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.
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.
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.
Century Journals Project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Monograph Purchases
Sōsho Nihon no jidō yūgi, 26 vols. Tōkyō : Kuresu Shuppan, 2004.
Zhongguo kao gu ji cheng. Xi bei juan. Shaanxi Sheng, Nixiang Huizu Zizhiqu, 25 vols.
New Serials Subscriptions
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:
Please let me know your comments of this project, and your recommendations for digitizing materials for either research or teaching purposes.
The first project of Scholarly Communication is IUScholarWorks: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/index.jsp
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: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/faq.jsp
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.
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.