On the occasion of the Regional Workshop that IFLA organised in Bangkok, IFLA's Asia-Oceania Regional Division Committee had the opportunity to hold their first in person business meeting as a Committee in their own region. It was held in Bangkok, 16-17 November 2022. Read more here.
The below contribution comes from IFLA Regional Division Committee for Asia-Oceania member Togi Tunupopo (National University of Samoa and Library Association of Samoa, Apia).
In recent years, IFLA has focused strongly on how to develop library fields – the people, institutions, infrastructures and services that make it possible for communities to benefit from all that libraries can provide.
Access to information is often taken for granted, but represents a key condition for achieving innovation and positive change. At a seminar at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific in Bangkok, around 50 libraries explored opportunities for stronger engagement in development initiatives.
If you missed IFLA’s Asia and Oceania & Middle East and North Africa webinars in September, you can now watch them again, and learn all about their open sessions at IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin.
The September 2022 edition of the IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional 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. This covers work in Malaysia, Maldives, Indonesia, Tonga, New Zealand, and China.
Library and Archives of People’s Majlis hope to see more libraries and institutions take the initiative to restore and preserve their collections as the handwritten records in any institution are vital cultural heritage – not only to the institution which holds the collection, but to the country too.
Read the interview with the new President of Librarians Association of Malaysia.
Since the last issue of this newsletter, we have had the opportunity to meet face-to-face again for the first time since 2019.
The National Library of Indonesia has deposited the bulk of its collection relating to Indonesian and Southeast Asian history and culture. The collections contain information of Indonesian hajj pilgrims in colonial and postcolonial period.
Pham Thi Thanh Van and Tam Thach reflect on their experiences at IFLA WLIC 2022 in Dublin, Ireland.
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Library was given the honour to receive thousands of books and other forms of collections and asked to maintain them. What are the next steps that the library followed?
Through this programme, the IFLA Regional Division Committee for Asia and Oceania aims to inspire and encourage colleagues within the region to advance their efforts to bring the UN SDGs to fruition.
Internet governance covers a wide range of issues of significant library interest. We rely increasingly on the internet to achieve our mission of providing maximum meaningful access to information, while in turn being key players in ensuring that the internet itself is inclusive. We interviewed Nina Nakaora (Fiji), who participated in this year's Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance (APSIG), ahead of the Asia-Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF).
IFLA's Regional Division Committees participate at their first IFLA World Library & Information Congress in 202222 July 2022
IFLA's Regional Division Committees will participate at their first IFLA World Library & Information Congress (WLIC) 2022 scheduled for Dublin, Ireland. They have prepared exciting Open sessions and are more than ready to share views and ideas on strengthening library advocacy at the regional evidence. Join their Open sessions to get to know what is happening in the world of libraries across all the regions of the world.
We are proud to present the IFLA Asia & Oceania Regional Newsletter (May 2022). Download the PDF to dive right into the articles.
Dr Premila Gamage, Member of the Regional Division Committee for Asia-Oceania and Dr Basheerhamad Shadrach, Founder of Indian Public Library Movement and the South Asian Chapter of the INELI programme, represented IFLA and travelled to Bangkok in March 2022 to attend the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD).
A self-sustaining community library, Dawei Millennium Centre, was established in 2007 by five university graduates in the city of Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi region, Myanmar. The library was founded in the region with the ultimate goal of transforming the community into a knowledgeable and digitally literate society.
Is Your Library & Information Science (LIS) School on the IFLA Map? Be Part of a Strong and Visible Network6 June 2022
Locating LIS schools worldwide is often challenging as there are no global databases currently in existence. The IFLA global database and map of LIS schools and programmes is an international collaborative project launched by the IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (IFLA-BSLISE) Working Group to address this gap. The global interactive database will be built using data gathered through an online questionnaire to be completed by LIS schools.
The Manuskrip Melayu project began during Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO) when libraries closed and librarians had to work from home.