No. 89, August 2017
In May 2017, the 25th Conference of Directors of the National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) was held in Beijing, China, on the topic "Building Sustainable Regional Network of the National Libraries." In this report, we would like to introduce briefly the highlights of the program organized by the National Library of China (NLC) along with some photographs taken during the conference.
< Photos of the conference venue >
The delegates arrived in Beijing on May 16, and the conference began on the following day. Followed by welcome and opening remarks by Mr. Yu Qun, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Ms. Donna Scheeder, IFLA president, and Mr. Han Yongjin, NLC director, special presentations were made by Mr. Zhang Xu, Director of the International Cooperation Division, NLC, Mr. Chris Szekely, Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, and Ms. Jaesun Lee, Director General of Library Services Department, National Library of Korea. We were able to learn through these presentations how the National Libraries of China, New Zealand, and Korea are playing significant roles in the development of libraries in the world. The summary of the conference itself is available in the article written by the NLC.
Later on that day, the participants were invited to enjoy a New Peking Opera performance at the NLC Art Center. The New Peking Opera is a kind of performing art based on traditional programs such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West, harmonizing with modern music. We felt that this opportunity of appreciating the traditional yet evolving form of art is related to the NLC's slogan "Inherit Civilization and Serve the Society."
On May 18, we participated in a tour of the facilities of the NLC. We visited the reading room, exhibition area of the National Digital Library, and NLC Children's Library. Despite the fact that the visit took place in the morning of a weekday, a large part of the seats of the reading rooms were occupied by library users. We were also surprised to know that the NLC lends some of the Chinese materials published in recent years to individual users.
< The reading room of the NLC >
< NLC Children's Library >
We also visited a small exhibition entitled "The National Libraries of the Asia and Oceania Region," in which the participant countries and their national libraries were introduced through panel exhibitions. Basic information on the country, such as the location and population, and the history, mission, collections, number of users, etc. of national libraries were shown. All the delegates were delighted by the NLC's hospitality. The exhibition was held from May 17 to 31.
< Photos of the exhibition "The National Libraries of the Asia and Oceania Region" >
We also had the opportunity to visit the exhibitions held at the National Museum of Classic Books. We saw: "Boundless loveóDocument Exhibition to Celebrate Rewi Alley's 120th Birthday," "From Classic of Poetry to Dream of the Red Chamber: What we read in those days," "Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library," and "Memory of Oracle Bones Inscriptions." All four exhibitions were intriguing, and we were able to learn of the fertility of Chinese and English Literature as well as the magnificence of Rewi Alley.
< Exhibition at the National Museum of Classic Books >
It was a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in the CDNLAO Meeting and directly learn what efforts are being made at the national libraries in the Asia and Oceania region. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the NLC members, and to everyone who we met in Beijing.
< The Forbidden City >
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