Monday, August 10, 2015

New Korean Studies Librarian at Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce that Julia Jihae Chun has accepted the job offer as a Korean Studies Librarian in Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, effective August 1, 2015.

Julia brings a wealth of subject knowledge on Korean Studies and experience as a subject librarian. In the past year Or (until June of this year), She held a shared position as a Catalog Librarian for Korean language resources at Duke University and Korean Studies Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  She received her HBA degree in Sociocultural Anthropology and Mater of Information degree from University of Toronto. She worked as a SLA and GSLA in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library for more than five years while she studied at UofT. After graduation, she also worked briefly in York University as a library assistant and George Brown College as a practicum student. As a young professional, Julia has accumulated experiences on public services in academic libraries, copy and original Korean language cataloguing and providing reference, instructional services on Korean studies, which enable her to serve our Korean studies community’s dynamic and diversify information needs at UofT and beyond. Julia has indicated that she has great potential and flexibility to adopt and grow well at this new challenging job.

As a Korean Studies Librarian, Julia will work closely with other subject librarians and staff at the East Asian Library to continue building strong Korean Studies collections; actively engage with faculty and students in the Korean Studies Programs. She will collaborate with librarians and staff in other departments regarding acquisition, cataloguing, maintenance and preservation of Korean-language resources.  I look forward to working with Julia as she undertakes this important role. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to the University of Toronto Libraries. Julia can be reached at

Best Regards,

Stephen Qiao

Monday, July 13, 2015

Conference in Japan: Museums-Libraries-Archives: ICOFOM Symposium

More Information | Conference Program

Museums-Libraries-Archives Conference

(38th ANNUAL ICOFOM Symposium) 

Theme: Museology exploring the concept of MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives)

University of Tsukuba, Japan
September 14-18, 2015

International Council of Museums (ICOM)
International Committee for Museology

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NDL: Training in Japan for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside Japan

Training for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside of Japan : 海外日本研究司書研修実施のお知らせ(国立国会図書館)

Dear all:
The National Diet Library (NDL) is offering a training program (conducted in JAPANESE) for Overseas Japanese Studies Librarians [海外日本研究司書研修]. It will take place from January 13 to 22, 2016 (8 days) at the Kansai Branch of the National Diet Library.

Participants will not only be learning about the NDL's reference and other services but will also be visiting other Japanese studies information organizations, getting hands-on training and attending special lectures.

The training is free of charge, but participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

Please refer to the link below for detailed information about the training program (in Japanese):


Fabiano Takashi Rocha | Japanese Studies Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries | 130 St. George Street | Toronto ON M5S 1A5 | 416-978-2300

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Innovation Grant Winners

I am delighted to announce the recipients of the first awards from the Mellon Foundation – Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians program.  The winners of the 2015 competition are:

Duke University Libraries
Project Lead:  Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian, in collaboration with Guo-Juin Hong (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Department, Duke University)
Project:  The Memory Project
Award:  $40,000
This project represents an original contribution in the area of processing, preserving, and making accessible digital primary sources, while also grappling with issues involved in the enhancement of East Asian language AV materials for presentation in an English language context.  Grant funds will be used primarily for the arrangement, description, and reformatting of over 1,000 interviews constituting an oral history of the Great Famine in post-Revolution rural China. 

The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Project Lead:  Yunshan Ye, Librarian for East Asian Studies, in collaboration with Jing Zhong (Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, George Washington University) and Ding Ye (Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, Georgetown University)
Project:  Blogging and Microblogging:  Preserving Non-Official Voices in China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign
Award:  $77,610
This project is an innovative approach in the area of harvesting and making accessible Chinese language social media content, including both blogs and micro-blogs, and the development of an existing open-source tool to allow for the harvesting of Chinese-language content.  Blog and micro-blog content related to the Anti-Corruption campaign in contemporary China will be the focus of this archiving effort.

The two funded projects were selected from a pool of nine applications requesting a total of nearly $500,000.  The two winning projects impressed the review panel with both the importance of the collection development focus and the plans for technology development.  Congratulations to both universities and the project leads and collaborators!

The Mellon Foundation – Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians program was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   The program is managed by the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) and administered by the Association of Asian Studies.  The second grant round of the grant competition will be held in 2016, with the RFP expected in January.

Ellen Hammond
Principal Investigator, Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians
President, Council on East Asian Libraries

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.


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. 


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


•    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

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:
•    Kenneth Klein, Head of the East Asian Library:

Application Procedures

Submit the following documentation via email attachments to: 

•    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

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.

Up to $750 per trip.

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:

For questions regarding eligibility or travel restrictions, please contact John Groschwitz <>, 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 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.