Tag Archives: public libraries

Public libraries are crucial, as Christchurch knows and Wellington must embrace

(14 May 2019)  Wellington Central Library has been closed due to earthquake risks. Whether the flagship building in Te Ngākau Civic Square can be repaired or must be rebuilt will turn on engineering and accounting advice. Ultimately, political decisions will also be needed. But Wellington still needs a large, flagship library in the central city – even now, at […]


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Hundreds queue past midnight for lifetime memberships… to the new KK library

(2 April 2019, Kota Kinabalu) When did you last visit a library? Unless you are a student, the answer is probably “years ago” when you were an actual student yourself. Hundreds of Sabahans here, however, have shown that they not only like visiting libraries, they want to be members! After seven years of being temporarily […]


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British and Chinese library leaders to share knowledge in Chengdu

UK-China Library Forum meets in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 27-28 March 2019 Leaders of ten UK public libraries, with the British Library, meet their counterparts from ten Chinese libraries to share knowledge, experience and best practice Latest stage of the three-year HM Treasury-funded British Library in China: Connecting Through Culture and Learning programme (26 March […]


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S. Korea announces 5-year plan to improve public libraries

(24 January 2019) Public libraries in South Korea will be implementing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide smarter services designed to meet various demands including job searching, childcare, health, and other needs. Read the full story for more details.  


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Popularity of Japanese libraries hitting publishers’ bottom line

(21 December 2018) Statistics on libraries in Japan released by the Japan Library Association show that the collections at public libraries in 2017 totaled 442.82 million books, and that there were 691.47 million loans of books over the course of the year. Although the 2010 to 2013 level of around 710 million loans has not […]


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New toolkit guides libraries in enhancing their support of entrepreneurs

(19 December 2018, Washington, DC.) Public libraries are uniquely positioned to support individuals in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams by offering free access to technology, meeting spaces, skills training, information and networking opportunities. However, there is no set model for how libraries can best leverage those assets, and there are opportunities for all libraries to elevate […]


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Vietnam to enhance digitalization of library

(6 December 2018) Speaking at the seminar “Developing and reforming library activities in the new era”, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that digitalization of library nationwide will help people to access books easily. The seminar was held yesterday by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. According to the Ministry, library system has […]


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ACT government ‘has no plans to close libraries’ despite inquiry

(20 October 2018) City Services Minister Chris Steel says a new inquiry into the future of ACT public libraries is not about cost-cutting or closing libraries. But some may be relocated. “The inquiry is about seeking the community’s views about what they want from their library service, improving community access to services and planning for […]


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Libraries are about democracy, not just books

(9 October 2018) Libraries Work! a research report released last month in Australia, demonstrates that every dollar invested in Victorian public libraries generates more than four times that value in benefits to the local community. Yet some writers and politicians have failed to recognise this and, further, have failed to understand what public libraries do. […]


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National Library Board of Singapore receives digital innovation award

(19 September 2018, Cleveland, Ohio and Singapore) Rakuten OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, presented the 2018 Digital Innovation Award to the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) at a ceremony in Singapore last month. This award was presented to recognize the numerous innovative features and services NLB has developed and […]


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Library revival creates pathways for new migrants

Australia’s public libraries are flourishing despite talk of their uncertain futures in a digital era. (20 September 2018) How important are libraries to Australians? Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) needs to answer this exact question, as it calls for more community support and state funding to the sector. Network spokesman Chris Buckingham said greater state […]


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The world’s best new library 2018

(12 September 2018)  School 7 public library in the city of Den Helder, Netherlands, wins the 2018 award for Public Library of the Year. This year’s recipient of the award was announced at the annual meeting of IFLA, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The winner was selected by an international panel of experts consisting of […]


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More changes in eBook lending for public libraries

(7 September 2018) In what the publisher called “good news” for libraries and their patrons, Penguin Random House has announced that as of October 1, 2018, the house is changing its e-book lending licenses for public libraries in the U.S. The shift moves access to book titles from a “perpetual access” model (where libraries pay […]


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Meet the woman who used social media to build free libraries in KL

How one woman set in motion a movement for Malaysia’s first train station library  (24 August 2018) It’s rush hour at the Ampang Park LRT station. Marcus Lee walks towards the exit leading out to the Intercontinental hotel. There, in the corner of the station, is the Books On The Move Library. People rush past […]


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Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay relevant

(20 August 2018) Libraries have become vital for the marginalised, such as the homeless, to access essential government services such as Centrelink, and to stay connected. They have become defacto providers of basic digital literacy training – such as how to use an iPad or access an eGov account. Others cater to tech-enthusiasts offering advanced […]


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