Vol 5, No 2 (2004)


Cover Page

Artist Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) famously depicted the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Several sightless monks examine parts of the beast and describe a rope, a wall, a spear, and so on, but each comes away with only a partial impression that cannot be reconciled with the others. In her article Hidden Collections: The Elephant in the Closet (pp. 000000), Carol Mandel notes that librarians have been approaching the problem of hidden collections much like the monks in Hokusais print, with many individual perspectives that now need to be pooled into a broad overview and coordinated action. The Hokusai Sketchbooks (Hokusai manga). Nagoya: Katano (Eirakuya) Tôshirô, 181478, vol. 8. Courtesy of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.