MARCH 2003  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

3D Interfaces for E-Journals?


TO:                                 Sat 30/11/2002 12:24 AM

FROM:  Gerry Mckiernan []


     _3D Interfaces for E-Journals?_


  I am greatly interested in learning of Any and All current, pending, planned, or anticipated projects that have/will/might apply 3D visualization technologies such as those  developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [ ] as interfaces to e-journal collections.


  As Always, Any and All contributions, queries, questions, comments, Cosmic Insights, or Turkey Dressing [:-)] are Most Welcome!






Gerry McKiernan

Stuffed Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011




All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources


From:  Gerry Mckiernan []     Fri 10/01/2003 1:55 AM



Candidates for _All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources_


       With the Spring semester now UponOnUs, 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


     [ ]


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:





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 [:->], Stimuli Packages, etc. etc. etc. are Most Welcome!


BTW: Don't forget to see _All That JAS_ in Action in "Chicago"


             [ ]


/Gerry McKiernan

Abbrev.  Librn.

I.S.U. Libr

Ames IA 50011







From:   Sloan, Bernie [bernies@UILLINOIS.EDU]                    Thu 27/03/2003 5:09 AM



I've updated my Digital Reference Services Bibliography:


It now has more than 500 entries related to the provision of reference services involving collaboration between library user and librarian in a computer-based medium. These services can utilize various media, including e-mail, Web forms, chat, video, Web customer call center software, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), etc.


Approximately 45% of the items listed in this bibliography are available via the Web. Links have been provided to direct you to those resources.


In order to help you identify recently published articles, papers, etc., I have highlighted the items from 2002 and 2003 in red.


As always, please let me know if I have omitted any pertinent entries.




Bernie Sloan

Senior Library Information Systems Consultant, ILCSO

University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting

616 E. Green Street, Suite 213

Champaign, IL  61820


Phone: (217) 333-4895

Fax:   (217) 265-0454








From:   JK Vijayakumar []             Tue 17/12/2002 6:56 PM



Dear Professionals,


Indian Parliament on Monday gave its approval to

the historic “Freedom of Information Bill 2002”

which envisages access to government information

and files to every citizen in an effort to

promote greater transparency, openness and

accountability in administration.


For more details, please visit




Scientific Technical Officer

INFormation and LIBrary NETwork (INFLIBNET)

Centre / University Grants Commission

Gujarat University Campus, PB 4116, Navrangpura

Ahmedabad - 380009, Gujarat, INDIA






From:  Loet Leydesdorff [loet@LEYDESDORFF.NET]                           Wed 18/12/2002 5:14 PM



Dear colleagues,


I made available at the program FullText.exe. FullText.exe is freely available for academic usage.


The program generates a word-occurrence matrix, a co-occurrence matrix, and a normalized co-occurrence matrix from a set of text files and a word list. The output files can be read into standard software (like SPSS, Ucinet/Pajek, etc.) for the statistical analysis and the visualization.


input files


The program prompts for two informations, notably, (a) the name of the file <words.txt> that contains the words (as variables) to be analyzed in ASCII format and (b) the number of files that contain the text elements as cases. The text elements are to be numbered sequentially like Text1.txt, Text2.txt, etc. The number of texts is unlimited, but each text can be only 64 kByte at the maximum. The number of words is limited to 1024, but keep in mind that most programs will not allow you to handle more than 256 variables in the follow-up.


program file


The program is based on DOS-legacy software from the 1980s (Leydesdorff, 1995). It runs in a MS-Dos Command Box under Windows. The programs and the input files have to be contained in the same directory. The output files are written into this directory as well. Please, note that existing files from a previous run are overwritten by the program. Save output elsewhere if you wish to continue with the materials.


output files


The program produces three output files in dBase IV format. These files can be read into Excel and/or SPSS for further processing. Two files with the extension ".dat" are in DL-format (ASCII) and can be read into Pajek for the visualization (freely available at ).


a. matrix.dbf contains an occurrence matrix of the words in the texts. This matrix is asymmetrical: it contains the words as the variables and the texts as the cases. In other words, each row represents a text in the sequential order of the text numbering, and each column represents a word in the sequential order of the word list. (It is advisable to sort the word list alphabetically before the analysis.) The words are also the variable names although truncated to ten positions. The words are counted as frequencies. (The plural "s" is removed before processing.)


b. coocc.dbf contains a co-occurrence matrix of the words from this same data. This matrix is symmetrical and it contains the words both as variables and as labels in the first field. The main diagonal is set to zero. The number of co-occurrences is equal to the multiplication of occurrences in each of the texts. (The procedure is similar to using the file matrix.dbf as input to the routine "affiliations" in Ucinet, but the main diagonal is here set to zero in this matrix.) The file coocc.dat contains this information in the DL-format.


c. cosine.dbf contains a normalized co-occurrence matrix of the words from the same data. Normalization is based on the cosine between the variables conceptualized as vectors (Salton & McGill, 1983). (The procedure is similar to using the file matrix.dbf as input to the corresponding routing in SPSS.) The file cosine.dat contains this information in the DL-format.





Leydesdorff, L. (1995). The Challenge of Scientometrics: The development, measurement, and self-organization of scientific communications. Leiden: DSWO Press, Leiden University; at .


Salton, G. & M. J. McGill (1983). Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval. Auckland, etc.: McGraw-Hill.




Loet Leydesdorff

Science & Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX  Amsterdam

Tel.: +31-20-525 6598; fax: +31-20-525 3681 ;





Concise UNIMARC Bibliographic Format      Mon 18/11/2002 7:17 PM


The IFLA Core Activity for Universal Bibliographic  Control

and International MARC(UBCIM) and the Permanent UNIMARC Committee

are pleased to announce that the UNIMARC Concise  Bibliographic Format

posted on  the IFLANET at

has been udpated to reflect the changes and additions of Update 4

to the UNIMARC Manual-Bibliographic Format.


The UNIMARC Concise  Bibliographic Format represents the state of the format as of 1 March 2002.






IFLA statement on indigenous traditional knowledge


From:        Wed 12/02/2003 10:07 PM



The IFLA Gocverning Board has approved a statement on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. It calls for for libraries to collect, preserve and disseminate traditional indigenous knowledge resources. It urges governments to exempt media recording indigenous knowledge from taxes and encourages the proper protection and use of such knowledge through the recognition of the principles of intellectual property.


The statement is based on a resolution of the 15th Standing Conference for Eastern, Central and Southern African Library Associations (SCECSAL), 2002.


The full Statement is available on IFLANET at


Ross Shimmon

Secretary General




IFLA/UBCIM Core Activity And Office – Closure


From:  Karin Passchier []                     Wed 29/01/2003 4:54 PM



The IFLA Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Core Activity (UBCIM) which has been hosted by Die Deutsche Bibliothek since 1990, will close as per 1st March 2003. The Programme Director Marie-France Plassard will retire on that same date.


The UBCIM Programme has achieved a great deal over the past thirty years. It has been responsible for the creation of the ISBDs as well as UNIMARC, and for maintaining a full publishing and seminar programme. Many people have contributed to its success during this time, but especially the host libraries, initially the British Library, and in the more recent past Die Deutsche Bibliothek.


IFLA would like to acknowledge the contribution of all who have been concerned in this very valuable contribution to the process of international bibliographic standardization. We would also like to express our thanks to the host institutions, and especially to Die Deutsche Bibliothek for maintaining UBCIM in a period when funding is difficult for all international activities.


We are also very pleased to announce that the National Library of Portugal (NLP) has offered to act as the new host for the continuation and further development of the UNIMARC format. The NLP will also take over the publication of the journal International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control.


The books from the UBCIM Publications New Series, including recent ISBDs, will continue to be available from K.G. Saur Verlag <>, other UBCIM book publications will be available from IFLA/HQ <>.


Requests for permission to translate UBCIM publications should be directed to IFLA Headquarters.



Ross Shimmon

Secretary General

29 January 2003







From:  J K Vijayakumar []                     Sat 4/01/2003 3:24 PM



Dear Professionals,


Happy 2003 to you all !!


Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC) , the national level association in India hosted its website last week. Visit


Websites of some other Indian Library Associations/Institutions are here for your kind reference.


Library Associations


Society for Information Science [SIS] : The ever first website hosted by an Indian LIS Association

Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science

Medical Library Association of India [MLAI]

Madras Library Association (MALA)


Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), Ahmedabad
Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore
Defence Scientific Information and Documenation Centre (DESIDOC)
National Social Science Documentation Centere (NASSDOC), New Delhi

Small Enterprises National Documentation Center [SENDOC]
National Center for Science Information (NCSI), Bangalore
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi [Formerly INSDOC]
Library Networks
Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET)
Calcutta Library Network (CALIBNET)
Developing Library Network (DELNET)
Mysore Library Network (MYLIBNET), Mysore
Pune Library Network
Scientific Technical Officer
INFormation and LIBrary NETwork (INFLIBNET) Centre / University Grants Commission
Gujarat University Campus, PB 4116, Navrangpura
Ahmedabad - 380009, Gujarat, INDIA
Call  91-79-6304695/5971 (O) 6859584 (R)  Fax  91-79-6300990 (O) / /





From:  William Hersh []                     Sat 15/02/2003 10:01 PM



Information Retrieval:  A Health and Biomedical Perspective (Second Edition)


More information can be found at:


William R. Hersh

Springer-Verlag, 2003


Table of Contents


I.  Basic Concepts


1.  Terms, Models, and Resources

2.  Health and Biomedical Information

3.  System Evaluation


II.  State of the Art


4.  Content

5.  Indexing

6.  Retrieval

7.  Evaluation


III.  Research Directions


8.  Lexical-Statistical Systems

9.  Linguistic Systems

10.  Augmenting Systems for Users

11.  Information Extraction





From:  Gretchen Whitney [gwhitney@UTK.EDU]                  Sat 1/03/2003 2:08 AM




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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 11:28:17 -0600

From: "Lester, June" <>

_ ____________________________________________________________________________



A groundbreaking new text, Fundamentals of Information Studies: Understanding Information and Its Environment, will be available for use beginning with upcoming Summer and Fall classes.  This will be the first information studies textbook that approaches the field from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Bruce Kingma, Associate Dean of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, wrote in a review of the manuscript: "It is a great text at the right time for it."  And Sharon Ryals, Information Studies Instructor at Florida State University's School of Information Studies,

wrote: "I am thrilled to see such a work available for information studies students."


This important new book was written by June Lester (Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma) and Wallace C. Koehler, Jr. (Associate Professor and Director, Department of Information Studies, Valdosta State University).


Here are highlights of the twelve Fundamentals of Information Studies



*       The Impact of Information in Society

*       Fundamental Concepts of Information

*       History of Information Technology

*       Current Information Technology

*       Societal Institutions for the Creation, Distribution, and Management

of Information

*       The Information Professions

*       The Impact of Information Cultures and Societies

*       Economics of Information

*       Information Policy, Part I: Regulation and Politics

*       Information Policy, Part II: The Policy Areas and Issues

*       Information Ethics

*       Information Futures


Since most of you are now making decisions about text adoptions for next year, Neal-Schuman is offering you an advance opportunity to examine this text.  Page proofs are immediately available for your review, or if you prefer an exam copy, they will be available for shipping to you as of May 31st.


Both page proofs and exam copies are available upon request from David Neipris at Neal-Schuman, e-mail, telephone 212-925-8650, or fax, 212-219-8916.






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International training program on INFORMATION in Brussels


From:  Paul Nieuwenhuysen [pnieuwen@VUB.AC.BE]                       Fri 28/02/2003 1:13 AM



An International Training Program on "information":


Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and


an Active Training Environment

(Edition 3)




This International Training Program is planned to take place mainly in Brussels, Belgium, during May 12 - July 30, 2003.


The initiative has been approved by the Flemish Interuniversity Council

(VLIR) and is sponsored by the Belgian Government (the directorate named DGOS since December 2002). 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 and 2. 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 program, but it reflects our wish to really create an environment in which each participant is stimulated to get involved actively, supported by the lecturers and the infrastructure provided by the training program. This fits well into the general, worldwide trend away from "teaching" to "learning management".




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 as to 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, organise, present, manage, publish information resources at personal, institutional, regional or national level. After being actively involved 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,...




It is our intention to organise 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 approach and organisation it may make sense exceptionally 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. To start with, the participants are offered an orientation tour of the University and the Library. Then some of the following subjects are covered. Of course, due to the limited available time, not all the mentioned subjects can be discussed in each training program, but a SELECTION will be made by the organisers, depending on the availability of suitable expert lecturers. Microcomputer systems: hardware. Microcomputer operating systems. Microcomputer systems: applications software. Text editing; word processing; desktop publishing. Scientific writing methods. Presentation of data, using a microcomputer. Data communication; computer networks. Internet. Internet services. Electronic mail. World-Wide Web; hypertext and hypermedia. Introductory concepts about information. Internet-based information resources: introduction. Disks for computers. CD-ROM. CD-ROM in a local area network. CD-R, CD-RW. Image processing; graphics file formats; photo/image editing. Creating charts to present information. Multimedia / Hypermedia. Statistics for information science: introduction. Business plans for libraries and information centers. Using spreadsheets in the management of libraries and information centers. Data-communications networks and librarians. Selecting and procuring a computer system; writing a proposal for a computer implementation. Document collection development. Consortia of libraries for the acquisition of electronic journals and databases. Bibliographic databases. The information industry and the information market. ISBD = International Standard Bibliographic Description. Formats for computer-based cataloguing = MARC formats. National libraries and national bibliographies. Knowledge organisation: subject classification schemes; thesaurus systems;... Online information retrieval and database searching. Search tactics and strategies. Online access databases about journal articles. Electronic newsletters and journals. Computer-network based interest groups. Patent information. Online systems versus CD-ROM. Software packages for local storage and retrieval of bibliographic information. Introduction to the CDS/ISIS software package for information storage and retrieval. The application of CDS/ISIS: searching. The application of CDS/ISIS: editing data in a database. The application of CDS/ISIS: output of selected data to file or printer. The application of CDS/ISIS: developing a database structure. The application of CDS/ISIS: indexing data for fast retrieval. ISIS for Windows: WINISIS. History and future of ISIS. Queuing theory. Citation analysis. Citation searching. The bibliometric laws. Scientometrics. Theoretical and quantitative aspects of information retrieval. Evaluations in information retrieval; evaluation of information retrieval systems. Library automation. Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs). Management of a library and information service. Architecture of libraries. Orientation of information users; relations with information users. Archives and records management. Archives in the domain of science and technology. Interlibrary lending and co-operation; document delivery: an introduction. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): an introduction. Development of a national or regional information network. The information society. Cultural aspects of the information society and information technology transfer. Copyright; information security; trans-border data flow. Writing a project proposal (for instance related to the establishment of an information network). Developing a web site; HTML, XML. Intranets; developing an intranet. Evaluating web sites. Assessing the influence of scientific journals; citations and impact factors. Methods for access to databases through Internet: Z39.50, Open Archives Harvesting protocol... Providing access to information through public Internet workstations. Client-server systems. Conservation/preservation of printed documents. Conservation/preservation of digital documents. Developing co-operative community WWW sites. Setting up an electronic newsletter. Databases (and ISIS in particular) through the WWW. Downloading of information and record format conversion: principles. Downloading of information and record format conversion: application of Fangorn with ISIS. Implementing integrated database-design in ISIS. An advanced application of MARC in ISIS. Programming in ISIS. Extensions of classical WWW. (Client-based and server-based).

