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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

InSITE - August 29, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 17, No. 2, August 29, 2011 is now available. Contents:

# 21st Century Rules Initiative: Transforming Court Practice and Procedure
# Citizen Journalist's Guide to Open Government
# Global Disability Rights Library

Bodleian Library awarded VAQAS membership (UK)

The Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford has recently been awarded accreditation under VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). The Library’s visitor facilities were assessed by VisitEngland’s independent assessors. The assessors summarised their visit with the words ‘This remarkable site, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as unique in the world, is very well interpreted by the complementary resources of audio tour, guided tour and guide book, all of which are very good to excellent’., The Library will be awarded a VisitEngland plaque by John Hoy. Mr Hoy is a Board Member of VisitEngland and Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate; he will present the plaque to Richard Ovenden, Deputy Librarian of the Bodleian Libraries, on Tuesday 30 August at 2pm

Jackie Kay wins Scottish Book of the Year

Poet and author, Jackie Kay, has been awarded the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, in partnership with Creative Scotland, for her autobiography Red Dust Road

Display celebrates the history of Scottish working people

Display celebrates the history of Scottish working peopleThe efforts of working people in Scotland to improve their lot is part of the focus of a small display this autumn at the National Library of Scotland. There is an unrivalled collection of material relating to Scottish working people at NLS. Among the collection are the oldest surviving records of trade unions and various organisations and activists involved in the working-class movement. From these archives come letters, photographs, minute books and printed documents to help tell the story of working people's history. The oldest item on show dates from 1761. This is the deed setting up what is regarded as the world's first co-operative society – the Fenwick Weavers' Society in Ayrshire. From Friday 2 September to Monday 31 Octobe

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Launch of "Census of Canada, 1871"

The 1871 census marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics, and Library and Archives Canada is now pleased to make its results available online. Researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time. The information covers the four provinces that were part of the Dominion of Canada in 1871: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research

Infection Ecology & Epidemiology

Journal of Geriatric Cardiology

Miradas en Movimiento

Management : Journal of Contemporary Management Issues

Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease

Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies

Podcast: MI5 file release August 2011

MI5 file release August 2011Professor Christopher Andrew introduces the 27th Security Service records release containing 171 files, bringing the total number of Security Service records at The National Archives to more than 4,896. As with previous releases, around three quarters of the records are personal files relating to individuals (KV 2), with the remainder a combination of subject files (KV 3), organisation files (KV 5) and list files (KV 6). The records cover a range of subjects and span the inter-war, Second World War and post-war eras

Podcast: Railways and the mobilisation for war in 1914

Podcast: Railways and the mobilisation for war in 1914The historian A.J.P Taylor, considering the events of 1914, once argued: 'The First World War had begun - imposed on the statesmen of Europe by railway timetables. It was an unexpected climax to the railway age.' This talk will look at how the railways of Britain and Europe prepared for war in 1914 and how central the railways were to troop mobilisation. Bruno Derrick has been employed by the Public Record Office/The National Archives for 23 years. He has a particular interest in military history and military records, and in records relating to railways, canals and transport, with a particular emphasis on railway genealogy going back to the earliest days of the railways

Flash-mob catalog Graham Greene's library

Help LibraryThing complete the Graham Greene Legacy Library catalog by assisting with the addition of the ~2,200 remaining titles

Search 18,000 new Thames and Medway records (UK)

findmypast.co.uk has just published 18,219 new Thames and Medway baptism, marriage and burial records

Jacqueline Wilson backs library fight (UK)

Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is urging council bosses to think again over cuts to libraries and warns of the "dreadful" impact of them closing. The former children's laureate said she would do whatever she can to help in the fight to save the capital's libraries and told how she "practically lived" in her local one as a child - Standard

Above the Fold - August 1 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 - August 1 2011 - Vol. 4, No. 26 now available

Marta Lange/CQ Press Award nominations

This annual award recognizes an academic or law librarian who, through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity, makes distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science. This award honors Marta Lange, 1990-91 Law and Political Science Sections (LPSS) Chair, whose exceptional talents as a leader were enhanced by a wonderful collegial spirit. Her bright career, cut short in a fatal automobile accident in 1992, was an inspiration to others and a model of professional service. Submission deadline is Friday, December 2, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WorldCat Mashathon Frankfurt (Germany)

WorldCat Mashathon (Germany)Join fellow coders, developers and idea-generators for the upcoming two-day WorldCat Mashathon Frankfurt. Sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network, the WorldCat Mashathon Frankfurt will be held Wednesday and Thursday, 7-8 December at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt, Germany

New Merriam-Webster Dictionary words for 2011

Social media and tweet are just two of over 150 new words and definitions that have been added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2011

Domesday Now conference (UK)

Domesday Now conference (UK)A one-day academic conference on Domesday Book is being held at The UK National Archives on 17 September. Domesday Book is the oldest public record in England and, although it has been the subject of study for over 200 years, it remains a controversial and often mysterious source. This one-day conference explores recent discoveries about the making of Domesday Book, and examines radical new interpretations of its data

SAGE launches Public Relations Inquiry

SAGE has announced the launch of a new journal, Public Relations Inquiry. Launching in January 2012, Public Relations Inquiry will be an international, peer-reviewed forum for conceptual, reflexive and critical discussion on public relations

Biblio Tech Review - August 2011

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

* TLC releases LS2 Mobile for Android
* Microsoft discontinues support for e-book reader app
* 3M and EnvisionWare Settle Patent Infringement Suit
* LibLime Academic Koha to be used by the Indian Statistical Institute

Saturday, August 27, 2011

WorldCat turns 40

26 August 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat. On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog and Shared Cataloging system (now known as WorldCat) began operation. That first day, from a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, cataloged 133 books online. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 240 million records representing more than 1.7 billion items in OCLC member libraries worldwide

ProQuest's content expansion continues with journals of SIAM

ProQuest has signed an agreement with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) to distribute its highly respected publications to libraries around the world. The society's 15 peer-reviewed journals - including such acclaimed publications as SIAM Review, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems and others - will be available in a wide variety of scientific and technology databases, enabling the content to be cross-searched with the library's complete ProQuest collection

InSITE - August 15, 2011

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 17, No. 1, August 15, 2011 is now available. Contents:

# Fair Wear Foundation
# Regulation Room
# Social Accountability International

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Humanist Studies & the Digital Age

