Monthly Archives: December 2015

Korean university library installs a two-storey slide for greater student creativity

(10 December 2015)  South Korea’s Hoseo University in collaboration with DongWoo Architects has reportedly installed a slide in the library for students to travel quickly between floors. It also encourages students to be more creative and active. © Concept See more and read about it in hypebeast and ArchDaily.

December 12, 2015 8:57 am

More than 100 libraries in UK shut in 2014-15

(9 December 2015, London, BBC) The number of libraries in the UK fell by 2.6% in the last year, from 4,023 to 3,917, according to a new survey. The figures were released by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) following its annual survey of libraries in Great Britain. Wales saw the biggest […]

December 11, 2015 9:50 am

Taiwan tops the Global Open Data Index 2015

(9 December 2015) Open Knowledge has published the third annual Global Open Data Index. This year’s Index showed impressive gains from non-OECD countries with Taiwan topping the Index and Colombia and Uruguay breaking into the top ten at four and seven respectively. Overall, the Index evaluated 122 places and 1586 datasets and determined that only […]

December 11, 2015 9:44 am

Policymakers: 3D printing in libraries advances education and entrepreneurship

(9 December 2015, Washington, D.C.)  Libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs. Toward A More Printed Union:  Library […]

December 11, 2015 9:08 am

Library symposium in Bhutan

(9 December 2015) Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment is pleased to host a two-day  Library Symposium on 24 – 25th, December, 2015, at Lamai Geompa, Bumthang. The overall mission of the symposium is to help improve library development and services and also to strategize in sharing resources within libraries in the country. The […]

December 11, 2015 8:57 am

Bringing books to children in Thailand’s remote mountain districts

(December 2015) A mobile library project aims to improve access to books for children in remote and impoverished northern Thailand, where most families have few books at home and children are eager to learn. Unicef has the story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya.

December 10, 2015 9:56 am

Islamic message exhibition gets underway in Singapore

(8 December 2015) The Message of Islam exhibition began at the Singapore National Library  yesterday. The exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Oman to the Republic of Singapore. The exhibition aims to disseminate and promote a culture of peaceful coexistence and understanding among […]

December 10, 2015 9:52 am

Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners

(9 December 2015) ALIA has issued the Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners to provide guidance on the establishment, operation, and evaluation of library services to prisoners in Australia. All people – including prisoners – have a fundamental right to read, learn and access information. Table of contents: 1.       Introduction 2.       Existence and Purpose of Prison […]

December 9, 2015 12:13 pm

Setting up of model libraries of india: PIB notification

(8 December 2015) The Scheme “National Mission on Libraries – Upgradation of Libraries – providing services to the public” has been approved with a total outlay of Rs. 400 Crores [US$74 milion] for the 12th Plan period [2012 to 2017]. Under the Scheme, the Mission will upgrade infrastructure of selected libraries and upgrade technology in 35 […]

December 9, 2015 8:36 am

Yale Divinity Library to preserve Chinese Christianity collection

(5 December 2015) The University Library announced last Wednesday a collaboration between the Divinity School Library and the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) to preserve contemporary collections of Chinese Christian materials. The new agreement allows the Divinity Library and HKBU to select materials documenting the history and practice of Chinese Christianity. The project, which is […]

December 7, 2015 8:52 am

Plume Labs launches a live map of air pollution

(2 December 2015) As the UN Summit on Climate Change ramps up in Paris, Plume Labs has today launched its World Air Map, a live map of air pollution around the world. The data revolution can help policymakers cut air pollution and communities take back control of their environment. Plume Labs collects half a million […]

December 6, 2015 8:53 am

Librarians in uproar after borrowing record of Haruki Murakami is leaked

Books the celebrated Japanese author borrowed from a library in Kobe when he was a schoolboy have been revealed by a newspaper (2 December 2015) The Kobe Shimbun revealed Murakami’s reading habits of half a century ago after obtaining the cards from the school’s library that carried borrower entries under the author’s name, Japanese media […]

December 6, 2015 8:44 am

Beyond Access partner in Philippines receives Digital Literacy Award

(3 December 2015) The Urdaneta City Library has tacked on yet another award to its already impressive resume for addressing the community’s information needs through training. At the recent 2015 Digital Strategies for Development Summit, representatives from UCL, the Molave Foundation and Beyond Access were honored with the Intel/DigiBayani Award for Digital Literacy, which prioritizes reach of […]

December 6, 2015 8:40 am

Guide to academic search

(3 December 2015) This guide was created by the curator of the JURN search-engine. The guide lists various free search-engines and tools. Specifically, those tools likely to lead to open material useful for UK students and researchers in the arts and humanities. The search engines and tools are organised as Q&A. “How can I search […]

December 4, 2015 7:56 pm

Springer Nature and the Confederation of Indian Industry partner to release the first ever Nature Index report on science in India

(3 December 2015, London)  The Nature Index analytics report Indian Science Ascending is the first of a new style of reports that further probe data from the Nature Index to answer questions about India’s place in global science, especially when compared with countries that have similar volumes of index output in 2014 and with […]

December 4, 2015 7:34 pm