Monthly Archives: December 2019

Myanmar: new national library set for grand opening in April 2020

(17 Dec 2019) From The Myanmar Times: The National Library will open in a newly renovated historic building in downtown Yangon in April 2020 to promote learning for the good of the country, a library official said. “The renovation of this historic building for the National Library is complete,” said Daw Yee Yee Htwe, director […]

December 24, 2019 9:46 am

How AI in libraries provides answers on campus

(17 Dec 2019)  To help students and other users understand artificial intelligence in libraries, the University of Rhode Island opened the first AI lab in any campus library in 2018, while the University of California, Irvine has “ANTswers” library chatbot. Read the full story here on how libraries are using AI to enhance user experience. […]

December 24, 2019 9:40 am

Japan aims to certify 1,000 archivists aimed at better handling of public records

(21 Dec 2019) Japan is aiming to certify about 1,000 archivists by March 2026 in a new system amid efforts to improve the management of official records, government sources said Saturday, following criticism over government handling of public documents in various scandals involving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The government has decided to launch the new system […]

December 23, 2019 10:51 am

Which papers got the most attention online this year? #AltmetricTop100

Climate crisis, artificial intelligence, and vaccines top the list of 2019’s most discussed research (17 Dec 2019)  From the increasing use of artificial intelligence to the climate emergency facing us all, many of this year’s most polarizing issues feature in the Altmetric Top 100, released today. The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research published in 2019 that has […]

December 18, 2019 4:59 pm

Science in comic – as coral die, protected areas aren’t enough

(17 Dec 2019)  Designated protected regions such as marine protected areas are set to protect the marine ecosystem including reef and other species such as birds, fish, among others. However, researchers found that protected reefs were not regrowing faster than unprotected reefs. What are the problems and what may be the solution? Find out more […]

December 18, 2019 1:26 pm

Landscape of open science in Japan

(17 Dec 2019) Dr. Yasushi Ogasaka, Director of the Department for Information Infrastructure at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), gave the keynote presentation at the inaugural Asia-Pacific meeting of the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) in Hong Kong in June 2019. This paper, based Dr. Ogasaka’s address, shares the evolution of open science […]

December 18, 2019 10:39 am

Malaysia Open Science Platform has launched

(11 Dec 2019)  In its efforts to enhance national innovation ecosystem towards wealth creation and societal well-being, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) will be implementing two flagship initiatives: Malaysian Collaborative Network Platform for Disruptive Innovation (I-CONNECT) and Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP). […]

December 17, 2019 2:04 pm

Participate in the 2019 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

(14 Dec 2019)  Library Technology Guide is inviting librarians all over the world to participate in its International Library Automation Survey. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide […]

December 17, 2019 1:33 pm

Brill launches Chinese Iconography Thesaurus (中國圖像誌索引典) in open access

(12 Dec 2019) International publisher Brill is proud to announce the launch of a new database in Open Access: The Chinese Iconography Thesaurus. The Chinese Iconography Thesaurus (CIT) is freely accessible and brings together Sinology, Art History and Information Studies, creating the first alternative classification scheme, especially designed for Chinese visual culture, with a complementary image archive. Traditionally, […]

December 14, 2019 3:45 pm

University of Technology Sydney is hiring Scholarly Information Team Leader

(13 Dec 2019) The UTS Library is recruiting a strategically focused Scholarly Information Team Leader to join a high performing and collaborative department that is comprised of 3 teams: Collection Development & Evaluation, Finance & Vendor Relationships and Metadata & Discovery Services. The Scholarly Information Team Leader is responsible for providing the UTS community with access […]

December 14, 2019 3:40 pm

State Library of Queensland is hiring Director, Finance and Operations

(13 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland (State Library) supports a vibrant state-wide network of more than 230 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centre. State Library’s workforce reflects the diversity of the Queensland community. As Director you will provide leadership, direction and management of the Finance and Operations branch which also encompasses Facilities and Administration […]

December 14, 2019 3:36 pm

Seoul to open landmark library, concert hall by 2025

(12 Dec 2019) Seoul city on Thursday announced plans to open a new library and concert hall in areas of the capital that were previously considered underdeveloped and lacked cultural facilities. Under the plan, the city will pump in 387.8 billion won (US$325.6 million) to build a library in Dongdaemun ward in eastern Seoul and a […]

December 13, 2019 9:05 pm

Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty. According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did […]

December 13, 2019 8:52 pm

Australia: Queensland State Library offers ‘human books’ in bid to share local history

(10 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland is trialling a program in Brisbane where you can check out a “human book”. Once a month, library visitors will be able to borrow a real person with a unique story to share. Key points: ‘Human books’ originated in Denmark to counter stereotypes and discrimination The State Library is […]

December 12, 2019 9:25 pm

China splashes millions on hundreds of home-grown journals

(11 Dec 2019)  US$29-million investment aims to boost the country’s status as an international scientific powerhouse. China is taking dramatic steps to improve the quality and international reputation of its home-grown science journals. Publishers of hundreds of Chinese titles will receive generous government funding as part of a major five-year plan to elevate the country’s […]

December 12, 2019 9:18 pm