Monthly Archives: June 2014

Thomson Reuters and Singapore Management University collaborate to manage research lifecycle

(26 June 2014, Singapore)   The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a decision by Singapore Management University (SMU) to adopt its Converis solution as the platform for holistic management of its research lifecycle. Converis is a comprehensive system providing pre-and-post-award […]

June 30, 2014 10:58 am

Myanmar Library Survey

(27 June 2014)  The Myanmar Library Survey is the first in-depth nationwide study of the country’s public libraries. Commissioned by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), the survey aimed to establish a comprehensive, current picture of the Myanmar public library system to help inform the development of […]

June 30, 2014 10:29 am

The right to be forgotten: balancing conflicting rights

(26 June 2014)  In a widely publicised case last month, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) applied the “right to be forgotten,” requesting that internet search engines, under certain circumstances, delist links to personal data upon request. The court’s decision establishes a contentious balance between the right to privacy and the public’s right to access […]

June 30, 2014 10:21 am

In Memory of Ms. Tung King Ng

 (26 June 2014)  The UBC Asian Library has announced the passing of  Ms. Tung King Ng (伍冬瓊), the first Head of the Asian Library, at age 92. Ms. Ng graduated from the Chinese Department, University of Hong Kong  where she worked as the Librarian of the Fung Ping Shan Library (馮平山圖書館).  She joined the UBC Library […]

June 29, 2014 8:42 am

Top Hat partners with Boundless to bring affordable digital textbooks to hundreds of universities

(25 June 2014, San Francisco, CA)  Top Hat, a mobile and web-based teaching platform that improves learning outcomes in the classroom, today announced an integration with collaborative textbook platform Boundless to bring affordable, digital textbooks to students at the more than 400 universities Top Hat serves, including Harvard, UCLA, Duke and MIT. Top Hat’s cloud-based […]

June 29, 2014 8:34 am

Libraries and archives prepare for tense copyright negotiations in Geneva

(26 June 2014)  IFLA reports that copyright negotiations commence once more in Geneva, Switzerland next week at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), where a proposed international framework supporting copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives is likely to be the subject of intense discussion among Member States. The 28th meeting of the WIPO […]

June 29, 2014 8:22 am

Chicago Public Library wins $400,000 for wi-fi access program

(23 June 2014)  The Chicago Public Library has been awarded $400,000 by the Knight Foundation for its initiative to expand internet access throughout the community. The library’s program, called Internet to Go, will test wi-fi hotspot lending in six neighborhood libraries. These libraries will loan devices for three weeks at a time and provide digital […]

June 29, 2014 8:18 am

Gale brings millions of pages of treasured historical content to academic libraries

(26 June 2014, Farmington Hills, Mich)   Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has added millions of pages of content to its Gale Digital Collections program with the launch of 10 resources, including new periodical collections and the next installments of Smithsonian Collections Online, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, and The Chatham House Online Archive. Researchers now have […]

June 27, 2014 10:18 am

Credo reveals refreshed platform for online reference service

(25 June 2014, Boston, Oxford)  Credo has unveiled a new look to their award-winning Credo Online Reference Service, updating several features with a focus on user experience. The enhancements are based on input from subscribers matched with cutting edge technology to create a cleaner, more modernized layout and increased searchability. Read about the enhancements here.

June 27, 2014 8:38 am

Elsevier announces the inclusion of a simplified Chinese user interface to Scopus

(23 June 2014, Amsterdam)  Elsevier today announced the launch of a simplified Chinese user interface to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The interface enables Chinese users to search and discover scientific literature in their local language. In addition to the localized interface, all Scopus help files have been translated into […]

June 26, 2014 8:32 am

Coursera Cup Leaderboard standings

(25 June 2014) The Coursera Cup Leaderboard is a measurement of the most active Courserians per capita per country/region with over 10k learners. It is a measure of  “Activity” by video lectures watched and number of learners per capita: Top 5 countries: Singapore Taiwan Hong Kong Ireland Australia To see the top 30 click here.

June 26, 2014 8:29 am

Five IOP journals to switch to electronic only

(23 June 2014)  IOP Publishing (IOP) has announced that five of the company’s research journals will become electronic only and will no longer print paper editions. This transition will take effect with the 2015 subscription year and affects Biofabrication, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Biomedical Materials, Journal of Breath Research and Physical Biology. This decision has been […]

June 25, 2014 9:24 am

DPLA receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials

(23 June 2014,  Boston)  The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received USD300,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge, an open contest seeking ideas that strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation. Selected from more than 650 applicants, DPLA’s […]

June 25, 2014 9:16 am

Exclusive video fashion archive debuts at Alexander Street

(23 June 2014,  Alexandria, VA) Hundreds  of essential fashion videos are now available online with the debut of Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library. The new collection will grow to deliver 1,200 hours of film footage, capturing nearly 40 years of worldwide fashion shows, designer profiles, and documentaries in one convenient online learning interface. This […]

June 24, 2014 8:32 am

Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase

(18 June 2014)  Ithaka S+R has just published Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host-Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase, undertaken with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The final report explores the question of sustainability from the institutional point of view: while many libraries and digital humanities centers think deeply about supporting digital […]

June 22, 2014 2:29 pm