Upcoming conferences in the Asia Pacific region

(12 January 2019) Recently announced conferences include: the 6th World Conference on Research integrity hosted by the University of Hong Kong, 2-5 June 2019; the 2nd LIS Academy Conference on Innovations in Libraries happens 7-9 March 2019 at Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka State, India; Bangladesh hosts i-IKM the 1st International Conference on Information and […]

January 12, 2019 - 6:16 pm

IFLA free webinar: library services for teenagers in the digital age

(5 January 2019)  Join us and hear about inspiring services from librarians serving communities and teens including online content, podcasts, gaming, coding and much more! These are twenty-first century skills that will make an impact on teenagers’ careers and personal interests. Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, CPDWL SC member, ALA President Speakers: Sanna Huttunen & Sampo Matikainen, Oodi Library, […]

January 7, 2019 - 9:44 am

Mental health and books on anxiety are popular in 2018

(18 December 2018)  Wattpad has 72 million users and they consume self-published stories at a ravenous pace. In 2018 one of the biggest trends was mental health and ebooks on depression and anxiety. This genre saw an increase of 52% and over 152,000 new stories were uploaded. One of the most notable examples of this […]

December 18, 2018 - 10:52 am

Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

(13 November 2018) Some people like to characterize science as a religion. In this formulation, scientists are the modern equivalent of medieval theologians. They hand down precepts and dogmas that we take on faith, because there’s no way for laypeople to keep track of all the exciting study results flooding out of laboratories every day. But […]

November 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Get The Research: Impactstory Announces a New Science-Finding Tool for the General Public

(12 November 2018) Impactstory recently announced a new tool in development. Called, “Get The Research” and aimed at serving the general public rather than an audience of scholars and specialists, it promises to provide a new level of accessibility (in multiple senses of the term) to published scholarship. Scholarly Kitchen chef Rick Anderson asked Impactstory cofounder Jason […]

November 13, 2018 - 10:51 am

The growing, high-stakes audit culture within the academy has brought about a different kind of publishing crisis

(5 November 2018) The spate of high-profile cases of fraudulent publications has revealed a widening replication, or outright deception, crisis in the social sciences. To Marc Spooner, researchers “cooking up” findings and the deliberate faking of science is a result of extreme pressures to publish, brought about by an increasingly pervasive audit culture within the […]

November 6, 2018 - 2:11 pm

CLOCKSS formalizes long-standing commitments from four leading universities to ensure perpetual preservation

How does an archive guarantee “Forever”? (5 November 2018) Researchers, librarians, and publishers look to CLOCKSS and other long-term archives to guarantee that the scholarly record will remain intact in a world where rapid change has become a constant. CLOCKSS is taking steps now, as a strong and stable organization, to formalize its Succession Plan […]

November 6, 2018 - 8:39 am

What do librarians wear? Video explores librarian fashion in Australia

(21 September 2018) Do you find yourself wondering what to wear in the morning? Dressed to the 746s: Australian Librarian Style is a short video that explores how librarians dress. It debuted at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier this year. In the video creators Bonnie Wildie, Amy McKenzie […]

September 23, 2018 - 8:01 am

OpenAthens new reporting interface for libraries – Q&A

(5 September 2018)  After months OpenAthens has announced the launch of the new reporting interface for library customers. The new interface is simpler and easier to navigate, and it visualizes data in a better, more accessible way allowing quick and easy analysis of the data OpenAthens provides. Adam Snook, our product manager, and Vee Rogacheva, […]

September 6, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Renew Publishing Consultants release results of two large scale research projects

How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications (2018) A Landscape Review of Streaming Video (2018)  (3 September 2018) Renew Publishing Consultants has spent a significant amount of time over the last 12 months researching two areas affecting scholarly publishing. The results of both projects are published today and have been made freely available for the […]

September 4, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Amazon sold several million Kindle e-readers in China

(15 August 2018) Amazon Kindle e-book sales have jumped 12% last year in China and the company now has a library of over 700,000 titles that are available.  Amazon also announced that it has sold several million Kindle e-readers since it first launched in China in 2012 and China has become the world’s biggest regional market […]

August 15, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Novelist Dung Kai-cheung asks Hong Kong ‘to withdraw’ his Author of the Year title over indecency row

(1 August 2018) Renowned Hong Kong author Dung Kai-cheung has penned a satirical post asking the authorities to withdraw his 2014 “author of the year” title after Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s latest novel was classified as “indecent” by the city’s Obscene Articles Tribunal. Killing Commendatore, published in 2017, was put into the second tier of […]

August 3, 2018 - 7:21 am

Haruki Murakami’s new novel declared ‘indecent’ by Hong Kong censors

(25 July 2018) The latest novel from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most celebrated literary export, has fallen foul of censors in Hong Kong, where it was ruled to be indecent by a tribunal and removed from display at a book fair. Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal announced last week that the Chinese-language edition of Murakami’s Kishidancho […]

July 27, 2018 - 7:33 am

Knowledge management becomes top-of-mind again

(6 June 2018) Dave Davis writes that there is an old saying that “everything old is new again,” and that often relates to technology. Knowledge management was a major business trend from 1988-1998. For a decade, it was one of the most discussed topics among leaders of many industries and written about in multiple books […]

July 12, 2018 - 9:51 am

Keeping our cool: environmental monitoring at the library

(5 July 2018) What do you consider lovely, comfortable weather? Unfortunately, perfect human weather does not look very much like perfect book weather. Books prefer the cool, dark, and dry environments found in climate controlled Cambridge University Special Collection storage. It’s common knowledge for the University Library’s regular readers that the care and keeping of […]

July 6, 2018 - 12:14 pm