Shanghai, People's Republic of China: Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development


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As a country with a young and growing population, China is investing heavily in public libraries to support public education, innovation and entrepreneurship. For example, the City of Shenzhen recently hosted the country’s first international summit on public libraries. China develops libraries to appeal to specific audiences and support specific industries – in Shenzhen the jewelry, printing and fashion industries. As the need for library services continues to grow, China continues to research inventive and imaginative ways to meet the need.

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Shanghai, People's Republic of China: Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development

  1. 1. EXPO 2010: A Successful Case from Shanghai Library Practice for Urban Development 19 May, 2010 Yuan ZENG
  2. 5. Outline <ul><li>A 3-dimensional service model in Shanghai Library </li></ul><ul><li>An integrated service case: what we do for World Exposition 2010 Shanghai </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: vision & ability in Shanghai Library </li></ul>
  3. 6. 3-dimensional service model in Shanghai Library
  4. 7. <ul><li>Service for general public : scope of service </li></ul><ul><li>Service for research community : depth of service & personalized knowledge services </li></ul><ul><li>Service for city government and Legislature : decision-making consulting and competition information service & reference services </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>opening to everybody: anyone can get a library card </li></ul><ul><li>opening every day:12 hours a day, 365 days a year </li></ul><ul><li>reading and lending, reference service, public lectures, exhibitions and cultural meetings </li></ul><ul><li>municipal network of four levels of public libraries </li></ul>for general public
  6. 9. <ul><li>Information consulting service system </li></ul><ul><li>Group of specialists covering various scientific and technical subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Information research or “think tank” projects for the industrial and technical community </li></ul>for research community
  7. 10. <ul><li>Regular bulletin service to the government </li></ul><ul><li>Enrich information including the feedback information on the city development, advices from various experts and new trend of world economy and technology </li></ul>for city government and Legislature
  8. 11. An integrated service case: what we do for Expo 2010
  9. 12. <ul><li>Shanghai won the bid on December 3, 2002, at the 132nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau. </li></ul>
  10. 13. <ul><li>In Jan 2003, information Center of Shanghai EXPO </li></ul><ul><li>To carry out EXPO information research, collect and collate EXPO information resources, build up the EXPO document depository </li></ul><ul><li>To serve the public with various information products, the EXPO-related databases and publications </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>A famous expert & A research team </li></ul><ul><li>A book & A series </li></ul><ul><li>A subject reading room & A lot of documents </li></ul><ul><li>A pavilion & A series of research output </li></ul>
  12. 15. Human Resources: Dr. Wu & A Team <ul><li>Dr. Wu jianzhong, consultant of the theme development in Expo 2010, Director of Shanghai Library </li></ul><ul><li>Other experts and librarians </li></ul>
  13. 17. New historical findings
  14. 22. World Exposition information reading room <ul><li>Classify, preserve, collect, service </li></ul>
  15. 23. <ul><li>Theme development </li></ul><ul><li>Participation & Pavilion </li></ul><ul><li>Economic factor </li></ul><ul><li>Culture factor </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis management </li></ul><ul><li>After use </li></ul><ul><li>…… </li></ul>Research
  16. 25. <ul><li>Shanghai Sci & Tech Literature Publishing House Co., Ltd. </li></ul>
  17. 26. Exhibition & lecture
  18. 28. Citizens’ initiative pavilion in Expo 2010
  19. 29. Conclusion
  20. 30. <ul><li>vision & ability </li></ul><ul><li>2 pillars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>human being team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3-dimensional service model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>general public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>city government and Legislature </li></ul></ul>
  21. 32. <ul><li>Welcome to Shanghai </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to Expo 2010 Shanghai China </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to Shanghai Library </li></ul>Yuan ZENG [email_address]