History of library developments in China

YI, Zhixian (2013) History of library developments in China. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2013 - Singapore - Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities in Session 164 - Library History Special Interest Group.

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History of library developments in China

China, as a country with one of the most ancient origins of libraries, has a long history of books and libraries. Libraries have experienced several periods of developments. However, the emphasis has not been put on the research on history of library developments until the twenty-first century. This study examines the historical and current status of library developments in China. It compares the similarities and differences of the developments of libraries in terms of the social, political, economic, scientific, technological, educational, and cultural backgrounds of various periods. It also analyses the main problems influencing the developments of post-contemporary Chinese libraries. Suggestions and recommendations are helpful to develop future libraries successfully in the digital age.

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