Monthly Archives: April 2015

E-books overtake paper in China

(20 April 2015, Beijing)  Xinhua reports that  digital media have overtaken books as the most read media in China, according to a national survey released on Monday. About 58.1 percent of Chinese adults read digitally in 2014, up 8 percent, while 58 percent read books, only 0.2 percent up, said an annual survey on reading […]

April 21, 2015 9:51 am

JSTOR to offer DRM-free, unlimited-user access for all eBooks

(20 April 2015)  JSTOR announced today that all 25,000 titles offered in its eBook program are now available exclusively in a DRM-free, unlimited-user model. JSTOR decided to eliminate its single-user eBook offering late last year, and has since worked with publishers to bring more of their books into its unlimited offering.  Now, all of JSTOR’s […]

April 21, 2015 9:43 am

WHO opens its Database Of Medicines Side Effects to the public

(20 April 2015) The World Health Organization has announced that its Global Medicines Safety Database is now open to the general public. The database named VigiAccess can now be accessed on any computer or smartphone in the world. IP Watch has the story.

April 21, 2015 9:35 am

Lecture by Mr. Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library: “Living Knowledge: The British Library’s Future Vision”

(20 April 2015) The National Diet Library has invited Mr. Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library (BL), to give a lecture titled  Living Knowledge: The British Library’s Future Vision  on Tuesday, 2 June  2015, at the Auditorium of the Annex, Tokyo Main Library. The lecture will cover topics related to the British Library’s newly published […]

April 20, 2015 2:02 pm

DOAJ to develop a metadata harvester and API

(16 April 2014) In May DOAJ we will be starting development of a metadata harvester and an API. The harvester will collect he PLoS metadata, doubling the DOAJ article count. The API will allow publishers to bulk upload their own article metadata without having to manually upload an XML file. For mega-publishers such as Redalyc, […]

April 20, 2015 1:54 pm

NUS launches Singapore’s first and only natural history museum

(18 April 2015) The National University of Singapore (NUS) today launched the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), Singapore’s first and only natural history museum. Its roots can be traced to the original Raffles Museum, which is the oldest such institution in the region. His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the […]

April 19, 2015 4:08 pm

Extraordinary rare book collection donated to State Library of Victoria

(17 April 2015) One of the world’s great rare book collections has been donated to the State Library of Victoria, Australia. Valued at over $5 million, the collection encompasses more than 5,000 volumes from the 15th to 18th century, including political, religious, philosophical and literary works. The collection was amassed over 40 years by the […]

April 18, 2015 9:43 am

Is yours the world’s best public library?

(16 April 2015) In 2015, the Danish Agency for Culture will again have the honour of presenting the Systematic Public Library of the Year Award sponsored by Systematic with prize$US 5,000. Applications close on 15 June 2015. The prize will be awarded to a library that has been newly constructed or designed for a building […]

April 18, 2015 9:36 am

University of Adelaide Libraries 2015 Planning

(16 April 2015) The University of Adelaide Libraries which has an aging staff profile, is embarking on a planning exercise with the University’s Library of the Future Committee. In consultation with the University community, throughout 2015 the committee will consider Library services, functions and raison d’etre, resulting in a clear direction and strategy for Library […]

April 16, 2015 7:52 pm

Family at the center of early grade literacy efforts in Bangladesh

(16 April 2015) Beyond Access is excited to announce a new partnership with Save the Children in Bangladesh to support their USAID-funded READ project, building community-based literacy efforts in public and community libraries in Bangladesh. Through the Family Literacy Connect project, Beyond Access and Save the Children will work with libraries in Bangladesh to promote […]

April 16, 2015 7:44 pm

Bookmetrix: from concept to launch

(16 June 2015) This week, the London Book Fair saw the launch of Bookmetrix, an exciting new book metrics platform built in partnership with Springer. The project was born after Martijn Roelandse (Manager Publishing Innovation at Springer) and Euan Adie (Founder of Altmetric) began brainstorming ways to showcase the wider impact of books, similar to how altmetrics are […]

April 16, 2015 7:39 pm

Internet Archive and CADAL partner to digitize 500,000 academic texts

(15 April 2015) The Internet Archive and the Chinese Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL), are pleased to announce that 500,000 English-language, academic books will be digitized through a partnership that leverages strengths from both organizations. This furthers an initiative begun in 2009, The China-US Million Book Digital Library Project, seeking to bring one million texts […]

April 16, 2015 3:03 pm

SHARE launches beta of SHARE notify for informing stakeholders when research is released

(14 April 2015) Stakeholders in the research enterprise—funding agencies, institutions, and individual researchers—often find it challenging to keep track of new research activities that may be relevant to their work. To make research more widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable, SHARE is launching today a public beta version of its free notification service, SHARE Notify. SHARE […]

April 16, 2015 3:47 am

HKU Libraries wins gold award

(14 April 2015) University Librarian, Peter Sidorko has announced that the HKU Libraries’ website,, has taken its first gold award in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2015, jointly organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission, Hong Kong. The accessibility features include all functions being performed […]

April 15, 2015 6:37 pm

New design installation announced for Queensland State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library

(15 April 2015) A team from global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot will deliver the inaugural APDL Connect Project installation. The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), gives designers from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to develop and display their work in the APDL Design […]

April 15, 2015 6:27 pm