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Europe in Bits & Bytes

Column Editor: Jennifer Vinopal

WESS Newsletter
Fall 1997, Vol. 21, no. 1

Association of College & Research Libraries

©American Library Association

If contemporary German literature and culture are part of your interests and responsibilities, you may be interested in lili, an electronic newsletter published by Oliver Gassner. Jim Campbell (ViU) passed on the subscription information: subscribe by sending e-mail to fraktal@poboxes.com, subject: ADD. (The editor actually reads the messages). The newsletter is sponsored by the organization ligatur - literatur & publikum e.V. There are sections on literature on the Internet, grants and prizes for writers, conferences and other events, new periodicals, calls for manuscripts, and publishers.

Campbell also noted an excellent site for German web-based literary magazines and other projects: URL: http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~nop/magazine.html John Rutledge (NCU) called attention to one such project, Gangway, a bilingual (English-German) literary magazine based in Australia. URL: http://www.gangway.net

Rob Chappell (IU, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures) featured the following useful web sites for Scandinavian studies in a monthly newsletter published primarily for students: Germanic Myths, Legends, and Sagas is a website that features electronic texts translated from Old English and Old Norse, images of Scandinavian runic stones, historical documents on the Vikings and their voyages, and links to other Internet resources on folklore and mythology. URL: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/mythlinks.html The Swedish Information Service (SIS) home page is a gateway to information about the Kingdom of Sweden. This site features links to resources on Swedish culture, government, history, news, study abroad programs, and much more. URL: http://www.webcom.com/sis/ The home page of the Nordeuropa-Institut at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (in German) has a large collection of links to websites dealing with all aspects of Scandinavian studies, including the cultures, histories, languages, and literatures of the Nordic countries. URL: http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/inside/skan/ Get the latest news headlines from all over Europe, including the German-speaking and Nordic countries, on Yahoo's European News Summary home page. URL: http://www.yahoo.co.uk/headlines/european/

Jim Niessen (TxLT) became involved three years ago with HABSBURG, the Internet list for the history of the Habsburg monarchy and its successor states. He has provide the following information on H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine, founded in 1993, of which HABSBURG is a part . H-Net is a confederation of some ninety moderated lists with 60,000 subscribers. Many of the lists are hosted at Michigan State University, but HABSBURG and H-FRANCE run off the Purdue server, and H-SOZ-U-KULT, the German language list, is based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The lists are discussion forums and maintain websites archiving their logs, syllabi, digitized documents, and collections of links. The most impressive accomplishment of H-Net is its review program: more than one thousand reviews after two years of operation, faster and on average more than twice as long as those of the American Historical Review. Review editors of the lists request the review copies through the central office in East Lansing, the Humboldt-Universität, Paris, Italy, and elsewhere, commission reviewers, and ready the reviews for posting on their lists. Almost all the reviews are archived and browsable by list, title, author, reviewer, publisher, ISBN, and LC call number. URL: http://h-net2.msu.edu/reviews

As review editor of HABSBURG, member of the H-Net Executive Committee, and Chair of H-Net's Review Committee, Jim would like to hear what you think of H-Net's reviews and lists. His e-mail address is habsburg@ttacs6.ttu.edu.

Under the heading "WESSWeb makes Die Zeit," Jim Campbell sent this great news in September: In the last week or so I've had a flurry of e-mail from people in Germany suggesting items to be added to the WESSWeb electronic texts page or (in one case) correcting an outdated link there. I get these fairly regularly, but four in one week is unusual. A posting on INETBIB yesterday called attention to a series in Die Zeit by Dieter Zimmer on "Die digitale Bibliothek." Three parts and an extensive link list and bibliography have been published in the paper and are available on the Web at URL: http://www4.zeit.de/bda/int/zeit/littwett/digbib/index.html The article and the list of sites are worth looking at, but the really exciting thing is that number 20 of only sixty-seven sites listed for the basic electronic library is the electronic texts page of our own WESSWEB! It's being cited as the most direct way to find out which books by which authors in fifteen Western European languages other than English are available in electronic form. URL: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/etexts.html We must be doing something right. Congratulations, Jim!

