Asia Pacific

Australian library Coronavirus innovation: story time video streaming for babies and youngsters

(31 Mar 2020) If this was normal life in Australia every week parents and grandparents would be walking their young children and pushing their baby strollers to Library Story Time and Rhyme time sessions. Unfortunately because of Coronavirus, Libraries are shut to the general public and only open to staff so there won’t be any Library […]

March 31, 2020 - 4:07 pm

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 […]

March 16, 2020 - 2:34 pm

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, […]

March 11, 2020 - 8:43 am

Korea: virus prompts libraries to adopt drive-thru book rental service

(6 Mar 2020) The Simin Municipal Library and the Busan Metropolitan Joongang Library in the southern port city of Busan said Friday that they will start the operation of drive-thru book rental and return service next week. People can make reservations for the books they wish to borrow using websites. When visitors drive cars along […]

March 10, 2020 - 12:52 pm

Singapore: NLB to revamp 8 libraries and open a new one

(3 Mar 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) will revamp eight more libraries from now until 2026 and also build a new Punggol Regional Library with a more inclusive slant. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, announced this in Parliament on Tuesday (March 3) during the debate on her ministry’s budget. […]

March 10, 2020 - 12:48 pm

New Zealand: heritage collections receive UNESCO heritage recognition

(18 Feb 2020)  Auckland Council Libraries’ Richard Davis Meteorological Records and C P Dawes Collection have been inscribed on to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register. This accolade recognises both collections’ significant value to New Zealand’s heritage. The full story is here.  

March 10, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Korea: visits to National Digital Library surge as COVID-19 prompts closures nationwide

(5 Mar 2020)  From Korea: Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the number of people visiting the National Digital Library (NDL) – which operates under the auspices of the National Library of Korea (NLK) – has jumped by 176 percent. Korea Bizwire has more details here.  

March 9, 2020 - 8:44 am

Japan: NDL Tokyo temporary closed due to COVID-19

(4 Mar 2020) The National Diet Library, Tokyo Main Library and International Library of Children’s Literature, will be temporarily closed to the general public from Thursday, March 5, to Monday, March 16, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be aware that the Kansai-kan of the NDL will remain […]

March 5, 2020 - 4:26 pm

ASEAN launches Cultural Heritage Digital Archive website

(27 Feb 2020) ASEAN has launched the first phase of their ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website in the ASEAN Secretariat Building, South Jakarta, on Thursday, February 27, 2020. With support from the Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai governments, the ACHDA have managed to digitize 160 cultural heritage artefacts through their collaboration with many museums […]

March 4, 2020 - 8:48 am

China shifts from reliance on international publications

(25 Feb 2020)  After years of pushing Chinese researchers to publish in prestigious international journals, China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology have jointly released a document aimed at reducing “excessive reliance” on Science Citation Index (SCI) papers for academic promotions, job offers and allocation of research funding.   More related news […]

March 3, 2020 - 9:21 am

2019 Survey of school libraries in New Zealand

(2 Mar 2020) In August 2019, National Library’s Services to Schools conducted a nationwide survey of New Zealand school libraries. This was our second joint survey with SLANZA (School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) and LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa). The 2019 survey builds on baseline information we gathered in 2018 […]

March 3, 2020 - 9:13 am

New Zealand: notes from Archiving Email 2020 Symposium

(19 Feb 2020)  On 30 January 2020, archivists, digital preservationists, records managers, librarians, academics, and IT specialists from across Aotearoa and Australia came together in Wellington to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities in preserving email. See the full programme here Read the full notes of the symposium here

February 27, 2020 - 1:46 pm

India: Aizawl’s free roadside library impresses netizens

(24 Feb 2020)  A mini roadside library in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl has gone viral on social media. This roadside library encourages reading habits and helps in building community by providing access to exchange free books. Read more from the New Indian Express here.  

February 26, 2020 - 8:47 am

New Zealand: library staff face increasing threats and violence, report finds

(20 Feb 2020) Librarians are increasingly the target of violence and anti-social behaviour in Auckland, according to a new report. There were 533 incidents where council staff called its security team, including 60 where police were involved, in the three months to December 2019. Read the full report here.  

February 26, 2020 - 8:41 am

Mini libraries built in temporary COVID-19 hospitals in Wuhan

(20 Feb 2020) Libraries and bookstores have joined hands to build 18 mini-libraries in temporary hospitals in China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to lend “spiritual support” to patients there. The full story is here.  

February 25, 2020 - 2:55 pm