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Sunday, October 31, 2010

New UK government publications - 25-29 October 2010

New UK government publications - 25-29 October 2010 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Nigerian Medical Journal

Studii si Cercetari de Istoria Artei : Teatru, Muzica(, Cinematografie

Arachnologische Mitteilungen

Nonlinear Analysis : Modelling and Control

Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics

Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

Runa : Archivo para las Ciencias del Hombre

Information & Security : An International Journal

Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio

Advances in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

EIRP Proceedings

International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Biotechnology

Revista Argentina de Endocrinología y Metabolismo

Revista Argentina de Neurocirugía

Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship by Simon Tanner (UK)

"The UK's JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, supporting the use of ICT in Higher and Further Education) has recently released a new report, Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship, looking at the value and impact of digitised resources. Written by Simon Tanner of King's College London, it considers four broad areas in which the creation of digitised resources have has a significant impact"

The Journal of Humanities and Information Systems

"The Journal of Humanities and Information Systems (JHIS) is an international peer reviewed and applied research journal that publishes papers on the symbiotic relationship between the two disciplines of Information Systems and the Humanities. Its unique focus will be research on Humanities-enriched IS, but other Humanities-Computing papers and case studies will also be considered. All papers will be subjected to a multiple blind peer review process. Papers should contribute to the existing body of knowledge of the domain in terms of theory and/or practice"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries updated - Alexander Street Press

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries updated - Alexander Street PressAlexander Street Press has added a new batch of material to Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries, the online collection created in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society

New government files released - UK National Archives

Documents released on October 29, 2010 by the UK The National Archives cover subjects ranging from the differing fates of secret agents and British Fascists during the Second World War, to the 1979 Conservative government's drive for spending cuts

Google introduces "Place Search"

"Place Search is a new kind of local search result that organizes the world's information around places"

CARL E-Lert # 398

CARL E-Lert # 398, October 29 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: University heads meet with Flaherty over budget concerns; The Conclusion of Open Access Week 2010; Le kidnapping de la science; The Internet is taking us from an industrial age to a new era; We should copyright the Canadian way; The World of Data We're Creating on the Internet

CARL E-Lert # 397

CARL E-Lert # 397, October 22 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Open data comes to Ottawa; Gigabits on the brain: CANARIE's new 100-gigabit computer network can power startling new applications such as advanced brain-mapping; Vancouver Public Library appoints new head librarian; Canada Must Seek Innovation, Says Coalition; From e-books to no books: In the juggle of priorities on campus, books are falling off the shelf; Les tablettes ont le vent dans les voiles

CARL E-Lert # 396

CARL E-Lert # 396, October 15 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Tories' lack of net neutrality stance attacked; Creative Commons launches Public Domain Mark - Europeana and Cultural Heritage Institutions lead early adoption; French National Library to Open Archives to Microsoft Bing; Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?

E-News for ARL Directors - October 2010

E-News for ARL Directors - October 2010 is now available online from the Association of Research Libraries

ACRL's 2011 Emerging Leaders (USA)

ALA recently announced the participants in the 2011 ALA Emerging Leaders program:

* Tabatha Farney (ACRL-sponsored): Assistant Professor and Web Services Librarian, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

* William Breitbach (ACRL/CLS-sponsored): Librarian, California State University-Fullerton

* John Meier (ACRL/STS-sponsored): Science Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

* Elizabeth Berman (ACRL/ULS-sponsored): Science and Engineering Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Vermont

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables library workers from across the USA to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. The program kicks off with a daylong session at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego for the eighty-three Emerging Leader participants. More information on the program, and a complete list of participants, is available on the ALA Website

2010 Guardian first book award shortlist (UK)

The shortlist for the 2010 Guardian first book award has been announced:


* Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
* Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
* Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto by Maile Chapman


* In Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by journalist Kathryn Schulz
* Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris

The winner will be announced on December 1, 2010

Japanese library consortia join CLOCKSS

CLOCKSS has announced that the two major academic library groups in Japan have joined the CLOCKSS archive: the Japanese Association of National University Libraries (JANUL) and the Private and Public University Libraries Consortia (PULC). JANUL consists of 92 libraries, while roughly 360 libraries are part of PULC. The National Institute of Informatics in Japan (NII), which is a CLOCKSS founding library and archive node, has been instrumental in bringing about this partnership and expanding the support for CLOCKSS to all academic libraries in Japan

New website for SLA Europe

SLA Europe has a new website with an updated design and new features

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gramophone goes digital via Exact Editions

Gramophone via Exact Editions"Gramophone has been the world's leading authority on classical music since 1923. With 13 issues a year every edition will enrich your classical music pleasure with in-depth articles on established and new artists from across the globe. Each issue includes over 160 reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs, books and downloads plus a wide range of fascinating articles and features written by our globally acclaimed expert writers. The trial issue includes a rare interview with the revered conductor Claudio Abbado where some of his colleagues including Maurizio Pollini, Jonas Kaufmann, and Barbra Bonney join Gramophone in posing questions to the maestro. Also featured in this issue is an exploration into Aaron Copland's epic Third and whether it's the greatest American symphony, and we celebrate the American poet Emily Dickinson, and we review Domingo's recording of Leoncavallo, Ronlando Villazon's DVD L'elisir and Sviatioslav Richter's first ever biography - via Exact Editions"

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - October 2010

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - October 2010, from The American Association of Law Libraries, is now available

2010 Galaxy National Book Awards shortlists (UK)

The shortlists for the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards have been announced:

Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Book of the Year
* Dead Like You Peter James (Macmillan)
* The Ice Cream Girls Dorothy Koomson (Sphere)
* Jump! Jilly Cooper (Bantam Press)
* One Day David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
* The Red Queen Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
* Worth Dying For Lee Child (Bantam Press)

Non-Fiction Book of the Year
* Alex's Adventures in Numberland Alex Bellos (Bloomsbury)
* At Home Bill Bryson (Doubleday)
* D-Day Antony Beevor (Viking)
* The Making Of Modern Britain Andrew Marr (Pan)
* Must You Go? Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
* Operation Mincemeat Ben MacIntyre (Bloomsbury)

National Book Tokens New Writer of the Year
* Patrick Barkham The Butterfly Isles (Granta Books)
* Edmund de Waal The Hare with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus)
* Katherine Webb The Legacy (Orion)
* Rebecca Hunt Mr Chartwell (Fig Tree)
* Natasha Solomons Mr Rosenblum's List (Sceptre)
* Simon Lelic Rupture (Picador)

