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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

LAMP funds digitization of Puerto Rican civil court cases

LAMP (formerly the Latin American Microform Project) supported the digitization of approximately 5,000 documents dated between 1844 and 1900 in a collection held by the University of Connecticut. These consist of legal court cases, mostly civil, from the Corte de Primera Instancia (Apellate Court) of the district of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. In 2000, the University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Research Center acquired these unique materials about the Arecibo appellate court district, which includes the towns of Arecibo, Barceloneta, Camuy, Ciales, Hatillo, Manatí, Morovis, Quebradillas, and Utuado. The cases cover the full range of civil litigation that might have been brought to court during that period. Cases about disputes over economic holdings such as land, slaves, and livestock hold special interest. The collection is also a treasure trove for genealogists, historians, legal researchers, and other social-sciences researchers interested in Puerto Rico's social dynamic during the 19th century

Library and Archives Canada migrates audio and video recordings

Audio and video recordings are facing a preservation crisis because the required playback equipment is aging, unreliable and obsolete. Expertise is disappearing in analogue audio and video technologies, and the physical formats are deteriorating. In late 2009, Library and Archives Canada implemented a ten-year Audiovisual Migration Strategy to preserve valuable historical content on the audio and video recordings in its collection. This video highlights that work. As of 2012, approximately 40,000 hours of content has been migrated

British Library leads the way for sharing research data in the UK as five major institutions sign up to DataCite

Five major research centres have expanded their commitment to make data more accessible through the British Library's DataCite service, a global initiative which addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research. The Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Science & Technology Facilities Council and the Chinese genomics institute BGI have signed up to the service and are the first institutions to work with the British Library on this initiative

British Ecological Society partners with Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has announced a new partnership between the British Ecological Society and the Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution

2012 winner of the IASL School Librarianship Award announced

Nancy Everhart, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, Florida State University, is the 2012 winner of the IASL School Librarianship Award

SAGE's open access medicine and engineering journals now open for submissions

SAGE has announced that all three of their latest open access journals are now open for submission - SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE Open Engineering

Podcast: Remembering Samuel Coleridge Taylor; African British musician and pan-Africanist

This podcast is an audio-visual presentation on the life of one of Britain's favourite composers of the early 20th century and the first African to conduct an all-European orchestra. The podcast introduces some of his works, including Hiawatha's wedding feast, which at one time vied with Messiah and Elijah as one of Britain's most popular choral compositions. Kwaku is a music industry and history consultant. He became involved in delivering history programmes after discovering the lack of knowledge around African British history. He is the author of two Heritage Lottery Funded resources highlighting British Africans between 1907 and 2007 and has a particular interest in the life and work of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Podcast: Keeping it in the family: professional dynasties in 19th century England

The 19th century witnessed a huge expansion in the number of people in Britain described as members of a profession, including lawyers, doctors, religious ministers and teachers, as well as newer service providers such as accountants, bankers and civil engineers. Historians have long suspected, but never attempted to prove, that these groups comprised a separate professional class, which championed its own interests and distinguished itself from the commercial middle class. This podcast will demonstrate how online genealogical tools and social media generated by family historians themselves, along with records held at The National Archives, can be used to create detailed family histories that bring us closer than ever before to an understanding of the role of the professions within Victorian society

OCLC Research launches Registering Researchers in Authority Files Activity

This activity seeks to summarize the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files and make it easier for researchers and institutions to measure their scholarly output more accurately

EBSCO Publishing increases Spanish content in EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Publishing's recent agreement with content partner, Digitalia will enable Spanish content, serving a vast range of interest and needs, to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #219

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #219. "Strangely enough, we've got a special episode of LISTen to talk about knowledge ecology infrastructure damage caused by that storm named Sandy. The next regular episode is set for release on or near 12:01 AM Eastern on November 5th". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

90 Years of Gramophone Magazine now available to all Digital and App subscribers

In 2013 Gramophone Magazine will celebrate its 90th birthday and in anticipation of this milestone every one of its 1,000 issues has been made available digitally with Exact Editions. Every issue is available to all digital and App subscribers on PC, Apple and Android devices. See the very first issue from 1923 and travel through music history right up until the very latest issue. Having never missed an issue, this collection of Gramophone magazines is one of the oldest and most comprehensive archives available to read on your iPad

SUNCAT: University of Strathclyde added as a new contributing library

The University of Strathclyde Library has been added to SUNCAT. This addition brings the total number of contributing libraries to 88, plus the CONSER database, the ISSN register and the Directory of Open Access Journals. The University of Strathclyde Library has contributed over 48,000 serial records and is the 12th Scottish library to be added to SUNCAT

EIA publications now free of charge

With demise of the European Information Association now imminent, the slimmed-down EIA website now offers free access to selected publications and materials. They include: an introduction to HORIZON 2020; the 102-page 'European information: a guide to official sources'; and a compendium of 'How To' guides on topics such as using the Official Journal, finding a Directive and tracing COM documents

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 18, No. 3, October 29, 2012

InSITE: A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library - Vol. 18, No. 3, October 29, 2012 is now available. Contents:

Heritage Law Bibliography

Internet Archive: 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes archived

On Thursday, 25 October, hundreds of Internet Archive supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated addition of the 10,000,000,000,000,000th byte to the Archive's massive collections

Day-Lewis archive donated to the Bodleian Libraries

Day-Lewis archive donated to the Bodleian Libraries The Bodleian Libraries have announced the gift of the Day-Lewis papers which belonged to the poet Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972) and his wife, actress Jill Balcon (1925-2009). The archive was donated to the Bodleian Libraries by their children, Tamasin and Daniel Day-Lewis and accompanies an initial literary bequest from Jill Balcon, following her death in 2009. The bequest is celebrated during a special one-day symposium where the poet's daughter, Tamasin Day-Lewis will discuss the life and work of C. Day-Lewis with known scholars of English literature. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to recorded readings of Day-Lewis's poetry by Jill Balcon and live reading by actor Gabriel Woolf. Photographs, manuscripts and correspondence from the archive, never seen in public before, will also be on display during the event

Digital Library Digest: October 30, 2012

Digital Library Digest: October 30, 2012 from The Digital Public Library of America

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Elsevier Business Intelligence content now available from the British Library

The latest news and analysis from Elsevier Business Intelligence is now available from the British Library's Document Supply service

Open Access Spectrum

Open Access SpectrumIn 2002, the Budapest Open Access Initiative articulated the basic tenets of Open Access for the first time. Since then, thousands of journals have adopted policies that embrace some or all of the OA core components related to: readership; reuse; copyright; posting; and machine readability. It's time to move the conversation beyond the deceptively simple question of, "Is It Open Access?" toward a more productive evaluation of "HowOpenIsIt?". PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to create a guide that identifies the core components of OA and how they are implemented across the spectrum between "Open Access" and "Closed Access". The guide provides an easily understandable, comprehensive, and quantifiable resource to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies. In addition, funders and other organizations will have a resource that indicates criteria for what level of OA is required for their policies and mandates

SAGE to publish The Journal of International Medical Research

SAGE has announced the purchase of The Journal of International Medical Research from Field House Publishing LLP. The Journal of International Medical Research, edited by Professor Malcolm Lader, King's College London, is a peer reviewed international journal, now in its 40th volume. All published content is made freely available on a page charge, open access basis

McGill University librarians announce support of Open Access movement (Canada)

Librarians at McGill University are proud to announce their support of the open access movement. McGill librarians are granting the McGill University Library a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit

Michigan libraries can't ban guns, court of appeals rules

Though it said the idea of people openly carrying weapons into libraries is "alarming," libraries can't ban weapons, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the court said it's up to the state, not local governments, to regulate matters related to firearms

OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights issue 6

Issue 6 of OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights now available. This periodic bulletin gathers items from the previous quarter of work in OCLC Research, the OCLC Innovation Lab, and the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Issue 6 covers the period July - September 2012

What authors want from open access publishing

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the results of an author survey on open access, with over ten thousand respondents from across Wiley's journal portfolio. The research explored the factors that authors assess when deciding where to publish, and whether to publish open access. Among the top factors considered by authors were the relevance and scope of the journal, the journal's impact factor and the international reach of the journal

British Ecological Society partners with Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced a new partnership between the British Ecological Society and the Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution. This latest partnership brings the number of high profile journals supporting the open access title to 16. Eleven of these partner titles are ranked in the top 20 ecology journals by the Institute for Scientific Information

Maney Publishing acquires Left Coast Press, Inc. journals

Maney Publishing has acquired the journal publishing division of Left Coast Press, Inc. The 13 journals centre around a group of archaeology and anthropology titles, including California Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and Lithic Technology, which complement one of Maney’s key subject strengths. A further group of titles, including Journal of Museum Education, broaden Maney's activity in heritage and museology, whilst a group of titles on qualitative research and education add a new dimension to Maney's list

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #218

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #218. "This week's episode brings discussion of preparing to respond appropriately to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath as well as a news miscellany.". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Law librarian expertise showcased in CBA National Magazine

The October/November 2012 issue of CBA's National magazine spotlights the expertise of Canadian law librarians in a trio of articles:

- Legal Research in the Digital Age: Why there is still a role for the law library
- Online Resources for Lawyers: Law librarians and research lawyers recommend some of their favorites
- In the Ring: Does digital research beat the traditional approach? It depends

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hitler's last days: secret files show dictator believed Germans 'deserved to perish'

Newly-released files reveal that Hitler told Himmler "everyone has deceived me" in his last days in the bunker and said the "German people deserve to perish".

Video: Out of the Trenches: A Linked Open Data Project (Canada)

Partners of the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network have developed a "proof-of-concept" to showcase a sampling of the network's wealth of digital resources using "linked open data" and principles of the semantic web. The underlying premise is to expose the metadata for these resources using RDF/XML and existing/published ontologies (element sets) and vocabularies, maximizing discovery by a broad user community. The partners selected the First World War as the topic for the digital resources to be contributed to the proof-of-concept. The metadata for these digital resources was provided by five partner institutions

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - October 26, 2012

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Grey or Gray. "All the questions or answers in this week's brainteaser contain the word "grey" or "gray"." Answers here.

1. What kind of drink is "Earl Grey"?
2. Which fictional detective, invented by Agatha Christie, often referred to the "little grey cells" - meaning the human brain?
3. What kind of animal was "Greyfriars Bobby"?
4. In which sport do dogs pursue a mechanically propelled dummy hare around a race track?
5. Is "Grey Friars" another name for the Franciscans, Carmelites or Dominicans?
6. What kind of novels was Zane Grey most famous for writing?
7. Who wrote the famous poem "Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard" (1751)?
8. Which play by Shakespeare includes the lines "I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. The game's afoot"?
9. By what title is James McNeill Whistler's painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1" popularly known?
10. At the end of a famous novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which character visits Baltimore where his identity as Lord Greystoke is confirmed?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The T S Eliot Prize Reading Groups scheme is now open

Based on the T S Eliot Prize the reading group scheme was launched this week to coincide with the announcement of the ten-strong shortlist on 23 October. Three poems from each of the shortlisted poetry collections, together with reading group notes, ideas for discussion, a biography and photo of each poet are available to download from the Poetry Book Society's website. There's also an article on Setting Up a Poetry Reading Group and Who's Afraid of T S Eliot? - some light-hearted suggestions on how to overcome your fear of poetry

London Libraries Consortium: LLC library cards to be accepted in over half of London boroughs

The London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley are to become the sixteenth and seventeenth members of the London Libraries Consortium when they join in January 2013, meaning that over half of London's 32 Boroughs will be members of the consortium. This will give residents of both boroughs access to the stock in both Bexley and Bromley with one library card, but also access to the stock from the other 15 members of the London Libraries Consortium: over 6 million items from around 180 library branches across London. Merton, Lewisham and Kingston-Upon-Thames have also joined in the last 18 months. Members of the consortium collaborate on procurement, knowledge sharing and shared services, as well as jointly working on new service developments

Vancouver Inspiration Pass (Canada)

Opening the door to exciting experiences and fun things to see and do across the city, the Vancouver Inspiration Pass is a free cultural and recreational pass program that allows families and teens to get out and explore their city like never before! Free for Vancouver residents aged 14-years and older, participants can request to borrow a pass for two weeks at any Vancouver Public Library branch

Springer celebrates its 100th SpringerOpen journal

Springer recently celebrated the addition of its 100th title to the SpringerOpen family of open access journals, in addition to its existing BioMed Central portfolio


Infonary aims at providing precise and latest news from all the leading newspapers and TV news channels, all on one page. Different categories have been defined for various sections like Sports, Business, Education, Health etc. A search is also provided, which searches the top news aggregators, and presents you with all the search results from these sources on one page


OCLC Research has announced the availability of assignFAST, a new Web service that automates the manual selection of FAST Subjects (the Authorized and Use For headings) based on autosuggest technology

EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

The American Library Association and EBSCO are partnering to offer scholarships to five librarians who plan to attend the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Scheduled to take place January 24-28, 2013, in Seattle, the meeting gives library professionals an opportunity to participate in continuing education programs, attend informative meetings, and interact with colleagues

LibLime and WALDO announce the University of Advancing Technology has selected LibLime Academic Koha

LibLime, a division of PTFS, and WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Director's Organization) welcome the University of Advancing Technology to the LibLime Academic Koha development group

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a new, open-access scientific journal publishing original research that will report new knowledge of the Earth's physical, chemical, and biological systems during this era of human impacts; feedbacks between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to ameliorate harmful changes. Elementa will attract reports of fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society. Coming in July 2013

ARL Statistics 2010–2011

The Association of Research Libraries has published the ARL Statistics 2010–2011, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL's 126 member libraries in 2011. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (2 in Canada, 9 in the US)

The Medical Heritage Library announces addition of over 100 titles from Brandeis University Libraries.

The Medical Heritage Library has announced the addition of over 100 titles relating to medical history from the Brandeis University Libraries. Since 2008, the Brandeis library has digitized more than 1700 books and other out-of-copyright works, in partnership with the Boston Library Consortium and the Open Content Alliance, to make them freely accessible online through the Internet Archive. Brandeis Special Collections texts available on the Internet Archive include a number of books related to the history of medicine, including books from the collection of the now-defunct Samuel Gridley Howe Library at the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham. Topics include eugenics, juvenile delinquency, child labor, and criminal psychology

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Globe and Mail joins ProQuest Historical Newspapers

ProQuest and The Globe and Mail will streamline research of Canadian life and history by making the complete works of Canada's "newspaper of record" accessible in the ProQuest digital research environment. As part of ProQuest's Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers - from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post - significantly enhancing productivity and efficiency of researchers and journalists exploring historical events. Until now, the more than 1.5 million digital pages of The Globe and Mail have been available on an isolated platform. In its new incarnation, it can be searched in conjunction with over 30 million pages of historical newspaper content as well as current multimedia news

Library & Information Science Source now available from EBSCO Publishing

Library & Information Science Source is now available from EBSCO Publishing. Library & Information Science Source is a full-text resource designed to help librarians and researchers easily find the latest information in a rapidly evolving field of library and information science

