Earlier this month, the MIT Libraries hosted 31 librarians through a program sponsored by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Chinese Librarians Scholarly Exchange Program, for the second year in a row. Each year, the program brings academic library leaders from across China to the U.S., where they spend a month visiting and learning about libraries.
This summer, the group began their visit at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. They worked their way north to Cambridge, where our staff gave them an overview of the Libraries. The visitors were particularly interested in issues involving research data management. The MIT Libraries, in turn, learned about trends in services for China’s growing academic community and contributed to a growing foundation for further communication and cooperation.