Tuesday, February 23, 2016

CEAL Election 2016 Begins Mon. Feb. 29th

To all Members of CEAL:
I write to announce the upcoming CEAL election dates. The voting period will be as follows:
Start of voting period: Monday, February 29 (12:01 a.m. PST)
End of voting period: Monday, March 21 (11:59 p.m. PST) 

You will be voting for four members of the CEAL Executive Board by electronic ballot. The open positions are:
  • Vice-President/President-Elect
  • Chair, Committee on Technical Processing (one-year term only)
  • Member-at-Large (Korea Focus)
  • Member-at Large (Japan Focus)
As in prior years, all CEAL members will receive an e-mail with a link to the ballot (email subject line: "Please Cast Your Vote for CEAL Executive Board Members". Note that the link is located at the bottom of the e-mail. The slate of nominees is revealed through clicking on the link and accessing the ballot, starting on Feb. 29. Election results are announced at the business meeting prior to the CEAL plenary session at AAS (March 30).

My thanks to all of those nominated who agreed to run. It is a great slate of candidates and I hope all CEAL members will take the opportunity to vote!


Ellen H. Hammond
President, Council on East Asian Libraries

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Call for Applications for the Isaac Alfred Ailion fellowship at the Asian Library of Leiden University Libraries

The Isaac Alfred Ailion fellowship focuses on the study of Japanese culture and language. Proposals for the fellowship are welcomed by the board.

The program will support scholars to work with the extensive Special Collections of Leiden University in the field Japanese culture and language for a period of two to four months. They will be invited to share their research through public lectures and publications. Fellowship applications will be reviewed by a special board consisting of: Prof. dr. Ivo Smits (Professor of Arts and cultures of Japan at Leiden University and member of the board of the Alfred Isaac Ailion Foundation), Nadia M. Kreeft MA (Subject Librarian Japanese and Korean at Leiden University Libraries) and Kasper van Ommen MA (Coordinator Scaliger Institute).

The closing date for applying for the Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation Fellowship is 1 April 2016

Applications for an Isaac Alfred Ailion fellowship have to comply with a number of conditions:
  • Fellows are expected to conduct their research in Leiden University Libraries and/or The Scaliger Institute during the period of the Fellowship. 
  • Fellows are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa to support a research trip in the Netherlands for the duration of the Fellowship. 
  • An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Applicants should indicate their preferred dates on the application form. 
  • All Fellowships are to be started and completed during the year 2016, except when a special agreement is made. 
  • It is the fellow's responsibility to find an accommodation for living (with the support of the Housing Department of the University) and to fund all the costs of the visit with the support of the funds awarded. Applicants should be aware that accommodation costs in Leiden may exceed the funds offered.
    The fellow will provide the Scaliger Institute with a written research report at the completion of the Fellowship.
  • The fellow will provide Leiden University Libraries with a copy of every publication resulting from the research visit. 

Applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to start a Fellowship in the Netherlands, they must secure the appropriate visa and, once a proposal has been accepted, awarding of the Fellowship will be on the condition of fulfilling this requirement.

Applications must include:
  • A completed application form stating personal details, the name of the Fellowship, the title of the proposed research project, the preferred dates of the intended visit and the names and addresses of two academic referees; 
  • A proposal for research to be carried out in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library during the term of the Fellowship (1,200 words or fewer). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and how the study satisfies any particular aims of the award; 
  • The research proposal must specify the relation between the proposed research and the primary sources, which are to be researched and consulted in the Special Collections Department of the library; 
  • A list of manuscripts, editions of other items to be consulted in the library, supplied with shelf marks; 
  • A start and end date of the proposed research; 
  • A curriculum vitae; 
  • A list of relevant publications; 
  • Two letters of recommendation from the academic referees named in the application form. Applicants should ask the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship. The referees should be asked to send their letters directly to the Coordinator of the Fellowship Program, by email to scaliger@library.leidenuniv.nl or by post to the following address: K. van Ommen, Scaliger Institute, P.O. Box 9501, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands; 
  • Researchers who have yet to obtain their doctoral degree also need to have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor(s); 
  • Fellows who have previously received a fellowship from the Scaliger Institute, cannot obtain this grant a second time.
The Isaac Alfred Ailion fellow is expected to contribute to the activities of the Scaliger Institute, and to give a public lecture in the series of Asian Library at Leiden University Libraries.
See for more information on our website: http://www.library.leiden.edu/special-collections/scaliger-institute/

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Transportation, Maps: Seattle | University of Washington

For those attending AAS / CEAL 2016, below are some links and information about getting around Seattle and the University of Washington.

