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