Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Greetings! | CEAL Current Member List Updated

Join CEAL | Confirm Membership Status | Current Member List (PDF)

Holiday greetings to CEAL's past, current and future members!

We're happy to let you know that the list of current CEAL Members (as of December 22, 2016) is now available in PDF format, exported from the CEAL Directory database. To view the list and confirm your current CEAL membership status, please click here: .  
If you have paid CEAL and AAS dues through 2017 or later, your name should appear on this list.

Remember, only members in good standing of both CEAL and AAS as of 2017 are eligible to vote, stand for election and serve on CEAL committees. Members also receive discounts on registration for great CEAL pre-conference workshops. Also, CEAL members get free admission to the 2017 CEAL reception to be held Tuesday March 14th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto.

So to vote in this year's election and be eligible for all the great benefits of CEAL membership, join CEAL or renew your CEAL membership by 1/31/2017

It's easy! For more information, click here:

Thank you, and best wishes to you and your family for a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Xi Chen
CEAL Treasurer

Xiang Li
CEAL Membership Committee Chair

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Membership Renewal: CEAL and AAS -- 2nd Notice -- DEADLINE - 1/31/2017

Dear colleagues,

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving break!

This message is our 2nd call for CEAL and AAS membership renewal. Deadline is 1/31/2017. Please read the following steps carefully as we added a new procedure and an online payment option this year. They are highlighted in yellow.

Joining/renewing CEAL is a 2-step process (

Step 1) Join/renew AAS

  • Before submitting the CEAL membership application form, please join or renew membership of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). 
  • Please make a note of your AAS# and membership expiration date as you need to put them on the application form and your check. This is very important, if you are not a valid AAS members, your CEAL membership application WILL NOT be processed.

Step 2) Submit the Application Form and Dues

  • Print out the CEAL Membership Application PDF form or Word version of the form, and fill it in.
  • Write a check or money order for thirty dollars ($30), payable to "The Association for Asian Studies Inc." Please write your AAS# and AAS membership expiration date on the upper right corner of the check.
Mail your completed application form to:

Xi Chen
Chinese Studies Librarian
University of California San Diego Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R

Thank you!


Xi Chen 陈晰

Chinese Studies Librarian

University of California San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R | 858-534-2894

Chinese Resources at UCSD Library:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Foreign Law Librarians 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. The Grant subsidizes a foreign law librarian to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the world's largest law librarian professional organization.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting ( in Austin, Texas (July 15-18, 2017) provides a waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee and a grant of a minimum US $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The application deadline is December 16, 2016. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications. Please note: Grant winners must pay all expenses in advance. Grant awards will only be disbursed at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at

Please feel free to contact me or another committee member if you have any questions about the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians.

Sherry Leysen
FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Doing Digital Scholarship: NCC Workshop at AAS/CEAL 2017

Doing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies: Innovations and Challenges

Hosted by the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Libraries
March 13-14, 2017
Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto

Register at

The workshop aims to examine the critical roles that librarians play in creating and sustaining innovative digital scholarship, to share experience among those who have created successful projects and to motivate librarians to "own" a larger role in the creation and preservation of the digital realm.
Major topics of discussion will include:
  • Case studies of projects that build and curate digital collections and content
  • Tools and techniques for data visualization and text analysis
  • Managing Metadata schema and APIs
  • Managing students and volunteers
  • Planning for collection scalability and data migration to new platforms
  • Long-term preservation and access to digital media
  • Best practices for managing rights to digital information
  • Strategies for increasing the role of the library as a research partner in emerging areas of scholarship in Japanese studies
Pre-registration is required and workshop space will be limited. A need-based, limited funding support will be available for out-of-town participants. The NCC may be able to cover (shared) accommodation for up to 3 nights (March 12, 13 and 14, 2017) at the Holiday Inn Bloor Yorkville.
To register for this workshop and to apply for partial travel funding, please complete an application at The deadline for application is January 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship for 2017

2017 LC Internship Application Form (Word)

Dear CEAL Members,
Encouraged by the number of applications, strong support of our library community, and the successful completion of the internship program in recent years, the Committee on Technical Processing and the Library of Congress will again coordinate and carry out the Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship Program in 2017. CEAL developed this Internship Program partnership with the Library of Congress in order to provide training opportunities to those who may not have access to adequate cataloging training support in their own institutions, or to those who have been assigned to catalog materials in a language with which they are not entirely conversant.

