LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research
Electronic Journal ISSN 1058-6768
1999 Volume 9 Issue 2; September
Bi-Annual LIBRE9N2 NEWS


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION

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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1.             AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INDEXERS

 

 

Date:         Sat, 26 Jun 1999 18:14:01 -0700

Reply-To:     kbuxton@pullman.com

Sender:       Solo Librarians Listserv <SOLOLIB-L@LISTSERV.SILVERPLATTER.COM>

From:         Karen Buxton <kbuxton@PULLMAN.COM>

Subject:      Re: Name publishers

To:           SOLOLIB-L@LISTSERV.SILVERPLATTER.COM

 

Solos:

 

The URL for the American Society of Indexers is

http://www.asindexing.org/  and the URL for the online publishers list

is http://www.asindexing.org/publish.htm.  This is a great site for

anyone looking for indexing resources; check it out.

 

Karen A. Buxton

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

2350 NE Hopkins Court

Pullman, WA  99163-5600

Phone:  509-336-4411

Fax:  509-336-4430

email:  karen_buxton@selinc.com

 

Willa MacAllen wrote:

 

 

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2.             CIRCIT Policy Forum Report-Designing for Australia's Online Future

 

 

 

Return-path: <pseeney@circit.rmit.edu.au>

From: "Seeney, Pam" <pseeney@circit.rmit.edu.au>

To: "'kerry@biblio.curtin.edu.au'" <kerry@biblio.curtin.edu.au>

Subject: CIRCIT Policy Forum Report-Designing for Australia's Online Futur

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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 11:16:47 +1000

 

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Designing for Australia's Online Future - CIRCIT Policy Forum Report

by Claudia Slegers, Dianne Northfield and Ross Kelso

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This report examines the insights and conclusions of the CIRCIT Policy

Forum conducted in November 1998. The Forum focused on Linking Design

and Development of Information and Communication Services to Effective

Use. Around thirty invited industry, government and community leaders

and researchers workshopped the topic, considering in particular the

domains of electronic commerce, new media and rural Australia.

This report examines in depth the following insights from the Forum:

*              User-centred design is crucial to the acceptance of new

services.

*              Successful design requires the right human infrastructure in

place: improving skills of designers, developers and users; including

utilising the talents of young people.

*              Holistic regional strategies must accompany the introduction of

online services in rural areas.

*              New models of business and collaboration are required for the

development of Information and Communication Service industries.

Price: $45.00

To purchase this publication please contact Pam Seeney on 03 9925 2829

or pseeney@circit.rmit.edu.au

 

CIRCIT at RMIT

GPO Box 2476V

Melbourne, Vic 3001, Australia

Phone: 03 9925 2829

Fax: 03 9925 3122

Email: circit@circit.rmit.edu.au

 

Pam Seeney - Administration Officer

CIRCIT at RMIT

GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001 Australia

Tel:  +613 9925 2829, Fax: +613 9925 3122

Email: pseeney@circit.rmit.edu.au, URL: http://www.circit.rmit.edu.au

 

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3.             CLIR REPORTS

 

Date:         Thu, 16 Sep 1999 11:53:32 -0400

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>

Subject:      [DOC] New CLIR reports available

Comments: To: DIGLIB Mailing List <diglib@infoserv.nlc-bnc.ca>

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

From: Anne Muller <ECPA@BUREAU.KNAW.NL>

Subject:      New CLIR reports

 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently published

two new reports. The full text (html) of these reports is available online

and they are also available in PDF format. Take a look at the list of CLIR

reports at:

 

<http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/reports.html>

 

Publication number 83

 

Preserving the Whole: A Two-Track Approach to Rescuing Social

Science Data and Metadata

by Ann Green, JoAnn Dionne, and Martin Dennis

ISBN 1-887334-68-8

 

Published in June 1999, Preserving the Whole appears as the

second publication of the Digital Library Federation and reflects the

Federation's interests both in advancing the state of the art of social

science data archives and in building the infrastructure necessary for the

long-term maintenance of digital information. The paper is especially

valuable as a meticulously detailed case study of migration as a

preservation strategy. It explores the options available for migrating both

data stored in a technically obsolete format and their associated

documentation stored on paper, which may itself be rapidly deteriorating.

The obsolete data format known as column binary was born in the same era of

creatively parsimonious coding techniques that have given rise to the

widely publicized Year 2000 (Y2K) computer problems.

 

 

 

Publication number 84

 

Securing Our Dance Heritage: Issues in the Documentation and Preservation

of Dance

by Catherine J. Johnson and Allegra Fuller Snyder

ISBN 1-887334-69-6

 

Published in July 1999, Securing Our Dance Heritage addresses the full

range of issues involved in evaluating, documenting, preserving, and making

accessible the history of dance. It will be of interest not only to members

of the international dance community, but also to libraries and archives

that house dance materials, many of which are dispersed throughout

collections of sport, anthropology, and religion. It will also interest

historians and funders of the performing arts, scientists, and scholars of

all types, who will find in dance documentation rich new resources for

investigating this uniquely expressive human activity, and, more broadly,

the managers of research institutions that hold or are acquiring

collections in nonprint form.

 

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European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)

P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC  Amsterdam,

visiting address: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, NL-1011 JV  Amsterdam,

The Netherlands

tel. +31 - 20 - 551 0839   fax  +31 - 20 - 620 4941

URL: http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/

 

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4.             EXPLOIT INTERACTIVE WEB MAGAZINE

 

 

From: Bernadette Daly <lisbmd@ukoln.ac.uk>

To: kerry@biblio.curtin.edu.au

Subject: News item about Exploit Interactive web magazine

Date: Wed, 4 Aug 1999 10:42:59 +0100

 

 

Exploit Interactive is a new pan-European web magazine,  funded under the

European Commission's Telematics for Libraries Programme. The partners

involved in its production are UKOLN: UK Office for Library & Information

Networking from the University of Bath, the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut

(DBI) from Berlin, and the British Council.

The URL for the magazine is: http://www.exploit-lib.org/

 

Bernadette Daly

Information Officer

Co-Editor of Ariadne and Exploit Interactive

UKOLN: UK Office for Library & Information Networking

c/o The  Library, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 323 343            Fax: +44 (0) 1225 826838

Email: b.m.daly@ukoln.ac.uk       URL: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/

Ariadne: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/

Exploit Interactive: http://www.exploit-lib.org/

 

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5.             FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REPOSITORY LIBRARIES –

Proceedings

 

 

Date:         Wed, 2 Jun 1999 14:02:18 +0300

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Pentti Vattulainen <pentti.vattulainen@NRL.FI>

Subject:      First International Conference on Repository Libraries

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

The first international conference of repository libraries took place in

Kuopio, Finland on 9-11.5.1999. Conference was organised by The National

Repository Library of Finland in co-operation with Universal Availability

of Publications Core programme of the International Federation of Library

Associations and Institutions (IFLA), The Center for Research Libraries

(Chicago, USA) and Kuopio University Library. The theme of the conference

was: "Solving collection problems through repository strategies".

 

A repository is a storage facility to which libraries can transfer books

and periodicals which are no longer required by their readers. By

transferring such materials to a repository the libraries can reduce their

storage costs and the pressure to expand library buildings, while the

transferred materials can still be retrieved if required by library users.

 

The purpose of the conference was to discuss how repository strategies can

contribute to managing collections and the availability of less used

materials on a regional, national or local level. The conference also aimed

at revising the UAP publication about National Repository solutions. More

than 50 delegates from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, representing

different library types, had a chance to listen to 21 papers.

 

Keynote speakers were Don Simpson, Center for Research Libraries, USA and

Peter Lor, State Library, South Africa, the chairman of the Conference of

the Directors of the National Libraries (CDNL). Simpson's paper discussed

the role of a repository in co-operative collection management. He stressed

the importance of active repositories in contrast to passive storage

libraries. Peter Lor spoke about the need of a repository strategy in a

national library network. His conclusion was that repositories can take

care of many functions that are listed as national library functions in

UNESCO's Guidelines for Legislation for National Library Services. He ended

in stressing that national libraries should be involved with repository

strategies. The matter will be on the agenda of the next CDNL meeting in

Bangkok, in August.

 

Universal Availability of Publications (UAP) Programme of IFLA has

undertaken a survey on repository solutions in different countries. The

results indicate that there is a need for a research agenda that starts by

defining what is a repository library today and how will it change in the

electronic era. There is also a need for standard methods of measuring the

efficiency of differing repository solutions along with a list of best work

practices with comparable cost data.

 

The first conference showed that there is interest to share experiences and

plan forms of co-operation. It was agreed to continue co-operation between

repository libraries and other interested parties. A meeting of all

interested parties will be held at the Bangkok IFLA Conference. The next

conference is scheduled for the year 2001 as a satellite conference to the

Boston IFLA conference.

 

Further information:

Pentti Vattulainen, National Repository Library of Finland

Pentti.Vattulainen@nrl.fi

 

 

Pentti Vattulainen

Director                          e-mail: pentti.vattulainen@nrl.fi

National Repository Library (NRL) tel: -(358)-17-26 46 007

P.O.Box 1710                      fax: -(358)-17-26 46 008

70421 Kuopio

Finland

http://www.nrl.fi

 

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6.             GL'99 VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

 

 

From: GreyNet <Dominic.Farace@inter.NL.net>

To: "Natural Resources Librarians List" <NRLib-L@library.lib.usu.edu>

Subject: GreyNet Press Release

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 17:22:55 +0200 (MET DST)

Reply-To: NRLib-L@library.lib.usu.edu

Sender: Maiser@library.lib.usu.edu

 

PRESS RELEASE

PRESSEINFORMATION

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

 

                                                    August 19, 1999

 

 

Today, the GL'99 Virtual Discussion goes live on the Internet. This

Virtual Discussion will seek to enhance the program for the Fourth

International Conference on Grey Literature, which will be held on

October 4-5, 1999 in Washington D.C.

 

The topics of the GL'99 Virtual Discussion already include comments

by leading contributors in the field of grey literature. Take advantage

of this global forum not only to agree or disagree with their ideas but

to also to contribute your own ideas and special interests in the field

of grey literature.

 

For those interested in commenting/subscribing to the Virtual Discussion:

http://www.mcb.co.uk/services/conferen/webforum/greynet-liblink-forum/

 

GL'99 VIRTUAL DISCUSSION THEMES:

 

 1.  ACCESS TO GREY LITERATURE IN THE 21st CENTURY:

     A Shift from issues of Cataloguing and Bibliographic

     Control to issues of Promotion, Marketing, and Pricing

     Grey Literature.

 

 2.  COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND GREY LITERATURE:

     The Policy and Management of Grey Literature Collections

     requires both designated Budgets and Human Resources.

 

 3.  PUBLISHING AND ARCHIVING ELECTRONIC GREY LITERATURE:

     The Corporate Authors and Producers of Grey Literature

     are also responsible for indexing and archiving these

     materials.

 

 4.  COPYRIGHT AND GREY LITERATURE:

     Authorship, Ownership, and Property Rights influence the

     very Processes of Knowledge Generation and Information

     Dissemination.

 

 5.  EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF GREY LITERATURE:

     Schools of Library and Information Science continue to

     neglect the importance of Grey Literature in their

     Curriculum Programs.

 

 

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           LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS (August 1999)

      http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet/gl99-organisations.htm

 

 

         THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GREY LITERATURE

                     New Frontiers in Grey Literature

 

    Kellogg Conference Center, Washington D.C. USA, October 4-5, 1999

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 AWI     Science and Innovation Administration                          BE

 BIOSIS  Publisher of Biological Abstracts and Zoological Record        US

 BLDSC   British Library Document Supply Centre                         UK

 >>      British Columbia Office of Health Technology Assessment        CA

 >>      Camera dei Deputati, Biblioteca                                IT

 CASI    Center for AeroSpace Information                               US

 CCC     Copyright Clearance Center                                     US

 CERIST  Centre de Recherche sur l'Information Scientifique & Technique DZ

 CERN    European Centre for Higher Energy Physics, Library             CH

 CIAO    Columbia International Affairs Online, Columbia Univ. Press    US

 CLRC    Central Laboratory of the Research Councils                    UK

 CNR     Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche                             IT

 CNRS    Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, see INIST           FR

 CORD    Centre on Rural Documentation                                  IN

 >>      Cornell University                                             US

 >>      CYBEK of New York                                              US

 DOE     U.S. Department of Energy, see OSTI                            US

 DTIC    Defense Technical Information Center                           US

 EAGLE   European Association for Grey Literature Exploitation          UK

 FID     International Federation for Information and Documentation     CA

 FIT     Florida Institute of Technology                                US

 GREYNET Grey Literature Network Service                                NL

 GSFC    Goddard Space Flight Center, See NASA                          US

 GUKCC   Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center                 US

 >>      Harvard University                                             US

 HP      Hewlett Packard Company                                        US

 ICSSR   Indian Council of Social Science Research                      IN

 IFLA    Int. Federation of Library Associations & Documentation        UK

 >>      Informed Strategies                                            US

 INIST   Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique            FR

 IRC     Information Resource Center                                    US

 ISI     Institute for Scientific Information, Inc.                     US

 >>      Island Press                                                   US

 ISPESL  Istituto Superiore per Prevenzione e la Sicurezza del Lavoro   IT

 ISRDS   Istituto di Studi sulla Ricerca e Documentazione Scientifica   IT

 IVIR    Institute for Information Law                                  NL

 IZ      InformationsZentrum Sozialwissenschaften                       DE

 JDC     Japan Documentation Center                                     US

 JST     Japan Science and Technology Corporation                       JP

 KORDIC  Korea Research and Development Information Center              KR

 LaRC    NASA Langley Research Center                                   US

 LC      The Library of Congress, see JDC                               US

 LW&W    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins                                  US

 >>      Maryland Department of Natural Resources, see IRC              US

 MASC    Mountain Administrative Support Center, see NOAA               US

 MCB     University Press                                               UK

 >>      Ministry of the Flemish Community                              BE

 >>      Moi University                                                 KE

 MSU     Michigan State University                                      US

 NAL     National Agricultural Library, see USDA                        US

 NASA    National Aeronautics and Space Administration                  US

 NASSDOC National Social Science Documentation Centre                   IN

 NCI     Information Systems Inc., see NASA                             US

 NIRD    National Institute of Rural Development                        IN

 NLC     National Library of Canada                                     CA

 NLE     National Library of Education                                  US

 NOAA    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration                US

 NYAM    New York Academy of Medicine                                   US

 ODU     Old Dominion University                                        US

 OPI     Osrodek Przetwarzania Informacji/Information Processing Centre PL

 OSTI    Office of Scientific & Technical Information                   US

 PBI     Punjabi University                                             IN

 PCIERD  Philippine Council for Industry and Energy R&D                 PH

 >>      Pennsylvania Transportation Institute                          US

 >>      Portland State University                                      US

 >>      Princeton University Library                                   US

 PSU     Pennsylvania State University                                  US

 >>      Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, see CLRC                       UK

 SAIC    Science Applications International Corporation, see NASA       US

 TCG     The Copyright Group                                            US

 UB      University of Bergen                                           NO

 UB      University of Botswana                                         BW

 UCI     University of California, Irvine                               US

 UFMA    Universidada Federal do Maranhão                               BR

 UMD     University of Maryland                                         US

 UMN     University of Minnesota                                        US

 >>      United States Department of Commerce, see NOAA                 US

 >>      United States Department of Education, see NLE                 US

 >>      University of Constantine                                      DZ

 >>      University of Madras                                           IN

 >>      University of Montreal                                         CA

 UNZA    University of Zambia                                           ZM

 USDA    United States Department of Agriculture                        US

 UvA     University of Amsterdam, see IVIR                              NL

 VNTIC   Scientific and Technical Centre of Russia                      RU

 VT      Virginia Polytechnic Institute                                 US

 

 

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              GL'99 - CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

      http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet/gl99-registration.htm

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The conference fee includes attendance at the Main Sessions, Breakout

Sessions, as well as, the Information Market and the Product and

Service Reviews. The fee also includes a copy of the GL'99 Program,

the conference badge and pouch. Lunches and Coffee & Tea Breaks during

the two-day conference are also included in the registration fee.

 

 

PAYMENT RECEIVED BEFORE 31 AUGUST 1999:  (CHECK ONE OF THE BOXES, BELOW)

Nb! Payment Received after 31 August 1999: (Add 50 NLG/30 USD Surcharge)

 

   *  Conference Fee          *  Conference Fee for GreyNet Subscribers

 

        [ ] USD 395                [ ] USD 335

        [ ] NLG 695                [ ] NLG 590

 

 

Participant's Name (Title): ___________________________________________

 

Organization: _________________________________________________________

 

Address/P.O. Box: _____________________________________________________

 

Postal Code/City/Country: _____________________________________________

 

Tel: __________________________________________________________________

 

Fax: __________________________________________________________________

 

Email: ________________________________________________________________

 

URL: __________________________________________________________________

                                   

 

PLEASE CHECK ONE OF THE BOXES BELOW FOR THE METHOD OF PAYMENT:

 

[ ] Bank check/draft enclosed and payable to GreyNet.

    With reference to GL'99 and Participant's name.

 

[ ] NLG Account:

        Please remit to GreyNet | ABN-AMRO Bank No. 52.93.61.841

        in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With reference to GL'99 and

        participant's name.

 

[ ] USD Account:

        Please remit to GreyNet | ABN-AMRO Bank No. 52.93.63.526

        in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With reference to GL'99 and

        participant's name.

 

[ ] MasterCard/Eurocard      [ ] VISA/JCB Card

[ ] American Express         [ ] DinersClub Card

 

Card No. _____________________________ Expiration Date: ______________

 

If the name on the credit card is not that of the participant, print

 

the name that appears on the card, here_______________________________

 

 

SIGNATURE:_________________PLACE: _________________DATE: _____________

 

 

PLEASE RETURN TO:

 

GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service

Koninginneweg 201, 1075 CR Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Tel/Fax   : 31-20-671.1818

Email     : greynet@inter.nl.net

URL       : http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet

 

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7.             G L - C O M P E N D I U M

 

 

From: GreyNet <Dominic.Farace@inter.NL.net>

To: "Natural Resources Librarians List" <NRLib-L@library.lib.usu.edu>

Subject: Press Release "GL-Compendium"

Date: Sat, 18 Sep 1999 13:21:30 +0200 (MET DST)

 

PRESS RELEASE

PRESSEINFORMATION

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

 

 

                     Amsterdam, 17 September 1999

 

 

                      G L - C o m p e n d i u m

        A Netbased Directory of Grey Literature Collections

 

 

On September 1st 1999, the European Association for Grey Literature

Exploitation (EAGLE), signed an agreement with GreyNet, Grey Literature

Network Service for permission to use their SIGLE Subject Classification

Scheme within the GL-Compendium Project. The agreement was signed by

Dr. David Wood, President of EAGLE and Mr. Andrew Smith, Chair of the

EAGLE Technical Committee.

 

  "The Association looks forward to the opportunities which

   this venture may present for further raising awareness

   about EAGLE and SIGLE (System for Information on Grey

   Literature in Europe) and to exploring the possibilities

   for developing our co-operation."

