Monthly Archives: March 2014

The cost of open access publishing: a progress report

(28 March 2014) The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, gives […]

March 31, 2014 7:22 am

What does it Mean to be Literate in the Age of Google?

(29 March 2014)  The Information Literacy Weblog reports that Daniel Russell, research scientist at Google, gave a talk at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on5  March 2014. The title of the presentation was, Mindtools: What does it Mean to be Literate in the […]

March 31, 2014 7:15 am

The most spectacular libraries in the world

(30 March 2014) The Daily Telegraph has selected a score of images of the most spectacular libraries in the world. Unsurprisingly, most are centuries old, very ornate with their gold leaf and marble columns, and in European palaces and universities.  But a few are in Asia and not as ancient as their European cousins. Enjoy […]

March 30, 2014 5:24 pm

Thousands of periodicals added to NDL Digital Collections

(28 March 2014) Approximately 47,000 periodicals were added to the NDL Digital Collections. The full text of these materials are onsite access only but their bibliographic information and tables of content are available on the internet.  The news is here.

March 29, 2014 1:59 pm

DataCite becomes an organizational affiliate of the Research Data Alliance

(27 March 2014)   Following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) DataCite will become an organizational affiliate of RDA. As defined by the RDA Organizational Member Process Document, RDA Affiliates are likeminded organizations that seek to coordinate efforts in mutual areas of interest and to avoid unnecessary duplication […]

March 29, 2014 1:54 pm

Europeana Sounds: A gateway to Europe’s sound and music heritage

(27 March 2014)  The Europeana Sounds project was launched on 1 February 2014. This three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, will give online access to a critical mass of audiovisual digital-objects by January 2017. Over 540,000 high quality sound recordings will be available via Europeana, from classical and folk music, to environmental sounds from […]

March 29, 2014 1:22 pm

Extend library opening hours with open+

(29 March 2014) open+ is a complete solution that works with existing library infrastructure, providing the ability to automatically maintain and control self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, security; in fact most library equipment. Providing the flexibility to open and close the library, without the need for any staff to be on site, open+ allows […]

March 29, 2014 1:12 pm

Elsevier announces cited references for archival content in Scopus

(27 March 2014, Amsterdam)  Elsevier’s  Scopus has launched its Cited References Expansion Program to include cited references in its database going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content. In addition to increasing the depth of Scopus’ scholarly content, including cited references for pre-1996 content will make citation data more accurate, therefore expanding the ability for users […]

March 29, 2014 10:33 am

The Current State of Reference: free webinar recording

(27 March 2014)  How has the rapid evolution of digital tools and information access changed the reference landscape? What will reference look like in 2, 5, and 10 years? On 19 March the Special Library Association and SAGE held a free webinar featuring Elisabeth Leonard, Market Research Analyst for SAGE. Elisabeth unveiled the preliminary results of a SAGE […]

March 29, 2014 10:27 am

Keeping one billion voters informed in India and Indonesia

Interactive candidate information map for Indonesia elections  (26 March 2014) Google’s Asia Pacific Blog today highlights Google’s partnership with voting-rights NGO Perludem and The Asia Foundation in Indonesia to create a first-ever interactive candidate information map, an open source project known as Peta Caleg in Bahasa, that will be updated as votes come in on […]

March 27, 2014 3:22 pm

NTU jumps into Nature’s global top 100 research ranking

(27 March 2014)  Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has rocketed up the global top 100 in the Nature Publishing Index. NTU recorded a 250 per cent increase in its research output and soared 144 places, to be ranked 73rd internationally. NTU is also ranked 12th in the Asia-Pacific region, climbing 23 spots from 35th last year. […]

March 27, 2014 3:09 pm

Bodleian Libraries chair on display at London’s Design Museum

(26 March 2014) The Bodleian Libraries Chair is featured amongst 76 designs nominated for Design of the Year currently on display at London’s Design Museum from Wednesday 26 March to Monday 25 August 2014. Designed by Edward Barber OBE and Jay Osgerby OBE the Bodleian Libraries Chair is shortlisted in the Furniture category. In September […]

March 27, 2014 3:01 pm

ANU Library in power saving trial

(27 March 2014)  The ANU Library is participating in a trial that will see power saving software, Greentrac, installed on PC’s in the Chifley Library. Greentrac will switch the PCs on and off just before the library opens and when it closes. About Greentrac: Greentrac measures the energy consumption and the expensive idle times for […]

March 27, 2014 2:56 pm

The 11th China Academic Libraries Forum and Advanced Digital Library Seminar will be held in Qingdao, China

(27 March 2014)  This important annual forum is an opportunity for Chinese librarians to learn about the development of digital libraries at home and abroad. The 11th Forum will be undertaken by the Library of the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, 24-27 June 2014. It is jointly hosted by the Society for Academic library – […]

March 27, 2014 1:47 pm

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics subscribes to Turnitin

(27 March 2014) The Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) recognized as one of the country’s top ten academic institutions, is China’s newest Turnitin user. Turnitin will ensure that teachers and students are aware of, and follow, the highest standards when publishing and reporting their research at home […]

March 27, 2014 1:15 pm