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

Sunday, May 31, 2009

May Bonus batch of Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing

The May Bonus batch includes 7 books and a grand total of 185 copies to give out. "For a special treat, Random House is giving away books from two recent Pulitzer Prize winners. Jon Meacham for American Lion and Elizabeth Strout for Olive Kitteridge"

EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2009

EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2009EDUCAUSE Review Volume 44, Number 3, May/June 2009 is now available online

BFI Inview - Moving Images in the Public Sphere (UK)

"BFI InView - Moving Images in the Public Sphere is a new web-based learning resource that has been funded by JISC. It provides a selection of material drawn from the rich film and television collections of the BFI National Archive, working with partner organisations. Users are able to access over 600 hours of full-length film and video material, search a database that provides descriptions and key technical information about each title, plus related documents, and essays by curators and experts putting the material in context

History of the Book in Canada

History of the Book in Canada - "Funded by a Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, this multidisciplinary project was undertaken to publish six volumes (three in English, three in French) chronicling the history of print culture in Canada. In addition, a website of electronic resources was developed. Unique among national book history projects, the Web site contains comprehensive bibliographic, geographic, and biographic data about Canada's print culture from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century. The databases will be of interest to scholars in many subject areas, as well as students, teachers, librarians, archivists, and anyone curious about Canadian history"

Primary Source - June 2009

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

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

AGORA International Journal of Juridical Sciences

International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology

Revista Organizações em Contexto

International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC)

Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association

Global Media Journal : African Edition

El Agora USB

Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology

Current Cites - May 2009

Current Cites (edited by Roy Tennant) - May 2009 is now available

German Library Hi Tech Award from Emerald

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced Dr. Wolfram Horstmann, Chief Information Officer for scholarly information at the Universität Bielefeld, as the winner of the second German Library Hi Tech Award. Prof Dr Michael Seadle, Editor of Library Hi Tech, will present Dr. Horstmann with the €600 prize during the 98th Deutsher Bibliothekartag, held Messe Erfurt AG, Gothaer Straße 34 ,Erfurt, Germany, 2-5 June 2009

Chicago Public Library unveils historic black newspaper archive

"The Chicago Public Library has unveiled an archive that chronicles the history of the Chicago Defender, one of the nation's most important African-American newspapers. The Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers encompasses the extensive personal correspondence of the newspaper's founder, Robert S. Abbott, dating from the 1880s to the 1940s, and his nephew and publishing heir John Sengstacke, from the 1920s to the 1990s"

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies

International Journal of Critical Accounting

International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives

International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology

IFLA Journal - June 2009

IFLA Journal - Volume 35, Number 2, June 2009, is now available

President, Mrs. Obama to be Honorary Chairs of 2009 National Book Festival (USA)

"President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2009 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Now in its ninth year, this popular event celebrating the joys of reading and lifelong literacy will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The event is free and open to the public."

Free audiobook software expands iPod® compatibility at libraries and retailers

"OverDrive has announced that digital audiobook catalogs from leading publishers will be compatible with iPod® and other Apple® devices after a simple upgrade of OverDrive's free, easy-to-use audiobook software. Starting in mid-June, millions of new and existing users with Windows® PCs will be able to install OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 with enhanced transfer functionality for iPod, iPhoneTM, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices. Participating publishers include Random House Audio, Hachette Audio, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, and many more"

Bibliotecarios de América Latina

"Este es un grupo de discusiones en varios temas de interés para bibliotecarios de América Latina o bibliotecarios que hablan español y/o portugués. Participe en las discusiones, inicie un tópico de discusión y comparta documentos, fotos y mucho más. Esta es una oportunidad para comunicarse con bibliotecarios en la región"

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Printers Row Lit Fest"Take part in the largest free literary event in the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. This two day festival showcases the nation's most diverse booksellers and features more than 100 free literary programs. Authors scheduled to appear at the Harold Washington Library Center include Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, Amy Dickinson, Aleksandar Hemon and more" - June 6, 2009 - Chicago, USA

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

1. The Harlem Globetrotters are famous for which sport?
2. What colour is the jersey worn by the winner of each stage of the "Tour de France" cycle race?
3. In which sport is the America's Cup awarded?
4. For which sport are Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo famous?
5. What is the normal length of the table in table tennis: eight, nine or ten feet?
6. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to do what?
7. In billiards and pool, what colour is the "cue ball"?
8. Was the motor-racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi born in France, Italy or Brazil?
9. Is "langlauf" another name for figure-skating, marathon-running, or cross-country skiing?
10. In croquet, what is a "rover"?

Nancy White Webinar: Technology Stewardship

"Mark your calendar on June 10 for this free WebJunction webinar with Nancy White, co-author of the forthcoming book Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities (with Etienne Wenger and John E. Smith). Nancy is recognized internationally for her research exploring online communities today, and in her work as a technology steward, designer and builder of online interaction spaces. In this webinar, Nancy will focus on librarians as community technology stewards. She will offer practical steps for you to begin to understand your community, assess the technology needs of your community, and how to select, configure, and support the online technologies your community uses"

Roma picture book

"In the midst of the credit crunch, a group of 7 to 14 year old Roma in East London are showing you don't need expensive digital cameras to produce professional photographs. Working with Akademia Pstryk and The Children Society this group of talented young people are using pinhole photography to produce a picture book that will teach people about their culture. 1,500 copies of the book will be given away at public events, and it will also be available to download online. The Roma people originated from India around 1000 years ago and are currently Europe's largest ethnic minority. However, widespread ignorance of Roma culture has meant prejudice against the Roma is still common in mainstream society"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

BookExpo America 2009 ( reminder)

Reminder: BookExpo America 2009 - May 28-31 - New York, USA. You can follow the happenings at http://twitter.com/BookExpoAmerica:

Webcast: Academic Librarianship by Design

Academic Librarianship by Design: Enhancing the libraries integration into Course / Learning Management Systems. This webcast will explore the various methods that libraries can employ to further integrate their services and information literacy programs into Course/Learning Management Systems (e.g. Blackboard, ANGEL, eCollege). July 28, 2009. 11 a.m. Pacific. 12:00 p.m. Mountain. 1:00 p.m. Central. 2:00 p.m. Eastern. 1.5 hours

FreePint Newsletter 278

FreePint Newsletter 278 - 28 May, 2009 now available

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Desmond Elliott Prize 2009 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2009 has been announced:

* A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (Fourth Estate)
* Blackmoor by Edward Hogan (Simon & Schuster)
* The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape)

Exemplar from Springer

"Exemplar searches over 1,900 journals from Springer's collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in published literature. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including the life sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law, contributed by some of the world's leading academics in these fields. Exemplar is continuously updated with new content as it is published"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 173

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 173 - June 2009 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Alice Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

"Alice Munro is the winner of the third Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize, worth GBP60,000 to the winner, is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It was first awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005 and then to Chinua Achebe in 2007. Best known for her short stories, Munro is one of Canada's most celebrated writers. On receiving the news of her win, she said, 'I am totally amazed and delighted.'"

