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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Current Cites - September 2010

Current Cites (edited by Roy Tennant) - September 2010 is now available

ROS (Research Output Service) – official launch by Heriot Watt University (Scotland)

"ROS is Heriot-Watt University's institutional repository. It aims - through the capture, preservation, and dissemination of the University's collective intellectual output - to serve as a meaningful indicator of the institution's research and academic quality. In addition, it provides an invaluable service to individual researchers and academics by disseminating and preserving their work. Until recently ROS contained only Heriot-Watt theses but it is expanding to include other types of output, such as working papers, articles and conference papers"

New content added to literature collections (Alexander Street Press)

Alexander Street Press has updated several of its literature collections with new titles from authors around the world. All new content is available to subscribers now in the following online collections:

* Black Women Writers - Over 4,600 pages of new content is available from authors such as Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Makeda Silvera, Tananarive Due, and others
* Caribbean Literature - Close to 5,000 pages of new content has been added from authors hailing from Barbados, Martinique, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Cuba
* Latin American Women Writers - Over 6,500 pages of new material has been added from Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, and other countries in Latin America. Included are several volumes of the periodicals A Mensageira (Brasil), Vide Femenina (Uruguay), and Semanario de las Señoritas Mejicanes (Mexico)
* South and Southeast Asian Literature - Over 1,600 pages of new content from authors such as Manoj Das (India), Suniti Namjoshi (India), and Siew-Yue Killingley (Malaysia)

Open Government Licence enables re-use of information (UK)

"The National Archives (UK) is launching a new Open Government Licence, which makes it faster and easier than ever before to re-use public sector information. The UK Open Government Licence is a key element of the Government's commitment to greater transparency. It provides a single set of terms and conditions for anyone wishing to use or license government information and removes some of the existing barriers to re-use. Developers and entrepreneurs wishing to use government data to create new websites and applications will no longer need to register or formally apply for permission to re-use the data. The new licence is interoperable with other internationally recognised licensing models, such as Creative Commons"

Credo Reference adds Publisher Collection from Ashgate

Credo Reference is adding a Publisher Collection from Ashgate. Fifteen comprehensive, specialty titles will soon be available on the Credo Reference platform

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Undergraduate Academic Journal

Edo Journal of Counselling

Motricidad : European Journal of Human Movement

RAI : Revista de Administração e Inovação

REMark : Revista Brasileira de Marketing

Facta Universitatis - series : Architecture and Civil Engineering

Facta Universitatis - series : Physics, Chemistry and Technology

Filozofija i Društvo

Hemijska Industrija

Journal of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B : Metallurgy

Oeconomics of Knowledge

Revista Filosofia Capital

Journal of the Institute of Engineering

William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010 longlist

The longlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010 has been announced:

* Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi (Harper Collins)
* A Book of Heroes: Or A Sporting Half Century by Simon Barnes (Short Books)
* No Place To Hide: How I Put the Black in the Union Jack by Errol Christie with Tony McMahon (Aurum)
* Trautmann's Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay (Yellow Jersey)
* The Grudge: Scotland vs. England, 1990 by Tom English (Yellow Jersey)
* Tea With Mr Newton: 100,000 Miles, The Longest Protest March in History by Rob Hadgraft (Desert Island Books)
* A Last English Summer by Duncan Hamilton (Quercus)
* Blood Knots by Luke Jennings (Atlantic Books)
* Liston & Ali: The Ugly Bear and the Boy Who Would Be King by Bob Mee (Mainstream)
* Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All by Brian Moore (Simon & Schuster)
* We Ate All The Pies by John Nicholson (Biteback)
* Blood, Sweat and Treason by Henry Olonga (Vision Sports Publishing)
* Bounce: How Champions Are Made by Matthew Syed (Fourth Estate)

The shortlist will be announced October 26 and the winner honored in London November 30

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog - September 29, 2010 update

The September 29, 2010 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers

Book Place, from Toshiba

Book Place, from Toshiba"With access to more than 1 million e-books and a broad selection of best-sellers, Book Place, from Toshiba, is your destination for the coolest digital reading experience available today. Book Place, powered by Blio, offers a rich, interactive e-reading experience that maintains the book's original layout and features unique innovations such as highlighting, note taking, and hyperlinking. Select books can be read aloud using the text-to-speech feature. At Book Place, you can also browse and purchase your favorite titles from our virtual bookshelves - filled with today's best-sellers, as well as a wide range of cookbooks, travel guides, children's books, textbooks and much more"

ARL Statistics 2008-09

ARL Statistics 2008-09 have been published by the Association of Research Libraries

AALL Spectrum - September/October 2010

AALL Spectrum - September/October 2010 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

Early English Laws publishes online bibliography

Early English Laws, a collaboration between the Institute of Historical Research and King's College London, has announced the publication of its online bibliography. The bibliography is compiled and continuously updated to include items relating to any aspect of English legal history in the period between c. 600 and 1215. It is also searchable by category, author and date of publication

Emerald to offer free online access to published interviews

Emerald Group Publishing has announced that all interviews published in three of its management titles, Development and Learning in Organizations, Human Resource Management International Digest, and Strategic Direction, are now free access for one month following publication

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

London Faces: new 'Insight' (Wellcome Library)

London Faces: new 'Insight' (Wellcome Library)"This Saturday, 2nd October, the library will feature a new Insight talk - London Faces - to coincide with Story of London events. Learn how Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and James Gillray made their own contributions to the fascinating history of physiognomy (the 'science' of face reading). See bitingly satirical pictures, original nineteenth century material and even tea towels as we revisit three key inhabitants of England's capital from a very different perspective. Held in the Wellcome Library at 2.30pm-3.30pm"

The Eugenics Review added to PubMed

The Eugenics Review has been added to PubMed. The archive includes: v. 8 (1916) to v.17 (1926)

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #122

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #122. "This week's episode is not graced by that man of mystery, Blake Carver. In lieu thereof we check the zeitgeist for stories AND blog posts, bring an essay about the comments debate on-site, and a quick news miscellany" Previous Podcasts can be found here

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles


Archives of Biological Sciences

Economic Annals

Pakistan Journal of Library and Information Science

Türk Nöroloji Dergisi

Affectio Societatis

Revista de Administração da UFSM

Liverpool University Press agreement with Nesli2 SMP

Liverpool University Press has entered into an agreement with JISC Collections to provide LUP journals to the UK academic community via the NESLi2 SMP initiative in 2011. Liverpool University Press is offering its entire portfolio at a reduced rate, including The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, recognized across the world as one of the foremost journals in its field, the leading planning journals Town Planning Review and International Development Planning Review, and highly regarded publications in the humanities and social sciences including The Sculpture Journal, The Byron Journal, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Romani Studies, European Journal of Language Policy, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, European Comic Art, Science Fiction, Film and TV, and Music, Sound, and the Moving Image

