Featured Link

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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

2008 James Madison Book Award winner

The winner of the 2008 James Madison Book Award has been announced - James Cross Giblin for "The Many Rides of Paul Revere"

Nature Publishing Group launches Manuscript Deposition Service

"Nature Publishing Group has launched the first phase of its Manuscript Deposition Service. The free service will help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates for public access

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - July 31, 2008

New book: Introduction to Information Retrieval

"Class-tested and coherent, Introduction to Information Retrieval from Cambridge University Press teaches web-era information retrieval, including web search and the related areas of text classification and text clustering from basic concepts. Written from a computer science perspective by three leading experts in the field, it gives an up-to-date treatment of all aspects of the design and implementation of systems for gathering, indexing, and searching documents; methods for evaluating systems; and an introduction to the use of machine learning methods on text collections". There is also a companion website

Production-ready Fedora 3.0 released

The Fedora Commons has released version 3.0 of the Fedora software. "Fedora Commons provides sustainable technologies to create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content as a basis for intellectual, organizational, scientific and cultural heritage by bringing two communities together"

Understanding and caring for bookbindings

"The National Preservation Office is running its popular training day Understanding and caring for bookbindings on 27 October 2008 at the British Library, London. This training day will help librarians and archivists to understand the types of bindings in their collections, give guidance on handling and describing bindings, and on appropriate conservation techniques. There will be an opportunity to visit the conservation studios in the British Library Centre for Conservation"

NewSpace - July/August 2008

NewSpace: a monthly publication for the DSpace Community - July/August 2008 issue now available

The Ultimate Guide to Using Open Courseware

The Ultimate Guide to Using Open Courseware: 70+ Apps, Search Engines and Resources for Free Learning by Christina Laun - "Here are resources we've collected that can help you search for classes, find information and learn everything you need to know about how open courseware works"

The Internet Search Environment Number (ISEN)

"The Internet Search Environment Number (ISEN) is for researchers who find it difficult to locate and search relevant, evaluated online databases. The ISEN is the foundation of a portal that comprehensively catalogs the Internet's databases. Unlike Yahoo or Google and other portals that keyword index a portion of constantly changing web sites, ISEN focuses on the niche of cataloging databases. ISEN facilitates access and adds value by creating more effective and efficient Internet search experiences"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Paccar and the British Library announce charitable gift

"The British Library has received a substantial donation from Paccar Inc to support activities which will redefine the role of the Library in the 21st century. The donation of £1 million has been generously directed to the Library to assist in the development and implementation of a world class technology platform which will digitise the Library's vast resources for unparalleled access by the global community"

2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist announced

The longlist for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced

Challenge Oxford quiz

From OUP: "Ever wondered how your wordpower stacks up against the word experts of Oxford? Well, now you can find out. Our dictionary team has come up with a fun internet quiz that tests your language knowledge against the new edition of The Concise Oxford English Dictionary. We were even lucky enough to have Countdown's Susie Dent - whose new book for OUP comes out in the UK in the autumn - chair the quiz for us"

OCLC's new Web Harvester captures Web content to add to digital collections

"OCLC is now offering Web Harvester, a new product that allows libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to capture and add Web content to their digital collections managed by OCLC's CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. OCLC's Web Harvester addresses the need to store and provide access to otherwise highly transient information resources that solely exist on Web sites"

The Costa Book Club

"The Costa Book Club features a monthly book review from a range of top literary personalities including former Costa Book Awards judges and shortlisted and winning authors, of their favourite book or a book they have recently read and enjoyed"

First WOLA-Duke Book Award winner announced

The Art of Political Murder by Francisco Goldman, an exhaustively researched story of assassination, impunity and justice in Guatemala, has won the first annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America

IMLS announces recipients of 2008 Museum Grants For African American History and Culture

"The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $827,290 to eight exceptional institutions as part of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program. These grants are available to organizations that focus on African American life, art, history, or culture, and can be used for programs to recruit, train, and retain skilled and new museum professionals in African American museums"

ACRL, Syracuse University and WISE present online course

ACRL is partnering with Syracuse University and the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium to offer WISE+: Contemporary Academic Librarianship, an online continuing education opportunity taught by ACRL Past President Julie Todaro this fall. The three-month, asynchronous course examines 21st century academic libraries (community college, college and university) within the context of higher education, scholarly communication and the world of contemporary publishing

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

FreePint News - July 2008

FreePint News - July 2008 is now available online

2008 Booktrust Early Years Awards shortlists

The shortlists for the 2008 Booktrust Early Years Awards have been announced

Imprentit: 500 years of the Scottish printed word

"Imprentit: 500 years of the Scottish printed word celebrates the 500th anniversary of the start of printing in Scotland and explores the impact that printing and publishing have had on Scottish life. Visitors can see highlights from the printed treasures including books, magazines, pamphlets and fanzines, starting with the Chepman and Myllar Prints, a volume containing unique copies of the three earliest books printed in Scotland"

EDUCAUSE Webinar: The Gutenberg-e Project: Opportunities and Challenges in Publishing Born-Digital Monographs

EDUCAUSE Webinar: The Gutenberg-e Project: Opportunities and Challenges in Publishing Born-Digital Monographs with Kate Wittenberg, Director, Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), Columbia University - August 1, 2008

Official launch of eresources@cambridge

"Cambridge University Library has today officially launched eresources@cambridge. The new site aims to provide Cambridge users with seamless access to a growing collection of subscribed electronic resources. It also has a redesigned help section, covering journal and database access for on and off campus users. Users can also search for article citations and full text resources by using CrossSearch, a new federated searching service"