H1N1 Resource Centre - The Lancet

"The Lancet's H1N1 Resource Centre is the result of a collaborative effort by the editors of over 40 Elsevier-published journals and 11 learned societies who have agreed to make freely available on this site any relevant content. All papers have been selected by a Lancet editor, grouped by topic and fulltext pdfs made available to download free of charge"

2010 pricing information from Oxford Journals

From 2010 onwards the online only price will be the 'base' price for all Oxford Journals, rather than the print-plus-online or combined price

NoveList Select

"More and more people are using the library from home to find books they have heard about. If the book is checked out or there's a long hold queue, they go on to another site. NoveList Select helps your users discover new books that meet their needs and on your shelves by showing them similar titles right in the catalog. NoveList Select delivers the high quality content from the NoveList suite of products (recently ranked as the most frequently used resources and number one in terms of content in a national study) directly to library catalogs"

Exactly: free Exact Editions App for the iPhone

"Exactly brings magazines and books to the iPhone in their original full-colour format. Each page is delivered just as it appeared in the print edition, but with live links to web sites, phone numbers and more. Access free content from over 80 titles, or use your www.exacteditions.com subscription to read the latest issues on the day they're published"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yahoo! GeoPlanet

"Yahoo! GeoPlanet helps bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds by providing an open, permanent, and intelligent infrastructure for geo-referencing data on the Internet. This page provides open access to the underlying data under a Creative Commons Attribution license so that you can incorporate WOEIDs and the GeoPlanet hierarchy into your own applications"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Music and Arts in Action

Vascular Health and Risk Management

Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability

Theological Librarianship

Electronic Book Review

Monday, May 25, 2009

2009 Bisto Book of the Year Award winner

The winner of the 2009 Bisto Book of the Year Award is Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Library and Information Week 2009 (Australia)

Library and Information Week 2009: Libraries your passport to discovery!. "Libraries connect people to ideas. It's a vital part of our commitment to promoting the free flow of information and facilitating all Australians' access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works. This year's theme highlights the self-directed discovery element of libraries and to celebrate libraries as the place to access, communicate, connect, educate, entertain and inform" - 25-31 May 2009

Buckinghamshire mobile library scoops prize (UK)

Buckinghamshire mobile library scoops prize (UK) A Buckinghamshire mobile library has scooped a top national award. The newest of the county council's library fleet, which powers itself with solar panels in the roof, was handed the delegates prize at the annual Mobilemeet in Suffolk. The Buckinghamshire Mobile is set up to serve rural communities, and features an awning and lighting and sound systems to enable promotional activities, and was designed specifically for BCC. It is the first time since 1993 the council has won the award. - Bucks Free Press

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #73

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #73. "This week's episode is brief. This is due to the holiday weekend and the marked paucity of stories. Some news briefs are presented, though". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Sunday, May 24, 2009

SAGE partners with the Association for Psychological Science

"SAGE has announced it has signed a 10-year agreement to partner with the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to publish its four journals beginning in 2010. The journals are Psychological Science, one of the most prestigious and highly cited journals in the field, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Psychological Science in the Public Interest and Perspectives on Psychological Science"

Deena Stryker Photographs, 1963-1964 and undated (Duke U)

Deena Stryker Photographs, 1963-1964 and undated (Duke U)"The Deena Stryker Photographs collection contains photographs and related materials generated by the journalist, then known as Deena Boyer, during two trips to Cuba between July 1963 and July 1964. It was during her second trip to the island from December 1963 to July 1964 that she interviewed and photographed Fidel and Raúl Castro as well as other major figures in the Cuban Revolution, including Juan Almeida Bosque, Ernesto "Ché" Guevara, Armando Hart Dávalos, Celia Sánchez Manduley, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, and others"

OECD Publishing announces a price freeze for 2010

"The economic downturn is impacting library budgets and as the 2010 renewal season approaches, to assist libraries in maintaining their subscriptions, OECD Publishing has frozen prices for 2010. This applies to the full range of SourceOECD products, as well as OECD Journals and Statistical Databases, irrespective of format - online-only or online-and-archive (print/CD/DVD)."

Oxford Journals Update for Librarians: Spring 2009

Oxford Journals Update for Librarians: Spring 2009 is now available for downloading

Podcast: Prison: five hundred years behind bars

A look at the changing nature of imprisonment over the centuries and the experiences of those who endured it, charting the growth of the national prison system in England and Wales from castle dungeons to purpose-built concrete gaols - UK National Archives

2009 Guardian Children's Fiction prize longlist

The longlist for the 2009 Guardian Children's Fiction prize has been announced:

Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Quercus)
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner (Orion)
Nation by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
Then by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin)
Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn (Oxford)
Exposure by Mal Peet (Walker Books)
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling Books)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize have been announced:
Overall Winner - Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Allen and Unwin)
Best First Book Winner - Mohammed Hanif A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Vintage)

Victorian PM's library legacy (UK) - video

William Gladstone, who was Prime Minister four times during the 19th Century, was brought up in Hawarden Castle in Flintshire, where he donated 30,000 books to create St Deiniol's library in the town


"LibroSpot is a simple way to tag, save, manage and share books from amazon (amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.de, and amazon.co.jp). With emphasis on the power of the community, LibroSpot greatly improves how people discover, remember and share books on the Internet"

British Library invites readers to explore the future of the book

"Over the next three months a new display from the British Library will give readers the chance to test drive three e-readers from Sony and iRex Technologies currently available in the UK. Situated on the 1st floor of the Library's flagship building at St Pancras, the e-reader display will give visitors the chance to familiarise themselves with these new devices and to freely explore the possible recreational and research benefits of the e-book revolution"

Data for a Downturn Economy

Webcast: Data for a Downturn Economy: "Are you drowning in data found in your researching regarding today’s economy? Do you question its validity and relevancy? If so, join us for an informative discussion on how librarians can be part of the statistical literacy movement, how data and statistical resources are evaluated, and the types of information about data and statistics that one needs to know to provide assistance for their patrons" Sponsored by LexisNexis® and Library Journal, June 9, 2009 – 2 PM ET – 60 minutes

40% of university libraries plan cuts to book and journal purchases next year (UK)

"Academics should brace themselves for "severe" cuts in access to new books and journals in the next academic year as higher costs caused by the fall in the value of the pound put libraries under pressure. Times Higher Education reported in January that the drop in the pound's value was having a "crippling effect" on the budgets of UK university libraries, which faced huge increases in subscriptions costs for research journals from the US and elsewhere in Europe. Now a new survey of 38 university libraries conducted by the Research Information Network (RIN) reveals just how serious the situation is. Preliminary findings presented to Times Higher Education show that although the current academic year has been "financially challenging", it is in 2009-10 that the pinch will really be felt. - THE

Book Links to become Booklist Supplement

Starting in October 2009, Book Links will be published as a quarterly print supplement to Booklist, at no additional cost to subscribers, rather than as a stand-alone magazine

The Kaleidoscopic Concern from ACRL

The Kaleidoscopic Concern - "This annotated bibliography on racial and ethnic diversity in librarianship by Kaetrena D. Davis-Kendrick includes new areas of study such as gender issues and white privilege with regard to racial minority and ethnic librarians. It covers the concerns, goals and strategies surrounding the recruitment, retention, and advancement of librarians of color and contains over 80 years of the profession's earliest training initiatives and current best practices. Also traced in this bibliography is the evolution of the specific idea of affirmative action to the more nebulous concept of diversity in libraries. Books and book chapters, dissertations and theses, articles, poster sessions, presentations, reports from professional library associations and consortia, and multimedia objects are annotated in here"

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

We recently had a brainteaser about the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean contains a large number of islands, which are the subject of this new brainteaser.

