CEAL Statement on Collection Development and Acquisition Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (in collaboration with the NCC and the SCSL)

Dear CEAL colleagues:

I hope you are all keeping yourselves safe and healthy.

Today, I am writing to share the Council on East Asian Libraries’ (CEAL) Statement on Collection Development and Acquisition Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: In Collaboration with the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and the Society of Chinese Studies Librarians (SCSL). The CEAL Executive Board approved the statement today.

I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Task Force members, who spent many hours and days on this statement over the past several weeks. My most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the co-chairs and the members of the Task Force. I also would like to thank the many CEAL members who contributed to this process.

As for the next step, we will be circulating the statement on related listservs and groups including CRL, SALALM, MELA, CONSALD, CORMOSEA, Joint Statement Task Force and H-Asia. We will be also submitting the statement to the AAS for their review and endorsement.

We also would like to ask CEAL members to share this document with your library administrators as you find appropriate.

Best wishes,
Hana Kim
President, Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL)