NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION 

MARCH 2002     issue

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


Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication
 


Subject: book announcement--Rice

Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 12:12:23 -0400

From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskil@MIT.EDU>

To: lis-fid-request@jiscmail.ac.uk

I thought readers of lis-fid might be interested in this book. For more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262182149

Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication Ronald E. Rice, Maureen McCreadie, and Shan-Ju L. Chang

This book contends that accessing and browsing information and communication are multidimensional and consequential aspects of the information user's entire experience and of general human behavior.

Problems in information creation, processing, transmittal, and use often arise from an incomplete conceptualization of the "information seeking" process, where information seeking is viewed as the intentional finding of specific information. The process has traditionally been considered to begin with some kind of search query and end with some kind of obtained information. That, however, may be only the last, most easily observable--and perhaps not even primary--stage of a complex sequence of activities.

This book reviews related theory, research, practice, and implications from a wide range of disciplines. It also analyzes converging forms of information, including mass media, online information services, theInternet and World Wide Web, libraries, public spaces, advertisements, and organizational communication. Extensive case studies illustrate the theoretical material.

Ronald E. Rice is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University. Maureen McCreadie is Professor in Library and Instructional Services at Bucks County Community College. Shan-Ju L. Chang is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at National Taiwan University.

7 x 9, 368 pp. 44 illus. cloth ISBN 0-262-18214-9

Jud Wolfskill
Associate Publicist
MIT Press
5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
617.253.2079
617.253.1709 fax
wolfskil@mit.edu

 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's international library award
 

Contact: Alice Bishop

Council on Library and Information Resources
Phone: 202.939.4763, E-mail: abishop@clir.org

Julie Moriarty
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Phone: 206.709.3230, E-mail: juliem@gatesfoundation.org

01.22.02

Council on Library and Information Resources seeks applicants for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's international library award Access to Learning Award recognizes organizations developing innovative strategies to provide free public access to information

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is seeking applicants for the third annual Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award, an international award given to a library, library agency or comparable organization that has been innovative in providing free public access to information.

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established this award to give organizations an opportunity to expand programs that provide access to information for all people," said Deanna Marcum, president of the Council on Library and Information Resources. "We look forward to receiving applications from innovative organizations around the world."The Access to Learning Award includes a grant of up to $1 million.

Applications are available at www.clir.org/fellowships/gates/gates.html.

They must be postmarked by April 15, 2002, for consideration. An international advisory committee of librarians and information. Technology experts will review applications based on efforts to make technology freely accessible to the public, train the public in using technology, educate staff on technology use and reach out to underserved communities. Only organizations outside the United States are eligible for consideration.

The award will be announced and presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) meeting in Glasgow in August 2002. A detailed, written case study of the award recipient's work will be published in print and online by CLIR.

On the Internet:
Council on Library and Information Resources, www.clir.org
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, www.gatesfoundation.org

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The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. In partnership with other organizations, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information. Through projects, programs, and publications, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come both in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.clir.org. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community. Led by Bill Gates' father, William H. Gates, Sr., and Patty Stonesifer, the Seattle-based foundation has an asset base of $24.2 billion. For more information, visit www.gatesfoundation.org.

 
Can Networks of Journal-Journal Citations Be Used as Indicators of Change in the Social Sciences? (preprint version)
 
Indicators of Change in the Social Sciences? (preprint) at http://www.leydesdorff.net/SoSci/SoSci.pdf Can Networks of Journal-Journal Citations Be Used as Indicators of Change in the Social Sciences? (preprint version)

Abstract:

Aggregated journal-journal citations can be used for mapping the intellectual organization of the sciences in terms of specialties and interreading communities. In addition to indicating local change, probabilistic entropy measures enable us to analyze changes in distributions at different levels of aggregation. The Journal Citation Reports of the Social Science Citation Index for 1999 are compared with similar data for 1998. The indicators are elaborated in relation to similar developments in the Science Citation Index. Specialty formation seems a more important mechanism in the development of the social sciences than in the natural and life sciences, but the developments are volatile. The use of aggregate statistics based on the Science Citation Index is ill-advised in the case of the social sciences because of differences in the underlying dynamics.

Commentaries are welcome.

With kind regards,

Loet

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Loet Leydesdorf

Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR),
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel.: +31-20- 525 6598; Fax: +31-20- 525 3681
mailto:loet@leydesdorff.net ; http://www.leydesdorff.net/

"A Sociological Theory of Communication: The Self-Organization of the Knowledge-Based Society"
http://www.upublish.com/books/leydesdorff.htm

"The Challenge of Scientometrics: The development, measurement, and self-organization of scientific communications"
http://www.upublish.com/books/leydesdorff-sci.htm

 
Cataloging Internet Resources
 


Announcement: OCLC Institute "Cataloging Internet Resources" Version 2 Now Available

[Cross-posted. Please forward as appropriate.]

The Web-based distance-learning course, “Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2,” version 2, revised and expanded, is now available from the OCLC Institute.

The course has been completely updated to include recent AACR2 rule revisions for Chapter 9, and NOW INCLUDES INSTRUCTION IN CATALOGING ELECTRONIC SERIALS.

“Cataloging Internet Resources” covers the MARC 21 fields and subfields and related AACR2 rules necessary for creating complete and accurate bibliographic records for Internet resources. Each lesson includes learning objectives, quizzes, and tests to help students assess their own self-paced learning. Instruction is based upon a wide range of real-world examples, and each lesson provides direct online access to supporting standards and documentation.

The course designers and developers have created a comprehensive online learning experience for anyone who wants to use MARC/AACR2 systems, standards, and practices to describe, access, and otherwise manage electronic resources.

One-year subscriptions and 24/7 access provide ample time for learning, mastery, and even using the course for desk-top ready reference. Multiple seat licenses, available at reduced cost, enable libraries to bring this knowledge to all critical staff. Students access the course via the Web, and no plug-ins are necessary.

To view sample lessons, see <http://www.oclc.org/institute/elearning/oll/CIRuMA/course_contents.htm>.

“Cataloging Internet Resources” is jointly developed by Steve Miller, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee; Amigos Library Services, Inc., NELINET, SOLINET, and the OCLC Institute.

