Friday, February 16, 2018

New Year of the Dog

Today is the first day of the Chinese lunar new year (the Year of the Dog). We greeted readers in the morning as usual. Many readers received little souvenirs. For the first three readers, they received ten prize-awarded new books, but they arrived as early as 9:00 pm yesterday evening. I was glad to meet a student volunteer with traditional Chinese costume.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fang Hua and its Trumpet Music

Fang Hua (Youth), a look at the lives of members of a Military Cultural Troupe in the 1970s, is a dram film newly released in December 2017.
In the film, there are many trumpet music pieces, such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Danse Neapolitaine, Irish tune The Last Rose of Summer, Alexander Goedicke's Concert Etude, and Liping Wang's Tuo Ling (Camel Bells).
The trumpet music is played by Huaibo Liu, a graduate student of the Central Convertory of Music of China, and also trumpeter of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He uses the Fides Symphony Classic C trumpet.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

National Library of China becomes National Institution Representative of RDA Board

Last week, I received a message from Simon Berney-Edwards, Director of Improvement and Development, CILIP, the library and information association, which is based in London. He told me that at the meeting of the RDA Board last week, the National Library of China was selected to be the National Institution Representative: Asia (To serve 2018-2020).
RDA is a continually evolving standard that aims to reflect the requirements of the description, cataloguing and metadata community. One of its original aims was to be applicable across cultures, sectors and perspectives.
RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focused linked data applications.
The role of the representative is:
  • To provide RDA Board with insight about the impact, challenges and opportunities from the perspective of a national institution that has implemented RDA.
  • To provide any relevant feedback from other National Institutions in the region.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of the RDA Board strategic plan for the development of RDA.
  • To contribute to the overall governance of the standard including oversight of strategy, delivery, finance and risks.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Xiaoguang Gu's New Book on the Beauty of Reading

A book on the beauty of reading, with 120 photos from 27 countries in 10 years by 1 photographer/librarian. It is a very special book! Mr. Xiaoguang Gu is a librarian of the Information Management Department, Peking University, and is very active in Chinese library community.
The Books is just published by the Tsinghua University Press, September 2017.

书名: 旅行之阅 阅读之美
作者: 顾晓光
出版社: 清华大学出版社
出版年: 2017-9
页数: 228
定价: 78.00
装帧: 平装
ISBN: 978-7-302-48003-7

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology: What is FRBR?

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology: What is FRBR?: (a) A content designation tool (b) A data model (c) A cataloging code or standard (d) All of above (e) None of above ...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) Published

IFLA LRM is a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It is the consolidation of the separately developed IFLA conceptual models: FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD.
I am very glad to see my name in this document.
Please see the following site:
To download the document, please go directly to:

IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Bookworm and Music

The Bookworm and Music is a book containing essays, book reviews and other blog posts related to books and music. Also included are several essays by the friends from the brass band of the Xincheng School about the old stories during the 1970s.
It was published by the Dolphin-Books in November 2016. It also contains some illustrations by Mr. Ying HAN, one of my favorite illustrators.