Friday, April 11, 2014

Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vote on Change of Publishing Format

Task Force Final Report (PDF) | Gail King's Presentation

To All CEAL Members:

The CEAL Executive Board has been involved in discussions about the format of the Journal of East Asian Libraries since last year. As Past-President Peter Zhou announced during the Business Plenary at the CEAL meeting in Philadelphia, the Executive Board made a decision to ask CEAL members their opinion on this issue. Below is a summary explaining the actions of the Executive Board to date.

April, 2013

Task Force on JEAL chaired by Gail King created to examine the issue of whether JEAL should continue being published in print with an open-access electronic archive (the status quo) or move to entirely online publishing.

November, 2013

The Task Force completed its work and submitted its final report to the Executive Board

February, 2014

Following sustained discussion, the Executive Board voted to in favor of moving to online-only publishing for JEAL. It was also decided that the Executive Board would not proceed unless the membership indicated support for this option.

Next Steps

April, 2014

The Task Force on JEAL Final Report is to be circulated to all CEAL members.

May, 2014

Voting by the membership is to take place between May 1 and May 15, with an announcement of the results on May 20.

Linked above is a copy of the final report of the task force. Pages one and two of the report present the issues and the pros and cons of each approach. Please take the time to review this report and if you have any questions, send them to Gail King ( or Ellen Hammond ( For further information, please also consult Gail King’s PowerPoint presentation at the CEAL meeting, also linked above.

The announcement to open the voting will take place on May 1 and the process will be similar to that for CEAL elections (that is, online voting).

I want to thank Gail King and Peter Zhou for their leadership on this issue and also recognize the contributions of the other Task Force Members: Hee-Sook Shin, Vickie Doll, Chengzhi Wang, and Joy Kim. The Task Force members did an exemplary job investigating the issues.

Best regards,

Ellen Hammond
CEAL President

Ellen H. Hammond

Director, International Collections & Research Support
Head, East Asia Library
Yale University
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240

Tel: +1 203 432-1791
Fax: +1 203 432-8527

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