Monthly Archives: January 2019

UGC workshop on impact submissions for RAE 2020 held in CityU, Hong Kong

(30 January 2019) The University Grants Committee (UGC), Hong Kong, held a workshop on research impact on 14th January at City University of Hong Kong. Overview of impact submission requirements for Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020 was explained with invited speakers included academics from UK sharing their experience on preparing REF impact case studies in their […]

January 30, 2019 1:54 pm
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National study examines how book acquisitions at academic libraries have evolved

(29 January 2019) With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka S+R undertook a national study to examine the extent to which academic libraries were purchasing books through Amazon. Along the way, the study grew to encompass a number of other questions, such as how print and e-book expenditures have changed over time, how libraries spend to […]

January 30, 2019 10:55 am
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A New issue brief on revenue-generating library services

(24 January 2019) Academic libraries are grappling with how to respond to the continuing introduction of increasingly more business-like approaches to the academy, such as through the popularity of “responsibility center” approaches to management, and “customer” or “client”-focused approaches to service. For example, while some embrace the concept of “entrepreneurial librarianship” others are taking an anti-capitalist […]

January 29, 2019 10:07 am
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Thailand: Marrakesh is good to go!

(28 January 2019) On 28 January 2019, the Kingdom of Thailand deposited its instrument of accession at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to join the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. Since amendments bringing the Thai Copyright Act into line with the treaty were adopted on 11 November 2018 (Copyright Act (No. 4) B.E. 2561 […]

January 29, 2019 9:38 am
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Books: why the Internet hasn’t killed them off

(24 January 2019) We stand amazed by the vitality of printed books, a more than 500-year-old technique, both on and offline. We have observed over the years all of the dialogue which books have created around themselves, through 150 interviews with readers, bookshops, publishers, bloggers, library assistants, 25 participant observations, 750 responses to an online questionnaire […]

January 29, 2019 9:32 am
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EBSCO Health acquires HealthDecision

(24 January 2019) EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical information tools including DynaMed Plus®, Dynamic Health™ and Option Grid™, has expanded with the acquisition of HealthDecision®.HealthDecision is a clinical decision support and shared decision making tool for clinicians and patients at the point of care. The software platform provides decision support tools enabling clinicians and patients to explore their […]

January 29, 2019 9:21 am
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Ask the chefs: the future form of scholarly communication

(24 January 2019) It’s always a good time to think about the future, but somehow the beginning of the year seems an especially appropriate time. With the changes afoot in scholarly communication practices, sentiment, and business models, this couldn’t be a better time to consider what the target might look like. What are we all aiming […]

January 29, 2019 8:52 am
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Encyclopaedia Britannica and Binumi have partnered to bring video storytelling to millions of educators and students

(23 January 2019) Encyclopaedia Britannica and Binumi announced today that they have teamed up to bring video storytelling into Britannica’s global product lines. The first product emerging from the partnership is LumieLabs™. Named after filmmaking pioneers the Lumière brothers, LumieLabs gives K-12 school users millions of royalty-free multimedia clips structured around the curriculum, cloud-based editing and secure video […]

January 28, 2019 2:25 pm
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ProQuest launches ProQuest One Academic

(23 January 2019) At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, ProQuest launches the first product in its ProQuest One™ initiative, a series of solutions that will enable libraries to serve broad, evolving learning and research mandates faster and more powerfully, ultimately improving outcomes for their institutions. Find the full press release here.  

January 28, 2019 2:08 pm
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Now is the time to update our understanding of scientific impact in light of open scholarship

(21 January 2019) Sascha Friesike, Benedikt Fecher and Gert. G. Wagner outline three systemic shifts in scholarly communication that render traditional bibliometric measures of impact outdated and call for a renewed debate on how we understand and measure research impact. Read the full story from LSE Impact Blog.  

January 28, 2019 1:13 pm
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Controlled digital lending: an interview with Jonathan Band

(22 January 2019) The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more. The full interview can be found here.  

January 28, 2019 11:01 am
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Western universities mull Indonesian branch campuses

(28 January 2019)  Indonesia could be the next growth hotspot for international branch campuses, after the details of a seven-year-old law that has finally been ratified were released. The ministerial regulation, disclosed recently after being signed off in late October, allows overseas universities to operate in special economic zones – with a satellite township on […]

January 28, 2019 9:14 am
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Digital Science welcomes Glasgow-based CC Technology to DS family

(22 January 2019) Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, welcomes CC Technology (CCT) to the Digital Science family of companies. The Glasgow-based company, which was founded in 1988 but did not come to support funders until 2006, has become a world-leader in the area of grants management. For the press release, see here. […]

January 23, 2019 8:58 am
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Mixed realities, virtual reality, and augmented reality in scholarly publishing: an interview with Markus Kaindl and Martijn Roelandse

(17 January 2019) For many of us, augmented reality is primarily associated with gaming and other forms of online entertainment. But it is also increasingly being used in scholarly publishing — in expected and unexpected ways. Springer Nature has been experimenting with this, and anyone who visited their booth at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) had […]

January 22, 2019 4:26 pm
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Climbing-frame library in Vietnam has a thriving aquaponics system

(20 January 2019) VAC Library by Farming Architects is a large wooden climbing frame that uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables, koi carp and chickens in Hanoi, Vietnam. Farming Architects designed the library and city farm hybrid as a way for children to learn about self-sustaining ecosystems. Read the full story with amazing photos of the library here.  

January 22, 2019 9:46 am
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