E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Fall 2000

Document Type



Journal of Southeastern Academic and Special Librarianship (Fall 2000) 2(1-2). ISSN: 1525-321X. Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v02n01/li_j01.html.


Copyright 2000, the authors. Used by permission.


As of 2000, over the last fifteen years, in a major effort at modernization and with an increasing investment by the Chinese government, China established more than twenty national information systems. The libraries we visited were member of some of those national information systems. These national information systems have been charged with setting up the basic foundations of an information industry. They belong to, respectively, the Education System, the Cultural Ministry, the Science and Technology Committee System, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.