Monthly Archives: May 2020

ALIA announces COVID-19 relief fund

(6 Apr 2020) The Australian Library and Information Service (ALIA) has announced it will set up a relief fund ‘specifically to help members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’. ALIA said it would seed the fund with $10,000, enabling it to make approximately 20 payments to members suffering […]

May 29, 2020 10:52 am

China releases catalog of key publications for rural libraries

(21 May 2020) From Xinhuanews: China’s National Press and Publication Administration has released a catalog of key publications for rural libraries in 2020. Altogether 1,781 kinds of books, 113 types of audio and video products and e-publications, 310 kinds of publications in ethnic minority languages, 31 kinds of newspapers and 155 types of periodicals were […]

May 29, 2020 10:39 am

Why Indonesia makes an impact in THE Impact Rankings

(18 May 2020) Indonesia’s stellar performance in this year’s Times Higher Education Impact Rankings reflects the burgeoning capability of the archipelago’s top institutions and their “more mature approach” to university league tables. This trend is reflected in Indonesia’s performance in the THE Impact Rankings, which assess social and economic influence. Launched in 2019, the rankings appraise universities’ success in aligning their efforts […]

May 29, 2020 9:04 am

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]

May 29, 2020 8:55 am

Taiwan: Reading festival wins American Library Association award

(22 May 2020) The Taiwan Ministry of Education announced Friday (May 22) that the 2020 Taiwan Reading Festival (台灣閱讀節) won the American Library Association (ALA) award. The annual cultural event, “Taiwan Reading Festival,” takes place in December and has been hosted by the National Central Library and public libraries since 2013. It features a variety of […]

May 29, 2020 8:44 am

How coronavirus is changing research practices and publishing

(22 May 2020)  Nature Index reviewed recent development on scholarly communication affected by the epidemic of COVID-19, including: Funding worries weigh down early-career researchers COVID-19 widens the gender gap in medical research Wikipedia favours peer-reviewed research Australian researchers face job cuts due to coronavirus shut-down How could coronavirus change academic careers? Preprint servers enhance screening […]

May 29, 2020 8:41 am

The time of trials: Waiting for a coronavirus vaccine

An infected and impatient world needs protection from Covid-19, but rushing it won’t be easy. How can we speed up a complicated process? (22 May 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  The Covid-19 coronavirus has knocked our world off its axis. We won’t return to anything approaching normal — that is, life without social distancing, quarantines, […]

May 26, 2020 9:01 am

New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]

May 25, 2020 2:09 pm

Webinar: Chinese academic libraries’ experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak

(18 May 2020) From Cornell University Library: A four-part webinar series devoted to academic libraries’ role in a sustainable future concluded with a discussion of how three libraries in China have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The April 27 installment, “Three Chinese Academic Libraries’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” was the last in a series […]

May 25, 2020 2:02 pm

China’s national library launches ‘collective memory bank’ to document coronavirus outbreak stories

(25 Apr 2020) From CGTN: The National Library of China has launched a “collective memory bank,” to collect and preserve items and stories from China’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The project aims at documenting the impact the pandemic has had on peoples’ lives, emotions and social relationships. Articles, pictures, audio, video, multimedia resources, manuscripts, […]

May 25, 2020 1:50 pm

Webinar: Subscription cancellations and alternative access options

(19 May 2020) EIFL will hold a webinar on “Subscription cancellations and alternative access options” Event Date: 04 Jun 2020 This EIFL webinar will cover subscription cancellations and alternative access options. Our guest speaker Colleen Campbell from the OA2020 Initiative will discuss why the libraries and consortia decided to cancel some of their journal subscriptions, […]

May 22, 2020 4:59 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 45: Insights into TOP Factor: Journal impact reimagined

By Ruth A. Pagell* (20 May 2020) Journal quality has been measured by output, from counting pages and articles to calculating normalized citation impact factors. The Center for Open Science (COS) created TOP Factor as a way to measure journal quality through journal publishing guidelines. There are four aspects of TOP Factor to consider: The […]

May 22, 2020 4:40 pm

Notes from the 15th AUNILO meeting

(20 May 2020) The 15th AUNILO meeting ( and the strategic planning workshop were held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 5-8 August 2019 and hosted by the Universitas Gadjah Mada. The meeting and planning workshop was coordinated by the AUNILO Secretariat,  managed by the member libraries of the Philippines (University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and […]

May 21, 2020 8:58 am

ACM and the Charlesworth Group partner to expand Open Access publishing in China

(18 May 2020) The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s oldest and largest scientific computing society, has partnered with The Charlesworth Group to expand the benefits of the ACM OPEN “read and publish” Open Access (OA) licensing model in China.   ACM OPEN and the Chinese OA landscape China has notably supported OA initiatives in the […]

May 20, 2020 4:56 pm

Textbook publishers sued by college students claiming giants conspired to illegally monopolize

(13 May 2020)  College textbook publishing and retail giants Cengage Learning, McGraw Hill, Pearson Education, Follett Higher Education Group and Barnes & Noble College Bookseller are targets of a proposed national class-action filed by college students. The suit claims the companies conspired to restrict sales of textbooks to a specific online format from on-campus bookstores […]

May 19, 2020 5:00 pm