A Happy ending – interview with Mikkel Christoffersen on eLending in Denmark

(8 February 2019)  The story of eLending in Denmark is a particular one. Despite high levels of use of the Danish eLending platform, it attracted frequent (if unjustified) criticism from other stakeholders, who held it up as a reason not to support eLending elsewhere. Yet now, all Danish publishers are on board, and there has been impressive […]

February 11, 2019 - 3:51 pm

Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) Meeting in Singapore, 21 February 2019

(Feburary 2019)  The National Library Board (NLB) is the host for the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at the National Library Building on 21 February 2019. This year, CDNLAO will commemorate its 40th Anniversary since it first convened in 1979. Over 20 countries across […]

February 11, 2019 - 1:54 pm

2019 ALIA Library Design Awards shortlist announced

(6 February 2019) The shortlist for the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association Library Design Awards recognises some of the best new library design in Australia. The awards are divided into three categories, School Libraries, Public Libraries and Academic Libraries. ‘Libraries represented in the design awards epitomise the best of innovative library design throughout the […]

February 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm

Lingnan University Library website obtains Gold Award under “Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme”

(30 January 2019) The Library website of Lingnan University, Hong Kong was awarded a Gold Award of “Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2018/19″, organised jointly by Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) and the Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) in 2018.  This is the first time the Library website receives the Gold Award. Here is the […]

February 1, 2019 - 11:46 am

Report: School libraries and school library services in New Zealand Aotearoa

(30 January 2019) In May 2018, National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools launched a nationwide survey of school libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand. This was a joint project conducted with SLANZA and LIANZA. More than 550 people took part in the survey from approximately 20% of schools in New Zealand. Key findings and analysis can be found […]

February 1, 2019 - 11:36 am

S. Korea announces 5-year plan to improve public libraries

(24 January 2019) Public libraries in South Korea will be implementing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide smarter services designed to meet various demands including job searching, childcare, health, and other needs. Read the full story for more details.  

February 1, 2019 - 9:50 am

A New issue brief on revenue-generating library services

(24 January 2019) Academic libraries are grappling with how to respond to the continuing introduction of increasingly more business-like approaches to the academy, such as through the popularity of “responsibility center” approaches to management, and “customer” or “client”-focused approaches to service. For example, while some embrace the concept of “entrepreneurial librarianship” others are taking an anti-capitalist […]

January 29, 2019 - 10:07 am

Controlled digital lending: an interview with Jonathan Band

(22 January 2019) The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more. The full interview can be found here.  

January 28, 2019 - 11:01 am

UCSB Library digitizes works by renowned Chinese author Kenneth Pai

(14 January 2019) Original, handwritten manuscripts by an author who has been called a Nobel Prize contender and compared to Ernest Hemingway are now available for everyone around the world to see. Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇), also known as Kenneth Pai, was a professor of Chinese literature at UCSB from 1965 to 1994. “Kenneth Pai is probably […]

January 21, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Street libraries double in Canberra with plan for one in every suburb

(12 January 2019)  Despite problems with vandalism and theft, the number of street libraries in the Canberra area has doubled in the past year and organisers are hoping to see at least one in every suburb by the end of 2019. Early last year, Canberrans Shah Bahpyu and Roz Martiniello made it their mission to spread the […]

January 14, 2019 - 10:13 pm

Choice sharing curated extracts of the 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles list with non-subscribers

(8 January 2019)  In January of each year, Choice publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. This year’s complete list features 455 books and digital resources from 141 publishers. New this year, Choice editors will also present a […]

January 9, 2019 - 4:07 pm

‘World’s greatest wine library’ at UC Davis continues to grow

(7 January 2019) When Hugh Johnson, author of the ground-breaking World Atlas of Wine, decided to donate his archive of nearly 60 years of wine-book writing to the UC Davis Library in 2016, he explained that he had chosen UC Davis because, “It’s simply the greatest wine library in the world.” Over the past two years, Johnson’s gift and his […]

January 9, 2019 - 4:03 pm

Launching of Parliament Digital Library (PDL), India

Parliament Digital Library (PDL) provides various parliamentary documents. As of now the portal has 387,957 pdf files.  (27 December 2018) The Parliament Digital Library provides information about various parliamentary documents of Lok Sabha, the House of People. The debates of Lok Sabha, from the First Lok Sabha to the Sixteenth Lok Sabha are placed in […]

December 30, 2018 - 7:39 am

The National Diet Library releases a one-click search tool: The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections

(26 December 2018) The National Diet Library has released The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections (よりすぐり国立国会図書館). This web page provides patrons with a simple way to search through more than a hundred digital images of rare books, old materials, modern Japanese political history materials, and other examples of the best items available […]

December 26, 2018 - 2:16 pm

How digital age has forced Hong Kong’s libraries and librarians to change ways they get us to read

(21 December 2018) Various initiatives include increasing access and range of e-books, holding outdoor pop-up libraries around the city and loaning books to pre-schools; and use of printed books is down as surveys show e-books are read by only 12 per cent of internet users while just 36 per cent of primary school pupils ‘love […]

December 24, 2018 - 7:29 am