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Monday, February 28, 2011

Current Cites - February 2011

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

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #144

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #144. "This week's episode of LISTen brings the return of segment-sized Tech for Techies. A news miscellany is also presented". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science now on Project Muse

Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science Volume 35, Number 1, March/mars 2011 is now available at Project MUSE

Ariadne - Issue 66 - January 2011

Ariadne - Issue 66, January 2011 is now available. Ariadne is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community. Its main geographic focus is the UK, but it is widely read in the US and worldwide. Subscribe to the RSS Feed

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - February 2011

AALL Washington E-Bulletin - February 2011, from The American Association of Law Libraries, is now available

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Home Front design competition (UK)

New Home Front design competitionThe New Home Front initiative has launched at the Imperial War Museum - and it needs your help. It is running a competition to effectively re-imagine Second World War poster and public education campaigns to help today's society understand the dangers of climate change, and what people can do to help. The winner will receive £100 and their design will be used as the front cover of the project's next report, which will be a compilation of the best images and ideas. The best designs will also appear on the New Home Front website

Podcast: Broadmoor Revealed: the Victorian Asylum

Podcast: Broadmoor Revealed: the Victorian Asylum"Broadmoor Hospital opened in 1863 and has always admitted patients who would otherwise have been in the prison system. Mark Stevens discovers some of the patients' stories, and takes a journey behind the walls of Victorian Broadmoor, England's first Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Mark Stevens is a professional archivist at the Berkshire Record Office who has been looking after the Broadmoor Hospital archive since 2004." - UK National Archives

Oxford University Press to preserve E-books with Portico

Portico has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Oxford University Press to preserve the publisher's entire collection of e-books from its Oxford Scholarship Online resource and Handbooks Online resource. With this agreement, OUP expands its relationship with Portico, which began in 2006 with the publisher's commitment to deposit its entire list of e-journals in the Portico archive

iDocQ 2011 (Scotland)

The inaugural Information Science Doctoral Colloquium (iDocQ) will take place at Robert Gordon University 19 June 2011. iDocQ is an opportunity for new researchers working in the field of information science to present their research to their peers and gather feedback on their ideas. It is hoped the opportunity of presenting in a friendly environment will encourage collaboration and will provide a platform to help build a network of contacts. iDocQ invites poster submissions from research students in the field of information science. Participants will be required to produce a poster which they will use to discuss their research for 10-15 mins (including discussion) and also take part in a "One Minute Madness" session, consisting of a 60 second outline of your research

HarperCollins puts 26 loan cap on Ebook circulations

"In the first significant revision to lending terms for ebook circulation, HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires" - Library Journal

National Bookmobile Day 2011 (USA)

National Bookmobile Day 2011 (USA)National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 13, 2011) celebrates our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known - through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. Audrey Niffenegger, library supporter and acclaimed author of The Time Traveler's Wife¸ Her Fearful Symmetry, and the illustrated novel The Night Bookmobile, has lent her support to America's bookmobiles as the National Bookmobile Day Honorary Chair. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (ABOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cambridge University and OCLC Research Collaborate on Open Metadata Project

OCLC Research and Cambridge University will jointly conduct a six-month, JISC-funded investigation into the value of making collection metadata openly available in a sustainable manner. The COMET (Cambridge OPen METadata) project will release a sub-set of bibliographic data from Cambridge University Library catalogs as linked data in multiple formats. This activity will test a number of technologies and methodologies for releasing open bibliographic data including XML, RDF, SPARQL, and JSON

Preparing Collections for Digitization

Preparing Collections for Digitization by Anna E Bülow and Jess Ahmon. "Most libraries, archives and museums around the globe are now confronting the challenges of providing digital access to their collections. As digitization becomes more widespread, there is huge demand for detailed guidance on best practice. While much has been written on the theory, these practical aspects have often been neglected, but they are significant not only in safeguarding the collection during image capture but also in ensuring that projects run smoothly and the resulting digital collection is of high quality. This practical guide fills that gap, offering guidance covering the end-to-end process of digitizing collections, from selecting records for digitization to choosing suppliers and equipment and dealing with documents that present individual problems"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Human Geographies : Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography

MATRIZes : Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação da Universidade de São Paulo


Revista Científica Ciencia Médica

Analele S,tiint,ifice Ale Universita(t,ii Sectiunea Ii A. Genetica si Biologie Moleculara

International Journal of Engineering Business Management

Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies


Buletinul Academiei de S,tiint,e a Republicii Moldova : Matematica

Journal of Strategic Security

Litinfo : Georgian Electronic Journal of Literature

Revista de Estudios Jurídicos

Bitácora Urbano-Territorial


Annals of Mechnikov's Institute


Polar Research

Wagadu : a Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies

Revista de Direito, Estado e Telecomunicações


Mathematical Sciences Quarterly Journal

CARL E-Lert # 413

CARL E-Lert # 413, February 25 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Ottawa to force change in Internet fee ruling, Clement says; For digital bang, look to spectrum auction; Feds willing to meet 'morning and night' on copyright bill, blame opposition parties for delays; Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea; Watson is just a super search engine

CARL E-Lert # 412

CARL E-Lert # 412, February 18 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Building a new framework: vocational education for digital curators; Leader in library science named U of T's chief librarian; Online data management planning tool tames data and meets researchers' funding requirements; Trailblazing gene researcher returns to Canada; Mind vs. Machine

Animal Legends: From the Trojan Horse to Godzilla - Cornell University

"On March 4, 2011 the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will open the exhibition, "Animal Legends: From the Trojan Horse to Godzilla." Drawing on the Library's collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other artifacts, "Animal Legends" will explore how and why humans choose to elevate certain individual animals or species to the status of divinities, emblems, mascots, heroes, or celebrities"

NFAIS Webinar on eBooks

NFAIS Webinar: e-Books and the Future of University Presses: Key Findings from a Three-Year Study - March 23, 2011, 1:00pm (EST) - Featured experts: October Ivins, Principal, Ivins eContent Solutions, and Alex Holzman, Director, Temple University Press

2011 Learning on Screen Conference and Awards (UK)

"The BUFVC Learning on Screen Conference & Awards 2011 will be held at the British Film Institute on London's South Bank on 24 March 2011. This year, in a break from the traditional two-day event, the 2011 Learning on Screen Conference & Awards will take place within a one-day programme. This is in keeping with the current need to reduce costs, whilst still broadening and enhancing knowledge and teaching techniques"

Friday, February 25, 2011

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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Oscars. "This brainteaser is about Oscars, which can mean people called Oscar, or the annual awards made by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" Answers here.

