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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Imperial War Museum holdings added to Copac (UK)

"The holdings of the Imperial War Museum's Collections Access have been added to Copac. The Imperial War Museum Collections Access is a unique national reference library on twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain and Commonwealth countries. The collection includes unit histories, technical manuals, biographies, autobiographies, and publications on the military, economic, social and cultural aspects of war"

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on October 2010 Activities

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on October 2010 Activities:

Newberry Library 2011-2012 Fellowships in the Humanities (USA)

The Newberry Library, a Chicago-based independent research library, has announced a series of fellowships in the humanities for 2011-12

Fully name searchable marriage records 1837-2005 on findmypast.co.uk

You can now search fully name indexed marriage records 1837-2005 on findmypast.co.uk

E-only scholarly journals: overcoming the barriers

"As part of our transitions in scholarly communications portfolio of projects, this first report investigates the barriers to moving to e-only publishing of scholarly journals, and ways in which those barriers might be overcome" - Research Information Network

AALL Spectrum - December 2010

AALL Spectrum - Volume 15 No. 3 December 2010 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

OED Online - December 2010 update

"The latest update of the OED, published on 1 December 2010, revises more than 2,400 entries and adds new words from across the dictionary. Key strands include: a) act, action, be, being; b) analogue, cyber-, digital; c) bio; d) conservative, labour, liberal; and e) intellect, intelligence, know, knowledge. Other significant sequences now revised are: add to address; civic to civil servant; crime to crimson, engine to engineering; and dictate to dictum, which includes dictionary. The OED publishes four updates each year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in March 2011"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Podcast: Hidden Women: uncovering the veil of silence during the partition of Punjab, India 1947 (UK)

"Dr Pippa Virdee of De Montfort University uncovers the hidden voices of Muslim women during the partition of the Punjab, India in 1947. Using first-hand accounts, Dr Virdee reveals how women, often sheltered from private and public spaces, created their own space during this complex and traumatising time. This talk was part of The National Archives' Diversity Week, a series of events and activities aimed at promoting equality and diversity in how we work and what we do."

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #131

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #131. "This week's episode brings some quick hits and references WikiLeaks". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Library Connect Newsletter - November 2010

Library Connect Newsletter, from Elsevier - Volume 8, Number, 4, November 2010 is now available

InSITE - November 28, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 7, November 28, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# Free the Slaves
# Project on Government Secrecy
# St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project

Inventory of the South Asian Pamphlets Collection, 1920-2005 (bulk 1950-2000)

"The South Asian Pamphlets Collection spans the years 1920-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, and with only a few items from the 1920s-1940s. It is arranged in the following categories by country of publication: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The largest group houses publications from India (177 boxes), followed by Pakistan (58 boxes). Topics commonly covered in each country series include but are not limited to agriculture, arts, defense, economic development, education, ethnic or cultural conflict, industry and commerce, international relations, politics and government, population issues, religion and philosophy, rural development, tourism, and the status of women. While the majority of the pamphlets were published by organizations and agencies and do not list individual authors' names, there are also pamphlets with individual authors listed" - Duke University

The LibQUAL+® Update: Summer/Fall 2010

The Summer/Fall 2010 issue of the LibQUAL+® Update is now available online

Ariadne - Issue 65 - October 2010

Ariadne - Issue 65, October 2010 is now available. Ariadne is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide. Subscribe to the RSS Feed

Wikileaks releases secret US embassy cables

"On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities. The cables, which date from 1966 to the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret"

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2010 (UK)

The nominees for the eighteenth annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award are:

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (4th Estate)
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Atlantic Books)
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (Atlantic Books)
Maya by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)
A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee (Constable & Robinson)
Heartbreak by Craig Raine (Atlantic Books)
The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerville (W&N)
Mr Peanut by Adam Ross (Jonathan Cape)

The award will be presented to the winner on the 29th November at a ceremony at the In & Out Club in St James's Square, London, UK

New SAGE titles on Highwire

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety

SCL Supports Race Online 2012 (UK)

"The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) supports Race Online 2012 and welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Office on the digital review undertaken for the government by Martha Lane Fox. SCL has pledged that public libraries will help 500,000 people get online by the end of 2012. All front line library staff are digital champions who not only promote digital services to their customers but also support them to go online, building skills and confidence where required. Nearly 30% of households in the UK do not have access to the internet at home and for many people the local library is an essential link for access to online resources"

PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2011

The Public Knowledge Project has announced that, in partnership with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26-28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany

Public Domain Day

"This Public Domain Day (each year's January 1st) website is an initiative of COMMUNIA, the European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain, with special support from the Open Knowledge Foundation (UK) and the Center for the Study of Public Domain at Duke University (USA). Our aim is to raise worldwide awareness about the role of the public domain in our societies and to provide resources and information. Please feel free to browse our website and related links and pages - to find greater inspiration and enjoy the creative and entrepreneurial freedom granted to everybody by the public domain"

SAGE supports new Research Support Programme at the University of Sussex Library

"SAGE makes gift to the University of Sussex Library to help fund a new Research Hive for doctoral students and researchers. The gift, which will be matched by a government grant, is being used to support a new Research Support Programme developed by the Library, part of which involves a dedicated space, or 'hive', in the Library for researchers and academics to meet and discuss their work"

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Axe may fall on half of Oxfordshire's council libraries (UK)

Funding for nearly half of Oxfordshire's council-run libraries and many of its youth services could be axed under budget cuts. The proposals would affect 20 of the county council's 43 libraries, and 20 out of 33 youth services. The Conservative-run council said it hoped volunteers would step in to run the services under Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" plans. The council needs to save between £155m and £203m up to 2015. A spokesman could not say how many jobs would go as a result of the library and youth service cuts, adding 1,000 job losses before 2015 across the whole council had already been announced - BBC

CARL E-Lert # 402

CARL E-Lert # 402, November 26 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: ACTA comes one step closer to existence; New Models for University Presses; Minister Clement Updates Canadians on Canada's Digital Economy Strategy; High-stakes copyright bill back before MPs; "Unprecedented opportunity for libraries and archives" - WIPO to work on library and archive copyright exceptions

CARL E-Lert # 401

CARL E-Lert # 401, November 19 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Accord entre Hachette et Google; Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities' Riches; Copyright bill: Go ahead, with changes; Copyright fear mongering hits a new high

