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Sister Libraries: 30 years of International Friendship and Exchange
Exhibit on Display at OSL

A new exhibit is on display in the second floor lobby of the Oregon State Library. "Sister Libraries: 30 years of International Friendship and Exchange" chronicles the history of the fruitful relationship between the libraries of Fujian Province in China and the libraries of Oregon.

The Fujian-Oregon relationship began in 1984, when Governors Hu Ping and Vic Atiyeh signed a sister state relationship agreement. Three years later in March 1987, Rosalind Wang, Education Librarian at Portland State University, was invited by the Fujian Provincial Library and Fuzhou University to conduct workshops for library personnel from Fujian province. During the trip, Wang was asked by Provincial Library officials to assist with the creation of a sister library relationship between the Oregon State Library and Provincial Library.
The resulting “Proposal on the Cooperation between Fujian Provincial Library and Oregon State Library: Two Sister Libraries” called for book exchanges, mutual assistance with reference work, and staff and technology exchanges. The agreement was finalized on July 20, 1989, by officials from the Provincial Library on a visit to Oregon and Wes Doak, the state librarian at the time. Also in 1989, Dr. Layton Horner of Arizona made a gift to the Oregon State Library to help sponsor library staff exchanges between Fujian and Oregon.
Since then, there have been 38 Horner Exchange delegates – 22 from Fujian, 15 from Oregon, and 1 from Southwest Washington. There have also been at leave five shipments of gift books to Fujian totaling more than 47,000 volumes.

This exhibit is on display in the 2nd floor lobby of the State Library, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.