Monthly Archives: March 2020

Australian library Coronavirus innovation: story time video streaming for babies and youngsters

(31 Mar 2020) If this was normal life in Australia every week parents and grandparents would be walking their young children and pushing their baby strollers to Library Story Time and Rhyme time sessions. Unfortunately because of Coronavirus, Libraries are shut to the general public and only open to staff so there won’t be any Library […]

March 31, 2020 4:07 pm

An opportunity for East Asia? Global student flows to suffer ‘massive hit’ for years

(26 Mar 2020) International student mobility will take at least five years to return to normal levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while East Asia will emerge as a regional hub in the intervening period, a leading global higher education scholar has predicted. Simon Marginson, director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of […]

March 30, 2020 11:02 am

SAGE waives article processing charges for research related to COVID-19

(26 Mar 2020) SAGE Publishing announces that it will publish open access any accepted research that is relevant to the treatment, transmission, cure, or social impact of COVID-19 without requiring article processing charges (APCs). Additionally, SAGE will fast track these papers for rapid publication and dissemination. “SAGE aims to support the medical community in its efforts […]

March 30, 2020 10:53 am

Macmillan abandons library e-book embargo

(17 Mar 2020) In a surprise announcement today, Macmillan abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, effective this week. “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” reads a brief memo from Macmillan CEO John Sargent addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents. “Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect […]

March 30, 2020 10:49 am

Researchers are tracking coronavirus misinformation

(24 Mar 2020) When five researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, launched the new Center for an Informed Public back in December 2019, they had no idea what was coming. The center aims to study how misinformation propagates and use the findings to “promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse.” Now, just a few months later, […]

March 30, 2020 10:43 am

COVID-19 highlights the wisdom of the academic crowd

(13 Mar 2020)  With the rapid growth of COVID-19 upon the world, the number of research papers on the virus is also increasing. See how the trend grows in Google search by matching the dates of related scientific activities, and see how researches around this new topic evolve through citation and change of keywords via […]

March 30, 2020 9:31 am

Five things you (maybe) didn’t know about AI

(20 Mar 2020) While there’s plenty of information out there on artificial intelligence, it’s not always easy to distinguish fact from fiction or find explanations that are easy to understand. That’s why we (Oxford Internet Institute) have teamed up with Google to create The A to Z of AI. It’s a series of simple, bite-sized […]

March 30, 2020 8:58 am

Virtual plenary meeting and poster session for RDA 15th plenary meeting

(26 Mar 2020)  The 15th RDA Plenary Meeting, which was scheduled to take place from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne Australia, has been canceled due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. However, from 18th March to 10th April 2020 RDA will be facilitating the organisation of a virtual Plenary (VP 15) meeting, offering session convenors […]

March 27, 2020 1:05 pm

Information apocalypse: all about deepfakes

VIDEO: Doctored images, fake videos and computer-generated news are easier than ever to create and distribute. Here’s why you should worry and what you can do. (17 Mar 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  Today, computing power and artificial intelligence have democratized the creation of faked media. Images can be synthesized, videos manipulated, audio mimicked and text written, […]

March 26, 2020 5:02 pm

COVID-19 – Translated language resources available for libraries to communicate with communities

(24 Mar 2020) The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is working with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create translated signage and text for libraries to communicate with their communities about library closures and changes to programs. Freely downloadable in 30 languages (and counting), you are welcome to share, edit and adapt this content to your […]

March 26, 2020 4:57 pm

Scientific posters and presentations to gain visibility and impact through SciMeetings by ACS

(24 Mar 2020) Every year, hundreds of thousands of researchers share their research findings at in-person conferences. Scientific content created for these conferences has traditionally been limited to the audience at that event, with no wider distribution or long-term preservation. SciMeetings, a service developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) through its Publications Division, will expand the […]

March 26, 2020 4:28 pm

Hong Kong bookstore owner is creating a new way of consuming the written word

Flow Books owner Surdham Lam plans to turn his second-hand book store into the Flow-brary, a lending library with a difference Borrowers can keep their books as long as they like, or until other readers request them (19 Mar 2020) The plight of the bookseller is well documented, and rarely does the story end happily […]

March 24, 2020 11:06 am

National Library of Korea introduces enhanced online service amid coronavirus spread

(23 Mar 2020)  The National Library of Korea started providing its enhanced online service Digital Collection on Monday. “Digital Collection provides selected content curated by experts from different fields who also wrote commentaries. We hope that this cultural content can help people who are having a difficult time due to the delay of the new […]

March 24, 2020 10:54 am

Cultural, historical and scientific collections you can explore online

(23 Mar 2020)  As efforts to contain the effects of the COVID-19 crisis ramp up, millions of people around the globe are social distancing and self-quarantining themselves in their own homes. To support those in search of diversion from the relentless news cycle, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a collection of 68 online culture, history and science collections […]

March 24, 2020 10:49 am

Closing in on the new coronavirus

The eye-catching spikes sticking out from the surface of SARS-CoV-2 may inspire new ways to prevent or treat Covid-19 infections (20 Mar 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine) It is new, but not entirely. The coronavirus upending the world right now is so similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus of 2002–03 that virologists opted […]

March 23, 2020 11:05 am