Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Univ. of Toronto: New Public Service Librarian

I am pleased to announce that Helen Tang has accepted the position of the Public Service Librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, starting  October 1st, 2015.

Helen received her MLIS from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2013. She holds a BA (1995) in English of Science and Technology and MA (2002) in Applied Linguistics from the South China University of Technology.  She had taught for more than 10 years at the college level in Guangzhou, China. Prior to joining UTL, Helen served as the Pacific and Asian Studies Subject Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries.  In this role, she provided a full range of library services, including reference, instruction, collection development and liaison to library users. In addition to English, she speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, which will be an asset for her to provide excellent public service to the increasingly diverse user group in both libraries. 

Please join us in welcoming Helen to the University of Toronto Libraries.

Jack Leong
Public Service Librarian Hiring Committee

Friday, September 11, 2015

University of Chicago: Travel Grants


The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Library Travel Grants are available for AY 2015-2016.

CEAS Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research related to China, Japan and Korea. Priority consideration is 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.

There will be a limited number of grants available in 2015-2016, of up to $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research.

Rolling applications are accepted each year.

For more information, please visit or contact CEAS at

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