Monthly Archives: September 2015

Global Innovation Index 2015: China, Malaysia, Viet Nam and India outperform

(17 September 2015) Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States of America are the world’s five most innovative nations, according to the Global Innovation Index 2015, while China, Malaysia, Viet Nam, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Uganda are among a group of countries outperforming their economic peers. With half of its economies […]

September 20, 2015 12:02 pm

Differences between ORCID and DataCite metadata

(18 September 2015) One of the first tasks for DataCite in the European Commission-funded THOR project, which started in June, was to contribute to a comparison of the ORCID and DataCite metadata standards. Together with ORCID, CERN, the British Library and Dryad. DataCite  looked at how contributors, organizations and artefacts – and the relations between […]

September 20, 2015 11:51 am

Introducing Altmetric tools in Malaysia

(18 September 2015) The Altmetric Ambassador of the Month for September is Nader Ale Ibrahim, a visiting research fellow with the Centre for Research Services at the University of Malaya. Nader’s key research interests include bibliometrics and the ways in which researchers can use online research tools to promote their work and increase their citation […]

September 20, 2015 11:46 am

HKUST hiring Digital Scholarship & Archives Manager

(19 September 2015) Reporting to the Head of Systems and Digital Services, the appointee will be responsible for developing and managing the University Archives and Special Collections; and initiating and coordinating digital scholarship projects. The appointee will be responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging and preserving Library’s special collections and University records of enduring value, and […]

September 20, 2015 7:40 am

How to become an embedded librarian

(17 September 2015, Chicago)    Embedded librarianship is “not one size fits all,” yet many books on the subject treat it in a cold, objective manner that doesn’t adequately communicate how becoming an embedded librarian actually works in the real world.  But in “Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom,” published by ALA Editions, […]

September 20, 2015 7:31 am

Train station library takes boredom out of commute

10 December 2015) The Myanmar Libraries Foundation last month opened a book stand on Platform 1 of Yangon’s central railway station, for the benefit of regular commuters who enjoy reading while waiting for the train. “Almost every town in Myanmar has a self-help library founded by our foundation. However, there are many ordinary people earning […]

September 20, 2015 7:27 am

UK and China sign MoUs on sport, libraries, fashion and tourism

(17 September 2015)  Today, John Whittingdale, Ed Vaizey and Tracey Crouch met with their Chinese counterparts in Greenwich to discuss ways both countries could cooperate on tourism, fashion, sport and libraries. This set of meetings is called the People to People Dialogue (P2P). The P2P was co-chaired by Vice Premier Liu Yandong, for China, and […]

September 19, 2015 7:27 am

Curcumin database launched in India

(15 September 2015)  TheHealthSite reports that Indian scientists have created the world’s first comprehensive open database on curcumin — the star therapeutic component of the golden Indian spice turmeric and a hot favourite with researchers across the globe — to foster innovation and generate public awareness. Curcumin (diferuloyl methane), a hydrophobic polyphenol derived from the […]

September 16, 2015 2:41 pm

Open data is good, because …

(11 September 2015) Belinda Weaver writes on the many benefits of open data. Including: Open data makes things more efficient; Open data helps join things up; Open data democratises access; Open data enables new businesses; and Open data saves lives. The Australian Open Access Support Group has the story.

September 16, 2015 2:08 pm

ALIA research grant awarded to preservation management project

(16 September 2015, Canberra) A research project in digital and traditional preservation management in Australian national and state libraries has won the 2015 ALIA Research Grant Award. This award is based on recommendations from the ALIA Research Advisory Committee, endorsed by the ALIA Board. ALIA will award a $5000 grant for the research to Heather Brown, […]

September 16, 2015 2:01 pm

Singapore delegation visits The British Library

(14 September 2015, Singapore)  The Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim will lead a study trip to the United Kingdom from Tuesday (15 September) to Friday. The purpose of the trip is to help the National Library (NLB) strengthen its collection on Singapore and the region, facilitate greater public access to these collections […]

September 16, 2015 1:57 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! QS Asia puts NUS first

(16 September 2015) QS 2015-2016 World Rankings were released today, September 15, 2015.  While  I need more time to analyze all the changes,  here are the new rankings for the world and Asia within the world rankings, which are not that much different for the top 10 in 2014-2015. The breaking Asia news is that […]

September 16, 2015 11:39 am

Inside Indonesia has a digital archive

(13 September 2015)  In collaboration with the National Library of Australia, Inside Indonesia is pleased to announce that an archive of editions of the magazine currently only available in hardcopy form – editions 1 (1983) to 89 (2007) – are now available in digital form. 90 digitised editions of the magazine are available through the NLA […]

September 13, 2015 3:35 pm

How books are helping often violent prisoners turn into better men

(13 September 2015) Nine men, some of them heavily tattooed and all of them in identical bottle-green, prison-issue sweats sit at a rectangular table in rapt silence. It’s 1.30pm – story time. A volunteer, reads from a typed a4 sheet, carefully pronouncing each syllable. She doesn’t project or exaggerate her inflections; this is not a […]

September 13, 2015 3:27 pm

Singing librarians take on Queen

(10 September 2015) Librarian Rhapsody, with a large nod in the direction of Queen (Not the one in Buckingham Palace), is a new mini-musical by the Shoalhaven Library Staff, Australia. Dancing library carts and mayhem in green wigs are part of the fun. Is this non-fiction? Is this just fantasy? Work in the library we escape […]

September 13, 2015 9:47 am