Friday, October 29, 2004

Internet visits count as trips to the library

Kablenet article

Short note regarding new public library standards in Europe.

The British Library - Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books

The British Library - Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books

Use this website to search and view information and images from one of the world's most comprehensive collections of photographically illustrated books and texts in many languages relating to the history and development of photography, from 1839 to 1914.

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Discussion of Lancet's publication of later discredited article on cause of autism

spiked-health | Article | MMR: 'A reparation, of sorts'

"Lancet editor Richard Horton's new book on the MMR debacle doesn't explain why he published Andrew Wakefield's flawed research in the first place."

Thursday, October 28, 2004

STLQ: PGM (Platinum Group Metals) Database Now Available

PGM (Platinum Group Metals) Database

The PGM Database is now live. This database comprises the most comprehensive collection of physical, mechanical and chemical data for the platinum group metals (platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium) and their alloys.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

More on upcoming changes to Cambridge Interface

CSA is in the final stages of preparing to release our new online platform, CSA Illumina. The service, which will replace the existing CSA Internet Database Service, features a totally new user interface as well as enhanced search capabilities.

CSA has received a great deal of valuable feedback from users accessing the preview version of CSA Illumina . We are fine-tuning certain features on the CSA Illumina service as a result of the feedback.

In mid-November we will officially release the CSA Illumina service. It will be available in parallel with the current Internet Database Service (IDS) platform and administrators may switch their institutions' accounts to the new CSA Illumina service at this time, should they wish to do so. The IDS platform will be phased out at the end of January 2005.

The transition to the new interface will be seamsless for the user. Login links, usernames and passwords, and database availability will remain the same on CSA Illumina as on IDS. If you need a reminder of your username and password, please contact; if you have any technical questions about the transition, please do not hesitate to contact

We will send subsequent messages to advise you of the specific dates when CSA Illumina is available.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Impact of changes to ISBN

Get Ready for the New ISBN! - National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Site includes the following FAQ and links to other resources.

How will I order books when I only know the 10-digit ISBN?

Data processing systems in the book distribution and supply chain will convert to carry 13-digit ISBNs for all items in their catalogs by 2007. Because customers, including libraries, will have books or bibliographic records that carry only the original 10-digit ISBN it is anticipated that for the foreseeable future these systems will need to accept queries with either 10- or 13-digit ISBNs for the older materials. Queries with 10-digit ISBNs can be algorithmically converted to their 13-digit equivalent in the search process. For communication with legacy data, it is also possible to convert a 13-digit ISBN beginning with “978” to a 10-digit ISBN. However, the presence of “978” at the beginning of an ISBN will not guarantee that the ISBN was ever issued as a 10-digit number: some ISBNs with prefix 978 will be created after 2007 because publishers will continue to use the ISBNs that have been assigned to them previously until all have been used.

Will I have to switch to using 13-digit ISBNs for searches in my library database?

Library systems will face the problem of potentially having a database with ISBNs of different lengths. A librarian with a book in hand with a 10-digit ISBN will not know if the database record has a 10-digit or 13-digit number. Because the conversion of the 10-digit ISBN to 13 digits requires a re-calculation of the check digit, this must be a system function, not a user function. Whether library system databases covert the legacy ISBNs in their indexes to 13 digits or not, to provide successful searching they will have to be able to retrieve the ISBN using either its 10-digit or 13-digit format.

What are library vendors planning and when will we see changes?

To date, library vendors have not announced their plans for meeting the 2007 conversion deadline for input, validation, and searching on 13-digit ISBNs. In the meanwhile, records will be issued by the Library of Congress, the British Library, and the Library and Archives Canada with both 13-digit and 10-digit ISBNs in the 020 (ISBN) field, qualified respectively as ISBN-13 and ISBN-10. NISO will continue to coordinate discussions in the library vendor community as this transition takes place.

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Good Web Site--->Policybot link to free-market think tanks

The Heartland Institute

PolicyBot is the Internet's most extensive clearing-
house for the work of free-market think tanks, with more than 12,500 studies and commentaries from over 350 think tanks and advocacy groups.

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Friday, October 22, 2004

Project Muse Journal----The Canadian Journal of Linguistics

The Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La revue canadienne de linguistique

The Canadian Journal of Linguistics publishes articles in linguistics in both English and French. The articles deal with linguistic theory, linguistic description of English, French and a variety of other natural languages, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition, and other areas of interest to linguists. The journal also includes reviews of recent books in linguistics.

For more information about the journal:

ProQuest Interface Changes

Go to the link for the whole story

The Three Stages of library search

CILIP | Guest column: The Three Stages of library search

A very brief review of where library search products/strategies may be evolving.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

New Journal--->Systems Biology

IEE launched a new interdisciplinary journal at mid-year, Systems Biology .