International Journal of Biosciences

International Journal of Phytochemistry & Pharmacology

Autism Research and Treatment

Bone Marrow Research

Epidemiology Research International

Influenza Research and Treatment

Linguistica e Filologia

Computer Science and Application

Genetics Research International

Ingeniería Investigación y Tecnologia

International Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry

International Journal of Industrial Chemistry

Smart Grid

World Journal of Science and Technology

International Journal of Population Research

International Journal of Oceanography

Urban Studies Research

Journal of Geological Research

Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Optics and Photonics Letters


Southern African Journal of Gynaecological Oncology

Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine

Case Reports in Urology

Ethiopian Journal of Education and Sciences

Evolution of Science and Technology

Science – Future of Lithuania

Case Reports in Cardiology

Case Reports in Endocrinology

Case Reports in Genetics

Case Reports in Hematology

Case Reports in Nephrology

Jornal Internacional de Estudos em Educação Matemática

Boletim Goiano de Geografia

Revista Tecer

História da Ciência e Ensino : Construindo Interfaces

Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications

Case Reports in Infectious Diseases

Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Case Reports in Transplantation

Case Reports in Dentistry

Case Reports in Radiology

CARL E-Lert # 435 (Canada)

CARL E-Lert # 435, August 26 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Librarians at University of Minnesota Make an Impact with Data Management Program / UC Libraries expand access to orphan works / UBC's University Librarian first Canadian to head global group / British Libraries Push Back

Friday, August 26, 2011

'Library cuts will be devastating for children' (UK)

'Library cuts will be devastating for children' (UK)Parents have told of their fears that their local libraries will close as their children go back to school. After a judicial review, the High Court is to rule in October on Brent council's plans to close libraries in Neasden, Cricklewood, Barham Park, Kensal Rise, Preston and Tokyngton. Hundreds of residents have signed a petition calling on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to look into the closures, which parents said would have a "devastating" effect on children, particularly those who have no other access to books - Evening Standard

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - August 26, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Plave Names. "Try to identify the names of places (countries, cities, etc.) hidden in these clues about their origin." Answers here.

1. Which area of Spain can be translated as "Coast of the Sun"?
2. Which English city got its name from a ford used by oxen?
3. Which city in California has a name that means "the Angels"?
4. Which Greek city was named after its patron goddess Athena?
5. Which part of the United Kingdom has a name which comes from an Old English word meaning "foreigner, stranger, Celt"?
6. Which South American country is cut through by the equator, after which it is named?
7. Which Irish city has a name that means "black pool"?
8. Which South American country gets its name from the Spanish for "silver country"?
9. Which Dutch city got its name from a phrase meaning "the count's hedge"?
10. Which American state gets its name from the Spanish for "snow-covered"?

159th ARL Membership Meeting (USA)

159th ARL Membership Meeting: Expanding Capacity and Partnerships in the Digital World - October 11–13, 2011 - Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, August 25, 2011

OCLC to offer Atlas Systems’ free electronic document delivery software

Atlas Systems has announced that OCLC will extend its suite of resource sharing services with Odyssey™ 3.0, the new version of Atlas' free stand-alone electronic delivery software. Odyssey complements the OCLC ILLiad™ Resource Sharing Management Software that was developed by Atlas Systems and is now distributed by OCLC

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (British Library)

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (British Library)Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination - 11 November 2011 - 13 March 2012 - Discover the hidden jewel in the British Library's collection: a unique treasure trove of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts assembled by English kings and queens over 700 years. They form the best surviving collection of medieval painting in England, and provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning, faith artistic trends and international politics of the period. The works on display include colourful histories and genealogies, Bibles and Psalters, scientific works and accounts of coronations. Each manuscript is a work of art in its own right. As a collection they give an outstanding indication of medieval and early modern royal taste and preferences


FindTheData is an objective, reference-based comparison engine that allows you to find and sort through a growing number of databases that are fully sortable, filterable and comparable. FindTheData presents its data in side-by-side comparison databases - allowing for the apples-to-apples comparison of listings free of any hidden advertising

Thousands of new Gwent parish records published

You can now search 79,842 new parish records for Gwent on findmypast.co.uk. The records cover the period 1634 to 1933

Petition rallies support for Brent libraries (UK)

Hundreds of Brent council residents have signed a petition urging the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to investigate the decision to close half the district's libraries. More than 160 signatures were collected outside Neasden library on Saturday. Six libraries are threatened with closure. The judge handling the Brent libraries judicial review is due to give his judgment in October

Naxos Music Library subscribers now have access to the recordings of EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Blue Note Records

Naxos Music Library has announced the addition of the EMI Classical and Jazz catalog to its streaming audio collection. This vast catalog of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Blue Note Records. On August 19, more than 200 albums were made available to subscribers with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011. New releases will be added as they occur

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - August 2011

NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter - Volume 4, Number 2, August 15, 2011 is now available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, USA

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Universities band together to join orphan works project (USA)

Leaders at Cornell, Duke, Emory and Johns Hopkins universities have jointly announced that they would begin making the full text of thousands of "orphan works" in their library collections digitally accessible to students, faculty and researchers at their own institutions. Orphan works are out-of-print books that are still subject to copyright but whose copyright holders cannot be identified or located

Book Grocer: 24-30 August 2011 (UK)

Book Grocer: 24-30 August 2011 - The week ahead in literary London from the Londonist blog. #books #London

E-News for ARL Directors - July/August 2011

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

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing: A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing: A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962An overlooked and long-forgotten military handbook, which sheds interesting light on the US involvement in Vietnam, has just been reissued by Bodleian Library Publishing. Originally written and published during the war, the pamphlet presents a compelling snapshot of Vietnamese culture, history, politics, infrastructure, geography, and people. Intended as a crash course for GIs, many of whom had never been out of their state let alone the US, the pocket guide set out 'Nine Rules' for military personnel and aimed to encourage friendship with the Vietnamese, and to demystify an unknown country perceived as mysterious to many in the West. An excellent primer to Vietnamese culture, it offers a highly sympathetic account of the country's historical context

2012 price list and journal changes from Berg Publishers

Berg Publishers has announced that 2012 journal prices are now available for all Berg journals. Berg offers a selection of 16 publications with a strong focus on visual arts

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Webinar: 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries

Webinar: 10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries - August 30, 2011

New Report: "Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail"

This report highlights successful strategies in providing a single point of access to library, archive and museum collections. It is the latest in a series of OCLC Research reports about how to increase access to special collections that have resulted from our work under the thematic focus of Mobilizing Unique Materials

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program - Episode #164

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #164. Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

My Library announces Its gala collection of 4000+ titles of English and Marathi books online (India)

