Asia Pacific

National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove, the digital collection of Australia

(27 Jun 2020) From the Canberran Times:  Canberrans will now have access to a new and improved treasure trove of information as the National Library launched its new program on Friday. More than 3000 Australians contributed to a new and improved Trove system, which was unveiled after four years of work. The federal government announced a […]

June 27, 2020 - 5:10 pm

Opening up cultural data in Indonesia

(24 Jun 2020)  Cultural institutions, creative minds and tech enthusiasts have teamed up to provide integrated data on Indonesian cultures, but problems remain. The Education and Culture Ministry (of Indonesia) will set up a data portal that features a range of information in varied forms — text, photos and videos — collected by both the […]

June 27, 2020 - 4:58 pm

Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]

June 24, 2020 - 8:47 am

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:51 am

Singapore: Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

(18 Jun 2020) From Singapore: More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow (19th June), including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners. In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:49 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

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

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

Japan: Science and Technology Research Project reports released

(2 Apr 2020) From Japan: The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau of the National Diet Library has conducted the Science and Technology Research Project since FY2010, in which certain topics from important policy issues related to science and technology are selected to be studied and analyzed in cooperation with external experts. Reports on the following […]

June 11, 2020 - 9:48 am

CAUL releases final report for roadmap to Plan S

(28 May 2020)  From the executive summary of the report: This report, commissioned by the Council of Australian University Librarians, for delivery to the DVCsR Committee, provides an analysis of the challenges and opportunities arising from Plan S for Australian researchers and universities, including high-level recommendations on how Australian universities should proceed in order to […]

June 8, 2020 - 2:33 pm

New Zealand: Budget allocated for libraries to help with jobs and community recovery

(27 May 2020)  From New Zealand: ​A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal […]

June 8, 2020 - 2:11 pm

National Library of Indonesia prepares to open to public

(2 Jun 2020)  After closing its doors to visitors on March 16, the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Central Jakarta is preparing to reopen for the first time in months under special protocol. “We are preparing a strategy for the new normal to support National Library service activity prior to a public reopening,” Joko […]

June 5, 2020 - 10:24 am

China releases catalog of key publications for rural libraries

(21 May 2020) From Xinhuanews: China’s National Press and Publication Administration has released a catalog of key publications for rural libraries in 2020. Altogether 1,781 kinds of books, 113 types of audio and video products and e-publications, 310 kinds of publications in ethnic minority languages, 31 kinds of newspapers and 155 types of periodicals were […]

May 29, 2020 - 10:39 am

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 am