Friday, November 13, 2015

CEAL Directory PDFs Updated

This morning I updated the PDF version of the CEAL Directory, linked on the website here:
(Linked on the Membership Committee page under "Activities")

The online Directory is available here:
(Linked on the Homepage under “CEAL Directory”)

Refresh your browser to view the latest PDF version.

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.


Rob Britt
CEAL Library Technology Committee

Monday, November 9, 2015

Toshie Marra and Peter Bae to assume NCC ILL/DD Co-chairship

For Immediate Release:  NCC announces election of new ILL/DD Co-chairs

NCC is pleased to announce the election of Toshie Marra, Librarian for Japanese Collection at University of California, Berkeley as the new NCC Council member and co-chair of the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Committee (ILL/DD).  Peter Bae, Circulation Services Director of Princeton University Libraries, who is a current member of NCC’s ILL/DD Committee, joins her as co-chair.  Both co-chairs have extensive experience in international librarianship and resource sharing.  They will serve a term from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018.

Toshie Marra served as NCC Chair from 2004 to 2006 at the time NCC’s current ILL/DD projects were being planned.  From 2009 to 2012 she served as a member of the committee as a representative of UCLA.  She is also one of the founding members of the Subcommittee on Japanese Rare Books of the Council on East Asian Library’s Committee on Japanese Materials and received her MLIS from UCLA.  

Seangill Peter Bae received his MLIS from University at Albany, SUNY and worked at Columbia University before coming to Princeton in 2014.  He is active in the international interlibrary loan and resource sharing field, serving as a member of the ALA RUSA STARS International ILL Committee and as Information Coordinator of the IFLA (International Federations of Library Associations), Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee.  In addition, he started and currently administering a Facebook group, ILLers; a FB Group For Interlibrary Loan Librarians in which various ILL/DD issues are discussed.

As co-chairs of the ILL/DD Committee they will oversee NCC’s international borrowing and document delivery services with special emphasis on expanding online information guides to enable users to more easily navigate the ILL/DD services offered by the National Diet Library, Waseda, Keio, and Ritsumeikan Universities, and the activities of the more than 270 members of the Global ILL Framework in Japan, North America, Australia and New Zealand.  This is an especially critical time for interlibrary loan activities due to Japan’s decision not to revise their systems to meet the ISO protocols that facilitate communications between the different catalog systems in Japan and the West.  The NCC ILL/DD Committee will be working closely with a new Japanese group recently established to recommend future directions in international resource sharing. 

As is required by its by-laws, NCC seeks to include among Council members librarians and faculty 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.  In addition to the new co-chairs representing UC Berkeley and Princeton, the current ILL/DD Committee includes members from University of California, Los Angeles; Emory University; University of Hawaii; University of Kansas; University of Notre Dame; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Pittsburgh; Monash University in Melbourne Australia; and Tsukuba University in Japan.  The out-going co-chairs are Hiroyuki Good and Kazuyo Good of the University of Pittsburgh. 

The ILL/DD homepage is found on the NCC Website at

November 1, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant Program

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s research collections. Up to $3,500 is available per award.
Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection).  Special grants are awarded in several areas:  the Program in Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World covers work using materials pertinent to this topic.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2016.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Online course: Area and International Studies Librarianship

Dear All,

In spring 2016, the IU Libraries Area Studies Department is offering an online course, Area and International Studies Librarianship. 

We will be able to enroll students beyond the boundaries of Indiana University.  If you know librarians, library students, or others interested in Area Studies Librarianship would you kindly help us spread the word?  This course is team-taught by the entire department, who collectively have global subject expertise. Additionally, we will bring in other relevant experts in our discipline.

You will find more details about the course in the flyer and application instructions (attached below). International students are welcome; all non-IU students, please see the attached form for enrollment information. If you have any questions about the class, please feel free to contact Marion Frank-Wilson at

Wen-ling Liu

Wen-ling Liu
Librarian for East Asian Studies and Tibetan Collection
Wells Library E860
Indiana University Libraries
1320 E 10th St.

How to apply for an ILS non-degree seeking program

Follow this link:

If you have never applied to an Indiana University program before you will need to “Create a new guest account.” If you are currently an employee or student of IU, you should be able to use your onestart/ username and password to log in.

Once logged in please select the following options:

Academic Program: Information and Library Science Nondegree
Academic Plan: ILS Nondegree
Term: Spring 2016
Select “Next”

Please complete the applicable personal information.

Because this is a non-degree seeking program, you will not need to supply any reference letters or transcripts at this stage of the application process. (International applicants will need to supply transcripts. This is an IU Office of International Services requirement. Please feel free to contact us for more information or with questions.)

On the final page of the application you will be required to enter information for at least one reference. Because we do not need any references at this point, please use your own personal information in the blanks provided. You will receive an email asking to supply a reference for yourself, but this can be ignored.

Once these steps are completed you should be able to submit your application. Please make sure to disable your pop-up blocker as the application fee payment page opens as a pop-up.

The application fee is $55.00 for domestic applicants and $65.00 for international applicants.

**If you are an international application please contact the ILS office at as there may be extra steps involved with the application process**

Should you choose to complete an ILS degree in the future, 2 courses taken while a non-degree seeking student can be applied towards a Master of Information Science, or Master of Library Science degree.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact the ILS administrative office by email at or by phone at (812) 855-2018.

ILS Admissions


This class will provide students the opportunity to explore issues related to area studies librarianship, focusing on COLLECTIONS, DISCOVERY, and ADVOCACY.

Topics include:
  • history and current trends in the US
  • collection development
  • reference and instruction
  • outreach
  • partnerships and collaboration
  • emerging technologies

Taught by librarians from the Area Studies Department of Indiana University Libraries. To learn more visit

Students will:
  • Hear from prominent guest speakers from other institutions.
  • Learn about important tools for working with area and international studies collections.
  • Gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing area studies librarianship.

Hardware requirements:
  • webcam
  • microphone and speakers
  • high-speed internet

Appropriate for current library science students, practicing librarians, and those with subject expertise that are interested in librarianship.

For more information about the course, contact Marion Frank-Wilson at For more information about registration, contact the ILS ad-ministrative office at or call (812) 855-2018.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies grant

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found on the Prange Collection website.

The application deadline is November 20, 2015.  The grant must be used by October 28, 2016. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to with “Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards” in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description (double-spaced) of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student’s completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos.  There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese.  Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams.  Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.  Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform. Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager.  The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.

 A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period and sharing of research findings during an informal lunchtime talk is encouraged.

 For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/ and

Katie Labor
History PhD Student 2019, University of Maryland
Coordinator, Graduate Assistant, Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall, College Park, MD, 20742
Phone 301-405-4299, Fax 301-314-9399
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Univ. of Toronto: New Public Service Librarian

I am pleased to announce that Helen Tang has accepted the position of the Public Service Librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, starting  October 1st, 2015.

Helen received her MLIS from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2013. She holds a BA (1995) in English of Science and Technology and MA (2002) in Applied Linguistics from the South China University of Technology.  She had taught for more than 10 years at the college level in Guangzhou, China. Prior to joining UTL, Helen served as the Pacific and Asian Studies Subject Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries.  In this role, she provided a full range of library services, including reference, instruction, collection development and liaison to library users. In addition to English, she speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, which will be an asset for her to provide excellent public service to the increasingly diverse user group in both libraries. 

Please join us in welcoming Helen to the University of Toronto Libraries.

Jack Leong
Public Service Librarian Hiring Committee

Friday, September 11, 2015

University of Chicago: Travel Grants


The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Library Travel Grants are available for AY 2015-2016.

CEAS Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research related to China, Japan and Korea. Priority consideration is given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby.

There will be a limited number of grants available in 2015-2016, of up to $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research.

Rolling applications are accepted each year.

For more information, please visit or contact CEAS at

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Korean Studies Librarian at Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce that Julia Jihae Chun has accepted the job offer as a Korean Studies Librarian in Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, effective August 1, 2015.

Julia brings a wealth of subject knowledge on Korean Studies and experience as a subject librarian. In the past year Or (until June of this year), She held a shared position as a Catalog Librarian for Korean language resources at Duke University and Korean Studies Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  She received her HBA degree in Sociocultural Anthropology and Mater of Information degree from University of Toronto. She worked as a SLA and GSLA in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library for more than five years while she studied at UofT. After graduation, she also worked briefly in York University as a library assistant and George Brown College as a practicum student. As a young professional, Julia has accumulated experiences on public services in academic libraries, copy and original Korean language cataloguing and providing reference, instructional services on Korean studies, which enable her to serve our Korean studies community’s dynamic and diversify information needs at UofT and beyond. Julia has indicated that she has great potential and flexibility to adopt and grow well at this new challenging job.

As a Korean Studies Librarian, Julia will work closely with other subject librarians and staff at the East Asian Library to continue building strong Korean Studies collections; actively engage with faculty and students in the Korean Studies Programs. She will collaborate with librarians and staff in other departments regarding acquisition, cataloguing, maintenance and preservation of Korean-language resources.  I look forward to working with Julia as she undertakes this important role. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to the University of Toronto Libraries. Julia can be reached at

Best Regards,

Stephen Qiao

Monday, July 13, 2015

Conference in Japan: Museums-Libraries-Archives: ICOFOM Symposium

More Information | Conference Program

Museums-Libraries-Archives Conference

(38th ANNUAL ICOFOM Symposium) 

Theme: Museology exploring the concept of MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives)

University of Tsukuba, Japan
September 14-18, 2015

International Council of Museums (ICOM)
International Committee for Museology

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NDL: Training in Japan for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside Japan

Training for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside of Japan : 海外日本研究司書研修実施のお知らせ(国立国会図書館)

Dear all:
The National Diet Library (NDL) is offering a training program (conducted in JAPANESE) for Overseas Japanese Studies Librarians [海外日本研究司書研修]. It will take place from January 13 to 22, 2016 (8 days) at the Kansai Branch of the National Diet Library.