For more information, contact the OCLC Institute (http://www.oclc.org/institute) or Amy Lytle (lytlea@oclc.org)

Erik Jul

Executive Director

OCLC Institute

jul@oclc.org

 
Dublin Core Metatdata Element Set Approved
 

Bethesda, Md., USA – (October 5, 2001) NISO, the National Information Standards Organization and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) announce the approval by ANSI of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (Z39.85-2001). DCMI began in 1995 with an invitational workshop in Dublin, Ohio that brought together librarians, digital library researchers, content providers, and text-markup experts to improve discovery standards for information resources. The original Dublin Core emerged as a small set of descriptors that quickly drew global interest from a wide variety of information providers in the arts, sciences, education, business, and government sectors. Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use or manage an information resource. The Dublin Core was originally developed to be simple and concise, and to describe Web-based documents. The current standard defines fifteen metadata elements for resource description in a cross-disciplinary information environment. These elements are: title, subject, description, source, language, relation, coverage, creator, publisher, contributor, rights, date, type, format, and identifier. Commenting on the approval, Stuart Weibel, Executive Director of DCMI, said: “The approval of Z39.85 formalizes a long period of consensus building representing the efforts of hundreds of people, and all participants cantake pride in what this community has built.” The NISO committee was chaired by John Kunze (University of California/National Library of Medicine) and included Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress), Marjorie Hlava (Access Innovations, Inc.), Clifford Morgan (John Wiley &Sons Ltd.) and John Perkins (CIMI Consortium). The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (http://dublincore.org) is an organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery systems. DCMI will act as the maintenance agency for the Dublin Core Metadata Element set standard. This standard is available for free downloading or hardcopy purchase at: http://www.techstreet.com/

About NISO:

NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO’s current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at http://www.niso.org.

For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512.

Email: nisohq@niso.org

 
EBLIDA brochure "Licensing Digital Resources. How to avoid the legal pitfalls"
 

A new edition of the popular EBLIDA brochure "Licensing Digital Resources. How to avoid the legal pitfalls" is now available on the ECUP website in html and pdf formats at: www.eblida.org/ecup/docs/ or on request from the EBLIDA secretariat. What is the brochure about? In the paper environment, the librarian buys books to which its users have potentially unlimited access. By contrast, in the digital environment, the librarian is in many cases expected to buy access to the electronic copy for a specific period of time and under certain conditions of use. Access is mostly bought via a licence. Negotiating the price of a licence alone is not enough. Awareness of the type of pitfalls and the issues that arise go a long way towards the negotiation of a better licence for your institution.

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EBLIDA workshop on licensing electronic resources If you would like to learn more, EBLIDA runs a workshop for librarians and other information workers involved in the purchase of electronic information. The workshop is intended for those engaged in reviewing and negotiating licences for electronic resources with information providers on behalf of the library, the institution as a whole or a consortium. The next workshop will take place in The Hague on Friday 12 April 2002. More information and a registration form at: www.eblida.org/conferences/licensing/licensing.htm

Teresa Hackett, Director
EBLIDA
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 0608
Mobile: +31-6-20416579
Fax: +31-70-309 0708

Email: eblida@nblc.nl

www.eblida.org

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EBLIDA Lobbying for Libraries

Dr. Alicia Wise
Assistant DNER Director
Joint Information Systems Committee
(020) 7848 2556 office
(020) 7848 2939 fax
alicia.wise@kcl.ac.uk

 
Evaluation initiative for XML document retrieval
 

The DELOS Network of Excellence for Digital Libraries invites participation in an evaluation initiative for XML document retrieval. The widespread use of XML in digital libraries,  product catalogues, scientific data repositories and across the Web prompted the development of appropriate searching and browsing methods for XML documents. This initiative provides  an opportunity for participants to evaluate their retrieval  methods using uniform scoring procedures and a forum for  participating organisations to compare their results. The invitation is open to all research groups with an interest in  XML retrieval.

As part of a large-scale effort to improve the efficiency of  research in information retrieval and digital libraries, this project initiates an international, coordinated effort to promote evaluation procedures for content-based XML  retrieval. Participating organisations will contribute to the  construction of a large testbed (test collection) of XML documents. The test collection will provide participants a means for future comparative and quantitative experiments.  Due to copyright issues, only participating organisations will have access to the constructed test collection. Participants will be expected to work with approximately 1 gigabyte of data (over 10,000 XML documents). A central  infrastructure, called the clearinghouse, will provide guidelines and Help Desk support to all participants, distribute and collect all data required and produced throughout the project. It will also analyse and evaluate the results of the participants' retrieval systems using uniform scoring procedures. Participants will present their approaches and final results at the final workshop in December. All results will be published in the workshop proceedings and on the Web.

 Overview

The aim of this initiative is to provide means, in the form of a test collection and appropriate scoring methods, for the evaluation of retrieval of XML documents. A test collection consists of a document collection, tasks/queries, and relevance judgments given by  (potential)  users with these tasks. We plan a collaborative effort to derive the tasks/queries and relevance judgments for a large collection of XML documents. Based on the constructed test collection and using uniform scoring procedures the retrieval methods of participating organisation will be evaluated and  compared against each other.

 Documents

 The initiative is supported by the IEEE Computer Society (http://www.computer.org). The set of documents for the test collection is made up of scientific articles from journals and proceedings of the IEEE Computer Society covering range of topics in the field of computer science. The collection contains approximately 10-15 thousand articles from over 20 different journals/proceedings from the seven-year period of 1995-2001. The document collection will be made available to all participating parties (on CD and via FTP). Prior to its release the clearinghouse will prepare the document collection by assigning unique element identification numbers to each and every retrievable element, as well as ensuring a proper format of the data. Due to copyright issues, participants will have to sign a data handling agreement before the collection is released to them.

Topics/Queries

The queries/topics will be created by the participating parties. Each participant will be asked to create a set of candidate topics/queries that form a representative range of real user needs over the XML collection. Due to the nature of the collection, the topics should be created by persons with expertise in computer science or computer engineering. The queries may be content-only or content-and-structure queries, and broad or narrow topic queries. All candidate topics will be sent to the clearinghouse. From this set the clearinghouse will derive the final, approximately 50, topics and redistribute them to all participants.

Tasks

The task, to be performed with the data and the final topics/queries, will be the ad-hoc retrieval of XML documents. The answer to a query should consist of a ranked list of XML elements. The top 100 elements in the ranking will be submitted to the clearinghouse. The clearinghouse will then merge the results obtained from all participants into a pool for relevance assessments. These pools of retrieved elements will then be given back to the participants for relevance judgment. In addition to the ad-hoc task, each participating group may consider other specific tasks (e.g. interactive retrieval, possibly with browsing and/or relevance feedback) and may submit a second run for a task they would like to investigate.

Relevance assessments

The relevance judgments are of critical importance to a test collection. For each topic it is necessary to compile a comprehensive list of relevant elements. Relevance assessments will be provided by the participating groups and should be made by the persons who originally created that topic. Each assessor will judge approximately 5 topics, either the topics that they originally created or if these were removed from the final set of topics, then topics that were close to their original queries.

Evaluation

Evaluation of the retrieval effectiveness of the search engines used by the participants will be based on the constructed test collection and uniform scoring techniques, including recall/precision measures, which take into account the structural nature of XML documents. Other measures, which consider "near misses", when an element near one that has been assessed relevant has been retrieved, will also be used. The results will be returned to all participants. Participating organisations will present their approaches and compare their results at the workshop in December. All results will be published in the proceedings of the workshop and on the Web.