My Library has started its social library movement with its online library Pune. This online book library has created a pool of bestsellers as per the choice of the readers. They offer doorstep service of delivering and procuring already read books from their subscribers. They offer their library registration with very nominal and admirable subscription. My Library offers doorstep service in and around Pune as their preliminary venture. They offer a huge collection of Marathi books, Marathi novels, along with many English titles for their readers

Berlin library returning books stolen by Nazis

Berlin's Central and Regional Library says it will return books the Nazis stole from the Social Democratic Party, including an English-language copy of the Communist Manifesto. The copy dates from 1883 and is believed to have belonged to Friedrich Engels, who penned the original German work with Karl Marx in 1848. The library said Monday the work is one of some 70 to be returned to the party on August 31. The Social Democratic Party was banned in 1933 after Hitler came to power. Activists from the party continued to oppose the Nazis. Many were persecuted or killed for their activities

New book: Introduction to Information Science and Technology

New book: Introduction to Information Science and TechnologyThis guide to information science and technology - the product of a unique scholarly collaboration - presents a clear, concise, and approachable account of the fundamental issues, with appropriate historical background and theoretical background. Topics covered include information needs, seeking, and use; representation and organization of information; computers and networks; structured information systems; information systems applications; users' perspectives in information systems; social informatics; communication using information technologies; information policy; and the information profession

The Libweb directory of library home pages comes to an end in late 2011

Thomas Dowling writes: "The Libweb directory of library home pages will come to an end in late 2011, after 17 years of service. My thanks go out to the kind folks at WebJunction for hosting this site, and before them the Berkeley SunSITE, and before them the University of Washington Libraries"

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Three million crime, court and convict records to be digitised (UK)

Three million crime, court and convict records to be digitised (UK)The UK National Archives' crime, courts and convicts collection is to be transcribed, digitised and published online by brightsolid, following an open tender process. Comprising bound volumes and loose papers dating from 1782 onwards, this vast collection includes records from the Home Office, Prison Commission, Metropolitan Police, Central Criminal Court and the Admiralty. The records will be searchable by name, alias, date of birth, place, offence and sentence. Content such as judges' reports, prison registers, transfer papers and gaolers' reports will also be included

1940 U.S. Census to be free on Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com has announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012. When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state. It will be Ancestry.com's most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date

ADACH publishes the Arabic translation of 'Vanished Cities of Arabia'

The National Library of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage published the Arabic translation of "Vanished Cities of Arabia" written by Steuart Erskine and illustrated by Major George Henry Benton Fletcher. The translated book is part of the National Library’s "Visitors of the Arab Orient" series

Southend to get new multi-million pound public library (UK)

Southend to get new multi-million pound public library (UK)An Essex town is to get a new multi-million pound public library and learning centre. The £27m building in Southend will replace the town's existing Central Library and be built on the site of the former Farringdon car park. The four-storey structure, to be called The Forum, will be funded by Southend Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College. The Conservative-led council approved the plans on Wednesday. The main contractors on the project will be announced in January 2012 and the library is expected to be completed by August 2013

Podcast: Time travel: a journey through the timetables of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 1860-1901 (UK)

Podcast: Time travel: a journey through the timetables of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 1860-1901 (UK)This talk takes a look beyond the day-to-day purpose of railway timetables, to consider how they reveal changes in the pace, regularity and frequency of mobility in the 19th century. Dr Tony Wakeford is a historical geographer with research interests in the economic and social influence of 19th century railway development. He is a lecturer in social sciences at the Open University and is also the magazine editor for the Friends of The UK National Archives

Chegg selects Ingram Content Group’s Vital Source to power new e-textbook option for students

Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions and students, and Chegg have announced a comprehensive e-textbook program to complement Chegg's traditional physical textbook rentals. The new e-textbook program from Chegg will allow students the option to purchase or rent digital books. Ingram's Vital Source, with 1.6 million registered users and a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries, will power Chegg's digital textbook option

Newcastle University Library wins Times Higher Leadership and Management Award (UK)

The Newcastle University Library has won the Times Higher Leadership and Management Award for the Outstanding Library Team. The award was given for a range of initiatives that the Library has undertaken during the last year to improve its services to students and for rising effectively to meet their expectations

Libraries reject 'raw deal' on e-journals (UK)

Major research libraries have told the two largest journal publishers that they will not renew their "big deals" with them if they do not make significant real-terms price reductions. Research Libraries UK, which includes the Russell Group university libraries, as well as the UK's national libraries and Trinity College Library Dublin, have told Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell that they will not renew their current deals when they expire at the end of this year unless the concession is made. Big deals involve libraries paying a blanket fee for electronic access to a publisher's entire journal catalogue. They were initially welcomed by librarians when they were first introduced a decade ago - THE

Introduction to preservation (UK)

Introduction to preservation: Preservation Advisory Centre/RLUK Training Day - 25 October 2011 - British Library Centre for Conservation, London, UK

Sherlock Holmes banned from reading lists for being anti-Mormon (USA)

Sherlock Holmes banned from reading lists for being anti-Mormon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories have appealed to generations - but on Thursday the Albemarle County School Board in Virgina voted to remove the detective's A Study in Scarlet from sixth-grade reading lists, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reports, because it is, as the board reported, age-inappropriate. But as the Los Angeles Times notes, "The two gory murders weren't the problem. The trouble was the way the book portrays Mormonism"

Yale partners with the National Library of Korea to digitize rare books and manuscripts

Yale partners with the National Library of Korea to digitize rare books and manuscriptsYale University's East Asia and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript libraries have undertaken a collaborative project with The National Library of Korea to digitize Yale's holdings of rare Korean works, totaling 140 volumes. This unique group of books and manuscripts includes religious, secular, and official publications from the Joseon period (1392 – 1910) and dates primarily from the late 18th and 19th centuries

The Journal of Electronic Publishing - August 2011

The Journal of Electronic Publishing is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users - Volume 14, No. 1, August 2011 is now available

Canadian Library Month 2011

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) has announced that October has been designated as Canadian Library Month. The idea for a month dedicated to library and information services in Canada was developed by library partners from across the country to help raise public awareness of the valuable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians. This year's theme is: Your Library: A Place Unbound / Votre bibliothèque : un peu, beaucoup, à l'infini

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - August 19, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: The Zodiac. "The Zodiac is the area through which the sun apparently passes in a year, divided into 12 parts or "signs" of the Zodiac. Try to answer these questions about the Zodiac, which is often used to predict people's fortunes" Answers here.

