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Chinese Academic Libraries Serving International Students and Scholars: A Three-case Assessment

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Allan G. Scherlen, Professor and Social Sciences Librarian (Creator)
Xiaorong Shao, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The authors of this study assess the attitudes and perceptions of academic librarians at three university libraries in China regarding library services for international students and scholars. The study directs particular focus on librarians at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, Fudan University in Shanghai, and Wuhan University of Technology, China, and follows logically upon a study conducted in 2008 that explored the perceptions of international students at two Chinese universities regarding the effectiveness of library services and collections for their research needs. In particular, this study documents information about Chinese academic librarian perceptions regarding services for international students and attitudes toward future outcomes. The ultimate goal of the study is to lay a foundation for developing strategies for improving library services and resources for international students and scholars in Chinese academic libraries in particular which in turn can serve to improve services for international students world-wide. The results support the assumption that academic librarians in China are strongly interested in improving services for international students and scholars while continuing to face challenges and trying to find ways to fulfill the information needs of international students and scholars.

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Shao, Xiaorong & Allan Scherlen (2011) “Chinese Academic Libraries Serving International Students and Scholars: A Three-case Assessment” International Information and Library Review 43:1 March 2011. (ISSN: 1057-2317) doi:10.1016/j.iilr.2011.01.003 The version of record is available from Elsevier at
Language: English
Date: 2011
International students, University libraries, Academic librarians, Library services, China.