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3 Years of Action! Exciting Developments in Southeast Asian Libraries since CONSAL XIII. John Hickok, M.L.I.S., M.A. Librarian/Instructor California State University, Fullerton, USA. Hello CONSAL!. Selamat petang/siang Sawaddi krup Sabai dee Hello (la!) Jom reap seur Mingalarba

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3 years of action exciting developments in southeast asian libraries since consal xiii

3 Years of Action!Exciting Developments in Southeast Asian Libraries since CONSAL XIII

John Hickok, M.L.I.S., M.A.

Librarian/Instructor

California State University, Fullerton, USA


Hello consal
Hello CONSAL!

  • Selamat petang/siang

  • Sawaddi krup

    Sabai dee

  • Hello (la!)

  • Jom reap seur

  • Mingalarba

  • Mabuhay

  • Xin Chao


Background
Background

  • 2005-6: year-long travel grant to research conditions of libraries in Asia


Background1
Background

  • Why? Because California is home to huge Asian populations (both immigrants and students)… all with different Information Literacy levels


Background2
Background

  • So by better understanding where immigrants/students are coming from… California librarians can better serve them


In the next 20 minutes
In the next 20 minutes…

  • Summarize challenges found in 2005-6

  • Highlight some exciting successes since then

    (concluding with a photo jubilee!)


In the next 20 minutes1
In the next 20 minutes…

  • Summarize challenges found in 2005-6

  • Highlight some exciting successes since then

    (concluding with a photo jubilee!)

    Note 1: successes noted are only a just a small sample; there are SO MANY more

    Note 2: successes noted do not mean one-size-fits all, or challenges are all gone



Challenges1
Challenges

In these 6 categories…

  • Library Education

  • Library Services

  • Emerging Technologies

  • Management & Marketing

  • Library Associations

  • Library Dynamics


1 challenges in library education
1. Challenges in Library Education


1 challenges in library education1
1. Challenges in Library Education

  • Limited LIS Education in some countries

  • LIS Curriculum challenges

  • Need for more User Education


1 challenges in library education2

Successes

1. Challenges in Library Education


1 challenges in library education3

Successes

1. Challenges in Library Education

  • Vietnam: foreign partnerships in LIS training (Simmons, etc.)


1 challenges in library education4

Successes

1. Challenges in Library Education

  • Vietnam: foreign partnerships in LIS training (Simmons, etc.)

  • Singapore NTU / Malaysia UM: continued refinement of required Library Info.Lit. training


1 challenges in library education5

Successes

1. Challenges in Library Education

  • Vietnam: foreign partnerships in LIS training (Simmons, etc.)

  • Singapore NTU / Malaysia UM: continued refinement of required Library Info.Lit. training

  • Philippines UP: new LIS courses on library marketing, telecom networking, etc.


2 challenges in library services
2. Challenges in Library Services


2 challenges in library services1
2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Limited resources/staffing in school libraries

  • Limited resources in (smaller/rural) public libraries

  • Less proactive Reference service


2 challenges in library services2

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services


2 challenges in library services3

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library


2 challenges in library services4

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library

  • Cambodia/Myanmar: schools partnering with NGO’s for book donations


2 challenges in library services5

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library

  • Cambodia/Myanmar: schools partnering with NGO’s for book donations

  • Malaysia: beautiful new rural public libraries


2 challenges in library services6

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library

  • Cambodia/Myanmar: schools partnering with NGO’s for book donations

  • Malaysia: beautiful new rural public libraries

  • Brunei UBD / Thailand Chulalongkorn U.: proactive IM reference service


2 challenges in library services7

Successes

2. Challenges in Library Services

  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library

  • Cambodia/Myanmar: schools partnering with NGO’s for book donations

  • Malaysia: beautiful new rural public libraries

  • Brunei UBD / Thailand Chulalongkorn U.: proactive IM reference service

  • Vietnam Hue U.: Library staff must actively interact with students


3 challenges in emerging technologies
3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies


3 challenges in emerging technologies1
3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies

  • Some libraries still developing electronically

  • Unconnected or Incompatible software among libraries

  • In libraries already heavily electronic, an over-reliance on technology


3 challenges in emerging technologies2

Successes

3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies


3 challenges in emerging technologies3

Successes

3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies

  • New electronic achievements: Laos NUOL: open source software. Malaysia UKM: new library proxy server. Vietnam: VNU-Hanoi: new subscriptions to scholarly databases. Cambodia PUC, Philippines UCM: new computers


3 challenges in emerging technologies4

Successes

3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies

  • New electronic achievements: Laos NUOL: open source software. Malaysia UKM: new library proxy server. Vietnam: VNU-Hanoi: new subscriptions to scholarly databases. Cambodia PUC, Philippines UCM: new computers

  • Newly connected branch libraries: Indonesia UI, Airlangga, Brawijaya


3 challenges in emerging technologies5

Successes

3. Challenges in Emerging Technologies

  • New electronic achievements: Laos NUOL: open source software. Malaysia UKM: new library proxy server. Vietnam: VNU-Hanoi: new subscriptions to scholarly databases. Cambodia PUC, Philippines UCM: new computers

  • Newly connected branch libraries: Indonesia UI, Airlangga, Brawijaya

  • Great user guides/tutorials to accompany technology: Philippines DeLaSalle, Singapore NUS, Malaysia IIUM


4 challenges in management marketing
4. Challenges in Management & Marketing


4 challenges in management marketing1
4. Challenges in Management & Marketing

  • Limited budgets

  • Under-utilization of Librarians’ skills/potential

  • In some libraries, a “maintenance” rather than proactive leadership


4 challenges in management marketing2

Successes

4. Challenges in Management & Marketing


4 challenges in management marketing3

Successes

4. Challenges in Management & Marketing

  • Cambodia PUC & CMU: partnering with outside organizations to supplement book budgets


4 challenges in management marketing4

Successes

4. Challenges in Management & Marketing

  • Cambodia PUC & CMU: partnering with outside organizations to supplement book budgets

  • Laos Nat’l Lib: expanding its “Book Box” donation program


4 challenges in management marketing5

Successes

4. Challenges in Management & Marketing

  • Cambodia PUC & CMU: partnering with outside organizations to supplement book budgets

  • Laos Nat’l Lib: expanding its “Book Box” donation program

  • Proactive leaderships: everywhere! (ex: Aida Cruz, Feati U., Philippines)


5 challenges in library associations
5. Challenges in Library Associations


5 challenges in library associations1
5. Challenges in Library Associations

  • Low Perception (image) of librarians

  • Limited influence/reach of some Library Associations

  • Limited networking/partnering in some countries


5 challenges in library associations2

Successes

5. Challenges in Library Associations


5 challenges in library associations3

Successes

5. Challenges in Library Associations

  • Continued lobbying activity by Library Associations of Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia


5 challenges in library associations4

Successes

5. Challenges in Library Associations

  • Continued lobbying activity by Library Associations of Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia

  • Individual directors promoting Librarian image (ex. Singapore NTU’s Choy Fatt Cheong: all librarians “on the front lines” interacting)


5 challenges in library associations5

Successes

5. Challenges in Library Associations

  • Continued lobbying activity by Library Associations of Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia

  • Individual directors promoting Librarian image (ex. Singapore NTU’s Choy Fatt Cheong: all librarians “on the front lines” interacting)

  • Formal formation of Vietnam’s Library Association, 2006 (hooray!)


6 challenges of library dynamics
6. Challenges of Library Dynamics


6 challenges of library dynamics1
6. Challenges of Library Dynamics

  • Perception of libraries as merely “quiet arhives” rather than active learning centers

  • Newer resources of libraries not always advertised/known

  • Nature of SEA education often standardized examinations over independent library research


6 challenges of library dynamics2

Successes

6. Challenges of Library Dynamics


6 challenges of library dynamics3

Successes

6. Challenges of Library Dynamics

  • Singapore’s NUS promotes activity in the library with its “Info Commons”; Malaysia’s UTM has lounge & game areas


6 challenges of library dynamics4

Successes

6. Challenges of Library Dynamics

  • Singapore’s NUS promotes activity in the library with its “Info Commons”; Malaysia’s UTM has lounge & game areas

  • Philippines’ UP lists free open-source e-sources for all to see


6 challenges of library dynamics5

Successes

6. Challenges of Library Dynamics

  • Singapore’s NUS promotes activity in the library with its “Info Commons”; Malaysia’s UTM has lounge & game areas

  • Philippines’ UP lists free open-source e-sources for all to see

  • Thailand’s Chiang Mai U. features extracurricular events in the library (movies, lectures, discussion groups, etc.)


And now
And now…

A photo jubilee of these successes, to represent ALL your successes!


And now1
And now…

A photo jubilee of these successes, to represent ALL your successes!



















And of course vietnam vla formed 2006
And of course… scratchVietnam: VLA formed (2006)!

Chuc mung thanh cong !


Thank you c m n
Thank You scratchCám ơn


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