OCLC to create computing portal for public libraries

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the OCLC Online Computer Library Center a three-year, $9 million grant to build public access computing portal for public libraries and other information organizations.

\"The new portal will build on the foundation\'s five-year-old U.S. Library Program, which is providing computers with Internet access to more than 10,000 libraries across the United States.\"

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Astrology and Library Job Correlation

\"Have you ever wondered about the stars and their influence on one’s career path? More specifically, is there a correlation between a person’s astrological sign and his/her job duties? In libraries, are Virgos attracted to technical services? Are Taureans more likely to be library directors?

Dean Dylan Hendrix & Michelle Wilde are contributing a chapter in the upcoming book, Revolting Librarians Redux, in which they will study the job duty/astrological sign phenomenon. They want to include all library professional and paraprofessional staff in this survey, so please take five minutes to fill out the survey. \"

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography V 42

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes: \"Version 42 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
is now available. This selective bibliography presents over
1,550 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources
that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet.\"

HTML and Acrobat versions available.

Invitation to ASLIB Midlands Branch AGM (UK event)

Anjlee writes \"Aslib Midlands Branch Annual General Meeting followed by

\'Replacing print with e-journals: can it be done?\'
Speaker: Katy Sidwell

Friday 26th April 2002, 2pm – 4pm
Aston University Library, Birmingham, UK.

In her session, Katy Sidwell will discuss Cranfield University’s approach to e-journal management, access and marketing. She will also present the results of a user study conducted at Cranfield with analysis of Science Direct use within the University.

Katy Sidwell is the Faculty Team Librarian for Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds.

If you would like to attend this event, please email [email protected] with your contact details and whether you need to reserve a car park space.

This event is free of charge – coffee and cakes will be provided.

Directions to Aston University can be found Here

More information about ASLIB can be foundHere

Announcing VirtualPubLib

VirtualPubLib, an MSN chat group for those interested in issues related to public library virtual reference services, is up and running.

Obscure journal survey from AIR

jen writes \"The Annals of Improbably Research is having an Obscure Journal Survey.
They invite you join them in conducting the Obscure Journal Survey.

This is a joint research project of the Annals of Improbable
Research (AIR) and the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
The project seeks mercilessly to answer a question posed by Steve
Farrar of THES:

\"Which is the least-read academic journal?\"

The question may be more subtle than it appears. Yet we are
determined to find the one and true answer.

If you think you know which journal is the least read, please send
the journal name to:

OBSCURE JOURNAL SURVEY c/o [email protected]

Please include PITHY, persuasive evidence. If the journal has a
web site, please include its URL.

Announcement \"

New \'Cites & Insights\' Available

A new issue of Cites and Insights is available, featuring:

  • At Your Service: Marking CDs: A Bad Idea?
  • Feedback: Your Insights
  • DisContent: Tracking the Ebook Niches
  • The Filtering Follies
  • Trends and Quick Takes
  • The Good Stuff
  • Text-e Part III: Enter the Mandarins
  • Updates at

    LIScareer\'s sections on career planning, networking, leadership, and other subjects have been updated with fresh links.

    2 Years - 4,000 Stories!

    I am proud to announce we have just passed the 4,000 story mark, at
    In just over 2 years our outstanding team of authors has posted 4,000 stories, articles, announcements, interviews, and sites, and they\'ve done this all with no pay, no fame, and no fortune.
    So here\'s to all the LISNews authors, may you continue to post for another 2 years, and another 4,000 stories. You make this site great!
    Cheers, and thanks. I wish I could do more for you.

    Hotsync to this Site

    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 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.


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