Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Swets Information Services - Serial Price Increase Report

Swets Information Services - Serial Price Increase Report: "Serial Price Increase Report

Do you have information about annual serials price increases?

You can find out all about annual price increases in Swets' Serials Price Increase Report #2 2006."

Desk Set

The title referred to the staff of the Research and Reference Department of a major television network. Miss Booth (and later, Miss Hepburn) starred as head librarian, Bunny Watson, who suddenly finds her happy existence threatened by the computer age.

While the storyline itself was fictional, everyone in 1950s broadcasting knew that the character of Bunny Watson was based on Agnes Law. Beginning in the early 1950s, Dorothy recalled, a young man from Philadelphia kept coming to the library, asking to use our research facilities. Agnes allowed him to come in and was later a little surprised to learn that it was our staff and Agnes herself that he was researching. The young man turned out to be William Marchant, author of The Desk Set. When Agnes found out, she was thrilled.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Marketing Corporate Libraries

How to Market

A challenge for any corporate librarian is keeping the library's customers aware of all the services the library offers. A successful librarian needs to continuously market library services and competencies. For many people, librarians included, "selling" their services or competencies is not a comfortable idea. However, if corporate librarians do not blow their own horns, library services may only be appreciated by a few. Marketing is often defined as promotion, but in fact promotion is only one of many management techniques that are included under the blanket term of marketing. Marketing includes "determining market niches, defining products and services, setting prices, promoting services, and building good public relations. (Olson & Moseman) A savvy librarian, realizing that marketing library services is the same as providing good customer service, will create and follow a marketing plan to avoid some common library marketing pitfalls.

Boing Boing: Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files

Boing Boing: Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files: "Coffee table with integrated book-shelves like hanging files
This Turkish coffee table has integrated bookshelves beneath sliding surfaces; the books slot into vertical slots, like hanging files. Ingenious! Link (via Cribcandy) "

but i actually like the other one better:

New Storage System May Make All DVDs Obsolete

New Storage System May Make All DVDs Obsolete

Threatening to make both competing high-definition DVD systems, Blu-Ray and HD DVD, quickly obsolete, a holographic storage system that can store up to 300GB on a single disc is expected to hit the market by this time next year, Britain's New Scientist magazine is reporting in its current issue. The magazine noted that the technology behind it could eventually be developed to store up to 1.6 terabytes on a disk, the equivalent of 300 DVDs. Moreover, it noted, the system employs a laser light unit that allows information to be transferred in a single flash, thereby lowering production costs. The system is being developed jointly by InPhase Technologies and Hitachi

Friday, November 25, 2005

Meetings this week

Two meetings this week:

Monday - CFUW Oakville - The speaker was Lisa Rochon, architecture columnist/critic for The Globe and Mail. Her national column 'Cityspace' explores the complex fabric of the Canadian city - its public spaces, its trophy buildings and its contextual architecture. She travels regularly for her column in Canada and abroad and has written extensively about the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York. She has recently released a book "Up North". She spoke on the Canadian-ness of our architecture.

Wednesday - SLA Toronto Chapter West Programming - The speaker was Helen Katz, Manager, Research and Information Services, Ontario Ministry of Finance. Helen spoke on "Business Research for the Non-Business Librarian". Being a chemistry librarian I learned about a number of sources I had not considered before. The turnout for the meeting was good -- quite a few people we had not met before.

Canadian Book Exchange Centre

Canadian Book Exchange Centre: "The Canadian Book Exchange Centre (CBEC) helps Canadian libraries help each other. A resource-sharing service provided by Library and Archives Canada, CBEC is a redistribution centre, a clearing house that arranges for the exchange of publications deemed surplus by one library but needed by another. The Centre ensures that the nation's collective surplus holdings are accessible to all, keeps material in circulation and provides an efficient, practical method of using libraries' excess materials to help fill each other's collection requirements. Currently, the publications made available by the Centre are free of charge, but participating libraries must pay shipping charges whether they send or receive materials."

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Searching for Grey Literature

UBC Library: Subject Page - Searching for Grey Literature: "Subject Resources for Searching for Grey Literature

Grey literature is defined as ... 'information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing' ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.' (ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997 - Expanded in New York, 2004)

Grey (or gray) literature has historically been difficult to identify and obtain. There are two reasons for this problem: 1) much of the grey literature is unindexed or unpublished (often both); and 2) it is often locked deep within the 'hidden or invisible' web, and unsearchable. However, as grey literature becomes easier to find in the emerging era of open access, its importance is likely to increase. This guide is meant to provide some assistance to those in scholarly environments wishing to extend their research to this important literature.