2008 CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards has been announced

Australian Newspapers Beta

"The Australian Newspapers Beta service allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. This is a beta service in the sense that it only contains a relatively small volume of data. More data will be added as it is processed, however there may be a delay before additional content is added. Functionality may be added, removed or changed at any stage"

Law Library Benchmarks, 2008-09 Edition

Primary Research Group has published Law Library Benchmarks, 2008-09 Edition - "Data in the report is based on a survey of 55 North American law libraries drawn from law firm, private company, university, courthouse and government agency law libraries"

JISC Podcast: Supporting users with disabilities - challenges and opportunities

"Susan Smith is a learning support officer for Leeds Metropolitan University and Isabel Arreola is one of the students Susan supports. In this podcast interview, they talk to Philip Pothen about the very different challenges they face – for Susan, in mainstreaming support services for disabled students and staff, and for Isabel, as a blind student, in accessing the resources she needs to ensure a level playing-field with her classmates"

Information Literacy Instruction Handbook

Information Literacy Instruction Handbook by Christopher N. Cox and Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay "is designed primarily for librarians new to teaching or management of information literacy instruction. In addition, it serves as a one-stop refresher source on key topics for more experienced librarians"

Access 2008 registration is now open

Access 2008 registration is now open, but is limited to 250 delegates

The Florida Collection

"The Florida Collection is a reference collection of materials on Florida with an emphasis on Northeast Florida and Jacksonville. It is one of the largest collections of its type in a public library in Florida. The collection consists of roughly 20,000 cataloged books and pamphlets, and also includes manuscripts, photographs, postcards, periodicals, microfilm and documents. Some items in the collection are from as early as the 1600s. Subject areas collected in depth include history, flora and fauna, biographies, travel, economics and government. It is designed to support the research needs of historians, academic researchers, students, environmentalists, genealogists, and the media"

Monday, July 28, 2008

Elsevier's Engineering Village search platform combines the American Geological Institute’s GeoRef database with Google Maps

"Engineering Village, an Elsevier online search platform that provides database content and analysis for engineering researchers, has announced the addition of the American Geological Institute's GeoRef database to its content offerings. In addition, the new GeoRef database and Engineering Village's existing GeoBase database have both been 'mashed-up' with Google Maps to create a unique results mapping tool"

British Library wins Internet and Culture award in the Nominet Best Practice Challenge

The British Library's innovative web resources to accompany its 2007 exhibition Sacred, focusing on the great texts of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, have been recognised at the annual Nominet Best Practice Challenge Awards. The Nominet judges stated that "the British Library merited special recognition for its exemplary use of Internet resources to share rare cultural artefacts with a worldwide audience"

Debut of new search engine, Cuil

"The Internet has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years but search engines have not kept up, until now. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else - three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft. Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency. Then we offer you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. We believe that analyzing the Web rather than our users is a more useful approach, so we don’t collect data about you and your habits, lest we are tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private. Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge"

JISC Inform 22

JISC Inform 22 is now available

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Royal Society of Medicine Press on HighWire Press

The Royal Society of Medicine Press and Stanford University's HighWire Press have announced their new partnership for online journals publishing. The new website hosts all seventeen RSM Press journals, including the Journal of the RSM, newly-launched Obstetric Medicine (coming September 2008), and two journals never before available online - Journal of Medical Biography, and Journal of Integrated Care Pathways

Portland Press announces its 2009 journal prices

2009 subscription prices for the journals published by Portland Press, the publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, are now available

Cambridge to publish Journal of Financial and Qualitative Analysis

"The University of Washington Foster School of Business and Cambridge University Press have announced a partnership to publish the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, beginning in 2009"

Partnerships for print disabled people: publishers and public libraries

Partnerships for print disabled people: publishers and public libraries. "This conference will highlight the importance of delivering library services for print disabled people and show you how to improve your services through co-operation and partnership. On the second full day of the conference, we will focus on public libraries and plan to feature many short examples of best practice in supporting print disabled people" - 17-20 August 2009 - Belgium

Oxford Journals - Institutional Price List 2009

Oxford Journals has announced that the Institutional Price List for 2009 is now available

NISO Webinar on OpenURL Implementation

NISO Webinar: OpenURL Implementation: Link Resolution That Users Will Love - August 21, 2008

Open Web Foundation

The Open Web Foundation is an independent non-profit dedicated to the development and protection of open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Librarian's Lexicon for the Layperson

A Librarian's Lexicon for the Layperson by Roy Tennant: "As is quite well known, librarians are afflicted with a particular strain of linguistic debillitation known as jargonitis, or inflammation of the jargon gland. So to assist those not similarly affected, I have taken it upon myself to explain some of the terms that are the result of this sad affliction, imitating (poorly) the style of the great Ambrose Bierce"

Library World Records 2nd edition

The 2nd edition of Library World Records by Godfrey Oswald will be published in the Fall/Winter 2008 by McFarland

NASA Images

"NASA Images is a service of Internet Archive, a non-profit library, to offer public access to NASA's images, videos and audio collections. NASA Images is constantly growing with the addition of current media from NASA as well as newly digitized media from the archives of the NASA Centers. The goal of NASA Images is to increase our understanding of the earth, our solar system and the universe beyond in order to benefit humanity"

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

This should be a fairly easy brainteaser - or perhaps not! All you have to do is to decide which of these countries has the Euro as its main currency. Just say "yes" or "no".

