Monthly Archives: June 2014

Timbuktu’s turmoil opens up historic manuscripts

From SciDevNet by Michelle Dobrovolny (June 24, 2014) The covert rescue of thousands of historic manuscripts from Mali’s Timbuktu during the city’s violent take-over by Islamic fighters last year has made the texts available for the recovery of lost medical and farming knowledge, say researchers. The roughly 300,000 manuscripts, written between the fourteenth and seventeenth […]

Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

The Institute of International Education‘s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces an August 1 deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside the scholars’ home countries anywhere in the world. To nominate a scholar:  […]

Library Recommends Long-Term Preservation Formats

The US Library of Congress today released a set of recommended formats for a broad spectrum of creative works, ranging from books to digital music, to inform the Library’s acquisition practices. The format recommendations will help ensure the Library’s collections processes are considering and maximizing the long-term preservation potential of its large and varied collections. The […]

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Selected to Work with African Host Institutions

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program selected 33 African Diaspora scholars to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. The winning projects were submitted by 24 institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The scholars will receive Fellowships to travel to the […]

Research4Life: no-fee access to journal articles

Document Delivery Now Available free of copyright fees to registered Research4Life Institutions in the UN’s 48 Least Developed Countries In 2001 Elsevier became one of the six founding partners of the HINARI programme, a public-private partnership launched by leading medical publishers with the World Health Organisation. The goal was to bridge the digital divide by […]

Videos on Understanding and Researching Archives Released

How work with special collections such as archives and manuscripts differs from library research.