John Hickok, assigned as the Pollak Library’s Outreach Librarian to Cal State Fullerton’s international population, returned from a November-December 2015 trip to Asia for international presentations and cooperative projects. These included:
Vietnam, Cambodia: Children’s Books Delivery
For seven years now, John has conducted a joint project of the Pollak Library and CSUF’s VSA & CSA (Vietnamese Student Association & Cambodian Student Association), where he takes children’s books to schools in Vietnam & Cambodia. This is a CSUF High-Impact Practice, involving VSA & CSA students in fundraising, tabling, processing book donor labels, and more. In Cambodia, John worked with Pannasastra University—with whom CSUF has a MOU agreement—to enlist students there to join him in “story time” reading at the schools. As an interesting side-note, while there, John re-visited the library he went to in 2010, and found the donated books still very much in use, including a book donated by former CSUF president Willie Hagan
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand: Guest Lectures
While abroad, John was also invited by universities, library associations, and the U.S. consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to give guest lectures on U.S. library practices or TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) strategies—a subject specialization of John’s.
Interacting with librarians and teachers abroad, in these guest lecture settings, enables John to document the library conditions abroad, to thereby better serve international students coming to CSUF.
Malaysia, Philippines: Conference Paper and Library Visits
In Malaysia, John presented a peer-reviewed paper at an international library conference (to be published in its proceedings) on e-book usage in Asia. In the Philippines, he visited Filipino academic libraries to document similarities/differences. This is research he is conducting for a book to be published later this year.