Tag Archives: books

Assessment strategies in technical services

(22 Mar 2019) Are you spending money wisely? If you’re a technical services manager at an academic library, an administrator, or a dean, you’re tasked with proving it. Incorporate assessment and analysis work into your library’s existing workflow with the guidance of “Assessment Strategies in Technical Services,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection from […]


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Popularity of Japanese libraries hitting publishers’ bottom line

(21 December 2018) Statistics on libraries in Japan released by the Japan Library Association show that the collections at public libraries in 2017 totaled 442.82 million books, and that there were 691.47 million loans of books over the course of the year. Although the 2010 to 2013 level of around 710 million loans has not […]


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China launches “Panda Book Corner” library project in Nepali schools

(7 December 2018, Kathmandu, (Xinhua) A library project, the “Panda Book Corner,” has been launched by the Chinese government in Nepal to distribute books to schools. The project was launched on Thursday in five different schools of Kathmandu valley. It aims to promote the Chinese language among school students, to share knowledge and experience from […]


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The Asia Foundation signs MOU to enhance school libraries with Cambodia’s Government

(26 October 2018, Phnom Penh) Today, The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) to implement the Books for Cambodia program. Over the next five years, the program will distribute high-quality English storybooks and educational resource books to 1,000 […]


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Kuala Lumpur named World Book Capital 2020

(20 September 2018) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was named World Book Capital for the year 2020 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee. The city was selected because of the strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and accessible reading for all […]


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Kerala counts flood losses: Taxes hit, libraries destroyed

(4 September 2018) The Kerala state government is staring at a significant dip in tax collection, and local communities in different places are mourning the destruction of tens of thousands of books in local libraries. Libraries in various districts have also been badly hit by the floods. While students are attempting to dry their books […]


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Meet the woman who used social media to build free libraries in KL

How one woman set in motion a movement for Malaysia’s first train station library  (24 August 2018) It’s rush hour at the Ampang Park LRT station. Marcus Lee walks towards the exit leading out to the Intercontinental hotel. There, in the corner of the station, is the Books On The Move Library. People rush past […]


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Shift books, library told

(6 July 2018, New Delhi) Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Public Library to remove hundreds of books from its dilapidated branch in central Delhi, saying they could get damaged in the monsoon. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said most of the books at the […]


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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library reaches 100 million book milestone

(28 February 2018, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.–BUSINESS WIRE)  From its infancy in Sevier County, Tennessee, to the largest children’s literacy program in the world, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has introduced millions of children around the globe to the fun of reading. Yesterday, Parton herself enshrined the 100-millionth book distributed in the program’s existence into the Library […]


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OECD trials with UNSILO a new way to build subject collections

(25 January 2018, Paris, France / Aarhus, Denmark) UNSILO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have worked together on a proof of concept designed to improve content discovery and collection-building from the hundreds of  thousands of books and papers available on the OECD Publishing platform, using UNSILO’s artificial intelligence technology. The solution […]


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Library in China offers ‘blind dates’ with books

(13 December 2017) Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing provides ‘blind dates’ with books for readers looking for something unexpected, Yang Yang reports. Life is like a box of chocolates, so they say, or perhaps a box of books sent from Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. “Just leave us a message, whatever you want to say, […]


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Springer collaborates with Australian mathematics research institute on new book series

MATRIX and Springer will co-publish a new book series covering all areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics (5 December 2017) Springer and the international Mathematical Research Institute MATRIX, which is based in Melbourne in Australia, have signed a collaboration agreement to publish a new book series. The cooperation further strengthens Springer’s relationship with […]


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North American libraries struggle to meet demand for non-English language research materials

ProQuest survey finds that vetting materials and technology shortfalls are hurdles to addressing rising demand for non-English materials (7 December 2017, Mountain View, CA)  Academic libraries are struggling to meet a rising demand for non-English language content, according to new survey results published by ProQuest. Rising international student enrollments and the popularity of programs that […]


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Open access academic books downloaded, discussed and cited far more than traditional books

(7 November 2017, London)  A report from Springer Nature launched today shows there is a tangible benefit to publishing academic books using immediate, or ‘gold’, open access (OA) models. The research found that such books are: ·         Downloaded seven times more: On average, there are just under 30,000 chapter downloads per OA book within the […]


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Let’s Read! Digital library brings children’s books to Indonesia

The Asia Foundation enables access to quality books and community-powered translation (5 September 2017, Jakarta) In the archipelago of Indonesia, especially among remote and underserved communities, quality children’s books are rare commodities. Limited access to early-grade content is a barrier to literacy, academic success, and fostering a lifelong love of reading among children. The Asia […]


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