1. Name the Irish writer whose first name was Oscar and who wrote "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Earnest".
2. Which American actor won an Oscar for the film "On the Waterfront" but refused the award for "The Godfather" in protest at the film industry's treatment of American Indians?
3. The Academy Award's statuette reportedly got its name of "Oscar" because a librarian said it reminded her of a relative called Oscar. Was this relative her father, son or uncle?
4. Which US film actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Erin Brockovich" (2000)?
5. In 2008, which film directed by Danny Boyle won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director?
6. Which actor was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for a leading role, in "Lilies of the Field" (1963)?
7. Who won an Academy Award for best screenplay for his adaptation of his own "Pygmalion" (1938)?
8. Give the full name of the man called Oscar who teamed up with Richard Rodgers to write the musicals "Oklahoma!", "Carousel" and "The Sound of Music".
9. Which film director won two Oscars for "The Lost Weekend" and three for "The Apartment"?
10. In 1987, which country's President was Oscar Arias Sanchez, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the civil wars in Central America?

Best Small Library in America 2011 (Library Journal)

Best Small Library in America 2011 (Library Journal)"Everyone in town is proud of the Naturita Community Library. Thanks to tremendous local support and smart design, it is now housed in the largest straw bale library in America. The tiny, isolated town of Naturita, CO, population 665, according to the nomination, 'has unpaved streets, a per capita income just over half the state average, and a resource-dependent economy that has cycled through booms and busts.' It sits on the western slope of the Rockies, across the Uncompahgre Plateau from the county seat in Montrose where the main branch of the Montrose Regional Library District is located. The library district, of which NCL is a part, serves some 40,000 Coloradans, but only 2100 live in the western part of Montrose County and get library service from NCL"

TVOntario archives go online (Canada)

TVOntario archives go online (Canada)"TVOntario opened its archives to the public yesterday, launching a website that includes more than 375 episodes from such fondly remembered shows as Saturday Night at the Movies, Studio 2 and Polka Dot Door. The educational broadcaster estimates it would take five days to watch all the material it has posted and plans to keep updating the site with more programs. In making its archives available to the public for online streaming, TVO follows the lead of the National Film Board, which has more than 1,700 films and shorts available on its website and offers a popular iPhone app for viewing its content, and the CBC, which has thousands of radio and TV clips online, including footage of historic news events and interviews with politicians and entertainers"

New report: Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada

Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada "reflects the growing concern in the scholarly and cultural communities, and beyond, regarding the sustainability of Canada's digital knowledge and heritage. Canada's digital advantage is only of value if it can be carried into the future. Canadians must meet the challenge of preserving and enhancing scholarly and artistic knowledge production and our culture in a digital environment. This report reviews the current state of knowledge about the sustainability of digital scholarship and related cultural activity in Canada and identifies research opportunities that emerge from consideration of the literature"

Library borrowing up again in Wales amid closure fears

"Councils in Wales have been told they must continue to provide a proper library service even during "very tough times" for public spending. BBC Wales contacted all 22 councils, and a number are planning closures. As figures show book borrowing is up again, Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones stressed the value of libraries. Mr Jones said the assembly government could act if an "adequate" service was not provided, but he wanted to "support and guide" local authorities. Recent figures show that there were 681,000 "active book borrowers" in Wales in 2009-2010, an increase of 5.4% on 2008-2009, which had also recorded an increase. More than 14.7m people visited libraries in Wales last year, which also represents an increase of 5.4%" - BBC

Journal of Photonics for Energy - free access for one year

"Publication of the first articles in the new SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy began last month in the SPIE Digital Library. The new journal includes special sections on organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting materials and devices, with papers on technology for more efficient solar cells, enhanced LED color quality, and more. JPE articles are freely available to all readers throughout this year"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Music Online free until March 15

There is free access to Music Online, from Alexander Street Press, until March 15, 2011

Library Ireland Week 2011

Library Ireland Week 2011 will take place from 7-13 March 2011. This will be the 6th year of Library Ireland Week. The Library Association of Ireland sees this week as an opportunity to promote libraries and librarianship across all sectors. The purpose of Library Ireland Week is:

* To celebrate and promote librarianship and libraries.
* To showcase excellence in service delivery.
* To demonstrate the contributions libraries make to all sectors.

The theme for Library Ireland Week 2011 is: Smart People use Smart Libraries. We want to show how technology is being used in libraries throughout the country to maximize access to and use of resources

WikiSym 2011 (USA)

WikiSym 2011 (USA)"Wikisym is the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, the premier conference on open collaboration and related technologies for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and practitioners worldwide" - October 3-5, 2011 - Mountain View, CA, USA

Google to digitize Czech National Library collection

"Google is announcing the agreement with the Czech National Library to digitize up to 200,000 works from the historical collection, managed by the Department of Historical and Musical Archives of the Czech National Library and the Slavic Library. These are all published between the 16th and 18th century. Through this cooperation, important works of literature, philosophy and the natural sciences which could only be accessed by a few will become a common good"

E-News for ARL Directors - February 2011

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

Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography winner

Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography winner"Actor Simon Callow's memoir My Life in Pieces (Nick Hern Books) has won the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography. The "Four Weddings and a Funeral" actor combined "zest, originality and passion" in the memoir to win the £2,000 prize, according to the judges. He beat a shortlist comprising Reluctant Escapologist by stablemate Mike Bradwell, Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim (Ebury), Putting it On by Michael Codron and Alan Strachan (Duckworth) and Born Brilliant –The Life of Kenneth Williams by Christopher Stevens (John Murray). The Sheridan Morley Prize is awarded annually for the best biography, autobiography or diary of a theatrical or show‐business subject published in the English language" - The Bookseller

John le Carré to gift his entire literary archive to the Bodleian Library

John le Carré to gift his entire literary archive to the Bodleian Library"John le Carré, one of the world's most celebrated authors, has offered his literary archive to Oxford's Bodleian Library with the intention that it should become its permanent home. Le Carré said, 'I am delighted to be able to do this. Oxford was Smiley's spiritual home, as it is mine. And while I have the greatest respect for American universities, the Bodleian is where I shall most happily rest.' Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director of the Bodleian Libraries said 'We are enormously grateful that John le Carré has made his archive available to the Bodleian. It is compelling primary evidence of a major cultural contribution to a literary genre and will offer scholars important insights into his work. We hope the collection will also be appreciated more widely, through exhibitions, seminars and conferences as well as through digitization initiatives.'"

