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