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National Library of Korea launches archive with 192 million pre-1950s news articles

(17 February 2017) The National Library has launched a website containing a massive volume of Korean news articles published before 1950.

The “Korea Newspaper Archive” has about 192 million articles from 70 newspapers. The site is based on a Linked on Data (LOD) system that allows articles from different sources to be categorized by keywords such as people and chronology. The site also has been built to match automatically the size of the screen used.

The archive is here.

The news is here.

New digital portal makes thousands of Hoover’s rare materials available online

(17 February 2017) The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital collections portal that contains more than 55,000 digitized posters, photographs, documents, sound recordings, and moving images from Hoover collections, with new items frequently added. The portal will allow remote users from around the globe to access the rich collections at Hoover for research and educational purposes. Nearly 44,000 of the items currently available through the portal are in the public domain and can be viewed online; items which are protected by copyright are described online but available for viewing in the Hoover Archives reading room.

The new digital portal includes:

  • 33,000 political posters
  • 5,500 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcast sound recordings
  • 1,800 photographs from the Russian Imperial Secret Police (Okhrana) collection
  • 1,500 transcripts and 300 full-length videos of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television show
  • 1,400 articles and sound recordings on economics by Nobel laureate Milton Friedman
  • 600 autobiographical sketches of Nazis collected by Theodore Abel in 1934
  • 150 propaganda flyers targeting US soldiers in the Vietnam War, collected by Florian Herz
  • 50 diaries by General Joseph Stilwell; Earnest Easterbrook, US Army officer in the China-Burma-India theater; Hugh Gibson on his post-World War II food mission; Julean Herbert Arnold, US commercial attaché in China; and Leonard Porter Ayres, economic adviser to the Allied Powers Reparation Commission
  • 500 World War II-era broadcast recordings collected by the US Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service
  • 200 color photographs of Japan presented to Jane Stanford in 1902
  • 30 sound recordings of events at the San Francisco conference of world leaders that created the United Nations in 1945

The new web portal allows users to search and browse by title, subject, name, date, and other keywords. Users can also:

  • Filter search results by collection title, creator name, subject keyword, date, language, general format (poster, text, sound, still image, moving image), country of origin, and physical form
  • Search the full text of PDFs
  • Stream audio and video
  • Share content via social media
  • Create and save personalized groupings of items
  • Automatically generate citations in Chicago, MLA, and Wikipedia format

Visit to explore the rich volume of rare material from Hoover’s collections now available online.

The announcement is here.

Launch of ALIA report: Relevance 2020, LIS Research in Australia

(15 February 2017, Canberra) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), in partnership with Charles Sturt University, has issued a report which provides the results of six Library and Information Science (LIS) research events in Australian capitals in late 2016 that had the main purpose of connecting academics, researchers and practitioners in order to help align future research projects and activities in the Australian LIS profession.

Download the report (pdf): Relevance 2020 LIS Research in Australia 

There were 172 participants from LIS schools, academic, special, TAFE, school, public and state libraries.

Seven barriers to research and collaboration were identified:

  • Awareness and perception
  • Connection and relationship
  • Funding
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Research culture and support
  • Research expertise
  • Shared understanding and interest

The report recommends:

  • Libraries and librarians should change the perception of their roles to include research as part of their role specification. This would be a powerful catalyst for a more dynamic, evidence-based profession.
  • LIS schools and academics should be active players in fostering collaboration between academia and practice. Applied research should not be regarded as less important than research of a more theoretical nature.
  • More consideration might be given by LIS academics to some of the priority areas for their practitioner counterparts, such as information services and the promotion of these services.
  • ALIA should continue to play a role that bridges the gap between academic and practitioner needs. Consideration should be given to a central database of research ideas and experts, and to strategically providing further funding opportunities to members.

The announcement is here.

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

(12 February 2017) The Guardian reports that antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse.

The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: Impossible-style break-in.

The gang are reported to have climbed on to the building’s roof and bored holes through the reinforced glass-fibre skylights before rappelling down 40ft of rope while avoiding motion-sensor alarms.

Scotland Yard confirmed that “a number of valuable books”, many from the 15th and 16th centuries, were stolen during the burglary in Feltham between 29 and 30 January.

According to the Mail on Sunday, one dealer lost £680,000 worth of material. Experts said the most valuable item in the stolen haul was a 1566 copy of Nicolaus Copernicus’s De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, worth about £215,000.

The Guardian has the full story by George Sandeman.

