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Director from the University of Pittsburgh Visits CCNU

Revision:Zhang Yuntong,ChexinruiDate:2018/10/20

On October 19,at the invitation ofthe Boone Library of CCNU,Dr. Tancheva,Hillman University Librarian and director of the University Library System (ULS) ofthe University of Pittsburgh (PITT)visited CCNU and delivered a lectureentitled“The Future ofthe Academic Library,Opportunities and Challenges. Zhang Haihui,headof East Asia Library,PITT, served as an interpreter and expressed her own opinions towards some questions.

Dr. Tancheva was awarded a certificate of honor in recognition of her distinguished lecture on the rostrum of the Boone Library. He said, it is of great significance to exchange culture and ideas between China and foreign countries concerning the future of academic libraries.

In the lecture, looking into the future of academic libraries, Dr. Tancheva analyzed the challenges and opportunities that libraries would face and how to deal with them. She mentioned threemajorchallenges: how to take substantive actions in the information-based society; how to promote communications between academic libraries and how to strive the balance between innovation and tradition. Confronted with these challenges, academic libraries must stick to the SMART principle, and uphold the core philosophy of free information, equal access to resources , sharing and cooperating and privacy protecting.

Dr. Tancheva pointed out that opportunities lied in cultivating professional talents, specializing library resources, establishing information-based service,enhancing cooperation and sharing through advanced global networks. She highlighted that the future libraries would be more of creating knowledge than of spreading information. Academic libraries should make reforms and innovation according to their own conditions step by step.

Later, she offered detailed answers to the questions raised by the audience.

Before the lecture, Dr. Tancheva and Zhang Haihui together with other librarians visited the library, museum and spoke highly of the space layout, software and hardware facilities, humanistic atmosphere and environment construction.

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