Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Japanese Romanization Table Revision Approved

Dear all,
Please read the LC announcement below approving the ALA-LC Japanese Romanization Table Revision. The major difference between this approved version and the September proposal you read is that Table C, Long Vowels and Diphthongs, was not included.
Japanese Romanization Table Revision Approved
The ALA-LC Romanization tables are developed jointly by the Library of Congress (LC) and the American Library Association (ALA). Romanization schemes enable the cataloging of foreign language materials. Romanized cataloging in turn supports circulation, acquisitions, serials check-in, shelf listing, shelving, and reference, particularly in library catalogs that are unable to display non-roman alphabet information.
The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (CC:AAM) recently received and reviewed a proposal to revise the Japanese romanization table. The table has subsequently been approved.
The revised Japanese romanization table is now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage .
Please direct any questions about romanization tables to Bruce Johnson, Policy and Standards Division (

The CEAL Committee on Technical Process and Committee on Japanese Materials wish to thank the CTP/CJM Joint Task Force on the LC Proposal for Japanese Romanization for their great leadership and intellectual efforts in working closely with CEAL community and LC to provide significant contribution to this revision.

The Task Force members are:

  • Keiko Suzuki, Yale University, Chair
  • Rob Britt, University of Washington 
  • Yoko Kudo, University of California Riverside 
  • Mieko Mazza, Yale University (now at Stanford University) 
  • Hikaru Nakano, University of Florida

Thanks also to CEAL members who have contributed to the revision by providing feedback.

As the work of the CTP/CJM Joint Task Force on the LC Proposal for Japanese Romanization is now complete, we are pleased to announce that it is formally discharged. For more details about the work of the TF, please check its web page at:

Meanwhile, the revision of the Japanese Romanization Table will continue. CTP and CJM are working on the formation of a new working group. We will send out the announcement soon. If you are interested in joining the working group, please contact me ( or Setsuko ( 

Shi Deng
Chair, CEAL Technical Processing Committee

Setsuko Noguchi
Chair, CEAL Japanese Materials Committee

Webinar:Using Collection Analysis Tool for Managing CJK Collections

Dear colleagues,

The OCLC CJK User Group Board is very pleased to receive your positive feedback and interest in the topics of our webinars, and we look forward to seeing your active participation in our next webinar.  Using Collection Analysis Tool for Managing CJK Collections webinar will be held next Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.  Below is the login information for attendees.  Please test to make sure your system is ready to use WebEx in advance.

I.  Webinar login information:
To attend the webinar, you will need a computer, Internet browser, Internet connection, and headphones or speakers to hear the audio through your computer.  The meeting will be conducted using WebEx which will allow you to see the presentation and ask questions to the presenters using chat.
TO MAKE SURE YOUR SYSTEM IS READY TO USE WEBEX:  Complete any time prior to Webinar date. 
To ensure a successful session, please click this link to check your system to be sure it is ready to use WebEx.  If your test is unsuccessful, contact WebEx Support at 1-866-229-3239 (toll-free U.S. & Canada) or +1-408-435-7088 (toll call).

TO ATTEND THE WEBINAR:   Begin 10 minutes prior to the start of the event. 
1.        Join us by clicking on this link:  (see topic/date/link below)
2.        Enter your name and email address.
3.        Click Join Now.  From here you can either read and follow the slides that will be cycling on your computer or read steps 4, 5, and 6 below.
4.        The audio will automatically stream over your computers speakers or headphones.  You can adjust the volume on the audio broadcast box.  It might be necessary to adjust the volume on your computer or headset.
5.        To view slides in full screen mode, at the top of your screen, select ‘View’ followed by ‘Full Screen’.
6.        Use the Chat panel on the right side of the screen to submit a question.  In the ‘Send to’ field, click the drop down arrow and choose ‘All Panelists’.  Type the question in the dialog box.  Click the ‘Send’ button.  We will answer questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Topic: Using Collection Analysis Tool for Managing CJK Collections
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Event number: 716 091 476
Event password: This event does not require a password.
Panelist password: The Event has no Panelist Password
Event address for attendees:

II. Webinar description:
Time: Dec. 12th, 2pm Eastern time
Title: Using Collection Analysis tool to manage CJK collections webinar
Presenter: Tony Harvell, UCSD

Description: This will be a general introduction to the OCLC Collection Analysis product and how it can be used both for a single institution evaluation and how to identify uniqueness and overlap in collections with other institutions. The instructor will show how to create comparison groups and how to develop comparative analysis by language and subject and point out some of the considerations one should apply, particularly in working with area studies materials such as CJK materials.