Document+program hybrids.

Informetric aspects of the Internet.

Artificial intelligence and knowledge representation in information science. Electronic journals: implementation in a library. Integration of e-learning environments and library services. Libraries involvement in scientific publishing.


About half of the time, the participants are guided by experts invited to the university. They use the other half time to solve problems, to make exercises, to use microcomputers and the 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 postgraduate school on information and library science which is organised at that university, guided by a inter-university board --to the libraries of the University of Antwerp, Belgium --to the library of the KUL (university) in Leuven, Belgium --to VLIZ marine science information and documentation center near the sea coast 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 also organised; 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 appetizers.

-- Evening with tasting of some of the world famous Belgian beers and some Belgian food.

-- Farewell gathering with drinks and appetizers.


Participation and registration; tuition fee and costs:


The tuition fee 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 visits and social activities. The cost of living in Belgium is not exceptional. -to participate during the full period: 2400 Euros -to participate during 2 months only: 1800 Euros -to participate during 1 month only: 1000 Euros -to participate to particular items selected from the program: 30 Euros per module of a half day To register and to pay the tuition fee, send the form (see below) 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 however this simple procedure is NOT suitable for you, 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 and be lost.)


We recommend to register as early as possible: first come, first served: the arrival of your participation fee determines who can participate. The organisers of the Program normally book a single room in advance as accommodation for each participant, unless a participant writes us that they take care of accommodation on their own; participants pay for their own accommodation. If we can book well in advance, then we can normally find accommodation for about 300 euro per month; however, a late receipt of the tuition fee can force us to book a more expensive room.




E-mail (Internet):

or Paul.Nieuwenhuysen at or Patrick.Vanouplines at (change at in @ when you want to use one of these addresses)

Fax  32 2 629 2693 (or 2282)    Tel. 32 2629 2429  (or  2609)    Telex

61051 vubco-b

Classical mail:  Paul NIEUWENHUYSEN (or Patrick VANOUPLINES) STIMULATE-ITP, University Library, Free University Brussels = Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, BELGIUM




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:

As study trips are perhaps organised to places in neighboring countries like The Netherlands and France, participants should try to obtain also a visa 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 the information and documentation department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Other official supervisors and co-promoters of this program are --Prof. Dr. Ludo Simons, University of Antwerp, president of the Steering Committee of the inter-university postgraduate study program on Information and Library Science. --Prof. Dr. Raf Dekeyser, 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. More information about this training program can be found on the WWW starting from: Participants can of course bring a notebook or laptop computer, if they have one available. Feel free to distribute this document; this version is dated 27 February 2003.



to STIMULATE, University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (V.U.B.), Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 BRUSSEL, Belgium I want to participate. Therefore I send this as a letter and pay the registration fee as described in the announcement of the International Training Program. (So the following is NOT the form to apply for a grant. Do not send this unless you pay the registration fee.)


a. Family name (surname): ............................... (married female participants please fill in maiden-name as well as name of


b. First or given names (according to your official passport): ..............


Personal address: ...................................



    Electronic mail address

    Telephone, fax, telex:


Date of birth:

Place of birth:




Sex: male / female


Present employment:

    a. Name and address of employer: .................



    b. Since: ../../..

    c. Position - function - specialization

    d. Telephone, fax, telex and/or e-mail of the employer:


Education - studies:

    Name of institute   Degree   Date







Knowledge of English: writing: ........ speaking: ........ reading: .......


Have you been abroad earlier? Please specify:



Duties that you will carry out after returning to your country:




Date and signature:


Please include a recent photograph, as this will simplify identifying you upon arrival.






From:  John D Byrum []                     Thu 27/03/2003 5:15 AM



The ISBD Review Group is pleased to announce that the __ISBD(CR): International Standard Bibliographic Description for Serials and Other Continuing Resources__ which was published in print in summer 2002 and is available from K. G. Saur (ISBN 3-598-11599-7) has now been made available in electronic format (PDF) on IFLANET.  This document is accessible via a link available at: <>.


Comments on the contents of this ISBD are welcome and may be sent to:


John D. Byrum, Jr.

Chief, Regional & Cooperative Cataloging

Library of Congress

Washington, D. C. 20540-4380


Tel: +(202) 707-6511

Fax: +(202) 707-2824




ISMIR 2002 Proceedings


[Asis-l]  from: Michel Fingerhut []    Sat 19/10/2002 2:15 AM


Hello everyone,


The proceedings and tutorial handouts of the ISMIR 2002 3rd International Conference on Music Information Retrieval can now be ordered through the URL:


Best regards,


Michael Fingerhut

ISMIR 2002 General Chair







From:  Sherrey Quinn []    Tue 3/12/2002 2:56 PM


To:  [aliaNATSPEC]


NLA media release Parkes Place, CANBERRA  ACT  2600



Tuesday 3 December 2002


Joint Trans Tasman partnership provides improved access to information A consortia venture between the National Library of Australia and National Library of New Zealand has resulted in the full Blackwell's Book Services Table of Contents becoming available on the National Library's Kinetica service.  Kinetica enables libraries and their users to find material held in Australian libraries and online.


The National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand established a joint partnership to achieve the first trans Tasman purchase of these resources. A mixture of state, public and academic libraries in both countries contributed funds to the purchase.  This continues a tradition of collaboration to achieve access to resources around the world.


"The addition of the Table of Contents will enrich the database thereby enabling better searching and is a substantial enhancement for users of Australian libraries," said Jan Fullerton, Director-General, National Library of Australia. "Currently over 35 million items are recorded in the Kinetica database, and the addition of data listing conference papers and chapters of monographs will greatly increase the value of Kinetica to users. Approximately 40,000 records will be acquired each year through the Table of Contents Service."


Graham Coe, Director, Electronic Services, National Library of New Zealand commented, "The ongoing partnership between New Zealand and Australia is enabling us to increase access to resources and to develop better online services to support New Zealand libraries.  Developing better digital services is essential for libraries to create access pathways to their collection as well as improving the efficiency of their operations.  We look forward to many further such initiatives between the National Libraries of Australia and New Zealand."


"Blackwells is delighted to be a part of this landmark consortia venture between two progressive national libraries.  Our involvement with libraries in Australia and New Zealand is one of our most valuable business relationships. The Table of Contents database serves a dual purpose - providing enhanced access to the library collections of the national libraries for readers, and forging a stronger bond between the two institutions," said Martha Whittaker, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Blackwell's Book Services.


Further information: Roxanne Missingham, Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing Division * 02 6262 1143


Media enquiries: Yvonne Kennedy, A/Director Communications and Marketing *

(02) 6262 1353 or 0411 753 891






From:   Michael Dowling []       Wed 15/01/2003 10:51 PM



Library Associations Around the World Website Created


We are pleased to report the creation of a website that links to Library Associations Around the World websites, a project of the IFLA Management of Library Associations Section coordinated by the American Library Association's International Relations Office. The website can be found at and is linked to on the MLAS home page. 


 Can you please review the site and send any additions or corrections to


Thank you for your help in making this a comprehensive and useful site.


I would like to thank our library student interns who worked on the site, Troy Swanson who created the initial site a few years ago and Judson Strain who has recently worked to update and expand the site.


Michael Dowling


International Relations Office

American Library Association




Library Associations Around the World: More Information


From:   J K Vijayakumar []                                        Fri 17/01/2003 10:31 AM

To:  Michael Dowling;;


Dear Dr Michael Dowling


UNESCO Portal contains links to more than "246" Library Associations around the world is already made available at You can kindly give a link from your site to this portal, with out much efforts.ALA site contains only 110 (around) links.


Websites of "National Level Library Associations in India" are here. Please include them.


Society for Information Science [SIS] : The ever first website hosted by a national level LIS Association in India


Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC)


Medical Library Association of India [MLAI]






Scientific Technical Officer

INFormation and LIBrary NETwork (INFLIBNET) Centre / University Grants Commission Gujarat University Campus, PB 4116, Navrangpura Ahmedabad - 380009, Gujarat, INDIA


Call  91-79-6304695/5971 (O) 6859584 (R)  Fax  91-79-6300990 (O) / /






From:  Stuart Urwin []                  Fri 14/03/2003 9:19 PM


For Immediate Release                                                For Further Information, Contact:
14th March, 2003                                                           Stuart Urwin           +46 411 121 70


          Invaluable New Electronic Newsletter and Database Resource helps 

              Information Professionals build their Career skills and Contacts has just launched a brand new service for information professionals. The


Library Events website provides up to date details of all the important events they need to


know about, to enhance their careers and to build up their professional skills and contacts.



The service consists of a current awareness database, which is fully searchable, and a


monthly newsletter, called LIS Events. It includes:


Training courses from a range of organizations, to help you plan the next steps in your career


development program


Conferences, to keep you up to date with new developments and current thinking


Exhibitions and trade shows, where you stay informed about all the new products relevant to


your library and organization, and build up your contacts


Library association meetings, where you can keep up to date with what's going on in your


profession and meet your professional colleagues


National book and library events in many countries



You can see the website and the current awareness database at


- where you can also sign up for the newsletter.



The Library Events service uses EventKeeper(TM), a software package for creating online


calendars and event listings, which can be operated by anyone who can use a web browser.



Perfect for libraries, EventKeeper is produced by Plymouth Rocket, Inc. and is designed for


organizations who want to use their websites to inform their users about current events, but

don't have in-house experts to create and maintain a custom Web calendar.

Details can be found at:

Stuart Urwin,, Stora Vastergatan 45, SE-271 35 Ystad, Sweden
Tel. ++46 411 121 70   Fax: ++46 411 121 10



More about


Library Events is the brainchild of Stuart Urwin, a pioneer of realtime online services, who was

first involved in creating online databases back in the 1960s.


More about Plymouth Rocket, Inc. 


Founded in 1997, Plymouth Rocket Inc. provides consulting services in Web design and

development, and specializes in Web applications that simplify the maintenance of Web

sites through the use of dynamic data-driven Web software. The company is based in

Plymouth, Massachusetts.


EventKeeper is a trademark of PlymouthRocket Inc.







From:  Les Pourciau []                    Mon 17/02/2003 8:29 PM



  THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS will begin a program to preserve

  intellectual materials that exist in digital formats, library

  officials announced on Friday. Such materials include music

  and pictures on CD's, literature and journalism in the form

  of e-books, and online scholarly publications.

  --> SEE






---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 14:26:29 +0000



Subject: LIR research directory - now online


Dear colleagues


This comes with the usual apologies for cross-posting.


Please note that the 'Directory of current research' which has been

appearing in Library and Information Research News* for the last few

issues, is now available online, thanks to help and support from Web

officers at Cilip.


Not only does this make the information more widely accessible, it also

makes it simple to send in details of your research via an online form.

Please follow this URL to link to the directory.  The form can be also be

accessed from this page.



If you have any queries at all about the directory do get in touch with me.


Otherwise, please use the form and encourage your colleagues to do so.

Many thanks



*NB Library and Information Research News(LIRN) becomes Library and

Information Research (LIR) very soon!


(Mrs) Stella Thebridge

Research Fellow

Centre for Information Research (CIRT)

University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE)

Perry Barr


B42 2SU

Tel: 0121-331 6732  Fax: 0121-331 5675


alternative email:






From:  Chris Perry []                       Tue 25/02/2003 5:51 PM

To:  Kerry Smith


We are pleased to present the first Literati Club Newsline of 2003 at . It's an expanded issue looking at the results of our Year of Editorial Excellence programme, the changes we have made and hope to make to give better service to our contributors and subscribers. There is a preview of the 2003 Literati Club Awards for Excellence, the Emerald Management Reviews journal rankings for the recently concluded 2002 volume and a piece on the production process that shows exactly what happens to your article after it has been accepted.


The final part of the Year of Editorial Excellence is our survey into what contributors expect from a publisher's editorial department. Please do visit - the survey should only take a few minutes to complete and it is your chance to tell us what you want and to make sure we are offering the service you deserve.


Focus on Marketing


is the first Focus feature of 2003. It has profiles of and interviews with some of the very top names in the field, an expanded author directory of Literati Club members for you to contact, links to over 200 marketing articles Emerald published last year, the Marketing and Logistics Research Register and external sites, resources and forthcoming conferences.


2003 should see many additions to the Community area of the Literati Club website as we develop the full potential of our expert network. We are particularly keen to enable members to present and promote their own work and discuss the work of other members directly with them. A new feature is our links to members' personal websites and pages at .


Please remember to complete the survey and to continue to send details of your own webpages.


Best regards,


Chris Perry

Commissioning Editor, Literati



the world's leading collection of resources

for journal authors and editors.







From:      Thu 5/12/2002 10:41 AM



Dear Ms Kerry Smith


The National Library of Australia (NLA) and the National Library Board of Singapore (NLBS) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will bring about not only a sharing of information on new programmes and services, but also on performance standards. The signing ceremony will be held in the Australian capital.


The above press release is enclosed for your perusal.


For more information, please contact:


Ms Mary Lee

Corporate Communications Manager,

National Library Board, Singapore

Phone: +65 6332-1803




Yeng Choy Mei

Corporate Communications Officer

National Library Board, Singapore


(See attached file: PressReleaseNLB-NLA2002MOU.doc) ________________________________________

Knowledge . Imagination . Possibility   [NOT ATTACHED – KS].


Sengkang Community Library -

Singapore's first Do-It-Yourself library, opens on Sunday, 1 December 2002, with Cybrarian and Membership Registration kiosks for the convenience of our library members.


Understand new and emerging issues in intellectual property rights management in "Guide to Regional Intellectual Property Laws". Available now at S$35 each for local purchase and US$35 each for overseas purchase.





From:  Richard Hill []                          Sat 21/12/2002 3:37 AM




[Forwarded from Cliff Lynch.  Dick Hill]


Recently, the US National Science Board released a draft report that looks

broadly at infrastructure to support scientific research and related policy

issues. This is a very interesting higher level complement to some of the

issues examined by the report of the NSF committee examining

cyberinfrastructure for the support of science chaired by Dan Atkins.  The

report, titled "Science and Engineering Infrastructure for the 21st

Century", can be found on the NSB's main page, at


along with a cover letter. (The main document has a direct URL  of )The NSB is

eager for comments on this report, and requests them by January 9, 2003.


Happy Holidays


Clifford Lynch

Director CNI


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




NSB's flawed Infrastructure Report


From:  Albert Henderson []      Sat 21/12/2002 5:50 AM



Are science libraries part of science?


The National Science Board Seeks Comment on its report titled


      "Science and Engineering Infrastructure for the 21st

      Century, the Role of the National Science Foundation." 


The Board welcomes comments on this report by January 9.


The report asserts:


      "A number of themes emerged from the diverse input

      received. Foremost among them was that, over the past

      decade, the funding for academic research

      infrastructure has not kept pace with rapidly changing

      technology, expanding research opportunities, and

      increasing numbers of users."


