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Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards winners

Mystery Writers of America has announced, on the 201st anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Winners for the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2009. The Edgar Awards were presented to the winners at our 64th Gala Banquet, April 29, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City

CARL E-Lert # 374

CARL E-Lert # 374, April 30, 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Canada joins international network providing free access to health research; Open letter from coalition of Presidents, Provosts, and research Vice Presidents calls for increased access to publicly funded research; Federal Research Access Bill Making Progress in Congress; Gutenberg 2.0: Harvard's libraries deal with disruptive change

FreePint Newsletter 300

FreePint Newsletter 300 - 29 April, 2010 now available

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: France. "We are approaching the month of May, which is the time when France hosts one of its most famous events: the Cannes Film Festival. Try to answer this brainteaser about France and the French" Answers here.

1. Which famous Frenchman died on the island of St. Helena on May 5, 1821?
2. What are the three colours on the French flag?
3. Which historic event occurred in France on 14 July 1789?
4. Champagne is a sparkling wine that was first produced in which part of France: the Northeast, the Northwest or the Southeast?
5. Pissarro, Sisley and Renoir were part of which art movement which started in France in the 1860s?
6. What is the title of the national anthem of France?
7. Rouen and Le Havre owe their prosperity to their favourable location on which river?
8. The musical "Les Misérables" was based on a book by which French author?
9. France is bounded by seven countries. Name six of them.
10. Which French film director and writer adapted his novel "L'eau des collines" for the films "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources"?

'Adorn'd with Cuts' : The Illustrated Book in the Eighteenth Century

'Adorn'd with Cuts' : The Illustrated Book in the Eighteenth Century - a conference at Chawton House Library, Hampshire - 14 May 2010 - organised by the University of Southampton English Discipline, Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Chawton House Library

Introduction to Journals Publishing (UK)

Introduction to Journals Publishing "is an introductory course covering all aspects of journals publishing for those who are at the beginning of their careers. It covers everything from peer review to online delivery, and provides delegates with a clear understanding of how all the elements in this fast-moving area fit together" - 30 June, 2010 - Oxford, UK

YUDU media launches Shakespeare's entire collection as free ebooks

To celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth on April 26th YUDU has released Shakespeare's entire collection as free e-Books

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IFLA Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities list

"The IFLA Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities list (IFLA-LPD) is a forum for discussing matters of interest relating to libraries and information services serving persons with print disabilities. IFLA-LPD is restricted to subscribers. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to subscribe"

American Libraries Magazine - May 2010

American Libraries Magazine - May 2010 now available online

3rd annual Epublishing Innovation Forum

3rd annual Epublishing Innovation Forum - 25-26 May, 2010 - London, UK

Gale and Ex Libris partner to offer online access to authoritative electronic books and journals via Primo Central

"Ex Libris Group has announced that following an agreement with Gale, a number of Gale's leading academic databases can now be accessed directly via the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content. The flagship full-text periodical databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile, together with the Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Sabin America resources, are now available via Primo Central. Gale is the latest of the rapidly expanding group of aggregators who have chosen to make their content accessible to library users via Primo Central - a centralized index comprising data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Journal Plus Education

ANZIAM Journal : Electronic Supplement

Geologica Belgica

Nau Literaria : Crítica e Teoria de Literaturas em Língua Portuguesa

Revista de Patologia Tropical

Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature

Open Access Week 2010 declared for October 18 to 24

Open Access Week, the global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research now entering its fourth year, has been declared for October 18 to 24, 2010. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the worldwide academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New archive sources for the study of tuberculosis - Wellcome Library (UK)

 New archive sources for the study of tuberculosis - Wellcome Library"Two new sources for the study of tuberculosis are now available in the Wellcome Library's Archives and Manuscripts department. The Library has recently acquired the records of the British Thoracic Society: they have now been catalogued and made available for research (SA/BRT). The Society was founded in 1982 as an amalgamation of the British Thoracic Association and the Thoracic Society but it can trace its family tree back to 1910. The Society’s archive thus contains records of predecessor organisations dating back to the 1920s including the Society of Superintendents of Tuberculosis Institutions (f.1920); The Tuberculosis Association (f.1928 and later known as the British Tuberculosis Association, the British Thoracic and Tuberculosis Association and the British Thoracic Association); the Joint Tuberculosis Council (f.1924) and the Thoracic Society (f.1944)"

UKSG Introduction to Serials and E-Resources Today: London

UKSG Introduction to Serials and E-Resources Today: London is designed particularly for staff new to working with serials, whether from a publisher, an intermediary or a library. This seminar may also be of interest to those looking to consolidate and update their serials and e-resources knowledge - 25 May 2010

Survey: Streaming delivery of library video content

The open-source Variations project, http://variations.sourceforge.net, based at Indiana University, is planning to add streaming video to its existing capabilities. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about academic libraries' needs and existing practices (if any) for delivery of streaming video in support of teaching, learning, and research. Here is the link to the survey:


Child's Play? Children's Book Illustration of 19th-Century Britain

Child's Play? Children's Book Illustration of 19th-Century Britain"Child's Play? Children's Book Illustration of 19th-Century Britain - April 3-July 26, 2010 - Huntington Art Gallery, USA - In the 19th century - with the work of Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, and others - children's fairy tales and nursery rhymes began to be widely published, documenting what was originally a rich oral tradition across western cultures. In Britain, such publications were enlivened by the work of some of the most talented artists and illustrators of the period, including Walter Crane (1845–1915), Arthur Rackham (1867–1939), and Kate Greenaway (1846–1901). Drawing on the collections of The Huntington’s art and literary collections, "Child’s Play?" includes a selection of rare drawings as well as the books themselves. Although beguiling, some of the stories and their illustrations represent the often complicated layering of the joys and fears related to childhood and child rearing"

SCONUL Focus - Number 47, Winter 2009

SCONUL Focus - Number 47, Winter 2009 is now available from the Society of College, National and University Libraries, UK

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly - Fall 2009

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly - Fall 2009 is now available online

75,000 new WW1 records go online

UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has expanded its collection of British military records with the release of the Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920. The record set provides a listing of all Royal Marines who received medals for their service in World War 1, including those awarded the 1914 Star, the Clasp to the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New C&RL preprint now available

Article Title: Librarians’ Attitudes towards Knowledge Management
Author: Noa Aharony
Accepted: April 28, 2010
Anticipated Publication Date: March 2011

Preserving the British Library's C19 Newspaper Collection: Planets Film Released

Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access Through Networked Services) has released the first of four filmed and written studies to show how national libraries and archives in Europe are using Planets tools to preserve large and valuable digital collections. This five minute film documents the challenges the British Library has faced with preserving the 80TB of images and its use of Planets preservation planning tool, Plato, to support the decisions it has taken

STR Theatre Book Prize winner announced

The 2009 Theatre Book Prize has been awarded to Jann Parry's Different Drummer: the Life of Kenneth MacMillan

Collect: The Collections Management Exhibition

"Collect is a free trade fair highlighting the best in current practice, services and technologies for Collections Management. The day will give you the chance to meet and talk with some of the sector's leading suppliers of cutting edge prodcuts and services. It will also be an opportunity to meet fellow museum, library and archive professionals and discuss current issues in Collections Management" - 28 June 2010 - London, UK

RSC Publishing beta website

RSC Publishing has released a beta version of its new website (Royal Society of Chemistry)

LIS Research Coalition Conference 2010

LIS Research Coalition Conference 2010: Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010 - This one-day conference on June 28 2010 will consider perspectives on the library and information science research landscape with reference to: identifying LIS research opportunities; translating research outcomes into practice; growing research capacity amongst LIS professionals; and developing the future UK LIS research agenda. The programme will appeal all LIS research stakeholders - London, UK

Webcast: Podcasting for Libraries

Podcasting for Libraries - Live Webcast - October 1, 2010 - 11 a.m Pacific; 12:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Eastern - 1.5 hours. "Webcast description: Podcasting is like an Internet radio show, or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. There are millions of podcasts available, covering nearly any topic imaginable. Any library can produce a podcast using free software and inexpensive hardware. If you can post to a blog and talk into a microphone, you can create a podcast. How can your library use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming?"

Russia publishes Katyn massacre archives

Russia publishes Katyn massacre archivesFrom The BBC - "Russia has published previously secret documents on the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which some 22,000 Polish officers were killed by Soviet forces. The state archive said the "Packet No. 1" documents had until now only been available to specialist researchers. The Soviet Union denied its role in the massacre for decades. Relations between Russia and Poland have warmed since the Polish president and others were killed in a plane crash on their way to a Katyn commemoration. The documents that the state archive published were declassified in the 1990s though only specialist researchers had access to them, reports said. They were published online on the orders of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Poland has repeatedly demanded that Russia open all its files on Katyn. Earlier this month, the Russian and Polish prime ministers marked the massacre together for the first time. Days later, Polish President Lech Kaczynski and more than 90 others were killed when their plane crashed as it was trying to land in western Russia ahead of a separate event to mark the killings. The April 1940 killings were carried out by the NKVD Soviet secret police on the orders of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. They shot members of the Polish elite - officers, politicians and artists - in the back of the head and dumped their bodies in mass graves"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Young readers get a taste of Shakespeare (UK)

Young readers get a taste of Shakespeare (UK)Five schoolgirls performed part of a Shakespeare drama at an Oxford library to encourage young readers to pick up his plays. The Oxford High School pupils, aged 13 and 14, performed an extract from As You Like It in the children's section of the Central Library at Westgate. Alexandra Ackland-Snow, Christabel Cane, Clio Ragna-Takas, Eleanor Plews and Savannah Grieve, left, were joined by tutor Jennifer Rudnay, who performed Shakespeare sonnets at the event on Friday. Ms Rudnay, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, said: "The girls have been taught difficult theatrical techniques and are developing confidence through working in a group that will benefit them in whatever profession they decide to pursue." Kate Robinson, Oxfordshire County Council's children's librarian, said: "The girls' performance might be the first taste of Shakespeare for some children. Hopefully they will see how easily accessible his work is to people of all ages."

Wellcome Library Insight - Anatomies of London

Wellcome Library Insight - Anatomies of London"Discover fascinating, illuminating and sometimes lurid tales of London life preserved in the Wellcome Library" - Speaker: Chris Hilton, Senior Archivist, Wellcome Library - 29 April 2010

IFLA Journal - March 2010

IFLA Journal - Volume 36, Number 1, March 2010, is now available

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Review of Economics and Institutions

Ciência Animal Brasileira

Interculture Journal : online Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Studien

Coffee Science

Malaysian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Wacana Seni Journal of Art Discourse

Psicanálise e Barroco em Revista

The Library Research Round Table announces 2010 Shera Award recipients

The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association has announced the 2010 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the previous calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies. The 2010 recipient is Dr. Jane Greenberg for her work entitled, "Theoretical Considerations of Lifecycle Modeling: An Analysis of the Dryad Repository Demonstrating Automatic Metadata Propagation, Inheritance, and Value System Adoption," published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 47(3&4): 380 – 402, April 2009. The article shows that lifestyle modeling can provide a theoretical framework to enhance the understanding of metadata and help to sustain robust repository development. The Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research is given to provide recognition and monetary support for dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The 2010 recipient is Hea Lim Rhee University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences for her dissertation entitled, "The Relationship between Archival Appraisal Practice and the User Study in U.S. State Archives and Records Management Programs: An Exploratory Study."

Above the Fold - April 20, 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 - April 20, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 14 now available

AIP Library Matters - Spring 2010

AIP Library Matters - Spring 2010 issue is now available from American Institute of Physics

Wiley Online Library launching July 24, 2010

"Wiley Online Library will host the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science and the humanities. Built on the latest technology and designed with extensive input from scholars around the world, Wiley Online Library will deliver seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, 8000 books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases from John Wiley & Sons and key imprints including Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley-VCH and Jossey-Bass"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Author Alan Sillitoe dies in London aged 82

Author Alan Sillitoe dies in London aged 82The author Alan Sillitoe has died aged 82 at Charing Cross Hospital in London, his family has said. The Nottingham-born novelist emerged in the 1950s as one of the "Angry Young Men" of British fiction. His son David said he hoped his father would be remembered for his contribution to literature. His novels included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, both of which were made into films. The two books are regarded as classic examples of kitchen sink dramas reflecting life in the mid 20th century Britain. He was born on 4 March 1928 - the second son of an illiterate tannery labourer who was often out of work

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #115

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #115. Previous Podcasts can be found here

