Monthly Archives: January 2017

Applications for IFLA Attendance Grants 2017 are now open

(10 January 2017) The Grants are available to an information professional from Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Each grant covers the early registration fee of Euro 490 which expires on 15 May 2017. The Attendance Grant will also provide support for travel and/or accommodation of up to Euro 700. Applicants must be able to attend […]

January 11, 2017 4:56 pm

Alexander Street announces release of fourth volume in acclaimed ethnographic video online series

(9 January 2017, Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street today announced the launch of the latest installment in its Ethnographic Video Online Series, Volume IV: Festivals and Archives. This new collection of contemporary anthropological films provides a space for today’s visual anthropologists to showcase and disseminate their most compelling work. With a focus on titles screened at contemporary […]

January 10, 2017 10:58 am

Does your place in global university rankings matter?

(9 January 2017) Does your position in global university rankings matter? The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views. Read what they have to say here.

January 9, 2017 3:17 pm

Greetings from the Librarian – New National Diet Library Midterm Vision: Universal Access 2020

(4 January 2016) The National Diet Library will compile a plan ensuring multi-faceted and continuous access to library materials over the long term. It will also anticipate increased demand for access to NDL library materials from patrons in countries all around the world. There are three major roles of the National Diet Library that have […]

January 7, 2017 3:07 pm

Government to digitise iconic Old Delhi library

(2 January 2017, New Delhi)  The new year promises to be a hopeful one for the iconic Hardinge Library in Old Delhi with plans afoot to revamp the historic institution through digitisation of rare books and restoration of its century-old building. Authorities are also endeavouring to put this city landmark on a tourism map, besides […]

January 7, 2017 3:03 pm

PLoS One output drops again in 2016

(5 January 2017) The world’s largest open access journal got a little smaller in 2016. Last year, publication output in PLOS ONE dropped by more than six-thousand research papers, from 28,106 in 2015 to 22,054 in 2016–a decline of about 22%. Since its peak in 2013, the journal has shrunk by 30%. Article output in other PLOS journals has […]

January 6, 2017 4:10 pm

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

(5 January 2017) Thirty or 40 years ago, a student writing a research paper on the topic of acid rain might have needed to decide whether an article from a scientific journal like Nature was a more appropriate source than an article from a popular magazine like Time. Today’s students, however, must know how to […]

January 6, 2017 4:02 pm

ProQuest releases results of its 2016 information literacy survey

(5 January 2017, Mountain View, CA) Though 83% of librarians agree that information literacy affects college graduation rates and 97% believe that this skill set contributes to success in the workforce, 44% think that their library does not support information literacy instruction as much as it should. A recent ProQuest survey of over 200 librarians […]

January 6, 2017 3:54 pm

Kyoto University Library Network joins the IIIF Consortium

(29 December 2016) The Kyoto University Library Network has officially joined the IIIF Consortium, expanding the reach of IIIF activities in Japan. An announcement is also available in Japanese. In a recent bulletin, the Library Network announced that work is underway to digitize items from a collection of over 6.9 million rare and important cultural […]

January 6, 2017 3:26 pm

ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund donates $2,500 to community library in Himalayas

(3 January 2016, Chicago)   The American Library Association (ALA) has donated $2,500 from its Nepal Library Relief Fund to the READ Global (Rural Education and Development) Center in Tukche village in the Mustang district of Nepal. A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 […]

January 6, 2017 3:15 pm

UNSW hiring Information Services Team Leader

(5 January 2017) The Information Services Team Leader is responsible for managing a team of professional Academic Services librarians who deliver a broad range of high quality services focused on the needs of students and academic and professional staff. In this role you will lead your team in developing and delivering these innovative and personalised […]

January 6, 2017 9:12 am

Manga, in the heart of Delhi

(2 January 2017) In New Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, barely 15 steps away from the Moolchand Metro station, is a not-so-large space, filled to the brim with gems for the lover of Japanese comics (manga). This is the Japan Foundation Library. Founded in 2007, it is home to a whole host of Japanese DVDs, audio books, […]

January 3, 2017 8:15 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]

January 3, 2017 3:18 pm