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Placemaking, purposing and partnerships - Presentations now available

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 16:13
The presentations from our fantastic mid-year seminar in Montreal in March are now publicly available on slideshare. They provide a wonderful insight from global experts into libraries' placemaking, purposing and partnerships and how they influence library design. Enjoy!  

Webinar on 'Information literacy: Knowing the right news in the digital age' on 8 May 2020, 3-4 pm (IST)

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 18:45

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invite you to attend a live and interactive information literacy webinar focussing on present days misinformation at 3:00-4:00 PM (IST). Webinar sessions of ‘Knowing the Right News’ is a response to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces renewed concerns about misleading contents amid COVID-19 pandemic, TERI and IFLA have tailored this webinar to provide timely examples and activities to help strengthen information literacy, impact of misinformation in different digital media, legal implications, and skills to choose selected information in such time. Read more.

Webinar on 'Information literacy: Knowing the right news in the digital age'

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 18:45

TERI and IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) invite you to attend a live and interactive information literacy webinar focussing on present days misinformation at 3:00-4:00 PM (IST). Webinar sessions of ‘Knowing the Right News’ is a response to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces renewed concerns about misleading contents amid COVID-19 pandemic, IFLA and TERI has tailored this webinar to provide timely examples and activities to help strengthen information literacy, impact of misinformation in different digital media, legal implications, and skills to choose selected information in such time. Read more.

IFLA ARL Joint Session with IFLA SES Postponed

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 14:35

Owing to the cancellation of the IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin, the IFLA ARL Joint Session planned with the Statistics and Evaluation Section with the theme, "Alignment with Research:  Providing, Communicating and Assessing the Value of Research Support", has been postponed for a year. The Joint programme will be carried forward to IFLA WLIC 2021 in Rotterdam.

The keynote speakers and the authors of the selected abstracts have been informed, and will be contacted at the beginning of 2021 to confirm they are still able to present at IFLA WLIC 2021.

The original call for papers can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92854?og=43

Update to IFLA ARL Attendance Grants 2020

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 03:11

We are pleased to announce that both EX LIBRIS and SAGE, the sponsors of the IFLA ARL Attendance Grants, have agreed to allow us to carry the grant funding for IFLA 2020 over to 2021. This means that there will be two sets of regional grant winners able to attend IFLA WLIC 2021 seeing as IFLA WLIC 2020 was cancelled.

The winners of the 2020 grants will be announced on 15 July 2020.

Details of the grants can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10787. Original call for applications is here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92765

Update to IFLA ARL Attendance Grants 2020

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 03:11

We are pleased to announce that both EX LIBRIS and SAGE, the sponsors of the IFLA ARL Attendance Grants, have agreed to allow us to carry the grant funding for IFLA 2020 over to 2021. This means that there will be two sets of regional grant winners able to attend IFLA WLIC 2021 seeing as IFLA WLIC 2020 was cancelled.

The winners of the 2020 grants will be announced on 15 July 2020.

Details of the grants can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10787. Original call for applications is here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92765

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 Cancelled

Fri, 01/05/2020 - 18:38

The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Dublin will instead welcome the 2022 Congress, following confirmation that the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland – the previous planned venue – is unlikely to be ready on time. Read more.

IFLA WLIC 2020 Congress Cancelled

Wed, 29/04/2020 - 17:02

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 WLIC in Dublin, the Art Libraries Section is expected to convene only for virtual business meetings in August. All of the expressed anticipated activities and confirmed speakers are considered in place for the 2021 WLIC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Please contact the Art Libraries Section Standing Committee for more information or with any questions.

Call for newsletter submissions: 'Connecting with multicultural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic'

Tue, 28/04/2020 - 15:13

In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for libraries around the world in the way that they deliver services. To help share stories of best practice, innovation, and challenging experiences, the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section will be focusing much of the upcoming issue of its newsletter on the impact of COVID-19 on libraries that work with multicultural communities.

We are calling for stories that might include (for example):

  • Innovative ways that libraries have adapted services to connect with multicultural communities in the online environment.
  • Challenges in managing social isolation and connecting with communities when the physical doors are closed
  • Issues for library staff from minority backgrounds, regarding employment and financial security during library closures.
  • How library workers from minority backgrounds are supporting one another in managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, or working from home.
  • Changes in the demand for linguistically diverse collection material during the pandemic - particularly online collections.
  • Successes and challenges connecting with communities as libraries experiment with new approaches and technologies.

