Featured Link

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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Collaborative Librarianship - Volume 2, Number 4, 2010

Collaborative Librarianship - Volume 2, Number 4, 2010 is now available. The journal is sponsored by: Colorado Academic Library Consortium, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Regis University, and the University of Denver

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - December 31, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Jean and Jone. "Try to identify these people who all have the first name Jean or Joan. And remember that these names can belong to men as well as women" Answers here.

1. American movie star who won an Academy Award for her appearance in "Mildred Pierce". She was also memorably teamed with Bette Davis in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
2. French intellectual and a leader of the French Revolution, who was assassinated by Charlotte Corday in 1793.
3. French film director whose films included "La Grande Illusion", "The Diary of a Chambermaid" and "The River". He was the son of a famous painter.
4. American folksinger and political activist whose recordings include "Gracias a la Vida" and "Diamonds and Rust".
5. French poet (1621-95) best known for his "Fables".
6. British-born actress who played the young Estella in the 1946 film of "Great Expectations" and Ophelia in Laurence Olivier's film of "Hamlet".
7. French dramatist and poet (1639-99) whose works included "Andromaque", "Bajazet" and "Mithridate".
8. British novelist (1894-1979) whose novels included "After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie" and "Wide Sargasso Sea".
9. US comedian who was born Joan Molinsky in 1933.
10. Spanish painter, ceramicist and sculptor who was a leading member of the Surrealist movement.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

UK National Archives podcast: new files from 1980

"An introduction to newly released files from 1980, covering subjects such as economic policy, the European Community Budget, relations with trade unions, the Iranian Embassy siege and the potential boycott of the Moscow Olympics. These files provide a fascinating insight into government 30 years ago. Presented by Mark Dunton and introduced by Tommy Norton"

The Plant List

The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. Version 1, released in December 2010, aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). It does not include algae or fungi. Version 1 contains 1,244,871 million scientific plant names of which 298,900 are accepted species names. It includes no vernacular or common plant names.

Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden enabled the creation of The Plant List by combining multiple checklist datasets held by these institutions and other collaborators.

The Plant List provides the Accepted Latin name for most species, with links to all Synonyms by which that species has been known. It also includes Unresolved names for which the contributing data sources did not contain sufficient evidence to decide whether they were Accepted or Synonyms

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog - December 29, 2010 update

The December 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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Arts author Denis Dutton dies aged 66

Arts author Denis Dutton dies aged 66Author Denis Dutton, founder of the pioneering Arts & Letters Daily website, has died in New Zealand aged 66, his family have confirmed. Dutton had been suffering from prostate cancer, but had continued to work until his health deteriorated a week ago. "I think that he has been an incredibly passionate advocate for ideas and truth, and a wonderful father and husband," his son, Ben said. Dutton established the popular Arts & Letters site in 1998. The groundbreaking site was an early internet aggregator, which featured links to commentary on arts, literature and events. The site, which was designed to look like an 18th-century broadsheet, quickly gained a loyal following, with The Guardian newspaper dubbing it as the "the best website in the world" in 1999

10 more OA Journals added to JournalTOCs, the free journal current awareness service

Roddy MacLeod has added 10 more Open Access journals to JournalTOCs, where you can find the latest Tables of Contents from over 15,000 scholarly journals

University of Saskatchewan archive holds treasures (Canada)

University of Saskatchewan archive holds treasures (Canada)"David Bindle pulls on a pair of white gloves and lifts up a manuscript leaf that's hundreds of years old. "I can go back here and every single day discover something new," he says, gently placing the page back into storage, laying it flat in a drawer-like box. A few rows away, a Bible that dates to 1509 sits on a shelf, not far from a 1611 King James version. The oldest complete manuscript in the room was written in 1471, although leaves from incomplete manuscripts in the room date back to the 1100s. Bindle is the special collections librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, a job he considers one of the best in the library. The special collections room on the third floor is closed to the public; librarians fetch items needed by researchers and students. Many of the shelves are dominated by books with covers of brown, red, black and beige shades, although others have books and magazines in a rainbow of colours, neatly arranged and catalogued. The whole room smells of books. Pages upon pages of books"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

National Archives launches Online Public Access System (USA)

"The National Archives and Records Administration's new Online Public Access prototype is being made available to the public. The National Archives' flagship initiative in our Open Government plan is to develop online services to meet the 21st century needs of the public. It is also a key component of our agency's Transformation Plan, to be customer-focused and ensuring our nation’s heritage is accessible to all. The Online Public Access prototype is the public portal that provides access to digitized records, and information about our records. It also provides a centralized means of searching multiple National Archives resources at once. Currently, researchers perform separate searches in the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for catalog descriptions, histories and biographies; Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for electronic records; and Archives.gov. The new interface illustrates a streamlined search experience for users, searching across all of these resources"

Bentham Papers Transcription Initiative (UK)

In 2010 the Bentham Project was awarded a Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) Award from the AHRC to launch the Bentham Papers Transcription Initiative, or Transcribe Bentham for short. The Bentham Project, in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, the University of London Computer Centre, UCL Library Services and UCL Learning and Media Services, has created a Transcription Desk where volunteer users can log-in and transcribe previously unstudied and unpublished manuscripts from the Bentham Papers collection in UCL Library's Special Collections

Monday, December 27, 2010

New titles in PubMed Central

Scientia Pharmaceutica

Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders

Frontiers in Neurology

Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics

World Journal of Cardiology

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

World Journal of Hepatology

World Journal of Radiology

Cancer Immunity: a Journal of the Academy of Cancer Immunology

Advances in Pharmacological Sciences

Hepatitis Research and Treatment

International Journal of Vascular Medicine

Neurology Research International

Biochemistry Research International

Depression Research and Treatment

Journal of Skin Cancer

Autoimmune Diseases

International Journal of Inflammation

International Journal of Nephrology

Journal of Aging Research

Pathology Research International

Journal of the Korean Society of Coloproctology

Acta Myologica

Rare Tumors

Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Pan African Medical Journal

International Neurology Journal

Korean Journal of Hematology

JRSM Short Reports

ScienceEducation.gov (USA)

ScienceEducation.gov (USA)"ScienceEducation.gov (beta version) is the unification of federal science agencies’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education content, supporting cyber-learning and open participation. Educators, students, and the public can go to ScienceEducation.gov and conveniently find via a single query and use (for free) the STEM education offerings of several leading science and technology agencies. The content of ScienceEducation.gov is stratified by grade level and includes lesson plans, curricula, classroom activities, homework help and professional development information. At ScienceEducation.gov, over 35,000 web pages of STEM content can be accessed"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #134