I look forward to seeing you here!
Rob Britt
University of Washington
Gallagher Law Library
W.H. Gates Hall: Map


The Metro Transit bus from downtown to the U-District is a good option. Depending on traffic, rides are between 10-20 minutes.Get off the bus anywhere on University Way (called "the Ave"). From there, walks to campus locations are about five to ten minutes, mostly not uphill.
Downtown Transit Tunnel: For Bus and Light Rail
Getting Around Downtown Seattle
Metro Transit System Map Viewer

Routes To UW from Downtown:
71 Express
72 Express
73 Express

Light Rail

New Sound Transit "University Link" link light rail service from downtown Seattle to the University District opens on March 19, 2016.

The Sound Transit link light rail line starts south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, heads north through downtown Seattle, and beginning March 19th will end at Husky Stadium at the University of Washington (UW). The walk from the University of Washigton station to campus locations (Gowen Hall/East Asia Library, Suzzallo Library, Odegaard Undergrad Library) is uphill, about ten to fifteen minutes.

Downtown: Board Light Rail in the Third Avenue Transit Tunnel

UW Campus Maps

Husky Stadium / University Link Light Rail Station
East Asia Library / Gowen Hall
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Suzzallo Library

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Univ. of Washington: 1st Tateuchi Japanese Visiting Librarian

Dear Colleagues,
I am delighted to share with you that thanks to the generous support of the Tateuchi Foundation, Ms. Yuko Fujimoto from Keio University Library has arrived at the East Asia Library on February 8th, 2016, for her six months visit as our first Tateuchi Japanese Visiting Librarian. This is part of the three-visitor pilot program at the East Asia Library of University of Washington funded by the Tateuchi Foundation.

Having received her undergraduate degree in library and information science from Keio University in 2006, Ms. Fujimoto has been an E-resources librarian at Keio University Library since 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a reference librarian in the Information and Media Center for Science and Technology, and also as an acquisitions librarian to select and order collections including e-resources in the technical services department of Keio University Library.

During her visit with us, Ms. Fujimoto will work closely with Ms. Azusa Tanaka, our Japanese Studies Librarian, and other staff of the East Asian Library in the areas of collection development of both print and electronic materials, digital collection management, and development of institutional repository. She will work with Charlene Chou, our Head of EAL Technical Services, to receive training for cataloging Japanese language materials using RDA. She will also continue her research interest in the area of copyright and cross-institution collaboration. We will arrange for Ms. Fujimoto to visit other units within UW Libraries for her to gain more firsthand experience of an American academic library. We are excited about Ms. Fujimoto’s visit and look forward to a successful and culturally enriching visit.

Ms. Yuko Fujimoto can be reached at:
M240 Gowen Hall
East Asia library
Box 353527
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Email: yukof@uw.edu
Phone: 206-543-6211.

She will attend her first CEAL conference and looks forward to meeting more CEAL colleagues and Japanese Studies Librarians.

With best wishes,
Zhijia Shen

Zhijia Shen, Ph.D.
Director of East Asia Library &Chinese Studies Librarian
322B Gowen Hall, Box 353527
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-5635, Fax: 206-221-5298
Email: zhijia@uw.edu

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CEAL 2016 in Seattle: Final Program

CEAL 2016 Program

Dear CEAL members,

Following up on my announcement of the CEAL 2016 program schedule last year, the final schedule has been posted on the CEAL website for our 2016 meeting in Seattle: East Asian Studies Librarians: Current Realities/Future Trajectories.
See: http://www.eastasianlib.org/CEAL/AnnualMeeting/CEALMeetingSchedule/CEAL2016Schedule.pdf

Please note, once again, some of the new features this year!

  • CEAL Reception (free entry to CEAL members) will be TUESDAY evening, not Wednesday evening as in past years. Venue: University of Washington campus.
  • Tours of the University of Washington Libraries and the UW East Asia Library will held prior to the reception on Tuesday.
  • We are trying to give you more options with “concurrent sessions” to be held on Wednesday evening. Please select the session of most interest to attend in the two time slots.
  • The plenary will feature the first “Presidential Panel,” as well as the first “CEAL Debate” between President Ellen Hammond and Vice-President/President-Elect Jim Cheng.

  • I look forward to seeing everyone in Seattle.


    Ellen H. Hammond
    CEAL President

    Director, International Collections & Research Support
    Head, East Asia Library
    Yale University