MARCH 2004  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

Books required by University Libraries in Iraq   Tue 9/03/2004 12:59 AM  


Books required by University Libraries in Iraq


While almost all university libraries south of Iraqi Kurdistan were looted and/or burned, even the ones left untouched have little in them. In Kurdistan, there are hardly any books after 1980.  It is the same for journals. The law library in Tikrit has a few hundred law students and 80 books in its whole library - and most of these are Xerox copies of Xerox copies stitched together.  The will accept books in every field and specialty.


That said, where they think the need is greatest is in the sciences and medicine - including nursing, pharmacy and veterinary medicine and science.  These books, also, can and should be in English. All agriculture related material is also vitally necessary. 


While they will gladly accept all texts and back copies of journals, they would lean toward the sciences and engineering and computer science over the political science texts which predominate on your list. Political science (hard as it might be to believe) is not widely taught.


Still, I need to emphasize that the need is across all fields, though the books that would be most useful in English are in the sciences, medicine, English literature and language, agricultural sciences, and engineering simply because those fields are all taught in English.


John Agresto

Senior Adviser

Higher Education

CPA, Iraq


The Governing Board of IFLA at its meeting on 9th August 2003 decided to host on IFLANET a list of offers made by the international library community to help rebuild the library infrastructure in Iraq.


Offers should be sent to

Thank you.



CNIB Digital Library and Children's Discovery Portal

Shelagh Paterson []  Thu 20/11/2003 11:07 PM



CNIB's Digital Library revolutionizes accessibility and provides a world of information for Canadians who are blind or visually impaired Service includes world's first Internet portal of its kind for blind children


Toronto, ON, November 12, 2003:  More than 105,000 Canadians who are blind or visually impaired gained access to thousands of books, daily newspapers, and magazines today with the launch of The CNIB Digital Library. The online library is the most advanced library of alternative formats in the world and a model for 175 international libraries producing alternative-format information. It also contains The Children's Discovery Portal, the world's first portal of its kind for children who are blind.


"For sighted people, technology makes access to information easier. For people like myself who are blind, it makes access possible," said Jim Sanders, president of The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).  "The CNIB Digital Library will open up worlds of opportunity and knowledge. For example, I can now read a newspaper the same day it hits the newsstand. And the new service is particularly exciting for young CNIB clients, who will be able to visit a Web site that is just as much fun, attractive and informative as any other children's site."


The CNIB Digital Library offers a completely new reading experience for people who are blind or visually impaired. Currently, only 3% of published materials are available in an accessible format.  Highlights include:


Ø     Accessible. The CNIB Digital Library was designed from the outset to ensure it met the accessibility needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. It works with major adaptive technology products including screen reading programs and braille keyboards.

Ø     Comprehensive and easy to use. Brings all of the Library's online services including the CNIB catalogue and digital repository of books into one unified, bilingual, Internet gateway.

Ø     Vast repository. There are more than 10,000 audio, text, and braille titles available online for instant reading, including bestsellers such as Life of Pi and The Stone Diaries. Clients can also search and order from a collection of more than 60,000 titles.

Ø     Exciting new access. Clients can listen to a CNIB Library talking book (with human-voice narration) right from their computer simply by selecting a link for the title of that book.

Ø     Newspapers, magazines, databases. The current editions of more than 40 daily, national, and community newspapers from across Canada are available. Full-text versions of thousands of magazines and databases such as the Encyclopedia Britannica Online are also available.


The Children's Discovery Portal is one of the most exciting parts of this digital transformation. For the first time children who are blind or visually impaired will be able to play online games, participate in online polls, get homework help, sample or read entire books online and chat with other children who are blind from across the country. For some this may be the first opportunity they have ever had to meet another child who is blind.


"The whole Portal is cool but I especially love the chat room because I can speak to other kids like me," said 11-year-old CNIB client Robert Hampson.  "I also like playing games like Dreadnought and it's fun to be able to read books right away instead of waiting for them to arrive in the mail." 


The CNIB Digital Library is the result of a bold venture to fully transform the CNIB Library's collection and production process to a digital library environment. The Library was relying on obsolete technology to reproduce materials. The collection was also at risk of being lost forever had it not been digitized. The transformation is being funded by That all may read..., an on-going $33 million nationwide campaign.


The campaign got a boost today when The Honourable Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada, made a surprise announcement that the Government of Canada would be contributing $6 million towards the CNIB's digital library.


"This launch is only the beginning for The CNIB Digital Library. In order to complete this historic project, we need to reach our fundraising goal of $33 million," said Frank Clegg, chair of That all may read... and president of Microsoft Canada. "Thanks to our donors, we are getting there. Everyone should be very proud of this incredible accomplishment, which will help to pave the way for equal access for all."


Donations total $19.4 million to date with Microsoft Canada as lead sponsor with a $2.5 million commitment. The company also funded and led the development of the Children's Discovery Portal.


Microsoft Canada designed the platform architecture to manage the digital collection, incorporating an advanced digital access and storage system from OpenText Corporation.

Since 1906, the CNIB Library for the Blind has been working to promote literacy and to ensure that Canadians who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind have equitable access to information, culture, and lifelong learning. The CNIB Library is one of the largest producers of alternative-format materials in the world and circulated 1.8 million items last year.




To try out The CNIB Digital Library, visit the Library's Web site at or and select the "guest" option on the login screen. Some functions are not available to guests (they are for CNIB Library clients only and available with password access).


For more information, or to receive a comprehensive live demo or a CD presentation of The CNIB Digital Library, contact:


Julia Morgan

Communications Coordinator

CNIB Library for the Blind

(416) 480-7423




DPC/PADI 'What's New in Digital Preservation' Issue 7

From: Gerard Clifton []

Sent: Tuesday, 2 March 2004 6:57 AM

To: ''

Subject: [padiforum-l] DPC/PADI 'What's New in Digital Preservation' Issue 7 available


Issue no. 7 (October 2003 - January 2004) of the DPC/PADI "Whats New in Digital Preservation" quarterly bulletin is now available from the DPC and NLA websites at:


Digital Preservation Coalition:


National Library of Australia:


'What's New' is a summary of selected recent activity in the field of digital preservation - compiled by Michael Day of UKOLN, University of Bath, and Gerard Clifton of the National Library of Australia - from the Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) Gateway and the digital-preservation and padiforum-l mailing lists, although additional or related items of interest may also be included.


Issue 7 features news from a wide range of organisations and initiatives, including the UK Digital Curation Centre, the Australian Research Information Infrastructure Committee, the NESTOR Network of Expertise in long-term Storage of digital Resources, the World Summit on the Information Society and the European Union's 6th Framework Programme.


The digest also includes links to recent major reports, such as those of the NSF-DELOS Working Group on Digital Archiving and Preservation and the US National Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, as well as reports from the JISC Supporting Institutional Records Management Program.


Specific topics covered by this issue include: Web archiving, file formats and tools, preservation metadata, legal issues, institutional repositories, e-prints and e-journals, and digital library futures.


Finally, the bulletin also includes summaries of other selected recent publications and information on past and forthcoming events.





Gerard Clifton

PADI Administrator

National Library of Australia

Canberra   ACT 2600



Tel:  +61-2 6262-1366   Fax: + 61-2 6262-1653





Digital Rights Management Year in Review



Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 11:30:04 -0700

From: Mark Goldstein <>

Subject: Digital Rights Managment Year in Review


For IP if you wish:


DRM Watch ( is a great source for the ongoing monitoring of Digital Rights Management issues and news. They've put out a useful 2003 year in review for DRM across several categories that IP readers will likely find of interest.


2003 in Review: DRM Technology

By Bill Rosenblatt - Published December 31, 2003

A look back at the year's significant trends in DRM technology, along with some predictions for 2004 and beyond.


2003 in Review: Online Content Services

By Bill Rosenblatt - Published January 1, 2004

A look back at the year's significant trends in DRM-enabled online content services, along with some predictions for 2004 and beyond.


2003 in Review: DRM Standards

By Bill Rosenblatt - Published January 5, 2004

A look back at the year's significant trends in DRM-related standards initiatives, along with some predictions for 2004 and beyond.


2003 in Review: Legal Issues

By Bill Rosenblatt - Published January 6, 2004

A look back at the year's significant trends in legal actions related to DRM, along with some predictions for 2004 and beyond.


Best Regards,

Mark Goldstein

International Research Center

Voice & Fax: 602-470-0389


Helping Build the Tech Oasis -




Fifth International Conference on Grey Literature

TextRelease []    Thu 6/11/2003 4:50 AM



          Fifth International Conference on Grey Literature


Conference memoranda provide an ideal means of keeping authors, delegates, and participants informed on the progress and planning of the Fifth International Conference on Grey Literature. This event will be held at the KNAW Conference Center in Amsterdam on 4-5 December 2003. The complete series is online available at




GreyNet publications from 1994-2000 available via BLDSC . . . . . . . . 1 GL5 Program and Conference Proceedings ~ Forthcoming  . . . . . . . . . 2 P&S Reviews add the finishing touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 An All-In Conference Fee, the All Round Dutch Treat . . . . . . . . . . 4





GreyNet (Grey Literature Network Service) publications from 1994-2000 Are now available on interlibrary loan/document delivery via the British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC) in Boston Spa, United Kingdom  These include the Proceedings of the first four international conferences in the GL-series (ISSN 1386-2316), as well as the fourth edition of the Annotated Biblio- graphy on the Topic of Grey Literature (ISBN 90-74854-26-5). Together these five information resources contain the full text of some 120 papers and more than 750 bibliographic records most of which are annotated, and are a valuable resource for authors, researchers, and students. GreyNet Service has been re-launched in June 2003 by TextRelease and the Fifth International Conference on Grey Literature will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 4-5 December 2003.





These forthcoming publications can be ordered via the conference website. Libraries & Information Centers that house earlier editions of the GL- series will certainly want to compliment their collections. A special set price is now available at €70, excluding postage and handling. Advance publication orders are now being taken. Conference Program. -  GreyNet/TextRelease, Dec.'03. ISBN 90-77484-02-7 Conference Proceedings GreyNet/TextRelease, Jan.'04. ISBN 90-77484-01-9





The GL5 Product & Service Reviews will be held in the Tinbergen Hall of the KNAW Conference Center on December 5th 2003. This special session commences at 15:30 hours, and will include presentations by:

* INIST  Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique, France

* BLDSC  British Library Document Supply Centre, United Kingdom

* EAGLE  European Association for Grey Literature Exploitation

* NIWI   Nederlands Inst. voor Wetenschappelijke Informatiediensten

* Etc.





The GL5 conference fee includes attendance at the Plenary and Breakout Sessions, including P&S Reviews. A copy of the GL5 Program Book, Conference Papers, badge, and pouch are likewise included. Also, the lunches and refreshments during the breaks as well as local taxes are all-in the registration fee. If you have not yet registered, please take a moment to complete the form found on the conference site.




Editorial Address:


TextRelease, GL5 Program and Conference Bureau

Beysterveld 251, 1083 KE Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tel/Fax  +31-(0) 20-672.1217






Gates Report on Public Libraries Helping to Close the DigitalDivide   Wed 3/03/2004 11:38 PM


For Immediate Release

February 25, 2004



New Report Finds libraries help close Digital Divide

but struggle to sustain public access computing services

Bill Gates, Sr. releases report developed in partnership with national civic organizations at Public Library Association conference


SEATTLE - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with a number of national civic groups, today released a new report that finds public libraries have helped close the digital divide by providing free, public access to computers and the Internet, particularly for people without access at home or work. Yet despite widespread awareness of and support for library-based public access computing, libraries face significant challenges in sustaining and improving this service.


The report, "Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide," was developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the AARP, American Library Association, Beaumont Foundation of America, Benton Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National League of Cities and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Pew Internet & American Life Project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, served as research advisers.


In 1996, only 28 percent of public library systems offered public Internet access. Today, more than 95 percent of library buildings offer public access computing, and 14 million Americans regularly use these computers. This benefit has especially reached certain socioeconomic groups that are less likely to have access at home or work. African Americans and Hispanics are twice as likely to use library computers as Asian Americans and whites. Families making less than $15,000 annually are two to three times more likely to rely on library computers than those earning more than $75,000.


"Today, if you can reach a public library, you can reach the Internet," said Bill Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a featured speaker at the Public Library Association conference. "The challenge now is to continue providing this access that millions of our neighbors depend upon. Cuts in library budgets won't turn off the Internet for wealthy or middle-class families. It will turn off the Internet for people who have nowhere else to turn."


Although Internet use has increased substantially in the United States, nearly half of all American households don't have computers or Internet access at home. Traditionally disadvantaged groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and those with lower income and educational levels, remain among the least connected.


"By offering free access to computing, and therefore information, libraries bring opportunity to all," said Carla Hayden, president of the American Library Association. "Libraries offer more than hardware-librarians are tech-savvy and help library users gain the skills needed to use technology effectively and find what they need online and in print."


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has worked in partnership with public libraries since 1997, investing more than $250 million to provide libraries with public access computers and software, while simultaneously providing training and technical support for librarians.


Research shows that patrons use library computers to conduct research, write resumes, keep in touch with family and friends and complete assignments for school or work. According to a recent Marist Institute study, Americans believe that providing computers for public use is one of the three most important things a library can do. Beyond high patron satisfaction and demand, the technology has revitalized libraries. Nationwide, total visits to the library have increased by more than 17 percent between 1996 and 2001.


Despite these benefits, libraries face serious challenges as they continue to provide access to digital information. In keeping pace with ever-evolving technology, libraries often lack sufficient resources and technical support to upgrade computer hardware, software and Internet connections. Librarians and staff members also must seek continued technology training to assist patrons and troubleshoot equipment. Severe budget cuts nationwide have caused some libraries to cut operating hours, lay off staff members or close altogether.


Gates released the new report during a speech at the 10th biennial conference of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, where he also outlined the next phase of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's support for public libraries. The foundation plans to build broader partnerships with local governments, business, foundations, nonprofits, libraries and library supporters that will help keep libraries open, improve technology and support ongoing training.


The report which can be found at:


Contact: Kara Palmer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Larra Clark

Press Officer, ALA




Other Resources:


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,

American Library Association,

Beaumont Foundation of America,

Benton Foundation,

Institute of Museum and Library Services,

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,

National League of Cities,

Pew Internet & American Life Project,

U.S. Chamber of Commerce,



Grey Literature Survey 2004

GreyNet []  Thu 11/03/2004 5:27 PM

G r e y   L i t e r a t u r e   N e t w o r k   S e r v i c e

         "To date 30% of the Survey Respondents are New to GreyNet"



                     Grey Literature Survey 2004



This survey is held in advance of the Sixth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL6). The instrument used is an open-ended questionnaire consisting of twenty-two questions or items designed to compile information for further analysis. It is not only important to know if a respondent agrees or disagrees with the questions, but also their comments stand central. While this questionnaire is not anonymous, the identity of an individual respondent will remain undisclosed.


In 1993-1994, GreyNet carried out its first survey on grey literature. However, within the past decade, due to Internet technology, grey literature has become a daily work experience in all sectors of society and constitutes a mainstream, flow of information. An estimated 10-12 minutes of your time will be needed to complete this online questionnaire. The results will be presented at GL6 and will be made available to all respondents.



Grey Literature Network Service

Beysterveld 251

1083 KE Amsterdam

The Netherlands



GreySource: A Selection of Web-based Resources in Grey Literature

GreyNet []   Tue 20/01/2004 10:41 PM


GreySource: A Selection of Web-based Resources in Grey Literature


GreySource provides examples of grey literature to the average net-user and in so doing profiles organizations responsible for its production and/or processing. Only web-based resources that explicitly refer to the term grey literature (or its equivalent in any language) are listed. GreySource identifies the hyperlink directly embedded in a resource, thus allowing immediate and virtual exposure to grey literature.” New examples are always welcome and will be incorporated in GreySource!


The web-based resources appear within categories derived from the COSATI

(American) and SIGLE (European) Classification Systems. The few changes that have been introduced into the classification scheme are intended to facilitate the search and retrieval of net-users.