Charlene Chou
OCLC CJK User Group, Chair, 2012-2014
Starr East Asian Library
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
phone: 212-854-1502

Monday, December 3, 2012

Call for nominations -- CEAL Election

Dear CEAL members,

On behalf of the CEAL Election Committee, I am sending you the official call for nomination/self-nomination for two at-large members of the CEAL Executive Board, who will serve a three-year term from 2013 to 2016:
1. The first at-large member position will be open to all eligible CEAL members.
2. The second at-large member position will be open to eligible CEAL members who can represent Korea as their main area of focus, in accordance with CEAL Bylaws Article V(D)(6a).

Serving on the Executive Board is a wonderful opportunity of professional growth and career development. Following the guidance of CEAL Bylaws Article VII,  the Election Committee is committed to ensuring a slate of candidates balanced in geographic representation, collection size, and area specialty (with the specified limitations on the second member-at-large position). We welcome nominations and self-nominations of newer CEAL members whereas encouraging experienced members to continue their valued contribution.

Please feel free to nominate any CEAL member, yourself included, who can make a contribution to the organization in your perspective. Please address your nomination(s) to any of the Election Committee members (contacts listed below) by January 13, 2013. The Election Committee will confirm with nominees that they are current CEAL members and willing to serve. 

Thank you very much!

CEAL Election Committee:

Toshie Marra,
Hee-sook Shin,
Tao Yang (chair),
Tao Yang
East Asian Librarian
Rutgers University Libraries
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 848-932-6086

Thursday, November 29, 2012

CEAL Annual Statistics Online Survey 2011/2012 Data Input will be due on Dec. 7, 2012.

Dear Colleagues,

This is a friendly reminder that the CEAL Annual Statistics Online Survey 2011/2012 Data Input will be due on Dec. 7, 2012.  Thank you for your attention. 

Libraries listed below have already visited their online forms, have either completed some forms or have completed all forms.  If your library name is not listed, please go visit (open) your online forms and fill your statistics as soon as possible or before the above due date. Thank you!  

Brigham Young
British Columbia
California, Irvine
California, San Diego
Colorado, Boulder
Columbia, Starr East Asian
Emory University
Library of Congress
North Carolina
Ohio State
Penn State
Texas, Austin
Washington, St. Louis

Vickie Doll on behalf of the CEAL Stats Committee
CEAL Statistics Home
CEAL Statistics Database:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Columbia University Libraries Research Awards, 2013-14

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia's special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Global Studies Collections.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2013.  Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 19, 2013 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014.

To apply, logon to our website and complete the application process:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Call for presenters for the joint CTP/CPS session, CEAL 2013

Dear CEAL members,

The theme of the coming 2013 CEAL annual conference in San Diego will be “Open Access and Discovery in the Academic Universe: Next Steps for East Asian Studies Research and Library Development.” The CEAL committees on technical processing and public services will organize a joint panel focusing on the issue of open access and library services. The joint session will last for 1.5 hours. In addition to a guest speaker, we need two more presenters from the CEAL community. If you're interested in giving a presentation on open access and its impact on library services for East Asian studies and librarianship, please submit a proposal to us by December 15. We will review the proposals and announce the results in early January.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Shi Deng (CTP Chair, University of California at San Diego)
Jidong Yang (CPS Chair, University of Michigan)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Chinese American Law Library Forum (CAFLL 2013)

The Third International Conference of the
Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL)
Shanghai, China, June 10 – 12, 2013

This third international conference is sponsored by the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL), a non-profit U.S. organization, in conjunction with a similar organization in China represented by the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL); East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL); Tongji University School of Law; and other prominent law schools in China.  The host for this conference is ECUPL, located in Shanghai, China.  The venue for the meeting will be the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel: 

The Conference will be an opportunity for law librarians and legal information professionals to share experiences and exchange views about legal information access and development and law library management in both the United States and China.  The theme of the conference is Collaboration: Information, Access, and Partnership.  Topics will include public access to legal information, digital technology in libraries, internationalization of shared legal information, and more. 

