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CDNLAO Newsletter

No. 89, August 2017

Special topic: CDNLAO Meeting

Hosting the 25th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania

By Hao Jinmin, National Library of China

On May 16-19, 2017, the Conference of Directors of National Libraries of Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) held its annual meeting in Beijing, China, with 33 delegates from 20 national libraries throughout the region attending meetings and events at the National Library of China (NLC). It is the 3rd time for China to host this annual meeting.

The countries whose national libraries were represented were: Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Viet Nam. Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan noted apologies for absence.

< Group photo of the delegates of the 25th CDNLAO >

During the meeting, the delegates introduced the latest development achievements of their national libraries and shared the practice and experience in carrying out international cooperation. All the delegates discussed the proposal made by the NLC to optimize the organization and management mechanism of CDNLAO, which was widely recognized and was of great significance to promote the sustainable development of the Conference.

The 25th meeting was officially opened on the morning of May 17, 2017 with three speakers on the opening ceremony. Mr. Yu Qun, Assistant Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China welcomed delegates to the CDNLAO meeting, noting that 20 national libraries were presented. Mr. Yu Qun confirmed the important role of the national libraries in preserving the cultural heritage and social education, and mentioned that China would like to work together with the neighboring countries in Asia and Oceania to face the challenges and carry on pragmatic cooperation, with an aim of promoting culture and civilization.

Ms. Donna Scheeder, President of IFLA, said she was very happy to be part of this meeting of this very important group of global leaders. She also spoke on the IFLA Key Activities over the past years, IFLA Trend Report, IFLA Global Vision Project, and the president's meetings, with the themes of "Call to Action: Building the Change Agenda for the Information Profession" and "Our Future of Change, Envisioning the Role of Libraries and the Information Community." She also emphasized the importance of regional collaboration.

Mr. Han Yongjin, Director of the NLC, talked about the close ties among the national libraries in Asia and Oceania, and the significance of CDNLAO in promoting regional cooperation. He mentioned that the NLC had held CDNLAO Annual Meetings in 1989 and 2004 respectively, and will continuously devote to CDNLAO and support its activities. In the end, he asked the delegates to consider the proposal to establish the "International Federation of Belt and Road Libraries."

< Opening ceremony of the 25th CDNLAO >

The short session on official business of CDNLAO included a discussion on the venues of future meetings and a proposal from the NLC to optimize the organization and management mechanism of CDNLAO. The National Library of Myanmar sent confirmation to host the 26th CDNLAO meeting in 2018, to coincide with the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL). For the future CDNLAO conferences (2019, 2020), as no countries proposed to host, the moderator indicated that each country may have their own procedures to host a conference, and suggest that all the delegates could continue the discussion after the conference and then determine the host for future meetings. In order to guarantee the sustainable development of the CDNLAO, the NLC proposed to discuss the Development Policies of CDNLAO and the establishment of CDNLAO Secretariat. The delegates agreed to this proposal in principle and requested the National Library Board Singapore to work on the details of the establishment of CDNLAO Secretariat for further discussions in future meetings.

During the afternoon session, presentations were delivered by the following delegates. Copies of all presentations are available on the CDNLAO website.

Mr. Zhang Xu, Director of International Cooperation Division of the NLC

Strengthening Regional Exchanges and Cooperation-Taking the National Library of China as an Example

Mr. Chris Szekely, Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

"Boundless LoveóDocument Exhibition to Celebrate Rewi Alley's 120th Birthday", a successful cooperative exhibition between the NLC and the National Library of New Zealand

Ms. Jaesun Lee, Director General of Library Services Department, National Library of Korea

NLK's Collaboration Project with Other Asian Libraries

< Presenters of the 25th CDNLAO.
From left to right: China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea >

Mr Sun Yigang, Deputy Director of the NLC provided a summary of CDNLAO meeting, and Mr. Wei Dawei, Deputy Director of the National Library of China made closing remarks. The meeting was formally closed at 5.00 pm on May 17, 2017.

< Dinner at the NLC >

A tour of the NLC and National Museum of Classic Books was scheduled from 9:00-11:30am on May 18, 2017. Delegates were also invited to the NLC dinner on Wednesday evening, followed by a Performance of New Peking Opera at the NLC Art Center. A visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) was offered to all participants on the afternoon of May 18.

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