Asia Pacific

Ruth’s Rankings 24: Malaysia Higher Education – “Soaring Upward” or Not?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 March 2017) Ruth’s Rankings 24 is based on Malaysian news articles that chronicle the changes in funding to Malaysia’s premier research universities following the release of the Ministry of Education’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) – MEB – in 2015. In preparing the article, I read many news articles […]

March 28, 2017 - 1:59 pm

The new English website of Peking University Library

(21 March 2017, Peking University)  On 20 March 2017 the English version of Peking University Library homepage ( was formally launched and ready to provide services for readers. Through carrying out extensive research on English portal sites of prestigious universities in non-English speaking countries, Peking University Library primarily targeted at ‘aesthetically pleasing design, comprehensive content, […]

March 28, 2017 - 11:35 am

New Kindai University library aims to lure manga lovers to academic works

(26 March 2017, Osaka) A university in western Japan will open a library next month that has an unusually large proportion of manga in its collection, school officials say. The two-story Biblio Theater library at Kindai University in Osaka Prefecture is expected to have around 70,000 books, with about 22,000 manga sharing company with Japanese […]

March 28, 2017 - 11:27 am

Modern public library prepared for East Jakarta

(25 March 2017) East Jakarta will soon have a modern public library with air-conditioned reading rooms, comfortable chairs and tables, sofas and pleasant outdoor scenery. East Jakarta Library and Archives Agency head Fadlan Zurhan said the municipality had renovated a building that used to be the Pondok Bambu subdistrict office in Duren Sawit into a café-style […]

March 27, 2017 - 8:29 am

Bodleian First Folio on display in Singapore

(23 March 2017) The Bodleian Libraries have collaborated with the National Library of Singapore to display a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio in Singapore. The display is open to the public until 23 April 2017 in the National Library Building, and also forms a part of this year’s University of Oxford’s Alumni Weekend in Asia, […]

March 25, 2017 - 3:02 pm

University of Adelaide hiring Associate University Librarians

(24 March 2017) The Associate University Librarian, Library Experience is responsible for leading the customer facing aspects of all Library’s functions associated with the discovery, access and delivery of information and services. This role provides centralised oversight of customer experience at a senior level. The Associate University Librarian, Academic Engagement is responsible for leading the […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Business Analyst – Library Management Systems 12 months – $600 a day

(24 March 2017) Big Wave Digital is hiring a talented Business Analyst who can work on a new digital project for an established organisation. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced BA who is adept at requirement gathering and the creation of Functional Requirement Documentation. This role will involve Business Analysis and Business requirement […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Bound for China: Shakespeare, Sherlock and Charlotte Brontë

Ten of the British Library’s most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging programme of cultural exchange between the UK’s national Library and partner institutions in China. (23 March 2017) Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library is a joint exhibition at the National […]

March 25, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Parliament of Tasmania hiring Parliamentary Librarian

(24 March 2017)  The role of the Parliamentary Librarian is to manage, direct, lead and coordinate activities and staff of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Library and the Parliamentary Research Service. The position oversees the development, maintenance and preservation of the special collections in the Parliament, including the Parliamentary Museum.  The Parliamentary Librarian operates this branch of […]

March 24, 2017 - 4:37 pm

Japanese science stalls over past decade, threatening position among world’s elite

(22 March 2017, London) According to the Nature Index, Japan’s scientific output has failed to keep pace with other leading nations over the past decade, risking its position among the world’s elite if renewed government efforts fail to reverse a downward trend in its performance. Japan’s share of high-quality papers included in the Nature Index […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:59 pm

British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm

Nanyang Polytechnic Library hiring Librarian

Responsibilities include Management of library systems to deliver user-centric services Contribute to the development of digital library resources and services Initiate and manage programmes and activities to promote the use of library and information resources and services Create, develop and maintain instructional tools, aids, guides and web content LAS has the details. Application Closing Date […]

March 22, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Christine Mackenzie elected as IFLA President-elect 2017-2019

(16 March 2017) Christine Mackenzie of Australia has automatically elected to serve as President-elect for the term 2017-2019. She will then serve as the President of IFLA from 2019-2021. An active ALIA member for over 20 years, Christine has made an outstanding contribution to the objects and work of ALIA, serving as ALIA Vice-president then President […]

March 22, 2017 - 1:59 pm

Official opening of the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library at Singapore Management University

(20 March 2017) On Wednesday March 15, 2017 SMU held the official opening ceremony for its new School of Law building and the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library.   It was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, marking a milestone in SMU’s history and attended by over 800 guests including senior judges, donors, SMU faculty, […]

March 21, 2017 - 5:04 pm

A (born digital) health check in New Zealand

(20 March 2017) Collecting, managing, and preserving born digital collections creates new challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s cultural heritage organisations. This work often requires learning new and different technology skills, and the use of specialised computer hardware and software. The National Library has had a digital collecting program for over fifteen years. In 2016 […]

March 20, 2017 - 5:13 pm