Newsletter No. 52 (December 2007)

News from the Asian Studies Research Collection
Monash University Library

Aline Scott-Maxwell
Asian Studies Librarian

New and Prospective Databases

We have a new subscription to China Academic Journals (CAJ). We will keep our subscription to the Dragonsource database which includes content from journals not covered by CAJ. We have just started to subscribe to CiNii (Japanese) and are in the process of starting a subscription to the National Library of Korea database.

Cataloguing and Collection Management

We have recently finished cataloguing the Suetsugu collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese books that is held in our Rare Books Collection. This large donated collection of 1098 titles consists mainly of Japanese editions of Chinese classics and Chinese and Japanese commentaries on them. The titles all appear on out catalogue and on Libraries Australia.

Displays and Events

MCJLE Collection Tenth Anniversary

ASRC and the Matheson Library celebrated the tenth Anniversary of the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education (MCJLE) Collection with a catered function and a major display. The function took place on Monday, 23 July in the Rare Books exhibition area and was attended by the Japanese Consul-General, Mr Kaku, Stephanie Fahey (DVC International), library directors and other library staff, MCJLE staff and committee members, Japanese program academics, and Japanese language teachers who use the collection. The display was prepared by Ayako Hatta and Kumi Suzuki with the assistance of Hueimin Chen and Sumi Kato. Besides MCJLE Collection materials, it included photos and memorabilia from the original opening of the Collection.

Sichuan University Deans delegation

A delegation of 30 deans from Sichuan University visited Monash University in August and substantial ASRC staff time was devoted to the visit. We prepared special displays of Chinese books in the library and a welcome slide on our electronic noticeboard. Hueimin Chen gave the powerpoint presentation to the delegation in the university council chambers and acted as interpreter in the Q&A session. Professor Li Ping of the Sichuan University Library spent two weeks in our library familiarising herself with our operations. Dennis Kishere translated Professor Li’s presentation in the library and acted as interpreter for most of her library meetings.

Indonesian displays

A display showcasing our Sundanese-language collection is presently in the ASRC display cabinet. This was prepared together with Dr Julian Millie, research fellow in the Anthropology program, as part of a larger project to ascertain the extent of our Sundanese holdings. Julian prepared a list of the nearly 400 items we found and this has been loaded onto the ASRC website. He also wrote a short essay to go with the display, which is available from ASRC. An article about the display and the collection has appeared in an Indonesian Sundanese language magazine.

A display of Indonesian-language teaching materials was prepared together with Paul Thomas of the Indonesian program in order to illustrate his keynote on 50 Years of Indonesian-Language Teaching in Australia, given at the Indonesian Council Open Conference, Caulfield campus on September 24. The display was mounted initially at the conference venue, Caulfield campus, and is presently located in the Music & Multimedia display case, Matheson Library.

Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM)

Asian Studies librarians from Melbourne and Monash Universities met again to discuss their cooperative activities. Under the auspices of ALIM Jung-Sim gave a presentation on Korean Architecture resources for University of Melbourne students taking the subject, Asian Architecture, on 30 July. 127 volumes of Korean architecture materials have been sent on long-term loan to the University of Melbourne Library for the duration of this 2nd semester subject. Jung-Sim liaised with the lecturer at Melbourne regarding suitable resources and ordered specially requested materials from the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH). Under ALIM, the University of Melbourne contributes annual funding to Korean collection development at Monash.


ASRC staff attended various conferences:
  • Ayako Hatta attended the biannual Japanese Studies Association of Australia conference at ANU, Canberra, 1-4 July.
  • Jung-Sim Kim attended the 5th Biannual Conference of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, 11-13 July, and presented a paper titled "Free Web Resources for Korean Studies: social sciences".
  • Aline Scott-Maxwell presented a paper titled, ‘Music in the Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection’ at the International Association of Music Libraries Conference, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 28 June.
  • Aline attended the Indonesian Council Open Conference, held at Caulfield campus, 24-25 September and presented a paper.
  • Visiting Librarians

    Vicky Bestor, Japanese librarian at Harvard University and Executive Director of the North America Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, gave ASRC librarians and University of Melbourne Japanese librarian, Michelle Hall, a presentation on the work of the Council and its new initiative, the Global Interlibrary Loan Framework (GIF). Monash Library was invited to become a participant of GIF.

    Anya Dettman, Indonesian Librarian from the National Library of Australia, visited on 26 September to inspect our collections and discuss matters of mutual interest.

    Pai Soon-Hee, from the Library Division of the Academic Information Institute, University of Incheon, South Korea, visited on 30 October on an investigative tour of library facilities and buildings and was shown Matheson and HAL by Jung-Sim.

    Other Visitors

  • Alex Butler, from the Australia-Tibet Council, inspected her donation and the Tibet display.
  • Wang Lili, a Chinese author
  • Father John Prior, from the Candrawita Research Centre in Maumere, Flores (Indonesia), who expressed his thanks for the donation of weeded Asian studies books to his library.
  • Dennis Engbarth, editor of Taiwan News Online
  • Professor Ikuo Kawakami, Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics, Waseda University (Japan)
  • Wang Xiaoyue, a Monash graduate who donated some books
  • Vincent Chen, visiting professor from National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • Professor Irman Lanti from the United Nations Development Program, Indonesia
  • Yan Wang and Shenhan Wang from the Chinese National Police Department, Beijing.
  • Professor Syamsul Hadi, Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Science, Gajah Mada University
  • Dr Lono Simatupang, Head of Anthropology, Gajah Mada University

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