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #134. "This week's episode contains a zeitgeist update, a book review, and a discussion of the latest by the FCC on net neutrality. Musical numbers under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licenses are aired in lieu of public service announcements this week". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of Financial Research

Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia

International Medical Journal Malaysia

Baltic Journal of Health and Physical Activity

International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering

EMAJ : Electronic Melbourne Art Journal

Advances in Materials Science

Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW : Land Reclamation

Biomechanica Hungarica

Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine

International Journal of High Throughput Screening

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2010 Library Assessment Conference Wrap-Up

"The vibrant 2010 Library Assessment Conference, held October 25–27, 2010 in Baltimore, attracted more than 470 professionals interested in library assessment. The conference website now includes detailed information about the event including keynotes, presentations, and poster sessions"

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day of protest planned against library closures (UK)

Day of protest planned against library closures (UK)"Library campaigners are proposing a co-ordinated day of protest in February over the mass closures announced for the service since the government's comprehensive spending review. More than 350 libraries are currently threatened with closure, according to an online survey, with 26 mobile library services also earmarked to face the axe. The number is rising weekly as more councils come forward with cost-cutting proposals, with estimates that 800-1,000 libraries will soon be at risk. Campaigner Alan Gibbons is proposing a co-ordinated day of protest in February, the month when councils are due to finalise their spending decisions. Protesters, already active in local areas where major cuts are threatened, including Doncaster, Lewisham and Gloucestershire, will hold "read-ins" at selected branches, with speeches by concerned readers, authors, trade unionists, librarians and councillors"

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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Who Wrote That Music?. "All you have to do in this brainteaser is choose from three alternatives the composer or composers of particular pieces of music" Answers here.

1. Who wrote "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)? Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel or Bob Dylan?
2. Who wrote the music for "Candle in the Wind" (1973)? Madonna, Elton John or Andrew Lloyd Webber?
3. Who wrote the music for the ballets "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker"? Prokofiev, Stravinsky or Tchaikovsky?
4. Who wrote the song "White Christmas"? Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern or Bing Crosby?
5. Who wrote "Get Up, Stand Up" (1973) and "No Woman No Cry" (1974)? Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff?
6. Who wrote the song "Blue Suede Shoes"? Elvis Presley, Bill Haley or Carl Perkins?
7. Who wrote "I Will Always Love You", which was a record-breaking hit for Whitney Houston? Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston or Barbra Streisand?
8. Who wrote "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" (1889)? Franz Lehar, Frederick Loewe or Gilbert and Sullivan?
9. In 1967, who wrote the song "Both Sides Now"? Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell or Judy Collins?
10. Who wrote the music for the 1987 opera "Nixon in China"? Steve Reich, Philip Glass or John Adams?

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - December 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 6, December 15, 2010 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Teen Librarian Monthly: December 2010

Teen Librarian Monthly: December 2010 is now available for download

1790-1930 U.S. Census records available free

"Internet Archive has announced that a publicly accessible digital copy of the complete 1930 United States Census – the largest, most detailed census released to date – is available free of charge. Previously, 1930 Census records were accessible only through microfilm, or subscription services in which select portions of data are provided for a fee. The 1930 Census records are being made available online through a collaboration with the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the coming months, complete census records from 1790 through 1920 will be made available as part of Internet Archive’s growing Genealogy Collection"

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 12

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 12 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

Current Cites - December 2010

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

Above the Fold - 17 December, 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 - 17 December, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 44 now available

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Classification & Ontology seminar 2011

Classification & Ontology: Formal Approaches and Access to Knowledge International UDC Seminar 2011 - 19-20 September 2011 - The Hague, Netherlands

Look-Here! Project Conference (UK)

Look-Here! Project Conference - 8 February 2011 - London, UK - This event is organised by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) to celebrate the work of the JISC-funded Look-Here! Project, which is working collaboratively to develop skills and strategies for digitisation in the arts education sector. The conference will include a keynote from JISC and presentations from the project partners including: the Visual Arts Data Service, Knitting Collections at University of Southampton, Libraries at University for the Creative Arts and University College Falmouth, Archives and Special Collections at University of the Arts London, Design Archives at University of Brighton, and Museum of Design in Plastics at Arts University College Bournemouth

100% cut to English book gifting programmes announced

The U.K. Department for Education has announced that funding for all the Booktrust's English book gifting programmes will be cut by 100% from 1 April 2011. Programmes include Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up

Research Library Issues, no. 273 (December 2010)

The Association of Research Libraries has released issue 273 of Research Library Issues

FreePint Newsletter 316

FreePint Newsletter 316 - 23 December, 2010 now available

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

EDINA Newsline - December 2010

EDINA Newsline December 2010, Volume 15.4, is now available. EDINA is a JISC-funded National Datacentre

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Hepatic Medicine : Evidence and Research

Nature and Science of Sleep

Clinical Optometry

Clinical Pharmacology : Advances and Applications

Eye and Brain

Journal of Healthcare Leadership

Local and Regional Anesthesia

Lung Cancer : Target and Therapy

Breast Cancer : Targets and Therapy

Clinical Audit

Journal of Blood Medicine

Journal of Experimental Pharmacology

Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics

International Journal of Interferon, Cytokine and Mediator Research

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements


Pandaemonium Germanicum : Revista de Estudos Germanísticos

African Journal of Health Professions Education

Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia


International Nano Letters

Lib-Value website now available

The Association of Research Libraries has announced that a website for "Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value)," a three-year project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available

Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries - now available from ARL

The Association of Research Libraries has announced the release of Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries, a report that summarizes research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of U.S. academic and research libraries. The research was conducted in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University. In dozens of interviews with veteran research and academic librarians, the researchers learned how copyright law comes into play as interviewees performed core library functions

Louis Armstrong House Museum launches online catalog

Louis Armstrong House Museum launches online catalogThe Museum Collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum are available for online browsing. The project to create an Online Catalog of the Museum Collections was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation

Morgan Library & Museum launches Music Manuscripts Online (USA)

The Morgan Library & Museum has made digital versions of more than forty celebrated music manuscripts from its extraordinary permanent collection available on its Web site for the first time. Music Manuscripts Online will include such important works as Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonata, op. 96; Chopin's Polonaise, op. 53; Debussy's En sourdine; Haydn's Symphony No. 91; Mahler's Symphony No. 5; Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Mozart's Piano Concerto, K 537; and Schubert's Impromptus D 935

Harvard University Library Notes - December 2010

Harvard University Library Notes - December 2010 is now available online

World Constitutions Illustrated - December 2010 update

The December 2010 update for World Constitutions Illustrated is now available from HeinOnline