Podcast: Open working improves teaching and student retention (UK)

In this podcast Charlie Covington, Press Officer at JISC, talks to Kate Borthwick, Academic Co-ordinator for e-Learning at the Centre of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies at Southampton University. She finds out about the FAVOR (Finding a Voice through Open Resources) project: a JISC funded project to assist part time language tutors by providing support through the development of an online community, a way to share best practice through open educational resources and ultimately an opportunity to market their course and improve student retention

150th Anniversary of the London Underground

150th Anniversary of the London UndergroundOn 10 January 1863 the world's first underground train pulled out of Paddington station to make the first public passenger journey - 3½-miles under the streets of London from Paddington to Farringdon and into the record books. The original Underground line was built and financed by the Metropolitan Railway, a private company which had been formed in 1854 to undertake the project to link the mainline stations at Paddington, Euston and King's Cross with the City centre business district to the east. Travelling on the new railway was a novelty that thousands of Londoners were eager to experience and on the first day of public service – long queues formed at every station. The line was a huge success with 26,000 passengers using the railway each day in the first six months. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, London Transport Museum and Transport for London are planning a whole range events and activities

Book: The Accidental Systems Librarian, Second Edition

This new edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian prepares readers to manage the latest library technologies: mobile devices, open source software, social networks, WiFi, ebooks, and much more. Nicole C. Engard's advice on using research, communication, organizational, and bibliographic skills to solve various systems problems is geared to helping both "accidental" and "planned" systems librarians develop the skills they need to succeed and the confidence they need to excel

Owners’ Rights Initiative

The Owners' Rights Initiative is a diverse coalition of businesses, associations and organizations that have joined together to protect ownership rights in the United States. We believe in the fundamental premise that if you bought it, you own it, and should have the right to sell, lend or give away your personal property. ORI members are concerned about recent federal court decisions that have eroded owners' rights. The initiative provides a unified voice for members to engage in advocacy, education and outreach around these important issues

Library Assessment Career Achievement awardees named for 2012

The Association of Research Libraries has announced the 2012 Library Assessment Conference Career Achievement Awards. These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations/publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work. The 2012 awardees include: Karin De Jager and Joan Rapp from South Africa, Sam Kalb from Canada, and Don King from the United States

Beyond Literacy

ACRL and the Ontario Library Association have announced the online publication of Beyond Literacy by Michael Ridley of the University of Guelph. Beyond Literacy is an interactive serialized online thought experiment exploring the demise of literacy and the rise of other capabilities, capacities or tools that will effectively and advantageously displace reading and writing. The work is freely available for reading, comment and discussion on the project website

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chronicling America reaches 5 million digitized Historic newspaper pages

Chronicling America now contains five million digitized pages from newspapers published between 1836-1922. The project is co-sponsored by Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Open Access Now launched

Open Access Now is a resource for news and information about open access and scholarly publishing. The goal of OANow is to provide a centralized, regularly updated, curated news feed, accomplished through active monitoring of scholarly, popular and niche sources

Cookson loses her crown as Britain’s library queen after readers turn to crime

For almost 20 years, Dame Catherine Cookson was the most popular author in British libraries, with more copies of her novels borrowed than any other writer. But she has suffered a massive drop in popularity - not even managing to make the top ten most popular authors of the past nine years

Journal publishers - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - I name names (Roddy Macleod)

Roddy Macleod writes: Over the years I've had dealings with various journal publishers, and I must say that I've normally found them very helpful and professional. There have been one or two exceptions, and of course their staff come and go, so things sometimes change. With respect to the websites of journal publishers, usability seems to vary considerably. I've seen some journal websites and thought: "What were they thinking of? A big commercial publisher, yet their site is confusing!" Here are some examples of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with respect to journal publisher websites and their customer relations

Digital Library Digest: October 23, 2012

Digital Library Digest: October 23, 2012 from The Digital Public Library of America

Ancestry.com to be acquired by the Permira funds

Ancestry.com and Permira have announced that a company owned by the Permira funds and co-investors has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Ancestry.com for $32.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion

Visuwords online graphical dictionary

Visuwords online graphical dictionary - look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate

Monday, October 22, 2012

TWIL #86: Ronald Carpentier (Picturae)

Enriching cultural heritage, making sense of information and thinking outside in. These topics and more in this week's episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation

NSS student survey puts Oxford libraries on top (UK)

Students have rated Oxford's libraries as some of the best in the UK once again. The results of the 2012 National Student Survey show that 98% of students at the University of Oxford felt the libraries met their needs

OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein encourages libraries to host Wikipedia Loves Libraries events

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a general initiative to improve Wikipedia engagement by bringing Wikipedia and libraries together through on-site events at libraries, archives and related institutions. It is also an annual campaign of Wiki-workshops and edit-athons at libraries that takes place each October and November. OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein is encouraging libraries and archives to host Wikipedia Loves Libraries events and so far almost two dozen have been planned. Events will give attendees the opportunity to learn Wikipedia principles, to edit and improve Wikipedia entries, and to collaborate with experienced local Wikipedians

MuseGlobal has released Muse version

MuseGlobal, Inc. has released Muse version, which includes a new module and a variety of enhancements

Whispercast from Amazon.com

Whispercast is Amazon's free online tool that helps your organization easily manage its Kindles and distribute Kindle content

UH Manoa Library awarded funds to digitize predecessors of Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The UH Manoa Library has received $265,018 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize and upload the predecessor newspapers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on the Chronicling America website. The publications are:

- Pacific Commercial Advertiser (1856-1921)
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin (1917-1922)

Continuing into the third phase of the "Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project” in the next two years, the Library will digitize about 100,000 English-language newspaper pages

The SLA School Librarian of the Year 2012 winner (UK)

Adam Lancaster has been named SLA School Librarian of the Year 2012

SAGE to publish Missiology in 2013

SAGE and The American Society of Missiology have announced an agreement to publish the Society's journal, Missiology, from January 2013. Missiology, a peer-reviewed journal, began publication in 1973, continuing the research focus of its predecessor Practical Anthropology. Distinctly multi-disciplinary in its focus, it is one of the premier scholarly journals of mission studies, covering history, theology, anthropology, communication theory, religious encounter, ecumenics and methodology. Published four times a year and edited by Richard Starcher, Biola University, the journal aims to provide theoretical reflections and applied mission science on pertinent research areas

Newsweek ends publication of print edition.,, concentrate on-line

US-based Newsweek has announced that it will shift to online-only publication next year, discontinuing its print version after 80 years


Scholr.ly : The first users in the early days of the Internet were professors and academics who shared their research and resources with unprecedented ease and speed. But nowadays, there is a dearth of lovingly crafted tools made for those who first popularized the Internet

ER&L 2013 (USA)

ER&L Conference 2013 - March 17-20, 2013 - Texas, USA

Sunday, October 21, 2012


ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems

Above the Fold - September 6, 2012

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 - September 6, 2012 - Vol. 5, No. 34 now available

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #217

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #217. "This week's episode brings a news miscellany". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Maney Publishing supports Open Access Week with special prices for OA publication

Throughout Open Access Week, Maney Publishing is highlighting its hybrid open access model, MORE OpenChoice, and reducing author fees in order to encourage open access publication. Open Access Week is a global event running from 22-28 October organised by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Princeton University Library announces launch of the Blue Mountain Project

The Princeton University Library has announce the launch of the Blue Mountain Project, an open-access digital thematic research collection of avant-garde art, music and literary periodicals (1848-1923). Drawing together rare material from Princeton's Art, Music and Rare Books libraries, the Blue Mountain Project will provide high-quality digital images as well as full-text searching, deep indexing of content, detailed metadata and descriptive essays to a broad audience

