Asia, as an area studies program has had a long history
at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Collection
of materials began in 1935 when the Oriental Institute
was established. In 1962, the South Asia collection was
administered as part of the East-West Center Library that
sought to acquire everything published. The same year,
the University of Hawaii was selected to participate in
the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP)
administered by the Library of Congress.
1970, the East-West Center Library was absorbed by the
University of Hawaii Library, and its role changed from
broad repository to a university collection intended to
support the research needs of the students and faculty
and the teaching curriculum at UHM. The collection continues
to support these activities, as well as the programs of
the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), which was established
South Asia collection supports PhD level work in the disciplines
of agriculture and resource economics, anthropology, theatre
and drama, economics, English, geography, history, linguistics,
philosophy, political science, and second language acquisition.
The collection also supports MA level work in the disciplines
of art, Asian studies, communication, English as a second
language, music, religion, and public health. Students
may work toward an MA degree in Asian studies, with a
focus on South Asia, or work through a departmental discipline
toward either the MA or PhD degree.
II. COORDINATION OF COLLECTING
material selected through the SACAP, there are formal
and informal selection agreements made with the humanities,
social science and science and technology units. Science
and Technology receives most of its South Asian material
through the program. Program receipts for all other disciplines,
which do not relate to Asia are set aside for selection
by the relevant subject selector.
which require clarification relate to books published
outside South Asia and include: South Asian diaspora to
the United States and other countries, Islam, South Asian
music, art, and religion.
III. GUIDELINES TO MATERIALS
COLLECTED OR EXCLUDED
for the South Asian collection are acquired from various
sources. Most of the university press and scholarly trade
publications from the United States are acquired on the
Blackwell Approval Plan. Conference papers, dissertations
and other publications from non-traditional sources, and
European publications are individually ordered. The major
portion of the South Asia collection is acquired through
the SACAP. Current selection policy retains nearly all
receipts in the humanities and social sciences deemed
to be of use on this campus.
All significant English language material at the federal
and state level is retained. Other languages include:
Bengali, Hindi, Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu from
Pakistan, and European languages. The following languages
may be found in the collection but are no longer acquired:
Arabic, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam,
Marathi, Oriya, Persian, Punjabi, Sindhi, Telugu, Urdu
from India, and Tibetan, from the government in exile,
Nepali, the official language of Nepal, and Sinhalese,
the official language of Sri Lanka.
No limitations, but emphasis is placed on current publications.
Retrospective purchases are made on request, as needed.
Geographic scope includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet (government in
exile) and Mongolia. Politically Afghanistan, Tibet, and
Mongolia do not fall within the scope of South Asia. There
is, however, a large body of material published and distributed
through Pakistan on Afghanistan, and through India on
Tibet and Mongolia. The collection intensity for Afghanistan,
Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet (government
in exile), and Mongolia is concentrated on current English
of Publication: Emphasis is on current imprints, including
acquisition of all significant current English language
trade and university press publications and to a lesser
extent current imprints in European languages.
Generally, textbooks are not acquired. Language textbooks
in South Asian languages are acquired not for classroom
use but for comparative language study in linguistics
courses at the graduate level.
of Materials Collected: All significant English language
material at the federal level is acquired such as official
gazettes, censuses, reference works, government reports,
journals and newspapers. Maps are collected but routed
to the Maps Collection. Media, including sound recordings,
videos, digitals forms (dvds, cds, etc.), are collected
and housed in the Wong AV Center. Appropriate online and
electronic media are selected to support the academic
programs at UHM. Microforms are collected.
Nearly all treatments of subjects in the humanities and
social sciences are collected. Constitutions, codes, and
gazettes are acquired. How-to books, especially how to
play musical instruments, and arts and crafts books are
retained. Juvenile treatments of subjects are not acquired.
Law textbooks, patents, rules of practice and commentaries
are no longer acquired.
IV. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
and Exchange Agreements exist with the Center for Research
Libraries (CRL), South Asia Microfilm Project (SAMP),
and the South Asia Consortium for the West (SACWEST).
CRL has long runs of South Asian newspapers and journals,
and acquires local and state government publications,
both monographs and serials, from all the South Asian
countries. SAMP is a cooperative project to which the
library subscribes. It places an emphasis on the preservation
of retrospective files and in making available in the
United States special South Asia collections from other
countries. Microforms acquired or filmed are owned by
CRL, but are available for loan to SAMP subscribers. SACWEST
is a consortium of five institutions: University of California
- Berkeley, University of California - Los Angeles, University
of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Texas - Austin, and
University of Washington. The consortium was formed in
1994 to preserve the integrity and scope of materials
of South Asia collections in the West/Pacific area of
the U.S.A. The SACWEST consortial agreement is reviewed
annually and renewed every five years.
Blackwell Approval Plans provide material on South Asia
that is published or distributed in the United States
and United Kingdom. Some duplication of titles occurs
since for South Asia, largely India, there is overlap
with the SACAP receipts. Duplication is largely the result
of co-publication with a major western publisher and is
acceptable, since titles accepted for publication abroad
are generally of high research value. Currently, all Oxford
University Press and Sage Publications published in South
Asia that meet the subject profile for UHM are received
through the SACAP.
publishing output of South Asia is extensive. This library
has benefited considerably through its participation in
the South Asia Cooperative Acquisition Program. An in-depth
collection has been achieved and remains current through
continued participation in the SACAP, and selection and
acquisition of materials on South Asia published in other