2018 Chinese Library Annual Conference held in Langfang, Hebei Province

2018 Chinese Library Annual Conference——Library Society of China Annual Conference, as well as Chinese Library Exhibition, was held in Langfang, Hebei Province from 31st May to 1st June. Directed by Ministry of Culture and Tourism of People`s Republic of China, This conference was hosted by Library Society of China and Langfang Municipal People`s Government , and co-organized by National Library of China, Development Center of National Public Culture, Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association of China and Hebei Provincial Department of Culture. The conference, themed by Library and Society: share efficiency law, covered lavish activities including opening and closing ceremonies, theme forums, parallel sessions, expos as well as the librarian’s night. Xiang Zhaolun, deputy minister of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People`s Republic of China, Xu Jianpei, deputy governor of the People`s Government of Hebei Province, Gloria Perez Salmeron, chairwoman of the International of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and other distinguished guests attended this annual conference. Over 3000 people, including librarians and specialists from national wide, registered to participate the conference through the management and service platform of Library Society of China.

In the opening ceremony, Zhang Chunyan, deputy mayor of Langfang Municipal People`s Government of Hebei Province, Wang Lixiang, Secretary of Party Leadership of Hebei Provincial Department of Culture , Gloria Perez Salmeron, chairwoman of the International of Library Associations and Institutions(IFLA) conducted speeches. Han Yongjin, the president of Library Society of China and director of the NLC declared the opening of this annual conference. Chen Li, the deputy president of Library Society of China and executive deputy director of Library Society of China presided over the openning remarks.

Han Yongjin indicated in his speech that this year is an important year for learning and implementing the spirit of the 19th CPC national congress and the 3rd plenary session of the 19th CPC central committee, as well as the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Library is not only a significant segment in public cultural service, also exploits great importance in firming cultural-confidence and promoting socialist culture-prosperity. With this vital opportunity, national-wide libraries should advance their service efficiency to satisfy people`s growing cultural and life needs in new era, revealing libraries values as social development engines and booster.

Meanwhile, approximately 100 exhibitors attended the Chinese Library Exhibition, including public culture institutions, lavish enterprises related to bibliothecarian resources, technology and application software. Accompanied by Han Yongjin and Chenli, Xiang zhaolun and Xu Jianpei visited the exhibitions of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation Plan, National Alliance of Library Cultural Creative-product, Legislative Reference Service Achievements of National Library of China and also Experienced the achievements of National Digital Library of China.

Four highlights was distinguished in this annual conference:

Embracing to the theme, the conference demonstrated the value of library in social development. About 200 specialists and scholars made keynote speeches, communicated and shared experience adhering to 24 core-topics in forums and parallel sessions. Through the exhibitions, this annual meeting emerged comprehensively the development achievements and future of libraries nationwide in recent years.

Approaching to industrial characteristics, the conference demonstrated the excellence of library and librarians. The Library Society of China showed the most wonderful stories in Chinese libraries. 7 inspiring deeds, 18 outstanding services, 14 innovations were in the rewarding-list. Wang Xuesong, from Helongjiang Provincial Library, Li Yonggang, from Hefei City Library in Anhui Province, Ma Xuemei, from Library of Sunan Yugu autonomous county in Gansu Province, shared their library services and working experiences, which triggered strong resonance among large audience.

Lavish cultural activities benefited the mass. More than an annual meeting, the conference also conducted a cultural feast for the mass. During the annual meeting, the librarians’s night, the First Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Book Expo &Universal Reading Cultural Festival, Reading Around were organized in order to continually enriched people`s cultural life.

Sticking to the concept of inclusiveness, the conference focus on attracting people from all walks of life at home and abroad. The chairwoman of the International of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), as well as 29 representatives from 13 counties and regions were invited to the conference. American Library Association devised booths in the expos, while Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) held a theme forum. In addition, Yu Jianjun, co-founder and co-CEO of Himalaya FM, and Guan Renshan, chairman of Hebei Province Writers' Association, gave wonderful speeches on the opening and closing ceremonies.

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