Tag Archives: philanthropy

Internet Archive awarded grant from Arcadia Fund to digitize university press collections

(22 May 2018) Internet Archive has received a $1 million dollar grant from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – to digitize titles from university press collections to make them available via controlled digital lending.  The project, Unlocking University Press Books, will bring more than 15,000 titles online from university […]


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Singapore-funded programme promotes reading among children

(30 March 2018, HCM City)  More than 7,000 primary and secondary school students in HCM City are expected to benefit from better access to English and Vietnamese books, online and multimedia facilities, and other library resources by 2020 with the launch of the second phase of the Words on Wheels mobile digital library programme yesterday. […]


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Thailand opens 10th Blue Library

(16 March 2018) The initiative aims to provide well-equipped libraries in rural areas of Thailand in order to promote child literacy. On Valentine’s Day, Beiersdorf Thailand celebrated a handover ceremony of their 10th Blue Library to Wat Nuea School, located in Ratchaburi province to the west of Bangkok. This school was proposed by one of […]


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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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Pineapple Fund gifts $1m in Bitcoin to the Internet Archive

(27 December 2017) This year, Christmas came early to the Internet Archive. On Saturday, the generous philanthropist behind the Pineapple Fund gave $1 million dollars in Bitcoin to the Internet Archive. This anonymous crypto-philanthropist explains, “I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens. …Donating most of it to […]


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Asia Foundation celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’

(1 December 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was honored as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree at a November 27 event at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Following on the awards announcement in September, the celebration event featured leaders representing organizations from around the […]


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Singapore International Foundation launches mobile library in Yogyakarta

(13 November 2017, Jakarta) Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, the 10th ruler of Yogyakarta, on Monday (Nov 13) launched the Words on Wheels (WoW) mobile library programme in the Indonesian city. The initiative is a partnership between the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Yogyakarta’s Provincial Government Board […]


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Turkish aid agency provides mobile library to Myanmar

(10 November 2017, Ankara) Turkey’s state-run aid agency has provided a mobile library to a foundation in Myanmar in an effort to boost educational efforts in the country. In a written statement, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said Myanmar’s Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was given a mobile library equipped with steel shelfs and […]


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A library built with love

(10 November 2017) During a visit to the Anning Children’s Home in Ipoh, Malaysia, about eight years ago, former SMJK Pei Yuan principal Mok Soon Sang was dismayed that its “mini library” was severely wanting. Mok, 75, noted that there were insufficient reading materials and it was also not well equipped. Wanting to encourage the […]


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eLibrary Myanmar Project

(18 October 2017) There are 158 universities in Myanmar under the Ministry of Education. After years of isolation, their libraries have very limited current print collections.  What’s more, until the start of the eLibrary Myanmar project in December 2013, no universities had access to online subscription resources.  As a result, research standards and output have been […]


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Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy […]


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Lets Read! digital library brings books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers access to minority language children’s books (August 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand)  In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare commodities, and children’s books in languages other than standard Thai are almost non-existent. For speakers of S’gaw Karen, a minority language spoken by nearly one million people primarily living in mostly […]


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Asia Foundation and National Library of Vietnam extend Books for Asia partnership

(4 August 2017, Hanoi)  The Asia Foundation and the National Library of Vietnam signed an agreement to extend their books donation partnership in support of Vietnamese libraries. Over the new five-year project period, which begins today, the Foundation will donate US$7 million worth of books, or 160,000 books, to the National Library and other libraries […]


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Donation Drive: Wiley donates books to Myanmar university libraries

(3 August 2017) Wiley has partnered with iGroup in donating and distributing 1,000 academic and professional development books to university libraries in Myanmar. The books, published by Wiley, span a wide range of subjects and will make their way to several universities across the country. They include the University of Yangon which will receive the […]


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UM library makes home for one of China’s greatest literary classics

(1 July 2017, Kuala Lumpur)  Some 6,000 publications on one of China’s greatest literary classics, Dream of the Red Chamber, have found a permanent home at the Main Library of Universiti Malaya (UM). The collection is being housed in the newly-set up Dream of the Red Chamber Resource Centre (DRC) of the library, which is […]


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