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AzLA/JLA Fellowship

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AzLA/JLA Fellowship

David Brown (2015)

David Brown, Youth Services Librarian at Casa Grande Public Library, is interested in traditional Japanese puppetry. He intends to use his experience from Japan to teach children the art of puppetry and entertain young audiences with puppet shows from a theater built around his office building. He also intends to share his knowledge and skills learned from Japanese puppetry tradition with Arizona libraries and librarians.

David's Report: Library Youth Services, the Design of Youth Spaces, and the Puppetry of Japan

Yumiko Katagiri (2014)

Yumiko's Report: Horner Fellowship Report

Jennifer Caldwell (2013)

Jennifer's Report: The Horner Fellowship: 'There and Back Again'

Richard Prouty (2012)

Richard's Report: Report on Horner Fellowship

Yuka Sugimoto (2012)

Yuka's Report: Horner Fellowship Report

Motoko Hori (2010)

Motoko's Report: My Experience with the Honor Fellowship Library Study Tour

Nancy Deegan (2009)

Nancy, a Librarian with Central Arizona College, visited 17 Japanese libraries and institutions over two weeks in November of 2009 to learn how their libraries utilize technology to provide access to materials and services and whether information literacy is a common issue between our two countries. During her visit, Nancy discovered surprising differences and similarities our two countries and their libraries.

Nancy's Reports:
West Meets East: Prologue
West Meets East: Electronic Materials
West Meets East: Using Technology to Provide Services
West Meets East: Information Literacy
West Meets East: Epilogue

Asami Yada (2008)

For three action-filled weeks in November and December, Asami Yada. was hosted by members of the Horner Fellowship Committee. By combining visits to a variety of libraries in the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas, with attendance at the AzLA Annual Conference in Glendale, Asami had the opportunity to meet many librarians from around the State and to become acquainted with Arizona’s multifaceted `brands’ of librarianship. The focus of Asami’s exchange was to observe how various libraries in Arizona offer services through the Internet, including reference services, multi-cultural services and access to multi-language collections for immigrants/ethnic group.

Between professional events, Asami experienced Arizona’s culture and southwestern hospitality first-hand via various sightseeing ventures and two home stays. Asami’s gentle nature and inquiring mind charmed everyone who met her and resulted in a rich cultural exchange for all involved.

Asami Yada has a bachelor's and master's degree in Japanese literature and currently works at the Chiba University of Technology Library. In her library career she has been involved in circulation work, serial/monograph receiving, reference, ILL, collection development, accounting, and information systems.

Asami's Report: Japan Library Association's 2008 Fellow

Deborah Tasnadi (2008)

Deborah, Library System Manager at the Peoria Public Library and past president of AzLA, was selected as AzLA’s 2007 Horner Fellow. Deborah’s exchange, which took place in 2008, was quite extraordinary.

Deborah's Report: Brief Report

Itou Tatsuya (2006)

Japan Library Association selected Mr. Itou Tatsuya as the 2006 Horner Fellow from Japan. He is a chief librarian at Kasuga City Public Library located in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Although Mr. Tatsuya's library visits spanned the State, he focused on extended visits at Mohave County Library in Lake Havasu City, Avondale Public Library, Peoria Public Library, and Tucson-Pima County Public Library as well in order to satisfy his considerable curiosity regarding all aspects of public library operations and services. In particular, Mr. Tatsuya was interested in conversing with librarians who had experience in the planning, implementation, and opening of a new library. Exploring how various libraries provide services to diverse populations was another area of keen interest.

Itou's Report:
Tatsuya, I. (2007). Overseas Training Foundation Horner Report: Supporting Community Libraries in the State of Arizona. Library Journal (Toshokan Zasshi) 101 (4), 230-231.

Kristin Fletcher Spear (2005)

Kristin is the Teen and Youth Services Librarian at the Foothills Branch of the Glendale Public Library. As a librarian working with teens, she is interested in the differences between teen and youth services in public libraries here in the United States and in Japan. Kristin is a nationally known expert in the field of graphic novels in libraries. She is in the process of writing a book on graphic novels in libraries for "Voice of Youth Advocated", a library journal and book publisher. The book will focus on manga, Japanese comics. Kristin is an advocate of Japanese culture in her current program for teens.

Kristin’s Report:
Fletcher Spear, K. (2006). Arizona Library Association Newsletter, 39 (2).

Uchino Yasuiko (2004)

The Horner Fellowship provided me the opportunity to meet and interact with many Arizona Librarians and previous Horner Fellows. My stay in Arizona included stops in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Sedona during the month of December, 2004. Visited public, school, and academic libraries, a publisher and a bookstore.

Uchino's Reports:
Yasuhiko, U. (2005). My Study Tour of Arizona. Arizona Library Association Newsletter, 38 (8), 9-10.
Yasuhiko, U. (2005). Report of the International Training Foundation Horner Librarian. Library Journal (Toshokan Zasshi).

Judyth Lessee (2002)

I was the Horner Fellow in 2002 and visited Japan in the fall. My travels took me to Tokyo, Yokohamam Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Gifu, Hiroshima, Fukuyama. I learned about the culture, geography, history, librarianship and even more, that people in Japan are dedicated to peace and learning… I urge you to consider applying for the Horner Fellowship. Japan is not only a country; it is an experience and one that stays with you forever.

Judyth's Report: A Teacher Fellow in Japan

Noriko Motoyama (2000)

Miss Motoyama is a librarian at Keisen Girls' Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo. In addition to enhancing her computer technology expertise with college course work in Japan, Noriko Motoyama visited Canada, Arizona and California during her sabbatical year. Her focus for the Horner Fellowship was observing the use of technology in specific junior and senior high schools in Phoenix and Tucson.

Noriko's Report: Library Study Tour to Arizona

Charlotte Cohen (1998)

While memories may ebb and flow over time, the richness of my experience as a Horner Fellow will always be a special part of my life. The vision and foresight of Jack and Marian Horner in fostering an exchange between librarians in Arizona and Japan was, in retrospect, quite remarkable. The professional and personal friendships that have developed in the past ten years have flowered into a network of people dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and information exchanges. With this festschrift, we thank the Horners, ASLA/ AzLA, and our generous Japanese colleagues who together have created a very special legacy -The Horner Japan Exchange Fellowship.

Charlotte's Report: Sojourn in Japan by the Sixth Horner Fellow

Phil Heikkinen (1997)

I visited Japan for three weeks in the spring of 1997. Before then, I had never traveled overseas. Before Japan, I had never seen with such immediacy the contrasts between our modern technology-centered culture and a way of life focused on elements of earth and spiritual practice. And I saw this not just in places like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, but in individual homes. I toured a wide variety of libraries. In each, I was grateful at my hosts' obvious dedication to preserving archival materials and historical information while developing internet working and audio-visual technologies. While a guest in Japan I felt honored by invariably generous professional and social consideration. This remains a wonderful daily reminder for my own life and helps to fuel my excitement about the Fellowship's current transformation.

Phil's Report: Enduring Treasures of Fellowship: AzLA/Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship

Fumiyoshi Kiuchi (1996)

For three weeks in January and February, Fumiyoshi Kiuchi, Director of the Inzai Public Library in Chiba Prefecture (a suburb of Toyko) was hosted by members of AzLA’s International Librarianship Roundtable. “…Fumiyoshi ranged across the vast hinterlands of the state. He had the cook’s tour of Arizona libraries as he visited 23 public, academic, and school library buildings and DLAPR2 , varying in size and scope from the small Dolan Springs Public Library to the Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson-Pima Public Libraries, and the NAU Cline Library. He met several hundred employees across the state. In his whirlwind journey, Fumiyoshi had a wide variety of Arizona experiences so different from his own life. He visited the Grand Canyon, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Heard Museum, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He visited the historic Flagstaff Route 66 Bar and the Museum Club, and attended a cowboy wedding in Prescott… After attending the Transborder Library Forum in Tucson, Fumiyoshi left for tours of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Public Libraries before returning to Japan.”

Submitted by John Irwin, Chair of ILRT’s Horner Fellowship Committee, May 1996 AzLA Newsletter.

John Irwin (1995)

I shall never forget Dr. Shihota's expert personal guidance and the overwhelming hospitality shown to me by librarians I met in Osaka and Tokyo during my 1995 Horner Fellowship trip. It is their courtesies - as well as those of the Yamabe, Torikata, and Takano host families - which I most vividly remember. I also fondly recall touring a variety of public and academic libraries, noting their functionality, automation, and distinct architecture. At the National Diet Library, the National Archives, and the Nakanoshoma Library I was granted the unusual opportunity of viewing the very rarest Japanese art and literary treasures in existence, a privilege which most Japanese never have. These events, along with personal tours of the religious and cultural shrines of Nara, Kyoto and Kamakura, made this Fellowship truly a rich, unforgettable experience for me.