1. In what way is this sentence connected with the Zodiac: "A tense grey cat lay very low, sneaking slowly, contemplating a pounce"?
2. What is officially the first constellation or sign of the Zodiac?
3. If you were born on 25 December, what sign of the Zodiac would you have been born under?
4. Which animal represents Taurus in the Zodiac?
5. Is the Tropic of Cancer or the Tropic of Capricorn named for the sign of the Zodiac during which the sun reached its maximum northerly declination or position?
6. What is the only constellation of the Zodiac named after an inanimate object (not a creature or creatures)?
7. Which sign of the Zodiac might be described as "The man that bears the watering-pot"?
8. The equinoxes occur as the Sun enters the signs of Aries and Libra, at which time the Sun passes directly above what?
9. Is the word Zodiac derived from the ancient Greek word for a star, the future, or a small figure of an animal?
10. Zodiac is used to refer to what kind of boat?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

INFORMS 2012 subscription rates are now available

INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) has announced its 2012 pricing for all 13 individual INFORMS journal titles and INFORMS Pubs Suite all-inclusive package, including its new online-only journal Service Science

Taylor & Francis 2012 journal pricing and new products

2012 pricing for journals and reference works from the Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press imprints is now available

The Margaret Papp Perry Memorial Hungarian Books Collection (USA)

The Margaret Papp Perry Memorial Hungarian Books Collection contains nearly 300 items preserved and made available for research at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo Carlson Library, Ohio. The majority of the collection focuses on Hungarian history, literature, culture, and society, including institutions and industries, but there ara a few publications on neighboring nations also. Most of the collection was published in English and Hungarian, but there is a small number of French, German, Italian, and Latin works about Hungarians also

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles


Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics

International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues

Scientia Traductionis

Kino : the Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies

Economia Global e Gestão

Open Journal of Animal Sciences

Journal of Surface Engineered Materials and Advanced Technology

Open Journal of Statistics

Open Journal of Marine Science

Open Journal of Psychiatry

BIOTROPIA : the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Biology

Organizações Rurais & Agroindustriais

Journal of Tropical Life Science

Ars Bilduma

International Journal of Economics and Finance Studies

International Journal of Business and Management Studies

International Journal of eBusiness and eGovernment Studies

International Journal of Lean Thinking

Wayamba Journal of Animal Science

Environmental Sciences Europe

Act : Zeitschrift für Musik & Performance

Journal of Crystallization Process and Technology

Optics and Photonics Journal

História da Educação

JRSM Short Reports

Journal of Commerce

Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics

World Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology


Intersections : Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

Getty Search Gateway (USA)

The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids

FreePint Newsletter 333

FreePint Newsletter 333 - 18 August 2011 now available

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books

The NISO Forum, The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. Participate in the community discussion for advancing e-book development, distribution, and use - October 24-25, 2011 - Baltimore, Maryland, USA

SPARC enews/August 2011

SPARC enews/August 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

New feature gives EBSCONET users instant access to EBSCO A-to-Z data

EBSCONET® Subscription Management users now have instant access to complete holdings details for titles in their EBSCO A-to-Z® collections. When viewing a title on EBSCONET, librarians can now see the library's complete holdings for that title, as managed in the EBSCO A-to-Z listing service. The display will show each of the library's sources for that title, along with the coverage associated with each source - all available in real time through the EBSCO Integrated Knowledge Base. This new feature, in addition to the extensive title details EBSCONET already provides - available formats and purchasing options, access and registration information, license details, and more - enhances librarians' decision-making about their e-journal and e-package subscriptions

'Funding cuts leave rural libraries at disadvantage' (UK)

Plans to cut staff at Goring library have been branded "stupid" by parish councillors. The library in Station Road is one of 16 that face losing two-thirds of their staff funding under proposals from Oxfordshire County Council. The others include those in Sonning Common, Benson, Woodcote and Watlington. The cuts mean volunteers would be needed to maintain the current opening hours but the libraries would be given free use of their buildings, access to the council's book stock and computer network and professional support from librarians. A meeting of Goring Parish Council on Tuesday heard claims that the county council's reasons for targeting certain libraries were driven by an anti-rural bias - Henley Standard

Monday, August 15, 2011

S.L.A.M. (Surrey Libraries Action Movement) (UK)

Campaigners in Surrey have formed Surrey Library Action Movement (SLAM) to fight the County Council's plans for the library service, which include the handing over of 11 libraries to volunteers and the removal of the mobile library service

Thomson Reuters commemorates partnership with Moroccan Institute for Scientific and Technical Information

Thomson Reuters has hosted a welcome event to celebrate its new partnership with Institut Marocain de l'information Scientifique et Technique (IMIST). The event commemorates the start of a three-year partnership that will bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge to scientists and researchers at 14 IMIST public institutions

Newly released UFO files from the UK government - August 2011

The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions covering the years 1985-2007. Read eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings, see the picture of a 'flying saucer' which was sent for analysis by defence experts and discover the bizarre story of 'Mork and Mindy's' visit to East Dulwich

Taylor Family Digital Library (Calgary, Canada)

The Taylor Family Digital Library is an innovative convergence of libraries, historical archives,arts museum, scholarly publishing, and student academic support services. It is being created to better serve students, faculty, and the community. The TFDL will offer books and online resources, a large Learning Commons with café, workrooms, film and audio rooms, editing and recording suites, multimedia labs, quiet study areas, and seminar and consultation space for academic growth. The Taylor Family Digital Library will offer a wide range of services, collections, lectures and event

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program - Episode #163

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #163. "This episode takes things in a different direction". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Google Books Bibliography - Version 7

Google Books Bibliography - Version 7 presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Books. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Books and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical - from Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Podcast: Galaxy Zoo and old weather: exploring the potential of citizen science (UK)

Podcast: Galaxy Zoo and old weather: exploring the potential of citizen science (UK)A team at Oxford University has launched a range of 'citizen science' projects, all aimed at delivering real research through the efforts of a large community of public volunteers. 'Old Weather' is the first non-astronomical project for the team and asks members of the public to transcribe Royal Navy ships logs from the First World War - to date more than 2 million entities have been transcribed - UK National Archives

Alan Bennett on libraries of a lifetime (UK)

Alan Bennett on libraries of a lifetimeAs the debate intensifies over the closure of local libraries, Alan Bennett remembers the reading rooms of his youth – and argues that access to a book-lined haven is as important for a child today as it has ever been

Skype allows Fayetteville library to host author events for free (USA)

When librarians Monica Kuryla and Leah Kraus sent e-mails to more than a dozen authors last spring, inviting them to appear at Fayetteville Free Library via Skype, they hoped to hear back from at least one. "We were thinking if we get one, that would be amazing," says Kuryla, who is director of virtual and innovative services at the library. "Within 24 hours, almost every single author replied and said what a great idea. We were just shocked and excited that so many authors were open and willing to do this."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

NLM: Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness.

