D-Lib Magazine
September 1999

Volume 5 Number 9

ISSN 1082-9873

Clips & Pointers

In Print

  • Digital Video: A Handbook for Educators, by Steven Zahn, Waubonsee Community College; Mickey Slimp, Tyler Junior College; Don Jones, Alaska Public Broadcasting; and others. Published by the Instructional Telecommunication Council: Washington, D.C., 1999, 145 pages.

    This handbook provides a basic understanding of digital video equipment and applications, and is aimed at the general educational audience. It contains numerous explanations, charts and graphs, as well as a Digital Dictionary to assist the reader.

    A list of the chapters follows:

    1. What is Digital Video?
      • Analog and Digital Communications
      • The Major Choices
    2. Video-transmission and Compression Standards
      • Transmission Standards
      • Commonly Employed Transmission Methods
      • Video Compression and Transmission Rates
      • Public Carrier Switched Service
    3. Getting from Here to There -- Network Infrastructure
      • Copper Cable
      • Fiber-Optic Systems
      • Microwave Transmissions
      • Commercial Satellite Transmission
      • Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS)
    4. The New Technologies
      • New Technologies -- An Overview
      • Digtial Broadcast Satellite (DBS)
      • World Wide Web Access -- Residential Computer Modems and ISDN
      • Cable Modems and the Cable Television System
      • Digital Subscriber Loop (DSL)
      • Asymetrical Digital Subscriber Loop (ADSL)
      • Very High Bit Rate Digital Subscriber Loop (VDSL)
      • High Definition Television (HDTV)
    5. Sample Applications of Digital Video
      • Digital Video Applications -- Introduction
      • ISDN/PRI Network
      • Digital Broadcast Satellite (DBS)
      • World Wide Web Access
      • Digital Microwave Systems
      • Commercial Satellite Conferencing
      • Cable Television
    6. The Digital Dictionary
    7. Digital Video Standards

    To order copies of Digital Video: A Handbook for Educators, please contact Chris Dalziel at 202-293-3110, or cdalziel@aacc.nche.edu. Alternatively, an order form may be printed from the Instructional Telecommunication Council (ITC) web site and mailed. See < http://www.sinclair.edu/community/itc/puborder.htm > for the order form. Copies of the handbook are priced at $40.00 for ITC members or $60.00 for non-members. The Instructional Telecommunication Council is an affliliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and represents over 500 institutions involved in higher education distance learning.

  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), VOLUME 50, NUMBER 12.

    To see the Tables of Contents, please click here.

    The ASIS home page <http://www.asis.org> contains the Table of Contents and brief abstracts from January 1993 (Volume 44) to date.

    The John Wiley Interscience site http://www.interscience.wiley.com includes issues from 1986 (Volume 37) to date. Guests have access only to tables of contents and abstracts. Registered users of the Interscience site have access to the full text of these issues and to preprints. We are still working on restoring access for ASIS members as "registered users."

    American Society for Information Science
    8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 495-0900 FAX (301) 495-0810
    http://www.asis.org/

  • CoLis3 Proceedings: Digital Libraries: Interdisciplinary Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities, edited by Tatjana Aparac, Tefko Saracevic, Peter Ingwersen and Pertti Vakkari, Benja Publishing, 1999 ($75.00).

    The Third International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 23 - 26 May 1999. The conference was organized by four universities: the University of Zagreb, Croatia; the University of Tampere, Finland; the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. In addition it was cosponsored by the American Society for Information Science, European Chapter (ASIS/EC), the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID), and University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

    The Proceedings from the CoLis3 conference has been published. Both the Preface and the Contents may be seen at the web site  <http://www.colis3.hr/proceed.htm >, and instructions for ordering the Proceedings are also provided there.

  • Publisher/Library Relationships in the Digital Environment: An STM White Paper, prepared by John E. Cox and commissioned by the STM Library Relations Committee, April 1999.

    The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) is an organization with the stated mission "to create a platform for exchanging ideas and information and to represent the interest of the STM publishing community in the fields of copyright, technology developments, and end user/library relations."

    In order to "seek a dialogue with libraries and other members of the research and scholarly communities", STM's Library Relations Committee has made available a report, Publisher/Library Relationships in the Digital Environment which can be downloaded from the STM web site. The web site is located at  <http://www.stm-assoc.org/ >. Once there, click on the link "Committees", look for the Library Relations Committee section and, there, you will find the file for downloading in MS-Word format.

  • Guide to Network Resource Tools, (GNRT), TERENA, July 1999.

    The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA) has produced this guide primarily for the user community of its member academic and research networks, but has made it available via the World Wide Web to encourage and facilitate network use.

    Originally produced by the European Academic and Research Network, and printed as a booklet registered in the Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF) FYI series, the GNRT became very popular with end-users and support staff. The guide is now maintained and updated by EARN's successor, TERENA.

    The online version is organized in four major sections: User Overview; The Tools; Contents; and About this Guide. The User Overview focuses on:

    • Searching for information on a subject
    • Searching for people
    • Searching for companies and organizations
    • Finding and retrieving software
    • Communicating
    • Group collaboration
    • Exchanging files
    • World Wide Web publishing
    • Keeping current
    • Security issues
    • Netiquette

    The section entitled, "The Tools" covers what network tools are available, how to find them, and how to use them. The "Contents" section contains a complete listing of all files in the GNRT, and the section entitled "About this Guide" tells the background of the creation of the GNRT as well as provides author and copyright information. An Appendix provides a bibliography, glossary, and descriptions of file formats and associated software.

    The GNRT is located at the TERENA web site at  <http://www.terena.nl/libr/gnrt/ >.

  • Illustrated Book Study: Digital Conversion Requirements of Printed Illustrations, Report to the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, by Anne R. Kenney and Louis H. Sharpe II, with Barbara Berger, Rick Crowhurst, D. Michael Ott, and Allen Quirk, July 1999.

    This report resulted from a joint study done for the Library of Congress by the Cornell University Library Department of Preservation, and Conservation and Picture Elements, Inc. to find the best way to digitize illustrations used in 19th-century and early 20th-century books. The following objectives for the project have been exerpted from the report:

    The Illustrated Book Study had a number of key objectives:

    • Select representative samples of relief, intaglio, and planographic illustration processes prevalent in book production in the 19th and early 20th century.
    • Characterize the key attributes of different illustration process types by subjective examination, identifying significant informational content for each type at three levels: essence, detail, and structure.
    • Develop appropriate mapping of illustration content types to electronic content types that preserve their essential features to an appropriate degree.
    • Investigate methods for automatic detection of illustration content regions.
    • Investigate automatic methods to discriminate different illustration process types.
    • Investigate methods for processing different illustration process types.
    • Create an example utility for halftone detection and processing.
    • Report project results to the Library of Congress and to the broader preservation community.

    The report that resulted from the study may be found in its entirety in HTML format at  <http://lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/rt/illbk/ibs.htm >.

  • Internet Library of Early Journals: (January 1996 - August 1998), A project in the eLib programme, Final Report, March 19, 1999.

    This report describes a project funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of the Electronic Libraries (eLib) programme. Its goal was to provide Internet access to 10 - 21 year runs of three 18th-century and three 19th-century journals, with the objective of improving access to the holdings of research libraries.

    The project was also multi-purpose and sought to investigate the following issues:

    • the use of both bound volumes and microfilm as the source of images;
    • the effects of resolution, bi-tonal or grey-scales and compression on image quality;
    • alternative indexing strategies including the OCRing of full text, the keyboarding of existing printed indexes, the use of existing electronic indexes, and the use of fuzzy matching software in conjunction with OCR'd text;
    • presentation to the user via the World Wide Web and X-Windows servers in Oxford and Leeds respectively;
    • data transfer between sites;
    • acceptability to the user of the end product;
    • critical mass;
    • feasibility of scaling up the scanning process into a large-scale production line operation.

