I recently had the opportunty to present my research and research methods at my Fulbright host institution, Vietnam National University – Social Sciences & Humanities University (Đại học Quốc gia Hà Nội – Trường Đại học Khoa học Xã hội và Nhân văn). The audience included professors, lecturers, researchers, and students from the department of history and libraries and information, senior professors on libraries, and a few archives personnel from the Hán-Nom research institute (Viện nghiên cứu Hán nôm).
Recently I was invited to speak and present my research at the Institute of Social Sciences Information (Viện thông tin khoa học xã hội). The presentation was the first of many firsts, where I shared
- my dissertation topic, “Creating the Library: Builders and Users of Vietnamese Libraries 1887-1986”
- my research findings in Hanoi thus far
- observations on libraries to library staff (rather than an academic history audience)
- and the most challenging part of all this, was that it was the first time that I presented anything in Vietnamese.