Monday, August 27, 2018


I was busy for the 25th Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) last week, to attend forums, opening ceremony, exhibition and reception. I have attended almost all the 25 BIBFs since the very beginning, and witnessed the development of Chinese publishing industry in the past 30 years.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

New Book Released in Shanghai Book Fair

Shanghai Book Fair opened last week.
I was very glad to know that my new book was officially published during the book fair.
It's my third collection of essays, including blog posts, book reviews and other essays related to library and book trade.
This book is illustratated by Anjianda, a copper relief artist. The illustrations are the results of our interative communications and are all related library, book reading and book trade.
The book is one of the serias "Civil Reading Book Beauty" published by the Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Publishing House.

书蠹精语 / The Bookworm Speaks
顾犇 著 / by Ben Gu
安建达 插图 / Illustrations by Anjianda
上海 : 上海科技文献出版社, 2018 / Published by the Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Publishing House, August 2018
书蠹精语 / 顾犇著 ; 安建达插图. — 上海 : 上海科技文献出版社, 2018. — 270 页. — 978-7-5439-7668-9.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chinese National Standard of ISSN Published

China Standard Serial Number, Part 2: ISSN (GB/T 9999.2-2018), The Chinese National Standard of ISSN, was just published in March 2018.
Since the Chinese National Standard China Standard Serial Numbering (GB/T 9999-2001, eqv ISO 3297:1998) was published in June 2002, the standard had not been revised for many years. In 2009, the China ISSN Center proposed to revised the standard, and the application was approved.
However, the drafting of the standard took much longer time than it was estimated. Finally, the revised standard was divided into two parts, with the first part for Chinese local management number (CN) and the second part for ISSN.
Based on the ISO 3297:2007, Information and Documentation -- International Standard Serial Number, the newly revised standard meets the needs for the ISSN numbers of electronic serials, and also clarifies the responsibilities of ISSN China Center.
As the director of the ISSN China Center, I began the revision of the standard in 2009, and I am glad to see the final result.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Diversity of Data: RDA in the international context

Diversity of Data: RDA in the international context
Thursday 23 August
National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About the event
This one-day conference is organised by the RDA Board and will be held on 23 August 2018 at the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Who should attend?
The Conference will benefit both RDA users and non-users and will cover the latest developments in the RDA cataloguing standard, providing a forum for discussion, learning and sharing. There will be a focus on the potential of RDA for libraries in non-English speaking countries and information about the latest developments in the RDA standard and the Toolkit.

Content of the program
There will be sessions on the international uptake and implementation of RDA, with speakers from around the world highlighting different implementation experiences. Acknowledged experts in the RDA world will give an in-depth demonstration of the new RDA Toolkit and explore RDA in a multilingual world where cataloguing traditions and practices may vary from country to country. There will be presentations on features that support translations, RDA’s ability to accommodate local practices in a global context and its potential for use in a linked data environment

The program will feature speakers from around the world with the opportunity to meet and network with experienced RDA implementers.

The full program will be available soon.

Pre-Registrations are invited
Registration details and final conference program will be confirmed soon. Reserve your place by leaving your details at


Interim Conference program – final to be distributed soon

Diversity of Data: RDA in the International Context
Thursday 23 August
National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8.30-9.00 am
Registration opens at National Library of Malaysia, Level 1, Anjung Bestari, 232 Jalan Tun RazakKuala Lumpur

Conference Session 1 - RDA in the international context
Welcome on behalf of National Library of Malaysia
Welcome on behalf of the RDA Board; housekeeping announcements
Chris Oliver, University of Ottawa and incoming Chair, RDA Board

Tales from the field: RDA implementations around the globe
Library leaders share their experiences, challenges and outcomes.

Beacher Wiggins, Director of Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress, USA
National Library of Malaysia, speaker to be confirmed
Additional speakers to be confirmed

Implementing RDA in Oceania and Southeast Asia: results of a survey
Monika Szunejko, Director, Libraries Australia, National Library of Australia

Morning tea including meeting the implementers

Building regional RDA organizations

Overview of RDA governance - Amelia McKenzie, Assistant Director-General, National Library of Australia
Taking the first steps: Latin America - Angela Quiroz, Library of Congress, Chile
Additional speaker to be confirmed

Question and Answer session, facilitated by Chris  Oliver, incoming Chair, RDA Board
The morning’s speakers are invited to join a Q & A panel session to answer questions from the audience

Conference Session 2 - Accommodating diverse data
Toolkit demonstration - James Hennelly, Director ALA Digital Reference
Translations – Gordon Dunsire, Chair, RDA Steering Committee
How does the new infrastructure of RDA facilitate translations? This presentation highlights the features that support translations and the tools available to benefit RDA communities.

