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Friday, July 31, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Finance and Investment. Answers here.

1. In finance, what does "VAT" stand for?
2. Which currency replaced the ECU (European Currency Unit) in 1999?
3. What is the meaning of the Latin phrase "per capita"?
4. Give the full name of the British economist who devised Keynesian economics.
5. In financial projections, where would you find a "hockey stick"?
6. Is a "bear market" a prolonged period of rising prices or falling prices?
7. In the USA, what is the nickname for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC)?
8. When talking about investments, what is a "boiler room"?
9. Is a "widow-and-orphan stock" a stock that pays high dividends and is very safe, or a stock that pays low dividends and is very risky?
10. By what name is the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) generally known?

InformaHealthcare.com now live

"InformaHealthcare.com combines the pharmaceutical, life science and medical journal titles published by Informa Healthcare onto one platform to simplify your experience, and deliver online content from more than 170 journals. Journals include Free Radical Research, Medical Mycology, Disability and Rehabilitation, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Leukemia & Lymphoma, International Journal of Radiation Biology, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Acta Radiologica, Journal of Dermatological Treatment, Clinical Toxicology, the Expert Opinion series, Current Medical Research and Opinion, Critical Reviews Series and Journal of Medical Economics"

Kitsis first recipient of Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media

The very first scholarship winner has been selected for the newest American Library Association scholarship, the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media. Stacy Kitsis, English teacher at Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass., has been selected to receive the scholarship in memory of Peter Lyman, the former university librarian and professor emeritus of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lyman was nationally known for his landmark study on information overload, 'How Much Information?' co-authored with Hal Valerian

Apply now for the 2010 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

"All types of U.S. libraries are invited to apply for the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The $3,000 grant will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, 'Communities thrive @ your library®.' The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company. It is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association. This year's application deadline is October 16, 2009. National Library Week is April 11-17, 2010

Thursday, July 30, 2009

12 SAGE journals migrating to an e-only format

The following 12 SAGE journals will be migrating to an electronic only format for the 2010 subscription year:

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society (ISSN: 0270-4676)
Clinical Case Studies (ISSN: 1534-6501)
Field Methods (ISSN: 1525-822X)
Journal of Adolescent Research (ISSN: 0743-5584)
Journal of Business and Technical Communication (ISSN: 1050-6519)
Journal of Environment & Development, The (ISSN:1070-4965)
Management Communication Quarterly (ISSN: 0893-3189)
Men and Masculinities (ISSN: 1097-184X)
Organization & Environment (ISSN: 1086-0266)
Simulation & Gaming (ISSN: 1046-8781)
Trauma, Violence, & Abuse (ISSN: 1524-8380)
Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (ISSN: 1541-2040)

Equinox Publishing 2010 prices

Equinox Publishing Ltd. has released journal subscription rates for 2010

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has announced that the full text of Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology is now available online at http://cshperspectives.cshlp.org.
Many readers in Europe and Asia may find alternate access at the URL http://intl-cshperspectives.cshlp.org.

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology (ISSN: 1943-0264) is a new monthly online journal comprising reviews spanning the complete spectrum of the molecular life sciences. It provides the life sciences community with authoritative analyses of progress in emerging areas of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, cancer biology, and molecular pathology

Code4Lib Journal: Call for Papers, Issue 8, November 2009

The Code4Lib Journal is now accepting proposals for publication in its 8th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 8th issue, which is scheduled for publication in mid November 2009, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals to c4lj-articles@googlegroups.com by Friday, August 14, 2009. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message

Free online access to Music and Medicine

SAGE has announced free online access to Music and Medicine, a new interdisciplinary journal that focuses on studies that integrate the science of medicine with the art of music, and the art of medicine with the science of music. The first issue features articles by notable authors such as Daniel J. Levitin, Cynthia Quiroga Murcia, Stephan Bongard, Gunter Kreutz, Ruth G. McCaffrey, Kristen Stewart, Clare O'Callaghan, Monika Jungblut, Matthias Suchanek, Horst Gerhard, and Fred J. Schwartz. Register here for your free online access

Documentation Magazine - call for articles

Documentation Magazine (an online publication of the Documentation Sciences Foundation, which is freely distributed across the Internet with an audience of more than 150,000) wants to hear from you. It is looking for contributors who can provide new content that appeals to Information and Knowledge Sciences. Topics can focus on any of the following categories: Library / Archive / Documentation / Information technology / Museum / Communications / Knowledge / Preservation / Social aspects of information / Digital divide / Semantic web / Epistemology / Digital assets

Naxos Music Library has reached 500,000 tracks of music

"Naxos Music Library has reached 500,000 tracks of music. Striving to offer the most well rounded musical experience, the Naxos Music Library now contains music from over 170 world renowned record labels"

AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials

AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Founded in 1929, Benton & Bowles was a New York advertising agency that merged with D'Arcy Masius McManus in 1985 to form DMB&B. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others. Commercials will be added in phased batches over several months in 2009. The commercials are a part of the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles Archives found at the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

Emerald acquires the Journal of Advances in Management Research

Emerald Group Publishing has announced the recent acquisition of the Journal of Advances in Management Research. The journal will be published by Emerald from Volume 6, issue 1 and is published in association with the Indian Institute of Technology

Walter De Gruyter has published its 2010 price lists

Walter De Gruyter has published its 2010 price lists in USD and EUR

Sony plugs Google's library into e-readers

"Sony Corp said on Wednesday it has made available over 1 million public domain books on its electronic readers via Google Inc's Books project, which digitizes classic titles not protected by copyright" - Reuters

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles


Orthopedic Reviews

Transactions on Data Privacy

Journal of Aerospace Science and Technology

Remote Sensing


Videos on PLoS Medicine, Open Access and global burden of disease

A series of videos was commissioned to highlight the new editorial focus of PLoS Medicine - the decision to prioritise papers on the conditions and risk factors that cause the greatest losses in years of healthy life worldwide

Video: 2009 ALA Annual Conference overview

Overview of the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, including sights and sounds from the ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program, Laurie Halse Anderson, the Bookcart Drill Team World Championships, the Exhibit Hall, the ALA Presidential Inauguration, Cokie Roberts, and more

Video and slides from the SPARC-ACRL forum in July 2009

Presentation materials from library and publishing innovators who offered concrete data and strategies for Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace, at the SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA in Chicago, July 2009

25 predictions for the University of the future

From Associate Degree: "Along with the rest of the world, the landscape of higher education is changing rapidly. Open source courses, new technology systems, digital collections in libraries, and social media are influencing how we receive and process our information. Students and faculty members communicate via different platforms than they used to, and an increasingly globalized society contributes to more competition and more access to valuable learning resources. Here are 25 predictions for how the university of the future will operate"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Free access to 1911 census across England and Wales

"Thousands of people across England and Wales will soon get the opportunity to delve into their family history online for free. The National Archives, in collaboration with UK-based family history website findmypast.com, is providing seven archives and libraries around England and Wales with free access to the recently completed online records of the 1911 census" - UK National Archives

