Asia Pacific

International book data services launched under the Marrakesh Treaty by NDL Japan

(19 Nov 2019)  Following Japan’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty)(Link to WIPO), the National Diet Library (NDL) has launched an international exchange service that loans DAISY, braille, text, and other accessible book data for persons with […]

November 21, 2019 - 9:13 am

Ancient texts made available online

(12 Nov 2019) Digitized versions of about 7,200 copies of ancient Chinese books went online on Tuesday and can now be accessed for free by the public for pleasure or academic reference, the National Library of China announced. Most copies came from 20 public institutions nationwide. Other than the NLC, Nanjing Library, Shandong Library and […]

November 21, 2019 - 9:05 am

Malaysia: Miri IT library wins top national award for technological innovation

(15 Nov 2019) The Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Information Technology library branch in Miri, Malaysia, here has won a top national award from Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) for technological innovation. Pustaka Miri IT Library was chosen as a 5-star award winner under the Augmented Reality Technology category at the MPC 2019 productivity and innovation conference held […]

November 21, 2019 - 9:02 am

China releases list of recommended books for primary, secondary school libraries

(14 Nov 2019, Beijing, Xinhua) The Ministry of Education (MOE) has released a recommended book list for libraries in primary and secondary schools nationwide, according to a circular on its website. The list contains 6,905 books, which cover socialist theories, philosophy, politics, law, military affairs, economy, culture, literature, arts, history, and natural sciences, among others. […]

November 19, 2019 - 9:32 am

Vietnamese embassy presents 500 books to Cambodian province

(14 Nov 2019)  The Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia on November 14 handed over 500 books to the Cultural Centre and Library in Kampong Speu province, aiming to encourage the country’s reading culture and human resources training. VietnamPlus has the full story here.  

November 18, 2019 - 1:13 pm

Hong Kong universities suspend classes

(13 Nov 2019)  The Chinese University of Hong Kong has announced a premature end to the semester after two days of protester-police clashes on campus. Other universities also announced special term arrangements. CUHK was the epicentre of fierce clashes on Tuesday as demonstrators and police fought for control of No. 2 bridge at the Sha Tin-based […]

November 14, 2019 - 10:45 am

Philippine government to corporate with RUB Germany to support academic and research activities on Philippine matters

(1 Nov 2019)  Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), known as one of the largest and leading universities in Germany, has signed an agreement with the Philippine government for the creation of a Philippine studies program and the promotion of Philippine culture. According to the Philippine Consulate in Frankfurt, the agreement involves the donation of approximately EUR83,000 […]

November 14, 2019 - 8:58 am

State Library of Queensland to virtually revive early 20th century Greek cafes

(1 Nov 2019) With a series of workshops, exhibitions and events, the State Library of Queensland aims to revive the atmosphere of the old cafes, restaurants and small businesses that were owned by Greeks in the early 20th century. These iconic meeting places were among the most popular city destinations for thousands of Australians of the time. […]

November 14, 2019 - 8:40 am

Australia: Green Square Library architects win two more awards

(7 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The innovative underground library and plaza complex, which opened in October last year, caught the judges’ attention for preserving “breathing space” in an area set to explode with population growth. The full story is here.  

November 11, 2019 - 9:04 am

Myanmar: Library law, development, challenges discussed

(28 Oct 2019)  Myanmar news: Officials from MoI and the literary sector organized a workshop to review the Public Library Law at UMFCCI, Yangon, yesterday (27 October 2019). The workshop discussed the three topics of (i) public library development and the role of the public library law, (ii) challenges faced by public libraries, and (iii) […]

November 11, 2019 - 8:59 am

Malaysia’s Research Star Awards 2019 recognize the country’s most outstanding researchers

(6 Nov 2019)  Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) today unveiled the Malaysia’s Research Star Awards 2019 to recognize the country’s most outstanding researchers. This is the fifth time that the two parties have jointly presented this award to honor […]

November 6, 2019 - 9:15 am

Philippines: 29th LIS Month – why public libraries still matter

(29 Oct 2019) With e-books are now at the fingertips of anyone with access to the Internet, why do public libraries still matter? This will be explained in a series of activities during the 29th observance of the Library and Information Services (LIS) Month in November. Read more about the 29th LIS Month of the Philippines […]

October 31, 2019 - 2:47 pm

New Zealand: national librarian awarded top professional recognition

(23 Oct 2019) Bill Macnaught, National Librarian of New Zealand, is one of a select few to be awarded a 2019 LIANZA Fellowship. The Fellowships provide a way for the library sector to thank and congratulate those who have served their communities. At the heart of the list are dedicated librarians doing great mahi to […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:14 am

Celebrating 45 years of the Australian Institute of Criminology library

(28 Oct 2019) In 2019, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) library is celebrating 45 years of being Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. It’s the library of choice for Home Affairs and other departments, academics and the general public, with its independent research being highly valued. Michael Phelan APM, Director […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:11 am

The state of OA in New Zealand. Report and a new statement on Open Scholarship from CONZUL

(25 Oct 2019) Work carried out this year by New Zealand’s Council of New Zealand University Libraries (CONZUL) Open Access Project Group shows a clear citation advantage for repository based OA over closed access articles. This great infographic summarizes their research. The full report is available here. Furthermore, CONZUL have updated their statement on open […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:09 am