Exploring Library Service Models at Fudan University and Appalachian State University: Experiences from an International Librarian Exchange Program

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Megan Johnson, Assist. Professor & Public Rel. and Res. Librarian (Creator)
Xiaorong Shao, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: In 2008, Fudan University Library (FDUL) in Shanghai and Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, North Carolina created a three-year librarian exchange program. The first pair of librarian exchanges occurred during the 2009–2010 academic year, with the Appalachian State librarian traveling to Fudan for five weeks during the Fall of 2009, and the first librarian from Fudan traveling to Appalachian State for five months in the spring and summer of 2010. This paper documents how the first exchanges revealed interesting similarities and differences in the academic library service models between the two universities which are illustrative of general similarities and differences between Chinese and American academic library services. The paper also discusses how any academic library can benefit from the experience of a librarian exchange program with a partner library in another country. The experience gained from these first exchanges confirms on an international level the basic assertion that a major role of an academic library is to support the university’s curriculum. Moreover it can be extrapolated from discussions held between librarians of the two institutions that in both the United States and China the curriculum evolves in response to reforms on campus and to changing trends within the country’s education system. It was also determined that the modes of library services in both cultures change as new technologies arise and that the pace of technological change within academic libraries is rapid and ongoing. Participants in the exchange discovered that there are strengths and weaknesses in both the ASU and FDUL service models and that the librarians from both systems can learn from one another and absorb best practices from their exchange partners. This paper reflects the views and experiences of the exchange librarians (Shi and Johnson) and also author Shao, who is a Chinese national working as a faculty fellow librarian at Appalachian State University.

Additional Information

Johnson, M., Shi, W., & Shao, X. (2010). Exploring library service models at Fudan University and Appalachian State University: Experiences from an International Librarian Exchange program. International Information & Library Review, 42(3), 186-194. doi:10.1016/j.iilr.2010.07.002 The version of record is available from Elsevier at: http://www/sciencedirect.com (ISSN: 1057-2317).
Language: English
Date: 2010
librarian exchange programs, academic libraries – administration, China

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