NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION

SEPTEMBER  2002 issue

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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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All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources

Gerry Mckiernan [gerrymck@iastate.edu]     asis-l@asis.org     3 September 2002

 

Candidates for _All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources

With the Fall semester now underway, I would like to make MyWebColleagues (re)aware of my registry devoted to Journal Abbreviation Sources called _All That JAS_.

_All that JAS_ is located at

[ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/JAS.htm ]

and is " is a categorized registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations or other types of abbreviated publication titles (e.g., conference proceedings titles). Selected OPACs that offer abbreviated title searching have also been included. In addition, All That JAS includes select lists and directories that provide access to the unabbreviated titles of serial publications."

I am greatly interested in learning of other *free* Web-based journal (or other publication) abbreviation sources (as well as *free* full serial lists) for potential incorporation within _All That JAS_.

The current collection of resources in _All That JAS_ included sites organized in the following categories:

| GENERAL | AGRICULTURE | ANTHROPOLOGY | AQUATIC SCIENCES | ASTRONOMY | BIOSCIENCES | BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS | CHEMISTRY | COMPUTER SCIENCE | ENGINEERING | ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES | GEOLOGY | HISTORY | LAW | MATERIALS SCIENCE | MATHEMATICS | MEDICINE | PHILOSOPHY | PHYSICS | RELIGION | VETERINARY MEDICINE |

I am particularly interested in additional comprehensive LAW sites and in sites for categories not presently listed.

As Always, Any and All contributions, comments, questions, queries, Cosmic Insights, compliments [:->], Weapons of Mass Construction [:-), etc. etc. etc. are Most Welcome!

 

/Gerry McKiernan

Abbrev. Librn.

I.S.U. Libr

Ames IA 50011

gerrymck@iastate.edu

 

 

Register for the ASIST Annual Meeting:

http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM02/index.html

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Bibliographic Record Enrichment Project

John D Byrum [jbyr@loc.gov]  ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr; Autocat@listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu  15 July 2002

 

With the approval of the Board of ALA's Reference User Services

Association (RUSA), the Library of Congress has begun adding to its

catalog records the annotations for the sites selected annually by the

RUSA Machine Assisted Reference Section (MARS), Best Free Web Sites

Committee. The lists, which have been compiled since 1999, appear in

the fall issue of the RUSA Quarterly and on the ALA RUSA MARS website.

<<http://www.ala.org/rusa/mars/ >> Usually, 25-30 sites are selected

each year. The Library of Congress project to add the annotations has

been undertaken under the auspices of the Library's Bibliographic

Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT), a cross-departmental R & D group whose

mission includes enriching the content of Library of Congress

bibliographic records. The project follows a similar on-going

undertaking to add annotations to the catalog records for the titles

included in the annual list of print Outstanding Reference Sources

produced by the ALA RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section

(CODES). Additional information about BEAT projects is available from

the BEAT web site at <<http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/beat/ >>.

 

 

John D. Byrum, Jr.

Chief, Regional & Cooperative Cataloging

Library of Congress

Washington, D. C. 20540-4380

USA

Tel: +(202) 707-6511

Fax: +(202) 707-2824

 

 

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BUILDING BETTER LIBRARY SERVICES:  UK Audit Commission report - 17 May 2002.

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Maureen Cooper
To: Multiple recipients of list WAIN
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 3:20 PM
Subject: UK Library Services Report

The UK Audit Commission has done a report on library services and published it in May 2002.
 
The report is at www.audit-commission.gov.uk
 
To navigate the audit commission site go to the Local Government heading and click on 'culture and leisure' the report is available for downloading in .pdf format
 
It is interesting reading and is of particular interest to the public libraries and to all library users.

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Concise UNIMARC Authorities format

Plassard, Marie-France [plassard@dbf.ddb.de'ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr'  12 April 2002

The Permanent UNIMARC Committee and the IFLA UBCIM Programme are pleased

> to announce the posting on the IFLANET of a new Concise UNIMARC

> Authorities format at http://www.ifla.org/VI/3/p2001/guideindex.htm

> This is an abridged version of the UNIMARC Manual-Authorities Format, 2nd

> revised and enlarged edition and reflects the state of the format as at 25

> January 2001. In response to requests we have added examples to the text

> while retaining the minimal description of fields, indicators and

> subfields.

>

> The concise format is intended solely as an introduction. It is not a

> substitute for the full, printed, version . For details, see

> http://www.ifla.org/VI/3/p1996-1/32601.htm

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 The Creation and Persistence of Misinformation in Shared Library Catalogs:  Language and Subject Knowledge in a Technological Era

 

GSLIS Publications Office [puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu] ASIS-L  New Publication Available

30 April 2002

 

Now available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library

and Information Science Publications Office:

Number 211 in the Occasional Papers series

The Creation and Persistence of Misinformation in Shared Library Catalogs:

Language and Subject Knowledge in a Technological Era

By David Bade

$8, plus $3 shipping, prepaid. (Shipping is $1 per copy for additional

copies in the same order.) Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

and checks to The University of Illinois accepted.

Orders can be placed at the Graduate School of Library and Information

Science Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820. Call (217) 333-1359 for more

information, or e-mail puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu. Please be sure

to visit our Web site (http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff/) for details about

this and other available publications.

The Occasional Papers deal with varied aspects of librarianship and

consist of papers that generally are too detailed for inclusion in a

periodical, or are of specialized or contemporary interest.

The latest volume in the Occasional Paper series is a detailed look at the

causes of and cures for "the two fundamental types of misinformation found

in bibliographic and authority records in library catalogs: that arising

from linguistic errors, and that caused by errors in subject analysis,

including missing or wrong subject headings." Author David Bade--a

cataloger at the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library--makes

the case for getting it right the first time through "strict self-review"

and cooperation among catalogers. Not simply an indictment of current

cataloging practices, this paper raises awareness of how the mistakes

happen in the first place and suggests specific preventions, making it

required reading for beginning and experienced catalogers alike.

The Publications Office of the

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

(217) 333-1359 phone, (217) 244-7329 FAX

puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu

http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff

 

 

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THE DIGITAL LIBRARY: A BIOGRAPHY

 

Sloan, Bernie [bernies@UILLINOIS.EDU]  18 September 2002

JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU

 

New from the Digital Library Federation and the Council on Library and Information Resources: The Digital Library: A Biography.

From the press release:

"Digital libraries, once project based and largely autonomous efforts, are maturing. As individual programs have grown, each has developed its own personality, reflecting the circumstances of its creation and environment, and its leadership. A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) draws on the results of a survey and case studies of DLF members to reveal how these influences have molded a range of organizational forms that we call the digital library."

Full text of the report available at:

http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub109/pub109.pdf

Bernie Sloan

Senior Library Information Systems Consultant

University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting

338 Henry Administration Building

506 S. Wright Street

Urbana, IL  61801

Phone: (217) 333-4895

Fax:   (217) 265-0454

E-mail: bernies@uillinois.edu

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Evidence Based Stock Management: the testing of a new tool for Librarians

 

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

From: Automatic digest processor [mailto:LISTSERV@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]

Sent: Wednesday, 1 May 2002 8:57

To: Recipients of LIS-PUBLIB-RESEARCH digests

Subject: LIS-PUBLIB-RESEARCH Digest - 25 Apr 2002 to 30 Apr 2002

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There is one message totalling 38 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Evidence Based Stock Management: the testing of a new tool for Librarians

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Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 16:37:41 +0100

From: Andrew Poole <andrewpoole@BIGFOOT.COM>

Subject: Evidence Based Stock Management: the testing of a new tool for

Librarians

How effective are traditional approaches to Stock Management?

The sophisticated use of management information as a new way to determine

stock management decisions, developed by West Lothian Libraries, has

attracted wide interest. This new report by George Kerr outlines how the

system works and how similar techniques were tested in Essex, Shropshire

and Westminster. The report includes a toolkit (on floppy disk) for

libraries to use in exploring the potential of this decision support system.=

 

The research was undertaken within the framework of the International

Network of Public Libraries, a project of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The

report is published in the CPI Occasional Papers Series which aims to

facilitate the dissemination of reports on key policy issues affecting the

library and information sector.

EVIDENCE BASED STOCK MANAGEMENT: the testing of a new tool for Librarians,

ISBN 1 898869 82 0, 68 pages, spiral bound, price =A3 25.00, is available

from the CPI Seminar Co-ordinator, Instant Library Limited, The Charnwood

Wing, Gas Research and Technology Centre, Ashby Road, Loughborough,

Leicestershire, LE11 3GS.

For further details and an order form connect to:

http://www.cpi-ltd.com/evidencebasedstockmanagementflyer.pdf

Information about the full CPI Publications programme is available at:

http://www.cpi-ltd.com/publicat.htm

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Facet Analytical Theory for Knowledge Structure in Humanities

Aida Slavic [aida.slavic@UCL.AC.UK] LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK  24 July 2002

Faceted classification for internet portal

I would like to inform you of a new research project at University

College London (U.K.) - 'Facet Analytical Theory for Knowledge Structure

in Humanities'

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/fatks/

The project goal is to explore the use of a faceted vocabulary in a

joint humanities portal between two U.K. humanities

gateways: AHDS (www.ahds.ac.uk) and Humbul (www.humbul.ac.uk).

The source for building this vocabulary will be classifications such as

BC2, BSO and UDC, and thesauri (e.g. AAT, HASSET etc.). The vocabulary

will be maintained as a standalone authority file with entirely machine

processable data and will be integrated into the portal architecture. It

will support both browsing and retrieval across heterogeneous AHDS and

Humbul resources.

Aida Slavic

School of Library, Archive and Information Studies

University College London

tel. 020 7679 7205

fax. 020 7383 0557

 

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Gaining Independence: A Manual for Planning the Launch of a Nonprofit Electronic Publishing Venture

Sloan, Bernie [bernies@UILLINOIS.EDUJESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU  SPARC introduces "Gaining Independence" 

 

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

From: Alison Buckholtz [mailto:alison@arl.org]

Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 12:38 PM

To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu

Subject: SPARC introduces "Gaining Independence"

SPARC has introduced Gaining Independence: A Manual for Planning the

Launch of a Nonprofit Electronic Publishing Venture. This new

publication, available on the Web free of charge at

http://www.arl.org/sparc/GI, is a detailed, step-by-step guide leading

readers through the creation of a business plan for start-up and

early-stage electronic publishing ventures, including digital repositories

and journals.

Gaining Independence will help universities, libraries, societies and

others conceive, plan and implement alternatives to commercially published

scholarly and scientific information. It provides background on relevant

electronic publishing models and focuses especially on areas of business

planning that may be unfamiliar to those considering new communications

initiatives. The manual includes sections on: Situational Assessment and

Strategic Response; Technology and Technical Considerations; Markets,

Marketing and Sales; Organization; Finances; and the Financial Plan and

Operating Plan. A detailed appendix links readers to pertinent resources.

Gaining Independence complements Declaring Independence: A Guide to

Creating Community-Controlled Science Journals, which SPARC and the

Triangle Research Libraries Network introduced in early 2001. Declaring

Independence is available on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/DI and

the printed handbook is available free of charge by emailing pmds@arl.org.

Gaining Independence is also a follow-on to Create Change: New Systems of

Scholarly Communication, an issues-based brochure and Web resource

available at http://www.createchange.org.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Alison Buckholtz

Associate Enterprise Director

SPARC -- The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition

21 Dupont Circle, Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036 USA

T: 202 296 2296 x115 * F: 202 872 0884 * E: alison@arl.org

http://www.arl.org/sparc http://www.sparceurope.org

http://www.arl.org/sparc/DI

http://www.createchange.org

 

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India E-pub Workshop web site

 

virginia cano [vpcanouk@YAHOO.CO.UK]   LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK   24 June 2002

 

  Brian Kirsop <Brian@biostrat.demon.co.uk> wrote:

Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 19:49:47 +0100
From: Brian Kirsop
To: judy.ugonna@britishcouncil.org, "Dr. V. Cano" ,
vcanhos@cria.org.br, chan@scar.utoronto.ca,
margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk,
"Ouya, Daisy Wairimu" ,
husseiny , arun@mssrf.res.in
Subject: India E-pub Workshop web site

Dear All,

The web site created during the e-publishing workshop in Bangalore is
now online, following a period when it was unavailable due to
maintenance problems.

The URL is http://www.ias.ac.in/epubworkshop/. Associated with the web
site, a discussion forum has been set up to continue discussions on the
way ahead for e-publishing in India.

Kindly inform anyone or any groups who would be interested in this.
There are a large number of links to e-publishing develop! ments that are
equally important to publishers in all developing countries.

Best wishes,
Barbara

Dr. V. Cano

Course leader.MSC.Health Informatics

Queen Margaret University College

Clerwood terrace, Edinburgh Eh12 8TS.Scotland, UK

44- (0) 131-3173515

 

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Interlending & Document Supply

 

Gould, Sara [Sara.Gould@bl.uk]   'Ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr'   New Publication     5 April 2002

 

New publication from the IFLA UAP office

 

 Interlending & Document Supply: proceedings of the 7th Conference held in

 Ljubljana, 1-5 October 2001

 

 Edited by Pauline Connolly

 

 ISBN 0953856305

 

 The 7th International Conference on Interlending & Document Supply brought

 together participants from 16 countries to discuss new developments and

 common concerns surrounding the Conference's theme, "providing access

 through co-operation".

 

 Co-operation is sometimes called partnership, strategic alliance, or

 simply sharing, but whatever we call it, it remains fundamental to

 interlibrary loan, document delivery and co-operative access to electronic

 resources. The Conference explored many of the varied strands of

 resource-sharing, from end-user access and consortial resource sharing, to

 the role of the ISO ILL Protocol standard and a description of some of the

 many document delivery projects currently underway. A session on

 monographs explored the challenges that e-books bring to the ILL

 department, and looked at Web-based alternatives to traditional book

 lending. Reports on national systems were offered from Russia, Portugal,

 Hungary and the host nation, Slovenia, while the results of the major

 Australian ILL Benchmarking Study were also presented for the first time

 to an international audience.

 

 A major publisher offered a publisher's view of international document

 supply, and the importance of continued discussion with the publishing

 community on matters of shared concern was illustrated by a two-hour

 debate between speakers from both the library and the publishing world.

 

 The published proceedings include a transcript of that excellent recorded

 debate which makes interesting and stimulating reading, together with 28

 of the presented papers. Those librarians who participated in the

 Conference enjoyed a week of stimulating professional presentations and

 discussion, not to mention wonderful social events and beautiful October

 weather. Those who did not attend are invited to read the published

 proceedings, which underline the diverse and dynamic nature of

 interlending and document supply activities worldwide. Everyone involved

 in ILL is also encouraged to watch for an announcement of the 8th

 Conference in the series which is already being planned for October 2003.

 

 The proceedings, which include full abstracts, index and speakers' photos,

 can be ordered from:

 IFLA Offices for UAP and International Lending

 c/o The British Library

 Boston Spa

 Wetherby

 West Yorkshire

 UK

 Email: ifla@bl.uk

 Fax: +44 1937 546478

 Tel: +44 1937 546124

 

 The price is £20.00 sterling and an invoice will be sent with the

 publication.

 

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 Pauline Connolly

 Research Officer

 IFLA Office

 c/o British Library

 Boston Spa

 Wetherby

 West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ

UK

 

 Tel: +44 1937 546254

 Fax: +44 1937 546478

 Email: pauline.connolly@bl.uk

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ISBD(M) 2002 Version Published on IFLANET

John D Byrum [jbyr@loc.gov] ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr 11 July 2002

 

The IFLA Section on Cataloguing's ISBD Review Group is pleased

to announce publication of the 2002 Version of the International

Standard Bibliographic Description for Monographic Publications

(ISBD(M)). The document is available in PDF format on IFLANET at:

http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/pubs/isbd_m0602.pdf

This version incorporates changes necessary to make the

provisions of this ISBD consistent with the "optionality" features

described in IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

(FRBR), published in 1998 and available at:

http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/frbr/frbr.htm.

In general FRBR produced recommendations to make "optional"

certain data elements hitherto considered "mandatory". In the new

version of ISBD(M), inclusion of a data element is considered

"mandatory" in all cases for certain data elements, and in other cases

is considered "mandatory" when necessary for identification of the

publication being described or otherwise considered important to users

of a bibliography or a catalogue. To facilitate the application of the

practices stipulated, ISBD(M) designates particular data elements as

optional, i.e. a cataloguing agency is free to choose to include or

exclude these elements. The policy is further explained within the

document at 0.1.3, and a review of the Outline provided at paragraph

0.3.2 will reveal which data elements are optional.

The 2002 revision of the ISBD(M) will be published only on the

Internet because the ISBD Review Group views it as an interim document

subject to further review and revision in the near term. This continued

attention to its provisions will be undertaken in an effort to take into

consideration changes to national and multi-national cataloguing codes

resulting from the need to adjust practices to fit the evolution of

publications that has occurred in recent years -- in particular, the

emergence of electronic resources. The Review Group is hopeful that the

investigations and rule changes resulting from these code revision

activities will facilitate its efforts to maintain the currency of the

ISBDs as well.

John Byrum, Chair

ISBD Review Group

 

 

John D. Byrum, Jr.

Chief, Regional & Cooperative Cataloging

Library of Congress

Washington, D. C. 20540-4380

USA

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ISSI Discussion List

 

Mari Davis [M.Davis@UNSW.EDU.AU] JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU 7 June 2002

 

Dear Colleague,

As President of the International Society of Scientometrics & Informetrics

(ISSI), I wish to introduce the new official ISSI Discussion List. During

the 2001 ISSI Conference in Sydney, the ISSI Board accepted the kind offer

of the Spanish National Research Council to host the discussion server and

to have it moderated by Isidro Aguillo (isidro@cindoc.csic.es).

You are invited to contribute to ISSI List as a forum for debate and

conversation about the issues that affect scientometrics and informetrics.

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

* TO JOIN THE LIST *

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Write to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.REDIRIS.ES and, in the text of your message

(not the subject line), write:

SUBSCRIBE ISSI <name>

The language of the list is English. The main purpose of the list is the

interchange of information and so, subscribers who are not English-speakers

are encouraged to participate and should not worry about writing

"grammatically perfect" English. The purpose is communication with each

other to create a lively research community.

APOLOGIES FOR ANY CROSS POSTINGS

Mari Davis

President, International Society of Scientometrics & Informetrics

(2001-2003)

John Metcalfe Research Fellow

BIRG, Bibliometric & Informetric Research Group

The University of New South Wales

Quadrangle Level 2

Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

m.davis@unsw.edu.au

http://birg.web.unsw.edu.au/

Tel: +61 2 9385 7127

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LIBRARY OF THE  DOMENICAN INSTITUTE FOR ORIENTAL STUDIES

email:  Abdalla Hassan [afhassan@hotmail.com]  30 September 2002.

LIBRARY OF THE  DOMENICAN INSTITUTE FOR ORIENTAL STUDIES

Cloistered Gem

 “As chaplains and scholars, it has been our history to be part of cultural exchange,” says Father Jean-Jacques Pérennès, secretary-general of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies at the Dominican Father’s Priory in Cairo. He recounts that Saint Thomas Aquinas and other prominent Dominican theologians were introduced to Aristotle’s philosophy through Latin translations of Arabic manuscripts. Their protégés—who saw Arabic culture as a link between Greek and Latin tradition—would later travel to the Middle East to research the writings of Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and other Islamic philosophers.

 Inside the priory in the Cairo district of Abbassiya resides a quite haven for scholarship. A unique collection of classic Arabic texts can be found at the 90,200-volume library of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies. An additional 1,600 titles are added annually (about half of them in Arabic), not counting the more than 350 subscriptions to local and foreign periodicals.

 Extensions were made to the library of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies in 1975 and 1984, but more space was needed to hold the burgeoning collection. Even with 2.2 kilometers of shelving with books stacked from floor to ceiling on three levels, the monastery’s library was quickly running out of space. In 1996, the decision was taken to build a new library. It took another three years to obtain a building permit, and in September 2000 ground was broken for the construction of a new edifice on the monastery grounds, which will house the current collection and have additional space for another 50,000 volumes—more or less another 25 years, forecasts Pérennès. “With a research library, either you develop or you stop.”

