Monthly Archives: September 2018

How readathon becomes popular in China

(28 September 2018) Reading books gains popularity again, as many cities across China have welcomed readathon. In September, a readathon competition organized by 21 public libraries was held in Shanghai-based Yangtz River Delta Area, attracting 1,700 readers. It set a new record in the number of competitors and cities that participated in the long-time book […]

September 29, 2018 11:35 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-5: Latest World Rankings from National Taiwan University and Times Higher Education

Who is number one in Asia – Tsinghua University or University of Tokyo? What Asian country debuted in a world ranking this year? This News Flash reviews two world rankings.  NTU-TW uses only bibliometrics, favors large universities and receives little media attention.  Times Higher Education uses a variety of metrics, has a slate of rankings […]

September 28, 2018 8:10 am

MAHLAP 31st National Congress and Seminar-Workshop

MAHLAP 31st National Congress forms and conference details here.  

September 27, 2018 11:59 am

Jisc and two education providers team up with Microsoft to boost digital skills

(24 September 2018) Jisc, the University of Leicester, and Milton Keynes College have joined forces with Microsoft to help students and teachers improve their digital skills. The four organisations will work together on a guide that lets students and staff to reflect on their digital skills, pointing them towards courses to help them improve. The free […]

September 26, 2018 7:57 pm

National Library attacked by terrorists in Exercise Heartbeat

(26 September 2018) Children are not spared from the horrors of terrorism and yesterday morning the sacred silence of the National Library of Singapore was shattered by the sound of gunfire, as people fell and scrambled for cover. In a simulation exercise, three gunmen crashed a car into the bollards of the National Library in […]

September 26, 2018 7:51 pm

Credo helps libraries address the skills gap with new and expanded instruction offerings

(24 September 2018, Boston, MA)  Credo has created a Learning Tools product family to offer librarians new and updated resources for teaching foundational skills like information literacy (IL), critical thinking, and communication. The highly-acclaimed InfoLit Modules will now be known as InstructTM to best reflect the growing range of possibilities opened up by the revamped […]

September 26, 2018 11:13 am

Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform

(21 September 2018, Baltimore, MD) Nearly 300 open access (OA) books are now available from Project MUSE, the highly-acclaimed online collection of humanities and social science scholarship, on a newly designed platform that represents a major step forward in OA publishing in these fields.  The books will be delivered in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format […]

September 26, 2018 10:54 am

Monash University hiring Director, Excellence and Engagement

(25 September 2018) As a member of the Library’s leadership team, you will be responsible for strategic planning that maximises use of evidence and analytics, for effective communication with all stakeholders and for building the Library’s capability in these areas. In addition, as the successful candidate, you will have oversight of the Library’s relationships with […]

September 26, 2018 10:41 am

American Physical Society releases PhySH

(20 September 2018) The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that PhySH, APS’s new physics classification scheme, is now publicly available under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Created to provide a fully open, high-quality classification scheme for the entire physics community, PhySH groups concepts into a flexible hierarchy that organizes content by topics. At its core, […]

September 25, 2018 8:52 pm

PKP and SciELO announce development of open source preprint server system

(22 September 2018) In recognition of PKP and SciELO’s twentieth anniversary, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and SciELO Program are entering into an agreement to develop a Preprint Server system on the principles that have guided these two organizations over the last two decades. These governing principles include recognizing the value of: (a) independent manuscript […]

September 25, 2018 8:38 am

Reprints Desk partners with Dimensions to provide intelligent citation references and journal article stats

Reprints Desk and Dimensions Customers will benefit from a powerful combination of intuitive discovery, instant scientific literature access, and personalized data (21 September 2018, Encino, Calif., and London, U.K.) Research Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in providing cloud-based workflow solutions for R&D driven organizations, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk and technology company Digital […]

September 25, 2018 8:30 am

You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India

(21 September 2018) From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that […]

September 23, 2018 8:20 pm

What do librarians wear? Video explores librarian fashion in Australia

(21 September 2018) Do you find yourself wondering what to wear in the morning? Dressed to the 746s: Australian Librarian Style is a short video that explores how librarians dress. It debuted at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier this year. In the video creators Bonnie Wildie, Amy McKenzie […]

September 23, 2018 8:01 am

La Trobe University is hiring Executive Director, Library and University Librarian

(21 September 2018) The University Librarian will lead and direct the University’s libraries to transform the lives of students and communities through learning and knowledge creation, by providing integrated scholarly collections, relevant and responsive information services and fit-for-purpose managed learning spaces. Closing date is 15 October 2018. ALIA has the full job description.

September 21, 2018 3:58 pm

Carlo Ratti and BAF Win Taiwan National Library Competition

(20 September 2018)  Carlo Ratti Associatti and Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) have won the international competition for the Southern branch of the Taiwan National Library and Repository in Tainan, Taiwan. With the concept of “Library as a Town”, the team created a proposal for a new public building that will accommodate a library, book museum and […]

September 21, 2018 3:48 pm