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IFLA Express #2

62nd IFLA General Conference
Beijing, CHINA
August 25-31, 1996


We are very honoured to welcome you to participate in the 62nd IFLA Conference which is to take place from August 25-31,1996 in Beijing. We choose Beijing as a place for the conference because Beijing is a city with long history and splendid cultural heritage. In this beautiful city librarians from all over the world can take the opportunity to enjoy the heritage, work together intensively on pursuing strategies to meet the challenges faced by the international library community and share professional experiences. We are now speeding up the preparations in order to offer you a pleasant conference environment and many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the country. Chinese librarians are looking forward to meeting you in August in Beijing.

China Organizing Committee of '96 IFLA General Conference


Professor Fei Xiaotong is a leading sociologist and anthropologist in China. His achievements in the above fields have received international acclaim.

He was born in 1910 in Wujiang District, Jiangsu Province, China. He entered Yenching Univ. and went on to the Graduate School of Tsinghua Univ., both in Beijing, to study sociology and anthropology, and got the degrees of B.A. and M. A. respectively. Afterwards, he enrolled in the London School of Economics and Political Science, and studied under Professor B. Malinowski, the “Father” of social anthropology. His doctoral dissertation “Peasant Life in China”, won him international esteem.

After returning to China, Prof. Fei taught and researched as a professor of sociology in Yunnan Univ., Tsinghua Univ., and a professor of anthropology in Institute of Central Nationalities. Due to historical reasons, his academic activities were impeded for almost twenty years until 1978; he restrained his work by training younger scholars in sociology and anthropology, and dedicated himself to the re-establishment of sociology along with the promotion of ethnology in China. From 1979 to the present, he has been a professor of sociology in Peking Univ.

As a sociologist, Professor Fei created his own original methodology which incorporates China’s traditional culture and regional diversities. For half a century he has introduced China’s social changes to the world and has been valued as the most distinguished sociologist and social anthropologist in China. Through the years, Professor Fei has strongly believed that academic activities should be the catalyst for further development of the Chinese society and his unfailing commitment to this belief has contributed to Chinese modernization and development.

His major works in English include:

Peasant Life in China, London, 1939
Earthbound China, Chicago, 1945
Toward a People’s Anthropology, Beijing, 1981
Rural Development in China, Chicago, 1989

His honors include:

Cummings Lectures of McGill Univ., Montreal, 1979
Malinowski Award, Society of Applied Anthropology Institute, London, 1981
Huxley Model, Royal Institute of Anthropology, London, 1981
Honorary Fellow, the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 1982
Award of Britannica Encyclopedia, New York, 1987
Honorary Doctor of Literature, Univ. of Hong Kong, 1987
Grand Prize, the 4th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes, 1993
Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, 1994

He has been the President of China Sociological Association, 1979-1990; the Vice-president of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, 1983-1988; and now the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, PRC, 1988-present.


1) Workshops added:

Information Technology with the UDT Core Programme.

Theme: “Digital Libraries, Technologies, and Organizational Impacts”.

For registration and information: Louise Lantaigne, UDT Core Programme, National Library of Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A ON4 (fax: +(1-819) 9946835; e-mail: iflanet@ifla.org)

2) Correction:

In IFLA Express No.1, page 4, the name of the full day workshop of ALP Programme is “Aid Agency Information Services Assisting Economic Development”, but not “Aid Agency Development”.

3)Workshops canceled:

Registration for workshops is compulsory. Most workshops are limited to a maximum of 50 persons on a first come, first served basis.


IFLA Professional Board will organize a seminar with the theme, “Copyright and Libraries” in Tianjin, China from 21 to 23 August 1996. For information and registration, please contact Graham P. Cornish, Director, IFLA UAP Core Programme, c/o The British Library Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ, United Kingdom (fax: +(44-1937) 546478; e-mail: graham.cornish@bl.uk)


A Panel/Discussion on Chinese American Librarians’ Activities in the Changing World: co-sponsored by the China Organizing Committee and the Chinese American Librarians Association at 62nd IFLA General Conference, Beijing, August 1996, Susan T. Bau is the organizer, Chi Wang is the consultant.

1.Introduction of Cala and the panel/ discussion

Ernestine Wang ( Washington, DC )


Theme: Libraries as Gateways to information

1)Public libraries: Gateway to Information
Harriet Ying ( Maryland, USA )
2)Cultural Minorities Services as Gateway to Information
Linda L. Tse ( Maryland, USA )
3)Cataloging at the Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University
Charles Wu ( New York, USA )
4)The Federal Depository Library, U. S. A.
Shu-fang Hsia Lin ( New York, USA )
5)Web-based Library Systems and Applications in UNH
Xianfeng John Zhu (New Hampshire, USA)
6)Facing the 21st Century, the Historical Role of Chinese Librarians
Zhu Shouying ( Beijing, China )

Theme: Continuing Education of Librarians in a Changing World

1)Self Education of Librarians: Making Use of the Internet Resources
Guo qing Li ( Florida, USA )
2)Education in United States and China, a Personal Experience
Mengxiong Liu ( California, USA )
3)Prepare Ourselves to Face the Challenges
Connie Wu ( New Jersey, USA )

Theme: Resource Sharing

1)Resource Sharing in a Digital World: A New Approach
Tze chung Li ( Illinois, USA )
2)Library Electronic Resource Sharing Among Liberal Arts Colleges:
ACS Virtual Library Project
Wenxian Zhang ( Florida, USA )
3)Resources Sharing Strategies in Cataloging
Janet Nguyen ( Maryland, USA )
4)Obstacles of Digital Publishing in Taiwan ( not received )
Peggy Shu-Te Liu ( Taiwan )
5)Library Automation Development in Taiwan ( tentative )
Chi-chun Tseng ( Taiwan )
6)Library Resource Sharing in a Digital Age
Peter R. Young ( Washington, DC )
7)Global Networking, Internet, and GII
Chih Wang (Guam,USA)


Hong Too Lim, Moderator ( Singapore )

News about China-U.S. Conference

The first China-U.S. Conference on Global Information Access: Challenges and Opportunities organized by China Society for Library Science, the National Library of China, American Library Association, The Library of Congress and so on, will be held at the National Library of China on August 21-23, before IFLA Conference.

Now the two parts of Organizing Committee are busy working in finalizing the participants and papers for the China-U.S. Conference. Nearly 100 people will attend the conference, most of them are experts of library and information science and 50 papers on China-U.S. Library Cooperation, National and Global Information Infrastructures, Information Technology, Library and Information Science Education, Preservation Issues, Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues will be presented.

During the Conference a special conference will be held on August 28 by China Organizing Committee of '96 Beijing IFLA Conference and Council on East Asian Libraries (U.S.A.). The Theme is "The Evolving Research Libraries and East Asian Studies". Chinese delegation’s proposed areas:

  1. Chinese publishing industry since the reforms and opening to the outside world
  2. Successes and advancement in the management of Chinese classics
  3. Microfilming projects in Chinese libraries
  4. Automation and networking in Chinese libraries

American delegation’s proposed areas:

  1. History and status of East Asian libraries in the USA
  2. Collection and use of East Asian materials
  3. Automation and networking in East Asian libraries

For information: Mr. Kenneth Klein, President, Council on East Asian Libraries c/o East Asian Library, University of Southern California, University Park, CA 90089-0182, U.S.A. (Fax: 213-749-1221) or Mr. Du Ke, Secretary-General, China Organizing Committee of '96 IFLA General Conference c/o National Library of China, 39 Baishiqiao Road, Beijing 100081 China. (Fax: 0086-10-68416347, e-mail: cjsun@sun.ihep.ac.cn).


If you have not registered for the 62nd IFLA General Conference yet, please send the registration form immediately to the IFLA ’96 Secretariat. The registration fees:

Delegates                    US $  400.00
Accompanying Persons         US $  250.00

One-Day Registration         US $    65.00
    (excluding the social activities of the day)

Send your registration form as soon as possible so that we can offer you good accommodation, library visits and the excursions you have chosen.

