Monthly Archives: February 2020

Free resources for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

(15 Feb 2020)  To fight against the epidemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, researchers around the world are working hard to bring pieces together for a clearer picture of the virus and possible solutions. To support this, academic publishers provide open access to related researches from their collections, including: ASM BMJ CABI Cambridge University Press Clarivate […]

February 15, 2020 9:05 am

New Zealand: debates over National Library’s book-culling decision

(14 Feb 2020)  Due to the limit of storage capacity, the National Library of New Zealand has decided to rehome 600,000 titles of its overseas published collections to libraries who are interested in taking them. The decision has been announced in late 2019 which raised some debates between readers and librarians. Here are some of […]

February 14, 2020 4:55 pm

Australia: schools drop libraries in favour of digital hubs and e-learning

(9 Feb 2020) A new A$225 million (S$209 million) school in Sydney has caused a stir after it opened with state-of-the-art facilities – but no library. Instead, the Arthur Phillip High School in the Sydney district of Parramatta will have “iHubs”, which will have digital resources and some hard copy books. Other books will be available […]

February 14, 2020 2:49 pm

How a network of data curators can unlock the tremendous reuse value of research data

(13 Feb 2020) Understanding researchers’ behaviors and needs when it comes to data sharing and reuse is challenging. Each discipline has unique norms and practices for how they collect and manage data, when (and if) they share their data, and how they determine a dataset’s fitness for reuse. Data curators—as information science practitioners—make a wealth […]

February 14, 2020 2:26 pm

Libraries for a better internet: Safer Internet Day 2020

(10 Feb 2020) Libraries work to protect the online safety and wellbeing of their patrons and communities by promoting digital literacy and offering inclusive ICT skills training and assistance. On Safer Internet Day 2020, libraries in many countries are joining the campaign to raise awareness and help children and young people develop the skills for safe […]

February 14, 2020 2:09 pm

Webinar: detecting image manipulation (2020/2/27)

(11 Feb 2020) From Elsevier Research Academy: “Advancing technology has put the control of scientific images in the hands of researchers and authors. According to most journal guidelines, images submitted with a manuscript for review should be minimally processed. However, with limited knowledge on the subject, it is difficult to assess whether the manipulation of an image is […]

February 12, 2020 9:51 am

Beijing publishing houses offer free digital content to public

(5 Feb 2020) Seventy-six publishing houses in Beijing have opened up their digital libraries, putting free online courses, digital music, e-books, and audiobooks on the internet for the public. With abundant digital teaching materials, the Beijing Publishing Group has offered free e-books and online courses to teachers and students on its Jing Ban Cloud (, […]

February 11, 2020 1:49 pm

45,000 images from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is now available

(27 Jan 2020) The Open Artstor: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collection is now available, featuring a selection of more than 45,000 images under Creative Commons licenses. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the Artstor platform — already a destination for […]

February 11, 2020 1:45 pm

Deep Web Technologies acquired by Amplyfi

(10 Feb 2020) Leading UK technology firm Amplyfi has purchased Deep Web Technologies. The move will combine Deep Web Technologies’ search capabilities with Amplyfi’s machine learning and data analytics expeience. Alongside tripling its revenue over the past 12 months, the acquisition means Amplyfi is set to continue the rapid growth that has defined the company since […]

February 11, 2020 1:35 pm

ACM’s new open access agreements: a Q&A with Scott Delman

(10 Feb 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: As many Scholarly Kitchen readers will know, in late January it was announced that the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) had signed new open access (OA) publishing agreements with four major US universities. There has been lots of public conversation about these agreements, but I decided to go to the source for some […]

February 11, 2020 1:27 pm

Graphics: history of mergers and acquisitions in the library technology industry

(15 Jan 2020) Library Technology Guide has released graphics showing the history of mergers and acquisitions in the library technology industry since 1980. Click here to view the graphics.  

February 10, 2020 2:30 pm

Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute […]

February 10, 2020 2:20 pm

Wellcome pledges £10 million to tackle novel coronavirus epidemic

(31 Jan 2020)  Wellcome is making a pledge of up to £10 million to accelerate research and support global efforts to tackle the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic. Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome, said: “This virus is spreading at unprecedented scale with cases passing between people in multiple countries across the world. We know this […]

February 10, 2020 2:09 pm

Symposium proceedings: “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise”

(5 Feb 2020)  The “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise” symposium took place in Washington, DC on December 11, 2019, its report is now available online. This report represents a summary of the symposium, including speaker slides and biographies, invited expert commentaries, and notes from the facilitated group discussions. The report is available here. […]

February 10, 2020 1:35 pm

MERAL portal training to be conducted for universities in Myanmar

(7 Feb 2020) EIFL and partners will train teams from 19 universities in Yangon and Mandalay to upload open access publications to the Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal (MERAL). The trainers are Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, and from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, EIFL’s partner in the MERAL Portal project, Masaharu Hayashi, Project Assistant […]

February 10, 2020 10:03 am