Monday, September 27, 2010

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole C Engard

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole C Engard, to be published in November 2010

- provides a toolbox of practical software that librarians can use both inside and out of the library
- draws on the author's wide-ranging practical experience with open source software both in and out of the library community
- includes real life examples from libraries and librarians of all types and locations
- gives librarians tips for using open source software with in their organizations
- includes access to a companion website with up-to-date links and facts

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 5, No 3 (2010)

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 5, No 3 (2010) is now available. RSS Feed

250,000 books from University of Toronto Library on Internet Archive

Brewster Kahle has announced that the University of Toronto Library has 250,000+ books digitised on the Internet Archive

Canadian Special Libraries Day 2010

"Thursday October 28th 2010 has been declared Canadian Special Libraries Day in recognition of the value of special libraries to Canadian society, and the vital role played by over 1000 'special' librarians and information professionals across Canada who ensure that Canadian businesses, non-profits and government agencies are among the smartest in the world"

British Library digitises Greek manuscripts

British Library digitises Greek manuscripts"The British Library has digitised over a quarter of its Greek manuscripts (284 volumes) for the first time and made them freely available online thanks to a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The website provides researchers with access to high quality digital images of a major part of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts collection, supported by enhanced metadata which enables users to search using key words. The British Library holds over 1000 Greek manuscripts, over 3000 Greek papyri and a comprehensive collection of early Greek printing. These collections make the Library one of the largest and most important centres outside Greece for the study of over 2000 years of Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts contain unique and outstandingly rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards Hamilton College $800,000 (USA)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, $800,000 in support of the Digital Humanities Initiative, a research and teaching collaboration in which new media and computing technologies are used to promote humanities-based research, scholarship and teaching, including curriculum development, across the liberal arts. This is one of the largest humanities grants ever received by Hamilton College. According to co-director Associate Professor of Africana Studies Angel David Nieves, DHi is 'a multi institutional project, a sustainable model to bring multiple faculties together to share in their research and to link departments that traditionally do not work together'

Voices for the Library on Facebook (UK)

A group of dedicated librarians and information professionals have set up Voices for the Library, a campaigning website to share positive stories from public libraries and librarians, provide factual information about library usage in the UK and draw together the fragmented responses to the many attacks on UK public library services. This campaign is an opportunity for people to discuss why libraries and librarians are so important, and why it is vital that they are run well and serve their communities effectively. The campaign was set up in August 2010 with the following aims:

1. Share positive stories from public libraries and librarians
2. Provide factual information about library usage in the UK
3. Provide spokespeople for the media with a range of professional expertise

IADIS International Conference e-Society 2011

IADIS International Conference e-Society 2011 aims to address the main issues of concern within the Information Society. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of the Information Society. Broad areas of interest are eSociety and Digital Divide, eBusiness / eCommerce, eLearning, New Media and E-Society, Digital Services in ESociety, eGovernment /eGovernance, eHealth, Information Systems, and Information Management - 10-13 March 2011 - Avila, Spain

Seminar: Collection Development in Academic Libraries: What does the Future Hold?

The seminar will aim to look at the question of Collection Development in academic libraries, consider what factors are likely to affect how collections develop, and decide how collections are likely to respond to these stimuli and change over the course of next few years - November 12, 2010 - London, UK

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Daily Racing Form online archive (USA)

"With the help of the library staff at the University of Kentucky, 132,000 pages of the Daily Racing Form - some 531,000 articles - have been digitized and posted online. The articles date from the 1890s, when the paper was founded, up through the 1990s. The selection represents each decade's racing highlights, including Triple Crown coverage and reports on the careers of Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and the other great horses of the past hundred years. The Daily Racing Form archive is a recent addition to the Kentuckiana Digital Library, a continuing project that provides access to digital archives of material particular to the state"

Digitising the archives: the Wellcome Library approach (UK)

"Like most research libraries and archives repositories, the Wellcome Library is currently planning to digitise quantities of its unique holdings and provide remote access to the digitised content over the Web. Among the many challenges that such plans present, perhaps the most fundamental is the decision what to digitise, or where to start - with almost limitless potential in the holdings but limited resources what do we prioritise?....."

Wirral Bookfest 2010 (UK)

"The third annual Wirral Bookfest starts on 11 October 2010. Organised by Wirral libraries, Bookfest brings people and books to life in an inspiring and engaging way. The week-long programme of events includes poetry readings, family history workshops, healthy living sessions and a whole lot more. Whether you're a keen reader, or have never been into your local library before, there's something in the programme for everyone"

Podcast: The Kitchen Front: domestic life in the Second World War

Find out how documents held by The U.K. National Archives can reveal a fascinating picture of the domestic lives of ordinary people living through the Second World War

Ancestry.com Inc. to Acquire iArchives

Ancestry.com has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site, Footnote.com, a leading American History Web site, for approximately $27 million in a mix of Ancestry.com stock, cash and assumption of liabilities. This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies. - Globe Newswire

Introduction to MeSH - 2011 from U.S. National Library of Medicine

This is an introduction to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus, including its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data. For simplest access to MeSH we suggest the MeSH Browser, an interactive Web application for searching and browsing MeSH data

Clinical Evidence added to PubMed Central

Clinical Evidence, from BMJ Publishing Group, has been added to PubMed Central. Archive includes 2003 to 2008

New OCLC Research Podcast Available: "How Libraries License e-Content" with Dorothea Salo

"In this interview, OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant talks with noted library author and "provocateur" Dorothea Salo about what keeps her awake at night: how libraies license e-content. Dortothea Salo, Research Services Librarian and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, asserts that the current system is broken and must change. She further urges collective action by libraries and library consortia to change how licensing currently happens. Listen to the interview to hear exactly what she would like to see change, and when"

SAGE and Institution of Mechanical Engineers announce landmark publishing deal for journals program

SAGE and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have announced a unique long-term partnership arrangement that SAGE will publish all 18 of the Institution's academic journals, including the 16 highly respected Proceedings of the Institution. The Proceedings of the IMechE are 16 journals covering a broad range of engineering disciplines:

* Journal of Power and Energy - Part A
* Journal of Engineering Manufacture - Part B
* Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science - Part C
* Journal of Automobile Engineering - Part D
* Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering - Part E
* Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit - Part F
* Journal of Aerospace Engineering - Part G
* Journal of Engineering in Medicine - Part H
* Journal of Systems and Control Engineering - Part I
* Journal of Engineering Tribology - Part J
* Journal of Multi-body Dynamics - Part K
* Journal of Materials: Design and Applications - Part L
* Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment - Part M
* Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems - Part N
* Journal of Risk and Reliability - Part O
* Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology - Part P

In addition SAGE will publish:

* International Journal of Engine Research
* Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design

Effective immediately, all 18 titles will transfer to SAGE. IMechE's publications team will also move to the SAGE offices based in Old Street, London

ALCTS Web course: Fundamentals of Preservation

ALCTS Web course: Fundamentals of Preservation - October 25 to November 19, 2010. "Four week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Estudios Románicos

International Journal of West Asian Studies

The IIOAB Journal

Revista Internacional de Derecho Romano

Revista SudHistoria

Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Semina : Ciências Exatas e Tecnológicas

Papia : Revista Brasileira de Estudos Crioulos e Similares

International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems

e-BANGI : Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities

International Journal of Computer Networks

Revista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Tempo e Argumento

Journal of Spatial Hydrology

Redesigned Cambridge Journals Online is now live

A redesigned Cambridge Journals Online is now live, with improvements in appearance, navigation, ease of use, consistency

RCS Blog Released

The JISC Research Communications Strategy (RCS) project, based at the University of Nottingham, has announced the release of their new blog. The blog is designed to be a place for RCS news and updates as well as a place for discussion regarding research communications. We encourage readers to add comments and make suggestions. RSS feed

Friday, September 24, 2010

ModernBookFactory.com announced

"Folium Partners, LLC, has announced today the late-November launch of ModernBookFactory.com, the world's first automated audiobook and app-creation service. The ModernBookFactory service will enable independent publishers, authors and copyright owners to upload manuscripts, select narrators, then receive professionally produced audio and have their books produced as self-contained audiobook apps within 30 days. MBF will place apps in front of a global audience at the Apple iTunes® App StoreSM, on Android™ Market and on the copyright owner's own website as a digital download"

Call for papers for MmIT journal (UK)

MmIT journal, from the Multimedia Information & Technology Group of Cilip, will be running a special focus on international developments in the February issue

Ray Charles Memorial Library opens in L.A. (USA)

"On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ray Charles has joined the likes of past presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan with his own namesake library in Southern California. The Ray Charles Memorial Library officially opened its doors Thursday night. Housed in the studio and office building Charles built in South Los Angeles in the early 1960s, the library features interactive exhibits about the musician's life and career. Charles' friends and colleagues — including Quincy Jones, B.B. King, producer Jimmy Jam and filmmaker Taylor Hackford — welcome visitors via video to each section of the library, which is more like an interactive museum. Touch screens invite guests to explore Charles' most memorable recordings, while exhibits feature some of his Grammy awards, stage costumes, old contracts and ever-present sunglasses"

Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865)

"Before the arrival of the Loyalists and British military settlers, the present-day Province of Ontario was an extension of the Province of Quebec. Following the Constitutional Act of 1791, the colony of Quebec was divided to create Upper Canada (today Ontario) and Lower Canada (today Quebec). Many early settlers, both military and civilian, submitted petitions to the Governor to obtain Crown land. Sons and daughters of Loyalists were also entitled to free lands. The Upper Canada Land Petitions contain petitions for grants or leases of land and other administrative records. This research tool provides access to more than 77,000 references to individuals who lived in present-day Ontario between 1783 and 1865"

SCBWI Conference 2010 (UK)

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles Conference 2010 - 13-14 November, 2010 - University of Winchester Main Campus, UK. "Our third, two-day, annual conference offers the opportunity for those who are published or unpublished to network with other authors, illustrators and publishing professionals, to work on their craft and learn more about marketing their books and the realities of today's children's book market"

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works has been updated

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works (Alexander Street Press) has recently been updated with over 6,000 pages of narratives. The entire collection currently contains over 78,000 pages illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment

Zotero Everywhere

"Zotero Everywhere is aimed at dramatically increasing the accessibility of Zotero to the widest possible range of users today and in the future. Zotero Everywhere will have two main components: a standalone desktop version of Zotero with full integration into a variety of web browsers and a radically expanded application programming interface (API) to provide web and mobile access to Zotero libraries. Zotero is the only research software that provides full and seamless access to a comprehensive range of open and gated resources"

Archive of irreverent miscellanies put online (UK)

"The world's largest collection of miscellanies is being digitized and made available online by researchers from the Faculty of English Language and Literature with the support offered by the Bodleian Libraries curators. Dr Abigail Williams, Lecturer and Lord White Fellow and Tutor in English, who is leading the project based at the University of Oxford, has received a three-year Leverhulme Research Grant to set up the Digital Miscellanies Index. The index will create an online database of the contents of 1000 poetic collections, or miscellanies, which are part of the Harding Collection owned by the Bodleian Libraries. The project has turned up a number of interesting items, including a crude poem which is attributed to John Milton but unlikely to have been written by him, called 'An Extempore upon a Faggot'"

Research Library Issues, no. 271 (August 2010)

The Association of Research Libraries has released issue 271 of Research Library Issues

New alerts feature for JournalTOCs

Roddy MacLeod writes: "A great new alerting feature has been added to JournalTOCs the free Tables of Contents service for scholarly journals. This will help researchers and academics to keep current with new scholarly publications, because everything found will always be in the most recent issues of the 14,000 journals covered. As well as being able to search for the latest Table of Contents (TOCs) for more than 14,000 journals collected from over 600 top publishers, and being able to search within those TOCs for the latest scholarly articles on topics of interest, you can now also get email alerts when new issues are published in one of your favourite journals. No need to register with multiple publishers to get TOC alerts in your inbox"

PEN Literary Awards winners

The PEN Literary Awards, sponsored by the PEN American Center, have been announced. A ceremony honoring winners and runners up will take place in New York City on Wednesday, October 13:

* PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers ($35,000): Paul Harding for Tinkers
* PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction ($25,000): Don DeLillo
* PEN/W.G. Sebald Award for a Fiction Writer in Mid-Career ($10,000): Susan Choi
* PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): Michael Scammell for Koestler
* PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a Master American Dramatist (prize consists of a gift from Bauman Rare Books): David Mamet
* PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for an American Playwright in Mid-Career ($7,500): Theresa Rebeck
* PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): Marshall Jon Fisher for A Terrible Splendor
* PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000): Pat Schmatz
* PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry ($5,000): Marilyn Hacker
* PEN/Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature ($3,000): Esteban Bedoya for El Apocalipsis según Benedicto
* PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): Anne Carson for her translation from the Greek of An Oresteia
* PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): Michael Henry Heim for his translation from the Dutch of Wonder by Hugo Claus

Museums and the Web 2011

Museums and the Web 2011 - April 6-9, 2011 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "Museums and the Web is an annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage – wherever the network may reach. Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web, and having fun doing it"

NFAIS Workshop on Improving the User Search Experience

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIST) is organizing a one-day meeting, Improving the User Search Experience Part II: Leveraging Content to Improve Discoverability and Use, to be held on October 13, 2010 at the Hub Cira Centre (adjacent to Amtrak's 30th street train station) in Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Virtual attendance is optional for those unable to travel to Philadelphia

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics

International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence

International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - September 24, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: War. "Wars have been sadly frequent over many centuries. Can you answer these questions about war and particular wars?" Answers here.