Start your search for grey literature by browsing relevant government or institutional websites directly. Increasingly, institutional repositories (IRs) - such as the University of Toronto TSpace - place faculty publications freely-accessible online. Much of this material is indexed by Google Scholar and Scirus. For systematic reviews of the literature, several search engines that crawl different portions of the Web should be searched as 'one-stop searching' does not (yet) exist. "

Clam Chowder: Mini-rant: IT Departments as a barrier-- Why?

Clam Chowder: Mini-rant: IT Departments as a barrier-- Why?

perfectly put!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hugh Sidey Dies

Iowa-Born Journalist Hugh Sidey Dies: "Iowa-Born Journalist Hugh Sidey Dies

DES MOINES -- Native Iowan High Sidey died of a heart attack in Paris.

Sidey was born in Greenfield, Iowa, in 1927 and grew up working on his father's weekly newspaper. After serving in World War II, Sidey obtained a journalism degree from Iowa State College, and worked for newspapers in Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs.

He then joined Time Magazine, where he wrote a column titled 'The Presidency' that ran for the past four decades. The columns, which were personal portraits of U.S. presidents, ended in 1996. Sidey was known for having unusual access to presidents, beginning with President John F. Kennedy, whom he interviewed during a White House swim. Sidey also served as Time's White House correspondent and its Washington Bureau Chief. He also wrote or contributed to seven books.

Hugh Sidey was 78 years old. "

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Chemical Synonyms Database

ETC Spills Technology Databases, Chemical Synonyms Database: This database is used to find synonyms of a chemical name and to find the standard IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) name for that chemical.

Type in parts or all of a chemical name you are looking for. Many chemicals have very long chemical names, for these it will be easier to type in only parts of the name that will suffice to identify it and similar chemicals."

377 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites

Online Weekly Checklist: "Canadian federal government databases accessible through the Internet (2005).

3rd edition

This is the 3rd edition of the bibliography of online Canadian federal government databases, replacing the 2nd edition published in 2001. This current edition lists 377 databases publicly accessible on Government of Canada Web sites. Some of these databases require user registration.

This edition contains entries from the previous edition that have been reviewed and verified as well as databases that have appeared since the previous edition.

All databases listed were available on the Internet as of September 7, 2005."

Monday, November 14, 2005 | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold | New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold: "New research says chilly feet can bring on a cold News Staff
If your mother always warned you to wrap up warm to avoid catching a cold, it appears she may have been right all along.
British scientists say they have proof that a drop in body temperature can kickstart viruses which lie dormant in people during the cold season, from October to March."

What's next??? spilled salt really does cause bad luck?? Someone really is walking on my grave when I get a shiver??? Cats really do suck the breath out of babies??? An itchy palm really does mean I will be getting money soon????

Friday, November 11, 2005

Today @ PC World - Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years

Today @ PC World - Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years: "Send Yourself an E-mail in 20 Years

The most entertaining artifact at my 20-year high school reunion was the unearthed time capsule containing dozens of paper scraps decorated with the scrawls of teenagers finally freed from the confines of classrooms, and facing adulthood for the first time. How about sending yourself an e-mail that you won't receive for 20 years? That's the idea behind Forbes Magazine and Yahoo's e-mail time capsule.

You have until November 30 to compose an e-mail snapshot of your life. You can choose to receive it next year, if you wish. But I'm opting for the 20-year return--just in time for my 40-year high school reunion. To read the story behind the project, click here.

What will you tell yourself in the future? "

Inspec� Now Back to 1898

What's New on Dialog - Issue 2, 2005: " Century of Engineering Indexed: Inspec? Now Back to 1898

As library space becomes a premium, print copies of early abstracts journals are becoming scarce. To overcome this, Inspec digitized the entire collection of Science Abstracts Journals (back to volume one) dating from 1898 to 1968.

An archival backfile has been produced containing:

The original value-added indexing and classifications

Enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus Terms and Inspec Classification Codes

Conference proceedings, books, journals, reports and dissertations

Longer abstracts than today varying in length from half a page to several pages including diagrams and complex mathematical proof because hard copy originals were less accessible

Dialog Implementation

On Dialog, the archive has been loaded into a separate file?File 202."

