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									                                 Keynote Speaker 2

                                   Dr. Peter Zhou
                        Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
                          University of California, Berkeley


                                 About the Speaker

Dr. Peter Zhou is the Director of C. V. Starr East Asian Library and Assistant
University Librarian of the University of California, Berkeley. As Director of the
Starr Library, Dr. Zhou oversees one of the largest East Asian Libraries outside of
Asia with information and scholarly resources on China, Japan and Korea. Peter
Zhou was born in Wuhan, China, where he received his undergraduate and graduate
education. He received an M.S. in Library and Information Science and a Ph.D. in
linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to Berkeley, he
held library and academic positions in University of Pittsburgh, University of Iowa
and Wuhan University. Dr. Zhou has published on many topics including global
information network, digital library development, library management, linguistics and
East Asian Librarianship.



    From Woodblock to Internet: Research Libraries in Transition

                                       Abstract

In the second half of the nineteenth century, woodblock imprints from China began to
arrive in the United States at Yale, the Library of Congress, Harvard, and the
University of California, either in the belongings of arriving scholars and students or
as gifts from the Chinese imperial government. These books, some of which had been
printed hundreds of years earlier, seeded the first East Asian collections in North
America, collections that continued to develop and gain depth as many others were
established. Today these collections provide insight into the past, present, and future
of American research libraries.


In this address I will discuss the collections and personalities of East Asian libraries in
North America, their individual histories and collective achievements. In particular, I
will focus on the development of the East Asian collection at the University of
California, Berkeley, an endeavor initiated by scholars, librarians, and educators over
a century ago that has recently culminated in the successful completion of the C. V.
Starr East Asian Library and Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies, the first
freestanding building ever constructed for an East Asian collection on an American
university campus. This new library and the interest it has generated reflects the
global nature of education and research in the U.S. today. Not coincidentally, the
process of designing and occupying the building has also forced us to confront issues
such as the balance between scholarly tradition and popular culture, or between
preserving tradition and enabling innovation.


If we can understand the microcosm of East Asian collections in the U.S., we will be
better able to understand the direction in which America’s largest research libraries
are heading as they move into the twenty-first century, what challenges they will face
and what opportunities they may encounter. At present the greatest challenge facing
research collections, including East Asian collections, is the move from a print
tradition to a digital and networked future. The shift will be profound: mass
digitization, Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and global information networks have already
changed the ways research libraries operate, and these ways are multiplying
constantly with the adoption of new strategic directions, including resource
aggregation on the open web, creating e-science and e-humanities enterprises, keeping
a healthy balance between cyber infrastructure and in-house print collections, and
collaborating with the commercial sector to create and integrate scholarly resources.
As new discovery tools are being adopted and new services offered, however,
collections must find a way to maintain their core values.

								
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