Summertime ahead, the academic year of 2009-210 behind, and the new academic year of 2010-2011 bekons ahead.
Topics: Asian Studies Room renovation, new South Asia books and videos, preparing for Fall, possible projects.
The Asian Studies Room on Alderman's second floor is under renovation during the summer, with new chairs, tables, rugs, and visible windows in place soon after the start of the Fall semester. The library worked hard to obtain funds for the new room, Reference and journals and newspapers have been temporarily relocated, and even Nawang is up on the 5th floor during this construction. We look forward to a fantastic study and research space for our Asian scholars.
Meanwhile new South Asia books and videos have arrived and have been added to the library collections. Summertime is a perfect time to check out and sample some of these new acquisitions. For the language students, there are Hindi versions of the Harry Potter books. We have started to receive and add Bengali books and videos.
Have a look at these lists of materials.
In preparing for fall calsses and the new academic year, consider a session introducing new students or students in one of your courses to the library resources; just let me know and we will arrange a 40 or more minute session focused on your students interests and the available library resources.
Possible projects for the coming year - editing the videos of the 2009 September UrduFest for online display, reworking the sound and video files of South Asia Paige Barbour lectures, and developing a way to enhance Tibetan and other titles to enable researchers to search for and discover print and digital sources.
Enjoy the summer, let me or others know of your library needs, and particularly if you want any sessions introducting library resources.