1. Is Nicosia the capital of Crete, Cyprus or Malta?
2. What is the largest island in the Mediterranean?
3. Name one of the three chief Balearic Islands.
4. Most of the Aegean Islands are part of which country?
5. Are the Corsicans French, Italian or Spanish citizens?
6. Sardegna is the Italian name for which Mediterranean island?
7. On which Greek island was there a 30-meter high bronze statue called a Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed in an earthquake?
8. Which republic in the Mediterranean includes the islands of Gozo and Comino?
9. Which island group between Turkey and Crete has a name which means "12 islands"?
10. Which volcano in the Lipari islands is known as the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"?

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 21, 2009

Nonprofit Organization Reference Center

"Nonprofit Organization Reference Center is the world's most comprehensive full text database specifically designed to support the ongoing functional and information needs of the nonprofit sector, encompassing nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, unincorporated nonprofit associations, and other related entities" - EBSCO

Data.gov (USA)

"The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Although the initial launch of Data.gov provides a limited portion of the rich variety of Federal datasets presently available, we invite you to actively participate in shaping the future of Data.gov by suggesting additional datasets and site enhancements to provide seamless access and use of your Federal data. Visit today with us, but come back often. With your help, Data.gov will continue to grow and change in the weeks, months, and years ahead"

Springer joins SERU initiative

"Springer has registered as a participating publisher in the Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU). SERU is a set of terms that protects both the publisher and user of online content. By registering for SERU, Springer is endorsing a common description of the responsibilities of the publisher and user of online content"

BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter - May 2009

The May 2009 issue of the BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter is now available


"StemCellGateway.net is a one-stop destination resource designed to strengthen and bring together members of the stem cell community. Visitors can obtain news, information regarding Springer's stem cell program, as well as personalize their accounts to receive the most relevant content"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sharjah World Book Fair 2009

Sharjah World Book Fair 2009 - November 12-21, 2009 - Sharja, UAE

Author 2.0 coming June 1, 2009

Author 2.0 - learn how to use Web 2.0 to write, publish, sell and promote your book

2009 Anthony Awards nominations

"The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911-1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America." The 2009 nominations have been announced. The winners will be announced during a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, October 17, 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

International Journal of Engineering


New Proposals : Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry


Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries

Biology and Medicine

Capsula Eburnea

Eurasian Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education

Philosophic Nature

To Vima tou Asklipiou

Wide Screen

Green Libraries on WebJunction

Green Libraries - a group for library staff and trustees to share ideas and resources for reducing the ecological footprint of our libraries

Online King Records Access (OKRA) Database

Online King Records Access (OKRA) Database: a Joint Project of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, and the Robert W.Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Padel named Oxford poet professor

Ruth Padel has been named as Oxford University's Professor of Poetry, following a controversial contest. Padel was elected with 297 votes cast by Oxford graduates and academic staff, making her the first woman to take up the role since its creation in 1708 - BBC

Bowker reports U.S. book production declines 3% in 2008, but "On Demand" publishing more than doubles

"Bowker has released statistics on U.S. book publishing for 2008, compiled from its Books In Print database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that U.S. title output in 2008 decreased by 3.2%, with 275,232 new titles and editions, down from the 284,370 that were published in 2007. Despite this decline in traditional book publishing, there was another extraordinary year of growth in the reported number of 'On Demand' and short-run books produced in 2008. Bowker projects that 285,394 On Demand books were produced last year, a staggering 132% increase over last year's final total of 123,276 titles. This is the second consecutive year of triple-digit growth in the On Demand segment, which in 2008 was 462% above levels seen as recently as 2006"

London's first low carbon library (UK)

London's first low carbon library (UK)The first low carbon library in London is soon to open its doors. The new Elm Park Library, which scooped a sustainable design and construction award in the Havering Business Awards, will be the borough's greenest building. One of the key features is the solar panels which will generate 95 per cent of the electricity used by the library - MLA

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

BoB National (UK)

"BoB National is a shared off-air recording and media archive service which is available to BUFVC members holding an ERA+ license. This tv scheduling service allows your institution's staff and students to record programmes scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days of recorded channels. Users may also search thousands of programmes stored in the growing archive"

Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources

The Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources is an effort to give a variety of people interested in understanding ways of measuring the impacts that their online scholarly resources are having. This website is meant to be a growing resource, with additional contributions from experts expanding and modifying it over time

CILIP YLG Conference 2009

YLG Conference 2009 - Read to Succeed: Why children need to read and the crucial role of school and public libraries and librarians - 18-20 September 2009 - University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Naked Lunch @ 50

Naked Lunch @ 50"2009 will see the 50th Anniversary of the first edition of Naked Lunch published in Paris in July 1959 by Olympia Press, which will be celebrated by the publication of Naked Lunch@50: Anniversary Essays, edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen and published by Southern Illinois University Press. The book, the first ever dedicated entirely to the study of Naked Lunch, includes contributions by over twenty writers, scholars, musicians and artists, and will be launched in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris on June 30th 2009. The Launch will include a special concert by acclaimed singer and writer Eric Andersen, a contributor to the Anniversary book"

Monday, May 18, 2009

2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalists

The finalists for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award have been announced

James Tait Black Memorial prizes shorlists

The shortlists for the James Tait Black Memorial prizes have been announced:

Fiction shortlist

* Sputnik Caledonia by Andrew Crumey
* A Mercy by Toni Morrison
* The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
* A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
* Pilcrow by Adam Mars-Jones

Biography shortlist

* Arthur Miller 1915-1962 by Christopher Bigsby
* A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd
* Gabriel García Márquez: A Life by Gerald Martin
* Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham
* Chagall: Love and Exile by Jackie Wullschlage

