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Lori Bell writes \"PDAs are playing in Peoria libraries to the point of care in two Peoria, Illinois medical libraries, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Library & Resource Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria. A website for the LSTA grant project, funded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has been launched at pdagrant.osfsaintfrancis.org. The website contains information about the project and links to resources on handheld computing for librarians and medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and other personnel.

NISO Establishes Networked Reference Services Committee

Marilyn Geller writes: \"NISO, the National Information
Standards Organization, has announced that a new standards committee is now
being organized to develop standards that will enable interoperable,
networked reference services. Digital reference services are a rapidly
growing extension of the traditional \"behind the desk\" reference service
offered by virtually all libraries. Digital reference, whether delivered via
real-time chat or asynchronous e-mail, allows library patrons to submit
questions and receive answers via electronic means.

Philosophy of Information

John Castledine writes \"
You are cordially invited to join a new Yahoo Group
called Philosophy-of-Information. The purpose of the
group is to facilitate scholarly discussion about the nature and
meaning of information. At this time, it is open to
anyone who wants to think seriously and deeply
about information. That includes professional philosophers,
as well as information scientists and librarians.

Group Information

John Castledine
Moderator
\"

New 3M Marketing Award

SomeOne writes \"New Marketing Award offered by IFLA/3M to all libraries worldwide that promotes library services. Application forms available on or 3M.

ALA Announcement \"

Career Development Book Available

Rachel writes \"Rachel Singer Gordon and Sarah Nesbeitt are pleased to announce the publication of The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online, a new Information Today guide for Internet-connected professionals.

Learn how to interact and develop your career online through:

* Participating in electronic discussion lists and forums
* Researching educational opportunities
* Taking distance coursework online
* Reading and contributing to the professional literature
* Keeping current with online resources
* Creating your own Internet web page, weblog, discussion list, or newsletter

... and more!

Visit Our Web Site for more on the title, as well as live links to every web address mentioned in the book.\"

LookWAYup Online Translation Dictionary

Martin Laplante writes \"LookWAYup.com has expanded its online English dictionary and thesaurus to include translation to French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese.

The LookWAYup on-line dictionary has proven to be extremely popular. It attracts over 500,000 lookups per month and has received enthusiastic Reviews all over the world.
It looks for appropriate definitions and searches based on the context in which the word is used.

It installs in your browser as a search pane or a sidebar tab. Its interface has everything except clutter. It looks up words by double-clicking or by drag-and-drop.
lookwayup.com
\"

American Library Association expresses condolences

\"The American Library Association (ALA) today expressed its condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those affected by Tuesday\'s tragic events and urges the public to access information at libraries of all kinds - public, school, academic and special - in the days ahead.

\"All of us have been deeply moved by these events, and our heart goes out to everyone affected by these terrible deeds,\" ALA President John W. Berry said. Berry said librarians can assist the public by providing free information and information services.

Library resources include free Internet access, computers and databases, directories and other information that can assist the public. \"Whether you need to access a computer to learn the latest breaking news, find out where to give blood in your community, identify a professional who can provide grief counseling, or simply seek out books to help your family understand recent events, libraries in every community in America can help,\" Berry said.

ALA Executive Director William Gordon expressed his profound sadness over the recent events and added that the public can find out where they can obtain free computer access in their community by calling (866) 583-1234 toll-free.\"

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Questia\'s New Marketing Approach to Include a Librarian

For The Houston Chronicle, Tom Fowler writes...

\"Questia Media will be accompanying millions of high school and college students back to school in the coming weeks with a full complement of TV ads, direct mailers and Internet marketing. The company is also making a librarian available to TV shows to talk about back-to-school preparations, which will naturally include a suggested subscription to Questia.\" more...

Alternative Press Center joins OCLC

In a landmark deal, the Alternative Press Center, publishers of the Alternative Press Index has joined OCLC and negotiated for the Index to be served up by Firstsearch and for many journals indexed there to enter OCLC\'s Electronic Collections Online in full-text. This is a great development for supporters of the alternative press and believers in the necessity of turning to the Alternative Press to supplement near-monopoly publishing in order to fulfill the Library Bill of Rights.

Press release from OCLC inside:

Library of Congress\' Collaborative Digital Reference Service

Federal Computer Week profiles the emerging Collaborative Digital Reference Service this month:

Most baseball fans know that New York Yankee Don Larsen pitched a perfect game — allowing no batters to reach base — against the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1956 World Series. Although the game has been well documented, one man walked into the National Library of Canada with a certified stumper: Did Larsen go to a \"ball-three\" count against any Dodger batter?

It’s a reference librarian’s job to try to find answers to patrons’ questions, no matter how arcane. In this case, library staff members couldn’t find the answer using their own print and electronic resources, so they turned to a new resource, the Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS), and waited for another library somewhere in the world to provide the answer. [More . . .]

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