Monday, May 18, 2015

OKSHF Research Grant at USC Korean Heritage Library


The Korean Heritage Library (KHL) at the University of Southern California is pleased to announce research grants for researchers, librarians, and educators in Korean Studies. Thanks to generous support from the Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation (OKSHF), the grant assists scholars in their use of USC Korean Heritage Library’s resources for research to promote scholarship in Korean Studies.

Eligibility

Scholars and librarians whose research can benefit from the resources at the USC Korean Heritage Library. We will give strong preference to distinguished scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at domestic U.S. institutions with few Korean library resources. 

Awards

A maximum of $3,000 awarded during 2015 to support up to 3 scholars.

•    International scholars: up to $2,000
•    Domestic scholars: up to $1,000

Schedule

•    September 30, 2015:  Deadline for proposals
•    October 30, 2015:  Notification of grantees
•    October 31, 2016: Deadline for use of research grant awards

Benefits for Grantees


•    Partial support for costs related to consulting resources at the USC Libraries as part of their research on Korea (travel, accommodations, meals, copying, etc.)
•    USC library privileges and support from USC KHL faculty and staff during their research visit
•    Active engagement with USC’s dynamic community of Korean Studies faculty and students through workshops and informal gatherings

Requirements for Grantees

•    A brief report at the end of on-site research
•    Exit interview with KHL Curator sharing the researcher’s experiences and suggestions for the OKSHF Research Grant program
•    Works resulting from the OKSHF Research Grant must acknowledge the grant in all publications and/or presentations.
•    Gift copies of all publications resulting from the grant must be submitted to the USC Libraries. If this is not possible, citations must be reported for KHL’s records.
•    Submitting receipts for reimbursement up to the amount of the award

Inquiries
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of USC librarians and faculty. 
Inquiries may be directed to:
•    Joy Kim, Curator of the Korean Heritage Library: joykim@usc.edu
•    Kenneth Klein, Head of the East Asian Library: kklein@usc.edu

Application Procedures

Submit the following documentation via email attachments to: joykim@usc.edu 

•    A brief statement (approximately 250 words) describing your research project and its purpose, needs for on-site research at USC KHL, proposed visit schedule, and an estimated budget
•    A curriculum vitae

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015-16 Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grants

The East Asia Library at Stanford University is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 library travel grants. The purpose of these grants is to assist scholars from outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area in accessing the Stanford East Asia Library collections for research. Funded by the Department of Education Title VI program, the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies will award up to six grants on a competitive basis to help defray the cost of travel and lodging for scholars of East Asia at other institutions who wish to utilize the collections at the Stanford East Asia Library. The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with University travel guidelines. The Stanford East Asia Library collection includes roughly 770,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and western languages. Further information about the library collections is available at https://library.stanford.edu/eal.

Eligibility
Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of East Asia at other U.S. institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the Stanford East Asia Library between August 15, 2015 and August 14, 2016. Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. Please note that award travel must be completed before August 14, 2016. Applicants do not have to be US citizens, but travel should originate and terminate in the US; no international tickets are allowed.

Amount
Up to $750 per trip.

Deadline
Applications are due by July 1, 2015

Application Procedures
Provide the following documentation in one PDF file less than 1MB in size:
•    A brief statement (not to exceed 250 words) describing your research, the need to use the East Asia Library collections, and proposed travel dates
•    A list of resources you would like to access (applicants must check availability of these resources in the Library's online catalog or by contacting the relevant area librarian prior to submitting applications)
•    An estimated budget
•    A current curriculum vita
Please apply online at:
https://library.stanford.edu/eal/2015-16-stanford-east-asia-library-travel-grants

For questions regarding eligibility or travel restrictions, please contact John Groschwitz <jgroschwitz@stanford.edu>, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies.

For questions regarding Stanford East Asia Library collections, Please contact relevant area librarian.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Tsuen-hsuin (T.H.) Tsien | 錢存訓

Dear CEAL colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Dr. Tsuen-hsuin (T.H.) Tsien | 錢存訓, the first Curator of the East Asian Collection (then Far Eastern Library) and Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as the Graduate School of Library Science of the University of Chicago, passed away yesterday afternoon (4/9) at the age of 105.

Below please find an obituary prepared by Professor Edward Shaughnessy (Lorrain & Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Services Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the University of Chicago) which highlighted many of Dr. Tsien’s accomplishment.

