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East Asia Library: Reference & Instruction

Reference & Instruction Services

Reference Services

The East Asia Library offers a variety of reference services to the readers in the fall and spring semesters.

1. Reference Desk in the East Asia Library Reading Room

During the Spring 2013, the Reference Desk in the East Asia Reading Room opens 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, with the exception of a few University holidays. For assistance with the East Asian collections outside these hours, please either contact individual librarians (see contact information below) or go to the East Asia Library Office (SML 213) on workdays. The East Asia Reading Room remains open at the same hours as the SML building (see here for SML hours).

2. In-depth Consultations with Individual Librarians

The primary reference contacts in the East Asia Library are:

Tang Li (General inquiries on East Asia; Chinese reference)
Email: tang.li@yale.edu; Phone: 432-1794

Michael Meng (Chinese reference)
E-mail: michael.meng@yale.edu; Phone: 432-4438

Haruko Nakamura (Japanese reference)
E-mail: haruko.nakamura@yale.edu; Phone: 432-1792

3. Email reference

Not sure whom to ask? Let us figure that out for you--just email your question to "east.asia.library@yale.edu".

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Instruction Services

The East Asia Library staff offers library orientations, workshops, in-class instructions and tours for Yale faculty, students and visitors.

Orientation: This is for users who are new to the Yale library system. It usually includes a tour of SML/EAL and a brief instructional session on how to use Yale library resources. The East Asia Library can provide individual orientations for faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D. students, or visiting scholars. Yale academic departments or programs can request group orientation for their students.

Workshop: This usually focuses on Chinese and Japanese resources that are relevant to East Asian studies.

In-class instruction: This is usually associated with particular courses. Faculty can request an in-class instruction session for the courses they are teaching.

Tour: For researchers outside the Yale community, the East Asia Library can also provide guided tours if and when the staff are available.

The Sterling Memorial Library and other Yale libraries also offer orientations and workshops on library resources (click here for details), which may be interesting to students and researchers in East Asian studies.

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