Monthly Archives: April 2016

Strong support for copyright reforms in Australia

(29 April 2016,  Canberra) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) agrees with the Productivity Commission’s view that Australia’s intellectual property arrangements have lost sight of users. The Productivity Commission has today released the Intellectual Property Arrangements Draft Report. ALIA was pleased the Commission agrees with the library and information sector’s view on three key […]

April 30, 2016 7:38 am

Who’s downloading pirated papers? EVERYONE

In rich and poor countries researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website (28 April 2016) Science has published an article by John Bohannon which quantifies the use of Sci-Hub, the go-to website for pirated scientific papers. He explores the cost of document delivery from legitimate services and why researchers turn to the free and copyright-busting alternatives. […]

April 29, 2016 2:22 pm

Architects announced for State Library of Victoria redevelopment

(23 April 2016)  A consortium of internationally celebrated architects has been selected to design the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment. Multi-award winning Australasian design firm Architectus will join forces with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, one of Scandinavia’s most recognised architectural practices, to transform the iconic building. Architectus is known for its delivery […]

April 29, 2016 9:04 am

Training for Japanese Studies Librarians outside of Japan: Library services practicum at the Kansai-kan of the NDL 2016

(28 April 2016) From 13 to 22 January , 2016, the National Diet Library (NDL) hosted a training program for Japanese Studies librarians living outside Japan. It was held at the Kansai-kan of the NDL in Kyoto, and 12 participants joined from five countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Korea, and the United States. […]

April 29, 2016 7:26 am

SMART Libraries for Tomorrow Conference – call for proposals

(27 April 2016) The Library Association of Singapore invite proposals for the Smart Libraries for Tomorrow Conference to be held on September 20th 2016 at the Matrix Auditorium@Biopolis. The conference theme, Smart Libraries for Tomorrow : Disrupt and Innovate, enables the library community to showcase and demonstrate their contributions towards realising Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. […]

April 28, 2016 7:29 am

Inaugural free eBook Library facility at KLIA

23 Sepang 2016)  Travelling can now be a more enjoyable experience at KL International Airport (KLIA) especially for book lovers. For those of you who fly regularly, you will now have a new lifestyle facility which grants every passenger with access to electronic books at no cost. This smart facility operates through the use of Bluetooth […]

April 27, 2016 7:43 am

Badges for Books provides title and chapter-level attention insights

(25 April 2016, London, UK)  Altmetric today announce the launch of Altmetric Badges for Books, enabling publishers to provide an at-a-glance summary of the online attention a published book and it’s individual chapters have received. Now available on content that is identified by ISBN (International Standard Book Number), the distinctive Altmetric donut badges and associated […]

April 27, 2016 7:36 am

First library opened in Sansha in South China Sea

(21 April 2016, Yongxing Island) Xinhua reports that the first public library on China’s southernmost island city of Sansha opened on Thursday in the city’s only school. The school, which opened in November last year, has 28 students of kindergarten and primary-school age and 10 teachers. Established in July 2012, Sansha administers more than 200 […]

April 22, 2016 1:59 pm

Movers and shakers in the world of high-quality scientific research

(20 April 2016, London) The US is the world’s largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany, according to the Nature Index 2016 Tables. Of the top ten countries in the Nature Index, only China has shown double digit compound annual growth between 2012 and 2015 with some of its universities […]

April 22, 2016 7:55 am

Modern Islamic theology research collection now available

(20 April 2016,  Alexandria, VA)  Alexander Street today announced the launch of Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam, an extensive research database of the most influential thinkers of modern Islamic theology and tradition. The collection details Islam’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works and rare documents by Muslim writers, both […]

April 22, 2016 7:18 am

165 higher education institutions in India have access to Web of Science

(20 April 2016, Philadelphia, PA) The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced a strategic partnership to provide access to its online scientific citation indexing service, Web of Science, to India’s e-Shodh Sindhu: Consortia for Higher Education Electronic Resources (ESS). Formed in 2015, ESS is an initiative of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development […]

April 21, 2016 4:09 pm

Launch of new multilingual library app to assist readers in Western Sydney

(20 April 2016, Sydney)  A new multilingual library smartphone app for Fairfield City Council has been launched today, to help non-English speaking residents in Western Sydney. The Fairfield app is the first in Australia to be deployed on the Civica Spydus platform, which is used to manage collections and services in thousands of libraries around […]

April 21, 2016 4:01 pm

E-Pustakalaya and library training completed in Police Officers Training Center Chitwan, Nepal

(20 April 2016) The Nepal Library Foundation completed library management training, provided books and computers; and installed e-pustakalaya server in Middle Region Police Training Center of the Government of Nepal in April 2015. Mr. Ramesh Kharel, Senior Superintendent of Nepal Police and head of the Training Center requested NLF assistance in upgrading the existing library […]

April 21, 2016 3:30 pm

RMIT University selects the Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution

(20 April 2016, Adelaide, Australia)  Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the prominent Melbourne-based RMIT University has opted for the Leganto reading list solution and has joined the Leganto early adopter program. Ex Libris Leganto is a cloud-based, end-to-end solution that works within an institutional environment and facilitates active, engaging collaboration […]

April 21, 2016 3:19 pm

10 easy ways to increase citation count

(20 April 2016) The American Journal Experts (AJE) proposes 10 easy ways how researchers can increase their citation count. The BPA blog has the Top 10.

April 21, 2016 3:13 pm