Copyright Clearance Center announces enhancements to RightFind® XML for mining

(15 February 2017, Danvers, Mass.)  Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces enhancements to its cloud-based RightFind® XML for Mining software solution, which empowers organizations using text mining to glean important insights from vast amounts of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) content.

RightFind XML for Mining allows customers to make discoveries and connections available only in full text by providing XML-formatted subscribed content and enabling discovery and purchase of articles that fall outside company subscriptions, offering the most complete article collection for text mining.

This release includes several major product enhancements, that:

– Deliver powerful new search functionality – Control precision and recall by specifying whether query terms should be expanded with synonyms, and requiring exact phrases or alphanumeric strings. Also, support has been enhanced for Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), making these queries easier and shorter for users.

– Enable access to new content – Access MEDLINE citation records where abstract or full-text content is missing by specifying whether to include these records in project results.

– Show comprehensive usage data – View XML usage by journal title and subscription status, and download a usage report for the entire organization.

– Provide new metadata reports – Review titles, journals, authors, publication dates, and other metadata for articles in specific projects.

“Life sciences companies are relying on text mining to drive their research and development efforts now more than ever,” said Lauren Tulloch, Senior Director, Corporate Products and Services, CCC. “We continue to work closely with customers worldwide to solve the content quality and licensing challenges that impede these workflows to accelerate scientific research.”

XML for Mining is built on CCC’s RightFind® platform, which helps customers access, share and manage content anytime, anywhere, while respecting copyright. Colleagues can use a single platform to connect instantly to full-text articles from subscriptions, Open Access channels, local holdings, and document delivery.

The announcement in full is here.

Monash University hiring Matheson Library Manager

(16 February 2017) Monash University Library seeks an accomplished, strategic and innovative leader for its Sir Louis Matheson Library, a flagship humanities and social sciences library located at the Clayton campus.

Reporting to the Director Excellence and Engagement, the Matheson Library Manager leads strategic change programs for the staff within the Matheson complex, ensures effective resource utilisation and capability building of staff and teams.  You will build strong partnerships with designated faculties to deliver education and research services and oversee an engaging public outreach program, furthering the library’s contribution to University goals.

ALIA has the details.

Closing Date is 5 March 2017, 11.55pm AEDT

Continued Elsevier access in support of German science

(13February 2017) Elsevier has chosen to continue providing access to Elsevier journals for dozens of German institutions that cancelled their individual subscriptions at the end of 2016. They did so anticipating that a new Germany-wide license agreement would be in place by January this year, which Elsevier regrets has so far has not been achievable.

The announcement in full is here.

Ingenta agrees landmark collaboration with CEPIEC in China

(15 February 2017, Oxford) Ingenta has signed an agreement with China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation Ltd (CEPIEC), which will enable publishers on Ingenta Connect to market and sell their content to Chinese researchers and institutions.

The two year deal with China’s largest academic digital resource importer will provide international publishers who host their content on Ingenta Connect with access to the burgeoning Chinese scholarly market via a new scholarly pay-per-view platform, launched by CEPIEC and major Chinese search engine Baidu.

Academic institutions and individual researchers in China will be able to use Baidu Scholar’s search facilities to browse and locate the content they need using the metadata Ingenta Connect publishers have supplied. The content can then be acquired via the new pay-per-view platform and downloaded as a PDF through a link which is valid for 72 hours.

Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect, stated: “China is a real land of opportunity when it comes to the scholarly market, with over 25 million students and academics, not to mention a wealth of institutions and libraries which serve and support a growing thirst for knowledge. However, until now publishers have had limited success when it comes to marketing and selling their content in this territory. This new collaboration with CEPIEC will give our publishers on Ingenta Connect a fantastic opportunity to have their content featured on Baidu Scholar and to expand their reach into this lucrative marketplace.”

Xie Zegui, Director of Journals & E-content from CEPIEC, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Ingenta and to bring this unique opportunity to Ingenta Connect publishers. We look forward to delivering a wealth of reputable academic resources to Chinese academics and institutions through this arrangement, and we are confident the new pay-per-view platform will prove a success to all parties involved.”

The announcement is here.

Springer Healthcare launches Medicine Matters, a new medical education website

(15 February 2017) The content-rich portal will provide physicians and healthcare professionals with a reliable, free source of medical education, designed to promote best clinical practice and improved health outcomes. The website currently focuses on the latest advances in diabetes medicine at The global rollout plan includes local language-supported content within new websites for oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, and CNS. They will be launched in key markets including the USA, the UK, Spain, India, Mexico, and China throughout 2017 and 2018.

