I have been serving in other advisory boards as well and these meetings were ususally held in other countries. This year for the inauguaral ProQuest Advisory Board meeting it was in Sanya! It seems all participants of this meeting enjoyed their stay in China. Wonderful city with brilliant food. The hotel is very nice with beautiful ocean view and clean beach, but actually we were having meeting all day in the meeting room and then having dinner together until very late in the evening, not much chance to have fun on the beach.
It is good to know that ProQuest is having more tools which would help librarians dealing with data to showcase its value to the community, also happy to know that ProQuest is having eTextbook service on its platform, while Alexander Street Video would would be helpful in teach as well.
For some of the board members we are just like old friends already as we had met several times in the past years. Happy to meet some new friends in the Asia Pacific area, especially Dr. Ramesh Guar who is a very senior University Librarian from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Dr. Guar very kindly invited me to their coming conference in this November as a speaker. This conference is titled as International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Library and Information Services (ETTLIS – 2017), for more information please visit http://www.bennett.edu.in/ettlis2017/index.php.
It is my third time to participate in Cambridge University Press Asia Library Advisory Board. This year it was held in the campus of University of Indonesia. As always it was very nice to meet experts in libraries and publishers from different country and learn from each other. The most interesting thing is that from the talking with people we can see the trends in academic publishing.
To me the meeting is also a good chance to learn the culture of Indonesia, the dance before the event has been well enjoyed by all. It is also very impressive that two university staff seriously annouced how to deal with emergency such as in case of earthquake during the meeting though it is very unlikely to happen, but I do appreciate this kind of strict formal procedure. This is something that seems minor but do matter.
I always enjoy travel to diffent country and to walk randomly on the streets, listen and observe. Jakarta is a huge city, the inner city is very modern and the outer circle is much more less developed. And it is true that the traffic is very heavy. When I took a taxi from the hotel in Depok where the University of Indonesia is located, it took more than one hour to go to the city centre where the indepedent plaza and national museum is and I took a good nap in the taxi.
While the experience in Jakarta airport custom was not good, though I have been told the staff in the custom has been changed for better but to my observation, they are trying to ask people for money while doing their job, especially to Chinese people. While I refused to give any money, I felt very shocked to see this in a custom which ususally would be seen as the showcase window for a country.
I did a presentation titled as “Physical use of the Library how to deal with declining rising trends What the implications are for resource provision” in the CALAB meeting. With my rather “radical” view of the role of the library in the era of Internet, the conversation has been triggered and people started to argue with me and each other. But anyway we all do agree that the library still have a future, the librarians still have a future.
On 31 Oct Monday I was invited by Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies to give a presentation on “Registration to Directory of Open Access Journals and its Benefit” to audiences from Korean scientific communities in Seoul.
I was one of the three speakers on that event. The other two speakers are Dr. Anders Karlsson, the Vice President of Strategic Alliance, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier and Prof. Sukyoung Kim.
按照布达佩斯开放存取先导计划（Budapest Open Access Initiative, BOAI）中的定义，开放获取是指某文献在网络公共领域里可以被免费获取，允许任何用户阅读、下载、拷贝、传递、打印、检索、超级链接该文献，并为之建立索引，用作软件的输入数据或其它任何合法用途。这是一种新的学术出版模式和展示平台，为学术与实践、知识与大众的有效对接开辟了新的途径和空间，对于推动开放科研，促进学术出版、知识传播和全民共享意义重大。