The 31st Confucius PhD Students Forum was held successfully in UCD on April 27th, 2016. More than 70 participants got together at UCD to discuss the topic on information literature, information searching, collection and assessment, an indispensable skill in today’s academic career. Ms Qi Feng, General Manager, Europe and Austrailia Branch Company, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Ms Liyan Guo, CNKI Database Consultant for European Area and Ms Jin Liang, Assistant Librarian of the UCD Library explored the topic from their own perspectives. The Confucius PhD Students Forum is organized by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland in conjunction with the Chinese Students & Scholars Association Ireland. Professor Xiaochuang Wu, First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland invited the guest speakers from CNKI; he also attended the Forum and gave a speech. Prof Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland welcomed all the participants at the Forum.
Ms Jin Liang introduced the concept of Information Literacy in her presentation. Information Literacy refers to all the necessary skills involved in academic researches, including the ability to identify, find and assess the information needed. Ms Liang believes that Information Literacy not only enhances people’s learning efficiency and academic level, it also improves their critical thinking and life-long learning capabilities.
Ms Feng and Ms Guo both talked about the history and the available academic resources and service of CNKI. They encouraged the PhD students to make full use of CNKI’s resources in their academic researches and activities.