Information literacy

Harry Potter books yanked from Tennessee Catholic school library after priest warns they could conjure evil spirits

(3 Sep 2019)  A Catholic school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter books from its library after the school’s priest decided they could cause a reader to conjure evil spirits. The full story is here.    

September 12, 2019 - 9:02 am
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Indonesia: S.E. Asian experts discuss book-based city promotion

(11 Sep 2019)  Literature is among the crucial elements for a city’s growth. UNESCO, for instance, initiates World Book Capital and City of Literature programs that highlight the importance of literacy to advance a city and generate sustainable urban development. Kuala Lumpur has been chosen as the 2020 World Book Capital, while in 2017 Bucheon […]

September 12, 2019 - 8:46 am
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Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

(10 Sep 2019) The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from “A Resource Guide about Disabilities, […]

September 11, 2019 - 9:10 am
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Publishing standards help fight bias against Chinese authors

(20 Aug 2019) A new set of standards to define publishing misconduct in China should make Chinese authors’ work more acceptable to international journals, according to the standards’ lead author. The agency in charge of China’s publishing sector, the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), released and adopted in July the Academic publishing specification—Definition of academic misconduct for […]

August 23, 2019 - 4:35 pm
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Seoul to build five new municipal libraries

(13 Aug 2019)  The government of Seoul said Tuesday it will build five more municipal libraries across the city by 2025 to help reduce cultural infrastructure gaps among citizens. The five new libraries, each with a gross floor area of about 9,000 square meters, will be built in Naebalsan-dong of Gangseo Ward, Sillim-dong of Gwanak Ward, […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:40 am
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Library turns publisher in order to promote indigenous language reading

(9 Aug 2019) For the last 5 years, Trøndelag county library in Norway have been working together with the Saami community to create more children’s books in the south Saami language. With an approach adapted from library reading programmes, their aim was to publish a variety of translated books intended to meet the children’s own choice […]

August 12, 2019 - 8:54 am
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Read for an hour, make K1000

(5 Jul 2019) In the commotion of the street filled with music and restaurants, one apartment strikes out as strangely calm. Over 20 people are quietly sitting down, reading books. It is not a library but a business company office. The catch? Every Wednesday it turns into a book club from 6 to 7pm – […]

July 10, 2019 - 11:27 am
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How can you improve your organization’s data strategy?

(8 Jul 2019)  Faced with changing consumer behaviors toward digital content, news and media companies have to make organizational changes to keep up. This is a complex challenge because making the necessary changes to adapt involves people, processes and technological obstacles. A survey which interviewed executives from 50 leading news and media companies in 16 […]

July 10, 2019 - 10:03 am
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People in Singapore reading more: NLB study

(1 Jul 2019)  According to the 2018 National Reading Habits Study, people in Singapore are reading more books, magazines and newspapers – in both print and digital formats. The trend is in part attributable to the popularity of e-books. Read the full story from The Straits Times here.  

July 7, 2019 - 9:19 am
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The woman bringing the joy of reading to book-starved children

(28 Jun 2019) Australian entrepreneur Rebecca McDonald burst into tears of joy last month. The founder and CEO of Library for All – a digital library for young children in developing countries – had just heard a seven-year-old girl called Lovely in Papua New Guinea read fluently from an e-book on a tablet. Only a year earlier, just […]

July 7, 2019 - 9:08 am
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Open Research in practice: moving from why to how?

(17 June 2019)  From a guest post on Scholarly Kitchen, “…questions about Open Research are also changing — from “why” to “how” — amidst growing awareness that the required skill sets, both technical and social, are not yet part of the standard training programs for researchers” The authors have compiled a list of resources and […]

June 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm
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World’s largest database uncovers Australia’s secret reading passions

(17 June 2019)  Researchers from the Australian National University’s literature school will launch this week the new Australian Common Reader website, giving a historical snapshot of the nation’s reading habits drawn from what the university says is the world’s largest database of library borrowing records. The records show borrowing habits – not catalogued books – from […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:15 pm
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How Finland is fighting fake news – in the classroom

(21 May 2019)  Studies show a positive relationship between the level of education and resilience to fake news, the Open Society Institute report said, with more knowledge and better critical-thinking skills guarding against fabricated information. Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are among countries that teach digital literacy and critical thinking about misinformation to school children. Read […]

May 27, 2019 - 8:56 am
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How does the world perceive science? Findings from 2019 State of Science Index

(8 May 2019)  Science is an indivisible part of our life. To put it in the most basic words, for scientists the main intent behind conducting research is to know the world we live in better and to make human lives better. But what does the general public think about science? Is their perception of the […]

May 15, 2019 - 8:35 am
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Exposure to incorrect information is widespread in most emerging economies surveyed

(10 May 2019)  Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Many social media users report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms. In most countries surveyed, more than a quarter of social media and messaging app users say they frequently […]

May 14, 2019 - 10:58 am
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