EUA releases updated mapping of major publishing contracts

(14 May 2019)  The European University Association (EUA) has released its Second Big Deals Survey Report. This updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe comes at a time when the sector is undergoing substantial changes. The survey, conducted in 2017-2018, gathers data from 31 consortia covering an unprecedented 167 contracts with five major publishers: Elsevier, […]

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 am

Public Librarian Award ceremony given to teacher from the Lumbini Academy

(10 May 2019)  The Public Librarian Award ceremony is an addition to the end of a training program for librarians. The award was offered by the Lion Library support group, Save The Library, Future Dream Libraries and the 360ED visioneering education company. The prizes included medals, books, K100,000 and useful electronic devices for libraries. The full […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:35 am

Public libraries are crucial, as Christchurch knows and Wellington must embrace

(14 May 2019)  Wellington Central Library has been closed due to earthquake risks. Whether the flagship building in Te Ngākau Civic Square can be repaired or must be rebuilt will turn on engineering and accounting advice. Ultimately, political decisions will also be needed. But Wellington still needs a large, flagship library in the central city – even now, at […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:26 am

How did NLB win the Business Excellence Awards last year

(2 May 2019)  The Business Excellence Awards recognise organisations with good leadership, corporate governance and social responsibility, and assess how they deal with both customers and their own employees, as well as how they leverage innovation. In 2018, the National Library Board (NLB) was the winner of the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation, the highest […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:07 am

Library stink: smell of durian prompts evacuation at University of Canberra

(13 May 2019)  Fire and rescue teams in Australia remove rogue fruit in a sealed bag after it was left near an air vent. A piece of fruit prompted the evacuation of an Australian university library last week. On Friday afternoon fire and rescue teams in the Australian Capital Territory responded to calls of “a strong […]

May 14, 2019 - 8:51 am

How do academic librarians use research impact metrics?

(8 May 2019)  Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, summaries the results from a recent National Survey, giving an insight on how Academic Libararians are using altmetrics in the US. Find out more from her story here.  

May 9, 2019 - 9:06 am

Centuries of rare Chinese books now online at the Library of Congress

(6 May 2019)  In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online 1,000 Chinese rare books produced before 1796. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian Division, some of which date as far back as the 10th century and […]

May 7, 2019 - 9:02 am

Reflections on trends in library big deals, consortiums and how it might apply to Singapore?

(3 May 2019)  “What were institutions and consortiums doing to better their bargaining position with the big publishers?  Was it all about reducing costs for the “big deals”? How successfully were they?  Lastly to really negotiate with any credibility, you had to be prepared to walk away from the bargaining table and cancel and indeed […]

May 6, 2019 - 9:33 am

China holds event commemorating World Book and Copyright Day

(23 Apr 2019)  An event commemorating the 24th World Book and Copyright Day was held in the National Library of China (NLC) Tuesday. The event was jointly held by the NLC, the Library Society of China (LSC) and, a news reading platform, as well as the national library circle, according to an NLC statement. More […]

April 29, 2019 - 9:08 am

European University Association releases 2017-2018 EUA Open Access Survey results

(23 Apr 2019)  The fourth edition of the EUA Open Access Survey Report tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. The latest survey was conducted in 2017-2018 and focuses on Open Access to research publications, research data management and […]

April 26, 2019 - 9:24 am

First panda-themed library opens in Sichuan, China

(23 Apr 2019)  A giant panda themed library opened Tuesday in a primary school in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The panda library, the first of its kind across China, contains over 23,000 books, of which over 2,000 are related to pandas. Read the full story here.  

April 26, 2019 - 9:10 am

National Diet Library, Japan is now accepting applications for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries

(22 Apr 2019)  The NDL is now accepting applications from overseas institutions for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Patrons at libraries subscribing to this service will be able to search and browse digitized versions of the more than two million books, periodicals, rare books and old materials that comprise the NDL […]

April 26, 2019 - 9:07 am

What are some of the most eye-catching donations to the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year?

(17 Apr 2019)  Donations received by the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year range from sketches and photos to research articles and business papers. Among the highlights were over 7,000 sketches, prints, photos and letters belonging to the late artist Liu Kang. Read more from the full story here.  

April 24, 2019 - 8:48 am

ACRL and Gale launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

(11 Apr 2019)  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. […]

April 15, 2019 - 12:52 pm

Using libraries to help foreign learners

(11 Apr 2019)  With the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law having come into effect on April 1, libraries as local cultural bases for foreign residents are being promoted to encourage them to learn Japanese. As of January this year, Tokyo had about 550,000 foreign residents, or about 20 percent of all foreigners living in […]

April 15, 2019 - 9:55 am