Monash University Library Asian collections: Changes and Challenges to Support Teaching and Research

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.


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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