Wednesday, July 19, 2006

JSTOR Free Access to Africa

As part of JSTOR's mission to create an archive of scholarly literature and extend access to the archive as broadly as possible, JSTOR has adopted a plan to waive participation fees for any academic or not-for-profit institution on the continent of Africa. This plan affects new participants, as well as institutions that currently participate in JSTOR.

For more information about JSTOR's Open Africa Program, please contact or Visit

Hope it will be extended to other third world countries in Asia, Latin Amrica and Caribbean.......

Free Access to LIS Journals from SAGE

Sage publication - official publisher of the IFLA journal - is offering FREE ACCESS to the IFLA Journal and other Information Science journals until 30th September 2006.

The journals are

The IFLA Journal
Journal of Information Science
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Business Information Review
Information Development

Visit here

Librarian Exchange and Librarians Without Borders

Two new Initiatives for strengthening International Librarianship

www.LibrarianExchange.NET is an international service for librarians, professors and administrators. Networking is provided to help bring about temporary exchanges of homes and positions. Could be within the same country or with other countries. There are currently particpants from over 30 countries. Registration is free if you sign up before 15 September 2006. Visit www.LibrarianExchange.NET to submit your registration at your early convenience.

Librarians Without Borders, an organization that was born in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded librarians who wanted to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world. Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates -- librarians. Visit

India Goverment Blocking BLOGs

Bangalore: Thousands of Internet users in India have been unable to access blogs (or Web logs) since the weekend.

Throughout Monday, angry customers of almost all major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country exchanged mails and flooded user group sites with postings to report that blogs, created using the free space provided by Web services like Geocities, Typepad and Blogspot (a Google initiative), could not be opened. Many were told that the blog sites had been blocked in response to a directive from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Read the Full News in The Hindu News Paper and in Rediff News

CERT-IN's Director, Dr Gulshan Rai, said he was unaware of the problem and would not be able to respond "off-hand". In a telephone interview, he told this reporter, "Somebody must have blocked some sites. What is your problem?"

Bloggers certainly think of it as a problem though, and are all set to react.