The Fudan-Appalachian Library Exchange Program (FALEP) agreement allowed for an exchange librarian from Fudan to be in residence at Appalachian, and an Appalachian librarian to be in residence at Fudan University Library for 1-6 months each year. The exchange began in August of 2009 and continued four years. This exchange allowed for the exploration of librarianship in an international context and promoted the sharing of ideas about library services and scholarly communications.
In Fall 2009 ASU librarian Megan Johnson (in pink) was the first exchange librarian in the Fudan-Appalachian Library Exchange Program (FALEP). She spent five weeks learning about Chinese academic libraries, and sharing information on Belk Library and Information's information literacy program and services. In spring and summer 2010, Ms. Weihua Shi (pictured in blue) was in residence at ASU for 5 months. She visited several UNC system libraries, (Chapel Hill, NC State, UNCG, A&T) and also visited Duke University Library.
Leslie Fairson, Business Librarian from Appalachian visited Fudan in Fall of 2012. Weihua Cheng was in residence at Appalachian for the summer of 2012.
A group of ASU librarians, Allan Scherlen, Mary Reichel (University Librarian), Xiaorong Shao, and Beth Cramer visited Fudan University Library, Beijing Normal University Library and Shaanxi Normal University Library in China in May, 2008. The Fudan and Appalachian Library Exchange Program agreement was signed during this visit.
A blog was kept during this trip which provides more information about the goals and activities of this visit.
This spring, Allan Scherlen traveled to Shanghai for four weeks, and in fall 2011 Xu Xuan was in residence for three months.