Too true! Unfortunately, the report fails to recognize libraries

(other than digital and data libraries) as a part of research



Are science libraries part of science?


The law establishing the National Science Foundation sought" to

foster the interchange of scientific and engineering information

among scientists and engineers in the United States and foreign



In 1975, NSF was subjected to Congressional criticism by a special

subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.

Nonetheless, for the last 30 years it has not addressed the

effectiveness of academic libraries in support of research

authorship and peer review.


Are science libraries part of science?


Isn't it about time information scientists spoke up?


The report can be viewed at the following site:


The closing date for comments is January 9, 2003. 

Write to


Albert Henderson








From:  Gerry Mckiernan []    Sat 14/12/2002 1:35 AM






>>> Gerry Mckiernan 12/13/02 11:32AM >>>

           _New Age OPACs: Innovative Public Access Systems_


   After a hiatus of two (2) years, I will be reliving [:-)] one of my early Web obsessions devoted to innovative online public access catalogs. As many of you know, back in the late 1990s, I established a clearinghouse focused on Innovative Public Access Systems called Onion Patch(sm)


        [ ]


   Over the course of the next few months, I will be reviewing and updating Onion Patch(sm) and am interested in identifying and incorporating additional  novel/ingenious OPACs that are not presently profiled.


   I am also interested in any relevant articles, reports, papers, Websites, and other relevant publicatins for inclusion in the associated bibliography.


   As, Always, Any and All contributions, suggestions, comments, queries,

critiques, concerns, Cosmic Insights, or Resignations are Most Welcome!




Gerry McKiernan

Incorporated Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011




NEW ALA WEBSITE - April 7, 2003

From:  Ann O'Neill [aoneill@ALA.ORG]                       Sat 29/03/2003 5:31 AM




Below is an announcement about ALA's new website that will go live on April 7, 2003.


Please be aware that your ALA bookmarks may change. I will send the new URLs for the Office for Accreditation when they are available. When the new site is up you will be able to find the LIS directory under "Education and Careers" and the Office for Accreditation under "Our Association, Offices"


My thanks to Ryan Brown and Karen O'Brien for their work in converting our webpages.


Ann O'Neill

Director, Office for Accreditation


Here is the announcement -

The American Library Association and the Office for Accreditation want to remind everyone that we begin transition to our new Web site April 7.  Collectively, we have converted about 40,000 Web pages to the new content management system.  The ALA also has expanded its customer service hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central to assist members and the public with navigating the new site. The new site will feature a better search engine, one-stop pages detailing ALA's work in major areas of interest, a more modern look and feel and more content to help library professionals in their daily work.  The home page also will feature new navigation headings:


·       Awards & Scholarships (includes information on grants,

fellowships and professional achievement awards);

·       Education & Careers (includes information on accredited

programs, recruitment and continuing education);

·       Events & Conferences (goings-on at ALA, its divisions, office

and roundtables);

·       Issues & Advocacy (one-stop pages for information on issues

ranging from diversity to censorship to literacy);

·       Libraries & You (geared to the public, with recommended reading

lists and information on how to support libraries);

·       News (the latest press releases, press kits and promotions;

·       Our Association (access to ALA governance, divisions, offices

and customer service);

·       Products & Publications (everything printed, published or sold

by the ALA); and

·       Professional Tools (a toolbox of resources for those who work in

all types of libraries, including collection services, administration and management and user services)


The ALA previewed the site during its 2003 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  For a sneak peak at the site now, please go to: To locate the Office for Accreditation, click on the "Our Association" box at the top of the page, then click on "Offices" on the left-hand side, then select "Accreditation" under "Offices." You may also use the "Search" function to locate pages you may have bookmarked in the old system. During the first week of the Web transition, Customer Service hours will be extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Staff will be prepared to help locate information and switch over bookmarks.  A new FAQ also will be loaded onto the ALA home page with step-by-step information on how to get to some of the most frequently visited Web pages. "I believe this new design positions the association for the future - giving our members the ability to customize our Web content for their use, making the site more accessible for the general public and creating a more consistent online presence," said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.  "We welcome member feedback throughout this transition as we continue to improve the site."  A new email address has been created to receive online feedback at For more information or assistance, please call ALA Customer Service at 800-545-2433 and press 5.







From:  Karin Passchier []     Tue 17/12/2002 6:17 PM




Pressmeddelande från Statens kulturråd                02-12-12

Press Release from the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, 12 December 2002




An important literary award in memory of the Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) has been established by the Swedish Government. The prize money of SEK 5 million (approx. USD 553 000) is to promote literature for children and young people. Intended as an annual prize, it will be awarded for the first time in June 2003.


Astrid Lindgren, creator of the much loved characters Pippi Longstocking, Emil, The Brothers Lionheart and Karlson On The Roof, has had and continues to have enormous influence on literature for children and young people in Sweden as well as in many parts of the world.


The Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson says:

I hope the prize will have a dual purpose to remind us of Astrid and her life's work and to draw attention to and encourage good children's literature.


An Award for Children's Literature and Children's Rights

The aim of the prize is to enhance world-wide interest in literature for children and young people. Astrid Lindgren was very committed to children's rights and always spoke out on their behalf. It is therefore important that this prize should promote children's rights at a global level, in keeping with Astrid Lindgren's humanistic beliefs.


An Award for Authors, Illustrators and Projects to Promote Reading The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature will be awarded to authors "who in their writing have produced literature for children and young people of absolutely the highest artistic quality and in the humanistic spirit associated with Astrid Lindgren". Individuals or others who promote reading among children and young people as well as illustrators may also be rewarded. It is proposed that the award may be granted to one or more recipients, but may not be awarded posthumously.


A Swedish Jury to Select the Prize Winners

A jury consisting of 12 Swedish researchers, authors, illustrators, librarians and literary critics has been appointed to nominate and select winners. One member of the jury represents Astrid Lindgren's family. This year, due to lack of time, the jury itself will nominate the prize winners. In the future, however, a number of organisations around the world will be invited to submit nominations. Every year in March, the jury will announce the winner in Vimmerby, Astrid Lindgren's home town, which is situated in the county of Småland in southern Sweden. The prize will be awarded in June at a ceremony in Stockholm.


The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for the award management, has established a special office to provide support for the jury, financial administration and information concerning the prize.


It is our hope that the prize will give literature for children and young people the recognition it deserves, says Kristina Rennerstedt, Director-General at the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs.


For additional information, please contact:

Anna Cokorilo, Project Manager,

Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs

Phone: +46-8-519 264 00/08, Fax: +46-8-519 264 99, E-mail: or visit under the heading "Litteraturpris till Astrid Lindgrens minne".






NISO and EDItEUR to Set Serials Exchange Standard    Tue 5/11/2002 12:50 AM

From  NISO Headquarters []


For release: November 4, 2002

NISO and EDItEUR to Set Serials Exchange Standard

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and EDItEUR are establishing a Joint Working Party (JWP) to explore the development of a common standard format for the exchange of serials subscription information.

A NISO White Paper released in September 2002 reported that
libraries, content aggregators, publishers, and third party service providers are increasingly exchanging information about serials subscription.  The White Paper indicated that a standard exchange format would be beneficial to all parties in the supply chain and identified ONIX for Serials as a good foundation for such an exchange format.

The NISO/EDItEUR group will begin work in November 2002 and will be tasked to:

Recommend specific enhancements to the ONIX for Serials schema and documentation to support exchange of serials subscription information;

Recommend how the query/response scenarios can be accommodated within the emerging EDItEUR framework for transaction-based exchange.   

Plan, organize and coordinate a pilot project involving publishers, intermediaries, and libraries to demonstrate the feasibility of using ONIX for Serials as an exchange format for serials subscription information.

