Dr Rheny Pulungan1,
1Monash University, Clayton, Australia
This presentation is an elaboration of the comprehensive collection of the Asian Collections at Monash University Library and how the collections have been used to support research and learning. Asian Collections at Monash primarily consist of Asian language materials with a focus on Indonesia, Japan, China, and Korea. The Asian Collections house rare and archival materials, including the Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection, the Suetsugu Collection, the Australia Tibet Council Collection, the David Chandler Cambodia Collection, the Balai Pustaka Collection, the Southeast Asia Pamphlets Collection and the Indonesian Historical Collection. The library resources and staff expertise have been heavily involved in curriculum development and the delivery of teaching and learning activities. As part of assessments, students regularly come to the library to use Asian language materials and attend research and writing workshop run by library staff. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges faced by the library staff to support research and learning with the increased workload in a monolingual and an ever-changing university environment.
Rheny has a Master degree in Information Studies and a PhD in International Law. She is currently a subject librarian for Indonesian Studies and a law learning skills adviser at Monash University Library. She enjoys working at both libraries, combining her studies and experience to develop and manage the Indonesian collection as well as to support research and writing skills development.