Libraries Join National Central Library to Create Taiwanese Chinese Resource Center
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Libraries have partnered with the National Central Library of Taiwan to establish the first-ever Taiwan Chinese Studies Resource Center (TCSRC) as part of its permanent collections.
The National Central Library exchanged a memorandum of understanding with the University Library on November 5, 2012, at a launch event at the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin.
The TCSRC will be the platform for Taiwan to promote and share its both Taiwan and China studies with the faculty, scholars and students of the university.
Known for its collection of more than 12,000 volumes of rare books from the pre-modern period of Chinese history, the National Central Library is making its collection available to readers around the world. Through a collaborative initiative between the Libraries and the National Central Library, three-dozen prime examples from the rare book collection of NCL, represented in high-quality replicas, were included in an exhibition that accompanied the opening of the TCSRC and became the permanent foundation for the resources provided to the Libraries.
The initial collection encompasses four major areas: Literati leisure, dramatic literature, health and medicine, and nature. The volumes, which are rich in text and illustrations, serve as windows into the life and mind of an ancient world surprisingly similar to our own.
The opening included a lecture by Dr. Fang-Mei Chen Professor, Graduate Institute of Art History at National Taiwan University for a Taiwanese Chinese Studies Lecture on how the cultural significance of Temples in Taiwan have, in recent years, become a research focus for scholars, especially those in the social anthropology and architectural history fields.
Dignitaries from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston who helped facilitate the agreement that brought the resources to the Libraries were in attendance to celebrate the opening.