This book discusses the development of library and information services in China and the effect of the nation's political and social conditions on that develpment. The author briefly reviews the history of Chinese libraries and librarianship, then describes Chinese library services in the first half of the 20th century. The remarkable consequences of the ideological change after the Communist takeover are described in a concise manner, but the focus of this book is the massive modernization movement that has taken place since 1978.
This unique book has been prepared based on data collected directly from Chinese professional journals. In addition, it provides unusual detailed information from sources obtained during the author's extensive official visits to libraries and library schools in China. For the first time, these details are now easily accessible in one comprehensive volume.
Foreword by Lois M. Chan Foreword by Ching-Chih Chen Preface Introduction Historical Development Libraries for Book Storage (Pre-1905) Libraries for the Public (1905-1949) Libraries for Politics (1949-1976) Libraries for Modernization (1976-1992) Libraries for the Market Economy (1992-Present) Legislation The Republic of China (1912-1949) The People's Republic of China (1949-Present) Administration and Organization Administration Organization Professional Societies Present Status National Libraries National Libraries National Library of China Rare Book Collections in China Public Libraries Public Library Movement Modern Library Movement Organization and Administration Recent Major Developments Academic and Schools Libraries Brief Review of the Educational System Academic Libraries School Libraries Special Research Libraries Objectives and Services Organization Documentation and Information Center of the CAS Institute of Scientific and Technological Information of China Bibliographic Control and Services Early Development Modern Development (1911-1976) Contemporary Activities (1976-Present) Library and Information Science Education Brief Review of Historical Development Contemporary Library Education Programs Trends and Outlook Library and Information Automation Preparation and Experimentation (1974-1987) Application and Implementation (1987-1992) Networking and Expansion (1992-Present) Conclusion Appendix A. Selective List of Acronyms Appendix B. English Translation of Chinese Names Index
Reviews Until recently, little was known about Chinese libraries and librarianship. Lin...should be complimented for writing this concise but excellent book on the subject....This is a very good addition to the library literature and is highly recommended for all professional collections, library schools, and scholars of comparative librarianship.—Library Journal
[A] comprehensive treatment of the administration and organization of all types of libraries, especially in the People's republic since 1949.—C&RL News
...[I]t is the only work in English which comprehensively describes Chinese libraries and librarianship....It is quite evident that _Libraries And Librarianship in China_ has filled in the gap in this field and set up a gateway for English-speaking readers to understand Chinese libraries and librarianship.—H-Net Book Review
The author focuses on the current status of Chinese libraries and librarianship. The topics covered include legislation; administration and organization; national, public, academic and special research libraries; bibliographic control and services; library and information science education; and library and information automation. The book is comprehensive and systematic. It is based on data that the author has painstakingly collected for years.—The Journal of Academic Librarianship
In this courageous attempt to bring an understanding of Chinese libraries to the Western world, Lin explores the lesser-known boundaries between the Eastern and Western cultures....this is an important step and sets a standard for later explorers to follow.—The Library Quarterly