Monthly Archives: July 2018

Open access opportunities for China through NSTL and IGI Global

(21 July 2018) Since 2008, IGI Global has partnered with the Chinese National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) to provide scholarly journals to prestigious Chinese institutions through its award-winning InfoSci-Journals database. With NSTL’s renewal of this content for the 2019 copyright year, the consortia is taking advantage of IGI Global’s new open access fee waiver initiative to […]

July 21, 2018 3:53 pm

Inside India’s fake research paper shops: pay, publish, profit

Despite UGC blacklist, hundreds of ‘predatory journals’ thrive, cast shadow on quality of faculty and research nationwide  (19 July 2018, Indian Express) In the world of academia, getting published in an international research journal is almost the holy grail, it helps bump up the CV for hiring and helps in the competition for tenure or […]

July 20, 2018 11:13 am

International librarianship as professional development

(19 July 2018, Chicago) Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing […]

July 20, 2018 10:47 am

Beijing subsidizes brick-and-mortar bookstores in digital era

(19 July 2018) Beijing municipal government will hand out 50 million yuan (7.46 million U.S. dollars) in subsidies every year to help brick-and-mortar bookstores survive in downtown areas. The government’s information office said on Tuesday that from 2018, the yearly budget will be appropriated to support 150 brick-and-mortar bookstores. According to the subsidy plan, each […]

July 20, 2018 10:39 am

And the winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is…

(17 July 2018) The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission “Foshan Library’s Green Practice”, located in Foshan new city, which is a key area for the construction of a sponge city [cities designed to soak up floodwater] in the province of Guangdong, China. One reviewer found: “The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in […]

July 20, 2018 10:29 am

Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

(17 July 2018) Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan. The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City. The ambitious project will transform […]

July 19, 2018 9:45 am

Science journals end open-access trial with Gates Foundation

Pilot experiment has seen 26 papers published under open-access terms so far and should yield a report by the end of the year.   (13 July 2018) The publisher of Science last month ended a pilot partnership that allowed open-access (OA) publishing for researchers funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The trial was an […]

July 18, 2018 11:09 am

China SARA launches Digital Religious Library

(18 July 2018) On July 10, 2018,  China Religious Culture Publisher, subordinate to the State Administration for Religious Affairs, held a launching ceremony of its religious professional repository and digital library in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. The publisher has constructed an authoritative and professional religious resource pool where content is presented through the Internet and new media […]

July 18, 2018 11:03 am

NTU Libraries hiring library Executive Staff

(17 July 2018)  NTU Libraries are looking for an executive officer to work together with a team to support the administration functions at the office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services (OIKLS). The incumbent will primarily support the financial, budgeting, and management of the student assistants system. LAS has the full job description.

July 17, 2018 3:04 pm

Project launched to improve web archiving worldwide

(13 July 2018, Issue No:514) Virginia Tech is leading a project to make web archives more valuable to researchers worldwide by developing course materials and cyber infrastructure to teach librarians and archivists internationally how to collect, extract and analyse archived information from the World Wide Web. The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently awarded […]

July 16, 2018 2:20 pm

Archives of South Asian oral history housed in India

(14 July 2018, New Delhi) Hundreds of rare ethnographic sound recordings, including parables, songs, hymns, instrumental music, and poems, made their way to India as part of a collaborative project between British Library and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE). The project, entitled South Asian Audiovisual Heritage, aims at preserving these historic recordings and […]

July 15, 2018 8:56 pm

Reading books is on the decline

(14 July 2018) Michael Kozlowski writes that reading ebooks and print are on the decline and everyone involved in retail and the publishing industry are trying to figure out why. Are people simply not reading for pleasure anymore and consuming original Netflix content or listening to Spotify? What we do know is that between 2003 […]

July 15, 2018 7:51 pm

Celebrating the national glass plate negatives registered as UNESCO Memory of the World

(13 July 2018) After UNESCO announced the registration of the National Glass Plate Negatives as UNESCO’s Memory of the World on the 30th of October 2017, the National Archives of Thailand, Sirivadhanabhakdi Foundation together with Thai Beverage PCL took the opportunity to organize the Celebrating the National Glass Plate Negatives Registered as UNESCO Memory of the World exhibition at the National Gallery on Chao Fa Road. The show […]

July 14, 2018 5:08 pm

$1 million donation will support new Learning Commons at McGill University’s Faculty of Education

Chan Kwok Wai Foundation shares McGill’s mission to create 21st century digital literacy environment (12 July 2018) Thanks to a $1 million donation from the Hong Kong-based Chan Kwok Wai Foundation, the Faculty of Education will undergo a major renovation of its former library space to create a new Learning Commons. As literacy, technology and […]

July 14, 2018 5:03 pm

IFLAPARL Pre-Conference 2018 Agenda

(13 July 2018) The 2018 IFLAPARL pre-conference will be held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 24th August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme will be ‘Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing clients’ needs’. The provisional agenda for the pre-conference is now available on the Section’s Events pages. The announcement is here.

July 14, 2018 11:14 am