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Multilingual Resources and Services in Chinese Academic Libraries: A Survey

He, Daqing and Wu, Dan (2012) Multilingual Resources and Services in Chinese Academic Libraries: A Survey. In: Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Asia-Oceania. Library and Information Science . Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 291 - 313. ISBN 978-1-78052-470-2

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Building multilingual resources and providing multilingual services have always been important tasks for Chinese academic libraries, but they are also the difficult issues that the libraries are facing. In this chapter, we present a survey conducted on six different academic libraries for collecting data on multilingual resource building, on the usages of the multilingual resources and on multilingual services. Each of our survey to an academic library consisted of four interviews to the library administrator and the librarians of the book, periodical and database departments. Our goal in this chapter is to examine multilingual resources and services in academic libraries in China. The study results confirm several conclusions from the literature about multilingual resources and services in Chinese academic libraries, and at the same time, the results also reveal original insights on possible strategic decision on focusing on multilingual databases and books, and on the problem of lacking adoption of translation-based technologies such as cross-language information access and machine translation in improving the usages of multilingual collections and services.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
He, Daqingdah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Wu, Dan
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: Library and Information Science
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Page Range: 291 - 313
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1108/s1876-0562(2011)002011b014
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 978-1-78052-470-2
Title of Book: Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Asia-Oceania
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Additional Information: This item is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 14:31
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 13:58


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