Fujian, here we come!

Welcome to our blog which will chronicle the adventures of the 2016 Horner Library Exchange!

This year’s delegation was selected in the fall of 2015 and now,  after nearly a year of preparation, it’s hard to believe that our trip to Fujian is only a week away. We are all very excited and eager to begin our big adventure!

This year’s Horner Exchange delegates are:

  • Richard Sapon-White, Head Catalog Librarian, Oregon State University
  • Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, Systems Librarian, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
  • Jian Wang, Electronic and Continuing Resources Librarian and Director of the Confucius Institute, Portland State University

Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Horner Exchange, the Horner Exchange delegates will be joined by three more visitors who will help us celebrate this milestone in style! They are:

  • MaryKay Dahlgreen, Oregon State Librarian
  • Amy Lee, Public Services Director at Fort Vancouver Regional Library
  • Rosalind Wang, retired librarian and the initial inspiration for the Horner Exchange

We are in the process of finalizing presentations and travel logistics. Before you know it, we’ll be in China! Check this blog throughout our exchange for updates and tales from the road…

And, for those of you who are new to the Horner Exchange, here’s a little background: The Horner Library Staff Exchange Program was established through a generous gift by the late Dr. Layton Horner for the purpose of sharing professional knowledge about library and information science between the United States and China. For the past 20 years, dozens of librarians have traveled between Oregon and Fujian province (Oregon’s sister province in China) as part of this program, developing professional skills as well as forging new friendships and cultural understanding. The Horner Exchange is supported by the Oregon Library Association’s International Relations Round Table and our international partners, the Fujian Provincial Library and the Fujian Library Association.


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