In October 2011, the National Library of Medicine will open a new exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness. The exhibition, which will examine concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawai'ians, will feature a healing totem pole intended to promote good health. As a prelude to the exhibition, the totem will travel from Washington state, where it was created, to the NLM, where it will stand. The totem will be transported on a truck and will stop for tribal blessings in nearly a dozen states as it makes its cross-country trip

UCLA Library acquires LAUSD historical archive (USA)

The UCLA Library has entered into an agreement to acquire the historical records of the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the most important public education enterprises in the nation. Covering more than 100 years of Southern California public education and civic life, this extensive archive documents major aspects of district operations dating back to the late 19th century. Among its most significant contents are demographic surveys conducted in the 1920s to segregate school populations based on race, materials recording the school board's response to the landmark Crawford desegregation lawsuit filed in 1963 and decades of files documenting the district's administration of busing and desegregation programs

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles


Yönetim ve Ekonomi

American Journal of Computational Mathematics

New Journal of Glass and Ceramics

Revista de Cirurgia e Traumatologia Buco-Maxilo-Facial

Advances in Internet of Things

International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Journal of Transportation Technologies

e-Journal of Dentistry


AMB Express

European Journal of Oncology Pharmacy

International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Revista Q

American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Journal of Agricultural Extension

ISRN Pathology

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine


ISRN Endocrinology

ISRN Geometry

ISRN Pharmaceutics

Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science

Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research

Revista Científica Sensus : Direito

International Journal of Innovative Technology and Creative Engineering

International Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology

International Journal of Design, Analysis and Tools for Integrated Circuits and Systems

Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy

Arak Medical University Journal


Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae

British Journal of Mathematics & Computer Science

Bulletin of the Institute of Heat Engineering

Revista Nacional de Administración

Transcience : a Journal of Global Studies

OIKOS (Rio de Janeiro)

Serie de Correlación Geológica

Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Grocer: 10-18 August 2011 (UK)

Book Grocer: 10-18 August 2011 - The week ahead in literary London from the Londonist blog. #books #London

Children's Laureate attacks Future Libraries report (UK)

The recently appointed children's laureate Julia Donaldson has condemned the "Future Libraries" report as a "cost-cutting exercise" containing among its recommendations some likely to lead to a deterioration of the service. The report, "Future Libraries: Change, Options and How to Get There", draws on the first year of the Future Libraries programme set up by culture minister Ed Vaizey, and has been issued by the Local Government Association and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Vaizey said the scheme "has shone a spotlight on excellent examples of innovation and creative partnership working" and called the report "a hugely useful resource, inspiring local authorities to emulate the best ideas to provide a first rate library service." - The Bookseller

JUSP July 2011 Newsletter (UK)

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

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on July 2011 Activities

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on July 2011 Activities:

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - August 12, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: White. "This week's brainteaser is about the colour white. All the answers have "white" in their names or concern something called "white."" Answers here.

1. What is the official name of the executive mansion of the President of the United States?
2. What kind of shark is famous as the "villain" of the various Jaws films?
3. As the name for something, what is a white elephant?
4. In astronomy, what kind of thing is a white dwarf?
5. Which band recorded the 1968 album that is generally called "The White Album"?
6. Which 1992 movie was the first starring film role for Woody Harrelson as a basketball-player opposite Wesley Snipes?
7. In Jack London's 1906 novel "White Fang", what kind of animal was White Fang?
8. Which 1937 film was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by some industry insiders?
9. What kind of thing is the Dashing White Sergeant?
10. Who wrote the 1958 historical fantasy "The Once and Future King"?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

LAMP digitizing 19th-Century Puerto Rican documents

LAMP is providing funding for the digitization of the records of the Arecibo appellate court district or Puerto Rico from 1844 to 1900. Approximately 5,000 very fragile, double-sided handwritten documents - held by the University of Connecticut - that cover civil disputes over land, slaves, and livestock will be digitized and made available to the public. Genealogists, historians, legal researchers, and social scientists interested in learning more about the fabric of life in Puerto Rico during this time will find a wealth of information in these original court documents

ProQuest uncovers more treasures from European rare book libraries

Early European Books, ProQuest's program to digitize the archives of landmark European libraries, has taken another leap forward with its latest release, expanding the number and range of rare early modern books available through the online service. Debuting now are the first installment of digitized books from the National Library of the Netherlands and further content from the National Central Library of Florence. The number of digitized books - now more than 6,500 - will grow rapidly throughout the balance of 2011 and into 2012 as more libraries join the program. Digitization has already begun at the Wellcome Library in London, and works from this renowned collection of medical and scientific books will be added to the database in the fall

"Picture This" blog from Library of Congress

The Picture This blog invites you to share our love of pictures and the stories they can tell. You'll see special images that caught our eye and also learn about entire collections as we explore the vast holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress - more than 14.5 million photos, posters, cartoons, architectural designs, and historical and fine art prints

Online Information Conference 2011 (UK)

Online Information Conference 2011 - 29 November to 1 December, 2011 - London, UK

First issue of RSC Publishing's new journal RSC Advances published online

RSC Advances: an international journal to further the chemical sciences

Rethinking Reference Collections

Rethinking Reference Collections - An Infopeople Online Learning Course - September 20, 2011 to October 17, 2011. Traditionally, libraries developed print reference collections full of encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, indexes, and other tools to provide quick access to authoritative information for users and staff. Today, many of these print materials see little or no use, with staff and users turning to online resources instead. Formats for reference resources are evolving and library staff and user expectations are evolving along with them

Survey: library & museum use of video & audio

Primary Research Group is conducting a survey of library use of video and audio resources. The study is open to public, academic and special libraries of all countries. Participants receive a free PDF copy of the survey; participants are listed but their responses are amalgamated or not associated with a specific respondent

The Pulp Magazines Project

The Pulp Magazines ProjectThe Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nominations invited for Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users in the United States to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, and college librarians. Administered by the American Library Association, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times, the awards program seeks nominations that describe how a librarian is improving the lives of people in a school, campus, or community - Deadline: September 12, 2011

Cites & Insights 11:8 (September 2011)

Cites & Insights 11:8 (September 2011) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Socializing New Hires, SPEC Kit 323, Published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries has published Socializing New Hires, SPEC Kit 323, which investigates the progress made in ARL member organizations to establish or enhance socialization programs and activities (such as orientation programs, mentoring, residency appointments, and staff development sessions directed at organizational acculturation) for all newly hired, paid employees. It explores the availability and types of programs, activities, and resources currently offered in ARL institutions; staff involved in designing and coordinating socialization programs and activities; goals and budget for socialization programs; length of participation in programs and activities; evaluation and assessment of programs; and benefits of socialization programs, activities and resources

Credo Reference invites you to GO VIRAL@yourLIBRARY this summer!

