The Future for Asian Libraries in Australia: Surviving Changes and Challenges

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.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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