LIANZA Conference 2010

"The annual LIANZA Conference is the New Zealand's premier opportunity for Library and Information professionals to learn, share, enjoy and inspire." - 28 November - 1 December 2010 - Dunedin, New Zealand

Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress

Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress"Memories should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Advice on how to safeguard precious digital and traditional photos, documents, recordings and more will be presented at Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress. Library staff will discuss practical strategies for preserving personal collections from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 10, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed"

Sunday, April 25, 2010


UKGeocode uses Open Code Point data from Ordnance Survey to provide a UK geocoding service. Given a complete postcode, the longitude and latitude will be returned. Given the start of a postcode, a range of matching postcodes and corresponding latitude/longitude pairs will be returned

Just Read Campaign (UK)

"The objective of the Just Read Campaign is for every child in the UK to become a reader. This campaign is not about making children functionally literate. It goes beyond that. All the research shows that the child that reads for pleasure is more likely to achieve. Unfortunately, both the government's own statistics and international research show that reading standards are not improving in the UK and that enjoyment of reading is declining"

* Elaine McQuade, Children's Publishing Consultant
* Michael Rosen, Author and ex Children's Laureate
* Celia Rees, Author
* Caroline Horn, Editor, Reading Zone

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New York City Mayor signs Library Card Act into law

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently signed into law the Library Card Act, which requires that his city's Department of Education supply library card applications and information about how to obtain a card to students entering kindergarten, sixth grade, ninth grade, or when transferring into a new school

OCLC and American Theological Library Association announce partnership

"OCLC has welcomed the American Theological Library Association as the newest partner in the OCLC Partnership Program. As Partners, OCLC and ATLA will collaborate on programs and activities to enhance services and expand educational opportunities to members of both organizations. ATLA and OCLC have an extensive history of working together on initiatives such as the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, group services and electronic content offerings. This new partnership formalizes the work already under way and extends the opportunity to explore new ways to anticipate and address the needs of our shared members"

21st Century Explorer from Encyclopædia Britannica

21st Century Explorer from Encyclopædia Britannica"21st Century Explorer gives teachers and students access to two complete encyclopedias, interactive lessons, videos, and other resources - all correlated to state curriculum standards, consistent with classroom topics, and age-appropriate. 21st Century Explorer offers a gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica. Thousands of magazine and journal articles from EBSCO, an Internet Guide with editor-selected Web sites chosen for their relevancy and educational value, teacher resources, and thousands of images, multimedia, and illustrations help bring subjects to life"

Brill Journal Archive Online Part II

Now available: Brill Journal Archive Part II covering 2000-2009. The Brill Journal Archive Online now offers access to over 100,000 articles published before the year 2010, covering over 3,300 volumes of now 157 scholarly journals

World Bank frees up development data

The World Bank Group has said it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers. The decision - part of a larger effort to increase access to information at the World Bank - means that researchers, journalists, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and school children alike will be able to tap into the World Bank's databases via a new website, data.worldbank.org

Premier League Reading Stars 2010 (UK)

Premier League Reading Stars 2010 (UK)Premier League Reading Stars is an educational project that harnesses the motivational power of football to encourage families to enjoy reading. It targets those hard to reach groups in society who may not have shown an interest in reading, but who do have a passion for football. Each of the 20 Premier League clubs nominate a Reading Star to recommend his favourite book. Each club then adopts local public libraries who host reading clubs based on the book choices of all 20 Premier League Reading Stars. Both the children and parents attend the reading club, also enjoying a visit to a bookshop, a session with a published football author and a visit to the club stadium. Some lucky readers may also get to meet their favourite team's Reading Star! 2010 list now available

Building a New Librarianship from Dave Lankes

Building a New Librarianship from Dave Lankes, presented at the U.S. Embassy Rome's spring event 'Libraries in the 21st Century', Rome, Italy

The 2010 Wales Book of the Year Long List

From the tales of the Mabinogi to an account of a rural Welsh childhood in the 1920s and the diary of a modern-day police officer on the beat, the longlist for the Wales Book of the Year features an eclectic mix of subject matter and genres:

* Horatio Clare, A Single Swallow, Vintage
* Jasmine Donahaye, Self-Portrait as Ruth, Salt Modern Poets
* Philip Gross, I Spy Pinhole Eye, Cinnamon Press
* Emyr Humphreys, The Woman at the Window, Seren
* Peter Lord, The Meaning of Pictures, University of Wales Press
* Mike Thomas, Pocket Notebook, Heinemann
* Nikolai Tolstoy, The Oldest British Prose Literature: The Compilation of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, Edward Mellen Press
* Alun Trevor, The Songbird is Singing, Parthian
* Richard Marggraf Turley, Wan-Hu's Flying Chair, Salt Modern Poets
* Terri Wiltshire, Carry Me Home, Macmillan New Writing

Hidden Lives Revealed - A Virtual Archive, 1881-1918

Hidden Lives Revealed - A Virtual Archive, 1881-1918"Hidden Lives Revealed focuses on the period 1881-1918, and includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society. The Society cared for children across England and Wales - in both the densest urban conurbations and some of the smallest rural villages. The Waifs and Strays' Society looked after about 22,500 children between its foundation in 1881 and the end of World War One. The Waifs and Strays' Society became the Church of England Children's Society in 1946 and is now known as The Children's Society"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine

Brussels Studies

Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

European Transport Research Review

Identity in the Information Society

Current Research Journal of Economic Theory

Asian Journal of Business Management

Cell Death and Disease

International Journal of Biological Sciences and Engineering

Norte de Salud Mental

International Journal of Systems Control

Journal of Studies on Manufacturing


Synergies Canada

European Journal of Chemistry

International Journal of Signal and Image Processing

International Journal of Universal Computer Sciences

Journal of Electrical Engineering : Theory and Application

Journal of Modelling and Simulation of Systems

Investigaciones Europeas de Direccion y Economia de la Empresa

Journal of Information Architecture

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education

Eludamos : Journal for Computer Game Culture

Etnoantropoloski problemi

Social Research Reports

International Journal of Circumpolar Health

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Journal

International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences : Review and Research

Life Sciences and Medicine Research

CPU-e : Revista de Investigación Educativa

Revista ACTA Geográfica

Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology

DailyLit's Sci Fi Channel

DailyLit's Sci Fi Channel features short stories, book reviews, and book excerpts from major science fiction authors and publishers

