Monthly Archives: June 2015

schmidt hammer lassen architects breaks ground for the studio’s first library in China

(29 June 2015)  Last week, a ground-breaking ceremony was celebrated for the new 30,000 square metre central library in Ningbo, China. schmidt hammer lassen architects won the competition in 2013 to design the 240 million RMB (€ 29 million) Central Library in the eastern port city of Ningbo. The new 30,000m2 library will house the […]

June 30, 2015 3:41 pm

Village library devoted to Aboriginal children opens in Taiwan

(30 June 2015) Taiwan’s first library dedicated to Aboriginal children opened in Pingtung County’s Changjhih Township (長治) on Saturday. The Vusam Children’s Library hopes to devote more resources and time to Aboriginal children’s education. According to Vusam organization founder Liang Ming-hui (梁明輝), the difficulties of travel and general lack of educational resources such as libraries, […]

June 30, 2015 3:34 pm

Wiley partnership with Figshare enables data sharing

(30 June 2015, Hoboken, NJ)  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. today announced their partnership with London- based data repository organization, Figshare. To support authors who wish to openly share their data, Wiley have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication. The new data sharing service […]

June 30, 2015 3:28 pm

American Psychological Association partners with ReadCube to enhance discoverability of its journals and scholarly book collection

(25 June 2015) The American Psychological Association (APA) announces their partnership with Boston-based publishing software company ReadCube to index their scholarly journal and book collections with ReadCube’s Discover service. All 110 journals comprising the PsycARTICLES database, including several of the most highly cited and leading journals in psychology, along with more than 65,000 books and […]

June 29, 2015 4:40 pm

Education Department now plans a college-rating system minus the ratings

(25 June 2015) The U.S. Department of Education has retreated from its controversial plan to create a giant college-ratings system, top officials revealed on Wednesday. Instead, by late summer the department is now promising to produce a customizable, consumer-oriented website that won’t include any evaluations of colleges but will contain what one official described as […]

June 29, 2015 7:33 am

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

(26 June 2015, San Francisco, CA)  Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free eBooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where eBooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many. […]

June 29, 2015 7:29 am

Two sides of copyright law to be considered by WIPO committee next week

(26 June 2015) The World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright is meeting next week with an agenda of discussions on a potential international instrument to protect broadcasting organisations’ copyrights, and at the same time exceptions and limitations to copyright for the benefit of libraries, archives, education, research, and persons with disabilities other than sight […]

June 28, 2015 3:18 pm

Baker & Taylor expands tools to help libraries buy wisely

(26 June 2015) The library content distributor expands a pilot program with collectionHQ, the data analytics service for public libraries, to help librarians make acquisitions geared to patron demand. Called “evidence-based selection planning” (ESP) the program integrates collectionHQ’s analytics tools with Baker & Taylor’s Title Source 360 ordering platform. “Using powerful circulation-based data analytics,” a press […]

June 28, 2015 3:14 pm

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

(27 June 2015) Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries (pdf) to guide a proactive policy shift. […]

June 28, 2015 10:48 am

Archival neglect in India

(26 June 2015) In this article about saving India’s recorded past, Brig (Retd) VAM Hussain considers the sound archives of All India Radio (AIR). From 1954 it has become the home of 53,000 tapes of music and spoken words. Among the latter are speeches by Mahatma Gandhi from the 1940s, and broadcasts by successive Indian […]

June 28, 2015 8:40 am

New models of libraries opened in China’s Chongqing

(26 June 2015) 24-hour self-service libraries have opened in Chongqing, southwest China. Several new models of libraries are found in Chongqing to encourage local people reading books. The public can  borrow books from about 80 family libraries or some 24-hour self-service libraries, as well as download books from online library. ChinaEconomicNet has the photoessay.

June 27, 2015 8:46 am

Web archiving – what’s it all about?

(26 June 2015) Each year State Library of Queensland contributes hundreds of Queensland websites to PANDORA – Australia’s web archive. These include websites of numerous organisations, community groups and individuals, festivals, events, and sites about various topical and political issues, election campaigns, interests and activities. If you are a web publisher that has been contacted […]

June 27, 2015 8:36 am

Librarians aren’t the only ones throwing shade in this Japanese media center

(19 June 2015) Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito is at it again, this time crafting Seussian, lampshade-like ceiling fixtures made of polyurethane for a media center and library in Gifu, Japan. The profusely illustrated story in Curbed by Asad Syrkett of this spectacular lighting is here.

June 26, 2015 9:56 am

17th-century medical book designated National Treasure in Korea

(22 June 2015) “Donguibogam,” an encyclopedic Oriental medicine book written in the 17th century during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), has been designated as a National Treasure, the highest status of Korea’s cultural assets, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) announced Monday. The full story By Baek Byung-yeul with a picture of this national treasure is in […]

June 26, 2015 9:49 am

Malaysia Institute for Research in Youth Development selects Virtua

(25 June 2015, Emeryville, CA)  Innovative announced today that the Malaysia Institute for Research in Youth Development, (MIRYD) has selected Virtua. A national research center under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the library has approximately 2,000 items in its collection and this is its first library-automation system. Read the full announcement here.

June 26, 2015 9:45 am