2011 call for Tony Kent Strix nominations

UKeiG is now seeking the 2011 nominations for this prestigious award. The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The Award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. The deadline for nominations is Friday 26th August 2011

2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence winners

The ARSC Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The 2010 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2009

Women Writers Online collection free during Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Women Writers Online collection will be free and open to the public for the month of March 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

International Music Score Library Project

"We at the International Music Score Library Project believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome"

Campaign to preserve London's 'Oliver Twist' workhouse

Campaigners are celebrating a "major milestone" in the fight to save a London workhouse thought to have inspired the work of Charles Dickens. The Cleveland Street Workhouse Group (CSWG) wants the 18th Century building in Fitzrovia - earmarked for demolition - to be given listed status. It claims a positive English Heritage report acknowledges its "historical and architectural" contribution to London. A government statement said a decision "will be taken in due course". According to campaigners the former Strand Union Workhouse was built in 1775 and is the best preserved Georgian-era workhouse in central London. Dickens is understood to have lived a few doors away from the building for nearly five years, in his formative years

2010 Nebula Award nominees

2010 Nebula Award nomineesScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards. The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, May 21, 2011 in the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.. Other awards to be presented are the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Solstice Award for outstanding contribution to the field

Biographical Memoirs from National Academy of Sciences

"Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States. The entire collection of Biographical Memoirs is now available online as PDFs. The memoirs collection includes more than 1400 memoirs, including those of famed naturalist Louis Agassiz; Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Thomas Edison; Alexander Graham Bell; noted anthropologist Margaret Mead; and psychologist and philosopher John Dewey"

'Lost' Enid Blyton book unearthed (UK)

"An unpublished and previously unknown Enid Blyton novel is believed to have turned up in an archive of the late children's author's work. Mr Tumpy's Caravan is a 180-page fantasy story about a magical caravan. It was in a collection of manuscripts that was auctioned by the family of Blyton's eldest daughter in September. "I think it's unique," said Tony Summerfield, head of the Enid Blyton Society. "I don't know of any full-length unpublished Blyton work." The collection was bought by the Seven Stories children's book centre in Newcastle" - BBC

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

British Library - Census & Society: why everyone counts

"The 21st census in Britain will be held on 27 March 2011. It is now one of the most widely-used sources of data in planning, policy development and research. Census & Society: why everyone counts (7 March – 29 May 2011) is a new British Library exhibition that explores how the census has influenced our view of society and how it has in turn been shaped by the values and priorities surrounding its implementation. Each section of the exhibition (families and households, health, employment and migration) includes examples of data from censuses alongside materials which illustrate how life in Britain is changing, and the issues of most concern. Visitors will be able to see photographs, maps, public information broadcasts and cartoons, alongside insights from the census data itself. From the first modern attempt to introduce a census to England in 1753, the idea has generated interest and strong emotion. The census has always been an occasion for satire, subversion and resistance. The exhibition looks at some of the controversies and some of the ways in which the census has been used as an opportunity in wider political campaigns"

Search more than 40,000 new Yorkshire parish records (UK)

"You can now search for your Yorkshire ancestors in 40,029 new baptism, marriage and burial records on findmypast.co.uk. The Wakefield & District Family History Society provided these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies"

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of Enterprise Computing and Business Systems

Clinical Medicine Insights : Ear, Nose and Throat

Cuadernos Electrónicos de Filosofía del Derecho

Glycobiology Insights

Infectious Diseases : Research and Treatment

International Journal of Insect Science

Clinical Medicine Insights : Dermatology

Contemporanea : Revista de Comunicação e Cultura

Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 shortlist (UK)

The shortlist for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 has been announced. The winner will be announced 25 March 2011:

* 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings - Various authors (TWI)

* The Generosity of the Dead - Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)

* The Italian's One-night Love Child - Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)

* Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way - Michael R Young (Radcliffe)

* Myth of the Social Volcano - Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)

* What Color Is Your Dog? - Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)

Above the Fold - 14 February 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 - 14 February 2011 - Vol. 4, No. 6 now available

Monday, February 21, 2011

Podcast: Follow that lead: from census entry to Google maps - UK National Archives

"Having located a family in one of the census returns, how can one find out where the property in which they lived is located and what it looked like? An intriguing question, the solution to which is often hampered by the destruction of property during two world wars and the actions of property developers. The examples used will concentrate on the 1911 census, but will suggest avenues for earlier properties. Dr. Christopher T. Watts, FSG has nearly 40 years experience in English genealogical research, both on his own family and professionally. He recently retired after 11 years as a part-time Reader Adviser at The National Archives. He has published books on Merchant Seamen, British Army and Tracing Births, Deaths and Marriages at Sea. He is a regular speaker here in the UK and at conferences overseas"

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #143

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #143. "This week's episode is brief as there will be another release on Wednesday. Sometimes the production cycle does not give us time to adapt to late-breaking events. This week's episode presents a news miscellany that touches upon Borders, Facebook, and The FreedomBox". Previous Podcasts can be found here

The Free University of San Francisco

"The Free University of San Francisco aims to make the highest level of education available, completely free, to any individual who wants it, regardless of color, creed, age, gender, nationality, religion or immigration status - a university free of money, taught for free. The only requirement for membership is a desire to teach and/or a desire to learn"

The 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award longlist announced

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

* Fabian Acker 'Nirvana'
* Kevin Barry 'Fjord of Killary'
* Meira Chand 'The Pilgrimage'
* Will Cohu 'East West-West Coast'
* Anthony Doerr 'The Deep'
* Michel Faber 'In the Woods with a Dead Dog'
* Roshi Fernando 'The Fluorescent Jacket'
* Tibor Fischer 'Possibly Forty Ships'
* Xiaolu Guo 'Life by Accident'
* Sarah Hall 'Vuotjarvi'
* Tobias Hill 'Not that it Matters'
* Susan Hill 'Crystal'
* Yiyun Li 'The Science of Flight'
* Hilary Mantel 'Comma'
* David Miller 'Fuck Being Happy'
* Robert Shearman 'History Becomes You'
* Erin Soros 'BC Almanac'
* Louise Stern 'Black and White Dog'
* Gerard Woodward 'The Family Whistle'
* Claire Wigfall 'Professor Arvind'

InSITE - February 21, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 12, February 21, 2011 is now available. Contents:

# Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
# CEPR: Center for Economic and Policy Research
# J. Willard Hurst Collection, 1932-1997