CARL E-Lert # 373

CARL E-Lert # 373, April 23, 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Concordia University opens its research findings to the world; International Barcode of Life project gets major funding boost in lead-up to official launch; Congressman Presses for Broad Open-Access Bill; Counterfeiting Treaty, Now Public, Confirms Critics' Fears

Five more House of Lords journals (British History Online)

"Five more volumes of the Journal of the House of Lords have been added to British History Online. These cover the years 1776 to 1793, and thus a time of revolutions in France and North America. Several volumes also detail the protracted trial in the Lords of Warren Hastings, former governor-general of Bengal. Edmund Burke was one of the prosecutors and described Hastings as "the captain-general of iniquity"; nevertheless Hastings was eventually acquitted. In volume 38 there is some interesting detail of the state of George III's health: for example on 4 December 1788 the house heard a report of the Privy Council's examination of the king's doctors"

New book: Envisioning Future Academic Library Services

New book: Envisioning Future Academic Library ServicesEnvisioning Future Academic Library Services: Initiatives, ideas and challenges - Sue McKnight, editor. "There are huge challenges facing the library and information science profession owing to the rapidly changing environment in which it exists. Librarians need to be 'blended professionals' who can take all their professional skills and experience, and adapt them to different business models, strategic challenges and communities of practice. This topical edited collection will stimulate strategic and innovative thinking and question the status quo. It will be a 'must read' for leaders and future leaders of the profession, who will be challenged to align library services with the changing demands of the academic community and the work environment" - Facet Publishing

Friday, April 23, 2010

2010 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists

The shortlists for the 2010 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal have been announced:

CILIP Carnegie Medal
Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Bloomsbury)
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (illustrations by Chris Riddell, Bloomsbury)
Helen Grant, The Vanishing of Katerina Linden (Puffin)
Julie Hearn, Rowan the Strange (OUP)
Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer (Walker)
Terry Pratchett, Nation (Corgi)
Philip Reeve, Fever Crumb (Scholastic)
Marcus Sedgwick, Revolver (Orion)

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Grahame Baker-Smith, Leon and the Place Between (Templar)
Freya Blackwood, Harry and Hopper (text by Margaret Wild, Scholastic)
Oliver Jeffers, The Great Paper Caper (HarperCollins)
Satoshi Kitamura, Millie's Marvellous Hat (Andersen)
Dave McKean, Crazy Hair (text by Neil Gaiman, Bloomsbury)
Chris Riddell, The Graveyard Book (text by Neil Gaiman, Bloomsbury)
David Roberts, The Dunderheads (text by Paul Fleischman, Walker)
Viviane Schwarz, There Are Cats in This Book (Walker)

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at BAFTA in central London on Thursday 24 June 2010

2010 HAPLR Edition

The 2010 edition of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings has been released

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Sequels. "Many authors write sequels: books that follow on from an earlier work that they have written. Can you answer these questions about sequels? " Answers here.

1. "But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" was the sequel to which novel by Anita Loos?
2. Erica Jong's "How to Save Your Own Life" (1977) was a sequel to her first novel. What was that novel's title?
3. What was the title of the trilogy of fantasy novels written by J. R. R. Tolkien as a sequel to "The Hobbit"?
4. Who wrote the 1988 novel "Difficulties with Girls" as a sequel to his 1960 novel "Take a Girl like You"?
5. What was the title of the 1931 children's book that Arthur Ransome wrote as a sequel to "Swallows and Amazons"?
6. "2010: Odyssey Two" was the 1982 sequel to which 1968 science-fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke?
7. What was the title of the 1861 sequel to Thomas Hughes' "Tom Brown's Schooldays"?
8. "Songs of Enchantment" (1993) was the sequel to Ben Okri's third novel (which won the Booker Prize). What was that novel called?
9. What was the title of the 1909 sequel to L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"?
10. The sequel to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" is usually called "Through the Looking-Glass" but it actually had five more words in the title. What was the book's full title?

We Give Books - from Penguin Books

"We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, we donate a book to a leading literacy group on your behalf. "

New on HeinOnline: World Constitutions Illustrated

World Constitutions Illustrated is now available on HeinOnline. This library brings together constitutional documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and web sites. The initial release includes the current constitution for 193 countries and substantial constitutional hierarchies for the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, and Colombia

"The Sorter" - New York Public Library

"Experience the largest mechanical book sorter in the world, housed at the Library Services Center in Long Island City. By scanning barcodes on the books, the sorter is able to process and arrange books to deliver them to patrons within 24 hours"

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1

"Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture. “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project” – from which the collection draws its content, is the largest national project ever to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960" - EBSCOhost

Bookseller Industry Awards shortlist announced (UK)

Bookseller Industry Awards shortlist announced (UK)"The first Bookseller Industry Awards shortlist has been announced with 16 categories covering the publishing and retail industry. The awards combine the British Book Industry Awards, also known as the trade Nibbies, and The Bookseller's own Retail Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 17th May at the Royal Courts of Justice"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Governance and Recordkeeping Around The World - April 2010

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

Library plan for disused town hall in Aberystwyth (Wales)

Library plan for disused town hall in Aberystwyth (Wales)"A disused town hall could be turned into a library under plans by a local authority. The building in Aberystwyth is owned by Ceredigion council, but it became redundant when the authority opened a new office seven months ago. Officials have held talks with several organisations about funding the development, including the Welsh Assembly Government. The council said work could start on converting the building within a year. Aberystwyth Town Council had shown an interest in buying the town hall, but a spokesman said it fully supported the project to develop it. The town council currently has an office in the building, and it is believed that would continue if the plans were given the go-ahead. Conversion costs are estimated at £1m. "

2010 Locus Awards finalists

The top five finalists in each category of the 2010 Locus Awards have been announced. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010

"My favorite library memory" from ProQuest employees

As part of its National Library Week festivities, ProQuest employees were asked to share their favorite library memory

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries internship program

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries has announced a new SIL internship program. Two paid internships will be awarded each year, beginning with summer 2010, and are designed for current graduate students interested in working in research and/or museum libraries. There is a choice of internship opportunities

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Emerald celebrates Earth Day with free access to sustainability research

On 22 April 2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with free access to key scholarly research on sustainability. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, as well as "Rethinking Governance for Sustainability", a special issue of Corporate Governance, will be freely available online until 20 May 2010

SOLSTICE Conference 2010 (UK)

The SOLSTICE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University has announced it's 5th international conference - 3 June 2010

Oxford Bibliographies Online

"Oxford Bibliographies Online is a tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, data set they need for their research. It is a springboard for new research that allows for fluid movement between texts and databases within a given institution's collection and beyond. It is a starting point for organizing a research plan, or for preparing a writing assignment, or syllabus. The style and approach is accessible to student readers, but because of the depth of coverage it is of great use to faculty as well."

