Monthly Archives: October 2013

READ Nepal wins innovation award

In August, READ Nepal received a Public Library Innovation Award from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) at the IFLA WLIC 2013 for its commitment to empowering women in innovative ways at our Model Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gender discrimination is pervasive in Nepal—girls’ education is a low priority and as a result, 48 percent of […]

October 31, 2013 8:10 am

Amazon Publishing introduces Day One—a literary journal for the digital age

(Seattle–(Business Wire), 30 October 2013) Amazon Publishing today announced Day One, a weekly digital publication dedicated to short fiction—including work from debut authors and stories from around the world translated into English—and poetry. Day One will showcase one writer and one poet per week. The first issue is available today and features the short story […]

October 31, 2013 7:47 am

Gale launches Innovative Purchase Model for eBooks

(Farmington Hills, Mich., 30 October 2013)   Gale, part of Cengage Learning today announced an innovative new purchase option – a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model – for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) eBook platform. Unlike options currently offered by other eBook providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase eBooks based on actual […]

October 31, 2013 7:43 am

Workshop report from The Perfect Swell: defining the ideal conditions for the growth of text and data mining in Europe

(29 October 2013) The report from the stakeholder workshop on creating the right conditions for text and data mining in Europe is now available. Creating the right conditions for text and data mining in Europe is an important and pressing issue for stakeholders from both research and industry. LIBER, has taken the lead on this […]

October 30, 2013 4:15 pm

Fit for Purpose: Developing business cases for new services in research libraries

(30 October 2013) Fit for Purpose is a collaborative research project that will recommend methods for effective business planning in research libraries. It recognizes first that there are opportunities for research libraries to respond to the turbulence in scholarly communications and a potential role in the management of the data supporting scholarly research. But these […]

October 30, 2013 4:09 pm

Google search secrets

(Chicago, 29 October 2013)   Google can be an incredibly powerful tool for research, but the top-of-the-page results are seldom the most beneficial to library users and students, and many of the search engine’s most useful features are hidden behind its famously simple interface. In “Google Search Secrets,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Christa Burns and Michael […]

October 30, 2013 4:01 pm

World Bank launches new eLibrary on state-of-the-art publishing platform

世界银行在尖端出版平台上推出新的电子图书馆 (Washington, D.C., 23 October 2013) – Coinciding with the World Bank eLibrary’s 10th anniversary, the World Bank launched today a completely new and redesigned eLibrary website at The value-added website is available to institutions by subscription at The eLibrary takes advantage of a new, state-of-the-art platform to provide features and functions that […]

October 30, 2013 9:05 am

Youths shelve printed books in Vietnam

(10 October 2013) Like young people everywhere,  Vietnam’s youth are abandoning print and paper for eBooks. Students are also ignoring libraries which only offer printed books and charge a deposit, according to Vietnamnet. Read the story here.

October 30, 2013 8:47 am

ORCID Public Data File now available

(28 October 2013) The file contains a snapshot of all public data in the ORCID Registry associated with an ORCID record that was created or claimed by an individual. The file is published annually under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication. This means that, to the extent possible under law, ORCID has waived all […]

October 30, 2013 8:37 am

GSW launches OpenGeoSci: map-based discovery platform

(Alexandria, VA & Stanford, CA,  28 October 2013) Debuting this month, OpenGeoSci ( is a free, map-based discovery interface providing geographic searching for more than 300,000 maps, cross-sections, charts, tables, and other high-value content from GeoScienceWorld (GSW) publications. The advanced technology behind OpenGeoSci is built and hosted by HighWire Press incorporating a design from iFactory. Using […]

October 30, 2013 8:28 am

New data from Getty Images to help improve Pinterest

(25 October 2013) Pinterest has announced a partnership with Getty Images to let you learn more about the images you pin. The Getty Images collection of imagery is created by a community of hundreds of thousands of contributors. Their collection not only includes great images but also data about each image. This can include who […]

October 29, 2013 4:31 pm

Coursera reaches 100 partners milestone

(23 October 2013)  Coursera has announced the  addition of 13 new institutions representing 11 countries bringing  the total number of partners offering courses on its platform to 107. Joining Coursera today from the Asia-Pacific region are the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Also newly joined are the Copenhagen […]

October 29, 2013 4:20 pm

Establishment of the Election Commission Library in Nepal

Ramesh Prajuli and Susan Garner describe the newly inaugurated library of the Election Commission Nepal (ECN) in Kathmandu. It has centralized old archives into a new building, developed policies hitherto unfamiliar, trained staff and is actively seeking to broaden its clientele to reaches beyond the city boundary. It is primarily a reference library, but in […]

October 28, 2013 8:39 am

Day 2 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013

(24 October 2013) On Day 2 at IGF, IFLA participated in five workshops with topics spanning rights issues for disadvantaged and indigenous peoples, copyright and content creation and net neutrality. IFLA participated as a panelist in Workshop 59, Content Creation, Access to Information and Open Internet, co-organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Internet […]

October 28, 2013 8:30 am

British Library maps are the inspiration for a winning videogame concept

A team of students have won a prestigious competition after using videogame technology to turn historic maps and engravings from the British Library into a stunning 3D environment. (23 October 2013) Pudding Lane Productions, a team of six second-year students from De Montfort University, Leicester, scooped first prize in the Off the Map challenge – […]

October 26, 2013 8:54 am