CNIB online library launches with 10,000 titles Reports The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Wednesday took the wraps off an online library that its president said would allow him to read a daily newspaper for the first time in 30 years.

CNIB officials
demonstrated the library, which will be offered through its Web site, at the offices of Microsoft Canada, which has been a partner in developing the library since it was announced last year. Build on an infrastructure called the Integrated Digital Library System (IDLS), the digital library will handle production, acquisition, client records, circulation, digital rights management, secure and permanent storage, and delivery to the client.

New Bodleian Library becomes Grade II listed building

Charles Davis writes "Annoucement from
The New Bodleian Library .

The New Bodleian Library has become a Grade II listed building, having
been judged by English Heritage to be of special architectural interest
which warrants every effort to be preserved.

Wanted: world records about books, periodicals or libraries

Godfrey Oswald writes "Are you in possession of the smallest book in the world? Do you know about a library that has the largest books on law in South America?? Do you have proof regarding the largest book published in Asia? Have you information on the biggest fines ever paid for an overdue book in U.S. public libraries? Do you know the name of the first magazine published in the U.S. or Canada ?The author of "Library World Records" is currently researching and working on a brand new edition of the book.
Anyone who has details about any world records about books, periodicals and libraries is eligible to submit it.

To submit a world record for inclusion click here.

Please ensure you read the rules regrading what is accepted for submission.

Details about the current edition of "Library World Records". "
He says Library World Records will be published in the U.S. in November 2003 by McFarland & Company Inc. ISBN 078641619X. 264 pages, 112 photographs. Includes bibliography and index. Softcover (paperback) and 7 x 10 inchdes in dimensions.

Collecting dreams about libraries

abigail writes: "I am collecting dreams (mostly from librarians) about libraries to be posted on I'm happy to make yours anonymous, or use a nom de dream, so send me a note (libronautATyahooDOTcom) already!"

Competitive Intelligence Research

Sabrina writes "Sabrina I. Pacifici has updated and revised her previous CI PowerPoint presentation,Competitive Intelligence (CI) Resources: Staying One Step Ahead in Your Research with new resources and recommendations for websites and resources to monitor and mine focused information on corporations, their products, services and personnel."

Tales of a Librarian

The new release by Tori Amos will give us something to listen to while playing with our librarian action figures. "Tales of a Librarian," is a compilation of Amos' work from 1991-2001. As fond as I am of gratuitous mentions of librarianship in pop culture, I sure hope she's not trading on our good name just to make a buck. Perhaps we could approach her, a la Michael Moore, and get her to set up an ALA scholarship.

INSPEC to expand coverage to 1898

mcbride writes "IEE will be announcing at Online Information 2003 that the complete backfile of pre-INSPEC years of Science Abstracts (1898-1968) will be available in 2004. Although the total number of records is small in comparison to the current state of INSPEC (~10% increase), it adds nearly 70 years of expertly abstracted information to the premier engineering resource.

From the INSPEC listserv:
INSPEC Archive - Science Abstracts (1898-1968).
Until now, the pre-Inspec years of Science Abstracts (1898-1968) have
only been available in print with associated limited accessibility.
Inspec has digitised this whole collection both to preserve it and
give it the enhanced searchability of online access. An XML archival
backfile to the Database will be produced comprising approximately
800,000 records - available Spring 2004 for direct customers and
loading by Inspec vendors.

For further information please visit IEE at"

"Library World Records" finally out in Nov

Godfrey Oswald writes "The long-awaited "Library World Records," the "Guinness Book of World Records" that is only about libraries and books, is due in November 2003.

Library World Records will be published in the U.S. McFarland & Company Inc.
ISBN 07864-1619X, 264 pages, 112 photographs. Includes bibliography and index. Softcover (7 x 10 inches). Available from Powell's and Amazon bookstores. Further information on: this Geocities site.
I can be contaced for an interview at via [email protected]
Godfrey Oswald, London
author, "Library World Records""

Clearing House for Business Ethics Resources

Gene Hayworth of the University of Colorado: Boulder, posted an announcement to BUSLIB-L regarding an initial test of his new Business Ethics Links List.

"The intent is to provide access to online publications about ethics and
links to web pages that provide information on corporate social
responsibility. There are also searchable databases containing links to
corporate and association codes of conduct, as well as regulatory
agencies. Currently there are links to about 600 company web pages from
companies on the Fortune 500 list. The databases and links are now
functional, and I hope that you will find this to be a useful tool for
students and others who are interested in researching such topics. Other
links are added daily and the databases will continue to be updated."

Gene is very interested in feedback on the site, especially suggestions for additional links to information. There's a place at the top to "Suggest a Link" or you can e-mail him directly (his name in the header links to his e-mail address).

Librarian's Book Club selects November Book

Bibliofuture writes: "The November selection for the Librarian's Book Club is Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences

More information on the book can be found at"


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