Editorial note:

This section contains items culled from various Internet news services, discussion lists and other announcements.  Unless specifically noted, I have not visited the sites, used any of the software, reviewed the literature, or written the news items.  I present this digest to you in good faith but cannot vouch for the accuracy of its content.

 Kerry Smith

   
 

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2001 Digital States Survey report

Paul Nielson [p.nielson@home.com]

6th June 2001 The study is at http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/center/digitalstates.phtml   The results represent the first phase of a larger four-part
study on state technology usage by law enforcement, the
courts and social services.
Reported by Newsbytes 17:11 CST   (20010604/WIRES ONLINE, LEGAL, BUSINESS/)
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/166438.html

   
  States Ranked In Courts & Law Technology Usage
  By Staff, Newsbytes
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A.,

04 Jun 2001, 5:11 PM CST Colorado, Delaware, Illinois and New Jersey lead the nation in providing digital technologies to law enforcement agencies and agencies within their respective judicial systems, according to a report released today. The 2001 Digital States Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation, ranked each state on its use of digital technologies by the judicial system, including online access to court records and opinions. The study also ranked states on the use of digital communications by law enforcement agencies, as well as the availability of digital signatures for legal contracts and filings. While Colorado, Delaware, Illinois and New Jersey tied for first place, Ohio, Georgia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania piled in as close runners-up. The results represent the first phase of a larger four-part study on state technology usage by law enforcement, the courts and social services. The remaining three parts will center on e-commerce and business regulation, taxation, digital democracy and education. The study's sponsors note that most states this year scored noticeably higher in using technology to deliver social services than in 2000. Last year, only 15 states scored 50 (out of 100) points or higher, while that number jumped to 41 this year.

2001 The Washington Post Company

   
  "Attributes of a Trusted Digital Repository" report available
 

-----Original Message----- From: Nancy Elkington [mailto:Nancy_Elkington@NOTES.RLG.ORG] Sent: Friday, 31 August 2001 16:31 To: E-COLLECTIONS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Subject: "Attributes of a Trusted Digital Repository" report available from RLG and OCLC With apologies for cross-posting. __________________ Attributes of a Trusted Digital Repository The second RLG-OCLC report intended to advance long-term retention of digital research materials is now available for review and comment. You can find "Attributes of a Trusted Digital Repository: Meeting the Needs of Research Resources" at http://www.rlg.org/longterm/attributes01.pdf.It is, or will be very shortly, linked to from http://www.oclc.org/digitalpreservation and http://www.oclc.org/presres. On the morning of August 31, both organizations will be announcing the report in news releases at our web sites. This 52-page PDF document is intended to prompt consideration and discussion worldwide. To help achieve an international consensus and shape next steps, we need dialog on the standards, criteria, and mechanisms for certifying digital information repositories. We encourage your input -- please comment to robin.dale@notes.rlg.org by October 12, 2001. While intended primarily for research institutions and specifically for libraries and archives, this report contains guidance and recommendations applicable to any organization interested in long-term maintenance of and continuing access to digital materials. It highlights some key strategic issues as it focuses on practical assistance to administrators and implementers of digital archiving services. Robin L. Dale RLG Member Programs & Initiatives 1200 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041-1100 Ph: (650) 691-2238 Fax: 650.964.0943 Email: Robin.Dale@notes.rlg.org

   
  Concord: The Library Co-operation website
 

-----Original Message-----

From: Girling, Henry [mailto:Henry.Girling@BL.UK] Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2001 6:33 PM To: E-COLLECTIONS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Subject: New items on Concord:

The Library Co-operation website Colleagues There are some recent items on Concord, the Library Co-operation website that may be of interest 1. Full Disclosure Prioritisation Study consultation exercise You are invited to take part in the Full Disclosure Prioritisation Study consultation exercise led by the Cultural Heritage Consortium.Full details at http://www.bl.uk/concord/fulldisc-prior.html 2. Management of access to grey literature collections (MAGiC): a progress report August 2001 (in PDF) Full details at http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/magicprogress.pdf 3. Biomedical Collaboration in London Survey of current serials progress report September 2001 Full details at http://www.bl.uk/concord/proj99report4int2.html 4.Publications of the Higher Education/British Library Task Force Report from the Higher Education/British Library Task Force to the Research Support Libraries Group June 2001 (in PDF) Go to http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/blhe-overview.pdf Co-ordinating the distributed national collection of research resources June 2001 (in PDF) Go to http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/blhe-dnc.pdf A study of collaborative storage of library resources June 2001(in PDF) Go to http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/blhe-colstor.pdf Henry Girling **************************************************************************** ********************************************** Henry Girling Co-operation and Partnership Programme, The British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB TEL: 020 7412 7333 FAX: 020 7412 7155 Email: henry.girling@bl.uk Website: http://www.bl.uk/concord

