SEPTEMBER  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

4th Northumbria conference held in Pittsburgh in August 2001

Karin Passchier []               Thu 17/04/2003 10:09 PM

The keynote speeches/plenary sessions we videotaped at the 4th Northumbria conference held in Pittsburgh in August 2001 are up on the Internet at. The video and the powerpoints are located at:

The video is in quicktime format and the quality of it over the network

is not as good as the original files but I believe the educational

experience of having these keynotes available on the web will make the

resource useful to everyone interested in performance measures for

libraries and information services.

Your suggestions/feedback for improving the webpage are greatly


Martha Kyrillidou

Senior Program Officer

Association of Research Libraries

21 Dupont Circle

Washington DC 20036

Tel. 202 296-2296

FAX 202 872-0884


ASLA / ACER research review []          5 May 2003 1:08 PM

Dear Maggie

I am pleased to advise that a full report on the 'Impact of School Libraries on Student

Achievement: a Review of the Research' (March 2003)commissioned by ASLA with

ACER is available on the ASLA website at

Please feel free to forward this message to your members of staff.


Karen Bonanno

Executive Officer, Australian School Library Association

PO Box 5689

Mackay MC Qld 4741

Phone: 07 4953 1863

Fax: 07 4953 1908

Mobile: 0407 114 777


Email: (personal)



Benchmarks in Distance Education: The LIS Experience.

Daniel D. Barron [ddbarron@GWM.SC.EDU]                               Tue 22/07/2003 8:56 PM


New Book on LIS Distance Education

nnouncing the publication of Benchmarks in Distance Education: The LIS Experience. Libraries Unlimited, 2003 available at Edited by Dr. Dan Barron, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina.

The volume contains 28 chapters, each written by an individual or a team from an ALA accredited program school. Together they provide one of the most complete overviews of any profession's efforts to develop and implement distance learning opportunities. The Editor and authors have agreed to contribute any profits to a yet to be determined ALISE ongoing initiative.

Dr. Dan Barron, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Director

College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

School of Library and Information Science

University of South Carolina

office: 803-777-3858 v: 803.777.4825 f: 803.777.7938

Grow or Die

Wed 23/07/2003 10:59 PM


I was asked to submit a TOC for the DE book. I hope this will be helpful. Thanks to the wonderful folks that did the writing and were willing to stick with the project! And esp Martin Dillion at LU who saved the project!

Benchmarks in Distance Education: The LIS Experience. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. (ISBN 1-56308-722-7) Edited by Dr. Daniel Barron TOC Preface

                                                       ix Introduction


  1. If It's Friday, We're in Gadsden or Mobile: Distance

   Education at the University of Alabama School of Library and

Information  Studies          Joan L. Atkinson

2. Distance Education at the School of Information

    Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona

    Charles A. Seavey

3. Dominican University (River Forest, IL) and the College of St. Catherine

    (St. Paul, MN) Distance Learning Experience

       Mary Wagner and Prudence Dalrymple

    4. Maintaining High Touch for Effective Distance

    Education: The Emporia Experience

    Daniel Roland

5. Distributed Learning in the Florida State University

    School of Information Studies

    Gary Burnett, Kathleen Burnett, and Don Latham

6. Distance Learning at the University of Hawai'i: Serving the

    Underserved in an Island State

    Violet H. Harada

7. Distance Education at the University of Illinois

    Leigh Estabrook

8. The Indiana Virtual Classroom: Interaction through

    Two-Way Video

   Daniel Callison, ShirleyA. fitzgibbons, and Edward J. Jurewicz 9. OhioLEARN: Distributed Education in Library and

    Information Science at Kent State University

   Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet

10. The Distance Learning Program at the University of

    Kentucky's School of Library and Information Science

   Timothy W. Sineath

11. The School of Library and Information Science at

    Louisiana State University: Distance Education Program

   Alma Dawson

12. Distributed Learning: The Development of Courses and

    Programs in LIS at the University of Missouri-Columbia

   Thomas R. Kochtanek, Charley Seavey, and John Wedman

13. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Master of Library

    and Information Studies

    Beatrice Kovacs

14. What We Can Learn from Automating the Card Catalog?

    Distributed Learning at the University of North Texas

    Philip M. Turner

15. Partnership in Multisite Distance Learning: A Cooperative

   Program for Master's Degrees in Librarianship at North


  Keith Swigger and Phil Turner

16. "The Spirit of Learning Is a Lasting Frontier": Distance

  Education in Library and Information Studies at the

  University of Oklahoma

                                         Danny P. Wallace

17. The University of Pittsburgh's School of Information

  Sciences Distance Education: Past, Present, and Future

  Susan Webreck Alman, Christinger Tomer, and Kara Lizik Pilarsky 18. The University of Rhode Island Regional Program

  Distance Education in New England

  C. Herbert Carson

19. The Tortoise May Be Right: The Movement Toward

 Distance Education at Rutgers University

 Kay E. Vandergrift and Karen Novick

20. Distance Education at San Jose State University

         Blanche Woolls and David V. Loertscher

21. Opening the Door to Distance Learners in South Carolina: The

     College of Library and Information Science Story

     Daniel D. Barron I I

22. Distance Education at the School of Library and Information Science,

      University of South Florida

      James 0. Carey and Vicki L. Gregory

23. The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library  and

       Information Science Distance Education History and Programs

       M. J. Norton

24. A Tradition of Innovation: The Syracuse University Experience

      Ruth V. Small and Barbara Settel

25. The Enterprise Confronts the Nimitz: Distance Education at the

      School of Information Sciences, the University of Tennessee

        Gretchen Whitney and George Hoemann

26. Dimensions of Students' Interactive Video-Based Distance

      Learning Experiences: A Qualitative Study Conducted at

      Texas Woman's University

      Patricia Jackson Edwards

27. Distance Education at the University ofWisconsin-    Madison

      School of Library and Information Studies

      Jane Pearlmutter

28. The Evolution of Distance Learning at the School of

       Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

           Wilfred Eong, Judith Senkevitch, and Dietmar Wolfram Index


Bertelsmann Foundation's International Network of Public Libraries        Tue 13/05/2003 8:14 AM

I would like to highlight a very useful site for practical research reports relating to public libraries. The Bertelsmann Foundation's International Network of Public Libraries has prepared a number of reports recently:

* e-government & public libraries

* Customer self service in the hybrid library

* Virtual impact on the physical library: visions for intelligent change

* Co-operation vs competition in the development of e-services in libraries

* The personalisation challenge in public libraries

The reports are availabe as free downloads at


Christine Mackenzie

Manager - Library Services

Brisbane City Council

Floor 14 BAC

69 Ann St, Brisbane 4000

ph 07 340 34255

fax 07 340 39969


Current Data and Key Literature on UnCited Scholarship

Gerry Mckiernan []             Wed 30/04/2003 11:20 PM

_Current Data and Key Literature on UnCited Scholarship_

   I am greatly interested in current data and key literature on UnCited Scholarship. I have searched Google and found several select items, for example:

David P. Hamilton (1990). "Publishing by and for?-  the numbers _Science_, New Series, 250 (4986) (December 7): 1331-1332. [  ]

David P. Hamilton (1991). "Research papers: who's uncited now?," _Science_, New Series,  251 (4989) (January 4):  25. [ ]

John A. Tainer; Helmut A. Abt; Lowell L. Hargens; David M. Bott; F. W. Lancaster; James H. Pannell; Edward B. Nuhfer; Charles L. McGehee; William A. Banks; David A. Pendlebury (1991) "Science, citation, and funding," _Science_  251 (5000) (March 22):1408-1411. [  ]

Eugene Garfield (1998). "Commentary: I had a dream ... about uncitedness," _The Scientist_ 12 (14) (July 6): 10. [  ]

Quentin L.Burrell (2002). "Will this paper ever be cited?," _Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology_ 53(3)(February): 232-2002

For a homogenous set of papers given the average rate at which a paper attracts citations, Burrell calculates the probability that a paper will ever be cited assuming it has not been cited in a given time. The longer the elapsed time without citation the greater the likelihood it will never be cited.

