The ISEAS Library is headed by Mr Pitt Kuan Wah since 1 January 2013. Mr Pitt oversees the management and running of the ISEAS Library and also co-ordinates activities in collection development, acquisitions, private archives, systems development, and reference and information services. He is assisted by a team of 5 professional staff and 10 support staff.
The ISEAS Library was reorganised in mid Feb 2013, along with core functions of acquisition, preservation and access:
Library Acquisitions (Books, Serials, Private Papers and Multimedia Collections)
This section takes care of Library contents development based largely on ISEAS’ research focus and needs, through purchases, deposits/donations and long term loans. This section is currently overseen by Ms Manoharan Mahalakshmi.
Library Collection Management
This section is responsible for managing library materials, developing finding aid and information sharing systems. The section is further divided into two smaller sections, namely Collection Management and Library Systems. This section is currently overseen by Ms Gandhimathy Durairaj who is in turn assisted by Ms Melisa Ong (Library Systems) and Ms Boo Qi Yu (Content Management).
Collection Management takes account of cataloguing and processing of various library materials and special collections, including preservation and digitisation for online access. Currently the Library has two key online finding aid systems - SEALion (Southeast Asian Library Integrated Online) for published materials and the Collections Management System for non-published and non-book materials.
Library Reference Services
This section is in charge of providing reference, lending and other users’ related services. This section is currently headed by Ms Kimmy Xing. Staff working in this section conduct orientation and library tours for users and visitors as well as providing instructions and training of use of ISEAS’ online finding aids. It also facilitates research on the Library’s collection through actively highlighting and promoting new arrivals and materials related to current affairs to Library users via various means, especially using online platform such as info-alerts, interlibrary loans and other services.