New Research4Life Programme – GOALI Launch event

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and its partners will launch a new Research4Life programme called “Global Online Access to Legal Information” (GOALI), on Tuesday, 6 March. (1 March 2018) Recognizing the importance of access to legal information, the new programme gives free or low-cost online access to academic legal journals, publications and databases in more than 115 […]

March 1, 2018 - 6:14 pm

Great exaggerations! Death of Libraries

(25 January 2018) Libraries these days are built digital brick by digital brick – brick being the metaphor for digital books, journals, articles, objects, media, digital infrastructure, networks, apps, data, and analytics. The growth of print collections has been declining considerably in recent times. Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University (SMU) writes that SMU […]

January 27, 2018 - 4:51 pm

Peking University acquires linguistics and literature eBook package from De Gruyter Mouton

(25 January 2018) Peking University has acquired the complete De Gruyter Mouton collection (up to and including 2017) to strengthen its growing linguistics program. The acquired collection includes 2,400 ebook titles. “We are proud that Peking University has chosen to expand its collection with the prestigious De Gruyter Mouton content and that our titles are […]

January 26, 2018 - 11:55 am

Ebook Central enhances accessibility for researchers

(1 November 2017, Mountain View, CA)  ProQuest® Ebook Central has significantly enhanced its accessibility support to make content, including scholarly ebooks, easier to read and navigate, ensuring all researchers have equal access to its interface and content regardless of challenges, such as visual impairment. Developed in collaboration with specialists and designed for AA conformance level […]

December 22, 2017 - 5:35 pm

Asia Foundation announces YBM support to expand Let’s Read! in Asia

(19 December 2017) The Asia Foundation today announced a donation from one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies, YBM, Inc., to expand the Foundation’s Let’s Read! digital libraries initiative. The regional platform brings open-sourced books in local languages to children in underserved communities in Asian countries, helping to improve access to books and literacy […]

December 21, 2017 - 11:41 am

North American libraries struggle to meet demand for non-English language research materials

ProQuest survey finds that vetting materials and technology shortfalls are hurdles to addressing rising demand for non-English materials (7 December 2017, Mountain View, CA)  Academic libraries are struggling to meet a rising demand for non-English language content, according to new survey results published by ProQuest. Rising international student enrollments and the popularity of programs that […]

December 9, 2017 - 4:35 pm

Academic journals with a presence on Twitter are more widely disseminated and receive a higher number of citations

(4 December 2017)  Research has shown that researchers’ active participation on Twitter can be a powerful way of promoting and disseminating academic outputs and improving the prospects of increased citations. But does the same hold true for the presence of academic journals on Twitter? José Luis Ortega examined the role of 350 scholarly journals, analysing […]

December 6, 2017 - 1:29 pm

Asia Foundation celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’

(1 December 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was honored as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree at a November 27 event at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Following on the awards announcement in September, the celebration event featured leaders representing organizations from around the […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:37 am

Asia-Pacific Marrakesh Treaty campaign

EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign to encourage ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the Asia-Pacific Region (30 November 2017) EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign that aims to encourage countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty which increases access to knowledge for blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-disabled people. […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:25 am

National Digital Library announces second phase expansion

(25 October 2017, New Delhi, (IANS) The National Digital Library of India (NDLI), a consolidated digital library hosting millions of academic works, announced its second phase expansion here on Wednesday. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry funded digital library which has been live for one year and hosts content from 148 institutes and organisations (about […]

October 26, 2017 - 3:21 pm

eLibrary Myanmar Project

(18 October 2017) There are 158 universities in Myanmar under the Ministry of Education. After years of isolation, their libraries have very limited current print collections.  What’s more, until the start of the eLibrary Myanmar project in December 2013, no universities had access to online subscription resources.  As a result, research standards and output have been […]

October 18, 2017 - 9:06 am

Penang Digital Library Phase 2 will be ready in 2018

(10 October 2017, George Town) The Penang Digital Library Phase 2 (PDL-P2) to be constructed in the state government quarters building here is expected to be fully operational by the end of Dec next year. “The existing PDL can only accommodate 100 to 120 users at any one time on weekdays and it can not […]

October 11, 2017 - 4:36 pm

Springer Nature’s Bookmetrix to launch a new metric for eBook collection performance at Frankfurt Book Fair

(5 October 2017, London)  Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as […]

October 10, 2017 - 9:13 am

New Research4Life programme approved to be launched in 2018

(4 October 2017) A new Research4Life programme, GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will join the Research4Life partnership and will be launched in February 2018. GOALI will provide free or low cost online access to law and law-related academic and professional peer-reviewed content to government and not-for profit institutions in more than 115 low- […]

October 6, 2017 - 10:51 am

Building a children’s digital library in Indonesia

(21 September 2017) Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, with around 700 languages spoken across the archipelago. For all of its rich and diverse cultural history, Indonesia does not have a long and deeply embedded tradition of children’s literature. Access to quality children’s books is difficult, especially in remote and underserved areas. On September 16, […]

September 21, 2017 - 7:54 pm