SEPTEMBER 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

The Academic Web Link Database Project


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Sent: Friday, 14 May 2004 1:35 AM


Subject: [UTKSIS-L] The Academic Web Link Database Project



The Academic Web Link Database Project


The Academic Web Link Database Project makes available databases of academic web links to the world research community. This project was created in response to the need for research into web links: including web link mining, and the creation of link metrics. It is aimed at providing the raw data and software for researchers to analyse link structures without having to rely upon commercial search engines, and without having to run their own web crawler. You may use all of the resources on this site for non-commercial reasons provided that you notify them if you have an academic paper or book published that uses the data in any way (so that they know the site is getting good use).




Corporate Library Benchmarks 2005


Amy Cole []                      Thu 9/09/2004 2:51 AM


I enclose details of our latest Corporate Library Benchmarking Report.


Data is broken out by company size and industry type - compare your library to your peers.  Means estimated annuals sales of the companies in the sample: $3.1 billion.  Hundreds of charts and tables explore the purchasing decisions, priorities and attitudes of todays corporate librarians


The data in the report is based on a survey of 50 major US organizations, largely major corporations, as well as several business oriented government and trade association libraries. Data is broken out by company size and industry type, enabling you to compare your library to your peers.  Means estimated annuals sales of the companies in the sample to be $3.1 billion.  Hundreds of charts and tables explore the purchasing decisions, priorities and attitudes of todays corporate librarians


Findings in this study include:


Only 8.7% of the libraries in the sample experienced an increase in the amount of office space allocated to them over the past five years, while nearly 4x that number, or 32.61%, experienced a decrease in the space allocated to them. 


Furthermore, about 3% of the organizations contacted for this study had eliminated their libraries in the two year period between the 2003 and 2005 editions of Corporate Library Benchmarks.  The lack of inclusion of these libraries in the sample base artificially minimizes the sample findings that corporate libraries are occupying less physical space, since the inclusion of these libraries would amplify this finding.


Expected Budget Increases for 2005

The mean expected budget increases in 2005 for the libraries in the sample was  only 1.04%, far below the expected rate of economic growth.  Corporate administrations have become accustomed to library downsizing in the lean years of the early 2000?s, and do not appear to be supportive of new rounds of investment in library resources.


Library Staff Time

Increasingly, librarians are spending less time on routine library work and more time as researchers monitoring subjects for management.  The librarians in the sample spent 34.18% of their time doing research for senior management but only 4.77% of their time giving classes, seminars or formal tutorials in how to use library resources.  Librarians in consulting/business services and finance spent more time on direct research for executives than librarians in other sectors. 


Attitude of Library Management Towards Knowledge Management

For about half of the libraries in the sample, knowledge management software and practices had little impact on their day to day work life, while for a third, the impact was quite important.


Patent Research

A shade less than half of the libraries in the sample believed that patent research was best done in house, while a shade more than half believed that it was best to outsource some or all of such research.


Trade Off in Spending Between Print and Electronic Materials Forty four percent (44%) of the librarians in the sample noted that they planned to reduce spending on print information and increase spending on electronic information, while 46% said that they planned to maintain spending on print information and increase spending on electronic information.  Only 8% said that they planned to increase spending on both formats.


Budget Trends

About 68.3% of the libraries in the sample had no change in their overall budget in 2004, while about 17.1% experienced an increase, and 14.63% had a decrease in their budget.  More than 27% expect an increase in their budgets in 2005 while only 15.91% expect a decrease, with the remainder expecting no increase or decrease in their budgets. 


Demand for Books

More than three quarters of the libraries in the sample note that demand for print books has not changed over the past two years, while close to 16% believe that it has increased and only 6.82% say that it has decreased. These results are consistent with findings in past editions of Corporate Library Benchmarks.


Nonetheless, spending by libraries in the sample on print books fell substantially from 2003 to 2004, though enormous cuts by a few large libraries accounted for virtually the entire decline in spending of more than 25%.  Most libraries in the sample maintained print book spending or decreased it slightly. 


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Amy Cole

Senior Manager

Research and Markets Ltd


Report Data Summary:

Corporate Library Benchmarks 2005

Date Published: 7/7/2004

Number of Pages: 148

Category: Business



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Creating the Virtual Reference Service


Amy Cole []                      Thu 10/06/2004 10:47 AM


I enclose details of our latest libraries report.


This report profiles the efforts of 15 academic, special and public libraries to develop digital reference services. 


The aim of the study is to enable other libraries to benefit from their experience in deciding whether and how to develop a digital reference service, how much time, money and other resources to spend on it, how to plan it, institute it and evaluate it.


In this report librarians share - in their own words - their experiences with digital reference.


Among the libraries and other organizations profiled are:  Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse Universitys Virtual Reference Desk, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Palomar College, The Library of Congress, the University of Florida, PA Librarian Live, the Douglas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library, Denver Public Library, OCLC, the New England Law Library Consortium, the Internet Public Library,  Paradise Valley Community College, Yale University Law School, Oklahoma State University, Tutor.Com and Baruch College.


Some of the issues covered include:


- email

- phone

- in-person and chat room reference query volume

- software selection

- software acquisition costs

- software training

- criteria for evaluation and success

- monitoring usage

- hours of service offered

- demographics of usage

- integration of digital reference with knowledge management programs

- means of distributing queries to correct librarian

- time demands on librarians

- dealing with digital harassment

- query answer time

- use of direct links to reference librarian within library databases

- marketing the digital reference service

- real time vs email performance

- use of publicly available services

- participation in partnerships and cooperatives

- impact on traditional reference services


..and many other issues and problems confronting the current or potential virtual librarian.


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Creating the Digital Library -

Secure Content Delivery: Creating New Value Chains Through Digital Rights Management, Secure Gateways, TLS, and IP VPNs -

U.S. Public Data Services User Preferences Survey, 2002 -

A Process Model for Creating a Taxonomy -

Self-service Strategies: Creating Value with Natural Language Search  -

Digital Rights Management -



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Thank you for your consideration.


Kind Regards,



Amy Cole

Senior Manager

Research and Markets Ltd


Report Data Summary:

Creating the Virtual Reference Service

Category: Computing and Technology



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Descriptive cataloging of East Asian material: Chinese Japanese and Korean (CJK)


John D Byrum [];AUTOCAT@listserv.BUFFALO.EDU  
Descriptive cataloging of East Asian Material     Fri 28/05/2004 11:17 PM


Five chapters of the Descriptive cataloging of East Asian material: Chinese Japanese and Korean (CJK) examples of AACR2 and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations have been posted at this address on the home page of the Library of Congress' Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO):


The CJK examples, a joint project of the Technical Processing Committee of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) and the Library of Congress, update and expand the 1983 publication AACR2 workbook for East Asian publications.  These examples were compiled primarily to show non-LC catalogers of CJK material, many of whom are non-native speakers, how AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed.) and the LCRIs (Library of Congress Rule Interpretations) applied to the material they cataloged by providing actual illustrations from CJK bibliographic records, in the same manner that AACR2 and the LCRIs provide examples in western languages.  The compilation not only updates the workbook to reflect changes to AACR2 and the LCRIs, but also broadens the scope to include the rules that govern specific types of material.


