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Yale-NUS College hiring Senior Executive/Executive, Library

(13 June 2019) Yale-NUS College, Singapore, seeks an energetic, service-oriented individual to manage and support the acquisition of monograph materials for the Library. The incumbent will play a role in supporting library access services, which includes interlibrary loan, document delivery, and course reserve items to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College. The incumbent will also assist in the overall operations of the Library and contribute to Library projects and initiatives. He/She will work closely with faculty, students and colleagues, promoting an engaged, proactive style of service supportive of the College’s living and learning environment.

LAS has the job description here.


How libraries became tourism hotspots

Globally, libraries have been adapting. Professor Stuart Kells takes a tour of the world’s best and discovers why they are still vital.

(12 June 2019)  Why make libraries a focus of travel? There are a thousand practical and aesthetic reasons, as well as cultural ones. Libraries for the most part are safe and welcoming places. And they tell unique stories about the people who build and appreciate them. If books are the basic data of civilisation, then nations’ libraries provide windows on national souls. They are precious places in which to seek traces of the past, and reassurance about the future.

Read the full story from ArtsHub here.


OhioLINK breaks new ground creating central fund for open access publications with Wiley

(12 June 2019) John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWA)(NYSE:JWB) and OhioLINK, a library consortium serving 118 libraries and 89 Ohio colleges and universities, announced today the signing of a Wiley Open Access Account agreement. A Wiley Open Access Account will enable OhioLINK-affiliated researchers to use a central fund for Article Publication Charges (APC). The partnership reflects both parties’ growing commitment to open research and advancing scholarly communications. OhioLINK is the first North American library consortium to centrally fund the creation and dissemination of open access research.

Piloting the implementation of a Wiley Open Access Account across the consortium will allow OhioLINK and its members to investigate the consortial challenges of the transformation of the publication and management of open access research. Members will collectively determine the criteria and mechanisms for assigning the funds.

Judy Verses, Wiley’s Executive Vice President of Research, commented: “We’ve had a long-standing and strong relationship with OhioLINK, and their team has continually proven to be global pioneers in academia. It is only through collaborative partnerships that we, as a community, are able to push our industry forward and test new waters. We share a fundamental belief with OhioLINK that researchers have to be at the center of what we do.”

Gwen Evans, Executive Director of OhioLINK, added: “Our members are deeply committed to open research and publications, but these transformative agreements will have different implications for different types of consortia.” Evans recently published an article detailing the contrasting considerations required of “read” consortia versus “publish” consortia. “As a ‘read’ consortium, this agreement with Wiley will allow our members to begin investigating the complexity of this funding model for open access at scale. This experiment will allow our membership to explore the intricacies of open access and its impact on consortia like ourselves.”

The Chair of OhioLINK’s Library Advisory Council, Carolin Sterling of Central State University Library, embraced the initiative: “As a membership organization with a long history of cooperation and collaborative action, we look forward to the opportunities that this will give us to assess open access support as a diverse group of institutions.” Xuemao Wang, University of Cincinnati Dean of Libraries and past chair of the Library Advisory Coordinating Committee, also expressed support. “The experimental Wiley open access initiative will not only create learning experiences for the OhioLINK community in navigating consortium-based open access operational complexity, but is also a significant step forward to cultivate an open mind set for the greater potential of the coming bold open movement.”

Damon E. Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University, added his endorsement: “Increasing the global reach of scholarship produced by Ohio State researchers is a strategic priority for the university and its libraries. This initiative with Wiley is a first step in building our understanding of how a consortium like OhioLINK might play a significant role in increasing access to important scholarship by opening content for worldwide use in research, teaching, and learning,” Jaggars said.

The Wiley Open Access Account includes an online dashboard for account management and administration providing an easy to use and transparent view of publishing activity with reporting functionality. The recently launched consortia dashboard enables complete oversight of payment requests through the consortia funder account; allowing a consortium to manage payment requests from authors for their open access APCs. The tool adds speed to the backend process which results in the speed of research dissemination.

OhioLINK-affiliated researchers will have access to Wiley Open Access and central funds environment beginning in the Fall of 2019.

For the original press release, click here.


New report reveals opportunities for academic libraries and research offices to strengthen support for researchers

The study indicates that libraries and research offices can play a key part in the management of research data, research workflows, access to funding, and impact measurement

(13 June 2019)  Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and the level of support provided by research offices and libraries. The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency. The report presents findings from a survey of 300 researchers and interviews with nine senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The key findings of the study include the following:

  • Researchers are satisfied or very satisfied with the level of support provided by their research office and library (81% and 80%, respectively). However, they feel time-deprived and stressed.
  • Many researchers conduct tasks themselves in areas where libraries and research offices can provide valuable expertise and administrative support. The findings indicate that there is room for greater involvement of libraries and research offices in areas such as managing article processing charges (47% of researchers stated that they do it themselves), finding funding opportunities (52% do it themselves), preparing data management plans (54%), ensuring open-access compliance (55%), and monitoring research impact (61%).
  • Researchers consider fund sourcing and the preparation of grant applications the most difficult part of their roles. Only 35% of researchers find it easy to find relevant funding opportunities, and only 32% find it easy to apply for funding grants.
  • Demonstrating research impact is increasingly important, but the best method of meaningfully measuring it is still unclear. Nevertheless, 35% of researchers are always required to demonstrate the impact of their work, and 51% are required to do so some of the time.
  • Researcher profiles are scattered across many channels, led by LinkedIn (65%), the researcher’s university page (54%), and Google Scholar (42%). Because of researchers’ workload, it is the institution that is charged with showcasing researcher profiles as well as keeping these profiles current, a responsibility that is perceived as challenging by administrators.
  • Almost 60% of scholars have to publish research datasets alongside their publications, yet for many this is not easily achieved.

Ex Libris Vice President of Research Information Management Solutions Nadav Doron commented, “The new study sheds light on potential directions that institutions can take to improve support for academic research. Although researchers state that they are pleased with the current level of support, the study shows that they are not fully leveraging library and research office expertise. The use of these services can reduce the administrative burden on researchers and improve the impact of research.”

Zara Lawson, Research Manager at Alterline, said: “We were pleased to see the level of engagement from researchers. The feedback we received supports the growing trend of using technology to maximize efficiency, research integrity, and research impact. However, there is clearly much more to be done to ensure that current resources are used to their full potential and can effectively deliver the information required by both research office members and scholars.”

To read the report, click here.

For the original press release, see here.


Zotero and Retraction Watch collaborate to enabling checking retractions in Zotero’s personal library

(12 June 2019)  From Retraction Watch, “We’re thrilled to announce a collaboration with Zotero, the free and open-source research platform, that will allow its users to be alerted to retractions of any papers in their personal libraries.”

Read the full announcement here for details.


CABI to create the world’s first global burden of crop pests and diseases

(12 June 2019) CABI has received a US $200,000 grant from the Grand Challenges program, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to begin an ambitious undertaking to capture and measure the global impacts of crop pests and diseases with the ultimate aim of helping to improve global food security.

Data and knowledge management experts at CABI will now work with scientists Professor Katherine Denby from the University of York and Professor Sarah Gurr of the University of Exeter, as well as consultant Dr Jeffrey Ried, to develop approaches to measure and estimate the Global Burden of Crop Pests and Diseases.

The grant will enable the team to lay the groundwork for a major initiative to generate comprehensive evidence on the impact of crop pests and diseases, which will be formerly launched in 2020 to coincide with the recently declared UN International Year of Plant Health.

Around the world, an estimated 40 percent of crops are lost to pests – such as the devastating Fall armyworm (FAW) – as well as a range of pathogens and weeds.

The threat of plant pests and diseases, exacerbated by climate change, can have a significant impact on staple crops such as maize and wheat, as well as commodity crops such as banana and coffee, thereby resulting in major impacts on household livelihoods, national economies and, ultimately, global food security.

Modelled after the Global Burden of Disease for human health, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the Global Burden of Crop Pests and Diseases is an ambitious step change that addresses and urgent need for authoritative evidence on the burden and drivers of major plant health problems. It is positioned in a context of challenging data gaps – for example, in localities where no formal professionals in plant health exist.

Cambria Finegold, Global Director, Digital Development at CABI, said, “Despite significant impacts on food security, nutrition and livelihoods, data on the scale, scope and trends of the problem are sparse and outdated.

“By developing the Global Burden of Crop Pests and Diseases initiative, we aim to gather sufficient and reliable data to act as evidence to enable the prioritisation of research and policy in plant health and provides the most accurate and relevant information for decision makers to allocate resources between diseases and systematically develop investment in, and capacity of, plant health systems.”

