Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hidden history of the British in India

  2.5 million records chronicling the lives of early expats from all walks of life now online for the first time India Office Records spanning over two centuries of the British In India from the East India Company to the Raj through to Indian Independence now scanned and fully searchable Available online for the first […]

January 31, 2014 4:54 pm

Massive database of online video premieres for public libraries

 (29 January 2013, Alexandria, VA)  Alexander Street Press continues to grow and diversify its portfolio with the launch of a new online video database conceived exclusively for public libraries and their patrons. Public Library Video Online features more than 11,000 of the titles most relevant to today’s public library users, with 5,000 additional titles coming […]

January 31, 2014 4:25 pm

Scope of fair use: Library Copyright Alliance submits statement for House judiciary hearing

(29 January 2014) Yesterday, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another hearing on copyright review. This hearing focused on the scope of fair use and included five witnesses: Peter Jaszi (professor, American University), June Besek (professor, Columbia University), Naomi Novik (author and co-founder, Organization for Transformative […]

January 31, 2014 4:11 pm

Springer now sharing data from Altmetric on SpringerLink

(New York / Heidelberg, 29 January 2014) Springer announced that it has added altmetrics information to every article available on SpringerLink (, the publishing company’s online platform. The data is provided by Altmetric, a London-based start-up which tracks and analyzes the online activity around scholarly literature. The addition of this feature makes the alternative metrics that measure […]

January 31, 2014 4:00 pm

Vatican Library, Japan to catalogue lost archive

(28 January 2014, Vatican City (AP) AP reports that The Vatican library and four Japanese historical institutes have agreed to inventory, catalogue and digitize 10,000 documents from a lost Japanese archive detailing the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th-19th centuries. Monsignor Cesare Pasini, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Library, said the so-called Marega […]

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm

First SCOAP3 articles available. Partners from Asia-Pacific welcome

(28 January 2014)  The first open access articles sponsored by the SCOAP3 international initiative are now available. Almost 400 articles have already appeared in the first three weeks of 2014 in the journals of participating publishers The first 2014 issues of  four large High-Energy Physics journals have fully ‘flipped’ to Open Access; High-Energy-Physics content in two […]

January 30, 2014 8:31 am

Books on Japan

“Books on Japan” on the web provides bibliographic information of books on Japan in Western languages processed by the National Diet Library (NDL) in and after 2002 on a quarterly basis (issued in January, April, July and October). The data appearing during a year will be accumulated and combined next year. More here.

January 29, 2014 7:44 am

EU tender issued for WHELF LMS

(27 January 2014)  Today marks the start of the procurement process for a single cloud hosted library management system for higher education institutions in Wales, together with the National Library of Wales and the NHS libraries in Wales. An EU notice has been published and a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) is available for interested suppliers. The […]

January 29, 2014 7:40 am

Social sciences outperform STM in academic eBook usage

(Palo Alto, Calif., 24 January 2014) When it comes to eBooks, social sciences far outperform humanities and STM in the percentage of titles used and the average amount of use per book. However, users working with eBooks on STM subjects tend to be more active with their books in each session, downloading or printing content, […]

January 29, 2014 7:35 am

Get Involved Now! The International Librarians Network

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. There is no doubt that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that building up our networks beyond our home countries can […]

January 28, 2014 7:36 am

The academic book of the future

(24 January 2014) The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change. The project will look into implications of open access developments for researchers and readers, including potential […]

January 27, 2014 4:35 pm

The library of the future is here

(24 January 2014) Brian Resnick writes in  The Atlantic Cities that the library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy. It has books. But it also has 3D printers and sewing machines. Citing Chattanooga public library as an example, the library cleared out its […]

January 27, 2014 4:26 pm

Call for papers for International Symposium on Library Services for Children and Young Adults

(24 January 2014)  The symposium takes place 19-20 June in South Korea. Details here:

January 27, 2014 10:21 am

A LibraryBox for your library. Share content without the internet

LibraryBox is an inexpensive portable private digital distribution device that can deliver non-DRM digital files to any device with wifi and a browser, even in areas without internet access. After more than 2 years of development and a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, libraries and other organisations finally have the opportunity to purchase a LibraryBox at […]

January 27, 2014 9:57 am

Metadata Games crowdsources data collection through gaming

(24 January 2014)  ARL has reported that on 22 January, Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College launched Metadata Games, a digital gaming platform for gathering data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. The platform encourages players to explore humanities content while contributing to vital records. Metadata Games enables archivists, librarians, data scientists, and others to […]

January 27, 2014 9:26 am