THE WINDOW ON KOREA IN RIZAL LIBRARY: AN EXPERIENCE ON INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE AND PARTNERSHIP
Genezah S. dela Cruz, Mary Grace T. Caro, Kareen J. Banal, Janny S. Surmieda
Internationalization has been one of the key initiatives of many universities abroad and locally. Libraries, as partner of schools in the pursuit of quality education, are ever adaptable and committed towards contributing to teaching, learning, and research which extends beyond culture and diversity. Perhaps, one important response of libraries to internationalization is to build and/or adopt foreign collections. In this paper, the researchers take into light one of the special collections of the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University-- the Window on Korea. Through historical research and participant observation, the researchers identify the key drivers of the project and describe the activities and the challenges encountered and how this special collection bridged the information needs in Korean studies and help in understanding the Korean culture as the Hallyu or Korean wave continue to dominate the Philippines. This paper also endeavors to outline the benefits of partnership and collaboration and how an academic library can help in pursuing the mission of internationalization and globalization in their campuses.
Keywords: internationalization and libraries; Hallyu; Korean studies; Windows on Korea; Rizal Library