Education and Training of Preservation and Conservation in Sun Yat-sen University

(2001–2016)

Jing Zhang 1 , Jiaping Lin 2 , Ying Zhang 3 ,  and Andrew Madden 4
  • 1 Institutional affiliation: School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), Guangzhou, China
  • 2 Institutional affiliation: School of Information Management, SYSU, Guangzhou, China
  • 3 Institutional affiliation: University Libraries, SYSU, Guangzhou, China
  • 4 Institutional affiliation: School of Information Management, SYSU, Guangzhou, China
Jing Zhang
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, Jiaping Lin
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, Ying Zhang and Andrew Madden
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Abstract:

Since the Chinese Rare Book Preservation Plan started in 2007, education and training in preservation and conservation of library and archival collections have been of increasing concern. Many forms of integrated development have been implemented, including school1 education, apprenticeships, and professional training. The number of training institutions has doubled, and the level of training has been raised. Some comprehensive universities2 began to participate in this provision of education and training, and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) was a typical example. At SYSU, the introduction occurred in three stages: leading edge (2001–2003); beginning (2004–2008); and comprehensive development (2009–). Following these stages, SYSU launched a full range of programs offering education and training in preservation and conservation, and has formed the SYSU Model, which relies on the first-level discipline, Science of Library, Information and Archive Management.3 In the process, it has also developed unique characteristics, such as effective integration of Chinese and Western theories; attaching equal importance to preservation and conservation; and an effective combination of theory and practice.

Footnotes

1

The concept of school in this article includes (1) colleges, (2) universities, and (3) technical secondary schools.

2

In China, a comprehensive university is one that offers a broad range of courses, instead of specializing (as is the case, for example, with medical or technical universities).

3

China's Ministry of Education stipulates that in the establishment of the graduate education system of colleges and universities, the first-level discipline is the major discipline and the second-level discipline is a subclass of it. In total, there are 110 first-level disciplines. The science of Library, Information and Archive Management is one of them.

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