The new title is now available in IEEE Xplore for subscribers to the IEL package.

Free access to RLG catalogue

1-2-3 RedLightGreen

What happens when you take a massive database of bibliographic descriptions and redesign it for the Web, not just as a resource for librarians, but as a tool for students and the public at large? That’s the idea behind RLG’s RedLightGreenSM.

RLG’s largest bibliographic database has been reinvented as an online information service, accessible over the open Web. It helps undergraduates and other researchers zero in on the most authoritative, useful sources of information—with the kind of interface and usability expected by Web-savvy students.

-from STLQ

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New Issue of Information Research

A New Issue of Information Research is Now Online (Vol. 10 No.1, Oct. 2004)

This issues includes papers presented at ISIC 2004: the 5th Information Seeking in Context Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 1-3 September, 2004

Papers include:
+ Information behaviour that keeps found things found
+ Choosing people: the role of social capital in information seeking behaviour
+ A new model of information behaviour based on the Search Situation Transition schema.
+ From information behaviour research to the design of information systems: the Cognitive Work Analysis framework
+ Talking about the problem: a content analysis of pre-search interviews

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Even more Information Literacy tools from the UK

The latest from the Resource Discovery Network
October 2004

We bring you a round-up of the latest news from all the Resource Discovery
Network services. HTML and colour PDF versions of the full newsletter are
available at


A new Social Science Online seminar series has just been announced, building
on the successful events run last year by SOSIG, with a focus on Internet
research skills.


Artifact is our guide to the best of the web in the arts and creative
industries and describes over 4,000 high quality web sites for architecture,
communications and media, design, fashion and beauty, performing arts and
visual arts.


BIOME, the RDN's free service for accessing web resources in the Health and
Life Sciences, now contains details of well over 25,000 high quality
Internet resources.


Humbul has produced its first subject booklet, Internet Resources for
English, which lists a wide range of useful online resources for English


.... with Sport & Leisure Index, a searchable database of over 42,000
references to articles from journals and magazines covering the many
different aspects of sport, physical activity and leisure studies available
from Altis.


Five new tutorials are now being developed specifically with adult and
community learners in mind.

We hope you will find this information useful. Please let us know if you
have any questions or comments - we welcome your feedback.


Alison Murphy, RDN Executive, MIMAS, Manchester Computing,
University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

tel: 0161 275 0620
fax: 0161 275 6040

Friday, October 15, 2004

New Muse Journal--->Journal of Latin American Geography

Journal of Latin American Geography

The Journal of Latin American Geography (JLAG) will publish original geographical and interdisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean. The University of Texas Press will publish and distribute the journal with two issues of scholarly papers and book reviews annually. The journal is published by the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG), established in 1970 to foster geographic education and research on Latin America through conferences and publications. The Journal of Latin American Geography will continue and expand the tradition of the annual CLAG Yearbook which has published a selection of peer-reviewed papers by distinguished geographers and other scholars for more than 20 years. The editor will work with an international editorial board to promote the publication of original, high quality, and refereed manuscripts that represent the broad spectrum of geographic perspectives on and from the region.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

JSTOR new titles

American Journal of Agricultural Economics
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 80 (1919–1998)

The American Journal of Theology
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 24 (1897–1920)

New Content: No. 1 – No. 41 (1986–2000)

Michigan Law Review
New Content: Vol. 1 – Vol. 99, No. 3 (1902–2000)

Oxford University Press Signs Archiving Agreement with Netherlands National Library

To: OUP Journals Library E-Mail List

Oxford University Press and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek sign Archiving Agreement
October 13, 2004

Long-term accessibility of Oxford Journals' archive is assured

The Hague, October 13th, 2004 -
Today, Martin Richardson, Managing Director of Oxford Journals, a Division of OUP, and Wim van Drimmelen, Director General of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, signed an agreement securing long-term digital archiving of Oxford Journals' entire collection. Under the terms of this agreement the KB will receive digital copies of all current and digitized back-archive journal issues made available on the Oxford Journals online platform, and with the agreement of the journal owners where they are not owned by OUP ( This would include 184 scholarly journals spanning the academic spectrum from humanities to science.

"This is an important agreement for Oxford Journals," commented Richardson. "Being able to guarantee secure, long-term preservation of everything that we publish online is a key requirement for us as well as for our authors and readers. In addition to continuing to maintain our own repository, it is our responsibility as part of the academic community to ensure that multiple copies of our digital archives are preserved for use by future generations. We are delighted to be collaborating with the KB, which has made a major contribution to the long-term archiving of digital collections.''

In 1994, the KB decided to include electronic publications in its depository collection. Since then, research and development on long-term digital archiving has been a top priority for the KB, who have worked in close collaboration with IBM to develop an electronic deposit system (e Depot). This was implemented in December 2002 and was the first such system to be owned by a national library.

"For everybody involved in research and the communication of research results - authors, researchers, librarians and publishers alike - this agreement should be viewed as yet another step forward in securing permanence of the records of scholarly research", commented Wim van Drimmelen. "The KB have signed similar agreements with several major publishers and hopes to work with others in the future."

The KB will provide on site access to the Oxford Journals Collection to all who come to the library and are permitted access to the library's collections. In addition, should there be a major interruption to the service offered on the Oxford Journals online platform, the KB would be part of the interim service system.

New Product Announcement--->Hospitality and Tourism Index

Hospitality & tourism index
Bibliographic database providing access to scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. Combines the records of three collections: Cornell University's former Hospitality database (previously unavailable for public use), Articles in hospitality and tourism, and the Lodging, restaurant & tourism index.

New Product Announcement--->Health Source Consumer Edition

Health Source Consumer Edition
This database provides full text for nearly 300 consumer health periodicals, nearly 1,100 health-related pamphlets, 135 health reference books, and more than 4,500 Clinical Reference Systems reports, as well as indexing and abstracts for more than 300 periodicals. Also includes Stedman's medical dictionary. In addition, this database includes Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs. Full text coverage dates back as far as 1985.

New Product Announcement--->Canadian Reference Centre

Canadian Reference Centre

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; 82,968 full text biographies and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Provides full text information for over 150 Canadian periodicals and over 400 international periodicals.

New Product Announcement--->Canadian Literary Centre

Canadian Literary Centre

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.

columbia earthscape--->try this product out

columbia earthscape

If you have responsibilities in a subject that deal with environmental/earth science topics than I encourage you to give this product a try. The link above will take you to a description of new content and changes over the summer.

This month at columbia earthscape we publish a new batch of reports about water ecosystems. The Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy provides a comprehensive review of policy regarding oceans and recommendations for future reform. Reports from government and non-profit organizations highlight challenges such as invasive species, pollution, global warming, and natural disasters to the world's saltwater and the freshwater environments. Visit the newly updated Hydrosphere section of columbia earthscape's course content for even more content for use in the classroom.

Also, this summer we've revamped the search engine. We invite you to test out the added functionality. New features of search include the ability to search by subject, by region and by publication format. The subject list covers everything from agriculture to oceans.

Online tool that will compare search engines--good for library instruction?

Try this out, it allows you to compare hits and shows what google is missing


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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

WorldCat heading to the Open Web

All of OCLC’s WorldCat Heading Toward the Open Web

Excited by the “resounding success” of the Open WorldCat pilot program, the management of OCLC, the world’s largest library vendor, has decided to open the entire collection of 53.3 million items connected to 928.6 million library holdings for “harvesting” by Google and Yahoo! Search.

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Combined Search engine for Amazon/The Web Home Page

This site combines web searching with Amazon's "search inside the book" function. Part of a general trend for web engines to search the "deep web".

Related is the ResearchBuzz tool for searching full text in Google

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Subject Guides for Physical Science/Geog/Env from the UK

Dear Colleague,

...Each Pack comprises a list of up to 10 websites that will provide useful, detailed, high quality information in the specific topic covered and at the appropriate level. Included are tutorials, lecture notes, case studies, etc. that can be used immediately.

The Packs may be accessed at:

UofT first to license SCOPUS


SCOPUS is the new index from Elsevier. I anticipate great demand for it once its released, and it is an example of the type of new product we aren't going to be buying unless we get re-investment in the book budget.

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New Web sites of Interest--Financial Data

FRASER * Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research

St. Louis Fed: Economic Data - FRED II

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All sorts of articles on LibQual

Journal of Library Administration

Friday, October 01, 2004

Update on ERIC

New ERIC Database
A redesigned system opened to the public with access the existing ERIC bibliographic database (1966-2004).

This also has accesss to ERIC documents--this marks the end of E*subscribe, full text documents are now available through the ERIC interface above.

At this point SFX does not support linking through to documents in the New ERIC. Students are sent to a re-direct page that will take them to the New ERIC, but not directly to the document.

Embedded (non SFX) links to documents still worked in Ovid/Silverplatter and OCLC versions of ERIC.

ERIC will begin adding new bibliographic records and full-text journal and non-journal resources from 2004.

Newly indexed materials that are not available free-of-charge will be made accessible through database links to commercial sources.

Website--->CIA - The World Factbook

A reminder of this product which is now regularly updated.

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