Foshan Library (China) is the 1st place winner of IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award for 2020

(22 Jul 2020) From IFLA: Foshan Library (China) is the 1st place winner of the coveted IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award for 2020 Foshan Library (China) wins 1st place for their N-Library: To Forge a Closer Community of Shared Future. N-Library, an abbreviation of “Neighborhood Library,” helps families build libraries at home by moving collected […]

July 28, 2020 - 3:13 pm

Library return on investment: review of evidence from the last 10 years

(17 Jul 2020) IFLA’s new document, “Return on Investment” measures how much value an organisation, project or service has generated for each monetary unit invested in it. This approach originates in the economic field of study, and libraries have adopted (and adapted) this method to measure their own value and impact. ROI studies and reports […]

July 22, 2020 - 1:39 pm

Australian Library Design Awards 2021 is opened for nominations

(6 Jul 2020) Nominations are now open for the Australian Library Design Awards 2021. The awards, run by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), celebrate library design excellence. Libraries which had work completed between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2020 are eligible for entry under one of four award categories: School libraries, Academic libraries, […]

July 22, 2020 - 8:57 am

ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery

(15 Jul 2020) Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) today launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources. The ALA COVID-19 Recovery website includes everything from the latest information […]

July 16, 2020 - 8:47 am

Singapore: All books returned to libraries to be set aside for 24 hours before going back on the shelves

(30 Jun 2020) SINGAPORE – All books returned to libraries, which are reopening on Wednesday (July 1), will be set aside for about 24 hours before being put back on shelves. This is part of the effort to keep users safe from the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19. Responding to queries from The Straits Times on Tuesday, a National […]

July 10, 2020 - 12:59 pm

Japan: report on the 30th NDL Forum on Preservation

(Jun 2020) On December 19, 2019, the National Diet Library (NDL) held its 30th Forum on Preservation—Disaster Preparedness for Archival Materials: daily preparedness, disaster response, and cooperation at the Tokyo Main Library, where librarians, conservators and other professionals discussed topics related to and exchanged ideas about the most effective ways of preserving library materials. Library […]

July 7, 2020 - 9:51 am

Research shows virus undetectable on five highly circulated library materials after three days

(22 Jun 2020)  In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days. The findings are part of […]

June 27, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]

June 24, 2020 - 8:47 am

Library Buildings In Europe Website is launched

(22 Jun 2020)  LIBER and the LIBER Architecture Group (LAG) have today launched Library buildings in Europe, a website dedicated to inspiring and supporting anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The photos and accompanying details will enable those involved in such projects to […]

June 23, 2020 - 10:35 am

The Risky journey that saved one of China’s greatest literary treasures

(15 Jun 2020)  “As Zhejiang University in Hangzhou planned for evacuation, Chen Xunci, Head Librarian of Zhejiang Library, asked the university to take the valuable collection from the Wenlan Ge with them. The school chancellor agreed, even though it added another 230 boxes to their cargo. Chen promised to get funding for the library’s transportation, […]

June 23, 2020 - 9:07 am

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:51 am

Delivering library books by drone

(10 Jun 2020) Kelly Passek has thought up a way to get kids to read this summer: deliver library books by drone. Passek, a middle-school librarian, was one of the first customers of a drone delivery service launched in Christiansburg, Va., last year by Wing, a company owned by Google parent Alphabet. After seeing how quickly […]

June 19, 2020 - 9:44 am

ACRL summarizes trending topics in academic libraries

(18 Jun 2020)  An article by ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is released in the title of “2020 top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education”. This article summarizes trending topics in academic librarianship from the past two years. These highlights provide a starting […]

June 18, 2020 - 9:11 am

India: A unique underground library has 900,000 books in Rajasthan

(21 May 2020)  The libraries come in different shapes and sizes across the world. But the one laying beneath a temple at the Bhadariya village of the Thar Desert region in Rajasthan is unique in its own way. This treasure trove of knowledge figures in the Asia’s biggest libraries with a collection of around 900,000 books and […]

June 15, 2020 - 9:37 am

Norway: the new public library of Oslo is ready to open for the public

(11 Jun 2020) The library of the future is finally ready to open for the public of Oslo and all visitors to the Norwegian capital. Located between Oslo Central Station and the Oslo Opera House, Deichman Bjørvika is an extension of the 235 year history of the public library of Oslo. It will also be an […]

June 15, 2020 - 8:53 am