WH Smith Children's Book of the Year
* The Great Hamster Massacre Katie Davies, illus Hannah Shaw (Simon and Schuster)
* Monsters of Men Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
* Mr Stink David Walliams (HarperCollins Childrens Books)
* Shadow Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins Childrens Books)
* TimeRiders Alex Scarrow (Puffin)
* Zog Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)

Tesco Food & Drink Book of the Year
* The Flavour Thesaurus Niki Segnit (Bloomsbury)
* Jamie's 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
* Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home Nigella Lawson (Chatto & Windus)
* Kitchenella Rose Prince (Fourth Estate)
* Plenty Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press)
* Tender II Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate)

Tesco Biography of the Year
* Coco Chanel, The Legend And The Life Justine Picardie (Harper NonFiction)
* Decline and Fall: Diaries 2005-2010 Chris Mullin (Profile Books)
* The Fry Chronicles Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph)
* A Journey Tony Blair (Hutchinson)
* Wait For Me Duchess of Devonshire (John Murray)
* What You See Is What You Get Alan Sugar (Macmillan)

International Author of the Year
* Colm Toibin Brooklyn (Penguin)
* Jonathan Franzen Freedom (Fourth Estate)
* Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Quercus/MacLehose Press)
* Kathryn Stockett The Help (Fig Tree)
* Emma Donoghue Room (Picador)
* Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Tuskar Rock Press)

Waterstone's UK Author of the Year
* Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape)
* Maggie O'Farrell The Hand That First Held Mine (Headline Review)
* Kate Atkinson Started Early, Took My Dog (Doubleday)
* David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Sceptre)
* Rose Tremain Trespass (Chatto & Windus)
* Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate)

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - October 29, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: The Human Body and its Ailments. "This week's brainteaser is about some diseases and ailments which affect the human body" Answers here.

1. Rubella is a disease which is also commonly called what?
2. Gastritis is an inflammation of which part of the body?
3. Sleeping sickness is found mainly in which continent?
4. Which disease gets its name from an Italian phrase meaning "bad air"; from the former belief that it was caused by gases from marshy places?
5. Coryza is another name for which common ailment?
6. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition of which part or parts of the body?
7. Encephalitis is inflammation of which part of the body?
8. Dupuytren's contracture is a condition in which one or more fingers are bent in towards the palm of the hand. Name either the US president or the British prime minister who suffered from this in recent decades.
9 Hansen's disease is another name for which infectious bacterial disease?
10. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is another name for which ailment?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

UC Libraries digitize 3,000,000 books (USA)

The Mass Digitization team at the California Digital Library has announced that the 3,000,000th volume has been digitized from the collections of the University of California libraries

Tara Brabazon: The end of 'shhhhh' in the library (UK)

In a time of shrinking funding, librarians' savvy use of time- and space-shifting podcasts can aid diverse groups of students and scholars and highlight valuable resources, argues Tara Brabazon, professor of media studies, University of Brighton, UK

Go Green @ Your Illinois Library (USA)

Go Green @ Your Illinois Library (USA)Go Green @ Your Illinois Library was developed by the Illinois Library Association in coordination with The Field Museum's division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo), with funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog - October 27, 2010 update

The October 27, 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

Man reinvents bookstore by putting it on wheels (USA)

"Necessity is the mother of invention, so a Bay Area bookseller is reinventing his business. He is going from the traditional brick and mortar model to a new mobile version - an idea that's basically borrowed from the public library system. The bookmobile's name is "Big Blue" and she's making appearances at farmer's markets and community events throughout the East Bay. Dave Simpson is the owner of the 35-foot custom-made bookmobile - a vehicle that represents his rebirth as a book seller in the Bay Area"

Amazon Windowshop - a free app version of Amazon.com built for the Ipad

Amazon has launched Amazon Windowshop - a free app version of Amazon.com built for the Ipad

Register of the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (UK)

The Register of the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 is a unique database for genealogists, military historians and medal collectors. It contains over 258,800 names, including a completely revised casualty list of 59,000 casualty records. The Register can help you:

* Find the unit with which your 'mysterious' ancestor served
* Quickly research a medal before you buy or bid for it
* Find the many units with which a soldier served
* Learn about the place they became a casualty
* Find the medal roll reference and for some records the clasp entitlement
* Locate which war memorial they appear on
* Learn about a mention in a book
* Find what honours and awards they received

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NISO Webinar: Unprecedented Access: Improving the User Experience for People with Print Disabilities

NISO Webinar: Unprecedented Access: Improving the User Experience for People with Print Disabilities - December 8, 2010 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Webinar: Transforming Our Image: No Explanation Needed

Learn about a simple, effective strategy that will make you, your library, and your profession indispensable. It does not require changing anything you do - only modifying what you say. Based on Valerie Gross' award-winning article, Transforming our Image through Words that Work: Perception is Everything (Public Libraries, Volume 48, Number 5 (2009): 24-32), this webinar, 'Transforming Our Image,' will describe a straightforward concept that enables libraries to heighten their importance by replacing traditional terms with powerful, intuitive, value-enhanced terminology - November 15, 2010

Ten new Quick Reads will be published on World Book Day, 3 March 2011 (UK)

Ten new Quick Reads will be published on World Book Day, 3 March 2011 (UK)

* Bloody Valentine by James Patterson
* Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay
* Follow Me by Sheila O'Flanagan
* Men at Work by Mike Gayle
* Trouble on the Heath by Terry Jones
* Jack and Jill by Lucy Cavendish
* Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil
* My Dad's a Policeman by Cathy Glass
* Kung Fu Trip by Benjamin Zephaniah
* Tackling Life by Charlie Oatway

Barnes & Noble unveils color Nook with touchscreen

Barnes & Noble unveils color Nook with touchscreenBarnes & Noble has unveiled a new full-color, touchscreen version of its Nook e-reader. The new version, priced at $249, will begin shipping on or around November 19, and is now available for pre-order. Unlike Barnes & Noble's current Nooks, the new one won't have a 3G network connection. It will only be able to get online through Wi-Fi

Royal Society Digital Journal Archive - free access until 30 November 2010

The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive will be freely available to view until 30 November 2010. The archive dates back to 1665 and contains in excess of 66,000 articles

New journals from Medknow Publications added to PubMed Central

The following new journals from Medknow Publications have been added to PubMed Central:

