Monthly Archives: April 2017

UK readers abandon eBooks at an alarming rate

(27 April 2017) Readers in the United Kingdom are suffering from screen fatigue and are abandoning eBooks and embracing print says Michael Kozlowski. Sales of consumer eBooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011. This has resulted in a number of companies to go out of business such as Blinkbox Books and […]

April 28, 2017 3:20 pm
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Figshare launches new tool for publishers to support open research

(27 April 2016, London, UK and New York, USA) Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today launched a new tool that enables authors to share their research outputs more efficiently during the publishing process. Springer Nature are the first publisher to pilot this new data submission portal and have worked closely with Figshare […]

April 28, 2017 7:31 am
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Malaysia cuts education budget, while Indonesia and Philippines increase

(26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur) An international expert in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia says Malaysia shouldn’t be cutting down on the budget for education, especially since neighbouring countries are pumping more resources into education. Speaking to FMT, Prof Patrick Ziegenhain, a visiting professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Asia-Europe Institute, noted that Indonesia and Philippines […]

April 27, 2017 2:57 pm
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National Library of China displays digital murals

(26 April 2017) A new exhibition showcasing digital replicas of murals and sculptures from Buddhist temples in North China’s Shanxi Province kicked off on Tuesday at the National Library of China (NLC) in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese Fine Art Research and Development Center (CFARDC) under the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association and the […]

April 27, 2017 9:10 am
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UNSW hiring Team Leader, Physical Resources

(26 April 2017) The Team Leader, Physical Resources is responsible for leading a team of staff to acquire and provide access to physical information resources including digitizing print materials from the library collections and other sources. ALIA has the job description here. Applications close 8 May 2017.

April 26, 2017 3:38 pm
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CUHK hiring Assistant Librarian I/II (carrying the job title of ‘Systems Librarian’) – (170000Q1)

(21 April 2017) The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library seeks a Systems Librarian to join its Library IT & Systems (LITS) team at an exciting time as it implements a cloud-based, next generation Integrated Library System (ILS) shared with the local higher education libraries consortium. The successful applicant is expected to provide the best possible […]

April 22, 2017 8:32 pm
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C. V. Starr East Asian Library acquires the largest Chinese film studies collection in North America

(21 April 2017) The C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley today announces its acquisition of the largest and most comprehensive Chinese film studies collection in North America. The over-70,000 periodicals, posters, photographs, and ephemera contained in the Paul Kendel Fonoroff collection document the development of the film and entertainment industry of greater […]

April 22, 2017 8:27 pm
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Introducing La Trobe’s Digital Literacies Framework

(21 April 2017) La Trobe’s new Digital Literacies Framework outlines the capabilities and understandings that staff and students need to live, learn and work in a digitally connected world. Developing digital literacies to engage with our digital future is about progressing from literacy to fluency in the critical and scholarly use of information and data; […]

April 22, 2017 8:22 pm
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Extending EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project

(21 April 2017) EIFL Director Rima Kupryte will attend the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Myanmar Department of Higher Education and EIFL for further development of university libraries in Myanmar. The MoU, which extends the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project to reach more universities, contributes to Myanmar’s national strategy for reforming […]

April 22, 2017 8:19 pm
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EIFL Marrakesh guide launches in Nepali

(21 April 2017) EIFL’s popular library guide to the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities is now available in Nepali, bringing to six the total number of languages for the guide. The Marrakesh Treaty, which entered into force in September 2016, gives organizations like libraries the right to reproduce printed works in accessible formats […]

April 22, 2017 8:15 pm
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Why Libraries Collaborate

Findings from the US Library Survey 2016 (19 April 2017) While academic libraries in the United States have actively collaborated with each other for more than 100 years, the digital turn has brought an explosion of interest in and pursuit of cross-institutional collaboration. These include large-scale digital access and preservation initiatives like HathiTrust, print preservation […]

April 20, 2017 4:25 pm
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JULAC shared ILS in Hong Kong

(19 April 2017) The Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) is implementing a new shared integrated library system (ILS) to manage the print and electronic collections of 8 individual university libraries, with increasing strategic emphasis on electronic resources and digital collections. The shared system will hold a conglomerate of over 18 million bibliographic records serving […]

April 20, 2017 3:56 pm
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Female scientists are considerably more likely to be mistakenly cited as if they were males than vice versa

(19 April 2017) Gender stereotypes appear so enduring that certain prestigious professions continue to be almost exclusively associated with the male gender. Michał Krawczyk sought to discover if scientist was one such profession by studying the citations to a large sample of academic publications and identifying cases of gender misattribution of the cited author. Although […]

April 20, 2017 3:46 pm
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2016 IFLA International Marketing Award winners announced

(19 April 2017) The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with BibLibre is pleased to announce the winners, finalists and top ten projects of the IFLA BibLibre International Marketing Award for 2016. The award honors organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns that promote the library and information services industry. […]

April 20, 2017 3:39 pm
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Ten Songs about libraries and librarians

(18 April 2017) Philip Sutton writes that The New York Public Library recently published a blog post about favorite fictional librarians. Sutton is a librarian who plays music—and the drummer in his group is also a librarian—which got him thinking about songs about libraries and librarians. Here is his list of ten songs about libraries and librarians […]

April 20, 2017 3:24 pm
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