1. France
2. Germany
3. United Kingdom
4. Greece
5. Netherlands
6. Hungary
7. Denmark
8. Finland
9. Turkey
10. Slovenia

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting - People Transforming Information-Information Transforming People - October 24-29, 2008 - Columbus, Ohio, USA

BioOne and PCG announce marketing and sales partnership for North America

"BioOne and Publishers Communication Group have announced their new partnership. Beginning September 2008, PCG will provide exclusive marketing, sales representation and library customer service in North America for BioOne's journals aggregation databases. PCG will assume responsibility for supporting all current BioOne subscribers in North America, and will provide comprehensive marketing and sales activities to ensure growth in key U.S. and Canadian markets"

New titles at Project MUSE

Now available at Project MUSE: The Global South and Population, English version

Physics - July 2008

Physics, a new open access journal from the American Physical Society, has published its first issue

Cambridge Histories Online

"This unique historical reference compendium brings the texts of the Cambridge Histories series to life. Cambridge Histories Online is available to purchase in perpetuity, allowing continuous access to the most current authoritative scholarly content, making this an invaluable resource, for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers alike. The resource includes over 250 volumes that are grouped into topics, making it quick and easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas. The extensive bibliographic referencing and other leading functionality, enhances usability and makes this resource ideal for any type of historical research. A one-time only purchase is required for full access, including viewing full text, personalisation options and shared workgroups"

Podcast: How Libraries Buy: Librarians Reveal Their Methods for Collection Development

"According to BISG, libraries will spend over $1.8 billion on books in 2008. Buying for a library is quite different from buying for retail. No sales reps call on librarians and they do not return books, so they have to select carefully. In this podcast episode - How Libraries Buy: Librarians Reveal Their Methods for Collection Development - a panel of librarians discuss how they determine the needs of their communities, what sources of information they use to identify titles and how publishers can best reach them"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

FreePint Newsletter 257

FreePint Newsletter 257 - 24 July, 2008 now available

The annual ancestors lecture: our 17th century ancestors

From The UK National Archives: "Once we go back beyond the period of civil registration, census returns and uniform parish registers, it becomes more difficult to trace a family tree. This talk will look at early parish registers, wills, apprenticeship records, hearth tax returns and other records to see how progress might be made when the going becomes difficult"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Knol from Google now open to everyone

"The Knol project is a site that hosts many knols - units of knowledge - written about various subjects. The authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit peer reviews and comments. Users can provide feedback, comments, related information. So the Knol project is a platform for sharing information, with multiple cues that help you evaluate the quality and veracity of information"

British Library Sound Archive welcomes the Survey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects

"The British Library Sound Archive has acquired the audio recordings of the Survey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects, a unique, in-depth investigation into the local vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar of English in Wales. The collection of 500 audio recordings, donated to the British Library by Dr Robert Penhallurick, Reader in English at the University of Wales, represents an important addition to the British Library's extensive accents and dialects resources"

Bringing knowledge to life

Behind-the-scenes video clips of users and staff feature in British Library's online Annual Report 2007/08

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society contributes its 75,000-volume collection to The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society have announced jointly that the New York Public Library will become the new home of the G&B Society's library of 75,000 published works, 30,000 manuscripts, 22,000 microforms, 1,300 periodicals and digital computer media

Library Juice Book Club

The Library Juice Book Club has been announced. The first book for discussion is Questioning Library Neutrality, edited by Alison Lewis

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SAGE 2009 Journals Price List

The 2009 Journals Price List from SAGE is now available

UK annual report on public sector information

"Minister of State for Justice, Michael Wills, has announced the publication of the United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2008. This annual report marks the third anniversary of the UK's implementation of the European Directive on the re-use of public sector information. The report coincides with the European Commission's review of the implementation of the Directive and will feed into the review process"

Europa Film Treasures

"The videos are via streaming, and cannot be downloaded. All genres and time periods are represented in the database and freely accessible. From comedy to science fiction, from westerns to animation, from erotic to ethnological movies, Europa Film Treasures dives into the moving heritage of European cultural and political history, through each film archive working on preserving their movies. The site will be regularly expanded by new contributions: films, documents, interviews, programs; and in a few weeks, all the information and film selection will be available in five languages"

For Great Thinking from ScienceDirect

"ScienceDirect would like to honor the people who are shaping science today. To identify these scientists, we're inviting you to nominate up to three people you consider to be making the greatest contributions to science. In September this site will open for voting on the nominees - those people known For Great Thinking. The five scientists who receive the most votes will have original, exclusively commissioned portraits painted of them and their stories will be shared with the international scientific community. This is your chance to acknowledge the value these individuals have added to your life. Please join us in this celebration, and nominate your favorite scientists today"

National Library of Australia News - July 2008

National Library of Australia News - July 2008 issue is now available

Primary Source - July 2008

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2009

O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2009 "will explore emerging trends around digital publishing" - February 9-11, 2009 - New York, NY, USA


"UMBEL (Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer) is a lightweight ontology structure for relating Web content and data to a standard set of subject concepts. Its purpose is to provide a fixed set of reference points in a global knowledge space. These subject concepts have defined relationships between them, and can act as binding or attachment points for any Web content or data"

The Wise Guide - July 2008

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

eIFL.net newsletter No. 34

The eIFL.net newsletter - No. 34, July/August 2008 (Summer issue), is now available. eIFL.net is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transitional and developing countries

