Yearly Archives: 2019

First international blockchain for science: bloxberg

(9 May 2019) Securing scientific information online and worldwide with no risk of manipulation: what almost sounds like magic is now possible – thanks to the latest technologies and logical organization with the help of the decentralized blockchain infrastructure “bloxberg”. The bloxberg consortium was initiated at the beginning of 2019 under the leadership of the […]

May 21, 2019 9:58 am

Clarivate Analytics reports first quarter 2019 results

Revenues decreased 1%, Adjusted Revenues increased 1% (2% on a constant currency basis) Annualized Contract Value (ACV) of Subscription-Based Agreements increased 4.6% Reaffirm Outlook for 2019 (15 May 2019) Clarivate Analytics Plc (NYSE: CCC, CCC.WS) (the “Company” or “Clarivate”), a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today […]

May 17, 2019 5:03 pm

UNSW Library hiring Associate Director Teaching Services and Academic Engagement

(17 May 2019) UNSW Library Australia is hiring Associate Director Teaching Services and Academic Engagement. About the UNSW Library UNSW Library is one of Australia’s major research libraries, with extensive scholarly information resources, services and facilities. It serves a large population of academic and research staff and students on two campuses and affiliated research institutes. […]

May 17, 2019 4:56 pm

EUA releases updated mapping of major publishing contracts

(14 May 2019)  The European University Association (EUA) has released its Second Big Deals Survey Report. This updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe comes at a time when the sector is undergoing substantial changes. The survey, conducted in 2017-2018, gathers data from 31 consortia covering an unprecedented 167 contracts with five major publishers: Elsevier, […]

May 15, 2019 8:42 am

How does the world perceive science? Findings from 2019 State of Science Index

(8 May 2019)  Science is an indivisible part of our life. To put it in the most basic words, for scientists the main intent behind conducting research is to know the world we live in better and to make human lives better. But what does the general public think about science? Is their perception of the […]

May 15, 2019 8:35 am

Blockchain unlocks transparency in publishing workflow

(9 May 2019)  Imagine a digital ledger that is permanent and irreversible, and you will begin to understand why blockchain promises so much for the online world. With blockchain, transparency and certainty are guaranteed for every e-transaction. The platform that underlines bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain is already taking up a role in supply chain management, […]

May 14, 2019 11:20 am

Exposure to incorrect information is widespread in most emerging economies surveyed

(10 May 2019)  Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Many social media users report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms. In most countries surveyed, more than a quarter of social media and messaging app users say they frequently […]

May 14, 2019 10:58 am

Confirmed: our collective attention span is shrinking

(10 May 2019)  From Curiosity – The average human attention span has fallen to eight seconds — below the average attention span of a goldfish. At least, so said a recent wave of debunked press coverage from outlets including The New York Times and, uh, us. The factoid, which had no clear source, felt true. New research suggests this may be because […]

May 14, 2019 10:33 am

Public Librarian Award ceremony given to teacher from the Lumbini Academy

(10 May 2019)  The Public Librarian Award ceremony is an addition to the end of a training program for librarians. The award was offered by the Lion Library support group, Save The Library, Future Dream Libraries and the 360ED visioneering education company. The prizes included medals, books, K100,000 and useful electronic devices for libraries. The full […]

May 14, 2019 9:35 am

Public libraries are crucial, as Christchurch knows and Wellington must embrace

(14 May 2019)  Wellington Central Library has been closed due to earthquake risks. Whether the flagship building in Te Ngākau Civic Square can be repaired or must be rebuilt will turn on engineering and accounting advice. Ultimately, political decisions will also be needed. But Wellington still needs a large, flagship library in the central city – even now, at […]

May 14, 2019 9:26 am

Maltese library project receives Filipino books

(3 May 2019)  Filipinos travelling to Malta, the European Union’s smallest member-state, may be delighted to visit that country’s central library where they can find Filipino books among its newest collections. This was made possible after the Philippine Embassy in Italy donated sets of Philippine books to the Multicultural Library Project of Malta Libraries in Floriana, […]

May 14, 2019 9:20 am

Library of Congress digitizes Taiwanese watercolors, rare Chinese texts

(10 May 2019)  A woodblock-printed set of 400 illustrations depicting the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, painted silk scenes by Qing dynasty court artist Jiao Bingzhen, and 12 watercolors detailing indigenous life in Taiwan are among the 1,000 rare Chinese texts now available via the Library of Congress’ online catalogue. The library’s rare Chinese book collection includes 5,300 titles, 2,000 […]

May 14, 2019 9:16 am

How did NLB win the Business Excellence Awards last year

(2 May 2019)  The Business Excellence Awards recognise organisations with good leadership, corporate governance and social responsibility, and assess how they deal with both customers and their own employees, as well as how they leverage innovation. In 2018, the National Library Board (NLB) was the winner of the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation, the highest […]

May 14, 2019 9:07 am

The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library can be freely used for various purposes

(7 May 2019) The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library (not including body text) became available for anyone at no charge, whether the purpose of use is commercial or non-commercial, from April 1, 2019. The bibliographic data includes authority data (data of authors and keywords which are arranged for use as clues when searching […]

May 14, 2019 8:54 am

Library stink: smell of durian prompts evacuation at University of Canberra

(13 May 2019)  Fire and rescue teams in Australia remove rogue fruit in a sealed bag after it was left near an air vent. A piece of fruit prompted the evacuation of an Australian university library last week. On Friday afternoon fire and rescue teams in the Australian Capital Territory responded to calls of “a strong […]

May 14, 2019 8:51 am