the Samuel Johnson Prize"

IFLA/FAIFE World Report Series volume 7

Volume 7 of the IFLA/FAIFE World Report Series – Access to libraries and information: Towards a fairer world – provides a world perspective on several issues regarding freedom of expression and freedom of access to information

Journal of Digital Information V9N26

Journal of Digital Information Vol 9, No 26 (2008) is now available

Slezer's Scotland

"Some of the first drawings made of places in Scotland are now online more than 300 years after they were produced. In Slezer's Scotland we provide the complete first edition of Theatrum Scotiae. This volume of engravings of towns, castles and palaces was produced and published in 1693 by a military engineer. It was the first time that Scotland had been portrayed in pictures" - National Library of Scotland

Iran establishes free postal library to promote book reading

"A Tehran-based institute working on Quranic studies has recently set up a section sending books via post to the readers free of charge. The readers can select from over 5000 books available on the institute's website http://www.tafsirejavan.com. The application should be sent through fax" - Tehran Times

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 162

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 162 - June 2008 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Saturday, May 24, 2008

ScienceDirect Connect - March/April 2008

ScienceDirect Connect - March/April 2008 is now available


INFORUM 2008 - The 14th annual conference of INFORUM deals with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes - May 28-30, 2008 - Prague, Czech Republic

The 23rd Annual SIIA Codie Awards winners

The winners of The 23rd Annual SIIA Codie Awards have been announced

Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects closing down

From Live Search Blog: "Today (May 23, 2008) we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes. This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users"

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Sport and Players. Answers here.

1. In 2000, which golfer became the youngest player to win the Grand Slam of all four major competitions and, in 2001, the only player to hold all four titles at once?
2. Which German tennis-player was the Wimbledon singles champion in 1985, 1986 and 1989, and was the youngest male to win at Wimbledon?
3. Which sport is described here: "The recreation and competitive sport of riding on a board about 70 cm long to which two pairs of roller-skate wheels are attached"?
4. In 2003, which city was the European Capital of Sport: Glasgow, Munich or Barcelona?
5. What shape is the ball in American football?
6. In which sport could you find an extra cover and a mid-off?
7. In which sport is there a style called "catch-as-catch-can"?
8. The publication "Contemporary Youth Culture" says that, next to inline skating and skateboarding, this sport is the third most popular participation sport. Is it football, jogging or paintball?
9. For which sport was Sonja Henie (1912-1969) famous?
10. In which sport did the Russian Vasily Alekseyev set 80 world records between 1970 and 1977, more than any other athlete in any other sport?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 253

FreePint Newsletter 253 - 22 May, 2008 now available

Company of Biologists completes Development archive

The Company of Biologists has announced the completion of the process of digital retroconversion of the archives of its journal, Development. The entire contents of Development's predecessor, JEEM (the Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology) is now freely available online

OPAL Podcast: A Casual Conversation with Stephen Abram

An OPAL Casual Conversation with Stephen Abram, VP for Innovation and Chief Strategist at SirsiDynix, recorded on May 16, 2008 (16.3 MB; runtime 52:08)

American College of Gastroenterology and NPG announce a new publishing partnership

The American College of Gastroenterology and Nature Publishing Group have announced a new publishing partnership. From January 2009, NPG will publish American Journal of Gastroenterology, the official publication of the ACG

McMaster University Library partners with Kirtas Technologies, Ristech and Lulu.com

"McMaster University Library in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has partnered with Kirtas Technologies, Ristech and Lulu.com to unleash thousands of rare books to the world"

Web curators mailing list

"The International Internet Preservation Consortium has established a mailing list for web curators and other practitioners interested in sharing information and experiences about web harvesting issues and associated quality review and archival issues. The mailing list will focus on curator tools for harvesting web material, using web archives, working with archived material, and accessing harvested material"

Online Exhibit: A Garden of Delights

"A Garden of Delights is the second online exhibit hosted by the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberts, Canada. Online exhibitions afford unique opportunities to showcase materials that cannot be accommodated in other exhibit venues. Additional online exhibits will be hosted by the Peel Library throughout the year. The Botanical Magazine was founded by William Curtis (1746–1799) in 1787 and became widely known for its beautiful hand-coloured copper engravings and scientific classification"

Public Library Authorities Conference 2008

Public Library Authorities Conference 2008 - 8-10 October, 2008 - Liverpool, UK

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 22, 2008

Open Access Webliography link maintenance update

The Open Access Webliography has been updated with current links, Internet Archive links (for works no longer available except there), or notes that the work is completely unavailable. The textual content of the document has not been updated

ALPSP International Conference 2008

ALPSP International Conference 2008 - 10-12 September, 2008 - Old Windsor, UK. ALPSP = The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

Get Caught Listening

"Recent studies have shown that one in every five American households listen to audiobooks. Get Caught Listening is a nationwide public service campaign intended to promote the joys of audiobook listening. The campaign will be produced by the Association of American Publishers and is expected to launch in June 2008. A brand extension of the nationwide public service Get Caught Reading campaign, Get Caught Listening communicates the pleasures of audiobook listening in all audio formats, and promotes the value of the medium as a beneficial learning tool supporting literacy and education"


"YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation. More specifically, YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns. Any information available in the metadata is retained, including who issued the complaint and how long the video was up before takedown. The goal of the project is to identify how YouTube recognizes potential copyright violations as well as to aggregate mistakes made by the algorithm"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

COFHE/UC&R 2008 Joint Study Conference

COFHE/UC&R 2008 Joint Study Conference: Libraries make a difference: building a learning culture - 23-26 June 2008 - Liverpool, UK

PMC Biophysics

"PMC Biophysics will publish research on all aspects of biological physics, including theoretical and experimental aspects of; physical concepts with potential applications to biological systems, physical models inspired by biological systems, biological problems addressed by physics-based methods and soft condensed matter & mesoscale systems"

Health Libraries Group Conference 2008

The Health Libraries Group Conference 2008 will be held 21-22 July, 2008 in Cardiff, Wales

Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research via BioMed Central

Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, the official journal of the "Regina Elena" National Cancer Institute, aims to provide a high-quality forum for basic, clinical and translational work in oncology. Open Access via BioMed Central