International Journal of Trichology

Journal of Pathology Informatics

Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine

International Journal of Yoga

Urology Annals

Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine : IJNM : The Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India

Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research

New Report, "Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives"

"This report provides the detailed findings from a 2009 OCLC Research survey of 275 institutions across the U.S. and Canada to determine norms across the community and to provide data to support decision making and priority setting. This survey updated and expanded a similar survey administered by the Association of Research Libraries in 1998, the outcomes of which catalyzed the special collections community and led directly to numerous high-profile initiatives to "expose hidden collections." Since then, recognition of the distinction that unique special collections bring to our institutions has greatly increased. Some key data points discovered in the 2009 survey include: far too many rare and unique materials remain "hidden"; the size of collections is growing rapidly; most institutions report increased numbers of onsite users; staffing generally remains stable; and digitization and born-digital archival records emerged as two of the three most challenging issues"

Portico introduces new preservation services

"In response to both the library community's evolving preservation needs and the growth in publisher participation, Portico will offer separate e-book and e-journal preservation services beginning on January 1, 2011. These distinct services will enable libraries to choose where to invest their preservation resources based on their collections, needs and budgets. Existing Portico participants will be offered the choice of e-journal, e-book, or both services at the renewal of their current agreements"

Rose Book-Collecting Prize 2010-2011 (UK)

"Cambridge University Library is offering students the chance to win GBP500 by building their own book collections. The Rose Book-Collecting Prize was endowed in 2006 and is believed to be the first of its kind offered by any European university. As well as the GBP500 prize money, the winner will be offered 10 years' free membership of the Friends of Cambridge University Library. The contest is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students of the University registered for a Cambridge degree. To enter, students should submit a list of their collection together with a short essay, explaining the theme and significance of the collection, by the first day of the Lent full term"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Bulletin of the Iranian Mathematical Society

TS·> Tijdschrift voor Tijdschrift­studies

Journal of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences


Revista Brasileira de Inovação

Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health

Microbiology Research

Papeles de Trabajo. Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios en Etnolingüística y Antropología Socio-Cultural

Contabilidade, Gestão e Governança

Cuadernos de Historia de España


Medicina (Buenos Aires)

Science Education International

Annals of Environmental Science

SA Heart Journal


Anuario de Investigaciones. Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Circe de Clásicos y Modernos


International Law : Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional

Revista da Educação Física/UEM


OADI : Rivista dell'Osservatorio per le Arti Decorative in Italia

Facta Universitatis. Series : Linguistics and Literature

Forest Systems

Journal of Dental Sciences and Research

Early Modern Culture Online

Momona Ethiopian Journal of Science

South African Journal of Surgery

South African Journal of Radiology

Journal of Venom Research

DSC Prize For South Asian Literature shortlist

Finalists for the inaugural DSC Prize For South Asian Literature include

* The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri
* The Story of a Widow by Musharraf Ali Farooqui
* Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James
* The Immigrant by Manju Kapur
* A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee
*Home Boy by H.M. Naqvi

The winner will be named at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in January

New From ACRL - "Web Research in Academic Libraries"

New From ACRL - Web Research in Academic Libraries (CLIP Note #41) provides information on teaching Web Research strategies in information literacy instruction. In the more complex electronic information environment, undergraduates gravitate to the Web for their information needs. To what extent and in what ways have academic libraries incorporated Web search strategies into their information literacy instruction? This CLIP Note gathers descriptions of current practice from college libraries of all sizes. This book is suitable for community college, college, and university libraries as well as a pedagogical tool for library and information schools

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Former Czech president Havel wins Kafka Prize for literature

Former Czech president Havel wins Kafka Prize for literature"Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel on Tuesday received the annual international Franz Kafka literary prize for his plays and essays. An international nine-member jury picked Havel out of 14 authors as the 10th winner of the prize accompanied by a 10,000-dollar (7,200-euro) cheque, bestowed by the Franz Kafka Society commemorating the Prague-born author. "Vaclav Havel is the author of vast literary-dramatic work... which in many respects influences Czech, European and world literature," the society said in a statement. Jury member Oldrich Kral said at the ceremony on Tuesday the prize honoured "artistically exceptional literary work by a contemporary author, appealing to readers regardless of their origin or nationality." Previous recipients of the prize include American writer Philip Roth, British playwright Harold Pinter, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, French poet Yves Bonnefoy and Czech authors Ivan Klima and Arnost Lustig. The 74-year-old Havel was a dissident under the communist regime that ruled Czechoslovakia from 1948-1989, before becoming hero of the 1989 Velvet Revolution which toppled communism in the country. He was elected Czechoslovakia's president in 1989 and then became president of the Czech Republic formed in 1993, standing down 10 years later. Havel is the author of several books including Letters to Olga (1983) and plays such as Garden Party (1963), Largo Desolato (1984) and Leaving (2007)" - AFP

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - October 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 4, October 15, 2010 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

READ International launches the Read for READ Anthology at the British Library

"READ International, a student-led educational charity that distributes textbooks to secondary schools in East Africa, is delighted to announce the official book launch of its new Read for READ Anthology on Thursday 28 October at 6pm at the British Library. It is the exciting culmination of the Read for READ Short Story Competition, in which aspiring writers were given the chance to showcase their work, and be judged for final publication by writer Sarfraz Manzoor, publisher Sonny Leong, literary agent Clare Alexander, and the British Library's Director of Human Resources, Mary Canavan. The winning stories, brought together in this anthology alongside work from established authors Ian MacLeod, Rhys Hughes and John Saul, celebrate the endless possibilities that can derive from a single book. Since 2005 READ International have sent over 850,000 textbooks to schools in East Africa, providing crucial resources for everyday lessons. Through the online 'Read for READ' voting system, in which voters donated a suggested 50p per vote, the anthology has contributed vital funds to support their instrumental work in Tanzania and Uganda"

Survey of Librarians by British History Online

British History Online has been funded by JISC to research the use of digital resources in Higher Education research and teaching

ASA Conference 2011 (UK)

The programme for the ASA Conference 2011 - "Recession is the Mother of Invention" - is now available. The conference will take place 21-22 February 2011 in London, UK. ASA = Association of Subscription Agents & Intermediaries

