Multimedia Information and Technology: journal news

Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news

17 March 2010

1.     The Bad Book Affair: mobile librarian to the rescue

2.     National Railway Museum’s library and archive centre now on Copac

3.     Scholarly Book Publishing Practice report now available

4.     University of Bedfordshire to speak on digital signage for campuses

5 Natural History Museum: RECORDING THE LIVING WORLD

6 Spring issue of Refer – the journal of the Information Services Group published

1.The Bad Book Affair: mobile librarian to the rescue

The Financial Times says: Israel Armstrong, the amateur detective at the centre of Sansom’s series of comedy mysteries, is an unlikely character: an ennui-stricken Jewish vegetarian domiciled in Tumdrum, a tiny village in Northern Ireland. Israel runs the local mobile library, and becomes embroiled in scandal after lending Philip Roth’s American Pastoral – from the restricted “unshelved” category – to the young daughter of a local MP.

2. National Railway Museum’s library and archive centre now on Copac

The holdings of Search Engine, the National Railway Museum’s library and archive centre, have been added to Copac.

The library and archive collections at the National Railway Museum form one of the largest resources of railway and transport history in the world. The Library Collection is international in scope and covers all time periods, and holdings include over 20,000 books and 800 journal titles, as well as official publications, technical records, and many photographs and posters.

 Details of other libraries to be added to Copac are available from the Forthcoming Libraries pages on the Copac website  (

 3. Scholarly Book Publishing Practice report now available

ALPSP (Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishers) has published the Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report, the findings of a survey of academic book publishers’ policies and practices, authored by Laura Cox and John Cox.

Scholarly Book Publishing Practice is the first ALPSP survey undertaken to establish current practices in scholarly book and e-book publishing, to provide detailed analysis and statistics in this growing market.   Of particular interest to MmIT readers will be the sections on e-books.

The publishers surveyed publish over 24,000 new titles each year. 63.2% of publishers publish e-books in one way or another, but they still account for a fairly small proportion of total book sales, with the average across all publishers at just 9.4%.

Findings of the report cover the following topics:

  • The size and scope of scholarly book and e-book publishing
    • Printing technologies
    • Sales channels
    • Digital file creation
    • E-book functionality
    • Services to libraries
    • Licensing terms and conditions
    • Pricing and business models
    • E-book bundles and collections
    • Perpetual access and preservation
    • Authors’ rights
    • Securing publishing rights
    • E-book revenue development
    • Publishers concerns the e-book market


4. University of Bedfordshire to speak on digital signage for campuses

 Kris Collins, online marketing manager at the University of Bedfordshire is amongst speaker’s at Europe’s first digital signage end-user summit. The

Digital Signage Strategies Forum will be held on 4 and 5 May 2010, in association with Screen Media Expo Europe (5-6 May), at Earls Court, London, UK.

 Kris said: “The speed of delivery via digital signage as opposed to printed media has meant that our key messages can be pushed to all campuses within a matter of minutes.”  He adds, “We hope to highlight the possible issues that arise when looking to install a large digital signage network and how we have managed to circumnavigate some of the obstacles.”

 Organisers say: With the decrease in hardware costs and improved technology, the time has come for new users to adopt digital signage and for existing users to expand their networks.

 Topics to be covered include the different applications of digital signage, technology selection, content strategy, implementation, network management and more.

5. Natural History Museum: RECORDING THE LIVING WORLD

 The data painstakingly collected over centuries by naturalists and other scientists are being liberated from their institutional archives, made available in rejuvenated catalogues and published on the Web.

 At the event on 30 March 2010 (15.30-19.00) Diane Tough will talk about recent developments in the methods of collection description at the Museum whose library is one of the foremost resources for researchers in molecular biology, biodiversity, systematics, taxonomy, and the history of science, and consists of over one million books and half a million artworks.

 Graham Higley will tell us about the Encyclopaedia of Life – an ambitious project that aims to build an online resource in which every species on earth will have its own web page. This international enterprise consists of five major projects: the Species Pages Group, the Biodiversity Informatics Group, the Scanning and Digitization Group, the Learning and Education Group, and the Biodiversity Synthesis Group. Together they are creating an unparalleled resource for the life sciences that covers every aspect of the study, research, recording and documentation of living creatures.  Fee: £5

6. Spring issue of Refer – the journal of the Information Services Group published

 In the main journal:

 Thirty years of Refer                                                           

  • Whither Birmingham Libraries Reference Services?   
  • Newcastle Central Library                                         
  • Teaching Reference and Information Services @ Sheffield iSchool Mobile reference support: trialling mobile devices in student support settings at LJMU Evaluating printed reference sources: a postscript
  • Text a Librarian                                                        
  • Public Information Online                                          
  • European Information Association News                    
  • SCOOP News                                                                    
  • London Libraries Reference Group (LLRG)                

 In the supplement (available on Referplus, and in print to ISG Members on request to the Editor):

  • Searching for the height of Nelson’s Column: a small case study What Official Publications training is required by public libraries?
  • e-book services – a personal viewpoint
  • RSS Feeds for Library and Information Services Book Reviews (The world and Wikipedia: how we are editing reality by Andrew Dalby; Fact File 2010 / Essential Articles 12 (Carel Press); KEY Organisations 2010: The annual searchable guide to thousands of organisations (Carel Press); Libraries & Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland 2009-2010)

 On Referplus (

 Library Web – Library Culture on the Web How people assess online content and services OPSI Review of the Public Library Subsidy Scheme Conference & Seminar reports

Posted by Catherine Dhanjal, Managing Editor, Multimedia Information and Technology journal


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