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

New Zealand Sociology

Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry

Annals of Forest Research

Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology

Robert Burns book project awarded £1m grant (UK)

Robert Burns book project awarded £1m grantA Scottish university has been given £1m to produce the first complete scholarly edition of the works of Robert Burns. Glasgow University's Centre for Robert Burns Studies will publish six volumes over the next eight years, with another six to follow in the next decade. They will include The Oxford Handbook to Robert Burns and The Collected Prose of Robert Burns. The work will be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The £1m award follows an Oxford University Press (OUP) contract which the university secured two years ago to produce the work. The project - Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century - will involve a team of five literary scholars at Glasgow led by Dr Gerry Carruthers, a leading international Burns expert. Dr Carruthers said the project marked "a seismic shift" in Burns studies. He said: "We now have the platform to assert Burns's status as a major Romantic-period artist alongside the likes of William Wordsworth and John Keats." - BBC

Digital Humanities Blog Carnival second edition

The second edition of the Digital Humanities Blog Carnival is now available online

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Visualising Urban Geographies (Scotland)

Visualising Urban Geographies (Scotland)The central aim of Visualising Urban Geographies is to bring together historical data provided by Professor Richard Rodger with historical maps provided by the National Library of Scotland. This partnership will create an online resource allowing new insights into the spatial character and historical development of Edinburgh. The objective is also to enable others – students, academics and the public – to use new open source tools for related web-applications to reveal the spatial characteristics of their own cities

Personal Digital Archiving 2011 (USA)

Personal Digital Archiving 2011 - February 24-25, 2011 - San Francisco, USA - "From family photographs and personal papers to health and financial information, vital personal records are becoming digital. Creation and capture of new digital information has become a part of the daily routine for hundreds of millions of people. But what are the long-term prospects for this data? The combination of new capture devices (more than 1 billion camera phones will be sold in 2010) with the move from older forms of media is reshaping both our personal and collective memories. The size and complexity of personal collections growing, these collections are spread across different media (including film and paper!), and the lines between personal and professional, published and unpublished are being redrawn..."

World Book Night 2011 - Brighton, UK - March 5 2011

World Book Night 2011 is being celebrated at the Jubilee Library in Brighton, Sussex, UK, on March 5 2011. Lots of activities are planned. Find the library via Google Maps

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries updated - Alexander Street Press

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries updated - Alexander Street PressThis update consists of 12,743 pages from three collections, including:

* Jane Briggs Smith Fiske Papers, 1806-1923, offering insight into the daily life of a farmer's wife and record her many daily activities, as well as news of her family and the local community.
* Diaries of Catherine Dean Flint from the Flint Family Papers, 1858-1868, offering details on the life of a middle-class merchant's daughter and politician's wife.
* Lizzie A. Wilson Goodenough Diaries, 1865-1875 and Lizzie Cora Goodenough Diaries, 1901 and 1903: the diaries of a working-class mother and daughter.

This update brings Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries to over 69,000 pages of material from 26 collections!

New titles in PubMed Central

Mens Sana Monographs

The Indian Journal of Medical Research

Seminars in Interventional Radiology

Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience

Standards in Genomic Sciences

GMS Thoracic Surgical Science

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Credo Reference expands Wiley-Blackwell Psychology Collection

Credo Reference has signed an agreement to expand their Wiley-Blackwell Psychology Collection with an additional ten titles

London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911 (UK)

London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911 (UK)"To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the siege of Sidney Street and Houndsditch Murders, the Museum of London Docklands will open London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911. In partnership with the Jewish East End Celebration Society, the exhibition will set the murders and the siege in their historical and social context, exploring immigration at the time and the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill's role at the siege. The Houndsditch Murders took place on the night of 16 December 1910 when a group of armed Latvian revolutionaries attempted to break into H.S. Harris' jeweller's shop in Houndsditch. Three City of London policemen were fatally shot and two were disabled for life. The murders remain the highest loss of police life on a single day. The Siege of Sidney Street took place two weeks later on 3 January 1911. Over 200 armed police and a detachment of Scots Guards laid siege to 100 Sidney Street in Stepney where two of the Houndsditch gang were hiding. London under siege: Churchill and the anarchists, 1911 runs until 10 April 2011 at the Museum of London Docklands, entry is free"

The most borrowed library books of 2010 (UK)

Each year Public Lending Right releases data which shows which authors and books were the most popular in the nation's libraries. The release of this data coincides with the PLR payments to registered authors

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles


Pathos : Trimestrale di Algologia


Byzantion Nea Hellás

Open Antimicrobial Agents Journal

Open Emergency Medicine Journal

Contribuciones a las Ciencias Sociales

Tirant : Butlletí Informatiu i Bibliogràfic de Literatura de Cavalleries

Schizophrenia Research and Treatment

Emergency Medicine International

Romanian Neurosurgery

Revista IDeAS : Interfaces em Desenvolvimento, Agricultura e Sociedade

Griot : Revista de Filosofia

Travaux de l'Institut de Speologie Emile Racovitza

International Journal of Chemical Sciences

Nauka Przyroda Technologie

Journal of Lipids

Depression Research and Treatment

Der Pharmacia Lettre

Japanese Clinical Medicine

Journal of Central Nervous System Disease

Global Veterinaria

International Research Journal of Pharmacy

Agrárinformatika Folyóirat

Open Geography Journal

Open Women's Health Journal

Journal of Advances in Drug Research

2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award candidates

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which amounts to SEK 5 million (approx. 500,000 EUR), is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading may be rewarded. For 2011, 175 candidates representing 62 different countries are eligible for the world's largest children's and young adult literature award. The 175 candidates have been nominated by expert organisations from all over the world

Friday, February 18, 2011

AidData - a comprehensive resource on foreign aid

AidData is a comprehensive resource for students and professors researching foreign aid and international development. The AidData website provides free access to the world's largest database of individual foreign aid projects, accompanied by a variety of innovative software applications to analyze these data, and a blog for discussion of international development. AidData, hosted by the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, and Development Gateway, has been employed in over 60 peer-reviewed research papers authored by leading international relations scholars - including Homi Kharas, Stephen Knack, and Owen Barder - and is at the forefront of the movement for aid transparency

Read an E-Book Week 2011

Read an E-Book Week educates and informs the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to join in the effort. We encourage you to promote electronic reading with any event. These could include: public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, e-book give-ways, and banners on your website - 6-12 March 2011"

Lambeth Palace Library launches iPhone app (UK)

