The first issue of 2024 of the IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Division Newsletter includes editorials from the Chair of the Asia-Oceania Regional Division Committee, the Manager of the Regional Office for Asia and Oceania, and news both from IFLA and the region and beyond.
When Hangzhou Meets Milan: A Joint Endeavor by Hangzhou and Milan Public Libraries Showcases “Hangzhou Feel” Exhibition19 February 2024
The “Hangzhou Feel” Exhibition, a collaborative project between Hangzhou Public Library and its international sister library, Milan Public Library, was successfully held in Milan, Italy, from September 16 to November 30,2023. Beyond strengthening the connection between libraries, the exhibition also aimed to foster mutual respect and understanding between Eastern and Western cultures, contributing to the advancement of the creative and cultural industries in both cities.
To help students develop a love for reading, Project SIDLAK also aims to upscale the school library with more varied reading and learning resources, making it more functional and inviting to the students. Read more
As part of a community outreach drive, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL) libraries have decided to extend its services to the libraries across the Ampara district by establishing a Library & Information Network under the umbrella of SEUSL libraries. This library and information network has been named “South Eastern Regional Library & Information Network (SERLIN), Sri Lanka”. Read more
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation is dedicated to integrating the library into our patrons' daily lives and forging lasting connections. Going beyond conventional roles, our library prioritises strong relationships, offering personalised services and community-driven initiatives. By actively engaging with its diverse community, the library became a trusted partner in intellectual and cultural enrichment, ensuring it transcends its physical space to evolve into an essential, vibrant component of our patrons’ everyday experiences.
Strategies to improve collection practices and foster engagement with communities were the primary discussion topics at the 29th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO), hosted by Qatar National Library (QNL). Read more
The Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges was launched on 24th May 2023 to CAVAL’s members and the wider library and information community. The document consists of two parts, an Indigenous Knowledges Attribution Toolkit (IKAT) and a Citation Style Guide – the combined document commonly referred to as ‘the Toolkit’.
The stakeholders of KBSB have shown the effectiveness of an urban garden in bringing people together. They have organised programmes throughout the year and each event is closely linked to gardening and the products that can be harvested from the garden. Several stakeholders have become successful entrepreneurs through the sale of products from their plots at KBSB. Read more
Public Libraries Victoria (PLV) Sustainability Portal features an explanation of the SDGs with reference to public libraries, an interactive map that pinpoints key sustainable initiatives and a bank of case studies to inspire new sustainable programs and partnerships. Read more
The digitisation project at the National Library of Malaysia places a strong emphasis on preserving uniquely Malaysian materials, underscoring a genuine commitment to the nation's rich cultural and historical heritage. Read more
Cultural heritage and digital technologies are viewed as interconnected entities, where there is no relationship of dependency to any party at the expense of the other. This complementary relationship can create unique products that blend national cultural heritage with contemporary developments and changes.
Implementation and Response to SDGs by a Public Library: Innovative AR Picture Book Reading and English Mobile Library Services by Kaohsiung Public Library19 February 2024
Using a wide range of technologies available today, Kaohsiung Public Library constructed an Augmented Reality (AR) Room in the International Picture Book Center at the Main Library. Read more
The Macau University of Science and Technology has developed and deployed a smart campus service platform called WeMust which encompasses over one hundred applications aimed at enriching the campus experience. Read more
“Building a Digital Network of Chinese Ancient Books” Chinese Ancient Books Resources Database Construction and Services19 February 2024
Ancient books are important carriers of Chinese civilisation. To meet the diversified needs of readers in the networked context of informatisation, the National Library of China has established the “Chinese Ancient Books Preservation & Conservation Project". Read more
Malaysian academic libraries are expanding their roles by adopting citizen science to make substantial contributions towards the UN Agenda 2030, surpassing their conventional limitations. Read more
The National Library of Indonesia introduced the Strengthening Family Literacy Program, which is based on digital platforms including mobile applications. The programme is a new initiative to expand access to library services targeting three main audience groups: pre-marriage couples, new families, and children in the golden age. Read more here.
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As part of "Publish and Share Your Research: Suggestions from Editors and Librarians Seminar Series", this webinar focused on the tips and tools on literature search and research publishing. Through this seminar series, researchers at the University of Hong Kong and around the world could gain insights on formulating research topic, conducting research, and publishing and promoting research.
In celebration of the Open Access Week this year from 23 October 2023 to 29 October 2023, the University of Hong Kong Libraries hosted several events including seminar, online social media campaign, and an online quiz that not only targeting the local community, but also drawing attention from the global academic community.