Jim Campbell also relayed information on library digitization projects in Germany, from Norbert Lossau in Göttingen: With the beginning of the year 1997 the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft, DFG) is promoting a new program, named "Retrospective Digitisation of Library Materials." A technical working group has been constituted to analyze the state-of-the-art in the field of digitization and to define requirements for establishing a Distributed Digital Library in Germany. The report of this working group (in German) is now available via the homepage of the Lower Saxony State and University Library at Göttingen (Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitäts-bibliothek): URL: http://www.gwdg.de/~sub/homepage.htm, then click on "Die SUB stellt sich vor" and "Projekte der SUB." The report discusses the following topics: image capturing, storage, indexing and administration (bibliographic metadata, internal structural metadata), retrieval and access, and making the digitized documents available.

Stephen Lehmann (PU) called attention to an online version of the index to German library science literature: The Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut now provides access to an online version of DOBI (Dokumentations-dienst Bibliothekswesen), the German equivalent of Library Literature. It currently goes back to 1992/93 and indexes 288 journals, with abstracts and full-text links. URL: http://www.dbi-berlin.de/dbi_ber/dobi/dobinet/dobinet.htm.

Jim Campbell noted a new way to search German library catalogs: Folks who are frustrated by different catalog user interfaces may want to try the Deutsche Bibliothek's new Z39.50 interface to the various German regional catalogs. The global search of all the catalogs at once doesn't work yet, but it's still a handy way to search the individual ones. Remember that Z39.50 searches are always keyword searches. URL: http://z3950gw.dbf.ddb.de/

Stephen Lehmann also called attention to this site: The full text and an extensive "summary" of the "Eizenstat Report," ("U.S. and Allied Efforts to Recover and Restore Gold and Other Assets Stolen or Hidden by Germany During World War II") is available at URL: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/assets1.htm

As a footnote to the information given in the Spring 1997 WESS Newsletter about electronic resources for technical services, there is a new book about these sites: Barbara Stewart, Neal-Schuman Directory of Library Technical Services Home Pages (New York: Neal Schuman, 1997). The publisher describes it as follows: Here is a unique directory that will help the technical services department in any library find a multitude of helpful professional resources quickly and inexpensively-resources that could cost thousands of dollars or require time-consuming calls or visits to other libraries to obtain. The guide provides information about hundreds of home pages, and is divided into three sections: Part I, "Acquisitions," lists the best publisher and vendor home pages; conservation, and gifts and exchange home pages; and library acquisitions department pages. Part II, "Cataloging," offers information on everything from linking to frequently used library catalogs around the world to obtaining classification and indexing information, and learning about authority control and all types of MARC documentation. Sections here are also devoted to cataloging Internet resources, foreign publications, computer files, foreign languages, legal, medical, and non-print materials, music, and serials. Part III, "General Home Pages," covers the best organized and most informative of these great sources for problem-solving tips and news about hot issues.

Beau David Case (OU) announced that materials from the first WESS Special Topics Discussion Group meeting at the 1997 annual conference (on modern Greek) are now available on the web at: URL: http://aleph.lib.ohio-state.edu/~bcase/alagreek.html

A large collection of links for humanities research can be found at Voice of the Shuttle, a home page maintained by Alan Liu (CStbS). This well-organized site is a good starting point for web surfing in such subjects as area studies, art, classical studies, linguistics, literature, music and dance, philosophy, religious studies, and women's studies, gender studies, and gay studies. URL: http://humanitas.ucsb.edu/

Tom Kilton (IU) called attention to the Harrassowitz electronic service for new German publications and promised a report on it for the Spring 1998 newsletter. The service for books can be limited by subject area and date and therefore can help selectors zero in on the latest publications in a given area. Tom found that there were some technical problems but remained enthusiastic about the service. URL: http://www.harrassowitz.de/es/index.html.

Blackwell Publishers are urging WESS members to sign up for a free trial of Linguistics Abstracts Online, a service designed to give immediate access via the Internet to abstracts from virtually all linguistics articles published since 1985. The database will be in a pilot phase until December 31, 1997. They have tried to make it easy to access and simple to use; one can search by any combination of journal, title, subject, date, author or keyword to get the needed results. URL : http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/labs

If you thought there were too many German and Scandinavian sites listed in this column, then please let me know about your favorite new electronic resources, especially in the Romance languages and classical studies, for the next WESS newsletter. Almost all the sources cited come to me from other WESS members, and many are from German-E, which calls attention to German developments.





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