Funded by Christian philanthropic associations around the world, along with companies and private donors, an expansive library with high, vaulted ceilings, sunny reading rooms, and guestrooms to accommodate visiting scholars, has been constructed at a cost of $1 million, and will be officially inaugurated on October 19. The opening ceremony will gather religious leaders, dignitaries, benefactors and scholars.

With its cupolas and arcs, the architecture of the new library ideally complements that of the adjacent monastery built in 1931-32 by Father Antonin J. Jaussen and initially conceived as a sanctuary for friars of the Dominican Priory of Saint Steven of Jerusalem (home of the renowned French Biblical and Archeological School) to research Egyptology related to Bible study. “When the priory was built in the late 30s, it was surrounded by desert and palm trees,” describes Pérennès. “Not far from here you have the ancient walls of Fatimid Cairo, and nearby you have the City of the Dead.”

 At the close of World War II, Fathers Georges Chehata Anawati, Jacques Jomier and Serge de Beaurecueil founded within the priory the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies to study Islamic civilization, and to open a scholarly dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Throughout the ages, religion and conquest have been indelibly intertwined. “The dialogue now is difficult between the religions because there is a lot of fears on each side, and because of the past,” says Pérennès. “We have had violence; we have had centuries of misunderstanding. We now need a long time together, just working together, knowing each other, having a better mutual understanding.”

 The library was initiated with the Institute’s founding in 1945 and has evolved into one of the leading libraries of the Middle East in the field of classical Arabic and Islamic culture, drawing university students from Al Azhar and other institutions of higher learning in Egypt and abroad. Visitors from all corners of the globe have come to peruse the library’s books, which includes the private collections of well-known oriental and Islamic scholars, including sizable donations made by litterateurs and academics.

 While located within an ecumenical institution, conversion is stately not the mission of the Institute. The objective of Anawati and the founding friars has been the thoughtful study of Islam, its doctrine and civilization. Roughly every year and a half since 1954, the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies has published a 400-plus page scholarly journal in French, English and Arabic called MIDEO (Mélanges de l’Institut Dominicain d’Études Orientales), which aims to bridge Islam and the West. All 24 published editions of MIDEO, totaling more than 10,000 pages, are catalogued in the library’s archives.

 “We all need the truth of the other,” says Father René du Grandlaunay, librarian and a resident friar, explaining the guiding principle behind the initiation of the library. “Let us not say, ‘I possess the truth and others do not.’ We want to know what others know, and let’s exchange and discuss, and together we will progress on the path of betterment, advancement, justice and peace.”

 A resource for researchers, academics and scholars, the Dominican Institute’s library holds a plethora of books on Islamic history, theology and jurisprudence, Quranic commentary, Arabic literature, linguistics, philosophy, mysticism, the sciences, and oriental and Coptic Christianity.

 “There is coherence between the historic, philosophical, and scientific collections, which combined add great value to the Islamic civilization collection,” says du Grandlaunay. The library’s stacks include works dating as far back as the 16th century, along with editions published in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The collection catalogues books in 31 languages— mainly Arabic, English and French, yet books are found in Greek, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese.

 The library is in the process of computerizing the ancient texts, manuscripts, archives and volumes in its collection. So far, 30 percent of the collection has been cataloged. “It would take another five years to finish the work with three people working continuously,” calculates du Grandlaunay. Having the entire collection computerized would link the Institute’s library with a global network of other libraries specializing in Eastern thought. But until that task is complete, an archaic card catalogue system—updated and still in use—records each book in the Institute’s collection.

Because of the rare and irreplaceable nature of its collection, it is not a lending library and patrons do not have unrestricted access to the stacks. The library will be open two days a week starting October 23—on Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. A Dominican friar or a volunteer like Dalal Adib, a professor of French literature at Cairo’s Ain Sham University, is on hand to assist students. Opening hours may be extended if resources permit. No fees are charged for the use of library.

“It is a library about religious dialogue,” says Pérennès. “Sometimes when I arrange a tour for visitors, I say, ‘This is our answer to 11 September.’ We want to build on confidence, on trust, on working with each other, by not responding with violence or prejudices.”

Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies in Cairo, Dominican Fathers’ Priory, 1 Masnaa El Tarabish Street, Midan El Geish, Abbassiya 11381, Cairo, Egypt, Tel. (+2 02) 482-5509, Fax: (+2 02) 682-0682, e-mail: ideo@link.net, www.ideo-cairo.org.

Abdalla F. Hassan
September 28, 2002

 Contacts:

 

Jean-Jacques Pérennès

Secretary-General

Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies

Dominican Fathers’ Priory

1 Masnaa El Tarabish Street

Midan El Geish, Abbassiya 11381, Cairo

Tel. (+2 02) 482-5509

Fax: (+2 02) 682-0682

 

Father René du Grandlaunay

Librarian

Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies

Dominican Fathers’ Priory

1 Masnaa El Tarabish Street

Midan El Geish, Abbassiya 11381, Cairo

Tel. (+2 02) 482-5509

Fax: (+2 02) 682-0682

 

Dr. Dalal Adib

Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies

Dominican Fathers’ Priory

1 Masnaa El Tarabish Street

Midan El Geish, Abbassiya 11381, Cairo

Tel. (+2 02) 482-5509

Fax: (+2 02) 682-0682

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Midlife Career Decisions of Librarians

 

GSLIS Publications Office [puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu] ASIS-L  25 July 2002

 

[Asis-l] New Publication Available

 

Now available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library

and Information Science Publications Office:

Library Trends, 50(4), Spring 2002

"Midlife Career Decisions of Librarians" edited by Daniel F. Phelan and

Richard M. Malinski

Single copies are $25, including postage. Subscription rates for the

quarterly are: Institutional, $94 per volume ($101 for international

subscribers); Individual, $66 per volume ($73 for international

subscribers); and Student, $28 per volume ($35 for international

subscribers). ISSN 0024-2594 Order single copies or subscriptions from the

University of Illinois Press, Journals Department, 1325 S. Oak Street,

Champaign, IL 61820; 1-866-244-0626; fax: 217-244-9910; e-mail:

journals@uillinois.edu.

The career stages of librarians were once much clearer than they have

become today. The new graduate chose a path (public services, technical

services, or later some aspect of systems) and followed it to retirement,

middle management, or upper administration. The occasional shift from one

area to another occurred, but the librarian who changed from reference to

technical services or from academia to public libraries was rare.

This is no longer the trend for many reasons. Two of the major forces

bringing about this change in the library world today are technology and

aging. Technology has changed the nature of the profession and forced or

influenced some to consider leaving it. Those who stay must cope with the

speed of technological change and the challenge of acquiring complex

skills at an age when learning these new skills is sometimes more

difficult or challenging. The aging of the librarian population has been

well documented (Wilder, 1999; Arthur, 1998). This phenomenon will

drastically reduce the numbers of experienced librarians in the profession

in just a few short years. In addition, with age has come a certain

dissatisfaction and reevaluation of careers and life, especially the

work-life balance.