Schedule

April 15: Deadline for the submission of "Application for  Participation" (described below).
April 15 - May 1: The collection of XML documents will be distributed to all participants on the receipt of their signed data handling agreement. Participants will also be provided with detailed instructions and formatting criteria for candidate topics/queries.
May 6: Submission deadline for candidate topics.
May 13: Distribution of final set of topics/queries to participants along with detailed information on the formatting requirements of the search results.
August 1: Submission deadline of search results.
August 19: Distribution of merged results to participants for relevance assessments.
October 1: Submission deadline for relevance assessments.
November 1: Distribution of XML test collection and evaluation scores to participants
 December 9-11: Workshop in Schloss Dagstuhl (http://www.dagstuhl.de/).

 Organisers

 DELOS Network of Excellence for Digital Libraries

 http://delos-noe.iei.pi.cnr.it/

Organisations wishing to participate should respond to this call by submitting their application on-line at  http://qmir.dcs.qmw.ac.uk/XMLEval.html#App  or by filling in  the application below and sending it via email to Gabriella Kazai at gabs@dcs.qmul.ac.uk. All responses should be  submitted by the 15th of April. Confirmation of the receipt  of your application will be sent via email within 3 working days. Any questions should also be sent to same address

 
Forty Years of Library Education -- The School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, The University of British Columbia 1961-2001
 

The full text of the book produced as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of SLAIS at UBC: "Forty Years of Library Education -- The School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, The University of British Columbia 1961-2001", by Maurizio Dattilo & Judith Saltman [design by Beth Davies] is now available online at the SLAIS web site. The direct URL is: http://www.slais.ubc.ca/about/SLAIS-History.pdf There is also a link from the SLAIS home page:http://www.slais.ubc.ca/ and a permanent link from the "About SLAIS" page:http://www.slais.ubc.ca/about/about.htm

Many thanks to Maurizio Dattilo & Judith Saltman for the wonderful content and to Beth Davies for the graphic design. Print copies are still available for purchase. For information please

contact: slais@interchange.ubc.ca or call 604-822-2404.

Thanks,

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Stephenson, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor & Coordinator of Information Technology
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
604.822-6392 [voice] 604.822.6006 [fax]

 
Gateway to the Invisible Web
 

The Invisible Web is an enchanted realm for searchers, but only if you know how to access its abundant treasures. The> Resource Discovery Network (RDN) is an outstanding gateway to thousands of Invisible Web sites that's as close to a search engine for the hidden web as you're likely to find. The RDN is a web directory compiled by subject and information experts in colleges, universities and related organizations throughout the United Kingdom. These individuals identify, catalogue and describe high quality Internet resources relevant to teaching, learning and research.

Like the U.S. based Librarian's Index to the Internet, the RDN is not a "pure" invisible web directory, but a considerable portion of its high quality content consists of material indexed poorly (if at all) by conventional search engines.

The RDN is structured as a cooperative network consisting of a central organization and a number of independent service providers called hubs. Experienced searchers will recognize many of these hubs, which include:

> BIOME - Health and Life Sciences

> <http://biome.ac.uk/biome.html>

> EEVL - Engineering, Mathematics and Computing

 <http://www.eevl.ac.uk/>

> Humbul - Humanities

<http://www.humbul.ac.uk/>

 PSIgate - Physical Sciences

 <http://www.humbul.ac.uk/>

 SOSIG - Social Sciences, Business and Law

 <http://www.sosig.ac.uk/>

 While these hubs can be used independently, browsing the RDN lets you easily access all of them under a unified interface. Even better, the site's search function provides cross-disciplinary querying of all RDN resources with a single search. The service currently links to more than 35,000 human selected resources organized into eleven topical categories.

The RDN also offers a news service called "Behind the Headlines" that offers links to in-depth resources and information for a wide range of current events. It's an excellent way to get information not always provided by the mainstream media. For example, related to the current instability in Zimbabwe, there are links to both government controlled web sites and independent groups advocating democratic reform in the country.

> The Resource Discovery Network

> http://www.rdn.ac.uk/

> RDN "Behind the Headlines"

 http://www.rdn.ac.uk/news/headlines

> RDN "Virtual Training Suite"

 http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk

> The Librarians' Index to the Internet

 http://www.lii.org

 The Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 8,500 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.

Navigating the Invisible Web

http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/01/sd1023-invisible-web.html

 
Gathering All Species
 

Below is a letter to _The Scientist_ from Ronald Rousseau (ASIST member, Belgium), relating to an effort to catalog all life on earth. Below the letter is the URL for the original article relating the interest and efforts of Kevin Kelly (Wired Magazine), Nathan Myrvold (formerly Microsoft, and others. _The Scientist_ requires registration once and is free thereafter. http://www.the-scientist.com

Gathering All Species

The All-Species effort1 is certainly audacious. It also can't be but a multidisciplinary effort. Besides taxonomists, ecologists, and software engineers, it will also need the skills of librarians and information scientists. These professionals belong to a field that has more than a hundred years of experience with the classification, storage, and retrieval of huge amounts of data. Many librarians, moreover, excel in communicating with clients (and team members).

Ronald Rousseau
KHBO, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
and UIA, IBW, 2600 Wilrijk, Belgium

1. R. Lewis, "Inventory of life," The Scientist, 15[15]:1, July 23, 2001.
The Scientist 15[19]:6, Oct. 1, 2001
© Copyright 2001, The Scientist, Inc. All rights reserved.

We welcome your opinion. If you would like to comment on this article, please write us at editorial@the-scientist.com

