A Year in Starr for Visiting Librarian Jongchang Yi

The year is passing quickly for Jongchang Yi, who traveled from Korea to join the staff of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library as a visiting librarian last December. Yi’s residence at Starr is part of the Columbia University’s Visiting Librarian Program, which provides learning opportunities through an educational program of work experience and research.Yi is a librarian and Assistant Chief of the Rare & Old Books Department at the Central Library of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. There he was working as a member of the New Library Building Task Force Team, participating in the Yonsei Library Building Construction Project, focusing on library planning.Yi has been supporting the development of the Korean Collection at Starr. His other accomplishments during the past year have included revising and expanding an iPod tour of Starr with Hee-sook Shin, and updating the Korean Studies portion of the Library’s website.Yi sees his program as an opportunity to examine the practical role of a subject librarian in an academic library. During the fall, he plans to investigate the other libraries at Columbia in detail.Amy V. Heinrich, Library Director, finds him a welcome addition to the Library’s staff. “Jongchang’s interests and skills fit well with our goals,” Heinrich said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to explore what we do and how we do it.”

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