Examples for individual chapters of AACR2 and related LCRIs were compiled by CEAL members between 1997 and 1999.  Most of the roman, and all of the nonroman text of the compilations then had to be keyed in manually by LC staff.  Because the project has taken so long to complete, many examples had to be updated to correspond to changes in the text of AACR2 and the LCRIs.  Chinese, Korean and Japanese language catalogers at LC, as well as with experts in special formats, reviewed and edited the compilations, followed by another thorough review by CPSO specialists.


The examples are presented in a familiar format.  They follow the text of AACR2 and the LCRIs themselves.  Efforts were made to find examples of each and every rule, in each of the three CJK languages, so that a rough balance would occur within each chapter.  All examples have been taken from Korean, Japanese, and Chinese language bibliographic records.  Some examples appear only in roman form, just as they do on bibliographic records.


CEAL members and LC staff agreed that a digital version of the examples should be posted on the Web to make them conveniently available to a wide audience.


This is a work in progress.  LC staff will continue to review and edit the compilations of examples for the remaining chapters of AACR2 and then post them on the CPSO home page, as soon as they are available.


Philip Melzer

Acting Assistant Chief

Regional & Cooperative Cataloging Division






DigiCULT Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service


digicult-forum []      Mon 28/06/2004 8:53 PM

[DIGICULT] DigiCULT Announces New Online Service - Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service



DigiCULT Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service



DigiCULT.Info the information rich Website for the cultural and scientific heritage sector of Europe and beyond introduces a Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service.


Archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural and scientific heritage institutions often have difficulty identifying professionals with expertise in applying relevant ICT.


By creating a searchable online CV database containing details of experts and their areas of expertise DigiCULT can help the community to identify and gain access to specialists.


Persons on the database have expertise or an active professional interest in the study and use of ICT in the cultural and scientific heritage field.


DigiCULT extends an invitation for experts to add their CV to the DigiCULT Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service


- Submit your CV to the DigiCULT website

- DigiCULT Cultural Heritage Professional CV Access Service


DigiCULT Publications offer a valuable resource of mission-critical information in the selection and use of digital technologies for Europe’s heritage organisations:

- Thematic Issues: results of expert forums

- DigiCULT Technology Watch Reports: in-depth technology evaluation

- DigiCULT.Info Newsletter: articles about services, studies, technologies, and activities

- DigiCULT Website: project information, events, links, resources along with all publications. All available publications can be downloaded free of charge.


Subscribe to the Newsletter DigiCULT.Info

Submit an Event

Submit a Web Resource



DigiCULT Publications offer a valuable resource of mission- critical information in the selection and use of  digital technologies for Europe's heritage organisations



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Digital collections and the management of knowledge Renaissance emblem literature as a case study for the digitization of  Rare text and image


digicult-forum []                  Mon 24/05/2004 7:52 PM








DigiCULT Forum published alongside the series of DigiCULT Publications a special edition on the digitization of emblem books.


The twelve articles which stem from the working conference on emblem digitization held in September 2003 at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, allow to exemplify how scholars in a highly specialised area of research together with digital librarians have taken advantage of information technologies, standards, and emerging best practices for the digitization of emblems and emblem books, and the scholarly work related to them.


The complexity of practises is illustrated by the key issues and methods covered in this DigiCULT Special Publication: establishing metadata, using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard, indexing emblems (e.g. with Iconclass), collection-level descriptions, metadata exchange procedures, using the Open Archives Initiative Metadata Harvesting Protocol (OAI-MHP) for emblem data, federated searching based on ontologies, and establishment of an emblems portal.



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DigiCULT Publications offer a valuable resource of mission-critical information in the selection and use of digital technologies for Europe’s heritage organisations:

- Thematic Issues: results of expert fora


- DigiCULT Technology Watch Reports: in-depth technology evaluation


- DigiCULT.Info Newsletter: articles about services, studies, technologies, and activities


- DigiCULT Website: info, events, links, all publications online for download


(c) DigiCULT Forum 2002-2004




Digital Libraries & Course Management System Interoperation Report; on behalf of; Richard Hill []           Wed 1/09/2004 8:29 PM

[Asis-l] FW: [CNI-ANNOUNCE]  Digital Libraries & Course Management System Interoperation Report




Richard Hill

Executive Director

American Society for Information Science and Technology

1320 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD  20910

FAX: (301) 495-0810

Voice: (301) 495-0900


 -----Original Message-----

 From: CNI-ANNOUNCE -- News from the Coalition [mailto:CNI-] On Behalf Of Clifford Lynch

 Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 3:25 PM

 To: CNI-ANNOUNCE -- News from the Coalition

 Subject: [CNI-ANNOUNCE] Digital Libraries & Course Management System

 Interoperation Report


 Over the past year, I have been fortunate to be able to participate in

 an Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded study group chaired by Dale Flecker

 of Harvard and Neil McLean of IMS Australia that has been looking at

 issues involved in the interfaces between digital library content

 management systems (for example, institutional repository type

 systems) and learning or course management systems. Among other

 accomplishments, the group has produced a checklist of reccomended

 repository services, and then examined how a number of operational

 repositories that are deployed today meet this checklist. Note that

 for some systems, like DSPACE or FEDORA, the answer is often "it

 depends on choices made in a local implementation", so this checklist

 should be valuable not only for system designers but for institutions

 that are doing implementation planning for a system of this type.


 You can find the report at:


 Note that some of the findings of this study group was previewed at

 the Spring 2004 CNI meeting, for those that have been tracking it.


 Clifford Lynch

 Director, CNI



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Douglas Foskett


Richard Hill []        ;;

Fri 14/05/2004 2:55 AM


We were surprised to learn that Douglas Foskett passed away last Friday  (5/7).


 As one member commented:

 > He was a very important figure in early IS in the UK - a

 > member of the CRG, developed a faceted classification for education,  > was the Librarian at the London School of Education (part of the Univ  > of London system) and was eventually the U of London's Goldsmith's  > librarian. Wrote several book, edited several others and was just a  > lovely man.


 In his own words, edited from History and Heritage of Science Information  Systems_ (1999), where each Pioneer was asked to prepare brief remarks on  a "memorable moment in his or her career"


 Librarianship to Information Science

 After six years of war duty, I rejoined the Ieford Public Library Service  in 1946 and set about completing my F.L.A.. and when I joined the Metal  Box Company in 1948 I soon realized how the skills required for a  scientific and industrial research information officer depended on the  basic techniques of librarianship, notably classification and cataloging.  Presenting scientific and technical information and building on  librarianship skills cave me the magic opportunity to be among the  pioneers of the emerging paradigm that came to be known as "information  science," and I meant to proclaim this in the title of my book,  "information Service in Libraries (1958."

     Meeting with S. R. Ranganathan in 1948 gave me a new view of  classification as facet analysis plus traditional generic analysis, and I  applied this in schemes for packaging, occupational safety and health, and  education.  This experience has suggested to me that facet analysis  applied to any subject can reveal hitherto uncoordinated concepts  --  for  example materials and processes - and thus offer an indication of possible  areas of future research.  This could be a unique information science to  the World Wide Web.