CARL E-Lert # 400

CARL E-Lert # 400, November 12 2010 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Open Data, Open Minds Highlight SPARC Digital Repository Meeting; Bill C-32 Receives Support at Second Reading, Now to Committee for Review; Landmark work lands on auction block; Lessig Calls For WIPO To Lead Overhaul Of Copyright System; The Web Is Reborn

Eurostat regional yearbook 2010

Eurostat regional yearbook 2010 gives a detailed picture of a large number of statistical fields in the 27 Member States of the European Union, as well as in candidate and EFTA countries

Friday, November 26, 2010

Oxford students evicted after Bodleian Library sit-in

Oxford students evicted after Bodleian Library sit-in"Students staging a sit-in protest at Oxford's Bodleian Library have been evicted. Some were led out by police although the university said most walked out of the building at about 1700 GMT. Students were searched as they left the historic site but no arrests were made. About 50 students remained outside. The protest was held over plans to raise tuition fees and scrap the educational maintenance allowance for low-income higher education students" - BBC

New Guide for Internment Camps in Canada during the First and Second World Wars

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new guide to its collection of documents on internment camps in Canada during both world wars (1914–1918 and 1939–1945). This guide describes the extensive collection of governmental and private records generally consisting of textual documents on paper or on microfilm as well as publications about internment camps located on Canadian soil

New UK government publications - 22-26 November 2010

New UK government publications - 22-26 November 2010 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

Mexico launches digital library

"Mexico has joined a world online library project, with the launch Wednesday of its Mexican Digital Library. The library, launched by president of the state-run National Culture and Arts Council Consuelo Saizar, will make historic texts available in eight languages to participants worldwide under the World Digital Library project, which is being promoted by the U.S. Library of Congress. Mexico's contribution to this program includes key codices, published in the pictorial script used in the nation before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th Century: the Colombian Codice, Testeriano Catechism, the Marquesado del Valle Codice and the Totomixtlahuac Codice"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

16:9 : a Danish Journal of Film Studies

Journal of Analytical Science & Technology

Sri Ramachandra Journal of Medicine

International Indigenous Policy Journal

JURA : Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Dalumat : Multikultural at Multidisiplinaryong E-Journal sa Araling Filipino

International School Bangkok Journal of Physics

Environmental Research, Engineering and Management


Frontiers in Psychology

Revista de Administratie Publica si Politici Sociale

Malacologica Bohemoslovaca

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - November 26, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: About Time, Too. "The questions in this week's brainteasers all concern some aspect of time" Answers here.

1. How many years are there in a decade?
2. The globe is divided into how many time zones: twelve, twenty-four, or forty?
3. How many years are there in a millennium?
4. In the 1952 Western film 'High Noon". who played the marshal deserted by all his fellow townsfolk as he awaited a returning desperado?
5. The letters "p.m." mean "after noon". What Latin phrase are they short for?
6. Who wrote the novel "The Time Machine", published in 1895?
7. In talking about time, what does "GMT" stand for?
8. Which Christian festival falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox?
9. Who wrote the 1944 novel "Time Must Have a Stop"?
10. A nanosecond is a unit of time equal to what part of a second?

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives News - November 2010 (UK)

The November 2010 edition of Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives News is now available

Palgrave Connect 2011 ebook collections now available for pre-purchase

"Palgrave Connect 2011 collections are now available to purchase. These 11 ebook collections in our key subject areas bring together our most recently published monographs and from January 2011 will be updated monthly, resulting in titles being available online shortly after their print release. By the end of 2011 Palgrave Connect will offer access to over 7,500 ebook titles along with two key reference archives"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Religious Archives Survey (UK)

In partnership with the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and the Religious Archives Group, The National Archives has undertaken a survey of religious archives in the United Kingdom. This has been undertaken with the aid of a grant from The Pilgrim Trust. The report on the Religious Archives Survey is available, along with an executive summary and translations of the summary

Panel for 2011 Man Booker Prize announced

Panel for 2011 Man Booker Prize announced The full judging panel for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is announced today, Thursday 25 November 2010. The judges are Matthew d'Ancona, writer and journalist; Susan Hill, author; Chris Mullin, author and politician and Gaby Wood, Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph. The judges will be chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, pictured


curated.bycurated.by - a growing collection of topics & interests edited, organized and curated by everyone. Follow the topics you are interested in or create and share your own topics with everyone else

NLM® Catalog and journals databases merge

The National Library of Medicine Catalog will soon be redesigned to provide users with a streamlined interface and enhanced search and display of the 1.4 million bibliographic records in the NLM database. The NLM Catalog will contain detailed MEDLINE indexing information about the journals in PubMed and other National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) databases. The Journals Database will be retired

Above the Fold - 19 November, 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 - 19 November, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 40 now available

Ana Maria Matute wins Cervantes Prize

Ana Maria Matute wins Cervantes Prize"Spanish novelist Ana Maria Matute has won the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honour. The 85-year-old said she was "enormously happy" to win the 125,000 euro (£106,000) Spanish prize. Matute is regarded as one of Spain's best post-Civil War writers and her work often centres on the conflict. The author is only the third woman to win the award since it was created in 1975" - BBC

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management

International Journal of Multimedia Intelligence and Security

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Amazon.it launched

"Amazon.com has launched Amazon.it, an Italian-language website offering customers a vast selection of books, DVDs, video games, music and consumer electronics at everyday low prices"

Anti-smoking archive grows - Wellcome Library, UK

The archives of the anti-smoking charity ASH, held by the Wellcome Library, have almost doubled in size, with the addition of 80 boxes of newly catalogued material

ALISS is now on Facebook

ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences) is a not-for-profit unincorporated professional society. It is an independent group which was formed in April 2005 by the former committee of ASSIGN (Aslib Social Science Information Group and Network). The purpose of the group is to:

* Provide opportunities for networking and self-development.
* Offer a forum for communication.
* Create a network of cooperation and a forum for discussion about emerging issues in social science librarianship.