[ ]

Charles A. Schwartz (1997). "The rise and fall of uncitedness," _College & Research Libraries_ 58: (January): 19-29.

Large-scale uncitedness refers to the remarkable proportion of articles that do not receive a single citation within five years of publication. Equally remarkable is the brief and troubled history of this area of inquiry, which was prone to miscalculation, misinterpretation, and politicization. This article reassesses large-scale uncitedness as both a general phenomenon in the scholarly communication system and a case study of library and information science, where its rate is 72 percent.



 I am also (particularly)  interested in Any and All articles / reports /studies / documents relating to the value of conventional Peer Review within the context of Uncitedness of Peer Viewed publications [Please do not crucify me for raising the issue]:-)


   As Always, Any and All contributions, comments, questions, critiques,

Government Rebuilding Contracts, and/or Cosmic Insights are Most Welcome.



Gerry McKiernan

Current and Key Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011


Design and Usability of Digital Libraries : Case Studies in the Asia Pacific:  Call for book chapters

Goh Hoe Lian, Dion (Dr) [ASHLGoh@NTU.EDU.SG]          Wed 21/05/2003 8:17 AM

Call for Chapters: Design and Usability of Digital Libraries : Case Studies in the Asia Pacific Idea Group, Inc. Editors: Yin-Leng Theng and Schubert Foo (Submission Deadline: Full Manuscript Due: October 29, 2003)

Design and Usability of Digital Libraries :

Case Studies in the Asia Pacific

Edited by  : Yin-Leng Theng, PhD and Schubert Foo, PhD

Nanyang Technological University, School of Communication and Information, Singapore

E-mail: {tyltheng, assfoo}


   Digital libraries are part of the global infrastructure being envisioned to interconnect many computer networks and various forms of information technologies around the world, a partial fulfilment of Bush's 1945 dream "memex" of a personal microfiche-based system to tackle the problem of information overload. Digital libraries, more organized and structured than the Web, is an overwhelming example of a shared world-wide collection of information.  They are at a stage of development where developers are keen to find out more about the design, use and usability of digital libraries.

   However, designers often design for themselves unless they are trained to realise that people are diverse, and that users are unlikely to be like them. The more errors that can be avoided "up front" by the right method, the less work both test-users and designers will have to put in to refine digital libraries to improve their design, use and usability.

   This book aims to showcase best practices in the Asia Pacific region, with special emphasis on the design, use and usability of digital libraries, which include work surrounding digital libraries and related technologies, the management of knowledge in digital libraries, and the associated usability and social issues. The book's focus on the Asia Pacific is opportune to the increasing, global effort in the encouragement and promotion of the sharing of research and development around the world, limited at the moment to America and Europe.

   This call for book chapters invites participation from practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers from a variety of disciplines such as computer science, library and information sciences, archival and museum studies, knowledge management, and other areas in the social sciences and humanities.

   The book will be organised around five areas : (1) Design Architecture; (2) Implementation; (3) Use and Impact; (4) Usability; and (5) Development History and Future Trends. Submissions on all these areas are welcome and may include research, system, evaluation, policy and position papers reporting digital library research and development in the Asia Pacific.  The following is a list of possible topics for the book chapters :

* social, institutional, and policy issues

* pedagogical issues

* document genres and electronic publishing

* collection development and management

* intellectual property

* provision of services

* user communities

* web cataloguing

* metadata and content

* digital preservation

* digital archives and museums

* knowledge management

* content management

* digital library infrastructure and architecture

* human-computer interaction

* information retrieval

* information mining

* ontology-based services

* semantic web

* semi-structured data management

* text categorization

* web information gathering

* information filtering

* information extraction

* hypertext and multimedia

* security and privacy

Submission Information

   Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2-5 page chapter proposal by July 30, 2003 detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. All chapter proposals will be peer-reviewed.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2003 on the status of their proposals. Full chapters, due on October 29, 2003 should be between 15-20 double-spaced pages formatted according to the guidelines which will be provided upon acceptance of the chapter proposal. Final revised manuscripts are due on March 1, 2004.

   The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., publisher of the "Idea Group Publishing," "Information Science Publishing," and "IRM Press" (see imprints in the later half of 2004.

Important Dates

* Chapter Proposal Due                          :       July 30, 2003

* Notification of Chapter Proposal Acceptance   :       August 15, 2003

* Full Chapter Due                              :       October 29, 2003

* Notification of Chapter Revision              :       December 30, 2003

* Revised Final Chapter Due                     :       March 1, 2004

Please send all inquiries and submissions (preferably through e-mail as Word files) to :

       Dr. Yin-Leng Theng

       School of Communication and Information

       Nanyang Technological University

       31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718

       Tel: (65) 6790 5834



Draft CETF report available

John D Byrum []                                  Wed 25/06/2003 4:50 AM

As part of the Library of Congress Action Plan on Bibliographic Control of Web

Resources(see: <>

[July 2003]

an ALCTS Task Force on Continuing Education for Catalogers (Action Item

5.3) was charged to outline a model curriculum for continuing education in cataloging of e-resources and metadata.

In March, many cataloging  practioners list assisted with analyzing the continuing education needs of today's catalogers by responding to a survey.  The survey responses were very helpful to the Task Force as it developed  recommendations.

The members of the task force would like to invite interested parties to review its DRAFT report and recommendations available at: < > [July 2003]

The chair of the Task Force is Carol Hixson; please send comments to her at <>.


EU projects in Latin America

Steve Cisler []                  Fri 6/06/2003 1:01 AM

One of my concerns is that libraries are missing out on cooperative

projects in information technology.  Last year the EU put out a call

for proposals involving institutions in Europe and others in Latin

America. The EU evaluation committee has picked 15 @LIS Demonstration


There are many university, non-profit, and government groups who are

recipients and collaborators. Take a look and correct me if I'm wrong,

but not one library is involved in these. I think this is a big problem

if libraries want to lead and not just follow technology trends and


I hope that in Berlin there will be an occasion to discuss the

continuous need for different kinds of partnerships.

Steve Cisler

4415 Tilbury Drive

San Jose, California 95130

http: // home page  web log on ICT Tel. 1-408-379-9076


 Google Answers

Sam Trosow [strosow@UWO.CA]                            Wed 18/06/2003 8:38 PM


But also see Jessamyn West's article in the current American Libraries (June/July 2003, p. 54),
"Google Answers Is Not the Answer." And there are some interesting discussions at the website

Samuel Trosow
University of Western Ontario

"Sloan, Bernie" wrote:

Those of you teaching a reference course, especially anything dealing with
digital/virtual reference, may be interested in the following article about
Google Answers in the latest edition of D-Lib Magazine:

Kenney, Anne R., et al. Google Meets eBay: What Academic Librarians Can
Learn from Alternative Information Providers. D-Lib Magazine, 9(6). June

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


Wed 18/06/2003 10:52 PM

And here are a few others:

Calishain, Tara. New Google Answers service raises a few questions of its own. Information Today, 19(6), 50-51. June 2002.

