Tag Archives: public libraries

Regional Western Australian Consortium chooses Civica’s Spydus10 to deliver improved library services for a digital age

(18 December 2017, Perth)  Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and outsourcing services that help transform the way organisations work, has announced that a consortium of nine councils in Western Australia’s Great Southern region has chosen Spydus10 for all its libraries. The consortium headed by the City of Albany […]


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Should campus libraries open to the public?

(11 January 2018) A recent regulation encouraging China’s libraries in universities and research institutes to open to the public stirred up heated debate among the public. The regulation is part of China’s newly adopted law on public libra­ries, which took effect on January 1, 2018. According to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Education, […]


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Library and information week 2018

(3 December 2018)  Australia’s Library and Information Week will be held 21-27 May 2018 with the theme Find yourself in a Library. This theme is designed to give all libraries the opportunity to promote themselves to their community. Staff could set up tours of their library to inform users find out about all the fantastic […]


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Ministry of Culture introduces details of China’s new national library law

(18 December 2017) Public libraries in China will no longer be able to charge fees for borrowing books starting 1 January 2018, according to a new law concerning public libraries introduced on 4 November. During the Ministry of Culture’s fourth quarter news conference on Thursday, Vice Minister Yang Zhijin said that the focus of the […]


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Too many libraries?

Western Australia’s public library system will be modernised to meet the diverse and evolving needs of communities as part of a State Government overhaul. (11 December 2017) As part of the new governance proposals, a priority is to repeal the acts and regulations from 1951 and 1985 which ‘do not reflect contemporary public library services’. […]


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Latest Australian public libraries statistics

(6 December 2017) The annual Australian public libraries statistical report for 2015-16 is now available. Compiled by the State Library of Queensland’s Regional Access and Public Libraries division on behalf of NSLA, the report is an overview of the services, infrastructure, income and expenditure of each state and territory’s public libraries. The news in full […]


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Porn industry opposes effort to censor library computers

(27 November 2017) Reacting to reports of out-in-the-open porn viewing, public sex, drug use and theft at city libraries, a pair of City Council leaders is proposing to tighten the rules at these sanctuaries for children, the elderly and book nerds. “I know that taxpayers in the city do not intend for their money to […]


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The Book Stop pop-up library project

The Book Stop Project is a design concept offering a huge potential for community libraries to evolve from monolithic buildings to activated public spaces. (14 November 2017) The project is the vision of Philippines-based WTA Architecture + Design Studio and has already won several international awards. WTA says: ‘The Book Stop Project refocuses on the […]


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Indian professor in China explains how public libraries are benefiting Chinese society

(27 September 2017) What could be the best way to construct a better society? asks Dr Rajiv Ranjan. Imparting free education and opening the gates of learning centres to all. Libraries are repositories of knowledge, and as was argued by Francis Bacon centuries ago, knowledge is power. Public libraries in China are serving not only […]


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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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