 

Last month, Dr. Dominic Farace, Head of GreyNet, submitted together

with MCB University Press the GL-Compendium proposal:

 

One of the initial problems encountered in the search for information is

finding the right source(s) to enable further searching. Internet access

to special collections of grey literature, regardless of the type of

documents or the subject areas covered, will no doubt both challenge and

enable librarians and researchers alike. The challenge to become aware of

the very existence of these collections and the subsequent ability to

access them worldwide. The GL-Compendium, a unique networked resource in

and for grey literature, will not only act to control information

overflow but will, at the same time, confront and deal with information

underuse.

This grey literature netbased directory, which we call the GL-Compendium,

will be multidisciplinary in scope, providing a standardised, descriptive,

hyperlinked record produced, edited, and updated electronically with the

support of state-of-the-art software and classification tools developed

and maintained specifically for scientific and technical grey literature.

The partners in this new and unique venture, as well as their roles and

responsibilities constitute the remainder of this proposal." To access

the full-text:  http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet/GL-Compendium.htm

 

At GL'99, the Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature scheduled

on 4-5 October 1999 in Washington D.C., GreyNet will provide a Product and

Service Review covering the GL-Compendium Project. Dates will be targeted

for distribution & retrieval of this Netbased Directory of Grey Literature

Collections. See, http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet/GL'99.htm

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GL-COMPENDIUM AND GL'99 CONTACT:

 

 GreyNet,

 Grey Literature Network Service

 Koninginneweg 201

 1075 CR Amsterdam

 The Netherlands

 

 Tel/Fax : 31-20-671.1818

 Email   : greynet@inter.nl.net

 URL     : http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet

 

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8.             THE JOINT NSF/JISC INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL LIBRARIES INITIATIVE

 

Date:         Mon, 28 Jun 1999 09:14:17 -0400

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>

Subject:      [FYI] The Joint NSF/JISC International Digital Libraries

              Initiative

Comments: To: DIGLIB Mailing List <diglib@infoserv.nlc-bnc.ca>

 

Apologies for any cross-posting

 

The following press release is forwarded to the list as the six

projects are likely to be of interest to list members.

 

Press Release

 

Friday 11 June 1999

 

The Joint NSF/JISC International Digital Libraries Initiative

 

The National Science Foundation and the UK Joint Information Systems

Committee

today (Friday 11 June 1999) released a joint statement announcing the

first 6 projects which have been recommended for funding under the

International Digital Libraries Initiative NSF/JISC Joint Program.

 

Among the most exciting of opportunities offered by a global

information  infrastructure are international digital libraries; -

content-rich, multimedia, multilingual collections created from 

globally distributed resources by international groups engaged in

collaborative efforts. While there are now uncoordinated efforts in

many countries, cooperative programs of research and intellectual

infrastructure development can help avoid duplication of effort, 

prevent the development of fragmented digital systems, and encourage

productive interchange of scientific knowledge and  scholarly data

around the world. The digital libraries area is one in which all

countries stand to gain from coordinated, cooperative activities.

 

To begin to address some of the research challenges associated with 

creating international digital libraries the Division of Information

and Intelligent Systems and the Division of International Programs of

the National Science Foundation issued a call for proposals in

October 1998 for multi-country, multi-team projects involving at

least one research team in the United States and one in another

country (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf996/nsf996.htm). The NSF

would support the US part of a joint project while the non-US parts

needed to gain its support from other sources. NSF wished to

co-ordinate review with the foreign funding agency and make joint

decisions, when possible.

 

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) was the first to 

join the NSF in this endeavour and issued a matching call

(JISC Circular 15/98 - http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub98/c15_98.html). JISC

has committed £500,000 per year for three years to fund

new development work in this programme. The NSF has committed a

similar amount.

 

The JISC/NSF arrangement was opportune for both organizations. It 

allowed NSF to broaden its traditional basic research focus, and JISC

to draw on and connect with, in a direct way, the large set of

research activities being sponsored under Digital Libraries

Initiative Phase 2. The joint JISC/NSF projects are considered an

integral part of this larger multi-agency program.

 

Michael Lesk, Division Director of the National Science Foundation's 

Division of Information and Intelligent Systems said, "The National

Science Foundation is very excited at this new step in international

scientific cooperation. We look on this as an example of the

worldwide advantages and synergies from which all countries will

benefit."

 

Reg Carr, Director of University Library Services, University of

Oxford  and Chair of the Joint Information Systems

Committee's (JISC's) Committee on Electronic Information said, "I am

delighted with the joint programme of bilateral digital projects

which has been arranged by agreement between the National Science

Foundation and the JISC. The rigorous selection process has led to a

well-balanced range of projects which promise to achieve much of mutual

benefit for the US and the UK in the digital library arena."

 

Six projects were recommended for funding, sharing a total of almost

$5million over the three year project term. The six joint projects

are:

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Cross-Domain Resource Discovery: Integrated Discovery and use of

Textual,  Numeric and Spatial Data: University of California,

Berkeley / University of Liverpool.

 

The University of California, Berkeley and Special Collections and 

Archives, the University of Liverpool Library are collaborating on

a project to enable cross-domain searching in a multi-database 

environment. Their aim is to produce a next generation

online information retrieval system ("Cheshire") based on

international standards that will facilitate searching on the

internet across collections of original materials, printed books,

records, archives, manuscripts, and museum objects), statistical

databases, full-text,geo-spatial, and multi-media data resources.

 

                -------------------------------

HARMONY: Metadata for resource discovery of multimedia digital 

objects: Cornell University / ILRT / DSTC

 

HARMONY, a three-way international partnership between Cornell 

University, the Australian Distributed Systems Technology Centre and

the University of Bristol's Institute for Learning and Research

Technology, will be devising a framework to deal with the challenge

of describing networked collections of highly complex and mixed-media

digital objects. The work will draw together work on the RDF, XML,

Dublin Core and MPEG-7 standards, and will focus on the problem of

allowing multiple communities of expertise (e.g. library, education,

rights management) to define overlapping descriptive vocabularies for

annotating multimedia content.

 

                -------------------------------

Integrating and Navigating Eprint Archives through Citation-Linking:

Cornell University / Southampton University / Los Alamos

National Laboratory

 

In a 3-way partnership, Southampton University, Cornell University, 

and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will hyperlink each of the

over 100,000 papers in Los Alamos's unique online Physics Archive to

every other paper in the archive that it cites. It is hoped that the

power of this remarkable new way of navigating the scientific journal

literature will help induce authors in others fields to join to

create interlinked online archives like Los Alamos across disciplines

and around the world.

 

                -------------------------------

Online Music Recognition and Searching (OMRAS): University of

Massachussetts / King's College, London

 

Online music recognition and searching (OMRAS) is led by King's

College London in partnership with the Center for Intelligent

Information Retrieval at the University of Massachusetts. OMRAS is a

system for efficient and user-friendly content-based

searching and retrieval of musical information from online databases 

stored in a variety of formats ranging from encoded score files to

digital audio. The overall goal of this cross-disciplinary research 

is to fill a gap in the provision of online facilities for musical

collections: the inability to search the content for 'music' itself.

 

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Emulation options for digital preservation: technology emulation as 

a method for long-term access and preservation of digital

resources: University of Michigan / CURL

 

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan and research

staff in the UK from the Cedars project, being run at the

Universities of Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge under the aegis of CURL

(Consortium of University Research Libraries) will investigate the

potential role of emulation in long-term preservation of information

in digital form. The project will develop and test a suite

of emulation tools, evaluate the costs and benefits of emulation as a

preservation strategy for complex multi-media documents and objects,

and develop models for collection management decisions about how much

effort and resources to invest in exact replication within

preservation activity. The project team will assess options for

preserving the original functionality and 'look and feel' of

digital objects and develop preliminary guidelines for the use of

different preservation strategies (conversion, migration and

emulation).

 

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The IMesh Toolkit: An architecture and toolkit for distributed  

subject gateways: University of Wisconsin-Madison / UKOLN /ILRT

 

Recent years have seen the emergence of the subject gateway approach 

to Internet resource discovery and leading gateway initiatives have

recently been collaborating informally under the name IMesh. The

IMesh Toolkit project, a partnership of the UK Office for Library and

Information Networking at the University of Bath, the Institute for

Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol and the

Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims

to advance the system framework within which subject gateways and

related services operate by defining an architecture which specifies

individual components and how they communicate.

 

 

 

Notes for editors

 

The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government 

agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through

programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000

research and education projects in science and engineering.

