FEDLINK invites you to a Library of Congress webinar, titled “On Line Resources for Chinese Studies at the Library of Congress” on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:00pm-3:00pm.


The speaker, Dr. Yuwu Song, is Chinese Studies Librarian in the Asian Division at the Library of Congress.  He is a specialist on Chinese e-resources. 

This presentation will concentrate on the electronic resources subscribed by the Library of Congress such as full-text databases and online indexes related to the studies of contemporary China.


Register for this webinar by Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by sending an email to [log in to unmask].  Please indicate if you need ADA accommodation.


This webinar has a maximum capacity so please register as soon as possible.  This presentation will also be recorded for later viewing if you are unable to participate.


Please forward this email to a colleague who might be interested in learning more about the Library of Congress resources on area studies.


For more information or questions, contact Dr. Anchi Hoh, Program Management Specialist, at [log in to unmask].



Mark your calendar for the upcoming webinars.  A separate announcement and registration instructions will follow as each webinar date approaches.


Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2-3pm

Webinar: “African Set Maps Web Application”

by CLIR Team, Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress

CLIR Members: Morgan Cundiff, Program Specialist; Clay Redding, Digital Project Coordinator; Amber Gray, Library Technician; and Jonathan Costa, Library Technician


The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress received a $240, 240 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to create a geographical index of the Library's African Set Map Holdings.  The Geography and Map Division is estimated to have 1, 800 African Set Maps containing 125, 000 sheets.  This index will be searchable through the Library's website and the coordinate information for each of the processed sheets will be viewable in the geographic browser of the researcher's choice.  Currently the Geography and Map Division has processed 98, 333 sheets of information, including 22, 305 Arabic sheets of Egypt. 


The CLIR team consists of seven cartographic materials catalogers, one project manager, one program specialist, two technicians, four interns as well as several members of the collections management team.  The CLIR team was assembled in 2009 and have collectively cataloged over 1, 900 African Set Maps and processed close to 100, 000 map sheets.  In addition, the team has been able to weed several thousands duplicates from the collection as well as research valuable information to help determine coordinates for maps where the cartographer did not record coordinates in standard degree format.



Thursday, April 26, 2012, 2-3:30pm

Webinar: “Library of Congress Resources on Japanese Commerce, Economy, Medicine, Science, and Technology”


Subtheme 1: Japanese economy and commerce information resources

by Eiichi Ito. Coordinator for the Japan Team. Asian Division


This presentation will focus on finding data for social science research, particularly Japanese economy and commerce information resources in digital and print available in the Asian Reading Room at the Library of Congress as well as online. Government statistics, economic and financial data, company data, and newspaper resources in both Japanese-language and English-language will be included.


Eiichi Ito, Coordinator of the Japan Team, the Asian Division at the Library of Congress, has been serving as one of the reference librarians for the Japanese Collection since 2004. He currently coordinates collection development of the Japanese monograph and periodical collection, and reference services to the Congress, researchers and the general public. Before coming to the Library of Congress, he managed the library of Japanese language material at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. He received a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996. He also taught Japanese language at Yale University and Middlebury College from 1990 to 1994. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1990, he worked for a Japanese semi-government agency of the Ministry of Construction from 1983 to 1990.


Subtheme 2: Introducing Hidden Treasures of Japanese STM at the Library of Congress: Past to Present

By Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., MS, MA. Research Specialist (Genome, Asian Science and Technology Policy). Science, Technology and Business Division


The presentation covers hidden collections of Japanese science, technology and medicine (STM) at the Library of Congress (both in Japanese and English).  As the largest library in the world and one of the US Government Agencies, the Library of Congress holds countless unique STM materials.  Many of these items and collections are, however, practically unknown outside of the LC.  I will introduce a range of materials, including, rare Japanese STM books from the Edo period (1603-1858), original documents of Japanese weapons research during World War II as well as the most recent technical reports from Japan’s leading national laboratories and science institutes. 


Tomoko Steen is a Research Specialist at Science Section of the Library of Congress.  Her expertise is in Genetics and Science Policy, with a particular focus on Asian Science policy.  She has a Master’s degree in Pharmacology from Japan’s Kyushu University, and worked as a clinical pharmacologist at Tokyo University Hospital.  Upon moving to the US, she studied and obtained a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Science and Technology Studies, as well as a joint Ph.D. in Genetics and Asian Studies.  She also has done Postdoctoral Research at Emory University’s Department of Biology collaboratively with the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and then she became a Faculty member at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and History of Science. Shortly before moving to the Library of Congress, Steen was also a Research Professor at the George Washington University working with world-class historian of science, Horace Freeland Judson.





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