JISC Inform 27

JISC Inform 27 is now available from the Joint Information Systems Committee

Library and Archives Canada updates website

The homepage of Library and Archives Canada's web site has a new look that enhances the way we present our information. These modifications will make our rich and varied collections more accessible to our users. More changes are coming in the near future, including:

* The Power of the Communities: A resource guide to provide contact information for archives, libraries and schools across Canada will be available on May 31, 2010.
* The Librarian and Archivist of Canada’s newsletter: This new publication will report on our activities in acquisitions, collections management and resource discovery and will include a calendar of events. The e-newsletter will be available in June 2010

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 shortlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 shortlist has been announced:

* Rosie Alison - The Very Thought of You
* Barbara Kingsolver - The Lacuna
* Attica Locke - Black Water Rising
* Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
* Lorrie Moore - A Gate at the Stairs
* Monique Roffey - The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

Free preservation webinars offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15

"The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announces two free live webinars to be offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15. Archival 101 and Mold Prevention and Remediation are designed for individuals with little or no experience in preservation practices and procedures, including the general public. The webinars are also very valuable for those with a little more experience who wish to pick up some helpful hints. The webinars are presented free of charge as a public service by ALCTS as part the activities of Preservation Week 2010. Libraries are encouraged to make the webinars available to their patrons. Libraries can register for the webinars and show them as part of their events for Preservation Week. No fee is required to attend the webinars, however registration is required in order to receive the link to the presentation"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Above the Fold - April 2, 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 - April 2, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 13 now available

The Complete Popular Science Archive

The Complete Popular Science ArchivePopular Science writes: "We've partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. And today we're excited to announce you can browse the full archive right here on PopSci.com. As you will soon see, it's an amazing resource. Aside from bringing back memories for longtime readers, as a whole the archive beautifully encapsulates over a century of PopSci's fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives. Tracing our dreams and visions of the future back through time, you'll see that not a lot has changed. Some things we projected with startling accuracy, and others remain today what they were then--dreams. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. In the future, we'll be adding more advanced features for searching and browsing, so stay tuned"

OCLC/LJ Online Symposium on Mobile to be held May 20, 2010

"The future of information services and mobile technology is tightly intertwined. That's why OCLC and Library Journal have come together to present a free online symposium on the future of mobile on Thursday, May 20 from 1-4 pm ET"

inScience Communications from Wolters Kluwer

"Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions, Inc. has launched a service that consolidates its global scientific writing and communications businesses. This offering, called inScience Communications, capitalizes on the company's global scale combined with its unique local expertise"

Wiley eReader Resource

Wiley eReader Resource "will help you understand what an eReader is, what you can do with it, and which of the available devices is the best fit for you"

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010 shortlist

The shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010, in association with Champagne Taittinger, has been announced:

Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel, translated by John Cullen from the French, published by MacLehose Press

The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck translated by Anthea Bell from the German, published by Harvill Secker

Fists by Pietro Grossi, translated by Howard Curtis from the Italian, published by Pushkin Press

Broken Glass by Alain Manbanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson from the French, published by Serpent's Tail

The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami, translated by Anthea Bell from the German, published by Arabia Books

Chowringhee by Sankar, translated by Arunava Sinha from the Bengali, published by Atlantic Books

InSITE - April 19, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 15, No. 17, April 19, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# Firearms Research
# Gender and Land Rights Database
# LittleSis: Profiling the Powers that Be

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Advances in Natural Science

Sport Scientific And Practical Aspects

Karadeniz Arastrmalari

International Journal of Engineering, Science and Technology

Je-LKS : Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society

S.U. Journal of Agricultural Sciences

SERIEs : Journal of the Spanish Economic Association

Journal of Library Innovation

Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research

Quest : Issues in Contemporary Jewish History

BRAND : Broad Research in Accounting, Negotiation, and Distribution

Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences : Technical Sciences

Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology

International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Research (IJPBR)

Intersticios : Revista sociológica de pensamiento crítico

Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices

Central European Journal of International and Security Studies

Canadian Social Science

Cross-cultural Communication

Management Science and Engineering

Pesquisa & Desenvolvimento em Engenharia de Produção

Monday, April 19, 2010

SPARC enews/April 2010

SPARC enews/April 2010 is now available from SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Emerald and IFLA begin a special partnership

Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), have announced that they have formalised their relationship by signing a partnership agreement

London Book Fair 2010 - statement

"The London Book Fair Team is working hard to minimise the disruption to the fair caused by the volcanic ash temporarily closing airports in the UK and Europe. We know that many international exhibitors and visitors have already arrived and our substantial UK attendees remain unaffected. We are continuing to offer a packed schedule of seminars and events and if you are unable to make it due to travel constraints we will be providing a range of seminars as podcasts here afterwards. The LBF team are onsite at Earls Court and looking forward to welcoming you to LBF 2010. Should you require any help or assistance our customer service team are here to help on lbf.helpline@reedexpo.co.uk or call +(0)20 8271 2124"

Civil War Campaigner via Exact Editions

Civil War Campaigner via Exact Editions"Civil War Campaigner is the foremost publication for the Civil War living historian, featuring some of the leading living historians in the field. Civil War Campaigner is aimed at reenactors with either military or civilian interests who hold a passion for accurately recreating the war years of the 1860s. In the trial issue John Daniel Pagano demonstrates loading and firing lying down; Kevin R. Hershberger reports on the living history event at Old Bedford Village, PA; and 1st Lieutenant Jefferson R Hayes reports from the 145th Anniversary Event. Also featured in this issue, how period photographs, extant bonnets and fashion magazines can help the study of period millinery; Robert Lee Hodge gives his views on the preservation efforts at the historic Cedar Creek battlefield; and 'What's so wrong about wearing originals?', how to conserve period items for future generations"

Race Online 2012 (UK)

Race Online 2012 (UK)Race Online 2012 aims to bring people and organisations together to improve the life chances of the 10 million people who have never been online, particularly the four million who are also socially and economically excluded

