Tag Archives: China

How readathon becomes popular in China

(28 September 2018) Reading books gains popularity again, as many cities across China have welcomed readathon. In September, a readathon competition organized by 21 public libraries was held in Shanghai-based Yangtz River Delta Area, attracting 1,700 readers. It set a new record in the number of competitors and cities that participated in the long-time book […]


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Shenzhen’s unique library

(3 September 2018) A new pagoda-like library in China’s megacity of Shenzhen sweeps visitors above the tree canopy with an elevated walkway. Located in Xiangmi Park, a densely forested area originally used as an agricultural research center, the Xiangmi Park Science Library celebrates its verdant surroundings with a “treetop walk” and an abundance of glazing. […]


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The Founding Ceremony of the Silk Road International Library Alliance and the “Reading, City, Culture” Academic Forum Held in Chengdu

(16 August 2018) The founding ceremony of the Silk Road International Library Alliance and the “Reading, City, Culture” Academic Forum was held in Sichuan Library on May 28 2018. The event was sponsored by the National Library of China, the Library Society of China and the Propaganda Department of CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee. IFLA has […]


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From China to Malaysia: IGI Global will exhibit at annual BIBF and IFLA conferences

(22 August 2018) IGI Global will attend the 25th Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing, China, on August 22-26 at booth E1.L04. The international academic publisher looks forward to reconnecting with global partners to discuss their new 2019 initiatives. This is the ninth year IGI has attended BIBF. Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, President and CEO, Nick Newcomer, Marketing Manager, […]


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Locals in east China get new libraries from old buildings

(15 August 2018) The local government in Deqing County, east China’s Zhejiang province, has recently transformed several empty old buildings into village libraries. The centers are equipped with large collections and host a diverse range of activities, strongly fuelling cultural development in rural areas, according to a spokesperson. The news and photographs are here.


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Amazon sold several million Kindle e-readers in China

(15 August 2018) Amazon Kindle e-book sales have jumped 12% last year in China and the company now has a library of over 700,000 titles that are available.  Amazon also announced that it has sold several million Kindle e-readers since it first launched in China in 2012 and China has become the world’s biggest regional market […]


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Old Chinese airport terminal to become library

(10 August 2018) Part of Shanghai’s first airport will be converted into a public library along the Huangpu River in Xuhui District. The West Bund Library will be built in the terminal building of the old Longhua Airport, and become part of a ‘reading park’ planned for Xuhui’s riverfront, said Lu Xiaohui, director of the […]


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2018 Chinese Library Annual Conference held in Langfang

(8 August 2018) The 2018 Annual Conference for the Library Society of China and Chinese Library Exhibition was held in Langfang, Hebei province on 31 May and 1 June. The annual conference was organized by the Library Society of China and the People’s Government of Langfang Municipal under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture […]


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Shenzhen library triggers debate after banning children under-14

(2 August 2018, ECNS) A library in Shenzhen, one of China’s booming modern metropolises and a technology hub, has become the focus of discussion after it closed its doors to children under-14. University Town Library of Shenzhen, also known as the Shenzhen Science and Technology Library, is the first library that functions as both a […]


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Open access opportunities for China through NSTL and IGI Global

(21 July 2018) Since 2008, IGI Global has partnered with the Chinese National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) to provide scholarly journals to prestigious Chinese institutions through its award-winning InfoSci-Journals database. With NSTL’s renewal of this content for the 2019 copyright year, the consortia is taking advantage of IGI Global’s new open access fee waiver initiative to […]


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Beijing subsidizes brick-and-mortar bookstores in digital era

(19 July 2018) Beijing municipal government will hand out 50 million yuan (7.46 million U.S. dollars) in subsidies every year to help brick-and-mortar bookstores survive in downtown areas. The government’s information office said on Tuesday that from 2018, the yearly budget will be appropriated to support 150 brick-and-mortar bookstores. According to the subsidy plan, each […]


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And the winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is…

(17 July 2018) The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission “Foshan Library’s Green Practice”, located in Foshan new city, which is a key area for the construction of a sponge city [cities designed to soak up floodwater] in the province of Guangdong, China. One reviewer found: “The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in […]


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China SARA launches Digital Religious Library

(18 July 2018) On July 10, 2018,  China Religious Culture Publisher, subordinate to the State Administration for Religious Affairs, held a launching ceremony of its religious professional repository and digital library in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. The publisher has constructed an authoritative and professional religious resource pool where content is presented through the Internet and new media […]


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China and Asia Leading the Way in Information Science and Technology

        (26 June 2018)  In today’s technologically advanced world, information science has proven to be an essential, far-reaching field of study, playing a role in numerous disciplines. China in particular has become a technological powerhouse in Asia, leading the way in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, mobile communication, cryptocurrency, and e-commerce. As an important […]


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Ancient Buddhist collection reprinted

(25 June 2018) A Song Dynasty (960-1279) Tripitaka, a precious collection of ancient Buddhist classics, has been reprinted through the joint efforts of Chinese and Japanese scholars. The reprinted collection contains 5,500 volumes, weighs a metric ton and is priced at 2.66 million yuan ($413,000). First compiled at the Sixi Yuanjue Monastery in Huzhou during […]


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