Asia Pacific

How New Zealand libraries are adapting to the 21st century

(14 Jul 2019)  From the Stuff – “We are becoming a bastion of wellbeing and welcome for people,” says Kat Cuttriss​, Hutt City Libraries manager and chair of Public Libraries of New Zealand. “The public library is the one place, potentially the only civic place, where people are welcome to come no matter their background, […]

July 15, 2019 - 9:32 am

Philippines: 14 SUCs get virtual libraries from int’l fisheries center

(13 Jul 2019) A total of 14 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country have received digital library services from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), which is celebrating its 46th founding anniversary. The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Center (IAMSLIC) Digital Fisheries Libraries contain over 26,000 publications […]

July 15, 2019 - 9:26 am

New Zealand seeking for Library Management System replacement for Kōtui Consortium

(9 Jul 2019) Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand is looking for credible service providers who have the capability, experience and infrastructure to deliver a shared Library Management System for a consortium. For the full details of notice, see here.  

July 15, 2019 - 9:19 am

UK library loans lag behind US, Australia

(10 Jul 2019) In the UK, library loans are lagging behind other countries, reports the Bookseller. According to new analysis by ex-Waterstones CEO Tim Coates, UK book loans have plummeted year-on-year since 2009–10, falling from 5.7 to 2.8 loans per person. Going further back, in 1996–97 the figure was 8.6 loans per person. In contrast, book loans […]

July 15, 2019 - 9:09 am

China Embraces ‘1+X’: universities adopt mixture of academic credential and vocational certificates

(11 Jul 2019) Some Chinese universities are switching to a hybrid model of combined academic and vocational education as the country grapples with its unique demographic challenges as well as graduate employability problems akin to those afflicting higher education sectors elsewhere. Universities and vocational colleges in about 10 Chinese provinces are piloting the “1+X” system, whereby […]

July 12, 2019 - 2:30 pm

Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour

(10 Jul 2019) Are you curious about the Research Data Alliance (RDA)? Interested in learning how you can engage with RDA initiatives? Do you know about Australia’s influence on global data solutionsthrough participation in RDA? Ahead of the first Australian RDA plenary in 2020, the RDA and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are collaborating to present […]

July 12, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Read for an hour, make K1000

(5 Jul 2019) In the commotion of the street filled with music and restaurants, one apartment strikes out as strangely calm. Over 20 people are quietly sitting down, reading books. It is not a library but a business company office. The catch? Every Wednesday it turns into a book club from 6 to 7pm – […]

July 10, 2019 - 11:27 am

People in Singapore reading more: NLB study

(1 Jul 2019)  According to the 2018 National Reading Habits Study, people in Singapore are reading more books, magazines and newspapers – in both print and digital formats. The trend is in part attributable to the popularity of e-books. Read the full story from The Straits Times here.  

July 7, 2019 - 9:19 am

Beijing International Book Fair to emphasize children’s books again

(28 June 2019)  From the BIBF director, Liying Lin, “Again the fair is stressing younger readers’ content and, for a second year, will dedicate a separate exhibition area to what it’s branding as the Beijing International Children’s Book Fair by way of “demonstrating the continued strength of children’s publishing in China, with educational titles and […]

June 29, 2019 - 2:06 pm

Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2019-04: QS 2020 offers little to write about

Which top 10 universities have made the greatest gains in rankings since 2004? Who is number one in Singapore? What Asian country added the most universities from 2019? (24 June 2019) QS received more than enough coverage in April’s Ruth’s Rankings 40, where we analyzed QS 2019 subject rankings and surveys. Now it is June […]

June 28, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Gay librarian’s suicide in Myanmar outrages LGBT+ community

(27 June 2019)  A gay librarian who was bullied by his colleagues in Yangon posted a final message on Facebook before taking his own life. In his final words, Kyaw Zin Win pleaded not to be reborn in a land of oppressors. Read the full story here.  

June 28, 2019 - 10:54 am

Australia’s top librarian tells how the National Library fosters a culture of in-house innovation. In two words: ‘radical incrementalism’

(24 June 2019)  Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, director-general of the National Library of Australia, is the nation’s top librarian. She talks to Stephen Easton about the culture of innovation that has allowed the NLA to remain an international leader in its field for decades, relying entirely on its own in-house expertise. Read the full interview from Stephen Easton on […]

June 27, 2019 - 4:30 pm

China Literature and Singtel forge strategic partnership to promote online literature in Southeast Asia

(22 June 2019)  China Literature Limited, a leading online literature platform in China, today announced a strategic partnership with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“Singtel”), a leading communications technology group in Asia, to collaborate in online literature services and content platform businesses in Southeast Asia. For more details, see the press release here.  

June 27, 2019 - 1:50 pm

SUSS launches digital repository to promote community-minded learning

(19 June 2019) A new digital repository will be launched by the end of this month offering materials that assist service learning – when students take part in activities that advance their studies while helping the community and learning values. The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse will be the first resource of its kind in Singapore, offering videos, […]

June 23, 2019 - 9:06 am

Christchurch’s $92 million central library judged the best of the best in national property awards

(14 June 2019)  Christchurch’s stunning new central library, Turanga, has scooped the Supreme Award in prestigious national property industry awards. The biggest public library in the South Island, spanning 9500 square metres, it is one of nine anchor projects contributing to the regeneration of the city following the 2010-11 earthquakes. Read the full story here. […]

June 23, 2019 - 8:56 am