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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 Today’s Agenda Asian Studies and the Library at liberal arts colleges: Collaboration Collection Development Information Literacy

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braided streams collections connections and information literacy in asian studies

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

Kris MacPherson and Yunshan Ye

St. Olaf College

9 April 2005

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda

Asian Studies and the Library at liberal arts colleges:

  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Information Literacy
  • Curriculum development
the context east asian studies and east asian librarianship
The Context: East Asian Studies and East Asian Librarianship
  • Intellectual context
  • Material context
the project collaborative east asian studies collection development at the three college libraries
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
activity at the national level
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
st olaf context
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
the stimulus
The Stimulus
  • Our own frustrations
  • Consultants confirmation
  • Freeman Grant librarian focus on collection and services overall
  • Mellon/ACM monies
actions
Actions
  • Common readings
  • Goal setting
  • Our own competency standards for StO students
  • Sequential approach
  • Assignments coordinated
concepts rubric
Concepts Rubric
  • Course Level
  • Concept
  • Resource
  • Assignments in which concepts are covered
concepts rubric non acrl
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.)
assignment rubric
Assignment Rubric
  • Class in which covered
  • Assignment Title
  • Assignment Description
  • Concepts Covered
  • Assignment format
challenges
Challenges
  • A multitude of entry points for the major
  • Students abroad for intermediate level courses
  • Seniors unprepared for research – bibliographically and disciplinarily
using a disciplinary focus
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
using a research methods course
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
st olaf college our course for majors
St. Olaf CollegeOur Course for Majors
  • “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Asia”
  • Aimed at sophomores and juniors
  • 1.5 hour class; once a week
course goals
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
introductory issues
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
the great wall and anime faculty presentations
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
resources in asian studies
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
presentation skills
Presentation skills
  • EndNote
  • Web portfolios
  • Advanced PowerPoint
joining the scholarly conversation in asian studies
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.

career paths
Career Paths
  • for Asian Studies Majors, Concentrators or Interested Folks
  • Alumni panel
program transferability
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
accessing st olaf asian studies info lit documents www stolaf edu library instruction infolit
Accessing St. Olaf Asian Studies Info Lit Documents:www.stolaf.edu/library/instruction/infolit

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documents on web page
Documents on Web Page
  • Concepts Rubric
  • Assignments Rubric
  • Course Description
  • Course Timeline
  • This powerpoint presentation
for more information on this project
For more information on this project:
  • macphers@stolaf.edu
  • ye@macalester.edu