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Google Now Offering Accessible Search

As reported in ResearchBuzz, Google has released another product in their labs - Google Accessible search for the blind and visually impaired. See 'Google Now Offering Accessible Search' for the complete article.

Library will largest collection of mechanical puzzles

Indiana University Media Relations News Release section announced that the Lilly Library will be home to the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles. Excerpt: "Puzzle enthusiast and author Jerry Slocum has announced his intention to donate his prized collection of more than 30,000 puzzles and nearly 4,000 puzzle-related books to the Lilly Library. Beginning Aug. 3, approximately 400 of the puzzles will be on display in a refurbished exhibition space named in Slocum's honor."

Read the full article at: IU's Lilly Library will acquire world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles.

Best Cities for Doing Business

Marylaine Block's Weekly Column 'Neat New Stuff I found on the Net This Week' points out informative sites that the librarians may find useful while assisting patrons at the reference desk.

One of them 'Best Cities for Doing Business' provides information about some important cities in the nation.

"Inc. studied 393 population centers across the nation, identifying job creation and other signs of business vitality." The result is this "searchable database, the full 2006 rankings broken down by small, medium, and large cities, an interactive map, stories explaining why -- and where -- companies are flourishing today, and much more."

New Model for Scholarly Publishing

Rice University has proposed that it will publish all its books online and in the process will revive Rice Publishing Press that had stopped publishing in 1996.(From Insidehighered.com, July 14th).

Excerpt: "it will publish all of its books online only. People will be able to read the books for no charge and to download them for a modest fee. Editors will solicit manuscripts and peer review panels will vet submissions - all in ways that are similar to the systems in traditional publishing."

Read the full article at:
New Model for Scholarly Publishing.

India to sign pacts with patent offices abroad

The Hindu, online edition of India's one of the national newspapers reported that
'the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to sign an agreement with patent offices across the world to allow patent examiners to access the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) created by the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) on India's traditional medicine systems.'
Read the full article at

India to sign pacts with patent offices abroad.

Entrepreneurs Get Library Help

Joyce M. Rosenberg recently posted a very useful compilation of web based resources for business and enterprenuership related information available from several Public Library web sites in the Washington Post.

Excerpt: "The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also has a big section on its Web site devoted to business, http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/downtown , with similar resources. The site also has a section dealing solely with business plans, a topic that sends many small business owners in search of help."

See also:

Business Resources

The Internet Public Library - Business and Economics Resources

Read the full article at:

Column: Entrepreneurs Get Library Help

Take a Digital Library tour and win

A clever approach by the Auckland libraries in New Zealand to promote its digital library. Excerpt:"Auckland City Libraries invites you to take an online tour of their Digital Library from 3 July to go in the draw to win free Xtra Broadband for a year sponsored by Telecom."

Read the full story at:
Take a Digital Library tour and win free Xtra Broadband

PDAs, Handhelds and Mobile Technologies in Libraries

Megan K Fox, Web & Electronic Resources Librarian at Simmons College Libraries, has compiled an excellent list of ways in which several academic libraries are using handheld mobile technologies.
It also includes a recent presentation at the Computers in Libraries 2006, Washington DC, March 26, 2006 "Planning for a Handheld Mobile Future".

Access this wonderful resource at: PDAs, Handhelds and Mobile Technologies in Libraries

ASEE conference, Engineering Technology and Library Research

I will be at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference next week. There, I will be representing Drexel at the Engineering Libraries Division of the ASEE. See Get Acquainted Handout to learn about what nation's engineering libraries are doing and their interest areas from futuristic perspectives. I will also be presenting a paper titled 'LIBRARY EXPERIENCE FOR APPLIED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS' - Session 3448 in the Engineering Technology Division of the ASEE. This paper would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance I received from Joshua Roberts - Assistant Information Services Librarian and Dr. Vladimir Genis, a faculty member in the Applied Engineering Technology Program of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Nanoscale Research Letters - First Nano. Open Access Journal

This was announced in EurekAlert's Technology and Engineering News section (Public Release: 9-Jun-2006). Excerpt: 'Springer and the Nano Research Society have announced a new partnership to publish Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access.'

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First nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to offer open access.

Content anxieties in a digital age

When so much information is now produced, content is rapidly growing, number of electronic databases are fast increasing in several disciplines, and quality web based free resources are also increasing, what should a library do to organize its print and digital content so that users are able to access it easily? The British Library is currently in the process of identifying how and what it should collect through consultations with its users.

Excerpt: "In launching a major consultation exercise about what it should collect and what it should connect to, the British Library is looking to users to help formulate the right balance between connection and collection, print and digital."

Read the full article at:
Content anxieties in a digital age.

Electronic data bases are telling at public libraries

Various subscription based electronic databases such as ReferenceUSA, Business & Company Resource Center, MasterFILE Premier,Mergent Online and Morningstar, etc. are driving the use of public libraries in Buffalo & Erie County whether through remote or within the libraries. I think this is possibly true for almost any public library that provides access to subscription based electronic resources. Read the complete article at:

Electronic data bases are telling at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Building new cultural knowledge services with BRICKS

Information Society Technologies
reported an innovative approach, Bricks, to archive integrated cultural knowledge that envisions enhanced capabilities for providing various cultural organisations with new methods to share and exploit their content.

Excerpts: "BRICKS Integrated Project, absolute winner in the prestigious selection process of the European Sixth Framework Programme, was selected as one of the most important and innovative ICT projects in the European Cultural field. BRICKS aims at integrating the existing digital resources into a common and shared Digital Library, a comprehensive term covering 'Digital Museums', 'Digital Archives' and other kinds of the digital memory systems. The results of the Project will constitute the main assets of a Factory, which has been subsidised by the Consortium partners and the EU for the duration of the Project, but will sustain itself in the future."

Read the complete article at:
Building new cultural knowledge services with BRICKS

HubMed provides chart tracking keywords

ResearchBuzz reported a very interesting and useful feature of HubMed which now provides Charts Tracking Keywords. Excerpts: "It's an interface to the medical literature search engine PubMed that's simplified and very easy to use. Nice if you're not a professional medical researcher and find the PubMed interface overwhelming. HubMed also offers keyword-based RSS feeds for tracking additions to its database. HubMed also offers charts as well. Run a search. On the results page look to the right and you'll see a results count: "Results 1-20 of" however many results you got. Next to that will be a small chart icon." For example, searching for Biomaterials and then clicking the chart icon finds
16 papers with titles or abstracts containing the word 'biomaterials' in 1975; Number of papers with the term 'biomaterials' in titles or abstracts increased to 480 in 2005. (NOTE: the icon for 'charts' is not clearly visible; It is very small)

I & B Ministry plans Digital Delhi Project

The Television Point reports that the Information and Brodcasting Mininstry (India) has drawn a new plan to phase out all analogue transmissions and to turn India completely digital in the coming Five Year plan (2007-12. The deadline for the project, Digital Delhi, has been set as 2010 and thereby India will go completely digital by 2015, The Economic Times has reported.

Read the full article at:
I & B Ministry plans Digital Delhi project.

Beware of Blogs: Entries Admissible in Court without Warrant

The Memphis Daily News points out an educational viewpoint regarding blogs and indicates how blogs can raise legal questions. Excerpt: 'A blog can be protected under conditions such as the First Amendment's free speech clause, although it does have limitations. The classic example is that you can't yell fire in a crowded theater.'

Read the full article at:
Beware of Blogs: Entries Admissible in Court without Warrant.

Life On The Web's Factory Floor

Who do you think turns all those words into an easy click? - An interesting article from BusinessWeek Online.


"In the process, a new category of work is emerging: the digital factory job. Behind the seemingly magical offerings of the Internet are thousands of human beings madly inputting data around the clock."

"These digital bricklayers are in a sense building the new information pyramid. In Madras, India, "editors" making a fifth of U.S. pay work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to digitize archived American newspapers from the 1700s to the 1980s. In Boston, New York, and Palo Alto, Calif., Google Books workers manually turn each and every page of millions of library books so they can be scanned and made available to any visitor to the Google Web site."

Read the full article at:
Life On The Web's Factory Floor.

Kids at schools with librarians do better, study suggests

Students and children in schools with librarians appear to be doing better. Excerpt: 'Children at Ontario schools with good library resources and staff do better on standardized tests and like reading more, researchers said Thursday as they called on the province to stop underfunding elementary school libraries.'

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Kids at schools with librarians do better, study suggests.

Vivísimo Launches Free Site Search for Nonprofits

Information Today reported that Vivisimo now provides free site searching for Nonprofits and educational institutions.
Excerpt: "According to Vivisimo, Clusty Site Search Service was developed to help resource-strapped Webmasters and organizations provide a "world-class search experience" for their visitors, while preserving their site's identity. With Clusty Site Search Service, a visitor who searches a nonprofit or educational institution Web site is directed to a dedicated search tab at Clusty.com."
Read the full article at:
Vivisimo Launches Free Site Search for Nonprofits.

PERX Project (Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch)

Roddy MacLeod from Heriot-Watt University manages the PERX Project (Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch), a JISC funded project to create subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities.Roddy's EEVL Xtra is a a free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.

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