If you do not have a registration form, please request it immediately from the Secretariat. Prices, methods of payment and cancellations, library visits and excursions appear in this form.

The Conference documentation will not be guaranteed for delegates registered after July 31st. The colleagues who may not be able to attend the Conference but are interested in the documentation, may request it from the Conference Secretariat. The documents in printed form will be also available at the International Convention Centre. The cost will be US$ 150.00, including ordinary mail.

Only those registered as delegates will be allowed to attend the Conference activities.

Registration for the Conference:

Mr. Qiu Dongjiang
Registration Department
Room 5030
Beijing International Convention Center
8 Beichendong Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100101
Tel. 0086-10-64933308 / 0086-10-64913623
Fax. 0086-10-64910257


If you have already registered, please go to the “Registration” desk as soon as you arrive at the Beijing International Convention Centre. If you arrive at the venue without previous registration, look for the “On-site Registration ” desk. In this case the payment of the registration fee should be as follows:

Delegates will receive:

Accompanying persons will have:

Registrations on site will be accepted at the Convention Center while the conference is in session, beginning on August 23,1996, 8:00-18:00.


1) For registration, accommodation and pre- and post conference tours bank transfer sent to: Payments must be made to Chemical Bank by telegraph transfer via your local bank.

2) Credit card

The world-wide-accepted credit cards, e.g. Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club and JCB can be used in the main hotels and the Convention Center on-site. We accept advance payment by the five credit cards. This procedure can only be done through indirect channels because banks in China do not have the agreement with foreign banks or foreign credit card corporations to be authorized to directly debit the credit card account of the clients abroad.

We will confirm the registration of the participant who sends us the registration form with his/her credit card number, signature and other information indicated in the registration form. The amount of registration fee will be decided according to the date on which they send their forms.


New Choice of Hotel:

Beijing Xijiao Hotel (Category D) lies only about 5 km away in the west of Beijing International Convention Center. Standard Room A is US$40.00 and Standard Room B is US$30.00. Both room rates are for one room one night but the City Development Tax of 6.00RMB YUAN (approximately US$0.75) one person one night is not included in the room rates. Accommodation costs should be paid direct to the hotel in cash (US Dollar only) when checking in. The hotel will provide one free round-trip shuttle bus between the hotel and BICC in the morning and evening.


During the conference an exhibition, due to open from August 25-30, 1996 at Beijing International Convention Center, of 4,500 square metres allows enough space for 200 stands. The exhibition consists of three halls: Hall I for the international book fair; Hall II for display of facilities and equipment relating to library services; Hall III for electronic media. Internet connectivity has been realized to help the exhibitors get remote access to their databases world wide.

During the Exhibition, workshops will be held for the exhibitors to present their new technologies and facilities. The Hall I is sponsored by '96 IFLA China Organizing Committee, organized by China International Book Trading Corp.

Date and Time for the Exhibition:

   August 25-29    8:00-17:00
   August 30       8:00-12:00

For more information please contact:

Ms. Wang Hanping
Exhibition and Advertisement Dept.
'96 IFLA China Organizing Committee
Room J617
c/o National Library of China
39 Baishiqiao Rd.
Beijing 100081
Telephone: 64913624, 68416347, 68415566 ex. 5562 Fax: 68416347


Acknowledgment to:



August 25 (Sunday) Evening
Opening of Exhibition at the International Convention Center
August 26 (Monday) Evening
Reception by the China Organizing Com-mittee at the International Convention Center (in formal dress)
August 27 (Tuesday) Evening
Cultural performance by Ministry of Culture (the venue is to be advised)
August 28 (Wednesday) Evening
Reception by Beijing City Government at the Great Hall of the People (in formal dress)
August 29 (Thursday) Evening
Receptions at the libraries visited

In order to attend any of these events it is essential to wear your name badge and to bring the relevant invitation.

For library visits and full-day excursions delegates and accom-panying persons should change the vouchers for these activities at the venue UNTIL AUGUST 26. You may choose two library visits and one full-day excursion from those listed on the Registration Form.


