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Release: Oct. 30, 2000

UI Japanese studies librarian receives international fellowship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ellen Hammond, Japanese studies librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been named one of three recipients of the Japan Foundation-National Diet Library Training Program Fellowships. Hammond will attend an intensive three-week program in Tokyo Jan. 21 through Feb.10 to learn various facets of advanced Japanese librarianship and new and emerging technologies for information sharing.

Hammond directs the UI's Japanese collection and teaches a course in Japanese sources and research methods in the department of Asian languages and literature.

"The program will allow me to meet and study with experts in many disciplines and with leading figures in the information world in Japan. Ultimately this experience will allow me to better fulfill my present duties, especially reference and collection development," Hammond says.

The 2001 Japan Foundation-National Diet Library Training fellows will attend workshops, conduct hands-on training, and visit major libraries, archives, and special collections in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The fellowship program is in its fifth and final year and offers North American librarians an unparalleled opportunity to meet leaders in the library and information field in Japan and to develop close contacts with peer librarians from many other countries.

Edward Shreeves, director, Collections and Information Resources for the University Libraries, says Hammond's selection to the program recognizes her abilities and accomplishments as the UI's Japanese studies librarian.

"Ellen's opportunity to learn about new developments in the use of information technology will benefit University of Iowa faculty and students for some time to come," Shreeves said.

Hammond came to the UI in 1998 after having spent 16 years in Japan, where she worked in academic and corporate libraries and taught history at a university near Tokyo. She earned master's degrees in library science and Japanese history.

The other winners of the fellowship are Naomi Kotake, a Japan bibliographer and cataloger at Hoover East Asian Collection at Stanford University, and Jack Howard, Asian studies librarian of the Royal Ontario Museum of Art.