Louvre Atlas database now in English

"The Atlas database covers all the works exhibited in the museum - some 30,000 items. Internet users, like museum visitors, will find the usual explanatory texts that accompany museum exhibits, compiled under the authority of the museum curators. New images are currently being added to the database, which is constantly updated"

Microsoft, Yahoo reach search deal

"After years of courting, Microsoft Corp. has reached a deal with Yahoo Inc. to pool their resources on internet search, the lucrative business technology rival Google Inc. dominates. Under terms of the agreement announced Wednesday, the two companies will pool their relative strengths in the search business, with Microsoft using its technology to power Yahoo searches while Yahoo puts its sales force to work to attract premium search advertisers. The two companies said in a joint news release they hope the deal will help lead to faster, better and more relevant results for web users and advertisers when conducting online searches." - CBC

Man Booker 2009 longlist announced

The Man Booker 2009 longlist has been announced:

* The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
* Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
* The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
* How To Paint A Dead Man by Sarah Hall
* The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
* Me Cheeta by James Lever
* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
* The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
* Not Untrue and Not Unkind by Ed O'Loughlin
* Heliopolis by James Scudamore
* Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
* Love and Summer by William Trevor
* The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Innovating e-Learning online conference 2009

Innovating e-Learning online conference 2009 takes place 24-27 November 2009. Themes for Innovating e-Learning 2009 reflect the challenges facing further and higher education in the 21st century and explore the increased options offered by technology for meeting those challenges. Follow the conference on Twitter using #jiscel09

New version of the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1932 Database

Library and Archives Canada has announced the release of a new version of the Canadian Naturalization 1915-1932 online database. It now includes the names of 206,731 individuals who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. This database is one of the few Canadian genealogical resources specifically designed to benefit those researchers with roots outside of the British Commonwealth. References located in the database can be used to request copies of the actual naturalization records, which are held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

A Day in the Life of a Library...

"Whether you are a librarian or library worker of any kind, help us share and learn about the joys and challenges of working in a library. Join us by sharing details of your day for a week on your blog. Not only is this a great way for us to see what our colleagues are doing and how they spend their days but it's a great way for students who are interested in the library profession to see what we really do. Second Annual began July 27, 2009

10 Days in Google Books game

10 Days in Google Books game: "Each day, we'll ask you five trivia questions on a different theme. Search Google Books to find the answers with hints to help you along the way. After you answer each day's questions, you can enter a contest to win a Sony Reader. If you enjoy the game, come back the next day for another set of questions - and another chance to win

Automated Document Genre Classification Workshop Supporting Digital Curation, Information Retrieval, and Knowledge Extraction

Automated Document Genre Classification Workshop Supporting Digital Curation, Information Retrieval, and Knowledge Extraction - 9 September 2009 - Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK

Video: Cokie Roberts at ALA

"Before her PLA President's Program speech at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, journalist Cokie Roberts spoke with AL Focus about the new revised and expanded edition of her book We Are Our Mother's Daughters, as well as the state of libraries and the future of journalism"

Video: Tracy Kidder at ALA

"AL Focus catches up with author Tracy Kidder before his Auditorium Speaker Series presentation at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Kidder discusses his new book, Strength in What Remains, as well as his ideal vision for libraries - and you will want to hear what he calls libraries and librarians"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Open Access Repository Junction

"EDINA has successfully been awarded a JISC project grant to develop a broker system to aid interoperability between open access repositories. The Open Access Repository Junction (OA-RJ) will run from 1 August 2009 through to 31 March 2011. The OA-RJ project builds on and enhances previous work carried out under the auspices of the JISC-funded Depot project. One of the objectives of the Depot was to devise an unmediated (computer-assisted) reception and referral service, called Repository Junction, which collected information in order to redirect users to existing Institutional Repository (IR) services. This was to support the principal objective of the Depot, which was to provide a repository for author/researchers at institutions that did not (then) have an IR. The new project aims to develop the Repository Junction from its current simple form contained within the Depot, into a stand-alone broker mechanism which can be easily adopted and integrated by services or projects run by other institutions or organisations. OA-RJ will primarily look at addressing the problems of repository deposit currently faced by researchers who have written a multi-authored journal article associated with multiple institutions and grant-funding organisations. This project will test the broker model against a number of use case scenarios in ways that we expect to be sufficiently generic that it can be deployed in other repository workflows and environments."

California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service

"Researchers and scholars now will be able to delve into archived Web sites captured by the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service (WAS). This new tool enables faculty, researchers and librarians to capture, curate and preserve Web sites, thus creating permanent archives available to researchers everywhere. The social history of our times is now being preserved in archives as rich and varied as the contentious 2003 California recall election, hundreds of California state Web archives, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Web archive and the Middle East Political Sites archive. New archives continually are being built and published and will appear along with the current archives, available at webarchives.cdlib.org"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Clash guitarist Mick Jones has become a 'guerrilla librarian'

Clash guitarist Mick Jones has become a 'guerrilla librarian'"The Clash's lead guitarist Mick Jones has swapped the noisy world of punk rock for a quiet life as a librarian. The lead guitarist, who was a prominent figure in the punk rock movement of the seventies and eighties, opened his Rock-n-Roll Public Library in London July 22. Based in an office near Portobello Road, west London, close to where Jones formed The Clash with Joe Stummer in 1976, the "guerrilla library" will include 10,000 items from the guitarist's private collection. Including Beatles memorabilia, Clash artwork and items the band members wore on stage, the full collection has never been seen before by the public. Jones, 54, told The Guardian the five week exhibition was a challenge to the "blandness" of other music museums. "It's a direct artistic challenge to the likes of the corporate British Music Experience," he said. Fans of The Clash will be able to view the lead guitarist's collection of records, pizza boxes from the band's tours and camouflage graffiti boots worn on stage. They may even catch a glimpse of Jones himself, who will be recording with up-and-coming bands in his studio next door for the Strummerville Foundation. Entry to the library is free"

Jodi Awards 2009 (UK)

Nominations are now being sought for the Jodi Awards 2009. The awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage venues which use digital technology to widen access to information, collections learning and creativity for disabled people. Named in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), a former member of the British Museum's COMPASS team and a tireless champion of equal access to culture for disabled people, the awards were first given in 2003 to museums, libraries and archives. For 2009, the Jodi Mattes Trust are particularly keen to encourage galleries and art organisations to nominate their projects. Deadline for nominations is Friday 25 September 2009

The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09

The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09 is now available

Update: Worcester Library and History Centre (UK)

The first steps have been taken towards the creation of a new multi-million pound Library and History Centre in Worcester. The Library and History Centre is a partnership between Worcestershire County Council, University of Worcester, Worcester City Council and Advantage West Midlands. A unique landmark building, the Centre is a combination of indoor and outdoor working areas, quiet spaces and centres of activity. In the building there will be:

* A fully-integrated public and university library
* Worcestershire Record Office
* Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service
* Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre

Work is expected to start on the site in September 2009

WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway helps libraries maximize Web visibility of digital collections via WorldCat

"OCLC has released the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, a new service that helps libraries and other institutions maximize the visibility of unique primary source materials, such as digital photos, newspapers, letters and diaries, through WorldCat on the Web. The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is available to all users of OCLC CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software at no additional charge."

