Monthly Archives: May 2020

Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers

(18 May 2020) Science journals will have to disclose the costs of publishing articles in order for them to be paid for by a coalition of research funders pushing for open access. The price transparency rules, which will take effect in July 2022, were announced today by cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European […]

May 19, 2020 4:51 pm

Designing resilient libraries for a post-covid world

(12 May 2020) As we miss our libraries, we’re asking ourselves how our experience with Covid-19 will reshape these spaces. There’s a lot that we don’t know. As many states move to ease social distancing measures, we’re unsure of how large the growth in new cases will be. We don’t know whether Covid-19 could become […]

May 19, 2020 12:54 pm

HKU is hiring Subject Librarians

(18 May 2020) From job posting, the University of Hong Kong – Applications are invited for appointment as Education Librarian/Engineering Librarian/Science Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian I/II) (3 posts) in the University Libraries (Ref.: 500158), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.  Successful candidates will be appointed to […]

May 19, 2020 10:53 am

The 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition goes online

(15 May 2020) The online edition of the 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE)—New Horizons of Reading, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation—will open on May 15th. TiBE is one of the biggest Asian book fairs and has been praised by the media for having […]

May 15, 2020 3:06 pm

Forthcoming IGI Global major reference works

(13 May 2020) With 1.6 billion children out of school1 and an escalating unemployment rate across the world, the current COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the way businesses and schools are adapting during this turbulent time, with a focus on the importance of technology as these entities transition to an online-only environment. Understanding the importance of having […]

May 15, 2020 2:08 pm

What’s wrong with the H-index, according to its inventor

(24 Mar 2020) Love it or hate it, the H-index has become one of the most widely used metrics in academia for measuring the productivity and impact of researchers. But when Jorge Hirsch proposed it as an objective measure of scientific achievement in 2005, he didn’t think it would be used outside theoretical physics. “I wasn’t even […]

May 15, 2020 2:00 pm

DREAMSEA: A programme to digitise Southeast Asian manuscripts and to safeguard cultural diversity

(13 May 2020) DREAMSEA stands for Digital Repository of Endangered and Affected Manuscripts in Southeast Asia, which is a Programme that strives to preserve the content of manuscripts in the entire region of Southeast Asia by way of digitisation, and to make this content fully and openly accessible online. The Programme is carried out by the Center for […]

May 15, 2020 1:56 pm

Publishers launch joint effort to tackle altered images in research papers

(13 May 2020)  From Nature: “The world’s largest science publishers are teaming up to discuss how to automatically flag altered or duplicated images in research papers. A new working group — the first formal cross-industry initiative to discuss the issue — aims to set standards for software that screens papers for problematic images during peer […]

May 15, 2020 1:51 pm

There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing

(13 May 2020)  The nature and extent of predatory publishing is highly contested. Whilst debates have often focused defining journals and publishers as either predatory or not predatory. Kyle Siler argues that predatory publishing encompasses a spectrum of activities and that by understanding this ambiguity, we can better understand and make value judgements over where legitimacy […]

May 14, 2020 1:24 pm

Japan: Hackathon at the NDL

(Apr 2020)  From National Diet Library Newsletter April 2020: A hackathon entitled GLAM: Making Good Use of Data Created by Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums was held at the Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library (NDL) on September 14 and 15, 2019. Japan Search is a portal site that was developed by the […]

May 14, 2020 9:14 am

Chinese publishers react to new policies on research evaluation

(11 May 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: In February, the Chinese government released two documents that set forth important changes in policies governing science research evaluation. One of the most eye-catching changes is the requirement for researchers to publish one third of their representative papers in domestic Chinese journals, which is being hailed as a big boost for […]

May 12, 2020 7:48 am

National Library of Australia’s collection of performing arts scrapbooks is now available online

(9 May 2020)  From National Library of Australia: Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid […]

May 11, 2020 9:11 am

National Library of China to reopen with daily cap of visitors

(8 May 2020) The National Library of China will reopen from May 12 with a daily cap of 1,200 visitors, among China’s steps to resume normal economic and social order after the coronavirus epidemic eases. Visitors need to make reservations via the social media application Wechat or phone calls, according to a Friday notice from the […]

May 11, 2020 8:06 am

Korea: Ulsan library launches book-buying program

(8 May 2020) Korea’s southeastern port city of Ulsan said Thursday it will carry out a project to pay back the price of books purchased by citizens to promote reading. Citizens who buy a book, read it and then donate it to the Ulsan Metropolitan Library within four weeks will get their money back. Each citizen […]

May 11, 2020 8:03 am

ALIA provides checklist to support reopening of libraries

(6 May 2020) With state and territory governments planning to ease restrictions in the coming months, libraries will need to carefully consider the risks associated with reopening, and the measures which will need to put in place when the time comes for them to open. To assist with this, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) […]

May 8, 2020 8:46 am