Monthly Archives: November 2015

ANU opens Australia’s first Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies

(30 November 2015) An agreement to establish the Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) at The Australian National University (ANU) Library was officially signed this morning, inaugurating the first TRCCS in Australia. Professor Ian Young AO, ANU Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Shu-hsien Tseng, the National Central Library (NCL) Director-general, signed the agreement and officially unveiled the […]

November 30, 2015 2:49 pm

Public library of 10,000 vinyl records opens in South Korea

(27 November 2015) A huge public vinyl library has just opened in the South Korean capital of Seoul, containing 10,000 records, 3,000 books, every issue of Rolling Stone magazine published since 1967 and a performance space. Members of the public can listen to music the using the library’s record players.  Visit the profusely illustrated Music Library website (in […]

November 30, 2015 2:43 pm

Mobile app recreates Kolkata’s history in real-time

(28 November 2015, Kolkata, IANS)    Heritage enthusiasts and tourists can now travel back in time to experience the grandeur of 19th century Kolkata through a unique mobile app that offers a glimpse of the city during the British Raj by a mere pointing of a smartphone at a monument. Christened ‘Timescape: Kolkata’, the app is […]

November 30, 2015 2:27 pm

Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015

(26 November 2015)  The Taskforce, established by the Chair of LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board and Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, UK,  first met in March 2015. Since then, the Taskforce has created a dynamic partnership that fosters and promotes different way of working across the library sector and beyond. This first […]

November 27, 2015 5:21 pm

Nature Publishing Group releases landmark White Paper – Turning Point: Chinese Science in Transition

(25 November 2015, Shanghai) Nature Publishing Group (NPG), part of Springer Nature, today releases Turning Point: Chinese Science in Transition, a White Paper which takes the pulse of China’s scientific research at a critical time in its development. It is the first report of its kind to be undertaken in China by a global publisher, […]

November 27, 2015 5:14 pm

Center for Open Science and the Center for Scientific Integrity announce partnership

(24 November 2015) The Center for Open Science (COS) and The Center For Scientific Integrity (CSI), the parent organization of Retraction Watch, announce a technology partnership to collaborate on creating a database of retractions on the Open Science Framework. The partnership supports each group’s mission to increase transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing. […]

November 26, 2015 5:13 pm

Public libraries leverage Boopsie mobile app to reach young community members

(24 November 2015, Sunnyvale, CA)  Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, today reported the impressive effect that integration of its digital comics and graphic novels subscription can have on circulation and usage of the resources that are popular with readers of all ages. The last 10 years have seen an explosion […]

November 26, 2015 4:20 pm

The Google Books decision: what it is and why it is important for libraries

(25 November 2015) Mr Jonathan Band J.D was a guest speaker at an EIFL webinar on 24 November 2015 on the Google Books decision, what it is and why it is important for libraries. The presentation examined the background to the Google Books case that began over a decade ago in 2004, as well as the […]

November 26, 2015 4:14 pm

A review of the Second Historical Archives of China (第二历史档案馆) (Nanjing, Jiangsu, China)

(24 November 2015) The Second Historical Archives of China (第二历史档案馆, sometimes abbreviated SHAC, and also called the No. 2 Historical Archives of China) are located in Nanjing on East Zhongshan Road (中山东路309号, postal code: 210016). The Nanjing archive preserves important central-level archival documents from the Republic of China. As reported in newspaper articles, in 2008 […]

November 26, 2015 3:53 pm

The University of Reading extends SirsiDynix platform to Malaysia campus

(24 November 2015) The University of Reading has signed a multiyear agreement to expand its license for Symphony to its Malaysia campus. From April to October, Library staff worked with SirsiDynix consultants to plan the project and configure the system. The Malaysia Campus went live in mid-October. The University of Reading has been a SirsiDynix […]

November 26, 2015 3:41 pm

Recording of the SCOAP3 Forum 2015 now available

(25 November 2015) SCOAP3 held its second Forum, entitled “The impact of SCOAP3” on 18 November 2015. The SCOAP3Executive Committee, joined by several guest speakers, presented on the impact of SCOAP3 for libraries, scientists and funding agencies. A recording of the webinar is now available at The video and the accompanying slides provide information on The SCOAP3 […]

November 26, 2015 3:38 pm

How green is my library?

(22 November 2015) Whether new or old, libraries can be more sustainable with little effort and imagination. At the simple end of being green is buying locally made furniture, equipment and fittings, reducing electricity consumption by switching to energy saving light bulbs and recycling paper or using only that from managed forests. Academic Librarian 4, […]

November 23, 2015 8:14 pm

NCKU launches its first human library on campus

(23 November 2015, Tainan, Taiwan)  A human library launched by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, provides booklovers in the university community a revolutionary library-going experience. The event will run until December 11. The theme of the human library is immigrant, with a special emphasis on Southeast Asian migrant workers. A total of 10 […]

November 23, 2015 3:11 pm

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen resurface after being shut down

(22 November 2015) TorrentFreak reports that last month a New York District Court issued a preliminary injunction against several sites that provide unauthorized access to academic journals. As a result the operators were ordered to quit offering access to any Elsevier content and the associated registries had to suspend their domain names. After a few […]

November 22, 2015 12:51 pm

UNESCO adopts a new instrument on the preservation of documentary heritage

(11 December 2015)  The preservation of documentary heritage materials is one of the daunting tasks of memory institutions worldwide. This task is becoming more and more important, not least because of the fast development of the Internet and the digital technologies as well as with the well-documented need for updated legislation at national and international […]

November 22, 2015 12:43 pm