On the afternoon of December 9th, 2009, WKU Libraries welcomed Second Secretary Liu Jiangyi and Attache Liu Xiao from the Education Office of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China at Washington DC. They were on an inspection tour on behalf of the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing as WKU is one of the applicants for hosting a Confucius Institute. If the application were approved, Hanban would donate 3,000 items of Chinese materials in the form of journals, monographs and videos to be housed on the first floor of the Helm Library adjacent to Java City.
The Chinese officials were taken to the Libraries by Amy Eckhardt, Director of the Office of Scholar Development, and Liping Chen, Director of Flagship Chinese Program, Honors College. Receiving the Chinese guests were Mike Binder, Dean of Libaries; Brian Coutts, Head of Department of Library Public Services; Connie Foster, Head of Library Technical Services; Haiwang Yuan, Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies; Bryan Carson, Special Assistant to the Dean for Grants & Projects; Jack Montgomery, Collection Services Coordinator; Jennifer Wilson, Coordinator of Marketing; and Doug Wiles, Library Security Officer. The party then went to the Faculty House for an reception.