Cites & Insights 12:11 (Fall 2012) available - special added issue

Cites & Insights 12:11 (Fall 2012) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Friday, October 19, 2012

Elsevier Business Intelligence content now available from the British Library

The latest news and analysis from Elsevier Business Intelligence is now available from the British Library's Document Supply service. EBI provides business intelligence on regulatory, business and reimbursement issues that are vital to the healthcare industry

Libraries RUG and Hanzehogeschool select WorldCat Local

Marjolein Nieboer, librarian at the RUG Library, and Marjan Bonink, acting head of the HanzeMediatheek, both in Groningen, the Netherlands, have signed an agreement with OCLC for the delivery of WorldCat Local, OCLC's integrated discovery service

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2012 Jason Farradane Award winner (UK)

The 2012 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award has been awarded to the Chemoinformatics Research Group in the Information School, University of Sheffield

Free access to ABI/INFORM Complete now until October 31st

ProQuest is offering free access to ABI/INFORM Complete now until October 31st

Thomson Reuters launches Data Citation Index for discovering global data sets

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the Data Citation IndexTM, a research resource within the Web of KnowledgeSM to facilitate the discovery, use and attribution of data sets and data studies that also link to peer-reviewed literature

Call for papers: CILIP's Umbrella Conference 2013

The Call for Papers is now open for Umbrella 2013 (Manchester, 2-3 July 2013). The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Umbrella Conference regularly attracts up to 600 delegates from across the library and information world to meet, learn, debate and be inspired

Canadian Library Support Staff Day proclamation

Library support staff provide a multitude of essential services in their organizations. Their contribution to Canadian libraries deserves national recognition. CLA will designate Friday, October 19, 2012 as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. The purpose of the day is to celebrate and show our appreciation for the work of library technicians, library assistants, library clerks, pages, shelvers, and all other support staff members who perform daily miracles in our public, private, school, government, academic, and corporate libraries. This day is recognized during Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and the services they provide to their communities - Karen Adams, CLA President

ARL Board of Directors 2012–2013 elected by ARL membership

Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota, began a one-year term as President of the Association of Research Libraries on October 11, 2012, during the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. She succeeds Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University. Tabb continues to serve as a member of both the ARL Board of Directors and the ARL Executive Committee as Past President. Also on October 11, the ARL membership ratified the Board’s election of Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of University Libraries, Ohio State University, as ARL Vice President/President-Elect

View the 1911 census for free on findmypast.co.uk

View the 1911 census for free on findmypast.co.ukUntil 18 November 2012, view a 1911 census transcript for free on findmypast.co.uk - this usually costs 10 credits.

We've also lowered the cost of viewing an original 1911 census image - you'll pay just 5 credits instead of 30.

Even more good news: we always try to offer you the best possible value for money, so when this offer ends on 18 November, we'll permanently reduce the price of viewing the 1911 census to 5 credits for a transcript and 5 credits for an original image.

An example of the fascinating insight the 1911 census can give us into the past is the census return on the right. Mary Howey, a 27-year-old suffragette, demonstrates her political views by writing 'votes for women' across her census form.

In the infirmity column of the census, Mary wrote 'not enfranchised', which the enumerator has crossed out in red

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Libramatic provide a fully automated smartphone and web based library system. Managing a library or CD collection is a tedious task. Adding books to the system for example, requires that all a books information is manually typed in by the librarian. Libramatic solves this, as well as many of a librarian's other day-to-day problems

FreePint Newsletter 361

FreePint Newsletter 361 - 18 October 2012 now available

Tales from the Terminal Room - September 2012, Issue No. 103

Tales from the Terminal Room - September 2012, Issue No. 103 is now available. Tales from the Terminal Room is an electronic newsletter that includes reviews and comparisons of information sources; useful tools for managing information; technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications. Editor: Karen Blakeman. Published by RBA Information Services

Paper: E-Books And Libraries: An Economic Perspective

E-books and Libraries: An Economic Perspective - Report to the American Library Association - September 2012

1.45 million education blogs pulled offline after DMCA takedown notice

A DMCA takedown noticed issued by a publishing house resulted in approximately 1.45 million education blogs being taken offline without notice, according to the service that runs them. James Farmer, founder and CEO of Edublogs, penned a blog post last week that said its hosting company, ServerBeach, "turned off our webservers, without notice, less than 12 hours after issuing us with a DMCA email" - PCMAG

British Columbia to lead Canada in offering students free, open textbooks

British Columbia is set to become the first province in Canada to offer students free online, open textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary courses. Up to 200,000 B.C. students each year could benefit from this move under B.C.'s Families First Agenda, saving each student hundreds of dollars a year or more on textbooks - money that can go toward other learning supplies or living expenses

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teen Librarian Monthly: October 2012

Teen Librarian Monthly: October 2012 is now available for download

TWIL #85: Marjolein Oomes (the Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries, SIOB)

Fundamental library research, critical thinking in this week's episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation

British Library acquires the archive of Caribbean British poet and writer, James Berry

The British Library has acquired the archive of the Caribbean British poet and writer, James Berry OBE. James Berry, one of the first black writers in Britain to be widely recognised for his work, came to Britain as part of the first major wave of immigrants from the Caribbean in 1948. He is now celebrated not only in the literary field, but also within communities encouraging and championing the work of new black writers in Britain. Held each October in Britain, Black History Month aims to promote Black history, culture and heritage; as part of which the Library has hosted a series of events

Launch of the DigiBaeck Project

Launch of the DigiBaeck ProjectThe Internet Archive, working with the Leo Baeck Institute, is pleased to be a part of the October 16, 2012 launch of their DigiBaeck project, a massive (formerly print) archival collection of history pertaining to German speaking Jewry

Lice, lost dentures and varicose veins ...(Wellcome Library)

Carlos Paton Blacker or 'Pip' as he was more commonly known by his closer contacts, was a psychiatrist and eugenicist who played a crucial role in family planning in Britain during the 20th century. His archive, which is in the process of being digitised, also provides an insight into the role of a medical officer of health during the second world war. A decorated war hero, Blacker worked for the Coldstream Guards. His papers from this period throw light not only on common complaints suffered by servicemen, but also on his personal experience of the war

PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library (USA)

At 1 p.m. CDT on October 17, the Public Library Association will host a live, hour-long webinar, "Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library" with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab

London School of Economics digitizes "The Beaver" (1949 to 2008

The Beaver, the newspaper of the Student's Union at The London School of Economics has been digitized

SAGE Open Engineering now accepting submissions

SAGE has announced that SAGE Open Engineering is now open for submissions. SAGE Open Engineering is a new Open Access journal aimed specifically at engineers

Credo Reference signs over 500 Literati customers in 9 months

Credo Reference has announced that over 500 academic and public libraries around the globe have licensed its Literati solution

Monday, October 15, 2012

163 more Open Access, hybrid and subscription journals added to JournalTOCs

Roddy MacLeod has added 163 more Open Access journals to JournalTOCs, where you can find the latest Tables of Contents from over 20,000 scholarly journals, including over 4,400 Open Access journals

"The Day Parliament Burned Down" in real-time on Twitter

To mark the anniversary of a now little-remembered national catastrophe – the nineteenth-century fire which obliterated the UK Houses of Parliament - Oxford University Press and author Caroline Shenton will reconstruct the events of that fateful day and night in a real-time Twitter campaign. 16 October 2012

Metapress Essential

Metapress Essential is for publishers who need an online presence and have small budgets. These publishers are focused on sharing their content with subscribers, members and researchers and do not require complex application development. Metapress® Essential is designed to meet the needs of the smaller or new publishers to make their content discoverable and support basic sales models