OCLC and Google to exchange data, link digitized books to WorldCat

"OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services. Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google"

Author Autographing Programs at BookExpo 2008

"BookExpo America's Autographing Programs have been a highlight for many years and provides attendees their best opportunity to meet 'one-on-one' a wide variety of authors - from new first-time authors to well-known best-sellers. This year our Autographing Programs will feature over 600 author signings during BEA"

Education Clip Library

"Education Clip Library is designed to fulfil the growing demand for high quality video from educational business users worldwide to incorporate into their products, services and courses which are aimed at learners aged 3-19 and their teachers. The service comprises a library of educationally contextualised video clips. It covers all major curriculum areas, and will grow constantly in size and scope. Education Clip Library has been created using the unique skills and assets of two organisations: Independent Television News (ITN) and Espresso Education"

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair

"The Printers Row Book Fair was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 190 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 90 free literary programs. It is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest - drawing more than 90,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase" June 7-8 2008 - Chicago, ILL, USA

Three Gutenberg Bibles at The Morgan Library & Museum

"For the first time in more than a decade, The Morgan Library & Museum presents all three of its Gutenberg Bibles, the largest number of copies in any single collection. Three Gutenberg Bibles allows visitors to see important differences in copies of the first substantial printed book in the Western world, an epoch-making technological innovation, yet also a highpoint in the art of graphic design. The exhibition is on view from May 20 through September 28, 2008, in the Morgan's Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery"

ARL publishes ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06

"The Association of Research Libraries has published the ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06, a compilation of data on the levels of preservation efforts in ARL member libraries throughout North America. Highlights from the report suggest that preservation expenditures are in a steady state. In 2004–05, 107 ARL libraries reported expenditures of $99,931,352. In 2005–06, 111 ARL libraries reported $8 million more spent, an 8% increase from the previous year"

ARL publishes ARL Statistics 2005–06

"The Association of Research Libraries has published the ARL Statistics 2005–06, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL's 123 member libraries. Of these member libraries, 113 are university libraries (14 in Canada, 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and private research libraries (2 in Canada, 8 in the US)"

Monday, May 19, 2008

Jack the Ripper and the East End

Museum in Docklands is returning to the scene of London's most infamous crimes in Jack the Ripper and the East End, the first exhibition to explore the Jack the Ripper murders and their enduring legacy - 15 May to 2 November 2008 - London, UK

The Library Project

"The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed schools and orphanages in the developing world. We believe education is the key motivator to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists in the developing world. In the Spring of 2008, The Library Project has moved onto their second and third school districts to improve in China. They are located in the very remore and mountainous souther region of the ShaanXi Province. By the end of 2008 we will have provided libraries to over fifty elementary schools in both Lan Gao County and Zi Yang County"

The Sixth International Conference on the Book

The Sixth International Conference on the Book - 25-27 October 2008 - Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA

ALPSP Awards 2008

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers is offering two awards for 2008: the Award for Publishing Innovation and the Award for Best New Journal. They will be judged by a panel of experts chaired by Richard Gedye of Oxford Journals. The judges will consider all the applications and then draw up a shortlist for each award.
Representatives of the shortlisted applications will be invited to give a 15-minute presentation to the judges in Oxford on 22 July. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 11 September

Five year plan aims to make every library a great library

"The Action Plan from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is the result of extensive consultation and engagement with stakeholders and sets out an agenda for change for public libraries in England with the aspiration of making every public library a great public library"

Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915

Exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915: - an online research database of over 45,000 records from the annual exhibition catalogues of the Photographic Society, London, published between 1870 and 1915. It contains detailed records of all the exhibits, plus information about exhibitors, judges, hanging and selecting committee members. It also contains reproductions of all the catalogue pages and all the pictures of the photographs that were printed in the catalogues, plus further pictures and reviews of the exhibitions published in the contemporary publication Photograms of the Year. The interface allows visitors to browse the data, pictures and the catalogue pages, to search for specific information and to refine and export search results

Second Bloomsbury conference on e-publishing and e-publications

Second Bloomsbury conference on e-publishing and e-publications - 26-27 June 2008 - London, UK

LILAC 2008 presentations now available

LILAC 2008: Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference - 17-19 March 2008 - Liverpool, UK. Presentations now available

Guild of Food Writers' Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Guild of Food Writers' Awards has been announced. Awards ceremony takes place on 12 June 2008

1860 US Census

"Footnote.com has announced the addition of the 1860 US Census to their Civil War Collection. As the largest online collection of original Civil War documents, this new addition to Footnote.com provides a snapshot of America before the bloodiest war in its history. The 1860 US Census reveals many details about individuals at that time. What was their occupation? Where were they born? What was their marital status? Did they attend school? Could they read or write? Was your ancestor insane, idiotic, or a convict? The 1860 US Census will let you know"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #22

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #22 : "This week's episode brings another installment of Tech for Techies as well as a commentary and a word from the audio engineer. The episode ran short as we had to handle the loss of a previously planned interview. An administrative trivia note at the end of the episode noted that next week's episode will post at the usual time in the usual way notwithstanding there being a holiday in the United States". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Saturday, May 17, 2008

ProQuest Hospital Collection

"ProQuest Hospital Collection centralizes access to discovery and advisory tools essential to the practice and business of health care and is the first collection to address the expanse of hospital information needs with a single resource. ProQuest Hospital Collection assembles five top health and medicine databases, and includes full text articles from 2,100 seminal medical journals, including full text of The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. It also includes over 19,000 doctoral dissertations, providing cutting edge research, as well as resources in the burgeoning field of evidence-based medicine"

PubChemSR (Search and Retrieve)

PubChemSR (Search and Retrieve) is a freely available desktop application written for Windows using Microsoft .NET that is designed to assist scientists in search, retrieval and organization of chemical and biological data from the PubChem database. It employs SOAP web services made available by NCBI for extraction of information from PubChem