Winners at the Museum and the Web conference 2010

"The annual Museums and the Web conference throws up some good examples of best and innovative practice in developing cultural heritage websites"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cites & Insights 10:6 (May 2010)

Cites & Insights 10:6 (May 2010) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - September/October 2009

Library of Congress Information Bulletin - Vol. 68, Nos 9-10 - September/October 2009 - is now available online

Norfolk's Millennium Library 'most popular in UK'

Norfolk's Millennium Library 'most popular in UK'A library in East Anglia has been revealed as UK's most popular for the third year running. The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library had more visitors and lent more books than any other in 2008/09. It attracted 1,519,524 visitors and lent 1,124,233 items, including books, DVDs and console games, after improvement work provided extra space. The figures were compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Poole Literary Festival 2010 (UK)

Poole Literary Festival 2010 (UK)The Poole Literary Festival will provide the opportunity to meet some of your favourite authors and discover new ones through a programme of workshops, discussions and events for adults, children and families - 29-31 October, 2010 - Poole, Dorset, UK

Kobo Beta Program

Kobo has announced its Beta Program. By signing up you can get early access to the latest software and have the opportunity to provide feedback on apps before they are released to the world

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Innovative launches Encore Synergy

"Innovative has announced the launch of Encore Synergy, the only discovery solution that fully integrates next-generation article discovery technology into a cutting-edge library discovery platform"

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - April 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 2, Number 10, April 15, 2010 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (USA)

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive, part of the digital library of Georgia, provides free access to full text historic newspapers covering the years 1857-1922. Current titles available include:

Atlanta Daily Examiner, 1857
Atlanta Daily Herald, 1873-1876
Atlanta Georgian, 1906-1911
Atlanta Intelligencer, 1851, 1854-1871
Atlantian, 1911-1922
Daily/Georgia Weekly Opinion, 1867-1868
Gate-City Guardian, 1861
Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader, 1860-1861
New Era, 1869-1872
Southern Confederacy, 1861-1864
Southern Miscellany, and Upper Georgia Whig, 1847
Southern World, 1882-1885
Sunny South, 1875-1907
Weekly Constitution, 1869-1882

1641 Depositions Project (Trinity College Dublin)

1641 Depositions Project (Trinity College Dublin)"The 1641 Depositions Project aims to conserve, digitise, transcribe and make the depositions available online in a fully TEI compliant format. The 1641 Depositions Project is a collaborative project between Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Cambridge working in partnership with IBM LanguageWare"

I-KNOW 2010

I-KNOW 2010I-KNOW 2010 brings together international researchers (in the English speaking scientific tracks) and practitioners (in the German speaking Praxisforum) from the fields of knowledge management and knowledge technologies. Opening and closing keynotes and a conference-wide exhibition complete the I-KNOW conference program. I-KNOW 2010 will be held concurrently with I-SEMANTICS 2010, the International Conference on Semantic Systems - 1-3 September, 2010 - Graz, Austria
LeaderLab Quarterly

International Journal of Information Systems and Telecommunication Engineering

KCA Journal of Business Management

3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature

vis-à-vis : Explorations in Anthropology


HIb Revista de Historia Iberoamericana

Journal of Construction in Developing Countries

Polish Journal of Public Health

Mathematics and its Applications : Annals of the Academy of Romanian Scientists

Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice

European Journal of Law and Technology

Le Matematiche

Makara Seri Sains


Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine

The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature

Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (e-FLT)

Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine


Jebat : Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies

Venets : The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural Heritage and Folk Studies

Transactions of the VSB : Technical University of Ostrava

International Journal of Emergency Medicine


Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

South African Medical Journal

Translation and Interpreting : The International Journal of Translation and Interpreting Research

Solutions Journal

CARL E-Lert # 372

CARL E-Lert # 372, April 2, 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: La neutralité du Net en débat; Richesse génétique du Québec; Libre Accès à la communication scientifique; La préservation numérique dans le contexte canadien

CARL E-Lert # 371

CARL E-Lert # 371, April 2, 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: CARL Meeting on open repositories; Addressing the Research Data Gap: A Review of Novel Services for Libraries; Scholars Increasingly Embrace Some, but Not All, Digital Media; Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies

Saint Botolph’s Review: 'an overture to the night and the party' where Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath first met

Saint Botolph’s Review: 'an overture to the night and the party' where Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath first met"The British Library has acquired an annotated edition of Saint Botolph's Review from the widow of the former Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, one of its creators, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the British Library. It is one of only three copies of the review held in public institutions in the UK and the only one that contains handwritten annotations. Alongside the acquisition of Saint Botolph's Review, the British Library publishes a new audio CD of Sylvia Plath speaking as poet, interviewee and critic. The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath features previously unpublished material including all her surviving BBC broadcasts. It includes Plath reading some of her most popular poems and a rare recording of Plath and Hughes talking about their creative work, their relationship and what it's like being married to your muse. The first edition of the Saint Botolph's Review was created by Hughes with his Cambridge friends and contemporaries, Lucas Myers, Daniel Huws, David Ross and Daniel Weissbort in February 1956. The magazine featured poetry and prose written by its contributors and included the first poems Hughes published under his own name (he had previously had poetry published under the pseudonyms, Daniel Hearing and Peter Crew). The magazine was named after the rectory in Cambridge where Myers lived"

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Eponyms. "Eponyms are words or phrases that come from people's names. So the watt was named after the Scottish engineer James Watt, and the Montessori method came from the name of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Try to identify these eponyms from the clues supplied" Answers here.

1. A scale for expressing the magnitude of earthquakes, named after an American seismologist (first name Charles). The scale ranges from 0 to 10.
2. An engine, or a vehicle driven by one, or a heavy mineral oil, named after the German engineer (first name Rudolf) who designed the engine.
3. A dessert consisting of meringue topped with fruit and whipped cream, named after a Russian ballerina (first name Anna).
4. A shallow, circular dish, usually of glass, used especially for growing bacteria, etc., named after a German biologist.
5. A woodwind musical instrument with a brass body, keys, and a single reed mouthpiece, invented by a Belgian whose first name was Adolphe.
6. A nervous disorder characterized by spasms of the facial muscles, shoulders, and extremities, sometimes accompanied by grunts, barks, or words, especially obscenities, named after the French neurologist who described it.
7. A high-jumping technique whereby the jumper clears the bar headfirst and backwards, named after the winner of the men's high jump at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, who perfected the technique.
8. A popular term for any minor error, or muddle, in speech or writing that appears to reveal an unconscious wish or preoccupation, named after an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist.
9. A city and port in Macedonia (northern Greece) named after his wife by Cassander, one of Alexander the Great's successors.
10. In ice skating, a jump where the skater takes off from the inside back edge of one skate, spins up to three times in the air, and lands on the outside back edge of the other skate, named after a Swedish skater (first name Ulrich) who devised it.

