Monthly Archives: June 2020

India’s National Digital Library caters to students in all languages

(6 Jun 2020)  From India: A National Digital Library has been set up by the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry for all students in the country. The library includes subjects such as elementary education, law, medicine and engineering. It provides more than 40.5 million text resources. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said: “This library is […]

June 19, 2020 10:02 am

The four-legged library brings books to children in the desert

(11 Jun 2020)  In Ethiopia, 13-year-old Mahadiya is worried. Coronavirus restrictions have forced schools and businesses to close, and there is little to do in the dusty village but wait for school to re-open. She’s seen the consequences that has had on some of her classmates. But Mahadiya has dreams of being an engineer. A dream that […]

June 19, 2020 9:59 am

Delivering library books by drone

(10 Jun 2020) Kelly Passek has thought up a way to get kids to read this summer: deliver library books by drone. Passek, a middle-school librarian, was one of the first customers of a drone delivery service launched in Christiansburg, Va., last year by Wing, a company owned by Google parent Alphabet. After seeing how quickly […]

June 19, 2020 9:44 am

Cambodia: Promoting reading through home library

(29 May 2020) Since Bopha was young, encouraging people to read books through her part-time job as a mobile librarian had always been her favourite activity. Currently, Bopha continues her mission by creating her very own home library in Arak Svay village in Siem Reap City’s Nokor Thom commune to strengthen a reading culture among […]

June 19, 2020 9:29 am

ACRL summarizes trending topics in academic libraries

(18 Jun 2020)  An article by ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is released in the title of “2020 top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education”. This article summarizes trending topics in academic librarianship from the past two years. These highlights provide a starting […]

June 18, 2020 9:11 am

EDUCAUSE releases report on digital transformation in higher education

(15 Jun 2020)  The EDUCAUSE Digital Transformation (Dx) research project is our first attempt to gather data on how the Dx phenomenon is playing out in higher education. The goal of this project is to enrich the collective understanding of Dx in higher education and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead on the […]

June 18, 2020 8:48 am

ProQuest streamlines discoverability of subscription and open access content

(16 Jun 2020) ProQuest is improving the accessibility of subscription and open access content on its award-winning platform with a series of enhancements designed to boost research, teaching and learning outcomes. These enhancements include: A new starting point for research: Now, users can begin their search from the open web by visiting Through their search […]

June 17, 2020 9:09 am

Japan passes new copyright law to criminalize manga piracy

(9 Jun 2020) Japan has just passed a new law that criminalizes manga piracy and also to the websites that link to it. The parliament passed new copyright amendments last Friday that ban the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021. The […]

June 17, 2020 8:54 am

Public Libraries Victoria is hiring CEO

(17 Jun 2020) Public Libraries Victoria (PLV) is the peak body and collaborative service provider for public libraries in Victoria, with representation through institutional membership from every public library in the state. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic values driven leader, who is willing to help our sector go to the next level. To be […]

June 17, 2020 8:50 am

India: A unique underground library has 900,000 books in Rajasthan

(21 May 2020)  The libraries come in different shapes and sizes across the world. But the one laying beneath a temple at the Bhadariya village of the Thar Desert region in Rajasthan is unique in its own way. This treasure trove of knowledge figures in the Asia’s biggest libraries with a collection of around 900,000 books and […]

June 15, 2020 9:37 am

Philippines: Likhaan calls for contributions of Filipiniana literature to build free online library

(3 Jun 2020)  While libraries stay close, Likhaan, the University of the Philippine’s Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW), is starting an initiative to build a free online Filipiniana library. UP ICW is calling for contributions of published Filipiniana literature to build a free online library. Collected works will be curated in a free access […]

June 15, 2020 9:34 am

Universities across Asia start to reopen bit by bit

(10 Jun 2020)  As the earliest region to be hit, disruption has been stark. In most countries in the region early university shutdowns have meant the loss of at least a semester of face-to-face teaching, sometimes without clear plans as to how this will be made up for during this year. Universities planning to reopen […]

June 15, 2020 9:10 am

Norway: the new public library of Oslo is ready to open for the public

(11 Jun 2020) The library of the future is finally ready to open for the public of Oslo and all visitors to the Norwegian capital. Located between Oslo Central Station and the Oslo Opera House, Deichman Bjørvika is an extension of the 235 year history of the public library of Oslo. It will also be an […]

June 15, 2020 8:53 am

Webinar: Recover, retrench, reset: an international symposium exploring the reopening of research libraries and the ‘new normal’ in the COVID-19 landscape

(15 Jun 2020) IARLA convened an international symposium on 3 June 2020, which explored the plans that research libraries are putting in place to reopen their physical library buildings and reinstate their onsite services in the post-, or continuing-, Covid-19 landscape. The symposium included presentations from speakers in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, […]

June 15, 2020 8:44 am

Coursera offers 3800+ free courses for university and college students worldwide

(11 Jun 2020) From Coursera: Now, college and university students have free access to 3,800 courses, Guided Projects, Specializations, and Professional Certificates so they can: Learn from world-class universities and companies Gain career skills through hands-on learning Earn and share valued certificates Students who enroll by July 31, 2020, will have free access through September […]

June 12, 2020 9:12 am