Minutes - Twenty-first annual conference of EASL
Participants || Chairman's
address || Notices of members ||Conferences
and meetings || Treasurer's report
EASL online resources ||
|| Other electronic resources || Book
supply issues || Relations
to other institutions || EASL trips || Election
of officers || Next EASL conference
The Twenty-first EASL conference
was held in the Royal Library of Copenhagen from 5 to 7 September 2001.
The meeting was chaired by Cathy Thoelen. Our host, Bent Pedersen, welcomed
the participants to Copenhagen and gave a short opening address.
During the course of the conference,
a visit to the Royal Library was made to the new and old buildings of the
Royal Library, "Den Sorte Diamant", guided by Bent Pedersen. Another visit
was arranged, to the Museum of Decorative Arts, including its library.
On Friday evening, a final conference dinner was held at the House of Korea,
where discussions went on while eating a nice "Bulgogi".
Charles Aylmer, Cambridge University
Inga-Lill Blomkvist, NIAS Library,
Hiroko Brittain, Oriental Section,
Christina Cramerotti; Institut
National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris
Vincent Durand-Dastès, Ecole
Française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris
Lars Fredriksson, Östasiatiska
Nicholas Gorelov, Library of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg
Martin Hanke, Seminar für
Sprache und Kultur Chinas, University of Hamburg
David Helliwell, Dept. of Oriental
Books, Bodleian Libray, Oxford
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre Chine, Paris
Matthias Kaun, Staatsbibliothek
Anne Labitzky-Wagner, Landesspracheninstitut
Hanno Lecher, Sinologisches Seminar,
Nathalie Monnet, Dépt. des
manuscrits, div. Orientale, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Inga Nyman, Asian Library, Stockholm
Bent Pedersen, Orientalsk og Judaistisk
Afdeling, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
Jens Petersen, Københavns
Universitet Asien-Instituttet, Copenhagen
Schütte, Fak. für Ostasienwissenschaften, Ruhr-Universität,
Small, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
M. Streffer, East-Asia Department, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Alek Stypa, Institut Monumenta
Serica, Sankt Augustin
Mantimyn Sunuodula, Middle East
and East Asian Studies Library, Durham University
Cathy Thoelen, Ostasiatisches Seminar,
Annie Troedsson, Asia Library,
Benedicte Vaerman, Oost-Aziatische
Bibliotheek, Catholic University of Leuven
Mark Ulyanov, Oriental Center,
Russian State Library, Moscou
Cathy Thoelen stressed the importance
of getting more recognition for EASL and put her replacement as the chairman
of EASL on the agenda.
2, 3 Agenda, Minutes:
The minutes of the 20th
EASL conference were accepted as a true and accurate record of the proceedings.
4 Notices of Members:
Mark Ulyanov tells us that the
renovation of the Russian State Library is going on. The Oriental Center
will open in 2002. He passes the magazine Oriental Collections,
in Russian, to the meeting, and mentions that articles in any language
Nathalie Monnet explains that the
Oriental Section of the Manuscript division will receive new storage space
and a new reading room. Monique Cohen has become director of the Département
des Manuscrits. Nathalie Monnet is working on a catalogue of rubbings,
3000 titles will be included.
Nicolas Gorelov explains that the
Chinese collection of the Library of the Russian Academy of Science was
not damaged by the fire that destroyed 1/3 of the collection 15 years ago.
The collection on European materials on China, however, was destroyed.
They are working on a catalogue of Chinese-Russian relations since the
18th century. A catalogue of translations from Chinese into
Russian was completed (including the lost books…) Chinese books are mainly
received as donations by Chinese scientific academies, with an average
of 1000 new books each year. The collection includes about 800 magazines.
Sue Small reports that the INOPAC
system in CJK, in Unicode, is doing quite well. 5,000 books have been catalogued
in Chinese, the rest is still in pinyin. The SOAS library received more
money to strengthen its collections on modern Chinese language and law.
Hiroko Britain reports that her
library had to cancel all the journals that have not been asked for during
the last ten years because of lack of funding.
Inga Nyman explains that the Asian
library of the Stockholm university library keeps only reference works.
Other books concerning China are held at the Östasiatiska Biblioteket
Annie Troedson explains that the
Asian library of Lund university collects mainly books on Chinese language
and literature. History and economics are recently also focused. The largest
part of the collection is in English.
Vincent Durand-Dastès and Christina Cramerotti explain the new French
project to build a huge non-occidental library by the year 2004. There
is also a nationwide French project for a unified catalogue, which would
include CJK. La Maison de l’Asie has adopted a common cataloguing system,
Agathe, which is being implemented.
Matthias Kaun explains that he is
currently studying Library Information Science at Cologne University.
