Tongji University Library Wins 2009 ALA Presidential Citation for International Innovation

American Librarians Association, CALA  - Newark, New Jersey, August 2009) The
Tongji University Library in Shanghai, China won 2009 ALA Presidential Citation
for International Innovation at the American Library Association's 2009 Annual
Conference held in Chicago in July 2009. The Library was awarded for its outreach
programs to serve local industries that have earned its trust, reputation, and
respect within the Tongji University community and beyond.  The Library launched an innovative program -
the Auto Industry Information Services Platform in 2006.  The platform was strategically designed for
planning, collecting, integrating, managing of automobile data, and providing
services to local communities.

The Tongji
University Library has
been ranked as one of the top academic libraries in China for its innovative
library services and programs.  The
Library has assisted in local automobile industries in their information
finding and discovery process.  In
launching this platform, the Library has provided a leadership role in
gathering experts and engineers from auto industries and forming the team to release
auto data, construct service guidelines and procedures, and build the
infrastructure with auto information through interactive and two-way
communication channels.  For the past
three years, the user group of the platform has been expanded to include 200
local auto companies and more than 2,000 individuals.  The Library has conducted nine training sessions
and workshops for end-users.  The
document delivery has reached to 2,650 end-users.  Through the platform, the Library provides the
users from the local auto industries with the table of contents of 24 auto
periodicals.  The platform is now being
used by major auto companies in China such as Shanghai Auto Corporation. The
Library's innovative programs serving  local industries are also being recognized by
the city officials in Shanghai and the auto industry communities for its visionary
leadership, innovative approach as the driving force to help economic
development and research activities in Shanghai and beyond.

At the 2008
CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series held in Kunming City, China,
Dr. Jinhua Shen, Director of Tongji University Library, gave a presentation and
shared this platform with the audience at the seminar. Mr. James Rettig, ALA
President (2008-2009), was also invited to give a keynote at the seminar. Mr.
Rettig was very impressed with the innovative program at the Tongji University
Library. In his blog, Twilight
, at
Mr. Rettig states that "I commend Dr. Jinhua
Shen and her staff for their innovation and strategic thinking.  It has
identified an underserved, perhaps even un-served, community and has developed
services that will contribute to the community's success."

CALA has
held the Seminar Series in China since 2006 to enhance understanding and
exchange the best practices with librarians in U.S. and China.  The Tongji University is planning to host one
seminar in 2010 which will provide a forum for such exchanges among the
librarians in two countries.

CALA is an
affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), with 1,200 registered
members in U.S. and around the world.

More photos
about the Tongji University Library's delegation in U.S. at*&w=7127621%40N05