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #72

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #72. "This week's podcast is going to sound perhaps a little different. We were testing out our field equipment profile in a new location. I was dog-sitting a bull dog and her puppies so the usual recording location was a no go. The episode starts off with the zeitgeist review. Per usual, we look at the week's top ten stories by hits and by comments and bring you the lower half of each. The LISNews daily e-mails (you are subscribed to them, aren't you?) typically bring you the first half. After that we relay three stories from Radio New Zealand International. As the crisis in Fiji continues to heat up, press freedoms are being curtailed and journalists are being jailed. The three stories relate to how the knowledge ecology is being fundamentally altered in the island nation by the military regime presently in power so as to stamp out dissent. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy as recently as December 2006. With the relay out of the way, discussion of the recent Google and Twitter issues is presented from the perspective of libraries operating within the overall reach of their funding agencies. The concept of Service Level Agreements is raised and discussed. That piece has been made available for licensing on Public Radio Exchange". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Bootlegging Dickens: author looks at 'Bookaneers' (NPR)

"Hollywood is constantly battling overseas bootleggers. But in the 19th century, publishers in the United States made a fortune bootlegging British authors - even the biggest, like Charles Dickens. That's the backdrop of Matthew Pearl's latest work of historical fiction, The Last Dickens. Pearl talks to Guy Raz about "bookaneers" and the perils of early author tours across America"

DLF Spring Forum 2009 presentations

Presentations from the Digital Library Federation Spring Forum 2009 are now available

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Introducing DuraSpace

Introducing DuraSpace"Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, are joining their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content. The joined organization, named DuraSpace, will sustain and grow its flagship repository platforms - Fedora and DSpace. DuraSpace will also expand its portfolio by offering new technologies and services that respond to the dynamic environment of the Web and to new requirements from existing and future users. DuraSpace will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mission."

Biblio Tech Review - May 2009

The May 2009 issue of Biblio Tech Review is out.

This issue includes:
* Ovid-Elsie Area Schools (Mich.)Become First K-12 Library Powered By Evergreen
* ProQuest to Sell Products Through Dialog Channels
* LibLime Partners with Syndetics Solutions to Provide Enhanced Bibliographic Content to Koha Libraries
* Library Associations Moot Vigorous Judicial Oversight of Google Book Search Settlement...and lots more

Podcast: The Great Escape: you've seen the film, now hear the truth

During the night of 24 March 1944, 76 airmen escaped from the Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III. Only three made it home and, of the remainder, 50 were murdered on Hitler's orders. This talk will explain what actually happened in the so-called Great Escape, one of the Second World War's most infamous incidents. - UK National Archives

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Unusual Interview Situations: How to Design Them and How To Survive Them - audio conference

"Successful interviewing is planned and purposeful. This part of the selection process will include a number of strategies and activities designed to uncover each candidate's strengths and potential problem areas. Whether you are a novice or an experienced interviewer, Julie Todaro's many years of experience in this area will no doubt provide ideas and examples of benefit to all" - May 20, 2009

Implementing a Next Gen OPAC - audio conference

"Interested in wading into the next generation OPAC waters? From selection to implementation to federated search integration to evaluation, learn valuable information on the state of the market and get tips on everything from integrating cool free content to promoting your new system to ways to insure your implementation runs smoothly. Find out what you should know, what your vendors aren't telling you, and get insights into all that is Next Gen OPAC" - May 19, 2009 - Speaker: Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Product : Management & Development

Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research

Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage : Historical Technical Journal

Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research


Revista Electronica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado

Anthropology Matters Journal

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

Revista Colombiana de Biotecnología

Economia : Seria Management

Journal of Current Chinese Affairs

Revista Electrónica de Investigación en Educación en Ciencias

Arquipélago : Life and Marine Sciences

Biblio 3w : Revista Bibliográfica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales

Ciência & Ensino

Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences

Journal of Scientific Research

Open Paleontology Journal

Revista de Filosofía

Open Autoimmunity Journal

Open Criminology Journal

South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal

Göttingen Journal of International Law

Revista de Bioética y Derecho

D-Lib Magazine - May/June 2009

D-Lib Magazine - May/June 2009 is now available

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner is Evelio Rosero for The Armies

SPARC enews/May 2009

SPARC enews/May 2009 is now available from SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

New & improved Ilovelibraries.org makes its debut

"Ilovelibraries.org, the American Library Association's Web site for the public, has been updated to make it easier than ever to show your love of libraries. The site continues to feature news about libraries from around the country, with a focus on particular services and collections from all types of libraries. Improvements include an updated look and information about library issues in an expanded 'Get Informed' section. 'Share' links will let readers post their favorite stories to Facebook, My Space, blogs and other social networking applications. Other features include a YouTube feed highlighting library-related videos. Advocacy software will allow users to share their library stories, connect with other library lovers and contact Congress about library issues"

How China censors the Internet - video

An employee of Baidu, the Google of China, has leaked a document folder that suggests in detail how authorities in China censor the Internet

Friday, May 15, 2009

Emerald announces winners of 13th Annual Citation of Excellence Awards

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the winners of its 2008 Citation of Excellence Awards. Now in their thirteenth year, these distinguished annual awards recognize the 50 outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world

FreePint Newsletter 277

FreePint Newsletter 277 - 14 May, 2009 now available

2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize longlist

2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize longlistThe judges for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize have announced the longlist today, 14 May. Formerly The BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize, the change in name reflects the BBC's commitment to broadcasting coverage of the Prize on BBC TWO's The Culture Show

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Places of Education. Answers here.

This week's brainteaser is about places of education: schools, colleges and universities - real and fictitious.

1. Cambridge is the second oldest university in England. Is this true or false?
2. What was the name of the school in the "Harry Potter" novels by J. K. Rowling, dedicated to the teaching of Magic and Wizardry?
3. What was the first college (also known as a university) established in the United States?
4. What was the name of the school in Charles Dickens's "Nicholas Nickleby" run by Mr Wackford Squeers?
5. The Duke of Wellington is credited with saying that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of...which school?
6. In 1933, the debating society of which university passed the motion "This House will in no circumstances fight for its King and its Country"?
7. What is the name of the radical progressive school in Leiston, Suffolk, England, founded in 1921 by A. S. Neill, with no compulsory attendance at classes?
8. "Sorbonne" is the common name for the University of which city?
9. Thomas Hughes set his book "Tom Brown's Schooldays" in a somewhat romanticized version of which school that he himself had attended?
10. In England, what kind of school was started in 1780 by Robert Raikes for factory children in Gloucester?

