Asia Pacific

Christchurch’s $92.7m Turanga central library scoops a building technology award

(12 Sep 2019) Turanga, opened almost a year ago, won the over $50m project category in the first “Building Information Modelling” – known as BIM –  awards run by the Registered Master Builders Association. The new awards are designed to encourage the uptake of the technology which has been “a slow burn” in New Zealand […]

September 19, 2019 - 9:01 am
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School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

(15 Sep 2019) Researchers have reported an “alarming” loss in the number of qualified teacher librarians in Australia’s schools, warning student literacy will continue to suffer if the trend is not reversed. Once a staple of schools, the roles have been branded a dying breed with many principals opting to replace them with cheaper “library […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:22 am
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“International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times” held by National Library China

(12 Sep 2019)  The International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times was opened in the National Library of China (NLC) on 9-10 September, joined by experts from more than 10 countries as well as local librarians. Sessions for different themes were held, including “Memory and Inheritance: Open and Shared Document Resources Construction”, […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:20 am
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Singapore Institute of Technology is to have a new smart campus

This new campus, the first of its kind in South-east Asia, is visualised to be a ‘living lab’ which incorporates applied research and innovation for SIT and its partners. (11 Sep 2019) The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be having a new campus which will employ technology and innovation methods for managing the energy needs […]

September 12, 2019 - 8:58 am
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Australia: CSIRO launches open-access virtual core library

(3 Sep 2019)  From Australia: CSIRO has introduced the AuScope National Virtual Core Library (NVCL), a digitised collection of 10 million metres of drill core estimated to be archived in warehouses around Australia. Details can be found here.    

September 12, 2019 - 8:54 am
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National Library creates Facebook time capsule to document New Zealand’s history

(5 Sep 2019)  In 100 years’ time, your Facebook profile could play a vital part in shaping New Zealand’s history. The National Library of New Zealand was calling for Kiwis to donate their Facebook data for inclusion in a digital time capsule available to researchers in the future. More can be found from Stuff here.  

September 12, 2019 - 8:50 am
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Indonesia: S.E. Asian experts discuss book-based city promotion

(11 Sep 2019)  Literature is among the crucial elements for a city’s growth. UNESCO, for instance, initiates World Book Capital and City of Literature programs that highlight the importance of literacy to advance a city and generate sustainable urban development. Kuala Lumpur has been chosen as the 2020 World Book Capital, while in 2017 Bucheon […]

September 12, 2019 - 8:46 am
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Top cited Chinese authors receive IOP Publishing award

(19 Jul 2019) Top cited authors from China are being recognised for the significance of their work with an IOP Publishing award. The award is presented to corresponding authors from China, for work published in both IOP Publishing and its partners’ journals from 2016 to 2018. The winners are authors of the top one per cent […]

September 9, 2019 - 10:17 am
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IOP’s new partner journal to cover extreme manufacturing

(19 Feb 2019) IOP Publishing has been chosen by a consortium of Chinese partners to publish their new journal, the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing (IJEM). The new, open access journal will cover the science and technology of manufacturing functional devices and systems with extreme dimensions (extremely large or small) and/or functionalities under extreme conditions or environments. IJEM […]

September 9, 2019 - 10:15 am
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IOP Publishing award for top cited Indian authors

(1 Aug 2019) Top cited authors from India are being recognised for the significance of their work with an IOP Publishing award. The award is for corresponding authors from India, for work published across the whole IOP Publishing journal portfolio in the past three years (2016-2018). The winners are authors of the top one per cent […]

September 9, 2019 - 10:09 am
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Research article: the Australian Research Data Commons

(5 Sep 2019) Abstract: A research data commons can provide researchers with the data and resources necessary to conduct world class research. More than this, a research data commons can be transformational in facilitating change in the way research is conducted, in terms of both research culture and the availability of research data and analytical tools. This […]

September 9, 2019 - 8:55 am
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European Patent Office looks to deepen IP cooperation with Singapore, Asia

(29 Aug 2019)  The European Patent Office (EPO) has seen a growing number of patent applications from Singapore and other parts of Asia, and is looking to bolster cooperation with the region. More details can be found from the original post here.  

September 3, 2019 - 1:03 pm
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Myanmar: Iconic library keeps relevance in the face of new technology

(31 Aug 2019) Whenever people talk about Yangon University, some of the first few things that come to mind are Adipati Road leading to the university, the Thit Pote Pin (Dalbergia) tree, Convocation Hall, and of course its students — the cream of the crop in Myanmar. The university library, once an honoured institution in […]

August 31, 2019 - 9:45 pm
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New Zealand: Tilburg’s LocHal named one of the best libraries in the world

(28 Aug 2019)  The LocHal library in Tilburg is among the top four best libraries in the world. The IFLA Best Public Library of the World Award went to the Oodi library in Helsinki on Tuesday. The other two libraries in the top four are the Green Square Library and Plaza in Australia and the […]

August 31, 2019 - 9:31 pm
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Beijing International Book Fair cites 320,000 visitors, high tech interest

(27 Aug 2019)  Digital marketing supported by 5G and edu-tech in early-age English-language training were key interests at the 2019 Beijing book fair. In its 26th edition, the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has drawn what organizers today (August 27) are reporting was more than 320,000 visitors. The public-facing fair topped 2,600 exhibitors, officials say, with […]

August 30, 2019 - 11:25 am
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