Asia Pacific

New Library Advisory Board for South Asia

(6 December 2017) The Cambridge University Press has set up a new Library Advisory Board for South Asia. The South Asia Library Advisory Board (SALAB) includes academic librarian representatives from across India and aims to gather insights into needs and challenges faced by academic libraries. The Library Advisory Board will also help the Press understand […]

December 7, 2017 - 9:29 am
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Latest Australian public libraries statistics

(6 December 2017) The annual Australian public libraries statistical report for 2015-16 is now available. Compiled by the State Library of Queensland’s Regional Access and Public Libraries division on behalf of NSLA, the report is an overview of the services, infrastructure, income and expenditure of each state and territory’s public libraries. The news in full […]

December 7, 2017 - 9:26 am
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China tops patent, trademark, design filings in 2016

(6 December 2017, Geneva) Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total for the United States of America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office. Innovators around the world filed 3.1 million patent […]

December 7, 2017 - 9:22 am
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Coalition Against Piracy wants Singapore to block streaming piracy software

(4 December 2017) The recently-formed Coalition Against Piracy, which counts Disney, Fox, Sony, HBO, NBCUniversal, BBC Worldwide and the Premier League among its members, is demanding greater action against illicit streaming. The powerful group has called on the government in Singapore to not only block ‘pirate’ streaming software but also unlicensed streams from entering the […]

December 5, 2017 - 10:14 am
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Ruth’s Rankings 31: Road Trip to Hong Kong and Singapore – Opening new routes for collaboration between librarians and their stakeholders

By Ruth A. Pagell* (4 December 2017) I am beginning to think of global university rankings as invasive species.  Two years ago, a talk I gave in Singapore attracted an uninterested audience of 25.  On this trip, over 200 librarians, faculty, administrators and students physically attended the talks. Students wanted to know how to use […]

December 4, 2017 - 3:03 pm
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Asia Foundation celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’

(1 December 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was honored as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree at a November 27 event at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Following on the awards announcement in September, the celebration event featured leaders representing organizations from around the […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:37 am
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Asia-Pacific Marrakesh Treaty campaign

EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign to encourage ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the Asia-Pacific Region (30 November 2017) EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign that aims to encourage countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty which increases access to knowledge for blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-disabled people. […]

December 2, 2017 - 8:25 am
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NELITI – the bilingual online database of Indonesian research materials

(29 November 2017) NELITI (from the Indonesian word ‘meneliti’, ‘to research’) is a bilingual online database of Indonesian research materials that offers access to 1055 online academic journals and 515 libraries. Most of the journals and institutions are in Indonesia, but the site also includes a small number of international publications and links to institutions […]

November 30, 2017 - 8:04 pm
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New DOAJ Ambassadors in the Republic of Korea

(28 November 2017) Following training sessions last month in Seoul DOAJ has appointed three new Ambassadors and an honorary Ambassador in Korea. DOAJ has  also created a group of seven voluntary associate editors who will help DOAJ with applications coming from Southeast Asia. From 1st December 2017, the Ambassadors will start working on promoting DOAJ’s […]

November 30, 2017 - 8:37 am
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Call for papers: “Is knowledge management the new library science?” Satellite Conference 23 August 2018

(28 November 2017) Venue: Xiamen University Malaysia campus (XMUM), Salak Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia (15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/ifla2018km/ The one-day Satellite Conference aims to understand, describe, and demonstrate how KM and library science intersect and differ, especially in terms of how graduates of library science programs use the skills and […]

November 28, 2017 - 7:27 pm
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ETD 2018 Taiwan announced, call for proposals

(26 November 2017) NDLTD has announced that ETD 2018, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, is to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, September 26-28, 2018. This symposium will be a great opportunity for exchanging ETD experiences with professionals from different countries, also connecting to the good practices around the world. The Conference will be hosted […]

November 27, 2017 - 12:15 pm
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Large-scale implementation of open access in China

(24 November 2017) At the end of October, the National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSL, CAS), the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and ShanghaiTech University Library signed the Open Access 2020 Initiative. The Director of NSL, CAS, Mr. LIU Huizhou, said that open access is beneficial to scientific research, scientific communication […]

November 27, 2017 - 8:39 am
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Preserving cultural heritage – The IFLA Scoping Workshop on Palm Leaf Manuscripts

(22 November 2017) On 6-7 July in Colombo, Sri Lanka, experts, librarians and holders of Palm Leaf Manuscript collections in South and South-East Asia met during an IFLA workshop, to discuss the problem of metadata and digitisation for PLMs in the region. A two-day workshop with 15 participants from around the region took its starting […]

November 23, 2017 - 12:48 pm
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Nation’s first international-standard library complex opens in Hanoi

(20 November 2017) The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a “tree of wishes” to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens. “The co-operation between National Library of Vietnam and the Korean International […]

November 21, 2017 - 7:25 pm
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World University Rankings: How to be Number One

(18 November 2017) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library, recently sponsored Ruth Pagell’s trip to Asia to speak to librarians, faculty, students and administrators about university rankings. Her talk to HKUST on 9 November, World University Rankings: How to be Number One together with the powerpoint presentation, are streamed here: http://stream.ust.hk/service/watch.php?stream=lib/o/991012552668403412.mp4 After Hong Kong, Ruth […]

November 20, 2017 - 11:22 am
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