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Subject: Peking University Centennial
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Date:Tue, 14 Oct 1997 15:51:07 -0600
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                               Centennial of

                            Peking University

                                 1898-1998

                               CALL FOR PAPERS

                         INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
                     NEW MISSIONS OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIES
                             IN THE 21ST CENTURY

                                 BEIJING, CHINA
                              OCTOBER 25-28, 1998

 PURPOSE:

 In 1998, Peking University will celebrate the 100th
 anniversary of its founding. In October, 1998, the Peking
 University Library will dedicate its new library building.
 The Library, along with friends from the United States,
 Great Britain and other countries (see the International
 Organizing Committee roster, attached), is organizing an
 International Conference to celebrate these two significant
 landmarks. Library leaders from China and around the
 world will be invited to join in the celebration. The occasion
 will also serve as an opportunity to share ideas on how to
 manage academic libraries in a rapidly changing information
 age and in the new century.

 CONFERENCE THEME:

 The theme of the Conference is "New Missions of Academic
 Libraries in the 21st Century." English will be the official
 language of the Conference.

 The following are some examples of which will be covered
 during the Conference:
 1. The mission and purpose of academic libraries in the 21st century
 2. Library management and organizational structure in the 21st century
 3. Library services and resource sharing in the networked environment
 4. The management of electronic information (scope, technical standards,
    access and archiving issues)
 5. Libraries and distance learning in the networked environment
 6. The "digital library"
 7. Professional development and continuing education in the 21st century

 The International Organizing Committee invites you are to submit
 an original paper pertinent to the theme and topics of the Conference,
 and to participate in the discussions during the Conference.
 The title and abstract of your paper should be sent before
 January 1, 1998 to Bessie K. Hahn, Chair, International Organizing
 Committee, Brandeis University Libraries, MAILSTOP 045, Waltham,
 MA 02254-9110, USA (e-mail address: [log in to unmask]).
 Notification of acceptance by the Committee will be sent out on
 February 15, 1998. If accepted, you should submit your full paper
 by April 30, 1998. To expedite the publication process for the
 Pre-Conference Proceedings. the paper should be submitted on a
 diskette in the format of WPS or Word version 6.0 or above, along
 with a printed copy.

 CONFERENCE LOCATION AND DATES

 The Conference will take place on the Peking University campus.

 October 24, 1998   Participants Arrive in Beijing
 October 25-27      Conference Proper
 October 28         Sightseeing Trips
 October 29         Participants Depart

 EXPENSES:

 Except for travelling expenses to Beijing, participants invited
 to the Conference will be guests of the Peking University Library.
 PUL will provide room and board, banquets, and
 sightseeing tours for the duration of the Conference.

 CONTACT PERSON:

 For further information, please contact Bessie Hahn, Assistant
 Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, Brandeis University,
 Waltham, Massachusetts. Phone: 617-736-4700. Email: [log in to unmask]

 BACKGROUND:

 Peking University began as the Metropolitan University
 (Jing Shi Da Xue Tang) in 1898. In 1912, the University was
 renamed Peking University. By 1919, it was already China's
 largest university, and considered by many to be the country's
 most prestigious institution of higher learning.

 Peking University was the center of the 1919 "May 4th Movement."
 Many of the exponents of the New China, New Culture
 movement -- Mao Zedong, Chen Duxiu, Lu Xun, to name a few -- either
 taught or held offices in the University. After the founding of the
 People's Republic of China in 1952, Peking University became a
 comprehensive university emphasizing both teaching and research
 in liberal arts and the sciences. Since 1949, Peking University
 has granted over 100,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

 At present, Peking University has 21,500 students, including
 international students from 62 foreign countries and regions,
 and a faculty of 2,100.

 Peking University Library was founded in 1902, one of the
 first contemporary libraries established in China. The Library
 now has the largest collections among China's institutions of
 higher learning, with a total of 4.5 million volumes. Most
 notable among its collection is the 1.5 million-volume Rare
 Book Collection, many of which are unique in the world.
 In addition, the Library has extensive microform and
 audiovisual collections CD/ROM and other electronic resources.

 The Library maintains gift exchange and interlibrary loan
 agreements with more than 500 other major libraries and
 information centers around the world.

 The new library building will be completed by October, 1998.
 Funded by Mr. Li Ka Shing of Hong Kong and supported by the
 State Education Commission of China and the Beijing municipal
 government, the new building will provide 50,000 square meters of
 space spread over 8 stories and will house the most advanced
 information technologies to facilitate world-class library
 services and management.


Organizing Committee for the 1998 International
Conference on "New Missions of Academic Libraries in the
21st Century" to be held in Beijing, China, Fall 1998

Bessie K. Hahn       (Chair)
Assistant Provost for Libraries
  And University Librarian
Brandeis University Library
Waltham, MA 02254-9110
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Andrew H. Wang
Director, OCLC Asia Pacific Services
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017-3395
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James G. Neal
Sheridan Director
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218
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Beverly P. Lynch
Professor, Graduate School of Education
   & Information Studies
UCLA
Moore Hall Mailbox 951521
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Dr. Ching-chih Chen
Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
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Professor Isabel A. Stirling
Head, Science Library
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
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Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee
Dean of University Libraries
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2978
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Peter Durey
University Librarian
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand
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Dr. Lester J. Pourciau
Director of Libraries
The University of Memphis
Campus Box 526500
Memphis, TN 38152-6500
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