    In addition to discussing methodologies, this report has a section in which are discussed "Achievements, Failures, Conclusions and Recommendations".

    The report may be found in HTML format at  <http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/papers/fr1999/fr1999.htm >.

  • Supporting Access to Diverse and Distributed Finding Aids: A Final Report to the Digital Library Federation on the Distributed Finding Aid Server Project.

    The participants in the Distributed Finding Aid Server Project (DFAS) have made available, on the World Wide Web, their final project report. The eighteen-month-long project "sought to establish an architecture and build a prototype for distributed finding aid searching at a number of DLF institutions." This report is being provided because the DFAS project participants feel that distributed access to finding aids is an important component in building viable digital libraries. DFAS project participants included the libraries of the University of Michigan, University of Indiana, Harvard University, and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

    The report may be found at  <http://www.umdl.umich.edu/dlps/dfas/dfas-final.html >.

  • Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 5, Issue 1, September, 1999.

    The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a quarterly journal published by the University of Michigan Press. JEP is open access, and articles are provided in full text. The September issue has as its theme, "Seeking Quality Online: How can we ensure the worth of what we do -- and who cares?". Article topics include: The European Research Papers Archive; distance education; Y2K compliance; and email copyright concerns.

    The September issue of JEP is located at  <http://www.press.umich.edu:80/jep/ >.

Point to Point

  • MetaMatters, a web site with links to metadata information produced by the National Library of Australia.

    The statement of purpose for the creation of this web site is "to help Web content providers improve the effectiveness of searching for information resources on the World Wide Web." To achieve that purpose, the National Library of Australia has assembled a collection of links to metadata information under the headings: Disscussion Lists; FAQ: Guides; Creators; Tools; Links; and Reading List. In addition there is an introductory section which seeks to answer or explain:

    • What is Metadata?
    • Why do we use Metadata?
    • Metadata and the Web
    • The future of Metadata
    • The Dublin Core
    • The Dublin Core elements

    The MetaMatters web site is located at  <http://www.nla.gov.au/meta/ >.

  • Electronic Journals: A Selected Resource Guide, compiled and maintained for Harrassowitz by Katharina Klemperer, 1999.

    The Harrassowitz Verlag publishing house makes available a web site which is a guide to resources relating to electronic journals, covering such topics as: "the history of e-journals, technical standards, legal and business issues, scholarly publishing issues, preservation and archiving". The site is organized by these topics, and most listed sources are available via the World Wide Web. Newly-cited list items are flagged with an icon labeled "New". The latest edition (as of 9/11/99) was posted on August 19, 1999, and efforts are made to regularly update the guide.

    The web site for the Electronic Journals: A Selected Resource Guide is located at  <http://www.harrassowitz.de/ms/ejresguide.html >.

  • Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information, by Marian Dworaczek, Head, Acquisitions Department, and Head, Technical Services Division, University of Saskatchewan Libraries.

    The Introduction to this resource describes it as follows:

    "The Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information and the accompanying Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography deal with all aspects of electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials, periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected works. Over 1,000 items were identified and indexed in great detail for this project. Thousands of URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) were added to various entries. Both the Index and the Bibliography are continuously updated."
    The latest update to the Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information was completed on August 14, 1999. The web site is at  <http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUBJIN_A.HTM >.

  • Version 26, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., 1 August 1999.

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems, University Libraries, University of Houston, has announced the availability of Version 26 of his periodical bibliography, which is selective and is focussed on scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. In the bibliography, he provides links to sources listed, where available. The bibliography is located at < http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html >.

Deadline Reminders

Calls for Participation

  • Communities Centered around Knowledge: The Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 30 May - 3 June 2000, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Call for participation. Deadline for proposals is 19 October 1999.

    The Hypertext 2000 Conference is the eleventh in the international series of ACM conferences on hypertext and hypermedia. The conference aims to provide a forum for original ideas and exciting experiences relating to hypermedia (objects, links, paths, spaces, time, collections, navigational aids, etc.), and the use of hypermedia concepts and technologies in special domains (e.g., authoring, publishing, human-computer interaction, digital libraries, electronic literature, computer-supported co-operative work, databases, operating systems, software engineering, education, global information systems such as the World Wide Web, etc.).

    Hypertext 2000 will be co-located with the ACM Digital Libraries 2000 conference. (The Digital Libraries 2000 web site is located at <http://www.dl00.org/>.)

    Topics for Hypertext 2000 proposals may include, but are not limited to:

    • World Wide Web applications and extensions
    • Hypertext's effects on communities
    • Collaborative hypermedia technology and applications
    • Hypertext writing - fiction, scholarship and technical writing
    • Empirical studies and hypermedia evaluation
    • Hypermedia in education and training
    • Hypertext rhetoric and criticism
    • Hypermedia and time - narratives and storyboarding
    • Innovative hypertexts and novel uses of hypertext and hypermedia
    • Integration and open hypermedia architectures
    • Large-scale distributed hypermedia
    • Structuring hypertext documents for reading and retrieval
    • Techniques for generating, recognizing, navigating and visualizing structure
    • Theories, models, architectures, standards and frameworks
    • Hypermedia user interfaces (link marking, composition, browsing, consistency of open hypermedia interfaces, representing traditional databases)
    • Hypermedia infrastructure technologies (persistent object stores, link services, hyperbases, distributed databases, information retrieval, versioning, access control)
    • Object-oriented hypermedia (data models, distributed architectures, component-based architectures, application design and re-use)
    • Hypermedia middleware and components
    • Workplace deployment and industrial applications of hypermedia
    • Hypermedia authoring
    • Hypermedia for the Internet

    Deadlines for submissions:

    • October 19, 1999
      • Full Papers
      • Panel and Technical Briefing proposals
      • Workshop proposals
      • Course proposals
    • January 17, 2000
      • Short Papers, Doctoral
      • Consortium submissions
      • Poster proposals
      • Demonstration proposals
      • Exhibit proposals

    The Call for Participation is available as a PDF file and as a Postscript A4/Letter file at the conference web site located at  <http://www.ht00.org/ >. Full information about the conference will also be found at that location.

  • Digital Libraries 2000 (DL'00): The Fifth ACM Conference on Digital Libraries. Call for participation. The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 1999.

    The ACM Digital Libraries conferences are major international forums on digital libraries and their programs are comprehensive, with presentations from the diverse fields that study and develop digital libraries. The conferences attract computer scientists, librarians, information scientists, archivists, social scientists and others in academia, government, commerce, and industry from around the world.

    Reflecting the diverse subject area of digital libraries, the DL'00 conference submissions may cover all digital library topic areas. Submissions to Digital Libraries 2000 may take the form of full papers, short papers, posters, or proposals for demonstrations, panels, tutorials, or workshops. Although submissions are not restricted in topic or scope, submissions are expected that will fall into one or more of the following broad areas: Research, Policy, Systems, Experience/Evaluation, and Fundamentals.

    Full papers, panel proposals and Workshop proposals are due November 1, 1999. Short papers are due on February 7, 1999. Please see the "Call for Participation" at the conference web site at  <http://www.dl00.org/call_for_participation.html for a full description of topic areas as well as format requirements. Deadlines for other forms of participation may also be found at that location.

    ACM Digital Libraries 2000 will be co-located with the ACM Hypertext 2000 conference, making it easy for delegates to attend both conferences. (For more information about Hypertext 2000, please see  <http://www.ht00.org >.) The conferences -- including workshops -- will be held in San Antonio, Texas on 30 May - 7 June 2000.

