OCLC News reports that “OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the five Fellows for the class of 2018, the program will have welcomed 90 librarians and information science professionals from 40 different countries.

The 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are:

  • Alehegn Adane Kinde, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Arnold Mwanzu, International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • Irina Livia Niţu, National Library of Romania, Romania
  • Chantelle Richardson, National Library of Jamaica, Jamaica
  • Chandra Pratama Setiawan, Petra Christian University, Indonesia…

During the four-week program, from 17 March through 13 April, the Fellows participate in discussions with library and information science leaders, library visits and professional development activities. The program is based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA…”


According to the Watertown Daily Times Jason Schmitt, a journalist as well as “an associate professor of communication and media at Clarkson University, is making a documentary called “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” about a field that is still trying to hold out against digital disruption — academic publishing.

“Academic publishing brings in $25.2 billion a year,” Mr. Schmitt said. “Some of the biggest academic publishers, like Elsevier, have profit margins significantly higher than Apple Computers, significantly higher than Walmart or Toyota. And as such, is a very powerful entity that wants to keep research how it’s been for the last 40 or 50 years.”

Mr. Schmitt first ran into the effect of this industry while teaching at two universities in Detroit, one better funded than the other. He assigned the same article to students in both classes. Students in the well funded university had access to the article for free through their library, but students at the other did not have the same subscription, and had to buy the individual article for $35…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “eLife has announced that Prachee Avasthi is the first early-career researcher to join its Board of Directors. Avasthi, who is Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, US, will help the board to oversee the strategic direction of eLife and support the non-profit in the pursuit of its mission.

eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. The community behind eLife, including the research funders who support the journal, the editors and referees who run the peer-review process, and its Early-Career Advisory Group, is keenly aware of the pressures faced by early-stage investigators, and is working to create a more positive publishing experience that will help these researchers receive the recognition they deserve.

In support of this goal, Avasthi will bring the voice of early-career faculty members to eLife’s board and encourage further involvement of early-career scientists in every level of the organisation, including the journal’s review process…”