Common Chemistry

Common Chemistry"Common Chemistry from Chemical Abstracts Service is a web resource that contains CAS Registry Numbers for approximately 7,800 chemicals of widespread general public interest. Common Chemistry is helpful to non-chemists who know either a name or CAS Registry Number of a common chemical and want to pair both pieces of information. The CAS Registry Number is the universally recognized unique identifier of chemical substances and is often found on packaging and on articles of commerce. While not a comprehensive CAS Registry Number lookup service, Common Chemistry does provide a way to quickly and easily find names or CAS Registry Numbers for chemicals of general interest. CAS has collaborated with Wikipedia in developing this resource and encourages you to use the Wikipedia link (when available) or other sources of general information on chemistry, to learn more about these chemicals"

Canadian Subject Headings now part of OCLC Terminologies Service

The Canadian Subject Headings (CSH) list is the 11th controlled vocabulary to be included in the OCLC Terminologies Service, which provides access to multiple thesauri to help librarians create consistent metadata for library, museum or archive collections

Search our Catalogue beta service from The British Library

"Search our Catalogue is a beta service that allows you to search and request items in the The British Library's collections. It is designed to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Currently, Search our Catalogue searches the same collection of over 13 million books, journals, newspapers, conferences etc. that you can search using the Library's Integrated Catalogue. However, Search our Catalogue is not yet updated as frequently as the Integrated Catalogue"

500 Pitt Press titles available again online and in print

500 Pitt Press titles available again online and in print"The University of Pittsburgh Press, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Library System and the Chicago Digital Distribution Center (CDDC), is making nearly 500 out-of-print Press titles available again for scholars and students around the world. Representing the full range of scholarly series and subject areas published by the Press, these titles are now part of the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection, fully searchable and freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection through the University of Pittsburgh Library System's D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Over the next year, they will also be made available for purchase in reasonably priced paperback editions through the CDDC. Readers and researchers may read and search the full texts online, and those who wish to have a print copy may purchase it through retail outlets or directly from the Press"


AmazonEncoreAmazonEncore is "a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon will then partner with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon.com Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store, Audible.com, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers"

Contemporary preservation activities in ARL libraries

The Association of Research Libraries has released a report that provides a current picture of preservation activities in ARL member libraries and makes recommendations about how libraries should characterize and measure those activities

Thursday, May 14, 2009

American Music via Project Muse

American Music, published by University of Illinois Press, is now available via Project Muse

U.S. Catholic Historian via Project Muse

U.S. Catholic Historian, published by The Catholic University of America Press, is now available via Project Muse

BBC Audiobooks America now available for download through OCLC's NetLibrary

BBC Audiobooks America, publisher and distributor of unabridged audiobooks and radio dramatizations, is making its collection available in the United States as downloadable eAudiobooks through NetLibrary, OCLC's platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks for libraries

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #71

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #71. "This week's episode is varied as to topics. First up is an interview with Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu. Bacon talked to us about his upcoming Community Leadership Summit where librarians would be welcome as librarians. Also discussed was the nature of the Ubuntu release parties and how they help hold a community together. After the chat with Bacon, a reading of the proposed Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act is presented. A brief round-up of comment out there on the bill currently in the United States House of Representatives is also raised. Following that further coverage of censorship in Fiji is presented through the relay of reports by Radio New Zealand International. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations prior to the military coup in December 2006.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 14, 2009

Free Webinar: Libraries as Learning Organizations

Free Webinar: Libraries as Learning Organizations - May 26, 2009 - WebJunction Connecticut

E-News for ARL Directors - May 13 2009

E-News for ARL Directors, May 13, 2009 is now available online

ACRL Podcast: Library Rx

ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss talks with Martina Malvasi, Cathy Rudowsky, and Jesus Valenica of Slippery Rock University about the causes of, and treatments for, library anxiety. Malvasi, Rudowsky, and Valencia are the authors of the new ACRL publication Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ostromir Gospel of 1056-57 at the National Library of Russia

"The exhibition The Ostromir Gospel and the Manuscript Tradition of the New Testament Texts is held in celebration of the 950th anniversary of the oldest Russian dated book. The exhibition catalogue was prepared as a popular scientific publication, intended for the most general public. The project was launched with assistance from the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation"

Tibetan monks make sand mandala at Dayton Metro Library (USA)

"Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastic College in India, create a sand mandala symbolizing peace at the Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton on Tuesday, May 12. Several days in the making, the public can view the monks' progress today and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. A closing ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday when the sand will be carried in a procession from the library to RiverScape, where it will be dispersed in the Great Miami River"

Unleash the Users - video from Aarhus Main Library

"User-driven innovation is on everybodys lips. But its not easy to find out what it is all about: Participatory design, workshops, questionnaires, social technologies, user-generated content, personas, scenarios, observations etc. Aarhus Main Library unleashed the users in the period 2007-2009 and worked with various methods of user involvement in the libraries"

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography Version 75

Version 75 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. This selective bibliography presents over 3,400 articles, books, and other digital and printed sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet

Library Management Showcases 2009 (UK)

CILIP Conferences will host Library Management Showcases on 23 September in Birmingham, UK, and 6 November in London, UK

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World"Supported by the principal bodies and agencies in UK post-compulsory education, the Committee was set up in February 2008 to conduct an independent inquiry into the strategic and policy implications for higher education of the experience and expectations of learners in the light of their increasing use of the newest technologies." - Publication Date: 12 May 2009

Ordnance Survey expands free mapping service

"OS Open Space, which enables users to build mash-ups of Ordnance Survey maps free of charge, was opened to companies, charities and other organisations from 12 May 2009. Each organisation is limited to 200 unique users each day. The service has been operating since January 2008 but its use was restricted to individuals. Some 1,500 people have registered so far"

Why pay for content? - An open debate

Why pay for content?: an open debate - June 24, 2009 - The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, UK

RSC acquires ChemSpider

"The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced that it has acquired ChemSpider, heralding a breakthrough investment for the organisation and for the Chemistry Community. This acquisition reflects RSC's commitment to providing access to rich resources of chemistry data and information. This complements RSC's existing leading role in online chemistry, including award-winning semantic mark-up technology and the release of the InChI resolver, recently launched in partnership with ChemSpider"

Access 2009

Access 2009 will be held September 30 to October 3 2009 in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Book downloads taking e-music lessons

A software similar to "Apple itunes" but to download books from the internet is slated to launch later this year. Publishing Technology, a provider of digital and print solutions for the publishing industry, said that the beta version of its e-book service is currently being trialled by two publishers

EBSCO Publishing releases Sustainability Reference Cente

"EBSCO Publishing has released a new resource for corporate sustainability professionals. Sustainability Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability—forming the largest dedicated resource available covering this emerging topic. Sustainability Reference Center is an expert collection providing unmatched full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas integral to sustainability"

Anthony Zuiker's 'Level 26' marks origin of the 'digi-novel'

Anthony Zuiker, creator of the hit TV series CSI and its two spinoffs, says his new multimedia "digi-novel" will launch a "revolution in publishing for the YouTube generation." Level 26: Dark Origins, to be published by Dutton Sept. 8, is the first in a series in which each book will be supplemented with 20 videos, or "cyber-bridges," featuring actors playing characters from the novel. The series, written with Duane Swierczynski, features a rogue investigator who hunts serial killers. The title refers to 25 levels used by law enforcement to classify serial killers. Zuiker vows to introduce readers - and viewers - to level 26. After every 20 pages or so, readers will be able to go online to watch a three-minute video. The videos are designed, Zuiker says, "to embellish the novel and drive readers to the next book." - USA Today

Explore Archival Sounds Recordings via maps (UK)

The Archival Sounds Recordings website had recently introduced a new facility to allow users to explore their digitised sounds via maps. Instead of relying on browsing or searching via keyword, users can now click on the customised Google Map, which reveals sound recordings related to a particular place. This is particularly useful for collections that have a broad range of sources, such as soundscapes, accents or natural history recordings

Fedora 3.2 released

Fedora 3.2 has been released

Cornell University Library removes all restrictions on use of public domain reproductions

"Cornell University Library has announced it will no longer require its users to seek permission to publish public domain items duplicated from its collections. Instead, users may now use reproductions of public domain works made for them by the Library or available via Web sites, without seeking any further permission."

