Asia Pacific

New Zealand: debates over National Library’s book-culling decision

(14 Feb 2020)  Due to the limit of storage capacity, the National Library of New Zealand has decided to rehome 600,000 titles of its overseas published collections to libraries who are interested in taking them. The decision has been announced in late 2019 which raised some debates between readers and librarians. Here are some of […]

February 14, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Australia: schools drop libraries in favour of digital hubs and e-learning

(9 Feb 2020) A new A$225 million (S$209 million) school in Sydney has caused a stir after it opened with state-of-the-art facilities – but no library. Instead, the Arthur Phillip High School in the Sydney district of Parramatta will have “iHubs”, which will have digital resources and some hard copy books. Other books will be available […]

February 14, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Beijing publishing houses offer free digital content to public

(5 Feb 2020) Seventy-six publishing houses in Beijing have opened up their digital libraries, putting free online courses, digital music, e-books, and audiobooks on the internet for the public. With abundant digital teaching materials, the Beijing Publishing Group has offered free e-books and online courses to teachers and students on its Jing Ban Cloud (, […]

February 11, 2020 - 1:49 pm

Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute […]

February 10, 2020 - 2:20 pm

MERAL portal training to be conducted for universities in Myanmar

(7 Feb 2020) EIFL and partners will train teams from 19 universities in Yangon and Mandalay to upload open access publications to the Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal (MERAL). The trainers are Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, and from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, EIFL’s partner in the MERAL Portal project, Masaharu Hayashi, Project Assistant […]

February 10, 2020 - 10:03 am

Coronavirus outbreak: school opening postponed in several countries (updating)

(updated 24 Mar 2020)  Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, several countries have made the decision to postpone school openings or hold activities. has collected the latest news here. Australia: Australian states and capital declare state of emergency, as govt mulls second stimulus (16 Mar) Uni of Queensland suspends classes for a week […]

February 7, 2020 - 1:50 pm

CDNLAO Newsletter #95 published

(4 Feb 2020) the No.95, February 2020 newsletter for Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) is now published. Special topic: Research in library and information service [China] Research Activities at the National Library of China: An Introduction [Japan] NDL Research Report [Singapore] Research in Information Service and Client Research Services at the National […]

February 5, 2020 - 11:05 am

New issue of SEALG Newsletter online

(3 Feb 2020) A new issue of the SEALG Newsletter (2019) has been published and is now available online. Included in the Newsletter is the report of our group’s Annual Meeting that took place in June 2019 in Leiden. In addition to this detailed report by Marije Plomp, the latest issue of the Newsletter contains the following […]

February 4, 2020 - 8:49 am

Japan signs the first read and publish agreement at consortium level

(27 Jan 2020) Cambridge University Press has reached a transformative Open Access agreement with the Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources (JUSTICE). It is the first such read and publish deal signed with JUSTICE by any publisher, the first major read and publish deal in Japan and a first for the Press in Asia. […]

February 4, 2020 - 8:40 am

Myanmar: rare documents displayed at National Library

(15 Jan 2020)  An exhibition of rare documents was recently held at the National Library last week to help publicise the institution’s new location. “The exhibition provided a glimpse into the country’s past through rare documents and publications, and also served as a wonderful way to get people to visit the National Library’s new location,” […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:26 am

Taiwan-Israel Sinology center opens at Tel Aviv University

(9 Jan 2020) A sinology research center was inaugurated on Thursday (Jan. 8) at Tel Aviv University, Israel, in a collaboration between the university and the National Central Library (NCL) in Taiwan. The center is the first such facility sponsored by Taiwan in the Middle East, according to NCL. It will boast a collection of 214 publications […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:16 am

Australia: library launches campaign for wildlife aid

(13 Jan 2020) Bushfires across Australia have completely destroyed the lives and habitats of wildlife in recent weeks, with some estimates putting the loss of animal life at one billion. A campaign launched this week by Selwyn Libraries in Canterbury is supplying materials, patterns and sewing machines to library users to manufacture pouches, wraps and nests desperately needed […]

January 14, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

(10 Jan 2020) On December 30, 2019, the government of Vietnam issued Decree 99/2019/ND-CP detailing and guiding the implementation of the amended 2018 Law on Higher Education (Decree 99). Decree 99 will take effect on 15 February 2020, and sets out, among other things, conditions for the establishment of campuses in Vietnam of foreign higher-education institutions, […]

January 14, 2020 - 4:23 pm

Idea exchanged during the 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar

(13 Jan 2020)  The National Library of China (NLC) held the 2019 Southeast Asian Librarians Seminar in Beijing and Tianjin, China from 21t to 29 November 2019 with the support of the Central Academy of Culture and Tourism Administration (CACTA). Mr. Sisomphou Keodouangta, Deputy Director of the National Library of Laos, Mr. Wan Mohamad Fazali Bin […]

January 14, 2020 - 2:33 pm

From VALA: supporting where we can

(12 Jan 2020) By VALA – Libraries, Technology & the Future Everyone in the VALA network is touched in some way by the bushfire emergency across many parts of Australia. Our collective thoughts and support go out to colleagues and communities that are directly impacted, and to the many others who are experiencing the heightened anxiety, […]

January 14, 2020 - 11:06 am