Friday, October 10, 2014

New Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies at East Asia Library of UW Libraries

A Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) has been established at the East Asia Library of University of Washington Libraries through collaboration between UW Libraries and the National Central Library, Taiwan.

On October 2nd, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the University of Washington (UW) Libraries and the National Central Library (NCL) of Taiwan was signed in establishment of the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies at the East Asia Library of UW Libraries. This new center is the second established in the United States, and the eighth worldwide. At the UW signing ceremony, NCL Director-general Tseng Shu-hsien presented also the University of Washington with a gift of the reproduction of a Taiwanese national treasure—the Annotated Poems of Su Dongpo – dating from the twelfth century.

Following the signing ceremony, guest speaker, Professor Shih-hui Chen from the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, spoke on “Messages from Taiwan: Recreating Tradition through Musical Composition”. A scholar and composer, Dr. Chen is world renowned in her field. A third component of the dedication on OCT 2nd was the official opening of an exhibition entitled “Traditional and Modern Music of Taiwan,” on display in the UW East Asia Library through December 12. Included in the exhibit are 79 volumes and 92 audiovisual files of modern, traditional, pop, aboriginal, and Hakka musical selections and musicians.

At the signing ceremony, Vice-Provost and Dean of UW Libraries Betsy Wilson said, “The center is another milestone in the long tradition and friendship between UW Libraries and National Central Library and other Libraries in Taiwan.” Through the center, this collaboration brings to the University of Washington valuable scholarly publications of Chinese and Taiwanese studies and an annual series of lectures about Taiwan. The establishment of the center will further expand scholarly resources in Taiwan Chinese studies at the UW, enlarge the scope of exchange between the University of Washington and Taiwan, and promote cultural understanding.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CEAL Website: Library List Updated

I've just updated the East Asian Library List on the CEAL website. I believe the links are now all working. However, please check the link to your collection, to make sure I have linked to the desired page. Many of the pages have change in recent years, and nearly half of the sites I checked needed an update, which I did using my best judgement.

Also, please let me know if your library is not included in the list, and you would like me to add a link. Please reply to me at:

Rob Britt

CEAL Library Technology Chair

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Travel Grants for UW Manhwa Collection

Library Travel Grants to Use the Manhwa Collection in the University of Washington East Asia Library

The UW East Asia Library is pleased to offer travel grants to scholars outside the Seattle/Tacoma area to conduct Korea-related research using the Manhwa (Korean graphic novel) collection in the East Asia Library of the University of Washington.

The East Asia Library’s Manhwa collection consists of over 15,000 volumes in Korean. It is the  largest and most comprehensive Manhwa collection in North America. The collection mainly has publications from the 1980s thru the early 2000s when Korean graphic novels were mostly in print before moving to the online format called webtoon. The collection has comprehensive works by famous cartoonists such as Yi Hyon-se, Pak Pong-song, Ko Haeng-sok, Yi Sang-mu and many others.

Nearly 900 individual titles are already cataloged and available from the OCLC Worldcat database or the UW Library catalog for descriptions on these books. The remaining uncataloged materials (approx. 600 titles) are available in the Excel document format upon request.

GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500 to cover travel expenses (air and lodging)

* who document how their research will benefit from access to the Manhwa collection at the UW and whose research will take advantage of our strengths

* Applications are being accepted. The application deadline is August 1, 2014.
* A total of two awards will be made.
* Awards must be used and receipts submitted by December 31, 2014.
* Each recipient is required to submit a short summary of the research accomplished with the grant within 30 days upon completion of the travel.

Submit (email applications preferred) a brief description of your research topic, sources in the collection you plan to use, a brief curriculum vitae, and an estimated budget to Hyokyoung Yi, If you have any questions, please contact Hyokyoung Yi.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Survey on Japanese Romanization

Japanese Romanization Table Survey | Task Force Final Report

Dear colleagues,
The CTP/CJM Joint Working Group on Japanese Romanization Table would like to invite your participation in a survey on the ALA-LC Romanization Table: Japanese (updated in 2012).