  • Goings On

    • ISCC 7th Annual Session Live WebCast: Expert Panel Discussion on Digital Libraries, 9:30 A.M., Eastern Daylight Time, 16 September 1999.

      The Information Systems Coordination Committee (ISSC) of the United Nations System of Organizations is sponsoring a panel discussion by leading industry experts on digital libraries, information repositories, searching and retrieval. The panel will be chaired by Eleanor Frierson, Head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Library and chairperson of the ISSC's Task Force on Inter-Library Cooperation, Management & Standards. The time of the broadcast is 9:30 A.M., Eastern Daylight Time, 16 September 1999. (Viewing requires RealPlayer with a minimum 28.8kbps connection.) Panelists include: Terry Noreault, Vice President Office of Research, Online Computer Library Center; Marc Krellenstein, Chief Technology Officer, Northern Light Technology LLC; and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. The link to the webcast can be found on the ISCC's public web site at  <http://www.unsystem.org/iscc/ >.

    • Knowledge Access on the Web: Metadata Applications, 18 - 19 October 1999, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; and 9 - 10 November 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (The deadline for registration for each of these seminars is Monday, 27 September 1999.)

      This OCLC Institute seminar is meant to "provide an intensive theoretical and practical exploration of metadata and its applications in knowledge management systems."

      The goals are for participants to be able to:

      • Understand the concept of Knowledge Management and the key opportunities for libraries
      • Understand the foundations of resource description and its application to the Internet
      • Understand emerging Web standards such as XML, RDF, and the Dublin Core and their application in resource description systems
      • Evaluate your information management needs and determine the appropriateness of metadata for a variety of applications
      • Use the Dublin Core metadata in a real-world application.

      The seminar will consist of lectures, structured lab exercises, and group discussions and is aimed at: Internet/metadata catalogers, systems librarians, records managers, intranet managers, and knowledge managers as well as anyone else who manages an information resource on an intranet or the Internet.

      Please see the OCLC Institute web site at < http://www.oclc.org/institute/accelerated_metadata.htm > for complete details about these and other scheduled seminars.

    • Nylink Information Showcase, 15 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA.

      Nylink, a non-profit membership organization, provides services to libraries throughout New York State and the Middle Atlantic region. It is hosting a one day information showcase for librarians and information professionals, or anyone interested in the products, services and technology behind today's information industry. The showcase will be located at Madison Square Garden and there is no charge for attendence.

      Planned are several half-hour Speaker Sessions where one can learn more about library products and services. This year's Speaker Sessions include those by:

      • R.R. Bowker
      • Congressional Information Service
      • SilverPlatter
      • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
      • Northern Light Technology
      • The Library Corporation
      • OCLC
      • OCLC/WLN
      • INSPEC Inc.
      • Biosis
      • PBS Video
      • Grove's Dictionaries
      • The Gale Group

      Registration is available on site at the Showcase, or register through the registration form at the Nylink Web site which is at  <http://nylink.suny.edu/ >

    • EUSIDIC 1999 Annual Conference, Building Bridges Towards the New Millenium: Creating a New Agenda for the Information Community, 17 - 20 October 1999, Bruges, Belgium. Limited to 80 participants. Early registration is recommended.

      The European Association of Information Services (EUSIDIC) will hold its Annual Conference as a forum for content producers, distributors and users to discuss issues and challenges facing the information community in the year 2000 and beyond.

      Each of the three days of the conference has its own theme:

      1. Monday, October 18: Knowledge, Information and Data Management
      2. Tuesday, October 19: The Future of Content Management via the Internet, Intranet and Extranet
      3. Wednesday, October 20: The Role of the Information Specialist in and beyond Y2K

      Please see the EUSIDIC events web site at  <http://www.eusidic.org/eusidic_eventstxt.html > for full details and for online registration.

    • DLM Forum'99, European Citizens and Electronic Information: The Memory of the Information Society, 18 - 19 October 1999, Brussels, Belgium.

