On 16 may the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) was officially inaugurated at the TORS Center of Knowledge at the Southern Campus of the University of Copenhagen. TRCCS is the result of a cooperation agreement between the National Central Library of Taiwan (NCL) on the one hand and Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) together with NIAS Library on the other hand. The agreement was jointly signed by Mme Tseng, General Director of the National Central Library, Lars Højer, Deputy Head of Department of TORS and Geir Helgesen, Director of NIAS.
The agreement includes a TRCCS book collection, a gift from NCL, with titles from Taiwan which will be physically located at ToRS Center of Knowledge but available for Nordic users via interlibrary loan, a number of e-resources which will be available to member institutions of the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) via the Asiaportal, as well as exchange of information regarding new publications on Taiwan and Chinese studies, and assistance for academic or professional events outside Taiwan. The book collection at ToRS will be updated annually with new titles. The establishment of the first TRCCS represents a major strengthening on the information side for studies on Taiwan and Chinese studies, especially classic studies, in the Nordic countries.
Mme Tseng also brought two precious facsimile book gifts for the TRCCS and ToRS library in recognition of the importance of the cooperation, “Dongpo’s Poetry” (21 volumes,) and Diamond Sutra (1 volume). There are only 350 sets of “Dongpo’ poetry” in all on the market. Below is a picture of the Diamond Sutra from the inauguration ceremony.
The National Central Library as the National Library of Taiwan are also responsible for the public library sector in Taiwan and in connection with the inauguration of the TRCCS, the delegation from NCL also visited the Royal Danish Library, the Culture Yard (Kulturværftet) in Helsingør and Copenhagen Public Library.