Thursday, October 30, 2014

Applications sought for 2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

Friends & Colleagues:
The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. The Grant subsidizes a foreign law librarian to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the world's largest law librarian professional organization.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting ( in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July 18-21, 2015) provides a waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee and a grant of a minimum $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at

Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The application deadline is November 30, 2014. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications. Please note: Grant winners must pay all expenses in advance. Grant awards will only be disbursed at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Please feel free to contact me or another committee member <> if you have any questions about the 2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. Also, please feel free to distribute this announcement to any listserv or individual who might be interested in attending the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting.

Sherry Leysen
2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grant Funding Available for Library Acquisitions of Japanese Studies Material

Dear Japanese Studies Researchers and Librarians,

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Materials (NCC), through the generous support of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the Japan Publications Trading Co. (JPT), annually makes available substantial funding for library acquisition of multi-volume sets (including microforms, sets of back issues of journals etc.) of Japanese studies materials, published two or more years ago, with limited holdings in academic institutions in the USA.
  • 75% of the purchase price is available for such sets not held in full and circulated through interlibrary loan by any US academic institution
  • 50% of the purchase price is available for such sets held in full and circulated through ILL by no more than one US academic institution
Applicants need merely cover the remaining costs (including shipping), catalog materials in a timely fashion, and offer them for interlibrary loan to other North American users.

In addition, smaller institutions (with acquisitions budgets of less than $10,000 annually for Japanese materials) are eligible to apply for up to 80% support for any multi-volume set costing 100,000 yen or more, regardless of the number of US holdings.

For more information, please visit the MVS Grant pages on the NCC website:

We are fast-approaching the pre-screening deadline of November 1, and based on the current number of applicants, should be able to fund many more proposals. The pre-screening application is extremely simple, requiring nothing more than basic identifying information regarding the applicant and the resource(s) for which you wish to apply. Multiple applications from a single institution are welcome. The final application will not be due until January 9, 2015.

The pre-screening application is available as a downloadable link from this page:

For larger institutions (annual Japanese studies collecting budgets of $10,000 or more), you may wish to consult the following list for samples of applicable materials (not all, but many of these titles are still eligible for grant application; check USA holdings through

In addition, NCC’s Cooperative Collection Development Working Group is urging librarians to consider acquiring back files (monthly/annual reprints or discs) of select local Japanese newspapers not held in the USA. Some of these are eligible for MVS Grant applications and the MVS Grant Committee supports applications for them. Please see the list of some eligible titles below.

Have questions? Need help? I am at your service. As the recipient of four previous NCC MVS grants, I can testify: this is too great an opportunity for you to ignore!

Dan McKee
2015 NCC MVS Grant Committee Co-Chair
(607) 255-4737

Some local newspaper back files eligible for MVS include:

茨城新聞 2008年版~2013年版(計120,000円)。
下野新聞 2012年1月号~2014年6月号(計126,000円)。
北国新聞 2000年6月号~2014年5月号(計756,000円)。
中日新聞 2011年5月号~2014年6月号(計209,912円)。
福井新聞 1997年3月号~2011年3月号 (計724,165円)
DVD版 2011年4月号~2014年7月号 (計120,000円)
山梨日日新聞 2007年1月号~2014年6月号 (計253,440円)
中部経済新聞 2009年7月号~2014年3月号 (計162,849円)

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