Chinese Librarianship in the Digital Era

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843347071
eBook ISBN: 9781780633732
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th June 2013
Page Count: 214
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The library in China has been transformed by rapid socioeconomic development, and the proliferation of the Internet. The issues faced by Chinese libraries andlibrarians are those faced by library practitioners more globally, however, China also has its own unique set of issues in the digital era, including developmental imbalance between East and West, urban and rural areas, and availability of skilled practitioners. Chinese Librarianship in the Digital Era is the first book on Chinese libraries responding to these issues, and more.

The first part of the book places discussion in historical context, before moving on to the digital environment of the Chinese library. The book then considers the issue of digital copyright in China, and debates the core values of the Chinese library. The next three chapters cover public and academic libraries, and library consortia. Finally, the book gives a view of the future prospects for libraries in China.

Key Features

  • Unique in focusing on digital libraries in China
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of libraries in contemporary China
  • Presents valuable information formerly available only in Chinese


Academics and practitioners of library information science; Librarians, especially those interested in comparative librarianship studies

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables
  • List of abbreviations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • About the authors
  • Chapter 1: Historical review of Chinese libraries
    • Abstract:
    • The ancient Chinese library
    • The modern Chinese library (1840–1999)
    • The context of era
  • Chapter 2: The Chinese library's digital environment
    • Abstract:
    • Review of internet development in China
    • The information content industry
    • Digital publishing
  • Chapter 3: The digital library in China
    • Abstract:
    • Research history
    • Practicing course
    • Digital libraries and traditional libraries – Chinese interpretation
  • Chapter 4: Digital copyright in China and libraries
    • Abstract:
    • A brief history of Chinese copyright development
    • Digital libraries and digital copyright
    • The library community’s standpoint on digital copyright
  • Chapter 5: The Tao and utensils debate: the core value of a library
    • Abstract:
    • Genesis
    • Modern China’s political context
    • The library’s core value in the Chinese context
  • Chapter 6: Public library: the silhouette of China's social public service
    • Abstract:
    • Three factors pushing the development of the public libraries in China
    • The layout of public libraries’ service facilities and networks in the digital era
    • Public library’s individual development with digital technology support
    • The public library digital service is promoted by a national major digital culture project
    • Difficulties and the future for China’s public libraries
  • Chapter 7: Academic libraries: focusing on service
    • Abstract:
    • Influence of digital technology on academic library
    • University library


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"The sharing of resources via library consortia is a relatively new phenomenon in China. It centres on cooperation, sharing and reciprocity but is heavily dependent on government support, and here again there exist discrepancies between sectors and geographical locations."--Australian Library Journal, September 2 2014