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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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16,000 books from India for the Jaffna library

(1 July 2017) The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over as many as 16,000 books to the iconic Jaffna Public Library on Thursday. The collection will be kept at the ‘India Corner’ in the library, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated during his maiden visit in 2015. “The titles cover […]


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US Ambassador launches UMS American Corner

(24 May 2017) The United States (US) Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir officiated at the launch of the American Corner Sabah at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) library on May 24. According to Kamala, with the new opening, the people of Sabah would have additional opportunities to join programmes and participate in dialogues, focused on […]


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Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in Citation Analysis

(13 June 2017) The founding father in automated indexing and retrieval of information, Dr. Eugene Garfield pioneered the practice of citation analysis and infometrics, developing numerous citation databases that changed how scientists find and assess scholarly literature. To honor his legacy, Clarivate Analytics has established the Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in Citation Analysis. The […]


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$2 million donation to boost opportunities for budding entrepreneurs

(1 June 2017) Leading Australian businesswoman Christine Christian has donated $2 million to State Library Victoria to establish Start Space – a new centre to support early-stage entrepreneurs, the first of its kind in Victoria. Part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment, Start Space will provide emerging entrepreneurs with free access to resources, services, programs […]


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ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund donates $2,500 to community library in Himalayas

(3 January 2016, Chicago)   The American Library Association (ALA) has donated $2,500 from its Nepal Library Relief Fund to the READ Global (Rural Education and Development) Center in Tukche village in the Mustang district of Nepal. A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 […]


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People’s Police Academy, Vietnam inaugurates e-library with RoK assistance

(12 December 2016, Hanoi) The People’s Police Academy inaugurated its e-library – a joint project with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), during a ceremony in Hanoi on 12 December. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam thanked the Republic of Korea (RoK) government and KOICA for assisting Vietnamese police […]


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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards grant for arXiv upgrade

(29 November 2016, Ithaca, N.Y.)  arXiv.org, the influential open access repository for global scientific research, will begin the first phase of a three-year overhaul and modernization with the help of a $445,000 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Foundation grant will fund the creation of a detailed blueprint for next-generation arXiv – […]


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iGroup集团向中国国家图书馆捐赠全套奥杜邦《美国鸟类》复制绘本

近日,iGroup资讯集团(亚太)有限公司(以下简称iGroup集团)主席Mr. Lee (PoteNarittakurn)向中国国家图书馆捐赠由世界著名的动物画家、鸟类学家、博物学家约翰.詹姆斯.奥杜邦的《美国鸟类》第一版原作复制的21世纪珍藏版绘本全书。该套鸟类绘本曾被誉为美国国宝以及19世纪最伟大和最具影响力的著作。它不仅是鸟类学研究的重要资料,也是不可多得的艺术杰作。第一版《美国鸟类》的藏本在2010年曾被拍卖出7,300,000 英镑(约合11,500,000美元)的天价,成为史上最昂贵的图书之一。 iGroup集团和大日本印刷社根据原版复制的《美国鸟类》21世纪珍藏版绘本全书一套四卷,共435页。采用了8000万像素的相机对原版进行拍摄,并经过特殊的数字化加工处理,采用无酸的日本竹尾纸印制,由日本匠师经过几个月的印刷制作以及手工装订而成。绘本为特开本100CM长,68CM宽,整书重量超过90公斤。 捐赠仪式于2016年10月12日下午在中国国家图书馆总馆南区北轩举行。中国国家图书馆馆长助理汪东波先生出席并主持了捐赠仪式。国家图书馆国际交流处、业务处、参考咨询部、外文采编部、古籍馆等相关负责人以及iGroup集团主席Mr.Lee、iGroup中国公司、香港公司等负责人参加了捐赠仪式。 Mr Wang Dongbo (5th left) with Mr Pote Lee to his right at the donation ceremony 捐赠仪式上,汪东波代表图书馆韩永进馆长欢迎iGroup团队一行,并介绍了国家图书馆的基本情况。中国国家图书馆目前馆舍面积约28万平方米排名世界第三,有107年的历史, 1500多名员工, 3600多万馆藏资源。中文资源和外文资源的馆藏比例约为6:4。目标是成为全世界最大的中文资源藏家和国内最大的外文资源藏家。除了纸本收藏外,国家图书馆也购买了众多中外文数字资源。国家图书馆馆藏中还有很多个人藏家和机构的捐赠,这些宝贵的文献资源保存在国家图书馆,为国家立法决策和普通读者提供服务。 Mr. Lee代表iGroup集团很高兴向中国国家图书馆捐献《美国鸟类》这套绘本全书。Mr.Lee 介绍说,这套绘本书最初的版本已有200年历史了,那时还没有相机,没有现代化的彩色打印技术,作者在纸上用画笔手绘出鸟的真实形象(与鸟一比一的比例)。前后10几年才完成整套书的印制工作,非常不易。第一版总共印制了约140套,大多由国外图书馆和博物馆收藏,有11套为私人藏家收藏,在亚洲仅有一套藏在日本明星大学(Meisei University);在澳大利亚有一册藏在墨尔本公共图书馆,但是其中有页缺失。40年前,荷兰和美国的出版社合作曾经复制再版过,但是这些复制绘本也很难找到。这次我们和大日本印刷社合作,在日本完成重印,整个工程花了9个月时间,我们用一台8000万像素的相机拍摄,拍摄时用高光照射确保画面平整, 并采用凹凸铜版印刷和特种无酸纸。一套书的手工装订就需花4 周时间。一共制作了100 套。我们的愿望就是向中国国家图书馆捐赠一套,让中国公众和未来的几代人也能欣赏到这部两百年前的艺术珍品,让他们了解前人是多么努力的工作以及他们的艺术成果。 Mr Pote Lee (4th right) with Mr Wang Dongbo to his right admiring The Birds of America. 汪东波表示我们很高兴能够收藏到这套由iGroup 捐赠的《美国鸟类》,中国很多读者尤其是年轻一代会很有兴趣,考虑到这套书的大尺寸和珍贵,我们会在国家典籍博物馆采用展览方式呈现给公众,并再次感谢iGroup 的慷慨捐赠。 iGroup 是亚太地区最大的学术和科研资讯服务提供商,成员公司遍布亚太十四个国家和地区。捐赠仪式结束后,iGroup 团队一行应邀参观了国家典籍博物馆。 […]


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iGroup donates Audubon’s The Birds of America 21st Century Edition to the National Library of China

(28 October 2016) Mr. Pote Lee, Chairman of the iGroup (Asia Pacific) Ltd has donated to the National Library of China a copy of the 21st Century Edition of The Birds of America, a masterwork by the artist and ornithologist John James Audubon. The Birds of America has been hailed as a United States national […]


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Springer Nature and journal editors team up in project for developing countries

(21 September 2016, Heidelberg | New York)  A new initiative started by Springer’s journal Environmental Earth Sciences will enable people in developing countries to gain access to safe drinking water. For every review completed for a paper in the journal in 2017, Springer Nature will donate one household water filter – on behalf of the […]


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Japan Culture House opens in Myanmar

(5 September 2016) Most foreign culture centres around Yangon are found in villas or large houses, with security guards and guest to greet visitors. The Japan Culture House, which opened to the public on August 31, is in a small house in Bahan township, decorated with traditional Japanese tatami mats where guests can nap, recline, […]


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