Feds Launch

SomeOne passed along This Story on the new site. is a free Web portal providing access to science-related reports, databases and other information. Dubbed "FirstGov for Science," the site's resources include technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal web sites, and fact sheets.

" provides the unique ability to search across the content within databases as well as across Web sites,It shows that federal agencies can work together to pull off something none of them could do individually." said Eleanor Frierson"

New Law Librarian Weblog

David Goldman writes \", edited by Boston law firm librarian David Goldman, is a weblog for law librarians, legal researchers and other information professionals. While focuses primarily on law, research and technology, we also report on search engine news, online free speech issues, decisions of note, as well as conducting interviews with notable personalities.For more information please see

NewspaperDirect at Vancouver Public Library

Mark Koep writes \"Vancouver Public Library is excited to be the first library in the world to offer, in partnership with NewspaperDirect, a unique, cutting edge service which provides our patrons with the possibility of same-day access to over
150 international newspapers.

Newspapers are laser printed within the library on 11x17 paper from PDFfiles from NewspaperDirect. The response of our patrons has been enthusiastic. Many have been dumbfounded that today\'s or even tomorrow\'s papers from around the world are available here at VPL.

Press release, Vancouver Public Library,

Artist to Librarians: Borrow my Books!

Jim Rosenau writes: \"Announcing the This Into That 2003 Library Lending Program.
A limited number of Second Editions bookshelves made from discarded hardback
books are available for 3 month loans (without risk of overdue fines) to
libraries with suitable display space. Jim Rosenau\'s line of innovative
functional art was recently shown at the California Library Association
meeting in Sacramento, CA.
This Into That will select participating libraries in January 2003.
Complete information about the work is available at

Please answer the following questions and submit by Jan 10, 2003:

Biggest Online Children's Library to Debut Tomorrow

the Institute of Museum and Library Services Says they have a five-year, $4.4 million plan to build a digital library freely available for children worldwide. The library will consist of 10,000 children's books drawn from 100 cultures. The International Children's Digital Library, developed by the Internet Archive and the University of Maryland, is part of a larger research project to develop new technology to serve young readers.

Library of Congress Opens High Density Storage Facility

Charles Davis writes \"The new facility will be dedicated a week from Monday. This is the first major new
building (Storage Module 1 or SM1) LC has built in over 20 years and will house nearly 1.5 million items.
The Media Advisory
fact sheet for more information.

New DMOZ category seeks links for Research Organizations

Anjlee writes \"A new category on DMOZ (the Open Directory Project) is looking for link suggestions. Please visit Library and Information Science: Research Organizations and submit any links that you feel are worth including. \"

The Library and Information Science is a great place to dig up some new sites.

Appeal of the Vernadsky National Library

klaus graf writes \"
On October 22, 2002 the disaster caused by the disorder in the heating
net had happened to Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. More
than 200 000 documents were damaged by a flow of water and vapor,
the heating system is out of order.
Urgent needs:

Digital library of Chinese Buddhist texts debuts

A collaboration between the National Library of China and the British Library has resulted in the Digital Dunhuang Website:

The Dunhuang Library Cave in northwest China was accidentally found by a Taoist priest when he was clearing sand from the No. 16 grotto on June 22, 1900. The cave, sealed for 850 years, holds more than 50,000 relics dating from the 4th to 11th centuries.

However, these documents became scattered around the world. The NLC has collected over 16,000 pieces and the BL more than 13,000.

Ren Jiyu, director of the National Library of China, said the situation had been \"very inconvenient for Dunhuang research.\"

\"To make Dunhuang documents accessible to scholars and let manymore people know about Dunhuang as well as share these treasured resources . . the NLC and BL signed an agreement to collaborate on the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) to present images of Dunhuangdocuments and information on scholars and their researches on the website,\" he said.

Complete article from the \"People\'s Daily\". More from the British Library.

New Library & Info Science Discussion Site

Allen writes "If you build it, they will .... come? Allen Williams, MLIS is waiting to find out the answer to this question. He recently launched a series of discussion forums focused on the library and information science communities. His intent is to create an online community of LIS professionals for general discussion, sharing ideas, support, and networking -- 'the human side of information'.

At the moment, people seem to be a bit skiddish about posting and the forums are nearly empty -- why not help out a fellow colleague and register today at: "


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