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“The Uncensored Library”: the digital home of press freedom within a global computer game

Press freedom NGO, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), creates a loophole to overcome censorship by building a safe haven for press freedom. Where? Within one of the world’s most successful video games, Minecraft. (12 Mar 2020)  Minecraft is a favourite – one of the world’s most successful computer games, with more than 145 million active players […]

March 13, 2020 - 4:52 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 44 Part 1: what’s the best university for an international student? Metrics from the student’s perspective

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the most international university? How do Malaysian universities compare to other Asian universities? What university is the most popular? What is the best city for students? “The direct measurement of teaching mission is virtually unfeasible and those evaluations based on surveys (subjective), ratios of students/scholar (data unreliable and results […]

February 27, 2020 - 12:38 pm
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Webinar: detecting image manipulation (2020/2/27)

(11 Feb 2020) From Elsevier Research Academy: “Advancing technology has put the control of scientific images in the hands of researchers and authors. According to most journal guidelines, images submitted with a manuscript for review should be minimally processed. However, with limited knowledge on the subject, it is difficult to assess whether the manipulation of an image is […]

February 12, 2020 - 9:51 am
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Researchers’, subjects’, and students’: Ruth’s Rankings 2019 leftovers

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the impact of “hyper-authorship” on rankings? Who is the best researcher in the world? What is the best Asian university in the field of Plant and Animal Science? What region now leads the world in the PISA reading scores? 1 – Multiple Authorship Clarivate Analytics released the report “Multi-authorship […]

January 20, 2020 - 2:30 pm
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Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty. According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did […]

December 13, 2019 - 8:52 pm
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Webinar: plagiarism, its detection and avoidance: role of librarians in enhancing quality research

(9 Dec 2019) The presentation introduces both intentional and unintentional plagiarism, how to detect it and various ways of avoiding plagiarism.  Knowledge about plagiarism, its consequences, its detection and avoidance are very important ensuring quality research writings.  It is also important for libraries and librarians to understand how they can play a key role in enhancing the research output of […]

December 11, 2019 - 10:16 pm
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Grants now open to support Research4Life training activities

(23 Sep 2019)  About the grant:  The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2019. Individuals or organizations can apply. Find details and apply online. The Medical Library Association (MLA) has established the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants for 2016 to 2021. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards per year […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:58 am
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Webinar: from open science to inclusive science

(17 Oct 2019) EIFL and OpenAIRE are celebrating Open Access Week 2019 (21-27 October) with a series of webinars highlighting OpenAIRE activities, services and tools, and reaching out to the wider community with relevant talks. Webinar topic and presenter: From Open Science to Inclusive Science, presented by Paola Masuzzo (independent researcher and data scientist). Date and time: Friday, […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:37 am
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Ruth’s Rankings News Update September 2019: Bogged down in new releases from NTU, THE and others

By Ruth A. Pagell* Who is number one in the world in September? Who is number one in East Asia? Should Ireland be concerned about the performance of its top universities? Has Malaysia really improved in THE’s rankings? (26 Sep 2019) This update presents the new NTU (National Taiwan University) and THE rankings. It provides […]

September 30, 2019 - 2:31 am
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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
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The BBC is unearthing thousands of classic moments from its archive

(10 Sep 2019) The BBC is making thousands of fascinating clips from its archive available to watch on a new website – bbc.co.uk/archive More than 1,700 newly published videos are being made available for viewers to watch and enjoy, many of which hold a mirror up to our lives today and help paint a rich […]

September 11, 2019 - 9:05 am
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Legal e-resources training for Myanmar librarians

(22 Aug 2019)  Librarians at the universities of Dagon and East Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar, will take part in a two-day workshop to improve their capacity to make the best use of e-resources provided through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project to support law faculty to deliver newly-developed courses on human rights law.  In addition librarians will be trained […]

August 22, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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Free webinar focuses on data-visualization techniques from PLA

(26 Jul 2019)  The Public Library Association (PLA) will present a webinar next month designed to help public library professionals apply data-visualization techniques to their work. The webinar is presented as part of PLA’s Performance Measurement Initiative and features Project Outcome, our free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs. […]

August 7, 2019 - 9:28 am
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Clarivate Analytics announced the 2019 Journal Citation Reports

(20 June 2019) On June 20th, the Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, released the 2019 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This latest release extends the run of an annual event that stretches back nearly a half-century. In that time, the JCR has evolved, with its measurements for journal evaluation refined, expanded, and elucidated. This year is no […]

June 22, 2019 - 11:59 am
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Fortune magazine to add digital paywall

(29 May 2019)  Fortune magazine will be launching a digital paywall and raising its cover price in an effort to diversify its revenue stream, according to chief executive Alan Murray in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday. The full story is here.  

May 30, 2019 - 5:04 pm
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