Bridging academic excellence across the Himalayas
A fine collection of 971 books from the Monash University Malaysia Library (LLC) travelled a distance of 4,150 km to the eastern edge of the Himalayas to find their new home at the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) Library, Thimphu, Bhutan; they arrived on 24 August 2017!
The outreach initiative was part of the Library’s broader objective to bring its collection up-to-date in order to remain relevant to Monash Malaysia’s education and research priorities and objectives. While these weeded items may no longer meet Monash Malaysia’s needs, they might be of benefit to another academic institution.
The RTC project - as we call it - was initiated by longtime friends and former colleagues, Isabelle Eula (LLC Director) and Amrita McKinney, RTC Professor and Library Advisor. Through their international experience, the two librarians developed a deep appreciation for the positive impact of cross-institutional collaborations on local communities.
From March to the end of August 2017, a total of 19 staff in the Information Resources and Information Services were involved in liaising with RTC Library, analysing, selecting, withdrawing, de-processing and packing library materials that were deemed relevant by RTC academic community. Four months and 45 boxes later, the book shipment was picked up by DHL and flown to Bhutan. The donated books will now nestle on RTC library shelves to serve another institution of higher education which shares the same aspirations as Monash University to foster academic excellence through purposeful collaboration and partnership.