The Secretariat
China Organizing Committee of '96 Beijing IFLA General Conference
c/o National Library of China
39 Baishiqiao Road
Beijing 100081
Tel. 68416347; 68419260
Fax. 0086-10-68416347
E-mail: cjsun@sun.ihep.ac.cn

Beijing International Convention Center
8 Beichendong Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100101
Tel. 64933308; 64913623
Fax. 0086-10-64910257

IFLA Headquarters
P.O.Box 95312
2509 CH, The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel. 0031-70-3140884
Fax. 0031-70-3834827
E-mail: IFLA@ifla.org

Information about the 62nd General Conference in Beijing can also be found on the IFLANET WWW server at: http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla62/62intro.htm


1) Attention:

We stress the importance of your name badge, because it MUST be used to exchange for earphones when simultaneous interpretation is offered. Anyone who loses the name badge will be subjected to a fine of US$50.00 for the replacement. You are therefore highly advised to take good care of your name badge.

2) Visa and Letters of Invitation

All participants are required to come with visa, so we recommend they consult the Chinese embassies and consulates in their home countries. Visa applications will be accepted from June 1, 1996. Arrival visa will not be offered. An official letter of invitation to facilitate entrance visa application will be sent by the China Organizing Committee upon request. To those participants from the countries without diplomatic relations with China, please apply for visa in the nearby country where Chinese embassy or consulate are located. If you have any problems relating to the visa application, please feel free to contact the Secretariat, China Organizing Committee 10 working days in advance.

3) Internet Link

The Internet link has been realized at the Convention Center. A local area network with 20 terminals linked with Internet through ChinaNet can be used free of charge by beginning and advanced delegates to conduct e-mail, FTP, Telnet, WWW.

4) Climate

Late August in Beijing is fairly hot, dry and clear. The average temperature is about 28-30C (84-88F) at the maximum and 18-20C (66-70F) at minimum. Usually shirts or at most a jacket will do very well. A raincoat or umbrella is advised.

5) Handbook Computers

Anyone who comes to attend the conference with the notebook computer should declare it at the customs. Be sure to take it with when you depart China.

6) Currency

Chinese currency is yuan (RMB). The current exchange rate is about 8.30 yuan to one US dollar. There are 20 kinds of currencies which can be exchanged in the banks, some main hotels and the Convention Center, including: Australian, Austrian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hongkong, Italian, Japanese, Macao, Malaysian, Norwegian, Singapore, Swedish, Swiss and U.S.. The currencies of U.S., Britain, Japan, Hong-kong, Germany, France can be exchanged in almost all hotels as well as the banks and Convention Center.

The world-wide-accepted credit cards, e.g. Visa, Master, American Express, JCB and Diner’s Club can be used in the main hotels and Convention Center, while the traveller's cheques issued by American, Japanese, Euro-pean and Hongkong banks are accepted. The cheque from the Bank of China is the most convenient when you are in China.

7) Electrical Supply

220V, 50Hz.

>8) No Smoking

According to the Regulation passed by the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress smoking in the public areas in the Beijing Area is strictly prohibited from May 15, 1996. You are required to pay special attention to No Smoking posters.

9) Reception Desk at Airport

A reception desk will be available at the Beijing International Airport at 9:00-22:00 from August 22-26 to arrange transportation at your cost to the Convention Center or the hotels.

10) Local Transportation Facilities

From the Convention Center to other areas of the city:

Buses: 328, 380, 386, 387, 406, 407, 408 and trolley-bus 108. The rush hours are 7:00-9:00 and 16:30-18:30. In addition to the public buses a sharp increase of the number of taxis and minibuses can be seen in the city. However due to the increasingly heavy traffic, especially during the rush hours, participants are strongly advised to stay in the hotels as near to the Center as possible to avoid the delay caused by the traffic.

11) Time Difference:

Set your watch by GMT —8 hours.

12) Notice

From May 8, 1996 all telephone and fax numbers in the Beijing Area will change to 8 digitals by adding "6" before the present numbers used.

