William Kopycki | 2 May 13:13 2006

Iraqi documents online

Of interest:

"At the request of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 
the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office has created this portal to 
provide the general public with access to unclassified documents and 
media captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The US Government has 
made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, 
validity or factual accuracy of the information contained therein, or 
the quality of any translations, when available. The ODNI press release 
and public affairs contact information is available at 


William J. Kopycki
Middle East Studies Bibliographer
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
tel 215.898.2196
fax 215.898.0559

Jonathan Rodgers | 3 May 21:56 2006

RLG to combine with OCLC


John Eilts | 5 May 16:58 2006

Campus showings of films

I would like to know how many of you out there have been contacted by 
representatives of any motion picture industry folks with hard line not so 
veiled threats of copyright infringement for showing films you have 
purchased.  There appears to be a campaign from the industry to attack any 
use of films on college campuses, in some cases even in classes, unless 
they can be proven to be directly relevant and integral to the course 
content (e.g. a film studies course?).

Share publicly on MELANET-L if you wish, or respond privately to me if you 
are more comfortable with that.  I will try to summarize for all on the 
list for private messages, without revealing the sources.

John Eilts
Curator for Middle East Collection
Stanford University Libraries
251 Green Library
Stanford, California 94305-6004
Telephone: +1.650.736.1815
FAX: +1.650.723.5476
Email: jeilts@... 

Meryle Gaston | 8 May 18:02 2006

SACO funnel update

Following the Committee on Cataloging's proposal that we create a 
mechanism for MELA members to more easily contribute Middle East-related 
headings to LCSH, there was sufficient interest and intention to 
participate expressed that the Committee has pursued this topic. With the 
Executive Board's approval, MELA has been assigned it own NUC symbol, and 
all SACO proposals will be submitted under this symbol through the Arabic 
NACO Funnel. Individuals do not need to join the Funnel or make any local 
arrangements to be able to submit SACO proposals. The final administrative 
details are underway, following which submissions can begin. The Committee 
is still looking into the provision of training, and the mechanism for 
sending proposals.

Stay tuned for further details.

The MELA Committee on Cataloging

Abraham, Midhat | 8 May 20:04 2006

FW: The End of LCSH? (from LJ Academic Newswire)

FYI. Sorry for any duplication. Midhat.


The End of LCSH? Provocative Report Stirs Up Cataloging Discussion

Should the Library of Congress jettison Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the longstanding professional taxonomy? That's one of the provocative suggestions in a new report announced Tuesday by the Library of Congress (LC). But "The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools," commissioned by LC and written by Associate University Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, was already making waves weeks earlier, thanks to a critical review of a draft of her paper, written for AFSCME 2910, the Library of Congress Professional Guild, by Thomas Mann (author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research). The summary in LC's press release doesn't mention LCSH, but states that libraries should reduce the costs of producing catalogs; enrich the catalog with Amazon-like features like reviews and images; and offer rush delivery of materials and other services. Mann criticized the premises behind the report, warning of "serious negative consequences for the capacity of research libraries to promote scholarly research."

Calhoun, who oversees the acquisition and cataloging of books, online library resources and special-format materials for Cornell's 20 libraries, has an MBA and a career history with OCLC, but she says the interviews with 23 experts—from libraries, vendors, and LIS schools—had the most significant influence on the report. "Libraries are going to move at many different speeds," she said, noting that the members of the Association of Research Libraries for which the report is intended could participate in three potential strategies. The first, "Extend," would involve improved interfaces and simplification of cataloging for libraries maintaining a local catalog for a locally-housed and -circulated collection. For the second, "Expand," shared regional catalogs could serve more users. For the most ambitious strategy, "Leadership," she said, "There is no fully realized version anywhere. I think the Google Five [Stanford, Univ. of Michigan, Harvard, Oxford, and New York Public Library] have some elements of what it's going to take." An aggregated supply of library resources on search engines like Google could then support speedy delivery of materials in multiple formats, include digital and print-on-demand.

Mann argues that the solutions proffered hamper scholarship, since scholars seek an overview of all relevant sources and wish to become aware of cross-disciplinary connections to their work. LC Associate Librarian Deanna Marcum said, "Tom [Mann] quite rightly points to the superiority of doing searches the library way. He knows that people would get better information, more targeted information, if they used all the tools we made available." However, she said, "Instead of trying to force the users into our systems, are there ways we can take our vast resources to where the users are?" Calhoun said that it's not simply that students choose Google first, and scholars don't. The latter pursue different strategies depending on their discipline and their generation. "If we don't put [library materials] where the scholars' and students' eyes are, many of them are going to bypass the collection," she added. "If people know how to use catalogs, they get terrific results. Most people do not know how to use catalogs; they're too complicated."


Abraham, Midhat | 8 May 22:05 2006

Hindi and Urdu books

The U. of Arizona Library is going through a big weeding in all areas. We have a lot of books in Hindi and Urdu that we no longer need as we no longer have programs in these languages. I am looking into the possibility of giving these away. If any one institution is interested and is willing to pay for shipping, please let me known.
Midhat D. Abraham, Ph.D.
Middle East Librarian
Social Science Team
U. of Arizona Library
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-621-6381
Fax: 520-621-3655
Rachel Simon | 9 May 19:13 2006

Look what I have for review in MELA notes

I received the following book for review in MELA notes. Please let me know if you can send me the review within SIX months. I am also attaching the list of books which have not been reviewed yet (same conditions apply).
And please: a short while ago I sent reminders to several "reviewers": don't apply before you pay all your debts.
Kenneth Cragg, The Qur'an and the West, Georgetown University Press, 2006
Attachment (melabooks-vol.doc): application/msword, 49 KiB
John Eilts | 9 May 20:44 2006

Fwd: Job announcement for the MELA list

>**This message has been posted to several lists. Please excuse any 
>Congressional Research Service, Washington DC
>The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Technical Information 
>Specialist to serve in the Operations Group within the CRS Knowledge 
>Services Group (KSG), which provides authoritative information research 
>and comprehensive knowledge management practices to the CRS research 
>community and Congress.  This position is being offered at the GS-12 level 
>($65,048 - $84,559).
>The Technical Information Specialist will create and maintain databases, 
>web pages, searchable pdf documents, maps and other graphics, and respond 
>to a full range of inquiries from Congress. Other duties include planing, 
>designing, and coordinating projects; conveying technical information 
>orally through briefings, training, and other presentations; and 
>maintaining professional relationships with information professionals and 
>other specialists throughout the Service and the Library of Congress, and 
>as appropriate representing the Service in a liaison role.
>Interested applicants must either apply online (preferred) at 
><http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo>http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo or call (202) 
>707-5627 to request an applicant job kit.  Please refer to vacancy #060129 
>in all correspondence. Applications must be received by May 19, 2006. 
>Located within the Library of Congress, CRS is the public policy research 
>arm of the United States Congress and is fully committed to workforce 

John Eilts | 9 May 20:46 2006


DELETE  MELANET-L m31an3t kathy.wyer <at> m.cc.utah.edu

Muhammad al-Faruque | 10 May 19:51 2006

Nominations for David H. Partington Award

Dear Colleagues:
Last year