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University of Iowa News Release

March 10, 2004

UI Chinese Studies Librarian Will Study At Luce Institute

Min Tian, Chinese Studies bibliographer at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been accepted into the competitive Luce Summer Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. The Institute accepts only 25 applicants annually for its training program in Chinese librarianship.

"I am very glad to be selected for the program, which will strengthen my education and professional experience as an academic librarian," said Tian. "This experience will benefit all areas of my work at the UI Libraries and contribute to the development of the UI Libraries' Chinese Collection, as one of the most important and prestigious collections in the United States."

The Chinese Collection in the UI Libraries has more than 120,000 volumes, including about 80,000 volumes in Chinese, and more than 400 current Chinese periodicals, covering subject areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The collection is, in particular, strong in Chinese history, literature, dialectology, religion and Dunhuang studies. Chinese Studies librarians conduct research consultations with students and instruct students about how to find and use UI Libraries Chinese Studies resources.

The three-week training program will cover the major aspects of East Asian librarianship, including trends in research in East Asian studies, Chinese reference and bibliography, Chinese rare books, collection development and management, Chinese digital technology and library instruction.

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