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The Southeast Asia Digital Library Collection and the CKS Library


Presentation 1: Introduction to Southeast Asia Digital Library

By: Emily Zinger

Today, more than ever, digital libraries are a critical part of the information landscape. By making library resources available to anyone with an internet connection, no matter where they are physically located, digital libraries dramatically broaden the concept of who can be a library user. The Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL) offers access to primary source materials from across Southeast Asia, including historic Cambodian photo collections, Thai political posters, Indonesian oral histories, Vietnamese ancient manuscripts, and more. This presentation will demonstrate how users in Cambodia can browse and search for materials on SEADL, and how they can then incorporate these rare materials into their research. Using the examples of SEADL and CKS, this presentation will discuss how international partnerships can bring together digitized Cambodian cultural heritage collections from different institutions and then promote that material across the world.

Presentation 2: Southeast Asia Collection in the CKS Library

By: Sivleng Chhor

To contribute to the enhancement of Cambodian educational resources by facilitating research, sharing knowledge, and strengthening local academic capacity in the social sciences and humanities as they relate to Cambodia and Southeast Asia, the Library of the Center for Khmer Studies has begun to develop a collection specializing in Southeast Asian regional history, social science, art, linguistics, and other subjects. The Library is open to the public and free of charge. This presentation illustrates the history of the Library itself, the motivations behind its operation, its collections, and its facilities. It is meant to provide researchers and scholars with information about, and on how to make use of, our various materials. It will also explore how the ongoing collaboration between CKS and SEADL will allow the Library’s materials to be available in both physical and digital formats – expanding access to academic research.

Presentation 3:  Upgrading  the CKS Library Online Catalog

By: TJ Rutkowski

CKS recently kicked-off a project to migrate our library catalog to Koha, a fully-featured, scalable library management system. We will discuss the key benefits of the new library platform and our goals to better serve the CKS community. Our project is funded through a generous grant by Equinox Open Library Initiative.



Emily Zinger serves as the Southeast Asia Digital Librarian for the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA). Based at Cornell University, Emily helps manage the Southeast Asia Digital Library, a digital library shared by CORMOSEA institutional members. Emily has an MLIS from McGill University, as well as a BA in English and a BS in Psychology, both from the College of William & Mary.

Sivleng Chhor serves as a head librarian for the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), in charge of all activities related to the Center’s research library. She joined CKS in 2012 and has since managed the library’s various collections while providing technical support to a variety of partner institutions. Before joining CKS, Mrs. Chhor served as a technical staff member with responsibility for the library section of the APSARA Authority’s Angkor Research and Documentation Center for 12 years. 

TJ Rutkowski is an experienced tech, marketing, and business leader. He serves as a CKS Board Member and Head of the Communications Committee. He is currently a partner at Saint Luna, a spirits start-up, and was recently Head of Operations at Tech for Campaigns. Prior to that, he served top global companies including Fidelity Investments, Citibank, TIAA, and TE Connectivity. TJ holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Northeastern University.


Dr. Eve Zucker, CKS President and Lecturer in Anthropology, Yale University, USA

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