In the past one hundred years,China's librarianship has developed and thrived from scratch and has been widely accepted as an independent discipline within the academia,owing to the strenuous efforts made by generations of Chinese library scholars. One of the best ways to pay tribute to these great predecessors is to inherit their academic legacy and study their lives and thoughts. China's library scholar research commenced in the 1930s and has a history of over 80 years. Summarizing the 80 years history contributes to promoting the study of library scholars,deepening the discipline memory of Library Science and carrying forward the library spirit. In this article,the Chinese library scholars refer to the scholars who were born in China and received the professional education in Library Science,and those foreigners who made great contributions to modern China's librarianship(such as Mary Elizabeth Wood).
With regard to research perspective,the author chooses only the research results done from the perspective of Library Science,therefore it should be pointed out that for Liu Yizheng,Wang Xiantang and other scholars who have rich library work experience but whose main research field is not Library Science,this paper only concerns their research from the perspective of Library Science. In terms of regions,the paper mainly selects relevant research results in inland of China；Hong Kong and Taiwan and overseas research,although involved,is not elaborated on. Because of the large number of people involved in the study of Library Science and the voluminous research literature,only the important research systematic results(especially the monographs,doctoral dissertation)and the representative ones which can reflect the characteristics of a certain stage or a range of research are chosen,the so-called macro-level analysis.
The library scholar research in China has experienced four periods:the beginning stage(1930s),the tortuous development stage(1950s to 1970s),the recovery and development stage(1980s to 1990s)and the advancing stage(2000 to now). The more than 80 years of library scholar research history has presented six features:1)Individual-oriented research greatly outnumbers group-oriented research；2)Individual research papers greatly outnumber systematic research results；3)The research object is mainly the first generation of Chinese library scholars；4)Many researches are a kind of “celebratory history” research；5)Many researches adopt the inner history paradigm；6)The understanding of library scholars is becoming more objective and comprehensive. Based on that,the author puts forward five suggestions on the future library scholar research:paying more attention to Li Xiaoyuan,Hong Youfeng and many other scholars who are ignored by the researchers,paying more attention to group study,promoting the historical material construction in the digital age,advocating the diversification of research paradigm and strengthening cooperation between inland of China and Hongkong Taiwan as well as abroad. 75 refs.