2 April 2013

A New Era on Library and Information Science Profession: 11th Conference on Library and Information Science across the Taiwan Strait

By Leo F.H. Ma, New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Conference on Library and Information Science Across the Taiwan Strait was initiated twenty years ago by a group of Library and Information Science Departments in Mainland China and the Chinese Association of Library & Information Science Education in Taiwan. Starting from 1993, ten conferences were held in Mainland China, respectively in the East China Normal University (1993), Peking University (1994), Wuhan University (1997), National Sun-Yat-sen University (1998), Chengdu Branch of the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2000), Haerbin Heilongjiang Library (2002), Dalian University of Technology (2004), National Sun-Yat-sen University (2006), Wuhan University (2008) and Nanjing University (2010). This year, the conference was held in Taiwan for the first time. Jointly organized by the Chinese Association of Library & Information Science Education and the Department of Information & Library Science of Tamkang University, the 11th Conference on Library and Information Science Across the Taiwan Strait, was held successfully at the Tamkang University in Taiwan on 4-5th July 2012. More than 260 participants attended the conference.

The theme this year was “Opening A New Era on Library and Information Science Profession Across the Taiwan Strait” in order to highlight the significance of holding the conference in Taiwan for the first time. After the opening ceremony, Dr. Lai Ting-ming, President of the Shih Hsin Univeristy, delivered a keynote speech on the future development of LIS education in Taiwan and Mainland China. In his speech, Dr. Lai emphasized the importance of further collaboration among LIS schools in these two areas. The conference also organized a special session called ‘Evergreen Forum’ to review the historical development of academic exchange across the Taiwan strait. Five renowned and respected scholars in Taiwan, namely Prof. Wang Zhenhu, Prof. Hu Shuzhao, Prof. Hu Oulan, Prof. Ma Feicheng and Prof. Huang Shixiong, were invited to share their views and thoughts on the historical past with the audience.

The conference programme was packed with 97 presentations in 21 sessions on a wide variety of topics including LIS education, LIS theory and research, management of libraries, information services and user studies, information and knowledge management, information retrieval and system, quantitative information research, library professional development, archive studies, publishing and e-books, information literacy, reading studies, information society, and LIS studies. A total of 113 papers were published in two proceedings, one from Taiwan (40 papers) and another one from Mainland China (73 papers).

For more information see the Conference website.

Asia and Oceania, Conferences, Hong Kong

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