The Libraries of ASEAN University Network, or AUNILO, was established in 2003 as a platform for academic resource sharing, information exchange, and networking among the academic libraries of AUN Member Universities and academic communities in the ASEAN region through an online resource sharing system. This initiative was taken as AUN members became aware of the increasing role of information and communications technology (ICT) in national development.
The AUNILO working committee held their first meeting in Singapore in 2004 to reaffirm the collective will of Member Universities to promote information networking in ASEAN. Universiti Sains Malaysia Library served as the first AUNILO Secretariat to coordinate activities and encourage collaboration among its Member Libraries. In 2018, the AUNILO Secretariat was moved to the Philippines, with responsibility shared between the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University.
The 15th AUNILO meeting was held between 5-8 August 2019 in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and attended by 31 participants from 7 ASEAN countries. The meeting included discussing country reports, strategic planning workshops, business meetings, and training sessions. Additionally, AUNILO has collaborated with various institutions with regards to open licensed-teaching and learning materials, such as UNESCO and various partner universities.
AUNILO continues its collaborative work in strengthening the network among its Member Universities and improving each one’s access to information and various resources for the increasing developmental needs of our nations and the impactful globalized role that technology plays in our society. As stated by former AUN Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supachai Yavaprabhas, “AUNILO is a continuous effort in enhancing information networking among member universities through the sharing of digital academic resources. It would support the development of an ASEAN virtual university, which is the AUN’s ultimate goal.”
In our next article, we will look at AUN-ACTS, who have long worked to facilitate student and academic mobility within the ASEAN region.