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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 education1
1. Challenges in Library Education
  • Limited LIS Education in some countries
  • LIS Curriculum challenges
  • Need for more User Education
1 challenges in library education3
Successes1. Challenges in Library Education
  • Vietnam: foreign partnerships in LIS training (Simmons, etc.)
1 challenges in library education4
Successes1. 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
Successes1. 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 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 services3
Successes2. Challenges in Library Services
  • Laos: beautiful new Vientiane Public Library
2 challenges in library services4
Successes2. 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
Successes2. 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
Successes2. 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
Successes2. 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 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 technologies3
Successes3. 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
Successes3. 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
Successes3. 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 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 marketing3
Successes4. Challenges in Management & Marketing
  • Cambodia PUC & CMU: partnering with outside organizations to supplement book budgets
4 challenges in management marketing4
Successes4. 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
Successes4. 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 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 associations3
Successes5. Challenges in Library Associations
  • Continued lobbying activity by Library Associations of Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia
5 challenges in library associations4
Successes5. 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
Successes5. 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 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 dynamics3
Successes6. 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
Successes6. 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
Successes6. 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!

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