With its comprehensive scope and depth in treatment, this unique book offers an overview of Chinese library and information services, as well as a bird's-eye view of the political and social evolution of modern China.
A detailed study of the education and training of information professionals in China, including the People's Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, offering insights into history, the present situation, and future scenarios. Chapters concentrate on educational and pedagogical matters in an apolitical fashion. Subjects include history of library science education, employment conditions of library school educators, and international cooperation in library science education. Includes a directory of library and information programs of higher education and a list of library conferences in China.
As the Chinese economy develops, academic libraries continue to evolve and provide indispensable services for their users. Throughout this growth, the scientific and cultural dialogue between China and the United States has made it necessary for each country’s libraries to understand each other. Academic libraries often act as catalysts for progress and innovation; proper management and applications of these resources is key to promote further research. Academic Library Development and Administration in China provides a resource to promote Sino-U.S. communication and collaboration between their academic libraries. In considering the relationship between China and the West, this publication serves as a timely reflection on the expanding global field of information science. This publication is intended for librarians, researchers, university administrators, and information scientists in both the U.S. and China.
Asian populations are among some of the fastest growing cultural groups in the US. This book is a comprehensive guide to serving library users from 24 specific Asian countries. It begins with a broad overview of how libraries can better serve Asian communities and then devotes a chapter to each country, providing wealth of valuable resources.
Although the history of librarianship as an organized profession dates only as far back as the mid-19th century, the history of libraries is much older, and people have been engaged in pursuits that we recognize as librarianship for many thousands of years. This book traces librarianship from its origins in ancient times through its development in response to the need to control the flood of information in the modern world to the profound transformations brought about by the new technologies of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Historical Dictionary of Librarianship focuses on librarianship as a modern, organized profession, emphasizing the period beginning in the mid-19th century. Author Mary Ellen Quinn relates the history of this profession through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, libraries around the world, and notable organizations and associations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about librarianship.
The library in China has been transformed by rapid socioeconomic development, and the proliferation of the Internet. The issues faced by Chinese libraries andlibrarians are those faced by library practitioners more globally, however, China also has its own unique set of issues in the digital era, including developmental imbalance between East and West, urban and rural areas, and availability of skilled practitioners. Chinese Librarianship in the Digital Era is the first book on Chinese libraries responding to these issues, and more. The first part of the book places discussion in historical context, before moving on to the digital environment of the Chinese library. The book then considers the issue of digital copyright in China, and debates the core values of the Chinese library. The next three chapters cover public and academic libraries, and library consortia. Finally, the book gives a view of the future prospects for libraries in China. Unique in focusing on digital libraries in China Provides a comprehensive overview of libraries in contemporary China Presents valuable information formerly available only in Chinese
Yitai (research fellow, Shanghai Documentation and Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Gorman (communications and information management, Victoria U. of Wellington, U.K.) focus on the current state of library and information services in China, with particular emphasis on the way services are structured and the types of activities in which they are engaged. After a brief history and general overview, topics such as collection development and resources sharing; cataloguing, classification, and universal bibliographical control; reader and information services; and automation and information technology are examined. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society explores critical aspects of research library transformation needed for successful transition into the 21st century multicultural environment. The book is written by leaders in the field who have real world experience with transformational change and thought-provoking ideas for the future of research libraries, academic librarianship, research collections, and the changing nature of global scholarship within a higher education context. Authors are leaders in the research libraries field from a variety of countries Thought provoking chapters will help guide research library transformation globally Contains a diversity of thinking on research librarianship in the 21st century
Comparative studies in information and library science published in the past ten years have reflected a broad spectrum of backgrounds, interests, and issues. But until now, services between different countries have never been gathered or organized into a single source. As demand from researchers, students, directors, and practitioners for literature in this field continues to grow, the need for a focused book on international and comparative librarianship has become more evident. Authors Yan Quan Liu and Xiaojun Cheng address this gap as it pertains to Asian nations. This contributed volume, International and Comparative Studies in Information and Library Science: A Focus on the United States and Asian Countries, addresses such issues as research methodologies, information policy, professional education, information organization, as well as school, academic, and public libraries. The book also features a comprehensive bibliography of related articles, books, proceedings, and other publications in both English and Chinese. In addition, this volume features four appendixes that include lists of the curriculum, journal titles, conferences, and websites relating to international and comparative librarianship available at the time of publication.
Designed to meet the needs of scholars and researchers interested in China and Asia as well as librarians and library school students, this new reference is the only available book-length research guide to library and information science in mainland China and Taiwan. Consisting of nearly 1,000 annotated entries, it lists significant English-language materials--together with important titles in Chinese, French, German, and Japanese--published in the last 100 years. Entries are arranged in eleven broad subject categories, including bibliography and reference, types of libraries, books and printing, history, automation and information services, librarianship education, and international exchange. Detailed citations are provided for books, journal articles, chapters or sections of books, conference papers, theses, dissertations, and ERIC documents. Author and subject indexes are supplied.
The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, comprising of seven volumes, now in its fourth edition, compiles the contributions of major researchers and practitioners and explores the cultural institutions of more than 30 countries. This major reference presents over 550 entries extensively reviewed for accuracy in seven print volumes or online. The new fourth edition, which includes 55 new entires and 60 revised entries, continues to reflect the growing convergence among the disciplines that influence information and the cultural record, with coverage of the latest topics as well as classic articles of historical and theoretical importance.