Participants will not only be learning about the NDL's reference and other services but will also be visiting other Japanese studies information organizations, getting hands-on training and attending special lectures.

The training is free of charge, but participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

Please refer to the link below for detailed information about the training program (in Japanese):


Fabiano Takashi Rocha | Japanese Studies Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries | 130 St. George Street | Toronto ON M5S 1A5 | 416-978-2300

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Innovation Grant Winners

I am delighted to announce the recipients of the first awards from the Mellon Foundation – Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians program.  The winners of the 2015 competition are:

Duke University Libraries
Project Lead:  Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian, in collaboration with Guo-Juin Hong (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Department, Duke University)
Project:  The Memory Project
Award:  $40,000
This project represents an original contribution in the area of processing, preserving, and making accessible digital primary sources, while also grappling with issues involved in the enhancement of East Asian language AV materials for presentation in an English language context.  Grant funds will be used primarily for the arrangement, description, and reformatting of over 1,000 interviews constituting an oral history of the Great Famine in post-Revolution rural China. 

The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Project Lead:  Yunshan Ye, Librarian for East Asian Studies, in collaboration with Jing Zhong (Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, George Washington University) and Ding Ye (Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, Georgetown University)
Project:  Blogging and Microblogging:  Preserving Non-Official Voices in China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign
Award:  $77,610
This project is an innovative approach in the area of harvesting and making accessible Chinese language social media content, including both blogs and micro-blogs, and the development of an existing open-source tool to allow for the harvesting of Chinese-language content.  Blog and micro-blog content related to the Anti-Corruption campaign in contemporary China will be the focus of this archiving effort.

The two funded projects were selected from a pool of nine applications requesting a total of nearly $500,000.  The two winning projects impressed the review panel with both the importance of the collection development focus and the plans for technology development.  Congratulations to both universities and the project leads and collaborators!

The Mellon Foundation – Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians program was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   The program is managed by the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) and administered by the Association of Asian Studies.  The second grant round of the grant competition will be held in 2016, with the RFP expected in January.

Ellen Hammond
Principal Investigator, Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians
President, Council on East Asian Libraries

Monday, May 18, 2015

OKSHF Research Grant at USC Korean Heritage Library

The Korean Heritage Library (KHL) at the University of Southern California is pleased to announce research grants for researchers, librarians, and educators in Korean Studies. Thanks to generous support from the Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation (OKSHF), the grant assists scholars in their use of USC Korean Heritage Library’s resources for research to promote scholarship in Korean Studies.


Scholars and librarians whose research can benefit from the resources at the USC Korean Heritage Library. We will give strong preference to distinguished scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at domestic U.S. institutions with few Korean library resources. 


A maximum of $3,000 awarded during 2015 to support up to 3 scholars.

•    International scholars: up to $2,000
•    Domestic scholars: up to $1,000


•    September 30, 2015:  Deadline for proposals
•    October 30, 2015:  Notification of grantees
•    October 31, 2016: Deadline for use of research grant awards

Benefits for Grantees

•    Partial support for costs related to consulting resources at the USC Libraries as part of their research on Korea (travel, accommodations, meals, copying, etc.)
•    USC library privileges and support from USC KHL faculty and staff during their research visit
•    Active engagement with USC’s dynamic community of Korean Studies faculty and students through workshops and informal gatherings

Requirements for Grantees

•    A brief report at the end of on-site research
•    Exit interview with KHL Curator sharing the researcher’s experiences and suggestions for the OKSHF Research Grant program
•    Works resulting from the OKSHF Research Grant must acknowledge the grant in all publications and/or presentations.
•    Gift copies of all publications resulting from the grant must be submitted to the USC Libraries. If this is not possible, citations must be reported for KHL’s records.
•    Submitting receipts for reimbursement up to the amount of the award

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of USC librarians and faculty. 
Inquiries may be directed to:
•    Joy Kim, Curator of the Korean Heritage Library:
•    Kenneth Klein, Head of the East Asian Library:

Application Procedures

Submit the following documentation via email attachments to: 

•    A brief statement (approximately 250 words) describing your research project and its purpose, needs for on-site research at USC KHL, proposed visit schedule, and an estimated budget
•    A curriculum vitae