Monthly Archives: May 2014

Alexander Street Press adds 50 series of EC Comics

(27 May 2014, Alexandria, VA)  Alexander Street Press has entered into an agreement with EC Comics to add more than 50 key series—a total of 400 issues—from the celebrated publisher into the recently launched online collection Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II. “EC’s amazing line of horror, crime, fantasy, and romance […]

May 31, 2014 7:34 am

Scientific Data launches with first Data Descriptors

(27 May 2014) Open access publication Scientific Data has launched online today, publishing its first eight Data Descriptors across fields including neuroscience, ecology and epidemiology. Scientific Data is the latest open research initiative from Nature Publishing Group. Data Descriptors, Scientific Data’s article type, are peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational […]

May 30, 2014 7:50 am

Driving With Data: a roadmap for evidence-based decision making in academic libraries

(28 May 2014) COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, service assessments, peer benchmarking—librarians have been gathering different types of data for some time,  using data to measure the usage of their resources, the quality of their services, and how they stack up against similar institutions.  But could library leaders collect data differently? In this Issue Brief Deanna Marcum and […]

May 29, 2014 8:45 am

Everything about Webtoons on show at the National Library of Korea

(25 May 2014) The Korea Herald reports that the National Library of Korea is holding an exhibition exclusively dedicated to webtoons ― digital comics that have emerged as one of the most prominent forms of online entertainment in Korea. Titled All Webtoon, the exhibit displays webtoon-related items and also runs programs in which visitors can […]

May 29, 2014 8:23 am

Myanmar publisher chosen as Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien fellow

(27 May 2014, San Francisco) Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, a prominent publisher and library advocate in Myanmar, has been awarded an Asia Foundation Chang-lin Tien Visiting Fellowship. In a program designed to share knowledge and perspectives between peers across the Pacific, Dr. Kaung will engage with leaders in the U.S. publishing, library, and NGO fields […]

May 29, 2014 8:18 am

SMU hiring Head of Information Services

(28 May 2014)  Singapore Management University’s Li Ka Shing Library invites applications for the post of  Head, Information Services. The appointee will contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of the Library. This role provides an opportunity to provide leadership in the initiation, implementation and review of library policies and programs, specifically in the […]

May 29, 2014 8:09 am

University students shunning books in favour of Wikipedia

(27 May 2014) Students are completing university degrees without reading a single book because of the availability of information on the internet,  a leading British academic has warned. Many undergraduates don’t see the point of reading books when they have Wikipedia and SparkNotes at their fingertips. Read the story by Graeme Paton in the The […]

May 28, 2014 10:12 am

IOP Publishing and UK university libraries collaborate on open access offsetting pilot

(27 May 2014, Bristol) IOP Publishing (IOP) has today announced the launch of a three-year pilot project under which 20 participating universities will be able to offset the majority of their expenditure on hybrid article publication charges (APCs) in IOP journals against their subscription and licence fees. The agreement follows discussions between IOP, Research Libraries […]

May 28, 2014 10:09 am

Oxford University Press teams up with China’s largest E-School Hujiang

(26 May 2014, Shanghai /PRNewswire/)  Oxford University Press representative Paul Riley visited Chinese online school Hujiang on May 15th, 2014 to sign an MOU, the first step in a series of strategic collaborations between the two groups. The MOU allows Hujiang to teach a series of OUP’s digitalized products, and aims to explore the opportunities […]

May 28, 2014 8:44 am

Do Open Access journals have impact?

(26 May 2014) James Pringle, Vice President, ISI, says ‘Our observations yield some useful lessons. Open Access journals can have similar impact to other journals, and prospective authors should not fear publishing in these journals merely because of their access model. Furthermore, it does not appear that expansion of potential readership in itself will necessarily transform […]

May 28, 2014 8:37 am

Access Dunia’s Annual Conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation

(26 May 2014) The Access Dunia Online Conference on industry knowledge and products organized annually for AD clients, attracted the largest ever number of delegates. On 14 May more than 180 librarians and information professionals met at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia’s seat of government. The morning began with a welcoming speech from […]

May 26, 2014 4:52 pm

Samoan fables website launched

(23 May 2014) The website Fāgogo: fables from Samoa was launched last night at the University of Auckland Fale by the Samoa Consul-General in Auckland, Mr Faaolotoi Reupena Pogi. The launch was part of the School of Pacific Studies event to celebrate the commencement of Samoan Language Week 2014 (25-31 May). This University of Auckland Library website […]

May 25, 2014 9:08 am

Nobel laureate: “Digitize preserve and disseminate are the missions of modern Argonauts”

(23 May 2014) On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of May, the Digitisation Days took place at the National Library of Spain, an event supported by the European Commission, and co-organised by the Succeed project and the Impact Centre of Competence. More than 150 experts attended representing companies, research centres and cultural heritage institutions from […]

May 25, 2014 9:03 am

Vacancy with the United Nations: Digital Archivist

The position of Digital Archivist is located in the Archives and Records Section, The Hague Branch, Registry. Under the supervision of the Chief Archivist / Deputy Chief Archivist, the incumbent will be responsible for the management of the digital records of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) and the digital component of the International […]

May 25, 2014 8:57 am

Measuring the library movement in Bangladesh

(23 May 2014) There are around 130 government public libraries in Bangladesh and another several thousand in villages run by an assortment of NGOs and communities themselves. Can they contribute to early literacy efforts? Beyond Access has the story.

May 25, 2014 8:52 am