CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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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
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.