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  1. Braided Streams:Collections, Connections and Information Literacy in Asian Studies Kris MacPherson and Yunshan Ye St. Olaf College 9 April 2005

  2. Today’s Agenda Asian Studies and the Library at liberal arts colleges: • Collaboration • Collection Development • Information Literacy • Curriculum development

  3. The Context: East Asian Studies and East Asian Librarianship • Intellectual context • Material context

  4. 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

  5. Teaching Methodologies and Strategies for Accessing this Wealth of Material

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The Stimulus • Our own frustrations • Consultants confirmation • Freeman Grant librarian focus on collection and services overall • Mellon/ACM monies

  9. Actions • Common readings • Goal setting • Our own competency standards for StO students • Sequential approach • Assignments coordinated

  10. Concepts Rubric • Course Level • Concept • Resource • Assignments in which concepts are covered

  11. 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.)

  12. Assignment Rubric • Class in which covered • Assignment Title • Assignment Description • Concepts Covered • Assignment format

  13. Challenges • A multitude of entry points for the major • Students abroad for intermediate level courses • Seniors unprepared for research – bibliographically and disciplinarily

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

  15. Using a disciplinary focus : • University of Wisconsin— Madison, major in Asian Studies • Requires eight credits in one discipline and a senior thesis • • 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.” •

  16. 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 • • asi_m.html • Colorado College, major in Asian Studies • Requires one advanced disciplinary methods course outside Asian Studies plus a senior seminar •

  17. 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 • • Victoria University (Australia), major in Asian Studies • Offers a course on social science methods: Research methods and techniques in Asian Studies • • University of Albany, major in East Asian Studies • Offers “East Asian Research and Bibliographic Methods” •

  18. St. Olaf CollegeOur Course for Majors • “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Asia” • Aimed at sophomores and juniors • 1.5 hour class; once a week

  19. 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

  20. Asian Studies 275: Course Content

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Presentation skills • EndNote • Web portfolios • Advanced PowerPoint

  25. 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.

  26. Career Paths • for Asian Studies Majors, Concentrators or Interested Folks • Alumni panel

  27. 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

  28. Accessing St. Olaf Asian Studies Info Lit To bottom of page…

  29. Documents on Web Page • Concepts Rubric • Assignments Rubric • Course Description • Course Timeline • This powerpoint presentation

  30. For more information on this project: • •