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Charleston Library Conference 

Apr 25, 2022

Join us for our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation between Trongthi Nguyen, Collection Development Librarian, RMIT University Library, Vietnam, and Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director.

Trongthi Nguyenwas born in Central Vietnam and moved to Ho Chi Minh City (AKA, Saigon) as a child to attend school. He obtained his MS in Library Science and decided to become a librarian upon graduation.  Thi said many people in Vietnam have seen the job of librarian as a very simple matter of checking books in and out, but things are changing and they are seeing that there is much more to librarianship than this.

Thi and Matthew will discuss his job and what it’s like to do Acquisitions work at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in Ho Chi Minh City, the different sorts of Universities in Vietnam and what their system of higher education is like. They will also discuss how RMIT (an Australian university) came to Vietnam and how it differs from other Vietnamese universities, how academic libraries have changed in Vietnam in the years since he first began his career at RMIT, and how a focus on customer service and communications is transforming the profession. 

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