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University of Toronto Libraries and National Library of China partner in new agreement for academic cooperation

March 22, 2013

TORONTO, ON –Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries and the Nation­al Library of Chi­na will sign an agree­ment for aca­d­e­m­ic coop­er­a­tion on Mon­day, March 25 at 11 am.

The insti­tu­tions, each of which holds the largest col­lec­tion in its respec­tive coun­try, have been work­ing togeth­er for sev­er­al years to exchange mate­ri­als, knowl­edge and best prac­tices. This new inter­na­tion­al part­ner­ship will build on exist­ing coop­er­a­tive rela­tions to focus on areas such as con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion, dig­i­ti­za­tion of rare mate­ri­als, staff exchanges and train­ing pro­grams to enhance skills in mate­r­i­al pro­cess­ing, preser­va­tion and research, and the exchange of pub­li­ca­tions.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion will result in broad­er access to infor­ma­tion both in Chi­na and in Cana­da. Both local schol­ars and mem­bers of the pub­lic will ben­e­fit from this resource shar­ing agree­ment which will enhance col­lec­tions avail­able through the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and the Richard Charles Lee Cana­da-Hong Kong Library at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, which are open to the pub­lic.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries sys­tem is the largest aca­d­e­m­ic library in Cana­da and is ranked third among peer insti­tu­tions in North Amer­i­ca, behind Har­vard and Yale. The sys­tem con­sists of 44 libraries locat­ed on three uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus­es. The Nation­al Library of Chi­na, ranked fifth in the world for square footage and col­lec­tions, is a com­pre­hen­sive research library, a nation­al bib­li­o­graph­ic cen­ter and repos­i­to­ry of Chi­nese pub­li­ca­tions, and a library research and devel­op­ment cen­ter.


WHAT: Sign­ing Cer­e­mo­ny for the Agree­ment for Aca­d­e­m­ic Coop­er­a­tion between the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries and the Nation­al Library of Chi­na

WHERE: Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fish­er Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

WHEN: Mon­day, March 25: 11:00 am

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Mar­garet Wall
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Librar­i­an
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries
Tel: (416) 978‑1757