Asia Pacific

Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

(13 November 2018) Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a “pirate” website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. The team, comprising researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University, said the study results showed […]

November 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm

University of Sydney hiring Digital Curation Manager

(13 November 2018) The post provides specialist advice and expertise, including technical understanding, on the long-term management and curation of digital collections, including research data, and develop guidelines, procedures and training to ensure digital content created or curated by the Library is managed, described and formatted in ways that provides long term meaningful access for […]

November 13, 2018 - 7:44 pm

$1 million gift will create two Taiwan studies endowments at UCLA Asia Pacific Center

(9 November 2018) The UCLA Asia Pacific Center has received a gift of $1 million from the J. Yang and Family Foundation that will help permanently sustain the UCLA Taiwan Studies Program. Of the total, $750,000 will create the J. Yang and Family Foundation Taiwan Studies Endowment and $250,000 will establish the J. Yang and […]

November 13, 2018 - 4:44 pm

The world’s largest collection of Buddhist texts is now available online

(11 November 2018) Thanks to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and the Internet Archive, the world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature is now available online. Dedicated to preserving and sharing Buddhist scholarship, the BDRC has archived over 15 million pages of Buddhist works since it was founded in 1999. Now, thanks to its collaboration […]

November 13, 2018 - 4:37 pm

The NDL announces the launch of an English-language user interface to the WARP

(2 November 2018) The NDL has launched an English-language user interface to its Web Archiving Project (WARP) on November 2, 2018. The entire user interface—including the search interface, help page, and FAQ—is now available in English. WARP has been collecting and preserving websites since 2002. The entire archive of websites is available for viewing on […]

November 10, 2018 - 12:30 pm

The University of New England in Armidale, Australia is hiring a Digital Experience librarian

(5 November 2018) The Digital Experience Librarian will provide leadership in actively identifying, evaluating and, as necessary, deploying new learning technologies and tools related to library services to improve and respond to user needs. This role creates and supports the development processes and innovations that lead to high-quality learning environments and ensures cross-platform navigation for […]

November 6, 2018 - 8:33 am

NLB archiving Singapore websites, digital materials

Move is part of effort to expand legal deposit collection of materials published in Singapore (4 November 2018)  The National Library Board (NLB) has taken on the enormous task of archiving 180,000 Singapore websites ending with the .sg domain, as well as digital materials published in Singapore. The annually updated National Day Parade website and […]

November 4, 2018 - 7:29 pm

British Library at the Hong Kong Literature Festival

(2 November 2018) The life, work and literary legacy of Oscar Wilde will be centre-stage at a special event taking place at Hong Kong International Literary Festival on 4 November 2018. The British Library Session will feature renowned theatre directors Tang Shu-wing and Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe), Dr Marco Wang of […]

November 4, 2018 - 7:14 am

Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) to form document delivery network

(1 November 2018) Gathering at Tsinghua University on November 1-2, 2018, 15 Library Directors of the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA) signed an agreement to form a document delivery network. The 15 founding members of AUA will provide a barrier-free document delivery and exchange service. Initiated by Tsinghua University in 2017, AUA is an Asia regional […]

November 2, 2018 - 7:19 am

Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages with lessons on digital safety

(31 October 2018) Facebook recently launched a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam to help train three 300,000 Indians in digital safety. The Digital Literacy Library was launched on Monday. “We expect to train 3,00,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come,” […]

November 1, 2018 - 9:04 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-6: The Last of the 2018 Ranking Releases

U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (31 October 2018) The release of U.S. News Best Global Universities completes the cycle for 2018.  This year’s dataset includes 1,250 ranked universities from 75 countries. An additional 122 are listed and appear in subject rankings.  Ruth’s Rankings 11 introduced U.S. News Best 500 Global Universities and the October […]

October 31, 2018 - 12:31 pm

SkillsVision Forum for Librarians

(30 October 2018) The Forum offers an opportunity to learn from the library success stories from renowned universities, in strategical support of research and leadership. This is a programme designed for library leadership roles supporting fast changing academic workflows ranging from research to innovation and lifelong learning. Highlights include: Expert sharing from speakers from East […]

October 30, 2018 - 9:25 am

The Asia Foundation signs MOU to enhance school libraries with Cambodia’s Government

(26 October 2018, Phnom Penh) Today, The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) to implement the Books for Cambodia program. Over the next five years, the program will distribute high-quality English storybooks and educational resource books to 1,000 […]

October 28, 2018 - 8:20 pm

National Archives of Australia searches for software and services providers

For multi-year program to modernise capabilities to embed secure digital end-to-end archival processes (25 October 2018) National Archives of Australia (NAA), the body that collects and preserves Australian Government records that reflect the country’s history and identity, has flagged its plan to search for providers for a new Integrated end-to-end digital archival services. The pre-release […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:36 pm

Treasuring Trove: Why Australia’s digital heritage platform is so special

(26 October 2018)  Australians have a truly unique resource in the National Library’s Trove, and it needs to be protected The National Library of Australia’s Trove brings together freely available content from libraries, museums and archives, supporting online discovery of the country’s documentary heritage. Trove is also that rare beast: a digital heritage platform with […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:23 pm