We also welcome ‘non-COVID-19’ stories, and would love to hear other news stories from the International library sector that are of interest to our Section members.

Stories should have a word length of 400-600 words, with accompanying images (300dpi, JPEG format). Please send your submissions to our editor, Pam Ryan (PRyan@tpl.ca) by Thursday 21 May, using the subject line “MCULTP Newsletter submission”.


If you don’t wish to write an article, but still have a news story to share, we are also looking for stories to feature through our social media channels. Please send them to us anytime by email (ifla.mcultp@gmail.com), and we’ll add it to our social media schedule.

Now Available: IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Quarterly News - April 2020 Issue

Mon, 27/04/2020 - 18:31

Dear Friends,

We present to you the April 2020 issue of our IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Quarterly Newsletters.

This has been a difficult time for most of us, but am sure we will be able to get over it.

Hope all of you will stay safe and enjoy the reading. 

Take care.

~Please open the PDF newsletter to access the links.~

Thank you.

With warmest regards,

Soh Lin Li
Regional Manager
IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania

Leading library, archives, and museum organisations call on WIPO to help safeguard cultural heritage

Mon, 27/04/2020 - 11:21

With this year's World Intellectual Property Day focusing on innovation for a green future, IFLA and its partners have come together to call on governments and the World Intellectual Property Organization not to forget the past. An open letter calling for action to ensure that intellectual property laws do not stand in the way of preservation of heritage faced with climate change already has 155 organisational and institutional co-signatories, and 55 individuals. The letter is still open for signatories. 

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to publicize how copyright, patents, trademarks, and designs affect the world. Their focus this year is on innovating towards a “green future.” This is a welcome goal, but we must not forget the threat to the world's cultural heritage posed by the disastrous effects of climate change, and aggravated by the lack of appropriate copyright legislation supporting the institutions that preserve our common knowledge and heritage.

That is why the world's leading library, archives, and museums organizations are calling on WIPO and its Member States to respond to the need for international copyright laws that will empower these cultural institutions to prevent further loss of worldwide cultural heritage due to rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other disasters linked to global warming.

“As the effects of climate change become more common, our heritage will continue to suffer irretrievable losses,” said Winston Tabb, head of the libraries delegation. “Tragically, this is already happening in many countries. These threats to our collective memory can be addressed by making preservation copies; but the global patchwork of inconsistent, nonexistent and inadequate copyright laws stands in the way.”

At regional seminars and an international conference organized by WIPO in 2019, a consensus emerged that copyright exceptions play a key role in enabling heritage institutions to make preservation copies of works in libraries, archives, and museums. WIPO Member States have the power to support international action in favor of preservation copying, thus providing heritage institutions with the legal certainty needed to safeguard our heritage.

'Libraries have a key mission to safeguard the past and present for the future. In the face of climate change and its impacts, there is a real urgency to preserve our collections, but we can only do so if the law permits. WIPO and its Member States have both the opportunity – and the duty – to act'. IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner.

The attached Open Letter is intended to raise awareness of the need for copyright laws that support, rather than hinder, efforts to preserve the world's heritage. It calls on WIPO and its Member States to take national and international action, without which heritage institutions will unable to prevent the irretrievable loss of many of the world's cultural treasures. A way forward must be found to enable the world's heritage institutions to make and preserve copies of works using all available tools without fear of copyright barriers.

The five organisations behind this effort — the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council on Museums (ICOM), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA)—invite all heritage organizations around the world and other organisations that share our goals to sign this Open Letter (Link), to share it on social media and other communications channels, and to call on their national authorities to support its messages in their engagement at WIPO. 

Even as the world responds to immediate crises such as COVID-19, we cannot forget the long-term global threat of climate change.  We must act now to safeguard our heritage.

Find out more about the letter and how to sign on.

KM Section Response to the 2020 WLIC Cancellation

Mon, 27/04/2020 - 01:49

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 WLIC in Dublin, the KM Section is expected to convene only for virtual business meetings in August.

All of the expressed anticipated activities, themes, CfP, and confirmed speakers are considered in place for the 2021 WLIC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Please contact the KM Section Information Coordinator or KM Section Standing Committee Officers for more information or with any questions.

