Monthly Archives: February 2015

Malay legal texts

(20 February 2015) Codes of law (undang-undang) and legal digests (risalah) are amongst our most valuable indigenous historical sources on the Malay world, for the rules designed to regulate life provide us with a wealth of information on the societies in which the texts were composed: expected standards of behaviour, and – as well illustrated […]

February 22, 2015 8:40 am

Hwa-Wei Lee receives the Melvil Dewey Medal

(20 February 2015, Chicago)  Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, former chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress, has been awarded the 2015 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was […]

February 22, 2015 8:35 am

The top 25 of 2014

(11 February 2015) Cat kills giant stingray, death by poodle dog, 15 years of insomnia, very unfortunate accidents, big babies, autobiography of a parrot and a whole lot more which will bring a smile to your face, are in the Trove Top 25 for 2014. Suspend your disbelief while you enjoy the most popular stories […]

February 20, 2015 9:58 am

Early Chinese newspapers from Australia

(19 February 2015) The National Library of Australia and its partner libraries have recently  digitised three Australian Chinese-language newspapers, making them available through Trove They are the Chinese Advertiser / English and Chinese Advertiser, the Chinese Australian Herald, and the Chinese Times. This follows on from the creation of an English-language index to another paper, […]

February 20, 2015 9:48 am

Meet the State Librarian of NSW: Alex Byrne

(17 February 2015) The CEO of the State Library of New South Wales, Alex Byrne has a life long interest in library services for indigenous communities. In this interview from National and State Libraries Australia, NSLA, he also speaks about the challenges to library services,  the NSLA itself and what the future holds for his […]

February 18, 2015 8:46 am

SAGE supports access to information in Cambodia

(11 February 2015, London) SAGE today was delighted to announce an extended partnership with the eIFL Foundation scheme. The extended agreement offers access to SAGE Journals (SJ) online and SAGE Research Methods (SRM) to all 18 members of the foundations branch in Cambodia, Cam-eIFL. The eIFL foundation supports the wide availability of electronic resources for […]

February 18, 2015 8:31 am

The top three most desirable jobs to have in Britain today are: author, librarian and academic

(February 2015) New YouGov research reveals that the most desired jobs in Britain are not what you might expect; they are not even the most reliably well paid ones. Instead of actors and musicians, it seems that an aura of prestige still surrounds the quiet, intellectual life enjoyed by authors, librarians and academics. Read the […]

February 17, 2015 6:13 pm

NSLC selects the Summon service to support research information retrieval

(13 February 2015)  The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) has selected the Summon service to better support the patrons of Chinese Academy of Sciences with an integrated resource discovery platform. This integrated resource platform has been built in NSLC, which used the Summon service API model, and integrated with local […]

February 17, 2015 8:10 am

Ranganathan redux

The January 2015 newsletter of the HathiTrust Digital Library lists the top ten most accessed volumes from its millions of titles. Among them is The Five Laws of Library Science, by S. R. Ranganathan. Ranganathan is known as the father of library science in India. In the UK too his laws and other works and […]

February 16, 2015 9:39 am

Learning Spaces database released

(12 February 2015) Learning Spaces – Lernwelten – is the largest international bibliographic research database on learning space development and trends. It covers publications on all education institutions, from schools through universities to adult education, including libraries and museums, especially in Anglo-American countries, Germany and Scandinavia. The database uses the open source reference manager Zotero […]

February 14, 2015 5:43 pm

Southeast Asian manuscripts digitised through the Ginsburg Legacy

(15 February 2015) The Southeast Asia section of the British Library is fortunate in that a legacy from the estate of the late Henry D. Ginsburg (1940-2007), who was for over thirty years the Library’s curator for Thai, Lao and Cambodian collections, has enabled the digitisation of a small number of significant manuscripts, some representing […]

February 14, 2015 5:39 pm

Sydney Catholic Education Office schools’ students are expanding their reading Orbit

(12 February 2015) Sydney Catholic Education Office (SCEO) schools are providing students with an engaging new interface for their Oliver v5 library solution. The new interface, ‘Orbit’, was designed specifically for junior and middle school students and is proving to be an inspiring tool for young readers. Orbit enables students to personalise their own library […]

February 13, 2015 8:26 am

Free WiFi hotspots top 12,000 in Hong Kong

12 February 2015) The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots in Hong Kong has risen to more than 12,000 across the city’s 18 districts, providing convenient and free public WiFi services to the community and visitors. A total of 12 universities and tertiary institutions, plus Ngong Ping 360 have recently joined the scheme. Wi-Fi.HK hotspots are now […]

February 13, 2015 8:20 am

UN Human Rights Office launches major online database of treaty body case law

(11 February 2015, Geneva) The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database,,  that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN […]

February 13, 2015 8:14 am

Preserving Nepal’s oral history, grandparents to children

(30 January 2015) In Nepal, traditional music castes used to travel from village to village, carrying news and preserving history through storytelling and song. Today, that tradition is disappearing, but READ is working to keep Nepal’s history and stories alive. Five READ Centers brought together local grandparents, children, and theatre groups to transcribe, illustrate, publish, […]

February 12, 2015 8:27 am