Journal of Electronic Publishing - December 2010

Journal of Electronic Publishing: a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users - Volume 13 Issue 3 - December 2010 is now available

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cites & Insights 11:1 (January 2011)

Cites & Insights 11:1 (January 2011) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Services for Users with Disabilities, SPEC Kit 321, Published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Services for Users with Disabilities, SPEC Kit 321, which explores what services are being provided and how users are made aware of them; what assistive technologies are being offered today and who maintains them; which library staff have responsibility for providing services and how are they trained; and what service policies and procedures are in place for users with disabilities

InSITE - December 20, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 8, December 20, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# 17th-19th Century British Religious, Political, and Legal Tracts
# Migrant Forum in Asia
# TRIAL: Track Impunity Always

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tales from the Terminal Room - December 2010

Tales from the Terminal Room - December 2010, Issue No. 93 is now available. Tales from the Terminal Room is an electronic newsletter that includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; useful tools for managing information; technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications. Editor: Karen Blakeman. Published by RBA Information Services

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering

International Journal of Smart Home

International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology

International Journal of Security and Its Applications

The African Journal of Information Systems

Revista Umbral

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

RENOTE : Revista Novas Tecnologias na Educação

Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2010 - The Winners

Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2010 - The WinnersThe judges of the Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition, led by Chair Roger McGough, last week selected twelve children as winners of the Competition, with a further eight receiving high commendations. The judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to children in two age groups (7-8 and 9-11)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1916 (Canada)

Library and Archives Canada has made the 1916 census of the Prairie provinces available online. In order to track the high rates of population growth in western Canada during the early years of the 20th century, the Canadian government called for a special census of the Prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). The first census was conducted in 1906, followed by another in 1916

Podcast: Naval medical officers' journals and the history of medicine (UK)

Podcast: Naval medical officers' journals and the history of medicine (UK)"The naval medical officers' journals of ADM 101 provide a coherent view of the beliefs and practices of a body of rank and file medical practitioners during the late 18th and 19th centuries. They provide a valuable source for examining key themes in the history of medicine in the 19th century, such as encounters with tropical diseases and the changing understanding of the causes of disease. The thorough cataloguing of the series has now made it possible to trace individual patients. This talk will analyse a sample of the records to explore these themes" - UK National Archives

BC Library Conference 2011 (Canada)

BC Library Conference - April 7-9 2011 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


DC-2011, the eleventh International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, will take place at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague, 21-23 September 2011. Further information about the conference will be made available in January 2011

Defining "Born Digital" - An Essay by Ricky Erway, OCLC Research

The purpose of this document is to define "born digital" and the various types of born-digital materials. It is intended to improve community discourse by encouraging caretakers of born-digital resources to specify what they mean when they use the term.
Definition: Born-digital resources are items created and managed in digital form

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 5, No 4 (2010)

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 5, No 4 (2010) is now available. RSS Feed

The CILIP Chief Executive, Annie Mauger, has started a blog (UK)

The CILIP Chief Executive, Annie Mauger, has started a blogThe CILIP Chief Executive, Annie Mauger, has started a blog. You can also follow her on Twitter

SPARC enews/December 2010

SPARC enews/December 2010: 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

Second draft of the CLA Future Plan (Canada)

The Canadian Library Association Executive Council has released the second draft of the CLA Future Plan

Above the Fold - 13 December, 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 - 13 December, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 43 now available

AALL December 2010 E-Newsletter

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

SUNCAT: Trinity College Dublin serials data added

The serials' holdings of Trinity College Dublin have been added to SUNCAT, bringing the total number of contributing libraries to 78, plus the CONSER database, the ISSN register and the Directory of Open Access Journals

Linked Data Hackdays (UK)

Linked Data Hackdays: A two day event hacking content, systems and services for linked data. This is a free two day workshop (which includes free accommodation) jointly organised by the Research Revealed and DevCSI projects. The event will bring together software developers, research information managers, researchers, librarians and linked data experts who are interested in hacking linked data, systems and services. Tool developers and the users of research data tools rarely have opportunities to experiment in a focussed way on hacking systems together; this workshop will facilitate collaboration between technical and non-technical people with the opportunity for rapid prototyping to produce solutions to real, practical scenarios in the UK FE and HE sectors - 13-14 January, 2011- Bristol, UK

First Springer API Challenge announced

Academic publisher Springer has announced the start of the Springer API Challenge 1.0: a competition for original, non-commercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The Challenge is a bid to offer users new ways to find, visualize, and manipulate relevant data drawn from Springer's large and growing content database. Complete details on the contest are below and here: http://dev.springer.com/officialrules. Participants must register here: http://dev.springer.com/member/register

Wiley-Blackwell launches new mobile applications for select health publications

Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is launching new mobile applications for selected health science journals, accessible via iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Symbian, PalmOS, and WAP devices. The applications, which will be freely available, will allow for the mobile delivery of title and abstract listings of articles with a feature that will enable users to create a 'reading list' of desired full-text articles, available from the user's desktop computer through Wiley Online Library. The apps will provide the full-text of a selection of articles, and mobile content will be pushed to the mobile application as it is added to Wiley Online Library. Additional features include listings of upcoming events, society news, and publication information. Easily navigable, the applications present an optimized reading experience from various mobile devices. The first application to be launched is for the American Journal of Transplantation

45th Annual ARSC Conference 2011

The 45th annual ARSC Conference will be held in downtown Los Angeles, California in May 11-14, 2011. The conference will be hosted by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive in honor of their 50th anniversary

Information Research - December 2010

Information Research - Volume 15 No 4 - December 2010 is now available from Publisher/Editor in Chief, Professor Tom Wilson

The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Issue 2

The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Volume 1, Issue 2 (2010) is now available online

Friday, December 17, 2010

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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Christmas. "Our brainteaser is all about Christmas. We wish you all a happy one" Answers here.

1. Which rock group has returned its 1973 Christmas chart-topper "Merry Xmas Everybody" to the British charts at least eight times?
2. In which year did the "Christmas truce" occur?
3. Santa Claus is named after which saint?
4. What kind of tree is most commonly used as a Christmas tree?
5. Who wrote the 1973 picturebook "Father Christmas" in which Father Christmas lives in a terrace house with an outside toilet and an old-fashioned stove?
6. Who composed the Christmas Oratorio, first performed in 1734/35: Bach, Mozart or Beethoven?
7. What was the title of Phil Spector's 1963 Christmas album?
8. "A Christmas Carol" was the first of five "Christmas Books" by Charles Dickens which were published together for the first time in 1852. Can you name one of the other books in this collection?
9. What kind of bird is the "colly bird" (often changed to "calling bird") referred to in the traditional song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?
10. On what date in the year is "Women's Christmas", also called "Small Christmas" or "Little Christmas"?

CARL E-Lert # 405

CARL E-Lert # 405, December 17 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture; New Plan Seeks a 'Big Tent' for a National Digital Library; Library and Archives Canada Announces Suite of Digital Services for Canadians by 2017; Bibliothèque et Archives Canada offrira toute une gamme de services numériques aux Canadiens d'ici 2017; Robarts Library immortalized in hip-hop ode

Digital Library Research and Open Access: Interoperability Strategies

Digital Library Research and Open Access: Interoperability Strategies - a one-day workshop at the British Academy in London on 4 February 2011

TPDL 2011 - Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

"The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 14 years. For the 15th year the conference was renamed into: Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries. The conference will continue to bring together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2011 is organised by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin School of Library and Information Science, the Computer and Media Services and the Department of Computer Science). Main conference: September 26-28, 2011"

Berkman Center announces Digital Public Library Planning Initiative

"The Berkman Center for Internet and Society has announced that it will host a research and planning initiative for a Digital Public Library of America. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Berkman will convene a large and diverse group of stakeholders in a planning program to define the scope, architecture, costs and administration for a proposed Digital Public Library of America"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

National Diet Library of Japan adds 4 million records to WorldCat

The National Diet Library has successfully added 4 million records to WorldCat, making these valuable research resources more visible and accessible to scholars, students and Web searchers worldwide through the world's most comprehensive database of materials held by libraries. In June, the National Diet Library and OCLC announced their agreement "to cooperate for the benefit of libraries, library patrons and end users of information services." OCLC staff from Leiden, the Netherlands, and Dublin, Ohio, USA, worked with National Diet Library staff to create a conversion program to convert JAPAN/MARC to MARC 21 records. Cataloging staff with language expertise were also critical to the successful data conversion and load into WorldCat. The addition of Japan's National Diet Library records increases the number of records containing CJK (Chinese-Japanese-Korean) script data in WorldCat by nearly 33 percent

December 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books now available at LibraryThing

The December 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 1255 copies of 64 books available this month

Great War Archive rolled out in Germany

The German National Library, Oxford University and Europeana have signed an agreement to digitise family papers and memorabilia from the First World War. The collaboration will bring German soldiers' stories online alongside their British counterparts in a 1914-18 archive. JISC planted the seed in 2008 when it funded the The Great War Archive1 which is run by Oxford University Computing Services. People across Britain contributed family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea has encouraged Europeana, Europe's digital archive, library and museum, to bring the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany. Alastair Dunning, JISC digitisation programme manager, says: "We are delighted that its initial funding in the Great War Archive has now blossomed to expand on the European dimension of the original project. The inclusion of German narrative in this current will not only provide valuable material for teachers and researchers, but help strengthen the joint understanding of the Great War"

Galaxy Book of the Year winner announced (UK)

"The winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year has been announced as One Day by David Nicholls. The prestigious accolade was voted for by the public on www.channel4.com from a shortlist of the eight category winners from the Galaxy National Book Awards 2010: an impressive literary set including Stephen Fry, Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen and Andrew Marr"

Apple's iBookstore Canada approved

"The Canadian federal government has approved Apple's iBookstore Canada after the company made several promises, including the promotion of titles by Canadian authors. "Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada," Heritage Minister James Moore said in a statement. In addition to a commitment to promote books by Canadians in both French and English, Apple Canada said it would increase access to titles by aboriginal authors and publishers and provide help to Canadian publishers with creating e-books" - CBC

E-News for ARL Directors - November-December 2010

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

LibraryZone Winter 2010

LibraryZone Winter 2010, Volume 5, Issue 3, is now available from Springer

Biblio Tech Review - December 2010

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

* Staffordshire University (UK) chooses Koha open source
* European consortium launches advanced cloud infrastructure project
* Western Regional Consortia (US) Share Library Resources across the Divide
* SirsiDynix launches BookMyne 2.0 iPhone application
* SkyRiver Becomes Exchange Partner for LC's Program for Cooperative Cataloging

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wellcome Library Item of the Month, December 2010: The London Monster

Wellcome Library Item of the Month, December 2010: The London Monster"On December 14 in 1790, this man, Rhynwick Williams, a young unemployed Welshman was convicted of three counts of assault and sentenced to six years in prison. This - seemingly - brought to an end a sequence of attacks on women in London over the previous two years. Images from the Wellcome Library's collections will help us tell this rather odd story. There were over 50 reported, seemingly linked, attacks on women in London between 1788 and 1790. Whilst some women received deep wounds, it does not appear the aim of their assailant was to cause life threatening injuries - the attacker at times seemed as concerned with slashing the garments of the women as stabbing them. Often he would attempt to stab the women in the buttocks, sometimes those attacked reported they were offered a nosegay to sniff, out of which a sharp instrument would emerge and at least one report suggested the attacker approached a woman with sharp instruments attached to his knees. The description of the assailant also wildly differed..."

The Successful Library Trustee Handbook, Second Edition - print/e-book Bundle

The Successful Library Trustee Handbook, Second Edition - print/e-book Bundle "It's the best of both worlds: this specially priced bundle includes a print copy for desk reference along with the e-book version. The e-book includes the complete text of the print edition in several different file types, readable using a variety of software and devices. You will be able to download the e-book immediately upon purchase; the print copy will be shipped to you. Print/e-book bundles may only be purchased using a credit card; if purchased using a purchase order, the account will be billed but you will be not be able to access your e-book download. ALA eEditions downloads are designed for single users only"


"QScience.com is the innovative and collaborative peer-reviewed online publishing platform from Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals. It offers a fast and transparent scholarly publishing process, which is centered on the author, bringing their research to a global audience"

Semantic Web - new journal from IOS Press

Semantic Web - new journal from IOS PressSemantic Web is a new journal from IOS Press, the first issue of which is available to read free of charge

Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries

Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries"ALA TechSource has announced the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries. This special issue was produced in collaboration with The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and includes contributions from Jason Griffey, Sarah Houghton-Jan, and Eli Neiburger.

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of Language Studies

Iranian Journal of Language Studies

Open Access Emergency Medicine

Open Access Journal of Urology

Transplant Research and Risk Management

Korean Journal of Pathology

Patient Related Outcome Measures

Open Access Bioinformatics

Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine

Virus Adaptation and Treatment

Open Access Animal Physiology

Open Access Journal of Contraception

Patient Intelligence

Revista Crítica Histórica

Sankofa : Revista de História da África e de Estudos da Diáspora Africana

Pakistan Journal of Statistics and Operation Research

Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior

Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus

Journal of Information and Communication Technology

Revista Româna de Studii Baltice si Nordice

Tropical Life Sciences Research

Cardiovascular Journal

Potsdamer Beiträge und Reportagen aus den Informationswissenschaften

GERF Bulletin of Biosciences

Logos & Episteme : an International Journal of Epistemology

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry

Educação, Formação & Tecnologias

JEP : eJournal of Education Policy

Encuentro : Revista de Investigación e Innovación en la Clase de Idiomas

Iranica Journal of Energy and Environment (IJEE)

Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal

Criterio Jurídico

University of Toronto Medical Journal

Carpathian Journal of Food Science and Technology

JISC Beginner’s Guide to Digital Preservation

"JISC Beginner's Guide to Digital Preservation has been written for those working on JISC projects who would like help with preserving their outputs. It is aimed at those who are new to digital preservation but can also serve as a resource for those who have specific requirements or wish to find further resources in certain areas"

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011 (Canada)

Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information - 2-5 August 2011 - Montreal, Canada

Stormont Papers web survey

"The JISC funded SPHERE project is collecting information on the use of the Stormont Parliamentary Papers digital resource – an archive of the House of Commons debates from the Stormont Government, 1921-72. A short web survey on use of the resource is available. The information collected by the project will be used to understand the needs of the research and teaching community and establish priorities for the digitisation of new content and redevelopment of the user interface. Your contribution to the survey will establish current use of the Stormont Parlimentary Papers resource and help to shape its future development"

ALPSP Seminar: Publishers and Library Consortia: changing expectations

ALPSP Seminar: Publishers and Library Consortia: changing expectations - "This seminar will discuss and analyse the international library consortia landscape, focusing mostly on Europe and the USA. Both libraries and publishers will share their experiences, plans, expectations and strategies going forward" - 7 April 2011 - London, UK

RSC Publishing Highlights are moving

RSC Publishing has announced that its free Highlights supplements are moving. These include:

* Highlights in Chemical Science
* Highlights in Chemical Biology
* Highlights in Chemical Technology

From January 2011, all online news articles will be published on the Chemistry World news page

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

U.S. National Archives issues new report on Nazi war crimes

The National Archives has released to Congress a new report on Nazi War Crimes: Hitler's Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War. The report is based on findings from newly-declassified decades-old Army and CIA records released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998, these records were processed and reviewed by the National Archives-led Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, and written by IWG historians Richard Breitman and Norman J.W. Goda. The report highlights materials opened under the Act, in addition to records that were previously opened but had not been mined by historians and researchers, including records from the Office of Strategic Services (a CIA predecessor), dossiers of the Army Staff's Intelligence Records of the Investigative Records Repository (IRR), State Department records, and files of the Navy Judge Advocate General. Hitler's Shadow augments the IWG's 2005 final report to Congress, U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis, and includes wartime and postwar US intelligence documents on the search for and prosecution of Nazi war criminals; Allied protection or use of Nazi war criminals; and the postwar activities of war criminals both in the United States and abroad

NISO to make Information Standards Quarterly open access in 2011

"The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced that its Information Standards Quarterly magazine will be moving to open access in 2011. The full issue as well as each of the individual articles will be available in PDF for free download to the public"

2010 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

The longlist for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize has been announced:

* Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu
* Way to Go by Upamanyu Chatterjee
* Dahanu Road by Anosh Irani
* Serious Men by Manu Joseph
* The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair
* Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
* The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
* Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
* Monkey-man by Usha K.R.
* Below the Crying Mountain by Criselda Yabes

KM Middle East 2011

The theme of KM Middle East 2011 is knowledge sharing and collaboration in the Arab World. Bringing together international keynote speakers, academics, leading knowledge management practitioners, along with business and government leaders, KM Middle East 2011 promises to be the premier knowledge-focused event in the region - 15-16 March 2011 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Above the Fold - 3 December, 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 - 3 December, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 42 now available

Netskills Spring 2011 public workshops open for bookings (UK)

Netskills Spring 2011 public workshops open for bookings (UK)"An exciting range of topics are available for bookings now, including 3 of our newest workshops: 'Collaborative web tools to support the student learner experience', 'An Introduction to Instructional Design for e-Learning' and 'Exploring Digital Storytelling'. Our popular, intensive e-Learning and training skills BTEC accredited workshops are also available. The early-bird secures a place and saves money - discounts are available on all workshops until 22nd December 2010. And just like the current frosty weather, public workshop prices are "frozen" until next July"

Impact: redefining the measurement of collection care (UK)

Impact: redefining the measurement of collection care - Preservation Advisory Centre Conference - 15 February 2011 - British Library Conference Centre, London, UK

Journal of Scholarly Publishing - January 2011

Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Volume 42, Number 2, January 2011 is now available from University of Toronto Press

eduWeb Conference 2011

"The eduWeb Conference is an annual, internationally recognized event for the higher education community, attracting those who are involved in online strategy, marketing and technology. Attendees from marketing, PR, alumni, admissions/enrollment, advancement, student affairs, IT, athletics and more ... all administrative departments now have to strategically communicate through their online presence to their external and internal audiences" - August 1-3, 2011 - San Antonio, TX, USA

UKSG Transfer: A collaborative project to improve journal transfers (Webinar)

UKSG Transfer: A collaborative project to improve journal transfers (Webinar) - 18 January 2011 - 11 am EST/ 4pm GMT


The Genesis of Transfer - Ed Pentz, Executive Director, Crossref and Chair, Transfer Working Group

The librarian view of Transfer - Nancy Marie Beals, Electronic Resources Librarian, Wayne State University Libraries

The publisher view of Transfer - Yvonne Campfens, Springer, Executive Vice President eOperations

Monday, December 13, 2010

Launch of "Medals, Honours and Awards" database (Canada)

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of a new online database, "Medals, Honours and Awards". Through this online database, researchers can access more than 113,000 references to medal registers, citation cards and records of various military awards. In addition to archival references, this research tool includes digitized images of some medal registers

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #133

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #133. "There is no news miscellany this week. We take a look instead in further depth at the zeitgeist on-site.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 79

Version 79 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 3,880 articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Podcast: Madame Rachel of Bond Street

