Asia Pacific

Australia: library launches campaign for wildlife aid

(13 Jan 2020) Bushfires across Australia have completely destroyed the lives and habitats of wildlife in recent weeks, with some estimates putting the loss of animal life at one billion. A campaign launched this week by Selwyn Libraries in Canterbury is supplying materials, patterns and sewing machines to library users to manufacture pouches, wraps and nests desperately needed […]

January 14, 2020 - 5:41 pm
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Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

(10 Jan 2020) On December 30, 2019, the government of Vietnam issued Decree 99/2019/ND-CP detailing and guiding the implementation of the amended 2018 Law on Higher Education (Decree 99). Decree 99 will take effect on 15 February 2020, and sets out, among other things, conditions for the establishment of campuses in Vietnam of foreign higher-education institutions, […]

January 14, 2020 - 4:23 pm
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Idea exchanged during the 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar

(13 Jan 2020)  The National Library of China (NLC) held the 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar in Beijing and Tianjin, China from 21t to 29 November 2019 with the support of the Central Academy of Culture and Tourism Administration (CACTA). Mr. Sisomphou Keodouangta, Deputy Director of the National Library of Laos, Mr. Wan Mohamad Fazali Bin […]

January 14, 2020 - 2:33 pm
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From VALA: supporting where we can

(12 Jan 2020) By VALA – Libraries, Technology & the Future Everyone in the VALA network is touched in some way by the bushfire emergency across many parts of Australia. Our collective thoughts and support go out to colleagues and communities that are directly impacted, and to the many others who are experiencing the heightened anxiety, […]

January 14, 2020 - 11:06 am
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Call for submissions: SJLIM 2020 issue

(3 Jan 2020) The SJLIM (Singapore Journal of Library and Information Management) 2020 issue is now open for submissions. If you have research, practice projects, opinion pieces and commentaries related to librarianship in Singapore and Southeast Asia, you may submit your manuscripts electronically via email at sjlim@las.org.sg Submissions may be in the range of 2000 to 5000 […]

January 8, 2020 - 9:43 am
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New Zealand: concerns over the implementation of Marrakesh Treaty

(6 Jan 2020)  The Marrakesh Treaty, which allows easier access to materials for visually impaired, lets more people legally convert books into accessible formats, and allows all signatory countries to freely share copy. The Treaty is effective recently in New Zealand, but concerns are made by various parties. RNZ has the full report here.

January 8, 2020 - 9:39 am
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Taiwan to start Public Lending Right program for local authors from Jan 2020

(31 Dec 2019)  On Jan. 1, Taiwan will become the first country in East Asia to adopt a Public Lending Right (PLR) program, under which writers will receive compensation for free public access to their books at two national libraries, the Ministry of Culture said Tuesday. Taiwan News has more details here.  

January 8, 2020 - 9:18 am
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Japan: Sprawling pop culture complex to open near Tokyo in 2020

(27 Dec 2019) A sprawling complex featuring a massive manga library, accommodations and a museum will open in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, next year to promote Japan’s pop culture trends worldwide. Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp., which has been building Tokorozawa Sakura Town, made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo in late October to announce its […]

January 8, 2020 - 9:13 am
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Japan: library services remain suspended due to Typhoon in October

(27 Dec 2019) Japan’s education ministry says more than 100 public libraries were damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which ripped through the country in October. Some libraries remain closed or have their services suspended. University library associations say nine libraries at national and private universities were damaged. NHK WORLD-JAPAN has the full story.  

December 31, 2019 - 9:43 am
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Australia: first library in Victoria to open 24/7 has town buzzing

(27 Dec 2019) Foster, about 170 kilometres south-east of Melbourne in Victoria’s Gippsland region, has a population of fewer than 1,200 people. The town’s library, a gathering point for the community, sits almost exactly in the middle of Main Street. About a month ago, 24/7 access was introduced to members — the first public library in Victoria […]

December 31, 2019 - 9:35 am
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Korea: Incheon library introduces 24-hour book drive-thru service

(24 Dec 2019)  A “book drive-thru system” will be introduced in Incheon for the first time, allowing members to borrow or return books without having to leave the comfort of their car. The system, installed at Incheon Metropolitan City’s Michuhol Library, allows users to check out or return books while in a vehicle for those […]

December 26, 2019 - 4:21 pm
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Document recognizing Napoléon’s rule for life on show in NCL Taipei

(25 Dec 2019) Having been held in private hands for nearly two centuries, an original typewritten document published in 1802 recording the results of the French constitutional referendum which made Napoléon Bonaparte First Consul for life can now be viewed at National Central Library (NCL) in Taipei. The document, which the private collector believes to be […]

December 26, 2019 - 4:18 pm
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India’s renewed quest to improve its research quality

(24 Dec 2019) In recent years, India has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of research volume. As per Elsevier’s 2018 Research Intelligence report, the country is the fifth largest producer of research publications, only behind scientific superpowers such as the US, China, the UK, and Germany. When it comes to India’s ranking in […]

December 26, 2019 - 8:54 am
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Cambodia: book fair 2019 attracts thousands of visitors

(16 Dec 2019) Thousands of visitors flocked into the 8th Cambodia Book Fair held at the National Library of Cambodia, Phnom Penh from Dec. 13 to 15, 2019 under the theme “Start Your Dream With Books in Your Hands”. During three-day fair, about 150,000 to 160,000 visitors came to read and purchase books as well as […]

December 24, 2019 - 9:53 am
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Myanmar: new national library set for grand opening in April 2020

(17 Dec 2019) From The Myanmar Times: The National Library will open in a newly renovated historic building in downtown Yangon in April 2020 to promote learning for the good of the country, a library official said. “The renovation of this historic building for the National Library is complete,” said Daw Yee Yee Htwe, director […]

December 24, 2019 - 9:46 am
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