[Report]
[1. Acquire materials, provide services] [2. Manage Overseas Acquisitions plans] [3. Middle East and Tibetan staff] [4. Electronic iniatives] [5. Professional and new skills] [6. Updates and search engine] [7.Additional]
[Goals]

Report of the Librarian for Anthropology and Religious Studies
June 1999 - May 31, 2000

Philip McEldowney
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1. Continue to develop, strengthen and evaluate service (collections, bibliographic instruction, reference and information) to University customers, as the Librarian to the Anthropology Department and Co-Librarian to the Religious Studies Department and as Selector for the South Asian history program, and the Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit language programs, in order to meet their teaching and research needs. Specifically, 1) ensure that materials needed for teaching and research are acquired in a timely fashion; 2) faculty and students are kept informed of new Library initiatives via individual contact, email announcements, and updated Web pages of selective scholarly resources, 3) bibliographic instruction is offered and provided when requested, and 4) my two coordinators are regularly informed of issues concerning my departments and programs, materials budgets and stewarded funds, and review of serials subscriptions.

Report. **Responded quickly to requests for new print, film, or CD-ROM titles, whether from email requests, checked catalogs lists, or personal contact; ordered additional copies of titles when more than 2 or 3 holds were placed on them, so as to ensure needed teaching and research materials were acquired in a timely fashion. These requests came from faculty and graduate students of the Anthropology, Religious Studies, History, Government and Foreign Affairs, Fine Arts, and Asian and Middle East Languages and Cultures (AMELC) departments. Films on Latin American and African culture and history were ordered for Anthropology classes; and lists of South Asia films with English subtitles were identified for a Spring Anthropology class. Microfilm on East Asian 20th century census statistics were acquired for Anthropology research in consultation with Ming Lung. Worked with Anthropology professor H. L. Seneviratne, to develop bibliographies and order missing titles for two spring courses - one on Gobalization and one on Feminism. A library special fund helped purchase Tibetan Buddhist materials (2 dictionaries and 6 digitized full-text titles) as requested by Religious Studies graduate students and faculty. Melinda Baumann assisted in making these available to University customers through the citrix databases. See Buddhist texts

**Inform students and faculty of new library resources, databases, and services through email to departments, announcements at Conferences, or on updated Web pages. For new South Asia resources, there was one web page for the Spring 2001 and another for the Fall 2000.

**Inform prospective and present faculty of library services and collections. Set up a meeting in January 2001 with the new head of the Asian and Middle East Cultures and Languages Department head, Robert Heuckstedt, with Ming Lung and myself to inform him about monographic, serials, and standing order funds, and special requests and services and answer other requests. Gave one-hour individualized library tours to three modern India history candidates in February 2001: Nita Kumar, William Pinch, and Indrani Chatterjee.

**Provided electronic and bibliographic instruction. During the Fall semester, instructed new Anthropology graduate students in a bibliographic session. In October 2000 provided sessions for undergraduates contemplating declaring Anthropology as their major as part of the Anth300 class. In the Spring 2001 organized two sessions for Tony Duff to explain and instruct Religious Studies and other customers on how best to use the Tibetan digital dictionaries and full-texts.

**At first met with my two coordinators, which later changed to one coordinator, and with other librarians as needed to discuss and inform them about issues concerning my departments, programs, material budgets, and library services and priorities. Coordinated with George Crafts, under the request of the university-wide initiative to keep faculty trained and current with skills to use library services and the Internet, to conduct sessions for the Religious Studies faculty in May 2001.

**Joined Diane Walker in mid-January 2001 to present an hour program about scholarly communication or about the scholarly journal price crisis and possible strategies and solutions to the Anthropology faculty at their request. See the hand out for that session. As a followup, Fred Damon has had two Anthropology graduate students making an investigation and report on the issue during the Spring 2001 semester. The students have interviewed Diane Walker, myself, and others asking and collecting information about scholarly communication locally and nationally.

**Discussed the separate reading room for Asian researchers, for which faculty had expressed a need, and which will house the donated library books of professor Weinstien and other Buddhist and East Asian materials. Meet with my coordinator to consider the most appropriate name for the Buddhist, Asian, or East Asian fund in support of these materials and that library room.

**Performed a review of serials subscriptions to meet targets for serials cancellations, working with George Crafts for Religious Studies cancellations, and with the graduate students and faculty of the Anthropology department to decide on titles to cancel. Newspapers: working with Gary Treadway in March 2001 and consulting closely with professor Sawaie of AMELC about three-quarters of those newspapers are slated for cancellation.

