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Dissertation Information for Margaret Zhang Fung Dingzhong

NAME:
- Margaret Zhang Fung Dingzhong
- (Alias) Margaret Chang Fung

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Indiana University (USA) (1983)

ADVISORS:
- David Kaser

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- George Whitbeck
- Yu-iu Chih
- Clayton A. Shepherd

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE EVOLVING SOCIAL MISSION OF THE NATIONAL CENTRAL LIBRARY IN CHINA, 1928-1966

Abstract: The National Central Library of China, an instrument of Chinese national policy and essential to national development, was conceived concurrent with the birth of the new Republic itself in 1912. This study investigates the variegated experiences of the National Central Library during its first four eventful decades in order to determine the degree to which its evolving social mission reflected the enormous changes taking place in contemporary China. It further ascertains the importance of the twin forces--cultural tradition and the awakening of Chinese national consciousness--in shaping the development of the Library.

The first part of this study explores the mission of national libraries in general and depicts the historical background for the development of modern librarianship in China. Drawing upon primary sources of archival materials and oral history, and using pictorial materials as illustrations, the second part of the study develops a chronological analysis of the evolution and work of the National Central Library. It focuses upon five periods of the National Central Library's development, all under the administration of its founding director Chiang Fu-ts'ung: (1) origin and conceptualization period, 1928-1933, (2) the preparatory and formative years, 1933-1937, (3) the war-stricken days of 1937 through 1945, (4) the restoration period, 1945-1953, and (5) the developing era from its reinstallation in Taipei in 1954 to Chiang's retirement in 1966.

The Library's efforts in planning, in formalizing its organizational structure, in developing its collections, in constructing its building, and in establishing its public services and various other programs, are all investigated in terms of its relationship to the different settings in which it was situated. The role it played in national development, its efforts to preserve and disseminate Chinese culture, its accomplishments in the field of education, and its attempts to facilitate scholarship also receive due attention. Some critical incidents are also identified and discussed.

Both national consciousness and cultural tradition exerted a great influence on the life of the National Central Library. Its social mission, evolving as years elapsed, is the product of a number of identifiable environmental forces--cultural, social, economic, political, technological and personal--taking place in modern China.

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