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Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) has been developing and running the platform CrossAsia for over a decade. It was launched in 2005 to provide a user-friendly, central point of access to the library's printed and electronic resources relating to East, Central and Southeast Asia. The collection is partly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Over the years, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has continuously adjusted the objectives of CrossAsia, incorporating and, in some cases, anticipating the demands of academia and research - especially in the field of digital scholarship.

In this presentation, Matthias Kaun, director of the East Asia Department of the Berlin State Library, will focus on two points. First, he will introduce the cosmos of CrossAsia, including collection building, ILL services, digitization, presentation, searching, contextualization of collections, full-text search (ITR), OA support, and (research) data services. He will present from the perspective of a library/ information infrastructure rethinking its mission to support Asia-related (digital) scholarship and research in an ever more globalized and digitally connected world. He will show how CrossAsia seeks to organize access to collections - regardless of their physical form and/or usage limitations due to licensing restrictions - in ways that make the materials findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable wherever possible. Secondly, Kaun will explore the responsibility that goes hand in hand with the development and operation of CrossAsia in the context of networked and internationally-oriented research.

Registration is required. Contact Sharon Yang (yang8@fas.harvard.edu), Librarian for Public Services and East Asian Digital Scholarship, Harvard-Yenching Library, for questions.