Monday, October 25, 2010

100 Years of Iconic Posters (London Transport Museum)

100 Years of Iconic Posters (London Transport Museum)"Join London Transport Museum's Senior Curator Claire Dobbin for a fascinating introduction to the Underground's rich poster history at an exclusive talk held at the new Apple store in Covent Garden. The illustrated talk will show highlights from a century of outstanding design, which transformed the Tube into London's longest art gallery. Featured artists include Man Ray, Graham Sutherland, Howard Hodgkin and Sir Peter Blake. Admission to the event is free. No booking required. Wednesday 27 October, 19:00, Apple store, Covent Garden"

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is released as an iPad app

"Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is now available in the iTunes App Store as a book app for £7.99, published by Profile Books. The app was developed by Exact Editions. Just My Type has fully searchable text, in-app purchasing and pageflow for easy navigation"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Podcast: Credit crunch histories: records of bankrupts in The National Archives (UK)

Podcast: Credit crunch histories: records of bankrupts in The National Archives (UK)"Bankruptcy proceedings have been taking place in England and Wales for over 400 years. The records created by this process relate to about a million individual 'credit crunches'. This talk describes the bankruptcy records for England and Wales held by The National Archives, indicating the best ways of researching them, and referring to related records elsewhere. Chris Cooper has worked at The National Archives since 1986, mainly in the public services and corporate planning areas. One of his first jobs when he arrived as a trainee was to write a guide to bankruptcy records, he has remained interested in them ever since"

New titles in PubMed Central

Journal of Allergy

Human Genomics and Proteomics

Critical Care Research and Practice

International Journal of Hypertension

Journal of Dental Biomechanics

Journal of Osteoporosis

Parkinson's Disease

F1000 Biology Reports

The Eugenics Review

Books in Browsers 2010 (USA)

Books in Browsers 2010: The Future of Reading on the Web : A Showcase of Reading, Lending, and Vending books online. The Internet Archive, with the support of O'Reilly Media, hosted an evening demonstration on October 21, 2010 of the vending and lending of books in web browsers on a variety of different platforms. Watch Brewster Kahle's demonstration below:

Welsh Libraries and Web 2.0: a survey of access and views in 2010

"There are thousands of examples and usages for Web 2.0 and this report focuses on the main ones that are currently used by libraries, or are popular with users. It compares access by the different library sectors to different types of Web 2.0 technologies and also looks at what libraries are doing and what they would like to do with Web 2.0 technologies"

Internet Librarian 2010 (USA)

Internet Librarian 2010 (USA)Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey, USA, once again in 2010 to present the 14th annual Internet Librarian - October 25 to 27, 2010. Follow the conference with the tag #intlib10

North Yorkshire phone kiosk becomes a library (UK)

North Yorkshire phone kiosk becomes a library (UK)"Residents in the village of Thorganby, near York, have come up with a novel use for their old phone box. They've converted their bright red kiosk into a book exchange. The former phone box is open all day, every day. People can simply help themselves to a book they fancy, replacing it with one they've read. Thorganby's book exchange is not the first imaginative way of using a redundant phone box. Settle converted theirs into an art gallery. Over recent years many people have mourned the passing of the traditional bright red phone box. Falling demand and the growth of mobile phones has prompted BT to remove more and more public payphones. The famous K6 or Jubilee kiosk was designed by Gilbert Scott and was launched in 1936. It commemorated the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V. Recognising their popularity, BT launched the 'Adopt a Kiosk' scheme. Local communities can takeover their phone box after BT removes the payphone equipment. Both Settle Town Council and the Parish Council in Thorganby acquired their phone boxes under this scheme"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Podcast/Press release: New thinking on academic publishing and communication

Podcast/Press release: New thinking on academic publishing and communicationJISC has teamed up with Taylor & Francis to produce the first Open Access issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship, edited by Graham Walton from Loughborough University. The special issue on 'dissemination models in scholarly communication' is guest edited by with Hazel Woodward, university librarian and director of Cranfield University Press. JISC programme director Neil Jacobs comments: 'The contributions have come from all over the world and show that open access and scholarly communications clearly are international issues. There are huge benefits to society in making the outputs of publicly funded research publicly available and thus facilitating the free exchange of knowledge'

Liber Quarterly - Volume 20 (2010) No. 2

Liber Quarterly - Volume 20 (2010) No. 2 is now available from the European Association for Research Libraries

Koha Newsletter: Volume 1/Issue 10: October 2010

The Koha Newsletter is an official publication of the Koha Open Source Community. Articles are contributed by both users and developers of the Koha Open Source ILS and edited by Nicole C. Engard. Koha Documentation Manager/Director of Open Source Education, ByWater Solutions. Volume 1/Issue 10: October 2010 now available

Alcatraz prisoner records now online (USA)

"Ancestry.com has made available online a collection of nearly 75,000 records of prisoners from several of the most infamous U.S. penitentiaries, including Alcatraz, Leavenworth, McNeil Island and Atlanta. The prison record collection spans 1875 to 1963 and even includes photo ID cards of nearly 3,500 inmates who did time in McNeil Island."

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Esercizi Filosofici

International Journal of Contemporary Research and Review

Journal of Tissue Engineering


Research and Reports in Tropical Medicine

Advances in Medical Education and Practice

International Journal of Bioinformatics Research


Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences

The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries

The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research LibrariesThe Association of Research Libraries has released The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User's Guide for Research Libraries. The package, which contains the 'ARL 2030 Scenario Set' and an accompanying user's guide, is the product of a project to promote visioning and scanning activities among research libraries. ARL's 'Envisioning Research Library Futures: A Scenario Thinking Project' employed a scenario planning process to develop four scenarios for 2030, which answered the question, 'How do we transform our organization(s) to create differential value for future users (individuals, institutions, and beyond), given the external dynamics redefining the research environment over the next 20 years?'

