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Braided Streams:Collections, Connections and Information Literacy in Asian Studies

Kris MacPherson and Yunshan Ye

St. Olaf College

9 April 2005


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Today’s Agenda

Asian Studies and the Library at liberal arts colleges:

  • Collaboration

  • Collection Development

  • Information Literacy

  • Curriculum development


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The Context: East Asian Studies and East Asian Librarianship

  • Intellectual context

  • Material context


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The Project: Collaborative East Asian Studies Collection Development at the Three College Libraries

  • Build strong English language Collections

  • Build core East Asian language collections

  • Provide access to resources beyond library collections


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Teaching Methodologies and Strategies for Accessing this Wealth of Material


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Activity at the national level:

  • Cathy Chiu, UC Santa Barbara, and CEAL Librarians

  • Zhijia Shen and Keith Gresham, UC Boulder

  • Hua Yi, CSU San Marcos

  • Alban Kojima, University of Pennsylvania

  • Sharon Domier, U Mass Amherst and 4 other colleges

  • NCC on Japanese Language Resources


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St. Olaf Context

  • Reference and instruction librarian with Asian Studies background since 1982

  • An inclusive, collaborative department

  • Long tradition of assignment-specific, course-integrated instruction, particularly with first years and seniors

  • Need for focus time to evaluate and revise program


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The Stimulus

  • Our own frustrations

  • Consultants confirmation

  • Freeman Grant librarian focus on collection and services overall

  • Mellon/ACM monies


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Actions

  • Common readings

  • Goal setting

  • Our own competency standards for StO students

  • Sequential approach

  • Assignments coordinated


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Concepts Rubric

  • Course Level

  • Concept

  • Resource

  • Assignments in which concepts are covered


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Concepts Rubric – non ACRL

  • Distinguish between and understand limits and values of different genres (scholarly, journalistic, fictional literature and memoirs)

  • Use digital image collections

  • Send email in Chinese or Japanese

  • Identify theoretical perspectives within materials (feminist, Marxist, etc.)


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Assignment Rubric

  • Class in which covered

  • Assignment Title

  • Assignment Description

  • Concepts Covered

  • Assignment format


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Challenges

  • A multitude of entry points for the major

  • Students abroad for intermediate level courses

  • Seniors unprepared for research – bibliographically and disciplinarily


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How do research methods show up in the curriculum of other undergraduate programs?


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Using a disciplinary focus :

  • University of Wisconsin— Madison, major in Asian Studies

    • Requires eight credits in one discipline and a senior thesis

    • http://www.wisc.edu/pubs/ug/10lettsci/depts/asian.html

  • University of California-Berkeley: Group in Asian Studies, Undergraduate program

    • “Two courses must be in the same discipline. One of the two must be a course whose primary purpose is to introduce the theories and methods of the discipline.”

    • http://ieas.berkeley.edu/gas/undergrad_program.html


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Using a disciplinary focus

  • Macalester College, major in Asian Studies

    • Requires six courses in a single discipline (not necessarily focused on Asia) plus a senior seminar or independent research project

    • http://www.macalester.edu/academic/catalog/program/

    • asi_m.html

  • Colorado College, major in Asian Studies

    • Requires one advanced disciplinary methods course outside Asian Studies plus a senior seminar

    • http://www.colorado.edu/ealc/aprg.html


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Using a research methods course

  • Bryn Mawr College, major in East Asian Studies

    • Requires a sophomore seminar on approaches and methods plus a senior thematic seminar

    • http://www.brynmawr.edu/eastasian/courses.html

  • Victoria University (Australia), major in Asian Studies

    • Offers a course on social science methods: Research methods and techniques in Asian Studies

    • http://www.vu.edu.au/Faculties/Arts/Undergraduate_Courses/Asian_Studies/

  • University of Albany, major in East Asian Studies

    • Offers “East Asian Research and Bibliographic Methods”

    • http://www.albany.edu/eas/205/syllabus%202004.htm


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St. Olaf CollegeOur Course for Majors

  • “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Asia”

  • Aimed at sophomores and juniors

  • 1.5 hour class; once a week


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Course Goals

  • To introduce majors to the interdisciplinary nature of the field and to provide preparation for the senior seminar, including research methods

  • To provide a grounding in the approaches different disciplines make to a common body of knowledge

  • To introduce the professional field of Asian Studies and suggest possible career paths


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Asian Studies 275: Course Content


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Introductory Issues

  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary: What's all the fuss?

  • Asian Studies as a field of study: History, current status, future, as experienced at St. Olaf

  • Introduction to the common topic: Great Wall of China and Japanese anime


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The Great Wall and Anime: Faculty Presentations

  • Questions from the disciplines

    • History, Literature, Religious Studies

    • Economics, Political Science,

    • Socio-linguistics

    • Fine Arts

    • Sciences

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches


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Resources in Asian Studies:

  • Encyclopedias, annual reviews, statistical sources, bibliographies and catalogs in English and CJK, biographical materials

  • Databases, Newspapers, Journals, Review sources

  • Citation indexes

  • Websites and digital image collections with a quick refresher on evaluating websites


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Presentation skills

  • EndNote

  • Web portfolios

  • Advanced PowerPoint


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Joining the scholarly conversation in Asian Studies

AAS and the Newsletter

H-Asia

Asia-Network, etc.;

Grants and other opportunities for undergraduate and graduate work: Rotary, Fulbright, Freeman, etc.


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Career Paths

  • for Asian Studies Majors, Concentrators or Interested Folks

  • Alumni panel


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Program Transferability

  • Sharing a librarian with specialized disciplinary background

  • Collections can be coordinated and built with the help of an expert

  • Specialized resources for reference

  • Focus time to work on IL offerings


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Accessing St. Olaf Asian Studies Info Lit Documents:www.stolaf.edu/library/instruction/infolit

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Documents on Web Page

  • Concepts Rubric

  • Assignments Rubric

  • Course Description

  • Course Timeline

  • This powerpoint presentation


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For more information on this project:

  • [email protected]

  • [email protected]


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