HathiTrust Digital Library now offers 80,000 Japanese volumes

The HathiTrust Digital Library is "an international community of research libraries committed to the long-term curation and availability of the cultural record.  Through their common efforts and deep commitment to the public good, the libraries support the teaching and learning activities of the faculty, students or researchers at their home institutions, and the scholarly needs of the broader public as well."

Currently the partnership includes over 80 members mainly from North America–and including Columbia–but membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Recently more than 80,000 volumes from Keio University were deposited into HathiTrust.  These materials dramatically increase HathiTrust’s Japanese-language holdings.  Keio University will be providing more information about the materials included in the deposit in coming weeks.  The volumes represent the largest deposit in HathiTrust of materials from a non-partner institution.  Many of these titles are full-text rare materials, and are copyright cleared.  34,415 titles (20,065 in full-view) have been loaded so far.  For a quick look at these volumes have a look at http://bit.ly/1gmFNw2

Coming up, Open Access Week!

Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. As The Open Access Week website argues, we at Columbia should be advocating for open access because it has "the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship."

All next week (October 21-25) at Columbia, folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on College Walk (next to the Sundial) from 9am-4pm talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them. They will also be asking anyone and everyone to sign a petition in favor of an open access resolution for their department, which calls for faculty members and officers of administration to make their research articles freely available to the public through online repositories, such as Academic Commons, Columbia’s open access digital repository. They will also be making buttons and giving out an absurd amount of cookies, and look forward to seeing you all out on campus! Here's to open access and sharing knowledge.

For a full listing of all Open Access Week events happening worldwide, visit the official Open Access Week website here. Columbia's event is listed on the Open Access Week website here.

Documentary Views of Taiwan

Columbia University Libraries, School of the Arts, Film Studies M.A. Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Asia-Pacific Development Society, in partnership with Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office present: "Documentary Views of Taiwan": A Taiwan Documentary Film Festival and Symposium at Columbia, October 11-12, 2013.

This 2-day event will include screenings, lectures, and panel discussions, as well as an opening reception and ceremony of donation of chorographical materials by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office to Columbia University.  Most of these events will take place in the Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall; the opening reception will be in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.  For full information on all events in this program please refer to the program schedule at this link.

Coming up: East Asian Library Resources sessions

Do you want to learn more about the many resources available for East Asian Studies?

During the first week of October we will be offering sessions for each of our languages explaining those resources, and the best way to use them in your research.  See the schedule below.


Tuesday, October 1                 9:30 AM               Western language resources

Tuesday, October 1                 12:30 PM             Tibetan language resources

Tuesday, October 1                 2:00 PM               Japanese language resources

Wednesday, October 2            2:30 PM               Korean language resources

Thursday, October 3               4:30 PM               Chinese language resources


The sessions will take place in our Kress Seminar Room (access via the 200 stack level) and will last approximately one hour.  No sign-up is needed.


We encourage your attendance, and look forward to seeing you there.

More Library Tours

In recent days we have been offering tours of our library.  If you have not had the opportunity yet to attend one, there are more tours scheduled for today and tomorrow, so be sure to catch one, and learn how to find your way around (and pick up on some fun trivia along the way!).  The following sessions are still available:

Tuesday 9/10  @  11:00 AM

Tuesday 9/10  @  3:00 PM

Tuesday 9/10  @  7:00 PM

Wednesday 9/11  @ 11:00 AM

Wednesday 9/11  @  3:00 PM

No sign-up needed; tours last approximately one hour, and start at the library service desk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Starr!

Take a tour of Starr

C. V. Starr East Asian Library

300 Kent Hall


Library Tours, Fall 2013

Thursday 9/5  @  11:00 AM

Thursday 9/5  @  3:00 PM


Friday 9/6  @  10:30 AM


Saturday 9/7  @  2:00 PM


Monday 9/9  @  3:00 PM


Tuesday 9/10  @  11:00 AM

Tuesday 9/10  @  3:00 PM

Tuesday 9/10  @  7:00 PM


Wednesday 9/11  @  11:00 AM

Wednesday 9/11  @  3:00 PM

No sign-up needed; tours last approximately one hour, and start at the library service desk.

Xu Bing event was great success!

On Tuesday April 30 a dual event entitled "Meeting with Xu Bing and His Work at Columbia" took place in the Starr Library and the EALAC lounge.  Guest of honor was the famous Chinese artist Xu Bing, who recently donated one of his artworks Reflections While Reading to the Library.

The program started off with a reception in Starr's reading room, followed by remarks from Damon Jaggars, Associate University Librarian, Collections and Services, Robert P. W. Hymes, Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture and H. Walpole Carpentier Professor of Chinese History, Wang Yansheng, Cultural Counselor of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Robert Harrist, Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History, and Xu Bing, Professor and Vice President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.  After the remarks the donated work, now installed in the Library's reading room, was formally unveiled.  The reception was extremely well attended and animated. 





The unveiling was followed by an dialogue between Xu Bing and Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities.  This portion of the program took place in the EALAC lounge, and was so well attended that some latecomers were unable to even enter the room.