Yuan

Yuan Zhou
Curator for East Asian Collection
The University of Chicago Library


Tsuen-hsuin (T.H.) Tsien | 錢存訓, Curator Emeritus of the East Asian Collection of the Joseph Regenstein Library and Professor Emeritus of Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations (now East Asian Languages and Civilizations) of the University of Chicago, passed away in Chicago yesterday, April 9, 2015, at the age of 105. T.H. lived a long and extraordinarily full life. He liked to say that he was born under the last emperor of China, in 1909, in Taixian, Jiangsu, China. In 1927, before entering university, he participated in the Northern Expedition, a military effort of the Nationalist government of China that resulted in the unification of China. In 1928, T.H. entered Jinling University (the precursor of Nanjing University), from which he was graduated in 1932 with a degree in Library Science. After graduation, he worked first in Shanghai at the Jiaotong University Library, and then in Nanjing at the Nanjing Branch of the Peking Library (the forerunner of the National Library of China). In December, 1941, he was personally responsible for shipping 300,000 rare books from the library to the United States Library of Congress for safe-keeping during the war; the books left the port of Shanghai, then still an open city, just days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and made it safely to Washington. After the conclusion of the war, T.H. went to Washington to arrange for the return of the books. However, the outbreak of civil war in China made their return at the time impossible, and T.H. remained in America together with the books. In 1947, Herrlee G. Creel (1905-1994; Martin A. Ryerson Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies at the University) invited T.H. to the University of Chicago to manage the Far Eastern Library (now East Asian Collection). T.H. remained in Chicago thereafter.

It is no exaggeration to say that T.H. Tsien was the most influential Chinese librarian in America. Not only did he develop one of the country’s greatest East Asian libraries at the University of Chicago, but he also trained a generation of students for East Asian libraries around the country including those who went on to head the East Asian libraries at Harvard and Princeton. In addition, his published scholarship continues to have a profound influence on the fields of Chinese bibliography, paleography, and science and technology. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1957; his dissertation, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1962 as Written on Bamboo and Silk: The Beginnings of Chinese Books and Inscriptions, is still regarded as a classic in the field. In 1978, after retiring from his position as Curator of the East Asian Collection, T.H. accepted an invitation from Joseph Needham to participate in Needham’s great Science and civilisation in China project. In 1984, T.H. contributed Vol. 5.1: Paper and Printing, the first volume in the series to be published under a name other than Needham’s. After this time, he remained active. In 2011, his book Collected Writings on Chinese Culture, was published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press. It includes thirty essays on “Ancient Documents and Artifacts,” “Paper, Ink, and Printing,” “Cultural Exchange and Librarianship,” “Biographies of Eminent Scholars,” “Memoir of a Centenarian,” and “Essays about the Author.” The volume also contains prefaces by Edward L. Shaughnessy and Anthony C. Yu, his colleagues at the University of Chicago, relating many more of his contributions to the University and to scholarship.

T.H. Tsien has now rejoined his beloved wife Wen-ching Hsu, who was one of the first instructors of Chinese at the University, and his eldest daughter Ginger, both of whom passed away in 2008. He is survived by two other daughters, Mary Tsien Dunkel and Gloria Tsien, as well as by his nephew Xiaowen Qian, Assistant to the Curator for the East Asian Collection of the Regenstein Library. He has established a legacy that will endure as long as scholars continue to value books.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 AAS-in-ASIA Taiwan Conference



The deadline for the discounted early bird registration rate has been extended to April 15, 2015.

Asia in Motion: Ideas, Institutions, Identities, the second AAS-in-Asia conference, will be held at  Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, June 22-Wednesday, June 24, 2015.


The three-day program includes a total of 120 panels and roundtables including sessions on all parts of Asia.  Border Crossing and China and Inner Asia panels make up more than half of the program.  This is a smaller conference than the AAS Annual Conference and we expect between 700-750 people to attend.

Academia Sinica has generously offered to host a special banquet free to all registered participants on the evening of Tuesday, June 23rd.  On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24th there will be optional tours of Academia Sinica's many museums.  Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation will host a guide tour of the National Palace Museum followed by a special buffet dinner at the museum open to all registered participants who sign up in advance. Visit the website for detailed information.

Pre-register today to enjoy discounted rates!  Visit the website to see hotel options.  Click the link below.