Registration information will soon be available at: 

Previous successful international conferences were held in Beijing (2009) with sponsorship from CAFLL, AALL and IALL and Philadelphia (2011) with sponsorship from CAFLL and AALL: Speaker materials from the Philadelphia Conference are available at:

CEAL/CCM 2013 Pre-conference Workshop

Title: Discover the mystery of Chinese local gazetteers: what to get and how to use
Time: 7-10 PM, March 19, 2013
Place: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, California (Room TBD)

This workshop is to address the needs from librarians who would like to learn about Chinese local gazetteers but have limited access to and use of such materials in their institutions. Contents to be covered include: a brief history of old and new gazetteers; compilation styles and layout; types of gazetteers (administrative levels, subjects, professionals); tools of using gazetteers; and research value of local gazetteers as special primary sources. The workshop will be conducted in English and Chinese. Materials used for training require reading knowledge of Chinese. To allow effective interactions during the workshop, seats are limited to 30. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tang Li at by December 21, 2012.

Dr. Ming-sun Poon
Reference librarian and Chinese area specialist, Library of Congress

Haihui Zhang
Chinese bibliographer and cataloger, University of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Annual Meeting 2013 Schedule

2013 Annual Meeting Schedule

Dear CEAL Colleagues, 
Please click the link above to view the current draft schedule for the 2013 annual meetings of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL). The draft schedule is intended to assist members in making travel arrangements. I expect to send you the final programs with full details in a month or two after all committees finish their agendas and meeting arrangements. 

Peter Zhou, PhD 
President, Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) 

Assistant University Librarian Director
C.V. Starr East Asian Library 
University of California, Berkeley 
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 

Tel: (510) 643-6579 
FAX: (510) 642-3817 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CEAL RDA Workshop Registration Open

Dear all,

On behalf of the CEAL Committee of Technical Processing, I am pleased to announce that CTP will sponsor two pre-conference workshops on RDA cataloging on Monday-Tuesday, Mar. 18-19, 2013 in conjunction with CEAL 2013 annual meeting.

For Workshop description and registration information, please click

Happy Thanksgiving Holidays! –Shi

Shi Deng
Chair, CEAL Committee on Technical Processing
Head, Chinese Japanese Korean Acquisitions/Cataloging Unit
Metadata Services Department, UCSD Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175K
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Tel: (858) 822-2104
Fax: (858) 822-0349

Click to view the updated schedule for the 2013 CEAL annual meeting.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The ACMS Library Fellowship

Forwarded from ALA ACRL AAMES (Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section) Listserv. -- hn
The ACMS Library Fellowship supports US advanced graduate students, faculty members, or professionals in library and information sciences from colleges and universities to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research in Mongolia for a period of up to 12 weeks between May and October 2013.
Applicants must be US Citizens. The fellowship is supported with funding from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. The ACMS Library Fellowship program is intended to help support the development of the ACMS Research Library and build stronger connections among local library partners through specific defined projects designed to enhance collection content, resource accessibility, and training. Fellows are hosted by the ACMS and will conduct projects that have measurable positive outcomes for the scholarly community served by the ACMS. Fellows spend a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks onsite in Mongolia at the ACMS library. Prior experience working in Mongolia is not a requirement. Applications are due by February 15, 2013. More information is available at:

American Center for Mongolian Studies
1155 Observatory Dr. Rm. 333
Madison, WI 53706

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

RDA Workshops at CEAL 2013

Dear all,
The CEAL Committee on Technical Processing (CTP) is planning to offer two workshops on RDA Monday-Tuesday, Mar. 18-19, 2013.

Creating CJK RDA Bibliographic Records

Monday-Tuesday, Mar. 18-19, 2013 (one and half days)
Prerequisite: For better results, please do self-study using the LC RDA training materials. The course table includes 9 modules, and takes about 3 hours.
Click to view the LC RDA training course table.


Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 (half day in afternoon, after the first workshop)
PREREQUISITE: Only for NACO catalogers who have participated in LC RDA NACO training, either with the CJK NACO Project or with your institutions. IT IS NOT INTENDED FOR BEGINNERS.

This announcement is only intended to help you plan your conference arrangement (i.e. budget planning, hotel reservation, etc.). We are still working on finding the workshop venues, trainers, and deciding on the contents. I will provide the workshop details once we have everything in place.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Shi Deng
Head, Chinese Japanese Korean Acquisitions/Cataloging Unit
Metadata Services Department, UCSD Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175K
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Tel: (858) 822-2104
Fax: (858) 822-0349