Beijing International Book Fair moves online

The 27th edition of the Beijing show is moving to a digital format that organizers say will stay up and running until next year’s fair. (14 Jul 2020)  Using the motto “Moments of Joy and Opportunities,” organizers of the 2020 Beijing International Book Fair never quite say in today’s media messaging (July 14) that they’re not […]

July 16, 2020 - 8:37 am

Webinar: Recover, retrench, reset: an international symposium exploring the reopening of research libraries and the ‘new normal’ in the COVID-19 landscape

(15 Jun 2020) IARLA convened an international symposium on 3 June 2020, which explored the plans that research libraries are putting in place to reopen their physical library buildings and reinstate their onsite services in the post-, or continuing-, Covid-19 landscape. The symposium included presentations from speakers in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, […]

June 15, 2020 - 8:44 am

Notes from the 15th AUNILO meeting

(20 May 2020) The 15th AUNILO meeting ( and the strategic planning workshop were held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 5-8 August 2019 and hosted by the Universitas Gadjah Mada. The meeting and planning workshop was coordinated by the AUNILO Secretariat,  managed by the member libraries of the Philippines (University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and […]

May 21, 2020 - 8:58 am

Resource: “Virtual conference: a guide to best practices”

(16 Apr 2020)  In March 2020, an ACM Presidential Task Force was formed to provide quick advice to conference organizers suddenly facing the need to move their conference online in light of the social distancing recommendations and global restrictions on travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide concrete advice for events of all sizes. […]

April 19, 2020 - 4:36 pm

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 cancelled

(9 Apr 2020) The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Dublin will instead welcome the 2022 Congress, following confirmation that the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland – the previous planned venue – is unlikely to be ready on […]

April 10, 2020 - 9:43 am

Virtual plenary meeting and poster session for RDA 15th plenary meeting

(26 Mar 2020)  The 15th RDA Plenary Meeting, which was scheduled to take place from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne Australia, has been canceled due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. However, from 18th March to 10th April 2020 RDA will be facilitating the organisation of a virtual Plenary (VP 15) meeting, offering session convenors […]

March 27, 2020 - 1:05 pm

New Zealand: notes from Archiving Email 2020 Symposium

(19 Feb 2020)  On 30 January 2020, archivists, digital preservationists, records managers, librarians, academics, and IT specialists from across Aotearoa and Australia came together in Wellington to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities in preserving email. See the full programme here Read the full notes of the symposium here

February 27, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Symposium proceedings: “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise”

(5 Feb 2020)  The “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise” symposium took place in Washington, DC on December 11, 2019, its report is now available online. This report represents a summary of the symposium, including speaker slides and biographies, invited expert commentaries, and notes from the facilitated group discussions. The report is available here. […]

February 10, 2020 - 1:35 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

Call for papers — open sessions at IFLA WLIC 2020

(23 Dec 2019) The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and IFLA Information Technology Section invites Librarians, Information Scientists and other interested professionals to submit proposals for the Open Session to be held during the 86th IFLA WLIC, in Dublin, Ireland. Theme: “Preserving complex digital objects in libraries” Full details available on the WLIC 2020 website Source: IFLA […]

December 26, 2019 - 8:56 am

Myanmar: Library law, development, challenges discussed

(28 Oct 2019)  Myanmar news: Officials from MoI and the literary sector organized a workshop to review the Public Library Law at UMFCCI, Yangon, yesterday (27 October 2019). The workshop discussed the three topics of (i) public library development and the role of the public library law, (ii) challenges faced by public libraries, and (iii) […]

November 11, 2019 - 8:59 am

“International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times” held by National Library China

(12 Sep 2019)  The International Symposium on Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times was opened in the National Library of China (NLC) on 9-10 September, joined by experts from more than 10 countries as well as local librarians. Sessions for different themes were held, including “Memory and Inheritance: Open and Shared Document Resources Construction”, […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:20 am

Toward a new kind of ‘Big Deal’

(30 Aug 2019)  University librarians and some academic publishers are optimistic about the possibility of reaching new agreements to make more academic articles fully open, but they acknowledge many challenges ahead. The University of California, which canceled its “big deal” with publisher Elsevier earlier this year after negotiations to establish a new agreement broke down, hosted a […]

September 7, 2019 - 3:29 pm

IFLA- Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) SC Meeting 1 held on WLIC 2019 in Athens, Aug 25. 2019

(31 August 2019) IFLA- Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) SC Meeting 1 was held on WLIC 2019 in Athens, Aug 25. 2019 The Minutes of the mid-term meeting held in Manila, 6-9 Mar. 2019 was confirmed. The Election Results were confirmed. Ms Tina (Tao) Yang was confirmed as the RSCAO Chair and Ms Nor Edzan Che Nasir […]

September 3, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Beijing International Book Fair cites 320,000 visitors, high tech interest

(27 Aug 2019)  Digital marketing supported by 5G and edu-tech in early-age English-language training were key interests at the 2019 Beijing book fair. In its 26th edition, the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has drawn what organizers today (August 27) are reporting was more than 320,000 visitors. The public-facing fair topped 2,600 exhibitors, officials say, with […]

August 30, 2019 - 11:25 am