Invited speakers


Target and Content of the Conference

        As we embrace an increasingly digital and technical world, the management and services of libraries have been changing, as well as the way that users seek and utilize information. The introduction of digital resources, mobile services, social network, and cloud services bring us opportunities, while challenges also exist. Libraries should thrive in such an environment and reach the goal of sustainable development. Therefore library experts gather to discuss efficient management, multifunctional library space, a skilled and engaged workforce, and the pathway to an ideal university library.

Conference Theme

Library Directors’ Summit: Round Table(By Invitation Only)

        What is an ideal university library in the future? What does it look like? What types of challenges exist now? How can sustainable development be promoted? Library directors from elite universities will address these topics by analyzing the current challenges we all face, share successful practices, and describe the vision for the library of the future. It is hoped that the consensus on the concept of ‘the ideal library’ can be reached. The consensus includes the crucial development dimension, key factors, and the approaches of building an ideal academic library, thus, to help expand the services of academic libraries and to achieve sustainability.

Keynote Speakers Information:

Xuemao Wang

Xuemao Wang is the Dean and University Librarian of the University of Cincinnati Libraries, a position he has held since August, 2012. As the dean, he oversees the entire university library system with a focus on strategic leadership, operational oversight and community partnership building. In addition to his deanship, he also serves as a Special Advisor to the university's President and Provost on China Affairs. Prior to working at UC, he was the Associate Vice Provost of University Libraries at Emory University. He also held positions at Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and Queens Borough Public library.

Xuemao received a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; and a Master of Library Science (MLS) from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA.

Xuemao has over 30 years of progressive, diverse library, information management and leadership experience, with a career that spans the public, academic and large library consortium worlds. He has held global leadership positions in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), he is currently serving as Director of the Board and Treasurer for the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), is a member of multiple committees within the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Group for ARL’s Senior Leadership Fellows program. He also serves on the steering committee for Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). He has strong connections and networks with global libraries with particular connection with China’s academic and library leaders.


Librarian, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University

Dr. James Cheng graduated from New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then researched on East Asian Studies and Library Science at University of Chicago. He successively served as director of East Asia Library at University of Chicago and director of East Asia Library at University of California, Los Angeles. He was appointed director of Harvard-Yenching Library in 1998.

Shali Zhang

Dr. Shali Zhang is Dean of Libraries and Professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana, since 2012, with responsibilities for providing leadership and management for the Library and in advancing the Library’s central role in the educational, research, and service mission of the University. Dr. is also a prolific scholar; her peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other writing projects have appeared on top journals and scholarly series in the United States, China, and IFLA publications. Dr. Zhang was invited to speak at the conferences in the United States, China, Russia, Thailand, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and other countries. Dr. Zhang has actively served on the American Library Association (ALA); she chaired the ALA’s International Relations Committee in 2010 – 2012 for two terms; she was elected to chair ALA’s International Relations Round Table (2009); elected to President for the Chinese American Librarians Association (2008), and elected to the ALA Council, the governing body of ALA (2004-2007). Dr. Zhang was a member on the IFLA Standing Section Committee on Acquisitions & Collection Development in (2007-2015. She is now serving on the IFLA Journal Editorial Committee since 2015.

Dr. Zhang’s professional accomplishments were recognized through numerous awards in U.S. She was honored with the CALA Distinguished Services Award in 2007, CALA Presidential Recognition Award in 2012, Distinguished Service Award at the JCLC 2012 Conference, Outstanding Alumni Award at the University of Tennessee in 2013, and the ALA’s John Ames Humphrey/OCLC/Forest Press Award for her contribution to the international librarianship in 2014.

Chen Xin

Director Chen Xin graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and he has been engaged in the services and management in Tongji University Library for many years. He is in charge of information science, digitalization and automation, resources construction and the Party affairs management and he was appointed director of Tongji Library in 2016. His research interests include information measurement, information retrieval and social network analysis. He had attended several academic projects, such as the Yangtze River Delta urban planning and historical literature digitalization, Shanghai Infrastructure for Public Research and Development, and published more than 10 academic articles and books.

Chen Jin

Prof. Chen Jin is a professor of School of Mechanical Engineering SJTU, director of SJTU Library. He is also an advanced visiting scholar in University of Iowa, a guest professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology and the director of editorial board of the top international journals.

In addition, Prof. Chen serves as the vice director of Advisory Committee of Academic Library and Information of Ministry of Education, the secretary-general and vice director of Advisory Committee of Academic Library and Information of Shanghai, the vice chairman of Shanghai Library Association, and the vice director of Shanghai Society for Library Science.

