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The Oviatt Shines: Librarian Andrew Weiss

Andrew WeissLibrarian Andrew Weiss secures a grant from the Nippon Foundation to enrich CSUN’s resources and spark new interest in Contemporary Japanese Studies.

Thanks to Librarian Andrew Weiss the Oviatt Library has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of books through The Nippon Foundation’s Read Japan Book Donation Program. The Read Japan program aims to make a wide variety of books from Japan available to foreign audiences by working in partnership with libraries, publishers, authors and translators. Every year university libraries are invited to apply for a donation of up to 100 informative books on contemporary Japan in English.

The 100 books, selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars and journalists, cover five categories: politics and international relations, economy and business, society and culture, literature and arts, and history. In addition to significantly supplementing the Oviatt’s holdings in the area of Japanese Studies, one of the important goals in securing this diverse collection of important books, according to Andrew, is to encourage student interest in the study of Japanese culture across the colleges. 

Andrew Weiss is a digital Services Librarian and one of the curators of the institutional repository, CSUN ScholarWorks. His work focuses on digital collection development and digitization (including theses and dissertations), consultation on issues of academic publishing (copyright clearance, fair use, open-access publishing and Creative Commons licensing), and reference and bibliographic instruction (including English and Japanese). Andrew is currently working on the retrospective digitization of ETDs, he is a member of the Library’s Assessment Team, and does outreach demonstrations, workshops and tutorials for ScholarWorks. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, a M.A. in English Literature from Temple University, and a MLISc in Library and Information Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa.