On February 12-19, 2016, at the invitation of the Public Library of Jalisco State, Mexico and the Cuban National Library, Chen Chao, Director of the Shanghai Library and Ge Jing, Director of the Coordination Office, visited Mexico and Cuba and held discussions on the issue of library innovation and transformation strategies.
Public Library of Jalisco State, Mexico
The cooperation between the Shanghai Library’s "Window of Shanghai" project and the Public Library of Jalisco State in Mexico began in 2011, and the electronic book service was launched in 2013. The two libraries have maintained close business relations. During the visit, Director Chen Chao accepted the media interview on the issue of library innovation and transformation strategies, and gave a lecture at the library, paying attention to the feedback and demand from the local readers and Asian study scholars on the “Window of Shanghai” project. Dr. Juan Manuel Durán Juárez, Director of the Library of Jalisco State and the heads of the various library departments warmly received the colleagues from the Shanghai Library, giving high regards on the "Window of Shanghai" project and showed the guests the treasured library collections related to the Chinese culture. The two sides also held discussions on such matters as the digitalization of the ancient Chinese-related books in Spanish, the cooperative research and etc.
Jose Marti National Library of Cuba
Another important agenda of this visit is to attend the 26th Havana International Book Fair and participate in the library conference "Library and Society in the 21st Century" co-organized by the Cuban Librarian Association and José Marti National Library of Cuba. Director Chen Chao gave a keynote speech at the conference, "From Collection to Connection, from Information to Intelligence – Reflections on the Library Innovation and Transformation Strategy in the Age of Big Data", which received enthusiastic response from the Cuban colleagues. As early as 2004, the Shanghai Library established cooperation with the Jose Marti National Library of Cuba, and both sides have maintained a good interaction based on the "Window of Shanghai" project.