--From the Introduction by Daniel F. Phelan

References

Arthur, G. (1998). The "graying" of librarianship: implications for

academic managers. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 24(4), 323-326.

Wilder, S. J. (1999). The age demographics of librarians: A profession

apart. New York: Haworth Information Press.

Articles and Authors Include:

"Becoming a Chief Librarian: An Analysis of Transition Stages in Academic

Library Leadership," Catherine J. Matthews

"Exploring the Sabbatical or Other Leave as a Means of Energizing a

Career," Marlis Hubbard

"Making It to the Major Leagues: Career Movement between Library and

Archival Professions and from Small College to Large University

Libraries," Timothy J. Johnson

"Migrating to Public Librarianship: Depart on Time to Ensure a Smooth

Flight," Ronald G. Edwards

"Maybe It's Not Too Late to Join the Circus: Books for Midlife Career

Management," Marilyn Kay Harhai

"HeLIN Pilot Mentoring Scheme," Anne Brice, Cathryn Brown, Marie Hickman,

and Lis Thorburn

"Midlife Career Choices: How Are They Different from Other Career

Choices?" Candy (Bogar) Zemon

"Job Rotation in an Academic Library: Damned if You Do and Damned if You

Don't!" Richard M. Malinski

"Are We There Yet?: Facing the Never-Ending Speed and Change of Technology

in Midlife," Linda Loos Scarth

"A Work Journal," Katherine Murphy Dickson

"Happily Ever After: Plateauing as a Means for Long-Term Career

Satisfaction," Denise L. Montgomery

"The Effects of Technology on Midcareer Librarians," Marilyn P. Lewis

Register for the ASIST Annual Meeting:

http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM02/index.html

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NISO   Circulation Interchange Protocol at Ballot

 

Marilyn Geller [marilyn.geller@configuredinfo.com]  [Asis-l] NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol at Ballot

29 May 2002

 

Bethesda, Md., USA - (May 28, 2002) NISO, the National Information

Standards Organization, has announced the release for ballot of the

final text of the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) and its

accompanying Implementation Profile #1 developed by NISO Standards

Committee AT. This standard, identified as NISO Z39.83, addresses the

various transactions needed to support circulation activities among

independent library systems such as patron and item inquiry and update

transactions, hold or reserve functions, check-out, renewal, and

check-in. It will also support the circulation of printed and electronic

materials and will facilitate direct patron borrowing, remote patron

authentication, on-line payment, and controlled access to electronic

documents.

In announcing the balloting period, Pat Stevens of OCLC, Inc., the

committee's chair, said, "For many years exchanging circulation

information was enabled by proprietary and disparate systems that

offered limited interoperability. Today, with the rapid evolution of

Web-based library services and the growing number of resource sharing

arrangements among libraries, a greater level of interoperability is

required. NISO Z39.83 delivers this interoperability. Z39.83 provides

an open standard for the exchange of circulation information. Systems

implementing this standard will be able to exchange information about

library users, the items borrowed, the owners of the items, and the

relationships among these three entities."

The balloting period for this proposed standard is May 24 through July

8, 2002, and NISO encourages the all interested parties to submit

comments. A variety of resources are located on the NISO web site

including the committee charge and meeting minutes as well as the freely

available PDF version of the proposed standard.

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

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NISO  Digital Still Image Metadata Draft Standard

 

Marilyn Geller [marilyn.geller@configuredinfo.com] [Asis-l]    7 June 2002

 

Bethesda, Md., USA - (June 7, 2002) NISO, the National Information

Standards Organization, has released a draft of Z39.87, the Data

Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images for trial

use. NISO collaborated with the Association for Information and Image

Management (AIIM) in the development of this standard.

Two overarching goals led NISO and AIIM to develop this data dictionary.

The first is to identify the data elements that would be used by

applications to control transformations of images against stated metrics

(or "anchors") for meaningful quality attributes such as detail, tone,

color, and size. The second is to propose elements that would be used by

digital repository managers, curators, or imaging specialists to assess

the current aesthetic and functional values of a given image or

collection of images. The purpose of this data dictionary is to define a

standard set of metadata elements for digital images. Standardizing the

information will allow users to develop, exchange, and interpret digital

image files. The dictionary has been designed to facilitate

interoperability between systems, services, and software as well as to

support the long-term management of and continuing access to digital

image collections.

Co-chairs Robin Dale (RLG) and Oya Y. Reiger (Cornell University) led

this standards committee which included Janet Gertz (Columbia

University), Meg Bellinger (OCLC), Dr. Marianne Doerr (Leitung VD17 und

Muenchener Digitalisierungszentrum), Betsy Fanning (AIIM International),

Dr. Franziska Frey (Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of

Technology), Erich Kesse (University of Florida), Matt Kirschenbaum

(University of Kentucky), Kelly Russell (University of Leeds), Linda

Tadic (HBO), Colin Webb (National Library of Australia) and Herbert J.

White (LDS Church-Family History Division).

This proposed national standard is being released as a Draft Standard

for Trial Use for the period June 1, 2002 through December 31, 2003.

Like all NISO standards documents, this document is available for

downloading free from the NISO web site (http://www.niso.org).

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

 

 

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NISO Information Services and Use: Metrics & statistics for libraries and information providers--Data Dictionary

Vivian Miller [vmiller@niso.orgniso-press1@list.niso.org  26 July 2002

NISO Press Release

For Immediate Release                                           Contact:       Vivian Campagna

July 26, 2002                                                 vmiller@niso.org                                                               301.654.2512                                                                                                                                                                                      Information Services and Use: Metrics & statistics for libraries

and information providers--Data Dictionary

Bethesda, MD, USA - NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, announces the release of the 2002 Library Statistics Standard as a Draft Standard for Trial Use. The revised standard addresses an area critical to the information community: measurement of electronic resources (E-metrics). The new draft standard is available on the NISO website at this url: http://www.niso.org/emetrics /.

"This new edition of Z39.7 is a major departure from prior versions of the standard. Not only has the Committee embraced valuable best practices long recognized by the U.S. library community, we have also incorporated international definitions," said Denise Davis, Chair of Standards Committee AY, Library Statistics. "And, by offering this standard in a web-accessible database we are extending its reach and functionality."

The trial use period is 12 months, supporting an annual data collection cycle. All persons engaged in data collection activities at the local, state, and national levels are encouraged to provide comments to the committee. Publishers, information aggregators and consortia are encouraged to review and use the E-metrics sections.

