IRC Near East and South Asia Subcommittee


To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of the near east and south Asia and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the international relations committee.


Ms. Michell Johnnetta Hackwelder (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Marie Paiva (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Michael Dowling (Primary Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2030)
Delin Guerra (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2030)

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Purpose: To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of the Near East and South Asia and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee. The countries included in the Near East and South Asia are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Number of members: up to seven

Terms of office: two years

Term limits: four years



Near East Resources:


Organizations with Middle East Libraries is US


Middle East Societies and Associations

Africa and Middle East Book Dealers and Publishers



South Asia Resources:

Southeast Asia Organizations


Organizations with Asian Studies departments or Asian library and archive collections

Librarian's favorites

ARTstor Provides access to architectural images from South and Southeast Asia, particularly religious architecture - shrines, temples, monasteries. Link for University of Cambridge access; Raven password required off campus.
Bibliography of Asian Studies An invaluable reference resource, indexing articles, book chapters and conference proceedings from 1971 - present. Especially good coverage for the arts & humanities.
Bichitra: Online Tagore Variorum An amazing resource containing nearly all of Tagore's writings in Bengali and English. The website can be navigated in English, Bengali and Hindi, and the search engine allows you to locate any word or phrase used in his works.
Digital Himalaya Portal to multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region. Project based at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
ejournals@cam University of Cambridge members are recommended to use this ejournal portal maintained by the University Library to link to full text electronic journals. Enter the journal title. Then click on a supplier's link immediately below the journal title, taking note of the date range available.
Ethnographic Video Online (Select: Ethnographic video online Volume 1. Raven password required off campus). Access to over 800 videos, including field recordings, interviews, performances, documentaries and animations. Films include transcripts and thumbnails. Transcripts are searchable. Alternatively browse by geographic location, then select films by country and/or cultural group.
Index Islamicus University of Cambridge access; Raven password required off campus. Select Index Islamicus from list of databases. Coverage: books, articles and reviews on Islam and the Muslim world. Includes publications in European languages relating to all aspects of Islam and the lives of Muslims, past and present in countries in which Muslims are a majority of the population, as well as Muslim minorities elsewhere. Pre-Islamic Arabian background is included, as well as most aspects of the history and languages of the pre-and non-Muslim Turkic peoples.
NewspaperSG enables you to search historic English-language newspapers from Singapore and Malaya, 1831-2009, in the National Library of Singapore. It links to full-text in many cases, but excludes articles from third-party news sources (such as Reuters, AFP and AP) published during the last 70 years, plus Straits Times articles published after 1989.
SAALG Blog South Asia Archive and Library Group blog - keep abreast of events and news relating South Asian collections.
Southeast Asian Library Group blog News and information from libraries and archives about Southeast Asian collections.
Times of India database (1838-2003) incorporating the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1839-1859) and Bombay Times and Standard (1860-1861), as well as the Times of India (1861-2003). Select Times of India (ProQuest) for University of Cambridge access; Raven password required off campus.


South Asia Book Dealers and Publishers



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Staff Liaison

Michael Dowling, Director, International Relations Office, inside U.S inside U.S. (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, outside U.S. 312-280-3200, Fax: (312) 280-4392,