To access GreySource,





Grey Literature Network Service

Beysterveld 251

1083 KE Amsterdam

The Netherlands


Tel/Fax +31(0)20-672.1217 ________________________________________________




Guidelines for the Application of the ISBDs to the Description of Component Parts


John D Byrum []  Wed 1/10/2003 2:36 AM

Philippe Le Pape; Elena Escolano; francoise.bourdon@BNF.FR; Patrick LeBouef; Renate Goempel; Lynne Howarth;; Cristina Magliano;;; Bill Garrison; AUTOCAT@listserv.BUFFALO.EDU; Mirna Willer; Glenn Patton; Dorothy McGarry; Ton Heijligers


ISBD for Component Parts now on IFLANET

The ISBD Review Group is pleased to announce publication of __Guidelines for the Application of the ISBDs to the Description of Component Parts__ on IFLANET, available at: < >.  This version is a reproduction of the original published in 1988, which has long been out of print, with typographical corrections largely focused on the examples included in the text.


The Review Group is especially grateful to Robert August, Library of Congress, and Dorothy McGarry, UCLA (retired) for their oversight of the project that led to this publication.


John D. Byrum, Jr.

Chief, Regional & Cooperative Cataloging

Library of Congress

Washington, D. C. 20540-4380


Tel: +(202) 707-6511

Fax: +(202) 707-2824




Hague Convention Second Protocol    Tue 9/03/2004 9:31 PM


Dear Colleagues,


After more than 13 years hard work and campaigning, the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict has finally come into force this morning (3 months after the deposit for the 20th ratification - Costa Rica on 9th December 2003), so 9th March is a particularly auspicious day!


The Protocol greatly strengthens and clarifies cultural protection and introduces new measures including the designation of cultural property under Enhanced Protection, specific war crimes, and new administrative procedures including the establishment of an International Committee and International Fund for the Protection of Culture.


The Second Protocol is not retrospective in respect of events before today's date, of course, and initially is it is binding only on, and between, those States that have adopted it by ratification or accession. The list of States Parties (i.e. countries that have agreed to be bound

by) to the Second Protocol is on the UNESCO website at:


Patrick Boylan




N.B. Please note my new address and phone number:


(Prof.) Patrick J. Boylan

2A Compass Road

Scraptoft Lane

Leicester LE5 2HF



Tel.: (+44) (0)-116.220.5496





ICSTI/INIST/INSERM Seminar on Open Access to Scientific and Technical Information:State of the Art and Future




_Proceedings of Major Open Access Conference Published_


_Proceedings of Major Open Access Conference Published_


   The proceedings of the ICSTI/INIST/INSERM Seminar on Open Access to Scientific

and Technical Information:State of the Art and Future held January 23-24, 2003 at

the French Ministry of Research, Carré des Sciences, Paris,  was recently published in

a special issue of _Information Services & Use_ (v 23 (n. 2-3) (ISSN 0167-5265)

(IOS Press  ( ).


The issue includes the following major themes and notable papers:


**Open Access: What Does It Mean for STI Distribution**

o     Open Access: marginal or core phenomenon? a commercial publisher's view (Pieter Bolman)

o     Open publishing: how publishers are reacting (Sally Morris)

o     A brief overview of the OAI protocol and its potential impact (Andy Powell)

**Open Access: Economic Models and Legal Implications**

o     Ingenta's economic and technical models for providing institutional OA archives (Geoffrey Bilder)

o     Open Access publishing (Jan Velterop)

o     Libraries and institutional infrastructure for Open Access services (Elmar Mittler)

o     The legal framework for access to STI (Thomas Dreier)

**Open Access: Challenges for the Scientific Community**

o     Mathematics and databases: Open Access (Laurent Guillopé)

o     The Centre for Direct Scientific Communication (Daniel Charnay)

o     The research-impact cycle (Stevan Harnad)

**Open Access: Issues for Developing Countries**

o     Round Table: Open Access issues for developing countries  (Kay Raseroka,

Barbara Kirsop, Jean-Jacques Pierrat, Georges Malamoud, Barbara Aronson,  Manfred


**Open Access: Projects and Initiatives**

o     Institutional repositories and Open Access: the future of scholarly communication (David Prosser)

o     The Budapest Initiative for Open Access (Jean-Claude Guédon)

o     FIGARO and Open Access to electronic information objects (Stefan Gradmann)

o     E-BioSci: Semantic networks of biological information (Les Grivell).


The issue also contains a lengthy review titled "Open Access to Scientific and

Technical Information: The State of the Art" prepared by Jack Franklin, ASFRA bv, Edam,

The Netherlands (, transcripts of Questions &

Answers sessions, welcome and closing addresses, and a summary of discussions with commentary.


    An OCLC record for the issue  is available  [OCLC # 53966590] thanks to my Cataloging Colleagues at the ISU Library! I encourage all who own the journal to analyze it for their local OPAC.


**Ironically,  while the proceedings is a major contribution to the Open Access literature and movement,

it is  *not* Open Access [:-( ]. However, some authors have self-archived a version of their presentations [:-)]** [Google Author/Title to see who has self-archived]


***  Perhaps, in the spirit of the Season, the publisher would make this issue available as their Free (Electronic) Sample  Issue - How  About It IOS Press? ***


   IMHO This is an important collection that should be required reading in the New Year for every librarian

and those who wish they were {:->






Gerry McKiernan

New Year Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011




IEEE imposed a BAN

Jamshid Beheshti [jamshid.beheshti@MCGILL.CA]  Thu 9/10/2003 10:49 PM  JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU


The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) recently imposed a ban on the residents of Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan from publishing and contributing to any IEEE publication or standard. The IEEE defends their position by claiming that people from these countries don't have any rights to publish anything based on the OFAC regulations that have been set out while other International Academic and Scientific Organizations such as the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Science Magazine do not echo such views or impose such regulations.


Some high level IEEE executives have also announced their dismay at the policy that IEEE has taken into place (check Science Mag article here). That has definitely not changed the IEEE's general attitude and regulations towards the countries targeted.


IEEE is an International Professional Organization by its own definition; it is the leading publisher of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering papers and is also a leading figure in the Standardization of many Engineering standards. It is of great shame that such a prestigious organization would ban activity and contribution by its members based on their country of origin. This violates IEEE's own code of ethics that



"We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin."


It also violates Section I-104, Part 12 of the IEEE bylaws, which states:


"Admission to membership in IEEE in any grade shall not be affected by the race, religion, nationality, or sex of the applicant."


Of course to many this sounds like just another sanction on the so called "rogue" states. What people miss the most is that IEEE serves as a bridge for many young students in these countries to keep in touch with the world outside of their country and also find their way out to a better education and a better life outside their country of orgin.


It is noteworthy to mention that at least in the case of Iran, where this ban has had the most effect; Iranian IEEE members submit dozens of papers for publication to IEEE publications on an annual basis.


Since the establishment of the first Student Branch in 1997 in Iran, much effort has been made to introduce IEEE and its goals to the Iranian community. Iranian Student Branches have been very successful in organizing technical activities. More than 50 conferences, workshops, and short courses have been organized during the last few years, all of which are well attended by students and professionals. The International Millennium Seminar on Electrical Engineering and four editions of Iranian Student Conferences on Electrical Engineering, which attracts more than 2000 students each year, are just a few examples of their efforts. For such achievements, the Region 8 Exemplary Student Branch Award was given to the University of Tehran and Sharif University of Technology for two consecutive years of 1999 and 2000, respectively. Also, the prestigious Larry K. Wilson Award for Regional Students Activity was granted to Ali Shahrokni, the of Tehran Student Branch Chair, in 1998. Iranian Branches were equally very successful in promoting the IEEE membership for which the University of Tehran Student Branch was recognized with the Region 8 Membership Growth Award in 2000. With great sorrow, the decision made by IEEE Head Quarter puts an end to all such efforts and any future activity.


IEEE has responded to pressure that was brought upon them by some members, they have written an open letter in response, but that did not lift any bans.


As a result of this new IEEE ban, this site was created, a petition was created and we want to tell IEEE this is not in the best interest of IEEE or Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Please sign the petition to support a better IEEE. You can also write to IEEE via this site.




Jamshid Beheshti, Ph.D.


Graduate School of Library & Information Studies

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street

Montreal, QC, Canada,  H3A 1Y1


voice: (514) 398-3366

fax:     (514) 398-7193






Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age


Heting Chu []  Tue 14/10/2003 10:40 PM

[Asis-l] A new book on information retrieval


Dear list members,


My book titled “Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age” was published by Information Today as an ASIST monograph this August. Below lists the 12 chapter headings of my book:


1. Information Representation and Retrieval: An Overview   

2. Information Representation I: Basic Approaches   

3. Information Representation II: Other Related Topics

4. Language in Information Representation and Retrieval

5. Retrieval Techniques and Query Representation

6. Retrieval Approaches

7. Information Retrieval Models

8. Information Retrieval Systems

9. Retrieval of Information Unique in Content or Format

10. The User Dimension in Information Representation and Retrieval 11. Evaluation of Information Representation and Retrieval 12. Artificial Intelligence in Information Representation and Retrieval


More description about the book can be found at either or Physical copies of my book will be available for browsing at Information Today’s booth during the ASIST annual meeting in Long Beach.


Thank you for your attention.


Heting Chu



Information Technology, Science and Management - New Titles  Wed 15/10/2003 6:01 AM 


New 2004 titles Now Available in

Information Technology, Science and Management

from idea Group, Inc.


To learn more about these new releases from Idea Group, Inc., publishers of Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing and IRM Press titles, please click on the linked titles below.  As we are confident our titles could greatly augment your library’s Information Technology collection, please recommend them to your library’s acquisition librarian by forwarding this email directly to them.


The Distance education evolution: Issues and Case Studies

Edited by:

Dominique Monolescu, Ph.D., Temple University, USA

Catherine Schifter, Ph.D., Temple University, USA

Linda Greenwood, Ph.D., Temple University, USA

ISBN: 1-59140-120-8, $74.95 h/c

ISBN: 1-59140-224-7, $59.95 s/c

EISBN: 1-59140-121-6

© 2004; 346 pages        



eTransformation in Governance: New directions in Government and Politics

Edited by:

Matti Malkia, The Police College, Finland

Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko, University of Tampere, Finland

Reijo Savolainen, University of Tampere, Finland

ISBN: 1-59140-130-5, $79.95 h/c

ISBN: 1-59140-276-X, $64.95 s/c

EISBN: 1-59140-131-3

© 2004, 336 pages



Information and communicationS technology for competitive intelligence

Edited by:

Dirk Vriens, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

ISBN: 1-59140-142-9, $79.95 h/c

ISBN: 1-59140-214-X, $59.95 s/c

EISBN: 1-59140-143-7

© 2004, 318 pages



Multimedia systems and content-based image retrieval

Edited by:

Sagarmay Deb, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

ISBN: 1-59140-156-9, $79.95 h/c

ISBN: 1-59140-265-4, $64.95 s/c

EISBN: 1-59140-157-7

© 2004, 406 pages



Neural networks in business forecasting

Edited by:

G. Peter Zhang, Georgia State University, USA

ISBN: 1-59140-176-3, $79.95 h/c

ISBN: 1-59140-215-8, $59.95 s/c

EISBN: 1-59140-177-1

© 2004, 310 pages



Virtual Teams: Projects, Protocols and Processes

Edited by:

David Pauleen, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

ISBN: 1-59140-166-6, $79.95 h/c

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Electronic commerce in small to medium-sized enterprises: frameworks, issues and implications

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Nabeel Al-Qirim, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

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Innovation v. intellectual property protection



Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004 00:35:53 -0800 (PST)

From: Susan Crawford <>

Subject: Innovation v. intellectual property protection




The Committee for Economic Development is releasing a

report today called "Promoting Innovation and Economic

Growth: The Special Problem of Digital Intellectual



"Report Raises Questions About Fighting Online

Piracy," by John Schwartz (NYT):


The entertainment industry's pursuit of tough new laws

to protect copyrighted materials from online piracy is

bad for business and for the economy, according to a

report being released today by the Committee for

Economic Development, a Washington policy group that

has its roots in the business world.


Record companies and movie and television studios have

fought copyright infringement on many fronts, hoping

to find ways to prevent their products from being

distributed free on the Internet. But critics warn

that many of the new restrictions that the

entertainment industry proposes - like enforcing

technological requirements for digital television

programming that would prevent it from being

transmitted online - would upset the balance between

the rights of the content creators and the rights of

the public.


"We are sympathetic to the problems confronting the

content distribution industry," said the report,

"Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth: The Special

Problem of Digital Intellectual Property." "But these

problems - perfect copies of high-value digital works

being transmitted instantly around the world at almost

no cost - require clear, concentrated thinking, rather

than quick legislative or regulatory action."


rest of the story is here:





ISMIR Proceedings

Susan Emilie Manus []  Wed 5/11/2003 3:30 AM



4th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval October 26-30, 2003 Baltimore, Maryland


ISMIR 2003 is now over but copies of the printed Proceedings are available  for sale, for those who didn't get a chance to attend (and those who did and  would like additional copies.)


To place an order, please see the information listed at the top of the

page  on the conference web site (    


Sue Manus



Libraries@the Heart of the Information Society


IFLANET []    Mon 15/12/2003 10:46 PM


#  First Phase of WSIS - IFLA's Report from Geneva Nr. 4.





    Libraries@the Heart of the Information Society

    IFLA Issues from World Summit 10-12 December 2003

    Nr. 4


The Declaration of Principles

<> and Action

Plan <> were

finally adopted on Friday evening after many hours of statements about

the Information Society. Particularly strong statements were made about

gender issues and the needs of people with disabilities.


Adoption was the culmination of eighteen months of consultations and

negotiations and represented a major achievement for IFLA and its

partners in lobbying the negotiators. The final versions were agreed at

the eleventh hour, late on Tuesday 9 December, just before the opening

of the Summit.


Unqualified acceptance of the fundamental importance of human rights,

and especially of freedom of expression and information was obtained but

two issues could not be resolved. The first was Internet governance

which some nations wish to keep under the control of ICANN, supervised

by the US Department of Commerce and with the involvement of major ICT

operators, while others would prefer supervision by an INGO such as the

ITU. The second was funding mechanisms to address the digital divide on

which a split emerged between developed and developing nations. The

Government of Senegal had proposed a Digital Solidarity Fund while the

EU and other developed nations argued that existing funding mechanisms

should be used. To secure endorsement of the documents, it was agreed to

study both between the Geneva and Tunis phases of the Summit. Striking a

positive note, the Mayors of Lyons in France and Geneva in Switzerland

announced on Friday that they had added to the Senegal Government's

contribution taking the fund to over EUR1 million.


As the civil society organisations have noted, the Declaration and

Action Plan fall short of providing the means to implement fully a

vision for an equitable and inclusive information society. The make a

start but there is much to do.


IFLA has signed the Civil Society Declaration


and will be working with our partners in civil society to advance a

shared vision.


Nevertheless, most of our concerns are included in the Declaration and

Action Plan which offer a framework for action over the next 23 months

to Tunis and beyond. It is now up to us to demonstrate to governments

that we can turn the statements into reality, that the global library

network provides the foundation for the information society.


This has been the most sustained and widespread advocacy campaign ever

undertaken by IFLA. It has demonstrated that we can be successful but

has taught us many lessons, including the need for the strong core

support, provided this time by our Swiss colleagues. We need to learn

for the experience as we engage with the Tunis phase of the Summit and

for advocacy in other areas.


Many colleagues from national library associations, national libraries

and other related organisations participated, presenting an alliance to

promote the role of libraries in the information society. Right up to

the end, IFLA representatives met with key players including government

delegates and ministers, civil society members and HE Adama Samassékou,

President of the preparatory process who spoke at WLIC 2003 in Berlin.

Contacts made during the summit included funders and organisers of

Telecentres in the developing world. IFLA considers this as a valuable

contact and we are preparing a joint workshop during the World Library

and Information Congress in Buenos Aires in August 2004.


The assistance of students and lecturers from the School of Library and

Information Science in Geneva was particularly valuable because they

willingly staffed our booth, which we shared with ICA, and distributed

information while we met with the key players.


