Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 14 April 2010

 1. Wellcome Library: Free Workshops

2. AVS Image Converter 1.2 launches with image-to-PDF conversion

3. New Archives Hub website

4. Photographers to launch action against Google, reports FT

5. Family Learning in MLA

6. Report on UK e-learning market

1. Wellcome Library: Free Workshops

The new summer programme of Wellcome Library workshops can be found on the Library website at: . The workshops provide introductions to research and information resources at the Library, and are aimed at the general public with an interest in medicine, science and social science, and the humanities.

The programme includes: – thematic workshops such as Science in the News, Medicine and Literature and the History of medicine; – training on specific resources such as PubMed Central, and Web of Science; – and introductions to the Wellcome Archives, Wellcome Images and genealogical research resources at the Library. All workshops are free and available to everyone upon joining the Library (library membership is free and open to all).

2. AVS Image Converter 1.2 launches with image-to-PDF conversion

In these days of increasingly bloated and bulky software products, many users appreciate handy applications that do a specific job simply and well. With this in mind, Online Media Technologies Ltd, a developer of software for digital video and multimedia processing, is releasing a new version of its AVS Image Converter software ( ). Now with support for converting images to PDF, AVS Image Converter v1.2 converts a great many popular image file formats into other popular formats and allows the user to process their images for printing or inclusion in slide shows. As well as offering PDF support, AVS Image Converter allows users to convert and save images between all other key formats such as JPEG, RAW, TIFF, GIF, etc.

They can edit their images, save images in the correct format to create slideshows, resize photos to popular printing formats, apply interesting effects and add a personal watermark to copyright their images. The AVS4YOU suite is provided on a subscription basis. Two types of subscription are available with offer prices: one year’s subscription costs 39$ (£25) and unlimited subscription costs 59$ (£39).

3. New Archives Hub website

New Archives hub website now available at: The new site, search application and brand identity are the result of over a year’s dedicated hard work by the Archives Hub team at Mimas and our software developer colleagues at the University of Liverpool. “JISC’s funding of the service over the last decade has allowed us to make our vision for the new service a reality.” The Archives Hub provides a gateway to many of the UK’s richest historical archives.

** Latest additions ** Additional descriptions from Seven Stories, the Centre for Children’s Books; the National Co-operative Archive; the University of Bradford; Black Cultural Archives; Heriot-Watt University; the Working Class Movement Library; and the Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth. These incude descriptions for the collection of ‘Noddy’ illustrator Harmsen van der Beek (1897-1953); records of the Co-operative Women’s Guild, Lancashire Region; the records of Bradford Peace Action Group; papers of activist and educationalist Jan McKenley (born 1955); Messrs William Roberts and Co, Woollen Textile Manufacturer; papers of playwright Jim Allen (1926-1999); and papers of the Vaughan family of Courtfield.

** Twitter ** The Archives Hub is on Twitter  where you can read latest updates.

4. Photographers to launch action against Google, reports FT

“Google’s sweeping digital book settlement is facing extra complication and delays as photographers and illustrators prepare to file a fresh class action lawsuit against the internet company over images used in the publications it has been digitising.” 7 April 2010

5. Family Learning in MLA

Free regional events in April and May As part of the Learning Revolution, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is funding regional networking events and to build new and effective partnerships between family learning services and MLAs within local authorities. “Over 3,000 museums, libraries and archives have pledged their support for the new informal adult learning movement set out in the Learning Revolution White Paper. This represents a tremendous commitment to support adults to learn throughout life and the research is clear about the benefits of family learning for both adult and child and its significance in strengthening family life.” The nine regional support networks being developed will promote best practice and build sustainable partnerships.

Event information

Arrival and registration is at 10:00am for a 10:30am start. The event will end at 2:30pm Attendance is free (includes lunch, tea/coffee) For more information, to download an application form or to reserve a place online, visit the NIACE website:  Enquiries to NIACE Events Team – Tel: 0116 204 2833 / E-mail:

6 Report on UK e-learning market

‘The UK e-learning market 2009’, a report by Learning Light was published at the end of last year. Using financial modeling and third party research, the report – which updated an earlier market survey by Learning Light, published in 2007 – suggested that the annual size of the UK e-learning industry is currently between £300m and £450m; with growth rates forecast of between 6.7% and 8%.

“Our goal in producing the report was to provide both suppliers and purchasers with an understanding of what’s possible, what’s available and where e-learning services and products are going,” said David Patterson, one of the report’s three authors. “An important part of the process of information gathering and interpretation for the 2009 Report was a series of interviews with organisations engaged in the e-learning market, “We also commented on the convergence of technologies and design techniques for business, entertainment, gaming, learning and assessment. Finally, we included some analysis of public sector procurement patterns derived from the Learning Light Market Intelligence and Tender Information Service.”

The report is available, as a free download, from  or


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