Quint, Barbara. Some advice for Google Answers. Information Today, 19(6), 8-12. June 2002.

West, Jessamyn. Information for Sale: My experience with Google Answers. Searcher, 10(9). October 2002.

Bernie Sloan

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

From: Sam Trosow [mailto:strosow@UWO.CA]

Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:38 AM


Subject: Re: Google Answers

But also see Jessamyn West's article in the current American Libraries (June/July 2003, p. 54), "Google Answers Is Not the Answer." And there are some interesting discussions at the website Samuel Trosow University of Western Ontario "Sloan, Bernie" wrote: Those of you teaching a reference course, especially anything dealing with digital/virtual reference, may be interested in the following article about Google Answers in the latest edition of D-Lib Magazine: Kenney, Anne R., et al. Google Meets eBay: What Academic Librarians Can Learn from Alternative Information Providers. D-Lib Magazine, 9(6). June 2003.

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



GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service, re-launched!

TextRelease []              Tue 3/06/2003 2:22 AM


June 2, 2003

GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service, re-launched!

The Grey Literature Network Service, widely known as GreyNet, has been re-launched. GreyNet will again facilitate dialog and communication between persons and organisations in the field of grey literature. And, GreyNet will further seek to identify and distribute information on and about grey literature in networked environments. Its main activities include the International Conference Series on Grey Literature and the establishment of a moderated Listserv (operational later this month).

Dr. Dominic Farace founded GreyNet in December 1993. In 1998, he continued the service within the framework of MCB/GreyNet. However, shortly after his departure from MCB in 2000, GreyNet was discontinued. In April 2003, after a three-year teaching contract, Farace has returned to the field of grey literature and will again head GreyNet. For more information, contact or visit


Professional Information Services

Beysterveld 251

1083 KE Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Tel/Fax +31(0)20-672.1217

"Grey Literature is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing."


History of Online Information Services

Richard Hill []                         Fri 15/08/2003 3:34 AM;

New Release, available through the ASIST web site:

_A History of Online Information Service 1963-1976_

         Charles P. Bourne [ASIS&T President 1970; Award of Merit, 1965]

         Trudi Bellardo Hahn, ASIS&T President 2003

Published by MIT Press; ISBN0-262-02538-8

Dick Hill

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


IMS/CNI Draft White Paper on Learning Management & Digitial Libraries

Richard Hill []             Fri 4/07/2003 1:45 AM;;

[Forwarded.  Dick Hill]

The draft IMS/CNI white paper on learning management system and digital

library interoperability is now available for review and comment.  This is

the paper that was discussed at the spring CNI task force meeting and the

IMS spring meeting. You can send comments to me ( and/or my

co-author, Neil McLean ( We will be holding an

invitational workshop on this July 14, so comments prior to that date would

be particularly useful, though comments later are also welcome. We will

probably issue a revised version following the workshop for additional comment.

You can find the paper at:

Thank you.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI


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Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice

GSLIS Publications Office []                 Wed 2/07/2003 4:29 AM


Third edition of award-winning indexing and abstracting text now available

Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice, third edition By F. W. Lancaster ISBN 0-87845-122-8; 464 pages; cloth; $57.50  plus shipping Available from The GSLIS Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820 * Phone: (217) 333-1359 * Fax: (217) 244-7329 * E-mail: *  * (Prepayment required:  VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and checks payable to "The University of Illinois";  individuals in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin include sales tax; bookstores and wholesalers receive a ten percent discount.)

Award-winning author F.W. Lancaster has revised his widely used text, Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice. The third edition of this widely respected manual of best practice is even more comprehensive than the first edition, which won the 1992 ASIS Best Information Science Book Award. Fully revised to address changes since 1998--especially in the areas of multimedia sources, text searching, automatic indexing, and the Internet--this edition is illustrated throughout with useful indexing and abstracting guidelines for student and pracitioner. Covered areas include:

* indexing principles and practice

* pre-coordinate indexes

* consistency and quality of indexing

* types and functions of abstracts

* writing an abstract

* evaluation theory and practice

* approaches used in indexing and abstracting services

* indexing enhancement

* natural language in information retrieval

* indexing and abstracting of imaginative works

* databases of images and sound

* automatic indexing and abstracting

* the future of indexing and abstracting services

In addition to use as a text, Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice holds value for all individuals and institutions involved in training for information retrieval and related activities, including practicing library and information professionals, database producers, those engaged in portal design, and all professionals involved in knowledge management in general.

F. W. Lancaster, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of numerous awards for his books in the field of library and information science. The first edition of Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice, which appeared in 1991, won the "Best Information Science Book Award" in 1992 from the American Society for Information Science. An additional three of his books have earned this ASIS "Best Book" award, and another two have received awards from the American Library Association. Technology and Management in Library and Information Services (co-authored with Beth

Sandore) is listed on Library Journal’s 1998 best professional reading list.  Professor Lancaster is the editor of  Library Trends, the premier thematic quarterly journal in the field of American librarianship, produced by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.


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


Information Literacy Weblog

S.Webber []                                            Sat 16/08/2003 12:09 AM

If you are interested in Information Literacy (however you define

it!) we hope you will like the Information Literacy Weblog, run

by Sheila Webber, Stuart Boon (both Sheffield University

Department of Information Studies, UK) and Bill Johnston

(University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland) at

There are about 3-5 entries added per week, which:

- Report on information literacy events (what happened, any

useful links etc.)

- Alert you to new or changed information literacy resources

(websites, books, journal articles etc.)

- Tell you about forthcoming events

- Provide commentary or opinion

- Tell you what’s happening in our own information literacy


As you will see from the blog, the emphasis is on the first three

categories at the moment – we are aiming to provide *useful*

information from around the world as well as give some food for

thought. The latest entries include

- several reports on information literacy happenings at the IFLA

conference in Berlin;

- announcements of a teleconference on health information

literacy from the MLA and a conference in Georgia;

- details of a new online literature review on the topic.

The blog started four months ago and was officially launched by

Dr Alan Bundy (information literacy pioneer from the University

of South Australia), at the eLit conference in Glasgow. There is

a basic search function and also (if you scroll down the page) a

list of categories to browse.

There is a “Comment” feature. We also welcome guest

contributions (we’ve had three so far and hope for more – just

email me ( or Stuart




Sheila Webber, Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK. Email Tel. (0044) 0114 222 2641 Fax 0114 278 0300 The Information Literacy Place: ... and now the Weblog!


ISBN – press release

Karin Passchier []               Mon 12/05/2003 7:59 PM

13 Digit ISBN Sunrise Date announced

The formal ISO Committee Draft of the revised ISBN standard has now been sent out to national standards bodies for the first round of voting. If the revision committee's recommendations are accepted, the new style ISBN will come into use on 1 January 2007.

The most substantial change is the extension of the ISBN from 10 to 13 digits, incorporating the EAN.UCC prefix which is already used to form the barcode.  Until the current stock of numbers is exhausted the prefix will be 978.  At that point 979 will be introduced and, subject to agreement with EAN.UCC, further prefixes to ensure that the ISBN is secure going forward.

If approved, the change will affect virtually everyone in the book supply chain. Publishers, distributors, wholesalers, booksellers, libraries and any other organisations that record, store or exchange ISBNs will have to ensure that their systems can accommodate and read the 13 digit ISBN by January 2007.