"The Open.Michigan site is a gateway to a wide spectrum of initiatives at the University of Michigan and our collaborating institutions. With a common goal of opening resources for teaching, learning and research for use and enhancement by a global community, these projects increase the value of those resources to U-M and the world. Open.Michigan provides a clear view of the many places and ways U-M contributes to our world's knowledge and creates exemplary resources for education and research. Open.Michigan includes information, updates, discussion, blogs, videos, and podcasts detailing our efforts. You will also find links to projects in open educational resources such as the U-M Health Sciences Global Access project and the dScribe project; in open source software, the Sakai and SiteMaker projects; in open archives and publishing, Deep Blue, digitalculturebooks, MBooks, and OAIster projects; and in open standards, the IMS Global Learning Consortium work and conferences"

International Journal of Zoology

International Journal of Zoology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal from Hindawi Publishing Corporation that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of zoology

European Environment Agency and Microsoft partnership

"Millions of people across Europe will have easy access to environmental information through mobile and online technology as a result of the partnership between the European Environment Agency and Microsoft"

IMLS releases Nine to Nineteen: Youth in Museums and Libraries; A Practitioner's Guide

"As centers of lifelong learning, museums and libraries contain a wealth of resources and information that can help youth fulfill their vast potential. To assist museums and libraries in their development of effective and engaging youth programs, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has published Nine to Nineteen: Youth in Museums and Libraries; A Practitioner's Guide, the newest resource in the Museums and Libraries Engaging America's Youth Initiative series. The guide features several examples of successful youth programming from around the country, as well as useful information for planning exemplary youth programs"

Primary Source - May 2008

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

Bernier-Grand wins Lampman Award

Carmen Bernier-Grand of Portland has won the 2008 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award. The award, given by the Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, is given for contributions to children's literature and library services

U.S. National Archives and Ancestry.com partnership

"Ancestry.com has partnered with America's record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration, to preserve important documents and help people discover more of their family stories. Since 1998, Ancestry.com has digitized and indexed millions of NARA records to create the largest collection of NARA records online. Starting in the spring of 2008, we'll be scanning documents on location at NARA. This will enable access to more U.S. historical records online than ever before. Our growing collection of NARA records includes more than 750 million names and 70 million images in census, immigration and military records, among many others"

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Foreign Words and Phrases. Test your knowledge of foreign languages (ancient and modern) by translating these words and phrases into English. The original language is included in brackets Answers here.

1. Merci beaucoup (French)
2. Ad nauseam (Latin)
3. Ciao (Italian)
4. Mea culpa (Latin)
5. Fromage (French)
6. Kismet (Turkish)
7. Hombre (Spanish)
8. Wunderkind (German)
9. Je ne sais quoi (French)
10. Panem et circenses (Latin)

Cites & Insights 8:6 (June 2008)

Cites & Insights 8:6 (June 2008) is now available for downloading

Scientists Without Borders

"Scientists Without Borders aims to mobilize and coordinate science-based activities that improve quality of life in the developing world. The research community is already promoting global health, agricultural progress, environmental well-being, and so on, but current communication gaps limit its power. The Scientists Without Borders database will provide a way for organizations, projects, and individuals with complementary needs and resources to find one another. This tool will eventually create a record of accomplishments that also identifies the next steps for solving specific problems"

Ask.com to acquire Lexico Publishing Group

Ask.com has announced an agreement to acquire Lexico Publishing Group, the owner of Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com, in an all-cash transaction


"SciSeek is a guide to the best the Internet has to offer in the fields of science and nature. Styled like a conventional Internet guide, this service lists Web sites covering subjects from agriculture and forestry to engineering, chemistry, physics"

Podcast: Secrecy and Government Records

"Professor Foot is a noted historian and academic. He is the official historian for the WW2 Special Operations Executive and has an extensive knowledge of the background to the requirements for secrecy in government records. This is a rare opportunity to hear the views of a person who has lived with secrecy of records for many decades." The UK National Archives Podcast Series

Best of the Booker shortlist announced

The Best of the Booker, a one-off celebratory award to mark the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize, has announced its shortlist. The overall winner will be announced as part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre on 10 July 2008 where the winner will be awarded a custom-made trophy

UK's largest library authority to enhance reader services for over 1.3 million people with Civica

"Civica is to provide Kent Libraries, the UK's largest library authority, with new library management systems in a contract valued at GBP1.6 million over the next five years. The programme will see Kent join the South East Library Management System (SELMS) consortium, in order to achieve enhanced reader services for over 1.3 million people as well as procurement savings"

Teaching English from The British Council/BBC

"Teaching English is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Both organisations receive funding from the UK government for their work in promoting English, supporting English language teaching (ELT) and providing information and access to ELT products, services and expertise from the UK. The Teaching English project is non-commercial and as such all content and material on the site is free to access"

D-Lib Magazine - May/June 2008

D-Lib Magazine - May/June 2008 is now available

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Best of Reference 2008

Best of Reference is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Library for their usefulness in branch reference collections. Selection criteria include value and appropriateness for community library collections, organization of materials, style of presentations, and authority of authors and editors

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize

"Booktrust, in association with Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, has announced the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize. This exciting new prize has two categories - the funniest book for children aged six and under, and the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry will be welcomed. A panel of five judges will be chaired by Michael Rosen; the other judges are Sophie Dahl, Dara O'Briain, Chris Riddell and one other. The judges will select a shortlist of six books in each category in early September to tie in with the third Roald Dahl Day on 13 September. The winner of each category will receive GBP2,500, which will be presented at an awards ceremony in London in November 2008"

British Book Industry Awards 2008 winners

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


"CourseSmart is a new venture founded and supported by six higher education textbook publishers. Our mission is to improve teaching and learning by providing instructors and students better exposure and access to digital course materials. CourseSmart brings together thousands of textbooks across hundreds of courses in an ebook format on a common platform. In doing so we provide a number of unique benefits to instructors, students, partners and institutions"

Information & Libraries Scotland blog

"Information & Libraries Scotland is the blog of the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS). The blog is intended to complement our existing electronic content and services on the SLAINTE website and our Pagecast. We aim to stimulate discussion and debate within the Scottish library and information community so please contribute by adding comments to our posts"

JISC Legal newsletter - April 2008

JISC Legal newsletter for April 2008 is now available

2007 National Recording Registry announced by Library of Congress

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It - free from Yale

Yale University Press has the full text of Johanathan Zittrain's book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It free online

