Last month Toshinori Egami (江上敏哲), a rare book librarian at Kyoto University Library who has been visiting and cataloging rare books at Harvard-Yenching Library for the past year, came to Ohio State to see the manga collection in the Cartoon Research Library. We also talked about blogging, wikis, and other kinds of digital support services that librarians can provide for Japanese studies. Egami-san published a very detailed report of his visit on Kyoto University Library’s blog:

Also, he posted it on the HVUday blog he maintained during his sabbatical in Cambridge, in a better presentation (with some phrases bolded in red, etc):

Reading Egami-san’s blog entry vividly reminded me of the fascinating discussions we had that cold, wintry, February day. I enjoyed talking about manga bibliography (マンガのビブリオグラフィー(書誌学)の研究) with someone who not only loves manga, but is also a specialist in Japanese rare books — what a great opportunity that was! I especially appreciate that he wrote about my strategy of developing a “broadly representative” manga collection, with emphasis on reference materials and significant works.

Here are links to a few of the rare materials in Ohio State’s manga collection that Egami-san mentioned in his report: