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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

4th Canadian Learning Commons Conference

Following on successful conferences in Guelph, Vancouver and Fredericton, the 4th Canadian Learning Commons Conference welcomes participants who are involved in planning, creating, developing, and operating a Learning Commons. As a place for learning, collaboration, research, technology, and academic help, the Learning Commons is central to enhancing the learning experience. The theme of this year's conference is "Open Access Learning", a timely and important topic for anyone whose focus is on library, learner support, faculty development, technology, or disability services - June 11-13 - Saskatoon, Canada

DC-2009 - Seoul, Korea

"DC-2009 will focus on linked data and the enabling of the Semantic Web. Conference participants will explore the conceptual and practical issues in breaking the constraints of data silos and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge. Metadata is a key to these processes supporting publishing and interlinking structured data on the Semantic Web. There is a growing interest in the metadata community in connecting existing and future data contained in silos within and across organizations in a meaningful way that supports extraction and correlation of the data. The linking of data from disparate data silos presents technical and social challenges that will be explored at DC-2009 through full papers, project reports, posters, special sessions and workshops" - 12-16 October, 2009 - Seoul, Korea

The Library Show 2009

The Library Show - 10-11 June, 2009 - NEC, Birmingham, UK

Brookes Publishing 2009 Autism Library Giveaway

"In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Brookes Publishing is giving away an Autism Library worth nearly $500 each week in April. Drawings will be held April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. To, enter, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the U.S."


MyJournals.org - The latest issues of all your favorite science journals on one page. Currently, there are 559 journals to choose from

JISC, the DPC and the UK Web Archiving Consortium Workshop

"Sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) the six partners of the UK Web Archiving Consortium (British Library, National Library of Wales, JISC, Wellcome Library, The National Archives and the National Library of Scotland) are organising a joint workshop on the 21st July 2009 at the British Library Conference Centre, London. This event will bring together key stakeholders - web managers, archive managers, preservation experts, national libraries, web archivists and content providers - for practical and focussed discussion on shared perspectives, requirements, problems and solutions. Formal presentations and case studies will be presented with an opportunity for posters and demonstrations of tools. The day will close with a plenary discussion, and we intend it to support a DPC-commissioned Technology Watch Report"

Free Library Festival (Philadelphia)

"The Free Library Festival, launched as the Philadelphia Book Festival in 2007, is an annual 2-day celebration of books, music, people, and ideas, hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia at the Parkway Central Library. This free, public event brings together more than 25,000 booklovers from the mid-Atlantic region each year. Highlights include appearances by celebrity authors, engaging children's programs, live music and other performances, plus a Street Fair & Literary Marketplace featuring more than 100 exhibitors—including publishers, booksellers, independent authors, and cultural organizations" - April 18-19, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 171

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 171 - April 2009 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Free access to Irish Times digital archive

The Irish Times digital archive, which contains exact reproductions of all articles published by The Irish Times from 1859 onwards, is available free until April 6 2009

Podcast: George Ives: queer lives and the family

Cultural historian Matt Cook delves into the diary of George Ives, the early homosexual law reformer, and considers the issue of family, a pertinent and recurrent theme within Ives' diary - UK National Archives

ALPSP Awards 2009

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers is offering three awards for 2009. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 10 September at the ALPSP International Conference. The closing date for applications for all three awards is 17 June 2009

Ex Libris announces the release of MetaLib version 4.3

Ex Libris Group has announced the release of version 4.3 of its MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #66

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #66. "In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

USC receives first edition of 'Natural History'

"Susan Gibbes Robinson, a leading Columbia educator and philanthropist, has given a rare, first edition of Mark Catesby's 18th-century The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands to the University of South Carolina Libraries. The two massive, leather-bound volumes, published in London in 1731 and 1743, contain the works of the British naturalist during his four-year odyssey through the wilds of South Carolina. The volumes boast 220 hand-colored, copper-plate engraved illustrations of flora and fauna on the right-hand pages, with descriptions in English and French in parallel columns on the facing pages" - Times and Democrat

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2009

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival is currently underway, and finishes 5 April 2009

JISC Podcast: What is the library of the future? with Chris Batt

In this JISC Podcast, Michelle Pauli talks to Chris Batt, of Chris Batt Consulting, about the Libraries of the Future debate being held at Oxford University at the beginning of April 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Biomedical Informatics Insights

Revista Conatus : Filosofia de Spinoza

Hispanic Issues On Line

Journal of Information and Organizational Sciences

Current Zoology

Journal of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

Necatibey Faculty of Education, Electronic Journal of Science and Mathematics Education

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing

International Journal of Immunological Studies

International Journal of Power and Energy Conversion

International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances

International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation

International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management

International Journal of Economics and Business Research

International Journal of Experimental and Computational Biomechanics

International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research

International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics

Eleventh International Conference on Grey Literature

Eleventh International Conference on Grey Literature - December 14-15, 2009 - Washington, DC, USA

ISIC: the information behaviour conference, 2010

"ISIC: the information behaviour conference, 2010, will take place in Murcia, Spain from 28 September to 2 October, 2010. A Doctoral Workshop will be held on the 28th, with the conference proper taking place on 29th September to 1st October. On the 2nd of October there will be a guided tour of Cartagena - a city with Roman foundations. A call for papers will be issued shortly"

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - April 2009

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - April 2009"In the April 2009 issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, actor Kevin Whately talks exclusively about discovering entertainers and early empire-builders in his family tree. We reveal how to find your forebears in the records of friendly societies, mutual insurance associations that were popular among workers in the 18th and 19th centuries. We also offer a window onto the world our ancestors knew at the time of the 1911 census. Plus, find out how to write your family story, and get it published; convert old money into today's equivalents; research the history of your street; track down the bankers in your family tree; and research your medical ancestors. As if that's not enough, don't miss the story of a reader who discovered that his great grandfather sailed the world with Charles Darwin"

YouTube EDU

YouTube EDU is a special page which only includes material submitted by colleges and universities

International Edible Book Festival 2009

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually around April 1st. To date, the following countries have held this festival: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States of America, Russia

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive"Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900) was the leading organizational genius behind the rise of American Reform Judaism in the late 19th century. He played a central role in the founding of three major Reform Jewish institutions that still exist today: The Union of American Hebrew Congregations [1873], now the Union for Reform Judaism, the parent body of Reform synagogues; the Hebrew Union College [1875], the Reform movement's rabbinical seminary; and the Central Conference of American Rabbis [1889], the Reform rabbinical association. This digital archive is a freely accessible comprehensive electronic edition of Rabbi Wise's correspondence and extensive published writings. Consisting of approximately 3,300 items captured in nearly 20,000 digital images, the collection documents the life and work of the architect of Reform Judaism in America."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Journal of Jewish Identities via Project Muse

Journal of Jewish Identities, published by Youngstown State University Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, is now available via Project Muse

