November 30, 2006

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research: Inaugural Issue

.: The first issue of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research is now available for viewing:

The electronic journal is a practitioner’s journal of The Partnership published twice a year. Articles may be contributed at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial review committee. Articles fall into several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and fall in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Other types of articles include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news& announcements, professional development and reviews.
The first issue of Partnership includes articles under the headings of Innovations in Practice, Theory and Research, Conference Spotlight, Professional Development, Profiles, Viewpoints, and News and Announcements. Congratulations to editor Jennifer Richard and the Editorial Team on the publication of v1 n1 (2006) of Partnership!

November 22, 2005

EBSCO Provides Free Access to Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

.: Was surfing Stephen's Lighthouse when I read an entry about EBSCO now providing free access to Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. From the EBSCO site:

EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

Note: Be sure to set a bookmark for This link takes you directly to the LISTA database. Make it a "favorite" so this free resource is available whenever you need it!

July 20, 2005

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Announcements

:: From an e-mail sent today by Andrea Duda:

: I have a number of announcements about Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (
  • We are pleased to welcome Deborah Huerta of Colgate University as the newest member of our editorial board.
  • We have established themes for our upcoming issues:
    • Fall 2005: Facilities (e.g., new buildings; consolidated libraries; renovated facilities; living with outdated facilities; incorporating technology, etc.)
    • Winter 2006: Outreach and Marketing (e.g. publicity, blogs, reaching/teaching people who seldom come into the library)
    • Spring 2006: Assessment (Assessing all aspects of library collections and services)
    • Summer 2006: All topics
    • Fall 2006: E-resources (Decision making, user statistics, evaluation, a librarian's wish list for publishers)
    More information about writing for ISTL is available at We'd be happy to talk over article ideas with you and we encourage newer authors to work with us on publications.

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February 17, 2005

What's Up?

:: The February 2005 issue of Walt Crawford's always entertaining Cites & Incites Insights is now available.

:: In the v6 n3 January 2005 issue of The Charleston Advisor, Louise F Deis (Princeton) and David Goodman (Long Island U) review Web of Science (2004 version) and Scopus. Richard T Sweeney and Haymwantee Singh of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, respond to the review.

:: Issue 6.2 of ACS's Livewire is available.

:: EEVL Column: Four Search Engines and a Plaque. Roddy MacLeod looks at some recent developments to the EEVL service.

:: In Pter's Digital Reference Shelf for February 2005, Pter Jacs reviews RDN - the Resource Discovery Network:

RDN is set up in eight hubs, each of which represents a group of specific disciplines that develop and maintain annotated directories of Web resources in their fields, as well as other educational materials, such as tutorials in digital format for Web distribution.
Among the eight hubs are EEVL and PSIgate, the Physical Sciences Information Gateway.

November 30, 2004

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship - Fall 2004 Issue Available

:: Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship #41, Fall 2004, is available for viewing. Loading seems to be very slow. The theme of the issue is Nontraditional Reference Services, and features these articles:

  • The Arizona Instructional Atlas: A New Reference and Instructional Tool by Jeanne Pfander and Danielle Carlock, University of Arizona
  • "I Wouldn't Have Asked for Help if I had to go to the Library": Reference Services On Site by Jennifer Lee, K. Alix Hayden, and Don MacMillan, University of Calgary
  • Project: Information Oasis by Katherine Clemens, Emalee Craft, Jennifer Duvernay, Sheila Hofstetter, and Linda Shackle, Arizona State University
  • References as Knowledge Management by Erik Wilde, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Refereed Articles
  • The 2003 STS Continuing Education Survey: Selected Analyses of Science Librarians' Interests by Marilyn Christianson, Auburn University
Database Reviews and Reports
  • Databases of the Academic Support Program of the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety CCOHS) by Ian Gordon and Kimberly Lee, Brock University

August 24, 2004

Communication Patterns of Engineers - Review by Christina Pikas

:: Christina Pikas, who maintains On Christina's Radar, has written a concise, informative review of the book, Communication Patterns of Engineers, by Carol Tenopir and Donald W King. The review appeared in the online journal, E-STREAMS Vol. 7, No. 7 - July 2004. The review is a reminder to read the book, which continues to sit on my desk, staring at me, daring me to open it...

August 17, 2004

ISTL - Summer Issue Now Available

:: The latest volume of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, n40, Summer 2004, is now available for viewing.

June 1, 2004

STS Signal, Blogging SLA

:: The v19 n1, Spring 2004, issue of STS Signal, newsletter of the Science & Technology Section of ACRL, is available.

:: Editors and writers from Information Today will be blogging SLA beginning this weekend in Nashville.

Next week is the 95th annual conference of SLAthat's the Special Libraries Association for those of you who prefer the traditional nameand several Information Today, Inc. editors and writers will be there ready to blog. The official dates are June 5-10, 2004, but the Board of Directors holds meetings both before and after the main conference. The Live from Nashville blog ( will cover as many aspects of the conference as the bloggers can handle. That would include association business meetings, conference sessions, the exhibit floor, and social events. Plus, well have backup from some editors not in Nashville.

Why blog SLA? According to Tina Creguer, director, communications, ProQuest Information and Learning, The Special Libraries Association conference is an exciting event, with news, gatherings, and an exchange of ideas that help shape the library world. The blog hastens the speed of information sharing, and were always enthusiastic about improving access to information. ProQuest is sponsoring the ITI Live from Nashville blog.

I'll be attending the SLA conference, and am looking forward to the many good sessions, panels, and meetings, as well as some well-deserved downtime with a few good friends who also attend the conference.

March 10, 2004

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship - n39

:: Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, n39, Fall 2003, is now available. It is a theme issue, featuring two sets of articles, some with abstracts only, from Agricultural Information for the New Millennium: New Crops, Biotechnology, and Saving the Past: Proceedings of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 25-28, 2003. For those interested, the Post-Meeting Final Program from the conference has links to selected powerpoint presentations from the conference.

Also of interest is a brief report by Victoria S Mitchell of a session called The Top Ten Things a new Sci/Tech Librarian Should Know: Developing Core Competencies, from the STS Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group, ALA Annual Meeting, Toronto, June 22, 2003.

September 5, 2003

Science and Technology Libraries - Opportunity for Publication

:: Are you working on a project or research that would be of interest to your fellow scitech librarians?The following message appeared on STS-L, and is worth sharing here:

    "Science & Technology Libraries published by the Haworth Press seeks
    articles for upcoming issues. The journal is peer-reviewed and
    publishes research on projects based in sci-tech libraries including
    studies of changing use patterns of sci-tech information; evaluation
    of services and collections; case studies of library initiatives; and
    descriptions of innovative services, special collections, and special
    resources. For more details about the journal visit

    If you are completing a project that could be of interest to sci-tech
    librarians and information specialists, please consider submitting an
    article for consideration. If you have questions about a potential
    submission, please feel welcome to contact me:

      Julie M. Hurd
      Editor, Science & Technology Libraries
      University of Illinois at Chicago Science Library M/C 234
      P.O. Box 8198
      Chicago, IL 60680"
Julie can be reached at her e-mail address: jhurd at

August 28, 2003

Issues in SciTech Librarianship, Summer 2003, Issue 38

:: The Summer 2003, Number 38 edition of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship has appeared. Articles of interest include Mary DeCarlo's Mathematics Education Resources on the Internet, and Digital Archiving: Journey from Books to Analytical Informatics, by Marie Scandone and Deborah Kernan.

:: Today's web site is from the Centennial Science & Engineering Library at the University of New Mexico.