Tag Archives: Taiwan

Taiwan: Design library reopens in a former bathhouse

(2 Jul 2020) Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI) reopened its design library at a new location, previously used as a bathhouse, Wednesday (1 Jul 2020). “Not Just Library,” the name of the library, has a collection of over 20,000 design-themed books and more than 100 periodicals, according to the state-backed institute. Maintaining interior details from the […]


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Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]


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Taiwan: Reading festival wins American Library Association award

(22 May 2020) The Taiwan Ministry of Education announced Friday (May 22) that the 2020 Taiwan Reading Festival (台灣閱讀節) won the American Library Association (ALA) award. The annual cultural event, “Taiwan Reading Festival,” takes place in December and has been hosted by the National Central Library and public libraries since 2013. It features a variety of […]


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Taiwan busts biggest piracy movie website

(9 Apr 2020) Taiwan’s most popular piracy movie website, 8maple.ru (楓林網), was busted on Wednesday (April 8) in Taoyuan, while its two Taiwanese founders were nabbed, followed by the closure of several other piracy websites the same day. Media reported the illegal websites gimy.tv, pttplay, momovod, and 149mov.com had halted their services. It was believed […]


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Taiwan: number of new books hits 18-year low

(10 Mar 2020) The number of new books published in Taiwan last year was the lowest in 18 years, a National Central Library report released on Saturday showed. Last year, 36,810 new titles were published — 2,304, or 5.89 percent, fewer than in 2017, the report said, adding that last year was the first time since […]


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Taiwan: public library visits surpass 100m for first time

(7 Mar 2020)  Visits to public libraries in Taiwan last year exceeded 100 million for the first time, an annual Ministry of Education report said. While the number of e-books borrowed last year grew 46.55 percent annually to more than 2.55 million, the number of visitors who checked out printed books also increased 3.98 percent, […]


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Taiwan to start Public Lending Right program for local authors from Jan 2020

(31 Dec 2019)  On Jan. 1, Taiwan will become the first country in East Asia to adopt a Public Lending Right (PLR) program, under which writers will receive compensation for free public access to their books at two national libraries, the Ministry of Culture said Tuesday. Taiwan News has more details here.  


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Document recognizing Napoléon’s rule for life on show in NCL Taipei

(25 Dec 2019) Having been held in private hands for nearly two centuries, an original typewritten document published in 1802 recording the results of the French constitutional referendum which made Napoléon Bonaparte First Consul for life can now be viewed at National Central Library (NCL) in Taipei. The document, which the private collector believes to be […]


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Taiwan: National Central Library to host carnival in Taipei to promote reading

(28 Nov 2019)  The National Central Library (NCL) will host a major carnival in Taipei next month as part of an annual reading festival to encourage love and appreciation of books, NCL Director-General Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢), said Thursday. The carnival on Dec. 7 in Daan Forest Park and will feature activities such as music performances, […]


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New Taiwan landmark to blend museum and library

(25 Aug 2019) A new public project slated for groundbreaking on Sept. 16 will breathe new life into the cityscape of Taichung in central Taiwan. As its name suggests, the Taichung Green Museumbrary (台中綠美圖) will be a complex serving the purposes of both an art museum and library in a natural setting, said the Taichung City […]


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Taitung University library in Taiwan celebrates international architecture award

(18 Jul 2019) The National Taitung University Library and Information Center has been celebrated for winning yet another architectural award, the Central News Agency reported Thursday (July 18). The international real estate federation FIABCI gave its 2019 World Prix d’Excellence Award for Public Infrastructure Amenities to the university for the building on its Zhiben campus last […]


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Publishers hold seminar on public lending rights

A timely discussion on the survival of the publishing industry and public access to knowledge took place in Taipei (12 June 2019) The publishing community held a seminar on public lending rights (PLR) at National Taiwan Museum on Tuesday (June 11) to promote public understanding of “fair remuneration.” The event was timed to coincide with […]


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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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Taipei International Book Exhibition: ‘Time for Reading’

(8 February 2019)  This year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) which opens on February 12 and runs through February 17, is focused on creating ‘Time for Reading,’ amid what organizers say is a major incursion by digital entertainment media into consumers’ reading time. Publishing Perspectives has TIBE 2019’s program, featured speakers, and an interview with James C.M. Chao, chairman […]


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UCSB Library digitizes works by renowned Chinese author Kenneth Pai

(14 January 2019) Original, handwritten manuscripts by an author who has been called a Nobel Prize contender and compared to Ernest Hemingway are now available for everyone around the world to see. Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇), also known as Kenneth Pai, was a professor of Chinese literature at UCSB from 1965 to 1994. “Kenneth Pai is probably […]


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