Monthly Archives: July 2014

Australians wait longer and pay more

(29 July 2014) A year ago today, the bipartisan IT Pricing Inquiry concluded that Australians do pay more for their music, movies and IT products.  This ‘Australia tax’ they concluded, was not explained by additional staffing costs or warranty obligations, but primarily by deliberate market segmentation, enforced with geoblocks on digital content. And Australians are […]

July 30, 2014 12:13 pm

Venture Capital in Asia: Investing in Emerging Countries

(29 July 2014)  Venture capital (VC) is a relatively recent and rapidly growing phenomenon in emerging countries, especially Asia. Economic development in both developed and emerging countries increasingly depends on VC financing, but research on this subject has been scant; and what work has been done has been misunderstood within the context of emerging countries. […]

July 30, 2014 12:07 pm

Southeast Asia Library Group meeting 2014

(29 July 2014)  The Southeast Asia Library Group’s annual meeting took place on 27-28 June in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with Goethe University Library. There were participants from nine countries. Eleven papers were presented covering various areas of Southeast Asian librarianship, including manuscript studies and conservation, special collections and the use of primary sources, old […]

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm

ALIA concerned about report of outsourcing public service libraries

(28 July 2014, Canberra)  The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the peak body for libraries, has expressed concern regarding a media report about the potential for department libraries in the public service to be outsourced. The Canberra Times has today published a story online:  ‘Government librarians urged to lobby for jobs in face of […]

July 30, 2014 11:52 am

Five things you should know about metadata

(28 July 2014) There’s a lot of discussion about the importance of metadata in libraries, publishing and bookselling, but confusion remains about what it is and how to do it well. Renée Register a metadata evangelist, explains metadata in 5 easy steps. is the place to go for metadata enlightenment.

July 30, 2014 11:36 am

Latest release of new STN® expands global patent coverage and enhances search capabilities

(28 July 2014)  The latest release of new STN delivers three new full text patent databases. Providing coverage for the Republic of Korea, KRFULL is the first STN database available exclusively on the new STN platform. Other new databases include AUPATFULL (Australia) and GBFULL (United Kingdom). Additional highlights in the July release include: Enhanced precision and coverage […]

July 30, 2014 11:28 am

CINDAS LLC publishes the first issue of its free newsletter

(29 July 2014) CINDAS LLC provides critically evaluated materials properties databases for thermal, mechanical, electrical, physical and other properties of various materials including aerospace alloys. It offers  Web-based applications for searching and comparing continually updated data. There are about 5,000 materials and over 50,000 data curves in the Thermophysical Properties of Matter Database (TPMD), over […]

July 29, 2014 7:43 am

Four arrested in Hong Kong for textbook piracy

(27 July 2014) Customs officers have arrested three men and a woman after seizing $530,000 worth of pirate textbooks. Complaints had been received from parents about the quality of textbooks ordered through their children’s primary schools. An investigation found the books were provided by the same supplier. Officers searched the supplier’s Yuen Long and Tuen […]

July 29, 2014 7:37 am

CDNLAO Newsletter July 2014 published

Digitisation of ASEAN library collections (28 July 2014) The special topic of this newsletter of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania  is services for the handicapped. It includes papers from China, Japan and Korea. The table of contents with links to full text articles is here. Also in this issue […]

July 28, 2014 6:27 pm

NIT Silchar signs MOU with University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

(17 July 2014) The Central Library of the National Institute of Technology, NIT, Silchar, Assam, India, has entered into a collaborative MOU with University Library & Mortenson Centre for International Library Programme of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA to create world class LIS facilities at NIT Silchar. The MOU was signed by Prof. […]

July 27, 2014 7:37 am

Street view imagery of the Tokyo Main Library and the International Library of Children’s Literature available on Google Maps

(25 July 2014)  In July 2014, Google Street View images of the Tokyo Main Library and the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) were published online. With the new 360-degree imagery, you can see images of some spots within the venues such as: Catalog Hall of the Tokyo Main Library, and Children’s Library, Researchers’ Reading […]

July 27, 2014 7:22 am

LIS Education in Developing Countries – The Road Ahead

(26 July 2014) This book by Ismail Abdullahi, A.Y. Asundi & C.R. Karisddappa (Eds)  addresses the different issues and challenges that face LIS education in the various regions of the developing world, but also the commonalities that link them. It highlights the successful ways in which problems may be met as well as those which have proved […]

July 27, 2014 7:18 am

IHS and OUP bring authoritative engineering reference books to broad engineering community

(23 July 2014) IHS Inc. and Oxford University Press (OUP) today announced that a collection of authoritative engineering reference books from OUP have been integrated into the IHS cloud-based technical research solution. This solution, called IHS Knowledge Collections, is used by engineers, scientists and researchers to find answers to tough technical challenges. More here.

July 25, 2014 1:10 pm

Yale-NUS hiring Associate Director, Library

(23 July 2014)  Yale-NUS College embraces a complex curriculum that reaches across a variety of disciplines.  and introduces a range of global perspectives, encourages active student participation in their education through small discussion-based classes and research projects conducted with classmates and faculty mentors, offers extensive opportunities to learn and work away from the campus, and […]

July 24, 2014 3:23 pm

Australian Government, The Asia Foundation restock Tacloban school libraries

(22 July 2014, Tacloban City)   The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, in partnership with the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), donated 8,702 books to 11 elementary schools on 18 July in Tacloban City to help address the urgent need of students as they return for the new school year. The turnover activity is part […]

July 23, 2014 4:55 pm