State Library of South Australia

Director's cut

Date: 27 May 2015

On Monday 25 May in Jinan, in the Peoples Republic of China I signed an Agreement between the State Library of South Australia and Shandong Library. My counterpart, the Curator of the Shandong Library, Mr Feng Qingdong and I look forward to many years of close cooperation and collaboration between our two institutions.

Feng Qingdong Director Shandong Province Library with Alan Smith Director State Library of South Australia
Feng Qingdong, Director Shandong Province Library with Alan Smith, Director State Library of South Australia

The Shandong Library works closely with the 17 City-Level Libraries, the 145 County-Level libraries and the 1,600 community libraries in Shandong Province. They are very keen to build this into a co-ordinated network using the One Card system by 2020 and will be writing this into their 2015-2020 Five Year Plan.

The Agreement covers a broad spectrum of library activities and projects. This includes an intern scheme for staff exchanges which will be in close partnership with the University of South Australia. Over the coming years many of our staff will be involved to varying degrees in developing and implementing everything covered in this Agreement and no doubt additional projects as the opportunity arises.

Negotiations concerning the details of this Agreement will start shortly.

I am delighted that the skills, expertise and experience of the State Library and Public Library Services can be put to use in this international context. I am sure that we will also have much to learn from our colleagues in Shandong. For instance, their achievements in the digitisation of their collections are extraordinary.

This Agreement is designed to be of mutual benefit to our two institutions and to the citizens of South Australia and of Shandong Province. I am certain that with us all working together that will indeed be the case.

Story by: Alan Smith

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