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Job Opportunity at Hong Kong Baptist University Library (Re-advertisement)

Scholarly Communications Librarian (PR325-2/16-17)

(29 May 2017) Hong Kong Baptist University Library now seeks an enthusiastic, out-going, and organised individual to join the team of Digital and Multimedia Services Section as Scholarly Communications Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian).

The successful candidate will participate in the library’s training and consultation programmes to support faculty publishing, data management, and data curation, facilitate the use of bibliometrics and altmetrics within campus, work collaboratively with a library’s committee in developing, managing, and marketing the library’s IR system, coordinate the management of HKBU theses and dissertations. He/She will also assist in other areas of the section that include digital scholarship, digital technology to support data management and research processes, the facilitation of qualitative and quantitative research tools; and participate in the library’s reference services.

Applicants should have a good university degree with a recognised professional qualification in library and information science (e.g., MLIS or equivalent) OR a Master’s degree relevant to the position with at least two years of post-qualification and relevant experience in academic libraries. They must have sound knowledge and practical experience in training provision, research processes, copyright, and IR. Working knowledge of PlumX and major data software (such as SPSS, NVivo, GIS, etc.) is preferred. Strong written and oral communication skills in English and collaborative spirit in working with the university community and library colleagues is a must. Shift duties are required.

Applicants of the previous round will still be considered and do not need to re-apply.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and provide an updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable (a) by downloading from; or (b) by fax at 3411-7799; or (c) in person from the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. The completed application form should be sent to the same address. Please quote PR number on all correspondence. Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Closing date: 24 June 2017

PGI library launches MyLOFT, 3,000 journals to be available

(17 May 2017, Chandigarh) The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, (PGIMER) launched a mobile application ‘MyLOFT’ on Monday which will bring all medical journals and books of the Tulsi Das library of PGIMER to the smartphones of the students and the faculty.

According to the officials of the PGIMER library, the library has more than 3,000 journals from 37 publishers, including Springer, Elsevier and others. Also, there are more than 1,000 medical books. “All these will be available on the app,” said an official of the library.

The Hindustan Times has the story in full.

MyLOFT features: 


Digital Literacies Learning Designer being hired by Macquarie University

(20 May 2017) The Digital Literacies Learning Designer (Library) coordinates the design and development of the Library’s digital literacies programs and services, and provides leadership and advice in selecting, implementing, and assessing pedagogically sound approaches and tools.

Reporting to the Manager, Learning Skills, the role works collaboratively with the Library’s Information Literacy, Learning Skills, and Discipline/Faculty support teams in designing, implementing and assessing online learning tools and objects to support digital literacies at all levels of the university.  The role supports the alignment of the Library’s literacies support programs and services to the University’s strategic goals, and contributes to cross-Library and cross-campus communities of practice in digital literacies and online learning.

Closing date 18 June 2017.

ALIA has the announcement in full.

Open Therapeutics and AuthorAID to cooperate on advancing scientific knowledge

(26 May 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA and Oxford, UK)  Open Therapeutics and INASP’s AuthorAID project announce the formation of a unique scientific collaboration service for helping underserved scientists around the world communicate break-through therapeutic biotechnology research. The partnership will provide scientific researchers an ability to conduct or receive mentorship, educational materials, and grant funding.

AuthorAID is a pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers from low and middle income countries. The programme supports over 16,000 researchers to publish and communicate their work by providing free access to mentoring, online courses in research and proposal writing, training resources, and a global network of supporters.

Open Therapeutics helps underserved researchers around the world gain scientific collaborators. This is done by crowdsourcing the researchers around open therapeutic biotechnologies within its free web-based collaboration platform, Therapoid™.

According to Jason E. Barkeloo, Founder and Executive Chairman of Open Therapeutics, “AuthorAID has a proven ability to deliver a mentorship and educational programme to underserved scientists. We are proud to offer the AuthorAID programme to collaborating scientists within Therapoid. We are also excited to help the researchers within Therapoid learn about communicating their scientific findings to other researchers, journals, and grant funders.”

Jennifer Chapin, AuthorAID Programme Manager at INASP, outlines how AuthorAID and Open Therapeutics complement each other: “We are looking forward to connecting our researchers with the innovative offers on the Therapoid platform, and we know that this partnership will create a richer breadth of services for researchers from developing countries looking to build skills, publish and progress in their careers.”

About Open Therapeutics LLC

Open Therapeutics ( is a crowdsourcing life science firm that creates and attracts therapeutic biotechnologies and crowdsources them for the global scientific community. The global research community can freely access the biotechnologies and funding to further the development of the biotechnologies at Therapoid™ ( The Company is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, with laboratory operations in Covington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, OH, Amman, Jordan, and Bangalore, India.

The announcement in full is here.

Digital Initiatives Librarian sought by Reserve Bank of Australia

(27 May 2017) The Digital Initiatives Librarian will contribute to the planning, development and implementation of a number of important library digital initiatives including Discovery, a new generation library management system, digitisation and a Collection Development Policy that reflects current and future trends.

ALIA has the full job description.

Japanese archaeologist’s family donates his library to Vietnam

(25 May 2017) The family of late Japanese archaeologist Nishimura Masanari, an expert on Vietnamese archaeology, has donated his entire library – in all, 7,000 items – to the National University of Hanoi.

This includes books, maps and magazines on the Stone Age, early agriculture, Vietnamese Đông Sơn culture during the Bronze Age, and Southeast Asian ceramic history. His collection includes a large volume of study materials in history, culture and anthropology of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.

Masanari spent more than 20 years working in Vietnam with his wife, Dr Noriko Nishino, who is also an archaeologist. He was among one of the few foreign experts on Việt Nam’s archaeology. He also trained many young Vietnamese archaeologists.

dtinews has the story in full.

33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is particularly strong in historical, legal and grammatical texts, and in illustrated material. In particular, there are many folding books with illustrations of the Life of the Buddha, Jataka stories, court scenes and other subjects.
Royal entertainments: In the above scene, a musical troupe is entertaining the royals. To the left, the royal party is seated under a canopy watching a Burmese classical dance (Zat pwe), while to the right are dancers and musicians accompanied by an orchestra (Saing waing). Zat taw gyi or zat pwe is usually based on Jataka stories, which are the most popular literary sources throughout all periods of Burmese history. British Library, Or.16761, f.28r

The manuscripts derive from two historic sources, the British Museum and the India Office Library, and were mostly brought from Burma by travellers, envoys, missionaries, administrators and researchers. From the British Museum came the John Murray collection, acquired in 1842, which includes several manuscripts from Arakan dating from the 1740s, and the Sir Arthur Phayre collection, acquired in 1886. The India Office Library collection of Burmese manuscripts began with the Royal Mandalay Collection acquired in 1886 after the Anglo-Burmese war, and a collection of official documents formed by Henry Burney which was probably presented to the Library by Burney himself. Catalogues of all the Burmese manuscripts are available in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room, and about 700 manuscripts in Burmese and and in Pali in Burmese script can be found in the online catalogue Explore Archives and Manuscripts.

Since 2013 the British Library has digitised some of the finest Burmese manuscripts in its collection, supported by the Henry D. Ginsburg Legacy. To date 33 manuscripts have been fully digitised, covering a wide range of genres and subjects.  All these manuscripts are now accessible through the Digitised Manuscripts website. A new webpage, Digital Access to Burmese Manuscripts, also lists all the Burmese manuscripts digitised so far, with hyperlinks to the images and to blog posts featuring the manuscripts. Future digitised manuscripts will be also be listed on this page. Shown in this post are a selection of our digitised Burmese manuscripts; clicking on the hyperlinked shelfmarks below the images will take you directly to the digitised versions.

The announcement in full with illustrations is here.

Canberra Institute of Technology hiring Library Manager

(25 May 2017) You will have broad experience in providing library and learning services to students, teachers and staff. You will thrive on building partnerships, as well as be an excellent problem solver within environments of constant change. You will develop a client-focused digital literacy program suitable for VET clients.

Closing date 7 June.

ALIA has the details.

10,000 additional photographs and cartoons from Condé Nast at ArtStor

(24 May 2017) Condé Nast is providing nearly 10,000 additional images to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total contribution to approximately 33,000. The release encompasses images from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography, selections from the Fairchild Photo Service, and signature cartoons from The New Yorker.

Highlights of the new release include striking and innovative images from the Vogue photographers Clifford Coffin and Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and ravishing food stills by Romulo Yanes.

The announcement in full is here.

Scholars win Public Policy Research Fund for critical news literacy research

(4 May 2017) The Public Policy Research Fund of the Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong Baptist University has  awarded a grant of HK$492,982 to four HKBU scholars for their project entitled “Investigating Hong Kong Students’ Critical News Literacy in the Age of Social Media”.

The cross-disciplinary research team comprises Dr Kelly Ku and Dr Lisa Deng, Assistant Professors of the Department of Education Studies, Dr Celine Song, Assistant Professor of the Department of Journalism, and Dr Kang Yi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Government and International Studies.

Dr Ku, the principal investigator of the project, said critical news literacy is a relatively novel concept to Hong Kong students. They seem less aware of the shared responsibility between media outlets and those who read the news in examining news quality. She also called for news literacy education to be made available for young readers of news so that they can reason proactively and critically about the truthfulness of news messages.

The project aims to examine usages and motivations underlying news seeking behaviours on social media platforms among Hong Kong students aged 12 to 18, as well as to assess their critical news literacy across different domains.

The project team hopes to inform policy makers and educators of the present needs in nurturing critically informed social engagement among the young generation of Hong Kong.

The announcement is here.

Turnitin wins 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Award

(23 May 2017) Turnitin is proud to announce that both Turnitin Feedback Studio and Turnitin Revision Assistant were recognized with The ComputeED Gazette’s 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Awards!

The BESSIE Awards highlight programs that serve as tools for educators and/or parents that meaningfully promote educational excellence. Publishers nominate these programs, which are then evaluated according to multiple criteria such as “academic content, technical merit, subject approach and management system.” (BESSIES website, 2017).

Revision Assistant received an award in the Essay Composition Website category for middle schools. However, the BESSIES website still recognizes that “it has broad application over all levels…Highly motivating, this is something that all writers really need – a good editor.” Feedback Studio won in the Writing Instruction Support Website category within the post-secondary level. We greatly appreciate the honors and we will continue to deliver the very best supports for writing instruction.

The announcement is here.


Melodrama in Meiji Japan at The National Library of Australia

(23 May 2017) Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

The exhibition is 24 May to 27 August 2017.

The profusely illustrated announcement  is here.