Comments will be accepted from July 26, 2002 - July 31, 2003. "The Committee is very hopeful that both library staff and database publishers will use this opportunity to test the standard and the web-accessible data dictionary," said Denise Davis, Chair of the Statistics Committee. The data dictionary incorporates de facto library metrics as well as definitions and methods of measurement adopted by international standards groups and U.S. library associations.

Revisions to the draft Standard will be released quarterly, depending upon the level of comment, and will be available on the NISO website. A comment site for the Statistics Standard is available at: http://www.niso.org/committees/public/index.html. NISO has created a listserv to encourage discussion beyond the formal channels. To subscribe to the listserv, send an e-mail message to: Z39.7dsftu-subscribe@list.niso.org and use the word "subscribe" as the subject of your message. For additional information about NISO Standards Committee AY, visit the Committee website at: http://www.niso.org/committees/committee_ay.html

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NISO Serials Study Underway

Marilyn Geller [marilyn.geller@mindspring.com]   ASIS-L; ARL-EJOURNAL; Ariadne; Americanlibraries; ACQNET@LISTSERV.APPSTATE.EDU; BLAB@HSC.USC.EDU; LIBLICENSE-L@PANTHEON.YALE.EDU; ERIL-L@LISTSERV.BINGHAMTON.EDU; NISO-L@CNI.ORG; SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU   9 April 2002

 

Bethesda, Md., USA – (April 8, 2002) NISO, the National Information

Standards Organization has been asked to undertake the development of a

national standard to facilitate the exchange of serials subscription

information. In evaluating this suggestion the Standards Development

Committee concluded that further information is needed before NISO can

launch standards development work. Over the next two months, NISO will

survey the leaders in the serials community, systems staff, and librarians

to learn more about this issue with the goal of making an informed decision

about the viability of a national standard on this topic. Funding from the

Digital Library Federation will support this research.

Information aggregators, publishers, third party service providers, and

libraries engage in a number of recurring business-to-business transactions

requiring the exchange of serial subscription information. At this time

there is no standard to facilitate this information exchange. This survey

will explore the needs for serials subscription information exchange, the

formats now being used and views on the need for and usefulness of a

national standard for serials subscription information exchange; the study

will also measure the need and support for a standard designation for

subscribers and services.

NISO has engaged Ed Jones to conduct a telephone and email survey. Based on

the findings, Jones will draft a White Paper describing the current and

potential applications for exchanging serials subscription information

between libraries, publishers, aggregators, and third party services. The

final report will be made available to all NISO members in June 2002. If you

would like to participate in the survey, please contact Pat Harris

(pharris@niso.org), NISO Executive Director.

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

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NISO Technical Metadata For DIgital Images Document

 

Mark Needleman - DRA [mneedlem@dra.com] ASIS Standards Committee; ASIS Listserv  

15 June 2002

 

NISO has just released a draft standard for trial use that I thought would

be of interest to ASIST folks - the note from Pat Harris the Executive

Director of NISO describes this new standard

Mark Needleman

Chair, ASIST Standards Committee

 

The Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images

(NISO Z39.87/AIIM 20) has been released as a Draft Standard for Trial

Use. The Standard is on the NISO website at this url:

http://www.niso.org/standards/dsftu.html

From June 1, 2002 through December 31, 2003 this standard is

available for review and implementation. Comments should be sent to

NISO headquarters: nisohq@niso.org

Supporting the draft standard is an XML schema, called MIX, that

defines the format for the interchange and/or storage of the data

specified in the Standard. The schema is at this url:

http://www.loc.gov/standards/mix/ (You will find a link from the

NISO site to the schema.)

Why This Standard is Important

This standard defines the important details that are essential to

managing digital information. Much attention has been paid to

defining descriptive metadata. Technical metadata is equally

important to manage the large-scale digital repositories and digital

asset management systems being built today. Z39.87 is an important

building block to support the development of applications to

validate, manage, migrate, and otherwise process images so they

maintain their value over time. And, as we all know, a picture is

worth a thousand words!

Congratulations (and thanks) go to Standards Committee AU co-chaired

by Oya Rieger (Cornell University) and Robin Dale (RLG). Jointly

developed with AIIM International, the leading standards developer

serving the imaging industry, this standard took only three years

from beginning to end -- a very short timeline in the standards

world. Members of the committee speak to the strong international

interest in this topic: Meg Bellinger (OCLC), Dr. Marianne Doerr

(Leitung VD17 und Muenchener Digitalisierungszentrum), Betsy Fanning

(AIIM International), Dr. Franziska Frey (Image Permanence Institute,

Rochester Institute of Technology), Erich Kesse (University of

Florida), Matt Kirschenbaum (University of Kentucky), Kelly Russell

(University of Leeds), Linda Tadic (HBO), Colin Webb (National

Library of Australia) and Herbert J. White (LDS Church-Family History

Division).

 

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Please share this news with your colleagues and networks. Be a part

of the standards solution!

 

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Pat Harris

Executive Director

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

T: 301-654-2512

Mobile: 202-258-3296

Fax: 301-654-1721

Email: pharris@niso.org

url: http://www.niso.org

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From: Eduardo Saguier [mailto:saguiere@ssdnet.com.ar]
Sent: Monday, 9 September 2002 10:31 pm
To: k.smith@cc.curtin.edu.au
Subject: The Public Library of Knowledge
 

The Public Library of Knowledge (PLoK)

The Public Library of Knowledge (PLoK) or in other words a Public Library of Sciences and Humanities should be a non-profit organization of scholars committed to making the world's scholar literature freely accessible to the public around the world, within a reasonable and increasingly shorter period of their initial publication date.

We are working for the establishment of international online public libraries of sciences and humanities that will archive and distribute the complete contents of published scholar articles and reviews, and foster the development of new ways to search, interlink and integrate the information that is currently partitioned into millions of separate articles, reviews and reports and segregated into thousands of different journals, each with its own restrictions on access, in a similar line to what has been attempted by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and has been advocated by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI).

As a step toward these goals, we are planning to circulate an open letter to urge librarians to subscribe exclusively those journals that are being distributed freely by independent online public libraries of sciences and humanities, within a reasonable period of time of their initial publication date.

We must make every effort to give our full support to those librarians and publishers that adopt the policy proposed in the following open letter. We plan to sponsor a non-profit scientific publisher under the banner of Public Library of Knowledge (PLoK) operated for the benefit of both the sciences and the humanities, and will begin advocating the subscription exclusively in those journals that fully realize the principles of this movement. With your participation and enthusiasm we can establish a new model for scientific publishing.

Please join us in this effort.                  Eduardo R. Saguier

 

                                  WEBSITE and OPEN LETTER                                

The Public Library of Knowledge (PLoK) initiative begins with the circulation of the following message, urging librarianss to subscribe those journals whose publishers allow its free distribution by independent, online public libraries of sciences and the humanities within a reasonable and increasingly shorter period of their initial publication date.

If you support this initiative, we ask you to sign the following open letter.


