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Newsletter VIII August 2006

The goal of our newsletter is to keep you informed about recent developments in 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 Purchases and Subscriptions

Free Japanese Books

The East Asian Collection got a generous gift of Japanese language research materials earlier this year from Dr. Chuck Yates, who received his Master’s degree in Japanese Studies in 1980. These materials constituted the bulk of his dissertation bibliography on Saigō Takamori. About half of them are collections of documents -- Kagoshima ken shiryō, Ōkubo Toshimichi monjo, and the like – and the rest are secondary texts, including numerous biographies of Bakumatsu figures and monographs on aspects of Kagoshima and Satsuma.
There are 156 titles (194 volumes) of duplicates from the donation of 230 items. Dr. Yates would like to offer these books free to faculty and students of IU. Most of the books on the following list are in good condition:

Japanese Gift Books from Dr. Chuck Yates

Please select from the above list, and we will send your selections to you in the order of first come, first serve.

New Databases related to East Asian Studies

Included here are new databases we added to our subscriptions in early 2006. Please let me know if you need demonstrations of how to access them.

Chinese Ancient Texts (CHANT) Database

China Academic Journals

Century Journals Project
Education/Social Science, 2005-

Library Update Sessions

The following three library update sessions will be offered in the fall semester. In addition, special sessions are available to faculty members and graduate students who want a library presentation for their courses.

1. Introduction to the East Asian Collection: This is an overview of the resources related to East Asian Studies in the Wells Library and in the East Asian Collection.
Monday, Sept. 11, 4-5 pm in Wells Library LETRS Seminar Room

2. Electronic Resources in Chinese Studies: This session offers an overview and an update of the electronic databases and Internet resources available for research in Chinese Studies, with focus on the China Academic Journals Database.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12 noon–1 p.m. in Wells Library LETRS Seminar Room

3. Electronic Resources in Japanese Studies: This session offers an overview and an update of the electronic databases and Internet resources available for research in Japanese Studies, with focus on the JapanKnowledge Database.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4-5 pm in Wells Library LETRS Seminar Room

New Location of East Asian Newspapers

The East Asian newspapers are now shelved at the very back of the Class Reserve Area, Kent Cooper Periodical Room, Wells Library.

Display Cases

There are currently two displays: one with the heading “Aspects of Korean Folklore” at the Information Commons, and another, “The Buddhist and Daoist Paintings,” 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.

Selected New Sets Since March 2006

New Monograph Purchases

Sōsho Nihon no jidō yūgi, 26 vols. Tōkyō : Kuresu Shuppan, 2004.
叢書日本の児童遊戯, 26 vols. 東京 : クレス出版, 2004.

Zhongguo kao gu ji cheng. Xi bei juan. Shaanxi Sheng, Nixiang Huizu Zizhiqu, 25 vols.
Zhengzhou Shi : Zhongzhou gu ji chu ban she, 2002.
中國考古集成. 西北卷. 陕西省宁夏回族自治区 25 vols. 郑州市 : 中州古籍出版社, 2003.

New Serials Subscriptions

Asia Policy
Zhongguo lu shi nian jian (中国律师年鉴)

Services and Projects in the Library

Proposal for Digitizing Local Collections (by December 31, 2006)

The digitization of Indiana University Libraries’ local collections plans to expand access to locally held materials by r eformatting (primarily text-based) library holdings. These local digitization activities will complement regional (e.g., CIC, Indiana State Library) and national (e.g., Google Five, Open Content Alliance, GPO) projects. The focus at Indiana University will be on unique materials, titles of local interest, and collections of special strength.

Criteria used in the selection and prioritization of materials for digitization include:

o Conservation
o enhanced access
o historical and cultural value
o research significance
o support for teaching and learning

Please let me know your comments of this project, and your recommendations for digitizing materials for either research or teaching purposes.

Scholarly Communication

The first project of Scholarly Communication is IUScholarWorks:

IUScholarWorks serves as a repository for the work of individual faculty members. It is a set of services from the IU Libraries and Digital Library Program to make the work of IU scholars freely available while insuring that these resources are preserved and organized for the future. Frequently asked questions related to the project are at:

ALF Project

Thanks to the help from many of our faculty, we finished theselection of pre-1995 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs circulated three or fewer times for the remote storage ALF in late 2005. The book shifting was also completed this summer.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you want to know more about the ALF Project or if you would like to have a tour of the ALF site.

Chinese Pinyin Conversion

Thanks to the support and hard work of the staff at Technical Services, the Chinese Pinyin Conversion was completed in early March this year. Our colleagues at Technical Services are currently working on the clean-ups of a few thousand problematic records. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems with locating a title.