We want kids entering grades 6-12 to "Go Viral" by making a 2 minute commercial for your library. Enter our contest and your library could win 6 tablet computers for the intended exclusive use of your library's Young Adult Community!

Kindle Cloud Reader

Kindle Cloud ReaderKindle Cloud Reader is a web app that lets you read your Kindle books, instantly

2011 ReLit longlist revealed (Canada)

The very long list of nominees for the 2011 ReLit Awards, which celebrates novels, poetry, and short fiction titles published by Canadian independent presses, has been announced. ECW Press leads this year's longlist with nine nominees

Springer signs book agreement with the American Physiological Society

Springer has signed a book partnership agreement with the American Physiological Society (APS) to publish titles in three APS book series as well as individual monographs and contributed volumes. The new publications are aimed primarily at researchers and will support Springer's growing physiology publishing program

Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook now available on iPad in spectacular High Definition (UK)

The British Library has launched a ground-breaking 'eBook Treasures' series which allows iPad users to download entire rare manuscripts. Starting with Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Arundel (1478-1518) and Geradus Mercator's Atlas of Europe (1570s) users can now hold rare, unique and original manuscripts in their hands and explore them in depth and spectacular high-definition. Developed with Armadillo Systems, each eBook allows users to access greater content and in-depth detail about the item such as written, video and audio interpretation. eBooks are viewable full-screen, with award-winning realistic page-turning and can also be viewed offline

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

London Disorder - Operation Withern (UK)

London Disorder - Operation Withern (UK)Operation Withern is investigating the serious disorder and violence that has been affecting parts of London. Today (Tuesday 9 August) we are releasing the first of many images of suspects (Editors note: you may want to link to Operation Withern from you library's website)

Ryerson wins the 2011 OLITA Award for Technological Innovation sponsored by OCLC Canada

Graham McCarthy and Steven Marsden from Ryerson University Library & Archives received the 2011 Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) Award for Technological Innovation. Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Marsden launched the Ryerson Library Barcode Scanner as part of Ryerson mobile on 7 October 2010, which was downloaded from the Apple App Store 2,046 times between 7 October and 15 December 2010. The Android version was downloaded 232 times during that same time period

Universal Decimal Classification Newsletter - August 2011

Universal Decimal Classification Newsletter - August 2011 - is now available online

Sharing the Wonder - one-day conference (UK)

Sharing the Wonder - a collaborative approach to promoting, preserving and sharing the content of special collections. A one day conference at Queens' College, Cambridge on 12 September 2011 - "The uniqueness and specialised appeal of our collections offers little protection from financial constraints. Many are under threat - of dispersal, of neglect and even disposal in favour of digitised copies - and this conference focuses on ways in which colleagues are sharing their expertise and knowledge to ensure their collections 'work', that is, that they continue to be relevant and available to meet the needs and interests of their varied audiences - be these scholars or the public at large"

Library Camp UK 2011 seeking sponsors

Library Camp UK 2011, being held in Birmingham on 8 October, is seeking sponsors. "There are a variety of commercial sponsorship options starting from a teeny £400. It's a great opportunity to get seen by delegates, info professionals, the wider information world and everyone watching on the web. Library camp blogs, wikis and tweets and our Google search ranking is page 1"

IWA Publishing journals added to JournalTOCs

Roddy MacLeod has added nine IWA Publishing journals to JournalTOCs. They are:

Hydrology Research

Journal of Water and Climate Change

Journal of Water and Health

Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination

Journal of Water Supply : Research and Technology – Aqua

Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development

Water Policy

Water Science and Technology

Water Science and Technology : Water Supply

Monday, August 08, 2011

Book by book, Terry builds Stalybridge village a brand new library (UK)

They say everyone's got a story to tell and Terry Drabble's got plenty - lining the shelves of his community library. The granddad-of-seven started with 100 donated books and now has around 3,500 that residents can borrow for free. Volunteers run the library from a portable building surrounded by a garden, wildlife area and vegetable plot and it's become the heart of the community in Carrbrook, Stalybridge, Cheshire

Women's Institute "disappointed" by library report (UK)

The Women's Institute has expressed "disappointment" with the newly published Future Libraries Programme, the government backed report that made recommendations like putting libraries in the hands of community groups. The report has been hailed by culture minister Ed Vaizey as "a hugely useful resource, inspiring local authorities to emulate the best ideas to provide a first rate library service". Other recommendations in the report, "Future Libraries: Change, Options and How to Get There", included private sector funding and self-service borrowing points in shops and village halls

Preserving the Library in the Digital Age (by Ben Carp, Tufts University)

This article by Benjamin L. Carp, Associate Professor of History at Tufts University, first appeared in the November 2009 issue of The Readex Report. Carp is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Yale University, 2010) and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2009, paperback edition

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program - Episode #162

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #162. "This week's episode looks at what has been happening on LISWire and LISEvents as well as provides a news miscellany". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

August 2011 batch of Early Reviewer books now available at LibraryThing

The August 2011 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 2219 copies of 97 books available this month

New Bodleian closes its doors after 70 years (UK)

At the end of July, the New Bodleian in its present guise was closed permanently following more than 70 years of service to the University. Over the next three years the building will undergo major renovation and redevelopment and will be reopen as the Weston Library in 2015. Known to readers, scholars, visitors and to the Oxford community as a book fortress housing more than 3 million books, 1 million maps, 1.5 million items in the ephemera collection and 10,000 medieval manuscripts, the New Bodleian has been in major need of transformation and upgrading

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library reaches out to help students at Republic High School (USA)

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will be giving away free copies of Slaughterhouse Five to students from Republic, Missouri's high school (yes, the school that banned Slaughterhouse Five last week from their curriculum and school library). If you are a student at Republic High School, please e-mail us at i...@vonnegutlibrary.org to request your free copy of the book. Please provide us with your name, address, and grade level. We have up to 150 books to share, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. We think it's important for everyone to have their First Amendment rights. We're not telling you to like the book...we just want you to read it and decide for yourself. We will not share your request or any of your personal information with anyone else

Europeana new content: Irish Traditional Music Archive

europeana new content: Irish Traditional Music ArchiveNew con­tent on Euro­peana includes items from the Irish Tra­di­tional Music Archive (ITMA) provided through the Irish Man­u­scripts Com­mis­sion. The ITMA is a 'national ref­er­ence archive and resource cen­tre for the tra­di­tional song, instru­men­tal music and dance of Ireland'. The archive holds an impres­sive col­lec­tion of sound record­ings, books, sheet music, pho­tograps, videos and DVDS. Items from areas of Irish set­tle­ment such as in Britain, North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia also feature

Millions of federal court records are being destroyed to save money (USA)

The federal courts are destroying millions of judicial case records that have been stored in the Federal Records Centers of the National Archives for decades, all in an effort to save money. The plan is to destroy all records on cases that did not go to trial that were filed between 1970 and 1995. For other records, the federal judiciary has reduced the current record retention time from 25 to 15 years in an effort to cut costs. All cases that went to trial or were filed before 1970 will be kept - iwatch

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter - August 2011

The August 2011 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available

"Who owns what?" Database (South Africa)

"Who owns what?" Database: A database of politicians' assets and interests. This tool allows users to search for the disclosure records of elected officials in both the parliamentary and executive branches of government at the national, provincial and local levels

ProQuest acquires U.K.'s Expert Information

ProQuest has acquired U.K.–based Expert Information, publishers of Index to Theses™ and Theses.com, premier sources of hundreds of thousands of citations and abstracts for British and Irish dissertations and master's theses

E-Books unbound:the 11th annual ebooks conference (Scotland)

E-Books unbound:the 11th annual ebooks conference - 27 October, 2011 - Glasgow, Scotland

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

International Journal of BioSciences, Alternative and Holistic Medicine

International Journal of Life Sciences and Technology

International Journal of BioEngineering and Technology

International Journal of Medical Sciences and Technology


Archives of Electrical Engineering

Papers on Global Change IGBP

Studia Commercialia Bratislavensia

Australian Studies

CARL E-Lert # 434 (Canada)

CARL E-Lert # 434, August 5 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Britain revamps 300-year-old copyright laws KU establishes first coalition of institutions practicing open access Call to action: Sign the Berlin Declaration Rogue Downloader's Arrest Could Mark Crossroads for Open-Access Movement British Library Group Develops Cost-Benefit Tool to Analyze Journal Pricing What is wrong with Scientific Publishing and can we put it right before it is too late?

CARL E-Lert # 433 (Canada)

CARL E-Lert # 433, July 29 2011 from Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Some of this week's items: Stratford digital program nearly fully subscribed DuraSpace to Bring Cloud-Based Platform "Direct-to-Researchers" Rebelling against Access Copyright British Research Libraries Say No to 'Big Deal' Serials Packages Europe lines up hefty science-funding hike

Saturday, August 06, 2011

SAGE acquires Learning Matters

SAGE has announced the purchase of UK independent publisher Learning Matters. The sale was announced jointly by Learning Matters founder and Managing Director Jonathan Harris, and Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. Founded in 1999, Learning Matters is a leading publisher of market focused books and ebooks for professional and vocational courses in education, social work, nursing and health

Podcast: Morale, morality and the Liverpool Blitz (UK)

Podcast: Morale, morality and the Liverpool Blitz (UK)This talk uses documents from The UK National Archives and elsewhere to reveal the steps that the wartime government took to measure the morale of those residents who were facing some of the heaviest bombing of the Second World War. We also use case studies from Merseyside to show how many crimes (serious and minor) were prosecuted during the war; and what happened to individuals convicted of contravening blackout, looting and other wartime regulations. Dr Peter Adey is Lecturer in Cultural Geography at Keele University, and co-director of the Emerging Securities research unit there

Project MUSE Beta Site offers preview of integrated book and journal content

Project MUSE has released a beta web site previewing its combined digital book and journal content. The beta site, http://beta.muse.jhu.edu, will be available through the end of this year, allowing scholars, librarians, and students to become familiar with the newly enhanced platform before the changeover to accommodate MUSE's forthcoming eBook Collections on January 1, 2012

First Bodleian app features highlights from the King James Bible Exhibition

The Bodleian Libraries have launched their first app, entitled 'The Making of the King James Bible'. Created in conjunction with Toura, a leading solution for cloud-based mobile app development, the King James Bible app is available for purchase. The app is being launched to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Bible's publication and the Bodleian's summer exhibition, Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible (until 4 September)

Friday, August 05, 2011

OCLC Research launches Quarterly Highlights

This periodic bulletin gathers items from the previous quarter of work in OCLC Research, the OCLC Innovation Lab, and the OCLC Research Library Partnership. The new Quarterly Highlights provides an overview of recent activity, as well as an occasional look ahead. The hope is that this snapshot will conveniently capture things you might have missed in the ongoing flow of the quarter itself. OCLC Research has an active agenda of work on behalf of, and in collaboration with, libraries and archives. The goal of the Quarterly Highlights is to give you a quick update and overview of these activities, in a way that respects your time and interests

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - July 2011

The Journal of the Medical Library Association - Volume 99(3) July 2011 - is now available online

The University of Kansas establishes first coalition of institutions practicing open access (USA)

The University of Kansas was among the first universities in the nation to share faculty research with audiences beyond those with academic journal subscriptions. The university has now taken the lead in forming a coalition with 21 other universities and colleges with established faculty open access policies in North America - such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Duke University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada - to establish the new Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions. Known as COAPI, the group will collaborate and share implementation strategies and advocate on a national level for institutions with open access policies

2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (USA)

The 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is scheduled for September 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, MO. the theme for the conference will be Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories Embracing Communities

Cambridgeshire library service plans 'dynamic ways' to save money (UK)

"Dynamic ways of delivering services" could help to save threatened libraries in Cambridgeshire, according to the county council. As part of its review of the service the council is considering introducing online borrowing, e-books and vending machines in some locations. Savings of £3.2m need to be made over a five-year period and the future of 13 libraries is being reviewed. "Self-service" options could contribute to these savings, the council believes - BBC

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - August 5, 2011

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Jukebox Musicals. "A jukebox musical is a musical show on stage or screen in which all or most of the songs have been previously recorded or performed. Try to answer these questions about such shows. (Beware: one of the shows was based on poems, not songs.)" Answers here.

