Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Institute of Physics Journals change publisher

Dear Subscriber,

I am writing to inform you that the following four Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP) journals have been acquired by Taylor & Francis plc effective December 30, 2004:

* Waves in Random Media
* Network: Computation in Neural Systems
* Combustion Theory and Modelling
* Journal of Turbulence

IOP will continue to publish the journals throughout 2004 and will fulfill all remaining content. Taylor & Francis will assume responsibility beginning in January of 2005, and will contact all subscribers in due course with subscription and access information. IOP customers (including consortia) who have purchased permanent rights to access these journals will retain those rights, which will be fulfilled by IOP.

For further information please visit http://ej.iop.org/pdf/tandf.pdf.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen M. Moss
Vice President
Institute of Physics Publishing

Monday, July 26, 2004

Updates to Early English Books Online

The latest release of EEBO is now available. Among the new features:

* More than 800 items from the unique collection of political tracts, broadsides and newspapers amassed by George Thomason (d. 1666) between the outbreak of the English Civil War and the Restoration in 1660.

* Many issues from the 400 periodicals that will be added later this year. A browsable list of all of the periodicals is available from What's New.

* New searchable keyed texts from the TCP, for a total of more than 6,100 for TCP members.

Advance Notice of New Products

We usually don't announce new products until they hit the catalogue. But I thought, since many folks are working on their instruction for the fall, it would be a good idea to give advance notice of the following. Both are newly available through the TAL Universal Core.

Canadian Literary Centre
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The Canadian Literary Centre consists of book and reference content from Essays on Canadian Writing Press (ECW Press).

ECW Press also provides several individual monographs and biographies, essays and literary criticism. The database includes book reviews, essays, author biographies, and much more.

Canadian Literary Centre features full text sources such as Canadian Fiction Studies, Canadian Biography Series, Canadian Writers and Their Works (Poetry and Fiction Series), ECW's Biographical Guide to Canadian Novelists, ECW's Guide to Canadian Poets, George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Fiction, George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Poetry, The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors, Essays on Canadian Writing (1974-present), Books in Canada (1971-present), Quill & Quire (1996-present), Textual Studies in Canada, University of Toronto Quarterly (1975-present), and many more.

This database is updated on a daily basis.

Canadian Reference Centre

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Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers & newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K.) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; 84,606 full text biographies and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Canadian Reference Centre provides full text information for over 150 Canadian periodicals and over 400 international periodicals. Examples of titles offered in Canadian Reference Centre include: Macleans, Beautiful British Columbia, Beaver, Canadian Economic Observer, Canadian Geographic, CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canadian Banker, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and many more.

This database also contains over 30 Canadian and international newspapers including Toronto Star, Canadian Associated Presse, Guelph Mercury, The Worldpaper, and others. In addition, this database provides over 20 Canadian reference books and 100 international reference books. This database is updated on a daily basis.

New x refer content

New! Dynamic, Customizable Data Tables
xrefer has integrated the CIA World Factbook adding interactive and exportable data tables to enrich the content.

With over 130 data fields to choose from, users can design their own research with data tables that can be customized, exported and charted.

Native Title Infobase

The Native Title Infobase includes selected material commencing from 1839 to the present day and covers all aspects of native title. It gives reference to Australian material including journal articles, book chapters, books, conference papers, reports and press clippings. It also includes relevant material from other jurisdictions such as New Zealand, United States, Canada, Africa and Asia

Search and Cluster the 9/11 Commission Final Report with Vivisimo

Keyword search the entire 500+ page document and then review the first 200 matching paragraphs in browsable folders.

Interesting use of Vivisimo to create "on the fly" indexing of a large text.

-from ResourceShelf

CSA Releases New Bibliography Tool

CSA database now include an option to format citations into a bibliography. Of course, these are citations derived from a CSA database search--you can't import citations from other products. You can however save in different formats--word, rtf, etc.

QuikBib is an option available once you choose to save/print/email records.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

New Product-->Cambridge Journals Online

Individual journal titles will be added to the catalogue with the next update of Serials Solutions.

About Cambridge Journals Online

Welcome to Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), providing full text for over one hundred journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This newly upgraded system includes:
* A procedure by which registered individuals can receive alerts regarding articles of interest as well as tables of contents for journals of interest
* Simultaneous full-text access for all journals subscribed to by a given institution, regardless of whether individuals at the institution choose to register on the site
* Reference linking via CrossRef and Medline where applicable

-from the web site

New Report--House of Commons - Science and Technology

Substantial report on hearings held by the British House of Commons on the cost of information and open access.