The UK National Archives calls for volunteers on Twitter

"Throughout 2010, The UK National Archives has been bringing the historic events of 1940 to life, tweeting them 70 years to the minute that they occurred via twitter.com/ukwarcabinet. Now, we are asking for volunteers from our thousands of online followers to take over the project next year. Each tweet links through to an original document which is available online, allowing people to seek out more detail from the government papers. So far this year, we have tweeted developments from Chamberlain's government, Churchill's dramatic rise to power, the loss of France and the 'miracle' of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz. To encourage greater interaction with our historical documents, followers are now being invited to participate in the running of the feed. From January onwards, participants can research and tweet extracts from the 1941 cabinet papers, sending 'live' updates direct to a worldwide audience on the key developments during that year including: Allied victories in North Africa, the sinking of the Bismarck and the attack on Pearl Harbour. Interested participants can apply via UK War Cabinet twitter feed. If you want to get involved, send a tweet from your twitter account to tell us you are interested to @ukwarcabinet"

New titles in PubMed Central

Investigative Genetics

AoB Plants

OCLC Annual Report 2009/2010

The OCLC Annual Report 2009/2010 is now available online

The Biodiversity Heritage Library adds 14,000 records to WorldCat

"The Biodiversity Heritage Library, the world's largest repository of full-text digitized legacy biodiversity literature, has added more than 14,000 records of digitized materials brought together from 12 prestigious institutions to WorldCat, making these items accessible to researchers through the world's largest resource for finding library materials. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. BHL is the scanning and digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to assemble information on all living species known to science into one ever-expanding, trusted, Web-based resource"

Core Benefits, SPEC Kit 320, Published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries has published Core Benefits, SPEC Kit 320, which explores the core employment benefits of retirement, and life, health, and other insurance —benefits that are typically decided by the parent institution and often have significant governmental regulation

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 winner announced

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 winner announced"The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, founded 68 years ago in honour of the writer John Llewellyn Rhys, who was killed in action in World War II, is open to British and Commonwealth writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, aged 35 or under, at the time of publication. The prize is worth GBP5,000 to the winner, with the other shortlisted authors receiving GBP500 each. The winner is Amy Sackville for The Still Point"

AIP Advances from American Institute of Physics

"AIP Advances is a new journal focusing on applied research in the physical sciences. The journal represents a new way to communicate your research and ensure that it is brought to the attention of the global physical sciences community. Using the best that technology has to offer, AIP Advances will put your work at the heart of the conversations taking place in science today"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SkyShelf from LibreDigital, Inc.

"SkyShelf is a virtual bookshelf that allows you to buy the eBooks you want and read them instantly. No special eReader is required. Just use your computer, tablet, smart phone or any device with a supported web browser"

The Complete World Development Report Online from The World Bank

A new online collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 has been launched by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily access and search across these World Bank annual flagship publications, is free and open to the public and may be accessed at http://wdronline.worldbank.org

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Cumhuriyet Medical Journal

Diversité et Identité Culturelle en Europe (DICE)


International Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences and Technology

Journal of Engineering Science and Technology

Frontiers in Psychiatry

Philosophical News


Journal of Law & Family Studies

Schriften des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins für Schleswig-Holstein

Denkströme : Journal der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

KONA : Powder and Particle Journal


Cadernos de Pesquisa Interdisciplinar em Ciências Humanas

Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business (IJCRB)

Makara Seri Teknologi

Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society (S.A.P.I.EN.S)

Colombian Journal of Anesthesiology

e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators' Association


Suicidology Online

Chilean Journal of Statistics

Fennia : International Journal of Geography

eBook Summit (USA)

eBook Summit - December 15, 2010 - New York, USA

Monday, November 22, 2010

National Library of Wales set to 'lose £1m' after draft budget

"The National Library of Wales claims it is set to lose £1m over the next three years and jobs under the Welsh Assembly Government's draft budget. The library, based in Aberystwyth, receives most of its running costs directly from Cardiff Bay. It said its purchasing grant, which has been used to buy manuscripts by Dylan Thomas and a self-portrait by Sir Kyffin Williams, would be halved"

Modernizing Textual Reprography Services at Library and Archives Canada

"Library and Archives Canada has announced that it is modernizing its textual reprography services in order to meet growing client demand for digital copies. Therefore, as of November 15, 2010, LAC will now offer copies of various textual records in digital format. Phase one of this initiative focuses on public domain documents as well as government records and private records for which release of reproductions will be permitted according to legislative, contractual and institutional obligations. Subsequent phases of the digital reprography initiative will expand to include requests such as records released through Access to Information and Privacy legislation"

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure project

"This year the world commemorates the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At the same time a European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project sets out to bring research into the Holocaust to a new level. EHRI's main objective is to support the European Holocaust research community by opening up a portal that will give online access to dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust all over Europe and Israel, and by encouraging collaborative research through the development of new tools. For this purpose twenty organizations, research institutions, libraries, archives, museums and memorial sites, from thirteen European countries, including Israel, will work together"

People's Collection Wales

People's Collection Wales is an online library covering the economic, social and political history of Wales and Welsh life which contains digital content taken from the collections of the National Museum Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the National Library of Wales, Culturenet Cymru, and other museums, archives, galleries

Springer announces SpringerBriefs

"Springer has announced SpringerBriefs, concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields. Featuring compact volumes of 50 to 125 pages, the series covers a range of content from professional to academic"

SAGE to become publisher of Psychology of Women Quarterly

SAGE has partnered with Division 35 of the American Psychological Association to publish Psychology of Women Quarterly, the official journal of the Society for the Psychology of Women. The journal is transferring from Wiley-Blackwell to SAGE with the March 2011 issue

Thatcher files now available online (UK)

"The National Archives has published online for the first time the official papers of one of Britain's most iconic political figures. From November 18, the prime ministerial files of Margaret Thatcher's first year in power can be searched for free. To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's resignation from Number 10, over 100 records from The Prime Minister's Office (PREM files) have been newly digitised in a joint project by The National Archives and The Margaret Thatcher Foundation. The files, dating from May until December 1979, have been transcribed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to allow the records to be fully searchable by keyword"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #130

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #130. "Somehow we survived last week's re-transmission of an old-timey Thanksgiving special. This week's episode brings a zeitgeist update and a news miscellany. A book review was planned but that is being held back for a later episode". Previous Podcasts can be found here

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - November 2010

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 5, November 15, 2010 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Podcast: The London Gazette - not just the brave and the bankrupt

Podcast: The London Gazette - not just the brave and the bankrupt"Family History specialist Audrey Collins discusses how researchers can get the most out of the London Gazette, Britain's oldest continually-published newspaper. From its first edition, produced in Oxford in November 1665 while London suffered through the plague, it became well-known as the source for official notices. This treasure trove for family and local historians and can reveal details of gallantry awards, notices of bankruptcy, changes of name, and much more"

