Tag Archives: special collections

More than 82,000 materials on North Korean music unveiled

(11 Aug 2020)  To mark the 25th anniversary of the Gugak Museum and the 70th anniversary of the NGC (National Gugak Center) next year, the NGC opened a public library that has accumulated collections on North Korean music covering up to 82,000 new artifacts. The space called “Gonggan E-um,” meaning connecting space, opened to the […]


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UChicago Library’s stamp collection provides rare picture of North Korea

(27 Dec 2019)  A group of masked dancers, frozen in dramatic poses. A plane descending at an airport, with another trailing in the distance. And a pair of … carnivorous dinosaurs? These disparate images all can be found within the University of Chicago Library’s new collection of North Korean stamps, assembled in a public online database to provide a unique […]


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National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection is now available to the public

More Than 10,000 Photographs Announced On Anniversary Of Ailey’s Death And World AIDS Day (1 Dec 2019) **Images provided are only to be used by media in reference to announcement and with full credit information** Ahead of World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s death (Dec. 1), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History […]


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Japan: approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(27 Nov 2019) On November 27, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『クリスマス・キャロル(1)Joy To The World(2)Jingle Bells(3)Silent Night Holy Night(4)Deck The Halls』…A medley of four Christmas carols. 『(音楽鑑賞教育)合奏:アロハ・オエ』…A farewell song of Hawaii, performed on the Hawaiian guitar. 『あゝ、そは彼の人か(歌劇“椿姫”より)』…A recording of […]


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Ancient texts made available online

(12 Nov 2019) Digitized versions of about 7,200 copies of ancient Chinese books went online on Tuesday and can now be accessed for free by the public for pleasure or academic reference, the National Library of China announced. Most copies came from 20 public institutions nationwide. Other than the NLC, Nanjing Library, Shandong Library and […]


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Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths from British Library

(23 Sep 2019) British Library’s new website highlights the Library’s remarkable collection of sacred texts. It features the six most-practised faiths in the UK – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as a number of other faiths. Including over 250 digitised collection items, short films and articles, examine the richness and diversity […]


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Australia: CSIRO launches open-access virtual core library

(3 Sep 2019)  From Australia: CSIRO has introduced the AuScope National Virtual Core Library (NVCL), a digitised collection of 10 million metres of drill core estimated to be archived in warehouses around Australia. Details can be found here.    


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New Zealand: revamped digital library launched

(30 Jul 2019) Heritage New Zealand has revamped its Archaeological Reports Digital Library and is launching it today. The digital library currently contains over 7,500 reports dating from the 1950s until today, with more reports being added all the time.  These reports have been available on request since 2007; however the upgrade now means that searching the […]


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China’s national library goes digital to preserve ancient books

(4 Aug 2019) The National Library of China has been digitizing its collection of antique books as a way of preserving and increasing the public accessibility, the China Culture Daily reported earlier this week. The library’s dedicated online database now has more than 32,000 sets of ancient books, accounting for over 60 percent of its total […]


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Israel’s national library to share reunited Kafka archive online

(7 Aug 2019)  Israel’s national library said on Wednesday it received the last part of a collection of Franz Kafka’s writings that it planned to put online, after winning an ownership battle for part of the Prague-born Jewish novelist’s literary estate. The full story and video are here.  


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Library of Congress digitizes Taiwanese watercolors, rare Chinese texts

(10 May 2019)  A woodblock-printed set of 400 illustrations depicting the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, painted silk scenes by Qing dynasty court artist Jiao Bingzhen, and 12 watercolors detailing indigenous life in Taiwan are among the 1,000 rare Chinese texts now available via the Library of Congress’ online catalogue. The library’s rare Chinese book collection includes 5,300 titles, 2,000 […]


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First panda-themed library opens in Sichuan, China

(23 Apr 2019)  A giant panda themed library opened Tuesday in a primary school in Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The panda library, the first of its kind across China, contains over 23,000 books, of which over 2,000 are related to pandas. Read the full story here.  


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What are some of the most eye-catching donations to the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year?

(17 Apr 2019)  Donations received by the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore in the past year range from sketches and photos to research articles and business papers. Among the highlights were over 7,000 sketches, prints, photos and letters belonging to the late artist Liu Kang. Read more from the full story here.  


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China, UP open new book center in Philippines

(18 Mar 2019)  The Chinese Embassy and the University of the Philippines on Monday launched the first “China Book Center” at the UP Asian Center in Diliman, Quezon City. The newly-launched resource center in UP is the first of its kind solely dedicated to one Asian country, said Dr. Joefe Santarita, dean of the UP Asian Center […]


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‘World’s greatest wine library’ at UC Davis continues to grow

(7 January 2019) When Hugh Johnson, author of the ground-breaking World Atlas of Wine, decided to donate his archive of nearly 60 years of wine-book writing to the UC Davis Library in 2016, he explained that he had chosen UC Davis because, “It’s simply the greatest wine library in the world.” Over the past two years, Johnson’s gift and his […]


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