1. In which year did the USA enter World War I?
2. Which country was invaded by Iraq on August 2, 1990?
3. In World War II, which were the two Axis powers besides Germany?
4. Pablo Picasso's painting "Guernica" depicts the bombing of a Basque town in which war?
5. Was the American Civil War in the 1840s, the 1850s, or the 1860s?
6. The Tet Offensive of 1968 occurred during which war?
7. Name the Spanish artist (1746-1828) who executed 65 etchings, collected under the title Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War).
8. A war was fought between Japan and which country between February 1904 and September 1905?
9. Who wrote the 1936 poem "The People, Yes" which included the line "Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come"?
10. In 1783, who wrote "There never was a good war or a bad peace"?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

FreePint Newsletter 310

FreePint Newsletter 310 - 23 September, 2010 now available

Andrew Marr 'sorry' as lorry-spill books block road (UK)

Andrew Marr 'sorry' as lorry-spill books block road (UK)BBC journalist Andrew Marr has apologised to drivers after a lorry carrying 15 tonnes of his latest book overturned blocking a road. The lorry came off the A4 Bath Road in Theale, Berkshire, spilling boxes of his book The Making of Modern Britain. One lane was shut through the night and reopened at about 1300 BST after a clear-up. The driver was unhurt. Marr said he hoped it was not a case of "Marr's latest rotten book being taken off to be pulped" - BBC

Video: The Story of the Digital Book

"A new 10-minute video, "The Story of the Digital Book", takes you behind the scenes, following the journey of one book from the shelf to the screen. It shows how the UC Libraries work with our partner organizations to scan books and make them findable online. It also demonstrates several ways you can use these newly digital books, and explains how they're preserved for the long term. The video was produced by the California Digital Library's mass digitization team. CDL coordinates the UC Libraries' mass digitization activities"

Journal of Graduate Medical Education added to PubMed Central

Journal of Graduate Medical Education has been added to PubMed Central. Archive includes 1(2009) to 2(2010)

EDINA Newsline - September 2010

EDINA Newsline September 2010, Volume 15.2, is now available. EDINA is a JISC-funded National Datacentre

The CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide

The CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide is a collaboratively produced introduction to the field of Digital Humanities. The guide is a project of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, a new working group aimed at building connections and community among those at The City University of New York who are - or would like to be - applying digital technologies to research and pedagogy in the humanities

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - September 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 3, September 15, 2010 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

Annual Reviews has launched two new journals

The Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics

OECD launches a new platform, OECD iLibrary

OECD launches a new platform, OECD iLibrary"The OECD iLibrary, the new platform giving seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers, is now available. It replaces SourceOECD and hosts all content equally so users can find – and cite – tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. The citation tool for datasets and tables is new and unique to the OECD iLibrary. OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 – some 390 complete databases, 2.500 working papers, 5.500 books, 14.000 tables and graphs, 21.000 chapters and articles"

2010 Toronto Book Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2010 Toronto Book Awards have been announced:

* Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic
* The Carnivore by Mark Sinnett
* Where We Have to Go by Lauren Kirshner
* Valentine's Fall by Cary Fagan
* The Prince of Neither Here Nor There by Seàn Cullen

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Dilemas : Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social

Quantitative Economics

Revista Internacional de Organizaciones

Science of Sintering

Sociología y Tecnociencia

Srpski Arhiv za Celokupno Lekarstvo

International Journal of Academic Research

Sortuz : Oñati Journal of Emergent Socio-Legal Studies

Global Journal of Enterprise Information System

Liinc em Revista



Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research

Stomatološki Glasnik Srbije

Archive of Oncology

Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research

Case Reports in Ophthalmology

Biology of Sport

International Journal of Legal Information

Basic and Applied Pathology

Journal of Automatic Control

Zbornik Instituta za Pedagoška Istraživanja

Revista d'Estudis Autonòmics i Federals

Zbornik Radova Vizantološkog Instituta

International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Archive

Investigative Genetics


Galle Medical Journal

Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa em Turismo

Eurasian Journal of Medicine

Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine

Journal of Engineering Studies and Research

Turkish Journal of Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine

Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education

Journal of Logic and Analysis

Arquitectura y Urbanismo


Turkish Journal of Field Crops

European Journal of Educational Studies

Indian Journal of Stomatology

Booklist Online Video Review (American Library Assocation)

Booklist Online Video Review is a bimonthly e-newsletter featuring new reviews of videos for adults and youth

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 from EBSCO

"EBSCO Publishing and the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island, have collaborated to bring a new bibliographic database to libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 is a database based on the authoritative bibliography 'European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750.' European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 is freely available online"

Hub of Living and Learning: Oxford College's Library of the 21st Century (Emory University)

Oxford College students and faculty tell how their library is the heart of the liberal arts experience:

Tools of the Trade: A Library Starter Kit for Harvard Freshmen

Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Widener and Lamont Libraries, Harvard College Library writes: "Harvard's libraries are places that inspire wonder and allow for infinite imagining, but they also confront you with a paradox: choice - for as much as we value it - can sometimes be confounding. New Harvard students must learn to navigate layers of library complexity: multiple buildings, multiple websites, information that can come to you through multiple routes and in multiple format types. Even our online catalog is currently available in two versions. We offer you this library starter kit, stocked with a few essentials, to help you meet the new and different expectations for college-level research. It comes complete with a set of basic 'operating instructions', mostly in the form of advice, explanations, and suggested search strategies"

The Kobo Desktop App

"The Kobo Desktop Application lets you read, build a digital library and shop for eBooks on your computer or laptop. All you have to do is download the desktop application and install it on your computer - we support both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Once you've installed the application, you can shop for eBooks through the desktop Store, or you can open an eBook and start reading it through your desktop library"

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 11

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 11 is now available. The Code4Lib Journal exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

InSITE - September 20, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 2, September 20, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# International Competition Network
# Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)
# Research Help: Japan

Wellcome Library Insight - Mind and Body: Heart and Soul

Wellcome Library Insight - Mind and Body: Heart and SoulThis week's free Wellcome Library Insight session - on Thursday 23rd September - draws upon our collections to explore the relationship between our heads and our hearts as described by the great minds of the past.

