Monthly Archives: January 2018

Public Library Day 2018 the Philippines

(30 January 2018) In line with Proclamation No. 563, “Designating March 9 of every year as Public Library Day”, the National Library of the Philippines, as the central node of public libraries in the country, will spearhead in celebrating the 59th Public Library Day on March 9, 2018 with the theme: Limang K para maging […]

January 31, 2018 1:14 pm

DOAJ launches the DOAJ Best Practice Guide

DOAJ has launched the DOAJ Best Practice Guide (30 January 2018) The Guide is a web resource that provides selection criteria, resources and tools for the identification of reputable open access journals to support researchers, publishers and librarians in their search of best practice and transparency standards. It is also an attempt to collect discussions about open access to publications and its […]

January 31, 2018 1:06 pm

Eighty-two cases of offspring named as co-authors in South Korea

(29 January 2018) Some 82 cases of professors listing their secondary school offspring as co-authors in academic papers have been unearthed by an investigation by South Korea’s ministry of education, writes Aimee Chung. The discovery has prompted referrals to ethics committees at 29 universities – including some of the country’s top institutions – where the […]

January 31, 2018 12:55 pm

Great exaggerations! Death of Libraries

(25 January 2018) Libraries these days are built digital brick by digital brick – brick being the metaphor for digital books, journals, articles, objects, media, digital infrastructure, networks, apps, data, and analytics. The growth of print collections has been declining considerably in recent times. Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University (SMU) writes that SMU […]

January 27, 2018 4:51 pm

Peking University acquires linguistics and literature eBook package from De Gruyter Mouton

(25 January 2018) Peking University has acquired the complete De Gruyter Mouton collection (up to and including 2017) to strengthen its growing linguistics program. The acquired collection includes 2,400 ebook titles. “We are proud that Peking University has chosen to expand its collection with the prestigious De Gruyter Mouton content and that our titles are […]

January 26, 2018 11:55 am

OECD trials with UNSILO a new way to build subject collections

(25 January 2018, Paris, France / Aarhus, Denmark) UNSILO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have worked together on a proof of concept designed to improve content discovery and collection-building from the hundreds of  thousands of books and papers available on the OECD Publishing platform, using UNSILO’s artificial intelligence technology. The solution […]

January 26, 2018 11:21 am

Human Rights Studies Database honored by Choice magazine

Collection that can “bring one to tears, but inspire defiance” is named Outstanding Academic Title (23 January 2018, Ann Arbor, MI) The Human Rights Studies Online database, from Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company, was recognized by Choice as one of the magazine’s 2017 Outstanding Academic Title award-winners for curating and contextualizing human rights atrocities from […]

January 25, 2018 1:39 pm

Royal College of Music launches new database of musical instruments

(23 January 2018) The Royal College of Music has launched a brand new database of musical instruments. MINIM-UK brings together over 20,000 instruments from more than 200 UK collections, making them digitally available to the public for the first time. The announcement is here.

January 25, 2018 12:28 pm

Quantity does matter as citation impact increases with productivity

(23 January 2018)  Many scholars are encouraged to focus on the quality not the quantity of their publications, the rationale being that becoming too focused on productivity risks reducing the quality of one’s work. But is this, in fact, the case? Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström have studied a large sample of researchers […]

January 25, 2018 11:38 am

New multi-year partnership sees Times Higher Education continue to draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data for its World University Rankings

(18 January 2018) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health which is part of RELX Group, and Times Higher Education (THE), the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world, today announced their extended partnership in a multi-year agreement.   This will see THE draw on Elsevier’s Scopus data to […]

January 25, 2018 9:14 am

Tales of the Malay World

(22 January 2018) If you are in Singapore – or anywhere near – grab the opportunity to visit the exhibition Tales of the Malay World, at the National Library of Singapore, before it ends on 25 February 2018. The biggest international exhibition of Malay manuscripts ever held, the display of over a hundred Malay manuscripts […]

January 24, 2018 6:05 pm

Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs

(22 January 2018) Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be observed: the costs of open access are increasing and at […]

January 24, 2018 5:22 pm

New issue of SEALG Newsletter published

(22 January 2018) The latest issue of the SEALG Newsletter has now been published and is available freely on the homepage It includes articles on Thai royal editions of the Buddhist scriptures by Larry Ashmun, two previous exhibitions in Mandalay and Rangoon by San San May, special collections at the Southeast Asia Studies Library in […]

January 24, 2018 5:16 pm

NIE library hiring Librarian / Senior Librarian

(22 January 2018) The NIE Library and Information Services Centre is seeking a creative, innovative and service-oriented candidate who is able to work independently and collaboratively in transforming the library for the 21st century. Librarian / Senior Librarian This position provides subscription services, develops the Library’s monograph collection, and serves as a library liaison to […]

January 22, 2018 4:47 pm

Understanding the implications of Open Citations – how far along are we?

(22 January 2018) The academic discovery space seems to be buzzing again. This space has become relatively stable after the introduction and maturity of Web Scale Discovery between 2009-2013, but things seem to be hotting up once again, writes Aaron Tay. With the recent interest in integrating discovery of open access, as well as linked […]

January 22, 2018 4:42 pm