During Summer 2010 visitors were invited in to the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury to view a special exhibition of 'Treasures of Lambeth Palace Library'. The library – founded in 1610 under the will of Archbishop Richard Bancroft – describes itself as one of the earliest public libraries in England. The app features images of some the items which were exhibited and supporting commentary from the audio tour including an introduction from Dr Rowan Williams. The content of the app is limited, and the navigation is basic. Nonetheless, it is a welcome development that the audio and images created for the exhibition will continue to be available to a wide audience for years to come

New music content added to Alexander Street Press publications

Alexander Street Press has announced that:

* 1,837 pages of content have been added to Classical Music Reference Library

* 28 videos have been added to Dance in Video, with styles ranging from baroque to hip-hop. Dance in Video now contains 275 hours of video from 314 different titles

* 18 new videos have been added to Opera in Video, including a number of performances from the Royal Opera House and several documentaries. The collection now contains 174 videos spanning 488 hours

* Classical Scores Library is now complete. The new content added to the collection (from composers like Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Vivaldi, and Diana Blom) puts it at 400,000 pages of sheet music

New book: Dealing with Difficult People in the Library, Second Edition

New book: Dealing with Difficult People in the Library, Second Edition Dealing with Difficult People in the Library, Second Edition by Mark R. Willis will be available in 2012. Libraries are busier than ever before, and unfortunately that makes it more likely that library staff will find themselves in uncomfortable and even risky situations. Communication skills are at the heart of resolving difficult situations and ensuring that simple encounters don't escalate into real problems. This revised edition of Willis' invaluable guidebook helps library staff

* Control difficult situations through communication and listening techniques
* Formulate guidelines for handling patron cell phone abuse, inappropriate internet usage, and develop and enforce patron behavior policies
* Balance their various roles - librarian, service worker, behavior control manager - with special attention paid to handling mentally ill patrons and the homeless
* Identify potential security problems
* Understand the legal implications of banning patrons

The Charleston Advisor - January 2011

The Charleston Advisor Volume 12, Number 3, January 2011 is now available online. "The Charleston Advisor publishes critical reviews of online resources for libraries"

The AFRO-American Newspapers partners with Google

"The AFRO-American Newspapers has created a comprehensive collection of over a million articles that captures the African American experience in business, civil rights, education, health, law, and sports beginning in the late 19th century. Google partnered with the AFRO and helped to digitize the newspaper's historic archives and make them searchable on-line and available to anyone, anywhere in the world

Muse News - February 2011

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

CLIR Issues - Number 79 January/February 2011

CLIR Issues - Number 79, January/February 2011 - is now available from the Council on Library and Information Resources

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner

The winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing is Anna Porter for The Ghosts of Europe. "Now in its eleventh year, the prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers and enhances our understanding of the issue. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and is of significant literary merit. Strong consideration is given to books that, in the opinion of the jury, have the potential to shape or influence Canadian political life"

Lendle - for Kindle books

Lendle describes itself as "the easiest, fastest, fairest, and best way to lend and borrow Kindle™ books"

Te Puna Libraries' Forum (New Zealand)

"The National Library of New Zealand and Te Puna Strategic Advisory Committee (TPSAC) invite you to attend this two-day event which aims to give Te Puna users the opportunity to learn about, and discuss, new additions to the service, and international trends in resource sharing and cataloguing. It is also an opportunity for you to have a say in the future direction of Te Puna" - 31 March and 1 April 2011 - Wellington, New Zealand

SPARC enews/February 2011

SPARC enews/February 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

LYRASIS Class: Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Data

Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Data. Instructor: Nicole Engard. March 15-16, 2011. Time: 10:00AM to noon EST. "As web users become more savvy and demanding, libraries are looking for new ways to allow patron participation and keep their websites dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date. Mashups - web applications that combine freely available data from various sources to create something new - can be one very powerful way to meet patrons' expectations and provide exemplary web-based service"

12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference

12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference - October 24-28, 2011 - Miami, Florida, USA. "ISMIR 2011 celebrates the ubiquity of music, as well as the diversity of research - both basic and applied - that seeks to enhance the ways in which we interact with the music around us. ISMIR is a unique place for discussing ideas, results, and issues with the representatives of academia, industry, entertainment, and education, including researchers and developers, educators and librarians, and students and professional users"

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

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Who wrote it?. "For this week's brainteaser, you simply have to name the authors of particular books" Answers here.

1. Who wrote "Sons and Lovers" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover"?
2. Who wrote "The Firm", "The Pelican Brief" and "The Broker"?
3. Who wrote "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice"?
4. Who wrote "Midnight's Children" and "The Satanic Verses"?
5. Who wrote "Robinson Crusoe" and "Moll Flanders"?
6. Who wrote "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"?
7. Who wrote "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"?
8. Who wrote "Vanity Fair" and "The Virginians"?
9. Who wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"?
10. Who wrote "Testament of Youth" and "Testament of Friendship"?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Opportunity to contribute to librarianship research evaluation study (UK)

Opportunity to contribute to librarianship research evaluation study (UK)Librarians and library and information science researchers have the opportunity to contribute to the Research in Librarianship - Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES). The study explores the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. The first opportunity to contribute is by filling in a short poll by Sunday 6th March. The poll will take no more than five minutes to complete. It will be used to identify research projects that could be used for case studies and help understand the needs of librarians when using research to improve library and information services. Dr Hazel Hall is leading the project, she said: "The RiLIES research project is an exciting new development which will help us understand the impact of research projects on the day-to-day work carried out by library and information professionals. RiLIES will shine a light on the value of research in improving library and information services." Further information about RiLIES is available from the LIS Research Coalition website and from the project's Twitter feed. Dr Hazel Hall is Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. RiLIES will run from February to July 2011

AALL February 2011 E-Newsletter

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

RNA Pure Passion Awards shortlists

Pure Passion Awards shortlists"The RNA Pure Passion Awards celebrate the very best in romantic fiction. Over 200 titles were submitted for this year's four categories, from the long-standing and hotly-contested Romantic Novel of the Year, to more recent additions which recognise the breadth of romantic fiction – the Historical Novel Prize, Romantic Comedy Award, and Love Story of the Year. 'This year's short list represents the whole gamut of romantic fiction,' said Katie Fforde, RNA Chair. 'We have royalty, love letters, history and humour, from both newcomers and established authors. A truly impressive list.'

Use Google Voice to offer text reference

AnnaLaura Brown explains how to use Google Voice to offer text reference to library clients

Digital Public Library of America planning initiative wiki

"The Berkman Center will convene a large and diverse group of stakeholders to define the scope, architecture, costs, and administration for a proposed Digital Public Library of America. This initiative was launched in December 2010 with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Planning activities will be guided by a Steering Committee of library and foundation leaders, which promises to announce a full slate of activities in early 2011. The Committee plans to bring together representatives from the educational community, public and research libraries, cultural organizations, state and local government, publishers, authors, and private industry in a series of meetings and workshops to examine strategies for improving public access to comprehensive online resources. The initiative stems from an October 2010 meeting held at the Radcliffe Institute to discuss the possibility of creating a Digital Public Library of America. That meeting, attended by leaders from research libraries, foundations, and a variety of cultural institutions, resulted in a statement that will serve as a jumping-off point for the initiative"

Bank of England Wills Extracts Index 1717-1845

"The Bank of England Wills Extracts contain 60,523 entries, covering the period 1717-1845. They contain extracts of wills of those who died with monies in public funds, as well as abstracts of orders made for stockholders who went bankrupt or were declared lunatic. All social conditions are to be found, from servant girl to Peer of the Realm. Stockholders, or fundholders as they used to be called, appear to come from every part of the British Isles and the Colonies. There are also several hundred Dutch fundholders. The index is a finding aid to the original entries and hard copies of extracts found via the index can be ordered online"

Koha Newsletter: Volume 2/Issue 1: January 2011

The Koha Newsletter is an official publication of the Koha Open Source Community. Articles are contributed by both users and developers of the Koha Open Source ILS and edited by Nicole C. Engard. Koha Documentation Manager/Director of Open Source Education, ByWater Solutions. Volume 2/Issue 1: January 2011 now available

The 2nd Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit

"The second Research Data Access and Preservation summit will take place on March 31 to April 1, 2011 in Denver at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The meeting will be held in cooperation with the ASIST Information Architecture Summit The summit will focus the state of institutional repositories in the academy and government agencies and efforts toward interoperability across these emerging systems. Clifford Lynch will keynote the meeting and the summit will include panels that focus on different approaches to building and operating IRs, efforts to support national (e.g., NSF's data stewardship requirements) and scholarly (e.g., open and commercial publishers) linkages to IRs, and open discussions about the future of IRs and digital libraries"

Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize has been announced:

* Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu
* Serious Men by Manu Joseph
* The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair
* The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
* Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

2011Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction winner

Charles Foran won the $25,000 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his biography Mordecai: The Life & Times. CBC noted that 2010 "may go down as the year that belonged to Mordecai Richler," citing last year's release of the film adaptation of Barney's Version as well as "the campaign to honor the writer with a public monument in Montreal."

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - February 2011

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 8, February 15, 2011 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

FreePint Newsletter 320

FreePint Newsletter 320 - 17 February 2011 now available

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Google One Pass

By providing a system for user authentication, payment processing, and administration, Google One Pass lets publishers focus on creating high quality content for their readers. Publishers have flexibility over payment models and control over the digital content for which they charge and the content that is free for consumers

University of Glasgow Library receives Scottish Library Excellence Award

University of Glasgow Library receives Scottish Library Excellence AwardHelen Durndell, Director of Library Services, was recently presented with the Scottish Library Excellence Award for Services to Users at the Scottish Parliament. This was awarded to the University of Glasgow Library in recognition of their achievement as National Student Survey Winner with the highest score in Scottish HE Libraries

DBpedia Spotlight

"DBpedia Spotlight is a tool for annotating mentions of DBpedia resources in text, providing a solution for linking unstructured information sources to the Linked Open Data cloud through DBpedia"

ACRL co-sponsors Open Up! 4th annual Sparky awards student video contest

ACRL is again co-sponsoring the annual Sparky awards student video contest, organized by SPARC, and invites academic librarians to promote the contest to students on their campuses. Open Up! – the fourth installment of the annual contest – calls on students to articulate their views in a two-minute video. The contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of open access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

4th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation

4th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation - 17-19 May 2011 - Pretoria, South Africa

EDUCAUSE Review - January/February 2011

EDUCAUSE Review Volume 46, Number 1, January/February 2011 is now available online. Follow EDUCAUSE Review on Twitter

Council u-turn will see all libraries in Northamptonshire saved from closure (UK)

All of the eight libraries in Northamptonshire that were destined to be closed as part of the county council's £73 million budget saving cuts are expected to be saved from the chop. Just after 10am on Tuesday morning, the authority published details of new plans for its budget which have been drawn up in response to public feedback for the original plans. They said the council would reduce the libraries savings proposal by £147,000, with the result being "that no library will close at this point".

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Opuscula Mathematica

Styles of Communication

Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology

Rosa dos Ventos

Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

Open Neurosurgery Journal

Open Spine Journal

Open Pacing, Electrophysiology and Therapy Journal

Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology

Lex Humana

Qualitative Studies

Literacy and Numeracy Studies

2011 Green Earth Book Awards winners

The winners of the Newton Marasco Foundation's 2011 Green Earth Book Awards, which honor authors and illustrators whose work inspires young readers to appreciate and care for the environment, are:

Picture Book

The Earth Book, written and illustrated by Todd Parr (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Children's Fiction

Mallory Goes Green by Laurie B. Friedman, illustrated by Jennifer Kalis (Darby Creek/Lerner Publishing Group)

Young Adult Fiction

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald (Candlewick)


Not Your Typical Book about the Environment by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Clayton Hammer (Owlkids Books)

Law Library Journal 103, no.1

Law Library Journal 103, no.1 is now available from the American Association of Law Libraries

Event: Mashups And Libraries (UK)

This event will give you an overview of mashups from some of the experts, relating mashups to the Library setting. Then in the afternoon you can have a go at creating your own mashups - April 13, 2011 - Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Umbrella 2011 Conference & Exhibition (UK)

Umbrella 2011 Conference & Exhibition (UK)"At CILIP's well-established and highly-regarded Umbrella 2011 event, hundreds of practitioners from its Special Interest Groups will gather to discuss and debate the key issues in a series of 36 specialist workshops involving more than 80 speakers. These will be complemented by two key plenary sessions which include the presentation of CILIP's prestigious Libraries Change Lives Award 2011" 12-13 July 2011, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

The changing face of corporate information services – new service models and partnerships

The changing face of corporate information services – new service models and partnerships. 30 March 2011 - London, UK

Monday, February 14, 2011

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #142

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast - Episode #142. "This week's episode brings a news miscellany". Previous Podcasts can be found here