Copac adds Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Copac has finished loading the catalogue of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. "The Library and Archives at Kew hold one of the largest collections in the world of printed and original material relating to botany. The Library is the national collection for botanical literature and is international in its coverage In addition to the core collection on botany the collection also covers mycology and economic botany. The Library's particular strengths lie in material on the non-temperate areas of the world. The catalogue includes details of materials held at both Kew and Wakehurst Place"

The Codex Sinaiticus goes online

"A 'unique treasure' of Biblical history is to be made available online for the first time through a collaborative project between the British Library and three other major international institutions. The Codex Sinaiticus, considered to be the world's most important Biblical manuscript, dates from the fourth century and is thought to be the earliest, most complete Christian bible. The manuscript is, however, split up and housed in four different locations - London, Sinai, St Petersburg and Leipzig. This means that pages from one book of the bible manuscript might be housed in two or more different repositories. The initial website launch on July 24 2008 will mean that 25 per cent of the manuscript's 800 extant pages and over 40 fragments will be available online. This will be the first time that some pages have been seen together in one place for centuries"

Bibliography of open access

The Open Access Directory has released the Bibliography of Open Access. It is based on the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr, which was published in 2005 by the Association of Research Libraries under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License

2008 winner of Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

"The Coalition for Networked Information has announced the selection of Elisabeth A. Jones as the 2008 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. The fellowship, which was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director Paul Evan Peters, recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, as well as civic responsibility, democratic values, and imagination"

White paper available on Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts

"Alexander Street Press and SAGE Publications have announced that a new white paper, Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works: A Resource for Mental Health Educators and Practitioners, is now freely available"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Forced to retire: the librarian with four decades of loyal service

"Despite more than 40 years of dedicated service and a celebrated rapport with library users, Camden's most loyal librarian, Jill Banerjee, has been told to forget about working beyond her birthday next month - Camden New Journal, London, UK"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #30

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #30 : "This week's episode is an unusual one with that not being due to its length. The podcast audio production engineer discusses the whole question feature further while introducing two responses submitted by librarians apparently based in the United States. A commentary is presented relative to a blog post encountered over the past week. The zeitgeist recap covered stories listeners might have missed over the week that was". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Podcast: Mainstreaming accessibility – getting it right the first time

"The library service at Nottingham Trent University is at the forefront of mainstreaming the issue of accessibility across the institution. In this podcast interview with Philip Pothen, Sue McKnight, director of library and knowledge resources talks about the difference her work is making to the university as a whole and why she believes this work is so important"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ljubljana named World Book Capital 2010

"Ljubljana (Slovenia) has been named World Book Capital 2010. The city of Ljubljana was selected for the quality of its application as well as for its diverse and complete programme, widely and enthusiastically supported by all players involved in the book industry (publishers, bookstores and libraries)"

EBSCOhost 2.0 is now available

EBSCOhost 2.0 has moved out of beta and is now available

Scholarly Kitchen

"The Society for Scholarly Publishing has established the Scholarly Kitchen - a comprehensive resource and place to go to for exciting dialogue on current trends and information on what's happening in the scholarly publishing community"

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008

SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, has announced the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, to be held November 17-18, 2008 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: What is...?. Answers here.

1. What is a marionette?
2. What is bonsai - or a bonsai?
3. What is pumpernickel?
4. What is a dulcimer?
5. What is grappa?
6. What is dialysis?
7. What is a halyard?
8. What is a herbivore?
9. What is impetigo?
10. What is a macaque?


Ologeez - "Connect, share, and learn from colleagues through papers, networked groups, collaborative tools and more. Must have a valid .edu or .ac.uk email address to sign up"

International Journal of Cuban Studies

International Journal of Cuban Studies is a new peer-reviewed OA journal published by the International Institute for the Study of Cuba at London Metropolitan University

Podcast: Tracing World War One ancestors

William Spencer takes you through the key records for tracing your World War One ancestors including records of women who were nurses or in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. A UK National Archives Podcast

Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow

Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow edited by Roy Tennant: "Not long after my good friend, colleague, and mentor Anne Lipow died (in September 2004), I promised myself I would edit a festschrift in her honor. It would be little enough to do for the person who had more of a hand in shaping my career than anyone else. Besides, I felt like it might help me to deal with her loss. I have taken years to do it, but the book is now finally published"

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard Of

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard Of by Laura Milligan: "Beyond Google, Wikipedia and other generic reference sites, the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. In this list, we've compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more"

Associates - July 2008 issue

The July 2008 (Vol. 15, no. 1) issue of Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal is now available

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Future of Children policy journal receives Gates grant

"The Future of Children policy journal, co-published by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Brookings Institution, has been awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The award of nearly $900,000 will support the production, dissemination and outreach activities of four journal issues dealing with disadvantaged youth"

National Archives, Library of Congress form World Digital Library partnership

"Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington have announced that the National Archives and Records Administration has become a founding partner in the World Digital Library"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

Kay Ryan is named U.S. poet laureate

"The Library of Congress has announced that Kay Ryan, lifelong Californian, whose compressed, metaphysical poetry has been compared to Emily Dickinson's, will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, starting in the fall. The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel and a "splendid office," according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington"

Podcast: Creating 21st century learning spaces

"Richard Everett is responsible for the IT infrastructure for a GBP100m new build project at Oaklands College (UK). In this podcast interview with Philip Pothen he talks about some of the challenges involved in such a massive project, the support he has received from JISC services and the difference the new buildings will make to learners at his college"

GBP9.84 million awarded to safeguard UK's research journals and provide central access point for academic community