Also, for the first time, there will be a core set of descriptive metadata elements, based on ONIX, associated with the ISBN and required from publishers when registering ISBNs.  In countries where the national ISBN agency also operates a "Books in Print" service, this will be incorporated into the information gathered from publishers as part of that service

Major changes are also being made to the ggovernance and administration of the ISBN system internationally to ensure the independence and long term viability of ISBN International, the co-ordinating body for the 164 ISBN agencies worldwide.

Voting on the Committee Draft of the revised ISBN ends on 5 May 2003.

The next stage will be a Draft International Standard, addressing comments received in the current voting process.  Following further voting processes, the final standard should be published at the beginning of 2005.

For further details and a comprehensive set of FAQs about the changes to ISBN, go to

All other enquiries may be made to:

Michael Healy, Nielsen BookData          

Convenor, ISO TC46/SC9/WG 4

Michael Cairns, R.R. Bowker

Chair, ISBN executive committee


IS2003 Conference Proceedings Now Available Online Free at

Dr. Eli Cohen []                                                Sun 25/05/2003 4:08 AM


Dear JESSE Colleagues,

You can now access (and cite) the full 1600+ page proceedings of the Informing Science + IT Education Conference at The full conference proceedings are available free of charge to all, and not limited to members of the Informing Science Institute. 

The conference will take place next month in Pori, Finland June 24-27. Information on the conference is available at

Likewise, the 2001 and 2002 conference proceedings are available at and, respectively.

Free access to these scientific papers is provided through support from the conference sponsors and the Founding Members of the Informing Science Institute.  Contact Eli Cohen at  about becoming a Founding Member.

All the best,



LAP Library Directory

Arlene Cohen []                                            Sun 24/08/2003 6:10 AM

An online library directory, the "Libraries of Asia and the Pacific Directory," an excellent, current information resource about libraries in the Asia - Pacific region was recently redeveloped by the National Library of Australia.  The new site was unveiled in mid-May 2003 at <> and now gives libraries the ability to update and amend their own entries.

An initiative of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries of Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO), the website is supported by the National Library of Australia (NAL).  Much of the current content has been provided by CDNLAO members and from the print-based "Directory of Libraries and Archives in the Pacific Islands," published in 1998 by the NAL.

The site features a search facility, updated information pages, a form allowing libraries not in the database to add their details, as well as a password-controlled edit capability allowing libraries to add many details about themselves and their collections.

The updated entries for Pacific islands and countries will soon appear in a new edition of the printed "Directory of Libraries and Archives in the Pacific Islands."  Arlene Cohen <> from the University of Guam received funding from IFLA to produce the printed directory, which is planned for publication at the end of this year.  An announcement will be sent out when the publication is available.


"List of Portal Application Functionalities for the Library of Congress".                                                Thu 17/07/2003 6:07 PM

Offered for Public Comment: List of Portals Functionalities

The Library of Congress Portals Applications Issues Group (LCPAIG) is pleased to announce publication of its "List of Portal Application Functionalities for the Library of Congress".  The document is available at:

The List, which is offered for public comment, represents the results of nearly one year of market analysis to study portal functionality of particular products in order to identify existing features of such products. The functionalities are organized under  broad headings: General Requirements, Client Requirements, Searching and Search Results, Knowledge Database, Patron Authentication, and Portal Administration and Vendor Support.  All of the functionalities designated as "M" for "mandatory" were present in one or more of the three applications (ZPORTAL*, MetaLib/SFX, ENCompass/LinkFinderPlus) that were tested during  market analysis.  In addition, for a high performing portal application, the LCPAIG identified several highly desirable functionalities not yet present in some or all the products tested  These  functionalities, designated as "D" (for "desirable") are offered to vendors for consideration as they enhance their products.

The LCPAIG recognizes that the List may not include applications  that other kinds of libraries might specify as either required or desirable.  For example, academic libraries are likely to want portal products that can interface with courseware.  In short, the list produced by the LCPAIG is that for a general research library of a large and complex nature, such as a national library.  Additions or subtractions may be appropriate according to the needs of other kinds of libraries.

The LCPAIG welcomes feedback on its statement of proposed mandatory and desirable functionalities from individuals, libraries, professional organizations, and vendors. Positive criticism will be gratefully received.  Please send your comments via eMail to:<>.  In September, the LCPAIG will review the List to revise it, taking into account comments received as a result of this announcement.

The study that produced the List resulted from Work Item 2.1 within the Action Plan that grew out of the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate's Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium.  For further information about the Conference and its outcomes, visit:

For further information about the LCPAIG, visit:


Literati Club Newsline

Chris Perry []         Mon 18/08/2003 9:54 PM

Latest Newsline from the Literati Club

Dear Mrs Smith

The latest issue of the Literati Club Newsline has been posted at It has a special feature on special issues, a look at two journals' schemes to help young researchers, the latest analysis from Best Practice Development and details of our latest initiative to help authors promote their work. Literati Club members are invited, first-come first served, to use the Emerald stand at major conferences to promote their own work and meet other delegates.

Book Fair is now building into a useful resource for anybody looking to compile a literature survey or a reading list and, recently, we added another 50 titles Literati Club members sent us. Check out the feature at To have any books you have published since 2000 included please send the details in a reply to this message.

The first in a series of features in the Authors' section of the Literati Club is aimed at authors in the Library & Information Management field. You will find information and encouragement - how publication will help you, your colleagues and your organisation and how Emerald can help you publish - details of the Emerald LIM portfolio (the largest in the world) and direct links to online resources to help you write and submit your article. It's all available at

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Mellon foundation funds collaborative librarian recruitment program

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> July 31, 2003




> OBERLIN, OHIO- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $500,000 to

> six academic libraries to collaborate on a major project to address

> librarian recruiting and diversity issues at the undergraduate level.

> The multi-tiered program will include broad-based, issues-oriented

> programming that will familiarize large numbers of undergraduate

> students with significant challenges facing the library profession,

> draw their attention to the potential of librarianship as a career,

> and alert them to the more selective internship opportunities of the

> project. The libraries of the Atlanta University Center (serving Clark

> Atlanta University and Morehouse, and Spelman Colleges) and of Mount

> Holyoke, Oberlin, Occidental, Swarthmore, and Wellesley Colleges will

> participate


> the project.  The Mellon award is built on an earlier grant Oberlin

> received from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. "This

> initiative will help address the serious shortage of professional

> librarians facing the country," says Ray English, Oberlin Director of

> Libraries and project coordinator. "Many academic and public libraries

> are already reporting difficulties filling librarian positions, and a

> recent study estimates that 60 percent of current librarians will

> reach


> age by 2020.  This problem will reach crisis proportions unless

> effective measures can be taken to increase the numbers of those

> pursuing library careers." "Although professional library

> organizations have identified recruitment and diversification as

> urgent priorities, most programs designed to


> these needs focus on graduate library school and the post-graduate

> years," points out English. "The profession needs models that address

> recruiting


> an earlier stage of the pipeline, when students are beginning to think

> seriously about career choices.  It's especially important to attract

> highly talented students who can provide leadership for the

> profession." The initiative is also designed to help broaden the

> racial and ethnic composition of the library profession so that it can

> better serve increasingly diverse populations.  All four

> federally-defined under-represented groups (African Americans, Asian

> Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) are seriously

> under-represented among practicing librarians.  "The participating

> schools are well-position to address this important goal of the

> project, given the composition of their student bodies," notes

> English. This fall each campus will inaugurate the project with

> programs for


> student assistants focusing on major issues that emphasize

> librarianship


> a changing and dynamic profession critical to the strength of a

> democratic society. The programs also will be announced to the general

> student body and may be coordinated with faculty who teach relevant

> courses. Among the topics to be addressed will be privacy issues and

> the USA


> Act; intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights; the economics of

> information, including barriers to access; collection preservation and

> the potential loss of cultural and intellectual heritage; the

> importance of information literacy and critical thinking skills needed

> to take advantage of an increasingly complex information environment;

> and issues of


> and multiculturalism in librarianship.

