October 4, 2018 Meeting of Area Studies

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October 4, 2018

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IAS Staff Meeting

October 4, 2018

Present: Atoma Batoma, Kit Condill, Bella Irvine, Shuyong Jiang, Lisa Renee Kemplin, Laila Hussein Moustafa, Joe Lenkart, Xiaoping Qi, Lynne Rudasill, Antonio Sotomayor, and Steve Witt

Announcements & Accolades:

  1. Lynne asked for staff to send an email with “hello or welcome” in languages from their regions. She would like to use it on the IAS website in the future.
  2. Antonio had an interview with an NBC sports affiliate on Puerto Rico Sovereignty and Sports for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games that start Saturday.
  3. IAS has ordered a 64” flat screen on wheels. This will allow for mobility in our rooms for our programs. It will be kept in Rm 309. The remote and cords will be in a bag at our desk for check out. Patrons are also welcome to use. Hopeful date of arrival—3 weeks.
  4. Steve will be on sabbatical from February 15 to August 15. He will also take vacation before and after those dates. Lynne will cover for Steve while he is out. If Lynne is selected as AUL, Atoma will designate the person who will cover. Steve plans on still covering any Japanese requests while on sabbatical.
  1. Steve announced that there will be an event in IAS while he is away. The event will take place on March 5. There is a student conference from Japan during this time that is hosted by CEPS. A professor emeritus will present on a Japanese archival project followed by a reception.


  1. Shuyong has volunteered to be a part of the discussions for the new ILS project. She will contact Michael Norman. Feel free to pass on any concerns you have to Shuyong.
  2. Discussed the New Building Project and how best to be a part of the planning. Goal of completion is 2024 for the 100th anniversary of the library.
  3. Leila introduced a project idea for funding from the Mellon Foundation. This is based on a current project at Nevada University. The funds would be used for scholars to share their archival materials from their travels and research. Latin America and Africa were the regions proposed. Discussed possible buy in from other universities. The proposal would be due in a year. The idea would need to go before the Dean as well as Genelle to see if they see it as viable and/or would suggest any other directions.


  1. The following are upcoming events for IAS:

–October 11 Online Workshop Baltic Digitization

–10/12 International Research Connection Rm 200 3-5pm

–10/31 Billy Tringali Vampires and Horror Manga Rm 321 3-4:30pm

–11/1 Research Spotlight Antoinette Burton RM 106 2-3:30pm

–11/9 Archives in Ukraine Rm 308 2-3pm

The annual Advancement Donor Event will be held on October 26 from 6:30-8:30pm. They will not need us to staff tables this year as they are using exhibits as the theme.

  1. Joe discussed the International Certificate Program for Undergraduates. There are 3 that have registered so far. Please pass on the information to your centers and academic departments.
  2. GA’s have been working on online workshops. Laura had 40 participants on September 27 on Global Publishing Trends. Erika will coordinate a workshop on October 11 on Baltic Digitization. GA’s have observed instruction and will be working with Atoma and Shuyong’s classes for course instruction. They are also working on digitization platforms and will produce a template that can be used by IAS.
  3. Feel free to pass on any items for the Executive Committee to Lynne.