Experienced catalogers who wish to develop expertise in cataloging material in a certain subject or subjects (i.e. law material or manga), or in a specialized format, are also encouraged to apply.

The interns selected will receive substantial training at the Library of Congress from the Library's catalogers.

Logistics of the Program

  • The Committee on Technical Processing will screen the 2017 applications, and will forward one or two qualified applicants to the Library of Congress.
  • Later in 2016, the Library of Congress will select up to two qualified applicants for an internship of between one and three months in duration. The person selected will directly negotiate the length of the internship, its timing and general content with the Library of Congress.
  • The Library of Congress will supply training materials, workspace, training and review by experience catalogers in one or more aspects of cataloging East Asian language materials. All other expenses (travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals) are the responsibility of the intern and/or his/her employer.
  • CEAL will reimburse each intern up to $1,000 for expenses incurred. Upon successful completion of the program, the intern may submit receipts for expenses to the Committee for reimbursement. An intern whose institution has provided no money for expenses will receive the full amount.
  • Upon completion of her/his internship at the Library of Congress, the intern will be required to submit an evaluative written report.


The application process will be overseen by the members of the Subcommittee on Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship Program: Philip Melzer (Chair), Keiko Suzuki, and Erminia Chao. The Subcommittee will recommend candidates according to a set of pre-determined selection criteria, and the Library of Congress will make final decisions. The application deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016. If possible, the intern selected will be announced before the CEAL meeting in February 2017, in advance of the CEAL meetings in March 2017.

Selection Criteria

The Subcommittee members will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

The Candidate:

  • If a non-US citizen, must have H1 or permanent resident visa status that permits him/her to participate in the program;
  • Is a CEAL member in good standing;
  • Is recommended by his/her employer or university with a formal letter of recommendation;
  • Has significant responsibility for East Asian language resources and at least some experience in cataloging;
  • Lacks in-house training support, or has been assigned to catalog material in a language with which he/she is not sufficiently conversant, or would benefit from training in a certain subject or format to perform assigned cataloging duties.
To apply, please fill out this attached application form (click to download Word document) and send it as an email attachment to all three Subcommittee members: Philip Melzer (; Erminia Chao (; and Keiko Suzuki ( The application deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016. The deadline for letters of recommendation is also Friday, October 28, 2016. For questions, please feel free to contact the Subcommittee members.

If you qualify, please consider applying for an internship this year.

Sincerely yours,
Philip Melzer
Chair, Subcommittee on Internship

Subcommittee Members

Philip Melzer
Keiko Suzuki
Erminia Chao

Friday, July 8, 2016

Research Grants at USC Korean Heritage Library

The USC Korean Heritage Library (KHL) 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. This program is open to scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at domestic U.S. institutions with few Korean library resources.


Up to 3 scholars will be awarded as follows.
  • International scholars: up to $2,000
  • Domestic scholars: up to $1,000


  • August 31, 2016: Deadline for proposals
  • September 30, 2016: Notification of grantees
  • September 30, 2017: Deadline for the use of the grant



Further information can be found at:

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of USC librarians. 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 on the application form
  • 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

Joy Kim
Korean Heritage Library
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1825
213-740-3488 (fax)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mellon Grant Recipients for 2016

I am delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s awards of The Mellon Foundation – Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians program! The winners of the 2016 competition are:

    University of California Irvine Libraries

    Project Lead: Ying Zhang, Research Librarian for Asian Studies

    Collaborators: Susan Xue (UC Berkeley), Zhaohui Xue (Duke), and Xiaohe Ma (Harvard) 

    Award: $53,810

    Project: From Curation of Collection to Creation of Knowledge: Building a Bilingual Dictionary of Ming Government Official Titles through Crowdsourcing 

    Description: This project aims to fill a critical lacuna in Chinese reference collection development by creating – through an open source platform to “crowd-source” content – an online dictionary of Ming dynasty official titles. This work will build on the standard source for translations of official titles by Charles O. Hucker (A Dictionary of Official Titles in Imperial China) by adding over 600 translations for the Ming dynasty. This will fill a major gap for scholars of the Ming and those who need standardized English translations of imperial government titles for digital humanities and other projects. The new dictionary will be publicly accessible through the UC-Irvine digital repository.

