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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