AAS Member Spotlight: Yuimi Hlasten

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Yuimi Hlasten, Ohio State University, Japanese Cataloger

How long have you been a member of AAS?

A year.

Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues?

It is important for me to keep up with the latest trends in Asian Studies so that I can understand what our faculty members need and what catalogers can do to better assist their research. Being an AAS member helps me to keep up with the latest trends and find professional opportunities. I definitely recommend AAS. It is a great way to connect to an active community of East Asian Studies researchers while gaining insight into current and emerging issues.

How did you first become involved in Asian Studies?

I majored in Japanese literature and linguistics with a minor in Chinese literature at Okayama University, Japan. If you are studying Japanese literature, you can’t ignore the influence that China, Korea, and the Buddhist civilization had on Japan. Studying Japanese literature requires macroscopic view of the Asian Studies and microscopic attention to the individual works.

What do you enjoy most or what have been your most rewarding experiences involving your work in Asian Studies?

As a cataloger, I feel very happy when our Japanese Studies faculty members and students find resources that they are looking for. We work hard to create better access and better discovery services for them. Although the recent web-scale discovery services have made it easier to find books and articles, there are still many obstacles that researchers face today, such as language specific issues, connection issues from outside of their organizations, authentication and authorization issues, and time delay between article release and appearance in the discovery services. My job is to make sure our Japanese Studies researchers are enjoying the latest technologies and services in the area of bibliographic research. It is rewarding to hear that they find our catalog and bibliographic services useful.

Tell us about your current or past research.

I’m working on the Linked Data Project at the Ohio State University. Our traditional cataloging is moving towards a new direction. My job is to learn more about Linked Data implementation in the library setting and think about how Japanese researchers and faculty members can take advantage of this newest technology.

What advice or recommendation do you have or students interested in a career in Asian Studies?

Go for it. Pay close attention to the consistency in your resume.

Outside of Asian Studies, tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I love cooking. My favorite cookbook is “Weeknights with Giada.” I can make pretty good mixed drinks too. Our family friends love our secret recipe for Long Island Tea. Also I am a mother of a 2 year old boy. We teach him English and Japanese, and of course, he mixes them. It’s really fun to see how a toddler learns two languages.

I am interested in diversity and inclusion issues at workplace. Currently I am serving on the Ohio State University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

"Being an AAS member helps me to keep up with the latest trends and find professional opportunities."

— Yuimi Hlasten