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SMU Libraries hiring Digital Initiatives Manager

(18 September 2017) The Digital Initiatives Librarian/Manager works collaboratively with the entire Library team and other stakeholders of the SMU community to identify, develop, deploy and manage new & existing technologies that support the Library’s learning, teaching and research goals. The appointee will provide professional management and operational administration of the Library Technology Systems including their Library Services Platform, Discovery Services and other related library technology services.

LAS has the details.

Applications open for World Book Capital 2020: IFLA encourages bids that highlight libraries

(19 September 2017) Every year, a new world city is named UNESCO World Book Capital. This honour is an opportunity both to celebrate local writing and culture, but also to promote reading and a love of books among residents and visitors. IFLA has a key role in advising UNESCO on the choice, alongside the International Publishers Association.

The current holder of the title of World Book Capital is Athens, where IFLA held its 2017 President’s Meeting. Wroclaw, the venue of this year’s World Library and Information Congress, held it the year before. Both cities have shown their commitment to libraries as essential actors in helping everyone to learn and love to read.

The call for candidates for World Book Capital 2020 is now open. IFLA welcomes responses from cities which show how a rich cultural life can promote strong and sustainable communities, demonstrate a strong understanding of the role of libraries, and a vision for how their contribution can be further strengthened and recognised. We encourage our members to work with local authorities to develop the strongest possible bids.

For more information on how to apply, please see the World Book Capital website.

The announcement is here.

Issue Briefs advise libraries on archiving government information, licensing metadata about scholarship

(14 September 2017) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released two issue briefs answering pressing questions about copyright faced by libraries and archives: Can institutions legally preserve and share government information from the internet? And should institutions license their metadata describing scholarly works?

More here.

Monash Health hiring Director of Library Services

(14 September 2017) The Director’s role is to design and deliver a library service that is highest quality, strategic, innovative, responsive, efficient, flexible and accessible. The successful applicant will develop a vision and build on existing strong relationships to grow and enhance the Library’s profile, and discover and enable new opportunities for collaboration and services. Monash Health is the largest health service in Victoria, Australia, and a major teaching hospital. It includes diverse clinical units and prestigious research institutes, and is closely aligned with Monash University. Closing date 2 October 2017.

ALIA has the details.

SPIE Digital Library moves to enhanced new website

Society publisher moves world’s largest optics and photonics library to new site with improved, agile functionality

(15 September 2018, Bellingham, Washington, USA)  Scholarly publisher SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced the move of the SPIE Digital Library ( on 15 August to a new and substantially enhanced website.

Developed internally by SPIE to create an improved user experience and incorporate a number of enhancements and new features, the website housing and distributing SPIE’s conference proceedings, journals, and eBooks has been completely redesigned and re-engineered.

The development and launch of the new SPIE Digital Library (SDL) website is “the culmination of a very exciting multiyear project undertaken to bring the means for disseminating timely information to the scientific and industrial community within SPIE’s full control. This enables the Society to be more responsive, more innovative, and more agile,” noted SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “We see this as a major step forward that demonstrates SPIE’s long-term commitment to meeting the needs of the optics and photonics community.”

The new in-house website features an entirely redesigned user interface inspired by response to input received from researchers and authors over several rounds of usability studies and incorporating best website design practices.

The new site also incorporates a number of feature enhancements.

A significant percentage of oral presentations from SPIE conferences are now being recorded and published. These presentations are easier to find and view on the new site. More than 9,000 conference presentations are currently available, including a number of plenary and keynote talks, many of which are open access.

New personalization features include a “Save for Later” tool that enables users to save and manage citations in a personal library with customizable folders.

Other personalization tools include easily managed new content and search email alerts, and tools to export citations and abstracts to commonly used bibliographic software programs.

Full-text HTML for papers published in SPIE journals dates back to 2001. With the new website, proceedings papers dating back to 2014 display full-text HTML in addition to downloadable PDFs. All SPIE Field Guides and Spotlights eBooks are also now available in HTML as well as PDF formats.

An expanded optics and photonics taxonomy of more than 4,000 terms powers related content recommendations and improved search to return the most relevant results. Each paper includes keywords ranked by frequency of occurrence along with related content recommendations based on keyword equivalence. Search results can also be refined using taxonomic relationships.

Launched in 2003, the SDL now includes more than 460,000 journal and proceedings articles as well as more than 300 eBooks. Additional older publications have been added to the database, back through the first Proceedings of SPIE published in 1963 and including 46 Critical Reviews volumes with invited review papers published from 1990 to 2002.

