Monthly Archives: July 2020

Research Tools: COVID-19 Map Explorer provides access to datasets from over 20 sources

(30 Jul 2020)  From the Centre for Humanitarian Data: About one-third of the 17 million global COVID-19 cases are coming from 63 countries that have a refugee or humanitarian operation. To help understand the progress of the virus and its impact on already vulnerable people in these locations, we have created a map explorer that brings […]

July 31, 2020 9:12 am
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Singapore names 2020 Book Award finalists, adds digital categories

(30 Jul 2020) One of Asia’s most energetic and comprehensive book award programs, the annual Singapore Book Publishers Association’s prizes traditionally have covered seven categories: Book Cover Design Education Title Illustrated Non-Fiction Title Literary Work Middle Grade / Young Adult Title Nonfiction Title Picture Book This year, new categories have been added, a reflection of the handsome […]

July 31, 2020 8:49 am
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IGI Global OA Fee Waiver Initiative extends to Book Processing Charges

(28 Jul 2020)  When a library invests in IGI Global’s InfoSci-Databases, which includes the InfoSci-Books and InfoSci-Journals databases, they can take advantage of IGI Global’s  OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative.  Under this initiative, institutions can maximize their budgets, as the publisher will match the library’s investment with a fund of equal value to […]

July 30, 2020 9:49 am
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Digital driving 2019 growth in academic publishing

(28 Jul 2020) 2019 saw the invoiced value of combined UK publisher sales of academic and professional books and journals rise by 1.3%, to nearly £3.3bn – 25.8% higher than in 2015. Digital is driving this growth in academic publishing, with a 4.2% rise in digital sales revenue in 2019 slightly outweighing a 4.6% print sales […]

July 30, 2020 9:25 am
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‘Universities are not corporations’: 600 Australian academics call for change to uni governance structures

(29 Jul 2020) More than 600 academics from 36 Australian universities and members of the academic community have signed an open letter to federal and state education ministers calling for a return to a more democratic, cost-effective and functional structure for Australia’s universities. Australian universities are in crisis. Large-scale redundancies are announced almost daily, with estimates of up to 21,000 […]

July 30, 2020 9:21 am
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Internet Archive responds to publishers’ copyright lawsuit

Saying that the Internet Archive operates ‘the digital equivalent of traditional library lending,’ the nonprofit responds to four publishers’ test of ‘Controlled Digital Lending. (29 Jul 2020)  Following the June 1 filing of a copyright infringement lawsuit by four publisher-members of the Association of American Publishers—including three of the Big Five—the Internet Archive has made its scheduled […]

July 30, 2020 9:12 am
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AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

(27 Jul 2020) The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its inaugural list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. Best Digital Tools combines the previously separate lists of Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. The new list follows the evolution of technology as websites develop apps and resources are […]

July 30, 2020 9:04 am
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New Zealand: Future of Wellington library up for debate

(21 Jul 2020)  Wellingtonians are being given five options for the future of their library, but the city council has expressed a preference for high-level earthquake strengthening. A consultation document which will go public on 27 July was finalised today at a City Council meeting. The preferred option has a projected cost of between $174.4m […]

July 29, 2020 4:35 pm
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Korea: Public museums, libraries reopen with safety measures

(22 Jul 2020)  Many public libraries, museums and art galleries in South Korea reopened their doors to the public on Wednesday amid signs of a slowdown in COVID-19 infections. The National Museum of Korea (NMK), the National Library of Korea and other cultural venues under the central government began accepting visitors, albeit with safety measures […]

July 29, 2020 4:31 pm
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Japan: Kengo Kuma-designed Kadokawa Culture Museum prepares to open

(20 Jul 2020)  Kengo Kuma has designed this monolithic museum building in Japan, which is set to open to the public later in 2020. Located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of central Tokyo, the ‘Kadokawa culture museum’ is part of a larger development called ‘Tokorozawa sakura town’. The site also includes an anime-focused hotel, a book […]

July 29, 2020 4:29 pm
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Cambodia: Documentation Centre of Cambodia has named its library the Queen Mother’s Library

(21 Jul 2020) The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has named its library the Queen Mother’s Library in honour of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. Recently, Ambassador Dr. Julio Jeldres, former Private Secretary and Official Biographer to his Late Majesty, the King Father Norodom Sihanouk, donated his entire collection of documents and […]

July 29, 2020 4:24 pm
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Cambodia: A Khmer Rouge reference repository opens in Takeo

(27 Jul 2020) A Khmer Rouge Research Office and Library opened in Takeo Province on Monday to promote research and raise awareness about the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The project was officially inaugurated on the campus of the Takeo Regional Teacher Training Centre by its backers, the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) and the Ministry of Education, […]

July 29, 2020 2:20 pm
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Foshan Library (China) is the 1st place winner of IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award for 2020

(22 Jul 2020) From IFLA: Foshan Library (China) is the 1st place winner of the coveted IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award for 2020 Foshan Library (China) wins 1st place for their N-Library: To Forge a Closer Community of Shared Future. N-Library, an abbreviation of “Neighborhood Library,” helps families build libraries at home by moving collected […]

July 28, 2020 3:13 pm
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Google releases 2020 version of Scholar Metrics

(7 Jul 2020)  From Google Scholar Blog: “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2020 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2015–2019 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in […]

July 23, 2020 9:16 am
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Lost folios of Chinese encyclopedia surfaced for sale in Paris

Two lost folios from the ‘Yongle Dadian’, the Ming dynasty encyclopaedia that has assumed national treasure status in China, surfaced for sale in Paris last week. (13 Jul 2020) Estimated at €5000-7000, they sold for a massive €6.4m (£5.82m) or €8.13m once the 27% buyer’s premium was added. Completed at the behest of the third Ming […]

July 23, 2020 9:08 am
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