Asian Studies Association of Australia

Luke Bacon and Alexandra Crosby presented at the Australian Asian Studies Association conference yesterday.  Really great to be on a panel with Heather Walsh who spoke about the amazing Indonesia collection at the National Library of Australia. Ian Campbell chaired the panel, which was titled Australia and Indonesia’s Cultural, Literary and Artistic Linkages. OUR PAPER: ‘Hacking’ and … More Asian Studies Association of Australia

Andrew Budiman talks about design in Surabaya

Last year I interviewed Andriew Budiman about Design Collaboration in Surabaya for Garland Magazine. He spoke eloquently about the Surabaya Design Summit. Design is also empathy, context appropriation, make sense, collaborative-interdisciplinary work, progressive and accessible archiving, redrawing ecosystems, inclusive participation, questioning tyranny, building the net that works, and balancing local-global relations. The date of the … More Andrew Budiman talks about design in Surabaya

Star Wars Library

I went to see The Last Jedi yesterday, and was surprised that libraries and archives are such a strong theme. Director Rian Johnson may have been thinking about some of the same things as us, maybe he should come and do a residency at the Frontyard library. The surprise is obviously because I haven’t kept … More Star Wars Library

Indonesia Community and Activist Library (ICAL)

We didn’t get a chance to visit yet, but we are keenly watching a new library take shape near Yogyakarta, the ‘Indonesia Community and Activist Library (ICAL)’. I know about this library from Max Lane, who did a fabulous job raising money to get it started. Dr Lane is a well-known writer on Indonesian and … More Indonesia Community and Activist Library (ICAL)

Hello KawanIVAA

Luke and I joined IVAA. Lifetime membership=USD15 Thank you for registering as KawanIVAA member. By registering you have helped us in improving IVAA public service quality. KawanIVAA membership is without expiration period. The facilities you receive from being a member is assistances in finding library or archive collection. By becoming a KawanIVAA (friend of IVAA) … More Hello KawanIVAA


This trip we didn’t have the opportunity to go to Bandung, which is a shame because we missed out on visiting Kineruku, (previously Rumah Buku), an important community library begun by Ariani Darmawan in 2003. There is an impressive collection of more than 4000 book titles, 1000 music CDs dan 1000 films. Everyone is welcome … More Kineruku