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November 21, 2008

Calling Canada's librarians - the Canadian Public Domain needs you!

.: From the Creative Commons Canada site:

Access Copyright (The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency) and Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corp. and the Wikimedia Foundation, invite Canada's library community to help us test the Canadian Public Domain Registry beta website.

The ground-breaking project – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published Canadian literary works. The Registry's integrated rights calculator allows users to automatically determine each work's copyright status on an evolving basis. The Registry will also link to digital versions of the work and provide information about where a paper-copy can be purchased, when available.

In essence, we're building a public domain library and that's why we need you (Canada's librarians) to help test our beta website and ensure the Registry is ready for the public-at-large. We also invite leaders in the library community to get involved with charting a course for its future. Any amount of participation is helpful and welcome.

Please contact us now, we will reply with further instructions, directions to the beta test website and the secret password.

What: Canadian Public Domain Registry beta test
When: October 15 - December 15, 2008
Who: The Canadian Library community
Where: Contact marcus@creativecommons.ca for details

November 17, 2008

ISTL Fall 2008 n55 Now Available

.: The #55 Fall 2008 issue of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship is now available for viewing. Details, as seen in an e-mail circulating today:


Theme: Web 2.0

Science Experiments: Reaching Out to Our Users by Maureen Nolan, Lori Tschirhart, Stephanie Wright, Laura Barrett, Matthew Parsons, and Linda Whang, University of Washington and Dartmouth College

Web 2.0 as Catalyst: Virtually Reaching Out to Users and Connecting Them to Library Resources and Services by Norah Xiao, University of Southern California

An Undergraduate Science Information Literacy Tutorial in a Web 2.0 World by Jeanine Marie Scaramozzino, California Polytechnic State University

Chat Widgets for Science Libraries
by John J. Meier, The Pennsylvania State University

Making Research Guides More Useful and More Well Used by Michal Strutin, Santa Clara University

Geospatial Technology Support in Small Academic Libraries: Time to Jump on Board?
by Carrie M. Macfarlane and Christopher M. Rodgers, Middlebury College

Podcasting the Sciences: A Practical Overview by Eugene Barsky and Kevin Lindstrom, University of British Columbia

Refereed Articles

Dissertation Citations in Organismal Biology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: Implications for Collection Development by Jonathan Nabe and Andrea Imre, Southern Illinois University

Electronic Resources Reviews

DOE Data Explorer: The Data
by Meredith Ayers, Northern Illinois University

Book Reviews

The MLA Essential Guide to Becoming an Expert Searcher Reviewed by Thomas Harrod, University of Maryland

Digital Literacy: Tools and Methodologies for Information Society Reviewed by Jane Duffy, Dalhousie University

Tips from the Experts

by Charles F. Huber, University of California, Santa Barbara


An Old Fogey Looks at the Reference (R)Evolution by Linda Shackle, Arizona State University

November 6, 2008

Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future, October 2008

.: Proceedings of the Association of Research Libraries' 2008 Fall Forum, Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future, October 2008. are now available online.