Article-->The educated blogger

This paper explores the role of weblogs or "blogs" in classroom settings. Blogs, which resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self–expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built, provide an excellent opportunity for educators to advance literacy through storytelling and dialogue. This paper explores the importance of literacy and storytelling in learning, and then juxtaposes these concepts with the features of blogs. The paper also reviews examples of blogs in practice

EBSCO takes on more Wilson Databases

EBSCO now carries the following Wilson databases (* indicates we have the index through Wilson). Let me know if you are interested in pricing out a switch to EBSCO.

-Applied Science & Technology Abstracts*
-Art Abstracts*
-Art Index Retrospective*
-Biological & Agricultural Index
-Book Review Digest
-Current Biography Illustrated
-Education Abstracts
-Essay and General Literature Index
-General Science Abstracts
-Humanities Abstracts*
-Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
-Library Literature & Information Science
-Readers' Guide Abstracts
-Social Sciences Abstracts*
-Short Story Index
-Wilson Biographies Illustrated

Monday, July 19, 2004

Interesting Site-->E-LIS - Welcome to Eprints for LIS

"E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related application activities. E-LIS archive's goal is to promote communication in this field by the rapid dissemination of papers."

-from ResourceShelf

Interesting Site-->Political Science Research Guide by Richard Jensen July 2004

Interesting Site-->Ethics Updates Home Page

"Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics."

-from ResourceShelf

xrefer - news & events

Collins World Atlas Gazetteer Added to xreferplus
Comprehensive modern atlas joins online reference library

Texas Instruments helps Vatican Library keep track of books

"The Vatican Library in Rome, Italy, has adopted Texas Instruments Corp.'s 13.56 MHz, ISO 15693 radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to identify and manage its extensive two-million volume collection, Dallas-based TI said Friday...."

-Dallas Business Journal

More on RFID
Australian IT - RFID opens library's new chapter (Kelly Mills, JULY 20, 2004)

SAA: Statement on the Renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act (July 15, 2004)

"We support the position of the American Library Association and other groups from the archives, library, history, and records management communities that have expressed reservations about the extent to which the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (the USA PATRIOT Act) impinges on the privacy rights of American citizens ...."

-from ResourceShelf

Reading-->The changing role of librarians and the online learning environment

"The online teaching and learning environment arising in response to the need for distance and flexible education provides new opportunities for librarians to work with students to develop their information literacy skills. At the University of Waikato librarians are included as information coaches in the virtual classroom for several online courses. Their role is to provide students with guidance in the processes underlying tertiary learning. The collaborative relationship between students, teacher and librarian in this new environment provides students
with a greater understanding of how the research (or assignment) process works. An
understanding of this process is essential for the transfer of learning from one situation to another.

Information coaches have access to the coursework, the readings and class discussions, thus giving them a better understanding of students’ academic requirements. In the traditional oncampus,lecture-dominated environment, library staff would need to attend all course lectures and tutorials to gain a comparable understanding. This paper discusses the changing role of librarians in the online environment and the benefits for students after twelve months of courseintegrated
information coaching at the University of Waikato"



"This website is a continuation of the three print bibliographies on library services for distance learning:

* Slade, Alexander L. and Marie A. Kascus. Library Services for Open and Distance Learning: The Third Annotated Bibliography. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000. ISBN 1-56308-745-6.

* Slade, Alexander L. and Marie A. Kascus. Library Services for Off-Campus and Distance Education: The Second Annotated Bibliography. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1996. ISBN 1-56308-465-1.

* Latham, Sheila, Alexander L. Slade, and Carol Budnick. Library Services for Off-Campus and Distance Education: An Annotated Bibliography. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association; London: Library Association Publishing Limited; Chicago: American Library Association, 1991. ISBN 0-88802-257-3."

-from ResourceShelf

Friday, July 16, 2004

Interesting Site-->CSB.DB: A Comprehensive Systems-Biology Database

" The Comprehensive Systems-Biology Database (CSB.DB), hosted at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany, provides results of biostatistical analyses on numeric gene expression data associated with current biological knowledge."

-from Open Access Archive

Interesting Site-->Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

In 1953, the Abraham Lincoln Association published The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, a multi-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence, speeches, and other writings.

Roy P. Basler and his editorial staff, with the continued support of the association, spent five years transcribing and annotating Lincoln's papers. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln represented the first major scholarly effort to collect and publish the complete writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the edition has remained an invaluable resource to Lincoln scholars.

Through the efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the edition is now available in electronicform.

-from ResourceShelf

Library Journal - The Class of 1988

Overview of status of "mid-career" librarians. Sigh.

According to this I'm a loyalist--which might surprise some. Of course we all know what happened to the loyalists.

-from ResourceShelf

LibEcon - International Library Economics Research Study

An updated version of the Millennium Study, international library statistics - trends and commentary based on the Libecon data' has been released using data up to 2001.

Includes Canadian data.

-from ResourceShelf

Thursday, July 15, 2004

New Books for Archives, Libraries, Museums

Imagining archives : essays and reflections by Hugh A. Taylor ~ edited by Terry Cook and Gordon Dodds
CD950 .T383 2003 5LT

Documenting a province : the Archives of Ontario at 100 = Chronique d'une province : le centenaire des Archives publiques de l'Ontario
CD3645 .O65 D63 2003 5LT

Five hundred years of book design ~ Alan Bartram
Z116 .A3 B37 2001 10LT

The uses of script and print, 1300-1700 ~ edited by Julia Crick and Alexandra Walsham
Z151 .U84 2004 10LT

Online usage statistics : a publisher' guide ~ edited by Bernard Rous
Z286 .E43 O65 2004 10LT

The British book trade and Spanish American independence : education and knowledge transmission of knowledge in transcontinental perspective ~ Eugenia Roldan Vera
Z325 .R89 R65 2003 10LT

Beauty and the book : fine editions and cultural distinction in America ~ Megan L. Benton
Z479 .B46 2000 10LT

Publications management : essays for professional communicators ~ edited by O. Jane Allen and Lynn H. Deming
Z479 .P83 1994 BLB

Humanizing information technology ~ Julian Warner
Z665 .W37 2004 10LT

Net effects : how librarians can manage the unintended consequences of the Internet ~ edited by Marylaine Block
Z674.75 .I58 N48 2003 10LT

Library off-site shelving : guide for high-density facilities ~ Danuta A. Nitecki, Curtis L. Kendrick, editors
Z675 .S75 L53 2001 10LT

The library's continuous improvement fieldbook : 29 ready-to-use tools ~ Sara Laughlin, Denise Sisco Shockley, Ray Wilson
Z678 .L63 2003 10LT

Empowering your library : a guide to improving service, productivity, and participation ~ Connie Christopher
Z682 .C53 2003 10LT

A history of online information services, 1963-1976 ~ Charles P. Bourne and Truci Bellardo Hahn
Z699 .B668 2003 10LT

Language modeling for information retrieval ~ edited by W. Bruce Croft and John Lafferty
Z699.3 .L36 2003 10LT

Emergency response and salvage wheel. [chart] ~ produced by the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property in cooperation with the National Task Force on Emergency Response
Z701 .N38 1997 10LT

Assessing preservation needs : a self-survey guide ~ Beth Patkus
Z701 .P37 2003 10LT

Library anxiety : theory, research, and applications ~ Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Qun G. Jiao, Sharon L. Bostick
Z711 .O59 2004 10LT

Developing web-based instruction : planning, designing, managing, and evaluating for results ~ edited by Elizabeth A. Dupuis
Z711.2 .D48 2003 10LT

Libraries, community, and technology ~ by Andy Barnett
Z716.4 .B27 2002 10LT

The Future of the book ~ edited by Geoffrey Nunberg ; with an afterword by Umberto Eco
Z1003 .F88 1996 10LT

Digital library use : social practice in design and evaluation ~ edited by Ann Peterson Bishop, Nancy A. Van House, and Barbara P. Buttenfield
ZA4080 .D54 2003 10LT

Museumwise : workplace words defined ~ compiled and edited by Paisley S. Cato, Julia Golden, Suzanne B. McLaren
AM3 .M87 2003 3LT

Grasping the world : the idea of the museum ~ edited by Donald Preziosi and Claire Farago
AM7 .G64 2004 3LT

Museum studies : an anthology of contexts ~ edited by Bettina Messias Carbonell
AM7 .M867 2004 4LT-TEMP

Museum visits and activities for family life enrichment ~ Barbara H. Butler, Marvin B. Sussman, editors
AM7 .M87224 1989 3LT

Just who do your customers think you are? : a guide to branding your organization ~ by Jennifer Deutsch and Tamara Real
AM124 .D48 2002 3LT

Acts of possession : collecting in America ~ edited by Leah Dilworth
AM303 .A28 2003 3LT

The two art histories : the museum and the university ~ edited by Charles W. Haxthausen
N380 .C53 1999 8LT

Researching visual arts education in museums and galleries : an international reader ~ edited by Maria Xanthoudaki, Les Tickle, and Veronica Sekules
N430 .R47 2003 8LT

Whose muse? : art museums and the public trust ~ edited by James Cuno ; with essays by James Cuno ... [et al.]
N430 .W46 2004

Leading with passion : change management in the 21st-century museum ~ Sherene Suchy
N470 .S83 2004

New Books For April and May

Books catalogued in April and May.