Index Chemicus Comes to Dialog

What's New on Dialog - Issue 2, 2005: "Index Chemicus Comes to Dialog

Index Chemicus (File 302), a text- and substructure-searchable database covering the world?s leading organic chemistry journals, reports over 200,000 new compounds each year, with coverage of over one million structures published in the literature since 1991."

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products

Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products: "Health & Safety Information on Household Products

What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers. "

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

ACS Directory of Graduate Education (DGR) -- online -- no charge

Welcome DGRWeb 2005: "The ACS Directory of Graduate Education (DGR) is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the U.S. and Canada.

NEW for 2005! DGRweb, the searchable, online version of the DGR is now available free of charge."

First seen on chminf-l Blog Blog: " Blog"

not much activity, but it is canadian. On his page is a free patent downloading utility. I have not downloaded it yet, but it looks interesting. It works from highlighted text either on a web page or in Word. It claims download US, European, PCT, Canadian, French, German and UK patents to your computer as a single PDF file at no charge.

ALA | ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

ALA | ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries: "ACRL announces enhanced access to College & Research Libraries

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that its scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries is available free of charge in PDF format on the ACRL website six months after publication. Retrospective issues now are available through volume 58 (1997)."

Monday, November 7, 2005

PubSub LinkRanks

InLinks are links to from feeds on other sites.
OutLinks are links from's feeds to other sites.
Entries are new and modified posts discovered in's feeds that are read by PubSub.
LinkRank is a measurement of how many feeds link to PubSub caculates a site's LinkRank on a daily basis, as well as its average LinkRank over the past 15, 30, and 60 days.

Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland

Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland: "A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716.

476,578 theses in collection; last updated 27 October 2005"

The Ultimate Star Trek Collection The Ultimate Star Trek Collection (1989): : "The Ultimate Star Trek Collection

DVD ~ William Shatner

Average Customer Review:

Release Date: November 15, 2005

Not Yet Released -- On Order

Here's the ultimate collection for the ultimate fan. This 212-disc behemoth encompasses five broadcast series and 10 feature films and is, with a few exceptions, all the Trek a Trekker could want. Start with the original series, which in 1966 set out to boldly go where no series had gone before,... "

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Google Print

Google Print: "What is Google Print?

Google's mission is to organize the world's information, but much of that information isn't yet online. Google Print aims to get it there by putting book content where you can find it most easily � right in your Google search results.

How does Google Print work?

Just do a search on the Google Print homepage. When we find a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, we'll link to it in your search results. Click a book title and you'll see the page of the book that has your search terms, along with other information about the book and 'Buy this Book' links to online bookstores (you can view the entirety of public domain books or, for books under copyright, just a few pages or in some cases, only the title�s bibliographic data and brief snippets). You can also search for more information within that specific book and find nearby libraries that have it. "

CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue

Knowledgespeak: "CISTI adds four Far Eastern library collections to catalogue - 03 Nov 2005

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) has announced the addition of collections from four Far Eastern libraries to the CISTI Catalogue. The libraries include the Science and Technology Policy Research Information Center, Taiwan, Sunmedia Co., Japan, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China and the Korea Institute of Scientific and Technical Information.

CISTI customers can now access all the four collections directly and more cost effectively. The collections added include over 10,000 STM journals, articles and reports. Clients can also use CISTI�s Direct Service delivery to order documents from the Far East collections.

The CISTI Catalogue, which comprises over 50,000 serial titles and over 800,000 books, reports and conference proceedings, allows its customers to easily search, access and order documents. An institute of the National Research Council of Canada, CISTI is one of the prime sources for information in the science, technology, medicine and engineering sector. NRC Research Press is the institute�s STM publishing arm."

--- from Knowledgespeak

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Dr. Carol Tenopir - School of Information Sciences - University of Tennessee

I found Dr. Carol Tenopir's site today and found it full of information. Papers and survey's you can read online.

Carol Tenopir is a professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Interim Director of the Center for Information Studies. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King.

Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and since 1983 has written the "Online Databases" column for Library Journal. She is the recipient of the 1993 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the American Society for Information Science/Institute for Scientific Information and the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence. She also received the 2002 American Society for Information Science & Technology, Research Award and the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Tenopir holds a PhD degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

A Halloween Whoops

Other than the obvious (much shampooing, dishsoap, etc.) -- does anyone know how to get Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) out of a 12 year old girls hair?