Harvard Library joins HathiTrust

The Harvard Library has joined HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials that is co-owned and co-managed by the academic and public libraries who are the Trust's 52 partners. Helen Shenton, executive director of the Harvard Library, praised HathiTrust’s vision and heralded Harvard's affiliation with it: "This is a highly significant new collaboration that reflects the changing landscape for research libraries everywhere. HathiTrust mission embodies the spirit and the substance of Harvard's rapidly evolving library system." HathiTrust was formed in 2008, with infrastructure located at the University of Michigan and Indiana University. The mission of HathiTrust is to "contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge." Currently, the shared repository contains more than 7.9 million digitized volumes in 355 terabytes of storage

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Broken Pieces: A Library Life, 1941-1978 by Michael Gorman

Broken Pieces: A Library Life, 1941-1978 by Michael Gorman "From his earliest reading memories in wartime Britain through five decades of librarianship, eminent librarian and former ALA President Michael Gorman offers insights from his extraordinary career in this new memoir. Gorman relates his personal and professional journey in prose that is by turns charming, opinionated, and revealing. He made perhaps his most significant contribution to librarianship as editor of the 1978 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, a major development that receives detailed attention here. The debates and arguments that would shape professional practice for years to come are dramatically presented, with a vivid cast of characters including leading librarians from two continents. Broken Pieces, Gorman's account of being on the front lines of many of the most important decisions made in librarianship during his career, is a timely and entertaining read" To be published in the summer of 2011

Africa through a Lens (UK)

Africa through a Lens is a new collection from the UK National Archives. It provides free access to thousands of Colonial Office images of Africa taken from 1860-1960. They include many informal shots of the people as well as landscapes and events. The photos themselves are on open access via the Flickr photosharing site

UK Government reports 7-11 February 2011

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

Podcast: Constance Emily Kent: nightdresses, breast flannels and child murder

"In the summer of 1860, in a well-to-do country house in sleepy Road Hill, Wiltshire, a little boy was snatched from his nursemaid's bedroom while she was sleeping, and brutally murdered. The resulting investigation threw open the private domestic life of the Kent family, raising questions about class, 'femininity' and madness, and was to capture the public imagination not only then, but for decades to come. Following the recent publication of Kate Summerscale's popular 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher', find out about the documents at The National Archives (UK) which shed light on this complicated, sensational case. Sarah Hutton has worked at The National Archives (UK) for three years and is a Modern Domestic record specialist. She has a particular interest in the history of health and mental illness"

ISKO UK Meeting - Public Access to Information?

ISKO UK Meeting - Public Access to Information? - April 14, 2011 - London, UK

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles



Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products

Management & Marketing (Bucharest)

Internetworking Indonesia Journal

Revista Caatinga


Far East Journal of Psychology and Business

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

Engineering Journal

Computational Methods in Civil Engineering

International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

INGEPRO : Inovação, Gestão e Produção

Acta Kinesiologica

Agathos : an International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Journal of Economics and Business Research

Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

International Journal of Wellbeing

Digital Education Review

Interventions Économiques

Merkourios : Utrecht Journal of International and European Law

Advances in Natural Sciences : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Journal of Materials and Environmental Science

Postconvencionales : Ética, Universidad, Democracia

Laering og Medier

Azerbaijan Journal of Mathematics : An International Journal

International Journal of Students' Research

Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis

Revue Critique de Fixxion Française Contemporaine

Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology

Futhark : International Journal of Runic Studies

IOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering

dos Algarves

Proceedings of NAS RA : Mechanics

IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science

Il Capitale Culturale : Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage

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

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

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cites & Insights 11:3 (March 2011)

Cites & Insights 11:3 (March 2011) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on January 2011 Activities

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on January 2011 Activities:

CARL E-Lert # 411

CARL E-Lert # 411, February 11 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: 'OER university' to cut cost of degree; National Library of Finland Turns to Crowd sourcing, Games to Help Digitize Its Archives; Conservatives say partisanship interfering in Bill C-32 hearings; Signature de l'accord cadre relatif à la numérisation et l'exploitation des livres indisponibles du XXème siècle

Friday, February 11, 2011

ScienceCinema, the source for Department of Energy multimedia (USA)

"ScienceCinema utilizes innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research, allowing you to search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files. You can then easily access the exact point in the video where the words were spoken by the presenter"

February 2011 batch of Early Reviewer books now available at LibraryThing

The February 2011 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 2645 copies of 105 books available this month

Bowker releases new Books in Print

"Bowker presents the all-new Books In Print. Now there's a faster and more efficient way to build your collection and help patrons find the books and multimedia they need"

2011 National Book Festival (USA)

The 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will become a two-day event this year. The festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - February 11, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Regions. "This brainteaser is about different named regions of the world, and where they are." Answers here.

1. The Costa Brava is a coastal region of which country?
2. Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are wine-producing areas of which country?
3. The Sahel is an area bordering the southern margins of which desert?
4. Name two of the three countries which make up the Low Countries.
5. The Northwest Territories are a division of which country?
6. Emilia-Romagna is a region of which country?
7. Oceania is a rather ambiguous term generally applied to the islands of which ocean?
8. Which writer borrowed the name of "Wessex" from Anglo-Saxon history for the West Country setting of most of his novels and many of his poems?
9. Darfur is a region in the west of which country?
10. Bohemia is a historic region which is now in which country?

C&RL News – February 2011

C&RL News – February 2011 is now freely available online

Thursday, February 10, 2011

InSITE - February 7, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 16, No. 11, February 7, 2011 is now available. Contents:

# Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation
# Constitution Daily
# IntLawGrrls

First Monday - February 2011

First Monday - Volume 16, Number 2, 7 February 2011 now available

ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference

The Virtual Conference, offered March 31 to April 1 during the ACRL 2011 Conference, will provide academic and research librarians unable to make the trip to Philadelphia an affordable opportunity to participate in the conference. For those librarians with reduced support for professional development and or travel, the Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities

Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011 winner (UK)

"The winner of this year's Waterstone's Children's Book Prize is Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari. It is an insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death - but at its heart is a celebration of friendship, culture - and life"

IADIS International Conference: Informatics 2011

IADIS International Conference: Informatics 2011 - 20-22 July 2011 - Rome, Italy

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Video: Inside the Vaults - A Peek Inside the National Archives Conservation Lab

