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Asian Collections Reading Room, National Library of Australia. Australien [cartographic material] / zu finden bey Ioh. Walch in Augsburg. [182-]. The development of CJK collections in Australia: problems and prospects. Amelia McKenzie Director, Asian Collections. Overview.

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The development of CJK collections in Australia: problems and prospects

Amelia McKenzie

Director, Asian Collections

  • Australia – 20M population
  • Land mass of 4.8 million square miles
  • 85% of population in urban areas
  • 45 universities
  • 20 universities have Asian studies programs
  • High level of Asia research (but enrolments trending down)
libraries supporting asia research
Libraries supporting Asia research
  • Main collections in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • High level of cooperation
  • National Library has always been part of the picture
  • Collecting strengths in CJK and Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia
  • Single National Bibliographic Database since 1981 (1300 members) – hosted by NLA
  • National CJK Service – shared cataloguing on Innopac platform (23 members)
  • A modest success – 1.5M records, 490,000 holdings
  • NCJKS soon to be integrated into National Bibliographic Database on OCLC Pica platform (Unicode-compliant)
  • Implementation late 2005
  • Improved access for all non-Roman scripts (we hope!)
  • Access to NBD is through Libraries Australia (to be free from Jan 2006) including ‘get’ option – ILL, copies
  • Distant collections and declining resources mean cooperation is essential
  • Models are
    • Collecting agreements, eg NLA and ANU
    • Consortium purchasing
    • Local networks, eg ‘Asian Libraries in Melbourne’
electronic resources
Electronic resources
  • Database products only at major libraries
  • Standalone CD-ROMs common
  • But difficulties with IT platforms for some products
  • Typical difficulties encountered in negotiations - permissions
    • Downloading, printing, unlimited viewing
    • Saving, emailing
    • Document supply
prospects what s coming next
Prospects – what’s coming next?
  • Use of print collections is declining
  • Use of online services is increasing
  • But university collecting is declining, matching trends in Asian studies
  • NLA collections provide stability at national level
from print to online to what
From print to online to what?
  • What new formats should we be collecting?
  • Films, VCDs, images
  • Ephemera – posters, brochures, leaflets
  • Web sites – who is archiving significant research level sites?
unexpected surprises
Unexpected surprises
  • Deterioration of cellulose acetate microform collections
  • Mainly pre-1984 collections
  • Deterioration has already begun
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