To augment the collection of Chinese books,collaboration on the Union Catalog of Rare Chinese Books, and Chinese studies,Ms. Ann Roddy from the Elling Eide Center in the U.S. came tovisit Director-General Tseng on June 7, 2018. In addition to signing acollaborative agreement to participate in the Union Catalog of Rare ChineseBooks and thus becoming NCL’s 80th partner, Ms. Roddy also spokewith the Director-General about a wide range of possible future collaboration.By signing the collaboration agreement, both parties have agreed to worktogether to catalog the contents of the Elling Eide Center and to add theserecords to the database, which is accessible by researchers worldwide (http://rbook2.ncl.edu.tw/Search/Index/2).
The Elling EideCenter was established by sinologist Elling O. Eide in 2016. Itcurrently has more than 75,000 volumes in its collection, with over 60,000Chinese books (including rare books, manuscripts, and works of art). As one ofthe largest private Chinese libraries in the world, its content spans theentire history of China.