[KS] Free Reference Book Offer

Joy Kim joykim at usc.edu
Thu Feb 28 21:21:09 EST 2002

Dear KS and Eastlib List members,

The Committee on Korean Materials of the Council of East Asian Libraries 
(an affiliated group of AAS) is publishing a guide and manual on Korean 
librarianship.  Contributed by more than ten highly experienced expert 
Korean studies librarians, the 182-page book is packed with essential and 
practical information about how to develop, process, and service Korean 
studies collections in the West.  With generous support from two vendors 
(Asea Munhwasa is publishing it at no charge, and Panmun Book Co. gave a 
cash gift towards other expenses), this treasure-packed resources will be 
distributed free of charge to anyone requesting it.  The distribution 
channels are still under negotiation, and will be announced when finalized.

In order for us to know how many copies to print, I would like to have a 
rough idea how many of you will want it.  So, if you are interested, please 
reply to this message without changing the subject line, indicating how 
many copies you want.  Please forward to any individuals who might be 
interested in this offer.

I am printing the Introduction and the Table of Contents below to help you 
to decide.  Even though I am an experienced Korean studies librarian, I 
find myself referring to the manuscripts constantly for handy information 
(such as information about vendors, donor institutions, selection or 
reference tools, etc.)   So, if you have any level of interest in Korean 
bibliographic issues (either as a librarian or as a scholar), I think you 
would be wise to just take my word for it and request a copy.  We are 
trying to print it in time for AAS (so that I can show it off there!), so 
please reply as soon as possible.  (Sorry for the irregular formatting 
below--just look for the contents, not the format...)
a Practical Guide and Manual

Table of Contents

ForewordWilliam B. McCloy
PrefaceKenneth Klein
IntroductionJoy Kim
AcknowledgementsJoy Kim

Chapter I. Romanization and Word 
Division                                        (p. 1)
IntroductionJoy Kim
A.      The McCune-Reischauer Romanization System
1.  The Romanization of Korean According to the McCune-Reischauer System
2.  A Step-by-Step Guide to McCune-Reischauer RomanizationJoy Kim
3.  Expanded Simplified TablesJoy Kim
4.  Simple Romanization Exercises and AnswersJoy Kim
B.      ALA-LC Korean Romanization and Word Division RulesThe Library of 
1.  Intermediate Romanization/Word Division Exercises & AnswersJoy Kim and 
the Library of Congress
2.  Advanced Romanization/Word Division Exercises & Answers Yunah Sung and 
the Library of Congress
C.      The Revised Romanization of Korean Ministry of Culture & Tourism, ROK

A.      Selection Tools
B.      Gift and Exchange Partners
C.      Vendors
D.      Core Serials List

Chapter III. 
CATALOGING                                                           (p. 95)
A.      Searching Tips on Bibliographic Utilities
1.  OCLCMikyung Kang
2.  RLINYunah Sung
B.      Reference Tools for CatalogingYunah Sung and the Library of 
Congress (LC)
C.      Korean Elements in MARC CatalogingYunah Sung
D.      Korean Literary Authors Name ListTaemin Park
E.      Romanizing Korean Personal Names that Include Two or More SurnamesLC
F.      LC Subject Headings with Korean Period SubdivisionsSeunghi Paek
G.      Korean Materials from Japanese Period Mikyung Kang
H.      Korean Materials in Classical ChineseMikyung Kang

Chapter IV. REFERENCE: Basic Reference Tools Kyungmi Chun        (p.153)

A.      Using Hangul on English Operating Systems
B.      Email/Web Browsing and Authoring


Library schools in the United States have not offered formal training 
programs in East Asian studies librarianship since 1981, forcing most new 
librarians to get their training on the job.  For most Chinese and Japanese 
librarians, this is not a major problem.  Since the typical East Asian 
research collection in the U.S. has more than one Chinese and Japanese 
librarian respectively, new librarians to the field can learn from their 
experienced colleagues on the job.  For Korean studies librarians, the 
situation is quite different. Compared to their Chinese and Japanese 
counterparts, Korean studies librarians are few in number and 
geographically far apart, making on-the-job training practically 
impossible.  Few publications exist that give them the mundane, but very 
necessary information to perform their daily duties as Korean studies 
librarians.  Worse, many institutions with "substantial" Korean collections 
(10,000 or more volumes) have no professional librarians with Korean 
expertise.  These libraries typically depend on Korean studies faculty for 
selection of materials and student assistants for processing them, which is 
far from ideal.  The need for a training program or a manual for Korean 
studies librarianship has long been felt; but it has become more intense in 
recent years with the rapid growth of Korean collections.

As an attempt to fill this gap, the Committee on Korean Materials of the 
Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) conducted a workshop in March 2001 
at the University of Chicago with 20 participants.  With a grant from the 
Information Services Division of the University of Southern California and 
logistical support from the East Asian Library of the University of 
Chicago, the first-ever Workshop on Korean Studies Librarianship was a big 
success, judging from the reviews from the participants. The materials 
prepared for the Workshop form the core of this book, although this volume 
contains much more information than was presented at the Workshop.

Reflecting the subtitle, this book aims at providing practical help to 
those who need to develop and service Korean studies collections in the 
Western world.  As many of us in the field know, Korean librarianship in a 
non-Korean speaking environment poses a unique set of challenges and 
questions.  This book will answer many of questions on a wide range of 
issues, from identifying and acquiring Korean materials to processing and 
delivering the information to end-users.  The target readership includes 
not only library personnel (professional librarians and paraprofessionals 
who work with Korean collections on a part or full time basis), but also 
scholars interested in bibliographic issues for their Library's Korean 
collection or for their own research.  A project of the CEAL (an affiliated 
group of the Association for Asian Studies), the obvious academic bias in 
many areas of its contents was inevitable.  However, public and special 
library personnel will also find plenty of information applicable to their 

A few caveats regarding this volume need to be mentioned. The 
McCune-Reischauer and the ALA/LC Romanization Rules have been applied 
consistently for romanization of Korean words, but there are some 
inconsistencies in the use of diacritics and citation styles because of the 
many people who contributed to this volume. An online version of this book 
is also available at the CEAL home page and will be updated periodically:

The contributors and the editors sincerely hope that readers will find this 
book useful, and are eager to hear comments.  Please use the contact 
information listed in the back of the book to ask questions, make comments, 
or send suggestions.  The editors, contributors, and sponsors would like to 
extend our best wishes on your endeavors for your Korean collection.
Joy Kim
Chair, Committee on Korean Materials
Council on East Asian Libraries
Association for Asian Studies
January 2002

Joy Kim
Curator, Korean Heritage Library <http://www.usc.edu/isd/locations/ssh/korean/>
University of Southern California <http://www.usc.edu>
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0182

Tel: 213-740-2329
Fax: 213-740-7437
Email: joykim at usc.edu

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