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Grants now open to support Research4Life training activities

(23 Sep 2019)  About the grant:  The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2019. Individuals or organizations can apply. Find details and apply online. The Medical Library Association (MLA) has established the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants for 2016 to 2021. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards per year […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:58 am

Webinar: from open science to inclusive science

(17 Oct 2019) EIFL and OpenAIRE are celebrating Open Access Week 2019 (21-27 October) with a series of webinars highlighting OpenAIRE activities, services and tools, and reaching out to the wider community with relevant talks. Webinar topic and presenter: From Open Science to Inclusive Science, presented by Paola Masuzzo (independent researcher and data scientist). Date and time: Friday, […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:37 am

CRL and JSTOR partner to make South Asian materials openly available online

(16 Oct 2019) CRL has partnered with JSTOR to make collections from the South Asia Open Archives openly available on JSTOR at The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary sources covering the arts, humanities, and social sciences, in English and South Asian languages, from and about South […]

October 17, 2019 - 1:20 pm

New Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to be appointed to the National Library Board

(15 Oct 2019) The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced today two leadership changes – Mr Lee Seow Hiang’s appointment as Chairman of the National Library Board (NLB) with effect from 1 January 2020; and Mr Ng Cher Pong’s appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NLB effective 1 December 2019. Mr […]

October 17, 2019 - 8:57 am

Web of Science Group relaunches Master Journal List of 21k journals

‎A new way to browse, search, and explore the only complete authorized list of journals in the Web of Science index (16 Oct 2019) Today the Web of Science Group launched the enhanced Master Journal List, with new, improved functionality and a better user experience for the 320,000+ researchers, librarians and editors who visit the […]

October 17, 2019 - 8:53 am

The Second wave of preprint servers: how can publishers keep afloat?

(16 Oct 2019)  Preprint servers have been growing explosively over the last ten years: over 60 platforms are currently available worldwide, and the sharing of research outputs prior to formal peer-review and publication is increasing in popularity. A guest post recently published on Scholarly Kitchen considers how publishers are responding to recent growth in the uptake […]

October 17, 2019 - 8:48 am

Million-page science collection to be digitised

(14 Oct 2019) The not-for-profit technology provider for research and education, Jisc, and the publisher Wiley, are to digitise a one-million-page collection on the history of science. The collection will largely comprise content from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), now the British Science Association (BSA). Universities in the UK will also be […]

October 15, 2019 - 8:50 am

An Alternative route: cooperation leads to better conditions for Australian libraries

(14 Oct 2019) A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alternatives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows. IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more. Fulltext can be […]

October 15, 2019 - 8:42 am

Myanmar: British Council’s e-library launched

(7 Oct 2019) The British Council’s digital library was launched at the British Library building in Kannar Street, Yangon on October 1, 2019. The library is accessible from anywhere across Myanmar via mobile, computer, tablet and other devices with an internet connection. It includes over 7,000 magazines and newspapers, more than 3,000 fiction and non-fictione-books […]

October 14, 2019 - 10:07 am

Australia: State Library Victoria will soon reopen

(2 Oct 2019)  On December 5, the iconic State Library Victoria in Melbourne’s CBD will reopen its doors following the completion of a five-year redevelopment that cost $88.1 million. Soon you’ll be able to see details that have been hidden for more than 50 years. See what changes have been made here.  

October 14, 2019 - 9:59 am

Cambodia: Librarians can lead our students into IR4.0

(9 Oct 2019)  The Royal Government of Cambodia through a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting sustainable growth through economic diversification, strengthened competitiveness and increased productivity. Part of the program includes “upskilling and reskilling opportunities for existing workers to address skills gaps and skills shortage in the industrial sector through work-based learning programs”. […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:50 am

More than 1,700 maps added to USGS historical topographic map collection

(11 Oct 2019) In collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), Esri recently updated the online USGS historical topographic map collection with over 1,700 new maps. Esri’s USGS topographic map collection now contains 177,061 historical quadrangle maps dating from 1882 to 2006. Previously available only as printed lithographic copies, high-resolution images of these maps are freely available online […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:39 am

Best practices for tracking altmetrics for your digital library content

(10 Oct 2019) Digital libraries contain loads of important scholarly resources: digitized primary sources like letters and illuminated manuscripts, arts scholarship like images and videos, and even interactive, peer reviewed websites. Digital libraries (also known as “digital special collections”) are older than their institutional repository cousins, and also much more complex. Unfortunately, many digital library websites […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:29 am

Why are Asian academic regulatory bodies wary of blogging?

(8 Oct 2019) Blogs and blogging are an important medium for communication. In the Anglophone world they have taken on a particular significance within the academic community as a medium for discussing cross cutting issues that affect the universities sector. In this post Santosh C. Hulagabali argues that in Asia and India in particular, the […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:21 am

COAR and cOAlition S supporting repositories to comply with Plan S

(7  Oct 2019)  COAR and cOAlition S share a common aim to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scholarly publications and COAR supports the vision and principles outlined in Plan S. Repositories offer a low-cost, high-value option for providing Open Access and are also a mechanism for introducing innovation in scholarly communication, […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:18 am