See IFLA's official statement.

Heritage cannot wait in the face of climate change: IFLA welcomes signatures to open letter on World IP Day

Sun, 26/04/2020 - 10:00

IFLA, and partner organisations have launched an open letter to mark World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2020, underlining the need for copyright laws to support, rather than hinder, efforts to safeguard heritage in the face of climate change. Without action, nationally and internatinally, heritage institutions risk beng unable preserve their collections for the future. The letter is open for further endorsements. 

2020 has the potential to be a landmark year in the effort to tackle climate change. Five years on from the Paris Agreement, there is a growing urgency to act to reduce emissions and implement adaptation plans.

In this context, there is growing awareness of the impact of climate change on cultural heritage. This can happen gradually, through changes in temperature that accelerate the degradation of materials or leave institutions and sites underwater. It can also happen suddenly, thanks to an increased chance of fires or extreme weather events.

The loss of heritage can also have economic, social and civic costs. Where collections and sites draw tourists, their destruction reduces visits. Where they act as a reference point for local or group identity, there is the risk of a loss of social capital. Where they are a basis for civic pride, damage can lead to a loss of confidence and attractiveness. As a result, a key element of mitigating the impact of climate change is the effort to preserve as much of our past as possible.                                                   

Why Copyright Matters for Climate Change-Linked Preservation?

Clearly not all irreversible losses can be prevented, but a lot can be done by investing in preservation capacity and comprehensive plans for managing and responding to risks. Alongside training, equipment and buildings, at the heart of these efforts is preservation copying. This is essential to ensure that works survive into the future, even if the original physical support is lost, using tools such as digitisation.. 

Yet taking preservation copies - including though digitisation - implicates copyright. Unless there are clear exceptions allowing this copying without needing to seek authorisations or make playments, libraries, archives and museums can face unacceptable complexity. Decisions about what to preserve can end up being determined more by ease of obtaining clearance, rather than actual need or public interest.

Meanwhile, where works, buildings and other materials have already been lost, recovery is aided by access to descriptions, photographs or other sources which can help with reconstruction and restoration. Accessing and using these, again, is far easier where copyright laws are well adapted.

The Current Situation

Currently, copyright laws currently are not up to the task. In 51 countries around the world, there are no basic preservation exceptions, meaning that any relevant copying is effectively illegal unless a heritage institution gains (and potentially pays for) authorisation.

Furthermore, while 136 countries do have preservation exceptions, 73 limit preservation copying in ways that effectively prevent digitisation. As a result, in 124 countries around the world, digitisation for preservation is not allowed without authorisation. Even those with digital-friendly exceptions may have other restrictions – for example an obligation to wait until the loss of a work is ‘imminent’, or to spend time looking for commercially available copies first.   

Crucially, no countries have laws which allow heritage institutions to work on a truly global scale to form preservation networks. This is because to do so requires legal action at the global level.

The Solution

As their contribution to addressing climate change, copyright decision-makers can make a difference by taking action internationally to facilitate preservation. It is only at the global level that we can realise the potential of digitisation in safeguarding our heritage.

As a result - and as set out in our joint letter, prepared in partnership with Electronic Information for Libraries (eifl), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council on Museums (ICOM), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) - we strongly recommend that all Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization, in the context of broader action on climate change, take the steps needed to ensure that all countries have the copyright laws they need to facilitate preservation, including across borders.

In doing so, they will play their part in ensuring that we can continue to enjoy, be inspired by, and draw on our heritage into the future.

Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary-General said: 'Libraries have a key mission to safeguard the past and present for the future. In the face of climate change and its impacts, there is a real urgency to preserve our collections, but we can only do so if the law permits. WIPO and its Member States have both the opportunity – and the duty – to act.'

You can access the letter in English, French and Spanish.

The letter is open for further endorsements using this form. You can read the list of current co-signatories here. Contact us for more information.

Work/Study from Home (W/SfH) and Physical Distancing Prevention Efforts to Spread COVID-19 in Indonesia

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 20:51

Indonesia confirmed two imported cases of COVID-19 in Jakarta on March 2, 2020. This was announced by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. The spread of COVID-19 is very fast and the mobility of Indonesian people is very high. On March 13, .2020, the data from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia showed that there were 69 citizens with COVID-19, 5 recovery, and 4 death for all regions of the Republic of Indonesia. On March 15, 2020, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Jokowi at Bogor Palace officially appealed to the public to increase their awareness so that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be suppressed in Indonesia.

Jokowi urged that "It's time for us to work from home, learn from home, worship at home," According to Jokowi, this step needs to be done so that the prevention of COVID-19 can be more effective.

Work from Home (WfH) is a concept where employees can do their job from home. Working from home provides flexible working hours for employees and their work can be done easily. WfH helps the government to break the COVID-19 spread chain by limiting the gathering and interaction of citizens in open spaces. Based on the direction of the President of the Republic Indonesia, the National Library of Republic Indonesia through circular letter number 2731/2/KPG.10.00/III.2020, implemented the WfH initiative from 17-31 March 2020, and this will be reviewed further according to the needs and developments. Librarians in National Library of Republic Indonesia are required to describe the library materials by including a cataloguing descriptive, the subject, and the data input of bibliographic materials using INLIS application that can be accessed from home., Whatever that can be done in the office can still run well without having to be present at work. The attendance of the employees of the National Library of Republic Indonesia and reports from WfH are reported daily through the Google forms application. 

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Work from Home (WfH) Librarian In Bidang Pengolahan The National Library Of Indonesia (Photo

Courtesy of: Bidang Pengolahan The National Library Of Indonesia

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Attendance List And Work from Home (WfH) Activity Report For Librarian In Bidang Pengolahan The

National Library Republic of Indonesia (Photo Courtesy of: Bidang Pengolahan The National Library

Of Indonesia)

Study from Home (SfH)

President Joko Widodo has appealed to conduct activities at home, including studying. The regional government responded to President's appeal by taking two weeks off from Saturday (March 14, 2020) to Sunday (March 29, 2020) and a review was conducted to see its progress. All non-formal schools / educational institutions, from PAUD / TK to SMA and Universities, apply distance-learning methods to limit direct contact following the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Nadiem Anwar Makarim said he supported the policy of the regional government that closed schools for fear of spreading the coronavirus or COVID-19. The impact of the spread of COVID-19 will differ from one region to another. The safety of students and teachers and education personnel is the main concern. The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) was ready with all the scenarios, including online learning (in networks) / Study from Home (SfH) for students.

SfH is a learning activity done by remote method through the online system, which replaces the face-to-face teaching. SfH was conducted in order to prevent and break the chain of virus COVID-19 spread, where children have the potential to carry/transmit the COVID-19 from one adult to another.

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SfH Uses Portal And Android-Based Remote Learning Apps (Photo Courtesy of: Tribun-Medan.com/ Dedy Kurniawan)

Physical Distancing

Work from Home (WfH) and Study from Home (SfH) are part of the social distancing movement, social distancing in the Indonesian language interpreted as social restriction. Initially, this phrase was interpreted as an effort to keep the distance from stopping or dampening the spread of infectious diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) latest statement now urges people to use the phrase 'physical distancing' rather than 'social distancing'. Physical distancing here is interpreted as 'maintaining physical distance'. World Health Organization (WHO) changed phrases aiming to recommend physical distance from on a social distance by encouraging communities to stay connected through social media. The Indonesian Government, dated March 23, 2020 through Menkopolhukam Mahfud MD., the proposed mention of social distancing was considered not in accordance with the Indonesian culture that is famous for inter-individual hospitality, social distancing as if alienating community harmony.

The mention of physical distancing is more fitting for the context of maintaining a physical distance related to the coronavirus prevention (COVID-19). The Indonesian Government explained that the steps of maintaining physical distance and quarantining themselves when infected with COVID-19 are useful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, that does not mean making people socially isolated. People still need to do social interactions, especially by utilizing information technology and using social media. The Government's appeal of physical distancing has to be a distance guarded in interacting with others. In fact, it is advisable to keep a distance of about 1 metre, use a mask, then wash the area of the face, hands, and clothes used after meeting with others.

