Heading to the ALA Annual Conference? The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites Yoo-Seong Song from UIUC to give a presentation about his recent trip visiting research libraries in North Korea.
Date/Time: June 22, Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Washington Hilton, Van Ness
Presentation: Understanding research libraries in North Korea: A case study of Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST)
Abstract: This presentation will cover the current state of research libraries in North Korea with a special focus on Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST). PUST is the only university in North Korea that is established and operated by a foreign entity, and it provides unique opportunities to understand the role of academic libraries in the higher education system in North Korea. The presenter will discuss how international agencies have quietly assisted building a digital library at PUST and how faculty and students at PUST perceive library services. The presenter will also offer some insights on partnership opportunities with libraries in North Korea.
Speaker: Yoo-Seong Song is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences and also holds a joint appointment at the University Library as the Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his MBA from the University of Iowa and MSI from the University of Michigan.