 Richard Hill

 Executive Director

 American Society for Information Science and Technology

 1320 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD  20910

 FAX: (301) 495-0810

 Voice: (301) 495-0900




Draft of Digital Reference Competencies on  Digital Reference Education Initiative (DREI); on behalf of; Joann Wasik []          

Sat 4/09/2004 8:27 AM           [Asis-l] Draft of Digital Reference Competencies on DREI - Welcome Suggestions


The Digital Reference Education Initiative (DREI) Advisory Board has drafted a set of core competencies for digital reference education and practice that is now posted on the DREI site. "Rubrics for Digital Reference Service Providers" is a working document, for which we welcome comments and suggestions from the virtual reference community. The rubrics have been developed to aid in the teaching of virtual reference to LIS students, as well as to act as a guide for the hiring, training, and assessment of practicing librarians and reference staff with digital reference responsibilities.


Please take a look at the competencies at


Again, we are very interested in input from the digital reference community at large about this draft. Please send your comments to Ken Lavender at kenlavender@YAHOO.COM.






                        Joann M. Wasik

          Research Consultant & Communications Officer

                   The Virtual Reference Desk


                        Project Manager

             Digital Reference Education Initiative








Emerging Technologies for the Cultural & Scientific Heritage Sector


digicult-forum []      Fri 23/04/2004 4:02 PM

[DIGICULT] Emerging Technologies for the Cultural & Scientific Heritage Sector / DigiCULT Technology Watch Report 2 - NOW AVAILABLE


Technology Watch Report 2 -    NOW AVAILABLE

Emerging Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector

The Technology Watch Report identifies and describes technologies that are either not currently used in the heritage sector or are under-utilised by it.
The Report provides accessible descriptions of new technologies, suggests how these might be employed, and indicates the implications and risks.
Technologies examined in Report 2 include:

o                   The Application Model
o                   The XML Family of Technologies
o                   Cultural Agents and Avatars, Electronic Programming Guides and Personalisation
Mobile Access to Cultural Information Resources
o                   Rights Management and Payment Technologies
o                  Collaborative Mechanisms and Technologies

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DigiCULT Publications offer a valuable resource of mission-critical information in the selection and use of digital technologies for Europe’s heritage organisations:
- Thematic Issues: results of expert fora
- DigiCULT Technology Watch Reports: in-depth technology evaluation
- DigiCULT.Info Newsletter: articles about services, studies, technologies, and activities
- DigiCULT Website: info, events, links, all publications online for download

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Submit an Event
Submit a Web Resource
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European Network on Information Literacy




Carla Basili [basili@ISRDS.RM.CNR.IT]                    LIS-FID@JISCMAIL.AC.UK            Wed 21/04/2004 6:44 PM                       



European network on Information Literacy: consultation


The European network on Information Literacy (EnIL) is a research network established by initiative of the Italian National Research Council



EnIL is going to set up a gateway on Information Literacy initiatives in Europe (EU25), in order to improve the visibility of European Information Literacy activities.


It would be greatly appreciated if you would fill in the following  form to advise us about Information Literacy initiatives in your Country.


Thank you for your time and comments.




Carla Basili, co-ordinator

European network on Information Literacy




                                           CONSULTATION FORM







contact person:

e-mail address:


2)  DESCRIPTION OF THE INITIATIVE (in English, max 200 words)



3)TYPOLOGY: (delete attributes not appropriate)

research project

survey - report

special interest group

event (seminar, conference, call for papersŠ)

course for adults

course for university students

course for secondary schools

course for primary schools

e- learning course

other (specify)





5) FURTHER INFORMATION: (optional, in English and free format): this information will be published into the "short communications" section of the EnIL newsletter.


Longer articles on the initiative can be sent to Anna Perin at for inclusion in the body of the EnIL newsletter.




Please, reply to this message with the filled form


or use the WEB FORM at




Please, forward to other networks in your Country.






H-ECAI: H-Net Network on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative


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Sent: Thursday, 1 April 2004 3:11 AM


Subject: H-AHC: ANNOUNCING H-ECAI: H-Net Network on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative



ANNOUNCING H-ECAI: H-Net Network on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative


Sponsored by


H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online


The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative




H-ECAI is a forum for exchanging news, announcements, and questions about ECAI and its technologies. We also welcome from anyone with an interest in cultural heritage computing, historical GIS, and the power of time and place for sharing and integrating information about culture and history.


Like all H-Net lists, H-ECAI is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:


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Image Retrieval Benchmarking Service?


Comments Requested


J. Trant []                       Wed 21/04/2004 3:00 AM

[Asis-l] An Image Retrieval Benchmarking Service? Comments Requested


Dear Colleagues,


Comments are requested on the following study commissioned by CLIR

into the feasibility of an image retrieval benchmarking service, and

its possible role in speeding the development and deployment of image

retrieval technology for the digital library.


Please  forward your comments to me or to CLIR  c/o <>.


I'd appreciate it if you would share this request for comments

widely. The issues cut across many communities, and breadth of

interest and commitment is critical if the concept is to be

successfully developed.


Thank you.





Image Retrieval Benchmark Database Service:

A Needs Assessment and Preliminary Development Plan


      A Report Prepared for the Council on Library and Information Resources

      and the Coalition for Networked Information


      Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics














The rapid increase in the quantity of visual materials in digital

libraries-supported by significant advances in digital imaging

technologies-has not been supported by a corresponding advance in

image retrieval technologies and techniques. Digital librarians sense

that much could be done to improve access to visual collections and

hope, perhaps vainly, that users' needs to identify relevant digital

visual resources might be met more satisfactorily through search

strategies based on visual characteristics rather than on textual

metadata associated with the image, which are expensive to produce.

However, digital librarians currently have no tools for evaluating

either content-based or metadata-based image retrieval systems.

Consequently, they have difficulty assessing existing systems of

image access, evaluating proposed changes in these systems, or

comparing metadata-based and content-based image retrieval.



Some have proposed benchmarking as a solution to this problem. An

image retrieval benchmark database could provide a controlled context

within which various approaches could be tested. Equally important,

it might provide a focus for image retrieval research and help bridge

the significant divide between researchers exploring these two search

paradigms: metadata-based vs. content-based image retrieval. If so,

such a database could spur advances in research, as comparative

results make it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of particular

strategies and thereby add value to studies supported by many funding




Creating an image retrieval benchmarking service would be a

significant undertaking. A benchmarking database is more than a

collection of images. Benchmarking requires a set of queries to be

put to that test collection. Each image in the test collection must

be assessed to determine whether it is relevant to that query.

Assessing the performance of systems requires a set of evaluation

metrics that make it possible to compare one system with another and

to rank results. Developing a test collection requires an investment

in data collection, documentation, enhancement, and distribution.

Most significantly, maintaining an image reference benchmarking

service requires that a community of researchers make a long-term

commitment to its use. Without a community vested in the development

of the database-and publishing research based on it-the collection

remains a chimerical solution to advancing the state of research and

improving the retrieval of visual materials in the digital library.