Wind will power University of Kansas library

Wind will generate the electricity needed next year to power the University of Kansas' Anschutz Library. The Student Environmental Advisory Board this month began buying wind power credits from Westar Energy to offset fossil fuel power to the library. That group spearheaded a Student Senate initiative in 2007 to reduce the campus' dependence on unsustainable energy. The measure, which was approved by more than a 90 percent margin, calls for students to pay $1.25 a semester toward the goal of KU obtaining 20 percent of its energy from sustainable sources by 2020 - cjonline.com

Canadian writers, publishers gather to consider Google book digitization

"Canadian publishers and authors have been gathering at workshops to explore the legal ramifications of internet giant Google's massive book-digitization initiative. The sessions are being held in advance of the May 5 deadline for authors and publishers to opt out of Google's plan to digitize 20 million books and distribute them online and to new devices" - CBC

Lisjobtemps.com (UK) is now live

"Lisjobtemps.com, the new recruitment service from The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), is now live. The site has been launched in response to employer demands for a faster turnaround in recruiting temporary staff. Lisjobtemps.com is the new home for temporary and contract positions of 12 months or less. Jobs in the Academic, Higher and Further Education, Schools, Public, National, Government, Commercial and Specialist Library and Information sectors will all be covered"

19th Century British Pamphlets Project

"This project, created by the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme, provides online access through JSTOR to the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries. Pamphlets were an important means of public debate in the 19th century, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. They are a valuable primary resource relevant to a wide range of disciplines. They have been underutilized within research and teaching because they are generally quite difficult to access - often bound together in large numbers or otherwise hard to find in the few research libraries that hold them. JSTOR will make these pamphlets searchable alongside current collections to enhance discovery and use across disciplines. These pamphlets are now freely accessible to all JSTOR participating institutions through June 30, 2009 as we work to evaluate delivery, presentation, and use of the content, and develop an understanding of how best to address the needs of researchers and students working with it. There will be regular releases of additional material during this pamphlet trial period"

Flatworld Knowledge receives $8 million investment

Flatworld Knowledge, an open textbook initiative that has been in development since 2007, received $8 million in investments earlier this week

Oddest Book Title prize goes to treatise on fromage frais

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-miligram Containers of Fromage Frais has been crowned the winner of The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of 2008. Published by Icon Group International.

Copyright for Today's Dynamic Publishing Environment

Copyright for Today's Dynamic Publishing Environment - May 6, New York City or May 7, Washington D.C.

Literacy for All: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy - Webcast

Literacy for All: Advocacy, Libraries, and Literacy, a Webcast Summit, will bring together a diverse panel of literacy practitioners and librarians from public, school, and academic libraries to discuss the roles that libraries play in supporting literacy across the lifespan. The Summit will showcase innovative literacy-library partnerships, promote community solutions, issue a call to action, and more - April 7, 2009 - 1 to 2:30 P.M. (EDT)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Digital Native or Digitally Naïve

Digital Native or Digitally Naïve: Library & Information Services for the Next Generation - 6 May 2009 - Cambridge, UK. "What is the role of libraries when people already have access to everything? Digital natives call, send text messages and pictures, play games and download music all at the same time they think email, books and paper are outmoded where does that leave us, as professionals, struggling to provide information services to this generation? What happens next...? Can the new generation of digital native information professionals show us the future? This seminar will challenge your perceptions of what libraries services are and how they are changing. Share the vision of the future with leading information studies lecturers and their students, with new professionals and current leaders in the library world"

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. Name the record company which was founded by the four Beatles in 1968.
2. Which record label was launched by Richard Branson with Mike Oldfield's first album, "Tubular Bells"?
3. Sam Phillips discovered Elvis Presley. What was the name of Phillips's record label, which also nurtured the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Charlie Rich?
4. Through his association with Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell played a major part in the international popularity of reggae in the seventies. What was the name of the British independent record company that Blackwell founded?
5. What was the name of the noncommercial record label for recordings produced by the U.S. War Department between 1943 and 1949 for the use of military personnel?
6. A & M was named from the surnames of its two founders. What was the name of the founder whose surname started with A?
7. As the name of a record label, what does "HMV" stand for?
8. EMI was formed in 1931. What do the letters "EMI" stand for?
9. Jerry Masucci popularized the term "salsa" which described the Latin dance music issued on his label. What was the label called?
10. For over ten years, Booker T and the MGs was the house band for which record label?

Keep Toronto Reading 2009

"This April, join Toronto Public Library for Keep Toronto Reading, a month-long showcase of books and culture. Enjoy an exciting line-up of free events, performances and discussions at library branches and partner locations throughout the city"

UK National Year of Reading 2008: Final Report

"The National Year of Reading ran from January to December 2008. This report is an evaluation of the campaign identifying its successes and challenges and ways to sustain the momentum that it has generated for the promotion of reading. The key challenge of the Year was to create a framework for a way of working that would transform our national reading culture. The main aim of this evaluation is to set out the context for this framework and to lead to a series of recommendations that will underpin it."


VALA's 15th Biennial Conference, "Connections, Content, Conversations", will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, in Melbourne, Australia, from 9-11 February 2010. You are invited to submit abstracts for papers for presentation to VALA2010. The closing date for abstract submission is 30 April 2009.

The Bodleian's treasures, available to all - Google Book Search

"In 2004, Google began a partnership with Oxford University Library to scan mostly 19th century public domain books from its Bodleian library. Five years on, we're delighted to announce the end of this phase of our scanning with Oxford, our first European partner. Together, we have digitized and made available on Google Book Search many hundreds of thousands of public domain books from the Bodleian and other Oxford libraries, representing the bulk of their available public domain content." - Inside Google Book Search

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Methodspace from Sage

Methodspace from SAGEAcademic books and journals publisher Sage has launched a social networking site centred around research methods, as part of its year-long focus on the topic. Methodspace.com went live today, although it has been beta-tested since February. Sage is expecting the site to "bring together researchers from across the academic spectrum" for advice and support, or just to discuss methodology issues and controversies. Registered users also have access to free book chapters and journal articles, and will be told about relevant conferences and events

Spring Sale from Oxford University Press

The Spring Sale from Oxford University Press has savings up to 65% on 800+ titles

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 26, 2009

March 2009 Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing - Bonus books

"This month Library Thing has a bonus batch of Early Reviewer books - 13 different books and a grand total of 405 copies to give out"

2009 WebWise Conference videos available

Video presentations from 2009 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World - February 26-27, 2009 - Washington, D.C., are now available

The Orwell Prize 2009 shortlists announced

The shortlists for The Orwell Prize 2009 have been announced:

Book Prize
Brown, Andrew: Fishing in Utopia (Granta)
Judt, Tony: Reappraisals (William Heinemann)
Matthews, Owen: Stalin's Children (Bloomsbury)
Pai, Hsiao-Hung: Chinese Whispers (Penguin)
Rashid, Ahmed: Descent Into Chaos (Allen Lane)
Thompson, Mark: The White War (Faber and Faber)

