Dr Rheny Pulungan1, Ms Friederike Schimmelpfennig2, Ms Xiaoju Liu3, Dr Hui Huang4
1Monash University, Clayton, Australia, 2Australian National University , Canberra, Australia, 3The University of Melbourne and Monash University, Parkville , Australia, 4Monash University , Clayton, Australia
Chair: Dr Rheny Pulungan
Asian studies and Asian library collections have undergone significant changes in recent years. One important change for Asian Studies librarians in the last decade is the shift from merely providing rich collections to taking parts in skill-development programs within faculty curricula, such as research skills, academic integrity and referencing, reading and note-taking, critical thinking, and writing skills. Another important change is the emerging prominence of online collections, which has benefited researchers in that it provides broad and easy access to resources.
The panel will commence with an elaboration of the comprehensive collection of Asian Studies from different institutions in Australia, incorporating both print and online resources. This will be followed by a showcase of a range of library programs provided by Asian librarians to support both research and teaching-learning activities. To conclude, the panel will discuss some challenges faced by the Asian Studies librarians, particularly in relation to monolingual environments, increased workloads, and competing priorities.