Free ACRL Springboard Event with Clifford Lynch

Free ACRL Springboard Event with Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information - June 3 2009. There is no registration fee for this member event

Glearch Global Search

Glearch stands for "Global + Search" and is a search tool for global business professionals, researchers, travelers and any one who would like to perform searches by specific countries and languages. Glearch selects the top results from Google, Yahoo and MSN as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country and returns results

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Canadian Library Association Announces Winner of the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology

Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced that the 2009 recipient of the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology is the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL). The award is given in recognition of "Lobster Fishing on the Susan B", a digital story book. "Lobster Fishing on the Susan B" is the first electronic book to be produced by a public library in Nova Scotia. This interactive digital story book describes the lobster fishery in an entertaining and instructive way for children aged 4-8. It was designed with a language arts component, which can be integrated into a teaching curriculum, assisting children learning to read with narration and certain words defined individually. The e-book serves to highlight tourism, economic development and the local artistic community for the northern shore of Nova Scotia


Scoopler is "a real-time search engine. We aggregate and organize content being shared on the internet as it happens, like eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from big events, and links to the hottest memes of the day. We do this by constantly indexing live updates from services including Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and more. When you search for a topic on Scoopler, we give you the most relevant results, updated in real-time"

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ottoman Turkish manuscripts week

Ottoman Turkish manuscripts weekDeveloped in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, the Wellcome Library is hosting a week-long study course based around its Ottoman Turkish manuscripts.

Date: 1–4 June 2009

Course tutor: Mr Philippe Bora Keskiner, SOAS, University of London

Venue: Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Genocide Studies and Prevention via Project Muse

Genocide Studies and Prevention, published by University of Toronto Press, is now available via Project Muse

Conservative Judaism via Project Muse

Conservative Judaism, published by Rabbinical Assembly, is now available via Project Muse

2009 WorldCat Mashathon in Amsterdam

"Join fellow coders for a WorldCat Mashathon in Amsterdam, May 13-14, sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network and International Institute of Social History (IISH), at IISH headquarters. The European Mashathon follows on the heels of a previous WorldCat Hackathon in New York City. Participants will spend the two days brainstorming and coding mash-ups with local systems, OCLC Web Services, and many other Web Services to embellish existing library services and create new ones"

Podcast: Catching Victorian and Edwardian criminals on paper

"The problem of serious habitual criminals and how to keep track of them greatly exercised the minds of our Victorian and Edwardian forebears. This lecture focuses on the methods utilised by police and government to record and monitor such offenders, and how the surviving records can be used by present-day historians to investigate both historical and contemporary questions concerning serious and persistent crime - UK National Archives

Book: The Sequel

Book: The SequelPerseus Books will be creating a book - from beginning to end - at BookExpo America this year. The book is Book: The Sequel and will be designed, edited, published, promoted, and sold live from BEA's show floor with all the proceeds going to the National Book Foundation. The book will be published in every format - print, eBook, audio

Collaborative Librarianship - Volume 1, Number 2

Collaborative Librarianship - Volume 1, Number 2, 2009 is now available. The journal is sponsored by: Colorado Academic Library Consortium, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Regis University, and the University of Denver

2009 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books

The shortlist for the 2009 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books has been announced:

Early years (0-7): Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell, Pink! by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain and Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Younger readers (8-11): Dino Egg by Charlie James, The Eleventh Orphan by Joan Lingard and First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don

Older readers: (12-16): Crash by J A Henderson, Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray and The Reckoning by James Jaunce

Palgrave Macmillan announce Access All Areas 2009

Palgrave Macmillan, the academic and professional publishing division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, has announced that it will offer free online access to its complete journals and online reference portfolio from 1 to 31 May 2009 at www.palgrave.com/accessallareas

After 400 years, health and safety bans stepladders from historic Oxford library...but nobody can reach the books

After 400 years, health and safety bans stepladders from historic Oxford library...but nobody can reach the books"Stepladders have been banned from part of Oxford University's historic Bodleian library - because of health and safety fears. The ruling by officials means that students cannot use items on the higher shelves of the Duke Humfrey reading room. However, the university is standing its ground and refusing to move the books from their 'original historic location' on the room's balcony. As a result of the stalemate, students have to travel to libraries as far away as London to view other copies" - Mail

LIBREAS: Library Ideas 14 - Spring 2009

LIBREAS: Library Ideas 14 - Spring 2009 - Open Access und Geisteswissenschaften, is now available online

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

(con)textos : Revista d'Antropologia i Investigació Social

Amsterdam Law Forum

International Journal of Chemistry

International Journal of Communication Networks and Information Security

Journal of Injury and Violence Research

Journal of Mathematics Research

The Professional Medical Journal

International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health

Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

Libertarian Papers

The Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics

International Journal of Biology

Catalan Historical Review

The International Journal of Applied Economics and Finance

Convivium : Revista de Filosofía

Open Diabetes Journal

Open Statistics & Probability Journal

Open Environmental Pollution & Toxicology Journal

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mystery Beatles lyric is a dream display at the British Library

A previously unseen George Harrison lyric, found by author and collector Hunter Davies, goes on display at the British Library. Written in early 1967 when George was aged 23 or 24, the untitled song was penned at a time when The Beatles had stopped touring to spend more time in the studio to work on what would arguably become their most famous record, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles are still one of the world's greatest bands, almost 40 years after their split. Hunter Davies found the lyric during his research for a new edition of The Beatles official biography, which has just been re released more than 40 years after its original publication. In its introduction, Hunter recalls how he collected Beatles lyrics discarded as scrap paper from the floor of Abbey Road studio and kept them as souvenirs. It's almost certain that they would have been thrown out by the cleaners if he hadn't picked them up

The Seven Journals of SAE International are now online via Stanford's HighWire

The Seven Journals of SAE International are now online via Stanford's HighWire:

SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Electronic and Electrical Systems
SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems
SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles
SAE International Journal of Aerospace
SAE International Journal of Engines
SAE International Journal of Materials & Manufacturing
SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants

iPres 2009

iPres 2009: The Sixth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects - 5-6 October, 2009 - San Francisco, CA, USA

Biblio Tech Review - April 2009

The April 2009 issue of Biblio Tech Review is out.

This issue includes:
* OCLC and EBSCO Partnership Offers Library Patrons Online Access to Full
Text of Electronic Journals
* Forschungszentrum Julich and SirsiDynix Partner to Deliver the First
Symphony Implementation in Germany
* Association of Research Libraries Launches New Web Site for ClimateQUAL
* Bibliotheca and iTeam Announce Strategic Partnership

Springer LibraryZone on Facebook

"Springer's LibraryZone is a community developed to foster sharing of information with the library community. Originally, a quarterly newsletter, it has been extended to online communities and localized events"

LIS-AWARDS mailing list

LIS-AWARDS - A list to disseminate information about awards such as sponsored places to conferences or research awards to library and information practitoners and postgraduate students

ASM Journals announce online price freeze for 2010

Online subscription prices for the 9 research journals and 2 review journals published by the American Society for Microbiology will not increase in the 2010 subscription year. The pricing freeze applies to all ASM online journals and bundles, including the All-ll, Basic, and Clinical packages. The base price increase for 2010 print subscriptions is a nominal 4%

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

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

This week's quiz is about the Mediterranean Sea and the countries around it:

1. Algiers is the capital of which country south of the Mediterranean sea?
2. Which canal connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea?
3. Is Lebanon on the northern, southern or eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea?
4. Which country, extending SE from the Alps into the Mediterranean Sea, separates the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Adriatic Sea?
5. The Mediterranean Sea is saltier than the Atlantic: true or false?
6. Which United Kingdom Overseas Territory is situated at the west entrance to the Mediterranean Sea?
7. The Hellenic Republic is the official name of which country?
8. Name the principality on the Mediterranean Sea which consists of an enclave in southeast France and which has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.
9. Which country bounded by the Mediterranean Sea includes the cities of Rabat and Casablanca?
10. Which country on the Mediterranean is divided into 73 ils or provinces for administrative purposes?

2009 Irish Book Awards winners

The winners of the 2009 Irish Book Awards have been announced:

The Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber)

The Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber)

The Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year:

Blood Runs Cold by Alex Barclay (HarperCollins)

The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year:

Stepping Stones by Seamus Heaney and Dennis O'Driscoll (Faber)

Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year: 

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

Energise Sport Irish Sports Book of the Year:

Ronan O'Gara: My Autobiography by Ronan O'Gara (Transworld Ireland)

International Education Services Irish Newcomer of the Year Award:

Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O'Brien (Hachette Ireland)

Best Irish Published Book of the Year:

The Parish by Alice Taylor (Brandon Books)

The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children's Book of the Year:


Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett (Adams Printing Press)


Playing with Fire by Derek Landy (HarperCollins)

Library Connect - April 2009

Library Connect Volume 7, No 2, April 2009 is now available from Elsevier

Open Video Conference

Open Video Conference - June 19-20 2009 - NYU Law School, NY, USA

BookCamp Toronto

BookCamp Toronto - a conversation about the future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age - June 6, 2009 - Toronto, Canada

Guantanamo records to be preserved at NYU and Seton Hall

"New York University's Tamiment Library and Seton Hall University's Center for Policy and Research have announced a project to document, preserve, and provide access to legal records and other documents of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. The materials will include lawyers' files, oral histories of the attorneys and detainees, Department of Defense websites, photographs and videotapes, and electronic records, as well as records relating to the rules governing enemy combatants, prisoner interrogation, and the government's representation of battlefield capture" - American Libraries

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Romantic Era Redefined is live

The Romantic Era Redefined is live"Through a partnership with London-based publisher Pickering & Chatto, students and scholars have access to important primary texts for the study of Romantic-era literature and social history - with more than 87,000 pages of Pickering & Chatto's esteemed critical editions. The collection also includes additional content from other publishers, archives, the leading Romanticism journal, The Wordsworth Circle, and other sources never-before-available online. Besides the literature - poetry, novels, short fiction, and drama - there are letters, diaries, conduct literature, speeches, travel narratives, political writings, philosophical works, theological and sociological writings, and more. Featuring work from writers in Britain, the British Empire, and North America, the collection is particularly strong in its coverage of the Romantic Era's "second generation," which spans the years from 1800 to 1830. The Romantic Era Redefined brings something distinctly new to academic study, with access to overlooked and inaccessible important works" - Alexander Street Press

HeinOnline Update - April 2009

HeinOnline Update - April 2009 is now available online

A snapshot of 1911 Britain

"Among the paintings and drawings, musical works and advertisements that make up the records series COPY 1 are well over 100,000 photographs. Volunteers from the Friends of The National Archives have now provided online Catalogue descriptions of those registered for copyright in 1911 – over 2,700 in total. The many images of urban and rural life and long-disappeared vistas will be of interest to both local and family historians, providing context to social and family research. Engineering feats and disasters are covered, along with the coronation celebrations for Edward VII, the Empire exhibition at Crystal Palace, and images of music hall stars. Sportsmen and women are also featured, including boxers (one photograph includes Jack Johnson – the 'Galveston Giant'), rugby players, footballers and T. W. Burgess, who swam the Channel for the first time since Captain Webb in 1875."

Women's Word (UK)

Women's Word at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, is a summer festival celebrating women's voices and creativity in a multitude of media and settings, including fiction, poetry, film, and journalism. Women's Word includes talks, readings and performances from novelists, biographers, barristers, actors, scientists, poets and musicians. For two weeks each summer from 2009 audiences from Cambridge and beyond will come to Lucy Cavendish College to hear what different women have to say and how they say it; they will share the experiences, language and inspiration of women who are finding exciting, imaginative ways to put their lives and ideas into words - 13-28 June 2009

May 2009 Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing

The May 2009 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 1569 copies of 61 books available this month

Elsevier admits journal error

"Elsevier, the world's leading scientific publisher, said it had failed to meet its own standards for "accuracy and transparency" in producing a publication sponsored by Merck, the US pharmaceutical group, but presented as an independent academic journal. The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, complete with an honorary editorial board of academics from Australia and New Zealand, contained a selection of reprinted articles from other journals concerning Merck's medicines Fosamax and Vioxx, and no disclosure that it was funded by the company. The publication marks a fresh twist in tactics to promote medicines by pharmaceutical companies, which have long provided substantial income to academic journals by paying for large numbers of reprints of articles favourable to their drugs for distribution to doctors. However, the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, which was produced in several issues between 2003 and 2005, has no website and is not listed as a journal in standard depositories of academic literature such as the Medline database" - FT

Library 2.0 Gang May 2009: Cloud Computing Libraries and OCLC

A discussion about one of the recent trends in computing and the Internet, Cloud Computing, and how it will influence libraries, especially in the light of recent announcements by OCLC

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - May 7, 2009

The Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry translation 2009

"Stephen Spender was himself a fine translator of poetry. By means of this annual prize, The Times and the Stephen Spender Memorial Trust hope to encourage and stimulate a new generation of literary translators. Entrants must be British residents or British citizens. The winners will be notified and the results publicised in The Times and on the Trust's website by 30 October 2009"

Crossroads - May 2009

Crossroads: the newsletter of WebJuntion.org - May 2009 issue is now available

2009 Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story shortlist

The shortlist for the 2009 Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story has been announced:

* Chris Beckett, The Turing Test, Elastic Press
* Gerard Donovan, Country of the Grand, Faber
* Anne Enright, Yesterday's Weather, Random House
* Shena Mackay, The Atmospheric Railway, Random House
* Ali Smith, The First Person and Other Stories, Hamish Hamilton

ReadWhale - share your books through Twitter

ReadWhale is "a vibrant community for people to discover and share their passion for books":

* Discover new books
* Connect with fellow book lovers
* Upload your books to your bookshelf
* Review and rate books
* Create and join discussion groups
* Share your books through Twitter

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Resource of the Month from Ovid - May 2009

Each month, Ovid provides you with the opportunity to "test drive" a sampling of its content, tools and services - free of charge - through its Resource of the Month program. May Resource of the Month is the British Nursing Index

5th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference

5th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference - June 29 to July 3 2009 - Stockholm, Sweden

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards winners

The winners of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies

Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Journal of Artificial Intelligence

Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

The Python Papers

Research Journal of Immunology

Research Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rivista di Diritto dell'Economia : dei Trasporti e dell'Ambiente

GPO.gov relaunched

GPO has announced the re-launch of its agency Web site. "This enhanced site includes separate Web pages for FDLP and LSCM information for the public. The new Web pages will help inform the public about and lead the public to Federal depository libraries. The redesigned site includes links to FDsys, GPO Access, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, the Federal Depository Library Directory, The FDLP Desktop, Ben's Guide, and more, as well as Web pages for each of the agency's departments"

Cites & Insights 9:7 (June 2009)

Cites & Insights 9:7 (June 2009) is now available for downloading

2009 academic librarian salary survey results

The Association of College and Research Libraries, in collaboration with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), recently completed revisions to academic library position descriptions included in surveys covering salaries, benefits and other benchmarks

SPARC and ACRL announce Chicago ALA forum will focus on the economy

The next SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July, will explore "Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace." The forum is co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries. The 19th biennial SPARC-ACRL Forum will be held July 11, 2009 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Sheraton Chicago. The ACRL Scholarly Communications discussion group, which offers a more intimate setting to explore forum topics in greater depth, will be held July 12, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Intercontinental Hotel

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Perseus Books Group adds FiledBy as online marketing platform

"The Perseus Books Group is using FiledBy sites as an effective way to provide an online presence and digital marketing solution for authors. The FiledBy platform enables authors, co-authors, illustrators, photographers, editors and other contributors to easily build an online community where they can promote their work and interact with fans and peers. 'FiledBy has put together a thoughtful and effective community that enables authors to take control of their own content, sell their books, link to other sites and directly communicate with readers,' said Peter Costanzo, director of online marketing for Perseus. 'It's a terrific digital marketing platform for any author looking for a low-cost and effective web presence.'" Beginning with the Vanguard Press imprint, Perseus authors now on FiledBy include:

* Eileen Goudge, author of One Last Dance, Garden of Lies and Thorns of Truth
* Alan Jacobson, author of The Hunted and False Accusations
* Kyle Mills, author of Lords of Corruption and Darkness Falls
* Shane Briant, author of Worst Nightmares
* David Morrell, author of Scavenger and The Shimmer

Designing Libraries Newsletter Issue 17: April 2009

Designing Libraries Newsletter Issue 17: April 2009 is now available via Aberystwyth University, Wales

Canadian Public Policy via Project Muse

Canadian Public Policy, published by University of Toronto Press, is now available via Project Muse

InSITE - May 4, 2009

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 14, No. 18, May 4, 2009 is now available

DailyLit launches Digital Publishing Group

DailyLit has launched Digital Publishing Group, "an industry group designed to educate, inspire, and empower publishing professionals to take advantage of the digital space"

2009 Chicago Annual Conference Promo

Produced by ALA Conference Services, this video features plenty of your colleagues discussing the value of Annual Conference - and the benefits to holding it in Chicago. Annual Conference this year is July 9 to 15:

Monday, May 04, 2009

American Society for Microbiology makes research publications on influenza A (H1N1) freely available

"Because of the current public health emergency and worldwide concern about Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu), the American Society for Microbiology has made articles on H1N1 published within the past 6 months, November 2008 to May 2009, in ASM's Journal of Virology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy freely available online. The 14 articles can be accessed in one location: http://tinyurl.com/asmh1n1

Free Workshops at the Wellcome Library (UK)

The new spring/summer programme of Wellcome Library workshops can be found on the Library website. The workshops provide introductions to information resources and research and are aimed at the general public.

The programme includes:

- thematic workshops such as science in the news, and the history of medicine on the internet
- training on specific resources such as the Wellcome Images database and PubMed Central
- and introductions to the Wellcome Archives and genealogical research resources at the library.

All workshops are free and available to everyone who joins the library (library
membership is also free and open to all)

18th Annual MINITEX ILL Conference

18th Annual MINITEX ILL Conference - May 19, 2009 - St. Paul, MN, USA

SERIES-L mailing list

SERIES-L is dedicated to concerns about bibliographic control for library materials issued in series. To sign up for SERIES-L send an e-mail to LISTSERV@PO.MISSOURI.EDU with the text SUBSCRIBE SERIES-L plus your forename and surname

3rd Bloomsbury Conference on Electronic Publishing

3rd Bloomsbury Conference on Electronic Publishing - June 25-26 2009 - London, UK

DHO Summer School 2009

"The Digital Humanities Observatory in conjunction with NINES and 18th Connect are offering a week-long workshop to allow scholars undertaking digital projects to develop their skills, share interests, and work towards common goals. Workshop strands, master classes and lectures will focus on the theoretical, technical, administrative, and institutional issues relevant to the needs of digital humanities projects." - 13 - 17 July 2009 - Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin

RefWorks launches mobile phone interface

"RefWorks has announced the launch of RefMobile, a new interface that enables students and researchers to use the RefWorks web-based research management service from anywhere, via web-enabled mobile phones, smart phones, and personal data assistants (PDAs). The RefMobile interface gives users immediate access to the most commonly used RefWorks functions, including searching their entire RefWorks databases, viewing references by folders, adding and removing references from folders, creating new folders, and adding comments to Notes fields. Users can also efficiently import new references to their RefWorks account using the new SmartAdd feature"

Writing on the Wall 2009

Writing on the Wall 2009 is a festival of outsiders: writers, musicians and artists well-known for defying convention and corporate attitudes - 2-30 May - Liverpool, UK

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #70

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #70. Previous Podcasts can be found here

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition - paperback version

Digital Scholarship has published the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. as a paperback book. The paperback book is available from Lulu for $40. It is 231 pages long, 8.5" x 11", and has perfect binding. The book is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License