Digital Index of Middle English Verse

Digital Index of Middle English Verse. A fine free resource and the record pages are extensive, but regrettably it has a search interface that only a librarian could love. There’s no dedicated keyword search, and only fairly limited topic tagging. If you want all poems mentioning a “star” but not Jesus, for instance, you have to do a Google site: search.

Opening lines of a prayer to the Morning Star and against the plague, England c. 15th century (modern English):

O heavenly star, most comfortable of light,
Which, with your ghostly gracious influence,
Has clarified and put to flight
All misty weathers perilous for pestilence.

Added to JURN

Annual Reports on Archaeology, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.

Cultural Resource Series, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Various U.S. states.

National Landscape Conservation System Manuals, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.

Technical Notes series, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Also Technical Bulletins & References series 1985-2014 (Idaho only).

Our Public Lands 1951-1971, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. (Added to OpenEco directory only)

Resource Inventory Notes and Resources Evaluation Newsletter series, 1975-1981, Yale School of Forestry.

Taxonomy of university presses today

A useful round-up of the “Taxonomy of university presses today”. The article boils down to…

* global presses (major publishers)
* independent success stories (often endowed, major universities)
* experimenters (increasingly open)
* integrated presses (tied to major university libraries)
* hidden presses (merged into university library for budgetary reasons)
* new entrants (“no legacy business to defend”)
* publishers of monographs (“resilient middle”, high-quality, regional-interest)
* publishers of monographs (under-resourced, “hanging on”, “resisting closure”)

During the JURN research I’ve also found a handful of ‘effectively publishers’ of specialist monograph series or diplomatic editions (facsimiles with a scholarly introduction and notes), often tied to a foundation or a museum or to a very long-term archaeological / historical / ecology project.


The free 9xbuddy is very useful and has been fast and reliable for me for several years now. Paste in the URL of almost any streaming media that doesn’t offer an .MP3 download. 9xbuddy then ferrets among the HTML and javascript in search of the actual audio file, then gives you a simple link to download it. It’s actively maintained and supports a huge range of streaming services. Also work for video, which is useful for lecturers who want to show pre-loaded video clips and thus bypass the usual wi-fi connection hassles.



Google has released the Google Noto Font, the only font to feature all 110,000 Unicode characters and cover 800 languages. The intention is get rid of the “⯐⯐⯐⯐” sometimes encountered while browsing the Web or viewing some types of PDFs. Noto is a 480Mb download. You may not want to install all the language versions of the font, as that may well slow down the loading times of behemoth software such as Photoshop.


Since the font is Open Source, the vast variety of shapes from around the world can also serve as a ‘design-mine’ for graphic designers.


LifeTurner: a streamlined online service to help a scholarly author to put all their papers and published works in order, to upload them in a suitable format, and then to store them ‘a digital vault’ ready to be released to the world as Open Access on their death. The service could also help to ‘buy back’ rights to the author’s formerly commercial works, also negotiate any picture rights involved. Then the catalogue would be presented as beautifully formatted website alongside an authorised biography, and endowed in order to stay online forever. As far as I know, such a personal service doesn’t yet exist.

GRAFT updates – 150 repositories added

JURN’s beta tool GRAFT has updated, adding indexing for another 150 repositories. GRAFT now enables a Google search across 4,951 repositories, searching records and full-text alike, from a thoroughly clean and up-to-date list. The last update before this one was in May 2016. Please access via the page linked above, rather than any bookmark, to enjoy the newly added range. search is restricted

Google is removing extended search from its blogs. A blog’s search box used to return additional results from the sidebar blogroll and Web pages your blog had linked to. No more…


However, such capability might make a useful plug-in for WordPress. I couldn’t immediately find such a plugin in a quick search. Possibly it might hook into DuckDuckGo to provide the functionality?

Niet journalski?

Collaborative Librarianship has a quick survey article “Directory of Open Access Journals: A Bibliometric Study”, looking at the coverage of library and information science journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)…

“It is interesting that no Russian language or languages used in the eastern regions of the former Soviet countries are represented in DOAJ.”

I did a quick DOAJ check. Subject Category: ‘Bibliography. Library science. Information resources’, then filtered by country of publication. The paper’s claim seems to be correct…


Switching to ‘Journal Language: Russian’ has the same result. Perhaps it’s just that there are no Russia-based library journals publishing in open access?