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Library Specialist

Asian Collection



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in Asian Studies. The Department of Asian Studies and Center for Asian Studies offer two sets of degrees:
  1. B.A. and M.A. in Asian Studies; and
  2. B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.
in Asian Cultures and Languages, with a regional specialization in China, Japan, or South Asia. Joint Master's degrees are offered with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business. Degrees with an Asian concentration are also offered by a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and by other Colleges or Schools.

The East Asian Studies Librarian and South Asia Librarian have primary responsibility for selection of materials in all languages for Asian Studies, although they coordinate with other University of Texas Libraries bibliographers as appropriate.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages:
  1. East Asia: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

  2. South Asia: Primary languages are Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Secondary languages include Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Tibetan. Other South Asian regional languages are acquired very selectively, with reliance on the members of the South Asia Consortium-West (SACWest) for general coverage. Current imprints from South Asia are acquired primarily through the Library of Congress' South Asian Cooperative Acquisitions Program.

    Important literary works are acquired in English translation whenever possible. Critical and historical studies on all aspects of Asian Studies are acquired in English, French, German, and Italian as appropriate. There are no language restrictions on primary reference works and dictionaries.

  3. Southeast Asia: In general, only bilingual texts are acquired, although important reference works and dictionaries are purchased to support cross-cultural and interdisciplinary topics.

B. Chronological Guidelines: From earliest times to the present.

C. Geographical Guidelines: East Asia: (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea,Taiwan); South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).

D. Treatment of Subject: Unless there are specific programmatic foci, collecting will adhere to the levels expressed in other subject statements. Juvenile literature, legal treatises, and anthologies are acquired selectively.

E. Types of Materials: Reference works of all types are broadly acquired. Conference proceedings, symposia, festschriften and publications from cultural and scholarly institutions are acquired to meet the needs of specific subjects. Theses and dissertations are purchased selectively to support specific research interests. Manuscripts are acquired only for the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, although funds from The University of Texas Libraries may be used for such acquisitions.

F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current publications with retrospective materials selectively purchased to fill gaps or to support research interests of new faculty. Reprint or microformat are generally preferred to original editions. New editions of significant works will be purchased to replace brittle or heavily-used volumes and when introductory or critical commentary warrants.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has Asia-related material in a number of its manuscript collections. The Fine Arts Library, the Architecture and Planning Library, and the Tarlton Law Library have broad subject coverage for Asia.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

SUBJECT SUB-CATEGORY LC CLASS LOCATION CDP [NCIP] COLLECTING LEVEL BIBLIOGRAPHER
Anthropology: Includes physical, cultural and social anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, and folklore. - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Architecture: Religious architecture of historical value, primarily Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic, and contemporary architecture chiefly as it relates to India and Japan. - - Architecture C East and South Asian Librarians and Architecture Librarian
Art: Includes fine arts, music, theater, crafts, and calligraphy; visual representations, historical treatment, and classical theory; efforts will be made to avoid duplication with other libraries on campus. - - Fine Arts C East and South Asian Librarians and Art Librarian
Business and Economics: Government statistics and other documents are important. Also included are publications of scholarly societies or research institutes and critical individual works on policy, history and development of commerce, finance, industry, and agricultural economy. - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Geography and History: - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Linguistics: - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Literature - - - - -
Bengali Literature - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Chinese Literature: In addition to the languages designated in the general guidelines, critical works will also be acquired in Japanese. Generally, only current publications or reprints are sought. - - PCL (MAIN) - East Asian Librarian
- Classical Period ( to 220 B.C.) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Middle Epoch (200 B.C. to 7th Century A.D.) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- T'ang Dynasty (618 to 960) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Sung Dynasty (960 to 1279) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Yuan Dynasty (1280 to 1367) Emphasis on drama - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Ch'ing Dynasty (1644 to 1912) Emphasis on novels - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Literary Revolution and After (1916 to ) Emphasis on Contemporary Authors - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
Hindi Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) - South Asian Librarian
- Medieval Period (To 1600) - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- Age of Mannerisms (1600 to 1800) - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- Bharatendu Period (1800 to 1900) - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- Modern Period (1900 to) - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Japanese Literature - - PCL (MAIN) - East Asian Librarian
- Early Period (To 794 A.D.) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Hein Period (794 to 1185) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Kamakura Period (1185 to 1333) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Muromachi Period (1333 to 1600) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Tukugawa (1600 to 1868) - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
- Modern Period (1868 to) Emphasis is on contemporary authors. - PCL (MAIN) C East Asian Librarian
Korean Literature: Added to The University of Texas Libraries in 1996 to support a developing Korean Studies Program. - - PCL (MAIN) A/B East Asian Librarian
Malayalam Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Pali Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Prakit Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Sanskrit Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Urdu Literature: - - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- To the Sepoy Rebellion, 1857 - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- To Independence, 1947 - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
- 1947 to - PCL (MAIN) C South Asian Librarian
Other South Asian Literatures - - PCL (MAIN) A South Asian Librarian
Mass Media: Film, television, journalism, and communications policy are acquired in the context of popular culture, artistic achievement, and as part of development efforts within Asia. - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Medicine: Chiefly folk medicine and classical texts on indigenous medicine. - - PCL (MAIN) or science branch as appropriate C East and South Asian Librarians
Politics and Government: - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Philosophy and Religion: Polemical works are generally excluded; popular treatments of religions are added selectively. Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam primarily, but includes other Asian religions such as Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Taoism. Polemical works are generally excluded; popular treatments of religion are added selectively. - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians
Sociology: - - PCL (MAIN) C East and South Asian Librarians


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