Newsletter No. 52 (December 2007)

University of Melbourne Library News

Bick-har Yeung, East Asian Librarian &
Michelle Hall, Japanese Librarian

New Additions to the Collection

1. “Nippon”, a reprint of the journal from 1934-1944.
2. Began acquisition of items on “bariafuri” (barrier-free) for an academic researching disability in Japan.
3. Zhongguo jinxiandai nüxing qikan huibian 中国近现代女性期刊汇编 (Chinese historical women’s magazines) 148 volumes.
4. The Library has subscribed 4 new Chinese language databases as a result of the Serials Review 2007 undertaken early this year. These new databases are:
  • Taiwan Humanities Periodical Services (台湾电子期刊服务网 : 人文学)
  • Gu jin tu shu ji cheng (古今图书集成)
  • China Doctor Dissertation Full text Database: 100 theses download per annum (中国优秀博硕士学位论文全文数据库)
  • Chinese Academic Journal full text database Series C : Architecture and Engineering (中国学术期刊网: 建筑及工程类).

    Collection development

    1. Rob Britt (Japanese Law librarian, University of Washington, USA) attended several conferences in Australia in July, and also audited our Japanese Law collection.
    2. Donations: 10 boxes of Japanese art catalogues from University of Sydney, and a box of the journal “Women’s Asia” from an academic in the USA.
    3. Donations – Professor Ron Price’s Chinese books Collection

    The East Asian Collection is grateful to receive the private Chinese language books Collection from Professor Ron Price, a retired professor from La Trobe University. The Collection covers valuable resources of Chinese education published during the Cultural Revolution era.
    4. Donations – Dr. T C Tsiang and other donors

    Other valuable gifts added to the Chinese Collection include some Chinese arts and literature books from Dr. T C Tsiang, some language and literature works from Mrs. Lily Hu and social sciences books from Taiwan Zhengzhi University.

    BONUS Project (http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/services/ill/bonus.htm)

    University of Melbourne began “BONUS”, a system whereby students can request loans from other libraries using Innopac and which are part of the trial:
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Ballarat
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University
  • Deakin University

    Rare books cataloguing and conservation projects

    The East Asian Collection received funding from the University to catalog and conserve its old and rare book collection. Kumi Suzuki, Ying Wei and Tammy Leung are helping with the cataloguing and conservation projects.


  • Ms Ying Zhang, representative of China Book Publishing Company, Beijing, 3 July 2007
  • Librarians from National Taiwan University, 13 July
  • Ms Noriko Yamanaka from Inba High School visited the East Asian Collection, 31 August
  • A group staff from CCTV China visited and filmed the East Asian Collection, 4 September
  • Mr Watanabe (JPT), 1 November
  • Other visitors included Ms Lili Wang, a Chinese author


    Bick-har attended the CSAA at Brisbane in late June and Michelle attend the JSAA at Canberra in early July. Michelle was elected as the JSAA Treasurer. Congratulations to Michelle.

    Chinese Studies Research Group

    The Chinese Studies Research Group (CSRG) remains active during the second half of 2007 with a lunch seminar every six weeks. CSRG invited Chinese Studies postgraduates and academics across the University to present papers from their research results. Guest speakers included Ms Lili Wang who spoke on Dirty Secrets of Rising China and Peaceful Australia, and Professor Huang Xing, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (黄行教授 , 中国社会科学院民族学与人类学研究所副所长) who spoke on Ethnic Groups and Their Languages in China (中国的民族和语言)

    The Chinese Studies Research Group is organising a Chinese Studies Research Day which is scheduled on 14 December 2007. The theme of the Research Day is Taiwan Today: Culture, Locality and ‘Other Chinas’. At the moment we already have four papers, including two speakers from ANU. CSRG is planning to invite Dr. Fran Martin (University of Melbourne) and Prof. Bruce Jacobs (Monash University) to participate as mentors / discussants for the day. The seminar will be opened to Monash University and Chinese Studies Postgraduates from other institutions.

    More information about the Group can be found from the following web page: http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/asian/CSRG/CSRG.html

    Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute of the University of Melbourne becomes operational early this year. It is located at 172 Bouverie Street, Carlton. Nanjing University is the partner University. Professor Huainan Wu, from Nanjing University, is now visiting the University of Melbourne for one year to take on the role of Co-Director of the Academic Program. More information about the Confucius Institute can be found on this web site: http://www.confuciusinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/

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