A commentary on the Declaration and Action Plan will be distributed

shortly. It will show how IFLA, library associations and libraries are

turning the ideas and actions into practice and how, with a little

support, we can extend our work so that we will have many stories to

tell in Tunis.


We will also work to strengthen the outcomes in those areas in which the

Declaration and Action Plan could be improved including the deficiencies

identified in the Civil Society Declaration.


The effectiveness of our advocacy campaign was demonstrated when an IFLA

representative was told by a government delegate: "I am sick of hearing

about libraries and from you librarians ..."


As IFLA President Kay Raseroka noted. "This experience reminds us of the

need to partner but also to remember our core values".


Marian Koren (Member of IFLA Governing Board, Netherlands Public Library


Winnie Vitzansky (Standing Committee Member of the IFLA Section on

Management of Library Associations, Director of the Danish Library


Alex Byrne (IFLA President-elect, University of Technology, Sydney)


Video coverage:


    * Sally Burch-Alai: "Launch of Civil Society Declaration"





Read more:


    * The final official press release on the outcome of the Summit


    * Plenary Meetings Summaries: 12 December 2003


    * Press Release: Global Information Society Summit Spurs Solidarity,

      Alliances But Hard Work, Action Ahead


    * Arrangments for the Tunis Phase of the Summit




Library of Congress Portals Applications Issues Group (LCPAIG)


John D Byrum []  Thu 11/12/2003 2:02 AM; AUTOCAT@listserv.BUFFALO.EDU


LCPAIG Web site updated with OpenURL functionalities document


The Library of Congress Portals Applications Issues Group (LCPAIG) is pleased to announce that it has added a PDF format version of "Functional Requirements for an OpenURL Resolver for the Library of Congress, November 4, 2003 " to its documents page at: <>.


The LCPAIG Web site also now provides links to a PPT presentations of the program "Finding It Faster : Portal Applications For Information Discovery and Retrieval", given November 24, 2003, to more than 250 members of the LC staff.  A video production of this program is now in development and will replace the PPT presentation when the cyber cast is ready to post.


The Web site also still includes links to its List of Portal Functionalities and to a new feature "Starting Out with Portals and

OpenURL: An Introduction".


All of the new items may be accessed from:<>.



John D. Byrum, Jr.

Chief, Regional & Cooperative Cataloging

Library of Congress

Washington, D. C. 20540-4380


Tel: +(202) 707-6511

Fax: +(202) 707-2824



Library Online Conference Community


Hope Kandel []     Fri 7/11/2003 12:17 AM


Dear Colleagues:


[Please excuse any cross posting]


Following the great success of the LearningTimes Library Online Conference

(LTLOC) 2003, we are pleased to announce a new community specifically for information service and library professionals.  Members attend completely online professional conferences, workshops and webcasts. The initial conference populated the community with over thirty presentation and keynote recordings, dozens of discussions, and a network of active library professionals worldwide.


Members have any-time access to a rich repository of content, free use of collaboration tools for meeting colleagues online, virtual seats in free live webcasts, and access to special discounts for high quality professional development workshops offered throughout the year.


Use one of the discount links at the bottom of the subscription page to receive a $20 discount:


We look forward to your participation.








Hope Kandel

Director, Library and Information Services

LearningTimes, LLC



National Library of South Africa introduces new ISBN platform


Hester vanderWalt []  Mon 15/12/2003 5:37 PM;


The National Library invites stakeholders and other interested persons to visit its newly constructed ISN Agency web page at The page distributes relevant information regarding ISBN, ISSN and other international numbers. Publishers and authors can request an ISBN online. New developments of the 13-digit ISBN, which will come into effect worldwide by January 2007, will also be available. Visitors are invited to comment on the layout and coverage of the page. We trust that the ISN Agency web page will be a useful tool in your encounters with international standard numbers in South Africa.


Enquiries: Tienie de Klerk



>> D i s c l a i m e r

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NCLIS/UNESCO meeting of experts on information literacy


Michel J. Menou []   Sat 25/10/2003 10:34 PM;;


A presse release about the above mentioned meeting held last September in Prague, Czech Republic, can be found on the UNESCO Webworld at the URL below together with a link to the site where the documents prepared for the meeting are available.



Best regards,


Michel J. Menou                          mailto:






New and Old Articles About Innovative Information Systems


Gerry Mckiernan []    Thu 18/03/2004 12:48 AM;;;;;;;; LIS-E-JOURNALS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK; LIS-ELIB@JISCMAIL.AC.UK;;;; LIBREF-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU;;;;;;;;


_New and Old Articles About Innovative Information Systems_


I am pleased to announce the publication and availability of self-archived copies of 

two of my SCI-5 columns devoted to Innovative Information Systems:


"New Age E-Journals, Indexes, and Services,"

Science & Technology Libraries, Vol. 21, No. 3/4, 2001 [2003], pp. 223-233.




"Scholar-Based Initiatives in Publishing," Science & Technology Libraries, Vol. 22, No. 3/4, 2002 [2003], pp. 181-191


[  ]



I am also pleased to announce the availability of self-archived copies of previously published articles that profile other Innovative Information Systems, etc:


"eCONF: The SLAC Electronic Conference Proceedings Archive," Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 18 No. 5, 2001, pp. 16-23.




To promote the publication and expedite the availability of conference proceedings, an experimental archive titled eConf has been established under the auspices of the SLAC Technical Information Services department. At this time, the eConf archive is limited to proceedings in high-energy physics and related fields. The archive presently contains the conference papers of two proceedings: the 19th International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions at High Energies (LP 99) and 20th International Linac Conference.




"EnergyFiles: The Virtual Library of Energy Science and Technology," Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 20, No. 1, January/February  2003, 30-36. 




The targeted audience for EnergyFiles is end users and organizations having a need for

energy-related scientific and technical information. Anticipated primary users include

researchers, scientists, project managers, program, managers, academic (educators and students), and associated information professionals.


NOTE: Review of previous version of interface and system




"Library Database Advisors - Emerging Innovative Augmented Digital Library Services," Library Hi Tech News Vol. 19, No. 4, May 2002, pp. 27-33.


"Why should we make our users hunt down the best resource for a given information need and learn how to use its particular options for searching? Why not provide them with a simple way to get started?" || Roy Tennant ||




"Web-based Journal Manuscript Management and Peer-Review Systems and Services," Library Hi Tech News Vol. 19, No. 7, August 2002, pp.  31-43.


"* [A] paperless system would significantly reduce delays in all aspects of the dissemination cycle. The composition process itself should be speeded up and so should the whole interaction among writers, publishers, and referees."  || F. W. Lancaster ||


[Lancaster, F.W., Toward Paperless Information Systems ( Academic Press: New York, NY, 1978), 127.]




And BTW: For the Irish amongst us, as well as those who wish they were [:-)]: Happy St. Patrick's Day!






Gerry McKiernan

New and Old Irish Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011



NFAIS Guiding Principles on Reference Linking


Richard Hill []   Wed 8/10/2003 2:53 AM;


[Forwarded.  Dick Hill]




NFAIS Releases Guiding Principles in Support of Industry-Wide Collaboration on Reference Linking:


Upon unanimous vote of the Board of Directors and with strong support from individual member organizations, NFAIS has released a set of Guiding Principles to encourage widespread linking of bibliographic and full text databases.  The ultimate objective is to support the flow of scholarly communication and research through an acceleration of the information discovery process - a process facilitated by the seamless navigation from indexes and pointers to the complete documents. The Reference Linking Guidelines were developed by the NFAIS Information Linking Committee - a group comprised of both NFAIS members and non-members who recognize the need for reference linking to become an information industry norm.


A press release and a link to the Guidelines can be found at:


For more information on the Guidelines or on the NFAIS Information Linking Committee contact Jill O'Neill, NFAIS Director of Communication & Planning at or (215)-893-1561 Phone.


