Asia Pacific

Philippine libraries march into the 21st Century

(3 April 2017) Four years ago, Beyond Access began working with the Philippine public library system. Like in many countries, libraries had been largely neglected by policy-makers, and in some municipalities, libraries were already closing due to lack of use. When the Philippine Digital Strategy was published in 2011, libraries were completely absent. Under the […]

April 5, 2017 - 3:15 pm
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NTU hiring Assistant Director – Scholarly Communication Group

(3 April 2017) Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Libraries invites applications for the position of Assistant Director,  Scholarly Communication Group. The successful candidate will provide leadership and guidance in the development, design and implementation of novel and sustainable research data management services for NTU researchers. These services shall facilitate NTU researchers throughout various stages of their […]

April 5, 2017 - 3:03 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Fourth edition of U-Multirank: Still not for me

(5 April 2017) The latest edition of U-Multirank includes 1,500 universities.  Bibliometric data come from CWTS (Centre for Science and Technology Studies), which provides the data for Leiden rankings.  Of the over 1,200 universities that have bibliometric data, only 400 have complete data on the other indicators. A handful of North American schools share data […]

April 5, 2017 - 11:16 am
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Research evaluation and data science for libraries

(4 April 2017) EIFL, EIFL’s partner library consortium, Electronic Information for Libraries in Thailand, and Mahidol University, will host a two-day workshop on research evaluation and data science for libraries, 16-17 May 2017. The topics will be addressed in two sessions, over the two days: Research evaluation for research administrators/managers and librarians, covering research evaluation […]

April 4, 2017 - 3:23 pm
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Sino-Foreign Joint Venture University Libraries 2017 Annual conference held at XJTLU

(4 April 2017) The Association of Sino-Foreign Joint Venture University Libraries held its annual conference at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on 31 March. More than 80 attendees, including library directors, librarians and external observers from seven Sino-Foreign cooperation universities across China shared their experiences and ideas about new academic library operations while discussing current challenges and […]

April 4, 2017 - 2:32 pm
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ANU Library collaborates with Yangon University Library on digitisation capabilities

(4 April 2017) Professor Ni Win Zaw, Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies at University of Yangon, recently visited ANU Library to work on a digitisation research project with University Librarian Roxanne Missingham. The project aims to provide a framework for transforming library services and increase digital literacy skills through library and […]

April 4, 2017 - 2:03 pm
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ACRL Global Perspectives on Information Literacy

(13 March 2017, Chicago) The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding. The paper includes chapters written by information literacy experts from around the world, including Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, […]

April 4, 2017 - 1:55 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! Times Higher Education Japan: New ranking – Same universities at the top

(4 April 2017) Times Higher Education released its first Japan University Rankings, using a new methodology which focuses on student success.  This methodology will be used in other individual country rankings. Data for the rankings come from a variety of sources. These include Elsevier, Benesse Corporation, Nikkei Human Resources, the Japanese government and the Times Higher […]

April 4, 2017 - 12:27 pm
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2017 BHL Annual Meetings, hosted by the National Library Board, Singapore

(30 March 2017) During 14-17 March 2017, the Biodiversity Heritage Library held its Annual Meetings in Singapore, hosted by the National Library Board. The meetings were attended by 24 BHL partner representatives from nine countries. Four projects were presented. Members selected Los Angeles as the location of the 2018 BHL Annual Meeting. They also elected […]

April 4, 2017 - 7:41 am
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ProQuest helps libraries meet demand for Chinese-language resources

New selection of ebooks expands company’s rich selection of research materials (30 March 2017, Mountain View, CA) ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese-language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® […]

March 31, 2017 - 3:01 pm
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Look inside Bangkok’s first 24-hour library opening soon

(30 March 2017, Bangkok) Located in a four-story art deco building with nearly 5,000 square meters, the Bangkok City Library will finally open to public on April 7. The library is expected to be home to more than 20,000 books in Thai and foreign languages, including a Braille section. Membership is 50 baht for adults […]

March 31, 2017 - 11:13 am
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Imagining libraries of the future

(27 March 2017, Singapore)  From the use of data analytics, to possibly even virtual reality in the future – public libraries in Singapore are undergoing a transformation in a bid to remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. Singapore’s public libraries are changing fast, keeping step with technology that helps libraries offer the modern services […]

March 30, 2017 - 1:05 pm
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海外に輸出される携帯電話の5台に1台は偽物

OECD-パリ、2017年3月28日 OECDの新報告書、「偽造品取引(Trade in Counterfeit Goods)」によると、海外に送られる携帯電話の5台に1台、またビデオゲーム機の4台に1台は偽物で、ITや通信用ハードウェアの偽造品取引の増加で消費者、製造業者の負担が重くなり、公的資金が圧迫されています。 本報告書によると、スマートフォンのバッテリー、充電器、メモリーカード、磁気ストライプ・カード、半導体ドライブ、音楽プレーヤーなども、偽造被害に遭うケースが増えています。2013年の通関データの分析によると、情報通信(ICT)財の世界全体の取引の平均6.5%は偽造品です。2016年の報告書によると、あらゆる財の取引に占める模倣品の割合は2.5%ですが、ICT財に占める模倣品の割合はこれを上回っていることになります。 3月30~31日に開催される2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum に先だって発表された本報告書では、スマートフォンとICT付属品が高価で、それらに対する需要が高まる一方であることから、それらの偽造は採算が取れるため、その悪影響を受ける商品の数も幅も広がる一方であることが懸念されます。 ICTの偽造品は、健康や安全面のリスク、サービス停止、企業と政府の収入喪失などを引き起こします。ICTの模倣品の主な製造元は中国で、収入の喪失やブランド価値の低下による最大の被害者は米国の製造業者です。摘発されたICT模倣品のうち、ほぼ42%が米国企業の、次いで25%がフィンランド企業、12%が日本企業の知的財産権を侵害しています。 <データをエクセルファイルでダウンロードするにはこちらをクリックしてください> 偽造品とは、商標を侵害する財のことです。知的所有権に大きく依存している産業では、ICT財の偽造は確立されたブランドに対する消費者の信頼を損ねる他、その健康、安全、プライバシーをも危険に晒します。偽造電話機には鉛やカドミウムなどの有害物質を純正品よりも多く含んでいる場合がある一方、模倣電話機の充電器は発火したり感電したりする恐れがあります。トランジスタ、プリント配線、ラジオ塔といったICT媒介装置の模倣品と部品も輸出されています。 本書では、ICT偽造品の世界全体の取引額は、2011~13年に通関で差し押さえられたほぼ50万件の押収品のデータを元に推計したところ、2013年までに1430億米ドルに達していると述べています。ICT偽造品のほぼ3分の2は速達郵便で送られており、そのことが検出を非常に複雑にしています。 ICT部門は、2013年のOECD地域全体の送付か価値の5.5%を占めており、2.4兆米ドルに相当します。世界全体のICT製品の輸出額は2001年以降年率6%上昇して、2013年には1.6兆円に達していますが、そのうち3分の1が中国からの輸出です。 The announcement is here.

March 29, 2017 - 8:46 pm
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New Sha Tin library to open in Hong Kong

(29 March 2017) The new library is in Yuen Chau Kok Complex on Ngan Shing Street, Sha Tin. At 2,900 sq m, it has a collection of 160,000 items, including Chinese and English books, compact discs, as well as local and overseas newspapers and periodicals. The complex comprises a multimedia library, a computer and information […]

March 29, 2017 - 4:13 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]

March 28, 2017 - 1:59 pm
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