Anthropology,Folklore, Costume
Art & Architecture
Computer Science
Economics & Business
Forestry & Agriculture
General Science, Astronomy,Physics, Mathematics
Geography, Environmental Science, Geology
Health & Medicine (Mackimmie Library)
Health & Medicine (Health Sciences Library)
Life Science
Linguistics,Communication, Languages, Performing Arts, Media & Literature
Military Studies
Music & Audio
Philosophy & Religion
Political Science & International Relations
Social Science General, Sociology, Social Welfare
Sport, Recreation,Dance
Technology & Engineering

Complete List in Excel Format (Very Big)

Interesting Site--->PubHub

"Welcome to PubHub: A Repository of Foundation-Sponsored Reports
Starting with the arts — and eventually including the full scope of philanthropic activity in the United States — librarians and editors at the Foundation Center have identified and provided annotated links to electronic versions of reports and issue briefs created by or with foundation resources. PubHub can be searched by keyword or browsed by publication year and organization using the tools provided for that purpose. Project updates and new additions to the repository will be listed on a regular basis below."

-from ResourceShelf

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

New JSTOR Titles

American Indian Quarterly (Arts & Sciences Complement)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 22, no. 4 (1974-1998)

The American Journal of Police Science (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 3, no. 2, (1930–1932)

Comparative Education Review (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 45, no. 4 (1957-2001)

Criminal Science Monographs (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: No. 1 – No. 4 (1915–1923)

Imago Mundi (Arts & Sciences Complement)
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 54 (1935–2002)

The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 91, no. 1

The Journal of Economic Education (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 29, no. 4 (Autumn, 1969 – Autumn, 1998)

Law and Contemporary Problems (Arts & Sciences IV Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 61, no. 4 (1933–1998)

Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science (Arts & Sciences Complement)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 38, no. 2 (1910-1991)

Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (Arts & Sciences Complement)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 - Vol. 142, no. 4 (1838–1998)

Technology and Culture (Arts & Sciences Complement)
New Content: Vol. 1, no. 1 – Vol. 39, no. 4 (1959–1998)

Winterthur Portfolio (Arts & Sciences III Collection)
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 36, no. 4 (1964-2001)

Article on Librarians and Scholarship

Supporting a Culture of Scholarship for Academic Librarians

Sample Full Text Products Brochure for comment

Please send along any comments.

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WorldCat records in Google and Yahoo

As a follow up to Saundra's message, Resource Shelf has an article about this Two Million Open Worldcat Records Hit the Yahoo Database

Jennifer's comments on the New WOS Interface

I just had a quick look at the new upgrades for Web of Science, and some of them are pretty neat. My favourites:

1. Citation alerts - track specific articles so that you get an e-mail alert when they are cited. Great for the annual report.

2. The Related Records feature now tells you how many citations a paper has in common with the original paper AND tells you which ones they are too.

3. A wee "Change settings" button near the top right that allows one to toggle open/close the database choices. No more having to go back to the home page to select the index or years.

We can now group results by things like institution (though it doesn't go down to departmental level) or author. There are also a few new indexes where you can just click to add search terms. Plus, the navigation is a lot easier too!

One minus: there's a lot less purple on the site now. They've gone with beige! :) At first glance it does look very different although the functions are still more or less where they used to be.
Also for those of us still using/unwilling to let go of older versions of Netscape, here's another product that needs IE or newer Netscape versions.


Floridian: The secret lives of books

News article on all the cool things people find in used books--including bacon!

-from ResourceShelf


"Understanding Metadata is a revision and expansion of Metadata Made Simpler: A guide for libraries published by NISO Press in 2001. NISO Press extends its thanks and appreciation to Rebecca Guenther and Jacqueline Radebaugh, staff members in the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office, for sharing their expertise and contributing to this publication."

