CSA attempts to reach wider audience with Pop-up machine in Singapore public libraries

(14 March 2019) As part of CSA’s [Cyber Security Agency] efforts to reach a wider audience, the Cyber Savvy Machine Pop-Up is an interactive machine which aims to educate citizens on cyber hygiene. It has been stationed at various libraries, one library a month since November 2018 in order to reach a diverse group of […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:51 am

Laos copyright law: EIFL review, recommendations

(14 March 2019) Libraries rely on copyright exceptions and limitations to allow everyday uses of copyright-protected materials, for example, to provide a researcher with a copy of a journal article, to make an accessible format copy for a blind student, or to make a preservation copy. For this reason, many copyright laws include specific exceptions […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:42 am

The Library is the Brand

(20 Mar 2019) From Scholarly Kitchen by Robert Cartolano, the Columbia University Libraries Associate Vice President for Technology and Preservation: “Today’s academic library manages a complex set of online information resources, delivered by a combination of locally managed and externally provided services. It is vital to academic libraries that the digital library services we provide — […]

March 21, 2019 - 9:02 am

China, UP open new book center in Philippines

(18 Mar 2019)  The Chinese Embassy and the University of the Philippines on Monday launched the first “China Book Center” at the UP Asian Center in Diliman, Quezon City. The newly-launched resource center in UP is the first of its kind solely dedicated to one Asian country, said Dr. Joefe Santarita, dean of the UP Asian Center […]

March 20, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Australia’s best library designs celebrated

(18 Mar 2019)  The Australian Library and Information Association has revealed the winners of its Library Design Awards at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane. 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards winners: School Library Anglican Church Grammar School Centenary Library – Brand and Slater Architects (now BSPN Architecture) Public Library Shellharbour City Library – Designinc, Lacoste and Stevenson and Turf […]

March 20, 2019 - 9:42 am

24/7 Cebu City Public Library: the first year

(17 Mar 2019)  Cebu City Public Library, which struggled for its deteriorating condition of facilities and the availability of up-to-date books and research materials, was suggested to close down. However, the decision of 24-hour library hours with upgrades on air-conditioning units and additional security guards and library staff has made the number of visitors 5 times more […]

March 18, 2019 - 11:18 am

Major upgrade to transform Curtin’s iconic library

(5 March 2019) Curtin University’s iconic Library will undergo a $60 million refurbishment including a large atrium and auditorium-style study stairs as part of plans to modernise the building in time for its 50th anniversary. Leading national architecture firm Hames Sharley is working with international partner Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to deliver the TL Robertson […]

March 13, 2019 - 9:03 am

International Broadcast Centre built for Pyeongchang 2018 to be taken over by National Library of Korea

(5 Mar 2019)  Plans have been officially confirmed for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) built for last year’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang to be turned into a national archive for the National Library of Korea. The national archives will store all periodicals and journals that are published in the country in order to preserve […]

March 11, 2019 - 9:47 am

Funding boost for print disability library services in NSW

(6 March 2019) The NSW Government has announced $500,000 per annum funding from next year for Vision Australia’s library service. NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the funding administered by the State Library of NSW, will allow Vision Australia to deliver a greater selection of audio and braille books to the 126,000 people who […]

March 8, 2019 - 1:22 pm

Architect Ando donates a library to his native Osaka

(22 February 2019)  Celebrated architect Tadao Ando hopes that a new library he has designed, which will open in Osaka in March 2020, will inspire children, giving them the strength to live their own lives and spark ideas that lead to a dazzling future. The library will be a three-story reinforced concrete building with a total floor […]

February 27, 2019 - 9:24 am

Linking up with Alipay allows easy book access to borrowers

(16 February 2019)  When you borrow a book from the local library but then travel to another city, what to do if it’s due back in a few days? Not to worry, the booming logistics industry and a third-party online service platform can help. Zhejiang Library in Hangzhou announced a new policy at the beginning of […]

February 25, 2019 - 4:04 pm

An extremely rare book worth thousands is on display in Singapore

(15 February 2019) The Sejarah Melayu is currently on display at the National Library Building as part of an exhibition in honour of the Singapore bicentennial. The Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals, is one of the few surviving texts documenting Singapore’s early history, and is considered “one of the most important and finest literary works of the Malay world”, NLB […]

February 18, 2019 - 10:14 am

Australian libraries’ oral histories recognised by UNESCO

(13 February 2019) Oral histories from five Australian libraries’ collections will be added to UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World (AMW) national register. Drawn from the oral history collections of the National Library of Australia, the South Australian Migration Museum, and the State Libraries of Western Australia (SLWA), New South Wales and South Australia, Migration Voices […]

February 14, 2019 - 9:54 am

IFLA satellite meeting: The Evolving Concept of ‘Library’ and its Impact on Library design

(12 February 2019)  Four IFLA Sections (Public, Academic and Research, Metropolitan and Library Buildings and Equipment) are co-hosting a two-day Joint Satellite pre-conference on the theme ‘The Evolving Concept of Library and its Impact on Library design’ in Rome Italy from 21-22 August 2019. Early bird registration is now open until 15 May 2019! Details are […]

February 12, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Upcoming conferences in the Asia Pacific region

(11 February 2019) Recently announced conferences include: The 64th Annual Conference of the Indian Library Association hosted by Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, India, which takes place 4-16 March 2019. The University of Hong Kong hosts the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity, 2-5 June 2019 in Hong Kong. Shanghai is where ICSTI’s 2019 Annual […]

February 11, 2019 - 4:12 pm