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A Visitor Queue In One of The Hospitals In Padang Implements Physical Distancing 

(Photo Courtesy of: Reuters)

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Purchase Queue Meal At One of The Mall In Surabaya

(Photo Courtesy of: twitter.com/N111ken)

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An Office Cafeteria Marked With Special Marks On The Seat  (Photo Courtesy of: Instagram/@makassar_iinfo)

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Passengers At Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport Sit On The Airport Bench While Keeping A Distance of 1

Metre. (Photo Courtesy of: iNews.id/Aris Wiyanto)

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Physical Distancing In The Elevator (Photo Courtesy of: Kompas.com/A.Faisol)

President Joko Widodo broadcast via YouTube the Presidential Secretariat, Tuesday (March 24, 2020) confirmed that the Government has not yet considered the lockdown option to prevent COVID-19. Keeping the physical distance between citizens is the most effective in preventing the coronavirus (COVID-19) chain of the spread. The president added, the physical distancing habit also requires a strong discipline, to a strong firmness. Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) as well as the Head of Corona Handling Task Force, Doni Monardo, delivered all the regional heads in Indonesia agreed with the direction of President of the physical distancing, but it doesn mean disconnecting with family and friends socially. Hopefully, the policy steps of the Indonesian Government can immediately terminate the problem and break the chain of the spread of COVID-19 in the country known for the friendliness of its population.


Online Library Service of National Library of Indonesia to Educate People Facing Coronavirus Pandemic

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 20:20

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) becomes a global pandemic. WHO said that every country has a responsibility to increase their level of preparedness, alertness and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19 (WHO, 2020). Indonesia confirmed the first coronavirus case at the end of February 2020. Since the President’s declaration of Covid-19’s of the first case in Indonesia, the government has taken serious measures to track the virus spread. The fast spread of the virus has resulted in a significant number of the death toll and provoked national fears in the country. Meanwhile, fake news and negative opinion on social media and the internet have drown the official news or guidance from the government.

Following the guidance from the government and WHO, the National Library of Indonesia (NLI) as an institution related to information and knowledge, has taken active steps to stop the spread of Covid-19 and the fears brought about by it. NLI has closed from 16 March to 21 April 2020. Library services, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, and other public activities have been suspended.

Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) said that every person must follow the development of Corona Virus Covid-19 (BNPB, 2020). Librarians as information agents have the responsibility to share valid and positive information to the public through the library services. To maintain its library services in this critical situation, NLI would provide digital and online library services. NLI librarians, as agents of change have also take action to spread valid and trusted information about Covid-19 via NLI website and their personal social media. NLI has set out five actions to support the national programs through digital and online library services.


1. Digital Library Services via iPusnas Mobile Application

           Supporting the social or physical distancing and self-quarantine program, NLI has digital library services to keep providing reading service through digital library applications. iPusnas is a digital library application for smart phone or desktopand has more than 40.000 titles of electronic books collection. iPusnas also has a user-friendly interface and allows users to read e-books offline. Users can register with e-mail or use Facebook to create an iPusnas account. iPusnas allows users to borrow 1-3 books for 7 days. It also has some e-books reads recommended by librarians or other users to keep updated of new books or any books related to the current situation.

Source: www.perpusnas.go.id

2. Subscribed Digital Collection

            NLI also has a digital library service to support the national program to Work from Home (WfH). WfH means the public can continue to be productive with their work virtually during the self-quarantine period. It also supports users by providing academic resources from the digital collection. NLI has subscribed to more than 40 electronic publishers that provide academic collections such as e-books, journals, articles, or other e-resources. To use this service, user needs to register their library membership online through the official website https://keanggotaan.perpusnas.go.id/. Users can then access the electronic resources through the official website www.perpusnas.go.id or http://e-resources.perpusnas.go.id/ for free. The service allows the public to follow the latest development on the virus pandemic.

Source: www.perpusnas.go.id

3. Online Reference Service

NLI has a reference service for researchers or users who need help from the librarians on their research. For on-site service, users can go to the 15th floor to meet the librarian to discuss their information needs. During the self-quarantine period, users can use the virtual reference service which is an online reference service via ‘Ask A Librarian’ feature in www.perpusnas.go.id. Librarians can help users online through the NLI’s official website. This reference service gives more interactive experience that allows discussion between the user and the reference librarian online.

Source: www.perpusnas.go.id

4. Ask the Librarian

 Ask the librarian is a simple and interactive online service that allows users to chat with librarians through the National Library official website. This service is different from the online reference service. Librarian can help users to use all of the online library services, such as online registration, how to use iPusnas, how to do use e-resources, etc. This service also helps users to confirm news, data, rumors, or other information from the internet or social media. Librarians through this service can guide the user directly by a chat and discuss the right information especially on Coronavirus in Indonesia.

