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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and California University Presses to make scholarly books available on JSTOR

"Four prominent academic publishers in the United States have announced plans to bring their scholarly books online at JSTOR, one of the most well-known and widely used scholarly research sites. This is the second wave of presses to join the Books at JSTOR initiative. The initial group included Chicago, Minnesota, North Carolina, Princeton, and Yale University Presses"

New journals from Inderscience Publishers

International Journal of Aviation Management

International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation

International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing

International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems

The Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award

"Applications are invited for the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. The award of £20,000, sponsored by the David and Mary Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book, written in the English language, the research for which requires that they make substantial use of the British Library's collections relating to North America (the USA and/or Canada). The award holder will be the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence for a period of one year from 1st January 2012. The award will help the Writer in Residence to spend part of that time on site at the British Library, making direct use of the collections relating to North America (the USA and/or Canada)"

Five up and coming information professionals named SLA Rising Stars

"An information analyst, senior research librarian, web analyst, research services assistant, and reference librarian were named the 2011 Rising Stars of the Special Libraries Association. Sara Batts, Clara Cabrera, Lisa Chow, Ashley Conaway, and Christina Pryor will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony during the SLA 2011 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this June. They will also take part in the SLA Rising Stars--SLA Fellows Roundtable, where they will partner with five recently named SLA Fellows to discuss information industry trends and field questions from their colleagues. The roundtable is co-hosted by J.J. Keller & Associates, sponsor of the Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is presented annually to SLA members who demonstrate exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to SLA and the information profession. Only SLA members who are in their first five years of membership and have recently started their careers are eligible to receive the honor"

ACRL 2011 on Twitter

Can't make it Philly for ACRL 2011? Or want to keep up even more while you are at conference? Check out the handy Twitter feeds for the general conference, Cyber Zed Shed, and other sessions with hashtags and keep up with all the action! And make sure to tag your tweets with #acrl2011 (or the session hashtags found in your program book) and join the conversation

New Jersey Library Association Spring Conference 2011

New Jersey Library Association Spring Conference 2011The 2011 NJLA Conference will be May 2-4, 2011 at the Ocean Place in Long Branch, New Jersey

* Hotel reservations must be made prior to April 11, 2011
* Special Room Rates for NJLA Convention Attendees
* $164.00 for Single or Double Occupancy / no resort fee
* When making reservations by telephone (732-571-4000) indicate that you are with the NJ Library Association

Preconferences will be held on May 2. Exhibits will open on May 3

More than 14,000 new London docklands baptism records published

You can now search 14,803 new London docklands parish baptism records on findmypast.co.uk. These records pre-date civil registration (the introduction of the compulsory registration of births, deaths, and marriages in 1837) which makes them especially useful when trying to find your otherwise potentially untraceable ancestors

Zadie Smith joins campaign to save her local library (UK)

Zadie Smith joins campaign to save her local library (UK)"Dwarfed by a massive electric crucifix and surrounded by dusty portraits of saints, Zadie Smith sat on stage in the back room of a trendy, north London pub looking more like she had wandered into a secret revival meeting than become the figurehead of a campaign to save Kensal Rise library, her local. But when she began speaking it quickly became clear that her belief in community institutions, like that library, is stronger than any less earthly faith. "I can see that if you went to Eton or Harrow, like so many of the present government, it is hard to see how important it is to have a local library," she said, to very unlibrary-friendly cheers and whoops from the packed audience. "But then, it's always difficult to explain to people with money what it's like to have very little. "But the low motives [of the government] as it tries to worm out of its commitment ... is a policy so shameful that they will never live it down. "Perhaps this is why they are so cavalier with our heritage," she added. "The fewer places there are to find a history book these days, the better." Local libraries, said Smith, are "gateways to better, improved lives"

Swiss to reinstate fixed book prices

Swiss to reinstate fixed book prices"On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of price control exist side by side, and countries vacillate on the legality and benefit of fixed price systems. In Germany all books, including e-books and books sold as apps, are included in the fixed price system. French law excludes books that don't closely correspond to a printed edition (apps), as well as foreign buyers and sellers. Britain hasn't had fixed book pricing since the Net Book Agreement was declared illegal in 1997"

Hay Festival 2011

This year's Hay Festival, an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, takes place from 26 May to 6 June 2011

SPARC launches new e-forum for subject repository development and success

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Finalists announced for Man Booker International

Thirteen writers have made it on to the judges' list of finalists under serious consideration for the fourth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The authors come from eight countries, five are published in translation and there are four women on the list. One writer has previously won the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction and two have been shortlisted. Famously, another, John le Carré, asked that his books should not be submitted for the annual prize to give less established authors the opportunity to win. The Finalists' List is announced by the chair of judges, Rick Gekoski, at a press conference held at the University of Sydney, today Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 10.00 (EST). The thirteen authors on the list are:

* Wang Anyi (China)
* Juan Goytisolo (Spain)
* James Kelman (UK)
* John le Carré (UK)
* Amin Maalouf (Lebanon)
* David Malouf (Australia)
* Dacia Maraini (Italy)
* Rohinton Mistry (India/Canada)
* Philip Pullman (UK)
* Marilynne Robinson (USA)
* Philip Roth (USA)
* Su Tong (China)
* Anne Tyler (USA)

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2011 consists of writer, academic and rare-book dealer Dr. Rick Gekoski (Chair), publisher, writer and critic Carmen Callil, and award-winning novelist Justin Cartwright

Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 winner

Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 winnerA book advising dentists on how to run their practices Mongolian warlord style has won the Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year. Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way, by former dentist Michael Young, offers a guide on how to build an empire in the dentistry field. It includes chapters on managing conflict situations, team building and "planning for disaster". The prize was decided by a public vote on The Bookseller's website. In his book, Young argues that despite the western world viewing the legendary warrior in negative terms, his warmongering tenacity is required to build a successful business

FreePint Newsletter 323

FreePint Newsletter 323 - 31 March 2011 now available

SAGE launches Dialogues in Human Geography

SAGE has announced the launch of the new journal Dialogues in Human Geography. The journal will publish 3 times a year with the first issue out now. The primary aim of Dialogues in Human Geography is to stimulate open and critical debate on the philosophical, methodological and pedagogic foundations of geographic thought and praxis. It will publish articles, with responses, which seek to critique present thinking and praxis and set the agenda for future avenues of geographic thought, empirical research and pedagogy. Dialogues will be theoretical in orientation, forward looking, and seek to publish original and innovative work that pushes the boundaries of geographical theory, praxis and pedagogy through a unique (in Geography) and innovative format of open peer commentary. This format strongly encourages engaged dialogue

DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration

Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and MigrationDocumenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration, a virtual library of the history of modern Ireland has been launched at Queen's University Belfast. The new virtual resource brings together the story of migration throughout Irish history into one place, a searchable online database. The online resource has three searchable databases: Enhanced British Parliamentary Paper on Ireland, The Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and Return

Serials Solutions to enable full-text search of the HathiTrust Collection from the Summon™ Service

"Serials Solutions and HathiTrust have announced an agreement to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books from the Summon™ web-scale discovery service. Researchers and faculty at institutions with the Summon™ service will be able to use the library's own website to search the full text of its print books and serials, and discover materials relevant to their research topics. This collaboration makes the full text of much of the library's physical collection as easily searchable as its electronic content"

IFLA and the Prince Claus Fund sign contract to help preserve Haitian cultural heritage

On 17 March 2011 Christa Meindersma, the recently appointed Director of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture & Development and IFLA Secretary General Jennefer Nicholson signed a contract that will enable joint action to save Haiti's still vulnerable archives and important library collections. Thanks to the support of ICCO and Kerk in Actie, the Prince Claus Fund is providing € 242,500 for the restoration of these important documents through the establishment of a treatment centre (Ark) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This contribution will in turn create a solid foundation for a crucial part of Haiti's overall cultural reconstruction. IFLA will coordinate the disbursement of these funds

Kansas Library Conference 2011

Kansas Library Conference 2011 - April 6-8, 2011 - Topeka, Kansas

Digital Impacts: How to Measure and Understand the Usage and Impact of Digital Content

Digital Impacts: How to Measure and Understand the Usage and Impact of Digital Content - 20 May 2011 - Oxford, UK

Shaun Tan wins Astrid Lindgren prize 2011

The Australian author-illustrator Shaun Tan is the winner of this year's Astrid Lindgren prize – the richest children's literature prize in the world, with a purse of 5m kroner (£490,000). Tan is the second Australian to be awarded the prize in its nine-year history, following Sonya Hartnett's win in 2008.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cornell University Library rescues records of early American trials

"A fascinating bit of legal history involving Lizzie Borden, John Brown and Lincoln's killers will soon be preserved and available online, thanks to a recent grant awarded to Cornell University Library. With $155,700 from the Save America's Treasures grant program, the Library will restore and digitize a collection of mass-produced pamphlets from the late 17th century to the late 19th century. These pamphlets, which were often sold on the street soon after a trial as entertainment and cautionary tales, include accounts of famous historical figures and reflect society's attitude toward social issues like capital punishment, marriage and abortion."

DSpace 1.7.1 is available now

DSpace 1.7.1 is a bug-fix release of DSpace. This latest update resolves several key issues, along with a medium-level SECURITY ISSUE in our 1.7.0 release. DSpace 1.7.1 does not introduce any new features, it just resolves issues found in 1.7.0.

E-News for ARL Directors - March 2011

E-News for ARL Directors - March 2011 is now available online from the Association of Research Libraries

Above the Fold - 21 March 2011

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 - 21 March 2011 - Vol. 4, No. 11 now available

'Digital Resources for Palaeography' - one-day symposium (UK)

The Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic (DigiPal) at the Centre for Computing in Humanities at King's College London has announced a one-day symposium on digital resources for palaeography - 5 September, 2011

The 2011 Ridenhour Book Prize winner

The 2011 Ridenhour Book Prize winnerWendell Potter has been awarded the 2011 Ridenhour Book Prize, which honors an outstanding work of social significance from the prior publishing year, for his book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Healthcare and Deceiving Americans

Monday, March 28, 2011

Catherine Cookson's estate set to infuriate publishing houses by releasing 100 cut-price e-books (UK)

"She sold more than 100million books and was for years the most-borrowed author in British libraries. Now, more than 12 years after her death, Catherine Cookson, the best-selling author of The Fifteen Streets and the Mallen trilogy, is embroiled in a literary bust-up. Her estate, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, is set to infuriate the print publishing industry by releasing 100 of her novels as cut-price electronic books. The trust's literary agent, Sonia Land, has not informed Mrs Cookson's print publishers, Transworld Publishers and Simon & Schuster, about the release for fear of opposition. The publishing houses will not benefit from the e-books, available via Amazon from this week, and may see their sales suffer as a result"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #147

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #147. "This week's episode features a very congested head writer comparing ebook licensing to offering "free cake & icecream" while the producer brings a news micellany". Previous Podcasts can be found here


FindFiles.net is a rapidly developing search engine for all types of files, operating its own crawler. FindFiles database currently contains links to several hundred Millions of files. FindFiles supports all existing Mime Types (apart from standard html text-pages). Well known examples are

* mp3 audio and wav sound files
* midi musical instrument interfaces
* mp4, avi and quicktime videos
* jpeg, gif, png and tiff images
* Microsoft doc and Excel documents and exe executables
* pdf and plain text documents
* dwg AutoCAD and wrl virtual reality data files
* archives like zip, gzip and jar

WaveNet (UK)

"The Defra strategic wave monitoring network for England and Wales will provide a single source of real time wave data from a network of wave buoys located in areas at risk from flooding. Data from this network will be used to improve the management of flood and coastal erosion risk for which Defra has policy responsibility. WaveNet will be managed by the WaveNet steering group. The data will be used by Flood Managers, Local Authorities, Consultants, and other stakeholders in order to assess flood risk and on a longer timescale will be to help design improved flood defence schemes and to provide data for climate change studies. The wave data will be also be used to validate the Met Office wave model which is run 4 times daily"

BTB #222: Ready to Read

In his Paris office overlooking Blvd. St.-Germain-des-Pres, Fabrice Piault, vice editor-in-chief for Livres Hebdo, sees a French publishing industry set to change its look. Even while the new digital fashion is turning heads, though, how good is the fit? "Maybe you would have asked me the same question one or two years ago, I would have said that well, there were many worrying about what could be the future. Sure, they are still worrying, but they are also beginning to work on it," Piault told opyright Clearance Center's Chris Kenneally at the start of the annual Salon du Livre earlier this month

Information Literacy State-of-the Art Report - Colombia

A new "State of the Art" of information literacy report has been published. This is part of the series prepared for the IFLA Information Literacy section, and it is available in Spanish and in English. This one is on information literacy in Colombia and it reports on developments in libraries and universities on this subject, and publications and research that have been carried out in recent years

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The British Library - Playtimes website

"The Playtimes website is part of a wider Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled 'Children’s Games and Songs in the New Media Age'. The project is part of the AHRC's 'Beyond Text' programme which seeks to highlight the importance of communication, sensory perception, orality and material culture within current scholarship and today's digital culture. The 'Children's Games and Songs' project aims to preserve children's games and songs as an important aspect of our national culture; but also seeks to explore how they continue to be a part of the lives of children living in the age of computer games and the internet. What does this oral tradition borrow from the media; and how might it connect with the entertainment and information technologies of the age of new media?"