J. Trant            

Partner & Principal Consultant            phone: +1 416 691 2516

Archives & Museum Informatics fax: +1 416 352 6025

158 Lee Ave, Toronto

Ontario M4E 2P3 Canada




International Library and Information Science Research: A comparison of international trends


 Josche Neven [      Monday, 16 August 2004 6:36 PM

Erratum: LTR Publication available online


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

From: Josche Neven []

Sent: Monday, 16 August 2004 6:36 PM

To: Kerry Smith;;;;;;;;;; Cynthia.Hill@Sun.COM;;;;;;

Subject: Erratum: LTR Publication available online


Dear Colleagues,


Due to a mix-up the numbering of the publication is incorrect.

The LTR publication is Nr. 82 in the IFLA Professional Reports Series.


It is available at:


With kind regards,




>>> "wilda newman" <> 14-8-04 20:32:50 >>>

Dear Colleagues,

The Library Theory and Research report prepared by Maxine Rochester and Pertti Vakkari, "International Library and Information Science

Research: A

comparison of international trends," is available at: and will be published in print as Nr 80 of professional reports and will probably be available around the time of the IFLA Congress.


Thank you,


IFLA/LTR Information Coordinator


Wilda B. Newman

Knowledge Resources Associates, LLC

5964 Rosinante Run

Columbia, MD 21045-3826

Telephone: 1-410-730-7583

FAX:1-410-730-7583 (contact before FAXing)






ISBD-FRBR Mapping Now Available on IFLA Web site


John D Byrum []; AUTOCAT@listserv.BUFFALO.EDU  Thu 12/08/2004 11:14 PM


The ISBD Review Group and the FRBR Review Group are pleased to announce publication of "Mapping ISBD Elements to FRBR Entity Attributes and Relationships" (July 28, 2004), available at:



Among IFLA's most important achievements in the area of bibliographic control has been the articulation of widely implemented practices set out in the series of the International Standard Bibliographic Descriptions (ISBDs) and of the respected model developed on the basis of the ISBDs, GARE, and GSARE in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).  It is critically important to the credibility of IFLA's work in these areas that the ISBDs and FRBR are inter-related and mutually supportive in order to assure users of consistency between them.  As a result, the ISBD Review Group has been assessing the feasibility of aligning the terminology used in the texts of the ISBDs with that used in FRBR.  However, the group has encountered difficulties in trying to achieve that alignment, owing in large part to the fact that the terms used in FRBR were defined in the context of an entity-relationship model conceived at a higher level of abstraction than the specifications for the ISBDs.  While the entities defined in the FRBR model are clearly related to the elements forming an ISBD description, they are not necessarily congruent in all respects and the relationships are too complex to be conveyed through a simple substitution of terminology.


Purpose and scope

As a result, the IFLA's ISBD Review Group and its FRBR Review Group concluded that an alternative approach to clarifying the relationship between the ISBDs and the FRBR model should be pursued in the form of developing 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.  Such a table, it was felt, would satisfy the need to make clear that the ISBDs and FRBR themselves enjoy a harmonious relationship.  In addition, it would serve to complement the mapping from FRBR to the ISBDs (and other standards) presented in Appendix A of the FRBR Final Report.  The mapping would also allow both Review Groups to ensure that there is no element in the ISBDs that is not represented in FRBR and to consider initiation of changes needed to achieve greater consistency between them.



Die Deutsche Bibliothek (DDB) and the British Library (BL) generously provided funding to support this initiative.  They are partnering in this regard to support the strategic goals of the IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Bibliographic Standards (ICABS).  DDB is responsible for ICABS activities in the area of ISBD maintenance and development, while BL is assigned responsibility for FRBR and FRANAR maintenance and development.  They contracted with Mr. Tom Delsey, formerly of the National Library of Canada, a principal author of FRBR, and contributor to many of the ISBDs, who performed the work needed for the project.



Please send any comments you may have regarding the "Mapping" to John Byrum, chair, ISBD Review Group, at:  and/or to Patrick Le Boeuf, chair FRBR Review Group at




Joint Library PR on WIPO Declaration


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum []; on behalf of; Sam Trosow [strosow@UWO.CA]               Tue 28/09/2004 10:27 PM


Here is a press release indicating support from the major library associations for the Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World intellectual Property Association.  You can view the declaration along with background information and add your name to the statement at;


Samuel Trosow

University of Western Ontario




 September 27, 2004


 Four major U.S. library associations today endorsed the Geneva

 Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property

 Organization. Together, the American Association of Law Libraries, the

 American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries

 and the Special Libraries Association represent the views of over

 90,000 librarians and millions of library users throughout the United

 States and abroad.


 The Geneva Declaration calls for the development of a new agenda for

 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that recognizes

 the importance of intellectual property for the future of humanity

 while stressing the importance of balance in the laws and policies

 governing such intellectual property. WIPO must move beyond its

 original agenda of simply protecting intellectual property to develop

 a new agenda that promotes both international development and

 establishes new approaches to supporting innovation and creativity.


 In recent years, our library organizations have been concerned about a

 number of trends that have combined to limit access to knowledge.

 These include, among others:


 " the lengthening of the copyright term which substantially delays

 works from entering the public domain; " the development of legal

 protections for technological protection devices without consideration

 of whether the circumvention of such a measure would be done for a

 lawful purpose; and, " the efforts to develop new protections for

 databases containing facts and other public domain material.


 Our organizations believe that these recent efforts to expand

 intellectual property rights have gone too far and must be brought

 back into balance. The development of a new agenda will give WIPO the

 opportunity to take a leadership role in re-crafting the necessary

 balance. In doing so, we urge WIPO to affirmatively seek to balance

 the rights of creators with the rights of users. This may call for the

 rollback of recent expanded protections or the development of new user

 rights to counterbalance them. We also urge WIPO to deal creatively

 with the issues raised by digital technology to provide appropriate

 levels of protection while also supporting the rights of users to

 effectively use the new technologies.


 We believe that as WIPO seeks to develop its new agenda, it should:


 " promote the development of a robust and expanding public domain,

 allowing new works to enter the public domain following a fair and

 reasonable period of exploitation by the original creator; and, "

 establish accepted limits on the rights of copyright owners that

 permit reasonable uses for legitimate purposes.


 The development of digital technology has created a fundamental

 challenge to the copyright system. The creation of a new agenda is an

 opportunity for WIPO to move beyond a protectionist approach to craft

 balanced solutions to today s issues. Our organizations look forward

 to working with WIPO and the international library community to

 develop an agenda that will both promote the protection of

 intellectual property and, at the same time, encourage access to

 knowledge and international growth and development.






 The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is a nonprofit

 educational organization with over 5000 members nationwide who respond

 to the legal information needs of legislators, judges and other public

 officials, corporations and small businesses, law professors and

 students, attorneys, and members of the general public. AALL s mission

 is to promote and enhance the value of law libraries, to foster law

 librarianship and to provide leadership and advocacy in the field of

 legal information and information policy.

 Contact: Robert L. Oakley (202-662-9160)


 The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit educational

 organization of over 64,000 librarians, library trustees, and other

 friends of libraries dedicated to improving library services and

 promoting the public interest in a free and open information society.

 Contact: Lynne Bradley (202-628-8410)


 The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit

 organization of 123 research libraries in North America. ARL programs

 and services promote equitable access to and effective use of recorded

 knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community


 Contact: Prue Adler (202-296-2296)


 The Special Libraries Association (SLA) The Special Libraries

 Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative

 information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves

 more than 12,000 members in 83 countries in the information

 profession, including corporate, academic and government information

 specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through

 learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.

