Members of the UW CLIR project team—Charlene Chou, Emily Jantz, Zhijia Shen, and Boyue Yao—prepared and gave a presentation at the UW Libraries Council meeting held on May 12, 2016.
Libraries Council meetings are scheduled for each month; all UW Libraries staff are open and welcome to attend.
The team’s presentation, “Discovering Modern China: Report on CLIR Project of the East Asia Library,” introduced the background and goals of the project; reported on its progress, challenges, and impact; and showed off some of the many treasures and other interesting materials cataloged.
On May 10, Prof. Boyue Yao presented on the CLIR project, including many of the highlights of the materials cataloged for it, as well as general information and highlights of the UW Libraries and Peking University Library (his home institution) collection of Chinese string-bound books and other materials.
Project PI Zhijia Shen and Co-PI Jing Liu presented at the Committee on Chinese Materials meeting “Librarianship in Building Unique Online Resources through Institutional Collaboration” about the CLIR project. Their presentation was entitled “Collaborating to Provide Access to Rare & Special Collections at the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia.”
Project CO-PIs, Zhijia Shen and Jing Liu, applied for and received a CLIR micro-grant of $3000 to help with work to publish a volume on the UW-UBC collaborative CLIR project. They have successfully secured a book contract with Zhonghua Shuju, one of China’s best publishers on topics of Chinese culture and history. The book is scheduled for publication by the end of 2016.
This microgrant program—”Microgrants for Incentivizing Collaboration”—from CLIR offers small grants in support of further collaboration and cross-project connections among recipients of their Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grants.
In March, 2015, Project Co-PIs Zhijia Shen and Jing Liu presented at the CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Symposium, the capstone event to the seven-year Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two-day symposium and unconference brought together more than 180 participants, including many past and current grant recipients.
The proceedings of the symposium—in which more than 20 symposium presenters examine inter-institutional collaboration, student and faculty involvement, cataloging, arrangement and description, audiovisual collections, science collections, and outreach—have now been published. The full report is available for download or viewing online at http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub169. Or directly view the paper by Zhijia and Jing, entitled “International Collaboration to Reveal Rare Chinese Materials Hidden for Half a Century”, at http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub169/shenetal.pdf.
CLIR Project PI Zhijia Shen and Co-PI Jing Liu gave a presentation about the project at this year’s annual conference of the Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA). The conference was held in Eugene, Oregon, from October 19-21, 2015, and had the theme Greater Together: PRRLA Libraries at the Network Level.
Their presentation, entitled “Collaboration to Reveal Hidden Treasures at PRRLA Libraries: UW-UBC CLIR Project on Chinese Materials”, focused on our project’s collaborative nature. It addressed issues and challenges facing the collaborative work, such as those of working with policies, laws, and regulations of different countries; shared what was learned in terms of project planning and management, resource sharing, staff exchange and training between the two institutions across national boundaries, and with academic libraries in China; and demonstrated how international collaboration can optimize libraries’ capacity and resources to accomplish difficult tasks, and how we become greater when putting our efforts together.
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, a delegation from CLIR’s Hidden Collections Program will visit UBC, followed by a visit to UW on Friday, October 30, 2015. The purpose of the visit is for the CLIR team to learn more about the “Discovering Modern China” project work and to discuss and exchange best practices and ideas between the grant recipients (UW and UBC), CLIR, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which sponsored the Hidden Collections grants.
For the UW visit, on the 30th, we’re planning an afternoon of presentations, discussion, tours, and a display of some of the hidden treasures we’ve unearthed so far. We look forward to a fruitful exchange with our CLIR visitors!
Monday, June 1, 2015, Prof. Boyue Yao returned to the University of Washington after spending two months at the University of British Columbia as their CLIR Project Consultant, focusing on their ancient and rare materials.
He will continue his work on the CLIR project at UW, assessing and cataloging our rare Chinese materials that date from before the Republican Period (1912-1949). We are very pleased to welcome him back!
Zhijia Shen, Director of the UW East Asia Library and Principal PI of the “Discovering Modern China” CLIR Project, presented about the project at the Conference on the Future of Academic Libraries in China and North America at Beijing University on April 22-24, 2015.
Click to view the slides from this presentation. (Note: Presentation slides are in Chinese.)