Yearly Archives: 2013

CTIA releases to inform consumers about mobile apps and their data use

(26 December 2013, Washington)  CTIA -The Wireless Association® unveiled to inform consumers how much data their favorite apps use. While there are tools that allow consumers to learn about app data usage after the fact,, for the first time, gives users the ability to estimate an app’s data usage before it’s downloaded. To […]

December 30, 2013 7:49 am

How to earn 40 certificates: An interview with China’s MOOC Superstar

(25 December 2013)  And then there was Wang Zhen. When the emcee called him up to the stage, the audience erupted in applause. I’d never heard of him, which clearly signified my remove from the China MOOC loop; Wang Zhen had already achieved local renown as a MOOC superstar, having earned 40 credentials (over 30 […]

December 30, 2013 7:42 am

The National Animation Public Material Library launched

(21 December 2013)  On 29 August, a press conference for the launch of the National Animation Public Material Library was held in Tianjin Binghai International Convention Center. The National Animation Public Material Library is a multifunctional national material resource sharing platform, hosted by the Inter-Ministerial Joint Office for the Growth of the Animation Industry and […]

December 23, 2013 11:47 am

A Million People Studying through the Internet: Reading Promotion Project Launched in Guizhou

11 December 2013)  On 6 September , a Reading Promotion Activity themed “A Million People Studying through the Internet” was launched in Guizhou Library which was jointly hosted by Guizhou Provincial Leading Group for the Promotion of Scientific Knowledge among the Public and the National Library of China (NLC), and undertaken by Guizhou Library. Zunyi […]

December 23, 2013 11:35 am

AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grants

(20 December 2013)  The China and Inner Asia Council of the AAS (CIAC) invites applications for awards of up to USD2,000. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars with special interests in China or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. Applicants must be current Association for Asian Studies (AAS) members, but there are no citizenship requirements. […]

December 23, 2013 11:28 am

Catalogue of 15th-century books in the Bodleian Libraries now online

(20 December 2013)  Online access is now available to the descriptive Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Bod-Inc). The printed catalogue was published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. This online resource is accessible at: The project to produce the printed catalogue of 15th-century books in the Bodleian Libraries […]

December 23, 2013 11:20 am

LIBER releases copyright position statement

LIBER, the Association of European Libraries,  has set out its position on European copyright reform through a statement which prioritises three high-level principles. The principles are: Copyright should foster, not hinder, innovation and competitiveness. Access to and use of publicly funded research should not be unduly restricted by copyright. Preservation of, and access to, cultural […]

December 20, 2013 9:58 am

University College London and Elsevier launch the UCL Big Data Institute

(18 December 2013,   London)  University College London (UCL) and Elsevier  will establish the UCL Big Data Institute as part of a new collaboration to explore innovative ways to better serve needs of researchers through the exploration of new technologies and analytics as applied to scholarly content and data. Elsevier believes linking analytics and scientific content […]

December 20, 2013 9:53 am

ACS open access webinar archived and available

(18 December 2013) If you missed this webinar ACS has thoughfully uploaded it. Use this link (, then complete the registration fields, hit register, and choose “launch” on the next screen to view.

December 20, 2013 9:35 am

New report released tracking usage pattern of academic journal articles

(18 December 2013)  The Association of American Publishers reports on an independent study that analyzes the usage pattern of articles published in over 2,800 academic and professional journals. It identifies the “half-life” of journals — the amount of time it takes for articles in a journal to receive half of their lifetime total downloads — […]

December 19, 2013 11:34 am

International discussions on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives re-commence today

(18 December 2013, IFLA) Today, on the third day of negotiations at the 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, discussions regarding copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives are getting underway. A number of countries including Brazil, Tunisia, Iran, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago […]

December 19, 2013 11:18 am

Business Expert Press unveils Digital Library 2014

(18 December 2013) Business Expert Press (BEP) will hit a milestone in 2014, releasing 100 publishing books in its newest Digital Library.  Like past Digital Libraries, the 2014 DL is a curriculum-oriented collection of perpetual-access, DRM-free ebooks written for advanced business students and purchased by libraries for a one-time fee; every book in the Digital […]

December 18, 2013 3:50 pm

Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, published by ARL

(17 December 2013)  ARL has published Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, which examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. This SPEC Kit explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information. The SPEC Kit presents […]

December 18, 2013 10:21 am

Call for papers School Libraries Section

(17 December 2013)  The School Libraries Section of IFLA invites submission of proposals for papers (including case studies) about school library advocacy initiatives. The papers will be presented at a two-hour session in Lyon WLIC 2014; the language of the session will be English. The announcement is on the IFLA website.

December 18, 2013 10:08 am

Help us please requests Filipino college librarian

(17 December 2013) LISNews has published a letter from the librarian of Eastern Samar State University Guiuan Campus whose library was devastated by the recent super typhoon.  If you’d like to help get this library back on its feet, the letter tells you how.  Read it here.  

December 18, 2013 9:55 am