Chinese Language Collections at Monash University and The University of Melbourne

Ms Xiaoju  Liu3

3The University of Melbourne and Monash University, Parkville , Australia

This presentation will provide an overview of Chinese language collections in both Monash University and The University of Melbourne. The two institutions are collaborating on developing complementary collections and this presentation will explain how librarians do this in practice and how users from both institutions benefit from this collaboration. It will then look at how librarians engage students and researchers with the collection, both print and electronic, in two institutions. Nowadays librarians’ responsibilities include not only collection development work, but also supporting academics in developing learning resources and learning activities to maximise students learning outcomes. In the meantime, both universities have a large proportion of postgraduate researchers and their research relies heavily on library resources. This part of the presentation will highlight how librarians use the collection to support teaching and research activities, and in return, how does this interaction inform their collection development work. Finally, what are the challenges of managing East Asian collection in this Western-centric library environment?


Biography

Xiaoju has a Master degree in Chinese rare book studies. She is a Melbourne University staff and works as Chinese and Asian Studies Librarian. As part of the staff sharing agreement between Melbourne and Monash, she also works in Monash University library on a 0.3 fraction as Chinese Studies Librarian.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

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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