   
  ILRS CODE - FIRST REVIEW
 

Toby Burrows [tburrows@library.uwa.edu.au]  20 August 2001 Multiple recipients of list WAIN ILRS CODE - FIRST REVIEW Following its successful launch in January this year, the Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code has been taken up by the majority of Australian libraries, according to the entries in the ILRS Directory. Core, Priority, Rush and Express have become standard terminology in interlibrary loan and document delivery units around Australia. The Code improves services to patrons by setting agreed service levels and recommended prices. Agreement on service levels is crucial in making the Australian interlending system efficient and effective. The National Resource Sharing Working Group (NRSWG) developed the Code in consultation with the Australian library community, and the NRSWG is reviewing the Code now in the light of day-to-day use to see what changes would make the Code even easier to use.

PROPOSED CHANGES Two relatively minor changes are being considered. The first is to make Ariel, in addition to Fax, as a default delivery method for copies delivered under the Rush and Express services. This is already the case for the Priority service, but only fax is mentioned for Rush and Express. The change will allow suppliers to choose between Fax and Ariel where the requestor has the Ariel receiving software. The default delivery method applies when no delivery method is specified in a request, allowing the supplier to send the item without having to query which delivery method to use. The second is to recommend a delivery price of $9.90 for the loan of items up to 3 kg by Express Post or equivalent, with the price for heavier items to be negotiated. Express Post or equivalent is the default delivery method for loans under the Priority, Rush and Express services. Currently the Code says that the charge for Express Post or equivalent for loans is to be negotiated. The proposed change will create more certainty for libraries about charges, and allow patrons to make an informed decision about whether they want to place the request where charges are passed on. It will also speed up the delivery of an item as suppliers can charge a standard price without having to negotiate a charge for the majority of loans.

COMMENT Other suggestions for change, or comments on the two proposals, can be made to any NRSWG member. Members are listed on the NRSWG Home Page at: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/nrswg/ Or you can use the feedback form that is on the ILRS Code home page: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/ilrscode/index.html Comments need to be received by the end of September. The NRSWG will consult the library community about these proposed changes. Any changes will be approved by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Council of Australian University Librarians and the Council of Australian State Libraries before implementation.

UPDATE YOUR ILRS DIRECTORY ENTRY The ILRS Directory is a vital tool for any interlibrary loan section, and it is important that your entry is up-to-date. It not only lists your contact details, it tells other libraries your policies and charges, and the services you support. Please update your entry, if you have not already done so. You can update your information online by going to http://www.nla.gov.au/ilrs/ Toby Burrows

Chair National Resource Sharing Working Group + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Dr Toby Burrows Principal Librarian, The Scholars' Centre The University of Western Australia Library 35 Stirling Highway Crawley 6009, Western Australia E-mail: tburrows@library.uwa.edu.au Facsimile: + 61 8 9380 1128 Telephone: + 61 8 9380 2358 Web: http://docker.library.uwa.edu.au/~tburrows/

   
  InterPARES Project Reports
 

-----Original Message----- From: Jennifer Hodgeman [mailto:jhodgeman@nla.gov.au] Sent: Monday, 10 September 2001 14:51 To: 'padiforum-l@nla.gov.au' Subject: InterPARES Project Reports [Posted to padiforum-l- please excuse cross postings] The following was posted by Tom Ruller for Philip Eppard pbe40@csc.albany.edu:

****************************************************************** The InterPARES Project (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems) announces the posting of a series of draft reports to its website. The reports can be viewed from the International InterPARES website <www.interpares.org/draft_reports.htm> or the US-InterPARES website <http://is.gseis.ucla.edu/us-interpares/report.htm>. These documents represent the findings to date of the Authenticity, Appraisal, and the Preservation Task Forces. All interested parties are invited to submit comments on these reports, which will provide the basis for further deliberation and refinement of the findings. All comments should be received by September 26, 2001 and should include the name, mailing address and phone number of the commentator.