2008 West Texas Book and Music Festival

2008 West Texas Book and Music Festival - September 23-27 - Abilene, Texas, USA

Library and Information Research - Issue 100

Library and Information Research - Vol 32, No 100 (2008) now available

New plan for Welsh libraries puts users first

"On Thursday May 15, Welsh Assembly Government Heritage Minister, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, will launch Libraries for Life: Delivering a Modern Library Service for Wales, a three year plan for Welsh libraries, which sees a record level of investment and support for services designed around modern lifestyles. The Assembly Government will be investing GBP10.5 million over the next three years to help deliver the programme, which includes increased funding to modernise facilities in over 20 percent of public libraries open 10 hours or more a week by 2011"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 15, 2008

UFO files from UK The National Archives

"The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents covering the years 1978–2002. So if you want to find out more about lights in the sky over Waterloo Bridge, near misses by pilots, crop circles - and what the UK government thought of it all - this is the place to start. The files are in PDF format."

Metadata for digital libraries: state of the art and future directions

Metadata for digital libraries: state of the art and future directions by Richard Gartner - JISC Technology and Standards Watch, April 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

HarperCollins launches a digital video studio

HarperCollins Publishers has announced "the creation of an in-house internet broadcast studio. Modeled on a newsroom environment, the studio has been developed to create author videos for sales, marketing and promotional opportunities. The studio represents the next step in HarperCollins' ongoing digital efforts. The videos will be available on HarperCollins.com author and title pages, and the publicity and marketing teams will use the content to promote authors on blogs and Web sites, as well as to the media and to bookstores. The goal is to produce 500 videos annually"

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media: a joint conference of The Media Law Resource Center; Stanford Publishing Courses; Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society, is designed for in-house and outside lawyers representing media and digital content companies, as well as for Web publishing professionals who need to understand emerging legal issues in digital publishing and content distribution - May 15-16, 2008 - Stanford, California

Internet search techniques: current state of the art and the next five years

Facilitated and presented by Terry Kendrick, Marketing and Information Consultant; lecturer in Marketing, University of East Anglia. He will outline the current state of the art in searching both the visible and invisible Web, highlighting key hints and tips for effective search. He will also outline some recent developments in Internet search technologies and explain what can help and hinder effective Internet search - 14 October 2008 - London, UK

eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) version 2.1

The California Digital Library has announced the new release of its search and display technology, the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) version 2.1. "XTF is an open source, highly flexible software application that supports the search, browse and display of heterogeneous digital content. XTF offers efficient and practical methods for creating customized end-user interfaces for distinct digital content collections"

Wiley-Blackwell partners with The Cognitive Science Society

Wiley-Blackwell has announced it has formed a "publishing partnership with the Cognitive Science Society to publish their flagship journal, Cognitive Science, and to launch a new journal, Topics in Cognitive Science. Both journals aim to bring together researchers from a broad range of fields who are dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind"

E-News for ARL Directors, May 13, 2008

E-News for ARL Directors, May 13, 2008 is now available online

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New edition of Cybook Gen3

Bookeen has announced the availability of the "new edition of the Cybook Gen3. With 512 MB (1,000 books) of internal storage memory, a new firmware version and a revised housing which facilitates navigation, the Cybook becomes the thinnest, lightest device with the largest storage capacity on the market"

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - May 2008

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 08, Number 05 - May 2008 is now available

8th Annual Augustana Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop

8th Annual Augustana Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop - November 20, 2008 - University of Alberta, Canada

WorldWide Telescope from Microsoft Research

"The WorldWide Telescope is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope - bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe"

Cases Journal

"Cases Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing case reports from any area of healthcare that are understandable, ethical, authentic and include all information essential to its interpretation. Case reports will be archived in PubMed Central, and incorporated into our forthcoming database of case reports"

TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2008

"The mission of TD Canadian Children's Book Week is to connect the authors and illustrators of Canadian children's and young adult books with readers across Canada. TD Canadian Children's Book Week is Canada's largest celebration of reading and Canadian children's books. The first Book Week tour was held in 1977 and since then over 300 Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers have toured throughout the country. Every November, in celebration of TD Canadian Children's Book Week, the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) sends authors, illustrators and storytellers on a cross-Canada tour to give readings, workshops and presentations to children in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores. This year the Book Week tour will run from November 15 to 22, 2008"

ergo at The State Library of Victoria, Australia

"This website is one of several initiatives to provide greater online access to the services, collections and information at the State Library of Victoria. Designed for secondary students and their teachers, ergo not only teaches students research skills but also provides access to the vast range of resources at the Library"


"Powerset's goal is to change the way people interact with technology by enabling computers to understand our language. While this is a difficult challenge, we believe that now is the right time to begin the journey. Powerset is first applying its natural language processing to search, aiming to improve the way we find information by unlocking the meaning encoded in ordinary human language. Powerset's first product is a search and discovery experience for Wikipedia, launched in May 2008"

Monday, May 12, 2008

What 4,000 years of art teaches us about Web content and design

What 4,000 years of art teaches us about Web content and design with Erica Reynolds, Web Content Manager for Johnson County Library in the suburban Kansas City area - "Web design might be relatively new, but art itself is thousands of years old. Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary art from around the world provides an excellent source of inspiration as we build the next generation of Web sites. Ideas on content, planning, philosophy, organization, technology and design are gracing canvases, lurking in brush strokes, lounging on sculptures, and bouncing around multi-media expressions of all types, and all are waiting for you at your local art museum" - Web Conference, Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Oxford University Press journals on Highwire

Oxford University Press has announced that the following journals are now available on Highwire:

Public Health Ethics
Journal of World Energy Law
Journal of Plant Ecology

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

Inderscience has published the first issues of 3 new titles:

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering
International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management
International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - May 2008

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

Rockefeller University Press allows authors to retain copyright to their published work

"Citing the growing demand from the public and the scientific community for access to research data, The Rockefeller University Press has revised its copyright policy to allow authors to retain the rights to work published in its three journals"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #21

