Academic Libraries in the US and China

1st Edition

Comparative Studies of Instruction, Government Documents, and Outreach

Print ISBN: 9781843346913
eBook ISBN: 9781780633565
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th June 2013
Page Count: 276
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Academic libraries have a long history both in the USA and China, with institutions developing along different trajectories, and responding to the rapidly changing library environment globally. Academic Libraries in the US and China compares current practices within Library and Information Science (LIS) in the USA and China, giving an historical overview of instruction, government documents, and outreach in academic libraries, as well as discussion and comparative analysis.

An introduction leads to chapters on instruction, government publications, and outreach. Each topic is covered both for American and Chinese academic libraries. A conclusion then gives comparative analysis of US and Chinese academic libraries.

Key Features

  • Provides a clear examination of the historical foundations of three key areas within the academic library
  • Includes examples of easy-to-implement current practices
  • Anticipates future trends


Academic library professionals and LIS students at graduate and post-graduate level

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables
  • About the authors
  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Audience, focus, and organization
  • Translation
  • Chapter 1: Instruction in American academic libraries
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction to instruction in US academic libraries
    • The beginning: from inception to the 1880s
    • Structure and concept development: from the late 1800s to World War II
    • Library use instruction expands: post-World War II to the 1990s
    • Library instruction in the digital age: from the 1990s to the present
    • Trends, anticipated futures, and recommendations

  • Chapter 2: Instruction in Chinese academic libraries
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction to instruction in Chinese academic libraries
    • Library information literacy instruction in China
    • The current state of library use education
    • The significance of information education
    • The content of information literacy education
    • Modes and implementation of information literacy instruction
    • Trends, anticipated futures, and recommendations

  • Chapter 3: Government publications in American academic libraries
    • Abstract:
    • A history of the Government Printing Office
    • Origins and development of the Federal Depository Library Program
    • Federal Depository Library Program organization and governance
    • Government documents: organization and workflow in the academic library
    • Preservation of government information
    • Trends, anticipated futures, and recommendations

  • Chapter 4: Government publications in Chinese academic libraries
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction to Chinese government publications
    • The development of public accessibility for government publications
    • Government information dissemination channels
    • Governm


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"Overall this is a valuable reference work for librarians. Its systematic comparison, indepth analysis, critical insights and easy-to-follow examples make the book a worthwhile read for academic librarians interested in comparative librarianship, and particularly developments in China."--Australian Library Journal,September 2 2014