New Roles for the Librarian of Bosscha Observatory: Review of Tasks in Library over Two Decades


Mr. K. A. R Bosscha, a Dutch tea planter and successful businessman, has become a legendary figure in Indonesia for his various concerns to society. Through his generous support, he helped to found the observatory in 1920. The site of the observatory is in Lembang, West Java, and a suitable place for southern hemisphere observation. The library of Bosscha Observatory was built to support and facilitate research activities of Indonesian astronomers. The core of the library’s collection consisted of a donation from Professor H.G. van de Sande Bakhuiyzen, the retired director of Leiden Observatory. Various national and international institutions have contributed to the development of the library. Today, information technology is a major influence on Bosscha Observatory and its librarian.

Open Science at the Frontiers of Librarianship. Proceedings of a conference held 17-20 June 2014, at Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy 17-20. Edited by András Holl, Soizick Lesteven, Dianne Dietrich, and Antonella Gasperini. ASP Conference Series, Vol. 492. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2015, p.232