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National Digital Library announces second phase expansion

(25 October 2017, New Delhi, (IANS) The National Digital Library of India (NDLI), a consolidated digital library hosting millions of academic works, announced its second phase expansion here on Wednesday. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry funded digital library which has been live for one year and hosts content from 148 institutes and organisations (about […]

October 26, 2017 - 3:21 pm
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eLibrary Myanmar Project

(18 October 2017) There are 158 universities in Myanmar under the Ministry of Education. After years of isolation, their libraries have very limited current print collections.  What’s more, until the start of the eLibrary Myanmar project in December 2013, no universities had access to online subscription resources.  As a result, research standards and output have been […]

October 18, 2017 - 9:06 am
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Penang Digital Library Phase 2 will be ready in 2018

(10 October 2017, George Town) The Penang Digital Library Phase 2 (PDL-P2) to be constructed in the state government quarters building here is expected to be fully operational by the end of Dec next year. “The existing PDL can only accommodate 100 to 120 users at any one time on weekdays and it can not […]

October 11, 2017 - 4:36 pm
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Springer Nature’s Bookmetrix to launch a new metric for eBook collection performance at Frankfurt Book Fair

(5 October 2017, London)  Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as […]

October 10, 2017 - 9:13 am
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New Research4Life programme approved to be launched in 2018

(4 October 2017) A new Research4Life programme, GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) will join the Research4Life partnership and will be launched in February 2018. GOALI will provide free or low cost online access to law and law-related academic and professional peer-reviewed content to government and not-for profit institutions in more than 115 low- […]

October 6, 2017 - 10:51 am
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Building a children’s digital library in Indonesia

(21 September 2017) Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, with around 700 languages spoken across the archipelago. For all of its rich and diverse cultural history, Indonesia does not have a long and deeply embedded tradition of children’s literature. Access to quality children’s books is difficult, especially in remote and underserved areas. On September 16, […]

September 21, 2017 - 7:54 pm
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Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy […]

September 17, 2017 - 2:25 pm
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Borrow a book, buy it later if you like

(11 September 2017) Nine bookstores recently joined a book-sharing program in Hefei, Anhui province, China, after a trial that took place over a month and a half. That brings the total number of outlets to 10. With a smartphone application and a 99 yuan ($15) deposit, a reader can borrow up to two books from […]

September 12, 2017 - 7:12 am
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Indian Government asks universities to digitise books on national digital library

(25 August 2017) The Central Government  has asked all universities to digitise books and other study material in their libraries and forward them to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for posting on the national digital library for students to access free of cost. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also asked the vice […]

August 26, 2017 - 7:52 am
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Lets Read! digital library brings books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers access to minority language children’s books (August 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand)  In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare commodities, and children’s books in languages other than standard Thai are almost non-existent. For speakers of S’gaw Karen, a minority language spoken by nearly one million people primarily living in mostly […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:53 pm
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The Spotify of the textbook world takes off as Bibliotech is go

As libraries look to widen access to core texts, how can they make this affordable to both universities and students? (1 August 2017) Social mobility of students is a topic that rarely leaves the education headlines, with tuition fees and accommodation costs at the top of the list. Less topical, but of real importance to […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]

July 23, 2017 - 5:08 pm
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iGroup partners with Knowledge Unlatched in Asia and Oceania

(27 June 2017, Hong Kong) iGroup is partnering with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a global initiative in which publishers and libraries collaborate to make books from the Humanities and Social Sciences freely available to readers around the world. Effective immediately all of Asia and Oceania will be covered by iGroup. “KU is the leading initiative in […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm
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Tencent’s online publisher files for Hong Kong IPO seen worth $800 million

(4 July 2017) China Literature Ltd, a Tencent Holdings Ltd unit and the country’s largest online publishing and eBook company, has filed for a Hong Kong initial public offering that is expected to raise as much as $800 million. The deal is also a boost for the Hong Kong bourse, which has failed to attract […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:47 pm
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Collaboration is essential for the Future of the Academic Book, finds Academic Book of the Future Report

(13 June 2017) Two major new reports published today demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to […]

June 20, 2017 - 11:09 am
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