Cathy Chiu


Area Studies, East Asia


Early in 1989, the University of Colorado at Boulder approved the establishment of an East Asiatic library and, on June 1, 1989, Jim Williams, dean of the university libraries, appointed me as head of this new library. I started with a floor plan drawn by our associate director. Within one year the library had a collection or more than 20,000 volumes with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese literature and humanities. Watching an empty space gradually fill up with books, I constantly experienced joy and hardship. I hereby would like to share some of this experience with my colleagues.