Research shows virus undetectable on five highly circulated library materials after three days

(22 Jun 2020)  In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days. The findings are part of […]

June 27, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Taiwan: NCL offers express materials delivery service to assist researchers during the pandemic

(May 2020)  From Taiwan: As the coronavirus pandemic continues, National Central Library is now offering a Knowledge Quick Access materials delivery service to aid in obtaining needed materials during the pandemic. It is also providing instant online reference services and a resource users’ guide via its Online Reference Help website to assist patrons in finding […]

June 24, 2020 - 8:47 am

Library Buildings In Europe Website is launched

(22 Jun 2020)  LIBER and the LIBER Architecture Group (LAG) have today launched Library buildings in Europe, a website dedicated to inspiring and supporting anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The photos and accompanying details will enable those involved in such projects to […]

June 23, 2020 - 10:35 am

The Risky journey that saved one of China’s greatest literary treasures

(15 Jun 2020)  “As Zhejiang University in Hangzhou planned for evacuation, Chen Xunci, Head Librarian of Zhejiang Library, asked the university to take the valuable collection from the Wenlan Ge with them. The school chancellor agreed, even though it added another 230 boxes to their cargo. Chen promised to get funding for the library’s transportation, […]

June 23, 2020 - 9:07 am

China sees rising collections in public libraries

(21 Jun 2020)  Nearly 1.12 billion volumes of books were collected by public libraries in China by the end of 2019, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of e-books rose 7 percent to around 866 million by 2019, said the ministry’s annual report. By the […]

June 23, 2020 - 8:51 am

Delivering library books by drone

(10 Jun 2020) Kelly Passek has thought up a way to get kids to read this summer: deliver library books by drone. Passek, a middle-school librarian, was one of the first customers of a drone delivery service launched in Christiansburg, Va., last year by Wing, a company owned by Google parent Alphabet. After seeing how quickly […]

June 19, 2020 - 9:44 am

ACRL summarizes trending topics in academic libraries

(18 Jun 2020)  An article by ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is released in the title of “2020 top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education”. This article summarizes trending topics in academic librarianship from the past two years. These highlights provide a starting […]

June 18, 2020 - 9:11 am

India: A unique underground library has 900,000 books in Rajasthan

(21 May 2020)  The libraries come in different shapes and sizes across the world. But the one laying beneath a temple at the Bhadariya village of the Thar Desert region in Rajasthan is unique in its own way. This treasure trove of knowledge figures in the Asia’s biggest libraries with a collection of around 900,000 books and […]

June 15, 2020 - 9:37 am

Norway: the new public library of Oslo is ready to open for the public

(11 Jun 2020) The library of the future is finally ready to open for the public of Oslo and all visitors to the Norwegian capital. Located between Oslo Central Station and the Oslo Opera House, Deichman Bjørvika is an extension of the 235 year history of the public library of Oslo. It will also be an […]

June 15, 2020 - 8:53 am

MIT Libraries has ended negotiations with Elsevier for new journals contract

(11 Jun 2020)  From MIT Libraries: Standing by its commitment to provide equitable and open access to scholarship, MIT has ended negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract. Elsevier was not able to present a proposal that aligned with the principles of the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts. More details can be found from the […]

June 12, 2020 - 8:48 am

CILIP’s chief executive Nick Poole gave speech on the future of libraries

(20 May 2020) Nick began by explaining that the key ethos of CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, is the belief in the power of libraries, knowledge and information to change lives for the better. A lot of Nick’s thinking centred around that of Rolf Hapel, distinguished professor of practice in residence at the University of […]

June 11, 2020 - 10:04 am

ALIA announces COVID-19 relief fund

(6 Apr 2020) The Australian Library and Information Service (ALIA) has announced it will set up a relief fund ‘specifically to help members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’. ALIA said it would seed the fund with $10,000, enabling it to make approximately 20 payments to members suffering […]

May 29, 2020 - 10:52 am

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 am

New Zealand: experience sharing of library reopening

(15 May 2020)  From “Justin the Librarian” blog: Our library had been planning what this eventual reopening would look like for the entire time that New Zealand was in Pandemic Alert Levels 3 & 4. There were many meetings and discussions around what reopening could look like and all angles and ideas were heard, considered, […]

May 25, 2020 - 2:09 pm

Webinar: Chinese academic libraries’ experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak

(18 May 2020) From Cornell University Library: A four-part webinar series devoted to academic libraries’ role in a sustainable future concluded with a discussion of how three libraries in China have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The April 27 installment, “Three Chinese Academic Libraries’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” was the last in a series […]

May 25, 2020 - 2:02 pm