Libraries’ Malaysian Resource Center Receives Donation

webcopyMalaysian_portraitverticalOne of the United States’ largest collections of Malaysian publications just got bigger.

On January 17th, 2014, the Libraries’ renowned Malaysian Resource Center, a special sub-collection of the Southeast Asia Collection, was honored to accept three publications from 1974 OHIO alum Sankaran Ramanathan. The gift was presented to the Libraries through Kelli Kotowski, executive director of development, gift planning and principal gifts, who received the books from Ramanathan at a luncheon for alumni in Malaysia. Ramanathan studied at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and currently serves as an external examiner for three universities. He is also on the board of the Journal of International Communication, the Asian Journal of Communication, and Media Asia.

His books — titled “Advertising Self-Regulation in Asia and Australasia,” “Media, Democracy and Civil Society,” and “Undang-Undang: Dan Peraturan Media di Malaysia” (Mass Media Laws and Regulations in Malaysia) — are the latest items to join the Malaysian Resource Center. The Center has been expanding its collection since 1987 and serves as the official U.S. depository for books, government documents and media that exemplify the country’s culture and history. Yearly shipments of materials from the National Library of Malaysia contribute to its steady growth. 

Jeff Ferrier, curator of international collections, described the Libraries’ Malaysian Collection as “certainly one of the strongest in the nation,” and is happy to answer any questions about  the Center for International Collections

The Libraries thanks Dr. Ramanathan for his generosity. 

Photo: Kelly Kotowski, executive director of development, gift planning and principal gifts, presented three books to Scott Seaman, dean of Libraries, on behalf of 1974 OHIO alum Sankaran Ramanathan on January 17, 2014 (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries).