New Online from LoC: Pre-1958 Chinese Collection

(24 August 2017) The contents of the Asian Division’s Pre-1958 Chinese Collection, totaling more than 40,000 items, are now fully searchable through the Library’s online catalog in both Chinese characters and Romanized script. This rich and diverse collection has served researchers and general audiences for nearly 90 years; until now, however, bibliographic records for these […]

August 26, 2017 - 3:59 pm

LibQUAL+ 2018 registration now open: Join the global assessment community

(15 August 2017) Countries of LibQUAL+The Association of Research Libraries invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+® by registering for the 2018 LibQUAL+ survey. LibQUAL+ is a tool that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The protocol is a rigorously tested web survey that […]

August 17, 2017 - 3:52 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! ARWU 2017: The more the merrier

Harvard University is number one in the world as it has been since 2003. The University of Tokyo remains number one in Asia. Prince of Songkla University enters the ranking with a Highly Cited author. (17 August 2017) Updates of ARWU (Academic Rankings of World Universities, from the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy) are often not newsworthy. […]

August 17, 2017 - 1:21 pm

AROSIM 2018 takes place 26 January 2018

(10 August 2017) The 2018 Workshop on Altmetrics for Research Outputs Measurement and Scholarly Information Management takes place on Friday 26 January 2018 in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The main objective of the AROSIM 2018 workshop is to create a forum to disseminate the latest works on altmetrics for measuring research impact and scholarly information […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:01 pm

CAB Thesaurus 2017 edition – largest in the world

(1 August 2017)  The widely acclaimed CAB Thesaurus has received a major update for the 2017 edition, making it easier to access the world’s largest source of terminology covering the applied life sciences. The search tool now provides a controlled vocabulary resource approaching 2.7 million descriptive terms. CAB Thesaurus content has increased significantly since the […]

August 3, 2017 - 10:26 am

Ruth’s Rankings 28: Japanese Universities: Is the sun setting on Japanese higher education?

By Ruth A. Pagell* Between 2004 and 2016 the number of Japanese institutions in the ARWU 500 dropped from 36 to 16 while the number of mainland Chinese universities rose from eight to 42. (Figure 28.1) More Japanese universities were in the 2004 combined THE/QS top 100 and 200 rankings than in the 2017 THE […]

August 1, 2017 - 3:34 pm

SMU Libraries hiring Communications and Outreach Librarian

(31 July 2017) This position supports the Library’s efforts in interactions and communications with its customers and stakeholders both internally and externally. The position holder will work with the larger team of library staff to ensure the library’s communication strategies and endeavours are effective, proactive, aligned with SMU’s strategic goals and the Library’s priorities, and […]

August 1, 2017 - 7:23 am

CiteScore™ shines a spotlight on high-quality journals neglected by other metrics

(24 July 2017, Amsterdam) Elsevier’s CiteScore is currently the only metric for more than 200 top-quality academic journals from numerous renowned publishers that guides them in their exceptional work. Metrics are an important tool to determine editorial choices when editing research journals and managing their role in their respective fields. Analysis by Elsevier, a global […]

July 27, 2017 - 1:52 pm

Library offers largest release of digital catalog records in history

25 million free records of bibliographic metadata (16 May 2017) The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at, […]

July 23, 2017 - 4:58 pm

Growing support for the Initiative for Open Citations, I4OC

(11 July 2017) Launched back in April, the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) has a bold ambition: for 100% of citation data to be freely available for re-use. And so far this collaboration between publishers, researchers and other stakeholders is proving to be well on the way to achieving that goal. For users to be […]

July 13, 2017 - 3:00 pm

IFLA Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Workshop

(12 July 2017) IFLA hosted a two day workshop to discuss and scope the needs for metadata standards in palm leaf manuscript preservation. The workshop was held from 6-7 July 2017 at the IFLA PAC Centre, National Library and Documentation Board of Sri Lanka. Experts from Thailand, Laos, India, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated […]

July 13, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! New subject rankings from ARWU and Asia-Pacific Rankings from Times Higher Education

(10 July 2017) Two new rankings appeared in the past couple of weeks.  One is worth looking at while the other is just a rehash of existing data. ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 (GRAS) Wuhan University is ranked number one in Remote Sensing HK Polytechnic is number one in Hospitality & Tourism Management […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm

2017 Scholar Metrics released

(5 July 2017) Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, Google is releasing the 2017 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2012–2016 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of […]

July 8, 2017 - 6:20 pm

NCSTE of China and Clarivate Analytics partner on international scientific research collaboration report

(4 July 2017, Beijing) China National Center for Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE) and Clarivate Analytics launched a collaborative report entitled China’s International Scientific Research Collaboration Landscape. The report is based on the publication and citation data of global scientific research collaboration papers from the Web of Science powered by Clarivate Analytics. In addition to bibliometrics, […]

July 6, 2017 - 11:27 am

National Library Board manager gets jail, fine, for accessing members’ data to help loan shark

(3 July 2017, Singapore) A project manager with the National Library Board (NLB) was jailed for three years and eight months, and fined $270,000 on Monday (July 3) after making use of a library database to help an illegal moneylender gather information on debtors. Ang Boon Sin, now 39, repeatedly abused the NLB Spydus database […]

July 5, 2017 - 8:17 pm