What are some of the most eye-catching donations to the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year?

(17 Apr 2019)  Donations received by the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year range from sketches and photos to research articles and business papers. Among the highlights were over 7,000 sketches, prints, photos and letters belonging to the late artist Liu Kang. Read more from the full story here.  

April 24, 2019 - 8:48 am

ACRL and Gale launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

(11 Apr 2019)  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. […]

April 15, 2019 - 12:52 pm

Using libraries to help foreign learners

(11 Apr 2019)  With the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law having come into effect on April 1, libraries as local cultural bases for foreign residents are being promoted to encourage them to learn Japanese. As of January this year, Tokyo had about 550,000 foreign residents, or about 20 percent of all foreigners living in […]

April 15, 2019 - 9:55 am

The City that crowdfunded its only library from a Facebook post

(9 April 2019) In August 2017, businessman Imtisunup Longchar put up a post on Facebook seeking help to build a library for his community. The reason: There was no library in all of Dimapur, the largest city in Nagaland, India. The response was overwhelming: People offered books, money and advice. One of the first respondents […]

April 12, 2019 - 9:05 am

Budget books $10m for National Library of Australia to put history online

(3 Apr 2019)  Revered cultural institution the National Library of Australia has scored a modest but essential $10 million seed funding in the Federal Budget to start digitising its $1.3 billion collection in earnest following the runaway success of its Trove website and database. Read the full story here.  

April 11, 2019 - 3:37 pm

National Diet Library releases Next Digital Library content-based retrieval system prototype

(9 Apr 2019)  On March 29, 2019, the NDL launched its “Next Digital Library” content-based retrieval system prototype that has advanced functions using artificial intelligence (AI). The NDL is developing this system so future digital library services will be more easily usable. To find out more, see the original announcement here.  

April 11, 2019 - 10:57 am

IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2019

(2 Apr 2019)  The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with PressReader is pleased to announce the winners, finalists and top ten projects of the IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award for 2019! The award honors organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns that promote the library and information services industry.  First […]

April 8, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Hundreds queue past midnight for lifetime memberships… to the new KK library

(2 April 2019, Kota Kinabalu) When did you last visit a library? Unless you are a student, the answer is probably “years ago” when you were an actual student yourself. Hundreds of Sabahans here, however, have shown that they not only like visiting libraries, they want to be members! After seven years of being temporarily […]

April 3, 2019 - 9:47 am

No quiet rules at Indonesia’s flyover library

(25 Mar 2019)  Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes — and opposition from menacing gangsters. There’s no quiet rule at this open-air reading park wedged between two lanes of traffic just outside Indonesia’s capital, a city of […]

March 26, 2019 - 11:02 am

IFLA ARL webinar series: ‘The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Academic Libraries and Change’ by Gulcin Cribb

(26 Mar 2019)  IFLA ARL Section has organized a series of webinars on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries. The first of the webinar series will kick off on 12 April with a presentation by Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian of Singapore Management University, entitled ‘The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Academic Libraries and Change’. […]

March 26, 2019 - 10:02 am

The bias hiding in your library

(20 March 2019) For many years, the Library of Congress categorized many of its books under a controversial subject heading: “Illegal aliens.” But then, on March 22, 2016, the library made a momentous decision, announcing that it was canceling the subject heading “Illegal aliens” in favor of “Noncitizens” and “Unauthorized immigration.” However, the decision was […]

March 25, 2019 - 10:55 am

State Library of Western Australia and Rio Tinto recognised for improving literacy

(22 March 2019) Last night (March 21), Rio Tinto and the State Library of Western Australia were awarded the Hawaiian Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award at the Australian Institute of Management WA Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards are one of Western Australia’s most reputable business awards. The award includes leadership and management training to the […]

March 25, 2019 - 10:27 am

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