Speaker: Erin Sullivan, doctoral candidate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL

The session starts at 6.00pm and tickets are available from the Wellcome Collection Information Desk from 4.30pm onwards

Ontario Library Association - Super Conference 2011

Ontario Library Association - Super Conference 2011 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, February 2-5, 2011

History of MI6 detailed in new book (UK)

A book detailing the first 40 years of the UK's foreign intelligence service has been published. Author Professor Keith Jeffery was given access to the archives at MI6, which has the official title of the Secret Intelligence Service. Prof Jeffery said that in researching MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 he was allowed to view all files. He said his only restriction was not to name some traitorous agents. Among the controversial files he was able to study was an account of MI6 agents sabotaging ships due to carry Jewish refuges to the then British Mandate of Palestine, immediately following the end of World War II - BBC

Guardian children's fiction prize shortlist unveiled (UK)

Guardian children's fiction prize shortlist unveiled:

* Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver
* The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
* Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes
* Now by Morris Gleitzman

The winner will be announced on October 8. Julia Eccleshare and Mal Peet are joined on the judging panel by authors Linda Buckley-Archer and Jenny Downham

2010 Frank O'Connor award goes to Ron Rash

Ron Rash's "bleak" collection of short stories set in Appalachia, Burning Bright, has won the American author the world's richest prize for the short story form, the Frank O'Connor award

Biblio Tech Review - September 2010

The September 2010 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available. This issue includes:

* Ringgold's Identify Database reaches 200,000 Records
* VTLS Announces The RDA Sandbox
* The Bibliotheque nationale de France adds 200 millionth bibliographic record to WorldCat
* Google, Verizon outline network neutrality rules

Apollo is the first art collector magazine in the App Store

Apollo is the first art collector magazine in the App Store"Oscar Humphries has released Apollo magazine as an iPad app, following his appointment as editor earlier this year. Oscar was previously contributing editor of The Spectator and the launch editor of The Spectator Australia. The freemium app was developed by Exact Editions, the London-based digital publishing company, which also produced The Spectator app back in September 2009. The apps can be downloaded for free with some open access content and the opportunity to upgrade to the full version for a 30-day subscription. Both print and digital subscribers to Apollo can use Shared Access Codes to access the app for free"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wellcome Library new resource trial - The Cult of the Body

Wellcome Library new resource trial - The Cult of the Body"The Wellcome Library has set up a trial for a new online database, The Cult of the Body: Sports and Physical Culture in Russia 1891-1919, which can be accessed via the Library catalogue. The database provides access to the wealth of information contained in the sporting periodicals that sprung up in Tsarist and Soviet Russia as activities as diverse as body building and football, bicycling and mountaineering, and car racing and wrestling were enthusiastically adopted by the fast industrialising nation. The trial runs until 14 October and we would appreciate any feedback about this resource, so please take a look and let us know what you think. A link to the feedback form can be found on the catalogue record"

UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849

"This collection consists of registers and letter books of prisoners on convict prison hulks in England between 1802-1849. A hulk is a decommissioned ship that is either technologically out of date or cannot make it through the open sea without taking on water, but is still able to float without problems. There were many of these ships available when engines started to power ships instead of sails, so the hulks were moored in harbors and used as floating prisons or for other purposes. The hulks' place in harbors also made it easier to hold and transport convicts being sent to Australia. The first prison hulks in England appeared after a 1776 act allowed them to be used to house prisoners. The collection contains a letter book relating to the establishment of hulks written from 1847-1849 and the registers of prisoners on 19 different hulks between 1802-1849"

MLA webcast: ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library

MLA webcast: ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library - November 10, 2010 - 1:00 p.m. central time. "The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with electronic books and the associated collection management issues related to various platforms, pricing models, licensing agreements, term of ownership, resource management and access methods so that they have the knowledge to make informed decisions which will best serve their constituents" - Medical Library Association

PEN/Pinter Prize 2010

PEN/Pinter Prize 2010This year's PEN/Pinter Prize will be awarded on 20 October to the playwright, novelist and short story writer Hanif Kureishi. The judges this year were Lisa Appignanesi, Lady Antonia Fraser, Mariella Frostrup, Nicolas Kent, and Ronald Harwood. Hanif Kureishi is one of the UK's most talented writers and filmmakers. In 2007 Kureishi was awarded the CBE in recognition of his services to literature and drama, and in 2008 The Times listed him as one of 'The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945'. Lady Antonia Fraser, Harold Pinter's widow, comments, "Hanif Kureishi courageously and irreverently speaks the truth about life in our multicultural world, beyond any platitudes of political correctness. Harold Pinter would have been proud that Hanif was chosen for the prize in his name and that of PEN"

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2011 AIP Journal Catalog - American Institute of Physics

2011 AIP Journal Catalog"The 2011 AIP Journal Catalog includes publications from some of the world's most prestigious scholarly publishers. In addition to descriptions of more than 90 critical publications, covering a wide range of disciplines in the physical sciences, the catalog provides you with valuable information, such as Thomson Reuters citation data, that will help you in making acquisitions decisions. It also includes complete bibliographic information to make managing your collection easier. In addition, you'll find information on new and discontinued publications, new online editions of established journals, distribution and frequency changes, ordering information, and more"

followalibrary on Twitter - October 1, 2010

"What would happen if each person on twitter would mention his or her favorite library there? One definite outcome would be: the enormous amount of positive attention to this great industry. And for this reason October 1 2010 has been declared the follow a library on twitter day. Well-respected names from the international library community, such as Michael Stephens and David Lee King, have acknowledged their participation in promoting the special event..." - RSS feed

Closure of the New Bodleian Library (UK)

"On 13 September 2010 the New Bodleian Library closed its doors to readers after nearly 70 years of service. The building will now undergo an extensive and overarching refurbishment resulting in its transformation into the Weston Library. The project will be complete in 2014/15, when the Library will re-open to provide enhanced, state-of-the-art facilities and services for readers and Special Collections, including enriched research facilities and improved public spaces"

CARL E-Lert # 392

CARL E-Lert # 392, September 17 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: CANARIE welcomes Canadian research and technology leaders to Board of Directors; Google Becomes Focus Of Federal Antitrust Hearing; European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration; MPs call for changes to Digital Economy Act: Julian Hupperts says Act has many 'deeply worrying' clauses

SPARC enews/September 2010

SPARC e-news - September 2009: a bimonthly newsletter features the latest SPARC activities, an industry roundup, upcoming workshops and events, as well as articles related to developments in scholarly communication

Above the Fold - 10 September, 2010

Above the Fold is a Web-based newsletter published by OCLC Research. It has been developed to serve a broad international readership from libraries, archives and museums - 10 September, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 31 now available

Friday, September 17, 2010

British Library's 2020 Vision launched today

The British Library today launches its 2020 Vision, which sets out the UK national library's priorities and aspirations for the next decade. The vision highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next ten years, indicating how the British Library plans to take advantage of those opportunities to remain a great national library and a major hub of the global information network.

