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National and State Libraries Australia Executive Officer

(16 August 2018) NSLA is the collaboration of the nine National, State and Territory libraries of Australia. The members are the Chief Executives of these libraries and the Chair is a member of NSLA appointed for a two-year term. NSLA is governed by a memorandum of understanding between the libraries; and priorities are set by the NSLA Strategic Plan and annual Business Plans.

The NSLA Office comprises a small team led by the NSLA Executive Officer and hosted by State Library Victoria. Kate Torney, CEO, State Library Victoria is the current Chair.

The NSLA Executive Officer leads the NSLA Office and delivers NSLA’s annual Business Plan, including major projects, BAU initiatives, advocacy, and communities of practice, working in collaboration with NSLA member libraries.

Applications close 29 August 2018.

ALIA has the job description here.

NTU Library hiring Senior Assistant Manager / Manager, Technologies

(15 August 2018) NTU Library invites applications for the position of Senior Assistant Manager or Manager for its Technologies Team. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for supporting and exploring effective use of current IT tools and technologies to support and enhance the NTU institutional repository.

LAS has the full job description.

New Online: Database expands access to North Korean serials

(15 August 2018) The Asian Division of the Library of Congress is home to one of the most prominent North Korean collections in the Western Hemisphere. While a growing number of scholars have been making use of this unique collection, a dearth of bibliographic resources for North Korean periodicals has made navigating them a time-intensive task. Now the launch of the North Korean Serials Database, an online indexing tool that facilitates access to periodicals and articles published as far back as the 1940s, promises to aid researchers in making even greater use of this resource.

The database contains 34,000 indexed records for articles in 21 journals from the Library’s North Korean Serials Collection. The database covers publications from the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1948 up to the present day.

Conspicuous in the database are serials published from the 1940s to the 1960s. Many of these titles are no longer available in other institutions or libraries – even in North Korea – which makes this collection extremely rare and significant. Moreover, until now, there were no indexing resources at the article level for North Korean serials anywhere in the world. Without specific bibliographic information on hand, researchers had no choice but to browse numerous titles and issues to find articles they wanted.

The complete LOC blog post by Sonya Lee, a Korean reference specialist in the Asian Division, and Cameron Penwell, a Japanese reference librarian, is here.

STL Sessions at IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur

(15 August 2018) The Science & Technologies Libraries section is proud to announce its session line up for the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress. Please join us for informatitive and exciting presentations on open access and data librarianship!

Libraries as Drivers for Open Access
Sunday, August 26th @ 9:30-11:30am

1. From green to gold to diamond: open access’s return to social justice: Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town Libraries, South Africa

2. Open access monitoring and business model in Latin America and Middle East: a comparative study based on DOAJ data and criteria: Ivonne Lujano, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico; Mahmoud Khalifa, Cybrarians: The Arabic Portal of Librarianship & Information, Egypt

3. Open Access Books: an international collaboration to explore the practical implications for librarians of increasing access to scholarly research outputs: Sam Oakley, Swansea University, United Kingdom; Neil Smyth, University of Nottingham, China

4. Open Access Policies and Mandates: A Study of Their Implementation in Academic Institutions in India:Sudarshan Rao, Osmania University, India; Laxman Rao, Osmania University, India

5. Transition to Gold OA in Austria: Andreas Ferus, Austria; Brigitte Kromp, Austria; Patrick Danowski, Austria

Data Librarian: Needs & Qualifications
Monday, August 27th @ 9:30-11:30am

1. Pushing the Boundaries of a Data Services Ecosystem at an Academic Library: Yun Dai, New York University, Shanghai, China

2. What is a Data Librarian?: A Content analysis of Job Advertisements for Data Librarians in the United States Academic Libraries: Hammad Rauf Khan, University of North Texas, United States; Yunfei Du, University of North Texas, United States

3. Engaging Liaison Librarians: Identifying Impact of an Research Data Management Educational Intervention:Megan Sapp Nelson, Purdue University, United States; Abigail Goben, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

4. Is Data Management a New “Digitization”?: A change of the role of librarians in the context of changing academic libraries’ tasks: Anna Wałek, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

5. Investing and trading in strategic resources for academic data services: A case study: Angela Hamilton, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada; Deena Yanofsky, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada

The announcement is here.

Amazon sold several million Kindle e-readers in China

(15 August 2018) Amazon Kindle e-book sales have jumped 12% last year in China and the company now has a library of over 700,000 titles that are available.  Amazon also announced that it has sold several million Kindle e-readers since it first launched in China in 2012 and China has become the world’s biggest regional market for Kindle since 2016, Amazon said.

Michael Kozlowski has the complete story on Good-Ereader.

University of Adelaide hiring Acquisitions Coordinator

(15 August 2018) The Acquisitions Coordinator is an exciting new role to provide exemplary leadership to the acquisitions team and ensure the delivery of scholarly resources which meet the needs of researchers, teaching staff and students.  The role will assist the Manager Collection Development & Analysis in the management of budget, collection analysis, vendor negotiations and academic outreach.

Closing date is 3 September 2018.

ALIA has the full announcement.

You Gave the Gift of Dharma

(15 August 2018) Supported by the generous donations made during the “Give the Gift of Dharma” Spring Appeal, BDRC’s Digital Library Drive program has taken off, expanding access to Buddhist literature.

Since the end of the Spring Appeal, BDRC has been busily creating and freely distributing the Digital Library Drives (DLDs) funded by your generous donations. These hard drives contain more than 23,000 volumes of Buddhist texts from the digital archive, providing offline access to the remarkable collection BDRC has preserved.

The distribution of DLDs is one way BDRC is sharing its collection with the world. You can support the Digital Library Drive program, and all of BDRC’s work, by making a tax-deductible donation today or by sharing this newsletter.

Visit the Buddhist Digital Resource Center here.

University of Sydney selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo

(14 August 2018) Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Sydney has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to improve the visibility and accessibility of the university’s unique, extensive collections and provide greater integration and interoperability capabilities for behind-the-scenes library management.

Scheduled to be implemented for the 2019 school year, the Alma-Primo integration will help the university address the changing requirements of its community and gain experience with emerging technologies, service models, and skills. The new library solutions will consolidate the library’s position as a leading, future-focused library with expertise in areas such as resource sharing, RFID technology, metadata management, research partnerships, round-the-clock access through self-service technologies and mobile apps, the digitization of rare and special collections, collection benchmarking and promotion, easy-to-use discovery, and the provision of online learning.

Anne Bell, the Director of University Libraries at the University of Sydney, explained, “The library is central to the mission of the University of Sydney, which was founded in 1850 as Australia’s first university. Our goal is to create and disseminate knowledge and skills and enable the brightest researchers and the most promising students, whatever their social or cultural background, to thrive and realize their potential. In today’s rapidly changing environment, we can redefine the 21st-century research library by anticipating the needs of our community, as our leadership in the use of RFID demonstrates. We are excited at the opportunity to replace our current library management system with the next-generation, cloud-based Ex Libris technologies, used by more than a thousand libraries around the world.”

Ziv BenZvi, vice president of Ex Libris Asia Pacific, commented, “We are delighted that the University of Sydney has selected the Alma library services platform along with Primo discovery. A leader in the use of technology to the benefit of students and researchers, the University of Sydney will be a valuable member of our Australian Alma and Primo communities.”

The full announcement is here.

SMU hiring Senior Research Librarian, Law / Research Librarian, Law

(13 August 2018) The SMU Libraries invites dynamic, creative and service-oriented individuals to apply for the position of Senior Research Librarian, Law/ Research Librarian, Law.

You will be part of an innovative and collaborative team, delivering high quality services as the first line of contact to assist SMU faculty, staff and students in meeting their research, teaching and learning needs.

The primary focus of this position is to be the liaison for faculty and students from the School of Law and related programmes. You will work in a team environment to create and develop innovative library products and services for the SMU community and to pro-actively promote initiatives and programmes of the SMU Libraries through engagement.


  • Master degree in Library and Information Science from a recognized university.
  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in law or related subject area.
  • Knowledgeable about specialized law databases such as LawNet, Lexis and Westlaw and multidisciplinary academic databases.
  • Adaptive in the use of current technologies for the delivery of information services and advocacy.
  • Ability to design, deliver and evaluate information literacy training programmes relevant to individuals and groups at different levels.
  • Strong customer service orientation and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable and contribute to a diverse team of staff in a dynamic environment. 


  • Collaborate with the faculty, postgraduate/undergraduate students and program staff of the School of Law to support their research, teaching and learning needs.
  • Develop, communicate and promote library services for the School of Law.
  • Create, conduct and coordinate learning programs in collaboration with faculty.
  • Work across departments to develop and manage the Library’s print and electronic collections to support legal research.
  • Evaluate and assess products and services for targeted user groups, in particular the SOL.
  • Lead and/or participate in library wide initiatives and projects.

Details about the position are available at

How to Apply

Interested applicants, please email your resume with a covering letter to  The covering letter must state the applicants’ responses to the selection criteria.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications is 13 September 2018.

Mexican consortium implements RemoteXs

(13 August 2018) Mexico’s national consortium of scientific and technological information resources, CONRICyT, has recently implemented RemoteXs.  With more than 400 member institutions and 226,000 FTE, CONRICyt was challenged to provide 24×7 secure access both on and off campus to shared resources including subscription databases, eBooks and eJournals.

To meet this goal, CONRICyT replaced EZproxy with RemoteXs.

RemoteXs is a cloud-based service developed by Éclat Engineering an iGroup (Asia Pacific) associate company, that helps academics, researchers and students to find and use eResources licensed by a library or library consortium, as well as open access eResources. It provides a web-portal that allows users, after login to the RemoteXs portal, to access open and subscribed eResources via a direct link, without the need to enter additional usernames and passwords. Access works remotely 24/7, allowing users to access eContent at any time and from any place.

CONRICyT was founded in 2010.  The new consortium sought to strengthen the capabilities of its member institutions of higher education and research centers, so that their scientific and technological knowledge would become available to students, academics, researchers, and other users. It also sought to increase, consolidate, and facilitate access to scientific and technological information in digital formats.

To know more about RemoteXs and to request a trial, contact

Take part in the Think Check Submit 2018 Survey

(10 August 2018) Think Check Submit helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.

The team behind Think Check Submit wants to ensure that the initiative is as useful as possible to researchers, librarians and others around the world. You are invited to complete  a short survey about your experiences with Think Check Submit and what would make the initiative more useful to you.

This survey will be open until 28th September 2018 and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Please share with any colleagues who you think might be interested.

Complete the survey here.

The announcement is here.

Queensland Museum hiring Coordinator, Research Resource Centre

(9 August 2018) You will deliver a broad range of high quality library information services via the Research Resource Centre to enrich learning and research for staff, internal and external clients across the Queensland Museum Network (QMN) to meet the diverse needs of the Museum and its audiences.

Closing date is 23 August 2018.

ALILA has the full announcement.

The Australian Film Television and Radio School is hiring Library Supervisor

(10 August 2018)  AFTRS is Australia’s Premiere Screen and Broadcast School, established to fuel and empower Australian creativity and storytelling.  AFTRS is consistently rated as one of the top film School’s in the world.

Reporting to the Director of School Resources, you will be responsible for: Leading and supervising the AFTRS Library team to ensure a high level of service is provided to all Library users; Working with Course Leaders, Heads of Department and Lecturers to establish needs and priorities for Library support to meet curriculum objectives; Actively promoting Library services internally and externally; and Ensuring the Library has current and appropriate documented policies, procedures and processes in place to facilitate effective operation and management.

Closing date is 24 August 2018.

ALIA has the full job description.

OASIS® platform adds 5,000 SAGE knowledge ebooks

(9 August 2018, Ann Arbor, MI) Academic libraries can now search for and acquire SAGE Knowledge content directly through the OASIS® platform, ProQuest’s search, selection and ordering system for print and ebooks.

SAGE Knowledge is a cross-media platform with high-quality ebook and e-reference content in 10 social science disciplines. Its expansive collection of more than 5,000 titles includes reference works, academic books and professional development titles. SAGE Knowledge is the only online ebook delivery platform to link out to SAGE Journals and SAGE Research Methods.

The announcement in full is here.

Old Chinese airport terminal to become library

(10 August 2018) Part of Shanghai’s first airport will be converted into a public library along the Huangpu River in Xuhui District.

The West Bund Library will be built in the terminal building of the old Longhua Airport, and become part of a ‘reading park’ planned for Xuhui’s riverfront, said Lu Xiaohui, director of the district government’s publicity department.

Design plans have already been completed for the library, which will also serve as a new branch of the Xuhui Library, Lu said recently in an interview with the city’s radio station.

This area of riverfront, known as the West Bund, is currently being developed by local authorities into a hub for art galleries, libraries, theaters and other cultural spaces.

‘The so-called ‘artistic West Bund’ should be a typical, international landmark of culture and art… thus establishing a district brand with a distinct and unique culture,’ Lu said.

West Bank Library is also part of Xuhui District’s efforts to protect the city’s heritage while also serving the needs of its residents.

The full announcement is here.