CUNY Initiates Exchange Program with Chinese University Libraries

November 9, 2009 | News

CUNY is in the process of establishing an exchange of library faculty with both Shanghai Normal and Shanghai University in China.

Zhirong Wu, Deputy Director of Shanghai Normal University Libraries and a digitization specialist, visited the Leonard Lief Library on October 24th. He had been invited to New York as an honored guest at the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) Institute on library leadership. After the conference, he gave a fascinating presentation on the resources and services of Shanghai Normal University Libraries.

CUNY is in the process of establishing an exchange of library faculty with both Shanghai Normal and Shanghai University in China. As part of his trip, Director Wu made site visits to three of the participating CUNY campus libraries: Baruch, Lehman and Queens (Staten Island and York also plan to host visiting Chinese library faculty).

Kachuen Gee of Lehman’s library faculty played local host to Director Wu, providing translation services and accompanying him on his various visits. Lehman hosted him at dinner in Chinatown, and Kachuen was able to secure a special tour of the Chinese historical collections at New York Public Library. She also took him to a Broadway show for a real taste of American culture.

Director Wu responded favorably to the technological developments in the Leonard Lief Library. Afterwards, we served Chinese tea and cookies, and held a facilitated discussion comparing library services in our two countries.

Director Wu reported having an exciting, informative – if exhausting – six days in New York. Both Lehman and Shanghai Normal University Libraries are excited about the prospects of this upcoming exchange, scheduled to begin in Spring 2010. –Kenneth Schlesinger