> A second component of the project is a selective undergraduate

> internship experience designed to give students at each campus a

> thorough understanding of librarianship as a profession.  In addition

> to learning about the nature of professional library work,

> participants will complete projects under librarian mentors and also

> participate in summer


> at other libraries.

> In subsequent stages of the project it is anticipated that

> post-baccalaureate intern positions and graduate library school

> scholarships will be awarded competitively among the participating

> institutions.


> Media contact: Betty Gabrielli 440 775 8624

> ###


> ======================================

> Haipeng Li

> Reference Librarian/Outreach Coordinator

> Oberlin College

> Oberlin, OH 44074

> Phone: 440/775-8285, x235

> Fax: 440/775-8739

> Email: ======================================



Metasearch press release

NISO Headquarters []       Thu 3/04/2003 5:45 AM


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

NISO Launches Initiative on Metasearching Standards and Guidelines

Bethesda, Md., USA (April 2, 2003) - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces an initiative to develop guidelines and  standards for the metasearching environment.  The initiative is an outgrowth of a session held at the American Library Association midwinter meeting in Philadelphia in January 2003.  Attendees from a cross section of content providers agreed that metasearching - also referred to as cross database searching, parallel searching, broadcast searching, and federated searching - is a high growth area with many unresolved issues.  This NISO Initiative will identify and address metasearch issues while implementations are still in their early stages. Details on the Initiative are featured on the NISO website:

Specific topics to be examined include:

Authentication/certification mechanisms and the impact on search target(s)

Sorting, ranking, and ordering of search results from multiple sources and multiple protocols

Display of complete content including branding information and copyright notices
Statistics and use measurement.

The Metasearch Initiative planning committee is co-chaired by Oliver Pesch of Ebsco Information Services and Pat Stevens of OCLC, Inc.  Members of the committee include Paul Cope (AutoGraphics, Inc.), Brenda Bailey-Hainer (Colorado State Library), Oren Beit-Arie (ExLibris USA), Brad Buckley (Gale Group), Laurie Davidson (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.), Todd Fegan (ProQuest Information and Learning), Matt Goldner (Fretwell-Downing Informatics), Betsy Graham (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.), Sandra Hurd (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.). Ted Koppel (The Library Corporation), Marc Krellenstein (Elsevier Science, Inc.), Peter Noerr (MuseGlobal, Inc.), Ted Pastorious (Gale Group), Sara Randall (Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.), Ed Riding (Dynix Corp.), and Jenny Walker (ExLibris USA).

Individuals and organizations, from both the user and provider communities, interested in participating in this initiative to develop metasearch standards and guidelines are encouraged to contact Pat Harris, Executive Director of NISO.  (Phone: 301-654-2512; Email:

# # #

NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers, content providers, and their business partners to maximize the value of their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without charge from the NISO website.  Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over seventy members representing the leadership in the global information community.  NISO Standards, information about NISO's activities, and membership information are featured on the NISO website; or call 301-654-2512.


Music Information Retrieval Bibliography Updated

J. Stephen Downie []                                Tue 26/08/2003 10:24 PM

Hi colleagues:

Just a quick note to let you know that the Music Information Retrieval Annotated

Bibliography project (aka MIRBIB) has undergone some updating and housecleaning.

There are now 321 records in the collection and counting. For those new to Music

IR research, we also have browsable collection of "background readings" that

might prove useful to you.

Special thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its support of the

project. Special thanks to Karen Medina and Jordan Seymour for all their hard work.

MIRBIB start page:


J. Stephen Downie

{From the MIRBIB introductory pages}

The Music Information Retrieval Bibliographies (MIRBIB) bring together items

identified as being germane to Music Information Retrieval research and

development. There are two collections within MIRBIB:

     * The "core research" bibliography

     * The "background readings" bibliography

The first level, or "core research," bibliography brings together those papers

which deal specifically with some aspect of MIR research and development. Topics


     * MIR system development

     * Experimentation

     * Use analyses

     * Evaluation, etc.

The second level, or "background readings," bibliography contains a set of

discipline-specific mini-bibliographies. Each discipline-specific

mini-bibliography in the set has been created to provide access to the necessary

background materials for non-expert members of the various disciplines engaged

in MIR research to comprehend and evaluate the papers from each participating

discipline. For example, we hope that a digital librarian can quickly find a

background reading on audio signal processing that will help to make the MIR

research papers that deal with signal processing techniques more understandable.

This collection contains 321 documents, a total of 467 kb



    "Research funding makes the world a better place"


J. Stephen Downie, PhD

Assistant Professor,

Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and, Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2000-01) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(217) 351-5037


New Archiving DTDs released by National Library of Medicine

Richard Hill []             Thu 29/05/2003 4:23 AM

[Forwarded from Cliff Lynch.  Dick Hill]


The announcement below represents an important additional step along the

road towards effective large scale archiving of journals in digital form.

My thanks to Betsy Humphreys at NLM for passing this along.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

XML DTD Describes Standard Content Model for Electronic Archiving and

Publishing of Journal Articles

BETHESDA, MD -- May 27, 2003 --  The National Center for Biotechnology

Information (NCBI; of the National Library of

Medicine (NLM; has created two XML DTDs that will

simplify electronic journal publishing and increase the accuracy of the

archiving and exchange of scholarly journal articles.  The Journal

Publishing DTD ( and the Archiving and

Interchange DTD ( were both created from the

Archiving and Interchange Tagset.

The Publishing DTD defines a common format for the creation of journal

content in XML. The Archiving DTD also defines journal articles, but it has

a more open structure; it is less strict about required elements and their

order. The Archiving DTD defines a target content model for the conversion

of any sensibly structured journal article and provides a common format in

which publishers, aggregators, and archives can exchange journal content.

The DTDs were created after collaboration between the Harvard University

E-Journal Archiving Project and NCBI. This collaboration was inspired by

Inera Inc.'s (  "E-Journal Archival DTD Feasibility

Study" ( Harvard and Inera's

participation was supported by the Mellon Foundation.

Mulberry Technologies ( and Inera examined

thousands of articles from hundreds of journals to be sure that the content

models being defined were comprehensive. After this extensive modeling, the

consultants worked with NCBI to create the Archiving and Interchange DTD,

then NCBI and Mulberry created the Journal Publishing DTD to help

publishers who had not yet selected a format for their electronic content.

The DTDs may be used as is, or the Tagset can be used to construct other

DTDs.  These DTDs and the Tagset are in the public domain. Complete

information and documentation can be found at



Jeff Beck

National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Building 45, 5th Floor, Room 5an36A

45 Center Drive

Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Tel: 301-435-5992

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New Report Profiles Biblored, the 2002 Gates Award Recipient            Mon 14/04/2003 8:16 PM

New Report Profiles Biblored, the 2002 Gates Award Recipient

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published a report on Biblored, the library network in Bogotá, Colombia, that received the 2002 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award.

