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Sharon Domier

East Asian Studies Librarian

Sharon Domier



Sharon Domier is the East Asian Studies Librarian, who divides her time between Smith College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts. She is the point person for all library services that require East Asian language skills. This means that she is involved in selecting materials, preparing orders, and cataloging them, helping students and faculty to locate research materials in print and online formats, and cite their Chinese, Japanese, and Korean sources accurately. She also works in cooperation with members of the Learning, Research & Technology group to provide library instruction.

Sharon is a fan of reading, coffee, and dogs. She collects Japanese books and manga that relate to libraries and librarians. She and her dogs take classes on a regular basis and try a range of activities from agility, obedience, therapy dog visits, and herding.

Research Interests

Censorship and banned books in Japanese libraries, the aesthetics of Japanese toilets, the benefits of extensive reading in foreign language learning

Publications and Presentations

Domier, Sharon. "From reading guidance to thought control: Wartime Japanese libraries." Library trends 55, no. 3 (2007): 551-569.

Domier, Sharon H. "Banned books in the hands of Japanese librarians." in Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan (2013): 93-111.

Domier, Sharon. "The Coming of Age of Japanese Library Services to the International Community: The View from North America." 大学図書館研究 70 (2004): 42-48.

Domier, Sharon. "Deceptively Simple Assignments That Make a Big Impact." LOEX Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2007): 5.

Professional Affiliations

Subcommittee on Public Services, Council on East Asian Libraries (Past Chair)


M.L.I.S., University of Alberta
M.L.I.S., University of Library and Information Studies (Japan)
B.A., East Asian Studies, University of Alberta

Subject Specialties

East Asian Languages and Cultures