Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Seeking NCC Council Nominations


Seeking Nominations for NCC Council and Committee Members

During 2014 the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (the NCC) will fill positions on the elected NCC Council and on the Digital Resources Committee and the Multi-Volume Sets Grants Committee. NCC Council Members are elected for three-year terms and committee members serve rotating terms of three years generally with one or two new members joining each year. Committees are appointed by the NCC Chair with the approval of the NCC Executive Committee. Terms begin either January 1 or July 1 and run for three years from that date.

As is required by its by-laws, the NCC seeks to include among Council and Committee 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 http://guides.nccjapan.org/homepage. A brief description of positions follows:

NCC Elected Librarian Council Member

Elected librarian members come 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. All elected NCC members are expected to serve on a range of committees or working groups and will likely be asked to become chair or co-chair of at least one such group. 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 Faculty Council Member

Elected faculty members arechosen to represent not only a range of institutions and regions but also to represent a diversity of disciplines, time periods and research methodologies. One of the faculty members serves also as the co-chair of the Multi-Volume Sets Grant Committee. An active engagement with libraries and library-related issues and participation in disciplinary and field wide service is also of important consideration.

NCC Digital Resources Committee (DRC)http://guides.nccjapan.org/jpn-db-directory

The digital resources committee serves as an intermediary between academic users and materials vendors and provides two-way education and advocacy for the needs of academic users abroad. The DRC’s at-large committee of librarians and faculty is actively involved in education about licensing of digital resources for Japanese studies, and coordinate such efforts for the NCC on a national and international basis, working especially closely with colleagues in Japan. The DRC especially seeks members who have experience organizing workshops and webinars, and those with experience negotiating and managing subscriptions to major Japanese databases.

NCC Multi-Volume Sets Committee (MVS) http://guides.nccjapan.org/mvs?hs=a.

MVS is the NCC’s oldest ongoing program making grants for expensive materials not otherwise circulating from North American collections. Each year MVS makes grants that cover up to 80% of the purchase cost for small institutions and 50% to 75% for larger institutions on sets of Japanese language materials in demand by users but beyond the normal budget of most institutions. Committee activities are especially busy in the fall and winter when MVS competition takes place.

To propose a candidate for one of these positions, please send an email by November 15, 2013 to NCC Chair Kuniko Yamada McVey kmcvey@fas.harvard.edu with a cc: to NCC Executive Director Victoria Bestor at vbestor@fas.harvard.edu. Self-nominations are invited. For further information about these positions and other NCC activities please visit the website.

Victoria Lyon Bestor
Executive Director
North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
149 Upland Road
Cambridge, MA 02140
Tel: 617-833-0755
Fax: 617-812-5854

Website: http://www.nccjapan.org/
Email: vbestor@fas.harvard.edu

Monday, October 14, 2013

2014 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

Dear 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 2014 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 San Antonio, Texas (July 12-15, 2014) 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.

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, 2013. 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 shortly before or at the AALL Annual Meeting

Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/fcil/grants-awards/FCIL-Schaffer-Grant.

Please feel free to contact me or another member of the Selection Committee if you have any questions about the 2014 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 2014 AALL Annual Meeting.

Sherry Leysen,
2014 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CEAL 2014 in Philadelphia

Annual Meeting | AAS Housing | CEAL News

The Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) will hold its two-day annual meeting on March 26-27, 2014 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Our theme for 2014 will be:

Scholarly Networking, Inter-disciplinary Research and e-Scholarship: Implications for East Asian Libraries

A full program schedule will be posted in January 2014. The CEAL Annual Meeting is open to the public and does not require registration.
  • HOUSING: We will open hotel reservation booking at the conference rate on October 16, 2013 See the housing page for conference rate information. 
  • MEETINGS-IN-CONJUNCTION: CEAL committees may hold workshops before the CEAL annual meeting. Please contact committee chairs for information.
Check this CEAL News blog and the CEAL Annual Meeting page on the CEAL website for updated information.

Peter Zhou
CEAL President

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Library Travel grants to use Japanese collections in NC

The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to offer travel grants to scholars outside the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill/Greensboro area to conduct Japan-related research at Triangle institutions using Japanese materials in the Duke Library <http://library.duke.edu/>, UNC’s Ackland Art Museum <http://www.ackland.org/index.htm> or NCSU’s Gregg Museum of Art and Design <http://www.ncsu.edu/gregg/>.

Duke’s East Asian Collection <http://library.duke.edu/ias/eastasian/> consists of about 85,000 volumes in Japanese. The Japanese collection is focused on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is especially strong in art history, Buddhism, history, labor, literature, popular culture (film, advertising and manga), women’s studies and the Japanese colonial experience. We have a fairly comprehensive collection of Japanese databases, http://databases.library.duke.edu/content.php?pid=345478.

The Ackland Art Museum’s collection <http://www.ackland.org/Collections/about-collection/index.htm> was built by Sherman Lee and is notable for Japanese paintings and sculpture.

NCSU’s Gregg Museum of Art and Design <http://www.ncsu.edu/gregg/collections.html> holds textiles and ceramics while the NCSU libraries <http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/> have strong collections in design, landscape architecture and textiles.

GRANT AMOUNT: $750 to cover travel, hotel and photocopy expenses


* who document how their research will benefit from access to Japan-related materials in the Triangle and whose research will take advantage of our strengths
* who are located in the Southeast or at institutions which do not have easy access to comparable resources.


* Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. A total of ten awards will be made.
* Awards must be used and receipts submitted by August 15, 2014.
* Each recipient is required to submit a short summary of the research accomplished with the grant by August 15,2014.

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 Kristina Troost, kktroost@duke.edu .  If you have any questions, please contact me first.

Dr. Kristina Troost
Head, East Asian Collection
Dept. of International and Area Studies
Duke University