The electronic submission of comments is highly encouraged. Electronic comments may be submitted at <http://www.interpares.org/comments/index.cfm> or via e-mail to <tahraf@interchange.ubc.ca> or <kevinglick@yahoo.com>. Comments may be submitted by regular mail to: The InterPARES Project, 841-1956 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1. The final documents from the Authenticity, Appraisal, and the Preservation Task Forces, will be available for download later this fall. Philip B. Eppard Dean, School of Information Science and Policy University at Albany, State University of New York Phone: 518-442-5115 Fax: 518-442-5367

**************************************************************************** A posting from ERECS-L, an edited listserv for discussions about the preservation and management of records in electronic form. ERECS-L@LISTSERV.ALBANY.EDU. To unsubscribe from this list, send the following one line message: UNSUB ERECS-L to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.ALBANY.EDU

   
  Invitation to participate in a digital reference quality study
 

  -----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Gross [mailto:mgross@GARNET.ACNS.FSU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 11:05 PM
To: asis-l@asis.org
Subject: ASIS-L: Invitation to participate in a digital reference quality study

  Greetings (and apologies for cross posting)

        If you are a digital librarian, please consider participating in
our study:
        The Information Institutes of Florida State University and
Syracuse University are conducting a study to assess quality, costs, and
impacts in digital reference service. The purpose of the study is to
develop methods to assess the quality of digital reference services.
        OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Dublin, Ohio and the Digital
Library Federation, Washington, D.C. are the lead sponsoring organizations
for the study. Co-principal investigators for the study are R. David
Lankes, Director, Information Institute, Syracuse University
(rdlankes@ericir.syr.edu), Charles R. McClure, Director, Information
Institute, Florida State University (cmcclure@lis.fsu.edu) and Melissa
Gross, Assistant Professor, Florida State University
(mgross@garnet.fsu.edu).
        The research team would like to know how you are dealing with
assessing digital reference on "the front lines" of digital reference. If
you have a few moments, please visit http://quartz.syr.edu/quality and
click on "What's Your Story". The more we know about your perspective(s),
the better we can address the issues.
        Preliminary findings from the study will be presented at the
annual Virtual Reference Desk Conference, to be held November 11-13, 2001
in Orlando, Florida (see http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/ for
additional conference information).
        We are grateful for your participation.


Best regards,
Melissa Gross, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
School of Information Studies
246 Louis Shores Building
Tallahassee, FL  32306-2100
850.664.8119

   
  Justin Winsor Prize for Library History
 

-----Original Message----- From: Lorna Peterson [mailto:lpeterso@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU] Sent: Wednesday, 5 September 2001 4:19 To: JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU Subject: Justin Winsor Prize for Library History

The ALA Library History Round Table, Justin Winsor Prize committee invites papers to be submitted and judged for the 2002 award. No award was given last year. For additional information, please see below and the url: http://www.ala.org/alaorg/ors/winsor.html thanks, lp Justin Winsor Prize for Library History Essay The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting submissions for the 2002 Justin Winsor Prize for the best library history essay. Applications must be received by February 1, 2002. Receipt will be confirmed with 2 business days The award, named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president, consists of a $500 cash award. It includes an invitation to have the winner's paper considered for publication in Libraries and Culture. Manuscripts submitted should not be previously published, previously submitted for publication, or under consideration for publication or another award. To be considered, essays should embody original historical research on a significant topic in library history, be based on primary sources materials whenever possible, and use good English composition and superior style. Essays should be organized in a form similar to that of articles published in Libraries and Culture, with footnotes, spelling and punctuation conforming to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should not exceed 35 typewritten, double-spaced pages. Three copies of the manuscript should be submitted. The name and other information identifying the author should appear only on a separate cover letter. Submit manuscripts to Mary Jo Lynch, American Library Association/LHRT, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Fax and e-mail are not acceptable Decisions will be made by LHRT's Justin Winsor Prize Committee chaired by Lorna Peterson, University at Buffalo (SUNY), School of Informatics, Department of Library and Information Studies.

   
  LIASAOnline
 

Hilda Ramboho [hilda@LIASA.ORG.ZA]     Mon 17/09/2001 17:40 IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

Dear Colleagues You are all notified that the Library and Information Association of South Africa listserv (LIASAOnline) is up and running and LIASA members are welcome to use it from now on. The LIASA listserv provides a forum for discussion and news for members of LIASA, the wider library and information services community, and others with an interest in librarianship and information work in South Africa. Purpose of LIASAonline * Provide a question and answer forum to promote communication, debate and dialogue * Exchange of ideas about continuing professional development issues, discussion and debate * Promote ideas and themes relevant to library and information sector * Put up announcements about events, activities and happenings * Communicate news about LIASA Interest Groups * Inform the Library and Information sector about vacancies and posts How To Contribute To LIASAonline To send a message to the LIASAonline listserv please do the following: * Send an email to the address: liasaonline@sabinet.co.za. * Insert subject in the subject line. (Do no leave this field blank) * Type the text in the text box as you would with any email and then send * Include your contact details in the email. * Do not send any attachments. * The body of the text must be a maximum of two pages, anything longer will not be accepted. LIASA members are automatically subscribed to this listserv and do not need to click on the link below. For Non-LIASA members, please click on the link below to subscribe: http://www.sabinet.co.za/cgi-bin/majordomo?liasaonline:mail.sabinet.co.za For more information about the listserv or LIASA please contact: Hilda Ramboho LIASA Listserv Administrator Tel: (012) 481 2872 Fax: (012) 481 2873 Email: hilda@liasa.org.za

