Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Library of China celebrates founder’s centennial

(20 April 2016) The National Library of China in Beijing has kicked off commemorative events honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of its former director Ren Jiyu (1916-2009). Ren, a renowned philosopher, librarian and scholar, was among the founders of religion studies in New China. He organized compilation of a series of key books, […]

April 21, 2016 7:34 am
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2016-17 Stanford East Asia Library travel grants

(20 April 2016) The East Asia Library at Stanford University is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 library travel grants. The purpose of these grants is to assist scholars from outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area in accessing the Stanford East Asia Library collections for research. Funded by the Department of Education Title VI […]

April 21, 2016 7:30 am
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School library design can improve education

(20 April 2016) This opinion piece from Singapore by Loh Chin Ee gives a public library example of a successful space designed for teens. ‘Taking the cue from the retail sector, the library has its books displayed front-facing to inspire teens to take them from the shelves and the shelves are aligned to consumer heights […]

April 21, 2016 7:24 am
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NLB hiring Assistant Director (Singapore & SEA Collections)

(18 April 2016) The Assistant Director will lead the Singapore & Southeast Asian Collections unit to ensure the smooth running of the unit, including overseeing the capability development of the team. The AD will in addition: • Lead the team in the development and management of special collections and identify partnerships opportunities for acquiring special […]

April 20, 2016 8:12 am
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SCOAP3 initiative extended for three more years

(15 April 2016) The SCOAP3 collaboration announces the extension of this Open Access initiative for three more years, from January 2017 through December 2019. Following the success of the first years of operation of SCOAP3, representatives of the 3,000 SCOAP3 partners in 47 countries, ten scholarly publishers and CERN as the host organisation of the […]

April 20, 2016 7:56 am
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Follett acquires Baker & Taylor

(18 April 2016, Westchester, IL) Follett Corporation today announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students unprecedented […]

April 20, 2016 7:48 am
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Nanjing University Library trials online seat reservation system for users

(18 April 2016) Nanjing University, in the capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, trialed a new system last week so that users of the library must reserve seats via the smartphone messaging app WeChat, sparking much public discussion among staff and students. Regulations say that during the trial students who want to reserve a seat […]

April 19, 2016 6:21 pm
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18th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries takes place in Japan, December 2016

(17 April 2016) ICADL 2016 in Tsukuba, the Japanese science city near Tokyo, offers a valuable opportunity for researchers, educators, and practitioners to share their experiences and innovative developments. ICADL 2016 will be held as a part of an international forum with the Asia-Pacific Forum of Information Schools (AP-IS) to promote exchange and collaboration among […]

April 17, 2016 8:36 pm
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ProQuest’s Pivot® automatic citation ingest from ORCID makes its funding recommendation engine more powerful

(15 April 2016, Ann Arbor, MI)  ProQuest is enabling automated updates from ORCID to scholar profiles in its popular Pivot® research solution. Now, citations added or updated in a scholar’s ORCID profile will cascade near real time and seamlessly into their Pivot profile. Locating funding opportunities is an arduous task and securing research funding is […]

April 17, 2016 11:14 am
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Lulu Press challenges the economics of traditional academic publishing with the launch of Glass Tree Academic Publishing

(12 April 2016, Raleigh, NC)   – Lulu, the world’s first and largest independent publisher, announced at the London Book Fair the launch of Glass Tree, an online publishing site dedicated to meeting the needs of academic and scholarly authors and communities. “The knowledge that academics can share with the world is of phenomenal consequence to society […]

April 17, 2016 7:47 am
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Open-source collaborative platform to collect content from over 350 institutions’ archives

(12 April 2016) With the technical and financial capacity of any currently existing single institution failing to answer the needs for a platform efficiently archiving the web, a team of American researchers have come up with an innovative solution, submitted to the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and published in the open-access […]

April 17, 2016 7:40 am
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20th Annual Best Reviews and Notable Books & Articles in Computing

(15 April 2016) Computing Reviews (CR), an ACM/ThinkLoud publication,presents the 20th Annual Best Reviews and Notable Books & Articles in Computing. The Best Review was written by Marlin Thomas and discusses the book Alan Turing: the enigma. Read the 23 nominated reviews here: http://www.computingreviews.com/best20 In addition to Best Reviews is a list of notable books and articles in computing that were published in 2015. These […]

April 17, 2016 7:33 am
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Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asia Library Group 2016

(13 April 2016) The SEALG Annual Meeting 2016 will be held in collaboration with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen from 24 to 25 June 2016. As in the years before, the SEALG Meeting combined with a one-day-conference is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from all over Europe (and possibly beyond). The SEALG […]

April 15, 2016 9:20 am
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SAE Digital Library relaunches as SAE MOBILUS™ the destination for mobility engineering resources

(12 April 2016, Warrendale, Pa.)  SAE International announces the relaunch of the SAE Digital Library to SAE MOBILUS™ in June of 2016. SAE MOBILUS™ will improve users’ discovery and application of SAE International’s mission-critical content. Designed for students, engineers and instructors worldwide, SAE MOBILUS™ will deliver more features and capabilities. Featuring more than 200,000 technical papers, […]

April 14, 2016 7:30 am
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Lawmaker questions libraries and reading in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Following is a question by the Hon Michael Tien and a written reply by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah, in the Legislative Council today (April 13, 2016): Question: As revealed by the outcome of a survey conducted last year, only 5.7 per cent of the children in Hong […]

April 13, 2016 2:55 pm
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