    Stanford University Libraries

    Project Lead: Jidong Yang, Head, East Asia Library

    Collaborators at Stanford: Zhaohui Xue, Nicholas Taylor, and Gary Geisler; under the general oversight PI Michael A. Keller

    Award: $39,650

    Project: Recording the Emerging Chinese Civil Society: Archiving Websites and Social Media of Chinese NGOs and Making Them Accessible

    Description: This project will enhance and extend an effort to collect born digital materials (websites and social media) published by Chinese NGOs active in the sectors of environmental protection, HIV/AIDS, labor and migrant workers, legal aid, social enterprise, women and gender issues, and ethnic minorities. The grant will be used to double the coverage of an initial project begun by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, enhance the metadata to improve accessibility, and develop an existing open-source platform for online exhibits to feature the archived content.
The two 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 their collaborators!

CEAL is grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the funding for the Innovation Grant Program and to the entire grant review panel.

External Reviewers:

  • Michael Hunter, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Yale University
  • Hoyt Long, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago
  • Lizabeth Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives; Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington

CEAL Executive Board Reviewers:

  • Jim Cheng, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University
  • Charles Fosselman, Access and Digital Information Services Librarian, Stanford University
  • Dawn Lawson, Head, Asia Library, University of Michigan
  • Hyokyoung Yi, Head, East Asia Library Public Services; Korean Studies Librarian, University of Washington

Innovation Grant Program Principal Investigator:

    Ellen Hammond, Director, International Collections & Research Support, Yale University

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

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 CEAL Post Conference Survey Report

Post-Conference Survey Results (PDF)

Dear All,
Thank you very much to those who responded to the 2016 CEAL Post Conference Survey. Linked above is the survey report (PDF). The CEAL Executive Board has reviewed the survey responses and will take them into consideration when planning for future events and programs.

If you have further comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them along.

Chair, CEAL Membership Committee

Xiang Li
Assistant Professor
Chinese & Asian Studies Librarian
University Libraries
University of Colorado Boulder
Norlin Library

Monday, April 25, 2016

Travel Grants at the East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh

The East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its 2016 travel grants. These grants are made available through special funding from the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of the grants is to support scholars who wish to do research at the East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh. The grants will be available up to $500 for each candidate depending on the need and the location of the individual. Special consideration will be given to those researchers in Pennsylvania and the nearby region whose libraries have no major East Asian collections, and without receiving such grants previously.

The East Asian Library at Pitt consists of over 490,000 volumes/items in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. The primary focus of the collections is on humanities and social sciences. For further information about the East Asian Library and its collections, please visit our website at

Applications received before May 31 will receive priority consideration. To apply, please send a letter of application with a brief description of your research topic, a curriculum vitae, the type/subject of materials you need, and an estimated budget to Haihui Zhang, Head of the East Asian Library at

Haihui Zhang
Head, East Asian Library
207L Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Monday, April 4, 2016

Appointment: Director of the East Asian Library

I am happy to announce that Hana Kim was appointed Director of the East Asian Library, effective April 1, 2016. Hana rejoins us at the University of Toronto Libraries from the University of British Columbia, where she was Head of their Asian Library – a library which houses collections in 11 major Asian languages. During her time there, she led some ambitious projects, including a joint CLIR grant initiative, entitled ‘Hidden Collections Cataloguing of Rare Chinese Materials’ with the University of Washington and the Puban Collection Digitization project with Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province. She has also worked closely with staff there, supporting them and mentoring them. Hana has worked with faculty in the Department of Asian Studies and the wider community to develop events and programs including a Lunar New Year Celebration event and hosting the UBC Library Centenary Anniversary event. She has also focused on fundraising initiatives, including the development of a “learning commons” renovation for the Asian Library. Hana worked here at the University of Toronto as our Korean Studies Librarian for many years with outstanding results. She also assumed the Acting Director role several times between 2012 – 2014. Hana brings wonderful skills to this role and I look forward to working with her in this position. We are very pleased to welcome her back to University of Toronto.

Julie Hannaford
Deputy Chief Librarian
U of T Libraries