Above the Fold - 8 October, 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 - 8 October, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 35 now available

AALL Spectrum - November 2010

AALL Spectrum - Volume 15 No. 2 November 2010 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

QQML2011 - 3rd International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries

QQML2011 - 3rd International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries - 24-27 May 2011 - Athens, Greece

Harvard University Library Notes - October 2010

Harvard University Library Notes - October 2010 is now available online

2010 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry shortlist

The shortlist for the 2010 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry has been announced:

* Seeing Stars - Simon Armitage (Faber)
* The Mirabelles - Annie Freud (Picador)
* You - John Haynes (Seren)
* Human Chain - Seamus Heaney (Faber)
* What the Water Gave Me - Pascale Petit (Seren)
* The Wrecking Light - Robin Robertson (Picador)
* Rough Music - Fiona Sampson (Carcanet)
* Phantom Noise - Brian Turner (Bloodaxe)
* White Egrets - Derek Walcott (Faber)
* New Light for the Old Dark - Sam Willetts (Jonathan Cape)

Library of the Society of Friends Newsletter Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2010

Library of the Society of Friends Newsletter Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2010 is now available

ISKO UK Conference 2011

ISKO UK Conference 2011 - "Facets of Knowledge Organization", our second biennial conference, will take place on 4-5 July 2011. It will honour the life and achievements of Brian C Vickery, who sadly died last year, but has left us much to celebrate and build upon during the conference

Friday, October 22, 2010

WikiLeaks releases 400,000 Iraq War Logs

"At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout. The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size"

Jane Austen Day at the Bodleian Library (UK)

Jane Austen Day at the Bodleian Library (UK)"For only one day, the Bodleian Library is putting on public display a selection of manuscripts, first editions and papers related to Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated English novelists. The event takes place on Monday, 25 October 2010, to coincide with the launch of a new freely accessible online resource The Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition. The website reunites in a virtual space all Jane Austen's handwritten manuscripts for the first time since 1845 when her sister Cassandra dispersed the collection. The display is a celebration of Jane Austen's beginnings and endings as a writer. At its centre lie two manuscripts. One is her earliest collection of short stories and plays, written out in her teenage hand and entitled by her Volume the First. The other manuscript is her sister Cassandra's handwritten copy of the last novel, known as Sanditon, which Jane Austen was writing in the final months of her life"

Dead Sea Scrolls to be made available online

CNN reports - In an ambitious application of 21st century technology brought to bear on a first century wonder, the Israel Antiquities Authority and internet search giant Google Tuesday announced a plan to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and make the entire collection available to the public online. Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) General Director Shuka Dorfman called the project a milestone that would enhance the field of biblical studies and people's understanding of Judaism and early Christianity. "We have succeeded in recruiting the best minds and technological means to preserve this unrivalled cultural heritage treasure, which belongs to all of us, so that the public, with a click of the mouse, will be able to access history in its fullest glamour," Dorfman said. Made up of 30,000 fragments from 900 manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many historians to be one of the most important archaeological finds ever made. The ancient manuscripts, made of leather, papyrus, and copper, were first discovered in 1947 by a nomadic shepherd in a cave near the Dead Sea. In the years following, more scroll fragments were located

2010 Walkley Book Award long list (Australia)

The Walkley Foundation and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance have announced the long-list finalists for the Walkley Book Award. The Walkleys are Australia's most prestigious media accolades across print, radio, television and photography, as well as publishing. The Walkley Book Award celebrates excellence in non-fiction literature and long-form journalism. More than 60 books were entered this year, and the subject matter ranged from true crime and war to biography and investigative journalism

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - October 22, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology. "Credo Reference continually updates its reference sources. One such source which has just been updated is the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology, which covers subjects like medicine and general health as well as psychology. It can supply all the answers to this week's brainteaser" Answers here.

1. In psychology, what is "IQ" short for?
2. What was the first name of the Viennese neurologist Freud (1856-1939)?
3. Agoraphobia is a fear of what?
4. Insomnia is a chronic inability to do what normally?
5. What is the literal meaning of "neonate"?
6. Which Hindu religious system of practices and beliefs is named from a Sanskrit word meaning "union"?
7. Which part of the body is described thus: "The soft structure that hangs from the back of the soft palate in the midline of the mouth"?
8. In psychology, a disorder characterized by hyperactivity, attentional deficit and impulsivity is called ADHD. What does this abbreviation stand for?
9. Did the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung die in 1941, 1951 or 1961?
10. Kinesiology is the study of what?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. from Scholastic

Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. from Scholastic"Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. is a global literacy campaign launched as part of Scholastic's 90th anniversary celebration that underscores the importance of reading to better prepare children who will need strong literacy skills to survive and succeed in the 21st century. Scholastic is asking EVERYONE, our partners, publishers, educators, business leaders, nonprofits, parents, caregivers and students - to work together to bring reading and deeper understanding to all children around the globe. The Reading Bill of Rights, the foundation of the campaign, includes eight 'beliefs' that affirm every child's right to read and what that means in the 21st century... from access to books and great stories to the ability to analyze, interpret and understand information in the digital agee"

Credo Reference adds titles from Berg Publishers

Credo Reference has signed an agreement with Berg Publishers to offer its four Cultural History book series as a Berg Publisher Collection on the Credo Platform

FreePint Newsletter 312

FreePint Newsletter 312 - 21 October, 2010 now available

Biblio Tech Review - October 2010

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

* Connecticut Library Consortium joins OCLC Partnership Program
* First UK public library chooses open source library management system
* Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Georgia Selects the Polaris ILS
* ByWater Solutions and software.coop collaborating on Koha EDI Support

AALL October 2010 E-Newsletter

The AALL October 20110 E-Newsletter is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management

International Journal of Systems Biology

AIDS Research and Treatment

Investment Analysts Journal

TEFLIN Journal

Semina : Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde

E&G : Quaternary Science Journal

Türk Hijyen ve Deneysel Biyoloji Dergisi

Journal of Global Analysis

International Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy

National Journal of Community Medicine

Annals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Kronos (Bellville)

Avances en Ciencias e Ingeniería

Middle East Journal of Cancer

Researchers World - Journal of Arts Science & Commerce

Journalistica : Tidskrift för Forskning i Journalistik

Scientific Study & Research. Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Food Industry

Journal of Curriculum Theorizing

Veterinary Research Forum


Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations

Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature

Utbildning & Demokrati : Tidsskrift för Didaktik och Utbildningspolitik

Innovative Romanian Food Biotechnology

Mythological Studies Journal

Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa

Latin American Journal of Conservation

Parole Rubate : Rivista Internazionale di Studi sulla Citazione

JISC Open Access Week microsite (UK)

"Throughout the week we're going to be exploring some of the hottest topics in Open Access for senior managers and researchers, from establishing OA policies to measuring success"

2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlists (Canada)

The shortlists for 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced

SPIE celebrates Open Access Week with expanded suite of access options

"SPIE joins in the celebration of Open Access Week 2010 (18-24 October) with an expanded suite of open-access options to its scholarly publications on light-based science and technology. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, continues to develop new models enabling online access without costs or controls required of the reader, in support of its mission to provide the widest possible dissemination of information. Open-access models vary across the publishing world, with some enabled by author-pay programs or grants that cover the costs of publication and ongoing dissemination. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth"