Journal of Electronic Publishing - Fall 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 2 - Fall 2010 is now available

SAGE Open to launch Spring 2011

"SAGE has announced the launch of SAGE Open, a new publication to support open access publishing in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. SAGE Open will publish peer-reviewed original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. The journal will offer authors quick review and decision times; a speedy, continuous-publication format; and global distribution for their research via the SAGE Journals Online platform. The articles will also be guaranteed professional copyediting and typesetting. The publication supports the growing number of authors who require their articles to be freely available on publication, either because of personal preference or because of university or government mandates"

Google, Hachette ink accord on book scanning - Reuters

"Google has signed an accord with France's biggest book publisher Hachette Livre on the scanning and sale of out-of-print books, which grants the publisher wide control over pricing and content. The deal, announced on Wednesday, covers some 50,000 French language titles, including literature, academic works and reference books, and is unlikely to generate huge revenue for Hachette parent company Lagardere"

The British Library adds 12 million records to WorldCat

"OCLC has announced that the British Library has added 12 million bibliographic records to WorldCat, the world's largest online resource for finding library materials. OCLC staff worked closely with British Library staff to add the records over a four-month project. As a result of the cooperative effort, OCLC and the British Library have enhanced the process to add these valuable records to WorldCat for the benefit of researchers worldwide. According to the British Library, WorldCat is an increasingly important resource used to expose its holdings worldwide, and for supporting a number of its core services including resource sharing and document delivery"

U.S. Government Printing Office content available through EBSCO Discovery Service

Metadata from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) will soon be searchable through EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. EDS Customers will be able to search for federal records from the Government Printing Office's Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. The U.S Government Printing Office provides publishing & dissemination services for the official & authentic government publications to Congress, federal agencies, federal depository libraries, & the American public. GPO resources that will be available through EDS include federal publications from the following catalogues:

* Congressional Serial Set Catalog
* Congressional Publications
* GPO Access Publications
* Internet Publications
* Periodicals
* Serials

Wellcome Library Item of the Month, November 2010: A Victorian Paper Trail

Wellcome Library Item of the Month, November 2010: A Victorian Paper Trail"Among books, journal articles, pamphlets and bound volumes of patents about Victorian toilets (flushing or non-flushing), systems of varying complexity for the disposal (and recycling) of human sewage and many items about personal and household hygiene; we also have in the Wellcome Library's Ephemera Collection what must be fairly scarce examples of late 19th century toilet paper. Our main example comes from the 1870s, when one popular product was the Diamond Mills Paper Company's 'Bromo Paper' which came in packs of about 500 individual sheets inside a solid card box (21 x 15 x 3 cm.), open at the top so that single sheets could be pulled out as required. Every sheet had a distinguishing watermark of 'Bromo' so that counterfeit versions could be easily spotted (the packaging states this was a problem in India). This toilet tissue had been awarded the highest prize at the Paris Exposition in 1878 and every pack proudly bore reproductions of both sides of the medal to prove it. The Wellcome Library holds one such pack, now catalogued as EPH471A"

SirsiDynix releases BookMyne 2.0 iPhone Application

"In addition to providing mobile access to in-demand library information, holdings and services, BookMyne 2.0 offers a myriad of patron-pleasing features including:

* Barcode scanning capability, so library users can scan the barcode of a book at a bookstore or friend's home and retrieve availability information on the book at the patron's library of choice;
* Social recommendation engine powered via Goodreads, enabling iPhone or iPod Touch users to search library holding for friend-recommended reads;
* New York Times best seller list cross-referencing, enabling users to immediately cross-check the best seller list with library holdings and place holds remotely;
* Enhanced account interaction, including the ability for library users to view fines and fees on their Apple mobile device"

Wolters Kluwer Germany acquires LexisNexis Deutschland

"Wolters Kluwer Germany Holding GmbH has announced that the company will acquire LexisNexis Deutschland GmbH. Through this acquisition, the online legal services part of the portfolio of Wolters Kluwer Germany will be expanded by the range of services and the technological expertise of the online databases of LexisNexis Deutschland. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close around the end of the year. Financial terms are not being disclosed"

Workshop: social media strategies (UK)

Karen Blakeman is running a pre-Online Information conference workshop about social media strategies on 29 November 2010 at the Olympia Conference Centre, London - "The real-life guide to using social media to promote your organisation and services".

In essence it will cover:

* how the major search tools are incorporating social media and real time information in their search results and how you can use this to increase awareness of your organisation and its services
* the importance of identifying relevant platforms and applications for your organisation and tailoring content for them
* ways in which you can generate and re-use content to reach more potential users
* engaging with existing and potential customers and users
* how you can monitor the effectiveness of social media
* technical and human resource issues and the skills needed to implement a social media strategy

The Open University embraces the Linked Open Data Movement (UK)

The Open University is the first university in the UK to open up access to online data from across the institution as part of the Linked Open Data Movement. The JISC-funded OU's LUCERO (Linking University Content for Education and Research Online) project has enabled information stored across many of the university's websites to be brought together in a common, openly accessible location: data.open.ac.uk

AddressingHistory (Scotland)

AddressingHistory is asking history enthusiasts to explore their ancestors and local historical connections by finding and placing historical Scottish Post Office Directory listings on the map. Based at EDINA, University of Edinburgh, the AddressingHistory website combines the listings from the Directories, historical forerunners of Yellow Pages, with maps from the same years. The site, which is free to use, allows users to search for historical people, places and professions and presents results both on a map and as an editable listing that links to the full digitised Directory page. You can use the AddressingHistory API to search AddressingHistory's database of Post Office Directories

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Credo Reference signs agreement with I.B. Tauris

Credo Reference has signed an agreement to integrate a key I.B. Tauris title into the Credo General Reference service. Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Ideas is the first title from I.B. Tauris to be added to the Credo platform under this agreement

4Humanities launches

4Humanities is a site created by the international community of digital humanities scholars and educators to assist in advocacy for the humanities. 4Humanities is both a platform and a resource. As a platform, 4Humanities will stage the efforts of humanities advocates to reach out to the public. We are a combination newspaper, magazine, channel, blog, wiki, and social network. We solicit well-reasoned or creative demonstrations, examples, testimonials, arguments, opinion pieces, open letters, press releases, print posters, video "advertisements," write-in campaigns, social-media campaigns, short films, and other innovative forms of humanities advocacy, along with accessibly-written scholarly works grounding the whole in research or reflection about the state of the humanities

Serving the 21st Century Patron

"You are invited to attend WebJunction's second free online conference, Serving the 21st Century Patron, on December 1-2. Over the course of 8 sessions and with 11+ speakers, we'll focus on the changing needs and evolving approaches related to customer service in 21st-century libraries. Be sure not to miss the final session, Battledecks, which challenges speakers to present an unknown set of slides - and the audience gets to choose the best result!"

Friday, November 19, 2010

2010 National Book Award winners (USA)

The 2010 National Book Award winners have been announced:


* Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)

Non Fiction

* Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)


* Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Viking Penguin)

Young People's Literature

* Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Concept : The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory

Études Photographiques

Travail et Formation en Éducation

Genre & Histoire

Southeast Asian Studies

Revista de Geopolítica

Flaubert : Revue Critique et Génétique

Revue de Géographie Alpine

International Journal of Current Research and Review

Revue Historique des Armées

Revista de Análiis Económico (RAE)

Discours : Revue de Linguistique, Psycholinguistique et Informatique

Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association

Revista Mediterránea de Comunicación


Indian Journal of Commerce & Management Studies

Sociétés et Jeunesses en Difficulté

Bulletin du Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem

Studii si Cercetari Filologice. Seria Limbi Straine Aplicate

PSL Quarterly Review

Advanced Materials Letters

CIRIEC - España : Revista de Economía Pública, Social y Cooperativa

Inner Resources for Leaders

Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership

eXPRESS Polymer Letters

Magis International Journal of Research in Education

Journal of Orofacial Sciences

AALL November 20110 E-Newsletter

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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - November 19, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Ships and Boats. "Our brainteaser is all about ships and boats - real and fictitious." Answers here.

1. In which city would you be most likely to see the boat with pointed upturned ends called a gondola?
2. Where would you be most likely to find a "narrow boat"?
3. The "Cutty Sark" was one of the swiftest and most celebrated British ships. Was it a galleon, a steamboat or a clipper?
4. In modern use, how many hulls does a catamaran have?
5. In Edward Lear's poem "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", what colour was the boat in which the title characters went to sea?
6. Name one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus and his crew boarded for a famous voyage from Spain westwards in August 1492.
7. What was the title of Katherine Anne Porter's only novel, published in 1962, which was made into a 1964 film directed by Stanley Kramer?
8. Name the comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan about the marriage of the beautiful daughter of the captain of the ship in the title.
9. What was the name of the ship commanded by Captain Ahab in "Moby-Dick"?
10. What is or was a "Q-ship"?

Biblio Tech Review - November 2010

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

* Libraries Choose AirPAC for Smartphones
* NISO Announces availability of NCIP Implementer Registry
* TLC releases smart-phone app
* California library installs automated branch in BART Station

And much more

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Official Papers Reading Room opens at the Bodleian Law Library

"Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley's Librarian, and Professor Timothy Endicott, Dean of the Faculty of Law, formally opened the new Official Papers Reading Room at the Bodleian Law Library today. The establishment of the new reading room on the ground floor of the St Cross Law Library is part of a major estates and technology transformation to improve services to readers within the Bodleian Libraries. The new reading room has been refurbished from what was, originally, closed book stacks"

Columbia University Libraries receive gift to establish Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies

The Columbia University Libraries have received a gift of $4 million to establish the Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies which will include three new endowments: a Jewish Studies librarian, the General Jewish Studies Collection and the Special Collections in Judaica

Protesters say George Bush Library should be a pile of rubble (USA)

Protesters say George Bush Library should be a pile of rubble (USA)"Several thousand people lined up to see George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice shovel dirt into a hole at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the site slated to become the George Bush Presidential Center housing a museum, library and archives. Over 100 peace activists showed up to protest, including New York City artist Laurie Arbiter, who helped organize a March of the Dead and carried a sign asking 'Does America Have a Conscience?' 'Rather than build a library, we should leave the broken ground and just fill it with a big pile of rubble,' said Arbiter. 'That would truly represent the catastrophic results of the Bush Administration.'"

Largest-ever cash gift of $100 million left to Huntington Library (USA)

Largest-ever cash gift of $100 million left to Huntington Library"A $100 million gift from the estate of Huntington Library doyenne Frances Lasker Brody - the largest cash gift in the institution's history - was announced Tuesday by President Steven S. Koblick. It feels "a lot like winning the lottery," Koblick said of the bequest, which could yield more than the announced amount. But the money won't be used to buy the equivalent of "a new house, a second car, a third home," he said. "The Huntington wants to be very careful not to overcommit these funds," Koblick said. "We want to put it into safe investments that will augment our lifestyle over time ... This is really going to be used strategically to stretch the financial basis of the institution." None of the money will be used for new buildings, Koblick said. As Brody wanted, her gift will focus on funding the Huntington's botanical gardens, allowing operational funds to go instead to such priorities as staff salaries, Koblick said"

'Welsh Voices' on BBC web site (UK)

The JISC-funded Welsh Voices project has provided content for a new gallery of images on the BBC web site commemorating the 92nd anniversary of Armistice Day

Bringing it all together: iPads, Online and Print (UK)

Bringing it all together: iPads, Online and Print - December 1, 09.30-13.00 - The British Library, London, UK

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (USA)

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is the online research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association

OCLC Research Channel on YouTube

"Here you'll find videos about some of the things OCLC Research is working on to help make operational processes more efficient and shape new scholarly services for research libraries worldwide"

India’s first multi-function eReader

India’s first multi-function eReader "The Wink eReader is India's first multi-function eReader that supports more than 15 regional languages. Though designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals you can also listen to music, check your mail or play games on your Wink eReader. The Wink uses e-ink technology to display content to readers. The advantages of Wink are portability, strain-free readability even in bright sunlight and substantial battery life"

Scholarships to attend the 2011 Code4Lib Conference (USA)

Oregon State University and the Western North Carolina Library Network are sponsoring four scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity. Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to attend the 2011 Code4lib conference, which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, from Monday, February 7 through Thursday, February 10. The Code4Lib scholarship committee will award these scholarships based on merit and need

ARL-CNI Forum on Achieving Strategic Change, October 2010: audio & slides now online

ARL-CNI Forum on Achieving Strategic Change, October 2010: audio & slides now online

Costa Book Awards 2010 shortlists announced

Costa Coffee has announced the shortlists for the 2010 Costa Book Awards. The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books in five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland:

Costa First Novel Award

* Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
* Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh Shukla
* The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer
* Not Quite White by Simon Thirsk

Costa Novel Award

* Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
* The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
* The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
* Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Costa Biography Award

* How to Live A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
* My Father's Fortune by Michael Frayn
* The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Costa Poetry Award

* Standard Midland by Roy Fisher
* The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
* Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
* New Light for the Old Dark by Sam Willetts

Costa Children's Book Award

* Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
* Annexed by Sharon Dogar
* Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
* Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners

Louise Rennison and Louise Yates have won this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prizes with 'Withering Tights' (7-14 year-olds) and 'Dog Loves Books (0-6) respectively

Library and information science research project awarded GBP45,000 grant

"The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded a GBP45,000 grant to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. The network will spread expertise through a connected community across all LIS sectors. It will provide high quality training events and opportunities for knowledge exchange. The ultimate aim is to improve library and information services. The grant has been awarded to Dr Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. It has been awarded for a project called Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM). The project will last for twenty months from January 2011 until August 2012"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FreePint Newsletter 314

FreePint Newsletter 314 - 18 November, 2010 now available

Total Politics goes digital via Exact Edition

Total Politics goes digital via Exact Edition"Total Politics is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to all things political. Its overarching goal is to be unremittingly positive about the political process and to bring subscribers the most interesting, informative and insightful features and commentary from across the UK and the world"

Open Bibliographic Data Guide from JISC (UK)

JISC has produced a guide to open bibliographic data to enable academic librarians to explore why some libraries are experimenting with releasing bibliographic data under an open licence and what are the practical issues involved in taking this open approach

Prairie Prestige: How Western Canadian Artists Have Influenced Canadian Art

From University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections: A large number of nationally and internationally renowned artists have come out of western Canada over the years. Names such as Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, Bertram Brooker, Leo Mol, Arnold O. Brigden, George Swinton, and many others have been recognized not only for their individual talents, but for their influence on other Canadian artists and in the development of the Canadian art scene. This website will explain how these and other western Canadian artists influenced artists throughout the country and around the world. It will explain how western Canadian artists have been instrumental in shaping Canada's sterling reputation as a world leader and innovator in art and culture. Prairie Prestige: How Western Canadian Artists Have Influenced Canadian Art features digitized archival material from the fonds of several prominent western Canadian artists, namely:

* Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald
* George Swinton
* Arnold O. Brigden
* Elizabeth Maude MacVicar
* Bertram Brooker
* Leo Mol
* Angus Shortt

In addition, the religious work of several Ukrainian-Canadian artists is also showcased

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Robert Trent Jones' legacy comes to Cornell University Library

"The extensive archive of Robert Trent Jones, arguably the world's most famous golf course architect, has found a home at Cornell University Library. "No one has altered the landscape of golf - literally altered it - like the Jones family," said Jones biographer James Hansen. "Cornell University gave Jones the education he needed to become a golf course designer, and he loved Cornell for the rest of his life. There was never any question but that Jones wanted Cornell to be the one place above all where his legacy would be remembered and nourished." The archive covers the entire span of Jones' 70-year career, including thousands of hand-drawn plans, sketches and blueprints, as well as artifacts and personal correspondence from some of golf's most famous figures like Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. The collection is a gift from Jones' two sons, Robert Trent Jr. and Rees, who are also accomplished golf course architects"

Winners of 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards announced (Canada)

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 14 winners of the 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards, worth $25,000 each. This year, 11 of the 14 winners received the award for the very first time. The seven English and seven French awards are given to authors, illustrators and translators in the categories of fiction, poetry, drama, non‑fiction, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation

Spider Robinson is Vancouver Public Library's sixth Writer in Residence (Canada)

Spider Robinson is Vancouver Public Library's sixth Writer in Residence (Canada)"Award-winning science fiction author Spider Robinson is Vancouver Public Library's sixth Writer in Residence. During his four-month tenure, Robinson, an internationally acclaimed author of 36 novels, will mentor emerging writers and share his expertise with the community through readings, events and the Library's first-ever podcasted workshop. The residency also allows the writer to spend 75 percent of their time writing and Robinson will work on his novel tentatively titled Orphan Stars, the first book in a trilogy of sequels to Variable Star"

Protest organized around Bush library groundbreaking (USA)

Protest organized around Bush library groundbreaking (USA)"Anti-war protesters gathered on the SMU campus Monday, calling for former President George W. Bush to be arrested for war crimes. The rally was designed to coincide with festivities surrounding this week's groundbreaking for the former president's library being built on campus. In a protest organized by the Dallas Peace Center, two dozen demonstrators, including Lori Perdue of Indianapolis, gathered amid 175 pairs of worn Army boots near Ford Stadium at the southern tip of Southern Methodist University. The boots in the display, called "Eyes Wide Open," represented some of the service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Protesters say that Bush violated national and international laws by pursuing the wars and approving waterboarding as an interrogation technique" - Dallas Morning News

2011 International Impac Dublin Award longlist

The longlist for the 2011 International Impac Dublin Award has been announced

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health


Scientia Iuris

Scientific Papers of the Research Institute for Fruit Growing Pitesti, Romania

Arbutus Review

Perspectives : International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy

Consilience : The Journal of Sustainable Development

A Parte Rei : Revista de Filosofia

Save The Words lets you adopt a dying word

"Save The Words is a project from Oxford Dictionaries. It lays out a large canvas of endangered words in front of your eyes, and when you click a word, a dialog pops up with its meaning. The definitions are simple and easy to understand. Once you find a word that strikes you as original, interesting, or worthy in some other way, you can "adopt" it"

Monday, November 15, 2010

D-Lib Magazine - November/December 2010

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

Updates to Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection - Alexander Street Press

Updates to Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection60 new plays have been added to Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection. This update brings Audio Drama to 241 plays; when complete, it will have 300 plays, and additional scene-level indexing will be coming in 2011. Some of the new additions include:

* Neil Simon's Barefoot In The Park, starring Eric Stoltz and Laura Linney
* Molière's The Misanthrope starring Kevin Gudahl, Hollis Resnik, and Harry Althaus
* Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest starring James Marsters
* Moisés Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde starring Simon Templeman
* Shakespeare's Pericles
* Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky

Also new with this update is Send To Mobile functionality. Now you can take the collection with you by streaming works directly to your mobile device

Podcast: Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers' service documents

"Military records specialist William Spencer talks about WO 97, one of The U.K. National Archives' most popular record series. This series holds detailed and comprehensive military records of over 1.5 million soldiers who served in the British Army between 1760 and 1913. This talk reveals the enlightening information found in the records, for anyone with ancestors who served in the army during this period"

Elsevier announces the SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks Collection 2011 Frontlist

"Elsevier has announced its 2011 eBook collections available for advance purchase and to be released on SciVerse ScienceDirect, its online scientific knowledge platform. The 2011 offerings total 439 titles spread across 24 distinct subject areas, with individual titles scheduled to publish between January 1 and December 31, 2011"

InSITE - November 15, 2010

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 6, November 15, 2010 is now available. Contents:

# Foreign Relations of the United States
# HPN: Humanitarian Practice Network
# Most Horrible and Shocking Murders

First Monday - November 2010

First Monday - Volume 15, Number 11, 4 November 2010 now available

Institutional Repository Bibliography, Version 3

"The Institutional Repository Bibliography (IRB), from Charles W. Bailey, Jr., presents selected English-language articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding institutional repositories. Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories for published articles. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical" - Version 3, November 15, 2010

2010 Cundill Prize in History winner (Canada)

A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years has earned British historian Diarmaid MacCulloch the 2010 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University, the world's most important non-fiction historical literature prize

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Berkshire Publishing Collection now available on Credo Reference

"Credo Reference has significantly expanded their agreement with the Berkshire Publishing Group. Five major Berkshire resources will be available for the first time through the Credo Publisher Collection service"

Current Scholarship Program: 2011 title list

Current Scholarship Program: 2011 title list"The Current Scholarship Program makes current and historical scholarly content available on a single, integrated platform, providing a single point for librarians and end users around the world to access this content, and ensuring this content's long-term preservation. Faculty and students around the world will be able to access all licensed content on JSTOR - current issues, back issues, and a growing set of primary source materials from libraries - easily and seamlessly. For the 2011 subscription year, 174 titles from 19 publishers are available via the Current Scholarship Program. Libraries may subscribe to current issues on a Single Title basis or assemble their own custom collections of single titles. For both Single Title and Collections, JSTOR provides current issue access back to the Digital Availability Date for each title. This date is defined as either: (a) the first online volume published that was also available for purchase by libraries from the publisher (e.g. not an aggregator), or (b) for titles not yet online, the year ahead of the moving wall. This date is fixed so a current subscription grows in content year after year for all subscribers. In addition to current issues, libraries may subscribe to full runs of Single Titles (from Volume 1, Issue 1 to present) and Collections"

Portraits in the Street: Year of the Métis Nation (Canada)

Portraits in the Street: Year of the Métis Nation (Canada)"To mark the 125th anniversary of the Northwest Resistance and the execution of Métis leader Louis Riel, the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is proud to present the outdoor art exhibition Portraits in the Street: Year of the Métis Nation at the The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. November 12, 2010 – January 10, 2011"

Remembering Scotland At War

Remembering Scotland At War"Remembering Scotland At War is a pioneering online museum with a social networking area particularly aimed at 'capturing memories'. It has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland to showcase and encourage personal accounts from civilians, younger and older veterans, and currently serving military of how conflict has affected them. The culmination of a 3 year project led by Museums Galleries Scotland and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Remembering Scotland At War features over 200 exhibitions, interviews, photographs and footage spanning from the Second World War to more recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan. Accounts include personal stories of individuals, families, local communities, and even the impact on Scotland's landscapes"

New UK government publications - 5-12 November 2010

New UK government publications - 5-12 November 2010 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

Above the Fold - 5 November, 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 - 5 November, 2010 - Vol. 3, No. 38 now available

Friday, November 12, 2010

List of organisations awarded the CILIP Seal of Recognition

The following organisations have been awarded the CILIP Seal of Recognition for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities for the library and information sector:

University of Liverpool (Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies)

CILIP Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)

Avon University Libraries in Co-operation (AULIC)

Opening the Book Ltd

Cataloguing and Indexing Group

Aerospace and Defence Librarians Group




Oxford University Library Services

Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Health Libraries Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

International Library and Information Group

Commercial Legal and Scientific Information Group

Career Development Group

The Open University

North West Health Care Libraries Unit

European Information Association

National Acquisition Group

Society of Indexers

Libraries and Information East Midlands Group



West Midlands Health Library Development Unit

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru



CILIP Enterprises

York College

The Network

NHS Direct Wales

CPD 25

CILIP Health Libraries Group

Preservation Advisory Centre

University of Ulster

London Libraries Development Agency

CILIP Personnel, Training and Education Group

ALPSP International Conference 2011

ALPSP International Conference 2011 - 14-16 September 2011 - Oxford, UK
The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Smith. "Some while ago we had a brainteaser about people whose surname was Jones. Now we have a quiz in which you have to identify from the clues people whose surname is Smith." Answers here.

1. Rap artist who had the lead role in TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and later starred in the films "Independence Day" and "Men in Black".
2. British actress who appeared in the films "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", "A Room With a View", "The First Wives Club" and "Gosford Park".
3. The most prominent jazz-blues Hammond organ player of the late fifties and early sixties.
4. Australian gardener Maria Ann Smith had an apple named after the familiar name she was known by. What is the apple called?
5. British author who wrote the children's classic "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" as well as the plays "Autumn Crocus" and "Dear Octopus".
6. British writer whose best-known poem is probably the title poem of her 1957 collection "Not Waving But Drowning".
7. African-American blues singer (died 1937) known for her imposing physical size and full-bodied delivery. Edward Albee wrote a 1960 play about her death.
8. The founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormons).
9. English economist whose 1776 book "The Wealth of Nations" revolutionized thinking about capitalism.
10. A Whig clergyman and canon of St Paul's who was called by Macaulay "The Smith of Smiths".

