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The Third Sino-American Academic Library Forum

for Cooperation and Development


Call for Papers

Quality and quantity of collections in academic libraries have been key criteria for assessing a library's services and success; therefore these issues have drawn much attention in library operations as well as in theoretical studies. Brought by the rapid development in new media and Internet technology in recent years, the larger academic environment in which libraries operate has experienced some major changes: newly-emerged media (such as blog, WeChat) becomes new means of communication between scholars, faculty and students; blogs become an important platform for recording the process of thinking of researchers; MOOC (massive open online course) emerges as a new resource for studying and research. In this evolving academic environment, understanding of the new trends and reshaping the direction of collection building have become a critical part of redefining library's resources and services.

There has been a long tradition in exchange and cooperation between libraries in China and the United States. Since 2011, the China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library (CASHL) and the North American Society for Chinese Studies Librarians (SCSL) have successfully organized two joint forums, discussing and exploring topics related to special and regional material resources. In order to further promote the cooperation between Chinese and American librarians, to explore the new direction of collection building in the evolving academic environment, and to further develop research and exchange in this area, the CASHL, the SCSL, and Sichuan University will jointly hold "The Third Sino-American Academic Library Forum for Cooperation and Development" at Sichuan University Library from June 10 to 13, 2015. The relevant information regarding this conference is as follows.

I.        Conference Theme

Library in an evolving academic environment: new strategy and direction in collection building


1.       Evolvement of academic environment, teaching and research methods

a)      Changed and unchanged resources used by teaching and research

b)      Newly-emerged resources in teaching and research, what library has collected and what has not?

c)       Challenges brought by evolving academic environment and how should libraries respond?


2.       Development of special collections

a)      What are special collection and its scope?

b)      Where to collect/channels of collecting special materials?

c)       Interconnection and boundary between library, archives and museum

d)      Balance and emphasis of general and special collections

e)      Print and digitized special collections


3.       New resources in new format

a)      Collection of big data and role of libraries

b)      Library and newly-emerged format of scholarly communication such as blogs and Wechat

c)       MOOC and other teaching resources

d)      Open access resources

e)      Films and other multimedia resources

f)       Balance and emphasis of print and digital resources

g)      Digital resources and services through mobile devices

h)      Models and management of resource sharing


4.       Library budget and acquisition channels

a)      Composition of library budget and its diversification

b)      Library fundraising in current environment

c)       Diversification in acquisition channels - auction, private collection, donation and others


II.      Conference Organizers:


China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library (CASHL)

North American Society for Chinese Studies Librarians (SCSL)

Sichuan University


Host: Sichuan University Library


III.    Time and Venue

Time: June 10-13, 2015

(June 10: Registration; June 11-12: Meetings; June 13--: Cultural Visit)

Venue: Sichuan University

Cultural Visit: TBD


IV.    Conference Cost


No registration fee; costs for meals paid by the conference organizers; costs for travel and hotel paid by conference attendees.


V.      Conference Languages


Chinese and English


VI.    Conference Papers


a)      Conference participants are required to submit a PPT or a paper in Chinese or English.

b)      Interested participants should submit an application in the form of a presentation abstract, which should contain presentation title, applicant's name, institution affiliation, position, contact information (including email address), and an abstract text of no more than 500 Chinese characters or 800 English words in Word format, to the following email addresses: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for applicants from China and This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for applicants outside China before January 20, 2015.

c)       Conference organizers will complete the review of applications by February 28, 2015 and send out invitations to participants.

d)      Invited participants should submit complete PPT or full-text papers by April 30, 2015.

e)      Those who choose PPT should design their PPT in a way that their narratives are

well-integrated, well-balanced, and relevant, and that their points, proofs, and conclusions are easily grasped by viewers. The PPT should include the title, the presenter's bio-information (name, institution affiliation, position, and contact information), in addition to the body part.

Those who choose to submit a paper should include the title, the presenterís bio-information (name, institution affiliation, position, and contact information), no more than 500 Chinese characters' or 800 English words' abstract, and 3-7 key words in their papers.

f)       It is advisable that the PPT text and paper abstract be written both in Chinese and English if at all possible.


