Julie Goes To China Posted By: Liz Goodrich Date Posted: 1/25/2004 Librarian Julie Connoley talks about her experiences while on a recent exchange to China at the Bend Public Library on January 25 at 2:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Conceived by Dr. Laton Horner, the exchange program was started to help Asian and American libraries improve library sciences through direct consultation between librarians. Every two years a librarian from Oregon visits Southern China and brings a specific area of expertise to share with Chinese counterparts. This year, reference services were emphasized. Connoley graduated with a Masters Degree in Information and Library Sciences from University of Arizona. She says that the quiet order of the Chinese libraries directly contrasts with the “sense of life,” felt within the walls of the Deschutes Public Libraries. “The missions of Chinese and American libraries are very different. They are protecting their collection, often behind glass, while we circulate our collection.” During the program, Connoley will compare the Chinese and American library systems as well as share her interesting experiences with traffic, food and chopsticks. “It was my policy not to ask what I was eating,” says Connoley. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.