http://www.the-scientist.com/yr2001/jul/lewis_p1_010723.html

 
'GIS' MAP OF NATION'S LIBRARIES
 
CONTACT:  Christine Koontz, (850) 644-2007,
or Dean K. Jue, (850) 644-7358

By Jeffery Seay
March 2002

FSU RESEARCHERS PRODUCE FIRST-EVER 'GIS' MAP OF NATION'S LIBRARIES

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Public libraries are often a focal point of communities. Besides being a source of information, people turn to them in times of crisis. But never before in the history of the United States has there been an accurate map of the actual locations of every public library in the nation - until now.
        Florida State University researchers Dean K. Jue and Christine Koontz of the GeoLib Program in the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC) have just completed such a map. It is the first map that shows the 16,228 actual locations where someone can go to check out a book. The digital "basemap," a map to which other layers of data can be coded, uses geographic information system software (GIS) to map the nation's libraries.
   GIS combines layers of information about a place to give a better understanding of that place. Combined layers of information might help a business determine the best place to relocate to, or help researchers analyze environmental or sociological problems or trends in a community. When applied to public libraries, librarians might better assess the public they serve.
       "It's designed to be easy to update and conduct analysis upon," said Jue, the project's manager. "The map will open up the public library field to research entities to which it previously hasn't been open. Demographic data, for instance, can be linked to this database."
        The researchers found there are 9,039 administrative or "main" libraries that manage an additional 7,189 outlets or "branch" libraries. The total  number excludes the nation's 818 book mobiles. More than half of the total number of public libraries are in rural areas.
    The project began in May 2001 with a list of public library addresses from the federal government.
      "We took the addresses and sent them to a 'geo-coding' vendor who provided us with an initial latitude and longitude for the addresses," Jue said. "We identified more than 4,000 locations for which we wanted better locational information. We then called each of the libraries at those locations and asked, 'where are you located?'"
        Using a digital map of the nation's streets, the researchers used their newly acquired locational information to correctly place libraries on their GIS basemap.         "We moved one library in Alaska 74 miles from its presumed to its actual location," Jue said. "We worked from the latest dataset available from the federal government in 1999. Since then, libraries have moved or have closed, and new ones have opened."
     Koontz, the director of the GeoLib Program, hopes the basemap can be maintained on an FSU Web site and said there are no plans to publish the map in print.
        "The value of a printed version diminishes more quickly than a Web-based version that can be more easily updated," Koontz said.
Future funding is being sought from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to link other important data that is relevant to public libraries.
# # #
--
Ben Earnhardt
Information Specialist
Florida State University
Media Relations Office
114 Westcott Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1430
(850)644-4030
FAX: (850)644-9643
 
Global Information Technology Report 2001-2002: Readiness for the Networked World.
 

We are pleased to announce the release of the Global Information Technology Report 2001-2002: Readiness for the Networked World. This report, available in print in mid-March from Oxford University Press, is a joint publication of the Center for International Development at Harvard University and the World Economic Forum.

There are three main elements of the Report: a series of individually authored thematic chapters related to issues of ICTs and developing countries, 75 national ICT profiles, and extensive data related to ICTs globally. The Report also develops a Networked Readiness Index that ranks 75 countries on their ability to leverage ICT networks. The Report is meant to expand our analytic understanding of the Networked World through both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Themes such as rural ICT development, telecommunications reform, ICTs and education, business practice and trade policy and patterns are examined in depth.

Below you can find the press release from the Report's release this week at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in New York.

Much of report is available on our website at

http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cr/gitrr_030202.html

We look forward to feedback and comments on the Report.

Regards,

Geoffrey Kirkman
Managing Editor, The Global Information Technology Report 2001-2002

 
HIGH PERFORMANCE: EFFECTIVE DOCUMENT DELIVERY
 

Skilled staff and automation are critical for maximising the performance of interlibrary loan/document delivery (ILL/DD) operations according to a new report released by the National Resource Sharing Working Group today. Users of ILL/DD services will benefit greatly from the implementation of the five key strategies identified in the Study. "The most efficient libraries streamlined their workflows, introduced automated systems, had well-trained staff, added and maintained up-to-date holdings information about their collection on a union catalogue, and utilised cooperative agreements with their main ILL/DD partners," explained Dr Toby Burrows, chair of the Working Group. "There is great potential for libraries to improve and expand ILL/DD services to their patrons without increasing the cost to their organisations."

The report is the result of nearly two years work by the Working Group with the assistance of more than 90 participating libraries from around Australia. National/State, university, special and public libraries provided detailed information about their ILL/DD operations as part of the largest study of ILL/DD undertaken in Australia. The results of the Study will be used to develop training and seminars on ILL/DD issues. "Libraries can also use the performance data included in the report to benchmark the performance of their own ILL/DD operations". The Interlibrary Loan/ Document Delivery Benchmarking Study can be downloaded from the National Library of Australia's web site at: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/nrswg/benchmarking.html

For further information:

Tom Ruthven
Director, Interlending Services
National Library of Australia
Telephone: (02) 6262 1265
Email: truthven@nla.gov.au

 

HyLiFe (Hybrid Library of the Future)

 

The eLib HyLiFe (Hybrid Library of the Future) project, which was completed last year, has now released the final version of the HyLiFe toolkit at http://hylife.unn.ac.uk/toolkit/.

The toolkit is the result of three years' collaborative effort and provides detailed information and advice on a wide variety of operational, technical and managerial aspects of hybrid library development. One comment on it (not from the project team!) was "the toolkit looks really excellent and is tremendous in both its simplicity and comprehensiveness". Although HyLiFe is now completed we would be interested in any comments on the Toolkit.

May I take the opportunity to publicly thank colleagues across the UK who worked on this project.

Professor Peter Brophy

Director

CERLIM

Manchster Metropolitan University

 
I-ASIS&T Web Gets a New Look 
 
Greetings! It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you a new interface for the I-ASIS&T Web site, http://www.asis.org/Chapters/IASIS/. Please thank Jason Patterson for his generous time and creativity on the logo and Matt Theobald for finding such talent. Thanks, guys! I hope you find this interface more useful and the content more meaningful. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. With Warmest Regards, --Allison. I-ASIS&T Immediate Past Chair & Web Manager Allison R. Kopczynski, M.I.S. Partnership Manager, cyber-state.org http://www.cyber-state.org/ p: 734.623.2530 *** f: 734.623.2501 e: akopczynski@cyber-state.org
 
International Dictionary of  Library Histories
 
International Dictionary of  Library Histories edited by David H Stam Following the format of Fitzroy Dearborn's highly successful International Dictionary of Historic Places and International Dictionary of University Histories, the International Dictionary of Library Histories provides basic information for each institution - location and holdings - followed by an extensive (1,000-5,000 word) essay on its history as well as a Further Reading list. In addition, the Dictionary includes introductory articles on the history of various types of libraries and a library history of various regions of the world. The Dictionary profiles more than 200 institutions from around the world, including the world's most important research libraries and other libraries with globally or regionally notable collections, innovative traditions, and significant and interesting histories.

The essays take advantage of the growing scholarship of library history to provide insightful overviews of each institution, including not only the traditional values of these libraries but their innovations as well, such as developments in automated systems and electronic delivery. The profiles emphasize the unique materials of research in these institutions - archives, manuscripts, personal and institutional papers. The introductory articles on types of libraries include topics ranging from theological libraries to prison libraries, from the ancient to the digital. An international team of more than 200 leading scholars in the field have contributed essays to the project. Hardback; 2 volumes; illustrated; 276 x 219 mm; 1100 pages 1-57958-244-3; £120.00; December 2001 For further information, visit the website:  http://www.fitzroydearborn.com/LibHist.htm Warren Prentice Marketing Executive Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers 310 Regent Street London W1B 3AX tel: +44 (0)20 7467 1411 fax: +44 (0)20 7636 6982 wprentice@fitzroydearborn.co.uk
 
International Digital Libraries Collaborative Research and Applications Testbeds (NSF 02-085) Program Solicitation.
 
