Asia Pacific

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:51 am

Singapore: Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

(18 Jun 2020) From Singapore: More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow (19th June), including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners. In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:49 am

Cambodia: Promoting reading through home library

(29 May 2020) Since Bopha was young, encouraging people to read books through her part-time job as a mobile librarian had always been her favourite activity. Currently, Bopha continues her mission by creating her very own home library in Arak Svay village in Siem Reap City’s Nokor Thom commune to strengthen a reading culture among […]

June 19, 2020 - 9:29 am

Japan passes new copyright law to criminalize manga piracy

(9 Jun 2020) Japan has just passed a new law that criminalizes manga piracy and also to the websites that link to it. The parliament passed new copyright amendments last Friday that ban the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021. The […]

June 17, 2020 - 8:54 am

Philippines: Likhaan calls for contributions of Filipiniana literature to build free online library

(3 Jun 2020)  While libraries stay close, Likhaan, the University of the Philippine’s Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW), is starting an initiative to build a free online Filipiniana library. UP ICW is calling for contributions of published Filipiniana literature to build a free online library. Collected works will be curated in a free access […]

June 15, 2020 - 9:34 am

Universities across Asia start to reopen bit by bit

(10 Jun 2020)  As the earliest region to be hit, disruption has been stark. In most countries in the region early university shutdowns have meant the loss of at least a semester of face-to-face teaching, sometimes without clear plans as to how this will be made up for during this year. Universities planning to reopen […]

June 15, 2020 - 9:10 am

Japan: Science and Technology Research Project reports released

(2 Apr 2020) From Japan: The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau of the National Diet Library has conducted the Science and Technology Research Project since FY2010, in which certain topics from important policy issues related to science and technology are selected to be studied and analyzed in cooperation with external experts. Reports on the following […]

June 11, 2020 - 9:48 am

CAUL releases final report for roadmap to Plan S

(28 May 2020)  From the executive summary of the report: This report, commissioned by the Council of Australian University Librarians, for delivery to the DVCsR Committee, provides an analysis of the challenges and opportunities arising from Plan S for Australian researchers and universities, including high-level recommendations on how Australian universities should proceed in order to […]

June 8, 2020 - 2:33 pm

New Zealand: Budget allocated for libraries to help with jobs and community recovery

(27 May 2020)  From New Zealand: ​A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal […]

June 8, 2020 - 2:11 pm

National Library of Indonesia prepares to open to public

(2 Jun 2020)  After closing its doors to visitors on March 16, the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Central Jakarta is preparing to reopen for the first time in months under special protocol. “We are preparing a strategy for the new normal to support National Library service activity prior to a public reopening,” Joko […]

June 5, 2020 - 10:24 am

China releases catalog of key publications for rural libraries

(21 May 2020) From Xinhuanews: China’s National Press and Publication Administration has released a catalog of key publications for rural libraries in 2020. Altogether 1,781 kinds of books, 113 types of audio and video products and e-publications, 310 kinds of publications in ethnic minority languages, 31 kinds of newspapers and 155 types of periodicals were […]

May 29, 2020 - 10:39 am

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 am

Taiwan: Reading festival wins American Library Association award

(22 May 2020) The Taiwan Ministry of Education announced Friday (May 22) that the 2020 Taiwan Reading Festival (台灣閱讀節) won the American Library Association (ALA) award. The annual cultural event, “Taiwan Reading Festival,” takes place in December and has been hosted by the National Central Library and public libraries since 2013. It features a variety of […]

May 29, 2020 - 8:44 am

New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]

May 25, 2020 - 2:09 pm

China’s national library launches ‘collective memory bank’ to document coronavirus outbreak stories

(25 Apr 2020) From CGTN: The National Library of China has launched a “collective memory bank,” to collect and preserve items and stories from China’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The project aims at documenting the impact the pandemic has had on peoples’ lives, emotions and social relationships. Articles, pictures, audio, video, multimedia resources, manuscripts, […]

May 25, 2020 - 1:50 pm