The Joint Working Party will be co-chaired by Priscilla Caplan, a member of the NISO Standards Development Committee and  Assistant Director of the Florida Center for Library Automation, Gainesville  FL and Richard Gedye, Journals Sales and Marketing Director, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK.

The NISO White Paper, titled  "The Exchange of Serials Subscription Information" by Ed Jones is featured on the NISO website at:

NISO is the leading accredited standards developer serving libraries and content industries (  EDItEUR is an international trade industry group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in books and serials (

For further information contact:

Pat Harris                              Brian Green
Executive Director, NISO             Manager, EDItEUR                                     

T: 301-654-2512                 T: +44-20-7607-0021



Free Access to NISO standards


NISO Headquarters []   Tue 8/10/2002 8:59 PM


Free Web-Access to NISO Standards to Continue

Washington, DC,  October 7, 2002    NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, will continue to make its national standards available as free downloadable pdf files from the NISO website. This decision was reaffirmed unanimously by the NISO Board of Directors meeting on September 19, 2002.

NISO has been offering all of its American National Standards as free downloads since 2000.  Over 100,000 NISO standards were downloaded in the first eight months of 2002.

"NISO is the only nationally accredited standards developer in the
U.S. that makes its standards freely available," noted Beverly P. Lynch, Chair of the NISO Board of Directors. "We strongly believe that by making NISO standards publicly accessible NISO is promoting implementation and demonstrating that NISO standards ultimately are owned by the diverse community that develops and uses them."

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is a non-profit organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop consensus-approved standards used in publishing, library services, and other information-related industries. NISO standards include the ISBN, Z39.50, and the OpenURL.

Guide to Standards for Library Systems


From:  NISO Headquarters []                Fri 20/12/2002 4:52 AM




Press Contact:
Patricia Harris
Executive Director
(301) 654-2512

NISO Publishes Guide to Standards for
Library Systems

Bethesda, Md., USA - (December 19, 2002) - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems, a manual intended to aid library system Request for Proposal (RFP) writers and evaluators in understanding the relevant standards and determining a software product's compliance with standards.

The widespread use of Integrated Library Systems (ILS), global communications via the Internet, and growing numbers of digital library initiatives have made the need for compliance with standards more critical than ever.  Implementing information products and systems that support standards can ensure that libraries will be able to:
integrate electronic content products from multiple vendors;
resource share on a wider geographic scale, even globally;
participate in more cooperative programs with other organizations, including ones outside the library community;
speed up the "time to market" of library materials, i.e. the time to acquire, catalog, process, and circulate an item;
provide remote access to library services;
reduce the need for user training;
operate successfully with their parent organization's computing infrastructure;
migrate cost effectively to newer systems; and
more easily adopt new technologies.

The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems identifies critical standards in the areas of Bibliographic Formats, Record Structure, Character Sets, Exchange Media, Serials Identifiers, Binding, Circulation Protocols, Barcodes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Electronic Documents, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Information Retrieval, Metadata, and Web Access.  For each standard, the applicability to libraries is described, sample RFP language is provided, and compliance assessment issues are discussed.  "Having recently participated in writing an RFP, I wish I'd had this Guide in hand," stated Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director of Digital Library Services at the
Florida Center for Library Automation.  "It's easy to rattle off a list of standards to be supported, but another thing altogether to specify standards compliance in a way that discriminates between different vendor implementations."

Copies of the guide are available in print from NISO Press or for free download from NISO's website (

About the Author
Cynthia Hodgson, the author of the Guide, is an independent information consultant and writer with over 20 years of experience as a corporate librarian, library manager, and information technology manager.  She has taught graduate level courses in Library Science and has held local and national offices in professional library organizations.

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








Networked Reference Standard


'NCIP Implementers Group'; 'Z39.50 (ZIG) Listserv'; 'NISO OpenURL Committee (open)'; 'ASIST Listserv'; ''     Wed 13/11/2002 10:56 PM




I thought the following might be of interest


Mark H Needleman

Product Manager - Standards

Sirsi Corporation



NISO Standard Committee AZ, Networked Reference Services has released QATP

Use Cases.   The Protocol Subcommittee is developing a Question/Answer

Transaction Protocol (QATP) to support  exchange between digital reference systems collaborating in the processing of a question. A preliminary step in the development of a protocol is to describe use cases (also known informally as "functional scenarios") that the protocol is required to support. The QATP document in a PDF file is at: 

More information on the committee  work is at:  The review and comment period is November 8, 2002 - January 8, 2003.  Please submit your comments to  Ray Denenberg, at Please share this announcement with your staff, colleagues, other lists and  email reflectors.




National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD  20814-5248
Tel: 301-654-2512  Fax: 301-654-1721





From:  Prof. Tom Wilson []                    Mon 9/12/2002 7:01 PM




Dear all,


I have recently checked all links and updated the entries in my "Research methods" site ( - if anyone finds bad links please let me know.


The database now appears to be quite heavily used and is referred to in a number of sites around the world, so if you know of, or maintain, a document that could be in the database, please let me know.




Tom Wilson



Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Information Research

University of Sheffield

Sheffield S10 2TN,  UK


Web site:






From:  Karin Passchier []      Mon 27/01/2003 8:48 PM



Dear alumni and lecturers,


Sooner than expected, I can notify you that there are indeed scholarships available for people from developing countries, for the course "Libraries, Electronic Resources, and Electronic Publishing" (


I realise that this message is not relevant for all ticersum subscribers, but if you are not from a developing country yourself maybe you know librarians in developing countries who would benefit from this sponsorship.


The scholarships are made available by the Elsevier Foundation, an initiative by Elsevier Science. The Elsevier Foundation are willing to sponsor 4 participants from Asia, Africa and South America. You can only apply for a sponsorship if you originate from a country which is mentioned in the first four columns of the OECD "DAC List of Aid Recipients as at 1 January 2003" (, countries indicated in this list as least developed countries, other low-income countries, lower middle-income countries and territories, and upper middle-income countries. The sponsorship includes:


- the course fee (including 3 lunches and 3 dinners);

- accommodation in a student room for the duration of the course;

- economy class return flight to an airport near Tilburg;

- travel and health insurance during your stay in Tilburg.


You will have to pay your own breakfast, your train tickets from the airport to Tilburg and back, and your personal expenses.


If you want to apply for this sponsorship, please send an email to me at before 1 May 2003. The email should contain the following information:


- what organisation you work for;

- what your job title is and what your work entails;

- what country you are from;

- a short biography or curriculum vitae;

- your motivation to apply for this course;

- why you are the right person to sponsor;

- how you intend to distribute the knowledge your gained during this course in your country;

- what kind of activities your institute develops in the field of digital libraries.


This information can also be found at


Kind regards,






Ms. Jola Prinsen

Deputy Manager Ticer B.V.

P.O. Box 4191, 5004 JD Tilburg, the Netherlands

Tel. +31-13-466 8310, Fax +31-13-466 8383







From: Mr Ellis Weinberger []

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 11:19 PM


Subject: Articles



Dear Colleagues


Articles on security policy for digital preservation, written by Ellis Weinberger, Cambridge University Library; Richard Clayton, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University; and Ross Anderson, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University, have been published in the 'Proceedings' of 'The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive' conference which was held in March 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, and in the National Preservation Office Journal, Issue 11, October 2002. Links to the articles can be found on Ellis Weinberger's web page <>.


