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SPOTLIGHT on Research: Library Liaison Christopher Hollister

Christopher Hollister

Christopher Hollister | Lockwood Memorial Library | Asian Studies Library Liaison | Written by C. Funk

Christopher Hollister started as our Asian Studies library liaison a few months ago in November 2016. He comes to us with experience in supporting other social science and humanities-based disciplines and an interest in Asia. Recently I met with Chris to learn about Asian Studies library resources and his role in supporting Asian Studies related work at UB.

Internationalization. Chris told me that there is a global and UB local push in internationalization – the process of implementing and adapting global resources for local use. He is at the forefront of negotiating this process for our Asian Studies library resources.

Digital Information. I asked Chris the best way for students and faculty to find Asian Studies information resources at UB; he directed me to the Asian Studies: Top Resources guide on the UB Libraries website. This is the portal for proprietary primary, secondary, and tertiary databases most relevant to Asian Studies research. Two of these are the Complete Chinese Classics Collection of Ancient China and Siku Quanshu, both made available through funding from the Confucius Institute. Many of these online sources require UBIT authentication, but a few are open for public use.

The AS library guide includes links to other Asian Studies Programs and to other libraries with significant Asian-related collections. If you are starting research in an Asia-related topic, this is where you should begin.

Physical Collection. Our UB Libraries have their own unique physical collection of Asian Studies resource materials. The East Asian Collection on the third floor of Lockwood Library has materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The Confucius Institute Reading Area, also on the third floor, recognizes CI’s substantial book donations of Chinese-language texts. DVDs donated to the Libraries by the UB Confucius Institute are accessible on the first floor of Capen Hall in the Silverman Library. 

Leisure Reading. Our library’s leisure reading collection in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean is less well-know. This collection is also located on the third floor. It includes fiction, non-fiction, serial publications, and beautiful poetry volumes. To find these materials in the catalog, use the Advanced Search option in the catalog and use the language and format search features.

Questions? Email Chris! ( I asked Chris how and when students – and faculty – might best work with him. Chris said he is essentially the personal librarian for faculty and students in Asian Studies. He told me that his professional purpose is to be of service when Asian Studies people have information needs. This means that Chris meets with faculty to assess their current and growing needs for research and coursework. And, Chris said that he can visit research intensive Asian Studies classes to talk about using UB Library’s research tools. Students in Asian Studies can and should contact Chris when they are researching an Asian Studies topics. He is there to help.