Monthly Archives: June 2016

Four nominated for the award as the world’s best public library

(29 June 2016) The field has been narrowed to four libraries competing to win the ‘Systematic – Public Library of the Year 2016’ prize, which is awarded to the world’s best new public library. The libraries, from Australia, the US, and Denmark, respectively, have been nominated for the prize as the world’s best new public […]

June 30, 2016 8:55 pm

Ancient medical manuscripts now online available at the click of a button

(30 June 2016)  Thousands of ancient medical manuscripts, including several written on palm leaves centuries ago, are now available at the click of a button thanks to a decade long effort by researchers at Bengaluru’s TransDisciplinary University (TDU) in India A list of 10,000 medical manuscripts out of 17,009 that have been digitally catalogued was […]

June 30, 2016 3:45 pm

CAS continues to provide unparalleled discoverability of chemistry with the launch of ChemZentTM

(28 June 2016, Columbus, OH)  CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society introduces ChemZent, a new solution available for purchase in SciFinder. ChemZent delivers the complete collection of approximately three million abstracts from Chemisches Zentralblatt, the oldest compendium of chemistry abstracts dating from 1830-1969. ChemZent brings unique value to researchers, professors, students and information […]

June 30, 2016 3:38 pm

NDL trains Nepali librarians

(27 June 2016) Since 1989, the National Diet Library (NDL) has served as the International Federation of Library Associations Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (IFLA PAC) Regional Centre for Asia, and has worked to promote cooperation in preserving library materials throughout Asia. As part of the cooperative activities of the Regional Centre, Mr. Yadab […]

June 28, 2016 9:17 am

Ruth’s Rankings Extra News Flash! – Times Higher Education Distributes its 2016 Asian Rankings raising concerns in Hong Kong

(By Ruth Pagell, 27 June 2016) I received an email directing me to the South China Morning Post article about Times Higher Education Asia Rankings 2016.  I had planned on disregarding these rankings since they use metrics similar to their new annual rankings and they only rank 200 universities, covering Asia from the Mediterranean to […]

June 27, 2016 2:13 pm

Thesis cheats beware! Academic plagiarism being made an offence in India

(26 June 2016) The Government of India plans to bring in a law to stop rampant plagiarism in academia, with punishment ranging from a warning to deregistration in the case of students and dismissal from service for teachers. Higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) is finalising a draft law — the first of its […]

June 26, 2016 1:57 pm

What do mathematicians think about their journals? Peer review quality tops list of stated issues

(22 June 2016) Cameron Neylon (Curtin University), David Michael Roberts (University of Adelaide) and Mark C Wilson (University of Auckland) have conducted a large-scale survey of what mathematicians think of their scholarly publishing options and what improvements are required. Covering topics like open access, peer review and editorial processes, the survey findings reveal some fascinating […]

June 25, 2016 1:22 pm

A catalyst for action: New Handbook provides practical guidance in Digital Preservation

(23 June 2016) A new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook was officially launched at the Guildhall in York yesterday, updating the original version first published in 2001. Available free of charge on the Digital Preservation Coalition website, the newly unveiled Handbook provides a range of practical tools to help preserve digital materials. Acknowledging and […]

June 25, 2016 1:18 pm

Researchers’ use of Kudos correlates to 23% higher downloads on publisher websites

(24 June 2016)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced preliminary results of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of its service. The Altmetrics Research Team at the Centre for HEalthy and Sustainable CitieS (CHESS), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore […]

June 25, 2016 12:51 pm

Queensland University of Technology selects Talis Aspire to boost efficiency of library acquisition and copyright compliance

(22 June 2016) Queensland University of Technology has selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. The online reading lists system was rolled out to academics for training in May, and will be rolling out to students in July at the start of the second semester. Students will […]

June 25, 2016 12:41 pm

NLB – Pay Per Piece Scheme – Indexing Services for Index to Singapore Information (ISI)

(23 June 2016) The National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore is looking for vendor(s) to index journal articles, magazine articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, involving bibliographic description, subject heading assignment and providing a short abstract to describe these articles for NLB’s Index to Singapore Information (ISI) collection. The Index to Singapore Information (ISI) is […]

June 25, 2016 12:34 pm

MVRDV articulates library in Tianjin around a mirrored auditorium

(16 June 2016) A library designed by Dutch firm MVRDV is nearing completion in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The 34,200 square meter building forms part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, a masterplan designed by German architects GMP. The structure joins four other buildings on the site via a series of ‘cultural corridors’. The […]

June 25, 2016 7:54 am

Zhengzhou students injured when lining up for airconditioned library

(21 June 2016) A couple of Zhengzhou students were injured when trying to enter their school’s air-conditioned library yesterday. While outside temperatures toppled 30 degrees, many were afraid to suffer heat stroke in their un-airconditioned dormitories. The story from China with photographs of hundreds of students clamouring to enter their library is here.

June 23, 2016 1:24 pm

Copyright reminder 2016

(21 June 2016) The annual copyright reminder sent from the Stanford Libraries to faculty, students, and University staff outlines fundamental elements of U.S. copyright law including its application to emerging technologies and intellectual property. The full document is available online for anyone interested in contemporary copyright issues.

June 23, 2016 1:14 pm

bibliotheca brings the best of new product portfolio to ALA

(June 21, 2016) Committed to supporting library missions across the globe, bibliotheca is pleased to announce a new, long-term product set. This brings together the best of both the original bibliotheca and 3M Library Systems, creating a more focused and efficient portfolio for customers. The combination of resources and knowledge allows bibliotheca to provide customers […]

June 23, 2016 1:07 pm