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CUHK hiring Assistant Librarian I/II (carrying the job title of ‘Systems Librarian’) – (170000Q1)

(21 April 2017) The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library seeks a Systems Librarian to join its Library IT & Systems (LITS) team at an exciting time as it implements a cloud-based, next generation Integrated Library System (ILS) shared with the local higher education libraries consortium. The successful applicant is expected to provide the best possible experience for library users and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems.

The job description is here.

C. V. Starr East Asian Library acquires the largest Chinese film studies collection in North America

(21 April 2017) The C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley today announces its acquisition of the largest and most comprehensive Chinese film studies collection in North America. The over-70,000 periodicals, posters, photographs, and ephemera contained in the Paul Kendel Fonoroff collection document the development of the film and entertainment industry of greater China from its inception in the early decades of the twentieth century to the 1990s.

“This amazing collection makes Berkeley the premier research information center of Chinese film studies in the country,” says Peter Zhou, director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

The library acquired the collection in 2015, and has spent the past year receiving the materials and developing a comprehensive website that scholars at UC Berkeley — and across the world — can access to gain a fresh perspective on the history of Chinese popular culture, media, and social life. The public can also learn more about Fonoroff’s experience as a collector.

“The Fonoroff Collection is a unique trove of historical materials on Chinese cinema and media, one which will allow scholars and students to make fresh discoveries, and tell new and more comprehensive stories about modern Chinese culture and history in this tumultuous century,” explains Andrew F. Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese at UC Berkeley.

The collection includes:

  •       436 pre-1950 periodicals in 5,901 issues
  •       239 post-1950 periodicals in 4,638 issues
  •       4,195 posters
  •       21,233 lobby cards, in 2,194 sets
  •       3,332 theater flyers
  •       4,370 scripts, booklets, and novelettes
  •       5,976 pieces of ephemera
  •       9,214 photographic negatives and slides
  •       4,145 stills and publicity photos
  •       837 VHS tapes
  •       2,450 articles and columns authored by Paul Fonoroff
  •       5,637 Mao badges

Born in Cleveland, Paul Fonoroff completed an undergraduate degree in Chinese at Brown University and an MFA in cinema at the University of Southern California before moving to Hong Kong in 1983. Once there, he established himself as a movie critic and a media personality, appearing in countless television programs and Chinese movies. He also amassed a large collection of movie literature and memorabilia, including posters, lobby cards, movie magazines, stills, souvenir booklets, novelettes, scripts, and ephemera produced for films made in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. Some of the photographs in his former collection are autographed, some of the scripts are annotated, and some of the periodical runs are astonishingly full, surpassing those in any library in North America. Many of the publications, which range from the 1920s to the 1980s, are scarce; some are unique.

Read the announcement in full here.

Introducing La Trobe’s Digital Literacies Framework

(21 April 2017) La Trobe’s new Digital Literacies Framework outlines the capabilities and understandings that staff and students need to live, learn and work in a digitally connected world.

Developing digital literacies to engage with our digital future is about progressing from literacy to fluency in the critical and scholarly use of information and data; creative production of media; engagement and collaboration using digital technologies; learning to learn; and managing identity and wellbeing in a digital sphere.

Find out more by downloading the Framework.

Extending EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project

(21 April 2017) EIFL Director Rima Kupryte will attend the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Myanmar Department of Higher Education and EIFL for further development of university libraries in Myanmar.

The MoU, which extends the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project to reach more universities, contributes to Myanmar’s national strategy for reforming higher education.

Read more the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project.

EIFL Marrakesh guide launches in Nepali

(21 April 2017) EIFL’s popular library guide to the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities is now available in Nepali, bringing to six the total number of languages for the guide.

The Marrakesh Treaty, which entered into force in September 2016, gives organizations like libraries the right to reproduce printed works in accessible formats like braille and audio, and to exchange these works across national borders. EIFL has been a strong advocate for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and its implementation into national law.

The announcement in full is here.

Why Libraries Collaborate

Findings from the US Library Survey 2016

(19 April 2017) While academic libraries in the United States have actively collaborated with each other for more than 100 years, the digital turn has brought an explosion of interest in and pursuit of cross-institutional collaboration. These include large-scale digital access and preservation initiatives like HathiTrust, print preservation and access collaborations like Scholar’s Trust and WEST, metropolitan-level efforts ranging broadly from the Chicago Collections Alliance to MARLI, unmediated borrowing such as ConnectNY, and, of burgeoning strategic importance, the collaborations enabled through cloud-based library services platforms for consortia and systems like Orbis Cascade. These models differ broadly, as do their impact and prospects, but the level of interest and investment is undeniable.

Earlier this month, Ithaka S+R published results from the US Library Survey 2016, which examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. A summary of the findings is here.

JULAC shared ILS in Hong Kong

(19 April 2017) The Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) is implementing a new shared integrated library system (ILS) to manage the print and electronic collections of 8 individual university libraries, with increasing strategic emphasis on electronic resources and digital collections. The shared system will hold a conglomerate of over 18 million bibliographic records serving over 380,000 users. The new system, which will be supported by Alma and Primo from Ex Libris on the cloud platform, is scheduled to “Go Live” in the second half of 2017.

A description of the system, new features,workflow, collaboration and more, is here.

2016 IFLA International Marketing Award winners announced

(19 April 2017) The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with BibLibre is pleased to announce the winners, finalists and top ten projects of the IFLA BibLibre International Marketing Award for 2016.

The award honors organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns that promote the library and information services industry.  First place goes to the Library of University of Science and Technology Beijing – China for the READay project.

The library receives a 2000€ cash award and airfare, lodging and registration for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 19–25 August 2017, Wrocław, Poland.

Second place went to  Open Data Application Development Contest 2016 @ Shanghai Library – China.

IFLA received 65 applications from 11 countries, in 5 languages from all over the world.

The announcement is here.

See the press release for detail English | 中文 | Français | Deutsch | Pусский | Español

Ten Songs about libraries and librarians

(18 April 2017) Philip Sutton writes that The New York Public Library recently published a blog post about favorite fictional librarians. Sutton is a librarian who plays music—and the drummer in his group is also a librarian—which got him thinking about songs about libraries and librarians. Here is his list of ten songs about libraries and librarians (researched at the library).  Among them is Lost In The Library by Saint Etienne and At the Library by Green Day.

The annotated list is here.

Kudos and Editage partner to help researchers summarize work in plain language to enhance its discoverability

(April 18, 2017, Philadelphia, U.S.) Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, and Editage, the trusted scientific communications advisor to researchers worldwide, have partnered and announced the launch of a new co-branded website. Through this partnership, subject-matter experts from Editage will create plain language summaries to help broader audiences find, understand, apply and cite research. In addition to sharing these summaries, researchers will be able to measure the performance of their publications through Kudos’ tools, and track the effect of their efforts to improve visibility.

Increasing global research output and popularity of digital media have made it essential for researchers to actively enhance the discoverability of their research. This partnership between Kudos and Editage aims to address the post-publication needs of scientists worldwide and make their busy lives a little simpler.

Charlie Rapple, co-founder of Kudos, explained the background to the partnership: “Our tools are free for researchers, and quick and easy to use, but we know that some researchers still don’t feel confident about explaining work in plain language. We are very pleased to partner with the experts at Editage, to give researchers a new option for writing plain language summaries.” Explaining Editage’s interest in this partnership Nikesh Gosalia, Director, Academic and Publisher Relations at Editage, said, “We are trusted advisors to researchers worldwide in their pre-publication journey. Our proximity to authors endows us with the privilege to understand and address their needs. After being published, every researcher wants their research to reach as many people as possible. Our plain-language summary service makes research understandable to a broad audience. We are excited to partner with Kudos. With the help of their tools, authors can promote their research and increase the visibility of their publications.”

Kudos was founded in 2013, in part to address the growing demand for plain language summaries to help mobilize knowledge and help ensure the broadest possible impact for research, both within and beyond academia. This new service available at, will assist scientists and academics with explaining and sharing their work with the wider world, and help them better understand its impact.

About Kudos

Over 125,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos’ free platform, which provides a rich understanding of which channels and activities are most effective for broadening reach and impact. Kudos has over 100 organizational customers around the world, including Wiley, Taylor & Francis, the Association for Computing Machinery, the London School of Economics and Political Science and ETH Zürich. Recent analysis of Kudos data indicates that full text downloads on the publisher site are 23% higher when the Kudos toolkit is used. Kudos won the 2015 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing.

About Editage

Founded in 2002, Editage (a division of Cactus Communications) is a fully integrated, global scholarly communications company with offices in Japan, South Korea, India, China, and the United States. Employing a global workforce of over 600, Editage has served 193,930 authors and has edited 741,340 papers across 1,200 disciplines to date. Editage aims to help scholars break through the confines of geography and language, bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and accelerate the process of publishing high-quality research. Apart from working with individual researchers, Editage partners with publishers, journals, academic societies, and pharmaceutical companies worldwide to assist them in creating compelling, high-quality scientific publications. Editage is also dedicated to author education through its comprehensive author resources site Editage Insights. Please visit to learn more.

The announcement in full is here.

ProQuest and CALIS bring Chinese scholarship to a global audience

270,000 dissertations from premier Chinese universities now in PQDT Global™ Database

(13 April 2017, Ann Arbor, MI) ProQuest and China Academic Library Information System (CALIS), a consortium of Chinese higher education libraries, have expanded their long-standing collaboration and are now enabling unprecedented, global access to more than 270,000 dissertation abstracts from China’s premier universities. The records, captured in English, are available in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global Database (PQDT Global™), allowing 3,000 universities around the world to discover graduate research from institutions in China. The collaboration advances global research by making a more complete picture of scholarship discoverable. It also enables Chinese universities to disseminate their students’ work outside of their country.

This is the second major dissertations project from ProQuest and CALIS, who have worked together for more than a decade.  In 2003, they created a dissertations resource that empowers CALIS member libraries to discover and access the full text of more than 630,000 dissertations from PQDT Global on the CALIS platform.

“We’re excited to share the important work coming out of our universities to enrich research around the world,” said Professor Zhu Qiang, Head of CALIS. “Our long and successful relationship with ProQuest and the company’s expertise in dissertations and digitization make them the only logical partner for this historic initiative.”

In addition to elevating the global profile of participating universities, the new program provides insights about how their dissertations are being used. Each library receives an analytical tool showing usage of their content overall as well as by country and university. The libraries can also monitor popularity of dissertations by work and subject area, pinpointing their university’s strengths on a worldwide stage – critical evidence that helps universities attract an international selection of high-quality students and premier faculty.

“This important collaboration between ProQuest and CALIS enables discovery of Chinese research of increasing worldwide significance, particularly in science,” said Rafael Sidi, ProQuest Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Information Solutions. “We’re honored that CALIS has entrusted us with this essential content and excited to take a big step forward in our goal to curate scholarship from all over the world and simplify its discoverability for the global research community.”

The announcement in full is here.