Wiley-Blackwell extends Online Books collection

"Wiley-Blackwell has added to its growing Online Books collection with the publication of over 130 new titles. The publication of the new titles brings the total number of Online Books available on Wiley InterScience to over 7,400. Free trial access is available to all institutional subscribers"

JHOVE2 2009 Fall Workshop

JHOVE2 2009 Fall Workshop - October 7, 2009 - San Francisco, USA. The JHOVE2 workshop will be held on the Wednesday morning following the conclusion of the iPRES 2009 conference. Members of the project team will present on:

* The role of characterization in digital curation and preservation activities
* An overview of the JHOVE2 project
* Demonstration of the prototype JHOVE2 framework
* Architectural review of the JHOVE2 application and Java APIs
* Integration of JHOVE2 technology into existing or planned systems and services
* Third-party development of conformant JHOVE2 modules

Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums 2009 National Conference

Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums 2009 National ConferenceThe Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums 2009 National Conference will be held October 20-22, 2009 in Portland, Oregon, USA. There is also a conference wiki

Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World - July 2009

Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World, an online newsletter published regularly by Library and Archives Canada, highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors - July 2009 issue now available

BISG Bulletin - July 2009

BISG Bulletin - July 2009 now available from the Book Industry Study Group

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The University of Chicago Press 2010 journal subscription rates

The University of Chicago Press has announced its 2010 journal subscription rates

2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science - November 14-16, 2009 - Chicago, USA

ABC-CLIO eZine July 2009

The July 2009 issue of the ABC-CLIO eZine is now available online

Reminder: 102nd American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference

102nd American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference - July 25-28, 2009 - Washington, DC, USA. Follow #aall2009 via Twitter, which also has an RSS Feed

E-books from the University of Chicago Press

"Many University of Chicago Press titles are available in electronic format, via our own website and through distributors of e-books to libraries and individuals. You can download e-books directly to your computer or handheld device and read them using free Digital Editions software from Adobe—available for PC, Mac, and popular mobile platforms"

Taylor Family Digital Library - University of Calgary

"The Taylor Family Digital Library is being designed for the 21st-century scholar. More than a building with books, it's a place to learn, to study, to talk, to work together, to research, and to get help with learning and research. Opens Fall 2010"

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Middle Names. Can you supply the middle names for these famous people? Where their middle names are not well-known, we give you three possibilities to choose from. Answers here.

1. What was the middle name of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart?
2. What was U.S. president John F. Kennedy's middle name?
3. What was Thomas Edison's middle name?
4. Was John Lennon's middle name originally Julian, Anthony or Winston?
5. What was the middle name of the British novelist William Thackeray?
6. Is Stephen Hawking's middle name William, Albert or Alan?
7. Was film director Alfred Hitchcock's middle name John, Joseph or Julian?
8. Is U.S. computer scientist Bill Gates's middle name Henry, Gordon or Michael?
9. Was jazz trumpeter Miles Davis's middle name George, Noah or Dewey?
10. What was the poet Percy Shelley's middle name?

Ohio Library Council cancels 2009 Convention & Expo

"On Friday, July 17, the OLC Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2009 Ohio Library Council Convention & Expo, October 21-23, in Cleveland. This decision was unanimously supported by Tom Adkins, Convention Chair, as well as the Planning Committee Chairs – Cindy Lombardo, Program Chair; Andrew Mangels, Local Arrangements Chair; Jamie Mason, Expo Chair. The Convention & Expo is considered to be the signature event of the Ohio Library Council. However, OLC staff learned last week in a survey of library directors that very few libraries will have the funds to send library staff to this event. In light of the recent developments in the state’s public library funding and the drastic adjustments that all libraries have been making to their operations, the OLC made the most fiscally-responsible route for both members and the organization"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

FreePint Newsletter 282

FreePint Newsletter 282 - 23 July, 2009 now available

Flu infects 100,000 in past week (UK)

The number of new swine flu infections in England has doubled in the past week, the government says. There were an estimated 100,000 new cases with the under 14s the worst hit. It comes as the National Flu Service was launched, offering sufferers access to drugs on the phone and via the internet without the need to see a GP - BBC

Reminder: Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival starts today

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2009"Now in its 7th year the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival is now a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and Festival atmosphere. Every year, writers, readers, publishers and agents all gather in the beautiful informal setting of the Crown Hotel, Harrogate, UK, to talk about the biggest themes, the most controversial writing, take part in hilarious late night cabaret, see special guests, or just enjoy the atmosphere. For 2009, the Festival has been programmed by award winning author, Laura Wilson, who, with the support of the programming committee and Festival team, has created a thrilling four days – packed with the very best and brightest names in crime writing." - 23-26 July, 2009. Follow the festival on Twitter

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

50 reasons to love your local library

From Online University Lowdown: "If you never learned to read the Dewey Decimal System, you can still love your library. As a matter of fact, you should visit the library more often. Sometimes the books get lonely. And it's free! Here's 50 reasons why your library should feel the love"

IMLS announces 2009 African American History and Culture Grants

On July 21, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded $1.31 million to 11 organizations dedicated to preserving the history of African American life from the period of slavery to the present day as part of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program

Credo Reference expands relationship with SAGE

Credo Reference has signed an agreement with SAGE to provide titles from their Key Concepts and Key Thinkers Series on the Credo Reference platform

Journal of Information Literacy - 3/1 2009

Journal of Information Literacy - Volume 3, Number 1, 2009 is now available

Book Index with Reviews moving to EBSCOhost

"Book Index with Reviews (BIR) will soon be moving from its current interface to the EBSCOhost interface. Users who currently take advantage of the personalized folder feature in BIR will have their saved lists, etc. automatically moved to the new interface"

Associates - July 2009 issue

The July 2009 (Vol. 16, no. 1) issue of Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal is now available

Agreement with Amazon will make U-M Digital Books widely available

"The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright - including rare and one-of-a-kind titles - available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com group of companies. The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form"

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Springer offers free access to Swine Flu research

Springer Science+Business Media is offering all journal articles which deal with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, free of charge on its online information platform. The articles can be found by using the search term H1N1. A total of 318 scientific articles will be available to print out or download from now until 31 December 2009

Manchester Literature Festival 2009

Manchester Literature Festival 2009 - 15-25 October 2009 - Manchester, UK

The Barnes & Noble eBookstore

"The Barnes & Noble eBookstore will enable customers to read the service's digital books on an array of different platforms, including the iPhone, the iPod Touch and BlackBerry smartphones, the company said in a statement. In addition, Barnes & Noble will be the exclusive digital-book supplier for the upcoming Plastic Logic eReader"

InSITE - July 20, 2009

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 14, No. 23, July 20, 2009 is now available

Elsevier announces the "Article of the Future"

"Elsevier has announced the Article of the Future project, an ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to redefine how a scientific article is presented online. The project takes full advantage of online capabilities, allowing readers individualized entry points and routes through content, while exploiting the latest advances in visualization techniques"