Information Today - October 2012 issues

The October 2012 issues of Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Searcher, are now available

NetIKX seminar - Maximising knowledge (UK)

Maximizing knowledge - sharing information conversationally through podcasts and social media - Tuesday 7 November 2012 - London, UK

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #216

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #216. "This week's episode mysteriously dispenses with Profile America so that attention can be paid to the matter of Diplomats Dancing in Dubai in December...which is to say, we talk about some ramifications of the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Seven pilot sites join national digital library project with Knight Foundation funding (USA)

The Digital Public Library of America will launch pilot projects in seven states with $1 million in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. State libraries and regional digital library collaboratives in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah will be the first to participate as "service" hubs in the pilot effort. Users will ultimately be able to search across these local collections, finding information on a topic - like the Civil War or the Great Depression - via records from throughout the country. Organizers will also test ways to engage communities in creating content for the archives, whether through adding context and tags to digital records, or bringing in items to scan and record

"Search Strategies" goes electronic

Karen Blakeman writes: My publication "Search Strategies for the Internet" is changing and going electronic. There will be shorter articles covering specific search techniques and search engine features. In addition there will be screencasts and presentations. The new structure means that updates to the content will be easier and more frequent. Initially there will be no "book" but I may eventually combine some of the articles into a single publication

Report: Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation

Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation has been released by The Digital Preservation Coalition. This report is aimed primarily at depositors, archivists and researchers/re-users of digital works, but will provide a concise introduction to the subject matter for policymakers and the general public

Measuring the Information Society 2012 edition

Now in its fourth year, this annual report draws on innovative and authoritative benchmarking tools developed by ITU to monitor information-society developments worldwide as well as to provide valuable information for use in formulating evidencebased policies and in effective peer learning

JournalTOCs current awareness service for researchers now contains the latest Tables of Contents of over 20,000 journals

Roddy MacLeod writes: JournalTOCs, the current awareness service for researchers and academics, now contains the latest Tables of Contents of over 20,000 scholarly journals. JournalTOCs is the largest freely available collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs), and is for anyone looking for the latest and most current papers published in the scholarly literature. Researchers, academics, librarians, students, and anyone else will find it useful for keeping up-to-date. Coverage is international, and includes journals from over 1,200 different publishers, including Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, IEEE, Sage, Walter de Gruyter, Inderscience, RMIT, Project Muse, OUP, Emerald, CUP, Hindawi, BioMed Central, etc. Of the 20,000 journals, over 4,400 are Open Access

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Digital Preservation Awards 2012 shortlist

The shortist for the Digital Preservation Awards was announced at a reception in the House of Lords on Monday 8 October

Podcast: Philip Henslowe, Edward Alleyn and the invention of London theatre in the age of Shakespeare

The actor Edward Alleyn and his father-in-law Philip Henslowe built and expanded several London public playhouses, including the Rose, the Fortune, and the Hope. Named by King James VI and I as Joint 'Masters of the Royal Game of Bears, Bulls and Mastiff Dogs', Henslowe and Alleyn also staged such blood sports as bull- and bear- and lion-baiting at the Bear Garden and other venues, including royal palaces. They also commissioned plays and ran acting companies. Most of what modern scholars know about the early modern English theatre, both as financial enterprise and artistic endeavour, comes from the study of the Henslowe and Alleyn manuscripts at Dulwich College. This podcast looks at documents from the archive, now digitised at www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk, to demonstrate how the two men helped to invent 'Shakespearean' theatre

Lorcan Dempsey’s "Libraries and the Informational Future: Some Notes" now available

This paper discusses environmental trends for libraries and some consequences for library education. It was presented by Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC's Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist, at the Information Professionals 2050 Conference. Dempsey's overarching theme is that we need to prepare for systemic changes by better understanding how organizations are being reshaped by networks

SAGE acquires primary sources publisher Adam Matthew

SAGE has announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Best known for digitizing the Mass-Observation Archives at the University of Sussex, the 'American West' project with The Newberry Library, Chicago, and a wide range of resources from The National Archives, Kew, Adam Matthew is an award winning publisher of online primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature and culture

ChemSpider's Antony Williams honoured for making science easier for scientists

Dr Antony Williams, VP for Strategic Development and Head of the Cheminformatics group for the Royal Society of Chemistry has been honoured by Microsoft Research for his outstanding contribution to the field of data-intensive computing, especially for his work on the ChemSpider platform. Williams received the 2012 Jim Gray eScience Award at a banquet marking the end of this year's Microsoft eScience Workshop in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 9 October. The award - named after Jim Gray, a Technical Fellow for Microsoft Research and a Turing Award winner - recognises innovators whose work makes science easier for scientists

Google Cultural Institute

You can now discover 42 new online historical exhibitions telling the stories behind major events of the last century, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust. The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts, first-hand video testimonials and much more., Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events

National Library of Medicine announces update of ClinicalTrials.gov

A new integrated homepage and updated graphic design for its ClinicalTrials.gov database was announced by the National Library of Medicine. Users will now have access to new and reorganized content about clinical research, background information about the site, search tools, and help for those maintaining study records. Core content and functions of the ClinicalTrials.gov site - including the basic and advanced search, search results options, and the study record data - remain the same. The re-design was undertaken to meet the needs of the many different users of the site, including patients, clinicians, researchers, and the media

Science.gov, now with multimedia, new search features. Spanish version debuted

Science.gov now includes multimedia content, an updated interface with enhanced navigation, and a Spanish version of the site, Ciencia.Science.gov

OCLC recognized for exemplary workplace practices

OCLC has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success

Eurojargon Glossary of EU terminology app

The Eurojargon Glossary of EU terminology app is now available for iPhone / iPad. The Eurojargon Glossary app is an ideal quick reference resource for librarians who have to handle questions about the European Union, and who aren't familiar with EU terminology or who lack confidence using official sources

Court: Kafka scripts to be moved to Israel library

A Tel Aviv court has ruled that a collection of manuscripts written by Franz Kafka and Max Brod must be transferred to the Israeli National Library in Jerusalem. The ruling brings an end to a heated, protracted court case. Tel Aviv sisters Eva Hoffe and Ruth Wiesler insisted on keeping the vast collection of rare documents, which they inherited from their mother, Esther Hoffe, Brod's secretary

Volunteers create Little Free Library to promote reading, community (USA)

Volunteers create Little Free Library to promote reading, community (USA)The new library in the small crossroads village of Sergeantsville doesn't have heat, electricity or a librarian. It's part of an international movement to promote literacy and a love of reading, and increase a sense of community. Modeled after the carriage shed that formerly stood next to the Municipal Building, this "Little Free Library" was built by a local craftsman with mostly reclaimed cedar and cypress lumber. It's weatherproof and small, just large enough to hold a few dozen books. Sergeantsville's could be Central Jersey's first official "Little Free Library." and the second in the state after one in Montclair. They are two of thousands of little free libraries created under a grass-roots movement that has spread nationwide and to more than 20 countries over the past three years

Engineering librarians play a vital role in Engineering Village evolution

There's a saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. In the case of the recent Engineering Village update, this could be restated as the forthright librarian acquires the ability to reorder the facets. But action-reaction doesn't begin to describe the ongoing partnership among librarians and Elsevier's product managers - Library Connect

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on September 2012 Activities

