Virtual Reference with Japanese Digital Resources
Over the last several years, suggestions to shift our traditional reference activities to the Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) had brought heated discussions among reference specialists in the World. In the United States, for example, a new project group has been formed by the Information Institute of Syracuse, and named the Virtual Reference Desk VRD (http://www.vrd.org/) to promote virtual reference activities through “Ask-a librarian” or “chat” interfaces.
Beyond the Boundaries -Collaborating on Digital Licensing Agreements- [E]
East Asian Databases at Berlin State Library: Acquisition Policy and Access Management [E]
The East Asia Department of the Sthe taatsbibliothek zu Berlin is in charge of a special collection focusing on East and South Asia and of literature within the federal system of German libraries supervised and partly financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). Within this framework, the East Asia Department supplies German and European libraries with publications in East Asian languages by means of a special free interlibrary loan service.
Digital Resources on Japan in European Universities : A Survey
Digital resources are becoming more and more available worldwide and highly appreciated by researchers when they are accessible from outside campus. I conducted a survey during winter 2005 to get an overview of what is available in European universities regarding Japanese studies. The results are, unfortunately, not surprising.
The Rediscovery of a Text: the Case of Shôbôgenzô
Shôbôgenzô is the most important and best known work of Dôgen (1200-1253), and a masterpiece not only of Buddhist doctrine and practice, but also a landmark in the history of Japanese thought. It was written over a long span of time, from 1231 to the year of the author's death in 1253. There are known to exist versions that consist of 12, 75, and 95 chapters.