China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

(114) Beyond Digitization, Cross-Specialization

3/23/2018
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 1, Exhibit Level

Scholarship and librarianship are inextricably linked in this digital era. The volume of information available electronically may bewilder seasoned scholars. Meanwhile, shifting expectations for academic libraries may intimidate veteran librarians. Increased information access offers exciting opportunities for scholar-librarian cooperation, but complicates the traditional scholar-librarian relationship. The AAS conference provides a unique opportunity for scholars and librarians to come together, and we propose our panel as a chance for honest dialogue about scholars’ and librarians’ ambitions and concerns regarding digital scholarship. Three scholar-librarian pairs will discuss three recent collaborations across specializations. Zhaohui Xue and Yan Long discuss establishing a web archive of online content created by grassroots Chinese NGOs – a project whose politically-sensitive nature might have deemed it impossible without library support and faculty interest. Responding to the proliferation of databases for studying historical China, Feng-en Tu and Lik Hang Tsui argue that academic libraries must train scholars in digital methodologies, and assert the need for discipline-specific software applications, data collections, and standards. Cecile Sun turns a critical eye toward digital humanities, questioning quantitative research's value to the discipline. With Tianni Wang, she describes an oral history project that has convinced her of digital humanities' potential and the possibilities for librarian-faculty cooperation. Discussants Peter Bol and Jim Cheng will facilitate conversation about the intersection of scholarship, instruction, and information management.

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Sandi Ward

University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Sandi Ward

University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Zhaohui Xue

    Stanford University, California

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    Yan Long

    Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana

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    Lik Hang Tsui

    Harvard University, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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    Feng-en Tu

    Harvard University, Massachusetts

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    Cecile Sun

    University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Tianni Wang

    University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Peter Bol

    Harvard University, Massachusetts

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    James Cheng

    Columbia University, New York

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