Yours faithfully


Mr Ellis Weinberger          | West Road | t: (+44) (0)1223 333054

Research Associate           | Cambridge | f: (+44) (0)1223 333160

Cambridge University Library | CB3 9DR   | e:





SLIM co-hosts Sofia 2002 "Libraries, Civil Society, and Social Development"

From:  Dan Roland [ROLANDDA@ESUMAIL.EMPORIA.EDU]    Fri 13/12/2002 7:08 AM



The highlights of this conference included the directors of five national libraries in Eastern Europe signing a resolution to share information and resources; an address from the President of Bulgaria, and student conference that drew participants from twenty-three countries.  For the complete story go to



Daniel Roland

Director of SLIM Communications

School of Library and Information Management

Emporia State University

Emporia, KS  66801







From:                        Fri 14/03/2003 5:33 PM



Statement by the International Committee of the Blue Shield on the Destruction of Cultural Property in the Middle East


The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) is alarmed at reports of damage to, and destruction of, cultural property occurring as a result of continuing armed conflict in the areas administered by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.


In making this statement, the International Committee of the Blue Shield takes no position on any of the other issues surrounding the conflicts that are taking place in the region.


Cultural property is priceless and irreplaceable, of vital importance not only to each community, but also to humanity as a whole. This region is universally recognized to have an extremely rich cultural heritage. The loss of parts of that heritage would constitute an impoverishment of the heritage of all the peoples of the world. It would therefore be a tragedy if this were to happen whatever the cause. The ICBS therefore urges all parties to initiate joint actions to protect the rich cultural heritage of the region. In this connection it welcomes the recent decision of the Israel Supreme Court to rule against a decree by the Israel Defence Forces ordering the destruction of Mameluke and Ottoman houses in the old city of Hebron.


Whilst the ICBS is not currently in a position to assess reports of damage and destruction to cultural property in the region, it is willing to respond to any requests for technical assistance and coordination which may be required, within the resources available.


ICBS urges all competent authorities in the region to take the greatest possible care to protect the cultural heritage represented by the archives, libraries, monuments and sites, and museums located in the area, including the collections held in them, in order to ensure that they are safeguarded for future generations


Adopted by the International Committee of the Blue Shield,  13 March 2003.





Background information


The International Committee for the Blue Shield (ICBS) comprises representatives of four non-governmental organisations:

* International Council on Archives (ICA)

* International Council of Museums (ICOM)

* International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

* International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)


ICBS embraces archives, libraries, monuments and sites, and museums. Its mission is to work for the protection of cultural Heritage by co-coordinating preventative measures to meet and respond to emergency situations, both natural and man-made.


The Blue Shield is the equivalent of the Red Cross/Red Crescent in the field of cultural heritage.


The vital work of the ICBS was recognized in the Second Protocol to The Hague Convention, adopted in March 1999. This will give the Committee a new role to advise the future Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, to be set up when the Protocol comes into force. It will do so three months after 20 states have ratified the Protocol. This is expected to occur in late 2003 or early 2004.


FURTHER INFORMATION is available from:


Ross Shimmon


International Committee of the Blue Shield

C/o International Federation of Library associations and Institutions P O Box 95312 2509 CH The Hague Netherlands

Tel: +31 70 3140884

Fax: +31 70 3834827



Christiane Logie


International Committee of the Blue Shield

Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Boulevard de l’Empereur 4, 1000, Bruxelles, Belgique



ICA (International Council on Archives)

60, rue des Francs-Bourgeois

75003 Paris - France

Tel. +(33)(1)40276306

Fax: +(33)(1)42722065



ICOM (International Council of Museums)

Maison de l'UNESCO

1, rue Miollis

75732 Paris cedex 15 - France

Tel. +(33)(1)47340500

Fax: +(33)(1)43067862



ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

49-51, rue de la Fédération

75015 Paris - France

Tel. +(33)(1)45676770

Fax: +(33)(1)45660622



IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

P.O. Box 95312

2509 CH The Hague - The Netherlands

Tel. +(31)(70)3140884

Fax: +(31)(70)3834827






"Teaching and Assessing Information Skills in the Twenty-first Century: A Global Perspective"


From:  GSLIS Publications Office []                 Wed 8/01/2003 10:27 PM

To:    ASIS-L


Now available from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Publications Office:


Library Trends, 51(2), Fall 2002

"Teaching and Assessing Information Skills in the Twenty-first Century: A Global Perspective" edited by Hannelore B. Rader


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:


Information literacy can be defined in terms of information skills needed by all citizens to be successful in the information environment of the twenty-first century. Information literacy standards indicating levels of proficiency for K-12 students, published by the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, have been available and in use since 1989. Education departments in many states have mandated the inclusion of information skills teaching throughout the K-12 curricula.


Outcome measurements for information skills developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2000

( can be addressed in terms of what type of information skills students in higher education need to acquire to become successful students, professionals and researchers and ultimately productive workers in the society of the twenty-first century.


Integrating information literacy instruction throughout the curricula in the K-12 school environment as well as throughout higher education needs to become a major goal for librarians, faculty, and teachers. Methodology to accomplish this and related case studies describing actual learning environments in which information skills are taught are described in this issue. The need for information literacy instruction is a global issue and included in this publication are examples from the United States as well as China, the Netherlands, and South Africa.


--From the Introduction by Hannelore B. Rader


Articles and Authors Include:


"Integrating Information Literacy into the Virtual University: A Course Model," Lori E. Buchanan, DeAnne L. Luck, and Ted C. Jones


"Institutionalizing Information Literacy in Tertiary Education: Lessons Learned from South African Programs," Karin de Jager and Mary Nassimbeni


"Strengthening Connections Between Information Literacy, General Education, and Assessment Efforts," Ilene F. Rockman


"Aspects of Dealing with Digital Information: 'Mature' Novices on the Internet," Jacqueline de Ruiter


"Information Literacy in Chinese Higher Education," Ping Sun


"Information Literacy Accreditation Mandates: What They Mean for Faculty and Librarians," Gary B. Thompson


"Information Literacy 1973-2002: A Selected Literature Review," Hannelore B. Rader


The Publications Office

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

501 E. Daniel Street

Champaign, IL 61820-6211


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





From:  VRD Conference []                      Sat 8/02/2003 4:30 AM



Presentations, papers, and handouts from the VRD 2002 Digital Reference Conference held in Chicago on November 11-12 are now available on the VRD Web site at The presentations address a host of reference topics, including legal issues, collaborative virtual reference efforts, the latest research findings, software comparisons, and more. New presentations are added weekly, so please check back often.


We'd also like to announce that the 5th Annual VRD Digital Reference Conference will be held on November 17-18, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, TX. Please save the date! A formal call for proposals, new conference Web site, and additional conference information will be forthcoming in March. We hope to see you there!



Joann M. Wasik

Research Consultant & Communications Officer

The Virtual Reference Desk







From:  Mark Needleman []                            Sat 15/02/2003 5:12 A

To:  'ASIST Listserv'




As some of you may know from prior postings from me the W3C has had a working group developing a query language for XML. I have been a member of it since it got started.


About a year ago some of us who wanted to make sure XML Query had good support for full text searching formed a task force inside the working group to try and come up with what functionality needed to be supported and define the mechanisms for how that functionality would be achieved


We have just published the 1st version of a Use Case document and a requirements document and I encourage people to take a look at them and comment on them since there is obviously a lot of expertize in the ASIST community in this area


Here are the pointers:


If you want more information on the XML Query Working group and its activities go to



If you have any questions please dont hesitate to get in touch with me



Mark H Needleman

Product Manager - Standards

Sirsi Corporation

1276 North Warson Road

P.O. Box 8495

St Louis, MO 63132-1806



Phone: 800 325-0888 (US/Canada)

       314 432-1100 x318

Fax: 314 993-8927








From: Neil Beagrie [mailto:Nbeagrie@AOL.COM]
Monday, 10 March 2003 4:30 PM
Subject: JISC/Wellcome Trust Web-archiving reports now available

apologies for any cross-posting

In March 2002, the Wellcome Trust and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) awarded a contract to UKOLN to undertake a feasibility study into web archiving. The aims of this study were to provide the Wellcome Trust and the JISC with:

- an analysis of existing web archiving arrangements and to determine to what extent they address the needs of the UK research and FE/HE communities

- recommendations on how the Wellcome Trust and the JISC could begin to develop web archiving initiatives to meet the needs of their constituent communities.

