Archive for the 'Libraries in China' Category


Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

何总讲那过去的故事。如今已是跨行业,跨地区的亿元产业集团。又一家白手起家的知识型企业。我十年来目睹了它的成长。 Michael Meng on Yale Library and China[/caption] I was among the 6 large East Asian Libraries’ reps presenting on our libraries. I have discovered some amazing new directions from my counterparts. I need to revise my PPT for the next step. More questions from both UBCV and UBCO in my mailbox, that deserves action […]

Meeting at the NLC

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

First meeting is going around the table to introduce the 12 largest East Asian Library’s rare book collections. Ours ranks the top no.5 in size after LC, Harvard, Princeton and Berkeley, but are in the worst condition. Although a few other libraries haven’t finished their rare book cataloguing, such as LC and UW, they have […]

Young Scholars on Manchuria 5/17/2013

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Manchuria Workshop was hosted by our own Norman Smith at the IAR co sponsored by the CCR. I helped Norman when I first started at UBC, with his research on women writers and the Japanese occupation. Glad to know he made that project into the first book in English on women’s history in twentieth-century […]

Effort in Generations

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Meeting with RBSC folks reminded me Director Li (昭淳), who wrote several emails recently about how to collaborate on revealing Puban Collection. When did we start chatting on this topic? I think that was in 2005 when he was here. His new paper has countless hits and comments on the web, including the report by […]

Show and Tell at RBSC

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

I Enjoyed the morning meeting at RBSC. It took up an entire staff meeting time, even though I planed for it to be 15 minutes. Katherine was right, her staff does have strong interests in rare Chinese books. They have received requests from scholars, and learnt alot about the collection already. A series of meetings […]

The International Symposium Nov. 2012

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I enjoyed learning from this Symposium held at the Sun Yat-sen U. Libraries. Just received the email on finalizing my paper to be included in the proceeding. Although I understand the connection to Guangzhou, I was suprised by how many people approached me on collaboration proposals. I remember the complement of Mr. Yao Boyue from […]


Monday, December 3rd, 2012

11月9日的飞机居然准点到达白云机场。在咖啡座等了树勇片刻,欣赏着窗外繁茂的草木。 晚饭时分,广州外商酒店的大堂被这帮老朋友的reunion渲染得其热无比。虽然每年都在美国见Soren,但他和沈津老师一样,到国内工作,这次在广州有机会向他请教实在难得。 大师兄一见面就高喊,“比北京好多了吧?!” 我忍不住大笑,想起他几天前穿衬衫在北京大雪中奔跑的情形。他还是怀念春天在温哥华的聚会。遇到不少港台的同仁,都对敝校环境津津乐道,让我有了想家的感觉。 在这岁末冬初的季节,漫步在中山大学的校园。除了闹中取静的图书馆的书香,还有各种岭南花草暗香浮动。深深地呼吸,我告诫自己要好好地学习和感受。

CASS Visit

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Stayed behind in Beijing for UBC access privelage and new requirements for vendors. Presenting at CASS , suprisingly with new discovery and project proposals. Xu Huan at PKU and Joe from Apabi also asked for meetings, but it didn’t work out due to time restraints. Students and young librarians started sending me follow-up questions from […]

Conference at Peking University, Nov. 3 to 6

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We saw this winter’s first snow in Beijing and it didn’t stop people from attending the PKU conference. More people showed up at the Opening than expected despite the slushy road condition. Mary Lee Kennedy and Ingrid’s speeches were quite impressive. Catherine Quinlan, our former UL, and now at USC, was presenting on her current […]

Busy Day

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This morning, all my mind was on the visa issue in Guangzhou and how to hang the panels in the Auditorium. Asian Studies’ pancake breakfast was in there and changed the setting and feeling of the room. The folks’ warm greetings stopped my worries on the exhibition. What a great opportunity meeting new colleagues! Dr. […]

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