Monthly Archives: September 2019

Ethics of artificial intelligence explored in research library issues

(19 Sep 2019) The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) opens a conversation about the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of knowledge production, dissemination, and preservation. The table of contents with links to the articles follows: What Do Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics of AI Mean in the Context of Research Libraries? Mary Lee Kennedy […]

September 20, 2019 9:41 am

New journal from Cambridge University Press to tackle problems in scholarly communication

(18 Sep 2019) A new journal from Cambridge University Press will take a radical new approach to both publishing and peer reviewing research. Experimental Results aims to tackle the crisis in the reproducibility of results, provide an outlet for standalone research that currently goes unpublished and to make peer review faster, less onerous and more transparent. Submissions […]

September 20, 2019 9:17 am

Christchurch’s $92.7m Turanga central library scoops a building technology award

(12 Sep 2019) Turanga, opened almost a year ago, won the over $50m project category in the first “Building Information Modelling” – known as BIM –  awards run by the Registered Master Builders Association. The new awards are designed to encourage the uptake of the technology which has been “a slow burn” in New Zealand […]

September 19, 2019 9:01 am

Loyola College is hiring Head of Information Services

(18 Sep 2019) Loyola College is a Catholic Co-Education Secondary College in the Ignatian tradition with an enrolment of 1340 students. Applications are called for this leadership position commencing in 2020. The Head of Information Services leads a dynamic team that provides information and digital services to the College community in the Loyola iCentre. The broad […]

September 19, 2019 8:38 am

Moodle partners with Turnitin to integrate SimCheck into the World’s most popular learning platform

(16 Sep 2019) Moodle, the world’s most popular learning platform, today announced its new partnership with Turnitin, a global leader in academic integrity and originality checking services. From Monday 16 September 2019, the Turnitin SimCheck service will be available as a certified integration for the Moodle platform. This partnership helps instructors ensure that student work submitted via Moodle is […]

September 18, 2019 8:56 am

Case study: Research data management and the evolutions of scholarship: policy, infrastructure and data literacy at KU Leuven

(Published on 6 Sep 2019)  Abstract of the case study: This case study critically examines ongoing developments in contemporary scholarship through the lens of research data management support at KU Leuven, and KU Leuven Libraries in particular. By means of case-based examples, current initiatives for fostering sound scientific work and scholarship are considered in three […]

September 18, 2019 8:50 am

Digital Science released new report on falsifiability and reproducibility in scientific research

(11 Sep 2019) Digital Science’s new report addresses three areas including appropriate documentation and sharing of research data, clear analysis and processes, and the sharing of code. Making Science Better: Reproducibility, Falsifiability and the Scientific Method looks at the current state of reproducibility in 2019, as well as the importance of falsifiability in the research process. The […]

September 18, 2019 8:40 am

MyLOFT launched at IFLA WLIC 2019 in Greece

(13 Sep 2019) After successful launches in domestic market, Ahmedabad based Eclat Engineering Pvt. Ltd has recently launched its My Library on Finger Tips (MyLOFT) app at IFLA WLIC 2019 in Athens, Greece. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and […]

September 16, 2019 12:49 pm

Google says it wants to elevate original reporting in search

(14 Sep 2019) The search giant Google said on Thursday that it has made changes in its search rater guidelines that will “better recognize original reporting, surface it more prominently in Search and ensure it stays there longer.” If true, and if it can work, this would be a boon for news organizations doing original […]

September 16, 2019 9:35 am

Iranian hackers hit over 60 universities to get library access

(12 Sept 2019) Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat group, […]

September 16, 2019 9:31 am

School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

(15 Sep 2019) Researchers have reported an “alarming” loss in the number of qualified teacher librarians in Australia’s schools, warning student literacy will continue to suffer if the trend is not reversed. Once a staple of schools, the roles have been branded a dying breed with many principals opting to replace them with cheaper “library […]

September 16, 2019 9:22 am

“International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times” held by National Library China

(12 Sep 2019)  The International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times was opened in the National Library of China (NLC) on 9-10 September, joined by experts from more than 10 countries as well as local librarians. Sessions for different themes were held, including “Memory and Inheritance: Open and Shared Document Resources Construction”, […]

September 16, 2019 9:20 am

LIBER webinar recording: “Innovating the ways metrics are applied, responsible metrics & measuring openness”

(11 Sep 2019) A video recording of a LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) webinar held yesterday (September 10, 2019) and titled, “Innovating The Ways Metrics Are Applied, Responsible Metrics & Measuring Openness” is now available online. Library Journal has a short description and video embedded here.  

September 12, 2019 3:15 pm

ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

(11 Sep 2019) Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at for members of the public […]

September 12, 2019 3:10 pm

Auckland University of Technology is hiring Director, Research and Learning (Library)

(12 Sep 2019)  About the role: An outstanding opportunity has arisen to provide strategic leadership, direction and operational management for the provision of exceptional library research, learning and digital services to the AUT community. Working closely with key academic stakeholders you’ll unlock what faculties need and establish a clear service framework for academic engagement, learning […]

September 12, 2019 3:05 pm