Friday, January 29, 2010
As always, my colleagues (now friends) at Srinakharinwirot University's Central Library made me feel right at home during my stay, and they seem to be genuinely interested in my experiences and how we do things in Ohio and U.S. academic libraries. The farewell party for this trip was warm, generous, and fun. I helped make some of the treats. The most interesting one is a nut/brown sugar filling formed into small balls, which are then covered with tapioca and boiled in water. The tapioca doesn't have very much taste, but it turns transparent, and holds everything together. Quite fun to make and tasty.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Warinthon is a PhD student in English at SWU whom I met in the library elevator. We struck up a conversation, and she agreed to be my tour guide on an outing to this gorgeous early 20th century palace built of teak, without nails, only wooden pegs.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Chulalongkorn University is the oldest, most prestigious, and richest university in Thailand. It was founded in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and named in honor of his father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The campus covers a huge area of downtown Bangkok, with spacious green gardens surrounding most buildings.
The main library on the strongly decentralized campus is called the Center of Academic Resources (CAR). It's large (7 storeys) and was obviously built with all the best materials 30+ years ago. The Gallery of the university's Fine Arts Dept. is on the scenic top floor with good views of the city. Lots of special collections, particularly international ones are included, plus a fine collection of rare books.
I presented my lecture on Library Science Research to a good group of staff and the Q&A afterwards was interesting and rewarding. Quite a few young librarians were present.