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Faculty Spotlight: Yati Paseng

Our first faculty spotlight for this semester is Rohayati Paseng, Librarian at Hamilton Library, Southeast Asia Collection at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Yati is of Bugis ethnicity originally from South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She joined UHM Library in September 2001. She graduated and received her Master of Arts (MA) in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2001 and her Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 1995.

Photo by Ted Kwok

Yati has served as a librarian in the Southeast Asia Collection at Hamilton Library for 22 years where she especially enjoys meeting students and discussing their research activities. Lately she has been collaborating with the Geospatial Librarian to digitize maps on Southeast Asia and to make them accessible online. She is also involved in a LuceSEA funded project. LuceSEA provided funds for the acquisition of library resources and Yati has selected and acquired resources relevant to the LuceSEA project. 

Photo by Michael Walter
Photo by Ross Christensen

UHM Library has been an institutional partner of the Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL) from its beginning. Yati negotiated open access clearance for several collections from Indonesia included in SEADL. Read more about the Southeast Asia Digital library at 

Additionally, Yati is an active member of CORMOSEA (Committee on Research Materials in Southeast Asia). She is the UHM Library representative on the Southeast Asia Materials Project (SEAM) which preserves and maintains digital and microform collections of research materials related to the study of Southeast Asia and makes these materials readily available to SEAM members. 

Yati is a member of an Angklung music group created by the Indonesian community in Honolulu.

Read more about Yati and the Southeast Asia Collection at