Source: www.perpusnas.go.id

5. Librarian as Information Agent

            The other action from the NLI to support the national programs is to make librarians as one of the core information agents amid the nation's fear on Coronavirus. The role of librarian amid this Coronavirus pandemic is not just providing online library services. As the librarian in the 5.0 era or modern society, the librarian has a major role in society to spread the right information. The Internet makes so many possible things for the librarian to do. Every librarian can create their platform in society especially via social media. Through their social media, the librarian can help their circle to share information and knowledge and reduce the public fears about Coronavirus. Librarians in NLI actively share information, knowledge, or campaign to help the government through Instagram (stories and feeds), Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and private blog. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also said to know where to find local information of COVID-19 and local trends of Covid-19 cases. Following CDC’s statement, the librarian can coincide their action with the government such as promote the government’s official information source about Covid-19. (CDC, 2019). Librarians can also collaborate with a social community on providing information and knowledge sharing.

Source: www.perpusnas.go.id

Since Covid-19 outbreak is still affecting Indonesia, NLI has asked all the librarians to install Covid-19 tracer named pedulilindungi.id to be able to anticipate and identify people with Covid-19 and suspects. 


Facing Coronavirus Epidemic, Chinese Library Community in Action

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 18:03

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has attracted global attention. The National Library of China and the Chinese library community took decisive actions and effective measures to contribute to the prevention and control of the epidemic. To prevent the risk of contagion from crowd gathering, the National Library of China was closed to the public from 24 January 2020, and onsite reader services, exhibitions, performances, lectures, etc. were suspended. Different types of libraries in China also took similar measures.

During the closure, the National Library of China has provided various services to the government, the public and the library communities, in addition to online services. It has also worked together with the Library Society of China to provide support and donations to the affected areas. 

  1. Online services.

The National Library of China actively promotes online services to improve the service capabilities of the National Digital Library (NDL) and platforms such as NDL APP, mobile portal, service account of WeChat, and official account of Weibo, and meet the public's cultural and information needs through online services.

• The NDL APP was downloaded more than 60,000 times in 20 days, a year-on-year increase of 404%, and new visits exceeded 200,000 times, a year-on-year increase of 164%.

• A special website of resources on Fighting Novel Coronavirus Epidemic was established to provide reference resource navigation for users with different needs in this special period.

• Promote mobile reading, and the contents cover scientific research databases, NLC public courses, online exhibitions, children's digital resources, etc.

• Use the official accounts on WeChat, Weibo and other platforms to cooperate with libraries in various places to carry out a series of anti-epidemic publicity activities.

• Improve the operation and support capabilities of information facilities, and provide safe and reliable guarantees for employees' telecommuting and online access to digital resources for readers.


2. Decision-making information services for epidemic prevention and control.

While providing public services online, the National Library of China has been actively providing decision-making information support for the fight against the epidemic. It has also compiled the Special Report on the Prevention and Control of the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic, and conducted thematic researches on creation of public safety systems, public health institutions' emergency capacities; national strategic supplies reserve systems, and international epidemic response cooperation to better provide information reference services to the relevant government departments and public emergency management agencies.


3. Donations to prevent and control the epidemic in the affected areas.

To support the urgent call by the Chinese library community for donation to prevent and control the epidemic in the affected areas, the National Library of China decided to provide support and donations to Wuhan as soon as the outbreak of coronavirus, and donated a batch of protective supplies. At the same time, it stepped up the purchase of more supplies and sent a letter of support to all librarians in Wuhan.

The National Library of China and the Library Society of China jointly launched a donation campaign in the library community for the needed epidemic control supplies, with the theme of “Assisting Wuhan to Overcome the Difficulties”. Different types of libraries and associations at all levels across the country responded immediately. As of 24 February, more than 100 libraries had participated in this campaign, raising and donating a large amount of materials to libraries in Wuhan and other parts of Hubei Province. The donation included  more than 36,000 masks, 260,000 pairs of gloves, 27,000 raincoats, nearly 15,000 pairs of shoe covers, over 1,500 sets of protective clothing, over 6,000 pairs of goggles, more than 4,500 bottles (barrels) of disinfectant, 30 tons of seasonal vegetables, etc.


