Asia Pacific

Japan aims to certify 1,000 archivists aimed at better handling of public records

(21 Dec 2019) Japan is aiming to certify about 1,000 archivists by March 2026 in a new system amid efforts to improve the management of official records, government sources said Saturday, following criticism over government handling of public documents in various scandals involving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The government has decided to launch the new system […]

December 23, 2019 - 10:51 am
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Landscape of open science in Japan

(17 Dec 2019) Dr. Yasushi Ogasaka, Director of the Department for Information Infrastructure at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), gave the keynote presentation at the inaugural Asia-Pacific meeting of the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) in Hong Kong in June 2019. This paper, based Dr. Ogasaka’s address, shares the evolution of open science […]

December 18, 2019 - 10:39 am
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Malaysia Open Science Platform has launched

(11 Dec 2019)  In its efforts to enhance national innovation ecosystem towards wealth creation and societal well-being, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) will be implementing two flagship initiatives: Malaysian Collaborative Network Platform for Disruptive Innovation (I-CONNECT) and Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP). […]

December 17, 2019 - 2:04 pm
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Seoul to open landmark library, concert hall by 2025

(12 Dec 2019) Seoul city on Thursday announced plans to open a new library and concert hall in areas of the capital that were previously considered underdeveloped and lacked cultural facilities. Under the plan, the city will pump in 387.8 billion won (US$325.6 million) to build a library in Dongdaemun ward in eastern Seoul and a […]

December 13, 2019 - 9:05 pm
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Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty. According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did […]

December 13, 2019 - 8:52 pm
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Australia: Queensland State Library offers ‘human books’ in bid to share local history

(10 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland is trialling a program in Brisbane where you can check out a “human book”. Once a month, library visitors will be able to borrow a real person with a unique story to share. Key points: ‘Human books’ originated in Denmark to counter stereotypes and discrimination The State Library is […]

December 12, 2019 - 9:25 pm
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China splashes millions on hundreds of home-grown journals

(11 Dec 2019)  US$29-million investment aims to boost the country’s status as an international scientific powerhouse. China is taking dramatic steps to improve the quality and international reputation of its home-grown science journals. Publishers of hundreds of Chinese titles will receive generous government funding as part of a major five-year plan to elevate the country’s […]

December 12, 2019 - 9:18 pm
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State Library Victoria proves libraries aren’t just about books: they’re about community

(9 Dec 2019) With the rise of digital information early this century, the death of the library was predicted. Yet far from causing the demise of libraries, the digital revolution has led to libraries being reinvented and reinvigorated. Library staff are experts in knowledge systems and adept at seizing the possibilities presented by these changes. This ability […]

December 9, 2019 - 3:24 pm
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China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment

(9 Dec 2019)  From the Guardian: China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports. The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit […]

December 9, 2019 - 3:04 pm
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Australia: future of jobs unclear under major restructure for National Library

(27 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The National Library is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced. There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and […]

December 3, 2019 - 8:55 am
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Japan: approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(27 Nov 2019) On November 27, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『クリスマス・キャロル(1)Joy To The World(2)Jingle Bells(3)Silent Night Holy Night(4)Deck The Halls』…A medley of four Christmas carols. 『(音楽鑑賞教育)合奏:アロハ・オエ』…A farewell song of Hawaii, performed on the Hawaiian guitar. 『あゝ、そは彼の人か(歌劇“椿姫”より)』…A recording of […]

December 3, 2019 - 8:50 am
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Taiwan: National Central Library to host carnival in Taipei to promote reading

(28 Nov 2019)  The National Central Library (NCL) will host a major carnival in Taipei next month as part of an annual reading festival to encourage love and appreciation of books, NCL Director-General Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢), said Thursday. The carnival on Dec. 7 in Daan Forest Park and will feature activities such as music performances, […]

November 30, 2019 - 9:48 am
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Melbourne school turns its results around by reviving its dying library

(3 Nov 2019) When Marco DiCesare started as principal at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, the school’s library was mostly used as a detention space for unruly students. The books were in detention too, kept in a room behind a locked door only teachers could open. Read the full story on how the transformation of a school […]

November 30, 2019 - 9:34 am
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New path to reading: Hong Kong Library Festival 2019

(25 Nov 2019)  The first Hong Kong Library Festival carrying the theme of ‘Reading‧Creativity’ recently concluded on November 21. The monthlong Festival promoted the culture of reading through exhibitions, talks and workshops, as well as parent-child and citywide activities, bringing readers various perspectives in reading. One of the highlights is the large-scaled exhibition held at […]

November 26, 2019 - 7:43 pm
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Archives NZ partners with Axiell to improve access to New Zealand’s archives heritage

(22 Nov 2019) Today Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga welcomed a new partnership with Axiell, the world’s leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, to manage their unique archives. Archives New Zealand will replace their collection management and search tool, Archway, with Axiell Collections so that Archives staff can work […]

November 25, 2019 - 3:02 pm
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