VII.  Contact Persons


China: Zhu Benjun, Secretary General, the CASHL

Tel: 86-10-6275-3503; Fax: 86-10-6276-0570, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


U.S.: Susan Xue

Co-Chair, Committee for Professional Activities, the SCSL

Tel: 510-643-6327510-643-6327; Fax: 510-642-3817; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library (CASHL)
North American Society for Chinese Studies Librarians (SCSL)
Sichuan University
December 8, 2014

Attachment 1: List of Libraries/librarians to be Invited

China: The conference organizers will invite the following academic libraries in China to participate:

CASHL Core Libraries

Peking University

Fudan University

Wuhan University

Jilin University

Sun Yat-sen University

Sichuan University

Nanjing University

Beijing Normal University

East China Normal University

Northeast China Normal University

Nanzhou University

Nankai University

Shandong University

Tsinghua University

Xiamen University

Zhejiang University

Renmin University China




Academic Libraries (53)

Anhui University

Beijing International Studies university

Beijing Language and Culture University

Dongbei University of Finance and Economics

University of International Business and Economics

Guizhou University

China Foreign Affairs University University

Central Conservatory of Music

China Central Academy of Fine Arts

The Central Academy of Drama

Minzu university of China

Central University of Finance and Economics

Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Communication University of China

China University of Political Science and Law

Yunnan University

Zhengzhou University

Northwest Normal University

Xinjiang University

Yanbian University

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Tianjin Normal University

Sichuan Normal University

Capital Normal University

Shanghai International Studies University

Shanghai Normal University

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Shannxi Normal University

Shanxi University

Shandong Normal University

Ningxia University

Nanjing Normal University

Nanchang University

Inner Mongolia University

Liaoning University

Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics

Jinan University

Central China Normal University

South China Normal University

East China Normal University

Hubei University

Heilongjiang University

Hebei University

University of International Relations

Shanxi University of Finance and Economics

Qinghai University for Nationalities

Fujian Normal University

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Southwest University

Beijing Technology and Business University

Xiangtan University

Northwest University




Selective CASHL User Libraries (23)

Yunnan Normal University

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Southwest University

Guizhou Normal University

Huazhong Agricultural University

College of Humanities and Sciences of Northeast Normal University

Jilin HuaQiao University Of Foreign Languages

Henan Normal University

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dalian University

Shandong University, Weihai

Jilin university of Chemical Technology

Chengdu University of Information Technology

Xuchang University

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Library

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities

Jilin University of Finance and Economics

Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology

Tianjin Normal University

Southwest Jiaotong University

China West Normal University

Chengdu University


*If academic libraries, other than listed above, also have holdings on document resources on China's neighboring countries and are interested in participation, please contact the conference organizers.

U.S.: The conference organizers will invite SCSL members, and librarians in Taiwan, Hong Kang, Europe and Australia.  

Arizona State University

Brown University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Emory University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Harvard Law School

Harvard University

Indiana University

Library of Congress

McGill University

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michigan State University

Oberlin College

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University

Rice University

Rutgers University

Seattle Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution

Stanford University

SUNY at Binghamton

UC Berkeley

UC Irvine

UC Los Angeles

UC Riverside

UC San Barbara

UC San Diego

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of Chicago

University of Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Kansas

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of North Carolina

University of Pittsburgh

University of Toronto

University of Victoria

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

Yale University


Attachment 2: Conference Organizers

1.   China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library

China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library (CASHL), under the direct leadership of the Department of Education of the PRC, is a unique national library network that collects and distributes resources on social sciences and humanities. In compliance with the principle of "cooperation in material collecting and sharing" as well as following the strategic guideline of "building overall holdings collectively and distributing services individually", the CASHL ensures quality library services for teaching and research in the fields of social sciences and humanities at higher educational institutes. The CASHL has laid the foundation for the ultimate goal of constructing a national social science and humanity information platform. The CASHL has been assigned to organize top university libraries that are strong in academic, library holdings, and patron services to systematically import resources on social sciences and humanities from abroad. The CASHL concentrates imported resources at centralized portal and provide them to universities, research institutes, and scholars nationwide through online networks. The CASHL is composed of 2 national centers (Peking University, Fudan University), 5 area centers (Wuhan University, Jilin University, Sun Yat-sen University, Nanjing University, Sichuan University), and 10 academic subject centers (Beijing Normal University, Northeast China Normal University, East China Normal University, Lanzhou University, Nankai University, Shandong University, Tsinghua University, Xiamen University, Zhejiang University, Renmin University of China). The management headquarter of the CASHL is located at Peking University.

CASHL website:


2.  Society for Chinese Studies Librarians

Registered in the United States, the Society for Chinese Studies Librarians is an academic organization aimed at promoting scholarly activities, professional exchange, information sharing, and project cooperation among Chinese studies librarians, so as to make contributions to China studies in general and to Chinese resource study in particular. Members of the SCSL are mostly directors of East Asian libraries, heads of Chinese collections or Chinese Studies librarians. There are over 70 members from near 50 libraries in the U.S. Many members are scholars as well as librarians, they have published extensively in the field of Chinese studies and library and information science. The Tianlu Luncong is the academic journal officially published by the SCSL; five issues have been published as of December 2014.  

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