1st Wiki-Conference New York

The 1st Wiki-Conference New York will be held over the weekend of July 25-26 2009 at New York University, and hosted by Free Culture @ NYU and Wikimedia New York City


"DiscoverEd is an experimental project from ccLearn which attempts to provide scalable search and discovery for educational resources on the web"

Video: Sylvia Ivie at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Sylvia Ivie, presenter of the first Coretta Scott King Book Awards, spoke to AL Focus at the 40th anniversary celebration about what the Awards have developed into and why they're still necessary:

Monday, July 20, 2009

PubMed Central Canada

"The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced a three-way partnership to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada). PMC Canada will be a national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature, including research resulting from CIHR funding. This searchable Web-based repository will be permanent, stable and freely accessible"

Lowcountry Digital Library, College of Charleston

"The Lowcountry Digital Library website is part of a collaborative project hosted by the College of Charleston. Thanks to funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the digital collections will grow to include over 50,000 items over the next three years and will include materials from a variety of libraries, museums, cultural heritage repositories, and archives from throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. All of the collections are freely available for research purposes"

UK National Archives Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-2009 published

The sixth annual report and resource accounts on the work of The UK National Archives is now available, along with the sixth report of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

FreePint News and Digest - July 2009

FreePint News and Digest - July 2009 is now available

Podcast: Summer of '69

Podcast: Summer of '69"A look back at the year in which Neil Armstrong took his 'giant leap for mankind', Concorde continued its flight test programme and the hippy culture reached its zenith with the age of the pop festival. However, the summer of '69 also saw Harold Wilson's government wrestling with difficult issues such as the sending of British troops to Northern Ireland. This illustrated talk explores the British take on the summer of '69, using examples from public records to shed light on this eventful time" - UK National Archives

BBC to throw open its archive of film and radio treasures

"The BBC is to do more to earn its licence fee by sharing its resources with arts institutions, its creative director, Alan Yentob, has revealed. The initiative will give organisations such as the British Library, the Tate and the British Film Institute access to film and audio archives as well as historic documents and technical skills" - The Guardian

JISC's Libraries of the Future documentary released

JISC's 'Libraries of the Future' debate has gone digital, with a specially-commissioned documentary. Over 200 people have already viewed the ten minute video, which marks the culmination of a year long campaign. The Libraries of the Future campaign stimulated debate among librarians, information professionals and academics on the issues surrounding technology's impact on the emerging role of the academic library in the 21st century through a series of events, printed resources and podcast interviews. The documentary showcases interviews with leaders from JISC, Oxford University and LSE as well as students and academics who discuss what the library of the future will look like

Third Western Australian Library Unconference

The Third Western Australian Library Unconference will be held on Saturday 3 October 2009 at Central TAFE, Royal Street, East Perth, Australia

10 years of open access at BioMed Central

10 years of open access at BioMed Central - from Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beyond Books YouTube Channel from ITN One

From The Bookseller: "ITN On, the multimedia arm of ITN, is to launch a book video channel on YouTube. Beyond Books will aggregate existing video from publishers with its own programming to create 'one home' for book-related content on the web. ITN said it had been working closely with publishing houses including Penguin, Faber and Random House to launch the service within the next week. The site, which has already been soft-launched, is to be funded by advertising, with cross-promotion via YouTube and ITN On's other YouTube channels: Entertainment, News, Music, Game On, and Extreme, which cumulatively attract 13 million views a month. Publishers will be able to add videos for free, via ITN On; the division is also offering its multimedia production services to create bespoke video for publishers"

Library + Information Gazette 17-30 July 2009

Library + Information Gazette, the fortnightly magazine for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is now available online to everyone. Latest issue: 17-30 July 2009

Teen Librarian Monthly July 2009

Teen Librarian Monthly July 2009 is now available for download

Elsevier partners with the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland

Elsevier has announced the formation of a publishing partnership with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Under the agreement, Elsevier will assume publication of The Surgeon, the official journal of these prestigious Royal Colleges, from January 2010

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2008 Shirley Jackson Awards winners

The winners of the 2008 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. "In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson's writing, and with permission of the author's estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic"

JISC Digital Content Conference 2009 - presentations

Presentations now available from the JISC Digital Content Conference - 30 June to 1 July, 2009 - South Cerney, Gloucestershire, UK

ER&L Conference 2010

Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) 2010 Conference - February 1-3, 2010 - Austin, Texas, USA

Webinar: Living Library Project: Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

"The Living Library is a unique event that brings together people who have special interests, beliefs or experiences to speak with people from different backgrounds and share their personal story" - July 22

Itpints - real-time search

"Itpints searches only for the content you are looking for at the time you do the search, and not through a list of already indexed tags"

English PEN launches Harold Pinter literary prize

English PEN is establishing a new literary prize in honour of the dramatist Harold Pinter. The PEN/Pinter Prize will be awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an "unflinching, unswerving" gaze upon the world, and shows a "fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies". - The Bookseller

Harvard University Press to sell 1,000 books on Scribd

Harvard University Press to sell 1,000 books on Scribd

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Title Roles. The most important actor in a film is often the person who takes the title role. Test your knowledge of cinema by tackling these questions about title roles in movies. Answers here.

1. Who played the title role of Detective Harry Callahan in the 1971 film "Dirty Harry"?
2. Who played the title role in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman"?
3. Who won an Oscar for his performance in the title role of the film "Gandhi" (1982)?
4. Who played Dr Strangelove and two other roles in the 1963 film "Dr Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"?
5. Who starred as Bridget Jones in "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and its sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)?
6. What was the name of the violent hero played by Mel Gibson in a futuristic Australian film (1979) and its sequels?
7. Who played "Alfie" in the 2004 remake of the film with that title?
8. Who took the title role in the 1979 comedy film "The Jerk"?
9. Who won critical acclaim for her role as Thelma in "Thelma and Louise" (1991)?
10. Who played a corrupting valet in the 1963 film "The Servant"?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

National WiFi in Libraries Survey 2009 (UK)

Civic Regeneration and Chris Batt consulting have been commissioned to carryout the National WiFi in Libraries Survey 2009. In England this is supported by Regenerate IT, London Borough of Haringey and London Borough of Lewisham. In Wales it is supported by CyMAL. This survey will review the use of wireless broadband technologies in public libraries. This is part of a UK wide survey, to assess the value of the digital rollout and the means by which library services can improve and deliver an improved range of services utilising such networks. The information collected will be made available to all public library services in the UK in September 2009

NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter - No. 12

NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter - No. 12, June 2009, is now available

American Medical Association to freeze subscription prices for 2010

The American Medical Association has announced that 2010 prices for JAMA & Archives Journals and American Medical News will remain the same as they were in 2009. The price freeze applies to American Medical News and all JAMA & Archives products, including the AMA Site License, institutional Limited Access subscriptions, individual print and online only subscriptions, and the recently completed JAMA & Archives Backfiles collection

Digital Images for Education project (UK)

"The Digital Images for Education project will make available over 500 hours of film clips – from Gorbachev's accession to power in the Soviet Union in 1985 to the financial crisis of 2009, and including powerful raw footage of the 9/11 attacks as well as coverage of key issues such as deforestation and global warming. A large and diverse collection of over 56,000 photographs will also be available, ranging from nineteenth-century life in the Scottish Highlands to contemporary youth culture"

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week

Librarians' Internet Index - New This Week - July 16, 2009

D-Lib Magazine - July/August 2009

D-Lib Magazine - July/August 2009 is now available

British Mammals: An Audio Introduction to the Mammals of Britain

"On 16 July, the British Library Sound Archive will add to its popular series of wildlife recordings with the launch of a new educational CD. From the rumbling growls of the common badger to the squeaking calls of the rare water vole, British Mammals: An Audio Introduction to the Mammals of Britain will help animal enthusiasts and budding naturalists learn how to identify the sounds of 26 British mammals"

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 174 - August 2009

Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 174 - August 2009 - edited by Roddy MacLeod, Heriot-Watt University, is now available

Winner of the 2009 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award announced

Winner of the 2009 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award announcedAcross the Board: Autism support for families, a Leeds library project which helps local families whose children have autism has won the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award 2009. The winner was announced by the 1999-2009 Poet Laureate and Chair of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, Andrew Motion, at CILIP's biennial Umbrella 2009 Conference.

Lincolnshire wills - British History Online

Transcribed wills for the historic county are now live. These three volumes, covering the period from 1271 to 1532, were originally published by the Lincoln Record Society between 1914 and 1930

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Informa Healthcare to launch new beta site in July

"With access to more than 170 peer-reviewed journals, the new Informa Healthcare site will have more than 276,000 articles from leading peer-reviewed journals. The new interactive www.informahealthcare.com beta site will go live in July. The site will combine all of the Informa Healthcare allied health, pharmaceutical science, healthcare and medical journal titles currently listed on InformaWorld.com and InformaPharmaScience.com on one platform to simplify the customer experience. All of the journals will utilize the online content management and delivery system provided by Atypon Systems, Inc. – a platform provider for over 70 information providers including JSTOR, New England Journal of Medicine and the American Chemical Society"

Bowker introduces Books In Print 2.0

Bowker has announced the beta-release of Books In Print® 2.0 (BIP 2.0) an enhanced version of the company's flagship book discovery and collection development platform, Books in Print®. The official global market release of BIP 2.0 is scheduled for the early fourth quarter, 2009

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - July 2009

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

Histoire sociale/Social history via Project Muse

Histoire sociale/Social history, published by University of Toronto Press, is now available via Project Muse

Public Library Building Awards UK and Republic of Ireland 2009 shortlist

The Public Libraries Group (PLG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library Council) announced the short listed libraries in the Public Library Building Awards UK and Republic of Ireland 2009 at Umbrella. The awards focus on areas of key importance in building design, practice, management and use

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis

Práxis Educativa

Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry

International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease

International Journal of Women's Health

Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine

International Journal of Differential Equations

Cancer Management and Research

Open Access Rheumatology : Research and Reviews

Ovidius University Annals, Series Physical Education and Sport/Science, movement and health

Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences

Journal of Applied Computer Science & Mathematics

Pan African Medical Journal

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography Version 4, July 15, 2009

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography Version 4, July 15, 2009 - This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, conference papers, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical. From Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics

International Journal of Granular Computing, Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems

International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems

American Institute of Physics journal prices for 2010

2010 Institutional subscription pricing and other changes for AIP journals

Brill journal price list 2010

Brill has announced that 2010 journal prices are now available for all Brill journals, including imprints Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and VSP

The Telegraph via Exact Editions

The Telegraph via Exact EditionsThe weekly world edition of The Telegraph is a 48-page, all-colour newspaper featuring the best journalism from The Daily Telegraph, Britain’s market-leading quality paper, and The Sunday Telegraph. It delivers a comprehensive and unique digest of British news, sport, comment, business and culture, allowing expats to keep in touch with events at home. The July 1st 2009 free trial issue features the life of Michael Jackson, King of Pop 1958-2009; Simon Heffer, the columnist, comments on the election of John Bercow as Speaker and Damien McElroy reports on the increasing tensions between Britain and Iran. Other features include a look at the week’s business with articles from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Tom Stevenson; a new column from Lesley Garner offers readers relationship advice and Gavin Mairs laments the Lions defeat to South Africa in the sports pages

Taiwan starts construction on solar-powered library

"Work has begun on a solar-powered library that is being built in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building, which will have a total floor space of 661 square metres. Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries." - BusinessGreen

Library 2.0 Gang 07/09: Library Mashups

Library 2.0 Gang 07/09: Library Mashups

The Library Instruction Cookbook from ACRL

The Library Instruction Cookbook from ACRLThe Library Instruction Cookbook, by Ryan L.Sittler and Douglas Cook, is a practical collection of "learning recipes", each of which includes a plan for conducting a specific type of learning session and which indicates how the recipe reflects specific ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

BMJ Group Institutional Newsletter - July 2009

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

Monday, July 13, 2009

Royal Society of Chemistry 2010 serials prices

Subscription prices for Royal Society of Chemistry journals, magazines, databases and packages in 2010 are now available

Palgrave Connect adds new ebook titles

Palgrave Connect has added 126 new ebook titles to its list

Thieme Publishing Group journal price freeze for 2010

"In a strong effort to assist libraries during their budgetary difficulties during the current recession, Thieme Publishing Group is freezing journal prices for 2010. This new pricing policy applies to journals with electronic subscriptions and those journal subscriptions that include both the print and electronic formats. Not raising prices, despite the increasing costs for Thieme, will enable institutions to continue to provide access to critical resources"

Information Today July/August 2009 issues

The July/August 2009 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #80

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #80. "Welcome to the finale for the first series of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast. This episode kicks off with a look at the zeitgeist on LISNews over the past week. Profile America makes its final appearance in this series of LISTen. After that there is an interview with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, chairman of the non-profit behind the VideoLAN project. Following that is a chat with Dan Messer about "@alasecrets" and "@alasecrets2009" on Twitter. Over the course of that chat it was announced that Messer is now Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network as of the posting of this episode. After the first two interviews, the podcast then turns to talking to Robert Spencer. Although originally slated to speak at ALA Annual 2009 on Sunday at a panel, entitled "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping", Spencer found his invitation yanked. We spoke to him about what he was going to say and also his take on what happened with the now-cancelled panel. The episode wraps up with a valedictory address by the presenter". Previous Podcasts can be found here

The Library PR Handbook

The Library PR HandbookThe Library PR Handbook - Mark Gould, Editor - Publisher: ALA Editions - Price: $55.00. "The fast-paced and complex PR role is becoming increasingly important as libraries need to respond quickly to the changing media landscape and the country's demographic shifts. This handbook will get you on the right PR track with

* Ideas to harness a celebrity brand and create effective public service announcements
* The how-tos of amplifying your message through partnerships
* The means to develop affordable podcasts, savvy outreach programs, and special events
* Tips for using gaming to build excitement

Written by high-profile experts in the PR field, The Library PR Handbook is the essential reader for those looking to spice up their library's message and get the word out"

