Monthly Archives: June 2015

NSW State Library collection record $3 billion value

(25 June 2015) The State Library of NSW’s collection has just been valued at AUD$3.15 billion, highlighting its reputation as the most valuable library collection in Australia and among the most valuable in the world. NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said this latest valuation, just over a $1 billion increase […]

June 26, 2015 9:40 am

Taking Libraries to 2025 – The Future of Libraries Summit

(25 June 2015) On 31 July in Wellington, librarians in New Zealand will be taking a cross-sectoral approach to the future of libraries, to discuss the challenges for the sector and agree on a collaborative action plan to take the profession forward.  Co-hosted by Te Rōpū Whakahau and LIANZA this summit will build on work […]

June 26, 2015 8:14 am

H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the 16th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians

(22 June 2015) National Library under Fine Arts Department, Minister of Culture, together with Office of National Library under the royal patronage, hosted The 16th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians – CONSAL XVI under the topic of “ASEAN Aspirations: Libraries for Sustainable Advancement” to promote the collaboration and strengthen the network of librarian and library […]

June 25, 2015 3:14 pm

National Library of Thailand to be made modern with eServices

(18 June 2015, Bangkok)  Minister of Culture Weera Rojpojanarat says the Fine Arts Department is developing facilities and services of the National Library of Thailand and prison libraries nationwide in response to a royal suggestion by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Princess made her points at the 16th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians 2015 […]

June 25, 2015 3:03 pm

Impact Journalism Day: Mobile library on wheels brings smiles to children in rural Myanmar

(20 June 2015, Pyay, Myanmar)  A crowd of children reach for books on a full shelve and start reading their selections on sheets and benches placed in the shade of trees on a school ground. In early April, the “mobile library on wheels,” operated by a local public library, arrived at this elementary school in […]

June 25, 2015 2:42 pm

Don’t lock up books, says Yangon’s ‘free librarian’

Librarian wins Citizen of Burma Award (23 June 2015) The books, thousands of them, stretch from floor to ceiling. If the librarian thinks not enough people are borrowing them, he will get on his bike and deliver a basketful to readers. There is no charge. In fact, he has been known to pay people to […]

June 25, 2015 2:34 pm

ProQuest Ebook Central enters beta, debuting new features that enhance user productivity

(24 June 2015, Mountain View, CA)    ProQuest has launched the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new Bbook platform.  ProQuest Ebook Central ™ integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding eBooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians. Beta users include libraries at Oxford University, […]

June 25, 2015 8:44 am

Gale partners with Skillsoft to expand workforce training opportunities at public libraries

(24 June 2015, Farmington Hills, Mich.)   Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is partnering with Skillsoft to offer online workforce training courses to help public libraries sharpen the skills of today’s workforce and those entering the workforce, and support local economic development. During the most recent economic downturn, more than 30 million people in the […]

June 25, 2015 8:28 am

ProQuest makes it easy for libraries to build eCollections of university press titles

(24 June 2015, Mountain View, CA)  Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive eBook collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. Read the […]

June 25, 2015 8:23 am

Alibaba Group and China’s International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition strengthen cooperation to combat online infringement

(24 June 2015) Alibaba Group and The International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China (IPCC) today announced they have strengthened their collaboration through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU broadens the scope of an earlier agreement signed in August 2011. Under the new MoU, the parties will cooperate to combat copyright […]

June 25, 2015 8:01 am

50,000 researchers sign up to Kudos

(23 June 2015)  Kudos, which helps maximize the reach and impact of research publications, has announced that 50,000 researchers have now signed up to use its service. They represent a broad range of subject areas. An early bias towards STEM subjects (reflecting the strengths of Kudos’ original publisher partners) is gradually balancing out as the company’s […]

June 25, 2015 7:52 am

Credo Survey: faculty teach information literacy in response to lack of student skills

(24 June 2015, Boston, Oxford) Credo has today shared the findings of two extensive surveys. The first surveyed 2,600 students on their thoughts and attitudes toward research, and the second questioned nearly 500 faculty members from American colleges and universities with regard to their students’ research skills, as well as information literacy instruction at their […]

June 25, 2015 7:46 am

Australia passes new law to stem the tide of eBook piracy

(23 June 2015) goodEreader reports that Australia has just passed a new law that would require internet service providers to block websites that show pirated material, such as eBooks. The websites are not up to the internet companies, instead publishers and rights holders have to make a case to the Federal government and demand sites […]

June 25, 2015 7:39 am

World’s largest atlas finds home in Australia’s oldest library

(19 June 2015) Australia’s only copy of the world’s largest atlas – measuring a mammoth 1.8 x 2.7 metres open – is on public display in the State Library’s Mitchell Library Reading Room for the next four weeks. The Earth Platinum is a spectacular new addition to the State Library of NSW’s rich collections, which […]

June 24, 2015 3:24 pm

Heritage Collections Forum and Brisbane NSLA project meetings

(16 June 2015) The State Library of Queensland hosted a series of NSLA meetings in May. The Heritage Collections Forum ran over two days with around thirty delegates from NSLA libraries taking part in workshops and presentation sessions. Subjects under discussion included: how to improve digitisation workflows for large collections the importance of metadata for […]

June 24, 2015 3:20 pm