Uncategorized

China’s bookstore wins Bookstore of the Year Award at London Book Fair

(13 Mar 2019)  China’s bookstore chain brand Fang Suo Commune clinched the Bookstore of the Year Award of London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. It beat BOA Bookstore of Vietnam and Unity Books Wellington of New Zealand on the shortlist to win the award. Find out more from the original story here.  

March 19, 2019 - 10:00 am
Read More...

Amazon to close All 87 pop-up stores

(6 Mar 2019)  After much review, Amazon came to the decision to discontinue its pop-up kiosk program, and is instead expanding Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star, where more comprehensive customer experience and broader selection is provided. The Digital Reader has the full story here.  

March 8, 2019 - 2:20 pm
Read More...

What is content syndication?

(1 Mar 2019) Over the past year, there have been some important developments among the major publishers as they move towards a new model for distributing their content. The principal driver has been the fear of “leakage,” which is to say usage for which publishers cannot provide COUNTER statistics and therefore are unable to monetize. There […]

March 8, 2019 - 1:41 pm
Read More...

Plan S and the Global South – What do countries in the Global South stand to gain from signing up to Europe’s open access strategy?

(6 March 2019) Plan S raises challenging questions for the Global South. Even if Plan S fails to achieve its objectives the growing determination in Europe to trigger a “global flip” to open access suggests developing countries will have to develop an alternative strategy. In this post on the LSE Impact Blog, Richard Poynder asks: […]

March 8, 2019 - 1:29 pm
Read More...

Library Carpentry two-day workshop

(4 March 2019) On 11-12 June 2019, LAS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Library are jointly hosting a Library Carpentry 2-day workshop. The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to apply what they’ve learned to their work […]

March 8, 2019 - 1:26 pm
Read More...

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library is hiring Head of Digital Scholarship Services

(7 Mar 2019)  Applications are invited for: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library Sub-Librarian (carrying the job title of ‘Head of Digital Scholarship Services’) (Ref. 190000CQ) (Closing date: April 19, 2019) The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library, a leading research library in East Asia, is seeking an academic librarian to play a leading […]

March 7, 2019 - 5:19 pm
Read More...

Webinar: gaining perspective on Plan S, by Digital Science

(22 February 2019)  Digital Science invites you to join the webinar alongside a group of industry experts to shed some light on the questions you may have concerning plan S, to help you prepare for potential upcoming changes. You’ll learn about: How Plan S will shape new publisher business models How publishers can avoid potential roadblocks […]

February 25, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Read More...

Internet Archive helps make books accessible for students with disabilities

(16 February 2019)  The Internet Archive will be part of a team that is working to address a key challenge for students with disabilities: getting books in accessible formats. This participation aligns with an existing Internet Archive program to make materials available and accessible to readers with disabilities. The number of students with disabilities at […]

February 18, 2019 - 10:25 am
Read More...

NISO and NFAIS announce plans to merge

(14 February 2019)  NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) will merge this summer. The merger, which is contingent on NFAIS member approval, will consolidate two organizations that have a long history of success in bringing the community together to work toward improved distribution of content to scholars and researchers. The combined association […]

February 15, 2019 - 9:28 am
Read More...

Understanding the main differences between COUNTER 4 and COUNTER 5

(11 February 2019)  In January 2019, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) updated its code of practice from Release 4 (C4) to Release 5 (C5). According to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is “designed to balance changing reporting needs with the need to make things […]

February 15, 2019 - 9:03 am
Read More...

World Intellectual Property Organization announces US membership in the Marrakesh Treaty

(8 February 2019)  The World Intellectual Property Organization today (February 8) has issued a statement from its headquarters in Geneva announcing that the United States has become the 50th member of the Marrakesh Treaty. And with that, as many as 550,000 accessible texts have become immediately available to visually impaired people in the countries that have signed the treaty. Read […]

February 11, 2019 - 4:31 pm
Read More...

Google boosts academic research presence

(5 February 2019)  Google Cloud Platforms (CGP) is aiming to increase its presence in the world of academic research with two agreements and a range of initiatives in the US and in Europe. GCP has completed an agreement with GÉANT, the research and education platform that has 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe. Google’s new agreement […]

February 11, 2019 - 4:16 pm
Read More...

50th anniversary issue of SEALG Newsletter published

(28 January 2019) Founded in 1968, SEALG was one of the first organisations supporting and enhancing the study of Southeast Asia in Europe. On occasion of the 50th anniversary of SEALG a special issue of the SEALG Newsletter has been published recently. Table of contents of the newsletter can be found here. For the full newsletter, go to […]

February 1, 2019 - 11:24 am
Read More...

Learn How to Turn Your Collections Into Open Access (OA) Funding for Your Institution: IGI Global Provides OA Opportunities to Asia Through Their Libraries


February 1, 2019 - 7:09 am
Read More...

Free webinar – deep dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5

(21 January 2019) In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee […]

January 22, 2019 - 8:53 am
Read More...