Sunday, July 12, 2009

NISO Forum: Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities

NISO Forum: Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities - October 8-9, 2009 - Metro Meeting Center, Boston, MA, USA

Edinburgh University Press 2010 journal prices

2010 journal prices from Edinburgh University Press are now available

Bobcatsss 2010 symposium

The 18th Bobcatsss symposium will be held in Parma on 25-27 January 2010. The topic is "Bridging the digital divide: libraries providing access for all?" Bobcatsss is an annual conference organized by and for students in librarianship and information science coming from Europe and countries all over the world: This year the organizers are the universities of Parma and Manchester, in collaboration with those of Milan and Liverpool

Not Museum Pieces – The Role of Archivists and Librarians in Museums

The London Museum Librarians and Archivists Group 2009 Conference: Not Museum Pieces: the Role of Archivists and Librarians in Museums to be held 10 September 2009, The National Gallery, London, UK

Library of Congress now on Facebook

The Library of Congress now has a "page" on Facebook

SAGE 2010 journals price list

SAGE 2010 journals pricing now available

Free Culture Research Workshop 2009 - Call For Participation

Call For Participation: Free Culture Research Workshop 2009 - Berkman Center for Internet & Society / Harvard University (with additional support from the NEXA center at the Politecnico di Torino and iCommons). "The Free Culture 2009 research workshop builds on the enthusiasm generated by the First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture which took place during the 2008 iSummit in Sapporo, Japan. It presents a unique opportunity for scholars whose work contributes to the promotion, study or criticism of an emerging Free Culture, to engage with a multidisciplinary group of academic peers and practitioners, identify the most important research opportunities and challenges, and attempt to chart the future of Free Culture". Submission of short essays: August 9, 2009. Notification of acceptance: August 23, 2009. Event: October 23, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Biblio Tech Review - June/July 2009

The June/July 2009 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available. This issue includes:

* Two West Coast (US) Public Library Systems Choose Bibliotheca Products
* Tech Logic Introduces Media Passport
* Coutts Launches New Version of OASIS
* ebrary Announces New COUNTER-compliant Usage Reports

Springer launches SpringerImages

Springer launches SpringerImagesSpringer Science+Business Media has launched SpringerImages, a growing collection that now includes over 1.5 million scientific images, tables, charts and graphs, spanning all scientific subject areas. SpringerImages includes the high-quality image collection from Images.MD, as well as images from Springer journals and books, including Open Access content. The database contains photos, graphs, histograms, tables and figures, and is available by subscription to libraries and research institutions. Subscribe to the RSS Feed

Knowledge Dashboard chosen by Russia's largest academic consortium

"The Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that NEICON, Russia's largest academic consortium, will be the first organization to have access to the new Nanotechnology Knowledge Dashboard. The Knowledge Dashboard, developed in partnership with Collexis, is a custom data mining solution for the research community that merges Thomson Reuters Web of Science® data and the Collexis Knowledge Dashboard functionalities"

SAGE signs an agreement with Lyrasis to offer its entire electronic journal and reference portfolio to member libraries

SAGE has announced that, for the first time, SAGE's entire electronic journal and reference portfolio is available to members of Lyrasis, the new membership organization created earlier this year from the merger of two well-established regional library networks: PALINET and SOLINET

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Collaborative Librarianship

Journal of Transnational American Studies

Global Health Governance

European Respiratory Review

Oslo Studies in Language

Revista de Stiinte Politice

International Journal of Forestry Research

Scientific Findings in a digital world: What is the genuine article?

Scientific Findings in a digital world: What is the genuine article? A discussion with John Wilbanks - 22 July 2009, 18.00 to 20.30, at the British Library, London, UK. John Wilbanks is Executive Director of Science Commons and Vice President of Creative Commons: not-for-profit organisations which aim to enhance the flow of scientific knowledge to accelerate innovation. His career has spanned the humanities, politics and science working both as advocate and entrepreneur

Branford Boase Award 2009 winner announced

The winner of the tenth Branford Boase Award is The Traitor Game, written by Bridget Collins and edited by Emma Matthewson from the publishers Bloomsbury. The announcement was made to a packed audience on the 9th July 2009 at an award ceremony held at Walker Books in London, UK

2009 Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture (UK)

The 2009 Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture will be given by Michael Rosen. Entitled What is children's poetry for? : towards a new, but child-specific, 'Apologie for Poetrie' (Sir Philip Sidney, 1595) it will be held at 5.00pm on 10 September, at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Fictional Characters. Test your knowledge of the English language by trying to answer these questions about the meanings of words. Answers here.

1. Which writer created the character Bilbo Baggins?
2. Name the heroine of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", who falls in love with Darcy.
3. Which 1851 book by Herman Melville includes a character called Queequeg?
4. In Kingsley Amis's "Lucky Jim", what was the surname of Jim, the struggling university lecturer of the title?
5. Which novel by Charles Dickens includes the character Little Nell?
6. Which 1951 novel features a rebellious 16-year-old called Holden Caulfield?
7. Name one of the two children - a brother and sister - who are the young governess's two charges at Bly in Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw".
8. Which author created the character Professor Timofey Pnin in his 1957 novel "Pnin"?
9. What are the names of the two "merry wives" in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"?
10. Claudia Hampton is a character in which 1987 novel by Penelope Lively?

JISC Netskills previews animations for Web 2.0 beginners

"Busy lecturers, researchers and administrators need look no further for straightforward advice on using Web 2.0 technologies, as JISC Netskills previews the first in a series of short, snappy Web2Practice animations. The first five of eight animations, covering social media1, podcasting, RSS feeds, collaborative writing and microblogging are now available online. These animations adopt a fast and easy approach to understanding how new technologies can enhance everyday working practice and will be followed by the rest of the set in early August 2009." - This is about RSS:

Manchester Middle English Manuscripts Conference

To celebrate the completion of the In the Bygynning project and the launch of the Manchester Middle English Digital Library, the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester is hosting a major academic conference on 17-18 September 2009. The Manchester Middle English Manuscripts Conference will consider the Rylands collection within the wider context of other corpora of ME manuscripts, and explore the potential of digitisation to enable novel methods and new avenues of scholarly enquiry. Keynote speaker Professor Julia Boffey of Queen Mary University, London, will open the conference with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday 17th September. Other speakers include Professor Wendy Scase (Birmingham), Prof. Tony Edwards (De Montfort University) and Professor John Thompson (Queen’s, Belfast). The conference will be of interest to medieval historians, students of Middle English literature, linguists, codicologists, historians of the book, archivists and manuscript curators.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

Pre-Raphaelite Online ResourceThe Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource gives free access to over 3000 images related to the works of artists belonging to one of the most important British art movement, including founding members William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais as well as material from the broader context. The Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource was funded by the JISC Digitisation programme and created by the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Research Library Issues issue 264

The Association of Research Libraries has released issue 264 of Research Library Issues. This issue features ARL's recent statement encouraging members to refrain from signing nondisclosure clauses, an article outlining the case for regulating Google and the proposed Book Rights Registry, the results of an ARL survey of learning and research spaces in member libraries, and more

E-News for ARL Directors July 9, 2009

E-News for ARL Directors, July 9, 2009 is now available online

Thursday, July 09, 2009

CLPE Poetry Award winner 2009

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award winner 2009 is John Agard for The Young Inferno, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, Published by Frances Lincoln

The American Sociological Association partners with SAGE to publish its journals

SAGE has announced that it has signed an agreement to partner with the American Sociological Association to publish eight of its journals beginning in 2010 and 2012. The journals are American Sociological Review, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociology of Education, and Teaching Sociology (all to be published by SAGE in 2010); and Sociological Methodology and Sociological Theory (published by SAGE beginning in 2012)

July 2009 Early Reviewer books at LibraryThing

The July 2009 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 1662 copies of 63 books available this month

IFLA Information Literacy Section newsletter - July 2009

The July 2009 issue of the IFLA Information Literacy Section newsletter is now available online

Oxford University Press announces Summer Book Sale

"Oxford University Press has announced the launch of its Summer Book Sale. There are over 900 titles to choose from, all at 50% off or 75% off the normal price. Offer ends 14 August 2009"

A Day in the Life...at Cardiff University Library, Wales

"With over 500 staff providing library, IT and media services, Information Services' people have varied and busy working lives. These Day in the Life features will give you a taste of what some of our library staff do... a chronicle in Cardiff University's 125th anniversary year, of the range and depth of modern library work, from archives to databases, and from training students to managing GBP1m budgets for information resources"

Enhanced Editions for the iPhone

Enhanced Editions makes ebooks for the iPhone

JISC helps to bring Islamic resources online for the first time

"Two of the oldest known copies of the Qur'an are now available to researchers and scholars across the world. The two Qur'ans, one of which may date from the 7th century A.D, are part of the priceless Mingana Collection, which is housed by the University of Birmingham. The University's Special Collections department has painstakingly digitised more than 10,000 pages from the collection. As well as the Qur'ans the documents now online include unique illustrated manuscripts from the 16th century and early Arabic poetry. The project has been generously supported by JISC and The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust"

JSTOR Showcase

JSTOR Showcase"JSTOR Showcase - an experimental place for JSTOR and our research partners to demonstrate and get feedback on new and interesting ways to explore and utilize the information in our collections"


"Semanti lets you stop searching and start finding the pages you want. It's a simple browser add-on that lets you save your favorite pages to your personal web and improves your search by harnessing your Facebook social network. It enhances and improves the way you search so you get better results with your existing search engine - Google, Yahoo! or Bing. And you can use it from any computer that has the free Semanti add-on installed

Infotoday Blog at ALA 2009

The Infotoday Blog will begin reporting from ALA 2009 on July 11. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed

2010 IFLA World Library and Information Congress

2010 IFLA World Library and Information Congress - 10-15 August 2010 - Göteborg, Sweden

Authors at 2009 National Book Festival (USA)

"Bestselling authors David Baldacci, John Grisham, John Irving, Julia Alvarez, Judy Blume, Ken Burns, Gwen Ifill and Jodi Picoult - as well as celebrity chef Paula Deen - will be among scores of authors and illustrators presenting at 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 5:30 p.m. (rain or shine). The event, for which the Honorary Chairs are President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, is free and open to the public. More than 120,000 people attended the festival last year"

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


"Pubmatch is a social network for international publishing community. Find book publishers, authors and literary agents from all around the world"

The London Book Fair 2010

The London Book Fair 2010 will be held at Earls Court on 19-21 April 2010. "The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world's premier publishing and cultural capital it is a unique opportunity to hear from authors, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and explore innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets". Follow the LBF on Twitter and Facebook

Lost page of American history found at The National Archives (UK)

"A rare print of America's Declaration of Independence has been found among files at The National Archives at Kew. Printed on 4 July 1776, the Dunlap print is one of only 26 known copies in the world and is named after John Dunlap, the printer whose name is at the bottom of each copy. The last discovered Dunlap Declaration, found at a flea market in 1989, sold at auction in 2000 for $8.14million. The newly discovered print was found, hidden among correspondence from American colonists intercepted by the British in the 18th century, by an American carrying out research at The National Archives."

New ProQuest platform for 2010

"Coming in 2010, ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and selected Chadwyck-Healey products will be available on the new platform at launch, and all ProQuest products will migrate to the new platform over time."

First Monday - July 2009

First Monday - Volume 14, Number 7, 6 July 2009 now available

Suckling's History and Antiquities of Suffolk

Volume 1 of Suckling's 'History and Antiquities' is now live. This is the first of the two volumes of the Reverend Suckling's projected History of the county that were completed in the 1840s. They describe three and a half hundreds in the north-east of the county. Volume 2 will be added in the next few weeks - British History Online

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A Vision of Britain Through Time

"The JISC-funded A Vision of Britain Through Time website has launched, giving e-access, often for the first time, to over two centuries' worth of facts, figures, surveys, maps, election results and travel writing showing how 15,000 UK places have changed. The changing story of Britain's towns and villages can be explored in new depth online, which unites more than 200 years worth of official documents, maps and travel stories. The site has been created with funding from JISC as part of a programme to offer a wider audience free access to academic research and resources"

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 will take place from 14 to 18 October. China will be the Guest of Honour

Search Pad (BETA) from Yahoo!

"Search Pad is a note-taking application that automatically tracks and organizes sites you find on Yahoo! Search to help you complete important tasks such as buying a car or planning a trip"

The Open Library upgraded

The Open Library has upgraded to new software. Improvements include readable URLs, better default cover images, an improved type system and more APIs for developers, including the RESTful API. Featuring 23,285,112 books (including 1,064,822 with full-text)


"An open government dataset, readily accessible over the internet, in a form that maximizes comprehension, interactivity, participation, and sharing, delivered at a fraction of the cost of today's data download sites. At Socrata, they call it social data discovery, and they've engineered a comprehensive suite of Web solutions for delivering social data discovery on government data sites around the world"

Monday, July 06, 2009

Cites & Insights 9:9 (August 2009)

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

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #79

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #79. "In light of news received on July 5th, the planned program order was delayed until July 13th. LISTen #79 is the penultimate episode of LISTen perhaps. This brief episode outlines what is going on and why LISTen may well join Tech for Techies in returning to the Twilight Zone on July 13th. It is anticipated that the grand finale that is planned to be LISTen #80 (unless things change) will include after-action reports about Anime Expo and more". Previous Podcasts can be found here

2008 Country Reports now available (IFLA)

2008 Country Reports now available from IFLA. "Read about changes in national copyright legislation, lobby & educational activities, law cases, and strategic plans for the future"

CILIP Training Directory 2009 - Autumn update

The CILIP Training Directory 2009 - Autumn update is now available

Codex Sinaiticus - The world's oldest bible reunited online

The world's oldest bible reunited online"A remarkable collaboration between institutions in the UK, Germany, Egypt, and Russia has succeeded in reuniting virtually more than 800 pages and fragments from the world's oldest surviving Christian bible, Codex Sinaiticus. For the first time, people around the world will be able to explore high resolution digital images of all the extant pages of the fourth-century book, which was written in Greek on parchment leaves by several scribes and had its text revised and corrected over the course of the following centuries"

Biblioscape 8 now available

"Biblioscape is designed to help researchers collect and manage bibliographic data, take notes while doing research, and generate citations and bibliographies for publication. Biblioscape Professional can compile your notes into a final draft with a table of contents and an index. Biblioscape Librarian can be used to manage a small library. You can use Biblioscape to manage all your research information" - Version 8 is now available

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Stem Cell Research & Therapy - BioMed Central

"Stem Cell Research & Therapy aims to be the major forum for translational research into stem cell therapies. An international peer-reviewed journal, it will publish open access research articles of outstanding quality. Stem Cell Research & Therapy will have a special emphasis on translational, laboratory, and clinical research into stem cells. It will include animal trials, pre-clinical and clinical trials. We will consider adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent stem cell research, especially with a focus on cell-based transplantation, drug discovery and testing, cell-mediated tissue response and biological effects stimulated by endogenous cells. We will have a unique focus on drug discovery and testing, stem cell manufacture, engineering, and biomaterials"

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #135

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #135 - July 2, 2009 is now available

2009 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner

The winner of 2009 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is David McKenzie, a 55-year-old Quality Systems consultant and writer from Federal Way, Washington. A contest recidivist, he has formerly won the Western and Children's Literature categories. David McKenzie is the 27th grand prize winner of the contest that began at San Jose State University in 1982

The Library Show 2009 presentations

Presentations from The Library Show - 10-11 June, 2009 - NEC, Birmingham, UK, are now available online

Best Practice Challenge 2009 winners

Charities, trade bodies and public sector departments are amongst those recognised for their innovative and creative Internet projects at Nominet's Best Practice Challenge 2009 awards ceremony. The Best Practice Challenge was open to organisations, groups or individuals who have embraced the challenge of making the Internet a secure, open, accessible or diverse experience for all. The categories and respective winners are:

Best development project: Rafi.ki
Best security initiative: Business Crime Reduction Centre
Raising industry standards: Internet Service Providers' Association
Personal safety online: Childnet International
Internet for All: Screenreader.net
Open Internet: British Library
Special Award: Get Safe Online

ALA Annual Conference News from Library Journal

"Library Journal and School Library Journal's up-to-the-minute coverage of the American Library Asssociation's annual conference, to be held in Chicago July 9-15, 2009. Breaking news, views, developments, and live reports from the show floor"

SLA Alignment Project

"For almost 100 years, SLA has served as the leading association representing special librarians and information specialists around the world. As SLA prepares for its second century of service, it does so amid sweeping technological changes that are not only reshaping the information industry, but redefining the role that the Association and the profession will play in the future.

The need to generate a sharper focus on the perceived value of the Association and the profession is even more pressing as SLA prepares for its centennial in 2009. This significant milestone provides a unique opportunity to establish a shared vision for the future and the role of information professionals in it.

To respond effectively, SLA has embarked on a thorough examination to bring clarity and unity to the core identity and values of the Association and the profession. We are working with a multidisciplinary team of research and communication professionals, led by the international communication firm, Fleishman-Hillard, and supported by futurist Andy Hines of Social Technologies and the information analytics firm, Outsell Inc.

This alignment project will not only help refine our current positioning in the marketplace, but provide a framework for discussing the inherent value in the profession and the Association in a clear, compelling and cohesive voice."

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Egyptian Dermatology Online Journal

International Business Research

International Journal of Economics and Finance

Journal of Politics and Law

Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Future of Publishing - video

Nostalgia, anxiety and optimism mix in this panel devoted to imagining what lies ahead for the book, as publishing professionals and others discuss the impact of digital technology on the business - MIT World

SCONUL Focus - Number 45 Spring 2009

SCONUL Focus - Number 45 Spring 2009 is now available from the Society of College, National and University Libraries, UK

Teaching Generation M - A Handbook for Librarians and Educators

Teaching Generation M - A Handbook for Librarians and Educators"Working with and devising quality educational resources for Generation M - today's group of teens and young adults born in the early 1980s through the mid 1990s - can be a challenge for librarians and instructors who may not relate well to their multitasking, technophile students. Here, editors Cvetkovic ( named of one of the '2005 Library Movers and Shakers' by Library Journal) and Lackie (the 2006 recipient of the ALA Kenneth Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship) answer the core questions you'll need to facilitate new and powerful learning opportunities for your Gen M audience"

Sterling's 60 Years, 60 Books Sweepstakes

Help Sterling celebrate its 60th Birthday by entering for a chance to win 60 books from its list for your library. Library Marketing Director, Chris Vaccari, stands here next to about 60 books

Friday, July 03, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Meanings. Test your knowledge of the English language by trying to answer these questions about the meanings of words. Answers here.

1. Which part of an egg is known as the "albumen"?
2. What is halitosis?
3. What is a plagiarist?
4. What is the meaning of "matricide"?
5. What is agoraphobia?
6. An isotherm is a line on a map connecting places that have the same...what?
7. What is a xenophobe?
8. What is an encomium?
9. What is a chanterelle?
10. What is the simoom?

BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2009 winner

Leviathan, or The Whale by Philip Hoare (Fourth Estate) has been named the winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2009

Studies in the Age of Chaucer via Project Muse

Studies in the Age of Chaucer, published by The New Chaucer Society, is now available via Project Muse


"HistoricAerials.com by NETR Online, a division of Nationwide Environmental Title Research, LLC, provides free online access to historic and current aerial photographs. You can view aerial photography taken from the 1930s through today. Our multi-year comparison tools will enable the viewer to quickly recognize historical changes in a specific parcel of land or the surrounding area of a property"

MUSE News - Summer 2009

MUSE News is a print newsletter published seasonally by Project MUSE. MUSE News contains updates on new features and functionalities, new titles, tips for using MUSE effectively, and items of interest about MUSE journals and publishers. The online version of MUSE News is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). Summer 2009 Vol. 10, No. 1 now available

4th Annual World eBook Fair

4th Annual World eBook Fair - "Our goal is to provide Free public access for a month to 2 Million eBooks. During the rest of the year you may continue to download your selection of about 500,000 PDF eBooks by joining the World Public Library. Annual membership is only $8.95 per year" - July 4 to August 4 2009

Papers Past adds more digitised newspapers (New Zealand)

Papers Past contains 1.3 million, now fully searchable, pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection ranges from 1839 to 1932 and includes 52 varieties of New Zealand publications

TV news archive discovered after 30 years

Hours of TV news film recorded by a US news agency in the 1960s and 70s has been discovered in an empty London office. The material includes some famous names and some revealing glimpses of how we lived 40 years ago. - BBC

Wellcome Library Year in Review published

The Wellcome Library's Year in Review is out now and is available as a PDF document for viewing and downloading. "It covers our activities during 2008, specifically highlighting our digitisation programme. We also showcase some of our exciting acquisitions from the year, including the casebooks of the ‘father of modern forensics’ Sir Bernard Spilsbury and the notebooks of double Nobel Prize winning geneticist Fred Sanger"