Monthly Archives: August 2013

IFLA to accelerate development of library associations through expanded Building Strong Library Associations programme

(20 August 2013, World Library and Information Congress in Singapore)     The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) today announced that its successful Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme will be expanded through a series of convenings and projects at the regional level in Africa, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean. These […]

August 20, 2013 5:31 pm

British Library, National Library of Singapore to digitise Malay manuscripts

(London/Singapore, 19 August 2013)  At the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 meeting, Roly Keating the British Library’s Chief Executive signed an agreement with Mrs Elaine Ng the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to put an extensive range of materials of interest to Singapore online. The project will […]

August 20, 2013 7:44 am

Springer ownership change completed

(15 August 2013) Springer is now owned by BC Partners. Competition authorities in the US and in Europe have approved the transaction and all other preconditions have been met. Read the announcement here.

August 17, 2013 8:26 am

Invitation to tender from UK The National Archives

Tender for: Cloud Storage Specification Developer Sponsor: The National Archives Closing Date: 1200 on 23rd August 2013 The National Archives is the UK government’s official archive, containing almost 1,000 years of history, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites. The National Archives seeks to engage a Cloud […]

August 16, 2013 8:38 am

India’s open data portal launched with 3,500 datasets

(13 August 2013) Futuregov reports that India has inaugurated its Data Portal India, a portal for the public to access and use datasets and applications provided by ministries and departments of the Government of India. The Portal functions as a single access point for open government datasets across the country. Currently, there are about 3,500 […]

August 16, 2013 8:27 am

Launch of digital preservation business case toolkit

Do you need to write a business case for a digital preservation initiative? A new toolkit may help. It provides a step-by-step guide to the writing process, including templates, case studies and other resources. The Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit is freely available online. It was created by the Jisc funded SPRUCE project, with collaboration […]

August 16, 2013 8:20 am

New competencies for academic librarians

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) have announced a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication. Rapid changes in technology and associated shifts in research and scholarly […]

August 15, 2013 12:41 pm

Getty puts thousands of art images in public domain

(12 August 2013) The Getty has announced the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Some 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s […]

August 14, 2013 8:45 am

Library History SIG sessions in Singapore

(13 August 2013) Join the Library History SIG at IFLA WLIC 2013 for papers and discussion of the development of libraries and librarianship in Asia, 21 August 2013, 09:30 – 11:30 am. The list of papers is here.

August 14, 2013 8:23 am

From Antiquity to Modernity: A Look at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

An IFLA Public Talk by by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, Vice President of the Institut d’Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science). The Great Library of Alexandria was the most famous library in Classical Antiquity, flourishing as a major hub of scholarship in the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Rooted in a similar tradition, the […]

August 14, 2013 8:03 am

HKUST launches its Scholarly Publications Portal*

By K.T. Lam (* First published in ACCESS: Asia’s Newspaper on Electronic Information Products & Services, No.82, September 2012) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has recently launched the Scholarly Publications Portal (, providing a one-stop platform for researchers and information seekers to discover the wealth of research output produced by HKUST researchers. […]

August 13, 2013 12:35 pm

68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries

(12 August 2013, by spolanka) Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, has developed a  list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Organised into broad categories including eBooks and libraries, eBook purchasing and eBook collections, browse the resources here.

August 13, 2013 8:50 am

CRL and British Library to digitize foreign news

(12 August 2013) The British Library and the Center for Research Libraries have formed a partnership to digitize and make accessible historical news content from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America of interest to scholars at UK and North American universities. This partnership will dramatically expand and enrich the digitized collections in the World Newspaper […]

August 13, 2013 8:37 am

Search & Variety arrive at the Media History Digital Library

(12 August 2013) With the launch of Lantern, the Media History Digital Library is now searchable. The MHDL’s searchable collections include many primary sources such as The Film Daily, Radio Digest, Talking Machine World and now, those portions of Variety in the public domain. Access Lantern here. In addition to searching Lantern, try the homepage’s […]

August 13, 2013 8:30 am

Dalhousie University Libraries strategic plan online

A refreshed version of the most recent strategic plan, Vision 2015, is now available on the library website. The Strategic Alignment Plan addresses the major trends affecting libraries and all universities today: complex information environments, changes in learning, teaching, user behavior and expectations, shrinking budgets, and the heightened importance of collaboration among researchers and library […]

August 12, 2013 7:59 am