"The Conservation Lab at the National Archives is one of the world's premier document preservation laboratories. Paper conservator Annie Wilker demonstrates various techniques employed to preserve damaged documents and prepare them for exhibit at the National Archives. Wilker repaired an 18th-century illustrated family document in the holdings of the National Archives, one of more than a hundred such documents - or frakturs - in the collection"

SAGE acquires four Palgrave Macmillan journals

SAGE has announced the purchase of four journals currently owned and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The four quarterly titles, Information Visualization, Journal of Generic Medicines, Journal of Medical Marketingand Tourism and Hospitality Research have already moved to SAGE, which published its first issue of each journal in January 2011

School Libraries - A Right (UK)

School Libraries - A Right is a statement from CILIP, issued in February 2011, on the role and value of school libraries. It sets out the core entitlements that every child, school's teaching team and wider school community should expect to receive. It provides the case for a properly resourced, professionally staffed school library

Lightship Literary Competitions (UK)

"Lightship Publishing will publish literary fiction and poetry. To help fund our lists and discover new voices, we will run annual international writing contests: the Lightship International Short Story Prize, the Lightship International Poetry Prize, the Lightship International Flash Fiction Prize, and First Chapter. This is our inaugural year and we are absolutely thrilled to have writers, agents and editors of the highest calibre, Toby Litt, Kachi A. Ozumba, Jackie Kay, Tibor Fischer, Simon Trewin and Alessandro Gallenzi, as our respective judges in the 2010-2011 competitions. Experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists. Our named judges will select the winners"

The HeinOnline Newsletter - January 2011

The HeinOnline Newsletter - January 2011 - Issue #1 is now available online

Northern Ireland's picture postcard past goes online

Northern Ireland's picture postcard past goes online"Bustling scenes of the Belfast dockers' strike and the stunning cliffs of Portrush are just two of the images featured in a new collection of historic postcards. Over 6,000 photographs, political prints and portraits from days gone by form part of a project launched at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. The images, which have been scanned and digitised for an online archive, go on sale to the public from today through the Belfast Telegraph's website. Featuring grand architecture, old family photos and unspoilt landscapes, the postcards give a sense of life in towns and cities across Ulster more than 100 years ago"

British Library returns 900-year-old religious manuscript to Italy

British Library returns 900-year-old religious manuscript to Italy A 900-year-old religious manuscript which was looted in Italy during the Second World War has been returned by the British Library to its rightful owners in the southern Italian town of Benevento after a decade-long legal battle

Women and Social Movements, International - 1840 to Present (Alexander Street Press)

Women and Social Movements, International - 1840 to Present (Alexander Street Press)"Women and Social Movements, International - 1840 to Present, is now live. With more than 150,000 pages, drawn from over 300 sources, Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection that provides an unparalleled look at the ways that women's social movements shaped the events and attitudes that have defined modern life" - Alexander Street Press

New book: Open source Web applications for libraries

"Interest in open source software has never been stronger, yet a general lack of information about specific tools and benefits along with nagging concerns about dependability and support has hampered adoption in libraries. In Open Source Web Applications for Libraries, authors Coombs and Hollister address these issues and provide librarians with guidance on a range of applications that can be used to improve reference services, instruction, and outreach to library users"

Emerald acquires the American Journal of Business

Emerald Group Publishing Limited has announced the addition of the distinguished American Journal of Business to its management research portfolio. Supported by a prestigious list of North American AACSB-accredited (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) business schools, the publication is aimed at both academics and practitioners. Throughout its 25-year history, the American Journal of Business has addressed key developments and issues in the business community through the application, transfer and interpretation of knowledge

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Bibliotastic.com (UK)

Bibliotastic.com is "a new website that aims to connect aspiring authors with an open-minded audience. Bibliotastic aspires to be to the free ebook market what YouTube is to user-generated video"

Really Strategies announces RSuite Cloud

"Really Strategies has announced the availability of RSuite Cloud™, a web-based editorial and production system for automated multilingual publishing to print, web, and eBook formats. RSuite Cloud is a hosted end-to-end content management and publishing system for book publishers to create, manage, and distribute single-source content to multiple channels. The system also provides language translation tools to publish in 70 languages, including all major European, Asian, and bidirectional languages"

Computers in Libraries - January/February 2011 issue

The January/February 2011 issue of Computers in Libraries is now available from Information Today

Searcher - January/February 2011 issue

The January/February 2011 issue of Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals is now available from Information Today

Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2011 (USA)

Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2011 - April 12-15, 2001 - Austin, Texas, USA

2011 Puddly Awards winners (Powell's Books)

The winners of Powell's Books' Puddly Awards, for the best books read in 2010 voted on by customers, are, for fiction, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and, for nonfiction, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2010 Independent Literary Awards winners

The winners of the 2010 Independent Literary Awards have been announced:

Winner: Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Runner Up: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

Literary Fiction
Winner: Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Runner Up: Great House by Nicole Krauss

Winner: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Runner Up: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Speculative Fiction
Winner: Kraken by China Miéville
Runner Up: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Advocacy and the Academic Library Conversations Series (USA)

The ACRL Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a conversations series titled "Advocacy and the Academic Library" this winter and spring. This free series features interactive online talks with leading voices in advocating library value. Conversations in the series include:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011: "'Big Tent' Advocacy: Shared Goals, Imagined Boundaries" – Andy Woodworth, Bordentown (N.J.) Library – 3 p.m. CST

Tuesday, March 22, 2011: "Digital Advocacy: Tools for Reasserting Library Value" – Kim Leeder and Memo Cordova, Boise State University – 1 p.m. CST

Monday, April 18, 2011: "Advocating from the Front Lines" – Maureen Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan Associates – noon CST

Redwall author Brian Jacques dies aged 71 (UK)

Redwall author Brian Jacques dies aged 71 (UK)"A former merchant sailor whose children's books sold millions worldwide has died aged 71. Brian Jacques' Redwall series of books were translated into 29 languages and sold 20m globally. He first wrote the series, set in an abbey populated by animals, for children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool. The Liverpool-born writer's weekly show, Jakestown, ran on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 20 years. He died after a heart attack at the weekend and leaves a wife and two grown up sons"

Why libraries must be saved: Tony Parsons, Kate Mosse, Julia Donaldson and Carol Ann Duffy back campaign (UK)

"They are the public's treasure troves of knowledge and the written word. But more than 450 libraries face closure across Britain under ruthless government budget slashing. An incredible 310 million books were borrowed last year. And this weekend a national Save Our Libraries Day highlighted their importance to all of us. Here, four of Britain's best-known writers explain why we cannot afford to lose these much-loved centres" - Mirror