Webcast - Video in the Library: Trends and Best Practices

"In the past few years, video has emerged as one of the most exciting, dynamic areas of Web development. YouTube is now the third most visited site on the Web, and sites like Hulu are becoming ever more popular. Libraries have always delivered video content, but as new format and delivery options increase, so do questions about copyright, licensing, infrastructure, software, and more. This presentation will outline what the latest trends in video delivery mean for libraries. Packed with useful information, including checklists, standard licensing terms, technical overviews, and more, this webinar will give you the information you need to make informed decisions about how to deliver video services that best serve your patrons' research, classroom, and entertainment needs. Sponsored by Alexander Street and Library Journal - May 4, 2010"

First Monday - April 2010

First Monday - Volume 15, Number 4, 5 April 2010 now available

The Europeana Public Domain Charter

"The Europeana Foundation has published a policy statement, the Public Domain Charter, to highlight the value of public domain content in the knowledge economy. It alerts Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections to the fact that digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights in it"

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive"The Illustrated London News Historical Archive gives students and researchers unprecedented online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable with hit-term highlighting and links to corresponding illustrations. Facsimilies of articles and illustrations can be viewed, printed and saved either individually or in the context of the page in which they appear. Wherever possible Special Numbers covering special events such as coronations or royal funerals have been included. The ILN Historical Archive is only available for institutions to trial and purchase.The archive is not available at this stage for individual subscriptions, although a pay per view site may be considered at some future time"

FreePint Newsletter 299

FreePint Newsletter 299 - 15 April, 2010 now available

Library of the Society of Friends Newsletter Issue 5

Library of the Society of Friends Newsletter Issue 5 Spring/Summer 2010 is now available

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tales from the Terminal Room - March 2010

Tales from the Terminal Room - March 2010, Issue No. 89 is now available. Tales from the Terminal Room (TFTTR) 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

2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist

2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlistThe shortlist for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced:

* The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch) in translation. Harvill Secker
* The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French) in translation. Europa Editions, USA, Gallic Press, UK
* In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric (British) Doubleday, UK
* Settlement by Christoph Hein (German) in translation. Metropolitan Books
* The Believers by Zoë Heller (British). Fig Tree
* Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (Irish) Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK, Pantheon Books, USA
* God's Own Country by Ross Raisin (British) Viking
* Home by Marilynne Robinson (American) Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA, HarperCollins, Canada

BioSocieties - free online

BioSocieties - free online"The first issue of BioSocieties published by Palgrave Macmillan is now available. This is an exciting special issue on the theme of 'Drugs, Addiction and Society' consisting of nine thought-provoking articles from leading experts in the field, arising from an interdisciplinary conference on 'Addiction, the Brain and Society' held in Atlanta in February 2009"

2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize winner

Rana Dasgupta has won the £10,000 Best Book award at the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the novel "Solo"

Library of Congress acquires entire Twitter archive (USA)

Every public tweet since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress

Archaeology: Hidden treasure (Nature.com)

"The explosion in commercial archaeology has brought a flood of information. The problem now is figuring out how to find and use this unpublished literature"

Canadian Library Association awards 2010

The Canadian Library Association has announced the following awards:

Book of the Year for Children Award - Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award - Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid

Young Adult Canadian Book - Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Thoroton's history of Nottinghamshire now complete (UK)

"Thoroton's history, as amplified by Throsby, is now live. First appearing in 1677, and re-published by Throsby in three volumes a century later, it has been described as the first and greatest county history of Nottinghamshire"

ALA honors Patricia Tarin's lifetime of leadership with 2010 Equality Award

"Patricia Tarin will receive the 2010 Equality Award. The award, donated by Scarecrow Press, a member of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is bestowed on an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. Tarin has held a number of leadership positions in academic, public and government agencies throughout her career. Her vision for the development of initiatives to advance participation by minorities and women in librarianship has garnered recognition through organizations such as REFORMA, who selected Tarin as their 1991 Hispanic Librarian of the Year and ALA's 2008 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free the Word! London 2010

Free the Word! London 2010'Free the Word! is International PEN in spirit and action - a festival for authors and readers to make sparks across the divide between national literatures' - Sir Tom Stoppard. - 14-18 April 2010, London, UK

Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 longlist announced

The longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010, the award for a first novel published in the UK, has been announced:

* The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott (MacLehose Press, Quercus)
* Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen (Tindal Street Press)
* The Hungry Ghostsby Anne Berry (Blue Door)
* Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)
* The Shadow of a Smileby Kachi A. Ozumba (Alma Books)
* Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley (Picador)
* The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
* Designs for a Happy Home by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury)
* Beauty by Raphael Selbourne (Tindal Street Press)
* The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (Atlantic Books)

ALPSP Awards 2010

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers invites applications for the 2010 Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 9 September at the ALPSP International Conference. The closing date for receipt of applications for all three awards is 14 June 2010

Orange Award for New Writers 2010 shortlist

The Orange Award for New Writers 2010 shortlist has been announced:

* The Book of Fires - Jane Borodale, Harper Press
* The Boy Next Door - Irene Sabatini, Sceptre
* After The Fire, A Still Small Voice - Evie Wyld, Jonathan Cape

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rare Jane Austen artefacts on show at Winchester Cathedral (UK)

Rare Jane Austen artefacts on show at Winchester Cathedral (UK)A new exhibition which opened on Saturday 10 April celebrates Jane Austen's life in Hampshire. Situated beside her final resting place within the Cathedral, the exhibition includes information about her childhood, writing, illness and funeral. To complement the story, a number of exhibits from Winchester Cathedral’s and Winchester College's collections will be on display until 20 September 2010

It's in the Mail: Improving the Physical Delivery of Library Resources

Webinar - It's in the Mail: Improving the Physical Delivery of Library Resources - May 12, 2010