Podcast: Madame Rachel of Bond StreetAuthor Helen Rappaport discusses the subject of her newest book, Beautiful For Ever: Madame Rachel of Bond Street - Cosmetician, Con-Artist and Blackmailer. In the talk, Helen reveals Madame Rachel's startling career path - from fish fryer in Clare Market to proprietor of an exclusive 'Temple of Renovation' that promised eternal beauty but was built upon a foundation of lies, treachery and blackmail - UK National Archives

Genocide Archive Rwanda

Genocide Archive Rwanda"On this site you will find videos relating to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi enriched with synchronized transcripts, searchable index terms, and maps. Videos include testimonies of Genocide survivors and perpetrators, Gacaca Justice System court proceedings, and remembrance ceremonies. Digitized photos, publications, archival documents, and audio recordings relevant to the Rwandan Genocide are also available on this site. The materials on the Genocide Archive Rwanda site are held by various Rwandan archives and library repositories and appear here courtesy of those repositories"

Former WikiLeaks activists to launch new whistleblowing site

"A group of former members of WikiLeaks is planning to launch its own whistleblowing platform in mid-December, according to a German newspaper. The activists criticize WikiLeaks for concentrating too much on the US and want to take a broader approach" - Spiegel Online

In tapes, Nixon rails about Jews and Blacks (USA)

In tapes, Nixon rails about Jews and Blacks (USA)"Richard M. Nixon made disparaging remarks about Jews, blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a series of extended conversations with top aides and his personal secretary, recorded in the Oval Office 16 months before he resigned as president. The remarks were contained in 265 hours of recordings, captured by the secret taping system Nixon had installed in the White House and released this week by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. While previous recordings have detailed Nixon's animosity toward Jews, including those who served in his administration like Henry A. Kissinger, his national security adviser, these tapes suggest an added layer of complexity to Nixon's feeling. He and his aides seem to make a distinction between Israeli Jews, whom Nixon admired, and American Jews" - New York Times

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

LIPIcs : Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics

Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World : A Review Journal

Himiâ Rastitel?nogo Syr?â

OASIcs : OpenAccess Series in Informatics

European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine

Humanidades Médicas


Área Abierta

Frontiers in Neurology

Educación Médica Superior

JIDEG : Journal of Industrial Design and Engineering Graphics

Veritas : Revista de Filosofía y Teología

Revista Chilena de Cardiología

Boletín de Filología

Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

The Python Papers Source Codes

Frontiers in Pharmacology

Nova Scientia

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Revue de Recherche en Civilisation Américaine

Saturday, December 11, 2010

OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership: A Five Year Overview of Accomplishments

This document highlights some of the accomplishments over the last five years that have had high impact or have changed the topography of the information landscape

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on November 2010 Activities

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on November 2010 Activities:

The Digital Humanities Carnival

"The field of the digital humanities has grown significantly over the last decade, and there are now no end of projects to support, ways of thinking to share, and funding opportunities to highlight. The Digital Humanities Carnival is a forum for showing, discussing, and developing some of the best work in this field"

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Strategies for Digital Content Conference (UK)

New Strategies for Digital Content Conference: This one-day conference, 18 March 2011, focuses on some of the key strategic issues faced by content creators and publishers today and which were addressed by the JISC eContent programme 2009-2011, in particular:

- the need for institutions to develop the necessary skills and strategies to embed digitisation within institutional strategies and practices as well as devise effective business models for the long term sustainability of digitised content

- the need to break down silos of content by clustering existing and complementary digitised resources and enhancing their offerings, thus making them more relevant and usable for target users

The day will bring together a mixture of national and international speakers and representatives of the projects funded under the JISC eContent programme to discuss current challenges and opportunities

The conference will be held at Goodenough College, London, UK

Library and Archives Canada announces suite of digital services for Canadians by 2017

"Within the next seven years, Library and Archives Canada will put most of its services online, transforming the country's leading memory institution into a fully engaged digital organization, just in time to celebrate Confederation's 150th anniversary in 2017. 'Taking advantage of new digital information technologies will change not only the way we acquire and preserve our collection but also how we make it accessible to Canadians.' explained Dr. Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. 'The digital environment is also providing us with opportunities to enhance our services to other documentary heritage institutions. This makes sense from both the client service and business practice perspectives – to stay relevant, we must move forward.' As part of an overall strategy designed to provide more online public access, LAC will take a multi-faceted approach: adapting services and transforming business processes to make access easier, and increasing online content by switching to digital formats"

The CERN Library publishes its book catalog as Open Data

The CERN Library publishes its book catalog as Open Data "As one of the first scientific libraries in the world, the CERN Library offers now the bibliographic book records, held in its library catalog, to be freely downloaded by any third party. The records are provided under the Public Domain Data License, a license that permits colleagues around the world to reuse and upgrade the data for any purpose"

CARL E-Lert # 404

CARL E-Lert # 404, December 10 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Google veut être à la page; Professors may need more funding after census changes; Don't care about copyright? You should; Photocopied Education; Harvard Library Restructuring Seeks to Unify High-Tech Services; A Silicon Bubble Shows Signs of Reinflating

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - December 10, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Old-fashioned Words
. "Some words or phrases are considered old-fashioned or "archaic" but you may still find them used occasionally. Can you give the meaning of these archaisms?" Answers here.

1. What is a damsel?
2. "Methinks" is an archaic expression for what?
3. What is or was the meaning of froward?
4. What is or was an apothecary?
5. "Throstle" is an old word for what type of bird?
6. "Frore" is an archaic word meaning what?
7. What is the meaning of "all my eye and Betty Martin"?
8. "Lazar" is an archaic word for what?
9. "Silk of the kine" is a personification of which country?
10. "Abigail" is an archaic word for what?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Changes at The Library of Michigan (USA)

Due to significant reductions in the Library of Michigan's operations funding and staffing, the Library is implementing the following changes:

1) Materials from the Library of Michigan's collections will be available for in-library use only. As of January 3, 2011, circulation of these items will be offered on a limited basis to state government employees to conduct state business. The Library of Michigan collections will be available to the general public for use in the library.

2) The Library of Michigan no longer will borrow materials from other libraries (interlibrary loan) for public patrons starting January 3, 2011. This service will continue to be available for state government employees as it relates to their state work.

3) The Library of Michigan will not be a participating MeLCat library beginning January 3, 2011. Public and state government patrons currently using MeLCat through the Library of Michigan should talk with their local library about MeLCat participation.