Dear Colleagues: We are pleased to announce a new International Digital Libraries Collaborative Research and Applications Testbeds (NSF 02-085) Program Solicitation. It has now been posted on the NSF Web Site: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf02085 This NSF program is the reference program for the JISC/NSF DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THE CLASSROOM: TESTBEDS FOR TRANSFORMING TEACHING AND LEARNING (JISC Circular 07/01)activity, announced in December 2001. The announcement is appended below. JISC Circular 07/01 and supporting documentation on the joint activity is available at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub01/index.html Applicants should prepare their submissions to meet the circular guidelines. Because of the later than expected release of the NSF program document, and GPRA requirements, the proposal deadline is extended to May 26, 2002. Letters of Intent are encouraged, but not required. Evaluation of proposals is expected to be completed by late summer and decisions on awards to be made in September 2002. We look forward to your submissions to this promising joint JISC/NSF activity. Steve Griffin Special Projects Program Division of Information and Intelligent Systems.

December 2001 Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) JOINT FUNDING ACTIVITY DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THE CLASSROOM: TESTBEDS FOR TRANSFORMING TEACHING AND LEARNING JISC Circular 07/01and supporting documentation about the above programme is now available at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub01/index.html The objective of this joint NSF/JISC initiative is to demonstrate significant improvement in the learning and teaching process and bring emerging technologies and readily available digital content into mainstream educational use. This will be done by funding exemplar projects that take an integrative and innovative approach to development of educational environments, based on the use of information and communications technologies across a number of disciplines. It is intended to fund four projects at a total of around #1,500,000 ($2,100,000) each over three years. Each project must be a collaboration of at least one institution of higher education in the USA and one in the UK. Projects will be expected to provide a five-year plan of activities, although funding will only be provided for the first three. This will ensure that the projects are embedded into the institutions and demonstrate that the innovations are sustainable. The projects will run from academic year (AY) 2002/03 until AY 2006/07. The date for full proposals is 8 April 2002. For further details please go to the URL given above. Executive Director American Society for Information Science and Technology 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510 Silver Spring, MD 20910 FAX: (301) 495-0810 PHONE: (301) 495-0900 http://www.asis.org
 
IT fluency
 
Hi Folks One of the things that we are grappling with are the computer literacy/fluency requirements for students on entrance to our graduate program and how we can determine if they meet them in the most efficient way. Could you respond to the following questions and I will gladly summarize for the list?
1. What level of computer fluency do you expect students to have on entry? How do you assess it? [is this question redundant yet?] 2. What computing/IT skills/knowledge do you provide through core/required courses in your program? For example, are courses like database design, systems analysis, etc. a part of core program? This IMHO indicates the minimum with which students exit a program 3. Do you assume a level of proficiency in computer programming, and/or provide a course in programming?

Thanks for your input
Elaine Toms
Associate Professor
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto
 
Legal deposit and digital preservation
 
Those interested in staying abreast of the status of legal deposit legislation as it relates to digital material are invited to visit the Legal Deposit area at the PADI (Preserving Access to Digital Information) website. Bringing together resources from around the world, PADI's Legal Deposit area provides up-to-date information about legal deposit, voluntary deposit and other interim arrangements for digital material. Increasingly material is being published in digital form: this material needs to be collected and preserved to ensure a complete record of a nation's published cultural material. Because legal deposit legislation in many countries predates the current digital environment, many countries are reviewing their legislation. Information about legal deposit may be found by following the "National Approaches" link from the PADI home page (http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/) or by linking directly to http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/topics/67.html PADI is a subject gateway to digital preservation resources. Hilary Berthon Manager National & International Preservation Activities (NIPA) National Library of Australia Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: +61 2 6262 1642 Fax: +61 2 6273 4535 email: hberthon@nla.gov.au nipa@nla.gov.au PADI web site: http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/
 
Library of Congress Action Plan for the Bibliographic Control of Web Resources
 
The Library of Congress Action Plan for the Bibliographic Control of Web Resources, available at <www.loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol/actionplan.html> has been updated to indicate the officials and organizations identified to take lead roles with regard to particular work items, insofar as they were known as of Dec. 19, 2001. Also elaborated are the list of candidate collaborators and the specification of individuals from within the Cataloging Directorate to serve as liaisons to those responsible for work items. In some cases, the charges for the action items have been modified to reflect suggestions received during the open comment period ending last Sept. 1. Beacher J. Wiggins is currently pursuing discussions that should soon result in resolution of those lead roles currently described as "to be determined." Groups will be asked to initiate their work items as soon after the ALA Midwinter Meeting as possible, except for those items where a decision has been made to defer activity until later as indicated in the "status" line. The Cataloging Directorate will compile and begin to issue quarterly progress reports later this year.
 
MOLO/OVAL/SOLO Regional Library Systems
 
We would like to share with you a collaborative project in which MOLO, OVAL, and SOLO Regional Library Systems developed one catalog with six months worth of  "Professional & Technical Training Opportunities" offered by each of the three systems.

Check out the MOLO/OVAL/SOLO Continuing Education Catalog at:
  http://www.oval.lib.oh.us/workshops.htm  

MOLO/OVAL/SOLO Regional Library Systems
"Working Together to Enhance Library Skills and Services"
   
Margaret "Doc" Delaney, Communications Coordinator
OHIO VALLEY AREA LIBRARIES (OVAL)
252 West Thirteenth Street, Wellston, OH 45692
www.oval.lib.oh.us / delanema@oplin.lib.oh.us
740-384-2103 x2 voice / 740-384-2106 fax
 
NISO/BISG meeting on Digital Archiving
 
Digital Archiving Meeting The report on the NISO/BISG meeting on Digital Archiving held at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting is now featured on the NISO website, http://www.niso.org.  This report on the recent looks at 3 ongoing projects that examine cost-effective business models for archiving, explore rights issues, and identify needed standards.
 
NISO Establishes Networked Reference Services Committee
 
NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, has announced that a new standards committee is now being organized to develop standards that will enable interoperable, networked reference services. Digital reference services are a rapidly growing extension of the traditional "behind the desk" reference service offered by virtually all libraries. Digital reference, whether delivered via real-time chat or asynchronous e-mail, allows library patrons to submit questions and receive answers via electronic means. A NISO-sponsored Workshop on Networked Digital Reference Services was held April 25?26, 2001 (http://www.niso.org/news/NISOinitiatives.html#digital) to explore potential areas of standardization. The workshop participants agreed that there are two general areas where standardization should be explored to support networked digital reference and possibly collaborative networked digital reference. Following on this workshop, this new standards committee will explore standards development in these two areas. They will develop a question processing transaction protocol for interchange of messages between digital reference domains. This will support processing and routing of questions and responses and packaging of other information to be exchanged. They will also build a metadata element set to identify and describe key components of both question and answer data and institutional and personal data. The Networked Reference Services Committee (Standards Committee AZ) will be chaired by Sally H. McCallum (Library of Congress). McCallum intends to form the committee into two teams to deal with question processing transaction protocol and networked reference metadata element sets. About NISO: NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO’s current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at http://www.niso.org. For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512. Email: nisohq@niso.org
 
