Monthly Archives: September 2016

Secret Japanese military maps could open a new window on Asia’s past

(13 September 2016) The maps were captured in the waning days of World War II as the U.S. Army took control of Japan. American soldiers confiscated thousands of secret Japanese military maps and the plates used to print them, then shipped them to the United States for safekeeping. Stanford has so far led the way […]

September 13, 2016 2:55 pm

ACRL releases Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe

(12 September 2016, Chicago) The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe. Edited by Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, the book provides insight into international academic libraries and provides best practices and practical leadership strategies. Over […]

September 13, 2016 8:42 am

European court says linking to illegal content is copyright infringement

(8 September 2016) Greg Sterling writes that in a decision that is already controversial, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in favor of copyright owners and against hyperlinks. The CJEU decision, though qualified, raises the strong possibility that publishers linking to infringing third party sites will also be liable for […]

September 11, 2016 1:44 pm

IGI Global announces mobile-friendly platform update

(9 September 2016) IGI Global has proudly released their mobile-friendly platform that allows users the ability to access over 3,400 e-books, 164+ e-journals, and 100+ streaming video lectures. The updated features of the platform include a cleaner and more attractive layout and design, a streamlined mobile user experience allowing the site to be accessed on […]

September 11, 2016 8:14 am

ASA task force issues report on evaluating public communication in tenure and promotion

(22 August 2016, Washington, DC) Increasingly, social scientists use multiple forms of communication to engage broader audiences with their research and contribute to solutions of the pressing problems of our time. Yet, in academia, it is unclear whether these efforts to communicate with the public should count when colleges and universities are evaluating scholars. To […]

September 10, 2016 2:17 pm

EMBO and Wiley launch the SmartFigures Lab

(9 September 2016,  Heidelberg, Germany) EMBO and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. announced today the launch of the ‘SmartFigures Lab’, a prototype online publishing website with enhanced data presentation capabilities. The site results from the integration of SmartFigures, an open source application of the EMBO SourceData platform, with Wiley’s Content Enrichment Framework and research & […]

September 10, 2016 1:58 pm

Harbin primary school wins ‘China’s most beautiful school library’ award

(9 September 2016) Jingwei Primary School in Harbin, Heilongjiang province has won a competition to find the most beautiful school library in China, Harbin Daily reported. The school was selected from 76 institutions from across the country that entered the contest run by the China Library Society. Its large collection of 60,000 books helped it […]

September 10, 2016 1:49 pm

China to build Japanese war trial database

(8 September 2016) A Chinese university has announced an ambitious plan to build the largest database in Asia on the Japanese war criminal trials that followed World War II. Shanghai Jiaotong University, together with the National Library of China and The Second Historical Archives of China, will collect dossiers on Japanese war criminals excluding the […]

September 10, 2016 1:39 pm

figshare partners with the Royal Society to increase research data discoverability

(7 September 2016) figshare has announced a partnership with Royal Society to showcase the data from eleven of their publications. Aggregated under one URL, each journal will also have its own sub portal. These new portals will increase the discoverability of their data and give them a wider oversight of what is referenced in their journals. The Royal Society is a […]

September 10, 2016 10:42 am

OpenAIRE survey on attitudes to open peer review

(9 September 2016) OpenAIRE invites you to participate in a brief survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review: Your anonymous answers will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review. The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October. The […]

September 10, 2016 10:34 am

The Open Library Foundation

(9 September 2016, Boston)  The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop […]

September 10, 2016 10:28 am

The future of library services in three visualisations

(9 September 2016) Princeton based KSS Architects has published its thoughts on three basic principles of academic library design for the future library. ‘Through technology-rich amenities… and a mixed-use approach to learning that incorporates everything from entrepreneurship and makerspaces to flipped classrooms and nap pods, library services of the future will meet people where they […]

September 10, 2016 8:30 am

Karger wins three ‘Highly Commended’ prizes at the 2016 BMA Medical Book Awards

(8 September 2016) Karger Publishers is pleased to announce that three of its titles received a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the 2016 British Medical Association’s Medical Book Awards ceremony recently held in London. The prestigious BMA Medical Book Competition takes place annually to encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing. Prizes are awarded in 21 […]

September 9, 2016 8:45 am

OASPA reaches 100 members

(7 September 2016) OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has announce that membership has reached the 100 mark. OASPA continues to receive much interest and support from organisations wanting to join as members and is growing steadily as a result. Its membership includes a wide range of individual academic-led titles, small, medium and large […]

September 9, 2016 8:42 am

Cambridge Core announced

(6 September 2016) Cambridge Core is the new academic online platform from Cambridge University Press. It is a sophisticated, high-performing replacement for existing platforms, Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) and Cambridge Books Online (CBO). For the first time, all Cambridge online books and journals are available in one place for institutional access and purchase. All content […]

September 7, 2016 10:14 am