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Publication date: 3 January 2020

Qingyun Hu

The purpose of this paper is to study the difference of subject service between Chinese and German libraries. Subject service is the key direction of user-oriented service…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the difference of subject service between Chinese and German libraries. Subject service is the key direction of user-oriented service in libraries at home and abroad, especially in university libraries. It is an innovative measure to provide service for teaching, learning and research in libraries under the information environment. Subject service has strong practicality, and with the increasing demand of users and the continuous change of external information environment, the service content and mode are gradually improved.

Design/methodology/approach

By investigating the selected websites of University Libraries between China and Germany, the specific practice status of subject services between these two countries was known, and the study provided a basis for the comparative analysis of the practice status of subject services between China and Germany. By using the elastic analysis model, the library services in foreign countries and China can be quantitatively analyzed to find out the matching situation between resources and reader’s needs, and then formulate the countermeasures for the allocation of literature resources. In this way, readers can find out the hotspot topics which are more in line with their needs, as well as in the field of inquiry. It is also helpful for readers to further study and analyze the knowledge background and subject distribution in this field.

Findings

The results show that there are still some deficiencies in China’s participation in international scientific research cooperation. By mapping high-frequency keyword co-occurrence network and clustering knowledge map, it is seen that there are differences in user research, information search, subject service platform and other aspects between Chinese and German library subject services. There are also some gaps in such aspects as location, disciplines service website revealing mode, resources support, disciplines service platform and so on.

Research limitations/implications

Although this study compares the status of scientific research and practice of discipline services between China and Germany, due to the limited capacity, the paper only selects a number of key points for comparative analysis of discipline services at home and abroad. Due to the limited range of data collected by WOS and Chinese Social Sciences Index, there are some deviations in data processing in the software used, which makes the theoretical research and comparison results have certain limitations.

Practical implications

By investigating and analyzing the current situation of subject service in university libraries between China and Germany, this paper points out the shortcomings of subject service in university libraries in China on the basis of comparative analysis and draws on the advanced experience of German subject service to provide guidance for improving the problems in subject service in China.

Originality/value

The innovation of this study lies in the comparative analysis of Chinese and German subject services from the perspective of subject service research and work practice and puts forward some strategies to improve the development of domestic subject services. At present, there are few domestic literatures comparing the research status of subject services between China and Germany by using visualization method. This study quantitatively compares the time distribution, knowledge evolution direction, research hotspots and topics of subject services at home and abroad by using visualization technology and summarizes the evolution direction of subject services between China and Germany.

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Publication date: 1 December 2005

Conghui Fang

To describe the current status and expound the problems of the statistical and evaluation work on China's university libraries, and introduce the possible solutions and

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Purpose

To describe the current status and expound the problems of the statistical and evaluation work on China's university libraries, and introduce the possible solutions and enforcement.

Design/methodology/approach

Alternative approaches for the statistical and evaluation work at China's college and university libraries, which are carried out at different levels, are introduced and analyzed to help the librarians for their library development.

Findings

Identifies the limitations and problems in current statistic and evaluation systems at China's college and university libraries and offers some suggestions how each aspect can improve.

Research limitations/implications

Data are difficult to obtain and upgrade. Lack of exhaustive data makes the conclusion unilateral sometimes.

Practical implications

Comprehensive introduction of the status quo of the statistical and evaluation work on China's college and university libraries is useful to those who want to know the situation in China. Constructive suggestions are useful to Chinese administration and librarians.

Originality/value

This paper introduces statistical and evaluation work on China's college and university libraries in the round, and gives some feasible suggestions.

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VINE, vol. 35 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Advances in Librarianship
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-12024-615-1

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Publication date: 15 May 2009

Leye Yao, Liu Liu and Na Cai

This paper aims to give a snapshot of planning, building and developing the information commons at a comprehensive research university library in China. It seeks to frame…

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Purpose

This paper aims to give a snapshot of planning, building and developing the information commons at a comprehensive research university library in China. It seeks to frame and confirm a new and effective strategy for the future development of university libraries illustrated by its actually positive outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper begins with an overview of information commons as a major international concern that represents a strategic direction of library development, followed by the changing academic landscape in China. It then explains the background and process of building the information commons at Sichuan University Jiang'an Library with its emphasis on its positive outcomes, illustrated by the latest factual data compared with other university libraries in Sichuan. It also discusses the future prospects of developing the information commons.

Findings

The paper reveals that information commons is undergoing its international journey from theory to practice and has proved its positive impact on improving the usage of physical and virtual space, resources and services of university libraries in the changing information environment.

Practical implications

Detailed recommendations regarding the construction and development of information commons in Chinese university libraries are provided.

Originality/value

This case study offers insight into practical and effective approaches to enhancing the usage of university libraries in China and emphasizes the importance of integrating the actual situation and background of the university, the region and the nation.

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Library Management, vol. 30 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 10 November 2014

D. E. Perushek and Anne Douglas

Using three university library consortia China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) (China), Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) (USA) and Joint University

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Purpose

Using three university library consortia China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) (China), Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) (USA) and Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) (Hong Kong) as examples, the purpose of this paper is to compare the administration of three university consortia and to explore the cultural, educational and geopolitical forces that produce and shape university library consortia.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology used reviewed published and proprietary documents, interviews and observation.

Findings

While the stated objectives are similar, the three vary markedly in size, funding source, and whether programming is a bottom-up decision or emanates from the central government. CALIS was started by China ' s Ministry of Education, who also helps in setting programmatic agendas and appointing managers; GWLA came into existence through the efforts of a small group of university librarians, elect their own board and set programming in response to member needs and suggestions; JULAC, initiated by the university librarians in Hong Kong has some support from the government through bodies charged with the oversight of the universities. The differing educational systems also influence programming, for example in the relative importance member libraries place on preferential inter-library loan.

Originality/value

There are few comparative studies of library consortia found in Asia and the US comparative studies of consortia encourage an understanding of the benefits of different consortia models.

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Publication date: 21 August 2007

Conghui Fang

The purpose of the paper is to describe the history of document supply in China and recent developments, locally, regionally and nationally.

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to describe the history of document supply in China and recent developments, locally, regionally and nationally.

Design/methodology/approach

Document supply in China is described in detail.

Findings

The paper provides insights into the development of document supply in China with practical examples, and suggestions are made for improvement.

Originality/value

Document supply in China is a subject that has been addressed rarely in the international library literature. Also provided is a list of web sites that will be valuable for all those wishing to learn more about Chinese document supply.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 35 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 1 September 1999

Wenxian Zhang

The Internet is full of resources on China and Chinese studies. However, many new users are often overwhelmed by the vast amount of information on the Web. This paper is…

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The Internet is full of resources on China and Chinese studies. However, many new users are often overwhelmed by the vast amount of information on the Web. This paper is to offer a starting point for inexperienced users interested in finding information over the Internet on Chinese culture, art, language, literature, history, philosophy and current affairs, etc. It focuses on the World Wide Web resources only, and choices of entry are selective rather than exhaustive.

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Asian Libraries, vol. 8 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1017-6748

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 March 1999

Ping Sun and Hannelore B. Rader

The role of academic libraries is changing and expanding in China. Education reform in higher education has initiated many changes in the universities. Developing…

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The role of academic libraries is changing and expanding in China. Education reform in higher education has initiated many changes in the universities. Developing information technology has enabled academic libraries to move from traditional paper‐based environments toward networked‐electronic ones. A great number of global information resources are available to libraries now. Tsinghua University’s library, for example, has built an integrated library information system including CD‐ROM online searching. In 1998, the university was the first one to be connected to the Internet in China. In the same year, it began its leadership of the China Education and Research Network (CERNET). These accomplishments, as discussed here, have provided new and great challenges for faculty, students, and staff, especially librarians.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 27 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 January 2016

Xia Liu and Ning Ding

Revealing research data’s production and use, the status of research data management (RDM) and researchers’ service requirements in universities of Central China; this…

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Purpose

Revealing research data’s production and use, the status of research data management (RDM) and researchers’ service requirements in universities of Central China; this study aims to investigate the feasibility of university libraries in providing RDM services without any supporting policies from governments or funding agencies.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a stratified sampling method, faculties and graduate students from 11 universities were investigated. Four pilot subjects at Wuhan University (WHU) were chosen for whom a pilot RDM platform was to be constructed.

Findings

Research data at Chinese universities are small, sporadic and discontinuous. Such data are intensively or dispersedly under researcher’s management, with some unresolved problems regarding data security, data sharing and utilisation efficiency. Researchers’ needs for data services are strong. University libraries in China can develop RDM systems and provide related services. To realise this, more work should be done on service mechanism, service promotion, software development and staff training.

Research limitations/implications

The user survey covered 11 universities in central China, which may not reveal the real RDM status of researcher in different areas of China.

Practical implications

The practice at WHU could provide reference to other university libraries in China or other developing countries.

Social implications

The practice at WHU could provide reference to other university libraries in China or other developing countries.

Originality/value

The user survey is designed to be as comprehensive as possible and cover 902 researchers from 11 different types of Chinese universities. The practice at WHU is one of the first RDM initiatives led by university library in China.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 34 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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