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