Monthly Archives: September 2019

Ruth’s Rankings News Update September 2019: Bogged down in new releases from NTU, THE and others

By Ruth A. Pagell* Who is number one in the world in September? Who is number one in East Asia? Should Ireland be concerned about the performance of its top universities? Has Malaysia really improved in THE’s rankings? (26 Sep 2019) This update presents the new NTU (National Taiwan University) and THE rankings. It provides […]

September 30, 2019 2:31 am

Transitioning textbooks to open, lessons and insights

(26 Sep 2019)  A growing number of universities are exploring the use of open access text books. Are they the future teaching and learning materials? Universities are leading a grassroots rebellion shaking up the ecology of the scientific publishing sector. A growing number of universities and academics have set up their own presses in an attempt to […]

September 30, 2019 2:01 am

askST@NLB: 200 turn up for talk on fake news law

(27 Sep 2019) About 200 people attended a talk at the Central Library on Friday evening (Sept 27) to learn more about Singapore’s fake news law and how it will affect them. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) was passed in Parliament in May this year and has not come into effect. The 1 1/2-hour […]

September 30, 2019 1:00 am

S. Korea builds more libraries in Vietnam

(19 Sep 2019) The culture ministry of Korea said Thursday it has opened three additional libraries for Vietnamese students as an official development assistance (ODA) project, bringing the total number of such libraries to 14 in the Southeast Asian nation. More details can be found here.  

September 30, 2019 12:57 am

EIFL Public Library Innovation Award is open for application

(25 Sep 2019) A new EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for public libraries that are teaching digital skills in innovative ways and that are bringing people online, is now open for applications. Digital skills are needed more and more, in work and in daily life. In an ever-changing technology environment, people need lifelong opportunities to learn […]

September 27, 2019 10:55 am

Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths from British Library

(23 Sep 2019) British Library’s new website highlights the Library’s remarkable collection of sacred texts. It features the six most-practised faiths in the UK – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as a number of other faiths. Including over 250 digitised collection items, short films and articles, examine the richness and diversity […]

September 27, 2019 10:51 am

Blackboard to launch new Blackboard Learn skill for Amazon Alexa

(25 Sep 2019) Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced plans to launch the new Blackboard Learn skill for Amazon Alexa. This new integration will allow learners to seamlessly access information pertaining to coursework on Blackboard Learn—the Company’s flagship Learning Management System—through any Amazon Alexa-enabled device while going […]

September 27, 2019 10:44 am

India gets its first transgender library in Tamil Nadu to raise awareness about ‘Ambisexuals’

(24 Sep 2019) In a bid to create awareness about ‘ambisexual’ people in the country, a transgender library has been opened as part of the transgender resource centre in Viswanathapuram, Madurai. “Programs for alternate-sex children should be announced in the National Children”s Policy and transgender subjects should be included in the school education system,” Priya […]

September 27, 2019 9:48 am

IGI Global showcased as a leading publisher in technology at 2019 Beijing International Book Fair

(12 Sep 2019)  During the 2019 Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), IGI Global was showcased as a leading publishing house within China at the China National Publication Import and Export Corporation’s (CNPIEC) “Tribute to Technology Development” event, which took place on August 23, 2019 in Beijing, China. Ms. Yvonne Li, Managing Director of IGI Global’s […]

September 27, 2019 9:26 am

SAGE launches comprehensive research methods reference resource

(23 Sep 2019) SAGE Publishing today launches SAGE Research Methods Foundations, an online reference resource on all aspects of research methods and the research process for the social sciences. The resource contains hundreds of entries written by an international roster of methods experts, such as psychologist Paul Stenner and sociologist Guillermina Jasso, each between 500 and 10,000 […]

September 24, 2019 11:05 am

Jisc router agreement with IOP Publishing

(23 Sep 2019) A new agreement between IOP Publishing (IOPP) and Jisc will enable the provision of journal articles published on a gold open access basis directly to institutional repositories in the UK. Using a service called the Jisc Publications Router, IOPP will pass published articles, in their final published versions, directly to the correct institutional repositories […]

September 24, 2019 10:58 am

WIPO officially launches new IP portal

(17 Sep 2019)  WIPO has launched its new IP Portal, a one-stop shop to the Organization’s full range of online intellectual property (IP) services. For users of WIPO’s IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, the IP Portal will provide greater consistency in how they interact with WIPO, while maintaining the underlying business processes. The full announcement has an introduction video […]

September 24, 2019 10:49 am

University of Sydney is hiring Director of University Libraries

(20 Sep 2019)  About the job: A nationally visible leader and advocate, the Director will bring passion and a clear vision for leading-edge libraries positioned at the academic and cultural heart of a university, embracing digital innovations to deliver customer-centric services of the highest quality. Demonstrating an excellent understanding of the scholarly library context on […]

September 24, 2019 9:01 am

University of Otago is hiring University Librarian

(20 Sep 2019) University of Otago is hiring University Librarian, with the job description as below – With the upcoming retirement of the present University Librarian, a unique opportunity exists to lead the ongoing development of seven on and off-Campus libraries. The University Librarian is responsible for the strategic direction of library services, ensuring that […]

September 24, 2019 8:57 am

Cambridge University Press and UNSILO partner to deliver AI-based related links

(16 Sep 2019)  Cambridge University Press, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious academic publishers, and UNSILO, Denmark-based AI company, today signed an agreement by which UNSILO will use machine-learning tools to identify related content across around one million journal articles and book chapters from the vast Cambridge corpus. UNSILO applies machine learning and […]

September 23, 2019 10:09 pm