On September 6, 2018, National Central Library (NCL) and the German Cultural Center of the Goethe-Institut in Taipei held a lecture entitled “The Socio-educational Role of the 21st Century Library” at NCL. The NCL Director-General Shu-hsien Tseng hosted the event, and Goethe-Institut Taipei Director Jens Rösler was in attendance.
Invited to lecture was Ms. Barbara Lison, the Director of the Bremen City Library in Germany. She spoke on the educational and cultural activities they have put on to aid the refugees and immigrants in Germany. The idea is to allow the library to become the “third place” that German people will go do, apart from their homes and workplace or school. In addition, in an effort to deepen the exchange of experience between libraries in Taiwan and Germany, NCL also invited three directors from Taiwan public libraries to share what Taiwan public libraries are doing regarding policy and services for senior citizens, rural areas, and immigrants. The presentations included the Director of the Taipei Public Library Shi-chang Hong, who spoken on “Taipei public library's experience in facilitating active aging for the senior citizens;” the Director of the New Taipei City Library Jin-hua Wang, who spoken on “The Social Education Function of the Library - A Case Study of New Taipei City;” and the Director of the Tainan Public Library Yu-zhen Hong to attend the discussion, who spoken on “The promotion of social education promotion in Tainan City Library”