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).
The TRCCS book collection at ToRS Center of Knowledge will be updated with new titles every year. The present collection will remain on the shelves of the TRCCS for display until the new batch of books arrives. Then they will be catalogued and indexed as part of the TRCCS collection.
The TRCCS e-resources which will be available for NNC institutions consist of resources from the NCL or from Taiwanese publishers and providers, some of them free and some only available for users from NNC institutions .
Full-Text Image System for Books of Japanese Ruled Period & Full-Text Image System for Periodicals of Japanese Ruled Period (NNC only)
The National Central Library of Taiwan has a collection of more than 160,000 volumes of original Japanese books which were originally stored in the Governor’s Office of the Japanese Government during the Japanese Governing Period and the Southern Archives. The library also holds a collection of 60.000 volumes from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The former collection has been micro-filmed, and parts of the current collection of out of print Japanese books as well as newspapers (including: Japanese newspapers, newspapers before and after the government moved to Taiwan, Hong Kong newspapers, etc.) have been digitized and indexed.
Journal of National Essence (國粹學報) (NNC only)
The Journal of National Essence (國粹學報) was published monthly from 1905 to 1911 in Shanghai at the end of the Qing dynasty by the 國粹派 or the National Essence Group. The National Essence Group held a conservative view on political and cultural reform of China and tried to identify the national essence of China in order to show the uniqueness of Chinese culture. The journal had seven sections of which four focused on China’s “national essence”.
The journal articles were written in classical Chinese. (NNC only)
Sinica Sinoweb (NNC only)
Sinica Sinoweb provides full-text access to the archive of 14 journals from Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, with the earliest dating back to as early as 1928.
Taiwan e-books (Free)
Taiwan E-books is a big collection of open access e-books within a wide range of subjects, and maintained by the National Central Library of Taiwan. It can be browsed/ searched according to subjects and publication year, author, publication place and keywords.
National Digital Library of Thesis and Dissertations in Taiwan (Free)
Freely available searchable index of the theses and dissertations in the National Central Library of Taiwan. The collection contains the complete collection from 1998 and incomplete in the period 1956-1997. Abstract, index and reference information are available.
Scripta Sinica (NIAS and University of Copenhagen only)
Scripta Sinica is one of the largest databases of Chinese classical material, containing more than 460 titles titles of traditional Chinese classics. The content is carefully categorized and you can do full text searches or browse by book titles. The database is complied by the Institute of History and Philology (IHP), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), which will continue to add new titles and new features.
Interlibrary Loan among Libraries with TRCCS
Patrons of the libraries with “Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)” can use the system of TRCCS website to search for materials and make applications for interlibrary loan. In order to encourage TRCCS resource sharing, the National Central Library (Taiwan) will pay the costs required for interlibrary loan.
The content of interlibrary loan is limited to TRCCS collections. The service also includes scanning and sending digital copies.
1. Search for materials:
Use “Books Information Search System” of NCL’s TRCCS website
2. Request an interlibrary loan:
Patrons can click the function of “Request an Interlibrary Loan” in the top center of the screen for the books which are of interest to them, and fill in the required information. The NCL will then receive the application letters.
3. Contact the patrons:
The NCL will inform the patrons the most suitable library for the ILL request. The patrons can then make the application for ILL, based on the existing procedure and regulations.
4. Pay the cost required:
Once receiving the books required, the patrons can then write to TRCCS’ official e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. With the invoice or receipt, as well as detailed information of the bank accounts, the NCL will transfer the money to the patrons directly to cover the costs of interlibrary loans.