Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik
Librarian Sally Bryant, Head of Access Services, has wide ranging interests – literally ranging around the globe as she serves as Pepperdine University Libraries liaison with the International Studies Program. Her work at Seaver College includes the “Asian Studies Specialization” within the International Studies major. This specialization allows students to investigate traditional Asian views and institutions in a comparative way under the guidance of experts in Chinese and Japanese history, literature, and language. So when Bryant saw a notice to apply to The Nippon Foundation’s “Read Japan” program, she seized the opportunity.
Her initiative has been rewarded: The Nippon Foundation selected Pepperdine University Libraries as one of the American institutions to receive a book donation from their Read Japan “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” program. Payson Library will be the recipient of the donation of books in English about contemporary Japan, selected by Japanese and foreign scholars, which cover five categories: politics and international relations, economy and business, society and culture, literature and arts, and history.
Bryant says that the donated collection will further Pepperdine’s focus on global understanding and East Asia, in particular. Bryant adds, “Our students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of Japan’s history and contemporary culture, which is essential for expanding our intellectual horizons. Our library has gained an invaluable resource in the study of Japanese history, society and culture.”
The books will be available at Payson Library.