Prof. Chen stands out in the field of mechanical physics and has won several academic awards, including the National Award for Science and Technology Progress (1st Prize), MOE Natural Science Award (2nd Prize), and the Shanghai Award for Science and Technology Progress(2nd Prize & 3rd Prize). In the field of library science, Prof. Chen built IC2 Innovation Service Model, established ubiquitous subject service system and the training system of subject librarians, developed the Creative Forum for Library Management and Service, and published 300 more academic articles and 10 books.

Michael Bailou Huang, Coordinator of the Office of Global Library Initiatives, Librarian at Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook University, U.S.A.

Michael Bailou Huang is Coordinator of the Office of Global Library Initiatives, and Librarian at Health Sciences Library of Stony Brook University. He also holds professorship at Shanghai Normal University and Shandong Normal University in China. Michael is currently a standing committee member on IFLA’s Health and Biosciences Libraries Section, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Chinese Librarianship: An International Electronic Journal and CALA Occasional Paper Series.

Professor Huang has extensive experience in promoting international library collaboration, especially in hosting international conferences. He has served as Secretariat General at half a dozen international conferences and organized several academic sessions at Chinese Library Annual Conferences. He has published 25 research articles, edited 3 books and presented over 80 times at national and international conferences and at a variety of forums in universities in China. Michael is a recipient of a number of grants and awards including the Outstanding Contribution by a New Member Award of NY-NJ MLA and the CALA President’s Recognition Award.

Frank Scholze

Director of Library Services at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Frank Scholze has been Director of Library Services at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since January 2010. KIT is the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and one of the National Research Centers within the Helmholtz Association.

He is a federal board member of the German Library Association (dbv) as well as a member of a number of scientific boards and councils (among them German Data Science Society, FIZ Karlsruhe and DARIAH-DE).

Frank chairs the DINI (German Initiative for Networked Information) working group on electronic publishing and has been involved in a series of digital library projects. Before he joined the KIT he was a Programme Manager at the Ministry of Science Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg and Head of the Public Services Department at Stuttgart University Library.

Wolfram Horstmann

Director of Göttingen State and University Library

Dr. Wolfram Horstmann has been the director of the Göttingen State and University Library at Georg-August-University of Göttingen since 2014. Prior to his current position he was Associate Director for Digital Library Programmes & IT at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently leading several strategic projects in the areas scholarly communication, open access, research data and digital transformation for the University of Göttingen and for the library in Göttingen and leading the German Consortium of the digital infrastructure in the Humanities DARIAH-DE. He is executive member and Chair of the Steering Group on Scholarly Commu¬ni¬cation and Research Infrastructure for the European research library association LIBER. In the Research Data Alliance (RDA), he is member of the Organisational Advisory Board and chairs several working groups, e.g. “Libraries for Research Data” and „Long Tail of Research Data“. He acted as advisor to several bodies and initiatives, e.g. the European Commission, the German Research Foundation DFG, or the Nature journal „Scientific Data“. Further Information:

Hans Peter Grossmann

Emeritus Institute of Communications Engineering of Ulm University

Dr. Hans Peter Grossmann proposes the concept of innovative scientific service infrastructure for universities and tried to implement it on Ulm University. (to build a communication- and information center during integration from university library, university computer center and media center into a new central facility) Also, he has drafted the idea of the state library system (e.g. university, high school and state library) due to the assignment from Ministry of Science, Research and Art. This project aimed to develop a system with the concept of central operation, system selection, overall coordination and conduction. The project began in 2009, ended in 2013. (There were 62 member libraries till 2014, including the Baden-Württemberg state library, 5 university libraries and over 40 high school libraries.)

Matthias Kaun

Director of the East-Asia section of the State Library Berlin

Dr. Matthias Kaun has been director of the East Asia Department of the state library in Berlin Germany since 2006. He is also a member of European Association of Sinological Librarians and Working Group: German National Licences / FID licensing.

Since 2002 he is in the CrossAsia project: East, Central and Southeast Asia Virtual Library; and Virtual Research Environment for East Asian Studies CrossAsia Campus. He is responsible for different digitisation projects (Berlin Chinese, Japanese, Manchu and Western language collection; Reconstruction of the historical Berlin East Asia collection), Digital Lao and Nothern Thai Manuscript Library (in cooperation with Passau University and Laos National Library)