John's Report: A Library Journey to Nippon

Kris Swank (1992)

I'm not exaggerating. The Horner Fellowship changed the way I see. Aside from tending "the Foro" in Hermosillo, Sonora earlier that same year, my trip to Japan was the first time I had been outside the U.S. It was the first time I had to live inside another culture. And it was my first lesson in viewing an issue through someone else's spectacles.

What I remember most vividly was the manifestation of "harmony" in Japanese life and Japanese libraries. I was privileged to view many beautiful and ancient scrolls in library archives, and also to see some very modern and innovative automated library systems, all coexisting peacefully. I learned that Japanese libraries weren't giving up what was good about the past in order to benefit from the computer age. At that time in America, and indeed in my own institution, over-zealous proponents of the computer were proclaiming the death of the printed book. Yet in Japanese libraries, it was understood that each new information medium had its unique advantages, without necessarily usurping the usefulness of older media. I saw clearly, then, the printed word would survive.

I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude for the vision of Dr. and Mrs. Horner, and the Arizona Library Association, for establishing this exchange program. I am also thankful for the hospitality and friendship of so many people, including the Yamabe Family, the Kakiguchi Family, Professor Shihota, Thunderbird's staff and students in Tokyo, and the National Diet Library International Exchange Section.

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

Kris's Report: Business Libraries in Japan

Junko Matsui (1990)

Junko Matsui, Faculty of Arts at Osaka University of Arts, has the distinction of being the first Horner Fellow from Japan. Hosted by members of ILRT (ASLA’s International Librarianship Roundtable1), Junko Matsui was accompanied by Dr. Tsutomu Shihota, a professor at St. Andrew’s University (Momoyana Gakuin), and twelve other colleagues.

Carol Elliott (1990)

What other Fellows have said about how the Horner changed their lives is not exaggerated. I was almost too young and inexperienced to appreciate the richness of this opportunity at the time.

The Horners made a constructive investment: they hoped that the Fellows would forge relationships that would continue to flourish, that Fellows would want to return to Japan, and that it would be a great experience personally and professionally. And for me all of this has happened. I have returned to Japan with family members and have had my hosts while in Japan as a Fellow visit me. I have also had professional visitors and, with others, was able to assist Mr. Shihota with his sabbatical in Tucson at the School for Information Resources and Library Science. Having visitors from Japan in our home has had a tremendous impact on my family and has given us a new perspective on our own lives. We look forward to continuing these wonderful relationships.

Mrs. Horner has become a good friend and mentor. We visit each other often and I know we will continue to learn from and enjoy each other. I also feel fortunate to have known Mr. Horner and to have had him meet my family.

The Fellowship offered me enrichment and has had a continuing impact that exceeded all my expectations.

Carol's Report: A Tale of Libraries

Cathy Chung (1989)

My library visit in Japan through the 1989 ASLA/ Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship was an enlightening experience, from the application of robotics in document retrieval and storage to traditional Japanese book binding. The generous assistance from Japanese librarians and warm reception from the host families also gave me a first hand look at work and home life in Japan. I was delighted to be able to reciprocate during the exchange visit from a delegation of 14 Japanese librarians the following year. The fellowship gave me an opportunity to meet the late Dr. Jack Horner in person and to continue my friendship with Mrs. Marian Horner. I will always remember the invaluable advice on preparing for the 5k run in Wakayama from champion runner, Dr. Horner!

Cathy's Report: Report of the First U.S. / Japan Fellowship Visit

Special Project Program

Sarah Kortemeier (2015)

Sarah Kortemeier, a librarian from the University of Arizona Poetry Center, visited Japan in January 2016 as a Horner Special Project Program Fellow selected in 2015. Sarah studied Japanese collections of traditional and contemporary poetry and learned how Japanese libraries participate in the work of dissemination and promoting poetry and their preservation standards and techniques. She plans to use her knowledge to enhance her subject knowledge of contemporary poetry and have a positive impact on the diversity of the Poetry center’s collections.

Sarah's Report: Poetry, Preservation and Outreach in Japanese Cultural Heritage Institutions

Christopher Miller (2013)

Anna Quan Leon (2010)

Anna's Report: Investigating Digitization in Japan: A Horner Special Pilot Project

1. Note: AzLA [Arizona Library Association] was formerly known as ASLA [Arizona State Library Association] and prior to 1999 the Horner Fellowship Committee was sponsored by ILRT [The International Librarianship Roundtable].

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