We support the establishment of online public libraries that would provide the full contents of the published record of research and scholarly discourse in sciences and humanities in a freely accessible, fully searchable, interlinked form, similar to what has been advocated by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). Establishment of these public libraries would vastly increase the accessibility and utility of the scientific literature, and enhance scientific productivity and interactivity among disparate communities of knowledge and ideas in sciences and humanities.

We fully recognize that authors have their right to copyright as well as the publishers of journals in sciences and humanities have a legitimate right to a fair financial return for their role in scholar communication. We believe, however, that the permanent, archival record of scholarly research and ideas should neither be owned nor controlled exclusively by publishers, but should belong to the public, and should be freely available through international online public libraries.

To encourage the establishment of online public libraries, we pledge to lobby the staff of our libraries to subscribe preferably those scholarly and scientific journals whose publishers have agreed to grant unrestricted free distribution rights to any and all articles and reviews that they have published, through online public resources, within a reasonable and increasingly shorter period of time of their initial publication date.

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Renaissance Library Calendar

For Immediate Release                                                For Further Information, Contact:
25th September, 2002                                                   Stuart Urwin           +46 411 121 70

 

ARE THESE THE 12 MOST BEAUTIFUL OLD LIBRARIES IN THE WORLD?


The 2003  edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar features 12 of the most beautiful old

 

libraries in the World, dating from 1570 to 1926. Chetham's Library in Manchester, UK is one

 

of the 12,  as selected from nominations by information professionals all over the World. Its

 

Reading Room has been chosen as the image for the calendar's cover.

 


Founded in 1653, Chetham's Library is regarded as the oldest surviving public library in

 

continuous use in English speaking countries. It celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2003.

The other 11 libraries featured in the calendar, in full colour, are from Australia, Austria,

 

France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the UK and the USA. These wonderful old libraries have

 

proved very popular with book lovers in nearly 40 countries. Each library photo is

 

accompanied by a brief history and a description of items of special interest.

 

 

They include Redwood Library and Athenaeum, in Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest lending

 

library in the USA, dating from 1747; two wonderful old abbey libraries in Austria - Altenburg

 

and Kremsmuenster; and the magnificent Long Room in Trinity College Library, Dublin;  

 


The calendar is published by ISIM in Sweden. Copies can be obtained at their website at

http://www.renaissancelibrary.com or at the address below.

 


Contact:       Stuart Urwin, ISIM, Stora Vastergatan 45, SE-271 35 Ystad, Sweden
Tel. ++46 411 121 70   Fax: ++46 411 121 10  e-mail:stuart.urwin@isim.org  
www.isim.org

 
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More about the Renaissance Library Calendar 2003
 
The 2003 edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar is now available, and is published by ISIM.
It contains 12 photographs of beautiful old libraries ranging from 76 to 439 years old. The oldest
library featured, Vilnius University Library, in Vilnius, Lithuania, dates back to 1570.
 
The full list of libraries:
 
Altenburg Abbey Library, Altenburg, Austria, 1729-42
Angelica Library, Rome, Italy, 1765
Boston Public Library, Boston, USA, 1895
Chetham's Library, Manchester, UK, 1653
Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmuenster, Austria, 1680
Library of the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1897
Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, 1909
New York Academy of Medicine, New York, USA, 1926
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 1747
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 1913
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland, 1732
Vilnius University Library, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1570
 
More about ISIM, the publisher
 
The publisher, ISIM (Information Strategy and Information Management) is an information and
knowledge management consultancy, based in Ystad, in the south of Sweden.
 
ISIM's Renaissance Library Collection contains a range of calendars, greeting cards, high
quality prints and posters, all based on the theme of beautiful old libraries.
 
The company is owned and managed by Gunnel Stjernvall. Gunnel has experience of
information work in communities, universities, parliament, government, the private sector as
well as her own company. One of her visions for the future is to create more international
activities for fellow information professionals, and to bring a global dimension to the profession.
 
As part of this vision, ISIM also publishes a free electronic newsletter, Global Info Jobs,
which provides career advice and listings of jobs for librarians and information professionals
from almost 20 countries. Details at http://www.globalinfojobs.com
 
To order the calendar, visit the website at http://www.renaissancelibrary.com or contact:
 
Stuart Urwin,
ISIM,
Stora Vastergatan 45,
SE-271 35, Ystad, Sweden
Tel +46 411 121 70
Fax +46 411 121 10
Email: stuart.urwin@isim.org

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Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

Richard Hill [rhill@asis.org] asis-l@asis.org  26 June 2002

[Forwarded for Marian.Dworaczek@usask.ca]

The July 1, 2002 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. This edition includes over 1,400 titles. 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

any duplication.

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*Marian Dworaczek

*Head, Acquisitions Department

*University of Saskatchewan Library

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

*Phone: (306) 966-6016

*Fax: (306) 966-5919

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

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TECHNOLOGY GUIDEBOOKS

 

Steve Cisler [cisler@pobox.com]     ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr   11 September 2002

 

I wanted to alert librarians to a couple of free publications that I

wrote. One is a guide to Internet connectivity for technology projects.

It's very basic and is aimed at administrators who are trying to

understand the options and why some technologies cost more than others.

This is available in 8 different languages in html or word or .pdf

formats. Depending on the format and language the size ranges from 49Kb

to about 800Kb.

A more recent guide is "Planning for Sustainability: How to Keep ICT

Project Running." It is for communities and organizations starting

technology projects to plan for their success long before the equipment

is chosen. There are pointers to methods of readiness and assessment

that can be done as part of the planning. This guide is currently just

in English. 78 Kb.

These were written for school directors in developing countries, but the

information is certainly applicable to librarians in similar

environments. Comments or questions are welcome

Both can be found on this page, under "Technical Resources"

http://www.schoolsonline.org/resources/

Steve Cisler

EduAction

cisler@eduaction.net

cisler@pobox.com

 

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Treatment of publications in multiple formats: Proposals initiated by

the IFLA Section on Cataloguing's ISBD Review Group

 

John D Byrum [jbyr@loc.gov]         ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr; Autocat@listserv.buffalo.edu   

Invitation to participate in World Wide Reivew (revised)   17 September 2002

 

Recognizing the increasing incidence of resources published in more

than one physical medium, and the challenges that these publications

pose for bibliographic control, an ad-hoc committee of the IFLA ISBD

Review Group was charged with investigating the treatment of

publications in multiple formats. Within this context, the Study Group

considered (1) the use of multiple ISBDs and the use of multiple general

material designations ([gmd's]), (2) the order in which elements for

multiple formats should be treated, and (3) the number of bibliographic

records to be created for multiple versions. Those discussions have

resulted in a number of proposed additions or changes to the ISBD(M)

text which are now being issued for worldwide review. The proposals are

available for consideration at:

<http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/pubs/multiplefrm.htm>.

