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Shadow libraries and you: Sci-Hub usage and the future of ILL

(27 March 2017) This conference paper by Gardner, Gabriel J. and McLaughlin, Stephen R. and Asher, Andrew D. considers whether the paper pirating site Sci-Hub which is used all over the world, is affecting usage of interlibrary loan? What is it about the most requested articles from Sci-Hub that causes users to obtain their research […]

March 28, 2017 - 5:07 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]

March 28, 2017 - 1:59 pm
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The new English website of Peking University Library

(21 March 2017, Peking University)  On 20 March 2017 the English version of Peking University Library homepage (http://www.lib.pku.edu.cn/portal/en) was formally launched and ready to provide services for readers. Through carrying out extensive research on English portal sites of prestigious universities in non-English speaking countries, Peking University Library primarily targeted at ‘aesthetically pleasing design, comprehensive content, […]

March 28, 2017 - 11:35 am
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New Kindai University library aims to lure manga lovers to academic works

(26 March 2017, Osaka) A university in western Japan will open a library next month that has an unusually large proportion of manga in its collection, school officials say. The two-story Biblio Theater library at Kindai University in Osaka Prefecture is expected to have around 70,000 books, with about 22,000 manga sharing company with Japanese […]

March 28, 2017 - 11:27 am
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Modern public library prepared for East Jakarta

(25 March 2017) East Jakarta will soon have a modern public library with air-conditioned reading rooms, comfortable chairs and tables, sofas and pleasant outdoor scenery. East Jakarta Library and Archives Agency head Fadlan Zurhan said the municipality had renovated a building that used to be the Pondok Bambu subdistrict office in Duren Sawit into a café-style […]

March 27, 2017 - 8:29 am
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Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

(24 March 2017) New research highlights the growing importance of higher education staff being capable of delivering technology-enhanced learning experience for students. A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc in the UK, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is […]

March 26, 2017 - 5:01 pm
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Amendments to copyright a welcome step towards fair, affordable and open access to knowledge

(23  March 2017) The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is delighted to see that the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 have been in Parliament. CAUL is the national peak body representing university libraries in Australia and has been a persistent advocate for the Bill’s proposed amendments. The amendments arise from […]

March 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm
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Bodleian First Folio on display in Singapore

(23 March 2017) The Bodleian Libraries have collaborated with the National Library of Singapore to display a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio in Singapore. The display is open to the public until 23 April 2017 in the National Library Building, and also forms a part of this year’s University of Oxford’s Alumni Weekend in Asia, […]

March 25, 2017 - 3:02 pm
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University of Adelaide hiring Associate University Librarians

(24 March 2017) The Associate University Librarian, Library Experience is responsible for leading the customer facing aspects of all Library’s functions associated with the discovery, access and delivery of information and services. This role provides centralised oversight of customer experience at a senior level. The Associate University Librarian, Academic Engagement is responsible for leading the […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:19 pm
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Business Analyst – Library Management Systems 12 months – $600 a day

(24 March 2017) Big Wave Digital is hiring a talented Business Analyst who can work on a new digital project for an established organisation. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced BA who is adept at requirement gathering and the creation of Functional Requirement Documentation. This role will involve Business Analysis and Business requirement […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:15 pm
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Bound for China: Shakespeare, Sherlock and Charlotte Brontë

Ten of the British Library’s most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging programme of cultural exchange between the UK’s national Library and partner institutions in China. (23 March 2017) Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library is a joint exhibition at the National […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:09 pm
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Parliament of Tasmania hiring Parliamentary Librarian

(24 March 2017)  The role of the Parliamentary Librarian is to manage, direct, lead and coordinate activities and staff of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Library and the Parliamentary Research Service. The position oversees the development, maintenance and preservation of the special collections in the Parliament, including the Parliamentary Museum.  The Parliamentary Librarian operates this branch of […]

March 24, 2017 - 4:37 pm
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Gates Open Research announced

A platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (23 March 2017) Gates Open Research is a scholarly publishing platform that makes research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation available quickly and in a format supporting research integrity, reproducibility and transparency. Its […]

March 24, 2017 - 4:19 pm
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Karger Publishers partners with UNSILO machine learning for content enrichment

(23 March 2017, Aarhus, Denmark) UNSILO and Karger Publishers signed an agreement to create a number of artificial intelligence-based content enrichment solutions for its growing range of digital biomedical content services. The new solutions will be based on UNSILO’s unique concept extraction engine, which uses machine learning to identify core concepts in scientific book chapters […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:53 am
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Submissions invited for proposals to receive funding for projects to advance understanding of alternative research metrics

(22 March 2017, London, UK and Boston, USA) Data Science company Altmetric today announced that applications for its annual research grant are now open. First launched in 2016, the grant provides up to £1,500 ($1,900 USD) to fund research that facilitates the development and understanding of alternative research metrics (altmetrics) as part of the wider […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:45 am
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