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

Rangsit University Library is the winner of the 5th IFLA Green Library Award 2020

(19 Mar 2020) The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner. To ENSULIB’s great delight, more than 50 submissions were received from around the world, from Asia, Africa, Europe and America for Green Library Award 2020. The award […]

March 20, 2020 - 4:51 pm

UK library on fundraising drive to conserve rare Mughal miniature collection

(15 Mar 2020) The UK’s renowned Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is focussing its annual fundraising drive on rare manuscripts this year, with a 17th century Mughal miniature collection from India at the heart of the conservation efforts. Known as ‘The Douce Album’, the manuscript of exquisite miniature paintings and calligraphy was assembled for […]

March 16, 2020 - 2:32 pm

Korea: virus prompts libraries to adopt drive-thru book rental service

(6 Mar 2020) The Simin Municipal Library and the Busan Metropolitan Joongang Library in the southern port city of Busan said Friday that they will start the operation of drive-thru book rental and return service next week. People can make reservations for the books they wish to borrow using websites. When visitors drive cars along […]

March 10, 2020 - 12:52 pm

How to keep your library clean from viruses

(3 Mar 2020)  The library can be a breeding ground for cold and flu viruses. It is especially true when you have classes rotating in and out of your library throughout the school day. Keeping the library clean may seem like a challenging task, but we have a few tips and tricks you can use […]

March 4, 2020 - 8:45 am