European Association of Sinological Librarians


BEASL Number 9

Editors Note

After more than a year and with some delay the new BEASL is ready. The delay is due to the somewhat slow income of contributions. The Chinese contributors we had hoped would contribute gave us no positive reactions. Yet we don't want to lament, but happily thank the contributors of this number of BEASL for their effort. After all we think it has become an informative Bulletin. The section on automation is by far not as extensive as in the last years. Maybe the interest in this field has cooled since most of us have by now decided what system to use and are busy implementing it. Much leaves to be said and desired, so we think that the Bulletin will dedicate more space to this topic again in the future. In this context Hubert Delhaye gives an insight on the CJK OPAC of the Instiut d'Extreme Orient. One main notice in the field of automation seems to be that EASL does now have a www homepage. We think it would be desirable to discuss, maybe on the homepage itself, what the future character of BEASL should be and what it cannot be, i.e. the fields of the homepage will naturally take over.

In our section on sinological collections in Europe we have inserted a short description of several smaller sinological libraries in German-speaking countries. The information on fields of special collections etc. should be interesting to all of us in times of reduced public funds and better international exchange and cooperation possibilities. We think that such information could be exchanged between different European conuntries. We can imagine that in the next number maybe the British or French colleagues introduce their "smaller" libraries thus institutionalizing this point in the Bulletin.
The report on Chinese Collections in Leuven, Belgium and on the Austrian National Library are separately published because of the importance of these libraries.

Reports by Lars Laaman on the Beitang Collection and by Cordula Gumprecht on her acquisition tour to China may provide some useful insight and connection in period when book selling rules in China, Hongkong and Taiwan are rapidly changing.

A special thanks to Basilia Fang who has given us a long desired tool on Chinese names.

Wishing informative and enjoyable reading,
Ina Asim and Michael Leibold; (Ina Asim); (Michael Leibold)