**Updated web pages for my departments and programs, working with Garry Barrow to allow all subject guide pages to have a similar look. Added the materials request pages and scripts to my library-wide web responsibilities, modifying those scripts four times during the year as requested. Continued to update other library-wide web pages as requested, listing subject selectors, interdisciplinary librarians, and selectorsí tools and links; adding this year a Special Collections section as requested.

2. Manage the Library of Congress Overseas Acquisitions plans so that: 1) relevant selectors will review materials and select titles, as well as make suggestions of profile revision; and that Library of Congress bills are paid by the end of October, 2) my staff will receive training and develop the skills to process these materials and serve library customers; 3) materials will be reviewed and re-located or deselected to improve access and the quality of the collection.

Relevant selectors reviewed materials and selected titles from South Asia materials placed on shelves for review about three times during the last year, and Middle East selectors and professor M. Sawaie and others reviewed Cairo lists and made selections throughout the year, as Library Assistant N. Mahmud entered the selected Cairo titles into VIRGO for customer information. The Library of Congress bills were paid early, during the first part of September.

3. Help coordinate with staff to make Middle East and Tibetan materials readily available to researchers. Ensure cooperation with the Tibetan digital information community project and support its developments.

Worked with Middle East and Tibetan Staff to make materials readily available to researchers through reports and contact with customers.

**Tibetan Digital Information projects and developments. The Himalayan and Tibetan digital library continued to develop and proceed: with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) projects and databases, language and cultural digital video, still, and audio projects in Clemons Media Center; and textual literature projects continued. N. Thokmey assisted various scholars with their individual and collective projects and the development of bibliographic lists.

**Middle East and Tibetan staff received further training working with library specialists in cataloging.

**As a supervisor I conducted evaluations of both of my staff members in September 2000 and participated in pay-plan training in mid-November 2000.

4. Continue strong involvement with electronic initiatives, so that 1) the library's goal to digitize and add materials to the collection are furthered, and 2) electronics resources and services for customers are publicized, improved, and made readily available. Focus on making an Alert service, scholarly online communication, and other electronic services easily available and useful to customers.

Report. **Became more involved with electronic initiatives through my participation in the Digital Content Guidelines committee through November 2000; joining the Scholarly Digital Support (SDS) advisory policy committee throughout the year; actively furthered the discussion and proposals of the Library of Tomorrow's Information Community committee during the winter 2000 and early spring 2001; and started discussion and development of proposals about the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation programs at the University of Virginia.

Completed participation on making guidelines for the Digital Content committee.

Joined the SDS-Policy committee and flushed out considerations of traditional and digital library scholarly library research and catagories.

Participated in the discussions, definitions and proposals for Information Communities, actively developing a web site, on my own for myself and others, for recording the various proposals and versions of Information Communities.

**Electronic Thesis and Dissertations: attend one meeting in the Spring of 2001, and appointed as chairman of the ETD committee to devise guidelines and proposals for the University of Virginia programs for ETD.

**Participated in several digital programs.
Attended a 3-day international conference in early April 2001 on Tibetan digital initiates concerned with establishing Tibetan as one of the "information communities" under the University of Virginia digital library, with sessions about online bibliographies, an open-ended Tibetan encyclopedia , language instruction with audio and video clips, and full-text Tibetan-language materials.

Discussed, with a national library group, the future of an online journal, and set up an issue on the web for South Asia Library Notes and Queries (SALNAQ). Solicited contents for this e-journal among colleagues and South Asia researchers.

5. Identify and pursue appropriate professional development opportunities so that new skills can be developed or present skills can be improved that will better serve library customers.

Report. ** Developed new skills, mainly by attending a variety of training sessions: a one-week set of sessions on mark-up language, courses on digital XLM, Lexis, and audio files. Also attended short-courses on searching in VIRGO and use of Sirsi work-flow, so I could pass some of those skills on to my library customers.

Attended librarian meetings: two Ingenta meetings during the year concerned with document delivery vendors; sexual harrassment session; four session during the year on Tibetan online cataloging or extensive meta-data development with Daniel McShane and professor Germano.

**Traveled to and attended two conferences, participating in library organizations, attending meetings and sessions, and learning more about librarianship. At the two Asia conferences (Madison, Wisconsin in October 2000 and Chicago in March 2001) participated as an executive committee member and provided a web record of the minutes. Continue to maintain and add to the Committee on South Asia Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD) web site as its webmaster. Co-editor of the online newsletter, South Asia News and Queries (SALNAQ). Continue in my elected position as a member of the national executive committee of CONSALD for the next year.

Furthered research information. Developed and provided a bibliography of a South Asian scholar Arvind Das who died unexpectedly. Peter Heehs traveled from India to the University of Virginia because he had found the Subaltern web site and wanted to interview me. He spent a week researching Subaltern materials here, partially in prepration for his History and Theory article in the fall of 2000 on Subaltern writings. Visiting scholar Zoya Husan contacted me last summer (2000) to learn how to use our library's catalog and online databases to develop bibliographies for her interests on law and the constitution in India. Those bibliographies helped her edit and contribute articles in two Sage books recently published (Politics and the State in India and Contemporary India Transitions). I continued to encourage various authors, including Walter Hauser in his paperback editions with new introductions, to ask publishers if they were willing to make electronic editions of various works available besides the print editions. I contacted the Page-Barbour lecture series about audio recording and digital text of the lectures and met with enthusiastic approval and support; as a result I may be able to make available the Spring 2001 lectures by Cambridge University professor of Indian history, Christopher A. Bayly, in audio-streaming and full-text online.
**As requested, I provided bibliographic and other detailed information to the writer of the entry for the new state of Chhattisgarh in India for the World Book Encyclopedia, especially on the area of Bastar (in March and April 2001).

6. Updated some web sections adding search engines to the DAWN and the South Asia journals' Table of Contents web sites

**Updated some of the "Women in Cinema" web guide, and added Table of Contents for the monthly magazine Seminar (New Delhi), and for the quarterly Indian Economic and Social History Review, the bi-monthlies Biblio and Social Scientist, and the quarterly Tibet Journal. Feedback from scholars around the world report they find these web sites useful.

7. Additional.

Gifts. **Worked throughout the year to further the addition and integration of the donation of the valued Chubak colection Persian materials to the University of Virginia. Helped develop and get approval of the Chubak bookplate; and to begin and complete the Feb-April 2001 photocopy of title pages for outsourcing the cataloging for this material. Arranged for and accompanied a Persian professor to help with this process on two occasions in the Alderman basement. Approved the first cataloging set of these materials in April 2001.

**Center for South Asian Studies. Attended weekly seminars and special programs of the Center in order to keep abreast of scholarly activities among those customers. Contributed with N. Thokmey to two newsletter issues, informing about library initiatives, services, and resources. Managed the Center's library fund to acquire their materials which faculty and students requested.

--Philip McEldowney, May 2001.

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Goals for the Librarian for Anthropology and Religious Studies
June 2001 - May 31, 2002

1. Continue to develop, strengthen and evaluate service (collections, bibliographic instruction, reference and information) to University customers, as the Librarian to the Anthropology Department and Co-Librarian to the Religious Studies Department and as Selector for the South Asian history program, and the Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit language programs, in order to meet their teaching and research needs. Specifically, 1) ensure that materials needed for teaching and research are acquired in a timely fashion; 2) faculty and students are kept informed of new Library initiatives via individual contact, email announcements, and updated Web pages of selective scholarly resources, 3) bibliographic instruction is offered and provided when requested, and 4) my two coordinators are regularly informed of issues concerning my departments and programs, materials budgets and stewarded funds, and review of serials subscriptions.

2. Manage the Library of Congress Overseas Acquisitions plans so that: 1) relevant selectors will review materials and select titles, as well as make suggestions of profile revision, focusing this year on serials evaluation and possible cancellation; and that Library of Congress bills are paid by the end of October, 2) my staff will receive training and develop the skills to process these materials and serve library customers; 3) materials will be reviewed and re-located or deselected to improve access and the quality of the collection.

3. Help coordinate with staff to make Middle East and Tibetan materials readily available to researchers. Ensure cooperation with the Tibetan digital information community project and support its developments.

4. Continue strong involvement with electronic initiatives, so that 1) the library's goal to digitize and add materials to the collection are furthered, and 2) electronics resources and services for customers are publicized, improved, and made readily available. Focus on making an Alert service, scholarly online communication, and other electronic services easily available and useful to customers.

5. Identify and pursue appropriate professional development opportunities so that new skills can be developed or present skills can be improved that will better serve library customers.

--Philip McEldowney, May 2001

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