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Digitization, Popular Culture, and Societies on the Margins: Thoughts on New Directions in Southeast Asia Collections

Lecture and discussion with Christopher Miller, Southeast Asian Bibliographer, Arizona State University

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
West Electronic Classroom (2nd floor)
Young Research Library
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

By most accounts, we in the library and information resources professions face an exhilarating, dynamic, and often daunting professional environment. An explosion of digital media; increasingly open avenues of information exchange; a "crisis" and solutions sought in scholarly communications; and new roles for the academic library from social networking to gaming. Where does the traditional research collection on Southeast Asia and its continued development fit into these new trajectories? How does the area studies subject librarian keep firmly rooted in the core resources while serving the research needs of a new generation of scholars? This talk addresses key issues and endeavors to suggest new directions for Southeast Asia collections in the academic library setting.

Christopher Miller has been the Southeast Asian Bibliographer at the Arizona State University (ASU) since August 2004.  In this capacity, he performs collection development for Southeast Asian and Sri Lankan vernacular materials and acts as a liaison and reference and bibliographic instruction resource for the ASU academic community, especially for affiliates of the Center for Asian Research.  He maintains and updates the web presence of Southeast Asian information resources.  

Mr. Miller’s research interests include the music and linguistics of Southeast Asia, digitization in local communities, the crisis in scholarly communication, among others. He was a member of the ASU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Committee, which developed an online resource for the academic community, including helpful resources for faculty as they seek to publish their research in “an increasingly dynamic information environment.” He has taught courses in Gamelan theory and performance, World Music, Dance Ensembles and Saxophone at Northern Illinois University. 

Mr. Miller earned a Master of Arts degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2006 and a Master of Music in Music and Southeast Asian Studies from Northern Illinois University in 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Music (Music/Saxophone Performance) from the North Carolina University of the Arts.  He has a successful record of raising funds for digitization projects and research travel. He has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences, including the Second International Lao Studies Conference, and annual meetings of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the American Musical Instrument Society, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.  Mr. Miller has been the Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Burmese Studies since 2004.

Cost : No cost


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

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