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



NISO-Sponsored INFO URI Scheme Published


Cynthia Hodgson []   Fri 16/01/2004 7:28 AM


NISO-Sponsored INFO URI Scheme is Information Gateway to

the Web


Working under the auspices of the National Information

Standards Organization (NISO), a joint task force of the

publishing and library communities has developed and

published a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme aimed

at the identification of information assets.  Information

assets should be interpreted rather broadly to include,

for example, documents and terms from classification

schemes.  The INFO URI scheme is a consistent and reliable

way to represent and reference such standard identifiers

as Dewey Decimal Classifications on the Web so that these

identifiers can be ?read? and understood by Web

applications.  Led by four NISO members and associates?Los

Alamos National Laboratory, Online Computer Library Center

(OCLC), Elsevier, and Manifest Solutions?the initiative

builds on earlier consultations with representatives from

the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet

Engineering Task Force (IETF). An Internet-Draft for the

INFO URI scheme was first published Sept. 25th, 2003 and a

revision published Dec. 5th, 2003 (see



Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research &

Prototyping at the Los Alamos National Laboratory?s

Research Library, stated, ?A good example of the problem

that the INFO URI scheme solves involves PubMed

identifiers: unique numbers assigned to records in the

PubMed database maintained by the National Center for

Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Library

of Medicine.  PubMed identifiers originated prior to the

Web, so they are not URIs. As such they do not exist

naturally in the Web infrastructure because the Web only

recognizes URIs as a means to identify information

resources.  So Web applications cannot use PubMed

identifiers, and hence cannot reference PubMed records

that are identified by them.  The solution is to turn

PubMed identifiers into URIs.  The INFO Registry enables

the registration of public namespaces of standard

identifiers; NCBI registered its PubMed identifier

namespace under the INFO Registry?their namespace is

pmid?so we can now talk about the record with the PubMed

identifier ?12376099? in URI terms as



The INFO Registry is now available online at


> for receiving new registrations.

This Registry contains all the information needed by Web

applications to make use of INFO namespaces. Each Registry

entry defines the namespace, the syntax, and normalization

rules for the representing INFO identifiers as URIs, and

gives full contact information for the namespace authority

for that entry. Moreover, the INFO Registry is readable by

both humans and machines alike.


For more information about the INFO URI scheme, see the

FAQ at <




Cynthia Hodgson

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300

Bethesda, MD  20814-5248

T. 301-654-2512, F. 301-654-1721



Pacific Islands Library Directory


Arlene Cohen []  Sun 1/02/2004 2:06 PM  PIALA;;;;;;


"Directory of Libraries and Archives in the

         Pacific Islands" 2nd ed, Dec. 2003 -- Just Published


A new edition of this important directory has just been published by the University of Guam, in cooperation with the National Library of Australia.

This print edition is based on entries in the "Libraries of the Asia Pacific" database, on the Internet at <>. 


There are over 400 entries in this new print edition, made possible through an IFLA grant.  The grant also provided for complimentary copies to all Pacific Island libraries listed in the directory.


Libraries in developing countries throughout the world are welcome to request a complimentary copy.  Copies are also available for US $15.00. The funds received from the sale of these directories will be used, in part, to provide complimentary copies to libraries in developing areas.


To purchase a copy, please send a check or money order for $ US 15.00, payable to: PIALA.  Send it the following address: 


  Arlene Cohen

  Circulation and Outreach Services Librarian

  RFK Library

  University of Guam

  UOG Station,

  Mangilao, Guam 96923   U.S.A.


On request, copies of the directory can be sent directly, with an invoice included.  For any questions, please contact Arlene Cohen at <>.



Public Library of Science Launches


PIETERSEN, David []  Tue 14/10/2003 1:27 PM 

Multiple recipients of list WAIN


The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.

Our goals are to:




Renaissance Library Calendar


Stuart Urwin []      Wed 15/10/2003 7:27 PM 


Dear Kerry,


Please find enclosed a news item relating to the 2004 edition

of the Renaissance Library Calendar. I'd be grateful if you could

consider it for inclusion in LIBRES.


I think it would certainly be of interest to many of your readers.

I can provide higher definition pictures, if required.


Kind regards,


Stuart Urwin

For Immediate Release                                                For Further Information, Contact:
15th October, 2003                                                        Stuart Urwin         +46 8 754 15 55 


2004 Renaissance Library Calendar better than ever - El Escorial on Front Cover



The 2004 edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar contains a new selection
of 12 of the most beautiful old libraries in the World, as nominated by
librarians and information professionals in over 40 countries.


The cover library this year is the magnificent Royal Library of the Monastery
of El Escorial, just outside
Madrid in Spain. The library dates from 1575, and
UNESCO declared the monastery a
Monument of Worldwide Interest in 1984.


The calendar also features, this year, the unique library at St. Catherine's
Monastery in
South Sinai, Egypt. The monastery dates from the 6th century and
was constructed at the traditional site of the biblical Burning Bush. The
library holds the World's second largest collection of Greek manuscripts
(after the
Vatican), and has on display folios of the Codex Sinaiticus
one of the oldest surviving Bibles, from the 4th century.


The other 10 libraries featured in the calendar, in full colour, are from
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, the UK and the USA.


These wonderful old libraries have proved very popular with book lovers all
over the World. Each library photo is accompanied by a brief history and a
description of its collection and other items of special interest.
The full list of libraries is as follows:  
Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid, Spain, 1575 
City Library of Antwerp, Belgium, 1883  
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA, 1905  
Swedish Parliament Library, Stockholm, Sweden, 1851  
Library/Sacristy of St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt, 527AD  
Cathedral Library, Kalocsa, Hungary, 1784  
Riggs Library, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, 1891  
Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences and Humanities, Görlitz, Germany, 1807 
Great Library, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Canada, 1895   
John Rylands University Library of Manchester, UK, 1900   
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA, 1932  
Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria, 1776


The calendar is published by ISIM. Copies can be obtained at their website at or by ordering at your local bookshop (ISBN 91-974089-2-1).
Stuart Urwin, ISIM, Torsvagen 7b, SE-192 67 Sollentuna, Sweden
Tel. +46 8 754 15 55   Fax: +46 8 754 13 33




More about the Royal Library at El Escorial


The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial lies north
of Madrid. Its construction was begun in 1563,on the orders
of Felipe II, to commemorate the Spanish victory over the
French at St.Quinten in 1557. In 1984, UNESCO declared the
monastery a
Monument of Worldwide Interest.


The Library, located on the second floor, was designed by
architect, Juan de Herrera, as a great hall. The Salon Principal is
19 metres long, 10 metres wide and 8 metres high. The floor is
grey marble, and the large bookcases (armaria) are of wood. The
books are placed with the spines toward the inside, so that the
pages can air. The vaulted ceiling is decorated with Renaissance
frescoes by Pellegrino Tibaldi.


Apart from its great beauty, the library of the Escorial was also
renowned for the size and quality of its collection of codices
and incunabula. The collection suffered badly in 1671, when a
great fire destroyed nearly 4,000 codices, including 2,000 Arabic


But the library still has an extremely rich collection, which
includes Arab and Hebrew manuscripts, and the personal library
of Felipe II. Alfonso X ’s Cantigas de Santa María , the Book of
Hours of the Catholic monarchs, Santa Teresa’s manuscripts
and diary, the gold-scrolled Aureus Codex (1039), and an 11th
century Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beato de Liebana are
just a few of the manuscripts.


More about the Sacristy/Library at St. Catherine's Monastery


St. Catherine ’s Monastery lies at the foot of Mount Sinai, where
Moses is reputed to have received the Ten Commandments. Built
between 527 and 565 AD, on the order of the Emperor Justinian,it
is said to lie on the site of the Burning Bush. Its granite walls
are between 40 and 200 feet high. For centuries, the monastery was
accessible only by a long camel ride of several days. It is thought
to be the oldest working Christian monastery in existence.


St. Catherine’s has an incredible library, which holds the World’s
second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts (after the
Vatican). In total,there are 5,000 early books, 2,000 scrolls and
3,500 manuscripts, their good condition owing much to the arid
climate. The monastery also contains many icons, religious
artifacts and other works of art.


The monastery now receives many tourists, and is working to
make its unique collection even more accessible. It has recently
created a small museum in the Sacristy. This has on display some
of the finest items, including fragments of the Codex Sinaiticus,
one of the oldest surviving Bibles, from the 4th century.


