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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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