Information literacy

Researchers are tracking coronavirus misinformation

(24 Mar 2020) When five researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, launched the new Center for an Informed Public back in December 2019, they had no idea what was coming. The center aims to study how misinformation propagates and use the findings to “promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse.” Now, just a few months later, […]

March 30, 2020 - 10:43 am

Hong Kong bookstore owner is creating a new way of consuming the written word

Flow Books owner Surdham Lam plans to turn his second-hand book store into the Flow-brary, a lending library with a difference Borrowers can keep their books as long as they like, or until other readers request them (19 Mar 2020) The plight of the bookseller is well documented, and rarely does the story end happily […]

March 24, 2020 - 11:06 am

India: Aizawl’s free roadside library impresses netizens

(24 Feb 2020)  A mini roadside library in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl has gone viral on social media. This roadside library encourages reading habits and helps in building community by providing access to exchange free books. Read more from the New Indian Express here.  

February 26, 2020 - 8:47 am

Taiwan: National Central Library to host carnival in Taipei to promote reading

(28 Nov 2019)  The National Central Library (NCL) will host a major carnival in Taipei next month as part of an annual reading festival to encourage love and appreciation of books, NCL Director-General Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢), said Thursday. The carnival on Dec. 7 in Daan Forest Park and will feature activities such as music performances, […]

November 30, 2019 - 9:48 am

Melbourne school turns its results around by reviving its dying library

(3 Nov 2019) When Marco DiCesare started as principal at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, the school’s library was mostly used as a detention space for unruly students. The books were in detention too, kept in a room behind a locked door only teachers could open. Read the full story on how the transformation of a school […]

November 30, 2019 - 9:34 am

Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter announce Content Authenticity Initiative to combat misinformation

(4 Nov 2019) At Adobe MAX, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the Content Authenticity Initiative, along with The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), aimed at developing an industry standard for digital content attribution. The ability to provide proper content attribution for creators and publishers is critical to ensure trust and transparency online. Adobe, The […]

November 25, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Vietnamese embassy presents 500 books to Cambodian province

(14 Nov 2019)  The Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia on November 14 handed over 500 books to the Cultural Centre and Library in Kampong Speu province, aiming to encourage the country’s reading culture and human resources training. VietnamPlus has the full story here.  

November 18, 2019 - 1:13 pm

Cambodia: Librarians can lead our students into IR4.0

(9 Oct 2019)  The Royal Government of Cambodia through a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting sustainable growth through economic diversification, strengthened competitiveness and increased productivity. Part of the program includes “upskilling and reskilling opportunities for existing workers to address skills gaps and skills shortage in the industrial sector through work-based learning programs”. […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:50 am

askST@NLB: 200 turn up for talk on fake news law

(27 Sep 2019) About 200 people attended a talk at the Central Library on Friday evening (Sept 27) to learn more about Singapore’s fake news law and how it will affect them. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) was passed in Parliament in May this year and has not come into effect. The 1 1/2-hour […]

September 30, 2019 - 1:00 am

School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

(15 Sep 2019) Researchers have reported an “alarming” loss in the number of qualified teacher librarians in Australia’s schools, warning student literacy will continue to suffer if the trend is not reversed. Once a staple of schools, the roles have been branded a dying breed with many principals opting to replace them with cheaper “library […]

September 16, 2019 - 9:22 am

Harry Potter books yanked from Tennessee Catholic school library after priest warns they could conjure evil spirits

(3 Sep 2019)  A Catholic school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter books from its library after the school’s priest decided they could cause a reader to conjure evil spirits. The full story is here.    

September 12, 2019 - 9:02 am

Indonesia: S.E. Asian experts discuss book-based city promotion

(11 Sep 2019)  Literature is among the crucial elements for a city’s growth. UNESCO, for instance, initiates World Book Capital and City of Literature programs that highlight the importance of literacy to advance a city and generate sustainable urban development. Kuala Lumpur has been chosen as the 2020 World Book Capital, while in 2017 Bucheon […]

September 12, 2019 - 8:46 am

Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

(10 Sep 2019) The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from “A Resource Guide about Disabilities, […]

September 11, 2019 - 9:10 am

Publishing standards help fight bias against Chinese authors

(20 Aug 2019) A new set of standards to define publishing misconduct in China should make Chinese authors’ work more acceptable to international journals, according to the standards’ lead author. The agency in charge of China’s publishing sector, the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), released and adopted in July the Academic publishing specification—Definition of academic misconduct for […]

August 23, 2019 - 4:35 pm

Seoul to build five new municipal libraries

(13 Aug 2019)  The government of Seoul said Tuesday it will build five more municipal libraries across the city by 2025 to help reduce cultural infrastructure gaps among citizens. The five new libraries, each with a gross floor area of about 9,000 square meters, will be built in Naebalsan-dong of Gangseo Ward, Sillim-dong of Gwanak Ward, […]

August 13, 2019 - 9:40 am