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China’s largest online academic library CNKI criticized for monopoly

(20 February 2019)  China’s largest online academic library CNKI has again fallen under criticism of having a monopoly like its international counterparts, with experts and writers calling on government measures to boost the database’s social services.

CNKI, or China National Knowledge Infrastructure, reportedly has over 200 million academic articles, making it the inevitable database for academic writers in China. However, it is also a huge profit-driven company. The financial report in the first half of 2018 from CNKI’s mother company Tsinghua Tongfang showed that its gross profit rate stood at 58.83%, Science and Technology Daily reported.

People’s Daily Online has the news in full.


SAE International announces new Automated and Connected Knowledge Hub

(19 February 2019)  SAE International announces its newest information resource – the SAE MOBILUS Automated & Connected Knowledge Hub, part of the popular SAE MOBILUS® technical resource platform.

Launched at the end of 2018, the Automated & Connected Knowledge Hub provides mobility engineers and thought leaders with curated news, expertly written feature articles, convenient access to learning opportunities, and one place to get the key events that are shaping the fast-moving automated and connected vehicle industry.

“Proper testing and research are crucial for the development of automated and connected technologies,” Frank Menchaca, Chief Product Officer of SAE International said. “Our new knowledge hub is a one-stop shop for the most relevant and authoritative information engineers, instructors, students and business people need.”

For more information on the SAE Automated & Connected Knowledge Hub, visit

Featuring more than 226,000 technical papers, standards, books, magazines and more, the SAE MOBILUS®technical resource platform delivers trusted, relevant information to help mobility engineers solve project challenges and streamline their workflow. The user-focused platform enables subscribers to work collaboratively across organizations/institutions; increases speed to market; and ensures quality and safety and access peer-reviewed research on a wide range of technologies.

Source: SAE


NLM and Wellcome complete partnership to provide free access to hundreds of years of medical research

(12 February 2019)  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Wellcome have completed their partnership to make thousands of full back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available through the National Institutes of Health life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC), and through its European counterpart, Europe PMC.

The NLM and Wellcome are pleased to report that over two dozen additional titles are now freely available, spanning three centuries and encompassing hundreds of thousands of pages. In total, the collaboration has grown PMC by over 650,000 pages and tens of thousands of individual articles.

For more details including the list available, see the full press release here.


THE releases best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2019

(20 February 2019)  Times Higher Education has once again released the Asia-Pacific University Ranking to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

THE’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2019 analysed universities across East Asia, South-east Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features more than 300 universities from 13 different nations.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings 2019, however the weightings have been adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.

The full methodology can be found here.

THE summaries the full story here.


California startup Brainbase building breakthrough online IP licensing platform

(19 February 2019)  Brainbase, a California tech startup with a team in Estonia, has received US$1M in seed funding to build an “end-to-end product ecosystem for intellectual property licensing” that could change the way businesses manage and licence their brands worldwide. The investment is an indication of dynamic evolution in the IP sector as it takes advantage of latest technologies and the talents of innovators.

For the full story and press release, see here.


Call for papers: LIS education in developing countries: challenges and trends

(20 February 2019)  IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group invites you to submit a proposal for papers to be presented at its 2-hour open session at the 85th IFLA World Library and Information Congress to be held in Athens, Greece, 24-30 August 2019.

The session theme is “LIS Education in Developing Countries: Challenges and Trends

Important dates:

  • 24 March 2019: Submission of abstracts
  • 31 March 2019: Notification to authors
  • 31 May 2019: Submission of full text

For more update, tune in to IFLA news here.


AAAS launches research hotline for politicians

(19 February 2019)  The world’s biggest scientific society is creating a helpline for policymakers as researchers worldwide take steps to address what they are seeing more clearly in the Trump era as glaring deficits of academic expertise in governmental decision-making.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s move to create the hotline for science-based questions has been accompanied by the National Science Foundation’s launch of a concerted campaign to provide more scientific assistance to US officials, saying that events of 2016 had made clear that it should take more seriously that key advisory aspect of its founding mission.

Read the full story here.


Launch of BMJ Author Services in collaboration with Editage

(15 February 2019)  Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has partnered with Editage to offer language editing and translation services to medical researchers who seek to publish in healthcare science journals.

BMJ Author Services will enable medical researchers across the globe to clearly communicate their research, potentially in one of BMJ’s 70 medical and allied science journal titles.

As specialists in the field for over 16 years, Editage has been a trusted adviser to academic and publishing communities worldwide. BMJ Author Services, powered by Editage, offers services to assist researchers with crucial aspects pertaining to the pre-submission stage in the publication process, including language editing and professional translation services.

In a recent survey conducted by Editage titled Author Perspectives on Academic Publishing, a substantially high number of participants from ESL countries admitted to facing “moderate to extreme difficulty” with written English proficiency. Considering the significantly increasing research output from non-native English-speaking countries, this partnership aims to encourage researchers worldwide to submit their research for publication with full confidence.

David Allen at BMJ said: “We believe that a lack of English language proficiency must never be a barrier to publication of well-conducted research. The best science must always be able to reach the global audience it deserves, whatever the mother tongue of the researchers who made the discovery, and we are delighted to be working with Editage to fully support researchers through this process.”

Nikesh Gosalia, Director, Publisher & Academic Relations at Editage, said, “It’s a pleasure to collaborate with a prestigious healthcare knowledge provider like BMJ. Language barriers have for long been a huge factor hindering the progress of non-native English-speaking researchers. I’m certain that this collaboration will help thousands of researchers realize their dreams of publishing in prestigious medical journals.

For the full press release, see here.


Grants for IFLA World Library and Information Congress Participation 2019

(16 February 2019)  IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) is providing conference grants for 40 participants to attend the 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens, Greece from 24 to 30 August 2019. The grant is available to librarians and library workers from all library types. The application must be a member of his/her national library association. They are giving priority to first time attendees to the WLIC. The application deadline is 20 March 2019.

Details of the grants and applications are here.


SUSS hiring Senior Applications Specialist/Applications Specialist, Digital Library Services

(15 February 2019) The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Library seeks a self-motivated and resourceful IT professional to develop, maintain and enhance web applications. Reporting to the Manager of Library Technology, the successful candidate will also support the applications used to run the day-to-day business operations of the Library. He or she will work collaboratively with staff to deliver engaging digital initiatives that support the learning, teaching and research activities of the SUSS community.

LAS has the full job description.


Internet Archive helps make books accessible for students with disabilities

(16 February 2019)  The Internet Archive will be part of a team that is working to address a key challenge for students with disabilities: getting books in accessible formats. This participation aligns with an existing Internet Archive program to make materials available and accessible to readers with disabilities.

The number of students with disabilities at colleges and universities has grown over the past few decades. Many of those students have print disabilities, including the largest subgroup, those with learning differences.  Students with print disabilities require text to be reformatted for screen readers, text-to-speech software, or other forms of audio delivery, often with human intervention. Universities are required to perform this reformatting on request but are rarely staffed to do that work at scale and this type of reformatting and remediation can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Once the work has been done for a student at one university, the reformatted book is almost never made available for use by students with disabilities at other universities.  Without collaboration and coordination across campuses efforts are wasted and students with disabilities often wait weeks to get texts in a form they can access and use.

A newly-funded pilot project, “Federated Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education,” aims to address this problem. This is a two-year pilot program that has recently been funded by a $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Virginia (as principal investigator) with a primary goal of reducing the duplication of remediation activity across the seven (7) universities participating in the pilot. It will also support the cumulative improvement of accessible texts and decrease the turnaround time for delivering those texts to students and faculty.

Within this program, the Internet Archive will participate as one of several repositories of digitized books, both to provide initial digital copies (for remediation) and to receive and hold remediated book files. Those improved books can then be shared with other schools and organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. They may also be used as a starting point for further conversion into additional formats (such as Braille) that may be needed to support specific reader needs.

The Internet Archive’s role in this pilot project dovetails with our existing program to make materials available and accessible to readers with disabilities. Our current program allows any organization that is already working with people with disabilities, known as Qualifying Authorities, to access the digital files of over 1.8 million books (about 900,000 of which are otherwise unavailable). Those Qualifying Authorities, especially Disability Student Service teams at colleges and universities, are then able to streamline their preparation and remediation of these digital books for people with print disabilities. Because they work directly with individual readers, Qualifying Authorities are also able to enable existing (and qualified) Internet Archive users for an account with disability access. With that access, these users can enjoy expanded and immediate access to the Internet Archive’s full collection of books (through or OpenLibrary).

The full story is here.


An extremely rare book worth thousands is on display in Singapore

(15 February 2019) The Sejarah Melayu is currently on display at the National Library Building as part of an exhibition in honour of the Singapore bicentennial.

The Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals, is one of the few surviving texts documenting Singapore’s early history, and is considered “one of the most important and finest literary works of the Malay world”, NLB said in a statement.

The Business Insider has the full story and pictures.


Efficient use of search portal needed for utilization of intellectual resources

(17 February 2019)  The Japanese government is set to start creating “Japan Search,” a portal site that will enable crossover searches for information about materials possessed by libraries, museums and other institutions nationwide. Ten institutions, including the National Diet Library and the National Archives of Japan, will provide pertinent data, and such information will soon be made available to the public on a trial basis. The number of pieces of data is expected to reach more than 10 million when the system is launched. The government will seek to operate the site on a full-scale basis in 2020.

The Yomiuri Shimbun has the full story here.


Deadline extended: The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong hiring Associate Librarian

(15 February 2019)  The application deadline for this position has extended to 17 March 2019.

Associate Librarian – Library (Ref: AssoLib (LIB) 2019-02-15)


  • provide vision, direction and leadership in the formulation of library strategic planning, policies and guidelines;
  • oversee Library collections including budget planning and management, collection development and assessment, acquisition and description of library collections, job standards establishment and quality assurance;
  • oversee the development and operations of Library systems including library integrated system, access management and discovery tools;
  • prepare timely reports, financial and statistical analysis to support decision making;
  • advocate for library initiatives, develop and maintain collaborative relations with library stakeholders; and
  • lead special projects, supervise subordinates and serve on library-wide committees and task forces.

Applicants should:

  • possess a recognized degree and professional qualification in librarianship (MLS or equivalent);
  • have at least 7 years of experience at supervisory level in academic libraries;
  • have working experience in library operations and management in collection development, technical services and/or library information systems, etc;
  • have excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks;
  • be familiar with current library profession trends, applications of advanced technology, theories and best practices for the delivery of user services in academic libraries; and
  • have the ability to work in a collegial environment to provide excellent library services.

 Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants should send a full resume with expected salary by email to or by post to Human Resources Office, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong on or before 17 March 2019.  Please indicate the post applied for and mark ‘Application – Confidential’ and the reference number on the cover.

Applicants who are not invited to an interview within three months may consider their applications unsuccessful.  All information received will be treated in strict confidence, and the data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.  The Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request.

View the original announcement here

NISO and NFAIS announce plans to merge

(14 February 2019)  NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) will merge this summer. The merger, which is contingent on NFAIS member approval, will consolidate two organizations that have a long history of success in bringing the community together to work toward improved distribution of content to scholars and researchers. The combined association will be more effective, vital, and influential within the community of publishers, libraries and technology partners who make up the membership.

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) explained the merger further at the Scholarly Kitchen here.

For the original press release of this merge, see here.