Newsletter No. 50 (December 2006)

Report on the Workshop for Overseas Korean Studies Librarians, Seoul, Korea, 30 October

Jung-Sim Kim
Asian Studies Research Collection
Monash University Library

I was invited to attend the Workshop for Overseas Korean Studies Librarians from 30 October to 5 November 2006, which was organised by the National Library of Korea and held at its Librarian Training Center. The National Library of Korea supported all expenses within Korea including hotels, program expenses, venues, and meals. I only had to pay my airfare to and from Korea. Nineteen participants from Australia, German, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Netherlands, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and United States attended the workshop.

The Program of the Workshop was as follows:

Registration and Orientation
We were welcomed by the Chief Executive of the National Library of Korea.

The workshop covered the following topics and visit:

Resources on Korean Studies 한국학 관련 정보원 개관

by Soo-Sang Lee, Assistant Professor of Pusan National University.
This session was about the major resources on Korean studies on the Internet as well as useful Web sites. The twenty-six major resources that were presented were divided by seven subject areas (General, Politics/Administration/Law, Economic/Management, Industries/Technology, Social/Culture , History, Information Sciences).

Tour of the National Library of Korea 국립중앙도서관 견학
Most delegates joined the tour of the National Library of Korea.

Searching Tips on Major Resources and Practical Training 주요 정보원 탐색 및 활용
by Yong-Wan Cho, Lecturer, Pusan National University
Following up on the morning session about Resources on Korean Studies, Mr Cho gave us a hands-on session to practice and find information on Korean Studies Web site.

Collection and Preservation in the National Library of Korea 고문헌 관리 및 자료조직
by Hye-Eun Lee, Classics Specialist, Old and Rare Collection Division, the National Library of Korea
During this long morning session, Ms Lee gave us cataloguing tips for Korean rare books as well as general information on Korean old books, old book collection in the National Library of Korea, preservation and restoration of old books, converting methods such as microfilming or digitizing materials, and the preserving facilities in the National Library of Korea.

Introducing to the Status of Databases in the National Library of Korea

국립중앙도서관 DB현황 및 이용법

by Youngmi Hong, the National Library of Korea
Ms Hong presented an overview of the databases of the National Library of Korea which included digital contents and searching tips on full-text databases. If materials of copyright had already expired among the databases of the National Library of Korea, the materials can be used freely even outside Korea. If not, libraries that have a Library ID from the National Library of Korea can download full-text articles inside their libraries.

A Conversation with Librarians of the National Library of Korea 직원과의 간담회
Participants were divided in two groups to join with librarians of the National Library of Korea and discuss various issues raised in the session. Each group presented some cases of overseas Korean collection. In my group, three presenters from German, Taiwan, and United States briefly talked about their Korean collections.
Overseas Korean studies librarians asked the process of opening the full-text databases of the National Library of Korea from outside Korea. More detailed and revised version of proceeding "process of using the full-text databases of the National Library of Korea from overseas" was given at the session.
The process is:
1. Sign agreement between the National Library of Korea and each foreign library
2. Sign agreement between the Korea Reprographic and Transmission Rights Center (KRTRC, http://www.copycle.or.kr) and each foreign library
3. Obtain a user ID and input information of overseas library
4. Register overseas library's official (fixed) IP address to the system
5. Obtain permission to use full-text databases, then can connect to use full-text databases
6. Using full-text databases from overseas library
7. Fee paying after using full-text articles which have copyrights (Copyrights cleared articles can be used free)

The National Academy of the Korean Language1 국립국어원

The first session introduced the National Academy of the Korean Language. It was established in 1991 to play a central role in making Korea's national language policies and strategies, and development and research of the Korean language. The second session was historical background, activities of each division, and the home page of the National Academy of the Korean Language. During the session, we watched a video entitled "Chonnyon ui lidoswip CEO Sejong" (= Leadership of CEO King Sejong the Great during one thousand years) to understand then invention of of the Korean alphabet, Hangul. We also had information on the revised Romanaization of Korean started in 2000 which doesn't use diacritics (alif, ayn, breve). Since year 2002, all Korean government publications are using this new Government Romanisation system. There are still problems between the romanizations of the two Koreas: in South Korea -- English style pronunciation, in North Korea -- Russian style pronunciation. Guided tour of the National Academy of the Korean Language, which included exhibition area for display of Korean language history chorological chart brief information on Hangul between North and South Korea, was followed by sessions.

The Academy of Korean Studies2 한국학중앙연구원
We had a brief tour to Changsogak (Jangseogak Library). It houses palace documents; royal manuscripts; documents belonging to the various offices of the court, office diaries, etc; records of personal data of officials; maps, paintings of palaces and royal tomb sits; novels handwritten in the palace style Hangul script. They also explained on exhibition materials in display cabinets, cataloguing of old materials, preservation etc.
Then we moved to the Korean Studies Information Center to attend a session of "Case study on digitalizing of the national classical music materials" by Prof. Young Woon Kim, Dean, The Graduate School of Korean Studies. He explained about the Korean traditional music database followed by information on the Academy of Korean Studies.

Korea University Library3 고려대학교 도서관
We watched a virtual library tour and had a session on digital contents of e-resources which can search Web database, theses, rare books, rare serials, diplomatic documents, e-journals, e-book, VOD, books, old map, CD-NET. Then we had guided tour of three libraries among seven libraries of the Korea University Libraries. The three were: Centennial Digital Library (CDL) which opened in May 2005 to celebrate Korea University's 100th anniversary. It has wide range of digital contents and programs to help user's research and eduction. Second, the Main Library, which was renovated in 2004, mainly houses the collections on humanities and social sciences subject areas. Third, the Graduate School Library houses the Special Collections of the area of Korea literature and Chinese literature.

The National Library for Children and Youth4 국립어린이청소년도서관
Understanding Copyright Law session presented by Prof. Sun-Young Yoon, Hanyang University. She gave us the background and concepts of Korean copyrights including Library Payment System which was adopted since 2003. Tour to the National Library for Children and Youth: its name suggests it is for children and youth but adults also use this library. At that time, the exhibition hall was neat and colourful to attract children.

Kungnip Kyongju Pangmulgwan = Kyongju (Gyeongju) National Museum5 국립경주박물관
There was a session of information on Kyongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom and Unified Silla during 57 BC to 935 by Byung-ha Yoo, Chief Curator of Kungnip Kyongju Pangmulgwan. After the session, we had a guided tour of the Anapchigwan among several exhibition halls as well as the Songdok Taewang Sinjong. The Anapchigwan (Anapji Hall) has exhibition of relics excavated from the Anapji Pond.

Kamunsaji, Munmu Taewang nung, Sokkuram, Yangdong Maul, and Oksan Sowon 감은사지, 문무대왕릉, 석굴암, 양동마을, 옥산서원

There was guided tour to the twin three-story stone pagoda at the site of Kamunsa temple which the King Munmu (ruled from 651-681) started to build and was completed by his son King Sinmun (reigned 681-692). The twin three-story stone pagoda, one was covered in veils due to protect/repair but still the other one was open to public. There is only a footstone remaining in the temple site. Then we moved to sea shore to see the little rocky islet which is the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu, who unified the Three Kingdoms to United Silla.

To see the sunrise, we moved to the Mt. Toham. There is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sokkuram grotto (stone cave hermitage) located in Mt. Toham. We visited to the Sokkuram.

Also we had a guided tour of Yangdong Maul to see traditional and folk village which originate from the Choson dynasty. Famous two houses Kwangajong, Hyangdan were selected to explore building's layout, history. Then moved to Oksan Sowon which was built in 1572 by the Neo-Confucian scholar Yi On-jok's disciples to commemorate for his virtue and leaning. The building comprises a school in front area and a shrine in the back area of the building site. There are several treasures such as Haedong Myongjok, Yi On-jok Supil Kobon etc. Through Yongnakmun, we went to Chongbungak where Kim Pu-sik's Samguk Sagi full set held.

I gained more detailed information from some of the sessions and also gained new information in new areas such as Korean music. In addition, I also gained more contacts with Korean Studies librarians in different countries through this workshop. I hope that the Korean Overseas Studies Librarians Workshop will continue to exist for Korean studies librarians to provide accurate information on Korea to foreigners.

I deeply appreciate the people of each organization who ran the workshop. I especially thank Mr In-Kwon Hwang and Ms Juok Park, National Library of Korea, for leading us every day during the workshop and Ms Sang Mee Lee for contact us before the workshop. Special thanks to Dr. Kyung Sang Kwon, the director of the National Library of Korea, for making this workshop possible. Thanks also to everyone and each institute involved in the workshop for providing their precious time and showing us great hospitality and providing useful materials and information.

1 www.korean.go.kr (This is a link of our visit to the National Academy of the Korean Language: http://www.korean.go.kr/06_new/notice/recent_view.jsp?idx=43)

2 www.aks.ac.kr

3 library.korea.ac.kr

4 www.nlcy.go.kr

5 gyeongju.museum.go.kr

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