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More than books

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 18:41
A regular training workshop on research skills at RMIT Vietnam’s Beanland Library and Learning Commons.
A regular training workshop on research skills at RMIT Vietnam’s Beanland Library and Learning Commons.

RMIT Vietnam English student Huynh Dang Sang finds the Beanland Library and Learning Commons an ideal place to study.

“I enjoy its large book collection, classified according to subject and reading level, along with access to many electronic databases from around the world,” said Sang, a former biotechnology lecturer of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry.

An Australian Award Scholarship recipient this year, Sang will leave Vietnam to study masters in Australia by August.

He said he’s most impressed by the library’s range of learning spaces which allow for different kinds of study.

“I also really appreciate how students respect the rules and each other,” Sang said.

“Despite many students in the library before exams, I can still focus on my study in the clean and calm environment of the silent areas.”

With a modern interior and design aligning to RMIT’s global standards, the library offers users access to an extensive, growing collection of more than 70,000 print books, journals and DVDs.

It also features areas where small group discussion is encouraged.

Other parts are designed for teaching and instruction by librarians specially trained in different subject areas.

Sang has learnt how to make the best use of the library’s facilities through library tours and workshops by the librarians, which he considers “supportive and professional.”

And he also enjoys the decorations during Tet and Christmas at the library’s entrance.

RMIT Vietnam Library Manager Ms Hoang Tuyet Anh, a former librarian intern at Harvard University in the United States, said the library staff prides themselves on delivering exceptional service to students.

“We help students make the most of the resources available as well as identify training and development needs,” Ms Tuyet Anh said.

Every semester the librarian team carry out library projects and development programs, and host tailored workshops on research skills training for both staff and students.