While each of the issues deserves careful review, the IFLA ISBD Review

Group requests that particular consideration be given to the

recommendation concerning the number of bibliographic records to be

created for multiple versions. There is currently no consistency among

national bibliographic agencies as to the number of records to be

created for multiple versions, and, even in some cases within an agency,

there is variability of approach depending on what type of materials are

being catalogued. The Study Group agreed that ISBDs need not be more

prescriptive, but, rather, should provide a framework that is flexible

and accommodating to local constraints and requirements without

sacrificing cataloguing consistency. Nonetheless, such flexibility of

application has serious implications for those who exchange

bibliographic information.

Please send comments on this or any other issue related to this

proposal to the Study Group chair, Lynne Howarth, via e-mail

(howarth@fis.utoronto.ca), by November 15, 2002

 

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Aida Slavic [aida.slavic@UCL.AC.UKLIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK  26 July 2002

 

Colleagues using, implementing or researching

Universal Decimal Classification may find it of interest

to join the "udc-forum" mailing list at:

http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/udc-forum.html

The list is open for discussions on all practical and

research oriented topics.

If you experience any problems joining the list using

your web browser, please e-mail:

udc-forum-request@jiscmail.ac.uk

Regards

Aida Slavic

School of Library, Archive and Information Studies

University College London

aida.slavic@ucl.ac.uk

 

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Unicode 3.2 released

 

Joan Aliprand [BR.JMA@RLG.ORG]   ifla-l@infoserv.inist.fr   2 April 2002

 

The following message from Mark Davis, President of the Unicode

Consortium, describing Version 3.2 of the Unicode Standard, was

initially distributed on March 29.

-- Joan Aliprand

Senior Analyst, Research Libraries Group

Unicode 3.2 has been released! The data files and documentation are

final and posted on the Unicode site. For details, see UAX #28,

Unicode 3.2 at <http://www.unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr28/>.

Unicode 3.2 adds 1,016 additional characters, and now includes the

most extensive set of characters for mathematical and technical

publishing yet defined. Encodings for four indigenous scripts of

the Philippines have been added to the repertoire, as well as new

special characters such as the Word Joiner, Grapheme Joiner, and

Variation Selectors. A number of characters are also added for

interoperating with JIS X 0213:2000.

Unicode 3.2 has also updated a number of conformance issues,

including tightening of the definition of UTF-8, when to replace

ZWNBSP (BOM) with Word Joiner, and clarifications of the use of

Combining Marks, Hangul Syllables, and Conjoining Jamo. Case

Mappings (formerly UTR#21) is now part of the Unicode Standard.

Additional explanatory material has been added for decomposition and

for specific characters and scripts; in particular, clarifications

and charts have been added to the Khmer script block to better

explain the encoding.

New properties have been added to the Unicode Character Database.

These include: recommended UCD property names and property value

names; an exact specification of when variation selectors can be

used; when each character was added to the Unicode Standard;

grapheme cluster information, ideographic description categories;

code points that are ignorable by default, and deprecated

characters.

Unicode 3.2 is fully synchronized with International Standard

ISO/IEC 10646-1:2000, with its Amendment 1, and with ISO/IEC

10646-2:2001.

Please note that while all of the online data files and

documentation for the Unicode 3.2 have been updated, it will take a

few days to complete the rollup of all of the revised pdf code

charts on the website. Charts for the specific additional

characters for Version 3.2 can, however, already be accessed via the

links in UAX #28.

Also note that material on default grapheme clusters has been moved

from the beta version of Unicode 3.2 into a new proposed draft UTR

#29: Text Boundaries at

<http://www.unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr29/>.

To: IFLA-L@INFOSERV.INIST.FR

 

 

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UNIMARC Manual-Bibliographic Format -Update 4

 

Plassard, Marie-France [plassard@dbf.ddb.de'IFLA-L@infoserv.inist.fr'  1 August 2002

 

"The 4th Update to the UNIMARC Manual -Bibliographic Format, published by

K.G. Saur, is available now!".

Update 4 includes new fields for identifiers, awards, trademarks and

holdings; existing fields for electronic resources, graphical material and

classification numbers have been revised; coded data lists have been

extensively updated. In addition, many new examples of UNIMARC records have

been included to illustrate the application of the format.

UNIMARC Manual-Bibliographic Format-2nd Edition -Update 4

München:Saur,2002.

ISBN 3-598-11215-7

EUR 38.00

 

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Unique research at the UW Information School

 

Gretchen Whitney [gwhitney@UTK.EDU]    JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU   24 May 2002

 

To all -

An interesting research project here at the Information School of the

University of Washington has been getting some national exposure.

Profs.Batya Friedman and Peter Kahn were recently interviewed regarding

their work with children and robotic pets. Check out these stories from

Wired News and the Associated Press:

http://www.wired.com/news/gizmos/0,1452,52551,00.html?tw=wn_ascii

<http://www.wired.com/news/gizmos/0,1452,52551,00.html?tw=wn_ascii>

http://www.king5.com/education/NW_051402robopets.89395a65.html

<http://www.king5.com/education/NW_051402robopets.89395a65.html>

What does this have to do with LIS? Well, just think 10-20 years into the

future. How about embedding information features (retrieval as well as

input - such as medical monitoring information) into AIBO?

Best,

Mike

 

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Winsor, Dewey, and Putnam: The Boston Experience

 

GSLIS Publications Office [puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu]   ASIS-L   4 June 2002

[Asis-l] New Publication Available

 

Now available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library

and Information Science Publications Office:

Number 212 in the Occasional Papers series

Winsor, Dewey, and Putnam: The Boston Experience

By Donald G. Davis, Jr., Kenneth E. Carpenter, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Jane

Aikin

The latest volume in the Occasional Paper series collects the papers from

the Round Table on Library History session at the 67th Council and General

Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and

Institutions (IFLA) held in Boston, Massachusetts from August 16–25, 2001.

Donald G. Davis, Jr., introduces the articles about "The Boston Years" of

early professional leaders Justin Winsor, Melvil Dewey, and Herbert

Putnam, written by Kenneth E. Carpenter, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Jane Aikin,

respectively. Davis writes, "Together these three figures with Boston

connections symbolize the enthusiasm, the energy, and the foresight that

characterized the fledgling profession of librarianship in the years

spanning 1900. Their Boston experience links these three with various

types of libraries and themes in American library history" (p. 3).

$8, plus $3 shipping, prepaid. (Shipping is $1 per copy for additional

copies in the same order.) Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

and checks to The University of Illinois accepted.

Orders can be placed at the Graduate School of Library and Information

Science Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820. Call (217) 333-1359 for more

information, or e-mail puboff@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu. Please be sure to visit

our Web site (http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff/) for details about this and

other available publications.

The Occasional Papers deal with varied aspects of librarianship and

consist of papers that generally are too detailed for inclusion in a

periodical, or are of specialized or contemporary interest.

 

The Publications Office of the

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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