The report, Biblored, Colombia's Innovative Library Network, is available in PDF format in both an English version and a Spanish version. Print copies of the English version can be ordered by using the dialog at the bottom of the abstract page.


NISO Registration Process is Launched

NISO Headquarters []                               Wed 6/08/2003 6:12 AM


NISO Announces New Registration Process

Bethesda, Md.
, USA (August 5, 2003) - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is expanding its standards development program by offering a new Registration Process. The Registration Process is designed to make specifications and guidelines developed outside the formal consensus process available to a larger community of potential implementers. The NISO Registration Process provides a light-weight review and accreditation that will help those developing specifications in evolving information services secure acceptance and recognition among a larger community of potential implementers.

The Registration process complements NISO's traditional consensus based standards development process that is consistent with ANSI requirements for development and maintenance of American National Standards.   Details on the Registration Process and the Registration Application form are on the NISO website at this url:

# # #
NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers, content providers and their business partners to maximize the value of their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without charge from the NISO website. Accredited by the

American National Standards Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over seventy members representing the leadership in the global information community. NISO members include hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, publishers, government agencies, libraries, content aggregators, and consortia. Information about NISO's activities and membership are featured on the NISO website; or call 301-654-2512.

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



Official Notice sent by The Hague Service Convention

Reid McNair []                     Fri 25/04/2003 4:57 AM

Enclosed with this correspondence please find the OFFICIAL NOTICE sent by The Hague Service Convention, dated April 15th, 2003, outlining the changes the United States has made to its civil process procedures under:

      *     The Hague Service Convention

      *     The Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory

      *     Letters Rogatory from non-member countries.

In addition, I have included our company's official press release and notice.  Effective June 1, 2003, Process Forwarding International (PFI) will begin performing its duties as The United States Central Authority under its exclusive Contract with the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), Contract # 03-C-0655.  The USDOJ has contracted with PFI to manage all formal service of civil process on international cases.

We would appreciate your assistance in informing your membership/readership of these important changes.  Should you have questions or desire additional information, please contact me at (800) 232-8854 x 3269, via e-mail at or visit our website at  Thank you.


Reid McNair

Senior Vice-President of Government Contracting

Process Forwarding International

Official Contractor of the United States Central Authority

910 5th Ave

Seattle, WA 98104

(800) 232-8854 x 3269

 <<Official Hague Circular Notice.DOC>>  <<Official Notice to International Orgs.doc>>  <<Official PFI Press Release.doc>>


Open Access Journals Directory

john sutherland []              Mon 26/05/2003 12:19 PM

Multiple recipients of list WAIN

Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals:-



OpenURL Standard Launched

NISO Headquarters []                   Thursday, 19 June 2003 5:12 AM


Press Contact:
Pat Harris
(301) 654-2512

OpenURL Standard Trial Implementation Launched

Bethesda, Md., USA (June 18, 2003)
- The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services standard (version 1.0) for a trial use period ending November 1, 2003. The OpenURL standard allows a user who has retrieved an information resource citation to obtain immediate access to the most "appropriate" copy of the full resource through the implementation of extended linking services. The selection of the best source for the full resource is based on the user's and the organization's preferences related to location, cost, contractual or license agreements in place with information suppliers, etc.-all done transparently to the user. The transparency is accomplished by storing context sensitive metadata with the "OpenURL" link from the source citation, and linking it to a "resolver" server where the preference information and links to the source material are stored.
The initial development of OpenURL was targeted at the electronic delivery of scholarly journal articles. In version 1.0 of the Standard the framework is generalized to enable communities beyond the original audience of scholarly information users to adopt extended linking services and to lower the entry barrier for new implementers.
An impressive international group of trial users including data providers constructing OpenURL metadata, providers of OpenURL resolvers, and libraries providing end user services using OpenURL resolution are testing the standard. The goal of the trial period is to test the standard's framework using a variety of data sources and resolver services to ensure that users can seamlessly receive and process OpenURLs and to solicit feedback on the proposed standard.
Participating in the trial as data providers are:
CABI Publishing (U.K.)
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)
Informatics India Ltd (India)
Grupo Stela (Brazil).
MIMAS, University of Manchester (U.K.)
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)

 Participating resolver services include: (U.S.)
Auto-Graphics, Inc. (U.S.)
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)
Endeavor Information Systems (U.S.), Ex Libris USA, Inc. (U.S.)
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (U.S.)
OhioLINK (U.S.)
Potiron Tecnologia para Bibliotecas (Brazil),
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)
Sirsi Corporation (U.S.)
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)
Openly Informatics (U.S.)
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).
Libraries providing end-user access include: Université Libre de Bruxelles Libraries (Belgium), RLG-Eureka (U.S.), and The Getty Research Institute Library (U.S.).
 The Standard has been issued in two parts and is available as a free download at <>. The activities of the OpenURL standards committee and its trial implementers can be followed on the committee's website at
<http://> or by subscribing to the committee's listserv by sending an email message to with "subscribe openurl" (without quotation marks) in the body of the message.
The trial use period is being coordinated and managed by the California Digital Library.  To sign-on as a trial implementor contact Karen Coyle (email:

                       # # #
About NISO:
NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers, content providers and their business partners to maximize the value of their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without charge from the NISO website. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over seventy members representing the leadership in the global information community.  NISO Standards, information about NISO's activities, and membership information are featured on the NISO website or call 301-654-2512.

National Information Standards Organization * 4733 Bethesda Ave. * Bethesda, MD 20814
                   # # #

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


Proceedings of the Aug. 2002 IFLA preconference "Statistics in Practice"                                                      Mon 7/07/2003 8:51 PM

Below is the press release on the publication of the Proceedings of the Aug. 2002 IFLA preconference "Statistics in Practice" sponsored by the IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section".  The proceedings are available free on the Web and also for purchase in hardcopy.

Wanda Dole

Chair, IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section

News of an Important New Publication Describing Hands on Evaluation. There is immense interest in the application of quantitative and qualitative measurement of performance in the library sector throughout the world. Last year, LISU - the Library and Information Statistics Unit at Loughborough University - hosted an IFLA Satellite conference, supported by the IFLA Statistics section, focussed on the practical application of quantitative methods in library management. Now published as Statistics in Practice - Measuring & Managing: Proceedings of IFLA Satellite Conference, Loughborough, August 2002, the presented papers covered a range of library types, and showed how statistics have been utilised in real-life situations to inform management of library services. Patricia Layzell Ward's introduction on the teaching of statistics in library schools across the world is followed by papers from Steve Hiller, Anja Smit and Liz Hart on academic library applications, and from David Lightfoot and Don Mills giving examples from the public library sector. Developing skills in evaluation is important and Eric Davies and Claire Creaser describe the LISU workshop sessions, which comprised a mixture of short presentations and practical exercises. Sebastian Mundt's paper on the application of sampling techniques is followed by two contributions on the measurement of e-resources, from Tony Kidd on project COUNTER, and Julia Blixrud on the ARL E-Metrics project. Papers from Joan Stein and Wanda Dole offer further case studies of academic libraries, and John Sumsion concludes by giving his personal overview of library statistics. Following the presented papers are a series of shorter contributions, drawn from the poster session at the meeting. This gave a platform for delegates to demonstrate applications of statistics in their libraries, and a further opportunity for exchange of views. There is much that librarians and library managers can learn from the experiences of others, and this volume makes a valuable contribution  to the dissemination of everyday work which so often goes unrecorded. The papers have been published on the LISU web site, to encourage a wide readership; the full proceedings are also available in print. ENDSNote to Editors Statistics in Practice - Measuring & Managing: Proceedings of IFLA Satellite Conference, Loughborough, August 2002, Creaser, C ed., 190 pages, spirobound paperback, ISBN 1 901786 52 8 (LISU Occasional Paper no 32), is published at ¸30.00 (post paid UK) and is available from LISU, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3TU, Tel: + 44 (0)1509 223071, Fax: +44 (0)1509 223072, Email:, through TeleOrdering and