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/

 

The Joint Information Systems Committee is funded by the four UK 

Higher Education Funding Bodies to stimulate and enable the cost

effective exploitation of information systems and to provide a high

quality national network infrastructure for the UK higher

education and research councils communities. URL: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

 

For further details of the NSF/JISC joint program contact:

 

Mr Stephen M. Griffin, Division of Information and Intelligent

Systems (IIS), Program Director: Special Projects, Digital

Libraries Initiative, National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson

Boulevard, Room 1115, Arlington, VA 22230

Phone: (703) 306-1930 Fax: (703) 306-0599 Email sgriffin@nsf.gov

 

Mr Chris Rusbridge, Programme Director, Electronic Libraries

Programme, The Library, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL,

UK

Phone: 01203 524979 Fax: 01203 524981, Email C.A.Rusbridge@Warwick.ac.uk

 

Mr Norman Wiseman, JISC Head of Programmes, C35 Cherry Tree

Buildings, University of Nottingham, University Boulevard,

Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Phone: 0115 951 4790 Fax: 0115 951 4791 Email head.programmes@jisc.ac.uk

 

For further information about each of the projects contact:

 

Cross-domain resource discovery

 

Dr Paul Watry, Automated Projects Manager, Special Collections  and

Archives University of Liverpool Library, PO Box 123,Liverpool L69

3DA, UK

Phone: +44 151 794 2696 Fax: +44 151 794 2681 Email: P.B.Watry@liverpool.ac.uk

 

HARMONY

 

Mr Dan Brickley, Institute for Learning and Research Technology, 

University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HH, UK

Phone: +44 117 928 7096 Fax: +44 117 928 7112 Email:

daniel.brickley@bristol.ac.uk

 

ePrint Citation linking

 

Professor Stevan Harnad, Professor of Cognitive Science, Department

of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton,

Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ UK

Phone: +44 1703 592-582 Fax: +44 1703 592-865 email: harnad@cogsci.soton.ac.uk

 

OMRAS

 

Mr Tim Crawford, Music Department, King's College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Phone: +44 171 848 1821 Fax: +44 171 848 2326 Email: t.crawford@kcl.ac.uk

 

Emulation options

 

Ms Kelly Russell, CEDARS Project Manager, Edward Boyle Library, 

University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

Phone: +44 113 233 6386 Fax: +44 113 233 5539 Email: k.l.russell@leeds.ac.uk

 

IMesh toolkit

 

Mr Andy Powell, UK Office for Library and Information Networking, 

University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

Phone: +44 1225 323933 Fax: +44 1225 826838 Email: a.powell@ukoln.ac.uk

                 

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Contact:

 

     Simon Matty

     Information Officer

     Library and Information Commission

     19-29 Woburn Place

     London WC1H 0LU

    

     tel:0171 273 8733

     fax:0171 273 8701

     email:simon.matty@lic.gov.uk

 

 

Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 08:40:53 +0100

Subject: report details from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting.**

    

     Immediately prior to its transfer to the LIC, the research grants

     function of the British Library Research and Innovation Centre

     published a number of research reports. Brief details are included

     below; full details of all LIC publications (and RIC publications

     1997-1999) are available from the LIC website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/

    

     --------------------------------------------------------------

  People, politics and hard decisions: an investigation into the

     management of public library closures

     by Sylvia Simmons and Richard Proctor

     42p

     BLR&I report 132

     ISBN 0712397574

     --------------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: Centre for the Public Library  in the

     Information Society,  Department of Information Studies, The

     University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, United

     Kingdom.  Tel:  (0114) 222 2662,

     Fax: (0114) 278 0300, e-mail:  y.brindley@sheffield.ac.uk

     Price in the UK:  stlg15 inc. post and packing.

         

     This is an account of a study into the decision making process involved

     in closing public library service points. The research investigates the

     experiences of 20 authorities which closed libraries between 1991 and

     1997. It examines reasons for closure decisions and identifies and

     discusses criteria for closure adopted by these authorities. It

     investigates relationships between management, elected members and users

     and considers the influence that each party may have in the eventual

     decision to close. It explores the communication process throughout the

     decision-making process, examining both consultation and information

     giving processes. The results of the study are intended to help inform

     the decision making of those authorities considering the closure of

     public library service points.

    

     --------------------------------------------------------------

     Investing in LIS people: the impact of the Investors in People

     initiative on the library and information sector

     by Anne Goulding...[et al.]

     142p

     BLR&I report 141

     ISBN 07123974345

     --------------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document Supply

     Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937

     546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price in the UK:

     microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     This report presents the findings of research which aimed to analyse the

     reception and penetration of the Investors in People (IIP) Standard in

     library and information services (LIS) in the UK, and assess its merit

     as a framework for the development and implementation of staff training

     policies and plans. The report concludes that both employees and

     managers in library & information services see considerable value in the

     Investors in People standard but that accreditation can take

     considerable time and effort.

    

     --------------------------------------------------------------------

     Staff in the new library: skill needs and learning choices: findings

     from Training the future, a public library research project

     by Bronwen Jones...[et al.]

     238p

     BLR&I report 152

     ISBN 0712397418

     --------------------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: Marje Westley, Bookings and Sales, Floor 2, Central

     Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ tel: 0121 303 2868.

     Price in the UK: £5.00

    

     The report contains the findings of a one year public library research

     project into the impact of new technologies on staff and ways to

     re-skill the library workforce. Training the future aims to be

     practical research that can be applied to real situations in public

     libraries today and in the future. The overriding message from the

     research is the importance of creating a 'learning culture' in

     libraries. If we are to meet the challenges of rapid technological and

     cultural change and take advantage of the opportunities it brings, we

     need to achieve a change in the way we do things. Organisations that

     are able to learn from their mistakes and experiment with new

     approaches are the ones that will survive in this rapidly changing

     environment. Staff who are able to adapt to the changes by keeping

     their skills up-to-date will be at a distinct advantage. The report

     recommends that technology-based learning methods are incorporated

     into library learning or training strategies, and treated as integral

     to the staff development process. However, the research also shows

     that if these learning methods are to be successful, libraries need to

     take a considered approach to planning and implementation. The report

     recommendations and consultants' guides indicate the way forward.

    

     -----------------------------------------------------------

     Assessment tools for quality management in public libraries

     by Margaret Evans, Kathryn Jones and Bob Usherwood

     355p

     BLR&I report 155

     ISBN 0712397442

     -----------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229; fax:

     01937 546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price in the

     UK: microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     The aim of this project was to develop, implement and test a

     self-assessment tool-kit for public library services.

    

     The report is split into three sections. The first section outlines

     the development of the research and provides the context for

     understanding why self-assessment is becoming an increasingly

     important management tool for public libraries. The second section

     introduces the self-assessment toolkit that was developed and provides

     details the self-assessment process the demonstrator authorities

     undertook. It concludes by listing the critical success factors for

     implementing self-assessment. The third section shows how the results

     of self assessment can be used to inform library planning, and offers

     recommendations for the use of self-assessment across the public

     library and information sector.

    

     Library Association Publishing intends to publish in August 1999 a

     resource pack encapsulating the results of this work. The resource

     pack will comprise a supporting text (to be read by senior managers

     and trainers before implementation) and a fully deliverable ring-bound

     training programme. The supporting text describes and discusses the

     development of a quality management model and self-assessment

     approaches for the LIS sector using the three models of QM to

     facilitate comparisions. It makes recommendations and provides

     guidelines which take account of the imperatives of library services

     within their own institutional context. The training pack contains all

     the necessary elements to use in developing a training programme on

     self-assessment in the organisation including OHP's, handouts and full

     trainer notes.

    

     -------------------------------------------------------------------

     Education and training for information work in the voluntary sector

     by Rebecca Linley...[et al.]

     115,[21]p

     BLR&I report 156

     0712397450

     -------------------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229; fax:

     01937 546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price in the

     UK: microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     The report presents the findings of research which aimed to

     investigate the role of the information specialist in the voluntary

     sector, and to identify models for the delivery of education and

     training. The research survey suggested that a wide range of

     postholders carry out information work in the sector, and confirmed

     the view that the sector was not significantly professionalised. It

     also identified a significant information skills deficit in the

     sector. The major barriers to the take-up of education and training

     were seen as relating to time and money constraints. A demand for

     flexible and context specific models of education and training was

     identified in both the survey and interviews with practitioners and

     with providers. The report concludes with recommendations for key

     stakeholders.

    

     ------------------------------------------------

     Skills and competencies in the corporate sector

     by Andrew Stenson, Rosemary Raddon, Angela Abell

     165p

     BLR&I report 162

     0712397493

     ------------------------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document Supply

     Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937

     546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price in the UK:

     microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     The aim of this project was to enable library and information

     professionals to identify and develop the skills and competencies

     relevant to the corporate sector. The research set out to: identify

     the current and emerging positions relevant to library and information

     managers in the banking, pharmaceutical and information provision

     industries (all three, fast moving industries in highly competitive

     markets); identify and profile the skills and competencies needed for

     first and second jobs in these sectors; determine how far academic

     departments were inculcating these skills.

    

     The overall findings suggest that at first job level a mix of

     interpersonal skills, particularly communication skills, team skills

     and computer literacy are high on the employers' list of requirements.

     These remain a core requirement for second posts with the addition of

     some management skills and a demonstration of business or sector

     awareness.

    

     An understanding of library and information issues appears to

     contribute to employability at first job level. At second job level,

     information skills together with industry specific knowledge are

     expected.

    

     The report recommendations include: further research to increase

     awareness of career paths within the corporate sector; the promotion

     of links between employers, educators and professionals in other

     sectors; the development of a national education and training centre

     as a distance learning university for information professionals in the

     corporate sector; development of a mentoring network and broader based

     accreditation framework.

    

     ---------------------------------------------------------------

     Understanding digital libraries: towards a conceptual framework

     by David Bawden and Ian Rowlands

     44p

     BLR&I rpeort 170

     0712397523

     ---------------------------------------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229;

     fax: 01937 546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price

     in the UK: microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     This report seeks to clarify our understanding of the 'digital

     library' construct. The report is in two main sections. The first part

     examines twenty commonly-held assumptions about the digital library

     which are evident in the professional and academic literature. An

     attempt is made to clarify the meaning of 'digital library' and related

     concepts such as the 'hybrid library', the 'electronic library', the

     'library without walls' and the 'library of the future'. The report

     highlights a schism between how the digital library concept is

     understood and employed within library and information studies and

     within the computer sciences. It suggests that the term 'complex

     library' may be a more meaningful way to look at contemporary

     developments in library practice.

    

     The second part of the study develops a conceptual framework for

     making sense of digital library developments. This locates information

     and communication technologies within a work-oriented perspective and

     uses a simple model to show how that research into the digital library

     embraces social as well as systems and informational perspectives.

     This model is further extended by considering the dynamic nature of

     digital library projects and how they roll out in stages, marked by

     the extent of their organisational impact.

    

     -----------------------------------

     Citizenship information

     by Rita Marcella and Graeme Baxter

     161p

     BLR&I report 173

     0712397558

     -----------------------------------

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 7BQ tel: 01937 546229; fax:

     01937 546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. Price in the

     UK: microfiche £5.00; photocopy £12.00

    

     Citizenship information is information produced by or about national

     and local government, government departments and public sector

     organisations which may be of value to the citizen either as part of

     everyday life or in the participation by the citizen in government and

     policy formulation. This report describes a research project which

     investigated the extent to which members of the UK public have

     expressed or unexpressed needs for citizenship information, their

     preferred routes to the acquisition of such information, and the

     suitability and approachability of the public library, among other

     agencies. for the user seeking citizenship information.

    

     The project found clear evidence that the public encounter situations

     in which information is required to help solve problems, and that they

     feel that access to information and freedom of information are very

     important to them in exercising their rights as citizens. The great

     majority of respondents saw public libraries as their preferred option

     in seeking citizenship information, although there were still areas of

     concern in that there was evidence to show that certain groups, such

     as disabled people and jobseekers, are less willing to use libraries.

     There was also a clear emphasis on public libraries as an appropriate

     location for computerised access to citizenship information, although

     other public places such as post offices and shopping centres would

     also attract a significant proportion of the public. The data

     suggested that no single mechanism for enabling access to information

     should be seen as the ultimate solution to the information needs of

     the citizen. Rather a complementary range of solutions must be offered

     to the citizen.

    

 

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 12:14:30 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

    

     General call for research proposals

     -----------------------------------

     The Commission has issued a general call for research proposals. The

     Call requests proposals for research projects that will contribute

     towards the successful execution of the Commission's Research Plan

     1999 - 2002. The full text of the call is available from the LIC

     website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/generalcall.html

    

     Research Plan 1999-2002

     -----------------------

     The LIC has published its Research Plan for the period 1999 - 2002. The

     Plan describes how the Commission will work to ensure that library and

     information services in the UK can move forward into the 21st century

     with sound evidence as the basis for their development. The Plan also

     aims to develop the research capacity and capability of the library and

     information sector and improve the effectiveness, impact and

     value-for-money of research activity.

    

     The Research Plan is available from the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/policyreports/researchplan.html

    

    

     Public Sector Information: a Key Resource for Europe

     ----------------------------------------------------

     Responding to the European Commission green paper Public Sector

     Information: a Key Resource for Europe the LIC suggests that a clear

     distinction needs to be made between issues of freedom of information

     and citizens' access to public information. Solutions need to be

     demand-led and event-centred, and not necessarily based on existing

     institutional structures. The Commission also believes that mapping

     public information provision throughout Europe and identifying gaps

     should be an early task which would make it possible to set

     Europe-wide minimum standards for provision, access, quality,

     navigation and finding aids.

    

     The full text of the LIC response is available from the LIC website

     at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/responses/psieurope.html

    

     The Road to Regeneration

     ------------------------

     The LIC has responded to the Local Government Association advocacy

     paper The Road to Regeneration saying that the key advocacy task is

     convincing the Department of the Environment, Transport and the

     Regions of the economic value of leisure, culture and tourism and that

     sustainable funding for such services is the key argument to be

     pursued. The response also suggests that to be effective in releasing

     further local government funding, any advocacy will have to be

     evidence-based.

    

     The full text of the LIC response is available from the LIC website

     at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/responses/regeneration.html

    

    

********************************************         

Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 14:21:10 +0100

Subject: LIC - note about a second call for research proposals

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

     

     In October 1998, the British Library Research and Innovation Centre

     issued an invitation to tender for a Review of Digital Library

     Research.  A contract to carry out the Review was awarded to a team

     led by Professor Peter Brophy of CERLIM at the Manchester Metropolitan

     University. The review will be finished by 30 June 1999 and its

     findings will be published in the next few months.

    

     The main aim of this work has been to inform the development of a call

     for proposals into further research in the area of digital library

     research. The Library and Information Commission is now giving advance

     notice that it plans to encourage such proposals as part of the

     second, targeted call announced in the Library and Information

     Research Plan 1999-2002 which it has produced.

    

     The Call is expected to cover several research themes within the area

     of digital library research and will be announced in early August. The

     closing date is planned for late October 1999.

    

     The LIC will issue further details about the report when they become

     available.

    

     **********************************************

     Adrienne Muir

     Research Programme Manager: Digital Libraries

     Library and Information Commission

     19-29 Woburn Place

     London WC1H 0LU

    

     tel: 0171 273 8722

     fax: 0171 273 8701

     email: adrienne.muir@lic.gov.uk

     **********************************************

 

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 16:06:47 +0100

Subject: Library and Informaiton Commission: invitation to tender

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     The Library and Information Commission today issued an invitation to

     tender for developing a methodological framework for the cost/benefit

     analysis of preservation of the recorded heritage. The full document

     is available on the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/preservation/tender.html

    

     Paper copies are available from the Commission at:

    

     19-29 Woburn Place

     London WC1H 1LU

     tel: 0171 273 8702/8704

     fax: 0171 273 8701

     email: libcom@lic.gov.uk

    

     Further information is available from:

    

     Adrienne Muir

     tel: 0171 273 8722

     fax: 0171 273 8701

     email: adrienne.muir@lic.gov.uk

   

    

     **********************************

     Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 14:19:36 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

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     NEW PUBLICATIONS

     ----------------

     Two new Library and Information Commission research reports have been

     published recently:

    

     PAPERBACKS IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

     by Joan Reuben and David Spiller

     58p

     LIC research report 2

     ISBN 1901786161

     Available from: Library and Information Statistics Unit, Publications

     Section, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU. tel: 01509

     223071; fax: 01509 223072; email: lisu@lboro.ac.uk. £17.50

    

     This work reports research into several aspects of paperback provision

     in public libraries, and is the first substantial investigation into

     the subject for twenty years. It will be of particular interest to

     public librarians and to the book trade. There are four main lines of

     enquiry: 1) paperback publishing patterns: the sequence of publication

     for hardback and paperback versions of the same title, the time

     intervals between the formats, and the price differences; 2)

     paperbacks in public library practice: a survey reporting current

     practice in UK public libraries of acquiring, reinforcing, cataloguing

     and displaying paperbacks; 3) paperbacks and library users: surveys

     reporting library user preferences for hard and paperback formats; 4)

     paperback durability and cost-effectiveness: the performance of

     different paperback reinforcing methods - in terms of loans and shelf

     life - and their cost-effectiveness. A concluding section relates the

     four sets of findings and presents them in a form of practical use to

     public librarians involved in the provision of materials. The findings

     will also help to inform decision making by publishers, booksellers,

     library suppliers and bookbinders.

    

     JOINT SERVICE DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS AS THE BASIS OF COOPERATION

     BETWEEN LIBRARY AUTHORITIES

     by Margaret Hawkins and Ian Malley

     214p

     LIC research report 4

     ISBN 1902394062

     Available from: British Thesis Service, British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ. tel:

     01937 546229; fax: 01937 546286; email:

     dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk. photocopy £12.00 UK; £17.00 overseas

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     The Executive Summary of this report will be made available on the LIC

     website.

    

     Using Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland as its case study, this

     project examines the philosophical, political and technical background

     against which joint arrangements, which are defined as two or more

     local authorities working together to provide a service in some sort

     of partnership, have arisen in the 1990's. The experience of

     authorities which have undergone reorganisation in the last four years

     is used to achieve the following aims: 1) assess the value of joint

     arrangements in building a stable framework for library co-operation

     in the public sector; 2) examine the potential of contractual

     frameworks for joint arrangements; 3) assess the economic value of

     joint arrangements.

    

     -----------------

     RESEARCH BULLETIN

     -----------------

     The first issue of the Library and Information Commission Research

     Bulletin is due to be published at the end of July. This free new

     title aims to provide a similar range of information, features, news

     and reviews as the title it has succeeded - the British Library

     Research and Innovation Centre Research Bulletin.

    

     Items in the first issue include:

    

     NEWS

     * Museums, Libraries and Archives Council - the story so far

     * an update on a number of key LIC policy initiatives

     * DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund 1999/2000

     * a list of the successful projects from the information retrieval

     call for research proposals

     * a report on the Career Development group conference - E-lucidate.

     The electronic library in the new millennium: new directions and

     initiatives

    

    

     FEATURES

     * Knowledge Management. The key issues and their relevance to the LIS

     profession

     * Research into practice for public libraries. The significance of the

     effective use of research by public library managers

     * Best practice in partnerships between libraries and the cable

     service industry. Exploring factors in successful partnerships between

     cable providers and libraries

     * Young people's reading habits at the end of the century. Looking at

     how and where young people come into contact with the books, comics

     and magazines they read and discovering what young people think about

     the relationship between what they read and how they understand the

     world.

    

     REVIEWS

     * New research in preservation management. A review of the LIC

     preservation research programme detailing all the current projects

     * Research in the Telematics for Libraries Programme. An overview of

     the European Commission's Telematics for Libraries programme.

    

    

     If you would like to subscribe to the Research Bulletin please forward

     the following information to libcom@lic.gov.uk

    

     Title:

     First name:

     Surname:

     Work address:

     Tel:

     Fax:

     Email:

     WWW:

    

     Delivery address, if different from work address.

    

     **********************************

   

Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 13:35:26 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     ------------------------------------

     Knowledge management report launched

     ------------------------------------

     Skills for knowledge management, a research report published on behalf

     of LIC by TFPL Ltd was launched on Monday at a seminar in London. The

     report looks at the roles, skills and training required to successfully

     implement a knowledge culture. A press release announcing the launch is

     available from the LIC website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/pressreleases/knowledg.html and an

     executive summary of the report is available at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/executivesummaries/kmskills.html

    

     The full report will be available from TFPL Ltd, 17-18 Britton Street,

     London EC1M 5TL. tel: 0207 251 5522 fax: 0207 251 8318. Price £50 (£35

     for academic institutions) plus £3 postage & packing in UK and £5

     overseas.

    

     ------------------------------------------------

     £20,000 in new ICT prizes announced at Umbrella5

     ------------------------------------------------

     Culture Secretary Chris Smith opened the Umbrella5 conference in

     Manchester with an announcement about the New Library Award for ICT

     (Ingenious and Creative use of Technology), sponsored by the

     Department for Culture, Media & Sport and run by the LIC, with prizes

     worth a total of £20,000, in a competition open to individual

     public library service points as well as library authorities. A press

     release which describes the Award in more detail is available on the

     website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/pressreleases/ictprize.html

    

     ---------------------------

     Good news for blind readers

     ---------------------------

     The Commission and Share the Vision have announced how they intend to

     spend the £200,000 made available by the Department for Culture, Media

     & Sport to ensure that blind and visually impaired people benefit in a

     much wider way from access to library and reading services. A press

     release detailing the projects to be funded is available on the

     website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/pressreleases/shrvision.hmtl

    

     --------------------------

     New research grant awarded

     --------------------------

     The Commission has recently awarded a grant to Heriot-Watt University

     for a project which will investigate how to define and identify

     collections to which shared preservation responsibilities can be

     applied within a regional or national context, taking into account the

     differing scale and scope of significant collections in different

     library sectors. Shared preservation in Scotland (SPIS) will also

     investigate how priorities for identifying collections to be included

     in a shared preservation programme are to be established across a

     region or country; how the scope and content of collections for such a

     programme is to be identified and handled; and how special and named

     collections are to be treated within a shared preservation programme.

     It will also try to identify and define the obligations that accepting

     a responsibility for shared preservation imposes both upon individual

     libraries and on the libraries working collaboratively as a group; and

     it will investigate an effective on-line solution for denoting

     information about shared preservation responsibilities across a region

     or country and mechanisms for keeping it up-to-date. Full details of

     this award and details of other current awards in the preservation of

     and access to the recorded heritage research programme are available

     on the LIC website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/presproj.html#re081

    

    

     **********************************

Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1999 12:37:40 +0100

Subject: LIC digital libraries research - call for proposals

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     ** Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     The Library and Information Commission has issued a call for proposals

     for digital libraries research. The full text of the call is available

     on the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/digital/digicall.html

    

     The closing date for receipt of proposals is 12 noon, 29 October 1999.

    

     Paper copies of the call are available on request from:

     dlcall@lic.gov.uk

    

    

     ****************************

Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1999 16:47:08 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**  

    

     The Library and Information Commission has recently published two

     reports.

    

     --------------------

     Friends of libraries

     --------------------

     by Capital Planning Information Ltd

     ix,56,xxxip

     LIC research report 5

     ISBN 1898869545

    

     This report describes and assesses the current position of Friends of

     Libraries groups in the United Kingdom in the public library, academic

     and national sectors. It compares the UK situation with overseas

     experience in the USA, Canada and Australia. The report provides

     guidelines on best practice for establishing groups and those

     considering setting them up.

    

     It examines and supports the case for a national federation or support

     group and makes recommendations directed to the main stakeholders

     including library users.

    

     -----------------------------------------------------------------

     INSIST: the impact of NVQs in information and library services on

     staff induction and staff training

     -----------------------------------------------------------------

     by Sandra Parker, Catherine Hare, Pat Gannon-Leary

     166p

     LIC research report 6

     ISBN 1902394070

    

     This report presents the findings of the INSIST project which took

     place between May 1998 and April 1999. The objective of the project was

     to ascertain to what extent the introduction of ILS NVQs had impacted

     on staff training and development in the library and information

     sector. The research objectives were to investigate the development of

     the occupational standards and NVQs across the sector; measure the

     impact of their implementation; investigate the opportunities they

     provide for co-operative training and their effects on the career

     opportunities of the candidates; and to consider the operational models

     and effectiveness of existing NVQ assessment centres. Conclusions have

     indicated that the infant qualifications will have a strong future. The

     flexible, structured and recognised training that they provide have

     been needed and valued by both staff and managers. There are still some

     problems however, and the qualifications will need continuous

     monitoring to ensure that these are addressed.

    

    

     **********************************

Date: Mon, 9 Aug 1999 08:07:39 +0100

Subject: Library and Information Commission research reports

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     Details of all new Library and Information Commission research reports

     are posted to a number of LIS Mailbase lists. List subscribers might

     also like to know that the "research reports" page on the LIC website

     is now live.

    

     The page contains bibliographic details of all published research

     reports, abstracts of all published research reports, links to

     ordering information and links to executive summaries of published

     research reports.

    

     The page is arranged by research report number and, in what is hoped

     to be a useful feature, lists forthcoming research reports as well as

     published reports.

    

     The URL for the research report page is as follows:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/researchreports/index.html

    

    

     (note in response to a specific question)

     The Commission itself does not make available online the full text of

     research reports. However, as part of a Grantees dissemination

     activities, final reports are sometimes made available on

     institution/organisation websites. When this happens a link will

     always be made from the LIC website to the full text of the report.

    

     **********************************

Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 15:58:02 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     ------------------

     New grants awarded

     ------------------

     Full grant details for four of the projects that were successful under

     the recent Information Retrieval call for research proposals are now

     available on the LIC website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/ir-curpj.html

    

     The grants have been awarded to the following projects:

    

     A multi-disciplinary framework for the evaluation of Internet search

     engines

    

     Retrieving multimedia objects: an approach through synchronisation

    

     VIRAMI: Visual Information Retrieval for Archival Moving Imagery

    

     Image indexing and retrieval in the compressed domain

    

     The complete list of successful proposals is available on the website

     at: http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/information_retrieval/ir-calla.html

    

     ----------------

     Research reports

     ----------------

     The Library and Information Commission has recently published two

     reports. The details are as follows:

    

     *********************************************************

     Public library materials fund and budget survey 1998-2000

     compiled by Alison Murphy

     *********************************************************

     265p

     LIC research report 11

     ISBN 190178620X

     £27.50

     Available from: LISU, Publications Section, Loughborough University,

     Loughborough LE11 3TU. tel: 01509 223071; fax: 01509 223072; email:

     lisu@lboro.ac.uk

    

     This publication is a compilation of public library authorities' recent

     spending results, together with budgets for 1999-2000. It covers all

     the key components which affect, and are affected by budgetary changes:

     total expenditure; materials expenditure, including books, audio-visual

     materials, and CD-ROM and online information sources; staff, service

     points and opening hours.

    

     Information on these themes is presented in three main sections: a

     commentary, which includes summary tables by "type of authority", for

     each theme; summary tables by theme, each table listing every

     authority under its sector; authority tables, including all the

     information submitted by authority.

    

     Themes are summarised by "types of authority", viz: London boroughs,

     metropolitan districts, English unitary authorities, English counties,

     Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    

     **********************************************************************

     A survey of NHS libraries: statistics from the NHS Regional Librarians

     Group 1997-98

     compiled by Alison Murphy

     **********************************************************************

     41p

     LIC research report 12

     ISBN 1901786218

     £17.50

     Available from: LISU, Publications Section, Loughborough University,

     Loughborough LE11 3TU. tel: 01509 223071; fax: 01509 223072; email:

     lisu@lboro.ac.uk

    

     This report provides a comprehensive overview of the provision of

     library services within the NHS and, for each NHS region, includes

     information on: expenditure on staff and materials; sources of

     funding; provision of services, including interlending, photocopying

     and mediated searching; resources and use, including book and journal

     stock, acquisitions, loans and end-user searching; breakdowns of

     potential and actual user populations; floor space, staffed opening

     hours and study space.

    

     Derived statistics such as expenditure per potential user, loans per

     actual user, cost per journal title, etc., allow comparisons to be

     made between service points and between regions.

    

    

    

     Details of all published research reports and forthcoming titles are

     available from the website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/researchreports/index.html

    

     **********************************

Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 16:20:35 +0100

Subject: news from the LIC: BL Research & Innovation Centre reports

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     A number of British Library Research and Innovation Centre research reports

     were delivered to the Centre during and after its transfer to the Library

     and Information Commission. I am not sure these reports have been widely

     reported on so I have listed them below, by title and report number. Full

     report details are available on the LIC website:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/ricarchive/index.html

    

     This index page gives you the option of publication lists for reports

     dated 1999, 1998 and 1997. I have grouped the titles below by the

     publication date listed on the item and then in ascending order of report

     number.

    

     Except where noted, all the titles are available to order from the British

     Thesis Service, The British Library Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa

     Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ. tel: +44 (0) 1937 546229; fax: +44

     (0)1937 546286; email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk

    

     The charges for on demand copies are:

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     photocopy £12.00 UK: £17.00 overseas

    

    

     Publications dated 1999

     ***********************

    

     Knowledge lost in information: patterns of use and non-use of

     networked bibliographic resources

     BLR&I report 105

     ----------------

     Digital archaeology: the recovery of digital materials at risk

     BLR&I report 108

     ----------------

     Business information and the Internet: use of the Internet as an

     information resource for small and medium-sized enterprises: final

     report

     BLR&I report 136

     ----------------

     Investing in LIS people: the impact of the Investors in People

     initiative on the library and information sector

     BLR&I report 141

     ----------------

     Beyond access and awareness: evaluating electronic community networks

     BLR&I report 149

     Also available on the Internet at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/cicn/beyond/

     ----------------

     Interactive multimedia in primary schools: children's use and

     understanding of information texts on CD-ROM, and implications for

     teachers and designers

     BLR&I report 157

     ----------------

     Perspectives of public library use 2: a compendium of survey

     information

     BLR&I report 166

     Available from LISU: Publications Section, LISU, Loughborough University,

     Loughborough LE11 3TU. Tel: 01509 223071; Fax: 01509 223072;

     Email: lisu@lboro.ac.uk

     ----------------

     The role of information in the strategic management process

     BLR&I report 171

     Also available on the Internet at:

     http://www.dil.aber.ac.uk/dils/Research/RFocus5/5sub2/Resource/BANK0X.

     htm

     ----------------

     What makes a digital librarian? A critical analysis of the management

     culture needed for effective digital library development

     BLR&I report 174

     ----------------

    

     Publications dated 1998

     ***********************

    

     Access to public libraries: the impact of opening hours reductions and

     closures 1986-1997

     BLR&I report 90

     Available from: Centre for the Public Library  in the Information

     Society,  Department of Information Studies, The University of

     Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom. Tel: 0114

     222 2662; Fax: 0114 278 03001; e-mail:y.brindley@sheffield.ac.uk

     ----------------

     Impact of devolved budgeting on library and information services in

     universities in the UK

     BLR&I report 138

     ----------------

     Household library use survey 1998

     BLR&I report 144

     Available from: Book Marketing Ltd, 7a Bedford Square, London WC1B

     3RA. Tel: 0171 580 7282; Fax: 0171 580 7236; email:

     bookmark@londonweb.net

     ----------------

     Access to research material

     BLR&I report 147

     Available from: LISC(Northern Ireland) Tel: 01232 335020

     ----------------

    

     Publications dated 1997

     ***********************

    

     Index to children's information books: a study of the provision and

     quality of book indexes for children at National Curriculum Key Stage

     2

     BLR&I report 129

     ----------------

     Children's PLUS: a national standard for surveying children and young

     people in public libraries and the community

     BLR&I report 148

     Available from: IPF Ltd, Suffolk House, College Road, Croydon CR0 1PF.

     Tel: 0181 6671144

     ----------------

    

     All LIC research reports, including forthcoming titles, are listed on

     the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/researchreports/index.html

    

    

     **********************************

Date: Tue, 7 Sep 1999 15:54:07 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund 1999-2000

     ------------------------------------------------------

     The list of successful applicants for the 1999-2000 Challenge Fund was

     announced by the DCMS on 3 August and made available via a DCMS press

     release and the LIC website.

    

     The LIC website has now been updated to include project descriptions

     for 17 of the 18 projects that will receive funding (the final one

     will be added as soon as possible). The direct URL is:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/dcms/dcms99.html

    

     New grants awarded (1)

     ----------------------

     The Department for Culture, Media and Sport made available to the

     Library and Information Commission a £200,000 grant for the year

     1999/2000. The grant is to be used "to ensure that blind and visually

     impaired people benefit in a much wider way from access to library and

     reading services".  Working in partnership, the Commission and Share

     the Vision have determined how to make best use of the grant by

     identifying several essential building blocks for the improvement of

     services. Further details are available from the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/visualaccess/index.html

    

     The Commission has already awarded a number of grants in this area and

     descriptions of the projects are available on a separate awards page:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/visualaccess.html

    

     New grants awarded (2)

     ----------------------

     Details are now available of one more project that was successful

     under the recent Information Retrieval call for research proposals.

     The project, entitled "Effects of spatial-semantic interfaces in

     visual information retrieval: three experimental studies" is listed

     along with all other current IR projects on the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/ir-curpj.html

    

     Research bulletin

     -----------------

     The first issue of the Commission's Research Bulletin is now available.

     Paper copies can be obtained from the Commission (contact Henry Girling:

     tel 0171 273 8746; fax: 0171 273 8701; email henry.girling@lic.gov.uk).

     Two versions of the Research Bulletin are also available from the LIC

     website: a PDF file of the full issue and a link to HTML versions of the

     substantive articles. The direct URL is:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/bulletin/index.html

    

    

     **********************************

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 09:46:21 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     -------------------------------

     Education Taskgroup established

     -------------------------------

     Mark Wood, Vice Chair of the Library & Information Commission, has

     announced the formation of a taskgroup to advise the Departments for

     Culture, Media & Sport and for Education & Employment on ways in which

     public libraries and education can work better together to improve

     lifelong learning. A press release which details the members of the

     Taskgroup is available on the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/pressreleases/990922.html

    

     ----------------------------------

     New LIC research reports published

     ----------------------------------

     The Commission has recently published two reports:

    

     ****************************************************

     CIRCE: better communities through better information

     by Helen Leech

     ****************************************************

     187p

     LIC research report 1

     ISBN 1902394046

     Available from: British Thesis Service, The British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ.

     tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937 546286;

     email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     photocopy £12.00 UK; £17.00 overseas

    

     Also available on the Internet at: http://www.gloscc.gov.uk/circe/

    

     Project CIRCE was an 18-month research project looking at the

     feasibility of networking community information between public library

     authorities in the UK. It ran from December 1997 to May 1999 and

     studied the technical and practical issues involved in networking

     materials in the light of developments in the public library sector,

     including the New Library Network.

    

     **********************************************************************

     Likely to succeed: attitudes and aptitudes for an effective information

     profession in the 21st century

     by Anne Goulding...[et al.]

     **********************************************************************

     97p

     LIC research report 8

     ISBN 1902394097

     Available from: British Thesis Service, The British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ.

     tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937 546286;

     email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     photocopy £12.00 UK; £17.00 overseas

    

     The report details the findings from a research project which compared

     the personal qualities demanded by employers with the actual

     attributes of Information and Library Studies (ILS) students. The

     project found that employers across sectors identify the ability to

     accept pressure, deal with a range of users and respond to change as

     most essential for information work. The project also discovered a

     significant overlap between the most 'essential' and 'lacking'

     qualities, which raises the concern that qualities that are high in

     demand are also in short supply. The report concludes that there is

     evidence of a mis-match between employer requirements and expectations

     and the attributes and attitudes displayed by ILS students.

    

     --------------------------------

     Other reports recently published

     --------------------------------

    

     *************************************************************

     Skills for knowledge management: building a knowledge economy

     by TFPL Ltd

     *************************************************************

     This research report, which is based on research jointly funded by the

     Commission and TFPL Ltd, looks at the roles, skills and training

     required to successfully implement a knowledge culture. It is available

     from TFPL Ltd, 17-18 Britton Street, London EC1M 5TL; tel: 0207 251

     5522; fax: 0207 251 8318; email: central@tfpl.com. Price: £50.00

    

     *******************************************

     RUDI: Resource for Urban Design Information

     by William Worthington

     *******************************************

     1v. various pagings

     BLR&I report 176

     ISBN 071239740X

     Available from: British Thesis Service, The British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ.

     tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937 546286;

     email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     photocopy £12.00 UK; £17.00 overseas

    

     The final report of a project funded by the British Library Research

     and Innovation Centre prior to its transfer to the Commission. RUDI is

     a World Wide Web site that aims to provide a single point of reference

     for all students, educators and professional practitioners with an

     interest in the various disciplines of urban design and the built

     environment. The report offers a brief background to the project,

     detailed descriptions about the tasks carried out and a discourse of

     lessons with regard to the creation and dissemination of large scale

     multimedia resources on the Web.

    

    

     **********************************

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:24:18 +0100

Subject: news from the Library and Information Commission

From: Simon.Matty@lic.gov.uk (Simon Matty)

Reply-To: lis-fid@mailbase.ac.uk

Sender: lis-fid-request@mailbase.ac.uk

 

     **Apologies for cross-posting**

    

     ---------------

     New publication

     ---------------

     The Commission has recently published the following report:

    

     *******************************

     Digital library research review

     by Peter Brophy

     *******************************

     75p

     LIC research report 17

     ISBN 1902394003

     Available from: British Thesis Service, The British Library Document

     Supply Centre, Boston Spa Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ.

     tel: 01937 546229; fax: 01937 546286;

     email: dsc-british-thesis-service@bl.uk

    

     microfiche £5.00 UK; £6.00 overseas

     photocopy £12.00 UK; £17.00 overseas

    

     The report of a review commissioned to provide input to the

     formulation of the Library and Information Commission's Digital

     Libraries Research Call for Proposals. The work identifies several

     different digital library models, describes a number of digital

     library research and development agendas, highlights other major

     issues and influences and concludes with a statement on the general

     digital library research agenda. 

    

     ----------------------

     New grants awarded (1)

     ----------------------

     Full grant details for another of the projects that were successful

     under the recent Information Retrieval call for research proposals are

     now available on the LIC website at:

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/ir-curpj.html

    

     The grant has been awarded to the following project: Concept-based

     Interactive Query Expansion Support Tool (CIQUEST)

    

     The complete list of successful proposals is available on the website

     at: http://www.lic.gov.uk/research/information_retrieval/ir-calla.html

    

     ----------------------

     New grants awarded (2)

     ----------------------

     The Commission has awarded four new grants for work under the

     Improving access for blind and visually impaired people scheme. All

     four are part of a range of initiatives that are proposed to

     facilitate improvements to the National Union Catalogue of Alternative

     Formats (NUCAF). The grants have been awarded to the following

     projects:

    

     Improvements to the National Union Catalogue of Alternative Formats -

     Phase 1 (three grants awarded)

    

     A Technical specification of the metadata requirements for the

     National Union Catalogue of Alternative Formats

    

    

     A full list of grants awarded under this initiative is available on

     the LIC website at:

    

     http://www.lic.gov.uk/awards/visualaccess.html

    

    

     **********************************

     Simon Matty

     Information Officer

     Library and Information Commission

     19-29 Woburn Place

     London WC1H 0LU

    

     tel: 0171 273 8733

     fax: 0171 273 8701

    

     email: simon.matty@lic.gov.uk

     **********************************

    

       

 

 

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10.           NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA INFORMATION SERVER METADATA STRATEGY

 

Date:         Mon, 2 Aug 1999 11:26:54 -0400

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>

Subject:      [FYI] NLA Information Server Metadata Strategy

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

From: Debbie Campbell <dcampbel@nla.gov.au>

Subject: NLA Information Server Metadata Strategy

Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 19:01:13 +1000

 

Recently, the National Library of Australia launched two "new" Web sites - a

new version of its information server, at http://www.nla.gov.au  and

MetaMatters, at http://www.nla.gov.au/meta/.

 

On both sites we have implemented our new formal metadata guidelines, based

on the Australian Government Locator Service. Please see

http://www.nla.gov.au/metadata.html for more details.

 

Debbie

 

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Debbie Campbell, Metadata Coordinator, Coordination Support Branch

National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2601

ph: +61 2 6262 1673;          fax: +61 2 6273 2545

mailto:dcampbel@nla.gov.au              http://www.nla.gov.au/meta

 

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11.           NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR RETROSPECTIVE CONVERSION OF LIBRARY AND

              ARCHIVE CATALOGUES

 

Date:         Wed, 7 Jul 1999 10:21:15 -0400

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>

Subject:      National Strategy for Retrospective Conversion of Library and

              Archive Catalogues

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

Dear Colleagues

 

The study on a national strategy for retrospective conversion of library and

archive catalogues, (undertaken by UKOLN and the National Council on

Archives) was completed at the end of May 1999.

 

A report on the study, including recommendations for a national strategy,

was submitted to the commissioning group (BL, LIC and LINC) and accepted.

 

The report title is 'Full Disclosure: releasing the value of library and

archive collections'. A copy of the full text of the report (in pdf format)

is now available at the UKOLN website at the following URL:

 

http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/lic/fulldisclosure/report.pdf

 

A printed version of the report is in preparation and details of its

availability will be circulated when they are known.

 

Nick Kingsley

 

 

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12.           PUBLISHER/LIBRARY RELATIONSHIPS IN THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT.

 

 

Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 12:14:54 +0800 (WST)

Reply-To: Terry.Kuny@xist.com

Originator: wain@info

Sender: wain@info.curtin.edu.au

From: Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com> (by way of Kerry Smith <kerry@biblio.curtin.edu.au>)

To: Multiple recipients of list WAIN <wain@info.curtin.edu.au>

Subject: [DOC] Publisher/Library Relationships in the Digital

  Environment.

 

From: Ann Okerson <ann.okerson@yale.edu>

Subject: STM Releases Document

 

For those of you interested in reading it, the Library Relations Committee

of the STM Group of Publishers has made available a commissioned

discussion document written by John Cox, international publishing

consultant.  The document is entitled "Publisher/Library Relationships in

the Digital Environment."

 

To locate the document, please visit:  http://www.stm-assoc.org/

 

Click on "Committees" and look for the "STM Library Relations Committee"

 

Summary of the Document

 

STM represents 250 publishing companies and learned societies, and

recognizes that the advent of digital networks affects authors,

publishers, librarians and readers.  Dialogue between publishers and

librarians is essential to creating the sense of partnership and

open-mindedness needed to meet the future needs of scholarship and

research:

 

· Publishers and librarians have complementary roles and responsibilities,

serving the same needs and facing similar challenges.

 

· The interests of publishers and librarians need to be re-balanced in

order to seize the benefits of digital information flow.

 

· Legislation provides a framework of copyright, privacy, competition and

consumer law that protects against misuse while facilitating the flow of

information from author to reader.  If laws need to be amended, such

changes should be made on the basis of the mutual agreement of all members

of the community.

 

· There is much to be achieved without legislative change.  Neither

publishers nor librarians should shy away from the issues that divide

them, especially the scope of fair use and the exchange of copyright

information between libraries.  A more detailed analysis of the impact of

copyright exemptions is needed.

 

· The development of a predictable licensing environment and the testing

of new business models requires cooperation between publishers and

librarians, and leads to better mutual understanding.

 

STM seeks dialogue with libraries and with other members of the research

and scholarly communities in order to meet the challenges, opportunities

and expectations created by the digital environment.

 

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TM Library Relations Committee

                 

Chairman: Pieter Gispen (Brill Academic Publishers)

                

Brief: This Committee which grew out of our very active Library Project

Team (an initiative of the relevant STM Committees) intends to improve

relations between STM publishers and STM librarians worldwide, and to

raise the level of mutual understanding. Workshops and seminars have been

held and are being prepared, attendance in one another's meetings is

promoted, and stronger liaison with other STM and Library Committees and

Groups is being both prepared and established. Practical experiences in

the various fields (serials, marketing, copyright...) will be exchanged,

and training and education make up part of the Committee's brief.

 

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13.           REPOSLIB

 

 

 

Date:         Thu, 24 Jun 1999 09:40:13 +0300

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Pentti Vattulainen <pentti.vattulainen@NRL.FI>

Subject:      REPOSLIB - a new discussion list

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

A discussion list on repository matters REPOSLIB is an open, unmediated

list-serv managed by the Center for Research Libraries on behalf of persons

located worldwide interested in discussing repository libraries and related

issues.

 

The genesis of REPOSLIB is the first international conference of repository

libraries that took place in Kuopio, Finland on 9-11.5.1999. This

conference was organised by The National Repository Library of Finland in

co-operation with the Universal Availability of Publications Core programme

of IFLA, Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA) and Kuopio University

Library. The theme of the conference was "Solving collection problems

through repository strategies".

 

Resulting from the conference is a renewed interest in developing an

international repository strategy. There is also a need for a research

agenda that starts by defining what is a repository library today and how

will it change in the electronic era. Standard methods of measuring the

efficiency of differing repository solutions are necessary along with a

list of best work practices with comparable cost data.

 

To order it send an e-mail to the address

Majordomo@CRLMAIL.UCHICAGO.EDU

with the following command in the body of your email message:

subscribe reposlib

 

More information:

Pentti Vattulainen

Director                          e-mail: pentti.vattulainen@nrl.fi

National Repository Library (NRL) tel: -(358)-17-26 46 007

P.O.Box 1710                      fax: -(358)-17-26 46 008

70421 Kuopio

Finland

http://www.nrl.fi

 

 

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14.           SUBJECT INDEX TO LITERATURE ON ELECTRONIC SOURCES OF

INFORMATION - June 1st, 1999

 

Date:         Tue, 1 Jun 1999 12:13:55 -0600

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         Marian Dworaczek <marian.dworaczek@USASK.CA>

Subject:      Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

To:           IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA

 

The June 1st, 1999 edition of the "Subject Index to Literature on

Electronic Sources of Information"  is available at:

 

        http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUBJIN_A.HTM

 

 

The page-specific "Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of

Information" and the accompanying "Electronic Sources of Information: A

Bibliography" (listing all indexed items) deal with all aspects of

electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials,

periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected

works. Over 900 titles were identified and indexed in great detail for

this project. Thousands of URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) were added to

various entries. Both the Index and the Bibliography are continuously

updated.

 

Introduction which includes sample search and instructions how to use the

Subject Index and the Bibliography is located at:

        http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUB_INT.HTM

 

This message has been crossposted to several mailing lists. Please excuse

and duplication and inconveniences caused by it.

 

 

---------------------------------------------

Marian Dworaczek

Head, Acqusitions Department

and Head, Technical Services

University of Saskatchewan Libraries

Phone: (306) 966-6016

Fax: (306) 966-5919

http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze

 

 

SUBJECT INDEX TO LITERATURE ON ELECTRONIC SOURCES OF INFORMATION

August 1, 1999

 

Date:         Sun, 1 Aug 1999 13:53:48 -0600

Sender: "ASIS-L: American Society for Information Science"

              <ASIS-L@asis.org>

From: Marian Dworaczek <marian.dworaczek@USASK.CA>

Subject:      Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

 

The August 1st, 1999 edition of the "Subject Index to Literature on

Electronic Sources of Information"  is available at:

 

        http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUB_INT.HTM

 

The page-specific "Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of

Information" and the accompanying "Electronic Sources of Information: A

Bibliography" (listing all indexed items) deal with all aspects of

electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials,

periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected

works. Over 1,000 titles were identified and indexed in great detail for

this project. Thousands of URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) were added to

various entries. Both the Index and the Bibliography are continuously

updated.

 

This message has been crossposted to several mailing lists. Please excuse

any duplication.

 

 

*************************************************

*Marian Dworaczek                               *

*Head, Acquisitions Department                  *

*and Head, Technical Services Division          *

*University of Saskatchewan Libraries           *

*E-mail:  dworaczek@sklib.usask.ca              *

*Phone: (306) 966-6016                          *

*Fax: (306) 966-5919                            *

*Home Page: http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze   *

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15.           TACHYON PUBLICATIONS

 

Date:         Thu, 9 Sep 1999 13:25:44 -0800

Sender:       International Federation of Library Associations mailing list

              <IFLA-L@INFOSERV.NLC-BNC.CA>

From:         cisler <cisler@POBOX.COM>

Subject:      New sources of information

 

The Tachyon community networking database of annotated resources has four

recent additions:

 

*Telecentres: project model by IICD  A short guide by the Dutch agency for

those planning public access centers

 

*BEV Community Networking Briefing Book: free publication from Blacksburg

Electronic Village. This 80 page book will be mailed to those filling out a

web form.

 

*The Humanities Library Project: low cost CD-ROM and web site with more

than 1200 full text publications. Organized by a Belgian doctor with the

assistance of many organizations, this is a very impressive collection for

places without access to much print material.

 

*The Dialogue Handbook - Empowering Citizens in Society  This resulted from

a European project involving libraries in Sweden, the UK, and Italy. Good

lessons for neighborhood facilitators.

 

For more details on these resources go to this URL and search on one of the

terms (IICD, BEV, Humanities, Dialogue, etc).

 

http://www.tachyon.net/cnet/search.html

 

Steve Cisler

Tachyon, Inc.

www.tachyon.net

cisler@pobox.com

 

 

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