      "The European Commission organises a multidisciplinary Forum to be held in the framework of the Community on the problems of the management, storage, conservation and retrieval of machine-readable data, inviting public administrations and national archives services, as well as representatives of industry and of research, to take part in the Forum." The forum is aimed at public administrators, archivists, industry suppliers, and researchers.

      Main topics addressed in Plenary Sessions include:

      • Transparency and openness
      • Access to public information
      • Electronic records and partnership with industry
      • Short and longterm perservation of authentic electronic records
      • Cooperation Europe-wide
      • The preliminary program is available in PDF format at the DLM-Forum web site,  <http://www.dlmforum.eu.org/ >, and a registration form in PDF is also available at that site.

      • Connections '99: The Fifth Great Lakes Information Science Conference, 22 - 23 October 1999, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

        This is the fifth annual Connections conference, and it serves as a forum for the dissemination of doctoral research being done by doctoral students from Information Studies schools around the Great Lakes region.

        The cost of registration is $40CDN/25USD. Checks should be made out to the Doctoral Students Association and payment sent to
        Christine Marton, Treasurer, DSA
        Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
        140 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G6

        The Connections web site is located at  <http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/people/dsa/connect.htm >.

      • Citizens at the Crossroads: Whose Information Society? 21 - 24 October 1999, London, Ontario, Canada.

        The University of Western Ontario, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canadian International Development Agency have announced the conference "Citizens at the Crossroads: Whose Information Society?" to address "citizenship in the information society by exploring the forces that advance and impede civic participation domestically and internationally, in the developing and developed world." The expected audience for the conference would include both researchers and policy professionals.

        Plenary Speakers scheduled include: Dr. Anantha Babbili, Texas Christian University; John D.H. Downing, The University of Texas; Dr. Cees Hamelink, University of Amsterdam; Dr. Peter Golding, University of Loughborough; Father Thomas Xavier Kocherry, World Forum of Fish-harvesters and Fishworkers [WFF] and National Alliance of Peoples Movements (India), [NAPM; Dr. Heather Menzies, Carleton University; and Dr. Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, Concordia University.

        Earlybird discounts are offered for registration before 20 September 1999, and there are also discounted fees for students. Please see the conference web site at  <http://www.fims.uwo.ca/citizens/ > for registration instructions as well as for full information about the conference.

      • EDUCAUSE 99: Celebrating New Beginnings, 26 - 29 October 1999, Long Beach, California, USA.

        EDUCAUSE '99 seeks to provide the platform for meeting the challenges of the new century by offering a diverse program of speakers, presenters, and exhibitors. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with their peers and to learn and share with the people who use and apply technology on a regular basis.

        Activities are too numerous to list. However, below is a sample of the activities and seminars planned:

        Seminars:

        • Freedom of Speech and the Internet: Rights and Responsibilities
        • The Impact of Recent Federal Policy Developments on Campus Information Technologies
        • Launching an Online Program
        • The Digital Libary Project at Florida International University
        • Designing and Producing Distance Learning Programs for Next Generation (Broadband) Internet: a Theoretical and Practical Framework
        • Lessons Learned in Deterring, Preventing, and Detecting Network Intrusions
        • Introduction to Virtual Learning Environments
        • The Rights Stuff: Ownership in the Digital Academy

        Corporate workshops will include those from Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Gartner Group, Sun Microsystems, Ovid, Dell, Lotus and many others.

        Dozens of presentations are scheduled and are organized under six conference tracks:

        • Track 1: Building the New Information Technology Foundation and Infrastructure
        • Track 2: Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning
        • Track 3: Renewing Administrative Services
        • Track 4: Outreach, Public Service, and New Communities
        • Track 5: Advancing the Leading Edge
        • The EDUCAUSE Track: A mix of sessions to complement the rest of the EDUCAUSE '99 program.

        Please see the EDUCAUSE '99 Conference web site for full details of the program and for instructions regarding how to register. The web site is located at  <http://www.educause.edu/conference/e99/ >.