Seattle Magazine now available as freemium iPhone/iPad app

Seattle Magazine is now available as a freemium iPhone/iPad app created by Exact Editions

November 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books now available at LibraryThing

The November 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 3088 copies of 100 books available this month

Thursday, November 11, 2010

InfoLocate (Canada)

"InfoLocate is a search and discovery tool for the Great Library and Ontario County and District Law Association Libraries' collections of print and electronic resources. Search here for books, journals and other print materials, e-books, e-journals, online CLE articles and websites"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Zbornik Matice Srpske za Prirodne Nauke

Psicologia USP

Revista Brasileira de Geofísica

Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Scientiae Studia

Soldagem & Inspeção


Acta Veterinaria

Catholic Education : A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Contemporary Clinical Dentistry

Geološki Anali Balkanskog Poluostrva

Glasnik Šumarskog Fakulteta

Global Journal of Technology and Optimization

Societate s,i Politica(

Annals of Duna(rea de Jos University. Fascicle I : Economics and Applied Informatics

Teaching American Literature : A Journal of Theory and Practice

Transnational Literature

Voix Plurielles


Južnoslovenski Filolog

Medicinski Pregled


Middle East Studies

Banat's Journal of Biotechnology

Language and Literature : European Landmarks of Identity

Studii de Gramatica Contrastiva

Universal Journal of Computer Science and Engineering Technology

Acta Botanica Malacitana

Amfiteatru Economic

Journal of Financial Therapy

Revista Redescrições : Revista on-line do GT de Pragmatismo e Filosofia Norte-Americana

Escola Anna Nery

Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics

Journal of Library and Information Science

Jurnal Teknik Industri

Brunei International Medical Journal

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing. An Englishwoman in California: The Letters of Catherine Hubback 1871-1876

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing. An Englishwoman in California: The Letters of Catherine Hubback 1871-1876"The Bodleian Library has released a cache of previously unpublished letters by a niece of Jane Austen: An Englishwoman in California: The Letters of Catherine Hubback 1871-1876. Catherine Hubback, herself a novelist, was fifty-two years old when she left England for America. Travelling on the Transcontinental Railroad in 1871, she settled in Oakland, on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. There, where she lived with her son Edward, who commuted by ferryboat to a wheat brokerage in the city, she began a faithful correspondence with her eldest son John and his wife Mary in Liverpool. Her extraordinary letters offer an intimate and unguarded view of an eventful life in the 1870s and give an intelligent and coherent account of the San Francisco area at a time of rapid growth and financial unrest...."

Governance and Recordkeeping Around The World - November 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" - November 2010 issue now available

Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010 winner announced

'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' (Pan Macmillan) has won the second Wellcome Trust Book Prize

130 libraries in the capital face axe in spending cuts (UK)

"A third of London's public libraries are at risk of closure because of spending cuts, an Evening Standard investigation has found. It means hundreds of thousands of regular borrowers are likely to see their local branch shut - restricting access to the "civilising" impact of literature, as well as learning facilities and free use of the internet. Critics condemned the cuts to a service that was once the envy of the world, and is still the main source of books for children and the elderly"

Call for Douglas Byrne Marconi Fellowship applications

"The Bodleian Libraries are calling for applicants interested in researching the history of science and technology. Thanks to a grant from the Wireless Preservation Society, the Bodleian Libraries offer an annual fellowship to support a scholar in residence. The value of the award in 2011 will be GBP4000. Applications are encouraged from those wishing to consult the Marconi Archive at the Bodleian Library and the collection of objects held at the Museum of Science, Oxford. The vast archive, occupying some 400 linear metres of shelving, includes personal papers of Guglielmo Marconi and business records relating to the radio industry up to the late twentieth century. Objects in the collection include devices from early experiments in transmission"

Gale and 18thConnect partner to improve access to eighteenth century documents

"Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and 18thConnect, a scholarly organization dedicated to forging links between eighteenth-century archives and today's digital research environment, have announced a partnership to share scholarly content and improve the searchability of documents within Gale's Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) archive"

HeinOnline announces redesigned homepage

HeinOnline has announced its redesigned homepage

2010 Galaxy National Book Awards winners (UK)

The winners of the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards have been announced

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 14,700 scholarly journals

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2010 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canada)

Johanna Skibsrud has been named the 2010 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Sentimentalists, published by Gaspereau Press. The announcement was made live on Bravo!, BookTelevision and CTV.ca at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony that drew nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. Hosted by CTV's Seamus O'Regan, the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala premieres on CTV tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, and is now available on demand on CTV.ca (on-demand broadcast and complete broadcast listings are available at giller.CTV.ca)

Aaron Copland School of Music: Past, Present, and Future (USA)

Aaron Copland School of Music: Past, Present, and Future"Aaron Copland School of Music: Past, Present, and Future is the inagural exhibit of the Queens College Music Library, showcasing various aspects of the rich history of the Aaron Copland School of Music. The exhibit runs until Summer 2011, and is installed in the front of the library, oppisite the atrium in the Music Building on the Queens College campus"

Arthur Slade wins 2010 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

The Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Group has awarded Saskatoon author Arthur Slade the 2010 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for his thrilling book, The Hunchback Assignments. Slade received a $25,000 award, one of the largest cash prizes for children's literature at a gala event at The Carlu Tuesday evening in Toronto. In addition, HarperCollins Canada Ltd., the book's publisher, received an additional $2,500 for further promotional purposes"

Wiley-Blackwell newsletter for librarians - November 2010

The Wiley-Blackwell newsletter for librarians November 2010 issue is now available

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Wilfred Owen Poetry Award 2010 presented to Jon Stallworthy

Wilfred Owen Poetry Award 2010 presented to Jon Stallworthy"The Wilfred Owen Association presents a Poetry Award to honour a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems. The recipient of the 2010 Award is Professor Jon Stallworthy, FBA, FRSL, poet, biographer, and literary scholar. Jon (Howie) Stallworthy is Professor Emertius of English at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and former Acting President of Wolfson College, Oxford. Born in 1935, he was educated at the Dragon School, Rugby School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. He also served in the Royal West African Frontier Force. He was poetry editor at Oxford University Press and John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University, New York"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #128

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #128. "This week's episode is shared between LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast and The Burning Circle. There was supposed to be an interview with Blake Carver of LISHost that did not air due to a lack of sufficient recoverable audio after a telecommunications disruption incident. This week's episode runs down the zeitgeist at LISNews while also talking about news in the Ubuntu realm of Ohio. An essay is presented by Producer Gloria about funding of public institutions. A news miscellany is also presented.". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Goncourt Prize winner announced

Michel Houellebecq has won France's top literary award, the Goncourt Prize, for his book The Map and the Territory