Books and policies continue to be challenged in Canadian libraries

"The Canadian Library Association's Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2009. The most challenged author reported in the annual survey of Canadian libraries in 2009 was Charlaine Harris for her series of ten adult novels entitled The Southern Vampire Mysteries. The entire series was reported on four separate occasions within the same library system. Two other series were each challenged once,Negima! Magister Negi Magi, by Ken Akamatsu, a manga series of 29 titles known in Japan as Magical Teacher Negima!,and Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, a young adult novel series of 15 titles that became the 2007 inspiration for the 'Gossip Girl' teen drama television series. Only three individual titles were reported twice on the 2009 survey, a teen comedy film 'Fired Up!' directed by Will Gluck, a children's picture book Mummy Laid an Egg! by Babette Cole, and NOW Magazine. The children's picture book And Tango Makes Three was again challenged in 2009, making it the only title to appear on the survey every year since it began in 2006. Altogether, 139 challenges were reported in the 2009 survey conducted annually by the CLA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom. Of these, 137 were to library resources and two were to library policies"

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 shortlist

The shortlist for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 has been announced:

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under

* Angelica Sprocket's Pockets by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape)

* Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)

* Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates (Jonathan Cape)

* The Nanny Goat's Kid by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press)

* One Smart Fish by Chris Wormell (Jonathan Cape)

* The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly, illustrated by Algy Craig Hall (Boxer Books)

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen

* The Clumsies Make a Mess by Sorrel Anderson, illustrated by Nicola Slater (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

* Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan (Yearling)

* The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck by Jamie Rix, illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood (Orion Children's Books)

* Mr Stink by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake (HarperCollins Children's Books)

* The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson (Macmillan Children's Books)

* Withering Tights by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Bodleian Libraries support Oxford's bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital

The Bodleian Library has hosted the official launch of Oxford's bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. The bid was announced at a reception in the 400-year-old Convocation House of the Bodleian Library. It was attended by local authors including Philip Pullman and Colin Dexter, heads of local government, publishers and book readers of all ages

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - September 17, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Ports. "This week's brainteaser is all about firsts: things that happened first or that are called "first"." Answers here.

1. What is the principal port and largest city of Australia?
2. Port Said is a city and seaport in Egypt at the entrance to which canal?
3. Leith is the port of which Scottish city?
4. What is the chief port in the Netherlands?
5. Which port in northern France lies on the shortest crossing of the English Channel?
6. Is Valparaiso the main port of Peru, Chile or Argentina?
7. Name the second largest city in Russia, which, by the mid 19th century, was Russia's leading seaport.
8. Which port in NW Portugal, near the mouth of the Douro River, is the second largest city in Portugal and famous for port wine?
9. Port Louis is a port on the Indian Ocean. It is the capital of which country?
10. Port of Spain is a major port which is the capital of which country?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Digital Comic Museum

Digital Comic MuseumDigital Comic Museum: "Our mission with this site is providing as close to a free resource as possible where users can easily download public domain golden age comics without the need to ask or worry about searching the net for them. For now there will be no download limit on registered users but this might have to change. Depending on donations and bandwidth usage we might have to return to download limits on non VIP members. Donators to DCM and Scanners who upload will never have limits placed on them"

Report: School Libraries: A Plan for Improvement (UK)

Report: School Libraries: A Plan for Improvement (UK)"The School Library Commission Report School Libraries: A Plan for Improvement has been published. The 26 page report from the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) is based on the 90+ submissions of evidence, plus further evidence from various stakeholder groups including pupils, teachers, school librarians, head teachers and local authority staff, as well as an expert round table of organisations including CILIP, ASCEL, UKLA and Booktrust as well as SLA. Standing behind all this is also a huge piece of research based on a survey of 17,000 pupils"

New titles in PubMed Central


Journal of Cancer



DigitalNZDigitalNZ is an initiative that aims to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. This includes content from government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups

2009 recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman

This year the 2009 Recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman is Isla Morley for her novel "Come Sunday" published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and now in paperback from Picador. The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English at the University of Rochester, which sponsor the award, called Come Sunday "a spellbinding drama about a woman breaking free of seemingly insurmountable grief when her three-year-old daughter is killed in a car accident and what it takes to revive hope when all seems lost." Morley was born in South Africa and lives now in Los Angeles, California

British Library opens GBP500k Learning Centre (UK)

"The British Library today opens its newly refurbished and expanded Learning Centre. Funded entirely through private donations, the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre will offer pupils and teachers cutting-edge facilities to support digital literacy skills as well as first-hand encounters with historic manuscripts, sound recordings, maps and letters. Officially opened this evening by the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, the Learning Centre will provide a bright, spacious and inspiring space in which young learners will be able to explore the Library's collections and develop their digital research skills. The GBP500,000 project was funded by donations from the Dorset Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, John Lyon's Charity, British Library Patrons and others. Construction and refurbishment work took place during the summer with minimal disruption to the Learning programme"

Tom Wolfe wins lifetime achievement honour (USA)

Tom Wolfe wins lifetime achievement honour (USA)"Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, has won the 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. The foundation, which annually hands out the prestigious National Book Awards, announced the lifetime achievement honour on Wednesday. Wolfe is considered a pioneer of New Journalism, the writing style begun in the late 1960s that applied literary techniques to non-fiction writing. His fictional The Bonfire of the Vanities delineated the greed and venality of 1980s New York and his non-fiction work The Right Stuff described America's first astronauts

AALL September 2010 E-Newsletter

The AALL September 2010 E-Newsletter is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

CLIR Issues - Number 77, September/October 2010

CLIR Issues - Number 77, September/October 2010 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Acta Geologica Slovaca

Sosyal Bilimler Aras,t?rmalar? Dergisi

Cadernos de Etnolingüística : Estudos de Lingüística Sul-Americana

Management of Biological Invasions

Acta Periodica Technologica

DILEMATA : Revista Internacional de Éticas Aplicadas

Revista Espaço Acadêmico

Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

Revista Cubana de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular

Indian Journal of Dental Sciences


Scholars' Research Journal

DEARQ : Journal of Architecture

Horizonte : Revista de Estudos de Teologia e Ciências da Religião

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

R&D Journal

Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

Verbum et Ecclesia

Health SA Gesondheid : Journal of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

