XMUM Library Empowers Chinese Studies Students with Resource Exploration Event


In a bid to enrich the academic journey of Chinese Studies students, Xiamen University Malaysia Library organized its second Library Guided Tour and Online/Offline Resource-Sharing Event on 22 April, 2024. 

As requested by Assistant Professor Dr. Ooi Bee Peng for the research method class of Chinese Studies, the event aimed to familiarize students with the physical and digital resources available within the university's library.

The event commenced with a captivating exploration of the Tan Kah Kee Study under the guidance of Ms. Becky, the librarian, and Goh Boon Xuan, a dedicated student helper. A space that combines exhibition and library functions, the study displays cultural and historical records and archives of Tan Kah Kee. The curatorial concept is to simulate Tan Kah Kee’s study room at that time to tell stories through space, allowing visitors to experience Tan Kah Kee’s spiritual world. 

Following the museum tour, students were led by Ms. Agnes and Ms. Cathy to explore the Chinese literature section spanning the second and third floors of the library. Here, they were introduced to many literary treasures, from classic Chinese to Southeast Asian literature, enriching their understanding of regional literary landscapes.


After a brief intermission, students reconvened in the Instruction Room for an enlightening session on the library's online and offline resources. Ms. Agnes explained the functionality of the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) system, empowering students to navigate through the vast collection of books, reference materials, and course reserves. She also highlighted the diverse language databases available, catering to students' varied research needs.


As the event drew to a close, Dr. Ooi Bee Peng expressed gratitude to the librarians and student helpers for their efforts in organizing the event. She underscored the importance of utilizing library resources wisely to enhance academic pursuits, leaving students inspired and equipped for their scholarly endeavours.

The library guided tour can be organized upon request. If patrons are interested, please contact the Library Circulation Team on the 2nd floor, or write an email to librarian@xmu.edu.my.

(Contributed by: Leong Kai Shin, Ong Qing)

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