Monthly Archives: February 2016

India announces eBooks have to be discounted

(26 February 2016)  Michael Kowzlowski in his blog reveals that India has implemented a new policy that will dramatically decrease the cost of eBooks, a big win for consumers who will be able to buy more digital content, while spending less. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry announced that “One of the key highlights of the […]

February 28, 2016 6:31 pm

IFLA Statement on the Right to be Forgotten

(25 February 2016) The “right to be forgotten” refers to an individual’s ability to request that a search engine (or other data provider) remove links to information about himself or herself from search results. This has also been referred to as the “right to delist,” the “right to obscurity,” the “right to erasure” or the […]

February 27, 2016 5:12 pm

Implementation Manager (JULAC Shared Integrated Library System)

(17 February 2016) On behalf of The Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC), HKUST Library is seeking an experienced individual to fill a project position whose main responsibility is to implement JULAC’s new shared Integrated Library System (ILS). The implementation manager is responsible for data conversion/migration, implementation, support and administration of the new ILS. Duties […]

February 27, 2016 5:04 pm

UGC-funded Information Literacy Project

Enhancing information literacy in Hong Kong higher education through the development and implementation of shared interactive multimedia courseware (26 February 2016) This UGC funded project aims to enhance information literacy among students in UGC-funded institutions by developing and implementing a shared interactive multimedia courseware, so as to foster their capacity to use information to learn, and […]

February 27, 2016 4:52 pm

Feature Film and Exclusive Content PDA collections now available

(26 February 2016, Alexandria, VA)  Alexander Street today announced the launch of two Patron-driven Acquisition (PDA) specialty collections: PDA: Feature Film and PDA: Select. PDA: Feature Film is an innovative collection that gives users access to hundreds of feature films, silent films, and world cinema titles. Many are exclusive to Alexander Street. Top content providers […]

February 27, 2016 7:32 am

National Library of Australia makes 40,000 maps available for free download

(12 February 2016) Over the past three years the National Library of Australia has been working through replacement of its digital systems. In January this year the new delivery system for maps and other pictorial formats was launched, and added to people’s ability to use the materials. Nearly 40,000 maps from over 18,0000 catalogue records […]

February 26, 2016 3:48 pm

Singtel debuts data-free music service with Spotify, KKBOX, MeRadio and AMPed

(25 February 2016, Singapore)   Singtel today launched Singtel Music, the first service in Singapore to offer customers music from popular providers like Spotify, KKBOX, AMPed and MeRadio, with zero local data charges. Customers can add Singtel Music to their mobile plan for a fee to get a premium account from either Spotify, KKBOX, or AMPed […]

February 26, 2016 2:33 pm

Mecanoo wins Tainan Public Library competition

(22 February 2016) Mecanoo architecten has won the competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. Working in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, the Dutch practice will create the 35,000 m2 library, which will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. […]

February 24, 2016 2:45 pm

INTACT begins its work

(23 February 2016) In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof: The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly […]

February 24, 2016 2:23 pm

The role of collaboration in building a global knowledge commons

(10 February 2016) The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the University of Vienna have announced the upcoming COAR Annual Meeting and Conference, which will take place at the University of Vienna on 12-13 April 2016. The major themes for this year’s meeting are new roles for repositories and international collaboration. The conference will […]

February 24, 2016 2:12 pm

National Library of Australia funding cuts to have ‘grave impact’ with 22 staff set to lose jobs

(22 February 2016) A leaked email from the National Library’s director-general projects 22 jobs will be axed next financial year, with more in the future, as a result of funding cuts. Earlier this month it was revealed a number of national cultural institutions were looking at reducing staff numbers as they face $20 million in […]

February 23, 2016 8:01 am

TrendMD test shows 49 percent increase in article readership from over 16 million unique readers a month

(22 February 2016) TrendMD, the leading scholarly content discoverability recommendation platform, shows it increased weekly article pageviews by 49% in a controlled study across 500 articles, offering an effective post-publication dissemination strategy for research and professional news articles in a study now published in Learned Publishing. Unlike publicity, social media, and paid advertising, such as […]

February 23, 2016 7:55 am

Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) released a special issue on “Philosophy and Teachings of S R Ranganathan”

(20 February 2016) On 18th February 2016, NISCAIR organized a Seminar on Philosophy and Teachings of Dr. S R Ranganathan, where the organizer formally released ALIS special issue “Philosophy and Teachings of S R Ranganathan”. ALIS is an open access scholarly journal established by S R Ranganathan in 1954. One of the speakers at this […]

February 21, 2016 8:36 am

China bans foreign firms from publishing directly online

(19 February 2016) The Chinese government  has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month. The directive by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which will come into effect on 10 March, states: “Sino-foreign joint ventures, Sino-foreign cooperative ventures and foreign business units shall not […]

February 21, 2016 8:27 am

New legal deposit service in Australia

(21 February 2016) Legal deposit legislation has ensured that the National Library of Australia has collected Australia’s print publications for more than 100 years. Digital history was made on 17 February 2016 as amendments to the legal deposit provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 came into effect, extending the legislation to capture the online publishing […]

February 21, 2016 8:18 am