12 July 2007
2:55-3:55 SFUHC Canfor Policy Room
Hoang Kim Dung, NACESTI. Vietnam. (Unable to attend)
Le Thuy Duong, National Library of Vietnam. Vietnam
Le Thuy Duong's presentation offered an overview of Vietnamese libraries and scholarly publishing. Most of Vietnam's libraries are limited to students and researchers working at the sponsoring institution. The major publishers of scholarly material in Vietnam: research institutes, universities, government agencies, professional organizations, and library and information centres produce approximately 15,000 titles annually with an estimated 200 of those titles being scholarly journals.
The move to on-line resources and the OJS means that Vietnamese research is available to individuals outside of the university and around the world. However, unresolved copyright issues mean that the number of full open access articles available are very small. The database of Vietnamese Doctoral Theses, full text of 12,000 digitized theses, are currently available only within the National Library of Vietnam. The National Library intends to ask these doctoral authors for permission to provide full and open access to these documents which will be available through their website: http://www.nlv.gov.vn
Duong himself is a major developer of Open Access in Vietnam with his work on the Vietnamese Journals Online (VJN Online) which is hosted by OJS and supported by INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). This journal service brings Vietnamese research to the world primarily in Vietnamese. VJN Online currently has 16 journals, 20 table of contents, 216 articles, and of these 188 full text articles available.
Developing the VJN Online is only one aspect of Duong's professional portfolio. He is currently the:
- Vice Head of International Relations Bureau at the National Library of Vietnam
- Secretary-General of the Congress of SE Asian Libraries
- Manager of the Vietnamese Dewey Decimal Classification Office
Question from audience:
How has printing in English contributed to Vietnamese journals reaching a wider audience?
- The limited English capabilities of earlier Vietnamese researchers, but the current generation of scholars is more confident in reaching and impacting audiences from different countries. In the past several Vietnamese journals were printed in Russian reflecting the scholarly training in the Soviet Union.
The National Library of Vietnam
NACESTI (National Center for Scientific and Technological Information)
The depository library of government sponsored reports dating from the 1970s
Congress of the SE Asian Libraries: Open Access to ebooks on SE Asian culture. The goal of ASEAN is to digitize collections of member institutions with nearly 500 Vietnamese monographs completed. However, the copy and print functions from this site are disabled.
Vietnamese Medical Journals
Published by CIMSI
Delayed open access to full text publications between 2002 and 2005.
Science and Technology Journals
Published by VAST
Delayed open access, currently being loaded onto VJN Online
Ho Chi Minh University of National Sciences
Full access to conference proceedings and open journals.