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

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