Thomas H. Hahn


Area Studies, East Asia Libraries, Germany, Acquisitions, Libraries


My initial thought about what to contribute to this commemorative issue included such matters as International Interlibrary Loan (IILL), resource sharing, shared cataloging projects and, in general, defining proper fields of cooperation between the European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL) and the Committee on East Asian Libraries. Since these matters were already voiced and discussed during EASL's visit to Washington and other Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) libraries in April 1992,1 (as chairman of EASL) decided not to repeat them again. However, it goes without saying that these issues should not be dropped or neglected and it is my sincere hope that in the not too distant future, European and American colleagues will be in a better position to share experiences and to discuss automation links and other matters concerning the flow of information between the two worlds. Instead, recent events at my own institute have convinced me that the time might be ripe to "go public" with what might be dubbed in euphemistic terms as "the Heidelberg Great Leap Forward".