Collaboration in library and information science education between Mainland China and Taiwan

Zhixian Yi, Jia Tina Du

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Background. The cross-strait library and information science education (LISE) has made great progress in collaborations for the past decades and a solid foundation for the cross-strait LISE collaborations has been laid. Nowadays, the cross-strait economies are working more closely, exchanges among people are increasing, and LISE is facing numerous challenges. However, the areas of collaboration in LIS education between Mainland China and Taiwan are not enough broad. In order to meet the challenges and to better grasp the opportunities for LISE development, the cross-strait LIS schools need to further promote and strengthen cross-strait collaborations.
Objectives. This paper provides an overview of the historical and current status of LISE in Mainland China and Taiwan, examines the similarities and differences, and discusses collaborative activities. It analyzes the main problems, proposes strategies for successful collaboration in LISE, and also puts forward some suggestions and recommendations.
Methods. A literature survey method was adopted throughout this study.
Results. Since the 1990s, there have been numerous LISE mutual visits, exchanges and collaborations between Mainland China and Taiwan that have been promoting the common progress. To solve the main problems, it is recommended that LIS schools strengthen future collaborations in all aspects and in more diverse forms, develop more effective initiatives, and provide more financial supports for future collaborative initiatives.
Contributions. This study would be helpful and useful for people to better understand the collaboration in LISE between Mainland China and Taiwan, and for the cross-strait LIS schools to improve the LISE collaboration in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Asia-Pacific conference on library & information education and practice
Subtitle of host publicationA-LIEP 2016
EditorsJianjun Sun, Christopher Khoo, Qinghua Zhu, Shiyan Ou
Place of PublicationManila, Philippines
Publisher UP School of Library and Information Studies
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2016) - School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Duration: 03 Nov 201604 Nov 2016 (Conference website) (Conference program)


Conference7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2016)
Abbreviated titleInnovation in Library & Information Science in the Age of Big Data
OtherThe Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP) is an international conference series which has been held in the Asia-Pacific region every one or two years since 2006. The aim of the conference is to bring together LIS educators, researchers and practitioners to share their research, experiences and innovations in Library & Information Science, and stimulate greater collaboration and cooperation regionally and globally. The 7th A-LIEP (A-LIEP 2016) will be held in Nanjing, China on 3-4 November 2016. Nanjing is a famous historical and cultural city with a history of 2500 years and regarded as one of the “top four ancient cultural capitals of China”. This conference will continue the tradition of examining new challenges and developments in LIS, in particular potential paradigm shifts in the age of big data.
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