As a platform of academic communication,the Journal of Library Science in China has provided us the chance of observing,researching and commentating the history,status quo and future of librarianship over the past 60 years development in the People's Republic of China. Several special years were chosen to review and analyze the important events and reforms in the development of Chinese librarianship. Unable to present a comprehensive picture as it is,this paper can at least draw a general timeline of development of librarianship.
1) Due to the impact of political environment,a new discourse style used to commentating librarianship was formed in 1957. In the new discourse style,compliments were taken as the theme and problems were ignored,which definitely did not conform to academic standards. The discourse style was ended after 40 years and replaced by strategic research of the librarianship. 2) Originated in 1959,rural library construction was constrained by economic development and the self-solved mechanism of books purchasing funds came into being. The lack of continuous government funds resulted in its non-sustainable development. 3) The phenomenon of “paid services” arose. Because of lack of funds,libraries had to adopt the mechanism of paid services,which had been a widespread service mode of Chinese public libraries for quite a long time. After entry into the new century,our economic strength has increased greatly. The theoretical community made great efforts to intensify research and appeal of public service philosophies which finally prompted the government to increase library funds supply. 4) Originated from 1982,library law research started under the influence of international library laws. Rooted in Chinese library practice,the research produced some results which played an important role in the library law making. Meanwhile,the theoretical community made studies on other library legislative work and contributed to the making of laws and regulations of library operations. 5) Begun in 2006,the exploration of public library service system was directed to the long-standing unsolved problem-lack of sustainable management mechanism and low service capabilities in grass-root public libraries. By constructing public library service system,the problem was solved effectively through enhancement of funds and service capabilities. By the above retrospect,we can find the relation of interdependence between library theories and librarianship,in which the interaction was not positive in the beginning but gradually matured. 37 refs.