(19 March 2013) Dr. Deanna Marcum, former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress (LC) and Dr. TongLi Chen, former director of the Asian Library at Illinois University visited the National Central Library, NCL, Taiwan, on the 15th of March to discuss digitization of publications, legal deposits, manuscripts collection as well as the long and sustained relationships between NCL and LC.
Since the year 2005, the LC and NCL officially signed a digitization of rare books cooperation agreement. This was extended to 2007 until the end of 2012. This mutual agreement was signed by Dr. Deanna Marcum in her position as the then LC deputy librarian. This project was funded and supported by the National Science & Technology Council “Taiwan e-Learning & Digital Archives Program” (TELDAP) program and the Ministry of Education.
This enabled the progressive digitization of titles from Sung, Ming, Ching and Korean ancient documents. The digitized outcomes are posted in the NCL Rare Books Image Search System http://rarebook.ncl.edu.tw/rbook.cgi/hypage.cgi?HYPAGE=home/rbook_home_eng.htm providing a global service. More here: http://www.ncl.edu.tw/content_ncl.asp?cuItem=17602&mp=2