CUNY Shanghai Library Faculty Exchange Program

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  • China is 12 hours ahead so I had arrived at 3:45pm (really 3:45am). I went to meet everyone and went to my dorm room at 5:00pm, went to bed at 6:00pm (6:00am NYC time)
  • Each department was a self-contained room with a service desk. The SHU Library was comprised of rooms, not open concept like many U.S. academic libraries.
  • CUNY Shanghai Library Faculty Exchange Program

    1. 2. <ul><li>Why did I apply? </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance & Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival </li></ul><ul><li>Library Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Shock </li></ul><ul><li>Departure/Conclusion </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Why did I apply? </li></ul><ul><li>I wish to learn…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How academic libraries in China are managed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do academic libraries in China market and promote their services and resources? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How is library instruction delivered? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the physical layout ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental structure of academic libraries </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>Acceptance and Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtained F Visa (business) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read briefly about life in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customs, language, and education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communism post 1949 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Golden Shield Project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased books on PinYin </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>Arrival </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I arrived May 4, 2011 at 3:45pm China time (3:45am NYC time) after a 14 hour flight. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Zhan Huaqing from Shanghai University Library arrived to meet me. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Received monthly stipend, I.D. card, food card, travel card, and dorm keys. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Went to sleep at 6:00pm (6:00am NYC time) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>Shanghai University Library , </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 libraries across 3 campuses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Main library (Baochan Campus-main campus) </li></ul><ul><li>Total floor space of 409, 000 square feet </li></ul><ul><li>25 reading rooms and 3,000 seats. </li></ul><ul><li>Contains more than 3 million volumes and over 4,600 periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Shaped like an open book </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Departments at the SHU Library: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading Room (Reference Area) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquisitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Collections (separate from the Archives) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Retrieval (Reference /Instruction) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office (Public Relations and Library Administration) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Library Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked Monday-Friday from 7:30am-3:30pm under the direction of the Office department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given office space with an Internet PC workstation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch was 11:00am-12:30pm. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food was funded by the government (meals were 5 RMB= 75 cents) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibilities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating 4 workshops over the 4 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching 4 hours a week to MLIS students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shadowing at the reference desk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ticketing students </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 10. Student residences bicycles More bicycles Waterways run through Shanghai and around campus
    9. 12. <ul><li>Library Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitated Workshops for SHU Librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and publication requirements of library faculty at CSI/CUNY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparison of reference and instruction responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Relations activities in academic libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-presented with Ryan Phillips (Newman Library, Baruch College/CUNY) to Shanghai Normal University on our roles as Instruction/Reference Librarians </li></ul></ul>
    10. 13. <ul><li>Teaching Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided 16 hours of lecture topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topics included: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Liaison Librarian program at U.S. academic libraries </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information Literacy 101 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud Computing 101 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Responsibility in Academic Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Print versus Electronic Resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a Reference Librarian? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Services for Different Users in Academic Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Criteria When Selecting an Electronic Resource </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improving Student Information Literacy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Relations in Academic Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 14. <ul><li>Academic Library Visits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visited the following academic libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jiao Tong University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shanghai Normal University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shanghai University (all three campuses) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fudan University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zhejiang University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Academy of the Sciences, Shanghai Campus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Public Library Visits </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shanghai Public Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hangzhou Public Library </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 15. <ul><li>Weekend Excursions: Selected Beijing Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Great Wall (Mutianyu section) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forbidden City </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tiananmen Square </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buddhist Temple </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vegan restaurant </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 16. <ul><ul><li>Weekend Excursions: Selected Shanghai Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attended Orthodox Shabbat service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yuyuan Garden </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People’s Square </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Bund (waterfront dividing old Shanghai with new Shanghai) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nanjing Road (similar to Times Square) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Qi Bao old town </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>French Concession neighbourhood </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Old Shanghai </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vegan restaurants and Starbucks </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 17. <ul><ul><li>Weekend Excursions: Hangzhou Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visited Zhejiang University with other librarians from SHU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Took high speed train (220 miles/hr) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>West Lake, (historic site) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hangzhou Public Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Downtown market </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 19. <ul><li>Culture Shock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic (plethora of cars, people, bicycles, electric bikes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many stray cats and dogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Censorship (news media, Internet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trouble finding vegetarian Food </li></ul></ul>
    16. 20. <ul><li>Concluding Observations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians have both professional and paraprofessional duties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many library directors are scholars (Ph.D.) but not “trained” librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic libraries are comprised of rooms, rather than open spaces like North American academic libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most younger people in China learn English but many may be too shy to speak. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A person is addressed by their surname first (ex: Polger Mark Aaron) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrians’ do NOT have the right of way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cigarette smoking is a norm amongst teenage and adult men </li></ul></ul>

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