Director Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan
Poding Memorial Library of the Chaoyang University of Technology (CYUT) has been an open library from the beginning and is free to use by faculty and students on campus as well as members of the off-campus community. Anyone can get inside the library without an ID card. The CYUT library has a collection of over one million books and frequently holds book fairs on various topics to promote good books. It even makes regular book tours to community colleges, high school libraries or public libraries, and this becomes a popular service. In addition, the library has developed a Cross-University Application Management System for Central Taiwan University Library Consortium that allows faculty and students at member universities to check out books easily from each university’s library. This system has served thousands of faculty and students and has expanded the benefits of sharing resources among libraries.
In particular, the CYUT has more than 1000 foreign students, especially come from Indonesia and Vietnam. For multicultural expansion, the school library and the Taichung Public Library have jointly launched a mobile library service project, which delivers Indonesian, Vietnamese and Chinese books to the CYUT for users to read and check out via the bookmobile. Everyone who presents this service would get a traditional snack from Indonesia, Vietnam or Taiwan during the International Cultural Festival. From openness to sustainability, the CYUT is dedicated to University Social Responsibility (USR) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of No Poverty, Quality Education, Reducing Inequalities and Partnerships for the goals.