Jim Cheng, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Elected Vice-President/President-Elect of Council on East Asian Libraries
NEW YORK, April 9, 2014 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce that Jim Cheng, Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), Association for Asian Studies Inc. (AAS) in March 2014.  

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Cheng’s duties include serving as Vice-President/President-Elect from 2014-2016, President from 2016-2018, and Immediate Past President from 2018-2019.  Previously, Jim served as CEAL’s Chair of Membership Committee and Member of Executive Board, 2004-2007; Member of Committee on Chinese Materials, 2003-2005; Chair of Ad Hoc Membership Committee, 2001-2002; and Member of Library Technology Committee, 1998-2001.

CEAL is the professional organization for East Asian Librarians in North America and was founded in 1958 as the Committee on American Library Resources on the Far East.   Its mission is to serve as a forum for the discussion of East Asian library issues of common concern; to formulate programs for the development of East Asian library resources, personnel, services, and systematic organization of all types of recorded information and knowledge; and to promote interlibrary and international cooperation in East Asian librarianship. Currently, CEAL’s membership consists of more than 160 individual members in more than 50 libraries in North America.  

Cheng joined the Columbia University Libraries as Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library in July 2010. Starr Library has received several significant grants under Cheng’s guidance, including the Henry Luce Grant for the Tibetan Studies Librarian Position in 2013 and CLIR Hidden Collection Grant for the Makino Collection in 2014. Under his leadership, the Starr Library has also hosted numerous successful international symposia such as as “Cinema China, Culture China" in October 2011, "The Makino Collection at Columbia: The Present and Future of an Archive" in November 2011, "The Korean War and its Aftermath: Cinematic Memories from the Theodore Conant Collection" in March 2012, and "Documentary Views of Taiwan" in October 2013. 

Prior to coming to Columbia, Cheng was the head librarian at UC San Diego’s International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS) Library.  He received a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2008 to conduct research on his book on Taiwan film studies and was named a ‘2008 Mover & Shaker’ by Library Journal.  

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 1 million volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, over 8,500 periodical titles, 4.5 million e-books, and many archival and special collections. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; Korean history, and modern Tibetan studies. For more information, please visit the Starr East Asian website. 

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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