Yearly Archives: 2018

2018 Chinese Library Annual Conference held in Langfang

(8 August 2018) The 2018 Annual Conference for the Library Society of China and Chinese Library Exhibition was held in Langfang, Hebei province on 31 May and 1 June. The annual conference was organized by the Library Society of China and the People’s Government of Langfang Municipal under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture […]

August 9, 2018 10:29 am

BioOne announces nonprofit platform partnership with SPIE

(8 August 2018, Washington, DC) BioOne (, the nonprofit publisher of more than 200 journals from 150 scientific societies and independent presses, today has announced the forthcoming launch of a new website for its content aggregation, BioOne Complete. The new website, to launch on January 1, 2019, will be powered by a nonprofit collaboration with […]

August 9, 2018 10:07 am

ALIA LAS and LIANZA communique

(3 August 2018) The Presidents, Board members and Executives of the Australian Library and Information Association, Library Association of Singapore and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa met on Wednesday 1 August, during the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference, held at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia. Discussions included creating […]

August 8, 2018 5:23 pm

University of Melbourne hiring Manager, Scholarly Communications

(6 August 2018) This position manages the Open Access program and represents Scholarly Services interests regarding all aspects of open access within the University, locally, nationally and internationally. Specifically, the Manager Scholarly Communication plans, develops, delivers and evaluates an Open Access program for greater visibility and access to Research outputs of the university. ALIA has […]

August 7, 2018 2:03 pm

OCLC partners with National Library of New Zealand to implement WorldShare Interlibrary Loan services

Te Puna Interloan Migration Project supports ongoing commitment to OCLC metadata and resource sharing services (30 July 2018, Melbourne) OCLC has extended its partnership with the National Library of New Zealand with an agreement to provide more than 200 New Zealand libraries access to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL), which connects thousands of libraries around the […]

August 7, 2018 1:48 pm

Information literacy in the ASEAN region and beyond

(3 August 2018) Registration is open for the IFLA Information Literacy Section WLIC Satellite Meeting: Information Literacy in the ASEAN Region and Beyond which takes place at the Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 23 August 2018. It is free, but pre-registration is required and places are limited to 50. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Chair […]

August 5, 2018 4:49 pm

Elsevier to acquire Aries Systems, a best-in-class publication workflow solutions provider

(2 August 2018, New York). Elsevier has today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aries Systems, a leader in scientific publication workflow solutions headquartered outside Boston, MA. Aries’ offerings are used by journals, books and other publications for manuscript submission, peer review, production tracking and eCommerce. “Aries has built a best-in-class workflow […]

August 4, 2018 5:04 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 36 – Innovation, Automation, and Technology Part 2: Innovative Companies and Countries

By Ruth Pagell* Who is the most innovative company in Asia-Pac? What Asia-Pac country has the most companies in the Reuters Rankings? Which country is considered most innovative? How many million patent applications were there in 2016? Ruth’s Rankings 36 Part 1 discusses innovation rankings of universities using patents as the featured metric.  Part 2 […]

August 4, 2018 1:56 pm

See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection

(2 August 2018) More than 8,000 living specimens in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection have been digitized and are now available to see and study from anywhere in the world. The Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program, in association with the National Collections Program, started photographing the plants in December 2017 and recently put the complete collection […]

August 3, 2018 1:57 pm

Shenzhen library triggers debate after banning children under-14

(2 August 2018, ECNS) A library in Shenzhen, one of China’s booming modern metropolises and a technology hub, has become the focus of discussion after it closed its doors to children under-14. University Town Library of Shenzhen, also known as the Shenzhen Science and Technology Library, is the first library that functions as both a […]

August 3, 2018 7:23 am

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung asks Hong Kong ‘to withdraw’ his Author of the Year title over indecency row

(1 August 2018) Renowned Hong Kong author Dung Kai-cheung has penned a satirical post asking the authorities to withdraw his 2014 “author of the year” title after Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel was classified as “indecent” by the city’s Obscene Articles Tribunal. Killing Commendatore, published in 2017, was put into the second tier of […]

August 3, 2018 7:21 am

Indian Railways to digitise its archival records of about 25 million pages

(26 July 2018) The Indian Railways has kick-started a massive effort to digitise its archives across the country that will cover about 25 million pages of railway history. As an initial step, 2.2 million pages of the archival material of the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi and Rail Museum at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil […]

July 29, 2018 7:56 am

New international investigation tackles ‘fake science’ and its poisonous effects

(20 July 2018) Hundreds of thousands of scientists worldwide have published studies in self-described scientific journals that don’t provide traditional checks for accuracy and quality, according to a new journalistic investigation. Dozens of reporters from media outlets in Europe, Asia and the United States have analysed 175,000 scientific articles published by five of the world’s […]

July 27, 2018 9:59 am

Haruki Murakami’s new novel declared ‘indecent’ by Hong Kong censors

(25 July 2018) The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair. Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language edition of Murakami’s Kishidancho […]

July 27, 2018 7:33 am

SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging announces public availability of largest multi-lesion medical imaging dataset

(20 July 2018, Bellingham, Washington, USA and Cardiff, UK)  A paper published today in the Journal of Medical Imaging – “DeepLesion: Automated mining of large-scale lesion annotations and universal lesion detection with deep learning,” – announced the open availability of the largest CT lesion-image database accessible to the public. Such data are the foundations for […]

July 26, 2018 5:14 pm