Tag Archives: China

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]


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China releases catalog of key publications for rural libraries

(21 May 2020) From Xinhuanews: China’s National Press and Publication Administration has released a catalog of key publications for rural libraries in 2020. Altogether 1,781 kinds of books, 113 types of audio and video products and e-publications, 310 kinds of publications in ethnic minority languages, 31 kinds of newspapers and 155 types of periodicals were […]


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ACM and the Charlesworth Group partner to expand Open Access publishing in China

(18 May 2020) The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s oldest and largest scientific computing society, has partnered with The Charlesworth Group to expand the benefits of the ACM OPEN “read and publish” Open Access (OA) licensing model in China.   ACM OPEN and the Chinese OA landscape China has notably supported OA initiatives in the […]


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Chinese publishers react to new policies on research evaluation

(11 May 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: In February, the Chinese government released two documents that set forth important changes in policies governing science research evaluation. One of the most eye-catching changes is the requirement for researchers to publish one third of their representative papers in domestic Chinese journals, which is being hailed as a big boost for […]


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National Library of China to reopen with daily cap of visitors

(8 May 2020) The National Library of China will reopen from May 12 with a daily cap of 1,200 visitors, among China’s steps to resume normal economic and social order after the coronavirus epidemic eases. Visitors need to make reservations via the social media application Wechat or phone calls, according to a Friday notice from the […]


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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 […]


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China shifts from reliance on international publications

(25 Feb 2020)  After years of pushing Chinese researchers to publish in prestigious international journals, China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology have jointly released a document aimed at reducing “excessive reliance” on Science Citation Index (SCI) papers for academic promotions, job offers and allocation of research funding.   More related news […]


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Mini libraries built in temporary COVID-19 hospitals in Wuhan

(20 Feb 2020) Libraries and bookstores have joined hands to build 18 mini-libraries in temporary hospitals in China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to lend “spiritual support” to patients there. The full story is here.  


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Beijing publishing houses offer free digital content to public

(5 Feb 2020) Seventy-six publishing houses in Beijing have opened up their digital libraries, putting free online courses, digital music, e-books, and audiobooks on the internet for the public. With abundant digital teaching materials, the Beijing Publishing Group has offered free e-books and online courses to teachers and students on its Jing Ban Cloud (http://www.jingbanyun.com/), […]


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Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

(9 Dec 2019) Staff at a public library in northwest China have set fire to “banned books” in front of the building, sparking anger online and drawing comparisons with the actions of a ruthless emperor during the Qin dynasty. According to a report on the county government website of Zhenyuan, Gansu province, the library did […]


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China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment

(9 Dec 2019)  From the Guardian: China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports. The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit […]


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WIPO launches new publication series with leading judgments on intellectual property rights; China is first contributor

(21 Nov 2019) The World Intellectual Property Organization has published the first edition in a new publication series collecting landmark intellectual property (IP) judgments from some of the most dynamic litigation jurisdictions around the world. The “WIPO Collection of Leading Judgments on Intellectual Property” series aims to illustrate IP adjudication approaches and trends, by jurisdiction […]


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The Emergence of Chinese STM publishers: threat or opportunity? An Interview with Matthias Wahls

(19 Nov 2019)  From Scholarly Kitchen: On November 13, 2019, Edition Diffusion Press Sciences of France (EDP)  became a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSPM Europe, a subsidiary of Chinese Science Publishing and Media (CSPM). This deal is regarded as a milestone in Chinese STM publishing, marking an important step in its internationalization progress. Dr Matthias Wahls […]


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Ancient texts made available online

(12 Nov 2019) Digitized versions of about 7,200 copies of ancient Chinese books went online on Tuesday and can now be accessed for free by the public for pleasure or academic reference, the National Library of China announced. Most copies came from 20 public institutions nationwide. Other than the NLC, Nanjing Library, Shandong Library and […]


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China releases list of recommended books for primary, secondary school libraries

(14 Nov 2019, Beijing, Xinhua) The Ministry of Education (MOE) has released a recommended book list for libraries in primary and secondary schools nationwide, according to a circular on its website. The list contains 6,905 books, which cover socialist theories, philosophy, politics, law, military affairs, economy, culture, literature, arts, history, and natural sciences, among others. […]


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