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In May 2008 I was given a faculty grant to attend Special Libraries delegation to China. There were 18 delegates representing various libraries in the United States. During our visit we had an opportunity to visit various libraries in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.
In Beijing we visited Institute of Law and Chinese Academy of Social sciences. The library has a collection of 38000 with 3800 books on ancient legal system and roughly 60,000 books on various languages in the field of Law. We had a good discussion on how libraries support information on literacy programs. Most of the students use Chinese databases and few use American-based databases like LexusNexus, Chemical Abstracts etc. The books are cataloged in a modified version of Library of Congress classification system... Weeding the books was a routine in the library...
The delegates visited Beijing Normal University, which is about 100 years old and is top comprehensive research-oriented universities in China. Beijing Normal university is the first university in China to grant doctoral degree in educational Technology. The university is on semester system, with an enrolment of 8400 undergraduate and 10,000 adult students and 1700 international students. The University specializes in teacher training in education and has a strong program in pure sciences and psychology. The university started Library School in 1943 and changed the name in 2001 to School of Management.
In Nanging we had an opportunity to visit Naijngn Institute of Education where they train primary, secondary school teachers and also train government officials in the education department of all levels.
We visited Nanjing public library which is a national first class library of literature and information sources with a collection of 7 million books and is rated 3rd in the nation, just after the National Library of China and Shanghai Library. The library is equipped with modern technology to help the handicapped patrons. One can order books recently published in China from the library.
We moved Nanjing to Shanghai by train where one will find a bar in the train what a luxury... We visited Roman Hass, a well reputed Chemical Company based in Philadelphia where Mrs. Nye and Zhan’s discussed regarding patents and document retrieval system for their Research and development department. Most of the time was spent on a question and answer session.
We visited the Shanghai Reading Center which has RFID technology, an automatic book retrieving system allowing patrons to borrow and returning books from the library.
This trip was very helpful in knowing the culture the educational system and functioning of various libraries in china. I have shown a slide presentation to my colleagues and staff of the library and discussed various topics regarding China in my various classes.
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