Monthly Archives: June 2016

Alexander Street Press joins the ProQuest family of companies

(22 June 2016, Ann Arbor, MI, and Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street Press, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. The companies’ complementary content assets will enable libraries, faculty and students to improve research and learning […]

June 23, 2016 8:09 am

Ruth’s Rankings 19: Rankings from Down Under Part 2: Drilling Down to Australian and New Zealand Subject Categories

By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 June 2016)  Most universities will never reach the top 200 in composite rankings; nor are world class composite rankings relevant for most of the worlds’ universities. If you take the time to investigate the different rankers and their specific subject categories, you may find hidden performance gems at a subject […]

June 22, 2016 3:08 pm

The National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition opens in China

(21 June 2016) On 8 June 2016, on the eve of Culture Heritage Day, the National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritageand organized by the National Library of China (China National Center for Preservation & Conservation of Ancient Books, National Museum of Classic […]

June 22, 2016 7:34 am

IFLA hosts first ever BSLA Global Meeting in Manila, Philippines

(17 June 2016) Library association leaders, IFLA leadership, staff and trainers participated in a milestone event for the Building Strong Library Associations programme in Manila, Philippines 30 May-2 June 2016. The first ever BSLA Global Meeting, hosted by IFLA in partnership with the Philippine Librarians Association (PLAI), highlighted the stories, challenges and successes from associations […]

June 21, 2016 5:57 pm

China donates Rs. 1 million to Jaffna Library

(20 June 2016) On 15 June, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang visited the Jaffna Library and donated Rs.1 million (USD6,900) and a batch of books about China to the Chief Librarian Suganthi, which aid will support development of the Library. The DailyFT has the story and photograph.

June 20, 2016 7:48 pm

School Librarian sought in Hong Kong

(20 June 2016) Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School which is affiliated with Hong Kong Baptist University is hiring a librarian. The librarian will oversee and manage both the School Library and Reading Centre; and  support learning and teaching as well as research activities by providing library users effective and efficient access to library […]

June 20, 2016 7:40 am

China accused of buying influence over universities

(18 June 2016) Two Australian journalists have argued that the Chinese government is buying influence over Australian universities by donating libraries and funds for institutes as part of a broader push to strengthen its soft power in the country, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education. There appears to be “a concerted campaign to promote […]

June 20, 2016 7:33 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! QS Regional Rankings, ARWU Subject Rankings and new releases and rankings from Thomson Reuters

(19 June 2016) Despite all the debates over the value and impact of rankings, updates of existing rankings, embellishments to existing rankings and new rankings keep coming. QS Regional Rankings QS  released four regional rankings on 15 June 2016. It is not surprising that National University of Singapore (NUS) remains number one in Asia with […]

June 19, 2016 6:41 pm

ACS journals most cited

(18 June 2016) The 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) from Thomson Reuters reaffirm that ACS journals are again the most cited and/or impactful in 14 scientific categories, including 6 core chemistry categories. Key highlights from the data include: ACS journals are #1 in Impact Factor or citations in 6 core chemistry categories: Analytical, Applied, Inorganic & […]

June 19, 2016 8:42 am

Nano: making a big deal out of the very small

(15 June 2016, Heidelberg) Springer Nature today announces the launch of Nano – a research solution offering highly-indexed and structured information on nanotechnology, drawn from high-impact journals and patents. Nano will be part of the new Nature Research portfolio of high-quality products and services for researchers. Developed to meet the needs of researchers in academic, […]

June 19, 2016 7:34 am

Open Access policy guidelines and checklists

(16 June 2016) To assist in the development of efficient Open Access policies among research performing organizations and funders, the PASTEUR4OA project has produced Open Access Policy Guidelines for Research Performing Organizations. They provide the context, the process and a model policy (template) that will enable the institutions and funders to develop and implement their […]

June 17, 2016 8:09 am

Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

(14 June 2016, Chicago) The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary […]

June 17, 2016 7:41 am

The Getty Research Portal grows with a new design and more than 100,000 digitized volumes

(15 June 2016) Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the Getty Research Institute […]

June 17, 2016 7:32 am

Thomson Reuters unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals

More than 11,000 journals in 81 counties receive their Journal Impact Factor (13 June 2016, Alexandria, Va.) The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact […]

June 15, 2016 8:25 am

New Librarians’ Competency Profiles published

(13 June 2016) A Task Force chaired by EIFL has released two new librarians’ competency profiles that will help to build capacity in libraries for supporting new roles in the area of scholarly communication and e-research. The librarians’ competency profiles were released during the  ELPUB 2016 conference, which took place from 7 – 9 June […]

June 14, 2016 9:04 am