Monthly Archives: December 2016

China Cultural Center turns new page with digital library

(30 December 2016) A digital library of China Cultural Center was launched Thursday 29 December in Beijing to provide better information service to readers abroad and to better promote Chinese culture. The online library, a joint initiative of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Culture and the National Library, will be […]

December 31, 2016 9:07 am

Website for Burmese law resources

(28 December 2016) Myanmar-law-library (MLL) is a website hosted in France and created by Rémi Nguyen, Ph.D Candidate in Law at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), for the access and knowledge of Burmese law. The website contains legislative texts (Constitutions, Burma Codes, statute law) since the independence of Burma (Myanmar), court decisions of […]

December 31, 2016 7:19 am

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

(23 December 2016) Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a license. has the story.

December 28, 2016 1:16 pm

Should writers be paid for their eBooks lent by libraries?

(21 December 2016) When libraries lend books to the public, authors and publishers receive remuneration from the Government under the Lending Rights schemes, but this is not the case when libraries lend eBooks. Is this fair? This year, a Public Lending Rights scheme was extended to eBooks in Canada, with no payments for eBooks yet. […]

December 22, 2016 4:05 pm

Libraries at the Crossroads

(20 December 2016) Following on from the successful Institutes held since 2003, the University of Hong Kong Libraries is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Library Leadership Institute with the theme of Libraries at the Crossroads: Challenges for Leadership. This residential Institute will provide library directors and senior librarians from the Asia region with the […]

December 21, 2016 5:03 pm

Wolters Kluwer enhances formulary monograph service and pharmacogenomics content in Lexicomp

(December 15, 2016)  The Health division of Wolters Kluwer is providing user-friendly access to timely, relevant drug information by enhancing valuable special features in its Lexicomp® Online electronic drug reference solution. This includes upgrading the interface of the Formulary Monograph Service module and introducing summary pharmacogenomics monographs for easier, point-of-care clinical use. Formulary Monograph Service, available […]

December 21, 2016 7:40 am

University of Macao hiring University Librarian

(12 December 2016) The University Librarian, directly reporting to the Vice Rector (Research), will lead the overall operation and management of the University Library. She/he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects related to the library in the University, including: (a) developing, monitoring and reviewing the strategic direction of library functions; (b) planning and […]

December 21, 2016 7:33 am

CDNLAO Newsletter, No.87, December 2016

No.87, December 2016 Special topic: Services for children and young adults [Australia] National Library of Australia Digital Classroom [Japan] New services of the International Library of Children’s Literature [IFLA] Measuring the effects of collaboration between schools and public libraries CDNLAO meeting [China] The 25th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) 2017 Information from […]

December 21, 2016 7:27 am

BMJ announces new partnership to support primary healthcare in China

(16 December 2016) BMJ, one of the world’s leading healthcare knowledge providers, has partnered with Guangdong Family Doctor Association to make their fully translated Chinese edition of BMJ Best Practice available to over two million primary healthcare professionals across China. Last week, the UK’s Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, attended the signing ceremony at the UK-China […]

December 21, 2016 7:19 am

‘Global university rankings data are flawed’ – HEPI

(15 December 2016) Governments and institutions should ignore leading international university rankings because they are “unreliable” and “methodologically flawed”, according to a new analysis by the United Kingdom higher education think tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI. But ranking organisations say that while they accept their processes can be improved, and they are […]

December 19, 2016 11:15 am

Panelists discuss open access publishing in the global south for OASPA webinar

(16 December 2016) Xin Bi (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University/DOAJ), Ina Smith (Academy of Science of South Africa), and Abel Packer (SciELO) recently joined OASPA for a webinar to discuss Open Access Publishing in the Global South. Lars Bjørnshauge (DOAJ) chaired the discussion. The Copyright Clearance Center hosted the webinar. Leyla Williams, Events and Communications Coordinator at […]

December 18, 2016 5:44 pm

Symposium “Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia”

(16 December 2016) This symposium on 1 July 2017 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, will explore the ways in which colonial and postcolonial film and photographic archives have been rearticulated within a range of Southeast Asian political and aesthetic contexts. How have artists and filmmakers sought to subvert existing power relations […]

December 17, 2016 4:35 pm

Slides and recording of COAR webinar on Publishing Controlled Vocabularies for Access and Reuse

(16 December 2016) Slides and the recording of the COAR webinar Publishing Controlled Vocabularies for Access and Reuse is now available at For more about the webinar, please check the webinar website. The announcement is here.

December 17, 2016 4:31 pm

2016 PRRLA meeting presentations published

(16 December 2016)  All presentations for the 2016 PRRLA meeting, From Vision to Reality: PRRLA Libraries as Strategic Assets for Research, Teaching, and Learning, which took place in Melbourne, 5-7 December, are now available. This also includes a special report on the PRL project, an update from the PRL Collection Development Working Group, and the […]

December 17, 2016 4:27 pm

Figshare has new partnership with Springer Nature to make research more accessible

(15 December 2016) Figshare has announced a new partnership with Springer Nature to support BioMed Central and SpringerOpen authors who wish to openly share their supplementary data. Figshare is  now hosting additional files from more than 300 BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. This new service to authors and readers will: Improve the online display of […]

December 17, 2016 4:24 pm