Asia Pacific

Open Access publishing in China

(23 June 2017) Following rapid development in the economy and huge investment in R&D, China is now widely recognised as one of the leading countries of the world in terms of the number of published journals and scientific articles. In 2015, there were over 10,000 journals in China, of which 4983 (49.76%) were in Science […]

June 27, 2017 - 11:06 pm

Fair Open Access Principles for journals

(23 June 2017) That scholarly communication should be “Fair” is an increasingly common concept for both data and research outputs more widely, including the F.A.I.R. framework which articulates a set of specific principles to enhance the discoverability, use and impact of Australia’s research outputs. Mark Wilson and Alex Holcombe describe another specific use of Fair: the Fair […]

June 25, 2017 - 7:44 am

19th-century book of life-sized bird paintings reprinted

(20 June 2017) It is a book that would set many a collector’s heart aflutter. In 2010, a first edition of Birds Of America was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for more than £7.3 million, a world record for a book. The book, a four-volume set of 435 life-sized paintings of birds, published […]

June 24, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Connecting Myanmar libraries to global academia

(23 June 2017) Roxanne Missingham writes that connections to the world through university libraries are an important feature of the rebirth of higher education. Libraries in Myanmar institutions have, together with the National Library, collected the memory of the nation, curated through many collections of palm leaf manuscripts and rare historic texts. The University libraries […]

June 23, 2017 - 2:48 pm

What students think about La Trobe University Library

(19 June 2017) In September 2016 La Trobe University library invited all coursework students to participate in the biennial, library client experience and satisfaction survey.   3,949 responded. They told the library about the good and not so good. And the library responded how it will do better. The details are here.

June 20, 2017 - 8:28 pm

US Ambassador launches UMS American Corner

(24 May 2017) The United States (US) Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir officiated at the launch of the American Corner Sabah at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) library on May 24. According to Kamala, with the new opening, the people of Sabah would have additional opportunities to join programmes and participate in dialogues, focused on […]

June 20, 2017 - 8:19 pm

Springer Nature sponsors first Singapore Three Minute Thesis competition

(14 June 2017, Singapore) Twenty PhD candidates from Singapore will gather on 4 August 2017 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the 2017 Singapore Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The competition challenges participants to explain their research thesis in a clear and engaging three-minute talk aimed at non-specialists. The main prize, which is sponsored […]

June 20, 2017 - 11:00 am

Congratulations to five library design award winners in Australia

(19 June 2017, Melbourne) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has today announced the five winners of its inaugural Library Design Awards 2017 at its conference in Melbourne. Thirty-three stunning libraries were entered in the awards and there is a winner in each category: public, school, academic and special libraries all feature in the […]

June 19, 2017 - 7:37 pm

Department of Parliamentary Services hiring Parliamentary Library Officer

(15 June 2017) The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for a Parliamentary Library Officer vacancy within the Collections & Databases branch. As a Library Officer you will be exposed to all areas of the Parliamentary Library and will have the opportunity to provide a range of tasks associated with the provision of services […]

June 15, 2017 - 3:35 pm

University of Melbourne hiring Arts Librarian

(15 June 2017) University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements within the University of Melbourne. The Arts Faculty Librarian is a member of the Scholarly Information program which sits within the University […]

June 15, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Check out this incredible giant library that just opened in Seoul

(12 June 2017) The largest underground shopping center in Asia, COEX Mall, can now boast a library filled with over 50,000 titles to its name. Occupying a whopping 2800 square-meters in size, the brightly lit two-storey athenaeum has rightly been named Starfield Library after long being referred to as the Open Library. Operated by a […]

June 14, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018 Comes Early to QS World University Rankings®

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) takes over number one spot in Asia Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains number one in the world (12 June 2017) Not only are institutions competing but the rankers now seem to be in a race to be the first one out with the new “annual” rankings.  Last year, QS and THE […]

June 12, 2017 - 7:54 pm

China uses space technologies to protect ancient books

(10 June 2017) China is repurposing breakthroughs in space technology to help safeguard the nation’s literary heritage after researchers developed special safes with astronautical characteristics to protect ancient books, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) has announced. The space launch vehicle manufacturer has also signed an agreement with the National Library of China […]

June 10, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Asia OA

(10 June 2017) Asia OA is a special forum hosted by COAR in which members of the Asian open access community can share information, meet each other and build relationships. It has a mailing list and organizes meetings to facilitate greater exchange beyond national boundaries. This community is dedicated to people working in the academic […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Asia Open Access Regional Survey

COAR has published a new report, Asia Open Access Regional Survey (9 June 2017) The report presents the results of a survey of open access activities in Asia undertaken in early 2017. The continent of Asia is rapidly increasing in prominence on the world stage, both in terms of R&D as well as scientific production. […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:15 pm