Collection Development &
The priority for this shared position arrangement
between Monash University library and Melbourne University library is for both
Ayako and myself to develop the collection in both libraries.
Since my appointment, Ayako and I have worked on
the weeding & classification conversion project of the East Asian Collection
in Melbourne University. We have collectively made a series of decisions in
consultation with our supervisors and colleagues, namely, colour-coded signage,
screens, interfiling of the two languages’ monographs, re-shelving arrangements,
etc. It has been an invaluable learning experience, especially for a new
graduate like myself.
This shared position arrangement leads to a good
understanding of the collections in both libraries, which is crucial in
developing complementary collections (print & electronic). As mentioned by
Ayako, we are very conscious of avoiding duplicates in the two libraries where
possible, except for those materials that are essential for teaching, learning
and research in both universities. Academics and students are encouraged to
make use of the collection in both libraries through Document Delivery/Inter-Library
Loan, which in turn reinforces the collaboration between the two libraries.
For now, Monash University and Melbourne University
together with other university libraries across Australia are looking into the GreenGlass
software to deepen our collaboration in print resource sharing & collection
development. Meanwhile, in terms of electronic resources, I have benefited
significantly from group discussions and the exchange of information within the
two universities around the trialling, evaluation and purchase of databases.
Work & Collaboration
Team work in both libraries offers a unique
opportunity to learn from other experienced colleagues, especially through team
projects. Due to our time constraints, Ayako and I fill each other in on what
has occurred in the workplace while we have been absent. The sharing of knowledge
and respect for each other makes this shared position a successful and
Being a Chinese librarian in two universities
involves collaboration with librarians from other disciplines, including
education, business, architecture, and other disciplines, depending on the
teaching and research profiles of the respective universities. Together we
deliver research consultations and classes or simply share resources. The two
libraries are different to some extent, however, the sharing and collaborating
culture is the same.
In addition, despite the different organisational
structures, the daily tasks which librarians are working on are in fact the
same, namely scholarly information and research support. I try to catch up
individually with librarians in both libraries, including the Research
Librarian in Melbourne University and the Research Data Librarian in Monash to
understand their work, which itself is an excellent learning opportunity.