NISO unveils new web site
 
NISO, the National Information Standards Organization is pleased to announce the unveiling of its completely revised web site accessible at http://www.niso.org In redesigning the web site, NISO aims to help all members of the standards community find, learn about, and use standards information. The new "Quicklist" feature is a simple list in numerical order of all approved standards. All of NISO’s approved standards are easily accessible on the site. NISO is the only standards organization that makes its standards available for free downloading. The web site also allows users to order all NISO Press publications in hardcopy. In addition, users can find information on Standards Committees, their membership, their progress and their working drafts. The Standards Development Pipeline section shows users where each standard is in the development cycle. Because NISO understands the global nature of the information industry, you will also find material on the international standards community and NISO’s place in this community. The membership section of the new NISO web site explains the benefits and opportunities inherent in NISO membership and allows voting members to access private sections where NISO business is conducted. Many web pages include a variety of links that point to in depth and related resources. Each page also includes a direct link to the site searching function, the NISO calendar, and contact information for NISO staff, directors and Standards Committees. NISO has a goal to make this web site the place to go for all sorts of resources about information standards and welcomes your feedback. About NISO: NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO’s current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at http://www.niso.org. For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512. Email: nisohq@niso.org
 
Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook
 
A Handbook Maggie Jones and Neil Beagrie Sponsored by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries Published by The British Library October 2001 Price UKP15.00 (including UK postage, overseas postage extra) Paperback, 145 pages, 297x210mm, ISBN 0-7123-0886 5 The Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK Higher and Further Education Funding Councils (JISC) is pleased to announce publication by the British Library of Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook. Digital information is increasingly important to our culture, knowledge base and economy. This handbook based on research by staff from the JISC and the Arts and Humanities Data Service, provides an internationally authoritative and practical guide to the subject of managing digital resources over time and the issues in sustaining access to them. It will be of interest to all those involved in the creation and management of digital materials. Customers in UK, Europe, and Australia should order from: Turpin Distribution Services Ltd Blackhorse Road Letchworth Herts SG6 1HN UK +44 1462 672555 Fax: +44 1462 480947 turpin@turpinltd.com Customers in North and South America should order from: University of Toronto Press 5201 Dufferin Street Downsview Ontario M3H 5T8 Canada 416-667-7791 Fax: 416-667-7832 utbooks@utpress.utoronto.ca
 
PRISM, the newsletter of the American Library Association's Office for Accreditation
 
ALA/COA PRISM fall 2001 edition The fall 2001 edition of PRISM, the newsletter of the American Library Association's Office for Accreditation, is available at http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oa/prism.html This issue includes news on accreditation actions; a report from Jane Robbins, the new Chair of ALA's Committee on Accreditation (COA); highlights of COA's strategic plans by Steve Matthews; a message from Office for Accreditation Director, Ann O'Neill; a reflection on the external review experience from Christian Boissonnas; a report on external review workshop activities; and an announcement about substantial scholarship opportunities that we hope you will pass along to students through your networks. Submissions, story ideas, letters to the editor, corrections, and comments are welcomed and can be made by reply to this e-mail or by phone to 800-545-2433, extension 2434.
 
Public Library Internet Services and the Digital Divide
 
Public Library Internet Services and the Digital Divide News Release March 10, 2002 FSU Information Institute Announces New Report: Public Library Internet Services and The Digital Divide: The Role and Impacts from Selected External Funding Sources This study was completed in January, 2002 and finds that public libraries made significant strides in deploying their information infrastructure as a result of E-rate awards, LSTA grants, and from awards made through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study also found that the State Library often played a critical role in organizing public libraries to participate in the E-rate program. Despite the success of these (and other) external funding programs a number of strategies can be employed to increase the effectiveness and impact of these efforts. The report offers a number of recommendations to make E-rate, LSTA, and Gates awards more effective and have greater impact. The report also offers specific suggestions for how public libraries can better use such external funds to promote information technology development and deployment. Single copies of the printed report can be obtained by contacting Susan Thomas, Office Manager, Information Institute, School of Information Studies, Louis Shores Building, Room 226, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306 [phone 850-645-5683; or email at sthomas@garnet.acns.fsu.edu]. An electronic version of the report is available from the Information Institute's website at http://www.ii.fsu.edu/divide/index.html. * * Dr. Charles R. McClure * * Francis Eppes Professor and Director * * Information Use Management and Policy Institute * * School of Information Studies * * Louis Shores Building, Rm. 226 Voice: 850-644-8109 * * Florida State University * * Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2100 USA Fax: 850-644-9763 * * Email address: cmcclure@lis.fsu.edu * * McClure's URL: http://slis-two.lis.fsu.edu/~cmcclure/ * * Information Institute URL: www.ii.fsu.edu *
 
Safekeeping: A Cooperative Approach to Building a Digital Preservation Resource
 
Those interested in following the progress of the National Library of Australia's safekeeping project are invited to have a look at the article, "Safekeeping: A Cooperative Approach to Building a Digital Preservation Resource" (http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january02/berthon/01berthon.html) published in this month's edition of D-Lib Magazine (www.dlib.org). The safekeeping project aims to build a distributed and permanent collection of digital resources from the field of digital preservation. All resources incorporated in this project have been selected from the PADI subject gateway database. The article describes some early findings and outcomes of the initial phase of this project which is being undertaken by the National Library of Australia, with funding from CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources). The project's webpage is: (http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/safekeeping/safekeeping.html). Regards, Hilary Berthon Manager National & International Preservation Activities (NIPA) National Library of Australia Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: +61 2 6262 1642 Fax: +61 2 6273 4535 email: hberthon@nla.gov.au nipa@nla.gov.au PADI web site: http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/
 
SCECSAL Web Site
 
Dear All > >Please take note that the link to the SCECSAL web site is on the LIASA >homepage (www.liasa.org.za) For anyone interested in finding out more >information about SCECSAL please go to the LIASA web site. > >SCECSAL is a forum for librarians and information specialists in the >Eastern, Central and Southern regions of Africa and has been holding >biennial conferences among its member countries since 1974. It has been a >catalyst in the formation of library associations in the region and has >stimulated the development of professionalism and improved education and >training and the exchange of knowledge amongst library and information >professionals. >Initially, the conference rotated between the three East African countries >of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda but later, as interest increased, SCECSAL >covered a larger region and now also includes almost all the countries in >the Southern African Development Community and the Preferential Trade >Area. Participation from West African Library associations is increasing >and SCECSAL has developed into a major conference for library and >information professionals on the continent. > >Next year (17 - 20 April 2002) LIASA will host the conference, with theme: > From Africa to the world the globalisation of indigenous knowledge systems. > >For further details you can contact: >Ms Hilda Ramboho >Tel: +27 12 481 2872 >Fax: +27 12 481 2873 >Email: hilda@liasa.org.za
 