“The launch of the new Digital Library platform is hugely important to SPIE’s mission and future service to the community,” said SPIE President Glenn Boreman. “It is the vehicle through which SPIE is able to meet our mission to disseminate knowledge to the global community of engineers, scientists, and students interested in contributing to and learning about the important impacts and possibilities of optics and photonics in today’s world.”

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

The announcement is here.

Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which included Books for Asia’s honor for “implementation of best practices in literacy promotion.”

The Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy. “Literacy is the first line of defense against so many problems—unemployment, hunger, poor health—and gives people a foundation for a brighter future,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

The Asia Foundation was selected for its “success in applying research-validated practices to promote literacy serves as a valuable model for other organizations seeking to create evidence-based literacy programs.”

Books for Asia puts brand-new books and digital content into the hands of students, educators, and leaders in 20 countries in Asia. Through technology initiatives and book donations, The Asia Foundation’s longest-running program provides high-quality books to over 7,000 institutions, impacting more than 9 million people annually.

While print remains the most effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, mobile technology’s increasing affordability suggests e-books hold the promise of becoming a cost-effective, scalable model. Learn more about Books for Asia’s digital initiative, Let’s Read!

Read more about the Foundation’s work.

The announcement is here.

CPCE PolyU hiring Senior Assistant Librarian / Assistant Librarian I

(16 September 2017) The appointee will be required to:

(a) manage the Integrated Library System, discovery platform and other Library mission critical systems, including in-house developed databases;

(b) manage electronic resources, develop digital library applications, e-learning related systems and the Libraries website;

(c) oversee all library related information and communication technology applications;

(d) lead the System Services team to provide a wide range of quality services;

(e) liaise with internal and external service providers;

(f) develop and implement new initiatives; and

(g) perform any other duties as assigned.

The appointee may be required to work on shift duties in evenings, weekends and on public holidays on either of the two campuses in West Kowloon or Hung Hom Bay.

The College of Professional and Continuing Education /Hong Kong PolyU has the full job description.

Lingnan University hiring Chief Information Officer and Librarian

(16 September 2017) Lingnan University, Hong Kong, is seeking an accomplished professional who can bring vision and provide effective leadership in information technology and library services.  Reporting to the Vice-President of the University, the appointee will be responsible for the overall strategy and policy administration of the University’s Library and Information Technology Services Centre.  He/She is expected to plan, direct and implement innovative library and information technology initiatives to optimize the use of information technology and resources to serve the teaching, learning, research and administrative needs of the University.

Closing date October 2017.

The announcement in full is here.

HighWire Press adds CASA to eliminate barriers to off-campus and mobile access to subscriptions

(13 September 2017) HighWire Press, Inc., the strategic partner and platform provider for world-leading scholarly publishers and societies, announces the platform-wide rollout of Campus-Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) on its Intelligent Platform, in cooperation with Google Scholar. CASA enables seamless off-campus and mobile access to subscribed scholarly content. With CASA, off-campus and mobile users may access their library’s subscriptions just as easily as when they are on campus.

Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, said, “CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program which provides direct links in the search interface to subscribed collections for on-campus users. With CASA, a researcher can start a literature survey on campus and resume where she left off once she is home, or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Her subscribed collections are highlighted in Google Scholar searches and she is able to access articles in exactly the same way as on campus.”

John Sack, Founding Director of HighWire, spoke to both the need and the solution: “HighWire identified many frustrating steps to get access to subscribed content outside the campus IP network in our analysis of friction in the researcher’s workflow. This leads some researchers to use Sci-Hub. We wanted to improve ease of access and worked with Google Scholar to implement their idea for CASA, building on our long-standing relationship. CASA is a brilliant and simple solution. The best part is the end user doesn’t have to change her workflow or learn anything new to get access.”

A faster, easier user experience to subscription content from publishers will help libraries serve their patrons and will provide researchers with legitimate access to authorized versions, without using Sci-Hub as a work around to off-campus barriers. CASA access is correctly attributed to the subscribing institution, so that COUNTER reporting reflect these new usage opportunities.

Nancy Rodnan, Senior Director of Publications at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), said “ASBMB is excited to give subscribers faster, reliable access to its journals through CASA, which will eliminate barriers to journal content hosted on the HighWire platform.”

HighWire will introduce CASA at Charleston and the STM London Innovation meetings later this year. CASA supports industry-wide initiatives to improve access to resources while maintaining requirements of licensing agreements and copyright laws.

The announcement is here.

Wiley announces new Data Sharing and Citation policies to improve transparency in research

(14 September 2017, Hoboken, NJ)  John Wiley and Sons  today announced the launch of new data sharing and citation policies that will be implemented across all participating Wiley journals.

Sharing data enables researchers to reuse experimental results and supports the creation of new work built on previous findings. These new policies will improve the efficiencies of the research process supporting the critical goals of transparency and reproducibility.

“Wiley believes that opening access to the world’s research data offers huge potential to improve the transparency of research, accelerate the pace of discovery, and lead to a future in which more research can be independently verified.” Liz Ferguson, VP, Editorial Development, Wiley.

The majority of Wiley’s journals will now adopt one of three standardized data sharing policies, which will encourage, expect, or mandate data sharing from authors publishing with us. You will be able to review the data sharing policy on your selected journal’s author guidelines or via the Wiley Author Compliance Tool. Research data includes but is not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, and materials. For more information please visit Wiley’s Data Citation and Sharing page.

Further, Wiley has endorsed the FORCE11 Data Citation Principles and is implementing a mandatory data citation policy. Wiley journals will require that authors refer to the data at the relevant place in their manuscript and provide a formal citation in their reference list in the same way as article, book, and web citations. Wiley recommends the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP).

Wiley is committed to improving the openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research and scholarly work.  In addition to these data sharing and citation policies, Wiley believes that in communities where non-commercial preprint servers exist, journals should allow for the submission of manuscripts which have already been made available on such a server. Please visit the Preprints Policy page for guidance to authors who wish to make their articles available via preprint servers ahead of publication.

The announcement is here.

Indonesia inaugurates national library building, claimed world’s tallest

(15 September 2017)  Indonesia has inaugurated the new library building located at the heart of capital Jakarta, claimed the tallest one in the world with 27 floors. Inauguration of the national library designed as a ‘green building’ and extensively uses latest digital technology was conducted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday.

Asia Pacific Daily has the story and the pictures.

Chinese libraries to work on cultural items

(15 September 2017) A mechanism to develop cultural products among libraries in China was launched in Beijing on Tuesday.

Led by the National Library of China, the initiative will aim to combine efforts of different institutions in training people to make and market cultural souvenirs.

Compared with museums in China, the development of such products in libraries started relatively late.

Earlier this year, 37 libraries from a list of 154 public institutions were selected by the Ministry of Culture for a pilot project on cultural products. has the news.

Carbon dating finds Bakhshali manuscript contains oldest recorded origins of the symbol ‘zero’

Ancient Indian mathematical text at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries revealed to be centuries older than previously thought

(14 September 2017) The origin of the symbol zero has long been one of the world’s greatest mathematical mysteries. Today, new carbon dating research commissioned by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries into the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript, held at the Bodleian, has revealed it to be hundreds of years older than initially thought, making it the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero symbol that we use today.

The surprising results of the first ever radiocarbon dating conducted on the Bakhshali manuscript, a seminal mathematical text which contains hundreds of zeroes, reveal that it dates from as early as the 3rd or 4th century - approximately five centuries older than scholars previously believed. This means that the manuscript in fact predates a 9th-century inscription of zero on the wall of a temple in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, which was previously considered to be the oldest recorded example of a zero used as a placeholder in India. The findings are highly significant for the study of the early history of mathematics.

The zero symbol that we use today evolved from a dot that was used in ancient India and can be seen throughout the Bakhshali manuscript. The dot was originally used as a ‘placeholder’, meaning it was used to indicate orders of magnitude in a number system – for example, denoting 10s, 100s and 1000s.

Read the entire illustrated feature here.

Open peer review: bringing transparency, accountability, and inclusivity to the peer review process

(13 September 2017) Open peer review is moving into the mainstream, but it is often poorly understood and surveys of researcher attitudes show important barriers to implementation. Tony Ross-Hellauer provides an overview of work conducted as part of an OpenAIRE2020 project to offer clarity on OPR, and issues an open call to publishers and researchers interested in OPR to come together to share data and scientifically explore the efficacy of OPR systems as part of an Open Peer Review Assessment Framework.

The LSE impact Blog has the full article.

Monash hiring University Librarian

(14 September 2017) Monash is seeking to appoint an outstanding University Librarian to help shape and inspire its future. Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice-President, the appointee will provide vision and strategic leadership across the University Library, contributing to the development of the University, and taking accountability for the overall Library experience. Working closely with the Library’s team of Directors, the University Librarian will grow the Library’s collection, with an emphasis on electronic resources. The appointee will lead strategies for furthering research skills and assisting student learning, including the continued development of innovative library services to meet changing needs. The University Librarian will contribute to University agendas on research and education and be an advocate for the Library both within the University and externally.

Closing date is 10 October 2017.

ALIA has the full details.