Harry Potter author JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen award

Harry Potter author JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen awardJK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, has won the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize. She is the first recipient of the 500,000 kroner (£59,000) award, which was handed out on Tuesday at a ceremony in Odense, Andersen's hometown. The prize is given to a person who can be compared with Andersen, the Danish writer who was born in 1805 and wrote some 160 fairy tales and poems before his death in 1875

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

British Library acquires Harold Pinter's awards

The British Library has acquired the collection of awards and honours presented to writer and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter during the course of his long career. The UK national library - which acquired Pinter's archive in December 2007 - received the awards through the Acceptance In Lieu (AIL) scheme. Highlights of the collection include:

* Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize medal and diploma
* 1960 Evening Standard award for the best play of 1960 (for The Caretaker)
* The iconic bronze mask of the BAFTA fellowship, presented in 1996

HM Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme, managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is one of the primary ways of ensuring that important cultural treasures pass into the UK's public collections. In June the British Library acquired the archive of J G Ballard through the scheme. The awards include more than 50 medals, medallions, plaques and original artworks, of all shapes and sizes and testifying to the range and international profile of Harold Pinter's achievements. The Herman Kesten Medal - presented by German PEN in 1985 - recognises Pinter's work on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, while the 2004 Wilfred Owen Prize was awarded in response to the controversial poems that expressed his opposition to the Iraq War

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Larkin's letters to Monica published for the first time (UK)

Larkin's letters to Monica published for the first time (UK)"The Larkin collection at the Bodleian Library is brought out to light in a new book, Letters to Monica, edited by Anthony Thwaite and published by Faber and Faber in association with the Bodleian Library. Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College, Leicester, in autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly appointed Assistant Librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, while Monica remained in Leicester, becoming by turns his correspondent, lover and closest confidante, a relationship which lasted over forty years until the poet’s death in 1985. This remarkable unpublished correspondence only came to light after Monica Jones’s death in 2001, and consists of nearly two thousand letters, postcards and telegrams, which chronicle – day by day, sometimes hour by hour – every aspect of Larkin’s life and the convolutions of their relationship..."

Dagger Winners announced

The winners of the CWA Gold, Ian Fleming Steel, and John Creasey Daggers were announced on October 8th 2010 at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2010, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Belinda Bauer has won the CWA Gold Dagger with Blacklands, published by Corgi. Simon Conway has won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger with A Loyal Spy, published by Hodder & Stoughton. Ryan David Jahn has won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger with Acts of Violence, published by Macmillan New Writing

Wellcome Library Insight: Henry Wellcome - His Life & Work

Wellcome Library Insight: Henry Wellcome - His Life & Work"This week's free Wellcome Library Insight session - on Thursday 21st October - focuses on our founder, Henry Wellcome. Who was Wellcome and what drove him to collect over a million objects during his lifetime? We will examine his personal life and business career through material preserved in the Wellcome Library. Our Insight sessions offer visitors to the Wellcome Library an opportunity to explore the variety of our holdings. Sessions are thematic in style, last around an hour and offer a chance to learn about our collections"

Systems Librarian Survey request from Nicole C. Engard

Nicole writes: "I am working on writing the second edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian and am in need of some updated feedback. If you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey:
and share it far and wide that would be a great help! You can also keep up with my progress on the new official book site: http://tasl.web2learning.net"

Proposed Canadian Library Association Future Plan

The Canadian Library Association Executive Council has released the first draft of the CLA Future Plan. The Future Plan consists of six main headings that outline the proposals to reorganize and rejuvenate the Association. There are hyperlinks from some sections to provide specific details and there are appendices that expand on the information in the main document. The major changes outlined in the Plan include:

* a concentration on national advocacy
* identification of major areas for advocacy efforts
* disbanding of Divisions and Interest Groups
* reduction in the governance structure
* introduction of Networks: grassroots involvement
* emphasis on strong relationships
* a streamlined and transparent budget
* improvements to the IT infrastructure

Building an Electronic Branch for Your Library! An Online Conference

Building an Electronic Branch for Your Library! An Online Conference - November 16, 2010

Free access to 50 years of Quaternary Science Journal articles

Quaternary Science Journal has made 50 years of its articles available online

Mark Sinnett wins the 2010 Toronto Book Award

"Overlooked by the juries determining the finalists and winners of this year's national literary prizes, Kingston, Ont., writer Mark Sinnett snagged the 2010 Toronto Book Award Thursday night for his novel The Carnivore, set in Toronto in the mid-20th century. 'The Carnivore is a captivating story of how memories can shape and define a marriage,' the Toronto Public Library's chief librarian Jane Pyper said. 'Readers will also enjoy the evocative descriptions of a 1954 Toronto caught in the maelstrom of Hurricane Hazel'

Monday, October 18, 2010

WikiBhasha Beta

"WikiBhasha is a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia. Developed by Microsoft Research, WikiBhasha beta enables Wikipedia users and contributors to explore and source content from English Wikipedia articles, to translate the content into a set of target languages, and to use the content with user additions and corrections for contribution to the target language Wikipedia. The content creation workflow is flexible enough to accommodate new content creation, at the same time preserving reusable information, such as references and templates. WikiBhasha beta is a powerful multilingual content creator. It has an easy to use, intuitive user interface, and enables easy and quick translation of articles from English to more than 30 other languages that are supported by Microsoft's Machine Translation system and Microsoft's Collaborative Translation Framework"

InSITE - October 18, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 4, October 18, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# Linguee.com: The Web as a Dictionary
# Sports Law Blog
# Voices of American Law

Open Access Week 2010 begins

"Today marks the start of Open Access Week 2010, as thousands of scholars, faculty, and students in nearly 90 countries worldwide participate in events to raise awareness and advance understanding of the benefits of Open Access (OA). The week features the voices of top researchers who have stepped forward with first-hand accounts of how Open Access to research has positively impacted them and their ability to do their work"

2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards winners

The winners of the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards have been announced

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New version of the Canadian Naturalization database