STIMULATE 2
 


STIMULATE 2 Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries: an Active Training Environment Announcement This International Training Programme is planned to take place mainly in Brussels, Belgium, during October, November, December 2002. The initiative has been approved by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and is sponsored by the Belgian Government (DGIS/DGIC). This fits in a series of similar international training activities that have been organized since 1991, named MIST 1, 2, 3, KNOW-HOW and STIMULATE 1. This initiative is aimed primarily at persons with a university degree, who work in universities, information and documentation centers, and libraries, including of course university libraries, and who have a few years of practical experience. The term Active Training Environment in the title of the project is not only made up to obtain the acronym STIMULATE for the training programme, but it reflects our wish to create really an environment in which each participant is stimulated to get involved actively, supported by the lecturers and the infrastructure provided by the training programme. This fits well into the general worldwide trend away from "teaching" to "learning management". Aims The main aim of this International Training Program is to offer a stimulating learning environment to participants, who have a function as information intermediary in the area of science and technology, so that they can sharpen their skills in collecting, storing, retrieving, presenting and managing information, which can be of great benefit to the teaching and research activities going on in their institute and to the further development of their organisation and region.

More specific objectives are: --to provide participants with a clearer view on the importance of information in general and for their environment in particular, --to guide them in retrieving information that is publicly accessible on an international scale, and --to learn them to store, organize, present, manage, publish information resources at personal, institutional, regional or national levels. After an active involvement in this International Training Program, every participant will have improved the ability to · appreciate and explain the importance of access to information for their organisation · retrieve information from the Internet · present information to users and potential users, using appropriate information technology · store information for later retrieval and access by potential users, using information technology · train interested persons in the use and management of information, using appropriate presentation techniques · apply quantitative methods in decision making related to information systems and services · contribute to the planning of the (further) development of an information service · communicate through the Internet with users of information, information providers, colleagues,. Contents It is our intention to organize the sessions in such a way that --the first month is a module at introduction level, --the second month is a module at intermediate level, and --the third month is a module at a more advanced level. Thanks to this modular approach and organization it may make sense to participate during only one or two of the three months, depending on expertise. However, the available scholarships are granted only to persons who will participate for the full three months. First the participants will be offered an orientation tour of the University and the Library.

Then some of the following subjects will be covered.. Of course, due to the limitation in the time available, not all the mentioned subjects can be discussed in each training programme, but a SELECTION will be made by the organisers, depending on the availability of suitable expert lecturers. 1 Microcomputer systems: hardware. 1 Microcomputer operating systems. 1 Microcomputer systems: applications software. 1 Text editing; word processing; desktop publishing. 1 Scientific writing methods. 1 Presentation of data, using a microcomputer. 1 Data communication; computer networks. 1 Internet. 1 Internet services. 1 Electronic mail. 1 World-Wide Web; hypertext and hypermedia. 1 Introductory concepts about information. 1 Internet-based information resources: introduction. 1 Disks for computers. 1 CD-ROM. 1 CD-R, CD-RW. 1 Image processing; graphics file formats; photo/image editing. 1 Creating charts. 1 Multimedia / Hypermedia. 1 Statistics for information science: introduction. 2 Data-communications networks and librarians. 2 Selecting and procuring a computer system; writing a proposal for a computer implementation. 2 The information industry and the information market. 2 ISBD = International Standard Bibliographic Description. 2 Formats for computer-based cataloguing = MARC formats. 2 National libraries and national bibliographies. 2 Subject classification schemes and thesaurus systems. 2 Document collection development. 2 Consortia of libraries for the acquisition of electronic journals and databases. 2 Bibliographic databases. 2 Search strategies. 2 Online information retrieval and database searching. 2 Online access databases about journal articles. 2 Electronic newsletters and journals. 2 Computer-network based interest groups. 2 Patent information. 2 Online systems versus CD-ROM. 2 Software packages for local storage and retrieval of bibliographic information. 2 Introduction to the CDS/ISIS software package for information storage and retrieval. 2 The application of CDS/ISIS: searching. 2 The application of CDS/ISIS: editing data in a database. 2 The application of CDS/ISIS: output of selected data to file or printer. 2 The application of CDS/ISIS: developing a database structure. 2 The application of CDS/ISIS: indexing data for fast retrieval. 2 History and future of ISIS. 2 ISIS for Windows: WINISIS 2 Queuing theory. 2 Citation analysis. 2 Citation searching. 2 The bibliometric laws. 2 Scientometrics. 2 Theoretical and quantitative aspects of information retrieval. 2 Evaluations in information retrieval; evaluation of information retrieval systems. 2 Library automation. 2 Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs). 2 Management of a library and information service. 2 Architecture of libraries. 2 Orientation of information users; relations with information users. 2 Archives and records management. 2 Archives in the domain of science and technology. 2 Interlibrary lending and co-operation; document delivery: an introduction. 2 Geographic Information Systems (GIS): an introduction. 2 Development of a national or regional information network. 2 The information society. 2 Cultural aspects of the information society and information technology transfer. 2 Copyright; information security; trans-border data flow. 2 Writing a project proposal (for instance related to the establishment of an information network). 2 CD-ROM in a local area network. 2 Developing a web site. 2 Assessing the influence of scientific journals. 2 Z39.50 and related protocols for access to databases. 2 Methods for access to databases through Internet. 2 Providing access to information through public Internet workstations. 2 Client-server systems 2 Conservation/preservation of printed documents. 2 Conservation/preservation of digital documents. 2-3 Case studies. 3 Setting up an electronic newsletter 3 Evaluating web sites 3 Databases (and ISIS in particular) through the WWW. 3 Downloading of information and record format conversion: principles. 3 Downloading of information and record format conversion: application of Fangorn with ISIS. 3 Implementing integrated database-design in ISIS. 3 An advanced application of MARC in ISIS. 3 Programming in ISIS. 3 Extensions of classical WWW. (Client-based and server-based) 3 Document+ program hybrids. 3 Informetric aspects of the Internet. 3 Artificial intelligence in information science. 3 Electronic journals: implementation in a library. About half the time, the participants are guided by experts invited to the university, and they use the other half time to solve problems, to make exercises, to use microcomputers and Internet, to prepare discussions, for self study,... Besides the formal, guided course activities, the participants have access like any regular student at our university --to several rooms equipped with microcomputers connected to the Internet, --to the university library which offers printed material, CD-ROMs and PCs with Internet access, --to the university restaurant at low student prices. In addition to the courses taking place at the university campus, study visits are organised. Possible visits: --to the Royal (National) Library, in Brussels, Belgium --to the European Patent Office in Brussels, Belgium --to the Information Service of the Geology Department of the Royal Museum on Africa, in Tervuren near Brussels, Belgium --to the library of the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, in Antwerp, Belgium, and to the postgraduate school on information and library science which is organised at that university, guided by a inter-university board --to the library of the UFSIA (another component of the University of Antwerp) --to the library of the KUL (university) in Leuven, Belgium --to VLIZ information and documentation center in Oostende/Ostend, Belgium --to the Documentation Department of the KIT (the Royal Tropical Institute), and to the high school on libraries, documentation and information, both in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More culturally oriented guided visits are included also; these may include trips to the old cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Amsterdam, and to the North Sea coast. Social activities planned · Welcome reception with drinks and some food · Evening with tasting of some of the world famous Belgian beers accompanied by some Belgian food. · Farewell gathering with drinks and food. Participation/registration fee/costs Free of charge (!) for 12 participants from developing countries, selected by the organizers, VL.I.R. (the Flemish Inter-university Council) and DGIS/DGIC. They also receive a grant to cover the costs of accommodation and an airplane return ticket. The long, detailed grant application form is available as a PDF file through the Internet from http://www.vlir.be/and more directly from http://www.vlir.be/os/icpitp/download.htm. There you can also find an explanation of the procedures to follow to apply for the grant. That PDF file can be printed with the suitable program provided free of charge by Adobe through the WWW: http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html. Grant applications must be received by VLIR before the end of February! If this procedure is not suitable for you, you can ask your local Belgian embassy for a printed version of the application form for the grant, or you can ask more information through email: scholarships@vlir.be All correspondence regarding these grants should be directed to VL.I.R., and NOT to the organizer of this particular Program. The ideal participant applying for a grant is younger than 40 years, and will be able to apply what has been learned directly in a professional scientific or technical environment afterwards. -- About 8 other persons can pay a fee that is small in comparison with similar programs. The costs mentioned do NOT include air travel, meals and accommodation, but do include transport from the airport upon arrival, course materials, study vsits and social activities. The cost of living in Belgium is not exceptional. · to participate during the full 3 months: 2400 Euros · to participate during 2 full months of your choice: 1800 Euros · to participate during 1 full month of your choice: 1000 Euros · to participate to particular items selected from the program: 30 Euros per module of a half day To register, send the registration form by classical mail together with an international bank transfer payable to University Library V.U.B., Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL, Belgium, with no need for any bank account numbers. (If this simple procedure is not suitable for you, however, then you can transfer the required sum of money to the following bank account of the V.U.B.: Fortis Bank located at Warandeberg 3 in B-1000 Brussel, Belgium, account number 001-0686459-66; and do not forget to mention as a remark: for WD006240 BIBL WER3 The money received by the VUB must be transferred internally to this account of the University Library. (Without this remark, the money may be not retraceable anymore.) We advice you to register before July or as early as possible afterwards, because student rooms become available each year in July at the end of the first session of examinations. First come, first served: the arrival of your participation fee determines who can participate. The organizers of the Program normally book a single room in advance as accommodation for each participant, with a high quality to price ratio, unless a participant writes us that they take care of accommodation on their own; participants pay for their own accommodation. Contact E-mail (Internet):stimulate@vub.ac.be or Paul.Nieuwenhuysen@vub.ac.be or Patrick.Vanouplines@vub.ac.be Fax 2-629 2693 (or 2282) Tel. 2-629 2429 (or 2-629 2609) Telex 61051 vubco-b Mail: Paul NIEUWENHUYSEN or Patrick VANOUPLINES STIMULATE, University Library, Free University Brussels = Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, BELGIUM Location The training is mainly organized at the University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (V.U.B), close to the rich cultural city of Brussels, Belgium. Information about Brussels (and Belgium) can be found through the WWW; see for instance: http://www.agenda.be/ http://www.brusselsdiscovery.com/indexgourmet.html http://www.interknowledge.com/belgium/ http://www.jack-travel.com/ http://www.timeout.com/brussels/ http://www.trabel.com/brussel/brussels-touristattractions.htm http://www.visitbelgium.com/ As study trips are perhaps organised to places in neighboring countries like The Netherlands and France, participants should try to obtain also a visum for those countries (so called Schengen visa). Other information Language used is English. The course director is Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuysen, professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and guest professor at the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Science and technology librarian, and Head of information and documentation, of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Assistant / co-worker is Dr. Patrick Vanouplines, hydrologist, scientific information expert at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Other official supervisors and co-promoters of this programme are --Prof. Dr. Ludo Simons, University of Antwerp, president-elect of the Steering Committee of the inter-university postgraduate study programme on Information and Library Science. --Prof. Dr. Raf De Keyser, K.U.L., Leuven, physicist and head of the K.U.L. university library, one of the largest libraries of Belgium. Participants obtain a certificate when they have participated actively and successfully. The Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - V.U.B.) campus is located just outside the centre of the city, and can easily be reached by Metro (subway), tram and bus. Some more information can be found on the WWW starting from: http://www.vub.ac.be/BIBLIO/itp/ A group communication system is available through http://groups.yahoo.com. The group is named "itp-stimulate". Anybody interested can become a member free of charge. You can obtain the grant application form from the VLIR web site: see above. Feel free to distribute this document; this version is dated 2 December 2001. REGISTRATION FORM to STIMULATE, University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (V.U.B.), Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL, Belgium I want to participate. So I send this as a letter and pay the registration fee as described in the announcement of the International Training Program.

 
TONIC - The Online Netskills Interactive Course
 

Juliet Schroeder
Netskills Training & Marketing Co-ordinator
Netskills
The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdon
<juliet.schroeder@ncl.ac.uk> The Online Netskills Interactive Course (TONIC) is a free course of instruction on using the Internet, produced by Netskills. TONIC is an easy-to-understand, structured overview of networking and the Internet that offers step-by-step, practical guidance on a range of topics such as:

  • Basic introduction to the internet and how it works
  • Using the web and creating web pages
  • Online communication, including email, chat systems, telephony, videoconferencing and discussion boards
  • Searching for information on the internet
  • Use of multimedia such as audio, video and animation
  • Information on eCommerce, privacy and security
  • Use of interactive web pages and the virtual reality Modelling language (VRML)
  • Information about managed/virtual learning environments (MLEs and VLEs)
  • Personalised services such as customising web portals and search engines
The recently implemented keyword search facility enables users to go straight to the topics that are of particular interest. As a self-paced tutorial using the World Wide Web (WWW) as a medium, TONIC provides users with the flexibility to complete as little or as much of the course as desired at each session. After you have registered, the server keeps track of your position in the course so that when you return to TONIC, you will be taken to where you left off in your previous session. TONIC also offers quizzes and self-assessment tests to enable you to see how well you are progressing. As a whole, the course is aimed at newcomers to networking who have some familiarity with computers. To date over 20,000 people have registered for and made use of TONIC. TONIC is designed and maintained by Netskills. Netskills provides quality Internet training services to facilitate the effective use of Internet and Intranet technologies for teaching and learning, research, administration, marketing and other business activities. To access the free online TONIC tutorial, visit the Netskills homepage at <http://www.netskills.ac.uk>.