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Madigan Library Archivist Travels to China

Scott on on the Shanghai Bund; in the background are the Yellow River and the Pudong section of Shanghai Portrait of Chairman Mao at the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing The Great Wall outside Beijing Roof detail from one of many palaces in the Forbidden City in Beijing A round gate in the Temple of the Jade Buddha in Shanghai Patricia A. Scott, librarian for collection development and archives at Penn College’s Madigan Library, traveled to China from Oct. 10-20 with the Global Archives Management Professional Delegation, part of the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program’s initiative on Global Information Management Systems. The delegation of 22 archivists included representatives of California Institute of Technology, Ford Motor Co., the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Archives and Records Administration. Delegates visited a number of institutions in Beijing and Shanghai the Society of Chinese Archives, the Beijing City Archives, the School of Information Resource Management at Renmin University of China, Shanghai Municipal Archives and the Shanghai Museum where they and their Chinese counterparts discussed trends in archival management, digitization of paper records and open access to archival information. Scott, an alumna of Williamsport Area Community College, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in library science from Clarion University. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Scott, who shared her photos with PCToday, will detail her trip in a library forum during the Spring 2009 semester.