Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting Program Available

CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting Program

Dear Friends,
The CEAL 2017 Annual Meeting program is now available on the CEAL website at the link above. You will find there links to PDF and Word versions of the Annual Meeting program. The Word file may be downloaded and edited for your convenience.

The program highlights the many engaging and interesting sessions planned for this years' CEAL meeting at AAS in Toronto. The CEAL meetings will be held March 13th-16th (Monday-Thursday) in Toronto. There will be pre-conference workshops, the CEAL plenary, and CEAL committee programs.

So download the program now to get the most out of your trip to AAS / CEAL in Toronto. I look forward to seeing you there!

Jim Cheng
CEAL President

C.V. Starr East Asia Library
Columbia University

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CEAL Election: Nominations Reminder

CEAL Bylaws | Current Executive Board | Past Elections

Dear CEAL members,

The 2017 CEAL Election Committee is calling for nominations to serve on the CEAL Executive Board. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to the following seven (7) open positions on its 2017 election slate:

    Chair, Committee on Chinese Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Japanese Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Korean Materials (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Public Services (2017-2020)
    Chair, Committee on Technical Processing (2017-2020)
    Members at Large (All Areas) (2017-2020)
    Members at Large (China Focus) (2017-2020)
    Note: The term starts the DAY of the second Executive Board meeting at CEAL on Thursday of conference week.
Serving on the Executive Board is a wonderful opportunity for professional growth and career development. Pursuant to Article VII “Elections” of the CEAL Bylaws (, the Election Committee is committed to ensuring a slate of candidates balanced in geographic representation, collection size, and area specialty. While encouraging experienced members to continue their valued contributions, we also welcome nominations and self-nominations from newer CEAL members. For more information about the positions, please see the relevant section of the CEAL Bylaws.

Please address your nomination(s) to any of the Election Committee members below by January 16, 2017. The Election Committee will confirm with nominees that they are current CEAL members and willing to serve.

Thank you very much.

CEAL Election Committee:

Ex-officio members:

Michael Meng
Librarian for Chinese Studies
Yale University Library
Phone: 203-432-4438

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Greetings! | CEAL Current Member List Updated

Join CEAL | Confirm Membership Status | Current Member List (PDF)

Holiday greetings to CEAL's past, current and future members!

We're happy to let you know that the list of current CEAL Members (as of December 22, 2016) is now available in PDF format, exported from the CEAL Directory database. To view the list and confirm your current CEAL membership status, please click here: .  
If you have paid CEAL and AAS dues through 2017 or later, your name should appear on this list.

Remember, only members in good standing of both CEAL and AAS as of 2017 are eligible to vote, stand for election and serve on CEAL committees. Members also receive discounts on registration for great CEAL pre-conference workshops. Also, CEAL members get free admission to the 2017 CEAL reception to be held Tuesday March 14th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto.

So to vote in this year's election and be eligible for all the great benefits of CEAL membership, join CEAL or renew your CEAL membership by 1/31/2017

It's easy! For more information, click here:

Thank you, and best wishes to you and your family for a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Xi Chen
CEAL Treasurer

Xiang Li
CEAL Membership Committee Chair

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Membership Renewal: CEAL and AAS -- 2nd Notice -- DEADLINE - 1/31/2017

Dear colleagues,

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving break!

This message is our 2nd call for CEAL and AAS membership renewal. Deadline is 1/31/2017. Please read the following steps carefully as we added a new procedure and an online payment option this year. They are highlighted in yellow.

Joining/renewing CEAL is a 2-step process (

Step 1) Join/renew AAS

  • Before submitting the CEAL membership application form, please join or renew membership of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). 
  • Please make a note of your AAS# and membership expiration date as you need to put them on the application form and your check. This is very important, if you are not a valid AAS members, your CEAL membership application WILL NOT be processed.

Step 2) Submit the Application Form and Dues

  • Print out the CEAL Membership Application PDF form or Word version of the form, and fill it in.
  • Write a check or money order for thirty dollars ($30), payable to "The Association for Asian Studies Inc." Please write your AAS# and AAS membership expiration date on the upper right corner of the check.
Mail your completed application form to:

Xi Chen
Chinese Studies Librarian
University of California San Diego Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R

Thank you!


Xi Chen 陈晰

Chinese Studies Librarian

University of California San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175R | 858-534-2894

Chinese Resources at UCSD Library:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Foreign Law Librarians 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians. The Grant subsidizes a foreign law librarian to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the world's largest law librarian professional organization.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for the AALL Annual Meeting ( in Austin, Texas (July 15-18, 2017) provides a waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee and a grant of a minimum US $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The application deadline is December 16, 2016. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications. Please note: Grant winners must pay all expenses in advance. Grant awards will only be disbursed at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians as well as the application form can be found at

Please feel free to contact me or another committee member if you have any questions about the 2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians.