South African Journal of Science

OPSIS : Revista do Departamento de História e Ciências Sociais

The 2010 THE World University Rankings, powered by Thomson Reuters

"The new 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings issue has just been released and we will see, no doubt, plenty of discussions and debate about the outcome. Like them or not, rankings are here to stay and the battle is now on to shape their methodologies, their frequency, the level of detail they freely provide to ranked universities and the public, their oversight (and perhaps governance?), their conceptualization, and so on"

ALCTS webinar: Buying Library Materials on the Out-of-Print Book Market

"The out-of-print market offers advantages to libraries that are willing to tap into this source of millions of books. This webinar will explain how the distinctions between the print and out-of-print marketplace are blurring. The presentation will show how the out-of-print market offers potential cost-savings and allows libraries to build retrospective collections, and replace missing items. In some cases, purchasing the out-of-print book may be a cost effective substitute for interlibrary loan" - October 6, 2010

6th international Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6) conference (UK)

Through workshops, presentations and discussion, EBLIP6, 27-30 June 2011, will provide a practical and accessible forum for librarians and information practitioners from all sectors to discover and disseminate evidence that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. Previous EBLIP conferences have been held in Sheffield, Canada, Australia, USA and Sweden. Returning to the UK, the University of Salford is proud to host the sixth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference

WorldCat Genres

"WorldCat Genres allows you to browse dozens of genres for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, locations, and more, ranked by popularity in the world's libraries. It is a joint experiment from OCLC Research and the WorldCat.org team. As an experiment, expect it to evolve and grow over time. We hope you find it valuable and invite you to offer feedback (at the bottom of every page) on what you like, what you don't like, and what more you'd like to see"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Complete National Book Festival author schedule now online (US)

The complete National Book Festival author schedule is now online. The National Book Festival takes place Saturday, September 25, 2010, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th Streets

World's most expensive book goes up for sale

World's most expensive book goes up for saleBBC- "A rare copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America, billed as the world's most expensive book, is to go on sale at Sotheby's, it has been announced. Only 119 complete copies of the 19th-century book are known to exist, and 108 are owned by museums and libraries. A separate edition of the wildlife book sold for a record-breaking price of $8.8m (£5.7m) a decade ago. The copy going under the hammer in December comes from the collection of Lord Hesketh. It contains 1,000 life-sized illustrations of almost 500 breeds. It took wildlife artist John James Audubon 12 years to complete his study. He did so by travelling across America, shooting the birds. He would then hang them on bits of wire to paint them. The artist then went to Britain to print the volumes and targeted the rich to buy copies"

Vatican Library goes hi-tech with GBP7.5m refit

Vatican Library goes hi-tech with GBP7.5m refit "The Vatican Library is to reopen to scholars after a three year, GBP7.5 million renovation, with 21st century technology enlisted to safeguard books and manuscripts dating back nearly 2,000 years"

Manuscript lost during Nazi era will be returned to Italy, UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey confirms

"A 12th Century manuscript thought to have been lost during the chaos that followed the allied bombing of southern Italy in 1943 will be returned to the city of Benevento, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today. The Beneventan Missal is the first item to be returned under the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009. It was bought by a British soldier from a second hand book-seller in Naples in 1944, acquired at auction for the British Museum in 1947, and later transferred to the British Library. Today's announcement confirms a 2005 ruling by the Spoliation Advisory Panel, the group of experts set up to advise the Secretary of State on the loss of cultural property during the Nazi era."

Impact Measures in Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 318

The Association of Research Libraries has published Impact Measures in Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 318, which explores the tools and methods libraries use to gauge the difference they make for their user community, the topics assessment practitioners probe and the results they get, the impacts of impact assessment, and whether institutions that publicize positive impact evidence seen a difference in the level of financial or political support from their parent institutions

ALADN 2011 (USA)

17th annual Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) conference - May 16- 19, 2011 - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

British Library acquires archive of Olwyn Hughes

British Library acquires archive of Olwyn Hughes"The British Library has acquired a significant collection of letters sent by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, Ted Hughes' sister. Envelope from the Olwyn Hughes archive (reproduced with the kind permission of the Ted Hughes Estate)Announced at the sixth International Ted Hughes Conference at Pembroke College, Cambridge, the archive contains 41 letters from Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath along with literary papers including early poetry and prose drafts and some previously unpublished material. The total cost to purchase the archive of Olwyn Hughes was £29,500. The archive will be catalogued and made accessible to researchers at the British Library by early 2011. The unpublished material by Hughes includes a partial handwritten draft of an untitled play and unpublished poems that are believed to date from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The literary drafts in the archive highlight the creative development of both poets and many of the drafts were later published in Lupercal and The Colossus in 1960 by Hughes and Plath respectively"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Google to launch e-book service in Japan in 2011

"US Internet giant Google said Monday it would launch an electronic books service in Japan next year despite a chilly reception from major Japanese publishers. The Japanese version of Google Editions may have to start with a limited number of titles, said Yoichi Sato, a strategic partner development manager at Google Japan. Major Japanese publishers are still uneasy about handing over book data, especially of in-copyright titles, to the foreign IT giant, fearing that the content may be used for unintended purposes, Sato told a media briefing. Japanese copyright laws also require strict and complicated permission processes involving authors and publishers, before Google can use book contents for online searches and sales, he said" - AFP

Winners of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's 2010 Regional Book Awards (USA)

Winners of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's 2010 Regional Book Awards are:

* Adult Fiction: Below Zero: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box (Putnam)
* Adult Nonfiction: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
* The Arts: Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn by Anne Hillerman, photographs by Don Strel (Harper)
* Poetry: Gingko Light by Arthur Sze (Copper Canyon Press)
* Children's chapter book: Artsy-Fartsy by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer (Bailiwick Press)

The awards will be presented at the RBA Breakfast at the MPIBA Trade Show in Denver on Friday, September 24, 2010

Expert Conference on "Open Access and Open Data"

Expert Conference on "Open Access and Open Data" - 13-14 December, 2010 - Cologne, Germany. "Open Access - Open Data" is an expert conference that will take a closer look how the Open Access movement has developed within the last five years and what is going to happen within the next five to ten years. Additionally, we will investigate the "Open Data Movement" that is gaining more and more importance

Governance and Recordkeeping Around The World - September 2010

"Governance and Recordkeeping Around The World is a free newsletter published on a regular basis by Library Archives Canada that explores and highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sector. This collaborative tool was designed to help readers stay up-to-date with the latest news, events, trends, products and publications in the field of public administration and recordkeeping" - September 2010 issue now available

