Monthly Archives: February 2013

Conservation work begins on local documents damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake

The National Diet Library (NDL) has started two-year conservation work on the “Yoshida-ke monjo,” which was designated as prefectural cultural property of Iwate and was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake tsunami. The “Yoshida-ke monjo” consists of the old documents which have been handed down in the Yoshida family, the hereditary village headman (Okimoiri) […]

February 22, 2013 7:54 pm

Japan’s NDL has 23,000 digitized books newly available on the internet

(21 February 2013)  On 21 February approximately 23,000 books, which had previously been provided only inside the NDL, became available on the internet after copyright clearance. The materials include works of Kunio Yanagita and Eiji Yoshikawa, whose copyrights expired in January 2013. Newly added materials can be searched and read in the Digital Library from […]

February 22, 2013 7:40 pm

NLB’s first community-supported library on Chinese arts and culture

(31 January 2013) NLB’s first community-supported library will open in the heart of Chinatown. The library is set up and operated with donations from Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and CP1 Pte Ltd, owner of Chinatown Point Retail. It is also the first library in Singapore to experiment with a visitor self-service model run […]

February 22, 2013 4:00 pm

WIPO’s Global Brand Database tops the 10 million mark

(Geneva, 20 February 2013) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced today a major expansion of its public database of trademark and brand information. The newest addition of six national collections of trademark records – including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection – takes the Global Brand Database from 2.2 to […]

February 22, 2013 3:49 pm

National Diet Library comments on Asahi Shimbun article

The article in the Asahi Shimbun, 29 January 2013,  was followed by more news from the National Diet Library. Regarding the stance of the eBook distribution experiment of the Agency for Cultural Affairs In 2010, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and […]

February 21, 2013 5:29 pm

Japanese National Bibliography delivered daily by RSS feed

On 25 January the National Diet Library (NDL) started the delivery of the Japanese National Bibliography via RSS. The Japanese National Bibliography consists of the standard bibliographic data of publications that are acquired and cataloged by the NDL. It is a list of the bibliographic records of all publications published in Japan and publications written […]

February 21, 2013 4:47 pm

Call for papers: LIS professionals improving the lives of women in Asia Oceania

The IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group (WIL) invite colleagues to submit proposals for its conference session to be held in Singapore, August 2013. Theme: LIS professionals improving the lives of women in Asia Oceania. Visit the full call for papers on the WLIC 2013 website.

February 21, 2013 11:11 am

IFLA launches webpages on libraries and development

(18 February 2013) IFLA has launched a new set of resources relating to the role libraries play in supporting development. Access to information is one of the core needs of society and libraries are stepping up and fulfilling this need through capacity building, partnerships, training, and access opportunities for everyone. The new webpages ( at […]

February 21, 2013 11:08 am

Smartphones use in Australia doubles in 2012

Almost half of Australia’s adult population now own a smartphone. Take-up soared by 104 per cent to 8.67 million units over the 12 months to May 2012, according to research released 1 February by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Smartphones and tablets: Take-up and use in Australia also found that 9.2 million Australians went […]

February 21, 2013 11:04 am

Japan Fellowships from NLA

The National Library of Australia offers an annual fellowship to researchers in Japanese studies. The Japan Fellowship aims to promote the National Library’s collections as a national resource for the study of Asia. The Fellowship is intended to encourage research based on the Japanese collections and the production of publications based on them. Established by […]

February 21, 2013 9:49 am

Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan

(13 February 2013) The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies. […]

February 20, 2013 3:50 pm

Tourism Authority of Thailand holds photography contest

The official media website for the Tourism Authority of Thailand,, is inviting all photographers, travelers, media, and anyone interested in photography (including librarians!) to participate in their first photo contest of 2013, with the theme being “Thailand Events & Festivals”. The competition is open to professionals and amateurs alike, regardless of age or nationality, and […]

February 20, 2013 11:40 am

Take part in the INASP Electronic Resource Promotion Competition

(28 January 2013) Win one of 10 grants of USD500 for the best promotional plans with two special prizes of USD500 available for the applicants showing the greatest increase in usage. Many libraries and consortia are involved in marketing and promotion of their electronic resources as a regular activity. This can be done in a […]

February 20, 2013 11:14 am

BanglaJOL loads 100th journal

(4 February 2013)  INASP has announced that there are now 100 journals on the Bangladesh Journals Online. BanglaJOL features journals with research conducted in, and relevant to, Bangladesh. Since it launched in 2007, BanglaJOL has been growing steadily and now contains almost 10,000 articles across the 100 journals. Having been managed by INASP since it […]

February 20, 2013 11:00 am

Call for applications: 2013 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) scholarships

(19 February 2013) Founded in 1973, CALA has seven regional chapters. It is affiliated with the American Library Association. In addition to holding annual and regional programs, CALA publishes its own Newsletter, Membership Directory, and the Journal of Library and Information Science in cooperation with the National Taiwan Normal University. CALA is pleased to announce […]

February 20, 2013 10:18 am