HathiTrust Digital Library - Update on September 2012 Activities

Call for Nominations: Paul Evan Peters Award

The Paul Evan Peters Award recognizes the most notable and lasting international achievements related to information technology and the creation and use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Past winners have been Christine L. Borgman (2011), Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA; Daniel E. Atkins (2008), inaugural director of the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure; Paul Ginsparg (2006), founder of arXiv, an e-print archive for articles in the sciences; Brewster Kahle (2004), founder and chairman of the board of the Internet Archive; "father of the Internet" Vinton Cerf (2002); and Tim Berners-Lee (2000), inventor of the World Wide Web. All recipients embody the rare combination of strategic vision, technical innovation, and humanitarian outlook that the award seeks to promote. Deadline 26 October, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Video: Resources Discovered (1954)

A drama documentary about how public libraries can assist commercial companies with their information needs. A woman interviews a senior librarian and staff at some companies with requirements for specific data. It includes film of an industrial scale laundry (the Manor Laundry in Camberwell), an oil drilling platform, a hat manufacturers, a John Lewis store selling hats, a pipe and steel benders (Messrs. Kirk & Co and Messrs. Lucas of Brixton Hill), an ICI laboratory, the library of the ICI Paints Division the research division of the Metal Box Company in Bermondsey, and public libraries in Westminster and Lambeth. The film stresses the professional expertise of the public librarian, their respect for commercial confidence, and states that 'libraries can tell industry'

Friday, October 12, 2012

Explore 1930s Britain with new online resource (UK National Archives)

Explore 1930s Britain with new online resourceYou can now find out more about what life was like in 1930s Britain by exploring a fascinating new resource on our Education website. Thirties Britain: The depressed decade? is a collection of 45 pivotal documents relating to the decade, with an introduction by historian, broadcaster and author, Juliet Gardiner. Also included are links to contemporary Pathe film footage, additional documents from The National Archives on the abdication crisis, images from Dixon Scott and the University Kent Cartoon Archive, as well as teachers' notes to help with lesson plans. Some of the documents reveal what it was like to live on the dole or go to a holiday camp; others provide insight into the political decisions made to cope with unemployment, the fascist challenge, hunger marches and the Jarrow Crusade

CNS Oncology journal launched by Future Science Group

Future Science Group has launched the first issue of its new bimonthly title, CNS Oncology

Columbia Spectator launches digital archive

The Columbia Spectator has announced the completion of the first phase of its digitization campaign. The project, a joint effort by the Spectator and Columbia University Libraries, seeks to digitize the entire Spectator, creating a comprehensive Spectator Digital Archive

Digital Library Digest: October 5, 2012

Digital Library Digest: October 5, 2012 from The Digital Public Library of America

Most-cited authors in HeinOnline - 2012 edition

Most-cited authors in HeinOnline - 2012 edition - This analysis was run over the 1,700+ legal periodicals, 40,000+ volumes, 1,000,000+ articles, and nearly 25 million pages of content in the Law Journal Library

Ingram and Booklist team up for added one-click efficiency

ALA Press Release: Already a powerful collection-development resource, Booklist Online has partnered with Ingram to add one more function that makes this workflow workhorse ever more indispensable in the rapidly changing library environment. Ordering selected materials for Ingram customers is now easier thanks to a new one-click option that allows Booklist Online subscribers to transfer their Booklist lists directly to Ingram's ipage

Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works opens at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Canada)

Library and Archives Canada is presenting Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Beyond Likeness, a travelling exhibition, explores the evolving concept of portraiture from more traditional representations of likeness to works that challenge the conventions of the genre. Beyond Likeness features works by 23 contemporary artists including those by Irene F. Whittome, Jane Ash Poitras, Pascal Grandmaison, Lucie Chan and Arnaud Maggs. The subjects of these portraits range from known figures, such as writer Margaret Atwood, former Governor General of Canada Michaƫlle Jean, artist Bill Reid, musician Melissa Auf der Maur, and filmmaker Deepa Mehta, to lesser known figures, such as the residents of Richmond, British Columbia

Kennedy Library in Dorchester to release seven boxes of Robert Kennedy papers on Cuban missile crisis (USA)

After years of difficult negotiations with Robert F. Kennedy's heirs - and growing pressure from researchers - the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum has been granted approval to declassify and release seven boxes of the former attorney general's papers on Cuba. The papers, amounting to more than 2,700 pages, will be made available to researchers at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester and will be posted online. The decision coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, from October 16 to 28 in 1962. The president's younger brother helped defuse this most dangerous flashpoint of the Cold War, when Russia deployed medium-range nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island, just 90 miles from American shores, and the United States responded with a military blockade of the island

Carson City Library Director named Nevada Librarian of the Year (USA)

Carson City Library Director Sara Jones was named the 2012 Nevada Library Association's Librarian of the Year at its 67th annual conference, held October 4 & 5 at the Sahara West Library in Las Vegas

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - 12 October 2012

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Male and Female Animals. "We recently had a brainteaser about animal offspring. Now here's a quiz about the names given to male and female animals. Can you state the normal names given to the male and female animals here?" Answers here.

1. What is the usual name for a female dog?
2. What is the usual word for a male duck?
3. What is the common word for a female fox?
4. What is the word for a female tiger?
5. What is the name for a male rabbit or reindeer?
6. What is the word for a female antelope?
7. A gander is the male of which animal?
8. What is the usual word for a female donkey?
9. What is the usual word for a male swan?
10. A hob is the male of which animal?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 2012 batch of Early Reviewer books available at LibraryThing

The October 2012 batch of Early Reviewer books is now available at LibraryThing. There are 2268 copies of 88 books available this month

American Chemical Society pricing has librarians up in arms

Library Journal: When a small college has to cut subscriptions because they're too expensive, it's not usually news. But when Jenica Rogers, library director at SUNY Potsdam, blogged about cancelling subscriptions to the American Chemical Society's journals because they alone would have used up 10 percent of the library's acquisitions budget, it struck a chord with many. Besides resonating around the blogosphere, as John Dupuis summarizes in his link roundup, the controversy spawned articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and even across the pond in the Times Higher Education. Perhaps it's because objections to ACS pricing models are not new: Inside Higher Ed reported it causing problems for both corporate and academic libraries as early as 2010

Margaret Drabble deposits archive in Cambridge University Library

Leading author Dame Margaret Drabble has deposited her literary archive in Cambridge University Library. Dame Margaret, who is widely regarded as among the most important British novelists of her generation, studied English at Cambridge in the 1950s. The archive, which fills ninety boxes, includes original drafts, typescripts and working papers of novels such as A Summer Bird-Cage (1963), The Millstone (1965), The Needle's Eye (1972), The Radiant Way (1987), The Gates of Ivory (1991), The Witch of Exmoor (1996) and The Peppered Moth (2001)

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library coming to the UK, Germany and France

Amazon.com, Inc. has announced that the Kindle Owners' Lending Library is coming to the UK, Germany and France later this month, bringing Kindle owners with a Prime membership over 200,000 books to borrow for free as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Independent authors and publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing who enroll their books in KDP Select can be included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library in the UK, Germany and France, as well as the US

Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 was awarded to Mo Yan "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary"

Michigan eLibrary turns twenty (USA)

Michigan eLibrary turns twenty (USA)Before Google, before Amazon, before Netscape, IE, or Bing, before the New York Times ever printed the phrase World Wide Web, there was the Michigan eLibrary. Known as MeL for short, this pioneering statewide information network is celebrating its 20th anniversary in October. The milestone was marked by a gala event October 4 that gathered hundreds of supporters from its user community, government, publishing, and libraries - including State Librarian Nancy Robertson and her predecessors George Needham and Christie Brandau, along with IMLS Director Susan Hildreth - at the stunning Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Saskatchewan Library Week 2012 (Canada)

Celebrating Our Past - Imagining Our Future - that's the theme for SLW 2012. The Saskatchewan Library Association invites the citizens of Saskatchewan to celebrate the important contribution that libraries have made in the past to literacy, education, and quality of life in this province and to imagine a future in which libraries use the best of traditional approaches and innovative technology to contribute now and far in the future. We invite Saskatchewan libraries to develop fun, engaging SLW programs that make Saskatchewan people awareness of richness their library offers

Alexander Street’s new collection of counseling and therapy videos bridges past and future

Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume III, the newly released streaming video collection from Alexander Street Press, highlights the evolution of the counseling field with prominent films on classic and emerging topics. Volume III will grow to include more than three hundred hours of training videos, reenactments, and actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned counseling experts. The collection builds off many traditional theories, including psychodynamic, existential, and cognitive behavioral, while expanding into new and emerging areas such as social media and neuroscience

Bilbary help fund Kensal Rise Library through e-book sales (UK)

The partnership between Bilbary and Kensal Rise Library is now active. This groundbreaking collaboration will promote and encourage reading by providing access to over 300,000 e-books available via e-readers, computers, tablets and smart phones. Bilbary, an online ebook service (run by Tim Coates former MD of Waterstones and respected library campaigner and advocate) is running in the USA and will now operate through Kensal Rise Library in the UK

The eGranary Digital Library

Many students in the developing world have little to no access to the Internet and its wealth of educational resources. The eGranary Digital Library provides more than 30 million educational resources via a local area network, without accessing the Internet. For countries with low literacy rates, high costs for Internet access, and other hurdles hampering students and educators, this "Internet in a Box" helps fill the gap between Internet use in developing and developed countries

University of Florida and the University of Miami libraries collaborate to establish a shared collection

The University of Florida and the University of Miami have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Collaborative Academic Library Collection, a shared collection that will be housed in Gainesville for long-term preservation and retention of low use or duplicate library materials

Wiley announces new open access journal: Energy Science & Engineering

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Energy Science & Engineering as part of the Wiley Open Access publishing program. The journal provides authors with a new platform for the rapid dissemination of the latest energy research and will be published in collaboration with the Society of Chemical Industry

Take the survey of library subject specialists in Psychology/Psychiatry

Primary Research Group is conducting a survey of library subject specialists in psychology and psychiatry. The survey is open to librarians of all nations in academic, special and public libraries who cover psychology and/or psychiatry for their institutions. Participants receive a free pdf copy of the final report

Journal of Scholarly Publishing - October 2012

Journal of Scholarly Publishing - Volume 44, Number 1, October 2012 is now available from University of Toronto Press

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Apress unveils open access book publishing program for the tech community

Apress, a publisher of technology books, has announced the launch of ApressOpen, a program that offers technology companies and professionals the opportunity to publish technical and business content under an open access model. With ApressOpen, content will be freely available through multiple online distribution channels and electronic formats with the goal of disseminating professionally edited and technically reviewed content to the worldwide community

SAGE announces the winners to the "Capture the Value of your Library" Charleston Photo Contest

SAGE has announced the winners to the 2012 Charleston Photo Competition titled "Capture the Value of Your Library." First-place prize winner Gary Moore, coordinator of cataloging from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will receive a travel grant to the 2013 Charleston Conference (valued at over $1,000), and six runner-ups will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #215

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #215. "This week's episode brings a discussion of the infamous Case Omega that deals with freedoms being extinguished online, a segment-sized edition of the infamous Tech for Techies talking about the joys of teleprompters, and a news miscellany". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

Stanford University Press joins University Press Scholarship Online

Stanford University Press is the newest partner to join University Press Scholarship Online. Stanford Scholarship Online will launch in June 2013, with 350 titles in a wide range of subject areas. The addition of Stanford University Press will take the number of partner presses available on UPSO to 11

87% of Columbia University students believe Literati by Credo improved the quality of their work

Credo Reference has announced the results of a case study conducted at Columbia University around its new Literati solution

Rwanda: First Lady inaugurates Rwanda Library Services

Rwanda can now boast an international library after the First Lady, Jeannette Kagame officially launched the Rwanda Library Services, a project initiated by Rotary Club Kigali Virunga. Kagame commended all individuals and organizations, both local and international that contributed to the construction of public library

Research libraries increase spending on digital materials

Spending by research libraries appears to be rising, especially for digital materials, according to new data from the Association of Research Libraries. The data are part of the association's Library Investment Index, which ranks the association's member libraries each year based on total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, spending on library materials, and the number of professional and support staff - The Chronicle

Oxford’s Google Books project reaches milestone (UK)

The Oxford-Google Digitization project - established in 2004 - has reached an exciting stage in its development with the Bodleian Libraries books digitized by Google now fully available to the academic community and the general public for the first time. Much of the material that the Bodleian collaboratively digitized with Google has only been available in "snippet" or "metadata-only" view to users of Google Books outside the US. By making the Bodleian copy of the digitized books available online, the material becomes fully available to all users in PDF format. This feature has proved popular since its soft launch in March of this year. From the initial load of about 335 thousand books, users from all over the world have made already close to 60,000 downloads

SPEC Kit 330: Library Contribution to Accreditation

The Association of Research Libraries has published Library Contribution to Accreditation, SPEC Kit 330, which explores the scope of accreditation standards, the data provided by research libraries to meet the requirements of accrediting bodies, and which library staff participate in preparing reports and site visits. The survey results may help libraries identify and understand what standards exist, and how their contributions lead to successful accreditation and reaccreditation for their parent institutions. Additionally, this survey sought to identify how deeply ARL libraries are involved in the accreditation process at the institutional level. As libraries strive to establish their impact and value in higher education, this measure is one way to gauge how institutional leaders perceive their libraries' contributions

Monday, October 08, 2012

TWIL #84: Karin Horst (selling local authors in your library)

TWIL #84: Karin Horst (selling local authors in your library) from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo

Developing community library services (UK)

Needing to make drastic savings, the Lewisham Library & Information Service in London developed new volunteer-led community library services - by Catherine Dhanjal


PsycTESTS® is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration

Knowledge Base+: New funded shared service will help universities manage their e-resources (UK)

Knowledge Base+ is a new shared service from JISC Collections that aims to help UK libraries manage their e-resources more efficiently. KB+ is being established to start addressing the challenges facing libraries due to the inadequate data and metadata about publications, packages, subscriptions, entitlements and licences that is available throughout the e-resource supply chain. The result is that libraries are spending too much time correcting and maintaining basic e-resource information and not enough time is left to undertake the sort of decision making that they would like to be conducting to improve services for users

The Digital Public Library of America first Appfest

The Digital Public Library of America has announced its first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library

Sefton council set to axe between seven and 10 libraries (UK)

Sefton Council is considering closing ten of its 13 libraries as it looks to save money on its annual budgets. According to local newspaper reports, Sefton Council in Merseyside will discuss the option at a meeting of the council's cabinet on Thursday night, and decide whether the move would allow the council to continue providing the "comprehensive and efficient" library service it is legally bound to. As the council battles with a £43m deficit, council chiefs will consider keeping three libraries in Southport, Maghull and Netherton, closing facilities in Aintree, Bootle, Crosby, Formby and other towns, saving up to £800,000. Another option, preferred by councillors, will see them close seven libraries, leaving six open and saving the council around £450,000

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Ancestry.com acquires 1000memories

Ancestry.com Inc. has acquired 1000memories Inc., the San Francisco-based startup that has been focused on helping people digitize and share the estimated 1.7 trillion paper photos stored in their albums, attics, and shoeboxes

OED Appeals

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the launch of OED Appeals, a dedicated community space on the OED website where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to editors, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary

Saturday, October 06, 2012

New license plate encourages drivers to 'Support Kentucky's Libraries'

