Serving Library Users from Asia
by John Hickok
Asian populations are among some of the fastest growing cultural groups in the US. While books on serving other target groups in libraries have been published (e.g., disabled, Latino, seniors, etc.), few books on serving library users of Asian heritage have been written. Thus the timely need for this book. Rather than a generalized overview of Asians as a whole, this book has 24 separate chapters—each on 24 specific Asian countries/cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia—with a wealth of resources for understanding, interacting with, outreaching to, and serving library users of each culture.
Resources include cultural guides (both print and online), language helps (with sample library vocabulary), Asian booksellers, nationwide cultural groups, professional literature, and more. Resources and suggestions are given for all three types of libraries—public, school, and academic—making this book valuable for all librarians. The demographics of each Asian culture (numbers and distribution)—plus history of immigration and international student enrollment—is also featured. As a bonus, each chapter spotlights a US public, school, and academic library providing model outreach to Asian library users.
Additionally, this book provides a detailed description and analysis of libraries in each of the 24 Asian countries. The history, development, facilities, conditions, technology, classification systems, and more—of public, school, and academic libraries—are all discussed, with detailed documentation. Country conditions influencing libraries and library use are also described: literacy levels, reading cultures, languages and writing systems, educational systems, and more. Based on the author’s 15 years of research and travels to Asia, this work is a must-have for all librarians.
by Joseph W. Raker, Ramāśaṅkara Śukla
Learn Hindi in 30 Days Through English
by Krishna Gopal Vikal
The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader
by Naresh Sharma, Tej K. Bhatia
The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader has been specially designed for intermediate and advanced learners of Hindi and comprises a broad selection of graded readings.
The materials have been carefully selected to ensure that students receive exposure to a wide variety of authentic Hindi texts, including news and magazine articles, extracts from social media websites, film dialogues and contemporary Hindi literature.
Each reading is fully supported by:
- pre-reading activities
- notes on cultural references in the text
- a vocabulary list with English translation
- notes on key grammatical points arising from the text
- text-related comprehension questions and vocabulary-based exercises
- suggestions for writing and discussion activities based on the text
- a key to comprehension questions and vocabulary-based exercises
- online support which includes audio recordings and translations of texts, available at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415601764/
Suitable for both class use and independent study, The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader is an essential tool for increasing language proficiency and enriching learners’ cultural knowledge.
Digital Libraries: International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization
by Zhaoneng Chen, Hsinchun Chen, Qihao Miao, Yuxi Fu, Edward Fox, Ee-peng Lim
Guide to OCR for Indic Scripts
by Venu Govindaraju, Srirangaraj (Ranga) Setlur
This is the first comprehensive text on Optical Character Recognition for Indic scripts. It covers many topics and describes OCR systems for eight different scripts—Bangla, Devanagari, Gurmukhi, Gujarti, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Urdu.