   
  Library Surveys with Emphasis on Reference Services: A Selective Bibliography
  Zapol, Ilene [Ilene.Zapol@MBNA.COM]        23 March 2001 SOLOLIB-L@LISTSERV.SILVERPLATTER.COM From the National Library of Canada: Library Surveys with Emphasis on Reference Services: A Selective Bibliography http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/services/bib9-e.htm Ilene Zapol MBNA Advertising Phone: (302) 432-2806 E-mail: Ilene.Zapol@mbna.com Ext: 22806 MS: 0282
   
  "Measuring Service Quality"
 

GSLIS Publications Office [puboff@ALEXIA.LIS.UIUC.EDU]

Friday 3rd August 2001 Just Released by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Available from the University of Illinois Press: Library Trends, 49(4), Spring 2001 "Measuring Service Quality" Edited by Martha Kyrillidou and Fred M. Heath Single copies are $25, including postage. Subscription rates for the quarterly (ISSN 0024-2594) are: Institutional, $94 per volume ($101 for international subscribers); Individual, $66 per volume ($73 for international subscribers); and Student, $28 per volume ($35 for international subscribers). Order single copies or subscriptions from the University of Illinois Press, Journals Department, 1325 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Phone: (217) 244-0626; Fax: (217) 244-9910; email: journals@uillinois.edu Libraries are the crucible of genius. In the 500 years since the invention of the printing press, libraries have been at the center of a remarkable flowering of the human intellect, serving as repositories of the human experience while promoting structured inquiry and critical thinking. Libraries are fundamental to the intellectual experience and the natural creativity of the mind; they are core services at every post-secondary institution. Indeed, there are no great universities without great libraries. What, however, defines a great library? What constitutes excellence or effectiveness in research library services? How does a library evaluate--for itself and its diverse constituencies--whether it is delivering the best possible services for the considerable investments made in its operations? Measuring library service quality can be both a project as well as a process to be continually enhanced and improved. The findings reported in this volume and their implications have far-reaching consequences for the future of libraries and their evaluation and assessment. Library service quality is a concept that is becoming less elusive and increasingly recognizable and actionable. As standardized protocols like LibQUAL+ are emerging and flourishing side by side with local implementations emphasizing quality improvements, there is a distinct possibility that libraries will be in a position to develop a better understanding of what constitutes and determines various levels of quality in certain environments. From the Introduction by Martha Kyrillidou and Fred M. Heath Articles and Authors Include: "Users' Perceptions of Library Service Quality: A LibQUAL+ Qualitative Study," Colleen Cook and Fred M. Heath "Psychometric Properties of Scores from the Web-based LibQUAL+ Study of Perceptions of Library Service Quality," Colleen Cook and Bruce Thompson "Assessing User Needs, Satisfaction, and Library Performance at the University of Washington Libraries," Steve Hiller "Usage of Academic Libraries: The Role of Service Quality, Resources, and User Characteristics," Patience L. Simmonds and Syed Saad Andaleeb "Beyond Measuring Service Quality: Learning from the Voices of the Customers, the Staff, the Processes, and the Organization," Shelley Phipps "Perspectives on User Satisfaction Surveys," Rowena Cullen "Service Quality: A Concept Not Fully Explored," Peter Hernon and Danuta A. Nitecki "Performance, Processes, and Costs: Managing Service Quality with the Balanced Scorecard," Roswitha Poll "Innovative United Kingdom Approaches to Measuring Service Quality," Ian Winkworth "International Variations in Measuring Customer Expectations," Philip J. Calvert "Measuring Service Quality in the Networked Environment: Approaches and Considerations," John Carlo Bertot The Publications Office of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (217) 333-1359 phone, (217) 244-7329 FAX puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu

   
  NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:  Information Technology Research (ITR)
 

Zemankova, Maria [mzemanko@NSF.GOV] Monday 13th August 2001 Program Solicitation, NSF 01-149 http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf01149

PROPOSAL DEADLINES: Large projects: Pre-proposals (mandatory): November 9, 2001 Full proposals (invited): April 4, 2002 Medium projects: Proposals: November 13, 2001 Small projects: Proposals submitted to a directorate other than CISE: February 6, 2002 Proposals submitted to CISE directorate: February 7, 2002 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Information Technology is a broad subject, with applications and effects throughout the sciences, engineering, education, the economy, the humanities, and society in general. IT deals with how we develop and use information, how we make sense of it, how we compute, and how we communicate and make decisions. In many cases, the scale and scope of opportunities and challenges require research approaches that cover many parts of the IT field and other areas. In FY2002, NSF's ITR investments will be focused in three multidisciplinary areas: software and hardware systems; augmenting individuals and transforming society; and advancement of the frontiers of science via information technology. ... NSF understands that proposals may span more than one of these areas and encourages submission of such proposals. Cognizant Program Officer for CISE Directorate: - Michael Lesk, Dr., CISE/IIS, telephone: (703) 292-8930, e-mail: mlesk@nsf.gov. For details see http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf01149 ----- For general information on the previous ITR initiative announcements see http://www.itr.nsf.gov/. In particular, information at FAQs at http://www.itr.nsf.gov/faq/index.html may be useful. **************** You are encouraged to subscribe to the NSF Custom News Service http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm in order to receive information of interest to you as soon as it becomes available.

   
  New Grants Scheme awards 300,000 to Archives
  -----Original Message----- From: Girling, Henry [mailto:Henry.Girling@BL.UK] Sent: Wednesday, 15 August 2001 15:23 To: E-COLLECTIONS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Subject: New Grants Scheme awards 300,000 to Archives New Grants Scheme awards 300,000 to Archives The Wellcome Trust and the British Library have awarded just over 300,000 to archival projects under the Research Resources in Medical History scheme. Launched in January 2001, Research Resources in Medical History is providing 1 million over two years (2001-02) to support projects to open up access to important documentary resources in medical history, or to help conserve them. The awarding Panel has now met twice and in July was able to announce funding for the first group of successful applications. Grants will go to a number of institutions, including London Metropolitan Archives, to complete the cataloguing of a range of hospital archives; the Borthwick Institute in York, to preserve the York NHS Trust archives; Dundee University, to catalogue and conserve a range of important sets of papers relating to medicine; and Exeter University, to catalogue the papers of the Royal Western Counties Institution at Starcross, a psychiatric hospital. The various projects will open up access to documents as diverse as the records of the Court of Arches, relating to the prosecution of a midwife for practising without a licence in 1665, and Emma Durham's diary of 1879 as a nurse in the Zulu War. The first round of grants has focused entirely on archives but a number of printed book projects are under consideration for the next round. There has been an overwhelming interest in the fund; over 80 preliminary applications have been made to the scheme, worth about 5 million in all. The number of worthwhile projects far exceeds the funding available, but we hope nevertheless to be able to fund some good new work to open up important new resources for medical historians. Professor Hal Cook, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, welcomed the awards: 'The grants to fund research resources in medical history are very important for preserving and making available to present and future generations a crucial part of the historical record that affects us all. We are heartened by this effort of the Wellcome Trust, its Library, and the British Library, and by the quality of the proposals submitted from all around the country.' For full details of the successful projects go to http://www.bl.uk/concord/medical-grants0701.html For further information about the scheme, including details of how to apply, please see http://www.bl.uk/concord/medical-about.html **************************************************************************** Henry Girling Co-operation and Partnership Programme, The British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB TEL: 020 7412 7333 FAX: 020 7412 7155 Email: henry.girling@bl.uk Website: http://www.bl.uk/concord **************************************************************************** The information contained in this e-mail is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended for the addressee(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and notify the postmaster@bl.uk : The contents of this e-mail must not be disclosed or copied without the sender's consent. The statements and opinions expressed in this message are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the British Library. The British Library does not take any responsibility for the
   
  OCLC COLLABORATES TO DEVELOP DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF WEB DOCUMENTS
  -----Original Message----- From: Jennifer Hodgeman [mailto:jhodgeman@nla.gov.au] Sent: Thursday, 23 August 2001 11:20 To: 'padiforum-l@nla.gov.au' Subject: OCLC COLLABORATES TO DEVELOP DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF WEB DOCUMENTS [Posted to Padiforum-l from Carmen Howard] OCLC COLLABORATES TO DEVELOP DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF WEB DOCUMENTS DUBLIN, Ohio, July 17, 2001-OCLC, with input from several organizations, is developing a digital archive to track and preserve web-based documents that exist solely in electronic format. The goal of the Web Document Digital Archive project is to create a sustainable service to provide long-term access to web documents. The service will fill libraries' basic needs for identification, selection, capture, description, preservation, and access to documents that would not be accessible in the future otherwise. OCLC is seeking direct input on the project from a variety of institutions already focused on the issue: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO); The Connecticut State Library; and the Joint Electronic Records Repository Initiative (JERRI), a partnership of the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society's State Archives, the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. "Participants will be collaborating with OCLC on system user requirements, evaluating working prototypes through 'hands-on' experience, and developing policies and practices for long-term retention in concert with current best practices established through other digital archive projects internationally," said Taylor Surface, director of OCLC Content Management Services. "Long-term retention and access to documents published on the World Wide Web have universal appeal to libraries and people seeking the information in them." This pilot will be tested in several phases during the next 18 months using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model to develop a working digital archive. Building on this soon-to-be international standard, the Web Document Digital Archive will provide a unique integration of workflow to assist library staff in management of these electronic-only publications. OAIS defines the framework of functions and features of a basic digital archive. "GPO is excited to be part of OCLC's Web Document Digital Archive project to develop a system to provide the same stability of access to digital publications that can be achieved with print publications," said Gil Baldwin, director of the Library Program Service, GPO. "I believe that this metadata and archiving toolkit will help GPO further its mission to provide permanent public access to the electronic government resources in the Federal Depository Library Program." "State government information nowadays is published predominantly, in some cases exclusively, on the web," said Stephen Slovasky, bibliographic services head, Connecticut State Library. "We intend, through the Digital Archive, to capture, preserve, provide access to, and manage the usage rights of electronic state documents. The Connecticut State Library is pleased to collaborate with OCLC, GPO and the Ohio JERRI group on developing this important service." "The JERRI partners have spent considerable time and energy investigating ways to identify, capture and permanently store web publications of enduring historical value created by State of Ohio government agencies," said Jim Buchman, head of public services, State Library of Ohio. "To date we have found no off-the-shelf solution to satisfy our requirements. The JERRI partners are quite pleased that OCLC is now developing such a solution." Work on the Web Document Digital Archive project will be informed by the developments of the Preservation Metadata working group convened by OCLC and RLG. The working group has published an initial white paper of current best practices at <http://www.oclc.org/digitalpreservation>. "Goals of the project coincide with OCLC's global strategy, which includes establishing metadata, digital collection and preservation management, and providing web-based services for contribution, discovery, exchange, delivery and presentation," said Meg Bellinger, president of OCLC Preservation Resources. The project is part of OCLC's global strategy and the development of Digital Collections Management & Preservation services. The Government Printing Office catalogs items distributed through the federal depository program into WorldCat. GPO makes government publications in all formats freely accessible to the public through more than 1,300 federal depository libraries throughout the United States. Online and print publications cataloged and disseminated by GPO provide information of current and enduring interest on a broad assortment of topics, including congressional documents, federal research, business, science, technology, statistical data, law, medicine and federal regulations. The Connecticut State Library is the principal library for all branches of state government. It provides reference services and specialized collections in law and legislation; public administration and policy; state, federal and local government; Connecticut history and genealogy; newspapers; and archives in support of its mission "to provide high-quality library and information services to state government and the citizens of Connecticut," and "to preserve and make accessible the records of Connecticut's history and heritage." The Joint Electronic Records Repository is a collaborative partnership of the Technology Policy Group of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the Ohio Historical Society's State Archives, the State Library of Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Its purpose is to find ways to appraise, preserve and provide access to Ohio's electronic and e-commerce records of enduring historical value, and to position Ohio as a leader in archiving electronic records and publications. Currently, the group is in the planning stage of a pilot electronic records long-term storage and retrieval program for state records. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 39,000 libraries in 76 countries and territories. OCLC was founded in 1967 to improve access to the world's information and reduce information costs, and conducts ongoing research to develop technologies to support that mission. Forest Press, a division of OCLC since 1988, publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Dewey, Dewey Decimal Classification, Forest Press, OCLC and WorldCat are registered trademarks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated. Preservation Resources is a trademark of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002 nita_dean@oclc.org
   
