Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thomson Reuters announces the world’s most influential scientific minds

Citation analysis reveals a who’s who of researchers with global scholarly impact (14 January 2016, Philadelphia)  The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, announces the release of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” a citation analysis identifying the scientists—as determined by their fellow researchers—who have made the  most significant global impact within their respective field […]

January 21, 2016 8:28 am

2016 Call for papers: Social Sciences Libraries Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section

(20 January 2016) The World Library and Information Congress: 82th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States, is calling for papers with the theme User Experience (UX) and Social Science Libraries in the Digital Age Possible topics relevant to the program theme might explore: • Formal and informal practices reconfiguring social […]

January 21, 2016 8:20 am

IFLA Green Library Award 2016

(20 January 2016) The IFLA Green Library Award will reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability To create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental      education.  Libraries of all types are encouraged to participate To support the worldwide Green Library movement, concerned with - environmentally sustainable […]

January 21, 2016 8:12 am

Out of the Stacks

(13 January 2016) If you take the books out of a library, is it still a library? That’s the question the Georgia Institute of Technology pondered — and eventually answered in the affirmative — when administrators, faculty members and librarians there in 2013 began to define their vision of what the institute’s library should look […]

January 20, 2016 8:47 am

The Library Project hiring Viet Nam: Southeast Asia Fundraising Manager

(19 January 2016) The Library Project is looking for a fundraiser to contribute to the growth of a diverse and sustainable funding base for its programs in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed rural primary schools and orphanages in Asia. Excellent spoken and written English […]

January 20, 2016 8:35 am

The UIS Assessment Database and Catalogue

(19 January 2016)  The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) announces the new UIS global Learning Assessments Database, an open data source that already contains information on 120 assessments in 54 countries, with more to come. The database is a free online resource available at this link, which provides standardised information on public examinations and national […]

January 20, 2016 8:12 am

ILN applications are now open: new round begins March 2016

(18 January 2016) The International Librarians Network peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. To date,  over 3500 librarians from 120+ countries have taken part. Applications for the […]

January 20, 2016 8:03 am

Bb Student – Now available on Apple, Android and Windows

(18 January 2016) Blackboard has announced Bb Student – a new mobile application built for the needs of learners, now available across the globe on Apple, Android & Windows platforms. Bb Student has been built from the ground up founded on Blackboard’s new design language to deliver a delightful, fun & intuitive experience for students […]

January 19, 2016 10:53 am

Digital technologies: huge development potential remains out of sight for the four billion who lack internet access

While digital technologies have spread fast worldwide, their digital dividends have not (13 January 2016, Washington, DC)  A new World Bank report says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen […]

January 19, 2016 10:43 am

The Wikipedia Library – #1Lib1Ref

#1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) – January 15–23, 2016. Imagine a world where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let’s make it better! Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. […]

January 19, 2016 8:18 am

Postcards from the past: New York Public Library releases images of 1900s Singapore

(14 January 2016) The Coconuts Singapore website reports that the New York Public Library has recently digitized 180,000 hi-res images from their collection and published them on the internet. Several hundred depict Singapore in the early twentieth century. The New York Public Library Digital Collections also has thousands of historic illustrations of SouthEast Asia for […]

January 16, 2016 5:15 pm

NIE hiring Librarian / Senior Librarian (Research and Instructional Services)

(15 January 2016) The National Institute of Education, an Institute of the Nanyang Technological University and the sole teacher education training Institute in Singapore, invites suitable applications for the position of Librarian / Senior Librarian (Research and Instructional Services) in the NIE Library and Information Services Centre. This position provides information and instructional services, develops […]

January 16, 2016 5:01 pm

Bumper year end signals ongoing success for Kudos

(12 January 2016) Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications has reported that an unprecedented number of new clients joined its services during December 2015: American Association of Petroleum Geologists American Nuclear Society American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) GlassTree Academic Publishing Harrington Park Press Hogrefe Publishing Group […]

January 16, 2016 4:54 pm

AAAS platform adds functionality, changes URLs

(12 January 2016) reports that the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) platform is updating their site on 12 January to include responsive design, easier access table and figures, and incorporating functionality that is present in their other online titles to the main Science journal. Along with these new features, the titles […]

January 14, 2016 8:46 am

Ruth’s Rankings 16: The much maligned Journal Impact Factor

By Ruth A. Pagell* (12 January 2016) Citation counts are core bibliometric indicators used by rankers to measure scholarly impact and administrators to measure faculty output. Questions that follow are: Is being cited enough, or do you have to be cited in a high impact source? And if a “high impact” source is desired, how […]

January 12, 2016 2:28 pm