ALIA announces COVID-19 relief fund

(6 Apr 2020) The Australian Library and Information Service (ALIA) has announced it will set up a relief fund ‘specifically to help members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’. ALIA said it would seed the fund with $10,000, enabling it to make approximately 20 payments to members suffering […]

May 29, 2020 - 10:52 am

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 am

New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]

May 25, 2020 - 2:09 pm

Webinar: Chinese academic libraries’ experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak

(18 May 2020) From Cornell University Library: A four-part webinar series devoted to academic libraries’ role in a sustainable future concluded with a discussion of how three libraries in China have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The April 27 installment, “Three Chinese Academic Libraries’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” was the last in a series […]

May 25, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Designing resilient libraries for a post-covid world

(12 May 2020) As we miss our libraries, we’re asking ourselves how our experience with Covid-19 will reshape these spaces. There’s a lot that we don’t know. As many states move to ease social distancing measures, we’re unsure of how large the growth in new cases will be. We don’t know whether Covid-19 could become […]

May 19, 2020 - 12:54 pm

Korea: Ulsan library launches book-buying program

(8 May 2020) Korea’s southeastern port city of Ulsan said Thursday it will carry out a project to pay back the price of books purchased by citizens to promote reading. Citizens who buy a book, read it and then donate it to the Ulsan Metropolitan Library within four weeks will get their money back. Each citizen […]

May 11, 2020 - 8:03 am

ALIA provides checklist to support reopening of libraries

(6 May 2020) With state and territory governments planning to ease restrictions in the coming months, libraries will need to carefully consider the risks associated with reopening, and the measures which will need to put in place when the time comes for them to open. To assist with this, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) […]

May 8, 2020 - 8:46 am

Keep library safe: How to sanitize collections in a pandemic

(27 Mar 2020)  Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers. It’s an unprecedented situation. Conservators, who are experienced in diagnosing and repairing collection damage, say that historical information on sanitizing library […]

May 8, 2020 - 8:33 am

Facing COVID-19 epidemic, Chinese library community in action

(23 Apr 2020) The outbreak of the new coronavirus has attracted global attention. The National Library of China and the Chinese library community took decisive actions and effective measures to contribute to the prevention and control of the epidemic. To prevent the risk of contagion from crowd gathering, the National Library of China was closed to […]

April 24, 2020 - 1:48 pm

National Library of Indonesia to educate people facing COVID-19 Pandemic

(23 Apr 2020) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) becomes a global pandemic. WHO said that every country has a responsibility to increase their level of preparedness, alertness and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19 (WHO, 2020). Indonesia confirmed the first coronavirus case at the end of February 2020. Since the President’s declaration of […]

April 24, 2020 - 1:23 pm

ALA releases 2020 State of America’s Libraries report

(20 Apr 2020) Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19 – 25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year. Although the report focuses on 2019, libraries are shown […]

April 21, 2020 - 4:07 pm

Museums and libraries across the world release free coloring pages

(25 Mar 2020) With museums and galleries closing in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, cultural institutions are trying to be innovative to offer activities in line with the “social distancing” guidelines. While 2,500 world-class museums are offering virtual tours on Google’s Arts & Culture pages, the New York Academy of Medicine has invited libraries and […]

April 8, 2020 - 12:55 pm

New Zealand: Arlington Public Library publishes online collection with local artists

(6 Apr 2020) On April 3, Arlington Public Library published the first issue of Quaranzine, a weekly online collection of works by local artists responding to the coronavirus pandemic. “Creative expression is a really valuable tool I have for working through my own thought processes and anxiety,” says Laribee, who is also a portrait artist. […]

April 8, 2020 - 11:09 am

COVID-19 – Translated language resources available for libraries to communicate with communities

(24 Mar 2020) The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is working with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create translated signage and text for libraries to communicate with their communities about library closures and changes to programs. Freely downloadable in 30 languages (and counting), you are welcome to share, edit and adapt this content to your […]

March 26, 2020 - 4:57 pm

National Library of Korea introduces enhanced online service amid coronavirus spread

(23 Mar 2020)  The National Library of Korea started providing its enhanced online service Digital Collection on Monday. “Digital Collection provides selected content curated by experts from different fields who also wrote commentaries. We hope that this cultural content can help people who are having a difficult time due to the delay of the new […]

March 24, 2020 - 10:54 am