Yearly Archives: 2019

Japan: library services remain suspended due to Typhoon in October

(27 Dec 2019) Japan’s education ministry says more than 100 public libraries were damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which ripped through the country in October. Some libraries remain closed or have their services suspended. University library associations say nine libraries at national and private universities were damaged. NHK WORLD-JAPAN has the full story.  

December 31, 2019 9:43 am

Australia: first library in Victoria to open 24/7 has town buzzing

(27 Dec 2019) Foster, about 170 kilometres south-east of Melbourne in Victoria’s Gippsland region, has a population of fewer than 1,200 people. The town’s library, a gathering point for the community, sits almost exactly in the middle of Main Street. About a month ago, 24/7 access was introduced to members — the first public library in Victoria […]

December 31, 2019 9:35 am

KKR to acquire digital reading platform OverDrive

(24 Dec 2019)  KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive, Inc. (“OverDrive” or the “Company”), the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, from Rakuten USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Serving a growing […]

December 30, 2019 4:48 pm

New white paper examines changes to research data services in academic libraries in North America

(12 Dec 2019) Choice today announced the publication of the fifth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. This paper, “Research Data Services in Academic Libraries: Where are We Today?”, offers a unique opportunity to revisit and re-examine findings from a 2012 ACRL […]

December 30, 2019 4:41 pm

National Gallery of Australia is hiring Manager, Research Library & Archives

(29 Dec 2019)  The National Gallery of Australia seeks a dynamic, collaborative, experienced librarian and strong people manager to lead collection development and management, and service-related activities for the National Gallery of Australia’s Library & Archives. Specific areas of responsibilities include managing reference, acquisitions, circulation, preservation, and overall use of, and access to, the library’s […]

December 30, 2019 4:30 pm

UChicago Library’s stamp collection provides rare picture of North Korea

(27 Dec 2019)  A group of masked dancers, frozen in dramatic poses. A plane descending at an airport, with another trailing in the distance. And a pair of … carnivorous dinosaurs? These disparate images all can be found within the University of Chicago Library’s new collection of North Korean stamps, assembled in a public online database to provide a unique […]

December 30, 2019 4:26 pm

OCLC partners with Third Iron to enable mutual subscribers to utilise LibKey Discovery with WorldCat Discovery

(18 Dec 2019) OCLC is partnering with Third Iron, LLC—a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers and their users—to integrate its LibKey Discovery service with WorldCat Discovery. Mutual subscribers can now enable the integration in WorldCat Discovery and the A-Z list, providing users a seamless and intuitive way to access and browse journals. […]

December 30, 2019 4:21 pm

Korea: Incheon library introduces 24-hour book drive-thru service

(24 Dec 2019)  A “book drive-thru system” will be introduced in Incheon for the first time, allowing members to borrow or return books without having to leave the comfort of their car. The system, installed at Incheon Metropolitan City’s Michuhol Library, allows users to check out or return books while in a vehicle for those […]

December 26, 2019 4:21 pm

Document recognizing Napoléon’s rule for life on show in NCL Taipei

(25 Dec 2019) Having been held in private hands for nearly two centuries, an original typewritten document published in 1802 recording the results of the French constitutional referendum which made Napoléon Bonaparte First Consul for life can now be viewed at National Central Library (NCL) in Taipei. The document, which the private collector believes to be […]

December 26, 2019 4:18 pm

PubMed: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool update

(19 Dec 2019)  In March 2019, NLM announced that the three existing LinkOut services (LinkOut via Submission Utility, LinkOut Local, and Outside Tool) are being consolidated into one program, Library LinkOut using Outside Tool (see LinkOut Consolidation Announcement and Library LinkOut Transition FAQs for more information). As of February 28, 2020, LinkOut via Submission Utility and LinkOut Local services […]

December 26, 2019 9:15 am

Call for papers — open sessions at IFLA WLIC 2020

(23 Dec 2019) The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and IFLA Information Technology Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other interested professionals to submit proposals for the Open Session to be held during the 86th IFLA WLIC, in Dublin, Ireland. Theme: “Preserving complex digital objects in libraries” Full details available on the WLIC 2020 website Source: IFLA […]

December 26, 2019 8:56 am

India’s renewed quest to improve its research quality

(24 Dec 2019) In recent years, India has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of research volume. As per Elsevier’s 2018 Research Intelligence report, the country is the fifth largest producer of research publications, only behind scientific superpowers such as the US, China, the UK, and Germany. When it comes to India’s ranking in […]

December 26, 2019 8:54 am

Ruth’s Rankings 43: predatory practices revisited – misunderstandings and positive actions

 “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.” (Nature, 2019)   By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 Dec 2019) This article looks […]

December 24, 2019 2:56 pm

Uncertainty, innovation, opportunity: IFLA launches trend report update 2019

(23 Dec 2019) IFLA has published the 2019 Update of its Trend Report. As the latest in a series looking at the key issues and developments that shape the world in which we operate, it offers a basis for reflection and long-term thinking in the field. IFLA’s original Trend Report in 2013 brought together perspectives from experts around […]

December 24, 2019 1:35 pm

Cambodia: book fair 2019 attracts thousands of visitors

(16 Dec 2019) Thousands of visitors flocked into the 8th Cambodia Book Fair held at the National Library of Cambodia, Phnom Penh from Dec. 13 to 15, 2019 under the theme “Start Your Dream With Books in Your Hands”. During three-day fair, about 150,000 to 160,000 visitors came to read and purchase books as well as […]

December 24, 2019 9:53 am