Monthly Archives: February 2019

California startup Brainbase building breakthrough online IP licensing platform

(19 February 2019)  Brainbase, a California tech startup with a team in Estonia, has received US$1M in seed funding to build an “end-to-end product ecosystem for intellectual property licensing” that could change the way businesses manage and licence their brands worldwide. The investment is an indication of dynamic evolution in the IP sector as it takes […]

February 21, 2019 9:03 am

Call for papers: LIS education in developing countries: challenges and trends

(20 February 2019)  IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group invites you to submit a proposal for papers to be presented at its 2-hour open session at the 85th IFLA World Library and Information Congress to be held in Athens, Greece, 24-30 August 2019. The session theme is “LIS Education in Developing Countries: Challenges and Trends” […]

February 21, 2019 8:49 am

AAAS launches research hotline for politicians

(19 February 2019)  The world’s biggest scientific society is creating a helpline for policymakers as researchers worldwide take steps to address what they are seeing more clearly in the Trump era as glaring deficits of academic expertise in governmental decision-making. The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s move to create the hotline for science-based questions […]

February 20, 2019 4:06 pm

Launch of BMJ Author Services in collaboration with Editage

(15 February 2019)  Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has partnered with Editage to offer language editing and translation services to medical researchers who seek to publish in healthcare science journals. BMJ Author Services will enable medical researchers across the globe to clearly communicate their research, potentially in one of BMJ’s 70 medical and allied science journal titles. As specialists […]

February 20, 2019 8:46 am

Grants for IFLA World Library and Information Congress Participation 2019

(16 February 2019)  IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) is providing conference grants for 40 participants to attend the 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens, Greece from 24 to 30 August 2019. The grant is available to librarians and library workers from all library types. The application must be a member of his/her national […]

February 18, 2019 10:50 am

SUSS hiring Senior Applications Specialist/Applications Specialist, Digital Library Services

(15 February 2019) The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Library seeks a self-motivated and resourceful IT professional to develop, maintain and enhance web applications. Reporting to the Manager of Library Technology, the successful candidate will also support the applications used to run the day-to-day business operations of the Library. He or she will work […]

February 18, 2019 10:28 am

Internet Archive helps make books accessible for students with disabilities

(16 February 2019)  The Internet Archive will be part of a team that is working to address a key challenge for students with disabilities: getting books in accessible formats. This participation aligns with an existing Internet Archive program to make materials available and accessible to readers with disabilities. The number of students with disabilities at […]

February 18, 2019 10:25 am

An extremely rare book worth thousands is on display in Singapore

(15 February 2019) The Sejarah Melayu is currently on display at the National Library Building as part of an exhibition in honour of the Singapore bicentennial. The Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals, is one of the few surviving texts documenting Singapore’s early history, and is considered “one of the most important and finest literary works of the Malay world”, NLB […]

February 18, 2019 10:14 am

Efficient use of search portal needed for utilization of intellectual resources

(17 February 2019)  The Japanese government is set to start creating “Japan Search,” a portal site that will enable crossover searches for information about materials possessed by libraries, museums and other institutions nationwide. Ten institutions, including the National Diet Library and the National Archives of Japan, will provide pertinent data, and such information will soon be […]

February 18, 2019 10:11 am

Deadline extended: The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong hiring Associate Librarian

(15 February 2019)  The application deadline for this position has extended to 17 March 2019. Associate Librarian – Library (Ref: AssoLib (LIB) 2019-02-15)  Responsibilities:  provide vision, direction and leadership in the formulation of library strategic planning, policies and guidelines; oversee Library collections including budget planning and management, collection development and assessment, acquisition and description of library […]

February 15, 2019 10:06 am

NISO and NFAIS announce plans to merge

(14 February 2019)  NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) will merge this summer. The merger, which is contingent on NFAIS member approval, will consolidate two organizations that have a long history of success in bringing the community together to work toward improved distribution of content to scholars and researchers. The combined association […]

February 15, 2019 9:28 am

10,000 Arabic books have been digitized to ebooks

(13 February 2019)  The Arabic Collections Online project has just formed and they are making available 10,000 Arabic ebooks across 6,000 subjects for free.  It was established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. This mass digitization project aims […]

February 15, 2019 9:08 am

Understanding the main differences between COUNTER 4 and COUNTER 5

(11 February 2019)  In January 2019, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) updated its code of practice from Release 4 (C4) to Release 5 (C5). According to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is “designed to balance changing reporting needs with the need to make things […]

February 15, 2019 9:03 am

OCLC partners with to add analytics features to EZproxy authentication software

(13 February 2019)  OCLC is partnering with the Consortium, the French non-profit that developed ezPAARSE software with the CNRS Institute for Scientific Information, to enhance OCLC’s EZproxy authentication software with analytics features and to expand the use of ezPAARSE outside of France. For the full press release, see here.  

February 15, 2019 8:54 am

UNSW library hiring Director, Research Services and Corporate

(14 February 2019) UNSW is hiring the position: The Director, Research Services and Corporate, a member of the Library Executive Team and provides leadership to the development and delivery of the Library’s research infrastructure and services including institutional research publication repository service (UNSWorks); research data services (ResData and RDMP); research reporting services and systems (Research […]

February 14, 2019 10:27 am