Monthly Archives: July 2017

Open Abstracts: a new peer review feature that helps scholars develop connections and encourages transdisciplinarity

(27 July 2017) The peer review process has been subjected to a steady stream of criticism in recent years. This has driven certain innovations, from revealing the content of the process post-publication, to crowdsourcing initiatives. Patrick Riechert and Frédéric Dubois introduce a new peer review feature that is currently being piloted on the journal, Internet […]

July 28, 2017 4:55 pm

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

(27 July 2017) There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous – and, according to a U.S. court, illegal – online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. But just how enormous is its repository? That is the question biodata scientist Daniel Himmelstein at the University of Pennsylvania set out to answer. Their findings, […]

July 28, 2017 10:53 am

SAGE Publishing and the Hammill Institute on Disabilities partner to publish a total of 18 special education journals

(25 July 2017) SAGE Publishing today announces an expanded partnership with the Hammill Institute on Disabilities to publish Rural Special Education Quarterly (RSEQ), Beyond Behavior (BB), and Behavioral Disorders (BD). The new titles join 15 other special education journals that SAGE currently publishes on behalf of the Hammill Institute on Disabilities. “We are excited to […]

July 27, 2017 2:00 pm

CiteScore™ shines a spotlight on high-quality journals neglected by other metrics

(24 July 2017, Amsterdam) Elsevier’s CiteScore is currently the only metric for more than 200 top-quality academic journals from numerous renowned publishers that guides them in their exceptional work. Metrics are an important tool to determine editorial choices when editing research journals and managing their role in their respective fields. Analysis by Elsevier, a global […]

July 27, 2017 1:52 pm

British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]

July 23, 2017 5:08 pm

Library offers largest release of digital catalog records in history

25 million free records of bibliographic metadata (16 May 2017) The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at, […]

July 23, 2017 4:58 pm

IFLA Green Library Award 2017 winners announced

China and Hong Kong among the winners (20 July 2017) IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017. The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros […]

July 23, 2017 4:42 pm

University of Technology Sydney hiring University Librarian

(20 July 2017) UTS is seeking a University Librarian to lead the future UTS Blake Library, who is an innovative and inspirational leader, who will work collaboratively across the university’s executive to provide a quality user service. This is a transformational role at the centre of UTS’s teaching, learning and research. The Librarian will be […]

July 21, 2017 8:07 pm

Canberra Hospital and Health Services hiring Web Services Librarian

(20 July 2017) The ACT Health library provides health information resources and quality services to all ACT Health staff, faculty and students. The library seeks a creative and user-oriented person for the position of Web Services Librarian. Under the direction of the library Director, the Web Services Librarian is responsible for planning, development, maintenance and […]

July 21, 2017 8:03 pm

Practical guidance for valuing objects in cultural collections

(20 July 2017) In her book Valuing Your Collection, collections management expert Freda Matassa examines the issues around valuing objects in cultural collections, describing current practice in museums, libraries and archives, and giving practical advice on how to assign values. Matassa looks at the difference between value and worth and at how cultural value can be […]

July 20, 2017 2:56 pm

CABI – SciDev.Net merger creates stronger organisation for sustainable development

(18 July 2017) CABI and SciDev.Net have agreed to merge, creating a stronger and more diverse combined organisation to help boost their shared mission to improve lives around the world. CABI is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. […]

July 20, 2017 10:06 am

APA upgrades APA PsycNET® content delivery platform

(17 July 2017, Washington)  The American Psychological Association has upgraded APA PsycNET®, its content delivery platform, to strengthen overall search and to help researchers find the most relevant psychology-related content with greater ease and precision. The improvements include responsive web design, enhanced functionality and a powerful technology upgrade. In addition, related content links now appear […]

July 19, 2017 3:41 pm

Future of Libraries

(July 2017) Libraries are evolving to meet the changing needs of the cities they serve, in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer. Future of Libraries examines the key trends that are influencing the transformation of libraries in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer. […]

July 19, 2017 3:33 pm

UTS hiring Scholarly Information Librarian II

(17 July 2017) The University of Technology Sydney Library is recruiting a strategically focused Scholarly Information Librarian to join a high performing and collaborative department that is comprised of 3 teams: Collection Development & Evaluation, Finance & Vendor Relationships, Metadata & Discovery Services. The Scholarly Information Librarian is responsible for providing the UTS community with […]

July 18, 2017 3:57 pm

Japan’s NEC considers buying Civica for $1.2 billion

(14 July 2017) Japanese information technology company NEC Corp is looking at buying British software firm Civica for 900 million pounds and has hired advisors to work on an offer, Sky News reported. An auction for Civica, one of the UK’s biggest public sector software providers, began several weeks ago and has drawn initial offers […]

July 15, 2017 8:16 am