31 March 2009

IFLA Chinese Language Centre established at the National Library of China, Beijing


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In February 2009 the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the National Library of China (NLC) in Beijing signed a cooperation agreement by which NLC received a status of IFLA Chinese Language Centre. It can now be seen as a permanent representative of IFLA/HQ for the Chinese speaking community, as well as the other way around: it is hoped that IFLA/HQ will get improved access to Chinese speaking library and information professionals.

The IFLA Chinese Language Centre will promote IFLA, support IFLA’s Asia and Oceania Section as well as other relevant IFLA professional bodies and liaise with IFLA/HQ. Among the priorities of the Centre are:

  1. Active membership recruitment. This will be
    conducted with the help of national or other association members
    and/or national libraries. Institutions and associations (including
    specialist and state associations) within the Chinese language
    community will be actively encouraged to join IFLA.
  2. (Co-) organising regional IFLA events. These
    will be co-organised with IFLA/HQ, and/or with IFLA professional
    units (Sections and Core Activities). This activity includes
    seeking sources for funding of IFLA projects.
  3. Seek involvement in local or regional professional
    to gain support within the Chinese language
    community, trying to get IFLA “branding” of local or
    regional events.
  4. Contribute to more effective communication
    within the Chinese language community and with the IFLA bodies
    involved. These activities include the publication of newsletters,
    translations of key IFLA documents and publications and the
    production of a Chinese translation of IFLA Express during
    IFLA’s annual congresses.
  5. Representing IFLA in the Chinese language
    community, in a pursuit to make IFLA more visible in that
    community, promoting IFLA goals, principles and core values.
  6. Translation of key IFLA documents, guidelines,
    press-releases, papers prepared for the Assembly Meetings etc.

For further information about the Centre and its activities please contact:

Mr. Yan Xiangdong
Fax +86-10-68419271
Email address: interco@nlc.gov.cn

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