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The library was founded to meet the research needs of the Institute. Over the past five decades, the library has accumulated a variety of featured collections. Based on the current state of the library and the research prospects of the Institute, the goals of the library in the future are as follows:

A. Library Collection

  1. Establishing a collection centered on ethnological studies. Based on the current library collection and research needs of the Institute, the library will collect more in-depth collections of a wider scope on Austronesian studies, Han-Chinese society and cultural studies, area studies, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, and psychological studies.
  2. Establishing a core collection. In response to the coordination of the humanities and social sciences libraries of the Academia Sinica, the library will establish a core collection consisting of the most fundamental resources for ethnological research based on recent studies and publications.
  3. Collection evaluation and disposal. The library has completed data input (including bibliographies) for more general books and periodicals. In the future, the library will gradually dispose of those parts of the collection which are either out of date or do not meet the research needs of the Institute.
  4. Planning and establishment of the database.
    (1) Database by topic.  Databases by topic will be based on the research results of our faculty and on the library catalogue, established via the library automation system. 
    (2) Digitalized database. The ancient texts and records in the library collection have been digitalized into images or electronic texts, analyzed and catalogued for greater convenience of access and search.
  5. Electronic resources. Electronic publications are increasing with advancements in computer technology. The library will purchase electronic collections based on the needs of the research faculty. This will complement the present electronic resources and save space in the library.
  6. Cooperation with other libraries in similar fields of research. The library will coordinate with Academia Sinica’s humanities libraries to avoid overlapping in collection acquisition. This will both economize and expand coverage of the collection. In addition, the library will continue to cooperate with libraries (both in Taiwan and overseas) to promote resource exchange and sharing.

B. Reader Services

  1. Promoting technology services and reader service. The library will promote reader service by employing new information technologies and coordinating Internet cataloguing, to provide better service in book/periodical acquisition and cataloguing.
  2. Introduction to the library collection. 
    To familiarize the research faculty with the library collection and increase the use of our resources, the library will post announcements or e-mail notifications on upcoming workshops and talks on the library collection.

C. Training for Library Personnel

  1. Training in library studies and information science.
    Professional librarians are a key factor in the library’s successful operation. The library encourages its personnel to take part in training lessons in library studies and information sciences, to better guarantee smooth operation and employment of the library’s new technologies.
  2. Basic knowledge in ethnology-related subjects. Library personnel are encouraged to participate in conferences held by the Institute. The library was established to meet the research needs of the Institute, and therefore must be able to provide appropriate and timely service to the research faculty. Library personnel should therefore be able to work effectively in the collection and cataloging of related research resources. In addition to basic knowledge of library studies and information science, the library personnel must also be acquainted with fundamental knowledge of ethnology-related subjects.
  3. Planning and carrying out interlibrary visits and learning. The library encourages its personnel to engage in interlibrary visits and knowledge sharing with librarians from other libraries (both in Taiwan and overseas), which will not only promote interchange of collections, but also familiarize library personnel with technologies and policy changes.

D. Publications and Distribution

The publications present the research results of the Institute. To promote the Institute's publications, the following strategies have been proposed:

  1. Simultaneous updates of the Institute's website on the latest publications, to ensure up-to-date information.
  2. The CIP service of the National Central Library will be used to deliver information on the Institute's publications to domestic and international networks.
  3. Expand cooperation with distributors or increase bookstore locations in universities to promote greater visibility.
  4. Cooperate with book agencies to promote the Institute's publications in other libraries and academic institutions (both in Taiwan and overseas).
  5. Establish long-term exchange agreements with institutes with similar fields of research, to promote academic exchange and to expand the library collection.
  6. License database publication companies to publish electronic versions of the periodicals, to provide easier access to the content of the Institute's publications.