Monthly Archives: May 2016

European scientific articles to be publicly accessible by 2020

(27 May 2016) All publicly funded scientific articles will be freely available in Europe by 2020. There will only be a few cases in which the articles will not be available, such as intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues. Michael Kozlowski writes that under the presidency of Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture […]

May 30, 2016 7:44 pm

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects win Wenzhou-Kean University Library competition

(27 May 2016) Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been awarded first prize in an international competition to design the 25,000m² Student Centre & Library for the Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, China. Set on 500 acres in a rural mountainous region, the university will provide learning and living space for 8.500 students. The new building is […]

May 28, 2016 4:16 pm

24-hour Bangkok City Library to open in old town

(26 May 2016) Bangkok is preparing to launch a new kind of city library, a reading space that will stay open 24 hours a day and have reasonable membership costs. Located near Kok Wua Intersection on Rachadamnoen Road, the Bangkok City Library will provide both Thai and foreign books as well as a selection for readers […]

May 28, 2016 4:06 pm

NUS launches new Institute of Data Science

(27 May 2016) The National University of Singapore (NUS) today launched the Institute of Data Science (IDS), a new research institute that will be the focal point for all data science research and translation, education and related activities at NUS. This new research institute is a key pillar of the NUS’ Smart Nation Cluster, which […]

May 28, 2016 8:07 am

Supporting Digital Scholarship, SPEC Kit 350, Published by ARL

(26 May 2016) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Supporting Digital Scholarship, SPEC Kit 350, an exploration of how library roles are evolving as multimodal and collaborative scholarship become more visible in the research landscape, and how these newly identified roles influence the work of library staff. This study covers the types of […]

May 28, 2016 7:57 am

Gale expands historical digital newspaper offerings and support for digital humanities research

(26 May 2016, Farmington Hills, Mich.) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded its historical newspaper collections with the launch of several new archives. Now available are The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000, a 145-year archive of Britain’s best-selling quality newspaper; China from Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology, and Literary Periodicals, a collection of English-language […]

May 28, 2016 7:48 am

NSW State Library hiring Senior Curator, Research & Discovery Branch

(26 May 2016) The Curator provides leadership and expert advice in the development, management, discovery and interpretation of the Library’s collections, including the Mitchell and Dixson Collections, to meet the State Library’s strategic and corporate goals. ALIA has the job description and application procedures.

May 27, 2016 8:14 am

National Digital Library of India in pilot stage

(25 May 2016) The National Digital Library (NDL) project initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and being executed by IIT Kharagpur is up and running in its pilot form, the institute said in a statement on Wednesday. The NDL in 2016 will bring under its fold 100 institutes and roll out a […]

May 27, 2016 8:01 am

China rising fastest in ranking of national systems

(24 May 2016) The top five performing national higher education systems are the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Sweden, according to the Universitas 21 annual ranking for 2016. But the country with the most improved performance is China, up four places to 30th due to continual rise in output rankings. University World […]

May 26, 2016 2:48 pm

Total resources on AGORA swell to 28,000

(24 May 2016) New resources are being added to Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) all the time but this latest addition represents an enormous boost to the online collection, with 15,000 new eBooks now bringing the total number of books to 22,000. The primary publishers of the new books are Elsevier, John […]

May 26, 2016 2:41 pm

CDNLAO Newsletter No.86, May 2016

Special topic: CDNLAO Meeting [New Zealand] Hosting the 24th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) [Japan] Participating in the 24th CDNLAO Meeting [Singapore] IFLA Regional Office (Asia & Oceania) – International Collaboration in the Region and How to Contribute News [Bhutan] Mr. Dasho Dorji Norbu, newly-appointed Director General of the National Library and Archives of Bhutan [Japan] […]

May 26, 2016 12:09 pm

Senior Librarian/Librarian sought by Yale-NUS College

(25 May 2016) Yale-NUS College, Singapore, seeks innovative, self-motivated and service-oriented professionals to provide research assistance and instruction, and build collections to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the college community. You will undertake subject responsibilities and lead in one or more of the following operational areas: instructional services, reference and research services, […]

May 26, 2016 11:55 am

Shanghai Library acquires the Blaeu-Van der Hem Facsimile Atlas

(24 May 2016) The famous Blaeu-Van der Hem Atlas is kept at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. In 2004, UNESCO added it to the tangible listing of World Heritage, also referred to as the ‘Memory of the World’, to preserve it for the future. The facsimile edition contains the most important volumes: the so-called […]

May 25, 2016 3:36 pm

China adds ancient manuscripts to state protection catalogue

(24 May 2016, Beijing, Xinhua) The Chinese government has added 899 valuable ancient manuscripts to the catalog under state protection. They include oracles, manuscripts on bamboo strips and silk scrolls, ancient paper copies of tablet inscriptions, rare manuscripts in ethnic minority languages and in foreign languages such as Latin and English, said Zhang Zhiqing, deputy […]

May 25, 2016 3:21 pm

The rise of pirate libraries

(24 May 2016)  All around the world, shadow libraries keep growing, filled with banned materials. But no actual papers trade hands: Everything is digital, and the internet-accessible content is not banned for shocking content so much as that modern crime, copyright infringement. But for the people who run the world’s pirate libraries, their goals are […]

May 25, 2016 3:10 pm