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2019 National Library of Australia
Asia Study Grants

Applications close Saturday 30 September 2019

Every year, the National Library of Australia offers Asia Study Grants to assist scholars in Australia to undertake short-term intensive research in the Library’s Asian language and Asia-related collections.

Asia Study Grants are open to researchers who are citizens of or resident in Australia as recognised researchers for an established period at an institution.  

Fellowship benefits

• Up to four weeks intensive research onsite at the Library

• Economy travel to and from Canberra

Honorarium of $1000 per week for accommodation and living expenses

Special access to Asian Collections, office facilitaies and stafvf expertise

We invite applications from PhD, early career or established scholars in any field with a demonstrated need to access the Asian language and related collections.

This program is generously supported by the Harold S Williams Trust and private donors.  

Read more and apply or send your enquiry to

Posted by Manager, Asian Collections, National Library of Austrtralia on Thursday 6 September 2018. 

ALRA Activities at the ASAA Conference 2016

Tuesday 6 July 2016


11:00– 12:30 | Day 1 – Session 2: Concurrent panels

D1.S2.08 (Panel) – Asian Studies and its research material: A roundtable discussion (Part 1)
Chair: Dr Amy Chan, Australian National University, Australia | Coombs Seminar Room A
• New directions in Asian Studies and the implications for research method
Professor Robert Cribb, Australian National University, Australia
• Library resources support for academics’ research: some thoughts
Dr Vannessa Hearman, University of Sydney, Australia
• Language and area studies specialists in libraries in a changing resource and budgetary environment
Dr Aline Scott-Maxwell, Monash University, Australia

13:30 – 15:00 | Day 1 – Session 3: Concurrent panels

D1.S3.08 (Panel) – Asian Studies and its research material (Part 2) | Coombs Seminar Room A
Chair: Dr Amy Chan, Australian National University, Australia
Discussants: Ms Diane Costello, Council of University Libraries and Ms Libby Cass, National Library of Australia
• National cooperative collection development/collecting ephemera
Dr Amrita Malhi, University of Adelaide, Australia
• Digitising research resources and the need for a national approach
Dr Amy Chan, Australian National University, Australia
• Challenging the current web-archiving and issues of national provision of access

ALRA activities at the ASAA Conference 2016, see the Abstracts (.pdf 192KB).

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2016, see the program.

Posted by the president of the ALRA on Thursday 28 July 2016. 

ALRA Annual General Meeting 2016

Wednesday 17 August, 2-3pm


Canberra site - National Library of Australia: 3rd floor Asian Collections meeting room.
Melbourne site - Matheson Library (Monash University Library)
         - the two sites will be connected by Skype
Please contact Di Ouyang at <> if you would like to join the meeting at the Canberra site.

Please contact Jung-Sim Kim <> if you’d like to join the meeting at the Melbourne site.


1. Minutes (.pdf 492KB) of last meeting
2. Matters arising from the minutes
3. Reports from:

- President and ASAA Council Representative
- Treasurer
- Newsletter Editor
- Web Manager

4. Announcement of appointment of Treasurer
5. Updates from libraries: ANU, NLA, Monash/Univresity of Melbourne
6. Asian Libraris in Melbourne - update and discussion of subscription databse resource
7. Any other business

Posted by the Secretary of the ALRA on Friday 22 July 2016. 

 Encyclopedia of Korea


Encyclopedia of Korea (accesible online through the ANU Open Access Digital Collection)

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Posted on Thursday 11 February 2016

ALRA Committee 2015-2017

ALRA office bearers

Presidents: Dr. Amy Chan
Secretary:Dr Aline Scott-Maxwell
Newsletter editor: Darrell Dorrington
Website manager: Jung-Sim Kim
Treasurer: Rebecca Wong

The term of this office is two years from November 2015 to November 2017.

From Rebecca Wong (Outgoing President):

Thanks to the retiring Committee, especially Di Pin Ouyang and Ayako Hatta, for the efforts they made towards the gradual transition of the Group in the past two years. Same as others who will remain in the Committee for the new term. I believe their passion and involvement in ALRA will only grow stronger alongside with all of us.

Transition from EALRGA to ALRA has been successfully completed. Thanks to Jung-Sim, for her effort and diligence. Also our acknowledgement to Digital Pacific, for offering their web-hosting service gratis.

Our new domain is If you have bookmarked the EALRGA URL, please make sure that you update it before the old URL expires April 2016. Members are welcome to use the ALRA listserve to post news or conduct exchange with colleagues. Simply post your message to

Posted by the Outgoing President of the ALRA on Wednesday 11 November 2015 

Call for Norminations

ALRA is calling for nominations of the following office bearers in an election via email.

1. Presidents
2. Secretary
3. Newsletter editor
4. Website manager
5. Treasurer

The term of office is two years from November 2015 to November 2017. Individuals on the EALRGA mailing list who are cuTrrently or have previously worked or studied in Australian libraries or academic institutions in areas relating to Asian Studies are entitled to be Voting Members and are eligible to be nominated. Nominations must reach via email to the EALRGA mailing list at by 5th October 2015 Monday. The proposers will provide the following information:

1. Name of Proposer
2. Position of the office bearer
3. Name of the Nominee
4. Seconder

A statement of why the nominee is nominated for the position and an acceptance of nomination by the nominee.
Ballot for election will be sent to Rebecca Wong ( by Monday COB 26 October 2015. .

Posted by the President of the ALRA (formerly EALRGA) on Thursday 3 September 2015.

EALRGA Annual General Meeting 2015


Date: 19 August 2015
Time: 12:00-1:30pm (Canberra/Melbourne time)
- (Canberra site) - Reading Room of Asian Collections, 3rd floor, National Library of Australia.
Please contact Rebecca Wong at if you'd like to join the meeting at Canberra site.

- (Melbourne site) - [Detailes to be provided].
Please contact Jung-Sim Kim if you’d like to join the meeting at Melbourne site.

The two sites will be connected via Skype for a joint meeting.

1) Minutes of EALRGA AGM 2014 (pdf 408kb)
2) Matters arising
3) EALRGA Constitution review (pdf 345kb)
4) Re-election of Committee
5) Reports from Web Maintainer and Treasurer/Interim Newsletter Editor
6) A.O.B.

Posted by the President of the EALRGA on Tuesday 28 July 2015. 

Exhibition at the University of Melbourne

1 September 2014 to 8 March 2015


Aftershocks: Experiences of Japan's Great Earthquake

Noel Shaw Gallery
Baillieu Library
Opening: Monday 1 September 2014
Public Lecture Program

Exhibiting Disaster: The Great Kantō Earthquake Collection at Melbourne
University Curator Floor Talk: Hannah Gould
Tuesday 2 September 2014, Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, 12pm–1pm

Catastrophe, Opportunism, and Humanitarianism: The Chimerical Nature of Japan's Great Kantō Earthquake
Public Lecture: Professor Charles Schencking
Thursday 11 September 2014, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, tea/coffee from 11.30am, talk from 12.00pm–1.00pm

Building Resilience: Children, Schools and the Origin of Japan's Disaster Preparedness
Public Lecture: Dr Janet Borland
Friday 12 September 2014, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, tea/coffee from 11.30am, talk from 12.00pm–1.00pm

Dear Ella: Japan's Great Earthquake through Tokugawa letters in the Grainger Museum
Public Lecture: Michelle Hall and Monica Syrette
Thursday 25 September 2014, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, tea/coffee from 11.30am, talk from 12.00pm–1.00pm

The Great East Japan Earthquake: Effects on the People of Japan
Public Lecture: Sue Daniels
Tuesday 7 October 2014, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, tea/coffee from 4.30pm, talk from 5.00pm–6.00pm

New e-Resources from
the National Library of Australia

NK News (North Korean News)
Eastern miscellany (Dong fang za zhi =東方雜誌全文數據庫)
Chinese Communist Party History Database (Zhong gong dang shi qi kan shu ju ku (-1949) =中共党史期刊数据库(-1949))

Log in using your National Library card number and last name to start your research.
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ALIM Joint Exhibition

10 February to 28 March 2014


Monash University Library
Chinese Rare Books from the University of Melbourne Cultural Collections

Asian Studies Research Collection cabinet
Lower Ground Floor
Asian Studies Research Collection
Matheson Library, Clayton Campus
Monash University

The University of Melbourne Library
Asian Arts

Ground Floor:Asian arts
3rd Floor: Asian script
Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus
The University of Melbourne


Page last updated: 5 August 2016
Please direct all links to related sites enquiries to the Web manager,
Ms Jung-Sim Kim, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
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