Asia Pacific

Public libraries are crucial, as Christchurch knows and Wellington must embrace

(14 May 2019)  Wellington Central Library has been closed due to earthquake risks. Whether the flagship building in Te Ngākau Civic Square can be repaired or must be rebuilt will turn on engineering and accounting advice. Ultimately, political decisions will also be needed. But Wellington still needs a large, flagship library in the central city – even now, at […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:26 am

Maltese library project receives Filipino books

(3 May 2019)  Filipinos travelling to Malta, the European Union’s smallest member-state, may be delighted to visit that country’s central library where they can find Filipino books among its newest collections. This was made possible after the Philippine Embassy in Italy donated sets of Philippine books to the Multicultural Library Project of Malta Libraries in Floriana, […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:20 am

How did NLB win the Business Excellence Awards last year

(2 May 2019)  The Business Excellence Awards recognise organisations with good leadership, corporate governance and social responsibility, and assess how they deal with both customers and their own employees, as well as how they leverage innovation. In 2018, the National Library Board (NLB) was the winner of the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation, the highest […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:07 am

The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library can be freely used for various purposes

(7 May 2019) The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library (not including body text) became available for anyone at no charge, whether the purpose of use is commercial or non-commercial, from April 1, 2019. The bibliographic data includes authority data (data of authors and keywords which are arranged for use as clues when searching […]

May 14, 2019 - 8:54 am

Library stink: smell of durian prompts evacuation at University of Canberra

(13 May 2019)  Fire and rescue teams in Australia remove rogue fruit in a sealed bag after it was left near an air vent. A piece of fruit prompted the evacuation of an Australian university library last week. On Friday afternoon fire and rescue teams in the Australian Capital Territory responded to calls of “a strong […]

May 14, 2019 - 8:51 am

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-2: updates of THE Asia, U21 National University Systems and the new THE Asia Awards

What is the best university in Asia?  Tsinghua or National University of Singapore? For what did Kirkuk University (Iraq) win an award? How many Asian national university systems are in the top 10 world systems? TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION THE Asia University Rankings (5 May 2019) Readers of News Flash 2019-1 will not be surprised by […]

May 9, 2019 - 9:45 am

Reflections on trends in library big deals, consortiums and how it might apply to Singapore?

(3 May 2019)  “What were institutions and consortiums doing to better their bargaining position with the big publishers?  Was it all about reducing costs for the “big deals”? How successfully were they?  Lastly to really negotiate with any credibility, you had to be prepared to walk away from the bargaining table and cancel and indeed […]

May 6, 2019 - 9:33 am

A Solid start: Asia-Pacific government representatives stress need for international action for libraries at Singapore workshop

(1 May 2019) The first of three WIPO regional workshops focusing on the copyright needs of libraries, as well as archives, museums, education and research, took place in Singapore on 29-30 April. The meeting saw broad consensus that business-as-usual was not an option, and international action was necessary. IFLA has the full story.  

May 3, 2019 - 8:39 am

Fears over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ proposal

(25 Apr 2019)  Academics fear global reach of new Singaporean legislation could result in censorship of international academic journals. New Singaporean legislation that is set to ban “false information” online hosted anywhere in the world poses a “severe threat” to academic freedom across the globe, scholars have warned. Earlier this month, the country’s government introduced a […]

April 30, 2019 - 8:50 am

‘Books for Tomorrow’ to ignite humanity for death row inmates

(28 Apr 2019)  The Books for Tomorrow initiative was launched on Tuesday at Jentera Law School, Central Jakarta. The initiative aims to collect books for death row inmates in prisons across Indonesia, including Nusakambangan Penitentiary in Central Java. Data from Amnesty International reveal that there are more than 300 death row inmates in Indonesia, the ninth-highest […]

April 29, 2019 - 9:13 am

First panda-themed library opens in Sichuan, China

(23 Apr 2019)  A giant panda themed library opened Tuesday in a primary school in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The panda library, the first of its kind across China, contains over 23,000 books, of which over 2,000 are related to pandas. Read the full story here.  

April 26, 2019 - 9:10 am

National Diet Library, Japan is now accepting applications for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries

(22 Apr 2019)  The NDL is now accepting applications from overseas institutions for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Patrons at libraries subscribing to this service will be able to search and browse digitized versions of the more than two million books, periodicals, rare books and old materials that comprise the NDL […]

April 26, 2019 - 9:07 am

China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage

(22 Apr 2019)  Sina, which had 462 million active users on Weibo at the end of 2018, was chosen as first partner for the initiative because of its enormous trove of data. The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on Weibo, the country’s popular Twitter-style microblogging site, as part of an […]

April 24, 2019 - 9:10 am

What are some of the most eye-catching donations to the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year?

(17 Apr 2019)  Donations received by the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year range from sketches and photos to research articles and business papers. Among the highlights were over 7,000 sketches, prints, photos and letters belonging to the late artist Liu Kang. Read more from the full story here.  

April 24, 2019 - 8:48 am

Calling for papers to present at LAS Conference 2019

(17 Apr 2019)  The Library Association of Singapore (LAS) invites submissions for abstracts in two categories – paper presentations and posters. A paper presentation is a lecture-style presentation and should last 15 minutes (excluding Q&A). The presentation should be supplemented with visual, audio and/or other illustrations. A poster is a graphic and visual presentation of a […]

April 19, 2019 - 9:23 am