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University of Technology Sydney is hiring Scholarly Information Team Leader

(13 Dec 2019) The UTS Library is recruiting a strategically focused Scholarly Information Team Leader to join a high performing and collaborative department that is comprised of 3 teams: Collection Development & Evaluation, Finance & Vendor Relationships and Metadata & Discovery Services. The Scholarly Information Team Leader is responsible for providing the UTS community with access to high quality information resources and services to support their needs. The Library has been going through a period of change, having moved into a new location and implemented new technologies, and the Team Leader will need to embed these changes with the Team in collaboration with other colleagues.

This position is in the Finance & Vendor Relationships Team and will suit a librarian with particular experience in:

  • Team leadership in an academic library
  • Licence negotiation, collection analysis and budget management

For the detail job description and to apply, see here.


State Library of Queensland is hiring Director, Finance and Operations

(13 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland (State Library) supports a vibrant state-wide network of more than 230 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centre. State Library’s workforce reflects the diversity of the Queensland community. As Director you will provide leadership, direction and management of the Finance and Operations branch which also encompasses Facilities and Administration teams. You will also work collaboratively with Treasury and the Corporate Administration Agency (State Library’s shared service provider).

Job Ad Reference: SLQ330823

Please apply online at Smart Jobs and Careers

More info about the job is here.


Seoul to open landmark library, concert hall by 2025

(12 Dec 2019) Seoul city on Thursday announced plans to open a new library and concert hall in areas of the capital that were previously considered underdeveloped and lacked cultural facilities.

Under the plan, the city will pump in 387.8 billion won (US$325.6 million) to build a library in Dongdaemun ward in eastern Seoul and a concert hall in the southwestern Youngdeungpo ward, the metropolitan government said in a press release.

More details can be found here.


Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty.

According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did a “thorough clean-up” of its donated books and destroyed all “illegal publications and religious publications, especially books, pictorial publications and visual content that showed leanings”.

South China Morning Post has the full story here.

Australia: Queensland State Library offers ‘human books’ in bid to share local history

(10 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland is trialling a program in Brisbane where you can check out a “human book”. Once a month, library visitors will be able to borrow a real person with a unique story to share.

Key points:

  • ‘Human books’ originated in Denmark to counter stereotypes and discrimination
  • The State Library is trialling monthly sessions until April 2020
  • If it catches on, the State Library could run the scheme more regularly

See here to read the full story.


China splashes millions on hundreds of home-grown journals

(11 Dec 2019)  US$29-million investment aims to boost the country’s status as an international scientific powerhouse.

China is taking dramatic steps to improve the quality and international reputation of its home-grown science journals. Publishers of hundreds of Chinese titles will receive generous government funding as part of a major five-year plan to elevate the country’s publications to among the world’s best.

The government said in August that it wants to publish more of the world’s breakthrough discoveries in Chinese journals. On 25 November, it revealed that it will spend more than 200 million yuan (US$29 million) per year for 5 years to help improve the standards of some 280 journals — most of which publish in English — and to increase submissions from international researchers.

Nature has more details here.


SciencePOD chooses iGroup for its expansion in the Asian Market

(12 Dec 2019) SciencePOD offers Asia Pacific scientists new opportunities to increase their research impact and engage global audiences through access to the most trusted science content marketing platform

Dublin, Hong Kong, 12 December 2019, SciencePOD is pleased to announce it has partnered with iGroup as its agent in the Asia Pacific region. By introducing SciencePOD’s cloud-based science content marketing platform to the region, iGroup will help researchers and organisations increase their global impact. This move arises from a growing demand from research institutions and innovative companies to raise the profile of their achievements, be more accountable to funders and accelerate the pace of research progress.

“We are delighted to collaborate with the iGroup to make our content creation platform available in eight countries in the Asia Pacific region. We look forward to creating compelling science stories that will make the rest of the world take notice of Asia Pacific research and innovation progress,” says Sabine Louët, SciencePOD CEO. She adds: “Great science and innovative technology require commitment, expertise and creativity.  At SciencePOD, we believe, that great content too deserves nothing less.”

When it comes to accurately communicating scientific, medical and technological research and innovation, quality content is paramount.  The SciencePOD platform is a first-to-market collaborative content creation platform that will solve the content ordering needs of organisations, which until now had few high-quality solutions available to them.

“This is an exciting opportunity for iGroup to be focused on addressing the challenges in scholarly communications and helping researchers to improve the visibility of their work,” says Mr. Lee, iGroup CEO. “This synergistic partnership helps to improve the visibility of research outputs, accelerate the research cycle, and enhance recognition of researchers’ achievements in the fast-growing Asia Pacific research community.”