13) Restaurant Recommended:

Huizhen Restaurant: a Muslim restaurant, located at Northeast to the Convention Center, 200 meters in distance between the restaurant and the Convention Center.


1. August 28 (Wednesday)
Beihai Kindergarten--Beijing Courtyard Houses--Beijing Arts and Crafts Factory

2. August 29 (Thursday)
Hancunhe Farm


1) National Library of China:
add.: 39 Baishiqiao Road, Beijing 100081
tel.: 68419260

2) Peking University Library:
add.: Peking University, Beijing 100871
tel.: 62751051
Department of Library and Information Science, Peking University:
add.: Peking University, Beijing 100871
tel.: 62751680 or 62751681

3) Tsinghua University Library:
add.: Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084
tel.: 62594908

4) Beijing Normal University Library:
add.: 19 Xinjiekou Wai Dajie, Beijing 100875
tel.: 62208161

5) CPC Central Committee Party School Library
add.: 100 Dayouzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100091
tel.: 62506170 or 62506172

6) Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Library:
add.: 10 Xitucheng Road, Beijing 100088
tel.: 62281928

7) China Agricultural University Library:
add.: 2 Yuanmingyuan Xilu, Haidian District, Beijing 100094
tel.: 62632755

8) Institute of Science and Technology Information of China:
add.: 15 Fuxing Road , Haidian District, Beijing 100038
tel.: 68515544 ex. 2590

9) Documentation and Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences:
add.: 8 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing 100080
tel.: 62566846

10) China Ethnic Library:
add.: 49 Fuxingmen Nei Dajie, Beijing 100031
tel.: 66039306

11) Capital Library (Beijing Municipal Public Library):
add.: 15 Guozijian, Andingmennei, Beijing 100007
tel.: 64040905 or 64017696

12) Chongwen District Library:
add.: 28A Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen District, Beijing 100061
tel.: 67111824 or 67111825

13) Dongcheng District Library:
add.: 85 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, Beijing 100007
tel.: 64044225

14) Shijingshan District Children’s Library:
add.: Gucheng Nanlu, Shijingshan District, Beijing 100043
tel.: 68875124

15) Beijing No.4 Middle School Library:
add.: 2A Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Beijing 100034
tel.: 66175566 ex. 278

16) Medical Library of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army:
add.: 5 Fengtai Road, Beijing 100039
tel.: 66889172


  1. the Palace Museum(the Forbidden City)--Tiananmen Square--the Temple of Heaven
  2. the Summer Palace--the Ruins of Yuan-mingyuan(Old Summer Palace)
  3. the Great Wall(Mutianyu)
  4. the Great Wall(Badaling)
  5. Clouds Dwelling Temple(Yunjusi)--the Grotto of Cave Flowers(Shihuadong)


1) New Options of Pre-Conference Tours

2) Revised Post Conference Tours

Note: For the details about the tours packages, please see Accommodation / Pre and Post Conference Tours on Form B1. It is emphasized that for the pre- and post conference tours, if there are less than 10 persons interested in taking one of the above four trips we will organize it as individual tour, 50% additional price will be charged.


Pronunciation      English

Nihao                 How do you do?
Qing Dengyideng       Please wait a minute.
Zaijian               Good-bye
Henhao                very good
Xiexie                Thank you.
Qingwuxiyan           No smoking
Buyongxie             You are welcome.
Meiguanxi             Don’t mention it.
Pijiu                 beer
Duibuqi.              Sorry.
Yi                    one
Er                    two
San                   three
Si                    four
Wu                    five
Liu                   six
Qi                    seven
Ba                    eight
Jiu                   nine
Shi                   ten
Wobuzhidao            I don’t know.
Qingwen...            Excuse me (may I ask)...
Zhe shi shenme?       What’s this?
Dui                   Right
Bu dui                Wrong
Bu                    No
Duoshao?              How much?
Youju	              Post office
(Likang) Fandian      (Likang) Hotel
Canting	              Restaurant
Yinhang	              Bank
Jichang	              Airport
Chuzuche              Taxi