1. "Mamma Mia" is a musical based on songs by which group?
2. The film "Saturday Night Fever" was reworked as a stage musical based on songs by which group?
3. "We Will Rock You" was a musical tribute to which band?
4. Was the book for the Rod Stewart musical "Tonight's The Night" written by Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, or Ben Elton?
5. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" was based on whose songs?
6. Which 1981 musical was based on verses by T. S. Eliot?
7. The 1989 musical "Buddy" was based on the life of which pop singer?
8. Twyla Tharp conceived the Broadway ballet "Movin' Out" which was set to songs by which artist?
9. Which Oscar-winning 1951 film produced by Arthur Freed featured music written by George and Ira Gershwin?
10. Which opera, first performed in 1728, used music made up of traditional ballads and popular tunes of the day?

Text Camp 2011 (UK)

Text Camp 2011 hopes to bring together many different people, all interested in the relationship between digital technologies and literature, with a strong focus on the creation of open knowledge, as defined by our hosts, the Open Knowledge Foundation. During the day, we hope to create, discuss and maybe even publish 'open literature', which is to say that we will work on both texts that are in (and about) the public domain, and on the open-source tools for the analysis and appreciation of these works - August 13, 2011 - London, UK

Suffolk community-run libraries set for April 2012 (UK)

Fourteen Suffolk libraries will be run by community groups from April 2012 as part of a "pilot project" for the county. Groups will take over part or all of the running of the libraries in Aldeburgh, Bungay, Eye, Debenham, Stradbroke, Gainsborough, Chantry, Ipswich, Stoke, Rosehill, Westbourne, Sudbury, Thurston and Wickham Market, according to a report in the East Anglia Daily Times

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp), the Beckett International Foundation (University of Reading) and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin). The development of this project started from two initiatives: (1) the 'in-house' genetic edition of four works by Samuel Beckett (a cooperation between the Universities of Antwerp and Reading), and (2) the Series of Variorum Editions of Samuel Beckett's Bilingual Works, initiated in 1986 by Charles Krance, with the permission and support of Samuel Beckett. With the kind permission of the Estate of Samuel Beckett, these initiatives were developed into the Beckett Digital Manuscript Archive, which combines genetic criticism with electronic scholarly editing, applied to the study of Beckett's manuscripts

Directory of Open Access Journals - recently added titles

Biodiversity : Research and Conservation

Biological Letters


Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development

Metallurgical and Mining Industry

Sfera Politicii

História da Historiografia

Revista Latino-Americana de Geografia e Gênero

Lingua Posnaniensis

Studia Romanica Posnaniensia

Learning and Nonlinear Models


Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy

Unoesc & Ciência : ACHS

Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Technology

Revista do Instituto Florestal

Journal of Coastal Development

International Journal of Computing and Business Research

Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics

Agricultural Sciences

Chinese Medicine


International Journal for Traffic and Transport Engineering

Revista Espaço do Currículo

Journal of Mathematical Analysis

Archives of Transport

Theoretical and Applied Informatics

Archives of Thermodynamics

Fatigue of Aircraft Structures

World Journal of Vaccines

Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development

Journal of Geographic Information System

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences


International Journal of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Western Pacific Surveillance and Response

International Journal of Drug Formulation and Research

Crossroads - August 2011

Crossroads: the newsletter of WebJuntion.org - August 2011 issue is now available. RSS feed

National Literacy Trust Newsletter - August 2011

National Literacy Trust Newsletter - August 2011 is now available online

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

St Albans resident and councillor raise concerns over loss of library service in Hatfield (UK)

A huge library collection available for the residents of Hertfordshire is under the threat of closure. St Albans resident Alison Carter has raised concerns about the loss of the "important asset" from New Barnfield Library in Hatfield. Ms Carter said as a regular user of the Central Resources Library (CRL), she was "shocked" and "outraged" at the news its contents will be spread to three locations across the county, apparently into warehouses where there will be no option for browsing. The relocation has been agreed by Hertfordshire County Council following its decision to build a waste incinerator on the current New Barnfield site - Review

LITA Web Course: Learn to build mashups and create web services for your library

Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs presented by Jason Clark (Montana State University) - August 22-26, live, synchronous lectures 10:00 am to 12 noon CDT each day

The Scottish Screen Archive

The Scottish Screen Archive is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. We can provide thousands of titles for personal, educational or commercial use. To discover what we have, use our access catalogue, where you can:

* Find details of titles available to view, hire or buy
* Watch over 1,000 film clips and full films
* Save lists of your favourite films
* Make enquiries online

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #160

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #160 - August 2, 2011 is now available from Peter Suber

Springer partners with Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society

As of January 2012, Springer will publish the Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (CJME), an official Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) journal. This peer-reviewed publication joins Springer's Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality China-based international research journals available at www.springerlink.com

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

Roddy MacLeod has added 67 more Open Access journals to JournalTOCs, where you can find the latest Tables of Contents from over 16,700 scholarly journals, including over 2,400 Open Access journals

FreePint Newsletter 332

FreePint Newsletter 332 - 4 August 2011 now available

Historic Oregon Newspapers

On this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Soon you will also be able to read historic essays about each of the featured newspapers and view sample lesson plans to help K-12 Educators integrate historic newspapers into their classroom strategies

The Library and the Mega Internet Sites - 2011-12 Edition

The Library and the Mega Internet Sites 2011-12 Edition presents more than 140 pages of data and commentary on how libraries are using mega internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Wikipedia, Vimeo, Bing, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and dozens of other sites. Data is broken out separately for legal/corporate libraries, public libraries, college libraries and government libraries, as well as by library size, and even by the professional role of the responding librarian

Sparky Award winners announced

Four new student films on the importance of Open Access to research and data have been voted the best by a panel of new media experts, students, and librarians in "Open Up!", the fourth annual Sparky Awards. Calling on students to articulate their support 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. The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Oakland library stays open late to fight weekend homicides USA)

An East Oakland library will stay open late in August as part of the city's campaign to provide youth with safe alternative places to spend their weekend nights. The 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Library has joined city officials and the Oakland Unified School District for their "Late Night Live!" initiative, which aims to provide city youth with a safe haven on Friday and Saturday evenings. The program came about in April after the Oakland Unified School District police Chief Pete Sarna presented data to city department heads showing most student-related homicides and shootings occurred late on Friday and Saturday night - The Bay Citizen