Journalism Prize
Bennett, Catherine: The Observer
Cockburn, Patrick: The Independent, London Review of Books
Hitchens, Peter: The Mail on Sunday
Macintyre, Donald: The Independent
Oborne, Peter: Daily Mail, Channel 4 Dispatches, Prospect
Porter, Henry: The Observer

Blog Prize
Alix Mortimer: The People's Republic of Mortimer
Andrew Sparrow: Guardian Politics Blog
Chekov: Three Thousand Versts of Loneliness
Iain Dale: Iain Dale's Diary
Jack Night: Night Jack
Paul Mason: BBC Newsnight - Idle Scrawl

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 22nd April 2009

Record-breaking JISC conference tops global Twitter chart

JISC's largest conference to date with 780 actual and 300-plus virtual delegates generated over 1,300 'tweets' (messages posted on the Twitter website), making it Twitter's most discussed event for 48 hours - globally - surrounding the conference itself on 24 March 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Open Corrosion Journal
Open Information Science Journal
Suma Psicologica
Open Astronomy Journal
Media Education
Open Horticulture Journal
Revista da Faculdade de Letras : Línguas e Literaturas
Sydney Journal
Transnational Curriculum Inquiry

Free e-book: The Optimist by Laurence Shorter

The Optimist by Laurence ShorterIn association with Canongate, The Book Depository is giving away a free ebook of Laurence Shorter's The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of Life (PDF; 870kb)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

AALL Spectrum - April 2009

AALL Spectrum - April 2009 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

everyONE, the PLoS ONE community blog

EveryONE is a new community blog from PLoS ONE, the peer-reviewed open-access journal for all scientific and medical research

National Poetry Month 2009

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

Australia & New Zealand via Exact Editions

"Australia & New Zealand magazine is the UK's only magazine dedicated to Down Under. Filled with unbiased and informative articles for travellers and migrants and packed with inspiring travel ideas, expert advice on moving Down Under, delicious food and wine, real-life stories, homes, lifestyle and competitions." - Available via Exact Editions

EDINA Newsline March 2009

EDINA Newsline March 2009 is now available

The Library Research Round Table announces 2009 Award recipient

The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association has announced the 2008 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research. The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies. The 2009 recipient is Lynn Westbrook for her work on "Understanding Crisis Information Needs in Context: The Case on Intimate Partner Violence Survivor," Library Quarterly 78 (3): 237-261. The study examines the role public libraries can play in providing the information needs of victims of intimate partner violence. Data was collected from two populations and two data-gathering methods and analyzed through the lens of everyday-life-information-seeking theory. The Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research for 2009 was not awarded

Overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Librarians National Conference

In this overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Librarians National Conference, keynoter Sherman Alexie discusses a terminology conundrum, Mary K. Van Ullen explains the effect of cultural differences on teaching about plagiarisim, Diane Dallis describes Indiana University's planned research commons, and keynoter Ira Glass demonstrates how This American Life uses music to make stories come to life

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rugby history at The National Archives (UK)

"The 2009 RBS Six Nations Championship culminated in a titanic clash at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium between title holders Wales and a resurgent Ireland. Delving into its history, The National Archives (UK) reveals some examples of the politics behind the game, and the influence of events beyond the touchline"

New Blog: The Librarian is IN

"The Librarian is IN is BCR's blog for public librarians and includes news, tips, trends, updates from conferences and in-depth discussions about issues from the world of public libraries. We know how busy you are, so let us be your personal reference desk"

Le mouvement social via Project Muse

Le mouvement social, published by the Association Le Mouvement Social, is now available via Project Muse

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies via Project Muse

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, published by Liverpool University Press, is available via Project Muse

New bepress Journal: Poverty & Public Policy

The Berkeley Electronic Press has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, published on behalf of the Policy Studies Organization - Poverty & Public Policy

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Duzce Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Dergisi

Etudes caribeennes

Journal of Threatened Taxa



AUCO Czech Economic Review

Green Theory & Praxis : The Journal of Ecopedagogy

Scripta Nova

Acta Didactica Napocensia

Traitement automatique des langues

Monday, March 23, 2009

New evening events in the Wellcome Library (UK)

In April, the Library will launch a new strand of events, held in the Reading Room, to explore how authors have drawn on the resources of the Wellcome Library to inspire and inform their writing.

The Ghosts of Netley, Thursday 23 April, 18.30–20.00
Philip Hoare, author of Spike Island, will use archive images and film to re-imagine the history of Netley Victorian military hospital through its ruins, and the disparate men and women who worked or visited there.

The Atmosphere of Heaven, Thursday 21 May, 18.30-20.00
Author Mike Jay will discuss his new work The Atmosphere of Heaven: The Unnatural Experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his Sons of Genius, to be published by Yale University Press in April. Mike will discuss the chaotic rise and fall of the Pneumatic Institution in Bristol, and reveal for the first time its crucial influence - on modern drug culture, attitudes toward objective and subjective knowledge, the development of anaesthetic surgery, and the birth of the Romantic movement.

Tickets for both events are free but must be booked in advance. You can also telephone on 020 7611 2222

University of Michigan redefining scholarly publications in the digital age

"The scholarly monograph isn't going anywhere. But exactly where and how scholarly works appear is undergoing nothing less than a revolution comparable, some say, to the invention of the printing press nearly six centuries ago. To maintain its leadership role in scholarly publishing in the digital age, the University of Michigan will restructure its largest publishing affiliate, University of Michigan Press. With the changes, the press will shift its focus to the recruitment, production and dissemination of primarily digital monographs. "Digital publishing helps the U-M Press to adopt a business model more consistent with the university research goal to disseminate information as widely and freely as possible," said U-M Provost Teresa Sullivan. "In addition, the change aligns with the university's ongoing effort to digitize its library collection, enhances U-M Press' print-on-demand capacity, and increases the range and means of expression of published ideas and authors."

Music from India – new online resource at the British Library

"A new online resource has been added to the ever growing Archival Sound Recordings website at the British Library. The recordings featured in Music from India were all recorded by the recordist and ethnomusicologist, Rolf Killius, as part of a collaborative project between Rolf, The British Library and the Horniman Museum. The aim of the project - entitled Traditional Music in India and set up in 2000 - has been to record, document and research folk, devotional and ritual music of India, and to collect and document relevant musical instruments"

ICSD 2009

ICSD 2009 - "The International Conference on Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web 2009 will take place from September 8-11 at the University of Trento, Italy. The first ICSD was organized in 2007 by the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore (ICSD2007). The great interest in the conference showed the need to create a communication area between the two communities. The goal is to facilitate the creation of digital library applications which could be brickstones of the semantic web"

Twenty publishers endorse UKSG's TRANSFER Code of Practice

"UKSG is pleased to announce that 20 publishers have now signed up to its TRANSFER Code of Practice, which provides best practice guidelines and outlines responsibilities to ensure that journal content remains easily accessible in the event of a change of ownership. This means that library and reader access to over 8,000 journals will now be protected in transfers between publisher signatories"

Podcast: Locality, land and livelihood: sources for early local history

"An introduction to medieval and early modern sources relating to English and Welsh local history. Sean Cunningham and James Ross explore the vast collection of accounts, surveys, court rolls, inquisitions, deeds and taxation records held at The UK National Archives"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #65

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #65. "This week's episode of LISTen starts off through a chat with Blake Carver relative to his call for more bloggers. A commentary follows soon thereafter relative to teleprompter ethics. A look at publishing content for the Kindle and Linux news are also in the mix. There will be no program on Wednesday in light of President Obama's press conference Tuesday night. This is to give everybody a chance to take a breath and catch up". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, March 22, 2009

PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2009

The Public Knowlege Project has announced the preliminary program for the Second International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, to be held in Vancouver, Canada, from July 8-10, 2009

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

Oxford University Press and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment are have announced that the full text of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment is now available online

FreePint Newsletter 273

FreePint Newsletter 273 - 19 March, 2009 now available

Ninth Annual Great Falls Festival of the Book

Ninth Annual Great Falls Festival of the Book - March 26-28 - Great Falls, MT, USA

Feminist Library Newsletter - March 2009

Feminist Library Newsletter - Number 4 - March 2009 is now available

American History in Video from Alexander Street Press

American History in Video"American History in Video, from Alexander Street Press, provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and the presentation of historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release includes over 1260 titles, equaling approximately 420 hours" - Free trial ends April 30, 2009

Canadian Journal of Cardiology added to PubMed Central

The Canadian Journal of Cardiology has been added to PubMed Central. Archive includes: v.22 (2006) to v.24 (2008). There is a 12 month embargo delay for this journal

Newly released UFO files - March 2009 (UK)

"The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents covering the years 1987–1993. If you want to find out more about close encounters over Heathrow Airport, alien abductions, stray satellites - and what the UK Government thought of it all - then this is the place to be. The files are in PDF format" - The National Archives (UK)

Royal Castle to host Living Library Festival

"Living Libraries have been staged in many different settings across the world the past nine years. Public libraries, festivals, fairs, conferences, museums, schools, parliaments and universities are just some of the venues that have hosted events. This summer the worlds largest Living Library event will take place outside the royal castle of Rosenborg in Copenhagen."

Richard LeComte winner of Justin Winsor Prize

"The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association has named Richard LeComte the winner of the Justin Winsor Prize for 2009. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The author is also invited to publish the essay in Libraries & Culture, a journal of library history published by University of Texas Press. An MLIS student in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, LeComte won the prize for his essay, 'Writers Blocked : The Debate Over Public Lending Right During the 1908s.'"

Saturday, March 21, 2009

21st Manitoba Book Awards shortlists

Administered this year by the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, The Manitoba Book Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary with the presentation of 13 awards celebrating Manitoba's writers and publishers. Winners will be announced at the presentation, this year hosted by Shelagh Rogers, of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter and will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Boulevard) in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium. Cocktails are at 7:30 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m., followed by a small reception. Asmission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Eighteenth North Carolina Serials Conference

Eighteenth North Carolina Serials Conference: "Are You Ready? New Opportunities in Challenging Times" - March 27, 2009 - The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center Chapel Hill, NC, USA

2nd Hargeysa International Book Fair

2nd Hargeysa International Book Fair - 22-26 July 2009 - Hargeysa, Somaliland

The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies via Project Muse

The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, published by Liverpool University Press, is now available via Project Muse

NPG Libraries from Nature Publishing Group

"NPG Libraries is a public forum where you can discuss the issues most important to those working in the library and information management industry. We welcome postings on all matters, from developments in publishing and library management, to feedback on policies and services from Nature Publishing Group that affect the institutional market and your own institution. Our aim is that this group will provide original thinking and feedback for all members, and be creative and supportive in finding solutions. Many NPG staff working with the library community are members of the group"

Borrow an Energy Meter with your library card (Canada)

"These plug-in meters allow you to measure the amount of energy your home appliances are consuming. Energy Meters are kept at the Check-out Desk. If they are out on loan, you can request them in the catalogue. Just look them up by title - Energy Meter" - Burnaby Public Library, Canada

Online Communities - What can publishing learn from other industries?

Seminar: Online Communities: What can publishing learn from other industries? "Scholarly publishers can often be so concentrated on their own industry that they don't look over the parapet to see what others are doing. ALPSP has brought together experts to show what is being done beyond the scholarly publishing horizon. They come from computer games, the online radio industry, consumer and specialist magazines, general fiction publishing and content providers for mobile devices. They demonstrate what is being achieved in other niche markets in these difficult economic times" - 7 July, 2009 - London, UK

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

Quite a lot of words start with the letters P-E-N. In this brainteaser, see if you can identify these pen- words from the definitions given. For example, if the definition is "A device for writing and drawing," the answer could be "pencil."

1. A dwelling on the roof or in the uppermost part of a building, usually structurally distinct
2. A punishment, such as imprisonment, a fine, etc. imposed for wrongdoing, breaking a contract or rule, etc.
3. Deeply, seriously, or sadly thoughtful.
4. A narrow strip of land projecting into a sea or lake from the mainland.
5. A weight, suspended from a fixed point, that swings freely back and forth.
6. In the U.S. or Canada: a state or federal prison.
7. An athletic contest consisting of five different events.
8. Next to the last.
9. A fringe region of half shadow resulting from the partial obstruction of light by an opaque object.
10. A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.

Nature Chemistry - first issue

"The latest physical sciences journal from Nature Publishing Group, Nature Chemistry's inaugural issue covers the breadth of chemistry, from inorganic microtubes to theoretical studies of how water behaves in detonations. 'With Nature Chemistry we are reinventing how we at NPG publish chemistry,' says Jason Wilde, NPG's Publisher for the Physical Sciences. Nature Chemistry has evolved its production processes, including redrawing compound structures submitted by authors to be machine-readable and converting these structures to International Chemical Identifiers (InChIs). 'Our aim is to make the research article the hub of science once more,' says Wilde. 'The features we have introduced to Nature Chemistry make the research article an integral part of our reader's workflow, as they link data-sources together, all from the full text,' says Wilde."

Google Street View reaches 25 UK cities

Google has launched the UK version of its Street View service, allowing people in the main British cities to view pictures of their homes and neighbourhoods online via the search engine's maps

Wayback Machine Sun Modular Datacenter (MD)

"On March 25, Sun Microsystems and the Internet Archive will unveil the Wayback Machine Sun Modular Datacenter (MD) - one of the world's largest digital libraries. For the first time, the Wayback Machine will be deployed and managed as a modular datacenter. For years, the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine has allowed users, with the click of a mouse, to go back in time and visit public web sites from 1996 to the present ... and beyond!" - Sun Santa Clara Campus Auditorium, Bldg# SCA03, 4030 George Sellon Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054

The UN Secretary-General's database on violence against women

The UN Secretary-General's database on violence against women is "the first global 'one-stop shop' for information on measures undertaken by Member States to address violence against women in terms of legal, policy and institutional frameworks. It contains information on services for victims and survivors. You will also find relevant data on capacity-building and awareness-raising activities for public officials. It also provides data on the prevalence of violence and the criminal justice sector response to it. In this database, everyone will have access to an extensive global body of information on violence against women"


"Newssift is a unique search tool for business professionals offering access to a comprehensive database, indexing millions of articles from thousands of global business news sources. A next generation vertical search tool, searches are based on meaning and relationships, moving beyond traditional keyword search. Newssift is from FT Search Inc., an independent entity within the Financial Times Group"

Primary Source - March 2009

Primary Source - March 2009 issue now available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC, USA

JISC Digital Content Conference

JISC Digital Content Conference - 30 June to 1 July, 2009 - Gloucestershire, UK

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library (USA)

"The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is an online vault where a comprehensive collection of select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures are securely stored and available for searchable access and download"

Associates - March 2009 issue

The March 2009 (Vol. 15, no. 3) issue of Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal is now available

Sony eBookStore provides access to a half-million free public domain books from Google

"Together with Google, Sony brings you access to over 500,000 public domain books for free. Now you can search, browse, and read over half a million public domain books preserved by the world's great libraries on your Sony Reader"

Release of new material on the Nuremberg Trials

Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, UK, has just released new correspondence between Britain's primary prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials, David Maxwell Fyfe, and his wife, describing how Nazis such as Hermann Goering, Albert Speer and Karl Doenitz were brought to justice

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Historic archive of Kodak Ltd donated to the British Library and De Montfort University

"An unparalleled collection of documents and photographs charting the development of photography from a gentlemen's pursuit to a mass popular pastime has been donated to the British Library and De Montfort University. The Kodak Ltd Archive, dates back more than 120 years and represents a treasure trove of primary material for historians and researchers of the history of photography. Kodak Ltd's British company archives have been handed to the British Library and its research department's library of important photographic journals to De Montfort University in Leicester"

First colour e-book reader ready

First colour e-book reader ready"Japanese company Fujitsu has unveiled what it has claimed as the first colour e-book reader. The device, which displays up to 260,000 colours, goes on sale in Japan on 20 April priced at 99,750yen (GBP730). The color e-paper terminal can store up to 5,000 paper-based books, can last up to 40 hours, and features an 8-inch display screen. The device is equipped with Bluetooth, and high-speed wireless. Along with the book reading software, it comes loaded with Windows CE 5, meaning support for e-mail, spreadsheets, and web browsing." The Bookseller

Cites & Insights 9:5 (April 2009)

Cites & Insights 9:5 (April 2009) is now available for downloading

Libraries of the Future debate at the Bodleian April 2, 2009

"As a part of the Libraries of the Future campaign, JISC and Oxford University Library Services are jointly hosting a public question and answer debate in order to discuss what information and library provision mean in these changing times; technology has had a huge effect on the behaviour of both information consumers and service providers. What is the library and what do libraries need to do in order to support knowledge, innovation and society?" - April 2 - Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - March 19, 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Acta Medica Medianae

Ar@cne : Revista de Recursos en Internet sobre Geografia y Ciencias Sociales

Astrolabio : Revista Internacional de Filosofía

Geologia USP : Série Científica

inTRAlinea : Online Translation Journal

Journal of e-Media Studies

Open Addiction Journal

Open Plasma Physics Journal

Calendar of Papers Preserved in France

The Calendar of Documents Preserved in France is now live. This volume consists of Record Commission transcripts of documents found mostly in Normandy, and dated up to 1206 (the end of English control of the region). - British History Online

Oregon Authors

"The Oregon Authors Information Clearinghouse was established to provide access to information and resources about authors living in Oregon. It is maintained by the Oregon Authors Committee, a standing committee of the Oregon Library Association whose charge is to collect and preserve bibliographic data on Oregon authors. Oregon Authors is an annual bibliography of works by authors residing in Oregon. Entries in the bibliography are determined by criteria established by the Oregon Authors Committee, and include full bibliographic data, as well as ordering information, awards, published review sources, reader reviews, reading level, genre, and other information as appropriate"


FiledbyAuthor"Filedbyauthor is now in Beta. Any author with a book published in the U.S. or Canada can join for free, claim their page, check for accuracy, provide corrections and enhance their pages. FiledBy was co-founded by Peter Clifton and Mike Shatzkin. Both Peter and Mike share a passion for authors, artists and their work and have spent many years in the publishing and media businesses. The company was started to provide every author with the tools to market successfully on the web." Listen to the podcast by co-founder, Peter Clifton

Thinkfinity.org and ALA showcase Pura Belpré book award winners

The Pura Belpré book awards, which are named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, are being highlighted on Thinkfinity.org. The awards are presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

New resources to help libraries promote Woman's Day initiative

Woman's Day magazine is once again partnering with the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries, this time to promote the library as a key resource during tough economic times

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbets: see the Mary Toft collection online

The Wellcome Library holds a comprehensive collection of early printed works concerning the notorious case of Mary Toft, a woman who claimed to give birth to rabbits. Around 22 18th century pamphlets and books have been scanned cover to cover and are now available via the Library catalogue. In November 1726, a woman named Mary Toft was at the center of a public debate that included some eminent physicians of the day. Mary Toft became known as the Surrey Rabbit Breeder, based on the account that after a series of miscarriages, she began to give birth to rabbits

Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information

"The Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of US Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format. The Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission"

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat! Four hundred years of poetry for children

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat! Four hundred years of poetry for children - 1 Apr 2009 to Sun 28 Jun 2009 - Folio Society Gallery, British Library - Celebrating children's poetry from the 17th century to the present day, this exhibition features key poets and poems from the Library's collections

Bodleian Library store to be built in Swindon, UK

"Millions of books from Oxford's historic Bodleian Library are to be housed on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Swindon, it emerged last night. The university was thwarted in its plans to build a GBP28m book depository on Oxford's Osney Mead industrial estate after a long planning row. Now the Bodleian has decided to buy a 15-acre site at South Marston, 28 miles from Oxford, where it will build a giant warehouse to initially hold eight million books. The university said it could find no appropriate site in or around Oxford to store its books, after its original plan was dismissed by a planning inspector. Instead, its books will have to be carried to and from Oxford by road on the A420. The move means Oxford will miss out on jobs created by the £25m storage centre, both while it is being built and once it opens. And the 400-year-old Bodleian will face criticism on environmental grounds for choosing to transport books on an already busy road. But the university said the purchase of the site in Wiltshire would clear the way for a £75.6m plan to refurbish the New Bodleian Building." - Newsquest Media Group

Clash guitarist reveals his Rock & Roll library

As a young boy, Clash guitarist Mick Jones would chase his football idols all over London for autographs. Then he discovered #music and dropped the autograph book but not his manic collecting. Over the years, the 53 year-old co-founder of one of Punk's biggest bands has amassed a mammoth collection of books, magazines, records, posters alongside artwork, recording gear, stage clothes and song lyrics from his time with The Clash and his other bands Big Audio Dynamite and Carbon/Silicon. Jones is finally showing this personal archive of popular culture at London's Chelsea Space gallery in an exhibit called the "Rock and Roll Public Library" that runs until April 18. - Reuters

British Library's Archival Sound Recordings project now has 1,000 classical music recordings

British Library's Archival Sound Recordings project now has 1,000 classical music recordingsThe British Library's Archival Sound Recordings project now has 1,000 classical music recordings online. The recordings include previously unheard concertos and sinfoniettas from composers such as Bach, as well as orchestral suites and concerti by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. The recordings are available to visitors to the British Library reading rooms and can also be accessed by the public at home. However, music can only be streamed rather than downloaded. Celia Duffy, head of research at the National Centre for Research in the Performing Arts, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama said: 'Digital collections, such as Archival Sound Recordings, have enormous potential for researchers and students. By placing previously inaccessible archives online, they create the potential for new fields of cross-disciplinary research, reflecting the social, cultural, technological and political changes that have shaped contemporary society.'

Orange Prize for Fiction 2009 longlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2009 longlist has been announced:

* The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide
* Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
* Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
* Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo
* Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
* Strange Music by Laura Fish
* Love Marriage by V V Ganeshananthan
* Intuition by Allegra Goodman
* The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
* The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
* The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
* Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden Molly
* A Mercy by Toni Morrison
* The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight by Gina Ochsner
* Home by Marilynne Robinson
* Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
* Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
* American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
* The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
* The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

JISC Podcast: Mashing up research and connecting with learners through social media

In this #podcast, Ewan McIntosh, Digital Commissioner for 4iP, talks with Rebecca O'Brien from JISC via Skype about mobile gaming, how thinking from the learner's perspective is key, and how universities have a vital role in mixing logical thinking with inspiring creativity. Ewan will be delivering one of the keynote speeches at JISC's annual conference in Edinburgh on 24 March 2009

Digital Preservation Roadshows 2009 - 2010 (UK)

A series of Roadshows organised by the Society of Archives and sponsored by Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), The National Archives (TNA), Planets and Cymal are being held across the UK to raise awareness of digital preservation tools and techniques. The events aim to raise awareness of the issues, to demonstrate that there are solutions that don't involve spending large amounts of money, and to show how to take the first, small, incremental steps in this field - Date: 2009-2010 - Venue: York, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester, Wales

The 19th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

The 19th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair takes place March 17-22, 2009 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company

21st Lambda Literary Awards finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for the 21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) literature for books published in 2008

Academic 'discovers' six works by William Shakespeare

Academic 'discovers' six works by William Shakespeare "Dr John Casson claims to have unearthed Shakespeare's first published poem, the Phaeton sonnet, his first comedy, Mucedorus, and his first tragedies, Locrine and Arden of Faversham. He also explores the plays Thomas of Woodstock and A Yorkshire Tragedy, and claims to prove that a 'lost play' called Cardenio is a genuine work by Shakespeare and fellow playwright John Fletcher. Dr Casson spent three years studying writings thought to be connected to Shakespeare and poring over the life and letters of aristocrat Sir Henry Neville, considered by some academics to be the latest candidate for the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. He has published his findings in a book, titled Enter Pursued by a Bear" - Telegraph

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

McGraw-Hill's AccessEngineering

"AccessEngineering is a redesign of the premiere online engineering resource, formerly known as McGraw-Hill's Digital Engineering Library. The new-user focused design enhances this dynamic online resource of world-renowned engineering content, and will support all levels of scientific and technical research in the corporate, industrial, government and academic sectors."

Call for bloggers: UKSG annual conference

UK Serials Group Annual Conference is calling for bloggers for the 2009 conference in Torquay, UK to be held on the 30 March to 1 April 2009. The conference is attended by international librarians, publishers and intermediaries, and addresses the standards, processes and technologies of scholarly communication

British Library mislays 9,000 books

"More than 9,000 books are missing from the British Library, including Renaissance treatises on theology and alchemy, a medieval text on astronomy, first editions of 19th- and 20th-century novels, and a luxury edition of Mein Kampf produced in 1939 to celebrate Hitler's 50th birthday. The library believes almost all have not been stolen but rather mislaid among its 650km of shelves and 150m items – although some have not been seen in well over half a century." - The Guardian

Irish Reports & Digests – Irish case law

"First published by Justis Publishing, the Irish Reports database contains the full text of case reports from 1919 to the present day. The reports are compiled by practising barristers and are cited authoritatively in courts and tribunals in Ireland. Each report includes catchwords and a headnote, which summarises the judgments. Coverage is 1838 to the present"

JISC Podcast: JISC Conference Keynote talks IT innovation and inspiration

In this #podcast Rebecca O'Brien is joined by Professor Lizbeth Goodman who is Professor of Creative Technology Innovation, Director of SMARTlab Digital Media Institute1 & MAGIC (Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre) at the University of East London and also Director of FutureLab2. Professor Goodman will be giving one of the keynote speeches at the JISC 2009 Conference3 in Edinburgh

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Open Catalysis Journal

Open Nutraceuticals Journal

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research

Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy

Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management

Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems

Šiauliai Mathematical Seminar

Educação: Teoria e Prática

Estado, Gobierno, Gestión Pública

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2009

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2009 is now available

CIA releases six declassified Vietnam histories

"This release consists of six declassified histories volumes and describes the CIA's role in Indochina during the Vietnam War. These histories written by Thomas L. Ahern, Jr., are based on extensive research in CIA records and on oral history interviews of participants. The release totals some 1,600 pages and represents the largest amount of Vietnam-era CIA documents yet declassified"

Monday, March 16, 2009

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #64

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #64. "Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does. After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented". Previous Podcasts can be found here

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Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2009 announced

Library Journal has announced it Movers & Shakers for 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

LIANZA Conference 2009

"The annual LIANZA Conference is the New Zealand's premier opportunity for Library and Information professionals to learn, share, enjoy and inspire." - 12-14 October 2009 - Christchurch, New Zealand

E-books and E-content 2009

E-books and E-content 2009 - 12 May 2009 - University College London, UK. "The theme this year is innovation - the new tools and techniques which have emerged in e-publishing which will impact on everybody involved in content creation and delivery. As usual the event will be of interest to publishers, librarians, content developers and managers, and all involved in the information value chain. It will take both a strategic view and look at some practical implementations of these new ideas which include the impact of social networking, Web 2.0 and the web generally, using search as a publishing tool and re-publishing and re-purposing content to suit different requirements"

Feeling Good: health information for children and young people

Feeling Good: health information for children and young people - June 23-24, 2009 - Chester, UK. "The launch of the Every Child Matters: Change for Children agenda in 2004 put children's and young people's health firmly in the spotlight, emphasising that being healthy is essential if children and young people are to get the best out of life and fulfil their potential. But just how effective is health information provision for children and young people - in the UK and globally? This two day conference will bring together library and information workers, health professionals, researchers and those from the voluntary sector with an interest in the effective and innovative provision of health information for children and young people"

Libraries on Copac

Copac has developed individual information pages about each of the Copac libraries. These pages include information about holdings, contacts, access, and location, as well as links to the library's website

Poetry and Childhood Conference

The Poetry and Childhood Conference will take place at the British Library 20-21 April 2009. Confirmed speakers include Children's Laureate Michael Rosen (pictured left), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. The keynote speaker will be Dr Lissa Paul

Biblio Tech Review - March 2009

The March 2009 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available. This issue includes:

* AquaBrowser Library chosen by Harvard University
* Baker & Taylor Unveils First Phase of Integrated Digital Media Distribution Platform
* The National Library of New Zealand Selects Primo from Ex Libris
* ProQuest Signs License Agreement for Database Access in Slovenia

Writing with Film

Writing with Film: A practical Literacy conference for Primary Teachers/Literacy Coordinators/ LEA advisors/TAs/PGCEs - June 06, 2009 - Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Keynote Speaker: Cary Bazalgette

The 45th UKLA International Conference

The 45th UKLA International Conference: Making Connections: Building Literate Communities in and Beyond Classrooms - 10-12 July 2009 - Greenwich University, London, UK

Bisto Book Awards shortlist announced

The Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards, in partnership with CBI are presented annually in recognition of excellence in writing and/or illustration of books for young people. The awards are administered by CBI, the national organisation for children's books and sponsored by Bisto gravy. The awards are open to any children's book by an author and/or illustrator born or resident in Ireland, written in Irish or English and published between 1st January and 31st December each year. Speaking about the shortlist, Keith O'Sullivan Chair of the 2008-9 Judging Panel, said: "This year's shortlist is exceptionally strong and diverse: it is characterised by quality writing and illustration, which afford readers, of all ages, exciting opportunities to engage with a range of themes from adventure, friendship and belonging to conflict and loss."

Museums and the Web 2009 - first papers online

The first group of papers to be presented at Museums and the Web 2009 in Indianapolis (April 15-18, 2009) are now available on-line

Abolishing the slave trade on the London stage 1760-1807

Dr Brycchan Carey unveils new research about antislavery on the London stage in the late 18th century. Dramatists responded to the abolitionist movement by reviving old favourites such as Othello and Oroonoko, often rewritten for the times, but also adding new plays with titles such as The Benevolent Planters and The Negro Slaves - with mixed success. Carey will discuss the brief rise, and sudden demise, of aboltionist theatre in the 1780s and 90s in the context of the explosion of abolitionist literature in the late 18th century - Museum in Docklands, London, UK. Thursday 19 March, 1.10-2pm GMT

EAHIL Workshop 2009

The Irish Health Sciences Libraries Group, in association with the Health Research Board, presents the EAHIL Workshop 2009 in Dublin, Ireland, June 2-5 2009

ALA awards

ALA is announcing Clara Nalli Bohrer, director, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, as the 2009 winner of the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Award.

John Blyberg is the 2009 recipient of the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award for his development of the Social OPAC application suite, also known as SOPAC (for Social Online Public Access Catalog).

The Library & Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the 2009 winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The winner is William H. Mischo, head of the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Library.

Ken Middleton, reference librarian at Middle Tennessee State University, will receive the 2009 ABC-CLIO Online History Award for his professional achievement in online historical reference highlighted by his development of Discovering American Women's History Online, a web-based historical research tool.

The American Library Association has named "Bringing Books to Life," an outstanding program of the Nashville Public Library, the 2009 winner of the Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award.

Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and director of the UCLA Senior Fellows Program and the California Rare Book School, is this year's recipient of the American Library Association Joseph W. Lippincott Award.

The American Library Association has named Jean Preer's Library Ethics, published by Libraries Unlimited, the winner of the 2009 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thomson Reuters unveils InCites

"The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of InCites - a customized Web-based solution that provides users with the tools needed to demonstrate the impact and importance of their institution's research. Through InCites, Thomson Reuters empowers its customers with a one-stop system to quantitatively evaluate productivity and influence in order to make strategic decisions"

2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize regional winners

The regional winners for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize have been announced

Webinar: KBART and the OpenURL

Webinar: KBART and the OpenURL - Increasing E-Resource Use through Improved User Access - April 8 2009 - 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - March 2009

The March 2009 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2009

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2009 - "By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. For the 2009 edition of the Day, UNESCO suggests to explore the topic of the paramount function of books for the development of quality education, as well as the link between publishing and human rights"

The Middle East Journal via Project Muse

The Middle East Journal, published by the Middle East Institute, is now available via Project Muse

The Pluralist via Project Muse

The Pluralist, published by the University of Illinois Press, is now available via Project Muse

Podcast: Tracing your ancestors: a case study featuring the Darwin family

A step-by-step guide to tracing your ancestors, using the Darwin family as a case study. Gerry Toop introduces researchers to the most important genealogical sources available at The National Archives and elsewhere, including birth, marriage and death indexes, census returns, wills and death duty records, as well as some of the main websites for family history research - UK National Archives

PsycARTICLES will add 4 new journals in 2009

Four new journals published by the American Psychological Association will be added to the PsycARTICLES database this year.
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality was added in February.
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy will be added in March.
Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology and
Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics will be added early this summer

JSTOR Update - March 9 2009

JSTOR Update - March 9 2009 is now available online

In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries

In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries - March 26, 2009 - Darien Library, Connecticut, USA

21st Annual Triangle Awards

The 21st Annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2008, will be presented on May 7, 2009, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School for Social Research (66 West 12th Street in New York City) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow

2008 National Book Critics Circle award winners

The National Book Critics Circle (USA) has announced the winners of its book award, covering books published in 2008. Books competed in the areas of fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism

Friday, March 13, 2009

Slow Reading from Litwin Books, LLC

Slow Reading from Litwin Books, LLCSlow Reading by John Miedema, published by Litwin Books,LLC: "In the face of ever-increasing demands for speed-reading of volumes of information fragments, some readers are choosing to slow down. While it often seems necessary to read quickly, many readers share a conviction that reading slowly is essential to enjoyment and comprehension. The involuntary practice of slow reading has been a subject of much research, but little is known about the voluntary practice. Slow Reading examines the research, from the earliest references in religion and philosophy, to the practice of close reading in the humanities, and the recent swell of interest associated with the Slow Movement. It looks at the diverse angles from which slow reading has been approached in education, library sciences and media studies. Research in psychology and neurophysiology provides a tentative explanation for the ongoing role of slow reading"


"CompletelyNovel.com is all about reading, writing, publishing and having fun doing it! By linking everyone together to communicate and collaborate you can produce, find and publish books that people want to read. CompletelyNovel is free to use, all we ask is that you enjoy books and share with the community."

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. The largest rock festival of the 1960s was held in New York State in August 1969. What was the name of the festival, and the 1970 film about it?
2. Which city on the French Riviera hosts the International Film Festival - probably the best known of hundreds of film festivals?
3. Which composer's music is celebrated at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany?
4. Jimi Hendrix's final live show was at which festival?
5. Which jazz festival was recorded in the 1959 film "Jazz on a Summer's Day"?
6. Which British Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts began in 1970 when farmer Michael Eavis leased out his land for a combination of pop festival, country fair and harvest festival?
7. In which German city does the annual beer festival known as the Oktoberfest take place on the Wies'n from the middle of September until the first weekend in October?
8. Name the lead vocalist with Big Brother and the Holding Company, who astonished the audience at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 with the raw intensity of her voice.
9. Name two of the three English cathedral cities between which the Three Choirs Festival alternates.
10. The WOMAD Festival has taken place at Reading in England since 1982. What does "WOMAD" stand for?

Australian union catalog and WorldCat in synch

"OCLC's new database synchronization capability is now enabling the National Library of Australia to keep its union catalog in synch with WorldCat. The SRU (Search/Retrieve via URL) record update went live in January, and records are now appearing in WorldCat within seconds of appearing in the Australian National Bibliographic Database."

Overseas non-parochial birth, marriage and death records go online (UK)

"More than 100,000 records of overseas births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials of British subjects, including those onboard ships, have been added to the searchable online service at BMDRegisters. These newly added records were previously only viewable on microfilm as the RG 33 series. Overseas births, marriages and deaths are an often overlooked resource accounting for over a million entries for British subjects" - The National Archives, UK

16 free books from Harlequin

From Harlequin: "To celebrate 60 years of pure reading pleasure, you can download, read and share 16 full books - a total value of $60USD"

Book Industry Conference 2009

Book Industry Conference 2009The Book Industry Conference 2009 will take place on 1 and 2 June at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Cambridgeshire. The conference programme will address the current economic climate, how it affects us, and what we can do as an industry and as individual businesses. The British Book Industry Awards will take place on the evening of 1 June, in theatre-style format in the Wellcome Trust Auditorium. Pre-award drinks and post-awards reception will be in the historic Hinxton Hall, which is 1 minute's walk from the theatre

Adopt a Book for Mother's Day (UK, March 22 2009)

From The British Library: "There are hundreds of books available for adoption, and all you need do is (i) decide what level of donation you wish to make, (ii) add a title from the list to your shopping basket, and then (iii) go the checkout to give your details and make your gift. You can choose for the certificate and, where applicable, tour vouchers to be sent to yourself or directly to the beneficiary. We use first class post and aim to reply within three working days."

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 4/1

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 4, No 1 (2009) is now available

ACRL 2009 Images

Images from the ACRL 2009 conference are available in the ACRL 2009 Flickr group and in the following slideshow. Join the group to add your photographs to the pool. And make sure to tag them acrl2009.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Salon du Livre 09

Salon du Livre 09 - 13-18 March 2009 - Paris, France

Costing and funding digitisation projects executive briefing

Costing and funding digitisation projects executive briefing - 26 March 2009 - London, UK. The programme has been developed by Simon Tanner, Director of Digital Consultancy Services at King's College London, who will chair the day and lead delegates through the programme. It includes Discussion Forums and networking sessions to ensure maximum interaction between speakers and delegates

Media Cloud

"Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon. A Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard"


"No need to pay for a high resolution shot of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge or a lovely sunset. Shots of these and numerous other famous landmarks, cities and places from around the world are now available free at FreeLargePhotos.com. More than 2,600 images sized 4MP or larger are available through FreeLargePhotos.com. The site's developer and manager, Roy Tennant of Sonoma, California, said, 'The photos are free to individuals for personal use, but if they are used on a web site a photo credit and a link to the web site are required.' Commercial interests are charged $50 a shot if an image is used to sell a product or to promote a business or organization.'" - The photo left shows the main entrance hall at the American Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Roy Tennant, photographer

UCLA Library acquires Aldous Huxley archive

"The UCLA Library has acquired the literary archive of the visionary novelist and essayist Aldous Huxley (1894–1963). The collection contains literary materials he created subsequent to a devastating 1961 fire that destroyed his Los Angeles home and much of his earlier archive; correspondence, photographs, and audio tapes; and typescripts and galley proofs retrieved from publishers after his death. Also included are the papers of his wife, Laura Huxley (1911–2007), an author and lay therapist."

New blog: Library Love Fest from HarperCollins

Library Love Fest is a new blog from the marketing people at from HarperCollins

Scitopia provides free alerts

"Scitopia now provides free alerts from leading scientific and engineering societies around the world. Scitopia Alerts can be set for any routine search of content from any or all of Scitopia's partners, providing you with exactly the breadth or focus you need. Set your own alert terms and Scitopia will conduct your research automatically, delivering the results at the frequency that makes sense for you."

ARSC Conference 2009

The 43rd annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections Conference will be held at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, DC on May 27-30, 2009. In addition to the many exciting presentations offered during the conference, there will be a highly anticipated pre-conference tour of the new Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center on May 27, 2009 (a separate registration fee applies; participation is limited to 100). Attendees will also be within walking distance of many of the city's museums and monuments

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Alfa : Revista de Linguística

Scientific Annals of Computer Science

Madagascar Conservation & Development

Yerbilimleri : An Earth Sciences Journal

Grand Rounds

IMVS Fokus Report

Journal of Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology

Public Relations Journal

Graham Swift's archive acquired by the British Library

Graham Swift's archive acquired by the British LibraryThe British Library has acquired the archive of acclaimed novelist Graham Swift. The collection of 75 file boxes contains manuscripts, notes, revisions and proofs relating to all eight of his novels - including Waterland and the Booker Prize-winning Last Orders - his short story collection Learning to Swim and his recently published non-fiction collection Making an Elephant. The collection dates back to Swift's early work from the 1970s, and even includes essays written at Cambridge University (on Shakespeare, Donne, Tolstoy, and Joyce) and a composition on Hamlet written at Dulwich College in the early 1960s (the school-boy essay is marked 'excellent', although a reference to T S Eliot is marked by his teacher as 'terribly snooty'!)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974

"The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. With 150,000 pages of material at completion, this searchable collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history, culture, and politics. The database currently has over 34,000 pages. We also welcome your suggestions about additional material for this collection." From Alexander Street Press

GreyNet Newsletter - January/February 2009

GreyNet Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1, January/February 2009. This new serial publication endeavors to keep information professionals abreast of developments in the field of grey literature. The bimonthly newsletter gives exposure to GreyNet's information resources and frontline activities with special emphasis on the International Conference Series on Grey Literature. The GreyNet Newsletter replaces the monthly GL Conference Memoranda (2003-2008) and is made possible through the support of GreyNet's Associate Members and Corporate Authors: The British Library (United Kingdom), INIST-CNRS (France), New York Academy of Medicine (United States), and University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)