Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT – www.bit.edu.cn) is one of the leading universities in China. BIT is a public university with a traditional focus on science and technology but developing into other areas such as management and humanities. BIT was one of the first 15 universities to join “211 Project” in 1995, which established roughly 100 universities to cope with the challenges of the 21st century. It is the 10th university to enter the “985 Project”, which started in order to develop 39 Chinese universities that would seek to become world renowned universities. BIT is now under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
There are four faculties and 19 colleges in BIT, Faculty of Mechanical and Transportation Engineering, Faculty of Information and Electronics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Materials, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Institute of Educational Research, School of Liberal Arts, School of Continuing Education, School of International Education and Higher Vocational and Technical College, and numerous advanced scientific research centers.
BIT comprises more than 3,500 faculty members and 25,000 full-time students. Over 14,000 are undergraduate students, nearly 8,000 are graduate students and over 3,000 are doctoral students.
Beijing Institute of Technology Library (BITL), originally known as Yan’an Academy of Natural Sciences Library, was established in 1940. It presently consists of Zhongguancun campus library, Xu Teli library (located in Liangxiang campus and named after the BIT’s prestigious former president) and four professional branches covering disciplines from machinery and vehicle engineering, science, humanities to law. BITL’s printed and electronic book collections amount to 2.526 million and 5.4961 million respectively and the library boasts of 273 databases. Moreover, BITL’s featured archived literature system is to be constructed around three programs, namely “Beijing Institute of Technology Special Stacks Center”, “China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Literature Collection and Exchange Center” and “Collection Base for the Data Acquisition on Senior Scientists’ Academic Journey”. BITL has developed its national defense featured literature resources security system involving wide-ranging disciplines and encompassing both printed and digital documents.
BITL adopts the cross-campus borrowing and reading mode with the principles of “advance ordering, interlibrary loan, resource sharing”. And various modern information service systems have been introduced, ranging from Library Integrated Management System (LIMS), Full-text Electronic Information Delivery System to Cross-Database Retrieval System for Electronic Resources. BITL has achieved the seamless link of library information resources and offered one-stop service to readers to obtain their target information.
Guided by the basic principles of “consolidating present foundation, developing with its own characteristics, adopting library technology, and innovating service offerings” and equipped with automotive management system, BITL will employ more skilled staff and pay more attention to the discipline construction so as to provide high quality information services to regular class teaching and scientific research. Supported by advanced technology, BITL is expected to become an efficient, digitalized, research-oriented university library with good domestic and international reputation.
Dr. Xu Zhang
Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)
5 South Zhongguancun Street, Haidian, Beijing 100081, China
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