Monthly Archives: June 2018

How we discovered three poisonous books in our university library

(27 June 2018) Some may remember the deadly book of Aristotle that plays a vital part in the plot of Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel The Name of the Rose. Poisoned by a mad Benedictine monk, the book wreaks havoc in a 14th-century Italian monastery, killing all readers who happen to lick their fingers when turning […]

June 28, 2018 6:09 pm

More than 1 million images now publicly available at

(27 June 2018) Artstor has made more than 1 million image, video, document, and audio files from public institutional collections freely available to everyone—subscribers and non-subscribers alike–at These collections are being shared by institutions who make their content available via JSTOR Forum, a tool that allows them to catalog, manage, and share digital media […]

June 28, 2018 9:29 am

Deakin University hiring Electronic Resources Librarian

(27 June 2018) To assist with the timely and effective acquisition and collection management of electronic information resources by contributing to the ordering, renewing and license review of electronic information resources, coordinating  resource evaluation workflows, coordinating acquisition and access projects and improvement initiatives. Closing date is 8 July 2018. ALIA has the full job description.

June 28, 2018 9:22 am

Swinburne University hiring Manager, Digital Information and Records Management

(27 June 2018) Reporting to the Manager, Acquisitions, Records and Copyright, the Manager, Digital Information and Records Management works to achieve best practice information management and compliance with legislative requirements for business information across Swinburne University of Technology. To assist the University in transitioning to a digital records environment, the Manager, Digital Information and Records […]

June 28, 2018 8:55 am

Penang Digital Library to be expanded

(26 June 2018, George Town)  The Penang Digital Library (PDL), Malaysia’s first digital library which acts as a catalyst for the next phase of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) development, will be expanding says Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) deputy general manager, S. Bharathi. She said following resounding response to the library, there was a […]

June 28, 2018 8:50 am

HK public libraries remove LGBTQIA+ kids books

(27 June 2018) The Hong Kong government has been accused of moving several LGBTQIA-themed children’s books out of public view in the city’s public libraries, following complaints by an anti-gay group, reports the Standard. The Hong Kong government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) confirmed some titles have been moved to a closed location where […]

June 28, 2018 8:45 am

Changes made to Australian copyright law

(20 June 2018, Canberra, Australia) Important changes to Australian copyright law passed today will protect Australia’s education, cultural and disability organisations and help them provide better services to our communities. Under the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Act 2018 Australian disability organisations, education providers and cultural institutions will now be covered by the copyright safe harbour […]

June 28, 2018 8:37 am

China and Asia Leading the Way in Information Science and Technology

        (26 June 2018)  In today’s technologically advanced world, information science has proven to be an essential, far-reaching field of study, playing a role in numerous disciplines. China in particular has become a technological powerhouse in Asia, leading the way in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, mobile communication, cryptocurrency, and e-commerce. As an important […]

June 26, 2018 4:31 pm

Free participation in New Professionals’ Seminar: The Wonder Years

(26 June 2018) Celebrate August to learn, experience and share your librarianship journey! SMU Libraries and LAS proudly present this 2-day seminar, 20-21 August 2018, where you can acquire practical skills that are needed for today’s workplace and expand your network with peers. Who should Attend: Recent library graduates and early career professionals with no more […]

June 26, 2018 2:32 pm

NTU hiring Librarian / Senior Librarian (Education & Learning)

(25 June 2018) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,  invites applications for the position of Librarian or Senior Librarian. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering effective and engaging in-class instructional programmes and e-learning initiatives on information media literacy and subject resources. He/she will also be involved in coordinating services that utilize learning technology […]

June 26, 2018 12:12 pm

Kuala Lumpur ‘living library’ bridges generation gap in ageing Asia

(25 June 2018, Kuala Lumpur) A “living library” project in Malaysia’s capital is lending out older people’s knowledge to the young, to improve the lives of pensioners and bridge Kuala Lumpur’s generation gap. It links groups of students with retirement homes so older people can discuss the challenges they face living in the city. The […]

June 25, 2018 7:53 pm

Ancient Buddhist collection reprinted

(25 June 2018) A Song Dynasty (960-1279) Tripitaka, a precious collection of ancient Buddhist classics, has been reprinted through the joint efforts of Chinese and Japanese scholars. The reprinted collection contains 5,500 volumes, weighs a metric ton and is priced at 2.66 million yuan ($413,000). First compiled at the Sixi Yuanjue Monastery in Huzhou during […]

June 25, 2018 7:50 pm

Public Library Program WLIC 2018

(22 June 2018) IFLA’s Public Libraries Section has partnered with a number of other professional units to bring you a rich program in Kuala Lumpur this August. Pop these in your diary! Sunday 26 August/ Session 094/ 9.30-11.30 What is Universal Design for Libraries? Library Services to People with Special Needs: Public Libraries and Library Services […]

June 22, 2018 10:59 am

Three specialist libraries to close at University of Auckland, 45 jobs to go

(21 June 2018) The University of Auckland will close three specialist libraries, with the loss of around 45 fulltime-equivalent staff. The decision has been condemned by the Auckland University Student’s Association, which says the move will be bad for students and creative arts at the institution. The university said: “Among other decisions, the consolidation of […]

June 22, 2018 10:49 am

The limits of area studies: studying scholars of Asia

(21 June 2018) From 2015-2017, Ithaka S+R partnered with 29 researchers at 11 academic libraries in the U.S. to study the research activities and support needs of scholars in Asian Studies. Today marks the release of the project’s capstone report, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars, which provides actionable findings for organizations, […]

June 22, 2018 10:43 am