-from ResourceShelf

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Reading At Risk

"Reading at Risk is not a report that the National Endowment for the Arts is happy to issue. This comprehensive survey of American literary reading presents a detailed but bleak assessment of the decline of reading’s role in the nation’s culture. For the first time in modern history, less than half of the adult population now reads literature, and these trends reflect a larger decline in other sorts of reading. Anyone who loves literature or values the cultural, intellectual, and political importance of active and engaged literacy in American society will respond to this report with grave concern.

Overview news item on this report The Chronicle: Daily news: 07/09/2004 -- 01

-from ResourceShelf

University of Alberta Uses Blog for Current Library News


Two new (okay, new to me) web based technologies for keeping uptodate and for managing links to resources. Thanks to Paul Pival and Vivian Stieda for getting me started on these. Try them out for yourself and get a feel for how this technology could affect researchers.

Maybe if there was enough interest we could even sponsor a library session? You can let me know you are interested by adding a comment to the end of this message.

Also called aggregators, these applications are used to keep track of updates on information sources such as blogs.

Of interest to libraries is Ingenta's move to allow RSS tracking of journals--by choosing this service a researcher can keep track of new tables of contents pages, basically an alerting service. More info on this at Resource Shelf.

Paul pointed me to bloglines, a site that allows one to set up a free RSS account.

I'd never heard of this one until Vivian sent me a note.

A FURL is a way of centrally locating your booksmarks, and creating an archive of searchable web pages. You can sign up for an account on their web page http://www.furl.net/index.jsp

"Furl is dedicated to making it easy for users to archive, recall, share, and discover useful information on the Web. With a couple clicks, Furl will archive any page. You can easily find it by browsing your personal directory of web pages or by using the full text search that only searches pages you've archived. It's like having your own Google.

Not just limited to archiving pages, Furl also gives you the best ways to share content. Furl makes it easy for your friends to decide which categories of links they are interested in and receive a daily "newsletter" of links. Furl also generates RSS feeds for your links and makes it simple for you to integrate this content into an existing website. "

I tried this with science direct, and was able to bookmark an article, but sadly not to save the entire text in my FURL account. Still, it looks like a great way to centrally manage and store cool articles and web pages.

-what if the FURL site goes out of business or starts charging, will my archive be lost? -what about the privacy of my links?

Makes creating this kind of service locally seem quite attractive n'est pas?

Let me know what you think.

American Psychological Association Launches New Databases

American Psychological Association Launches New Databases

The initial release of PsycBOOKS will include over 600 books, with more than 10,000 individual chapters, published by APA and over 1,500 entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology, co-published by APA and Oxford University Press, as well as a selection of archival books from other publishers. The file will also be released at that time for loading by other vendors.

The PsycCRITIQUES database of book reviews in psychology will replace APA’s bimonthly print journal, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. According to Beebe, it will provide major enhancements, very current reviews, and much more content. The migration to electronic will take place between September 2004, when the database goes live, and December 2004, when the final print issue will be published.

APA also announced the offering of extended free trials, through Sept. 30, 2004, of the PsycEXTRA gray literature database on APA’s PsycNET search system. PsycEXTRA will also soon be available via EBSCOhost. PsycEXTRA is a database of the “gray literature” in psychology and related behavioral fields, providing access to relevant material published outside traditional peer-reviewed journals or scholarly books.

In addition to abstracts, citations, and full indexing, PsycEXTRA also includes full text for many of the records. Beebe said it currently includes about 43,000 documents comprising about 100,000 pages of full text. By fall there should be 50,000 to 60,000 documents.

-from InfoToday

Monday, July 12, 2004

Project MUSE-->New Journals

Two new journals:

Southeastern Geographer
The Southeastern Geographer is a biannual publication of the Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers. The journal has published the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961. Peer-reviewed articles and essays are published along with book reviews, organization and conference reports, and commentaries. The journal welcomes manuscripts on any geographical subject as long as it reflects sound scholarship and contains significant contributions to geographical understanding.

History Workshop Journal
Since its launch in 1976, History Workshop Journal has become one of the world's leading historical journals. Its cutting-edge scholarship, accessible writing, and lively engagement with contemporary concerns continues to win it widespread acclaim from both academic and general audiences.

ERIC Full Text Documents

"On October 1, 2004, ERIC will introduce, for the first time, free-of-charge full-text non-journal ERIC resources. These materials include more than 105,000 full-text documents authorized for electronic ERIC distribution during 1993 - July 2004, previously sold through E*Subscribe from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS). EDRS, which also sells the ERIC microfiche, is scheduled to shut down operations on September 30, 2004."

-more info at Resourceshelf

Web Of Science Upgrade

The WOS interface has been upgraded, more details at