ATU Library Receives Gift from Nippon Foundation

Kae Hashimoto Reed and Philippe Van Houtte
Kae Hashimoto Reed (left) and Philippe Van Houtte (right) hold a certificate from the Nippon Foundation concerning the donation of 162 books to Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University.

The Nippon Foundation has donated 162 books to the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University.

The donation is part of the foundation’s Read Japan project.

“The books cover a wide range of subjects including literature, art, science, history, economics and culture,” said Angela Black, interim library director and technical services librarian at ATU. “Most of the volumes are in English, though a few Japanese language titles were also included. This collection is meant to promote the understanding of Japan around the world through the donation of books.”

Black credited Dr. Kae Hashimoto Reed, visiting lecturer of music and Japanese at ATU, and Philippe Van Houtte, systems librarian at ATU, for collaborating with the Nippon Foundation and the Japan Science Society to make the additions to the library possible.

“They worked on a proposal which highlighted Arkansas Tech University‚Äôs current efforts at showcasing Japanese culture to the Nippon Foundation by including examples such as the International Film Festival and the Light the Night Festival,” said Black. “Their efforts culminated in the recognition of the Ross Pendergraft Library as a recipient of the Read Japan Project.”

Black said the books will be available to library patrons once they are processed.

Learn more about Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at library.atu.edu.