4) Beginning January 1, 2011 the Library of Michigan will be open to the public Monday through Friday and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Nixon library to release 265 hours of White House tapes (USA)

"On Thursday December 9, 2010, the National Archives Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, will open 265 hours of White House Tapes, over 140,000 pages of presidential records and 75 hours of video oral histories. The materials will be available in the Nixon Library research room at 9 a.m. PDT. All of the White House tapes and selected documents will be available online. The released White House tapes cover conversations from February and March 1973 and a few from early April 1973. There are no transcripts for these tapes, but the Library has produced a detailed subject log for each conversation. These tapes cover a large number of subjects including the ceasefire in Vietnam, the release of American Prisoners of War, Watergate, U.S. policy in the Middle East, the assassination of two U.S. diplomats in Sudan by the Black September Organization, the state visits of King Hussein of Jordan and Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel, the Wounded Knee incident, and Wage and Price controls. Also in this release are nearly 2500 pages of formerly classified national security records including documents on US policy toward Chile and formerly classified materials from the files of White House aides H. R. 'Bob' Haldeman and John Ehrlichman"

Arts Council England takes on museums and libraries functions

"Arts Council England will take over a number of the functions relating to museums and libraries, following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council"

New agreement from JISC Collections - Cairn Collections

JISC Collections has announced a new agreement from Cairn which offers access to
Cairn Collections. Cairn Collections offers a comprehensive selection of French language online journals and ebooks collections. The complete collection contains over 230 journals and around 1,500 ebooks in the humanities and social sciences, with over 100,000 articles / chapters in full-text format. The site is updated each time a journal or a book is published for the collections proposed

Waterstone's and The Reading Agency announce new partnership (UK)

Waterstone's, and independent charity The Reading Agency are to work together in partnership to build links between libraries and bookshops. The focus of the partnership will to be to raise the profile of books and reading across the country, by forging local partnerships that speak directly to readers that use bookshops and libraries

2010 I Love My Librarian Award winners (USA)

2010 I Love My Librarian Award winners, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times:

Public Librarians

Paul "The Library Guy" Clark-Clay County Library System
Ellen M. Dolan-Shrewsbury Public Library
Melissa McCollum-County of Los Angeles Public Library, Lawndale Library
Christine Wagner-Goodman South Madison Branch Library

School Librarians

Kelly I. McDaniel-Helen King Middle School
Patricia J. Updike-Webb Street School
Doug Valentine-McKillop Elementary School

College, Community College, and University Librarians

Laura Farwell Blake-Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library
Jeff Dowdy-Bainbridge College Library
Stephanie Wittenbach-Texas A&M University-San Antonio

EDUCAUSE Review - November/December 2010

EDUCAUSE Review Volume 45, Number 6, November/December 2010 is now available online. Follow EDUCAUSE Review on Twitter

FreePint Newsletter 315

FreePint Newsletter 315 - 9 December, 2010 now available

University of Pennsylvania Libraries join HathiTrust (USA)

"The University of Pennsylvania Libraries have become the newest member of HathiTrust, an extraordinary partnership of more than two dozen major academic and research libraries. Launched in 2008, the HathiTrust is a collaborative digital library initiative that seeks to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As a sustaining partner, Penn will be contributing to enhanced access, discovery and preservation of digital content for use by its scholars and the research community worldwide"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Mokslo Taikomieji Tyrimai Lietuvos Kolegijose

Revista Mexicana de Micología

Revista Mexicana de Sociología

Tópicos del Seminario : Revista de Semiótica

Cahiers des Études Anciennes

International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism

Meta : Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy

Revista Emancipação

Ingeniería Industrial

Anadolu University Journal of Science and Technology. A : Applied Sciences and Engineering


Digital Science from Macmillan Publishers

Digital Science from Macmillan Publishers"Digital Science provides software and information to support researchers and research administrators in their everyday work, with the ultimate aim of making science more productive through the use of technology. As well as developing our own solutions, we also invest in promising start-ups and other partners, working closely with them to help them realise their full potential. We are a business unit of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. and our activities build on the reputation for editorial and technological excellence of its sister company, Nature Publishing Group (NPG). While building on NPG's high-quality, innovative approach, we will focus on technology-based solutions for research rather than scientific content"

Lewisham joins the London Libraries Consortium (UK)

"The London Borough of Lewisham becomes the 13th member of the London Libraries Consortium, bringing the number of residents in the consortium area to over 3 million. From March 2011 Lewisham's 250,000 residents will be able to access the consortium's shared library management system (LMS) from any internet-enabled computer, iPhone or via a library computer. The Borough is implementing the consortium's LMS, Axiell's OpenGalaxy, in just five months, so that its residents can gain access to over 5 million items held by consortium members as quickly as possible"

Springer Partners with the LOCKSS Program

The LOCKSS Program has announced Springer's participation in the Global LOCKSS Network. Springer has committed for LOCKSS preservation nearly 42,000 e-books; more than 2000 e-journals, 174 eReference works, and 22,000 Protocols. By implementing a library ownership model, Springer is enabling libraries to fulfill a core library mission - to build and preserve digital library collections

Journal of Information Literacy - Vol 4, No 2 (2010)

The Journal of Information Literacy is an international, peer- reviewed journal that aims to investigate information literacy in all its forms to address the interests of diverse IL communities of practice. JIL welcomes contributions that push the boundaries of IL beyond the educational setting and examine this phenomenon as a continuum between those involved in its development and delivery and those benefiting from its provision - Vol 4, No 2 (2010) now available

Handling for digitisation - British Library

Handling for digitisation: Preservation Advisory Centre/RLUK Training Day - 18 February 2011 - University of York, Library Offices, York, UK

Approaches to digitisation - British Library

Approaches to digitisation: Preservation Advisory Centre/RLUK Training Day - 9 February 2011 - British Library Centre for Conservation, London, UK

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Launch of "Upper Canada Land Board"

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of a new online database, "Upper Canada Land Board (1765–1804)." Through this online database, researchers can access more than 16,000 references to documents of the Upper Canada Land Board between 1765 and 1804. The Land Boards were created in 1789 to oversee land matters and facilitate settlement in the districts of Hesse, Luneburg, Mecklenburg and Nassau. This territory is now part of the province of Ontario

Bill Bryson wins 2010 Educational Writers' Award

Bill Bryson wins 2010 Educational Writers' AwardThe Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors have announced that Bill Bryson had been awarded the 2010 Educational Writers' Award for A Really Short History of Nearly Everything, abridged and edited by Felicia Law. The award was made at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons by Lord Hill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, who presented a £2,000 cheque to the winners.
Bryson, who shared the cash prize with Felicia Law who worked with him to abridge and edit the work opening it to a new age group, said of the award "I am honoured to be considered for this award. Any initiative that encourages young people to read is obviously to be applauded"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