For Further Information contactClaire Creaser, LISU, Tel: + 441509 222803, email: LISU ~ The Library and Information Statistics UnitLISU - The Library and Information Statistics Unit - is a national research and information centre based at the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University and partially supported by Resource: The Council for Archives, Museums and Libraries. LISU seeks to contribute, in appropriate ways, to good management practice in the various public and private sector agencies that make up the strands of the information economy and cultural services. Its 'mainstream' work covers public, academic and special libraries and the information publishing and distribution field.


Project INISS

Prof. Tom Wilson []                                Sun 27/07/2003 5:46 AM;;;; JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU

addToWeblog index

Some time ago I publicized the fact that the report on Project INISS [Wilson,

T.D. and Streatfield, D.R. 'You can observe a lot...' 1980] was in course of

conversion to html. I've now finished scanning and converting and it is on the

Web at

The only proof-reading that has taken place has been during the process of

conversion, so if anyone finds oddities, please let me know.

Tom Wilson


Proposal for Preparing 21st Century Catalogers

Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid P []                                        Thu 29/05/2003 4:22 AM

Dear ASIST members,

The correct URL of the ALCTS/ALISE proposal for preparing 21st century catalogers is

The URL in the press release posted earlier includes a space between http:// and Please ignore that URL. Sorry about the confusion.

Ingrid Hsieh-Yee

Associate Professor

School of Library & Information Science

Catholic University of America

Washington, D.C.  20064

Phone: (202) 319-6270

Fax: (202) 319-5574



John D Byrum []                                  Wed 28/05/2003 3:51 AM

May 27, 2003

ALCTS/ALISE Task Force Releases Proposal for Preparing 21st Century Catalogers

A joint ALCTS/ALISE task force has responded to a call from the Library of Congress to recommend appropriate training and education for bibliographic control of Web resources.  The task force report and recommendations are available at http://

An increasingly common notion is that libraries no longer need catalogers, and library and information schools no longer need to teach cataloging.  Yet the need to organize information resources has become more pressing in the last ten years and the options for organizing digital resources have expanded. To address the challenge of cataloging 21st century library materials, the Library of Congress hosted a bicentennial conference on "Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium" (  John Byrum, chief of the Library of Congress Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division, remarking on the genesis of the conference, said "libraries have witnessed an explosion in Web resources and they recognize the need to integrate them into their collections.  The conference sought to enable an open discussion and the development of an action plan to pursue." 

More than two dozen action items arose from the LC conference and two of them relate to education and training.  Due to the strong commitment of ALCTS to the development of librarians engaged in bibliographic control, the Library of Congress asked that ALCTS take a lead role to accomplish these two action items.

As a first step, ALCTS appointed the joint ALCTS/ALISE task force, which also included partners from an OCLC regional network and the Library of Congress.  The task force, which was chaired by Beth Picknally Camden of the University of Virginia, engaged principal investigator Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, associate professor of the School of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America, to survey ALA-accredited programs and to recommend fresh approaches.

Camden notes "Ingrid's survey results and recommendations make a significant contribution to the field.  Her research is the foundation of our plan to assist educators and anyone who cares about cataloging

and metadata education to prepare for teaching in this area."    

The joint task force proposes a five-part plan to help metadata and cataloging educators and trainers: to announce the task force's findings regarding the elements of bibliographic control expertise; to assemble a "metadata basics" package for use by faculty and workshop leaders; to create a listserv for sharing news; to set up a Web clearinghouse for pedagogical resources; and to hold a conference for educators and trainers to share expertise and ideas for integrating metadata topics into courses and workshops. 

The next step is to carry out the joint task force's plan.  An implementation group has been appointed with members from ALCTS, ALISE, the Library of Congress, OCLC, and other organizations with a stake in supporting metadata and cataloging educators and trainers.  Meanwhile a second ALCTS task force, chaired by Carol Hixson of the University of Oregon, is preparing recommendations for changes and additions to continuing education programs for catalogers.  Hixson's task force expects to present its plan for approval at the 2003 ALA annual

conference in Toronto.      

The ALCTS/ALISE joint task force was appointed by ALCTS-the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.  ALISE-the Association for Library and Information Science Education-provides a forum for library and information science educators to share ideas and to seek solutions to common problems.

For more information, contact Diane Baden of NELINET

( or Olivia Frost of the University of Michigan (


"The public library: new challenges and strategies in the information society" report

"BAILAC PUIGDELLÍVOL,Assumpta" []                    Thu 15/05/2003 11:30 PM

"The public library: new challenges and strategies in the information society" Report

The Diputació de Barcelona Library Service ("Servei de Biblioteques de la Diputació de Barcelona") considered, within its action plan, the need to provide reflexion and strategic vision process regarding the main aspects associated with the public library in the new environment of the information society.

During last year 2002 a process has started up to draw up a report offering new challenges and strategies related to public libraries and to make proposals concerning the measures that should be taken for both the present and the futur. Its timeframe is the period 2003-2007.

This final document is the result of a process in wich a number of different people and organisations have workeed and participated.

The Report is now available, in an english version at:

We hope that it will be of your interest.

Assumpta Bailac

Servei de Biblioteques de la Diputació de Barcelona

Comte d'Urgell, 187

Tel. 00-34-934 022 241



Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

-----Original Message-----
From: Marian Dworaczek [mailto:Marian.Dworaczek@USASK.CA]
Sent: Monday, 5 May 2003 9:18 PM
Subject: Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

The May 1, 2003 edition of the "Subject Index to Literature on Electronic
Sources of Information" is available at:


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 1,500 indexed 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:


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Thesaurus press release

NISO Headquarters []        Thu 3/04/2003 1:47 AM



Pat Harris
(301) 654-2512


NISO is Developing the Next Generation of Standards for Controlled Vocabularies and Thesauri

Bethesda, MD, USA - (April 2, 2002) - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced a new initiative to revise the leading standard for thesaurus construction Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Thesauri (ANSI/NISO Z39.19).   Leading the development team is Dr. Amy Warner, principal of Lexonomy. Grants from the H.W. Wilson Foundation, The Getty Foundation, and the National Library of Medicine are supporting this new area of work.

"The core strength of NISO's Thesaurus guideline is that it offers a standardized way to organize many kinds of information," noted Dr. Amy Warner, chair of the revision team. "However, information providers face lots of challenges today. They are serving a changing audience. Searching and browsing of information systems are no longer limited to information professionals-individuals of all ages, professions, and nationalities are using search tools. Developers of Internet and Intranet-accessible Web pages, databases, and information systems need better metadata to support non-expert information searches, and metadata developers are recognizing the need for incorporating controlled vocabularies and taxonomies into their schemes."

The revised standard will:

Reflect the ways that users search or browse, the many types of content they will find, and the new technologies they are using.
Address the needs of a variety of information organizations and content- beyond the traditional abstracting and indexing services-and add explicit examples that are relevant to business and industry.
Introduce more user-friendly language and include the why and how behind the key concepts and principles.

