Newsletter No. 51 (July 2007)


Aline Scott-Maxwell
Asian Studies Librarian

Tibet: Donation and Display

A significant donation of books, journals, NGO reports and other documents and A-V materials regarding the Tibetan democracy movement and human rights situation was received from the Australia-Tibet Council in February. Items from this donation are a centrepiece in a recently installed exhibition of Library and other materials on Tibet, which is intended to mark the visit to Monash University of the Dalai Lama on June 8. The display also includes four rare Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts, a student's writing primer and some writing materials (two ink wells, a pen and case, and a seal) generously loaned to the Library by David Templeman, a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism in the Monash Asia Institute. Other items in the display are some nineteenth and twentieth century accounts of Tibet by European writers from the Monash Rare Books Collection, some Chinese publications on Tibet, some Tibetan prayer flags and an an image of the Dalai Lama as reincarnated Buddha, acquired by ASRC Library Assistant, Hueimin Chen, on his recent visit to the Dalai Lama's home town in Tibet.

New Electronic Resource

Monash University Library commenced a subscription the Dragonsource Database in 2007. It is a sub-set of the Net Library database. It includes a selection of full text Chinese periodicals in the fields of literature, art, finance, education, science and technology, social sciences, current affairs, history and children's entertainment.

Visit to U.S. libraries

While on long-service leave in the United States in March, Monash Korean Studies librarian, Jung-Sim Kim, visited a number of libraries with Asian collections: the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University, Boston, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and the Korean Heritage Library, East Asian Library at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She also visited the Family History Library and Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City. And she attended the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference and the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) Meeting (20-25/3) in Boston.

Visitors in 2007

Overseas academics who visited the ASRC in 2007 included:
  • Professor Tsui Yenhu, Institute for Social-cultural Anthropology, Xinjiang Normal University
  • Jane Cho and Jae Eun Kim, Associate Researchers at the Korea Education and Research Information Centre
  • Professor Hisao Tomizawa, Dept of Cultural Anthropology, University of Tokyo
  • Professor Kazuomi Hirai, Faculty of Law, Economy and Humanity, Kagoshima University

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