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The Trends of Chinese-American Library Relations

The Trends of Chinese-American Library Relations
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Author(s): Lian Ruan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) and Li Fu (University of San Diego, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 33
Source title: Academic Library Development and Administration in China
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lian Ruan (Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), Qiang Zhu (Peking University, China) and Ying Ye (Nanjing University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0550-1.ch018


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This chapter reviews the historical development of information exchange and sharing between two countries in the field of library and information science. It first identifies key examples of programs and activities created by and for Chinese and American librarians drawn from literature reviews, grey literature, the Internet, and individual experiences and practices. In doing this, the chapter presents an overview of these examples to pinpoint trends of Chinese-American library relations at institutional, governmental, association, and individual levels, including a case study analysis of the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finally, it outlines the trends that have been shaped by librarians who are pioneers, innovators, and leaders in the profession in both countries, and makes recommendations for future developments and further study.

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