Working with Dr. Warner is an Advisory Group made up of representatives from the project sponsors, NISO members, and other interested organizations, including: Vivian Bliss, Microsoft; Carol Brent, ProQuest Information and Learning; John Dickert, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Technical Information Center; Lynn El-Hoshy, Library of Congress; Patricia Harpring, The Getty Foundation; Stephen Hearn, American Library Association; Sabine Kuhn, American Chemical Society, Chemical Abstracts Service; Pat Kuhr, H.W. Wilson; Diane McKerlie, Consultant; Peter Morville, Consultant; Stuart Nelson, National Library of Medicine; Diane Vizine-Goetz, OCLC; and Marcia Lei Zeng, Special Libraries Association.  Emily Fayen is the NISO Standards Development Committee liaison to the activity.

News on this activity is featured on the NISO website (

NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers, content providers and their business partners to maximize the value of their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without charge from the NISO website.  Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over seventy members representing the leadership in the global information community.

NISO Standards, information about NISO's activities, and membership information are featured on the NISO website; or call 301-654-2512.


"Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage Resources" -  Now Available

From: Seamus Ross, Director HATII []
Sent: Wednesday, 18 June 2003 5:43 AM

Padi-Forum Readers may be interested in the following.



Thematic Issue 3 - Now Available
Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage Resources

DigiCULT's Experts Tangle with the Semantic Web
"The course of the debate at the Darmstadt DigiCULT Forum had not always been so direct. It had started with the Position Paper's dismaying thought that the limited understanding of information processing in the heritage sector almost makes the Semantic Web an impossibility to apply. It had touched on Simeon poetry, art works of the biblical seductress Salome, weather forecasts for the northern English city of York, and revolutionary theories of 16th-century Italian astronomer Galileo. But the experts agreed, that ..."

For the conclusions reached by the experts in unravelling the vision of the Semantic Web and its significance for the Cultural Heritage Sector, please download the full version of the DigiCULT Thematic Issue 3 below.

DigiCULT Thematic Issue 3 - Content:
- Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage Resources
- Semantic Web Terms and Reading List: A-X
- Cultural Heritage Semantic Web Example & Primer
- 2 Interviews with practitioners

Download DigiCULT Thematic Issue 3:
Low-Res  (1,4 MB)
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Comment on the Technology Watch Briefings: Each briefing for the upcoming DigiCULT Technology Watch Reports are made available for comment online. The first draft of the latest briefing "The XML Family of Technologies" is online, more are expected soon. Comments and suggestions to be implemented in the final draft are cordially invited. [more.]

The DigiCULT Publications:
- Thematic Issues: results of themed expert fora
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- DigiCULT Website: info, events, links, all publications online for download [more.]

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(c) DigiCULT Forum 2003


UNESCO and the IFLA Internet Manifesto

Karin Passchier []               Tue 29/04/2003 5:45 PM

UNESCO and the IFLA Internet Manifesto

Last week I attended the meetings of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council of the Information For All Programme (IFAP) in Paris. On Wednesday 23 April 2003, the IFLA Internet Manifesto was discussed.

First of all I was invited to introduce the Manifesto. I set out sketching its history from the preparations by our FAIFE Committee, via approval by our GB and the proclamation on 1 May 2002, to the unanimous approval by the IFLA Council in August last year.

I explained that this forms the third of a series of three manifestos, and that the previous ones (on Public Libraries and School Libraries) had proved their usefulness in advising and influencing local, regional and national governmental bodies in matters of library development.

After that I underscored the importance of giving unhindered access to the Internet by libraries and information services, for the benefit of communities' and individuals' freedom, prosperity and development.

I pointed out that this Manifesto forms one of IFLA's many activities in the context of bridging the Digital Divide and that it is intended to have it followed up by guidelines for implementing the principles contained in it.

I testified that it was a great pleasure to learn that the Bureau of the IFAP Council had welcomed the spirit and objectives of our Manifesto and that it recommended endorsement. I said that IFLA was happy to "offer" this declaration to UNESCO. As a kind of a "frivolity" I ended by stating that it was hoped that after this meeting we could speak of the IFLA UNESCO Internet Manifesto.

Following was a long discussion, of nearly two hours !! From the very beginning it was clear that the support was broad and massive. Speakers representing the IFAP member states Benin, Canada, France, Germany, Irak, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Russian Federation and Tanzania, as well as observers (Belgium, Denmark, Israel) all stated that they were very much in agreement with the objectives of the Manifesto. IFLA was commended on this statement.

It was a sometimes passionate debate which circled around the issue of FREE access, i.e. free of charge or not. After long discussions it became apparent that our Manifesto could not be transferred into a joint one with UNESCO. The Chair stated that the IFAP Council is legally not entitled to do so. Only by means of a resolution of the UNESCO Conference could this be realised; that then could not be done before November 2005 (!).

I stated on behalf of IFLA that we could not possibly "wait" for that and would not be willing to cooperate. I also said that we would be grateful if IFAP would endorse this IFLA Manifesto and UNESCO would disseminate it widely. As a "compromise" I proposed that IFLA and UNESCO would together develop a set of Guidelines based on the IFLA Internet Manifesto.

This was approved: see the "Recommendation" attached.

In conclusion: a good debate, followed by another proof of powerlessness of this Council, but as a result: praise for IFLA and hours long maximum exposure of the library profession, including its Federation.

Sjoerd Koopman

IFLA Coordinator of Professional Activities

28 April 2003

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Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (Second Session)

UNESCO House, Paris, Room XI (Fontenoy Building), 22-24 April 2003


Item 14 of the provisional agenda

The Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme, adopts the following recommendations

( . . . )

Related to Item 8 "UNESCO/IFLA Internet Manifesto"

The Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme,

1. Having examined document IFAP-2003/COUNCIL.II/5, particularly the "IFLA Internet Manifesto" contained in this document;

2. Welcomes the spirit and the objectives of the "IFLA Internet Manifesto";

3. Decides to endorse the "IFLA Internet Manifesto";

4. Requests the Director-General to disseminate the IFLA Manifesto to all UNESCO Member States;

5. Recommends that the Director General collaborate with IFLA in the preparation of IFLA-UNESCO Guidelines based on the IFLA Manifesto, and taking into account the discussions of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme at its 2nd Session.


Use and Users of Electronic Library Resources: An Overview and Analysis of Recent Research Studies

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

From: Ian Winship [mailto:ian.winship@UNN.AC.UK]

Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2003 4:26 PM


Subject: New Report: Use and Users of Electronic Library Resources

Use and Users of Electronic Library Resources: An Overview and Analysis of Recent Research Studies

Council on Library and Information Resources

Carol Tenopir with the assistance of Brenda Hitchcock and Ashley Pillow. 72 pages.



This CLIR report summarizes and analyzes more than 200 recent research publications that focus on the use of electronic library resources (digital libraries and digital resources) and were published between 1995 and 2003. Eight major ongoing studies (each with multiple publications) are identified as Tier 1 studies and are analyzed in detail, while about 100 smaller- scale studies are classified as Tier 2 studies and are examined together. The goal of this report is to provide information that librarians can use to make important decisions about collections, services, and product design.


Ian Winship, Electronic Services Manager

Learning Resources, Northumbria University

City Campus Library, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK


tel: 0191 227 4150  fax: 0191 227 4563