América Latina en la Historia Económica

Physicians Academy

Revista Boliviana de Ciencias Sociales T'inkazos

Revista Médica del Uruguay


Revista de Biología Tropical

Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Geografia em Questão

Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering

Bina Journal of Ophthalmology

Orientación y Sociedad : Revista Internacional e Interdisciplinaria de Orientación Vocacional Ocupacional

POSTData : Revista de Reflexión y Análisis Político

Standards in Genomic Sciences

Archives of Foundry Engineering


Mora (Buenos Aires)

Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences

New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science

Pragmatic and Observational Research

Revista eSalud

International Journal of Computer Science and Engineering Survey

Journal of Internet Business

Aerul s,i Apa : Componente ale Mediului

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Croatian Journal of Food Technology, Biotecnology and Nutrition

International Journal of Industrial Engineering & Production Research

Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Research

Journal of Numerical Mathematics and Stochastics

International Journal of Distributed and Parallel Systems

Revista del Centro de Investigacion Flamenco Telethusa

Acta Chirurgica Iugoslavica

Conjectura : Filosofia e Educação

Conexão : Comunicação e Cultura

International Journal of Contemporary Business Studies

2010: E-Book Buyer's Guide to E-Book Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released 2010: E-Book Buyer's Guide to E-Book Privacy

LISTA - Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts via EBSCO

EBSCO Publishing is providing the LISTA database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management

2011 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology winner

Walter Mischel, psychology professor and Niven professor of humane letters at Columbia University, has won the 2011 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology valued at $100,000

Reviews in History publishes its 1,000th review

'Reviews in History, the online journal of the Institute of Historical Research, has published its 1,000th review. Launched in 1996, Reviews covers books and digital resources across every area of historical interest, with all reviews being undertaken by leading experts in the field. It has always been noted for its broad scope, chronologically, geographically and thematically. It now publishes a new issue every week on its recently redesigned website, each featuring four original reviews'

2010 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award

The 2010 Tony Kent Strix Award, given by the UK eInformation Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, has been awarded to Professor Michael Lynch

2010 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award (UK)

The 2010 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award went to Dr Shawky Salem in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession through excellence in education and teaching in information science. His citation makes reference to his unique role in the ILS Profession in his region, as a part of a team working together to promote advocacy for the Profession and to provide wider access to information, and a 'perfect use of electronic resources', so as to enrich cultural activities in both the Arab World and Canada

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Bird book sets new world record at London auction

Bird book sets new world record at London auctionA rare copy of John James Audubon's 'Birds of America' set a new world record for a printed book at auction Tuesday, selling for 7.3 million pounds in London, Sotheby's auctioneers said. The four-volume book was subject to competitive bidding on the phones and in Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries, and sold for 7,321,250 pounds (11,542,683 dollars, 8,647,111 euros), the auction house said in a statement. Originally estimated to sell for between four and six million pounds, the book was bought by London dealer Michael Tollemache

Launch of Canadian Families database

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of a new online database, Canadian Families. Through this online database, researchers can access references to baptisms, marriages and burials inscribed in church records held at Library and Archives Canada. This database will expand slowly over the next few years as more references are added

The HeinOnline Newsletter - November 2010

The HeinOnline Newsletter - November 2010 - Issue #11 is now available online

Gale to digitize McMaster University's Holocaust and Resistance Collections

Gale and McMaster University have announced an agreement for Gale to digitize McMaster University's collection of materials related to the Holocaust, propaganda and the Jewish underground resistance movement during the Second World War. "The depth and importance of the McMaster collection make it one of the leading Holocaust and Resistance archives in the world," said Jim Draper, vice president and publisher, Gale. "We are proud to have the opportunity to digitize these invaluable documents - and to make them available to a wider audience - so that students and researchers, no matter their location, can access these extraordinary materials that are crucial to a full understanding of the magnitude of the Holocaust and the period of the Second World War." The Holocaust collection covers the period between 1933 and 1945, when millions of people were imprisoned and died in Nazi concentration camps throughout Europe. Nearly 2,000 poignant letters in several different languages from or to prisoners in Dachau, Buchenwald and Auschwitz, as well as in Gestapo prisons and POW camps, comprise much of the collection's material. In many instances there are 20 letters or more written by the same prisoner, an uncommon feature in such a collection when often only a single letter survives. There is also a diary of the Nazi evacuation from Ravensbrück (women's concentration camp) as well as a hand-fashioned recipe book which prisoners exchanged among themselves. This collection also includes books, posters, magazines, newspapers and air-drop leaflets

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #132

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #132. "A key line this week: "Content remains content regardless of the form it is fixed in." You'll hear more in this week's episode". Previous Podcasts can be found here

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 by Walt Crawford is now available at lulu marketplace

Springer Realtime

Realtime.springer.com is a special service that gives you insight into what content is being read by the scientific community, all over the world, as it is happening

Long-lost Da Vinci code discovered in French library

A coded fragment of writing by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in a library in Nantes in western France after languishing in an archive for nearly 150 years. Experts have yet to decipher the text because it is written right to left in Leonardo's trademark mirror-writing style and the words are arcane 15th century Italian and other languages. The artist wrote most of his notes back to front, from left to right and reversing each letter, only using standard writing if he intended documents to be read by others. The yellowed scrap of manuscript was among 5000 documents donated to Nantes in 1872 by a wealthy collector


"Jainpedia is a five-year project to create an online, accessible resource for the Jain community and beyond. This will be a first for Jain heritage as there is no other online public resource that has worked with the key holders of Jain artefacts in the UK or worldwide"

New bibliometrics discussion list: Lis-bibliometrics

Lis-bibliometrics is a new discussion list aimed at the UK HE Library and Research community. As the use of citation analysis becomes more prevalent as a measure of research quality in UK HE, this list provides a forum for those involved in applying such measures. It may be used for discussing the advantages and disadvantages of bibliometrics generally, as well as the practical application of tools such as the JCR, Publish or Perish, Scimago and so on

First Monday - December 2010

First Monday - Volume 15, Number 12, 6 December 2010 now available

UK Jodi Awards 2010 winners

The winners of the UK Jodi Awards 2010 for accessible digital culture have been announced

Suppliers Network: CILIP's business forum for the LIS community

Suppliers Network is a business forum especially developed by CILIP to enable suppliers of products, services and systems to meet and influence those making purchasing decisions across the UK. The Network provides a comprehensive range of opportunities including regular Supplier Showcase events with potential buyers, high visibility through special advertising packages and web content, and a range of discounts and offers to make your sales and marketing budgets go further. Listed below are the companies who are members: