Think Globally, Act Globally China-US Librarian Collaboration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Signing Ceremony held at Library of Congress Members Room.
From left to right: Adair Margo, Chairman of the PCAH; Professor Paula Kaufman; Dr. Zhan Furui; Minister Cai Wu.
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Professor Paula Kaufman and Dr. Zhan Furui sign an agreement establishing a cooperative and cultural exchange between American and Chinese librarians.
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for $499,582 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The grant was announced on November 16, 2008, and the agreement was signed by Professor Paula Kaufman, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries for the University of Illinois, and Dr. Zhan Furui, Director of the National Library of China and President of the Library Society of China at the Members Room of the Library of Congress. The agreement is one component of the new Partnership for Cultural Exchange established by IMLS and the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. The Ministry of Culture provides additional funding for the program.

The "Think Globally, Act Globally" agreement establishes a cooperative and cultural exchange between American and Chinese librarians. Under the agreement, the Asian Library and the Mortenson Center from the University of Illinois will partnerwith the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the Library Society of China. These organizations will work together on the implementation of a two-year pilot project to enhance communication and relations between American and Chinese librarians and to enrich the variety of information and services that U.S. librarians can offer their users. Activities will include training in the United States and the People's Republic of China, and the development of a website for publically available Chinese information resources for use in U.S. libraries.

"The University Library is primed to collaborate with the Chinese Ministry of Culture to make this proposed project a success with benefit to Chinese and U.S. librarians and the library users they serve," said Kaufman.

"It is a rare and great opportunity for librarians from the United States and China to work together on such a large scale," said Dr. Shuyong Jiang, project director/principal investigator of the grant. "I am confident that this grant will have a significant impact on library partnership on a global stage and on future collaborations among librarians between these two countries."

For more information about the project, please browse our website or contact Dr. Jiang at

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