Monash University Library’s Indonesian collections and support for researchers

Dr Rheny Pulungan2

2Monash University, Clayton, Australia

Monash University Library (MUL) holds some of the world’s most rare and valuable research materials, spanning multiple genres and media. This includes, amongst others, Indonesian Historical Collection, Balai Pustaka Collection, Charles Coppel’s Chinese Indonesian Collection, Southeast Asian Pamphlets Collection, microform and newspaper collections. The presentation will elaborate these rich research materials and expertise available in supporting and engaging with researchers. Further, some materials that have been digitised for ease of access will also be highlighted. Some challenges in digitising these collections are discussed, including those of copyright limitations, fragility of the materials, and creation of descriptive information to assist with discovery and reuse. In providing research support and developing a research community, MUL has also collaborated with Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre by organising a monthly Monash Indonesian Seminar Series.


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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