  Old UK fulltext newspapers on Web from British Library
  Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:46:45 -0400 From: Jim Niessen <niessen@mail.h-net.msu.edu> Subject: Old UK fulltext newspapers on Web from British Library (xSlavlibs) 26 June 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE British Library and Olive Software Cooperate to Put Microfilmed Newspapers Online Highlights: Olive Software, Inc. and The British Library have collaborated to produce the world's first online archive of microfilmed historic newspapers. Newspaper issues from seven British dailies such as the Daily News, the Weekly Dispatch, and the Manchester Guardian have been selected due to their historic significance. They report an events like the Crimean War ending with the Treaty of Paris, the Boer War, and the armistice ending World War I. A digital archive of newspaper issues containing some 500,000 articles is now open to the public. DENVER, CO - June 26, 2001 - The British Library and Olive Software Inc. have been working together to produce an online facsimile library of historic newspapers. The project's goal is to open up the British Library's historic newspaper collection to the general public, via the web, while preserving the look and feel of the original content. In the first stage, historic microfilmed newspaper pages containing some 500,000 articles have been digitized, and the online archive has now been opened to the public. Materials digitized - selected by The British Library Newspaper Library for their unique historic significance - include 7 British dailies like the Daily News, the Weekly Dispatch and the Manchester Guardian, reporting on events such as the Crimean war ending with the Treaty of Paris (1856); the events of the Boer War in South Africa (1900); and the armistice ending World War One (1918). Scanning of microfilm to high-quality TIFF was performed by OCLC and Oxford University, while Olive's ActivePaper Archive software was used to automatically convert newspaper pages to XML. Traditionally, XML is used to hold text and its structure, but ActivePaper Archive goes further. The product adds tags that describe the newspaper's layout, and tie the text to images of the page's inner components. This is done using three XML layers, one based on the NewsML/NITF standards, one on the Dublin Core, and a third on PRML, or Preservation Markup Language (PRML maps the newspaper's layout, recording coordinates for each piece of text and each page object). For the end user, this means a keyword search yields a clip of the article in its original form, tied to the page and full issue in which it first appeared - something that's never been possible before. Edmund King, Head of the British Library Newspaper Library, commented: For many years, The British Library Newspaper Library has wanted its users to have greater accessibility to scanned texts. Olive Software's technology offers us and other libraries the potential to provide this. The project's success is as much a breakthrough in microfilm digitization as it is a boon to researchers and to the general public, says The British Library in an official Project Report. the digitization, zoning, and search capability provided by Olive Software's technology is seen to be transformative. The project's success proves that Olive Software's technology reduces the cost and time-to-market for microfilm digitization, with conversion of both pages and page objects. The British Library's digital archive is the world's first publicly available digital microfilm repository. It is available at the following address: http://www.uk.olivesoftware.com/
   
  Scholar Network Invitation
  webmaster2@scholar-net.com 7th May 2001 Dear Scholar, At the beginning of this year we set up a web site with a view to creating a network to facilitate communication between scholars from different parts of the world ('scholars' in our definition includes everyone directly involved in research and/or academic work - from professors who have published hundreds of learned articles to junior lecturers who have just completed their thesis to obtain their post-graduate qualification). Our web site aims to: (a) make scholars at various universities accessible easily internationally. For this purpose we publish 'scholar-profiles' providing particulars of scholars and their expertise. A search facility is provided to enable viewers from both academic and non-academic world to identify scholars with particular expertise. (b) make the scholars' works easily accessible to scholars and potential postgraduate students from around the world. For this purpose the site publishes abstracts of papers published by the scholars. A search facility will be included to facilitate research students and fellow scholars to quickly trace publications that are of interest to them. (c) publicise the research topics that are currently being researched under the scholars' supervision. A search facility will be provided to enable viewers to search and find the research topics that are of interest to them. Potential research students can use this feature to quickly identify the universities where they can undertake postgraduate studies, and scholars can use this facility to find out whether research is being carried out elsewhere in areas that are of interest to them. (d) facilitate exchange of information between scholars. For this purpose the site contains a section where scholars can post queries, which can be responded to by other scholars. (e) provide a listing of establishments which make research papers available for viewing though the internet (f) provide a listing of international conferences, seminars and workshops planned to be held at various academic institutions. We invite you to visit our site at http://www.scholar-net.com and explore this site. If you are short of time and simply wish to view a few pages, you may do so by clicking on one or more of the following sample pages: Forthcoming Conferences: http://conferences.scholar-net.com Call for Papers: http://papers.scholar-net.com Academic-Profile of Scholar: http://academic-profile.scholar-net.com Consultancy-Profile of Scholar: http://consultancy-profile.scholar-net.com Research Topics: http://researchdegree.scholar-net.com Abstracts of Publications: http://acabstracts.scholar-net.com Scholars' Queries: http://scholarquery.scholar-net.com Research Papers Repositories: http://repositories.scholar-net.com After viewing our site if you decide that there would be benefit in including your information also within our site, please send us some initial information by going to the 'How to Publish' page at http://www.scholar-net.com, and then following the guidance given in that page. You may alternatively go directly to http://basicinfo.scholar-net.com and complete the simple form that appears. There is no charge for including your information at our site. We are pleased that since we started setting up the site a few months ago over four hundred scholars have already sent information for inclusion within our site, and we hope that you will also send your information. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you Yours sincerely, Webmaster@scholar-net.com PS1: We are often asked the question why we are repeating the information that is already in the various university web sites. The answer is simply that although the information is already available, it is scattered amongst many university web sites and as a result it is not been possible to find information quickly by carrying out a search. This site is aimed at overcoming this problem. PS2: After visiting our site if you decide that you will not be interested in including your profile at our site would you be kind enough to send this e-mail back to us with the words "Not Interested" in the subject box please? (Please do not draft a separate e-mail; instead, send this e-mail back
   
  The Storage of Art on Paper: A Basic Guide for Institutions
  From: GSLIS Publications Office <puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu> To: ASIS-L <asis-l@mail.asis.org> Subject: New Publication Available Message-ID: <Pine.SGI.4.10.10107200857120.759021-100000@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Now available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Publications Office: Number 210 in the Occasional Papers series The Storage of Art on Paper: A Basic Guide for Institutions By Sherelyn Ogden $8, plus $3 shipping, prepaid. (Shipping is $1 per copy for additional copies in the same order.) Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks to The University of Illinois accepted. Orders can be placed at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820. Call (217) 333-1359 for more information, or e-mail puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu. Please be sure to visit our Web site (http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff/) for details about this and other available publications. The Occasional Papers deal with varied aspects of librarianship and consist of papers that generally are too detailed for inclusion in a periodical, or are of specialized or contemporary interest. The latest volume in the Occasional Paper series is an excellent and practical guide for professionals needing to store and preserve works of art on paper. Author Sherelyn OgdenHead of Conservation at the Minnesota Historical Society who has twenty-eight years experience as a practicing conservator, consultant, and teachermakes the case that preventative care is "easily accomplished and relatively inexpensive" and details the considerations of choosing proper storage locations and enclosures. This handy guide is essential for conservation staff and for students in art conservation and preservation programs. The Publications Office of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (217) 333-1359 phone, (217) 244-7329 FAX puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff
   
  UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY THROUGH ITS RECORDS
  Lesley Wallace [L.Wallace@cc.curtin.edu.au] Friday 8th June 2001 The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library at Curtin University of Technology is pleased to launch its new UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY THROUGH ITS RECORDS website at http://john.curtin.edu.au/society/ - an educational resource on the importance of recordkeeping to society. This major new web resource is part of the JCPML's ongoing endeavour to contribute to the development and promotion of archives. Understanding Society Through Its Records is a "world-first" resource that explains the concepts and universal importance of recordkeeping to personal life and to business and government. Using graphics and interactivity, it distinquishes records from other forms of information and demonstrates the "work" they perform as the "documentary glue" holding society together. The site features: explanations of the principles and concepts for managing all forms of purposefully recorded evidence for as long as required. a sensible and accessible framework for understanding recordkeeping in most environments- offices and repositories, collecting and in-house, large and small, traditional and electronic. images, references and links to print and online readings selected from across the Australian, US, Canadian and International Council on Archives (ICA) literature. summaries of the best of English-speaking practice and showcases Australian contributions to recordkeeping knowledge and practice. Please consider this virtual launch as an OPEN INVITATION to all of you to visit our site at http://john.curtin.edu.au/society/ and give us your feedback on the usefulness of what we have presented. As this site is an ongoing project, we invite you to volunteer your ideas and creativity to the compilation as it develops. We are also interested in snippets, anecdotes, cartoons, press cuttings, scenarios, jokes, recipes, scandals, pictures (preferably all copyright cleared before you send them to us!) -- anything you might have or dream up in your own creative minds -- that you think would help people better understand and appreciate archives and recordkeeping. We look forward to hearing from you! (Email: jcpml@boris.curtin.edu.au or use the Guest Book option on the website) Kandy-Jane Henderson (Archivist, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library) Ann Pederson (Visiting Fellow in Recordkeeping Studies in the School of Information Systems, Technology & Management at the University of New South Wales and the author of this web resource!) Message sent by Lesley Wallace Collections Librarian John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library GPO Box U 1987 Perth WA 6845 Phone 08 9266 4206 Fax 08 9266 4185 Web site http://john.curtin.edu.au
   
   
   

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