Information literacy

ASEAN and The Asia Foundation collaborate to equip micro and small enterprises with digital skills and tools

(22 Jun 2020)  The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) and The Asia Foundation have come together, to launch the Go Digital ASEAN initiative. Supported by a USD3.3m grant from, the initiative is designed to equip micro and small enterprises as well as underemployed youth, particularly those in rural and isolated […]

June 23, 2020 - 9:14 am

The four-legged library brings books to children in the desert

(11 Jun 2020)  In Ethiopia, 13-year-old Mahadiya is worried. Coronavirus restrictions have forced schools and businesses to close, and there is little to do in the dusty village but wait for school to re-open. She’s seen the consequences that has had on some of her classmates. But Mahadiya has dreams of being an engineer. A dream that […]

June 19, 2020 - 9:59 am

Cambodia: Promoting reading through home library

(29 May 2020) Since Bopha was young, encouraging people to read books through her part-time job as a mobile librarian had always been her favourite activity. Currently, Bopha continues her mission by creating her very own home library in Arak Svay village in Siem Reap City’s Nokor Thom commune to strengthen a reading culture among […]

June 19, 2020 - 9:29 am

EDUCAUSE releases report on digital transformation in higher education

(15 Jun 2020)  The EDUCAUSE Digital Transformation (Dx) research project is our first attempt to gather data on how the Dx phenomenon is playing out in higher education. The goal of this project is to enrich the collective understanding of Dx in higher education and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead on the […]

June 18, 2020 - 8:48 am

Kuala Lumpur opens its World Book Capital year

(23 Apr 2020)  Following Wednesday’s (April 22) conclusion of the UNESCO World Book Capital year designated for the UAE emirate Sharjah, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur today (April 23) has opened its year in the role. Traditionally, the handoff from one world city to the next is accomplished in physical ceremonies, something of course prevented this year […]

April 24, 2020 - 1:27 pm

National Library of New Zealand to support reading at home

(22 Apr 2020)  From National Library of New Zealand blog: In this reading-at-home round-up, we’ve focused on reading content and resources from the National Library Services to Schools, New Zealand, and around the globe that have been curated, developed, or made freely available for this period of home-based learning and reading. It includes links to […]

April 23, 2020 - 1:40 pm

World Book Day celebrated online amid COVID-19

(23 Apr 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to it have severely limited public celebration of this year’s World Book Day but online activities continued to promote the power of reading which the UN believes should be leveraged more than ever at a time of lockdown, the Unesco said. A whole day of events […]

April 23, 2020 - 1:34 pm

How to spot fake news at a time of COVID-19

(16 Apr 2020) One of the key parts of the response to COVID-19 has been the fight against the ‘infodemic’ – the volume of misleading information spreading around the world. With their long-standing role in promoting media and information literacy, libraries have a key potential role to play. Global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic […]

April 21, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Why is it so hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation spreading on social media?

Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology and Rosalie Gillett, Queensland University of Technology Even before the coronavirus arrived to turn life upside down and trigger a global infodemic, social media platforms were under growing pressure to curb the spread of misinformation. Last year, Facebook cofounder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called for new rules […]

April 14, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Taiwan busts biggest piracy movie website

(9 Apr 2020) Taiwan’s most popular piracy movie website, (楓林網), was busted on Wednesday (April 8) in Taoyuan, while its two Taiwanese founders were nabbed, followed by the closure of several other piracy websites the same day. Media reported the illegal websites, pttplay, momovod, and had halted their services. It was believed […]

April 13, 2020 - 1:10 pm

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