Sherry Leysen
FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Doing Digital Scholarship: NCC Workshop at AAS/CEAL 2017

Doing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies: Innovations and Challenges

Hosted by the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Libraries
March 13-14, 2017
Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto

Register at

The workshop aims to examine the critical roles that librarians play in creating and sustaining innovative digital scholarship, to share experience among those who have created successful projects and to motivate librarians to "own" a larger role in the creation and preservation of the digital realm.
Major topics of discussion will include:
  • Case studies of projects that build and curate digital collections and content
  • Tools and techniques for data visualization and text analysis
  • Managing Metadata schema and APIs
  • Managing students and volunteers
  • Planning for collection scalability and data migration to new platforms
  • Long-term preservation and access to digital media
  • Best practices for managing rights to digital information
  • Strategies for increasing the role of the library as a research partner in emerging areas of scholarship in Japanese studies
Pre-registration is required and workshop space will be limited. A need-based, limited funding support will be available for out-of-town participants. The NCC may be able to cover (shared) accommodation for up to 3 nights (March 12, 13 and 14, 2017) at the Holiday Inn Bloor Yorkville.
To register for this workshop and to apply for partial travel funding, please complete an application at The deadline for application is January 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship for 2017

2017 LC Internship Application Form (Word)

Dear CEAL Members,
Encouraged by the number of applications, strong support of our library community, and the successful completion of the internship program in recent years, the Committee on Technical Processing and the Library of Congress will again coordinate and carry out the Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship Program in 2017. CEAL developed this Internship Program partnership with the Library of Congress in order to provide training opportunities to those who may not have access to adequate cataloging training support in their own institutions, or to those who have been assigned to catalog materials in a language with which they are not entirely conversant.

Experienced catalogers who wish to develop expertise in cataloging material in a certain subject or subjects (i.e. law material or manga), or in a specialized format, are also encouraged to apply.

The interns selected will receive substantial training at the Library of Congress from the Library's catalogers.

Logistics of the Program

  • The Committee on Technical Processing will screen the 2017 applications, and will forward one or two qualified applicants to the Library of Congress.
  • Later in 2016, the Library of Congress will select up to two qualified applicants for an internship of between one and three months in duration. The person selected will directly negotiate the length of the internship, its timing and general content with the Library of Congress.
  • The Library of Congress will supply training materials, workspace, training and review by experience catalogers in one or more aspects of cataloging East Asian language materials. All other expenses (travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals) are the responsibility of the intern and/or his/her employer.
  • CEAL will reimburse each intern up to $1,000 for expenses incurred. Upon successful completion of the program, the intern may submit receipts for expenses to the Committee for reimbursement. An intern whose institution has provided no money for expenses will receive the full amount.
  • Upon completion of her/his internship at the Library of Congress, the intern will be required to submit an evaluative written report.


The application process will be overseen by the members of the Subcommittee on Library of Congress-CEAL Cataloging Internship Program: Philip Melzer (Chair), Keiko Suzuki, and Erminia Chao. The Subcommittee will recommend candidates according to a set of pre-determined selection criteria, and the Library of Congress will make final decisions. The application deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016. If possible, the intern selected will be announced before the CEAL meeting in February 2017, in advance of the CEAL meetings in March 2017.

Selection Criteria

The Subcommittee members will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

The Candidate:

  • If a non-US citizen, must have H1 or permanent resident visa status that permits him/her to participate in the program;
  • Is a CEAL member in good standing;
  • Is recommended by his/her employer or university with a formal letter of recommendation;
  • Has significant responsibility for East Asian language resources and at least some experience in cataloging;
  • Lacks in-house training support, or has been assigned to catalog material in a language with which he/she is not sufficiently conversant, or would benefit from training in a certain subject or format to perform assigned cataloging duties.
To apply, please fill out this attached application form (click to download Word document) and send it as an email attachment to all three Subcommittee members: Philip Melzer (; Erminia Chao (; and Keiko Suzuki ( The application deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016. The deadline for letters of recommendation is also Friday, October 28, 2016. For questions, please feel free to contact the Subcommittee members.

If you qualify, please consider applying for an internship this year.

Sincerely yours,
Philip Melzer
Chair, Subcommittee on Internship

Subcommittee Members

Philip Melzer
Keiko Suzuki
Erminia Chao