Gale announces non-exclusive licensing agreement with NEWSWEEK

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced an agreement with NEWSWEEK, Inc. covering the licensing of NEWSWEEK, Newsweek International and Newsweek.com content for all Gale products

Libri - January 2010

Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services - Volume 60, Number 1, January 2010 - Online issue available to subscribers. Libri makes full-text articles available online without subscription one year after publication

Promoting good handling - Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day (UK)

"Ensuring the safe use of collections by staff and readers is both good practice and a cost-effective method of preventing damage. Risk assessments regularly find that use of collections presents a high risk of damage, yet it is a risk that is easily mitigated. This training day is aimed at library and archive staff with responsibility for writing, implementing or promoting handling and use policies. The day communicates the role of good handling practices in the preservation of library and archive collections, outlines methods of promoting good handling practices within organisations and to users, and provides information that supports library and archive staff with the implementation of handling policies. It is led by Jane Pimlott and Sarah Hamlyn of the British Library" - 17 May 2010 - British Library Centre for Conservation, London, UK

2010 Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize have been announced

Cpedia - the automated encyclopedia from Cuil

"Traditionally, search engines have returned a list of references in response to a query - ten blue links. Cpedia changes this. A natural way for people to receive information is a report - a summary of the topic. Current search results are more analogous to receiving a bibliography than a sourced report. For each query, Cpedia algorithmically summarizes and clusters the ideas on the web and uses this to generate a report. We do the heavy lifting of removing all the repetition, so that unique and novel content surfaces. Just as Wikipedia uses the effort of a large number of people to edit a topic, we combine all the documents written about an idea on the web to generate one article"

Athletics Weekly on the iPad - a video from Exact Editions

Exact Editions has created a video which shows how Athletics Weekly appears on the iPad from Apple:

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Revista de Administração da Unimep

Romanian Review of European Governance Studies

Meridiano 47 : Boletim de Análise de Conjuntura em Relações Internacionais

Dermatology Research and Practice

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology

Revista Sul-brasiliera de Odontologia

Advances in Meteorology

Anesthesiology Research and Practice

International Journal of Agronomy

Journal of Nucleic Acids

Journal of Osteoporosis

Journal of Thyroid Research

Organizações & Sociedade

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology

Canadian Electronic Library Newsletter - April 2010

Canadian Electronic Library Newsletter - April 2010 is now available online. The Canadian Electronic Library provides libraries with over 25,000 current monographs online, fully catalogued and ready for instant use by all library patrons

MODS version 3.4 Schema for community review

The Library of Congress and the MODS Editorial Committee have announced the release of a draft MODS 3.4 Schema for community review. Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) is a schema for a bibliographic element set that may be used for a variety of purposes, and particularly for library applications. The standard is maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress with input from users.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 2010 (Scotland)

"By the time of its seventh festival in 2010, the Borders Book Festival has grown into a national, UK, event. For four days in June in the stunning setting of Harmony Gardens in Melrose, it will stage the announcement of two of Britain's major literary awards. The inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and will given to the best novel of 2009, and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Scottish Arts Council Scottish Book of the Year will go to one of a shortlist of four."

BMC Research Notes

"BMC Research Notes is an open access journal publishing scientifically sound research across all fields of biology and medicine, enabling authors to publish updates to previous research, software tools and databases, data sets, small-scale clinical studies, and reports of confirmatory or 'negative' results. Additionally the journal welcomes descriptions of incremental improvements to methods as well as short correspondence items and hypotheses"

DBpedia 3.5 released

DBpedia 3.5 released"The new release is based on Wikipedia dumps dating from March 2010. Compared to the 3.4 release, we were able to increase the quality of the DBpedia knowledge base by employing a new data extraction framework which applies various data cleansing heuristics as well as by extending the infobox-to-ontology mappings that guide the data extraction process."

Secret Songs of Birds: The Hidden Beauty of Birdsong Revealed (British Library)

Secret Songs of Birds: The Hidden Beauty of Birdsong Revealed (British Library)"The British Library has launched a new CD that puts birdsong under the acoustic microscope, revealing the hidden detail of some of the natural world's most impressive songs. Many songbirds, such as the Skylark, Icterine Warbler and Grey Fantail produce songs that astound us with their complexity and speed of delivery. Though these songs never fail to impress, it is almost impossible for the human ear to distinguish the wealth of hidden notes and surprising melodies that make up these remarkable compositions. Secret Songs of Birds: The Hidden Beauty of Birdsong Revealed features 24 original recordings played alongside digitally mastered versions where the natural speed has been slowed down to reveal the subtle intricacy of each song in its full splendour. These extraordinary avian sound recordings are combined with an expert account of the latest theories about birdsong and its meaning"

National Non-Fiction Day 2010 (UK)

National Non-Fiction Day is an annual celebration, initiated by the Federation of Children's Book Groups in partnership with Scholastic Children's Books. It aims to celebrate all that is brilliant about non fiction and show that it's not just fiction that can be read and enjoyed for pleasure. The first National Non-Fiction Day will be celebrated on the 4th November 2010, and annually thereafter on the first Thursday in November. RSS Feed

Shakespeare makes Twitter debut with RSC Sorrow

A "world first" version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet taking place entirely through social networking site Twitter launched today. A collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and new media entertainment company Mudlark, Such Tweet Sorrow features a cast of six who will play out the story in real time over the next five weeks

Emerald adds Journal of Asia Business Studies to its portfolio

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the addition of the distinguished University of San Francisco journal, Journal of Asia Business Studies, to its management research list

Digital Economy Bill [HL] 2009-10 (UK)

The Bill implements aspects of Government policy on digital media set out in the 'Digital Britain' White Paper published in June 2009. Key areas:

* requires Ofcom to report on communications infrastructure and media content
* imposes obligations on internet service providers to reduce online copyright infringement
* allows the Secretary of State to intervene in internet domain name registration
* requires Channel Four to provide public service content on a range of media
* provides more flexibility over the licensing of Channel 3 and Channel 5 services
* modifies the licensing regime to facilitate switchover to digital radio
* allows variation of the public service provision in Channel 3 and 5 licences
* provides Ofcom with additional powers in relation to electromagnetic spectrum access
* extends the range of video games that are subject to age-related classification
* includes non-print formats in the public lending right payment scheme

Following amendments in the House of Commons Committee Stage, the Bill no longer provides for the appointment of providers of regional and local news. Provisions in relation to extending copyright licensing and orphan works have also been removed