Subject Liaisons are librarians who focus on specific topics. They have a robust knowledge of library resources and are happy to assist with research and answer questions, large and small!
Today we’re interviewing Wei Wang, who is the Research Librarian for East Asian Studies.
- East Asian Language, Literature, & Cultures
Can you give an example of specific ways you’ve been able to help people learning and working in your subject specialty areas?
Recently I had an upper class undergraduate working as a research assistant on Chinese environmental issues. She does not read Chinese, but was asked to find news coverage of a specific Chinese city. She remarked, “I found some great sources through the databases you showed me”.
What’s the best way for people to find or contact you?
My office is very difficulty to find. Just email me first and I’ll come to Alderman Café to pick you up!
If someone comes to you for help, what does that look like? Is it usually a one-shot deal? Do you work together long-term?
It depends. For undergraduates, usually one-shot. UVA China office has found our library and librarians quite helpful—sending inquires to me, to Jean Cooper, and know to look for treasures at Special Collections.
What’s a resource you think people in your subject area(s) aren’t very aware of, but would find useful?
National Diet Library (NDL), Japan offers interlibrary loan to the users outside of Japan.
“[Wei is] a miracle worker”