Friday, March 10, 2017

Update: Wi-Fi in Meeting Rooms Will Be Available

Contrary to my previous understanding, Wi-Fi will be available in the Sheraton Centre Toronto meeting rooms for CEAL 2017. I confirmed this today with the AV provider for the Sheraton. Also the AAS information sheet, "Know Before You Go" says:
We will provide complimentary Wi-Fi in all meeting rooms and common spaces in the Sheraton. Use the code AAS2017 to connect. Additionally, all attendees staying at the Sheraton or the Hilton will also receive complimentary internet in hotel rooms.

Rob Britt
Chair, CEAL Library Technology Committee

Friday, February 10, 2017

CEAL Election Voting Eligibility Window Now Closed

Dear Friends,
Eligibility to vote in CEAL elections is based on 1) Current Membership in AAS and 2) Payment of CEAL dues for the current year (click here for details).

As I announced recently, the CEAL 2017 election is set to begin on Monday February 13th at 12:01 AM PST. The cutoff date for voting eligibility was officially 1/31/2017. During the past week, we have accepted late applications for CEAL membership, to allow as many as possible to vote. However, the window for eligibility to vote in the 2017 election is now closed.

Thank you very much for your participation and interest in CEAL.

Jim Cheng
CEAL President

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CEAL Election 2017: Positions on the Ballot

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Dear CEAL Members,
In CEAL Election 2017, we will be voting for seven members of the CEAL Executive Board. The open positions are:
  • Chair, Committee on Chinese Materials (2017-2020) 
  • Chair, Committee on Japanese Materials (2017-2020) 
  • Chair, Committee on Korean Materials (2017-2020) 
  • Chair, Committee on Public Services (2017-2020) 
  • Chair, Committee on Technical Processing (2017-2020) 
  • Member at Large (All Areas) (2017-2020) 
  • Members at Large (China Focus) (2017-2020) 
Don't forget to vote by submitting your electronic ballot. To vote, click on the link in your CEAL Election 2017 voting invitation email. Look for it on Monday, February 13th. Voting will close as of March 6th, 2017 at midnight.

Jim Cheng
CEAL President

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CEAL Election 2017 Begins Monday February 13th

Dear CEAL members:
Once again, it's time for everyone to participate by voting in the 2017 CEAL Election.

Please look for your invitation to vote email message. It will be sent automatically to eligible voters on Monday February 13th at 12:01 AM, from CEAL Secretary Adam Lisbon's email address.

Please watch your email for:
Subject Line: CEAL Election February 2017 Invitation

The election will close on Monday March 6th at 11:00 PM. Thanks again for participating in CEAL's most important democratic procedure.

Jim Cheng
Council on East Asian Libraries

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Updated Membership Info Available: Voting in CEAL Election 2017

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Dear colleagues,
The directory of CEAL members has just been updated. View the current Directory here:

If you have paid CEAL and AAS dues through 2017, your name should appear on this list.

Only members in good standing of both CEAL and AAS as of 2017 are eligible to vote, stand for election and serve on CEAL committees. To vote in this year’s election and be eligible for all the great benefits of CEAL membership, please join CEAL or renew your CEAL membership.

See payment instruction here:

Thank you and look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Xi Chen
CEAL Treasurer

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CEAL/AAS Membership Renewal: Voting Deadline 1/31/2017

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Dear colleagues,
I hope you are having a great new year!

Please renew your CEAL and AAS memberships soon! You must renew by 1/31/2017 to be eligible to vote in the upcoming CEAL 2017 election.

Please read the following steps carefully as we added a new procedure and an online payment option this year. See the yellow highlights.

Remember, to vote in the 2017 CEAL election, you must be a current member of AAS and you must have paid your CEAL dues for 2017.

Joining or Renewing CEAL Membership is a 2-step Process 

(See also:

Step 1) Join/renew AAS

  • Before submitting the CEAL membership application form, please join or renew membership of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). 
  • Please make a note of your AAS# and membership expiration date as you need to put them on the application form and your check. This is very important, if you are not a valid AAS member, your CEAL membership application WILL NOT be processed.

Step 2) Submit the Application Form and Dues

  • Print out the CEAL Membership Application PDF form or Word version of the form, and fill it in.
  • Write a check or money order for thirty dollars ($30), payable to "The Association for Asian Studies Inc." Please write your AAS# and AAS membership expiration date on the upper right corner of the check.
Mail your completed application form to:
    Xi Chen Chinese Studies Librarian
    University of California San Diego Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R

For credit card payments 

Thank you!

Xi Chen 陈晰
CEAL Treasurer

Chinese Studies Librarian
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R | 858-534-2894
Chinese Resources at UCSD Library:

Seeking Nominations for NCC Council Members

During 2017 the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (the NCC) will fill three elected positions, two for librarians and one for a social sciences faculty member.  NCC Council Members are elected for three-year terms, in these cases the terms will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.  Once elected members will be expected to take part in NCC Committees and Working Groups and are likely to be asked to co-chair one or more such groups.

As is required by its by-laws, the NCC seeks to include among Council members faculty and librarians from diverse regions of the country, from institutions of varying size, and from Japanese and East Asian studies programs with a range of strengths and foci.  Selection of candidates will, therefore, take into consideration current representation on those committees in filling these positions. A list of the current Council Members and is contained in the About NCC section of the website at  A brief description of positions follows:

NCC Elected Librarian Council Members: The two librarian positions to be filled in 2017 are for librarian members from a range of institutions and regions, and from institutions with collections of all sizes both those broadly covering Japan and East Asia and those that may be more specialized.  Past experience as a member of an NCC committee or working group or a CEAL committee, as well as other service to the field is desirable.

NCC Elected Social Sciences Faculty Member: Elected faculty members are chosen to represent not only a range of institutions and regions but also to represent a diversity of disciplines, time periods and research methodologies.  The social science faculty member may come from any field of social sciences and must have an active engagement with libraries and library-related issues.  An interest in digital scholarship and participation in disciplinary and field wide service is also of important consideration.

To propose a candidate for one of these positions, please send an email nomination by March 20, 2017 to NCC Chair Setsuko Noguchi and to NCC Executive Director Victoria Bestor at  Self-nominations are welcome.  For further information about these positions and other NCC activities please visit the website.