Monthly Archives: October 2019

Million-page science collection to be digitised

(14 Oct 2019) The not-for-profit technology provider for research and education, Jisc, and the publisher Wiley, are to digitise a one-million-page collection on the history of science. The collection will largely comprise content from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), now the British Science Association (BSA). Universities in the UK will also be […]

October 15, 2019 8:50 am

An Alternative route: cooperation leads to better conditions for Australian libraries

(14 Oct 2019) A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alternatives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows. IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more. Fulltext can be […]

October 15, 2019 8:42 am

Myanmar: British Council’s e-library launched

(7 Oct 2019) The British Council’s digital library was launched at the British Library building in Kannar Street, Yangon on October 1, 2019. The library is accessible from anywhere across Myanmar via mobile, computer, tablet and other devices with an internet connection. It includes over 7,000 magazines and newspapers, more than 3,000 fiction and non-fictione-books […]

October 14, 2019 10:07 am

Australia: State Library Victoria will soon reopen

(2 Oct 2019)  On December 5, the iconic State Library Victoria in Melbourne’s CBD will reopen its doors following the completion of a five-year redevelopment that cost $88.1 million. Soon you’ll be able to see details that have been hidden for more than 50 years. See what changes have been made here.  

October 14, 2019 9:59 am

Cambodia: Librarians can lead our students into IR4.0

(9 Oct 2019)  The Royal Government of Cambodia through a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting sustainable growth through economic diversification, strengthened competitiveness and increased productivity. Part of the program includes “upskilling and reskilling opportunities for existing workers to address skills gaps and skills shortage in the industrial sector through work-based learning programs”. […]

October 14, 2019 9:50 am

More than 1,700 maps added to USGS historical topographic map collection

(11 Oct 2019) In collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), Esri recently updated the online USGS historical topographic map collection with over 1,700 new maps. Esri’s USGS topographic map collection now contains 177,061 historical quadrangle maps dating from 1882 to 2006. Previously available only as printed lithographic copies, high-resolution images of these maps are freely available online […]

October 14, 2019 9:39 am

Best practices for tracking altmetrics for your digital library content

(10 Oct 2019) Digital libraries contain loads of important scholarly resources: digitized primary sources like letters and illuminated manuscripts, arts scholarship like images and videos, and even interactive, peer reviewed websites. Digital libraries (also known as “digital special collections”) are older than their institutional repository cousins, and also much more complex. Unfortunately, many digital library websites […]

October 14, 2019 9:29 am

Why are Asian academic regulatory bodies wary of blogging?

(8 Oct 2019) Blogs and blogging are an important medium for communication. In the Anglophone world they have taken on a particular significance within the academic community as a medium for discussing cross cutting issues that affect the universities sector. In this post Santosh C. Hulagabali argues that in Asia and India in particular, the […]

October 14, 2019 9:21 am

COAR and cOAlition S supporting repositories to comply with Plan S

(7  Oct 2019)  COAR and cOAlition S share a common aim to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scholarly publications and COAR supports the vision and principles outlined in Plan S. Repositories offer a low-cost, high-value option for providing Open Access and are also a mechanism for introducing innovation in scholarly communication, […]

October 14, 2019 9:18 am

Copyright Clearance Center announces RightsLink for Scientific Communications

(9 Oct 2019) Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces the release of RightsLink for Scientific Communications, formerly RightsLink Author, which builds on a market-leading platform to help publishers quickly model and support a wide variety of transformative agreements. Moreover, CCC offers professional services that help organizations […]

October 14, 2019 9:13 am

University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks is on a mission to open Carolina’s research to all

(11 Oct 2019) “There’s really no other industry where the creator and the consumer are one and the same, but the final product is apart from the creator and the consumer,” said Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “That cycle has made publishers quite wealthy.” In an era of rising […]

October 14, 2019 9:06 am

Nanyang Technological University Medical Library hiring Assistant Manager

(7 Oct 2019) NTU is hiring Assistant Manager, Medical Library (1 year contract) Provide managerial support to the Medical Library & Heritage Centre operations aligned to the needs and objectives of the School. This would include the management of information and reference services through promotion, instruction, research and scholarly communication services and as well as […]

October 9, 2019 3:48 am

100,000 images from the Wellcome Collection on Artstor

(27 Sep 2019) The Open Artstor: Wellcome Collection is now available, featuring a selection of more than 100,000 images from the Wellcome Collection that connect science, medicine, technology, life, and art under Creative Commons licenses. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the […]

October 8, 2019 3:32 am

National Library of Australia hiring Director Governance

(3 Oct 2019) The Library is seeking an experienced and driven corporate governance management professional to lead the Governance team and be part of the Corporate Group senior management team. The Corporate Group provide corporate strategy and support services that underpin the Library’s vision to connect all Australians with national collections. We are a small […]

October 8, 2019 3:31 am

How to decolonise the library

(4 Oct 2019) Decolonising knowledge is an important topic, but what does it mean for libraries? Will it result in throwing away books by Nietzsche and Kant and replacing them with books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Binyavanga Wainaina? Jos Damen, Director of the Library of the African Studies Centre in Leiden, gives some practical […]

October 8, 2019 3:28 am