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Chinese Library Administrators visit Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science and University Libraries

Posted Jul. 4, 2011
Chinese Library Administrators
Representatives from Peking University, Beijing, and
Nanjing Library, Nanjing, visited Kent State University’s
School of Library and Information Science and University
Libraries.

Representatives from Peking University, Beijing, and Nanjing Library, Nanjing, visited Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and University Libraries on Monday, June 20, to learn more about library education and professional librarianship in the United States.
Li Guoxin, professor, Department of Information Management, Peking University, Beijing, and Jianye Xu, deputy director, Nanjing Library, Nanjing, were accompanied by Cleveland Public Library (CPL) representatives Caroline (Xiao Fang) Han, senior subject department librarian, and John Skrtic, M.L.I.S. '03, acting public services administrator. CPL hosted their visit to the area.

In the School of Library and Information Science, they visited the Reinberger Children's Library Center, Marantz Picturebook Collection and Digital Laboratory. They were particularly interested in the school's strong programs in children's, youth services and school librarianship, areas that are not very strong in libraries in China, as they told Stanley Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information, and Don A. Wicks, interim director of the school.

Li Guoxin says enrollment in the library science program at Peking University is similar to that of Kent State. He is the co-chair of Academic Professional Committee of Library Society of China and has been the leader of the researching and legislating team for several years.

The visitors took a tour of the University Library with J. Mark Pike, associate director of University Libraries, and associate professor Wei-ping Zhang. The Chinese administrators also met with James Bracken, dean of University Libraries.

Kent State's School of Library and Information Science offers the only Master of Library and Information Science degree program in Ohio that is accredited by the American Library Association, and one of the nation's few Master of Science degrees in information architecture and knowledge management. The school is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top 20 graduate schools, and its youth librarianship program is ranked 13th. It is one of the largest library schools in the country, with nearly 700 students enrolled.