Joy Kim, MLS | USC Libraries




Joy Kim, Curator, Korean Heritage Library; (213) 740 2329


  • M.L.S. University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea 


  • Sept. 1989-   Curator, Korean Heritage Library, University of Southern California
  • 1988 - July 2007   Team Leader, CJK Team, Information Delivery, Organization, and Retrieval, USC


  • Kim, Joy, Kyungmi Chun, and Hyokyoung Yi.  “Korea.” Handbook for Asian Studies Specialists: A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools, Ed. Noriko Asato, Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, 2013. 289-401.
  • Kim, Joy. “Characteristics of Korean Studies Librarianship.” Handbook for Korean Studies Librarianship Outside of Korea. Seoul, Korea: National Library of Korea; Ann Arbor: Committee on Korean Materials, Council on East Asian Libraries, 2014. 331-338.
  • Kim, Joy, Eun Kyung Kwon. “Scholarly Communication in Korea” Scholarly Communication in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.  Ed. Jingfeng Xia. Oxford,  UK :  Chandos Publishing, 2008. 93-122.
  • Kim, Joy, Ed. Korean Librarianship Outside of Korea: a Practical Guide and Manual.  Seoul, Korea: Asian Culture Press for the Committee on Korean Materials, Council on East Asian Studies, Association for Asian Studies, 2002.   
  • Kim, Joy, Comp. Library of Congress Subject Headings Related to Korea and General East Asia. Ann Arbor, Mich.:  Committee on East Asian Libraries, Association for Asian Studies, 1989.
  • Jeong, Wooseob, Joy Kim, Miree Ku "Spaces in Korean  Bibliographic Records: To Be, or Not To Be," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 47, 8 (Nov. 2009): 708-721.   
  • “그곳에 한국이 있었다: 남캘리포니아대학교 한국학도서관 = KHL: Korean Heritage Library at the University of Southern California,” 국회도서관, Jan. 2014: 10-15
  • “한국의 역사와 뿌리가 있는USC 한국학도서관,” 출판저널, Jan. 2012: 50-57 
  • “북미주 한국학도서관 1990~2009: 회고, 현황, 전망,” 해외 한국학도서관 동향 보고서 제2호 (2009년 12월).  This is a translation of “Purpose Driven Progress,” translated with Hyunju Kim.  
  • “Purpose Driven Progress: Korean Studies Librarianship in North America, 1990-2009,” Journal of East Asian Librarianship 149 (Oct. 2009): 29-54.
  • “The Korean Collections Consortium of North America.”  In Proceedings of the Special Conference on the Evolving Research Library and East Asian Studies. 45-55. Beijing: International Academic Publishers, 1996. 
  • “Problems in Cataloging Korean Classical Literature.”  CEAL Bulletin  94 (October 1991): 3-10.  


  • Duke University Library: Developing Korean collections and services,  January 2006
  • Emory University Library: Developing Korean collections and services, January 2006
  • Yale University Library: Developing Korean collections and services, April 2004
  • Vassar College Library: Developing Korean collections and services, April 2003 

HONORS and AWARDS (Selected)

  • National Medal of Merit, Republic of Korea (Korean Hunjang Songhyujang), October 2011.


  • Korean Collections Consortium of North America, Korea Foundation. Co-investigator with other Korean Studies librarians, total awards to USC, 1992-2017, $500,000.  Other cash grants for collection  endowment and cataloging project: $140,000.    
  • Research Grant, USC Libraries $3,000, 2011.
  • Enhancing Access to the “Sea of Korea” Map Collection at the Korean Heritage Library (a project to create compressed images, cataloging, and metadata), 2001.  Total award: $6,500 by the Korean Consulate General, Los Angeles.  
  • Korean American Digital Archive (co-investigator), Library Technology and Services Act, California State Library, 2000.  Total award: $92,000  
  • Korean Visiting Librarian Program, 1997-2000.  Korea Research Foundation.  Total awards: ca. $60,000.
  • Survey of Acquisitions Sources for Korean Research Materials, a research grant for a field work in Korea, July 1-August 31, 1990;  Korea research Foundation.
  • Summer Institute on East Asian Librarianship, University of Washington, 1988.  Fellowship sponsored by the Department of Education.
  • Transition into Management. UCLA, 1979.  Fellowship sponsored by the California State Library. 


Council on East Asian Libraries, Association for Asian Studies

  • President, Council on East Asian Libraries, Association for Asian Studies, 2010-2012
  • Vice President/President Elect, Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), 2008-2010
  • Member, Ask a Korean Studies Librarian, 2009-
  • Chair, Special Committee on LC-CEAL Cataloging Internship, 2006-2009
  • Co-Chair, CEAL Special Committee for Seoul IFLA, 2005-2007
  • Co-Chair, Scholarly Information on East Asia  in the 21st Century, IFLA Satellite Meeting in conjunction with WLIC Seoul, 2006 
  • Executive Board: Secretary, 2002-2006; member, 1998-2006
  • Committee on Technical Processing, 2005-
  • Task Force for JEAL (the Journal of East Asian Libraries) as a Refereed Journal, 2004
  • Committee on Korean Materials: Chair, 1999-2002; Member, 1996-2005

Association for Asian Studies

  • Member, Executive Board, Korean Studies Committee, 2010-2012

Korean Collections Consortium of North America

  • Chair, 2007-2008, 2001/2002
  • Secretary, 2006-2007, 1993-1995
  • Acting Chair, 1996

OCLC CJK Users Group 

  • Korean Officer, Executive Board, 1991-1995, 1997-2001
  • Member, Program Committee, 1991-1995, 1998-2001
  • Member, Task Force on Cooperative Retrospective Conversion, 1991-1995

Korean American Librarians Association

  • President, 1990. 
  • Vice President, 1989. 
  • Editor, KALA Newsletter, 1987-1990. 
  • Public Relations Coordinator, 1987.


  • Faculty Advisor, Amen Chamber Choir, 2009-2012
  • Faculty Advisor, USC Korean Association in Social Studies, 2005-2007
  • Faculty Advisor, USC Korean Campus Mission, 1999-2003


  • Personnel Steering Committee, 1997-1998, 2003-2005, 2013-2015
  • Diversity Liaison, 2004-2008
  • Executive Council, 2002-2003
  • Executive Council Secretary, 2001-2002
  • Personnel Committee, 1991/1992, 1994-1996, 1997-1999, 2003-2005
  • Appointment, Promotion, Continuing Appointment/Tenure Panel, 1991/1992, 1994/1995, 1998/1999, 2004-2006, 2013-2015
  • Peer Review Panel, 1994-1998, 2004 
  • Professional Development Committee, 1998-2000


  • Korean—Native language
  • Japanese—Bibliographic knowledge
  • Chinese—Bibliographic knowledge