On 29 December, Digital Library of China Cultural Center was launched officially. Xie Jinying, director of Bureau of External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture, Han Yongjin, director of the National Library of China (NLC), addressed a speech respectively in the ceremony. Zheng Hao, director assistant of Bureau of External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture, Wei Dawei, NLC deputy director, Sun Yigang, NLC deputy director, and principals of related departments of the Ministry of Culture and the NLC were also present.
In the ceremony, Xie Jinying and Han Yongjin signed The agreement on co-developing China Cultural Center Library, and launched Digital Library of China Cultural Center together. Xie Jinying said Bureau of External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture and the NLC would further conduct close cooperation, enrich resource titles, update resource contents, and make Digital Library of China Cultural Center become a Chinese culture presentation platform with various functions and rich contents. Han Yongjin said the launching of Digital Library of China Cultural Center didn't only extend the digitalization and informatization service contents and manners of China Cultural Center Library, serve cultural diplomacy strategy better, but was also beneficial for the NLC to play its foreign cultural exchanges roles.
Overseas China Cultural Center is an official cultural institution stationed abroad. Its library provides document services for the public, introduces history, culture, development and contemporary social life of China, which serves as important front for cultural exchanges. The NLC serves as the repository of the nation's publications, a national bibliographic center, a national center for preservation and conservation of ancient books, as well as the national museum of ancient books and National Digital Library of China. It fulfills its function in international cultural exchanges. The NLC has been committed to the tenet of "Inherit Civilization, Serve the Society", and plays important roles for inheriting and carrying forward excellent traditional culture and constructing modern public culture service system. In order to enhance the service ability of Overseas China Cultural Center Library, Bureau of External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture, and the NLC signed Strategic Framework Agreement on Co-developing Digital Library of Overseas China Cultural Center in 2015.
Digital Library of China Cultural Center (http://library.cccweb.org) is a Chinese culture presentation platform with various functions and rich contents. With Chinese culture elements as the keynote, it combines tradition with modernity, its pages are concise and well arranged, its columns are presented with pictures and texts, so users can conveniently and quickly access to resources. According to resource contents, it sets up various columns, and provides one-stop service of search, browsing and online reading in manner of subject classification, resources navigation, resources recommendation, etc. According to the positioning and information service demands of China Cultural Center, Digital Library of China Cultural Center converges digital resources on Chinese history, culture, development and contemporary social life of China, carries forward national culture and sets up national image; there are various resource titles and rich contents. The first group of resources include 200 titles of ancient books, 1220 titles of modern and contemporary books, 20 titles of latest periodicals, 300 pictures, more than 1000 titles of audio-visual resources, 62 special subjects of network resources, 10 exhibitions, and so on, totaling more than 2200 titles of resources and more than 2 TB data; it highlights Chinese culture features, guarantees the high quality of digital resources, provides various kinds of resources, and offers more better services for overseas public. After it is launched, Digital Library of China Cultural Center will provide services for all China Cultural Centers stationed abroad, disseminate Chinese culture for overseas public, and enhance the cohesion and radiation of Chinese culture.
The NLC will give full play to its own professional advantage and resource advantage. Based on the principle of strengthening exchanges, comprehensive cooperation, gradual promotion and focusing on practical results, the NLC will provide various services, such as book acquisitions and processing, library automatic system construction, library business training and onsite guidance, and so on, for China Cultural Center Library together with Bureau of External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture; the NLC will hold cultural activities together with China Cultural Center, such as exhibitions, lectures, etc., make China Cultural Center users fully experience the charm of Chinese culture, and gradually enhance national cultural soft power.