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The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

(12 December 2017) According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for “essay mill” sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. S. A. Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either […]

December 15, 2017 - 10:42 am
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China tops patent, trademark, design filings in 2016

(6 December 2017, Geneva) Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total for the United States of America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office. Innovators around the world filed 3.1 million patent […]

December 7, 2017 - 9:22 am
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The Last Mile: IFLA launches work to help all libraries deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

(4 December 2017) When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of […]

December 5, 2017 - 10:04 am
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Ruth’s Rankings 31: Road Trip to Hong Kong and Singapore – Opening new routes for collaboration between librarians and their stakeholders

By Ruth A. Pagell* (4 December 2017) I am beginning to think of global university rankings as invasive species.  Two years ago, a talk I gave in Singapore attracted an uninterested audience of 25.  On this trip, over 200 librarians, faculty, administrators and students physically attended the talks. Students wanted to know how to use […]

December 4, 2017 - 3:03 pm
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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
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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
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Call for nominations: IFLA 2018 Honours and Awards

(21 November 2017) Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship? IFLA’s Honours and Awards recognise those who have given significant service and made distinguished contributions to the profession. Bestowed annually by the IFLA Governing Board, IFLA Honours and Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge a […]

November 23, 2017 - 12:40 pm
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World University Rankings: How to be Number One

(18 November 2017) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library, recently sponsored Ruth Pagell’s trip to Asia to speak to librarians, faculty, students and administrators about university rankings. Her talk to HKUST on 9 November, World University Rankings: How to be Number One together with the powerpoint presentation, are streamed here: http://stream.ust.hk/service/watch.php?stream=lib/o/991012552668403412.mp4 After Hong Kong, Ruth […]

November 20, 2017 - 11:22 am
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Register now for the SCOAP3 Forum 2017

(6 November 2017) SCOAP3 is hosting its annual online Forum on Thursday, December 7th 2017: an open event presenting achievements after almost four years and an outlook into the future of the initiative. The Forum also offers an opportunity to ask questions, and provide feedback to representatives of the SCOAP3 international governance and the operations team at CERN. […]

November 8, 2017 - 4:47 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 30: Hong Kong and Singapore: Is Success Sustainable?

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ranks higher than National University of Singapore (NUS) in the QS rankings and NUS ranks higher than NTU in THE rankings NTU ranks higher than HKUST in the QS rankings and HKUST ranks higher than NTU in THE rankings (Table 30.1 Big Three) By Ruth A. Pagell* (Watch Ruth Pagell present University Rankings […]

November 5, 2017 - 1:39 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! End of the 2017 cycle

National University of Singapore, NUS, and Nanyang Technological University, NTU, also in Singapore, top the U.S. News Global Asian rankings for the first time University of Tokyo continues its run as top in Asia in National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking Tsinghua is number one in Engineering and Computer Science in U.S. News and NTU NTU […]

October 26, 2017 - 3:44 pm
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Applications open for World Book Capital 2020: IFLA encourages bids that highlight libraries

(19 September 2017) Every year, a new world city is named UNESCO World Book Capital. This honour is an opportunity both to celebrate local writing and culture, but also to promote reading and a love of books among residents and visitors. IFLA has a key role in advising UNESCO on the choice, alongside the International […]

September 19, 2017 - 7:50 pm
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Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy […]

September 17, 2017 - 2:25 pm
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Rankings highlight risk of uni funding cuts

(6 September 2017) Australia’s strong global university rankings face growing competition from a rising Chinese university system powered by Government investment, highlighting the dangers of a proposed $2.8 billion cut to university funding. The rankings influence where international students choose to study – and our strong rankings in recent years have helped to generate a […]

September 7, 2017 - 8:29 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! THE 2018 World University Rankings

Oxford and Cambridge are ranked 1 and 2 in the world Ten East Asian universities are in the top 100, led by National University of Singapore and Peking University (7 September 2017) Since the release of the 2016-2017 rankings in September 2016, THE has been busy rolling out various adaptations, using the same metrics but […]

September 7, 2017 - 11:53 am
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