Happy New Year! Best Wishes for the coming spring semester! The goal of our newsletter is to keep you informed about recent new developments of the East Asian Collection and useful services in the Library. Please don't hesitate to send in purchase recommendations, and if you have any comments, feel free to contact me.
New Databases Related to East Asian Studies
Included here are new databases we currently subscribe to. Please let me know if you need demonstrations of how to access them.
New Database Trial
Database: Chinese Ancient Texts (CHANT) Database
Resource description: CHANT, a browsable and searchable database, provides full-text access to Chinese classical works and excavated ancient documents. Created by the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, it comprises 5 full-text databases:
1. Oracular Inscriptions on Tortoise Shells and Bones
The information is also listed on the Library trials page at: http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=2482
Please let me know if you need a demonstration of how to use it, and please send your comments to me by January 31, 2006.
NEH Library Challenge Grant
Thanks to your strong recommendations, the NEH Library Challenge Grant approved the purchase of the following East Asian-related monograph and microfilm titles:
Asahi shinbun. Tokyo : Asahi Shinbun Tokyo Honsha, 1940-
Japan through Western Eyes: manuscript records of traders, travellers, missionaries and diplomats, 1853-1941. Marlborough : Adam Matthew Publications, -
Miyamoto Yuriko zenshu, 34 vols. Tokyo: Shin Nihon Shuppansha, 2001-2004.
Zhongguo cang Xi Xia wen xian, 17 vols. Lanzhou shi: Gansu ren min chu ban she, 2005.
New Location of East Asian Newspapers
The East Asian newspapers we currently subscribe to have been moved to a new location. They are now shelved at the very back of the Class Reserve Area, Kent Cooper Periodical Room, Wells Library.
There are currently two displays: one with the heading “Beauty of Japan” at the Information Commons, and another, “The Art of Chinese Calligraphy,” outside room E851 on the 8th fl. of the Research Collection.
Please let me know if you want to do a display for your classes, and we can work on the details.
Hayashi Kyoko zenshu, 8 vols. Tokyo : Nihon Tosho Senta, 2005.
Kinsei shomin kyoiku shiso, 4 vols. Tokyo : Nihon Tosho Senta, 2001.
Korekushon modan toshi bunka, 20 vols. Tokyo : Yumani Shobo, 2004-
Guo jia tu shu guan cang Qing dai gu ben nei ge liu bu dang an, 38 vols. Beijing : Quan guo tu shu guan wen xian suo wei fu zhi zhong xin, 2003.
Mou Zongsan xian sheng quan ji, 33 vols. Taibei Shi : Lian jing, 2003.
Zhongguo kao gu ji cheng. Xi nan juan. Yunnan Sheng, Guizhou Sheng, Sichuan Sheng (Chongqing Shi), Xizang Zizhiqu, 28 vols. Zhengzhou Shi : Zhongzhou gu ji chu ban she, 2003.
Please be aware that we have added many new subject-oriented dictionaries in Japanese studies in the fall semester.
New Serials Subscriptions
Zhongguo xue shu nian jian (中国学术年鉴)
Thanks to the help from many of our faculty, we finished the project of selecting pre-1995 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs circulated three or fewer times for the remote storage ALF by November 30. The book shifting will probably start in spring.
Chinese Pinyin Conversion
With the completion of the ALF Project for East Asian materials, we anticipate that a large amount of selected materials will be moved to ALF in spring. This move will cause inconveniences for you because many of you rely on stack browsing to find books you need since most of the books are still on shelves.
However, the faculty and students who are in Chinese studies will be most affected because many Chinese bibliographic records in IUCAT contain a mixture of Wade-Giles and Pinyin romanization systems.
Our Library has noticed this discrepancy, and will commit to the task of implementing the Chinese Pinyin Conversion in spring as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems with locating a title.