Call For Papers: The Reference Librarian

Jessamyn West sent over Her Call For Papers. She\'s going to be a guest editor of an upcoming issue of The Reference Librarian.
The topic for this issue is Ask A Librarian [Aska] and Tutorial services -- comparing and contrasting library models and more consumer-oriented models.

14th Great African-American Read-In

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and by NCTE

Join over a million readers
in the Fourteenth National African American Read-In

Sunday, February 2, 2003, 4:00 p.m. EST
Monday, February 3, 2003, for Schools

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations,
and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month
by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as
simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as
arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African
American Writers.

Here\'s The Web Site \"

New issue of \'Learned Publishing\' available

The January 2003 issue of Learned Publishing is available:

  • What will happen to peer review? / Alex Williamson
  • Professional writing assistance: effects on biomedical publishing / Max Lagnado
  • Authors and electronic publishing: what authors want from the new technology / Alma Swan; Sheridan Brown
  • E-learning: new opportunities in continuing professional development / Donald Klein; Mark Ware
  • Consortial licensing vs. tradition: breaking up is hard to do / David Kohl
  • Editing an African scholarly journal / Carole Pearce
  • Text retrieval: an overview / Alan Gilchrist
  • E-books and the academic market: the emerging supply chain / David Taylor
  • Open-access journals - nice idea, shame about the numbers? / Alastair Dryburgh
  • LJ seeks paraprofessional award nominees

    Library Journal is seeking nominees for its paraprofessional of the year award:

    Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its fourth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1 issue. The award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service and places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paraprofessionals in the library profession. The editors see this award as equal in importance to LJ\'s annual Librarian of the Year Award, which debuted in 1989 and recognizes those who hold the MLS.

    Complete story.

    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: "

    London Public Library Honored with Best Practices

    Glenna Marr writes \"The London (Ontario) Public Library was honored with Industry Canada\'s LibraryNet Best Practices Award for its new Media Literacy Centre. The award was given for the library\'s work with CHUM Television to establish North America\'s first library-based Media Literacy Centre in the new Central Library, opened last August. The Centre provides access to print, electronic and audiovisual materials aimed at helping users to develop an informed and critical understanding of the media\'s role in society.\"

    Check Out Digital Library of Information Science and Technology

    Paul writes \"
    The School of Information Resources and Library Science and the Arizona
    Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona have launched DLIST,
    the Digital Library of Information Science and Technology. DLIST is
    available at dlist.sir.arizona.eduThe objective of DLIST is to serve as a repository of electronic resources
    in the domains of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information
    Technology (IT).

    21 Century Librarian Award

    It's the third annual competition
    for the 21st-Century Librarian Award. This award recognizes librarians
    who have been leaders in the evolution of the profession in the new
    information environment. The award is a project of the Master of Library
    Science (MLS) students at Syracuse University's School of Information

    Check Out ASL Access

    Christine (Chris) Wixtrom writes:

    \"ASL Access is a fully volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission for placement of American Sign Language (ASL) video resources in public libraries.... Please visit our web site and consider providing information on your site about our services to libraries.\"

    Announcing Global Librarian

    Glenna Marr writes "Launched September 6, 2002, Global Librarian is a unique international partnership of public libraries. The participating libraries are Southampton City Libraries (UK), Surrey Public Library (British Columbia, Canada) and Vaughan Public Libraries (Ontario, Canada). This venture allows patrons of these three libraries to access benchmark-standard reference services through their Web site virtually round-the-clock. Reference library staff will be checking for incoming e-mails every hour for twenty hours out of twenty-four. Anyone e-mailing a reference question to one of the libraries, Mondays through Saturday afternoons will receive a response from a librarian as soon as the answer has been researched. Negotiations are taking place with a fourth library, the Eastern Regional Libraries in Melbourne,Australia, to bring the coverage to the full twenty-four hours before the year's end.

    Shy Librarian Teaming Up With The Public Library Association

    I'm way behind on this one...

    The Public Library Association (PLA) has entered into an agreement with Joseph Cadieux, publisher of the quarterly journal "The Shy Librarian," to distribute the journal to PLA's members. Beginning with the Spring 2003 issue and ending with the Winter 2004 issue, PLA will mail each issue of "The Shy Librarian" magazine to all of its members at no charge to the members.


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