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New IFLA Standard: IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 [revised version 2018]

(10 December 2018) The Committee on Standards is pleased to announce the publication of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18, revised version 2018, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2018. The IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section (C&YA Section) have undertaken this revision of the […]

December 11, 2018 - 11:35 am
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Introducing an experimental format for learning about content mining for digital scholarship

(7 December 2018) This post by the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, Dr Mia Ridge, reports on an experimental format designed to provide more flexible and timely training on fast-moving topics like text and data mining. This post covers two topics – firstly, an update to the established format of sessions on […]

December 11, 2018 - 11:30 am
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China launches “Panda Book Corner” library project in Nepali schools

(7 December 2018, Kathmandu, (Xinhua) A library project, the “Panda Book Corner,” has been launched by the Chinese government in Nepal to distribute books to schools. The project was launched on Thursday in five different schools of Kathmandu valley. It aims to promote the Chinese language among school students, to share knowledge and experience from […]

December 9, 2018 - 8:12 am
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Big European funders flesh out plan towards immediate free access to journals

Plan S architects explain how grantees can abide by initiative’s rules by 2020, when the paywalls are due to fall  (27 November 2018) The architects of Plan S, a contentious plan to tear down scholarly journals’ paywalls in Europe, have laid out more details on how the initiative will work. In a seven-page implementation guidance […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:54 pm
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SAGE Publishing invests in Thusly to bring crowd annotation software to social scientists

(5 December 2018)  SAGE Publishing, a leading global academic publisher, today announces that it has made a major seed investment in Thusly Inc. – a technology start-up creating research tools for big data analysis of document archives. The investment is the first for SAGE as part of its SAGE Ocean initiative, and will support the […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:49 pm
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University of Tasmania Library hiring Associate Director (Collections)

(6 December 2018) The University’s Cultural Collections and Gallery has recently been added to the Library’s portfolio within the University’s Academic Division. We are seeking an innovative, enthusiastic and collaborative Associate Director Collections to lead a team of Library, Cultural Collections custodians and Gallery staff, to provide an experience that highlights the value of these […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:43 pm
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China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

Officials pledge support for European-led ‘Plan S’ to make research papers immediately free to read — but it’s unclear whether China will adopt its policies.  (5 December 2018) In a huge boost to the open-access movement, librarians and funders in China have said that they intend to make results of publicly funded research free to […]

December 7, 2018 - 7:46 am
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Vietnam to enhance digitalization of library

(6 December 2018) Speaking at the seminar “Developing and reforming library activities in the new era”, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that digitalization of library nationwide will help people to access books easily. The seminar was held yesterday by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. According to the Ministry, library system has […]

December 6, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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The Academic Market in China: An Overview

(3 December 2018) No one says selling into the Chinese market is simple, but is it unmanageable, given that there are nearly 1.4 billion people speaking a very different language and sharing a very different culture? The answer is: not necessarily, if you know the basics, and then zoom in on the details. As in […]

December 6, 2018 - 11:45 am
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Sci-Hub blocked in Russia following ruling by Moscow court

(3 December 2018) Sci-Hub, the popular pirate site that bypasses paywalls to illicitly host millions of pay-to-read scientific papers, is being blocked in Russia after a court in the country ruled against the site. Last month, the Moscow City Court ruled that Sci-Hub should be blocked in the country following complaints from the academic publishers […]

December 6, 2018 - 9:40 am
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Applications and nominations are invited for University Librarian, City University of Hong Kong

(5 December 2018) Applications and nominations are invited for: University Librarian [Ref. B/239/09], City University of Hong Kong As a large administrative unit with over 100 staff members supporting the University’s academic enterprise, the Library endeavours to support and augment teaching, learning and research by providing a dynamic environment conducive to studying and offering seamless access to […]

December 5, 2018 - 1:52 pm
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Kudos raises £2.2 million to help optimize research communication and accelerate impact

(5 December 2018)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research, will develop and launch a new communications management system for researchers, after securing £2.2m investment in a round led by Mobeus Equity Partners. The global research sector is undergoing significant and accelerating change, with mechanisms for evaluation, publication and reward being […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:51 am
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ChemRxiv announces streamlined submission of research for journal peer review

(5 December 2018) Now in its second year of successfully sharing research findings openly with the global chemistry community, ChemRxiv today announced Direct Journal Transfer, a new feature that will help authors submit their posted preprints to established journals for editorial consideration and peer review. This feature, which is now available on the ChemRxiv website, […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:30 am
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Chiba University launches open access resource “c-arc”

(4 December 2018) Chiba University launched a new academic resource collection named “Chiba University Academic Resource Collections (c-arc) ” which makes content published and provided by Chiba University Libraries widely available on the web. This website is a new infrastructure to realize “Digital Scholarship,” which promotes using digital content to research, education, and learning materials. […]

December 5, 2018 - 8:35 am
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Ruth’s Ranking News Flash! 2018-7: Researchers, Subjects, and Regional Rankings

Who has the most Highly Cited (Top 1%) papers in the world? Which Asian university is in the top ten of a THE subject ranking? Which university that was top 10 in Asia last year is not even top 20 this year? (Answers in red below) (1 December 2018) This really is the last News […]

December 1, 2018 - 11:53 am
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