East Asia Program
The Wason Collection on East Asia continues growth at a rapid pace. In addition to support for areas of faculty and graduate student interest, NRC library acquisitions funds have allowed the Collection to purchase major sets, some of them out of print materials not readily available in the U.S. The Korea collection now exceeds 10,000 volumes; Acquisitions included modern Korean film, and North Korean publications, as well as publications on colonial period Korea (in both Korean and Japanese). Wason continues to build on existing strengths, and in support of its regional commitments within the East Coast Consortium of East Asia Libraries, as we move at the same time in new directions to serve faculty and student interests. Wason Collection materials circulate in great numbers, among the Cornell community, through the free Borrow Direct program of several Northeast collections (minus Harvard), and regular interlibrary loan. Cornell welcomed the new Japanese Bibliographer, Daniel McKee, in March. NRC funds were used to partially fund the Korean Cataloguer, whose responsibilities continue to grow exponentially as the collection is expanded.