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.