No other platform delivers the same breadth of specialist content in text, audio and video format that SciencePOD offers, as well as access to a global community of over 400 content creators with expertise in all areas of science, medicine and technology.


About SciencePOD

 The SciencePOD platform allows clients to easily order content, build expert content creation teams, and oversee the content creation process for quality-control. SciencePOD offers a full catalogue of content marketing solutions and services including science journalism, writing, editing, design and multimedia production for academic publishers, industries and organisations with an R&D focus, such as biopharma and ICT, as well as media organisations, marketing agencies and others working in fields related to science, medicine and technology. Register on the SciencePOD platform ( or contact us


About iGroup

iGroup is a one-stop shop for professional information solutions and technologies. With a focus on the knowledge management and information industry, iGroup provides a full spectrum of related products and services with localized support that cater to the needs of librarians, students, academics, educators, publishers, scientists and research professionals. More about iGroup:

Wolters Kluwer enhances Lexicomp Drug Information with UpToDate content in ongoing effort to harmonize clinical decision making

(9 Dec 2019) Wolters Kluwer, Health announced today the addition of Clinical Insights to its industry-leading drug information resource, Lexicomp®, in its ongoing efforts to harmonize care by supporting aligned decision-making between pharmacists and physicians at the point of care.  Clinical Insights is just one of several recent enhancements to Lexicomp that are powered by improved logic and machine learning to put evidence-based information into the hands of clinicians more efficiently.

Clinical Insights is the result of a collaboration between physician and pharmacist authors and editors to develop drug monographs with enhanced content from UpToDate®. By harmonizing content between Lexicomp and UpToDate, Clinical Insights can help mitigate care variability by aligning clinical decisions made by different members of a care team.

“Embedding Clinical Insights within Lexicomp content lets care teams work off the same evidence-based playbook. This leads to better informed clinical decision making and helps reduce care variability and its attendant risks,” said Priti Shah, Vice President, Products and Solutions, Clinical Effectiveness, at Wolters Kluwer, Health. “It is the most recent in a series of enhancements made to Lexicomp with an eye toward advancing harmonized care.”

Another significant enhancement is the FORMULINK integration with UpToDate, which enables clinicians to access formulary information prior to writing orders. Doing so helps increase formulary policy adherence while also acting as a reliable and consistent means of communication between pharmacy and prescribers. This integration is an important step in the Company’s ongoing efforts to harmonize care by linking solutions together in workflow and enabling seamless access to interconnected resources. The FORMULINK integration in UpToDate will also extend to UpToDate® Advanced, interactive clinical pathways that target common medical conditions with unwanted variability in care.

The full press release is here.


Webinar: plagiarism, its detection and avoidance: role of librarians in enhancing quality research

(9 Dec 2019) The presentation introduces both intentional and unintentional plagiarism, how to detect it and various ways of avoiding plagiarism.  Knowledge about plagiarism, its consequences, its detection and avoidance are very important ensuring quality research writings.  It is also important for libraries and librarians to understand how they can play a key role in enhancing the research output of an institution and how they can engage with the researchers in the role of a teacher-librarian

The key highlights of the presentation are as follows:

  • Understand what constitutes the plagiarism
  • Types of plagiarism and its detection using various Plagiarism detection Tools
  • Use of Reference Management tools such as Mendeley, Endnote and Zotero
  • Various open access Electronic Thesis and Dissertation initiatives
  • How Librarians can play a significant role in creating awareness about plagiarism, its detection and avoidance
  • Examples of National Plagiarism Regulations – India

Presenter: Professor Ramesh C. Gaur, Dean and Director (Lib & Inf.), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA)

Date and Time: 12 December 2019, 14.30 (Indian Standard Time)

The news is here.


New database of pre-Independence Indian periodicals from 1857-1947 reflects a nation forging its identity

(7 Dec 2019) For years Professor Rahul Sagar worked with researchers, students and libraries from around the world to collate a database of Indian Periodicals that flourished between 1857 and 1947 and are evidence of a once fertile land of reading, writing and intellectual discourse. In an interview with Firstpost, Sagar spoke about the challenges of his endeavour, what the existence of such rich yet lost texts proves, and why these periodicals all eventually disappeared.

The interview is here.


HSUHK invites application for Associate Librarian

(6 Dec 2019) The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) is a non-profit private liberal-arts-oriented university.  It has with five Schools (Business, Communication, Decision Sciences, Humanities & Social Science, and Translation), with over 5,000 full-time students and 200 full-time faculty members.  Adopting the unique “Liberal + Professional” education model, HSUHK is a residential institution which puts quality teaching and students’ all-round development as its highest priorities.  Aspiring to be a leading private university in the region, HSUHK features top-quality faculty members, award-winning green campus facilities, innovative degree programmes, impactful research, and excellent student development/support services.  Our aim is to nurture young talents with critical thinking, innovative minds, human caring attitude, moral values and social responsibilities.

The University now invites application for the following position: Associate Librarian – Library (Ref: AssoL (LIB) 2019-12-06)

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Library is seeking an Associate Librarian who is enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative to lead and oversee the acquisition and description of library collections, access and management of library resources and information systems. The Associate Librarian will provide vision, direction, and leadership on strategic planning, budget, policy development and assessment in support of the Library and University missions


  • 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 university degree and professional qualification in librarianship (MLS or equivalent);
  • have at least 7 years of experience at supervisory level in academic libraries;
  • have solid 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;
  • 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 5 January 2020.  Please indicate the post applied for and mark ‘Application – Confidential’ and the reference number on the cover.  The University reserves the right not to fill the position in this exercise.

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.

The announcement can be found here.


State Library Victoria proves libraries aren’t just about books: they’re about community

(9 Dec 2019) With the rise of digital information early this century, the death of the library was predicted. Yet far from causing the demise of libraries, the digital revolution has led to libraries being reinvented and reinvigorated.

Library staff are experts in knowledge systems and adept at seizing the possibilities presented by these changes. This ability to innovate ensures public libraries remain relevant and vital.

Such innovation is evident throughout Melbourne’s State Library Victoria which reopened this week to reveal the final phase of its Vision 2020 transformation. The transformation of Australia’s oldest – and now newest – library is cultural, social, economic and architectural.

The full story is here.


National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection is now available to the public

More Than 10,000 Photographs Announced On Anniversary Of Ailey’s Death And World AIDS Day

(1 Dec 2019) **Images provided are only to be used by media in reference to announcement and with full credit information**

Ahead of World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s death (Dec. 1), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is making available the collection of more than 10,000 photographs chronicling the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1961 to 1994. The Jack Mitchell Photography of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Collection includes 8,288 black-and-white negatives, 2,106 color slides and transparencies, and 339 black-and-white prints depicting private photo sessions, repertory by Alvin Ailey and a wide range of choreographers and iconic solo performers.

Jack Mitchell’s collection documents the dance company’s evolution while capturing the true idiosyncrasies and physicality of movement through still images. The photography showcases the innovative performances and groundbreaking artistry of Ailey, who shined a spotlight on the contributions and experiences of the African American heritage that inspired the racially diverse performances he presented that forever changed American dance and culture.

Acquired in 2013, the entire digitized photography collection has been recently made available to the public online via the Smithsonian’s Online Virtual Archives. The collection is jointly owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

For more information about the collection and the artists behind, see here.


China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment

(9 Dec 2019)  From the Guardian: China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports.

The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit the use of Chinese technology, as the trade war between the countries turns into a tech cold war.

Read the full news here.


Ex Libris signs definitive agreement to acquire Innovative

(5 Dec 2019) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire Innovative, a leading provider of integrated library systems for public, academic, and specialty libraries. Innovative will become a business unit within Ex Libris. The Innovative products that customers have relied on for many years will continue to be supported and enhanced.

“I am excited to welcome Innovative’s experienced team and its customer community to Ex Libris and ProQuest,” said Bar Veinstein, president of Ex Libris. “We are pleased to continue investing in people and technology that support our customers’ initiatives to shape the future of libraries. Customers of both Ex Libris and Innovative will gain from the companies’ proven record of innovation, greater combined resources, and talent with decades of library domain expertise.”

“These are exciting times for Innovative and its customers. As we join the Ex Libris family, we will continue our history of providing advanced solutions and services to our customers that help them thrive in today’s changing library environment,” added Shaheen Javadizadeh, Innovative CEO. “As part of Ex Libris, we will give our customers more value through a complementary portfolio of solutions, an expanded knowledge-sharing community, and broader global reach.”

Ex Libris and Innovative have a long history of close collaboration with the user community and remain dedicated to working with their user groups—IUG, ELUNA, and IGeLU—in order to receive input and guidance for the enhancement of current solutions and the development of new ones. Both companies have a longstanding commitment to openness, and the joint organization will continue to work with partners in the library and academic ecosystem for the benefit of customers.

The acquisition is expected to close in early 2020.

The press release is here.

Read how Roger C. Schonfeld of ITHAKA S+R sees this deal.