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #21 : "This week's episode has a bit of a Rod Serling inspired feel to it. As the podcast is not a video one, we can control neither the horizontal nor the vertical. We can present a different look at things, though. The podcast opens with a zeitgeist check by the podcast audio production engineer. An interview with Blake Carver follows with the fifth installment of Tech for Techies soon thereafter. The podcast audio production engineer wrapped up the episode". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography Version 2

The Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography Version 2 is now available from Digital Scholarship. This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, conference papers, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Engaging with the environment: finding quality eInformation resources

Engaging with the environment: finding quality eInformation resources - The objectives of the workshop are to introduce delegates to some of the vast number of sources for environmental information. The workshop will cover Government departments and committees; Influential groups and bodies; News sources; Research - 5 November 2008 - London, UK

Career Development for Exceptional Individuals from SAGE Publications

SAGE Publications has announced that Career Development for Exceptional Individuals is now available online

Free articles from Indian Growth and Development Review

Emerald Group Publishing is celebrating the publication of the inaugural issue of Indian Growth and Development Review by providing free access to two articles to be published in the first issue. "The journal is the first of its kind within the economic profession which simultaneously integrates frontier level research, provides a policy debate and advances and discusses pedagogical issues in economics education"

Wellcome Library workshops May and June 2008

The Wellcome Library, in London, UK, has announced workshops taking place in May and June 2008

Towards Information Literacy Indicators

Towards Information Literacy Indicators - Conceptual framework paper prepared by Ralph Catts and Jesus Lau with a list of potential international indicators for information supply, access and supporting skills by UNESCO Institute for Statistics - UNESCO: Paris, 2008

Biblio Tech Review - May 2008

The May 2008 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available

Research Resources from Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

"The purpose of Research Resources is to promote and support the use of research and evidence in the museums, libraries and archives sector. We believe that research and evidence have a pivotal role to play in informing decision making, supporting communications strategies, and guiding the development of the sector"

Walking a Tightrope: Selection vs Censorship

Walking a Tightrope: Selection vs Censorship with Sya VanGeest and Beth McEwen - "Part of the formal education program to qualify as librarians and teacher-librarians includes the study of the principles and methods of building library collections, the writing of a good selection policies, criteria for evaluating materials in a variety of formats and for a range of purposes, and the relationship of the selection process to user requirements. Training also includes the issue of censorship, the art of the book review, and acquiring familiarity with basic selection tools, current reviewing media, and acquisitions procedures" - Audio conference from the Education Institute - May 13, 2008

'Living library' in Bradford

People, from goths to a former vicar, are volunteering as living books for loan from a 'living' library in Bradford, UK

Saturday, May 10, 2008

2008 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize winner announced

The 2008 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize has been awarded to Clare Alexander. The prize commemorates the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn, who was a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press

Open Access Journal Collection from Sabinet

Open Access Journal Collection from Sabinet comprises 44 South African journals, which may be searched individually, and provides immediate access to the PDF versions of 6000+ full-text articles. Of the journals in the collection, 14 appear on the Approved South African Journals list, the ISI list, or the IBSS list. New journal titles and issues are added to the collection on an ongoing basis


"NextBio's mission is to make the world's life sciences information universally accessible. Our goal is to empower researchers and clinicians to make new discoveries in science, find new and better cures to diseases, and work more collaboratively. Our enterprise clients include the world's top commercial and academic institutions, including Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Scripps Research Institute, Regeneron, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, UC Davis, Stanford, Celgene, Genzyme, and many others"

OPAL Podcast: A Casual Conversation with Jenny Levine

Jenny Levine from the American Library Association and Tom Peters from OPAL had a casual conversation on May 9, 2008 about gaming and libraries, Second Life, BBQ, and other fun stuff. (16.3 MB; runtime 54:05)

The Future of Libraries by Stephen Abram

The Future of Libraries by Stephen Abram - a presentation made to SEFLIN - May 2, 2008

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner announced

This year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the UK's leading award for contemporary literature in translation, has been won by the Belgian-born scientist and novelist Paul Verhaeghen for his novel Omega Minor. The author, a cognitive psychologist who has worked in the US since 1997 and now teaches in Georgia, translated his epic of Nazi-era Berlin, atomic research and the long aftermath of the Third Reich into English from the Dutch original. So he stood to collect the entire prize money of GBP10,000, which is usually divided between author and translator

2008 Philadelphia Book Festival

2008 Philadelphia Book Festival - May 17-18, 2008 - Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia, USA

EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2008

EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2008, Volume 43, Number 3, now available online

C&RL News - May 2008

C&RL News - Volume 69, No. 5 May 2008 is now available from ACRL

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Children's Books. Answers here.

1. Who wrote the books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"?
2. Who wrote the words: "One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them"?
3. Which British children's writer created the characters of Noddy, the Famous Five and the Secret Seven?
4. What was the title of the first Harry Potter novel by J. K. Rowling?
5. What was the title of the play by J. M. Barrie about a boy who lives in Neverland, better known as Never-Never Land?
6. In an 1884 novel by Mark Twain, which boy ran away from his father and took to the Mississippi River on a raft with his friend Jim?
7. Which 1906 novel by E. Nesbit was about three children who move with their mother to a country cottage after their father is suddenly taken away?
8. Who wrote the books "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat"?
9. Name the horse whose experiences are described in an 1877 novel by Anna Sewell.
10. Who wrote "The Earthsea Trilogy", starting with "A Wizard of Earthsea"?

