Draft Minutes of the Meeting Fall 2006
36th Annual Conference on South Asia
Thursday, October 19th 2006 1-5 pm
Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin
Submitted by Adnan Malik
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5. Proposal to revise constitution 6. Round Robin 7. Adjournment
1. Attendees: Cassie Adcock (Chicago), Deepa Banerjee (Washington), Bindu Bhatt (Columbia), Bronwen Bledsoe (Chicago), Merry Burlingham (UT-Austen), Fehl Cannon (LC), Judy Eckoff (CRL), Gerald Hall (DSAL/CRL), David Magier (Columbia), Adnan Malik (UC Berkeley), Philip McEldowney (Virginia), Ed Miner (Iowa), Carol Mitchell (LC-Islu), Laila Mulgaokar (LC-Delhi), David Nelson (Penn), James Nye (Chicago), Mary Rader (Wisconsin), James Simon (CRL), Andrea Singer (Indiana), Sunita Vaze (NYPL)
Merry Burlingham chaired the meeting on behalf of Bronwen Bledsoe.
2. Minutes from the Previous Meeting, April 6th 2006, Berkeley, were read in silence and then approved.
Taskforce for non-English Access: David Nelson reported on the taskforce
set up by ALA/ALCTS for non-English access. Its report was completed and released last week. David pointed out that this matter involved CONSALD members and suggested
we form some sort of working group in order to forward to OCLC a list of scripts that need to be priority. Basically, what to do next after Devanagari and Bengali?
Jim Nye pointed out that a similar resolution was passed in last fall's minutes. Merry suggested that David look at the old minutes and send out an e-survey to the
group. Mary Rader recommended that since there were lots of Unicode issues with the
display of fonts etc., they should start with big languages that have technical
Bibliography of Asian Studies: David Magier reported that BAS is on a stable schedule of uploading records three times a year. There are approximately 700,000 records in the database of which about half are South Asia related. An increasing percentage of records is not for journals but analytics for edited volumes in English. Some problems with the search engines have been reported. David himself has noted problems with search by singular/ plural noun forms. Problems should be reported to David Magier or Anna Schulman. Everyone is looking forward to BAS having full text access. They are also working on providing Unicode and to convert data. However, David has noticed inconsistencies in Romanization.
CSAL Archives Survey Project: David Magier also reported that CSAL has now
been around as an incorporated organization for three years. Its members include
CRL, Columbia, U. of Chicago, U. of Wisconsin. It is an umbrella for a set of
projects to help improve access to and preservation of South Asian materials in
cooperation with South Asian folks.
Distributed Resources a la LARRP?: Mary Rader initiated a
discussion on whether LARRP's approach to distributing collection
development among members was a viable model for CONSALD. She pointed
out that LARRP embers set aside about 7% of their budgets for this
process which means that if CONSALD members agree to do something
similar, they will have to be more willing to share information about
their budgets etc. David Magier pointed out that something similar had
been tried earlier and the main hurdle was to give up on what one had
been collecting over time and let others take up. Deepa Banerjee
suggested that CONSALD members need to identify what their strengths are
so that they can make them accessible to others.
Metalib at Wisconsin: Mary gave a presentation on the
implementation of MetaLib at Wisconsin and explained what databases were
included in it and how searches were conducted. Wisconsin implemented
MetaLib a year and a half ago. Mary noted that the metasearching
possibilities are not extensive and that she was disappointed that not
many databases with South Asian content are metasearchable.
Other Web Resources: Jerry Hall announced that the Schwartzberg's
historical atlases were up at DSAL and invited people to test how the interface and
zoom function work and then send comments for improvement. He said the overlays for
the maps were coming soon.
Survey Results: Merry Burlingham reported on the results of the she conducted on the duties of South Asia librarians on various campuses. She found out that in many cases, libraries are taking advantage of the other capabilities of South Asia librarians besides collection development and require them to provide services not directly related to South Asia. However, no one is being asked to catalog non-South Asian material. Jim Nye wondered if this could be compared with earlier surveys to see how things have changed.
The group was supposed to vote on the proposed changes to the constitution in
David Magier, Columbia University: A selector driven text digitization project is in the offing, with 600 pages per month allotted to each area. Anything prior to 1923 is eligible. Another project with Leena Mitford of the British Library and Francis Pritchart involves the digitization of the first edition of Umrao Jan Ada. David is also involved with Columbia University's Arts Initiative in producing e-editions of dissident literature titled Speaking Truth to Power.
James Nye, University of Chicago: The Mushfiq Khwaja sale is going along
well along with help from AIPS. So far, Michigan, Madison and Columbia have contributed. Jim will seek more donors. The Marathi collection in Pune will be
purchased. AIIS is also involved but Chicago will buy it straight out.
Gerald Hall, Digital South Asia Library: Getting ready to take up Gazetteer maps.
James Simon, Center For Research Libraries: Will serve more electronically, newspapers social science related material etc.
Judy Eckoff, Center for Research Libraries: Judy introduced herself as the new ember of the SAMP team.
Andrea Singer, Indiana: CRL helped Indiana scan their Sanskrit collection and then they cataloged it. Indiana needs a new Mideast/Islamic bibliographer.
David Nelson, University of Pennsylvania: The South Asia Studies Dept. hired, ---?, a South India specialist in Telugu and anthropology. Her husband is a post doc historian. Hired another post doc in cinema studies and Rupa Vishwanath in Tamil history. Two Sanskritist positions are open, one a professorship, the other a lectureship. There were many retirements. Position also posted for Buddhism. David has a new boss.
Sunita Vaze, New York Public Library: Sunita is the new South Asia librarian at NYPL and has a background in Sanskrit librarianship. NYPL has a new project to digitize material on Hindu rites. The Google project is also going apace.
Deepa Banerjee, University of Washington: Deepa is the new South Asia
librarian at Washington. They used Title VI money to buy the digitized collection of
the Asha Archives from Nepal, and also back issues of newspapers.
Philip McEldowney, University of Virginia: Things are steady but did not get 2nd round of grant. They did get a cataloging grant of $70,000. They are establishing an Asian wing in the library. The Mideast is increasingly becoming part of Philip's job.
Bronwen Bledsoe, Cornell University: The South Asia program is expanding gently. Taking up the notion of association of regional scholars which will raise the number of users of Cornell's South Asia resources. CUL has signed an agreement with Microsoft and Asia will be implicated.
Adnan Malik, University of California, Berkeley: There were two new hires in Dept of South/Southeast Asia studies: Munis Faruqui, who does Mughal history and Prachi Deshpande, who does Marathi history.
Mary Rader, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Wisconsin signed on with Google. Guide to Indexing of Indian Periodicals continues. Sent grant proposal to NEH and will find out in spring.
Cassie Adcock, University of Chicago: Cassie has been at her job for six months now. They are running out of space, especially for the reading room reference collection. New records have been created for the backlog in Sanskrit, Hindu, and for European Indological works and for the Ken Jones collection.
Ed Miner, University of Iowa: Holding steady and bought lots of Bollywood
films. His budget was not cut and got his 5% raise.
Merry Burlingham, University of Texas, Austin: Shanti Kumar will join Media Studies. A new president is coming as well as lots of changes in the administration.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:05 pm.
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