Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NCC's 2nd Team-Building Workshop

Want to offer more undergraduate Japanese studies courses?
Need more Japanese digital resources?
Want to use interlibrary loan or document delivery from Japan?
Want to infuse Open Source materials into your teaching and research about Japan?

If you answered YES to any of these questions Team UP and Take Part in NCC’s Team-Building Workshop:

Where and When?  August 12-15, 2013 at Harvard University, cosponsored by NCC and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.  (Arrival in Boston, Sunday, August 11, 2013)

Workshop Content: An intensive four-day, small-group program with lectures by leading scholars, discussion sections, and hands-on training in Japanese digital resources.  Trainees will gain hands-on knowledge of freely available and subscription-based databases, learn to use international ILL, get visual images from Japan, use the Japan Digital Archive of the 2011 Disasters in teaching, and make non-print media more central to instruction and student projects.  All instruction will be in English.

Who should be on your team? Teams should include 2-3 members who are Japanese and/or Asian studies faculty and librarians (preference will be given to librarians who are NOT Japan-specialists themselves).  Teams may come from the same institution or neighboring institutions, which are jointly developing the Team’s resources on Japan.  Teams may come from any institution where undergraduate Japanese studies if offered, worldwide. 

What kind of projects should your team develop? Team projects may include undergraduate courses on Japan, instructional websites or webinars, strategies for infusing Japanese digital resources into the curriculum, materials for language learners at any level, multi-media resources on Japan, and projects that expand your teaching to better promote understanding of Japan in your community. 

Who to Contact? Please contact NCC Executive Director Victoria Bestor before applying, and to learn about limited travel and lodging support for eligible trainees. 

What should applications include: Applications should contain a background paragraph on your institution, a brief summary of your existing Japanese and Asian studies programs, details on your Team-Members, a short proposal (1-3 pages) summarizing your Team-Project, and information on the travel/lodging needs of your team.  Funds are limited and applicants are asked to seek institutional and/or individual matching funds. 

Workshop Sponsorship:  NCC is offering this Workshop with principal funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.  Supplemental and logistical support will come from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Toshiba International Foundation, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. 

Application deadline: April 30, 2013

Visit the NCC Website at to learn more about NCC
and its freely available resources and services.
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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Contribute Your Photos of CEAL 2013!

Dear Colleagues,
I hope you’re all doing well after CEAL 2013. I noticed a few of you taking photos during the conference, and I hope you’re willing to share them with the CEAL community. How? Please see below.

Picasa Photo Pane on the CEAL Website

As a start, I added some photos from the RDA training (contributed by Shi Deng) to a shared Google Picasa folder. You can view the photos on the CEAL website annual meeting page, here (click). From the Annual Meeting page, you can also click on the photo pane to view the photos on the Picasa website. 

How To Contribute Your Photos

To add to this shared Picasa folder visible on the CEAL Annual Meeting webpage, please contribute your photos of any part of CEAL 2013 in San Diego (meetings, social events, etc). Email me ( and request a Picasa link to our shared CEAL 2013 Annual meeting photos folder on Picasa. The link will allow you to upload your photos to the shared folder, which will then be included in the slideshow. While you're at it, please also add captions to your photos, with identifying information, to remind everyone of the event in your photos.

Let me know if you have questions or concerns. I look forward to receiving and sharing your great photos of CEAL 2013!

Rob Britt
Chair, CEAL Library Technology Committee

Coordinator of East Asian Library Services
University of Washington
Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
East Asian Law Department (Room L138)
Box 353025
Seattle, WA  98195-3025

Phone: 206-543-7447
Fax: 206-685-2165

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bring Your Camera to CEAL 2013!

Dear Eastlib-ers:
Are you planning to bring a camera to San Diego? Do you hope to take some snapshots of CEAL events and your colleagues attending them? If so, would you consider sharing your photos? And if you’re not bringing your camera, please consider it!

At least two members of the Technology Committee hope to take some snaps as time allows, but we’d like to have many more sources for great photos.

I plan to create a shared Picasa folder, “CEAL 2013,” so that everyone can share a photo record of CEAL 2013. I will set up the folder after I return from San Diego.

Please consider taking plenty of interesting photos of all CEAL events, and then sharing them. I’ll let you know the details after CEAL.

See you in San Diego!


Rob Britt
Coordinator of East Asian Library Services
University of Washington
Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
East Asian Law Department (Room L138)
Box 353025
Seattle, WA 98195-3025

Phone: 206-543-7447
Fax: 206-685-2165