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It’s time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019

(18 June 2019)  Australia’s future prosperity is at risk unless we take bold action and commit to long-term thinking. This is the key message contained in the Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO 2019), a report published today by CSIRO and its partners. Read the full story from James Deverell (Director, CSIRO Futures, CSIRO) here.   […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:32 pm

The Bibsam consortium in Sweden signs a “Read and Publish” pilot program agreement with AIP Publishing

(14 June 2019) AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce that the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden has signed an agreement to participate in AIP Publishing’s “Read and Publish” pilot program. Bibsam is the first research library consortium to join the pilot. The pilot, which will run until the […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:25 pm

French drugmaker Sanofi, Google to use data tech for innovations

(18 June 2019) French healthcare company Sanofi has teamed up with Google to work on innovations, aimed at using emerging data technologies to change how medicines and health services will be delivered in future. Sanofi and Google will use data sets to improve their understanding of key diseases and extract patients’ insights and feedback, the companies […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:20 pm

World’s largest database uncovers Australia’s secret reading passions

(17 June 2019)  Researchers from the Australian National University’s literature school will launch this week the new Australian Common Reader website, giving a historical snapshot of the nation’s reading habits drawn from what the university says is the world’s largest database of library borrowing records. The records show borrowing habits – not catalogued books – from […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:15 pm

Yale-NUS College hiring Senior Executive/Executive, Library

(13 June 2019) Yale-NUS College, Singapore, seeks an energetic, service-oriented individual to manage and support the acquisition of monograph materials for the Library. The incumbent will play a role in supporting library access services, which includes interlibrary loan, document delivery, and course reserve items to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College. […]

June 14, 2019 - 11:12 am

How libraries became tourism hotspots

Globally, libraries have been adapting. Professor Stuart Kells takes a tour of the world’s best and discovers why they are still vital. (12 June 2019)  Why make libraries a focus of travel? There are a thousand practical and aesthetic reasons, as well as cultural ones. Libraries for the most part are safe and welcoming places. And […]

June 14, 2019 - 11:07 am

How Kickstarter is reshaping the publishing industry

(11 June 2019)  Kickstarter branched out into an interesting direction last month when it launched its first ever digital publishing conference, titled “The Next Page: Creating the Future of Publishing.” The full story is here.  

June 14, 2019 - 10:53 am

OhioLINK breaks new ground creating central fund for open access publications with Wiley

(12 June 2019) John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWA)(NYSE:JWB) and OhioLINK, a library consortium serving 118 libraries and 89 Ohio colleges and universities, announced today the signing of a Wiley Open Access Account agreement. A Wiley Open Access Account will enable OhioLINK-affiliated researchers to use a central fund for Article Publication Charges (APC). The partnership reflects […]

June 14, 2019 - 10:48 am

New report reveals opportunities for academic libraries and research offices to strengthen support for researchers

The study indicates that libraries and research offices can play a key part in the management of research data, research workflows, access to funding, and impact measurement (13 June 2019)  Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and […]

June 14, 2019 - 10:44 am

Zotero and Retraction Watch collaborate to enabling checking retractions in Zotero’s personal library

(12 June 2019)  From Retraction Watch, “We’re thrilled to announce a collaboration with Zotero, the free and open-source research platform, that will allow its users to be alerted to retractions of any papers in their personal libraries.” Read the full announcement here for details.  

June 13, 2019 - 7:38 pm

CABI to create the world’s first global burden of crop pests and diseases

(12 June 2019) CABI has received a US $200,000 grant from the Grand Challenges program, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to begin an ambitious undertaking to capture and measure the global impacts of crop pests and diseases with the ultimate aim of helping to improve global food security. Data and knowledge management […]

June 13, 2019 - 7:21 pm

Smart library to house 1.5m books

Robots and artificial intelligence help power joint China-Singapore library project (11 June 2019) A smart library joint venture between China and Singapore, using robots and artificial intelligence (AI), is drawing praise from round the world, some hailing it as a successful combination of technology and eco-lifestyle. The China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Library and Archives says it […]

June 13, 2019 - 5:03 pm

3rd China-Arab states libraries’ meeting kicks off in Kuwait

(11 June 2019) The third China-Arab states libraries and information experts meeting kicked off on Tuesday at the National Library of Kuwait in Kuwait City. Kamel Al Abdul Jalil, director-general of the National Library of Kuwait, said that the one-day meeting will be held within the framework of the executive program of the China-Arab States […]

June 13, 2019 - 4:54 pm

Publishers hold seminar on public lending rights

A timely discussion on the survival of the publishing industry and public access to knowledge took place in Taipei (12 June 2019) The publishing community held a seminar on public lending rights (PLR) at National Taiwan Museum on Tuesday (June 11) to promote public understanding of “fair remuneration.” The event was timed to coincide with […]

June 13, 2019 - 3:56 pm

NARA considers blockchain to verify records amid rise in deepfake videos

(10 June 2019)  The National Archives and Records Administration (United States) is exploring whether blockchain technology can help records management officials keep track of their vast stores of information, following the successful rollout of the emerging technology elsewhere in government. Eric “Kyle” Douglas, a records management policy and program support specialist for NARA’s chief records […]

June 11, 2019 - 5:21 pm