11 May 2015
On 7 April, the new Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) saw its ceremonial opening at the Bodleian KB Chen China Centre Library.
The cooperation agreement was signed by Dr Tseng Shu-hsien, Director General of the National Central Library of Taiwan and Catriona Canon, Deputy Librarian, in the presence of Deputy Representative Ms Fen-chuan Hsu of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK. The TRCCS is one of several to be established at institutions across the globe as part of a programme initiated by the National Central Library to promote Taiwanese scholarship and improve access to resources on the history, society and culture of Taiwan.
The new TRCCS holds an initial donation of over 500 books and DVDs published in Taiwan. All the publications are closely related to the research interests of Oxford academics of Chinese Studies. The publications concentrate on Taiwan's history, religion, culture, literature, society and politics as well as on cross-strait relations. As part of the project the National Central Library will provide Bodleian readers with access to some of its unique databases in Taiwan and Chinese Studies and will strive to support the TRCCS with annual large scale book donations in the future.
The Bodleian was also presented with two facsimile editions of rare Chinese books from the collections of the National Central Library, namely an illustrated and annotated edition of the Poetry of Su Dongpo, and the Buddhist Diamond Sutra.
To encourage the international accessibility of Chinese rare books, the libraries also agreed to collaborate in this field. The Bodleian Libraries will provide bibliographical records of its Chinese rare books to the publicly available Union Catalog of Chinese Rare Books that is hosted by the National Central Library. The Bodleian's collection of Chinese rare books is currently being catalogued and partially digitised as part of the ongoing SERICA project.