The monastery is raising funds to create a research centre near
Athens, which will contain digital copies of the entire collection.
It also plans to create a computerised catalogue of the
manuscripts and early books.


More about ISIM, the publisher
The publisher, ISIM (Information Strategy and Information Management) is
an information and knowledge management consultancy, based in Sollentuna,
a suburb of
Stockholm in Sweden.
ISIM's Renaissance Library Collection contains a range of calendars,
greeting cards, high quality prints and posters, all based on the theme of
beautiful old libraries.
The company is owned and managed by Gunnel Stjernvall. Gunnel has experience
of information work in communities, universities, parliament, government,
the private sector as well as her own company. One of her visions for the
future is to create more international activities for fellow information
professionals, and to bring a global dimension to the profession.
As part of this vision, ISIM also publishes a free electronic newsletter,
Global Info Jobs, which provides career advice and listings of jobs for
librarians and information professionals from almost 20 countries. Details
To order the calendar, visit the website at
or contact:
Stuart Urwin
Torsvägen 7b
SE- 192 67 Sollentuna
Tel: +46 8 754 15 55
Fax: +46 8 754 13 13



Scholar's Portals - workshop


Larry Woods []    Wed 29/10/2003 5:19 AM   IFLA


Here are the presentations from the IFLA ITS Workshop: "The Scholar's

Portal - an International Perspective"



Larry Woods

Director, Information Technology and Branch Libraries University of Iowa Libraries Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

(319) 335-5867  (319) 335-5900 (fax)



SIS2004 Annual Convention and Conference Report


J.K.Vijayakumar []  Wed 25/02/2004 12:39 PM  



Dear Sir,

    Please ind enclosed the SISReport for your kind information and publication in related professional Newsletters. The report is also made available on conference website




Dr. Harish Chandra
Central Library
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai-600 036, INDIA
Phone:  91-044-22578740 ( O)
             91-044-22579740 ( R)
Mobile: 91-9884001154
FAX    ; 91-044-22570509 or 22570545
Library URL:
Personal URL:



SIS 2004

22nd Annual Convention and Conference on

Digital Information Exchange: Pathways to Build Global Information Society

held  at Indian Institute of Technology Madras

during 21-23 January 2004


 22nd Annual Convention and Conference was jointly organized by the Central Library, IIT Madras and Society for Information Science, New Delhi during 21st to  23rd January 2004. As a part of the Convention, Pre-Conference Tutorials were also  organized on 21st January on two major themes  namely:


Tutorial I         ISO 9001: 2000 Application in Libraries and Information Centers

Tutorial II       Management and Development of Digital Resources


The Tutorials were inaugurated by Shri  H.R.Mohan of The Hindu and Dr.Harish Chandra, Organizing Secretary welcomed the delegates. In Tutorial I there were four special presentations on the major theme by Dr.Srinivasa Raghavan, Dr.Harish Chandra, Dr.G.Srinivasan and Dr.M.Kumaravel. In the post lunch Tutorial,  there were seven presentations by Mr. R.Ganesh Kumar, Dr. K. Mangala Sundar, Dr. P. Pichappan, Dr.Vijay Ayyappan, Dr. Harish Chandra, Shri. Yogender Singh and Dr. Shailendra Kumar.


Prof. M.S.Ananth, Director of IIT Madras inaugurated the Annual Convention and also released the Pre-Conference Volume on 22nd January,  Professor S. Narayanan, Dean (Academic Research) IIT Madras welcomed the delegates and also released  the Souvenir, Dr. TAV Murthy, Director INFLIBNET and the President, SIS delivered presidential address, Prof. S.V.Raghavan, Dean (Planning), IIT Madras  delivered keynote address, Dr. Ramesh Kundra, Secretary, SIS  felicitated the dignitaries on the dais and also announced the SIS annual awards to Mr. Yogendra Singh and Dr. V.S.Cholin, Mr. N. V. Sathyanarayana, Managing Director, Informatics India and Vice President of SIS  outlined the tremendous changes in the information profession and  the role being played by information industry  in bridging the gap in information access and retrieval. Dr. Harish Chandra, Organising Secretary  proposed a Vote of Thanks. Over 200 participants from the entire country including two participants from Kenya participated. 99 papers  were included in the Pre Conference Volume & discussed  in Technical Sessions as given below:


  1. Current Issues & Future Directions in Digital Libraries
  2. Web content/Rendering Techniques
  3. Scientometrics and Webometrics
  4. Digital resources
  5. Open access Initiatives/ Digital Preservation
  6. Networking and Security Issues
  7. Information Society and Profession
  8. Web based Services and E-Commerce
  9.  E-Publishing / Digitalization
  10.  Library Consortia/IPR/Information Exchange


Prof. V.G. Talawar from Mysore University acted as the Director of the Conference, Prof. B.Ramesh Babu, from Madras University served as the Repporteur General and Dr. S. Chandrappa from IIM Bangalore acted as Associate Repporteur General. These Sessions were chaired by eminent professionals:


  1. Dr. Sangayya. S. Sirurmath, IIM, Ahemdabad
  2. Prof. N.Laxman Rao,  Osmania University
  3. Dr. S. Venkadesan, IISc, Bangalore
  4. Dr. Bhandi, Mangalore University
  5. Prof. K.S. Raghavan, Madras University
  6. Prof. Manorama Srinath, Madras University
  7. Prof. Sabahat Hussain, Aligarh Muslim University
  8. Dr. Mangal K. Sundar, IIT Madras
  9. Prof. Lalitha Jayaraman, Anna University
  10.  Dr. Harish Chandra, IIT Madras

Each session had a Repporteur to assist the Repporteur General. The following professionals from different institutions served as Repporteurs:


  1. Dr. K. Nithyanandam,  Anna University
  2. Mr. M. Natarajan, NISCAIRE, New Delhi
  3. Dr. V.S. Cholin, INFLIBNET
  4. Dr. S. Chandrappa,  IIM, Bangalore
  5. Mr. K. Ramachendra Rao,  Osmania University
  6. Mr. Mahendra N Jhadav, IIT Bombay
  7. Dr. Krishna Gopal, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  8. Dr. S. Gopala Krishnan, MIT, Chennai
  9. Mr. A. Hariharan of SERC,
  10. Mr. Ramesh Kundra, NISTADS


                On 23rd January Prof. Raizda Memorial Lecture was delivered by Mr. P.C. Saha  on  “Towards Self Sufficiency through Information Marketing”. Various leading Information and E-Publishing Industries and Institutions including Balani Infotech, Edutech, Informatics India, Inflibnet, Total Library Solutions, Olumpus Infotech made special presentations about their products and services. Prof. P. T. Manoharan, Former Vice Chancellor,  Madras University was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory function. Dr. Harish Chandra, Organizing Secretary proposed a vote of thanks. More details about SIS 2004 are posted on the Conference site




Stevan Harnad on Open Access to science literature


Michel J. Menou []   Sun 9/11/2003 12:15 AM;;


Further to the announcement of the the launch of a special section on open access and scientific publishing by The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net), our colleague Barry Mahon told me of the note below which Stevan Harnad kindly authorized me to repost here.


This is a key subject <hich is affecting us from many different stand points.






> ------- Start of forwarded message -------

> From: Stevan Harnad <>


> Reply-To: September 1998 American Scientist Forum


> Subject: Fwd: Re: On the Need to Take Both Roads to Open Access

> Date: 05/11/2003 16:13:10


> Dear Katie Mantell:


> As you requested, I have transmitted widely your announcement about

> SciDevNet's coverage of open access:



> As you also ask for my comments, Here they are:


> (1) The SciDevNet's coverage is very helpful and welcome, but at the

> moment it is *extremely* lop-sided, covering only one of the two roads

> to open access -- open-access journal publication -- but not the other

> road: open-access self-archiving of toll-access journal publications:



> (2) You do cite the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) but you do

> not note that the BOAI consists of *two* open-access strategies, of

> which the second (BOAI-2) is open-access journal publication but the

> first (BOAI-1) is open-access self-archiving:



> (3) This is an important omission, because in actual numbers,

> open-access self-archiving is generating far more open access articles

> per year than open-access journal-publishing, and open-access via this

> road is also able to grow much sooner and faster. In fact, in all

> likelihood, the "green" road of open-access self-archiving is itself

> also the surest way to reach the "golden" road of open-access

> journal-publishing!



> .gif







> Complete series:


> or



> (4) This is why it is so important not to represent "open-access" as

> merely being synonymous with "open-access-publishing"!


> (5) In your key reports and documents, you have mostly BOAI-2 reports

> and documents. May I suggest adding the following BOAI-1 reports and

> documents:


> (i) The BOAI-1 (self-archiving) FAQ:


> (ii) The original self-archiving proposal (Okerson & ODonnell 1995)



> (iii) The University self-archiving policy model:



> (iv) The Research-Funder open-access policy model:



> (v) The Berlin Open Access Declaration:



> (vi) SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide



> (6) Among "Open Access Initiatives" could I suggest adding


> (i) The SHERPA Project



> (ii) The DARE Project



> (iii) The Australian initiative



> (iv) French initiatives:


> (v) The cross-institutional archive, OAIster



> (7) To "Open Access Literature" I suggest adding:


> Harnad, S. (2001) The self-archiving initiative



> Pinfield et al (2002) "Setting up an institutional e-print archive"



> And to links I would add:


> Core metalist of open access eprint archives



> as well as the following resources:


> Very large harvested cache of open-access arcticles in Computer

> Science:


> GNU Open-Source Self-Archiving Software:


> Citation-Impact-Measuring Search Engine for Open-Access Achives:



> Citation-Seeking Engine (looks for open-access full-texts)



> American Scientist Forum (discussion of open access since 1998)



> Open Archives Initiative



> Powerpoints for promoting open access:






> These recommendations are all intended so as to make the SciDevNet

> site's contribution to open-access complete, rather than being, as it

> is now, merely a review of the open-access journal-publishing portion

> of the overall movements and initiatives toward open access.


> Sincerely,


> Stevan Harnad



A Survey of Digital Library Aggregation Services


David Seaman []   Fri 16/01/2004 8:46 PM;;;;;; LIS-E-JOURNALS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK; LIS-ELIB@JISCMAIL.AC.UK;;;;;; LIBREF-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU;;;;;;;;


"A Survey of Digital Library Aggregation Services." 

By Martha L. Brogan.

Digital Library Federation, Council on Library and Information Resources: Washington DC, December 2003.

[And available in print, 1st quarter 2004]


This 100-page report, commissioned by the DLF, provides an overview of a diverse set of more than thirty digital library aggregation services, organizes them into functional clusters, and then evaluates them more fully from the perspective of an informed user. Most of the services under review rely wholly or partially on the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI-PMH). Each service is annotated with its organizational affiliation, subject coverage, function, audience, status, and size. Critical issues surrounding each of these elements are presented in order to provide the reader with an appreciation of the nuances inherent in seemingly straightforward factual information, such as "audience" or "size."


David Seaman

Executive Director, Digital Library Federation

Council on Library and Information Resources

1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

tel: 202-939-4762

fax: 202-939-4765





Thomson ISI and NEC Team Up to Index Web-based Scholarship


Sloan, Bernie [bernies@UILLINOIS.EDU]  Sat 28/02/2004 1:47 AM


Philadelphia, PA USA-London UK-Princeton, NJ February 25, 2004 - Today, Thomson ISI and NEC Laboratories America (NEC) announced their collaboration to create a comprehensive, multidisciplinary citation index for Web-based scholarly resources. The new Web Citation IndexTM will combine a suite of technologies developed by NEC, including "autonomous citation indexing" tools from NEC's CiteSeer environment, with the capabilities underlying ISI Web of KnowledgeSM. Thomson ISI editors will carefully monitor the quality of this new resource to ensure all indexed material meets the Thomson ISI high-quality standards.


More details at:


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





The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD)


Joann Wasik []  Wed 14/01/2004 11:57 PM


The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) is pleased to offer presentations, handouts, models, papers, and other materials from its 5th annual digital reference conference in San Antonio, held on November 17-18, 2003. This online proceedings is available at


Other papers from the conference are to be published later this year by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. in a print proceedings entitled "Rounding Out the Reference Experience: Integrating Theory and Practice."





                        Joann M. Wasik

          Research Consultant & Communications Officer

                   The Virtual Reference Desk


                        Project Manager

             Digital Reference Education Intiative






World-Wide Review of "ISBD(ER): International Standard Bibliographic Description - 2004 revision"

John D Byrum []  Sat 7/02/2004 3:39 AM; AUTOCAT@listserv.BUFFALO.EDU


Invitation to:

World-Wide Review of "ISBD(ER): International Standard Bibliographic Description - 2004 revision"


Comments due by May 1, 2004


In the early 1990s, IFLA's Division of Bibliographic Control set up a Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Following adoption of the Study Group's recommendations, the ISBD Review Group was charged to initiate a full-scale review of the ISBDs. The objective of this project was to ensure conformity between the provisions of the ISBDs and FRBR's data requirements for the "basic level national bibliographic record" (BLNBR).


In the ISBDs, national bibliographic agencies are called upon to prepare the definitive description containing all the mandatory elements set out in the relevant ISBD insofar as the information is applicable to the publication being described. To facilitate implementation of this principle, the ISBDs designate as "mandatory" those data elements that are always to be included in records prepared by national bibliographic agencies, as "conditional" those that must be included under certain circumstances but that need not be included otherwise, and as "optional" those that may be included if desired but that are not required. Therefore, the main task in pursuing this revision project has entailed a close examination of the ISBD data elements that are mandatory to make optional those that are also optional in FRBR. (In no case is a data element mandatory in FRBR but optional in the ISBDs.)


The updated version of the ISBD(ER) is now available at:


In addition to the changes resulting from the work outlined above, this version of ISBD(ER), introduces some changes in terminology. Among them is the use of the term "resource" rather than "item" or "publication". "Resource" is given a specific definition in 0.2. It was decided, because FRBR is a conceptual model and does not map exactly to terminology in the ISBDs, that FRBR terminology should not be used. The use of the former term "item" is different from the term "item" as used in FRBR, but it is not difficult to confuse them. This led to the decision to use "resource". The ISBD Review Group feels that it is essential for IFLA to clarify the relationship between the ISBDs and the FRBR model. The Group believes that development of a table to detail the relationship of each of the elements specified in the ISBDs to its corresponding entity attribute or relationship as defined in the FRBR model would satisfy the need to make clear that the ISBDs and FRBR themselves enjoy a harmonious relationship. Towards this end, a project has been proposed and funding for it is being sought. Those who comment on ISBD(ER) are invited to share their views as to the need for and value of this project.


One difference in this version is that it is recommended that other ISBDs be used before the ISBD(ER) when the resource has aspects requiring the use of more than one ISBD.


A number of definitions in 0.2 have been deleted as not needing to be defined within the ISBD(ER), and several definitions have been moved from Appendix C.


Appendix C has been replaced by examples only. The list of SMDs has been deleted and most of the definitions. Some of the examples in area 5 use "conventional terminology" for the SMDs.


Stipulation 0.5 has been changed to make the chief source of information the resource itself for both direct- and remote-access resources. The vote among members of the Review Group from several choices was very close, and this was the choice preferred by the consultant on the ISBD(ER). This seems also to be what is in AACR2 (and therefore what a lot of cataloguers in the world are already using). We look forward to hearing what choice is preferred by participants in the world-wide review.


The Review Group would also very much appreciate contributions of examples to illustrate the particular provisions in ISBD(ER). Composite examples for consideration for inclusion in Appendix C would also be most welcome as would be comments on the examples that are provided in this version for review.


The text itself is presented as a draft for world-wide review. Comments on this draft revision of ISBD(ER) are now being sought. Please submit your comments to Dorothy McGarry by May 1, 2004.


Reply to:

Ms Dorothy McGarry

P.O.Box 931119

Los Angeles, CA 90093-1119


Tel: +1-310-8250794

Fax: +1-310-2069872



Thank you for participating in the world-wide review process. John Byrum, Chair, ISBD Review Group