Welcome to Peking University Library

Founded In 1902

Building up the competence of the staff: High-level Professionals

One key to a good library is the high level of competence of the staff running it. With ordeals and lessons learned during the past century the Library has found a set of workable ways in building its staff force.

When the Imperial University of Peking was first founded, the directors of the Library were officially nominated. Those who handled the day-to-day management affairs were mainly engaged in such works as book circulation and registration, a far cry from what a modern librarian is supposed to do.

In the early years of the nationalist government, most of the Library staff were those who had worked in the old Book Depository building. With their ignorance in foreign languages, many foreign books were left un-catalogued.

With Li Dazhao assuming office in 1918, new professional demand was put forward for the existing staff members, while open recruitment was conducted through the means of exams. University students with a good academic performance were invited as "TA type" staff members. All this enabled the gradual formation of a staff force with professional competence. In 1923, Yuan Tongli was appointed to the post of Chief Librarian. As one of China's first group of librarians with professional knowledge in library science, he was keen on improvement of the capabilities of the staff members. In 1929, Ma Heng succeeded him. To show the importance he attached to human resource, Ma invited the undergraduate library science majors from Wen Hua University of Wu Chang to help putting in order the overstocked western books. This, of course, also showed the Library's lack of competent personnel. With the incorporation of Yenching University Library into Peking University Library in 1952, new professional staff were added, among whom was Deputy Chief Librarian Liang Sizhuang, who was graduated from Columbia University, USA with a master's degree in library science and with accomplishment in western books cataloguing.

After the Cultural Revolution, the Library tried its best to fix the disordered situation in personnel management caused by the revolutionary years. A diversity of channels was opened to recruit competent personnel, with the view to meeting the need for different academic disciplines. Those on their posts in the Library were encouraged to train themselves and raise their ability by going abroad for continuing education and to pursue advanced degrees.

Today, a staff force is on the formation that possesses professional competence and proficiency in modern library knowledge. Now members on the Library staff hold the following academic degrees: 6 Ph.Ds; 58 master's degree holders; 60 Bachelor's degree holders; 95 holders of other forms of college or sub-college certificates.

Copyright©2009-2011 Peking University Library