COVID-19 – Translated language resources available for libraries to communicate with communities

(24 Mar 2020) The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is working with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create translated signage and text for libraries to communicate with their communities about library closures and changes to programs. Freely downloadable in 30 languages (and counting), you are welcome to share, edit and adapt this content to your […]

March 26, 2020 - 4:57 pm

National Library of Korea introduces enhanced online service amid coronavirus spread

(23 Mar 2020)  The National Library of Korea started providing its enhanced online service Digital Collection on Monday. “Digital Collection provides selected content curated by experts from different fields who also wrote commentaries. We hope that this cultural content can help people who are having a difficult time due to the delay of the new […]

March 24, 2020 - 10:54 am

Rangsit University Library is the winner of the 5th IFLA Green Library Award 2020

(19 Mar 2020) The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner. To ENSULIB’s great delight, more than 50 submissions were received from around the world, from Asia, Africa, Europe and America for Green Library Award 2020. The award […]

March 20, 2020 - 4:51 pm

UK library on fundraising drive to conserve rare Mughal miniature collection

(15 Mar 2020) The UK’s renowned Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is focussing its annual fundraising drive on rare manuscripts this year, with a 17th century Mughal miniature collection from India at the heart of the conservation efforts. Known as ‘The Douce Album’, the manuscript of exquisite miniature paintings and calligraphy was assembled for […]

March 16, 2020 - 2:32 pm

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

How to keep your library clean from viruses

(3 Mar 2020)  The library can be a breeding ground for cold and flu viruses. It is especially true when you have classes rotating in and out of your library throughout the school day. Keeping the library clean may seem like a challenging task, but we have a few tips and tricks you can use […]

March 4, 2020 - 8:45 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

Israeli librarians win the #1Lib1Ref Wikipedia campaign

(19 Feb 2020) Israeli librarians finished first in a recent global competition, making 4,700 edits to Wikipedia pages in a three-week span. The campaign known on social media as #1Lib1Ref (“One Librarian, One Reference”), asks librarians from around the world to both update existing Wikipedia pages with valid references and create new posts altogether, in an […]

February 19, 2020 - 8:31 am

Libraries for a better internet: Safer Internet Day 2020

(10 Feb 2020) Libraries work to protect the online safety and wellbeing of their patrons and communities by promoting digital literacy and offering inclusive ICT skills training and assistance. On Safer Internet Day 2020, libraries in many countries are joining the campaign to raise awareness and help children and young people develop the skills for safe […]

February 14, 2020 - 2:09 pm

CDNLAO Newsletter #95 published

(4 Feb 2020) the No.95, February 2020 newsletter for Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) is now published. Special topic: Research in library and information service [China] Research Activities at the National Library of China: An Introduction [Japan] NDL Research Report [Singapore] Research in Information Service and Client Research Services at the National […]

February 5, 2020 - 11:05 am

Australia: library launches campaign for wildlife aid

(13 Jan 2020) Bushfires across Australia have completely destroyed the lives and habitats of wildlife in recent weeks, with some estimates putting the loss of animal life at one billion. A campaign launched this week by Selwyn Libraries in Canterbury is supplying materials, patterns and sewing machines to library users to manufacture pouches, wraps and nests desperately needed […]

January 14, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Japan: library services remain suspended due to Typhoon in October

(27 Dec 2019) Japan’s education ministry says more than 100 public libraries were damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which ripped through the country in October. Some libraries remain closed or have their services suspended. University library associations say nine libraries at national and private universities were damaged. NHK WORLD-JAPAN has the full story.  

December 31, 2019 - 9:43 am

Korea: Incheon library introduces 24-hour book drive-thru service

(24 Dec 2019)  A “book drive-thru system” will be introduced in Incheon for the first time, allowing members to borrow or return books without having to leave the comfort of their car. The system, installed at Incheon Metropolitan City’s Michuhol Library, allows users to check out or return books while in a vehicle for those […]

December 26, 2019 - 4:21 pm

Uncertainty, innovation, opportunity: IFLA launches trend report update 2019

(23 Dec 2019) IFLA has published the 2019 Update of its Trend Report. As the latest in a series looking at the key issues and developments that shape the world in which we operate, it offers a basis for reflection and long-term thinking in the field. IFLA’s original Trend Report in 2013 brought together perspectives from experts around […]

December 24, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Participate in the 2019 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

(14 Dec 2019)  Library Technology Guide is inviting librarians all over the world to participate in its International Library Automation Survey. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide […]

December 17, 2019 - 1:33 pm