The Symposium on the Issuing of Chinese Library History is held in the NLC


On 12 October, the Symposium on the Issuing of Chinese Library History was held in the National Library of China (NLC). Han Yongjin, NLC director and chief editor of Chinese Library History, Chen Binbin, deputy director of Public Culture Department, the Ministry of Culture, attended the symposium and addressed a speech respectively. More than 30 people attended the conference, including representatives from the National Library of China Publishing House, chief editor of each volume, and experts.

 
Han Yongjin said, Chinese Library History was the first genuine general history about Chinese library, and was one of the important projects that the NLC performed the function of the national library development research center, and organized Chinese library history materials collection and research. This book comprehensively recorded book collection history and library development history over more than 3000 years since Pre-qin Period for the first time, and summarized achievements and lessons of Chinese librarianship development.

Chen Binbin said, Chinese Library History was the important achievement of Chinese library history materials collection and research. This book discussed the development situation of Chinese library history in terms of different stages, levels and types, and the mutual relationship, explored the external environment and internal mechanism of Chinese library development, and played important roles for planning and guiding future librarianship development.

 
In 2011, the NLC united the experts from Peking University, Wuhan University and Sun Yat-Sen University, formed a research team, and initiated research project "Chinese Library History". In December 2014, this project got the funds of National Social Science Foundation for later research.

Chinese Library History had a total of over two million words and consisted of 4 volumes, i.e. Book Collection in Ancient Times, Modern Library, Contemporary Library, and Appendix. In the conference, chief editor of each volume introduced the compilation situation of their volumes respectively. Representative of the National Library of China Publishing House introduced the publication of this book. Experts discussed the values of Chinese Library History and library history research.

Chinese Library History presented the development process of Chinese librarianship, and filled the gap of systematic research on Chinese library history. When dividing the period of Chinese library history, we followed the universality of the divisions of Chinese history, fully considered the characteristics and laws of the development of Chinese librarianship, and took politics, economy, technology and library development characteristics as the main basis of Chinese library history division. This book observed and reflected on the development of Chinese librarianship during the development of society and history, so as to understand the rise and fall of libraries and adaptive adjustment process in different periods, and explored the internal rules that the rise and fall of libraries reacted to the development of society and history.




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