National Libraries from the various countries in ASEAN hold a great wealth of library resources that span the spectrum of formats – books, papers and manuscripts, maps, photographs, paintings and drawings, audio and video recordings, ephemera, and newspapers. All these can be digitised for easy access and much of this digitisation work has already been done. What remains, however, is the effort to draw together these national databases so that the repositories can be seamlessly searched and accessed.
ASEAN Digital Library
The ASEAN Digital Library is a regional project to aggregate and connect the digitised resources of National Libraries in the ASEAN region so that these repositories can be accessed through a single search facility.
ADL will be a boon to users and researchers. In addition, ADL provides global exposure and visibility of ASEAN content; and engages citizens of ASEAN nations in sharing and learning about their cultures and heritage; thus nurturing an appreciation of the ASEAN Identity.
ADL is a project led by the National Library Board of Singapore, with support from the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (COCI).
For a quick overview of the ASEAN Digital Library project, please view the video below: