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

Australia: Queensland State Library offers ‘human books’ in bid to share local history

(10 Dec 2019) The State Library of Queensland is trialling a program in Brisbane where you can check out a “human book”. Once a month, library visitors will be able to borrow a real person with a unique story to share. Key points: ‘Human books’ originated in Denmark to counter stereotypes and discrimination The State Library is […]

December 12, 2019 - 9:25 pm

State Library Victoria proves libraries aren’t just about books: they’re about community

(9 Dec 2019) With the rise of digital information early this century, the death of the library was predicted. Yet far from causing the demise of libraries, the digital revolution has led to libraries being reinvented and reinvigorated. Library staff are experts in knowledge systems and adept at seizing the possibilities presented by these changes. This ability […]

December 9, 2019 - 3:24 pm

One Librarian, one reference #1Lib1Ref 2020

(4 Dec 2019) In 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation is launching the fifth edition of One Librarian One Reference (#1Lib1Ref) which will be held from 15th of January to the 5th of February 2020! This event invites librarians from all over the world to add a reference to the article of their choice on the online encyclopedia. Indeed, the Wikimedia Foundation […]

December 5, 2019 - 9:26 am

Australia: future of jobs unclear under major restructure for National Library

(27 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The National Library is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced. There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and […]

December 3, 2019 - 8:55 am

IFLA Green Library Award 2020 is open for submissions

(22 Nov 2019) What is a Green Library? “The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.” According to the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS), Green Libraries are, “designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize […]

November 26, 2019 - 7:49 pm

New path to reading: Hong Kong Library Festival 2019

(25 Nov 2019)  The first Hong Kong Library Festival carrying the theme of ‘Reading‧Creativity’ recently concluded on November 21. The monthlong Festival promoted the culture of reading through exhibitions, talks and workshops, as well as parent-child and citywide activities, bringing readers various perspectives in reading. One of the highlights is the large-scaled exhibition held at […]

November 26, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Malaysia: Miri IT library wins top national award for technological innovation

(15 Nov 2019) The Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Information Technology library branch in Miri, Malaysia, here has won a top national award from Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) for technological innovation. Pustaka Miri IT Library was chosen as a 5-star award winner under the Augmented Reality Technology category at the MPC 2019 productivity and innovation conference held […]

November 21, 2019 - 9:02 am

Why government should support public libraries – an evidence-based report

(6 Nov 2019)  A new report from library association CILIP and homelessness charity The Big Issue, Public Libraries: The Case for Support, pulls together the hard figures behind why the UK government should maintain core library funding as well as budget for future library transformation. Book Riot highlighted some findings of the report here.

November 18, 2019 - 1:36 pm