Harmony Day at ANU Library

21 March 2018

ANU Library has a wealth of print and electronic resources on cultural and ethnic diversity, and to celebrate Harmony Day, subject specialists from each Library branch have recommended resources for students and researchers interested in multiculturalism and racial discrimination.

Menzies Library provides focused services and collections that support the University’s contribution to Australia's engagement with the Asia and Pacific region and the world. Collections contain significant holdings in languages such as Indonesian and Malay; Vietnamese; Thai; Hindi; Sanskrit, and Tibetan.  Other languages represented include Burmese, Tagalog, Mongolian, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Manchu and more.

Special collections highlight the culturally diverse resources held in Menzies Library and are available to view online. These include:

  • The Xu Dishan [许地山 (1893-1941)] collection consists of approximately 469 titles in 1,224 volumes and comprises many rare editions and suspected orphaned sacred books on Buddhism, Taoism and other Missionary publications of the time.
  • The Elizabeth Durack Collection contains 410 works and records images of women as Papua New Guinea progressed towards independence, together with detailed commentaries on the collection that highlight the ongoing value to researchers and historians.

Chifley Library supports the social sciences, humanities, business and economics and has several titles on multiculturalism for loan:

Hancock Library holds a small collection of Chinese books and serials on mathematics and physics. The Joseph Needham Collection, located on Level 3, was donated by Professor K. Mahler, F.A.A., F.R.S. Search the Library catalogue for brief entries, or for full cataloguing details, including Chinese script entries, consult the East Asian card catalogue in the Menzies Library foyer.

The Law Library has a large collection of materials on discrimination law – both Australian and international resources. This includes the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, books about the United Nations convention and a broad collection of books and online resources on racial discrimination and human rights law. A subject guide covering this area is also available – Human Rights Law. The most recent addition to this collection is Neil Rees, Australian anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law (Federation Press, 3rd ed, 2018).

In the Art & Music Library, there is Indigenous art at the Australian National University, a full colour catalogue of indigenous art works located around the ANU campus.

Members also have online access to Smithsonian Global Sound, a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions, and Ethnographic Video Online, a visual encyclopedia of human behaviour and culture which includes material from every continent. Thematic areas include language and culture, body language, cooking, family structures, music and the arts, gender, and more. It contains classic and contemporary documentaries, previously unpublished footage, and selected feature films.

ANU Library subscribes to several databases and journals that provide online access to electronic resources on multiculturalism and diversity:

Below are a number of Catalogue subject searches for those who are interested in carrying out further research independently: