Uncertainty, innovation, opportunity: IFLA launches trend report update 2019

(23 Dec 2019) IFLA has published the 2019 Update of its Trend Report. As the latest in a series looking at the key issues and developments that shape the world in which we operate, it offers a basis for reflection and long-term thinking in the field. IFLA’s original Trend Report in 2013 brought together perspectives from experts around […]

December 24, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Participate in the 2019 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

(14 Dec 2019)  Library Technology Guide is inviting librarians all over the world to participate in its International Library Automation Survey. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide […]

December 17, 2019 - 1:33 pm

Australia: Queensland State Library offers ‘human books’ in bid to share local history

(10 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland is trialling a program in Brisbane where you can check out a “human book”. Once a month, library visitors will be able to borrow a real person with a unique story to share. Key points: ‘Human books’ originated in Denmark to counter stereotypes and discrimination The State Library is […]

December 12, 2019 - 9:25 pm

State Library Victoria proves libraries aren’t just about books: they’re about community

(9 Dec 2019) With the rise of digital information early this century, the death of the library was predicted. Yet far from causing the demise of libraries, the digital revolution has led to libraries being reinvented and reinvigorated. Library staff are experts in knowledge systems and adept at seizing the possibilities presented by these changes. This ability […]

December 9, 2019 - 3:24 pm

One Librarian, one reference #1Lib1Ref 2020

(4 Dec 2019) In 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation is launching the fifth edition of One Librarian One Reference (#1Lib1Ref) which will be held from 15th of January to the 5th of February 2020! This event invites librarians from all over the world to add a reference to the article of their choice on the online encyclopedia. Indeed, the Wikimedia Foundation […]

December 5, 2019 - 9:26 am

Australia: future of jobs unclear under major restructure for National Library

(27 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The National Library is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced. There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and […]

December 3, 2019 - 8:55 am

IFLA Green Library Award 2020 is open for submissions

(22 Nov 2019) What is a Green Library? “The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.” According to the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS), Green Libraries are, “designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize […]

November 26, 2019 - 7:49 pm

New path to reading: Hong Kong Library Festival 2019

(25 Nov 2019)  The first Hong Kong Library Festival carrying the theme of ‘Reading‧Creativity’ recently concluded on November 21. The monthlong Festival promoted the culture of reading through exhibitions, talks and workshops, as well as parent-child and citywide activities, bringing readers various perspectives in reading. One of the highlights is the large-scaled exhibition held at […]

November 26, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Malaysia: Miri IT library wins top national award for technological innovation

(15 Nov 2019) The Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Information Technology library branch in Miri, Malaysia, here has won a top national award from Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) for technological innovation. Pustaka Miri IT Library was chosen as a 5-star award winner under the Augmented Reality Technology category at the MPC 2019 productivity and innovation conference held […]

November 21, 2019 - 9:02 am

Why government should support public libraries – an evidence-based report

(6 Nov 2019)  A new report from library association CILIP and homelessness charity The Big Issue, Public Libraries: The Case for Support, pulls together the hard figures behind why the UK government should maintain core library funding as well as budget for future library transformation. Book Riot highlighted some findings of the report here.

November 18, 2019 - 1:36 pm

State Library of Queensland to virtually revive early 20th century Greek cafes

(1 Nov 2019) With a series of workshops, exhibitions and events, the State Library of Queensland aims to revive the atmosphere of the old cafes, restaurants and small businesses that were owned by Greeks in the early 20th century. These iconic meeting places were among the most popular city destinations for thousands of Australians of the time. […]

November 14, 2019 - 8:40 am

Danish research libraries on the move: a new strategy

(5 Nov 2019)  A new strategy for the association of Danish subject specific libraries, academic libraries, research and education libraries was presented, discussed and finally adopted at an annual meeting of the association’s members in Copenhagen this year on September 19. The Danish association, the research library association in short, has existed since 1978 and […]

November 6, 2019 - 9:32 am

Celebrating 45 years of the Australian Institute of Criminology library

(28 Oct 2019) In 2019, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) library is celebrating 45 years of being Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. It’s the library of choice for Home Affairs and other departments, academics and the general public, with its independent research being highly valued. Michael Phelan APM, Director […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:11 am

Grants now open to support Research4Life training activities

(23 Sep 2019)  About the grant:  The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2019. Individuals or organizations can apply. Find details and apply online. The Medical Library Association (MLA) has established the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grants for 2016 to 2021. Funded by the Elsevier Foundation, up to five awards per year […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:58 am

Myanmar: British Council’s e-library launched

(7 Oct 2019) The British Council’s digital library was launched at the British Library building in Kannar Street, Yangon on October 1, 2019. The library is accessible from anywhere across Myanmar via mobile, computer, tablet and other devices with an internet connection. It includes over 7,000 magazines and newspapers, more than 3,000 fiction and non-fictione-books […]

October 14, 2019 - 10:07 am