24 October 2019

International Symposium on “Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times” was held at the National Library of China

By Hao Jinmin Program Officer, International Cooperation Division Coordinator, IFLA Chinese Language Center National Library of China

The International Symposium on “Libraries • Keeping Pace with the Times” was held at the National Library of China on 9 and 10 September 2019.

Luo Shugang, Minister of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Zhang Xu, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism, Wang Meng, former Minister of Culture and Member of the National Library Board, Zhou Heping, former Vice Minister of Culture and former Director of the National Library of China, Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General, Rao Quan, Director of the National Library of China, Wei Dawei, Deputy Director of the National Library of China, and Chen Chao, Director of Shanghai Library attended the opening ceremony and delivered their opening speeches. This symposium attracted about 300 experts, library professionals, and journalists from over 10 countries, i.e. United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Egypt, Singapore, New Zealand, etc.

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On behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Minister Luo Shugang expressed his warm congratulations to the National Library. He pointed out that since its establishment, the National Library has kept to the tenet of "Inherit civilization and serve the society", keeping pace with the times, and sharing the destiny of the nation. Through the efforts of generations of librarians, the National Library has played an important role in preserving, inheriting and promoting the fine traditional Chinese culture; comprehensively improving the quality of citizens' scientific and cultural literacy; and promoting international cultural exchanges. He encouraged experts and library professionals from all over the world to visit China to study and exchange, and jointly promote the glory of the global library field.

In the opening speech, Director Raoquan reviewed the extraordinary journey of the National Library in the past 110 years, looked forward to the beautiful vision of the future development of the National Library, and welcomed in-depth exchanges between domestic and foreign library colleagues to actively share advanced experience and jointly plan the great achievements of the transformation and development of the library industry in the new era. The National Library of China would always adhere to the tenet of "Inherit civilization and serve the society", and continue to make greater achievements. Both Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General and Chen Chao, Director of Shanghai Library said they highly valued the roles and achievements of the National Library of China, and expressed their wishes for the greater development of the Chinese Library Community and the success of the symposium in their speeches.

In the key-note speech session, Director Rao Quan made a speech on The Experience and Transformation of Chinese Librarianship where he shared the development experience of the Chinese Librarianship, the new opportunities and challenges, and how to achieve the high-quality development of the Chinese Librarianship by looking back at history, based on the present and facing the future. Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General and Cheng Huanwen, professor at the School of Information Management in Sun Yat-sen University respectively delivered speeches on From Gate Keeper to gateway to Gate Opener: A New Role for the Global Library Field, and The Evolving Academic Thoughts on Chinese Librarianship in the International Perspective.

Participants

This Symposium is of great significance for promoting the development of Chinese librarianship and enhancing exchanges and cooperation among libraries all over the world. During the symposium, there are five sessions, respectively focusing on Open and Shared Document Resources Construction, User-Oriented Information and Knowledge Services, Technology-driven Library Transformation and Development, Win-win Library Exchanges and Cooperation and Multi-participation for Reading. For more information, please visit meeting.nlc.cn.

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