Yearly Archives: 2020

Clarivate releases 2020 update of Journal Citation Reports

(29 Jun 2020)  Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today released the 2020 update to its annual Web of Science Journal Citation Reports™ (JCR).  The annual JCR release enables the research community to evaluate the world’s high-quality academic journals using a range of indicators, descriptive […]

July 7, 2020 9:37 am

Job reductions announced at EBSCO

(26 Jun 2020) From LJ infoDOCKET: Here’s the full text of a statement from EBSCO CEO, Tim Collins: The impact of COVID-19 has been wide-reaching and continues to take its toll on our lives and the economy.  With all that’s going on around us, we expect that EBSCO’s business will be impacted as well. As […]

June 27, 2020 5:36 pm

Korea: Korean War documents designated as cultural assets

(24 Jun 2020)  From Korean Herald: Military documents produced during the 1950-53 Korean War have been designated as cultural assets and will be open to the public this week in line with the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, the Army said Wednesday. The 7,521 documents — mainly of operational plans, orders and […]

June 27, 2020 5:25 pm

National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove, the digital collection of Australia

(27 Jun 2020) From the Canberran Times:  Canberrans will now have access to a new and improved treasure trove of information as the National Library launched its new program on Friday. More than 3000 Australians contributed to a new and improved Trove system, which was unveiled after four years of work. The federal government announced a […]

June 27, 2020 5:10 pm

Opening up cultural data in Indonesia

(24 Jun 2020)  Cultural institutions, creative minds and tech enthusiasts have teamed up to provide integrated data on Indonesian cultures, but problems remain. The Education and Culture Ministry (of Indonesia) will set up a data portal that features a range of information in varied forms — text, photos and videos — collected by both the […]

June 27, 2020 4:58 pm

Research shows virus undetectable on five highly circulated library materials after three days

(22 Jun 2020)  In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days. The findings are part of […]

June 27, 2020 4:50 pm

EBSCO develops free tool to assist librarians with COUNTER R5 reports

(25 Jun 2020)  EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has developed a new resource to make harvesting COUNTER reports easier. The SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries (the R5 Harvester) is a Microsoft Access tool designed to help small to medium size consortia more easily gather COUNTER reports for their affiliated libraries. The R5 Harvester was created by […]

June 27, 2020 4:44 pm

Elsevier releases 2019 CiteScore

(9 Jun 2020)  CiteScore 2019 values are now available in Scopus! Enhanced CiteScore methodology CiteScore 2019 has a new and enhanced methodology based on customer feedback, and industry expertise, ensuring that CiteScore remains comprehensives, current, clear and free. The new methodology will also be used to retrospectively calculated CiteScore values for all previous years (2011 […]

June 24, 2020 10:15 am

Strengthen your coaching skill via IFLA Coach Training Series

(3 Jun 2020)  The IFLA Coaching Initiative is a collaboration between the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and Management and Marketing sections of IFLA. The positive evaluations and experiences from the last two years’ coaching sessions at World Library and Information Congress have demonstrated a clear need and demand for continued support and expansion […]

June 24, 2020 9:01 am

Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]

June 24, 2020 8:47 am

Library Buildings In Europe Website is launched

(22 Jun 2020)  LIBER and the LIBER Architecture Group (LAG) have today launched Library buildings in Europe, a website dedicated to inspiring and supporting anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The photos and accompanying details will enable those involved in such projects to […]

June 23, 2020 10:35 am

ASEAN and The Asia Foundation collaborate to equip micro and small enterprises with digital skills and tools

(22 Jun 2020)  The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) and The Asia Foundation have come together, to launch the Go Digital ASEAN initiative. Supported by a USD3.3m grant from, the initiative is designed to equip micro and small enterprises as well as underemployed youth, particularly those in rural and isolated […]

June 23, 2020 9:14 am

The Risky journey that saved one of China’s greatest literary treasures

(15 Jun 2020)  “As Zhejiang University in Hangzhou planned for evacuation, Chen Xunci, Head Librarian of Zhejiang Library, asked the university to take the valuable collection from the Wenlan Ge with them. The school chancellor agreed, even though it added another 230 boxes to their cargo. Chen promised to get funding for the library’s transportation, […]

June 23, 2020 9:07 am

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]

June 23, 2020 8:51 am

Singapore: Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

(18 Jun 2020) From Singapore: More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow (19th June), including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners. In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after […]

June 23, 2020 8:49 am