Newsletter No. 54 (July 2009)

Conference Report: Library Session at the 6th Biennial Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) Conference

Jung-Sim Kim

Korean Studies Librarian
Monash University

Photo:From left to right, Mr Kyu-Won Hwang of the University of Auckland Library, Ms Nancy Li and Mr Peter McNiece from the University of Sydney Library, Ms Jung-Sim Kim from the Monash University Library, Ms Mikyung Kang from the Harvard-Yenching Library, Ms Sun-Yoon Lee from the University of Southern California Library, and Ms Sooji Lee and Ms Ji-Won Lee from the Korea Education Research Information Service (KERIS).

Since 1999 Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) Conference has been held biennially, each time organised by a different university in Australasia. The 6th Biennial KSAA Conference, "Global Korea : old and new", was held at the University of Sydney on 9-10 July 2009. The conference started withopening ceremony and a keynote address by Professor Robert Buswell, UCLA, "Korean Buddhist Journeys to Lands Worldly and Otherworldly".

The two library sessions were held on Friday, 10 July from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch from 12 noon to 1pm.

The first presenter was Sooji Lee, Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) in Korea, whose paper was entitled “RISS International: a Gateway to Korean Research Information”.

RISS International (http://intl.riss4u.net) is the single gateway to access comprehensive resources about Korea and Korean Studies.  It has been developed and managed by the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) in Korea, a governmental agency under the Ministry of Education and Science & Technology (MEST) in Korea.

  • Coverage: It covers more than 1.6 million full-text of Korean journal articles, Korean journal articles expanded, Korean theses & dissertations, more than 8 million bibliographic records of university libraries holdings including books, serials, and non-book materials, and full-text of primary resources of Korean history.

  • How it works: use federated search, get full-text, Inter Library Loan (ILL), MARC download.

  • RISS International is a fee-based membership service for overseas institutions. To access the RISS International, the user or library has to get a membership account or trial service account. Ms Lee explained the membership account, which can open full-text of digitized materials and the trial service account, which does not allow the  opening of full-texts. Any institution desiring a “trial service” of RISS International should ask Ms Sooji Lee to get a trial service account.

  • Admin Tools: Librarian Only page

After lunch, I presented a paper on “Library services for Korean studies at Monash University”.

I explained the history of the Korean collection at Monash University Library and several ways it provides information to its users.  These include:

  • The Library subject guide for Korean studies (http://lib.monash.edu.au/subjects/korean) provides information on Monash University Library Catalogue, Korean databases on the Web as well as Monash University Library databases.

  • Library information literacy for Korean studies. The library offers information literacy to undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher degree research students in Korean Studies as well as to staff. Early this year, the Korean Studies Librarian and academics discussed information literacy in Korean studies. It was agreed to create information for the Korean translation subject to provide materials that are not easily found in library catalogue such as short stories. See http://lib.monash.edu.au/subjects/korean/translations.html

  • Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM, http://alim.monash.org/) is a collaborative venture between the Monash University and the University of Melbourne Libraries. The two libraries share resources, expertise and collection development. The ALIM cooperation is especially important in Korean studies in the area of architecture where the University of Melbourne Library uses the Monash University Library Korean collection to service the Korean portions of the subjects in Asian Architecture (Korean Architecture Resource, http://alim.monash.org/alimarchkor.html) and Architectural Conservation in East Asia (Architectural Conservation in Korea, http://alim.monash.org/alimarchconk.html) two subjects taught by Dr Qinghua Guo at the University of Melbourne.

  • Librarian for Korean studies. Her role is to assist anyone who studies or researches Korea. Users can contact by email, phone, or visiting the library to find information on Korea.

  • Fee-based Korean Databases: e-Korean Studies Database (http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/databases/2780929.html)

The paper outlined library services for Korean studies at the Monash University Library. We not only provide service to Monash University staff and students, we also provide services to others such as the University of Melbourne through ALIM and to others on a less formal basis. While limitations in budget and staff time mean we cannot do everything, we aim to improve our services as much as possible.

The next paper was “Library Resources and Services in the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries for the Korean Studies Community” by Sun-Yoon Lee, East Asian Library, University of Southern California.

She focused on two specialized collections in the area of Korean studies in the USC Libraries, which are freely available online: the Korean American Digital Archive (KADA) and the Sea of Korea Maps Digital Archive.

The USC Libraries’ the Korean American Digital Archive, which documents the Korean American community during the period of resistance to Japanese rule in Korea and reveals the organizational and private experience of Koreans in America between 1903 and 1965. The collection includes more than 13,000 pages of documents, over 2,500 photographs, and about 180 sound files.

Korean American Digital Archive

Korean Digital Archive (http://digarc.usc.edu/search/controller/index.htm)
The East Asian Library at USC developed the Sea of Korea Maps Digital Archive of 176 original old maps dating from 1606 to 1895, in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Latin, German and Russian. It consists of two private collections: the David Lee Collection (of 132 maps) and the Shannon McCune Collection. The former, in particular, was collected to document the application of the term “Sea of Korea” (or similar terms) to describe the body of water between Japan and Korea. Both map collections help to illustrate how the West’s image of East Asia evolved over the course of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

In addition, two internally developed databases introduced: 4.29 LA Riot Newspaper Clippings Database and Early Medieval East Asian Timeline.

The last paper was “Library Materials and Services at the Harvard-Yenching Library for the Korean Studies Scholarly Community” by Mikyung Kang, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University.

She described the Korean Collection at the Harvard-Yenching Library including Korean rare/old books, manuscripts, old maps, photos and films, and archival collections.  While majority of the collections are in Korean, some of old maps and archival collections also have English or other languages including Japanese and other Western languages.

  • Korean rare books: The Library holds approximately 4,000 titles. All digitized Korean rare books are browsable in HOLLIS, Harvard’s online catalogue, by clicking on “National Library of Korea—Harvard-Yenching Library Korean rare book digitization project” (http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/korean/part2.html#manuscripts)

  • Archival collections: James H. Hausman Archive, Gregory Henderson papers, and Gillette papers (http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/advancedsearch?_collection=oasis)

  • Audio-visual materials (http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/korean/part9.html#films)

  • North Korean materials: According to Mr. Choong-Nam Yoon’s book Habadŭ Yench’ing Han’gukkwan Charyo yŏn’gu, the Korean Collection of the Harvard-Yenching Library contains approximately 3,500 titles of North Korean materials. There are also more than 200 titles of North Korean animation films, feature films, and documentary films available for users.

  • Online resources: Harvard’s research guide webpage for Korean Studies, “Digital Resources for Korean Studies,” lists all subscribed databases as well as some useful freely available online resources (http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/korean/)

  • All titles in the Korean Collection at Harvard appear in Harvard’s online catalog, HOLLIS Classic (http://hollis.harvard.edu), regardless of their cataloging status. All ordered items and ordered-received items are also found in HOLLIS Classic. Recently, Harvard Libraries implemented a new version of HOLLIS (http://discovery.lib.harvard.edu/) for better access and more convenient searching.

  • Travel Grant Program: The Harvard-Yenching Library offers an annual Travel Grant Program in order to assist scholars from outside the metropolitan Boston area to use the Harvard-Yenching collections for research. Detailed information can be found on the following webpage, and around October of each year, the travel grant program announcement is posted to the Korean Studies Listserv. (http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/harvard-yenching/travel_grant_program.html). Each academic year, five grants of $400 each in Korean Studies are awarded on the basis of merit to faculty members and to graduate students engaged in dissertation research.Each grantee is also provided with free photocopying privileges for up to 100 sheets.

During the sessions as well as during the lunch and tea breaks, the above presenters and the audience, which included Kyu-Won Hwang of the University of Auckland Library, Nancy Li and Peter McNiece from the University of Sydney Library, and Dennis Kishere from the Monash University Library, gathered to discuss various library issues concerning Korea and East Asia as whole.

Prior to the opening of the Conference, the four presenters and another librarian from Korea visited the East Asian Collection, the University of Sydney on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 . The East Asian Librarian, Nancy Li, gave us a tour of their collection, especially the Korean materials including DVDs. We also met and exchanged our experiences of dealing with Korean libraries.

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