      • Access for All: Integrating Cultural Heritage, Media and Technology, 27 - 30 October 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

        The Museum Computer Network (MCN) is an international, not-for-profit organization committed to fostering the cultural aims of museums through the application of computer technology. The organization supports the development, management, and distribution of museum information through automated means. MCN is sponsoring this conference "to explore how cultural heritage institutions are succeeding in forging a more perfect union between their traditional missions and new ways to communicate."

        The conference will include:

        • Practical, hands-on pre-conference workshops
        • A three-day program of panels addressing the conference theme
        • A two-day exhibit hall showcasing commercial products
        • Special Interest Group meetings
        • The MCN Silent Auction

        The conference schedule, which lists all of the workshops, panels and other events, is located at  <http://www.mcn.edu/MCN99/confsch.htm >. Online registration is available. Please see the conference web site at  <http://www.mcn.edu/MCN99/ > for full information.

      • Association of Moving Image Archivists 1999 Conference, 1 - 6 November 1999, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

        This will be the Ninth Annual AMIA Conference, and it is expected to draw hundreds of archivists, production librarians, television network personnel, and representatives from studios and laboratories. You do not have to be a member of AMIA to attend the conference. The topics addressed will be issues involved in collecting, preserving and using archival moving images. There will be scheduled panels, presentations, workshops, technical symposia and vendor exhibitions. Please see the schedule at  <http://www.amianet.org/conf99/dailysch.html > for full details. Please note: some of the events have limited enrollment and early registration is suggested.

        A registration form may be found at  <http://www.amianet.org/conf99/reg99.html >.

      • To Film or to Scan Workshop , 28 - 30 March 2000, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. This course is limited to 18 students and, therefore, early registration is recommended.

        Increasingly, digital technologies will have an impact on the way institutions provide access to information. But will digitization also become a tool of the preservation community? This Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) reformatting workshop addresses digitization as a tool for preservation, as well as explores and compares two reformatting technologies: preservation microfilming and digital imaging. Also covered will be lessons learned from preservation microfilming projects that can be applied to digital imaging projects.

        The workshop is aimed at project administrators in institutions who plan, implement, and manage reformatting projects. It is not a technician training program. The program teaches skills for:

        • planning reformatting projects
        • selecting and preparing materials
        • microfilm technology
        • introductory digital imaging technology
        • inspection and quality control
        • evaluating digital imaging for preservation

        Please see the NEDCC web site at  <http://www.nedcc.org/brnwks.htm > for full information about this workshop.

      Pointers in this Column

      Access for All: Integrating Cultural Heritage, Media and Technology, 27 - 30 October 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

      http://www.mcn.edu/MCN99/

      Association of Moving Image Archivists 1999 Conference, 1 - 6 November 1999, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

      http://www.amianet.org/conf99/conftoc.html

      Citizens at the Crossroads: Whose Information Society? 21 - 24 October 1999, London, Ontario, Canada.

      http://www.fims.uwo.ca/citizens/

      Communities Centered around Knowledge: The Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 30 May - 3 June 2000, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Deadline for proposals is 19 October 1999.

      http://www.ht00.org/

      Connections '99: The Fifth Great Lakes Information Science Conference, 22 - 23 October 1999, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

      http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/people/dsa/connect.htm

      Continuity and Innovation in Resource Sharing (an OCLC Institute Seminar), 3 - 4 November 1999, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

      http://www.oclc.org/institute/continuity.htm

      Controlled Vocabulary and the Internet, 29 September 1999, National Library of Medicine Auditorium, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Last day for online registration is 16 September 1999.

      http://www.dtic.mil/cendi/thes_agenda.html

      Digital Libraries 2000 (DL'00): The Fifth ACM Conference on Digital Libraries. Call for participation. Deadline for abstracts is November 1, 1999.

