Asia Pacific

Legal e-resources training for Myanmar librarians

(22 Aug 2019)  Librarians at the universities of Dagon and East Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar, will take part in a two-day workshop to improve their capacity to make the best use of e-resources provided through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project to support law faculty to deliver newly-developed courses on human rights law.  In addition librarians will be trained […]

August 22, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Australian libraries join forces to build national digital collection

(13 Aug 2019)  The national, state and territory libraries of Australia joined forces to launch one giant national digital collection of Australian publications. It’s called National edeposit – or NED for short. Legal deposit legislation obliges publishers to deposit everything they publish with the National Library of Australia as well as with their own state […]

August 22, 2019 - 8:08 am

Seoul to build five new municipal libraries

(13 Aug 2019)  The government of Seoul said Tuesday it will build five more municipal libraries across the city by 2025 to help reduce cultural infrastructure gaps among citizens. The five new libraries, each with a gross floor area of about 9,000 square meters, will be built in Naebalsan-dong of Gangseo Ward, Sillim-dong of Gwanak Ward, […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:40 am

Philippines: DOST donates digital library to Antique school

(8 Aug 2019) The Department of Education (DepEd) in Antique thanked the recent turnover of the StarBooks, a digital library, by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to a school in the province. “The DOST, by developing the StarBooks, is making the resource learning materials more accessible to students,” DepEd Division of Antique Superintendent Victor […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:34 am

An ode to the public library, the gateway to an educated society

(5 Aug 2019)  From Geoff Gallop’s speech for the Premier’s Book Awards at the State Library of Western Australia, July 26, 2019 – “Libraries attract people — and we know they do — not only because of the information that can be accessed — or advice about how that can be done — but also […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:30 am

New Zealand: revamped digital library launched

(30 Jul 2019) Heritage New Zealand has revamped its Archaeological Reports Digital Library and is launching it today. The digital library currently contains over 7,500 reports dating from the 1950s until today, with more reports being added all the time.  These reports have been available on request since 2007; however the upgrade now means that searching the […]

August 13, 2019 - 8:52 am

China’s national library goes digital to preserve ancient books

(4 Aug 2019) The National Library of China has been digitizing its collection of antique books as a way of preserving and increasing the public accessibility, the China Culture Daily reported earlier this week. The library’s dedicated online database now has more than 32,000 sets of ancient books, accounting for over 60 percent of its total […]

August 12, 2019 - 9:40 am

Military libraries of Vietnam, Laos foster collaboration

(6 Aug 2019)  The Military Libraries of Vietnam and Laos held a conference in Vientiane on August 5 to review their cooperation over the past years and seek future collaboration orientations. More details can be found here.  

August 12, 2019 - 9:32 am

Taitung University library in Taiwan celebrates international architecture award

(18 Jul 2019) The National Taitung University Library and Information Center has been celebrated for winning yet another architectural award, the Central News Agency reported Thursday (July 18). The international real estate federation FIABCI gave its 2019 World Prix d’Excellence Award for Public Infrastructure Amenities to the university for the building on its Zhiben campus last […]

July 30, 2019 - 1:14 pm

Auckland Libraries expands digital access

(22 Jul 2019) The Auckland Libraries offer a plethora of services that will help build the future in digital, community, youth and Māori Services. Auckland Libraries is not just the buildings. It is about the digital experience, making it accessible and innovative. The digital services are as follows: eCollections and eReading eReading app Accessing heritage online More […]

July 30, 2019 - 10:48 am

Mining text, linking entities – National Library Board of Singapore’s journey

(26 July 2019) Connecting collections across institutions and discovering hidden knowledge has always been our goal. Due to disparate data sources, differing levels of quality and granularity in the data sets and varying terminologies used for concepts and entities, this has proved to be a challenge. Barring standardisation across knowledge repositories, which is an insurmountable […]

July 29, 2019 - 9:23 am

Chess library opened in Shanghai

(21 Jul 2019) The Lujiazui Master Lin Chess Library opened in the Pudong New Area (Shanghai, China) on Saturday, coinciding with the International Chess Day and galvanizing the spirits of chess fans from far and wide. Named after Lin Feng, former coach of the Chinese national chess team, it is the first public library dedicated to […]

July 22, 2019 - 9:39 am

Korail launches new library cars on ‘Reading Train’

(17 Jul 2019)  The Gyeongui Jungang Line’s ‘Reading Train’ has recently gone through renovations and now comes with two library cars along with a new interior design. The Reading Train began operation in 2016 to promote a culture of book reading, supported by Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), the city of Paju, and the Publication Industry […]

July 22, 2019 - 9:36 am

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