"The Higher Education Funding Council for England has announced nearly GBP10 million of funding for a groundbreaking collaboration between higher education libraries led by Imperial College London and the British Library following a successful 18-month pilot. The funding will enable the creation of the UK Research Reserve. UKRR is an agreement between higher education and the British Library whereby the British Library will store low-use journals for the HE community and make them accessible to researchers and others using state-of-the-art ordering and delivery systems"

Speaking Technically 2008

"Seven leading publishers share their insights on the future of reference databases at American Libraries' second annual Speaking Technically panel at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Moderated by American Libraries Direct Editor George Eberhart, the panelists talk about their new products and ideas for enhanced services. The panel was comprised of representatives from Gale/Cengage Learning, Alexander Street Press, Ebrary, EBSCO Publishing, Greenwood Publishing Group, Capital IQ, and ProQuest"

Google For Librarians: 50 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Power Searching

Google For Librarians: 50 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Power Searching by Laura Milligan - "Librarians are known in their communities as the go-to resource for power searches, research projects and answers to every kind of query. As informed as librarians are, however, they can always use some help harnessing the overwhelming amount of information available online. This list of 50 tips, guides and tools is designed to give librarians some help when searching Google for quality, relevant information for themselves and their patrons"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2008 winner

The winner of The BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2008 for non-fiction books published in the UK has been announced. It is Kate Summerscale for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or The Murder at Road Hill House

Authors in the Spotlight

"Amazon has teamed up with HarperCollins to bring you Authors in the Spotlight. Each week a different author and their latest breakout book will be introduced with a whole host of exclusive content"

Better World Books UK

"Better World Books UK processes excess stock from libraries in support of improving literacy in the UK and around the world. Books are collected free of charge and are then sold online to make money for both the donating library and literacy charities. BWB started in the USA in 2003 and now work with over 900 libraries in North America"

Crossroads: A Community for Students, Teachers & Scholars

"Working alone or in groups, researchers can now apply 21st-century tools to the study of the past with Crossroads: A Community for Students, Teachers and Scholars. Users at academic institutions can create their own collections of primary documents from online databases, permanently bookmark documents and easily tag, annotate and comment on a vast range of materials. And by enabling researchers to create scholarly communities—whether around the world or within their own institution—Crossroads will facilitate research, encourage debate and contribute to the sharing of information, ideas and discoveries"

20th Annual Elisad Meeting

20th Annual Elisad Meeting - 9-11 October 2008 - Torino, Italy. Elisad is the European Association of Libraries and Information Services on Alcohol and Other Drugs

D-Lib Magazine - July/August 2008

D-Lib Magazine - July/August 2008 is now available

Facebook Blog Network

This blog is now part of the Facebook Blog Network. Click here to join

SCATNews - June 2008

The June 2008 issue of the SCATNews: Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section is now available

de Gruyter Reference Global

Atypon Systems, Inc., and Walter de Gruyter have announced the release of Reference Global, a new integrated online Journals, Books and Reference Work site for de Gruyter scholarly content

Emerald announces Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks Certification

"Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced that it has become Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks Certified. With this certification, Emerald becomes a key content partner in providing quality metadata to the Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks knowledgebase. As a KnowledgeWorks Certified partner, Emerald will work with Serials Solutions to ensure that content is current and accurate, making it easier for librarians to track and for library patrons to find"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Project MUSE: Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation

Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation is now available at Project MUSE

The Ireland Collection

"JSTOR has launched the Ireland Collection, a new multidisciplinary collection devoted entirely to material from and about Ireland. The Ireland Collection is the first regionally focused collection hosted by JSTOR. Developed in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, it offers access to unique content digitised from Queen's extensive print holdings and includes journals, monographs, and manuscripts to which researchers around the world previously may have had only limited access"

The Names Project

The JISC-funded Names Project is working toward the development of a prototype name authority service for UK repositories that "will reliably and uniquely identify individuals and institutions"

European Quarterly Preservation Digest

The European Quarterly Preservation Digest provides a state of the art view of current European activities in the field of digital preservation. Updates and overviews from DPE, Planets, CASPAR, SHAMAN, LiWA and DRAMBORA are included

From the Pen to the Press: How Publishing Really Works

"CILIP West Midland is celebrating the National Year of Reading by inviting speakers from a fiction, non-fiction and audiobook background to discuss how the publishing process works, including local author R J Ellory. The afternoon will give delegates from all sectors an insight into the book trade and the various processes involved from submission to publication" - 10 September 2008 - Coventry, UK

Monday, July 14, 2008

Five new journals from Inderscience Publishers

Five new journals from Inderscience Publishers:

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems
International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets
International Journal of Inventory Research
International Journal of Private Law
International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing

Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight 2008

Make a Noise in Libraries, run by the RNIB National Library Service, is now in its seventh year. This annual campaign aims to bring public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together to improve access to books and information - 7-20 July 2008

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #29

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #29 : "The episode this week has the second part of the interview with author David Weber as well as a book review in Tech for Techies". Previous Podcasts can be found here

JISC Podcast: Equality for all - a new initiative brings publishers on board

"JISC TechDis has been at the forefront of supporting the needs of students and staff with disabilities or learning difficulties for many years. In this podcast interview, JISC TechDis director Sal Cooke talks to Philip Pothen about a new initiative that's set to make a significant difference to the support available in this area to colleges and universities around the country"

Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology

Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology - September 8-12 2008 - Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Safari Books - free 10 day trial

10 day free trial of Safari Books - "Safari Books Online is an electronic reference library for programmers, developers, IT, web designers and the creative professional. As a joint venture between O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, Safari is a fully searchable database of the electronic versions of books, manuscripts articles and instructional video from O'Reilly, Addison-Wesley, Adobe Press, Cisco Press, New Riders, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Wharton School Publishing, lynda.com, SAS Publishing, Sun Microsystems Press, Que, Sams, Microsoft Press and many more"

ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians 2008

ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians - August 3-8, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

6th Annual CISTM

6th Annual Conference on Information Science Technology and Management - July 31 to August 2, 2008 - Delhi, India


RezEd - "an online hub providing practitioners using virtual worlds with access to the highest quality resources and research in the field to establish a strong network of those using virtual worlds for learning"

Wellcome Library Year in Review 2007

Wellcome Library, London, UK, has just released its Year in Review 2007

Emerald acquires Accounting Research Journal

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the acquisition of the Accounting Research Journal from Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Saturday, July 12, 2008

ABC-CLIO eZine - July 2008

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

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Available as a WilsonWeb Database

"Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)is now searchable as a WilsonWeb database. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC allows searching of 1.1 million bibliographic citations and more than 100,000 full-text entries on education topics back as far as 1966—journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, reports from the What Works Clearinghouse, and other education-related materials. More than 600 journals are currently indexed by the database, the majority cover to cover"

Sound Learning from Listening Books

"Sound Learning from Listening Books provides audiobooks on MP3 CD and via internet streaming for those who find it difficult to read or hold a book due to illness or disability, which includes special educational needs such as dyslexia"

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - July 2008

The World Almanac E-Newsletter - Volume 08, Number 07 - July 2008 is now available

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs at Duke University Libraries

"Duke University Libraries has launched a digital collection of about 5,000 photographs shot primarily in China between 1917 and 1932 by Sidney Gamble, grandson of Proctor and Gamble co-founder James Gamble"

Scientific Commons milestone

Scientific Commons now covers over 20 million publications by over 8 million authors

EDUCAUSE Review July/August 2008

EDUCAUSE Review July/August 2008, Volume 43, Number 4, now available online

Geograph British Isles

The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. In Roman numerals, which letters represent the number six?
2. In which French art museum can you find the "Mona Lisa" and the "Venus de Milo"?
3. In astrology, what is the symbol for Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac?
4. Which country was invaded and annexed by Iraq in August 1990?
5. Is the team game called "curling" played on grass, a wooden floor, or ice?
6. How many watts are there in a megawatt?
7. Which country is called "Suomi" by the people who live there: Iceland, Afghanistan or Finland?
8. Is "Ca" the symbol for the element calcium, carbon or copper?
9. In Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar", who said "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears"?
10. How many faces are there on a tetrahedron?

Open Education News

"Open Education News is essentially a group blog. A number of individuals from the US, South Africa, and eventually other locations daily monitor the internet for news related to open education. We then aggregate these items and publish them individually with minor commentary. Occasionally we'll publish bigger pieces of our own authorship; analyses and such"

Guidelines announced for Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have announced the 2009 guidelines for the American Heritage Preservation Program. This new public-private partnership will fund the preservation of endangered and fragile art works, rare books, scientific specimens, and historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small and medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Midnight’s Children wins Best of the Booker

"Salman Rushdie has been named winner of the Best of the Booker award for Midnight's Children. Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981. It was then chosen as the Booker of Bookers in 1993 - the only other time a celebratory prize has been awarded"

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: July 2008

Library 2.0 Gang Podcast: July 2008: "22,000 Librarians congregated in Anaheim California between June 26 and July 2 for the American Library Association 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition. With over 300 educational programs, over 2000 committee meetings and events, the exhibition, opening and closing sessions, and the presidents program to choose from - and Disneyland just down the road - it was a busy time for those that attended. Outgoing ALA President, Loriene Roy joins the Gang as our guest this month to reflect on the conference. The Gang members, who all attended the conference, on this show are Char Booth, Carl Grant, Marshall Breeding, and Oren Beit-Arie. Amongst the topics discussed were the suitability of the venues chosen for ALA conferences, the return on investment for vendors as some conference attendees deliberately avoid the exhibition floor, concerns patron privacy and it's effect on innovation, and the way librarians don't discuss their failures"

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: July 15, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar: "Video on the Web: A Primer" presented by David King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library - July 15, 2008

Information Today - July/August 2008 issues

The July/August 2008 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

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

2008 Kids' Lit Quiz World Final

"The Kids' Lit Quiz aims to motivate children and young people to read for pleasure and develop the habit of sustained reading by offering them irresistible reading challenges and enormous fun with a competitive element and great team-building opportunities. The 2008 World Final will be held in Oxford, UK on 10 July, at the Oxford Playhouse"

Podcast: Community engagement in e-Research

Podcast: Community engagement in e-Research - "Limited take-up by researchers of new (and not so new) technologies is a challenge that JISC and other organisations are seeking to get to grips with. As JISC's e-research programme gains momentum, Matthew Mascord, Acting Programme Manager for the community engagement strand of the programme, talks to Alice Gugan from JISC about the work of three projects endeavouring to get to the bottom of researchers' motivations and by extension encourage them to take a keener interest in how they might work and collaborate more effectively"

Academic Libraries: 2006 First Look

From The U.S. Department of Educations' National Center for Education Statistics: "The Academic Libraries: 2006 First Look summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The nation's 3,600 academic libraries held 1.0 billion books; serial backfiles; and other paper materials, including government documents at the end of FY 2006, and there were 144.1 million circulation transactions from their general collections. During the same time period, academic libraries' expenditures totaled $6.2 billion"

FreePint Newsletter 256

FreePint Newsletter 256 - 10 July, 2008 now available


"ETC-Press is a publishing imprint with a twist. We publish books, but we're also interested in the participatory future of content creation across multiple media. We are an academic, open source, multimedia, publishing imprint affiliated with the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and in partnership with Lulu.com. ETC Press has an affiliation with the Institute for the Future of the Book, sharing in the exploration of the evolution of discourse. ETC Press also has an agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to place ETC Press publications in the ACM Digital Library"

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards entries

"Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (the 'Indie Book Awards'), the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English and released in 2008 or 2009 or with a 2008 or 2009 copyright date. The Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group"

The Caravan Project

"The Caravan Project is an innovative non-profit partnership of publishers, distributors and booksellers which has produced scores of books in multiple platforms: e-books, downloadable audio, print-on-demand and large print. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York"

C&RL News - July/August 2008

C&RL News Volume 69, No. 7, July/August 2008 is now available from ACRL

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Caine Prize for African Writing 2008 winner

This year's Caine Prize for African Writing has been won by Henrietta Rose-Innes from South Africa, with her story 'Poison' from 'Africa Pens', published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007

The Pulitzer Legacy in Georgia

"The Georgia Review has announced The Pulitzer Legacy in Georgia program - a four-day celebration of fine writing and writers hosted by the Jekyll Island Club from October 27 to 30, 2008. The event features four recent Pulitzer Prize winners, all of whom have an association with the state of Georgia, the University of Georgia, and/or The Georgia Review: poets Stephen Dunn and Natasha Trethewey, journalist and historian Hank Klibanoff, and historian Edward Larson"

The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative

"The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative is a collaborative effort that dramatically expands the amount of information available online about Missouri's past"

Readex partners with Center for Research Libraries to create Web-based World Newspaper Archive

"Readex, a division of NewsBank, and the Center for Research Libraries have announced that they will create the world's largest, fully searchable digital archive of international newspapers. The World Newspaper Archive will provide students, teachers and scholars unprecedented access to historical newspapers published outside the United States, advancing research and offering new insights across wide-ranging academic disciplines"

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award

Frances Lincoln Limited and Seven Stories have announced that they have created an award in memory of Frances Lincoln (1945-2001): The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms of the ethnic and cultural origins of its author

Paleobiology Database

"The Paleobiology Database is a public resource for the global scientific community. It has been organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers. Its purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data. The project's wider, long-term goal is to encourage collaborative efforts to answer large-scale paleobiological questions by developing a useful database infrastructure and bringing together large data sets"

Third Annual World eBook Fair

Third Annual World eBook Fair - July 4-August 4 2008 - Full text search of 500,000+ PDF eBook titles in 100+ languages

British Library launches Ramayana Group on Flickr

"The British Library is calling for contributions to its new Flickr group dedicated to the great Indian epic, the Ramayana. Simply upload your photographs and images relating to the Ramayana to the British Library's group on Flickr and your photographs could be displayed on screen in the Library's summer exhibition, The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic (16 May-14 September 2008) and on the British Library website"

Monday, July 07, 2008

Jane Austen joins Murray Archive exhibition

"Novelist Jane Austen is the latest literary figure to be included in the National Library of Scotland's John Murray Archive exhibition. She joins other noted authors who were published by John Murray, including Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott and David Livingstone. Austen (1775-1817) pioneered a new kind of fiction, and challenged social expectations for women by pursuing a career as a novelist. Material from the publishing archive shows that she only had modest success during her lifetime"

CILIP InForums

"CILIP InForums are a series of discussion workshops where you can network with like-minded library and information professionals. InForum allows face-to-face sharing and collaboration, complimenting the online platform of the CILIP Communities"

2008 BBC National Short Story Award shortlist

The shortlist for the 2008 BBC National Short Story Award has been announced

International Journal of BioSciences and Technology

International Journal of BioSciences and Technology - a new open access journal from Vinayaka Missions University, India

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #28

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #28 : "This week's episode is different from the usual fare. The thread holding this together is: "Authors You Didn't Hear at ALA Annual 2008". Authors David Weber and Piers Anthony were interviewed this week. Interviews ranged from talking about their works to how they view libraries to the future of books. The interview with David Weber is being presented in two parts with the remaining portion to air on a future episode. Both authors raised unique points when it comes to determining authorial intent relative to exposing children to their own works that might be otherwise objectionable". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, July 2008

Archives Hub Collections of the Month, July 2008: Stanley Kubrick - "July 2008 marks the birth of iconic film director Stanley Kubrick 80 years ago. It is fitting that his legacy is now inspiring new generations of creative thinkers through the deposit of his Archive at University of the Arts London. The collection contains many thousands of items. Here we have highlighted ten that represent the types of information and items that we hold"

AIP announces 2009 institutional subscription prices

The American Institute of Physics has announced that its 2009 institutional subscription rates are now available

SUNCAT Newsletter - July 2008

SUNCAT Newsletter - Issue 6: July 2008 is now available online. SUNCAT = The Serials Union Catalogue for the UK

Saturday, July 05, 2008

U.K. debate on future of print media

"The future of print media will be discussed in the Houses of Parliament on 7 July in a special debate hosted by the Debating Group. Titled The only future for print media is online, the debate is hosted by the International Advertising Association - UK Chapter"

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2008 shortlist

The shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2008 has been announced

Theological Librarianship - new open access journal from ATLA

Theological Librarianship is an open access journal publishing essays, columns, critical reviews, bibliographic essays, and peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of theological librarianship and its contribution to theological education. From the American Theological Library Association

E-LIS milestone

E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial. It now contains over 8000 articles

Multicultural Canada

Multicultural Canada "...preserves the history and heritage of Canada's minority groups, and is freely and widely accessable via the Internet. Multicultural Canada contains unique cultural materials, such as newspapers, magazines, newsletters, calendar-almanacs, organizational records, oral testimonies, photographs, letters, diaries, and books from a large cross-section of ethnic communities"

Indiana Memory

"Indiana Memory, the Indiana digital library, is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations to enable access to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats and free distribution over the Internet. Indiana Memory seeks to support and enhance education and scholarship for all Hoosier for increased understanding of Indiana's past and its role in preparing for Indiana's future"

First Monday - July 2008

First Monday - Volume 13, Number 7, 7 July 2008 now available

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Which island was ceded to Britain by China in the 19th century but returned to Chinese rule in 1997, when Britain's lease expired?
2. Name the U.S. film actor and kung fu expert whose original name was Lee Yuen Kam and who starred in such films as "Enter the Dragon" (1973).
3. What was the alternative British name given to Mao Zedong, who led the Chinese Communist Party until he died in 1976?
4. What is the largest city in China: Beijing, Nanjing or Shanghai?
5. What is the main colour of China's flag?
6. What do players move across a star-shaped board in the game Chinese chequers (or Chinese checkers)?
7. The "China Syndrome" is a phrase for the meltdown point of a nuclear reactor. Why is it so called?
8. What name was given to two wars between China and Western countries which occurred from 1839 to 1842 and from 1856 to 1860?
9. What is the official language of China?
10. Name the opera by Puccini about a Chinese princess who offers to marry any nobleman who can solve three riddles.

2008 Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival - 9-25 August 2008 - Edinburgh, Scotland

Grant for Glasgow Women's Library

Glasgow Women's Library has announced that it has been awarded a major grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The GBP410,000 grant will fund the creation of the first ever Women's Archive in Scotland


"Wikireadia is a searchable and editable online encyclopaedia of good practice in reading. As reading is a huge field the number of articles and topics is potentially huge and this is a chance to gather together and share good practice in reading for all audiences (whether that is young children, adult learners, readers in the workplace or setting up a library the list is almost endless)"

Access 2008 program available

The program for Access 2008, being held in Hamilton, Ontario in October, is now available

Thursday, July 03, 2008

HeinOnline Update - June 2008

HeinOnline Update - June 2008 is now available

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #123

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #123 - July 2 2008 is now available

U.S. National Public Radio has expanded book coverage

"National Public Radio has expanded the book coverage on its website, adding weekly book reviews, and has hired six new book reviewers - including a graphic novel reviewer - and added more features to an already existing lineup of author podcasts, critics' lists and other book-focused content"

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog update

The July 2, 2008 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available

Copac adds St Andrews University Library catalogue

Copac has finished loading the catalogue of St Andrews University Library. "The catalogue includes special collections covering areas such as theology, classics, history, English and Scottish literature, philosophy, science and medicine"

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Digital Lives

"From diaries, letters, jottings and photo albums to blogging, emailing, tweeting and flickr-ing, the digital revolution has affected enormously the ways in which we record our personal lives. These largely born-digital collections will become invaluable in years to come for researchers - from biographers and historians to literary critics and scientists. Currently nobody knows for sure what is happening to this material and whether it can be made available in the future. Digital Lives (British Library) aims to begin to answer these questions"

SIBMAS Conference 2008

SIBMAS, the international association for libraries and museums of the performing arts, will this year hold their biennial conference in Glasgow. The event will take place 25-29 August at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. The conference provides an opportunity for curators, archivists, librarians and others working with performing arts material to get together to exchange information about current projects and new innovations. The conference theme will be Capturing the essence of performance: the challenges of intangible heritage. The registration form and conference highlights are now available

Highland Children's Book Awards 2008 winners

The winners of the Highland Children's Book Awards 2008 have been announced

Wales Book of the Year 2008

Dannie Abse has won the Wales Book of the Year 2008 for his book The Presence published by Hutchinson

Resource of the Month from Ovid - July 2008

"Each month, Ovid's Resource of the Month program allows you to "test drive" different products for free. This month's resource: EconLit - the fundamental research tool in economics, provides bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts, to the international literature on economics since 1969"

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship

"OCLC has announced a new OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship program designed to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically under-represented groups"

The (UK) National Archives publishes a new online strategy

"Provide and Enable: The National Archives' Online Strategy sets out how we will respond to changes affecting the organisation's online services over the next three years. Changes will be driven by our Vision, as well as wider social and technical developments. The new online strategy heralds an exciting new era for The National Archives. In future we will deal with an ever-growing number of digital records - records we need to preserve and make available in a fast-changing online world"

Follett Software introduces Destiny Quest

"Destiny Quest, a new feature within the widely used Destiny Library Manager solution, is a new online searching interface for the digitally native student. Destiny Quest combines a visually engaging interface, broad-based integrated searching power and social networking components such as the ability to rate and review books and post video and audio reviews"

LexisNexis Library Express

LexisNexis Library Express is "a unique combination of news, business, and legal information tailored for the public library"

Wiley-Blackwell renews publishing partnership with the Physiological Society

Wiley-Blackwell has announced renewal of its publishing relationship with the Physiological Society for the Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology