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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Muse News - April 2011

Muse News - April 2011 from Project Muse is now available online

CLIR Issues - Number 80 March/April 2011

CLIR Issues - Number 80, March/April 2011 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Maureen Sullivan wins 2012-13 ALA presidency

Maureen Sullivan wins 2012-13 ALA presidencyMaureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant, has been elected to the 2012-13 presidency of the American Library Association. Sullivan defeated Susan Stroyan, information services librarian at the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. Sullivan received 5,259 votes. Stroyan received 3,642 votes. As ALA president, Sullivan will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organization in the world. The ALA has a membership of more than 62,000 librarians, library trustees and library supporters. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. "I am humbled and honored to have been elected to serve the dynamic profession of librarianship," Sullivan said. "I look forward to working with Sue Stroyan and other members who will help ALA lead the 21st century information revolution."

Wellcome Library Item of the Month: 'Nuremberg Chronicle'

Wellcome Library Item of the Month: 'Nuremberg Chronicle'Published in 1493 Liber chronicarum is a history chronicle following Biblical precedent, beginnning with the Creation of the World and ending with the Last Judgement. The largest section however, consists of scenes of contemporary life and contains many illustrations of European cities and countries. As the book was produced in Nuremberg – then the centre of the German book trade – it is not surprising that the city is afforded a double page spread (shown) and that the book is known in English as the 'Nuremberg Chronicle'

Buenos Aires: World Book Capital 2011

Buenos Aires has been crowned World Book Capital for 2011 in recognition of the vibrant literary culture within the city, which plays host to 70 libraries, over 400 bookstores and scores of smaller book-dispensing kiosks. The title was determined by a panel comprising representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO. During the year, the scheme aims to promote reading, books and Argentina's literary heritage with projects including the creation of a multi-lingual public library and efforts to record audiobooks for one hundred "universal classics"

SAGE launches Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine

SAGE recently launched the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (JEBCAM), formerly known as Complementary Health Practice Review

Accessible Archives Inc. content available in EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Publishing's recent agreement with content partner, Accessible Archives, Inc. will enable unique primary source content from the 18th and 19th Century to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Metadata from Accessible Archives will be added to the EDS Base Index, the most comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from the best content sources. The addition of this content will serve as a valuable resource for EDS users with an interest in American history and culture

New titles in PubMed Central

Journal of Digital Imaging

Journal of Oral Microbiology

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal

Records and Archives Week (New Zealand)

Records and Archives Week (New Zealand)Records and Archives Week (1-7 May) is an Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) initiative, which promotes the value of records, archives and associated professionals in New Zealand. The theme for Records and Archives Week 2011 is "From the hangi pit to the Weetbix kid: Recording the history of food". The way we gather, produce, prepare, distribute and consume food has changed dramatically over time. Food is intimately related to our sense of identity and what it means to be a New Zealander. Archives and records are an important means of documenting the impact of food on our daily lives. It is important that these records are preserved for future generations. In support of this year's theme the Alexander Turnbull Library is showcasing a small selection of items from our unpublished collections that celebrate and reflect this theme

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Filozofski Vestnik International

Türk Jinekoloji ve Obstetrik Derneg(i Dergisi

Región y Sociedad

Asian American Literature : Discourses & Pedagogies

Cahiers d'Études du Religieux

Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

Anadolu University Journal of Science and Technology - C. Life Sciences and Biotechnology

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics

Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

Frontiers in Genetics

Frontiers in Immunology

Frontiers in Plant Science

Autonomies. Revista Catalana de Dret Públic

Revista de Llengua i Dret

CES Odontologia

Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences

Teoría y Praxis

American Journal of Experimental Agriculture

Medical Education Development

Studia Universitatis Petru Maior. Philologia

Reflexão & Ação

Prim@ Facie

Revista CES Derecho

Revista CES Salud Pública

Finlay : Revista de Enfermedades no Transmisibles

Journal of Experimental Stroke & Translational Medicine

Revista Brasileira de Informática na Educação

2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards winners

Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2010. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at its 65th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City

Friday, April 29, 2011

UniCat: The Union Catalogue of Belgian Libraries

UniCat: The Union Catalogue of Belgian Libraries UniCat is a portal that lets you search and discover Belgian academic library collections. Using powerful search options, UniCat leads you to libraries holding the book or the journal you were looking for. You want to request the book from a library or you want to obtain a photocopy of a journal article? You can contact the library directly or you can request the book or journal article through interlibrary loan from your local library

Current Cites - April 2011

Current Cites (edited by Roy Tennant) - April 2011 is now available

More than 211,000 new West Yorkshire parish baptism records (UK)

Search for your ancestors in 211,905 new West Yorkshire parish baptism records on findmypast.co.uk. The Huddersfield & District Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies

Libra - Online Archive of University of Virginia Scholarship

Libra makes publications available to the world and provides safe and secure storage for the scholarly output of the University of Virginia community

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog - April 29, 2011 update

The April 29, 2011 edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog from Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers

2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award winner announced

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes has been declared the best science fiction novel of the year and the 25th winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. Published by Angry Robot Books, the novel is set in an alternate modern Johannesburg where psychic criminal guilt can take physical animal form and has been described as "Jeff Noon crossed with Raymond Chandler” and a novel that “sinks its claws into you."

Spanish consortium BUCLE implements WorldCat Local

"The Spanish consortium BUCLE (Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Castilla y León) is the first institution in Spain to implement OCLC WorldCat Local as its new search and discovery service. WorldCat Local delivers single-search-box access to more than 800 million items in libraries' electronic, digital and physical collections. BUCLE launched WorldCat Local as a group solution for the university libraries of Burgos, León, Salamanca and Valladolid. It will be available to the universities' more than 100,000 registered library users by April 30, 2011. With WorldCat Local, library users are not only able to access the library's local bibliographic records but also the titles from the BUCLE group catalog and from the OCLC WorldCat database"

New from Bodleian Library Publishing: Bibles: An Illustrated History from Papyrus to Print

New from Bodleian Library Publishing: Bibles: An Illustrated History from Papyrus to PrintThe development of the Bible, from second-century papyrus fragments to the private press editions illustrated by Eric Gill, is illustrated through sixty outstanding examples from one of the finest collections in the world in a new book. Drawing on Oxford's exceptional collection of Bibles, the celebrated historian Christopher de Hamel has arranged the Bibles into themed chapters presented chronologically. Each chapter opens with an elegant introduction providing a concise overview and clear picture of the development of the Bible through the ages. Every Bible is beautifully illustrated on a double page spread, accompanied by an explanation, giving the reader a glimpse of the historical progression of the greatest bestseller of all time over eighteen centuries

NLM Classification updated

The online National Library of Medicine Classification has been issued in a newly revised edition as of April 28, 2011. Forty-six (46) new class numbers were added and three (3) class numbers were canceled. Sixty-nine (69) MeSH terms were added to the index, including forty-one (41) new to the MeSH vocabulary as of 2011; in addition, one hundred and seventy-eight (178) class number captions or schedule notes and six hundred and six (606) index entries were modified since the 2010 edition was published on April 29, 2010

E-News for ARL Directors - April 2011

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


EDINA and the ISSN International Centre have announced the Beta release of PEPRS, the e-journals preservation registry service. This is the product of JISC-funded project activity, and provides freely available means to discover which e-journals are being preserved by the leading archival organisations - highlighting those e-journals for which no arrangement is on record

2011 Charleston Conference

"The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, November 2-5, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment"

Biology Open

Biology OpenThe Company of Biologists has announced Biology Open (BiO), a new online only, Open Access journal publishing original research across all aspects of the biological sciences including cell science, developmental biology and experimental biology. The journal aims to provide rapid publication for peer reviewed, scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions in these allied fields

2010 Amazon.ca First Novel Award winner

Eleanor Catton has won the 2010 Amazon.ca First Novel Award for her book, "The Rehearsal," which follows the aftermath of a sexual scandal at a private school. Head judge, Stuart Woods, describes Catton's remarkable novel as "unlike any coming of age story you're likely to encounter, offering keen insight into the worlds of high art, music, and theatre while brilliantly decoding the rituals of adolescent life"

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - April 29, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Famous Brands. "Many things are so famous that their names have become well-known brands. Can you answer these questions about brands?" Answers here.

1. Name the UK record company founded by Richard Branson.
2. Which US corporation was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975?
3. What do the letters "BBC" stand for as the name of the UK state-owned broadcasting network?
4. Which German brand of automobiles was created by a merger of the Daimler and Benz factories in 1926?
5. Which make of training shoes is named after the Greek winged goddess of victory?
6. As the name of a record label, what do the letters "HMV" stand for?
7. What is the tradename of a brand of soft paper tissue, used for paper handkerchiefs - the world's first paper handkerchiefs?
8. What was the first name of the man called Hilton who started Hilton hotels?
9. What did the inventor of Pepsi-Cola imply by using the word "Pepsi"?
10. In 1950, what was the first credit card company?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vinyl-loving librarian speaks about Preservation Week [video]

Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, likes records. And he'd like to see others be able to listen to them decades down the road; fortunately, he's in the right profession. In a video produced for Preservation Week, he describes his personal collection and philosophy on preservation:

JANET(UK) enables network access on the move with new 3G data service

Learning and research on the move has just become much easier as JANET(UK) has announced the launch of its new high capacity data service for education institutions and research organisations, JANET 3G. From June 2011, the data service will allow academic and support staff to remotely access vital resources such as research data, virtual learning environments and library catalogues while on the move. With over 60 enquiries already received in the first week of its launch, from both universities and colleges, the appetite for this new service is evident. Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "I am delighted that the education sector is putting in place plans to provide wireless broadband for the academic community. This is a really exciting development and will help us achieve our goal of having the best broadband in Europe by 2015."

CARL E-Lert # 420

CARL E-Lert # 420, April 22 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Call for submissions: CARL Research Grants / Invitation générale : Subventions de recherche de l’ABRC / Le "G8 de l'Internet" aura lieu fin mai à Paris / Internet G8 to be held in Paris on 24-25 May / With Google Settlement in Limbo, Universities Press Ahead With Research on Digitized Books / Whither the dream of the universal library? / 5 Myths About the 'Information Age'

CARL E-Lert # 419

CARL E-Lert # 419, April 15 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: A new twist - securing authors' rights when negotiating content licenses / Nordic and Asian nations connected for growth, says WEF / SCOAP3 Decision-Making meeting / HathiTrust Certified as Trustworthy Repository

CARL E-Lert # 418

CARL E-Lert # 418, April 8 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Liberals First Out With Their Digital Economy Strategy / Supercomputers Let Up on Speed / Digital-age copyright legislation killed again / Statistical Abstract Faces an Untimely Death / HathiTrust/Summon Deal Increases Search Access to In-Copyright Works / A Guide for the Perplexed Part IV: The Rejection of the Google Books Settlement / Dramatic Growth of Open Access

New from Bodleian Library Publishing: Manifold Greatness and the Making of the King James Bible

New from Bodleian Library Publishing: Manifold Greatness and the Making of the King James BibleIn 1604 the newly crowned King James I and VI of England and Scotland commissioned a new translation of the Bible. It took fifty or so scholars six years to complete and was published 400 years ago this year, in 1611. This new book from Bodleian Library Publishing tells the story of this remarkable achievement with outstanding images from the collections of The Bodleian and Folger Shakespeare Libraries

2011 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize winner

"Bui Chat, founder and Giay Vun Publishing in Vietnam, is the recipient of the 2011 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize for his exemplary courage in upholding freedom to publish. IPA President YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi formally presented this year's award in a ceremony hosted by the 37th Buenos Aires Book Fair on 25 April 2011 as part of the Buenos Aires World Book Capital programme"

Cengage Learning announces MindApps(tm) partner program

Cengage Learning has announced details of MindApps™, a new partner program designed to support the development of apps and services for the MindTap platform. MindTap, Cengage Learning's new delivery platform for digital products and services, engages students through interactivity while offering instructors choice in content and learning tools. MindTap is the first in a new category of Personal Learning Experiences

The Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance shortlist

The shortlist for The Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance has been announced

Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship online archives wow available

Complete backfiles of Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship (RBML), the predecessor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, are now available on the publication Web site. ACRL received a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to assist in making volumes 1-12 of the publication discoverable and available online through the HighWire Press platform, completing the publication's online archive. The 24 back issues will join volumes 13 and 14 of RBML and the full run of RBM online. Access to all content, with the exception of the two most current issues, is freely available to all. Online access to the current two issues is available only to RBM subscribers

Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography

Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography traces the rise of the album from the turn of the century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the Library of Congress. As photography became an increasingly accessible medium in the twentieth century, the popularity of the photographic album exploded, yielding a wonderful range of objects made for varying purposes - to memorialize, document (officially or unofficially), promote, or educate, and sometimes simply to channel creative energy

Library of the Religious Society of Friends Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2011

The seventh issue of the Newsletter of the Library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is out now. The Library dates back to 1673 and covers Quaker history and thought, as well as topics in areas where Quakers have been active, such as peace, anti-slavery and relief work. It also holds the central archives of the Society of Friends in Britain (Britain Yearly Meeting) and rich manuscript collections

Biblio Tech Review - April 2011

The April 2011 issue of Biblio Tech Review is now available. This issue includes:

* Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
* OCLC acquires assets of German library system provider BOND
* Swets and Innovative Interfaces establish EDI connections
* SkyRiver and Cassidy Cataloguing enter sharing agreement

Credo Reference debuts Salem Press Publisher Collection

Credo Reference has announced the launch of a new Publisher Collection from Salem Press:

* Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction
* Critical Survey of Drama, 2e
* Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 2e
* Great Lives from History: The Incredibly Wealthy
* Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions
* Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
* Great Lives from History: The 17th Century
* Great Lives from History: The 18th Century
* Great Lives from History: The 19th Century
* Great Lives from History: The 20th Century
* Great Lives from History: The Ancient World
* Great Lives from History: The Middle Ages
* Great Lives from History: The Renaissance & Early Modern Era

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

FreePint Newsletter 325

FreePint Newsletter 325 - 28 April 2011 now available

Orwell Prize 2011 shortlists announced

The Orwell Prize 2011 shortlists have been announced:

Book prize

* Bingham, Tom The Rule of Law (Allen Lane)
* Bullough, Oliver Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus (Penguin)
* Dunmore, Helen The Betrayal (Fig Tree)
* Hitchens, Christopher Hitch-22 (Atlantic Books)
* Moqadam, Afsaneh Death to the Dictator! (The Bodley Head)
* Thorpe, D. R. Supermac: The Life of Harold MacMillan (Chatto & Windus)

Journalism prize

* Collins, Philip The Times
* Gentleman, Amelia The Guardian
* Mayer, Catherine TIME
* Rachman, Gideon Financial Times
* Russell, Jenni Sunday Times; The Guardian
* Shabi, Rachel The Guardian
* Walsh, Declan The Guardian; Granta

Blog prize

* Cath Elliott Too Much To Say For Myself (http://toomuchtosayformyself.com/); and Liberal Conspiracy, Comment is Free

* Daniel Hannan Daniel Hannan – Telegraph Blogs (www.hannan.co.uk)

* Duncan McLaren Visiting Mabel (http://www.saga.co.uk/health/carers/blog/visiting-mabel/archive.asp)

* Graeme Archer ConservativeHome (http://conservativehome.blogs.com/centreright/graeme_archer/index.html)

* Heresiarch Heresy Corner (http://heresycorner.blogspot.com)

* Molly Bennett Mid-Wife Crisis (http://mid-wife-crisis-blog.blogspot.com/)

* Paul Mason Idle Scrawl – BBC Newsnight (www.bbc.co.uk/paulmason)

Book Country

Book CountryBook Country is a place where readers and writers of genre fiction come together to read original fiction, post work or comments, and make a name for themselves. Our free community is a creative and supportive space where fiction writers and readers can give and receive constructive criticism, discover new and entertaining books, discuss and share tips and experiences, and learn about the publishing industry. Book Country aims to be useful, egalitarian, and merit-based while fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and creativity. Later this year, Book Country will offer a convenient and affordable way to self-publish eBooks and print books. With a variety of services available, we want you to be able to put your book on the map. As Book Country grows, we will continue to offer additional features and services we think you will appreciate

52nd Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries

In the Hurricane's Eye: Challenges of Collecting in the 21st Century - The 52nd Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries - June 21-24, 2011 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Santa Barbara City College Excellence Award celebration

The 2011 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the community college category was presented to the staff of the Santa Barbara City College Luria Library on April 14. They made a video of the celebration, which is available below or on YouTube

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 Canadian Jewish Book Awards winners

Alison Pick's novel Far to Go, about a Jewish Czech family in the months preceding World War Two, and Moredcai: The Life and Times, Charles Foran's biography of the late Canadian novelist, are among the winners of the 2011 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards. Pick won in the Fiction category, while Foran won in Biography and Memoir. Tarek Fatah won the award for Politics and History for The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism. Robert Eli Rubinstein won in the Holocaust Literature category for An Italian Renaissance: Choosing Life In Canada while Harold Troper's The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s won for Scholarship. The winner of the Youth Literature category was Judie Oron for Cry of the Giraffe - National Post

Amazon Books launches author interview series: "Author Interviews@Amazon"

Amazon.com has introduced "Author Interviews@Amazon," the new author interview series that will be available in a new content destination called The Backstory. Author Interviews@Amazon launches with five video interviews, including celebrity chef and James Beard Award-winning Tom Douglas, New York Times bestselling debut author Joshua Foer, young adult authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, and Gossip Girl producer John Stephens. New author interviews will be announced via the Amazon.com Books Facebook page and on Omnivoracious.com, the Amazon.com Books blog. Customers will be able to post questions for visiting authors that will be incorporated into each interview. All edited videos will be available on the book's detail page and accessible from archives in The Backstory

Maney materials science and engineering books available through e-book providers

Maney Publishing has announced that its range of over 170 materials science and engineering e-books, ranging from classic texts from the 1980s to the latest research, is now available from six e-book providers: Academic RightsPress; Books 24X7; Dawson Books; Ebrary; EBooks Corporation; Ebsco Electronic Book Collections; and MyiLibrary

Bobcatsss 2012 - Amsterdam

Bobcatsss is an annual symposium organised by students at a number of universities in Europe. It takes place under the auspieces of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) and deals with themes from library and information science. Every year it is organised, managed and filled with content by students from different European universities. The universities have in common that they educate in the field of library and information sciences - 23-25 January, 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011 - September 25-29 - Berlin, Germany

LibraryThing: State of the Thing - April 2011

LibraryThing: State of the Thing - April 2011 is now available online

ARL - call for proposals for 2012 SPEC survey topics

The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2012 SPEC survey topics. For more than 35 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Proposals for topics for the 2012 SPEC survey cycle are now being sought. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on "hot topics" related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

Above the Fold - 28 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 - 28 March 2011 - Vol. 4, No. 12 now available

Monday, April 25, 2011

BookExpo America 2011

BookExpo America 2011 - May 23-26 - New York City, USA

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #150

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #150. "We talk demography this week and why it matters at your library. Mister Engineer selected this week's bits out of the slush pile to make up The Miscellany". Previous Podcasts can be found here

JHOVE2 version 2.0.0 released

JHOVE2 is open source software for format-aware characterization of digital objects

Sunday, April 24, 2011

'Your Trading Edge' launches digital edition via Exact Editions

'Your Trading Edge' launches cutting edge digital editionYour Trading Edge is the definitive bi-monthly magazine for traders and active investors covering CFDs, Stocks, Options, Futures, Forex and Commodities. It is an invaluable educational tool for the active private trader/investor. Since its inception in 1997, Your Trading Edge has featured commentary from many of the leading figures in the finance sector from around the globe. The educational articles encompass everything from useful trading strategies to up-to-date market analysis and commentary on timely topics that are guaranteed to be of interest to the serious trader

2011 Pulitzer Prize winners

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced

The 2011 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction longlist

The longlist for The 2011 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction has been announced:

* Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett (Profile Books)
* Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 by Rodric Braithwaite (Profile Books)
* Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your World by Guy Deutscher (William Heinemann)
* The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal (Chatto & Windus)
* Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 by Frank Dikötter (Bloomsbury)
* Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon (Allen Lane)
* Liberty's Exiles: The Loss of America and the Remaking of the British Empire by Maya Jasanoff (Harper Press)
* Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy by Anatole Kaletsky (Bloomsbury)
* Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly (Polygon, Birlinn)
* People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape)
* The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick (Picador)
* The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (Fourth Estate)
* Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg (Oxford University Press)
* Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War by John Stubbs (Viking)
* Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl - the Biography by Donald Sturrock (HarperPress)
* Bomber County by Daniel Swift (Hamish Hamilton)
* Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 by Simon Szreter & Kate Fisher (Cambridge University Press)
* Amexica by Ed Vulliamy (The Bodley Head)

Check it Out: Issue Systems for the Primary School Library (UK)

Check it Out: Issue Systems for the Primary School Library (UK)Check it Out: Issue Systems for the Primary School Library by Tricia Adams and Kathy Lemaire. "All primary school libraries, no matter their size, need an efficient issue system so books can be confidently and accurately borrowed and returned by all users. It is useful too if this system can also list all the resources in the library. This best selling SLA Mini Guideline has now been fully updated to include more detailed information about increasingly popular computerised issue systems, but it also outlines essential details about alternative traditional manual systems too. Essential reading for everyone who runs a primary school library'

Click on Thames (UK)

Click on Thames (UK)"A brand new online map - Click on Thames – that, for the first time, joins learning resources and establishments along the 212 mile River Thames from source to sea, has been unveiled by Lord Chris Smith, Chair of the Environment Agency. The new Click on Thames map provides a unique, one stop shop, for anyone – including teachers and the public – to find about and then contact organisations on the Thames that provide opportunities to learn about and explore the river. Over 100 organisations are listed, with more being added all the time"

Clementi Library opens its doors (Singapore)

Clementi Library opens its doors (Singapore)Singapore has increased its public library count to 24, with the opening of the Clementi Public Library. The library is the first to introduce an interactive digital story-telling kiosk, where children can read and listen to books using touchscreen technology. It also offers a "Mystery Brown Bag" service, in which books are pre-selected and packed by librarians according to popular themes. The service will cater to the lunchtime crowd or those who have little time to read. The library, which has a floor area of 1,900 sq m, will have about 150,000 books, magazines and audio-visual material. The collection includes some 83,000 volumes of fiction and non-fiction books for adults and young people, as well as 67,000 children's books. In addition, more than 400 local and international magazines, as well as local newspapers, will be made available to visitors

Saturday, April 23, 2011

AcademicPub launches new custom publishing option for higher education community

AcademicPub, a unit of SharedBook Inc., has launched the first custom publishing option for the real time delivery of copyright-cleared course materials to the higher education community. Available immediately, AcademicPub is targeted to faculty and administrators who desire to create custom course materials at a reasonable price for students, by combining authoritative materials from twenty-one of the world's leading academic publishers with up-to-the-minute Web information, as well as material the educators create themselves

Children’s Books Ireland Conference 2011

Children's Books Ireland Conference 2011 - May 21-22 2011 - Dublin, Ireland. Guest speakers: Jane Davis, Helen Oxenbury, John Burningham, David Lloyd, Keith Gray, Mary Byrne, Liz Page, Garrett Carr, Judi Curtin, John Newman, Sheena Wilkinson, Philip Ardagh, Louise Rennison, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Karen Bertrams, Emma Byrne, Chris Judge, Steve Simpson, Chris Haughton, Robert Dunbar and Derek Landy

PLA 2012 Conference (USA)

The PLA Conference is the premier professional development event for public librarians, public library workers, trustees, Friends, library vendors, and others with an interest in public libraries.

PLA 2012 will be held March 13–17, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PLA 2012 will provide opportunities to learn new ideas, share success stores, hear best practices, and meet colleagues from across the county and around the world.

The Call for Proposals for the 2012 conference ended on November 30, 2010. If you have a question about a proposal, please contact Linda Bostrom, lbostrom@ala.org or 800/545-2433, ext. 5027.

The UK National Archives and Tessella win Queen's Award for Enterprise

The UK National Archives has won a prestigious Innovation Award, jointly with private company Tessella, for developing a system for preserving digital information which has since been adopted by libraries and archives around the world. This unique partnership has been recognised for outstanding achievement in innovation by the UK's business awards, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise. The first government department to win since the awards were expanded in 2000, The National Archives has worked with Tessella to develop a fully functioned digital archival solution, the Safety Deposit Box

Friday, April 22, 2011

'The Listener' Historical Archive, 1929-1991

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991"This new digital collection from Gale offers researchers and students access to the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Listener, the BBC periodical published from 1929-1991. The online archive consists of the complete 62 year run of the paper, allowing users to search across 129,000 pages and more than 226,000 articles - all newly digitised from originals in full colour. The Listener Historical Archive is only available for institutions to trial and purchase. The archive is not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking a copy of an issue/issues or a specific article within The Listener, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article or issue, please contact your public library and enquire about online access to our products. Otherwise, it may be worth visiting a library that holds the physical copies"

Koha 3.4.0 released

The Koha development team has announced the release of Koha 3.4.0. Koha 3.4.0 is a major feature release that contains major changes to underlying architecture (adoption of Template::Toolkit for templating) and performance enhancements (removal of item data from biblio records). These changes, in addition to the inclusion of many new features, mean a lot of new strings for translators to translate

John Speed proof maps - Atlas.2.61.1 - Cambridge University Library (UK)

John Speed proof maps - Atlas.2.61.1 - Cambridge University Library (UK)John Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine is one of the world's great cartographic treasures. Published in 1611/12, it marked the first time that comprehensive plans of English and Welsh counties and towns were made available in print. To celebrate its 400th anniversary, Cambridge University Library has digitised each of the proof maps and put them online at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/speed.html. The Library is also selling copies of the 60 plus images that make up Speed's masterpiece

The Canadian Library Association announces winner of the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced that the 2011 recipient of the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology is Red Deer Public Library for their project Engaging Community on the Web: Red Deer Public Libraries Election Forum. The award is given in recognition of the ground breaking and innovative use of technology to foster community awareness and engagement in the political process. Red Deer Public Library has changed the way libraries define engaging the community. Their innovative marketing and promotion of community involvement in the political process has changed and will continue to change the way libraries, librarians and library services are perceived and valued by their communities and the general public in Red Deer, Alberta

SPARC enews/April 2011

SPARC enews/April 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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - April 22, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Pink. "This week's brainteaser is about things - and even people - that are pink or that have "pink" in their names." Answers here.

1. What is the meaning of the phrase "in the pink"?
2. What are "pink elephants"?
3. Which English rock group had record albums called "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall"?
4. What kind of fruit is a "pink lady"?
5. Which 1938 book by Graham Greene centres on a young hoodlum called Pinkie?
6. What are pinking shears?
7. What is the correct name for the condition called "pink eye", in which the tissue surrounding the eye is inflamed?
8. Does Shakespeare's line "I am the very pink of courtesy" occur in "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet" or "Henry V"?
9. Who composed the theme tune for the "Pink Panther" film?
10. What is the real name of the US pop singer and songwriter who calls herself "Pink"?

27th Annual PubWest Book Design Awards - winners

The winners of the 27th Annual PubWest Book Design Awards have been announced

Library of Birmingham boosted by important 19th Century photography collection (UK)

Library of Birmingham boosted by important 19th Century photography collection  (UK)A collection of rare photographs from the first photography commission for a Royal trip abroad has been purchased by Birmingham Library and Archive Services. Taken by the pioneering British photographer Francis Bedford (1816-1894), they chronicle the 'Tour in the East' made in 1862 by the Prince of Wales, (the late Edward VII). Bedford became the first official photographer to accompany a member of the British Royal Family when he was invited to travel as part of the entourage of the Prince of Wales on a 'Tour In The East' which covered Athens, Corfu, Constantinople, Tripoli, Egypt, Syria and the Holy Land. Birmingham Library and Archive Services has acquired a rare set of the 172 photographs resulting from this tour for £55000 with grants of £32500 from the Art Fund and £15000 from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. The collection will be housed in the Library of Birmingham, currently under construction and due to open in 2013

'Our Authors, Our Advocates' initiative of the American Library Association

Authors are natural allies of libraries, in these challenging times. They understand the key role that libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. They are passionately speaking out on the importance of not only sustaining but increasing support for libraries. Help fuel the national dialogue on America's libraries. Spread the word. Share these videos and messages with your friends, family, and those who can make a difference

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Clinics and Practice


Music Performance Research

Ganpat University Journal of Engineering & Technology

Pro Ligno

Plant Breeding and Seed Science

Majlesi Journal of Mechanical Engineering

KB Journal

Journal of the Indonesian Tropical Animal Agriculture

Electronic Journal of Social Sciences

Revista Electronic@ Educare

Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Application

Alan Borovoy receives the 2011 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced that Alan Borovoy is the recipient of the 2011 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his unwavering dedication to social justice and freedom of expression in Canada

The Bodleian Libraries and readandnote.com agreement

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford have announced that it has entered into a final agreement with readandnote.com to enhance access to the Libraries' exceptional digital collection; in particular materials derived from the Oxford - Google digitization project and other e-book publications. The initiative will transform the ability to access digitized books and other forms of content. The partnership will create a new kind of reading experience for ebooks allowing users to read, annotate, extract and share comments across online, mobile, and tablet, platforms. The readandnote.com system allows reading research and e-published text to be brought forth, tagged, and annotated with comment, interpretation, and illustration

New from ACRL - Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research

New from ACRL - Using Qualitative Methods in Action ResearchACRL has announced the publication of "Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data," edited by Douglas Cook and Lesley Farmer. While quantitative research provides librarians with calculations and metrics of effectiveness, qualitative research, in its exploration of assumptions, value and opinion, makes possible a deeper understanding of the subtleties of patron interaction with library services and collections

AALL April 2011 E-Newsletter

The AALL April 2011 E-Newsletter is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ludacris launches Louisiana library campaign (USA)

Ludacris launches Louisiana library campaign (USA)Rapper Ludacris is backing a campaign to help libraries in Louisiana re-stock their shelves as they continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Many of the public institutions in the city of New Orleans were destroyed in the 2005 disaster and are still unable to replenish supplies six years later. Ludacris has signed up to support the Epic Book Drive and he has filmed a public service announcement (PSA) urging students across America to share their books, according to Allhiphop.com. He says, "I am proud to be a spokesperson for this initiative as it's in line with my dedication to empowering young people. The campaign is giving something as simple as a book to a student in a much needed area... so they can have the opportunity to read, communicate and be inspired. "Sharing in this way will have an incredible impact on the confidence and abilities of the next generation of leaders and I'm excited to be leading the charge."

Campaign launched to keep Workington library open (UK)

Campaign launched to keep Workington library open (UK)"Moorclose library is one of 20 in the county to have been put on an at-risk list by Cumbria County Council. But independent councillor Denis Robertson, who lives in the ward, has vowed to fight "tooth and nail" to save the facility from closure. And he urged fellow residents not to let it become another victim of the cuts. "This library is a real part of the community and I do not want it to fall by the wayside," said Mr Robertson, an Allerdale Borough councillor. "A lot of people use our library, I use it myself. It's not just books, you can get films and all sorts and it's a meeting place for a lot of people who wouldn't otherwise see each other. It's also handy for all the local schools. We won’t sit back and watch it close." Moorclose is one of 11 libraries in west Cumbria currently under threat"

World Constitutions Illustrated - April 2011 update

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

Thomson Reuters introduces the new Web of Knowledge

Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the new Web of Knowledge

CRL releases HathiTrust audit report

The Center for Research Libraries has released the findings of its assessment of the HathiTrust digital repository. Given the investments CRL libraries have made in the digitization of books and serials, and the pressures to reduce the costs of physical collections, CRL endeavors to provide rigorous assessment of archiving services

13th LIASA Annual Conference (South Africa)

13th LIASA (library and Information Association of South Africa) Annual Conference - 3-7 October, 2011 - East London International Convention Centre, South Africa

Podcast: From crime to punishment: criminal records of our ancestors from the 18th and 19th centuries

From crime to punishment: criminal records of our ancestors from the 18th and 19th centuriesThe second half of the 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries were characterised by rapid increase in population, urbanisation and impressive industrial growth. It was also a period of rising crime rates and grave concerns about criminality. This podcast takes researchers through the various stages of the criminal justice system of the period and focuses on the various records created, from the commission of a crime, through the court processes and on to the records of punishment. Jeff James is Director of Operations and Services at The National Archives, and has previously worked as Head of Operations at The British Library, in the University sector and as a Submariner in the Royal Navy. Jeff has an MA in History from the University of Hertfordshire and has a particular interest in 18th and 19th century crime and poverty - UK National Archives

Amazon to launch Library Lending for Kindle Books

Amazon has announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps

OCLC expands services for public libraries in Europe

OCLC has acquired the assets of German library system provider, BOND GmbH & Co. KG. BOND, based in Böhl-Iggelheim, near Mannheim, is a leading integrated system provider for public libraries in German speaking countries. The addition of BOND services will enhance and expand OCLC services for German libraries. OCLC serves the academic library community in Germany with a variety of library services including the SISIS-SunRise, CBS and LBS solutions. Together, OCLC and BOND combine to bring more than 50 years of experience in the development of library management solutions for libraries of all types

What's the score at the Bodleian? (UK)

What's the score at the Bodleian?The Bodleian Libraries are looking at ways to increase access to our music scores through crowd-sourcing. From summer 2011, some 6000 digitised music scores, mostly from the period 1860-1880 and designed for home entertainment, will be available online. Because this material is largely uncatalogued, we are developing an environment which will allow, and encourage, description of the images through crowd-sourcing and are exploring additional enhancements such as music character recognition and online performances. At the moment, we are trying to make sure that the title of the project truly reflects what the initiative is about. As community involvement will determine the project's success, we are starting as we mean to go on by asking our potential users to comment on the project name

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives News - April 2011 (UK)

The April 2011 edition of Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives News is now available

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

British Library acquires the archive of Wendy Cope

British Library acquires the archive of Wendy CopeThe British Library has acquired the archive of the critically and popularly acclaimed poet, Wendy Cope. The hybrid archive, encompassing material in both paper and electronic form, comprises 15 large storage boxes as well as an extensive collection of email correspondence and Word files. These contain poetic and other literary drafts spanning Cope’s entire career (including those relating to Family Values, published this month), personal and professional correspondence, accounts books and material relating to her early life and career in teaching

SAGE begins publishing 'Alternatives: Global, Local, Political'

SAGE has begun to publish the journal Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. Established in 1975, Alternatives has long sought to promote a wide range of approaches to political, social, cultural and ecological developments, and to encourage more creative and imaginative ways of thinking and acting globally

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Podcast/Press Release: New infoKit gives UK researchers the opportunity to reduce admin burden

A new research information management infoKit is being launched which will benefit the UK's 30,000 researchers by offering guidance and examples of best practice on preparing for the research excellence framework. The infokit has been developed by JISC and JISC infoNet in conjunction with a number of universities who have worked to identify the issues and challenges they current face within their research teams in managing the research lifecycle from bidding for a grant through to publication

InSITE - April 18, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 16, April 18, 2011 is now available. Contents:

# Doing Business
# EIF Implementation Database
# Equipo Nizkor

NFAIS Webinar: Portable Devices and Mobile Users

NFAIS will hold a 90-minute informational Webinar, Portable Devices and Mobile Users. Maureen Kelly, Principal, Content Kinetics, will open the meeting with a brief history of book technology. Jill O' Neill, NFAIS Director of Communication and Planning, will then discuss the reading experience, including an overview of today's established user interfaces and navigational approaches and how users are encouraged to customize their own experience - May 3, 2011 - 1:00pm EST

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Cuadernos de Geografía : Revista Colombiana de Geografía

Revista Nordestina de Ecoturismo

Advances in Orthopedics

Advances in Preventive Medicine

Journal of Pathogens

Tuberculosis Research and Treatment

Universidad & Empresa

Child Development Research

Chromatography Research International

International Journal of Hepatology

Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics

Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research

Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis

Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research

Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism

Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences

Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques

Journal of Data Mining in Genomics & Proteomics

Journal of Forensic Research

Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination

Allan Wilson named 2011 recipient of CLA/Ken Haycock Award (Canada)

Allan Wilson, Chief Librarian, Prince George Public Library, has been named 2011 recipient of the CLA/Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. This award honours individuals who have demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing public recognition and appreciation of librarianship. Wilson's inclusive, dynamic approach to raising the awareness of libraries and promoting their value - especially in northern British Columbia - placed him first in a pool of exceptional candidates for this year's award

The 2011 Library Blog Awards

Salem press is sponsoring the 2011 Library Blog Awards, which recognize blogging excellence across the library spectrum

New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation webcast now available as archive

The Association of Research Libraries has released an archive of the webcast to complement the recently released report in the New Roles for New Times series, "Digital Curation for Preservation," The webcast, "New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation," featured a reactor panel that explored and expanded on key findings and recommendations in the report

What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur

What You Wish For: A Book For DarfurWhat You Wish For: A Book For Darfur is a collection of stories and poems for young adults, organized by Book Wish Foundation, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity. We will donate 100% of our proceeds to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to build libraries in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad. In stores September 2011, published by Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Desmond Elliott Prize 2011 longlist announced

The longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011, the award for a first novel published in the UK, has been announced:

* The Afterparty by Leo Benidictus (Jonathan Cape)
* Boxer Beetle by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
* Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh Shukla (Quartet)
* The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed (Viking)
* Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
* Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Fig Tree)
* Saraswati Parkby Anjali Joseph (Fourth Estate)
* The Spider Truces by Tom Connolly (Myriad Editions)
* A Vision of Loveliness by Louise Levene (Bloomsbury)
* Who is Mr Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee (William Heinemann)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 23 June at Fortnum & Mason, London

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wellcome Library 2011 Summer workshop programme

The new Summer programme of free Wellcome Library workshops begins on May 5th. The workshops provide training on research and resources in the Library, and are aimed at the general public

Jonathan Kemp wins Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2011

The Authors' Club has announced that Jonathan Kemp has won its Best First Novel Award of 2011 for London Triptych

UCL Bloomsbury Project (UK)

The Leverhulme-funded UCL Bloomsbury Project was established to investigate 19th-century Bloomsbury's development from swampy rubbish-dump to centre of intellectual life. Led by Professor Rosemary Ashton, with Dr Deborah Colville as Researcher, the Project has traced the origins, Bloomsbury locations, and reforming significance of hundreds of progressive and innovative institutions. Many of the extensive archival resources relating to these institutions have also been identified and examined by the Project, and Bloomsbury's developing streets and squares have been mapped and described. This website is a gateway to the information gathered and edited by Project members during the Project's lifetime, 1 October 2007–30 April 2011, with the co-operation of Bloomsbury's institutions, societies, and local residents

Sunday, April 17, 2011

NIST Digital Archives

The NIST Digital Archives present images of NIST Museum artifacts and full-text NIST publications. NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) is a non-regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The images showcase the scientific instruments on display in the NIST Museum located on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The publications include the Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which covers the broad range of research undertaken by NIST research staff, focusing on measurement methodology. These collections continue to grow as more images and full-text publications are added to the NDA. Future NDA collections will include images of photographs from the NIST Archives, NIST Oral Histories and video recordings of selected NIST Colloquia

John Wiley signs agreement to provide titles to Bookshare

John Wiley & Sons has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. This agreement will broaden the access of people with disabilities to Wiley content

UKSG Introduction to Serials and E-Resources Today: London

UKSG Introduction to Serials and E-Resources Today: London is designed particularly for staff new to working with serials, whether from a publisher, an intermediary or a library. This seminar may also be of interest to those looking to consolidate and update their serials and e-resources knowledge - 7 June 2011 - London, UK

New titles in PubMed Central

AIDS Research and Treatment



International Journal of Molecular Imaging

Journal of Drug Delivery

Journal of Lipids

Journal of Pregnancy

Latest journals from SAGE via Stanford's HighWire

Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry

State Politics & Policy Quarterly

The Neurohospitalist


Theology Today

Musicae Scientiae

Teaching of Psychology

Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology

Organizational Psychology Review

Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit

Dialogues in Human Geography

European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation

Prosthetics and Orthotics International

Saturday, April 16, 2011

CRL libraries support purchase of 5 new microform sets

With the support of 17 member libraries, Center for Research Libraries will acquire five major microform sets through its 2011 Shared Purchase Program. The total list cost of these acquisitions, which benefit all CRL members, is $85,766

BFI and British Library join forces to increase access to their unique collections (UK)

The BFI and the British Library have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the objective of increasing public, professional and research access to audiovisual and broadcast content and integrating it with other knowledge collections. Signed by BFI Director, Amanda Nevill and British Library CEO, Dame Lynne Brindley, the MOU outlines key areas for joint strategic thinking, including public access, rights management and digitisation

Staplehay phone box becomes a library (UK)

Staplehay phone box becomes a library (UK)With libraries under threat residents at Staplehay have set up their own ... in an old phone box. Britain's familiar red telephone boxes are no longer in use and BT gave Trull Parish Council the option of having their box removed, reinstalled ... or they could buy it for £1. They opted to purchase the phone box and after redecorating it, installing new shelving and fitting it with new signs, the informal book exchange is now quickly filling up with literature. Parish councillor Dee Luke will be acting as volunteer librarian when the exchange opens to the public next week. Don Archer, one of the parish councillors involved in the decision, said: "At a time when county libraries are reducing their hours of access to the public, we have a new facility that will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year"

Open Library buying e-Books from publishers

The Internet Archive is on campaign to buy e-Books from publishers and authors; making more digital books available to readers who prefer using laptops, reading devices or library computers. Publishers such as Smashwords, Cursor and A Book Apart have already contributed e-Books to OpenLibrary.org – offering niche titles and the works of best-selling "indy" authors including Amanda Hocking and J.A. Konrath - Internet Archive Blogs

SkyRiver and Cassidy Cataloguing enter sharing agreement

Cassidy Cataloguing Services Inc., a company that provides cataloging on contract to libraries as well as Cataloging in Publication (CIP) for publishers, has entered into a sharing agreement with SkyRiver. By the terms of the agreement, Cassidy will contribute its CIP records - high quality and fully catalogued - to the SkyRiver database. Cassidy in turn will have access to SkyRiver's database either through its contracting libraries and have unlimited full access to SkyRiver's authorities database

State of America's Libraries 2011 report

State of America's Libraries 2011 report - read about the top ten challenged books, e-book controversy, wireless internet usage soars, taxpayers trust libraries, job-seekers and entrepreneurs turn to libraries, 65% of public visit libraries, and budget cuts

Development of UK public library catalogue progresses to next stage

OCLC has announced that its project to develop a Web-based, national public library catalogue has now been made available to a selection of pilot institutions. Over the next two months a small group of libraries will have the opportunity to review the catalogue, and feedback on things such as data quality and overall user experience. Developed in conjunction with The Combined Regions (TCR) and based on holdings indexed in WorldCat, the world's largest database of bibliographic information, the customised union catalogue provides a view of the 9 million holdings contributed by the 149 local authorities that currently subscribe to UnityUK, the UK's only nationwide network for resource sharing

World Book Mobile

World Book has released a mobile-friendly version of its comprehensive reference database. Now you can access a wealth of information whenever and wherever you need it

CILIPS Annual Conference 2011 (Scotland)

The 2011 CILIPS Annual Conference will take place at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland, 7-8 June, 2011. CILIPS is The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland

ABC-CLIO content to be included in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index

'Ex Libris® Group has announced that ABC-CLIO has joined the rapidly expanding group of publishers whose content is included in the Primo Central Index of scholarly content'

Royal Wedding: Couple's local Anglesey library show

Royal Wedding: Couple's local Anglesey library show"Prince William and Kate Middleton's local library on Anglesey is celebrating being saved from closure by putting on a Royal Wedding exhibition. Villagers at Rhosneigr are used to seeing Prince William and his wife-to-be as they live in the area. The local library was due to close as part of council cutbacks, but will now be run by the council and volunteers. The exhibition includes royal wedding memorabilia from down the generations. The event was officially opened by the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andrew John. It marks a new chapter for the library, which hopes to be saved in the long term" - BBC

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

eMinds : International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction

Journal of Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Childhood & Philosophy

Canadian Library Association awards 2011 - winners

The Canadian Library Association has announced the winners of the following awards:

CLA Young Adult Book Award Winner and Honour Books

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel is the winner. The Honour Books are Dust City by Robert Paul Weston, and Room by Emma Donoghue

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award Winner and Honour Books

The winner is Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Honour books are Book of Big Brothers, illustrated by Luc Melanson and written by Cary Fagan, and Owls See Clearly at Night: a Michif alphabet, written and illustrated by Julie Flett

Engaged Readers - online reading service for public libraries (USA)

Engaged Readers, an online reading service for public libraries with fully-integrated social networking features is now available from EngagedPatrons.org. Keep your patrons engaged in reading as they interact with other readers and library staff - creating and sharing book lists, reviews, comments, profiles, following fellow readers and more. Engaged Readers can be implemented as the online facet of your summer or winter reading program or offered year-around

MP Rosie Winterton lends her support to Save Doncaster Libraries (UK)

MP Rosie Winterton lends her support to Save Doncaster Libraries (UK)Rosie Winterton, Labour Chief Whip and MP for Doncaster Central, has lent her support to the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign: "I am fully supportive of the campaign to save our libraries. Libraries are an essential part of the Doncaster community and play a vital role in ensuring equal access to reading and learning for all, regardless of background. This is backed up by evidence from the National Literacy Trust that reading is the best indicator of a person’s future success than any other. Doncaster needs success – Doncaster needs libraries."

Friday, April 15, 2011

Content from World Book searchable through EBSCO Discovery Service™

A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing and World Book, Inc. will bring twelve popular reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Service™. Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through the EDS single search interface. The twelve World Book resources that will be searchable in EDS include popular English language titles as well as French and Spanish language reference tools

First Street by CQ Press (USA)

First Street by CQ Press (USA)First Street™ consolidates and relates vital Congressional, government and lobbying information from authoritative data sources* giving users an unprecedented understanding and visualization of the relationships shaping policy. Developed for lobbyists, law firms, associations, and anyone working to affect legislative policy, First Street enables users to:

* Research a contact's work history and the issues they have worked on in Congress, Federal agencies, and as a registered lobbyist
* Visualize how lobbying firms and clients are related
* Uncover what issues government agencies and legislation lobbying firms are lobbying
* Identify lobbyists active in issue areas or lobbying a piece of legislation
* Find all staff or lobbyists with experience on a certain issue
* Instantly access contact information enabling proactive coalition building
* Save searches and bookmark specific interests

New Report, "Scan and Deliver: Managing User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives" (OCLC)

This report presents strategies for providing efficient and economical delivery of digital copies of materials in special collections. Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have led to greater user interest in accessing special collections, as well as the expectation that reproduction requests will be fulfilled with digitized images. This combination has resulted in a deluge of user-generated requests for digital copies of special collections in an environment in which the digitization process can be labor-intensive and digitization policies vary widely across institutions

Maximising Online Resource Effectiveness guide published (UK)

New resources, written by JISC Netskills, have been published to help web managers across institutions make best use of their online resources. The reports, guides and case studies summarise key principles in maximizing your online effectiveness. They present a condensed version of the highly successful series of workshops commissioned by the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) and undertaken by JISC Netskills in 2010. Titled 'Maximising Online Resource Effectiveness' (MORE), the workshops demonstrated techniques to improve the visibility of web content, such as good structure, effective web writing, metadata, microformats, RDFa and the potential of the social web

Resource discovery workshops at the Wellcome Library (UK)

The Wellcome Library in London, UK has released its new programme of resource discovery workshops. The workshops provide introductions to research and information resources at the Library, and are aimed at the general public. All workshops are free and available to members of the Library

BiebBus, The Expanding Mobile Library (Holland)

BiebBus, The Expanding Mobile Library (Holland)BiebBus is a truck-container that travels from school to school, offering 7,000 books and a reading room

A Google a Day

A Google a Day is a new daily puzzle that can be solved using your creativity and clever search skills on Google. Questions will be posted every day on agoogleaday.com and printed on weekdays above the New York Times crossword puzzle. We'll reveal each puzzle's answer the next day in the Times and on agoogleaday.com, along with the search tips and features used to find it

FutureCast: Shaping Research Libraries in a Networked Age

FutureCast: Shaping Research Libraries in a Networked Age - 8-10 June 2011 - Washington, D.C., USA - "All current OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to join us for an important glance at the future environment that will impact our work: higher education, electronic publishing, and consumer technology. We'll discuss and collectively forecast what the impact will be on the research library enterprise. How can we prepare for the future? What do we need to do take us from here to there? The conversation and outcomes will be lively, will guide our future collaborative activity, and will rely on your input"

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - April 15, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Celebrity Births. "This week we challenge you to guess the year when certain well-known people were born. All you have to do is to pick the correct year from three options." Answers here.

1. Daniel Radcliffe, star of Harry Potter films: 1979, 1984 or 1989?
2. Jennifer Aniston, actress: 1969, 1979 or 1989?
3. Britney Spears, US pop singer: 1971, 1981 or 1991?
4. William Shakespeare, English dramatist: 1544, 1564 or 1584?
5. Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States: 1946, 1956 or 1966?
6. Jane Fonda, US film actress: 1937, 1947 or 1957?
7. Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian arctic explorer: 1861, 1871 or 1881?
8. Colin Firth, English stage and screen actor: 1950, 1960 or 1970?
9. Stirling Moss, racing driver: 1929, 1939 or 1949?
10. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis: 1846, 1856 or 1866?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation (USA)

Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation - Online webinar - May 3, 2011 - 11:00am - 4:30pm EDT. This training is funded in part by Federal Library Service and Technolgy (LSTA) funds, awarded b to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

U.S. National Archives announces newly-identified papers of Walt Whitman

The National Archives has announced the identification of nearly 3,000 Walt Whitman documents written during his service as a Federal government employee. This trove of information - conclusively identified as Whitman's papers for the first time by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) scholar Kenneth Price - sheds light on the legendary poet's post-war thinking, as well as Whitman's published reflections on the state of the nation that soon followed

Berlin library returns books stolen by Nazis

Berlin's state library handed back 13 books stolen by the Nazis to the Jewish community as the German government pledged to redouble its efforts to return plundered cultural treasures. The emotional ceremony came about thanks to a new drive to research the provenance of state holdings with the aim of restitution, German Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said. "The 13 books being returned today preserve the memory of the Berlin Jewish community which was decimated and its members murdered or driven out," Neumann said. "That is why such projects are so important now and in the future." The books returned at the event, held in the Centrum Judaicum cultural centre at Berlin's New Synagogue, included 19th and 20th century novels, history books, poetry collections, travel guides and bound newspaper volumes" - AFP

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International Business and Management

Revista Opinião Filosófica

Gida : Journal of Food

International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks

Uludag( Üniversitesi I.lahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi

Journal of Theoretical Educational Science

Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine

Journal of Harran University Medical Faculty

ISRN Rheumatology

Journal of Inonu University Medical Faculty

Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

Energy Science and Technology

Progress in Applied Mathematics

International Journal about Parents in Education

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Science Diliman

Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics

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Estudos de Sociologia

Research in Applied Economics

James Richardson wins Jackson Poetry Prize

James Richardson is the fifth winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize. The $50,000 prize is given annually to honor an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition. The award is designed to provide what all poets need: time and the encouragement to write


LISEvents is a community-based site intended to aggregate listings of library-related events of all types, sizes, and locations. The site also helps speakers find gigs and event planners find speakers. The idea for the site has been kicking around in one form or another for quite a few years. Peter Murray did some work on a beta version around 2005

Podcast: The Festival of Britain (1951)

Podcast: The Festival of Britain (1951)"The Festival of Britain opened on 3 May 1951. It was a summer-long, nationwide festival celebrating Britain's contribution to civilisation past, present and future, in the arts, in science and in industrial design. Events ranged from the London South Bank Exhibition with its futuristic 'Skylon' structure and 'Dome of Discovery' to village fetes and local arts festivals. The records of the Festival of Britain Office in WORK 25 document all stages of the organisation and planning of the Festival, from minutes of meetings to photographs and colourful artwork. This podcast uses these records to explore the events and key themes of the Festival. Briony Paxman has worked at The National Archives for 5 years and is a records specialist in modern domestic records"

VALA2012 - Melbourne, Australia

VALA's 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, "eM-powering eFutures", will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Melbourne, Australia, from 6-9 February 2012. VALA is an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote the use and understanding of information technology within libraries and the broader information sector