Medicine Matters is aimed at the healthcare professional who wants a breadth of resources to support diagnosis and optimal treatment of major disease states. Underpinned by the scientific integrity of an independent, international editorial board, the website provides expert insights and commentaries around peer-reviewed educational content. Also included are journal article synopses, themed collections, “Ask the Expert,” and eLearning modules.

Additional features include access to full journal articles and conference coverage, informed and extensive monitoring of peer-reviewed research, and headline summaries for time-stressed professionals on the most topical clinical information available. The clean, practical website interface works effectively on all devices and was developed by thorough testing with thousands of healthcare professionals.

Carolyn Honour, Managing Director of Springer Healthcare, said, “Healthcare professionals across the globe are constantly learning and striving to improve their clinical knowledge. Our hope is that Medicine Matters will be the go-to reference tool within their daily practice and support improved patient outcomes.”

The announcement in full is here.

New SAGE Journals Platform makes research easier to discover, navigate, and share from any device

(15 February 2017, Los Angeles, CA). SAGE Publishing has a new platform for SAGE Journals. In close consultation with researchers, editors, authors, society partners, and librarians – the new site has been designed to deliver a world-class online research experience. From enhanced author tools to more intuitive navigation to improved search functionality to ease of use across devices, SAGE Journals was optimized to support all accessing and contributing to SAGE’s esteemed scholarly research.

“SAGE is committed to responding to changing user needs in today’s fast-paced digital landscape and the flexible technologies we have invested in will enable us to respond rapidly,” commented John Shaw, Vice President of Publishing Technologies. “Our goal with the new SAGE Journals platform is to simplify the researcher experience for those accessing our content on their devices and on the go. We are proud to present a sophisticated product that offers a seamless research experience and will allow us to adapt quickly as user needs change and we expand our portfolio in the future.”

Home to more than 1,000 journals, the new platform:

  • Provides researchers and students on the move with a responsive design that automatically resizes to their device of choice
  • Offers readers a clean, uncluttered space for reading and enhanced tools for downloading, sharing, and citing articles and discovering related content
  • Gives authors deeper insight into the impact of their research through metrics and collaboration tools such as Kudos and Altmetrics
  • Supports journal editors and society partners with flexible and dynamic homepages to promote their brand and showcase new content
  • Supports key industry standards and optimizes article discovery for library customers through ongoing initiatives in discovery and accessibility

“SAGE is devoted to publishing a growing portfolio of journals with the highest-quality, robustly reviewed research across multiple disciplines, while also ensuring that that content can be discovered, navigated, and shared effortlessly,” commented Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Journals. “The new SAGE Journals platform will enhance the researcher experience considerably for our valued library customers and their patrons and researchers, and our publishing partners and their members.”

SAGE Journals is hosted on Literatum, an online publishing platform developed by Atypon. View the new platform at Visit the SAGE Journals Migration Information Portal for more information, including a detailed list of frequently asked questions and a migration checklist for customers.

The announcement in full is here.

AAAS alliance to expand access to high-quality scientific publishing

(14 February 2017) The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to advance scientific communication and open access publishing. The partnership will also ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals.

This collaboration is a natural extension of the mission of AAAS; the organization seeks to advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. As part of fulfilling that mission, the association works to enhance communication among scientists, engineers and the public and fosters education in science and technology for everyone. AAAS has supported green open access for more than a decade and has offered gold open access options via the journal Science Advances since 2015.

As a result of this partnership, AAAS will allow authors funded by the Gates Foundation to publish their research under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) in Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Advances, Science Immunology or Science Robotics. This means that the final published version of any article from a Foundation-funded author submitted to one of the AAAS journals after January 1, 2017 will be immediately available to read, download and reuse.

The Gates Foundation seeks to ensure that all of the research it funds is published on full open access terms – be it in Science or any of the other 24,000 journals now offering similar options. Effective in 2017, support for open access publishing is built into every grant made by the Gates Foundation across program areas. The foundation has also invested in a new publishing service, Chronos, which easily connects grantees with journals offering open access options.

This collaboration will provide an opportunity for AAAS and the Gates Foundation to explore opportunities to broaden access to scientific research and to advance scientific collaboration and communication. The two organizations are in discussion about potential activities such as webinars, initiatives to engage younger researchers and women and outreach to researchers in developing countries. The partnership agreement has been established for calendar year 2017 and a renewal option will be evaluated in late 2017. A public report on the results of the partnership will be released in 2018.

In a joint statement about the partnership, Bill Moran, Science publisher, and Leigh Morgan, chief operating officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The robust exchange of scientific information will play a crucial role in solving the big challenges of the 21st century, from the spread of infectious disease to climate shocks and food security. All of us involved – producers of scientific knowledge as well as funders, publishers and researchers – have a stake in ensuring the continued integrity of global scientific exchange.”

For more information about the partnership, see the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Meagan Phelan, Science Press Package Executive Director, at, or the Gates Foundation / Media inquires, at (206) 709-3400 or

The announcement is here.

IOP and CAUL agree new and innovative consortium model

(13 February 2017) IOP Publishing and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) have announced a new agreement, covering 31 universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Whereas the previous agreement was based on historical spend on print version of journals, the new model is based on an institution’s science-category full time equivalent students, and weighted against levels of study and research.

The three year agreement between IOP Publishing, a leading society publisher and CAUL – the leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia – will provide unlimited access to all 76 IOP Publishing and IOP partner journals until 2019.

Dr Olaf Ernst, IOP Publishing’s Commercial Director, said: “We’re very pleased to announce this new agreement. The model for it is completely new and much fairer, in that it has moved away from historical spend and is based on actual research needs of the institutions. CAUL put a massive amount of effort into helping us reach this agreement with their members and this would not have happened without their engagement. A huge thank you for that.”

Philip Kent, chair of CAUL’s Electronic Information Resources Consortium said: “CAUL aims to facilitate access to quality content for research and teaching at a fair and sustainable price. IOP’s premium journals portfolio was an obvious target for CAUL’s preferred approach of pricing the package according to the size, weight and nature of its member institutions, rather than the historical expenditure on print journals.

“It enables even the smallest institutions to access the full range of content from high quality society publishers such as IOP, and allows for the potential to reduce price in line with a shrinking cohort or to apply the usual increases which reflect an expansion in the university target group. It has been a pleasure working with IOP’s professional team to secure this agreement.”

The announcement in full is here.

India’s public libraries undergoing revolutionary change

(14 February 2017, New Delhi) Images of ill-maintained public libraries – laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit – is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government’s ambitious National Mission on Libraries.

More significantly, state-of-the-art facilities combining the latest internet technologies are being plugged in to attract the younger generation.

“Some may think that the purpose of a library is to only preserve books, but the world is moving ahead with technology. The younger generation feels that the libraries are full of only books and thus don’t interest them. So, we have to make our libraries such that they are in sync with the aspirations of the younger generation,” Deepika Pokharana, Director, National Mission on Libraries under the Ministry of Culture, told IANS in an interview.

“They have to be made to come and visit again and again. Internet, Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art facilities are crucial for the revival of public libraries in India,” she added. has the story in full by Saket Suman.

IFLA Green Library Award 2017

Sponsored by de Gruyter Saur

(14 February 2017) What is a Green Library?

“The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.”

According to the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS), Green Libraries are “designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize indoor environmental quality by means of careful site selection, use of natural construction materials and biodegradable products, conservation of resources (water, energy, paper), and responsible waste disposal (recycling, etc.)”

They also focus on related services, activities, events, literature and projects, demonstrating the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability.

Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award

  • To reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability
  • To create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education. Libraries of all types are encouraged to participate
  • To support the worldwide Green Library movement, concerned with
    - environmentally sustainable buildings
    - environmentally sustainable information resources and programming
    - conservation of resources and energy
  • To promote the development of Green Libraries initiatives locally and worldwide
  • To encourage Green Libraries to actively present their activities to an international audience

Relevance to IFLA’s goals and values

Following the IFLA Key Initiative 4.1: Promoting libraries within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the award will help to advance the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.

Guidelines for submissions

  • Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award.  The project, initiative or idea may be presented in any suitable way, for example, through an essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slides
  • The presentation of the project, initiative or idea should be submitted to the ENSULIB award reviewing committee
  • The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of
    • the applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
    • the contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • the quality of the overall presentation
    • the relevance to IFLA’s goals and values (Key Initiative 4.1)

Applications must be submitted before 30 April 2017 to the following address:

Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB secretary
Hochkalterweg 3a
D-12107 Berlin, Germany

Submissions will be reviewed by the ENSULIB award reviewing committee and will be unbiased and neutral. See IFLA Green Library Award 2016′s Winners.

The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission. The award includes € 500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

On behalf of ENSULIB,
The Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group of IFLA
Petra Hauke, ENSULIB secretary.

Download the application form: [English –   MS Word]

The announcement is here.