Tag Archives: Taiwan

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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$1 million gift will create two Taiwan studies endowments at UCLA Asia Pacific Center

(9 November 2018) The UCLA Asia Pacific Center has received a gift of $1 million from the J. Yang and Family Foundation that will help permanently sustain the UCLA Taiwan Studies Program. Of the total, $750,000 will create the J. Yang and Family Foundation Taiwan Studies Endowment and $250,000 will establish the J. Yang and […]


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Malaysia to import smart library system from Taiwan

IDSmart included facial recognition system and far-reaching automation (20 September 2018, Taipei)  Malaysia will import the IDSmart Library system from Taiwan in order to improve the efficiency of its library management as well as the convenience for their readers, reports said Thursday. The move is the result of a Taiwanese and a Malaysian company signing a […]


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Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

(17 July 2018) Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan. The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City. The ambitious project will transform […]


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Design for Taichung, Taiwan mega-library unveiled

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima releases design for landmark library-meets-art-museum structure in Taichung (7 May 2018, Taipei (Taiwan News) Globally renowned Japanese architect, Kazuyo Sejima of the SANAA architecture firm, publicly released the design plans for the Taichung library and art gallery on May 7. Bidding for the project will be open this June and July. […]


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