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November 8, 2016

Welcome Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao

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November 8, 2016

Contact: Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao


Rong Xiao Photo

The University Libraries welcome its first Institute for International Visiting Scholars, visiting librarian Rong Xiao.

In support of the University President's initiative to expand the University at Albany's international reach, Yu-Hui Chen, PhD, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies initiated a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy to recruit librarians from overseas to attend the Center's newly established Institute for International Visiting Scholars (IIVS). Dr. Chen developed a proposal for the Libraries to host an international visiting librarian for the fall 2016 semester. The program allows the visiting librarian to gain an understanding of how American libraries operate by observing many facets of our operation and taking field trips to other libraries. In addition, the visiting librarian will take part in seminars and other cultural activities hosted by IIVS.

Ms. Xiao works at the Library of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province (China). Ms. Xiao received a Bachelor's degree in English for Economics and Trade and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

"I am enjoying the environment at the University Libraries," says Ms. Xiao. "My dean at SWUFE expects me to get a good understanding of how U.S. libraries operate and the differences between U.S. libraries and libraries in China." Ms. Xiao comments favorably on the Libraries' zones for collaborative, quiet, and silent study, noting that the study spaces provide a good opportunity for people to work longer and more comfortably.

"We are pleased to host Ms. Xiao as a visiting librarian this semester," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "We believe that her visit will provide both the library and the campus community with meaningful exposure to diverse perspectives. This, in turn, will enrich our learning environment."

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