Monthly Archives: December 2013

More movies. More mango to love

(17 December 2013)  Three new films have been added to the Mango Premiere.    The first and only language learning resource to teach through film, Mango Premiere provides a learning experience that is unique, engaging, and (seriously) fun. The films are Around a Small Mountain (French), M8+ Little Big Soldier (Mandarin Chinese), M13+ and Ocean Heaven (Mandarin […]

December 18, 2013 9:34 am

Pictures of a bygone Korea go online

(16 December 2013)   The Korean American Digital Archive has added many vintage photographs and texts to the archives. The former includes a pottery peddler in Seoul, shops and traders in Seoul and Yun Ung-nyol’s house.  Visit the archive at the University of Southern California, here.

December 18, 2013 9:09 am

New videos on using eBooks from La Trobe University Library

(16 December 2013)  These two short videos look at the advantages of using eBooks from the perspective of the library and academic staff. The announcement with a link to the videos is here.

December 17, 2013 12:39 pm

Library Impact Data Project: looking for the link between library usage and student attainment

CR&L November 2013, 74 (6) carries an article by Graham Stone and Bryony Ramsden examining the relationship between use of the library and the academic achievement of students. This is a Jisc funded project. Read the abstract and link to the full text here.

December 17, 2013 12:18 pm

ADHO announces members-only rates

(16 December 2013) The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is offering new membership-only rates. By selecting the membership-only option, members will not receive LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, but will be eligible for reduced conference rates and other benefits. The announcement includes eligibility and the membership rates.

December 17, 2013 11:57 am

A LITA guide to marketing with social media

(16 December 2013, Chicago)   “Marketing with Social Media: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media. Ideal for newbies ready to get serious about marketing with social media, as well as practitioners on the lookout for ways to improve existing efforts, this […]

December 17, 2013 11:37 am

Impact of library discovery technologies

(13 December 2013)   LISU and UKSG are pleased to announce the publication of the report for the project investigating the impact of Library Discovery Technologies on usage of academic content. The research was commissioned by UKSG with the support of Jisc, and was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Information Management (Loughborough University) and […]

December 16, 2013 8:29 pm

IFLA Statement on Text and Data Mining (2013)

(12 December 2013)   IFLA maintains that legal certainty for text and data mining (TDM) can only be achieved by (statutory) exceptions. As an organization committed to the principle of freedom of access to information, and the belief that information should be utilised without restriction in ways vital to the educational and cultural well-being of communities, […]

December 16, 2013 4:37 pm

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies: A world platform for Taiwan and China studies

(30 November 2013)  In line with the internationalization of Chinese studies, the National Central Library (NCL) began in 2012 to establish overseas Taiwan Resource Centers for Chinese Studies (TRCCS). Located at major universities and research institutes abroad, the center aims to promote Taiwan’s achievements in Sinology and deepen cultural exchanges between the Chinese and Western […]

December 16, 2013 10:53 am

UN Women offers database mapping gender provisions in constitutions worldwide

(13 December 2013, New York)  UN Women today launched a Constitutional Database (  which for the first time examines constitutions through a gender lens, mapping the principles and rules which guarantee, deny, or protect the rights of women and girls around the world. Constitutions have a tremendous impact on women. They are well-recognized markers for […]

December 16, 2013 10:41 am

Copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement opposed by 29 organizations and 71 individuals

(13 December 2013)  The ARL joined 28 other organizations and 71 individuals in a letter opposing a copyright term of life plus 70 years in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Authors of the letter, sent to TPP negotiators on 6 December, noted, “There is no benefit to society of extending copyright beyond the 50 years […]

December 15, 2013 1:55 pm

The British Library takes a million first steps

(12 December 2013)  The British Library has released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to the BL, allowing them to be released into the Public Domain. […]

December 15, 2013 1:41 pm

NDL passes to the next generation records and lessons learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake disasters

(13 December 2013)   4 December 2013 is the 1,000th day after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The National Diet Library (NDL) continues to collect, preserve and utilize records of the earthquake through the Great East Japan Earthquake Archive Project. The East Japan Great Earthquake Sound Archives (NHK) – From new contents of “HINAGIKU” New searchable […]

December 15, 2013 1:38 pm

New online guides from ANU library provide valuable research assistance

(13 December 2013)  The Australian National University Library has published two new online guides, Bibliometrics and citation tracking and How to use NVivo, that have been produced with the ANU research community in mind. Bibliometrics and citation tracking explains citation tracking, and introduces a range of tools to measure the impact of research and journals. […]

December 15, 2013 12:20 pm

SEALG 2014 call for papers

(13 December 2013) The Southeast Asia Library Group together with the Library of Southeast Asian Studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University are hosting  the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asia Library Group in Frankfurt/Main (Germany), 27-28 June 2014. The meeting will take place at the Bockenheim Campus and will include a Southeast Asian Studies Library tour […]

December 14, 2013 2:33 pm