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This week's digest contains 2 messages:

1.  Upcoming classes from LYRASIS
2.  Announcement of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals Inititative

Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:31:53 -0500
From: Marlee Givens <>
To: "''" <>, "''" <>, "''" <>, "''" <>, "'SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU'" <SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU>, "''" <>, "''" <>
Subject: Upcoming classes from LYRASIS

Please excuse cross-posting.

The following classes will be brought to you soon by LYRASIS, online and
around the region. For more information or to register, please visit Keyword: Classes and Events. Please keep an eye out for
our weekly discount codes as part of our educational stimulus program and
save when you register for certain classes.

LYRASIS also offers 50% discounts on our live online classes for students
and unemployed librarians.  To participate in the discount programs,
please call LYRASIS Member Support at 800.999.8558 for more details.

Advocacy: What is it? (Live Online)
01/12/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

OCLC Connexion Client: Maximizing Use (Live Online)
01/12/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
SAVE $25 when you register. Enter discount code ccmul100112.

Cataloging for Non-Catalogers (Live Online)
01/12/2010, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

The Resource Sharing Detective (Live Online)
01/12/2010 - 01/13/2010, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST Two consecutive days
SAVE $25 when you register. Enter discount code rsd100112

Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session (FREE Live Online)
01/13/2010, 10:00am-11:00am EST

OCLC Connexion Client: Automating Repetitive Tasks (Live Online)
01/13/2010, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
SAVE $25 when you register. Enter discount code ccart1001

CatExpress (Live Online)
01/13/2010, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Authority Control: How to Make Automated Authority Control Work for You
01/14/2010, 9:30am-1:00pm EST
Hosted at LYRASIS-New England Office

ArchivalWare Guided Tour (FREE Live Online)
01/14/2010, 10:00am-11:00am EST

Status Discarded: The Who,What, When, Where and How of Weeding (Live Online)
01/14/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Preserving Our Video Heritage Overcoming the Challenges of Analog Video Preservation (Live Online)
01/15/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Foundations of Reference Service for Non-librarians (Live Online)
01/19/2010 - 01/20/2010, two consecutive days, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Changes Ahead with AACR2, RDA, and FRBR (Live Online)
01/19/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Using Technology in Information Literacy Programs (Live Online)
01/19/2010 - 01/20/2010, two consecutive days, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
SAVE $25 when you register. Enter discount code TILP00119

OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Beyond the Basics (Live Online)
01/20/2010 - 01/21/2010, three consecutive days, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
SAVE $25 when you register. Enter discount code RSBB100120

Technical Services Efficiency: Beyond one-by-one OCLC Online Cataloging (Live Online)
01/20/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Demonstrating Value Evaluating Library Services (Live Online)
01/20/2010 - 01/22/2010, three consecutive days,2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Government Resources on the Web and Beyond (Live Online)
01/20/2010 - 01/21/2010, two consecutive days, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

MARC For Everyone (Live Online)
01/21/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Advocacy: Public Officials (Live Online)
01/21/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

20 Questions: Ready Reference (Live Online)
01/21/2010, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

LYRASIS also has a selection of On Demand classes which may be purchased
for download at any time:

Please contact LYRASIS at 1-800-999-8558 if you have any questions. Thanks!

Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:05:30 -0000
From: Arend Kuster <>
Subject: Announcement of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals Inititative

Bloomsbury Publishing, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Research Fund
(QNRF) today announced the launch of an ambitious new scientific
publishing house to be based in Doha, Qatar.

This initiative will extend the unique relationship between Qatar
Foundation and Bloomsbury. The new publishing house, Bloomsbury Qatar
Foundation Journals (BQFJ), will publish scientific research developed to
the highest international peer review standards in order to connect the
international research community to one of the fastest growing research
and development centres in the world.

The development follows the creation of a unique scientific and research
environment in Qatar. Together, the six existing universities in Education
City alongside other scientific and technical centres are a catalyst for
intellectual growth and technological advance. Through BQFJ,
state-of-the-art research facilities will be complemented by
state-of-the-art publishing, using the best technical, communications and
editorial systems to provide the basis for a world-leading research
publishing programme for the global scientific research community. The
venture will largely adopt the Open Access Publishing model and will cover
all research subjects, including medical, physical, engineering, Islamic
and social sciences and the arts, supported by a highly sophisticated
technical infrastructure. Articles and journals will be made available on
the same platform as the institutional repository, currently under
development in Qatar.

Bloomsbury has already established a book publishing operation in
partnership with Qatar Foundation that is set to become a major regional
and international publishing centre.  Through the creation of a scientific
publishing centre, this will provide the seeds for a leading publishing
house based in the Middle East.

Nigel Newton, Founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury, will be Chairman
of the Management Committee of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, which
will include Richard Charkin, Executive Director at Bloomsbury, Non
Executive Director at the Institute of Physics Publishing and formerly
Chief Executive of Macmillan/Nature Publishing Group and Kathy Rooney,
Managing Director of Bloomsbury Information and responsible for Bloomsbury
Qatar Foundation Publishing. Arend Küster, currently Business Development
Director at Bloomsbury, will be Managing Director of the Bloomsbury Qatar
Foundation Journals.

Bloomsbury is also committed to establish knowledge-transfer of publishing
skills to Qatar, including a mentoring programme and the training of
Qatari interns each year in London and Doha.

Dr. Amer Al Saadi Research Advisor at Qatar Foundation/ and Project
Manager of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) said that "We are
pleased that over six months of intensive joint work on the project
feasibility have resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement to launch
scientific journals publishing.  Everyone concerned in the project is
ready to go and both sides agreed to start work early in January 2010."

"It is in the nature of scientific publishing to react to the
communication needs of the scientific community worldwide. The rapid
expansion of high quality research in the region necessitates the
dissemination of scientific knowledge through twenty-first century digital
and print channels.  We are proud to be associated with the venture",
commented Richard Charkin.

Nigel Newton said: "We are delighted to announce this partnership with
Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Research Fund. Publishing research
articles in English and Arabic together with the most advanced technical
infrastructure will further Qatar's leadership in science and research
beyond the region. This is an exciting project for all parties."

For further Information please contact Arend Küster, Business
Development Director, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square,
London W1D 3QY, T: +44 75907 13212, E: