Monthly Archives: August 2015

Social media in libraries

(26 August 2015) A recent paper by Taylor & Francis shows that over 70% of libraries surveyed are using social media tools, and 60% have had a social media account for three years or longer (with 30% of librarians posting at least daily), writes stephanielibrarystudies blog. The National Library of Australia is cited as a library that knows […]

August 26, 2015 3:12 pm

Duty of Govt does not end with creating state-of-the-art library

(25 August 2015, Chennai, India) Noting that the duty of the government did not end with creating a state-of-the-art library, but to ensure that it was maintained properly and updated regularly, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the State government to maintain and upgrade the Anna Centenary Library, Chennai, according to the court’s directive. […]

August 26, 2015 11:30 am

Document supply of grey literature and open access: Ten years later

(24 August 2015) The paper, by Joachim Schöpfel  aims to investigate the impact of the open access movement on the document supply of grey literature. The paper is based on a comparative survey of five major scientific and technical information centres: The British Library (UK), KM (Canada), INIST-CNRS (France), KISTI (South Korea) and TIB Hannover (Germany). […]

August 26, 2015 11:26 am

Bookmate launches in Indonesia, hopes to Scoop eBook rivals

(24 August 2015) In Indonesia, a number of online reading services are battling to get more eyeballs. Today, a new competitor from Russia entered the fray. Bookmate, an eBook subscription platform that brings paid access to markets that tend to have lots of piracy such as Russia and the Ukraine, announced its entrance into the […]

August 26, 2015 11:20 am

Stairway to knowledge in Singapore

(25 August 2015) The Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University (SMU) recently launched its Stairway to Knowledge – a visual installation of publications by SMU faculty. The installation comprises the spines of 74 publications on 74 steps in the library building. The installation aims to introduce SMU students to the publications of their […]

August 26, 2015 7:41 am

Academic Librarian 4 – Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond

(25 August 2015) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Library and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library will jointly host a two-day conference on 2-3 June 2016 entitled “Academic Librarian 4 – Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond.” Initiated by CUHK, the Academic Librarian Conference series were previously held at […]

August 26, 2015 7:31 am

Daum Kakao strengthens search database

(24 August 2015) Daum Kakao, the operator of Korea’s top mobile messenger KakaoTalk, is adding information content to its database, reinforcing its competitive edge in the search engine business. The company said Friday it has signed an agreement with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) to get the institute’s professional science and […]

August 25, 2015 7:51 am

An information goldmine: The World Bank Group Archives goes online

(18 August 2015) In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. Created using the Access to […]

August 25, 2015 7:45 am

eBooks and audiobooks subject to GST in Australia

(24 August 2015) Australia has just passed a controversial new bill that would tax all online imports with a 10% GST starting in July 2017. In a few short years eBooks and audiobooks will increase in cost if purchased from major companies such as Amazon, Apple and Google. goodEreader has the story.

August 25, 2015 7:39 am

Manager Library Services at City of Melbourne

(24 August 2015) This role manages the strategic direction of library facilities and the overall direction and evolution of Melbourne’s library services into the future. The successful applicant will mentor, coach and lead a team of passionate and diverse employees to maintaining customer service levels for our residents and ever increasing visitors to Melbourne. Applications […]

August 25, 2015 7:36 am

New hall of Liaoning Provincial Library, China, opens to public

(23 August 2015) The new hall of Liaoning Provincial Library, with the construction area of 103,000 square meters and collection capability of 10 million books, opened to the public on 22 August. ChinaEconomicNet .com has the photoessay.

August 24, 2015 8:03 am

International partners plan Sinology alliance

(22 August 2015) Shandong University is working with some of the world’s leading universities and institutes to promote the study of Chinese history and culture. The university is working on the establishment of a global Sinology alliance by cooperating with the world’s top universities and institutions. “The alliance’s headquarters in our university is planned to […]

August 23, 2015 10:18 am

Digitization project of Asiatic Society library India gets underway

(5 August 2015) The Governor of Maharashtra state, India, recently inaugurated the digitization project of the 211-year-old Asiatic Society library in Mumbai. Under the project, 100,000 books, 2,500 manuscripts and 1,200 maps will be digitized. The Maharashtra government has already sanctioned Rs 5 crore [USD750,000] to the Asiatic Society for this project. The Business Standard […]

August 23, 2015 8:52 am

Australian Open Access Support Group expands to become Australasian Open Access Support Group

(20 August 2015) Less than two years after being formed the Australian Open Access Support Group has become the Australasian Open Access Support Group, with the joining of all the New Zealand Libraries under its umbrella organisation, Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL). Open Access, and the wider Open Scholarship movement are currently some […]

August 21, 2015 2:04 pm

Head of Reference and Research Services/Subject Liaison for Islamic and South Asian Studies

(20 August 2015) Vanderbilt University in Nashville,Tennessee  is hiring a suitably qualified librarian to embrace, support, and contribute to the vision and goals of the strategic plan in the pursuit of excellence in learning and discovery by providing as subject liaison, professional research instruction and information consultation services for the interdisciplinary program  in Islamic Studies […]

August 21, 2015 1:56 pm