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award 2008 winners

The winners of The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award 2008 have been announced. The award was established in 1985 to recognize and encourage authors and illustrators new to the field of children's books

SAGE Connection

"SAGE has launched a newsletter for societies and associations. The publishing industry is experiencing unprecedented change and it can be hard for societies to keep up. SAGE Connection, the bi-annual newsletter, highlights both challenges and opportunities in publishing and shares SAGE's experiences"

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship - Spring 2008

E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship - v.9 no.1 (Spring 2008) now available

The Journal of E-Media Studies

The Journal of E-Media Studies is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the scholarly study of the history and theory of electronic media, especially Television and New Media. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with an Editorial Board that is chiefly grounded in the methodologies of the field of Film and Television Studies

Preview the new eresources@cambridge webpages

"The new pages allow (Cambridge University Library) users to quickly find resources available in their subject area. They can also search multiple resources at once with CrossSearch, a new federated searching service. With CrossSearch, it is possible to simultaneously search key resources (Over 200 , including CSA, Web of Science, Science Direct and major ejournal providers) for full text articles and citations from a single interface"

Crossroads - May 2008

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

Online Marketing for Libraries webcast

Online Marketing for Libraries - OPAL webcast presented by Sarah Houghton-Jan on May 8, 2008

Harvard Law faculty votes for 'open access' to scholarly articles

"In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to make each faculty member's scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to a mandatory open access policy"

MLA and Alexander Street announce agreement

"Alexander Street Press and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council have announced an agreement as part of the MLA's Reference Online programme for English public libraries. The agreement will give participating libraries access for their users to Alexander Street's acclaimed Music Online: Listening, and Music Online: Reference at discounted rates"

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Charleston Festival 2008

"Charleston Festival has announced a star line up for the 2008 May Festival, now in its 19th year. It showcases an unbeatable line-up of talent and features internationally renowned writers, performers and artists in a series of debates, interviews, discussions, readings, illustrated talks and dramatisations, all designed to open the mind and replenish the soul. Among the world-class speakers at this year's Festival are Salman Rushdie making one of his few appearances to launch his new novel; Lloyd Jones, author of Mr Pip; Lorrie Moore, the celebrated American writer, on a rare visit to the UK, and A.L. Kennedy fresh from triumphantly collecting the Costa Award"

Word 08: University of Aberdeen Writers Festival

Word 08: University of Aberdeen Writers Festival - 9-11 May - Aberdeen, Scotland

School Librarian of the Year 2008

"Nikki Heath of Werneth School, Stockport, UK, was announced School Librarian of the Year 2008, and presented with her award by special guest Philip Reeve, award winning author of the Mortal Engines series and many other books for children and teenagers"

New journals from BioMed Central added to PubMed Central

The following new journals from BioMed Central have been added to PubMed Central:

BMC Proceedings
Biotechnology for Biofuels
International Archives of Medicine
Molecular Cytogenetics

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: May 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: May 2008 - "Those reading library technology blogs, or attending conferences over the last couple of years, can not have failed to be aware of the pressure for Library System developers and vendors to open up those systems and provide API access. Against this background, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) launched a working group to analyze the issues involved in integrating 'integrated library systems' and discovery systems, and create a technical proposal for how such integration should be accomplished..."

Ariadne - Issue 55, April 2008

Ariadne - Issue 55, April 2008 is now available. Ariadne is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide

LLRX.com May, 2008 update

LLRX.com May, 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

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: May 21, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: "Trends in e-learning: What does it mean for libraries?" presented by Frank Cervone, Professor of Education and Director of the Library, Information, and Media Studies program, Chicago State University - May 21, 2008

JISC Collections for Schools

JISC Collections for Schools - "From April 2008, and for the very first time, UK schools can benefit from nationally-negotiated terms for a range of specially-selected and high quality online subscription services - from newspaper archives and image databanks to invaluable resources covering history, science, art and music, modern languages and much, much more"

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog update

The May 7, 2008 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available

Tate Library (Tate Britain) records loaded on Copac

"The complete catalogue of the Tate Library (Tate Britain) has now been loaded on Copac. The library covers British art since 1500 and international art since 1900. The library holds over 40, 000 books, 140,000 exhibition catalogues and many rare items in its special collections.The collections' strengths are modern and contemporary art.The collections focus on fine art in the Western tradition although coverage is being extended to other regions"

Fay Godwin archive saved by The British Library

"The British Library has recently acquired the archive of the celebrated late photographer Fay Godwin (1931-2005). Renowned for her stunning black and white landscape photographs of the British countryside and coast, Godwin also produced an extensive series of portraits of literary figures including Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Drabble, Tom Stoppard and the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, with whom she collaborated on the acclaimed 1979 book, Remains of Elmet"

Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium 2008

Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium 2008 - November 2-4, 2008 - Oak Brook, Illinois, USA

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 252

FreePint Newsletter 252 - 6 May, 2008 now available

Bristol Festival of Ideas

"The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate the minds and passions of the people of Bristol with a inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year. An exciting line up of speakers and events has now been announced for our fourth annual May festival, which will take place in venues across the city"

C&RL preprints go open access

College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the bi-monthly scholarly journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), has announced the launch of an open access, pre-publication service for accepted articles. The pre-print service, which made its debut in March 2008, moved to an open access model in an effort to make timely new research articles available to a wider audience. C&RL pre-print articles are now freely available on the ACRL Website

e-HLbc receives BCLA Merit Award

The Electronic Health Library of British Columbia (e-HLbc) has been honoured with a British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) Merit Award. The e-HLbc initiative, the first of its kind in Canada, is a province-wide e-resource license open to all publicly funded post-secondary institutions, all health authorities and all health professionals

Camila Alire elected 2009-2010 ALA president

Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been elected president of the American Library Association for the 2009-2010 term. Alire won over J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County public schools in Annapolis, Maryland

12th Annual Webby Awards winners

Winners of the 12th Annual Webby Awards have been announced

SearchScan from Yahoo! Search

SearchScan - a new feature from Yahoo! Search that helps protect users from viruses, spyware and spam

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Palestinian Festival of Literature

The Palestine Festival of Literature will be held 7-11 May, 2008 with readings and performances held in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem. High-profile writers will be attending, including William Dalrymple, Ahdaf Soueif, David Hare, Roddy Doyle, Hanan al- Shaykh, Esther Freud, Pankaj Mishra, Suheir Hammad, Jamal Mahjoub, Andrew O'Hagan, Victoria Brittain, Brigid Keenan, Nathalie Handal, Ian Jack amongst others

Ingram Digital and Oxford University Press team up to make more titles available

Ingram Digital has announced an agreement with Oxford University Press to make available a comprehensive list of OUP titles through Ingram Digital's MyiLibrary platform

Knovel K-News Spring 2008

Knovel K-News features instructional tips on how to find specific data or information using online scientific and technical books available through 'Knovel: Engineering & Scientific Online References'. The Spring 2008 edition provides demos on Basic Searching, and Interactive Graphs and Tables

Oxford University Library Services chooses MetaLib by Ex Libris

Ex Libris Group has announced that Oxford University Library Services has chosen the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution. "MetaLib provides a consolidated search environment for accessing remote information resources, helping users find the information they need quickly and effectively. MetaLib streamlines the process of obtaining materials by presenting users with content from multiple information providers in one clear, familiar user interface."

