Friday, July 8, 2016

Research Grants at USC Korean Heritage Library

The USC Korean Heritage Library (KHL) is pleased to announce research grants for researchers, librarians, and educators in Korean Studies. Thanks to generous support from the Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation (OKSHF), the grant assists scholars in their use of USC Korean Heritage Library’s resources for research to promote scholarship in Korean Studies.


Scholars and librarians whose research can benefit from the resources at the USC Korean Heritage Library. This program is open to scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at domestic U.S. institutions with few Korean library resources.


Up to 3 scholars will be awarded as follows.
  • International scholars: up to $2,000
  • Domestic scholars: up to $1,000


  • August 31, 2016: Deadline for proposals
  • September 30, 2016: Notification of grantees
  • September 30, 2017: Deadline for the use of the grant



Further information can be found at:

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of USC librarians. Inquiries may be directed to:
Joy Kim, Curator of the Korean Heritage Library:
Kenneth Klein, Head of the East Asian Library:

Application Procedures

Submit the following documentation on the application form
  • A brief statement (approximately 250 words) describing your research project and its purpose, needs for on-site research at USC KHL, proposed visit schedule, and an estimated budget
  • A curriculum vitae

Joy Kim
Korean Heritage Library
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1825
213-740-3488 (fax)

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 CEAL Post Conference Survey Report

Post-Conference Survey Results (PDF)

Dear All,
Thank you very much to those who responded to the 2016 CEAL Post Conference Survey. Linked above is the survey report (PDF). The CEAL Executive Board has reviewed the survey responses and will take them into consideration when planning for future events and programs.

If you have further comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them along.

Chair, CEAL Membership Committee

Xiang Li
Assistant Professor
Chinese & Asian Studies Librarian
University Libraries
University of Colorado Boulder
Norlin Library

Monday, April 25, 2016

Travel Grants at the East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh

The East Asian Library at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its 2016 travel grants. These grants are made available through special funding from the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of the grants is to support scholars who wish to do research at the East Asian Library, University of Pittsburgh. The grants will be available up to $500 for each candidate depending on the need and the location of the individual. Special consideration will be given to those researchers in Pennsylvania and the nearby region whose libraries have no major East Asian collections, and without receiving such grants previously.

The East Asian Library at Pitt consists of over 490,000 volumes/items in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. The primary focus of the collections is on humanities and social sciences. For further information about the East Asian Library and its collections, please visit our website at

Applications received before May 31 will receive priority consideration. To apply, please send a letter of application with a brief description of your research topic, a curriculum vitae, the type/subject of materials you need, and an estimated budget to Haihui Zhang, Head of the East Asian Library at

Haihui Zhang
Head, East Asian Library
207L Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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