Tuesday, December 17, 2013

UW, UBC Receive Collaborative Chinese Cataloging Grant

University of Washington and University of British Columbia Libraries’ Collaborative Chinese Cataloging Project Receives CLIR 2013 Grant

We are very pleased to share the good news that the University of Washington Libraries has been selected to receive a 2013 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant in the amount of $183,500 to support the project “Discovering Modern China: University of Washington (UW) & University of British Columbia (UBC) Collections.” Our project is one of the 22 selected from a total of 75 applications.

This is an international collaborative project to catalog the special Chinese language materials at the UW East Asia and the UBC Asian Library. Scheduled to start on June 1, 2014, the project will be completed in 18 months. The project will recruit two professional catalogers specializing in classic and modern Chinese to be based at UBC and UW respectively. The project will also recruit one Chinese rare-book specialist who will spend time to assess the special collections at each institution. UW and UBC libraries will share the expertise of the project staff through regular online meetings, site visits, and exchange. The project will make accessible to scholars worldwide up to 2,000 special Chinese publications, including pre-modern texts and some rare books, as well as rare publications of the Chinese Republican Era.

Our project is the first of only two international collaborative projects that CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) has funded. We look forward to a successful collaboration between our institutions through this exciting project.

Zhijia Shen
Director of the East Asia Library at UW 


Jing Liu
Chinese Studies Librarian at UBC Asian Library

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