"Library and Archives Canada has announced the release of a new version of the online database Canadian Naturalization 1915-1951. It now includes digitized images of the lists of names of people who applied for and obtained status as naturalized Canadians between 1932 and 1951; these lists were originally published in the Canada Gazette. This database is one of the few Canadian genealogical resources specifically designed to benefit researchers having roots other than British. The reference numbers indicated in the database can be used to request copies of the original naturalization records, which are held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada"

New UK government publications - 11-15 October 2010

New UK government publications - 11-15 October 2010 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED Powered by BookBrewer

"Borders has announced that it has teamed with BookBrewer to launch BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED Powered by BookBrewer. The co-branded publishing service empowers independent authors to publish and sell eBooks through the Borders eBook store, powered by Kobo, as well as other eBook retailers. BORDERS - GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer makes it seamless for any writer or blogger to format, display and sell their content across a number of technology platforms including a variety of tablets and eReading devices. The service will be available at borders.bookbrewer.com beginning Oct. 25"

TeesRep - online digital archive of published research and theses (UK)

Teesside University has launched TeesRep, its online digital archive of published research and theses

Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award (US)

This annual award recognizes an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. The award honors Ilene F. Rockman's professional contributions to academic librarianship in the area of information literacy. This award is administered by the Instruction Section. A plaque and $3,000 award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, are presented during the Instruction Section program at the ALA Annual Conference. Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

First Monday - October 2010

First Monday - Volume 15, Number 10, 4 October 2010 now available

Smithsonian Institution Archives has joined Facebook

Smithsonian Institution Archives has joined Facebook. RSS feed

BA and PLR sign up to trade-wide library letter (UK)

From The Bookseller: "The Booksellers Association, Public Lending Right and library support body Voices for the Library have all now signed up to the industry-wide statement in support of the public library service due to be sent to local authority leaders. The organisations have joined the Society of Authors, the Royal Society for Literature and Campaign for the Book in signing up to the statement, in a venture being co-ordinated by library campaigner Desmond Clarke and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Trades union UNISON, which represents public sector workers, including librarians, has agreed to circulate the statement to its members"

IFLA Journal - October 2010

IFLA Journal - Volume 36, Number 3, October 2010, is now available

BBC launches new marketing campaign to encourage people to take their "First Click" and get online

The BBC is launching an on-air marketing campaign in support of First Click – a major new media literacy campaign aimed at encouraging people to get online, with the end-line "it's easier than you think to take your First Click"

World Book Day 2011

World Book Day 2011World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland, and takes place 3 March, 2011

2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award nominations sought

"Nominations are invited for the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2010. The Kilgour Research Award recognizes research relevant to the development of information technologies, in particular research which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information or how information and data are manipulated and managed. The Kilgour award consists of $2,000 cash, an award citation and an expense paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference (airfare and two nights lodging)"

2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award nominations sought

"Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in communication for continuing education in library and information technology. Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Press, publishers of Library Hi Tech. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2010"

CMI Management Book of the Year shortlist (UK)

The shortlist for the CMI Management Book of the Year has been announced. The winning book will be announced on 25 January 2011

Searching social media from Karen Blakeman at ILI2010

Presentation by Karen Blakeman on searching social media given at Internet Librarian International, 15 October 2010, London, UK

Friday, October 15, 2010

Boston Book Festival 2010 (USA)

Boston Book Festival 2010 - October 16, 2010 - Boston, MA, USA

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - October 15, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Rivers. "This week's brainteaser is all about rivers of various sorts" Answers here.

1. What is the world's longest river?
2. Which well-known university town is located in England on the Cam River?
3. What was the title of the song which Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer wrote as the theme music for the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"?
4. Which river, 4,000 miles long, begins near the Pacific Ocean and descends through Peru and Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean on the equator?
5. The Huang-he is the second longest river in China. What English name is given to it because of the great amounts of silt it carries down?
6. The Bow River in Banff National Park is in which country?
7. Which Irish river rises in the Wicklow Mountains and divides the city of Dublin into two?
8. In which country does the River Oise begin?
9. In 1915, who wrote the "Spoon River Anthology", a collection of epitaphs in free verse?
10. In classical myths, the shades of the dead had to cross which river to reach Hades?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

National Archives to put the Founders online (USA)

"The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grantmaking arm of the National Archives, has announced a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America. The NHPRC and UVA Press will create a new web site which provides access to the fully annotated published papers of key figures in the nation's Founding era. The project is designed to include the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission will provide funding in the amount of up to $2 million for the UVA Press to undertake the work on the published papers"

Elsevier introduces Article-Based Publishing to increase publication speed

"Elsevier has announced the launch of Article-Based Publishing - a new publishing model that publishes articles as final and citable without needing to wait until a journal issue is complete. With an increasing focus on online publishing, there is a growing need for innovative publication models geared towards individual articles instead of the print-based issue model. Article-Based Publishing is the assigning of final citation data on an article-by-article basis, decoupled from the compilation of the journal issue itself"

Early Vaughan Williams work to be performed for first time (UK)

"The score of what is now being called A Cambridge Mass was written by Vaughan Williams for his doctoral examination and has never been heard. It had been in the safe-keeping of Cambridge University Library for more than 100 years, but was only identified as an unperformed example of the famous composer's early work when it was put on display to the public as part of a wider exhibition. A Cambridge Mass - written for soloists, double chorus and orchestra - will be performed in full for the first time at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, on 3 March 2011. The concert will be conducted by Alan Tongue, who has been responsible for bringing the early Vaughan Williams work into the limelight. The original score for the work, which Vaughan Williams wrote when he was 26, was deposited in the Library's Manuscripts Room. It was written by the composer in 1899 for his Doctor of Music examination at Cambridge University and has pencil markings made by the examiners. The work lasts about 45 minutes, and is for concert hall performance rather than liturgical use"

Library Anywhere from LibraryThing

"Library Anywhere is a mobile version of your public or academic library. It is available in mobile web formats today and in app forms in the coming weeks. It’s free for users, but libraries have to subscribe to it. Version 1.0 includes:

* iPhone mobile web
* Android mobile web
* Universal Version

The iPhone/iPad app is pending Apple approval, and will be released this month. Apps for other platforms will be released by the end of the year"

2010 Governor General's Literary Awards finalists (Canada)

The finalists for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards have been announced

SXSWorld Magazine as a Free App

SXSWorld Magazine as a Free App"SXSW World is the second magazine to use the Exact Editions iPhone/iPad app platform for free distribution. Dazed & Confused was the first. SXSW World, as you have probably guessed, is the magazine from the organizers of the wildly successful music/film/technology/culture fest held each spring in San Antonio, Texas. With an iPad or an iPhone you can now read this quarterly magazine for free"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

South African Journal of Child Health

Hepatitis Research and Treatment

Jurnal Tanah Tropika

Düşünen Adam : Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences

Special library and information services resources lists (UK)

CILIP has compiled resources that demonstrate the value and impact of special library and information services such as law, health and government libraries. The resource lists were produced by the CILIP Information and Advice Team in September 2010 in collaboration with Peter Griffiths, Sandra Ward and the Special Library & Information Services Sector Panel

2010 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awardees named

"The Association of Research Libraries has announced the recipients of the 2010 Library Assessment Career Achievement Award. The awardees are three librarians who were instrumental in the definition and use of standardized and consistent statistical data - Gordon Fretwell, Roswitha Poll, and Kendon Stubbs. While the 2008 awards recognized pioneers in the development of organizational capacity for assessment (Amos Lakos, Shelley Phipps, and Duane Webster), the three 2010 recipients helped make it possible for libraries to contribute and use high quality comparable data for effective library management"

The Expert Library: Sustaining, Staffing, and Advancing The Academic Library in The 21st Century

The Expert Library: Sustaining, Staffing, and Advancing The Academic Library in The 21st Century"ACRL has announced the publication of The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century, edited by Scott Walter and Karen Williams. In the midst of a decade of extraordinary change in academic libraries – change driven by information technology, new approaches to teaching and learning, new models for scholarly communication and new expectations for the ways we will discover, share and use information – there is nothing as important to the future of the library and its continued place at the heart of the academic enterprise than its people and the expertise that they bring to the design, development and delivery of library services"

2010 National Book Award finalists (USA)

The 2010 National Book Award finalists have been announced:


* Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
* Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
* Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
* Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
* Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Non Fiction

* Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)
* John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq (W.W. Norton & Co/The New Press )
* Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
* Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
* Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War (Doubleday)


* Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press)
* Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Viking Penguin)
* James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press)
* C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press)
* Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books)

Young People's Literature

* Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)
* Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
* Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)
* Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
* Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Howard Jacobson wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010

Howard Jacobson wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010"Howard Jacobson has been named the winner of the GBP50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Finkler Question, published by Bloomsbury. London author and columnist Howard Jacobson has been longlisted twice for the prize, in 2006 for Kalooki Nights and in 2002 for Who's Sorry Now, but has never before been shortlisted. The Finkler Question is a novel about love, loss and male friendship, and explores what it means to be Jewish today"

World War One ships chart past climate (UK)

World War One ships chart past climate (UK)"The public are being asked to revisit the voyages of World War One Royal Navy warships to help scientists working on a JISC project to understand the climate of the past and unearth new historical information. Visitors to OldWeather.org, which launches today, will be able to retrace the routes taken by any of 280 Royal Navy ships including historic vessels such as HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland still afloat. The naval logbooks contain a treasure trove of information but because the entries are handwritten they are incredibly difficult for a computer to read. By getting an army of online human volunteers to retrace these voyages and transcribe the information recorded by British sailors we can relive both the climate of the past and key moments in naval history"

C&RL News - October 2010

C&RL News - October 2010The September 2010 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. In this economy, the need for academic and research libraries to demonstrate their value to their larger institutions is more crucial than ever. To assist in the process, ACRL has released "Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report," developed by Megan Oakleaf of the Syracuse University iSchool. In this month's issue, ACRL President Lisa Hinchliffe discusses the report and related ACRL initiatives in her column "The value of academic libraries."

EUP Archive from Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh University Press has completed an extensive project to digitise back issues of its journals. The EUP Archive will be available from 2011 on EUP Journals Online, a fully hosted Atypon platform.

Key Features of the Archive
* Over 40,000 pages
* 14 journals
* Over 4,000 articles
* Over 370 issues
* Over 165 volumes
* Coverage from 1936 to 1999
* Subjects include History, Language & Literature, Law, Islamic Studies, Botany, Computing, Architecture and Media Studies

Monday, October 11, 2010

NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter - No. 16

"NextSpace is OCLC's magazine for our members and information managers. NextSpace analyzes industry trends and technology developments as well as feature news about OCLC. Our goal is to help you stay informed and make key decisions" Issue 16, August 2010, now available

Use Domesday to retrace origins of towns across the UK

From UK National Archives: "Have you ever wondered what English towns or cities looked like before the war, or whether their history stretches back as far as Domesday Book? Thanks to two new web features launched by The National Archives, it is easier than ever to find out. An interactive map on our Labs site - an online testing ground for new features and resources - enables visitors to hone in on Domesday data for their area, or download stunning photographs from the early 20th century"

Credo Reference expands agreement with ABC-CLIO

"Credo Reference and ABC-CLIO have significantly expanded their partnership allowing Credo Reference to license hundreds of their best reference sources for Credo Subject Collections and Publisher Collections"

Understanding E-Journal Technology (UK)

Understanding E-Journal Technology "covers technologies that are vital to the delivery of e-journals and therefore need to be widely understood by all departments within the publishing business" - 25 November 2010 - London, UK


"Worldreader.org's mission is to make digital books available to all in the developing world, enabling millions of people to improve their lives. Emerging e-book technology is sharply reducing the cost and complexity of delivering reading material everywhere. We are developing the systems and the partnerships to get e-readers - and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained in e-books - into the hands and minds of people in the developing world, where profit-seeking entities are not focused"

New Media Writing Prize shortlist (UK)

The shortlist for the New Media Writing Prize has been announced:

Professional Prize
Naomi Alderman: The Winter House
Katharine Norman: Yes Really (Stay Conscious)
Christine Wilks: Underbelly
Alan Bigelow: My Summer Vacation
Jim Andrews: On Lionel Kearns
Anna Pitt: The 02 tales

Student Prize
Lorenza Samuels: Evidence
Emily Hollingsworth: Anonymous

Shortlisted entries will be displayed in the interactive gallery, Lighthouse, throughout the Poole Literary Festival. The winners for each category will be announced at the New Media Writing Prize Award Ceremony on Sunday 31 October

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #124

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #124. "This week's episode brings a book report, an essay, a news miscellany, and a look at the zeitgeist from the last week on LISNews.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Cuadernos de Música, Artes Visuales y Artes Escénicas

Bangladesh Journal of Anatomy

Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences

International Journal of Chemistry Research

Revista Ciência em Extensão