Accommodating local cataloguing traditions in a global context – Gordon Dunsire, Ebe Kartus, Wider RDA Community Engagement Officer

Afternoon tea with opportunity to try out Toolkit

Looking to the future: cataloguing data in the linked data environment  - Ebe Kartus

Wrap-up and closing remarks (Amelia McKenzie, National Library of Australia and RDA Board member)

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Alan Hopkinson Award

Applications for the 2018 newly established Alan Hopkinson Award are now open.  Following his death, in 2016, a trust fund was set up to enable one CILIP member per year to attend the IFLA annual conference

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) therefore invite any ILIG member (nb: UK CILIP members can now join ILIG free of charge) or a CILIP member living outside the UK to attend the World Library and Information Congress organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. 

Alan Hopkinson was an active member of CILIP ILIG from 2004 until his death.  As well as regularly attending IFLA conferences, he was very interested in assisting young professional librarians from developing countries.  He was involved in the Commonwealth Fellowship scheme and in training young professionals from Eastern Europe.

A panel comprising CILIP board member and Ian Stringer Chair ILIG plus Anna Jablkowska Secretary ILIG will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.

The award covers the IFLA conference fee and 200 GBP towards travel and accommodation. You are required to write a reflective report of 2- 4,000 words within six months of their visit, and a version for publication in Focus on International Library and Information Work, the ILIG journal.

You should submit a formal proposal in English of up to 400 words (equivalent to 1–2 pages of A4 paper) detailing how the visit will support your professional development and your organisation Headings such as Visit objectives’‘Planned approach and content' 'Application of learning post-visit’ may be used

You should attach a Curriculum Vitae of up to five pages in length, including the names of two referees in senior posts. You are encouraged to seek the support of your line-manager or organisation, prior to submitting an application. The deadline for the receipt of proposals for the 2018 Alan Hopkinson Award is 31st March 2018.  The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April 2018.

The proposal should be sent: by e-mail to Anna Jablkowska, the ILIG Secretary, at

Monday, February 26, 2018

John Donald Byrum Passed Away

My condolences!
I remember that I met John twice when I just joined the IFLA Cataloguing Section 13 years ago. I read some of his articles about ISBDs, which helped me to be familiar with ISBDs.

BYRUM JOHN DONALD BYRUM John Donald Byrum died on Friday, January 12, 2018. Mr. Byrum was born in 1940 to "Jack" and Helen Byrum, long-time residents of Wenatchee, Washington, where he was raised. A quiet and thoughtful man, he was known for his ability to lead people to action and for loyalty, both given and received. Those who reported to him readily acknowledged and expressed appreciation for his mentoring and for challenging them to excel in ways they had not imagined. As a high school student, Mr. Byrum won several debate and oration competitions at the state level and was elected treasurer of the National (Junior) Classical Languages League. He received the Emblem Club National Scholarship in 1958 and did so well in his studies that he was selected to deliver his high school class commencement address. Mr. Byrum graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1962 and received a master's degree from the Graduate School of Library Service, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey in 1966. He began his library career as a cataloger at Princeton University Library, where he was promoted to head cataloger in 1968. In 1976, he joined the Library of Congress where he served as a chief of various divisions, while overseeing several international cooperative cataloging efforts. As a forceful manager during his tenure at LC, he made an indelible mark on the Library's bibliographic control operations that had national and international impact. He retired in 2006. Active in both national and international professional associations, Mr. Byrum was a substantial contributor to the theory of bibliographic control, for which he gained national and international renown. While at Princeton and later at the Library of Congress, he was the representative of the American Library Association (ALA) to the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules) and chair of the ALA Resources and Technical Services Division Catalog Code Revision Committee. He was a founding member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, which resulted in the publication, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. As chair of IFLA's International Standard for Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group, Mr. Byrum led the continuing revision and maintenance of the family of ISBDs for the full range of materials in library collections. Additionally, Mr. Byrum published and spoke widely on topics related to bibliographic control. Mr. Byrum received many honors for his contributions to librarianship. In 1975, he was awarded the ALA Esther J. Piercy Award, given to an outstanding librarian with not more than ten years of professional experience. He received the ALA Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging in 1998. For his work both nationally and internationally, he received ALA's prestigious Melvil Dewey Medal and Citation in 2006 for creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu. While in "retirement," Mr. Byrum continued his love of learning by auditing courses at George Mason University and contributed to his local community through volunteer service to nursing homes and animal shelters. Mr. Byrum is survived by his 43-year partner, Billy Rivera, to whom he was married on October 20, 2017, and will be grieved by the many whose lives he touched. Services were previously held.
Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2018.

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.