Yearly Archives: 2020

Beijing International Book Fair moves online

The 27th edition of the Beijing show is moving to a digital format that organizers say will stay up and running until next year’s fair. (14 Jul 2020)  Using the motto “Moments of Joy and Opportunities,” organizers of the 2020 Beijing International Book Fair never quite say in today’s media messaging (July 14) that they’re not […]

July 16, 2020 8:37 am

MPS approves to buy Highwire Press for USD6.1 million

(1 Jul 2020)  The Board of directors of MPS Ltd in its meeting held today considered and approved the purchase of 100% shares of HighWire Press and its subsidiaries for USD 6,100,000. The acquisition will be completed through the Company’s US branch and newly incorporated wholly-owned subsidiary in Delaware, USA, HighWire North America LLC and to […]

July 15, 2020 9:17 am

Online training: Library Carpentry Online Workshop(S) organised by Monash University Malaysia Library

(24 Jun 2020)  Monash University Malaysia Library and Learning Commons will be organizing its first Library Carpentry Workshops (online) on the following dates. Workshop Title  Date  Time  Introduction to Data 21st July 2020 10:00am-3:00pm Malaysian / Singapore time: (UTC/GMT +8 hours) SQL 23rd July 2020 10:00am-3:00pm Malaysian / Singapore time: (UTC/GMT +8 hours) OpenRefine 28th […]

July 15, 2020 8:51 am

The University of Hong Kong is hiring Law Librarian

(15 Jul 2020) HKU is hiring Law Librarian: Applications are invited for appointment as Law Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian I) in the University Libraries (Ref.: 500586), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have a good first degree and a recognized professional qualification […]

July 15, 2020 8:44 am

Taiwan: Design library reopens in a former bathhouse

(2 Jul 2020) Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI) reopened its design library at a new location, previously used as a bathhouse, Wednesday (1 Jul 2020). “Not Just Library,” the name of the library, has a collection of over 20,000 design-themed books and more than 100 periodicals, according to the state-backed institute. Maintaining interior details from the […]

July 15, 2020 8:40 am

NISOs Manuscript Exchange Common Approach Recommendations now published

(6 Jul 2020)  Today sees the publication of NISO RP-30-2020, Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA) Recommended Practice — an open protocol for the transfer of manuscripts within and between manuscript systems. As well as developing a common vocabulary, the MECA Working Group has also made specific recommendations for transmitting, identifying, and packaging the content being transferred. […]

July 14, 2020 9:12 am

ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020: shortlist announced!

(23 Jun 2020) The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020, sponsored by Publishers’ Licensing Services. Applications for the awards were open to any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners […]

July 10, 2020 3:05 pm

Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy

(30 Jun 2020) Around the world, 2020 has emerged as one of the most challenging years in many of our lifetimes. In six months, the world has endured multiple challenges, including a pandemic that has spurred a global economic crisis. As societies reopen, it’s apparent that the economy in July will not be what it was […]

July 10, 2020 2:54 pm

Hong Kong schools told to remove books that might fall foul of the national security law

(6 Jul 2020)  From South China Morning Post: Beijing’s national security law tailor-made for the city, which took effect on June 30, targets acts of secession, subversion, terrorism as well as collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security, with life imprisonment the punishment for the most serious offences. The Education Bureau […]

July 10, 2020 2:49 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 44 Part 2: What’s the best university for an international undergraduate student? Using local metrics with emphasis on U.S. and Chinese rankings

By Ruth A. Pagell* This may seem like the wrong time for continuing our evaluation of resources for international students, not only because of Covid-19 but also because of the geo-political tension between the U.S. and China (Sharma).  However, this is the time QS released its first USA rankings. OECD tracks international student mobility (OECD […]

July 10, 2020 2:22 pm

Business Expert Press is listed among the top book publishing companies recommended for business book writers

(25 Sep 2018) Writing Tips Oasis, a website that helps writers improve their writing and to learn how to market and sell their ebooks and books, has selected 18 top business book publishing companies in the U.S and UK. Business Expert Press is listed together with the world-leading publishing companies including Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson […]

July 10, 2020 1:29 pm

Singapore: All books returned to libraries to be set aside for 24 hours before going back on the shelves

(30 Jun 2020) SINGAPORE – All books returned to libraries, which are reopening on Wednesday (July 1), will be set aside for about 24 hours before being put back on shelves. This is part of the effort to keep users safe from the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19. Responding to queries from The Straits Times on Tuesday, a National […]

July 10, 2020 12:59 pm

Demand for library e-book rental services surging in Japan amid pandemic

(2 Jul 2020) From The Japan Times: Tokyo-based TRC Library Service Inc., which is entrusted with library operations and other businesses, said that the number of e-books borrowed through libraries started to increase around February, when the facilities began to close or scale down their services across the country due to the pandemic. The total […]

July 10, 2020 8:45 am

ILCL Japan offers loan service of the exhibition “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country”

(3 Jul 2020)  The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) offers a loan service of the exhibition titled “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country.” These books were collected through “The World through Picture Books” project led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with the aim of making a book […]

July 9, 2020 2:58 pm

SAE International offers free access to engineering industry training courses

(Jul 2020) During this global pandemic, SAE International continues to serve as a trusted mobility engineering resource for engineers worldwide. Among the rich resources SAE provides, 10 courses that could benefit almost any engineering professional are selected and opened for free access. The list includes: Introduction to DOE Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Introduction […]

July 9, 2020 2:35 pm