Monthly Archives: November 2017

Preserving cultural heritage – The IFLA Scoping Workshop on Palm Leaf Manuscripts

(22 November 2017) On 6-7 July in Colombo, Sri Lanka, experts, librarians and holders of Palm Leaf Manuscript collections in South and South-East Asia met during an IFLA workshop, to discuss the problem of metadata and digitisation for PLMs in the region. A two-day workshop with 15 participants from around the region took its starting […]

November 23, 2017 12:48 pm

Call for nominations: IFLA 2018 Honours and Awards

(21 November 2017) Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship? IFLA’s Honours and Awards recognise those who have given significant service and made distinguished contributions to the profession. Bestowed annually by the IFLA Governing Board, IFLA Honours and Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge a […]

November 23, 2017 12:40 pm

Nation’s first international-standard library complex opens in Hanoi

(20 November 2017) The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a “tree of wishes” to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens. “The co-operation between National Library of Vietnam and the Korean International […]

November 21, 2017 7:25 pm

Over 400 of the world’s most popular websites record your every keystroke, Princeton researchers find

“Session replay scripts” can be used to log (and then playback) everything you typed or clicked on a website. (20 November 2017) Most people who’ve spent time on the internet have some understanding that many websites log their visits and keep record of what pages they’ve looked at. When you search for a pair of […]

November 21, 2017 7:11 pm

World University Rankings: How to be Number One

(18 November 2017) The Hong University of Science and Technology Library, recently sponsored Ruth Pagell’s trip to Asia to speak to librarians, faculty, students and administrators about university rankings. Her talk to HKUST on 9 November, World University Rankings: How to be Number One together with the powerpoint presentation, are streamed here: After Hong Kong, Ruth gave […]

November 20, 2017 11:22 am

First “five-star” library for children opens in Vietnam

(18 November 2017)  The first international-standard library for children in Vietnam opened at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi on November 16. Many photographs are here.

November 18, 2017 7:23 pm

The University of Tasmania is hiring the University Librarian

(17 November 2017) The University Librarian provides visionary leadership and management of the University’s Library Services and is responsible for: developing, implementing and articulating the Library’s vision and strategic plan; delivering high quality services that contribute to the achievement of the University’s strategic priorities; building visibility and communicating the Library’s impact and value; managing the […]

November 18, 2017 11:12 am

Annual appeal by the Buddhist Digital Resource Center

(16 November 2017) For nearly two decades, BDRC has sought out and preserved Buddhist literature in its digital library, making over 13.5 million pages of texts freely available online. Now, BDRC is taking the next step in its mission to greatly expand access to the treasures of Buddhist cultural heritage—and you can help! BDRC is […]

November 18, 2017 11:03 am

Kudos launches solution to illegal sharing of copyright content

(15 November 2017)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the launch of its shareable PDF solution, which helps publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs). Authors of articles published by the American Thoracic Society, Emerald […]

November 16, 2017 9:00 pm

Hong Kong University join COPE’s pilot initiative

(15 November 2017) Hong Kong University is now part of COPE’s pilot that will help form a membership package of support and advice for research institutions. Other institutions already part of the pilot are: Caltech, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa, and Queensland University of Technology. The pilot follows requests from our current membership and from researchers, authors and […]

November 16, 2017 8:45 pm

Guidelines for Peer Reviewers Chinese version updated

(15 November 2017) COPE’s Chinese version of the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers have now been updated. The update reflects invited input from the publication ethics community and institutions in the COPE membership pilot, and replaces the previous translation. The Chinese and English versions are here.

November 16, 2017 8:31 pm

The Book Stop pop-up library project

The Book Stop Project is a design concept offering a huge potential for community libraries to evolve from monolithic buildings to activated public spaces. (14 November 2017) The project is the vision of Philippines-based WTA Architecture + Design Studio and has already won several international awards. WTA says: ‘The Book Stop Project refocuses on the […]

November 15, 2017 9:49 am

Publishers push ResearchGate harder in copyright battle

(9 November 2017) ResearchGate has moved at least 1.7 million articles to make them less easily available, according to a publishers’ group that sent mass take-down notices against papers they said were in breach of copyright laws. James Milne, a spokesman for the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, said that the action was a “positive step” […]

November 14, 2017 8:25 am

Singapore International Foundation launches mobile library in Yogyakarta

(13 November 2017, Jakarta) Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, the 10th ruler of Yogyakarta, on Monday (Nov 13) launched the Words on Wheels (WoW) mobile library programme in the Indonesian city. The initiative is a partnership between the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Yogyakarta’s Provincial Government Board […]

November 13, 2017 8:42 pm

Turkish aid agency provides mobile library to Myanmar

(10 November 2017, Ankara) Turkey’s state-run aid agency has provided a mobile library to a foundation in Myanmar in an effort to boost educational efforts in the country. In a written statement, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said Myanmar’s Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was given a mobile library equipped with steel shelfs and […]

November 12, 2017 7:47 pm