New license plate encourages drivers to 'Support Kentucky's Libraries'A new Kentucky license plate gives drivers the opportunity to show their support for libraries. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives Commissioner Wayne Onkst recently presented the "Support Kentucky's Libraries" license plate to Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear. "Kentucky's public libraries welcomed more than 20 million visitors last year who checked out more than 30 million books and other items," said Beshear. "It's clear that Kentuckians love their public libraries, and now they have another way to show their support." The new plate is available at any county clerk's office with a $25 application fee. At the time of issuance, an optional $10 can be paid to fund library science scholarships

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #214

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #214. "This week's episode features a chat with Dan Lynch of Sixgun Productions in Liverpool about changes in the UK library world relative to the UK government reviewing the possibility of e-book lending there. Madam Producer also discusses a new report by Freedom House about Internet Freedom in the context of this week being Banned Books Week". Previous Podcasts/Programs can be found here

American Archives Month 2012 (USA)

October is American Archives Month - an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists. There is strength in numbers, and our collective voice can be more powerful than individual voices when we set aside time each year to celebrate our collections

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 18

The Code4Lib Journal - Issue 18 is now available. The Code4Lib Journal exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future

Libri issue 62 (3) - September 2012 now available

Libri issue 62 (3) - September 2012 is now available

Massachusetts approves $41.8 million for library construction in eight communities (USA)

The state of Massachusetts has approved more than $41.8 million to build new libraries in eight Massachusetts communities, including Belmont, Scituate, Shrewsbury and Framingham. The grants by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners amount to roughly half of the cost of the new projects. The individual towns will have to pay the other half

New "Little Free Library" in Arlington, Virginia

New A new "Little Free Library" was recently installed on S. Edgewood Street, near Army Navy Country Club. The "library" is actually just an old crate - still labeled "Wisconsin cranberries" - with a glass door on the front, mounted on a stake in front of the Fairview Mews townhouses. Inside the crate are a number of books, mostly popular fiction from the likes of James Patterson, David Baldacci and Clive Cussler. In addition to popular novels, the library has previously stocked children's books, a baseball history book, and a book of poetry. Users of the library are encouraged to take a book while leaving one in its place, but it's all on the honor system: no key or library card is required

Friday, October 05, 2012

Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Edited by Richard KaplanBuilding and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians: Edited by Richard Kaplan. Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry and its effect on the library’s selection and budget process, this how-to provides a thorough treatment of collection development issues, including the selection process and development policies, the use of approval plans, patron-driven acquisition, and practical solutions for creating your e-book collection policies. Chapters on budgeting and licensing cover ownership versus leasing models, the differences in licensing options from the major publishers and aggregators including information on digital rights management, and strategies for success in retention, access, and budgeting

US Education Chief wants textbooks to go digital

Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. US Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Tuesday for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments. One of the most wired countries in the world, South Korea has set a goal to go fully digital with its textbooks by 2015

Maliaca Oxnam wins 2012 Library Connect Charleston Conference Award

Maliaca Oxnam, Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona, is the winner of the first annual Elsevier Library Connect Charleston Conference Award for first time presenters. A member of the University of Arizona Scholarly Publishing and Data Management Team, Oxnam was selected by committee in a blind judging for her session entitled "Moving Technical Reports Forward: New Roles for Libraries & Librarians"; she is one of four co-presenters. She may apply her $1,500 award to travel costs incurred to attend the 32nd Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, November 7-10, 2012

Facet Publishing release four new titles

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services, Emergency Planning and Response for Libraries, Archives and Museums, Building and Managing E-book Collections and Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections

E-News for ARL Directors - September 2012

E-News for ARL Directors - September 2012 is now available online from the Association of Research Libraries

ALA 2013 scholarship online application now available

The American Library Association has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year. The application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is March 1, 2013

BRILL becomes 100th publisher to participate in the CLOCKSS Archive

BRILL and the CLOCKSS Archive have announced that BRILL has become the 100th publisher to participate in the CLOCKSS Archive. BRILL will preserve their ejournals and ebooks in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. By archiving with CLOCKSS, BRILL has committed to the preservation of their ejournals and ebooks. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a "trigger event" and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time

IFLA Journal - October 2012

The October 2012 issue (38.3) of the IFLA Journal has been released

Film Forever - British Film Institute (UK)

Film Forever is the BFI's plan for 2012-2017. It covers all BFI activity and will be funded by Grant in Aid from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and an anticipated increased share of National Lottery receipts, as well as relying on growth in our earned income including fundraising and new entrepreneurial activity

OCLC to expand Geek the Library campaign to more libraries with increased support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Geek the Library, OCLC's community awareness campaign designed to highlight the value of public libraries, has received $1,924,883 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to extend participation in the program to 1,000 additional libraries through June 2015. The funding allows increased emphasis on library staff planning and implementation of the program, and will help staff build on the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates for libraries in their communities

Cancer Medicine publishes its second issue

Cancer Medicine has now published Issue 1:2. The journal brings together articles on a range of oncology specialties, covering cancer biology, clinical cancer research and cancer prevention, with authors from across the globe

Blues master, Duke Robillard, to play library fundraiser

Local music lovers have the chance to see a blues master and support the Killaloe and District Public Library, Canada, when Grammy Award-winner Duke Robillard comes to Killaloe Thursday, October 11. Robillard has toured and recorded with music legends such as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and is known for his versatility. Jim Jones of Zapp Productions, who is bringing him to Killaloe, said, "[He is] definitely the most accomplished player I have had up here." Robillard founded Roomful of Blues in the late 1960s - a band that was good enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, on record and in live appearances. That band gave Robillard his first exposure to a wide public

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Cites & Insights 12:10 (November 2012)

Cites & Insights 12:10 (November 2012) is now available for downloading. Edited and published by Walt Crawford

Europ.in - for Europeana content

Europ.in is a service for visual discovery and exploration of Europeana content. It starts with a simple search screen:

* Enter search keywords and watch as images from Europeana appear before your eyes in a continuous stream
* The item view shows detailed information about the image along with social sharing buttons and a link to this item on Europeana
* Share the image with friends using "Pin It" and "Facebook Like" buttons

The British Library exhibits Jack Kerouac’s 120-foot long On the Road manuscript scroll in London for the first time

The British Library is delighted to host Jack Kerouac's 120-foot manuscript scroll of On the Road in London for the first time as part of a new exhibition. On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Manuscript Scroll explores the development of the novel that defined the Beat Generation and has become a classic of post-war American literature. The exhibition relaunches the Library's Folio Society Gallery, which has been home to British Library exhibitions including The Worlds of Mervyn Peake and A Hankering after Ghosts: Charles Dickens and the Supernatural

North American library patrons set to get access to FastPencil’s self-publishing platform

Library patrons across the US will soon get access to FastPencil's self-publishing tools. This is the result of a partnership with Auto-Graphics, a 62-year-old B2B company that provides over 5,500 North American libraries with management and search tools. Following the deal, FastPencil's service is due to roll out in a select group of state-level libraries, with which Auto-Graphics is reportedly in final negotiations. Over time, library members of all libraries working with Auto-Graphics will have the ability to use FastPencil's engine to publish and distribute books

Top 1,000 interlibrary loan requests (OCLC)

OCLC has mined data collected through use of the WorldCat Resource Sharing service to provide member libraries with lists of the most-requested monographs and journal titles requested through the service. The lists show the most-requested monographs (books) and journal titles (articles) requested via OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing over a one-year period, from 1 July 2011 through 30 June 2012. The Excel spreadsheets of the top 1,000 titles for each format type include the OCLC record number, the title, and the number of request for the item and the OCLC number of the requested item