Yearly Archives: 2016

Malaysia hosts 2018 World Library and Information Congress, event to spur RM44.4million in earnings

(14 December 2016, Kuala Lumpur) The country is expected to generate RM44.4 million ringgit  from the 84th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). The winning bid for the congress was led by the Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM) and National Library of Malaysia (PNM) with support from […]

December 15, 2016 3:05 pm

The Myanmar Academic Library Consortium is born

(13 December 2016)  Nine leading academic libraries are beginning to work together in a consortium – the Myanmar Academic Library Consortium (MALC). EIFL first became involved in bringing access to knowledge to students and researchers in Myanmar in December 2013, through the eLibrary Myanmar project, which provides academic institutions with access to an impressive range […]

December 14, 2016 2:59 pm

Parliamentary Counsel Office, Wellington NZ hiring librarian

(12 December 2016)  The Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) provides legislative drafting services to the Government and publishes official legislation online and in hard copy. The PCO maintains and updates the content of the New Zealand Legislation website, the official source of New Zealand legislation. The PCO is looking for a motivated and experienced person to […]

December 13, 2016 2:51 pm

Altmetric user conference in Sydney

(7 December 2016) It takes place 10 February 2017, is free and hosted at UTS in Sydney. It will  and will include discussions of the latest developments in research metrics and evaluation.   More here.

December 13, 2016 2:47 pm

People’s Police Academy, Vietnam inaugurates e-library with RoK assistance

(12 December 2016, Hanoi) The People’s Police Academy inaugurated its e-library – a joint project with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), during a ceremony in Hanoi on 12 December. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam thanked the Republic of Korea (RoK) government and KOICA for assisting Vietnamese police […]

December 13, 2016 2:45 pm

E-book survey for higher education students and teachers in Finland

(13 December 2016) As part of a project on E-textbooks for Finnish higher education, HE students and teachers were surveyed about their experiences with e-books. The project started in January 2014, organized by The National Library of Finland and FinELib consortium. Participants included higher education libraries (both universities and universities of applied sciences), publishers and […]

December 13, 2016 1:36 pm

HighWire Press acquires Semantico

(12 December 2016)   Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press today announced its acquisition of Semantico, a privately held provider of technology and services for the scholarly publishing market. This acquisition will bring HighWire an increased capacity for technological innovation; a strong team that further expands its already broad publishing expertise; and a powerful combination of best-of-breed […]

December 12, 2016 6:59 pm

IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017: Digital Humanities deadline of call for papers extended

(12 December 2016) The IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017 on Digital Humanities will be held in Berlin on 15 – 17 August 2017. The deadline for submitting paper abstracts has now been extended to 15th of January 2017. Please refer to for details.

December 12, 2016 6:26 pm

Readers borrow library books through WeChat in Hangzhou

(9 December 2016) In Hangzhou, southern China’s Zhejiang province, borrowing books from the library is now as simple and convenient as shopping online: click, pay and wait for delivery. The city’s public library recently launched a program on WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging software, enabling its readers to check out books online and get them […]

December 10, 2016 7:20 am

Australia’s first national action plan submitted

(7 December 2016) The Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, today announced the finalisation of Australia’s first National Action Plan. The Plan contains 15 ambitious commitments focused on: transparency and accountability in business; open data and digital transformation; access to government information; integrity in the public sector; and public participation and engagement. The […]

December 10, 2016 7:14 am

Controversial impact factor gets a heavyweight rival

(8 December 2016) Elsevier’s CiteScore uses a larger database — and provides different results for the quality of journals. Richard Van Noorden writes in Nature that one of science’s most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals. Although […]

December 9, 2016 4:10 pm

New metrics from Elsevier will make journal assessment more complete and transparent

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for over 22,200 journal titles in 330 disciplines. The largest discipline is General Medicine, with 1,549 titles. (8 December 2016)  In response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact, Scopus has developed a set of metrics that […]

December 9, 2016 3:52 pm

The National Library of China website wins award

(8 December 2016) On 24 November, the Department of General Affairs of the Ministry of Culture, Network Security and Information Leading Group Office of the Ministry of Culture issued The circular on commending advanced institutions of 2016 the Ministry of Culture government websites construction. The National Library of China (NLC) website ranked the first with […]

December 8, 2016 3:59 pm

Liaison Librarian position at Monash University Malaysia

(8 December 2016) Monash University is seeking an experienced candidate for the position of Liaison Librarian to join the Library and Learning Commons Unit. The successful applicant is responsible for providing a comprehensive information service, developing library collections to meet the needs of their assigned Schools and collaboratively developing and delivering embedded research skills and […]

December 8, 2016 3:53 pm

SocArXiv launches, brings sociology and social science into the open, with new grant support

(7 December 2016) SocArXiv, the open access, open source archive of social science, is officially launching in beta version today. Created in partnership with the Center for Open Science, SocArXiv provides a free, noncommercial service for rapid sharing of academic papers; it is built on the Open Science Framework, a platform for researchers to upload […]

December 8, 2016 3:46 pm