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
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
Since then, there have been 38 Horner Exchange delegates –
22 from Fujian and 16 from Oregon. 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.