The project “Igniting the Public’s Passionfor Reading: The Taiwan Reading Festival, National Central Library” launched by the National Central Library(NCL) since 2013 is one of four projects selected to receive the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citationfor Innovative International Library Projects. As part of this program’s recognition, an article will be published in the July issue of American Libraries magazine, highlighting the great work that National Library has done this year.
Organized by the NCL, the Taiwan Reading festival is major national event whose goal is to promote reading in society. Guided by the Ministry of Education, in 2013 the NCL invited the NLPI, NTL and 22 county and municipal public libraries, schools, publishers, cultural and educational institutions, and reading groups to collectively contribute to the festival. Their hard work over the years has already made the festival into a huge event each year for public libraries. The festival’s aim is to help drive a wave of reading in Taiwan and to promote reading as part of the Taiwan brand overseas.
The American Library Association (ALA), founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, is the oldest and largest library association in the world. The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship.
NCL’s Winning Records:
★The project “Establishment of Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)” was one of four projects selected to receive the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.
★The project “The E-Publicaton System Platform Project at the National Central Library in Taiwan” was one of four projects selected to receive the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.
Website for “Taiwan Reading Festival” over the years:
Video Clips of “Taiwan Reading Festival”