The WG has been working to resolve the issues that were identified by the Task Force on the LC Proposal for Japanese Romanization (for full details, please see the TF's final report). With this survey, we would like to hear from the CEAL community about how you currently deal with those issues, as well as what other issues or questions you have experienced since the Romanization Table was revised. The results of the survey will be used to prioritize the issues, and determine how they should be addressed to improve the Romanization Table.

Please take a moment to answer the Japanese Romanization Table Survey, by Thursday, June 19th. It should only take about 5 minutes of your time.

The WG appreciates your cooperation.

CJM/CTP Joint Working Group on Japanese Romanization Table

Rob Britt
Mieko Mazza
Hikaru Nakano
Chiaki Sakai
Keiko Suzuki
Yoko Kudo, Chair

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chinese Art Reference Guide Published

Chinese art documentation in China, UK and USA (PDF)

The Art Libraries Journal just published a special issue: Chinese art documentation in China, UK and USA (vol.39 no.2 2014). The publication provides snapshots of some of the major Chinese art collections in the three countries. It is a useful reference guide to Chinese art research.

For more information, see the abstract, linked above.


Susan Xue
Head, Information and Public Services
Electronic Resources Librarian
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
UC Berkeley
Tel: 510-643-6327


Friday, April 11, 2014

Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vote on Change of Publishing Format

Task Force Final Report (PDF) | Gail King's Presentation

To All CEAL Members:

The CEAL Executive Board has been involved in discussions about the format of the Journal of East Asian Libraries since last year. As Past-President Peter Zhou announced during the Business Plenary at the CEAL meeting in Philadelphia, the Executive Board made a decision to ask CEAL members their opinion on this issue. Below is a summary explaining the actions of the Executive Board to date.

April, 2013

Task Force on JEAL chaired by Gail King created to examine the issue of whether JEAL should continue being published in print with an open-access electronic archive (the status quo) or move to entirely online publishing.

November, 2013

The Task Force completed its work and submitted its final report to the Executive Board

February, 2014

Following sustained discussion, the Executive Board voted to in favor of moving to online-only publishing for JEAL. It was also decided that the Executive Board would not proceed unless the membership indicated support for this option.

Next Steps

April, 2014

The Task Force on JEAL Final Report is to be circulated to all CEAL members.

May, 2014

Voting by the membership is to take place between May 1 and May 15, with an announcement of the results on May 20.

Linked above is a copy of the final report of the task force. Pages one and two of the report present the issues and the pros and cons of each approach. Please take the time to review this report and if you have any questions, send them to Gail King ( or Ellen Hammond ( For further information, please also consult Gail King’s PowerPoint presentation at the CEAL meeting, also linked above.

The announcement to open the voting will take place on May 1 and the process will be similar to that for CEAL elections (that is, online voting).

I want to thank Gail King and Peter Zhou for their leadership on this issue and also recognize the contributions of the other Task Force Members: Hee-Sook Shin, Vickie Doll, Chengzhi Wang, and Joy Kim. The Task Force members did an exemplary job investigating the issues.

Best regards,

Ellen Hammond
CEAL President

Ellen H. Hammond

Director, International Collections & Research Support
Head, East Asia Library
Yale University
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240

Tel: +1 203 432-1791
Fax: +1 203 432-8527

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chinese Rare Books Overseas: CEAL 2014 Program

Report on a Survey Project on the Collaborative Preservation of Chinese Rare Books Overseas

Mr. Zhang Zhiqing, Deputy Director of the National Library of China (NLC)

11:00-12:30pm, March 27, 2014
Independence Ballroom II, 3rd Level
Philadelphia Downtown Marriott

Mr. Zhang’s report will give a brief overview of the NLC’s project on collaborative preservation of Chinese rare books overseas with a focus on the compilation of The Union Catalog of Chinese Rare Books in North America. He will also introduce the recent publications of Reprints of Chinese Rare Books (Overseas Edition) and Chinese Rare Books Series. Finally he will update the preparation for the “Workshop on Appraisal and Preservation of Chinese Rare Books for North American Librarians.”

Susan Xue
Chair, Committee on Chinese Materials (2012-14)