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Support for Libraries with Korean Studies Collection

  • Date Aug 19, 2013
1. Program Objective
This Korea Foundation Support program is being offered in response to the fast-growing interest in Korean Studies from universities abroad. In particular, the program seeks to provide eligible university libraries with financial support so that their Korean Studies materials can be made available to users and administered in a systemic manner, thereby enabling these libraries to develop into important resource centers for the advancement of Korean Studies.
2. Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicant universities are required to have an ongoing Korean Studies program and a library that maintains a Korea-related collection of more than 5,000 volumes.
  * Please note that universities in North America are NOT eligible to apply for this program.
3. Program Support Alternatives (Only one alternative is allowed)
a) Salary Support to hire a librarian dedicated to managing the library’s Korean Studies Collection and
    administrative matters
    (Such support is only available for an agreed-upon period, after which the university must maintain
    the subject position from its own resources.)
b) Salary Support to hire a librarian assistant to manage the Korean Studies collection and
    administrative matters
    (Such support can be used for the salary costs of a librarian assistant prior to hiring a regular
    librarian for Korean Studies Collection, or implement special projects to improve the Korean
     Studies collection.)
c) Support for the development of a database system to administer the Korean Studies collection
    (Applications for this support will only be accepted from libraries facing financial difficulty in a
    developing such a database system.)
d) Support for activities required for the development/expansion of its Korean Studies collection
4. Period of Program Support : One year
- Multiple-year support programs will be considered, depending on the applicant’s circumstances and
  subject to an annual evaluation of the previous year’s program outcomes and the Foundation’s
  budget.
5. Amount of Grant Support
- The amount of the program support for an applicant university will be determined by the Korea
  Foundation based on evaluation of all eligible applications.

  * The applicant university and the Korea Foundation will agree to a suitable cost-sharing
    arrangement based on the applicant’s program proposal and its particular situation.
6. Application Procedures
a) Required documents:
  - An Endorsement letter from the head librarian of the library’s need for this support
  - Program application and related information, including (i) detailed deion of the university’s
    Korean Studies program and Korean collection, in terms of faculty members, degree programs,
    and students, (ii) number of volumes and circulation of Korean collection materials, (iii) plans to
    develop the Korean Studies collection.
b) Application submission: submit application by e-mail(chriskim@kf.or.kr) or by postal mail(address
    below) to the Korea Foundation by no later than September 20, 2013.
c) Application deadline: September 20, 2013
d) Announcement of approved support recipients: October 2013 (tentative)
7. Evaluation Criteria
a) Feasibility of support proposal and capability to realize intended outcomes
b) Number of faculty members, researchers and students related to Korea Studies fields
c) Current status of holdings and usage of library’s Korean studies materials
d) University’s plans to further develop its Korean Studies program
e) Consideration of regional diversity
8. Annual Report
An Annual Report, in accordance with the Korea Foundation’s report form, must be submitted by the university to document the proper application of the program support and to describe the relevant outcomes.

  * This support program is being implemented on a trial basis, such that the program results will
    need to be assessed in order to determine its continued viability.

For any queries about this program or the application procedures, please contact:
Chris Kyung-Hee Kim(Ms.)
Program Officer
E-mail: chriskim@kf.or.kr
Tel:82-2-2151-6526
Address: Media & Public Relations Center, The Korea Foundation,
West 19F, Mirae Asset CENTER1 Building, 67 Suha-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-210
Republic of KOREA

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