Handbook for Asian Studies Specialists: A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools
466 pages • 7 x 10
An indispensable tool for librarians who do reference or collection management, this work is a pioneering offering of expertly selected print and electronic reference tools for East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).
In the United States, Asian Studies is a relatively young field that is only approximately half a century old. But with the recent exponential expansion of Asian countries' economic and political power, it is of paramount importance that 21st-century academic libraries have relevant, up-to-date Asian Studies materials.
The Asian Studies Handbook: A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools is the first work to cover reference works for the main Asian area languages of China, Japan, and Korea. Several leading Asian Studies librarians have contributed their many decades of experience to create a resource that gathers major reference titles—both print and online—that would be useful to today's Asian Studies librarian. Organized by language group, it offers useful information on the many subscription-based and open-source electronic tools relevant to Asian Studies.
This book will serve as an essential resource for reference collections at academic libraries. Previously published bibliographies on materials deal with China or Japan or Korea, but none have coalesced information on all three countries into one work, or are written in English. And unlike the other resources available, this work provides the insight needed for librarians to make informed collection management decisions and reference selections.