Recognizing that the legal implications of web archiving - copyright, data protection, defamation etc - are a key concern of any would-be web archivist, the Centre of IT and Law at the
University of Bristol was contracted to undertake a separate study into the legal issues of web archiving.

To validate the findings of both studies an international Advisory Board, was established.

The two reports, "Collecting and preserving the World Wide Web" and "Legal issues relating to the archiving of Internet resources in the UK, EU, US and Australia" have now been made available as pdf files from the JISC and Wellcome Trust websites and can be accessed from either of the following urls:

JISC Website


Wellcome Trust Website

Although they are specifically addressing the needs of JISC and the Wellcome Trust, the reports provide an overview of current initiatives and issues which will be of much wider interest.

The JISC and Wellcome Trust are now working on implementation of the reports and liaising closely with the British Library and other members of the DPC Web-archiving Special Interest Group to share experience and co-ordinate initiatives.

Neil Beagrie JISC
Robert Kiley Wellcome Trust

Neil Beagrie                         JISC Digital Preservation Focus
Programme Director             Secretary, Digital Preservation Coalition
JISC London Office,              Tel/Fax/Voicemail :+44 (0)709 2048179
King's College London          email:
Strand Bridge House            url:  
138 - 142, The Strand,                
London WC2R 1HH              email list:




From:  Magda Bouwens []                           Tue 21/01/2003 9:56 PM



UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization




Decision of the selection committee


The selection committee of the World book Capital 2004, made up of Pere Vicens, Representative of the International Publishers Association (IPA), Françoise Dubruille, Representative of The International Booksellers' Federation (IBF), Ross Shimmon, Representative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Milagros del Corral in the capacity of UNESCO representative, met on 17 January 2003 under the chairmanship of the President of IPA in order to examine the applications to the nomination of the World Book Capital 2004, in accordance with Resolution 3.18 of the 28 of the General Conference of UNESCO.


The selection Committee examined all the candidates received in due form and time:


Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Barcelona (Spain) and Antwerp (Belgium).


After deliberation, the Committee unanimously decided to nominate the city of Antwerp (Belgium) as World Book Capital 2004 because of the excellence of the programme submitted, including a number of aspects of book promotion, like book sales, books and reading, literature, services, crafts, books for the youths, books and cultural diversity and books and cultural minorities.


The Committee believes that the application of Antwerp constitutes a model, because of the comprehensive nature and of the rich documentation provided.


Paris, January 17, 2003


Milagros del Corral, UNESCO

Françoise Dubruille,  IBF

Ross Shimmon, IFLA

Pere Vicens, IPA






From:                Mon 3/03/2003 5:40 PM



The second Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom2) of WSIS was held in Geneva from 17-28 February.


The strict rules of procedure adopted by the governments' representatives hampered the ability of "civil society" representatives to contribute in a meaningful way to the discussions.


However, a substantial IFLA delegation, consisting of President Christine Deschamps, President-elect Kay Raseroka, Governing Board members Alex Byrne and Ellen Tise, IFLA/FAIFE Director, Susanne Seidelin, Professional Co-ordinator Sjoerd Koopman and Secretary General Ross Shimmon participated on a "shift" system to cover the whole two weeks. They were ably assisted by a team of Swiss librarians, led by Daisy Mcadam and Danielle Mincio.


All of the team intervened at appropriate points in the discussions in various fora, to emphasise the potential role of library and information services in delivering the ideals behind the concept of the information society. We participated in many different group meetings, formed alliances with other like-minded organisations and lobbied representatives.


However, despite all this effort and much preparatory work beforehand, libraries feature in only a minor way in the current drafts of the proposed Declaration and Action Plan to be considered at the Summit in December. Before then there are further meetings in Lugano, Paris and Geneva at which we hope to make some progress. IFLA members are urged to contact their governments, UNESCO national commissions and approporiate NGOs as soon as possible, to ensure that they are well informed about the potential role of libraries in the information society and in efforts to bridge the digital divide. It is important that governments brief their national representatives to the Summit and the next Preparatory Committee of the ability of libraries to contribute to the development of an equitable global information society.


Please check relevant reports and briefing papers on IFLANET at More information on the World Summit is available at:




Ross Shimmon

Secretary General

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) P O Box 95312 (Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5) 2509 CH The Hague Netherlands

Tel: +31 70 31 40 884

Fax: +31 70 38 34 827

Email: <>


Plan to attend the World Library & Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference, Berlin, Germany, 1-9 August 2003 "Access Point Library: Media-Information-Culture" More information at <>



IFLA 1927-2003:  Uniting Library and Information Services Globally

          for 76 years.

Visit our Website: <> 





The Z39.50 Next Generation Initiative


From:  Richard Hill []      Wed 4/12/2002 1:13 AM




[Forwarded.  Dick Hill]


Those interested in developments in Z39.50 and related distributed search

protocols may find the announcement below of interest.


Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI



The ZING Initiative (Z39.50 International Next

Generation), under the auspices of the Z39.50

Maintenance Agency at the Library of Congress, is

pleased to announce Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL.


SRW ("Search/Retrieve for the Web")  is a

web-service-based protocol which aims to integrate

access across networked resources, and to promote interoperability between distributed databases by providing a common platform. The underpinnings of the protocol are formed by bringing together more than 20 years experience from the collective implementers of the Z39.50 protocol with recent developments in  the web-technologies arena. SRW features both SOAP and URL-based access mechanisms (SRW and SRU respectively) to provide for a wide range of possible clients.  It uses CQL, the Common Query Language, which provides a powerful yet intuitive means of formulating searches. The protocol mandates the use of open and industry-supported standards XML and XML Schema, and where appropriate, Xpath and SOAP.


  The SRW Initiative recognizes the importance of

Z39.50 (as currently defined and deployed) for

business communication, and focuses on getting

information to the user. SRW provides semantics

for searching databases containing metadata and

objects, both text and non-text.  Building on

Z39.50 semantics enables the creation of gateways

to existing Z39.50 systems while reducing the

barriers to new information providers, allowing

them to make their  resources available via a

standard search and retrieve service.


  SRW, SRU, and CQL have been developed by an

international team, minimizing cross-language

pitfalls and other potential internationalization

problems.  Participants include:


  Theo van Veen, Koninlijke Bibliotheek

  Mike Taylor, independent consultant

  Pat Stevens, OCLC

  Rob Sanderson, Liverpool University

  Ralph LeVan, OCLC

  Allan Kent, RMIT University

  Ian Ibbotson, Knowledge Integration

  Poul Henrik Jorgensen, Portia

  Sebastian Hammer, IndexData

  Janifer Gatenby, PICA

  Matthew J. Dovey, Oxford University

  Larry Dixson, Library of Congress

  Adam Dickmeiss, Index Data

  Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress


The ZING, SRW, and CQL  home pages are at:,, and

  The Z39.50 Maintenance Agency home page is at


The SRW and CQL version 1.0 specifications will

remain stable for a six- to nine-month implementation-experience period. During this period developers are encouraged to implement the specification (see the implementors page at, join the list of implementors, participate in interoperability testing, and help develop the next version, 1.1.  Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to


Please feel free to forward this announcement to

other lists as appropriate.



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