Monthly Archives: July 2013

Small librarian needs a home

Do you wear spectacles and knit your own cardigans? Are books your most favourite thing in the entire world?  Do you shush noisy patrons? If you’ve answered yes, meet your doppelganger, the Lego Librarian. If you take her home, don’t forget the lego bricks, after all she’ll need a designer library to shelter in. And […]

July 31, 2013 1:24 pm

Is your library striking?

What makes a library beautiful?  Its architecture? Age? Frescoes? Marble floors and coffered ceilings? Manicured gardens? The place where you met your spouse? Jill Harness has rounded up scores of buildings for her personal  beautiful libraries list. Sixteen of them are in the Asia-Pacific region. See them here:

July 31, 2013 1:03 pm

Lincoln University opens up access to research outputs

(30 July 2013) In a first for a New Zealand university, Lincoln University has implemented an open access policy, allowing staff and postgraduate students to make their research outputs including research data, teaching materials and public records, openly and freely accessible on the web. The decision by Lincoln University to make content openly and freely […]

July 31, 2013 8:40 am

Beyond Access at IFLA WLIC in Singapore

(30 July 2013) When the world’s librarians gather in Singapore at IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in August, Beyond Access will be there to share and learn the latest on how public libraries are contributing to development goals. How are libraries helping make governments more transparent? How are they bringing women into political discussions? […]

July 31, 2013 8:32 am

Archive of Indian Music launched

The Archive of Indian Music (AIM), to be formally launched on 30 July 2013, is an online compilation of vintage gramaphonic records of speeches, songs, plays etc dating as far back as 1902. The archive includes digital version of first recording of Vande Matram clips, of Rabindranath Tagore reciting poetry as also recordings from early […]

July 30, 2013 9:49 am

Singapore Press Holdings newspapers offered on microform

You might think that microform has gone the way of the dinosaurs now that we have digital storage and search. Far from it. Microform remains the archival medium of choice.  Whether it’s theses, architectural drawings, wallpaper or newspapers, microform is your guarantee that your content will still be useable 500 years from now with proper […]

July 29, 2013 2:59 pm

Myanmar opens first mobile library

(Yangon, Myanmar, 27 July 2013)   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi launched Myanmar’s first mobile library Saturday to highlight her policy of spreading education in the country. “Now, it’s only a bus with a room, but if our people use it correctly it may be great benefit for our country,” Suu Kyi said at a ceremony in […]

July 29, 2013 10:29 am

Credibility: The next challenge in Myanmar’s information revival

(26 July 2013)  Myles Smith writing for Beyond Access reflects on the end to many controls on information.  He notes that ‘without guided access to information and openness from government, biases based on rumors and inaccuracies tend to harden. Beyond Access is seeking ways to help Myanmar’s transition to an open society, where libraries can provide […]

July 29, 2013 10:17 am

Cambridge University Library launches design competition

  (25 July 2013) A landscape design competition to transform the space surrounding Cambridge University Library has been launched. The competition, jointly run by the University Library and the Department of Architecture, is open to professionals and non-professionals alike and is looking for bold submissions that reimagine the open spaces and environment of the iconic […]

July 29, 2013 10:00 am

Drawing the blueprint as we build: Setting up a library-based copyright and permissions service for MOOCs

(IATUL News Alerts, 26 July 2013)  The rapid growth of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in higher education has raised the question of what services libraries on campus can, and should, provide for these courses. One area in which librarians are frequently the source of advice and assistance is in providing copyright education and obtaining […]

July 29, 2013 9:54 am

Understanding what higher education needs from eTextbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot

(IATUL News Alerts, 26 July 2013) Twenty-three colleges and universities collaborated with Internet2, EDUCAUSE, the publisher McGraw-Hill, and the eTextbook platform provider Courseload to deliver free digital versions of textbooks to over 5,000 students and faculty in 393 undergraduate and graduate courses with a median class size of 28. The pilot shed light not just […]

July 29, 2013 9:47 am

‘Preserving CAD’ enables continuous access to design

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is has published the latest in its series of topical Technology Watch Reports, Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Writtenby Alex Ball, and published electronically, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the development of CAD technologies, the threat caused by its own innovative application and its vendors’ drive to add ever […]

July 29, 2013 9:39 am

2014 Access to Learning Award

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 ATLA award. This award recognizes the innovative efforts of libraries or similar organizations outside of the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet. The recipient of the Access to Learning Award will receive USD1 million. […]

July 26, 2013 10:38 am

Japanese immigrants to the Americas image database

The collection launched by the Manoa Library at the University of Hawaii features 179 black/white and hand-colored images of the lantern slides, which were created and provided by the Nippon Rikkokai Foundation 日本力行会. The Nippon Rikkokai was founded by the late paster Hyodayu Shimanuki 島貫兵太夫 in 1897 to assist Japanese people who immigrated to other […]

July 25, 2013 11:29 am

Google to launch Play textbooks in August

Techcrunch is reporting that Google is bringing textbooks to the Google Play store for purchase or rent in August. Read the story by Frederic Lardinois here. .

July 25, 2013 10:56 am