History of library developments in China

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Library and Information Congress: IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Subtitle of host publicationIFLA WLIC 2013
EditorsIFLA editor
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherIFLA WLIC 2913
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIFLA World Library and Information Congress : 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly - Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 14 Aug 201323 Aug 2013


ConferenceIFLA World Library and Information Congress
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