 Contact: Doug Newcomb (703-647-4923)




Libraries and The September Project


david silver []                  Fri 27/08/2004 12:55 AM


My name is David Silver.  I teach communication at the University of Washington, in Seattle.  Please contact me <> if you have any questions and/or suggestions regarding The September Project, described below.


The September Project


The September Project is an effort to foster open exchanges in public places about issues that matter.  On Saturday, September 11, people will share ideas about democracy, citizenship, and patriotism.  Locally organized, libraries, schools, and organizations will host talks, deliberations, and performances about issues that matter to their communities.  September Project events are distributed locally, nationally, and internationally, and are free and open to all people. September Project events take place annually.


The project launched in April, 2004.  In the U.S., as of August 24, 2004, 350+ libraries, schools, universities, museums, community centers, mediation centers, parks, juvenile halls, military bases, and farmer's markets in 47 states are participating, with new hosts joining daily. Types of participating libraries include: urban, small, and rural public libraries; primary and secondary school libraries; college, community college, and university libraries; bookmobile libraries; libraries for people with hearing and visual disabilities; seminary libraries; juvenile hall libraries; and overseas US military base libraries. Public libraries serve as the infrastructure because they are free, they are public, and they are distributed across the US and most countries. Moreover, as witnessed in their collective stands on developments like the Patriot Act, media diversity, and freedom of/to information, librarians have historically upheld rights even in the most contested times.


Although our focus is primarily on the United States, The September Project is beyond national borders.  Events are planned in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Venezuela. International hosts are planning events that focus on issues that matter to them.  For example, events in Spain will address democracy and citizenship, but will also provide forums on civil liberties, immigration, and March 11th.


We invite you to consider this map:


The September Project's goal is 100s of public spheres taking place across the country and around the world on Saturday, September 11, 2004, and every September 11th thereafter.


Please consider getting YOUR LIBRARY involved.


Thank you for your time,


david silver


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Library Research Seminar IV (2007)


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU]; on behalf of; Stephen E Wiberley [wiberley@UIC.EDU]  JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU          Thu 23/09/2004 9:28 PM


Request for Proposals to Host Library Research Seminar IV (2007)


The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association is seeking volunteers to organize and coordinate the next Library Research Seminar (LRSIV), an international conference focusing upon research within the library and information science profession and discipline.  These persons should have strong credentials in research and in organizing meetings and should have the backing of their organizations. These organizations should be schools that offer ALA accredited degrees in library and information science or libraries that make significant contributions to library research.


LRS is a research meeting that will include empirical, methodological, and conceptual work within library and information science.  It will include the following types of scholarship:

        Quantitative and qualitative work

        Functionally related work - e.g. covering information seeking or

        retrieval, classification or library management

        Site specific work - e.g. covering public or academic libraries

        Doctoral student research

        Collaborative work between professionals and researchers


Examples of potential topics for seminar programs and presentations are:

        The foundations of the library profession

        Information access

        Facilities for information service


        Research methodology

        Library organizations


LRS requires a site and a facility, either on or near the sponsors' home institution that meets these criteria:

        Provides a conference planning service

        Has rooms, dining, and meeting space for 300 to 400 conference


        Offers meeting and dining space within walking distance of one


        Includes meeting space able to support juried papers, invited

        papers, panel discussions, advisory clinics, and roundtable


        Provides these facilities in October or early November without

        conflict with major local events, e.g. football games

        Offers these facilities all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

        Has extensive and convenient air travel service

        Provides a cost-effective event with reasonable fees and travel



LRS meets every three years and LRRT intends to distribute future seminars equally among the eastern, western, and middle parts of the United States. The next seminar, LRS IV, will meet in fall 2007, and LRRT invites applications to host that seminar.


The seminar is self-supporting and non-profit.  Any surplus will supply seed money to the succeeding LRS.


Interested parties should send a proposal of no more than ten pages that explains how their credentials in research and organizing meetings and their institutional support, their site and facilities will ensure a successful seminar to:

                Stephen E. Wiberley, Jr.

                Chair, Library Research Round Table

                Richard J. Daley Library

                Box 8198

                University of Illinois at Chicago

                Chicago, IL 60680-8198


The deadline for submission of proposals is November 20, 2004.  LRRT will announce selection of the site on February 1, 2005.


Information about LRSII (College Park, MD, Nov. 2-3, 2001) and LRSIII (Kansas City, MO, Oct. 14-16, 2004) is available at:






A Long Search for Information


GSLIS Publications Office []             Sat 8/05/2004 2:45 AM

[Asis-l] New Occasional Paper Now Available


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


Number 213 in the Occasional Papers series

A Long Search for Information

By Brian Vickery


Brian Vickery, one of the foremost information scientists of our day, describes his career in this highly personal and historically perceptive memoir. A leader in classification research, he was also a pioneer in the introduction of online searching into libraries. His several books on information retrieval have become classics in their areas and have won him a wide audience in the US as well as the UK. His importance in the world of scientific libraries and librarianship culminated in his tenure as Professor and Director of the School of Library, Information and Archives Studies at University College, London, 1973-1983. His close working relationship with leaders in the profession both in the UK and internationally, are recalled in this brief and delightful account.


$10, plus $5 shipping, prepaid. (Shipping is $1 per copy for additional copies in the same order.) Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks to The University of Illinois accepted.


Orders can be placed at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820. Call (217) 333-1359 for more information, or e-mail Please be sure to visit our Web site ( for details about this and other available publications.


The Occasional Papers deal with varied aspects of librarianship and consist of papers that generally are too detailed for inclusion in a periodical, or are of specialized or contemporary interest.



The Publications Office

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




Margaret Trask


Gretchen Whitney [gwhitney@UTK.EDU]          

Wed 7/07/2004 10:23 PM


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

Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 11:11:18 -0300 (ADT)

From: Norman Horrocks <>



The Australian Library and Information Association has devoted the February 2004 issue of "The Australian Library Journal" to a Festschrift in honour of Margaret Trask (1928-2002).  Edited by Boyd Rayward, emeritus professor,  University of New South Wales and currently research professor at GSLIS, University of Illinois, who writes "She was a distinguished and innovative library educator, first at the University of New South Wales and then at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education where she founded a new Department of Library and Information Studies to carry out an innovative approach to professional library education in Australia."  Margaret was a powerful figure not only in Australia but also on the international scene.


Copies are available from The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), PO Box 6335, Kingston, ACT 2604, Australia, at $A15

(which includes postage).  e-mail :






National open access agreement for Finland


From: Arne Jakobsson [mailto:p.a.jakobsson@UB.UIO.NO]
Sent: 12 May 2004 08:42

Finland is the first country to make a nationwide commitment to Open
Access, it was announced today. All universities, polytechnics and
institutes in Finland have become BioMed Central members. The membership
agreement covers the cost of publication, in BioMed Centrals 100+ Open
Access journals, for all 25000 publicly funded researchers and teachers

BioMed Central agreed the membership with FinELib, the National
Library of Finland. A consortium of universities, polytechnics, research
institutes and regional libraries, FinELib is part of the National
services for libraries. FinELib acquires Finnish and international
resources to support teaching, learning and research. 86 institutions
the consortium will take part in the membership deal, adding 80 new
institutions to BioMed Centrals membership program.

Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Head, National Electronic Library Services,
explained why the National Electronic Library took the decision,
The aim of FinELib is to promote access to information. Open access is
important movement to improve access to information all over the world.
Open access enables the most effective distribution of research results
can have significant impact to the Finnish innovation system.

FinElib is also interested in the developments in new business models
are evolving.

Finlands decision represents a landmark in the move towards Open Access
all biomedical research. BioMed Central, the largest Open Access
has seen their membership program go from strength to strength. Over 300
institutions worldwide became members in 2003. These included the NHS in
England and all UK universities, all institutions in Ohio, USA, 18
institutions in Australia, and the Max Planck Society. BioMed Central
has 500 member institutions in 39 countries.

Arne Jakobsson
University of Oslo Library
Library of Medicine and Health Sciences
Postboks 1113, Blindern
N-0317 Norway
Phone +47 23 07 44 34
Fax +47 23 07 44 30





Online Information Literacy Articles                       


Michael Lorenzen []                         Wed 12/05/2004 9:55 PM                   New Online Information Literacy Articles


There are four new full-text articles dealing with information literacy available at the Academic Exchange Quarterly website.


These are:


1.  A Collaborative Approach to Information Literacy in the Freshman Seminar (

2.  Enhancing Information Literacy: A Practical Exemplar (

3.  Paths to Understanding (

4.  Enticing Faculty to Library Instruction Workshops (


In addition, Academic Exchange Quarterly is seeking manuscripts in two areas which may be of interest to librarians.


These are:


1.  Student Perceptions, Beliefs, or Attitudes (


2.  Community College (


Michael Lorenzen

Executive Editor

Academic Exchange Quarterly





Open Access publishing & ASIST publications

Part II


Michael Leach []          ;

[Asis-l] Open Access publishing & ASIST publications: Part II  Wed 28/04/2004 5:28 AM


Dear Colleagues:


     I wish to provide an update, and some further points of discussion, to my original posting on "Open Access publishing & ASIST publications." While replies to ASIS-L and SIGPUB-L have been minimal (as was expected) I have received about a half dozen personal replies, which are now



     All replies indicated the need to address these issues, even if ASIST doesn't adopt any OA model.  Naturally, the critical issues hinge on a viable revenue model for any OA initiative by the Society.  It was brought to my attention that some potential authors are steering clear of one of our publications because it is not available (full-text) online.  As another reply noted, awareness by faculty of the OA movement is growing, and some faculty/authors are adopting this publishing model personally.


     Now, for a few more points of discussion:


1. The lack of a large, vivid response to my initial posting can be taken as a) apathy, b) contentment with the status quo, c) lack of knowledge of the issues, d) some combination of the above, or e) some variable I haven't accounted for.  Should there be little response to this posting, I will consider the issues "dead" and refrain from further posting/discussion.


2.  Should we (ASIST--its members) be experimenting with new models of publishing and scholarly communications, or should we leave it up to some other group(s) (like the biomed sciences)?  The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 27 LIS journals worldwide.  There are 216 titles under "medicine" in this directory.  Granted, there are far, far fewer L/IS researchers than medical researchers, but information--its creation, storage, organization & retrieval--is our principle bailiwick.

     We do have an OA publication--the Bulletin--but its OA status is more a secondary consideration to the print publication.  Should we be using this publication to test electronic publication models?  Where is the metadata attached to each article?  What about controlled indexing and search interfaces?  What about layout of online content, alternative formats (e.g. pdf instead of just the html)?  What are the costs for publishing each article online?  What will it take to truly archive this publication?  How does the print counterpart support or detract from the OA version?  Should we add a peer-reviewed section (perhaps just online) to assess the costs associated with OA publishing?  Why haven't we lined up researchers in our L/IS schools to examine these issues over the short and long term, working in conjunction with the editors, editorial boards, and the Society?


     I acknowledge that the above is spirited and even confrontational, but I believe we have the strengths within this Society to tackle these issues while the OA movement is young--and to have an impact in its (OA) direction and formation.  Personally, I have my doubts about the viability of the OA publishing model, but without some experimentation, without some effort at researching the issues, all we have is conjecture.




Michael R. Leach


Kummel Library of Geological Sciences and Physics Research Library Harvard University 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Kummel: 617-495-2029 (voice); 617-495-4711 (fax)

Physics: 617-495-2878 (voice); 617-495-0416 (fax) or or




Richard Hill []        ;;

Tue 25/05/2004 12:05 AM


For immediate release, Thursday, May 20, 2004

Media Contact: Cathey Daniels, (865) 576-9539,


Interagency science portal delivers significant advance in government information retrieval


WASHINGTON, DC - (, the public's "go to" Web portal for the vast stores of Federal science information, has made searching for information easier for the user.  At a roll-out on May 11, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham launched the new search version of which includes ranking the relevance of results to the users'



While retaining the content and advances originally unveiled in December 2002, 2.0 will search its 47 million pages of government R&D results and present the results to patrons in relevancy-ranked order. This new technology sorts through the government's reservoirs of research and rapidly returns information in an order more likely to meet patrons' needs.


The Web portal is made possible through a collaboration of 12 major science agencies forming a coalition called the Alliance.


The Department of Energy, which hosts the site through its Office of Scientific and Technical Information, funded the R&D of a new relevancy-ranking technology by a company called Deep Web Technologies. The technology was applied to meta-searches in the deep Web where traditional search engines cannot go.


Secretary of Energy Spencer



Richard Hill

Executive Director

American Society for Information Science and Technology

1320 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD  20910

FAX: (301) 495-0810

Voice: (301) 495-0900





Selection, Appraisal and Retention of Digital Scientific Data


British Editor []            Fri 7/05/2004 10:41 PM

[Asis-l] Fw: Release of the final report for the ERPANET/CODATA Seminar


Announcement: Release of the final report for the ERPANET/CODATA seminar on the Selection, Appraisal and Retention of Digital Scientific Data


Rapid advances in technology are impacting the way scientists work, allowing greater amounts of digital data to be produced in the majority of scientific disciplines.  These technological advances are also changing the way scientists interact, creating opportunities for collaborations across disciplines, institutions, and countries. The ever-increasing data that are generated through these advances require active curation to ensure their longevity. The international EPRANET/CODATA seminar examined the current state of practice of the selection, appraisal and retention among diverse scientific communities and discussed how archival concepts can best be applied to the management and long-term preservation of digital data.


The seminar, held from 15th-17th of December 2003 at the Biblioteca Nacional in Lisbon, brought together more than sixty-five researchers, data managers, information specialists, archivists, and librarians from thirteen countries to discuss the issues involved in making critical decisions regarding the long-term preservation of the scientific record. One of the major aims for this seminar was to provide an international forum to exchange information about data archiving policies and practices across different scientific, institutional, and national contexts. The seminar proved to be extremely successful in enabling discussions between scientific and archival communities. The seminar also highlighted some conceptual hurdles to overcome before effective collaboration between the diverse communities can take place.


This seminar was an important first step in the journey towards openness and collaboration between scientific disciplines, archivists, and other information specialists in the area of data curation and preservation. The seminar illustrated areas where each can learn from the others in establishing common frameworks and guidelines that will enable the effective selection, appraisal and long-term retention of digital scientific data.


The Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network (ERPANET) and the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) are pleased to announce the release of the final report for this seminar and invite all stakeholders involved in the creation and curation of digital scientific data to review the results at


Seamus Ross, Director ERPANET

Julie Esanu, National Academy of Sciences

William Anderson, Praxis 101


May 7 2004




Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information


From: Marian Dworaczek [mailto:Marian.Dworaczek@USASK.CA]
Thursday, 13 May 2004 7:27 PM
Subject: Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

The May 1, 2004 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 1,614 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:


This message has been posted to several mailing lists. Please excuse
any duplication.

*Marian Dworaczek
*Assistant Head, Technical Services Division
*University of Saskatchewan Library
*Phone: (306) 966-6016
*Fax: (306) 966-5919
*Home Page:




Technology Grant News - Technology Resource News


Summer 2004


-----Original Message-----
From: Jessica Callender [mailto:jessicacallender@EARTHLINK.NET]
Sunday, 6 June 2004 6:22 AM
Subject: [UTKSIS-L] Technology Grant News - Technology Resource News - Summer 2004


[Please post if you think this is appropriate for your members.]


Technology Grant News

             Technology Resource News

The latest edition of Technology Grant News and Technology Grant & Resource News - Electronic is available for nonprofits, towns &
cities, libraries & museums, and schools & universities. For information on subscriptions and obtaining the Summer 2004 issue: 


Technology Grant News - Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 2004


Featured in this issue:

1. Fostering Technology for America: Cities & Towns; Libraries & Museums

2. Fostering Innovative Use of Technology by Nonprofits

3. Building Infrastructure & Programs for K-20 Schools and Universities


Fostering Technology for America: Cities & Towns; Libraries & Museums


Consultation Grants Helping Museums, Libraries

Entrepreneurship Development Funding For Towns & Cities and Nonprofits

Federal Fire/Rescue Ambulance Loan Program.

Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants

MetLife Museum Connections

National Historical Publications and Records Funds Preservation of Archival Material.

National Leadership Grant Program for Libraries & Museums

New Museum Funding for 2005

Technology Facilities Support in Community Facilities Loan Program for Towns & Cities


Fostering Innovative Use of Technology by Nonprofits


"Application Architects" Free Software Development for Nonprofits

American Association of People with Disabilities Awarding Nonprofit Leaders

Draper Richards Foundation Supporting Nonprofit Entrepreneurs

U.S. "Ticket to Work" Subsidizes Nonprofits for Tech Training - Workforce Development

"Growing with Technology" Grants

Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program Funding For Tech Outreach

Health Network Development Grants

JPMorgan Chase Foundation Providing Workforce Development Program

Mitsubishi Helping Young People with Disabilities through Technology

National Business Plan Competition Begins

NEC Grant Program

Peter F. Drucker Award Supporting Nonprofit Innovation.

RadioShack Corporation Backs Non-profit, Community Development Organizations

"Technology Pioneers" Grant Program from Harbinger Partners


Building Infrastructure & Programs

For K-20 Schools



ADC Telecommunications Grants

American College Testing Awards Program Seeking Proposals

American Honda Foundation Grant Opening

Blockbuster's "Class Act Awards" Support Student Development through Film

Classroom Grants from Association for Educational Communications and Technology

CTCNet Supports Youths Multimedia Community Projects

Dell Technology Company Assists Those at Risk with Technology Skills

Department of State and Global SchoolNet Offering Scholarships for Diplomacy Web

EDS Foundation Funds Educational Development - Reducing The Digital Divide.

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange

Global SchoolNet Awarding Educators for Collaborative Learning Through Technology

JC Penney Corp. Pledges Millions for After School Programs

NASDAQ National Teaching Awards

National Education Association Foundation Grants


NEA Cyberlearning Matching Grants

Presidential Freedom Awards Helping Students

SMARTer Kids Grants of SMART Products

Symbols Technology

Tech Companies Providing Scholarships


 For Colleges & Universities;

Advanced Technological Education

Computing Research Infrastructure Grant Program

Digital Library for Earth System Education e

Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century

Informal Science Education Grants

MTV Funds Student-run Community Service Organizations

NASA Science and Technology Scholarship Program Funding Science-related Degrees

Science and Technology Studies Grants

Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science & Technology Grant Program

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Educational Foundation

Software and Tools for High End Computing Development Grants

Teacher Professional Continuum Grants


* Applications are currently available for funding announced in this issue.  Application Deadlines run from July - November for funding featured in this issue. Summer 2004, Vol 6, Number 3, 12-pages, published 4 times a year, ISSN 1534-5785.


Technology Resource News - Vol. 6, No. 2,  Summer 2004

(Free with Technology Grant News)


Featured in this Issue:

1. Library & Museum Resources

2. Nonprofit Resources

3. K-12 Resources

4. K-20 - College & University Resources

5. Conferences



Library & Museum Resources

"New Framework for Building Good Digital Collections" Resource

New Funding Opportunity in 2005 for Museums

Virtual Reference Desk 2004 Student Paper Competition

Web-Wise 2004 Conference Papers and Resources from Web-Wise 2004

"Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information" 


 Nonprofit Resources


Cisco Asks Nonprofits to Participate To Evaluating Donating Linksys Products

Nonprofit Cultural Funding: Federal Opportunities

Donor Management Database - Free - Microsoft Access-based Software for Nonprofits

Faith-Based Nonprofits: Selected Resources Global Catalog for Nonprofit Partnerships

Microsoft Registered Partner Tech-Support Opportunity for Nonprofits

Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Technology Assistance

Nonprofit Providers - Tech Support Listserv

SocialTechnology - Free Journal



K-12 Resources


"Best Elementary Education"- Instructional Solution Website

"Very Best Kids Website" - Website 



K-20 - College & University Resources


American Society for Information Science & Technology Competition for Papers

"Best of the Humanities" on the Web Website Selections from EDSitement

Education Policy Analysis Archives Journal - Free

Edutopia Magazine - Free

ENC Online K-12 Math and Science Teacher Center

Games: The  Education Arcade Website

Information Literacy for College Students Articles & Websites

Innovate "Creative Use of Information Tools" New Journal - Free

InSITE - Informing Science + IT Education Conference Papers - Free

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning - Journal & Website

International Web-Based Learning & Teaching Conference - NAWeb 2004 - Call for Papers

"Internet Smarts: Safeguarding your Children in Cyberspace " - Free Guide

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks - Free

Million Book Digital Library

Modern Maps & Science & Technology

NASA Urban and Rural Community Enrichment Program

New Digital Library on Civil Rights Movement

New Math & Science Resource Website

New Professional Development Instructional Module: Technology Integration in Math and Science

Ten Trends: Educating Children for a Profoundly Different Future - Free Article

The Gender & Science Digital Library - Website

"Under the Microscope: A Decade of Gender Equity Projects in the Sciences" - Report   U.S. Department of Education To Develop Largest Education Database

U.S. Department of Education "Parent Guides on Science & Math"




American Society for Information Science & Technology Conference

Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age 

International Distributed Medical Intelligence Conference

International Web-Based Learning & Teaching Conference - NAWeb 2004

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference  Virtual Reference Desk Conference


For more information:

Technology Grant News: Directory of Current, Open & Ongoing Technology Grants, Second Edition, 55 pages.

 Technology Grant News: Supplement of Corporate Technology Funders, Second Edition, 24 pages.

Published by Partnerships for Community Inc.; Louis
VanArsdale, Editor & Publisher; Susan Green and Justin Marks, editors.  (212) 741-8101 



Understanding Metadata


Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU]; on behalf of; Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid P [Hsiehyee@CUA.EDU]                       Fri 6/08/2004 10:31 AM



FW: Understanding Metadata Now Available for Download


Dear ALISE members,


I hope you will find this information useful.


Ingrid Hsieh-Yee



Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Ph.D.


School of Library & Information Science

Catholic University of America

Washington, D.C.  20064

Phone: (202) 319-6270

Fax: (202) 319-5574




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

From:   Pat Harris []

Sent:   Thu 8/5/2004 3:12 PM

To:     Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid P


Subject:        Understanding Metadata Now Available for Download



Greetings! Wanted you to know that NISO's new booklet on metadata is now available for free download. This new booklet replaces Metadata Made Simpler.  Please feel free to  share this news with the ALISE community and beyond. Pat




 Begin forwarded message:


 From: Pat Harris <>

 Date: July 27, 2004 4:14:20 PM EDT

 To: VM Reflector <>

 Subject: Understanding Metadata Now Available for Download


 Dear members,

 Understanding Metadata, an introduction to metadata that includes an

 overview of leading metadata contenders and examples of practical

 applications, was distributed last month in hardcopy to all NISO

 members.  The publication covers a range of fundamentals, from a

 definition of metadata and descriptions of the types of metadata, to

 practical advice on creating metadata and future directions.


 This publication is now available as a free download from the NISO

 website ( Bulk orders for the paper version can be

 customized for distribution at workshops or other events.  Call NISO

 for details on bulk order pricing.

 An announcement on this new publication is below. Please feel free to

 share this information with your colleagues, staff, committee

 members, etc.  Thank You!



 NISO Offers Public Free Primer on Metadata

 Bethesda, MD – July 27, 2004 – Understanding Metadata, an

 introduction to metadata that includes an overview of leading

 metadata contenders and examples of practical applications, is now

 available as a free download from the National Information Standards

 Organization (  The publication covers a range of

 fundamentals, from a definition of metadata and descriptions of the

 types of metadata, to practical advice on creating metadata and

 future directions.


 The 20-page publication defines metadata as “structured information

 that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to

 retrieve, use, or manage an information resource.”


 “Metadata can describe resources at any level of aggregation,” noted

 Pat Harris, Executive Director of NISO.  “It can describe a

 collection, a single resource, or a component part of a larger

 resources, such as a photo in an article.  Metadata is key to

 ensuring that resources will survive and continue to be accessible

 into the future.”


 About NISO

 NISO, a non-profit association accredited by the American National

 Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and

 publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing

 and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both

 traditional and new technologies to the full range of

 information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing,

 storage, metadata, and preservation.



 Pat Harris

 Executive Director


 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300

 Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

 T: 301-654-2512 ** Direct line: 301-654-1474** Mobile: 202-258-3296

 Fax: 301-654-1721 ** Email:




Use of RSS in Bibliographic/Abstract Databases


Gerry Mckiernan []                                 Thu 10/06/2004 12:13 AM     

[Asis-l] Use of RSS in Bibliographic/Abstract Databases?


Use of RSS in Bibliographic/Abstract Databases_?


I am greatly interested in learning of ANY and ALL bibliographic/abstract databases that offer RSS feeds. Such feeds might offer current search results, or automatic updates for a saved search strategy. I would be interested in any current operational systems, working prototypes, or projects under consideration.


For examples of other library-related uses of RSS, please see my latest

registry_RSS(sm): Rich Site Services_


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BTW: Thanks to all for their nominations for _RSS(sm)_. Although still quite limited, it has nearly doubled in size from its establishment on Sunday, June 6 !


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Gerry McKiernan

Working Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011





Use of WIKIs by Libraries; on behalf of; Gerry Mckiernan []            

Sun 15/08/2004 12:14 AM



_Use of WIKIs by Libraries_




I am greatly interested in the Use of WIKIs by Libraries for Any and All public or internal library services  (e.g., public services, technical services, administrative services, collection development, instruction, etc.).


As defined by the Wikipedia (, a WIKI is defined as:


"A wiki (pronounced "wicky" or "weeky") is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that gives users the ability to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows that content to be edited by other users.


The term can also refer to the collaborative software used to create such a website. Wiki (with a capital 'W') and WikiWikiWeb are sometimes used to refer to the Portland Pattern Repository, the first ever wiki. Proponents of this usage suggest using a lower-case 'w' to distinguish the generic terms discussed here. Wiki wiki comes from the Hawaiian term for 'quick' or 'super-fast'" (


BTW: The Wikipedia is itself an outstanding example of a WIKI!








Part II; on behalf of; Gerry Mckiernan []

[Asis-l] Use of WIKIs by Libraries. Part II                               Sun 15/08/2004 2:24 AM




One of the Leaders of WikiWorld, Dave Mattison, has written an

**Outstanding** article about WIKIs in _Searcher_ [11(4) (April 2003): 32-48]

that is Well-Worth-The-Read and is available at


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Thanks!, Dave!










Gerry McKiernan

Super-Fast Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011





Wikis In The News; on behalf of; Gerry Mckiernan []

Thu 2/09/2004 12:29 AM        [Asis-l] _Educause Review_: Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not




Wikis In The News:


Educause Review: Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not


In 1999, the World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee looked back on the previous decade and lamented: "I wanted the Web to be what I call an interactive space where everybody can edit. And I started saying 'interactive,' and then I read in the media that the Web was great because it was 'interactive,' meaning you could click. This was not what I meant by interactivity." That vision of a genuinely interactive environment rather than "a glorified television channel"-one in which people not only would browse pages but also would edit them as part of the process-did not disappear with the rise of the read-only Web browser.1 It's churning away more actively than ever, in a vivid and chaotic Web-within-the-Web, via an anarchic breed of pages known as "wikis."


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Gerry McKiernan

Ready Librarian

Iowa State University

Ames IA 50011


"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."


--- George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author ____




World List of Departments and Schools of Information Studies, Information Management, Information Systems, etc


Prof. Tom Wilson []  JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU;;;         Sat 29/05/2004 3:22 AM

[Asis-l] World list.


I've been updating my "World List of Departments and Schools of Information Studies, Information Management, Information Systems, etc" again. It now has entries for 415 institutions (if my counting is accurate) in 58 countries around the world, and separate links to I don't know how many individual course pages.


And I still have to add entries for a number of institutions in Australia in the information systems field that someone pointed me to.


If your institution is on the list, please check the entry for accuracy and 'link rot', and if it isn't, let me know - send the details in a form like that used on the list for ease of entry.


Tom Wilson




Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Information Research

University of Sheffield

Sheffield S10 2TN,  UK


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