The Milken Archive of Jewish Music: The American Experience

"The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has launched their website with access through a Virtual Archive of music, video clips, interviews, biographical sketches, and articles about Jewish music and musicians. It is certainly one of the largest such collections in the world, and the materials are accessible to anyone. Those interested in American Jewish music will certainly want to mark this page or link to it for future explorations"

New Wellcome Digital Library blog (UK)

The Wellcome Library has launched a new blog, centered on the development of the Wellcome Digital Library. The blog will be a "a real-time progress report, discussion outlet, and notification area", and will complement the Library's other blogs by providing more specific and technical information related to the Library's pilot programme and continued development of the digital library

D-Lib Magazine - September/October 2010

D-Lib Magazine - September/October 2010 is now available. D-Lib Magazine is produced by Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

Value of Academic Libraries Report - from ACRL

Value of Academic Libraries Report - from ACRL"The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance"

Monday, September 13, 2010

ALPSP Awards 2010 - winners announced

The winners of the ALPSP Awards 2010 have been announced. ALPSP = Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (UK)

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

This bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. presents over 1,100 selected English-language scholarly works useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. A limited number of book chapters, conference papers, dissertations and theses, magazine articles, technical reports, and other scholarly works that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included (see the "Preface" for further details about selection criteria). The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. Most sources have been published from January 1, 1999 through August 1, 2010; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. The bibliography is available as a paperback and an open access PDF file

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lost tapes of classic British television found in the US

Lost tapes of classic British television found in the USA rediscovered haul of television dramas that has been lost for 40 years or more is set to change the way we think about many of Britain's biggest acting stars. The extraordinary cache of televised plays – described by experts as "an embarrassment of riches" – features performances from a cavalcade of postwar British stars. The list includes John Gielgud, Sean Connery, Gemma Jones, Dorothy Tutin, Robert Stephens, Susannah York, John Le Mesurier, Peggy Ashcroft, Patrick Troughton, David Hemmings, Leonard Rossiter, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith and Jane Asher. The tapes have been unearthed in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. - Telegraph

15th annual Ned Kelly Awards winners (Australia)

The Ned Kelly Award winners for 2010 were announced on Friday, September 3 at the Melbourne Writers Festival Club, ACMI. The winners are:

* Best First Fiction: Mark Dapin, King of the Cross, Macmillan

* Best True Crime: Kathy Marks, Pitcairn: Paradise Lost, Harper Collins

* Best Fiction: Garry Disher, Wyatt Text

* SD Harvey Short Story: Zane Lovitt, Leaving the Fountainhead

* Lifetime Achievement: Peter Doyle

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award deadline

This award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author, and scholar, whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those who follow. Given to recognize the contribution of a library leader through demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and continuing resources). - Deadline is December 1, 2010

ITAL: Information Technology and Libraries - September 2010

ITAL: Information Technology and Libraries - Volume 29, Number 3, September 2010 is now available

University of Lethbridge Library Mobile Website App (Canada)

University of Lethbridge Library Mobile Website App allows you to view the library's hours, book a group work room, find available computers in the library, do a quick catalogue search, look at your library record, view library news and notices, find contact information, and text a librarian

Calibre e-book manager and reader

"Calibre is an open source e-book library management application that enables you to manage your e-book collection, convert e-books between different formats, synchronize with popular e-book reader devices, and read your e-books with the include viewer. You can sort you books by author, title, date and other details, download meta information and book covers, add personal tags and comments, and view your image in a cover flow display. Calibre supports all popular e-book formats enables you to convert your books to different formats, using advanced conversion techniques to maintain the structure of the e-book. The program also offers extensive support for synchronizing of e-books with popular devices, such as Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, and many others"

Scherzo - music discovery system

"Indiana University has announced the public (very Beta) release of Scherzo, a music discovery system designed as a testbed of the FRBR conceptual model. A product of the IMLS-funded Variations/FRBR project, Scherzo is an early proof of concept for what a library catalog built according to FRBR principles might look like. The current released system is most certainly not a finished product; rather it represents an attempt to share in-progress development work with interested individuals. It is (and will continue to be) far from perfect, and the Variations/FRBR project team hopes these very imperfections help to promote community discussion on the utility of the FRBR model and how feasible mechanisms to automatically FRBRize MARC bibliographic and authority records are likely to be. We welcome and intend to participate in public discussion on this system and the issues it raises"

Saturday, September 11, 2010

UK history photo finder

"UK history photo finder allows you to search and view digitised historical photographs of the UK and Ireland. Starting with the Dixon-Scott collection, which holds more than 14,000 photographs taken in the 1920s-1940s, we will be adding new photographic resources in time. You can search by location and view images for free"

New UK government publications - 6-10 September 2010

New UK government publications - 6-10 September 2010 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

Podcast: Sailors, storms and science: how Royal Navy logbooks help us understand climate change

Dr Dennis Wheeler, from the University of Sunderland, discusses the use of historical Royal Navy logbooks in studies of climate change, focusing on the archival resources rather than scientific conclusions - UK National Archives

WorldCat Local users now have access to more content from H.W. Wilson

"OCLC continues to make more content accessible through the WorldCat Local service with popular databases from H.W. Wilson. Access to databases through the WorldCat Local central index delivers an enhanced user experience because searches will immediately retrieve records indexed within the WorldCat Local service. Twenty-nine H.W. Wilson databases are accessible via single search and discovery through WorldCat Local for libraries that subscribe to these databases. Twenty-one databases have been added to the WorldCat Local central index; eight more are accessible remotely via a Z39.50 search of WilsonWeb"

E-Book Collections coming to Project MUSE platform

Project MUSE has announced a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Beginning next year, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that allows for browsing and searching journal and book content side-by-side

MLA News - September 2010 (Medical Library Association)

The September isssue of MLA News is now online from the Medical Library Association

MegaReader iPhone App

"Inkstone Software has announced the launch of MegaReader - a highly customizable iPhone eBook reader that gives users the choice of over 1.8 million free books on the internet. The MegaReader app has been designed to tap into book catalogs such as Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Books, Smashwords, and the Internet Archive - allowing users to discover not only the classics (such as Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace), but also up and coming modern indie authors and publishers"

Canadian Library Month 2010

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliotheques (CLA/ACB) has announced that October has been designated as Canadian Library Month. The idea for a month dedicated to library and information services in Canada was developed by library partners from across the country to help raise public awareness of the valuable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Acta Palaeobotanica

Computer Science and Information Systems

Scientific Medical Journal

Discursos Fotográficos

Finnish Yearbook of Population Research

Memoria y Sociedad

Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management

Aperturas Psicoanalíticas

Cuba Arqueológica : Revista Digital de Arqueología de Cuba y el Caribe