4. Free online training courses to members and library professionals nationwide.

The National Library of China, in conjunction with the Library Society of China (LSC), provides online training for the library colleagues throughout the country with more than 100 selected professional courses delivered by well-known library and information experts. The members and library professionals nationwide can access these training courses though LSC’s Learning Center on the official website and APP, which helps them to persist in continued learning and improve their professional knowledge and service skills during this period.

Message from the Regional Office

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 17:57

Hello everyone,

The Regional Office is pleased to present you the April 2020 issue of the e-newsletter.

IFLA President and Secretary-General has announced that Libraries around the world are affected by the emergence and spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Faced with this situation, libraries around the world have mobilised and provided valuable collections on their movement and other activities along with the citizens they serve. WLIC 2020 is cancelled and we will see each other only in 2021.


In the spotlight, we send our congratulations to Vicki McDonald on her receipt of the Membership of the Order of Australia, as part of Australia Day Honours. We also celebrate with Thailand’s Rangsit University Library for winning the 5th IFLA Green Library Award 2020 and the runner ups i.e. China’s Hangzhou Public Library and Sri Lanka’s Battaramulla, National Environmental Information Centre from our region. We also feature articles on how libraries in China, Indonesia and Singapore are coping with the current situation.

On what’s trending in our region, we feature a few interesting stories on how libraries have contributed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The other shows how the Qatar National Library’s China and Southeast Asia manuscripts collection advances historical research on Islamic traditions. With around 700 volumes, mostly Qur’anic manuscripts, the collection is one of the largest of its kind in the region.


Please take care of yourselves in these difficult times.

Soh Lin Li

Manager, IFLA Regional Office

For Asia and Oceania


Message from RSCAO Chair

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 17:45

Together, we are ONE supporting the libraries and our communities

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well!

The world is facing unprecedented challenges in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused severe damages to human lives and disruptions to our daily life and work. Libraries are no exception. The impact on our global and regional library world is enormous.

  • We had to cancel the Asia and Oceania Section Mid-term Meeting scheduled on 16-17 March 2020 in Singapore
  • A number of library conferences and events in which RSCAO members were involved had to be called off or postponed
  • IFLA WLIC 2020 was cancelled and so was the Asia and Oceania Open Session
  • Many libraries in our region and all over the world are closed with limited services

Nevertheless, librarians have been taking active measures to tackle the crisis and reach out to our communities beyond the physical boundaries.

With the help of technology, for the first time, our Mid-term Meeting was successfully held online via Zoom on 17 March 2020. In the past, many members could not attend our face-to-face meetings due to the geographic distance and financial constraints. However, with 17 out of 22 Standing Committee and corresponding members participating, the online meeting reached a record high attendance rate. The meeting served its purpose as a good venue for members to learn about our work progress, discuss issues and brainstorm new ideas.

Sharing our stories: libraries in Asia and Oceania supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" is our theme for the Asia and Oceania Open Session at the IFLA WLIC 2020.  Following the cancellation of IFLA WLIC 2020, we decided that a fresh Call for Paper would be issued in line with the new conference theme for the WLIC 2021. The selected authors were encouraged to convert their abstracts to SDG stories for submission at  http://bit.ly/2RgRFtP.

The main focus of our Action Plan this year is to advocate how libraries in our region are supporting the UN SDGs. We have been receiving stories from various libraries though online submission http://bit.ly/2RgRFtP . This is a good opportunity for libraries to share their stories and demonstrate their roles in responding to the multitude of challenges facing us in this recent year. The deadline for submission was extended to 30 April 2020.

To help libraries cope with the COVID-19 situations, many library associations have developed webpages dedicated to resources for libraries. To name a few:

COVID-19 and the Global Library Field (IFLA)

Australian libraries responding to COVID-19 (ALIA)

ALA COVID-19 Response (ALA)

There are also numerous guides compiled and cases shared by individual libraries of different types. Hence, together, we are one supporting each other as well as our communities.

While we are confronting the worse, let us do not lose hope for the better. I look forward to the day when we can meet again and hug each other in joy and tears.

Wish you and your families stay safe and healthy.


Tina Yang

Chair, IFLA Regional Standing Committee of Asia and Oceania