Spring 2008 NBCC Good Reads List

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the Spring 2008 NBCC Good Reads List. The NBCC Good Reads List was created in fall 2007 as an alternative to the many best sellers lists available, instead offering books being avidly read and discussed by America's leading critics and the world’s most celebrated writers

Five volumes of the Journals of Trade and Plantations now live

From British History Today: "Five volumes of the Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, covering the period 1754 to 1782, are now live. Further volumes will appear in the coming months"

Wiley-Blackwell partners with CPA Australia to publish Australian Accounting Review

Wiley-Blackwell has announced its partnership with CPA Australia for the publication of the Australian Accounting Review. Previously self-published, the Australian Accounting Review is now in its 18th volume, and will publish four issues a year - both in print and online

Open Access at Alexander Street Press

"Alexander Street Press is once again opening access to The American Civil War Research Database. Through June 30 you can enjoy free access to this popular online collection. No registration is required and you can begin exploring immediately. Additionally, we are opening access to the beta-version of a brand new collection: Images of the American Civil War: Photographs, Posters and Ephemera, 1860-1865"

Monday, May 05, 2008

2008 Learning Technologist of the Year Award

Entries for the 2008 Learning Technologist of the Year award are now open. This is the second year that the Association for Learning Technology has run the awards, which celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field - the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment. Application deadline for the 2008 Learning Technologist of the Year award is 8 May 2008

New blog: Information Literacy meets Library 2.0

Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 is the blog which updates the book of the same name, edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker, and published by Facet in March 2008

The Acquisitions Librarian becomes Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

Haworth Press notes that its journal, The Acquisitions Librarian, will change title after publication of Volume 19, Nos. 37/78 (2007). The journal will continue under the new title of Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Vol 20, No. 1 (2008) with ISSN: 1941-126X and EISSN: 1941-1278

More ASHA publications on Highwire

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has announced that three of ASHA's Special Interest Division publication (Perspectives) sites are now available online. The publications cover topics of interest in neurophysiology, aural rehabilitation, and augmentative and alternative communication:

Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #20

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #20 : "This week's episode may seem truncated perhaps. Due to continuing work emergencies faced at the host's day job, a thirty minute episode was not possible. This week's episode featured a chat with Blake Carver about his new project, LISWire. The six month anniversary of LISTen was also noted". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Library Use of E-books, 2008-09 Edition

Primary Research Group has published Library Use of E-books, 2008-09 Edition. "Data in the report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to develop their e-book collections, what they think of e-book readers and software, and which e-book aggregators and publishers appeal to them most and why. Other issues covered include: library production of e-books and collection digitization, e-book collection information literacy efforts, use of e-books in course reserves and inter-library loan, e-book pricing and inflation issues, acquisition sources and strategies for e-books and other issues of concern to libraries and book publishers"

Open Access Publishing in the Chemical Sciences

Open Access Publishing in the Chemical Sciences will revisit the area of open access publishing including Bioinformatics and data repositories - 22 May 2008 - London, UK


ARCHIVES 2008: Archival R/Evolution & Identities - 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists - August 24–29 2008 - San Francisco, USA

UKSG Serials Practitioners

UKSG Serials Practitioners is designed particularly for staff new to working with serials, whether from a publisher, an intermediary or a library - 12 Jun 2008 - Edinburgh, Scotland

RIOJA meeting

Emerging publishing models: exploring new ventures for science publishing - organised by the RIOJA (Repository Interface for Overlaid Journal Archives) project - July 7 2008 - University of Cambridge, UK. RIOJA has been investigating aspects of repository-overlay journals. The event aims to build on this work and bring together speakers and panellists representing the academic, publishing and library communities, as well as funding bodies, and to address challenges, roles and responsibilities associated with new publishing models

Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology

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

Gramophone to launch revolutionary website

"Gramophone is to create an exciting new website that promises to transform the classical music industry. The magazine, started in 1923, today announces its commitment to a bold two stage plan. By September every word ever printed in Gramophone will be available for free as a fully searchable online archive - that's hundreds and thousands of reviews, articles and interviews, by far the biggest archive of its kind"

Saturday, May 03, 2008

BlogTalkRadio: I Love Librarians

BlogTalkRadio: I Love Librarians - "This show will bring librarians, authors and the publishing world together in conversation. We'll chat with authors about their upcoming books and with librarians about what they're reading now, and what they recommend."

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #121

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #121 - May 2 2008 is now available

New exhibit on Hunt Library architects

"The North Carolina State University Libraries has opened a new exhibition examining the approach, vision, process, and values that the architectural firm Snøhetta brings to the development of the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus. The exhibition features stunning visual representations of buildings designed by Snøhetta from around the world. Free and open the public, the exhibit will remain on view through Fall 2008"

Bioinformatics video tutorials

Bioinformatics video tutorials, developed by the MIT Engineering and Science Libraries and Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine, are now available for viewing

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book is a compilation of quotations originally collected for the "Quotes of the Week" section of Library Juice, an e-zine published by Rory Litwin between 1998 and 2005 that dealt with philosophical and political dimensions of librarianship

EBSCO strengthens power of its A-to-Z locator tool with new Knowledge Base Change Reports

"EBSCO Information Services has recently strengthened the power of its EBSCO A-to-Z Web-based resource locator tool with the addition of a Knowledge Base Change Reports feature which, among other benefits, allows librarians to instantly see which titles have been added or removed from their aggregated full-text databases"

Podcast/feature: Towards the future with federated access management

"The moves to federated access management have 'propelled academic libraries into the forefront of matters related to identity management, ensuring seamless access to an ever widening range of online resources and services, both within and outside institutional and national boundaries.' So says Masha Garibyan of the LSE (London School of Economics) and the JISC Access Management Outreach team"

iPRES 2008

iPRES 2008: The Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects - 29-30 September 2008 - London, UK

Surrey Will Abstracts 1470-1856

Surrey Will Abstracts 1470-1856 contains fully indexed abstracts of every Surrey will known to still exist, over 28,000 of them, dating from the 15th to 19th centuries; nearly all the originals are held at the London Metropolitan Archives

2008 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

The Canadian Library Association has announced that this year's recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is Lucy Pana, Chief Executive Officer of The Alberta Library, Edmonton

CLA / Information Today Award for Innovative Technology 2008

"Richmond Public Library, Canada, is the winner of the 2008 CLA / Information Today Award for Innovative Technology. The Library's DVD Dispenser provides a new level of service to its customers in the fastest-growing segment of public library lending. At the same time, it has taken advantage of significant efficiencies in materials handling, security and inventory control"

Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae

Online version of Antonio Lafreri's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, a collection of engravings of Rome and Roman antiquities printed in the mid-1570s. From The University of Chicago Library

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: David. The name David apparently comes from a Hebrew word meaning "beloved". See if you can identify these famous people whose first name is David or Dave. Answers here.

1. English footballer who made his debut for Manchester United in 1995. In 2000, he captained England for the first time.
2. US film director whose work includes the films "Eraserhead", "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive", plus the TV series "Twin Peaks".
3. Rock singer, songwriter and actor whose albums include "Young Americans". He appeared in the films "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence".
4. Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa. During an attempt to trace the source of the Nile (1866-73) his encounter with Sir Henry Morton Stanley occurred.
5. American pianist and composer who, in 1951, organized a quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. His music is distinguished by complex harmony and the use of meters not typical in jazz.
6. English film actor who was regularly cast as the reticent but urbane Englishman. His films included "Wuthering Heights" and "Around the World in Eighty Days".
7. Novelist, poet and painter whose novels include "Sons and Lovers", "Women in Love" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover".
8. British film director whose films include "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "A Passage to India".
9. Scottish-born US musician who founded the rock group Talking Heads.
10. American playwright, screenwriter and film director, whose works include "Glengarry Glen Ross", "Speed-the-Plow" and "Oleanna".

HeinOnline Update - April 2008

HeinOnline Update - April 2008 is now available

Second Annual Sparky Awards

"Six library, student, and advocacy organizations have announced the Second Annual Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing and aims to broaden the discussion of access to scholarly research by inviting students to express their views creatively. The 2008 contest theme is 'MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.' Well-suited for adoption as a college class assignment, the Sparky Awards invite contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information"

Wiley-Blackwell to launch Journal of Flood Risk Management

Wiley-Blackwell has announced the launch of Journal of Flood Risk Management. Published in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the journal provides an international forum for exploring the interactions between the diverse fields that comprise the management of flood risk worldwide

Information Today - May 2008 issues

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

Winner of CILIP's Anthony Thompson Award 2008

The winner is Raj Kumar Gandharba, recently promoted as Executive Director of the non-government organisation the Jana Utthan Pratishan in Nepal. Raj's work includes management of Community Learning Centres with special importance given to the underprivileged Dalit peoples. The Award was created by Anthony Thompson, first full-time Secretary General of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) from 1962 to 1979, when on his death he bequeathed money to bring young librarians to the UK to study UK library and information work

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Melbourne's first portable bookshop

"Australian bookshop owner Andrew Ball was struck by figures that showed only 18% of Australians would ever venture into a shop such as his, so he devised a way to take such shops to the remaining 82%. The prototype of his idea sits in front of the Federation Square staircase that links the square's open space to Flinders Street. Like a market stall it unfolds in the morning and refolds at night"

Sebastian Faulks and the Writer's Table

"The Writer's Table is a major promotion at the forefront of The Writer's Year, Waterstone's calendar of monthly initiatives and activities designed to highlight the role of the author. Sebastian Faulks, whose highly anticipated James Bond novel Devil May Care is published at the end of May, has been given an entirely free rein in choosing every single title in the promotion - any book, any author, any subject, so long as the titles were in print in the UK. Faulks has also written about why he chose each book in his selection"

Resource of the Month from Ovid - May 2008

"Each month, Ovid's Resource of the Month program allows you to "test drive" different products for free. This month's resource: Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology - designed to meet the growing demand for tightly focused information in areas at the cutting edge of cardiology"

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, May 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, May 2008: 60 years of faith and conflict. "This month is the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. We highlight collections which describe the history and geography of Israel and Palestine and the wider region, the Jewish national experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the paths towards the establishment of the State of Israel, as well as the stormy and precarious existence of the country since 1948"

Dramatis Personae Archive

"During spring semester 2006, the graduate and undergraduate students of French 4900/7900: Dramatis Personae, a seminar on early modern performance under the direction of Dr. Christine Jones, created this site. We have designed this site to be useful to researchers of theater, dance, music, French culture, and early modern history. It is an intellectual exploration of early modern performance and a unique archive of web-based resources that showcases rare books in their historical context. It serves also as a portal into the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library's Digital Collections, which includes scanned rare books, maps, newspapers, and journals in searchable format. The collection of books on dance and theater scanned under the auspices of the Dramatis Personae project is unique to Marriott Library"

SCONUL Focus - Number 42 Winter 2007

SCONUL Focus - Number 42 Winter 2007 is now available from the Society of College, National and University Libraries, UK

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 1, 2008

Today is RSS Awareness Day

RSS Awareness Day is an effort to increase the public's awareness of RSS and its related uses and tools

Using the Web by Karen Blakeman

Karen Blakeman's presentation, Using the Web, that she gave at 'The Research Practitioner - Skills Day' in London in April 2008 is now available. It covers search tips and some web 2.0 applications, with the emphasis on searching for people

Open Access Directory (OAD)

"Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD will make it easier for users, especially newcomers, to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about OA"

Library Assessment Conference 2008 program now available

The preliminary detailed program for the 2008 Library Assessment Conference, August 4–6, 2008, Seattle, Washington, is now available online