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Japanese Delegates Visit Rutgers University Libraries

June 21, 2017
Tao Yang welcome

Tao Yang welcomes the delegates with the help of Edward Masui of the Maruzen-Yushodo company.

Japanese helmet

A selection of materials from the Griffis Collection was on display for the delegates to peruse.

Isaiah Beard

Isaiah Beard leads a tour of the Digital Curation Research Center.

Kayo Denda

Kayo Denda discusses some of the Libraries' digital projects.

The Libraries were pleased to welcome a cohort of Japanese librarians and publishers to Rutgers University yesterday.

Organized by the Maruzen-Yushodo holding company in Tokyo, the delegation visited the university on their way to the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. The visitors enjoyed an engaging morning program cosponsored by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) that emphasized library resources related to Japan and the Libraries’ support of digital projects at Rutgers.

The program began with a brief history of the university and an overview of the library system presented by Tao Yang, interim associate university librarian for collection development and management.

Kim Adams, a staff member in Special Collections and University Archives, spoke next about the William Eliot Griffis Collection and Rutgers' long history of relations with Japan. She presented and answered questions about a curated display of materials from the collection.

Our guests were then treated to a tour of the Digital Curation Research Center with digital data curator Isaiah Beard, where they learned about digital initiatives such as the New Jersey Digital Highway and our large and special format scanning capacities in support of projects like the Ernst Badian Roman Coin Collection portal.

Finally, Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and women’s studies librarian, discussed some of the outstanding digital projects in which the Libraries have partnered: the Center for Women's Global Leadership Poster Collection portal, the From the Boarding House to Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers documentary film produced by the Institute for Women’s Leadership consortium, and the digital exhibit Invisible Restraints: Life and Labor at Seabrook Farms

The librarians and publishers expressed much interest in these resources and projects, asking many questions about our work with students, operation of digitization equipment, and partnerships with other units at the university.

"It was an absolute pleasure to welcome our colleagues from Japan to Rutgers," said Yang. "We hope they enjoyed learning about how libraries support scholarship and digital projects at a major American research university and we wish them well on their travels to Chicago."