Oxford English Dictionary - March 2011 update

The latest update of the OED, published on 24 March 2011, revises more than 1,900 entries and adds new words from across the dictionary. The OED's chief editor, John Simpson, provides some observations on the revisions in this update, while Graeme Diamond and Katherine Martin comment on some of the most interesting new words in the batch

Euro­peana Blog

Euro­peana Blog"Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. On this blog you will find short updates on Europeana content, special events and things we are working on"

Spinning the Web (UK)

Spinning the Web (UK)Spinning the Web brings together for the first time a unique collection of some 20,000 items from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England which tell the story of the Lancashire Cotton Industry. Spinning the Web invites users to search the collection or to explore these extraordinary times through a series of themes:

* Overview - an account of the period between 1760 to the present day
* Places - the impact of cotton on villages, towns and cities
* People - living and working in the mills
* Industry - how cotton was made and sold
* Clothing & products - uses of cotton

UK Government Publications 21-25 March 2011

UK Government Publications 21-25 March 2011 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

The Wilfred Owen Story (UK)

The Wilfred Owen Story (UK)The Wilfred Owen Story opened last Friday - on what would have been Owen's 118th birthday. Not only is it a celebration of Owen's life, work and poetry but a reconciliation of Owen to the place where he lived his formative years; he attended the now demolished Birkenhead Institute School between the ages of seven and fourteen, developing his love for poetry and extending his own poetic influence during his academic life. The three houses that Owen lived in during his tenure in Birkenhead are all still standing to this day, so it is incredibly fitting that such a comprehensive memorial should be situated there. The exhibition was masterminded by Dean Johnson who hopes it will consolidate the link between Owen and Birkenhead, leading fans and admirers towards the other landmarks in the town that are associated with the poet. It will also be used as a space to exhibit new works of poetry inspired by Owen; a place of life, voice and creation and a "symbol of freedom" rather than merely a historic museum.
The Wilfred Owen Story is at 34 Argyle Street and entry is free

MarcEdit 5.5 update

MarcEdit 5.5 update has been posted. This is a major update in that it updates the program from .NET 3 to .NET 4

Embedding information literacy: from strategy to practice (UK)

Embedding information literacy: from strategy to practice - "Librarians and academics from a variety of universities describe the development of their IL strategies and show you how they have successfully put them into practice. The day includes a tour of Student Central, the University of Bradford's brand new social learning space" - April 13 2011 - University of Bradford, UK

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Ingeniería y Desarollo

Analele Universitatii din Craiova : Seria Agricultura, Montanologie, Cadastru



International Journal of Family Medicine

Medicine & Health

Radovi Zavoda za Znanstveni Rad Varaždin

Journal of Applied Collaborative Systems

Open Source Science Journal

International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory

Journal of Social and Development Sciences

Urbani Izziv

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II is now live

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II is now live"The second volume of Alexander Street Press' Counseling and Therapy in Video features more than 300 additional hours of training videos, reenactments, and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. This collection features world-renowned therapists such as Albert Ellis, Phil Zimbardo, Allen Ivey, John Norcross, Arnold Lazarus, Otto Kernberg, Violet Oaklander, and many others, demonstrating their methods in true-to-life situations. Spanning dozens of therapeutic methods, diagnoses, and cultural groups, this collection updates and expands upon the first, and taken together,the two editions provide more than 700 hours of video"

Podcast: Heralds and heraldry at The National Archives (UK)

Podcast: Heralds and heraldry at The National Archives (UK)"The National Archives (UK) holds possibly the greatest collection of untapped source material for heralds and heraldry in this country. This lecture examines evidence stretching back over eight and a half centuries: seals, illuminated manuscripts, medieval rolls, treaties, grants of arms, state occasions, architectural drawings, military badges and even wooden chests. The result is an astonishing and colourful display of what is often unknown heraldic material. Adrian Ailes is a Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives and in 1997 organised an exhibition on Heraldry in the Public Records. He is a Fellow of the Heraldry Society and an academician of the Academie internationale d'héraldique"

WorldCat Local offers more content from leading publishers

"An expanding collection of authoritative content from leading academic publishers is now accessible through WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to electronic, digital and physical library materials. WorldCat Local provides access to more than 750 million items, including books, journals and databases from international publishers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; as well as the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat"

SirsiDynix releases BookMyne 2.1 iPhone Application

As libraries evolve to meet the needs of their information-overloaded user base, the SirsiDynix development team actively expands its offerings for on-the-go library users. Among this development is the industry-leading SirsiDynix BookMyne™ iPhone application, bringing convenient, social-savvy library functionality into your users' everyday activities. In addition to providing mobile access to in-demand library information, holdings and services, BookMyne 2.1 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

Names unveiled for Liverpool’s new Central Library (UK)

Names unveiled for Liverpool’s new Central Library (UK)Sir Paul McCartney and more than 100 literary greats are to have their names put in stone on the back of Liverpool's new library. Liverpool Central Library and Archive will pay homage to some of city's most iconic writers. The Literary Pavement will celebrate authors who lived and worked by the Mersey. Poet Roger McGough, TV writer Carla Lane and author Anne Baker have also made the final list. A 22-metre long walkway will lead from William Brown Street to the entrance of the restored library. Engraved on it will be titles from world books, cinema and music, which can also be found inside the Grade II-listed building. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney praised the people who voted for him. He added: "Thank you for doing me the honour." The 150-year-old library is undergoing a £50m facelift and is due to reopen in 2013

National Portal to Historic Collections (USA)

National Portal to Historic Collections - "Search the most comprehensive national collection of historic artifacts, photographs, paintings, and documents in the U.S. Tens of thousands of never-before-seen treasures are at your fingertips. For the first time, you can access the internal collections data of many of America's leading museums, National Parks, and historical societies"

WorldCat Mashathon U.S.

WorldCat Mashathon U.S. - 04/07/2011 - 5:00am - 04/08/2011 - 5:00am - "This mashathon will be distributed across several locations. The idea is that this approach will make it easier to participate no matter where you live - and be a test bed to see if your library might want to be a host location in the future. Because this is the first time doing it this way, the Mashathon will be held at the same time in three different OCLC offices: Washington, DC; Columbus, OH; San Mateo, CA"

2011 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award announced by the Canadian Library Association

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce that the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is being presented to Stephen Abram of Gale Cengage Learning. The CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is generously sponsored by Bowker

Oxfordshire County Council library plans 'torn up' (UK)

Plans to cut funding to a specific number of libraries in Oxfordshire have been "torn up", according to council leader Keith Mitchell. In November, the conservative-led administration said money for nearly half of the public libraries could be axed under budget cuts. But now Mr Mitchell has said: "We've got a little bit more money so we take a little bit more time." A consultation will begin in mid-May and run until the end of September. Mr Mitchell insisted that the word closure had only ever been used by the media and that the council had always been looking at ways to keep the libraries open. But he added that the original list of libraries set to lose their funding had gone. "We've torn up that list, we've moved on, things have changed," he said. However, he feels the current investment in the staffing is still untenable.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - March 25, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Numbers. "In this week's brainteaser, all you have to do is fill in the numbers missing from these questions" Answers here.

1. Alexandre Dumas wrote "The [how many] Musketeers"?
2. A 1962 novel by Ken Kesey was called "[How many] Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"?
3. James Bond, a fictional member of the British Secret Service, is also known as [what number]?
4. The conflict between England and France from 1337 to 1453 was called the "[How many] Years' War"?
5. A gross contains how many?
6. In 1920, a French group of composers including Milhaud and Poulenc was named "Les [how many]"?
7. According to Jaques in Shakespeare's "As You Like It", there are [how many] ages of man?
8. In 1917, John Reed went to Petrograd to witness the October Revolution, recording his observations in the book "[How Many] Days That Shook the World"?
9. How many seemingly impossible labours was Hercules given to perform?
10. When Britain changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, how many days were omitted?


Dryad"Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies. Dryad is governed by a consortium of journals that collaboratively promote data archiving and ensure the sustainability of the repository. As of Mar 25, 2011, Dryad contains 547 data packages and 1357 data files, published in 63 journals"

CILIP: What does the 2011 Budget mean for library and information services? (UK)

A reaction from the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

CARL E-Lert # 417

CARL E-Lert # 417, March 25 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: La justice américaine rejette l'accord entre Google et les éditeurs / NYC judge rejects Google books settlement / The budget contains lots of nuggets for research and innovations, but analysts say they don't add up to much / NRC boss orders scientists to focus on 'market drivers': Less time for pure science has researchers fearing for their jobs / Cornell U. Library Takes a Stand With Journal Vendors: Prices Will Be Made Public / Early Finding of Cal State U. E-Textbook Study: Terms Matter / Canada's open data portal

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NISO Forum: Mobile Technologies in Libraries

NISO Forum: Mobile Technologies in Libraries - May 20, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA, USA

Shakespeare room rebuilt for new Birmingham library (UK)

Shakespeare room rebuilt for new Birmingham library (UK)A wood-panelled room originally built to house Birmingham's Shakespeare collection in the late 19th Century will take pride of place in the city's new library. Built in 1882, the room was designed to reflect the Elizabethan age as a tribute to the playwright and poet. Now it will be carefully taken apart piece by piece and rebuilt in a rotunda at the top of the new library in Centenary Square. The new building is due to open in 2013. Originally designed by John Henry Chamberlain for Birmingham's Victorian Central Library, the Shakespeare Memorial Room features carvings, marquetry and metalwork representing birds, flowers and foliage

Open Data from Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada has been invited to join a Government of Canada (GC) initiative on open data, which will provide all Canadians with access to GC datasets and associated metadata in the public domain. As part of this initiative, LAC is releasing two datasets for the launch of this new website and will be developing a long-term plan for releasing more public domain datasets over the coming months

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing

PEP is a digital archive of many of the major works of psychoanalysis. PEP Archive 1 version 10 (1871-2007), released in January 2011, contains the complete full text of forty-two premier psychoanalytic journals, complete versions of fifty-eight classic psychoanalytic texts and all twenty-four volumes of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, the German Freud Standard Edition, "Gesammelte Werke" and all the included Editorial Notes. Current Content is also available and fully searchable for the PEP Journals, but as per contracts with the publishers, is only available for reading at the abstract level

UK Government reports 14-18 March 2011

UK Government reports 14-18 March 2011 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

Manorial Documents Register: Shropshire available online (UK)

Manorial Documents Register: Shropshire available online (UK)"The National Archives is pleased to announce the completion of an 18-month project, in partnership with Shropshire Archives, to revise and make available online the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) for the historic county of Shropshire. The Shropshire project benefits researchers worldwide, enabling them to search for manorial records by manor, parish, type of record or by date, and identifying relevant records online for this county for the first time"

Tales from the Terminal Room - March 2011

Tales from the Terminal Room - March 2011, Issue No. 95 is now available. Tales from the Terminal Room is an electronic newsletter that includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; useful tools for managing information; technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications. Editor: Karen Blakeman. Published by RBA Information Services

Ursula Gielen Book Award

This award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view. Deadline: September 2, 2011. Winners will be announced by December 15, presented with a certificate, and invited to give an address at the APA Convention. They will receive full payment of the convention fee and a stipend of $500 to help fund their attendance at the convention

Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (Canada)

"In this atlas you will learn about Inuit knowledge of sea ice (siku) around Baffin Island, Nunavut. Sea ice is a part of life for Inuit in northern communities. All but one of Nunavut's communities is located along the coast. Even though lifestyles have changed a lot over the past 50 years, Inuit families still rely on the sea ice for travel, hunting, harvesting, diet, recreation, livelihoods, health and cultural values. Sea ice drives seasonal patterns of land and ocean use for both people and animals by freezing in the fall, being a solid cover or moving ice in the winter, and melting in the spring"

Credo Reference launches Subject Collections

Credo Reference has announced the launch of Subject Collections. These convenient collections, designed to provide comprehensive coverage of key subjects, add to the rapidly growing reference e-book offerings on Credo Reference. The eight new collections offer titles from 11 key reference publishers including Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, SAGE Reference and Berkshire Publishing Group. Additional Subject Collections are planned for Fall 2011

Gale commits three more collections to the Portico archive

Gale will be preserving three additional digital historical collections with Portico. This follows the completed ingest of 10 Gale Digital Collections - including 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, The Making of Modern Law: Primary Resources and Eighteenth Century Collections Online - and represents over 80 million files (75 million pages of content), which doubled the size of the Portico archive in just one year. The three additional Gale collections being committed comprise over one million files, and include Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author Online and Literature Criticism Online

Reading for Wellbeing (UK)

Reading for Wellbeing: The Reader Organisation's Second National Conference - 17 May 2011 - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, UK

LibraryThing: State of the Thing - March 2011

LibraryThing: State of the Thing - March 2011 - "This month we have a job posting, new features, author interviews with Charles Cumming and Téa Obreht, 2,914 free Early Reviewer books and hundreds of Member Giveaway books available"

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (Scotland)

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (Scotland) will be held 12 August to 4 September 2011

Warwick Prize for Writing 2011

Peter Forbes has been announced as the winner of the GBP50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing for his Dazzled and Deceived, Mimicry and Camouflage

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Proceeding of the Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems

Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal

Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education

e-Makalat Mezhep Arastirmalari Dergisi

QTimes Webmagazine

Australasian Journal of Peer Learning

Biotechnology Research International

Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology

Wetlands (Australia)

Sciences Eaux & Territoires : la Revue du Cemagref

Jurnal Manajemen dan Kewirausahaan

Revista Ciência da Madeira

Revista de la Sociedad Otorrinolaringológica de Castilla y León, Cantabria y La Rioja

Política y Sociedad

EduSer : Revista de Educação

African Primates

Aviation in Focus : Journal of Aeronautical Sciences


Information Standards Quarterly - Winter 2011

Information Standards Quarterly - Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1 is now available from the National Information Standards Organization

Research Library Issues, no. 274

The Association of Research Libraries has released issue 274, February 2011, of Research Library Issues

Learned Publishing - April 2011 now online

Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October. April 2011 now available online

The Atlas of New Librarianship

"ACRL and MIT Press have announced the co-publication of a new title, The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings and committees? The Atlas of New Librarianship offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. Lankes describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning, and suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. To help librarians navigate this new terrain, Lankes offers a map, a visual representation of the discipline"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

London Wikipedia Academy - April 13, 2011

London Wikipedia Academy - April 13, 2011 - "The focus of the day is to start a conversation about how academia and Wikipedia should view and engage each other, using as much evidence and as little personal opinion as possible We want to reset the tone of discussion to one which is focussed on working with practical realities of Wikipedia's widespread use and is accurate and precise about Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses. This will help Wikipedia by increasing input from academics in London and will help academics as they will be talking in detail about what may well be the most widely used cross-faculty resource in modern higher education"

FutureBook and Literary Platform launch Innovation Workshop

The FutureBook Innovation Workshop will take place on 16th June 2011, and is being run in association with The Literary Platform. The half-day event will see publishers showcase their recent apps, enhanced e-books and e-books, and share best-practice with fellow publishers. In addition, the conference will provide a platform for publishers to meet with developers, with a 'speed-dating' session aimed at putting book professionals in touch with potential digital partners. An industry Q&A will also provide practical guidance on recent market developments - London, UK

2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature winner

The Jewish Book Council today named Austin Ratner the winner of the $100,000 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in fiction for his debut novel The Jump Artist (Bellevue Literary Press ). The Jewish Book Council is also pleased to announce Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic (Algonquin Books), is the 2011 runner-up and recipient of the $25,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award. Established in 2006, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature is the largest monetary award of its kind given to writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career

CNI Conversations Archive - March 18, 2011

CNI Conversations Archive - March 18, 2011: Personal Archiving, Software Obsolescence, and Self-Destructing Ebooks - CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch discusses a report on peer review from Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), the recent personal digital archiving symposium hosted at the Internet Archive, and Mac OS X Lion and implications for software obsolescence. Cliff also comments on auto-destructing ebooks and the Digital Public Library of America

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Apply to become a presenter for ACRL workshop "Scholarly communications 101: Starting with the basics"

"ACRL is accepting expressions of interest from prospective new presenters for the workshop "Scholarly communications 101: Starting with the basics." The four-hour workshop, now in its third year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop focuses on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, open access and openness as a principle, copyright and intellectual property and economics, providing a foundational understanding for attendees. Applications open until Friday, April 8, 2011"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #146

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #146. "Over the past week Erie Looking Productions has unsuccessfully grappled with a massive reduction in computing power. Two computers dying within days of each other is not a good thing. An annotated round-up of links from the slush pile is presented in this post while the audio brings an old-time radio classic. With luck we'll be fully recovered operationally next week". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Podcast: Family history resources at The National Archives (UK)

Podcast: Family history resources at The National Archives (UK)This talk provides an introduction to the main sources for family history research available via The National Archives (UK) website. Topics covered include the online catalogue, online resources and the research signposts. Gerry Toop is a Reader Adviser in the Family History team in the Advice and Records Knowledge department. He regularly gives talks on behalf of The National Archives, both in-house and at external events

SAGE begins publishing Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance

SAGE has begun a partnership with the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Vincent C. Ross Institute of Accounting Research to publish the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance

The Oregon Digital Library Project

The Oregon Digital Library ProjectOver the past ten years, many Oregon libraries have worked to create digital library programs for the capture, preservation and access of digital assets. Materials digitized represent unique materials that can be only found at a particular institution. As libraries and archives within Oregon have created digital collections rich with content, the ability for the general library user not associated with a specific campus/organization community to find and access digital content has become more difficult. In many cases, these excellent collections can be difficult for patrons to locate, in part, because library users across the State of Oregon are unable to search across all collections. These programs, often started through the use of LSTA funding, are many times available only to an organization's immediate user community. The Oregon Digital Library Project is built upon previous work done by OSU Libraries, and seeks to build a collaborative portal for the discovery of digital collections created by institutions within the State of Oregon. Utilizing LibraryFind, a previously funded LSTA project, the ODLP creates a centralized portal for information that could be utilized by any library user to locate digital assets created by Oregon's cultural centers and locate them in context to materials that may exist at other institutions

InSITE - March 21, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 14, March 21, 2011 is now available. Contents:

Information Research - March 2011

Information Research - Volume 16 No 1 - March 2011 is now available from Publisher/Editor in Chief, Professor Tom Wilson

The Scottish Medial Journal now online via Stanford's HighWire

The Royal Society of Medicine Press and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have announced that the full text of Scottish Medical Journal is available online

Monday, March 21, 2011

VuFind 1.1 released

"The next major release of VuFind has just come out. 1.1 adds numerous enhancements, including expanded support for non-MARC and authority records, autosuggesters, improved keyword highlighting, better favorites management, a sitemap generator and lots more. The entire code base has also been thoroughly reviewed, documented and improved, making this the most stable and secure VuFind yet"

Trendy Topics online conference about Social Media

Trendy Topics: Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, and More - An Online Conference - April 20, 2011. TAP Information Services and the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University announce another in the ongoing series of online conferences on hot topics that librarians can participate in anywhere. No travel required. Keynote Speaker: Meredith Farkas, the new Head of Instructional Services at Portland State University in Oregon. Her talk is titled 'Organization 2.0: Avoiding the Social Software Graveyard.'

BTB #221: Information For Innovation

"A discussion with Martha Anderson, director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program for the Library of Congress, recording while attending the annual NFAIS Conference in Philadelphia. Anderson tells Copyright Clearance Center's Chris Kenneally about her efforts to collect all manner of digital content, from Twitter tweets to amateur videos"

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 6, No 1 (2011)

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice - Vol 6, No 1 (2011) is now available. RSS Feed

The Sheet Music Consortium Metadata Mapping Tool

The Sheet Music Consortium Metadata Mapping Tool is adapted from Emory University's Metadata Migrator software package, and like the Emory tool, development was funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Metadata Mapping Tool allows museums, archives, libraries and other cultural heritage organizations to make their locally stored sheet music records available for online searching on the Sheet Music Consortium portal following the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CARL E-Lert # 416

CARL E-Lert # 416, March 18 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Digital Curation for Preservation / Next census gathering has begun, passed 'point of no return,' says new StatsCan chief / Canadian researchers keeping tabs on biodiversity / Universities to pay Access Copyright the same rates, for now / Les taux payés par les universités à Access Copyright sont maintenus pour le moment / 7 Things you should know about open textbook publishing / The Digital Pileup

SPARC enews/March 2011

SPARC enews/March 2011: a bimonthly newsletter features the latest SPARC activities, an industry roundup, upcoming workshops and events, as well as articles related to developments in scholarly communication

C&RL to go open access

ACRL announces that its scholarly research journal, College & Research Libraries (C&RL), will become an open access publication beginning with the May 2011 issue. This change in access policy lifts the online version of the publication's current six-month embargo on new content and makes the complete contents of the journal from 1997 to the present freely available through the publication website

Saturday, March 19, 2011

2010 Man Asian Literary Prize winner

The winner of the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize is Bi Feiyu for Three Sisters

Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources eCourse

Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources eCourse. A facilitated eCourse led by Diane Kovacs - 4-week session running April 4 - 29, 2011

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of Advances in Soft Computing and Its Applications


Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine

Journal of Clinical Imaging Science

Revista Catalana de Dret Públic

Culture and Society : Journal of Social Research

Global Media Journal : Pakistan Edition


Pesquisas em Turismo e Paisagens Cársticas

International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences

Der Pharma Chemica

Bioceramics Development and Applications

Journal of Global Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences

International Dental and Medical Disorder

Journal of International Dental and Medical Research

Wireless Sensor Network

Journal of Water Resource and Protection

Sustentabilidade em Debate

Castilla : Estudios de Literatura

Media Peternakan


Synergies Espagne

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology

Journal of Cytology & Histology

Brock Education : a Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics

Hystrix : the Italian Journal of Mammalogy

Malaysian Journal of Learning & Instruction

Hope's Reason : A Journal of Apologetics

International Journal of Pharmaceuticals Analysis

ALPSP eLearning

ALPSP eLearningALPSP has announced a new option for staff development - ALPSP eLearning - for all publishing staff, worldwide. We have converted our highly successful face-to-face training programme into online, interactive courses so that all ALPSP members can access this key member benefit. The courses are also open to non-members

JUSP February 2011 Newsletter (UK)

The JUSP February 2011 Newsletter is now available from The Journals Usage Statistics Portal

Friday, March 18, 2011

The New York Public Library, Columbia University and New York University forge historic collaboration

"The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University - three renowned research institutions all on the island of Manhattan - have launched an initiative to expand collections and better serve their users. The collaboration, dubbed the Manhattan Research Library Initiative, or MaRLI, will help the institutions increase access to research collections, increase use of specialized collections, and stretch collection dollars for covering research resources. The institutions will coordinate their research collecting, eliminating overlap of specialized materials and identifying opportunities for shared collecting. They will be able to do so by making their collections mutually available to researchers"

NSW Archaeology On-Line (Australia)

NSW Archaeology On-Line is a sustainable digital archive of information about the archaeology and heritage of important cultural places in New South Wales. Stage 1 of the project makes a collection of previously unpublished 'grey-literature' reports discoverable, searchable and publicly accessible on-line for the first time. Most reports were created before mid-late 1990s in hard-copy format only. They document archaeological field survey, excavation and heritage assessment projects conducted under the NSW Heritage Act and are an important resource for research, education, heritage interpretation and management

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

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

23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards finalists

The 114 finalists in 24 categories of the annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Winners will be honored at the 23rd annual awards ceremony, to be held May 26 in New York City at the end of BEA

30 more publishers endorse KBART

UKSG and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have announced that another 30 publishers are now able to supply metadata that conforms to the recommended practice, KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2010). Endorsement of this publication, which contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers, indicates that the format and content of data supplied by the publisher to knowledge bases and related tools conform to the KBART recommendations

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - March 18, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Hutchinson. "Credo reference is continually updating its titles, and one of the latest is The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide. Here you can find all the answers to this general knowledge brainteaser" Answers here.

1. In which Irish city was the famous Abbey Theatre opened in 1904?
2. What nickname was given to US jazz pianist and composer Edward Kennedy Ellington?
3. Helsinki is the capital of which country?
4. What was the nationality of the composer Beethoven?
5. If a gardener cultivates "bonsai", what does he grow?
6. Which Shakespeare play includes the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
7. Which philosopher is popularly most famous for the statement "cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am)?
8. Who wrote the books "Siddhartha" (1922) and "Steppenwolf" (1927)?
9. In which state was US president Barack Obama born?
10. What does a vasodilator do?

UKSG’s second Merriman Award winner

UKSG has announced the second winner of its annual John Merriman Award, set up in recognition of the founder of UKSG and NASIG. Mary Betts-Gray, Business Information Specialist/Freedom of Information Officer at Cranfield University, will receive funding from Award sponsor Taylor & Francis to attend the 2011 NASIG Conference in St Louis, Missouri. The Award enables UKSG and NASIG members working at a practical level in e-resource management to learn and share experiences with colleagues from around the world. The UKSG Education Subcommittee recognised Mary Betts-Gray's initiative and commitment, and felt that she would effectively share experience and ideas gained at the NASIG conference with her colleagues and the wider UKSG community. Meanwhile, NASIG has awarded its 2011 Merriman Award to Elizabeth Siler, Electronic Resources Librarian at Florida International University, Miami

CALA 2011 Annual Conference Program in New Orleans

CALA 2011 Annual Conference Program in New Orleans: Embracing the Changes: Diversity and Global Vision in a Digital Age - The program is designed to spearhead changes within the library profession through meaningful discussions on challenges facing libraries today, such as issues of cultural diversity as related to the library profession, global outreach and collaboration, and impact of new technology on library services - June 26, 2011 - New Orleans, LA, USA

Julian Barnes wins David Cohen Prize for Literature

Julian Barnes wins David Cohen Prize for LiteratureAuthor Julian Barnes, whose novels include Flaubert's Parrot and England, England, has been presented with the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Past recipients of the £40,000 prize, described by judges as the UK's Nobel Prize for Literature, include Harold Pinter and Doris Lessing. The biennial lifetime achievement award went to Seamus Heaney in 2009. BBC

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wellcome Library: Item of the Month: 'Business Head of the Future'

Wellcome Library: Item of the Month: 'Business Head of the Future'Recently re-discovered in a corner of the storage rooms was a modest, thin volume that revealed the economic hope of the future in earlier times, when faith was placed in one man. It was none other than David Lloyd George, the Chancellor of the Exchequer who became Prime Minister. But on what basis did the author have such confidence in him? It was quite simply that he had a large head which bulged in the right places. If I tell you that it was written by Brighton's brightest Phrenologist, J Millott Severn, this might help explain why it came to be and why the shape of the Chancellor's skull was significant. The enterprising 'bump reader' had measured Lloyd George's head some ten years earlier and concluded that the it had physically grown, reflecting the internal growth of his remarkable mental powers. Shrewdly, Severn was making the most of his celebrity clients to bolster his own reputation

UK's most borrowed ebooks announced

Ebook retail and library service provider OverDrive has released a list of the most borrowed ebooks from UK libraries for February 2011. The list covers books checked out and on a waiting lists at libraries using OverDrive's fulfilment service. Books loaned by libraries can be read on any ePub/Adobe DRM compatible device any on a number of apps for tablets and smartphones. They cannot be read on Amazon's Kindle or Apple's iBooks which use their own proprietary DRM

Publishing Perspectives newsletter

An international online publishing newsletter, Publishing Perspectives delivers daily opinion about the industry from top members of the global publishing community, a look at the innovators and issues who are shaping the future of the business, as well as news and links from around the Web and the world

RDA: Resource Description and Access Executive Briefings (UK)

Following last year's two sell-out RDA Executive Briefings, CILIP is organising follow-up events in London and Manchester to provide the inside track on progress that is being made, and considering what's next for RDA. Tuesday 12 April 2011, London / Wednesday 25 May 2011, Manchester

The Legal Information Institute of India (LII of India)

The Legal Information Institute of India (LII of India), an international standard, free-access and non-profit, comprehensive online collection of Indian legal information, has officially been launched

METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond (USA)

The Association of Research Libraries Statistics and Assessment Program and the Digital Library Federation, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are offering a third, five-day METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond to be held with Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich of the METS Editorial Board. This workshop is aimed at people who work in digital and physical libraries and would like to gain knowledge and skills for organizing the many and disparate component parts of individual digital resources - June 27-July 1, 2011 - New Orleans, LA

Digging into Data Challenge 2011

"The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Now that we have massive databases of materials used by scholars in the humanities and social sciences - ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data like web searches, sensor data or cell phone records - what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply? As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these everyday materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st century scholarship"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Library eBook Partnership - Colorado, USA

Library eBook Partnership - Colorado, USAThe Colorado Independent Publishers Association has announced a partnership between two Colorado libraries: the Red Rocks Community College Library and the Douglas County Libraries. Many members of CIPA have entered the world of digital publishing. By June of 2011, the Red Rocks Community College and the Douglas County Libraries will not only offer eBooks from CIPA's authors for checkout through their library catalogs, but will also allow click-through purchases of these titles

The Copyright & Licensing Summer Institute 2011 (USA)

The Copyright & Licensing Summer Institute 2011 - Instructor: Lesley Ellen Harris. This course is being offered by Catholic University's School of Library and Information Science. It is a five day intensive institute with class meetings taking place 9am-5pm, May 23-27. Course work will be assigned to be completed in both the week prior to and after the class sessions. This course is open to non-Catholic University students, and to professionals seeking to gain knowledge in copyright and licensing

Digipalooza 2011

OverDrive's International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza, offers a unique blend of education, networking, and fun - July 28-31 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

SAGE begins publishing Journal of Literacy Research, Official Journal of the Literacy Research Association

SAGE has begun a partnership with the Literacy Research Association this year to publish Journal of Literacy Research, its official journal. The Literacy Research Association is a professional organization for individuals who share an interest in research and the dissemination of information about literacy and literacy instruction. Members of the organization receive Journal of Literacy Research as benefit of membership.

2011 Orange Prize for Fiction (UK) longlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, has announced the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world:

* Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) - Sudanese; 3rd Novel
* Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate) - British; 10th Novel
* Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) - Irish; 7th Novel
* The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury) - Indian; 1st Novel
* Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber) - British; 6th Novel
* A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) - American; 4th Novel
* The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury) - British/Sierra Leonean; 2nd Novel
* The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape) - British; 4th Novel
* Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) - British; 1st Novel
* The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair) - American; 1st Novel
* The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber) - British; 2nd Novel
* Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) - American; 3rd Novel
* The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus) - American; 3rd Novel
* The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) - Serbian/American; 1st Novel
* The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking) - American; 1st Novel
* Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent's Tail) - British; 1st Novel
* Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus) - American; 1st Novel
* The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent's Tail) - British/Nigerian; 1st Novel
* The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press) - British; 4th Novel
* Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) - Canadian; 1st Novel

FreePint Newsletter 322

FreePint Newsletter 322 - 17 March 2011 now available

"A Digital Future for the History of Medicine?" (UK)

"Next Wednesday (23rd March), Dr Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, will be giving a talk at the Centre for the Humanities and Health (CHH), King's College London, titled: "A Digital Future for the History of Medicine?" The talk starts at 6pm and will take place in the Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London

New web site celebrates National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary

"The National Library of Medicine (NLM) had a modest beginning - a small collection of books in the library of the US Army Surgeon General in 1836. From that founding collection has sprung today's National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library, housing some 17 million items in more than 150 languages, including books, journals, manuscripts, audiovisuals, and other forms of medical information. To celebrate its 175th anniversary year, the Library is inaugurating a new web site, providing further insights into NLM, past and present and its information innovation that has changed the way scientific and medical information is organized, stored, accessed, and disseminated

Library Journal's Movers and Shakers 2011

Library Journal's Movers and Shakers 2011Welcome to the 2011 Movers & Shakers. For ten years now, LJ's Movers & Shakers has been spotlighting librarians and others in the library field who are doing extraordinary work to serve their users and to move libraries of all types and library services forward. They hail from all corners of the library world and several nations. Nominated by their colleagues, friends, bosses, and just plain admirers, they are just the tip of the iceberg. We know there are many more Movers out there, making libraries better and taking them into the future. This year's group of 50 brings the Movers cohort to just over 500. We're proud to recognize their achievements - and to encourage you to be inspired by their vision and optimism and turn their ideas into fodder for your own innovative work

New video tutorials available from British History Online

Two new screencasts (video tutorials) are available at British History Online. They are very brief and are designed to help people get the most out of their use of British History Online. One screencast explains how to use the advanced search function, and the other shows what can be done on the browse page

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2011

D-Lib Magazine - March/April 2011 is now available. D-Lib Magazine is produced by Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

CLIR's Digital Library Federation affiliates with CenterNet

"centerNet and The Council on Library and Information Resources' Digital Library Federation program have announced their formal alliance. Established in 1995, the Digital Library Federation is a community of library practitioners engaged and committed to building and sustaining digital libraries through collaborative effort and establishing best practices. The DLF community includes project managers, code developers, and digital curators. The affiliation will focus on areas where digital libraries and digital humanities converge and need further exploration and understanding of each community's roles and responsibilities"

WEST: Western Regional Storage Trust - California Digital Library (USA)

"The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States. Under the WEST program, participating libraries consolidate and validate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. The resulting shared print archives ensure access to the scholarly print record and allow member institutions to optimize campus library space. This collaborative regional approach to managing library collections represents an important step, when joined with other initiatives, toward development of a network-level shared print archive"

Kohacon 2011 (India)

The annual Koha conference for 2011 is to be held at VPM, Thane, India between 31st October and 6th November

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sydney, Australia, hosts The Man Booker Prize International Prize 2011

The Australian city of Sydney will play an important role in the fourth Man Booker International Prize. The University of Sydney will host the press conference to announce the Judges' list of finalists on 30 March, and the winner of the GBP60,000 prize will be announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival on 18 May

The Medici Archive Project

The Medici Archive Project"The Medici Archive Project is a non-profit international Foundation based in the Archivio di Stato in Florence, Italy with offices in the United States. This ambitious online archive project is dedicated to revealing the astonishing story of the most influential family dynasty in Western civilization: the Medici"

UK Government reports 7-11 March 2011

UK Government reports 7-11 March 2011 selected by LSE Library, London, UK

World Constitutions Illustrated - March 2011 update

The March 2011 update for World Constitutions Illustrated is now available from HeinOnline

10,000 voices added to British Library map of spoken English

Over 10,000 English-speakers have contributed to an audio map of the many ways in which the language is spoken today. The recordings, which will enter the permanent collections of the British Library, were made as part of the Library's acclaimed exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices, which runs until 3 April

National Library Workers Day 2011 (USA)

National Library Workers Day 2010 (USA)"On April 12 2011, thousands of communities will celebrate National Library Workers Day, a time when library staff, patrons, administrators and Friends groups will recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. You are invited to name a 'Star' library employee for the NLWD website, where everyone can see what makes this person an exceptional library employee. Anyone working in or for a library can be nominated, and self-nominations are welcome. The day's theme 'Libraries Work Because We Do!' focuses on how library services depend on the important work done by every library employee. Library employees help Americans deal with tough economic times. Patrons are visiting libraries in record numbers, seeking guidance from library employees in using computers and the Internet, accessing financial literacy resources, and searching for jobs"

Credo Reference expands M.E. Sharpe content

Credo Reference has signed an agreement to expand the M.E. Sharpe content offered on the Credo Reference platform. Researchers will now have access to the added content as a Credo Reference Publisher Collection and the forthcoming Subject Collections. Titles in the M.E. Sharpe Publisher Collection:

* Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Handbook
* Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women
* Civil Disobedience: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States
* Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America
* Dictionary of Media and Communication
* Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development
* Encyclopedia of Religion and Violence
* Encyclopedia of Swearing
* Financial History of the U.S.
* Guide to Islamist Movements
* Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics
* Handbook of Cultural Intelligence
* Research and Discovery: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science
* Science, Religion, and Society: An Encyclopedia
* Storytelling: An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore
* World Folklore for Storytellers: Tales of Wonder, Wisdom, Fools, and Heroes

Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL - 3rd issue

"Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL is an international peer-reviewed publication focusing on research, trends, and issues in academic librarianship and libraries which publishes twice a year (fall/winter and spring/summer). The intended audience includes faculty and staff of academic libraries and students and faculty in library science programs. Codex focuses predominantly on academic librarianship in the U.S. but welcomes English-language articles from abroad. Codex also welcomes reviews of books and software that pertain to its focus and scope" - 3rd issue available

Soldiers' records catalogued to help trace family tree (UK National Archives)

Soldiers' records catalogued to help trace family tree (UK National Archives)"The Friends of the National Archives have completed the cataloguing of more than 20,000 soldiers' records held at the Kilmainham Hospital in Dublin from 1783-1822. The files can now be found in The National Archives Catalogue and could provide the key for many people trying to discover their family history"

New journal from IGI Global: ALIS newsletter

ALIS Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 1, is now available from IGI Global. "Unlike similar newsletters - which serve as information vehicles keeping librarians in the know about what's on the publishing horizon - ours is a value-added tool that gives a pre-publication, no-strings-attached glimpse into our library and information science content. The eight articles featured here in abbreviated form touch on the most pressing issues surrounding the discoverability of reference content, including the changing face of information literacy and user behavior, shifting roles for publishers, and hidden new opportunities for reference librarians"

Bridgeman Education now available through JISC Collections For Schools

Bridgeman Education, the online education image resource, is now available for all UK schools through JCS Online Resources

International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2011 winners announced

"The Arch and the Butterfly" by Mohammed Achaari and "The Doves Necklace" by Raja Alem have been announced as joint winners of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2011

FIND's Personalise Your Map

"FIND's Personalise Your Map website allows you to create, customise, annotate and PDF your own maps. With no need to register or download any software, www.findfreemaps.co.uk is designed for you to simply use"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Podcast: Sources for tracing agricultural labourers (UK)

Podcast: Sources for tracing agricultural labourers"It's all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that agricultural labourers are boring and that you can't trace anything about them. In fact they can be very interesting, and there's lots of information to be found if you know where to look. This talk covers resources available in The National Archives (UK), parish and county records, and manor, estate and farm sources"

The 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for the The 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award has been announced:

* Will Cohu – 'East Coast – West Coast'
* Anthony Doerr – 'The Deep'
* Roshi Fernando – 'The Fluorescent Jacket'
* Yiyun Li – 'The Science of Flight'
* Hilary Mantel – 'Comma'
* Gerard Woodward – 'The Family Whistle'

The School Librarian - Spring 2011

The School Librarian - Spring 2011The School Librarian Volume 59, Number 1, Spring 2011 is now available

American Statistical Association and Taylor & Francis announce new publishing partnership

The American Statistical Association and Taylor & Francis have announced a new publishing partnership between the two organizations. As of 2012, Taylor & Francis will publish six journals on behalf of the ASA:

* Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA)
* The American Statistician (TAS)
* Journal of Business & Economic Statistics (JBES)
* Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research (SBR)
* Technometrics1
* Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics (JCGS)2

Speaker slides from NFAIS 2011 conference available

Speaker slides from the NFAIS 2011 conference are now available. NFAIS = National Federation of Advanced Information Services

The Future of E-textbooks: A Symposium on the Influence of E-textbooks on Academic Life

The Future of E-textbooks: A Symposium on the Influence of E-textbooks on Academic Life "will consider various questions about teaching, learning, and technology, as well as the economics and future business models of the e-textbook market. Organizers say the arrival of Smart Boards, personal computers, and wireless printers has begun to change the way that students interact with faculty and academic content. In addition, the recent arrival of e-readers, tablet PCs, and smart phones may bring with it the end of printed textbooks" - March 18, 2011 - University of Michigan, USA

Cites & Insights 11:4 (April 2011)

Cites & Insights 11:4 (April 2011) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Iowa to launch statewide ebook program (USA)

"Iowa's elementary school librarians will have a new ebook resource for pre-kindergarten to third-grade students. Starting in the 2011/2012 school year, Iowa's Area Education Agencies site will offer links to Scholastic's BookFlix, an online literacy resource that pairs video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction ebooks to help promote reading and learning"

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2011 - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2011 - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation by Marcus P. Zillamn is dedicated to the latest and most reliable resources for knowledge discovery available on the Internet. With the constant addition of new and pertinent information coming online it is very easy to experience frequent bouts of information overload. The key is to balance this is guide to find the important knowledge discovery resources and sites both in the visible and invisible World Wide Web. The following selected knowledge discovery resources and sites offer a wide range of dependable, expert knowledge and information discovery sources to help you accomplish your research goals

Libri - March 2011

Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services - Volume 61, Number 1, March 2011 - Online issue available to subscribers. Libri makes full-text articles available online without subscription one year after publication

LC AuthoritiesThing from LibraryThing

LC AuthoritiesThing from LibraryThing was created to provide a way of creating permanent links to Library of Congress Authorities

Video: The Visiting Librarian's Guide to Portland

Later this month, the Public Library Association will have its annual conference in Portland. Therefore, some local library students made a video to introduce the attendees to Portland: