Friday, January 22, 2010

Chulalongkorn University Workshop on Library Science Research 1-22-10

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.