Monthly Archives: July 2016

Hong Kong Polytechnic University hiring Associate Librarian

(22 July 2016) Under the leadership of the University Librarian, the Associate Librarian (Digital Development & Services) plays a key role in the development of the Library’s digital strategy and technology in support of the University’s teaching, learning and research activities. The appointee will be required to: (a) implement new technologies and tools to ensure […]

July 22, 2016 1:58 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 20: World Class Universities and the New Flagship University: Reaching for the Rankings or Remodeling for Relevance

By Ruth A. Pagell* (20 July 2016) Harvard, MIT and Cal Tech are all ranked number one by at least one major ranking service, but the flagship universities for their states are the publically (state government) funded University of Massachusetts and University of California Berkley. “The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Rankings […]

July 22, 2016 8:37 am

SocArXiv debuts, as SSRN acquisition comes under scrutiny

(19 July 2016) Richard Poynder in his blog writes that  the arrival of a new preprint server for the social sciences called SocArXiv comes just a month after news that Elsevier is acquiring the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a preprint repository and online community founded in 1994 by two researchers. He writes that the […]

July 21, 2016 10:44 am

Australia facing a critical shortage of health librarians

(18 July 2016, Sydney) Australia is facing a potentially critical shortage of health librarians according to the findings of a new census report from ALIA Group Health Libraries Australia (HLA). With a 7:4 ratio of retirees to new entrants, job vacancies in health libraries were found to be running at almost 10 per cent, compared […]

July 20, 2016 2:24 pm

Digital Preservation Coalition open for international membership

(18 July 2016) The Digital Preservation Coalition is a not-for-profit membership agency which provides training, advocacy, capacity-building and partnerships in digital preservation, helping our members ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. It’s a global endeavour. So from 1st August 2016 DPC will encourage and approve well-founded applications to join the Coalition as full or […]

July 20, 2016 8:15 am

The Global Library Automation Services System Market Research Report 2016

(19 July 2016) The report gives insights into the world’s major regional market conditions of the library automation system industry including  North America, Europe and Asia and the main countries United States, Germany, Japan and China. Marketreportscenter has more.

July 20, 2016 8:08 am

Is “The Way Forward: Smart, Savvy, Sustainable”? – Joint Conference and Meeting of Business Librarian’s Report

(19 July 2016) From 16 to 19 May 2016, 83 delegates from 22 countries attended the Joint Conference and Meeting (JCM) representing the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), European Business Schools Librarians’ Group (EBSLG) and the Asia Pacific Business School Librarians’ Group (APBSLG) held at the Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore Management University. The conference […]

July 19, 2016 4:35 pm

Kaltura 2016 Video in Education Survey reveals tipping point: Over 50 percent of higher education institutions using video

International survey of 1,500 respondents also indicates that 75% of higher education students now use video in their assignments (12 July 2016, New York, NY) Kaltura (, the leading video technology provider, today published its third annual State of Video in Education report, a comprehensive international study that examines the evolving use of video in […]

July 18, 2016 8:18 am

National Library of New Zealand: Positioning for the future

(16 July 2016) The National Library of New Zealand has released its Draft Strategic Direction to 2030 and is interested in your feedback. Comments are open until 31 August 2016. The National Library of New Zealand is proposing a bold and ambitious set of strategic directions to 2030. nations. Feedback is wanted on: the strategic […]

July 18, 2016 8:03 am

SMU hiring Library Specialist, Scholarly Communication

(15 July 2016) This position works with team members to create and edit the records in the Integrated Research Information System (IRIS) and Institutional Knowledge (InK) at SMU. This position also works to ensure through continuous improvement methods, that effective and efficient access to library resources are available to the SMU community (students, faculty and […]

July 18, 2016 8:00 am

2016 Scholar Metrics released by Google

(15 July 2016) Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, Google has released the 2016 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2011–2015 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of […]

July 16, 2016 3:17 pm

Librarians’ competencies for E-research and scholarly communication

(15 July 2016) COAR explains that the aim of this task force is to produce a number of competency profiles that will help to build capacity in libraries for supporting new roles in the area of scholarly communication and e-research. The profiles will enable library managers to identify skill gaps in their institution, form the […]

July 16, 2016 3:09 pm

LIS eLearning programs in Vietnam

(13 July 2016) The IGI Global article Perceptions and Viability of Launching LIS E-Learning Programs in Developing Countries: A Vietnam Case Study explores the factors influencing readiness to launch e-learning of a Library and Information Science (LIS) program in a developing country, with a focus on understanding attitudes toward e-learning and the viability of transitioning […]

July 16, 2016 2:11 pm

iGroup invests S$2m in education start-up

(25 July 2016, Singapore)  iGroup (Asia Pacific) Ltd, a leading provider of research information resources and library technologies has partnered Tueetor Pte Ltd, a technology start-up in Singapore, to launch the world’s first, fully automated learner-trainer matching platform. Focusing on the private tuition market for a start, the company aims to address 2 pain points […]

July 15, 2016 11:49 am

SAGE Publishing launches new SAGE video collections in business and management, politics and international relations and psychology

(12 July 2016, London, UK) SAGE Publishing today announced the launch of three new exclusive SAGE Video collections: Business and Management, Politics and International Relations and Psychology. Designed to support research and learning, these three extensive and diverse streaming video collections feature 400 hours of video combined. Bringing key social science fields of research to […]

July 15, 2016 8:54 am