In human health, the Global Burden of Disease initiative has transformed the health policy agenda over the past 25 years, providing comprehensive, authoritative data on the impact of hundreds of health problems and risk factors.

Within the initial 18-month project, CABI will seek to characterise stakeholders’ evidence needs, define rigorous metrics, evaluate relevant methods, assess available datasets, develop a results dissemination framework, and build a global community of research collaborators.

Building upon this foundation, the team will seek further funding to begin the full study in 2020, with an aim to produce the first estimates in 2023 to show the world where investments in plant health can make significant gains.

Ms Finegold added, “We have identified 2030 as a key year for high-quality crop loss data, as this will allow us to report against both the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation vision of Africa being able to feed itself by 2030. By bridging the evidence gap in plant health we will enable the world to evaluate progress towards plant health goals and give policymakers the insight they need to prioritise investments towards achieving the 2030 targets.”

See the original press release here.


Smart library to house 1.5m books

Robots and artificial intelligence help power joint China-Singapore library project

(11 June 2019) A smart library joint venture between China and Singapore, using robots and artificial intelligence (AI), is drawing praise from round the world, some hailing it as a successful combination of technology and eco-lifestyle.

The China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Library and Archives says it is using new technology to create a better experience for readers.

Covering an area of 35,000 sq m and a building area of 67,000 sq m in Tianjin-Binhai, China, the library is a key construction project between the governments of China and Singapore, as well as a major livelihood project of the Eco-city.

Located 10km from the core district of Binhai New Area, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, once a barren land composed of saltpan, deserted beaches and wastewater ponds, now serves as the forerunner of China’s model for sustainable development.

The has the news in full.


3rd China-Arab states libraries’ meeting kicks off in Kuwait

(11 June 2019) The third China-Arab states libraries and information experts meeting kicked off on Tuesday at the National Library of Kuwait in Kuwait City.

Kamel Al Abdul Jalil, director-general of the National Library of Kuwait, said that the one-day meeting will be held within the framework of the executive program of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) to discuss effective achievements.

“Culture is an important factor in strengthening the political, economic and social relations between the two countries and peoples, thus maximizing the benefits of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and providing excellent qualities and guarantees,” he said.

“Kuwait is keen to cooperate and open up to the civilizations and cultures of the superpower countries such as China,” he noted.

Xinhuanet has the news.


Publishers hold seminar on public lending rights

A timely discussion on the survival of the publishing industry and public access to knowledge took place in Taipei

(12 June 2019) The publishing community held a seminar on public lending rights (PLR) at National Taiwan Museum on Tuesday (June 11) to promote public understanding of “fair remuneration.”

The event was timed to coincide with a Ministry of Culture trial period that is being scheduled to implement PLR systems. This will happen at the end of the year and compensate the publishing industry for losses caused by free loan services from libraries, which has stirred debate about whether this is fair practice.

The Taiwan News has the full story by Yu-ning Hsu.


NARA considers blockchain to verify records amid rise in deepfake videos

(10 June 2019)  The National Archives and Records Administration (United States) is exploring whether blockchain technology can help records management officials keep track of their vast stores of information, following the successful rollout of the emerging technology elsewhere in government.

Eric “Kyle” Douglas, a records management policy and program support specialist for NARA’s chief records officer, said the future for blockchain looks promising, and could play a role in authenticating digital copies of its images and videos.

Federal News Network has the full story.


The Wellcome Trust – Open Research Fund: now open for applications until 15 June!

(10 June 2019)  From the Wellcome Trust – “Do you have a great idea on how health research outputs can be made more open, accessible and reusable?

The Wellcome Trust’s Open Research Fund supports researchers and other innovators to develop, pilot and evaluate innovative approaches that aim to make health research more open.

These awards are open to individuals or teams of up to six members from anywhere in the world, based in academia, commercial or not-for-profit organisations.
If you would like to apply, please submit a concept note by 15 June 2019!

Further details are available at:


Singapore libraries use augmented reality to attract more visitors

(6 June 2019) As reading habits change, Singapore’s National Library Board is also changing – powered by high tech. “We accept that the library is not just a place to come and borrow books. To attract more people, we need the library to be a place for experience, especially networking and community connection,” says Ramachandran Narayanan, NLB’s Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer of Technology & Digital Services.

He shares with GovInsider how libraries are using augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence to make reading great again.

The full illustrated story by Vanessa Gu is here.


Net ESolutions Corporation and Elsevier collaborate to improve information systems supporting research evaluation

(3 June 2019) Information analytics business Elsevier, and Netelabs, a research unit within Net ESolutions Corporation (NETE), have signed an agreement to partner in codeveloping new tools for research evaluation. Through the collaboration, data, digital design and product development from both organizations will be combined into larger and improved information systems supporting researchers, institutions, funders and policymakers.

The driving project for this ambitious partnership is ERNIE (Enhanced Research Network Informatics Environment), a knowledge platform focused on using multidimensional research metadata to document research accomplishments, influence and impact. ERNIE incorporates principles and tools of data science, network analysis and cloud computing to enable large scale studies in research evaluation. ERNIE is presently supported by Phase II of a Fast Track SBIR Award from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse. Elsevier has committed additional resources to the project.

Going forward, ERNIE will be developed using Elsevier’s Scopus data and Elsevier sister company LexisNexis’ IP Data Direct patent data as its backbone.

The full press release is here.


New preprint server for the health sciences announced today

(5 June 2019) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University, and BMJ today announced the forthcoming launch of medRxiv (pronounced “med-archive”), a free online archive and distribution service for preprints in the medical and health sciences.

medRxiv is expected to begin accepting manuscripts on June 6th and will be overseen by the three organizations.

Preprints are preliminary versions of research articles that researchers share with each other before they are published in a journal, to enhance dissemination of study methods and findings among the scientific community and to solicit feedback to help improve the final published article.

medRxiv’s founding organizations are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, creator of the biological preprint server bioRxiv (launched in 2013); BMJ, publisher of leading peer-reviewed journals and global healthcare knowledge provider; and Yale University, renowned clinical research and teaching institution.

medRxiv will host manuscripts from researchers around the world, regardless of their organizational affiliation, will be publisher-neutral, and will be guided in its mission by an international advisory board.

“medRxiv’s mission is to responsibly improve the openness and accessibility of scientific findings, enhance collaboration among researchers, document the provenance of ideas, and inform ongoing and planned research through more timely reporting of completed research” said John Inglis, co-founder of medRxiv and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s bioRxiv.

medRxiv will accept preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the health sciences. A manuscript’s appearance in medRxiv does not imply endorsement of its methods, assumptions, conclusions, or scientific quality by BMJ, Yale, or CSHL. There will be prominent labels on all articles that designate them as pre-peer review content.

A manuscript may be posted prior to, or concurrently with, submission to a journal, but not if it has already been published. Most journals from a wide variety of publishers allow publication of journal articles that have appeared in early form on designated preprint servers.

“medRxiv aims to do for authors engaged in clinical research what bioRxiv and arXiv have been doing for biology and physics, respectively, for many years,” said Harlan Krumholz, co-founder of medRxiv and Yale University Professor of Medicine and head of the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project. “Given the special requirements of preprints in medical and health fields, medRxiv will also provide new processes to help ensure that we are mitigating any risks of early dissemination while promoting the value of faster communication among the scientific community.”

Once posted on medRxiv, manuscripts have a digital object identifier (DOI), so are discoverable, indexable, and citable. They may be withdrawn if authors no longer stand by the findings or conclusions, but cannot routinely be removed.

“BMJ has recognized the value of preprints for more than 20 years. With the recent growth of preprints in the life sciences, we saw the time as ripe to reinvigorate the notion of preprints for the clinical sciences, and were delighted to work together with colleagues from CSHL and Yale who were thinking the same way. We have come together to provide a free, independent service for all health scientists,” said Theodora Bloom, co-founder of medRxiv and Executive Editor, The BMJ.

“Developed to support the scientific community and foster collaboration, we see medRxiv as a ‘trusted intermediary’ to accelerate the sharing of clinical papers, results and data improve public health and healthcare, “said Joseph S. Ross, co-founder of medRxiv and Associate Professor at Yale.

“The success of preprints in many other fields has highlighted the opportunity for the medical research community to create an appropriate platform for rapidly and responsibly sharing its latest research,” said Claire Rawlinson, co-founder of medRxiv and Publisher, BMJ.

“We are already seeing many instances where early release of results on bioRxiv is significantly accelerating basic research. We anticipate medRxiv will do the same for clinical research,” said Richard Sever, co-founder of medRxiv and bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Complete information about medRxiv, including author guidelines, is available at:

The original press release is here.