24 October 2019

2019 Chinese Library Annual Conference Held in Ordos

By Li Chenguang, International Cooperation Officer, Library Society of China

The 2019 Chinese Library Annual Conference on “Transformation and Development of Library in the New Era: Balance, Integration, Intelligence”, was held in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on August 21 and 22, 2019.

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The conference was hosted by the Library Society of China (LSC) and People's Government of the Dongsheng District, Ordos City with the support of the National Library of China (NLC), the State Public Culture Development Center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), the Culture and Tourism Department of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and the Ordos Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism.

Chen Binbin, First-level Counsel of the Public Service Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Rao Quan, President of the Library Society of China and Director of the National Library of China, Li Xiaoqiu, Deputy Director-General of the Culture and Tourism Department of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and other distinguished guests, as well as experts and scholars from domestic and foreign library industry and related industries, librarians, enterprise representatives, and journalists from the news media, participated in the conference.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Wanda Brown, President of the American Library Association (ALA), Nam Youngjoon, President of the Korean Library Association (KLA) sent letters of congratulation to express their best wishes and success for the annual conference.

Exhibition activities of Pro-Reading City (County Level) and Pro-Reading Community 2019 which showed features of 9 cities and 6 communities including Dongcheng District of Beijing, Dongsheng District of Ordos, and Xinjiang Road Community, Heping District, Tianjin were held during the opening ceremony. As grassroots areas, these cities and communities have accumulated experience in promoting the national reading and building a learning society which is worthy of promotion. After the opening ceremony, Zhang Chi, a famous blogger of Sina Weibo delivered a keynote speech on 5G Development and Industry Future, sharing his views on the development of 5G and the opportunities and challenges brought to the library industry.

During the conference, nine themed forums and different activities were held such as the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the Library Society of China (LSC), Information Literacy and Sustainable Development Forum, the Reading Knowledge Competition and the Evening of Librarians, etc. More than 80 domestic and foreign well-known scholars and library managers shared their research findings and development experience through academic reports and professional discussions. They focused on the latest developments in modern science and technology such as artificial intelligence; and explored cross-border exchanges and cooperation, so as to continuously inject new vitality into the development of the library, and strive to provide high-quality public cultural services for the people.

At the closing ceremony, there were active exchange activities of library space construction themed on “New Space, New Services, New Trend”. Five representatives from Shanghai Library, Taiyuan Library, Bao'an District Library of Shenzhen, Zhejiang Library Society, and Dalian Children's Library shared ideas and practices related to library space design. Certificates were issued to the representatives of the reading knowledge competition, annual conference papers and national reading.

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In his closing address, Rao Quan summed up the conference achievements. He pointed out that the annual conference was inspiring as a guide to the future. Showing innovation in inheritance, the unforgettable conference embodied the following characteristics:

  • First, focusing on the theme, the conference identified the direction of library transformation and development in the new era. 
  • Second, the conference summarized experience and kept innovation to promote the steady progress of Chinese librarianship.
  • Third, based on practice, the conference highlighted the promotion and application of library academic achievements.
  • Fourth, the conference was held in a county-level city for the first time, which promoted the balanced development of Chinese librarianship.
  • Fifth, the conference was open and attracting people from home and abroad to participate in.

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