Monday, August 17, 2015

Failed to join the meeting in Cape Town virtually

IFLA Journal Editorial Committee meeting was held in Cape Town yesterday at 2:00 p.m. (Cape Town) (Beijing Time: 8:00 p.m.). An IFLA HQ officer asked me to join the meeting via Skype. I returned to my office, opened Skype earlier, and got the message from the officer. However, there was no further response, and I was not able to join the meeting finally. I think there was perhaps a technical problem that they cannot solve, or they are too busy for the meeting to solve the problem. Sadly, I kept online for about two hours and got no message from them.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Use of social media by the library

Social media has the potential to facilitate much closer relationships between libraries and their patrons, wherever they are based, and however they choose to access library services and resources.

This white paper has been researched and compiled by Taylor & Francis to provide an overview of current practices relating to the use by libraries of social media, from a world-wide perspective, against which individual institutions can benchmark their own activities and be inspired to try new approaches.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

UNIMARC in China and the Publishing of Chinese Edition of UNIMARC Manual: Authorities Format

I have just published a new article in Library Journal, published by Shanghai Library:
UNIMARC in China and the Publishing of Chinese Edition of UNIMARC Manual: Authorities Format
Details can be found at the following site:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fifth National Conference on Library Acquisitions, Tianjin, China, September 24-27, 2014

The Fifth National Conference on Library Acquisitions was held in Tianjin, China, September 24-27, 2014. With about 180 participants from library, publishing and book trade communities, it was a great success.
Report (with video) by the CNTV is available at:
High quality video is also available at:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Han Yongjin: Innovative services in the National Library of China

IFLA Journal, Volume 40, Issue 3 (October 2014) is just published today. There are nine articles by national librarians around the world, including the one by Mr. HAN Yongjin, Director-General of the National Library of China.

Innovative services in the National Library of China / HAN Yongjin

In recent years, librarianship in China has encountered new opportunities and challenges due to unprecedented changes in the political, economic, social and technical environment in China. In order to keep up with these changes, the National Library of China is devoted to the transformation of libraries in innovative ways. It has undertaken much exploration in the development of digital libraries, social education, preservation and conservation of cultural heritages and integration and display of library resources. It has also launched major projects including the Digital Library Promotion Project and 'Chinese Memory' and built the National Museum of Classic Collections to promote extensive reading activities. All these efforts have achieved positive results.

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TOC of the issue:

Full text of the whole issue will be available at the IFLA website:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ISBD in China: The Road to Internationalization

My article "ISBD in China: The Road to Internationalization" is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Vol. 52, Issue 8 (October 2014).

The article discusses the historical background, present status, and future perspectives of International Standard for Bibliographic Description (ISBD) translations, research, and applications in China. It also analyzes the relationship between ISBD and Chinese Library Cataloging Rules and the internationalization process of Chinese library cataloging practices.

Available online since September 26, 2014:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Report of the IFLA Conference (WLIC) Published

My report of the 80th IFLA General Conference (WLIC2014, Lyon, France) was published in China Publishing & Media Journal, September 16, p. 8.
The report focuses on my general impressions, ISBD-related activities, IFLA Journal Editorial Committee meeting and the cataloguing-related programme.