John M. Streffer reports that his
colleagues Keller and Song have retired. He has been cataloguing the Beijing
Tripitaka, and informs members that those who wish can download the data
(on the web after October 2001). Furthermore, the Staatsbibliothek has
cut budgets, lots of magazine subscriptions will be interrupted, less books
David Helliwell informs us that
Minh Chung has replaced Tony Hyder in the Institute for Chinese Studies
Library at Oxford University.
Charles Aylmer informs us that Cambridge
University Library has received a large donation of the Zhuanshi zangshu.
Lars Fredriksson was very pessimistic
about his library, which he called completely under-staffed and under-budgetted.
Hubert Delahaye, who was not present,
asked to read a paper, mentioning that recent acquisitions of the Institut
des Hautes Etudes Chinoises have just been published in Vol. XIX, 1-2 of
5 Reports on
conferences, meetings, workshops:
In September 2000, Benedicte Vaerman
and Vincent Durand-Dastès attended a two-week course at the University
of Prague, sponsored by the Jiang Jingguo Foundation. Professor Pan Meiyue,
of Taiwan University, teached about the history of the Chinese book.
Sue Small attended the Taiwan meeting
on Chinese resource sharing in October 2000. More information about the
meeting in the National Central Library Newsletter, vol. 33 nr 1 (July
2001), pp. 4-8.
Hanno Lecher reported on the AAS
meeting, in conjunction with CEAL, in spring 2001, mentioning mainly the
CORE project of OCLC, which does preliminary data harvesting. Hanno also
organized a panel on library matters for the International Convention of
Asian Studies, held in Berlin in August 2001. Cathy Thoelen asks members
to make more announcements if interesting meetings, conferences or workshops
John M. Streffer comments on the
meeting, dated May 2001, under the title: German CJK libraries on their
way to German union catalogues.
A statement of accounts prepared
by Tony Hyder was presented and unanimously accepted. Tony Hyder asked
David Helliwell to convey the meeting that he really wants to resign. He
was thanked for his work during all these years. The meeting decided that
the money will be transferred to the country and the bank of the new treasurer,
who will be elected later during the meeting.
7 EASL Online
7.1 EASL homepage
Matthias Kaun was thanked for his
continuing work on the EASL homepage. He explains that he will shift EASL
homepage from html/text basis to a database solution which should combine
EASL resources with IGCS of Hanno Lecher. A test version can be used here:
7.2 Entry of libraries
It is again stressed by the chairman
that every member is urged to check if the data on his/her library are
still correct and to make regular updates. It is suggested that a letter
would be sent out to all members on this purpose.
7.3 Discussion List EASL-L
A discussion was going on about
the use of the EASL-discussion list. It was concluded that no commercial
announcements are accepted, but members can announce their own or their
8 IT demonstrations
8.1 Introduction to and demonstration
of the European Center for Digital Resources in Chinese Studies, http://chinaresource.org
by Hanno Lecher.
8.2 David Helliwell introduces and
demonstrates RSLP (UK) Chinese union catalogue, http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/rslpchin/
He suggests that he would be happy to forward this database to an eventual
European Union Database.
8.3 Cathy Thoelen reports on the
meeting of the German Congshu project. The project will start by
cataloguing congshu of Zürich, Tübingen and München.
Later on, it will be opened to other libraries.
8.4 A discussion was going on about
the requirement of a serials union catalogue. Hanno Lecher mentioned that
there is no money to continue updating SSELP, the remaining funds will
be used to consolidate the actual database, which will have a cut-off date
8.5 Bent Pedersen says he will write
to Shanghai and ask if he could receive free access to Quanguo baokan
suoyin. Subscription for individual libraries seems too expensive.
8.6 Only Zürich uses the Allegro
order module. Interested people can contact them.
9 Collecting CD-Roms
and other NBM:
Some information was exchanged
on particular publications.
10 Buying books
Zhang Zhexiong introduces himself
in replacement of Zhang Aizhen as the Manager of the Library Service Department
of CIBTC. He proposed several booklists.
11 Relations to
11.1 EACS: There was an unstructured
discussion about EASL-EACS relations and the need to be represented at
EACS. It was decided that any proposals would be discussed through the
EASL discussion list.
11.2 It was proposed that if any
EASL member would attend next year’s AAS meeting in Washington, or any
other big meeting, he/she would inform other members.
12 EASL trips:
Cathy Thoelen proposes to organize
a trip to China when she will not be EASL chairman anymore. There was not
much response for such an eventual trip.
Cathy Thoelen would like to be
replaced as a chairman. As no successor could be found, she accepted to
be re-elected for another year.
The secretary was re-elected.
Tony Hyder will be replaced as a
treasurer by Martin Hanke.
14, 15 Others,
Time and place of next conference:
The invitation by the Maison de
l’Asie in Paris was accepted. The next EASL conference will be in Paris,
from 18 to 20 September 2002.
The Twenty-first EASL conference
closed with an expression of thanks to Bent Pedersen for his excellent
Leuven, 29 October 2001