Monthly Archives: March 2016

UK libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

(29 March 2016) Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed. Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession. Children’s author Alan […]

March 30, 2016 12:44 pm

GRAFT search tool updated

(28 March 2016)  JURN’s GRAFT search tool has updated. Now searching across 4,644 repositories, fulltext and records alike, using a Google Custom Search, GRAFT uses a unique source list of URLs that has been thoroughly de-duplicated, cleaned and tested for viability. The announcement is here.

March 30, 2016 9:21 am

Charge sheet filed against Chhagan Bhujbal in MU library case

(28 March 2016) The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today filed a 17,400 page Charge Sheet against Nationalist Congress party (NCP) leader and former Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in a case of alleged bribe receipts while awarding the contract of central library of Mumbai University at Kalina campus. According to ACB sources, the voluminous charge sheet comprises […]

March 30, 2016 9:16 am

Major research library organisations meet to discuss international collaboration

(24 March 2016) The first joint meeting of five of the world’s most prominent academic and research library organisations took place at the British Library in London on Tuesday 8 March, ahead of the Research Libraries UK Conference. The meeting gathered together the elected leaders and executive directors of the following organisations: ARL        Association […]

March 29, 2016 9:40 am

Open Data Day 2016 Malaysia Data Expedition – measuring provision of public services for education

(28 March 2016) In Malaysia, Sinar Project with the support of Open Knowledge International organised a one-day data expedition based on the guide from School of Data to search for data related to government provision of health and education services. This brought together a group of people with diverse skills to formulate questions of public […]

March 29, 2016 9:27 am

IEEE Computer Society Digital Library expands to over 600k articles and papers

(22 March 2016, Los Alamitos, Calif.) The IEEE Computer Society announced today the expansion of their Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) to include over 600,000 in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and papers from experts throughout the technology field. This expansion represents over 30% more documents than any other research and study tool available. The CSDL provides online […]

March 29, 2016 8:50 am

Figshare launches collections – a “Pinterest” for academic research outputs

(24 March 2016) Figshare, has launched Collections, which offers the research community, including publishers and funders, a “Pinterest” for academic research outputs. It enables users to gather any data types on Figshare including video, posters and code, whether public or private to give it new context. As researchers have access to increasing volumes of data, […]

March 29, 2016 8:45 am

The dawn of a new day for reading in Cambodia

(23 March 2016) Cambodia marked its first National Reading Day on March 11 – a public event that calls on Cambodians to embrace a love of reading. The event was one of the many recent steps taken by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) to improve the quality of education in Cambodia. A […]

March 24, 2016 3:38 pm

Springer Nature to extend content sharing to whole Springer Nature-owned journal portfolio

(22 March 2016, London) Springer Nature announces today that it will extend its year-long content sharing trial to enable its research articles to be freely shared with all researchers and the wider public via its authors, subscribers and global media partners. Authors and subscribers will be able to share content from over 2,700 journals […]

March 24, 2016 3:33 pm

Largest ever study published into How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

(23 March 2016) Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner announced today the publication of their second major report into discoverability of online content. Published under a CC-BY NC licence the report can be downloaded from their website at This report is the output of a large-scale survey focussing on journal and book content discovery conducted […]

March 24, 2016 3:26 pm

House to build Indonesia’s ‘Library of Congress’

(23 March 2016) The Jakarta Post reports that the spotlight is on the House of Representatives for its grandiose plan to build the largest library in Southeast Asia in the legislative complex in Central Jakarta. The design is said to imitate that of the US Library of Congress. House Speaker Ade Komarudin revealed the plan […]

March 24, 2016 4:26 am

Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine hiring Medical Librarian

(23 March 2016) The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a partnership between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London, will train a generation of doctors who will put patients at the centre of their exemplary medical care. Graduates of the five-year undergraduate medical degree programme that begins in 2013 will have a strong […]

March 24, 2016 4:21 am

Workshop on PCE for the LIS professionals in Sri Lanka

(24 March 2016)  The Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) with the support of IFLA/BSLA has initiated a programme to promote and propagate Professional Conduct and Ethical (PCE) culture among library and information professionals in Sri Lanka. As initial phase, a three day workshop to train the trainers on PCE was organized and ceremonially inaugurated at […]

March 24, 2016 4:17 am

Sydney’s spanking new library is covered in spirals of wood

(22 March 2016) The six floor circular building covered in spirals of wood at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, is the new library in the city designed by architect Kengo Kuma. The building will include a library space, a makerspace, and two levels for a childcare centre. There will also be a restaurant on the […]

March 23, 2016 3:16 am

Project Manager, ‘Literary Icons’ China Partnership Project, British Library

(22 March 2016) This an exciting new opportunity to project manage all aspects of the British Library’s major new ‘Literary Icons’ partnership project with organisations across China. As part of this role, you will work with internal and external partners in the UK and in China to plan, implement, monitor, and measure a diverse series […]

March 23, 2016 3:08 am