Tag Archives: public libraries

Chinese libraries to work on cultural items

(15 September 2017) A mechanism to develop cultural products among libraries in China was launched in Beijing on Tuesday. Led by the National Library of China, the initiative will aim to combine efforts of different institutions in training people to make and market cultural souvenirs. Compared with museums in China, the development of such products […]


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High-tech library services must be expanded nationwide – PNM DG

(13 September 2017, Kuala Lumpur,  (Bernama)  The high-technology library services must be expanded throughout the country, especially in remote areas to ensure all residents have access to the same information thus generating a knowledgeable and informed society, said National Library of Malaysia (PNM) Director-General Datuk Nafisah Ahmad. She said with today’s development in information technology […]


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China’s coastal resort Sanya turns ship into library

(10 September 2017, Sanya,  (Xinhua)  Sanya, a coastal resort in south China, has converted fishing boats into a floating public library. “Sea Study” is the first public library on the island of Ximaozhou, eight nautical miles west to the downtown Sanya, Hainan Province. “A life cannot be called life without books,” said Chen Muhu, 78, […]


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2017 search for outstanding public libraries with special program on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage

(5 September 2017) In line with the Annual Celebration of the Library and Information Services (LIS) Month every November, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) particularly the National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCLIS), and the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) […]


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New libraries website launches in Auckland

(29 August 2017) The new Auckland Libraries website is now live, delivering an easy to use, mobile-first web experience that reflects the diversity of Auckland. Mirla Edmundson, General Manager Libraries and Information, says that the new site signals a new milestone in customer service. “The current website has up to 20,000 views a day, and […]


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British Library to investigate possibility of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries

(30 August 2017) The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for and possible shape of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries. Funded by Arts Council England and the Carnegie UK Trust, the project will investigate user expectations and demand for what a national online platform for […]


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Shanghai phone booths get new literary lease of life

(20 August 2017) If you want something to read and you’re in Shanghai, look for the red telephone booths. They’re like the original UK telephone boxes but with a Chinese twist. 263 public telephone booths in Shanghai Xuhui district are to be turned into mini-libraries, according to the city government. Before the popularity of smart […]


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Bukit Panjang – A Singapore Library

(11 July 2017) LIANZA reports on a recent trip to Singapore which included a few public libraries. The First is  Bukit Panjang a public library undergoing renovation, sited in a shopping mall. The library is split into two sections on the top floor of  the mall – a children’s library, and a library for teens and […]


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City of Sydney scraps library fines after trial shows reminders work better

Three times as many overdue items were returned to the council’s libraries during a trial period in which no penalties were levied  (7 July 2017) The City of Sydney council has abolished all library fines after an eight-month trial revealed they do not work as an incentive for people to return books. Three times as […]


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The National Diet Library conducted research on the super-aged society and libraries

(7 June 2017)  The National Diet Library has published a report of its research on the super-aged society and libraries. This research comprises case studies through bibliographic survey and field work focusing on the library services for the older people provided at the three public libraries, as well as interviews with 20 older people including […]


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India’s 70,000+ public libraries and its untapped potential: A study in contrast

(31 May 2017, New Delhi) A meagre total of 75 public libraries are serving the over 200 million population of Uttar Pradesh. Compare this to 4,028 public libraries in Tamil Nadu that serve its 67.8 million population and a study in contrast emerges. To add to its woes, Uttar Pradesh spends just about Rs 22 […]


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New study finds government cuts put libraries at risk

(31 May 2017) A new study has found that the federal government’s ‘wilful neglect’ of Australia’s national libraries, galleries and museums is putting the nation’s shared history and heritage at risk, particularly in regional areas, reports the Canberra Times. The report by Community and Public Sector Union researchers Kristin van Barneveld and Osmond Chiu, which […]


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Philippine libraries march into the 21st Century

(3 April 2017) Four years ago, Beyond Access began working with the Philippine public library system. Like in many countries, libraries had been largely neglected by policy-makers, and in some municipalities, libraries were already closing due to lack of use. When the Philippine Digital Strategy was published in 2011, libraries were completely absent. Under the […]


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New Sha Tin library to open in Hong Kong

(29 March 2017) The new library is in Yuen Chau Kok Complex on Ngan Shing Street, Sha Tin. At 2,900 sq m, it has a collection of 160,000 items, including Chinese and English books, compact discs, as well as local and overseas newspapers and periodicals. The complex comprises a multimedia library, a computer and information […]


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Modern public library prepared for East Jakarta

(25 March 2017) East Jakarta will soon have a modern public library with air-conditioned reading rooms, comfortable chairs and tables, sofas and pleasant outdoor scenery. East Jakarta Library and Archives Agency head Fadlan Zurhan said the municipality had renovated a building that used to be the Pondok Bambu subdistrict office in Duren Sawit into a café-style […]


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