      http://www.dl00.org/call_for_participation.html

      Digital Libraries: Interdisciplinary Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities

      http://www.colis3.hr/proceed.htm

      Digital Video: A Handbook for Educators

      http://www.sinclair.edu/community/itc/public.htm

      DLM Forum'99, European Citizens and Electronic Information: The Memory of the Information Society, 18 - 19 October 1999, Brussels, Belgium.

      http://www.dlmforum.eu.org/

      ECDL'99: Third European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 22 - 24 September 1999, Paris, France.

      http://www-rocq.inria.fr/EuroDL99/

      E-Commerce Forum: Technologies and Issues for Planning and Developing Web-Smart Services, 5 - 6 October 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

      http://www.pa.utulsa.edu/nfaisd/e-com.html

      EDUCAUSE 99: Celebrating New Beginnings, 26 - 29 October 1999, Long Beach, California, USA.

      http://www.educause.edu/conference/e99/

      EEI 21 - MEMPHIS: The Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century, 7 - 10 October, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

      http://www.memphis.edu/ethics21/99eei/

      Electronic Journals: A Selected Resource Guide

      http://www.harrassowitz.de/ms/ejresguide.html

      EUSIDIC 1999 Annual Conference, Building Bridges Towards the New Millenium: Creating a New Agenda for the Information Community, 17 - 20 October 1999, Bruges, Belgium.

      http://www.eusidic.org/eusidic_eventstxt.html

      GL'99: The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, 4 - 5 October 1999, Washington, D.C., USA.

      http://www.konbib.nl/infolev/greynet/gl'99.htm

      Guide to Network Resource Tools

      http://www.terena.nl/libr/gnrt/

      Illustrated Book Study: Digital Conversion Requirements of Printed Illustrations

      http://lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/rt/illbk/ibs.htm

      Information Systems Co-ordination Committee (ISCC) 7th Annual Session Live WebCast: Expert Panel Discussion on Digital Libraries, The time of the broadcast is 9:30 A.M., Eastern Daylight Time, 16 September 1999.

      http://www.unsystem.org/iscc/

      International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting: ichim99, 22 - 26 September 1999, Washington, D.C., USA.

      http://www.archimuse.com/ichim99/ichim99.html

      Internet Library of Early Journals

      http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/papers/fr1999/fr1999.htm

      ISDL'99: Internatioal Symposium on Digital Libraries 1999, 28 - 29 September 1999, Tsukuba, Japan.

      http://www.DL.ulis.ac.jp/ISDL99/CFPE.html

      Journal of Electronic Publishing

      http://www.press.umich.edu:80/jep/

      Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS)

      http://www.asis.org/

      Knowledge Access on the Web: Metadata Applications (an OCLC Institute Seminar), 18 - 19 October 1999, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; and 9 - 10 November 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (The deadline for registration for each of these seminars is Monday, 27 September 1999.)

      http://www.oclc.org/institute/accelerated_metadata.htm

      MetaMatters

      http://www.nla.gov.au/meta/

      Nylink Information Showcase, 15 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA.

      http://nylink.suny.edu/infosw99.htm

      Publisher/Library Relationships in the Digital Environment: An STM White Paper

      http://www.stm-assoc.org

      Reference in the New Millennium: The Evolving Role of the Information Professional, The VRD 1999 Annual Digital Reference Conference, 14 October 1999, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

      http://www.vrd.org/conferences/VRD99/indexnf.html

      Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information

      http://library.usask.ca/~dworacze/SUBJIN_A.HTM

      Supporting Access to Diverse and Distributed Finding Aids: A Final Report to the Digital Library Federation on the Distributed Finding Aid Server Project

      http://www.umdl.umich.edu/dlps/dfas/dfas-final.html

      Telelearning '99: Education in Transition, 10 - 13 October 1999, Austin, Texas, USA.

      http://www.sinclair.edu/community/itc/meetings.htm

      To Film or to Scan Workshop, 28 - 30 March 2000, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

      http://www.nedcc.org/brnwks.htm

      Version 26, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

      http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html

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