Asia Pacific

Shanghai phone booths get new literary lease of life

(20 August 2017) If you want something to read and you’re in Shanghai, look for the red telephone booths. They’re like the original UK telephone boxes but with a Chinese twist. 263 public telephone booths in Shanghai Xuhui district are to be turned into mini-libraries, according to the city government. Before the popularity of smart […]

August 21, 2017 - 4:39 pm
Read More...

NIE hiring Librarian / Senior Librarian

(18 August 2017)  The National Institute of Education, Singapore, invites suitable applications for the position of Librarian / Senior Librarian in the Library and Information Services Centre. NIE is seeking creative, innovative and service-oriented candidates who are able to work independently and collaboratively in transforming the library for the 21st century. This position provides subscription […]

August 20, 2017 - 8:46 am
Read More...

University of South Australia hiring Manager: Collection Management and Copyright Services

(18 August 2017) In this diverse new role, you will provide leadership to the Collection Management and Copyright Services team, and have overarching responsibility for the development of collection management strategies, copyright education and compliance initiatives.  You will also be responsible for the management of the Library’s acquisitions budget and will be the primary point […]

August 20, 2017 - 8:43 am
Read More...

CDNLAO Newsletter #89 published

ISSN: 1344-722X No.89, August 2017 Special topic: CDNLAO Meeting [China] Hosting the 25th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania [Japan] Participating in the 25th CDNLAO Meeting News [Australia] Introducing Dr Marie-Louise Ayres Information from the editorial office Special topic of the next issue Special topic of the next issue (No.90): Digitization      and digital services Article […]

August 17, 2017 - 8:22 pm
Read More...

Increasing the impact of open access in Indonesia: a universities consortium and 3 new Ambassadors

(17 August 2017) Important ties between Indonesia and DOAJ have been established. An ADRI consortium of more than 60 institutions has signed up as a DOAJ consortia member. The consortium is one of the biggest registered with DOAJ, reflected by the high amount of traffic and the number of new applications that DOAJ currently receives […]

August 17, 2017 - 8:14 pm
Read More...

CONSAL XVII call for papers

CONSAL 17 takes place 2 to 5 May 2018 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Its theme is Next Generation Libraries: Collaborate and Connect. In keeping with the theme, the Organizing Committee of CONSAL XVII invites papers for the General Conference. Open Session will focus on how libraries across our region are dealing with challenges to their traditional […]

August 17, 2017 - 8:07 pm
Read More...

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! ARWU 2017: The more the merrier

Harvard University is number one in the world as it has been since 2003. The University of Tokyo remains number one in Asia. Prince of Songkla University enters the ranking with a Highly Cited author. (17 August 2017) Updates of ARWU (Academic Rankings of World Universities, from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy) are often not newsworthy. […]

August 17, 2017 - 1:21 pm
Read More...

China’s problem with fake research papers

(11 August 2017) Writing for the Globe and Mail, Frank Ching, a Hong Kong journalist  considers fabricated papers in medical journals with fake peer reviews written by fabricated specialists. In April, Springer Nature announced that it was retracting 107 research papers by Chinese authors after discovering irregularities in the peer-review process of articles published in […]

August 13, 2017 - 4:23 pm
Read More...

Embracing digital change: Electronic deposit 18 months on at NLA

(1 August 2017) In February 2016 the National Library of Australia welcomed long-anticipated changes to the Copyright Act.  For the first time in its history, the Library could collect electronic publications under the legal deposit provisions of the Act. 18 months later what has the library collected? over 5,900 ebooks – an increase on the […]

August 13, 2017 - 7:33 am
Read More...

Jagdish Arora and Manoj Kumar win ETD Leadership Award

(7 August 2017) NDLTD is pleased to announce that Dr. Jagdish Arora and Mr. Manoj Kumar won the ETD Leadership Award for their dedicated work on the Shodhganga thesis repository in India. Their joint analysis, planning, design and implementation of the repository began when there was hardly a digital or digitized thesis available in the area. The repository has […]

August 11, 2017 - 3:26 pm
Read More...

Database established to identify top legal talent in China

(10 August 2017) The All China Lawyers Association has established a database containing the details of 86 lawyers from 72 Chinese law firms and 121 lawyers from countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. “The database will cultivate and reserve top lawyers who are familiar with the laws and regulations within Belt and Road […]

August 11, 2017 - 7:10 am
Read More...

Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive

Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India (9 August 2017) The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country. A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved. They list 2,650 websites […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:20 pm
Read More...

AROSIM 2018 takes place 26 January 2018

(10 August 2017) The 2018 Workshop on Altmetrics for Research Outputs Measurement and Scholarly Information Management takes place on Friday 26 January 2018 in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The main objective of the AROSIM 2018 workshop is to create a forum to disseminate the latest works on altmetrics for measuring research impact and scholarly information […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:01 pm
Read More...

Lets Read! digital library brings books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers access to minority language children’s books (August 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand)  In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare commodities, and children’s books in languages other than standard Thai are almost non-existent. For speakers of S’gaw Karen, a minority language spoken by nearly one million people primarily living in mostly […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:53 pm
Read More...

National Palace Museum makes exhibit images free to download

An imperial palace museum in Taiwan has made thousands of images of its artwork and artefacts available to download online, it’s reported. (13 July 2017) According to popular news website The Paper, Taipei’s National Palace Museum has placed 70,000 high-quality electronic images in a free-to-download archive so that online users can enjoy its exhibitions. It […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:28 pm
Read More...