Monthly Archives: July 2015

Binumi offers education’s largest multimedia library

(31 July 2015) With video playing an increasingly important role in people’s daily lives, an easy-to-use video maker called Binumi is instantly transforming students into storytellers. acts as the single online source for more than 2.5 million royalty-free multimedia clips. Using just a web browser, students are able to drag-and-drop their own content into […]

July 31, 2015 5:13 pm

On the road: some user guides to libraries and archives

(30 July 2015) The British Library’s Asian and African Studies Blog has published a list of archives and libraries, often in out of the way places, of value to researchers. All have links to reviews published in the last couple of years of the 80 or so libraries. Most of the libraries are in Asia.  […]

July 31, 2015 9:03 am

Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate

(29 July 2015, Washington, D.C). Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting […]

July 31, 2015 8:48 am

Thais warned to beware of new Copyright Act

(30 July 2015) The Commerce Ministry has urged people to study the details of the new Copyright Act carefully before sharing information online or trading second-hand products. The new law will take effect on August 4. Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said it would have eight main features. First, it will focus on tackling internet […]

July 31, 2015 8:42 am

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference

(29 July 2015) The seventh annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Council will take place in Melbourne, Australia, 3-4 December 2015. The two-day conference themed The Power of Worldwide Cooperation  is part of the week’s events which includes the Libraries Australia Forum, OCLC Research Partners Meeting, user group meetings, and library tours. More here.

July 30, 2015 8:41 am

Republic Polytechnic Library Singapore recruiting Librarian

(28 July 2015) Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic (RP) Library is looking for an experienced Librarian.. Republic Polytechnic  Library is dedicated to the provision of services, collections, technology and facilities in order to meet the information-related needs of the RP community The operations and management of the Library is by Cybrarian Ventures Pte Ltd. The LAS website […]

July 30, 2015 8:26 am

SAFTI MI Library hiring Librarian

(28 July 2015) The SAFTI MI Library is hiring an experienced Librarian. The SAFTI Military Institute Library was formed in September 1994 with the merger of the former SAFTI Library at Pasir Laba Camp and the Singapore Command and Staff College (SCSC) Library. The operations and management of the Library is by Cybrarian Ventures Pte […]

July 30, 2015 8:23 am

Google’s new, Simplified Patent search now integrates Prior Art and Google Scholar

(16 July 2015) Google has announced a new version of the Google Patents search, which will now also incorporate related results of Prior Art and Google Scholar citations. The new patent search will be easier to use both by experts in the field as well as the general public to look for patents and related materials. […]

July 29, 2015 8:08 am

eBooks are unfamiliar waters for digital pirates, according to UK survey

(24 July 2015) TheUK’s publishing sector has the lowest level of illegal downloads in the entertainment industry, with book piracy at half the rate of copyright theft in film and music. The Guardian tells us why.

July 28, 2015 11:29 am

State Library of Victoria announces new CEO

(27 July 2015) Kate Torney, currently Director of News at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, has been appointed as the new CEO of State Library Victoria. ‘I look forward to working with the Board and the Library team to build on the world class service the Library offers and to further the digital transformation of this […]

July 28, 2015 8:10 am

The TPPA is just the worst

(27 July 2015) The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPPA”) negotiations are drawing to a close says The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) in a recent blog post. When the deal is signed off LIANZA anticipates that there will be significant changes proposed to New Zealand’s copyright law. Likely changes include the extension […]

July 28, 2015 8:07 am

gmp selected to design new library in Suzhou, China

(24 July 2015) The Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won the design competition for the new construction of the Suzhou Library in China. The new library building on a site next to an  extended watercourse is intended to provide the traditional library functions as well as other public functions, such as a […]

July 26, 2015 8:41 am

Guide to law online: China

The Library of Congress has recently updated its page on China online law resources. Categories include: Constition, Executive, Judicial, Legislative, Legal Guides, General Sources. Visit here.

July 26, 2015 8:30 am

Southeast Asian photographic collections of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) online

(23 July 2015) From 1933, the EFEO engaged the services of a professional photographer, Jean Manikus, assisted by Nguyen Huu Tho, who created a photographic service that worked until 1959, resulting in the important heritage collections of the EFEO. When, under the pressure of political events, the EFEO had to move its headquarters from Hanoi […]

July 25, 2015 8:49 am

E-libraries transform scholarship in Myanmar

(23 July 2015) For over a year now, 166,000 students and 4,000 academic staff at seven universities in Myanmar have had round-the-clock access to more than 10,000 scholarly journals and 130,000 academic books. An e-library project led by the international NGO Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) is providing instant access to resources across all disciplines […]

July 25, 2015 8:46 am